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    Are People Becoming Dumber? Reasons Behind Low Human IQ

    December 10th, 2017

    By Sputnik News

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    A NEW documentary broadcast by Arte TV Channel has revealed that the average human IQ is gradually decreasing. The authors explain this trend by the hazardous impact of the chemicals in our environment. Anthropologist Edward Dutton, however, is confident that the negative trend has been triggered by much more unwelcome factors.

    The phenomenon of a lowering human IQ can be explained by genetic factors, rather than environmental ones, Edward Dutton said in an interview with Sputnik Germany.

    “80% of our intellect is inherited,” the analyst said, adding that such human abilities as the speed of reaction, inventiveness, the ability to distinguish colors and remember the rows of numbers have deteriorated over time. “These changes have been observed for over hundreds of years. So we definitely have become less intellectually developed — because of genetics,” Dutton said.

    According to the analyst, in the Middle Ages, there used to be strong natural selection in favor of intelligent people: those who had better intellectual abilities became more prosperous within a society, and therefore more successful, the analyst argued.

    “Ahead of the industrial revolution, 50 percent of the population in every generation, namely its wealthier part, had by 40 percent more surviving children than the other 50 percent of poorer people. This means that the level of IQ increased in every generation. This was common for the period from the Middle Ages until about 1800. By 1800, the human IQ was so high that there was this massive breakthrough with many new inventions and the industrial revolution,” Dutton said.

    With the start of the industrial revolution, people’s way of life and the selection process have changed.

    The expert noted that the average human IQ has been dropping since that time, as families with a higher level of intelligence started to use contraceptives and control birth rates.

    “People who are smarter tend to use more contraceptives because they think more about their future, act less impulsively and tend to a more thorough planning,” Dutton said.

    Moreover, things like vaccinations started to emerge and lowered the infant mortality rate, thus affecting the process of natural selection, Dutton explained.

    This has led to a situation where more and more children survived in poorer families.

    In Dutton’s opinion, the trend has further intensified with the development of feminism when women started spending more time on education and gave birth to fewer children.

    Brains in Danger?

    The documentary broadcast by Arte was supposed to contain a genetic explanation of this phenomenon along with the environment-related one. But in the end this aspect was not covered at all.

    Commenting on possible reasons behind this, Dutton said: “I don’t know, maybe they were just afraid to present my explanation to the public,” Dutton said.

    Researchers interviewed by the authors of the documentary said that the main explanation behind the lowering IQ levels are chemical substances that are present in the mother’s womb and affect the development of the brain of an unborn child.

    The anthropologist argued that the reason why the documentary did not present his point of view was possibly the fact that “there is nothing that we could change in this area.”

    Positive changes are possible when one talks about environment, but any adjustments in the field of genetics are viewed by people as “monstrous and scary.”

    The only way to stop the trend is to prevent people with a lower level of IQ from reproducing. But this is a move that no one, of course, would ever dare to make, the researcher concluded.

    The views and opinions expressed by Edward Dutton are those of the expert and do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik nor of Beyond Deadlines.

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    Just Say No: UN Rejects White House Recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli Capital

    December 9th, 2017

    By Sputnik News

    United Nations Security Council meeting. Image © AP Photo/ Richard Drew

    AT A time when it appears that almost the entire developed world has refuted a recent White House claim of support for the highly-disputed location of Israel’s capital city, one of the world’s most prominent global organizations has chimed in, asserting its refutation of the deeply unpopular Washington move.

    The White House, isolated during a special United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting following an announcement by the administration of US President Donald Trump supporting Israel’s claim that Jerusalem must be Israel’s — and no other’s — capital city, now has additional push back from the UN.

    “The status of Jerusalem must be determined through negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians leading to a final status agreement,” stated the five European member nations of the UNSC — including permanent members France and the UK — in a statement following an emergency meeting on the Trump declaration of support.

    In pointing out that the EU has “a clear and united position: we believe that the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two States, and with Jerusalem as the capital of both the State of Israel and the State of Palestine,” the five Europe-based members of the UNSC indicated that the European Union will not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem, according to The Hindu.

    Aside from the strongly-worded statement by the five European members of the UNSC, the emergency meeting ended with no official resolution, although many on the sidelines expressed their agreement that the Trump move was heavy-handed at best, and — at worst — would lead to additional violence in a region that could use a break.

    During the hastily assembled December 8 UNSC meeting, UN special envoy to the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov expressed dismay that Trump — acting in his current capacity as president of the United States — officially recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, cited by The Hindu.

    UN special envoy Mladenov, a former Bulgarian minister of foreign affairs from 2010-2013, warned that there is a “potential risk of violent escalation,” as both Palestinians and Israelis see Jerusalem as “the center of their life, their culture,” as well as a “symbol and cornerstone” of religious faith by millions of people.

    “Jerusalem is a final status issue for which a comprehensive, just and lasting solution must be achieved through negotiations between the parties,” Mladenov asserted, adding that Trump’s move has only increased “anger” among Palestinians and “anxiety” in the Middle East.

