Warning: Storing personal info on electronic devices

This gives us something to think about our new electronic technology.

GPS
 
A couple of weeks ago a friend told me that someone she knew
 had
their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car
 was
parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and
 
specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included
 
a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been
 
prominently mounted on the dashboard.


When the victims got home, they found that their house had been
 
ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen.


The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They
 then
used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain
 
entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football
 
game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so
they
 knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would
appear that
 they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.

Something to consider if you have a GPS – don’t put your home
address in it. Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you
can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know
where you live if your GPS were stolen.

MOBILE PHONES
 
I never thought of this…….


This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names
 on
her mobile phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which
 
contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet… Etc…was stolen.


20 minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone
 telling
him what had happened, hubby says ‘I received your text asking
 
about our Pin number and I’ve replied a little while ago
.’


When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all
 the
money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen
 
cell phone to text ‘hubby’ in the contact list and got hold of the pin
 
number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their
bank
 account.

Moral of the lesson:
 
Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in
 
your contact list.
 

Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, 
Mom, etc….


And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked
 through texts,
CONFIRM by calling back.
 

Also, when you’re being text by friends or family to meet them 
somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came
from
 them. If you don’t reach them, be very careful about going places
to meet
 ‘family and friends’ who text you. 

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Forwarded by: Terry

Is being green just a fad?

Anyone over the age of 35 should read this, as I copied this from a friends status..

Checking out at the supermarket recently, the young cashier suggested I should bring my own bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. I apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days“.

The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations“.

She was right about one thing–our generation didn’t have the green thing in “Our” day. So what did we have back then? After some reflection and soul-searching on “Our” day, here’s what I remembered we did have….

Back then, we returned milk bottles, pop bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles repeatedly. So they really were recycled. But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby’s nappies because we didn’t have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 240 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right. We didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size ofWales. In the kitchen, we blended & stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn petrol just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she’s right. We didn’t have the green thing back then.

We drank from a water fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mums into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?

Please post this on your Facebook profile so another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smarty-pants young person can add to this

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Forwarded by: Anna

(I traced the origin of this post via plagium.com and the oldest source is from here but according to the blog owner he/she just copied it from a certain COMFOOD. — Cris N.)

Where to Go During an Earthquake


Where to Go During an Earthquake

Remember that stuff about hiding under a table or standing in a doorway? Well, forget it! This is a real eye opener. It could save your life someday.

EXTRACT FROM DOUG COPP’S ARTICLE ON ‘THE TRIANGLE OF LIFE’

My name is Doug Copp. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American Rescue Team International (ARTI ), the world’s most experienced rescue team. The information in this article will save lives in an earthquake.

I have crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings, worked with rescue teams from 60 countries, founded rescue teams in several countries, and I am a member of many rescue teams from many countries. I was the United Nations expert in Disaster Mitigation for two years, and have worked at every major disaster in the world since 1985, except for simultaneous disasters.

The first building I ever crawled inside of was a school in Mexico City during the 1985 earthquake. Every child was under its desk. Every child was crushed to the thickness of their bones. They could have survived by lying down next to their desks in the aisles. It was obscene — unnecessary.

Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the weight of the ceilings falling upon the objects or furniture inside crushes these objects, leaving a space or void next to them – NOT under them. This space is what I call the ‘triangle of life’. The larger the object, the stronger, the less it will compact. The less the object compacts, the larger the void, the greater the probability that the person who is using this void for safety will not be injured. The next time you watch collapsed buildings, on television, count the ‘triangles’ you see formed. They are everywhere. It is the most common sh ape, you will see, in a collapsed building.

TIPS FOR EARTHQUAKE SAFETY

1) Most everyone who simply ‘ducks and covers’ when building collapse are crushed to death. People who get under objects, like desks or cars, are crushed.

2) Cats, dogs and babies often naturally curl up in the fetal position. You should too in an earthquake. It is a natural safety/survival instinct. You can survive in a smaller void. Get next to an object, next to a sofa, next to a bed, next to a large bulky object that will compress slightly but leave a void next to it.

