Let us keep on being hopeful this new year, and all days thereon.
Let us hope for each other.
Let us pray for each other, wherever we are in the world.
I wish all your dreams fulfilled.
Let us keep on being hopeful this new year, and all days thereon.
Let us hope for each other.
Let us pray for each other, wherever we are in the world.
I wish all your dreams fulfilled.
❤ Peace ❤
… because the prevailing riots in the US as I write this worry me … There are people’s property being destroyed, children getting frightened, moms and dads in intense stress over the safety of the family, and most especially the frail elderly whose daily life are severely disrupted.
I checked out videos of individual reactions to the Trump win and they’re really properly described by the titles as “meltdown”. In one of these videos I heard a teen-age girl wail that originally she was strongly for Bernie Sanders and since he was counted out she transferred her allegiance and hopes to Clinton.
So it got me to thinking that, yep, even Bernie is going to get dragged into this blame for the tantrums of the “liberals”(I put that inside quotes because that word has been severely abused in the course of this election; it’s time that this word is either re-defined or replaced in this particular usage).
Because, well, Bernie did go out and campaigned for Clinton. Notwithstanding that the REAL reason why Bernie did so is not talked about at all, Bernie’s campaign-behavior did not negate the profuse findings that the Wikileaks published connected to this election. This is the reason why Jill Stein got more votes than when Bernie was still in the race. That is, when Bernie was counted out many did not heed his call to support Clinton but instead they pivoted to Stein, and this mainly because of the facts that Wikileaks verified. With that being said, it’s not as if Bernie tricked everyone into getting in line with what he was saying in the campaigns. Why he was even campaigning for a person with whom he was fighting against is itself a very big mystery to me, and for sure it’s not because he had no crucial reason to do so. And second point is that he had promptly come out and spoke clearly that he is willing to work within the new administration, doing the usual stuff that he had been concerned about since he got into public service decades ago. (Nope, he does not say that he now “supports” Trump but that he will continue to work for the vision that he has not let go; here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/12/opinion/bernie-sanders-where-the-democrats-go-from-here.html
Trump won the election fair and square. If the argument will be that the Trump team stole the election, whoa, then the government has to track back to the legal proceedings regarding how the DNC (Democratic Party, touted “liberal”) stole the primaries from Bernie Sanders. Besides, the GOP (Republican Party, touted “conservative”) does not even like Trump so it’s not a parallel argument.
A path towards calmness may be immediately effective if the DNC or Clinton to say outright, clearly and publicly, for their supporters to stop the ‘disbelief’, gather their wits about them, and face a Trump presidency with as much humanity as they had before this disappointment. The continuing riots speak of an unwillingness that in the first place disabled people from taking heed of what developing, related, and past issues (like as revealed by the Wikileaks; H. A. Goodman among many others talks of these in his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDB5XReUyyqt-FTNdkzFN-A) were speaking about and what they meant as a whole, and the implication to the Clinton candidacy.
Here’s a blog post that talks about the “silence” of those who could stop the riots: http://daisyluther.com/obama-clinton-sanders-stop-riots-just-watch/
So it’s not as if Clinton is more pristine than Trump nor is it also the other way around. The fact is that an election just happened, the procedures were followed, and the final scores speak for Trump. If Clinton supporters want their voice heard then it doesn’t mean that the Trump supporters have to be silenced and Trump be disqualified. Human rights belong to both Trump and Clinton supporters and all voices deserve respect. Throwing tantrums because you did not get what you want is self-destructive. It’s unhealthy for everyone including those who are not involved (— and so how about their human rights, too?).
If these rioters are not simply “throwing tantrums” then they are being paid to do so. And if neither, then they are seriously in need of psychological or psychiatric help. Five days is too much for any normal tantrum. Besides, it’s not as if what you have is a dictatorship. The government has a check-and-balance system and Trump cannot simply do whatever he wants to do if it comes to that. Besides, I don’t believe that he’s that dense. He himself has a family to take care of and he’ll be thinking of his legacy now. All humans do that = we don’t want to simply disappear from the face of the earth without a “something of ours being left behind”. Being human means a resistance from annihilation both physically and abstractly. And, Trump, with such a title to live up to, would want to be spoken of kindly in the history books (or e-books!).
