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“Every movie in every cinema is about Death, Death Sells!”
Ian Faith, manager of the legendary band Spinal Tap.
Michael Jackson was as hot as a musical artist can get in the mid 80s.Like anything else there will be a regression. When he died people in my life from maids to our H.R. were blasting M.J. thinking it made them “unique”. Well there is no such thing as unique in the bandwagon. It’s the same music whether the artist is dead or alive.
One of the major themes of what I write is what is good is good regardless of other factors like the environment or time or in our case here, if your pulse beats more then zero times a minute.
If you want it in one word it is “intrinsic”. You enjoy something simply because it is. Not because it’s in and you want to fit in. I delved a bit into it in my blog why I don’t like American Idol.
I have seen bandwagon jumping upon instigated by death celebrity death that I made conscious effort to blog once in a while about artists that were still alive and what I liked about them. I don’t need an obituary to be informed. I did it for Kirk Douglas and Charles Durning.
I did however blog about two celebrities who I happened to see shortly before their unexpected demise both from diverse fields. One a former preacher turned comedian and the other maybe the PGA’s most flamboyant golfer. You just never know.
Back in 2009 there was a trilogy of deaths that some people close to the situation tried to exploit for their own ends. I still can’t wrap my mind how others can be so cold to exploit the end of a person’s stay on Earth.
1) Everybody knew where they were when they heard Michael Jackson died. I declared my opinion that he was not taken far too soon. What you may not have known was Michael’s own father that same weekend kept promoting his record label.
2)’Win One for Teddy,’ Say Dems Pushing for Health Reform
Honoring someone’s memory is about the worst imaginable reason to pass any law.12:01 AM Aug 29th 2009 from web http://twitter.com/GregVegas
And you thought only Pinoy politicians rallied around corpses. That is exactly what the Democrats did with the demise of Ted Kennedy in 2009. Yes the brother of John and Robert. You can read the gory details here.
3) Yellow Tide Rising
Finally in that trilogy of 2009 , the Pinoys will not be outdone. As usual , death like anything is exploited because people can not accomplish their goals solely on merit. Noynoy himself has never accomplished anything regardless what the Malacanang trolls that inhabit GRP say. I don’t care how cold you find me for describing it this way but save your wrath for the person who actually did it. Noynoy used his own mother’s still cooling corpse to pole vault into Malacanang. Which is about the most disgusting thing a son can do to his mother. So having done that , Noynoy doing what he has been doing since Saturday should surprise no one. The Inquirer story describes Noynoy as taking charge and leading. We all know that Noynoy Aquino could not lead anyone out of a paper bag with a lightsabre.
I hate bandwagon jumpers because those people don’t know what values to stick to. Well to stick to values you have to have some to begin with. Noynoy Aquino is a bandwagon jumper because he has never driven anything himself. Now he is in charge of the country. Lovely.
Benign0 in his post makes points that might be fingernails on a chalkboard to some but have to be made nevertheless. Why weren’t these guys trumpeting the Secretary on Friday or the Friday before that or in July? Why now? That method is how we now have our current president. He himself was anonymous in the middle of 2009 other than his parents. He used death to attain a position he otherwise would not have. Why stop there?
Sorry guys. You know I preach loyalty and staying true to your roots and not selling out. I have not been blogging in the usual spots lately because I have been accepted by a blog site that stands for what I stand for . I am glad to take psycho blogging to a different and wider audience. I know what you are thinking, "there are others like you?" Well a place where I fit in anyway. The editor told me he prefers my blogs stay exclusive to his site and I have no problem with that. I always refer to all my old online work whenever I reference. Also I doubt everything I will want to write about will fit the scope of Get Real Philippines. I wrote a tribute to Donna Summer when she died I have yet to get around to finalizing it. Please do drop by and add a comment or two. Also read the others there who I am fortunate to be accepted in their little corner of cyber space. Recently my ninth piece got published. You can subscribe to the site via Facebook, Twitter and email.
Thank you for reading me in the usual places and for continuing to read. In the words of Sandra Bernhard "Without you I am nothing".
Compilation of my posts on the site
You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice.
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill;
I will choose a path that's clear-
I will choose Free Will.
Rush "Free Will"
No matter the outcome of American Idol whether Jessica Sanchez wins or loses, face it Philippines you have serious issues when it comes to voting.
What you did in May 10 2010 as Marcus Aurelius once said will echo in eternity. Look at who you voted for in the top two slots. How did that work out for you??? Noynoy won the presidency on the back of his barely buried mother. Proud to be PINOY!!! Second place a guy who was found guilty of plunder, a crime punishable by death but gets second most votes in an election: Proud to be PINOY!!!
I thought the whole idea of a vote was to give you a choice and make up your own mind. If your choice is presumed what does that say about the exercise?? The manifestation of Filipino voting prowess currently sits in Malacanang. Choice based on offspring not merit. You know what they say about family? You can't pick your family. Enuff said.
