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12.28.2008

Personal Finance Tip: Home Based Business

Now that the global financial crisis is about to hit all of us on full swing, one should seriously consider additional and new ways of making good money. Home based business opportunities abound and it is only a matter of how to take advantage of it for people to become comfortable even during times of diversity. Vendo machines for instance, offer great opportunities for people to make good money at minima supervision. All that one need is a good system of tracking inventories, as well as a good location. After that, decent money will flow.

12.14.2008

Bush in Iraq

This will be one of his last physical fitness activities at the expense of the US government. Beyond Obama’s inauguration, he will have to buy fat burner pills. Less than an hour ago, CNN reported that Pres. Bush, in one of his last acts as president of the United States, arrived in Iraq in an unscheduled trip. He is expected to thank the troops who is serving upon his direct orders and rally them behind Pres Obama. Let’s hope that whatever will happen in the future, will be good for Iraq. They were oppressed but peaceful during Saddam’s rule. Now, they have none of that.

12.01.2008

Anti Piracy Devices

We’ve previously heard of pirates who were repulsed when an ocean vessel’s crew sounded a device that blows a deafening sound. At night, there is also some kind of a lighting mechanism that can temporarily blind people. All that a ship needs to do is surround itself with it and as soon as they notice some people trying to clamber aboard, all they have to do is blow the sound and switch on the blinding light.

Pirates Diet


In addition to the diet remedies for the Somalian Pirates, why not dump 200 grams of Phentermine into their food, as well. Seafarers who are under guard be these ocean menace can expertly do it and let’s see what will happen to these economic saboteurs! These pirates once caused a spike in oil prices when they captured a giant oil tanker and that will not be the last time. All governments must unite to free the seas from the menace of free trade before it becomes too late.

11.30.2008

A Classy Wedding

The daughter of the Philippine president recently got married in a private ceremony that the public had no prior knowledge. I thought that engagement rings are supposed to become dead giveaways but apparently, she was so good in hiding it. Never was such an event of a high profile personality kept so secret without much effort. The lady after all, was so simple in her lifestyle that nobody really paid her so much attention. This perhaps, is one personality worth emulating for the next occupants of presidential residences, all over the world.

Appetite Suppresants and Mood Enhancers To Solve The Somalian Piracy Problem

The Somalian pirates attacking merchant vessels off the coast of Somalia should be prescribed some Ephedrasil hardcore. Available literature says those pills are good appetite suppressant and mood enhancing supplements and that should be good for those people. The supplements will hopefully take away the pirates’ appetite for more food than they can chew and their dark moods should somehow lighten. I suggest that ship crews lace the pirates’ food with the supplements and hopefully, they’d be set free. .. Haha!

11.17.2008

Don't Pull Out of Iraq- yet!


The removal of Saddam, in my opinion, was a just cause. The liberation of the people from the tyranny of the elite few was long overdue and the helping hand provided by the US, was generally good. However, the country which is greatly lacking in leadership experience and national unity but high on religious barriers is not ready to self govern even at this point.

The sudden departure of US troops will leave the country to the oppression of the fanatical few that is still relishing their newly found strength provided by the barrel of the gun. Leaving the country now is worse than having Saddam's family rule it. It will not only be an insult to the sacrifice of the troops who died in Iraq but mostaly, it will be US's worst contribution to world peace and stability.

Please reconsider.

Online Classifieds Work!

At this point, I am going to cut down our newspaper expenses by posting our opening for jobs in marketing in online classified ads. More people should realize that online advertisements reach wider audiences compared to printed ones simply because, online ads run for longer periods. People has also developed a habit of hitting the search engines every time they look for something and a well indexed online classifieds system gets wide exposure.

11.06.2008

This looks so gay.

In the spirit of adult fun during this election season, we are featuring a site that posted about the election related titles of some adult movies. Here it is.

For some balance, here is a heterosexual type of adult movie spoofing the election. Click here.

10.31.2008

Bond and Tuxedos

The upcoming James Bond film will surely lead to a surge in demand for fine tuxedos. Daniel Craig did a splendid job in the film and the Bond character remains largely intact though more crude and somewhat brutal than the kind portrayed by Sean Connery and Roger Moore. Through the years, all other Bonds were quite similar to the original except for Pierce Brosnan which started the character migration to the somewhat unrefined and more exciting 007.

10.20.2008

Respecting the Captured States


U.S. troops or contractors who commit "major and premeditated murders" in Iraq while off-duty and outside U.S. facilities will fall under the jurisdiction of the government Iraq. - Draft Agreement signed between the governments of the United States and Iraq

To the victor goes the spoils of war. However, it doesn't mean that the spoils can be handled in any manner that may suit the victors fantasy. In regard to this thing, human life should be treated with utmost dignity in order for reconstruction of destroyed states proceed with haste. Victors should make ethical treatment of all living things a paramount concern in order for them to rightfully expect the same kind of treatment for comrades that are captured by the enemies.

Warfare should be fought along ethical boundaries for man is supposed to be above all lifeforms in this kingdom. Otherwise, there will exist no difference between man and beast.

Consumers Website

Further to my previous post, I just found out that there are now weight loss pill reviews that are accessible to most people. There is actually a website that reviews most brands of known diet pills and for everyone’s perusal. The review contains both positive and negative effects of every diet pill and the most recommended brands or types are actually mentioned. The internet has once again proven to be a good tool for communication.

A World of Overweight Inhabitants

Chinese Premiere Deng Xiapeng once said that in his country, no one has ever died from hunger but a great deal succumbs to diseases attributed to overeating . Weird but such is true in most places in this planet. A lot of people overeat and a bigger number are not aware of the importance of balanced diet. I don’t know if it is time to fully market diet pill but I am sure that doctors are aware of the latest developments along this area. For as long as the doctor says taking diet pills are fine, consumers can probably try it.

10.06.2008

Insist on Genuine

Talking about fakes be careful when you buy your Harley parts or any motorcycle gadget. A fake will not only make the engine run below maximum performance but it will also endanger the lives and limbs of people who drives the motorcycles. We all know how severe motorcycle injuries can be. It is therefore imperative that owners of these two wheeled vehicles avoid going cheap in maintenance.

Watch out for Fakes

I remember the time when representatives of an American faucet company went to a trade show in China and found several local companies selling imitations of their latest models. They went to the organizers and complained and the offending companies were asked to pullout the fakes. These problems has long plagued China but the latest regarding toxic substances gives the country a bigger headache. Melamine is such a messy issue now and it seems determined to stay at the newspaper front pages for a long time.

Healthcare Amidst Crisis

I believe that apart from proper medication, the best acne treatment system is rest. A stressful lifestyle adds to the breakouts in the skin and a good remedy is a good rest routine. With the bailout package finally approved, several thousand employees will finally be able to relax a bit. However, getting back to work at full steam might again prove to be too stressful. People better be taught how to handle a lot of work or the healthcare businesses might just be the next to get into trouble.

