Thursday, 10 January 2013 13:39
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`Immediately after the distress of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 24:29, the Holy Bible).
NBI PROBE: WHAT IS ITS REAL PURPOSE? I really don’t know what kind of a finding the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) can come up with regarding the death of 13 people—ranking police and military officials among them—in Atimonan, Quezon Province last Sunday, January 06, 2013.
Why? Because Malacanang, through Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte, already cleared the Philippine National Police (PNP) on the issue, by saying that the checkpoint which the PNP set up in Atimonan—which was the very checkpoint where the 13 were killed—was a “legitimate operation”. With that kind of a clearance from the Office of the President itself, can NBI dare say otherwise?
Or, is the NBI being tasked to investigate, so it can confirm Malacanang’s clearance? The point here is this: officials should refrain from making statements which are clearly premature, speculative and unfounded, and be careful enough to wait for official pronouncements from investigating agencies.
ASTEROIDS CRASHING TO EARTH? The news that two asteroids may fly so close to earth on February 13, 2013 and 2036 that a gravitational pull between them and the earth may occur and cause those heavenly bodies to be shaken before crashing to earth with the force of some 25,000 Hiroshima, Japan 1945 atomic bombs, is more funny than scary to me.
Funny because the news said the asteroids will be streaking across the skies “under the watchful gaze of astronomers the world over”, as if these astronomers, or anyone else for that matter, can do something if, indeed, the flying objects will hit the earth. Certainly, if the asteroids, named 99942 Apophis (for the 2036 asteroid) and 2012 DA14 (for the 2013 asteroid), come crashing, there is no one who could prevent that from happening.
US EXPERIENCES HOTTEST WEATHER SO FAR: US scientists are getting extremely worried that temperatures across the American continent are rising so tremendously high as the years go by, making the American mainland extremely hot. The source of worry is the fact that, whereas before, temperatures increase to only about a tenth of a degree or so, the increase for 2012 was a full one degree.
A news report said: “… `A picture is emerging of a world with more extreme heat,’ said Andrew Dessler, a Texas A&M University climate scientist. `Not every year will be hot, but when heat waves do occur, the heat will be more extreme. People need to begin to prepare for that future’…”
But, what preparations can the world do? Despite the trillions of dollars already spent worldwide in research and planning and study of global warming and climate change, the march to global perdition through natural calamities has not stopped one bit. Maybe we must try other approaches now while there is still time, since all other approaches have already failed and proven ineffective and inutile.
CAMPAIGN TO OUST JPE BEGINS: Whether it was true or not, or whether it was in accordance with the Constitution and the law or not, the giving by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile of some P1.6 million in Senate funds to senators during the Christmas season can be the springboard for his ouster from the leadership of the upper chamber of Congress. The fact that it was even splashed in newspapers prominently signifies the start of a real campaign to kick him out as Senate president.
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