Airport or ecology? Is the choice binary?

By JoeAm The Department of Transportation has accepted San Miguel Corporation’s bid to build a new Manila Airport about 50 kilometers north of Manila (about half the distance to Clark). With four runways and eight terminals, decent proximity to Manila, and funded privately, the proposed airport is a superb long-term solution to Manila’s airport problem. … Continue reading

The Philippines is down for the count . . .

By JoeAm And the count is at six. The Philippine government’s appeasement with China is one of the world’s most self-destructive historical moments. China is sitting in Philippine seas blocking Filipino fishermen from food sources and destroying the ecosystems that support fish re-generation. It is a royal disaster promising long-term devastation . . . done … Continue reading

The Philippines in 2039, a vibrant neutral state in harmony with China

By JoeAm We have some life’s decisions to make. We’d be wise to consider the future so we choose well. Right now, the Philippines is heading down the path of authoritarian leadership. That’s very different than democracy. Let’s project the Philippines forward as best we can. We are not statisticians and most of us have … Continue reading

Ist Gott tot? (Is God dead?)

By Chemrock The madman ran through the marketplace shouting “Gott ist tot. Wir haben ihm getötet. (God is dead. We have killed him.)” German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote in Zarathustra in the 1880s on the rise of the Rational Man. The invisible, all-powerful Divinity is just a figment of man’s imagination. God is killed in … Continue reading

Why incompetence is the norm in the Philippines

  By JoeAm The Philippines does not lack money as much as it lacks skill in how to deploy the wealth that is generated. Incompetence is the norm at both public agencies and private businesses. Why is that? Not wanting to waste your time, for efficiency is important, I’ll get right to the point: Skill … Continue reading