Saturday, July 31, 2010

Elie Wiesel and the "obscene" play


Racist right-wing zionist threatens grovelling playwright

Roger Corman used to cast movies by going through lists of Screen Actors Guild members, looking for names he recognized but who hadn't worked in a while. This how he happened give work to aging stars like Boris Karloff and others. Seems like a good idea. Larry Cohen was asked how he got Broderick Crawford to star in The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover, and he explained that there aren't that many leading roles for older actors. Write decent roles for older stars and you can get who you like.

There was a playwright in Hudson New York who tried something like this. Wrote a play for a couple of geezers. It might have worked if not for one thing...

The play was an imagined meeting between Elie Wiesel and Bernard Madoff, written by Deborah Margolin.

According to an article in The New York Times:

The Wiesel character in the earlier script was no passing contrivance. Ms. Margolin said she had seen the character as an ideal dramatic device, a name that would instantly connote moral authority. The central scene of the original play was an imagined conversation in which Wiesel pleaded with Madoff to invest his money. It also included a sexually tinged memory of Wiesel’s time in a concentration camp, as well as readings from the Talmud and meditations on repentance.

Wiesel spent much of the play cajoling and counseling Madoff, building up to a climactic moment in which the treacherous investor considered confessing his deceit to his wise and kindly companion.


Where did they get the idea that Wiesel was wise or kindly? He always seemed like a jerk to me.

Apparently Wiesel had been taking in contributions for something he modestly dubbed The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. Donors probably thought the money would be used for the good of all mankind (except Palestinians), but Wiesel put it all in the stock market. He handed it all to Madoff until Madoff was thrown in prison.

Over the years, the wise, kindly Elie Wiesel refused to take part in a conference on genocide because it included mention of the Armenian genocide; he attacked Simon Wiesenthal because Wiesenthal called for the recognition of non-Jewish holocaust victims such as Gypsies and homosexuals; when asked to comment, he expressed no sympathy for the 2,000 or so Palestinians slaughtered in Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps, said that he felt "sad for Israel, not against it," and said that no one should comment on it or criticize Israel for carrying out the massacre.

In the late '40s, Wiesel was a member of the Irgun, a Jewish terrorist group that helped carry out the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. He wants to criminalize Holocaust denial, but he denies the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, denies the Armenian Genocide, and wants the world to ignore the Nazi genocide against Gypsies, homosexuals and others.

Wiesel called for the U.S. invasion of Iraq and is now calling for war on Iran. He continues to defend and support any mass murder of Palestinians.

But Wiesel is as angry as a Transylvanian can be about Bernard Madoff. Wiesel thinks Madoff should be forced to spend 24 hours a day looking at pictures of the millionaires he defrauded. He thinks Madoff would be tortured with guilt.

And now we have this idiot playwright who thinks that sticking Wiesel in a play gave it instant moral authority.

The woman has no right to be so stupid. She teaches at Yale, for God's sake.

She sent a copy of the play to Wiesel. The wise, kindly Wiesel wrote back that the play was "obscene" and threatened to sue her.

Margolin quickly rewrote it. Wrote out Wiesel and replaced him with a fictional geezer poet.

It didn't seem to change her opinion of Wiesel. She told the guy at the New York Times, “I didn’t set out to be on the wrong side of anybody, let alone someone I admire."

If she wants to admire him, okay. She can if she wants. But don't be an idiot about it.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Miley Cyrus Not allowed to hang out with Ashley Greene

Miley Cyrus Ashley Green
Miley Cyrus is actually allowed to hang out with Ashley Greene. Representative for the "Can't Be Tamed" hitmaker has slammed down rumor suggesting she has been banned from spending time with her "LOL: Laughing Out Loud" co-star, telling Gossip Cop the story "simply not true" and the two actresses can spend time together "as much as they wish."

It was Heat magazine that brought up the rumor of the hanging-out ban in the first place. At the time, the mag claimed that the 17-year-old songstress has been discouraged from developing any friendship with the "Twilight Saga" beauty because her people are keen on keeping what is left of her "teen-dream" image.

A source told the mag, "When Miley was out with Taylor Swift, Taylor's friends thought Miley was too crazy. Now Miley's being protected from Ashley." The insider further revealed that 23-year-old Ashley's partying ways was the actual reason behind the ban. "Ashley always wanted to party," the source said, before mentioning that it affected her relationship with Kellan Lutz.
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Miley Cyrus comfortable with her own skin

Miley Cyrus
Friends of Miley Cyrus have spoken out to deny rumours that the star is set to go under the knife and have a boob job.

