Saudi Arabia Delays Blogger’s Lashing Again


cbc.ca-ensaf-haidar-raif-badawi‘The fourth (flogging of Raif Badawi), scheduled for today, has also been delayed according to the international human rights organization.

‘His wife Ensaf Haidar, now a refugee living in Sherbrooke, Que., said that Badawi can’t endure another flogging…’
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The Most Touching Story About the Philippine SAF Commandos
What many SAF commandos were looking at before they died
‘”Siguro, God’s purpose na ako ay mabuhay…personally may makausap ‘yung mga mahal nila sa buhay na ganito ‘yung nakita ko sa kanila, bago sila [namatay],” he said.

‘He narrated that he saw one of his companions looking at his cellphone moments before he was able to escape. “Yung isa nga (one was looking at his cellphone at the photos of his family. Possibly saying goodbye) tumitingin sa cellphone eh, nakatingin sa [picture ng] anak niya siguro, habang gumagapang ako nakikita ko ‘yung reaksiyon [nila],” Robert added.

He also saw some of his companions dead, while others who were injured were lying on the ground. “Yung iba, patay na talaga. ‘Yung iba, nawalan ng bala, na-injured, nakahiga na lang. Mukha pa lang nila…kung mabuhay man ako, ipaalam ko sa…katulad ng nakita ko, nakatingin sa cellphone.”…’
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Social Media Giants Adopt ”Mob Rule” Tactics
But is this something new? According to my experience, LinkedIn and Facebook were dictators for years already

‘As stated in Facebook’s announcement this past week, “Today’s update to News Feed reduces the distribution of posts that people have reported as hoaxes and adds an annotation to posts that have received many of these types of reports to warn others on Facebook. We are not removing stories people report as false and we are not reviewing content and making a determination on its accuracy.”

‘According to Tweaktown, “This change will see posts that include links, photos, videos and general status updates affected – seeing it not limited to company news articles only.”

‘An individual who is SWAMMED in one group will find himself on moderation in all LinkedIn groups. Many group owners/moderators are absent and do not take the time to cull through pending posts nor do they respond to group members who write them directly, asking for the auto moderation to be overridden. So what eventuates from the SWAMMING policy is a virtual gag on a user.

‘Gary Ellenbogen has started a LinkedIn support group for victims of SWAM. Ellenbogen, who is a former Psychology professor (University of Vermont) and now an officer with Vision Architecture, found himself SWAMMED over a year and a half ago and remains on moderation, in what may be the longest running case of SWAMMING yet. ..’
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Experimet: How The Rule Of Reciprocation Binds Us


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Experimet: How The Rule Of Reciprocation Binds Us
‘The cards from that year came in all shapes and sizes, but the basic message was the same. The writers wanted Kunz to know that he and his family were cared for, and also they wanted to share their own news. They included pictures of family members and new homes and smiling graduates with freshly minted diplomas.

‘It all seems pretty normal, except for one thing: Kunz didn’t know any of them.

‘Kunz was a sociologist at Brigham Young University. Earlier that year he’d decided to do an experiment to see what would happen if he sent Christmas cards to total strangers…’
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A Brief History of the Hilarious Wife Carrying World Championships
‘At the annual Wife Carrying World Championships in Sonkajärvi, Finland, male competitors race around a track hauling their female partners on their backs. Winner takes home his wife’s weight in beer.

‘It’s no ordinary racetrack, either. Competitors must wade through a neck-deep pool of water, climb over hurdles, and run through pits of sand before crossing the finish line.

‘While some participants don crazy costumes for the pre-race, the actual event is pretty straight-laced. Wives must weigh at least 49 kilograms (108 pounds). Any woman lighter than that is required to carry a heavy rucksack until she reaches this minimum. A participant who drops his wife will be penalized 15 seconds. But there is one catch: contestants don’t have to carry their own wives. A friend’s wife, stranger’s wife, or even a random grandmother will do – as long as she’s over 17…’
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Famous Last Words Of: Jaime G. Jose, Basilio Pineda Jr., and Edgardo P. Aquino, convicted rapists.
‘They uttered these last words to the prison chaplain Hermenegildo Angeles shortly before they were executed by electric chair on May 17, 1972. The three, including Rogelio Canal who died of a drug overdose a year earlier, had been condemned to die for abducting and raping the young actress Maggie dela Riva on June 26, 1967.

‘The incident became one of the country’s most sensational rape cases ever, as dela Riva refused to back down in confronting the men who belonged to prominent and powerful families…’
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Your Mom is a Phone-addict. What Will You do?


dailymail.co-article-2261777-14DEE2F3000005DC-32_634x603She should be unplugged from the family
‘Dear Carolyn: My wife of 20 years has become obsessed with her phone. She is constantly checking Facebook, texts and e-mail, while seeming to ignore me and our three kids at home and in the car. While I drive, her head is always down, staring at her phone, unaware of what the rest of us are seeing or talking about. I try to start conversations, but she usually responds with one or two words then is back to her screen.

