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Talk of the Town / last instruction 4 hubag
« on: May 04, 2013, 09:22:32 PM »
next week operation tulion formally begins. just to make it clear, it is up to you to determine your fate. kong mo kalma ka okey lang . di madajon ang operation. pero mag sigi pa ka ug gara gara aron ingnon nga isog ka. sigi ug post naa ra na nimo. but it is false bravado and you know that.
lajo pa man hinoon ang summer of 2014 for part 2 of our operation. this is guaranteed to "thrill" you. everyday mag kurog kurog ka sa kahadlok. mag lakaw ka sa karsada mag pang lingi. but you will not see my men. 24 hours you are under constant observation. i divide the dirty dozen into 3 teams of 4 men. 8 hours duty. rotation. hala pa abota pa ug 500 posts a day by the idiot hubagbohol. it will make it easier for me to trace you up. but if you are not an idiot you will lie low and listen to the voice of reason. dili ka naho abogon. just limit your posts to 20 a day when the operation begins. every time you exceed 20 posts a picture of a bundle of money worth $10000 will appear. dili jud ka pa badlong mo gawas na ang 5 bundles the operation to identify who you are where your address is will begin. this is part 1 of the operation

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Philippine Business News / balong blog
« on: May 03, 2013, 07:56:09 PM »
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Help & Support / last warning 4 hubagbohol
« on: May 01, 2013, 11:29:44 PM »
saksi mong tanan nga wa na ko manghilabot ni hubagbohol. maajo pa namong diskasyon ni islander mi entra na pod ka hubag. pasalamat ka nga busy ko karon. i am studying how to trade futures. kong wa na jud koy laing lingaw aho na kang atubangon. sigi pa ka ug katawa karon. but i will have the last laugh. sa bolanon.com respetado ang tanang members. pero dihay usa nga gatoo nga tungod kay ga alyas sija, mahimo nija unsay gustong buhaton. gi binuangan nija ang usa ka babaye nga member. gi tabangan naho si yorbs bayonas, ang webmaster ug tagija sa bolanon. wa koy kalibotan ug iyoter. mao nga nag hire ko ug usa ka maayong laki nga hacker. gi pa trace up naho ang ip address.

usbon ko pag ingon. inutil ka hubagbohol. you have no balls man. puti ka ug itlog. you call me an idiot pero dili sa ahong atubangan. i call you right to your face. you are the fool and idiot hubag, not me. kwanggol ka, inutil

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Introduce Yourself / Mr. Money and me
« on: April 27, 2013, 02:08:30 PM »
this is the sequel to The One and Only Story of Balong

subaya ni ninjo kay ahong e post ang picture sa ahong amigo nga si mr.money.  i am proud that i have a friend who is a multimillionaire. while i am only a mini millionaire, dili gamay nga milyonaryo. peke nga milyonaryo. pero hugot ahong pagtoo nga moabot ra ang adlaw when i will become an honest to goodness genuine american dollar millionaire. dili man dautan nga mangandoy ta. because we were meant to live a life of abundance.

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Help & Support / $100 for Atty. Mike Ligalig
« on: April 22, 2013, 02:14:13 PM »
kong nag kalat karon ang mga fake P1000 nga gi pang wilwig sa mga politiko sa bohol, ahong i pang wilwig dinhi sa internet ang genuine $100 bills. kong wa pa ko ma pordoy $1000 unta ni. kay lagi sauna sa datu pa ko, ni libo ang dolyar nga ahong i pang hatag. sauna mang hatag ko, $5000, $10000 mora man ug bale wala. kay ahong kwarta nga gi kobtan sauna gi na pala gi na piko. pero kay wa man naho ampingi ang kwarta, karon kay ga lisod na man, $100 na lay ahong ipanghatag. at least ma ka pang hatag pa ko. what you are reading now is a true story. gumikan sa kina pobrehang pobre, mi lagbas ko sa america nga wa damha. wa jud ko mag ambisyon nga maka pojo ko dinhing dapita. pero pagbuot sa labaw nga kahitas-an nga anhi ko ibutang, so here i will stay.nag handom gihapon ko nga maka uli sa pilipinas. pero gagmay pa ning ahong mga baktin. kinhangan pa sa pag pangga ug pag amuma. kay lagi na bijaan man sa anay kay ahong asawa tua na man pojo sa new york uban sa ijang mga ginikanan. ang resulta nahimo na akong lonely boy, nia mag yampungad sa internet looking for a little love. daghan na ko ug na uyab dinhi sa iyoter. na ka agi ko ug uyab nga russian. pero sa mi reklamo na ang baje nga gusto sija mo pojo dinhi sa states aho dajong gibuwagan. kasabot dajon ko nga gusto lang ko gam-on nijang pamasahe aron maka lagbas sija dinhi sa states.

