Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Afraid of the dark ... from YOUNGBLOOD of INQ7.net... thanks to INQ7.net

Afraid of the dark
By Joyce Lou G. Penales
Last updated 00:36am (Mla time) 10/31/2006

Published on page A11 of the October 31, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

ARE you afraid of the dark?

Well, I am. But it was only recently that I began to be afraid of it.

I used to be night person. I enjoyed walking in the cool night air. I could stay up till dawn watching concerts or plays, doing org rituals or lab work, reviewing for exams in the "tambayan" [hangout], fixing exhibits, eating, drinking or just chatting with friends or classmates. Nighttime was also the best time to be with someone you loved and who inspired you in every way and lying on the open field just watching the stars.

Silence. Darkness is usually accompanied by silence, and silence gives us dreams that are mostly chaotic. I often imagine myself getting caught by a vampire, who drinks my blood and takes my breath away, but also shares his immortality and powers. I want some powers that vampires have, but I can have them only in the dark.

Power. In the middle of the night, when everything is dark, don't you experience a sudden surge of power? You feel the power of the mind, you can fully concentrate and ideas overflow, especially when you don't need and least expect it. It's the best time to make plans for the next hours or days.

But have you ever cried in the dark and under the sheets? When you feel deeply hurt, the only way to express it is to cry in the night, shout against the darkness, and wish you were asleep and at peace, feeling the silence of the tomb.

These were the things I loved about the dark, but a few days ago, I began to hate it. I found myself alone and the silence was suffocating. I started breathing heavily as if there was less oxygen in my blood. Numbness crept over me until I could no longer feel my own flesh. Then I woke up and I began to cry.

The experience was truly terrifying. I thought I would never awaken. I was afraid of sudden death.

I am afraid of the dark because I am afraid to die. I fear seeing darkness forever. I fear the idea of not continuing to live. I still have things to do. I cannot die now.

Joyce Lou G. Penales, 25, is a BS Biology graduate of the University of the Philippines Los Baños.

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Monday, October 30, 2006

The Korina Show(down) from abs-cbn forum

The Korina Show(down)

By Victor Agustin
Last updated 05:17pm (Mla time) 10/19/2006

Published on Page B3 of the October 18, 2006 issue of the Philippine
Daily Inquirer

THINGS are much worse between Korina Sanchez and ABS-CBN
Broadcasting news chief Maria Ressa than reported here Friday.

But an ABS-CBN official, who asked not to be identified, immediately
disputed the "professional animosity" angle that had been leaked to

"Let us just say there are always apprehensions whenever changes are
introduced," the official said.

According to the grapevine, a show-cause memo was actually issued to
the popular newscaster/talk-show host by Ressa's office and that
Korina has until this Wednesday to submit her answer.

Adherence to certain editorial guidelines, part of the sweeping
changes introduced by Ressa since she came on board in January 2005,
is being tipped as the cause of the latest tempest to hit the
newsroom of the country's biggest broadcast network.

A former CNN correspondent, Ressa is chief of the "Tres Marias," the
editorial nickname for the triumvirate of all-female, foreign-
trained news executives that had been brought in by ABS-CBN CEO
Eugenio Lopez III to bring the network's journalism up to Western

The first sweep of such changes last year caused the resignation of
more than 30 news and current affairs staffers; the latest move is
apparently designed to ensure that the network's news stars toe the
same line as that of the rank-and-file's.

According to the grapevine, Korina is taking Ressa's memo so
seriously that she has even sought outside legal advice -- Korina's
stable of lawyers in the past included ACCRA, the law firm that
publisher/columnist Maximo Soliven also sends an SOS to for his own
entanglements -- to help prepare her reply.

Still, the official ABS-CBN line is that the latest editorial flare-
up would be, and is now being, amicably resolved.

"I am happy to note that, after intensive consultations among the
concerned parties, we are now seeing the light at the end of the
tunnel," the ABS-CBN official said.

SOURCE: http://business.inq7.net/money/colum...ticle_id=27238

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Google quizzed over YouTube plans

Google quizzed over YouTube plans

File-sharing website YouTube has grown rapidly in the past year

Google has vowed to take a tough line on copyright when it completes its $1.65bn (£875m) takeover of YouTube.

The video-sharing website's rapid growth has been partly
down to the thousands of clips from old TV shows uploaded illegally by
its users.

But Google Europe vice-president Nikesh Arora told MPs his company would not tolerate copyright violations.

YouTube is thought to have escaped prosecution so far because it is a new business with little cash, MPs heard.

Its policy is to take down copyrighted material when it
is alerted by the owners, but it has been criticised for not being
vigilant enough.

It has also developed technology that will allow it to block copyrighted videos.

'Pot of money'

Nevertheless, some pundits are predicting Google, which
is one of the world's richest companies, will be hit by a string of
legal challenges as soon as YouTube the takeover goes through.

Andrew Mclaughlin, Google's head of global public
policy, told the Commons culture committee that if material infringed
copyright on Google Video service, "we take it down".

But he added: "I just can't say anything about YouTube since it's not our company."

The committee chairman John Whittingdale asked Mr Arora
if Google had "put aside a very large pot of money to settle copyright
infringement" when it took over YouTube.

Mr Arora replied: "There is not a lot we can say about
what we will do with YouTube because it is still in the process of due
diligence and we haven't closed the acquisition."

But he added: "We intend to uphold copyright. We believe it is very important as part the creative process.

"It's evident from our policy as part of Google Video,
Google News or Google Books, and any acquisition in the future is not
going to change Google's view on copyright."

Content deals

YouTube has signed content deals with entertainment giants CBS, Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, NBC and Warner Music Group.

The companies will allow YouTube to distribute approved copyrighted material in exchange for a share of advertising revenue.

Copyright owners can then judge whether to allow the
video to remain on the site, and take a share of the advertising or
block it.

YouTube already limits clips to 10 minutes to keep users
from uploading whole television episodes and films - but some users get
round this by uploading them in instalments, the committee heard.

Prosperity theology ... from Youngblood column of INQ7.net

By Mark Isaiah David


Last updated 00:53am (Mla time) 10/28/2006

Published on Page A13 of the October 28, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

God want you to be rich? A recent Time magazine cover story explored
the boom being experienced by a church in America that concentrates on
prosperity theology.

