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Apples and feng shui

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Apples and feng shui

  EVERY year that ends and leads into a new year, forecasters promise a better one ahead. Well, it’s good psychology, just what this endangered world needs. We’ve seen blood shed in horrendous amounts in the last few days, as if the “travel advisories” issued by three foreign governments and the observation of one other […]

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Voter literacy (?)

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Voter literacy (?)

  VOTER education: Does it teach you everything but how to choose your candidate wisely? Then again, wisdom is subjec­tive. Surely, if I am to be wise I would have to be nice to myself first. Remember what Cardinal Sin told voters who were torn between being wise and nice? He said, “Ac­cept their money […]

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Mock elections

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Mock elections

  MOCK elections as a dress rehearsal or to smoke out the bugs in the polling system were held Jan. 19 in 60 polling places. The exercise was concluded to the satisfaction of Comelec as the turnout was thin and the proceedings unfolded in a sober, calm fashion. Mock the elections come May 13, if […]

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Nuclear/unclear

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Nuclear/unclear

    WHY are some, or many, people scared of nuclear power? Mostly because they think it means a powerful bomb that when it ex­plodes spells the end of life, if not of the world. Michael Shellenberger, a visiting environmentalist who was a Time magazine “Hero of the Environment,” hopes to convince President Duterte to […]

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Stuff it, tidy up

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Stuff it, tidy up

    WOMEN accumulate more clothes than they will fit into or need in a lifetime. Men hoard gad­gets, devices, and tools until there’s no space left in the garage for their car. Children outgrow their toys but keep getting new ones. Old people have too many memories, therefore mementos, that will surely outlive them. […]

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COA, whoa!

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COA, whoa!

  PRESIDENT Duterte on his frustra­tions with the Commission on Audit: “Ihulog sa hagdan.” Push them down the stairs. COA Commissioner’s advice to audi­tors: “Avoid the stairs.” Presidential Spokesman Sal Panelo at­tributed Mr. Duterte’s threat to his usu­al hyperbolic language, a result of the agonizingly meticulous care with which state auditors study every peso and […]

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