Hi guys. I know I’ve been away for far too long. I am (still is!) busy. I’ve been doing something very important, and it’s taking almost all my free time. That is to say, the time before I go to bed. I won’t disclose whatever it is as of the moment because I’m afraid to jinx it. Moving on, let’s talk about the issues that hounded me in the past few weeks/days. This post is pretty long so you may want to have some popcorn handy and enjoy your reading. Or your criticism. Whatever.
1. Sen. Tito Sotto’s plagiarizing scandal. PLAGIARISM!!!!
I was browsing through my phone when I read about this report that one of our senator plagiarized the work of the blogger Sarah Pope. It’s fairly obvious since he (or maybe one of his speech writers) copied it word by word, making a few (teeny tiny bit) adjustment and calling it his own. It doesn’t matter if he told everyone that he quoted Natasha Campbell-McBride, the fact that his speech was copied word for word is obviously called plagiarism. And the nerve of this guy to say “Bakit ko naman iko-quote ang blogger? Blogger lang iyon. Ang kino-quote ko si Natasha Campbell-McBride,” (trans: Why should I quote a blogger? She’s just a blogger. I’m quoting Natasha Campbell-McBride.) is very arrogant. Just a blogger???? Just a blogger my ass! Hey Senator: It’s not a mortal sin to admit that you lifted some of your speech from someone even if that someone is just a blogger!
It’s ok to copy other people’s work word by word but you should ask for permission, link back, don’t arrogantly claim that it’s your own work and definitely give credit when credit is due! I’ve been a victim of plagiarizing once and that person didn’t ask for my permission or even acknowledge me as the author of the piece she posted on her blog. You can say that it pissed me off. I felt robbed. So yeah, please, don’t plagiarize. Ask nicely if you want to use others work and dammit, please don’t claim that it’s your own work when you know full well that it’s not.
In this age and time, you don’t make stupid mistakes like that and not realize that there will be grave consequences. Own up to your mistakes. Admit that you’re wrong and then we can (maybe) move on. But don’t be a pompous ass and refuse to go down on your mighty horse because it’s only a matter of time when people will demand blood and then they will shove your words up your ass, and you won’t like that right?
2. On that note, let’s talk about RH-Bill.
Why is this still an issue? RH Bill is not just about using contraception and definitely not about abortion. It’s about giving everyone the chance to have access to sufficient reproductive heath care, educating people to help them be responsible with their body and their actions.
I’ve read about the CBCP’s insistence that CONTRACEPTION IS CORRUPTION. You know what? This statement is beyond absurd. I’m sorry but it’s dumb and stupid. It’s very prejudiced. The problem with our country is that the church is overstepping their place; their boundaries. They dive into politics with their views/take on issues without thinking of the greater good of the people. They insists that it’s the Lord’s view/way. What differentiates them to the Spanish friars (colonizers) who used to intimidate Filipinos telling them that those who don’t believe in the teaching of the church will die a horrible death and will be sent to hell?
Some anti RH-BIll defenders insists that the bill is pro-abortion. Seriously?
RH-Bill is not about abortion. It’s about giving a chance for women to educate themselves about the repercussions should they dive into sex and get pregnant. This is a chance to teach people about proper family planning, about educating people about the alarmingly rampant rise of sexually transmitted diseases. This is not about terminating a possible life of a supposed, could-be fetus just because we used condoms. This is not about promoting pre-marital sex or teaching young people to be sluts and telling them that it’s ok to spread your legs to anyone as long as they use contraceptives. This is not about that.
RH-Bill aims to teach everyone that STD’s exists. It’s about educating the youth about sex. To teach poor and those (unfortunately) uneducated people the importance of family planning. It aims to give people the choice to decide if they want to practice family planning. Should they decide that it’s not for them, then they can procreate all they want! This is what’s wrong with our country. We can’t move forward because we can’t get past the notion that doing something against the church’s teachings will/can benefit our country. That it will/can be for the greater good for all.
It’s always been an issue to separate the church from state. Unfortunately, our country is so tied-up with the church that it forgets that not everyone in the Philippines believe in the church’s teachings. I am an atheist, I hope my voice in this country can be heard and maybe considered by the government even if I don’t believe in the church.