"It's absurd. Miley has never even considered it. She's always been very comfortable in her own skin." said the friend.

Miley, who is currently filming 'LOL' with Demi Moore, is said to find the rumours hilarious and believes that she is far too young for the plastic surgery.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Avengers Comic-Con 2010: The Avengers (2012) Full Cast Line-Up

Image From blogs.indiewire.com

Robert Downey Jr.,Clark Gregg, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Director Joss Whedon,  Producer and Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige



Samuel Jackson and Robert Downey Jr. took the podium at Hall H with thousands of fans cheering in the Comic-Con 2010.  They introduced the Avengers crew: Samuel L. Jackson and Nick Fury’s two lieutenants, Clark Gregg and Scarlett Johansson, as well as Hemsworth, Evans, Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Mark Ruffalo, who is replacing Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/The Hulk (earlier the fans booed Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige for dumping Edward Norton).

Also expected to be released is Johnston’s Captain America, a 40s period origin myth starring
Chris Evans as the mighty hero and Hugo Weaving as Red Skull and Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, starring Australian Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, and Natalie Portman as an earthbound scientist.


Casts:
Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man
Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Chris Evans as Captain America / Steve Rogers
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye / Clint Barton
Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk / Bruce Banner
Tom Hiddleston as Loki (Rumored)
Don Cheadle as War Machine / Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes (Rumored)

MMDA Color/Number Coding Window Hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proposed to be Removed


The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is proposing the removal of the window hours from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for vehicles covered by the Unified Vehicle Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the “color/number coding” scheme.

MMDA Chairman Oscar Inocentes believes that by removing the window hours between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. would help reduce traffic volumes in Metro Manila.
Surely, parents who fetch their children in schools would have a bad reaction to this if ever this is implemented.

Presently, these are the guidelines for the Number coding scheme: 

(These guidelines has been revised. Please click here for the new guidelines)
-Only Makati, Malabon and Las Piñas implements the7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. color/number coding scheme without the window hours. 


-Marikina, Muntinlupa, Taguig, and Parañaque do not implement the number coding. While the number coding scheme is in effect in Caloocan, Mandaluyong, Manila, Navotas, Pateros, Quezon City, San Juan, and Valenzuela. The window hours of 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. is observed.

-Pasig City implements the7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. color/number coding scheme but observes window hours from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

-The following Roads do not implement the number coding: Ninoy Aquino Avenue, MIA Road, Domestic Road, Airport Road, Sales Road, and portions of Buendia.

-The following Roads implements the Number Coding but observes window hours regardless of the city: Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), Circumferential Road 5 (C5), Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, and Roxas Boulevard

“This is one solution which I believe can really solve the traffic problem. At the moment, even if there is number coding, the coded vehicles can still go out in the streets during the window hours. These still add to the volume of vehicles in the streets for that day,” he said.

Plate ending 1 and 2      Monday
Plate ending 3 and 4     Tuesday
Plate ending 5 and 6     Wednesday
Plate ending 7 and 8     Thursday
Plate ending 9 and 0     Friday

(These guidelines has been revised. Please click here for the new guidelines

Penalty: Confiscation of driver's license, fine of P300.00 to be paid at redemption center.

Another addition, which I hope to be implemented is re-inclusion of buses in the implementation of the UVVRP. This would help the existing program, the Organized Bus Route (OBR) program which seeks to limit buses on EDSA through scheduled fielding of buses from common terminals.


I hope the MMDA would finalize things and announce their decision fast.:)



Source: Philippine Star

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Miley Cyrus spent $24,000 on hair

Miley Cyrus spent $24,000 on hair
Just recently, teen pop singer Miley Cyrus opted to forgo her long hair extensions for the look here. Now, she’s gone and spent thousands on getting her long hair back.

Reportedly, Miley spent $24,000 just on getting her hair just the way she wants it. According to a source, “Miley bought the best hair possible, and then had it dyed to match hers exactly. Her hair is an investment.”

For that amount of dough, is it any surprise that Miley reportedly had the extensions flown in from Italy to New York? She then had them delivered to hairstylist Kristina Barricelli at New York City’s expensive Gemini 14 salon (which also services Brandi Irwin, the woman who spends $47,000 per year on her hair). From there, Miley’s new hair — and her hairstylist — were flown to L.A., where it was put on.

