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AFP Officers
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are known to be aggressive and merciless against the enemies of the state hiding in the jungles of Mindanao. They have slowly gain successes as they try to weed out the undesirable elements that terrorize the peace-loving residents of Tawi-Tawi and Sulu.

If their victories are far in between, the AFP may be glad to know that in their battle for recognition and respect in social media, they are overwhelmingly thrashing their opponents.

In one side, we have Lieutenant Colonel Harold Cabunoc, AFP Public Affairs Office chief, who represents the heroic members of the AFP who regularly lay their lives in the service of the country. On the other side, we have the unknown personalities that are most probably online pencil-pushers whose loyalty to flag and country are still unknown and unproven.

The battle arena is Twitter. The mission objective of the AFP is to punish the illegal action of a foreigner, while that of the other camp is to forgive him despite violating the country’s law.

The spokesman of the AFP received thousands of online praises and recognition by standing his ground with witty answers as he answers questions on the issue that Marc Sueselbeck, the German fiance of slain Filipino male transgender Jennifer Laude, should suffer the consequences of his insulting and rude behavior.

Sueselbeck, who was supposed to fly to Kuala Lumpur after paying his last respects to his slain male fiance, but was prevented from leaving the Philippines on after he was declared an "undesirable alien" by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and slapped with a “legal matter” to settle.

Last week Sueselbeck tried to enter the detention center of Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, the suspected killer of Mr. Laude, at Camp Aguinaldo. The German climbed the fence and shoved a soldier manning the area.

Sueselbeck apologized several times and the AFP accepted them. For the military’s spokesman the apologies were not enough and majority agreed with him and said that Sueselbeck still has to face the consequences of his actions whether he is leaving the country or not.

Earlier Laude’s legal counsel, Atty. Harry Roque, said "Marc has apologized and AFP has accepted. Matter is closed. Preventing his departure today was cruel to one who is already down and out."

Very few online bashers also said that the AFP is “rubbing salt to a wound” by preventing the German national from leaving. They asked: why prevent him from leaving and then deport him, when he is leaving the country anyway?

In other words, the other side wants the AFP and the government to ignore the law because, as they claim, it will save the taxpayers money.

Unfortunately for the critics of AFP, they don’t have the law on their side. Majority of Filipinos want Sueselbeck to suffer the consequences of his action. He tried to insult, harass and bully the AFP, now he should be disgraced and humiliated in public as punishment. Cancelling his departure and deporting him even if he wants to leave anyway is the most humane way possible to make him pay the price.

If the opponents of AFP’s action wants to save the taxpayers money, then they better lobby to have the death penalty back so that the country can ease the overcrowding in public jails and minimize the expense of feeding all the guilty criminals.

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Free Connectivity to 600 LGUs?

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LGU Internet Connectivity
Can more than 600 fourth to sixth class municipalities all over the country have free wireless fidelity (WiFi) Internet hotspots by 2015? The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) thinks it is doable as the agency's Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) start to implement implement nationwide the agency’s Television White Space (TVWS) Internet technology project.

What this means is that DOST will be providing local government unit (LGU) offices with Internet connectivity and allow them to give WiFi Internet hubs in town plazas where people can have free access.

At the sidelines of the International Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) summit at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel last 13 October, Science Secretary Mario Montejo told The Philippine Star that the nationwide rollout of the TVWS program has PhP 300 million in funding from the 2015 appropriation for the DOST-ICTO.

He said the national rollout of the TVWS project is expected to increase the Philippines’ Internet penetration dramatically since the project will provide far-flung areas with fast and free WiFi Internet connectivity.

For this reason, the DOST is encouraging the IT-BPM sector to expand into areas outside Metro Manila and tap the huge population of possible recruits in the countryside.

Recently, the DOST started a program promoting rural impact sourcing, a subsector of the IT-BPM industry where individuals can offer freelance minor business process outsourcing jobs to individuals and companies abroad.

DOST Undersecretary Louis Napoleon Casambre said the TVWS technology is emerging as the best solution in providing Internet connectivity to the Philippine archipelago as thousands of mountain and island communities are unserved or underserved by private telecommunication companies.

In an earlier interview, DOST Assistant Secretary and ICTO deputy executive director Bettina Quimson also noted that the TVWS technology is way cheaper than the Arroyo administration’s controversial and scrapped national broadband network project, which was pegged at a cost of $329 million.

The DOST-ICTO and the Filipino-Singaporean firm Nityo Infotech are now undertaking a pilot test of the TVWS technology, which taps the unused TV broadcast frequencies to provide broadband Internet connectivity to target areas.

The pilot areas for the program are Palo and Tacloban City in Leyte and Tubigon in Bohol, which were hit hard by calamities last year.

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Captain Marvel
Marvel followers and superhero nerds are losing their minds right now. After rumors surrounding the possible solo movie featuring the "Black Panther" and "Captain Marvel" made the rounds last August, the studio has just announced that the two movies will be coming soon. In fact, Black Panther (a.k.a. T’Challa) is scheduled to be released on 3 November 2017 while Captain Marvel (a.k.a. Carol Danvers) will grace the screens on 6 July 2018.

The interest was focused more on the superheroine who goes by the monicker "Ms. Marvel," "Warbird," among other bunch of lamer names until taking the "Captain Marvel" name in 2012.

Even the "Captain Marvel" name was held by multiple Marvel superheroes through the decades, most of them dudes, until Carol came. Possessing flight and super strength, Carol got not only the name but also her own solo series (also called Captain Marvel) written by a firebrand artist Kelly Sue DeConnick.

Comic purists are already aware the Carol is a former Air Force personnel who turned CIA. In the course of her battle with Colonel Yon-Rogg, Carol and the Kree warrior Mar-vell were caught in the explosion of a Kree Psyche-Magneton device. The energy bombardment somehow caused Carol’s genetic structure to be melded with Mar-vell's.

