Post for Jul 31-Aug 6 2016

Still groping for topics and it is getting more difficult to maintain a 4-TaN post for I will be reducing it to 2 or 3…btw, for those who are trying to respond to this blog, please be advised that it is intended to be for my personal online thoughts and I am not exactly expecting reactions or responses.  However, if you really desire to send responses and to avoid having my host site repeatedly remind me to moderate reactions to what I blog, please direct them to  Thank you.
Btw, thanks for all the kind words.  Please consider everything in this blogspot as common good and public domain.  For as long as it conforms to the conditions and provisions of the Fair Use Notice, by all means, cite and quote all that you need.  Everything is free; cannot be used for financial gain, whether personal or otherwise, and all for the common good of and for all.

And, if you have anything to share with me, like a video or article, I am only interested in anything that is available and downloadable for free and no copyright.  This is in line with my advocacy for sharing everything with everyone for free and for the common good.  Anything I cannot download or share or have to join before I will be given the privilege to download…I am not interested.  It is written that what you have received for free, you must give (away) for free.  Thank you.

Btw, I am still falling behind my posting schedule and it is not easy when your connection is deplorable despite the prohibitive cost.  As to this blog site, I have nothing (much) to complain because, as they say, Beggars cannot be choosers.  Have a nice day.

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Post for Jul 24-30 2016

TaN: If people do things out of the kindness of their heart, it will always benefit society.  However, if it is done for and incentivized by money (or financial gain), it will always eventually deteriorate into being profit-oriented and -centered and -driven and greed will always get into the picture/equation.

If we manufacture medicines and gave it to the sick/diseased at minimal (preferably no) cost, the medicine will always be safe, effective, and free.  The temptation to make huge profits would be absent and the manufacturer would keep the interest of the consumers in mind — prioritizing service and social benefit over profit.  The medicines would be carefully, thoroughly, and meticulously tested to ensure little or no side or harmful effects.  The primary Hippocratic Oath would be adopted — First do no harm — and should there be harmful effects, there would be clear, ample, redundant, informative, and transparent warnings and contra-indications made known.

The moment medicine becomes for-profit, eventually it ceases to be safe, effective, and free and degrades into something that will be for the rest of the patient’s life; it will be declared “no-cure”, and becomes costly — exactly what is happening with Big Pharma and current and contemporary allopathic medical practitioners and professionals.

Furthermore, when profit or income is entirely dependent on repeated business (and greed has gain a foothold), it is only logical or common sense that the welfare and interest of the patient-client will soon (if not automatically) be history and what remains is the obsession to rake in as much profit as possible by ensuring that the patient-client will not get well.  To cure the patient-client is detrimental to profits as, once cured/healed, there will be no further income from the patient-client.  It is not only important but vital or crucial that the patient-client not only not get well but be convinced that there is no cure and that treatment or therapy will continue for the remainder of his/her life — that the only time treatment or therapy stops is when the patient-client dies.

Finally, to wrap everything up in the sweetest deal, Big Pharma and its allies and cohorts and co-conspirators — i.e., the mainstream or conventional allopathic medical practitioners and professionals — are absolved of any criminal and civil liabilities.  The general public would regard them as untouchables and infallables — as gods — who have the final say over your life expectancy and quality of life.  Even the government is in cahoots with it all.  And any resistance is either ridiculed, bullied, maligned, intimidated, marginalized, persecuted, or otherwise hauled off to prison on fabricated and mythical charges.

TaN: Greed defies common sense.  Always, when greed comes to a person, common sense or logic goes out the window.  This would explain almost, if not all, reasons why logical people act irrationally and always idiotically.

Greed is characterized by lust — which is the exact opposite of love, it is the same in intensity and all other features for all intents and purposes except that it is the exact opposite.  And it is precisely due to greed (and lust) that all the misery and suffering comes from in this temporal world.  It manifests in two principal forms: as lust for power (and influence and control) and as lust for wealth (or unbridled and obscene profit).

All throughout history, ever since man began to live together in societies and political units and certain unscrupulous individuals began to crave for power (to obtain and keep over others or the community) and for wealth (when private property was instituted instead of the traditional communal sharing of resources and talents), the rise and fall of empires and (once magnificent) civilizations has been due to greed and lust.  It is even epitomized in the Holy Scriptures in Sodom and Gomorrah where all manner of despicably and obscenely immoral acts and devises are being done — from sexual to what-have-you.

