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3 Cost Effective Ways to Solve Metro Manila's Traffic Problem

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The Facebook page of ANC 24/7 is asking for its reader's suggestion on how to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem.


This got me thinking, "what is the best way to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem?" It's easy to make suggestions, what's hard is the implementation and the cost of implementation. So what is the the best way to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem and the most cost effective solution?

Punitive Fines
First of all, any implementation will definitely cost money, a lot of money. The cause of the traffic mess is the people themselves so it's only right that those causing the traffic problem should be fined and the fine should hurt. That way, the fines will pay for the cost of enforcing the law.
The fines should start at P500 and goes up every week if you don't pay it within 15 days. To enforce this and prevent people from ignoring the fine. It will be tied to their driver's license or car registration. They cannot renew their d…

Miles Davis - Human Nature

Video of Miles Davis playing Michael Jackson's Human Nature. Great rendition.

Blood feud kills Pacquiao-Mayweather fight

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada, United States—Manny Pacquiao will not fight Floyd Mayweather next March because a blood testing stalemate wiped out what could have been the richest fight in boxing history, promoter Bob Arum said Thursday.

The planned showdown between Filipino hero Pacquiao, a seven-division world champion, and unbeaten US star Mayweather could have brought each fighter as much as $40 million in a rare Las Vegas mega-fight spectacular.

Arum, Pacquiao's promoter, said Mayweather's request to have stricter US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) testing methods, including possible random blood tests within days of the bout, killed any hope of reaching a deal.

"It's over," Arum said. "As far as I'm concerned the fight is over."

For boxing fans, it was like a Christmas Eve theft of their favorite gift, a long-awaited showdown between the generation's two recognized pound-for-pound superstars.

Mayweather…

Woman Knocks Down Pope on Christmas Mass

An apparently deranged woman jump the the barriers in St. Peter's Basilica and knocked down Pope Benedict XVI as he walked down the main aisle to begin Christmas Eve Mass on Thursday. 2 Americans, Marybeth Burns and Steve Burns, captured that moment on their cameras.

Watch the video.

BANNED New Moon Trailer!

Great Zoo Ad

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I always love imaginative advertisement. Here's and ad for a zoo I saw recently.


Paper Airplane Guinness Record

Takuo Toda broke the Guinness Record for longest flight for a paper airplane at 27.9 seconds.

Check out the videos.





Man Throws Bicycle at Thieves on Scooter!

The description on the video says that a man thew his bicycle after two thieves riding a scooter snatched a purse.

People are awesome!

Angry Pacquiao strikes back at Mayweathers

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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A FURIOUS MANNY PACQUIAO lashed back at the Mayweathers and executives of Golden Boy Promotions, who were blaming him for the snafu that sidetracked negotiations for his March 13 megafight with Floyd Jr.

“I can’t believe these guys can lie without batting an eyelash and they would even make it appear that I am the culprit for the delay of the fight and saying that I don’t want it to happen,” Pacquiao told Philboxing.com in Filipino.

“Liars go to hell. They should be man enough and own up to their words,” added Pacquiao, who showed proof that Mayweather Jr. had accused him of using performance enhancement drugs.

Pacquiao, who was named by BoxingScene as its 2009 Fighter of the Year, the third time in four years the Filipino was accorded the honor, said the Mayweathers (Floyd Jr., Floyd Sr. and Roger), had claimed in past interviews that he was into some kind of “roids” (steroids).

“It’s all over the Internet. They all went on reco…

Jokes

According to the Internet: Students in a Harvard English 101 class were asked to write a concise essay containing four elements: religion, royalty, sex and mystery. The only A+ in the class read: "'My God,' said the Queen, 'I'm pregnant! I wonder who did it.'"


Serving as a Marine recruiter in western North Carolina, I found a young man who met all the requirements and was ready to enlist. I explained the importance of being truthful on the application, and he began filling out his paperwork. But when he got to the question "Do you own any foreign property or have any foreign financial interests?" he looked up at me with a worried expression. "Well," he confessed, "I do own a Toyota." We enlisted him the next day.


