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To My Brothers and Sisters

This article is a break from my usual political ramblings and is directed at my fellow Atlanteans struggling in this world, but is still looking for their true home.

The message is simple. Do not lose hope.

I recently went thru the job hunt and selection process and was hit with so many overqualified judgments that I considered changing my resume to mask my true abilities. Of course my mind rebelled against that thought almost immediately. Why should I hide my talents from those who are afraid of it?

I sat alone and ruminated. I began to accept the truth that the world desires mediocrity now and nothing more than that. Why else would they hire people half as capable as me? Why else would they hire people who really just have a basic understanding on how to do the current project instead of someone who could implement plans and stratagems which will make them more efficient?

I thought a little bit more and had an epiphany; I realized that I may have been approaching the problem wrong. Why should those companies hire me based on things that I know I can accomplish for them? When all they require is some mediocre monstrosity to fill the void now?

Like Quentin Daniels I must have faith in my own abilities. I know my own worth. I know I will be successful so why should I ask them to take the risk on my mind? When the person who should take the biggest risk of all should be me? I will take the lowest job possible in the company of my choice then once inside I will show them how to improve. If they are a company worth my time then they will see my worth and reward me accordingly. If not then I will leave and move on to my next choice. After all any ideas I give them will be of no benefit if they do not know the overall plan for them. I realized that the time for heroes may not be over yet. We just need to shine more brightly. If I fail and cannot come up with something of benefit, then I may have overestimated my abilities and deserve to be nothing more than a second assistant bookkeeper.

Before I end I would like to leave you with the words of another fellow Atlantean who I know has introduced plenty of us to our true homeland. “Do not let the fire of your mind die out, ember by irreplaceable ember. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration at the world you deserve but did not get. The world you desire can be won, It exists, It is real, It is possible, It is yours.”

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Pretty Pretty Butterflies

I’ve recently heard that Miriam Santiago wants to eliminate the practice of being a “political butterfly” in our country. To the uninitiated a political butterfly is someone who switches political parties every election or when it benefits them the most.

I really don’t even care that the proposal comes from Miriam, one of the most prominent political butterflies in the system. What I do care about is the method that is proposed to solve the situation. She proposes that everyone who changes their party within one year of being elected be forced to give up their position.

What will that accomplish exactly? If you are a politician in a position of power what a party is really after is your vote on the issues. Not whether your name is on their membership list. If a person wanted to jump ship with Miriam’s plan in effect all you would really have to do is stay in your current party and vote with the party you intend to join when applicable. All the bill would have accomplished is to make it so that you officially leave your party one year later than you would have anyway.

If you really want to stop this practice then all you have to do is move to a two-party system and strengthen our parties. I mean could you imagine a person changing from a Republican or Democrat and vice versa every election? With only two recognized parties our politicians would be forced to adhere to one or the other. Constant defections like we have now would leave them with no party to join and get funds from.

This is really a minor issue though. This bill has almost no chance to get passed. It just irks me that some of our supposed brightest minds still solve the symptoms of our problems rather than the root.

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The Greatest Trick

A friend of mine once told me that the greatest trick the Republicans have played is to get the poor south to vote against their own economic self interests for the GOP. Of course it is obvious that my friend was a staunch democrat. I disagree with him though. I think the greatest trick the republicans have pulled is professional wrestling.

I’m not referring to the fact that it is fake. Everyone knows that, as an aside I still maintain that even though it is fake it still requires more hard work and dedication that most of the other “real” sports. What I am talking about is how the GOP has used the program to push it’s agenda.

It’s a stroke of genius really. Wrestling is like our modern day equivalent of the gladiatorial games during the roman era. It reaches a wide, mostly younger audience. Its heroes are mostly emulated and cherished (except for that john cena debacle) and it’s villains usually act like assholes and get the public to hate them. What better way to mold the public’s mindset to favor the republican’s point of view?

First example I could think of right of the bat is the coalition against the war on terror. You had France and other countries refusing to participate. At the exact time they did it you had Renee Dupree come into the scene. With his arrogant French attitude insulting all Americans and telling them what morons they were for supporting the war on terror. With entertainment like this it becomes easier for the American public to discount France’s stance.

Next you have Muhammad Hassan, appearing on the scenes after 9/11 just when the republicans were cracking down on terrorists and limiting some of the freedoms of the public to better protect it against terror attacks. Hassan plays an Arab-American who is aggrieved at the recent racial profiling and complaining about it, till he brings his terrorist clad friends to the ring to help him beat up his opponents. Reinforcing the point that, yes, they just might be terrorists and we do need to limit their freedoms.

There are too many specific examples for me to list here. I just wanted to show you some to establish that, yes, there is a pattern and it is systematic, deliberate, and planned. Next time you watch your favorite WWE show. Watch who acts like an asshole and what their cause is. You will see what I am talking about.

