filipino genesis30 Oct 2014 11:01 pm

bagobo babaylan – sage, priest, healer – memoir on mt. apo

BAGOBO BABAYLAN sage-priest-healer
Memoir of a Journalist in Mt. Apo
Ancient Herbal Wisdom

 

http://www.sisterraquel.com/2014/10/bagobo-babaylan

 

Filipino Genesis 02
By Bernie Lopez
eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com

 

Prologue

 

At the end of the fourth and last glacial period, about 10,000 BC, a momentous human dispersal, that would encompass half the globe, began from the area now called Burma and from the southern shores of mainland China. Archaeologists call it the Austronesian dispersal, which took 5,000 years and was so complex that there are conflicting theories. The Austronesians are the ancestors of present-day Filipinos, Indonesians, Malaysians, and Polynesians, or more popularly known as the Malayo-Polynesians or ‘brown race’. They were pre-historic mariners, the first boat people of human history, free spirits obsessed by wanderlust. The rising of the sea due to the melting of the polar icecaps triggered the dispersal. As the land shrank, they built their makeshift mini-Noah’s arcs. Centuries before the Phoenicians roamed the calm Mediterranean in the first known wooden ships, the Austronesians had reached the remote islands of the vast Pacific, Fiji, Samoa, and Hawaii, using tiny makeshift boats (balanghay in Pilipino).

 

The first waves of people in the Philippine archipelago, whose total shoreline of its 7,100 islands is greater than that of continental USA, settled in the lush coastal plains. Succeeding waves eventually drove away the first waves, who sought refuge in the inhospitable mountains. Today, the 180-odd ethnic groups, about half in distinct linguists categories, remnants of that dispersal, are scattered, their purity and heritage at the mercy of rapid assimilation to the modern age, their ancestral lands at the mercy of big business. Such were the Bagobos (bago means new, ubo means people or growth), the ‘new people’ first encountered by Spaniards in the Davao Gulf Coast. In truth, the Bagobos (a generic term which included dozens of linguistic and cultural sub-groups all over Mindanao) settled in Mt. Apo, tallest mountain in the nation, during the dispersal period, centuries before the Spaniards arrived.
 
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The color of the province denotes the largest ethnic group within that province, according to the 2000 census.

 

Bagobo Babaylan – Sage, Priest, Healer

absorbing the primordial sacrednes
i sat still in the silence of the rainforest
disturbed only by the echo of bird songs
meditating on the ancient wisdom
of its keepers, the bagobos
and their supreme god apo sandawa
guardian of their micro-universe

 

I roamed the remote recesses of Mt. Apo, covering with Dojin Okada, a fellow journalist from Japan, the controversial PNOC geothermal plant, whose arsenic-laden wastes were poisoning a lot of people downstream. We also covered the human rights violations and children war refugees, assisted by Betty Colmo, Sol’s woman Friday. Our base was in Kidapawan at the foot of Mt. Apo, at the home of the late Atty. Sol Jubilan, human rights lawyer, champion of the oppressed, of the victims of rape, land-grabbing, and military abuse, who paid legal fees with chickens and eggs.

 

Once, I dared climb Mt. Apo alone in spite of my bronchitis recurring. When I reached the top, I was feverish and regretted my mis-adventure. My Bagobo guide brought me to a hot spring about 30 meters in diameter. On one side flowed ice cold water, on the other steaming water. You could choose the exact location of human endurance to hot and cold. I went for the safe center, slowly edging towards the hot as my body adjusted. I ended up immersed in the pool for a good one and half hours while my guide sang fascinating ancient Bagobo tunes that echoed across the misty rainforest. When I got up, I spewed out all my phlegm and my fever was gone instantly . My guide said it was instant healing from Apo Sandawa, god of their mountain realm, because he looked with favour on me for helping to protect their territory from the multinational.

 

Babaylan is the Bagobo term for the wise old man, the sage everyone looked up to for wisdom, who knew about the primordial earth, about the ancient mores handed down by oral history, the laws of synergy and dialogue with the rainforest, key to Bagobo survival, who spoke with authority on political matters, especially conflicts and alliances with Christian lowlanders. He was also the tribal priest who could talk to Apo Sandawa in dreams, who received his sacred messages to the Bagobo people. Finally, he was also a healer, a medicine man, who prescribed rare rainforest herbs for ailments. Bagobo herbology is 2,000 years old, handed down by oral history.

