Post for Dec 17-23 2017

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 (but I will try when possible to have 4 TaNs)…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 <em><a href=”mailto:millenniumoracle@yahoo.com”>millenniumoracle@yahoo.com</a></em>. Thank you.

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Btw, I forgot to update this explanation and lame excuse because I have finally caught up to date and even have advanced posts and I hope to maintain and keep this current from now on but I am not discounting that I may (sometime in the near future) to be late in my posting (again) because my connection to cyberspace is getting more embarrassingly deplorable with each passing payment cycle. It is partly due to the state of telecommunications industry in this country, which is an unofficial cartel. The other part is that I am using, what can be considered, one of the, if not the pitiful proprietary operating system around but I have no choice as I have to access to the better ones aside from the fact that I no longer have any opportunity to learn any other, not without unlearning everything and start from scratch, which is impractical at my age. Finally, since I rely only on what is freely available, as they say…Beggars cannot be choosers. That is life.

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Post for Dec 10-16 2017 (updated Dec 10; 2nd update Dec 11)

TaN (update 2): Here’s a thought: if all those cyber space videos on machines creating huge clouds of water vapor to change or alter (and control) the weather are true, why not use them on the wildfires currently besieging California?  Why don’t those tinkering with our weather patterns come to the rescue?  Perhaps then they would be exposed or their denials and secrecy will be refuted and brought to light.  I guess they are not into helping others and the environment…only themselves, their selfish little interests.

TaN (update): In today’s (December 10) hardcopy of The Philippine STAR, a cursory scan of the article titled “Vaccine fiasco: Garin blames predecessor” by a certain Sheila Crisostomo, it is not the natural but common or “customary” tendency of certain people to (quickly) pass the blame on someone else.  However, for certain people who are assumed to have attained a high degree of education, especially government officials and medical practitioners at that, this does not reflect well on their person.

In the “vaccine fiasco”, the blame should be on the final authority, whoever gave the final go-signal for implementation and not on the person who initiated the project or even those in between are responsible.  The one who gave the final nod just before the implementation has the last say on the matter and s/he should have made a thorough probe into the safety and efficacy of the “untried” vaccine.

The problem with most people (in authority) is that they put too much trust in their underlings or subordinates (to do all the leg work).  Although it is understandable — that the higher up in the organizational ladder one is, the more duties there are and cannot help but delegate tasks to subordinates — it is still the risk one takes and must accept responsibility for the consequences that ensue.

As for this vaccine incident, there is enough common sense to hesitate and not go half-cocked into the matter since people’s, especially children’s, lives are involved.  It is not outside of the intelligence of a physician to know and understand: (1) what a vaccine is; (2) what is its role or purpose; and, (3) what are the risks involved.

Common sense already tells us that, since the only tests are field trials and there are still many unknowns, it is wise to proceed with precaution and not implement the project on such a grand scale.  Too much trust was (mis)placed on pharmaceutical companies, even if they happen to be one of the top 5 pharmaceutical companies in the world.  Moreover, it is uncanny that physicians (at least the ones that I have encountered) do not take the time and trouble of reading and understanding the literature that comes with the drugs and vaccine they prescribe (or push).

In the end (and from what I can gather regarding the secretary of health when the dengue vaccine program was implemented), the buck stops at the desk of (former) Health Secretary Janette Garin, regardless of whether it was recommended or even endorsed by the World Health Organization or approved by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration or what other countries are involved.  Sanofi-Pasteur should share the blame unless they had previously issued the warning or medical alert but the media failed to pick it up.

TaN: Gossip is not (really) gossip if if there is truth in it.  However, the gossip must be entirely true or truthful otherwise it is libelous or slanderous.  Gossip, per se, is just another form of information being disseminated except that it is through an informal manner and usually regarding personal matters.  It is traditionally done to an individual in a small social circle but has now been extended to include public figures.

Gossip has its good points — like keeping watch on public figures (who are implicitly role models and) who may be tempted to do something immoral or stupid — but people have a way of turning good things into bad.  Gossip has been turned into a dirt-digging instrument to do damage to another person’s character.  It has become an instrument of malice.

It is entertaining to watch television programs that speak of others (gossip) but there ought to be a boundary where certain topics and issues are off limits, especially when it is already damaging and innocent people may be put in jeopardy.

All in all, gossip has its function and I just wish people do not mangle it into something distasteful.

TaN: The whole point of being (and staying) healthy is to alkalinize the body — not the entire body, of course, because there are certain parts and occasions that specific parts of the body must be acidic like the digestive system.  An acidic environment is nature’s way of indicating that there is death and there is organic matter that must be broken down and returned to the soil for recycling.

An acidic environment signals to normally benign micro-decomposers to become “hostile and attack” whatever is acidic and reduce it to the most elemental organic compounds and substances to be made available for re-uptake into the cycle of life.  Decomposers of all manner and form move into the do the job efficiently and promptly — from bacteria to fungi to some small creatures higher up in the food chain.

Still, sick people will always have an acidic body and this makes them vulnerable and invitingly open to attack.  But there are numerous and simple ways to alkalinize the body.  For one, (raw) fruits, even if they have an acidic taste, will eventually be digested alkaline by the body like citrus fruits and taking a fair amount of (organic) calcium daily.  [Note: Calcium’s role is more as an acid buffer than a bone strengthener.  Whenever the body, specifically the blood becomes acidic (like from too much consumption of sugar and animal protein in the form of amino and uric acids), the body draws calcium from the bones to neutralize the acidity.  The function of making strong bones go to magnesium.]

But, more importantly, to reduce or mitigate the possibility of an acidic body is to simply avoid consuming foods that are or will make the body acidic, like sugar (and more specifically HFCS or high-fructose corn syrup), artificial sweeteners, animal meats, and “bad or negative” stress.  Just like when we ban or deny the manufacturing, much less sale, of cigarettes, we would avoid having to set aside a budget to campaign against the ill-effects of cigarettes and the resulting public healthcare expenses and that money can go into more useful and worthwhile government services and projects.

Being in good health is primordial since everything else follows it. If one is not in good health, we cannot be productive.  The task of maintaining good health is simple.  It is made complicated only because modern living — primarily due to the machinations of Big Business and much to the pleasure and delight of Big Pharma — has made it difficult, what with all the social and commercial pressures exerted to ensure people (i.e., consumers) stay “up-to-date and modern”.

Add to this the fact that pollution in all forms and manner are rampant and uncontrolled, all because or in the name of economic growth and (the corporate-definition of) “sustainable” development.  Everything, including our health, are being sacrificed in the altar of corporate profit.

To return to or stay health, it is not only necessary but mandatory that we go back to “the old ways”.  One of the best examples of good health because they live as nature (and God) intended are the Amish community.  All trappings of the so-called modern civilization has or is being shunned and they are not afraid to work hard and till the soil and living as “primitively” as possible — though, in truth, they are not primitive at all but they lead simple lives.  The tentacles of greed (and love of money, as forewarned by Timothy in the Holy Scriptures) cannot reach them.

The key to it all is to live simply — rural agriculture — and physical labor (though with assistance from animals).  And by eating the way other animals do (i.e., little or no cooking) and confining ourselves to the proper diet — as dictated by our body: teeth (herbivore teeth), jaw (herbivore jaw), brain (salivation in reaction to sensory perception of food), gastric juices (organic hydrochloric acid composition and concentration), intestines (length and torso proportion), and enzymes (very limited uricase production) — we avoid all the pitfalls of incorrect diet and lifestyle of modern life that is at the root of all our health issues and problems.

In conclusion, alkalinizing foods, when subjected to high temperatures, become acidic.  This is the case with starch (when potatoes become french fries, a carcinogenic substance called acrylamide is formed) and with animal meat (especially red meat, when dry-cooked, carcinogenic substances called nitrosamide and n-nitrosamide are formed) — but are not acidic when consumed without exposure to high temperatures (like sashimi meat and boiled potatoes).

TaN: Anywhere (or any time) there is a wide wealth gap, there will always be corruption, high criminality, low population maturity, propensity to indulge in festivities and merriment with the flimsiest of reasons, nepotism (especially in public office, whether elective or appointive), and low compliance and enforcement of the law (with justice being denied to a great majority and anarchy is ubiquitous) — among other things.  Moreover, (true) democracy will and does not apply or work — it will only be paper democracy, where there will be widespread and rampant vote-buying and election manipulation.

Whenever the wealth gap is wide, it only means that government is not doing its job — which is to level the playing field.  Government is being manipulated and controlled by (Big Business) interests that seek only to enrich themselves and at the expense of everybody else.  This is exactly the reason why democracy (or republicanism) is not the best political system for governance.

There is no single one-size-fits-all political system of governance.  It will depend on the circumstances and characteristics that the (to-be) governed possesses.  A case in point is a mature society where a great majority, say 90%, of the population behave ethically and do not really have to be told to do the right thing, a system of governance is redundant but is, nevertheless, kept and maintained as a formality.  A good concrete case are the Scandinavian countries, specifically the peninsular Scandinavians.

