TaN (update): In the latest saga of Mr Duterte and his critics and detractors, it would seem that Mr Duterte is extremely adverse to being doubted — i.e., as to his sincerity, his chastity, his integrity — and to being scrutinized. It is interesting to note and ask why Mr Duterte is so despite his repeated assertion and public pronouncements regarding his chastity and transparency and good intentions.
Having been in politics for so long, you would think Mr Duterte would have a clear understanding of how politics work — i.e., for a public servant — but it appears otherwise. Perhaps it is because he was used to having his way — in his little pond in Davao City. But he should understand that the situation is vastly different and that he is no longer a big fish in a small pond but a small fish in a big pond.
Moreover, it would appear that he still cannot comprehend that, despite wielding so much power, he (still) cannot have his cake and eat it too. The national public is not so easily cowed nor impressed as those in his local kingdom down south. The national public is more sophisticated, more politicized, and is culturally more heterogeneous — so public opinion is diverse but more pronounced because each cultural group is jockeying for a dominant position.
One thing going for Mr Duterte is his adamant determination to see things done his way — as the song goes, “I did it my way“. This is reflected as political will and it has its good and bad points.
But the danger is manipulation. Mr Duterte has a very high regard in his own intelligence — even though he frequently “admits” and even boasts that he is of average intelligence and cites his average grades — and is adverse or unwilling to believe that people can influence (or maneuver) him into their own selfish interests or agenda. He forgets that no matter how intelligence or street smart one is, there will always be people who will be able to outsmart you.
And there lies the danger. And because I doubt if Mr Duterte will ever admit to being manipulated — for it is highly unlikely that those who are not “big enough” to admit their errors usually have big egos and will not tolerate dissent and usually have (just) below average IQs — it is very likely that he can unwittingly be maneuvered into doing something he thinks is what he wants to do when in truth is has been “suggested” by someone else with a personal or hidden agenda.
All I can say (and my unsolicited avice) to Mr Duterte is: Be very careful of those whom you trust. Unlike animals, even snakes, people are not (always) honest and truthful. Some are so good that they remain your “disinterested friend” for years, plotting their every calculated move, before they put it into action.
TaN (update): I would classify all the different problems regarding memory — like Alzheimer’s, dementia, senility, forgetfulness, absent-mindedness, whatever — under cognitive failure or degeneration and, in today’s (October 2, Monday) article post in Naturalnews for October 1 titled “Ward off Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and other physical impairments NATURALLY as you age by developing ‘a sense of purpose’” by a certain JD Heyes, it would appear that the only (common) and effective way of slowing down or even preventing and reversing the effects of failing memory is use the memory continuously (if not more intensely or vigorously).
In a superficial scan, according to the article, it would appear that it is the constant usage of the brain that keeps it in functioning condition, after all the brain is the only organ (in the body) that never rests — because even the heart rests between beats — and continues to work even when we sleep (as in REM sleep and dream state). About the only time the brain “rests” is when we are dead.
It is very true the saying, Use it or lose it. This has been the pattern over the ages as not all elderly and those in advanced ages develop memory problems. Their commonality is that those who (appear to) remain cognitively functional are those who remain “useful” even after retirement or disability. It is, likewise, for this reason that researchers encourage the elderly to engage in (new) hobbies and activities — something they did or had not been doing in their earlier (productive) working years (like dancing, singing, painting, handicraft, memoir-writing, crosswords and puzzles, gardening and horticulture, or even community and church activities). Doing so induces the brain to create and establish new synapses and neural connections and avoid getting into a “rut”.
It is the going into and staying in the mundane daily chores that cognitive degeneration creeps in because the brain is no longer stimulated. The brain needs to be constantly and continuously confronted with new things because of its tendency to reduce repetitive activities into habits and reflexes so as to conserve and maximize brain energy expenditure and be more efficient. After creating a habit or reflex routine, the brain looks for new activities.
It would appear that the more intense or greater mental effort or activity required, the better the brain gets and this forestalls (and even reverses) the ravages of old age. The brain likes (and is designed) to be challenged. It feeds on this and boredom and familiarity are its bane. It has been reported repeatedly that those who chose to remain mentally active and lucid all throughout life (and well into the twilight years) experience no cognitive dysfunction and engage others as if they never aged.
