December 22, 2010

Remembering the 70s

Remember the 70s, the days when going to Luneta was a must. When the bug mobiles ran cool in the middle of the day without tint and sans the car air-con? Those were sure fun times and the brim of hope of the 'new society' was in the air. I think it was cool to pay for pictures posing beside the carabao statues because I saw lots of those from the albums. Well surely, it must have been, after drinking the machine squeezed sugar cane juice. I have vague memories which were triggered back by accidentally flipping some youtube pages.

Filipinos sure have a way to happiness. The good days were always accompanied by bad days like typhoons and the calamities of governments, but the times brought a wave of carefree attitude born out by the turbulent 60's.

Yes, I remember the double karate shows which were mostly imitations of Bruce Lee with actors having such intendedly misspelled names such as Bruce Lei and the like. Well the 80's continued this practice on products such as 'Addedas' and now we even have such marvels as original imitations. The fungi infested theaters lingered until the 80s where you end up having swelled legs after watching the dizzying stunts (from which Jackie Chan improved upon). The beta-max must have been in the drawing boards by that time.

Still we enjoyed the constant reruns of FPJ, Dolphy, Chiquito and even the ones from Paraluman because the b&w tube TV was beginning to be ubiquitous then. The refrigerator roared like a motorboat but we were in heaven hearing the vinyls' high fidelity sounds (although we had caution lest the tubes get too hot and break the component system). Crispa and Toyota were in constant battles then and we had our fix as if we watched the fights of Pacquiao or was treated to the occasional foreign reruns. Those were the times when the benevolent western companies occasionally screen for free movies like James Bond (who had a cellphone under his shoe) which in turn localized to Agent X44 by Toni Ferrer.

Those were the times when teachers were well off and good at their jobs and one working parent can raise half a dozen kids for such undertaking like tailoring works. Those were the times when we get bitten by the mosquitoes and drenched by rain but seemed never get ill nor had allergies (even from taking baths from the gutter run-off). Yes, during those years we were unafraid to drink from the NAWASA lines and the lagoons even supplied mineral water. However washing clothes was always a chore that entailed carrying the appurtenances off to the river. Yes, there were a different kind of risk as when I nearly lost a finger falling from collecting the tamarind that fell on our rooftops. But the old ones had their ready concoctions using coco-oil and chili peppers (perhaps, it was the guava leaves that healed it).

And so as I look back, I can now say, I fell in love with the 70s. Perhaps I even fell in love that time, although I didn't know it then.

So here's to the 70s:

December 21, 2010

Money and the Form of Government


Money is like blood. People do have a capacity to produce, but the blood transport system in the real world of supposedly free market, does not circulate freely to the extremities. Casino, financial markets, lotto, taxes, SSS/pension contributions and the like are like blood magnets that funnel the direction of money and lump it somewhere. Many of such devises are for ideal or benevolent purposes, but in actuality the money once accumulated is very susceptible to speculative endeavors and leakage/lesions via the representative form of government. And this representative form of government resulted to neither a republican system or a democracy. Republic which is a rule of the laws of the land or a democracy which is what is frequently described as government of the people, by the people and for the people.

The Debate:

Why the representative form of government resulted to neither a republican system or a democracy:

The laws of the republic became not equal for all and neither do the government serve the majority of the people because they serve those who holds the major influence to their tenure. And you can imagine money is the king-maker.

The aforementioned forms of government are running on the same fulcrum which shift either way and often lead to the extremes of fascism or communism (which I think are really the same thing). These extremes (which we can notice now cropping up) are similar in that a select elite group tightly controls the masses. but on one end they call themselves the politburo and for others: the ruling party, coalition government, National Security Council, FEMA or what have you.

Money is what I think is the major determinant on how this fulcrum shifts. In fact, the politicians seem to be always in battle with each other to be the butler to do the shopping and spending of national grocery money. As a consequence of this, the multinational and big corporations have budgets to groom and to build up the people who will be eligible to be elected to spend the national treasuries or steer the related policies. Thus the representatives, the people are provided with as choices for representation are too frequently made-up or hyped-up personalities behind of which are the forces of media, business clubs, societies, religion and the like. And the people gets plenty of promises but the aforementioned groups have their wishes fulfilled.

Money being the blood (of the masses) or currency that flows in an electrical system is then susceptible to never ending machinations. Like the flow of the river that veins to satisfy the fields, the groups create dams wherever they can, to have themselves the supply for their game. In an electrical system, capacitors and various clever circuitry are created so that the energy is available to alter the course of government and to benefit the corporations. So more often than not, the grocery budget of the nation will end up in the purchase of something like a corporation's by-product imposed on all. For example the fluoridation of national water system.

The Fluoride Deception

First Things First:

In the first place, why do the national government empower central banks (a centralized authority of private bankers) to print money? And on top of this, the government borrows the money created by the banks and in turn make the people in debt (payable via taxes). The entire nation: people and government, is therefor serving the forces behind the casino chips makers. And the government swings like a pendulum from one form or another following the money trail.


In a body, blood is carried from the heart to all parts in vessels called arteries. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the arteries. Abnormalities in blood circulation can mean a silent killer lurks or it may already be accompanied with failure in heart, kidney etc. Much the same in national finance. Economic data may present a rosy picture although many people are close to dying. This is due to the volume of casino games of hot money flowing on selected sectors. The wall street is swimming in a dam of water while the real street is waiting for the technocrats' promise of trickle down doctrine. At each cycle flow of blood, fresh oxygen and sustenance must reach all parts of the body. Many people are surviving from other means. The market cannot be freer if the money or blood is stuck somewhere by swelling or is coagulated in some financial organ.

And so it seems, money will reboot - for how long, we don't know. But unless a remedy that will not create the elite corporations is implemented, the super-corporation, which is the entire humanity itself (and the planet earth as the domain) may not have the chance for a heaven on earth.

... to be continued