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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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

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

The Legends of Easter

It was only the 9th hour of a Friday, on the 14th day of Nisan, the first of Jewish month. The night was young, and everybody present was in eager anticipation. Something imminent was about to happen. Everything that surrounded Gol’go-tha was silent, except, for the gasping breaths of three men—disrobed. The one in the middle was draped with a scarlet cloak, crowned with thorns, before finally impaled. All three were impaled.
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Must Watch Tributes to Science, Reason and Freethinkers

Must watch tributes to science, reason and the freethinkers. Great words, with images and music, are just awe inspiring. It’s art and science coming together in glorious HD.  <3

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Quick Reads Recs

The Pandesal is very busy, therefore Weekly Digests have been …suspended

1. Know Your Gullibility Index by James Randi. For mental tools that’ll make you less gullible, see previous post.

2. Parallel to the RH/RP debates and the thoughtless “Protection of the Unborn Child” Bill by Rolio Golez is a the story of Shuai, a depressed pregnant women who attempted suicide and was arrested.

Excerpt

That’s right: according to the ways the laws are being applied here, the state of Indiana believes that any pregnant woman who smokes or lives with a smoker, who works long hours on her feet, who is overweight, who doesn’t exercise, or who fails to get regular prenatal care, is a felon. And the list of ways these laws could be construed to unconstitutionally prosecute pregnant women goes on and on…

3. Would you look at that: not all Filipinos are Catholics. Other churches give their two cents on the RH/RP debates and the CBCP doesn’t get a nod.