She was not born in the Philippines, her father is Mexican , she does not live here . I don't know if she has ever been here. What the heck makes her yours? Are you that desperate for attention that any semblance of a racial connection will give you cause to hoot, holler and chest beat like King Kong grabbing Jessica Lange?
BS Aquino the turd swept into the highest office in the land. Not based on any tangible achievement on his part but by basically reminding you who his relatives are. You fell for that. Anyway we are reaping what we sowed. This man is our duly elected leader and what does it say about us??? BTW he supports Jessica Sanchez.
The main theme of my piece here is that the pinoy values pansin above all. Pansin is so valued they will ignore anything. In 2010 the entertainment headlines read Four RP films in Montreal (film festival). They included my niece Kathleen Jayme. Again, not born here, educated abroad, lives abroad so this country has little to do with anything but pinoys are so consistent in grasping at anything to be noticed.
Let's reverse this whole pansin thread. Do American sports pages brag that Kirk Long starred for Ateneo? Do Canadian sports pages brag that Sean Anthony (McGill) is a pro basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association? It would be ridiculous if they did. But we do it all the time sa 'Pinas because our standards are so low.
Maybe the problem with me is I watch sports. I do root for teams but the beauty of sports is its supposed to be the ultimate reality TV. Even the contestants and the organizers don't know whats going to happen. In order to achieve that , there has to be a level playing field. Same rules apply then you compete in that sport. The problem with Pinoys and I have said this before is they don't know how to compete. If they did we would dominate international basketball since it's the only team sport we play as a nation. We are the only nation with basketball tunnel vision. All the other countries , their best athletes play soccer or baseball and the rest go to basketball. They still beat us.
I can not emphasize enough that I love sports. Because sports is it's own entertainment. It has little to do with nationality. The best get to play and the best get to win. Forget about nations. Just be world class.
The point about competition is the pinoys make American Idol about race and not about merit. Spare me with the "she is good" . She may well be but you are rallying behind her perceived nationality. You are not rallying behind her skill. Which makes your framework a racial one and not a meritocracy. You co-opted what I believe is the intended goal of the show which is come up with a "singing star". You instead made it about someone whose ethnicity you believe matches yours. Pinoys do it all the time because they have what I perceive as an attention deficit disorder. They don't feel they get enough attention so they somehow find it in Manny wins and in Jasmine Trias surviving another round in American Idol. Speaking of which, is she not currently in the where are they now file? They feel that American Idol and Manny Pacquiao and Arnel Pineda validate them as a race. To each their own but in my opinion having a mama's boy who never accomplished anything as a politician sitting as your president speaks volumes of who we really are. Not some singing contest or 7 rounds of boxing.
I don't like the word "support" because it implies you are being obligated to do something that you otherwise won't do. Think of something you love. Do you consider it supporting or whatever you do springs naturally from your love of what you are doing?
I am not the first one to point this out but Crissy reminded me today that American Idol has specific guidelines who can vote yet bolero pinoys in their pursuit for perfect pansin keep telling us that Globe subscribers can vote. Oh if I could harness the mental energy of pinoys in Facebook, I could toast some bread, lightly.
What disturbs me and maybe only me is the meaning Pinoys attach to American Idol. Almost as obsessive the way my dad describes his in laws of ten years. With awe filled reverence. Like nothing else matters. The problem is, this country has problems and this culture has a strange way of ignoring those problems. That is why they continue to be problems. How come a singing contest makes one proud to be pinoy , yet the constant loss of life by violent means does not make one ashamed to be pinoy? Whether its because of political reasons, financial reasons , religious reasons or pure carelessness of the community around you. Life is not valued here but the results of some text tally in singing contest is the be all and end all. Why only define yourself with the trivial and temporary but ignore a more definite and life altering reality? Are you that petty a culture?
Colin Cowherd is a very polarizing talk show host. I have quoted him many times to make my point and I will quote him again. Don't let one good day define you. The real test of a human's capabilities is what they are like in crisis. What they are like when the inevitable bad days come. Pinoys as far as I am concerned could care less about improving on the bad because they rather to focus on the trivial, like a singing contest.
Maybe Filipinos value American Idol so much because American Idol as an institution does not value originality. Filipinos themselves do not value originality because they value public figures who make gaya gaya with no apology.
Seeing other races as inferior last time I looked was racism. Yet Pinoys tell you to vote with no options but their own race on the promo. That is so insulting to anyone with a brain but in my experience you dare question that you are crab. I am not crab I understand the meaning of the following concepts: choice, objectivity, merit and free will.
To answer the question in my title. I want Jessica Sanchez to lose on the remote chance that somebody out their who will initially grieve at the loss might wake up to reality and get some perspective that American Idol is not worth a hill of beans and then changes the nation for the better. Then people might vote for elections based on merit and not some idealized conjured fantasy. Cue Abba.
KSP is the root of all evil . I have learned that living here the last 12 years. Pansin is the pinoy currency that very few people will say out loud.Yet that is what drives them. Affects their judgement, their sense of fair play and totally closes their mind to beauty and ingenuity from other places in this world. Yet it is this that makes them proud to be pinoy. Not me. I will chose free will.