Christmas Woes

Gotta take time and have the technician expand my computer memory. All these programs that simultaneously run on my pc have reduced its performance noticeably below the maximum. Back to regular programming, it is good that the US government has finally approved the bailout plan but is so bad that Lehman was unable to take a slice out of it. The future of at least 10,000 employees is still uncertain and with the holidays approaching, that doesn’t seem to fit into several families ideal scenario.

Pressures of Work

Working very hard can make people eat too much or very little. Both are not good and for those who are gaining excess weight, doctor prescribed diet pills will probably work. Personally, I prefer exercise and proper diet over medication but for those who can’t, some help from science might do the trick. Always remember, “Everything in moderation” and “Always consult a doctor”.

9.21.2008

Recession?

Who says that the economy is down? Looking at the movement of Ferrari parts as well as brand new cars, it seems that the economy is moving as briskly as ever. Of course, it is true that every crisis presents an equal number of opportunities. Perhaps, those buying expensive vehicles are the ones who made a killing while those who whine are the ones who lost and got left behind.

9.18.2008

Job Hunt!

The Lehman, AIG and other recent fiascos have left a lot of people demoralized and a few out of jobs. Of course, looking for companies to apply for nowadays is easier compared to a few years ago. One can find jobs in Atlanta and other places through online job sites but of course, actually landing a good fit still takes a lot of effort and in my opinion, good timing.

9.08.2008

Recommending A Closer Look

In regard to the current conflicts in Iran and Afghanistan, I recommend new prescription eyeglasses to the politicians, radio commentators and everybody else who wants to dabble in it. The situation on the ground is vastly different from what the papers tell us simply because not every inch of the ground is covered and the emotions and tension in the area cannot be felt by those comfortably typing and talking from several thousand miles away.

Bailout?

Some giants are literally roasting in the fire pits today. There are those that went on a buying spree and amassed a lot of subprime assets and now, they are left with thousands of acres of inventory and hardly a buyer in sight. These should not be a problem in the long run but pressure from creditors and investors that are blown out of proportion by the zealous media and general public are making things a lot worse.

8.25.2008

Halloween On Election Year

With 2008 being an election year, I wonder who among the candidates will be wearing a Halloween costume and who will be distraught enough not to require one. The look of sadness and stress brought upon by the rigors of campaigning should be enough to make the losing candidate look horrible while the prospect of victory should more than suffice for the others to buy the most expensive outfits. Let us see!

8.21.2008

Darn Economy!

Watching the “Poseidon” on cable television reminds me of the “Titanic” and my longing for luxury vacations. It has been so long since the last time and I only have the bad economy to blame for it. With so much movement in the key prices, one cannot help but feel paranoid. The food crisis, coupled with the crude oil spikes and global political turmoil is driving the prices of commodities upwards and the strain on one’s capacity to spend is becoming really heavy. Ahh, fix that problem with Georgia and settle the problem with Iran, as well. That will surely fix the price levels.

The Consumer Advocate

Having a car registration renewed means that one will have to spend on insurance renewals. We all are so busy that a good tip that I can share for today is try getting an online auto insurance quote. For several years now, we have been faithfully paying the amount being billed to us not knowing that there are possibly others who can possibly offer better rates and render services that are more satisfactory. Sans the time to shop for quotes, doing it online is a very good idea.

8.10.2008

Better Television = Increase in Obesity

The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games was truly magnificent and as expected, the fireworks was superb. With most of the people having to contend with watching from television sets, it’s good that technology had made viewing much more enjoyable. New TV sets like the Sony Vaio performs so well that many people now spend more time in front of the television. Wait a minute! Isn’t this contributing to the increase in the number of obese people?

7.28.2008

Making Them Look Honest

This year’s presidential elections in the good old U S of A will probably be a showcase for the top make up artists in the country. Making politicians look honest is always a challenge. And not to mention the need to cover the ugly acne and acne scars due to the hectic lifestyle of the campaigning leaders, the best beauticians will be at their best this year.

US Election Issues

Oil is probably going to be the touchy issue in this year’s presidential elections. With crude oil prices rising beyond $150/barrel, going down but always threatening to go up for the next couple of years, it is expected that tons of papers and office supplies will be bought and used for the purpose of distributing discourses on the oil issue. I will not be surprised nor disappointed with this. With the fate of the world hanging on mid east crude, it will be best for healthy discussions aimed at resolving this issue to the benefit of the world’s oil consuming population continue.

7.22.2008

ECONOMICS OF GREED: Help Make Oil Scarce, Make More Money

The 3 M's. That's what it's called. Make More Money. Never mind that chaos will probably be the end result. Never mind that the world may end up like a scene in Mad Max the movie.

AP IMPACT: Big Oil profits steered to investors

HOUSTON - As giant oil companies like Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips get set to report what will probably be another round of eye-popping quarterly profits, just where is all that money going?

The companies insist they're trying to find new oil that might help bring down gas prices, but the money they spend on exploration is nothing compared with what they spend on stock buybacks and dividends.

It's good news for shareholders, including mutual funds and retirement plans for millions of Americans, but no help to drivers already making drastic cutbacks to offset the high cost of fuel.

Read More..

7.14.2008

Troop Pullout in Iraq

The Iraq situation is breaking my heart. Troops are going to be limited and pulled out even as its own armed forces are yet to be ready. Should that happen, I see a repeat of the Iran situation where the religious fanatics have taken control. In the end, Iraq will be in a worse situation compared to the days of Saddam. At least during Saddams reign, people still had access to the Alli diet pill.

7.07.2008

Betancourt's Rescue Video (Here)

This is the video footage of Ingrid Betancourt's rescue from the FARC guerillas.

Betancourt's Vacation

Having suffered for years under the FARC prisons, Betancourt should be given a good holiday. Why not send her on a holiday in Amanpulo or Palawan? Those jungle scenes should be replaced with a good view of beaches or perhaps an urban metropolitan holiday. Why not some Vegas vacations to give here the luxury life of a queen? Who knows, she might like it! Ahh, just give her a well deserved vacation!

Betancourt's Rescue Video



I am currently trying to load a Washington Post video of the rescue of Ingrid Betancourt and a few other highly prized FARC prisoners. I do not know if the problem is in my old laptop or my internet connection. I have been trying to load it for some time but until now, I am yet to view that amazing video. Gotta try other news networks.

Home Grown Terrorists

While looking sitting at a display of weight benches, I watched a report about foreign terrorist suspects rounded up in various checkpoints and raids that turned out to be interesting personalities in the United States. One has multiple arrest warrants to include one for assault with a deadly weapon and several others proved to have lived in the United States for quite some time. It seems that the enemy is not backward after all. They know the US and are therefore far more dangerous than previously suspected.

Follow Your Doc

Was watching an interview with a popular actress who had Lasik surgery together with her dad. Everything was successful except for her athletic dad who was very eager to get back to his regular routine even before the end of his prescribed rest period. Strenuous activities made his blood vessels burst and he is now suffering from some eye damage. This is a word of caution to patients. Follow your doctors advice. They are not doctors for nothing.

