Imbak para sa Hulyo, 2011

The counter-SONA

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , , , , on Hulyo 26, 2011 by Blue Dela Kanluran

The President gave his second State of the Nation Address yesterday and personally I found little to criticize since my major concern over his speech giving (leadership ability aside) he did no give way into the patterns that have become more of a liability than an asset as the past year wore on.

In fact, I sort of liked it. The monorail project and the credit rating upgrade, even the elevation of the no wang-wang position into a national symbol of eliminating corruption not only on the roads but also in government. It forms a coalescing picture o progress, , at least on the literary level if not on the literal level. If they manage to equate the ‘no wang-wang’ with success as I believe they have (they’re only real accomplishment) then they have nothing to lose when they elevate such a succes to a position of significant importance.

Note: by ‘real accomplishment’ I of course mean a positive result brought about by their own powers. So far, most if not all of the economic progress and projects put into motion in the past year have been agreed upon and closed by the past administration. So it can be argued that these cannot be counted as real accomplishments of the Aquino administration at least.

However, there were a few questionable points that were brought up as expose’s and revelations. The former heads of PAGCOR allegedly spent P1B for coffee. For anyone who hasn’t gambled at PAGCOR, the coffee is free. That’s right, cups of overpriced squeezed cocoa beans that usually went for P100 a cup is free to all of PAGCOR’s patrons. PAGCOR buys the coffee from coffee concessionaires. The criticism on the whole is directed at the coffee companies who,a ccroding to the new PAGCOR heads id not go through proper bidding and overpriced their products.

To the last point, is that really that big of a surprise? Oh my god overpriced coffee what are we going to do ahhh…However, the husband of the owner of the coffee concessionary in question gave a statement , Johnny Tan said that the 1B was an aggregate amount collected over nine years in the thirteen branches of PAGCOR.

So that point is in question. Another interesting development is that the minority is preparing their counter to the SONA (as per tradition), they will tackle not what was in the SONA (since it was pretty well delivered) but what wasn’t in it. Which basically was an economic plan for the next year as well as the budgetary plan for the government agencies (besides DPWH). The plan is basically to listen to the counter and see which is right and believable on the actual state of the country.

I know people and the President are calling on everyone for full support and stop with the criticisms but I’m afraid in the name of real progress I’ll have to decline since we need constructive criticisms to look into programs and projects with a critical eye and purposely look for problems so that they will not pose a large problem in the long run. Calling on people t help is fine but to call on people to stop criticizing when problems are clearly seen is a different matter altogether.

FIrst day without Otep, doomsday for the Tribune

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , , , , , on Hulyo 25, 2011 by Blue Dela Kanluran

Our lay-outer and prominent blogger Otep Zablan submitted his resignation letter earlier this month and serviced his last day on duty last Friday. Little did we know that this would also spell an imminent and sudden crippling blow to the Advertising Department of the Daily Tribune.

For the last half year we had absorbed one of our former OJT’s to replace another lay0-outer who resigned before the end of 2010. He is known throughout the blogosphere as the Chaster blogger Ravenash. From even before his graduation in March up to the present Otep rigorously trained him in the arts of lay-outing advertisements for the paper.

But on the first day after Otep left Ravenash sent an e-mail to the Daily Tribune saying that he has also resigned and will not be reporting for work anymore. This now leaves the Department with a dilemma that we now have NO lay-outers.

We’re stuck at sea, or high in the air (or whatever else expression you want to use) about this predicament. It doesn’t matter how many ads we pull in if we can’t put them on paper. Which we who are left find unnecessary and irritating on the brink of inspiring murder.

Seriously how unprofessional can you get? You know you’re the only one that’s gonna be left to do the job and no one else will be able to do it so what the flying fuck are you doing suddenly bailing out on us like that?! I would gladly do it myself but I haven’t spent the last five and a half months training to lay-out advertisements, unlike you.

I mean holy shit man. You’ve been doing an alright job for the last few weeks, seriously what the fuck! You’ve placed an enormous burden on our bosses, your co-workers, and even on Otep who isn’t even affiliated with us anymore because he’s the only one we can turn to at the moment.