As a benefits specialist in the Marines, I traveled around delivering lectures on life insurance. After listening to a dozen of these talks, the corporal who drove me from base to base insisted he knew my entire spie…

More Ferry Deaths Feared

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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MANILA, Philippines—The death toll from the sinking of the MV Baleno 9 on Dec. 26 off Verde Island could be much higher than first believed. Dozens of passengers reportedly had been left off the official manifest, according to the Coast Guard.

A total of 132 passengers supposedly boarded the ferry that sank off the Batangas island 37 minutes into its voyage, said Sen. Richard Gordon, chair of the Senate blue ribbon committee that conducted a hearing on the sea tragedy Tuesday.

Of the 132 passengers and crew aboard the roll-on, roll-off vessel, six died and 72 survived, Gordon said.

Fifty-four are missing based on the manifest and as reported by relatives.

The Senate blue ribbon committee also learned that the skipper of the Baleno 9 was not a certified ship captain but merely a “major patron.”

Capt. Jimmy Andal, who was earlier reported to have survived the sinking, is now listed as among the missing persons.

The committee also …

Jokes 2009

Unclean
Soon after being transferred to a new duty station, my Marine husband called home one evening to tell me he would be late. "Dirty magazines were discovered in the platoon quarters," he said, "and the whole squad is being disciplined."

I launched into a tirade, arguing that Marines should not be penalized for something so trivial.

My husband interrupted. "Honey, when I said ‘dirty magazines,’ I meant the clips from their rifles hadn’t been cleaned."

Musical Dummy
My musical director wasn't happy with the performance of one of our percussionists. Repeated attempts to get the drummer to improve failed. Finally, in front of the orchestra, the director said in frustration, "When a musician just can't handle his instrument, they take it away, give him two sticks and make him a drummer!"

A stage whisper was heard from the percussion section: "And if he can't handle that, they take away one of his sticks and make him a conduct…

The Pay Raise

Our Mexican maid asked for a pay increase.

My wife was very upset about this and decided to talk to her about the raise.

She asked: 'Now Maria, why do you want a pay increase?'

Maria: 'Well, Senora, there are three reasons why I want an increase. The first is that I iron better than you.'

Wife: 'Who said you iron better than me?'

Maria: 'Your husband said so.'

Wife: 'Oh.'

Maria: 'The second reason is that I am a better cook than you.'

Wife: 'Nonsense, who said you were a better cook than me?'

Maria: 'Your husband did.'

Wife: 'Oh.'

Maria: 'My third reason is that I am a better lover than you.'

Wife: (really furious now) 'Did my husband say that as well?'

Maria: 'No Senora...the gardener did.'

Wife: 'So how much do you want?'

The Age Gap

At 85 years of age, Roger married Jenny, a lovely 25 year old.

Since her new husband is so old, Jenny decides that after their wedding she and Roger should have separate bedrooms, because she is concerned that her new but aged husband may overexert himself if they spend the entire night together.

After the wedding festivities Jenny prepares herself for bed and the expected knock' on the door. Sure enough the knock comes, the door opens and there is Roger, her 85 year old groom, ready for action. They unite as one. All goes well, Roger takes leave of his bride, and she prepares to go to sleep..

After a few minutes, Jenny hears another knock on her bedroom door, and it's Roger, Again he is ready for more 'action'. Somewhat surprised, Jenny consents for more coupling. When the newly weds are done, Roger kisses his bride, bids her a fond good night and leaves.

She is set to go to sleep again, but, aha you guessed it - Roger Is back again, rapping on the door, and is as…

New Karate Kid Movie

There's a new remake Karate Kid movie in the works, this time instead of a Japanese martial arts master, the twist is that the kid goes to China and is bullied so he was mentored by a Kung Fu master.

The Kung Fu master is played by Jackie Chan and the kid is Will Smith's son Jaden Smith.

I don't really like the aspect of a remake. But I find the movie intriguing in some ways. I always like Jackie Chan I guess.

Watch the trailer.


Christmas Lights Hero

You've heard of Guitar Hero right? Well here's Christmas Lights Hero!

