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Actual historians tore it to shreds.
The last really big fish in a really small barrel presented for our amusement and mockery by the folks down at Camp Runamuck came on Monday when the so-called 1776 Commission released its "definitive chronicle of the American founding."The "definitive chronicle" consists of 20 ...
 
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Do you really want to show the world how hateful and ignorant you are?
Back in a world PSM (pre-social media), people traded insights and opinions on the news of the day only through in-person gatherings—in school, at work, at a birthday party, while waiting for the bus or jeep, at the neighborhood sari-sari store. We’d ...
 
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Food snobbery ought to be retired.
Possibly the greatest sin in food appreciation is when somebody dares order a steak well done. If you want to shock your fine dining club at the next get-together, there’s no quicker way to do it than to have the bloody red ...
 
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It once again stigmatizes the idea of adoption.
There’s a new ad that’s causing all sorts of commotion in social media. If you haven’t yet seen it, RC Cola just came out with an ad that’s inane, to put it mildly. It starts with a young dark-skinned teen who arrives ...
 
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It's time to face the real problems.
Another typhoon, another flood, another cleanup. This time, it's Typhoon Ulysses and the deluge brought to mind the worst in recent memory, Ondoy.  As survivors trudged through their muddied homes, many Filipinos on the internet sought to confront a mindset that makes headlines after every disaster. Filipino resilience, which ...
 
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Check your privilege.
In times of trouble, Twitter has a way of crowdsourcing information faster than most networks and government agencies. During the Taal eruption and Typhoon Rolly, it brought out the best in most netizens who, from their armchairs and study tables, helped those ...
 
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Poetic justice.
The end of Fascism is a tragi-comedic spectacle. It’s the universe’s attempt at dark humor or perhaps just pure poetic justice. A supposed ideology of hyper-nationalism and genocidal tendencies, the downfall of Fascisms across the world is sometimes violent but oftentimes strange ...
 
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What's the point of winning an election if you can't gloat about it on social media?
Phew.If, like us, you’ve been awake since Tuesday evening—hooked to U.S. news channels, a red and blue map burned into your retinas, Googling weird American words like ‘Tabulator’ and ‘Newt Gingrich’ as you slowly lose your grip on reality—then you no doubt ...
 
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Are we ready for another four years of Trump’s America?
The elections in the United States is here. Most Filipinos would argue we have our own problems to deal with here at home, but should we be concerned about the outcome of these upcoming polls? Is the U.S., and the rest of ...
 
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First of all, we need to recognize that this was a pretty big step for a Church that’s over 2,000 years old.
News that Pope Francis expressed support for same-sex civil unions began to spread in the early hours of Thursday (October 22) Manila time. For once it was refreshing to read headlines about gay people in a more positive light, without words like ...
 
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Several historical events led to a 'Cobra Effect.'
The local government of Marikina has launched an anti-leptospirosis program, and it's caught the attention of many netizens: Kampanya Kontra Lepto: Daga Mo Palit Cash. As the title suggests, people will be rewarded with cash for every rat they catch in Marikina. Rats ...
 
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Why are there so many errors in textbooks?
Why are there so many errors in textbooks, modules, and take-home worksheets provided by schools?“Typos and content errors should not exist in textbooks,” a friend said. “If broadsheets can manage to print daily news without any errors on its pages, why can’t ...
 
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The strongman exhaled droplets of pandemic disease from his maskless gob.
The strongman stood on the balcony of the presidential mansion, hopped up on steroids and exhaling droplets of pandemic disease from his maskless gob in between occasional gasps for breath, saluting the screaming machinery of military force as the presidential helicopter's motors ground into motion ...
 
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It’s time to let go of the antiquated belief that rape jokes are okay.
We at Esquire Philippines are the first to champion free speech and will often criticize or ridicule attempts to curtail it, but when we heard that actress Liza Soberano marched off into court and filed a criminal complaint against someone who made ...
 
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Sometimes, cancel culture is difficult to tell apart from mob mentality.
The Twitterverse was set ablaze on September 8 when the hashtags #CancelKorea and #ApologizeToFilipinos became a trending topic on the social media site. It all started when Koreans called out Fil-Am influencer Bella Poarch for sporting a controversial tattoo.#CancelKorea is a fine ...
 
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The irrelevance of Filipinx, at least in the Philippines.
“Filipinx” has reared its head again, pissing off the Twitterverse. The word “Filipinx” has been hovering in cyberspace for years with interspersed waves of enraged online criticism. But everything came to a head this weekend when the gender-neutral words “Filipinx” and “Pinxy” ...
 
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This is ridiculous.
For no clear reason, married women are being required to submit the original copy of their marriage contract before they could get a student’s permit to drive, according to the requirements set by Land Transportation Office (LTO). To be exact, married women must submit an ...
 
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What’s it going to take for big companies to start taking better care of their customers?
I was stuck in our house in Cavite during the first stretch of strict lockdowns that started in March because of COVID-19. Thankfully, internet service there is stable, which is a godsend considering that I, like many other people, suddenly had to ...
 
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Now, does it come with improved labor laws and hazard pay?
In case you missed it, President Rodrigo Duterte just declared the year 2020, this goddamn cursed year, as the “Year of the Filipino Health Workers.”In a proclamation released by Malacañang Palace, this declaration is to honor the hard work of health workers ...
 
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As the racist eloquently put it, 'Trump's gonna fuck you.'
In another episode of racism in the U.S.A., a Filipino-American family became the target of a xenophobic white man when the said racist yelled obscenities at the family while they were celebrating a tita’s birthday at a lodge in California.Little did he ...
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