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By mlq3 Posted in Daily Dose on July 28, 2007 240 Comments 2 min read
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This entry is based on the ongoing blogger project, The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2007, of Janette Toral. Influential is a ticklish thing to define, so let’s just say influential ranges from the personal (hey, I like reading such-and-such a blog) to the tangible in terms of link love… Anyway.The blogs speak for themselves. I’m not 100% sure they’re all post-August 2006 blogs, though.

1. Ricky Carandang Reporting
2. The Patsada Karajaw Nation
3. The Voice of the Filipino
4. CAFFiend
5. Dispatches by Jesus Llanto
6. smoke
7. The Bayanihan Blog Network
8. Placeholder
9. The Magnificent Atty. Perez
10. Puckering Time

And on to being tagged for various memes. and Feels Great to be Pinoy: well,

1. In San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, a hacendero’s son once took me around a property they were developing. It was a small residential village. He pointed to the various homes under construction: “here, is a seaman’s home, over there, a home built by a nurse in Texas, there, a caregiver from London’s home, and that one is the home of a carpenter in Saudi.” Each of these people, upon further investigation, had parents who were sakadas; in one lifetime, they’d made the leap from the peasantry to the middle class. This is remarkable and will eventually have long-term, positive, consequences.

2. The students I’ve met in so many places around the country, and how they teach me, every time, to look at problems and solutions with fresh eyes. While I worry that much is being lost by way of traditions and a shared culture, because of the breakdown in our institutions, I admire the sense of freedom, the lack of being limited by these things, that these students show. Literally, nothing will be impossible for them.

3. The way it’s still possible, sooner or later, to engage in productive discussions even with those whose views I strongly disagree with.

Two from baratillo @ cubao:

Six weird things about me meme.

1. I like peas microwaved with butter.
2. I am convinced that even if only a few drops of rain fall on my head, I’ll end up sick.
3. I tend to consume cigarettes very quickly.
4. I have a horror of drafts.
5. For some reason, I used to be unable to work without music; now, music gets in the way of thinking when I work.
6. When I am a passenger in a car, I end up subconsciously stamping my feet on the floor, miming braking as if I’m the one driving.

Tagging: anyone.

and that postcard meme, Only in the Philippines!

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  1. Hi, MLQ3! You seem to have a weird nonfunctional link to my blog, Vista Pinas, at the end of #5 in your Top 10 influential list. Glitch in the Matrix? 🙂

  2. brianb:blogging about what you want isn’t pushing your opinions on people. see that blank space near the top of your screen? it’s called the address bar. you don’t like what you’re seeing on this page, type another url in there. the internet is wonderful that way – you’re never forced to tolerate what you don’t want to tolerate. as for self-indulgence, what else is a blog but an exercise in self-indulgence? it is the freedom to write whatever the fuck you want and get the fuck away with it, and fuck whatever anyone else thinks. See? I can even use the word fuck three times in the same sentence?

    and as for this little gem: “Want your blog to be popular, go for news,” i know you think you’re just offering friendly advice, but don’t you think it’s ironic that the sentence before this one reads: “Pushing your opinions on other people feels like rape?”

  3. and why did pcij stopped being “anti-glora” may i ask, luzviminda? was it a change of heart or did it just get tired of the nonsensical rantings of simple minds?

    grd, about the only time i visited tordesilla’s blog, and became aware of it then, was when mlq3 referred to some excerpts of a supposed interview with mike arroyo concerning the latter’s activities during edsa dos. the pathetic woman was trying to show that the FG was actively involved in some acts of rebellion to oust erap and install his wife as president (charges which i refuted in this blog in debates with mlq3 and abe margallo, among others). i’m not questioning her right to set up a blog for a specific mission, i.e., to destroy the president and her family, and to provide an exclusive forum to those with similar proclivities. but for one who overtly advocates licentious exercise of free expression, banning bloggers and commenters for no other reason than that she doesn’t agree with them is the height of hypocrisy and pretension. i can leave her alone with her followers, and i know i will not miss anything worthwhile. i just hope many will find that boycotting that enclave of hate is one of the most decent thing one could do.

