Pope Francis: Commit to Social Justice

Pundits are saying that the President and other officials of the government was lucky when Pope Francis decided to go impromptu on his homily for the mass he celebrated in Leyte – where super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) did the worst damage when it ravaged the country a little over a year ago – and put aside his prepared speech as it contained passages that fly into the face of the ineffective and short-sighted efforts of the government.

I couldn’t agree more. Just read the most powerful portions of the said speech and I’m certain Aquino and his horde are sh*tt*ng bricks:

Above all, I ask that the poor throughout this country be treated fairly – that their dignity be respected, that political and economic policies be just and inclusive, that opportunities for employment and education be developed, and that obstacles to the delivery of social services be removed. Our treatment of the poor is the criterion on which each of us will be judged (cf. Mt 25:40, 45). I ask all of you, and all responsible for the good of society, to renew your commitment to social justice and the betterment of the poor, both here and in the Philippines as a whole.

This plus how local media has focused its reporting on the trivial things about Pope Francis – his charisma, his signature smile and his sense of humor – instead of his words on certain issues like corruption, justice, development, morals etc.

How I wish Pope Francis himself would deliver this speech with BS Aquino and other government officials in the audience before he goes back to Rome.

Photo by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images

Our lack of physical activities triggers gene for obesity

We may bask in the glory of modern technology today – smartphones, apps, the Internet and how these advances have made life easier by a just a few clicks and taps. However, this led to a more sedentary lifestyle (couch potatos, *ehem *ehem) than generations before, how many children nowadays go out and actually play with other kids?

Carl Zimmer writes for The New York Times about several scientific studies have shown that our less-physically strenuous way of life today has triggered a gene that causes obesity:

People born before the early 1940s were not at additional risk of putting on weight if they had the risky variant of FTO. Only subjects born in later years had a greater risk. And the more recently they were born, the scientists found, the greater the gene’s effect.

Some change in the way people lived in the late 20th century may have transformed FTO into a gene with a big impact on the risk of obesity, the researchers theorized. Giles S.H. Yeo, a geneticist at the University of Cambridge who wasn’t involved in the study, said he suspected that physical activity had something to do with the change.

It is possible that before World War II, people were so physically active that they were shielded from FTO’s obesity risks. As people became sedentary, they lost that protection and the gene emerged as a danger.

So it’s alright to hit the gym or simply get up and move about. Specially if you have the FTO gene.

In my case, I could use a little help from that gene as I need to put on more weight.

Kay Hirap Sundan by Grupong Pendong

Kay hirap sundan ang katulad mo
Di ko malaman ang gagawin ko
Ang tanong mo sa akin, gano kita kamahal
Ang pag-ibig ko’y iyong tinimbang

Nang sinabi mong patunayan ko
Sa aking buhay, sa aking puso
At ako nama’y di nag alinlangan
Ngunit damdamin mo’y para bang pumanaw

Ngayon nasaan ang iyong kandungan?
Yakap koy hangin sa kadiliman
Sa iyong paglayo, sadya nang naglaho
ang mga pangarap, ang mga pangako

Pag-ibig ay isang kamatayan
Alaala ang tanging iiwan

Kay hirap sundan ang katulad mo
Di ko malaman ang gagawin ko

Challenge accepted #https2015

This blog may not have the massive traffic it once had, I’m still perpetually working on it, the few visitors who happen to drop by and spend some time do so over an insecure HTTP channel.

With the rise of online attacks, where small websites are being used to attack bigger and more valuable online properties, there is a growing consensus that every website owner, publisher or operator join hands in making the internet a more secure place. We can do that by using secure HTTP connections or serving their websites over HTTPS.

Here’s a list of 9 good reasons why we should embrace HTTPS on the New York Times. And there’s a bonus of other good references listed at the end of the article.

The juiciest part of it, if I may say, is the challenge to have this blog fully on HTTPS by 2015. It’s going to be a challenge, but a good one at that. I get to tick off one of the items on my to-do-list cum New Year’s resolution since many years back and I can give my online visitors some peace of mind whenever they drop by for a visit. So let the fortification begin!

Sabado by The Eraserheads

Sabado by The Eraserheads

Buti na lang, Sabado bukas
Pwede tayo lumabas
Humanap ng gagawin
Di na kailangang isipin

Buti na lang, Sabado bukas
At pwede na tayo magwala
Kung magsisi sa huli
Kesa naman walang nangyari

Buti na lang, Sabado bukas
Pwede tayo magpuyat
Sulitin nahanggang Linggo
Kahit saan, wag lamang dito

At pagpanaw ng araw
At paglalim ng dilim
Ang oras ay lumipas
Di na natin maibabalik

Itapon ang kahapon
Yakapin ang darating
At kung kailangan mo ako
Lagi naman ako nandito

Buti na lang, Sabado bukas
Buti na lang, Sabado bukas
Hanapin man nila tayo
Sabihin na lang wala tayo dito

BlackBerry Passport officially unveiled

Seems that BlackBerry is going back to its corporate roots with their official announcement of the BlackBerry Passport. Some of the features include a 4.5-inch IPS display @ 453ppi, 2.2Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragron 800 quad-core chip, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, 13 megapixel rear camera, 4G LTE, HSPA+, 3G and BlackBerry OS 10.3.

Why The Naked Truth was not a fashion show

If we continue to tolerate this form of “entertainment”, before we know it, our society would be watching live porn right before their eyes and be so completely blinded and numbed by the media to see it as harmless amusement. Heck, it’s happening now—a lot of people aren’t even able to tell what can harm us as a society with the kind of sex-obsessed culture we are creating. We’re becoming more and more reckless, not considering the values we impart to the youth who will be left to run this world when the future comes.

Is this what marketing has come to? Degrading and sexually objectifying human beings for the sake of profit?

No wonder Jesus said the love for money is the root of all sorts of evil. It makes us forget that we are human beings with stories, souls, experiences, and emotions—not just mere bodies to sell underwear and jeans to through hypersexualization.

Dana and Stacy on The Naked Truth