News, Personal, Politics

In an Emotional World, Singapore Is Comfortably Numb (and the Philippines is uncomfortably emotional) – Businessweek

In an emotional world, Singapore Is comfortably numb and the Philippines is uncomfortably emotional. So could this be the reason why we’ve (almost) always been economically-challenged? And if so, are you willing to trade all the happiness (and sadness, and every other emotion) you can/will feel just so we can be the economic powerhouse every country wishes to be? Apparently not. Read the comments on this news article.

“Emotion resembles a wheel spinning free. When the cogs work, action begins, emotion ceases.” – David Lindsay quotes (Scottish Novelist, 1876-1945)

Future citizen

The Future Citizen.

It’s not surprising then that Singapore also has an alarmingly low birth rate, even prompting government to mull over increased benefits for couples having more children. Not to mention the efforts of private companies, like Mentos to pitch-in.

Trade-offs. Maybe we should start taking emotion-suppression pills instead of allocating the budget for RH? . But is that how we should live? Is that all that we are? Is that what we were born for? To serve as cogs in this economic machine?

Reminds me so much of the movies “Equilibrium” (how the government requires citizens to take some sort of emotion-suppressant) and “Gattaca” (about eugenics). Why eugenics? Read this article: ‘Want more babies? Change mindset towards less educated’.

In an Emotional World, Singapore Is Comfortably Numb – Businessweek.

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Humor, Politics

Barack Obama Singing Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer [OT]

See on Scoop.itiPhones and iThings


Hammer Time! :)
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News, Politics, Social Networking

Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012: Ang Nakakatawa at Nakakainis

(First of all, apologies to the people following this blog for its iPhone apps news and reviews. This is a momentary personal/political post addressing our situation here in the Philippines on the enactment of the Cyber Crime Prevention Act of 2012 that may well endanger free speech supposedly warranted by democratic countries like ours.

As a blogger who writes content regularly (mostly reviews), I am one with my Filipino brothers and sisters in ensuring that our right to free speech will not be stifled — or at least not for long. This post is written almost entirely in Filipino in solidarity with my online kababayan netizens.

Regular articles about iPhone and technology will resume tomorrow, September 29, 2012.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. — RJ)

Anumang batas na naglalayong bawasan imbes na dagdagan o bawiin imbes na pagtibayin ang karapatan ng mamamayan na malayang maipahayag ang saloobin ay kasuklam-suklam at walang puwang sa isang demokratikong bansa kagaya ng ating mutyang Pilipinas. Malayang pamamahayag na nga lang ang karapatang ganap kong nagagamit sa araw-araw, pati ba naman ‘yan aagawin pa sa akin? Akala ko malala na ang SOPA , PIPA at CISPA ng America. Yun pala may mas malalala pang ipatutupad dito — ang Cyber Crime Prevention Act of 2012. (cue horror music).

Sa totoo lang, matagal na akong hindi nagba-blog ng anumang may kinalaman sa pulitika, lalo na ng Pilipinas. At gusto ko mang ipaliwanag ng detalyado kung bakit, eh hindi ko magagawa dahil pihadong aabutin tayo ng siyam-siyam dito. Kaya dun na lang tayo sa simpleng rason — nakaka-umay na kasi. Nakakasawa. Paulit-ulit ang isyu, pabalik-balik ang problema, kwento-kwento, deba-debate – tapos sa huli, balik lang sa dati. Maghihintay na naman ng mas interesanteng isyu tapos ulit na naman. Palaging ganun. Samakatuwid, inayawan ko na yang political blogging na yan hindi para sakin kundi para sa iba – makabawas man lang sa ingay at kaguluhan. Makabawas man lang sa mga sumasawsaw. “Too many cooks spoil the broth” kumbaga.
Kasi nga naman sa political blogging, maraming “noise”. Kalembang, mga hinihilang walang lamang lata. Puro ingay, puro opinion, wala namang naidagdag na “value” sa usapan. Panggulo lang. Sabi ko sa sarili ko nun: “Sige na, kayo na lang mag-debate dyan. Dito na lang ako sa technology blog, may kulay pulitika rin, pero dun lang yun sa mga A-listers. Hindi isyu yun sa mga ZZZzz-listers na gaya ko (Oo, parang “zzzz” as in nakakaantok, sakto sa wordplay no?).
Kaya lang, nitong mga huling araw, may mga alingawngaw na naman ng isang nagbabadyang unos – isang pamilyar na unos na minsan ko nang nabalitaan sa America at minsan ko nang nabasa sa aklat pang-kasaysayan nung nasa eskwela pa ‘ko. Marami silang pangalan sa ganitong pangyayari – censorship, regulation, control, policing, moderation – Martial Law.
Alam nyo, mga kababayan kong Pilipino, para sa’kin semantics lang yan – big word para sa isang simple at maliwanag na katotohanan – PANANAKAL.
Nakakatawa sya at nakakainis. Alam nyo yung ganung pakiramdam di ba?