 

I met two babaylans introduced by Sol, Datu Ito and Datu Hirang. Dojin theorized Datu Ito was a nisei, half Japanese, half Bagobo, because Ito was also a Japanese name. He was statuesque and could look like a Japanese. I played devil’s advocate. The Japanese farmers came to Mindanao for sanctuary from the oppressive Meiji Shogunate at the end of the 19th century. They integrated well with the Bagobos of Mt. Apo, and became ‘invisible’. They were the pioneers of the abaca plantations. They were the peace-loving gentle Japanese who would later be forcibly conscripted as spies by the Japanese Army in World War II. Today, 3 to 4 generations of Japanese descendants, nisei, sansei, yongsei number about 25,000 nationwide, concentrated in Davao and the Cordilleras. They completed Kennon Road when the Filipinos and Chinese workers gave up. Ironically, the vicious Meiji open the doors of Japan in isolation for 200 years, to usher in World War I.

 

I sat with Datu Ito for half a day as he walked me through quickly across centuries of Bagobo oral history, the peopling of Mt. Apo, the legends of wars and peace. I wrote feverishly, realizing the treasure of that meeting. My hand was complaining. My pen and notebook were running out. He told me of Apo Sandawa talking to him in dreams, giving him advice on what to do with the crisis of dealing with lowlanders. He would wake up suddenly from a dream and it would all be crystal clear in his mind.

 

Then there was Datu Hirang. He was a warrior and an herbalist. I interviewed him in his humble home in Kidapawan. When I mentioned Apo Sandawa, he suddenly stood up, went to the inner room and produced a black stone wrapped in cloth, so smooth and shiny, so perfectly egg-shaped that I thought it was machine made. He said Apo Sandawa told him in a dream to look in the rainforest for the ‘power stone’ meant only for him, lodged in the roots of a giant balete tree. For months, he searched for the stone in vain, until one day, hiking in an area not frequented by NPA platoons, he saw the tree he recognized from his dream, and scrambled to find the stone in the roots. And there it was, waiting for him. He attributed to the stone his healing power from Apo Sandawa as a babaylan, his ancient herbal wisdom.

 

One day, his stone vanished. He was worried because he may lose his healing powers. He apologized to Apo Sandawa and begged him to help find the stone. After a week, a fellow babaylan came to return the stone, and knelt before him begging for forgiveness for stealing it. Word about the stone got around slowly. The babaylan said that when he stole the stone, he got a high fever that would not go away. Only then did he realize the stone was meant only for Datu Hirang. As soon as he returned the stone, his fever vanished. Skeptics may frown on my journal, but I believe this story as part of modern Bagobo oral history, a treasure of heritage.

 

Probing into the ancient herbal science of Bagobos, I asked Datu Hirang to give me examples of healing herbs. He mentioned the herbal names in unfamiliar Bagobo names, so I just wrote them down phonetically, asked what ailments they cured, and formulations and dosages. Speaking as a non-expert in herbal medicine, I was amazed how sophisticated the circa-2,000-year-old Bagobo herbal medicine was. They had herbs for everything from menstrual spasm, boils, ulcers, high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, cysts to be melted, tuberculosis, measiles, sterility, and even cancer. They had anti-fever, anti-swelling, antibiotics, anti-allergy herbs. They had herbs for the eye, kidney, lungs, liver, blood. After an hour of notes, I realized I was documenting on paper for the first time in Bagobo history their herbal medicine handed down orally through generations. I was in fact doing a Bagobo herbal primer which was never done before.

 

But, Datu Hirang stopped me dead on my tracks. He said Bagobo herbal medicine intentionally remained oral and unwritten and secret for centuries in fear of lowlanders harvesting them massively into extinction, until the rare ancient rainforest herbs given as a gift by Apo Sandawa to the Bagobos of Mt. Apo would vanish. I instinctively gave my notebook to Datu Hirang. He laughed and said he trusted me. I asked how he can trust me when we just met, and at stake was a thousand-year-old secret. He just smiled and said he knew by instinct he could trust me. So that notebook is buried, forgotten, in my archives of about 80 journal notebooks.

