Swine Flu… should we panic?

The answer is, of course not.

To date, we have 46 cases.  Wow. That’s… big. And we’re like, how many?

91.1 friggin’ million.  So how big is the percentage of H1N1 cases relative to the population? I’m no statistics expert but that’s way below zero point something something percent (how terribly inaccurate but you get the drift).

So why are people panicking and succumbing to fear from something that is easily preventable?

Ignorance and stupidity.  When the DOH reported an increase in the cases from zero to the 46 we have now, we immediately associate every case as that person being sick, and probably dying.  But we forget that about 80 to 90% of these patients have already recovered, sometimes even without the need for medicines.

Okay, that is not to say that H1N1 is not dangerous. Yes it is infectious, and yes we need to take care of ourselves. But panicking does not help. Nor false text messages, nor over-reacting.

Again, the symptoms of H1N1 is similar to the regular flu, but if you get the symptoms and start thinking if you got the dreaded disease, use your brain first.  Trace back, and ask yourself: Did you even go to areas or countries affected by the disease? Did you know of anyone with the disease? Did you even remember washing your hands or did you cover your nose and mouth when you or someone else sneezed? If the answer to any of that is no, then you should die not because of H1N1, but because you are an ignorant moron and you opted to panic rather than think rationally.

There is a bigger, and constant danger of Dengue, where the culprit does not care if you washed your hands, or covered your mouth, or if you traveled to the states.  But just the same if you followed certain precautions, you’re safe.

So use your head people.  You will save more lives that way.

He is a Senator?

I am actually cussing while I watched the events unfolded yesterday. I can’t help it. This person is supposed to be a senator of this country, and yet he had the gall to undermine the criminal justice system by walking out of the hearing of his own case, and again try to launch an effort to topple the government.

Who voted for this whack job anyway? If only I had black magic I’d hex everyone who put him in the Senate. As in isusumpa ko lahat ng bumoto sa mokong na to na magka ketong. In the first place, that chamber is crazy as it is, dinagdagan pa ng isa.

He and this General Lim babbles about the illegitimacy of the Arroyo government then goes to proclaim that they will be installing a new government with new leaders. Hello! Mas unconstitutional kaya ang gagawin nyo, mga ungas!

Mrs. Arroyo’s government is corrupt, sure. I’d give you that, pero who’s government isn’t? Erap? Ramos? Cory? Marcos? Macapagal? Pwede ba wag kayong magmalinis. But to attempt to place an unconstitutional government to replace an “illegitimate” government (yet to be proven, mind you) is the proverbial pot calling the kettle black.

Some have complained of overkill the manner in which the police used their force to finish the crisis. Hello again, you think Trillanes would use lesser force if and when he succeeds in taking over the government? Militar kaya yan, hindi santo.

11 million voters voted for you Senator Trillanes. Sinasayang mo ba talaga ang boto nila? Pwes wag mong ipagmalaki ang 11 million mo, dahil 33 million ang hindi bumoto sa yo.

This guy should rot in jail. Yun lang.

Ang Mamatay ng Dahil Sa Iyo

I admire the courage of Christian Bautista in apologizing for his mistake in singing the National Anthem. But I don’t buy the reason that nerves got in the way of his singing. It’s the National Anthem for crying out loud! Unless he lived his whole life in an island in the middle of the Pacific he should be able to sing the National Anthem by heart.

For most of my life in the elementary I was assigned during flag ceremonies to sing and “make kumpas” the National Anthem. So I’m really embarrassed every time I hear some of our countrymen bungle the singing of Lupang Hinirang. Is that an indication of how we truly feel about our being Filipinos?

Some would argue that nationalism is not just about singing the anthem. Of course it is not just about that. But respect for the flag, respect for the National Anthem and respect for our heroes are at the core of that.

So, for those who might have forgotten, here are the lyrics of the National Anthem, composed by Julian Felipe in 1898, with the lyrics written by Jose Palma in 1899.

