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papa2I shall be writing topics as it comes to mind. It could be topics, past or present, but relative to the times. I shall also be reacting to articles published, whether domestic or foreign, and voicing my opinion. My views shall always be objective.

Every now and then I shall also be sharing with you videos, photos, sayings and graphics of people, animals, places, etc., that I find interesting, which I hope you will appreciate.

Also, there are times when I will be posting articles about facts – why it happened that way or what could have been if something else happened.

I welcome you to my blog site and I look forward to inter-acting with you.

Your participation, your thoughts and commentaries, either for or against, will be very much appreciated.

We may have differences in opinion but that is the essence of being rational, to be able to agree to disagree. It is my aim that as we go along we enlighten not only ourselves but also those that finds the opportunity/chance to visit this site.

Let us enrich each other in knowledge and build each other up in friendship.

Thank you.

Jesus Sievert a.k.a  Quierosaber

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¡Hola mundo!

Escribiré temas como estos vienen a la mente. Esto podría ser temas, pasadas o presentes, pero con relación a los tiempos. También reaccionaré a artículos publicados, doméstico o extranjero, y expresaré mi opinión. Mis vistas siempre serán objetivo.

De vez en cuando también compartiré con ustedes vídeos, fotos, refranes y gráficos de la gente, animales, lugares, etc., que encuentro interesante y espero que lo aprecian.

También, hay tiempos cuando fijaré artículos sobre hechos – por qué pasó así o lo que podría haber sido si algo más pasara.

Bienvenidos a mi sitio de blog y espero colaborar con Vd. en el futuro.

Su participación, sus pensamientos y comentarios, para o contra, serán muy apreciados.

Podemos tener diferencias en la opinión pero eso es la esencia de ser racional, ser capaz de consentir en discrepar. Esto es mi objetivo que como continuamos, aclaramos no sólo nosotros mismos sino también aquellos  que encuentran  la oportunidad/posibilidad de visitar este sitio.

Déjenos enriquecer el uno al otro en el conocimiento y en la amistad.

Gracias.

Jesus Sievert alias Quierosaber

The Jeffrey/Jennifer Laude case

The victim, Jennifer/Jeffrey Laude and the accused, U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton.

The victim, Jennifer/Jeffrey Laude and the accused, U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton.

‘What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.’

Could these famous lines from the play Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare be applicable to Jennifer Laude?

Hardly, really, for while Jennifer may have been medically transformed partly to look like a rose and smell like a rose, she was, however, for all intents and purposes, anything but a rose – he was, and until his death, a man named Jeffrey.

To me the sad case of Laude is not about understanding and acceptance of gay people. For crying out loud, the issue of gays and lesbians has been hammered out for so long all over the world that we have learned to be tolerant of their existence. Even the pope himself expressed openly and praised the “gifts” gays and lesbians have to offer in our Christian society and people have acknowledged this.

But, showing to people how you want to be identified through your movements, feelings and looks is one thing, and it is another being forthright about that which doesn’t make you yet a complete, full-fledged gender identity of your choice.

Since I am talking now about ‘gender identity’, let us try to put the term in the right perspective with help coming from a reliable source/institution.

John Hopkins University (JHU), in their internet page about LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, or Questioning), has this to say about gender identity: Gender identity is the self-image that one has about one’s own gender as masculine, feminine, or otherwise. Often, people assume that gender identity is congruent with biological sex; they believe that a female will identify as feminine, and a male will identify as masculine. However, this is not true for everyone, since some people with male biology feel strongly feminine, and some with female biology feel themselves to be masculine. Others do not consider their gender to be either feminine or masculine, but a blend of both; still others feel that they are neither masculine nor feminine, but some other third gender. It is important to remember that gender is a malleable and variable category.

I purposely had the word Trans above in bold letters because this is how Laude has been described to belong, it being a gender identity.

JHU also had this to say about transgender people: Some transgender people report feeling that they were born in the wrong body. For this reason, some transgender people choose to have surgery to take the physical form of their desired sex. This person is sometimes called a post-operative transsexual. Someone can also be pre-operative, or can choose never to have surgery (in this case, she or he might be known as “non-op”). Hormones are used to promote secondary sex characteristics, such as breast tissue or facial hair. Often, the word “transitioning” is used to describe the period of moving away from one’s assigned sex. Physical transitioning may describe surgical, hormonal, or other changes to one’s body. Socially transitioning may describe legally changing one’s name, asking friends to use a chosen pronoun, and other acts of disclosure.

