Open Discussion: “Our Philippines”

Let me drop this blog off as the starting point to an open discussion forum for those wishing to partake of their usual dose of Society wit and wisdom from now through the first two weeks of May. I’ll be traveling with my family and don’t expect to stop by. Now, you can pick any topic … Continue reading

Mary Jane Veloso, neediness, and the Sevilla resignation

A “three-fer”, or three subjects for today: Mary Jane Veloso A Filipina who was evidently taken advantage of by relatives to smuggle drugs into Indonesia, and was caught, is on death row and scheduled to be executed by firing squad in about a week. The case is obviously tragic, at an individual level, and the individual … Continue reading

How daily newspapers promote nonsense in the Philippines

We live in an era where our surroundings are defined by social media and the mainstream press. Even when we get information from our friends, it is usually filtered through the press or undisciplined social media. Our minds are made up through an accumulation of shallow readings and loose information, or we follow a handful of columnists, … Continue reading

The Philippines: “Please pass the Mighty Bond”

I remember an old glue commercial where a hefty guy hangs upside down on a cross-beam, his shoes sealed to the beam by a few daubs of Mighty Bond glue, or some similar product. My recall is a little fuzzy on the particulars, but not on the upside down man. Mighty Bond glue is not recommended for dentures or pasting … Continue reading

Shift the China burden to the US; take care of the Philippines . . . and look east

The Society’s Chief Wildman, formerly known as Pinoy in Europe, drops off more insight in a day than most of us can do in a month. Well, I suppose it helps that he types 200 words per minute and his brain runs at 500. My keyboard is smokin’ at 50 WPM and my brain starts rattling and vibrating … Continue reading