Here’s One for the Tinfoil Hat Crowd

As appalling as it was, it turns out the Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) was perhaps not as unique as we were led to believe. True, in modern times – with the exception of the 1991 Ormoc Flood caused by Tropical Storm Uring – the areas devastated by the typhoon have largely escaped the full force of […]

Conspiracy Theories, New World Order: Old Hogwash

It’s interesting to note that so-called conspiracy theories are so alive and well. These “theories” center on the idea that the world is being controlled by a secretive group. So many groups are suspects: the Illuminati, the Freemasons, the Bilderberg group, the Trilateral Commission, all said to be creating a so-called New World Order, although […]

The Philippines and the ICC: The Right Sort of Foreign Intervention

Writing in yesterday’s Manila Standard, columnist Rod Kapunan demonstrates exactly the sort of violent, misplaced nationalism that is the best reason for the Philippines to join the International Criminal Court. If I was writing this for my own blog, I’d probably call Kapunan a tinfoil hat-wearing conspiracy freak and an uncivilized thug, but since this […]