Imbak para sa Mayo, 2011

It’s official, we now stand alone

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , , on Mayo 30, 2011 by Blue Dela Kanluran

Maltese vote yes to divorce, PH only country in the world with no divorce.

Citizens of the Catholic Mediterranean state of Malta have voted in favor of legalizing divorce, announced Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzo on Sunday, May 29, reports ABS-CBN News. Malta is the only other country apart from the Philippines that bans divorce. It is also the last European country where divorce is considered illegal.

On Saturday, 306,000 of mostly Catholic voters were asked in a non-binding referendum whether the parliament should introduce a divorce law after four years of separation. Legal separation, though widespread in Europe, presents many challenges in re-marrying, reports the article.

Gonzi, who campaigned against divorce, said, “This is not the result I wished for, but the will of the people has to be respected and the parliament should enact a law for the introduction of divorce.” He added it was now up to the parliament to legalize the dissolution of marriage.

Pro-divorce leader of the opposition Labor party, Joseph Muscat said in The Guardian that a New Malta had been born. According to the article, Muscat is confident that the anti-divorce law would not thwart the will of the people. The Roman Catholic Church, meanwhile, did not participate in Malta’s referendum. However, Malta Archbishop Paul Cremona warned churchgoers that their decision was a choice between building and destroying family values.

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It’s a good thing my previous post was so timely 😀 Now for my thoughts.

As i had stated earlier my stand is against divorce however, I will not begrudge a sovereign nation of their right to decide whats best for their country and themselves as Malta has displayed here. (See, that is an example of the separation of Church and State).

Which leads me to wonder, what effects will the stigma of the only country which outlaws divorce have on the Philippines?

Personally, I think this will make pro-divorce legislation in the future more difficult not only because of the meddling of the Church but with the stigma earlier stated as well (Which is not how legislation should be argued).

No doubt some high horse will get off on that piece of information extracting some twisted form of prestige from it. Though there really is none offered in the title.

Especially considering that no divorce doesn’t necessarily mean a healthy respect for the difficulties and intricacies of marriage. As demonstrated by our populace (and my previous post), it seems no one takes it seriously enough even without the safety chute of divorce available. They still manage to find ways of getting out of it.

Sometimes I think whether or not it really means anything to be married. I guess I can be considered as a romantic for continuing to think that there might still be people in the world who think marriage is important.

The advantage of no divorce/the mistake called marriage

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , , , on Mayo 27, 2011 by Blue Dela Kanluran

 

Though I may seem to most an aggressive liberal that will take whatever stand that is against popular opinion (whether they be concerning drugs, prostitution, or democracy) I do have standards and reasons why I take the stands I do. And as such I strongly antagonistic of the concept of legalizing divorce in this country.

The reason is simple. I don’t want divorce to become a reality in the Philippines because it offers a much too simple alternative to solving marital problems and challenges. It is also a selfish measure when children are involved.

There is no greater trauma to a young mind than seeing the most cherished people in their lives bitterly arguing about a petty disagreement and effectively tearing themselves apart. I cannot even imagine how that would feel and if I could even be able to cope if it did happen to me.

I love my parents (though evidence points to the contrary) and I hate for them to go through such oppressive and sanctimonious bullshit brought on by something as vain as a divorce trial.

However, as recent events have enlightened me there are certain situations when simply getting the fuck out is the only viable option to keep yourself (and most of your sanity) intact.

Abusive partners, Cheating partners, Freeloading bum partners etc. When I argued against divorce to foreigners who were used to the measure I always stated the analogy of a condemned building without an exit sign.

If a back-door for an easy escape were not available people would think five or six times before entering. Because thats what marriage basically is; a decrepit, dangerous, condemned building that will fall at the smallest provocation.

The only way one would be mindless enough to enter such a realm would be the presence of a partner that you would trust your life with to keep the building up.

Marriage isn’t a game. That’s the bottomline. As anti-romantic as my sentiments can be marriage isn’t “Oh I love you so much let’s get married and spend the rest of our lives together”. NO. There are a vast spectrum of variables to consider before jumping into it.

There’s income, employment, shelter, food, progressive lifestyle, and that’s just when there are two of you. The problems become multiplied a hundred fold if you decide to have kids.

Obviously, I’m barely scratching the surface of the things to consider before getting hitched but I’m not there as of yet so I really have no idea.

Knowing that your not ready should be the lesson that no divorce should make painfully plain to us. If you can barely support yourself don’t get married. Simple. Unfortunately, there are people listen more to a pumping blood machine more than their brains.

These are the people that say ‘I do’ while still living with their parents. That’s just pathetic. These are the people who are glaringly unfit to start a family together yet still go ahead with it because of romantic notions that they ‘could get through it’ or ‘they’ll be together forever no matter what’.

Those are the kinds of immature mind sets that should be avoided and are proficiently being coddled by divorce as well as romantic cultures.

Make no mistake I am not aligning myself with the hypocritic line of the Church that marriage is a sacred bond before God blah blah blah. Hypocritic because while they maintain the sanctity of marriage against divorce and same-sex marriage they also allow marriages to be dissolved and annulled even after making all that broo-ha-ha about ’till death do us part’. Especially when it come to celebrity marriages *cough* Kris Aquino *cough*.

