Monthly Archives: January 2013

The 2013 Election, E-Technology of Philippine Politics and the Video Game

philippine election 2013

Warning:  you may find this article on E-voting, E-campaining and E-Politicking intriguing.

Since the proliferation of computers began about two decades ago, many things in the social process happened including how the country is being run by people behind every government.  More to this, harnessing the power of networking, the administration games changed.

If I recall it right in early 1990s when internet had started to become accessible to some people, they have started to study further how the use of this technology can be maximized.

Many years had passed by from then and internet, computer software and hardware, and skillful programmers played a big role in the change of our community, environment and every nation.

Most specifically in politics, people who are holding office or those who are looking to patch a political position are talking much about how to use this technology in the next level and maximize its use over election campaigning.

For the past 7 years, Filipino People became fully aware of social media and how possible it is to connect people even at the remotest area.   The Housemaid and the Yaya have facebook account or the other.  Communication is also easy through the help of SMS.  There is no need to own a desktop or laptop anymore as email can be sent straight from a mobile phone.  Some are even able to buy tablets, either because they need it or they just wanted to be “in”.

Over this technological development, politicians are the most benefited.  They can propagate political advertisement easily or run a like campaign over facebook.  Easily done.  Actually most in my facebook friend list are political figures and show business entertainers.  Most of them didn’t even bother to drop a personal message for me. Not even a “Hi Thanks for your support in my Political career” chuba thing.  Don’t expect.  This form of connection is just to show-off to their opponents that even online they have political allies, supporters: some politicians you connect with will even brag about you as their constituents – really?. What a shameful term.  If you go deeper and try to re-word constituent, it may mean a component or a part.  Yes, you are just a part of their political career.  And just like any car or transport vehicles, parts are only attended to when something is already wrong to the whole system which will jeopardize their political career.

Since the election is again now about to come soon this 2013, many would want to connect to you.  To show they can extend some sort of personal touch, sure?!

Many of them will again show up in the social media, and brag about their hard work while they are just actually sleeping during sessions in the House because they went home late last night after partying and needs to recharge for the next party tonight.

I personally value the importance of our able programmers.

What if our able programmers develop a political console game?

If someone would buy my challenge, why don’t you guys create this program?  A program that would challenge our politicians to register, log in, and play their role just like what they are running for (i.e.: if the politician is running for a seat in the Senate, Congress, or even Presidency, then he could simply tick a choice; what he chooses loads the rule of the game) and let us all see what programs, laws, priorities, people empowerment, social and economic development he has in mind.  It will be just a like a video console game.  In this way, we can easily see if the guy running for a seat will really contribute to the society aiming for the well-being of every one and not for the few ones.  We just need this console game realistic to the current scenario of our country – show the crime rate, insurgency, corruption problem, etc etc.

Don’t ask me where to load this software, you can consider running it in a government server (or publicly owned server) such as those controlled by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

Can Lakers, Frank Ocean, Rick Ross, or Tiger Woods go for jailbreak?

tiger woods, lakers

The LA Lakers, an American Professional Basketball Team; American Singer-Songwriter Frank Ocean; American Rapper Rick Ross and Professional Golf Legend Tiger Woods named in a jailbreak?

You may be asking if those guys are really going into jailbreaking.

Guys, don’t take it the way it may have come first in your mind.  Its just a parody.  But in reality, I am mentioning an operating system jailbreak and this is the iOS 6.1.

First possibility to have it done is when you are using an older version devices.  Apple’s latest OS can be jailbroken using Redsn0w version 0.9.15b3.  However, doing this requires that your device have to be connected to a computer every time that you have to start the device.

This newest version of Redsnow only support older version of i-devices from iphone 4 below but not on the new iphone 5 or other latest version of i-devices.

Some developers are now working to improve the ware that it will no longer require start-up of devices through computer connections.  They are also looking into further development that newer versions of devices such as iphone 5 and other latest gadgets will be able to be supported by this jailbreak ware.

So bet yah, Tiger Woods, the Lakers, Rick Ross and everybody can do this jailbreak on iOS 6.1.

Gold in the Philippines: How is it extracted

gold mining operation in the philippines

When we talked the last time about gold in the Philippines and why foreign settlers who loves gold choses to settle in this country, I thought of expounding more idea about this topic.

It is also for some people’s awareness that they should understand where gold in the Philippines are extracted from.

Basically, natural gold in the Philippines comes from highly-mineralized soil and that means you will not just find gold minerals in the soil but also other solid elements such as silver, ore, aluminum, etc.

In the norms, gold are extracted in volume through the process of mining.  Mining operation may come in a way of digging holes into the deeper part of the ground, and once the tested soil becomes positive with the characteristics of gold presence, the soil is transferred to a soil storage area before relayed to a conveyor in its way to a ball mill.