Herman Boone from Remember the Titans
Two of the major themes in my blog have been bandwagon jumping (on and off) and intrinsic value. I can't help but take shots at the typical Filipino sports fan and two examples of those are here and here. Now if there is a bright side to that sometimes the Canadians are not too far behind the Filipinos in being so bush league about sports.
I was listening to CBC News how they try to portray that the hockey season is over for Canadians coast to coast because Ottawa the last Canadian NHL team in the playoffs got eliminated.I am sorry to all my Canadian friends who may read this but then you are admitting Hockey is not Canada. You all know that I think sports is a stupid arena in which to define one's national identity. But you know what's even more exponentially stupid is using professional sports to define one's national identity.
For those of you who do not know, professional sports is not about local culture. It's about business. A business that caters to the cities that a league is in and a business that provides TV programming to whatever locale on Earth that will tune into that sport. General Managers of any team will fill up their roster based on logistics like budget, quota, salary cap space, parity rules , need etc. It has nothing to do with nationalism or civic pride. Despite all that, tradition is somehow produced from that very cold process. Tradition like the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Montreal Canadians, Boston Celtics, Green Bay Packers etc.
But let's take our example of the myth of the "Canadian" team in the NHL. The Ottawa Senators were Canada's last hope in the playoffs in 2012. How Canadian was Ottawa? Which is the capital of Canada for those of you who don't know.
Their roster was comprised of 6 from Sweden, 7 from the USA, 17 Canadians, a Frenchman , two from Czechoslovakia and finally two Russians.
I then took the roster of a random "American" team that is still playing. The St.Louis Blues. a Swede, 6 Americans, 19 Canadians , 3 from Czechoslovakia and a Russian.
You may draw your own conclusions from that but mine is, if you can play hockey then you can end up on an NHL playoff team regardless of nationality. Does it matter what city that team is in?
A study based on 2010-2011 NHL said that roughly half the league was Canadian, one fourth of it American and the rest from various places in the European continent. Canada is supposed to be Hockey but 1/4 of their league is compromised of people from a nation that cares more about football, basketball , baseball and NASCAR than hockey.
So Canada. Explain to me why you are hockey? You provide a slim numerical majority to the best hockey league on the planet. Your national network put out a story defining hockey as over after the first round with your own people on the street saying it. The playoffs are just getting going. There are thirty NHL teams and you have less than a third of them.
Actually I was in Canada when the systematic poaching of Canadian hockey teams began and it made anybody who gave a lick about tradition sick. That was the ultimate bandwagon moment. Taking teams that were part of the community fabric and plunking them in hockey hotbeds like Arizona and Nashville. In case there is a real hockey historian reading this , I know Nashville was an expansion team but it goes to my point that Quebec City and Winnipeg don't deserve big time hockey but Tampa Bay and Nashville do??? Hockey of the National Hockey League variety kept trying to be something they are not and they paid the price.
Actually over the years I have met many Canadians who do love their hockey. Guys who could tell you who was on the third line of the Colorado Avalanche. Does not change the fact the majority of people are bandwagon jumpers who do not care about the intrinsic beauty of a sport that is hockey. All they care about are being on the bandwagon.
For those of you who not familiar with the real Canadian tradition of hockey, a ten minute video can tell you more about it than a thousand of me. And that I will provide for you here. And if there was a thousand of me, run for your lives!!!!
I am not ashamed to admit it. I fear driving in the city where I live. It may have to do that I drove for 16 years in a slightly more courteous place. I will do almost anything to get out of driving in real traffic. Some people ask me why I am the way I am and I just said for my first sixteen years of driving I never once had to share a road with a jeepney driver. Don't get me wrong because I ride on jeeps every once in a while. I just know that to understand a jeepney driver's mentality just remove the "ity".
Jeepney drivers were kamikaze pilots in a previous life. That is just my belief. To paraphrase Steven Wright, Manila drivers do things you thought were only possible in cartoons. When I moved here my grandmother said to me " you will learn to drive our way". I felt like answering like Captain Williard in Apocalypse Now "I don't see any method at all, sir."
I need improvement in my prayer life. I should pray more when I eat, sleep and wake up. The one time I pray regularly is when I get into the front seat of a car. I have seen things done here that do not make me the list bit curious about what ingesting LSD would be like. If they ever held Death Race 2000 here, I am not sure we would even notice it.
I would like to close this thought by asking you to read the rest of that headline. A more High Definition version of the picture is here.
Ironically another story that shares the front page with this one is "Pinoys biggest believers in God". Well they all drive like they want to meet him soon.
Manila named 3rd worst city for driving
(philstar.com) Updated April 19, 2012 07:31 AM Comments (4) View comments
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine capital of Manila has been tagged by the "CNNGo" travel and lifestyle website as the world's third-worst city for driving.
The website cited Filipinos' concern about traffic congestion as their number one problem, followed by air pollution, garbage collection, flood control and the need for security.
