I was expecting that my next post about local corruption would be about the coming Philippine elections. It wasn’t to be. I have often warned Manila tourists to be wary of hustlers or any native stranger who is too friendly. Melanie escaped hustlers but not the travel agency she hired — she was a target even before arrival.
A Philippine Comedy of Errors: Part One
This is Melanie’s story:
‘…The latter site, for the travel agency, told an even stranger tale: the site lists twenty-two destination specialties, but exactly zero of these are the Philippines. Puzzled, I took yet another simple spin about the Web and found a wide array of choices for “Philippines travel agency.”
‘Looking back, this was the moment when I could have taken my fate in my hands and backed out of the trip…’
By the way, don’t be afraid of taxi drivers who insist on ‘contract’. Refuse to ride. And when your patience runs out, threaten to report them.
Polls: Americans More Afraid of GOVERNMENT than TERRORISTS
Now that IS good news! Why? Because that means Americans are still aware of critical events
‘…A Fox News survey polling a random national sample of 619 registered voters the day after the bombing found despite the tragic event, those interviewed responded very differently than following 9/11.
‘For the first time since a similar question was asked in May 2001, more Americans answered “no” to the question, “Would you be willing to give up some of your personal freedom in order to reduce the threat of terrorism?”
‘Of those surveyed on April 16, 2013, 45 percent answered no to the question, compared to 43 percent answering yes.
‘In May 2001, before 9/11, the balance was similar, with 40 percent answering no to 33 percent answering yes…’
Here’s another reason why Americans should fear their government
Government Funded Phone App Tracks “Vaccine Refusers”
Now why would the Fed do that?
‘George Washington can be quoted as saying, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
‘What happens if we take the intention of the Vaccine Refused phone application and Immunization Information System to its conclusion? Will these technologies be used to track you down and forcibly vaccinate you and your children?
‘It sure seems that way to me…’