Thursday’s Snippet

In programming, an ABEND (also abnormal end or abend) is an abnormal termination of software, a crash. With some indicators, is GMA’s administration close to an abnormal end? Wait and see.

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Some say CBCP’s position on the national crisis is just right but many are discontented. Do they expect the clerics to say: Go to EDSA and revolt? Multiply politicking

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Political Trauma

Former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, for the second time, called on President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to resign.

Aquino was quoted by Inquirer saying, … the most noble — and least disruptive — way out of the moral crisis would be for the President to resign from office.

With due respect, I disagree with the former president. Even if President Arroyo resigns today, the moral crisis will continue and even worsen – much more the nation’s political crisis.

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Top 10 Most Frequently Pirated Software Titles

The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) released on February 19, 2008 the list of most frequently pirated software as part of the 2007 Anti-Piracy Year In Review report. SIIA is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry based in Washington, DC.

The report observes:

The largest share of software titles pirated fall in the productivity categories – word processing, office suites, report design, web design, etc. – the software used most often in business.

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Talk Show: The Next President

Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada, Jr. for president? It’s too early to tell. It’s just a rumor – a ‘humor’ probably. Jun Lozada – The Movie, possibly comes first.

But rumors, words and actions always foreshadow Philippine politics except to some who love surprises.

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Crying men: Is crying good for us?

It is a widespread belief […] that crying is therapeutic and […] failure to cry is a danger to our health, Emotional Processing[dot]Org notes.

Men don’t cry. But Rodolfo Noel “Jun” Lozada Jr, and Erwin Santos did on national TV.

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Good news is good

We are accustomed to read and hear issues and scandals; and even lured to sensational news. Crimes, scandalous government and private transactions, break-ups of famous showbiz couple, and gossips are juicy and get more space and airtime.

Stories about growth and development appear to be ordinary and less appealing. Most likely, these “good news” are given less priority.

We’ve been hearing complaints about media highlighting only the bad news, Lorenzo Niñal observed.

While many wants to read and hear more “good news” from mass media, I doubt Filipinos can sustain a week without any reports about issues and controversies. I’m even afraid if it happens.

Press mirrors our society. We are not a Utopia nor a community of robots. As we journey we stumble upon conflicts, thus issues surface.

A friend noted, “we suffer overdose of negative reports”. However, he admitted that we cannot stop media from reporting or highlighting “bad” news. After all, that’s most of us want.

We have options though. We can filter news and get only what we desire. To get a healthy dosage of the day’s information, I hang out to Good News Pilipinas, a pretty good site that reports all good things about Philippines and Filipinos.

While the dramatic and trivial episodes of Senate investigation on alleged anomalous NBN deal upset me at times, I also get a big grin while reading about “good news”.

Take good news to nourish you and bad news as stabilizer. After all, we can murmur: good news and bad news a day keep doctors away.

Really? Smile, just for today.

JGG|Mandaue City
Blog I author (Bisaya): Ambot Lang!|Contact: Send Mail

Seeking way out

In the recent national issue – aborted National Broadband Network (NBN) – ZTE (China) deal, the buzzword is “seeking for truth”. There are also nice-sounding “mass for truth”, “prayer for truth”, and CBCP’s call for “communal action”.

We are eager to know the truth as who are involved in the alleged “kickback” or “commission” – whatever we may call it. We equally welcome and waited for the missing link that directly point the Palace as the force behind the alleged anomalous deal. Unless we see this missing link, the clamor continues. If the link does not really exist and if proofs free the Palace from the anomaly, suspicion of cover-up will surely surface. Whether we like it or not, many – through mass media, already found the Palace “guilty”.

We have been in the long journey of seeking the truth with faith that truth will set this nation free. We quest for these freedom: freedom from constant political turbulence, freedom from economic setbacks, freedom from corruption and wrongdoings in the government and private sector.

The Filipino nation is getting sick and tired of being so politically and economically sick and tired. While everyone is seeking way out of this desperate condition, each faces the national dilemma as to “how”. This national dilemma is clearly manifested in the Senate investigation to the alleged NBN-ZTE anomalous deal.

As an observer to the Senate investigation and to the reaction of some religious and civil society groups, I wonder what is the direction of this nation.

The alleged anomalous deal, the Senate inquiry, the clamor of the people, mistrust to government leaders, the overdose of media coverage, exaggeration, are not new since we overthrow the dictatorial government.

We never slept and awaken without controversy. Many are already immune of it. Some are making fun and money by playing with it. One reason of this is the lack of cohesiveness among the Filipino nation. Another is uncontrolled emotion. We push leaders up like gods, and pull them down like evils.

We condemn criminals and later tag them as better than the other, and even hail them as “hero”. We are consistently inconsistent. It seems its difficult to stand – it’s easy to follow where the multitude are.

In the end, we will lately realize that we are blind followers marching towards dead end.

JGG|Mandaue City
Blog I author (Bisaya): Ambot Lang!|Contact: Send Mail