I have been trying for two weeks to write another article for LIP, or any article for that matter, major case of writers block. I write for a living now. When I have an assignment no problem, I can do it, but just to sit here and try thinking of something to write about is almost torture.
Mindanao Bob says, “Procrastination is a killer” in an article for his website Habits for Smart People. It came at a good time. When I read it, I decided to take action, get off my ass, and start writing! That was 5 days ago. Well, better late then never. BTW – Right at the same time, I saw Bob’s article, I stumbled upon another article – Procrastination: Ten Things To Know. Read that if you are having the same problem I am having.
Now that I have gotten started, I have a lot on my mind that has building for the past 2 weeks I want to share with you all.
So Many Things to Write About
I was thinking to write about the earthquake in Japan and its possible affect on the Philippines. I did a lot of research. Wow, there are so many articles, and there is no definite answer about anything. Just Google “Affect of Earthquake in Japan on Philippines” and you will see what I mean. What do I know? There are so many smart people out there, however I don’t think it is really going to make much of a difference here in the Philippines.
Sure, there will be less money coming from remittances from OFW’s in Japan to their relatives’ here. The Philippines is already so poor who can tell the difference? They aren’t going to stop food imports. But if your food is glowing green, I wouldn’t recommend eating it! If it is something like broccoli, how can you tell?
I don’t mean to joke; it is a terrible thing that happened there for sure. Nevertheless, it isn’t the first time and won’t be the last. We are on “the Ring of Fire” along with Japan. What is the risk of a major earthquake here? Guaranteed son, but who knows when. The problem is that the Philippines certainly isn’t prepared with any disaster management plan comparable to Japan.
I do not have time to worry about earthquakes, radiation, and lack of Japanese car parts. I have enough about which to worry. I need a distraction. That is why I spend a lot of time surfing the internet so I do not have to think about my problems. Then I see so many problems in the news I am back to where I started!
Oh my god, if there is an earthquake I’m sure my old apartment is going to come down crushing me like a grape, or maybe more like a tomato with red juice-blood squirting everywhere. Oh my God, there is a 300-foot wall of water coming down Makati Ave! Wonder if Momar Kaddafi comes here to my house to hide from the rebel forces! That is really – really scary! What if … WAKE UP DAVE – WAKE UP! It is only a dream!
Well it all seems like a bad dream sometimes, but let’s not worry too much, although the world certainly seems to be going through quite an upheaval, from major earthquakes and floods, to political storms.
There Is Something Happening Here – What It Is Isn’t Exactly Clear
After decades of stasis, the Middle East and North Africa is in an uproar. Here is some perspective on the political storm from Wikipedia:
The 2010–11 Middle East and North Africa protests, also known as the Arab Spring, are a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests, which have been taking place in the Middle East and North Africa since 18 December 2010.
To date, there are revolutions in:
- Ivory Coast
Major protests in:
Minor protests in:
- Saudi Arabia
- Western Sahara
The protests have shared techniques of civil resistance in sustained campaigns involving strikes, demonstrations, marches and rallies, as well as the use of social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, to organize, communicate, and raise awareness in the face of state attempts at repression and Internet censorship.
Fear Spreads Like Wild Fire
Did you know that there is a race of inter-dimensional reptilian-aliens that live off our fear? In this interest, they constantly sow fear in the world so they can thrive. If you don’t believe me just look it up on the internet.
Whether it is true or not that there are such beings, it is certainly true that there are forces, people conspiring, groups, whom ever, who find it in their interest to keep us constantly worried and fearful about everything.
Just for example, go to this link and look at this radiation dosage chart. If you study it, you will see that you would get ten times the dosage of radiation in just one flight from New York to LA, than if you spent the whole day at the at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant!
Why do they spread so much fear about radiation? Is it as serious as they make it out to be? All I can say is don’t believe everything you hear, do some research. Is there a motive or is it just ignorance? The answer to all of these questions and more can be answered buy purchasing my new book “Everything You Know is Wrong” for only $19.99.
I will give you another example how these powerful people (under the direction of their Reptilian Masters) spread fear to suit their own purposes. Look at this completely crazy thing going on in Afghanistan with those poor souls being beheaded over some religious nut far way in the USA, burning one Koran.
A video was made of it and put on YouTube, but that isn’t how the Afghanis found out. Many of these simple (minded) folk don’t even have electricity, let alone the internet! Many Afghans did not know about the Quran-burning until Karzai condemned it four days after it happened in a speech.
Now why did he have to go and say that? Was it just stupidity or a calculated move of Karzai and his cronies, to further their selfish interest?
BTW, it is somewhat funny; I saw an interview with the pastor, Terry Jones, when asked about his church members he said, “Some had left the church, well actually – all of them.” Just he and his one assistant are all that remain. They have to carry guns now because of numerous death threats.
As long as they keep every one divided and filled with fear the power elite can keep us from storming their castles and hangin’ em’ by their eggs! That brings me around to my next topic and back to the Philippines.
Revolution in the Philippines
- The first Philippine Revolution (1896–1898), called the “Tagalog War” by the Spanish, was an armed military conflict between the people of the Philippines and the Spanish colonial authorities which resulted in the secession of the Philippine Islands from the Spanish Empire.
- In June 1899, the developing First Philippine Republic formally declared war against the United States. The Philippine-American War then ensued where between 250,000 to one million Filipinos died. Read the whole story at Wikipedia.