You could have at least done this with a little more warning than an out-of-the-blue e-mail. You literally shot us in the back with our hands in the air. You’ve abandoned your post with as little dignity as humanly possible.

If this entry sounds harsh or offensive he deserves every filthy word of it (a large majority of curse words omitted for younger readers). It represents all the bitter sentiments your co-workers now feel for you and your unprofessional attitude and abandonment. I mentored you last year and I told you that you could do the tasks assigned you and that you were the only one putting yourself down (hell, even Jay said you could do it). But if I could give just one last piece of advice, don’t list any of us as references if you try to apply for work elsewhere, I guarantee they’ll hear nothing good from us.

Anticipating the future, reviewing the past

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , , , , on Hulyo 22, 2011 by Blue Dela Kanluran

The most anticipated speech of the year will be delivered on Monday, as the President, Benigno Simeon Aquino III will give his second State of the Nation Address. A review of his first year of office and a projection of future projects of his government.

After riding a giant wave of sympathy to elevate himself to a landslide victory in the 2010 elections the newly elected Head of State delivered a speech that to most fell flat on its face. Holding no real value, faulty information nor long-term solutions and moreover described as a “complaint sheet, [and] a compendium of motherhood statements”.

Even Inquirer.net caught its share of flak by reporting on the first SONA in an article entitled “We can dream again”. The article has been called “false publicity”, and “pathetically pleads for [that first Aquino] SONA to be perceived by the public to be a forward-looking solutions-focused message.”

Critics were very specific to highlight the statistics of the speech itself citing that the President “devoted 1,558 words out of the 4,055 words in his 35-minute [speech] to whining about the plunder of the National Budget and the salaries and bonuses of some Government employees. ” That’s 38.4% dedicated to saying that his government is broke due to the “corruption” of the previous administration.

However, this overwhelming sentiment was countered by Senator Edcel Lagman the very next day who in his own speech entitled “Sound and Fury of President Aquino’s SONA” said quoting the Bureau of Treasury.

“The total cash disbursement or the national government expenditures as of June 30, 2010 amounted to close to P789 billion. This means that close the P752 billion pesos or 48 percent of the budget remains unspent. The problem in the President’s accounting must have been caused by a lack of understanding of the difference between allocation as covered by a Special Allotment Release Order and actual disbursement to pay accrued or matured obligations,”

An inheritance of P752 billion pesos can hardly qualify an institution to call itself broke. This statement was corroborated by Former Presidential Management Staff (PMS) chief Elena Bautista-Horn in a Philippine Star report saying

“First of all, the President should also realize that 100 percent of the annual budget for government salaries or personnel services, and 75 percent of other operating expenses are automatically deemed disbursed on the very first working day. As such, the present administration would, in fact, have the convenience of having already paid for future salaries of government personnel and other operating expenses. It’s probably worth checking with Secretary Abad as well if, by the word ‘releases,’ is he referring to actual cash disbursements or just allocations or SAROs (Special Allocation Release Order) to the different government agencies which they may have not spent yet,”

It is worth noting that there is evidence that the President was indeed fed fallacious information during his first SONA when he gaffed even on the most basic of accounting terms. A very vivid example was the term ‘depleted budget’. A ‘budget’ does not necessarily imply the existence of actual money. A budget is ‘planned expenditure’, and as such, the concept of a ‘depleted budget’ does not make sense. We may exceed a budget, but to say it’s been ‘depleted’ is to state an oxymoron.

Three other large highlights in his SONA were (1) the formation of the Truth Commission that was supposed to review all the allegations of corruption in the past administration, which ended up dead in the water. (2) The plan to elevate the nations economy by using Private-Public Partnerships (PPP) but, as the Tribune reported a few days ago foreign investors are still reluctant to place money into the local economy. Stating that the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korean investors want stronger assurance that laws and policies were stable. Unconvinced of the fact because the country still suffered from weak rule of law, and unpredictable policies.