"So, Filipinos care more about getting to work on time than they do about respiratory ailments, mounting trash heaps, drowning or being assaulted?" it said.
CNNGo said that in 2001, Manila borrowed US$60 million from the World Bank for transit-related activities.
"Among other things, the funds were meant to 'promote the use of non-motorized transport,'" it added. "A campaign asking locals to 'Please stop driving,' however, wasn't necessarily the best approach to traffic management."
The website believes that authorities may be doing something to solve the traffic mess in the city. "Redeeming quality: You're in a country in which smooth-flowing traffic is apparenly of utmost importance to residents. So, you gotta figure somebody, somewhere is working on the problem. Right?"
Beijing in China topped the list as the world's third-worst place for driving, followed by New Delhi in India.
The other cities in the world on the list are Mexico City in Mexico, Johannesburg in South Africa, Lagos in Nigeria, São Paolo in Brazil, Moscow in Russia, Toronto in Canada and Monaco.
MMDA doubts report
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) officials expressed doubts the report.
"Siguro hindi naman totoo iyan. Ano bang basehan nila? Convenience? Travel time?" said MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino.
"Ang ginagawa natin sinasama na rin natin ang mga residente para sila rin ang gumawa ng paraan against traffic," he added.
He said that while some Filipino drivers need more discipline on the road, the country is not being left behind with regard to the state of roads and vehicles.
"MMDA, under Chairman Tolentino's strong leadership, is working hard to improve Metro Manila's traffic situation," said the agency's traffic discipline unit head, lawyer Yves Gonzalez.
"We've implemented speed limits, motorcycle lanes, installed traffic light timers, utilized social media, and mobile apps to inform motorists," he told ABS-CBNNews.com
"All projects aimed at improving Metro Manila's traffic situation. All this in less than 2 years, and we have a lot more ahead," Gonzalez said. - Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News
"Words as weapons sharper than knives
Makes you wonder how the other half die
Other half die"
INXS Devil Inside
Make a long story short Ozzie Guillen told Time Magazine he loved Fidel Castro. What he was trying to say or so he claims is that he admired his spunk able to last as long as he has. Maybe projecting his warrior spirit on him. There are many articles out there about it and I have included some here. The problem being that Ozzie's city of employment is the one city in the world you can't say that.
I totally sympathize with the Cuban Americans and what they are feeling. But for the rest of us, this is a good chance to boarded our perspective on history and culture. I have included clips of prominent Cuban Americans speaking on this topic and how Guillen's declaration has affected them. This is your chance to hear the issue from a unique perspective, in their own voices. One Two Three.
From my hindsight is 20-20 department: The Marlins knew they were getting a loose cannon with Ozzie. He does not back down from any opinion. They really should have sat him down and familiarize him with his market. This is not the first time Guillen expressed "admiration" for Castro. He declared it in 2008. But he was still in Chicago. That context makes all the difference. Florida Marlins should have picked up on that and prepped him.
Human beings are complex characters.Somebody can be totally despicable but will have traits that you wish you could peace meal transplant to yourself or other people who are lacking that specific admirable quality. Guillen just admired the battler in Castro. Unfortunately that battler side of him lead to some very consequences for many people. If you don't get what I am trying to say I have included a scene from an episode of Star Trek that captures exactly what I mean. Mccoy and Kirk as usual let their passion and humanity get the better of them and Spock points out the fallacy by applying his logical framework. The issue is that a despot even if their motives are heinous still has leadership and strategical qualities that can garner admiration. That is why the original Star Trek (which came out the same year I did) is such a brilliant show.
Pontius Pilate once said "What I have written, I have written.". In this Twitter/ Facebook world , what is said is instantly written and will "echo in eternity". Guillen as we speak is making amends. As a long time baseball fan, I have never seen Guillen make amends about anything. Which leads me to think he is being sincere. That's just me. But what Ozzie has done has given a people a voice and you can hear them here through the power of the blog.Through a man's mistake you can learn. And you will not be the only one.
Orestes Destrade and Dan Lebetard Audio
A large picture of their guest in on a screen)
KIRK: Name, Khan, as we know him today. (Spock changes the picture) Name, Khan Noonien Singh.
SPOCK: From 1992 through 1996, absolute ruler of more than a quarter of your world. From Asia through the Middle East.
MCCOY: The last of the tyrants to be overthrown.
SCOTT: I must confess, gentlemen. I've always held a sneaking admiration for this one.
KIRK: He was the best of the tyrants and the most dangerous. They were supermen, in a sense. Stronger, braver, certainly more ambitious, more daring.
SPOCK: Gentlemen, this romanticism about a ruthless dictator is
KIRK: Mister Spock, we humans have a streak of barbarism in us. Appalling, but there, nevertheless.
SCOTT: There were no massacres under his rule.
SPOCK: And as little freedom.
MCCOY: No wars until he was attacked.
KIRK: Mister Spock, you misunderstand us. We can be against him and admire him all at the same time.
KIRK: Totally. This is the Captain. Put a twenty four hour security on Mister Khan's quarters, effective immediately.