To be fair, aside from the occasional reminders about giving tithes,
most churches rarely preach about money and good stewardship over
material possessions. Preachers can be passionate about family issues,
sex, or even politics, but they are likely to avoid talking about
money. Maybe they feel that a believer’s stand on that issue should be
obvious (“The love of money is the root of all evil” -- 1Timothy 6:10).
Maybe they think there are far more pressing issues that need to be
discussed with the congregation. Or maybe they just find talking about
the subject a little disconcerting (like I do), but the end of it is
that most believers develop only a rudimentary understanding of
biblical principles regarding how to handle this ever present concern.

No matter how rich or poor you are, money concerns are likely to
hound you. After all, money affects your lifestyle, your plans, your
reactions to certain things, even the way your family or your church is
run. I’ve been with people who don’t know where their next meal is
coming from and I have worked with one of the richest men in this
country, yet both wake up in the morning and go to bed at night
thinking about the same thing: how to get more money. And yet Jesus, in
His most important sermon, seemed to dismiss it altogether (Luke
12:27). Why would you even concern yourself with such things, He asked.

His seeming total disregard of money is backed by the promise that
God will take care of you; all you need is to have faith. But while
this is easy to believe when you are typing an article in an
air-conditioned office, it is quite another thing to sing, “God is
good, all the time,” when your stomach is churning with hunger and your
little girl is tugging at your shirt, demanding to know when she could
have her milk.

Perhaps this is the reason those who already believe find prosperity
theology so attractive. For why shouldn’t you have both Jesus and a
prosperous life, after all? If you believe that the Father loves you,
that He is able to do anything, and that He owns everything, why not
pray for and expect an affluent existence?

Prosperity theology is not without biblical verses to support it.
The Bible is replete with promises of abundance and blessings for those
who follow the way of the Lord. For a person who wants to believe in a
God who promises not only salvation from sin but also prosperity in
this life, Joel Osteen and his upbeat television sermons would seem
like a voice straight from heaven itself.

But as Time noted, the biggest problem with prosperity theology is
that it shifts your attention from the gift-giver to the gift itself.
“God becomes a means to an end, not an end in Himself,” a Southwestern
Baptist preacher was quoted as saying. This makes one no different from
the 19-year-old girl who marries a multimillionaire octogenarian
because she “really loves him.” If we find this girl’s act repulsive,
how would it compare to accepting the blood of the Messiah so we can
have that sports car?

For the believer without discernment, it would be hard to
distinguish this shift in focus. Like all effective lies, prosperity
theology has some elements of truth which it changes into something
else. Instead of eternally standing in gratitude and awe for the
redemption of one’s soul, the focus of adoration shifts to “gaining the
whole world and also my soul.”

Prosperity theology can also foster discontent. Osteen’s
best-selling book, “Your Best Life Now,” focuses on financial gain and
material wealth, sugar-coated to look as if that is what is meant by
the Scriptures. In Osteen’s view, believers should expect bigger and
better things because God cannot wait to pour out His blessings on
them. He implies that because God wants to help you, the world will
give you preferential treatment. In other words, God wants to make it
easy for you.

This flies in the face of what Jesus actually said: that the world
will deny you because after all, the world denied Him. The New
Testament is full of warnings and reminders that the Christian life
would be narrow and difficult (Matthew 7:14) and that we should be
ready for trials and persecutions (2 Timothy 3:12). In seeking to make
one “feel good” and “get more out of life,” prosperity theology twists
the Scriptures for its own insidious ends.

Prosperity theology also implies that people who are suffering are
those who lack faith. However, Rick Warren, author of “The
Purpose-Driven Life,” scoffs at the idea that God wants everyone to be
wealthy. “Baloney,” he says. And I agree. The very idea that faith
automatically converts into worldly blessings speaks of a kind of
arrogance worthy of a Pharisee. What about the blind or those who have
cancer or who live in war-torn places? And what about the ones who die
despite all the prayers, and the ones who fail even though they have
absolute faith in the one true God? Are we all egoistic, spiritual
retardates to claim that it’s their fault that they didn’t get better?

This is my second most important problem with prosperity theology
(the foremost being the shift of adoration from the gift-giver to the
gift): that our attention is directed to what happens to us instead of
what we become despite what happens to us. Knowing the God of the
Bible, I get the impression that He is far more concerned about our
character, about how we react to Him, more than what happens to our
physical bodies. Remember that dude named Job?

Although it cannot be denied that God blesses everyone -- both
believers and even His enemies (Matthew 5:45) -- He wants more for us.
Scratch that: God wants the best for us, and that certainly goes far
beyond material wealth.

All of my childhood and adolescent years, I have wondered why God
allowed me to be poor. Now I know. I know I need to experience poverty
so I would become more and more like His son rather than have a more
difficult time going to His kingdom than the camel passing through the
eye of a needle.

Mark Isaiah David, 25, is an assistant manager at GMA Network Inc

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Youngblood... thnaks to INQ7.net


Disgusting habits

By Paolo Emmanuel S. Tamase


Last updated 01:13am (Mla time) 10/26/2006

Published on Page A11 of the October 26, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

mga Pilipino talaga, walang modo" ["Filipinos really have no manners"],
Dad said. When I heard him say that, I could only agree with him.

It was a humid October night, and most of the commercial buildings
along the thin, potholed and slightly congested stretch of concrete
connecting our subdivision to nearby Commonwealth Avenue already had
their store signs lighted. The sun had long set and people were going
home to the middle-class subdivisions nearby.

Dad was driving home, with my sister and me, and a tricycle zoomed
past our vehicle. As it overtook our car, the tricycle spewed out
tar-black smoke that clouded our view. After a while, the smoke
thinned, and I saw a passenger drop a neon-blue plastic bag, scattering
what looked like leftover rice on the already dirty road. Whatever it
was, it was certainly
garbage, and it did not belong there.

I am not an environmentalist, but I get mad whenever people, in
their laziness and impatience, carelessly and insensitively throw their
garbage just about anywhere. I cannot understand why people can't make
the minimal effort it requires to dispose of their trash properly. But
I was about to banish the incident from my thoughts when Dad made his
remark about our people's lack of breeding and, like I said, I had to
agree with him.