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Rallying Cry

Well the church is at it again with the RH bill. Masses and other services calling for divine intervention on the bill. Instructions for the faithful to wear specific colored clothing to show their displeasure at it. Of course you also have the declaration of one priest that anyone who supports the RH bill is not a christian and the declaration of an archbishop that anyone who supports it is a terrorist.

I don’t think anybody else has said it, so I think I will be the first. The RH bill will fail. It will not get passed. It’s not because the bill is bad. It’s not because there is no need for it. I really do think that the bill is sound and very much needed for our country. It will fail simply because the other side wants it more.

The church does conduct plenty of activities to promote it’s view of the RH bill. It also has a weekly forum in the form of the mass to get it’s point across. But those can be overcome. The main problem is that there is no organization amongst the groups who support the RH bill. There are no organized activities. I do believe that a majority of our countrymen want the bill pushed thru as it has obvious benefits. There is a very real danger though that the silent majority will be overrun by a vocal minority. There are a few moves made by individuals to promote the bill, but those are few and far between and have no coherency between them.

I think the RH bill supporters have a total of one face book page where all the news is posted. A page which has not been updated since February or March. In fact I posted there a month or two ago. I stated my support for the bill and asked whether there were other sites or groups who support the bill and what I could do to help push the bill along. There has been no reply yet. I don’t think the RH bill even has an internet forum page for it’s supporters.

It’s not too late. The biggest advantage to the bill is that it is a very good bill. Which means that far less effort needs to go into supporting it than to opposing it. Less doesn’t mean almost none though so some effort is still required. At the very least a website with forums and a link to it from the various organizations which support the bill. This doesn’t even have to cost money as there are some sites in the net which will let you create a free forum based site. An online petition would be relatively easy to set up as well. Especially with a functioning forums.  Of course it would be better if any real time rallies or petitions could be organized.

Whatever happens though needs to happen soon. The opponents  of the bill are gaining too much ground. I would be perfectly willing to help out any group which supports the RH bill. If anyone reads this and knows of such a group please leave their name and contact number/s in the comments section. It would be a shame to let a great opportunity that the bill gives us pass due to inaction.

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Christian Jihadi

I’m officially a terrorist! Woohoo! I wonder if I should get one of those “die infidels” fatigue patterned t-shirts. At the very least I should get a red headband. Where should I start? I don’t want to blow myself up immediately. That would be so final. I’m also not sure I will get seventy female virgins. I’m not Muslim so I might get males. That would be bad. Maybe a bus bombing? I could probably kidnap someone too.

Well if you didn’t know yet, this is a colorful way to introduce my topic for today. One of the leading bishops of the catholic church in our country has officially declared that all people who support the Reproductive Health bill are terrorists. Dibs on the name! I haven’t thought of one yet, but I will make sure it is awesome. In fact when it does come out I hope everyone joins my new terrorist organization. Scare the government into enacting the RH bill! Free ski masks for everyone! Bring your own air-soft gun though.

What is a terrorist though? What is more despicable. Someone who kills his victims cleanly? Or cuts off both arms and legs and lets them live. Even releases them to wander in the streets. Even if we assume that everything they say is true and that even condoms kill, the church is even more guilty. At least we only kill. They condemn thousands of unplanned children to live in abject poverty. Wandering from street to street in search of food. The real kicker is we actually have the technology available to prevent this and still the church tells us to condemn them to this. It’s like having the capability to print bibles in all languages but for some reason keeping it all on your own. Preventing the use of new medicines because you thought your ways were best. Oh wait….. they did that too.

But let’s not get sidetracked. The only reason the church is parroting this morality argument is that this is all they have. They can’t argue that its not good to reduce the population of our country. They can’t argue that there are already too many unemployed. They can’t even argue that most of the new children will come from the lower economic sectors. They may try to raise straw-man arguments by saying population density does not equal population growth but any sane person knows that it is only a part of the solution not the entire thing. So they are reduced to making moral judgments.

Which is not even the real reason why they are against it. Like I said in my previous post. The Protestants and Muslims are getting more numerous. For the first time in our history the church is actually in danger of losing its political stranglehold on our country. So while a majority of our people are still catholic its time to make more catholic babies which grow up to support the church.

Well here we are. Fellow terrorists against the church. Feel proud everyone! Wear the badge of terrorist proudly! Join the C.L.F. Go Christian Liberation Front! Don’t like the name? Suggest something in comments!

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Know Your Rights!

So I have been dealing with the BIR lately over some tax matters. Most of them are kind, decent people whom you can negotiate with. However some try to scare you into giving up more than you should because you may not now better.

