For this Independence Day where we are still quite clearly dependent on everyone but ourselves, allow me to air our dirty laundry.
The problem with Filipinos is we get a boner for anything Pinoy. Filipino contestant in X talent show abroad? Yes! Hollywood celebrity with .000018% Filipino ethnicity? Double yes! We’ll sniff out the tiniest drop of Filipino blood, but only, only if you get recognized internationally. “Filipinos mixed with another race always gives a good result!” As if these are the only things we excel in, as if breeding is all we’re ever good for because we have too much pride, and not as much to be proud about.
The problem with Filipinos is we’re overprotective. Not of our culture, of our identity, of our resources – but of our pride. We have so much pride, too much pride, we even made a tagline out of it #PinoyPride. We’ve become overly sensitive, easily offended at the slightest of jokes, the slightest of criticisms that we end up refusing not to better ourselves because we’d rather be right and win an argument, than admit to be wrong and improve.
The problem with Filipinos is we cannot say sorry. We’d rather say,“You’re wrong, it’s your fault, you’re stupid. BANNED!” Alec Baldwin is banned. Claire Danes is banned. The Beatles were banned. The people writing the Filipino-doctor joke on Desperate Housewives are probably banned. As if white people cared enough to stress about you after they raped your Lolas and your Lola’s Lola.
The problem with Filipinos is we can’t take a joke. Joke harmlessly about the country and “Fuck you racist American pigs! Filipinos are hardworking! Do not come to our beautiful shores!” Joke about Filipino stereotypes and we will literally want to kill you. The problem with Filipinos is we make everything a joke. A politician jokes about raping a woman, and “It’s okay, fucking calm down where’s your sense of humor?” A University student calls the new actress for Hermione “Ugly nigger, was she stuck in the toaster?” and you’re supposed to take it lightly. Which is it? Which is it?
The problem with Filipinos is you can’t make a joke about us, but we can about you.
The problem with Filipinos is Manny Pacquiao sitting in the senate. Is condemning “CORRUPTION!” with one hand and accepting vote buying with the other. Is tweeting about the beauty of our lands with one hand and littering with the other. Is us talking more about Taylor Swift than about being blacklisted from Foreign Aid by France due to our own negligence.
The problem with Filipinos is we are quick to hate and quicker to forget. Forget the dictator and his family for violating our rights. Forget the white men and their destructive colonization because guapo, guapo, guapo! Marry a white man because he will save you from poverty; heroically take you from this wasteland of a country.
The problem with Filipinos is we kiss white people’s feet. We lick it with such gusto we allow every fair-skinned person to walk over our farm-broken backs. Because everything American is “better.” Because everything white is “beautiful.” Because putang ina ang corny mag-tagalog, kaluod mag bisaya! Do you not understand your fear? Have you not analyzed the instinctive shyness and submission that overcomes your brown body whenever you’re in the presence of someone white? Have you not dissected the veneration you so readily give Westerners, and so readily deny your Lumad brothers, Muslim sisters? The problem with Filipinos is we value perfect English grammar over hungry Filipino lives.
The problem with Filipinos is we go to Church, but do not listen. We pray, but do not practice. We leave all responsibility with God and take none for ourselves.
The problem with Filipinos is we value word-sparring on Facebook more than the fight for freedom our ancestors bled for. Because conspiracy theories are more interesting than facts. Because our soap-operas have taught us drama is easy.
The problem with Filipinos is it took a movie for us to see the folly of our history. The problem was nobody cared enough to look in the first place.
The problem with Filipinos is we’re too nice. The problem with Filipinos is we’re not nice enough.
The problem with Filipinos is we don’t know who we are.
The problem with Filipinos is you. Is me. Is the fact we both know no matter what I say or what you say, it’s all pointless because
The problem with Filipinos is you’ll probably be more pissed at this article, than you ever were about racial injustice, police brutality, sexism, poverty, littering, hopelessness.
The problem with Filipinos is the wrong things offend us.