    “Only through constructive dialogue can we hope to achieve peace,” Mladenov opined, adding, “I call on all parties to remain engaged.”

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    Bing Crosby’s “It’s Beginning To Look Like Christmas”

    December 8th, 2017

    Bing Crosby in 1951. Image © https://en.wikipedia.org

    It snowing again in Houston after a decade and when I saw the snow flakes today, this song came in my mind….

     

    Music Video © YouTUBE

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    Philippine President Orders Police to Rejoin Fight Against Narcotics

    December 6th, 2017

    By Sputnik News

    Philippine policemen on a saturation drive in one of the country’s slum districts. Image © AP Photo/ Aaron Favila

    EFFORTS by a Philippine agency to combat drug trafficking will be supported by the country’s law enforcement officers, in a sign that the government is seeking to reinforce its anti-drug campaign.

    Philippine police have been ordered by their president to rejoin the country’s ongoing war on drugs.

    Rodrigo Duterte’s instructions “to resume providing active support” to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency indicate an about-face on his previous decisions related to the fight against narcotics.

    On October 10, Duterte removed police from this fight amid criticism from rights activists and UN officials, who referred to thousands of drug suspects killed during a national anti-drug campaign.

    The subsequent weeks have seen “a notable resurgence in illegal drugs activities and crimes,” media reports cited presidential spokesperson Harry Roque as saying.

    The 160,000-strong police force in the Philippines apparently dwarfs the country’s ant-drug agency, which currently numbers about 2,000 officers.

    The country’s anti-drug campaign kicked off on May 9, 2016 when Duterte won the presidential elections.

    The campaign was first suspended in January after several police officers allegedly used the campaign as a cover to kidnap a South Korean businessman and extort money from his family.

    Methamphetamines and marijuana remain the most widely-used illegal drugs in the Philippines, where the authorities are also seriously concerned about the illegal use of ephedrine and methylenedioxy methamphetamine.

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    Dengue Prevention Program in Philippines Could Actually Worsen Disease

    December 4th, 2017

    By Sputnik News

    © AP Photo/ Felipe Dana

    HUNDREDS of thousands of children in the Philippines have been administered a dengue fever vaccine that may exacerbate the disease, officials warned on Monday.

    The vaccine, Dengvaxia, has already been given to more than 730,000 public school children age nine or older in three regions of the Philippines in an effort to prevent the potentially deadly mosquito-borne virus.

    Dengue can cause severe flu-like symptoms and can in some cases progress to cause breathing issues, hemorrhaging and organ failure.

    The manufacturer of the vaccine, France-based Sanofi Pasteur, recently revealed that six years of clinical data show that the vaccine could worsen the disease in people who were not previously infected with the virus.

    A Philippine NGO recently claimed that they received information that three children vaccinated with Dengvaxia in the Philippines had died, although Department of Health Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo told Reuters that the three children died due to causes unrelated to the vaccine and that no deaths caused by the vaccine have been reported so far.

    “As far as we know, as far as we are made aware, there are no reported deaths that are related to the dengue vaccination,” Ruby Dizon, the medical director at Sanofi Pasteur in the Philippines, told Reuters recently.

    Last week, the Philippines Department of Health prohibited the use of Dengvaxia. On Monday, the Department of Justice ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to investigate “the alleged danger to public health… and if evidence so warrants, to file appropriate charges thereon.”

    It is unclear why Philippine health officials were unaware of risks associated with the vaccine.The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a July 2016 research paper that the “vaccination may be ineffective or may theoretically even increase future risk of hospitalized or severe dengue illness in those who are seronegative at the time of first vaccination regardless of age.”

    Last week, Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority announced that it was aware of Dengvaxia’s risks when it was approved in the country in October 2016, and has been working with the manufacturer to improve risk warnings on the drug’s packaging.

    In a statement last week, Brazil’s healthcare regulator, Anvisa, said that it recommends people in Brazil, where the disease is widespread, not to take the vaccine if they have not already suffered a bout of dengue.

    On Sunday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said the country’s government would make sure those who implemented the program are held accountable. However, presidential spokesman Harry Roque also emphasized that there have been no reported cases of the infection since use of the vaccine became prevalent and urged the public “not to spread information that may cause undue alarm.”

    Former Health Secretary Janette Garin, who established the program under former-president Benigno Aquino, recently said on ANC TV that she is ready to face any consequences, emphasizing that the vaccination program had been implemented in accordance with WHO guidelines and recommendations.

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    MLQ University gave highest award to former economic zone Director General Lilian De Lima

    December 2nd, 2017

    Former Philippine Economic Zone Authority Lilia B. De Lima

    THE Manuel Luis Quezon University awarded former Philippine Economic Zone Authority Director General Lilia B. De Lima with the Quezonian Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her recent winning of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service and invaluable contributions to the public sector.

    The awarding was made during the MLQU’s School for Professional Advancement and Continuing Education (SPACE) launching of its Executive Education Program (EEP). The program has been identified as a vital tool for businesses to improve leadership aptitude and capacity.