The issue was about a company’s tax liability. It has been pending for quite some time so the companies accounts have been frozen. Of course this is a problem as the company no longer has money to pay for day to day operations. Negotiations were proceeding smoothly until a certain agent decided to play bad cop and threaten that the BIR will freeze all accounts, not only the corporate one.

Can they do that? Under our laws, and the laws of virtually every country in the world the corporate entity is separate from the personal entity. So the debts of one do not become the debts of the other. However there is a legal principle which can override this law. Under the doctrine of “piercing the veil of corporate fiction” the courts can decide that the company is just a front or just made to shield something else from liability. If the courts decide this then they can order that personal assets be taken to pay for corporate debt.

First off, notice that a court must decide it. Which means that you can give evidence that the corporation is legitimate. The most important thing to get from this is that it will not immediately happen. You will have time to withdraw some assets and place it elsewhere. The second thing to understand is that the courts are very reluctant to do this. Think about it. Every country recognizes corporate entities. If our supreme court routinely employs this doctrine, what would be the incentive for corporations to start here? There are plenty of other places to choose from. Why not just set-up shop in a country whose supreme court is friendlier to corporations? They also know that this kind of doctrine discourages the formation of small and medium industries. Put our self in the shoes of someone who wants to start a business. Would you risk starting a businesses if it meant losing your start-up capital? Would you take the same risk if it meant losing your house and everything you own? For these industries the entire point of a corporation is to limit liability.

Well you know that the courts will not lightly grant this doctrine. Now what? Well you take steps to make sure that there can be no excuse for this to be granted. The most obvious is to keep your personal and corporate accounts separate. Make sure that the proper accounts are used to pay the proper bills. Next make sure that you are paid. Remember you may own the company but you are also an employee, probably in the general manager position. You should have an adequate salary for that. Third , follow all the rules set up for corporations. There should be an existent board of directors, meetings to decide the direction of the company, and minutes for those meetings. Lastly make sure that your company has adequate capitalization. It should have enough money in the bank to run its day to day, pay its employees, and other things of that nature.

So what do you do with this new knowledge? Do you stomp into the BIR and declare that you will pay no taxes due to this? Well, no. The best step is to negotiate the amount with them. Unless truly huge sums of money are involved it would not be practical to argue the amount that you are being charged. They want your business to survive too, if for no other reason than to pay them again next year. Use this information to prevent yourself from being intimidated. If you are doing things properly your only liability is your corporate assets. Nothing else.

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Marcos vs Cory! Round XxX!

Well the country is once again divided! Will we bury our former dictator Marcos in the Cemetery for Heroes or won’t we? Will we forgive him for his past trespasses and let him rest in peace? Or will we hold him up as an example that the Filipino never forgets (on some issues)? Will that red line under Cemetery ever disappear if I don’t use spell check! Interesting times!

Of course like everybody else the Isyw blog has its own opinions. Both sides present some valid arguments and have some impassioned speakers representing them. Both spent plenty of time convincing everybody of the correctness of their position. But still I feel that the most important question has yet to be asked. To wit: DO YOU HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO DO WITH YOUR TIME?

I mean seriously. We have a growing debt crisis. Growing unemployment. Corruption. At least two armed rebellions. And you want to talk about this? What does this matter? The location of his burial is purely symbolic. It doesn’t get us any more jobs, money, etc.You have thousands of other problems to deal with. I would understand if we took this issue seriously if our country was doing very well, we had no looming problems, etc. Then we would really have time on our hands. But debating this useless issue gets us nowhere. Talk about the RH bill. Talk about our budget. Talk about the ARMM elections. Discuss anything which will actually have an impact on our country.

Bury Marcos in a cardboard box. Bury him in the special cemetery. Bury him wherever the hell you want. His final resting place will not have an impact on what he did in history. Everyone already knows what he did. It is already taught in schools, written inside our history books. At the end of the day everyone will make up their own mind about him regardless of where he is buried.

My personal solution is to have him pay for the privilege. Have his family return some of the money that they have stolen/earned (whatever side you believe) and then apply that directly to our debt. Like I said his resting place is not important. At least the country as a whole gets something out of it.

I can already hear the veterans. “But that will mean we did nothing in Edsa!” To them I ask: Really? Were you there protesting that the dictator should not be buried in the national cemetery? Funny I thought you were there because you wanted to remove him from power. And you did it. No matter what happens from now till the end of time, you did what you did. No burial place is strong enough to take that from you.

Of course, the second argument is that with this solution Marcos will have effectively bought his place in the special cemetery. I still don’t really care where he is buried. He isn’t using his body anymore so I doubt he does too. But if it makes you feel better, whatever happened he was still elected president of our country at least once so there is at least some reason for him to be there.

Look at that! That solution took all of what ten minutes? All that remains to be decided is how much we should charge them. Really if anybody is reading this blog. We have more important things to worry about than where some twenty year old corpse is buried!

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