‘Several times I have politely asked her to put the phone down, but she responds defensively by saying, “I just have to finish looking at this,” or she rolls her eyes and scoffs as she puts it down. Am I out of line to think she should be more engaged with our family, or am I the one who needs to adapt to the new norm of socialization? Thanks…’
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7 Myths About Washing Your Produce
‘Most of the fruits and vegetables you eat are safe after a quick wash, but there’s a lot of confusion about produce safety. We did our research and debunked some outdated myths.
Here’s one myth:
You need a fancy produce wash
‘Fruit and vegetable washes claim to kill more bacteria, but studies from the University of Maine have shown that tap water does as good a job or better. When produce is rinsed thoroughly, water can remove 98 percent of bacteria. It’s also unclear whether the residues left by produce washes are safe to eat. If you’re concerned about the quality of your tap water you can use distilled water. You can also make a safe homemade produce wash by mixing one part vinegar with three parts water. Note, however, that vinegar may change the taste or texture of produce, because vinegar is disgusting…’
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Glutathione: The Master Antioxidant
‘Glutathione is a tripeptide constructed from three amino acids – Glycine, Glutamic Acid, and Cysteine. Your body produces its own Glutathione using these amino acids. What we know is that poor diet, digestion, and protein metabolism along with pollution, heavy metals, toxins, viruses, bacteria, medications,stress, trauma, aging, infections, radiation, and even the normal aging process can all deplete your Glutathione.
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Are my non-stick saucepans a health hazard?
‘Cookware has often been suspected of causing health problems. In the 1970s, aluminium was (wrongly) linked with Alzheimer’s disease, causing researchers to consider aluminium pans a risk factor. The US Alzheimer’s Association now has aluminium on its myth list – pointing out that there is not enough evidence to show that an association exists.

‘However, Teflon, despite its link to long-chain PFCs, is thought to be safe, because part of the manufacturing process involves heating the coating to high temperatures, which gets rid of PFOA before the pan reaches the assembly line. A study published in the journal Food Additives and Contaminents tested 26 non-stick cookware products under extreme conditions and concluded that none of them released any noxious chemicals…’
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“The Internet Will Disappear”


wikimedia-imagesAnd I think Google Chairman Eric Schmidt knows what he’s talking about
‘At the end of a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where his comments were webcast, he was asked for his prediction on the future of the web. “I will answer very simply that the Internet will disappear,” Schmidt said.

‘“There will be so many IP addresses…so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with that you won’t even sense it,” he explained. “It will be part of your presence all the time. Imagine you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic. And with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room.”…’
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Google urges Firefox users to ditch Yahoo
‘Google is now fighting to regain its lost search share from Yahoo by encouraging Firefox users to switch their default search engine and home page to its own offerings, reports Search Engine Land.

‘The search-focused publication noticed messages urging it to switch to Google search at the top of the page when visiting Google’s homepage using Firefox.

‘Google also tweeted instructions on how to make the switch, linking to a page that explained the process…’
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Blogger who uncovered GOP leader’s white supremacist ties had home Internet lines cut
‘”[The cable guy] said that whatever had happened to me was the result of someone invading my backyard and using a power tool to cut the line,” he recalled. “There’s no conceivable way this could have happened on its own or been done by an animal. It wasn’t just that they cut it, they also tugged at the line [after it was severed].”

‘Earlier this month, Lamar White, Jr. woke up to discover his Internet connection wasn’t working. He had just gotten a new cable box installed at his Dallas, Texas, home and figured his lines should still be in ship shape because it hadn’t been long since they were last checked. ..’
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This Battery Has Lasted 175 Years and No One Knows How
‘There sits, in the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford University, a bell that has been ringing, nonstop, for at least 175 years. It’s powered by a single battery that was installed in 1840. Researchers would love to know what the battery is made of, but they are afraid that opening the bell would ruin an experiment to see how long it will last.

‘The bell’s clapper oscillates back and forth constantly and quickly, meaning the Oxford Electric Bell, as it’s called, has rung roughly 10 billion times, according to the university. It’s made of what’s called a “dry pile,” which is one of the first electric batteries. Dry piles were invented by a guy named Giuseppe Zamboni (no relation to the ice resurfacing company) in the early 1800s. They use alternating discs of silver, zinc, sulfur, and other materials to generate low currents of electricity…’
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Pay James Patterson $300 Thousand and He’ll Destroy His Latest Novel


facebook-safe_image.php‘Having successfully transitioned from author to brand, the famed James Patterson is now trying a new business model: not writing at all.

