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20 Aug 2011 (updated 21 Aug 2011 at 21:08 UTC) »

The Creed

The Nicene creed is a statement of faith of the early Catholic Church ratified by the Ecumenical Council of Nicaea in 325 AD in opposition to certain heresies, especially Arianism. These heresies, which disturbed the church during the fourth century, concerned the doctrine of the trinity and of the person of Christ.

This creed serves as the bar of orthodox Christian belief - to confess to parts of the creed without confessing to the entirety of the creed is to confess to being in heresy.

Here's the Latin and English versions of the creed. As I am more familiar with the Latin (as I chant to this every Sunday), I'll place the Latin first followed by the English transliteration.

Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipotentem, factorem caeli et terrae, visibilium omnium et invisibilium.

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

Et in unum Dominum, Jesum Christum, Filium Dei unigenitum, et ex Patre natum, ante omnia saecula. Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine, Deum Verum de Deo Vero. Genitum non factum, consubstantialem Patri, per quem omnia facta sunt.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.

Qui propter nos homines, et propter nostram salutem, descendit de caelis. Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto ex Maria virgine, et homo factus est. Crucifixus etiam pro nobis, sub Pontio Pilato, passus et sepultus est. Et resurrexit tertia die, secundum Scripturas. Et ascendit in caelum, sedet ad dexteram Patris. Et iterum venturus est cum gloria, judicare vivos et mortuos, cujus regni non erit finis.

Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

Et in Spiritum Sanctum, Dominum et Vivificantem, qui ex Patre Filioque procedit. Qui cum Patre et Filio simul adoratur, et conglorificatur, qui locutus est per Prophetas.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

Et Unam, Sanctam, Catholicam, et Apostolicam Ecclesiam. Confiteor unum baptisma in remissionem peccatorum. Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum, et vitam venturi saeculi+.

And I believe in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess in one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

Amen.


Syndicated 2009-03-26 22:07:00 (Updated 2011-08-20 17:30:59) from Living Core Dumps

20 Aug 2011 (updated 21 Aug 2011 at 21:08 UTC) »

Mobile Internet using my Nokia E71 and Debian GNU/Linux

I never expected connecting to Globe's 3G network using Debian GNU/Linux Unstable and my trusty Nokia E71 to be a walk in the park, but I was dead wrong. Configuring the connection via Gnome's Network Manager applet proved to be a breeze.

  1. Right click on the Network Manager icon, and select Edit Connections

  2. Connect the Nokia E71 via USB cable to your PC. Make sure you select the PC Suite mode of operation in the phone when prompted.

  3. Select the Mobile Broadband tab and click the Add button. A popup will appear and show the Nokia E71 as one of the options.

  4. In the username and password, provide the values globe, and set the APN to internet.globe.com.ph. Save the connection (for me I labeled it as Nokia E71 - Globe).

  5. The Mobile Broadband option for your new 3G connection is now ready! Select it from the options in the Network Manager applet and enjoy your 3G connection.


Syndicated 2009-03-26 22:04:00 (Updated 2011-08-20 17:30:59) from Living Core Dumps

20 Aug 2011 (updated 21 Aug 2011 at 21:08 UTC) »

Fasting during the Great Lent

Below is an excerpt from St. John Chrysostom, Patriarch of Constantinople during the 5th century and one of the early Church fathers, about the noble Christian tradition of fasting and abstinence during the Great Lent.

The value of fasting consists not only in avoiding certain
foods, but in giving up of sinful practices. The person who
limits his fast only to abstaining from meat is the one who
especially lowers the value of it.

Do you fast? Prove it by doing good works. If you see
someone in need, take pity on them. If you see a friend being
honored, don’t get jealous of him. For a true fast, you cannot
fast only with your mouth. You must fast with your eye, your ear,
your feet, your hands, and all parts of your body.

You fast with your hands by keeping them pure from doing
greedy things. You fast with your feet by not going to see
forbidden shows or plays. You fast with your eyes by not
letting them look upon impure pictures. Because if this is
forbidden or unlawful, it mars your fast and threatens the safety
of your soul. But if you look at things which are lawful and
save you increase your fast, for what you see with your eye
influences your conduct. It would be very stupid to eliminate or
give up meat and other foods because of the fast but feed with
your eyes upon other things which are forbidden.