It is in this context that I postulated above that if a person has not undergone physical surgical procedure for sex exchange, then he must be forthright enough to confess to people whom he wants to enter into relationship with that he still has his original sex identification. For sure female hormones, like in the case of Jennifer Laude, made him grow breasts, but it didn’t change at all Jeffrey Laude’s male organs. If at all, perhaps it simply atrophied it.

Having said that does not mean that I am not enraged at what the American Marine, a member of a military contingent which participated in a recent naval exercise with Filipino forces in Zambales, under the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the US, did to Laude and the manner he killed the person he thought was a real, authentic woman.

If only Laude was straightforward and explicit about herself – that there was still a Jeffrey left on her, then events would have turned out differently. The least that the soldier could have done was dumped her and go bar hopping for a real girl.

There are men like Laude’s German boyfriend who loved her and was on the verge of marrying her. It is all within his right to make that choice and be contented with whoever and whatever Laude is or was.

There are also men, like the American Marine, who wants to go to bed with the opposite sex. That is with whom he can derive pleasure of the flesh and that is what he was seeking and expecting to bed.

So why the deception?

Cebuana psychologist attends international pediatric conference

Dr. Angie with cancer-stricken children.

Dr. Angie with cancer-stricken children.

Dr. Angie Sievert-Fernandez, PhD, CCLS, a Manila based psychologist, will attend the 46th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) that will take place on October 22-25 in Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Angie’s abstract, “Addressing The Psychosocial Needs Of The Hospitalized Child: The Role Of The Kythe Child Life Program”, was accepted for an e-poster presentation. The poster will be displayed electronically and will be available for viewing on e-Poster stations throughout the congress.

The abstract is based on a study Dr. Angie did with Nina Nerissa Sumpaico-Jose that seeks to determine and compare the levels of anxiety in children aged 5-12 years old, diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses and exposed to the Kythe Child Life Program (CLP) against those who have not been exposed to the Kythe CLP. Children’s drawings, specifically, the Child Drawing: Hospital (by Clatworthy et al., 1999), a validated and reliable tool used to provide a measure of the anxiety level of the child as expressed by the child himself was used in the study.

Kythe CLP is learning about what the child-patient thinks and feels while confined in the hospital and making sure that “the hospital is not only a place to heal, but also a place to learn, play and grow.”

Dr. Angie will join the group of Dr. Julius Lecciones, Medical Director of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center and Drs. Kathryne Pascual and Cecilia Leongson-Cruz. They are part of the program My Child Matters – Philippines (MCM), supported by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation that works to raise awareness on pediatric cancer and to educate nurses, doctors and allied medical professionals working with children with cancer and their families throughout the Philippines.

Dr. Angie finished her BS Psychology (cum laude) at the University of San Carlos in 1996. She completed her MAsters in Family Life and Child Development at UP Diliman in 2001 and earned her Ph.D. Counseling Psychology in De La Salle University in 2012. She is one of two Certified Child Life Specialists in the country and is practicing developmental psychologist at the Pain Clinic of St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City, Taguig.

CBCP barking at the wrong tree

CBCP-selective-justiceI understand there is no love lost between the members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and President Benigno Aquino (PNoy), but they should put their expression of dismay, and hatred, if you may, against the president in the right context.

Don’t tell me the high ranking officers of the Catholic Church don’t have the capacity to hate at those who don’t kowtow to their own vagaries and perversities. If they can show love to former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for her ‘Pajero benevolence’ for some bishops, why not distaste for PNoy?

But what I do not understand is that, if the Church authorities are raising uproar over the dismissal of Sandiganbayan Justice Gregory Ong, citing abuse of power and injustice, then don’t blame it on PNoy – for Chrissake!

Instead of supporting and amplifying further the statement given by San Beda College Graduate School of Law Dean Fr. Ranhilio Aquino that the Ong case was a “selective justice and a perversion of justice”, the bishops should have been more discerning in their approach and delivery because, after all, it was not PNoy who sacked, nor he recommended that Ong be dismissed, but it was the Supreme Court itself that did him in.

According to reports, by voting 8-5 with two abstentions, the high court found Ong guilty of gross misconduct, dishonesty and impropriety, upholding key recommendations of retired SC Associate Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez, who led a fact-finding investigation into allegations against the dismissed magistrate.

I don’t think PNoy had really a hand in Ong’s dismissal. I think the penalty was more about Ong’s action that was definitely an affront to the integrity of the justices themselves.

