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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…

Indonesian Baby Hooked On 40 Cigarettes A Day

They're getting them younger and younger!

Aquino Won’t Control Pork

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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MANILA, Philippines—The next president will no longer enjoy the power of the pork that his predecessor did by virtue of a key provision inserted into the General Appropriations Act of 2010, a development that could help determine the leadership and alignments in the incoming 15th Congress.

The hands of presumptive president-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III will be tied by Section 67 of the law, which calls for a “prohibition against impoundment of appropriations,” Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman of Lakas-Kampi-CMD said Thursday.

The provision prevents the president from withholding the release of a budget allocation without the approval of both the Senate and the House of Representatives by a simple majority of the quorum.

Lagman, vice chair of the powerful House appropriations committee, said he introduced the provision during the 2009 budget deliberations to “protect the appropriations” approved by Congress.

The pork barrel, formally kn…

Google TV

Google introduces Google TV. It's an Android based device that's either integrated to a new TV or a separate box you can connect to you TV. He's a video explaining it.

Whether this competes directly with Apple TV or Tivo, I don't know. But it would be interesting to see how these companies plan to revolutionize how we watch TV.

More details at Appleinsider.com and TechCrunch.

Simply Red - You Make Me Feel Brand New

I love this version of You Make Me Feel Brand New by Simply Red. I'm amazed on how Mick Hucknall can sing this song solo when the original required two people to sing it because of the high notes.

Here's the original song by The Stylistics.

ABS-CBN STAFF: SINO BA SHA? KUNG ARTISTA NGA DI NAGPAPABAYAD! Then go ahead and ask an artista to analyze the elections!

Reposted from Portia Carlos' notes on Facebook.

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For years now, each time a political situation arises, you can be sure that you'll find ABS-CBN at our house to interview my mom. Sometimes she would even be asked to go to the studio to appear in ANC shows. For these, she would be given a box of doughnuts every now and then as a token. Even so, she would always make an effort to accommodate their requests for interviews. This she does not so she could be seen or heard on TV (she doesn't even fix herself when interviewed! minsan nga naka slippers lang sha), but to give light on political matters.

Recently, my mom was asked by the network to analyze the elections from 4:30am to 12noon. When she asked for a TOR (for being asked to render 7.5 hours of work analyzing the elections), a source said that a network staff exclaimed "Sino ba sha? Kung artista nga di nagpapabayad?". Then go ahead and ask an artista to analyze the elections! No offense t…

Drive - What Motivates Us?

Video animation adapted from the book called "Drive:The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us" by Daniel Pink.

Batibot

Remember the kids show Batibot? I used to hate that show. I grew up with Sesame Street and at the time, most shows were in English. Even the news programs were in English like those news programs with Tina Monson-Palma (I'm aging myself).

For background, Batibot was first called "Sesame!". Batibot was made by the same company that made Sesame Street but for the Philippine market. It started out as Sesame! in 1984 and later renamed as Batibot.

When it came out, It was in Tagalog. I was shocked! Shocked that a show with muppets and a kids show at that was in Tagalog. I was even more shocked when they stopped showing Sesame Street and hated the fact that they changed it to a Tagalog version of Sesame Street.

I used to hate watching Tagalog shows and never watched any of them. That's why I hated Sesame! But as it went on and later renamed to Batibot, it started to grow on me. It was a high quality show and there was no argument on that. It was very child friendly and the c…

Bathroom Dance by Gagang Lady

Bitoy's spoof of Lady Gaga's Bad Romance.

Greyson Chance Singing Paparazzi

Greyson Chancewho is 12 years old sing's Lady Gaga's Paparrazi on the piano at his school became a hit on Youtube.


He was featured on Ellen Denegeres. Here's the video. Amazing kid.








What Is iPad?

New ad from Apple for the iPad.

Compare this to the old "What is Newton?" ad.

Octopus Kills Shark

I've never seen this happen before.

Impossible Motion: Magnet-Like Slopes

Did they just invent anti-gravity?

Noynoy and Binay Leads Partial Election Results

Noynoy Aquino and Jejomar Binay are leading the partial count. Surprisingly, Villar is not in second place but Joseph Estrada!

For the latest Philippine news stories and videos, visit GMANews.TV

Willie Revillame Goes On 'Indefinite Leave'

Willie Revillame goes on indefinite leave. He wants Jobert Sucaldito to be booted out or he will resign from Wowowee. I highly doubt he will leave a show that pays him P1 million per episode.

Dito napikon si Willie Revillame kay Jobert Sucaldito.

What If Bayani Is President?

iPad - Will It Shred?

Some people will do anything to get attention.

Lady Gaga's Telephone - The Afghanistan Remake

Fort Bragg soldiers recreated the music video of a Lady Gaga's Telephone.

Arizona/Cinco de Mayo New Machete Trailer

All star cast!

Bubble Gang - Rich Kids

Oo nga naman!

The Most Interesting Man in the World Montage

These are brilliant and funny commercials for Dos Equis Beer. These commercials are just 15 seconds spots but made Dos Equis very memorable. Stay thirsty my friends.

Wow Philippines, More Than The Usual

Behind all the stupid political brouhaha. This is what the Philippines is truly like.

IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT

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I got this from an e-mail. I can't believe a politician would actually say this. But people can take it in two ways. Either be offended by it or actually agree with it.

What is your take on it?

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He's done it again...

He sure isn't backing down on his hard line stance and one has to appreciate his belief in the rights of his native countrymen.

A breath of fresh air to see someone lead. I wish some leaders would step up in Canada & USA.

Australian Prime Minister does it again!!

This man should be appointed King of the World... Truer words have never been spoken.

It took a lot of courage for this man to speak what he had to say for the world to hear. The retribution could be phenomenal, but at least he was willing to take a stand on his and Australia 's beliefs.

Whole world needs a leader like this!


Prime Minister Kevin Rudd - Australia

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government …