3) Wooden buildings are the safest type of construction to be in during an earthquake. Wood is flexible and moves with the force of the earthquake. If the wooden building does collapse, large survival voids are created. Also, the wooden building has less concentrated, crushing weight. Brick buildings will break into individual bricks. Bricks will cause many injuries but less squashed bodies than concrete slabs.

4) If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs, simply roll off the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed. Hotels can achieve a much greater survival rate in earthquakes, simply by posting a sign on the back of the door of every room telling occupants to lie down on the floor, next to the bottom of the bed during an earthquake.

5) If an earthquake happens and you cannot easily escape by getting out the door or window, then lie down and curl up in the fetal position next to a sofa, or large chair.

6) Most everyone who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse is killed. How? If you stand under a doorway and the doorjamb falls forward or backward you will be crushed by the ceiling above. If the door jam falls sideways you will be cut in half by the doorway. In either case, you will be killed!

7) Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a diff erent ‘moment of frequency’ (they swing separately from the main part of the building). The stairs and remainder of the building continuously bump into each other until structural failure of the stairs takes place. The people who get on stairs before they fail are chopped up by the stair treads – horribly mutilated. Even if the building doesn’t collapse, stay away from the stairs. The stairs are a likely part of the building to be damaged. Even if the stairs are not collapsed by the earthquake, they may collapse later when overloaded by fleeing people. They should always be checked for safety, even when the rest of the building is not damaged.

8) Get near the outer walls of buildings or outside of them if possible – It is much better to be near the outside of the building rather than the interior. The farther inside you are from the outside perimeter of the building the greater the probability that your escape route will be blocked.

9) People inside of their ve hicles are crushed when the road above falls in an earthquake and crushes their vehicles; which is exactly what happened with the slabs between the decks of the Nimitz Freeway. The victims of the San Francisco earthquake all stayed inside of their vehicles. They were all killed. They could have easily survived by getting out and sitting or lying next to their vehicles. Everyone killed would have survived if they had been able to get out of their cars and sit or lie next to them. All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet high next to them, except for the cars that had columns fall directly across them.

10) I discovered, while crawling inside of collapsed newspaper offices and other offices with a lot of paper, that paper does not compact. Large voids are found surrounding stacks of paper.

Spread the word and save someone’s life…

The entire world is experiencing natural calamities so be prepared!

‘We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly'< BR>
In 1996 we made a film, which proved my survival methodology to be correct. The Turkish Federal Government, City of Istanbul , University of Istanbul Case Productions and ARTI cooperated to film this practical, scientific test. We collapsed a school and a home with 20 mannequins inside. Ten mannequins did ‘duck and cover,’ and ten mannequins I used in my ‘triangle of life’ survival method. After the simulated earthquake collapse we crawled through the rubble and entered the building to film and document the results. The film, in which I practiced my survival techniques under directly observable, scientific conditions , relevant to building collapse, showed there would have been zero percent survival for those doing duck and cover.

There would likely have been 100 percent survivability for people using my method of the ‘triangle of life.’ This film has been seen by millions of viewers on television in Turkey and the rest of Europe, and it was seen in the USA , C anada and Latin America on the TV program Real TV.

Subject: Save your life with “The Triangle of Life”

“Triangle of Life”:

Without listening or reading, simply by looking at the following self-explanatory photos, you can learn more than in a thousand words about how to protect yourself during a major earthquake…

If you are inside a vehicle, come out and sit or lie down next to it. If someth ing falls on the vehicle, it will leave an empty space along the sides. See below:

Source:國際救援小組(ARTI),網址:http://www.amerrescue.org/

American Rescue Team International(ARTI)is said to be the World’s most experienced rescue team and disaster management-mitigation organization.

 

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Forwarded by: Karen

what a leader!

Whole world Needs A Leader Like This!c5277301

 

 

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd – Australia
 

 

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks..

Separately, Rudd angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation’s mosques. Quote:

‘IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.. ‘
‘This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom’

‘We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society . Learn the language!’

‘Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.’

‘We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.’

‘This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, ‘THE RIGHT TO LEAVE’..’

‘If you aren’t happy here then LEAVE. We didn’t force you to come here. You asked to be here.. So accept the country YOU accepted.’

