27 Nov JUAN Round Table: A collection of insane stories from last Wednesday

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  1. America and China set up emergency space hotline to prevent ‘Star Wars’ nightmare scenario

25_1 America has set up a hotline with China to make sure an accidental satellite collision doesn’t spark a full blown space war.

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China is known to have developed weapons capable of destroying spacecraft as they orbit around the planet.

If an American satellite was suddenly wiped out, officials could easily mistake the mishap for an act of war.

The new hotline will allow the rival superpowers to get in touch following a space accident, to avoid the situation escalating.

Frank Rose, US assistant secretary of state, told the Financial Times that it was often difficult to cut quickly through Chinese bureaucracy and reach the right person.

“China is developing a full spectrum of anti-satellite capabilities,” he added.

“We’ve made it clear we don’t believe it’s in anyone’s interest to engage in a space arms race.”

Any satellite orbiting earth faces a massive risk of destruction, due to the huge amount of orbiting debris.

America is known to have communications satellites in space, but it is rumored to be planning something much scarier.

Sisa: Ano to? Space invaders?

  1. I’m Demisexual: You Have To Seduce My Heart Before You Get To My Body

25_2 I’m the pickiest gatekeeper when it comes to the people I let into my inner circle.

Not to toot my own horn, but — according to others — my green eyes, dirty blonde/mermaid hair and deep curves make me “attractive.” Despite my features, though, I have a tendency to date people who are what you might call “genetically jaded.”

In other words, my friends have ALWAYS told me I “could do better” whenever they see a picture of the guy I’m dating. Every. Single. One. They called me “Beauty” and the boy “Beast.”

“Are you blind?! Just think of how your poor children will look!” girlfriends would shriek as they held his Insta in their hands, and I’d giggle and cover my face with my hands in shame.

But I would still always decide to give the guy a chance, even if I wasn’t physically attracted to him. And, to be honest, out of all the guys I’ve EVER had ANY type of relationship with, I was never initially attracted to their looks.

When it comes to my choice in men, their souls always override their physical appearance — the thing that people usually prioritize. Somehow my eyes have developed superhero X-ray vision that the rest of the world seems to lack.

And in almost 24 years, I’ve kissed fewer people than I have fingers, been in relationships with only three men, and only been on ONE date that didn’t lead to another. And I’ve finally figured out why I can date people I don’t initially find that physically attractive.

Sisa: Lahat na lang may brand? Transsexual? Bisexual? Tapos may demisexual? What’s with the branding?

 

  1. Chinese Textbooks Claim Homosexuality Is Disease; Student Sues

25_3 BEIJING – A court heard opening arguments Tuesday in a case calling for textbooks published by China’s Ministry of Education to alter or remove sections calling homosexuality a disease that can be cured. A student who goes by the pseudonym Qiu Bai discovered the issue two years ago when as a curious freshman she looked through medical textbooks seeking answers about her own sexual orientation.

The 20-year-old showed NBC News one of the textbooks — “University Students Mental Health” — which states that gay people can change their sexual orientation through therapy.

“I thought textbooks should be trustworthy but when I saw these lines, I felt horrible. I was so worried about other people being afraid of gay people, like me,” the student at Sun Yat-sen University in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou said. “This is discrimination against homosexuality.”

The Chinese Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders in 2001. But a 2014 survey conducted by China’s Tong Cheng Gay and Lesbian Campus Association found that 40 percent of textbooks published in the country after 2001 still classified homosexuality as a psychological disorder.

Qiu Bai earlier this year wrote an open letter to the Ministry of Education pointing out the errors and requesting corrections. When she got no response, she filed the lawsuit in August. The No. 1 Municipal Intermediate People’s Court in Beijing heard the case on Tuesday and decided to hold a second hearing.

“I want related departments to admit these errors and I want to have an equal and open discussion with them about these errors,” Qiu Bai said. “This case is not even close to ending. Unless the Ministry of Education take some real actions to change this, I won’t give it up.”

Sisa: Do you really trust anything that comes out of China? Fake rice. Fake condoms. Now another fake claim to psychological medicine. Ano ba! 

  1. Woman missing and presumed dead for 10 years found ‘living in internet cafe’

25_4 A woman who vanished 10 years ago and was presumed dead has reportedly been found living in an internet cafe.

Missing for a decade, it’s alleged she has been living and playing games in the cafessince 2005.

Xiao Yun, who is now aged 24, left her home in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang and has not been seen since.

But she was finally found by police officers on Nov 20 after a routine check on an internet cafe, reports The Strait Times.

The woman, who was carrying a fake ID card, was taken to a local police station where she revealed that she had been living in internet cafes for the past decade.