7.06.2008

Congratulations!

The release of Ingrid Betancourt from her FARC captors in Colombia is very heartwarming indeed. While her captors may indeed be guerillas fighting a legitimate struggle, the conditions by which she was subjected to is way below the standards of civilized people. Any guerilla fighting for just cause should never fall into the trap of subjecting anybody to subhuman conditions for when they win, the natural course for them is to become the monster that they replaced. For Ingrid Betrancourt, please accept our best wishes to you. If only we can send you our favorite home theater carpet that we have here, it would have been perfect.. :D

6.16.2008

Dieting and Safety

One of the popular diet pills today is called Phentermine 37.5 mg. While I myself am an advocate of the most natural slimming methods, such as reduced food intake and exercise, I recognize the situation of some people who needs help from supplements. Nonetheless, my advice remains til now. Always consult a physician before taking anything other than food and water. Safety is always the greatest concern.

Debt Solutions

Mortgage lenders are aggressively marketing their businesses nowadays. With the subprime crisis still hitting most of the economy, the housing business is still in bad shape. However, the secondary market is still a good idea and lenders are now assertively pursuing it. For me, that is a good idea for a lot of people who are in financial distress doesn’t know that there are available resources at their disposal.

6.01.2008

Whatever...

Ever wondered how to get the best acne treatment? I posed that question because years after I stopped having any in my face, I suddenly got a big one. I thought that it will be gone in a few days but I was mistaken. Knowing that one cannot try to be an expert when it comes to one’s own face, I did what’s best. Go to a clinic and have it taken out. Cheap , safe and easy!

Protect Your Investments

With the Pacquiao fight coming soon, let me give this piece of advice to those who watches boxing matches on TV. The television is a good piece of investment and at the rate it is being priced nowadays, we spend a fortune on it. Therefore, we should be careful not to be cheap in the tv mount. Wisely invest in a good one to protect the more expensive television. Enjoy the bout!

Clean Air

The air is not so bad out there but just the same, Austin Air air purifiers are something that we recommend for everyone from the area. That is for the same reason that we ask people from all over to use it. Since the days of the industrial revolution, emission and pollution levels has rapidly increased that air today is literally different from that of the 70’s. Stay healthy. Protect your home.

Something New

For both the young and the not so young, Orlando vacations is a good break from the monotony that most of us are forced to live in the concrete jungles of New York, Geneva, Paris, Tokyo, Seoul and yes, Manila. Visiting the parks designed to create ocean adventures and the beach itself is something very refreshing that everyone should have the chance to enjoy. Have a good life, everyone!

5.29.2008

What's Up with Some People?

I don’t know what got into some female politicians in the world today. Some may have progesterone overload that they just wouldn’t give up despite overwhelming odds and seemingly lost causes. Why progesterone? Well, such chemical helps women get pregnant and perhaps, an overload of it makes them too stubborn, like a mom defending her child. There are at least a couple of lady senators in different senates and at least one incumbent leader who are like that. Perhaps, they need some downers to take them back to the ground.

5.26.2008

Que barbaridad, Mi Angelina!

Angelina Jolie talks about her closet..

5.19.2008

Offshoring to China

With so many shower faucets being made in factories in China, it is not so difficult to find cheap but very elegant looking China made bathroom fixtures that looks much better than the popular brands. China has become the factory of the world and in a way, it has been good. Access to good products are now wider than before due to lower prices but on the hand, cheap but inferior fakes have also saturated the market. Oh well!

A Doc's Advice: Sleep on silk!

A cosmetic surgeon was asked if sleeping on the stomach also cause wrinkles. The answer is yes for the face is not really that flat on the pillow and sleeping with the head’s weight on it causes the skin to crumple or gets wrinkled. The advice is to therefore use a silk bedding in order to minimize the “crumpling” effect on the skin. Silk is smooth and it prevents the face from getting wrinkled.

5.13.2008

Another Hero Passes on



A lady who, from childhood til the end of her days, distinguishes people only by "Good and bad", and never by their religion, color or nationality, rescued 2,500 children from certain death during the Nazi holocaust.

Her name is Irena Sendler. What she did during one of the world's darkest hours defines her for what she really is. One fine sample of what a human being should be. Granted numerous awards, she wrote,
"Every child saved with my help and the help of all the wonderful secret messengers, who today are no longer living, is the justification of my existence on this earth, and not a title to glory,"
Do we still have enough people like her amongst us? This present world, seriously in need of heroes, pose this question.

Exciting Primary

This years’ democratic nominations is the most exciting ever pour moi’. Having a woman aggressively campaign and even start as the strongest candidate was enough to make things exciting enough. Having a strong black contender made things a lot better. I was forced to follow the trend and keep my appliances in sync even learning how to install an HDMI wall plate so as not to waste precious time waiting for the technician. That’s how good it was. Well, it’s almost over now. Let’s see what the convention will bring us.

5.05.2008

The Campaign Heats Up!

luggage packed and ready to go (for the Whitehouse). I wonder if that is what Hillary was up to last week, until Obama gained back his momentum. Obama was able to make some corrective measures like throwing out his weirdo of a pastor. Ok, I may be insane, But still, I don’t like the old man’s train of thought. Hillary on the other hand lost a super delegate who is now calling all democrats to rally behind Barrack. Hmmnn… The plot thickens!

4.30.2008

Add This to Your List of Advices

For all the sins committed because of youthful exuberance, a pineapple face is one of the worst punishments that can ever be imposed. Sans effective good acne treatment, one will have to endure a lifetime of embarrassment unless later on remedied by an expensive surgery. As a parent can only say with utmost effectiveness, take good care of your skin. You will thank us for that later on.

4.21.2008

Making things easier

Ahh, the wonders of technology!

I found it quite stressful attaching large documents to my official emails. The attaching periods can take a long time and my work momentum gets sidetracked. It's a good thing that I was thought how to install and use a filezilla file transfer protocol. Now, I only need to compress all the days work into a batch file and send it to client offices without any delay in what I am doing.

4.17.2008

Musings

Thinking about possible upgrades for my Mom’s home, I thought of getting her a bath lift when she no longer has her full strength. Buying it this early may be offensive for her and knowing that she’s started to get old, I believe that she can be quite sensitive. The best thing for me to do at this point is plan for her old age which is like preparing for my own afternoon. Just like you, I will get there, sooner than I think!

Smart Procurement

With the rapid advances in technology, it may actually be possible to prolong purchases of gadgets for a few months and be able to get it at a huge discount. Take for example the usb flash drive. This wonderful gadgets that are smaller than your thumb but can store the contents of all your encyclopedias at home keeps on coming with better versions every few months. Holding on to your money for a few months will make you save a lot of money. Trust me!