I saw this video on Youtube where a guy in L.A. rigged his Christmas Lights to look like Guitar Hero. It's playable with the Wii wireless controller too!

Awesome!


Why Men Are Never Depressed

Men Are Just Happier People--What do you expect from such simple creatures.

Your last name stays put.

The garage is all yours.

Wedding plans take care of themselves.

Chocolate is just another snack.

You can be President.

You can never be pregnant.

You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.

You can wear NO shirt to a water park.

Car mechanics tell you the truth.

The world is your urinal.

You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.

You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.

Same work, more pay.

Wrinkles add character.

Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100.

People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.

New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.

One mood all the time.

Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.

You know stuff about tanks.

A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.

You can open all your own jars.

You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfu…

Did You Know?

"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand ...

And "lollipop" is the longest word typed with your right hand. (Bet you tried this out mentally, didn't you?)

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".? (Are you doubting this?)

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet. (Now, you KNOW you're going to try this out for accuracy, right?)

The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes). (Yep, I knew you were going to "do" this one.)

There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardou…

Eileen and Her Husband Bob Went For Counseling After 25 Years of Marriage

Eileen and her husband Bob went for counseling after 25 years of marriage.

When asked what the problem was, Eileen went into a passionate, painful tirade listing every problem they had ever had in the 25 years they had been married.

She went on and on and on: neglect, lack of intimacy, emptiness, loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable, an entire laundry list of unmet needs she had endured over the course of their marriage.

Finally, after allowing this to go on for a sufficient length of time, the therapist got up, walked around the desk and after asking Eileen to stand, embraced her, unbuttoned her blouse and bra, put his hands on her breasts and massaged them thoroughly, while kissing her passionately as her husband Bob watched with a raised eyebrow!

After a few minutes the therapist stepped away, Eileen buttoned up her blouse, and quietly sat down while basking in the glow of being highly aroused.

The therapist turned to Bob and said, 'This is what your wife needs at least …

Meaning of The Twelve Days of Christmas

Got this from an e-mail, very interesting so I thought I'd share it.

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There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens,swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won't come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?

This week, I found out.

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.

It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
-The five gold…

Panic Attack!

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This video was made by a man in Uruguay for around $300 and now he landed a Hollywood contract for $30 million to turn this video into a full length film.



Star Trek (Single-Disc Edition)

Just Pencils

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A pencil maker told the pencil 5 important lessons:

1.) Everything you do will always leave a mark.
2.) You can always correct the mistakes you make.
3.) What is important is what is inside of you.
4.) In life, you will undergo painful sharpenings, which will make you a better pencil
5.) To be the best pencil, you must allow yourself to be held and guided by the hand that holds you.

Life In The New Millenium

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Don't Mess With Old People

An old prospector shuffled into the town of El Indio, Texas leading an old tired mule. The old man headed straight for the only saloon in town, to clear his parched throat. He walked up to the saloon and tied his old mule to the hitch rail. As he stood there, brushing some of the dust from his face and clothes, a young gunslinger stepped out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other.

The young gunslinger looked at the old man and laughed, saying, "Hey old man, have you ever danced?" The old man looked up at the gunslinger and said, "No, I never did dance... never really wanted to."

A crowd had gathered as the gunslinger grinned and said, "Well, you old fool, you're gonna' dance now," and started shooting at the old man's feet. The old prospector, not wanting to get a toe blown off, started hopping around like a flea on a hot skillet. Everybody was laughing, fit to be tied.

When his last bullet had been fired, the y…

CNN Hero of the year near-victim of snatching

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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MANILA, Philippines—CNN hero of the year Efren Peñaflorida was nearly victimized by a suspected robber as the former was stepping out of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Friday afternoon.

Rezcel Fajardo, a colleague of Peñaflorida at the Dynamic Teen Co., said Peñaflorida was about to board a car around 1:30 p.m. when a man got near him and tried to snatch a pouch from his bag.

But the thief accidentally dropped the pouch, drawing the attention of Peñaflorida and his colleagues.

Fajardo said the pouch only contained Penaflorida’s personal hygiene items.

