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Astounding opinion piece in the Philippine Inquirer today (Sat 12… 
12th-Aug-2006 02:32 pm
Looi Kin-Ming
Astounding opinion piece in the Philippine Inquirer today (Sat 12 Aug). Here's the final paragraph:

"Is our population getting to be predominantly pansy? Must we allow homosexuality to march unobstructed until we are converted into a nation of sexless persons without the virility of males or the grace of females but only an insipid mix of these diluted virtues? Let us be warned against the gay population, which is per se a compromise between the strong and the weak and not the absolute of either of the two qualities. Be alert lest the Philippine flag be made of delicate lace and adorned with embroidered frills."

:-O Oh my. I'm not in Kansas anymore. Or maybe I am...

And yesterday, there was an article on an assasination attempt on a left-wing activist. There's been a spate of them lately, with much suspicion of collusion or participation by the security forces. Apparently, the attackers got away because the pursuing police were unable to alert a roadblock up ahead because they were all out of credit for their mobile phones. So, the police were using mobiles and they *all* were out of credit at the same time? :-O A colleague also asked, "Why were they prepaid? Shouldn't they have been contract users anyway?"

I now have a lead on a tailor. Off to see just how hard they laugh when I ask about Galactica uniforms. Or maybe they'll ask if I'm "predominantly pansy"...

Observation: books and DVDs here seem to be remarkably cheap - even UK paperbacks appear to be around half the marked UK prices. Similarly, 2-disc edition of V For Vendetta is just over £7 at the first shop I saw it in (really doesn't look like a bootleg).

And this weekend, I am missing the multi-period re-enactment event at Kelmarsh...
12th-Aug-2006 08:20 am (UTC)
"Predominantly pansy" - I think it's a new catchphrase.

As for your comment in the last post about flying home in your underwear, thanks for a visual I didn't need but yes, that's where this hysteria is heading. Given the number of people who've died in terrorist vs. plane incidents and the number who've died in car vs. person incidents, can we expect cars to be banned any day?

I'm not keen on putting my camera and equipment in luggage; it will cost me the price of a very sturdy specialist case plus paying for the extra weight that would create, I'm not convinced insurance would cover it even then, and if anything goes wrong I just lost the reason for my journey. I'm watching this week to see if anyone in the government comes to their senses.

Folorn hope there then...
12th-Aug-2006 11:56 am (UTC)
Anyone in government coming to their senses.



Yeah, I got nothing.
12th-Aug-2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I got nothing.

That'd be Gordon Brown and his stealth taxes :-/
12th-Aug-2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
Comforting isn't it, the thought of Brown taking over.
13th-Aug-2006 01:55 am (UTC)
Sort of thing that makes me question why I'm so attached to the UK...
13th-Aug-2006 10:13 am (UTC)
It must be the weather.
14th-Aug-2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
Suspect my sister had it pegged best when she said it was because where else in the world could I do *all* my really sad stuff like the cons, walking around with 16' pikes and shooting people with toy guns. Unfortunately, Blair and co seem to be Hell-bent on killing off at least 1-2 of those...
15th-Aug-2006 10:25 am (UTC)
The Scottish Parliament are passing legislation to ban the sale of swords, even replica ones, because about 2% of knife crime involves swords. Apparently this will stop 2% of knife crime, and not just mean the thugs will carry knives instead of swords, oh no.

Nanny state. God. Next they'll ban the ownership of swords and replica weapons. Then independant thought.
12th-Aug-2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
I love your icon and I want to steal it!

One of the things that REALLY bugs me about this is we are playing into the hands of terrorists. British people have always had the "Blitz Spirit" about this kind of nonsense and I don't want that to change:

12th-Aug-2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you kindly. :) There will be I think a series of icons, with other helpful tea-based emergency management slogans.

And yes, it really does play into the hands of the terrorists. Fortunately while we have a government and media that run around like headless chickens shouting FEAR FEAR FEAR all the time, the people seem somewhat sturdier. honestly, it's like people forget that we lived with Irish terrorism for hundreds of years, and while that was a big deal, we dind't get all... stupid and American about it.
13th-Aug-2006 01:54 am (UTC)
It does depress me that the aim of Al Qaeda and its allies is to destroy the liberal Western way of life they despise. And we're doing it for them with this assumption that, in order to defeat the enemy, we have to become more like him and hence turning blind eyes to torture, civilian killings, curtailed liberties etc.

Reminds me of when the Twin Towers were digitally erased from the Spiderman film, that was compounding their physical destruction with a virtual one, making Al Qaeda's accomplishment that much more thourough...
12th-Aug-2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
One of the guys on the team's been talking about how it can be difficult to be sure of the gender of the person(s) you're dancing with. He mentioned that Saturday night in Cebu was the first time he'd inadvertantly danced with a guy. "So, the other times, it was a deliberate decision?"

As for the hand luggage issue, I don't have much hope the government will come to its senses but I can see it succumbing to pressure as when BAA and retailers start screaming at the government as they see Duty Free shop revenues vaporise
12th-Aug-2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
Apparently they've already decided items bought in the airport aren't going to count (except if you're going to the US). If you like mass market paperbacks you'll be able to buy them - but no liquids, so you can only have a soft drink during your 9 hour flight if you don't mind paying ££ for a bottle of water. You can see this is going to lead to money-making schemes at airports e.g. if you want to listen to music on your flight you have to buy a player AND music - they'll be begging the government to keep this in place.

You can't carry a case for your glasses/sunglasses or a little fluid for your contact lenses. You're not allowed to put anything in your pockets so women are only allowed tampons etc if they have them on display in a see-through bag. God knows what happens to any poor soul who needs incontinence pants. Public shame, I guess.

Oh, and you're not allowed "electrical key fobs" so if you have remote-control car keys, you're screwed.

Considering the cost of buying a hard case for my camera gear plus extra insurance, I'm thinking the logical alternative is to take the Eurostar to France and fly from there. Less hassle, more convenience, and the food will probably be better, plus the only way to stop British airports using this as a money-making scheme is to hit their profits.
14th-Aug-2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
At least the likes of Ryanair and BA seem to be screaming for early relaxation which is a good sign. Oddly enough, according to this morning's paper, local train operators here in Manila have also announced a ban on liquids and gels on their trains. I imagine that there's about to be a hike in refreshment prices off the trolley...
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