Ashley Greene & Miley Cyrus in LOL

Ashley Greene
Ashley Greene, who plays Alice Cullen in the "Twilight" movies, and "Hung" star Thomas Jane are in negotiations to join Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore in an English-language remake of a French comedy.

"LOL" centers on a teenaged girl (Cyrus) who is dumped by her more sexually experienced boyfriend (George Finn) while her divorcee mother (Moore) struggles to move on with her life.miley cyrus

Greene will play a high school bad girl, and Jane will be Cyrus' father. Additionally Ashley Hinshaw ("Fringe") will play Cyrus' best friend, while Douglas Booth has already been cast as Cyrus' love interest.

Liza Azuelos, who directed the 2008 original, is shooting the remake for Mandate Pictures, the company behind "Juno."

Miley Cyrus Boy Friend Liam Hemsworth is Jealous of her

Miley Cyrus Liam Hemsworth1The boyfriend of Miley Cyrus would be very jealous, especially after turning sexy “Can not be Tamed”, which led people to consider it almost a no-good! According to the indications given by a knowledgeable source “is jealous. Knows that basically it is a play, but just can not accept that all those guys see his girlfriend in lingerie singing! “.Miley Cyrus is still minor but I like her songs.
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The gossip source also claims that Miley Cyrus and her handsome boyfriend, whom the singer wants to get married soon, argue a lot for this very reason. I like Miley Cyrus too.

As always these are rumors, but we would hope that in reality between the bomb emerging Miley Cyrus, who is far from her character Hannah Montana and her fiance twenty things are good!Miley Cyrus is a great singer.

The teen singer said in a recent interview that she is obsessed with Kristen Stewart. While Miley said she has not seen the film believe that Stewart is an amazing actress.Miley Cyrus is a good actress too.Maybe they will do a movie toghether.
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‘I love Kristen Stewart. I’ma big fan! “. ‘I’m obsessed with it’, said Miley Cyrus. The singer also said she never saw any of the Twilight movie, but still is fascinated with Kristen.I want to see a movie with Miley Cyrus and Kristen Stewart.

Similarly Miley Cyrus said that it seemed incredible that Kristen likes her song,”The Climb”. It should be noted, Disney Channel singer says she hates vampires and can not understand why everyone is obsessed with “Twilight”’

Miley Cyrus Proud likes to get compared with Britney spears

miley cyrusMiley Cyrus has revealed she took Katy Perry's labelling of her as 'Britney Spears all over again' as a compliment.

The California Gurls singer is alleged to have made the comment backstage at the MuchMusic Awards in Toronto last month, Life & Style reports.

'She's definitely headed the Britney route. It's worse. Look at those outfits. It's bad,' Perry is alleged to have said about the Can't Be Tamed performer.

Reflecting on the comparison the Hannah Montana star said: 'I try to look at everything in my life as positive. So I can either look at it and say it's negative, and look at the things she's done wrong, and say, 'How can someone compare me to her?'' Hollywood Life reports.

The 17-year-old performer went on to explain she was not upset by Perry’s description because she chose to reflect on Spears' many successes.

'I could be the positive person and look at all the amazing history that she's made, and the things that she’s accomplished,' Cyrus said.

Miley Cyrus lip lock Liam Hemsworth Captured By Camera

Miley Cyrus
Teen star Miley Cyrus was caught unawares as some paparazzi photographed her locked in a passionate kiss with boyfriend Liam Hemsworth.


The `Hannah Montana` star was spending some private time with Hemsworth in Paris and were snapped kissing while strolling along the Champ-Elysees on Thursday evening, Aceshowbiz reported.

This is not the first time the 17-year-old star was caught on camera despite her denying rumours of dating Hemsworth. They were seen another day walking hand-in-hand and cuddling.

Even as the reported photos have made their way all over the web, neither Cyrus nor her Australian have bothered to make a confirmation regarding the state of their relationship.

Cyrus has been romantically linked with the 19-year-old actor since they shot their upcoming drama flick "The Last Song" earlier this year.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Daniel Schorr


I heard a bit of an obituary for Daniel Shorr, dead at 93, on public radio. They talked about what a fine reporter he was because, on CBS TV, he interviewed the leader of East Germany. Shore kept interrupting and badgering the man until he walked out of the interview. The head of CBS complimented Shorr on how cool and calm he remained throughout the interview, but Shorr admitted to him that it was a fraud, that the reaction shots of Shorr were filmed after the fact. They re-edited the interview so that Shore looked calm and collected while the East German leader was so irrational that he stormed out.