  4. “Define, define, define, define,we’re always defining and redefining. I guess to a lot of people, by defining and redefining they come closer to meaning. No man, no.”

    tumpak, brian, tumpak.

    just be and let be.

  5. “and why did pcij stopped being “anti-glora” may i ask, luzviminda? was it a change of heart or did it just get tired of the nonsensical rantings of simple minds?”

    I observed in July 2005 how the PCIJ contributed to the divisiveness of an already fatally fragmented society by pandering to the tens if not hundreds of “groups” and “communities”, issuing “statements” calling for President Gloria Arroyo to resign (plus a minority encouraging her to hang in there).

    Back then the PCIJ posted updated its blog with post after posts that parroted these “statements”. Furthering the asal-aso behaviour of Pinoys at the time — barking in unison – one dog starts barking in the night, and others in the neighbourhood following suit without really understanding what the fuss is all about.

    Connie Veneracion accurately noted at the time: “The debate has become, quite simply, whether one is for or against Gloria Arroyo. And the media is propagating that twisted debate” — at the epicentre of that propagation of perverseness was the PCIJ.

    The PCIJ also actively supported — implicitly by, yet again, parroting “statements” (that were really announcements) — the hyped up “mega-rally” that was to spectacularly fizzle out in Ayala Ave, on the 25th of July). Finally, the mother of all failed street “revolutions” (to date), one that was led by no less than Cory Aquino herself” in Commonwealth Avenue capped another Fiesta year in September 2005.

    And even with the benefit of hindsight after all that display of ridiculousness, the PCIJ posted a blog article suggesting that Filipinos sing away their frustrations instead. The article cites a call to keep the spirit of Fiesta Revolution alive coming from a certain multi-awarded artist named Gary Granada:

    Since our representatives have ceased to represent us, it is up to us to directly represent our sentiments and assert ourselves,” said Granada. One way, especially for those inclined in the arts to “pursue yet another venue for reclaiming our voice” is through songs, he said, prodding songwriters and musicians from all over the country to create and share songs of protest.

    Tsk tsk.

    Considering the above in retrospect, one really need not wonder why the PCIJ (if comment traffic is an indication) has all but crashed — going from triple-digit comment volumes to the single digits.

  6. “Tsk tsk.

    Considering the above in retrospect, one really need not wonder why the PCIJ (if comment traffic is an indication) has all but crashed — going from triple-digit comment volumes to the single digits.”

    Single digits? I just log into PCIJ when I posted my comment about the site. And most articles has 0 comments as in zero, zilch, nada….

    But anyways, problema na nila Alex P and the rest of PCIJ staff yan…. Ako naman nireviste ko lang yung pervios post a year ago pa. At curious na rin on what happen to teh blog that why I posted about it here.

    I am wondering why peopel like jr lad and 3zz-fe is do not visit this blog. Or maybe they have change there names. ( Sorry CVJ, but there was a time I suspected that you are jrlad..)

    And whats behind the changing of names? I remember vic was naykika in PCIJ. And my observation is that mostly anti Gloria who do this? why? comment eto sa mga anti Gloria. I havent changed my name, so does benign0. And I dont feel like changing it….

    Another thing, we were branded as Luli internet brigade. But if you check all the blogs around, its actually those people who branded that are presnt in almost all teh comment sections of this blogs.. Bakit?

  7. “You want to be in the first world. Impose 70 per cent inheritance tax, including all assets.”

    Brian this is a very good idea. But i doubt it so much if this will proposal will prosper since most of our politician and lawmakers will be the ones that will be hit hard by it. Its the same thing with the anti dynasty law.

    I was just thinking about the inheritance tax in the Phil the others. Because I ask one of my regular client, a british professor, on who among his two children will inherit their $2Million just in case. And he told me, “rego, no its very rare for parents in America to give their house to their children. Because teh inheritance tax is 50%….

    Would you have any idea on how much is the current inheritance tax in the Phil? How does people like me who are outside the country can pay this. Or foremost to we have in the Phil? Or can anybody here provide soem links about this subject?

  8. Gee, I never knew ‘self-indulgent’ blogging is a problem we’re supposed to solve. And I never knew ‘everyone’ blogs because they want to be popular.

