GraySpectrum Opines

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Oh Baby Its A Wild World, or is it just mine

"I am resigning ... because I've compromised the trust of my constituents,..."
"The truth is I broke the law, concealed my conduct, and disgraced my office."
"I know that I will forfeit my freedom, my reputation, my worldly possessions, most importantly, the trust of my friends and family,"

Now did Garci just say that? Nope. Gloria? Wrong again. You wish! Thats US congressman Randy Cunningham, who has resigned from office after admitting that he took bribes worth about US$2.4Million. He has pleaded guilty to charges of tax evasion and conspiracy.

In Japan, architect Hidetsugu Aneha has been found to have been knowingly cutting costs on his buildings by using substandard materials, then faking the safety data so that the projects would appear to be complying with the country's strict earthquake-resistance building standards. One of his colleagues has been found dead, and is suspected to have committed suicide. A good number of the buildings he built which were found to be poorly earthquake-resistant have already been closed. Aneha has since admitted to faking the data.

In South Korea, Hwang Woo Suk, the doctor who shocked/awed the scientific world with his pioneering efforts on cloning, violated ethical standards (albeit unknowingly, he claims) during the course of his research. That his team had accepted eggs from two of its own members, even if they volunteered, runs counter to ethical practice. His apology last month has been televised, and their research facility has since received more offers from South Korean women to donate their own eggs.

Teleport back to the Philippines, where no less than the Republic's President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, has been found to have talked to a Comissioner of the Philippines' Electoral Body, DURING the canvassing of votes, obviously asking the Commissioner, Virgilio Garcilliano, to raise her vote count. To use the words that have today become part of every accusation, she has vehemently denied allegations of having done anything wrong. Using the machinery that only the ruling party has (offering others money & power, or threatening them with the loss of such), she has quashed the impeachment complaint against her and to this day continues to hold her supposedly highly esteemed office.

Put into the worldwide perspective, I think that this tells us a lot about the quality of our politicians. But more importantly, it also speaks volumes about us, the people who tolerate such.

When will we begin to see? When?
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Friday, December 02, 2005

Conspiracy Theory

The powers that be are conspiring. We are currently having State sponsored doping in the SEA games!

Unbeknownst to the athletes the Philippines is fielding in the Games, they are being given performance enhancers in order to set of a string of victories. This is done without the consent nor the knowledge of the athletes, there being a lot of pride and honor among our athletes, plus the fact that an athlete who knowingly takes performance-enhancing drugs is less likely to perform as hard as one who is clean. Even the players are amazed at what they accomplish! And they can only be too happy. Even the rest of the Filipinos can just be too happy to bother questioning the rather unexpected turn of events. (not unlike the way Filipinos acted when Erap was deposed, and the Supreme Court ruling that GMA be sworn in. We were just too happy to question what now seems to be a potentially erroneous decision, or turn of events)

And why does the state do this? Because the Filipinos need something to be happy about. But not so fast, thats not where it ends. Someone has "leaked" to the officials of other ASEAN nations that there is cheating going on, and so now Thais suspect the Philippines is cheating.

Now, why would a doper in his right mind, leak such a story to their opponents? Well, a divided people can unite when faced with a common enemy. Having the Thais, or any other nation, act as agitators will make the Filipino people unite against an "enemy" that accuses them of ill behavior. [by unite, they mean forget the differences, of which there seem to be too many nowadays] To get things started, we now have the administration favorite, Miriam Santiago stoking the fires of outrage against the allegations. Unite against the common external enemy. Or so They think. That has yet to be seen in the coming days...

Note however that this is all part of the, Garci Resurrection production we are being treated to. Notice how Garcilliano was, just a couple of days ago, so eager and busy granting "exclusive" interviews to correspondents from the biggest mass media institutions? But the show must go on, and the main actor must bow out for another part of the production. And bow out he has done well. He's giving way to the NEWER news, all the while hoping that this NEW news and the upcoming holidays will make the people more apathetic towards him.

I can only wait in anticipation. What will come next?

[edited 7:10am]
What is this? Looks like another stoking is in the works, with the planned investigation of the alleged rigging.

But is the plan backfiring? Arroyo is usual suspect in cheating raps

I myself am beginning to question, with our growing medal tally, is it our Filipino-ness that is making the victories, our innate ability to beat the odds? Or is there something else going on behind the scenes?

Meanwhile, i need to get my head checked. The aliens are out to get me!
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