I hope you all reflected with the time you have been given this Easter season. One of the topics I consistently explore in my blog is how internal values affect external actions. The lack of internal values leads to mob mentality. As Kenobi puts it " The Force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded. "
A manifestation of mob mentality is bandwagon jumping. making choices more to fit in with people around you than to align your actions with your personal beliefs. Of course if your beliefs are not really convictions then you will easily be swayed into mob mentality. Anthony Robbins said that you make every decision to get closer to pleasure to avoid pain. If you voluntarily experience pain it's with the belief that you are avoiding a greater pain.
When your values do not have roots, then you allow yourself to morally drift with the crowd. Hence the mob mentality. Hence the bandwagon jumping. Sometimes not wishing to conform to those who easily conform is seen as being stubborn.
Ever since I was a young lad and I started paying attention to the story of the Passion of Jesus Christ it always struck me the contrast between the people's behavior hailing Jesus on Palm Sunday and then come Good Friday they were calling for his head. The video I have provided below. Please note in the third scene where Pilate gives the people a chance to vote who among Barabas or Jesus will be set free, the intimidation tactics used to manipulate the outcome of a vote does not seemed to have changed in two thousand years. Once again proving the relevance of the Bible today. And on a slightly less humble note, I saw the actor that plays Pilate on the plane, twenty years after this movie was made.
In previous blogs I have quoted Tom Cochrane and Red Rider to explain mob mentality:
”People do some strange things
When they're all together
They wouldn't even dream of
By themselves” .
Just like there is strength in numbers. Mob mentality also proves there is weakness in numbers.
I have no problem admitting you that I am a very flawed human being. One thing about watching and reading the story of Christ this Lenten season once again reinforced to me that the Church as we know it was built on flawed human beings. I told you last month that last year I was introduced to the School of the Word. Where we study scripture and apply it to our thinking, experience and our lives. One thing I will not forget Fr.Gerson say was that the Bible is not naive.
The Bible accounts for human flaws. Otherwise it would be impossible to have redemption stories. It's all there. Whether it's Moses or David or others. Trials and difficulties abound in the Bible. And wouldn't you know it , we all go through trials and difficulties.
Peter was all vim and vigor about Jesus when times were good. He denied Christ when the going got tough even when he was warned that he would . Peter himself jumped on the bandwagon when it was convenient. But Peter ultimately rebounded for his moment of weakness to be the Rock he was predicted to be. The Apostles scattered like roaches when you turn on the light at the time of Jesus' arrest. But they overcame that weakness and sustained the courage to build the Church. People of weak or no faith will be quick to point out the current weaknesses of humans in the Church and ignore any good they have done. If you will dwell on the bad, try to see the good.
All through out the story of Jesus. There are elements that want to subvert what Jesus stood for and his message and his following for their own purpose. What hit me while watching Jesus of Nazareth is that the story happens with the backdrop of the land being occupied by the Roman Empire. As in any occupation that requires military means to perpetuate it, there are always dynamics in play in everyday life. This affects the Gospel. If Jesus did not stick to his guns, the fundamentals of his teachings then they would have been subverted. For the record his teachings were love, faith, obedience , humility, caring for one another. It's all there in the book. Remember that when people of today speak in his name or claim to be his followers and want to subvert you . What values do you see in their actions?
Warning the following are examples that hit me as mob mentality. Sorry if you disagree but read my explanations before you violently react to me. It would not be mob mentality if only very few bought into it. I had to pick examples that were conspicuous. If the example bothers you I will listen to a well said rebuttal. My previous observations of people jumping on bandwagons:
Noynoy Aquino. His meteoric rise to the highest elected office in the land is proof of bandwagon jumping and mob mentality. He has no internal values that lead to concrete deeds. Like I said a while back pre election, he is wallpaper. He is just there.
You could not convince me in a million years that the people who jumped on the Noynoy bandwagon valued integrity, leadership and action. Noynoy was not any of those things yet he won the election. They valued ephemeral family ties and counterfeit patriotism. People jumping on the Noynoy bandwagon for me was the ultimate mob mentality. Supporters glossed over leadership and tangible evidence of crisis management. Look at Noynoy's campaign. All he did was anchor himself to the past. His parents' past. Not even his own. The color yellow, the 'L" sign, his dead mother's picture over his shoulder. Things he had nothing to do with. And our nation rewarded him for that. Electing as your ultimate leader one who does not fit the traditional framework of a leader is not exactly the Filipino's shining hour .
Efren Penaflorida - pinoys jump on his bandwagon not because they value what he does but they value the attention he gets. So they pretend they value his mission of education.
Azkals - nation pins their hopes on people who are not even from this nation to represent this nation.
Pinoy Drug Mules- yeah, true leadership is jumping on the bandwagon of countrymen who go to other countries and break their rules. Instead of using it as a teachable moment for being accountable.
Using Death as an excuse to jump on the bandwagon
Crab Mentality- question bandwagon jumping and you get accused of being a crab
This Easter Sunday I hope you took the time over the break to reinforce your values through thinking and prayer so that you are not easily shoved into a convenient bandwagon. The deeper your values are the less room there will be for you in the bandwagon.