  9. benign0, for the benefit of the local yokels, would you care to explain how your countrymen in australia exercise their democratic rights? in particular, how they and the government handled opposition to the iraq war, and the forced detention of political and economic refugees, the debate on aboriginal rights, etc.?

    since you are always scathing about people power, and believe every issue is practically a non-issue, and that filipinos who work monday to saturday are lazy while aussies work monday to thursday (and fridays only grudgingly at best), i’m curious if you see any place at all for protest and rallies, in a democratic society.

  10. re: brian’s comment. a high estate tax was one way that the power of the british aristocracy, politically and economically, was destroyed within a generation. the death duties were passed by parliament as a means of paying off war debts and because of mounting public pressure that eventually led to the british welfare state. the result of this policy, however, is that many britons, upon achieving even moderate wealth, immediately set up residency abroad, so they can avoid paying british taxes.

    rego, here at home, we have the estate tax:


    “A progressive schedule of donor taxes begins with gifts above P100,000 (about $18,500), and lays out seven bands (2%, 4%, 6%, 8%, 10%, 12%, and 15%) with the top marginal rate applying to gifts above P10,000,000 (about $186,520). The progressive estate tax begins at P200,000 (about $37,000) and lays out five bands (5%, 8%, 11%, 15% and 20%) up to P10,000,000 (about $186,520). The capital gains tax is 6% on real property; 5% on gains of P100,000 or less from the sale of stock not listed on the stock exchange, and 10% on gains over P100,000.”

    Our estate taxes are calculated and levied in a complicated manner, which often requires hiring a tax attorney and much haggling with the BIR.

    The process is here:

    Of course for families with great wealth, the question of the estate tax is easily solved in the following manner (as it’s done elsewhere):

    1. the creation of corporations to own and manage property; transfer and donation of shares, instead of titles of land, to heirs while the head of family is still living, which requires either donor’s tax or capital gains tax payments instead;
    2. moving assets abroad, as Philippine law does not tax overseas assets
    3. achieving a settlement with the BIR favorable to the heirs.

  11. Thank you so much Manolo, Really appreciate it.

    One last question, if I decided to give all my inherittance to my favorite nephew. Should I be the one to settle this? Or how does somebody waive his right to the family estate? Can I just say “inyo na yan”? Or I still have to consult a lawyer for this? sign soem documents? Anybody?

  12. mlq3,

    It’s quite simple down here. People vote for their representatives in parliament, then TAKE THEM TO TASK. Taking to task means following up with them and directing their issues, grievances, and suggestions through the proper channels.

    When things Government is doing becomes mis-aligned with people’s requirements, that misalignment gets relfected in the next elections. More importantly, the misalignment is debated/discussed in terms of issues rather than personalities or overly partisan affiliations.

    The fact that the current government that sent troops to Iraq, detained refugees and processed them off-shore, and abides by whatever policies are in place to regard aborigines more consistently reflects what people GENERALLY think or subscribe to compared to say the Philippines where there is a relatively bigger gap between what people want and what politicians want.

    There are protest rallies here. In fact there was a big one a couple of months ago to do with new industrial relations laws being introduced (which, in fact can be a deciding factor in the next elections).

    The difference, is that you will be more likely to see politicians responding to these issues by engaging their constitutents’ thinking faculties in consultation with their representatives in the legislature along the lines of the over-arching philosophies/platforms of their respective parties.

    Do you see such an approach in the Philippine setting? All we see are discussions on who is whispering what to what-not’s ear, what will the next opposition bloc will be composed of, who is in bed with who.

    Panay who. There is hardly any discussion about the How’s and Why’s. I think hardly anyone nowadays will disagree that we’ve already had one Edsa “revolution” too many. And yet politicians still try their luck in this game of mobilising idle minds to take to the streets, when these same bozos in fact have so much resources and bureaucratic channels at their disposal to engage their constituents intelligently using due process.

    Then again, Pinoys aren’t really much into doing things properly in the first place. Hardly surprising therefore that their politicians reflect this reality. 😉

  13. ROM
    “and as for this little gem: “Want your blog to be popular, go for news,” i know you think you’re just offering friendly advice, but don’t you think it’s ironic that the sentence before this one reads: “Pushing your opinions on other people feels like rape?””


