Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Only in the Philippines

Inquirer says this, in particular below:

Day of the Disappeared

The leftist Bagong Alyansang Makabayan also announced yesterday that it would observe the International Day of the Disappeared with a prayer gathering (highlights mine) at Plaza Miranda in Manila.

Organizers are preparing flowers for each of the 700 victims of political killings and 100 who have disappeared. The Inquirer counts 247 assassinations. With reports from Christian V. Esguerra, Norman Bordadora and Luige A. del Puerto

Yup, we have here leftists who pray (a friend asks, Who do they pray to? They actually pray? Rally ra na, bay.)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

"Look who we have here"

With the fauxtography scandals, I went out to read Greg Mitchell here and here. "Kawawa naman the other photojournalists in the war front," I told myself, "if a few racketeers want their 15 minutes of fame, at the expense of the hardworking ones." Let not a few apples spoil the pie (although seriously I won't even take a bite).

BUT, here's what I found out about Greg, as he so says himself. He says he got away with it. I doubt that. If his being editor of E&P is getting away with it, then maybe he did get away with it -- better to steer clear of E&P then. Okay, maybe it was just once. But I don't think I'll even have the courage to taste his apple pie.

Reuters says it was attacked

Now why am I not so convinced that this truly happened?
The answer is Powerline's. With an update.

Andre' (the Giant)

On what is his last Grand Slam tournament, Andre Agassi took 3½ hoursto beat Andrei Pavel 6-7 (4), 7-6 (8), 7-6 (6), 6-2 to move into the second round of the 2006 US Open.

Look who's broken what

Another one of those who broke a bone like me in a similar accident: Matthew Broderick
Almost like him. Definitely, pretty much, like her.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Boys learn more from men and girls learn more from women.

Study: Teacher's gender affects learning
By BEN FELLER AP Education Writer
© 2006 The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — For all the differences between the sexes, here's one that might stir up debate in the teacher's lounge: Boys learn more from men and girls learn more from women.

That's the upshot of a provocative study by Thomas Dee, an associate professor of economics at Swarthmore College and visiting scholar at Stanford University. His study was to appear Monday in Education Next, a quarterly journal published by the Hoover Institution.

Vetted and approved by peer reviewers, Dee's research faces a fight for acceptance. Some leading education advocates dispute his conclusions and the way in which he reached them.

But Dee says his research supports his point, that gender matters when it comes to learning. Specifically, as he describes it, having a teacher of the opposite sex hurts a student's academic progress.

"We should be thinking more carefully about why," he said.

Dee warns against drawing fast conclusions based on his work. He is not endorsing single-sex education, or any other policy.

Rather, he hopes his work will spur more research into gender's effect and what to do about it.

His study comes as the proportion of male teachers is at its lowest level in 40 years. Roughly 80 percent of teachers in U.S. public schools are women.

Dee's study is based on a nationally representative survey of nearly 25,000 eighth-graders that was conducted by the Education Department in 1988. Though dated, the survey is the most comprehensive look at students in middle school, when gender gaps emerge, Dee said.

He examined test scores as well as self-reported perceptions by teachers and students.

Dee found that having a female teacher instead of a male teacher raised the achievement of girls and lowered that of boys in science, social studies and English.

Looked at the other way, when a man led the class, boys did better and girls did worse.

The study found switching up teachers actually could narrow achievement gaps between boys and girls, but one gender would gain at the expense of the other.

Dee also contends that gender influences attitudes.

For example, with a female teacher, boys were more likely to be seen as disruptive. Girls were less likely to be considered inattentive or disorderly.

In a class taught by a man, girls were more likely to say the subject was not useful for their future. They were less likely to look forward to the class or to ask questions.

Dee said he isolated a teacher's gender as an influence by accounting for several other factors that could affect student performance. But his study is sure to be scrutinized.

"The data, as he presents them, are far from convincing," said Marcia Greenberger, co-president of the National Women's Law Center, which works to advance the progress of women.

Greenberger said she found Dee's conclusions to be questionable and inconsistent. More broadly, she said, boys and girls benefit by having male and female teachers as role models.

"I don't think there are many parents or students, looking back over their educational careers, who haven't been inspired by a teacher of the opposite sex," she said.

"And many have had very unhappy experiences with teachers of the same gender that they are. We have to be careful of too many generalizations," Greenberger said.

Student success cannot be narrowed to the gender of the teacher, said Reg Weaver, president of the National Education Association, the country's largest teachers' union.

Experienced teachers, good textbooks, smaller class sizes and modern equipment all influence how boys and girls do in class, Weaver said.

"Students benefit by having exposure to teachers who look like them, who can identify with their culture ... but this is just one variable among many," Weaver said.

Dee said his research raises valid questions.

Should teachers get more training about the learning styles of boys and girls? Should they be taught to combat biases in what they expect of boys and girls?

In the nature-nurture debate, he said, teacher gender belongs.

"Some people will react strongly to this," he said. "But I've taken pains to explain that we need to be cautious about drawing policy conclusions. As provocative as this all might seem, I really haven't gotten that much negative feedback."


Tiger's fourth win

Tiger wins play-off against Cink at Bridgestone, at the fourth hole. This puts Tiger 5th on the PGA all-tme win list.

Fox News journalists freed

Fox's Centanni and Wiig were freed by their captors.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Group H

ACMilan are the top seed in Group H in the first phase of this year's Champions League, together with Lille, AEK Athens, and Anderlecht. Chelsea and Barca are again (for the third time) in the same group.

