Well, that doesn’t sound good.

So, the three convicts in China were illegal aliens and their families will not get any benefits from the OWWA from their work abroad. That makes it less of a wonder why China won’t let them go. They had no right being there, in the first place.

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Oh, so Bieber is working out. Wait, did I spell that correctly? Well, what’s it matter?

And, he’s working with the same guy who helped Taylor Lautner. At least, that’s what’s in the news. A hint of envy.

Well, here’s a quick and easy way for that: Photoshop. It’s magic.

Yeah, sure, increase the worker’s wages. That’ll most definitely solve the problem of the increasing prices of commodities.

And, when that happens, production costs will increase which will prompt more price increases which will lead to more requests to increases wages which will… It’s such a roundabout.

Ah, yes, the question on the justifiability of the death penalty.

Yes, it’s not been proven effective as a crime deterrent but it sure is effective in lessening the number of people in jails and expenses.

Wait, that didn’t sound right.

It seems to me that, when something bad happens, people will always look for someone to blame.

Because someone just has to be blamed. And which entity will the people always find fault in? The government, of course. It exists for various reasons. But the most apparent of its functions is as a scapegoat.

It’s called poverty. I’ve watched enough CI to learn that there is money in drugs – illegal drugs. Who was that guy again? Oh, yeah, Midget Molly. Or something like it. He didn’t do the drugs himself, but the business was good.

Which makes it a plausible notion that that the three convicts were more like victims of their circumstances. They probably thought that they’d earn well so they ditched their legal jobs and had a detour with the drug syndicate and agreed to be drug mules.

But there’s one more thought that’s really nagging me: Does China have a grudge against the Philippines because of last August 2010’s hostage crisis which led them to a biased decision on the case?

Well, that’s just wrong. It’s not right to liken what happened today to what happened years ago to Flor Contemplacion. Flor was innocent, it was blatant injustice. Or so’s it’s been said. This time, there has been no apparent show of injustice and the three has been proven guilty of having illegal drugs in their person.

The situation back then was very different from what occurred today.

Why would anyone want the house of the the mother of our national hero, Jose Rizal, to be destroyed?!

Come on! Whatever happened to the importance of history?

I can’t believe this!

After “OMG” and “LOL”, now they’re saying that even the heart symbol made it to the Oxford English Dictionary. Really, something is wrong.

Or maybe, it’s just my pedantic cogs going on hyperdrive.

Cherry blossoms. In Japan. After all that’s happened.

It’s simple. It speaks of hope. Japan will be over everything that’s happened to them recently, the earthquake, the tsunami, the nuclear crisis, everything. That’s a given.

It’s the eve of the execution of the three Filipinos who were sentenced to death by the Chinese government for drug trafficking. Prayer vigils are everywhere. People want a miracle.

Now, it may be stupid, pro-Chinese, or even ruthless to say this but I cannot disagree with the decision of the Chinese government. Why? Because, if they said yes to the pleas of the Philippine government to reverse their decision, it would mean too much trouble for them because then they’d have to end with the same verdict with every other person from any other country or it would severe diplomatic relations.

Or so, I think.

Just when I thought we were about to feel the first few rays of summer, it begins to rain again. I mean, really, it’s been extremely hot for almost two days until midday today. And now, it’s simply pouring.

Yes, summer’s April and May here in the Philippines. And that made me think that, perhaps, one can go touring the would for a whole year while only experiencing summer.

By the way, I didn’t have much chance to do anything today as it was the graduation of my sister’s daughter and I just had to be there. It’s just kindergarten, though, but it’s a step up. Next year, she’ll be in first grade already. So, here’s a bit of a shout-out to them both: Congratulations! You’ve made through one step.

And, speaking of summer, I might have to geek it out. Or rather, nerdy it out. I’m thinking I’d have to be learning some more math this summer even if it’s not a requirement because of calculus that’s coming my way. Last time I checked, I didn’t have excellent marks when I had it in high school. And, given that I intend to get nice marks, I just might have to nerdy out and get some math into my head.

Other than that, nothing much. It’s really pouring outside.

I look around and see my wonderful life
Almost perfect from the outside
In picture frames I see my beautiful wife
Always smiling
But on the inside, I can hear her saying…

“Lead me with strong hands
Stand up when I can’t
Don’t leave me hungry for love
Chasing dreams, what about us?

Show me you’re willing to fight
That I’m still the love of your life
I know we call this our home
But I still feel alone”

From Lead Me by Sanctus Real

That’s just horrible.

The Egyptian military may have just hit a disturbing, new low: at least 18 women who were arrested during a peaceful protest in Tahrir Square on March 9 said they were forced to take “virginity tests”.

Those women were threatened with charges of prostitution if they “failed” the tests. One woman, who said she was a virgin but whose test supposedly proved otherwise, was beaten and given electric shocks.

Make no doubt about it, this constitutes torture. The purpose of this test is to degrade women because they are women. This treatment is unacceptable.

If you’re interested in helping stop it, check here: Amnesty International.

You gotta be kidding me!

“OMG” and “LOL” in the Oxford English Dictionary?! Come on!

Clearly, there’s something wrong with the people who allowed them words to be there. I mean, don’t people always say, “just because everyone does it, doesn’t mean it’s right”?

This is nuts. Absolutely, nuts.

Here, any choice of s and t will determine a solution which is a point in 4-dimensional space. Yeah, we have trouble visualizing that, too.

Much.

But I’ve read that the fourth dimension is time. Or did I read wrongly? Or is it just too philosophical?

From College Algebra by Carl Stitz and Jeff Zeager