(Update. Nov. 14, 2016. It’s fear. The rallies are because of FEAR. Here, by Democracy Now!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xwX6sRZOnU). It’s because of the campaign rhetoric(s) thrown back and forth between the candidates and the parties and the media during the campaign. People have the right to be afraid and to express this fear. This fear has to be addressed soonest.)
To the Filipinos who are affected by the riots, I am praying for you and your community, the people you associate with everyday. May you all stay safe. I’m sorry that you’re disappointed if you voted for Clinton. In order to change the results either fraud has to be proven or the voting has to be done again, and it seems that neither process will produce a different result. The exit polls can help clear the picture >> here is the link:
… and here’s a kid who didn’t vote nor is he a fan of Trump and he’s analyzing what just happened and he makes sense to me, aside from taking the gloom out of a very dark pre-winter day today:
… and here is a professional evaluation, from Democracy Now! …
❤ Peace ❤
. ❤ . Please, beloved countrywo/man, I entreat you as one who has just woken up to my Filipino-ness and to my human-ness, to broaden your perspective and simply TRUST the president in his decisions regarding where he is taking us as a nation … No president has yet felt this much about us, for our collective sakes, for our posterity, for over-all peace among us and between us and other nations … do not be offended by the way he handles himself internationally … Let Duterte be Duterte, respect his humanity, trust his heart … he knows so so much about global movements, stuff that he has no more time to explain to us, time is running out, he has to do all that he is doing right now, right now, so just open your eyes, scour for legitimate news sources, and remain assured that we have a system in place where the president will not go over the bounds of morality, ethics and legality … and if you have a serious matter to impart to him in case you think he is wrong in some matter or another, then write to the government page or reach him through his publicized direct telephone numbers … he is the only president who has an open line to the public, we have been empowered to act as members of a democracy …
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Stay healthy. 🙂
Update 🙂 October 26, 2016 ❤ Tatay Digong Duterte is now in Japan. At the Economic Forum today he talked about this issue that I’m talking about in this post. In this video following, he starts speaking about this concern at video-time 8:37 🙂 >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmKYRXKQ9wE
. ❤ . Hello everyone. Notwithstanding the most recent conversations revolving around President Duterte’s October 18-21, 2016 visit to China, I postpone my thoughts-write on that topic and have here instead a most-contested issue on the so-called “extra-judicial-killings” that is the major point of contention among the so-called international “human rights advocates” and our president, and hence our nation = us Filipinos.
I heavily owe my illustrations here from the video that can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrSt3ii2qEo
… this video owns all the illustrations that I have on this post. It is important to note that THE KIND OF DRUG THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE IS LOCALLY CALLED SHABU AND IT IS THE POOR MAN’S COCAINE; THE ADDICTS THAT WE SPEAK OF HERE ARE NOT INTO IT AS A MATTER OF RECREATION; that is, we have to appreciate that only the richest in my country have access to choices of drugs similar to that in the industrialized countries; the overwhelming majority of the people that have become addicts in my country do not have the luxury of having the choice on which drug to acquire, these are the poor, and hence have no control over the kind of effect that its (shabu) use has on the nervous system, they have almost no access to rehabilitative help due to cost constraints, and are trapped in the deadly cycle of using and pushing just to acquire the means to maintain the addiction … nervous systems wrecked, their reaction to apprehension is desperate self-preservation, and hence the violent confrontations that costs the country police lives — good lives wasted … nervous systems wrecked and desperate to acquire money to buy more shabu, these addicts have no sense of humanity anymore when they rob and even kill their own parents, hold-up and kill strangers, and even rape children when the high hits them…
…. and now the illustrations below in summary … the president advocates shoot-to-kill measures according only to what the police have been taught in the police academy for 4 years of their education prior to being qualified for the job, and the engagement of such is according to the full authority of the law, which had been determined according to ethical guidelines that is legitimate to any and all courts of law in the world and throughout history, that government authorities such as the police are for the sole purpose of protecting the people of the land against unlawful elements that threaten life and safety. President Duterte utterly condemns extra-judicial killings. Personages investigated today include government officials and the police who have for so long operated with impunity and have aided in the proliferation of the drug menace in the land, and hence have betrayed the trust of the people, and have furthered graft, corruption, and poverty of the majority of the citizenry, thereby victimizing children and the youth the most. It is only now during this