music that makes you want to cry:........
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Canadian blogger David Warren who is recovering from heart surgery has a short post, mentioning that he is reading the classic Kim, and also the book Essays in Idleness, link2 by the Buddhist monk Kendo. Which is of course the name of his blog.
if you want to be depressed, read Michael Yon's reports of refugees at the Darien Gap, a dangerous area in Panama that is being transversed by those hearing the US border is open and deciding to risk their life to get there before they decide to close the border..........
Imaculee has several books about her hiding from that holocaust that could have been stopped by the west but Clinton and the UN/European powers, even the local UN "peacekeepers" decided not to intervene.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Kuya is busy with the farm and Joy is busy with business meetings, both with the farmers in Bulacan and with the 10 thousand women organization (on line).
I have a new computer so she is able to use my HP while I blog.
They have just started giving out the Chinese vaccine in the area, but only to health care workers.
Cousin Philip's wife has tested positive for covid: She is a health care worker, and Philip who works with Dr. Angi has to stay home in quarantine... Dr. Angi will have to close the office to disinfect it, and told our cook not to sleep there anymore, and suggested she go into quarantine by staying there during the day.
The cook has refused, since she is mainly sleeping there when no one is there as a night watchman, not in the clinic area, and correctly notes that staying there during the day would put her at a larger risk. Yes, a 90 pound 70 year old lady plus two dogs to guard the doctor's office at night...but since she is related to a lot of tricycle drivers and probably knows the local NPA and ex NPA types in the area, I suspect no one would dare harm her. We offered to let her sleep here to keep her safe, and again she refused.
It's the local fatalism: What will happen will happen, so don't get your knickers in a knot about it.
it's about money of course. Lots of grand kids who need school fees paid for and she gets paid. Also when her son comes to do extra work in the area, he can also sleep there at night for free.
The minute I heard about the case affecting our family I noticed a sore throat and cough. Psychosomatic of course: it's just my allergies acting up.
I am high risk, but whatever. At the start of the epidemic, I made a new will, so no problem...As a doc, my only instructions are NO RESPIRATOR AND NO CPR>
It is dry season but we've had a lot of rain recently and when it gets overcast the allergies start. Not helped because the city traffic now goes around our house as the main street is now one way near our house.
The second floor of the palenke was closed for awhile due to structural problem but has reopened; A department store with cheap stuff. and then there is Besco next to us, plus smaller shops that sell appliances nearby. Things are partly open so we again have traffic, crowds, but no parties at the square so the litter isn't too bad.
We still are getting a lot of beggars, but now it's mainly the regulars, plus some coming for help with school fees. And two people asking for help paying for rabies vaccine. The mayor did offer free rabies vaccine shots, but they need a small copay for the shot.... since the shut down there are a lot of stray dogs around who will break your heart when you see them. I want to take them home but don't dare, mainly because we have too many dogs as it is, but also because of the rabies risk.
the only stray dog I ever rescued was Gigi: I heard a dog crying in our drainage ditch, and when I checked I thought it was our dog who was dark brown. But it turned out to be a tan dog covered with sludge, and having convulsions: either from the toxic sludge or from eating poison. The neighbor didn't have the money to treat her, and would have either killed or abandoned her, so I took her to the vet and after five days she was better. She turned out to be a small terrier now sleeps under my bed, along with her son, whose father was large and thin but placid minded.
We bought Ruby a plane ticket so she can come home from college for summer break: But now the quarantine has become stricter and she might have to spend 2 weeks in a Manila hotel, even though she has had the Pfizer vaccine.
Oh well. Usually Manila is a few weeks behind the curve... the rules keep changing, and recently they stopped all visitors from other countries, but not local citizens coming home....
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
The latest typhoon stayed off the coast so only some rain and cloudiness. Kuya is trying to dry the last rice harvest, so hopefully it got dry before the afternoon thunderstorm (we plant and harvest fields one at a time so the harvest is spread out over time.. and this is the second harvest, the winter harvest, which requires irrigation which costs money. So the rain is good to keep the price down, but does interfere with sun drying...if it rains too much we need to pay a rice merchant to dry it mechanically).