In another case, where a great majority behave so juvenile that they need to have so many rules and regulations to ensure every individual gets his/her fair share and treatment and justice is served (fast and correctly), a benevolent dictatorship is best — and even then, it will be a Herculean task (should the population be sizable) for the dictator as s/he would be able to ensure all his (hand-picked) people/cohorts (in government) are and will always be as their (fearless) leader.  A concrete case of this would be the Philippines but Mr Duterte, though is exhibiting all the classical signs and manifestations of a dictator, is hardly perceived to be benevolent.  Among those that would embellish doubt and uncertainty regarding his benevolence are:[1] his arrogance; [2] tendency to bully others (especially those who do not agree with him, like his critics and detractors and especially women); [3] propensity to publicly mock, insult, and debase others just to get some accolade and feed his macho image and ego; and, [4] his intolerance to questions concerning his sincerity, motives and intentions, and decisions, just to name a few.

And for the other assortment and variants between these to the extremes, these would range from democracy (or direct participation by the population in all aspects of government) for a mature yet small population, to republicanism (or representative participation where the population resembles that for a democracy but the size makes it impractical to have direct participation), to socialism (or state-led for a population that is not as mature and cannot be entrusted to make correct policy decisions so the state is entrusted with the function), to authoritarian (where there is participation from the populace in any manner but all policies and laws are handed down by either a single individual or a group commonly known as a junta) and all the other variants and combinations in between.

In any case, a wide wealth gap reflects a dysfunction in government as well as in society — for the people in government comes from society.  However, the dysfunction is not so much in government as in the people in society who put them there — be they elected honestly or through nefarious manipulation and orchestration of the majority of the ill-prepared or ill-qualified voters by powerful and influential politicians and political dynasties and Big Business (to ensure their interests and wealth are well-protected).  And this is exactly why the rich get richer and the poor gets poorer.

In reality, wealth starts out as evenly distributed among the population.  But as time passes and many of those who do not deserve the wealth (because they do not know how to use it but rather has been used by wealth) gradually and eventually lose the wealth which gravitates and pools around and to the rich.  Moreover, from time to time, the rich spends some of the (ill-deserved) wealth to keep the impoverished and fools (for in the saying, a fool and his money are soon parted) thinking that wealth is circulating and that they “taste the good life” once in a while so they will not rebel and upset the established order.

To conclude, as a general rule, the wider the chasm between the richest and the poorest in a society the greater is the risk of a “revolution” — unless the poor are kept entertained and amused and occupied with trivial matters (like sports and gossip and games and senseless music and fantasy films).  The most stable geometric figure of society is a diamond where the center (middle class, the social strata that holds society together and composed mostly of intellectuals) is the broadest and most abundant and the top and bottom are few (top: rich and bottom: poor).  Any other geometric figure is either impossible or unstable and doomed to collapse — as in an upside-down triangle (wealthy class is the largest) because where will all the wealth accumulated at the top come from except from the bottom poor or a right-side up triangle where the wealthy are few and the poor makes up the bulk at the bottom where dissatisfaction and misery fester.  Squares and rectangles are impossible because there can never be an equal proportion of rich, middle class, and poor.
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TaN: Knowledge and information should be public domain; it should be shared for the common good.  Patents, copyrights, and intellectual property are (cleverly and insidiously) disguised as incentives to induce creativity and innovation when, in reality, it merely promotes greed and selfishness.  What benefits man (and society in general) should be made as cost-free or freely as possible.  The only justifiable to put on a cost is if were expenses incurred but those should be minimal and cover only the actual expenditure in making the benefit available to the public.

The way I see it, it is very wrong to “punish” — i.e., make people pay for things that should be freely available and accessible — if they had the information and necessary talent or ability.  The only people that we should make profits from are those who are stupid or lazy.  It is not right to charge people who may be industrious and willing (and able) to do things for themselves where their only problem is knowledge.  If I am not mistaken, this is the idea or concept behind the open source and free software movement.

People should be encouraged to be useful and productive (in a philanthropic or altruistic way) so as to benefit all of humanity and not just themselves (and, of course, the corporate greed, heavens forbid that we forget the corporate).

By making knowledge and information freely available and accessible — and I mean “freely”, with no strings attached like having to sign up first or must give up something personal in exchange — we eliminate any opportunity or possibility of selfishness and greed entering into the picture.

[Let me just clarify that my definition of “free” is in its strictest definition.  There is no cost.  Having to enroll or sign up and provide personal information in exchange for receiving whatever is “free” is not free for, although there is no money involved, something more precious is given up, one’s personal privacy.  This is not free.  It is perversion of what is and should be free.]

By making knowledge and information freely available and accessible, we ensure that more people can participate and perhaps propose improvements and better versions and, perhaps, come up with better ways to solve some of the imperfections — because no human solution will ever be perfect, as in not even the slightest snag or glitch or small inapplicability to some instances with unique and unforeseen circumstances or conditions.

In conclusion, making knowledge and information free available and accessible means people who are intelligent and industrious/hardworking and want to improve their lives will and should benefit and rightfully so precisely because they deserve to benefit — because they are smart and are not afraid to work to better themselves.  The only people we should make money out of are the stupid and the lazy.  These people deserve to be taken advantage of because they have bad qualities and values which are a hindrance and obstacle to mankind’s progress and development.

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Post for Dec 3-9 2017 (updated Dec 8)

TaN (update): In “4 out of 5 cases of cancer among blacks can be prevented with vitamin D” by a certain Vicki Batts (URL: https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-12-05-4-out-of-5-cases-of-cancer-among-blacks-can-be-prevented-with-vitamin-d.html) in the Natural News article posted for December 5 this week, my previous arguments and discussion on skin complexion and beneficial sun exposure are once again vindicated.

I have always maintained even before the publication of several reports and studies on the benefits of sunlight against cancer that people should refrain from migrating to places too far (latitudinally) from their traditional ancestral lands.  There is a (very good) reason why people in hotter (tropical) climates have darker skin and those in the polar regions have fair to pale complexion.  This has to do with extracting the benefits of sun exposure — for the vital vitamin D from sunlight.

Since in equatorial regions where the sun is more intense, there is danger of over-exposure — which will negate the benefits — so the body produces melanin (skin pigmentation) to prevent against too much sun.  Melanin is nature’s natural sun block.

In polar regions where sun intensity is weakest, the skin must be as pale as possible to get the full benefits of sun exposure.  This is also the reason why the hair color is red to blond — the hair is deficient in melanin to permit sun exposure for the scalp to increase skin surface exposure.

In the case of the United States of America where Africans were brought as slaves for the plantations in the southern states and eventually became permanent residents (and citizens), their skin color did not lighten up (much) over the generations.  Melanin is still produced in great quantities which blocks the benefits of sun exposure which accounts for their propensity to many lifestyle diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, hypertension, depression, and the rest.

The best solutions are: they return to their ancestral lands (which I doubt most, if not all, will not want to), spend more time in tanning saloons (but there is danger in artificially replicating sunlight using technology), or relocate to other tropical places within or neighboring the United States of America (and as near the equator as possible).

In conclusion, as mentioned earlier, besides cancer, many other lifestyle diseases are treatable with vitamin D (from the sun and not the laboratory) — osteoporosis (to synthesize calcium into the bones), diabetes (where vitamin D stimulates production of insulin), depression (especially SAD or seasonal affective disorder brought about by inadequate production of the happy hormones whose production is stimulated by sun exposure), to name a few.

TaN: In today’s (December 4) news, one controversial issue is the implementation of the newly-developed dengue vaccine by the Philippine government on children (or adults) who had not had dengue before.  According to the recent news, Sanofi-Pasteur issued a warning that the vaccine should not be given to those who had not had the disease before — A YEAR AFTER IT HAD ALREADY BEEN IMPLEMENTED IN THE PHILIPPINES!

So, what is a vaccine anyway, what is its purpose, and how does it work?  According to what I can gather from the cyber space, a vaccine is a medical product that is either orally or intravenously — i.e., via injection — introduced into the body for the purpose of stimulating the immune system to develop an immune response.

The vaccine supposedly contains either dead or weakened pathogens so it will not be strong enough to hurt the body but still enough as to elicit an immune response.  The immune response supposedly remains in the body for a certain duration to ensure that if and when the pathogen does enter the body, the body recognizes it and knows how to fight back.

Given this and for it all to make sense, the vaccine is intended or must be given as a preventive otherwise it will not make sense — as an afterthought.  I simply cannot imagine how such (supposedly) educated people as (high) government officials AND PHYSICIANS — again, I refrain from referring to these people as doctors because they do not teach or educate — fail to see through the veil of deception of Sanofi-Pasteur, the dengue vaccine maker.

In the warning, the pharmaceutical giant said that the vaccine should (only) be given to those who already had the dengue fever — supposedly for it to be effective.  Can nobody see the inconsistency and stupidity in this warning?