Roman mythology had a deity named Janus who had two faces on his head. If the church were that, both faces would be talking at the same time when confronted with this issue.

My reasons are pragmatic and rational to societal survival, theirs is superstitious and all too often ignored.

Paying for someone else

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , , on Mayo 24, 2011 by Blue Dela Kanluran

 

Besides the daily news the second most relevant pages in the newspapers are the commentaries or opinion sections when supposed more knowledgeable voices make known their opinions on various topics assailing our modern society.

While scanning one such Commentaries I came across a column by radio anchor and fellow blogger Herman Tiu Laurel entitled “Subsidy for sex, yes; for MRT/LRT or rice, no” published on May 23, 2011 (Monday).

I scanned through the whole thing and didn’t really see anything worth commenting on until he talked about the subsidy of the MRT/LRT line:

“The appeal of the MRT/LRT subsidy was met with different tactics of dissuasion by Aquino III to convince commuters that it is such a burden to government. And when the commuting public wasn’t fazed, PeNoy’s spokesmen even attempted to browbeat Metro Manila’s MRT/LRT-riding population into thinking that they’re being unfair, selfish and abusive for demanding this transport subsidy when the rest of the nation’s taxpayers aren’t using the system. Yet what these prevaricators conveniently omit is that these MRT/LRT commuters are precisely the majority that go to work everyday earning subsistence wages from which government exacts its pound of flesh in terms of taxes

The last sentence which I’ve highlighted is the main statement that I’m having a problem with. It is a thoroughly unfair and largely manila-centric mode of thinking. It seems to suggest that commuters of the MRT/LRT which mainly operates in Metro Manila are the only people who contribute to government tax and Philippine society as a whole.

What Mr. Laurel seems to conveniently omit is that the MRT/LRT lines do not operate in highly urbanized cities of Cebu, Davao, and Cotabato. And these (I repeat the adjective) highly urbanized cities contribute much to the Philippine industry and contributes as much as Metro manila while receiving none of the benefits of the MRT/LRT lines.

So yes, a majority of the nations taxpayers are not using the system (and by majority that includes every territory outside of the National Capital Region which accounts for less than 20% of the total area of the country)

We’re still alive?!

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , , , on Mayo 23, 2011 by Blue Dela Kanluran

 

The first I heard about May 21 and its fear-mongering fanatical prophecy making (that was not supported by a majority of Christian sects) it was way back in January when I was trying to look for worthwhile events in the month of May.

There were countless videos declaring this on youtube and as the date drew nearer its fame or infamy spread like a deadly contagion. Of course being of sound mind and reasonable thinking I immediately dropped these predictions to mere crack-pottery and unfounded foolish assertions (a common side effect if you’ve been raised believing in unfounded assertions). Especially considering the history of son of a bitch that made these claims in the first place.

The idea was first put forth by Harold Camping a preacher from Oakland, California. Camping talks to his followers through the Family Radio Network, a religious broadcasting organisation funded entirely by donations from listeners. Such is their generosity (assets total $120m) that his network now owns 66 stations in the US alone. His programs boast tens of thousands of followers across the globe, with radio stations in South Africa, Russia and Turkey. After 70 years of studying the Bible, he claims to have developed a system that uses mathematics to interpret prophesies hidden in it.

Oh, just an afterthought. Camping previously predicted that the end of the world was September 6, 1994. I guess his motto is try and try until you fail. Then again, he already failed so its try and try until…until something happens I guess.

Let’s decode the lunacy behind this misinformative global phenomenon. ebiblefellowhip.com claims that God closed up all knowledge of the end times when he said in Daniel 12:9And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.”

But that knowledge is already open to us because, since the end times are approaching God opened the word (the Bible) to reveal the truth and knowledge of the rapture. This could be “proved” in Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Ok, so the knowledge from the Bible was closed but now its open, even though there was no fundamental change in its words? Ignoring that and the fact that the line that revealed this knowledge came before the line that closed it (meaning that it may still remain closed since it was mentioned later), what else did he have going for him that all those people believed him.

The genealogies of the book of Genesis, primarily in chapters 5 and 11, can be shown to be a precise calendar of the history of mankind in this world. The Bible’s calendar of history is completely accurate and trustworthy.

Chapters 5 and 11 were genealogies of Adams line to Noah as well as the Tower of Babel (Which by the way is one of the weirdest stories in the book). Let’s continue.

Genesis 7:4For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

2 Peter 3:6-8Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

The second verse “explains” that to Gods 1 day a thousand years passes for mankind. And since the first half of the excerpt alluded to Noahs flood the seven days mentioned in Genesis for Noah to take his family into the ark also meant that mankind had seven thousand years left to live.

Just to be clear, I think Noahs ark is a story and nothing more but for arguments sake I’ll allude to it. In the story seven days actually meant seven days since the rains came after seven days. It completely escapes me that this passage might mean two things instead of one. The genesis passage also mentions 40 days and 40 forty nights. Does this mean that the world will take another 40,000 years in the process of ending before it actually does? And the second passage conveniently stops ignoring verse 10 which says “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.” You don’t expect thieves otherwise they’d be called bwisitors err visitors.