I am tired of seeing piles of garbage grow with each passing day on
undeveloped lots and sidewalks. I am tired of seeing buses muscling
their way through tiny vehicles on our major thoroughfares and speeding
away at 100 kph. I hate to see people ignoring those tacky, pink signs
loudly warning that death awaits those who would cross the street at
the wrong place, but some people seem to be too lazy to use those
overpasses. I am sick of seeing people violate common courtesy by
cutting into a line.

For 16 years, I have seen many examples that tend to prove the truth
of Dad's observation, but I still cannot accept that we Filipinos have
neither principles nor good manners because I have seen others
demonstrate that they do. While I have seen several accidents caused by
reckless bus drivers, I have also seen countless examples of the
"bayanihan" [communal self-help] spirit at work. Although I have seen
mountains of garbage all over the metropolis, I have also known
Filipinos who have stuck to their principles or traveled through
mountains to serve others.

Don't get me wrong, my Dad is more Filipino than more than half of
this nation's population. Although he can be cynical at times, he still
has not given up hope for this nation of so many uncouth citizens. What
he said was true only of some of us, and I know that it was only a
reflex reaction, a reaction that came from 46 years of frustration, to a

disgusting act committed by a young man who was probably my age and who
was too lazy to look for the right place to dispose of his garbage.

I share Dad's frustration, as well as his hope.

I have lost count of the tons of garbage in makeshift dumps that I
have seen and smelled in my life, and I have seen enough uncivilized
bus drivers to last me a lifetime, but I do not lose hope, and I
cannot. I believe that so long as there are people among us who believe
that this country is a land of gold buried in a layer of mud and that
it will continue to give birth to people who will both recognize that
fact and do something to make things better, there is still hope. I
believe that so long as there are people who are willing to give their
time and put their brain, brawn and talent in the service of the
nation, there is still hope for our people. I believe that so long as
there are people who remember the glorious days of not so long ago and
are determined to bring them back, there is still hope for the

As we neared our subdivision, I saw another pile of garbage on an
empty lot near the "barangay" [neighborhood district council] hall, and
my frustrations with our country came back to me. Still I told myself
that the time would come when I would no longer have to see such
abominations, and Dad would have to take back his words.

Paolo Emmanuel S. Tamase, 16, is third year student at the Ateneo de Manila High School.

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my three nephews...

from right, JR, EM-EM, and KIWI, hehehe, my cute nephew back home, i miss them so much though they would always make me mad. its just like they have all the energy to play and i cant stand long enough to play with them, they area the best.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Charles Darwin's works go online... thanks to BBC.co.uk

Charles Darwin's works go online
Darwin in 1881 (Darwin, F. and Seward, A. C. eds. 1903 - Cam Uni)
His theory on evolution has influenced many science disciplines
The complete works of one of history's greatest scientists, Charles Darwin, are being published online.

The project run by Cambridge University has digitised some 50,000 pages of text and 40,000 images of original publications - all of it searchable.

Surfers with MP3 players can even access downloadable audio files.

The resource is aimed at serious scholars, but can be used by anyone with an interest in Darwin and his theory on the evolution of life.

"The idea is to make these important works as accessible as possible; some people can only get at Darwin that way," said Dr John van Wyhe, the project's director.

One big collection

Dr van Wyhe has spent the past four years searching the globe for copies of Darwin's own materials, and works written about the naturalist and his breakthrough ideas on natural selection.

The historian said he was inspired to build the library at darwin-online.org.uk when his own efforts to study Darwin while at university in Asia were frustrated.

Galapagos finches from Darwin, C. R. ed. 1839 (Cam Uni)
Images as well as texts are available online
"I wrote to lots of people all over the world to get hold of the texts for the project and I got a really positive reaction because they all liked the idea of there being one big collection," he told BBC News.

Darwin Online features many newly transcribed or never-before-published manuscripts written by the great man.

These include a remarkable field notebook from his famous Beagle voyage to the Galapagos Islands, where detailed observations of the wildlife would later forge his scientific arguments.

Free use

The real artefact was stolen in the 1980s and is still missing, but the text has been transcribed from a microfilm copy made two decades earlier.

"It is astonishing to see the notebook that Darwin had in his pocket as he walked around the Galapagos - the scribbled notes that he took as he clambered over the lava," said Randal Keynes, the great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin.

"If people can read it on the web and they learn that it was stolen then I think there is more chance that this very important piece of national heritage is recovered," he told BBC News.

The Beagle (London: John Murray - Cam Uni)
Darwin travelled to the Galapagos in The Beagle
Other texts appearing online for the first time include the first editions of the Journal Of Researches (1839), The Descent Of Man (1871), The Zoology Of The Voyage Of HMS Beagle (1838-43) and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th editions of the Origin Of Species, the pivotal tome that elucidated his thoughts on evolution.

There is no charge to use the website. Most texts can be viewed either as colour originals or as fully formatted electronic transcriptions. There are also German, Danish and Russian editions.

Users can also peruse more than 150 supplementary texts, ranging from reference works to contemporary reviews of Darwin's books, obituaries and recollections.

At the moment the site contains about 50% of the materials that will be provided by 2009, the bicentenary of the naturalist's birth.

"The family has always wanted Darwin's papers and manuscripts available to anyone who wants to read them. That everyone around the world can now see them on the web is simply fantastic," said Mr Keynes.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

YOUNGBLOOD... thanks to INQ7.net

By Maria Rowena D. Ebdani
Last updated 00:10am (Mla time) 10/17/2006

Published on page A11 of the October 17, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

IN JUST one week last September, several robberies took place in Cebu City. There were two on Wednesday, one in the early morning and another in the evening. I heard about the latter through a flash report in an AM radio station to which the taxicab I was riding was tuned in shortly after the incident happened. I was very angry to know that the victim, who was in a jeepney, was a female college student and that she had been shot dead. The student was carrying a book on accounting, and her identity was known from a piece of paper she had slipped between its pages, with her name on it and the name of the person to contact in case of an emergency. The robbers ran away with her bag and her cell phone.

