May 2008 archive

No blog is an island

Tweet I read the recent entries of in FilipinoVoices.com on the possibility Jun Lozada and Governor Panlilio might embark on blogging, with interest. I disagree with many of the assumptions Rom makes in Too Much. To wit: that there is anything particularly different between Philippine political blogs and those overseas; that the public tired of …

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Malakas at mahina

Tweet Blogger Imperfect Hush makes a unique comparison: says Winston Garcia’s like cartoon supervillain The Red Skull! o_O While the corporate drama that played out last Tuesday was quite riveting (leaving reporters like Iris Cecila Gonzalez exhausted; for reportage, see When smallest to biggest owners become electric), it was the following blog entries were responsible …

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RCBC Robbery: An Aberration or a Prelude?

Tweet Arab News RCBC Robbery: An Aberration or a Prelude?  by Manuel L. Quezon III   On May 15, a payday, the Cabuyao, Laguna Province, branch of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation was invaded by armed men. They executed eight bank employees and a depositor before escaping with the bank’s cash. Filipinos from all walks …

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Arab News Newspaper: RCBC Robbery: An Aberration or a Prelude?

Tweet RCBC Robbery: An Aberration or a Prelude? Manuel L. Quezon III On May 15, a payday, the Cabuyao, Laguna Province, branch of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation was invaded by armed men. They executed eight bank employees and a depositor before escaping with the bank’s cash. Filipinos from all walks of life continue to …

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Corporate drama

Tweet I. On Meralco Blogger village idiot savant says the administration’s been “taking a cue from professional wrestling: In professional wrestling parlance, it’s called “generating heat.” Being the scripted entertainment that it is, wrestlers rely less on their physical prowess than on various gimmicks to stay in the fans’ visibility. And so, if a wrestler …

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The Explainer: Superdelegates

Tweet The final moments of Robert F. Kennedy’s life, as chronicled in the TV movie, “RFK.” Recently, the Democratic party in America, which reveres the Kennedy’s, was hit by the hard news that the last surviving Kennedy brother, Ted Kennedy, has a malignant brain tumor. Then candidate Hillary Clinton caused a furor when she said …

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Book of the week

Tweet “Democracy and Populism: Fear and Hatred” (John Lukacs)

Corporate Raiders and Proxy Fights

Tweet Arab News Wednesday 21 May 2008  by Manuel L. Quezon III   Over the past weeks, the public’s been either entertained or infuriated by the he-said, she-said arguments between the owners of the Manila Electric and Rail Company (Meralco), and the government. Unless something happens, the media battle will soon come to a head: …

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Numerology and politics

Tweet This entry was all brought to mind by my postponing with several a-bloating entries still in draft form, and taking time off to read article by Lei Feng in the Asia Sentinel, China’s Disasters by the Number: Like the US post-9/11 and my fellow office workers, many of China’s Netizens have been trying to …

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The Explainer: Corporate Raiders and Proxy Fights

Tweet That was a scene from the short film, “The Crimson Permanent Assurance,” Monty Python’s parody of the corporate raiding culture of the 1980s. Over the past weeks, you’ve been either entertained or infuriated by the he-said, she-said arguments between Meralco, sister company of this station, and the government. Unless something happens, the media battle …

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Our society: looking back

Tweet Even as China earthquake magnitude revised to 8.0, here at home, 4.6 magnitude quake hits Calapan City. And Typhoon Cosme claims eight lives. Jeepney, bus fares up. Banko Sentral toying with the idea of pumping additional funds into UCPB. While San Miguel’s thinking of taking over the Bank of Commerce. And Hermogenes Esperon is …

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Market Stalinism

Tweet Via a Twitter from Jon Limjap: Frog Migration: Omen to China Earthquake Disaster. What is emerging is that Earthquake in China struck in 2 stages. The scale of the tragedy in China has led to people zeroing in on the human cost, and on a person-by-person, family-by-family basis, if possible. James Fallows does this …

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