  14. “since you are always scathing about people power, and believe every issue is practically a non-issue, and that filipinos who work monday to saturday are lazy while aussies work monday to thursday (and fridays only grudgingly at best), i’m curious if you see any place at all for protest and rallies, in a democratic society”

    He, he, he. Monday’s to Saturdays. Try even Sundays, Manolo. I’ve always thought of this thinking that Filipinos are Indolent to be propagated by the rich mestizos (original is Spanish-made of course) so Filipinos won’t think of fighting back. Destroy the indios’ confidence and you can rule at relative peace.

    Even now conyos espouse this thinking. Sadly it’s trickled down rather effectively so that even the masses think this. Filipinos are very hard working, and they’d brave loneliness to keep their families at 3 square meals a day.

    Now if you’re talking about the istambays. The istambays are like that for a very important reason: it’s frustration management. They are trying to keep themselves minimally frustrated. Otherwise baka magiging kriminal pa silang lahat. The usual advice to this people is tantamount to telling a person to keep digging in any spot in the desert for gold.

  15. thanks, benign0. that’s very interesting. different from the way australians, even journalists, i meet express it (the take off point is whether one approves or disapproves of howard).

    i will agree, however, that as far as leaders over here are concerned, you do make a vital point as to how they often have a vast arsenal of institutional/legal armaments at their fingertips but would rater go the lechon manok way.

  16. mlq3,

    The Philippine estate tax covers properties wherever they are situated (Section 85, NIRC). The only exception is if you are an alien. Then, the estate tax shall only cover properties located in the Philippines.

  17. mlq3,

    i do find it strange too that you’d come across Australians who’d provide a less-than-simple take on how thing are done down here. Even elections are straightforward. I, for one, voted with my family on our way home from the local grocery store. The whole exercise was more like a trip to return a rented video than the Fiesta of blood and colour that it is up there. And the next day, the results were out!

    Which is why I tend not to be impressed with the perceived industriousness of Pinoys. Yes, Pinoys work from Monday to Sunday, and Aussie’s work from Monday to Friday (taking 2-hour lunch breaks and lots of coffee breaks to boot). But the results speak differently. The average Australian yields more than ten times the economic output of the average Pinoy.

    By the same token, an election can be conducted here with a skeletal force of public school teachers, while in the Philippines, not only the entire teaching force is mobilised, but most of the army, the police, and battallions of poll watchers, volunteers, and sidewalk vendors add themselves to the fray.

    And the real kicker there is that after all that, where is the sense of accomplishment? Zilch. Exactly the way people are feeling today in the aftermath of this last Fiesta Election.

    If pure work effort (say, in terms of sheer volume of man-hours poured into an exercise) is the measure of how great a people are, Pinoys win hands down. We’de beat most 1st world people in terms of number of hours worked per week.

    Unfortunately it is RESULTS that define achievement in our world.

    I’m glad you’ve made that observation as well about the vast array of governance infrastructure in place and at everyone’s disposal, and yet we prefer our politics served to is via the Wowowee Channel and executed on our arterial roads to the beat of the ocho-ocho. 😉

  18. mlq3,

    Sorry. my above post is not entirely correct. You must be a non-resident alien so that only properties in the Philippines can be covered by the estate tax.

  19. benign0, surely part of it is sheer population size. at 20.4 million, oz’s population is where we were in 1951, and the percentage of at least moderately-educated people is higher in oz now than in rp even then. not to mention, deserts and coasts aside, oz is one continent while we have many islands, etc. with the logistical problems that entails. also, you have a more cohesive population (or have had, mostly). but definitely, in terms of efficiency in general, there’s much to be desired here at home, and present rules aren’t conducive to organized elections or party-building in the western sense.

  20. Another reason for a blog’s success is its entertainment value. These are some blog comments that I find amusing and hilarious. Of course comments like these may not be entertaining to some, but the blog has succeeded in making a reader out of me:

    ” —-, while the blog has been getting much flak everywhere from “undesirables” who once thought they could massage their egos here, they got the same firebrand of bitch-slapping from our bloggers here, right in their own turf! I’ve read good responses from Anna, luzviminda, johnmarzan, manuelbuencamino, many others, but though I had wanted to put in my own counter-attack, my posts were filtered, don’t know why. It’s in Manolo Quezon’s blog, and in PCIJ’s shoutbox, too!