governance that the entrenched drug menace is being particularly addressed, hence the strong reaction from quarters who have no in-depth appreciation of the severity and gravity of this threat to the society plus granting that the present administration is running after time with no funds at all to address this urgent problem. There is no money intended for the building of rehabilitation centers because the budget was prepared by the past administration and it had not placed funds for a use that it did not see at that time. So President Duterte’s cleaning up of criminality side by side with rehabilitating drug addicts and dependents is actually running on below-subsistence monetary resources BUT NEVERTHELESS there is no time to lose as the government’s officials who are involved in the drug proliferation have ALL OF THEM not yet been accounted for or brought to accountability NOT TO MENTION the other still unidentified drug lords who are in it only for the money at the least and power at the most …. the drive still goes on, and in the mean time, I pray for my government’s success as it keeps at its sincere efforts at making up for the neglect that has now endangered our next generation …. ❤ ❤ ❤ Mabuhay po tayong lahat, mga kapwa tao sa mundo ❤ ❤ ❤
Thanks for dropping by. Stay healthy, motivated, and happy wherever you are, or at least try to be, because nothing has the right to take away your right to self-determination. Be happy with your community, with your family, or with friends who see you as family, or simply with the people who have given you their trust and confidence and are happy to have you in their lives — this is the only way to be happy, to be happy with other human beings.
🙂 There is a Being who is as personal as you and me and just because words cannot determine Him/Her then it does not follow that He/She is not.
Have a great day!
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I’ve just decided that the world is free to condemn Duterte an ass.
However, for us who understand what’s happening, he’s our chance at making it good in this life ever since European Christianity destroyed our society until today (read about it here (pdf): david-okazaki_colonial-mentality). That’s 500 long years. But whereas Europe has devalued Christianity, we to this day remain a God-fearing people, maybe all not religious but certainly with a very strong sense of the spiritual <<< this I have no doubt.
The other day an illegal-drug laboratory capable of producing 400 kilos in one day was discovered. The operators abandoned the building when Duterte won the election.
The world can call us a nation of idiots, that’s fine. We’ll just do what we think is right. Anyway, when Duterte talks publicly he actually means it for our consumption, ergo his complete array of colorful expressions — such contextual emphatic expressions that non-Filipinos will find difficult to understand — so that we finally begin to think for ourselves, be free from “colonial mentality” that is our bane.
We had been stupid as a people and now is our chance to make up.
The industrialized world does not know all this, how we have suffered all these centuries, so they have no right to meddle with how we solve our problems. Instead they should be asking us in what ways we need help, because we urgently need help. But Duterte will not sell our national soul just to get help. If we can educate ourselves to the truth within Duterte’s term, either before he retires or before he is assassinated, then we’d have a hope at stopping the oligarchs’ excesses and give more chances to our poorest folks to better their lives.
The world condemns Duterte just on the basis of his stupid stupid mouth but for us his mouth is the least of our problems. And if indeed he was a cold-bloodied killer then that’s his business before God. (How can his neighbors of/for decades love him if he violates human rights?) But right now he’s not being a cold-bloodied killer as a president. I understand what’s happening. As of now he has restored the power of the law in the land. He constantly lectures us in all of his speeches that we must abide by the law. We have hope now in witnessing the culture of impunity disappear among the elite moneyed class. These are little gods, out of the reach of law. These elite are the remnants of the colonizers. Duterte has made enemies among them simply because he won the election. (There are mga elitista, many of them, who work for the plight of the people, and they are not part of who I’m referring to. There are non-elitista who are biased against Duterte simply because they are embarrassed of his rough ways and they want to distance themselves from him — these are the ones who are slaves to colonial mentality and many of them are fans of Leila de Lima<– that’s link to a video where she hysterically defends herself in front of media, a very un-lawyer-ly and cowardly procedure, instead of facing her accusers at the parliamentary investigations.) 🙂
The police and the wo/men-at-arms have once more become honorable to the people’s eyes. They’re back with their dignity in their correct places because they are sure now that the law will not abandon them to the moneyed-powerful. My people have not felt more safe and more hopeful for a very long time. The 700,000 who voluntarily identified themselves to the police got scared of the power of the law by way of the police. This was what Duterte wanted to happen. The majority were identified, had their names put on record, and were released back to their homes. The rest of us who have not violated the law are not scared of anything at all.
