Earth’s Death in a Hundred Years or a Billion Years?

On one site on the internet, I had this argument with a guy who “informed” the people on that forum that the earth is going to be swallowed by the sun in a billion years – he was absolutely terrified that I had to laugh at him. Oh, I know about that theory but the guy had just discovered it and it was really funny how he could panic at the thought when the deadline is a billion years. Did he think that he could live until then? Anyway, I told him that instead of worrying about that eventuality that we can never correct, he should worry about global warming because that can possibly ruin the Earth in 10 years – if we are not careful. Scrap those predictions by scientists that the Earth may still have a few more hundred years because if the ozone layers gets really busted then we go along with it because the planet will be fried to the core :D. He was, of course, mad at my suggestion – he prefers that we deal with his dilemma {sigh}.

So, I just wanted to ponder on the horrifying (?) thought that the Earth will somehow perish some time in the future – a billion years, a hundred years, ten years? When will it be? Nope, we can’t play God with the universe and think that it will not die out on us because we are so good with our technologies to make it live. But, can we really save the Earth?

A lot of people are scared that the Earth will be swallowed by the Sun in a billion years when we really should think of what will happen if the ozone layer becomes really depleted and the inhabitants of Earth will be fried daily until the Earth turns into a planet of no life (except for thermophiles, perhaps) and a gas planet. Am I a pessimist? Nope. I just think like a scientist LOL

Let’s look at the matter in specific points.

Threat 1 – Billion Years or more/less

  • The Earth will be swallowed by the expanding Sun.
  • All life on Earth will die due to the extreme heat.
  • Earth and planets close to the Sun will surely become part of the sun.
The Sun had Swallowed the Earth

The Sun had Swallowed the Earth


Threat 2 – Hundred Years or less/more

  • The ozone layer depletion becomes really pronounced that a large part of the world receives very intense and direct UV rays on a daily basis.
Image of the largest Antarctic ozone hole ever recorded (September 2006). Courtesy of wikipedia.org.

Image of the largest Antarctic ozone hole ever recorded (September 2006). Courtesy of wikipedia.org.

  • The world’s Greenhouse gases have achieved amazingly high levels that global warming is a thing of the past because the globe is almost on fire.
  • The world’s ice poles and ice caps will melt – causing the water levels to rise to amazingly high levels that most of the world’s countries will be drowned in water.
  • The Sun continues to fry the Earth so that the waters will be unusually hot – or boiling.

I’m still convinced that the threat of destruction in a billion years is too far away for us to be really afraid of it. What we should be afraid of is the earlier threat of our planet dying in our hands.

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Business Process Outsourcing, Philippine Education System, and the Economy

I wrote this article several months ago – in June 2008. I just couldn’t believe that some of those dire predictions are becoming more of a reality.

Business Process Outsourcing: Its Effects on the Filipino College Students

Don’t get me all wrong, I am glad that these Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies have sprouted here in the Philippines and gave jobs even to those who did not finish college. I work for one. However, this has mislead college students so that they stop going to school and go to these companies who promise them a good future with a good salary. But the long term effects may not be as good as the present advantages.

The educational system in the Philippines may seem shorter to those from the States and from Europe but it is far below the levels of their education. For example, we have preschools to teach the children to read and write and 6 years of grade school. You graduate from grade school at around 11 years old and proceed to high school for 4 years. Then you choose your college degree: either vocational or a real bachelor’s degree. Here’s the catch: The usual English, Filipino, Science, Maths, History and Arts are taught until high school but I just don’t think that these students are prepared for work. And jobs here in the country – jobs that pay minimum wage – are offered ONLY to those who have finished College. Because if you compare the education we are getting here the equivalent to your high school graduate are the college graduates here! Even secretaries in offices need a college degree. Even where I work, they don’t hire those who have not finished a four year course. The usual trend is that people who have not finished school (or just high school) become sales ladies, drivers and hired domestic helpers – they are paid around half the minimum wage!

But then the call centers came. It was good that they hired people from all walks of life with at least one semester of college only. They don’t care as long as you have a good command of English. And because Filipinos usually have that then a lot get hired. I do not think that this is negative because this has given those who could not afford the rather expensive college education to obtain a job. A lot of students are not interested to go to college anymore because of this event. So what is wrong with me being mad at this?