Greed not only defies common sense but has a way of tainting what appears to be good so subtly that it would hardly be noticed and people will blindly and fanatically defend and even go to the extent of attacking those who are trying to point out the underlying malice and evil.

And at the way and rate events are transpiring today, it will probably not be long before the whole world — and not just localized as in the Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah — descends (once again) into those slippery and contemptuous slopes leading into the eternal and abysmal darkness that is Hell.

TaN: Bad news for health-conscious advocates and buffs, it is no longer sufficient to read ingredients and labels to assure you and your family that you are not eating/ingesting toxic chemicals.  Even so-called (commercial) whole (but not necessarily organic) food products can be loaded with lethal chemicals that are hazardous to health.  This is because whole foods may contain pesticides and herbicides and other poisonous chemicals along with their fertilizers (be it natural or petroleum-based).

It used to be that reading ingredients was enough.  When we see natural ingredients, like fruits and spices and herbs, we were assured that the product was good.  However, it seems that profit-driven commercial or large-volume food manufacturers and processors have gotten wise (more like insidious) have begun to exploit the (legal and logical) loophole in the code of standards for organic food products — I am making this term up because I do not know what it is called — of health food consumers.  They have commenced using whole foods as ingredients raised or grown according to health food standards but are sourced from farms that produce crops in the “organic or natural” way but only by technicality.  The produce will be still be loaded with pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and the soil will be depleted essential nutrients that makes the plant (or animal) healthy.

It is no longer enough just to read ingredients.  Commercial food manufacturers and processors have gotten much wiser and have devised ways in which to outsmart or circumvent the precautions and measures health-conscious consumers have developed and/or adopted.  For one thing, since people have become more cautious regarding excessive intakes of sugar and that it is known that the ingredients list is supposed to be arranged from the greatest percentage quantity to the least, commercial food manufacturers and processors have since broken down the sugars into different sub-categories in order to technically and legally put them further down the list — like glucose, maltose, lactose, galactose, fructose, corn syrup, and many others, which all refer to the same thing…sugar.

In addition, commercial food manufacturers and processors will always find ways to skirt or circumvent regulations and procedures through technicality.  It is similar to the Biblical saying (and I paraphrase), The letter of the law brings death while the spirit of the law gives life.  By technicality I mean to go by the letter and not the spirit, and there will always be loopholes to exploit and capitalize on when the letter is followed.

In conclusion, it is getting increasingly difficult to live righteously and healthily because there is deception all around — all for the love of money or more appropriately…for profit.  It is like the old joke we used to say during our college days, “Winning is not everything, it is the only thing”, except that “winning” is replaced with “money” or “profit”.

TaN: Hidden wealth does neither automatically nor necessarily mean it is ill-gotten but merely that it is kept from others.  It could very well be that the owner does not like to flaunt his/her wealth — and thus create enmity, envy, and such other negative and counterproductive emotions or feelings.

Before rushing or jumping to (wrong) conclusions and judgments, one must first consider if the individual has already amassed wealth before s/he went into public service.  And even in public service, it should not be expected or assumed, without any convincing proof (remember: Innocent until proven guilty), that the public official would automatically and “instinctively” commit graft (and corruption) and plunder the national coffers or even “accept” benefits (like special treatment or offers or “discounts or gifts” or “finder’s or agent’s fee” or whatever insidious and guilt-avoiding terminologies and redefinitions) from the private sector for favors, inside information, or winning awards and contracts and dealings with the government.

Moreover, if the public servant is already known to have or be wealthy before s/he entered public service, hidden wealth should not be an issue unless and until it is revealed or proven that the wealth has been ill-gotten from dealings with government.  This would put a damper on his/her integrity and definitely (negatively) impact on his/her service, especially if the individual is sincerely trying to do a good job to serve the country — remember the principle: Cæsar’s wife must not only be chaste, she must also appear to be chaste.

In addition, regarding the principle, it is not to be taken literally — as in limited only to Cæsar’s wife but encompasses anyone and every person who is somewhat related such as immediate relatives (blood or by law), close friends, and all who may be perceived or actually have the ear or can influence the public servant while in public service.

However, it is a totally different situation if or when the public servant makes astute investments and engage in above-board and legitimate businesses, although there is precaution that the investments and businesses should be as remotely related to his/her public office to avoid the perception or issue of conflict of interest in which case s/he must resigned, go on leave, or divest from the investments or businesses immediately.

In conclusion, for as long as there is full disclosure and faithful declaration of the SALN (statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth) religiously, there should be no issue.

