Transparency International has just released its Corruption Perception index. Leading the pack as the most corrupt country is Somalia and North Korea both # 182 and this is closely followed by Myanmar and Afghanistan who both shared the 180th spot. People were asked to rate their governments from 1~10 with 0 being the lowest and 10 being given to the country without corruption. North Korea and Somalia were both given a rating of 1 by its citizens and Myanmar and Afghanistan both got 1.5.
The United States Ranked #24 at 7.1 while the UK got 7.8 from its citizens and ranks #16. The cleanest government is said to be New Zealand which got a score of 9.5.
Where does the Philippines stand? It’s #129 with a grade of 2.6. Whoa!
This is however a big improvement for the country since its 2010 rank is #134
Anyway, enough of those kinds of thoughts, for now. As far as my family is concerned, my garage is fresh smelling once more. Of course, that will only be until my door urinates on my car tires again.
Why not design funny t shirts for every world event?
The whole world was taken by surprise with the sudden death of Osama Bin Laden. With most people afraid of what disaster he might bring, his death at the hands of American Special Forces troops had become one of the hottest stories of the decade. It is therefore a good idea to come out with shirts and other memorabilia that will mark this event.
Lying in Big Agnes Sleeping Bags, we watched movies after movies while sipping our favorite drinks and digging into bags of chips. My daughter remarked that she felt bad that Daniel Radcliff is not interested in appearing in future “Harry Potter” movies. Well, the boy had grown into a man but still, he can act the role. However, my thoughts were eloquently delivered when I told her;
“Wait til he rans out of money..”
I heard over the radio that some sectors are advocating that the Philippines retaliate against China’s saber rattling at the Spratly Islands by putting a stop to the imports coming from that country. Without China doing anything, it will be the Philippines on the losing end. Most of the raw materials being used by the Philippine exporters are imported from China. The same holds true for the raw materials used for the domestic consumption. Therefore, if the Philippines will start buying from elsewhere, its export market will be greatly reduced because China is the cheapest source of raw materials. Philippine exports will become less competitive. Domestic prices will also increase and God knows what else. Need I say more?
If you want to make good money quickly, learn the Afghan language as fast as you can. It was recently revealed in a survey that
"The average salary for a linguist or interpreter who speaks Dari is $187,000 and it’s $193,000 for those who speak Pashto."And with the rest of the world predicted to descend to the relatively unexplored country for the next few years, the savings should be good enough to buy land and retire in a warm beach island in the Pacific.
Because of this, I’d like to spread the news about pirates being killed, arrested and slapped with heavy jail terms. Recently, a Spanish judge sentenced 2 Somali pirates to 439 years each for 36 counts of illegal detention. There must have been 36 crew members in the ship that they attacked. They were also ordered to pay 100,000 Euros to every person that they illegally detained.
If you want to rebel against a country and win, fight a bloody war, enter into peace negotiations, start a faction of your rebel group that will continue to fight. Repeat the process until you get the desired result.
Peace talks have always been better than resolving a conflict with war. This much was admitted by the PLO when a high official once said that a few years of talks gained them lots of land compared to decades of war which failed to give them even a square inch. The problem with some people however is the desire keep on fighting despite the prospects of peace.
The Hamas was organized despite the PLO’s reign of the land provided to the Palestine and violence continues. In the Philippines, the MILF was born and continues to fight despite the gains of the MNLF. And now that that the MILF is also in negotiations with the government, a new group was again formed. Notorious MILF leader Umbra Kato formed his own and most probably the fighting will continue.
When will this end? Well, until they get the desired result.
More disturbingly, how can parents, especially in the United States, even think that the girl was a willing participant. I thought that such thoughts can only come from people in backward civilizations. Little did I know that stupidity knows no boundaries.
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A few days ago, it was reported that a Filipino seafarer was killed by Somali pirates. Out of the probably thousands of Filipino sailors captured by these scums of the earth, the other week's death was probably less than the 10th killing.
One or two days after such murder, pirates attacked an American yatch and held hostage 4 US citizens on board. A few days thereafter, the four were also killed. US special forces boarded the yacht and killed 2 pirates and captured 15 others. They also found 2 dead pirates which died prior to the assault.
In a Somali forum, one poster wrote that one of the dead pirates succumbed to a knife wound.
I hope all pirates die by knife wounds. Bullets kill too easily. Those scums deserve a slower and more painful death.