    Present during the awarding and launching ceremoies were members of MLQU Top Management which includes – Dr. Isagani G. Germar, University President; Engr. Vinci Nicholas R. Villaseñor, Senior Vice President for Academic and Administrative Affairs; Prof. Eric Soriano, Dean of Accountancy, Business and Real Estate Management and proponent of the EEP; Ms. Ma. Lorelie Urcia, Chief Finance Officer; and Atty. Pete Principe, President of the MLQU Alumni Association.

    The mission of MLQU is to educate leaders who made and continue to make a difference in the world of Business and Public Service, living to the its creed of “Pro Patria et Jure: For Country and Law.”

     

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    Ibong Malaya’s version of Andres Bonifacio’s poem “Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa”

    November 30th, 2017

    Gat Andres Bonifacio © https://www.picquery.com

    Gat Andres Bonifacio’s Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa is popular with members of the progressive movements in the Philippines.

     

     Music Video © YouTUBE

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    Kartilya ng Katipunan

    November 30th, 2017

    Image © https://sites.google.com

    ALANG-alang sa gunita ng ika-154 na taon na kapanganakan ng Ama ng Himagsikang Pilipino, Supremo ng Kagalanggalangang Kataastaasang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan at ang tunay na Unang Pangulo nating mga Filipino na si Andres Bonifacio ay ibinabahagi ng Beyond Deadlines ang Kartilya ng Katipunan na isinulat ni Emilio Jacinto.

    Nakatitiyak ang patnugot ng Beyond Deadlines na ang Kartilya ng Katipunan ay isinabuhay ni Bonifacio at mga kasamang lingkod ng bayan. Walang duda na naging gabay ng Supremo ang Kartilya sa pagsusulong ng rebolusyon.

    Kartilya ng Katipunan 
    ni Emilio Jacinto

    1. Ang buhay na hindi ginugugol sa isang malaki at banal na kadahilanan ay kahoy na walang lilim, kundi damong makamandag.

    2. Ang gawang magaling na nagbuhat sa paghahambog o pagpipita sa sarili, at hindi talagang nasang gumawa ng kagalingan, ay di kabaitan.

    3. Ang tunay na kabanalan ay ang pagkakawang-gawa, ang pag-ibig sa kapwa at ang isukat ang bawat kilos, gawa’t pangungusap sa talagang Katuwiran.

    4. Maitim man o maputi ang kulay ng balat, lahat ng tao’y magkakapantay; mangyayaring ang isa’y hihigtan sa dunong, sa yaman, sa ganda…; ngunit di mahihigtan sa pagkatao.

    5. Ang may mataas na kalooban, inuuna ang puri kaysa pagpipita sa sarili; ang may hamak na kalooban, inuuna ang pagpipita sa sarili kaysa sa puri.

    6. Sa taong may hiya, salita’y panunumba.

    7. Huwag mong sayangin ang panahon; ang yamang nawala’y mangyayaring magbalik; ngunit panahong nagdaan ay di na muli pang magdadaan.

    8. Ipagtanggol mo ang inaapi; kabakahin ang umaapi.

    9. Ang mga taong matalino’y ang may pag-iingat sa bawat sasabihin; matutong ipaglihim ang dapat ipaglihim.

    10. Sa daang matinik ng buhay, lalaki ang siyang patnugot ng asawa at mga anak; kung ang umaakay ay tungo sa sama, ang pagtutunguhan ng inaakay ay kasamaan din.

    11. Ang babae ay huwag mong tingnang isang bagay na libangan lamang, kundi isang katuwang at karamay sa mga kahirapan nitong buhay; gamitin mo nang buong pagpipitagan ang kanyang kahinaan, at alalahanin ang inang pinagbuharan at nag-iwi sa iyong kasanggulan.

    12. Ang di mo ibig gawin sa asawa mo, anak at kapatid, ay huwag mong gagawin sa asawa, anak at kapatid ng iba.

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    Gary Valenciano’s “Pasko na Sinta ko”

    November 24th, 2017

    Gary Valenciano. Image © http://www.pinoystop.com

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I love this Gary V song

     

     Music Video © YouTUBE

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    Pet Attack Dog: US Donates Millions to Aid Duterte Drug War Atrocities

    November 19th, 2017

    By Sputnik News

    United States President Donald Trump toasts Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte. Image © AP Photo/ Andrew Harnik

    THE Trump White House has authorized over $100 million to prop up the autocratic regime of the Philippines’ Duterte, even as the latter has received scathing global criticism for extrajudicial killings and human rights abuses at home.

    In spite of global condemnation for encouraging the indiscriminate murder of those even suspected of using, distributing or manufacturing illegal drugs in the Philippines, the nation’s President Rodrigo Duterte will receive lavish cash gifts to prop up his murderous policies.

    During last week’s state visit to Manila by US President Donald Trump as part of the 31st ASEAN Summit, over $100 million dollars of American aid was announced for the notorious Duterte and his administration, ostensibly to aid and support the brutal dictator’s ongoing war on drugs within his own country.