A person stricken with dengue fever either lives through it or dies.  If the person dies, well then that is the end of it.  However, if s/he survives, it only means that s/he not only has (gained) the immune capability to fend off the dengue virus but will even have remnants of the “encounter” — for future defense to prevent a repeat in the near future (which is the essence of the term “immunity”.

Following this train of thought, giving the vaccine to dengue fever survivors naturally will be effective because the person has survived so s/he does not need the vaccine anymore.  Moreover, the supposed effectivity of the vaccine given to dengue fever survivors has no basis because, for all you know, it is the person’s acquired immunity that is working and not the vaccine.  How stupid is it to attribute any effective immunization to the vaccine when it is the person’s own immune system that is to be credited for the effectivity.

Well, as they say, A Fool and his money are soon parted.  But the worse part is that it is not the government officials involved in the approval that is losing the money but the taxpayers.  They are squandering our taxes for something utterly nonsensical and fundamentally fraught with flawed logic.

TaN (update): In the post of Natural News for December 2 with an article titled “Transgenderism is the ‘Flat Earth’ theory of the science-challenged Left” by a certain Ethan Huff — please refer to URL: https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-12-02-transgenderism-is-the-flat-earth-theory-of-the-science-challenged-left.html — it dawned on me that transgenderism is an aberration and I opine is an affront and an abomination to God (for theist, especially the monotheists like the Catholics and other Christian denominations).  We have to assume that since God is perfect, it is impossible for Him to make mistakes, not only in or among His creations but with His supposedly pinnacle of creations…MAN.

I realize and it completely confounds me that my God would make such a fantastic and fundamental blunder as to (and to quote from a common utterance) “put a woman in a man’s body” (or vice versa).  It is so unlikely, in fact utterly without merit and unimaginably careless, that He would commit such a mistake.  We believe that we are the epitome of His masterpiece of creation and are we to believe that He would make such a blunder?  I don’t about your god by my God does not make mistakes, especially something as important and as elementary as putting the right person in the right body.

Regardless of how one “feels”, it is the handiwork of the idle mind — the Devil’s workshop.  There is no such excuse or alibi.  It is simply unjustifiable.  It is plain and simple denial or refusal to face up to the role or assignment.  Bash or hate me all you want but I stand firm.

There are only two genders: male and female (for non-humans) and masculine and feminine (for us).  If you are not one, you have to be the other.  Otherwise, you are the remaining: neuter or “it”.  All those who are so engrossed with changing their gender, find something better to do with your life.  You are creating chaos in the world.

Imagine, as I had discussed in earlier TaNs, the conflict between eye-witness testimonies and irrefutable DNA evidence in a crime scene.  There will be conflicting accounts. On the one hand, eye witnesses will claim they saw, say, a woman leaving the scene or even commit the crime but, on the other hand, DNA evidence will still retain the tell-tale Y-chromosome.

It is bad enough that hair dyes and disguises and (topically applied) cosmetics already make it difficult for investigation authorities to get an accurate description.  Imagine the horrendous challenge to properly identify the culprit or suspect when a transgender is involved.

It is as if the world does not have enough problems and pressing issues such as armed conflict, addiction, famine and starvation, malnutrition, extreme weather, (lifestyle) diseases of epic and epidemic proportions, crime and corruption, social unrest and scandals, child and human trafficking, environmental degradation and upheaval, unrestrained and untethered corporate greed, and human rights violations.

And this is not yet including biases and prejudices that label people and built walls instead of bridges.

Unfortunately, all this and worst events must come to pass as prophesied in the Holy Scriptures before relief will finally arrive.  For us who still cling to the promise of God, we just have to cope and fight the good fight with all the talents and wisdom He has given us, for in the end, we who hold and steady the course shall be triumphant and all our efforts will not be for naught.

TaN: It takes a very special kind of person — and very special place in hell — to not feel anything when they separate the young from their mother (and leave them to die a slow death through starvation).

Just like — someone who takes advantage of the weakness of others — a coward, these heartless beasts will not hesitate to cause misery and suffering on others, even if the others happen to be “mere” animals.  It is not as if the separation of the young from their mother was an unfortunate necessity — as in a mother animal happens to kill another mother because she has to feed her young thus depriving of the prey’s offsprings of their food source and consequently die of starvation.  These spineless cravens, for no apparent justifiable reason other than on a whim or just for fun, would perform such dastardly acts is unforgivable.

I have witnessed many times people mindlessly subject the helpless, defenseless, and innocent lives (especially the youngs of and little animals such as birds) to atrocious deeds and conditions.  Even the proud and fearless beasts like the lesser monitor lizards and non-venomous snakes are not spared and are humbled by the dastardly deeds of many simply due to prejudice or even just for the heck of it.

How can we call and claim to be civilized, much less educated, when our actions reveal otherwise.  The civilized shows respect for all life, be they lowly beasts or even predators like raptors, and this article title in the Nation says it very well: “We are judged by how we treat the helpless and the poor” by a certain Richard Kreitner on the 89th date of birth of Cesar Chavez — URL: https://www.thenation.com/article/we-are-judged-by-how-we-treat-the-helpless-and-the-poor/.

TaN: Is it ethical for an elected government official, especially one to a national office or position, to leave his/her office for an appointed position (like the Cabinet)?  Does it constitute abandonment of duty?  As someone who might have voted for him/her, should I ever trust or vote for him/her again the next time s/he runs for office, considering that s/he “abandoned” his sworn oath to represent the people?

Moreover, there seems to be a lapse in legal ethics regarding such issues.  It is not as if the person was appointed — therefore s/he is not accountable to the people (directly) but to the appointing power.  In this case, the said individual can move from one (appointed) government position to another.

It is an entirely different matter when it involves an elected official.  S/he has been entrusted by his/her voters with the position s/he has “promised” to serve to the best of his/her abilities and it does not include leaving the post — unless there is proper consultation and with approval of a significant majority of those (and only of those) who voted for him/her.  After all, it was the constituent voters who elected him/her into office and it is but proper or right that they be the ones to permit is (voluntary) departure otherwise it would, or should (if not), constitute abandonment.

Furthermore, should there be no legal or ethical prohibition to such a decision or move by an elected official, there should at be a legal recourse for a constituent, especially of it is in the form of a class suit, demand accountability and sue the “erring” elected official.  There was a breach of contract when s/he chose to leave office for another, especially without so much as even a tacit assent or agreement by the voting constituency.

In conclusion, with this deficiency or inadequacy or weakness in the (political) system, it is high time that it should be addressed.  This is similar to another TaN where it discussed the another flaw in the legal/judicial system regarding the wealthy and influential using the courts to harass and make false accusations and, when proven to be fictitious or without basis, does not make the complainant responsible — i.e., if the accuser has been proven to be merely harassing or making life miserable against others should be brought to pay for the trouble caused by being the one to be penalized (fines and incarceration).  This way, those with malicious intents will think twice, even thrice or more, before trying to use his/her wealthy, influence, or power to intimidate and cause trouble on the innocent.

TaN: The emergence of digital (mobile) apps should be used for something useful and beneficial to humanity and not wasted on pitiful and shameful senseless (not even educational) fantasy games or even gambling games and vanity apps.

Beneficial would be something like (the current app) helping people find their way about town and avoiding traffic jams and heavy vehicular traffic volume.  Other useful apps would be those that monitor health aspects or issues or those that assist travelers and vacationers.  There are innumerable apps that can be developed, just make sure they provide useful and worthwhile services otherwise it is a terrible waste of energy — i.e., electronic mobile devices compete for power (through recharging) in the power grid against other more vital devices and equipment like hospitals and law enforcement and emergency services.  [Remember that while electronic mobile devices are small and power requirements is almost non-existent compared to that of an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), it must be realized how many mobile devices there are.  A large colony of ants can bring down the biggest elephant.]

It is so irritating and frustrating to see something so potentially useful and beneficial being used by stupid and inane people to “create” a bunch of useless and worthless applications for a whole lot of simple-minded, self-indulging, and pleasure-seeking consuming public for the pathetic and pitiful reason of popularity or fame and, most of all, profit.

TaN: Although like many lifestyle diseases, overweight or obesity has many causes or beginnings.  However, it is different in the sense that the common solution to lose weight frequently fails because the root cause of the condition is not isolated, identified, and addressed properly.

The conventional remedy is to attack the problem via the calories but it is not as simple as that.  Calorie counting or restriction is effective only if and when the reason for the excess body weight is confined to simple less energy expenditure (from low-energy demand activities) than dietary intake or consumption.

However, there are other causes or reasons why body weight increases.  For one, when the body ingests something that it either does not recognize as food or identifies as toxic, its first response is to eliminate it at once (as in the case of sweat or diarrhea).  If this route is not possible or unavailable, it then tries to “neutralize” it by storing it in fat cells.  However, should there not be enough fat cells, the body resorts to creating (additional) fat cells and this becomes the reason for the weight gain.

Increasing physical activity or exertion is a better though it may not be the best solution.  Increasing energy expenditure through physical means, in a way, causes sweating which, in turn, may trigger fat cells to release the stored toxins.

