• Common sense becoming extinct



    TO protect the independence and integrity of the Supreme Court, it is the public, not the justices and the legislators, who should work to ensure that it upholds the rule of law and safeguards those liberties that make this land one of endless possibilities for all Filipinos.

    The Supreme Court has the responsibility of ensuring that our government never oversteps its proper bounds or violates the rights of individuals. But the court must also recognize the limits on itself and respect the choices made by the people to represent them in the lawmaking bodies.

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    There are those characters who will always want to have the last say in any conversation even if you stopped commenting by saying “I rest my case.” I purged some of them in my list the past few years along with those “one-way-self-promoting-friends” who seem oblivious of our existence. I discovered that my nasal congestion is cured and clean air once again entered my nostrils. Being upset is good once in a while but quite deadly if it keeps you gasping for breath always. Cheers to old age and a tension-free way of life.

    A study on memories: Bad outweighs the good. It turns out that negative memories are more likely to be remembered over positive ones in the brain because negative events pose a chance of “danger.” This makes the body more alert to negative thoughts because they are treated as a lesson for the person to help them prevent harm. Therefore, we become extremely focused on the negative thoughts and it becomes much more difficult to recall the positive thoughts/memories.

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    When the Senate ceases to engage nominees in meaningful discussion of legal issues, the confirmation process takes on an air of vacuity and farce, and the Senate becomes incapable of either properly evaluating nominees or appropriately educating the public.

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    I try to live my life like my father did. He always takes care of everyone else first. He won’t even start eating until he’s sure everyone else in the family has started eating. Another thing: My dad never judges me by whether I win or lose but is more concerned if I am happy in every circumstance.

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    This is alarming.

    Senator Gordon alarmed as Sanofi admits dengue vaccine poses risks.

    Sen. Richard J. Gordon has expressed concern for the health of 280,000 schoolchildren administered with Dengvaxia, following reports that the manufacturer Sanofi has admitted that the dengue vaccine poses risks.

    “This admission by Sanofi that the Dengvaxia poses risks shows that when the Aquino administration procured it and the DOH (Department of Health) proceeded to inoculate 280,000 children initially, the vaccine was not yet ready for distribution. Now we have the evidence on that,” he said.

    Don’t blame doctors for being wealthy. Your disregard for health and fitness granted them that status.

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    One pet peeve of mine are parents unconcerned about their children causing discomfort in a place of worship, letting them run or play around causing disturbance. The same is true on planes and other public places. One may argue that kids are kids and extra tolerance is expected but instilling discipline at an early age is also a must. I remember our parents always reminding us to behave when visiting the homes of relatives and friends. Ethics and shame should be taught early. Sometimes those from poorer families exhibit such virtuous traits compared to the wealthy ones.

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    I chanced upon a long dining table of seniors aged 75 to 80 having breakfast. I was amazed to overhear them talking about Netflix, wifi, internet speed and social media. Glad to notice that world is not really lost in Jurassic Park.

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    IPhone fun tips on photography culled from CNet:
    Never stop shooting. With your IPhone always in your pocket or purse, there’s no reason to miss a good photo. Shoot as often as you can—it’s great practice, especially if you’re new to serious photography.

    Get creative with your angle. Give a familiar scene a new look with a fresh angle. Crouching down and shooting from ground level can transform a dull scene. Why not climb those stairs and photograph the other commuters from above? Or watch for interesting shadows cast by the shapes around you.

    Look for the light. Photography needs light, and no camera can take beautiful photos in total darkness. When the sunlight drops, you need to find your own light. City streets are a great place to start—passing car headlights, overhead streetlamps and brightly lit shop windows can be great light sources when you’re shooting at night.

    Learn to edit for more impact. There’s a lot more you can do with your image after you’ve pushed the shutter button. It’s often the editing process that can take a ho-hum snap and turn it into an “Oh, wow!” piece of art. Don’t let anyone tell you that editing is bad—almost every professional photo entails some form of editing.

    Take advantage of zoom properties. The biggest addition is the second lens, which Apple calls telephoto. It lets you zoom in on a scene much more than the standard lens, but it doesn’t reduce the image quality. It really comes into its own in street photography, where it allows you to capture candid moments that unfurl, without you having to stand in the middle of them.

    Download editing apps. Choose VSCO, Slow Shutter Cam, Adobe Photoshop Express, Camera Plus and MuseCam.

    Portrait mode. Professional photographers use telephoto lenses to create an attractively shallow depth of field when taking portraits. The iPhone zoom goes some way to replicating that, but goes further by digitally blurring the background as well.

    Burst mode is your best friend. In skateboarding—as with most sports—the action happens fast. Taking just one photo when your subject tries a trick might not capture the best moment. Perhaps the feet aren’t in quite the right position, or the skateboard has rotated a bit too far. Or maybe you missed the moment altogether.

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    Quote of the week:
    Judges are like umpires. Umpires don’t make the rules. They apply them. The role of an umpire and a judge is critical. They make sure everybody plays by the rules. But it is a limited role. Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the umpire. – John Roberts

    Good work, good deeds and good faith.


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