Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Why Atheists Should Fight for Social Justice

Yes, Atheists Should Fight for Social Justice

I think this post by Ed Brayton makes a clear case for why atheists should fight for social justice.

"It should be entirely obvious that one of the damaging effects of religious belief is the denial of equal rights to women, to gay people and even to racial minorities. In all three cases, discriminatory policies are justified by the religious beliefs that atheist activists fight against. We cannot be effective in countering the negative effect of religion-based public policy (or more broadly, cultural norms and non-political societal structures) if we don't take up those fights for equality."




Saturday, October 11, 2014

Manila steals funds?

According to Mayor Leoncio Evasco of Maribojoc, Bohol.
"We all know that Mindanao produces as much as 60 percent of the gross domestic product but only about 40 percent returns to it in terms of services, Evasco said."
Saan ba nanggaling itong ideya na ito? Na sa Mindanao galing ang  60% ng GDP ng Pinas'.Kung tingnan mo yung GDP kada region.

REGION / YEAR 2013
PHILIPPINES 11,548,191,402
NCR 4,290,630,471
CORDILLERA 227,924,971
ILOCOS 359,706,535
CAGAYAN VALLEY 208,546,727
CENTRAL LUZON 1,018,224,367
CALABARZON 1,881,381,141
MIMAROPA 186,762,078
BICOL 240,303,496
WESTERN VISAYAS 455,654,312
CENTRAL VISAYAS 732,977,310
EASTERN VISAYAS 250,344,509
ZAMBOANGA PENINSULA 230,651,364
NORTHERN MINDANAO 438,917,211
DAVAO REGION 461,427,167
SOCCSKSARGEN 333,172,764
CARAGA 130,475,588
ARMM 101,091,392 

Mahigit doble ang GDP ng NCR kumpara sa buong Mindanao, at higit sa 1/3 ng buong Pilipinas. Samantalang sa budget ng gobyerno (http://budgetngbayan.com/summary-of-allocations/#region)  129 bilyon ang nakatalaga para sa NCR samantalang  mga 250 bilyon ang para sa Mindanao.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Kagandahang asal lang naman yon

If proven wrong, Trillanes willing to apologize to businessman tagged as Binay dummy http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/643650/if-proven-wrong-trillanes-willing-to-apologize-to-businessman-tagged-as-binay-dummy

Hindi ko alam kung bakit parang malaking concession kay Senador Trillanes ang humingi ng tawad kung nagkamali siya. Hindi ba kagandahang asal lang ang humingi ng kapatawaran kung mali ka? Palagay ko naman itinuro ito sa kanya ng kanyang mga magulang.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Thanks Obama

Kaya huwag kalimutang batiin si Obama bago ibaba ang telepono.  Kumustahin niyo na rin si Michelle.

Australian spies secretly monitor phone calls in the Philippines: Edward Snowden disclosure

"Australian spies are helping the United States secretly monitor telephone calls across the Philippines, leaked US intelligence documents reveal. 

According to top secret US National Security Agency documents disclosed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, Australia's electronic spy agency, the Australian Signals Directorate supports a top secret NSA intelligence collection program codenamed MYSTIC, which harvests telecommunications "metadata" – in several countries, including the Philippines. "





Monday, March 10, 2014

Media bias

Sa MGB ngayon, nabalita na nagrereklamo si Delfin Lee na may bias ang media.  Sa akin lang, kung magtatago ka ng isang taon para matakasan ang mga paratang sa iyo sa korte, nawalan ka na ng karapatang magreklamo ng bias sa media.

Sa pagtatago mo pa lang konklusyon na ng ordinaryong tao may ginawa kang kasalanan.


Sunday, March 09, 2014

Hated Headline

I hate headlines like this

'By the grace of God we missed our flight to China'

Yes, god made you miss your flight, isn't that nice, what a joker that god guy,  he didn't let the other 200 people who died miss their flight too.