Another more effective method of detoxifying is fasting but fasting has many degrees and it is not fasting unless done for at least 72 consecutive hours (or 3 successive days).  Furthermore, the more severe forms of fasting are (appears to be) more effective but they should not be done by the inexperienced because it could negatively impact more than benefit health.

Finally, it does not necessarily follow that only people with excess weight issues have toxic fat cells.  Toxic fat cells may likewise be found among underweight people.  It is all a matter of how much unhealthy food one is eating (and how fast or efficiently can the body eliminate the toxins).

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Post for Nov 26-Dec 2 2017 (updated Nov 27 and Dec 1)

TaN (update 2): The article in Natural News regarding the issue of sustainable development titled “How green is the technology that makes your green energy? Researchers are working to develop sustainable ways to source the raw materials” by a certain Frances Bloomfield (URL: https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-11-30-how-green-is-the-technology-that-makes-your-green-energy-researchers-are-working-to-develop-sustainable-ways-to-source-the-raw-materials.html) and dated November 30, 2017 is what I have been discussing in previous TaNs concerning what is true sustainable development.  At first glance, the title would seem to suggest a real concern and rightly so as to what has been happening in the green technology sector.

However, after a quick perusal of the contents, it would appear that it is not much better.  They are still missing the point in the critical issue of green technology and renewable energy production.  The article is still focused on the narrow vision of trying to find a “solution” to the unrevealed truth behind conventional green technology — which is the continued ravaging of the environment to stay within the constricted margins of “sustainable development” that conventional Big Business and Big Tech is dictating and has established (in order to protect their corporate interests and profits).

Oh, I have no doubt that the author is sincerely and truly honest in her attempt to mitigate and find a better solution to the incessant problem that beset conventional green technology.  Actually, the solution is easier than imagined but it requires thinking out of the confines of conventional green technology, thinking out of the box, and embracing the inconvenient fact that it is precisely this restrictive parameters on conventional green technology that is hampering efforts to achieve true sustainable development.  The mind-set at its foundation must drastically and dramatically (and substantially) be changed.

If we keep trying to confine our solutions to within the boundaries that ensures that business makes a profit above the global (environmental) interests, there will never be any truly sustainable development.  It has come to the point that solutions that must conform to the limitations set in or by conventional corporate-centered and -inspired green technology will simply be going around in circles and have the perpetual problem of finding “better” techniques and using “better” materials that must be mined or harvested from the environment using unsustainable practices and methods.

For as long as profit remains as the primary or central (and frequently only) consideration in any endeavor to find genuine sustainable ways and solutions to our (energy) problems, there will never be any real sustainable way out.

The only way is to take profit out of the picture or at least relegate it to third priority.  Put people and environment ahead.

TaN (update 2): In the November 28 hardcopy issue of The Philippine STAR, in the article found in the front page titled “Destab? Don’t look at us — Noy” by a certain Robertzon Ramirez, former president Benigno Simon Aquino III could not have said it any better and more aptly (and I quote): “Kung hindo tama yung mga nangyayari, kung hindi natutupad mga pinangako, kung hindi natupad yung mga sinasabi, dun nagke-create ng dissatisfaction.  Hindi sa amon nagmumula ‘yunBaka dapat tumingin sila sa mga paligid nila (If things aren’t turning out right, if promises are not fulfilled, or if words are not kept — these are what create dissatisfaction, and it’s not coming from us.  Maybe they should look around them).”

If government, especially the top national (elected) officials, are or have not been living up to the promises and expectations of the people, if the campaign promises have not been fulfilled, if the way the government is run is contrary to or inconsistent with the common values and sense of decency and justice of the people (like killings of suspects and people under custody and human rights violations and denials of any wrongdoing when it is glaringly blatant), and if arrogance and impunity is the “rule of law”, it will not be surprising that all the misdeeds and wrongdoings will eventually return to haunt them.  Their guilty conscience will begin to create paranoia and scenarios that make them see things that are not there.

The problem is that, when this happens, something and someone must act fast otherwise the situation will degenerate further into chaos and anarchy.

TaN (update 2): In the Natural News article titled “Nation in SHOCK after hidden camera captures nurses laughing like crazy as U.S. veteran gasps for air and dies in a hospital” by a certain JD Heyes (URL: https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-11-27-nation-in-shock-after-hidden-camera-captures-nurses-laughing-like-crazy-as-u-s-veteran-gasps-for-air-and-dies-in-a-hospital.html) posted likewise on November 27, 2017, this is another one of those “pranks” gone wrong.

The trouble with many people, especially among the younger generation, is that they seem to have lost or not acquired — and we not only have technology but ourselves, as parents likewise, to blame — the decency and common sense to know and set the limits or boundaries of pranks and such similar useless forms of (self-)entertainment for deriving amusement and pleasure.

Most of the youths and younger generation who grew up with (modern) digital technology (more than with their parents) appear not to have imbibed the proper values and have little or no knowledge of the limits or boundaries of their actions and decisions as well as be responsible for the consequences that ensue.

Due to the fast pace of technology advancement and innovation — most, if not all, of which is and has been due to the unrelenting, inexcusable, and maniacal drive of corporate greed (in terms of profit) and under the guise of progress and development, sustainable or otherwise — the Biblical warning of Timothy has repeatedly been vindicated…that the “love of money is the root of all evil“.  Because of the fast-changing pace of (digital) technological evolution, values and good manners have fallen by the wayside and the young no longer possess or have been imbued with the ability to distinguish proper decency and compassion for others.

Add to all these the influence and where they get ideas (like the film “Flatliners“) of the cinematic industry where many celluloid plots become reality because some viewers decided it was a good idea to try and emulate it — frequently without fully comprehending the extent of the consequences that ensue.

It is sad that with so much information and ideas being generated and disseminated through mass media and digital technology is so easily accessible (and so much more appealing to the youth), society — specifically the parents, because I put the blame squarely on their shoulders — cannot compete against (digital) technology for the attention and interest of the youth and young generation so much so that the proper (and essential) values are not adequately and firmly taught before exposure to the influences of (and social pressures brought about by) corporate marketing and consumerism.  Moreover, much like society’s problem with the so-called “children in conflict with the law”, it is vital that children be emotionally prepared before they are exposed to aggressive corporate marketing.

It is the same problem with today’s education where children are entering formal education at earlier ages because parents would like to believe that their children are geniuses and advanced for the age so are enrolled before their emotional development has been established.  Intellectual development is much easier than emotional development — the latter taking a longer duration and cannot be rushed — to subject or expose emotionally unprepared children to the demands and pressures of formal education (in an ever more competitive world) that they grow up without the proper values and ethics.  When this happens, this is what we are witnessing (and lamenting) today — that more and more adults (as well as the youth) — where more and more people are committing unethical acts.

Our next generation are being turned into human robots — locked and loaded with information crammed into their brains by formal education but do not have the proper spiritual and ethical compass to guide decisions and actions.

It is (more) important that emotional development must be firmly in place even before the first exposure of a child to intellectual indoctrination by formal education.  A “genius” child with no moral compass is very dangerous and frequently a threat to society.  Because of this, criminal acts and felonies are committed by younger and younger people and innocent people suffer unnecessarily.

TaN (update 2): In the Natural News article titled “The newest device for weight loss is a nose plug: Recent studies have found a connection between the smell of food and weight gain” by a certain Michelle Simmons (URL: https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-11-27-the-newest-device-for-weight-loss-is-a-nose-plug-recent-studies-have-found-a-connection-between-the-smell-of-food-and-weight-gain.html) posted November 27, 2017, the nose plug to help curb the temptation to eat excessively makes sense since [1] the tongue has only the 5 basic taste groups (of sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami) and much of the flavor of food is “tasted” by the nose — which explains why food taste bland when our nose is stuffed or clog — and [2] we smell food log before it touches the tongue.  In this sense, nose plugs will certainly mitigate the urge to constantly eat and eat a lot.

To do it properly — so as not to feel deprived nor to over-eat — plan out first how much you are (supposedly) going to eat (IN ONE PLATE) then plug your nose just before the last couple of mouthfuls.  This ensures that you still eat and will not feel as though you are being “punished” but will not over-eat since, when the nose plug goes into effect, the food will start to taste bland and you will (hopefully) lose interest.

I should have thought of this long ago.

TaN (update): Among many others in the recent past of articles posted in Natural News (dated Nov 25, 2017), these two (titled “Suggestion for the elderly: Run from dementia — literally — regular exercise can heal the brain, according to new study” by a certain Rita Winters [URL: https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-11-25-aca-dietary-fiber-intake-linked-with-reduced-risk-of-disease.html] and “Massive health study finds dietary fiber intake slashes risk of numerous diseases” by a certain Frances Bloomfield [URL: https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-11-25-suggestion-for-the-elderly-run-from-dementia-literally-regular-exercise-can-heal-the-brain.html] — just goes to show that there are many simple and inexpensive ways to be and stay healthy, eat right, and fight or prevent sickness and disease.  [Note: I differentiate “sickness” from “disease”. Sickness is natural, like measles, mumps, flu, and chicken pox and even the major threats like small pox and bubonic or black plague; whereas disease (which is the combination of the prefix “dis” meaning “not” and “ease” so the overall meaning is uncomfortable or not at ease) is something unnatural as in lifestyle disease (which is preventable and unnecessary) and man-made (as in weaponized biological and chemical warfare agents and “corporate-sponsored” ones like most Ebola and MRSA or methecillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), don’t tell me it is natural.]