Using his “evidence” lets start calculating:

4990  (the supposed year of Noahs flood) + 2011 (the current year) = 7001

Note: When counting from an Old Testament date to a New Testament date, always subtract one year because there is no year zero, resulting in:

4990 + 2011 – 1 = 7000 years exactly. Oh my God it’s seven thousand years!…Now what?

Back to 2Peter3:10. Why do these people think that we can know when the world will end through the Bible.

Amos 3:7 “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”

Hebrews 11:7 “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”

But how did they come up with May 21?

Genesis 7:11In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.”

TIMING OF IMPORTANT EVENTS IN HISTORY

11,013 BC—Creation. God created the world and man (Adam and Eve).

4990 BC—The flood of Noah’s day. All perished in a worldwide flood. Only Noah, his wife, and his 3 sons and their wives survived in the ark (6023 years from creation).

7 BC—The year Jesus Christ was born (11,006 years from creation).

33 AD—The year Jesus Christ was crucified and the church age began (11,045 years from creation; 5023 calendar years from the flood).

1988 AD—This year ended the church age and began the great tribulation period of 23 years (13,000 years from creation).

1994 AD—On September 7th, the first 2300-day period of the great tribulation came to an end and the latter rain began, commencing God’s plan to save a great multitude of people outside of the churches (13,006 years from creation).

2011 AD—On May 21st, Judgment Day will begin and the rapture (the taking up into heaven of God’s elect people) will occur at the end of the 23-year great tribulation. On October 21st, the world will be destroyed by fire (7000 years from the flood; 13,023 years from creation).

(The above chronology was taken from ebiblefellowship.com)

According to the same website the church age ended on 1988. It also states that the day the Pentecost began was on May 22, 33 AD. making the churchs lifespan at about 1955 years.

End of the church age? WTF is that? How could it be so when there are still churches today? They say that the end of the church age will coincide with a great period of tribulation.

Matthew 24:21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”

That “God finished using the churches and congregations of the world. The Spirit of God left all churches and Satan, the man of sin, entered into the churches to rule at that point in time.” and that the world will enter a period of 23 years of trials.

Apparently, an economic depression and two world wars that occurred in the preceding seventy years alone didn’t count as tribulations. But what happened on May 21, 1988 that prompted the end of the Church? Some claim it was the speech given by Margaret Thatcher to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Nothing particularly religiously inflammatory was said, she merely discussed the relation of Church and State and what it meant to the modern world and society. Other than that nothing really happened on that day.

Reading the rest of their “evidences” one can find a lot of fallacies, particularly a non-sequitur if I remember my logic correctly. One of which regarding the door of the ark actually meant Jesus.

Genesis 7:16,17And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in. And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.

John 10:9 “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

There is a common misconception that the world should have ended on May 21st but they state that May 21 is only the rapture where the righteous were taken up to heaven and the rest of us will have to wait for the end of all worldly things which apparently on October 21.

Again referring to the flood Camping says that there will be a five month waiting period as said in Genesis chapter 7.

Genesis 7:24 “And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.”

But wait, I thought 1 day equaled 1000. Those were the rules not more than two chapters ago. But hey whoever said prophecies should be consistent. So if you find that end of times doomsayers still abound in the days following May 21st don’t be terribly surprised when they tell you that the we will all be consumed by hell fire on October 21st.

Rods rebuttal

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , , , , , on Mayo 20, 2011 by Blue Dela Kanluran

In the previous post I blasted a Yahoo News commentor name Rod, and he didn’t seem to like me calling him a moron so he said this:

“@Blue Dela Kanluran At… tignan nga natin kung may isa man lang kumagat sa website na ipinost mo UNGAS! E simple lang naman mag-isip ang mga tao at saka ang talagang argumento naman tungkol sa RH Bil e yung paggamit ng mga artificial contraceptives na kinokontra rin ng Simbahan at sa mga ibang grupo pang may nalalaman din sa mga posibleng idudulot na hindi maganda ng mga aangkating kung anu-anong gamit at mga gamot e na abortifacients ang iba nga rito kung kaya nagkakagulo ang society natin pero ikaw kung sino ka mang nagmamagaling HUNGHANG e wala ka rin naman sa hulog na gagawa ng blog na gustong magpasikat pero ewan ko lang kung hindi ka rin namang TANGA pagdating sa usapin talaga ng tungkol sa talagang nakapaloob na sa Bill na yan na hindi alam ng karamihan sa mga Filipino. Sa ipinost mong mong website KKUPAL ka e mas nakakatulong pa ako sa mga kababayan natin dahil kahit papaano mga post ko may saysay samantalang ikaw e isang website lang na hindi nga malaman kung may kakagat na makipagtalo sa iyo roon TANGA!”

To which I replied:

“Actually, you started this fire fight when you made the RH Bill, in your earlier comment, a threat to the Democracy of the Philippines (in capital letters no less). And now your claiming the real issues are the use of contraceptives.

Fyi, thanks to my post the site has gained a fair amount of traffic so yes, (in your words) may kumagat.

