Guess what I did?

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , , , on Hunyo 26, 2012 by Blue Dela Kanluran

I haven’t written anything down on here in a while for one solitary and heavy reason. I entered Law school.

Yup, I actually did it and until now I still have no idea what I got myself into. I know I’ve always thought ever since last year (or even since I graduated) that I would go to law school as the next logical step in my education and getting the life I want but Oh Boy did I jump into a pool of sharks in this one.

I’m not even sure I’ve digested that I’m actually in. It’s been two weeks since I started and my brains kinda floating between serious studying and my usual slacker style of cruising to the finish line. The latter obviously won’t cut it since it is law school.

The style is worlds apart from college and I guess this is just the aftermath of some kind of mild culture shock. I mean, here I am writing when I’m supposed to be reading about cases on Statutory Construction. Hopefully, with this I can finally relax and get into a groove with this going back to school thing. Which has also served to reinforce my belief that school is a LOT harder than work.

I want to do well in school but I don’t want to get stagnant in writing too. I want to keep writing and have the time to keep writing. Anyway, that’s enough of this. I think I’ll post something about Egypt tomorrow and maybe something about the Euros (even though we all know Germany’s gonna win).

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A Legend Passes

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , , , , , on Mayo 9, 2012 by Blue Dela Kanluran

Maurice Sendak, widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche, died on Tuesday in Danbury, Conn. He was 83.

Babies bring down economy

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , , , , , , on Mayo 8, 2012 by Blue Dela Kanluran

More wood for the claim that there are still too many babies born per household in the Philippines. Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University shares his views on why despite the seemingly continuous upswings of the Philippine economy its real life effects are yet to be felt by…well anyone.

“Fertility rates are “too high” and something should be done to bring down the number of babies born per household to an average of two instead of the current three to promote economic growth and achieve “social inclusion,”

“The Philippines of course is a very complicated country, very diverse; it’s an archipelago. It’s very crowded. The population has increased more than four times since 1950. The fertility rates remain quite high in this country, I think too high, actually, because most places that have really made the breakthrough — sustained economic growth, more social inclusion — had their fertility rates coming down voluntarily to the replacement level, two children per household,”

“In the Philippines, [fertility is] still on average about three and it’s much higher in rural areas, of course. This is very hard for this archipelago,”

“The world should aim to stabilize the population within the next 30 years. We’re a very crowded planet. Rapid population growth in this era of environmental troubles creates big problems — lots of poverty, lots of marginalization, lots of environmental stress,”

“Resiliency [is] going to become more and more central because the climate is becoming more dangerous and more unsustainable. So, climate change from the point of view of the Philippines is not a small matter, it’s a very large matter,”

“The phrase sustainable development is the summary of what needs to be done, and I think the world will adopt sustainable development goals … Everybody is coming to understand GNP (gross national product) is not enough, it doesn’t really summarize very well what society needs to do. It doesn’t capture the environmental side, it doesn’t capture the inequalities. Therefore, keeping sustainable development is the challenge. It will not only reorient policies but it will also reorient the way we measure things,”

“On the positive side, it’s good to be in the dynamic part of the world. The North Atlantic right now is in crisis. It grows slowly, unemployment is high; whereas in the Philippines, the Asian developing countries are the fastest-growing region in the world … [A]ll the benefits of rapid technological improvement and lots of market opportunities, a lot of dynamism and shifts of production, [are] within this region. So, a country that really makes a determined effort to be competitive in Asia can have very big results,”

The full story can be read at business world online

http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=TopStory&title=Philippines-%E2%80%98very-complicated,%E2%80%99-Sachs-says&id=51248

Avengers Lyrics

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on Mayo 7, 2012 by Blue Dela Kanluran

Ok we all know by now who and what and how cool the Avengers are. But most people still don’t know that they were so cool that each of them had their own theme song. Here are the lyrics.

Captain America:

When Captain America throws his mighty shield,

All those who chose to oppose his shield must yield.

If he’s led to a fight and a duel is due,

Then the red and white and the blue’ll come through

When Captain America throws his mighty shield.

Iron Man:

Tony Stark makes you feelHe’s a cool exec with a heart of steel.

As Iron Man, all jets ablaze,

He’s fighting and smiting with repulsor rays!

Amazing armor! That’s Iron Man!

A blazing power! That’s Iron Man!

Thor:
’Cross the Rainbow Bridge of Asgard,Where the booming heavens roar,

You’ll behold in breathless wonder,

The God of Thunder, Mighty Thor!