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Post for Jul 17-23 2016


TaN: In this digital age and the mania need and obsession to be heard/read by the whole world (especially using social media), there is so much out there that plagiarism is practically inevitable — and this is through no fault of the (alleged) plagiarist.  Even though there are a lot of words in the English language, only a mere handful (about a thousand) are used repeatedly.  Moreover, these words cannot just be used or combined at random but must follow or observe specific syntactical structures and statement constructions.

Given this, it is logical and unavoidable that there is bound to be not just similarities but “clones” or identical phrases every now and then and it will be unintentional.  To this, it is unfair to flatly conclude that there is plagiarism.

This is somewhat similar to the situation regarding music where there are only 8 notes and there is only so much unique sequences these notes can be arranged.  The only way to create a greater variety and thereby to avoid being accused of “copying” is the variation in length of the note and the pitch.  But even then, as more and more music are created using the same fundamental 8 notes, there is sure to be duplication and replication down the line.  This can hardly be considered copying or piracy because one has to take the facts and circumstances.

The most sensible and practical solution would be to just give it away, put it in the public domain.  Let us be content with the mere thought that we were able to come up with some thought and shared it with the world.  This is what I do.  My only hope is that what I have shared can be useful to someone.  Recognition or being cited or credit would be nice and appreciated but not really expected or required.  It is enough for me to know that I put something out there and people are free to take it and use, but only if it can be used for the benefit of others.  Financial gain is frowned upon.

Please, let us not be too greedy with our talents and skills and our (hopefully and without malice intended nor desire to claim ownership) give it to the world, in the public domain, for all to have and use.  This is the essence of true and pure altruism and/or philanthropy (I can never distinguish the difference between the two).

Let us not be too concerned with plagiarism.  Plagiarism should only come into consideration or play when there is malice, there is malevolence, there is injustice (in the form of selfish personal financial and/or political gain, of using in part or as a whole for deception or fraudulent ends, or of some kind of other activity and/or purpose that does not only serve self-interest but even bring no benefits to others).

Let us face, the time for plagiarism has gone and it is high time we be more sharing and concerned with others and not be so suspicious of ulterior motives or intentions of others — at least in terms of plagiarism.

TaN: Currently, not only do we have people who we did not choose or elect into office or authority dictate what we — i.e., our government — can and cannot do or should and ought not to do but who are even and frequently foreigners.  This brings up an interesting question: Isn’t there something wrong in this because it would make a mockery of the election process of a country.

It is not right that a private (especially a foreign) individual can determine the course of a country, having the power to override and/or dictate to a country and its elected officials — the Chief Executive (President, Prime Minister, Premier, or whoever) — whatever policies and regulations that country must, not may, undertake or implement (like the International Monetary Fund or IMF and the World Bank or WB).  Aside from not having any accountability or liability whatsoever to the people of the country, that individual would likewise neither have any loyalty nor fidelity to the country.

I understand that it is there must be some compromise when the situation involves countries but it should not go beyond interfering and even dictating the national policies and regulations (expected) to be carried out by the debtor country (and frequently at the expense and detriment of the great majority of the public who are usually in the lower income tiers).  This is utterly unacceptable if the (debtor) country has any self-respect and self-worth at all — and not just for the sake of the “economy”, which in truth almost always benefit only the upper crust and the trickle-down economics is but a sham to persuade and convince the gullible masses to agree to the idea and to “expect” the trickle to reach them).

[Note: Focus your attention and take note on the “trickle” in trickle-down economics.  It implies that much of the benefits will be remain at the top and just trickles, if any, will subsequently and eventually trickle to the bottom levels.]

And should the masses complain and/or otherwise express opposition or displeasure but the leaders still stubbornly and insistently continue to “obey” the dictates of foreign authorities over their (the leaders’) country’s interests, it is high time that the said leaders be removed or ousted from office as soon as possible and by any means necessary (but avoiding harsh and violent methods if and when possible).

It is very insulting and humiliating for a country to kowtow to dicta from foreign — and unelected at that — just for economic reasons when the beneficiaries are almost always the well-to-do and the elites but never the public, especially the poor and marginalized.

TaN: I will be precariously out on a limb and say that I BELIEVE that the only way to interpret the Holy Scriptures is to be faithful to its fundamentals — i.e., no compromises, no adaptations, no “modernization” to be acceptable.  The Word of God is absolute, constant, forever and universally applicable, and true.  There is no room for interpretations and manipulations — the last (and, in my opinion and belief, the most important) statement is (in Book of Revelations, Chapter 22 verses 18-21, KJV):

“18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

And the same was mentioned in Deuteronomy 4:2 and in 12:32, respectively: “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish [ought] from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” and “What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.”