Hmm. you declare that you are the one that has claims that actually help the Filipino because you’re the one whose statements have the most sense. When I systematically proved that you are grossly out of touch with current reality and issues by making the RH Bill about a threat to democracy.”

Then he issued me challenge:

“@Blue Dela Kanluran Now…Brod come back here and read all my posts about those artificial contraceptives which to be use in the RH Bill if becomes a law. Explain to the people of the Philippines about these devices or pills and not posting a website which I don’t know who owns that. It maybe you. @#$% i n g M O R O N! You are a Bloody B a s t a r d B i t c h! GAGO ka!”

(He like hitting that Caps Lock doesn’t he). So I said ok let’s see these posts that prove the evils of contraceptives that only the Church and its followers seem to see.

Rod: “Side effects of IUD

Vaginal Cramps

This is usually seen in the first few hours to a few days after the implantation of the IUD inside the vagina. Because it is a foreign body, the structures of the vagina have to get acclimatized first with the presence of the IUD.

The muscles around the vagina usually contract in an attempt to remove the IUD, but because it is firmly situated in its place, the contracting only results to vaginal cramps.

Fever

Again, this is caused by the mere presence of the IUD as a foreign body. Just like any foreign body, one of the body’s way to attempt o remove something is by changing the over-all temperature.”

Me: “An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small, plastic device that is put into the uterus (womb) to stop a woman from getting pregnant.

Some women who use the IUD have more bleeding during and between
their periods. The copper IUD also can cause cramps. Cramps can be
helped by an OVER-THE-COUNTER PAIN MEDICINE like ibuprofen or naproxen.
The cramps can go away after the first few months as the uterus gets used
to the IUD. Some women who use the hormone IUD notice that after a while their
period get short and light, and some women may have their period stop completely.

Myths about IUD’s
1. IUD’s and dangerous and cause serious infection.
2. IUD’s cause pregnancies outside the uterus.
3. IUD’s can make you sterile.
4. An IUD works by causing an abortion.

Truth:
1. Today IUD’s are safe and do not cause infection. Sexually transmitted disease or bacteria entering the womb during insertion of the IUD are usually the cause of the infection (if you already have it). The risk of infection is slightly increased only during the first three weeks after getting an IUD and this risk is still very low.
2. Overall, copper IUD’s protect the user against having an ectopic (outside the uterus) pregnancy. IUD user are less than half as likely to have an ectopic pregnancy as women who use no contraception.
3. IUD usually does not affect your ability to have children. Most women who stop using IUD’s in order to become pregnant are able to conceive quickly.
4. The latest evidence suggests that IUD’s work mainly by preventing sperm from fertilizing the egg. The IUD does not work by causing an abortion.

You should not use the IUD if you:
are pregnant
are allergic to copper (for copper IUD only)
have a uterus that is shorter or smaller than the IUD
have an artificial heart valve
are at risk for getting a sexually transmitted disease
have a recent history of pelvic inflammatory disease or STDs
have cervical, endometrial, or ovarian cancer that needs treatment

http://www.familyplanning.org/pdf/Facts_About_IUDs.pdf

So the seriousness of the side effect you’re describing here has the same gravity as the headaches in the John Lloyd commercials. This is the kind of thing that they’ll be teaching when the RH Bill is passed.

Rod: “Vasectomy Side Effects

As mentioned above, side effects of vasectomy are very rare, but, complications may arise in some cases. The immediate vasectomy side effects include inflammation of the area, bruising of the scrotum, bleeding inside the scrotum (hematoma), blood in the semen, etc. Discomfort in the area is one of the most common and immediate vasectomy side effects. Pain is also experienced by those who have undergone this surgery. However, all these side effects subside within a week or so. The following are some of the vasectomy side effects, which are little bit severe, as compared to the previous ones.

* Infection can develop at the site of surgery and as a result the area gets red and inflamed. The person may also experience fever and intense pain. The infection can spread to the epididymis too. Some people develop abscesses, which are very rare as vasectomy side effect. Itching may occur as the hair in the area grows back, but will subside as the hair grows fully.
* Vasectomy side effects include sperm granuloma, wherein the sperms escape through the cut portion of the vas deferens and collect in the nearby tissues resulting in the development of a painful mass in the scrotum. It can happen within some weeks or months from the date of vasectomy. Most cases can be treated with anti-inflammatory medicines, but, bigger ones have to removed surgically.
* Some people experience erectile dysfunction or decreased sexual drive after vasectomy. They may face impotence, painful intercourse or premature ejaculation. However, studies show that such side effects are not caused by the surgical procedure, but, are psychological in nature.
* Long term vasectomy side effects include immune reaction of the body towards its own sperms. The body produces antibodies in the testes, that act against the sperms. This reaction can lead to other problems, like, atherosclerosis, cancer, etc.

Some people may experience a fullness in the testes, which if persists, needs medical attention. If a sexual partner conceives after vasectomy, it can also be considered as a complication, as it points towards a failed surgical procedure. The worst side effect is that this process is not easily reversible. Vasectomy reversal is more complicated and risky too. Read more on vasectomy complications and side effects.”