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Youtube Replay / vibrating panty
« on: April 21, 2013, 07:34:24 PM »

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Help & Support / $20 prize
« on: April 15, 2013, 02:29:49 PM »
lingaw lingaw lang. dia pay nabilin nga $20 sa ahong wallet. ahong ihatag nga premyo sa maka tubag aning pangutana.

asa mang dapita sa kalibotan nga ang mga 'teenagers' 80 above ug ang mga tiguwang mo lapas pa ug 120. mag duwa pa jud sila ug volleyball old versus young

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Cars and Automotive / My LAMBORGHINI
« on: April 14, 2013, 06:55:03 AM »

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Chess & Mind Games / Rene BALONG Econg OPEN CHESS TOURNAMENT 2014
« on: April 13, 2013, 07:45:09 PM »



                                     Rene BALONG Econg
                        OPEN CHESS TOURNAMENT 2014

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Philippine Business News / rewind USJR sex scandal
« on: April 13, 2013, 01:50:08 AM »
asa gani to na post ang scandal. accidentally man gud nakuha naho ang link ug karon pa jud ko maka kita. unsa na kaha ang kahimtang niadtong student. ug sa ijang mga ginikanan nga seguradong daku kaajo ang ka uwaw sa nahitabo. nalooy jud ko sa baje kay wa jud sija mag dahom nga ma broadcast.

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Bitcoin May Be the Global Economy's Last Safe Haven
By Paul Ford on March 28, 2013 

One of the oddest bits of news to emerge from the economic collapse of Cyprus is a corresponding rise in the value of Bitcoin, the Internet’s favorite, media-friendly, anarchist crypto-currency. In Spain, Google (GOOG) searches for “Bitcoin” and downloads of Bitcoin apps soared. The value of a Bitcoin went up to $78. Someone put out a press release promising a Bitcoin ATM in Cyprus. Far away, in Canada, a man said he’d sell his house for BTC5,362.

Bitcoin was created in 2009 by a pseudonymous hacker who calls him or herself Satoshi Nakamoto (and who might be several people). It’s a form of virtual cash used to buy goods and services online. Even by Web standards, it’s a strange and supergeeky phenomenon. This is what happens when software and networks meet the concept of currency, when you take peer-to-peer networks and advanced cryptography and ask, “How can I make a new economy?”


There are 10,952,975 Bitcoins in circulation. (With a digital currency you can be specific.) Bitcoin isn’t about to replace hard currency—with a market cap of $864 million, all of it is worth less than what Facebook (FB) paid for Instagram—but it’s bigger than anyone expected. And many people will tell you that the emergence of a virtual global money supply beyond the reach and control of any government is very real and that it’s time we take it seriously. As long as the Internet remains turned on, Bitcoin will be there—to its adherents, it’s the Platonic currency.

A dollar bill has a serial number and travels from buyer to seller. A Bitcoin’s not so much a thing as an understanding, a balance in a decentralized general ledger, or “account log.” Bitcoins are created as the side effect of a great deal of meaningless computational work. That is, the computer could be working on protein-folding, or processing images, or doing something else with its time, but instead it’s being used to “mine” Bitcoins—searching for mathematical needles in a networked haystack. Once the needle is found, a “block” of Bitcoins is born. Bitcoins live in a bit of software known as your “wallet.”

How did they get there? Perhaps you minted them by mining, or bought them on an exchange, or received them as part of a barter transaction. Now those Bitcoins are burning a bithole in your bitpocket, and you want to buy something. How do you spend them? Clicking around your wallet app, you set up a payment and put in the Bitcoin address of the recipient—something memorable and fun, like 1Ns17iag9jJgTHD1VXjvLCEnZuQ3rJDE9L. A few minutes later, after the peer-to-peer network has authorized the transaction as legitimate, the recipient’s wallet, wherever it is, will show that you’ve paid up.



How is this different from PayPal (EBAY)? In theory anyone could run his own version of PayPal on a server and use that to transfer funds between parties. But he’d also need to handle world currencies, deal with security, and handle regulations. Similarly, physical banks promise protections above and beyond stuffing cash in a mattress or dropping it off in paper bags. Financial institutions commodify trust—it’s not their money, after all. It’s yours. Yet you trust them more than you trust yourself.