    The White House announced that the US will also donate $14.3 million to counter the effects of a civil war in the southern part of the island archipelago.

    Included in the cash gifts to the widely-criticized Duterte and his administration are $85 million for counter-terrorism supplies, as well as training and logistical support for the country’s military.

    A reported $2 million will also be made available to Duterte for his bloody ongoing campaign against illegal drugs in the country.

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    https://sputniknews.com/asia/201711191059230276-US-gives-millions-to-duterte/

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    Beijing and Manila Agree to Solve South China Sea Dispute with Words, Not Wars

    November 17th, 2017

    By Sputnik News

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Image © REUTERS/ Etienne Oliveau

    TO MARK their improving relations China and The Philippines have inked a series of agreements strengthening diplomatic and economic ties – including one to avoid any military conflict in the disputed South China Sea, once a flashpoint between the two nations.

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, the right hand man of General Secretary Xi Jinping, met with the ever-controversial President of The Philippines Rodrigo Duterte at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Pasay, Philippines.

    The two men shook hands and issued a joint statement that both nations should focus on resolving their territorial conflicts in the South China Sea by dialogue, not force. “Both sides believe that the maritime dispute is not the full sum of the China-Philippines relationship,” the statement said.

    “Both sides also reaffirm the importance of maintaining and promoting regional peace and stability, freedom of navigation in and over-flight above the South China Sea as well as freedom of commerce and other peaceful uses.”

    Both sides agreed to work harder “to manage and prevent incidents at sea, enhance maritime dialogue and cooperation, and pursue a stable growth of bilateral relations. Both sides agree to strengthen maritime cooperation in areas such as marine environmental protection, disaster risk reduction, including possible cooperation in marine scientific research, subject to further consultations.”

    Duterte issued a statement of his own, discussing the “improving relations between ASEAN and China” when it came to issues in the South China Sea. “In view of this positive momentum, we looked forward to the announcement of the start of substantive negotiations on the Code of Conduct (COC) with China,” Duterte said, hopefully sometime in 2018.

    The “Code of Conduct” is meant to be a comprehensive set of rules dictating how vessels are to behave in the disputed waters to avoid inflaming international tensions. In his statement, Duterte claimed that he had successfully tested a hotline between the Chinese and Philippine foreign ministries in case of maritime emergency.

    “In our view, these are practical measures that could reduce tensions and the risks of accidents, misunderstandings and miscalculation,” he said.

    Beijing also opened their deep pockets to put their money where their mouth is: 14 economic deals were inked, most of them related to the construction of public works such as bridges, dams, and irrigation projects in The Philippines. China also granted over $22 million to Manila to rebuild the city of Marawi, the site of five months of brutal fighting between the Philippine military and Daesh-affiliated militants.

    While China and The Philippines have never been outright enemies, they have often clashed over disputed territories in the South China Sea, mostly around the Spratly Island chain. Beijing considers the whole of the South China Sea their sovereign territory. To enforce their claim, they have undertaken massive artificial island construction initiatives since 2015.

    This has led them into territorial disputes with The Philippines and many other nations, including Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Taiwan — all of whom save the last are also ASEAN members. In 2012, the navies of China and The Philippines stood off in the Scarborough Shoal, leading to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) to hear the case over the territorial dispute.

    The PCA ruled that the Chinese claim to the territory was illegitimate, which did little to dissuade Beijing from continuing construction of artificial islands in the Spratlys. Between then and now, Xi became President of China and Duterte President of The Philippines. Relations have steadily improved since then.

    A September 2017 Pew Research Group poll found that 55 percent of Filipinos had a favorable view of China — up from 38 percent in 2014. The same poll marked a significant decline in the opinion that Manila should be tough on China in territorial disputes and an uptick in those who support a strong economic relationship between the two Asian nations.

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    https://sputniknews.com/asia/201711161059172802-china-philippines-maritime-dispute-resolution/

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    Fernando Poe Jr.’s “Doon Lang”

    November 17th, 2017

    Fernando Poe Jr. Image © https://www.youtube.com

    I love this FPJ version of a classic song.

     Music Video © YouTUBE

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    Rod Stewart’s “Some guys have all the luck”

    November 10th, 2017

    Image © http://oralcancerfoundation.org

    I was editing some work when I was reminded of this Rod Stewart’s song in the 80’s.

     

     Music Video © YouTUBE

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    Texas Massacre: Gunman Identified as Former US Air Force Member

    November 6th, 2017

    By Sputnik News

    Suspected gunman Devin Patrick Kelley who killed 26 people on Sunday (inset) and the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Image © http://www.nowtheendbegins.com

    TWENTY six people have been killed and 20 others injured in a gun attack on First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday.

    The suspect, who has been identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, tried to flee the site of the tragedy and was pursued by police; he was later found dead in his car.

    According to witnesses, the gunman, who was dressed in black “tactical-type gear” and wearing a ballistic vest, was first spotted at 11:20 a.m. local time across the street from the First Baptist Church.

    He crossed the street in his car, got out and started shooting outside. Then he entered the building and continued firing inside with his Ruger AR semi-automatic rifle.