“The reality in the word is what makes it rather interesting and relevant. Otherwise, it is not worth the ire or disgust of Malacañang,” .
Archbishop Oscar Cruz March 17th, 2012
Anyone who remembers anything about high school physics will remember the equation:
work = force x distance
The word “work” as used in physics has a narrower meaning than it does in everyday life. First, it only refers to physical work, of course, and second, something has to be accomplished. If you lift up a box of books from the floor and put it on a shelf, you’ve done work, as defined in physics, if the box is too heavy and you tug at it until you’re worn out but it doesn’t move, that doesn’t count as work. http://galileo.phys.virginia.edu/classes/1
In high school John Kavelac started pushing against the wall of the classroom and asked if he was doing work. Well he did do work because that image remained in my head over twenty years and he was just a substitute teacher at the time. The fact of the matter remains if the country is to go anywhere, it would be to our advantage that the occupant of the highest elected position in the land was very familiar with the concept and even better the execution of work. I said many times before the election that he is all rhetoric with no track record. But his defenders would have none of that.
Noynoy did not work before he was elected and surprise surprise he does not do anything after he is elected. Hence the validity of the term "noynoying" . As far as his supporters were concerned the fact he did nothing was a plus. Good thing I did not have a Glock nearby. The Philippines has a myriad of problems and for many many people the best solution was to pick somebody who never showed you any capacity for problem solving? No wonder we have those problems in the first place.
Anyway in the spirit of public protest came the new phenomena Noynoying. I found the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/noynoying and the creators actually made it last year. I would assume similar to Tebowing which sprouted at the same time. Making a verb out of a noun. Tim Tebow was known for prayer at the end of a game and Noynoy was known for , well you know nothing. Noynoying is defined as looking bored and assuming the laziest pose possible.
Malacanang wants you to believe that is foul. But it has to come from somewhere? You know where it came from? Noynoy himself. An election campaign is an opportunity for one to talk about himself or herself. Noynoy did not do that because we all know there was nothing to talk about. That is exactly what he did pre elections 2010: nothing. Instead we were bombarded with his family members living or dead, seen or unseen. The campaign did it's best to paint Noynoy Aquino as a sympathetic figure, lovable figure, sentimental figure but never made him out to be a working figure.
So he won with those tactics because of the quality or lack thereof of the electorate. But did you not think there was going to be a cost? Another physics rule is: To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction. In the Bible You Live By the Sword You Die by Sword. The Filipino voted for Noynoy based on nothing and are getting nothing and are shocked. Like Capt. Renault in Casablanca who was totally shocked that there was gambling in the casino.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Noynoy's campaign was built on the ephemeral not the substantive. So people are then shocked we are getting ephemeral results and not substantive. The beauty of the whole Noynoying campaign is that it hits the spot. Noynoy HQ is authentically annoyed. The truth hurts. They release those lame "look at me I am working" photos right after and claim it was coincidence. Malacanang spin doctors working overtime. Don't they get it? This was not some randomly generated negative trait. Who do they think they are? Pravda? Joseph Goebbels ?
Ironically and I truly mean ironically, the best thing Noynoy defenders could have done on the accusation of doing nothing was nothing. You have heard the expression I will not dignify that accusation with a response. Well Noynoy handlers sure dignified all that. These photos were clearly a choreographed manipulated response to being jabbed by Noynoying. In the video clip below Larry Sanders sets out to not dignify a false paternity accusation by just saying nothing. When one exercises restraint instead of some some knee jerk reaction, it requires discipline and projects poise. Discipline and poise come from doing something over and over till you do it well. Unfortunately for Noynoy and his supporters, that saying does not apply to doing nothing over and over.
http://noynoying.com/ (Thank you for some of the pictures)
MANILA, Philippines—Stating that the truth hurts, retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz said Saturday Malacañang should not complain but should simply absorb the message of the latest protest gimmick of militants: “noynoying.”
Cruz, a known Aquino critic, said “noynoying”—a newly coined word that plays on the President’s nickname and is used to describe a passive protest act of just lying down and doing nothing— was a jab at President Benigno Aquino’s supposedly “do nothing” leadership style which, he said, was “not altogether false.”
“The truth is painful. The new word could be annoying but it is not altogether false,” Cruz said in an interview.
“The reality in the word is what makes it rather interesting and relevant. Otherwise, it is not worth the ire or disgust of Malacañang,” he added.
Cruz said “noynoying” was “another novel expression in line with KKK” or the protest term for “kaibigan, kaklase, at kabarilan (friends, classmates, and fellow gun enthusiasts)” coined by the President’s critics to describe close associates he appointed and retained in power despite controversies surrounding them.
“Instead of becoming angry, Malacañang should instead get the message behind the word and the gesture that goes with it,” Cruz said.