- The latest is the People Power Revolution (also known as the EDSA Revolution and the Philippine Revolution of 1986) which was a series of popular nonviolent prayerful mass street demonstrations. The popular movement sprang up to oust the corrupt Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
*(US President Ronald Regan supported him until just before the end)
While democracy as Filipinos knew it was restored, rampant corruption plagued the government that led to the 2001 EDSA Revolution, which deposed President Joseph Estrada.
While the Marcoses fled, and the former president died in exile in Hawaii, his wife Imelda Marcos has now come back and won a seat in the House of Representatives and his son Ferdinand Jr. was elected senator in 2010. Joseph Estrada actually ran for president again in 2010 against Aquino and almost won! I have determined that the Filipinos either have a very short memory or are very forgiving!
The revolution may have had brought changes to the leadership in the country, but the power remained concentrated among a small rich elite. The new President, Benigno Aquino, is from a wealthy family. The poor are still poor, and the rich are still in charge.
In the Philippines about 200 families own or control 70% of the wealth. They control the congress and the army ensures their survival. Only a handful of rich families, politicians, and tycoons own or control most of the private arable land in the Philippines while the majority goes landless and hungry. For example, 7 out of 10 peasants still do not own land while less than 1/3 of landowners own more than 80% of agricultural land. The previous government of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo negotiated a 25-year lease with South Korea for 94,000 hectares of prime arable land in Mindoro for food production for South Koreans while Filipinos went landless and hungry.
Since the rapid increase in commodity prices worldwide four years ago, rice has remained at an all-time high in the Philippines. Small farmers did not benefit – fertilizer and pesticide costs rose, and the government did not offer higher prices to farmers to grow more rice, instead they imported millions of tones of rice and allowed traders to manipulate the prices by hoarding. So as usual, the rich are getting richer on the hunger of the poor.
Distribution of Wealth
The cause of all the worlds’ problems of poverty and misery are not simple. Economics is a complicated and deep study understood by few. However, the disparity of wealth is one feature of the world economy that can be readily seen as a glaring injustice or at least a major culprit when you look at the statistics -
The richest 1% of adults in the world own 40% of the planet’s wealth, according to the largest study yet of wealth distribution. The wealthiest 2 percent own more than half of all global household assets. According to the most recent “Global Wealth Report” by Credit Suisse, the wealthiest 0.5% control over 35% of the wealth of the world.
Those in financial services, internet, telecommunications, and media sectors predominate among the super rich.
Look at Bill Gates who has a net worth of somewhere around 50 billion dollars. That means that there are approximately 140 different nations that have a yearly GDP, which is smaller than the amount of money Bill Gates has!
Then there is CNN founder Ted Turner who is the largest private landowner in the United States. Today, Turner owns approximately two million acres. That is an amount greater than the landmasses of the states of Delaware (where I come from) and Rhode Island combined.
Today global wealth is more highly concentrated in the hands of the few than it ever has been at any other point in modern history. Once, most people knew how to grow their own food, raise their own animals, and take care of themselves. There weren’t many that were fabulously wealthy.
Unfortunately, over the past several decades a growing percentage of agricultural land has been taken by big corporations and by corrupt governments. Hundreds of millions of people have had to leave their land and go into highly concentrated urban areas.
To have a small business of your own has become increasingly difficult, as global corporations have come to dominate nearly every sector of the world economy. We have a global system now in 2011 where a few at the top are obscenely wealthy while about half the people living on earth are wretchedly poor. Billions of people around the globe are wondering where their next meal is going to come from.
- Approximately 1 billion people throughout the world go to bed hungry each night.
- Every 3.6 seconds someone starves to death and three-quarters of them are children under the age of five.
- As you read this, there are 2.6 billion people around the world that lack basic sanitation.
- More than 3 billion people, close to half the world’s population, live on less than 2 dollar a day.
- There are 400 million children in the world today that have no access to safe water.
- 28 percent of all children in developing countries are considered to be underweight or have had their growth stunted as a result of malnutrition.
- In 2008, 9 million children died before they reached their fifth birthdays. A third of all of these deaths was due either directly or indirectly to lack of food.
At this point, some may want to start arguing about how bad capitalism is and about how wonderful socialism and communism are. Well all of these systems are failing! There are other alternatives and I will get into that some day. The bottom line is that there needs to be some cap on the amount of wealth that one individual or group can hold. How to do this is also another discussion.
Well that’s all now folks. I will continue the discussion next week with more on the cause’s of poverty, and its effect on the Philippines, plus the work of Father Shay regarding these problems, and why the Philippines is due for another revolution. (Not that I am instigating one!)
God Bless All in these troublesome times, Oh BTW – I was joking about the book! If anyone wants it, maybe i will have to write it.
I was born in 1952 in Dover Delaware. I am a direct descendant of John Alden the famous Pilgrim, so somewhere in my genes I have a predilection to go to far away lands perhaps! I am married to Phresedes Bennett AKA Babes. I have lived in the Philippines about 3 years now. I used to play in bands when I was younger. I have written a lot of really good songs. When ever I go to a karaoke bar my wife makes me sing “House of the Rising Sun”. Everyone will take notice at that point. I have a very strong voice and presence. I have supported myself mostly in the construction business before I came here. I am pretty much a jack of all trades, an expert with all kinds of power tools. Since I have been in the Philippines I have been in the Telecommunications Business specializing in IT security. I also have gotten into the Canadian Immigration Business. I have been a puppet a poet a pirate a pawn and a king. I have been up and down and all around and I know one thing! Each time I find myself flat on my face. I pick my self up and get back into the race! That’s Life. (No i wasn't really a pirate that is a song by Frank Sinatra folks)