TIP FOR TODAY

When wanting to add gadgets in your inventory there is an online store where you can find almost anything at prices making it your best buy. I was looking for a WiFi router and was pleasantly surprised at the price that I got. In addition, I also found a powerful iPod speaker system that comes with handsome rebate. Some say that when things are too good to be true, it most probably is. My source, in my experience, doesn’t belong to that group.

4.10.2008

ELTON JOHN RAISES


In a benefit concert where the cheapest tickets, $125 and $250, sold out quickly, Elton John performed in a fund raising concert that raised 2.5 million for Hillary Clinton. The other seats were filled by fans paying as much as $2,300, the limit for an individual's contribution to a federal candidate. -- WHOA!

Perhaps, Obama can also get Michael Jackson to sell his secret skin whitening cream and donate the money to the campaign.

4.06.2008

RIP: CHARLTON HESTON


Charlton Heston, more popularly known for his role as Ben-Hur,Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in movie epics of the '50s and '60s, has died at the age of 84. I don't agree with everything that he stands for and he didn't make much of impression to until I've read his speech in Harvard.

I am quoting it in full for you to read, if you haven't, by this time. I like this guy. God bless you, Charlton Heston.

I remember my son when he was five, explaining to his kindergarten class what his father did for a living. "My Daddy," he said, "pretends to be people."

There have been quite a few of them. Prophets from the Old and New Testaments, a couple of Christian saints, generals of various nationalities and different centuries, several kings, three American presidents, a French cardinal and two geniuses, including Michelangelo. If you want the ceiling re-painted I'll do my best. There always seem to be a lot of different fellows up here. I'm never sure which one of them gets to talk. Right now, I guess I'm the guy.

As I pondered our visit tonight it struck me: If my Creator gave me the gift to connect you with the hearts and minds of those great men, then I want to use that same gift now to re-connect you with your own sense of liberty ... your own freedom of thought ... your own compass for what is right.

Dedicating the memorial at Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln said of America, "We are now engaged in a great Civil War, testing whether this nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure."

Those words are true again. I believe that we are again engaged in a great civil war, a cultural war that's about to hijack your birthright to think and say what resides in your heart. I fear you no longer trust the pulsing lifeblood of liberty inside you ... the stuff that made this country rise from wilderness into the miracle that it is.

Let me back up. About a year ago I became president of the National Rifle Association, which protects the right to keep and bear arms. I ran for office, I was elected, and now I serve ... I serve as a moving target for the media who've called me everything from "ridiculous" and "duped" to a "brain-injured, senile, crazy old man." I know ... I'm pretty old but I sure Lord ain't senile.

As I have stood in the crosshairs of those who target Second Amendment freedoms, I've realized that firearms are not the only issue. No, it's much, much bigger than that.

I've come to understand that a cultural war is raging across our land, in which, with Orwellian fervor, certain acceptable thoughts and speech are mandated.

For example, I marched for civil rights with Dr. King in 1963 -- long before Hollywood found it fashionable. But when I told an audience last year that white pride is just as valid as black pride or red pride or anyone else's pride, they called me a racist.

I've worked with brilliantly talented homosexuals all my life. But when I told an audience that gay rights should extend no further than your rights or my rights, I was called a homophobe.

I served in World War II against the Axis powers. But during a speech, when I drew an analogy between singling out innocent Jews and singling out innocent gun owners, I was called an anti-Semite.

Everyone I know knows I would never raise a closed fist against my country. But when I asked an audience to oppose this cultural persecution, I was compared to Timothy McVeigh.

From Time magazine to friends and colleagues, they're essentially saying, "Chuck, how dare you speak your mind. You are using language not authorized for public consumption!"

But I am not afraid. If Americans believed in political correctness, we'd still be King George's boys-subjects bound to the British crown.

In his book, "The End of Sanity," Martin Gross writes that "blatantly irrational behavior is rapidly being established as the norm in almost every area of human endeavor. There seem to be new customs, new rules, new anti-intellectual theories regularly foisted on us from every direction. Underneath, the nation is roiling. Americans know something without a name is undermining the nation, turning the mind mushy when it comes to separating truth from falsehood and right from wrong. And they don't like it."

Let me read a few examples. At Antioch college in Ohio, young men seeking intimacy with a coed must get verbal permission at each step of the process from kissing to petting to final copulation ... all clearly spelled out in a printed college directive.

In New Jersey, despite the death of several patients nationwide who had been infected by dentists who had concealed their AIDs --- the state commissioner announced that health providers who are HIV-positive need not .. need not ... tell their patients that they are infected.

At William and Mary, students tried to change the name of the school team "The Tribe" because it was supposedly insulting to local Indians, only to learn that authentic Virginia chiefs truly like the name.

In San Francisco, city fathers passed an ordinance protecting the rights of transvestites to cross-dress on the job, and for transsexuals to have separate toilet facilities while undergoing sex change surgery.

In New York City, kids who don't speak a word of Spanish have been placed in bilingual classes to learn their three R's in Spanish solely because their last names sound Hispanic.

At the University of Pennsylvania, in a state where thousands died at Gettysburg opposing slavery, the president of that college officially set up segregated dormitory space for black students.

Yeah, I know ... that's out of bounds now. Dr. King said "Negroes." Jimmy Baldwin and most of us on the March said "black." But it's a no-no now. For me, hyphenated identities are awkward ... particularly "Native-American." I'm a Native American, for God's sake. I also happen to be a blood-initiated brother of the Miniconjou Sioux. On my wife's side, my grandson is a thirteenth generation native American ... with a capital letter on "American."

Finally, just last month ... David Howard, head of the Washington D.C. Office of Public Advocate, used the word "niggardly" while talking to colleagues about budgetary matters. Of course, "niggardly" means stingy or scanty. But within days Howard was forced to publicly apologize and resign.

As columnist Tony Snow wrote: "David Howard got fired because some people in public employ were morons who (a) didn't know the meaning of niggardly,' (b) didn't know how to use a dictionary to discover the meaning, and (c) actually demanded that he apologize for their ignorance."

What does all of this mean? It means that telling us what to think has evolved into telling us what to say , so telling us what to do can't be far behind.

Before you claim to be a champion of free thought, tell me: Why did political correctness originate on America's campuses? And why do you continue to tolerate it? Why do you, who're supposed to debate ideas, surrender to their suppression?

Let's be honest. Who here thinks your professors can say what they really believe? It scares me to death, and should scare you too, that the superstition of political correctness rules the halls of reason.

You are the best and the brightest. You, here in the fertile cradle of American academia, here in the castle of learning on the Charles River, you are the cream. But I submit that you, and your counterparts across the land, are the most socially conformed and politically silenced generation since Concord Bridge.

And as long as you validate that ... and abide it ... you are-by your grandfathers' standards-cowards.

Here's another example. Right now at more than one major university, Second Amendment scholars and researchers are being told to shut up about their findings or they'll lose their jobs. Why? Because their research findings would undermine big-city mayor's pending lawsuits that seek to extort hundreds of millions of dollars from firearm manufacturers.