Hulk:
Doc Bruce Banner,
Belted by gamma rays,
Turned into the Hulk.
Ain’t he unglamor-ous!

Wreckin’ the town
With the power of a bull,

Ain’t no monster clown
Who is as lovable.

As ever-lovin’ Hulk! HULK!! HULK!!”

With some special additions
Spiderman:
Spider-man, Spider-man, does whatever a spider can.
Spins a web, any size, catches thieves just like flies.
Look Out! Here comes the Spider-man.
Is he strong? Listen bud, he’s got radioactive blood.
Can he swing from a thread? Take a look overhead.
Hey, there. There goes the Spider-man.

In the chill of night, at the scene of a crime.
Like a streak of light, he arrives just in time.

Spider-man, Spider-man, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man.
Wealth and fame? He’s ignored. Action is his reward.
To him, life is a great big bang up,
Whenever there’s a hang up,
You’ll find the Spider-man.

Batgirl:
Batgirrrl, Batgirl! Batgirrrl, Batgirl!Where do you come from, where do you go?

What is your scene, baby, we just gotta know.

Batgirrrl, Batgirl! Batgirrrl, Batgirl!

Are you a chick who fell in from outer space?

Or are you real with a tender warm embrace?

Yeaaaaah, whose baby are you? Batgirrrl, Batgirl!

Yeaaaaah, whose baby are you? Batgirl!

Submariner:
Stronger than a whale,He can swim anywhere.

He can breathe under water

And go flying through the air.

The Noble Sub-Mariner

Prince of the Deep

So, beware you deadly demons…

Lord Namor of Atlantis is the Prince of the Deep.

Marvel Mighty Marching Society Song:
Stand a little straighter. Walk a little prouder. Be an innovator. Clap a little louder.
Grow forever greater. We can show you how to. Where will you be then?
You belong, you belong, you belong, you belong to the Merry Marvel Marching Society.
March along, march along, march along to the song of the Merry Marvel Marching Society.
If you growl, if you groan with a down sour outlook, if you howl, if you moan, you can lose your sour grout
by keeping trim and in step with the vim and the pep of the Merry Marvel Marching Society.

Be an early riser. Strive to be ambitious. Speak a little wiser. Try to be judicious.
Be a good advisor, never ever vicious. Where will you be then?

Face front… Lift your head… You’re on the winning team… ’NUFF SAID!
You belong, you belong, you belong, you belong to the Merry Marvel Marching Society.
March along, march along, march along to the song of the Merry Marvel Marching Society.
If you growl, if you groan, and your star is nearly zero, do not howl, do not moan, you can be a superhero,
marching right along to the fighting song of the Merry Marvel Marching Society.

Very Weary

Posted in Gulo ng buhay on Mayo 5, 2012 by Blue Dela Kanluran

I saw a cockroach today.
I normally don’t see roaches in my home.
For unlike most of you
I actually like my house
and make every effort to clean it regularly.

So you can imagine the rising disgust within me
when I spotted that vile, hairy abomination
skittering about across my clean white tile floor.

I almost ralphed at the sight of it
zipping under the chairs and over the rug.
I grabbed a dumbell and chased it across the house.
It was fast,
But I was bigger
(not to mention more brutal)

I smashed it head on
with one end of the weight
again
and again
and again
and again
until the floor tiles cracked and splintered

I didn’t stop until I actually felt a cramp in my shoulder.
I dropped the dumbell and went upstairs.
Applying Salonpas to my joint I went about my business.

Only after hours did it occur to me
that I forgot to feed the fish.
So when I went down you can imagine my shock
when a ten foot beetle stood in front of me.

“So you like crushing bugs eh?” It said.
“Let’s see you take me on!” it howled.
As it lunged its hairy legs
I grabbed the dumbell once again
and smashed it atop the monsters head.

It was stunned but I didn’t let up.
I kept on hitting it until it fell down.
But still I didn’t stop.
I crushed it until its head was nothing but mulch.

I went outside and dragged the filthy carcass with me
and threw the disgusting wretch away.
I went inside again and was shocked once more to see
a troupe of ants, come to greet me.

By then I was very out of breathe
and didn’t have much strength
Fuck it, what the hell
I opened my arms as the ants swramed around to eat me.