An example of this could be found in the much touted preview of the SONA, the Independence Day speech. The President delivered two such speeches, one of them was in Kawit where P-Noy “exposed the corrupt contracts” with the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA).

The project was supposed to be financed with official development assistance (ODA) undertaken by Baggerwerken Decloedt en Zoon providing the country with 272 million euros (P18 billion). President Aquino ordered to cancel the contracts on the ground that they did not go through proper bidding procedure despite the fact that ODA projects do not require bidding, since the donor government designates the project’s contractor, and despite Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s clearance of the project.

Miraculously, Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme wrote a letter to Mr. Aquino on March 16 asking him to reconsider his order, and emphasizing that the project will “alleviate flooding (in Metro Manila), improve local transport infrastructure and increase water capacity”. P-Noy did not reply to this and even threatened that the Belgians would be investigated for tax-evasion and graft they are now spreading the word that Mr. Aquino is not only incompetent to understand ODA projects, he does not even realize the adverse economic impact to his country of unilaterally canceling international contracts. All of it of course was no ones fault but P-Noys.

Finally, (3) No wang-wang. Well, that’s gonna fix all the country’s problems.

Anyone following the Presidents speeches will quickly find a pattern emerging in how he chooses to tackle the difficulties of government, “blame Arroyo”. Whether it be unemployment, the Spratlys issue, rice shortage etc., We can be reasonably certain to assume this juvenile style of governance will be demonstrated again on Monday. All of his critics are actually hoping to be proven wrong at least on this point. Pointing fingers and avoiding responsibility is no way to become an effective leader.

Charice?! Are you serious?!

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

Just when I thought that the misinformed insanity of the public couldn’t get any more ridiculous I am once again stunned to be proven wrong at the levels of inanity the public holds.

I was still in the middle of researching for the second part of the Gaga Illuminati article when an even more idiotic idea surfaced. Another famous name in the music industry was being implicated in the shadowy workings of the infamous New World conspirators. Charice Pempengco.

Are fucking kidding me?! Of all the singers, in all of the genres, in all of the world, the latest Illuminati member is Charice?!

Just because she sang a song entitled ‘Pyramid’?

I have more than my share of criticisms for the pint-sized balladress but an Illuminati has got to be the most idiotic, insane, misguided piece of driveled crap I’ve ever heard.

It’s gotten to a point where the conspiracy theories and the morons who believe them have become so mind numbingly irritating that they there are scarcely enough negative adjectives to describe them.

First of all, (I’ve already said in the other article) that the pyramid and the “All seeing Eye” are NOT symbols of the Illuminati. The closest thing they can be ascribed to is Freemasonry. Hell, why the fuck are we even talking about a pyramid?!

I will say this again. The Illuminati and Freemasonry are NOT the same thing. The eye of Providence or “All seeing Eye” is popularly purported as the symbol of the fraternity there is heated historical debate over this. Some Masons would even go as far as to say that the eye is definitely not a symbol of Freemasonry.

The Illuminati were a Bavarian group of freethinkers organized only a few centuries in the past, and were disbanded merely a decade after its foundation. A group that is supposedly controlling everything from behind the scenes to bring about a “New Wold Order” DOES NOT EXIST. I cannot say that enough.

There is no evidence besides fiction that any such group exists.

The only connection between ‘Pyramid’ and Freemasonry is doubtful at best. Evidence points to Masonic rituals connected to the pyramids were formed before the formation of the Grand Lodge of England in 1717 and were therefore considered irregular lodges. In other words, “not formally recognized”.

So, to the question “Are pyramids symbols of modern-day Freemasonry?” No, they are not.

The only other connection Freemasonry has with pyramids is a description from the movie ‘National Treasure’. It’s a good movie for becoming interested in history and a lot of the references they used were accurate but people need to remember it’s a fictional movie, featuring a fictional quest, in search for a fictional treasure.

I just hate it when elementary level moronics seep into my news feed.