The problem with Filipinos is we rarely stand up for the right.
The problem with Filipinos is you. Is me. The problem with Filipinos is ourselves.
That said, Duterte's rhetoric on this matter has been as erratic as it has been bombastic — you can apply that to much of his policy dicta. At one point on the campaign trail, he said that he would ride a jet ski to the disputed Spratly Islands and plant the Philippine flag there.
At other times, though, he has said that if the Chinese leave his waters alone, then he can work with that.
"He could start a war with China. He's very inconsistent in what he says," one Manila resident, Joyce Asilo, told The New York Times last month.
So this is going to be a wild one, people.
A little bit about this guy
(Duterte during election campaigning for the May 2016 national elections in Malabon, Philippines, on April 27.Erik De Castro/Reuters)
Duterte was the mayor of the Philippine city of Davao for six terms. In that time, he came to be known for his bombastic, off-the-cuff, and sometimes violent rhetoric. As a candidate, he often used that rhetoric to frame how he would rid the Philippines of violence, drugs, gangs, and corruption — that's what won him the presidency.
"Just because you're a journalist you are not exempted from assassination, if you're a son of a b----," he said at a press conference earlier this month.
When it comes to the South China Sea lately, Duterte has exhibited another Trump-like quality. He says that he's ready to talk to China if the US — the main ally to smaller countries countering China's dominance in the region, including Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Taiwan — does not support his country the way he thinks it should. From now on, all negotiations will consider the Philippines first.
"We have this pact with the West, but I want everybody to know that we will be charting a course of our own," he said, according to a Reuters report. "It will not be dependent on America. And it will be a line that is not intended to please anybody but the Filipino interest."
He later point-blank asked the US ambassador to the Philippines, Philip Goldberg, "Are you with us?"
Goldberg said that the US would back the Philippines only in the event of a Chinese attack.
That didn't seem to be the response Duterte was looking for, as he later said that he would send a representative to China to talk.
"Can you [the US] match the offer? Because if you cannot match the offer, I will accept the goodwill of China," he said, according to Reuters.
That said, China isn't in the mood for "offers" right now.
Duterte's ascension to power is happening at a delicate time in the relationship between the two countries.
The outgoing president of the Philippines filed an arbitration under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) over China's actions in the waters. Duterte said that he would wait to see what the UN says before he decides what to do, but either way China is upset about that, to say the least.
"The three 'NOs' are: the Philippine action has no basis on international law, the international arbitration tribunal has no jurisdiction over the case, and the tribunal has no legitimacy, explained Zhou Jian, a representative for boundary and ocean affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
"China's stance on the South China Sea issue has won many countries' support. However, some nations for their own interests called China 'despising international law' or 'fearing to lose.'
"In response to such slander, Zhou said it is the Philippines that initiated the arbitration against international law."
Yes, people. Slander. Again, this should indicate that China is not in a negotiating mood.
A little about this water — and why everyone wants it
(South China Sea, y'all.US Navy)
The South China Sea will undoubtedly be the battleground of the future.
The aforementioned territorial claims from Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines, Taiwan, and China make the South China Sea one of the most disputed places on the planet.
These waters have proven oil reserves of 7 billion barrels, and an estimated 900 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, according toRobert D. Kaplan, an author and the chief geopolitical analyst for Stratfor.
(A map that depicts China's claim of ownership in the South China Sea.CSIS/David Choi/Business Insider)
And if Chinese calculations are correct, then the South China Sea will ultimately yield 130 billion barrels of oil, which is second only to Saudi Arabia, making the South China Sea "the second Persian Gulf."
China, by far, has helped itself to the largest slice of cake in the South China Sea, staking out it's claim with its Nine Dash Line.
All the while, Chinese President Xi Jinping has steadily consolidated the world's largest military coupled with roughly $356 billion in military spending power.
In short, China is dominating the maritime heart of Southeast Asia.
Enter the Philippines, stage left.
The Philippines is formally arguing China's Nine Dash Line, and an international-court ruling is expected in the coming weeks.