While Mar-vell was apparently unaltered by the event, Carol was now a perfect hybrid of Kree and human genes. In addition, she possessed all of Mar-vell's Kree knowledge and training. Through this transformation, "Ms. Marvel" was born.

Carol was again exposed to the energies of a Kree Psyche-Magnetron which imbued her with some of the properties which formally resided in her Kree uniform (namely flight and the ability to change into costume at will). Her hybrid physiology renders her immune to most poisons and other toxins, and she also possesses some precognitive abilities. She also joined the Avengers and caught the attention of Marcus, the son of Immortus, who later impregnated her.

However, the most notable episode in Carol's life was when she engaged X-Men's "Rogue" after the former was informed by "Destiny" that she would be involved in an event that would destroy the life of "Mystique's" foster daughter.

Though the "Captain Marvel" comics hasn’t topped the sales charts, it’s been a fan phenomenon unlike anything the comics world has seen in years. It sparked the creation of the so-called "Carol Corps," a loose confederation of hundreds of people who gather online and at conventions to celebrate Carol achievements and the joy of reading superhero comics.

Hopefully, the adventures of Carol Danvers will continue for several more movies and maybe could be a spin-off to a TV series. It is also worth suggesting that comic purists all over the world overwhelmingly supports the character of Carol as "Captain Marvel" instead of the proposal of writer G. Willow Wilson to transfer the mantle to a 16-year-old daughter of Pakistani immigrants living in Jersey City named Kamala Khan in the spirit of 'imposed' diversity.

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Jim Carrey and Lincoln
If you are tuning in regularly to the Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs, then you should be familiar with the Lincoln ad that have invaded ad breaks during every single game.

However, Lincoln’s Matthew McConaughey–powered commercials come across as an exercise in strangeness: The star putters along in a 2015 MKC crossover, whisper-muttering bizarre musings more fit for his role in "True Detective" than for a brand spokesman. No wonder the actor's reflection on the meaningless of existence was the primary subject of Jim Carrey's parody when he hosted "Saturday Night Live" and he nailed it.

The soft, slow drawl; the strange hand gestures; the important-sounding meaninglessness of what he’s saying—it's all perfect comedy fodder for the veteran comedian. Carrey even looks the part, nailing the slightly unkempt professional attire that Lincoln chose, apparently to tailor its pitch to the target market of wealthy renegade philosophers.

Posted below is the original version of the commercial with McConaughey:

And here's the spot on take of Carrey which, as of last count, already had more than 2 million views:

Here are some of the best lines from the parody, delivered by Carrey in McConaughey’s signature Southern drawl:
  • "You don’t buy a Lincoln because it makes sense, you do it because you love it. Or you’re an Uber driver."
  • Talking about why he did the commercial: "My agent was like, I could understand if you did this right after The Lincoln Lawyer. That woulda made sense."
  • Looking at his fingers: "When I’m done rolling up this booger, should I eat it or throw it out the window? Feels good, like a tiny little tennis ball."
  • After replying to children in the back seat: "Whose kids are these, and how’d they get in my Lincoln?"
As far as Lincoln is concerned, there’s probably no such thing as bad press, but they may want to hire Carrey next because he definitely gave them more attention than McConaughey.

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ISIS Irked by Twitter

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ISIS and Twitter
How to you fight back at known terrorist group that defies all kinds of human rights concept? Twitter bravely shuts it down, despite empty threats.

The CEO of Twitter, Dick Costolo has revealed that he and his staff have received death threats from terror group Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS).

The social media site became a target for the militant group after the accounts being used by the terrorist organization were shut down. Twitter has been used by the extremist organization as a form of propaganda to spread lies in an attempt to enlist new recruits and to promote ISIS activities and Costolo doesn't want to have anything to do with that.

Users linked to the extremists tweeted a series of messages urging 'lone wolves' in the US and Europe to take decisive and deadly actions against their target. A specific warning was directed at staff at the Silicon Valley headquarters, warning they would 'bring the war' to San Francisco.

One of the calls is believed to have come from Al Musra Al Maqdisia, or The Supporters of Jerusalem - a Jerusalem-based group that pledged its allegiance to ISIS in February.

The tweets from the now-suspended account read: "#TheConceptOfLoneWolfAttacks The time has arrived to respond to Twitter's management by directly attacking their employees and physically assassinating them!! Those who will carry this out are the sleepers cells of death."'

"Twitter management should know that if they do not stop their campaign in the virtual world, we will bring the war to them in the real world on the ground."'

The user then directly threatened workers at the Silicon Valley headquarters: "Every Twitter employee in San Francisco in the United States should bear in mind and watch over himself because on his doorstep there might be a lone wolf assassin waiting."

And finally, they urged Europe to join the pledge: "#AttackingTwitterEmployees is on the agenda of mujahedeen and lone wolves who are across Europe."

Reacting to the threats, Mr Costolo said: "After we started suspending their accounts, some folks affiliated with the organization used Twitter to declare that employees of Twitter and their management should be assassinated. Obviously that's a jarring thing for anyone to deal with," the CEO added.

Speaking at the government intervention at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco, Mr Costolo said: "Whenever you have a global public information-sharing channel, you are going to have people that use it for good. It's obviously been a tool for social change, beneficial social change in a number of countries around the world.

Commenting on those who use the micro media site to disseminate sensitive and offensive information he said: "It's against our terms of service. It's against the law in many of the countries in which we operate for them to use it to promote their organization. And when we do find those accounts we shut them down. We shut them down quite actively.

The social network has been a crucial platform for the jihadis to promote their objectives and their actions, creating Twitter storms, spamming the site with their beliefs and calling on Western recruits to join them.

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