The reporter on public radio thought this showed how honest Shorr was. Yes, the reaction shots were deceptive, he said, but Shorr admitted the deception immediately.

Well. No. Shorr admitted it to his boss; he never informed the public about his fraud. He used a rare interview with the leader of East Germany strictly as an exercise in propaganda. Imagine the reaction if a reporter from the USSR acted that way while interviewing a West German leader then used faked reaction shots and broadcast it in the Soviet Union.

They said that CBS banned the practice of filming interviewer reaction shots after the fact, but that ban didn't last long. That sort of fraud was Mike Wallace's whole career.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Internet Porn Sites Now Accessible in China

Word leaked out slowly, spread by Web-savvy folks on Twitter: Internet porn that once was blocked by Chinese government censors was now openly available.

Chinese are long accustomed to the authorities' Internet blockades. And I doubt this would change any time soon. Yet porn seems to be more accessible now. But still unanswered are questions about whether it's an official change in policy, a technical glitch or some sort of test by the usually disapproving Chinese Internet police. Websites about human rights and dissidents are also routinely banne and that I think would not change at all.

"Maybe they are thinking that if Internet users have some porn to look at, then they won't pay so much attention to political matters," said Beijing-based Internet analyst Zhao Jing, who goes by the English name Michael Anti. The government has not said why the porn sites were unblocked.

Few Chinese will admit to surfing for porn because it is illegal. Many sites are still inaccessible, and of those, sites that somehow evade control are usually blocked within hours. But the demand is there. Chinese society's conservative attitudes about sex are rapidly changing, especially among the young, who make up the majority of Internet users. Many Chinese have learned to get around "the Great Firewall," or GFW, as the system is known. Sites that suddenly became available around late May include the English-language YouPorn and PornHub, along with numerous Chinese sites offering downloads."The Great Firewall is not that serious toward blocking porn sites. It never was," he said. The true targets, he said, include political information, current affairs, negative reports about leaders, and anything that may trigger a protest.

"That kind of information is where the censorship focus is really," Xiao said. "Porn, they're just halfheartedly doing it."


Source: Yahoo News

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Zombie Girl: The Movie, Pathogen



I heard about Martin Scorcese on location on one of his movies. His mother had a small role. She played an elderly Italian woman. They were working late at night and he was having trouble getting what he needed on film. And his mother started complaining about the obscene language in the script. He finally had to tell her to pipe down and let him work. He said she wasn't happy about it, but she understood that he had to get it done.

Now I'm sitting here watching Zombie Girl: The Movie, a documentary about twelve-year-old Emily Hagins making her feature-length zombie movie, Pathogen. Her mother is helping her a lot, doing a lot of work and spending a huge amount of time on it, but at times the mother is directing the director even though the girl seems to have things under control. Well, if it were me, I'd have been trying to get them to speed it up, too.

The mother was sort of the opposite of Martin Scorcese's mother---or his "mama", as his people would say. Mama Scorcese was slowing things down. Emily Hagins' mother was trying to keep things moving.

Now they're filming in a grocery store.

When I've written scripts, I've tried to write them so all the scenes could be filmed places where no permission would be needed, even if it could be gotten easily. I wouldn't have filmed in a supermarket. The girl seems more ambitious and talented than I've ever been. She convinced them to close the store while they filmed.

I just hope the kids in the documentary aren't watching this particular broadcast. The channel keeps showing commercials for non-prescription aphrodisiacs.

Here's the site for the documentary:

http://www.zombiegirlthemovie.com/

And here is Emily Hagins' oddly named website where you can order her zombie movie, Pathogen:

http://www.cheesynuggets.com/

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Toward a People's Cinema

People's Cinema has never worked out well. Soviet Experimental Cinema was never really popular. Neither was Italian Neo-Realism.

We should note, though, that nearly all of the Spaghetti Westerns were directed by Communists. You don't need to look very hard for Marxist symbolism, like the gold buried in a massive war cemetery in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly or Clint Eastwood counting dead bodies by their monetary value in For A Few Dollars More. There was one--was in Django?--where the rich American murders Mexican peasants and feeds their bodies to his pet eagle.

And Soviet cinema did quite well producing a lot of well-made big budget movies. George Lucas ripped off Soviet special effects in Star Wars. Spielberg freely ripped off Soviet war movies in Saving Private Ryan. They understood the importance of plagiarizing only obscure sources. Your massive fraud can go undetected for years, and if anyone does discover it, you call it a homage.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

US soldier Private Bradley Manning Leak of Iraq Shootings Video

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5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

[YahooNews]
An American soldier suspected of leaking video footage of a US Apache helicopter strike in Iraq in which around a dozen people were gunned down in broad daylight has been charged, the army said on Tuesday. 

