When government is busy blowing smoke . . .

By JoeAm Lunacy simply defined is a departure from reality where reality is an accurate reading by our senses of our surroundings. If our emotional or intellectual capacities are damaged in any way, then our readings may be wrong and self-punishing. Instead of what “is”, we risk overlaying the real world with what enters our … Continue reading

Vantage points

By JoeAm Vantage points are the problem, and they are the opportunity. This arose the other day during a debate here in the blog discussion forum. I argued that: “One’s vantage point defines what one sees. It may not be ignorance.” I made this top-of-mind remark in response to a reader’s observation that some view … Continue reading

Why ROTC is absolutely the wrong idea about what the Philippines needs

By JoeAm President Duterte has proposed making ROTC mandatory for grades 11 and 12 in the Philippines. A number of notables like Senators Ejercito and Gatchalian have signed onto the idea, citing it as a good way to instill patriotism and discipline among the youth of the Philippines. Excuse me! You mean the rote instruction … Continue reading

Paano Natin Pauunlarin ang Buhay ng mga Magsasaka?

Second of two parts. (Link to Part 1) by Wilfredo G. Villanueva Will: So, paubos ang farmers? Samantalang kailangan natin ang farmers for food security? Erin: We have to break that mindset. Why are farmers in other countries well off? Pa’no natin papaunlarin ang buhay ng magsasaka? Walang mapag-utangan. Walang support service. Walang pambili ng … Continue reading

“Importanteng Maisama sa Conversation”—Erin Tañada

(First of two parts) by Wilfredo G. Villanueva An activist who talks like he’s in the halls of academe. An oppositionist who still calls President Duterte “pangulo” without a hint of disdain or sarcasm. Took the bar exams doggedly three times to pass, simply because he wants to be a lawyer. He. Wants. To. Be. … Continue reading