Bitcoin shrugs all this off. It’s not pegged to anything, and there are no regulations. It’s a supercomputer-size chore to counterfeit. The key thing to understand is that there’s no bank, no Federal Reserve, in the middle. It’s not unlike an exchange-traded fund (for example, FORX, from Pimco)—a mix of non-U.S. currencies—designed as a hedge against the dollar. Bitcoin is a hedge against the entire global currency system. And no exchange is needed, unless you want to convert your Bitcoin into an actual hard currency.

Bitcoin is no more arbitrary than derivatives or credit default swaps. Given that regular folks, if they’re nerdy and interested in Bitcoins, can use the currency for all manner of things, including illegal things, it’s arguably a far less arbitrary instrument.

Maybe Bitcoin’s devotees are right, and it’s the currency of the future. Or perhaps it’s a ridiculous joke—a speculative, hilarious enterprise taken to its most insane conclusion. Given that the founder is nowhere to be found, it feels like a hoax, a parody of the global economy. That the technology used to implement it has, so far, shown itself to be impeccable and completely functional, and that it’s actually being exchanged, just makes it a better joke. The truth is, it doesn’t much matter if it’s a joke or not. It works.

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Eike Batista, the Man Who Lost $25 Billion in One Year
By Alex Cuadros, Juan Pablo Spinetto, and Cristiane Lucchesi on March 28, 2013


A year ago, Eike Batista was Brazil’s richest man, and his goal of climbing to No. 1 in the world seemed within reach. After founding five publicly traded natural-resource companies in six years, he’d just sold a stake in his EBX Group conglomerate that valued his holdings at $34.5 billion. His companies had yet to turn a profit, so the deal, struck with an Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund, was mainly a testament to Batista’s vision: an integrated empire of companies, shipping oil and iron ore to China from a port he was building near Rio de Janeiro. “I think Eike is a special kind of entrepreneur,” said Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff during a visit to the port project in April. “He’s a person who comes up with extremely ambitious dreams and then seeks to fulfill them.”

Today, Batista’s empire is under siege. His port, which he said would be the third-largest in the world, is still under construction, just one of many delayed projects and missed production targets. That, together with a 34 percent decline in the price of oil since 2008, has battered his companies’ share prices and knocked $25 billion off his net worth, more than the entire fortune of Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos. “People were basically investing in a PowerPoint presentation,” says Ed Kuczma, an emerging-markets analyst at Van Eck Associates, which holds shares in Batista’s companies. “He’s very charismatic. I’ve seen him on roadshows and he definitely lightens up a room when he walks in. But he doesn’t have the credibility he used to.”

With a net worth of $9 billion, Batista has fallen off the Bloomberg Billionaires Index’s top 100 and dropped to No. 4 in Brazil. Investors, concerned about his companies’ continued ability to borrow money, have made OGX Petróleo e Gás, his largest holding, into Brazil’s second-most-shorted stock. (Short sellers borrow shares and sell them, hoping to buy them back at lower prices.) On March 22, OSX Brasil, Batista’s shipbuilding and oil services company, plunged 17 percent, to a record-low 4.88 reais a share. OGX fell 9.2 percent. On his Twitter account, Batista wrote that investors betting against him based on “rumors and gossip” would be “caught with their pants down.” In five years, he tweeted, his projects would remake Brazil as a “mega-efficient” country. A person close to EBX, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private, says that Batista’s companies are not facing any short-term financing problems and have $6 billion to $7 billion in cash. Batista declined to comment.

Investors’ loss of faith in Batista comes as the general euphoria over Brazil’s prospects dims. After growing at a China-like pace of 7.5 percent in 2010, the country’s gross domestic product expanded 0.9 percent last year. Batista’s decline has dominated headlines in Brazil in part because of what he had come to represent. In an interview with Bloomberg News last year, he said, “Brazilians have always admired the American dream. What’s happening in Brazil is the Brazilian dream, and I happen to be the example.” He has more than 1.2 million Twitter followers and, in 2011, published a bestselling memoir.