    One particular avid fan of Ystakei is spreading his I-hate-yuko campaign using different IDs all over the political blogs lately.

    Just goes to show how “apektado” these whiners are. Let’s keep the fire burning! ”

    ” After this legal wishy-washy had been exhausted, i hope that the good Senator Trillanes will have the guts to call AGAIN the people to exercise their inherent right to remove a government that, aside from not having a clear mandate, has become too oppressive and deceptively abusive.

    Lead us Senator.

    Call your people, Sir, and they shall come. ”

    ” I like your comment, “Call your people, Sir, and they shall come.”

    I second the motion to that one ! ”

    “To quote Sampot again (July 30th, 2007 at 8:52 pm): “Lead us Senator. Call your people, Sir, and they shall come.”

  21. mlq3,

    Australia has logistical challenges that aren’t too different from the Philippines.

    It’s small population and vast distances between cities (and declining small towns) make development of infrastructure far less economical than, say, Europe or North America. Furthermore, soil quality in the Australian continent is very poor. Thousands of settlers perished before decent agricultural capability gained a firm foothold here.

    Compare that to a volcanic islands group where edible vegetation grows like weeds. Unlike Australia in the 18th to 19th centuries, the Philippines was already part of a major trans-pacific trading route (at a time when the main shipments to and from Australia were mainly convicts and opportunists).

    And even today, the geographical location of the Philippines — right smack in the middle of shipping routes that feeds of the much covetted straits of Malacca — is a port operator’s envy. There was even a time when we enjoyed free military cover for these vital routes (and like other endeavours, our stupidity got the better of us when we kicked them out).

    We can go on and on making excuses about the failure of our society to prosper. But looking back to take stock of the enormous capital we squandered in the last several decades, I think it’s time we applied a bit of HIYA in the way we regard ourselves. 😉

    RE what you said that “and present rules aren’t conducive to organized elections or party-building in the western sense”, I’m kinda skeptical of the idea that it is just the “rules” that hobble our ability to practice democracy PROPERLY.

    Democracy is premised on the notion that people think things through and have a fair bit of clarity around what is good not only for themselves but for society as a whole. I don’t think a people who are content with “we simply are” is really ready to embrace a form of governance that requires consistently-applied critical thinking.

    If the debates (if you can even call them that) in Ellen Tordesillas’s blogs are a measure of the critical thinking faculties of the MAJORITY of Pinoys then our consistent failure to step up to what democracy truly is all about shouldn’t come across as much of a surprise to us.

  22. australia is a workplace laboratory set up. do not forget benigs that australia is a migrant country, where entry is controlled and determined by work skills. is their level of productivity therefore suprising? which is not to say that it should not be emulated. which is to say, that all your ranting could be made more productive if you go home and instead teach us these valuable lessons.

  23. With all due respect to INE, I think benign0 is most useful where he is right now. 🙂

  24. Rom,

    Sorry this is beneath anyone, but Rom, what are you offering? What’s “here”? Ha, ha, ha. What’s supposed to give me an enema?

    Observation: It’s great not to put a face on the names here (except MLQ3). Very interesting.

  25. Filipinos are ruled by minorities. Pick a country anywhere in the world with the same situation, I bet they’d be stagnating in poverty too.

  26. I get my colon cleaned once a month. Keeps my brian in good working order. Is that the same thing? Why do stupid people always think others are stupider than they are.

  27. Rom is one of those Filipinos who think that everyone he hasn’t heard of is a driveling idiot. I seriously suggest you do some soul searching. You may have a racist brain. I can’t imagine someone nitpicking about enema. My ex works in the porn industry. You have no idea how many varieties there are. Diffrent flavors. I can’t explain here what these flavors are for.

  28. brianb:OMG! you get your colon cleaned once a month and it keeps your ‘brian’ in good working order! bwahahaha. i should’ve known there was a direct link between your poop-chute and your brain.

