Tag Archives: important world events

Days 253-254: Nine Eleven

11 Sep

Day 220: London Riots!

8 Aug

Photo credit: Lewis Whyld/PA/AP. Text from Neil Gaiman's tweet.

My thoughts are with the people of London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bristol, Leeds and all the other parts of the country that are being affected by this.

To all our British friends, please stay safe!

Day 204: A Candle for Norway

23 Jul

This is for all of the people who died in yesterday’s bomb attack and  shooting rampage in Norway. May they all rest in peace.

Day 121: Unpopular Opinion Time

1 May

Let’s just get this out there. I am not jumping for joy because a person is dead. I understand that this person is responsible for the deaths of thousands of people and that makes him a very bad person indeed and that his death, to some people, means closure (which is a good thing) or even some form of justice. But I am not about to go out to a pub and mindlessly toast to the death of someone. I just wasn’t wired that way. I’m not going to judge the people who are celebrating May 1 as if it were an official holiday. I’m sure they have their reasons and they were probably family members of the 9/11 victims, or perhaps 9/11 survivors themselves.

I am, however, going to say that I am a bit baffled at these uninformed people who are bumping chests because America is so bad-ass hells yeah and hitting the streets with cardboard signs saying “Happy ‘Bin Is Dead’ Day” without really knowing all the facts and without thinking about the consequences of this major world event.

I’m not saying I’m an expert on these things. I am perhaps a bit on the under-informed side as well. So now I wonder. What does this change? Does it, in fact, change anything? Are they going to start bringing the troops back home? Is the war against terror/Iran/Afghanistan over? I don’t really think so. I know, from reading The Hunger Games and not from any sort of academic research (so what do I know?), that a figurehead, whether they have real power or not, is a very important piece in the war game. And so killing the figurehead is a huge blow to the campaign of ‘the other side.’ But this does not mean that other people are not ready to take his place. Surely, this death is going to have some serious repercussions. Surely, this does not stop more people from getting killed in this continuing war, and perhaps may even ensure more deaths. Is this really a cause for so much celebration?

Yes? No? Let’s start a conversation. Or not. Whatever  you like. But it’s something to think about.

EDIT:Let me just end this with the following bit of dialogue from the latest episode of Doctor Who. Because apparently, I cannot sustain the seriousface for very long and you will find that it is very relevant.

So hey, Doctor. Now that Osama Bin Laden's dead, we're safe again. Right?

The Doctor: Safe? No, of course you’re not safe. There’s about a billion other things out there just waiting to burn your whole world. But if you want to pretend you’re safe just so you can sleep at night, okay. You’re safe. But you’re not really.

Day 70: #prayforjapan

11 Mar

I made this to show that my prayers are with the people of Japan, the Philippines, and everybody else who are/could be affected by the earthquake that happened early this morning. I don’t really have money to send, so I’m sending my love instead. So here, you guys. Feel the magnitude of my love.

Click here for the many different ways you can help.

I’m really worried about you. Please be safe.

Day 53: Raise Awareness About Libya (and a few other places while we’re at it)

22 Feb

Hello, fellow countrymen.

We know what it’s like to be oppressed by the government. We know what it’s like to rise up against evil. We know what it’s like to kick dictator ass.

And so I thought I’d show my support for our brothers and sisters over in Libya, who are currently in the process of overthrowing their bastard leader, by raising awareness about the situation there. In case you are out of the loop, Libya has been under the rule of Moammar Gaddafi for over forty years, and the people are sick of it to say the least. So a few days ago, they took to the streets demanding for Gaddafi to shove off basically. But you know what Gaddafi did in retaliation? He ordered his men to just open fire at everyone. And he meant everyone. We’re talking children and babies dead in the streets with gunshot wounds to the head. There were stories about some of Gaddafi’s men luring demonstrators into a building, claiming they were protesters themselves, locking the gates and shooting everybody down. The death toll entered four digit figures today. It’s talagang crazy.

Here’s a sort of mnemonic device to help you remember who the bad guy is, and to show you what my feelings are towards Libya’s evil leader.

I didn't even have to flex my brain muscles for this one. His name was just begging for it. I say it was meant to be.

However, amidst these terrible accounts, it is amazing to hear stories about how some people over there still have a bit of humanity and compassion in them. Government officials are resigning left and right because honestly, who wants to serve under a murderous lunatic? And there’s that story about the two air force pilots who were ordered to bomb the protesters, but they refused orders and flew their planes out of the country instead. In honor of those two, i request the highest of fives.

Please send happy thoughts to Libya, everyone. Oh and while we’re at it, New Zealand is also in need of happy thoughts because of that horrible earthquake that they had a few days ago. And I think there are also protests happening in Bahrain. And of course, our country isn’t all that perfect either. So just happy thoughts everywhere alright? Thanks, guise.

See you tomorrow.