When we are done with whatever we do, we should look for other things to do. The Creator is like that and it is said and written (in the Holy Scriptures) that we are made in His image — which is to creative and innovative perpetually.
Tan: There may be a way, awkward as it may be, to mitigate or even totally prevent certain cyber intrusions, especially in cases where inquiry-only is needed. There is a principle (somewhere) that states: More convenience means less control — i.e., “convenience” refers to or is defined as “not having to do it yourself or less effort on our part”, as in elevators and escalators are conveniences because people do not have to physically exert effort to climb stairs and in software applications where it is becoming easier and easier to hack a computer as compared to the legacy systems where the user has to manually key-in each and every action the system or software is to undertake.
Since most cyber traffic are either inquiries or online shopping (and chatting/messaging but hacking these are a different issue), it would be safe to say that the software and database contained can be kept to a minimum and restricted to the minimum information. For instance, with online shopping (especially those that require membership), other shopper information irrelevant to making a purchase can be kept in a separate file and offline. This way, not only will the files be small — which makes it easier to swap in and out, plus searching and verification will be faster — but vital and critical “negotiable” information are kept out of the reach of hacking.
Moreover, the server that services or is directly connected to cyber space should be a stand-alone system — i.e., it may be connected to cyber space but not to the internal company network/s. A manual switch may be installed to link to the internal company network/s but this switch should be designed to disengage from cyber space first before it connects to the internal network/s. There should be a lag time to check for Trojans and worms and other malware that may be dormant and lurking, waiting for an opportunity to emerge and do damage.
Moreover, a firewall may be implemented — where only those site addresses that are included in a list or table will be permitted to gain access and the list/table is updated occasionally (when needed, like adding or removing new site addresses); everything else is dropped.
By restricting access only to those in the list/table, it ensures that only “accredited” sites are permitted access and this provides better security. In contrast, if the list/table contains those that are denied access, malicious intrusions can always use other site addresses (which are not denied access) to gain access since they most likely will not be in the denied list/table, especially if the site addresses are new.
Of course, there is always the possibility that the intruder acquires or hacks into an “accredited” site address and uses it to gain access. In this case, one must still have to be vigilant (and leave nothing to chance).
As aforementioned, it is so much trouble to be secure against cyber intrusions but it cannot be denied that convenience has its benefits. In addition, there is no such thing as a totally secure system. As the saying goes, If one man can make it, another can break it. Therefore, it is prudent to find just the acceptable mix of convenience and security.
And since no system can really every be completely secure, the only option remaining is to make it as difficult for intruders to gain access as possible — so difficult that it discourages further efforts to penetrate the target system.
TaN: The problem with lifestyle diseases is not so much the disease itself as the way it develops. Unlike the diseases and illness we are used to, lifestyle diseases do not happen immediately after the cause is effected or done. Rather, it takes years — in the case of cancer, it is said to take a MINIMUM of TWENTY YEARS before any detectable trace is found — so many cannot or do not full appreciate the implication or significance because it takes such a long time and so many events will have transpired in between that it is next to impossible to isolate and identify what exactly the cause is (or causes are).
Aside from not being able to pinpoint exactly what we did wrong decades ago that led to the development of the lifestyle disease, there are likewise simply just too many variables that happened along the way to accurately ascertain the cause. Add to this the fact that we cannot remember which ones we did or were exposed to were harmful to us and which were not.
Many of today’s so-called lifestyle diseases do not have a single cause but arises from a combination factors. Moreover, the health of a particular organ of the body plays a significant factor in determining which or what lifestyle disease we will eventually develop. In addition, many lifestyle diseases lead to or are precursors to others — like obesity usually leads to the development of cancer and so does autoimmune diseases. In fact, in many instances, it starts out as being overweight and hypertensive that progresses to obesity then to diabetes and eventually results in cancer (usually of the digestive system).