You don’t eat meat, you say. But you allow yourself to lis-
ten to lewd things. You must fast with your ears, too. Another
way of fasting with your ears is not to listen to those who speak
evil or untrue things about others. “Thou shalt not receive an
idle report. “This is especially true of rumors, gossip,
untruths which are spoken to harm another.

Besides fasting with your mouth by not eating certain foods,
your mouth should also fast from foul language or telling lies
about others. For what good is it if you don’t eat meat or
poultry, and yet you bite and devour your fellow man?


Seems like I have much to learn, do and undo. I must say I've been guilty of observing the bare minimum for the fasting practice - since 1537 the Filipino faithful have been exempted from much of the laws of the fast and abstinence, reducing the requirements of the fast to Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. By contrast, the early Christians fasted a lot!


Syndicated 2009-03-08 22:27:00 (Updated 2011-08-20 17:30:59) from Living Core Dumps

20 Aug 2011 (updated 21 Aug 2011 at 21:08 UTC) »

Debian Lenny on the Dell Vostro 1310

In my quest to run the web application project I am working on in a saner environment (read: 64-bit, modern versions of software and libraries, and faster execution time in native mode vs virtualized mode), I attempted to install Debian Lenny 64-bit on the Dell Vostro 1310 issued by my employer

What works:

  • 802.11b/g wireless LAN (via compiling the 64-bit Broadcom STA driver). All this time I thought my current Vostro is capable of draft 802.11N. Boy I was so wrong!

  • Sound. I thought sound support was hopeless as I really couldn't hear a thing coming out of the audio port (after installing Pulseaudio and even upgrading the kernel to Linux 2.6.28) ... until I messed around with the mixer controls and found out that the sound card of this laptop have differing controls for the front and headset channels!

  • 64-bit Flash player plugin for Firefox. The alpha-release for Adobe Flash 10 has native support for 64-bit Linux. It's about time you've released this, Adobe. We've had 64-bit Linux since 2003!

  • Sun Java 64-bit plugin for Firefox. Finally.


What doesn't work:
  • Bluetooth. After some time searching via Google, I found out that Windows Vista upgraded the firmware driver for the Bluetooth module. Great. The only solution is to go back to Windows XP, download and install the Windows XP driver for the Dell Wireless 360 Bluetooth module. To think I already had XP wiped out... This is trouble (as I won't be able to tether to my Nokia E71's HSDPA network without Bluetooth) that I must resolve soon.

  • Compiz. Seems my Vostro has a blacklisted PCI ID (8086:2a02). That means no 3D desktop for me.

  • Global Address List for Evolution 2.22. Too bad the OpenExchange plugin isn't code complete... I'll have to wait for 4 more release cycles before I can even test this! Right now Evolution is just way too buggy to use as an Exchange client.


My list of TODO's:
  • Make the entire web application project run on Debian Lenny, with new versions of software. Freaking tall order, but I believe I can do it.

  • Configure PPPOE support for my DSL line at home (in the event that my wireless router craps out)

  • Fix the Bluetooth mess!

  • Configure tethering to my Nokia E71 via Bluetooth or data cable.

  • Install and configure Eclipse 3.4 Ganymede as a development environment.

  • Get an IM client that supports the Yahoo! Messenger webcam streaming protocol.


Syndicated 2009-03-08 22:05:00 (Updated 2011-08-20 17:30:59) from Living Core Dumps

20 Aug 2011 (updated 21 Aug 2011 at 21:08 UTC) »

Is ALP dead?

Is ALP really dead in the water?

CES 2009 featured the debut of Palm's new phone, the Pre, running Palm's own Linux-based mobile OS, the Palm webOS.  This, however, doesn't bode well for the Access Linux Platform - the supposed successor of the PalmOS.

As we do all know, PalmSource was acquired by the Japanese company Access a few years ago, and they have developed their own evolution to the old PalmOS. With Palm going their own way with webOS, what's the future of ALP? Samsung has already buried their plans of releasing an ALP-powered phone, no mention of other ALP-powered phones released (note - all that has been seen are just announcements), Orange cancelling its adoption of ALP in their smartphone offerings, no other telco or mobile phone manufacturer announcing adoption of ALP , and with other manufacturers like HTC that has pledged to make more Android-powered phones - this doesn't bode well for ALP's future.

Sayonara ALP. I was kinda have been waiting for an ALP powered phone for a very long time.