  29. Ok, because of this ROM dude I took a g;lance at the sites Manolo has nominated. At least a couple of them seem to be written by snobs from elite schools, still in school, writing in detestable English. I can quote some of your blog entries here if you want to challenge me. Self-indulgence is the right word. Though intellectual snobbery is not altogether bad. I think it’s a phase most middle class kids go through when they get accepted to schools like Ateneo and U.P. (yeah I wasone of those kids). It used to be that these snobbish behavior stay private. Now it’s all over the Net. It used to be only Jessica Zafra and a few dumbass DJ in Manila radios manage to spread this anti-Filipino attitude. Now it’s on the WWW.

    I’m not addressing this message particularly to ROM who is only 19, btw. I’m addressing this to everyone young enough to change their ways. The masses should not be hated. Sure, bad English (worse than ROM’s and the other young guy on the list… ROM actually spells paid “payed”) may sound irritating, especially if you yourself is barely managing. What I can promise ROM and people like him is this: once you’re more confident, you’ll find these trying hard people less irritating. People in call centers may have awful grammar, but believe me or not, they are not pretentious.

    I particularly think “Puckering Time” is a bad nomination. Look at this incredible piece of prose:

    “I was never curious about Harry Potter. For some reason or so ever since the first book went to circulation and the first movie which happened to a blockbuster hit a couple of years ago, I did not feel a sense of responsibility or whatsoever to know what the commotion was all about.”

    This dude has the gall to criticize call center employees on the MRT but please have a look at how pretentious his English is… “I did not feel a sense of responsibility or whatsoever to know what the commotion was all about.”

    Please understand, I don’t hate people like you. I am angry at what this country and what our social structure has done to otherwise promising minds. Leave hardworking call center workers alone. Stop insulting the masses. If you are the elite, then be worthy of such a designation. Do something significant. For starters, improve your English. Elite Filipinos should be able to write naturally, not like this:

    “It’s a good thing that mlq3 is doing this because, as he points out, we would have to rely on an a.m. transistor otherwise, and i can’t even remember when the last time i saw one of those was. which leads me into a tangent… ”


    Guy, nothing wrong with sincerity. Nothing wrong with being beneath the glass ceiling with the masses and the working class. I can tolerate mannered prose but mannered prose that beats the hell out of badlsy beaten colloquialism has something inherently detestable with it.

  30. brianb:LOL. thanks for coming to my site, brianb. as for my english being bad, well, that’s your opinion, yes? but i will certainly take advice from someone who writes this:

    “Nothing wrong with being beneath the glass ceiling with the masses and the working class. I can tolerate mannered prose (mannered prose is to be tolerated? brian, you cute ‘tard, mannered prose is to be fucking celebrated!) but mannered prose that beats the hell out of badlsy (so, you must totally hate yourself for spelling “badly” “badlsy,” right?) beaten colloquialism has something inherently detestable with it.”

    oh, i get it. you don’t know what tangent means either. 😀
    I shudder to think what “writing naturally” means to you.

  31. “mannered prose is to be fucking celebrated!”

    Your professor should be fired.

    Manolo, you help made these monsters.

  32. I’m smiling at the thought that someday I’m going to meet this guy ROM. I can’t imagine what his reaction will be.

  33. ROM,

    Mannered prose loses soul. Everyone knows that. Your English is worse since your idiomatic template is already soulless.

    Now, many you can tell me who taught you to write like that?

  34. brianb:writing, like any other form of self-expression, is intensely personal, my fav’rit ‘tard. so if i write the way i do, well then, i write i do, and you can go find someone else to read if you don’t like it. who died and appointed you heir to strunk&white? and as for learning to write like this, i learned from reading the likes of henry james and eileen chang and tolkien and c.s. lewis. it helps that my brain isn’t in my colon.

  35. OK read more of ROM’s blog. Not all that bad. The sample I quoted was apparently one of his worst days. Just to be completely fair, he’s completely wrong about mannered prose. I still maintain my opinion of Puckering Time.