Maybe if we circulate this amongst ourselves, WE will find the courage to start speaking and voicing the same truths.

If you agree please SEND THIS ON and ON to as many people as you know

 

 

Forwarded by: Terry

THE ONLY HOPE FOR THE PHILIPPINES

THE ONLY HOPE FOR THE PHILIPPINES
by Father James Reuter, S.J.

By her own admission, GMA (Gloria Macapagal Arroyo) rightfully
assessed that over the last decades; our republic has become one of
the weakest, steadily left behind by its more progressive neighbors.
Forty years ago, we were only second to Japan in economic stature, and
way ahead of Singapore , Hong Kong , Malaysia , and Thailand . Today,
at our present growth rate, it will take us 30 years to get to where
Thailand is.

1. A population of 160 Million;

2. Of those, 70 to 90 million (equivalent to our current population)
will live below the poverty line;

3. Our national debt is estimated to be at US$200B (compared to US
$28B when Marcos fled, and US$53B today);

4. We will be competing, not against Thailand or even Vietnam , but
against Bangladesh ;

5. We will be the most corrupt nation in Asia , if not in the world
(we’re already ranked 11th most corrupt nation by Transparency
International
) .

The signs are clear. Our nation is headed towards an irreversible path
of economic decline and moral decadence. It is not for lack of effort.
We’ve seen many men and women of integrity in and out of government,
NGOs, church groups & people’s organization devote themselves to the
task of nation-building, often times against insurmountable odds. But
not even two people’s revolutions, bloodless as they may be, have made
a dent in reversing this trend. At best, we have moved one step
forward, but three steps backward. We need a force far greater than
our collective efforts, as a people, can ever hope to muster. It is
time to move the battle to the spiritual realm. It’s time to claim
GOD’s promise of healing of the land for His people. It’s time to
gather GOD’s people on its knees to pray for the economic recovery and
moral reformation of our nation.

Is prayer really the answer? Before you dismiss this as just another
rambling of a religious fanatic, I’d like you to consider some lessons
we can glean from history. England ‘s ascendancy to world power was
preceded by the Reformation, a spiritual revival fueled by intense
prayers. The early American settlers built the foundation that would
make it the most powerful nation today – a strong faith in GOD and a
disciplined prayer life. Throughout its history, and especially at its
major turning points, waves of revival and prayer movement swept
across the land. In recent times, we see Korea as a nation
experiencing revival and in the process producing the largest
Christian church in the world today, led by Rev. Paul Yongi Cho. No
wonder it has emerged as a strong nation when other economies around
it are faltering.

Even from a purely secular viewpoint, it makes a lot of sense. For
here there is genuine humbling & seeking of GOD through prayer, moral
reformation necessarily follows. And this, in turn, will lead to
general prosperity. YES, we believe prayer can make a difference. It’s
our only hope.

Today, we launch this email brigade, to inform Filipinos from all over
the world to pray, as a people, for the economic recovery and moral
reformation of our nation. We do not ask for much. We only ask for 5
minutes of your time in a day, to forward this email to your close friends
and relatives. This is the kind of unity which can make a big
difference. Of course, if you feel strongly, as I do, about the power
of prayer, you can be more involved by starting your own prayer group
or prayer center.

We have tried people power twice; in both cases, it fell short. Maybe
it’s time to try prayer power. GOD never fails. Is there hope? YES! We
can rely on God’s promise, but we have to do our part. If we humble
ourselves and pray as a people, GOD will heal our land. By GOD’s
grace, we may yet see a better future for our children. “If My people,
who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek
My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from
Heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.” 2
Chronicles 7:14.

If you care for your children and grandchildren, PLEASE pass this
on… Let’s not just abandon the Philippines .

 

Forwarded by: Noel S.