Joy is still borrowing my computer, so I have pretty well been off line for the last week. Now she is complaining the computer is too "Slow"... I suspect there is a virus on it so am busy running a virus scan and will remove some unneeded and unwanted programs: Alas, she uses a lot of unknown programs so I have to be careful.
Well, anyway since my tax refund (small) came into my US account, I decided to buy a new computer...not an expensive one, but a basic Dell this time. And I'm busy filling it with my favorite programs which will probably make it slow.
The mayor got some Chinese vaccine and is giving it out for free to caregivers/ health care workers. Not yet for we elders but the plan is that we get it next.
along with the vendors, tricycle drivers etc. who keep the place open. fast forward to ten minutes.....
Sunday, April 18, 2021
Saturday, April 17, 2021
I find a lot of modern books boring.
Actually, not just "modern", but maybe I should say "popular" books that someone is pushing as reading for their lady audiences.
Not a new problem: I read a lot as a child, but when the local library had a "win a prize" for reading books, I found I had no interest in the books on their list. Usually the ones for girls were existential angst about boyfriends and growing up. I preferred biographies (you go girl role models), or borrowing my brother's Sci Fi books, which introduced me to Asimov, Heinlein and CS Lewis.
Now, of course, teenage fiction has lovely characters to encourage girls to get a back bone, while not making them into amoral isolated individuals but including the importance of family (e.g the Hunger Games Triology) and it is the highfalutin adult books I see recommended to me on Scribd that make me roll up my eyes and wonder why I should care about a 30 year old attractive blond yuppie's existential problems. (yes, I hate Hallmark movies for the same reason), or pushing cliches about the gay lifestyle or racism themes that have little or nothing to do the humanity of the protagonists, and the racism stuff has little to help you understand the the problem of keeping your kids safe from drugs and gangs and promiscuity and the amorality of today's world.
It's not just me, of course:
One writer pointed out why K Dramas are so popular: They tackle complex modern problems, stress working to get ahead, and everyone has a family, even if it was 800 years ago in a past life (e.g. Goblin). And there is an underlying sense of right and wrong. Heh. Who wudda thot?
Well, anyway, what brought on this rant was an essay on this blog: about Elizabeth Goudge.
Cynical Modern types would dismiss her as a writer of fluff, but you know, they aren't: and the characters are quite detailed in some of her books.
I brought two of her books with me: The Dean's Watch, and the Scent of Water, but now I have discovered more of them to read at ScribD, and enjoyed them.
the Scent of Water is about a woman retiring to the country who finds renewal in her life (i.e. the water here refers to the living water of the Scriptures). And I believe it was one of Oprah's book club selections.
Some of them can be found on internet archive, for your reading pleasure: most need sign in to borrow, but a few of them are posted by the Library of India so you can actually download them to read at your leisure/ including the Eliot family saga the Bird in the Tree Pilgrim's Inn
Two of her books were made into popular movies, both of which are under copyright and not available for free: Green dolphin street and the Secret of Moonacre, Probably guarded by copyright cops.
The first is an oldfashioned melo rama, but alas I never watched the second one all the way through, because the cinematography was ugly, but fans seem to love it in youtube reviews...