“That means riding a PUJ [public utility jeepney] is dangerous,” the cab driver observed, speaking in the Cebuano language. I agreed, but at the back of my mind I was wondering how taking a taxi could be safer. As a radio commentator lamented the lack (or the absence) of police visibility in areas where robbers frequently operate, the driver said in dismay, “When an ordinary person gets shot, no human rights organization stands up for him, but when it is the robber who gets shot, there will be groups protesting the abuse of his human rights.

I knew he was referring to robbers who got executed vigilante-style. I wanted to discuss the matter some more, but I was already close to my destination, so I opted not to make any comment.

The following Friday as I was on my way to work, I heard a follow-up report on the case over the radio. The driver remarked that another robbery had taken place near a well known department store the day before. I couldn’t catch the details, but I heard him mention vigilantes several times.

I asked him point-blank if taxi drivers approved of what the vigilantes were doing. He turned to look at me and smiled, in what I supposed to be a sign of affirmation.

Vigilantism in the city reached its peak in the later part of 2004 and appeared to have dropped toward the end of the following year. Most of the victims were allegedly robbers. Among the so-called “index crimes” (which includes rape, murder, homicide and physical injury), robbery seemed to have fallen most sharply during the period when the killings were most frequent.

In December 2004, the city mayor issued a statement sidestepping demands for him to do something to stop the vigilantes. He said stopping the killings was not his priority. A number of Cebuanos suspected that the mayor was condoning, if not actually encouraging, the summary executions.

Most of the cases of vigilante-style killings remain unresolved. No suspects have been identified, and no witnesses have come forward to name them.

But now that the number of vigilante killings has gone down, it appears that robbers have become bolder again. It seems that not a day passes without someone being held up by robbers somewhere in the city. On Friday, for example, two dealers were victimized by robbers. And to think that preparations for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in December are going into high gear.

It would be hard to dispute the fact that the killings have brought down the crime rate, and maybe it will continue to do so. Eliminating recidivists and habitual offenders obviously prevents them from committing more crimes. Many of the robbers who were killed were repeat offenders; robbery is punishable by imprisonment of six months to six years (depending on the gravity of the offence or the amount taken, if I remember correctly). So if we go by the figures, the number of innocent people who have been killed in the crossfire is insignificant compared to the volume of crimes prevented.

But one police inspector told me it would be wrong to assume that these vigilantes were hunting down repeat offenders. Indeed a closer look at the statistics shows that among those killed were one-time offenders as well as those who had already served their sentences several years earlier and had turned to selling fruits and vegetables in the market to earn a living. Apparently, the chilling message being sent by whoever is behind these killing is that anyone who commits a crime forfeits his life.

Recent Philippine history proves that vigilantes are able to get away with murder, literally. But shall we tolerate injustice if it serves the ends of justice? Shall we put a higher value on declining crime rates than the human lives being lost in the crusade against crime?

Because the government has constantly ignored calls to make law enforcement efficient and effective in protecting society and our people, a vicious cycle of lawlessness and terror has been unleashed. It is a perversity to think that in order to stop others from breaking our laws, one needs to act as if laws do not exist. When we begin thinking this way, the criminal justice system breaks down, morality is abandoned and some people play god.

Maria Clara Rowena D. Ebdani, 23, is a workforce management coordinator at Sykes Asia Inc.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

i got a terrible headache today, i attend office half-day, im easily irritated and i dont wanna talk to people around me

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Net crime 'big fear' for Britons... thanks to BBC.co.uk

Net crime 'big fear' for Britons
Man using computer, Eyewire
A fifth of people fear net crime the most, the report says
More Britons fear net crime than they do burglary, a survey suggests.

The Get Safe Online study released by the government found 21% of respondents felt most at risk from net crime, while 16% worried most about being burgled.

A BBC investigation into net-based attacks on Windows PCs found they could happen as much as every 15 minutes.

At least every hour, an unprotected PC set up as a honeypot logged a malicious attack that could render it unusable or make it access other machines.

Employ the very best hackers to build security for the web
Aidan, Belfast

Similar so-called "honeypot" computers have become indispensable to computer security experts monitoring online crime in recent years.

The government's study also found fears of online crime ran so deep some people were being put off using the internet altogether.

But Get Safe Online campaign boss Tony Neate said people only needed to take simple steps to avoid almost all types of net dangers.

The BBC News website is running a series of features throughout the week
Tuesday: What did we catch in our honeypot?
Wednesday: Anatomy of a spam e-mail and hackers face to face
Thursday: How to spot a phishing scam
"There are some problems out there," he said, "but simple, easy precautions mean you can be really safe."

The survey was released as the Get Safe Online campaign gets a re-launch and embarks on a national tour that aims to tell people about good web browsing habits.

As well as highlighting fears, the survey also indicates the net is becoming an increasingly important part of many Britons' lives.

Online shopping

Mr Neate, campaign managing director, said 57% of UK households had a internet connection and 69% of those were linked up via broadband.

In the first six months of 2006, British shoppers spent more than £13bn online, the survey found, and 52% of Britons questioned did their banking online.

But hand-in-hand with this went worries about the dangers greater net use posed, said Mr Neate.

He said 18% of those questioned said they would not shop online because they were concerned about becoming a victim of net crime.

86% of all targeted attacks on computers are aimed at home users
Every day 6,000 computers around the world are attacked by malicious hackers trying to knock a website offline
In the first six months of 2006 alone there were 6,784 new viruses attacking Windows machines
More than 54% of all e-mail is spam
Source: Symantec
In 2005 there were 3,000 different phishing sites identified
The losses from phishing scams in the UK was £23.2m in 2005 alone
Source: Get Safe Online
More than 95% of all e-mail is junk - either spam, error messages or viruses
Source: Return Path

The survey also found that many people are still not taking basic steps to protect themselves when they use a PC to go online.

The survey found 17% of people had no anti-virus software and 22% had no firewall. A further 23% said they had opened an e-mail attachment that came from an unknown source.

Mr Neate said the numbers of people visiting the Get Safe Online website and how long they stayed was an indicator the message was starting to get through.

Since the October 2005 launch more than 750,000 people had visited the website, he said.

He added that people should regard their PC like their car and take similar steps to keep it in good working order and safe from thieves.