I don't care what you think about guns. But if you are not shocked at that, I am shocked at you. Who will guard the raw material of unfettered ideas, if not you? Who will defend the core value of academia, if you supposed soldiers of free thought and expression lay down your arms and plead, "Don't shoot me."

If you talk about race, it does not make you a racist. If you see distinctions between the genders, it does not make you a sexist. If you think critically about a denomination, it does not make you anti-religion. If you accept but don't celebrate homosexuality, it does not make you a homophobe.

Don't let America's universities continue to serve as incubators for this rampant epidemic of new McCarthyism.

But what can you do? How can anyone prevail against such pervasive social subjugation?

The answer's been here all along. I learned it 36 years ago, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., standing with Dr. Martin Luther King and two hundred thousand people.

You simply ... disobey. Peaceably, yes. Respectfully, of course. Nonviolently, absolutely. But when told how to think or what to say or how to behave, we don't. We disobey social protocol that stifles and stigmatizes personal freedom.

I learned the awesome power of disobedience from Dr. King ... who learned it from Gandhi, and Thoreau, and Jesus, and every other great man who led those in the right against those with the might.

Disobedience is in our DNA. We feel innate kinship with that disobedient spirit that tossed tea into Boston Harbor, that sent Thoreau to jail, that refused to sit in the back of the bus, that protested a war in Viet Nam.

In that same spirit, I am asking you to disavow cultural correctness with massive disobedience of rogue authority, social directives and onerous law that weaken personal freedom.

But be careful ... it hurts. Disobedience demands that you put yourself at risk. Dr. King stood on lots of balconies.

You must be willing to be humiliated ... to endure the modern-day equivalent of the police dogs at Montgomery and the water cannons at Selma.

You must be willing to experience discomfort. I'm not complaining, but my own decades of social activism have taken their toll on me. Let me tell you a story.

A few years back I heard about a rapper named Ice-T who was selling a CD called "Cop Killer" celebrating ambushing and murdering police officers. It was being marketed by none other than Time/Warner, the biggest entertainment conglomerate in the world.

Police across the country were outraged. Rightfully so-at least one had been murdered. But Time/Warner was stonewalling because the CD was a cash cow for them, and the media were tiptoeing around it because the rapper was black. I heard Time/Warner had a stockholders meeting scheduled in Beverly Hills. I owned some shares at the time, so I decided to attend.

What I did there was against the advice of my family and colleagues. I asked for the floor. To a hushed room of a thousand average American stockholders, I simply read the full lyrics of "Cop Killer"-every vicious, vulgar, instructional word.

"I GOT MY 12 GAUGE SAWED OFF
I GOT MY HEADLIGHTS TURNED OFF
I'M ABOUT TO BUST SOME SHOTS OFF
I'M ABOUT TO DUST SOME COPS OFF..."

It got worse, a lot worse. I won't read the rest of it to you. But trust me, the room was a sea of shocked, frozen, blanched faces. The Time/Warner executives squirmed in their chairs and stared at their shoes. They hated me for that.

Then I delivered another volley of sick lyric brimming with racist filth, where Ice-T fantasizes about sodomizing two 12-year old nieces of Al and Tipper Gore.

"SHE PUSHED HER BUTT AGAINST MY ...."

Well, I won't do to you here what I did to them. Let's just say I left the room in echoing silence. When I read the lyrics to the waiting press corps, one of them said "We can't print that." "I know," I replied, "but Time/Warner's selling it."

Two months later, Time/Warner terminated Ice-T's contract. I'll never be offered another film by Warners, or get a good review from Time magazine. But disobedience means you must be willing to act, not just talk.

When a mugger sues his elderly victim for defending herself ... jam the switchboard of the district attorney's office.

When your university is pressured to lower standards until 80% of the students graduate with honors ... choke the halls of the board of regents.

When an 8-year-old boy pecks a girl's cheek on the playground and gets hauled into court for sexual harassment ... march on that school and block its doorways.

When someone you elected is seduced by political power and betrays you ...petition them, oust them, banish them.

When Time magazine's cover portrays millennium nuts as deranged, crazy Christians holding a cross as it did last month ... boycott their magazine and the products it advertises.

So that this nation may long endure, I urge you to follow in the hallowed footsteps of the great disobediences of history that freed exiles, founded religions, defeated tyrants, and yes, in the hands of an aroused rabble in arms and a few great men, by God's grace, built this country.

If Dr. King were here, I think he would agree.

Thank you.


4.03.2008

Women Leaders

The image of the women leader of today is a far cry from what the world had yesterday. I still remember the Imelda Marcos of the Philippines with her expensive toilets and other bathroom vanities- drums of expensive soap, enough to last for several years. Little did she know that later on toilet papers with her face printed on it will become best sellers. I also remember seeing a tape of battery powered Mercedes benz convertible for her grade school grand kids, etc, etc..

Today, the image of women leaders that comes to mind are battle hardened platoon leaders and company commanders, generals and court justices. The difference between then and now is really really huge.

4.01.2008

Microsoft refuses to increase bid for Yahoo


"Why would Microsoft bid against themselves? The company sees no reason to bid against itself,"


This summarizes the company's position as Microsoft revealed that it sees no point in increasing the $44.6 billion offer that it made to acquire Yahoo.com.

Please read more in this link

3.30.2008

Missing dad

It’s a bit different when you’re the one earning your own spending money. As a kid, it was very easy for me to big my dad for luxury vacations but now, I am about his age when I started bugging and it’s a bit difficult to let go of hard earned money. Of course, life is a lot difficult now compared to before. But still… I guess, I am different from him. I am an economist. I know the value of money. He’s not! – Kiddin… :-D

3.26.2008

Hillary, You lied... Hahahaha!


I have repeatedly observed that politicians, when confronted by overwhelming opposition, tries to create foreign enemies that their people can unite against, with them leading the fight. Thaksin (sounds like taksil –traitor) and Abe did it. Hillary Clinton is now on her second attempt.

Very unsure at the possible ending of her battle against Obama, she first tried to get more brownie points by talking against outsourcing. As we all know, the lazy and the mediocre (there's a lot of them) are blaming the outsourcing policy of a lot of companies for their being unemployed. Very recently, she portrayed herself as an action hero dodging sniper fire in Bosnia. A video file of the event showed that there was absolutely no such thing that ever occurred. I doubt if there was ever one in her entire term as a first lady.

Dodging grass as a 70’s hippe, maybe.. but never was she centered in the crosshairs of a rifle. Give credit to snipers. They trained long and hard to earn their statuses as hit men.

Even with eyes closed, even I will never miss those big eyes.

Anyway, the Hillary stunt reminds me of a Philippine politician who boldly made a declaration but when confronted by the press said, “I lied, Hahahaha!”

Hillary, contrary to your excuse, you were never mistaken. Nobody ever forgets the details of a life and death experience.