Noynoy Aquino was elected President of the Philippines May 2010. How this was done was by convincing a hoard of people that Noynoy was a leader and a competent decision maker. This hoard has since found work as background cast of the Walking Dead. My many thoughts on the inappropriateness of Noynoy Aquino as any kind of leader let alone President - here.
I have this theory that if you take any of those Chuck Norris jokes and substitute the name Noynoy Aquino, 95% of the yellow army will totally believe it. In fact read a bunch of them and see how long it takes before they stop taking you seriously. Some of them are so deluded by the Noy Machine that they will think you are reading them a draft of his biography. Some of them will get Tupas and Colmenares and sue Chuck Norris for infringing on the " Noynoy Mystique". There is no funnier person on God's green Earth to juxtapose with Chuck Norris than Noynoy Aquino assuming you lived through his campaign and you have seen him for what he is which is not much.
By any objective account Noynoy is quite useless. But if you heard the rhetoric of Noynoy and his campaign they make him out to be all things to all people. If the horde of the Yellow Army will believe Noynoy is a man of action, integrity, principles and leadership. Then they will believe anything about him. Including the Chuck Norris jokes.
Noynoy Aquino' tears cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried.
Noynoy Aquino counted to infinity - twice.
Noynoy Aquino does not hunt because the word hunting infers the probability of failure. Noynoy Aquino goes killing.
If you can see Noynoy Aquino, he can see you. If you can't see Noynoy Aquino you may be only seconds away from death.
Noynoy Aquino sold his soul to the devil for his rugged good looks and unparalleled martial arts ability. Shortly after the transaction was finalized, Noynoy roundhouse kicked the devil in the face and took his soul back. The devil, who appreciates irony, couldn't stay mad and admitted he should have seen it coming. They now play poker every second Wednesday of the month.
When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night he checks his closet for Noynoy Aquino.
Noynoy Aquino built a time machine and went back in time to stop the JFK assassination. As Oswald shot, Noynoy Aquino met all three bullets with his bald head, deflecting them. JFK's head exploded out of sheer amazement.
Noynoy Aquino has already been to Mars; that's why there are no signs of life there.
They once made a Noynoy Aquino toilet paper, but it wouldn't take sh*t from anybody.
A blind man once stepped on Noynoy Aquino' shoe. Noynoy replied, "Don't you know who I am? I'm Noynoy Aquino!" The mere mention of his name cured this man blindness. Sadly the first, last, and only thing this man ever saw, was a fatal roundhouse delivered by Noynoy Aquino.
Noynoy Aquino went looking for a bar but couldn’t find one. He walked to a vacant lot and sat there. Sure enough within an hour an a half someone constructed a bar around him. He then ordered a shot, drank it, and then burned the place to the ground. Noynoy Aquino yelled over the roar of the flames, “always leave things the way you found em!”
One time while sparring with Wolverine, Noynoy Aquino accidentally lost his left testicle. You might be familiar with it to this very day by its technical term: Jupiter.
Noynoy Aquino is Luke Skywalker’s real father.
Contrary to popular belief, Noynoy Aquino, not the box jellyfish of northern Australia, is the most venomous creature on earth. Within 3 minutes of being bitten, a human being experiences the following symptoms: fever, blurred vision, beard rash, tightness of the jeans, and the feeling of being repeatedly kicked through a car windshield.
Noynoy Aquino does not use spell check. If he happens to misspell a word, Oxford will simply change the actual spelling of it.
Before science was invented it was once believed that autumn occurred when Noynoy Aquino roundhouse kicked every tree in existence.
In the original pilot for Star Trek Next Generation, Noynoy Aquino can be seen powering the USS Enterprise warp drive with his roundhouse kicks.
Noynoy Aquino isn’t lactose intolerant. He just doesn’t put up with lactose’s sh*t.
Noynoy Aquino doesn’t eat. Rather he kicks ass until he’s full.
Scientists in Washington have recently conceded that, if there were a nuclear war, all that would remain are cockroaches and Noynoy Aquino.
Noynoy Aquino once threated to sue Burger King because they refused to make it his way. When asked what “his way” detailed, he replied: “with barbed wire and nails, of course”. He then roundhouse kicked the reporter for even asking.
Noynoy Aquino never “gets laid”, rather: “laid gets Noynoy”.
Playgirl magazine once asked Noynoy Aquino to appear naked in an issue, Noynoy laughed at the opporunity saying “there isn’t enough paper in the world to contain my bearded member”. He then killed the editors simply by unzipping his pants.
Helen Keller’s favorite color is Noynoy Aquino
Noynoy Aquino once walked down the street with a massive erection. There we no survivors.
When Noynoy Aquino was a kid, he gave teacher's grades.
Noynoy Aquino is the only person to have never played the game of basketball, but still has more NBA rings than Jordan.
Noynoy Aquino once gave mouth to mouth to a flea
The ocean was created from the dinosaurs tears when they first saw Noynoy Aquino.
Noynoy Aquino dips his hot sauce in eggs.
Addition was created simply to keep count of Noynoy Aquino' victims.
Noynoy Aquino rolled a 20 on a 6 sided dice.