The billionaire has often failed to live up to his own hype. Based on studies by geologists he’d hired away from Petrobras (PBR), Brazil’s state-controlled oil company, Batista predicted that OGX would pump 50,000 barrels a day by the end of 2012, ramping up to 730,000 a day by 2015. He said it was one of a group of “bonanza assets” worth as much as $1.5 trillion that would produce such high profit margins that they were “idiot-proof.” When OGX began pumping oil in January 2012, Batista bragged on Twitter that the two-year interval between discovery and production was a world record. The wells were far less bountiful than he’d hoped, however, and the company is now producing fewer than 17,000 barrels a day.

Batista, 56, started out selling insurance policies while still in college in Germany. Although he often speaks of being a self-made man—he bought his first gold mine at 24—his father, Eliezer Batista, served as Brazil’s mining and energy minister and as president of Vale (VALE), the formerly government-owned mining giant. The younger Batista has acknowledged that his father’s reputation helped him secure his first loans. In recent years, Batista’s startups have benefited from the largesse of Brazil’s state development bank, which has lent more than $5 billion to his companies since 2007.


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Health and Food / Health Watch
« on: March 31, 2013, 07:54:04 PM »
Does Wheatgrass Turn Gray Hair
Back to Its Natural Color?

Dear Reader,

Gray hair: The ultimate telltale sign of aging.  Approximately half of all 50-year-olds are at least 50% gray.  Try as you may to postpone the inevitable with expensive, foul-smelling and messy dyes, the battle against gray is predictable... gray is pretty much the undefeated champion.  Or is it?

     Regular consumption of the young grass of a common wheat plant can recolor those grays so that you can enjoy your lush, natural color well into your senior years.  And it doesn't just stop at the gray.  This young cereal grass slows down the entire aging process by rejuvenating your cells, detoxifying your body, fighting tumors and tightening loose and sagging skin.

Gray Isn't Just a Sign of Age

The age-old healing system of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) links hair pigmentation to the quality of your blood and the strength of your kidneys.  According to TCM, gray doesn't mean old as much as it points to weak kidneys and blood.

     Made up of 70% chlorophyll, wheatgrass, from the wheat plant triticum aestivum, restores the health of your kidneys and blood.

     Chlorophyll helps to strengthen, build and oxygenate the blood.  It is remarkably similar to hemoglobin, a compound that carries oxygen to the blood.  Once consumed, chlorophyll is transformed into blood.  It then transports nutrients, such as oxygen, to your cells, tissues and organs, rejuvenating, protecting and strengthening.

     Renowned nutritionist, Dr. Bernard Jenson, discovered that wheatgrass and other green juices high in chlorophyll are nature's best blood builders.  In his book Health Magic Through Chlorophyll From Living Plant Life, he cites several cases in which he was able to boost red blood cell count in a matter of days simply by having patients soak in a chlorophyll-water bath.  Consuming wheatgrass and other green juices regularly has been proven to boost red blood cell count even more rapidly.

Beyond Beautification and into Total Body Health

Wheatgrass is made up of an impressive array of nutrients that reinforce and rejuvenate everything from our cells and tissues to our organs and bodily systems.  In addition to its 70% chlorophyll makeup, wheatgrass contains 17 essential amino acids, 90 minerals, 13 vitamins and 80 enzymes.  Prominent research scientist Dr. Earp-Thomas says that,"15 pounds of wheatgrass is the equivalent of 350 pounds of carrots, lettuce, celery and so forth."

     Wheatgrass delivers an impenetrable line of defense against disease.  An all-natural and powerful detoxifier, wheatgrass protects the liver and purifies the blood by neutralizing toxic substances such as cadmium, nicotine, strontium, mercury and polyvinyl chloride.

     Detoxifying is the first step.  From there, wheatgrass takes the offensive as a proven anti-cancer agent that stops tumors in their tracks.
     Fact: Cancer cells cannot develop in oxygen rich environments!
     Wheatgrass is an abundant source of liquid oxygen.  Boosting the production of red blood cells and increasing oxygen in the blood helps fight cancer cells because cancer cannot survive in such alkaline rich environments.

     A recent study published in the journal Mutation Research pitted chlorophyll against beta-carotene and vitamins A, C and E. Chlorophyll had a greater anti-cancer effect than all the other nutrients.  Wheatgrass truly is total body nutrition in one gulp!

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Youtube Replay / Avatar 2
« on: March 20, 2013, 08:23:02 PM »
James Cameron On 'Avatar 2': 'It's Building There'

James Cameron talks "Avatar 2" progress.

So much has been made in recent months about tentative 2015 releases "Star Wars: Episode VII," "Justice League" and "Marvel's The Avengers 2" that it's easy to forget there might be a sequel to "Avatar" coming in that year as well.