Wake-up Call to all Filipinos

Hello Media Team,

Can you feature to your TV networks? Help boast Philippines and motivate Filipino… This is I only knew to wake-up Giant sleepers…

We’re a little bit bothered about the situation of our Nation’s economy, the rising prices of commodities, population explosion, Political instability, very very poor infrastructure, lack of security (madami modus operandi), devious graft & corruption, red tape and many Money [sic] more…

INTEL Phils will close it’s facility here in Gateway Business Park, Gen.Trias, Cavite before 2008 ends. Approx 3,000 employees will lose their job. This billion dollar company is bound for China then later part Vietnam. What I’ve seen, GOVERNMENT is not

seriously taking care of multi-national company for the benefit of  “madlang people” job security and economic growth kuno?!*~$@,
instead they drove out foreign investors.They have no long term plan to attract foreign investor.
This is very alarming and threat to SEMICON companies, Intel have the circle of influence and have played a major role boasted Philippine economy, attracted foreign investor and source of livelihood to thousands Filipino people. Now here, it comes they will depart because of BAD impression. It was said, reason for their transfer is structural building safety issue but MANY knew it’s NOT.  

China & Vietnam offers free use of their land, power & water supply are being subsidize by government, aside from low wages.

Malaysia offers also the same like what they did to IDT (Integrated Device Technology), IDT left Phils last July 2005.

The big query is, can the government can offer the same package? Kung gusto may paraan, kung ayaw may dahilan (money matters).

GMA’s government should ACT NOW!!!! Before “OTHERS” will imitate Intel & IDT.

IDT (SEMICON) A Million dollar company- Left Phils last July 2005 transferred to Malaysia

Intel (SEMICON) A Billion dollar company – will depart Phils before 2008 ends bound for China & Vietnam, approx 3,000 employees will lose job.

To Lawmakers & GMA Government,

Pls. have mercy on Filipino people. Stop bugging one another do your job, do what is pleasing to God. Pls. do something right now. Tomorrow maybe too late, don’t wait for another “ SODOM ” and stop building the walls of Jericho , your tower of Babel . Don’t wait for God and  another Joshua to destroy it.

Think of These Things:

China– Communist > offers free use of land, low power & water rates, low taxes & wages begin to expand their infrastructure but w/ communication barrier

Vietnam-Communist > offers free use of land, low power & water rates, low taxes & wages but w/ communication barrier

Thailand– Buddish-have good political stability, very good infrastructure and expanding, high wages compare to peso equivalent but w/ communication barrier

Malaysia-Buddish- have good political stability, very good infrastructure, power & water rates are being subsidize by Government

Philippines– Christian- many have no moral civility, very intelligent but clever when it comes to money, very very poor infrastructure is one of the bad notion, political instability, high power rates, high taxes, lack of security (madami nakawan) but very very good in all areas of technicality &  have very good communication skills.

Is there any chance to boast our Phil. Economy? Can we offer like China , Vietnam , Thailand and Malaysia offers?
Can we lower the power rates & taxes to Multinational companies and be enacted into law? Can it be asap?

God be w/ you Sir’s/Madam…

Pls. pass until it gets to Malacanang…Glory to God!!!! God bless Philippines richly…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Forwarded by: Jose D. (Tup-vians yahoogroups)
Disclaimer: This is only a forwarded email and it does not FULLY reflect my opinion.

A Korean and the Philippines

As you know, we have plenty of Koreans currently
studying in the Philippines to take advantage of
our cheaper tuition fees and learn English at the
same time.This is an essay written by a Korean student i
want to share with you. (Never mind the grammar;
it’s the CONTENT that counts) Maybe it is timely to
think about this in the midst of all the confusion
at present.

MY SHORT ESSAY ABOUT THE PHILIPPINES
Jaeyoun Kim

Filipinos always complain about the corruption in
the Philippines . Do you really think the corruption
is the problem of the Philippines ? I do not
think so. I strongly believe that the problem is
the lack of love for the Philippines .

Let me first talk about my country, Korea .
It might help you understand my point.
After the Korean War, South Korea was one
of the poorest countries in the world. Koreans
had to start from scratch because entire country was
destroyed after the Korean War, and we had no
natural resources.

Koreans used to talk about the Philippines , for
Filipinos were very rich in Asia . We envy Filipinos.
Koreans really wanted to be well off like
Filipinos. Many Koreans died of famine.
My father & brother also died because of famine.
Korean government was very corrupt and is still very
corrupt beyond your imagination, but Korea was
able to develop dramatically because Koreans really
did their best for the common good with their heart
burning with patriotism.

