Philippines is crazy – or at least the NY Times wants you to think so.

So, I’m half Filipino. I’ve been there a couple times. spent more than 9 weeks total in all the times I went. I’ve been from the province to the downtown urban. Sang karaoke in both.

Then I find this article in on the NYtimes.com written by Norimitsu Onishi. It’s titled “Sinatra Song Often Strikes Deadly Chord.”

Apparently, there have been “at least half a dozen victims in the past decade.” Deaths attributed to the poor singing of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”

But the news media have recorded at least half a dozen victims in the past decade and includes them in a subcategory of crime dubbed the “My Way Killings.”

The killings have produced urban legends about the song and left Filipinos groping for answers. Are the killings the natural byproduct of the country’s culture of violence, drinking and machismo? Or is there something inherently sinister in the song?

A half dozen. In a decade.

That means it could half been 6 in one day 10 years ago.

Norimitsu Onishi is an idiot. The NY Times is stupid for publishing the article.

I just don’t want people to get the wrong idea about the Philippines, that it’s some kind of backwards world where death is looming around every corner and people get shot for singing karaoke. That isn’t the case at all. These random acts of violence are no different than any other wacko killing innocent people for no reason. It happens all around the world.

You can read the article here

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