Tuesday, September 30, 2008
luc when he was a puppy
in his red cap
on valentine's day (i know, i know...)
panting after a walk
my favorite portrait
i love when he looks at me like this... hehe
i think my dog needs a dog...
with the family (plus albert!) at our last birthday party!
happy birthday luc, belly, sam and yoda!!!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has written to Bishop Ratko Peric of Mostar-Duvno, whose diocese covers Medjugorje, to inform him that they are investigating the case of Franciscan Father Tomislav Vlasic...
In 1984 he wrote to Pope John Paul II to say that he was the one "who through divine providence guides the seers of Medjugorje...
Four years later -- after it was revealed that he fathered a child with a nun -- he moved to Parma, Italy, where he set up the coed Queen of Peace religious community dedicated to the Medjugorje apparitions...
But three church commissions failed to find evidence to support their claims, and the bishops of the former Yugoslavia declared in 1991 that "it cannot be affirmed that these matters concern supernatural apparitions or revelations."
In 1985 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then prefect of the doctrinal congregation and now Pope Benedict XVI, banned official, diocesan or parish-sponsored pilgrimages to the shrine. However, individual Catholics are still free to visit and have a priest with them."
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
jo koy (who said in an interview that he got "jo koy" from an aunt who made it up and used to always say "hoy jo koy!" hahaha)...
jo koy in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2005) where he got a standing ovation, one of the few to receive one in the show's history (the third ever only)....
i love that he is truly proud to be pinoy!
apparently rachel is watching him front row in november in singapore! see more of his super funny vids here.
although later on, trouble would lose $10million to the grandchildren. her $2million was deemed sufficient to take care of her for the remainder of her life, considering her age and medical condition.
she's cute :) (trouble, i mean- hehe) i guess i'd also like to be able to leave this earth with the peace of mind that my dog will also be taken cared of. he won't be needing $2million though. haha.
read the rest of the New Yorker article here.
Today is Earth Overshoot Day: the day our demand surpasses nature’s budget
On September 23rd this year we mark an unfortunate milestone: As of today, humanity will have consumed all the new resources the planet will produce this year, according to Global Footprint Network calculations. For the rest of 2008, we will be in the ecological equivalent of deficit spending, drawing down our resource stocks – in essence, borrowing from the future.
The recent bank failures in the United States have shown what happens when debt and spending get out of control. We are seeing signs of similarly disastrous consequences from our ecological overspending. Climate change, shrinking forests, declining biodiversity and current world food shortages are all results of the fact that we are demanding more from nature than it can supply.
Humans now require the resources of 1.4 planets
Just like any company nature has a budget – it can only produce so many resources and absorb so much waste each year. Globally, we now demand the biological capacity of 1.4 planets, according to Global Footprint Network data. But of course, we only have one.
Earth Overshoot Day (also known as Ecological Debt Day) was a concept devised by Global Footprint Network partner NEF (New Economics Foundation). Each year, Global Footprint Network calculates humanity’s Ecological Footprint (its demand on cropland, pasture, forests and fisheries), and compares this with the amount of resources the world’s lands and seas generate. Our data shows us that in less than 10 months we consume what it takes the planet 12 months to produce.Earth Overshoot Day creeps earlier every year
Humanity has been in overshoot since the mid 1980s, when the first Earth Overshoot Day fell on December 31, 1986. By 1995 it was more than a month earlier, arriving on November 21. Ten years later it had moved another six weeks earlier, to October 2, 2005.
What contributes to our increasing demand? Part of the story is that there are simply more people on the planet requiring nature’s services. In some areas of the world – most notably in high income regions like the U.S. and Europe, as well as industrializing nations like China – per capita resource consumption has also been increasing. In other areas of the world, however, including India and parts of Africa, per capita Ecological Footprints have actually declined, likely as a result of there being less resources available per person.
Carbon is also a big part of the story, as it is the greatest contributor to ecological overshoot. Humanity is emitting carbon faster than the planet can re-absorb it. Our carbon Footprint has increased more than 700 percent since 1961.United Nations business-as-usual projections show humanity requiring the equivalent of two planets by 2050. (For details see Global Footprint Network and WWF’s Living Planet Report 2006). This would put Earth Overshoot Day on July 1, and means it would take two years for the planet to regenerate what we use in one year. Reaching this level of ecological deficit spending may be physically impossible. What Can I Do to End Overshoot?
Global Footprint Network and its international partner network is focused on solving the problem of overshoot, working with businesses and government leaders around the world to make ecological limits a central part of decision-making everywhere.
Citizens can take action to get out of overshoot in their own lives: eating less meat, driving and flying less, and using less energy in the home. They can also encourage government and business leaders to build communities with smart infrastructure planning and best-practice green technology. Use our interactive calculator to determine your own Ecological Footprint and learn what you can do to reduce it.
With international commitment to end overshoot, Earth Overshoot Day can become history instead of news.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
i used to love watching david blaine's street magic and thought he was quite good. a lot of it was ruined by all those "magic's secrets revealed" type of shows but still i thought they were quite good tricks. i'm not sure how i feel about these "endurance" stunts though. anderson cooper said this morning that he doesn't like david blaine and his publicity stunts... where is the magic? i kinda sort of agree. some doctor's say though that hanging upside down for 60 hours, poses a risk of going blind, and damaging some other organs, and that the data gathered here may be valuable. IF its not really a trick.... hmmmm.....
being interviewed by kelly rippa....