All About the Philippine Jeepney

From WWII Surplus Vehicle to Cultural Icon

joshua bousel-tourist-jeepney-800x532This one is private and designed for tourists. The public jeep seats are sideways and a bit uncomfortable.

‘Converted from leftover American jeeps, painted and adorned, the jeepney is the undisputed ‘King of the Road’ in the past half-century in the Philippines. Check out some creative designs and practical uses of this famous vehicle…’

What unexpected things tourists should expect
1. Some passengers will coerce you and take your seat even when there are other seats
2. Some passengers will seat very close to you even when the jeep is not crowded (most of them are not robbers)
3. Some drivers will try to charge more than normal fare from you
4. Many of the drivers don’t follow traffic rules and will scare you
General tip
Avoid using jeeps if you’re womb is already heavy with pregnancy. Most jeeps have bad shock-absorbers. My sister-in-law suffered premature birth when the jeep she was riding got jarred by a big pothole. The fetus nearly died.

Now for the pleasant story

So you think food supply is secure?
USAID Top Scientist: “For the first time food production will be limited on a global scale”
‘…Holly Deyo discussed the comprehensive problems which were manifesting in 2010 as a global grain reserve crisis. As she stated succinctly:

“If the root cause were a single issue, it might be absorbable or at least less damaging. However, multiple factors are hiking food prices and they are only expected to climb.”

‘And they certainly have, with the Ukraine crisis making matters even worse. Beyond the price increases, however, Dr. Fred Davies is cautioning about the ability to produce enough food for a rising population at any price. He sees the consequences as manifesting in earnest within 40 years:

“Food issues could become as politically destabilizing by 2050 as energy issues are today.”

‘Davies goes on to project that a 70 percent increase in food production will be required to meet rising demand and population…’

Food Politics
Pressure on Cargill and ADM to Dump GMO After China Rejects Corn Imports
‘China is now rejecting GM corn on the basis that its safety is not proven, raising the stakes in a complex East vs. West trade war that has often brought the U.S. economically to its knees.

‘According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. grain industry has suffered blowback from more than 1.45 million metric tons of rejected GM corn and heavy losses. Cargill, for one, attributes a 28% decline in quarterly earnings to the Chinese export setback.

‘The corn giants Cargill, Archer Daniels Midlands their peers at the North American Export Grain Association, are putting blame on biotech and asking for reimbursement and a halt to growing seed varieties not approved in major markets like China. Jacob Bunge wrote in the WSJ:…’

The CEO who said “No” to the NSA
The government jailed him in retaliation
‘In February of 2001, six months before 9/11, the NSA illegally sought (and received) the private data of the customers of phone companies all over the country in a warrantless search program.

‘One CEO, Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio, said “No!”

‘The NSA cancelled its contracts with the company and then in retaliation for his refusal to give in to intimidation filed an entirely bogus insider trading case against him.

Here’s the timeline:

1. Nacchio sells some of his Qwest stock
2. NSA failing in its extortion attempt, cancels Qwest contracts
3. Qwest stock price goes down
4. Government files insider trading charges against Nacchio

‘The judge in the insider trading case refused to have these simple facts entered into evidence and this decent, honorable man spent four and a half years in prison.’
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