If you have environmentalist friends / contacts in Baguio City, text/call them and tell them to go to Luneta Hill NOW and hug the trees —YES, you read it right, FUCKING HUG THE TREES IF YOU DON’T WANT THEM GONE. SM is starting the earth-balling / cutting of trees to give way to a parking lot. People are starting to gather in Luneta Hill already. Go!
Related article: http://blogwatch.tv/2012/01/sm-baguio-plan-to-earth-ball-pine-trees-is-tantamount-to-killing-them-protectbaguiotrees/
The group in charge of earth-balling the trees in Luneta Hill had no idea that we’re constantly on the look-out. They thought doing it at night would prevent us from knowing.
Baybayin is a pre-Spanish Philippine writing system, it is a member of the Brahmic family and is recorded as being in use in the 16th century.
The term Baybay literally means “to spell” in Tagalog. Baybayin was extensively documented by the Spanish. Some have attributed it the name Alibata, but this name is incorrect.
Baybayin is one of a number individual writing systems used in Southeast Asia, nearly all of which are abugidas where any consonant is pronounced with the inherent vowel a following it — diacritical marks being used to express other vowels (this vowel occurs with greatest frequency in Sanskrit, and also probably in all Philippine languages).
Above: The word Tumblr in Baybayin post-kudlit form.
“This is what I died for?”
It’s common for religious theists, and Christians in particular, to insist that atheists have no reason to be moral and no foundation for morality. It’s also common to hear that without God, people would have no reason not to go around raping and killing. Because of this, it’s always very interesting — and disturbing — when some of the same religious theists use incidents of rape or murder to “prove” that their god exists and that belief in their god is valuable.
Playstation Girl quotes a chain email that’s been going around:
“A girl went to a party and she ended up staying longer than planned, and had to walk home alone. She wasn’t afraid because it was a small town and she lived only a few blocks away.
As she walked along under the tall elm trees, Diane asked God to keep her safe from harm and danger. When she reached the alley, which was a short cut to her house, she decided to take it. However, halfway down the alley she noticed a man standing at the end as though he were waiting for her.
She became uneasy and began to pray, asking for God’s protection. Instantly a comforting feeling of quietness and security wrapped round her, she felt as though someone was walking with her. When she reached the end of the alley, she walked right past the man and arrived home safely.
The following day, she read in the newspaper that a young girl had been raped in the same alley just twenty minutes after she had been there and had been. I could have been HER, but SHE prayed.
Repost this as A GIRL RAPED IN (your city) if you truly believe in God… “
When she asked why God allowed the second girl to be raped if he protected the first, every Christian she asked answered: “Because she isn’t Christian. You have to be Christian.” So without God there would be no reason not to commit rapes; but with God, non-Christians may continue to be raped whenever God approves. Only Christians might be sparred being raped (unless God has a special lesson in mind, I guess).
Does it not occur to these believers that plenty of Christians get raped while plenty of non-Christians don’t get raped? Do none of these believers realize that rape occurs not because of people not believing in some god, but rather because of violent, misogynistic beliefs about women and women’s “proper” role in society — beliefs which have for millennia been justified and perpetuated by religions such as Christianity.
It’s worth noting the fact that this email is being sent with explicit instructions to replace the name of the city — in other words, this is an email that is intended to deceive and lie to the recipient about events that never really happened. Why? The purpose is to encourage people to believe in the Christian god — not through sound arguments, but through fear and intimidation. Is that what Christianity really reduces to?
Consider these comments made by Sam Brownback (via Carpetbagger) about rape and abortion:
Sen. Sam Brownback, campaigning for president before the National Catholic Men’s Conference, questioned whether rape victims should get abortions.
“Rape is terrible. Rape is awful. Is it made any better by killing an innocent child? Does it solve the problem for the woman that’s been raped?” the Kansas Republican asked at the St. Joseph’s Covenant Keepers gathering in Taylors.
“We need to protect innocent life. Period,” Brownback said, bringing the crowd of about 500 to its feet.
Source: LA Times
This “crowd” was all men — there are no women in the National Catholic Men’s Conference. None of these men will ever have to deal with being pregnant after being raped. None of these men will ever haver to face the possibility of dying while being forced to give birth a child conceived through rape. Brownback and the men who agree with him are all in the position of forcing women to be incubators rather than autonomous individuals — they are placing their religious beliefs about the nature of humanity above the ability of other human beings to live their own lives.
Of course, if they believe that only non-Christian women get raped because they fail to believe and follow the Christian god, perhaps they just don’t care?
“The state of falling nearly in love with every beautiful, charismatic girl one meets, believing them to be your life force, your raison d’etre, and then forgetting about them the second the next beautiful flower comes along.”
Found this on my friend’s wall. Awesome, don’t you think?
TUMBLR SCANDAL? TOTOO BA TO? BAKA PAREHO LANG YUNG KURTINA! WAG KAYO MAG-ASSUME! Have pity. Tanungin niyo muna yung mga taong involved.