And while the consensus among experts is that The Hague's ruling will go largely against Beijing, the South China Sea remains in a dangerous limbo.
THERE ARE suggestions that, recognizing the archipelagic nature of the country and the disparate cultures that thrived in it, Jose Rizal would have proposed a federal system of government for an independent Filipino nation. Indeed, federalism might have appealed to those who, in the closing years of Spanish rule, were eager to kick out the foreigners but did not necessarily wish to come under the control of a dominant ethnic group.
Rizal was certainly aware of the persistence of strong regional identities in the country. But, instead of building a political system along the existing fault lines of ethnic segmentation, he was more concerned with “unit[ing] the whole Archipelago into one compact, vigorous, and homogenous body.” This is the first line under statement of purpose in the draft constitution he wrote for the Liga Filipina, a political organization that anticipated the broad structures of a Filipino government.
The Liga, a cross between a political party and a self-help cooperative, was overtly reformist in vision, but the organizational infrastructure it laid out could as easily have served as the vehicle for revolution. Its ultimate purpose was clearly to prepare the Filipino people for active citizenship in the modern project of self-government.
This meant, in the first instance, cultivating in the people a capacity to differentiate political roles from ethnolinguistic loyalties, and to perform duties and rights in a political organization independently of the diffused norms and obligations that bound them to a feudal social order.
Rizal was a modern thinker. The draft constitution of the Liga contained provisions that might have initially appeared strange to those to whom he presented it. The seventh paragraph on organization embodied an emphatic wish for members to rise above their ethnic or tribal identities: “Each provincial council and popular council should adopt a name different from that of the locality or region.” It was a first step toward building a homogenous nation, rather than a federation of tribes.
Rizal was quite open about the formation of the Liga. It may be assumed that he was aware that the Spaniards knew what he was up to, since he was recruiting influential people into the organization. In other words, the Liga was not supposed to be an illegal or underground association. And yet, interestingly, its activities were supposed to be kept secret. Every member was required to adopt a new name, while keeping his true name hidden and known only to the secretary of his council.
The adoption of an alias might have been rationalized as a security measure. But its latent function, it seems to me, must have been to encourage members to value their political identity and to keep this separate and autonomous from their other affiliations in everyday life.
I doubt if Rizal was a federalist. Nothing in his writings suggests that he believed in complicating the task of building a unified and strong nation by making space for the creation of autonomous regional governments. He was wary that other big powers could easily take over the islands by exploiting internal dissensions, once Spain relinquished control over them.
However, he appeared to subscribe to the principle of subsidiarity—the notion that decisions should be made as much as possible at the level closest to the citizens, and that only those that the local level cannot meaningfully carry out on its own should be entrusted to the higher levels.
The Liga constitution provided for three such levels of authority: the popular councils, the provincial councils, and a Supreme Council. The Supreme Council is composed of all the chiefs of the provincial councils, while the provincial council is made up of all the chiefs of the popular or town councils.
“The Supreme Council controls the whole Liga and communicates directly with the chiefs of the provincial councils and the popular councils. The provincial council controls the chiefs of the popular councils. The popular council alone has control over its members.”
More than independence from Spain, the basic impulse that animated the establishment of the Liga had to do with the protection of the ordinary citizen from arbitrary power—i.e., from violence and injustice. Rizal would have resolutely opposed political dynasties and warlords. At the same time, he intended the organization to be a laboratory for the emancipation of Filipinos from the scourge of poverty, illiteracy, and economic stagnation. These were the values that were uppermost in his mind when he drew the constitution of the Liga.
One hundred and 24 years after Rizal envisioned the nation that would be built on the foundations of the Liga, we are nowhere near the democratic and prosperous society that he imagined our country could be. This has little to do with the form of government. It has everything to do with the feudal social structure, at the root of which is a property system that has consigned more than half of the population to a life of perpetual deprivation, dependence, and ignorance.