Syndicated 2009-01-11 12:35:00 (Updated 2011-08-20 17:30:59) from Living Core Dumps

20 Aug 2011 (updated 7 Sep 2011 at 18:10 UTC) »

Food Shortage Facts vs Population Control

One of the most common claims of RH Advocates is that the Philippines is facing a food shortage because of the size of our population. “There are too many Filipinos and there is too little food and rice available” is a common refrain from anti-life advocates.


One of the real reasons for the food shortage in the Philippines is not the population, but the unbelievably massive losses of food supplies in our country.  According to DA Secretary Arthur Yap in his speech “The Challenge of Sustained Agriculture Growth in the Philippines”, given at the Manila Overseas Press Club “Farmers’ Night” at the Intercontinental Manila (May 18, 2007), spoke of:
    “..the need for a program that will address the post-harvest losses of our grain crops, vegetables, livestock and fisheries products. In grains, we are losing 10-15%, and in vegetables and fisheries, close to 50%..The losses in terms of spoilage and reduction in volumes translate to billions of pesos and impact directly on farm incomes and consumer prices.”
In the same speech, Sec. Arthur Yap mentions that “in the 70’s, our thrust was to produce at least 99 cavans of rice per hectare… today, we are a boisterous and democratic nation pushing beyond 86 million Filipinos, working with shrinking areas for lands and watersheds. And yet, we have the technology and the testimony of farmers from all over the country, which make it possible to harvest an average of 200 cavans of rice per hectare of irrigated rice lands.”


Instead of investing billions of pesos in pills and condoms, we should invest this money instead in warehouses and rural development in order to prevent more senseless waste of our food resources and in order to produce more rice with better technology. This is a more sensible and long-term way of addressing poverty and hunger. It will also leave a more lasting impact on the lives of congressional constituencies.


Syndicated 2008-09-29 08:56:00 (Updated 2011-09-07 17:56:32) from Living Core Dumps

20 Aug 2011 (updated 7 Sep 2011 at 18:10 UTC) »

Separation of Church and State: What does "Separation" Really Mean and Why RH Bill Supporters Don't Understand what it Really Means

The supporters of the RH Bill in the media and in Congress often cite “Separation of Church and State” in order to muzzle the opposition of the Catholic Church. But do they really believe in their own propaganda? Apparently, they are using this principle only for their own ends. This only shows that the supporters of the RH Bill are cynical and manipulative.


While defending the RH Bill, Rep. Janette Garin said that the opinion and support of the Iglesia ni Cristo is important for the Bill. This admission was recorded in many newspapers and can easily be found in the Internet.


One of the Philippine media’s most rabid supporters of the RH Bill and one of its harshest critics of the Catholic Church, Anne Marie Pamintuan of the Philippine Star, said in her column for September 22, 2008, Monday, that:


“Maybe women should join the Iglesia Ni Cristo, which is supporting the bill. And will someone ever file a case questioning violations of the constitutionally enshrined principle of separation of church and state?”


In two sentences, this vociferous critic of the Catholic Church calls upon women to join the Iglesia Ni Cristo because it supports the RH Bill. At the same time, she calls on people to drag the Catholic Church to court.


Wait a minute! We thought that these people are against any Church “meddling” in legislative and state matters? Obviously, this meddling is “bad” only when it goes against the preferences of certain politicians and of certain media people. The Iglesia Ni Cristo is praised because it supports the RH Bill while the Roman Catholic Church is condemned and spat upon by these pro-RH people because it opposes the Bill.


It is clear that these people do not really care about the so-called principle of “Separation of Church and State.” What they simply want is to terrorize the Catholic Church and make it comply with their beliefs. To this end, they will support a church that does what they themselves will consider as “meddling” if that church supports them. Thus, they praise the INC, with its legendary viciousness against Catholicism and its reliable support for artificial contraception.






In their fight for the passage of the RH Bill, not a few of this Bill’s supporters have, once more, invoked the “Separation of Church and State” in order to muzzle the Catholic Church’s opposition to the RH bill. According to these people, the Catholic Church is violating the principle of the Separation of Church and State by daring to speak out against the Bill.


