Who owns and runs this ‘meet-me’ room? The glitches and bugs that conked the vote counting machines (VCMs) out and the ensuing almost seven hours of data outage in the transparency server when the national canvassing started right after the polling precincts closed were just a few but biggest reasons why our fourth automated elections last Monday came under fire anew. A few days before the midterm elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has repeatedly given public reassurances of an “all systems go” to conduct on May 13 the national and local elections all over the country. In a press conference held on May 2, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez was even quoted saying that the poll body was 95% ready. So we take it to mean the balance of 5% accounted for all these problems that the Comelec must address. But this 5% have caused all of these hullaballoos on the glitches, bugs and data outage of the transparency server casting … [Read more...] about Who owns and runs this ‘meet-me’ room?
Na 4 by election results
I am distraught as I see the results of the senatorial elections. How can we, as a nation, choose ________, _______, _______ (fill in the blanks) over qualified candidates who understand law crafting, a job that’s highly cerebral and requires high moral integrity? I cannot seem to make sense out of this. Even if I immerse myself in the use of the principles of Behavioral Economics (fusion of traditional Economics and Psychology) and know that we use our limbic brain first, then rationalize later with our pre-frontal cortex, things still don’t add up. Then I remember this article written a couple of years ago that facts don’t change people’s minds. (Click link) The human mind is just way too stubborn that even hard cold facts won’t change what it believes. Remember confirmation bias that I’ve discussed in previous articles and FQwentuhans? It is a cognitive impartiality that favors information that confirms with our previously existing beliefs. … [Read more...] about Indeed: Facts don’t change people’s minds!
(Here’s a quickonline quiz to help you choose rationally) In a few days, we will once again exercise our right to choose our leaders. What’s of national interest this time is the election of 12 senators. Have you chosen the names you will write on the ballot? Please remember to treat this as a sacred right and responsibility because your vote will not only affect yourself but the entire country. It is important that we make our choices seriously and intelligently. We tend to avoid talking about our choices with our family and friends in order to keep the peace. While most people just shrug this off as a difference in opinion or choice, I consider it much more than that. What do I mean? Let me explain by giving you this example. Suppose you have a son who’s now entering grade school and he passed both Ateneo and La Salle entrance tests. You will now have to choose where to enroll him. If your dear friend insists that you enroll him in the blue school because of various … [Read more...] about Napili mo na ba ang mga Senador na iboboto mo?
BANGKOK (BLOOMBERG) - Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn will be crowned in an elaborate ceremony on Saturday (May 4), capping a busy period in which he displayed a different approach from his father since taking the throne more than two years ago. A budget of 1 billion baht (S$42 million) has been approved for the ceremony and two subsequent days of pageantry and royal appearances. The 66-year-old monarch delayed the formal coronation until after a mourning period following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in October 2016. The ceremony comes at a tumultuous time in Thailand during which King Vajiralongkorn has played a prominent role. He issued statements before and after an inconclusive March election that followed five years of military rule, a rare step in a country where top royals are officially treated as semi-divine and above the political fray. Those comments - one of which rebuked former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whose allies won the most seats in the election - … [Read more...] about Thai King’s formal coronation caps eventful two years on throne
Thailand set for coronation of King Rama X, first in 69 years BANGKOK, Thailand — Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn will be crowned this weekend in a pageantry-laden ceremony flecked by Hindu and Buddhist ritual, as Rama X furthers his primacy over one of the world's richest monarchies and a kingdom beset by ulcerous political divides. The May 4 to 6 coronation comes more than two years after Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne at the death of his father Bhumibol Adulyadej. Bhumibol reigned over seven tumultuous decades and was revered by Thais as a symbol of unity in a politically chaotic country. His fiercely private 66-year-old son—Rama X of the Chakri dynasty—is less well-known by his subjects, and makes frequent trips overseas. On Saturday at the auspicious hour of 10:09 am the public will be given a rare window into the heart of Thai power as blanket television coverage of the three-day coronation begins. It will … [Read more...] about Thailand set for coronation of King Rama X, first in 69 years