The unitary nation-state that arose from the dissolution of the monarchical empires was a fresh idea in Rizal’s time. Today, it has lost much of its sheen. In a globalized world where the levers of meaningful economic power and initiative lie outside the reach of national governments, it has become fashionable to talk of subnational states improving their lot by linking up directly with the global system. It is an illusion.
Federalism will not solve poverty and inequality, simply because it does not touch the real center. It only redraws the periphery.
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You may consider dandelion as a type of weed, but its root has a long history of therapeutic use. Dandelion has been used since ancient times for its healthful properties and support for liver complaints. In Korean herbal medicine dandelion has been used to improve energy levels and health.It is generally accepted by many people in Mexico, and elsewhere in the world, that beneficial effects are available in natural plants. Indeed, research has shown that compounds in plants have pharmacokinetic effects. Dandelion, long speculated to have antioxidant activity and hepatoprotective properties, is one such plant.
Dandelion is a very rich source of beta-carotene which we convert into vitamin A. This flowering plant is also rich in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. It’s a good place to get B complex vitamins, trace minerals, organic sodium, and even some vitamin D too. Dandelion also contains protein, more than spinach. It has been eaten for thousands of years as a food and as a medicine to treat anemia, scurvy, skin problems, blood disorders, and depression.
These facts for the plant are well known for years. But recent studies have shown new exciting facts about dandelion root.
A recent research has demonstrated that dandelion root has killed up to 98 % of the leukemia cells in laboratory tests, after only 48 hours.
Dr. Carolyn Hamm from the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre in Ontario, Canada explained that extract from the dandelion root was the only thing that can help with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia. A patient named John Di Carlo after his aggressive and unsuccessful treatment for his leukemia was sent home to spend “the last days” of his life, was advised to try tea from a dandelion root. Within four months, he was in a remission and his doctors associated his success to his using dandelion tea. Also, eminent herbalist Maria Treben recommends dandelion root tea for many diseases, including different types of cancer.
Studies showed that dandelion root extract acts very fast on the cancerous cells, in such a way that they disintegrate within 48 hours, during which time new formed healthy cells in the body are not affected.
Further studies have found that dandelion root extract has a potent anticancer activity against prostate cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, leukemia, liver cancer and best of all lung cancer. There are not significant effects on skin cancer and brain cancer.
The immune system is controlling cancer cells in the body. If the immune system is healthy, usually cancer doesn’t appear. When the immune system is down, the body loses control of the cancer cells and cancer appears. The powder from the dandelion root has a potent phytochemical that builds up the blood and the immune system. Doctors try to remove cancer from the body with chemotherapy and radiation. By doing so, it destroys the immune system and appetite. These two are the most important things the body needs to beat cancer.
How to pick the dandelion root?
You can harvest dandelion root at any time of the year. After you pull off from the ground, cut the leaves off and gently remove the earth around the root. Make sure do not damage it and don’t wash it. After that, dry the root on around 100 degrees on a sun, or you can use an incubator with no water. The whole drying procedure will take around 5 to 6 days. If you break the root, and it snaps, it is ready for use.
Dried dandelion root keeps its active chemicals up to a year. Always store the roots in a glass jar in a cold and dark place.
It is the best to use dandelion root in a form of powder. You can take a little over a half teaspoon of the powder once a day at any time and mix it with water. Do not use it in soft drinks or anything hot.
After three to four days, you will start to feel good, nothing else. In most of the cases, this will build up the immune system in about three weeks. After that, the immune system will take control of cancer cells and will stop its spreading. You should not expect a miracle because this is not an overnight cure so it will take a time until the body removes cancer.
Dandelion is generally considered safe in food and medicinal levels. Some people may have allergic reactions to dandelion. Anyone with an allergy to ragweed, chrysanthemum, marigold, chamomile, yarrow, or daisy should avoid dandelion, and anyone pregnant, nursing, or taking prescription drugs should talk to a health care professional before adding something new to their diet. http://www.blueskyin.com/dandelion-root-builds-up-blood-and-immune-system-and-has-cured-prostate-lung-and-other-cancers/
Rudolf Brojs from Austria has dedicated his whole life to finding the best natural cure for cancer.