"It's about crime prevention and awareness," he said. "Take some simple precautions and people are going to be safe."

Thursday, October 12, 2006

What else am I when I’m not high? ... from Youngblood, thanks to INQ7.net

By Artel Decosta
Last updated 01:29am (Mla time) 10/12/2006

Published on Page A11 of the October 12, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

ON an early morning road trip to Batangas province, my bout with drug abuse began. I was 17 then, riding in a packed mini-van with a dangerous company of young friends and friends’ friends. I knew from the start that the whole journey wouldn’t be innocent as our average age suggested. So when a thin marijuana joint was handed over to me (in much the same manner as food being served on a silver platter), I wasn’t at all surprised.

I took a first drag of what would become, from that point forward, a long list of various kinds of illegal substances. I tried to suppress a cough after the first inhalation, conscious of the curious faces staring at me. The group cheered, and I proceeded to contort my face into the nonchalant frown of feigned experience.

As we sped by fields of green, I closed my eyes for a split second and saw the most vivid, most hypnotic red I had ever seen. The next moment, when I opened my eyes, it seemed as if we had outraced the sun and stormed past the sluggish grey clouds. I can remember seeing a nipa frond hut in Lipa City and thinking it was the world’s greatest architectural wonder.

The next few years saw me growing to love the pleasant sensation of drugs. Together with those who showed me the gateway into another world of new addictions, I habitually popped party pills, sniffed rocks like a hungry wolf, sought quick jolts of pain to achieve an altered state of mind, and became figuratively hardened to a lifestyle of sinful indulgence. Often, the occasion for such transgressions was a social activity. I realized early on that how strongly you came under the influence of what substance largely depended on how much you were under the influence of whom.

Now when I look at the people with whom I have been, it is not hard to explain the whys and wherefores of our affinity to psychedelia. “M” lives with an alcoholic father who usually beats him bad and even bloody. “C” was orphaned at the age of 7. “D” is an artist who believes brilliance can be achieved only through inspired euphoria. “F” is simply too rich for his own comfort and good.

My reasons for venturing into drugs were not as tragic and sad as those of my friends. I was an average student, previously fairly functional, secure in my family’s stable finances, and hardly immature for my age. It was not that steady hits of “shabu” [“crack”] would give me a personality, but I wondered, “What else am I when I’m not high?”

I would never have gone through the agonizing process of withdrawal if not for the news that came last year. On an otherwise uneventful Sunday evening, a reality-impaired “D” brought a razor-sharp shaving blade into his bedroom. He proceeded to slash his wrists as deeply as he could. A handwritten note by his bedside contained a quote from Anton Chekhov: “A good man’s indifference is as good as any religion.”

Perhaps “D” thought it poetic that his life as an agnostic artist would lead to such a dark, dramatic end. Perhaps he didn’t feel understood (in large part, by his own religious parents) or perhaps he himself didn’t understand (for the most part, his own irreligious convictions). But whatever it was he was thinking at the time, what he did confirmed many truths we had all been reluctant to confront. Where we had sought a happy escape, we found an abnormal psychosomatic life. What had been a harmless game became an engagement which indifferently staked precious lives, however dysfunctional. And after we had flown the heights of an altered plateau, we had come down with a bottomless vertigo -- and to each by his own sad sedation.

While “D” lost an obscene amount of blood, his suicide attempt fortunately failed. And so did the appropriateness of his suicide note. We had been indifferent, I suppose, and in many dimensions outside religion. We weren’t good men and although I realized this from my first taste of drugs, it’s only now that I have accepted the fact that bad boys aren’t fashionable and that drug abuse isn’t justifiable. The crazed, hallucinating, blasphemous fools we were transformed into after every session were creatures outside of ourselves. They were not at all human, for they were devoid of reality, of reason, of emotion, of a sense of consequence, of an eye for natural beauty, and most of all, of life.

It isn’t a way of living to be chronically dependent on chemicals and to be seeking the ephemeral pleasure of a drug-created world. On the contrary, it’s a way of dying -- a stupid, fear-induced choice made by people intent on developing antipathy and hatred for all that life has given them. We were stripped of everything life had to offer because drugs offer nothing precious.

Morbid as it may seem to celebrate the day “D” got curious with a pair of Gillette blades, I now mark it as my epiphany. “D’s” blood is our blood, our burden is everybody else’s burden, and the burden of everyone can and will always be lifted. I feel as if I am embarking on a new trip now, experiencing a natural high -- and drugs be damned. With a body and mind that have been scarred, yet with a soul that has been saved from corrosion, I can now look at the gold, glistening sun and smile to myself. And I am glad it is still there.

Artel Decosta, 22, has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He has been drug-free since last year and now works as a freelance writer. Reactions to his story can be sent to artel_decosta@yahoo.com.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Youngblood for October 11, 2006... thanks to INQ7.net

By Cecile Adrias
Last updated 01:08am (Mla time) 10/10/2006

Published on page A11 of the October 10, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE Ilonggo [native of Iloilo, Guimaras and Negros provinces] has suddenly found himself on national TV and in the newspapers almost every day since Aug. 11. Unlike “Starstruck” survivors, however, the Ilonggo is dumbstruck. He does not know what hit him yet, although it has been weeks since tragedy struck.

I must admit that for about a week after I heard about the oil spill in Guimaras province Iloilo, I was indifferent to it. I knew it was something grave, having read about Exxon Valdez when I was still in high school, but the reality did not sink in quickly.

My first impulse was to text a friend who has an abalone farm in Guisi, one of the beaches near the site of the spill. I asked her if the oil slick had reached her farm, and she told me it had not. A week later, she sadly told me that the slick had finally reached the farm and that her husband doubted whether the business he had built, the first commercial abalone hatchery in the Philippines, would survive.

That was when I became concerned about the problem. I had gone snorkeling at the farm a year ago. I spent endless hours with Dory and Nemo and their friends in their colorful world. In fact I had been nagging my friend to invite me there again. We sighed and regretted that we could not find the time to return. I had planned to snorkel there with my kids someday. But that dream is no more, and not only because I have no boyfriend but because of that blasted oil spill. Gad danggit!