    ​The suspect then walked out but was chased by a local resident who lives next door and who was able to grab his rifle and run after the shooter, who tried to flee the site in his car.

    ​The shooter was then pursued by police into a neighboring county until he crashed his car some 12 kilometers from the church. He was later found dead in his vehicle but it still remains unknown whether he shot himself or died of injuries sustained when the local resident counter-attacked.

    The gunman was identified by police as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley. Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek later said in a statement that Kelley is a former US Air Force member who served from 2010 to 2014.

    According to records, he served in logistics readiness in New Mexico until his discharge in 2014. The spokeswoman said  that he was court-martialed in 2012 for two counts of assault: on his spouse and on their child. He received a bad conduct discharge and was confined for 12 months.

    Kelley killed 26 people and injured 20, which Texas Governor Greg Abbott has called “largest mass shooting in their state’s history.”

    Officials have not released the names of the dead, but said they ranged from 5 to 72 years of age, including 14-year-old daughter of the church’s pastor.

    ​President Trump, who is currently on his tour to Asia, has ordered the country’s flags to be flown at half-mast until Thursday, November 9, to mourn the victims.

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    https://sputniknews.com/us/201711061058844800-texas-church-shooting/

    Mass Shooter Devin Patrick Kelley In Texas Kills 26 People During Services At First Baptist Church Of Sutherland

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    Isabel Granada: A life well-lived

    November 5th, 2017

    By GMA Network

    Image © Gene Lorenzo

    ISABEL Granada’s death was the sad news that greeted Manila on this gloomy Sunday.

    According to Granada’s cousin, Joseph Rivera, the actress died on Saturday Nov 4, at 6 p.m. (Qatar time) “with the comfort of the family”. She was 41.

    Rivera later posted the official statement of Arnel Cowley, Granada’s second husband:

    “It is with great sadness that my wife Isabel Granada has peacefully passed here in Doha Qatar. She has been a fantastic wife, mother and daughter. She always did her best in everything she did, whether it be in front of a camera or sports. I would also like to take this time to thank the Filipino community in Doha for giving their full support throughout this difficult time for myself and the family.

    Baby..wherever you might be..just always remember that I LOVE YOU. and I miss you very much.”

    In the latest “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” episode, Cowley narrated that they flew to Qatar on October 18 upon an invitation to Granada to be a spokesperson at the Philippine Trade and Tourism Conference.

    He mentioned that Isabel actually performed well but how, the following Tuesday, October 24, she complained of a headache upon waking up.

    “I said to her, ‘Do you wanna take something?’ She said, ‘No, no, not at the moment. I’m fine.’ We got dressed and we were picked up by some people that we knew [to go to a fan meet]. And then, up until that, she was talking. She said she felt dizzy. Her exact words were ‘Ay! Nahihilo ako,’ and then she collapsed without warning.”

    Isabel Granada was born in the Philippines and was quickly brought to Spain, where she was raised by her Spanish mother, whom we all know as Mommy Guapa, and her Filipino father, Humbert Granada.

    She returned in the ‘80s, quickly became a commercial model, and soon, entered show business via “That’s Entertainment”.

    Granada was successful in showbiz: She had projects upon projects, recorded an album, and even won a Best Supporting Actress award at the Famas in 1998, for her work in “Ligaya Ang Itawag Mo Sa Akin.”

    But outside show business, Granada’s life was full, too. She was a licensed pilot, to begin with, and in 2002, she married Jeric Aguas and soon became a mother to Hubert.

    The couple separated but Granada soon found love a second time in the person of businessman Arnel Cowley.

    Says Cowley in KMJS, the Qatar trip was also a celebration of sorts: “It was actually our 2nd year anniversary so we were really looking forward to come to Qatar, sa Doha na mag-celebrate ng anniversary namin. We were looking forward to getting away from Manila and spending a little bit of time dito sa Qatar…but unfortunately she collapsed and here we are, in this situation now.”

    Granada collapsed due to an aneurysm, a condition that seems to be hereditary in their family. She fell into a coma and, a week later, passed away.

    Her remains will be brought to the Philippines on Wednesday. — LA, GMA News

     

    Read More: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/showbiz/chikaminute/631977/isabel-granada-a-life-well-lived/story/

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    Tube’s “Remember Me”

    November 3rd, 2017

     

    Image © http://aramajapan.com

    This band, Tube, sang the original version of the popular Renz Verano song Remember Me. Tube is also known in Japan as the summer band as they only play during summer. The band is mostly made up of businessmen and CEOs.

     

    Music Video © YouTUBE

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    Houston Astros Are World Series Champions, Beating Los Angeles Dodgers

    November 2nd, 2017

    By Richard Gonzales/NPR

    Astros celebrating their victory. Image © http://www.chron.com

    THE Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 of the World Series, winning their first championship crown in the franchise’s 56-year history.

    The Astros jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings and held on for the rest of the game watching the Dodgers squander multiple opportunities to score.