A Bread and butter story of a priest working in the slums of Scotland, and those he works with..., and like Goudge, the people are not twisted and evil as one sees in "modern" novels, not even the bitter veteran who is executed for murdering his wife. Despite being a pre WWII era novel it does bring up a lot of the way that the church gives lives meaning: meaning that the PC post Vatican II types get it wrong when they see the church as merely something to manipulate to push their pc agendas.
and for those interested in the pre Vatican II cloister story: Mother Catherine Thomas' book My Beloved can be read at Hathi Trust.
more cheerful and like most of the nuns I have worked with, she is more down to earth than the usual books of this type, which tend to hagiography or emphasis on scandals.
and of course living in an Oklahoma cloister is less dramatic than a more famous story popular in the 1950's: The Nuns story LINK which was made into a movie with the luminous Audrey Hepburne.
that is a fictionalized biography of MarieLouise Habets: the Wikipedia page suggests the story is a bit more complicated: But it is interesting to note this part:
...(she) later moved to California, where she nursed Audrey Hepburn after a horse-riding accident which occurred during her filming of The Unforgiven.
Finally, I am listening to the Summer of the Great Grandmother, by Madeline L'Engle. (at Scribd) I brought the book with me along with several other of her "Crosswick journal" books. This one is about her mother's slow dying of Alzheimer's disease, and the story of various ancestors and members of her extended family. soundcloud excerpt
Like the previous books, the anti Christian bigots will simply shrug and ignore her books, but actually it was recommended to me by a friend, an agnostic Jewish psychiatrist, who knew that I was facing the problem of an aging parent.
Some of her essays including some of the Crosswick Journal books can be read for free registration on internet archives LINK and her scifi/fantasy books are there too.
Youtube has several of her sci fi books as audiobooks LINK
Alas, the main book A Wrinkle in Time, was made into a film that not only had bad cinametography (Svorski crystals on Oprah's eyelids? Give me a break... and WTF is that part about the flying cabbage?) but my main problem is that, although it was recasted as a biracial family (ok with me) they made the important character of Charles William a white kid. What? No young black child actors available? The movie explained this as saying he was "adopted". Sigh.
so anyway skip the film and listen to the audiobooks on youtube.
and here is Ms L'Engle discussing her writing:
Friday, April 16, 2021
like the Red Guard, the twittermobs and the professional activists are now fat with money from corporations trying to appease them.Even medical editors are being removed for their benign comments: Notice the NYTimes report uses language more suited to propaganda or the editorial page?
Who ordered his removal? A "committee" of the AMA.....
the AMA claimed they responded to "complaints" from people who were hurt and objected, but I suspect it would be more accurate to say "complaints from activists who monitor what you say and then pounce so they can take over".This is manipulation, and speaks poorly for academic freedom.
The comments at issue were made by Dr Ed Livingston in February, in conversation with Dr Mitch Katz on a podcast entitled “Structural Racism for Doctors – What is It?”
“Structural racism is an unfortunate term,” Livingston said. “Personally, I think taking racism out of the conversation will help. Many people like myself are offended by the implication that we are somehow racist.”
A tweet promoting the podcast said: “No physician is racist, so how can there be structural racism in healthcare? An explanation of the idea by doctors for doctors.”
Actually, as I have posted in the past, it's a cultural problem more than race per se: And the structural problem is indeed there: but the point is that it is "structural": more a problem of the money grubbing medical industrial complex than it is of ordinary physicians, who unlike 50 years ago who would have their own practice, now have to cope with paperwork and rules that steals precious time from caring for the sick.
You don't start accusing a person who sacrificed years of their lives studying and works long hours to care for the sick and call him or her names like "racist" in a podcast, or they will turn your message off.
and that is why he said that calling people racist was not the way to discuss the problem.
Ah, but don't dare protest that smearing 600 thousand physicians as racist is a bad idea: Because his comments (taken out of context of course) hurt their feelings
Speaking to the New York Times, Blackstock said: “I think [the podcast] caused an incalculable amount of pain and trauma to Black physicians and patients. And I think it’s going to take a long time for the journal to heal that pain.”
Really? As if they listened to the podcast. One does wonder how many people actually heard the discussion? Most practicing physicians are too busy to listen to social justice discussions, which seem to be a bit absurd when one confronts death and disease every day.
as for the protests: no it was not by those who listened to the podcast, nor was it from members of the AMA, or practicing physicians>
It was an organized protest:
Nearly 7,000 people signed a Change.org petition calling for Jama to “stop perpetuating racism in medicine”.
