Boycott GoDaddy December 2011 Campaign

The campaign in boycotting Godaddy started with a thread in reddit posted on December 22. The thread is about a GoDaddy client’s protest against GoDaddy for supporting the SOPA.

The support of the protest rolled the same day the said thread was created and even got the support of the Wikipedia founder who pledge to transfer the Wikipedia domains from GoDaddy to other registrar. And in just less than a week, GoDaddy lost thousands of domains already.

GoDaddy, in response to the protest, through its spokeswoman told the public that it dropped its support of the SOPA. However, protesters argued that it might dropped its support for the SOPA but it did not dropped the support to the PIPA or Protect IP in the Senate, so they will continue their boycott campaign until GoDaddy will fully reject the said acts or its similar acts being passed in the congress and senate.

And since Godaddy is losing costumers, there should be another registrar who will accommodate those who  transferred. Several registrar acted, particularly the NameCheap and organized the Move Your Domain Day, which gives discount for every domain moved from GoDaddy to NameCheap.

SOPA means Stop Online Piracy Act which was passed in the US congress this month.

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Russia’s Nuclear Submarine December 2011 Disaster

The K-84 Yekaterinburg submarine was caught in fire on Decembe r 29 (Thursday)  while it was in dry-dock at an Arctic shipyard in northwest Russian Murmansk Region. The fire begun at the wooden scaffolding and scattered to the rubber coated outer hull. Authorities saw that the cause of the fire was the Fire Safety Violation done by the workers.

The fire was put out Friday.

There was no report of injury or death but at least 9 people were brought to the hospital due to smoke inhalation. There were also people inside the sub while the outer hull was still on fire but it was not yet determined whether the people inside couldn’t get out of the sub or they might be advised to stay inside.

It was noted that the nuclear reactor of the submarine was shut down and the nuclear-tipped missiles were unloaded before the repair started. So, the authorities confirmed that there was no radiation leak.

The Russia’s Yekaterinburg submarine is a nuclear-powered submarine that belong to Delta IV Class. It is built on 1984 and is designed to carry nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles. It’s outer hull is coated by anechoic rubber that helps the submarine from being detected by sonar. The rubber absorbs the sound from the sonar which makes the sonar to detect it harder.

4 Things to Do to Preserve Marriage

Nowadays, marriage is no longer considered by many as sacred. It is already considered as a piece of agreement that can be just thrown into scratch if one party or both wanted to break away from the bond.

There are already many couples who do not consider marriage as their first priority. Instead of getting married first, they immediately live in together as if they are husbands and wives. For them, getting married is just a waste of time. Besides, they don’t want to compromise themselves, if ever time will come that they will decide to separate from each other. So, at least, if one of them wants to leave the other, they can immediately do it without the hassle of facing any charges. Besides, if one will file for divorce, it is very much costly.

If we will actually try to look around the world, we will see the fact that people get married today and tomorrow they get divorced just because they, couples, don’t meet in one point.

Most of the reasons why their marriage ended up in divorce are: third party, violence, money, and miss communication.

But since we are Christian, then we need to consider the teaching of God regarding marriage. This is where we start examining the Holy Bible.

God’s will on divorce

Let us start the discussion by asking the Bible, does God permit divorce?

The question is answered by Christ as recorded in Matthew 19:4-6:

And he answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’

“and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?

“So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (New King James Version)

Christ’s answer is clear when he said, “let no man separate them.” This means that God does not permit divorce.

Why? Why God does not permit divorce? How is his feeling over the divorce?

In Malachi 2:16, we can read the answer which says:

“For the Lord God of Israel says
That He hates divorce,
For it covers one’s garment with violence,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
“Therefore take heed to your spirit,
That you do not deal treacherously.” (New King James Version)

According to the verse, God hates divorce. So, if one engages in divorce, then for sure, God will hate him too, which means he will surely became God’s enemy. And who really wants to become God’s enemy? No one. So, since we don’t want to become the enemy of God, then we should not consider divorcing our husband or wife.

The Only Solution to Avoid Divorce

There is only one, actually, way on how to avoid the divorce. And this is to make the law, the will, the commandments or the teachings of God rule over the couple’s relationship as what the Apostle Paul said:

For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. (Romans 7:2, New King James Version)

According to that verse, the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband. It is not actually applicable only to the woman, because the husband whom the wife is bound is also bound to the wife. In other words, both, the husband and the wife are bound to each other by the law.