Speaking to reporters at the New Zealand premiere of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" in November of 2012, director James Cameron said the goal was to shoot "Avatar 2" sometime in 2013; Cameron previously stated that he had hoped to get "Avatar 2" in theaters by 2015 or later.

"I'm deep into it and I'm living in Pandora right now," Cameron told Play Goes Strong in a new interview. "There is that start up torque where you feel it's coming to you. Then you build up momentum. That's when it gets fun. The characters talk and it's writing itself. I'm almost there right now. It's building fast."

That's good news for those anxious to see another "Avatar" film; the 2009 blockbuster grossed over $2.7 billion worldwide, making it the highest grossing movie of all-time. For his part, Cameron has remained focused on the world of Pandora for the last four years.

"Last year, I basically completely disbanded my production company's development arm," Cameron told the New York Times in May of last year. "So I’m not interested in developing anything. I'm in the 'Avatar' business. Period. That's it. I'm making 'Avatar 2,' 'Avatar 3,' maybe 'Avatar 4,' and I'm not going to produce other people’s movies for them. I'm not interested in taking scripts."

That may be, but Cameron did acquire the rights to Taylor Stevens' "The Informationist" late last year. According to THR, Cameron could direct the film after he's done living in Pandora, which means it probably won't happen within the next five or more years.

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USA and Canada / Satan Looks Like OBAMA
« on: March 20, 2013, 08:13:26 PM »
'The Bible': Satan Actor Looks Like Obama In History Channel Miniseries
Posted: 03/18/2013 10:43 am EDT  |  Updated: 03/18/2013 10:02 pm EDT


"The Bible" has been an incredibly successful miniseries for the History channel, so it's no wonder viewers took to the internet after noticing that the actor cast in the role of Satan looks quite a bit like President Barack Obama.

Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni plays the role of the fallen angel. A number of Twitter users noticed the similarity between Ouazanni and Obama on Sunday. Among them was Glenn Beck, who first tweeted that the series was "one of the most important shows in decades," then posted a screenshot of Ouazanni and asked if others thought he looked like "That Guy," Beck's preferred term for Obama.

 

Ouazzani has starred in multiple faith-based films, including "The Ten Commandments," "The Satanic Angels," "Jeremiah" and "David."

UPDATE: The History channel and executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have responded to news reports picking up on the similarity between the actor and Obama.

“History channel has the highest respect for President Obama," a statement from the History channel read. "The series was produced with an international and diverse cast of respected actors. It's unfortunate that anyone made this false connection. History's 'The Bible' is meant to enlighten people on its rich stories and deep history."

“This is utter nonsense," Burnett said. "The actor who played Satan, Mehdi Ouzaani, is a highly acclaimed Moroccan actor. He has previously played parts in several Biblical epics -- including Satanic characters long before Barack Obama was elected as our President.”

"Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love our President, who is a fellow Christian," Downey added. "False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of The Bible.”

The original story continues below.

As The Hollywood Reporter notes, "The Bible" comes to viewers from acclaimed reality-TV producer Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey. Burnett has donated to Democratic causes in the past (though he also produces Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" and worked on "Sarah Palin's Alaska." Downey is known as being highly religious and also producers "Little Angels," a Christian show for children.


"The Bible" has come under fire for other reasons, as well. A number of Biblical scholars have noticed that the show seems to be "Europeanizing" characters in the story. In particular, it seems as though characters with positive roles are being cast as white, while roles of characters engaging in evil are more likely to be filled by actors with darker skin.

Writing on HuffPost, Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. had this to say on race in "The Bible":

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey replaced the life-giving red-brown soil of Fertile Crescent with sandy white soil which would not sustain life so they could show God creating a white man in God's image. That man, like the bulk of the cast, is white like them, like their target audience, unlike the Afro-Asiatic Israelites.
When they do cast a black actor it is to reinscribe some of the most base racialized stereotypes in the Americas: the big black man/dingo with a taste for white women.

Gafney is referring to Samson in the last line of the above critique. For more on the Obama look-alike, head over to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Market & Economic Trends / Philippines the Next Frontier?
« on: March 19, 2013, 07:31:11 AM »

Beyond the BRIC: Are the Philippines the Next Frontier?   

by Ari Charney
3/18/2013

Over the past year, I've interviewed several portfolio managers who helm some of the top-performing international and emerging market funds. And when the conversation eventually diverges from the usual BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) names, one of the more intriguing countries on their radar is the Philippines.