    “We held down a really tough lineup,” said Astros pitcher Charlie Morton, who pitched four innings in relief, giving up the Dodgers’ only run. He struck out, walked one batter and earned the win.

    The losing pitcher was the Dodgers’ Yu Darvish, who lasted only 1 2/3 innings, giving up four runs.

    Unlike other games in this best-of-seven series, which featured dramatic home runs and multiple lead changes, Game 7 was a relative sleeper.

    The Astros got off to a fast start in the top of the first inning taking a 2-0 lead on a lead off double by center fielder George Springer. He scored when third baseman Alex Bregman was safe at second on a throwing error by Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger. Bregman then scored on second baseman Jose Altuve’s RBI ground out.

    The Dodgers responded immediately in the bottom of the first with their own leadoff double by center fielder Chris Taylor. An out later, third baseman Justin Turner was hit by a pitch from Astros starter Lance McCullers. With two runners on and two out, McCullers then hit right fielder Yasiel Puig, loading the bases. But LA didn’t score.

    In the top of the second, the Astros increased their lead, starting with a lead-off walk by catcher Brian McCann and a double by left fielder Marwin Gonzalez. McCann scored on McCullers’ RBI ground out and then Springer homered to center. It was the fourth straight game in which he hit a homerun. The Astros led 5-0.

    The Dodgers put their leadoff hitter, second baseman Logan Forsythe, on base with a single. And when pinch hitter Enrique Hernandez was hit by yet another McCullers pitch, it looked like the Dodgers could strike. But Chris Taylor hit into a double play, killing another opportunity to score.

    In the bottom of the third, the Dodgers had two runners on and no outs after a single by shortstop Corey Seager and McCullers hit Turner for the second time. But for the third consecutive inning, the Dodgers came up empty.

    In the Dodgers’ fifth inning, the Angelenos threatened yet again with a leadoff walk by Seager and a single by Turner. But Astros relievers Francisco Liriano and Chris Devenski snuffed out the Dodgers chances.

    Los Angeles finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Dodgers had runners on first and second with no outs, on a single by left fielder Joc Pederson and a walk by second baseman Logan Forsythe. But they managed to get only one run on a pinch-hit single by Andre Ethier Pederson.

    By game’s end, the Dodgers had left 10 runners on base.

    The champion Astros never scored after the second inning, in part because Dodger ace Clayton Kershawn was brought in as a reliever in the third inning and pitched four frames, giving up only two hits.

    Read More: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/01/561445201/it-s-winner-take-all-in-game-7-of-the-world-series

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    Terror by the Tonnage: What is Known About Deadly New York Truck Attack So Far

    November 1st, 2017

    By Sputnik News

    Terror and chaos in New York © REUTERS/ Brendan McDermid

    A VEHICULAR attack took place in New York City on Tuesday, killing eight and injuring 11. The attacker who is now in custody has been identified as a 29-year-old Uzbek national. The incident is being investigated as an act of terrorism.

    What Happened

    About 3:05 p.m. local time, a man drove a rented truck nearly a mile down a bike path in Manhattan.

    The truck drove as many as 20 blocks, reportedly hitting 20 people. As of this writing, eight people have been reported killed, including five Argentinian tourists and a Belgian woman. Eleven people who were hurt suffered serious but not life threatening injuries.

    ​​The attack was the deadliest act of terror in New York since the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

    ​According to eyewitnesses, at one point the truck turned back to the road and hit a bus. The driver then left the vehicle and was shot by a police officer. The attacker has been taken to hospital and is expected to survive.

    ​”Currently there is one person in custody. No other is outstanding. All information is preliminary as the investigation is ongoing,” the New York Police Department said.

    Attacker

    Terror suspect  Sayfullo Saipov. Image @ NYCityAlerts

    The assailant has been identified as Sayfullo Saipov, 29, a truck driver who had lived in Tampa, Florida and was recently living in Paterson, New Jersey.

    Saipov is reportedly an Uzbek national who moved to the United States in 2010, but the information has not been officially confirmed.

    ​He was also an active Uber driver for more than six months after passing the company’s background check, according to a spokesperson.

    Saipov has a record of multiple traffic offenses in Pennsylvania where he was stopped by police in 2012 and March 2015.

    Act of Terrorism

    “This was an act of terror,” Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York, said at a press briefing. Earlier, law enforcement sources told local media that the incident is being investigated as a terrorist attack.

    City, state and law enforcement officials have said there is no indication as yet that Saipov was anything but a “lone wolf” attacker.

    Eyewitnesses told the police that upon stepping out of the car, Saipov yelled “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is Great.”

    Saipov also left a handwritten note in the truck used to commit the attack pledging allegiance to Daesh, according to multiple published reports citing senior law enforcement officials.

    ​In addition to the note, written in Arabic, officials reportedly found a Daesh flag, or picture of the flag, the New York Post reported.

    Trump’s Reaction

    In a tweet, US President Donald Trump called the attacker “a very sick and deranged person.”

    Trump later wrote that “we must not allow ISIS [Daesh] to… enter our country after defeating them in the Middle East.”