She said they brought the suspect and his companion to the airport police for investigation.
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Unfortunately, that's how we treat our heroes. Other than Manny Pacquiao. When Efren arrived, he was met by one person while Many was meet by a horde of people. Efren was robbed while Manny is surrounded by bodyguards.

Efren was given a small rally by a few p…

Mayon Volcano Eruption Imminent

From CNN.

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CNN) -- Philippines authorities Tuesday started evacuating about 50,000 people living around the island nation's most active volcano after it oozed fiery lava and belched clouds of ash.

A large-scale eruption was forecast as imminent.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the alert level up a notch on Monday night to level 3. Scientist Alex Baloloy told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that under level 3, "a full-blown eruption is expected to take place within weeks to days."

He said seismic instruments detected 83 volcanic quakes, a majority of which were tremors associated with rockfalls.

People in Albay province, about 466 kilometers (290 miles) south of the capital, Manila, flocked to town centers to catch a glimpse of glowing lava cascading down the slopes of Mayon. The volcanic mountain soars 2,464 meters (8,077 feet) into the sky and has erupted 49 times since the first documented erupted in 1616.

Ash fell on the t…

ABBA To Be Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

That's weird, I just read that ABBA will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. I did not realize that ABBA sang rock and roll. I guess "Take A Chance" could be considered rock and roll with its beat.

Along with ABBA, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, the Hollies and the Stooges will also be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

Read the full story here.

10 Greatest Job In The World

I found this list of the 10 greatest jobs in the world.

The list goes as

1. Paradise Island Caretaker.
2. Luxury Bed Tester.
3. Resort Waterslide Tester.
4. Professional Prostitute Tester (you read that right!).
5. Wine Tester and Blogger.
6. Candy Taster.
7. Condom Tester.
8. World of Warcraft Tester.
9. Director of Fun at Museum.
10. Bike Rider-Photographer for Google Maps.

See the full list and descriptions here.

Chicken Man plays "What is Love" on Pianica

Awesome! Reminds me of the movie "A Night At The Roxbury.

Change Blindness

Interesting experiment on how we look but don't see.

A special case of information-selection by the human cognitive system. The brain seems to select the information worth to process, or most relevant, at every instant, in almost every context. This might produce some very specific phenomena such as what psychologists call "Change Blindness".

Great Philosophical Humor Regarding Women

It's rough out here in the real world.

When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.
- David Bissonette

After marriage, husband and wife become two sides of a coin; they just can't face each other, but still they stay together.
- Sacha Guitry

By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.
- Socrates

Woman inspires us to great things, and prevents us from achieving them.
- Anonymous

The great question... which I have not been able to answer... is, 'What does a woman want?
- Dumas

I had some words with my wife, and she had some paragraphs with me.
- Sigmund Freud

'Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.'
- Anonymous

'There's a way of transferring funds that is even faster than electronic banking. It's called marriage…

Never Argue With A Woman

One morning the husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap. Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, and reads her book.

Along comes a Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says, 'Good morning, Ma'am. What are you doing?'

'Reading a book,' she replies, (thinking, 'Isn't that obvious?')

'You're in a Restricted Fishing Area,' he informs her

'I'm sorry, officer, but I'm not fishing. I'm reading'

'Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I'll have to take you in and write you up.'

'For reading a book,' she replies,

'You're in a Restricted Fishing Area,' he informs her again,

'I'm sorry, officer, but I'm not fishing. I'm reading'

'Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment.…

Ukrainian student dies from exploding chewing gum

This is the weirdest thing I've read today.

A Ukrainian chemistry student was killed when a stick of chewing gum apparently exploded in his mouth, Ukrainian media report.

RIA Novosoti, the Russian news agency, says the incident occurred while the unidentified 25-year-old student at Ukraine's Kiev Polytechnic Institute was working at a computer at his parents' house in the city of Konotop.

"A loud pop was heard from the student's room," ukranews.com reports, quoting an aide to the police chief . "When his relatives entered the room they saw that the lower part of the young man's face had been blown off."

The report says a forensic examination found that the gum was covered with an unidentified chemical substance, thought to be some type of explosive material.