A big part of the growth story for this island nation of nearly 100 million people is the extensive diaspora of Filipinos working overseas. Despite having the highest unemployment rate (recently 7.1 percent) among its peers in the Pacific Rim, the Philippine economy grew at a torrid 6.8 percent last year, thanks in part to significant remittances from the country's expatriates. In fact, the money that Filipinos send back home, which amounted to USD1.7 billion in January, accounts for about 10 percent of Philippine gross domestic product (GDP).

With consumer spending contributing as much as 75 percent of GDP, remittances are a key component of the country's consumer-driven economy. Even with the peso still trading near five-year highs (recently at 40.62 pesos to the dollar), remittances may be growing at a fast enough rate to offset any decline in exports, which dropped 2.7 percent in January from a year ago. By contrast, January remittances were up 8 percent year over year, the third fastest rate in the past 12 months.

The Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PSEI) is up 27.5 percent over the trailing year, and the index has gained 17.6 percent annually over the past three years. Even with such heady gains, there are likely still opportunities for aggressive investors interested in this frontier market.

With that in mind, I screened for the top-performing mutual funds focused on international and emerging markets, narrowing the results to funds that specialize in the Asia-Pacific region or small- and mid-cap stocks. With regard to the latter, the average market cap of the stocks held in the iShares MSCI Philippines ETF (NYSE: EPHE) is USD5.7 billion.

I looked for mutual funds that beat the MSCI EAFE and the MSCI Pacific indexes over the trailing one-year, three-year, five-year and 10-year time periods. I also limited my search to funds whose management teams have been at the helm for at least five years. Of course, these criteria exclude a number of emerging market funds that were launched in the past five to eight years to capitalize on the outperformance of these markets, so it may be worth searching these newer funds for ideas in the future.

Among the dozen or so funds that fulfilled my criteria, the following six funds had at least one or more holdings domiciled in the Philippines. Since data for portfolio holdings is reported on a lag, I've also included the data cut-off for each portfolio in parentheses, so you can take that into consideration:

Artisan International Small Cap (ARTJX) (12/31/12)
Fidelity Pacific Basin (FPBFX) (1/31/13)
Invesco Asia Pacific Growth (ASIAX) (12/31/12)
MFS International New Discovery (MIDAX) (1/31/13)
T. Rowe Price International Discovery (PRIDX) (12/31/12)
Wasatch International Growth (WAIGX) (12/31/12)
All the funds are open to new investors, except for ARTJX. Four are no-load funds, while ASIAX and MIDAX have sales charges of 5.5 percent and 5.75 percent, respectively.

Aside from ASIAX, which holds seven names domiciled in the Philippines among its 41 holdings, most of these funds are generalists, so their exposure to the country is limited to just one or two names.

The only stock held in common across more than one portfolio is the holding company Alliance Global Group (Philippines: AGI), whose businesses operate in the food and beverage industries as well as real estate development. However, the two funds that hold this stock, ARTJX and FPBFX, moderately pared their investments, which suggests the stock may not be the best investment for new money.

Better bets could include the following three stocks, which were either new positions or stocks whose holdings were boosted significantly:

Megaworld Corp (Philippines: MEG)
Globe Telecom (Philippines: GLO)
International Container Terminal Services (Philippines: ICT)
Megaworld Corp is a real estate developer that specializes in an array of projects from hotels to condominiums. The stock was added as a new position to the portfolio of ARTJX in the fourth quarter, with a 1.3 percent weighting. Megaworld's shares are already up more than 29 percent year to date, though they've dropped about 8.2 percent over the past week.

PRIDX first bought shares of Globe Telecom during the third quarter of last year, subsequently boosting its position 74.6 percent, which brings its allocation to 0.4 percent of assets. The fund has over 200 holdings, so many of its positions account for less than 1 percent of assets. Shares of the wireless provider have gained just 5.5 percent over the past year.

The portfolio manager who runs WAIGX initiated the fund's position in International Container Terminal Services during the fourth quarter of 2010. In the most recent quarter, he increased the portfolio's holdings in the stock by 36.2 percent, to 1.5 percent of assets. The cargo handler and port operator's stock has risen 17.6 percent year to date, though shares are off 3.3 percent over the past week.