If only the couple will understand this and have the heart to follow this fact, they will not do anything that can ruin their relationship. According to the verse, one can only be released from the law that bound them if one has died.

So, what are the teachings of God that if the couple follow them, they will not end up into divorce, but will live together happily till the death of one of the couple or both?

Here are the 4 things that a couple should do to preserve their marriage:

1.) Marriage should be honored.

The teaching of the Bible clearly said this:

Marriage is honourable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. (Hebrews 13:4, New King James Version)

One should honor marriage and should remain faithful to each other. They should avoid fornication and adultery or else God will judge them.

We know that temptations are there always besides us. But if you really believe that God will judge those fornicators and adulterers, then I am sure that you will not allow the temptations to rule over yourselves.

2.) Mutual Love and Respect

Apostle Paul taught this:

Nevertheless let each one of you in particular to love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Ephesians 5:33, New King James Version)

The verse said that husband should love his wife as himself. A person, who loves his own body, will never do anything that will hurt him. The same is true if he loves his own wife, he does not only say the words “I Love You” to his wife, but he will never allow  something bad will happen to her. He will never hurt her, instead, he will provide everything that she needs.

Apostle Peter has this message too:

Likewise you husbands, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wives, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered. (I Peter 3:7, New King James Version)

The apostle told the husband to live with his own wife, who is the weaker one, with understanding and respect. Husband should not be violent and should not raise his hands against his wife.

We should also take note that these verses do not teach the husbands to love the wives of the others or the wives to love the husbands of the others. It is clearly said that the husbands should love their own wives.

And for the wives, they are also told to respect their own husbands.

3. Spend Your Wealth Wisely

The book of proverbs taught us this:

Wise people live in wealth and luxury, but stupid people spend their money as fast as they get it. (Proverbs 21:20, Todays English Version)

It is normal for us to dream of owning something like a house and lot, car, appliances and other things. But these things should not harm the marriage. And it can be done if the couple spend their money wisely.

The Bible teaches us this:

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5, New International Version)

According to the verse, keep your lives free of love of money.

The love of money will make you spend your money as fast as you can which is describe by the bible as the way the stupid spend their money. So, in order for you to successfully spend your money wisely, you should be away from the love of money. And just like what it said: You should be content with what you have.

4. Don’t Break Your Promises

The book of Malachi teaches us this:

You ask why he no longer accepts them. It is because to the wife you married when you were young. She was your partner, and you have broken your promise to her, although you promised before God that you would be faithful to her. (Malachi 2:14, Todays English Version)

Communication is part of the married couple’s relationship. They should give time for them to bond to each other by not only talking about anything but also by discussing seriously some important subjects that each of them needs to know, to learn and to prepare for whatever happens. And part of this communication is the promises made by them.

But promises should not be broken. Don’t ever subscribe to what other say that promises are made to be broken. As you promise your spouse, you need to make sure it will be fulfilled.

But during the wedding, each of you took vow that you will be faithful to each other until death and that only death can separate you. You should not break this vow as will!

About the Author

Fred Gonzales is a member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo or Church of Christ. He is not a minister and does not have the authority to represent the said Church. This article might be written through the inspiration of the teachings uphold by the said Church but it should be considered just a personal writing, not of the Church.

Diabetes and My African Lovebird

One of my male African Lovebird has been recently suffering from illness that is similar to the diabetes. I really don’t know what disease is this. It might be a virus infection or just the result of malnutrition. I wanted to consult a veterinary doctor but I found no one here.

Here’s actually the symptoms that I found based on my observation:

– watery eyes

– cataract-like film on its eyes

– higher body temperature compared to the others

– lose of finger nails

– lose of two fingers

At first I was thinking that it might be infected with a virus, bacteria or maybe by fungi. It is because, the bird experienced high body temperature if compared to other Lovebirds. So, I guess it has fever. Often times, fever is the symptom of any infection.

Then after several days, I noticed that the bird tries to close its eyes. I examined further, and I noticed that its eyes were watery. It seems that it was suffering from sore eyes or similar disease.

Few weeks past, three finger nails and two fingers itself were lost. It is like the bird suffered from diabetes or any form of malnutrition.

Remedy

At first, I let it drink a medication that contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B12 and Chlortetracycline hoping that it might help the bird. But after 7 days, symptoms were still present. So, I immediately thought that there a need for the bird to drink an antibiotic medication. So I bought and let it drink a medicine with Amoxicillin as its active ingredients for seven days. But still, I have not noticed a positive result.

At that time, it was already weak.