How Christians behave

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , , , on Abril 23, 2012 by Blue Dela Kanluran

Witness the “tolerance” of how a true Cathlic nation which “loves its neighbors” treats it’s constituents. These are comments to a Yahoo news article about the political party Ladlad.

http://ph.news.yahoo.com/blogs/the-inbox/ladlad-adopts-open-mind-open-heart-campaign-slogan-091949933.html

Bong: Mga Ladlad please naman paki remind naman ng mga kakusa nyo na mag dahan dahan sila dahil dunadami na mga mga HIV/AIDS sa pinas at karamihan ay mga lalaki(gay)… if you have good intention of putting up this political party please make sure to answer the recent and big health problem na pinaharap ng maraming mg gay… please lang! I’m not against you I’m just concern about the increasing number of HIV/AIDS victims in our country

Gavriel: sana maiba nman ang mga bakla at tomboy ay dumating sa punto na magbbago n ng isip at puso pati nilalaman ng buhay nila…sa halip kalaswaan..kabanalan ang sentro ng pamumuhay. wag ntin agad cla husgahan..tao rin cla tulad ntin nagkakasala pero ang pamumuhay ang dpat isaayos..mas nakakarami kc ngaun lalo n ung mga out of school youth na gay or lesbian na puro inuman , lamyerda, wlang hanap buhay, sex dun sex dito ang inaatupag, saan patungo ang buhay nila pag tumanda n cla..?anu ang buhay n haharapin nila sa pagtanda at buhay pagkatapos nila mamatay..mahalaga maakay ntin cla sa liwanag ng katotohanan..LALAKE AT BABAE lng tlga nilika ng ating Amang Diyos….wag po ntin buhayin ang ispiritu ng SODOMA at GOMMORA na minsan ay nilusaw sa asupre at apoy… sumpa ang pagiging mahalay na pamumuhay ke bakla ka o tomboy o tunay n lalake o babae

smiley: if COMELEC allowed this to become a partylist, what is next 1. MGA gunggong partylist. 2. Mga tomboy party list. 3. mga abnormal partylist
…these will be the down fall of our country.

Mark: mga putang inang mga baklang ito. spare the country for embarrassment your stupid nonsense. makikigulo p akayo sa pulitika

James Raynor: open mind, open heart. It’s a dangerous slogan. It’s an invitation to immorality. Parang ganito lang yun: Bakla: halika totoy pumasok ka at paliligayahin kita. Bibigyan kita ng pera. Pero ch*****in kita. 😉

Boying: Magpakamatay ka muna ugok at pagkmalay mo may briefing ka na kay satanas. Siya ang SUPREMO ng LADLAD!! Magpakamayat na lang lahat kayo mga bwiset. Sa impyerno kayo kumandidato sigurado pamalo kayo lahat sa mga pareho nyo malalaswa, PWEE!!!

STM: Giving in to the demands/request of the gays would mean allowing immorality to reign in our society. Truth is in  reality, the door of acceptance for them have actually been opened though with a slit opening only yet their indecency and influence is so enormous that it can already create so much damage. Sexually transmitted deceases have most proliferated from their kind; mental illnesses relating to child abuses also comes from them, most of them are loud, cunning, and without reservations. Yes they have lots of good qualities as well but these are the results of their being undecided of which gender they belong so as they may be accepted by the society, they make good of themselves in terms of livelihood, professions unwavering support to the family etc. The law of nature should not be altered, changed or modified, otherwise devastation shall truly come forth after.

Nestor: dalawa lang ang nilikha ng Panginoon na tao sa sanglibutan, ang lalaki at babae lang wala ngang iba. kung mayroon mang bakla or tumboy hindi ang Panginoon ang may likha nyan kundi ang diablo.

CBCP FAQ 1-5

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , on Abril 21, 2012 by Blue Dela Kanluran

1) What is reproductive health? The UN defines reproductive health as the state of physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes. It states that people have the right to a “satisfying and safe sex life.” The conjugal union is natural and proper in marriage, but in contrast, reproductive health disposes all people, including children and adolescents, to the sexual act and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to reproduce, provided that these are not against the law. (UN Cairo Conference, Program of Action).

Following this definition, if having a satisfying sex life results in an unwanted pregnancy, the mental anguish this causes will negatively affect the person’s mental and social well-being unless one has access to contraception and abortion. This is the convoluted reasoning behind UN agencies’ insistence that reproductive health necessarily presupposes access to contraception and abortion.