 

Back to Datu Ito, he complained that their ancient herbal resources were indeed vanishing due to the wars between soldiers and rebels. The AFP would set forest fires to deny cover to the NPA. Some of the rare herbs uniqure to Mt.Apo could no longer be found. I suggested that I would look for funds for a series of Bagobo safaris to collect rare herb seeds or plantlets, and put them in a nursery run by Bagobos. Dispelling fears of undermining the millennium-old secrecy, he was willing to take the risk to save the rare herbs. He said it was a good idea and gave me a go signal, adding that Apo Sandawa would be pleased. The six months project would cost about P150,000 but I reduced it to P20,000 (first phase only) in fear of being turned down. Never mind the name of the scientist in the National Museum who turned down my measly P20,000 proposal that would save centuries of endangered herbs, whose value is indeterminate. He had different ideas of how to use funds for ‘research’ done by his own people. Maybe I am just a sour-grapes fool, but I regret that to this day.

 

Datu Ito told me Bagobo herbal science is dying because it would die with the handful of surviving babaylans, what with the unwritten law of secrecy of herbal wisdom pass down only to direct kin. He mentioned names, two in Bukidnon, one in Cotabato. I frantically took down their names in the hope of looking for them before they die. But journalists are like eagles who don’t flock. You find them one at a time. Without an institution or resources, freelancers like myself are helpless.

 

I suppose the project can still be revived in spite of many herbs now extinct. There is still a lot to save. Sol and Datu Ito are now dead, but there are new contacts and hopefully a few herbalists are still alive. If there is anyone out there interested to help the Bagobos, just email me please.

 

I was fascinated with the dream culture and herbal science of the Bagobos of Mt. Apo. I told myself to avoid romanticizing them, to stick to the facts of my interviews, and avoid verses. But I cannot write without emotions for my heart is with them, Sol, Datu Ito, Datu Hirang, the beautiful Bagobos I met. The inspiration and wisdom I learned from them is priceless. They are the window to the forgotten vanishing realm of ancient Austronesians. eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
 
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
come, blessed of My Father
inherit the kingdom prepared for you
since the beginning of time
for I was hungry and you gave Me food
I was thirsty and you gave Me drink
I was naked and you clothed Me,
ill and you cared for Me
amen, I say to you whatever you do
for the least of My brothers you do for Me
 
halikayo sa Aking tahanang
hinanda para sa inyo
buhat pa noong unang panahon
kayong mga nagpakain sa Akin
noong Ako ay gutom
nagpainom noong Ako ay uhaw
nagbigay ng damit noong Ako ay hubad
nag-alaga noong Ako ay may sakit
amen, ito ang pangako Ko sa inyo
anumang ang inilaan ninyo
sa Aking mga dukhang kapatid
inilaan niyo na rin sa Akin
 
Matthew 25:35-45
 
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
behold I shall rescue them from oppression in the north
I shall gather them from the ends of the earth
the blind and the lame in their midst
and the mothers with child
they shall all return as one vast nation
they departed in tears but I shall console and guide them
I shall lead them to brooks on level ground
so that none shall stumble, for I am the Lord God of all
 
Jeremiah 31:8-9
 
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
st francis of assisi would pray 8 hours a day inside his hut
his prayer consisted of five one-syllable words
‘my Lord and my God’
he would say this repeatedly
for 8 hours with different emotions
‘my Lord and my God’
from awe and reverence
to contrition and penitence
‘my Lord and my God’
it would fill him the whole day
and at night his hut would glow
from his intense halo
 
‘my Lord and my God’
 
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
of what use is your vast empire
if your home lies in ruins
of what use are your endless conquests
when your empire has conquered you
of what use is your fame and fortune
when you lose your immortal soul
 
eastwind

 

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
for healing, visit www.sisterraquel.com

 

amdg
eastwind journals26 Oct 2014 01:27 am

derivatives of 5 US banks above $40TR each – ISIS a cia-mossad-mi5 creation

DERIVATIVES OF 5 US BANKS ABOVE $40TR EACH
ISIS A CIA-MOSSAD-MI5 CREATION
Verses from Mother Teresa
 
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http://www.sisterraquel.com/2014/10/five-banks

 

By Bernie Lopez
eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
Permission is granted to re-publish with credits and notification.
Disclaimer – the views in this article are those of the author alone.