When the world calls Duterte an ass it’s us the people who feel the pain and we are at a loss because the world is more quick to condemn that to find out what’s true. The only way to stop Duterte’s foul mouth is to simply not provoke him in the first place. If the world thinks we’re a stupid primitive bunch, then so be it. We are only trying to survive as humans with dignity.
Here is the Philippines’ foreign policy (DFA Secretary Perfecto Yasay privilege speech, UN General Assembly, Sept. 20-26, 2016). The Secretary of Foreign Affairs Pefecto Yasay, Jr. is a pastor’s kid, a lawyer and teacher in the U.S., and Duterte’s dormitory roommate while both were in law school. Watch and listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE7PT2ynTk4
—–> Here is a summary of that speech from the UN webpage, below. (Source: https://gadebate.un.org/en/71/philippines )
Statement Summary: PERFECTO R. YASAY, JR., Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, said that after his country’s hard-fought and hard-won independence, it zealously valued and guarded its rights and liberties through democracy and a system of checks and balances. Five months ago, the people had elected new President Rodrigo Roa Duterte with an unprecedented and resounding electoral mandate. For far too long, the Philippines had been unable to fully advance due to corruption, worsening crime, and the prevalence of illegal drugs, and corruption had become the breeding ground for the illegal drug trade. The Government was determined to eradicate illicit drugs and their manufacture, distribution and use. The rule of law and strict adherence to due process fully governed the campaign against corruption and criminality. Noting that the Government’s actions had grabbed national and international attention for all the wrong reasons, he urged everyone “to allow us to deal with our domestic challenges in order to achieve our national goals, without undue interference”. Extrajudicial killings had no place in Philippine society, and the Government did not and would never empower its law enforcement agents to shoot-to-kill any individual suspected of drug crimes, though police had the right to defend themselves when their lives were threatened.
The goal of the Government was to “leave no one behind” in its development strides, he said. The Philippines continued to enhance the delivery and quality of social services, including in health, education, food, water and housing. As one of the most disaster-prone and vulnerable countries to the adverse effects of climate change, the Philippines reiterated its call for climate justice and the principle of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities in the implementation of obligations under the Paris Agreement. The country remained committed to the rule of law and to peace, including the recent decision on the Arbitral Tribunal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague with regard to the disputes in the South China Sea. Noting the final and binding nature of the Arbitral Award, the Philippines reaffirmed its commitment to pursuing peaceful resolution to regional disputes.