    Frankly, Yugatech is the most influential Filipino blog. It’s tech but it also deals most of the time about what’s important to many Filipino: progress. Granted Abe’s blog focuses on a niche (i.e. only one of several avenues for progress in our country), he is notable for being the Yoda of Web 2.0

  36. Brian,

    Don’t be so hard on the kid. His mommy and daddy bought him his computer for being such a smart boy. We all went through that “know it all” phase. He still lives with daddy and got his mommy outside his room to protect him from the real world. Let him have his fun.

  37. Old people are worse at being “know it alls” than young people. What I’m saying is that being snobbish especially towards the working class has something sick about it. It smells like something is rotten within, a cultural ulcer.

    These universities are teaching kids confidence at the expense of the working class. It is sick. I instantly recognized ROM’s provocation as snobbery. “I don’t know what enema means” and calling me retard. He assumes it insults me not him because he doesn’t know me. I am a nameless SOB who doesn’t have “K.” Correct me if I’m wrong here ROM.

  38. For his sake I hope he’s an elite and daddy’s got everything lined up for him so that he won’t have to be part of the working class.

  39. PTT,

    Hm I think this ROM dude is not a dude.

    “nyway, so I was indulging is this particularly tasty revenge fantasy where I absolutely – ABSOLUTELY – ruin this man’s life as punishment for his calling me a particularly nasty four-letter word, beginning in “S” and rhyming with “LUT.”

    Backstory: he wasn’t getting any from me. HAH! So, because he wasn’t getting any, he started spreading this rumor that he was getting it all. Typical. Oh, it also helped that I turned down his latest attempt in front of his varsity jock friends. Double HAH!”

    Just assumed with all the Alizee videos embedded at homepage, which explains why she keeps calling me “retard.” Sorry if you’re a girl, ROM, I was kinda thinking of smacking you someday. 🙂

    Still no excuse calling me retard.

  40. oops! sorry ROM, I didn’t know you were a young lady. My appologies. Is that you in the picture on your blog?

  41. brianb&ptt:what? easing off on me coz i’m a girl? and no, i’m not part of the working class as i think you’re imagining it to be. but does that make me a proper target for disdain? and does confidence mean I’m looking down my nose at these ‘working class’ people whose honor you think you’re defending? not at all boys. that’s the good thing about the ‘net, is that I don’t know and don’t give squat what ‘class’ people who diss me come from. just like i don’t expect them to care what class I come from.

    and yes, i will call people retards who act and think like retards. you think that’s inappropriate or insensitive or irresponsible, well, tough. whatever class you are.unless of course you stop acting like a retard and then, i might consider apologizing.

    as for me making fun of you, brianb, you earned that barb, i’m sorry to say. i pointed out an irony in your statement and you come all up in my face telling me I’m amateurish? puh-leeze. 🙂

    PTT, what do you think? 😉

  42. Allow me to butt in on your conversation, Brian and ROM.

    Grammar isn’t everything. It’s not a cause to look down on everyone else who aren’t as good as you when it comes to it. It’s not a measure of how good you are as a person.

    And having been accepted in a premiere university isn’t an excuse to act high and mighty as well.

    I’ve known pretty good writers who’re horrible with their grammar. and um, they’re being good as “writers” wasn’t bec. of their grammar.

    check this one out.

    the tragedy series is fuckin wicked.
    and no, that’s not my blog. it’s a friend’s.
    i don’t know abt what’s your idea of a good writer, but this one here’s one in my book.

    ok. hope i’ve shamed some of the pretentious ones out there.

  43. Hey Rego,

    The candyman is here. You call my name 3x so here I am. Thanks for the compliment and for thinking highly of me. I’ve never imagine I’m constantly in your thoughts. But as far as I can remember, I only engaged you 2x or 3x. After that I decided not to make patol to you because I realized that you’re just showing-off. I think it was 3zz-fe who can’t stand your ways and engaged you on some petty mudslingings.

    Anyways, if you happened to visit PCIJ, you would’ve known that I’m still visible there as Vic here or Naykika can attest. We are one of the few remaining regulars that are religiously following noteworthy reports from PCIJ people and posting comments from time to time. It doesn’t really follow that the absence of commenters to picj blog poses a big problem to Aleck and company since PCIJ is already an institution in the world of journalism (check So my friend, cheer up. You must be a happy man.:)