The ball mill crushes hard soils and rocks (pulverization) into smaller bits until it becomes almost 96% crushed.  By this process, the gold may have already come out and separated from its holder soil or rock.  This gold comes down to a strainer and separates from the rock and soil.  The rock and soil will go further for more grinding process until completely powdered and those extracted will be collected for drying, split into fractions for sampling, analysis and further going into assay process.

Assay process is where the potential gold and silver bearing solid is being melted and treated with chemical to properly identify accurately how the metal (gold or silver) may be valuable bring out its best quality or grade and to understand its value.

Assay process has been present since about 500 years ago and the most common is the fire assay.  At the current times however, there are more advance assay process equipment that are being use by advance operation mining companies such as atomic absorption, mass spectroscopy and other advance techniques.

I will not discuss further in details what is being done in the whole process but it basically goes like what has been mentioned above: the Philippines gold mining process in layman terms.

On the other hand, some mining operations extract the soil directly by scraping the ground.  This may be look upon as almost the same as quarrying operations where the scraped soil is also transferred to a soil storage area before going to the milling process.

But there is more to this, Gold Panning is another process where people recovers gold particles from soil which were brought by erosion and flowed into rivers and streams.  Some people who are into gold panning uses a pan to separate river soil and the gold particle apart.  Though this may not be a big extraction operation, this is also an awesome money maker to many.

Gold extraction in the Philippines takes a lot of process and takes the Philippine gold price into the next level.

I may be discussing the process further in my next article but meantime, those process mentioned above are the basics of extracting natural gold in the Philippines.




What a flu is and combating FLU the natural way

cold and flu patient

What is a flu? In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu…

Many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn’t believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.

Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser. She said that several years ago, many of her employees were coming down with the flu, and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu. Now they know what a flu is.

Now there is a P. S. to this for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with this most interesting experience about onions:

Facts about Onions

Thanks for the reminder. I don’t know about the farmer’s story…but, I do know that I contacted pneumonia, and, needless to say, I was very ill… I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put it into an empty jar, and place the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs…sure enough it happened just like that…the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.

Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.

This is the other note. Lots of times when we have stomach problems we don’t know what to blame. Maybe it’s the onions that are to blame. Onions absorb bacteria is the reason they are so good at preventing us from getting colds and flu and is the very reason we shouldn’t eat an onion that has been sitting for a time after it has been cut open.


I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers of mayonnaise. Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist.

Ed, who was our tour guide, is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed’s answer will surprise you. Ed said that all commercially-made mayo is completely safe.

“It doesn’t even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it’s not really necessary.” He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then talked about the summer picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table, and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.

Ed says that, when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the ‘victim’ last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it’s not the mayonnaise (as long as it’s not homemade mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It’s probably the ONIONS, and if not the onions, it’s the POTATOES.

He explained onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.. He says it’s not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator.

It’s already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!). Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you’ll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you’re asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down.

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.

Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it to cook the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.

Now that you know what is a Flu and how to combat it naturally, please pass this on to all you love and care about.

#re-post from its original author

Norovirus : A new Flu Strain much more deadlier

norovirus strain, what is norovirus

While America is still fighting flu, Norovirus surfaced.  A new strain of a powerful norovirus is now racing person to person across the US. It’s a hard to prevent and easy to get severe stomach flu.

An expert on viruss and epidemics called this virus a “superbug. ” This new strain of norovirus, which makes people violently ill is now ripping across America and may spread worldwide if not deligently attended and contained.

The Norovirus which has been initially identified in australia is now ripping across the the US. About 21 million americans get norovirus, with those classic stomach flu symptoms. 800 will die in an average per year.

Within hours of being exposed to this virus, the carrier can be suddenly sick and no one has immunity to this new strain and 50% more could become violently ill.

The Norovirus is acting very fast.

Flu is spread mostly in the air, by coughs and sneezes. You need to breathe in as many as 1,000 virus particles to get sick.

While the Norovirus can react to the body easily by simply being exposed to 18 particles; an .18% of the particles of the usual flu virus and is considered extremely contagious.

How contagious can it be?  A carrier of this virus can infect someone even the person has touched one particular thing such as door handle or anything that can be touch by hand of the carrier even 15 days ago.  That’s how resistant is this virus to survival.  The worst part is even this is cleaned up by detergent, it will not remove the bacteria nor work against the virus.  However, bleach will have to help.

How is this virus going to effect people?

Most people are going to have a horrible two to three days and then feel better.

How to recover from this Norovirus?
The key is to drink plenty of liquids.

The usual hand sanitizer that can affect flu virus will not have any effect on Norovirus.