    ​Several hours after publishing his comments on Twitter, the White House released a more formal statement.

    “My Administration will provide its full support to the New York City Police Department, including through a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We offer our thanks to the first responders who stopped the suspect and rendered immediate aid to the victims of this cowardly attack. These brave men and women embody the true American spirit of resilience and courage. I will continue to follow developments closely,” the president said.

    Trump has also ordered the Department of Homeland Security to tighten the refugee admission program, saying that “being politically correct is fine, but not for this.”

     

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    Korean businessman calls for a Philippines without forgotten neighbors

    October 29th, 2017

    Jae Jung Jang as he receives the Korean National Orders of Merit from South Korean President Jae In Moon

    A KOREAN businessman who is actively engaged in serving the poor and the leprosy afflicted in the Philippines for more than two decades was awarded the Korea National Orders of Merits by no less than the president of South Korea itself, Mr. Jae In Moon.

    Jae Jung Jang, a former ship captain and businessman who rose from humble beginnings, came to the Philippines in 1984, one of the most turbulent years in the country. He experienced People’s Power Revolution in 1986. In the same year, Jang, founded Uni-Ship Inc., a shipping, logistics and IT company, in Manila.

    Six years later, Jang, who is a Christian, founded Sorok Uni Foundation, a non-profit organization working for and with Filipinos affected by Leprosy and homeless urban and rural poor.

    Often times fellow Korean tease Mr. Jang because he seems to be more Filipino than the Filipinos themselves. Moreover, he envisions the Philippines to become a country without forgotten neighbors.

    Jae Jung Jang as he gives a haircut to a homeless folk in Liwasang Bonifacio

    According to Jung, the homeless, the abandoned and the rejected lepers need to be given another chance in life. They have to be inspired to hope, and they also need to feel the love of the Lord through the kindness of their fellow human beings.

    Jung believes that Jesus came to this world to take care of those who are suffering like those forgotten neighbors. The Lord didn’t come for the healthy and rich.

    According to him, he constantly prays that our well off brothers and sisters in particular will give love to the weak and needy, and that the Philippine society in general will give another chance and opportunity to everyone regardless of their situation or condition in life.

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    Revisiting the October Revolution of 1917*

    October 28th, 2017

    By John Wight, Sputnik News

    © Sputnik

    TO SOME the October Revolution of 1917 in Russia still stands, a hundred years on, as the single most important emancipatory event in human history.

    For such people it commands greater importance than the Reformation or the American and French revolutions preceding it, in that it went further than religious or political emancipation to engender social emancipation; and with it an end to the exploitation of man by man which describes the human condition fashioned under capitalism.

    To its detractors, meanwhile, October ushered in a dark night of communist tyranny under which, per Marx, all that was holy was profaned and all that was solid melted into air. In this rendering, October is considered, along with fascism, to have been part of a counter-Enlightenment impulse, one that arrived as the harbinger of a new dark age.

    However the attempt to place communism and fascism in the same category is facile in the extreme; it is a depiction that fails the test of history. The real and historically accurate relationship between both of those world-historical ideologies is that whereas fascism was responsible for starting the Holocaust, it was communism — in the shape of the Soviet Red Army — that ended it.

    That Russia in 1917 was the least favorable country of any in Europe for socialist and communist transformation is indisputable. The starting point of communism, Marx avers in his works, is the point at which society’s productive forces have developed and matured to the point where the existing form of property relations acts as a brake on their continuing development. By then the social and cultural development of the proletariat has incubated a growing awareness of their position within the existing system of production; thereby effecting its metamorphosis from a class “in itself” to a class “for itself” and, with it, its role as the agent of social revolution and transformation.

    Marx writes:

    “No social order ever perishes before all the productive forces for which there is room in it have developed; and new, higher relations of production never appear before the material conditions of their existence have matured in the womb of the old society itself.”

    The error in Marx’s analysis was that rather than emerge in the advanced capitalist economies of Western Europe, communism emerged on the periphery of the capitalist centers — Russia, China, and Cuba et al. — in conditions not of development or abundance but under-development and scarcity.

    German philosopher and economist Karl Marx. Late 1870s. Reproduction Image © SPUTNIK/ A. SVERDLOV

    From the vantage of exile in Switzerland, Lenin saw with uncommon clarity how the First World War presented revolutionaries across Europe with a clear choice. They could either succumb to national chauvinism, fall into line behind their respective ruling classes and support their respective countries’ war efforts, or they could use the opportunity to agitate among the workers of said countries for the war to be turned into a civil war in the cause of worldwide revolution.

    It was a choice separating the revolutionary wheat from its chaff, leading to the collapse of the Second International as with few exceptions former giants of the international Marxist and revolutionary socialist movement succumbed to patriotism and war fever.

    Lenin observed:

    “The war came, the crisis was there. Instead of revolutionary tactics, most of the Social-Democratic [Marxist] parties launched reactionary tactics, went over to the side of their respective governments and bourgeoisie. This betrayal of socialism signifies the collapse of the Second (1889-1914) International, and we must realize what caused this collapse, what brought social-chauvinism into being and gave it strength.”

