Juan L. Mercado

Jitters

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“The Age of  Anxiety” is a  poem W. H. Auden wrote in 1947.  It deals with man’s search for meaning in a turbulent world  and won the 1948  Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Leonardo Bernstein thereafter  composed “Symphony No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra.”  Princeton University Press, in 2011, published a new edition of the poem.

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Tomorrow arrived yesterday

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“Cartographic” - what? “Cartographic aggression” is shorthand for redrawing maps to gobble up territory, writes Australian Sinologist Geremie Barmé. And last week’s region-wide protests over Beijing’s clamping of new fishing access rules on disputed portions of the South China Sea is the latest edition.

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Skip the party

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“A traditionalist cardinal with a sense of his own splendor is a magnificent beast, like a mammoth draped in embroidery,” noted the Guardian. But under Pope Francis, “they may become an endangered species.”

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Old issues, new eruption

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 “Mad is he?” King George II once snarled about one of his aides. “Then, I hope he’ll bite some of my generals.” It would also be daft if any official here tried to confiscate Korans from Filipino Muslims. Both law and practice buttress liberty of faith.

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Eraser senator?

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“What gnaws at the guts of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile?” a colleague asked during a journalists’ lunch on Saturday, Feb. 8. JPE turns 90 on Valentine’s Day - and twists in the wind over pork barrel plunder raps.

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Calendars, torn and new

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“Tomorrow is only found in the calendar of fools.” Writer Og Mandino’s line comes to mind on New Year’s Eve, as we rip down the 2013 calendar. Where did those 522,600 minutes go? we wonder when tacking up the 2014 edition.

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Feedback

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Inquirer columns elicit comments worldwide. On the Internet, the opinion pieces spur heated debates. Here are samples - from professors abroad to Ilocos Sur students.

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Christmas faces

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“Raul” tops our Christmas Eve checklist. He’s a 55-year-old who collects empty bottles and scrap for a living. He looks 80 from having had one “altanghap” too many. That’s jargon for almusal (breakfast), tanghalian (lunch) and hapunan(dinner) crammed into one meal.

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Relentless surge

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Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. scoffs at charges that he diverted his pork barrel 22 times to bogus nongovernment organizations. But spot reports and evening newscasts on scandal can smudge the significant.

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Wasteland operators

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Inquirer’s headline summed up the festering issue: “Some  journalists had it coming, the probers say.” They were referring to the recent killings that victimized three Mindanao—no, not journalists—“block-timers.”

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