Me: “Vasectomy is one of the more serious methods of contraception and when the RH Bill is passed doctors and health workers will inform men who are seeking this treatment of its gravity. Men who opt for this procedure usually plan on not having children at all.
I’ll just use your own words here.

Infection can develop at the site of surgery and as a result the area gets red and inflamed. The person may also experience fever and intense pain. The infection can spread to the epididymis too. Some people develop abscesses, which are VERY RARE as vasectomy side effect. Itching may occur as the hair in the area grows back, but WILL SUBSIDE as the hair grows fully.

(Just an additional point. The condition your describing above is called Epididymitis and according to http://menshealth.about.com/cs/surgery/a/vasectomy.htm this condition subsides in about a week.)

Vasectomy side effects include sperm granuloma, wherein the sperms escape through the cut portion of the vas deferens and collect in the nearby tissues resulting in the development of a painful mass in the scrotum. It can happen within some weeks or months from the date of vasectomy. Most cases can be TREATED WITH ANTI-INFLAMMATORY MEDICINES, but, bigger ones have to removed surgically.

(And removing it surgically won’t be a problem if the RH Bill is passed because it states that all costs incurred by reproductive medical nuances such as this will be covered by PhilHealth)

Some people experience erectile dysfunction or decreased sexual drive after vasectomy. They may face impotence, painful intercourse or premature ejaculation. HOWEVER, STUDIES SHOW THAT SUCH SIDE EFFECTS ARE NOT CAUSED BY THE SURGICAL PROCEDURE, BUT, ARE PSYCHOLOGICAL IN NATURE.

(The next one is actually new to me so I did a little research and came up with this)

Atherosclerosis develops from LOW-DENSITY LIPOPROTEIN MOLECULES (LDL) becoming oxidized (ldl-ox) by free radicals[citation needed], particularly reactive oxygen species (ROS). When oxidized LDL comes in contact with an artery wall, a series of reactions occur to repair the damage to the artery wall caused by oxidized LDL.

The body’s immune system responds to the damage to the artery wall caused by oxidized LDL by sending specialized white blood cells (macrophages and T-lymphocytes) to absorb the oxidized-LDL forming specialized foam cells. These white blood cells are not able to process the oxidized-LDL, and ultimately grow then rupture, depositing a greater amount of oxidized cholesterol into the artery wall. This triggers more white blood cells, continuing the cycle.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atherosclerosis#Causes)

Low density lipoproteins, also referred to as LDL, is known as the “bad cholesterol”. LDLs are PRODUCED BY THE LIVER and carry cholesterol and other lipids (fats) from the liver to different areas of the body, like muscles, tissues, organs, and the heart.

(http://cholesterol.about.com/cs/cholesteroltypes/a/lipotypes.htm)
(I’ve cited my sources. If you have a problem with it take it up with them.)

Some people may experience a fullness in the testes, which if persists, needs medical attention. If a sexual partner conceives after vasectomy, it can also be considered as a complication, as it points towards a failed surgical procedure.

(Failures can occur as often as 0.2%-5% of the time. A probabilty rate of 11 out of 1,000. And that is if the men do not conduct follow-up tests for semen analysis after the procedure as required.)

The worst side effect is that this process is not easily reversible.

(Yes, that is why http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=23219 defines vasectomy as: surgical procedure designed to make a man STERILE by cutting or blocking both the right and left vas deferens, the tubes through which sperm pass into the ejaculate.)

Vasectomy reversal is more complicated and risky too. Read more on vasectomy complications and side effects.”

Rod: “Negative Side Effects of Condoms

Latex Aller—-

Many condoms are made from rubber latex, which comes from the fluid in rubber trees. The American Academy of Aller—-, Asthma & Immunolo—- notes that some people experience an allergic response to the protein in the rubber. Symptoms can vary in presentation and severity, ranging from sneezing, runny nose, hives, itching or flushing to more severe signs and symptoms, such as wheezing, swelling, dizziness, and lightheadedness. In certain instances, latex allergies can invoke anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition. According to Planned Parenthood, only one or two people out of every 100 has latex aller—-. The AAAAI notes that those who have latex allergies should use synthetic rubber condoms as a second choice.
Not Effective Against All STDs

Planned Parenthood notes that condoms are proven highly effective against HIV and reduce the risk of other diseases, such as syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HPV. However, they do not afford protection against sexually transmitted diseases that can affect the outer layers of the skin, such as scabies infections and molluscum contagiosum. The American Social Health Association notes that although condoms can reduce the risk of genital herpes, they don’t protect every part of the skin in which the herpes virus can asymptomatically shed and be transmitted to an infected sexual partner. Additionally, not all condoms are created equal: natural skin condoms (lambskin) are an effective measure of birth control but are porous enough to allow HIV and other STDs to be transmitted to a sexual partner.

Partner Resistance

Perhaps the most notable negative side effect of condoms is a sexual partner’s resistance to using them. Some men claim they experience a loss in sensation when using condoms, find them unromantic or take offense at being asked to wear them. Planned Parenthood notes that many men can overcome their resistance to using condoms and suggests trying out different styles and sizes to find the brand that’s most comfortable to both partners.”

