5 Million, 100 Million

by Boy Turon

There is this popular idea that the correct model for economic development for the Philippines is Singapore. From the time of the late Cory Aquino up to the present administration of her son, Benigno Aquino III, most of these economists, technocrats and economic managers from the academe, business sector, and government would extol Singapore’s adherence to economic liberalization as our way out of poverty.

After all, Singapore is prosperous and a key financial center in Asia with a high standard of living as opposed to the Philippines’ third world status. You cannot argue with success and by the looks of it, Singapore is a success model in terms of economic development.

But what is the hard fact behind it?

Singapore is a city state with a population of 5 Million as compared to the population of the Philippines of 100 Million.
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July Headers – Clownfishes are Hermaphrodites & other Bits

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From left to right:

1. Clownfish in Bubble-Tipped Anemone.

Popularized by the film, Finding Nemo. Clownfishes are sequential hermaphrodites: they develop into males, then females. Clownfishes live in harems with a single dominant female at the top. When the dominant female is removed, the most dominant male moves up the rank. :)

Bubble-tipped anemones are the favorite homes of Clownfishes. A young anemone has around 20 tentacles; the number of tentacles increases as the anemone gets older.

2. Moon Jellyfish

Moon Jellyfish live in coastal waters. They are easily recognized by the four bright gonads at the center of the bell.The adult is also called Medusa and yes, they can be male or female. Watch them in action.

3. Lettuce Coral, Phoenix Islands

Lettuce Coral, also known as Cabbage Coral, Ruffled Coral. Not the leafy kind you can munch on. Header picture is from National Geographic.

 

Do You Want to Know Why the Evolution Theory is Wrong and the Bible is Right?

by Rejell

The Evolution Theory is wrong. Adam was made of clay and his rib was transformed into Eve because of God’s love. The talking snake tempted Eve to eat the Forbidden Fruit. Then, God got angry and condemned them, right?

After that, God hated his creation and murdered them every now and then like drowning in a big flood, genocide and etc., if they will disobey his words. Continue reading

Dear Lord God

by Godless Classless and Free

Dear Lord God,

I pray that Filipinos build more housing, water systems, irrigation, schools, bridges, labs, stadiums, universities, toilets, septage, sewerage, and other spiritually edifying structures instead of building useless churches. I pray that Filipinos this Sunday will go to the movies, gyms, libraries, parks, malls, parties, rallies, museums, restaurants, beaches, operas, concerts, fairs, hotels, motels and other spiritually enriching places and events instead of attending Holy Mass to listen to the useless opinions of fascist Catholic idiots.

– Godless Classless and Free

Updated “About” Content

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The About page has been updated, featuring a watered-down version of a parable, which what we hope is a gentle introduction to skepticism. This is a derivative of a comment made by a TAFW author, happyhumanpinoy.

Imagine yourself lazing around one fine Sunday afternoon. Suddenly, a man knocks at your door and tells you, “Congratulations! You won a million dollars and a round trip ticket to Hongkong! All you have to do is hand over your wallet. “

You vaguely remember betting on a lottery and you never met or heard about the man in your life. Would you hand over your wallet without asking for evidence of the man’s claim?  — Continued Here

The Doctrine of Original Sin

This year, Pope Ratzinger made a statement that made the Roman Catholic Church less medieval somewhat – look, Big Bang Theory is a fact and God was behind it, Pope says. Most Catholics in the Philippines seem to have missed this development. The Pope also declared that Genesis is an allegory. So, Genesis is fiction, the fall of man is fiction and Original Sin is fiction. Why do Filipinos need to hand 250 bucks for their children’s spiritual betterment? Continue reading

June Header – Sombrero Galaxy

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“The Sombrero Galaxy (also known as M 104 or NGC 4594 ) is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo. It has a bright nucleus, an unusually large central bulge, and a prominent dust lane in its inclined disk. The dark dust lane and the bulge give this galaxy the appearance of a sombrero. The galaxy has an apparent magnitude of +9.0, making it easily visible with amateur telescopes. The large bulge, the central supermassive black hole, and the dust lane all attract the attention of professional astronomers.”

Really, theists? All this for you? :)

More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sombrero_Galaxy

ETA, June 8. WordPress released a new layout, Twenty Eleven, which we took out for a drive. Header is still The Sombrero. :)