Lady Gaga, the “Illuminati puppet” Part 1

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , , , on Hulyo 15, 2011 by Blue Dela Kanluran

A few days ago I got an -email from my Father about op superstar Lady Gaga. The subject of the e-mail read “Lady Gaga, scary but true”. I like Lady Gaga on the whole basically because compared to her contemporaries her songs and videos at least stir a little bit of thought and analysis but I would never go to the extent of joining her “little monsters”. I just think she’s hot.

Anyway, the subject piqued my interest and so I clicked on it and read it and oh boy was it a doozy. From the moment I started I struggled to keep reading, not because I was frightened by the revelations the article portrayed about the famous singer but by the complete and total ineptitude of the idiot writing it. There was little to no doubt in my mind that the person who wrote it was a delusional misinformed conspiracy theorist who has absolutely no credibility and presents no satisfactory evidence for his claims. Translation, a complete wacko.

I’m writing about this today because I know my Father to be a very intelligent man but when it come to topics like this I’m afraid he’s a little out of touch, mainly because its outside the scope of his interest but smack-dab in mine. I don’t doubt that if this article has reached my own family that it has reached countless others and fretful parents around the world are fretting, and needlessly hassling themselves over the purported “evil” within Lady Gagas songs and videos.

The opening paragraph begins thusly:

Lady Gaga is an illuminati puppet and
her videos are riddled with occultist,
satanic, illuminati & freemason
/masonic symbolism!!! When you think
about her target ‘market’ being young
kids and her songs such as ‘pokerface’
(about oral sex) and lyrics like “I wanna
take a ride on your disco stick” (penis),
you can see that there are exterior
forces working to seduce young
venerable minds through her songs
with perversion and occultist
influences. People need to wake up
and see that her music is simply not
‘bubblegum pop’ and there is a dark
message in her music.

Take note that it mentions four institutions supposedly influencing her music: The occult, Satanism, the Illuminati, and Freemasonry. We’ll get to those four later. what really amused me was the writers apparent indignation that the songs “Pokerface” and “Lovegame” euphemised sex for children. Really? Has this guy never seen a rap or RnB video before? The word “sex” comes up more often than the word “a”, lyrics blatantly describe sexual acts and behavior, if you want to go after overly-sexual lyrics you’re seriously barking up the wrong tree. If you don’t believe me I can immediately provide a list of songs demonstrating what I’m talking about.

The second paragraph is a note that reads:

if you feel this article has
important truths in it, please share it on your email
lists…remember what the bible says… the bible told us to not
worship false idols….well guess what?…..right now Lady
Gaga is more popular than God….is this the kind of world we
want? (Save a soul and pass this on)

More popular then God eh? Where’d he get that statistic I wonder. I’m pretty sure she’s not that big in West Asia (Middle East), but then again neither is the Christian God, I’m pretty sure she’s not that popular in Africa either and the Christian community is just exploding there. Did he go around asking people “Hey, who do you like more? Lady Gaga or God?” It’s a bold assertion at best (insecure at worst) but an assertion without support nonetheless.

The third paragraph lists the “demonic meaning” of the song “Alejandro”:

We don’t even realize that just by singing the lyrics of a seemingly
innocent song with a nice tune, we open the door wider for his evil
spirit!!
。・
Alejandro means: man’s defender and protector (GOD).
Fernando means: ardent for peace (JESUS).
。・
Roberto means: bright or shiningly framed (HOLY SPIRIT).
Babe is the same as child
The lyrics: “Don’t call my name; don’t call my name, Alejandro
(GOD).I’m not your child, I’m not your child, Fernando (JESUS). Don’t
call my name; don’t call my name, Roberto (HOLY SPIRIT) Alejandro;
Alejandro (GOD) Just let me go.”

First, direct your attention at the names meanings. With very minimal (and I mean minimal) research anyone can easily find that the names Alejandro, Fernando, and Roberto do not in any way mean God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit respectively. The names are Spanish and the Spanish meaning of Alejandro is not God but “protector of men”. Ok, I can already hear people going “but God is the protector of men” but you can say the same for soldiers, the coast guard, the police, even the Baranggay tanod. It does not form an explicit line that protector of men means God and making such a leap would be considered a Non-Sequitur.