Lupang Hinirang

Bayang Magiliw
Perlas ng Silanganan,
Alab ng puso
Sa dibdib mo’y buhay.

Lupang hinirang,
Duyan ka ng magiting,
Sa manlulupig,
‘Di ka pasisiil.

Sa dagat at bundok,
Sa simoy at sa langit mong bughaw,
May dilag ang tula at awit
Sa paglayang minamahal.

Ang kislap ng watawat mo’y
Tagumpay na nagniningning,
Ang bituin at araw niya
Kailan pa ma’y ‘di magdidilim.

Lupa ng araw, ng luwalhati’t pagsinta,
Buhay ay langit sa piling mo;
Aming ligaya, na ‘pag may mang-aapi
Ang mamatay nang dahil sa ‘yo.

Tragic

A sad day for the family and people whose lives have been touched by a woman who chose the Philippines as her second home.

I don’t know Julia personally, but I really felt sad that her colorful life ended this way.

Click here to visit her blog and leave a message. It is quite ironic (and eerie) that the title of her last post had this title.

Hero or Goon?

Yesterday’s hostage crisis/drama/circus will obviously be the talk of the town for days, even weeks, to come. Many politicians will undoubtedly use this as an issue to boost their chances of winning in the coming elections. I will not be surprised if the opposition will blame the administration for all the suffering that the poor kids had to endure just to get free education and housing. The administration in turn will blame the opposition for pooh-poohing the gains of the economy thus making it more difficult to translate such gains into tangible results, the benefits failing to trickle down to the poor kids.

I am bothered with the fact that a seemingly sane person would go to great lengths of putting the very children he is supposed to take care of in harm’s way to get the help that they need. The parent’s did not seem to be bothered that their children were in danger. What a truly twisted world we are in.

Ducat’s hostage drama and demand is flawed and utterly insane. Why try to kill the people you are trying to help? And what’s even more bothersome is that he actually got what he wanted. Is this a precedent of things to come? Are we to expect more lunatics putting other people in danger just to get what they want? Are we really slowly slipping into decay?

The parents who will get the help from this hostage crisis should be ashamed of themselves if they will get their freebies as a result of this unfortunate and shameful event. Under extreme circumstances, it is the parent who should put their lives on the line for their kids, not the other way around.

I do not admire what Ducat did, and if I was a parent I will never trust my child to the care of people like him. He did it twice and there’s no telling how many times he will do it again. A hero will never put people’s lives in danger. Only goons and criminals do that.

Oink!

Let me just give my 2 cents on the slapping incident in the House.

I think, more than the issue of a Muslim allegedly eating pork via pansit, there is more to this than religion.

Yes, Lanao del Sur Rep. Faysah Dumarpa should raise hell when she learned that the pansit she ate allegedly contained pork (although that remains to be proven) but to bitch-slap the poor manager? And threaten the poor girl with a knife and all that frothing-at-the-mouth cursing?

I thought Islam is a religion of peace? This action by the lawmaker is not too convincing.

Yeah yeah, call me ignorant or insensitive on issues of religion (hell I’m not religious anyway, so sue me) but I think she acted that way not only because her soul will not go to heaven by eating pork, but also because she thinks that as an all-mighty lawmaker (and probably a very rich one) she thought she can just hurt anyone below her.

With all of the money and time they waste on investigations in aid of legislation, she did not have the time to check first if this was true and decided to just attack the poor girl?

This is not just about religion, it’s the powerful kicking the butt out of the powerless just because they can.

Jewel in the Phallus (oops!)

Madame, madame, madame. You never fail to amuse us.

I know she just launched her jewelry collection (I assume not the sequestered kind). The items were actually nice, although I can’t help but feel my merienda start to go up my esophagus, and attempted to come out the same way it came in, when I read this in her website:

Certificate of Authenticity

Hell, indeed, hath frozen over.

P.S.

And don’t forget those yummy wallpapers for your PC. At least if you want to have your PC infested, you can do it the Madame way.

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