Friday, September 28, 2007

What was he thinking?

Turns out, what would have been meant to prove a point against another, became in fact a point to prove otherwise (26Sept2007)

What was this brain-leak thinking? Perhaps he was planted to actually shame those who believed they had the smoking gun?

P.S. If you must try an on-line translator, do it, but with care. Nothing beats a native speaker.


Carbon dioxide did not end the last Ice Age. Surely, CO2 played a role, but definitely it wasn't alone. It was a conspiracy. H/T:

Carbon dioxide did not end the last Ice Age

Deep-sea temperatures rose 1,300 years before atmospheric CO2, ruling out the greenhouse gas as driver of meltdown, says study in Science.

Lowell Stott, professor of earth sciences, University of Southern California
Click here for more information.

Carbon dioxide did not cause the end of the last ice age, a new study in Science suggests, contrary to past inferences from ice core records.

�There has been this continual reference to the correspondence between CO2 and climate change as reflected in ice core records as justification for the role of CO2 in climate change,� said USC geologist Lowell Stott, lead author of the study, slated for advance online publication Sept. 27 in Science Express.

�You can no longer argue that CO2 alone caused the end of the ice ages.�

Read the whole report.

Thursday, September 27, 2007


Cool. Try it.

My Lakbayan grade is B!

How much of the Philippines have you visited? Find out at Lakbayan!

Created by Eugene Villar.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Unicef, anti-life, anti-family?

Some years ago, I was in one talk of a fundraising forum/workshop, where the speaker (who is one of my idols in fundraising) said as an example of fundraising ethics that Unicef refuses to accept donations from companies and organizations that have a history of activities unsafe for children. I remember that donations from Oreo, 3M, and Tanduay were refused. Tanduay, quite understandably, noh?

But Oreo and 3M?

As it turns out, Oreo's mother company is Nabisco, that merged with RJ Reynolds. RJR Nabisco became the #2 tobacco company and the #1 cookie and cracker maker in the US before beginning a slow and complex restructuring in 1999. Much later, the cookie and biscuit operations (Nabisco) merged with Kraft Foods under tobacco giant Philip Morris, and RJ Reynolds shifted its focus back to tobacco exclusively.

We all know how smoking has affected children (and adults), and sweets, well, that too (that was before studies showed that Oreo contained high amount of transfat -- Kraft later changed their formula for Oreo -- and that's another story).

And 3M?

Apparently 3M produces the adhesive/glue that keep some parts of landmines and other explosives together. We all know how many children (and adults) have died of or were maimed by landmines.

I say that Unicef's fundraising ethics have been used as part of my organization's ethical fundraising practices.

So, why do I say now that Unicef is anti-life, anti-family, if they do not accept funding from companies like those mentioned? I guess that was before. In fact, long before. (Or they have fallen victims of corporate funding requirements dictating where money is used. Or while they still follow their ethical practices, Unicef herself might actually be doing projects that are anti-life, anti-family.)

Whatever their reasons, I was shocked to read this. Read the pdf. You be the judge.

Oh, I got to this when I read in another blog that some pro-life groups made noise when they knew that "American Idol" included two pro-abortion groups among the charities that will benefit from its "Idol Gives Back" project. Guess who is in the list? The other is the usual suspect.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

What a comeback!

Joni Mitchell comes back after a 9-year hiatus. And what a comeback!

She's lucky she isn't talking badly about Allah or Islam, otherwise, she'll have an intifada running after her. What if she disses on Islam the way she does the Church?

Their reaction to footballs, cartoons, cartoons, cartoons, Salman, Salman, Gwen, Gwen, Rudy, Korean Christians, Donuts, and what they can do to one, to this one, to him, to them.

You think maybe we should get back to the Crusades. Nah. Heh.

Basta. Nuff said.

Global warming is real

No doubt about it!

See more.

Carbon offsets, anyone?

Might not be that easy, huh?

Friday, September 21, 2007

On GW consensus yet again

Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris add to the doubts of anthropogenic global warming because of new NASA climate pronouncements. But the hypocrisy and dishonesty continue . . .

Imagine basing a country’s energy and economic policy on an incomplete, unproven theory — a theory based entirely on computer models in which one minor variable is considered the sole driver for the entire global climate system.