These repeated warnings are manifestations that GOD MEANS BUSINESS!

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Post for Jul 10-16 2016

TaN: There is much confusion over continued controversy regarding the killings under the Duterte administration which are being alleged as shootouts and summary executions or extrajudicial killings.  Everyone is caught up with emotions in the issue they fail to differentiate or distinguish between the killings that involve law enforcement operatives and those where bodies are just found with scribblings referring to them as petty criminals and drug users and/or small-time pushers.

I can understand the rationale behind Mr Duterte’s unconditional support behind the anti-illegal drug drive he ordered the police to conduct because many government authorities and influential and powerful people abet in thwarting the efforts to rid the country of illegal drugs.  These unscrupulous individuals easily elude the law because many legitimate attempts are being foiled by narco officials by using the (letter of the) law to shield and outmaneuver cases filed in court.

However, it is a totally different story when it involves people turning up dead, drug-related or not — because this no longer a legitimate police operation anyway you look at it.  It is pure vigilantism.  The police must look into these because these killings are no longer sanctioned.  Mr Duterte cannot argue that it is part of his campaign.  His marching orders was only directed to the police (and later the armed forces) but not to private individuals and groups.

One more argument by human rights advocates and groups is that the use of deadly force is defined in an order of battle or terms in an encounter.  The general rule the use of lethal force should be avoided when less lethal measures will do, as in shooting at extremities and non-vital parts of the body.  Even if the scenario is not well lit, police operatives should be well-trained both in accuracy and precision firing.  This is in support of the saying, Dead men tell no tales.

In addition, it must be remembered that when we sin against God, He always gives us another chance, a chance to repent and reform.  Man can do no less.  Each criminal, no matter the heinousness of the crime or criminal act, should always be accorded the opportunity to change for the better.  I thought (one of) Mr Duterte’s campaign slogan is Change is coming.  It would appear that Mr Duterte has a different idea of change than we do.

In conclusion, to minimize suspicion that it is not a legitimate killing by police of someone under their custody but a rub-out, closed-in escorts and arresting officers should not be carrying any weapons that the suspect or apprehended individual can get a hold of.  This is standard operating procedure (SOP) for many law enforcement in other countries, especially the developed or industrialized ones.

TaN: Another rejoinder to the TaN regarding man and evil and money — in 1 Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (KJV) — the Holy Scriptures is not admonishing us on the evilness of money but forewarning us concerning our weakness to fall prey to its allure…greed.  As belabored repeatedly, in this temporal world or reality, only man can be good or evil.  This is because only those endowed with free will can be good or evil.  It is in the ability or freedom to make choices that determines whether something is good or bad.

Nature, specifically living things but do not possess free will, is neither good nor evil because they cannot choose.  It or they merely obey laws and principles laid down that govern their actions and “decisions” even if those actions, from our perspective, may be cruel and unjust.  There is no freedom to do otherwise, ergo they cannot be held responsible for their actions.  So, when a predator kills and eats its prey, it cannot be expected to use “humane” and non-violent ways, especially for the higher order predators like orcas, the big cats, bears, raptors, and such.  They follow instincts and reflexes.

The ability to distinguish between good and evil is what differentiates man from the rest of creation and it is both our burden or onus and our privilege or badge of honor (to be entrusted with such a heavy responsibility).  However, there are many qualities that we used to think and believe are in the sole province of man and yet we find now being exhibited by animals, like grief and compassion among elephants, problem-solving skills among ravens and crows, cooperation and caring for the welfare of others among primates (specifically the capuchins and chimpanzees), and many more.

This leads me to thinking about the concept posited by Rupert Sheldrake on Morphic Resonance but it would appear that it is not just confined to within the species but is spreading.  Could it be that what we once thought of as purely and exclusively human qualities are spreading to other creatures or perhaps it has been there all along but we never noticed.

Man does have the propensity to self-attribute characteristics and behavior that may have been present in other life forms but was just too stubborn and egotistical or narcissistic to admit it.  Another theory would be that, through the passage of time, everything evolves and improves so why can they not — whether accidentally or due to pre-programmed in their DNA or being — eventually evolve or develop qualities that man possessed ever since.

TaN: Truly, manna or money is the most powerful force in today’s world.  I am referring to the recent developments — as with so many or most of what has been in the past years — where countries quarrel over territory and sovereignty yet trade and “economics” continue.  As they say, Nothing personal.

