Monthly Archives: July 2010

In the News: Catalonia bans Bullfighting – Positive Cultural Change

Catalonia, a part of Spain, just banned bullfighting, an age-old tradition associated with the country’s cultural identity. Just because it’s culture or tradition doesn’t mean it’s untouchable; if it has to go, it has to go. Continue reading

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Noynoy Aquino: Being President is no longer a popularity contest

So President Noynoy Aquino is popular. Okay, already. Frankly, his minions in the Inquirer.net are over-praising him for just being popular with the public and rating highly in a trust “survey”. There are even newspaper columnists who give P.Noy too … Continue reading

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Not even the pen of the Inquirer.net Editor can save President Noynoy Aquino

The Inquirer.net Editor has gone on a defensive strike against “so-called pundits” critical of President Benigno “P.Noy” Aquino III’s 26th July State of the Nation Address (SONA). The Op-Ed piece came across to me as no more than a long-winded … Continue reading

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President Noynoy's SONA: What the clapping audience failed to hear

Speculation is rife that the contestants in the reality show The Biggest Loser drink lots of fluids before the official weigh-in. This is so that they will weigh a lot heavier in the beginning of the show and consequently appear … Continue reading

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How exactly does one "deplete" a "budget"?

After reading an English-translated transcript of President Benigno “P.Noy” Aquino III’s recent State of the Nation Address (SONA), it started to bug me that there was no easy way to verify the true financial position of the Government on the … Continue reading

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First Aquino SONA: Just the latest of P-Noy's growing list of gaffes

By my reckoning (on the basis of its English translation), President Benigno “P.Noy” Aquino III devoted 1,558 words out of the 4,055 words in his 35-minute State of the Nation Address (SONA) to whining about the plunder of the National … Continue reading

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Are Filipinos Pleasantry Addicts?

Filipinos are so addicted to pleasant stuff that they refuse to face the truth. They instead want to drown their sorrows in pleasant things and insist that even if there are gaffes and mistakes, everything is still OK. Continue reading

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