Only diamonds can cut diamonds, the only thing that can cut Noynoy Aquino.... DONT BE STUPID
NOTHING CAN CUT Noynoy Aquino
Noynoy Aquino invented the high-five
Noynoy Aquino doesn't have hair on his testicles, because hair does not grow on steel.
Noynoy Aquino is the only person on the planet that can kick you in the back of the face.
Noynoy Aquino could win America's Got Talent simply by walking on the stage.
Noynoy Aquino doesn't pop his collar, his shirts just get erections when they touch his body.
Noynoy Aquino can build a snowman out of rain.
Noynoy Aquino once had a heart attack; his heart lost.
The only thing that gets between Noynoy Aquino and justice is an equal sign.
Brett Favre can throw a football over 50 yards. Noynoy Aquino can throw Brett Favre even
Noynoy Aquino doesn't use pickup lines, he simply says, "Now."
Noynoy Aquino once pulled a building out of a burning building.
Noynoy Aquino cannot predict the future; the future just better f***ing do what Noynoy Aquino says.
Noynoy Aquino can kill two stones with one bird.
In his will, Noynoy Aquino has specified that if he dies, he will bury himself.
When asked what type of vehicle he drives, Noynoy Aquino responded slyly with "Don't you mean what kind of vehicle drives me?"
Noynoy Aquino always has sex on the first date. Always.
Crop circles are Noynoy Aquino' way of telling the world that sometimes corn needs to lie the f*ck down.
Noynoy Aquino watched Paranormal Activity alone.
Noynoy Aquino has three meals a day; blood, sweat, and tears.
Noynoy Aquino can strangle you with a cordless phone.
Noynoy Aquino can EAT water..
Noynoy Aquino can "Enter Outside"
She blinded me with silence. Yes , it's a play on a Thomas Dolby song that was a big hit when I was in Grade 10. For those of you who clicked expecting to read about an old flame giving me the silent treatment, this is not the column for it. This weekend did something many of you hoped would happen a long time ago. It shut me up. I knew that going in. I did not know why it was necessary but I had faith it was going to be a good thing.
I even joked that the one good thing about being silent is it was much easier to keep up the illusion that I was not a complete idiot. You know the expression , better to be silent and let people think you are an idiot than to open your mouth and leave them no doubt.
There is a saying that Silence is Golden. Well for one weekend and for one person I can say that this weekend and this place was Golden. You can read my blog and realize the many different places my attention goes to. This weekend was the most focused I have been on my faith in a while. Which giving my scatter brain M.O. May not be saying much but it's better than my usual mindset.
Last night we voluntarily turned our cell phones in. The next thing you know they might ask for my firearms too. The root of me being here was reluctantly accepting an invitation to "bible study" . Not that I don't have faith or have anything against it. You just have this inert apprehension that you may not fit in or care to fit in. Couple that with a full time job plus part time school for me then you start to really get protective of your free time. Well this was back in August I think. And I have been a regular member of The School Of The Word.
If you are cynical of spirituality, Catholicism or organized religion but are still reading, there is grace in that. Anyone can be cynical about organized religion but one thing you can never argue is the pure niceness of the people that things like this tend to attract. Maybe the meanies are still in here but they have their nice face on. If one is supposed to lead by example then I would like to think the people here put forth very good example in terms of respect , listening and sharing. That is not even counting the values that so called atheists ignore.
The fear of not fitting in , is normal. The thing is , in our group we have all ages. Somebody in grade school, somebody in high school, somebody recently started working, wives, mothers , single people and the group works. I learn from all of them.
Learning is only possible if one surrenders due to ignorance. The proud seldom learn. By voluntarily partaking in this exercise at some point all of us want to hear something , learn something. I liked what someone said last night (Luigi) of wanting to be a sponge. Just so happens one of the themes of the talk was water. If water is good for you then you need something like a sponge to get it. Not a stone . A stone that is full of pride with a tough exterior. Not wanting anything to make an impact on it. Wanting to do the impact itself. Leave it's mark on others and not designed to be impacted on. Just because it's silent , does not mean there is nothing to hear. It is silent here precisely because we should not miss what we could hear.
This school and this weekend could not be possible if it wasn't for passion. If not for passion the group would not spread the way it has, and I would never have been invited to go. If it wasn't for passion, I would not be attracted enough to come back a second time or a third time. As Rod Stewart sang back when he was not a complete sell out "everybody I know needs some passion. Some people are scared of passion. Some people die and kill for passion. No one admits they need passion" .
There were a lot of feelings and insight one can get from going into a place like this and with people as good and as caring as these people are. After all no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care. But just know that writing this is not meant to contain or summarize whatever I went through here. It is up to you, to say Yes to something similar one day. As Bobby Knight once said you have to get in position to get into position. This weekend was not just this weekend a result of lot of things I have said yes to in the past. It is about faith.
The exercise of the silent retreat did in fact keep me quiet for a little while . But I found that I have slightly more defined Voice because of it.
http://www.calvaryabbey.com/id95.html (importance of silence)