If you have the proper information — which has been revealed to be intentionally being kept from the public by Big Pharma — you can easily avoid or even reverse or cure lifestyle diseases. Moreover, knowing the root or causes of certain illnesses makes it much easier to remember how to stay healthy and find alternative ways (and spread the word FREELY) to stay healthy, just make sure the recommended solution is as universally applicable as possible and not biased to the season and locality of the solution.

Some cases in point are the two aforementioned articles.  For the one concerning running to stave off or even reverse dementia and memory and cognitive failure, actually it is not only running but any heart rate-increasing aerobic (low- or non-impact) physical activity will do as fine or even better (the lower the impact to the joint bones, the better, unless you know how to run properly — which is ball-strike and not heel-strike strides or running).  The reason for this is the increased heart rate coupled with the elevated and more intense muscle activity in the legs helps drive or pump the blood up to the brain against gravity.  This more forceful pump of the blood increases the oxygen and nutrient supply to the brain which not only nourishes the neurons better but even clears the CO2 and toxic cellular respiration wastes that clouds and damages cells and tissues.  The leg-muscle action or activity squeezes against the blood vessels walls (equipped with one-way flow valves) which pushes better against the force of gravity and thereby ensuring a greater supply of fresh oxygen and nutrients to the brain.  This is not to mention that increase physical activity causes the body to produce and release more norepinephrine, the hormone that relaxes or dilates blood vessel walls causing them to distend, be more flexible, and accommodating a greater volume of blood flow.  This hormone is frequently seen when physical and muscle activity is increased to prevent aneurysm and cardiac stress. So, it does not have to be jogging.  Any physical activity that increases muscle activity, especially those in the legs or the major muscle groups, will do just fine and aerobic ones lessen the risk of damaging impact to the joints.

As to the other regarding the benefits of dietary fiber to health, it has already been repeatedly shown that both soluble and insoluble dietary fibers are very beneficial and perform very vital roles in health. For the soluble fiber, they mop up excess damaging LDL (low-density lipoprotein) to be eliminated thereby helping maintain clean and smooth inner blood vessel walls and reducing the strain to the heart; whereas, dietary insoluble fiber absorbs water to bulk up the intestines to induce more frequent cleansing bowel movements as well as serving as a “broom” to gently but firmly scrape toxic substances that stick to the inner intestinal walls to mitigate and even prevent related diseases such as colorectal cancer, anal cancer, hemorrhoids, and constipation. Just make sure that the dietary fibers being taken come from organic or nature-harvested plant foods (especially root crops, legumes and lentils, and leafy vegetables) and they are taken raw or (if you must cook or expose them to heat) with as little exposure to temperatures above 120 degrees Centigrade or 248 degrees Fahrenheit.  At these temperatures, any benefit to be derived from even the healthiest food can and will be turned toxic and even carcinogenic (as in acrylamides in starch or carbohydrates and nitrosamides (as well as n-nitrosamides) in meat).

So, it is important that we know the fundamental reason for doing something beneficial or healthy so we can think of other alternatives that may work even better in the event that the recommended is or cannot be applied — such as running for non-ambulatory people.

TaN: Regardless or irrespective of the quantity of academic degrees and researches and whatever learning a person has achieved or received, s/he is not an educated person if s/he does not know how to respect others.  Respect is one of the primary and fundamental qualities that a person must possess in order to be considered civilized and educated.

Many individuals let their accumulated acquired intelligence go to their heads and (arrogantly) expect or even demand that others not only to acknowledge but to (always) overtly display and address them accordingly.  This is the height of pride and arrogance, to think that being more knowledgeable is a license or right to look down and treat others as lesser mortals.

In addition and to make matters worse, to use (supposed, because its truthfulness is debatable) superior intelligence to impose upon others respect and acknowledgement without reciprocating is a definite and clear sign of being uneducated — for a learned individual is knows and shows respect to others regardless of the latter’s wealth or educational attainment or social status or occupation or skill level (be they lowly manual laborers and indigents or the chief executive).  All people deserve to be treated with respect.

However, it must be remembered that respect is earned or given and cannot be demanded.  One gives respect to others but cannot expect much less demand it from others.  One must prove oneself worthy of being respected.

In conclusion, respect, though it is awarded, must first be given to others before being withdrawn should they prove, later, to be unworthy of the respect.  It must initially be assumed that others are respectable.  One must always think good of others first and until proven otherwise.  It is similar to principle in law regarding guilt — innocent until proven guilty.

TaN: It used to be that health care is taken for granted for it was the easiest thing to do, but with the daily onslaught of toxic and mutagenic chemicals that our body is exposed to in every conceivable manner and circumstance — be it ingested or inhaled or rubbed or sprayed on (as deodorants and perfumes) or in whatever manner that makes our body come in contact with them, it is now of primal concern that we have to be ever vigilant.

It is no longer possible to avoid all the toxic and mutagenic substances so the next best thing is to strengthen or shore up our defense — i.e., immune — system/s.  There are two layers and types of defenses in our body: external (which is passive) and internal (which has both an active and a passive component).

The external layer is the skin — our body’s largest organ and the principal first line of defense.  The internal layer has passive and active components of which the lymphatic system is the former while the latter are the T and B cells and the leukocytes (of which white blood cells or macrophages are a major component) are the more common and well-known cells, aside from natural killer cells.

In any case, there are also dietary nutrients we can take that support the immune system, like (soluble and insoluble) fibers (from unprocessed organic and naturally-grown fruits and vegetables and root crops) — reportedly to actively bind with certain heavy metals and toxic compounds to render them harmless or inert and easily flushed out through the excretory organs and systems (like the kidneys, skin pores, and sinuses, among others).  Insoluble fibers are claimed to bind with excess blood sugar and (oxidized or spent) serum cholesterol, such as HDL or high-density lipoprotein.

Before this wave of consumerism and emphasis on ever-increasing profits by corporate self-interests instead of or at the expense of people’s welfare and well being, staying healthy was simple and almost effortless.  However, with corporate business — as differentiated from the traditional cottage and community-based businesses and industries where the people are familiar and in good terms with everybody else — concerned only with turning profits and not much else, much less the environment where most (if not all) resources are derived, the natural equilibrium of our living surroundings (and by extension the entire planet) have not only been disturbed but even ravaged to the brink of exhaustion and virtually irrecoverable state and pollution of all sorts are all around us.  We are constantly and consistently being pummeled and bombarded by all manners of conceivable toxins and negative and harmful stress which keeps our bodies in a perpetual defensive and off-balanced state.

And as if it were not enough, corporate self-interest and greed has gone to the point where it not only keeps secrets and critical knowledge from the public but has even gone on the offensive with mis- and dis-information and FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) tactics to ensure the people are kept in the dark as to how to extricate themselves out of this quagmire and morass and bring everything back to equilibrium.

In truth, if we are not persistently and maliciously assaulted every moment of our life by corporate greed and self-interest to rake in maximum profits, being and staying healthy is a breeze.  All that is needed to remember for essential health are the five cardinal adjectives that all foods must possess or be taken: Raw, Natural (i.e., little or no human intervention whatsoever), Whole, Seasonal, and Local.  The more of the five are applicable or present, the better.

[Btw, what the five characteristics mean are: Raw = little or no exposure to heat whatsoever and if necessary, heat applied must not exceed 120 degrees C or 248 degrees F; Natural = grown with little or no human intervention (like harvested from the wild, application only of organic uncontaminated compost or natural inorganic fertilizers such as rock dust, and sprouted from seeds that contain their originally natural DNA or from traditional selective breeding, among others) and consuming food as near its natural state as possible (such as carrots as carrots and not in juice form); Whole = whenever possible, must be consumed in its entirety and no cherry picking of only those portions desired (like eating only the egg white but not the yolk and eating an apple or potato along with the skin or peel and eating grapes including the seeds); Seasonal = eating seasonally available food during their traditionally and naturally occurring season (such as watermelons during summer and apples during winter and lychee during spring); and, Local = eating foods that are (naturally) endemic (such as coconuts in the tropics and apples in temperate zones) with exceptions to certain foods that have already been introduced for several generations even though they are actually “alien”, such as maize and potatoes which were originally from South America.]

One last note: It is absolutely and completely wrong and unforgivable to waste still-edible food (such as throwing away half-eaten or untouched but still edible food) or over-indulge when so many others have hardly anything to eat.  Moreover, it is just as evil to let good food go to waste, such as letting food expire because of over-purchase and left forgotten or have grown tired of eating it.  It is vital to remember: Waste not, want not.