The video of the attack in a Baghdad street on July 12, 2007 was posted on the Internet, causing international outcry over an action in which civilians were killed after being wrongly identified as insurgents.

It also provoked anger and renewed demands for compensation from the victims families, as well as acute embarrassment at the Pentagon and the White House.

Private First Class Bradley E. Manning, currently being held in a military jail in Kuwait in connection with the attack, faces two charges of misconduct, the US army in Baghdad said in a statement.
To assist Private Manning, please see bradleymanning.org.

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NASA Releases Videogame, Moonbase Alpha

NASA has abandoned plans to return to the Moon, so with nothing to do they made a video-game.  You can explore the lunar landscape with a free new online game released by the US space agency. The game is called Moonbase Alpha. It allows players to be on a exploration team in a futuristic 3D lunar settlement. [yahoo news]

NASA in an explanation of the game said that "In Moonbase Alpha, you assume the exciting role of an astronaut working to further human expansion and research." You have to survive on the settlement with lots of scenarios crippling the life supports equipments of the settlements. The goal is to
restore critical systems and oxygen flow to survive using  interactive command center, lunar rover and mobile robotic repair units. The game is designed to "engage and educate students about agency technologies, job opportunities and the future of space exploration."
This 'First Person Explorer' serious game includes both a single player capability and LAN or internet multiplayer gameplay for up to six active players on a team. Selectable maps will be available for specific player numbers (e.g., 2 player map, 4 player map, etc.).  Each of these maps is represented and tracked individually within the game’s leader boards.planned NASA-based "multiplayer online game project." [MoonbaseAlphaGame.com]

The game is available at MoonbaseAlphaGame.com or click the link  below to download

Minimum System Requirements
•  Win XP SP3
•  2.0+ GHZ Single Core Processor
•  2GB of System RAM
•  NVIDIA 7000-series or ATI Radeon X1900 Video Card
•  2GB of Free Hard Drive Space
•  DirectX 9.0c

Recommended System Requirements
•  Win XP SP3 / Vista / Windows 7
•  2.4+ GHz Dual Core Processor
•  4+ GB of System RAM
•  NVIDIA 9000+ or ATI Radeon 3600+ Video Card
•  5.0 GB of Free Hard Drive Space
•  DirectX 9.0c for XP/Vista
•  DirectX 10 for Windows 7

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Free movies

See, now, I would never buy a DVD of a movie I'd never seen. Unless it was really cheap. I don't know if I'm typical.

But for independent filmmakers, there's the thing. Either sell your movies really cheap, which may not work either, or let your movie be seen----you won't get it into theatrical release, but in lieu of that, you could post it on You Tube or otherwise release it for free on the Internet. Then sell DVDs. I think it would work, assuming the movie was worth buying.

On another blog, I read about a filmmaker who made her movie available free of charge on the internet. She was able to thus make a profit from DVD sales as well as from donations.

Ken Kesey, ROG

Ken Kesey made a movie years ago of his bus trip in the 1960s. They had a lot of footage filmed at the time, but there was a technical problem. The cameras and tape recorders ran on the bus's electrical system, so they didn't run at a consistent speed. It was impossible to synchronize the sound and picture. It wasn't until the advent of digital editing that they were able to solve the problem.

Kesey began selling tapes of the movie online. And here's how he did it. You ordered the movie online. He mailed you the tape. Then you mailed him the money.

Just don't be stingy! How much is your movie really worth, anyway? Especially since anyone can turn on the TV and watch much better stuff for free. You're lucky anyone's watching it all.

Rick Schmidt

That guy's charging something like $30 for DVDs. He's made a lot of movies. I don't know how they're selling. I've never seen one in a video store (I have seen Jon Jost's movie and Wayne Wang's early efforts) but Schmidt's were never available anywhere. I can't see shelling out $30 for a movie sight unseen.

I suppose he's doing okay, though. He has the book out (Feature Film Making At Used Car Prices) which publicizes the DVDs. But if he made the movies available (if they're any good) they could maybe publicize the book, too.

Self-publishing

"Self-publishing" is standard with music and movies. Bands produce their own CDs and low budget filmmakers sell their own DVDs. There doesn't seem to be any shame in it.