Me: “”According to Planned Parenthood, only one or two people out of every 100 people has latex allergies. The AAAAI notes that those who have latex allergies should use synthetic rubber condoms as a second choice.”

(Thanks for providing the remedy to your own side effect)

Scabies infections are common skin infestation that causes small itchy bumps and blisters due to tiny mites called Sarcoptes scabiei. It is contagious, and is usually transmitted by prolonged skin-to-skin contact. (even children can get it.)

Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is a viral infection of the skin or occasionally of the mucous membranes. It is caused by a DNA poxvirus called the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV). The virus commonly spreads through skin-to-skin contact. This includes sexual contact or touching or scratching the bumps and then touching the skin.

(Needless to say that sex demands prolonged skin-to-skin contact.)
(These viruses are both transmitted through physical contact and not specifically through sex like HIV and HPV. Therefore the responsibility to prevent them can hardly be laid squarely on the shoulders of condoms.)

http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/skin/scabies.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molluscum_contagiosum

Yes genital herpes is a nasty piece of work and the use of condoms can only reduce the chances of being infected by about 50% if your partner is infected with it. However, I argue that condoms are still the best and most easily available method to preventing genital herpes and thus cannot be considered as a negative side effect.

Last I checked lambskin condoms became near extinct after 1839 when Charles Goodyear (yes the tires) discovered a way of processing natural rubber. Which proved advantages in the manufacture of condoms.

If the most notable side effect to using condoms is a partners resistance then its nothing to be worried about at all. The RH Bil does provide information on other family planning methods and the couple can CHOOSE which method is best suited for them. Which is the beauty of the Bill really, the ability of choice.

Looking back the only “side effect” you’ve presented here would be the first one that is relatively rare and easily remedied. The other maladies were not caused by condoms and therefore cannot be labeled as “side-effects.”

Rod: “Side Effects of Birth Control Pills

A few common side effects of birth control pills include nausea, spotting between periods, and headache. Several factors play a role in determining which side effects are likely (or unlikely) to occur, including the strength of the estrogen, the type of progestin, and the dose of progestin. Certain birth control pill side effects are more serious and require immediate medical attention, such as depression, pain in the calf, and migraines.Based on information available, some of the common birth control pill side effects include but are not limited to:

Based on information available, some of the common birth control pill side effects includes:

* Acne, although birth control pills can also improve acne (see Birth Control Pills and Acne)
* Breast tenderness and enlargement
* Breakthrough bleeding and spotting between periods
* Nausea and vomiting
* Changes in your eyes that make it more difficult to wear contact lenses
* Bloating
* Headaches
* Changes in sex drive (typically a decrease).”

Me: “A bit squiffy on the first one since it can either worsen or improve acne, not much of an argument.

*Breast enlargement…this is a bad thing how?

*The most common cause of breakthrough bleeding is the patient’s failure to accurately follow the instructions for the medication. The directions should be read thoroughly and any questions should be discussed with the patient’s gynecologist before use.

*For nausea and vommitting here are a few tips to remedy it:

1. Take a birth control pill with or after a meal. This will help coat the pill while it goes into the stomach and it won’t be quite as rough on a full stomach. If you absolutely cannot take the pill during a meal, take it with milk or something with substance rather than coffee or water. This will hopefully have the same effect. Also, according to Planned Parenthood, you may also be able to help reduce nausea by taking the birth control pill in the evening instead of in the morning.

2.Go see your gynecologist if you are still having problems. Many times the doctor will ask you to continue the same pill for a couple more days if you are just starting on it, just to see if the side effects wear down. If not, then he will likely recommend that you go off of that certain (brand) birth control pill.

3.Get a different prescription if you want to continue with the birth control pill. Sometimes a doctor will be hesitant to do this depending on the symptoms and side effects that you are having, but different people will respond differently to the different types of birth control pills. Allow an adjustment period for taking these new pills. Also, make sure that you take the pill for several days, possibly even weeks, before deciding that it isn’t working.

4.Choose a different birth control option, such as condoms. Many times nausea caused by birth control pills will happen no matter what pill you are on. When it gets to that point that your only two options are to simply put up with the nausea or to get off of “the pill,” there are several other options out there that you could try that could have weaker or no side effects and be just as effective.

*With studies of recent low dose oral contraceptives, the whole premise as to whether there is any change in weight at all with beginning oral contraceptives is in question (1). This and other studies indicate that, on the average, women do not gain weight because of the pills. Remember this means that if 5-10% of women report weight gain when starting oral contraceptives, there is an identical 5-10% of women who gain weight even though they did not get active birth control pills. In other words the weight gain with pills was coincidental but not a cause and effect.

*Headaches are a common symptom of premenstrual syndrome, and many women with migraines report headaches before or during menstruation (menstruation not because of the pill).

http://www.ehow.com

http://www.wdxcyber.com/ncontr11.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/headaches/HE00003

In your last post you cited studies (for once) that say IUD’s and birth control pills are abortificients. I will do you one better and cite three studies that say otherwise.

http://www.pregna.com/html/writeup_ideals.pdf

http://www.popcouncil.org/pdfs/Sivin.pdf

If you’ve already noticed most of the side effects he’s touted as caused by contraceptives are not serious enough to cause concern and could even be caused by circumstances other than contraceptives. Any serious side effects are rare and remedies are already available.