TaN: I have a bone to pick with Big Bang Theory advocates and supporters.  It is said (and, unfortunately, accepted generally) that the universe started from a teeny tiny dot somewhere in oblivion then exploded and expanded from there on.  Since then, it has cooled and “slowed” down — but there are many indications and new developments which contest that and say otherwise.

Anyway, my issue is, assuming (for argument sake) that it is as conventional or mainstream science claims, I find it difficult to imagine a tiny dot somewhere out there BUT NOT IN SPACE.  For me, it is like saying that NOTHING is not SOMETHING.  The mere fact that it is NOTHING means or implies that it MUST be something.

Moreover, why did that tiny dot “explode” when it did?  Why not sooner or later?

And speaking of “sooner or later”, does this not imply that there is already time existing back then even “before” the big bang?

Furthermore, if everything was created from that tiny dot, was that tiny dot not a thing in the first place?  So there was already something even back then.

Still another is: If space-time was created at the moment and by that fabled Big Bang, where was that tiny dot located back before space-time was created?  What is that location called?  Is or can it not be called space?

Finally, how did the tiny dot appear?  From where did it come from?  It must have originated from somewhere — like from nothing.  Could it have just materialized by itself from oblivion — and can “oblivion” not be considered a place, in this instance (so how does that “place” differ from the space-time that came into existence from the Big Bang)?

And what is the stuff that made up that tiny primordial dot?  Is or was it homogeneous or a single uniform material?  And what were its properties?  Were those properties unique from that stuff the resulting universe or did it morphed into the present stuff?

Finally, it must have been unstable otherwise why did it “explode”?  But if it was unstable, had it always been unstable or did something change that gave birth to the Big Bang?

Personally, especially after all the aforementioned, I have many doubts and reservations regarding this much-touted Big Bang.  There are still so many unanswered or inconsistent issues and so much still to be known — and to think all these are about a teeny tiny infinitesimal dot, what more the universe?

TaN: As of late (and from my personal experience only), I have noticed that lawyers have become more concerned with keeping their clients out of jail than ensuring that their client’s rights are protected.  In my opinion (and I am not sure whether it is a fact) that serving truth and justice supersedes the duty to defend the client’s rights — which should not have an conflict if done objectively and properly — and (much less) keeping the client out of jail (unless the client is innocent).

Although keeping their client out of jail is one of a lawyer’s fundamental and primordial obligation, it does not however mean that it should be done at the expense of justice and the truth.  Moreover, lawyers should refrain from superimposing their judgments or at least save it for the trial.

While it is part and parcel of the duty of the prosecution to show and prove the guilt and liability of the accused, it is the duty and obligation of the lawyer of the accused to protect the client’s rights only and not interfere with guilt and innocence.  Although it is within the defense lawyer’s purview to show the defendant’s innocence, it should be only because the defendant is truly innocent and not due to anything else, most of all to abet the client avoid or evade criminal responsibility.

In conclusion, especially in controversial cases, lawyers should refrain from using media to air and prejudice their case — trial by publicity — and do not make any remarks as to whether the accused is guilty (on the part of the prosecution or accuser as this is but expected and natural) or innocent (on the part of the defense counsel and for the same previously stated argument).

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Post for Nov 19-25 2017 (updated Nov 23)

TaN (update): In today’s (November 20 post of an) article in Natural News titled “Marijuana farmers are destroying natural ecosystems as quest for profits outweighs green agricultural practices” (by a certain Isabelle Z, URL: https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-11-20-marijuana-farmers-are-destroying-natural-ecosystems-as-quest-for-profits-outweighs-green-agricultural-practices.html as of 11/20/17), it goes to show that even good things can easily be turned bad by evil, especially by greed and inconsideration and total disregard for everything else (or selfishness).

What I am referring to is that there are increasing evidence and news marijuana is a “miracle” weed — because it reportedly has many health benefits (ranging from simple treating of skin rashes and issues to totally eliminating (certain) cancers, as of this writing), beneficial to the land (in terms of natural fertilizer and as soil erosion prevention and carbon-arresting, among others), and industrial uses (such as its high insoluble fibrous content for fabric, insulation, interior decor like rugs, mats, and drapery, and construction material reinforcement and support).

The sad thing is that something with such a wide and varied range of applications (for both man and environment) can be and is being twisted into something detrimental due to man’s — at the “prodding and goading” of MODERN corporate profit-driven and -centered business — unnatural desire to make huge but unnecessary and non-vital profits and usually at the expense of the environment and in order to benefit themselves more than others.

Just like the so-called military-industrial complex that the late USA President Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower (according to URL: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/eisenhower-warns-of-military-industrial-complex and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y06NSBBRtY as of November 21, 2017) reportedly warned of in his farewell speech decades ago, modern corporate business and unscrupulous profit-seeking individuals have adapted the same malicious and vile motto and business “mission-vision” for the sake of the almighty money god.

In everything we do, we must act responsibly because only man can be good or bad, bring benefit and hope or cause damage, make or break — because only man is (supposed to have) free will and it is due to free will that only man can be good or bad, because he has or can make a choice.

In conclusion, it appears (and unfortunately so) that evil can arise from good but (fortunately) no good can come from evil.

TaN: One can determine what kind of business philosophy a company has by the advertisements and marketing campaigns it puts out or approves.  It is very insulting that businesses take the viewers’ intelligence for granted — that they think just because their commercial advertisement has celebrity endorsers and youthful and good-looking people and glamor that consumers will naturally and instantly patronize their products.

Businesses that rely on famous endorsers to market their products should be boycotted because this implies that the product has little or no redeeming value.  Using good-looking nobodies are another way of enticing the shallow or simple-minded into making unnecessary purchases, especially if the product makes promises that are natural for young people.  A case in point is youthful looking skin or and strong hair are expected among the young so young endorsers “promising” good-looking skin or strong hair are making empty promises.

Moreover, celebrity and public figure endorsers who “prostitute” their image for a certain product they should or have no business endorsing should be shunned.  These people have no scruples and would not hesitate to sell their dignity and integrity for money.

In addition, there are those who endorse products they never use.  These frauds reveal their how greedy and dishonest they can be…for the right price.  They can be bought and without a moment’s hesitation.

In conclusion, due to the increasing emphasis on profit, businesses have “evolved” ethics out and replaced it with an overwhelming desire to make as much money while throwing all morals into the wind.  These companies would stoop so low as to approve any and all commercial advertisements, no matter how insulting they may be to the consumers, just to make money.

TaN: One of the principal and most irrefutable argument as to why the Philippines will forever be a developing nation is a great majority of its (consuming) population is ignorant of the proper use of money.  Instead, they are victims or slaves of money — i.e., they are being used by money and not the other way around.

The wealthiness of a person correlates directly to his/her being either the master or slave of money — in other words, the “love of money” (as written in 1 Timothy 6:10) and not money itself or per se.  If one is the master of money, it is we who determines when we will spend it and when not to, whereas if we are impulse or indiscriminate spenders then we are the slaves.

Being the master of money means that we spend only when it is necessary — i.e., to purchase essentials such as basic and nutritious food and those being marketed as “essentials” such as cosmetics, private cars, gourmet and junk foods, and other indulgences.

We are slaves when we “give in” to the temptations of impulsive buying and making unnecessary expenditures for things that either give little or (true) momentary pleasure and satisfaction or possesses herd mentality (i.e., just because others are doing it, never mind whether it is actually needed or not or if there is some rationale to it) or have been convinced by clever and sly (money-saving) marketing schemes as in “get 2 for the price of 1” when only one is needed.

Even until today, despite knowledge of it, the average Filipino man-on-the-street is still “trapped” in the “one day millionaire” mindset.  In fact, on many an occasion, people have been heard to say that, when they come into money (even just a tiny amount), they cannot resist or are just itching to squander it away.  What the money will be spent on does not matter for as long as it is spent.  This is one of the principal reasons why Chinese love to do business in the Philippines and, likewise, the reason for the development of the “tingi” (or the smallest viable quantity for retail, like sampling portions) system of retail selling.

Unless and until Filipinos “grow up” in their spending behavior, the Philippines will forever be in the doldrums of a developing country.  The wealth gap will grow into a wealth chasm and corruption will be an eternal scourge.

TaN: A couple of months ago, I suddenly had a realization that there are multiple parallels between the books of the Holy Scriptures, especially Genesis, and Greek mythology.  I know many others may have taken note of this already much earlier that I but it is interesting to study the parallels.