One big major problem: eventuality. Right now call centers are booming and people are getting jobs. Yes, you did not have a degree and yet here you are receiving minimum wage – which is alright because you were not able to graduate anyway – happy thoughts. But in reality, this event may not be here forever. India is always outbidding Philippine companies because they bid insanely low on jobs and they know English. Of course, their English as far inferior that the Filipinos but the companies from Europe and USA do not care if they speak perfect English as long as they are cheap and can understand and be understood by customers. And we know that that is just alright. So, to whose disadvantage is this? Filipino BPOs. By the way, a BPO means business process outsourcing or jobs from foreign companies being done on countries who offer cheap labor and processing costs.

A lot of companies are having a problem struggling with the competition from India. A good example? Well, let us just say that the minimum wage here in Dumaguete City is around Php 34 an hour or $0.78 per hour. India can bid as low as $0.5 or less an hour and get away with it because that amount can buy a lot when converted to their currency. However, in the Philippines even that $0.78 dollar will not buy much – only less than a kilo of rice (which is not enough for a family of 3 the whole day) or less than ¼ kilogram of meat (imagine that little!) or just a pack of corned beef. You see, even the dollar is converted to a lot of pe$o$, still the prices of commodities here are also high in terms of pesos. Gasoline is around Php 60 per liter or $1.4 and that will not even get you much even on the budget priced motorcycle!

So what happens when India outbids the Philippines? Well, they get the jobs. Then what happens to call centers? They lay off people because the customers have gotten fewer. The next year the same thing happens, India outbids the Philippines. Employees are laid off again. And then again and again until the Philippine company stops the operation because costs are higher than the income generated. What happens to the employees? Well, they can always find another work, “Alright, I am a Chemist, Oh I will send an application to that new food processing company and I will most likely be hired”. But the other scenario is “What? Oh, I will apply at the grocery store as shelf refiller, I hope they will hire me even if I haven’t had college.” This is a very good projection, really. I am not an economist but I see the trend.

Even online jobs are being filled by people from India. I registered to this online job market placement called ODesk.com – you can check it out if you like. This place is good for those who want people to work for mostly computer-related jobs such as designing a program, or a website, or writing or data entry or hiring a virtual assistant – stuff like that. I was looking of some jobs that would allow me to write on my laptop and then send them to the clients. But in this site, you have to bid. You put in some amount you bid based on the client’s assignment. For a writing job let’s just say for example that their rate is $20 per hour (customer’s declared rate). A writer from the US and from Europe bids $20 or higher or $18. Well, that is fair enough. A Filipino bids $10 or $5 – that is very high as per hour salary (see the usual $0.78 above). But the one from India bids at $3 and some at $1! The job that was worth $20 was given to the lowest bidder who will charge the client $1 for 1 hour of his time! The client will take on that writer’s offer because it is cheap and the client can also edit that article for grammar errors as long as the initial material is worked upon. I have seen a lot of providers leave the site (I left too as there was no way I could get a job there as I had tried to bid countless times but was never approved – and I will never bid for $1 an hour on such a difficult job) with comments that you can never outbid Indians. It is a sad reality really.

BPO companies may have brought revenues to the Filipino government and hot jobs for the people but it has also encouraged a culture of less educated youth.

(Published in Qassia)

After the economic crisis in Europe and the US, a lot of countries in the world are also suffering. Companies – a lot of them – are already cutting back on the manpower or are already closed. Even my job currently faces the same blow from the crisis. With uneducated or undereducated youth joining the ranks of the jobless, is there still hope for the country and for its people?


Thoughts from the Outside

There are many things in life that make us happy. Different people love different things. Most of us love blogging and are content with rambling about our daily life and interests for the world to see.

Who’d have thought that I’d come across this piece called “Thoughts From the Outside” by a NASCAR-loving guy who also blogs about stuff that are of interest to me. Imagine talking about cars in one post, then about Bill Gates in another, then about the octuplet mom in another! This guy sure has a very diverse interest categories. his

This means that this blogger is both serious and fun at the same time. You can expect to read more posts about NASCAR events but you can readily wait for posts about weird stuff. This guy is also a candid and honest writer who puts his thoughts into words just as he wants the readers to read them. Blogging about the octuplet mom must have been somewhat weird for a guy but he managed to pull it off really nicely with a good punch line aka “moral of the story”. Still, you can also get advice about Linux all at the same page. Good job!

More on Office Gossip – a comment and the reply

From Anonymous (in response to Office Gossip):

I am neither your REAL friend nor your enemy; and I’m definitely not Ms. Oyster. But here’s my take about this “office gossip”.

Six or more people do not guarantee the validity of the “gossip”. The more people involved is directly proportional to the variety of information transmitted. So, dont’ be fucked up. For all you know, these may be products of communication lapses.

