World & Nation

What the world will be like after the demise of the electric utilities and the proliferation of the self-driving, self-healing electric vehicle

By 2050: Solar Communities

Our fearless forecasts for the year 2050: (1) home and building rooftops laden with high-efficiency solar cells and light absorbers, (2) garages and building basements or rooftops equipped with high-capacity DC electric storage batteries, (3) hundreds of careers replaced by new professions, (4) the disappearance of oil refineries and gasoline stations, and (5) the demise of electric companies and their electric generation plants. All of these take place with the development of high-efficiency solar cells, new storage battery technologies, and the emergence of electric vehicles.

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On the Philippine Constitution’s mandate for separation of Church and State and the emergence of an Islamic nation within the country

Separation of Church and State

Article II, Section 6 of the Philippine Constitution provides: “The separation of the Church and State shall be inviolable.” The mandate – which must never to be broken, infringed, or dishonored – is the most violated law of the land. There is no separation of church and state in the Philippines – the country is in fact a Christian religious state.

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Donald Trump: the United States of America is NOT your country alone – it is a nation of, by, and for immigrants

Donald Trump, Father, Mother, and Second Wife

Donald Trump needs a lesson in history.

Donald Trump extravagantly displayed his lack of modern worldliness when he claimed that immigrants are not deserving of US citizenship – and that those who were born in this country of illegal immigrant parents are not, could not and should not be US citizens.

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Year after year, the Philippine government’s Bureau of Customs is ranked as the country’s ‘Most Corrupt Government Office’

Bureau Of Customs - Corrupt

Because of its recent attempt to make OFW (overseas Filipino workers) ‘balikbayan’ boxes a target for its corrupt agents, the Philippine Department of Finance’s Bureau of Customs has once again come into public focus. In a US State Department investment climate report, the bureau was ranked as the “Most Corrupt Philippine Government Office.”

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Harry Stonehill: his enterprise helped him build a business empire, his recklessness and lack of political finesse brought it all down

Harry S. StonehillI remember Harry S. Stonehill. In his final months as a powerful and sometimes feared businessman in the Philippines, I would meet with him at his Magsaysay Building office in Ermita where we plotted PR campaigns aimed at curbing the wave of bad press that threatened his very being. Then-Manila-mayor Arsenio H. Lacson complained to me at one time that Stonehill was “crowding me out of the front pages.”

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Options for Filipinos in their 2016 elections: more good government or the validation of corrupt political dynasties

The Philippines and the Filipino people are at a crossroads of their political destiny. Their 2016 elections offer the Filipino people an opportunity to continue a program of rebuilding a political system patterned after the US government and purging it of corrupt family dynasties or – please forbid – to validate corruption and the propagation of political dynasties. The task of choosing between good and evil will be trying because for many Filipinos entitlement and favor are ways of life – many Filipinos consider it acceptable and just for a person to reap benefits from public office in spite of laws that prohibit and punish bribery, graft, and corruption.

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The ‘Imperial’ – and why the United States is way behind in fully implementing the International System of Units

In 1981 and early 1982, I would describe the metric system of measurements to my electronics and computer science students and tell them why it was better than the Imperial or English standard that was then in use. Our classrooms were newly equipped with 24-hour clocks. Around the nation, freeway and other road signs noted distances in Kms and speed limits in Kms/h; gasoline station pumps displayed Liters for quantities bought. The country was undergoing a change – for the better.

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