If you're leery of wading into the Philippine stock market or holding individual names, you can always invest in the aforementioned iShares MSCI Philippines ETF. The exchange-traded fund (ETF) actually outperformed the Philippine stock market last year, gaining almost 48 percent vs. nearly 33 percent for the PSEI.

However, it should be noted that its highly concentrated portfolio holds about 60 percent of assets in just 10 stocks. The ETF charges a reasonable 0.61 percent annual expense ratio.

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11 Things That The Obama Administration Is Doing To Promote More Illegal Immigration

By Michael Snyder (The American Dream | Original Link)
March 12, 2013

Why does it seem like Barack Obama has been doing everything that he can to sabotage our border security and promote more illegal immigration?  The number one responsibility of the president of the United States is to defend our nation, and yet Obama stubbornly refuses to secure our borders.  In fact, he has been doing quite a bit to make it even easier for millions more drug runners, gang members and welfare parasites to enter our country illegally.  This is utter insanity.  Today, the U.S. government makes it exceedingly difficult for law-abiding people to enter this country legally through the “front door”, but meanwhile we leave the “back door” completely wide open.  What sense does that make?  And now Obama is using the sequester cuts as an excuse to totally gut our border security.  60,000 border agents are going to be forced to take mandatory furloughs and thousands of illegal immigrants are being released from federal detention facilities due to “budget constraints”.  Yet Michelle Obama still has enough taxpayer money to have Adele and Beyoncecome out and sing for her 50th birthday celebration, and the Obamas continue to take extravagant vacations that cost U.S. taxpayers millions of dollars.  And most Americans don’t even realize that the U.S. government will still spend more money in 2013 than it did in 2012 even after the sequester cuts are factored in.  So the government still has plenty of money to do everything that it needs to do.  Obama is just using the sequester cuts as an excuse to gut the programs that he does not like, and that includes border security and immigration enforcement.

The sad truth is that Barack Obama never cared about protecting our borders or enforcing our immigration laws.  In fact, he has done basically everything that he can within the constraints of the law to make things even easier for illegal immigrants.

The following are 11 things that the Obama administration is doing to promote more illegal immigration…

#1 The Obama administration is using the sequester cuts as an excuse to cut border security to the bone.  CNN is reporting that 60,000 border agents will soon be facing mandatory furloughs…

The U.S. government on Thursday notified 60,000 federal workers responsible for securing borders and facilitating trade that they will face furloughs due to government-wide spending cuts.

Customs and Border Protection said it expects furloughs and other austerity will cause delays at ports of entry, including international arrivals at airports, and reduce the number of border patrol officers on duty at any one time.

#2 The Department of Homeland Security says that it will release approximately 10,000 illegal immigrants that are currently being held in detention centers around the nation.  The Obama administration says that there is not enough money to hold them any longer.  The following is from a recent Fox News article…

The Department of Homeland Security has started releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants held in local jails in anticipation of automatic budget cuts, in a move one Arizona sheriff called politically motivated — and dangerous.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said Tuesday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement released more than 500 detainees in his county alone over the weekend. A spokesman for Babeu told FoxNews.com that ICE officials have said they plan to release a total of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants.

If you are outraged by this, you are not alone.  In fact, the official at the Department of Homeland Security that was in charge of immigration enforcement and removal operations actually resigned because of all this.

#3 The head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, has implemented a case-by-case review of all deportation cases involving illegal immigrants.  Cases involving those that have committed crimes will be prioritized and almost all the rest will be thrown out.  In essence, this is a form of “backdoor amnesty” that the Obama administration has put into place without going through Congress.  I discussed the details of this “backdoor amnesty” in a previous article…

Government officials have now been given a list of 19 factors to use when deciding whether to use “prosecutorial discretion” in deportation cases.

Essentially, what is going to happen now is that illegal immigrants are going to get to stay in the United States if any of the following apply….

-arrival in the U.S. as a young child

-actively “pursuing an education”

-serving or served in the U.S. military

-spouse of someone in the U.S. military

-18 years old or younger

-”elderly”

-pregnant or nursing

-victim of a “serious crime”

-serious disability or health problem

-caring for a family member with a serious disability or health problem

As you can see, these categories are so broad that almost all illegal immigrants will be able to fit into at least one of them.

#4 The Obama administration wants immigrants to know that just because they are getting food stamps that does not mean that it will hurt their chances of becoming United States citizens.  The following is from a recent Daily Caller article…

The United States Department of Agriculture has been working to dispel immigrants’ concerns that getting on Food Stamps will harm their chances of becoming U.S. citizens.