This is precisely what former Vice President Al Gore, Senate Environment Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer and others want their nation to do.

Read on.

Update: Noel Sheppard, economist, questions Hansen also. He isn't talking as a climatologist, but his point makes perfect sense.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007


There is a proposed legislation in the US that would lump together childbirth and abortion together. The bill "would permit a uniform, neutral term to be used to describe all forms of medically-assisted reproductive choice." The two procedures will fall under the term "fetal relocation".

Read guest blogger Henrietta Tavish on Dawn Patrol September 18.
Let's see how fast RP catches on.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Global warming test

Take the real Global Warming Test. Go check this out.

And if you have the time, see what the Science and Public Policy Institute have to say. Must read.

And another one wants debate:

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Grandpa Sim

The 13th of September was my paternal grandfather's birthday. My second name Simeon is taken from his name. I am the only Simeon Millan left in this world. Y'see, my Dad's eldest brother was Simeon Jr., a lawyer, who was appointed to the bench, but had to stop his training because he was diagnosed with liver cancer. He also passed away about 2 years ago. I do not have any cousins who are named Simeon.

About two years ago I was on a two-week work program in Singapore, and yesterday I looked over some photos I had of that trip. I saw this picture (me behind the wheel(s) of a yellow Ferrari). What struck me this time around was that the license plate of the ferrari giallo shows SFM1999Y. These are the initials of my grandpa's name: Simeon Feri Millan


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Friday, September 14, 2007

Where is the consensus?

Yet again, consensus on global warming continues to be disputed. Thanks to ST for the link.
Here's the link.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
A new analysis of peer-reviewed literature reveals
that more than 500 scientists have published
evidence refuting at least one element of current
man-made global warming scares. More than 300 of
the scientists found evidence that 1) a natural
moderate 1,500-year climate cycle has produced more
than a dozen global warmings similar to ours since
the last Ice Age and/or that 2) our Modern Warming
is linked strongly to variations in the sun's
irradiance. "This data and the list of scientists
make a mockery of recent claims that a scientific
consensus blames humans as the primary cause of
global temperature increases since 1850,"
said Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Dennis Avery.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Read the link? Go on, but don't tell me I didn't warn you.

When Leticia Velasquez guest-blogged 'Special motherhood is a call to sanctity'at Dawn Eden's blog, I missed clicking on one link.  Today, I did.  Touched.  Want to be touched?  At.your.own.risk. 

Movie to see this fall.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Erap and Masha fall

Didn't want to add anything to the obvious:  Erap guilty of plunder.  But wanted to say something about Erap and Masha in the same post.  Here goes.

Erap, guilty of plunder.
Masha is down to #4.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

"Educating communities at war"

My writer-friend Nono Montalvan wrote in the Philippine Daily Inquirer of September 3 "Educating communities at war"

"MANILA, Philippines - They narrated their stories to me as passionately as they felt about their work. If in war there are combatants, the men facing me were combatants too, but of the more profound variety, for they were certainly waging a battle for the hearts and minds of young school children. They were principals and school superintendents coming from the new province of Sharif Kabungsuwan. There were both Muslims and Christians in the group but as they told me, religious affiliations didn’t matter to them at all for they were all focused on their role in the communities they serve. That had become an understatement by the time they had told me their story..."

We and many others are fortunate not to come face to face with war. Although I was very close to a firefight only twice, I have seen the ravages of war as I grew up in southern and central Mindanao. The memories are not so easily shooed away, like flies pestering a sweaty horse.

Read the rest here and see how you can, in your own little way, make life easier for them.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Two friends win in the same weekend

Tiger Woods wins the BMW Championship by 2, while his friend Roger Federer wins the US Open for the 4th straight time (12 Grand Slams overall).

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Oh Justine!

Not even close!
Justine wins 6-1, 6-3 over Svetlana in the finals of the US Open. She did not drop a set at all in this year's edition. She improves 15-2 against Kuznetsova.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Finals, here I come!

Justine in the finals

Justine's going to be in the finals at the US Open after winning in straight sets over Venus Williams (7-6, 6-4), the only woman to have beaten the Williams sisters in the same tournament since Martina Hingis did the feat in the Australian Open in 2001. More importanly though is that Justine will try to win her 7th Grand Slam against 4th seed Svetzlana Kuznetsova.

