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Today’s dose of tech news

First off, something local: Former NEDA Secretary Romulo Neri faces arrest over his refusal to appear before the Senate investigation into the National Broadband Network scandal. To protect the omerta, Malacanang has vowed to do everything to “protect” Neri. Groups such as Agham and CPU should now start checking the contents of the failed NBN […]

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Another blast, more unanswered questions

Four persons were confirmed dead, at least 10 others were injured, and several more were trapped in six houses destroyed in a huge explosion in a subdivision in Bacoor, Cavite, Thursday, according to an Inquirer.net report. It also mentioned that Superintendent Antonio Yarra, Bacoor chief of police, said many blasting caps were recovered from the […]

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Ending a national deficit of hope

The Inquirer report is heart-wrenching, shocking and boggles the mind all at the same time: A 12-year-old girl, who became despondent over her family’s poverty, hanged herself inside their makeshift house a day after her father told her he could not give her the P100 she needed for a school project. Using a thin nylon […]

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A question of truth indeed

The NUJP, of which I may apply soon as a member, is on target. I agree 100% with this statement regarding the NPC’s censorship of a press freedom mural. I am reposting here in full the well-written NUJP statement which I obtained from the email loop: A QUESTION OF TRUTH The National Union of Journalists […]

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My next gadgets

In an effort to make capitalists happy and to engage in petibugoy spending, I plan to get a black version of the thing beside the classic notebook: I will use it to surf the internet and brainlessly swallow all the “reactionary” ideas that dominate the world wide web. I will also use it to post […]

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Quote for the day, from Ellen Tordesillas

Says Malaya and Abante columnist and fearless journalist Ellen Tordesillas: Media must be politically sensitive and responsive. Media should be an agent of liberation, not for idiotization. Tordesillas was reacting to the Inquirer banner story on the National Press Club’s mutilation of a mural on, ironies of ironies, press freedom.

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Bikoy gives it to them!

Miffed by anti-masa comments he read in a newspaper, Bikoy launches a tirade: The topic of discussion was about plunder-convicted ex-President Joseph Estrada’s possible re-entry in Philippine politics, after being hastily pardoned by President Gloria Arroyo. I was aghast–the entire portion was filled with condescending remarks against the poor masa. The Philippine Star is, of […]

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Hollywood writers gear for strike

TV and movie writers in the US are set to go on strike. Read more from CNN and New York Times. According to the New York Times report, The strike would pit union writers, whose position has been eroded by reality television and galloping technological change, against studios and networks that are backed by big […]

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Undas Survey 2007

I went through an Undas Survey through text. The question I sent was this: “Where are you today?”140 people texted back and their replies are summarized as follows: 61 were in the cemetery — 43.57 percent 43 were at home (including those who said they already went to the cemetery on Oct. 31) — 30.71 […]

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UK’s first Muslim minister detained at US airport

Inquirer reports that US airport authorities detained one of the US government’s invited guests — the first Muslim member of the British cabinet — and searched his luggage searched for explosives: International Development Minister Shahid Malik was detained for about 40 minutes at Washington Dulles airport Sunday by the Department of Homeland Security after meeting […]

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Arroyo, Mendoza treated nation badly over NBN

An Inquirer report says Transportation and Communications Secretary Leandro Mendoza cannot get over his “harrowing” experience when he appeared before the Senate blue ribbon committee last month. Read about Mendoza’s version of reality and his melodramatic performance in a sit-down with Inquirer editors here. I was there at the Senate plenary hall during all those […]

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Glorietta blast videos net 46,000 views on YouTube

As of today, more than 46,000 people have viewed Gambit01’s Glorietta blast videos posted two YouTube. Watch the videos here and here. Taken using a camera phone, Gambit01’s videos are currently the “most watched” among a number of videos taken immediately after the terrible incident last week. As for photos, Disney Cute Land is perhaps […]

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