Nakakatawa
Nakakatawa kasi pakiramdam mo maraming nagga-galing-galingan sa paligid mo kasi akala nila porket maganda ang bihis nila at may titulong nakakabit sa pangalan nila eh alam na nila lahat – na alam nila kung ano ba talaga itong pinipirmahan nila.
Nakakatawa kasi pinalalabas nito na akalain mo, pag may kinopya ka palang mga pangungusap (o buong saknong) mula sa blog ng isang taga-America, inangkin mong sayo ‘yun at hindi naglagay ng proper attribution, eh okay lang kasi wala naman daw plagiarism laws dito (o anumang iba pang nakakatawang palusot).
Pero pag may orihinal ka namang isinulat tungkol sa “ibang” tao na magmumukhang masama sa interpretasyon ng taong yun o ng sinuman, mortal sin na yan at kailangan mong pagdusahan sa iba’t ibang paraan na dinidikta ng Cyber Crime Prevention Act  na yan. Maaari ka pa ngang humimas ng malamig na rehas – for being original.

Nakakatawa kasi sa dinami-dami ng pending legislations, ito talaga ang bibong-bibo nilang inasikaso. Hindi rin ako ganun ka-updated kaya pakibalitaan nga ako: Kumusta na yung FOI? RH? Petsa na???
Nakakatawa sya sa maraming kadahilanan pero higit sa lahat, nakakainis sya.

Nakakainis

Nakakainis kasi ordinaryong tao lang ako, walang bonggang Filipiniana o kagalang-galang na titulo. Nakakainis kasi alam kong sa likod man ng keyboard na ito o sa labas ng bahay ko, wala akong kapangyarihang gumawa ng batas o baliktarin o isaayos ito – na ang pirma ko ay walang kapangyarihang baguhin ang buhay ng higit 90 milyong tao.
Nakakainis dahil sa Cyber Crime Prevention Act  na yan, hindi ko na kailangang mang-hack o mag-spread ng computer virus para maparusahan at bawian ng online at offline life. Ultimo ang hamak na blog site at blog post na ‘to subject to “take down” basta may magreklamo na na-offend sila.
Nakakainis kasi mamanhid man ang daliri ko sa kakapindot ng keyboard na ‘to, ang totoo nyan eh ito lang ang meron ako. Salita. Opinyon. Pagkatao. Pagka-Pilipino.
Nakakainis kasi yun na nga lang ang karapatang pantay na tinatamasa natin, imbes na palawigin ay nakuha pa nilang bawiin.

Anong magagawa natin?
Pilipino ka ba? May magagawa ka. Paunti-unti. Sama-sama. Maki-pirma. Ipakita mong ang pirma mo bilang Pilipino ay kasing-halaga ng hinalal nating public servants. Pagkatapos mong “pumirma”, ipasa at ipamalita mo sa lahat ng iyong kakilala.

Hindi ito isyung pang-blogger lang dahil kung gumagamit ka ng computer, nagko-comment sa forums at blogs o social networking sites tulad ng Facebook at Twitter, apektado ka. At pag apektado ang isa, apektado tayong lahat.
Salamat sa pagbasa. Go forth and Multiply.

P.S.
Kailanman ay hindi kinokondena ng blogger na ‘to ang “trolling” at paninirang puri sa kahit kaninong tao. Hindi dahil kinokontra ko ang Cyber Crime Prevention Act sa kasalukuyan nitong anyo ay kinokondena ko na ang masamang gawain. Malalaki na kayo, alam nyo na dapat ang tama at mali. Maging responsible online man o offline. Maigi nang malinaw tayo.

May maayos na provisions ang Cybercrime Prevention Act na naglalayong protektahan ang mga mamamayan subalit hindi ito dapat ipinasa in its current form dahil may mga kwestiyunable itong nilalaman — isa na rito ang provision on libel committed under the Cybercrime Prevention Act , na kahindik-hindik mang isipin ay in-elevate nila as criminal (6 taong pagkabilanggo) — di hamak na mas matagal sa 4 taong pagkabilanggo kung hindi sa Internet ginawa ang libel.  

 

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Causes, News, Politics

Philippines ranks #129 in Transparency International’s 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index

Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2011 report just came out today and boy, aren’t we all excited to read it!

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So what’s the deal with this Corruption Perceptions Index that makes us all giddy?

Well, we’re all crazy about lists and reputation, statistics and that whole image thing because it influences our credit rating, grant proposal approvals, business investments and such.

It’s basically about tracking how good or bad countries are at squandering people’s money and how good or bad they are at getting away with it.

In the end, where we are on this list now will somehow predict where we’ll be in the future in terms of economic stability and all the perks that go with it.

For a more apt explanation of what it is, it’s best to consult with the guys who assess records and ultimately come up with this list.

According to TI’s website:

“The Corruption Perception Index ranks countries and territories according to their perceived levels of public sector corruption. It is an aggregate indicator that combines different sources of information about corruption, making it impossible to compare countries. […]

[…] Perceptions are used because corruption is to a great extent a hidden activity that is difficult to measure. Over time, perceptions have proved to be a reliable estimate of corruption.”

This year, it ranks 183 countries on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 10 (very clean).  Continue reading

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News, Politics

PNOY SONA 2011 Livestream – Watch State of the Nation LIVE Online for FREE + Full Transcript of Speech in English and Filipino

PNOY SONA 2011 Livestream – Watch State of the Nation LIVE Online for FREE + Full Transcript of Speech in Filipino

Switching between free TV channels 2/4/5/7/11 as necessary to give you better coverage.

No copyright infringement intended. This is being streamed here strictly for public service in order to reach as many audiences as possible as we all know the significance of this State of the Nation Address by President Benigno S. Aquino III to the Filipino people.

Livestream/webcast is also available on the following websites:

GMANews.TV

NBN Channel 4

ABS-CBN News

Please see Full Transcript of Speech in Filipino below. (source: gov.ph) Continue reading

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