Another magnitude 7.x earthquake hits us

According to the PHIVOLCS, the strength of the earthquake that hit us yesterday was comparable to that of 30 atomic bombs.

It’s very strong. Lives and properties, including historic structures, were lost to that particular earthquake. While we live far from the epicenter, we live close enough to have felt it.

It’s at times like these when people remember God. But it can only be so sad because they’d remember him as a punisher. They’ll want to pray to Him to “appease” Him, so to speak. As if He is a wrathful one, like the gods of old.

So-called religious leaders will call to people to repent because “God is angry and He is punishing the wicked” echoing those times from eons ago when people would say “The gods are angry!” whenever something unusual and wrong happens.

Why can’t people just believe what science says? That the plates of the Earth move causing what we feel as earthquakes?

A lot of time, money and effort has been spent doing research on these things. People wanted to understand how these things happen and now we do.

Or even the Bible itself? Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 says,

 

“The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happens to them all.

“For man knows not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are men snared in an evil time, when it falls suddenly upon them.”

 

Wrong things can happen to anyone anytime. Even the writers of the Bible acknowledge that fact. King Solomon of Israel wrote this down for us.

Why can’t people know that?

God is capable of doing something so trivial. If He can create all the beautiful world we live in, He is more than capable of moving a small bit of it.

But He is a loving God. Why can’t people understand that?

Why do people always look for someone, anyone to blame?

Cat Days: Some observations from the first 24 hours

Yesterday afternoon, I took two kittens from my sister’s place and brought them back here in my place.

I thought I knew enough about cats but, apparently, there were a few things I was yet to learn and I’m quite sure there are a lot more things I could learn about them.

I wasn’t even half-way to my place when I learned the first thing about Tiger and Lynx.

  • Cats mostly take care of themselves. Unlike dogs, they clean themselves up and they clean up after themselves.
  • Cats become familiar with whatever it is you transported them in. I tried to make a new place for them when we arrived but they still went back to their box, anyway. They don’t sleep there, though.
  • Cats like to sleep in just enough places then they huddle together. They slept in the distance between their box and the new one. It’s got some sort of roof because I used the flap of their box as a bridge and they sleep under that bridge.
  • Cats know how to keep their environment clean. I woke up really early this morning to too much light from outside my room and to my cats. I was still sound asleep while they were already playing around. Then, they realized they still had some food left over from last night so they decided to have their first breakfast.After that, Tiger started clawing away at my sandals. I thought the cat was just playing with the rubber. It was only when Tiger started clawing at the concrete when I realized what the cat was actually doing: Tiger was trying to dig, getting ready to take a dump.

    I was so certain because I’ve seen cats do it before. And I realized I was yet to get the litter box prepared. (It was already late in the afternoon so…) I was too late to realize what Tiger was doing so I was too late when I came back. It was done.

    Not a good picture, I know, but dogs won’t even dig.

  • Cats a picky when it comes to eating. Not the food but where the food is. They seem to not eat anything that has gone out of the plate, so to speak.
  • Kittens handle separation well. I thought they’d be mewling all night like their mother did when the litter before this one was sent away. They didn’t. Then again, it probably helped that I brought two with me instead of just one. I thought one would need another to play with so I decided to bring two.
  • Cats like being together. Lynx has jumped to my bed already but Tiger seems to be the weaker jumper and couldn’t make. I had to help it up because… I just… Well, the cat was trying to jump up to the bed but just couldn’t!

That’s quite a few already and that’s before the first 24 hours is even over but I know for sure that as these Cat Days go on, I am bound to learn a lot more about them.

They love my bed. I will have to secure my bed. For now, they can stay.

Separation of Church and State, Not!

It seems to me that the Church is really pushing for the dissolution of the idea of the separation of the Church and State for they continue to meddle in state affairs.

Truly, they shouldn’t. They couldn’t even keep their own order in check and now they want to engage in politics?

They can’t even hold together the Church for real and yet they want to get involved in matters which do not concern them?

I don’t get how that is supposed to make sense.

Today is the National Heroes Day. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) wants to “celebrate” it by organizing a one-million-people-march against the so-called pork barrel.

I did understand, if only for a bit, why they had such a strong opinion against the Reproductive Health Bill (RH Bill. Now, Reproductive Health Law.), but I cannot understand why they want to get involved in such a matter concerning the financial resources of the state.

The previous issue, of the RH Bill, involves the question of the life of the unborn child. While the newly-passed legislation doesn’t include a provision for the legalization of abortion in the Philippines, they stretch it that far and say that the direction is definitely headed there.

Indeed, it is a possibility which cannot be denied.

However, what have the Church got against the idea of the government giving an allowance to lawmakers so that they may be able to realize projects for their communities?

Truly, the PDAF, Priority Development Assistance Fund, isn’t all bad. Scrapping it altogether would require a new method with which a representative or a senator could get funds for projects. Whatever this new method will be, it can be exploited just as easily as the pork barrel can be.

Clearly, the appropriation for these funds is not the one at fault here. It is but in the handling of these funds where everything goes wrong.

So, now, answer me. Why is the Church calling for a march against funding that supposed to be helping the poor (a sector of the community which is supposed to be the top priority of the Church given Pope Francis’ principles) instead of calling for a march against the abusers of these funds?