You lied, plain and simple. Just like your husband who declared that he never had sex with Monica… What was his explanation again? Whew!

What a minute.. was it an NGRI* moment?

NGRI*: Not Guilty for Reason of Insanity

3.23.2008

Excesses of the rich

I remember a plumber telling me about the gold bathroom faucets that they installed in one Middle Eastern palace. Guards were watching them the entire time, making sure that they will not take any of the bathroom faucets. Well, I have heard before that excesses can be fatal. I’m not sure if it has been proven to be true at this point. Stories about the rich burning money still abound and there are no signs of it coming to an end.

Clean Air

The increasing level of emission in our roads today makes it more and more difficult for people to live a healthy life. It won’t be long before air purifiers become required gadgets before building permits can be issued to any establishment. Of course, there’s hope. All these hybrid vehicles that are being invented somehow offer an alternative to the future of our environment. Let’s hope that it becomes a commercial reality before things become too late.

3.20.2008

OPTIMIZING POSSIBLE BENEFITS


Ashley Dupree may also opt to put up her own website with Adsense, direct ads and instead of publishing her song via syndication, she can opt to directly sell it on her site. That way, she can get all of the$0.99 per download. Those who download the song through directbuy will only need to click on her paypal button to be able to do that. If Dupree doesn’t know how to do it, I can run the site for her.

3.19.2008

Poor Ashley Dupree


The trend has become too common. Madam's and hookers causes breakups and career downfalls, tells all, makes a lot of money and lives happily ever after. Well, this lady is not that lucky, at least for now.

Ashley Dupree (pls read my past posts) was recently offered a million dollars by both "Girls Gone Wild" and "Penthouse" for her nude poses and probably, a tell all. However, The former withdrew its offer after finding a young Dupree in its archives. Girls Gone Wild now intends to make money without the $1 million in talent fees. It hasn't been reported if Penthouse will do the same.

The Chinese likes to say that where there is diversity, there is opportunity. It’s probably wise for this young lady to capitalize on her popularity but doing things cleanly. The process should start with seriously considering alcohol and/or drug rehab. Her Girls Gone Wild videos make suspect the need for some cleansing. Other than that, she can reopen that MySpace account and put back that $0.99 /download song. If it gave her $200,000 within a few days, she can probably make a cool million from it. That should be enough for a new beginning.

My Home Gym

Last weekend, we settled for the new type of exercise equipment for our house – a bike. It has the standard speed meter, timer and other normal features. But what I like most about this one is the body mass index, pulse and heart rate monitors that enabled me to save on a similar gadget that actually costs more than the stationary bike itself. Now, that’s a good buy.

3.13.2008

Will you pay $4,000 to be in bed with her?


Spitzer did!

The governor who went after people with outrageous salaries actually paid in excess of $4,000 just to be in bed with her. That's probably much more than the daily wages of most of the people that Spitzer ran after.

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IT'S ALL OVER AS MR CLEAN DECIDES TO COME CLEAN

After locking himself up and conferring with his high profile lawyers and some close confidants, Governor Eliot Spitzer decided that the best course of action is to resign. As it (resignation) was being announced, those threatened by his tough actions to clean up Wall Street responded with happiness. There were reports that some of them even popped champagne to celebrate the end of his term.

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3.12.2008

SCANDAL SWALLOWS SLEAZY SPITZER!


People say that "success and power has its own sex appeal" and yet, this man still had to pay a lot for it.

The very powerful and promising governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, a 48-year-old married man with three teenage daughters, built his political fortress upon the platform of good governance and reform. He went after what he perceived were shady practices and overly generous compensation while paying top dollar to a prostitution service. On Valentines eve, he spent thousands of dollars on a call girl named Kristen at a Washington hotel.

Reports didn't mention if he ever spent close to that much for his wife or daughters, the day after. In addition, Spitzer is also reported to have had past transactions with Kristen and already had accumulated enough "Frequent flier points" and "Preferred customer status" that he was given a permanent customer ID "Client 9".

After being exposed by government tax investigators, he made an apology and hoped that everything will quietly end. However, calls for his political demise are starting to become strong. The battle will probably reach higher levels as his enemies are expected to capitalize on the incident.

For the meantime, he probably should start giving his daughters more generous weekly allowances.

RELATED STORIES:

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3.10.2008

Swithing to HD Tech?

I also noticed that my supplier is now stacking on a lot of HDMI splitters. Oh my, does that mean that I am so outdated? I’m still stuck to my old DVD players and 2 year old flat screen TV. I will be needing to spend a lot just to be able to upgrade to the new HD technology. Next year, perhaps...

Am I missing a lot in terms of quality entertainment?, maybe not. What I don’t know won’t hurt me.

The new Asus EEE

There’s so much hype about the new portable Asus 9” laptop that I passed by my computer shop last weekend. Well, it’s handy alright but I will probably recommend it as a piece to be taken for travels. It’s small enough to fit into a small bag and that way, you can have it attached to your body all the time. Laptop theft will probably be reduced once travelers start using this piece.

3.09.2008

Vacation Ideas


My dad asked for vacation ideas and I queried for his preferences. I have my own ideas but the senior citizens may have something totally different from mine. Well, he said that he wanted some golf in the morning and a nice leisurely lunch. I proposed that he uses Branson rentalsfacility and be on his way. The place has everything.. Golf, fishing, nice houses, good food and fresh air. It’s all there.

3.07.2008

To each his own

There are people who have the knack for excelling online. They have fun playing with or without their friends and even rack up a lot of money from it. Well, gaming is not for everybody and most certainly, it is not for those who don’t have self control. But for those who do, I see nothing wrong with betting a bit of money as a way of having fun. Look at it this way, some people spend a thousand dollars over a bottle of rare wine (that they will finish in an hour) while there are those who throw $1~$200 within two hours by playing online.

For those who derive thrill and enjoyment that way, online casino reviews are good them. It allows them to know what some people think about multiple sites thereby enabling them to choose the best playing fields for them. Some say gambling is bad. I say it always depends. It depends on how much he/she gambles in relation to how much disposable money they have.

3.06.2008

MONEY MONEY MONEY!

Yahoo has just released its list of the world's wealthiest men for 2008. This year, the investment guru Warren Buffet reclaimed the top spot from his friend Bill Gates of Microsoft, who went down to number three. The 2nd spot goes to Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim HelĂș.

In another article, the richest stars under the age of twenty five were identified as follows: The Olsen twins, Hillary Duff, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Ashley Simpson. For the complete list of the 100 richest celebrities, please click here.

For the meantime, here's the list of the biggest rockstars in the world's wealthiest.