Full story here.

Eighty Six

An 86-year-old man went to his doctor for his annual check-up.

The doctor asked him how he was feeling, and the 86-year-old said, "Things are great and I've never felt better. I now have a 20-year-old bride who is pregnant with my child! So what do you think about that Doc?"

The doctor considered his question for a minute and then began to tell a story. "I have an older friend, much like you, who is an avid hunter and never misses a season."

"One day he was setting off to go hunting. In a bit of a hurry, he accidentally picked up his walking cane instead of his gun. As he neared the lake, he came across a very large male beaver sitting at the water's edge. He realized he'd left his gun at home and so he couldn't shoot the magnificent creature. Out of habit he raised his cane, aimed it at the animal as if it were his favorite hunting rifle, and went 'bang, bang'!"

Miraculously, two shots rang out and the beaver fell over dead.

"Now,…

Comelec ousts Padaca

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Tuesday ordered Isabela Gov. Grace Padaca to vacate her post to give way to former Gov. Benjamin Dy, saying the latter won in its recount by a thousand votes.

The Comelec Second Division ruled in favor of Dy almost three years after the 2007 gubernatorial election.

Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer said Padaca should leave Isabela’s top position because Dy was the rightful winner.

“Wherefore, the Commission Second Division resolves … to grant the instant petition, to annul the proclamation of protestee, and to direct the protestee to vacate the office of the provincial governor of Isabela and relinquish the same to protestant,” the division said in its decision.

Dy received a total of 199,435 votes, while Padaca got 198,384 votes, a lead of only 1,051 votes, according to the Comelec’s appreciation of votes.

After Ferrer read the dispositive portion of the decision, Dy and his suppo…

Food Ad Tricks: Helping Kids Understand Food Ads on TV

Kind of old, but it's a behind-the-scenes look at how burgers (and fries) are made to look
their best for television. It's the reason why the food you see on TV is not the same as in person.

Funny Filipino Signs 4

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So pag nag order ako nang dalawang ham burjer at isang putlong, pipti payb yun diba?

Victoria's Secret Commercial By Michael Bay

Director Michael Bay, known for directing movies like Bad Boys, Transformers, Armageddon and Pearl Harbor directs the latest Victoria's Secret commercial.

Includes everything Michael Bay is know for, cars, helicopters, motorcycles and explosions. Oh yeah, it also includes women in lingerie. What more can you ask for?

Gov’t arms, ammo found in Ampatuan homes

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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MANILA, Philippines – The military expressed surprise at how powerful weapons and thousands of bullets supposed to be kept in the government armory ended up virtually in the backyard of the Ampatuan clan.

Wearing bulletproof vests, soldiers and police the other day dug up antitank weapons, assault rifles and machine guns from a vacant lot a few hundred meters from one of the houses of the Ampatuan family—a known political ally of President Macapagal-Arroyo—in Shariff Aguak in Maguindanao province.

Some of the firearms and the boxes of ammunition bore the markings of “Department of National Defense Arsenal,” “PNP [Philippine National Police] Camp Crame,” police said.

Sen. Rodolfo Biazon, former AFP chief of staff, said he was “aghast” at the find and said he would ask for a Senate investigation next week on who was responsible for giving such a huge arms cache presumably to the Ampatuans.

“Only the military can have this weapon,” he …

How To Erase Boredom

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Just click on the picture above, click on play,
then leave the mouse alone , sit back and
enjoy a piece of creative brilliance.

Photos of Maguindanao Massacre

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I found these photos from a friend of a friend.

Warning, the following photos are not suitable for children. Make sure you protect your computer lest your vomit damages your keyboard.

If you think this massacre is appalling, just remember that this is just one of the many types of massacres that happen in the Philippines. Things like this happens almost every week, we just don't hear about it.

Here's the interview given by Buluan Vice Mayor Esmael Mangudadatu describing what happened to his wife.

"My wife's private parts were slashed four times, after which they fired a bullet into it. They speared both of her eyes, shot both her breasts, cut off her feet, fired into her mouth. I could not begin to describe the manner by which they treated her."

Ready?




