The first thing I had to do as a teacher, aside from correcting the pronunciation (spil -- short i, not the grinning i in speel), was to discuss its implications. I felt like I was Demosthenes, with the wisdom of Al Gore and the passion of a Greenpeace warrior. Heck, I even quoted Michael Jackson (you know, “Heal the World”). We were at a loss about what we could do. I could not ask my students to just pray, right? (I am not Cory Aquino).

But with awareness came analysis and then proposed action. We thought that cutting our lustrous locks was out of the question. We wanted to do something but we did not know exactly what. Thankfully, the very next week, the school launched a campaign to gather as many empty mineral water bottles to make improvised spill boom. The students worked themselves into frenzy. They combed every restaurant, mall, “tiangge” [flea market], school, public market and hospital in the city to look for plastic bottles. And at the end of four days, they had gathered enough bottles to fill five dump trucks! The staff of the mayor of Jordan, to whom we turned over the bottles, could only shake their heads. Had they known, they said, they would not have spent P50,000 buying bottles from junk shops.

I could not gloat over this feat for long because just days later I saw for myself the damage wrought by the oils spill when I visited Barangay Losaran. “Oh, there is just so much work that needs to be done!” I thought to myself. I was at a loss for words to describe what I saw and heard.

What struck me most was the sight of fisherman in full cleanup gear, supposedly (mask, galoshes, long sleeves, gloves) raking leaves that had been washed to the shore and then stuffing them into a sack. “For processing,” one of them explained. He said he was being paid P300 a day. But I wondered for how long he would be doing it.

It is frustrating for me to watch people there go about their task as if in Zen-like trance. Just raking. Just stuffing the leaves into the sack. Just going on with their lives, hopefully until everything returned to normal.

A doctor who interviewed the victims confirmed this seeming indifference among the residents of the affected areas. There was no hint of anger when they related their stories. Did they realize that they and their children had just been raped? The social, ecological and economic stain caused by the spill cannot be willed to vanish by spraying chemicals.

I was not amused to hear the mayor of Nueva Valencia say that there was now a new kind of tourism in Guimaras: “calamity tourism.” He noted that he had never seen so many people visiting their town in the past.

But I agreed with him when he said the tanker should be pulled up from the depths. He cited conflicting “expert opinions” about what needed to be done to the tanker.

What we are doing now is applying short-term solutions to a long-term problem. Already there is the endangered family of manatees/dugongs which like to feed on two different species of sea grass off Bala-an Bukid on the other side of Guimaras. Recently a whale got beached and did not survive. Whoever said this disaster is a ticking time bomb is correct. There is no time for politicking and speaking endlessly before TV cameras and flashbulbs. I do not want to hear again my least favorite Ilonggo, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez (who likes to dangle and misplace modifiers in his “wise” sayings plastered on the walls of our city’s useless overpasses), absolve the oil firm Petron Corp. of any liability for the disaster. There is no other day but today for Ilonggos -- and Filipinos -- to do what needs to be done to save Guimaras.

Consider this: Ilonggos cannot take leisurely Sunday lunches at Villa Beach anymore if the slick reaches our shores. We will have to pay more for the fresh “tuloy” or “tanguige” figh that we crave. We will have to go all the way to Boracay or Antique to enjoy the beach. That is if we don’t help ourselves now.

The cynics may sniff and scoff, but an oil spill is an oil spill. The cleanup of the Semirara oil spill has not been finished until now. And that happened five years ago!

Guimaras can overcome this tragedy if the “bayanihan” [communal self-help] spirit guides our people. There will always be people who are willing to help. The Filipinos, and especially the Ilonggos, must be there for Guimaras. While some have snapped out of their stupor, the ordinary Ilonggos have not. In my frustration, sometimes I think of whacking their lazy butts and shouting into their ears “Hoy, bugtaw!” [“Hey, wake up!”] Sooner than they realize it, they will feel the effects of the disaster. And then they will know that they are part of the web of life.

Cecile Adrias, 27, teaches in Assumption-Iloilo.

Copyright 2006 Inquirer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Philippine TV Ratings, October 7-8, 2006 Weekend Ratings...