Respectively, Fernando means “Daring, adventurous” and Roberto means “Bright Fame”. How those two could be translated into “Jesus” and the “Holy Spirit” I will probably never know. And the lyrics he “quotes” aren’t even in the song, at least not how he wrote them. In the four variations of the chorus, none of them read the way phrased in the article. Just goes to show how much he knows about what he’s talking about. Sidenote: I don’t even like Alejandro.

The following paragraphs he writes are a bunch nonsensical and meaningless assertions that can be easily thwarted by sarcasm.

Remember the images with her inside the egg carried on a cross?
Hatching from an egg signifies the cold blooded rebirth. Implanted
horns on her shoulders and cheek bone indicating the transformed
BRIDE OF SATAN!

If I remember right the egg thing was for the song “Born this Way” and that was basically what the egg was for, but if its too “cold blooded” for the writers of this article maybe they would prefer if Gaga was squeezed out of a giant vagina instead. The second sentence is again a bold unsupported assertion based on nothing but religious fear of horns. If we are to take his assertions seriously about Lady Gagas “horns” then we should also be inclined to think that the Horned Lizard is the dick of Satan:

People, please stop listening to Lady Gaga! Real name Stefani Joanne

Angelina Germanotta. She sold her soul to the devil for fame and
fortune, suddenly having 8 million followers on Twitter; top selling artist,
and the top winner at the Grammys. This is clearly the devil at work!

By this same logic I can also say that Justin Bieber must be drinking the devils sperm and Taylor Swift is his teenage lovechild from a pick-up truck.

Dear world….lady gaga is a blatant manipulating entertainer who serves
satan and uses subtle AND not-so-subtle forms of mind control to
manipulate the masses…

Goat Head – The horned goat, goat of mendes, Baphomet, god of
the witches, the scapegoat. It’s a Satanists way of mocking Jesus
as the “Lamb” who died for our sins.

Ah, now we get to the real meat of things, Baphomet and the Goat of Mendes. Before we get into this we need to understand where and when Baphomet came to be. The word Baphomet came from the Inquisition trials when King Philip Iv of France along with Pope Clement V saw the vast wealth of the Knights Templar and decided to have it for themselves. During the time the Templars were a pseudo-mercenary workforce whose influence and membership stretched across Europe making them a very real threat to an unstable government. King Philip and Pope Clement then decided that they needed to be dealt with and so formulated a bunch of trumped up charges to have the entire organization arrested (as well as having all the Templars riches of course), one of those charges were idolatry. Two hundred and thirty one (231) knights were arrested (a disappointing number since a lot of  Templars based in England escaped) and tortured only twelve “confessed” to knowing anything about an idol which they named Baphomet, the others “confessed” they either renounced Jesus or defiled the cross.

It should be worth noting that the original idea of Baphomet looked nothing like its popular modern image. The description varied from confession to confession but overall Baphomet was at first described as either a “head with one face or two faces, sometimes bearded and sometimes not, made of silver or of wood, a picture of a man or of a woman, an embalmed head that glowed in the dark or a demon, a severed head, a cat, or a head with three faces.”

There is much scholarly evidence however that the Templars did commit idolatry but not to a Satanic goat. Some scholars believe that the word Baphomet is an old French corruption of Mohamet (or Muhammad in English). While others theorize that it came from the Greek words baphe metous, to mean “Baptism of Wisdom”

The modern image of Baphomet was thanks to a man named Eliphas Levi who depicts the Baphomet as a winged humanoid goat with a pair of breasts and a torch on its head between its horns and though the Baphomet has become a famous symbol for Satanism Levi himself explains that the symbolisms he presents are definitely occult but not Satanic in nature.