 

BREAKING NEWS –
ISIS A CIA-MOSSAD-MI5 CREATION
Funded by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey
Grand Plan to pit Arab against Arab
Origins from Saudi Arabia, Libya, Exported to Syria via Turkey
(Inquirer October 21, 2014, Opinion Section)
http://opinion.inquirer.net/79462/isis-a-cia-mossad-mi5-creation
 
DERIVATIVES OF 5 US BANKS ABOVE $40 TRILLION EACH
Wall Street’s Trillion-Dollar Casino Royale
Runaway Unstoppable Greed and Despair
A 100 Times Bigger than the US Gambling Industry

 

It could actually be a crash a hundred times bigger than the 1929 depression. The US banking system can tumble any day in the blink of an eye without any forewarning. Greed is stretching the limits of the rubber band. It can snap anytime. Five major banks have more than US$40 trillion dollars each in derivatives exposure, as of this writing. It is a legalized trillion-dollar gambling spree, which the Feds are unable to stop, perhaps because some of them are in cahoots, or Wall Street, which finances election campaigns, is just too powerful even for the government. The 2008 crisis failed to stop the frenzy in derivatives. In fact, derivatives gambling increased further. The total exposure on derivatives versus assets of the 5 banks are given below.

 

Assets Vs Derivatives in Trillions of US$
 
Bank
 
Total Assets
Derivatives exposure
Asset as % of derivatives
JPMorgan/Chase
2.5
68.0
2,720%
Citibank
1.9
60.0
3,158%
Goldman Sachs
0.9
54.6
6,067%
Bank of America
2.2
54.5
2,477%
Morgan Stanley
0.8
44.9
5,613%
Total
8.3
282.0
3,398%
Source – http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-25/5-us-banks-each-have-more-40-trillion-dollars-exposure-derivatives (Note. Because the article pops in and out in the link, and access is unreliable, it has been copy pasted for readers at the Appendix at the end of this blog.)

 

Derivatives are essentially gambling, not investing. Derivatives trading is based on ‘paper bets’ like a ticket to the horse race. They are speculative, based on the subjective view, the educated guess, that a commodity will do well in the future. Profits or losses can be, say, ten-fold, either way. The danger is the bank’s derivative exposure is many times higher than its assets. This kind of ‘leveraging’ is dangerous when the educated guess is wrong, and results in a bank run.
 
In the table above, JPMorgan/Chase has assets of only $2.5 trillion but its derivatives exposure is $68 trillion, which is 27 times or 2,720% than its assets. To put it simplistically, that means, it makes a $27 bet when it only has $1. Note that the most aggressive risk-takers are the two smallest of the five, namely Goldman Sachs at 6,067% and Morgan Stanley at 5,613%, demonstrating the competitive greed of banks. When the derivatives bubble burst, Wall Street can bring down the entire global economy, and they know it. The US accounts for $280 trillion in derivatives out of the global total of $710 trillion, or 40%. Derivatives gambling is a runaway global trend.
 
Why are these banks resorting to very risky gambling? Simple, it is plain greed. Their enormous earnings from derivatives is staggering. Greed is blinding them to the fiasco of the 2008 crisis. A new crisis will be many times bigger. The 2008 crisis was caused by a run in these banks due to derivatives. Derivatives may deliver 10 times in profit or 20 times in loss. Are there in fact ongoin undisclosed runs in these 5 banks, that is why they keep increasing derivatives exposure? Derivatives are addictive to both the greedy and the desperate. The more a run looms, the more they turn to derivatives to avoid the run, until the rubber band snaps.

 

Is there a correlation between the predominantly Jewish banks in Wall Street resorting to heavy derivatives to the billions the Israelis give out for election campaigns through the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the richest and most powerful lobby group in the US? Israel receives US$3 billion dollars a year in military aid or a total of a staggering $250 billion in the last 60 years. This is the largest quid pro quo in the planet – Israel funds US politicians in return for US military aid to Israel. (Source – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chase-madar/israel-military-aid_b_4759159.html)

 

Is there a correlation between ISIS being a CIA-Mossad-MI5 creation (breaking news above) and the increasing despair of Wall Street to contain a new crisis? Banks, since the days of Rothschild, have been enriched by wars. Wars enrich the powerful and victimizes the weak as mere collateral damage. Wars enrich Wall Street. Are they inducing wars in the Middle East to forestall bank runs?

