4th Gen Long Term Evolution in the archipelago (the saga of struggling with internet infra)

      On fluorescent light, while checking papers at the flat, I learned that miracles still happen on nondescript streets. In less than ten minutes, two telecom-subcontracted technicians installed the 4G LTE or 4th Generation Long Term Evolution wifi, in my neck of the woods. They were efficient, courteous, professional, and knew what they were doing –- no hitch.
    (photo shows the two technicians, I just pixelized their faces a little for publication) 

      One click, and in half-a-second, or 00.30 on the clock, YouTube vids and entire news portals with at least 37 active widgets in motion appeared without buffering, or by buffering in half-a-second (I’m laymanizing the mbps internet speeds). Pages and portals that usually took 45 minutes to upload — flashed on the screen like a TV being clicked on. Is this for real? am i dreaming? i opened more browsers myself to make sure they were not just playing a DVD … it was real, “i’m on the net in half-a-second!”
      Finally. The long suffering from a comatose internet is over… but before speaking too soon, i observed it for three weeks before reporting — to make sure it was not a flash in the pan, pun on downtime…
      After one week of  observation of the superman/ supergirl/ darna/ captain barbel performance, the internet speed was cut in half (so it’s one second), and there were days when the signal went off, but went back again after switch-off-switch-on of the device. I’m guessing that as the number of customers, clients, users flood the network, the upload time would slow down -– hopefully, the telecom knows better than to allow this to happen. It is within their control, if they curb the greed for more profits in favor of industrial progress in the archipelago – which favors the telecoms in the long run because industrial progress equates with increasing the buying capacity of many. Or is the big picture too big for big business? The National Telecommunication Commission should do its job and regularly monitor the numbers.
      In sum, not counting the days when the internet went off for 30 minutes or so, the internet speed is 4,000% faster – when it was working: there were days when it was out for 30 minutes or so… Still, it’s a miracle. Himala, Hallelujah!

#APEC2015 The Mexican President & the case of the 43 murdered college student activists in his watch


The Mexican President has arrived

and the news media will be polite

and not ask him for an update

 on the 43 college students who were seized, killed, burned,

their bodies thrown into the San Juan River

and 15 community leaders who went in search of the murdered students, shot to death this August…

because we will be polite


(photo of the Mexican president rightclicked from Philippine Star used here non-commercially for academic purposes)
  From Al Jazeera, Aug. 10, 2015:    “At least 15 people were killed over the weekend in the troubled southwestern state of Guerrero, including an activist who helped lead efforts to find the 43 students who disappeared and were presumed murdered last year, according to Mexican officials.
       “Ten of the murders took place in the resort city of Acapulco, which is packed with tourists visiting for their summer vacations, local police said.
      “One of the victims, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, was a leader of a community police organization known as Upoeg (Unión de Pueblos y Organizaciones del Estado de Guerrero). Jiménez was found shot to death on Saturday inside the taxi he drove in the rural outskirts of Acapulco, according to local police.
       “Jimenez, 45, who also founded a citizens’ self-defense group in Guerrero in 2013, led a group that searched for approximately 300 people who have disappeared in the state, helping uncover mass graves found around the city of Iguala, where 43 Mexican students went missing last year.
       “The students were teachers-in-training at Ayotzinapa Normal School, in Tixtla, Guerrero — a school that caters to the rural poor and is known for political activism.
       “Police reportedly opened fire on the students in Iguala at the behest of its mayor, and in the aftermath 43 students went missing. Classmates of the missing students say they were “disappeared” for speaking out against government policies.
       “The government, in turn, has said the students were abducted by police and handed over to drug traffickers who allegedly killed the students and burned their bodies. Critics have questioned the government’s version of events.
       “Frustrated with the Mexican government’s efforts to find the missing students, Jiménez led a group throughout Guerrero in search of the missing. Last December, Jiménez described the hills that surround Iguala as a cemetery, according to the BBC. So far the group has found 130 bodies and turned them over to authorities, according to several media outlets.
     “Acapulco, a city of about 800,000, saw 404 homicides in the first six months of this year, compared to 281 in the same period of 2014. The murder rate still remains below the peak of 524 murders in the first half of 2012.
      “Javier Morlet Macho, a community activist who sits on the citizens’ police advisory board in Acapulco, said the rise in killings suggests a new gang may be carrying out “a cleanup operation” to eradicate rivals as it moves into the territory.
     “Guerrero state, which has one of the highest murder rates in Mexico, saw 1,514 homicides in 2014, according to federal statistics, which report 943 homicides this year through June.
“Decades of Mexico’s so-called Dirty War, and the heavily militarized “war on drugs” that followed, have led to the disappearance or deaths of thousands who opposed government policies. In Guerrero, one of Mexico’s poorest states, citizens’ self-defense groups have risen in reaction to drug-related violence.”
From Al Jazeera and wire services