The goat on the frontispiece carries the sign of the pentagram on the forehead, with one point at the top, a symbol of light, his two hands forming the sign of occultism, the one pointing up to the white moon of Chesed, the other pointing down to the black one of Geburah. This sign expresses the perfect harmony of mercy with justice. His one arm is female, the other male like the ones of the androgyne of Khunrath, the attributes of which we had to unite with those of our goat because he is one and the same symbol. The flame of intelligence shining between his horns is the magic light of the universal balance, the image of the soul elevated above matter, as the flame, whilst being tied to matter, shines above it. The beast’s head expresses the horror of the sinner, whose materially acting, solely responsible part has to bear the punishment exclusively; because the soul is insensitive according to its nature and can only suffer when it materializes. The rod standing instead of genitals symbolizes eternal life, the body covered with scales the water, the semi-circle above it the atmosphere, the feathers following above the volatile. Humanity is represented by the two breasts and the androgyne arms of this sphinx of the occult sciences.

However, as I’ve said even with Levis Baphomets modern fame it does not depict the original image portrayed in the Templar trials and therefore a completely human invention. I don’t think I need to explain that the goat head being in the Goat of Mendes and the Witches Sabbath are demonizations of the Greek deity Pan.

LADY GAGA LIKES TO DO THE ONE EYE OF HORUS POSE…in this
photo she does both the one eye of horus and basphomet!
This picture is very significant. It confirms the fact that the closed eye is
used in the context of esoteric symbolism. Her left eye is in her hand,
referring to the Hand of Fatima (evil eye). Also, one can’t ignore the
resemblance with good ol’ Baphomet.

You only need to look at a couple of Lady Gaga pictures or videos to
notice that she is constantly hiding one of her eyes. Most people will
simply interpret this as ”a cool thing to do” or a “fashion statement”.

Those who have knowledge of Illuminati symbolism know that the All-
Seeing Eye is probably its most recognizable symbol. The gesture of
hiding one eye, usually the left one, goes way back in occult orders. Eye
of Horus/ All seeing Eye Believed to be the eye of Lucifer and those
who claim control of it have control of world finances. Used in
divination. Hexes, curses, psychic control and all corruption are worked
through this emblem. one of the symbol of the Illuminati.

I’ll start with something simple. “The Hand of Fatima” also known as “Hamsa” is NOT an evil eye, it is an Islamic and sometimes Jewsih and Buddhist charm to protect AGAINST evil eyes (whatever those are). Some would even go as far as calling it “The Hand of God”.

Seriously, there is so much misinformation in the third paragraph I don’t know whether to puke or laugh. The All-seeing Eye is not a symbol of Lucifer it is in fact a symbol used to represent God and how everything is within his sight.

Now for the big one. The “Eye of Horus” aka the “All-seeing eye” or the “Eye of Providence” is NOT an Illuminati symbol. Anyone who knows anything about Illuminati symbolism knows that they didn’t have any significant symbolisms. The writer is making the amateur mistake of conflating FreeMasonry, occultism and the Illuminati which are three very different, very distinct things.

The Freemasons are a fraternity geared towards personal betterment. They’ve drawn a lot of flak for being demon worshippers, a secret society etc. The very idea that these two misconceptions still survive today is laughable. First of all Freemasons do not worship demons, in fact they worship God in the deistic sense in the name of brotherhood. Desitic means that they all believe that the world was created by an all powerful being but do not ascribe him any personal qualities like having a son or something similar because conflicts will definitely arise.

In fact, the idea was first brought out by a man named Leo Taxil, who wrote a book about the Freemasons and that they were devil worshippers (he even had Levis Baphomet on the cover of his book). Needless to say many people believed him and many people bought his book and many priests sermoned against the Freemasons and threatened to excommunicate anyone who was a member. Until one day he gathered a large audience including some priests and told them that everything he had said was a giant hoax which in his own words exposed the anti-masonic fanaticism of Catholics. In short, he lied, became really rich, and died happy.

The Freemasons are not a secret society because as far as I knew secret societies didn’t have websites explaining what they were, or published books about their history, or label their buildings in giant letters announcing what they were.

The Illuminati historically refers to a group founded by Adam Weishaupt in May 1776 (there are claims that the Illuminati go as far back as recorded time but history will show that is a load of bull). The movement was made up of freethinkers as an offshoot of the Enlightenment, and seems to have been modeled on the Freemasons. Until they were disbanded ten (10) years later after by Karl Theodor who made all secret societies illegal.

