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The Philippine nation is dying

By Joe America What is a nation? It’s the people, industries and culture. It’s the history. The traditions. It’s the laws and the language. It’s the land, the borders. Where can we find the best description of that nation? In its Constitution. In the structure, the rules, the values, and the inspirations contained in that … Continue reading

Virus trends in the Philippines

By Joe America I’ve been following the Department of Health’s (DOH’s) daily reports on the virus out of China. Here’s the link. UPDATES ON NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19) I can’t really ‘see’ the trend lines from the daily or interactive reports so I’ve crunched the data to give a trend line of admitted patients, discharges, … Continue reading

Standing alone after VFA; what it takes

By Joe America President Duterte has cancelled the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, to the surprise of the US and many other people. How can a nation facing off against China toss aside the most powerful military backstop in the world? Well, it’s easy if you aren’t really facing off against China. … Continue reading

The coronavirus; facts and future.

By Joe America Let me drop off two resource links. One provides the results of a study of 138 coronavirus victims from Wuhan. It is perhaps the best picture of the knowns and unknowns of the virus we have. Clinical Characteristics of 138 Hospitalized Patients With 2019 Novel Coronavirus–Infected Pneumonia in Wuhan, China The second … Continue reading

Why ‘panic’ is good policy to fight the coronavirus

By Joe America The coronavirus is a nasty little bug. I think all the calls for “calm” circulating in social media are wrong. ‘Panic’ is a better policy. But I’ll twist the definition a little: Panic, noun, a highly emotionalized energy state in which the mind calculates all the ways one can get a nasty … Continue reading