Furthermore, the Reproductive Health bill (House Bill 5043), which carries the same definition of reproductive health, will penalize with one to six months imprisonment, and/or 10-50 thousand pesos fine, parents who for example prevent their grade school and high school children from using contraceptives, or from having satisfying and safe sex. This item, along with the fact that certain contraceptives actually cause the abortion of 5-day old babies, is often ignored in supposedly unbiased and scientific surveys on the acceptability of the Reproductive Health bill. All these are in the name of reproductive health and rights. What about the rights of parents? And the rights of the unborn?

The answer to the first question is always the most important one because its the one that should address that basic premises of any discussion. It feeds the discussion with rudimentary whats and whos that need to be satisfied in order for anything to go forward. The CBCP Faq however fails at this by misrepresenting the stand of its opponent in the most obvious way in that the provisions they are opposing no longer exist. This is a question that has already been dealt with a year before at the  very latest. The arguments raised here are against RH Bill 5043, the current form of the RH Bill (the one everyone’s talking about) is RH Bill 4422. 5043 was four versions old a year ago and thus, most if not all of the provisions opposed in this particular (and probably most important) question were already deleted. No one for example will be forced to use contraceptives, and no one will definitely be imprisoned or fined if they decide not to let fifth graders use condoms. In fact, I’m not sure even if 5043 itself ever allowed such vivid scenarios. The CBCP is aware of this fact and even have a different set of faq’s for 4422. I have no idea therefore, why this erroneous answer, with the capacity to greatly misinform, is still kept up in the main FAQ.

2) What is the difference between procreation and reproduction? Reproduction is the process by which living things replicate, to assure the continuity of their species. It is necessary for the species, but not for the individual. Reproduction, as in the case of plants and animals, does not require any bond between persons. On the other hand, procreation is the proper term for human generation as it refers to a loving act between spouses which prepares for a possible creation by God of a new person. Procreation points to a collaboration of parents with God as the ultimate source of this new life. None of these characteristics of human procreation may be found in plant and animal reproduction. The conjugal act is like a language with two meanings: the unitive and the procreative. Through their union in the conjugal act, a man and a woman give themselves totally to each other in and through their bodies. They are telling each other: “I give myself totally to you, and I love and accept you totally; we are one flesh.” That is the unitive meaning. Furthermore, the structures and functions of the male and female reproductive systems are such that when a sexual act is performed, there is a possibility of new life to be formed. This gives a procreative meaning to the sexual union. Thus, to accept each other totally includes saying, “since I love and accept you totally as you are, including your bodily functions, I also totally accept the possibility of our love bearing fruit, the gift of a new child.” Thus, the unitive and the procreative meanings of the sexual act cannot be separated from each other. Textbooks consistently using the term “reproduction” instead of “procreation,” even if intended for Catholic schools, should be thoroughly checked for the contraceptive mentality. They may confuse the students on the Church’s clear teaching on family and life. Presenting the views of dissenting theologians as being on equal authority with Church documents would bring about such confusion.

This is an outright lie. No dictionary, encyclopedia or internet translator would ever differentiate the definitions of reproduction and procreation to such a vast degree that the two seem to be on completely different levels. Reproduction is procreation, they mean the same thing. The sexual act does not require any kind of bond or supernatural intervention in creating life for it to be called procreation. Likewise there is no difference between the siring of animals and humans on any level.

This is another fallacy that misdirects all later arguments.

Words are a tricky thing. They have different meanings for different people such that sometimes a single word can have a dozen varying meanings, and one meaning can have a dozen varying words to express it. Which is why we have definitions to  nail down meanings as firmly as we can to avoid as much as confusions as possible. However, due to the wisdom that we are of limited knowledge we grant ourselves some leeway in the defining of words so that we can change certain definitions if and when new knowledge arises that conflict or challenge our previous definitions of a concept.

For example the original definition of the word ape in 1828 http://1828.mshaffer.com/d/word/ape is drastically different from the modern definition because of the new information we now possess brought forth by study and research http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ape. This does not occur in the case of reproduction and procreation. No new knowledge ever arose that would suffice the differentiation of definition of the words reproduction and procreation. They still mean the same thing. What this FAQ is perpetrating is a complete invention that is not only wrong but completely malicious. In the way that they have twisted the definition of a term crucial to the discussion in order to forward their agenda by resorting to a fallacious and unnecessary appeal to emotion.