 

Right now, the US national debt is a galactic US$17.7 trillion and increasing by the second, as of this writing. The US has printed empty paper money to the tune of US$4 trillion since 2004. The more desperate the Feds are, the deeper the financial crisis is, the more they print paper money. When will the bubble burst? The best economists can make educated guesses, but no one really knows, since half of the data needed to make guesses are hidden. A derivatives bubble burst is like a black hole which will siphon billions of stars within a 50-million light-year radius. eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com

 

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Mother Teresa, the psalmist,
the Isaiah of the Modern Age, speaks
 
if we have no peace
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other
 
if you judge people
you have no time to love them
 
if you can’t feed a hundred people
then feed just one
 
I found the paradox (that)
if you love until it hurts
there can be no more hurt
only more love
 
God has not called me to be successful
He called me to be faithful
 
the most terrible poverty is loneliness
and the feeling of being unloved
 
I alone cannot change the world
but I can cast a stone
across the waters
to create many ripples
 
we ourselves feel that what we are doing
is just a drop in the ocean
but the ocean would be less
because of that missing drop
 
kind words can be short and easy to speak
but their echoes are truly endless
 
Mother Teresa

 

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the one who hates is the victim
not the one hated
hatred consumes and creates illness
forgiveness restores and gives healing

 

eastwind

 

visit the healing website
www.sisterraquel.com

 

amdg
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APPENDIX
Original source article is copy pasted here for readers, because it pops in and out of the link’s blog.

 

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-25/5-us-banks-each-have-more-40-trillion-dollars-exposure-derivatives
 
5 U.S. Banks Each Have More Than 40 Trillion Dollars In Exposure To Derivatives

 

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/25/2014 21:11 -0400
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Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

 

When is the U.S. banking system going to crash?  I can sum it up in three words.  Watch the derivatives.  It used to be only four, but now there are five “too big to fail” banks in the United States that each have more than 40 trillion dollars in exposure to derivatives.  Today, the U.S. national debt is sitting at a grand total of about 17.7 trillion dollars, so when we are talking about 40 trillion dollars we are talking about an amount of money that is almost unimaginable.  And unlike stocks and bonds, these derivatives do not represent “investments” in anything.  They can be incredibly complex, but essentially they are just paper wagers about what will happen in the future.  The truth is that derivatives trading is not too different from betting on baseball or football games.  Trading in derivatives is basically just a form of legalized gambling, and the “too big to fail” banks have transformed Wall Street into the largest casino in the history of the planet.  When this derivatives bubble bursts (and as surely as I am writing this it will), the pain that it will cause the global economy will be greater than words can describe.
If derivatives trading is so risky, then why do our big banks do it?
The answer to that question comes down to just one thing.
Greed.
The “too big to fail” banks run up enormous profits from their derivatives trading.  According to the New York Times, U.S. banks “have nearly $280 trillion of derivatives on their books” even though the financial crisis of 2008 demonstrated how dangerous they could be…
American banks have nearly $280 trillion of derivatives on their books, and they earn some of their biggest profits from trading in them. But the 2008 crisis revealed how flaws in the market had allowed for dangerous buildups of risk at large Wall Street firms and worsened the run on the banking system.
The big banks have sophisticated computer models which are supposed to keep the system stable and help them manage these risks.
But all computer models are based on assumptions.
And all of those assumptions were originally made by flesh and blood people.
When a “black swan event” comes along such as a war, a major pandemic, an apocalyptic natural disaster or a collapse of a very large financial institution, these models can often break down very rapidly.
For example, the following is a brief excerpt from a Forbes article that describes what happened to the derivatives market when Lehman Brothers collapsed back in 2008…
Fast forward to the financial meltdown of 2008 and what do we see? America again was celebrating. The economy was booming. Everyone seemed to be getting wealthier, even though the warning signs were everywhere: too much borrowing, foolish investments, greedy banks, regulators asleep at the wheel, politicians eager to promote home-ownership for those who couldn’t afford it, and distinguished analysts openly predicting this could only end badly. And then, when Lehman Bros fell, the financial system froze and world economy almost collapsed. Why?
The root cause wasn’t just the reckless lending and the excessive risk taking. The problem at the core was a lack of transparency. After Lehman’s collapse, no one could understand any particular bank’s risks from derivative trading and so no bank wanted to lend to or trade with any other bank. Because all the big banks’ had been involved to an unknown degree in risky derivative trading, no one could tell whether any particular financial institution might suddenly implode.
After the last financial crisis, we were promised that this would be fixed.
But instead the problem has become much larger.
When the housing bubble burst back in 2007, the total notional value of derivatives contracts around the world had risen to about 500 trillion dollars.
According to the Bank for International Settlements, today the total notional value of derivatives contracts around the world has ballooned to a staggering 710 trillion dollars ($710,000,000,000,000).
And of course the heart of this derivatives bubble can be found on Wall Street.
What I am about to share with you is very troubling information.
I have shared similar numbers in the past, but for this article I went and got the very latest numbers from the OCC’s most recent quarterly report.  As I mentioned above, there are now five “too big to fail” banks that each have more than 40 trillion dollars in exposure to derivatives…
 