However, the so-called “natural progression” of lifestyle diseases is not really natural but a consequential outcome from not heeding the warning signs and continuing down the path of unhealthy lifestyles and diets. Moreover, even with this “natural progression” of events, it is not hopeless as it is reversible.
The simplest or simplistic way is to do the exact of opposite of what has been determined to be the cause. But this is dangerous as it may lead to the other extreme which is frequently another lifestyle disease.
The true and correct way is to live the way nature (or God) intended us to live. Many factors in our body clearly show us the way, if we only are honest, sincere, smart, and humble enough to the correct way.
In conclusion, there is a simple though initially difficult method of reversing all these symptoms and warning signs and restore true health. May I invite you to peruse “The Natural Human Diet” — URL: https://www.peta.org/living/food/natural-human-diet/.
TaN: All deeds and decisions of man must be held accountable. Someone must be responsible, regardless of age (be they children, adults, or even elders). Somebody must answer for the consequences of any act of man.
At present, the law holds that children below the age of discernment are innocent of any wrongdoing. However, this does not mean that the misdeed goes unpunished. In cases where children are the perpetrators and their age exempts them from any criminal liability, it would be the parents or guardians that are held responsible and accountable.
However, the current situation in the Philippines, most instances of child wrongdoings go unpunished or without anyone being held accountable or responsible and this is very wrong. It gives the unfair and immoral impression that children (below a certain pre-determined age) can commit wrongful acts and get away scot-free. It is this reason that there is rampant felonies and misdemeanors being committed (left and right) and victims are unjustly suffering the inaction or absence of retribution.
For children before a pre-determined age of accountability, it should be and is the parents or guardian/s that are responsible and must bear the accountability of wrongdoings. As for orphans, since they are automatically considered or deemed wards of the state, it is the state that must be accountable and becomes open to complaints and civil litigation from victims — or at least this should be the case.
It is not right that any wrongdoing goes unpunished. Someone should always be held accountable — be it a private individual or the state. In any case, the victim/s must always be justice — and retribution.
TaN: Money or currency, especially the paper form, are valuable only because people gave it value otherwise they are mere pieces of paper — actually the “paper” in paper money is actually cloth but this is trivia. And because it is man that gave value to these instruments of (financial) exchange and wealth, we — as a united force or at least a sufficient number of us that will make a significant impact to start and sustain a change — can take away that value and render all the accumulated wealth of the rich meaningless. We can do what we want; we just have to realize the power we possess and how to wield it properly for the common good and not just serve the selfish interest of the rich.
Moreover, as I have repeatedly discussed in previous TaNs, true power (really) resides and emanates from the people — united as a whole. Humanity, if united in singular causes, can achieve unparalleled greatness. And, contrary to popular thought (espoused by Big Business), true motivation does not come from monetary or financial incentives but from altruistic and philanthropic endeavors (that people want to do rather than what they have to do) — please refer to a TED Talk video by a certain career analyst Daniel Pink titled “The puzzle of motivation” and dated some time circa July 2009 (according to Ted.com as of August 31, 2017), which delved in part on the Candle Problem [URL: https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_on_motivation or the “animated” version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc].
Money has power only because most of us give it importance. We give it power over our lives. Think how significant money is to a remote and primitive tribe living at the top of a mountain and isolated from civilization. Imagine how they would respond when you offer them a whole truckload of cash. Chances are, they would just use it as tinder to start their fire when they cook (because cash is remarkably easy to ignite).
In conclusion and I reiterate for the nth time, if the so-called 99% suddenly and unanimously turn their backs on paper money and commence to trade and barter with each other for goods and services and do things for others because it is for the common good and leave the cash to the wealthy to do what they want with it, I dare say:  there will no longer be any distinction between the wealthy and the poor;  those who wish to dominate and control people will (suddenly) have no hold over our lives anymore;  progress and development will advance a lot faster and will benefit more people (because we share problems and solve each others’ problems and not monopolize it with patents, copyrights, and intellectual property rights); and,  practically all of our current pressing problems and crisis issues will disappear (like disease, poverty, crime, hunger, shelter, and conflict — physical, emotional, or otherwise).