AGBN Mega/Metro Manila Ratings (October 8, 2006)
October 8, 2006 (Sunday) AGBN


At Home ka dito - 6.9 / 8.3
Kay susan tayo - 9.3 / 8.8

ISWAK - 9.3 / 11.5
Atlantika replay - 12.9 / 11.8

ASAP06 - 15.1 / 15.6
SOP - 14.6 / 13.8

Your Song - 14.6 / 14.3
SOPG - 10.3 / 9.3

LoveSpell - 12.7 / 13.4
L2L - 8.5 / 8.0

The Buzz - 14.3 / 15.9
Sfiles - 15.4 / 14.3

GB - 19.4 / 19.4
MB - 20.4 / 18.5

TVP - 19.8 / 20.2
HooU - 20.0 / 18.4

Rated K - 18.3 / 18.2
M&J - 24.6 / 22.1

Sharon - 14.0 / 15.1
All Star - 17.5 / 18.8
Phil Idol - 3.2 / 3.8

PDA - 14.2 / 15.7
DDD - 14.6 / 16.0
Shall We dance - 4.3 / 4.5

Sunday's Best - 6.4 / 7.4
Sunday Night - 10.4 / 11.1

Trip na Trip - 2.3 / 3.0
Urban Zone - 1.8 / 2.1
Jesus is Lord - 1.2 / 1.8

AGBN Mega/Metro Manila Ratings (October 7,2006)
October 7, 2006 (SATURDAY) AGBN


ISWAK - 9.6 / 10.6
Making TIMY - 12.6 / 10.6

PGKNB - 17.8 / 19.3
WWW - 20.3 / 22.2
EB - 18.9 / 15.9

Nagmamahal - 10.5 / 11.4
Lets Go - 7.4 / 9.2
Startalk - 10.6 / 10.0

SMP - 8.5 / 9.5
Wish Ko lang - 13.2 / 12.9

Komiks - 20.9 / 21.8
Fantastikids - 15.3 / 13.8

John en Shirley - 18.1 / 19.8
Bitoy's - 22.2 / 20.5

TVP - 20.4 / 23.3
PPS - 24.2 / 21.3

XXX - 21.3 / 24.2
KMJS - 22.3 / 19.4

PDA - 17.7 / 19.1
Imbestigador - 20.2 / 19.4
Phil Idol - 1.5 / 1.2

AAlog - 10.2 / 11.5
HP - 10.8 / 10.2

Sports U - 5.7 / 6.9
SS - 8.7 / 8.4
Walang Tulugan - 3.1 / 3.9

Philippine TV Ratings, October 6, 2006

AGBN Mega/Metro Manila Ratings October 6, 2006
October 6, 2006 (FRIDAY) AGBN


MUP - 4.7 / 5.7
UH - 6.3 / 6.2

KSNSwak - 5.8 / 6.0
Sonic X - 5.5 / 5.5

Wansapanataym - 10.4 / 11.1
One Piece - 11.6 / 11.4
Mobile Kusina - 6.1 / 5.8

Home Boy - 12.5 / 12.9
Sis - 8.2 / 6.8

PGKNB - 19.5 / 20.0
Yellow H - 13.9 / 10.5

WWW - 20.0 / 22.1
EB - 18.0 / 14.4
Daisy 7 - 17.1 / 14.4

Kapamilya Cinema - 10.9 / 11.0
Pinakamamahal - 10.2 / 9.8
Now and Forever - 9.8 / 9.0

Pasion de Amor - 10.3 / 10.9
Ms Kims Million - 8.7 / 8.2

My Girl - 7.8 / 8.6
Dragon Ball - 11.6 / 10.3

PSY - 11.6 / 12.1
JITP - 12.9 / 12.8

TVPW - 23.7 / 25.2
24oras - 22.0 / 20.6

KDOND - 27.4 / 29.1
Super Inggo - 27.6 / 30.4
Captain B - 28.4 / 27.8

BWN - 34.8 / 36.0
Atlantika - 26.4 / 27.8

Maging SIno Ka Man - 25.0 / 25.4
Bakekang - 27.0 / 29.0
LSIH - 24.4 / 25.4

PDA - 15.5 / 16.9
Bubble - 15.0 / 17.5

Bandila - 6.3 / 7.0
Saksi - 10.7 / 12.7

Mirada - 4.2 / 4.4
Emergency - 8.8 / 10.9

Pinoy D uplate - 2.5 / 2.8

Monday, October 09, 2006

Google launches literacy portal.. thanks to BBC.co.uk

Google launches literacy portal
Google Literacy Project screengrab
The project aims to pool literacy information
Search engine Google has launched a portal to connect literacy organisations around the world.

The Literacy Project enables teachers, organisations, and those interested in literacy to use the internet to search for and share literacy information.

The new online service was announced at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany.

Users can search for information in digitised books and academic articles, and share information through blogs, videos and groups.

A global problem deserves a global solution
Karin Plötz, Litcam

The tool also allows people to find literacy organisations around the world using a searchable and zoomable map.

It has been created in collaboration with the Frankfurt Book Fair literacy campaign (Litcam) and Unesco's Institute for Lifelong Learning.

Jessica Powell, European corporate communications manager at Google, said: "Our objective at Google is to organise the world's information and to make it accessible to everyone.

"We think the internet has an important role to play in terms of accessing information."

This was especially important for areas such as literacy, she added.

Copyright wrangles

Karin Plötz, from Litcam, said: "A global problem deserves a global solution, and we believe that cooperation and the sharing of best practices is key in the fight against illiteracy."

The move ties in with the search engine giant's foray into the literary world: Google Book Search.

Users can now use it to search through an archive of digitised books to uncover the literature that contains their words of phrases of choice.

Publishers, such as Penguin and HarperCollins, and libraries, including Oxford University's, have allowed Google to scan their books.

If the book is in copyright, users can only access limited information; if it is out of copyright, it can be downloaded.

But it is not without it is critics. Some believe Google is infringing copyright law by digitising works without the copyright holders' permission, in fact the Authors Guild of America, the Association of American Publishers and publishing company La Martiniere is suing the company.

But the search engine claims that by only revealing snippets of text, no copyright is being violated.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

YOUNGBLOOD... thanks to INQ7.net

‘Fugly’ once
By Crispy
Last updated 01:28am (Mla time) 10/07/2006

Published on Page A13 of the October 7, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

YOU know when proud parents go into a mock argument over who among their children took after their intelligence or lovable personality or nice physical attributes? “Sa akin yata nagmana ’yan” [“Of course, he/she took after me”], they would say.

I was the kid who excelled in school, so I used to hear that line from my parents whenever I brought home my report card or flashed gold medals or earned merit ribbons from a declamation contest or a science quiz bee. And it felt good.

But it felt different when I heard one of them say, “Kamukha mo siya” [“She looks like you”], and the other protested, “Hindi, mana siya sa ’yo.” [“No, she got her looks from you.”]

I overheard that exchange when, perhaps out of sheer boredom (or plain tactlessness), my parents started discussing who among their children were good-looking and who in particular looked like them. And sadly, I was the kid they were talking about when both of them jokingly denied any genetic responsibility for my less-than-dazzling looks. It seemed as if nobody wanted to be my “kamukha” (look-alike).

I heard those remarks when I was 13 years old, and that was when I came to realize that I was not beautiful. I struggled through my teen years up to my early 20s with a lot of hang-ups and insecurities, thinking I was smart but “fugly” (f---king ugly).

Now I am 28, and surprisingly, I turned out OK. Meaning I didn’t morph into a murderous sociopath (hurrah!) despite the many disparaging remarks that mercilessly crushed my self-esteem. Apparently I’m made of sterner stuff, though it took a while before knew I had it in me.

What’s a camera-shy girl to do when a photographer asks her, “Why do you hate to have your picture taken? ‘Hindi ka naman masyadong pangit’ [After all, you are not that ugly].” (I am quoting him verbatim.) Nasty.

What’s a nice, bright-eyed girl to do when, at the five-star hotel where she works, a snooty guest tells her, “Are you really working at the PR department? You don’t look like a glamorous PR person. You’re kinda more suited to desk jobs.” (I swear that is verbatim, too.) Nastier.