There you go, I’ve explained and countered everything you said Rod. Be honest, you didn’t think I’d do it did you. Anyway, this has been a great exercise for me (debunking your views on the evils of the Bill). Come back when you develop a real skill for argumentation.

Rod, you are a moron

Posted in Gulo ng buhay on Mayo 20, 2011 by Blue Dela Kanluran

In an earlier post I made comparisons to Sections 17 and 19 of the Magna Carta for women and the RH Bill. Based on the assertion of a Zambales Representative that the RH Bill is a redundant piece of legislature. I countered it saying that the RH Bill is not a redundant law because it covers areas that were not included in the general language of the Magna Carta. It even expanded Sections 17 and 19 making theprovisions more comprehendable and easier to enact.

I perused the comments section of this article and found this gem of an idiot named Rod. Here’s his piece.

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THE RH BILL VIOLATES OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

The so-called “reproductive health” bill, also known as HB 5043, contains highly COERCIVE
provisions that violate our rights as citizens of a democratic country. Below are some examples.

• HB 5043 suppresses free speech. Section 21 (e) lists as a prohibited act: “Any person who
maliciously engages in disinformation about the intent or provisions of this Act.” This provision is
overly broad and “disinformation” can be construed as prohibiting the expression of objections to the Bill, such as what we are presently doing. This provision is is obviously going to be used to suppress dissent, and is an undue restriction of freedom of speech.

The Philippines already has laws against libel and defamation, so why is this additional provision
needed? Obviously, it will be used to silence the bill’s critics and keep them from exposing the flaws of the bill. HB 5043 has no place in any of the laws of a democratic nation.

• HB 5043 forces employers to provide abortifacients and other contraceptives to employees.
Section 17 of the proposed bill states: “All Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) shall provide for the free delivery by the employer of reasonable quantity of reproductive health care services, supplies and devices to all workers, more particularly women workers.”
Employers, therefore, are not given any choice despite the fact that distribution of these artificial and abortifacient contraceptives may be against their conscience or religion.

• HB 5043 eliminates any choice for conscientious objectors and makes no room for their
legitimate concerns. Section 21, number 5, FORCES doctors and health workers to dispense such abortifacients and other artificial contraceptive devices and methods. If they refuse to do so on religious grounds, they must still refer those who want to use such abortifacients to another person who will dispense them. Conscientious objectors are thereby required to formally cooperate in such acts, and if they refuse, they face 1-6 months imprisonment and a fine of P10,000-P50,000!

• HB 5043 violates the Philippine Constitution. HB 5043 explicitly promotes and funds such
abortifacient contraceptives. Article II, Section 12, of the Philippine Constitution recognizes that
human life must be protected from the moment of conception. An abortifacient, contraceptive,
however, prevents the fertilized egg from implanting, causing the eventual destruction of newly conceived life. It causes an early chemical abortion.Unfortunately, traditional politicians like Rep. Edcel Lagman (the principal author of HB 5043) refuse to respect our rights and continue to push for this coercive, unconstitutional, and undemocratic bill.

KEEP THE PEOPLE FREE!
NO TO THE COERCIVE RH HOUSE BILL 5043!

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First of all, his stupidity burns like a poker. RH Bill 5043 was formulated in the 14th Congress. Presently, the most updated form of the RH Bill (that we’re talking about today) is House Bill 4244 or the consolidated RH Bill by the 15th Congress. Which I don’t even need to mention was in existence months before he made this inane post (Get up to speed, idiot). Since the version he is talking about the Bill has been amended at least six times. Of course this automatically qualifies his entire comment as outdated trash and that he has no idea what the hell he’s talking about. In fact most of the issues he raised are complete non-issues since the provisions that provided them were already deleted by the principal authors in a letter to Hon. Rogelio J. Espina dated March 15, 2011to preclude misconceptions and protracted debates (much like Rod here).

The provision that states the spreading of disinformation-deleted

The provision on Employers Responsibilities-deleted

The provision that “forces” doctors to dispense contraceptives under pain of 1-6 months incarceration and a fine of P10,000-P50,000-deleted long before this version

His last point is an argument used by the Church that has already been debunked. He argues that the constitution protects life at conception. Exactly, contraceptives like condoms prevent such contraception from happening therefore no life is lost.

While contraceptives like the birth control pill use hormones to prevent the woman from ovulating, making the egg cell as fertile as a rock. Conception cannot take place with a non-active egg. Again, no conception, no life is lost.

Any high-school student can see this clearly, and the only way you can salvage this argument is if you propose that the egg cell alone constitutes a live human being. I repeat: even a high-school student can see clearly through this.

But there is one point that I fumed so much that it had to be addressed.

His firt point, concerning the punishment of disinformation. (Like I said earlier if this fool has even bothered to read the Authors amendments then he will find that the former Section 28 has already been deleted). Though in my opinion that was a mistake. Freedom of speech does not extend to disinformation which is the false or inaccurate information that is spread deliberately with intentions of turning genuine information useless.

