It's hard to fall behind on writing articles such as this because its content requires more or less timely news. Unfortunately for me, I had to endure a two-week dry spell owing to a pesky weekend involving fever, cough, colds, and headache.
Fortunately, a lot of what had happened over that stretch are too interesting to pass up on. There's the recently-concluded SONA, The ongoing (at the time of this posting) Olympic Games, and well, some prayer rally at the EDSA shrine, to name a few. If you think about it, those three topics alone could provide enough material already. But don't worry, I won't dwell on those.
Here are my DIGs of the week.
I'm not digging...
1. The proposition that contraception is corruption. The Catholic Church has been on a roll over the past few weeks to make sure that they look extra stupid in front of the whole country with their arguments about the controversial Reproductive Health Bill. In its most recent display of comic genius, the church released an approximation of an appeal to the nation condemning the hotly contested senate bill. In this report by ABS-CBNNews.com, the church posited that contraception is corruption and is supported the statement with absurdly misleading and misguiding opinions expected from a bunch of people who never truly understood the pains of pregnancy and the hardships of raising a family. Hey CBCP, if you want to talk corruption, why don't you discuss that ongoing fiasco in the Vatican first?
Oh, and one last jab. What the heck is "saved sex"?
2. The Catholic Church's threat to campaign against – surprise, surprise – pro-RH bill politicians in 2013. One item on this list isn't enough for me to express my apparent dislike for the institution's recent moves. The point I'll try to get across on this one is fairly simple: as early as grade school, we were taught that there is a separation of church and state in this country. After reading this piece from GNANetwork.com, I couldn't help but ask, "What the hell happened to that?"
2. This year's State of the Nation address. Though I had a blast tweeting while watching the SONA, I still don't believe half of what Aquino said. Three years into his term and he still plays the blame game, citing the administration he inherited. Really?
3. The culture of bullying. Of course I have my biases. Frankly, I still want to strangle some of those jerks who harassed me back in the day. But that's irrelevant now. Some of them are screwed up now, anyway. Still though, my sympathy goes out to those who fall victim to this form of harassment. Especially when they end up killing themselves.
1. The release of Rush's nineteenth studio album.
When Mr. Karl de Mesa posted this piece on must-hear albums on GMANetwork.com a couple of weeks back, I was wide-eyed when I read item number one. The legendary Canadian progressive rock trio is back with a nineteenth offering, Clockwork Angels, and judging from the first few tracks I've listened to so far, there are no signs of slowing down for Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart.
2. The Queso reunion. Holy sh*t! 'Nuff said.
3. That 2-on-2 Fliptop battle between Loonie/Abra and Sheyhee/Smugglaz. This thing should be on YoRadio, but I had to put it here. Watch the whole thing and see for yourself.