Wednesday, May 14, 2003

IT IS THE END OF THE WORLD May 14 May 15…boom ...The news said, the human race is going to be destroyed in May 15. I am a CAT. I am spared. I like to warn my human companion so she would be saved. All she needs is to pay 1 million yen so she can enter the dome that would protect her from electromicrowave that will cause the disaster. From Mainichi Daily News, Japan In Oizumi, Gifu Prefecture, Panawave Laboratory members are constructing dome-shaped structures, which they claim to be resistant to any kind of natural disasters. The cult's publications indicated that its members are convinced that the human race will be destroyed on May 15 this year because of a dramatic change in the angles of the Earth's axis.People wishing to enter the domes and be saved from Armageddon are rumored to be asked to pay one million yen. They claim the domes can withstand earthquakes with a magnitude of up to 15 on the Richter scale. The cult leader is a cat lover. Yay. According to a tobacconist, Chino (name of the leader) would walk with a retinue of 20 to 30 cats. But they found also dogs, pigs, crows and even igunanas and their pay –to-be-saved modern Noah’s Arc. Other than being animals advocate she is regarded to be a weirdo and so are her followers. They all dressed up in white and they drape the walls of their laboratory with white unblemished cloths. Lately, with the clock ticking for the Armageddon, they drape the trees, the highways and the roads with white cloth as shield for the electromagnetic waves. The leader does not take a bath and is dying from cancer. SHE: Hey Cat, you like me to believe this crap? Some years ago, this was also a bunch of cultists in the USA that committed suicide en masse on the belief that they would be transported to another world thru a space ship that would pick them up. Unfortunately, the space ship never came and their bodies were found very dead by the police authorites. CAT: Who sez, I believe this news.BTW, can you get me a ticket to Japan ? meow. Quotation: The illiterate wise are not half as dangerous as educated fools. Some more reads: Food for the Brain: Coffee Break Do you know that the white collar coffee break became official in 1950 when a restaurant was invited by a big insurance company with close to 2,000 employees to serve coffee from one desk to another. **************** LYING Are you joking? An ordinance to ban lying? An ordinance to ban lying? Somebody must be lying.More credulous people may think it has been proposed in China, where there have been false reports about the highly infectious respiratory disease SARS, or in Japan, where false labeling on food was rampant in recent years. But these people are wrong about both countries. The move to legislate the ban on lying has actually been made in the United States.The Associated Press and other media picked up the story, and The New York Times came up with a detailed account the other day.When I first read the story, ``a troublesome country'' was the thought that crossed my mind. If the ordinance has been proposed in ``that country,'' I thought, it makes sense. After all, America is a country that has enforced the prohibition law. As this example shows, U.S. politics has a streak that unhesitatingly forces what is perceived as right on its people.With liquor sales banned by law, black-market transactions flourished during the Prohibition era. The mafia had the backdoor liquor trade under its control, and a behind-the-scenes society bloomed. To legislate the ban on lying, I thought, would only bring back something like that.With lies going underground, a behind-the-scenes society with only committed liars as its members might come into being. While the society might not be controlled by the mafia, what would happen if lies embellished by its members flooded into ``normal society.''Pondering this and that, I realized that perhaps I was going too far.The idea of an ordinance prohibiting lying has been proposed by Jo Hamlett, mayor of Mount Sterling, a small town in Iowa. He says he is tired of extra-tall tales he has been hearing in the town. Explaining why he proposed the legal ban on lying, he says, ``I just feel it would put a little more Midwestern honesty back in these people.''Hunting and fishing are the main leisure activities in Mount Sterling. According to press reports, many of the local people who go for the hobbies seem to be blowhards who come up with extra-tall tales, such as ``killing a dozen deer with a bow and arrow.''Tired of these tales, Hamlett informally proposed the ordinance to ban lying to the City Council. The council is split 2-2 on the idea. One of the council members against it says, ``I think it was only done for publicity. ... It's silly.''Mount Sterling is inhabited by only 53 people, and only four members sit in the City Council. So, the move to legislate the anti-lying ban is just a ripple. But I do not have the confidence to say definitely that this move could not spread across the United States.--The Asahi Shimbun, May 5,2003) Kababaw na dahilan. In the primitive days, lying is not only a crime punishable by cutting the tongue. Siguro maraming pipi ngayon. Quotation: Better a lie that soothes than a truth that hurts-Czech Sampalin ko kaya ito.--CAT ************* Update on the doomsday news Police raid bizarre "white cult" Police raided locations connected to the bizarre "white cult" Wednesday for minor offenses amid persistent resistance from its members, investigators said. . Law enforcers are determined to take the opportunity with Wednesday's raids to launch full-scale investigations in a bid to get to the bottom of the activities of the mysterious cult.A 66-year-old man, who is believed to be the second-in-command of the Panawave Laboratory, said the cult is poised to respond by taking legal action against law enforcement authorities."We're no harm to society, and regularly report our activities to police. We'll take legal action. We only grow stronger and more powerful whenever we are bashed. Our group will never disband," he said in an interview with the Mainichi Shimbun.The high-ranking cultist corrected a prediction that a major disaster will devastate the Earth on Thursday. "I think it will be delayed till around May 22. (Mainichi Shimbun, Japan, May 14, 2003) Ayyy meron palang postponement.-CAT


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