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.


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.

RHB Memes

All right boys and girls. A blogger pointed out CBCP lies thrive because we’re all cognitive misers so let’s try another strategy. Feel free to use, grab and remake all the funnies below and in the Flickr album. Click the pics to see the Flickr sets. The Greener album has more lulz. Credit goes to the awesometastic people here and here.

More contributions are welcome. :)

Letter From His Eminence Gaudly Bonbon ArchDuke Rosey

A letter from ArchDuke Rosey. Please pass on to as many people as you can. If you don’t, you’ll burn in hell. Click & click for more readable text.

DISCLAIMER:  The character depicted in this letter is fictitious. Any similarity to any person living or dead is merely coincidental.

DISCLAIMER 2: Due to possible legal implications, we have tailored the letter for outright fakery.

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Failure to Communicate

This is one of the reasons why we can’t have more  light humor on this blog.

Atty. Sison, seasoned in real life trolling tactics, claims he has “yet to receive from its advocates and supporters a point by point refutation” aside of course from three?four? paragraphs long summary or teeny distortions of  most pro-RH arguments which is 40% of the written material. Semantics is everything. Arguments what arguments?

Then he pimps Joffre Balce’s 10 points, which is hilarious (I give you that) but lacks a touch of reality so characteristic of the pro-fetus camp. Did I mention it lacks a certain touch of reality?

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A slightly sober digest of last week…NOT

JAPAN Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster. Scroll down for links to Institutions you can donate to. Donations and volunteerism fuel rescue operations, not prayers.  For the Pinoys, Red Cross is accepting donations via telecoms. Japan is a rich country but they could use a little help right now with rescue operations. “Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.”

This week is all about Japan and Women. The Roman Catholic Church tried to make it about their big crosses and righteous indignation.  Continue reading


A prominent figure of an institution dedicated to moral and spiritual excellence must take care in choosing words to avoid tabloid sensationalism. What the esteemed bishop Oscar V. Cruz has written here, now a propaganda tool by the pro-fetus group, turned the idea of population development into a B-rated horror story courtesy of his “fertile imagination” and “downright fantastic” wit. Oscar V. Cruz knowingly committed again what he preaches God doesn’t want you to do: lie.

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rec: City of Guilt

City of Guilt is a short documentary about back-alley abortions in Metro Manila, where poor women risk their lives to undergo terrifying abortions. An issue with public policies on providing women the care they need is the interfering influence of the Roman Catholic Church and the political sycophants who cater to her wishes.

What the “pro-life” pundits fail to realize is that abortion is a desperate attempt at fertility control. While the middle class can afford abortions in clinics, the marginalized turn to dangerous back-alley abortions. Marginalized women lack education and resources, the bulwarks against runaway fertility. With the Philippines’ economic progress at a funeral pace, curtailing reproductive health programs only increases the number of unintended pregnancies and consequently, abortion incidence. Continue reading