3) Why is contraception morally wrong? Contraception is any action taken before, during or after the conjugal act which is aimed at impeding the process or the possible fruit of conception. In contraception, it is like the spouses telling each other, “I love you as long as we do not give birth.” In short, contraception makes the conjugal act a lie. It expresses not a total love, but rather a merely conditional or partial love. Contraception separates the unitive and procreative aspects of the conjugal act. Since many contraceptives have also been shown by medical science to have various ill effects, their use could signify further contradictions and lies. It endangers then the physical well-being of the wife as well as the spiritual health of the marriage.

Speaking of partial and conditional love, isn’t it exactly the same as promising someone eternal paradise on the condition that they dedicate their lives in worshipping him and damn them to eternal hell fire with everyone else who won’t?  

4) Why are natural methods of birth control not contraception? The natural methods simply enable the wife to ascertain when she is fertile and when she is infertile. It is scientific information placed at the service of either a procreative decision or a non-procreative decision by the spouses. In this case couples do not do anything to prevent the normal consequences of the marital act from taking place. Rather, they make use of the wife’s God-given cycle in their decision whether to have another child or not for the time being.

This question tandems with #3. After reading the answer the question then remains unanswered. What makes the calendar method different from contraception? All the elements that the CBCP are rallying against in question number 3 are still present here in number 4. The conscious decision whether or not a couple wants to have a child suddenly doesn’t mean “I love you as long as we do not give birth”. This is what’s called a blatant double standard.

5) In defending family and life, do we Catholics not impose our beliefs on others and violate the principles of tolerance and dialogue? Many Protestants, believers of other religions, and even non-believers share our belief in the dignity and value of human life. Tolerance means respect for the right of other persons to profess a different opinion and belief. However, tolerance cannot be understood as believing that other peoples’ points of view are equally good as one’s own, since this would blur the lines between good and evil and renounce the judgment of a sound and well-informed conscience. In fact, publicly proclaiming one’s own beliefs is a service for dialogue, because through this way others can know exactly what and how one thinks. One offers one’s thoughts for reflection to others while respecting their beliefs, but without assuming that all beliefs are equally valid*. Attempts to enact legislation promoting anti-family programs receive huge financial assistance and provide alluring incentives to persuade our politicians to commit themselves to their advocacy. Foreign-funded lobby groups have been operating for more than a decade to openly advocate for the enactment of population control laws, as well as abortion-friendly laws in pursuit of the UN Cairo Conference objective of universal abortion rights. It makes one wonder why countries with below replacement fertility rates, desperate for babies and spending huge sums of money to encourage their own citizens to bear more children, contradict themselves by spending huge sums of money to suppress our population growth. All these are consistent with Henry Kissinger’s 1974 National Security Study Memorandum 200 entitled “Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for US Security and Overseas Interest” which identified the increase in world population as inimical to the interest of West. This document has been coming out in recent public debates on reproductive health policies, and is available on the internet. Do not reproductive health advocates bow down to their impositions? Is it not more correct to say that they are the ones imposing their policies on our country?

It is true that while freedom of speech allows everyone to have ideas and the right to voice them out and be heard it is also true that there are certain opinions that have less value than others. For example the opinion that the Earth is flat has no validity against the opinion that the Earth is an oblate spheroid (Ignoring the fact that a round earth is not an opinion. This example was chosen because there is a small section of people who still hold to a Flat Earth, as it is so ludicrous it is therefore the best contraction to demonstrate the point). I agree with the CBCP on this point however disagree on their assumption of what qualifies one opinion to be greater than another. The Catholic Church (as well as other religions) state quite clearly that not all opinions are valid ones and basically make the differentiation that whatever contradicts their opinion is the invalid one as it blurs the line between good and evil. How convenient then that they have tasked themselves to referee which is good and which is evil.

The way any normal person should weigh the validity of opinions is through evidence. Going back to the example on the opinions of flat-earth and spherical earth. Both are supported somewhat by evidence. Flat-earth is supported by perception evidence while Spherical-Earth is supported by astronomy, physics and engineering. Just as hard science out weighs observational perception so too should positions whose claims are supported by the best evidence hold greater value than the one that merely holds on to simple basal assertion of authority in governing right and wrong.

All of this ofcourse go off course at a lenghty discussion about foreign pressure to pass somethin like the RH Bill because doing so imposes on our political policies. Funny, since most if the policies adapted by the CBCP are fashioned after orders from the Vatican, but all this is beside the point and is irrelevant.

The only thing to remember is no, your not intolerant for voicing your opinion or belief regarding family or life (however, please refrain from doing so if the person you’re talking has made it clear that he doesn’t want to hear it) but, if you expect anyone else to respect or even adopt that view you need something more substantial than God said so to back it up.