Ong, who was then member of the Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division that handled cases against corrupt and erring government officials, to be dismissed, was himself corrupted by the system.

The administrative case against Ong stemmed from his dismissal of the case for malversation through falsification of public documents against pork barrel scam brains, Janet Lim-Napoles, in connection with her anomalous sale in 1998 of 500 Kevlar helmets to the Philippine Marines.

The SC cited findings that Ong met with Napoles twice at her office after the anti-graft court Fourth Division acquitted her in the case.

“By his act of going to (Napoles) at her office on two occasions, (Ong) exposed himself to the suspicion that he was partial to Napoles,” the high tribunal ruled, adding that the “totality of the circumstances of such association strongly indicates (Ong’s) corrupt inclinations that only heightened the public’s perception of anomaly in the decision-making process.”

The SC noted that Ong was “no longer fit to remain as a magistrate of the special graft court” because he has had a record of breaching rules and ethics.

So there you go.

Talking about CBCP being corrupted, too, by unjustifiably supporting a rotten justice.

 

Closing bank accounts will not make Revilla a saint

Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla

Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla

Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla’s admission that he had closed several bank accounts at the time when the lawmakers’ Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), also known as “pork barrel”, was reported to have been funneled into Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) for an enormous and scandalous fee called “kickback”, is not really helping his graft, corruption and plunder case before the Sandiganbayan any.

In fact withdrawing his accumulated millions in cash involving some 81 bank accounts for fear that the government will freeze it during the course of the investigation is only adding more woe to his already desperate predicament.

The woe that I am talking about here is how Revilla can be able to establish his credibility, which is his main defensive game plan in absolving himself, now that he has withdrawn all that money?

He has been saying all the time that the truth will set him free and that he can prove it in court that all the money he has amassed are legit, considering that he is an actor who started the trade at a young age and, now, a highly paid actor to boot, so, then, why the closing of accounts if he is that confident about his scrupulous earnings?

What is so striking about the bank accounts of Revilla and his family, according to Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) investigator Leigh Vhon Santos, is that all deposits were made in cash.

This prompted Santos to comment that to be paid large amount of money in cash is “not usual business practice.” And neither is depositing large amount in cash.

It will be remembered that during Revilla’s bail hearing for plunder case over the pork barrel scam, Santos said opening multiple bank accounts is indicative of a money laundering scheme.

He also said Revilla’s closure of all his 81 bank accounts when the scandal was blown wide open indicates illicit activities.

“The closure of bank accounts when the Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) circulated in the media is indicative of a criminal mind,” Santos said.

The AMLC lawyer’s explanation cannot get better, clearer and more damnatory than this.

I can only wonder where Revilla is keeping all his withdrawn millions now.

The bath tub?

Like his benefactor, Janet Lim-Napoles, why not?

Binay camp now in quandary

Vice President Jejomar Binay

Vice President Jejomar Binay

Vice President Jejomar Binay may be still ahead in the surveys for the presidential election in 2016, but with the damning corruption criticism against his person made by his former supporters turned political enemies, one can only wonder if his gradually slipping numbers will still be able to sustain his trust ratings in the coming years.

Many are starting to realize that behind Binay’s seemingly wholesome image is a man who, as a former Makati City CEO, pretended to care for his people on one hand, but on the other hand was unscrupulously enriching himself, as the Senate investigation against his corrupt practices continue to unravel.

People are now appearing to be dissatisfied with Binay because instead of making his presence in the Senate probe to refute and clear his name, he has rather opted to explain his side in press conferences and other forums where almost always those attending are his loyal supporters.

There is no doubt that Binay covets the presidency more than anything else at this stage of his political career, but not being able to redeem his marred image in front of the senators who has been perceiving him to be a shady character only underscores the kind of person and leader Binay is.

The perception now of many is that Binay is no better than Enrile, Estrada and Revilla who are now under police custody for graft and corruption and plunder.

Now, is Binay the man the country needs to succeed President Aquino?

Like we need a hole in the head, he is!

It is for this reason that the Binay camp is now in quandary.

With the flak of unsavory issues being hurled at Binay, the latter’s factotums are sending counter charges in all direction just to save their presidential candidate from further losing grounds in the polls.

From UNA’s interim president Toby Tiangco, to UNA’s interim secretary general Jose Virgilio “JV” Bautista, and even Binay’s spokesman on political affairs, Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, all are training their guns at different personalities who they think are responsible for their candidate’s sharp decline in the surveys.

But have you heard anyone of them going against the commentaries made by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago about Binay? Are they afraid to receive a mouthful from Miriam? You bet they are.

