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The Shortcut to Perdition

I love pork barrel. It keeps the power to spend taxes in the hands of all instead of one. It’s democracy in action.

One hallmark of absolute rule is the possession by one individual of
the exclusive power to tax and spend. Once this awesome power is given to or taken by one individual, a revolution is the only way to take it back so the Constitution, wisely, entrusted this power to Congress, not to the President.

A Challenge to NAMFREL

This essay follows up an earlier piece, published in a national daily
(20 June 2004), which exposed the major discrepancies between the
NAMFREL and Congress tallies as well as NAMFREL’s selective tabulation in favor of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. I released a more complete analysis of the Congress and NAMFREL tallies on 14 August 2004, which was cited in several news stories, columns and even editorials.

Gender lessons from the Mosuo people of China

A recent story on the Discovery Channel show “Hour Asia” featured an unusual indigenous tribe of the Yunnan province of China, the Mosuo people. Two things make this tribe particularly interesting: First, in this tribe women do all the work – including physical labor. Men do little or nothing all day. Second, there are no marriages in this tribe. Consequently, they have no concept of ‘husband’ or ‘father’.

Ill-conceived, half-baked tax policy won’t do

“The time for change is well past due. This time, let me say, let’s
just do it.” This is the most cited, most applauded phrase of Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo’s (GMA) first State of the Nation Address (SONA) as the 14th President of the Philippines.

Yet, days have passed, and she has wasted precious time in her attempts to tackle the most serious problem—the fiscal deficit and the swelling public sector debt.


At a time when accusations of cowardice are flying around, it’s good to find out who are truly courageous.

The New Hampshire Gazette is America’s oldest newspaper. The Gazette investigated the military backgrounds of Bush and his war party and discovered that all of his top war planners, with the exception of Colin Powell and Richard Armitage, were chickenhawks.