It is so pathetically shameful that even in the midst of verbal — and sometimes to the point of having physical “mis-encounters” and “skirmishes” (like China’s brush with Vietnam in the South China Sea near their disputed island claim) — and diplomatic exchanges and yet trade and business continues as usual, as if nothing is happening.

I would think that if differences have reach all the way up to the highest echelons of power and authority that diplomatic (and trade) relations would somehow be affected and that there may be a temporary suspension in relations, including trade and business.  How hypocritical!

Truly, in this temporal world, money is god.  It transcends all…considerations, common sense, and everything else.

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Post for Jul 3-9 2016

TaN: Contractualization of labor is not (per se) unethical or immoral.  To reiterate ad nauseum, only many can be good or evil.  Contractualization of labor has its place in business.  It cannot be denied that there are particular jobs that are seasonal — seasonal in the sense that they either exist only during certain times of the year (like Christmas) or during certain times of temporary surges in demand (for additional manpower, like sale events and industry conventions).  In these instances, it is not immoral to engage in contractualization of labor because it would not be practical for a business to keep people in the payroll who have no work to do.

Moreover, there should be a clear and unequivocal definition of what exactly constitutes contractualization.  First, it must be clear that it is applicable only under or during certain specific situations or conditions.  Anything outside will not be considered (acceptable) grounds for contractualization, no matter what the reason.

Second, any business entity desiring to engage in contractualization shall notify and apply for a permit with the Department of Labor (and Employment).  Furthermore, after the approval of the contractualization, the business entity shall establish a resident ombudsman to oversee and ensure that the contracted labor are not disadvantaged and address grievances and complaints raised or filed.

Third, the resident ombudsman shall be appointed by the government and whose salary shall be taken from the annual fee paid to the government by the business entity for the privilege of contractualization.  This will ensure to some degree the independence and impartiality of the resident ombudsman.

And fourth (but not necessarily the last, because there may be more things that I have not yet thought of yet), the government can issue a list of situations and conditions that qualify as contractualization scenarios.

TaN: Listening to a podcast live interview in hosted by Alex Jones last Jun 28 (Tuesday), I realized and understood the revelation that the traditional Principle of Supply and Demand in Economics is no longer the sole explanation for the rise and fall of prices.  Ever since currency itself stopped being mere a medium or instrument of exchange or purchase and became a commodity also, most of the today’s rise and fall of prices, especially on prime commodities and essential goods, is the fluctuation of currency values (pitted against other currencies).

The commodification of currency is one of the principal reasons why prices of goods keep rising without any true cause or reason.  People speculate on the price of currency which causes the exchange rates to fluctuate and thereby impacting the prices of (not just the more sensitive) commodities but is not supposed to be a commodity.

Speculating on currencies is just plain and simple greed.  Speculation in or by itself is already bad (enough), but to extend it to currencies is deplorable and downright evil.  And to make matters go from worse to worst, it becomes oppressive and vile when applied to or impact prime and basic commodities, putting such essentials beyond the (financial) capability and reach of the impoverished.

With today’s agricultural technology at production levels well above what we used to be able to produce some half a century or so ago, famine, hunger and food deprivation is no longer affected by the Supply and Demand but by distribution due to greed.  Business move goods to where they will fetch the best prices, unhesitatingly not thinking of or giving due consideration for needs of those who may need it more or most.

In addition, another significant factor is government subsidies of farm products.  There is no quarrel if the (government, i.e., taxpayers’ money) subsidies are used to lower prices for goods and commodities intended for the local or domestic consumers, but to do so in order to enable (unscrupulous) businessmen to sell cheaply to foreign consumers at the expense of or without first satisfying local or domestic consumers is outright despicable and cruel.

In conclusion, as I have consistently argued and maintained, export is one of, if not, THE most onerous and insidious form of business ever engaged by man.  But I must clarify this statement because, as I have also argued, only man can be evil so export is not evil in itself.  It is when man uses it to further injustice on others, such as serving others before satisfying the local or domestic consumers first — depriving our neighbors to satisfy others just for profit.

TaN: By virtue of being the only country — that developed and — known to be practicing the “tingi” type of commerce, this makes the Philippines among the top polluting nations in the world, in terms of the production of trash (due to disposable packaging).  In most cases, it is not so much the large pieces of trash that makes up the bulk of our waste but the small items.  Moreover, it is the tiny pieces of trash that cause blockages in drainage and sewage systems.