Here’s another speech that Secretary Yasay gave on September 15 at the CSIS Southeast Asia Program (Center for Strategic and International Studies): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1F1kgh7cbg
. ❤ . I pray that no evil intents interfere with the plans of the president and his cabinet for the nation. I pray that the cabinet officials and their staff stay motivated and creative in all their activities. I wish them all the best of health. I pray that the malicious elements in the senate and the house of representatives listen to their conscience, and change their hearts for the better. I pray that the elite who insist on being blind, up there in their white fanciful tower, come down and have their fancy shoes dirtied with farm manure so that they begin to see reality. I pray that the youth, the young ones who are in schools, study their lessons well and study some more beyond what their teachers could deliver to them because there’s much more truth out there that is not taught in our schools. I pray that all teachers and all of the religious and sacerdotal add to their duties the aim of eradicating “colonial mentality” from the nation’s collective consciousness. I pray for the complete healing of everyone who has decided to turn their backs on drug addiction, and start to be really happy. I pray that persons in government who used their positions for the purpose of enriching themselves stop at their tracks and start giving back to the people the money and goods that they have stolen from everyone. I pray that the person on the street, the ordinary everyday person, hold on to his/her God-given strength, continue to hope, continue to work hard and honestly, until our nation is collectively delivered from the constant threat of poverty. I pray that Filipinos all over the globe take care of their health, stay sane and reasonable, not be blinded by the power of money, and stay spiritually intact in the face of any form of discrimination and cold treatment. I pray that the foreigners in my country stay safe, healthy, happy, and appreciative of the people’s friendliness. And I pray that the little ones, the children, imitate the president’s sweet little daughter and not follow our Tatay or Lolo Digong in speaking bad words. 🙂
My dear president, my virtual teacher, our leader, our elder brother, our friend, please continue to be in good health, stay humble, stay grounded, don’t forget to pray everyday, don’t forget your children’s and grandchildren’s birthdays, stay strong-willed, stay sane and lucid, stay reasonable, stay “transparent”, and manage your stress so that it doesn’t affect your rational judgments. Stay compassionate and sensitive to the poorest among us. May God bless you, our nation, and all peoples of the world.
Source of picture above: http://rarehistoricalphotos.com/moro-insurgents-1906/
That was the picture that Duterte was referring to at the meeting with the ASEAN leaders. Here is an account of that meeting: http://themaharlikan.info/world/duterte-showed-this-picture-in-front-of-asean-leaders-diplomats-to-obama/
… and here is an account in relation to the picture when he was not yet a president: http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2005/10/the-bud-dajo-massacre-a-hundred-years-later-will-america-apologize-2/
… and here below is a 2011 scholarly/academic study of that 1906 event …
Hawkins, Michael C. “Managing a Massacre: Savagery, Civility, and Gender in Moro Province in the Wake of Bud Dajo.” Philippine studies 59, no. 1 (2011): 83-105. Read here (pdf): managing-a-massacre_michael-hawkins-2011
We are not a country of haters. Japan was not less cruel to us (that’s why my grandfather had bitter memories of such cruelty) but we have no problems with Japan anymore. My cousin even teaches English to school kids there and is now starting her own family there, too.
Stay well, everyone, and let’s try to be happy in whatever peaceful we can. It doesn’t need much to be happy (yeah, and here’s my recommended book on that topic: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28254.Stone_Age_Economics
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I understand why this lady speaks this way. Ten minutes into the video I was already almost done with my introspective-analysis and I have seen another level of real-world “reality”. This was what Senator Sanders referred to. When the smoke clears, this phenomenon will be spoken of with more clarity. Nevertheless, I do agree with this lady saying that something is wrong; she has said it clearly.
However, I believe that Bernie knew what was going on while he was on the campaign trail. What happened was that he decided to take the fall, the most likely coming “fall”. He saw a very narrow window of possibility and he took the chance. He did so with all the knowledge that he acquired through years of being INSIDE the system. He KNOWS the system. He’s actually the one who made a crack at the glass ceiling, not Clinton. Being the first female candidate for president is no big deal and that’s the DNC’s biggest gloating point; that’s actually pathetic, in no matter what kind of system it is within, in the context of 21st century history world.
Bernie made a 2-pronged attack: tried to be president and at the same time rallied people to wake up to the massive corruption. He lost his other plan but succeeded in the other. Now that more and more people are becoming awake and willing to rally behind TRUTH then that accomplishment by itself is greater than becoming the POTUS.
With all this being said, had I been a voter would I vote for Clinton? No, I will not. That means if there weren’t enough like me who would vote for somebody else, and most likely Jill Stein, then that means Trump wins. The dilemma is this: either vote for a Machiavellian-liar-who-has-absolutely-no-idea-what-poverty-is-like or let a public-service-ignoramus-celebrity win. As I see that nature is governed by Chaos (the scientific phenomenon; it’s a regularity that is characterized by randomness at the smallest scale; you can look it up) then I would rather NOT VOTE for one who has been proven to have consistently lied (as Anderson Cooper had asked: “Would you say anything to get elected?”).