Now, while thinking of a medicine that might help the bird, the Malunggay plant came immediately into my mind. I thought that the Malunggay plant is one of the most nutritious plant found at my backyard. And besides, it is also used as herbal medicine for several illnesses.


The sickly African Lovebird and Me

So, I immediately gave the bird the Malunggay leaves still intact on its stalk. As the bird saw it, it immediately bit and ate the core of the stalk and drink its juice. In just a daw of taking this herbal medication, the bird’s strength has recovered.

Now, it feels better, even if its strength has not yet been fully recovered.

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Gaisano Capital in Cebu, Turned to Ash Before Christmas

In the June 2011, if I was not mistaken, Gaisano Capital successfully opened its branch in Sogod town of Southern Leyte. It was not that big but it’s better compared to the Maasin Hi-Per, a branch of Gaisano Metro in Maasin City.

Early as 12 midnight on Friday, the Gaisano Capital in Cebu, it’s main store, was hit by fire and was turned to Ash. Of course, it’s building was still there but everything inside the building are already ashes.

The fire started in the second floor of the building. A source said that it started by a spark in the generator engine room. The fire fighters took more or less 12 hours in controlling the fire because of they lack better tools,  equipment, and devices. They couldn’t go in because the smoke was very thick and they don’t have enough breathing apparatus. The fire alarm was raised to task force bravo by 3AM, and firefighters coming from neighboring towns helped in.


Amateur video showing firefighters trying to control the fire

The Gaisano Capital building has 8 storeys and all of these storeys were eaten by fire. The owner of the Gaisano Capital Group is Mr. Eddie Gaisano.

Olympus in Japan, Under Investigation

After the CEO of the Olympus company had been kicked off in October, Michael Woodford revealed the scandal that the company has engaged. This resulted to the raid on Wednesday, of the offices of Olympus. The raiding team was composed of the investigating team from the prosecutor’s office, Tokyo Metropolitan Police and Japanese Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission.

According to the revelation of Mr. Woodford, the company was doing for decades the cover-up of the $1.7 billion. With this, authorities are investigating of possible criminal activities within the company.

Olympus is the maker of camera and medical apparatus. It’s stock value fell by at least 70 percent because of the scandal.

Google Pays Mozilla $300 Million a Year in 3 Years

Mozilla verified already the speculations that Google and Mozilla agreed on a $300 Million a year which will extend to 3 years. The deal allows the Google Search Box to be placed on the Mozilla browser. Thus sending search queries to Google from the Mozilla’s browser.

It is also noted that Google and Mozilla are both supporter of open-source projects considering Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are products of open-source projects. The combination of the two browsers leads to the 45 to 50 percent market share while the other part are shared by other browsers including the Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

120 Million Government Fund for 1,000 Automatic Water Sensors

It was on the news today that President Noy ordered the DBM (Department of Budget and Management) to release 150 Million Pesos that will be spend for the installation of 1,000 automatic water sensors in 18 major river basins in the Philippines. These sensors will track the water level and will help the forecasters learn the possible flood.

The project will begin this 2012 and the following are the priorities:

  • Cagayan de Oro River (2 sensors upstream, 1 downstream),
  • Iponan River (1 sensor),
  • Iligan City (1 sensor upstream, 1 sensor downstream)

According to authorities, this is the immediate response of the Aquino administration following the devastation of the Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan or Visayas and Mindanao.

Besides, this will also be a new source of funds that the corrupt government officials can make use for their own advantage. Yay! Money na naman.

Handling Newly Hatched Budgerigar or Budgie Parakeet

Only this morning, two Budgie Parakeet eggs out of 6 hatched. The hatching made me surprised because today was the fourth day of incubating the eggs. So, I immediately thought that the budgie chicks might be premature.

But, what is Budgerigar or Budgie Parakeet?

Budgerigar or Budgie parakeet is a kind of small parrot. It is a native parrot of Australia and is imported to other countries such as America and Philippines as pet.

Here in Leyte, budgies are mistakenly called as lovebirds because they showed treats like of those of the African Lovebirds.

Many people here already have these birds as pet. And some other breed them and place for sale at PhP300.00 per pair.

Why is it called Budgerigar Parakeet?

Correct me if I am wrong…. small parrots are called parakeets, right? So, there are many parakeets out there. These includes the Colasisi (Kulasisi, or Kusi, Cusi) of the Philippines. Colasisi is also called in English hanging parrot.