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Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will -  Gramsci
http://batongpatay.blogspot.com/

Friday, February 28, 2014

Doronila's attempt to revise Philippine history


In his column today, Amado Doronila criticizes PNOY for revising the EDSA revolt's history by incorporating the events prior to Enrile and Ramos's attempted coup.

Speaking in Cebu, the President said it was in that city, not in Manila, where the struggle to restore democracy began its “first chapter.”

Doronila characterizes this statement as

"This assertion downgraded the importance of the events at Edsa triggered by the military uprising against the Marcos regime, followed by the civilian mass movement that backed then defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile and then vice chief of staff Fidel Ramos in their breakaway from Marcos, knocking down the latter’s main pillar of support. In other words, the military revolt served as the catalyst of the people power revolution, starting the collapse of the repressive dictatorship that ruled the country for 14 years."

I can't see how he can reach this conclusion,  PNOY was relating how his mother after the COMELEC announced that Marcos won the snap elections went to Cebu to start the civil disobedience movement against the dictatorship.  Cebu was selected because the opposition regarded it as being the most pro opposition province. 

He then followed up with this bizarre paragraph.

Where was Cory Aquino, the President’s mother and leader of the emasculated political opposition, when the turmoil sparked by the military broke out? She was in Cebu, far away from the center of action in military camps at Edsa (Camp Aguinaldo, headquarters of the defense department, and Camp Crame, headquarters of the Philippine Constabulary led by Ramos). She had sought refuge in a religious safe house in Cebu, while the rebel forces and the loyalist segment of the Armed Forces led by Gen. Fabian Ver were locked in a standoff, in the struggle to take control of the Feb. 22-25 revolution, as civilians mobilized by the call of Cardinal Jaime Sin to go to the streets to protect the beleaguered rebel forces flooded Edsa to confront tanks and armored vehicles sent by Ver to storm Camp Crame.

He asked where was Cory Aquino when the coup attempt started.  The paragraph implies that Cory Aquino fled to Cebu after the start of the coup attempt.  When she was in Cebu all that time.  Ramos and Enrile did not inform her that they will be attempting a coup and their initial objective was not to install her as the President of the Philippines. 

His rant then gets weirder

In his revisionist speech in Cebu, Mr. Aquino said: “Those at Edsa were not the only ones who joined the revolt, right? There are those in Cebu, Davao and so many [other] places.” It’s about time we recognized that Edsa people power involved the struggle of Filipinos all over the country, “not just [those] in Metro Manila,” he told reporters.

How can this statement be revisionist.  Is Doronila saying that Filipinos in Cebu, Davao and other places did not support the EDSA revolt in Manila?

Then there is this statement

The shift of the venue of the Edsa anniversary celebration to Cebu marked an attempt by the President to emphasize Cory’s role in mobilizing mass protests in unseating Marcos. This interpretation ignores and downgrades the military’s role in unseating Marcos. The speech had no reference to the military as one of the key players of the uprising. It, however, refocused on Cory’s role in Cebu, while the military was hogging  the stage in the struggle for control of the revolt between the Enrile-Ramos forces and the loyalist forces.  Cory’s refuge in Cebu completely sidelined her from center of the action at Edsa.

Maybe its an attempt by  PNOY to emphasize the role of other Filipinos and provinces in the EDSA revolt.  Maybe it's an attempt to manage traffic in Manila since there are simultaneous road constructions going on. 

And then there is the concluding statement

The credit for this supremacy belongs to the people who filled Edsa to end the dictatorship. We owe them for the restoration of democracy, not the Aquino family.

How can he reach this conclusion when he quotes PNOY earlier in his column saying that

“Those at Edsa were not the only ones who joined the revolt, right? There are those in Cebu, Davao and so many [other] places.”

Wow.  Did he even read what he was writing?

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Galing sa Booksale

Di ko pa alam kung maganda, di ko pa nasisimulan pero nakaka intriga yung title