As we shall see, the supporters of the RH Bill are, in fact, very ignorant of what the “Separation Clause” really means.
  • What Separation of Church and State really means is that the State does not have any State or “Established Church”, it does not subsidize the Church or pay the salary of its clergy, and that no Church has any official access to the instruments of State power (e.g. it cannot use the armed forces to fight other churches or to enforce its beliefs and practices on citizens).
  • Furthermore, in the Philippine legal and constitutional context, the Separation clause has its origins in the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, which states that:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”


(Take note: the phrase “Separation of Church and State” can never be found anywhere in the US Constitution)


As a US Congressional Report noted in 1854, “What is an establishment of religion? It must have a creed, defining what a man must believe; it must have rites and ordinances, which believers must observe; it must have ministers of defined qualifications, to teach doctrines and administer the rites; it must have tests for the submissive and penalties for the non-conformist…” (cited in p. 31 of David Barton’s “The Myth of Separation”; Aledo, Texas, Wallbuilder Press, 1992). In short, in a true situation of Union of Church and State, the State will force its citizens to adhere to a particular Church, with punishments for those who do not want to conform. Where there are no such penalties, there is no question of an “Established Church”


In modern times, the Establishment clause has been broadened to include the non-use of government property or funds in order to promote the beliefs of a particular Church or religion. Nevertheless, the principle that no Church must be established by the state has never been understood to mean that no one has the right to speak out in public in accordance with his or her religious beliefs.


In short, the Separation of Church and State was established in order to prevent the government from forcing a particular church down the throats of its citizens, and from encroaching upon the rights of the Church. It was established in order to protect the Churches, not the State.


All of these conditions continue to apply to the Philippines, which has no “state religion”, which does not subsidize the Catholic Church or pay the salaries of its priests, which does not require classes in Catholic beliefs in public schools, and which has no provision for forcing non-Catholics to follow Catholic beliefs and practices at gunpoint. Indeed, non-Catholics churches and religions also have a strong voice in the affairs of state and have considerable public influence in the Philippines. Therefore there is true separation of Church and State in the Philippines.


  • Separation of Church and State does NOT mean that Church officials cannot speak or try to influence state policy. In a democratic republic, any citizen has the right and duty to use his influence and moral suasion in order to persuade the government to take a particular course of action. Since Church officials are citizens, they continue to have the right to speak out in favor of their beliefs, as long as they use purely moral, non-violent and legal means of expressing these beliefs. This is what the CBCP does. Its members are only exercising their rights under the Constitution, and they have certainly not resorted to violent means.
  • Separation of Church and State does not mean that Catholics are required to leave their religious beliefs in their private life, and that they should act like they have no Catholic beliefs at all in the public square. To force Catholics to think and act like they are not Catholics, outside the confines of their private lives, is plain and simple discrimination. In the final analysis, to require Catholics to abandon their religious and moral beliefs in matters of public policy is the same as requiring these Catholics to believe that their religious beliefs are not really true. After all, if you believe that something is true, you will stick to it anywhere and everywhere and in all things, and not just in your private life. The supporters of the RH Bill, in attacking the defenders of the pro-life position for upholding their Catholic beliefs, are in effect attacking the congressional defenders of the pro-life position for having the guts to stick to their moral and religious convictions. This is absurd! In any democracy, it should be expected that people will stick to their moral convictions and make decisions according to their conscience!

  • Furthermore, if we are going to condemn the Catholic Church for violating the separation of Church and State by speaking out against the Bill, then why should Islam and the INC not be accused of committing the same violation when these support the Bill? After all, if speaking out on a proposed Bill in Congress is a form of interference in State matters, then it does not matter whether a church speaks out FOR or AGAINST the Bill; what matters is that the said church spoke ABOUT the Bill. If the Catholic Church is to be condemned for violating the separation of Church and State, then Islam and the INC should be charged guilty of the same violation.


Syndicated 2008-09-29 08:49:00 (Updated 2011-09-07 17:54:46) from Living Core Dumps

20 Aug 2011 (updated 7 Sep 2011 at 18:10 UTC) »

The Reproductive Health Bill: A Biased and Contradictory Bill

The Reproductive Health Bill has a glaring self-contradiction.


