Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The heat is on

Last Saturday, City Hall closed some areas of the downtown area to vehicular traffic upon the recommendation of some environmental groups.  Again, an exercise in futility, and they know it, but carry out nevertheless because, "it is the thought that counts", much like your Earth Hour.  And with 350.org as one of lead groups, it is nothing but an excuse to instill in the minds of folks the disingenuous man-made catastrophic climate crisis.

That Saturday activity only raised heat in the heads of people affected, and perhaps even increased emissions as cars had to go a longer way to get around the "pedonale" areas.

On another note, I wonder why they did not close down the areas where there were usually more cars like the Cebu Business Park, the IT Park, or the SM City area.  In the downtown area, people are used to walking there and the volume of cars are not as much, I believe.

Last Saturday, I was on the road around the three areas previously mentioned.  I saw LOTS of cars and LOTS of cars carrying only one person.  At least at the downtown area, the jeeps carry more than 10 at any given time (of course the jeeps also give their share in pollution, we really need to do more about the belchers).  

So why not do the "no car" activity in these areas next time?

Or why not let those with cars "enjoy" themselves more by participating in a "no car" activity (by staying home and not go to the malls and other commercial areas for retail tripping), than inconvenience those who need to go downtown to eke out a living or get most out of their hard-earned money in discounts and ukay-ukay (or others, but you get the drift).

Similar perspectives here and here.

Update Sept 28.  Bobby writes about it here and Eddie similarly here.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Lots of bull

No more bullfights in Catalonia -- bullfights deemed cruel. And how about abortions in Catalonia?

Almost seven hundred years of Catalan bullfighting history ended on Sunday night with the final death blow dealt by its hometown hero.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Who said this?

For what it's worth...  from Shamcey

"If I would have to change my religious beliefs, I would not marry the person that I love because the first person that I love is God, who created me. I have my faith and my principles, and this is what makes me who I am. If the person loves me, he'll love my God too."

He's back

Al's back to haunt you again.  Even bringing the "fight" to social networks.  What, since Jerry Lewis couldn't join the last telethon of MDA, he now thinks he can be the "telethon" king?  My. my.

H/T: Michelle/Doug

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Get them back

Now, here's something good coming from Sen. Trillanes:  ... urges repeal of ban on trash incinerators.

Although I find his reason -- risk of trash slide -- skirting the more scientific ones in favor of incineration (although he did mention the advances in technology), I can accept the move to try a repeal on total ban on trash incinerators.  

The issue on trash to energy conversion may still be a little more contentious in terms of cost of conversion and carbon emissions.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Safer, really?

From the comments on

10 Things I'd Say To Pro-Aborts Who Blame Conservatives For Their Abortion

"... the current maternal mortality rate in the US is 13.3 per 100,000 women. Hardly the danger you purport it to be. Abortion, on the other hand, kills 1.3 million unborn children annually in the US. Put another way, there are almost 2000 fetuses killed for every 100,000 women who are pregnant. It's clear that being a fetus in the US is a lot more dangerous than being a pregnant woman."

"Women who abort have a suicide rate 4-6 times higher than women who give birth and 2-3 times higher than women who have never been pregnant."

Better if you read the post.