And to think that the ancient mythologies — which among themselves have likewise many parallels differing only in names and some specifics — pre-date the Holy Scriptures by as much as a millennium or so.  It makes one wonder whether the Holy Scriptures were taken from them or were the mythologies previously given in preparation for later consolidation, validation, and/or fulfillment — or what.  To name a few parallels:
[1] Greek mythology (creation of golden race which were said to be prosperous (Chinese are known to be among the earliest and for being wealth-savvy), then the silver race (Caucasians are known for being technology-savvy), then the bronze race (dark-skinned are known for being skilled and multi-talented);
[2] from almost all cultures (even among Native Americans like the Hopi and aborigines of Australia), the Great Deluge or Noah’s Flood;
[3] from almost all mythologies, gods or supernatural beings intervening and even siring children with daughters of Adam and bringing knowledge and technology to improve man’s lives — like fallen angels in the Holy Scriptures, heroes and Olympians in Greek mythology, gods in Egyptian mythology, frost giants in Norse mythology, and giants of varying sizes and demeanor in early Celtic and early settlers of British isles; and,
[4] appearance of giants, like Goliath and the Nephilim in the Holy Scriptures, Titans in Greek mythology, in Gaelic, Hindu, British, Chinese, Jewish, aborigines, African, South American, Japanese, Philippine, and even Paul Bunyan.

How strange and coincidental that such events occur among cultures that are not only far apart geographically but existing during different times as well — although some, such as the Greeks, have some contact with Egyptians but China is totally “another world apart”.

Moreover, there are certain events, like the Star of Bethlehem, that was witnessed and recorded by different cultures remote from each other — for it was reportedly recorded in by the Egyptians, the Chinese, and even by Native Americans.

In addition, if the accounts were intended for the Israelites, why were they given (or “shared”) with other cultures?  And were given long before the emergence of Israel.  Anyway, just a thought.

TaN: The sincerity of a (financial) donation should be viewed from how affordable is the sum with respect to the overall wealth of the donor.  In other words, how much will the amount “hurt” the wealth of the donor.

Most people simply look at the size of the donation not realizing that the amount may just be pittance to the donor but the beneficiary is expected to be (eternally) beholden and grateful to the donor — as if the donor has done them a great favor.

It must be realized and understood that the wealth of anyone is or was taken from the masses — i.e., as elaborated and discussed in previous TaNs, wealth is generated from surplus labor (meaning, the unconsumed and/or unsold excess from what was produced by labor) and converted into a medium of exchange.

Moreover, it must be realized and remembered that any donation from any wealthy individual — be they sincere or not — was sourced from the masses.  The beneficiary/ies of donations, especially from wealthy businesses, do not really have to feel any gratitude when receiving donations from the rich, after all the money they are donating may have originally come from the beneficiary/ies him/themselves.  It is just a matter of simple courtesy for the beneficiary to, at least, feel or show some gesture of appreciation for the donation — but not obligatory.

In addition, it is the social responsibility of the wealthy to give back to the community from whence his/her wealth originated because if it were not for community, s/he would not have accumulated such wealth.  The rich owe it to the poor his/her entire wealth.

In conclusion, remember, the only reason why there are rich people is because wealth is not evenly distributed.  They gravitated to the wealthy.  Moreover, if there were no poor people, there would be no rich people — there would be no one to compare the amount of wealth against.  Imagine of every person has the same amount of money, there would be no rich neither would there be poor.  The rich owe everything to the poor and donations are but one of several means of redistributing wealth so please do not skimp otherwise the donation is meaningless — and by “skimping”, I mean that the amount per individual should be large enough as to have some significant impact on the quality of life of the beneficiary/ies.

In addendum, donations as a form of dole out is actually counterproductive, especially when the beneficiary/ies or recipient/s possess no skill or capability of managing it and will simply just squander it away.  This is one of the principal reasons why the poor remains poor.

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Post for Nov 12-18 2017

TaN: More and more prophecies (from the Holy Scriptures) are coming true.  However, people fail to notice them because appear to be looking for specific events. In truth, the prophecies are actually categories and not exact happenings.

One prophecy that has been going on for quite some time now — and has been escalating ever since — is that of “nations against nations and brothers against brothers”.  By categories, I mean that there are many events that fit into the prophecy.

The above-cited category is very evident in the rise of conflicts between neighboring countries — from Israel versus its neighbors of Egypt, Iraq, Syria, et al to China and southeast Asian states and Japan to North Korea and the USA and more — and that of non-states, like the Taliban which supposedly gave rise to al Qaeda, in turn, giving rise to the Islamic State and then to many other pockets of religious-related violence.

In addition, there are the state-sponsored sanctions being carried out, which qualifies are “brother against brother”.  Ding-ding-ding-ding: Mr Duterte, FYI, when you make public pronouncements of threats of violence and “encouraging” people to kill others, these are considered state-sponsored.

“State-sponsored” does not refer only to officials directives and policies but it is all-encompassing and includes every single utterance made by a government official — especially if it comes from the chief executive.  It is for this reason that public statements, be they from national or local (or even barangay) officials can be considered state-sponsored even if they are not supposed to be regarded as such but as private remarks.

It is precisely this reason that public officials should be careful and watch their (public) statements, especially in front of media (be they broadcast or social) — note: even statements and utterances made in a small group of individuals or private gathering where at least one individual is not among the close circle of friends and acquaintances who are familiar with the quirks and idiosyncrasies of the government official.

In fact, even simple (innocent) comments in social media can be construed as official government policies.  Take the case of the debacle of Ms Abigail Valte during the early part of the term of Mr Benigno Simon Aquino III when she tweeted her private thought and opinion regarding what was served in the Vietnam state visit incident.  What exacerbated the incident was that it was not localized — i.e., those who followed Ms Valte’s social media account were not limited to her countrymen.

To make matters worse, Mr Duterte has already (and more than once) said in public that he lies a lot, even in public.  Couple this with his draconian style of governance and we have a sure-fire recipe for abuses by authorities who are ever so eager to please Mr Duterte, so much that they do not stop to assess whether Mr Duterte is “only joking” or is deadly serious about his statement/s.  This is a principal reason why Mr Dela Rosa keeps repeating that the PNP (Philippine National Police) is not involved in EJKs (extra-judicial killings) — because Mr Duterte has not “formalized” his “jokes” into written policies.

By being very technical about it, Mr Duterte is able to squirm out of being responsible for the consequences of his public pronouncements.  Those itching with vigilantism (be they in the private or the law enforcement sector) and the more unscrupulous individuals and groups (with ulterior motives, such as rivals and criminally-minded and the mentally imbalanced) can always take this as a cue to take the law into their own hands. And this, though not “officially” a state policy, has the effect of being state-sponsored.  And it is this technicality that administrative officials, like Mr Abella, can say with all candor and a straight face that there are no EJKs — state-sponsored or otherwise — and no state-sanctioned killings.

TaN: It is immoral to have prime commodities — things that are essential to all people, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, values, or whatever, and “essential” means something that is vital, that one cannot do without, that is necessary for staying not just alive but healthy — cost more than non-essentials.  And by “cost more”, I mean that qualitatively — i.e., the amount per unit of measure in comparison to others which are not vital to a person’s survival or life.

One problem is that people’s idea or definition of what is essential has been subverted.  A case in point is an argument I had with a former (because I was retired and he is still employed) colleague where he claimed that, today, cars are a necessity — although he qualified it by specifying “today”.  I countered with the logic that what was a necessity can become a non-necessity but never a non-necessity can become a necessity — citing food, though still essential, was precious a century or so ago because it was difficult to produce but, with the improvements and advancements in agriculture, has become (for many) not as essential.

In fact, no person today (or even a couple of decades back) should be starving today because our agricultural technology has reached the point where we are producing more than enough for every person on this planet.  The only reasons why there is (still) so much starvation and famine is primarily due to corporate greed and politics — with improper distribution being the immediate culprit behind the under-nourished and under-fed masses, while there is an epidemic of obesity (and morbidly obese) people in industrialized or First World countries such as the United States of America and those countries that “look up” to the USA lifestyle.  [But I digress again, as I am oft wont to do.]

Returning to topic, there was a time when my best friend remarked that our values has been so skewed and twisted that it has become cheaper to give beer or liquor to your child than milk.

In a strange way, I think it is for the better — that (commercial) milk cost has become very prohibitive — because commercial milk today is loaded with stuff that not only are not inherent or natural in it but are frequently unhealthy and even toxic.  Some examples of foreign substances that should not be present in (commercial) milk are: synthetic (growth) hormones, vaccines and vaccine residues, pesticides (and herbicides and insecticides), and pus (or somatic cells).  Somatic cells are usually present in milk from cows coming from CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations or feedlots) and commercial milk is one of the principal products.

Another case would be the prohibitive cost of (allopathic) medicine or pharmaceuticals which, according to numerous independent and non-industry-funded studies and most notably by Dr Gary Null, have been proven to have mark-ups that went over ONE MILLION PERCENT!

TaN: The “revised” commandments that Jesus Christ left us with are simple but challenging — “difficult” is such a negative and discouraging word.  They are simple because it does not take people with high or even average IQs (intelligence quotients) to understand.  Only those with intentions and motives other than good and beneficial to all people will have difficulty obeying those (new) commandments.