‘He’s offering a unique opportunity for a single individual to pay $294,038 for the privilege of destroying the next Patterson-branded book. The package includes a first-class flight to an undisclosed location, two nights’ stay in a luxury hotel, a 14-karat gold-plated binoculars, a five-course dinner with Mr. Patterson, and a complete autographed set of the Alex Cross series, including the books Patterson wrote himself…’
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The Rare Wicked Bible
‘At the same time that this was happening – wait for it: how spooky is this? – I was offered a rare book which, while well out of field for me, was extremely enticing. It is a Bible, published in 1631 by Barker and Lucas, the royal printers, with one of the most famous misprints (if it is that) in the whole of literature. In its citation of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:14) we have as Number Seven: “THOU SHALT COMMIT ADULTERY.” Given the number of the faithful who believe in a literal interpretation of the holy word, this new injunction was likely to cause the odd misunderstanding. (“I am not repentant, my dear, I am merely obeying God’s will.”)

‘What my book’s owner wanted to know, of course, was how much it might be worth? He was greatly encouraged by an online reference to an antiquarian firm called Greatsite.com (“World’s Largest Dealer of Rare and Antique Bibles”) offering a copy of the book for $89,500 (£55,000). Their description of the item is breathlessly excited: “an unspeakably rare collector’s item … only a handful escaped destruction, making them the rarest of the rare. This is the only one for sale in the world.” When I emailed them, one John Lawton Jeffcoat III, who sounds more like an evangelist than a dealer, told me that their book had sold, and immediately been replaced by “an even better, totally original” copy, priced at $99,500. The rarest of the rare?…’
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Mandaluyong Police Allegedly Involved in Taxi Scam
I know for a fact that Mandaluyong LTO is Corrupt
‘This happened to me and my sister at 2am in the morning on January 20, 2015. We rode a taxi from Novaliches to Las Pinas. My sister and I were talking inside the cab when I noticed that the driver ate some candy and kept drinking water. My sister noticed that the taxi was already swerving from side to side so she asked, “Sir are you sleepy?” which the driver replied, “Yes ma’am, I’m a little dizzy from sleepiness, can I just pull over for a bit so I can wipe my face with a wet towel?”

‘The driver then approached us and we started to shout at him in front of the policemen, but he did not answer. The policemen then told us that they will simply accompany us to a taxi stand. They sent the guilty driver off. Aboard the mobile, the police kept telling us that we might be just tired or under stress that’s why we felt that way. And with what they were saying, it was obvious that they did not believe us…’
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What the Real Meaning of ‘Judas Goat’ is


middlebororeview-JudasGoat_365‘Beginning in 1997, professional training of a team of highly skilled park wardens from Galapagos began. By the end of the project, this team would become one of the best hunting and eradication teams worldwide.

‘The modern, high-tech hunting methods were first put into practice to eradicate the remaining pig population on Santiago and the few remaining goats on the small island of Pinta. Field trials on smaller islands helped to hone the team for the large-scale work on Isabela and resulted in the achievement of additional Galapagos conservation goals. Cutting-edge technology, including the use of helicopters for aerial hunting and GIS tracking, ensured swift and efficient removal of the feral goats. Data management became as critical for the hunters as marksmanship skills. Being naturally gregarious, sterilized Judas goats, fitted with radio collars and then released into the population, would seek out the remaining feral goats, allowing them to be located through radio telemetry and then removed…’
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Top 10 Unsolved Mysteries in the Philippines (Part 2)
Due to persistent public demand, here is the sequel for one of our most popular lists, Top 10 Unsolved Mysteries in the Philippines (Part 1)

‘The backstory: The name Yamashita is almost synonymous to a single theme: treasure hunting. Such was its impact to gold hunters that for the last few decades after General Tomoyuki Yamashita’s death, the search for the legendary treasure has lingered on. According to legends, the aptly named “Yamashita’s gold” is a collective term for numerous war loots amassed by the Japanese forces from its different conquests across South East Asia.

‘General Yamashita’s original plan was to hide the treasure in the Philippines and then transfer it to Japan via war ships once the American forces take over. As we all know, Yamashita was captured, tried, and executed–forever locking the treasure inside the vault of secrecy…’
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Dota banned by Dasmariñas, Cavite, village
‘A barangay (village) in Dasmariñas City has issued a resolution banning the multi-player online game Defense of the Ancients (Dota) in computer shops within its jurisdiction.

‘According to Resolution 008-S-2015 dated January 5, 2015, issued by the Barangay Council of Salawag, Dota was being banned because it had already become a tool for gambling and was causing discord in the community.

‘The resolution, which was written in Filipino, added that Dota was inducing the youth in their barangay to become violent to the point of committing murder.

‘It said that because of Dota’s “bad influence,” the young were “nagiging bayolente at natutong manloko, magnakaw.” (They are becoming violent and are learning to deceive, steal.)…’
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