MANILA, Philippines — After almost a decade since the destructive Typhoon Ondoy, two decades since the millennials started making an impact, and three decades since the first People Power Revolution (and the birth of The Philippine STAR), defining the Filipino has only become more complicated. We gathered insights from Filipinos who embody unconditional resiliency and advocate empowerment in the face of modern challenges; local globetrotters who have traveled around the world, to refine our idea on where we stand at present; multi-hyphenate individuals, whose list of accomplishments may give us an idea on how to improve ourselves; and modern Filipino heroes, to ground us through our continuous search for peace and freedom. * * * Manny Gonzalez How can Filipinos positively impact the nation and the whole world? Filipinos blame our problems and our poor economic performance on everything and everyone but themselves. But most of the symptomatic problems — drugs, corruption … [Read more...] about What have we learned so far?
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the US Senate in a grueling five-hour session on Tuesday. Zuckerberg’s delivery was wooden and stuck closely to company talking points – but didn’t make any major mistakes. Many of the senators were painfully tech illiterate, and the 33-year-old exec found himself explaining basic features of Facebook. His answers to some of the tougher questions were less satisfying, but he was never pushed as hard as he could have been. Mark Zuckerberg didn’t really screw up. This time, at least. On Tuesday, the Facebook CEO testified in front of a rare US Senate joint committee hearing. The subject: Facebook’s mounting scandals, including the misappropriation of up to 87 million users’ profile data by Cambridge Analytica and Russia’s use of the platform to spread propaganda and misinformation. The stakes were high, and a … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg survived 5 hours of relentless questioning from Congress — here’s what you need to know
source Cuppa Tea / YouTube DMT is a psychedelic drug that is found in many plants and animals, including humans. Recreationally DMT is usually smoked or injected. In the 90s, a researcher asked people to take the drug and report back what they experienced. Volunteers said they experienced something “more real than real,” and some were convinced of life after death. Regular users of DMT report being taken to other realms, speaking to divine beings, and often come back with a new appreciation of life. DMT has potential to be therapeutic in the future, but research is very much in its infancy. “This state… cannot be described with words,” Sam*, a regular user of hallucinogenic drugs, wrote to me when he described one of his experiences with N,N-Dimethyltryptamine – known as DMT. “It’s … [Read more...] about A little-known hallucinogenic drug called DMT takes people to a place that feels ‘more real than real’ — here’s what researchers know about it
As a globally renowned professional historian, she has in recent years been the target of vicious right wing trolls who are out to spread their own version of history. If it doesn't seem to overly bother her, it is because, unknown to most, Romila Thapars life has been one lived amidst sustained hate and criticism. Thapar completed her PhD in 1958 from the University of London and returned to India in 1961 and joined Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, in 1970 as professor of Ancient Indian History (after brief stints at Kurukshetra University and the University of Delhi). Just seven years after she joined JNU, her troubles began. In the late 1970s, several members in the Janata Party and the Morarji Desai government sought changes in textbooks. The books that were targeted by members of the Jan Sangh - which later morphed into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -- included two significant works by Thapar: "Medieval India" written by her, and "Communalism and the Writing of … [Read more...] about I write what I think is right, give my evidence… take it or leave it: Historian Romila Thapar
Global stock markets are selling off amid fears about tightening monetary policy from central banks. Goldman Sachs: The data is “fundamentally good.” We’ve rounded up the analyst reaction from big banks and trading houses. LONDON – Stock markets around the world have been tanking over the last 24 hours, following the biggest single-day points drop for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in history. Traders are concerned that US inflation could rise faster than expected and force the Federal Reserve to tighten monetary policy faster than has been forecast. That could mean tougher business conditions for companies who have grown used to cheap and free-flowing money in the year’s since the 2008 financial crisis. Business Insider has rounded up what analysts from big banks and trading houses are saying about the sell-off. There doesn’t seem to be consensus around whether we’ve reached the … [Read more...] about Here’s what Goldman Sachs, UBS, Deutsche Bank and more are saying about the global stock market rout