Just like in an experiment with a large jar involving tennis balls, ping pong balls, marbles, sand, and water, it is not the tennis balls, ping pong balls, and marbles but the sand that ultimately blocks the water flow because there will be significant spaces between large items.  Even in streams and rivers and dams, it is not the rocks and boulders that cause blockages but the fine silt.

Therefore, it is paramount that a (truly) sustainable solution to the “tingi” packaging be developed to put a substantial dent on the garbage problem of (most) urban areas — including a great majority of rural centers that are reached by the commercialism and consumerism of “modern” living.

TaN: It would appear the issue of the national identification just will not die down.  Although it would be a great help in reducing need for so many overlapping identification systems, there are just a few that cannot be so easily and simply integrated because of circumstances, like a driver’s license (because it is a privilege that must be earned and is not enjoyed by just anyone).  Moreover, a single ID that will take the place of so many sounds very inviting and convenient but do we full realize what we have to trade for that convenience in return?

Remember that, in this world, one does not get something for nothing.  There is always a trade-off.  The problem is the national ID advocates may not be explaining the full impact on our lives.  [At this point, I would like to make it clear what I mean by advocates.  They are the ones who may or may not understand or comprehend the full extent, ramifications, or consequences involved and may likewise be those who habitually mindlessly and blindly support and parrot whatever the popular, novel, or snowballing thing currently in vogue.

Just as I have been reiterating ad nauseum regarding non-human concepts and things, they are all amoral and their benefit (goodness) or harm (evilness) depends entirely on how man uses them, along with the intentions behind them.  The national ID system is good because it can streamline a great majority of the requirements of today’s bureaucracy and business system with respect to establishing one’s identify.  But this is only the world continues to devolve, where deceit, deception, distrust, and doubt has become the norm.

Gone are the days when all one needs to establish one’s identity is to state merely one’s name and heritage or lineage — like, I am John Doe of the Doe clan of so-and-so place.  In those days, people do not lie about their identity, among other things.

Returning to the national ID issue, the dark side of it is that it will need to include many supporting data of a person where most of it are supposed to be sacred and confidential.  The problem lies both in the distrust of the people in authorities to keep certain information confidential as well as the tendency to keep everything digital which is becoming easier and easier to cracking — not hacking, because hacking is good done by good people while evil deeds of the same variety are done by crackers or those in black hats) — and cyber theft.

There will not be any problem if both of the aforementioned issues or concerns are or will be 100 percent guaranteed to be secure and inviolable.

The biggest problem is that most of law- and policymakers are ignorant of the true consequences of having a national identification system and do not (whether due to ego or ignorance), especially when they are not fully knowledgeable on the long-term effects and the fact that the Philippines is notoriously known to enact laws that they later have to repeal, amend, recall, replace, and/or otherwise take back because they did not think things through thoroughly and carefully and are always take the shortcut.

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Post for Jun 26-Jul 2 2016

TaN: As I lay half-asleep this AM (8AM) of June 30, I had another one of my “divine” epiphanies — The “natural evolution” of human biological scientific endeavor is bringing us ever nearer to what has been foretold in the Holy Scriptures, which is a major cause of God’s wrath on Lucifer (aka Satan), and that is that he aspires to replicate creation of (another) human through genetic manipulation and cloning technology and eventually leads to anthropogenesis.

It must be remembered and realized that should it become real that we are able to “create” man, we may be able to replicate the physical shell or body but there is still the matter of a soul.  However, considering that many men of science do not include God in the equation but foolishly account only the physical, I am certain that our efforts to “create” man will result in the next nail in the coffin of the Biblical prophecy of Armageddon.

All I am saying that we must be very careful and vigilant and not take anything for granted.  Instead of rushing without fully appreciating and comprehending headlong into uncertain and uncharted territory — tinkering with the complex and intertwined sophistication of genetics and the symbiotic relationship between DNA and its proteins — we ought to take a step back and consider how much we really understand the intricacies of life.

Numerous past science fictions (gone horribly awry) — with the likes of: The Fly, Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and a bunch more — have given ample warning and it would be prudent and wise to heed them.  And to further support this, take heed to the environmental disaster that is increasingly unfolding with cases of runaway superbugs, super weeds, grotesque deformities among amphibians and fish.

Designer babies sound so nice but do we fully understand the ramifications and consequences that are waiting to happen when our fragile hold breaks?  Beware what has been done by Lucifer can happen again.