Take it as a positive thing when someone talks about your blog. I became curious, Ms. S might read about this, and definitely, there will be more.

Is the bond really keeping you from resigning? There have been more than a dozen who got away from the company and have not asked to pay for it. Think about it… Just go ahead, I support you what ever your heart desires, just hand over the white envelope.

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Wow, for the first time – a truly good comment. No, I am not trying to be sarcastic here. The truth is, your comment is good – it makes me think about Miss Oyster’s side and how it would have looked to her for me to blog about her 😀 Also, The Job Hater’s pester/stalker just commented that the manager may read the post. He’s maybe right but then that is irrelevant with this post.

Here’s my reply:

To Anonymous, yes, you are right but foul language will not get you anywhere, too 😀 Nope, I don’t think that its just communication lapses because some of those who told me were the ones that Miss Oyster talked to or asked about me.

Yup, Miss S or other people might read about it and they’ll see the same rant that they already know. Nothing new. I have even told some of those bosses about my sentiment. They already know. 😀 It won’t surprise them, if that’s what you are trying to say. You might also want to know that there are certain tones of voices that one can use to show if a statement is positive or negative – one with undertones plus a snicker is definitely on the latter. 😀

Sorry. I am trying to pick a fight with you. I even thought that this issue was already behind me as new ones have been up – or it might be that you have just learned about the issue.

Yes, I still think that no matter how I might dislike the job, I still had that signed commitment with the company. True, those people who went away were not asked to pay the bond but they were also not given their last paycheck and a clearance. The last paycheck might not be a big amount but it’s still something that I’ve worked for 😀 no sentimentality here 😀 Besides, I might need the clearance in the future. I might be stupid but I don’t think that the length of time that I stay at The Company could be shrugged away from the resume. Plus, the record would still be in the social security and other agencies 😀 Nope, I’d definitely hold on to that clearance.

So, you just have to live with me being in the same office with you and other people 😀 I know that most of you are hating me more than you did before this thing went into public. I can’t really blame you all. We didn’t really try our best to befriend each other and that might be too late now. Oh, I do have some respect for some people in your group – a lot in fact. And you’d support my heart’s desire? How cute. That’s conveniently saying that you’d also love to get rid of me 😀

Alvin will love this. I’m sure he’s going to post some really crazy pictures again. I bet. 😀

But again, I’m not picking a fight here. Once is enough:D

The Case of the Stolen Cellphone

There are a lot of cellphones at home – I have a personal one, a Globe reloader, and a Smart reloader; Bobby has a Globe reloader and a Smart reloader. We are also very lax with cellphone security at home – with the cellphones lying around on the tables or chairs or on the hooks on the walls. The main door is mostly open because we do receive a lot of requests for cellphone load. One Globe reloader phone is always on a hook a foot away from the main door because the signal for Globe inside the house is very, very low.

It was no wonder that a thief sneaked in and took that blasted Globe cellphone {sigh}. How can we be so naive to think that our neighbors would respect our family and fear us just because my hubby is a jail officer? {sigh} There is really no one to blame but us for being fools in trusting the neighbors who have long been suspected of thieving.

The suspect, sadly, is a minor. We couldn’t even ask her directly because of that blasted law about minors and offenses. But she blurted out that she didn’t steal the cellphone before we even realized that it was gone {sigh}. And since that could not be used as a confession of sorts, we just have to let this matter pass.

Drat that thief, anyway.

Update: My mother-in-law and her sister woke me up this morning asking if the cellphone they have is the one that was stolen last night – IT WAS! It was so amazing! 😀 It turned out that the thief tossed it outside our gate immediately after snatching from its place. However, that area is dark and has plants. She must have searched for it but because the cellphone was black and there were already so many people standing outside talking about the event, she was not able to get it.

It was easy to detect that it was her who got it because of the “I didn’t steal it” statement even before we knew the cellphone got lost. Also, she kept on coming back and standing near the gate – when she saw our aunt, she blurted that she wants to buy construction paper but the store is at the right part of the house and several steps from the gate 😀 That got us thinking if she had left the phone inside the compound. They searched the area inside the gate – the sacks of sand and the bundled wood we have for sale but they had not thought of searching the grounds outside the gate LOL A big mistake. Thankfully, Auntit Aling tilled the garden early and found it 😀

Lesson here for me: never leave that front door open if no one is around – see, we’re still naive because that is a common sense rule LMAO

The Military Nurse

for Leah…

One of the most challenging fields of nursing involves service to the country – military nursing. Like any other nursing field, the military nurse is required to provide all aspects of traditional nursing care in both war-time and peace settings. The nurse may be deployed to a foreign place where the country’s soldiers are engaged in war.