JPMorgan Chase
Total Assets: $2,476,986,000,000 (about 2.5 trillion dollars)
Total Exposure To Derivatives: $67,951,190,000,000 (more than 67 trillion dollars)
Citibank
Total Assets: $1,894,736,000,000 (almost 1.9 trillion dollars)
Total Exposure To Derivatives: $59,944,502,000,000 (nearly 60 trillion dollars)
Goldman Sachs
Total Assets: $915,705,000,000 (less than a trillion dollars)
Total Exposure To Derivatives: $54,564,516,000,000 (more than 54 trillion dollars)
Bank Of America
Total Assets: $2,152,533,000,000 (a bit more than 2.1 trillion dollars)
Total Exposure To Derivatives: $54,457,605,000,000 (more than 54 trillion dollars)
Morgan Stanley
Total Assets: $831,381,000,000 (less than a trillion dollars)
Total Exposure To Derivatives: $44,946,153,000,000 (more than 44 trillion dollars)
 
And it isn’t just U.S. banks that are engaged in this type of behavior.
As Zero Hedge recently detailed, German banking giant Deutsche Bank has more exposure to derivatives than any of the American banks listed above…
Deutsche has a total derivative exposure that amounts to €55 trillion or just about $75 trillion. That’s a trillion with a T, and is about 100 times greater than the €522 billion in deposits the bank has. It is also 5x greater than the GDP of Europe and more or less the same as the GDP of… the world.
For those looking forward to the day when these mammoth banks will collapse, you need to keep in mind that when they do go down the entire system is going to utterly fall apart.
At this point our economic system is so completely dependent on these banks that there is no way that it can function without them.
It is like a patient with an extremely advanced case of cancer.
Doctors can try to kill the cancer, but it is almost inevitable that the patient will die in the process.
The same thing could be said about our relationship with the “too big to fail” banks.  If they fail, so do the rest of us.
We were told that something would be done about the “too big to fail” problem after the last crisis, but it never happened.
In fact, as I have written about previously, the “too big to fail” banks have collectively gotten 37 percent larger since the last recession.
At this point, the five largest banks in the country account for 42 percent of all loans in the United States, and the six largest banks control 67 percent of all banking assets.
If those banks were to disappear tomorrow, we would not have much of an economy left.
But as you have just read about in this article, they are being more reckless than ever before.
We are steamrolling toward the greatest financial disaster in world history, and nobody is doing much of anything to stop it.
Things could have turned out very differently, but now we will reap the consequences for the very foolish decisions that we have made.
 
eastwind journals19 Oct 2014 10:36 pm

10 brands of neonicotinoid in use since 1990s / PCA still using neonics in Batangas

1) TEN BRANDS OF TOXIC NEONICOTINOID IN USE SINCE 1990s
Used extensively nationwide for years with effects not known.
 
2) PCA STILL USING NEONICONTINOID IN BATANGAS
In spite of its announcement to stop use
In defiance of Pangilinan or with his consent?
In spite of decreased infestation nullifying EO 169

 

ADVANCE COPY TO SENATORS DUE TO URGENCY IN BATANGAS.
If Noynoy plans to do nothing about this urgent problem, we are asking the Senators to conduct an inquiry, and for NGOs and farmers to charge PCA, the FPA, Pangilinan, and Mitsui Chemicals in the Supreme Court for endangering the environment and the lives of Filipinos, and for inducing a possible mega-disaster.
 

http://www.sisterraquel.com/2014/10/10-brands

 
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By Bernie V. Lopez
eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com

 

Permission is granted to re-publish.
Disclaimer – the views in this article are those of the author alone.

 

1) TEN BRANDS OF NEONICOTINOID IN USE SINCE 1990s
Used extensively nationwide for years with effects not known.

