Squatting Should Be Illegal.

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Squatting
– to settle on or occupy property, especially otherwise unoccupied property, without any title, right, or payment of rent.

Just because a property is unoccupied, or unused, does not mean anyone should be allowed to stay or inhabit that property if they do not own it, and if they do, they should not cause any trouble when the property owner decides to do something with that property.

This law that states squatting is legal should have a caveat that states squatters should leave when the property owner tells them to leave, and should not be compensated just because they’ve built stuff there. Anything on the property should be considered property of the OWNER of the property. This whole idea of compensating squatters because they have to move is ridiculous. It’s akin to having something stolen from you and then having to pay the thief that stole from you. It’s stupid. And to think, the government made this legal.

Do I blame the squatters? No I don’t. Some of them had no other choice. They were forced into situations like these due to the failure of the government to provide adequate jobs and sufficient educational system to attain better jobs and therefore improve their lives. Instead of solving the squatting problem, the government came up with the solution of making squatting legal, thereby avoiding actually fixing it.

But I do find fault in the squatters who turn squatting into their way of life, by squatting on land then forcing the property owner to pay them off to leave so that he can be free to develop his own land. And it’s sick that the government condones such actions.

So what solution is there?

I say we decentralize Manila. And I’ll go into that further later this week in another post.

Star Wars

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I absolutely love Star Wars. And the “Force for Change” charity gives people the chance to go to the set of Star Wars episode 7 and to be IN THE MOVIE.

“Star Wars: Force for Change is a brand new charitable initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm in collaboration with Bad Robot dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. The first Star Wars: Force for Change campaign will raise funds and awareness for UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and its innovative projects benefiting children in need.” – from the Force for Change website, http://forceforchange.starwars.com

My best friend collects toys and he has a whole bunch of Star Wars toys, while me on the other hand, I collected almost all the books of the Star Wars expanded universe. At my last count
I think I had about 70 paperback and hard bound copies of the Star Wars universe.

Sadly, this movie will pretty much scrap all the stories that I have grown up with. But it’s okay, continuing the Star Wars story is not an easy job, and many a director turned down the job because the people who love Star Wars are a hard group to please, and if the saga isn’t done justice, many will be up in arms at having their childhood ruined.

I have faith in JJ Abrams. I believe he can give the old fans what we want, and attract new fans in the process. It’s a very hard task, nigh insurmountable, but I believe in Abrams. I mean, look at what he did with the Star Trek reboot, I wasn’t really a Trekkie but those movies were AMAZING. And Super 8 was also done really well.

So I think the franchise is in good hands, and I can’t wait to watch it.

Should We Really Hate Jeepney’s?

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The Jeepney is a tourist attraction. It started out as an army vehicle repurposed and redesigned to be a public utility vehicle. When international celebrities visit the Philippines, it’s not uncommon for them to have their picture taken while in or even on a jeepney. Jeepney owners also design their vehicles it the most outlandish ways, adding all sorts of things Ariel would collect, whosits and whatsits galore.

It is also a cheap way to travel from place to place, usually in areas where buses aren’t allowed to pass. A source of livelihood for some who come to Manila from the province, thinking they can better their future.

But almost anyone who drives knows that most Jeepney drivers have no road courtesy at all. They stop anywhere they want. They drive at night without their lights on. They run stoplights. And they pretty much only care about getting as many passengers as they can so that they can pay off their jeepney or whatever other bills they need to pay.

What bugs me even more is that the police don’t seem to catch them for their illegal stops, or their running of red lights, for their obstruction of traffic and recklessness while driving.

After some thought, is it really the jeepney drivers fault? Or is it the passengers?

If people would go onto jeepneys at the proper places, would the jeepneys still stop anywhere?

I find it quite sad that people can so blatantly disobey traffic rules right in front of police, and the police do nothing.

The system is dirty from the lowest position to the very top. Who are we supposed to turn to for help? A line from Batman Begins comes to mind, “in a town this bent, who’s there to rat to anyway?”

We need good and honest leaders with unquestionable integrity. Leaders with a sense of honor and conscience. Otherwise this country can never truly reach its full potential.

Positivity

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Choose to believe in the best of people rather than their worst. Wouldn’t you want people to think of you the same way? Life is fleeting, don’t waste it focusing on bad things. It’s the weekend! Have a blessed weekend everyone!

Brotherhood.

Dictionary.com’s definition of

Brotherhood
—noun

-the condition or quality of being a brother or brothers.
-the quality of being brotherly; fellowship.
-a fraternal or trade organization.
-all those engaged in a particular trade or profession or sharing a common interest or quality
-the belief that all people should act with warmth and equality toward one another, regardless of differences in race, creed, nationality, etc.

In my opinion, a brother is someone who will always want the best for you, someone who will be there by your side when you need them, and you also would do exactly the same for them.

A brother would never intentionally cause you pain whether it be physical or emotional pain.

Now I understand that there are certain groups that require a display of dedication and that also include and aren’t restricted to, humiliation, pain, and sacrifice. There have been precedents where due to these requirements, people have lost their lives. To lose your life due to these things is abhorrent and such a waste of something so precious. And it’s especially painful to the family members and friends.

I understand that people join these groups willingly, and that the decision to join is made by them. But at that age, are they really making an educated decision?

While I have nothing against groups like this, I do take issue with their initiation rites. If you know people have died before due to certain things, maybe it’s time to remove those things and replace them with things that have less severe consequences. Because these people will show you dedication and a willingness to go through almost anything for you, and as responsible human beings, you should also show your future “brothers”, the same dedication in caring for their lives.

They are trusting you with their lives, and you should reciprocate that trust in kind.

NO TO PADDLING.