Modern conspiracy theorists attribute the Illuminati with masterminds behind events that will lead to the establishment of a New World Order. But, as with all conspiracy theories there are no evidence supporting such claims.

Occultism widely yet vaguely known it is basically  the study of occult or hidden wisdom (forbidden knowledge). To the occultist it is the study of “truth”, a deeper truth that exists beneath the surface: “The truth is always hidden in plain sight”. It can involve such subjects as magicalchemyextra-sensory perceptionastrologyspiritualismnumerology etc.

There are no links between any of these three institutions. In fact there isn’t even any evidence that the middle one even exists.

The next few paragraphs are repetitions of the erroneous message until the writer mentions:

Lightning bolt: Represents Satan, as found in Luke 10:18, “And he said
unto them, I beheld Satan AS LIGHTNING fall from heaven.” Also
referred to as the “Satanic S”. This symbol is unique to Satanism.

Lightning bolt eh? Does that mean Harry Potter is the son of the devil? Hahahahaha. Oh wait.

Farewell Harry Potter- Expecto Patronum!

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , , on Hulyo 14, 2011 by Blue Dela Kanluran

The premier of the very last Harry Potter film just ended today and formally concludes the Potter era. Arguably the book of the decade Harry Potter was to this generation what Lord of the Rings was in the time of Woodstock. And I consider myself fortunate that I was born not too early nor not too late to be at the appropriate age to fully appreciate the impact these books have made on the world.

It is by far a better alternative than what todays children have to contend with as iconic storybooks characters (Twilight sucks). From the first day that Harry was visited by Hagrid on the small island in the middle of a storm to the last time he would ride the Hogwarts Express me and my generation have gone with him in his magical world both in page and film.

I can still remember how I gasped when Harry found Quirrell instead of Snape in the last chamber in front of the Mirror of Erised. And from that moment on I was hooked. J.K. Rowling masterfully produced a world where its history was not a low hum in the background but an actual entity within the story that the characters have to maneuver through, not an easy feat especially when spanned in so many volumes. In fact it was well done that the detail and perfect arrangement of historical and contemporary twists and turns could only be compared to Tolkiens Lord of the Rinds or Stephen Kings Dark Tower series. As well as contending with their own stories and emotions.

I also had the privilege of growing up with these characters and age as they did. I was eleven when Harry and his friends were and for every year patiently anticipated the next volume as they grew, so did I.

Though I have always made the comment that the best books of the series were the first four, which were incidentally the ones written before the film adaptions began, I wouldn’t trade any book in the series for anything else.

I’ve always gauged the value of the book by how I felt by the end of it. A tragic heartache for me personally is knowing that a book is particularly good when I am overcome with a dreadful feeling that I lost something precious as I turn the last page and as the series draws formally to a close I fell as if something close to me has died.

Tweens and jejemons will never know this feeling and I think I am excused in thinking that I am better than them for it.

On a side note, as part of a promotional campaign for the last movie they’ve launched a Find your Own Patronus App on Facebook. It’s not a quiz as I suspected at first but seemed like a random algorithm based off a computers IP address but its wicked fun anyway. What is a Patronus you ask. Well, Professor Lupin explains is “a kind of Anti-Dementor-a guardian which acts as a shield between you and the Dementor. The Patronus is a kind of positive force, a projection of the very things that the Dementor feeds upon-hope, happiness, the desire to survive.”

A Patronus is supposed to be unique to each person and here’s mine.

A phoenix! can you believe my luck?! Anyway, here’s my sendoff to a wonderful story. It was well worth the wait and I am eternally grateful that I was able to experience something like this in my life.

A must watch for Christians

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , , on Hulyo 12, 2011 by Blue Dela Kanluran

This is a TV documentary written and presented by the BBC’s Louis Theroux about the Phelps family, at the heart of the Westboro Baptist Church. I posted this list of videos here to show just how sick the extremes of religion can be. If you think Islamic terrorists are the only ones who have taken things too far, twisting the words of their God to become something completely evil, well guess again. (I’d just like to add this sickened and revolted me to my very core)