 

The deadly chemical neonicotinoid, which has recently caused a furor due to its use to eradicate an insect infestation of coconut trees, has actually been extensively used nationwide since the 1990s, mainly for rice, mangoes, eggplants and other fruits and vegetables, under ten brand names. Farmers and consumers are not aware that 1) this chemical is 10,000 times more deadly than the banned DDT, 2) it is banned in the US and EU in spite of licenses questionably issued by our Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA), and 3) it can irreversibly poison our water table and watersheds.
 
The chemical is so potent that one has to be a licensed handler. It can easily be absorbed upon skin contact, affects the eyes if sprayed, and lungs if inhaled. Warning to the public, neonicotinoid affects the nervous and immunity systems of insects, and possible also humans in large doses, but marketed as having little or no effects on humans. It is water-soluble and when sprayed, only 5% is retained on leaves, the rest drips to the soil, then spread to potable ground water and river systems. It is not known if accumulated ingestion in small amounts may cause cancer.
 
The multinationals, who are the ultimate culprits in spreading these deadly toxins in the Third World in spite of being banned in developed countries, include Mitsui and Sumitomo of Japan, Syngenta of Switzerland, and Bayer of Germany. The US Bee Keepers’ Association is suing Bayer and Syngenta for $450 million for ‘colony collapse disorder’ (mass extinction of bees) in one of the biggest class-action suit in American history. There are moves towards a ‘global moratorium’ on neonicotinoid, but no one seems to be able to stop the multinationals.
 
A Filipino scientist, who requested anonymity, revealed the ten brands as 1) Dinotefuran / Starkle sold by LEADS/Mitsui Chemicals, 2) Oshin, by Biostadt, 3-6) Thiametoxam / Actara, Cruizer, Thiametoxam+Pyrethroid / Alika, and Thiametoxam + Diamide Voliam Flexi, by Syngenta, 7-9) Imidachloprid Confidor, Gaucho, and Imidachloprid + Pyrethroid by Bayer, and 10) Clothianidin by Dantop Sumitomo.
 
In July 2013, in Elmwood, Ontario, Canada, 37 million bees were discovered massacred by neonicotinoid-laced GMO corn. In the Philippines, texts poured in after the report on PCA – Joel Magsaysay of Ilog Maria, 200 of 800 hives massacred, Lito Misa, unknown number, Bert Peter, 9 hives, Daisy Farm of Isabela, 2 hives. These are tell-tale signs of a looming agricultural disaster. Never mind the bees. How about the rice, fish, fruits and vegetables we eat?
 
To demonstrate the power of multinationals to influence Philippine jurisprudence with the FPA as their partner, the Supreme Court squashed legal claims by FPA that they have the right to regulate operations of local firms that impinge on the sales of multinationals. Their regulatory powers are limited to banning chemicals, not banning company operations. In FPA vs Mapecon, G.R. 161594, June 18, 2007, the court ruled with finality that FPA regulatory powers do not cover company operations. The practice of powerful multinationals to suppress through the FPA the local sales of Mapecon was based on a milestone invention by its owner, Jun Catan, of a cheap non-toxic organic-based pesticide, which made the multinationals panic that this would dramatically undermine their sales of expensive toxic chemical pesticides. Such multinational malpractices in the Third World have been going on for decades. They know it easy to offer ‘benefits’ to poor bureaucrats.
 
Someone has to stop this FPA-multinational partnership to poison the food we eat and the fields we plant on. Noynoy or a Senate inquiry should order the ban of the FPA-approved ten brands. Somebody has to file a case with the Supreme Court to stop banned chemicals in Philippine agriculture. eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com

 

2) PCA STILL USING NEONICONTINOID IN BATANGAS
In spite of its announcement to stop use
In defiance of Pangilinan or with his consent?
In spite of decreased infestation nullifying EO 169

 

It is not known if people under Agricultural Czar Kiko Pangilinan are defying his orders, or if he himself is giving the order. Because of extreme pressures from protests, Pangilinan and Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) head — Alarcon issued press statements that PCA would stop the use of the deadly neonicotinoid under the brand name Starkle and resort to the use of harmless organics. There was no longer any emergency requiring the use of toxic chemicals because typhoon Glenda had dissipated the infestation.
 
