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Her Majesty's humor

Ninfa Leonardia Even the volcanoes are grumbling. What's the matter with Mother Nature these days? In some countries there were floods, in other landslides, fire in some and, lately, there were mudslides, that some describe to be even worse than floods, because they could suffocate people. In the olden days, God told Noah to build an ark so he and his family could save themselves. What is His message to this generation to save its members from all the calamities falling upon the earth now?

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When the wickedness and evil going on in Sodom and Gomorrah became worst, God felt it was time to punish its people. But He gave them a chance to save themselves by instructing them to flee from the two places when their destruction began. But there was only one condition for them to escape His wrath: They must flee and never look back as the fire and brimstone began to wreck the two places. Only one woman, the ever curious member of the race he created, could not help taking a quick peek, and she was quickly turned into a pillar of salt!

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What is God's message to our generation then? Why we are seeing so many signs that seem to indicate that He is not at all pleased with what His people are doing? The sad fact is that many nowadays no longer believe in Him or in His power to ruin or save us. Will the prayers, mortifications and penance of the faithful be enough to placate Him? Or will He again choose the ones He will save, but condemn those who displease Him? Maybe He is testing us by giving us world leaders who are combative and disrespectful of others and allow us to annihilate ourselves!

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So much for such morbid thoughts. Let's focus on current events, like the statement of the President that officials and executives of the government who travel abroad more than 12 times will be dismissed. Does he mean 12 times in one year, or 12 times in one's term? Of course foreign travel has always been one of the perks of office, and there are often many excuses to do so. But setting the limit at 12 could give others some ideas. Even who do not travel at all, may opt to do so 11 times, to keep within the limit.

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Meanwhile, it took nature itself to save the rest of California where a wildfire that had lasted for about one month and couldn't be stopped from ravaging houses and trees and sending thousands evacuating from the area, was finally put out when mudslides rolled down from the mountain it had deprived of its trees and growth and tampered it down at last. It is not sure if the efforts of firefighters who had worked long and furiously on it could have stopped it the way Nature itself, through its cascading wet mud, finally did.

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A strange incident happened at a school in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte. A student complained that his teacher pointed a gun at him. However, it seems nobody in the high school would talk about the incident, and even the principal says he has no knowledge of the issue. And then some students claim that they had been warned not to talk to reporters about the incident. But how did it happen that there was a gun-toting teacher in that high school? Or were the students so imaginative that they had only imagined the gun-toting incident?

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I am not surprised that Senator Juan Ponce Enrile was reported to be supporting the move to extend Martial Law in Mindanao. He reportedly claimed that terrorism will rise again in Mindanao if Martial Law is lifted. Well, his view is not new to us who knew about his stand on Martial Law before – until it got to the point when even his own life was endangered under Martial rule. That was when he and former General and later President Fidel Ramos broke off from the Martial ruler.

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“Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown”. Now Queen Elizabeth of England has confirmed, not referring to its idiomatic meaning, but to its literal one. In a recent talk with England's leading network, BBC, she humorously confessed that one of the difficulties in wearing a crown is that it could fall off when one bends down. So, she said, she has to have her written speech elevated to read it, otherwise, down the crown would go. I like Her majesty's sense of humor. Don't you?*

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