The Corporate Ladder

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Mayweather-Pacquiao fight nearly finalized

From Yahoo Sports.

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The much-anticipated bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is all but set for March 13, a source told Yahoo! Sports.

Mayweather has agreed to terms and promoter Bob Arum is making a trip to Manila, Philippines, to finalize a deal with Pacquiao, the source said.

Las Vegas, Dallas and New Orleans are the front-runners to host the bout, which is expected to become the highest-grossing boxing match in the sport’s history.

Pacquiao is the top pound-for-pound fighter in nearly every major ranking, including Yahoo! Sports. Mayweather is No. 2 in most rankings and was No. 1 in nearly all of the polls before he briefly retired in June 2008.

Pacquiao is coming off a 12th-round stoppage of Miguel Cotto on Nov. 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, a bout in which he won the World Boxing Organization welterweight championship and erased fears that he is not a legitimate welterweight.
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Looks to be an exciting match!

Fu…

Priest likens Arroyo’s descent to Jesus Christ

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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LUBAO, PAMPANGA—Allies compared her to Jesus Christ for “coming down to serve.” They said that unlike former presidents who plotted coups, she would fight in the open and defend herself against corruption charges after she leaves Malacañang.

Crowds estimated at several thousand cheered President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Tuesday when she returned to her hometown to file her certificate of candidacy (CoC) for representative of the second congressional district of Pampanga.

Ms Arroyo’s term as president ends in June next year and her decision to vie for a seat in Congress next May is unparalleled for a Philippine leader.

Seizing on this, Fr. Roland Moraleja advised Ms Arroyo to “be not afraid of this unprecedented move.”

‘Blasphemy’

“Do not believe you are diminishing the power of the [Office of the] President. Ating metung a taung migbaba ba yang sumuyo—I Kristo (There was a person who came down to serve us—Jesus Christ),” Moraleja said…

Arroyo bid sparks outrage

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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MANILA, Philippines—Within hours of her declaration that she was running for Congress
in May, a firestorm of criticism swirled around President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, with one critic accusing her of being drunk with power and others saying her aim was to shield herself from “a landslide of lawsuits.”

The criticisms, as well as concerns, came both from her well-known political enemies and from some Church leaders.

The biggest worry of Ms Arroyo’s political foes appeared to be that she might use a seat in Congress as a launching pad to become prime minister, in case of a shift to a parliamentary government.

Roman Catholic Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, for so long a vocal critic of Ms Arroyo, said the framers of the Constitution did not think of imposing a ban on an outgoing president running for a lower office simply because it was unthinkable.

“There appears to be no reasonable cause for such a constitutional prohibition as really…

Beer Belly

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Now that is what you call a beer belly!

13 Days After Pacquiao Fights

Got this from a friend that 13 days after a Pacquiao fight, there will be a national disaster. I wonder if it's true.

Paquiao Vs Morales - Wowowee Stampede

Paquiao Vs Larios - Mayon Volcano Erupted

Paquiao Vs Barrera - Glorietta 2 Bombing

Paquiao Vs Marquez - Rice Shortage

Paquiao Vs Cotto - Maguindanao Massare

Witness: We just followed orders

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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(Editors note: This story appeared Thursday on the website of the Qatar-based Arab news organization Al-Jazeera)

A man who says he was a witness to Monday’s massacre in the southern Philippines has told Al-Jazeera how he was ordered to kill members of a rival political clan—including women and children—and to make sure no evidence was left behind.

The witness, who identified himself only as “Boy,” said he was among more than 100 armed men who held up a convoy of political campaigners and journalists before taking them to a remote mountainous area where they were then killed.

Speaking to Al-Jazeera’s correspondent Marga Ortigas, “Boy” said the orders had come directly from Andal Ampatuan Jr., a local mayor and a member of a politically powerful clan with close ties to the Philippines president.

“Datu Andal himself said, he said to us: Anyone from the Mangudadatu clan—women or children—should be killed … We don’t ask why, we just follo…

400 Ampatuan bodyguards under probe -- PNP

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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MANILA, Philippines -- Now that Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. has been taken into custody, the Philippine National Police faces the daunting task of building up cases against close to 400 armed bodyguards of his father, Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr.