The military nurse can work in all the branches of the military – and in each branch, he/she is expected to provide excellent medical service and equal treatment for all officers and non-officers. This practice also involves a broader range of responsibilities including simple wound care, critical care, OR, and even trauma management.

Moreover, such responsibilities also include:

  • Monitoring wounds for infection
  • Preparing patients for surgeries and debridements
  • Providing preoperative and postoperative care
  • Checking the efficacy of the method used to reduce postsurgical swelling in the residual limb and reapplying it when necessary and appropriate
  • Monitoring pain medication to maintain it at a level at which rest and relaxation can be achieved so that the rigorous process of rehabilitation can be carried out
  • Teaching the injured how to care for themselves
  • Providing emotional support and facilitating peer visitation.

Aside from these responsibilities, the military nurse is also expected to supervise physical therapy that the patient requires to regain control of his bones and muscles. The nurse is also expected to help the patient deal with trauma, tedious tasks, and assistive devices. This is not an easy task considering that war can make the soldier lose his limbs. Also, people in varying states of pain and grief will have varying reactions to the treatment procedures and options. It is the military nurse’s job to explain to both the soldier and his family all the options and the sequence of treatment procedures that the soldier will undergo.

Considering that most of the soldiers are involved in catastrophic and life-changing medical emergencies, the medical nurse must be calm, caring, and capable all the time. Special skills are also required to deal with the patient both in the physical and emotional sense.

Military nursing is not an easy task; however, caring for patients who serve the country is also one way of serving the country. This is the noblest and most patriotic nursing task.

The patient and the nurse

The patient and the nurse

Sources:

Amputee-Coalition.org

Wikipedia.org


The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

The Love Month is almost over and I have not posted a single entry on love – inexcusable!

I call this the greatest story ever told. It’s not Romeo and Juliet – they died for love. In my limited vocabulary, a love story can’t be the greatest if the people involved die. So, my pick is that of Jacob and Rachel.

1 Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the people of the east. 2 As he looked, he saw a well in the field, and lo, three flocks of sheep lying beside it; for out of that well the flocks were watered. The stone on the well’s mouth was large, 3 and when all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone from the mouth of the well, and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place upon the mouth of the well. 4 Jacob said to them, “My brothers, where do you come from?” They said, “We are from Haran.” 5 He said to them, “Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?” They said, “We know him.” 6 He said to them, “Is it well with him?” They said, “It is well; and see, Rachel his daughter is coming with the sheep!” 7 He said, “Behold, it is still high day, it is not time for the animals to be gathered together; water the sheep, and go, pasture them.” 8 But they said, “We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together, and the stone is rolled from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep.” jacob and rachel

9 While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep; for she kept them. 10 Now when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, Jacob went up and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and wept aloud. 12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s kinsman, and that he was Rebekah’s son; and she ran and told her father. 13 When Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister’s son, he ran to meet him, and embraced him and kissed him, and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things, 14 and Laban said to him, “Surely you are my bone and my flesh!” And he stayed with him a month.

15 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” 16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful and lovely. 18 Jacob loved Rachel; and he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19 Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her. 21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.” 22 So Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast. 23 But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her. 24 (Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her maid.) 25 And in the morning, behold, it was Leah; and Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?” 26 Laban said, “It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the first-born. 27 Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.” 28 Jacob did so, and completed her week; then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to wife. 29 (Laban gave his maid Bilhah to his daughter Rachel to be her maid.) 30 So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served Laban for another seven years.

31 When the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb; but Rachel was barren. 32 And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben; for she said, “Because the LORD has looked upon my affliction; surely now my husband will love me.” 33 She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the LORD has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also”; and she called his name Simeon. 34 Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will be joined to me, because I have borne him three sons”; therefore his name was called Levi. 35 And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the LORD”; therefore she called his name Judah; then she ceased bearing.

GENESIS 29 from CrossWalk.com

I am not trying to preach here – I just wanted to point out that working for a total of 14 years to marry the woman you love is absolutely sweet. In my limited knowledge 😀 I also know that Jacob is, perhaps, the only was who was able to achieve such a feat for love. His father-in-law may have cheated him but he still continued to strive hard to be able to marry Rachel.

So, the Romeo and Juliet story is just a tragedy – the Jacob and Rachel one is the greatest of all.