They are already meddling in affairs which they shouldn’t have anything to do with unless, of course, they want the Church to all over the State like it used to, why are they taking it from such an angle?

Taylor Swift: It does get better after high school.

Proof:

At Fifteen, she was like:

You take a deep breath and you walk through the doors
It’s the morning of your very first day
You say “Hi” to your friends you ain’t seen in a while
Try and stay out of everybody’s way
It’s your freshman year and you’re gonna be here
For the next four years in this town
Hoping one of those senior boys will wink at you and say
“You know, I haven’t seen you around before”

‘Cause when you’re fifteen and somebody tells you they love you
You’re gonna believe them
And when you’re fifteen
Feeling like there’s nothing to figure out
Well count to ten, take it in
This is life before you know who you’re gonna be
Fifteen

You sit in class next to a redheaded Abigail
And soon enough you’re best friends
Laughing at the other girls who think they’re so cool
We’ll be out of here as soon as we can
And then you’re on your very first date and he’s got a car
And you’re feeling like flying
And your mamma’s waiting up
and you’re thinking he’s the one
And you’re dancing ’round the room when the night ends, when the night ends

‘Cause when you’re fifteen and somebody tells you they love you
You’re gonna believe them
When you’re fifteen and your first kiss makes your head spin around
But in your life you’ll do things greater than dating the boy of the football team
But I didn’t know it at fifteen

When all you wanted was to be wanted
Wish you could go back and tell yourself what you know now

Back then I swore I was gonna marry him someday
But I realized some bigger dreams of mine
And Abigail gave everything she had to a boy who changed his mind
And we both cried

‘Cause when you’re fifteen and somebody tells you they love you
You’re gonna believe them
And when you’re fifteen, don’t forget to look before you fall
I’ve found time can heal most anything
And you just might find who you’re supposed to be
I didn’t know who I was supposed to be at fifteen

La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la

Your very first day
You take a deep breath, girl
Take a deep breath as you walk through the doors.

At 22, she’s like:

It feels like a perfect night to dress up like hipsters
And make fun of our exes, ah ah, ah ah.
It feels like a perfect night for breakfast at midnight
To fall in love with strangers, ah ah, ah ah.

Yeah,
We’re happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time
It’s miserable and magical, oh, yeah
Tonight’s the night when we forget about the deadlines
It’s time

Uh oh!
I don’t know about you
But I’m feeling 22
Everything will be alright
If you keep me next to you
You don’t know about me
But I’ll bet you want to
Everything will be alright
If we just keep dancing like we’re
22
22

It seems like one of those nights,
This place is too crowded.
Too many cool kids, ah ah, ah ah (who’s Taylor Swift anyway, ew?)
It seems like one of those nights,
We ditch the whole scene and end up dreaming
Instead of sleeping.

Yeah,
We’re happy, free, confused, and lonely in the best way
It’s miserable and magical, oh, yeah
Tonight’s the night when we forget about the heartbreaks
It’s time

Uh oh! (hey!)
I don’t know about you
But I’m feeling 22
Everything will be alright
If you keep me next to you
You don’t know about me
But I’ll bet you want to
Everything will be alright (alright)
If we just keep dancing like we’re
22 (oh, oh, oh)
22
I don’t know about you
22
22

It feels like one of those nights,
We ditch the whole scene.
It feels like one of those nights,
We won’t be sleeping.
It feels like one of those nights,
You look like bad news,
I gotta have you,
I gotta have you.

Oh oh yeah hey!
I don’t know about you
But I’m feeling 22
Everything will be alright
If you keep me next to you
You don’t know about me (you don’t know about me)
But I’ll bet you want to
Everything will be alright
If we just keep dancing like we’re
22
22
22, yeah, yeah
22, yeah, yeah, yeah

It feels like one of those nights,
We ditch the whole scene
It feels like one of those nights,
We won’t be sleeping
It feels like one of those nights,
You look like bad news,
I gotta have you,
I gotta have you.

That seems pretty much conclusive.

Unclosed: Ending the Hiatus

hiatus*
A hiatus is a pause in which nothing happens, or a gap where something is missing.

It’s been about a year since I posted that previous post. It is about that time when I didn’t know what to do with the blog anymore.

I started blogging at a different WordPress page, J’s log, at jauntyskipper.wordpress.com. That was even a few months before the hiatus. It’s a page full of tumblelogs. A page of posts that will be considered asides if put in this same page.

I like it in there, too. I put down thoughts in there. Words I deem worth quoting from any one of my readings. Things I notice in the world around me that I consider worth putting into words. Passing thoughts. Ideas. Pieces of code. Just whatever. It is a tumblelog of just about all things I come across that I had the time and chance to put down.

However, this page has been started. And it’s somehow remained alive despite the huge break in the posts. I realized it’ll be a total waste if I simply abandoned this page.

And somehow this time seems like a good time to start posting again. To begin with, I’m posting something new that can be read about in this page. Of course, I’ll still be writing about the old stuff. But it never hurts to expand your reach.

* Definition taken from “Collins Cobuild Advanced Dictionary of English” © HarperCollins Publishers 2009