She is said to be a particular fan of the multiplayer first-person shooter game CrossFire , and relied on handouts and occasional cashier shifts at cafes.

According to police, she said she had been brought up by her grandparents.

The police fined her £5,000 and contacted her parents so they could be reunited.

Her mother told the Qianjiang Evening News she had not changed her phone number since her daughter left home.

“I have a stubborn personality and a short temper, so I used to scold her. But it’s been 10 years and now she’s an adult. I will never scold her again,” she said.

Sisa: Adik lang si ate! Tumira na sa internet café. Maraming ganyan. DOTA pa more! 

  1. After Marlisa, another Fil-Aussie wins X Factor Australia

25_5Another contestant with Filipino roots has been declared the grand champion of this year’s The X Factor Australia.

Nineteen-year old Fil-Australian Cyrus Villanueva impressed not just the judges, but also the audience as well with his powerful performances on the show.

With the win, Villanueva followed the footsteps of Marlisa Punzalan, the youngest Fil-Australian X Factor winner.

On Monday, Villanueva performed three songs, one was his audition piece, another was a song selected by his mentor, and the third one was his possible winner’s debut single.

Punzalan began her journey on the X Factor as a shy school girl who captured the hearts of her mentor, Ronan Keating, and his fellow judges. All three judges saw how she continuously improved throughout the show until she bagged the title.

Sisa: Bakit ba tayo laging nananalo sa ibang bansa? Tapos sa sarili nating bayan deadma ang TV sa atin. Bakit nga ba?

  1. Phuc Dat Bich ‘honored’ after offensive-looking name goes viral

25_6 A man says he is “honored” after his offensive-looking name went viral.

Phuc Dat Bich, an Australian who is of Vietnamese origin, became an internet sensation after complaining that hisFACEBOOK  account had been repeatedly shut down, and that people did not believe it was his real name.

He posted a photograph of his passport to prove that his name – pronounced Phoo Da Bich – was real.

He wrote: “I find it highly irritating the fact that nobody seems to believe me when I say that my full legal name is how you see it. I’ve been accused of using a false and misleading name of which I find very offensive. Is it because I’m Asian? Is it?”

But after his troubles made headlines around the world, he has now posted a message on the social network saying that he was “honored to be able to make people happy”.

“I’d like to mention that I am very grateful to those who have been supportive of certain names that populate in different cultures.

“We live in a diverse and multicultural society and the fact that there are people out there who are supportive and encouraging really makes me happy.

“I’ve never ranted nor wept that my post would get this sort of exposure. But I am glad and honored to be able to make people happy by simply making them laugh at something that appears outrageous and ridiculous.”

He added that his story was a light-hearted moment for many, after a week in which terrorist attacks happened in France and Mali.

He said: “Much tragic events have happened all over the world, out of it all only happiness can mend. As an individual I hope I have played a part in brightening your days!”

Sisa: Nice name bro!

  1. Here’s How Much Groundwater We Actually Have Left

25_7 Most people hadn’t given the notion of groundwater a second thought until this past summer, when a drought ravaged the American West and created a groundwater crises. Groundwater was being pumped out of the Earth in parts of California’s Central Valley far faster than it could possibly be replenished, causing the ground to literally sink into emptying aquifers, lowering the land by a several inches to a foot a year in some places.

But this is hardly just California’s problem—nor is it remotely contained to just the past few years. Groundwater in several places is being used faster than it can be replenished. In a new study, an international team of researchers mined geochemical, geologic, hydrologic and geospatial data sets with numerical simulations of groundwater to determine how much usable groundwater is left on Earth.

As it turns out, there are about 22.6 million cubic kilometers—or roughly 6 quintillion (6,000,000,000,000,000,000) gallons—of groundwater spread out across the globe. But the vast majority of it is too far underground to be useful to humans. The researchers found that less than 6 percent and possibly as little as 1 percent of the groundwater is close enough to the Earth’s surface to be readily useful to humans for drinking and agriculture. That water is considered “modern” groundwater, because it’s less than 50 years old. Despite this being only a sliver of the total, if all the modern groundwater were spread on the surface like a flood, it would cover every continent in nearly 10 feet of water.

“This has never been known before,” lead study author Tom Gleeson, of the University of Victoria in British Columbia, said in a statement. “We already know that water levels in lots of aquifers are dropping. We’re using our groundwater resources too fast—faster than they’re being renewed.”

That layer of “modern” groundwater is also the most affected by changes in climate, and by contamination by human activity. “So, it’s a vital resource that we need to manage better,” Gleeson told the BBC.

For their next endeavor, Gleeson and his team plans to apply these new figures to measure what the long-term implications are of humanity’s water use.