They are challenging because it takes a lot of will power to overcome the temptations of evil.  As they say (and I paraphrase), The road to heaven is narrow and thorny while the road to hell is wide and paved with gold, or as written in the Holy Scriptures (in Mark 10:25, Matthew 19:24, Luke 18:25, KJV), “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into kingdom of God“.

But this is true only if we try to do it ourselves.  However, it is a piece of cake if and when you surrender to God and He takes over.  When this happens — and I mean truly happens — it becomes so easy.  The difficult part is bring ourselves to surrender to God.

TaN: Since “Beauty is only skin deep” and “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder“, it is not only a waste of (precious) time, attention, and effort to focus on or give importance but even foolish to be so concerned with it.  It is only because profit-driven (modern (and twisted)) business has capitalized on the (narcissistic) need of most people — and, especially, those low self-esteemed and/or who are shallow — to feel accepted by others and to look good superficially that there is so much hype regarding fashion and beauty.

In truth, true beauty is inside and it describes the personality, the character, the inner being of a person and not his/her outward appearance.  But because (most) people are superficial, shallow, and frivolous in their appreciation of the aesthetics in life, it is not surprising that man’s constant “search” for beauty will — just like truth and justice and wisdom — be eternally futile for his concept and understanding of the absolute is clouded by temporal reality and his arrogance of using himself as the standard by which everything will be measured, compared to, and defined.

The mere fact that his “search” is constant and constantly moving from one to the next proves that all is not true — i.e., true love is not true love, truth is not truth, beauty is not beauty, happiness is not happiness, etc — because should true beauty be found then the quest is over. There will be no succeeding searches.

Just like my previous TaN that dealt with happiness, when one claims that, say, winning a race makes one happy, then there should no longer be other races thereafter otherwise it would mean that the happiness faded or disappeared and one must join another race to regain that happiness.  If that be the case, then the happiness is not true happiness.  It was an illusion — or you do not really know what will make you happy.

Moreover, our concept of beauty is erroneous and based on our own idea of what beauty ought to be.  These absolutes — of beauty, wisdom, truth, happiness, and love — cannot be searched.  They will come when they come.

As written in the Holy Scriptures (and I paraphrase): Do not waste time and effort amassing earthly or worldly things.  These will pass away.  Instead, focus on treasures that are of heaven for these are eternal and decay cannot touch — treasures such as integrity, dignity, truth, honesty, righteousness, diligence, and all the other values and virtues.  These not only can we take with us (into the next life) but are “deposited” way ahead of us and will be waiting for us when our time arrives.

In the end, external beauty is ravaged by time and, therefore, is not true beauty.  True beauty is unreachable by any of the temporal forces and influences.  This escapes most people’s understanding and appreciation.

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Post for Nov 5-11 2017

TaN: The age-old tried-and-tested strategy of divide-and-conquer is still ever as relevant and efficient today as in the past.  The sure-fire way of establishing and maintaining not just control but complete domination — not dominion, as what the Holy Scriptures wrote was the directive given to man by God.

The strategy relies on the ever-reliable and always-certain behavior of man to resist the machinations of others.  This strategy, coupled with the Hegelian dialectic, is a formidable combination that is virtually unbeatable and sure to triumph.

By creating two (seemingly) opposing sides or groups, there is now an illusion that there is someone who is doing the fighting for us.  This leaves us complacent and eventually becomes apathetic and dependent on our “heroes” to do the fighting for us — not knowing that no one is really there on our side, fighting for our interests.

If there is only one side or group that is doing the manipulation and scheming, then the people can easily identify (and conclude) and fight against.  However, having two (or more) sides that “appear” to be at opposite ends or at odds is not a guarantee of there is check and balance.  Nowadays, it is not uncommon to have several parties involved to be in connivance to deceive the public.

A very good case would be the supposed two-party political system of the United States of America and even the Philippines, the latter of which no distinction or perceivable difference in ideology can be gleaned from among the political parties.  In the case of the USA, many a times Democrats behave like Republicans — though it is seldom that there are Republicans behaving like Democrats, but there are rare moments when Republicans behave like socialists.

It would seem that the two dominant parties of Democrats and Republicans are at odds but, lately, they appear to be in cahoots.  They try very hard to make it appear to be on opposite sides but, ever once in a while, their slip shows.  There appears to be a shadow group of vested interest party who has taken control over both parties.

When people perceive that there are opposing sides, which give the semblance of a check and balance in power, they become complacent and leave it to the politicians to do their thing, unknowingly giving their full trust and confidence but effectively ceding their civil and other rights to the elected officials.  [Just take a close look at the officials appointed to high government positions when they come to power.  Look at where they are sourced, frequently people who have obvious conflicts of interest between the new government offices and their former industry jobs.]

TaN: The ever increasing rate of the proliferation of events in entertainment (like cinema and sports) and in major news events (like weather-borne disasters and mass violence in the form of terror attacks, mass shooting, and mobs and mass actions), plus the cases of depression and mental disturbance, especially among the young or the medicated, is indicative of the despair, desperation, and frustration of people everywhere.

People feel either powerless against the tide of overwhelming events in their lives and around the world or confused as to the onslaught of information coming at them from all fronts — social media (like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) — that most just give up and let the tide overcome them and seek solace in a make-believe reality-based fantasy world where they can pretend that they have control.

So much useless (i.e., unproductive, in the sense that they do not uplift or improve the human psyche and our being) works and information that emphasize on the shallow, the mundane, and the trivial are inundating our lives and we waste our time and opportunities indulging in them — playing games, answering and exchanging meaningless chatter on social media, watching fantasy videos, and generally using up valuable time and effort engaging in activities that contribute little or no value to the benefit of others and the common good.

Imagine how much progress we will have experienced if people use these technologies and precious resources to bring about profound changes and advancements in society and people all over the world — instead of squabbling over who gets the right to make more money by patenting, copyrighting, and monopolizing every bit of innovation and creativity.

TaN: If I recall correctly, nowhere in the Holy Scriptures did Jesus claim or accept that He performed miracles and cured people.  It is written that He always tells the sick that it is their faith, the immense and pure belief in God that cured them.

In fact, it may not even belief in God but simply the act of believing — as in the case of the Roman centurion whose favorite slave was sick.  He searched out Jesus to ask Him to heal his slave but because he was despised by the Hebrews he assumed that Jesus may not want to set foot in his house.  So, he just asked Jesus to speak and he believed his slave will be cured.  In response to this attestation or display of (absolute) faith by the centurion in Him, Jesus was supposed to have said (and I paraphrase), “Go, return to your house.  Because you believe that I can heal your slave, at this very moment, your slave is healed.  Your faith has healed him.”

Given this, it means that inherent in all of us is the gift and power to heal.  All that is needed is that we believe — easier said than done.  For Jesus did not come (down to us) to flaunt his divinity and power but to teach us, heal us, and show us that what He did we can likewise do.  We just have to believe.

But that is the catch, because it is easy to say we believe but it is entirely another thing to really believe.  It has likewise been written (and I paraphrase again), “If your faith is as tiny as the mustard seed — FYI, the mustard seed is said to be the tiniest of seeds and yet it grows into one of the largest trees, almost invisible to the naked eye — you can command the mountain to move and it will.”  This means that most, if not all, of us do not even have enough faith to fill something the size of a mustard seed.

The saying, “What the mind can conceive, the body can achieve” is not just figurative but literally true.  The secret ingredient is faith — absolute, pure, and complete faith in God (and yourself).  Unfortunately, few, if any, of us have this much faith.  I am no exception.

TaN: The argument against cremation — for the reason that we need our (former) body come the resurrection (for judgment) — does not make sense because, unless the materials used to make up our body, after it breaks down and returns to the soil, remains unused in the rebuilding of other bodies, how do we share these materials?

To elaborate, after we die, our bodies break down into the various minerals and compounds and goes back to the soil.  These are then taken up by plants or microorganisms for whatever purpose they have, usually as food or building materials for their own bodies, shelters, and such.  Then, these, in turn, will die and break down and cycle continues.  So, when it is time for us to be rise up and be judged, where are those “original” components so our bodies can be reconstructed?

This is precisely the flaw in the argument against cremation.  It is not as if the components of your body stays intact and waits (indefinitely) until the resurrection for them to regroup into your body again.

Furthermore, your body changes components every moment of your life — as old and worn out or damaged parts are replaced my new ones, which are usually sourced from the environment.

Moreover, what about those who were cremated unintentionally, like in a catastrophic conflagration or inferno?  Or what if our bodies were eaten by others before they could break down and be returned to the soil, such as by scavengers.  Also, the decomposition of our bodies still requires that other animal (and fungal) decomposers and microorganisms eat it so as to effect the breaking down process.

So, which body are we speaking of when we say that we will need the same body — its components to remain available indefinitely as they await the resurrection — when we rise again.

Finally, I reiterate a previous TaN on this topic, which is: I do not know about your God but my God is all powerful and He can give me a new body — corruptible or not — for the resurrection.  He does not have to recycle or re-use the old one which I died in.

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