But I think the most in quandary is Binay himself.

Binay seems to be kowtowing and ingratiating himself now to former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, urging the administration to approve the latter’s appeal for bail.

Binay’s party mates should start advising their presidential candidate that being soft to GMA is not only a negative political ploy, but also reinforces the perception that he is identifying himself with another outrageous and corrupt politician.

It looks like Binay himself is his own enemy.

Lost English talking parrot reappears speaking Spanish

Nigel

Nigel

There is no name more British than Nigel and so for British owner, Darren Chick, living in Torrance, California, he taught Nigel, his pet African grey parrot, how to talk with a British accent.

But one day in 2010 Nigel flew away and was gone for so long that he was given up for lost.

Nigel was a missing parrot for four years until a few months ago when the owners of Happy Tails Dog Spa in Torrance heard him calling from outside their shop and took him in.

“I heard somebody whistling and saying, ‘Hello? Hello?’ ” said Julissa Sperling, who owns the dog-grooming business with her husband, Jonathan, both from Panama.

The Sperlings, who speaks Spanish, describe the parrot as the happiest bird since it was singing and talking and barking like the dogs and kept on asking, “Que pasa?” (What happened?), in Spanish. He must have known a guy also by the name of “Larry” as he kept on mentioning it.

Julissa, impressed by the parrot’s verbal mimicry was getting attached to it, but knew that somebody else must be looking for it.

What they did was look on the Internet and verify for possible owners. Coincidentally, Teresa Micco, a veterinarian, has been running ads for her own lost African grey parrot named Benjamin.

While the parrot looked a lot like Micco’s Benjamin – including the distinctive yellow eyes and red tail – Micco used a scanner to check for a microchip, which did not turn up her ownership information.

Since the microchip turned out to be Darren Chick’s bird, Nigel, Micco immediately got in touched with Chick and informed him about the find.

Chick was obviously dumbfounded, but the reappearance of Nigel in his life four years after brought tears of joy to his eyes – despite the fact that Nigel, who now has forgotten his English, bit him when he first tried to pick him up.

I am sure they are now back where they started – mimicking the British accent.

Prospective Mars odyssey

mars1Consider this as an additional developmental study on NASA’s planned mission to Mars, after I blogged about Alyssa Carson (http://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/mars-generation-starting-them-young/), the ambitious and courageous 13-year old girl who wants to become the first person to set foot on the Red Planet.

While the US space agency, NASA, has successfully completed unmanned mission to Mars, like the landing of robotic rovers Opportunity and Curiosity that are now exploring the planet, transporting and putting human beings on the planet is much more demanding, as it is challenging.

A typical Mars mission manned by astronauts is said to involve a six-month journey, followed by a year and a half on the red planet, and a six month journey back to earth.

This is where it gets interesting and exacting as NASA, as early as a year ago, has been funding a study as to what procedures/techniques to be done with the manned missions 20 years from now considering the length of time it will take to reach Mars.

Whether or not this will be the ultimate practice to be followed, it has been reported that researchers are looking into the medical technique of putting the astronauts into a deep sleep or torpor on the six-month odyssey to Mars.

“I don’t think that we could go to Mars without something like this technology,” John Bradford, president of Atlanta-based SpaceWorks, said.

The medical technique being researched is known as therapeutic hypothermia, which is used in hospitals, albeit for a much shorter time period.

Therapeutic, or protective, hypothermia lowers a patient’s body temperature to reduce the risk of tissue injury.

SpaceWorks Enterprises acknowledges more research is needed before someone is placed in a six-month sleep. Up to now, the longest torpor induced by therapeutic hypothermia is 14 days, said Bradford.

According to Bradford the research envisages waking astronauts just once, at the end of their journey, other sleep durations may be used. The crew, he said, could sleep in shifts, with each astronaut in torpor for about two weeks and then conscious for two days, ensuring that one crew member is always awake during the mission.

When in the deep sleep, astronauts would be fed intravenously with carbohydrates, amino acids, dextrose, and lipids, said Bradford.

“They would not have any solid waste — it would be strictly urine,” he said, adding that a catheter would be used to dispose of the urine.

The crew could be brought out of their torpor by turning off the cooling gas and shivering suppressant.

Unbelievable!

I am sure Alyssa Carson and the rest of the aspiring Mars generation astronauts are aware of this technique, but then again 20 years hence is a long of time, and maybe by then a less bizarre technique, but equally brilliant idea, will be proposed.