Koreans did not work just for themselves but also
for their neighborhood and country. Education inspired
young men with the spirit of patriotism.

40 years ago, President Park took over the
government to reform Korea . He tried to borrow money
from other countries, but it was not possible to get a
loan and attract a foreign investment because the
economic situation of South Korea was so bad. Korea had
only three factories. So, President Park sent many mine
workers and nurses to Germany so that
they could send money to Korea to build a factory.
They had to go through horrible experience.

In 1964, President Park visited Germany to borrow
money. Hundred of Koreans in Germany came to the
airport to welcome him and cried there as they saw
the President Park . They asked to him, “President,
when can we be well off?” That was the only question
everyone asked to him. President Park cried with
them and promised them that Korea would be well
off if everyone works hard for Korea , and the President
of Germany got the strong impression on them
and lent money to Korea . So, President Park was
able to build many factories in Korea . He always
asked Koreans to love their country from their heart.

Many Korean scientists and engineers in the USA
came back to Korea to help developing country
because they wanted their country to be well off.
Though they received very small salary, they did their
best for Korea . They always hoped that their children
would live in well off country.

My parents always brought me to the places where
poor and physically handicapped people live. They
wanted me to understand their life and help them..
I also worked for Catholic Church when I was in the army..
The only thing I learned from Catholic Church was that we
have to love our neighborhood. And, I have loved my
neighborhood. Have you cried for the
Philippines ? I have cried for my country several
times. I also cried for the Philippines because of so many
poor people. I have been to the New Bilibid
prison. What made me sad in the prison were the
prisoners who do not have any love for their country.
They go to mass and work for Church. They pray
everyday.

However, they do not love the Philippines . I
talked to two prisoners at the maximum-security compound,
and both of them said that they would leave the
Philippines right after they are released from the
prison. They said that they would start a new life in other
countries and never come back to the Philippines .

Many Koreans have a great love for Korea so that
we were able to share our wealth with our neighborhood.
The owners of factory and company were distributed their
profit to their employees fairly so that employees could
buy what they needed and saved money for the
future and their children.

When I was in Korea , I had a very strong faith and
wanted to be a priest. However, when I came to the Philippines ,
I completely lost my faith.
I was very confused when I saw many unbelievable
situations in the Philippines . Street kids always make me sad,
and I see them everyday. The Philippines is the only Catholic
country in Asia , but there are too many poor people here.
People go to church every Sunday to pray, but nothing has
been changed.

My parents came to the Philippines last week and
saw this situation. They told me that Korea was much poorer
than the present Philippines when they
were young. They are so sorry that there are so
many beggars and street kids. When we went to Pasangjan,
I forced my parents to take a boat because
it would fun. However, they were not happy after
taking a boat. They said that they would not take the boat
again because they were sympathized the
boatmen, for the boatmen were very poor and had a
small frame. Most of people just took a boat and enjoyed it.
But, my parents did not enjoy it because of love
for them.

My mother who has been working for Catholic Church
since I was very young told me that if we just go to
mass without changing ourselves, we are not
Catholic indeed. Faith should come with action.
She added that I have to love Filipinos and do good things
for them because all of us are same and have received a great
love from God. I want Filipinos to love their
neighborhood and country as much as they love God
so that the Philippines will be well off.

I am sure that love is the keyword, which Filipinos
should remember. We cannot change the sinful structure at once.
It should start from person. Love must start in everybody,
in a s mall scale and have to grow. A lot of
things happen if we open up to love. Let’s put away
our prejudices and look at our worries with our new eyes.

I discover that every person is worthy to be
loved. Trust in love, because it makes changes possible.
Love changes you and me. It changes people, contexts and
relationships. It changes the world. Please love your
neighborhood and country.

Jesus Christ said that whatever we do to others we
do to Him. In the Philippines , there is God for people who
are abused and abandoned. There is God who is crying for love.
If you have a child, teach them how to love the Philippines .
Teach them why they have to love their neighborhood and country.
You already know that God also will be very happy if you love others.

That’s all I really want to ask you Filipinos.

(FOR THE LOVE OF OUR COUNTRY PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE)

 

 

Forwarded by: Noel S.

Source: Unknown (Most likely Korean : )  )