Doing so would allow Chaos to run its course. Letting LIFE be. Not forcefully altering the course of a mighty river. Not tying the Solar System to a single point in its whooshing orbit about the Milky Way. This means Trump may win. It may also be that Trump will not win. If Trump wins then America will be in uncertain executive governance (unless he lets the status-quo-big-money totally hold the reigns). This will be creating a violent shift in the equilibrium, and it will result into multi-directional repercussions so that the “fight” for “balance” is maintained. Unless those who think similarly to Bernie and Jill and the like exert a strong enough counter-balance. It’s an abstract description but that’s how nature works. This series or conglomeration of reactions will not be happening for only a single or two terms (in case he gets re-elected, good grief!) but it will reverberate until its direct effects die off.
Bernie knew that had he insisted on “grabbing power”, which would be a major major shift in the current system —- literally pulling the rug from under the status quo —- he would have risked a tremendous counter-effect WHICH will affect the little people much more than the crocodiles (sorry, in my country we call the insatiable-power-hungry-entities as buwaya, i. e., the crocodile). You ask me “how” and, well, I don’t have the economic and sociological tools to get into expounding this yet, but those who understand more can see that this description of mine makes sense (and there’s another possibility which I don’t want to mention here; either I am again correct in that possibility-point or it will show the extent of my idealist-naiveté, or both, which are equally fine by me because, indeed, I have no idea exactly the extent of visions that Bernie’s sight has reached).
So not electing Clinton is a gamble, for hope (that she does not win) or for forbearance until the tide turns (that a Trump presidency will either have only the minimum of damages or that it will taper off the soonest, and throughout that we remain intact). The flip side of it is that voting for Clinton means acknowledging that I have no choice but to silence and numb my soul and trust a deceitful system for the sake of urgent survival. In essence I would have annihilated myself — – the antithesis of LIFE.
It could be that Bernie Sanders has already gone to the level where he saw that, indeed, survival in America has exactly become like that: to grip the knife’s cutting edges and not let go lest I fall and break my neck. In my country we call this phenomenon “Kapit sa patalim“.
Stay strong, Bernie. Stay healthy. Don’t exert too much effort for a deceitful system. Don’t invest too much on stuff that’s built on shifting fancy sand (of course you already know this! haha!). It’s time to let the grassroots see that, indeed, you have seen the enormity of what they have accomplished so far and that your “silence” did not mean that you had no idea how your perceived “non-communication” had hurt. Time to heal the wounds created by your “betrayal” (yep, that’s how it felt, and you know that, too), and time for your supporters to decide how much more, and for how long, are they willing to invest into TRUTH. ❤
Take care. everyone. Enjoy the sun! 🙂
After two attempts I realize anew how difficult it is to present a script against a non-even background. Maybe you can share a tip with me?
This is among my favorite songs. If it’s yours, too, then please you’re welcome to save the image to your files. If you have just gotten acquainted with its lyrics then for sure you’ll see that it’s very engaging. That is without the melody even. The melody is a happy one and it produces so many pictures in my head, but I have only two here to share with you.
Again, a favorite picture for it depends on which side of life’s experiences I’d choose to focus and hold on to. So I have a darker and a lighter picture here. However, I reflected that the darker picture that I have here shouldn’t necessarily represent gloominess or regret or any “down” expression. It has been said that the darkest part of the night is immediately followed by the break of light. So in my background-picture I tried to bring out the reds, and then made the font in pale yellow, a gentle sun. This picture does not let me dwell in sadness, therefore.
As to this lighter picture, the original is a brilliant contrast of yellows against the overwhelming leaves. This picture reminds me a bit of how the Japanese would say that life is an illusion, and hence the high regard for the fleeting presence of the cherry blossoms. Similarly here, though there are leaves instead of the cherry blossoms (sakura), this riot of life seems to be aware that not for long everything has to be minimized. Soon exuberance has to ebb, activity has to hibernate.
🙂 (clicking on each image above enlarges it many times)
: the originals :
Both pictures belong to life, both pictures can represent the song, and many more, for each of us.
I think I’ve managed to say a bit about the song for now.
please have a nice weekend, and thanks for dropping by