The Top 20
1. Warren Buffett
2. HelĂș Slim & Family
3. William Gates III
4. Lakshmi Mittal
5. Mukesh Ambani
6. Anil Ambani
7. Ingvar Kamprad & Family
8. KP Singh
9. Oleg Deripaska
10. Karl Albrecht

11. Li Ka-shing
12. Sheldon Adelson
13. Bernard Arnault
14. Lawrence Ellison
15. Roman Abramovich
16. Theo Albrecht
17. Liliane Bettencourt
18. Alexei Mordashov
19. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud
20. Mikhail Fridman
Click here for more of the World's Billionaires

3.03.2008

85 YEARS OF TIME MAGAZINE


Founded by Briton Hadden and Henry R. Luce, this magazine published its first issue on March 23 1923. This publication is one of those that provided its readers more value than the money they paid for.

Congratulations!

3.02.2008

Home Economics 101

With my home space feeling a bit cramped at times, I am thinking of buying a tv wall mount that will free up decent space in my living room. The contraption doesn’t cost much and I am able to increase the precious real estate spaces in my abode. Rearranging the furnitures should be fun and at least, my place will have a new look.

Well, that’s economics. Efficiently utilizing scarce resources to satisfy my wants.

Amen!

Politicians...

The only way that the political parties are ever going to make me attend these conventions is for them to hold it in Las Vegas. They can make me listen to an hour or two of speeches and after which, I will be taking naps in one of the famous Vegas rooms. With so many politicians forcing fake smiles to win our vote, they got to make it bearable for us to vote for them. Just being sarcastic. It’s election year, you know!

HOW TO PAY TAXES


There are only a couple of permanent things in this world- Death and Taxes! Everything else changes. Here's a collection of articles to help the tax payer avoid getting into trouble with the tax bureau.

Good luck!

3.01.2008

Top 2008 Fuel Economy Faves


Being a supporter of environmental causes, this site features related developments.

Fuel efficient automobiles have been mentioned a few times in the past and should more come out in the future, we shall also be praising them here. Despite this site's strong belief that the global auto industry's effort in helping reduce emissions and the world's dependence on fossil fuel, we are nonetheless commending them for at least coming out with environmentally friendlier cars.

The full story is in this page

2.29.2008

The US economy today

The US economy is said to be hardly moving. In fact,Jeanine Aversa, an economics writer for the Associated Press describes at as having skidded to near halt. Here are a few other points of view.



2.24.2008

NOT HILLARY


In my past posts, I have taken shots at President Thaksin Shinawatra (Thailand) and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Japan) for trying to jump start their sagging popularity ratings by creating foreign enemies. In my books, people like them do not deserve praise and should be discarded in the dustbins of history. Now, the great Hillary, in her quest to live up to the name popularized by the great Sir Edmund, is hitting on outsourcing, thereby joining the paranoids of her country. She tried to stay away from this group but with her diminishing chances to nag the democrats nomination, she finally joined the fray, hoping to bag some brownie points. She doesn’t get my vote.

Happy Weekend


I receive a lot of thank you notes from various people. All those letters are well appreciated, most especially when it arrives early morning and lands on top of my inbox. But for the more serious thanks, they can buy me a beer through the PayPal donations site that I intend to install or, they can send me a Chemise Lacoste! :-) Kidding!

JAZZ UP YOUR SITES

A blog becomes doubly attractive when it comes with beautiful photos. For some people, using photos being given away for free by some free photo sites work but the more serious bloggers and commercial websites buy photo rights. Purchased photos need not be expensive. Shutterfly coupons may be sourced online and the end result are professionally taken and enhanced photos that can make a big difference.

2.21.2008

THE STAR WARS AGE OFFICIALLY STARTS

The weapon

The missile strike that brought down a crippled satellite confirms what the Russians have feared. The Americans have an operational Star Wars system. The strike probably sent Russian President Putin the same message that Reagan gave Gorbachev- We can do it!

I just remembered... When the US released what was supposed to be the largest non nuclear bomb in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Russians released a bigger version a few years later. Let's see how the Russians will respond to this one. There's one thing that we are sure of. this is the start of a new age in warfare. Now that the Americans have admitted such capabilities, expect them to keep on using it.

Here is a diagram of how it was done as well as a Syndicated news regarding the event.

The attack diagram
Some considerations





2.20.2008

THEY LIKE EM' YOUNG

A few years ago, I read an article that talks about animals wanting to mate with younger counterparts. In the world of Human Sapiens, order had to be installed for everybody's protection so rules were made such as the protection of minors and subordinates against predatory authority figures such as older people, teachers, employers, etc.

During the past few years, we saw an upsurge in teachers all over the world being indicted for having sex with their students. The latest is South Carolina middle school teacher Allena Ward who had sex with 5 teenage boys. Watch the video.


2.15.2008

STAR WARS


Reminiscent of a Reagan era Star Wars initiative, the Bush intends to shoot down a malfunctioning spy satellite as it re-enters the earth's atmosphere. And it won't be long before they do it, the satellite is expected to hit the planet a couple of weeks from now... Read more

2.08.2008

AMERICANS' CONFIDENCE IN THE DOLLAR STARTS TO DECLINE

With lots of foreign currencies continuously gaining in value against the dollar. Stores owners in New York have started to speculate against the US currency by accepting Euros, Canadian dollars, UK pounds and a few other denominations.

At the rate the dollar is being devalued, I would say that the move is very wise. Store owners make more money by setting their own exchange rates and by selling their hordes foreign currency when its value has substantially grown, they make more money.

And with the Philippine peso gaining 20% against the US dollar within a year, I will not be surprised if stores where there are Asians will start putting up "Philippine Pesos Accepted here signs"

2.07.2008

My lovable belly

It’s been a month and a half since the Christmas holidays and my appetite for good food has not waned. On the contrary, it probably has increased. The unusually heavy challenges that came into my work table seemed to have challenged me to stop thinking of weight loss and fantasize about weight gain. OK, that was an overstatement. But the fact remains, I am starting to look like my dad!

In addition

One of the things that people should have is individual health insurance policies from reputable companies. There is no telling what can happen to us as after we wake up in the morning and unless we have no parents, siblings or close relative that we want to benefit, we all should have one. And that is my unsolicited practical advice for the day. Cheers!

Risky Jobs

Just a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about mesothelioma being a form of cancer that is one of the dangers associated with people exposed to asbestos. It is quite dangerous since it only starts to manifest itself to people 20~50 years after exposure. Since the widespread use of asbestos fell in the early eighties, people with this type of cancer can be expected to grow in numbers until 2020. I don’t know what the medical industry is doing but with a decline in the expected number of affected people approximately 12 years from now, I suspect that the efforts to find a cure may not be as much as the trouble they are get themselves into for other types of medicines.

2.05.2008

UPDATE: TAIWAN's PRESIDENT FALLS INTO A DEADLY PATTERN

This reminds me of Japan's Abe and Thailand's Thaksin. Whenever their domestic performances go down, they try to look for foreign enemie that their country can unite against. In Japan, as Abe's popularity dipped, he went nationalistic with his controversial war denial and historical revisionist stance (lots of related posts in this blog). In Thailand, when Thaksin was being hit by billion dollar corruption charges, he tried to rally his people against the Philippines by fueling allegations of cheating in the South East Asian games.