“Since we now know how much groundwater is being depleted and how much there is, we will be able to estimate how long until we run out,” Gleeson said.

 

Sisa: Siya… matuto ng lumunok ng putik!

  1. Belibestre wins first PH gold at ASEAN School Games

25_8Jerry Belibestre, a 17-year-old freshman college student from Bacolod, won the Philippines’ first gold medal in the ASEAN School Games in Brunei Monday.

Track statistician Andrew Pirie, in a private message in FACEBOOK , said Belibestre leapt 7.47 meters to victory in the long jump event. Belibestre failed to break the Philippine junior record of 7.53 meters held by his coach in Brunei, Joebert Delicano.

A Thai jumper was second at 7.09 meters and a Malaysian landed third in 7.04 meters, added Pirie.

Belibestre’s achievement made him the fourth best jumper in the Philippines after SEA Games winner Donovont Arriola, a Fil-Am, who cleared 7.64 meters, Pirie confirmed to Rappler.com.

Number two is Julian Fuentes’ 7.55, followed by Janry Ubas’ 7.50 and Belisbestre’s leap. Belibestre is being handled by Miguel Arca of University of Recoletos-Bacolod, who, along with his sister Addy, have been unearthing talents from public schools in recent years.

“That is a good jump,” said Renato Unso, secretary general of the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association, of Belibestre’s jump in a text message to Rappler.com.

Belibestre, the shortest at 5-foot-5 in a field of 7 jumpers in Brunei, makes up for his size with his power and by staying longer in the air, which allows him to gain more length. He uses the hitch-kick technique, which is like literally walking on air. – Rappler.com

Sisa: We should focus more on sporting events where we have the chance to excel! Masyado na nating pinagpipilitan ang sarili natin sa basketball.

  1. Always A Text Away: Why Our Generation Is So Afraid Of Being Alone

25_9 I’ve never fully understood why certain people are afraid of being alone.

Sure, there are times when I would simply rather not be alone, like when I’m out to dinner or watching a big football game. But — unlike a lot of my friends — I can’t say that I get anxious when I’m spending time alone.

I’m actually pretty good at keeping myself occupied. When it comes time to see my friends, I enjoy our time together. But I’ve never felt pressured to be with people for the sake of having company. I write. I exercise. I watch a lot of tennis. I stay busy. And in a way, I sort ofenjoy being alone, as dark as that may sound.

However, for some people I know, being alone is a very negative thing.

If you spend a great deal of time alone, people will often ask why — as if there’s something wrong with you or it’s impossible that you’d actually choose to be alone.

We’ve come to feel apprehensive about being alone, so we try to avoid it by any means necessary — including ways that are destructive. We might surround ourselves with the wrong company — the wrong friends, the wrong partner.

It’s true that perpetual loneliness isn’t healthy. But spending some time alone is not just beneficial; it’s necessary.

Still, we’re so afraid of being alone. This is why.

We don’t take the time to know ourselves.

It’s ironic that modern technology, which is intended to make our lives more efficient, makes us feel like we don’t have any free time.

We’re constantly running around, whether from school to work, or work to the gym, and we’re responding to a million different apps that are giving us a million different notifications. And when we do finally get some down time away from all of that, we want to spend our time with our friends, not ourselves.

We’re so preoccupied with doing things and responding to things that we rarely take the time to sit, reflect and learn about ourselves. But when we do, we immediately feel restless and bored.

We constantly need people and notifications around just to keep us entertained. When we’re alone for too long, we feel lonely.

Pop culture has taught us that being alone is a bad thing.

Every sad song laments loneliness. The geeky kid in every teen movie is usually the one who eats his lunch alone and spends his weekends by himself. Because of popular culture, we’ve become conditioned into thinking that being alone makes us less desirable.

Well, it doesn’t.

There’s nothing wrong with spending time by yourself, even if the “popular” people seem to always be surrounded by large crowds. Being lonely is a part of life and, to be completely honest, it leads to important periods of self-growth.

We’d rather jump into destructive relationships than be single.

These days, we’re so afraid of loneliness that we’ll jump into relationships that might not be a perfect fit.

Our instinct for company might come from feelings of insecurity, but it leads to bigger problems. When someone jumps into a relationship only to stave off loneliness, the relationship usually isn’t the healthiest. It can become toxic and difficult to leave.

So rather than wait for the right person to come around, we mistakenly respond to the first person we see. This is not a recipe for success.

If we wait a little longer for the right person, the connection will be so much more meaningful.

We want instant gratification and constant attention.

A lot of good can come from being alone. When people are alone, they tend to take up new hobbies and learn new things. But I’ve noticed that fewer people have hobbies these days.

