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The voice of the people is the voice of God

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One of the CBCP’s most cherished arguments against the RH bill is that the government should follow “Catholic Values” because the majority of the people of Filipinos are Catholic. Of course, these said Catholic Values include the rejection of access to artificial contraceptive methods. How this Catholic Value has been privately revealed to the Catholic Church hierarchy is a somewhat questionable issue. Whether their reasoning holds up to scrutiny or not, what they are saying with this argument is that the state should follow the Catholic Church hierarchy because they speak for all the Catholics in the country, which are the majority. Now I don’t know about you, but I really do not like somebody taking the liberty of speaking on my behalf without my permission.

Obviously, to use the “catholic country” approach is a to use a flawed argument. Even when we allow the CBCP their assumption that they speak for all Catholics, that’s no reason to deny access to reproductive health care to Non-Catholics. After all, it’s not like people are being forced to use condoms and IUDs. Should the right of the Catholics (as the CBCP thinks them) to reject artificial contraceptives trump over the responsibility of the government to give holistic health care to the Atheists, Agnostics, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, various Protestant sects, and followers of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? No matter how small a percentage these groups are compared to the majority, they are still citizens of the Philippines. Why shouldn’t the CBCP just encourage their followers to shun these services, rather than denying their access to everybody else?

But for them to be so assured as to claim to speak for the entire Catholic population is another shocking thing entirely. On what grounds do they base this assertion? We can look at the possible reasons that they might have and see if they hold up to scrutiny.

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July 31, 2012 at 11:52 pm

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An e-fag hag

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A few weeks ago, somebody asked me to look up whether e-cigarettes were safe to use in non-smoking areas. We had this guest who started smoking while we were in the conference room, and I guess it distracted a few people. I was more than happy to take a break from my normal work and read up on the literature.

For those of you who don’t know, a “fag” is an English slang for cigarette. This is not a gay rights issue.

E-cigarettes are devices that release vapour that simulates cigarette smoke. This vapour can be scented with flavours, and it may or may not contain nicotine. It’s  usually a pen-like device, or it may be made to look like an actual cigarette.

It looks like this

If you walk around in some of the malls in Metro Manila, you can find some stalls selling these items. There are even people trying it out openly. Iv’e seen it in the Better Than Cigarette stall in Gateway. I’m not sure if they sell these in Cebu though. Perhaps we’ll see in the comments? (I wish)

Let me make this clear. This is not an issue of a person’s personal right to smoke these cigarettes. Personal risks or benefits from this device is not what’s being questioned. What we want to know whether it’s safe to smoke this in front of other people. Basically, should we allow it to be used in non-smoking areas?

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July 25, 2012 at 9:36 pm

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Raining cats and dogs: Appendix

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If you wanted the other assumption…

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July 17, 2012 at 10:08 pm

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I’m back, and it’s raining cats and dogs

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Yes, I know. This blog hasn’t been looked at from the inside for three months now. What can I say? I decided to leave off blogging for a bit since I moved. Now I’m back, and it’s raining here.

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So it’s been raining in Manila for a week now, but the weather hasn’t been that consistent. It starts off perfectly sunny in the morning, and continues to be quite fine up to the late afternoon. It starts to rain, and rain heavily at that, when I’m in the middle of my commute home. Of course, this is orders of magnitude better than having it rain all day I suppose, but I can’t help but feel betrayed by the weather when I have to step out of a jeep and walk a hundred meters or so and the water is seeping up my pants.

Also, if you’re a short person with an umbrella, and you stick too close to me while holding your umbrella low over your head making the edge poke at the nape of my neck over and over again, I will spend the rest of my walk plotting a horrible future for you. I won’t do anything, for sure, but if thoughts could kill… Well, anyways, I digress…

Murder weapon – Photo from boiledtongue.blogspot.com

Two days ago (from the time of my writing this), I was yet again walking through the pouring rain and I thought about the expression “It’s raining cats and dogs”. And just as trains of thought often lead to the most bizarre places, I wondered what it would look like if it actually rained cats and dogs.

Well, first of all, cleanup would be a mess. All those bodies going splat would ruin everybody’s day. Not to mention that the terminal velocity for a falling cat or dog is probably big enough to damage property and cause serious injuries on impact. But how many cats and dogs would rain if it were raining cats and dogs? In short, if it rained as much cats and dogs as the amount of water that usually falls during heavy rain, how many cats and dogs would that be? That is where the maths come in, because I totally geeked out and computed it.

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July 17, 2012 at 10:05 pm