Friday, May 29, 2009


 Excerpt from
 The Thief
 by Abraham Cowley
Thou robb'st my days of business and delights,
   Of sleep thou robb'st my nights ;
   Ah, lovely thief, what wilt thou do?
   What?  rob me of heaven too?
   Even in my prayers thou hauntest me:
   And I, with wild idolatry,
Begin to God, and end them all to thee.

I live alone in a small flat in a neighborhood with a high rate of incidence of burglary. With only a baseball bat by my bed as I sleep, I worry a lot about the day when a burglar will take fancy of my home. I am never even sure whether I will be able to wield my bat when I happen to chance upon a thief. I've got nothing much for a thief to steal except for my laptop, and my home theater equipment which I purchased from hard-earned savings after two years of working double shift. I worry a lot because I am at work the whole day 6 times a week - the opportune times when most residential thieves strike. The more worried I became when I chanced upon an FBI report that says the average dollar loss per burglary offense in 2005 was $1,725 which means a thief will strike any where taking anything that catches his fancy no matter what the value is.
Here are some other worrying statistics from that FBI report:
  • A burglary takes place in the U.S. every 14.6 seconds according to the Uniform Crime Reporting Program Crime Clock.
  • Property crime makes up slightly more than three-quarters of all crime in the United States
  • Most (62.4 percent) of residential burglaries in 2005 for which time of occurrence was known took place during the day, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Among burglaries of nonresidential structures when time of occurrence was known, 58.0 percent occurred at night.
The same report said that:
81 percent of residential intrusions occur through the first floor.
  • 34 percent of burglars entered through the front door;
  • 23 percent through a first-floor window;
  • 22 percent through the back door;
  • 9 percent through the garage;
  • 4 percent entered through a basement;
  • 4 percent through an unlocked entrance;
  • 2 percent through a storage area;
Only 2 percent entered anywhere on the second floor.
A research has shown that a burglar's three worst enemies are light, time and noise, and  that if it takes more than four or five minutes to break into your home, the burglar will go elsewhere. Nine out of 10 break-ins could be prevented if homeowners took steps to "burglarproof" their homes.
If I worry a lot about my small flat and the meager belongings I have there, I am sure home owners who have acquired much more expensive belongings and have collected priceless memorabilias and other acquisitions through the years, will have a nightmare thinking about the day when a sneaky thief chances upon their valued properties.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Farewell To Fair And Honest Elections In 2010, Good Luck, My Countrymen

With Smartmatic about to bag the Philippine's Poll Computerization Project, Filipinos can now say goodbye to Genuine Democracy and say hello to a new era of "farcical rule thru high tech theft"!
While I welcome the idea of computerizing Philippine elections, I disdain the fact that the poll project is being undertaken by the graft ridden and scandal laden Arroyo administration, through a poll body that is made up mostly of Arroyo appointees. Allegations of Arroyo's rigging of the 2004 presidential elections with the help of her 'midnight appointee' Garcillano to the poll body prior to the elections is still fresh in everybody's mind. Arroyo's unsuccessful attempts to perpetrate herself in power via legislated constitutional change as spawned by her congressional allies is leaving her no choice but to seek other means to ensure it will be her anointed stooge who will win the 2010 presidential elections. Why? Why else but to escape possible inquiry and prosecution for the many allegations of graft and corruption perpetrated during the 10 years she was in power!

The unfolding Philippine political scenario is unprecedented and must be exposed to the fullest as a 'cloak and dagger' like attempt to undermine the will of its citizens! Let us not be blinded by propaganda and open our eyes to real facts and issues.

It must be remembered that Smartmatic was the same company that won and supplied the Precinct Count Optical Machines used in last year's ARMM elections where the incumbent Arroyo ally won hands down. Despite numerous allegations of cheating and media accounts of fraud, no formal congressional inquiry was ever conducted by the Arroyo-ally-dominated congress. To me, this was a precursor to a bigger plot about to unfold in 2010.

The about-to-be-concluded bidding and selection process for the poll computerization project is questionable
in many ways. It appears that the poll body is bending its rules to accommodate and favor Smartmatic. For one, it placed a blind eye to the fact that Smartmatic will be subcontracting the manufacture of the units to Jarltech of Taiwan which Smartmatic conveniently claims as its manufacturing arm in its website. However, as per records submitted to the poll body, Smartmatic owns only 10% of Jarltech Taiwan. (There is no report whether Smartmatic's claim of ownership of Jarltech was even verified by the poll body.) On the other hand, Jarltech Taiwan's website does even make mention of Smartmatic at all and neither does it have voting machines among its manufactured products much less the SAES 1800 machine which Smartmatic has proposed for the poll computerization project. It appears that we will be using a voting machine that will be manufactured for the first time by Jarltech using a software by Dominion Voting System of Canada! (Again, Smartmatic is claiming to have proprietary rights on the software?!)

To put it simply, the Philippines is putting the biggest and most expensive IT project in its history into the hands of a company who has no manufacturing facility of its own, using a software not its own! Simply put, the Philippine's Poll Officials are fast tracking the poll computerization project at the sacrifice of the country's future! Simply put, the Philippine Poll Officials are elevating electoral fraud to a higher, technologically advanced level which is easier to perpetrate and harder to detect. Good luck, my country men!

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Monday, May 25, 2009

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            Sunday, May 24, 2009

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