Think Before You Shoot

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Guns are bad, I tell you” – Eminem

DAY 3 – Oakland, Colorado, Wisconsin, Connecticut in America and Cavite in Philippines. Their similarities? A problematic, erratic, capricious (and some other words synonymous to problematic) gun-wielding man shooting anyone at will.

  • In Oakland, a man killed seven people and left three people injured in a Christian college.
  • In Denver, Colorado, a masked man entered a cinema showing the film “The Dark Knight Rises”, killed 12 people and injured 58 others.
  • In Wisconsin, a man entered a Sikh temple and killed six people.
  • In Connecticut, a 20 year old man broke into an elementary school and went on a shooting rampage. He killed 20 children and six adults.
  • In Cavite, Philippines, a suspected drunk drug addict went on a shooting spree killing at least 10 people and injuring 10 others. Using a .45 caliber handgun, he went outside his house, passed through a series of streets and ended up dead in the public market shooting at everyone he encountered. Among the victims were a 7 year old girl, a taho vendor, a tricycle driver, a pregnant woman and some other ordinary people doing their everyday chores.

These series of shooting incidents both here in the Philippines and abroad really bothered me and made me asked the question, “What could be done to prevent all these shootings?” Well aside from tightening up the security in the mentioned places, I think the obvious solution is to issue a total gun ban nationwide. Remove all the licenses issued and confiscate all kinds of guns, in markets, in houses and in offices. We could even remove the guns from the policemen’s hands. This is done in some other countries. For example, according to an article I read a few years ago, policemen in United Kingdom, except in Northern Ireland, were not issued firearms. Instead, they are given batons and tear gas to fend off demonstrators. In US, police officials in some states use tasers to bring down an alleged robber, for example.

Removing guns from the hands of the people might also reduce this specific problem in the Philippines, maybe even in other countries, every New Year, indiscriminate firing.  Many died because of these mindless people pointing their guns in the air, waving it to their desire before pulling the trigger, without even thinking of where that bullet would go. Just 2 days ago, a 7 year old girl, who was just watching the fireworks in front of their house in Caloocan in Philippines, died after suffering 8 cardiac arrests. What made her suffer then killed her in the end? A stray bullet that went into her head, through her brain before stopping just beneath her cheeks.

I hate it.

I hate what they are doing.

I hate them.

I mean, who wouldn’t hate that kind of people? It does not mean that when you have a gun you could just point and shoot it anywhere you like, does it? We must think of the consequences of every actions that we would do.

So I am calling to all those people who owns a gun, please be mindful of  what you’re gonna do with your gun. Having a gun does not mean that you have the power to threaten everyone, or to just shoot anywhere. Please think of what could happen before doing such actions.

ECONOMICS

  • In China, automobile manufacturers are preparing for another year of small growth in the demand of cars. Just like last year, single-digit growth of about 5-10% in automobile market is predicted by both local and foreign automakers in China. They are blaming this to the decrease in the demand of Japanese cars that started when boycotts of Japanese products erupted last year. These boycotts were sparked by the territorial dispute between China and Japan. – Automakers in…. on Yahoo
  • In America, after a year high at the first day of trading in 2013, stocks suddenly slowed down and ended up lower than the previous. The three major stock indices all went down. Both S&P 500 and Dow Jones went down by 0.2% while NASDAQ decreased by 0.4%. This happened right after the minutes of the Fed meeting were released. It was stated in the minutes that the Fed would start decreasing the purchase of bonds for 2013. – Stocks end lower…. on USA Today
  • In Philippines, the peso closed at 40.77 per dollar, another record high. It was almost 4 years when the peso reached this level. The Philippines’ stock index also continued to rise eclipsing the 5,900 level. It closed at 5,934.05, 1.25% higher than the previous. All of these were sparked by the signing of the ‘fiscal cliff’ deal in US. – PSE index cont…. on Yahoo

Sources used in the article: Yahoo, Wikipedia, Inquirer News

Your Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman

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“With great power comes great responsibility”

DAY 2 – Not feeling good since morning because of my severe cough. I hate it when the weather just keep on shifting. Rain, sun, rain, sun. Anyway, since I woke up, I was already thinking of a topic to blog. So many things kept on popping into my head I can not even decide what to put. But since I spent almost the whole day researching this specific topic, I’ll just share it to you guys.