What’s a dark-skinned girl to do when her mother thoughtlessly remarks, upon seeing the new Nescafé commercial, “Ang pangit ni (name of model); ang itim pa niya” [“How ugly she is; and she is so dark”], little knowing that so many people had already told her daughter her “truly Filipina” looks and morena color reminded them of a younger (name of model). Nastiest.

What’s a girl to do? I took it all in. Cried a little. Wallowed in self-pity a little. Cursed a little. Sighed a little. Contemplated tearing out their hair or gouging out their eyes a little.

But I was generally OK. I comforted myself with the thought that, cliché though it may be, every girl is beautiful in her own unique, quirky way. It doesn’t matter how much a woman’s looks deviate from other people’s pre-conceived notions of physical beauty, because true beauty is so much more than rosy cheeks, perfect teeth, slender arms, not-a-strand-out-of-place hair, or flawless legs.

Again it is a cliché, but real beauty comes from within: essentially, what you get when you strip someone of her makeup, stylish clothes, snobbish job title, monthly salary, hunky boyfriend and what-have-you. It is what you get regardless of her age, complexion, body type, waistline, bra size or the shape of her nose. It is strength and resoluteness of spirit, integrity, compassion, passion, plus a lot of wit and good-natured humor. Beauty is moving with ease and confidence, being straightforward, making no excuses, enjoying life.

I’m still the same fugly girl, going by the conventional standards of beauty. No fairy godmother has come into my life and magically changed my looks. It was my attitude and outlook in life that changed. And that was when the magic kicked in.

I am what I am and I love what I see in the mirror every day. The ugly duckling has not turned into a beautiful swan, but it has become a full-grown, wiser duck.

People say true beauty radiates from within and that there’s a certain delicate beauty in minimalism and simplicity.

Because I grew up believing I was ugly, I found it uncomfortably amazing that someone actually described this duckling as someone “who looks so plain and so simple at first glance but has the unexpected beauty that creeps up and grows on you the longer you look at her -- ‘paganda nang paganda’ [growing more and more beautiful].” And that’s verbatim again.

To this day, my heart still skips a beat whenever I hear people tell me in all sincerity that I am simple but beautiful. The key word here is “sincerity,” and I can’t ask for more.

Crispy, 28, works in a government corporation as a communications specialist.

Copyright 2006 Inquirer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Friday, October 06, 2006

'Bulge' yields new planet class... thanks to BBC.co.uk

'Bulge' yields new planet class
Many of the planets are the size of Jupiter

Astronomers have discovered a new class of planets that take less than a day to whiz round their parent stars.

Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope revealed the existence of the planets, which orbit closer to their stars than any previously known.

Dr Kailash Sahu and colleagues report finding the planets in a faint, crowded star field in a region of the Milky Way known as the galactic bulge.

The team has published its findings in the scientific journal Nature.

It uncovered the existence of 16 planets in the category of close orbiters, taking between 0.4 and 3.2 days to go around their respective stars.

Many of the planets are the size of Jupiter, the largest planet in our Solar System. Two of the 16 have orbits of less than a day, creating a new category of "ultra-short" orbit exoplanets.

In addition, these worlds generally orbit stars that are somewhat lighter than the typical stars where extrasolar planets have been found before.

'Wobble' effect

Dr Sahu, from the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, US, and colleagues searched for the characteristic dips in a star's luminosity that occur as it is temporarily blocked by an orbiting planet.

They carried out back-up, confirmation measurements using the "wobble" method, in which they looked for a telltale oscillation, or wobble, in the light coming from a star as it is tugged by the gravitational attraction of a planet.

The researchers say that any planets that orbited at such a close distance to brighter, hotter stars would be destroyed by solar radiation.

Astronomers have spotted 202 extrasolar planets since the first was spotted in October 1995

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Am at orm0c, its hell!

Am at orm0c, its hell!
Originally uploaded by arleighmac.

Ds trip is to0 bad, i dun0, i dnt like to work na, i dnt gve it a damn shit!

Am at orm0c, its hell!

Am at orm0c, its hell!
Originally uploaded by arleighmac.

Ds trip is to0 bad, i dun0, i dnt like to work na, i dnt gve it a damn shit!

Am at orm0c, its hell!

Am at orm0c, its hell!
Originally uploaded by arleighmac.

Ds trip is to0 bad, i dun0, i dnt like to work na, i dnt gve it a damn shit!

Am at orm0c, its hell!

Am at orm0c, its hell!
Originally uploaded by arleighmac.

Ds trip is to0 bad, i dun0, i dnt like to work na, i dnt gve it a damn shit!

Am at orm0c, its hell!

Am at orm0c, its hell!
Originally uploaded by arleighmac.

Ds trip is to0 bad, i dun0, i dnt like to work na, i dnt gve it a damn shit!

Am at orm0c, its hell!

Am at orm0c, its hell!
Originally uploaded by arleighmac.

Ds trip is to0 bad, i dun0, i dnt like to work na, i dnt gve it a damn shit!

Am at orm0c, its hell!

Am at orm0c, its hell!
Originally uploaded by arleighmac.

Ds trip is to0 bad, i dun0, i dnt like to work na, i dnt gve it a damn shit!

Am at orm0c, its hell!

Am at orm0c, its hell!
Originally uploaded by arleighmac.

Ds trip is to0 bad, i dun0, i dnt like to work na, i dnt gve it a damn shit!

Am at orm0c, its hell!

Am at orm0c, its hell!
Originally uploaded by arleighmac.

Ds trip is to0 bad, i dun0, i dnt like to work na, i dnt gve it a damn shit!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


Originally uploaded by arleighmac.

Good morning....

ei there guys, im drunk reporting to office now, im so wasted and a total wrecked... hehehe... by the way ill be posting my recent civil works project in DWF format, you will see here some of my model projects from midcost to high-end residential subdivisions, property management and the likes....

Monday, October 02, 2006

I miss my Mom And Dad..

this is my mom and dad, photo taken at our house in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental

Happy Monday!!!

h ithere guys... happpy monday to everyone, i miss blogging, how are you, ready today's work now.. ill be in lapu-lapu, naga and other branches... what a tough day ahead of me... to all my friends, please let me know your visiting my site, so that i could acknowledge you... happy monday to everyone, forget monday blues...
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