Dirty little secret: These twitter mobs are organized, and all it takes is two minutes to sign a petition and feel good with yourself.
and as in other victims of the twittermob, apologizing and removing the podcast did not appease the blood lust of the twittermob.
and now they will pressure JAMA to become more "inclusive" in their board and editors, as if expertise and knowledge and clinical experience doesn't matter: Only those who conform to the politically correct line will be the gate keepers, meaning more SJW friendly articles taking up space, and no proper discussion of actual medical opinions.
And will you trust a medical journal whose experts are chosen by race and politically correct opinions rather than those who actually can interpret statistics and have knowledge and experience of treating patients/
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Yup. and just like other cult leaders, televangelists, or demagogues, they are not giving money to the schools to help educate the poor out of poverty, but buying mansions in the ritzy neighborhoods.
It’s an tedious torrent of ignorance and self-righteous BS with one rhetotical gimmick: it conflates disagreement with terror.
Perhaps you know people like this. One can say, with a calm mien and civilized demeanor, that you regard the march of Gramscian theory through the universities with alarm, because the traditions of history and empiricism are being replaced with a boilerplate ideology that sees everything through a cracked, filthy prism that denies reduces everyone to tribal identities and denies the foundational precepts of the American experiment....
What may strike the author as a ringing series of J’accuses! might strike others as the obsessive mutterings of a meth-head with one leg jackhammering up and down, but I suppose that’s a matter of opinion.
Reality check: the "committee" did not do a poll of the doctors who belong to the AMA.
many critics of the podcast see this as an important first step.
note: All italics mine.
The decision to remove Bauchner during the investigation “potentially corroborates JAMA's intentions to become a more culturally competent organization,” says Steven Bradley, MD, an anesthesiologist and fellow of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. “Hopefully, this signifies an increased effort to diversify the staff at JAMA, as increased diversity will provide additional viewpoints on issues surrounding ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status,” says Bradley, who hosts The Black Doctor Podcast. “These issues have always been important because these are the issues our patients deal with.
His patients? WTF? How would he know? So he's a GP who works in the slums where people worry about their diabetic control or if their blood pressure is too high?
Nope. He is a trained anesthesiologist, i.e. a doc who puts people to sleep so they can have surgery. And he's an ethicist, which in today's world means activist who pushes an agenda rather than ethics (he is doing a racial agenda, which at least is better than the majority of ethicists who are busy being "apologists for deathmaking" and telling you why it's okay to stop feeding your grandmother when she is sick, or why it's okay to put infected covid patients back into nursing homes, or why it's okay not to treat the disabled with a low QALY for Covid because hey, they just might need that ICU bed for a person who is not a "useless eater"..
Just 9 years before his death, Pellegrino lamented that our cultural climate had called the fundamental means and ends of medicine into question, leading him to propose a renewed reflection on medicine’s basic concepts, including health, disease, and illness.
medicine is about health, disease an illness? heh Who wuda thot?
This call dovetailed with a central theme of his oeuvre, the push for and articulation of a philosophical basis for modern medicine oriented by the realities of clinical practice and human existence
Monday, April 12, 2021
Friday, April 09, 2021
when your volcano erupts and you live on a tropical island, who ya gonna call?
No, not Ghostbusters.
UKMail has more plus photos
We face volcanic eruptions frequently here in the Philippines, and indeed Taal is still smoking at a low level. But luckily we can evacuate by land.
We are fine: In partial lockdown and we have a curfew.
My main worry is that again my checks are taking a long time to get sent to Manila for processing.
The good news: All my W2 forms arrived in Early March (two months late) so I did my income tax on line with Turbo Tax. In the past, Lolo and I had an accountant, but when he got sick, I was unable to get his information from the US banks so started filing on my own. And although it is simple, it's worth it for me, especially since they keep my old information on their website so now all I have to do is change the numbers of my IRA etc.