Yes it is to silence critics, critics who knowingly spread wrong information to discredit something in debate. It is no different from failing a student that insists that 3 multiplied by 3 is equal to 5,000.

The free market of ideas is an arena to voice ideas and opinions but information that is sorely and blatantly proven to be wrong has no reason to be dignified. Your entire case is an example of this.

Magna Carta ≠ RH

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , on Mayo 20, 2011 by Blue Dela Kanluran

 

With talks and debates about the RH Bill becoming so heated, there are more and more parties coming out declaring their stances but recently an anti-RH liegislator declared that the RH Bill is redundant because its provisions were already covered under the Magna Carta for women Sections 17 and 19. Well, in a short while you’ll find that this is not so.

Zambales Rep. Maria Milagros Magsaysay said that if lawmakers who have been pushing for the passage of the bill aim to providing women access to contraceptives, it is already included in the Magna Carta for Women.

“May existing law na protect health of women. If they want to have women to access to pre-natal and post-natal care, it is already in the Magna carta, it is an existing law we passed during the 14th Congress,”

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I’ve posted both those parts here.

(a) Comprehensive Health Services. – The State shall, at all times, provide for a comprehensive, culture-sensitive, and gender-responsive health services and programs covering all stages of a woman’s life cycle and which addresses the major causes of women’s mortality and morbidity: Provided, That in the provision for comprehensive health services, due respect shall be accorded to women’s religious convictions, the rights of the spouses to found a family in accordance with their religious convictions, and the demands of responsible parenthood, and the right of women to protection from hazardous drugs, devices, interventions, and substances. Access to the following services shall be ensured:

(1) Maternal care to include pre- and post-natal services to address pregnancy and infant health and nutrition;

(2) Promotion of breastfeeding;

(3) Responsible, ethical, legal, safe, and effective methods of family planning;

(4) Family and State collaboration in youth sexuality education and health services without prejudice to the primary right and duty of parents to educate their children;

(5) Prevention and management of reproductive tract infections, including sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, and AIDS;

(6) Prevention and management of reproductive tract cancers like breast and cervical cancers, and other gynecological conditions and disorders;

(7) Prevention of abortion and management of pregnancy-related complications;

(8) In cases of violence against women and children, women and children victims and survivors shall be provided with comprehensive health services that include psychosocial, therapeutic, medical, and legal interventions and assistance towards healing, recovery, and empowerment;

(9) Prevention and management of infertility and sexual dysfunction pursuant to ethical norms and medical standards;

(10) Care of the elderly women beyond their child-bearing years; and

(11) Management, treatment, and intervention of mental health problems of women and girls.

In addition, healthy lifestyle activities are encouraged and promoted through programs and projects as strategies in the prevention of diseases.

(b) Comprehensive Health Information and Education. – The State shall provide women in all sectors with appropriate, timely, complete, and accurate information and education on all the above-stated aspects of women’s health in government education and training programs, with due regard to the following:

(1) The natural and primary right and duty of parents in the rearing of the youth and the development of moral character and the right of children to be brought up in an atmosphere of morality and rectitude for the enrichment and strengthening of character;

(2) The formation of a person’s sexuality that affirms human dignity; and

(3) Ethical, legal, safe, and effective family planning methods including fertility awareness.

Sec. 19 is actually a section on marriage and has one line on the subject of Reproductive Health that says:

(c) the joint decision on the number and spacing of their children and to have access to the information, education and means to enable them to exercise these rights;

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All of the highlighted above are indeed included in the RH Bill (which I’ve also posted yesterday in full). And if you would look at both it is clearly seen that Sections 17 and 19(c) offer no specific methodolgy or guidelines for doctors or healthworkers to follow.

These are a few points on which the Magna Carta failed to cover.

(a) Sec. 5 outlines the hiring or employ of midwives to assist in the delivery of babies

(b) Sec. 6 mandates that all hospitals be upgraded with personnel and equipment in order to provide the best neo-natal and emergency obstetric care.

(c) Sec. 7 does the Magna Carta one better. not only does it provide for a full range of family planning methods (like in Magna Carta Sec. 17 (3)) it also states that these measures will covered and paid for by PhilHealth.

(d) Sec. 8 ensures evacuation centers/refugee samps equipped to respons to gender-based violence.

(e) Sec. 9 provides a review of all deaths during delivery (not covered in the Magna Carta)

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I could go on and on but this post is already getting way too long. Saying that the RH Bill is a redundant copy of the Magna Carta is completely false. If anything, it is an expansion of the Magna Carta. An apt (in my opinion) analogy would be: The Magna Carta would tell you that a car could go relatively fast; while the RH Bill will tell you its maximum speed, the times it takes to reach that speed, and how the engine can produce that much power.

Not to defame Rep. Magsaysay but to a lawmaker this should be relatively simple to notice. True there are still a lot more points that the RH Bill can affors to be more specific on but it sure beats the over-generality of the Magna by a mile, which may help the problem of implementation as she earlier offered as the main problem.

Specifics, its nitty-gritty and a bitch to read but they make all the difference.