Budgie is just the short name for Budgerigar. And Budgerigar is the name given by the native of Australia to this kind of bird. We should also take note that Budgerigar parakeets are native in Australia, so it just normal to use the name given by the natives to that bird.

How did I incubate the parakeet’s eggs?

I actually placed the 6 budgerigar eggs in an artificial incubator that I made just for them.

It was December 16 when the parakeet couple abandoned their eggs after I transferred them from a larger old cage to a better smaller new cage. I guess, it’s the characteristics of the parakeet to abandon their eggs when someone or something disturb them nesting.

After a day, I realized that there’s a need for me to incubate them, hoping that in 14 days or more, I would have parakeet chicks to care with.

So, firstly, I created a 7 in by 8 in by 7 in incubator using the materials such as:  2 pcs 7 in by 7 in 1/2 plywood, 2 pcs 8 in by 8 in 1/2 plywood, 2 pcs 8 in by 10 in 1/2 plywood, a handful of 2 in wood nails, 2 pcs tumbler switch, 2 pcs receptacles, 2 pcs 10 watts incandescent bulbs, no. 16 wire cord and male plug.

I assembled the materials and the result is this:


The outside of the incubator


It shows the inside of the incubator

The incandescent bulbs are used to heat up the inside of the box up to the needed level of temperature. That’s the reason why I used only 10 watt of incandescent bulb because through it, the temperature of the box reaches to 37 degree Celsius which is enough to incubate the egg. I think, the increase of temperature to more than the normal body temperature will result to premature chicks or worst, the embryo will die.

There are two bulbs in it because incandescent bulbs today can’t endure a 24 hour use. So, I switched from one bulb to the other in every 6 hours.

Budgie Parakeet Newly Hatched Chicks


4-hour old Budgie Babies

These two budgie babies shown by the photo are the first to be hatched early today. But tonight at 8PM, another budgie baby came out from its shell.

So far, the three budgies looks healthy.

Why Premature Parakeet babies?

I am actually suspecting that the newly hatched parakeet babies are premature because they came out from their shell just in four incubating days. Eggs of budgies usually are incubated by their mothers from 14 days to 16 days.

Parakeet chicks (or any other chicks) became premature when the eggs are incubated in temperature higher to normal incubating temperature. In such a case, the egg’s embryo tend to develop fast so that in less than the normal number of incubating days the egg will hatch. However, chicks are often premature or there are other organs of it that have not yet fully developed.

Are their parents not looking for them?

Based on my observation, the Budgie Parents are actually not aware that their eggs hatched already and that they already have babies. I tried to place the babies inside their cage but they’re just looking at it. They did not bother going near the babies.

So, I guess, they thought that they don’t have babies, in the sense that what they knew is that they already abandoned their eggs.


They are the budgie parents. The yellow one is budgielow who is the mother.
And the blue one is budgieblue, the father.

So, since these babies are not recognized by the biological parents, so I will act as their parent. As long as they live, I will be their mother budgie.

How do you feed them?

I really don’t have idea on feeding them since it’s my first time to take care of bird babies like this. It was my wife who suggested that I should feed them the way we feed our son when he was still an infant… feeding them by a liquid food first.

But I don’t have idea on what to feed them… a liquid food except for water. But water, especially mineral waters don’t have essential nutrients. So, I mixed a sugar solution. I think, sugar solution (mixture of water and sugar) can be a good source of energy for them. The only thing is that sugar solution don’t have other essential nutrients except the sugar or carbohydrates.

I went to a store of animal feeds here in my place and asked if they have a formula for hand feed bird babies, but they don’t have. So, I don’t have other option but to feed them by a formula that I made.

Will they survive and live longer?

That…. I can’t answer. I am not that expert in handling them, so I am expecting a less survival for them. But if they will survive, then that will be good.

Now, I am still studying how to take care of them.

I will let you know their progress…

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World’s Shortest Woman – Guinness World Records

Jyote Amge, an Indian High School student in Central India, is currently the World’s shortest woman according to the Guinness World Records. She was measured, Friday, by a Guiness World Record commissioned representative as she turned 18, 24.7 inches. She got the record after being recognized as shorter by 2.76 inches compared to the height of the current title holder Bridgette Jordan.

Before getting the new record, Jyote Amge is actually the Guiness World Record’s Shortest Teenager.

World’s Shortest Man

I think, the world’s current shortest man as recognized by the Guinness World Records is Junrey  Balawing of Sindagan town – Philippines. He was measured in June 2011 as he turned 18, 23.5 inches. Even shorter than the current world’s shortest woman.

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