The only problem is if they get hacked, of course, but since my federal OPM (Personnel file) was hacked by China a couple years ago, and now I find that my facebook information has also been hacked, well, WTF...
in the meanwhile, we are being asked by a lot of people for monetary help to pay for their medicines. Sigh. Hope my funds hold out... because if I get sick, I will have to empty my bank account.
We have quite a few cases of covid in our area... now we hear that the owner of one of our local grocery stores was reported to have died, and his wife is sick in the hospital.
I'm not sure of how many people are sick here, but the mayor is giving out food to covid positive people, i.e. those who are in quarantine at home so can't work.
Manila is in full lockdown and hospitals are full.......
But my maid said you can pay to get a dose locally, but it is suspected that it is a fake vaccine. Yup. If there is money to be made, someone will do it.
They are giving out the vaccine in the cities here: Mainly the crappy Chinese version.
The USA is not good at remembering those who died to let them live in freedom, and the cancel culture Karens and woke types despise any talk of heroism, and so would probably condemn any commemoration of this as being a celebration of whiteness.
The problem? Most of those who died were Filipinos defending their country against a very cruel invader, and the Americans who were there included many NM NG members, who included Anglos, Hispanics, and Native Americans.
Thursday, April 08, 2021
Archbishop Chaput observes that “the most telling feature of our era is that it weakens bonds.” That weakening begins with the forgetfulness of where we came from and therefore of who we are. By weakening our bonds with the past, the agents of impiety more easily weaken our bonds in the present. ,,,
Sunday, April 04, 2021
They are pushing the Chinese vaccine here in the Philippines...and in other poor countries such as Indonesia. It is a form of vaccine diplomacy, to get allies in a region where Chinese aggression is making them disliked.
So we have a slew of articles telling us how wonderful the vaccine is.
Lots of Gaslighting going on.
The western sources point out:
the rollouts come despite a growing number of questions over the effectiveness of the shot, which last week was revealed to have an efficacy rate of just 50.38% in late-stage trials in Brazil — significantly lower than earlier results showed. That rate only barely crosses the 50% efficacy threshold as set by the World Health Organization, and far lower than the 78% previously announced to much fanfare in China earlier this month.
Ah, but that's now what the obedient press is telling us:
No, it protects 80 percent of folks, not 50 percent.
And those deaths in Brazil that stopped the chinese phase 2 trial?. No, not from the vaccine.
China is claiming they had no deaths at all when they gave out their vaccine to their own people.
But it appears gaslighting is going on. Not just in these articles, but in the social media with all their scare stories of bad side effects of the western vaccine.
here is a pure propaganda piece from Rappler, a site originally that was partly funded by a guy suspected as being a CIA front (foreign money to news sites is illegal here). So I don't know what is going on: They are left wing and anti Duterte but maybe things are changing. Given their history of taking foreign money, one does wonder
ah but this article does admit that China's reports are iffy but that fact doesn't stop the writer from quoting China's l
ies fantasy fictional reports.
PHilstar notes that when the vaccine was given locally, 29 had side effects out of 3000 vaccinations, including one serious...
Manila Bul quotes the company that made the Sinovax who said there were no problems. And of course, China never lies.
No fatal side effect has been recorded from the use of coronavirus vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech so far, according to a company official.
This early Lancet study with low numbers involved showed 50percent had side effects
From Bloomberg: in Indonesia, we read:
Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech Ltd.’s coronavirus shot created antibodies among 97% of those administered with it in a final stage trial in Indonesia but its efficacy has yet to be determined, a company spokesperson said Tuesday.
but the Epoch Times notes:
The Strange Sinovac Vaccine Phenomenon: Countries Report Increased Cases After Using Vaccine
the Chinese vaccine was used in Brazil, and now it is being reported that it doesn't protect people against the new virulent mutation there.
Excuse the technical problems with the post: Blogger has "eaten" it twice so I had to repost it.