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Thursday, September 06, 2007


Trying this Flock software. Seems easy to use.

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A US environmental agency says: World's dams are 'contributing to global warming'

Kid you not. Here's the lead on Jessica Marszalek's story of Sept. 4:

THE world's dams are contributing millions of tonnes of harmful greenhouse gases and spurring on global warming, according to a US environmental agency. International Rivers Network executive director Patrick McCully today told Brisbane's Riversymposium rotting vegetation and fish found in dams produced surprising amounts of methane - 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide.

The rest is here.

That won't be as bad if we abide by Sheryl Crow's (yes, The Sheryl Crow) advice early this year:
Use one square of your toilet paper every trip to the loo.

When did I ever kid you? See. Still not believe? Here.

I don't know how her adopted son will be like?

Of course, in the end she says it was a joke and that at least it allowed people to start talking about global warming. heh!
For what it's worth. At.your.own.risk.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

The myth of dangerous anthropogenic climate change

I quote the last paragraph of the abstract of RM Carter in his The Myth of Dangerous Human-Caused Climate Change. RM Carter is a Professor at the Marine Geophysical Laboratory (Node C) of James Cook University, Queensland.

"The issue now is no longer climate change as such, the reality of which will always be with us. Rather, the issues are, first, the failure of the free press to inform the public about the true facts of human-caused climate change and of the dangers posed by natural climate change. And, second, the vested interests held by many of the groups of warming alarmists. These interests include not only the obvious commercial ones, but also the many scientists and science managers who have discounted or remained silent about the huge uncertainties of the human-caused global warming hypothesis because it suited them to do so. Public opinion will soon demand an explanation as to why experienced editors and hardened investigative journalists, worldwide, have melted before the blowtorch of self-induced guilt, political correctness and special interest expediency that marks the sophisms of global warming alarmists."

You can read the pdf of the study here.

The Great Global Warming Swindle, huh?

11th Hour to cause Chapter 11 for Leo? Maybe not.

Leo's Eco Movie Bombs
By Roger Friedman in FoxNews

It's a good thing Leonardo DiCaprio made so much money from "Titanic" a decade ago.

His environmental documentary, "The 11th Hour," has been a total bust at the box office. After 18 days in release, the film has grossed only $417,913 from ticket sales. The 90-minute snore-fest is playing on 111 screens this week, but that number is likely to be reduced this Friday. The film will be sent to DVD heaven after that.

By comparison, Al Gore and Davis Guggenheim's similar but far more engaging "An Inconvenient Truth" had already made $3.5 million by its 18th day of release.

I hesitated to say before "11th Hour" actually opened how mind-numbingly dull it was for fear that I would ruin it for those interested in the subject of global warming. But at Cannes, when the film by Nadia Conners and Leila Conners Petersen was shown to journalists, nearly the entire room fell asleep.

A Russian filmmaker told us afterward that she was the only person in the room who was awake at one point.

I can believe it. "The 11th Hour" is grindingly boring. Basically, a series of scientists, one after another, warn the audience that the world is coming to an end. These talking heads are interspersed with stock footage of melting glaciers. The film has the effect of Ambien — with no hangover post-nap.

And this certainly is not meant to belittle the idea of global warming on my part. Last week, we met an Australian civil engineer whose specialty is the environment. He told us he had just flown over Mount Kilimanjaro and was quite surprised by what he had seen.

"There's very little snow," this scientist told us. "I was shocked. Something is very wrong and we're not doing anything about it."

Unfortunately, "The 11th Hour" is not going to win over any converts to the cause. It's also not going to earn what it cost to make. Luckily, DiCaprio is rich, rich, rich thanks to "Titanic" and a slew of other hits like "The Aviator," "The Departed" and "Catch Me If You Can." He won't feel a thing.

My guess is that this was his last foray into the documentary world.

Three's a treat

Justine wins for the third consecutive time in a Grand Slam quarterfinals against Serena Williams. She beat Serena 7-6, 6-1 at the US Open.

Justine could go up against Venus Williams in a semifinal match if Venus wins her quarters assignment.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

How's that, GWA?

The Global Warming Alarmists will have a new car in their sights (the gas-guzzler Hummer has been a fave): the 2008 Honda Accord. Why? It's going DIESEL. Don't forget to click on the rest of the story. Oh well, here's the link.