TaN: Mr Duterte alleges that he is not prone to give the Vice President a Cabinet position because it might offend his friend, losing vice presidential candidate Sen Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.  With this pronouncement, Mr Duterte is using his lawyer training to (technically) avoid violating or contradicting earlier statements, mostly during the campaign trail, that his administration will not be one of patronage politics — no relatives, no friends, no classmates, no gunmates, no padrinos, no campaign contributors, no unqualified preferences, much like that of the preceding Noynoy administration.  Instead, Mr Duterte “opted” to do the “indirect or negative” approach where he “does not do” rather than “do”.

If Mr Duterte is true to his oath and Mr Marcos is a true friend, one should not put such inconsequential matters as friendship ahead of the benefit for the country.  All the while, I thought that Mr Duterte loves his country.  With such statements, it would appear that Mr Duterte holds friendship (to Mr Marcos) more precious that the benefit to the country by doing good for his country.

I am reminded of the words supposedly attributed to the late President Manuel L Quezon when he was to have said, My loyalty to my party ends where my loyalty to my country begins.  And to apply to Mr Duterte’s case, it would be: My loyalty to my friends ends where my loyalty to my country begins

TaN: On the controversial issue regarding Mr Duterte’s statement concerning media killings, both sides have faults and must learn to adjust and adapt.  While it is true that Mr Duterte has a “unique” style and does not mince his words (although he likewise has a tendency to say or habit of saying things he does not really mean), nevertheless, he must remember that being a president of a country requires compromising or toning down of certain “personal habits and styles” because he has to deal not only with many different influential and diverse people but other countries that have a culture or values very different from his.

Moreover, with respect to media killings, he must bear in mind that he is a leader and his statements will be heard/read by many other people who may have a different understanding or take on what his actually means.  He must likewise remember that in this digital information age when communication is almost instantaneous and have global reach, his words and actions will be monitored by diverse peoples and cultures.

He is correct in his argument that he does not care what other people think of him for as long as he is speaking and doing what is from his heart and for the good of his country, respectively, but there are such things as “restraint and sobriety”.  He must understand that it is just as important — if not more so — that the recipient/s of his words or actions may have a different interpretation and this may cause problems down the road.

A case in point is the “threats” of human rights groups (both local and international) who may not take kindly to his statements regarding media (or any other) killings.  In a world where the death penalty is all but a thing of the past — where less than a few countries are left that still impose the death penalty — it is contrary to bring such a punishment back from oblivion.  It has been proven repeatedly that it is not the threat of death that deters criminality but the certainty of punishment.  The death penalty has been proven to benefit only those who can “afford to buy time or influence”.

Even with his “brand” of swift justice, Mr Duterte appears to be too confident that it will not be subject to abuse.  He must remember that we are talking about lives and once a life is gone, there are no take backs.

Moreover, it must likewise be remembered and understood that every person deserves a second chance (or even a third, fourth, fifth, etc).  Heed the answer of Jesus — in Matthew 18:21-22 , KJV — when asked by Peter “Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?” and Jesus answered “I say not unto thee, until seven times; but, until seventy times seven.”

And while we are quoting Bible verses, there are also the ones (in Romans 12:19 and in Deuteronomy 32:35, KJV): “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” and “To me belongesth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste“, respectively.  It is not for us to take the life of another.  This power was never given to man by God.

In this world, we can only pass judgment on a person’s acts but never on his person nor his life.  Unless and until we have an absolutely certain way of knowing the future, we can never tell what the future brings.  For all we know, the person whom we condemn to death, if pardoned, will someday — himself or his descendant — bring prosperity and good will to humanity.  And just because we took upon ourselves to judge him and convince ourselves that he is a scourge and must be put to death, he may change the course of human history.  Remember the thief on the cross with Jesus (in Luke 39:43), who was evil throughout his life but with his last act, he changed.

In a world where the law that used to be based on our common values and system of beliefs is now more based on ensuring harmonious co-existence and peaceful interactions, it is no longer wise to be too quick to pass judgment on others.  The reason is because we are no longer living with ourselves but have interrelations with other cultures and societies whose values, customs, traditions, and ways may be very different from ours.  As such, it becomes necessary for us to make compromises because of the ethical principle that no culture is superior to another so it is not right to impose one’s system of values and beliefs on others.  How would like it if other cultures were to impose theirs on us?