    The ensuing chaos, carnage, and destruction wrought by four years of unparalleled conflict brought the so-called civilized world to the brink of collapse. The European continent’s ruling classes had unleashed an orgy of bloodshed in the cause not of democracy or liberty, as the Entente powers fatuously claimed, but over the division of colonies in Africa and elsewhere in the undeveloped world.

    Vladimir Lenin © RIA NOVOSTI. OTSUP

    From the left, or at least a significant section of the international left, the analysis of October and its aftermath is coterminous with the deification of its two primary actors — Lenin and Trotsky — and the demonization of Stalin; commonly depicted as a peripheral player who hijacked the revolution upon Lenin’s death, whereupon he embarked on a counter-revolutionary process to destroy its gains and aims.

    Leon Trotsky © https://www.biography.com

    Writing in the second volume of his magisterial three-part biography of Leon Trotsky, The Prophet Unarmed, Isaac Deutscher describes how the Bolsheviks were aware that “only at the gravest peril to themselves and the revolution could they allow their adversaries to express themselves freely and to appeal to the Soviet electorate. An organized opposition could turn the chaos and discontent to its advantage all the more easily because the Bolsheviks were unable to mobilize the energies of the working class. They refused to expose themselves and the revolution to this peril.”

    The harsh reality is that the cultural level of the country’s nascent and small proletariat, whose most advanced cadre was destined perish in the civil war, was too low for it to take the kind commanding role in the organization and governance of the country Lenin had hoped and anticipated. “Our state apparatus is so deplorable,” he was forced to admit, “not to say wretched, that we must first think very carefully how to combat its defects, bearing in mind that these defects are rooted in the past, which, although it has been overthrown, has not yet been overcome, has not yet reached the stage of a culture, that has receded into the distant past.”

    Joseph Stalin. Image © BBC.com

    Stalin’s victory in the struggle for power within the leadership in the wake of Lenin’s death in 1924 was, if conventional wisdom is to be believed, down to his Machiavellian subversion and usurpation not only of the party’s collective organs of government, but the very ideals and objectives of the revolution itself. However, this describes a reductive interpretation of the seismic events, both within and outwith Russia, that were in train at this point.

    Despite Trotsky’s determination to hold onto the belief in the catalyzing properties of October with regard to European and world revolution — which he shared with Lenin — by 1924 it was clear that the prospect of any such revolutionary outbreak in the advanced European economies had ended, and that socialism in Russia would have to be built, per Bukharin, “on that material which exists.”

    Trotsky and Lenin’s faith in the European proletariat proved wrong, while Stalin’s skepticism in this regard proved justified. Returning to Isaac Deutscher:

    “After four years of Lenin’s and Trotsky’s leadership, the Politbureau could not view the prospects of world revolution without skepticism… Stalin was not content with broad historical perspectives which seemed to provide no answer to burning, historical questions… extreme skepticism about world revolution and confidence in the reality of a long truce between Russia and the capitalist world were the twin premises of his [Stalin’s] socialism in one country.”

    The five-year plans introduced by Stalin, beginning in 1928, were undertaken in conditions of absolute necessity in response to the gathering storms of war in the West: “We are fifty or a hundred years behind the advanced countries,” Stalin declared in 1931. “We must make good this lag in ten years. Either we do it or they crush us.”

    When it comes to those who cite the human cost of October and its aftermath as evidence of its unadulterated evil, no serious student of the history of Western colonialism and imperialism could possibly argue its equivalence when weighed on the scales of human suffering. Here Alain Badiou reminds us that “the huge colonial genocides and massacres, the millions of deaths in the civil and world wars through which our West forged its might, should be enough to discredit, even in the eyes of ‘philosophers’ who extol their morality, the parliamentary regimes of Europe and America.”

    Ultimately, no revolution or revolutionary process ever achieves the ideals and vision embraced by its adherents at the outset. Revolutions advance and retreat under the weight of internal and external realities and contradictions, until arriving at the state of equilibrium that conforms to the limitations imposed by the particular cultural and economic constraints of the space and time in which they are made.

    Though Martin Luther advocated the crushing of the Peasants Revolt led by Thomas Munzer, can anyone gainsay Luther’s place as one of history’s great emancipators? Likewise, while the French Revolution ended not with liberty, equality, fraternity, but Napoleon, who can argue that at Waterloo the Corsican general’s Grande Armee was fighting in the cause of human progress against the dead weight of autocracy and aristocracy represented by Wellington? In similar vein, Stalin’s socialism in one country and resulting five-year plans allowed the Soviet Union to overcome the monster of fascism in the 1940s.

    This is why, in the last analysis, the fundamental metric of the October Revolution 1917 is the Battle of Stalingrad in 1942. And for that, whether it cares to acknowledge it or not, the world will forever be in its debt.

    The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.

    Check out John’s Sputnik radio show, Hard Facts.

     

    * The opinion of this author/s is/are his/hers alone. It is not necessarily the views of Beyond Deadlines.

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