Technology seems to have killed the hobby. It’s always rare to hear of someone who spends one afternoon a week knitting, baking or hiking.

Because these types of things won’t result in much instant gratification and validation.

Our generation is defined by social media. We want likes. We want attention. We’re fixated on what everyone else thinks. And no one is seeing you knitting in your living room or taking a hike (unless you Instagram either of these things).

Spending time alone doesn’t usually beget instant gratification. Most of us are afraid of being alone because we don’t want to be seen as desperate or undesirable. We want someone to reassure us, as often as possible, that we are loved.

 

Sisa: Ganun kahuna ang mga kabataan ngayon? Panay feels? Panay hugot? Kailangan may validation? Wow.

  1. Legalize drugs in boxing, says world title challenger Fury

25_10Tyson Fury, the British heavyweight boxer who fights for the world title in Germany on Saturday, says boxing has a “big problem” with doping and that the only way to combat it is to make drugs legal in all sports.

In the latest in a round of interviews publicizing his challenge for Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko’s three world titles in Dusseldorf at the weekend, the controversial Fury said he could tell if any sportsman had been doping.

“I can look at a man and tell you if he’s full of drugs by one glance at his body with his top off,” he told BBC radio. “Boxing has got a big problem with drugs.

“Why don’t they make drugs totally legal in sports and then it would be fully fair?

“You can’t tell me these sports people aren’t taking drugs when they look like Greek gods.

“You can train for 100 years and your body will never look like that.

“But if a man wants to pump himself full of drugs it’s only shortening his life.”

Robert Smith, general secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control, told the BBC on Tuesday that he did not believe doping was a major problem in the sport.

A statement from board said it was “committed in its fight against drug use in professional boxing” and has “an extensive program of out-of-competition testing and in-competition testing”.

Sisa: Nga naman. Bayaan mong maluto ang atay sa gamot! Bayaan mo! Mapilit eh.

  1. People who eat more yogurt have smaller waists

25_11(Reuters Health) – A review of previous studies suggests that people who eat yogurt have lower body weight, less body fat and smaller waists – but it’s not clear if the yogurt is the reason.

“Studies that look specifically at weight loss are very limited,” said coauthor Irene Lenoir-Wijnkoop of Utrecht University in The Netherlands.

“Scientifically speaking, based on this it cannot be concluded that yogurt causes weight loss, even if the tendency in this analysis is promising,” she told Reuters Health by email.

The researchers reviewed 22 studies. Thirteen of the studies observed people at one point in time and compared their yogurt intakes, finding that those who ate more yogurt had lower body weight or healthier body composition.

More rigorous studies, in which subjects were randomly assigned to eat yogurt or not and their weights were monitored, had mixed results. One found significant weight loss in the yogurt group but did not rule out the possibility that differences in calcium intake were responsible, as reported in the International Journal of Obesity.

“Yogurt has several micronutrients which may have potential beneficial effects, for instance calcium is involved in the metabolism of fat,” said Dr. Nita Forouhi of the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine in the U.K. “As yogurt is a fermented product, there are likely effects on obesity also through its effect on the gut microbiome, which is a field that is gathering more research attention now.”

“There is a lack of well conducted randomized controlled trials that test different types and amounts of yogurt versus no or low yogurt consumption and that are of sufficient duration and quality,” said Forouhi, who was not part of the new study.

In principle, a well-conducted randomized controlled trial would determine whether eating yogurt leads to weight loss, Lenoir-Wijnkoop said.

“However, to maximize the likelihood of detecting a causal effect, it would be critical to have an adequate number of participants, a follow up over a sufficiently long timespan (ideally 12 months) and a proper design to address effects of yogurt alone,” she said.

If yogurt does lead to weight loss, it could be because people who eat it regularly use it to replace less healthful foods, she said.

“Furthermore yogurt is a nutrient dense food and as part of balanced and healthy diet it can have a positive effect on feelings of fullness,” she said. “Research is currently on-going in many places in order to unravel the underlying mechanisms of action.”

Among children, frequent yogurt consumers tend to also consume more fruit, whole grains, and milk, Lenoir-Wijnkoop said.

“Yogurt consumers tend to eat less fast food, French fries and fried foods, processed and red meats, pizza, snacks, regular soft drinks or alcohol,” she said.

Adults who eat yogurt also tend to be more active and are less likely to smoke, she said.

“Future studies should aim to address specifically the effects on weight management of different types of yogurt such as full-fat yogurt, Greek-type yogurt, low-fat, low-fat with or without added sugar, with or without added fruit and so on, to better guide choice by consumers,” Forouhi said.

Sisa: I want yogurt for Christmas!

 

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