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Post for Jun 19-25 2016

TaN: In one of Rupert Sheldrake’s talks (at TED) — the one that was pulled/banned allegedly because it revealed damaging facts about the science that conventional scientists and the controlling interests do not want people to know (and realize) — he mentioned that many so-called and generally accepted universal constants are not constants at all, such as gravity (or Big G, as he alleges is commonly known or called by physicists and their fellow scientists) and the speed of light.  Perhaps I can offer one possible explanation.

Since gravity is affected by distance (from the source of gravity) and the Earth has been shown to be more of a pear-shaped rather than an oval cosmic orb, will it be possible that the measurements being done at different parts of the globe may be due to the different distances of the laboratories measuring gravity from the (true) center of the planet?  Moreover, since light is (likewise) affected by gravity — as evidenced and proven in black holes and such science stuff — could it likewise be possible that, since the cosmic bodies and matter of the universe is not evenly or uniformly distributed, could it likewise be possible that this affects the speed or behavior of light?

A “less” plausible but not any less valid is that the universe is in constant flux and nothing stay the same or constant.  It is ever-changing — just like the Creator.  The universe was never meant to be steady or constant.  Everything in it is intended to keep changing, just like the fact that even when one seems to be rooted to a particular spot, one is actually in constant motion for the spot where one is standing on is part of a spinning orb which is ever-orbiting around a star which, in turn, is at the fringes of one of the arms of its home galaxy (Milky Way) that is hurtling through space at who knows where…(part of) a universe that is ever-expanding.

It is in this light that it seems unlikely that there are constants in the universe.  Probably, the only constant is constant motion.  Nothing in this universe is steady or fixed; everything is in constant motion — either spinning/rotating or flying away from other cosmic bodies.  And even though there are stationary objects, like trees and mountains, they may not be moving on their own but they are being moved — earth movements via the tectonic plates and floating mantle or the rotation of the planet and its revolution around a star or even just hurtling through space towards some undetermined destination.

Because of this, I see no reason why even in the abstract world of ideas and numbers (like Mathematics), their so-called constants are likewise moving.  There is always movement.  Sometimes, movements are not obvious, as in the glacial movements that takes centuries and a millennium just to nudge forward a tiny bit.

Probably the only exceptions are the basics or fundamentals; those that form the basis of everything else.  They, by definition and inference, cannot be ever-changing otherwise they cannot be called basics or fundamentals.  As they say, the only thing that does not change is change itself.

TaN: Just the other day, I heard someone on television say that (to paraphrase) “…technology is a double-edged sword“, implying that its harm or benefits depend on how we use it.  This is true but only a partial truth.  The whole truth is that everything and even creature is a double-edged sword — except for man.

With the exception of man, everything is neither good nor bad.  This is because goodness and evilness are only possible when there is free will.  When the ability to chose between good and evil is absent, any action or decision will be made due to instinct or natural laws.  Since man claims only he possesses free will — as a gift from God — therefore only man has the ability or freedom to chose to do good or evil.  Everything else is neither good or evil and the consequences that result from their use or deployment cannot be held against them.  With this argument, technology and everything else are double-edged.

It is the intention or willingness that determines whether an act is good or bad.  Killing is neither good nor bad because in order for life to exist and continue, it is necessary that another life be taken — except for autotrophs, where their continued existence or survival is taken from the inanimate (like plants taking minerals and nutrients from soil and synthesizing them into food for their consumption with the help of radiant or solar energy.  Every other living creature needs to take the life of another to sustain itself.

Determining good from evil is a complicated matter and requires many factors or considerations.  This is precisely why the Holy Scriptures say that “Vengeance is mine said the Lord“.  We can only judge the act but not the intention behind it because we cannot see into the soul and this is why we are limited to the act and nothing more.

And so, saying that something is double-edged, i.e., it can be both good and evil, is redundancy.  It is rhetorical.

TaN: There is a dilemma in the two adages: (1) Do something well or don’t do it all and (2) Not everything worth doing is worth doing well.

On the one hand, the former encourages us to strive for excellence, that no task is too small or insignificant or trivial, that one should put one’s heart and soul into whatever s/he is tasked to do.  This adage teaches us pride and dignity in all our endeavors, that we must be able to be proud of whatever task we are to do.  This shows the kind of person one is; one who is worthy of respect and recognition.

On the other hand, the latter argues that one should differentiate between tasks that are worthy of doing and those that are inconsequential — these are usually the in-betweens or transitionals or just to kill time.  That we should not waste too much time and effort on tasks that are fleeting and have no noticeable impact or influence on events and things.  This may likewise apply to situations where the task at hand just had to be done but has little or no intrinsic value that it is not worth putting too much effort to its perfection.

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