And just recently, Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian went to the the conflict area Spratly Islands to assert his country's claims against several others like China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei. This was said to have been done after his Democratic Progressive Party suffered a humiliating loss in the legislative elections three weeks ago.

The pattern seems to be so evident. So what's next? Chen's downfall? It happened with Thaksin and Abe...

Various World Updates

Whatever happens to the US economy will most likely have a corresponding effect to the rest of the world. This is largely due to the size of its economy that has partnerships even with its enemies, like Venezuela for instance, which supplies lots of oil to the US. Should the US economy go down, it's suppliers and clients can also expect a corresponding effect on the behavior of its exports and import performance. It is therefore an interest to most people, who the next US President will be. For now, Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama seems to be even on the Democrat's side. Senator John McCain of Arizona, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee seems to be in a tight race on the Republican's side.

On other parts of the world, leaders seem to be quick in condemning the violence in Darfur but a bit slow when it comes to actually doing something about it. At this point, there are only 9,000 poorly trained UN soldiers on the ground which is very low compared to the estimated 26,000 troops, as originally conceived. In Chad, rebel soldiers are marching the capital and analysts believe that even if they win, the country will probably not be better off, based on their intentions.

1.25.2008

MORE ON THE CAFE' WARS


I have previously written about profit (as a motivation to become efficient and its benefits to the consumers) and competition & price equilibrium in relation to the coffee shops industry. Taking competition a bit further, Starbucks is offering $1 coffee (still expensive, if you'll ask me) and free refills. This is in addition to earlier moves to install drive-thru counters and national advertisements.

This will probably be a long protracted "Cafe Wars" in an industry worth billions of dollars. I surmise that such move by Starbucks was in response to McDonald's move to compete in the industry. MacDonalds already serve cheaper coffee (with refills) and gives free WiFi services, something that Satrbucks is yet to do. I heard that WiFi in Starbucks outlets in the UK costs an arm and a leg. With probably more outlets worlwide (Starbucks has 15,000), McDonalds should never be taken lightly as a competitor.

My biggest pick as a future industry loser remains to be Nescafe' Cafe. For as long as it continues to overprice it's instant coffee, it shall remain lagging in the cafe business.

1.23.2008

GOVERNMENT HOPEs TO JUMPSTART THE US ECONOMY

When our automobile fails to start, we try to jump start it, by plugging the weak battery to a good one, with the use of jumper cables. The same is quite true for the US economy. The battery that provides power to it is perceived to be weak so the government is thinking of measures to jump start it to make the engine run.

For starts, President Bush wants to give tax rebates to low income households so they can use it to alleviate their lives. In so doing, the recipients of the rebates will use the money to pay for commodities and that will make the manufacturers, suppliers and the rest of the economy active. because of a multiplier effect, the rest of the economy is expected to positively react. The video provided will give us a better picture of the bigger plans.

1.22.2008

Trying to be helpful

I have a relative who makes it a point to bring his old cars to charities that accept his car donation. Those organizations mean well and should be supported wholeheartedly by everyone. In addition to being of help to a lot people, donations to certain charities are rewarded with tax deductions. Everybody hates paying excessive taxes and I agree that they shouldn’t. However, the best thing that can be done at this point is to maximize legal deductions and use the savings properly.

Greening the earth the way it was before

In a competitive market, Economics have a way of teaching man to live properly. With the realization that clean air has started to become a scare commodity, the market became increasingly filled with green products. What used to be regarded as nothing more than some weird people’s paranoia or publicity stunt have become necessary purchases. Among the companies leading the call is greenandmore.com, a firm specializing in eco friendly products. In addition, it has a green learning center with Class A information from sources like the EPA, the US Dept. of Energy and valuable materials taken by its own research facilities.

Other than that, they also live by example by making sure that their offices are 100% environmentally compliant. This means that they do not use plastic materials, recycle efficiently and support environmental charities, among other things.

However, what worries me is the fact that a perfectly competitive market where information freely flows is far from being attained. Therefore, the possibility that man realizes the extent of his excesses when it had already become too late, is not very farfetched.

Before that happens, I humbly suggest that aside from Das Kapital and the Wealth of nations, we should include the bible in our daily readings.

1.20.2008

Jump ship?

Had a talk with a former competitor, the owner of a big plumbing fixtures distributor. After finding out that I have left my boss, he wanted to get me to move to his firm but never had the chance to present his offer. On hindsight, the man is known for having a loud mouth. But one thing that I realized is that he was never accused of being unfair. In fact, he has the habit of showering with money; the employees that he always gets to have loud arguments with. Hmnn..

1.19.2008

Reminiscing a Vacation

Have you ever experienced bathing in freezing water? I have! I was in a mountain retreat and was in a hurry to leave. The problem is, my companions finished all the hot water in reserve and I cannot wait for the new batch to get warm. The next time I go on such kind of vacation, I will ask the cabin owner if the use tankless water heaters. Otherwise, I will have to look for another vacation house.

1.18.2008

Update your emergency numbers

At the rate problems with the use of illegal drugs are increasing, people should include the numbers and addresses of drug treatment centers in their list of emergency numbers. Neighbors, friends, relatives, office mates’ children or anyone at all can suddenly fall into a trap called addiction (alcohol or drugs) and we, as friends or loved ones have the responsibility to help. Let us keep ourselves informed.

THE TWO TENORS: BUSH and AHMADINEJAD

La Donna Mobile'

For a man who denies the Holocaust and calls for the destruction of another state (Israel), complaining that another is going around and rallying others to gang up on him is quite unfathomable. Let me remind everyone of the following,
"You reap what you sow"
and,
Do not do unto others, what you do not want others to do unto you!"
Iran's President Ahmadinejad is whining these days that US President Bush is very confrontational and is aiming at Iran,
"This message reflects his own conceptions and it is a message of rift, a message of sowing the seeds of division. It is a message of confrontation demeaning the dignity of mankind."
Dubya, on the other hand, seems to be spending so much time going around and creating enemies while the economy suffers back home. That certainly, is not an optimal use of a leader's time.

Economics is all about the proper allocation of resources to be able to satisfy human wants. Both Iran's and the US' resources are very finite and at this point lacking. Spending so much time bickering and calling for the destruction of each other is certainly not the best way to utilize the day.

1.17.2008

THE STRUGGLE FOR PAKISTAN

Shakespeare once wrote,

"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances"

If that is the case, I pity the people of India and Pakistan, most specially. All their big names have fallen victims to violent assassinations. In Pakistan, the latest to fall is former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who met her creator only a few weeks ago. In the quest for a better Pakistan, Bhutto and most of the counry's political leaders are in a tight race. However, little did the first lady Prime Minister know that her frole in Pakistan's political stage is set to be shorter than she thought it is.

Here's a compliation of clips showing a stage play called "Pakistan".