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Hi All, here's my latest blog post.

Throughout the years and especially come national election time, we native Filipinos spend enormous time and energy talking about politics, i.e. political criticism; at best and rarely on issues of political independence. At worst, oftentimes and predominantly, on personalities of our politicians at the local and national level.

I say these not to belittle the role of the enraging personal characters and/or public actions of many if not most of our politicians, local and national, since in our homeland these considerations have significantly contributed to the ever-deepening poverty with extremely dire consequences to our native citizenry, society and homeland.

However, by such we do not seem to appreciate the fact that economics: national economic development aka political economy is also vastly important and at this point in our history, requires equal, if not more, attention from the native citizenry.

For without economic independence, political independence becomes ineffective and meaningless.
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RT & WillieC, looks like we lost several shots. But RollyT has most of also taken and posted most of them on his FB.
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Ferndale was a pleasant surprise with the its many Victorian homes/buildings dating back to the 19th cnetury and early 20th. This tiny village has no more than 2500 population.  Avenue of the Giants is a 2-lane giant trees-lined scenic drive plus its "drive-thru-tree." Need to explore of Eureka's Old Town next time. Had to use to cameras and settings differed in dates, thus sequencing got mixed up here.
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KILLING COLORED PEOPLE (Mostly Blacks in the USA):

Per tonight's CBS News, the Obama administration (2008-Present) has been occasioned by 14 murderous events so far. My impression is that all he did/does after such events is to use it as another ammunition for "gun-control," an argument that has grown old. Furthermore,Obama tonight alluded to other "advanced" countries not having such problems.

Maybe he was born just yesterday. Any lawful, responsible and thinking gun owner knows that guns themselves are not the issue. Guns/firearms are "neutral" things or tools It is the people themselves who can use them for good or bad/evil.

In our American society, despite the currently COUNTLESS city, county, state and federal laws restricting the ownership, transport and usage of firearms, these murders by laymen and supposed lawmen have occurred; and oftentimes if committed by white laymen/lawmen, lead to no trials or convictions. Such unjust outcomes reinforce the already institutionalized racism in American society and embolden the racist tendencies of the American mind.

Such racist tendencies all thanks to the incomplete teaching of American history and the neglect of critical thinking in our schools that have practically dumbed the American mind. Consequently, American racism strongly persists in our society; in addition, dure to our valued freedom of expression, etc. we still have the racial supremacist associations: KKK, White Council, neo-Nazi, etc. in our society.

Obama being a Black himself, knows and surely may have experienced what it is to be Black in America. He ought to be truthful and to confront and express more forcefully our reality -- that of a racist society. He should be bold to address the real culprit --our American society; and point to the imperative need to correct the ignorance or glossing-over of racism in our presentation and study of American history in all schools: those times in American history dealing with colored peole:  the Native Americans, Negroes/Blacks, Filipinos, Japanese, etc.

Though other whites from Europe (especially Eastern) underwent some racial prejudice from the WASPs (White Anglo Saxon Protestants), the fact that they have white skin, facilitated their acceptance/assimilation by the WASPs; and they in turn sometimes became racists too).

As to the relative absence of comparable and frequent violence in other modern societies, i.e. EU, let us be reminded that they have different societies form our American, without comparable violent history and culture. In my European travels since 1989, I never felt worried getting lost, arriving with my backpack or moving around even late at night or at dawn. Here in our American society, I confidently do so only with a gun within my reach.

Present Germany with its former Hitlerian-Nazi Aryan/White supremacist ideology practically disappeared after its defeat when 
the country and its people were made to critically think, learn and understand through its institutions, i.e. education, media, politics, etc. about its Nazi ideology and its historical legacies that were essentially alienating and inhumane. Thus, present Germany has become in practice is strongly anti-Nazi. but also democratic.

This is what the USA needs; but I doubt if it can materialize given our kind of politicians (even after 150 years since Lincoln's Proclamation of Emancipation or 50+years of Lyndon Johnson's Civil Rights). It seems the racism embedded in the American Mind can not removed by legislation alone.
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THE WORKINGS OF OUR HUMAN BRAIN 

Understanding Einstein, how he operated. .How is a genius constructed? Short & Long-term memory, etc. Neuroscience. Cognitive Science. 
See inside Einstein's brain, learn how to boost your memory, meet people who became savants after an injury, and more. Watch online: How Smart Can We Get? from NOVA scienceNOW. On demand, streaming video from PBS
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Addendum: for months now, the corruption investigations against VP Jejomar Binay occupy the news headlines in our homeland. Throw in socail media too.  Given our history of continuing political past, we ordinary citizens in the street are left out only to fume, to vent out, to uselessly speculate and be given another ride by highly and possibly of "thieves accusing fellow thieves" in our halls of Congress, ad nauseam.

We native Filipino  citizens -especially us so-called educated ones- deserve such a show and national predicament because we do not know our own selves; and worse, probably do not even appreciate the need to know and understand. So we go our usual merry ways.
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Great selections. Good music to play on the road. Visuals nicely reminiscent of the Age of Aquarius and Coming of Age. Relevant scenes. Thank you!!
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The Greek financial crisis has been in the headlines in recent months/weeks. I was initially impressed by the young Prime MInister, but apparently he sold out at the end. I sort of expected it on the day his Finance Minister resigned, which I suspected was forced on the PM by the EU Group. Based on an interview of the Finance Minister, it appears the PM has less conviction than him; The FM and 49 other members of their party voted against the acceptance of the new (3rd) "austerity" programs as condition to approval of loans.

The Greek crisis is not the first of a kind, several countires in Latin America like Mexico, Peru, Argentina, etc. have been through such. It was only Argentina which stood its ground.

Anyway, if the Greek finanical crisis piqued your interest, I have updated and reposting here my 2005 post about the IMF, the gatekeeper of and enforcer for the creditor countries. The USA has the controlling votes in the IMF, with its 18-20% shares.

Re Greek ex-Finance Minister:
http://www.newstatesman.com/…/yanis-varoufakis-full-transcr…
http://www.theguardian.com/…/greece-finance-minister-yanis-…

Post-sellout impressions:
http://www.newstatesman.com/…/view-athens-greece-s-shell-sh…
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Nice and relevant for instilling or thawing social awareness/consciousness and native Filipino nationalism.
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It can safely be said that past, present and future generations of us native Malay Filipinos were/are/will be conditioned in an atmosphere of fear of God (and of the church, i.e. hierarchy) and being recruited by Satan/Devil to hell of eternal damnation. Such fears have created in us a habit of mind, of conscious and/or unconscious self-censorship in our thoughts, way of thinking and action. 
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