In Section 3, where the “Guiding Principles” of the RH Bill are listed, it is stated that:
  1. In the promotion of reproductive health there should be no bias for either modern or natural methods of family planning;


However, the text of the Bill itself clearly prefers and encourages the use of artificial contraceptives, thus violating one of its own “Guiding Principles”


  • In Section 5-f-(1), it is said that the proposed Reproductive Health Care Program will be implemented with the following components:
  1. Reproductive and sexual health education including but not limited to counseling on the full range of legal and medically-safe family planning methods including surgical methods;
    It bears asking: if the Bill claims to establish equality between artificial and natural family planning, then why does it give special mention to “surgical methods”? Nowhere in the bill will we find NFP being given the same kind of special mention. It is obvious that the Bill has a bias for artificial methods (such as surgical ones).
  • There is an entire Section – Section 9 – which requires all national and local government hospitals to make tubal ligation and vasectomy services available, with such services even qualifying for PhilHealth benefits. Why is there no similar proviso making natural family planning services required in all hospitals? Why are there no provisions for benefits for those who want to avail of NFP?
  • In Section 10, contraceptives (in short, artificial – not natural – “family planning”) are declared to be “essential medicines”.  All national and local hospital and other government health units are required to regularly purchase supplies of contraceptives. In contrast, there is no requirement for the same units to invest in purchasing educational and other materials necessary for the dissemination of information on Natural Family Planning (NFP).


Recently, more proof has come out that the supporters of the RH Bill are biased against Natural Family Planning.


The Iglesia Ni Cristo has, in recent days, upheld artificial contraception while condemning natural family planning. This, in effect, requires any member of the INC who wishes to practice family planning to use contraceptives.


If the supporters of the RH Bill are, as they say, not biased against NFP, then they should denounce the Iglesia Ni Cristo with equal fervor for condemning NFP, as they are now condemning the Roman Catholic Church for not accepting artificial contraception.


In fact, the supporters of the RH Bill are praising the INC to the high heavens for being so “enlightened” as to support artificial contraceptives while saying nothing about the INC’s condemnation of natural family planning. In the same way, the supporters of the RH Bill are crucifying the Catholic Church with their malicious propaganda even as they are giving no attention to its support for NFP.


THE FACTS ARE CLEAR:


The RH Bill is BIASED IN FAVOR OF ARTIFICIAL CONTRACEPTION.


The RH Bill’s supporters are BIASED IN FAVOR OR ARTIFICIAL CONTRACEPTION and AGAINST NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING.


All of these sections of the bill, and the behavior of this bill’s proponents, prove that this “Reproductive Health Bill” is dangerously full of lies and proposals that contradict its own principles.


A law as shabbily and deviously written as this does not deserve to pass.


Syndicated 2008-09-29 08:40:00 (Updated 2011-09-07 17:55:21) from Living Core Dumps

20 Aug 2011 (updated 21 Aug 2011 at 21:08 UTC) »

Trying out the new Friendster Blogs

I recently gave the new Friendster Blogs a test drive here in DLSU-CSB during the Wordcamp Philippines 2008 conference, and so far, I'm really impressed. There's a lot of clean-looking themes, and the functionality of blogging has really gone a long way since I started writing blogs in Advogato way back in 2002 (yeah I know I'm a dinosaur in the blogging world - back then we didn't call blogs as blogs, but as journals). 

My only wish though is that Friendster would allow me to import all my journal... err blog entries in Advogato that I started in July 2002. The RSS feed for Advogato only has the 10 most recent entries. I recently found that there's a WordPress plugin for importing Advogato entries, but as of now, Friendster does not allow plugin installation. It's one thing I understand - being a former information security practitioner in a past life tells me that allowing random third-party code in your site is generally a BAD IDEA.


Syndicated 2008-09-06 12:07:00 (Updated 2011-08-20 17:30:59) from Living Core Dumps

20 Aug 2011 (updated 21 Aug 2011 at 21:08 UTC) »

A Mockery of Standardization

I thought it was only an April Fool's joke that ECMA 376, also known as the Office Open XML "standard" was ratified as an ISO standard. Guess what - after hundreds of millions of dollars of lobbying, political maneuvering, the old boys at ISO ratified OOXML as a document standard. The weird part here is that the entire process in the national BRMs were noted to be tainted with intense lobbying and very sharp contrasting stands, rather than the expected unanimous decision that USUALLY happens when a standard gets ratified.

Shame on you Microsoft and ISO, shame on you. To ratify a 6000+ page plus paper stack that even MS hasn't even implemented fully, not to discount that it still has so many bugs that SHOULDN'T EVEN BE IN A STANDARD, is such an amazing feat, not of engineering, but on how corrupt and how low will this company go just to keep earning its dough. No offense, I've got no qualms with business earning their daily living decently, but with this kind of corruption of subverting and making a mockery of proper procedure, this company doesn't even deserve our support.


Syndicated 2008-04-02 22:21:00 (Updated 2011-08-20 17:30:59) from Living Core Dumps

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