"Is the media that gullible -- or does it have a political bias? Either way, its credibility has now been lost."

Is the media that gullible -- or does it have a political bias? Either way, its credibility has now been lost.
Find out why?

Thursday, August 24, 2006


Have heard of her for sometime, but only got the chance to read her recently: Colleen Caroll Campbell.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Missing journalists and funny money

Fox News's Steve Centanni and freelance cameraman Olaf Wiig are still missing for about a week now since their abduction in Gaza.

Many MSM and CNN showed the Hezbollah giving up to USD 12K for families in South Lebanon. Yup, USD. Fact is, the Hezbollah have also been called Cashbollah or Hezdollars for using counterfeit USD's. Were those real USD's handed over? Was it made-for-tv spot again? Were the MSM duped again to broadcast and write about the generosity of the Hezbollah?

Conspiracy. (?)


This time it's the result of the ACM vs Red Star Belgrade in their second match in Champions League play. Pippo Inzaghi headed home on the 28th and Clarence Seedorf added a second at the 79th.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Tiger wins again

Tiger wins his 12th major, a win by four strokes at the PGA Championships in Medinah.

Thursday, August 17, 2006


Nope, this isn't the score of the Rossoneri against Red Star Belgrade in Champions League play. That will still be next week.

This is the PGMA impeachment drama. The justice committee determining the sufficiency of substance of the second impeachment try against PGMA voted 56-24 to quash the complaint. The plenary will vote whether to accept the decision or or not. I think that if the supporters of the impeachment bid in the gallery were more respectful, the voting would have been closer. They cannot win the hearts of the congressmen this way.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady

Today is the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady. Pope Benedict XVI last year said:

Mary is taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven, and with God and in God she is Queen of heaven and earth. And is she really so remote from us?

The contrary is true. Precisely because she is with God and in God, she is very close to each one of us.

While she lived on this earth she could only be close to a few people. Being in God, who is close to us, actually, "within" all of us, Mary shares in this closeness of God. Being in God and with God, she is close to each one of us, knows our hearts, can hear our prayers, can help us with her motherly kindness and has been given to us, as the Lord said, precisely as a "mother" to whom we can turn at every moment.

She always listens to us, she is always close to us, and being Mother of the Son, participates in the power of the Son and in his goodness. We can always entrust the whole of our lives to this Mother, who is not far from any one of us.

I was looking for a picture I had beside the early 17th century marble rendition of the Assumption at Sta. Maria Maggiore Basilica in Rome (by Bernini, who happens to be named Pietro -- rough translation: Peter), but could not find it as of this blogging. What's important is this work of art:

It's a holiday in Rome, too. Perhaps the Holy Father will celebrate Mass or give a homily in Castelgandolfo (as he did last year).

Monday, August 14, 2006

Kadayawan sa Davao

Davao celebrates its Kadayawan Festival this week. Something new about this year's Kadayawan is the Hiyas sa Kadayawan. What used to be a beauty and brains pageant for women is now considered a gender-free search for the festival symbol.
Check this website or the news.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

46 errors

Masha at JP Morgan Chase had 46 errors in a 7-5, 6-2 loss to Elena Dementieva in an all-Russian semifinal.
So what?

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

"Fauxtography" alert: NYTimes and USNews

It seems that there is much "Fauxtography" going on at NYT and USN. Why resort to this? What's the agenda?
This is an example.

Look who exposes this (August 8 posting, and earlier).

Is Cebu's (RP's) MSM into this? Hope not.

Update (10Aug): Apparently NYT had a correction to the caption. But still, many questions need to be answered. See this.

Pay Pal for RP

J Angelo Racoma thinks Paypal should be in the Philippines. I think so too.
He has a link for you, if you want to join.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Blogger power

Reuters is withdrawing photos by a Lebanese photographer from its database after a blogger pointed Reuters to what could have been "doctored" photos. See here.

On another note, Geoffrey says this. What, no condemnation from the UN? Because they were only injured and not killed?

Monday, August 07, 2006

First a Rossonero, then Gialloverde?

CAFU: 'Il Mondiale è alle spalle, penso a fare bene con il Milan'

MILANO - Così Marcos Cafu al termine dell'allenamento ai microfoni di Milan Channel: 'Siamo già in clima partita, mercoledì giocheremo una sfida importantissima, speriamo che a San Siro accorra tanto pubblico, ne avremo bisogno. I miei compagni sono sereni, è normale che siano anche un po' arrabbiati per tutto quello che è successo quest'estate. Se penso ancora alla delusione del Mondiale? Certo che no, non mi aiuterebbe a fare bene con il Milan!'


Tiger Woods wins his 50th PGA after a four-round 66 (264) at the Buick.
Ok, ok, Masha wins at the WTA against Kim. Still not enough to be #1 again.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Forza Milan!

Milan face (Serbian) Red Star Belgrade on August 9 at the San Siro in the 3rd round of the Champions League preliminary stage. Forza! The Rossoneri also won 2-0 against Lecco in a friendly.

Ballack 13

Michael Ballack puts on Number 13 for Chelsea. A little controversy as Frenchman William Gallas wears that jersey, but has not reported for practice and teambuilding. Chelsea Manager Mourinho who said that Gallas does not show respect for him and his teammates gave Michael the jersey (as a way to sanction Gallas, no doubt). Gallas could sit out the last year of his contract with Chelsea.

Read Picture from as well.