The USDA addresses those fears in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp, brochures it distributes to Mexican consulates as part of its “partnership” with the Mexican government “to help educate eligible Mexican nationals living in the United States about available nutrition assistance.”

In one portion of the brochure, USDA’s text asks, “If I get on SNAP benefits, will I be a ‘public charge?’” The brochure then answers: “No. You and your family can apply for and receive SNAP benefits without hurting your chance of becoming U.S. citizens.”

#5 The federal government actually has a website that teaches immigrants how to sign up for welfare programs once they arrive in the United States.  On WelcomeToUSA.gov, immigrants are encouraged to sign up for all of the “government benefits” that they are eligible for.  Here is an excerpt from that page…

Depending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income, you may be eligible for some federal benefit programs. Government assistance programs can be critically important to the well-being of some immigrants and their families. Frequently, however, there is a lack of information about how to access such benefits. Benefit programs can be complicated and you may be given misleading information about how they operate.

Sadly, once immigrants get on welfare they tend to stay on it for a very long time.  For example, one study found that 43 percent of all immigrants that have been in the United States for at least 20 years are still on welfare.

#6 Barack Obama sees the upcoming “immigration reform” bill being pushed through Congress as an opportunity to grant amnesty to millions upon millions of immigrants that have come into the United States illegally…

“‘A bad sequel’ is how American Legion National Commander James E. Koutz described President Obama’s proposal to grant amnesty to people who are in the United States illegally,” according to an American Legion press release from Jan. 30.

“Whether it’s called ‘Pathway to Citizenship’ or some other euphemism, it’s still amnesty,” said Koutz. “It didn’t work when President Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and it will be even more disastrous if we repeat that mistake again.”

Koutz added that those who came to the United States illegally should not receive the special title of “American citizen.”

#7 An increasing number of U.S. states are now allowing illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses.  This is being done with the blessing of the Obama administration.

#8 Since entering the White House, Barack Obama has steadfastly refused to go after “sanctuary cities” even though there is a federal law that requires him to do so.

#9 Obama has not been afraid to appoint women with links to pro-illegal immigration organizations to very high positions in his administration…

After assuming office, President Obama appointed Congresswoman Hilda Solis as Labor Secretary and Celia Munoz as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Both of these women have strong pro-amnesty histories with affiliations with groups such as the National Council of La Raza (The Race).

#10 Recently, the Obama administration announced the very first “unmanned” border station along the Texas-Mexico border…

Get ready for the very first “unmanned” border station on the U.S.-Mexico border. Slated to open at the end of this month, the Big Bend National Park in Texas will be staffed by, you guessed it, computers.

If nobody is manning those stations, who will stop illegal immigrants from coming across?

#11 Not only has the Obama administration refused to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws, they have also sued individual states such as Arizona that have tried to crack down on illegal immigration.

Are you starting to get the picture?

Meanwhile, it looks like illegal immigration is on the increase again in many areas.  For example, La Joya Police Chief Julian Gutierrez recently said that he is “seeing more people coming across and in bigger groups.”

And of course it is ridiculously easy to get across the border if you know where to do it.

Recently, Alex Jones went down to the Texas border and shot quite a bit of footage of illegal immigrants crossing the border without any problem whatsoever.

Today, far more people move into the United States illegally than come in through the legal immigration process.

Our immigration enforcement is a complete and total joke.  Illegal immigrants know that if they do happen to get picked up, they will just get sent back over the border where they can just try again.

And now we are even releasing many of the illegal immigrants that we have captured inside the United States itself due to “budget cuts”.  The Department of Homeland Security insists that they still plan to deport all of them, but once they release them they will have a heck of a time trying to find them again.

And Barack Obama has shown time and time again that he will use the legal immigration process to benefit certain groups that he wants to favor while using it to hurt groups that he does not like.

For example, Obama wants to deport a German homeschooling family that is seeking political asylum in the United States, but he authorized an 80,000 increase in immigration from Islamic nations in 2011.  Obama said that the increase from Islamic countries was “justified by humanitarian concerns or is otherwise in the national interest.”

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Spying the Internet / The Death of the INTERNET
« on: March 06, 2013, 07:56:21 PM »
himatjon na ang internet. ug way swerte mawala na jud ning atong pag lingaw lingaw dinhi sa tubagbohol.daghan na kaajong users. labi na sa smartphones ug tablets. ga bago-od na jud ug maajo ang internet. dili na makaya

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