The authorities led by the military have disarmed 347 members of the Special Active Auxiliary (SCAA) of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) under the employ of the Maguindanao provincial government, and seized their government-issued firearms.
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Holy crap! 400 bodyguards!?! That's not a bodyguard, that's a small army!

Ampatuan cousin asks gov’t to respect due process

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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MANILA, Philippines—Energy Undersecretary Datu Zamzamin L. Ampatuan has appealed to the public to respect the due process of the law as Andal Ampatuan Jr. has voluntarily submitted himself to the government.

"This is the most important thing that happened today—that Ampatuan Jr. had submitted himself to a voluntary investigation," the Energy official said via phone.

His second cousin, Ampatuan Jr., has already submitted himself to presidential adviser Jesus Dureza in General Santos City Thursday.

"From the understanding of the Ampatuan family, this (submission) is voluntary, just to clarify the allegations on (Ampatuan Jr.'s) participation. We're still not sure, not clear on what the Department of Justice will do. The lawyers are already discussing how they're going to handle this situation," Zamzamin Ampatuan explained.

The energy official said he could not provide more details.

"The most important…

Ampatuan Jr. held at NBI

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Andal Ampatuan Jr. was in denial and even tried to hide his face behind a scarf under a barrage of questions from reporters asking if he masterminded Monday’s massacre of 57 people.

“There is no truth to that,” said Ampatuan, mayor of Datu Unsay town in Maguindanao, ruled by his family that is a close ally of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. “The reason I came out is to prove that I am not hiding and that I am not guilty.”

Ampatuan was placed in government custody after his brother, Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, turned him over to Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza Thursday morning.

But as Mayor Ampatuan stepped out of the helicopter that transported him from Shariff Aguak town to the airport here, the scarf was gone. He was sporting a red and blue putong, a headband usually used by Moro warriors.

Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera waited two hours for the …

World's Longest Basketball Shot

Real or fake?

Here's the video from several angles.







Here's a compilation of what Dude Perfect calls "Summer Camp Edition".

Folding Bike

You've probably seen a folding bike. But this concept bike folds down to the size of one wheel and a handle to pull the bike along with you.

Currently it's a prototype. It might go into production in the near future.

Neil Young Sings "Fresh Prince" Theme

Neil Young can make any song sound mournful.

Court Hears Fil-Can Boy's Discrimination Case

The Filipino-Canadian boy who became a victim of racial discrimination in Canada for using spoon and fork while eating in school will finally have his day in court.

The Quebec Human Rights Tribunal will hear the case of Luc Cagadoc on Nov. 23 and 24 against the Marguerite Bougeoys School Board and two other school staff members, according to Fo Niemi, executive director of the Center for Research-Action on Race Relations, a Montreal-based human rights advocate group.

The hearing, which is open to the public, will be heard at the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal at the Montreal courthouse (Palais de Justice) at 1 Notre Dame East, Montreal.

Full story at GMA News.

Adam Lambert's Performance on AMA

Here's the controversial performance of Adam Lambert on the 2009 American Music Awards.

Lambert shocked viewers with his sexually suggestive dance sequence that included simulated oral sex as well as Lambert kissing his male keyboardist.

If you recall, Adam Lambert was the second place finisher at last season's "American Idol.

Here's the video.

Japanese Man Weds His Anime Video Game Character Girlfriend

A Japanese man known as "Sal9000" and Nene Anegasaki, a character in the Nintendo DS dating simulation game "Love Plus" was married last Sunday.

The wedding took place during a Make: Japan meet-up held at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. In attendance were a live audience, an MC, the bride's virtual video game girlfriend — who made a speech — and a real human priest.

The event was livecast on Nico Nico Douga, a popular video sharing web site. Nico Nico Douga is home to thousands of video projects by anonymous users — mashups of original art, pop music, anime, and web memes that only an insider to Japanese web geek culture can completely decipher.

I guess the advantage is, if you don't want to hear your wife nag, you can just shut her off.

Here's the video of the wedding.



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