Most Filipino families are very prude when it comes to talking about sex to their children that’s why children get their information about sex through friends their age, through porn magazines, through the internet. RH-Bill’s aim is to educate everyone about the repercussions of sex.
You can get STD’s if you have sex. You can get pregnant. It’s a matter of perspective if you will go to hell.
This is a free country and it’s a woman’s choice to choose what she deemed is safe for her body. People have no right to tell a woman it’s the devil’s way to use contraceptives or to condemn her if ever she decides to participate in pre-marital sex. Who are we to judge someone on what we think is right? It’s easy to say stuff if you are not on that person’s shoes. Women are living in a world where we have supposedly have the freedom to decide/choose what is best for us. By the church’s stand, pre-marital sex is a sin. Engaging in that act is considered sinful. We are judged because we chose to practice PMS. We are condemned to think that what we are doing is morally wrong. We feel depressed, we feel inadequate. Obviously, we are nowhere near that world where we can decide freely wherein our actions will not be scrutinized and will not make us feel that we are in charge of our bodies. Let me check my calendar, it says 2012 not 1812. To that I say: A woman’s body is her own; we are not defined on what’s between our legs.
3. Cheating issue between Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson and that sleazy Rupert Sanders
I’ve never been a fan of the Twilight franchise (see my post here) but I feel sorry for Robert Pattinson for being cheated on by K-Stew. I get that K-Stew is still young and maybe not as committed to the relationship as Rob was but that doesn’t give her the right to cheat on Rob.I just read today about this:
“Kristen is trying to find some inner peace within herself,” a source close to the actress revealed. “And she is reading a lot. She has always been interested in philosophy and spirituality and she has been reading a lot of different books. Strangely enough, the one author that has really been resonating with her is Gandhi, who she decided to find out more about after watching Eat, Pray Love.
“She began reading a biography of his life, then turned to Gandhi’s own writing because she was seeking solace. The quote that particularly stands out for her is, ‘The weak can never forgive. ‘Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.’ While she doesn’t know if Rob could forgive her, that statement has tempered her own regret.” (source: http://www.evilbeetgossip.com/2012/08/23/how-eat-pray-love-changed-kristen-stewarts-life/)
Personally, I don’t care if you’re young, immature or simply bored, if you cheated on your partner, then you should expect and accept that your ex probably won’t forgive you for cheating on his ass. You can bawl all you like and drunk-dial him all you want but it’s not his fault and should never be taken against him should he decide to leave your sorry ass alone and miserable and to not forgive you even if you begged and begged and begged him to come back.
It will be your ex’s problem should he decide to not forgive you. Don’t deny him that opportunity because you were the one who broke his heart.
I don’t care if the guy or the girl was the one who did the cheating, if you cheat, then it’s your fault. If you’re not happy with the relationship, talk to your partner. If you want some time off, tell him/her. If you want to fuck around, break up with him/her first then do whatever is necessary to relieve your itch or your need to intimacy or some deeper shit like “sexual connections” or whatever your reasons are but don’t do it while you are still together. Cheating is nasty. It’s downright selfish. Break up with the person you’re with and do what makes you happy.
I personally don’t like cheaters and plagiarizers and those know-it-alls who insists that you believe in what they believe in.
Before I end this post, here’s the pic project.
Day 94: I can’t recall the name of this dish from Mr. Poon
Day 95: A lame attempt at capturing my bangsilog
Day 96: Ate this yummy, yummy veggies
Day 97: Omelet
Day 98: The chicken is superb but I don’t eat pork liver
Day 99: My baby!!!
Day 100: Playing with her “friends”
Day 101: Champorado on a rainy day
Day 102: I love breads
Day 103: Pochero
Day 104: Playing alone
Day 105: Love this shoes
Day 106: My birthday girl
Day 107: Nice print
Day 108: On her fort
Day 109: Me being all mysterious and shit. I look constipated in this pic.
Day 110: This is her own place
Day 111: Color maniac
Day 112: German boat something at Icebergs. This is delicious.
Day 113: At healthway
Day 114: With her wowo
Day 115: Nothing else to photograph but this arm rest
Day 116: Again, nothing else to photograph