Doesn't seem to work with books. Self-publishing gets you no respect at all.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Gaming Addiction Causes South Korean to Kill Mom

A South Korean court on Friday sentenced an Internet addict  for killing his mother after she criticised his online gaming habit. Prosecutors had sought the death sentence but he was only sentenced to 20 years in prison. The 22-year-old was arrested in February on charges of clubbing his 53-year-old mother to death at her home. 

How to Overcome Internet Addiction
In March a 32-year-old man died after playing on the Internet for five days with few breaks. A similar incident was reported involving a 28-year-old man in 2005. In May, a 41-year-old man was sentenced to two years in jail after he and his wife left their daughter to die while raising a "virtual child" on the Internet. [YahooNews]

How to Overcome Internet Addiction
Practise the opposite:
If you have an Internet habit, which means you check your emails first thing in the morning, it may be time to alter your routine so that you have breakfast before logging on. Making changes in this way will break the established pattern, which so often is part of an addiction. This will not solve the problem, but will at least be a step forward in helping to break the routine.
 
Finalise goals:
Set yourself goals to avoid Internet usage. Set a programme so your sessions are structured and you have limited time on and a time that you must disconnect. Have someone help you monitor this.
 
Look at life:
Sit down with people you trust and try and get a vision of what you are missing out on in life because you are spending so much time on the Internet. Write all these things down so you can refer to them again and again. Tell yourself that life is about living and that time is passing you by. Have on your list your friends and your family and think about the times you spent with them before and the joy and happiness you had.
 
Join a support group:
By talking with others who are in the same situation, you will make new and real friends and begin to realise you are not the only one that has to fight this addiction. Support is very important and you must make a commitment to keep the support group going until you are free. The support group may also involve professionals who you need to see for guidance, where necessary.
 
Get family support:
You will need the support of family members, because they know and love you more than most. Make sure there is a key to the computer room and have it available for certain times of the day. Make sure the door is always open so that your spouse or parent can come in at any time to see what you are doing on the Internet. Be accountable and be totally open, as this is one of the best ways to fight this type of addiction.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

President Noynoy's Wang-Wang Policy

On his speech on the inauguration day, he stated to remove all wang-wangs or loud sirens that is used personally. This is a challenge. We all know that all government officials, no matter how low their position are, have wang-wangs. Which I think is wrong. Many politians and government officials are "mayabang" in terms of the road. They use wang-wang to broadcast their status as "powerful". Even MMDA and barangay tanods use them! They feel that they are police officers when they are not. If Noynot wants to set an example, he should start with the government officials. And I'm sure others will follow.

For those private people who use wang-wangs. I myself am guilty of having a wang-wang in one of my cars. But I only use it when I am confronted with reckless PUVs, especially buses who care less for our safety. Other than that I don't use it for anything else. I know it's still wrong. But I can't help it. Noynoy says that people have wang-wangs think they are kings of the road. To some it's true, but look at Jeepneys and buses! They act like kings of the road even without using wang-wang!

It should be fair if noynoy wants to remove wang-wangs, he should also be stricter on traffic when it comes to PUV and PUB. Even if they are poor or lower class citizens, they should also be fined for their actions. They are the one's who cause traffic and like myself, causes people to use wang-wang. I am optimistic about this plan of his, and I wishing for the best and will remove my wang-wang.:) Cheers!

Suicide at Edsa Shangri-la Mall

Twitter user NeilParas posted a picture of the scene, with the dead woman lying facedown on Edsa Shang mall’s floor. 

Dr. Mary Ann Magtoto, a dentist from a Dental Store in Edsa Shang, died after falling six floors inside the Shangri-la Plaza mall in Mandaluyong City. The incident happened yesterday around 4:00 p.m. It has yet to be determined if she really committed suicide or she was pushed.

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TV host Drew Arellano, who was at Shangri-la Plaza at the time, Tweeted,
“I’m on the 6th flr and people around me heard a loud smack… They took the body away. They covered the blood on the floor with white towels but red/brown color still visible.”

Image from @maitecaliente
UPDATE: ABS-CBN confirmed that Dr. Mary Ann Magtoto did jumped intentionally from the 6th floor of the Shangri-la Mall. Superintendent Roseller Sta. Maria, deputy chief of the Mandaluyong City police, said a British national saw Dr. Mary Ann Magtoto jump from the 6th floor. The foreigner said in his sworn statement that he saw Magtoto climb the escalator's railing before jumping off. [ABS-CBN] No reason is yet known why she committed suicide.

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