Just before the Christmas vacation started, my Chemistry professor instructed us to report on a specific topic that has something to do with Chemistry, of course. He e-mailed us tons of topic to choose from. Special topics ranging from metallic glasses to biofouling, to ion-containing polymers and morphology of solar cells. There were even some topics about biomaterials for tissue engineering, medical applications of diamonds, lung regeneration and lots of other topics that would boggle your minds. I had a difficult time choosing among them, not because I know all of them, but because I just know a handful of them. And I knew those handful either because I saw them on t.v. or because I read them somewhere. I really had a hard time choosing a topic that would interest me, a topic that would encourage me to put some time into it. In the end, because of my fascination to Marvel characters, I chose the topic entitled, “Decoding the secrets of spider silk.” I guess you now know who my favorite Marvel character is. No? It’s Spider-Man, of course. He is my favorite since I was a kid because I was bedazzled by his powers, especially his ‘spider sense’. And the color and the design of his costume also  fascinates me. There. So I search for studies showing and explaining how spider silk could be utilized in a lot of things. I found about a dozen. Some discussing the strength, toughness and extensibility of a spider silk compared to other materials used these days. Some enumerating the possible uses of the spider silk in our daily lives. The website cited uses ranging from bulletproof vests to aircraft materials and even bridge cables. The site even mentioned that spider silk would, sooner or later, replace Kevlar and carbon fiber. But there is this certain website that captured my attention. Scientists that they interviewed said that some scenes in Spider-Man were based on reality and that fact and fiction could even be the same.  They somehow claimed that in the future, they might even replicate what happened to Peter Parker. Those webs and all, I think, that we saw in the movies.

I dunno, I don’t think that could happen in the near future. It might take a long time before they could discover the secrets of these spiders. Well, if they can then that would be awesome. You know, having a ‘super hero’ in our midst.

What d’ya think?

ECONOMICS

  • In Russia, 2012’s oil output reached it’s highest since the Soviet Union was dissolved. Last year’s output bested Russia’s post-Soviet high during 2011. 2012’s oil output stands at 518 million tonnes or 10.40 million barrels a day, 1.3% higher than their 2011 record which was just 10.28 million barrels a day. – Russia’s 2012 oil…. on Rappler
  • In America, stock investors welcomed 2013 with a big smile. The three major stock indices – NASDAQ Composite index, Standard & Poor’s 500 index and Dow Jones Industrial Average – all gained at least 2%. The ‘fiscal cliff’ deal signed yesterday was said to be the spark to this increase in stocks. – Wall Street starts…. on Yahoo
  • In Philippines, SM Investments became its most expensive stock overtaking PLDT or Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company. SM Investments market value increased by 0.2% to a total value of 549.5 billion pesos. Almost 3 billion pesos more expensive than PLDT’s value. – SM Investments surp…. on Bloomberg.

Starting The Year Right

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“Trying then failing is better than failing to try”

DAY 1 – I think It was almost two years ago when I told myself that I would start writing a blog as my New Year’s Resolution. This resolution, along with some of my past New Year’s Resolutions, has long been forgotten. I could not think of any valid reason for my failure in fulfilling these New Year’s Resolutions especially my commitment in starting a blog. All I could think of are excuses – lack of time, fear of failure, scarcity of inspiration, shortage of ideas and many more minor ones. But during those two years I managed to overcome three of those – lack of time, scarcity of inspiration and shortage of ideas. Lack of time was easy, all I need was discipline in managing my time. The second and the third one weren’t that hard also. Now that I am in my second year in college, I think it wouldn’t be too hard to think of a fresh idea (i hope so). For my inspiration, my family has been here beside me for the longest time. The “other” inspiration is what I am looking for. I think, I repeat, I think I found her. Although I’m not that sure because I knew her for about six to seven years now and yet this feeling kept on doing this cycle of appearing and disappearing. It’s so mind-boggling, if you know what I mean.

Moving on, one thing that I couldn’t overcome is my fear of failing. I admit it, for the past few years I have been afraid of failing, the feeling of not satisfying what others expect me to do or to achieve. Connected to that, I was also not accustomed of writing a blog or posting my written works in public because I was afraid of receiving negative criticisms from people I do not know. I am more comfortable when someone I know is the one who would give these criticisms. It’s just not right for me whenever someone I do not know comment on something I did. So I asked myself last night, “Would I let this habit continue for more years or would I change it and be a better person?” and “Why am I afraid of failing? What is wrong with it?” Then I realized, if I wouldn’t be open to criticisms from people I do not know, how would I improve? How would I correct my mistakes?  So I told myself that night that starting today I would write my own blog.

Tadaaa! Here it is. The first fruit of the brainstorming I did last night.

Even though I haven’t decided on what specific topic I would anchor my posts, I promised myself, before starting this blog, that I would make this a “weekly” kind of blog, or maybe a “daily” one if I’m not too busy. I would also try to post a major or pivotal economic event, if I find one, at the end of every post. I dunno, maybe just to put a reason for my site’s title. LOL.

Happy New Year! (better late than never) May you guys have a prosperous year ahead!

ECONOMICS 

  • In America, the U.S. Congress finally came up with a deal that could avert the “fiscal cliff” that the Americans are facing. The proposed budget cut would reach $109 billion dollars and the richest two percent of America’s population would face higher taxes starting this year. – US Congress agrees…. on Yahoo
  • In Philippines, the increased prices of tobacco and liquor, indicated in the “Sin Tax” bill approved last year, were implemented by most stores nationwide yesterday. This increase in prices aims for an increase of about 33 billion pesos in the country’s budget for the first year. – Philippines ‘sin tax’…. on Yahoo