He actually made a special juice that gives excellent results for treating cancer. He has cured more than 45, 000 people who suffered from cancer and other incurable diseases with this method. Brojs said that cancer can survive only with the help of proteins.
In order to prepare his special juice you need organic vegetables. Here’s what you’ll need:
Celery root (20%),
You just need to put all the ingredients in a blender and mix them all well. That’s it, you’re ready to start your treatment.
Just remember not to overdo it with the consumption of the juice, drink as much as your body requires.
Beetroot is abundant in antioxidants, C, B1, B2, B6 vitamins, folic and pantothenic acid, and the minerals – potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, sodium, iron, zinc, beetroot is considered to be one of the most health beneficial vegetables. The red color in beets comes from magenta pigments known as betacyanins.
A number of studies have confirmed beetroot is extremely beneficial in treatment against leukemia and cancer.
First of all, beets are abundant in betaine, which is an amino acid with powerful anticancer properties. Plus, it’s a strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and detoxification agent. Studies confirm that betaine destroys cells in the tumor tissue.
Beetroot can be used for the treatment of many types of cancer and the findings of one study revealed that 100% of subjects suffering from cancer positively responded to beet treatment.
It’s beneficial for pregnant women because it contains high levels of folic acid. It boost the function of the liver and gall bladder, preventing constipation. It helps with headaches, toothaches, dysentery, bone problems, skin issues and menstrual pains. It’s a true all-purpose medicinal plant which should be an indispensable part of every diet.
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Most people use aspirin to relieve pain such as headache, toothache and period pain, as well as to treat cold and flu symptoms and reduce fever. But aside from its medicinal effects, aspirin can provide a number of other less known benefits. Read on and find out how you can benefit in many different ways by using this common over-the-counter drug.
Aspirin contains salicylic acid, which makes it extremely effective in fighting dandruff. A simple treatment of applying crushed aspirin mixed with shampoo on your scalp and massaging gently will significantly reduce scalp inflammation, the most common cause of dandruff according to Dr. Joshua Zeichnerf. Plus, aspirin helps exfoliate flakes that also form on your scalp.
The method is very simple. Crush 2-3 aspirins then mix them with your shampoo. Apply the mixture on your scalp and massage for about 5 minutes. Rinse off as usual.
2# BETTER SKIN QUALITY
According to Everyday Health, the salicylic acid content in aspirin can also improve your skin quality by removing dead cells and excess sebum from the skin. Aspirin has proved extremely beneficial against psoriasis and acne because it unclogs pores and lessens swelling, redness, and skin lesions.
To improve your skin quality, crush 5 pills and add them to a quarter cup of water. Mix well for the pills to dissolve then apply the mixture onto the skin. Let it work for about 10 minutes before washing it off.
3# SWEAT STAIN ERASER
We all know that some stains, such as sweat stains, can be so hard to remove that even regular wash cycles can’t do much about them. But, a common pain killer, such as aspirin can help you get rid of these stains on the first washing.
Start by making paste of several crushed aspirins and some water. Then apply the paste on the stain and leave it to act for 15-20 minutes. Finish by washing your clothing as usual.
4# CAR MECHANIC
Most of you probably know what it feels like when you’re in a hurry and your car simply won’t start. You can’t wait for your car to be serviced, so it turns out you have to get really creative in finding a prompt solution. One way out is to add some crushed aspirin tablets into the battery. It may sound surprising, but aspirin actually works miracles for dead car batteries because the salicylic acid in aspirin works with the sulfuric acid in the battery helping your car get enough boost to reach the garage.
5# GARDEN USE
Last, but not least, the salicylic acid in aspirin prevents both mold and ethylene production, both of which are common causes of wilting in garden flowers.
The method is very simple. Add crushed aspirin into water and water your flowers with it. You can also put your bouquets into this mixture to help them live longer.