Under RA 6969, the use of Starkle is illegal because it does not have a permit for use from the Environment Management Bureau, in spite of its FPA questionable license.
 
Suddenly, their USEC issued contradictory statements that they will continue to use Starkle in 12 towns in Batangas because they were not affected by typhoon Glenda and infestation was still heavy. The selection of the 12 towns as still having heavy infestation was in fact blatantly arbitrary because PCA did not present survey data to prove their claim. In fact, a survey in such a short time until the decision on the 12 towns was impossible to do.

 

The fact that there is no more strong infestation, the emergency use of toxic chemicals as justified in EO 169 is nullified.

 

The real reason posed by protestors was that the money had already been released and the chemical purchased. If contractors do not submit a liquidation report that they had indeed used the chemicals, they cannot be given a new batch. There would be a loss of ‘commissions’ on unused chemicals. PCA in fact fears holding on to tons of toxic chemicals they can no longer use. There is thus pressure to use them in spite of the chemicals deadly effects on health and environment. P37 million was released to PCA in June 2014 to be used for Starkle. Now that the word is out in the media, and farmers are aware of the bad effects of the chemical, no one will dare agree to have their trees injected with Starkle.
 
Unscrupulous elements within PCA will therefore find ways to dispose of the chemicals by hook or by crook. Farmers in Laguna report they were offered cash if only they would agree to use the chemicals. There are also reports that they have persuaded some mayors in Laguna and Batangas to agree to the proliferation of the toxic chemicals.
 
Before protests erupted, PCA planned to use the neonicotinoid-based Starkle on a massive scale, a first ever-to-be in human history, targeting a mind-boggling 2.4 million coconut trees, whose long term effects are not known. Toxicologists claim that at this scale, it has the capability to disrupt irreversibly in the long-term the entire ecological food chain, undermine food security, and induce regional famines. Also, when the global buyers of our coconut oil finds out, our multi-billion dollar export trade will vanish in the blink of an eye. eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com

 

(Sources – http://www.sisterraquel.com/2014/07/bibliography).

 

BREAKING NEWS
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That will get data on your credit card, where you are, etc.
www.youtube.com/embed/Q8xz8xKEFvU

 

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Lord,
let me sing to You until I am nothing but a song
let me speak of You until I am nothing but Your Word
let me talk to You until I am nothing but a prayer
let me bear Your tidings until I am nothing but Your Light
 
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Lord
be the Mirror
that we may see ourselves in You
and You in ourselves
 
be the Window
that we may look beyond ourselves
and see the beauty in others
 
be the Music
that we will hear in times of darkness
that will soothe our souls
 
be the Wind
on our sails as we head for home
into the warmth of Your embrace
 
be the Fire
that moves our spirits
and kindles our energy to work for You
 
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what makes water gold is the sun
water by itself is clear and colorless
the water is your soul
the sun is the Light of the Lord in you

 

eastwind

 

For healing, go to www.sisterraquel.com
amdg
eastwind journals17 Oct 2014 12:11 am

steve jobs, the love entrepreneur – the teenage tycoon

1. STEVE JOBS, THE LOVE ENTREPRENEUR
2.THE TEENAGE TYCOON an anecdote
 
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2014/10/steve-jobs
 
eastwind journals 133
By Bernie Lopez
eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
 
1. Steve Jobs, the Love Entrepreneur
 
please not fleece your clients
steve jobs
 

Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Inc., is one of the most celebrated and successful entrepreneurs of today, out-shining even the legendary Bill Gates of Microsoft. When he died, the Internet was flooded with his elegy. His success is attributed to a dramatic paradigm shift in the business world. The traditional business tenet says profit is the god of business. Steve fought against that tenet, saying the customer is the ultimate god of business, prior to even profit. He simply said love your customer and everything falls into place. Go for the heart and the pocket will follow.

When he embraced this new paradigm, surrounded by traditionalists in the corporate board, he was thrown out of Apple, the very corporation he founded. The board was looking at the dire financial landscape, whereas Steve was looking at the needs of the customers. He would risk everything for the customer, where the traditionalists feared to tread. After 20 years, after the traditionalists failed in making Apple grow, he was rehired, only to launch one of the most powerful communication innovation of the century, the Ipod, which triggered a windfall that catapulted Apple to the heavens.
 
There are spiritual lessons we can find in our concern for daily bread in the world of enterprise which is essentially a vicious amoral Machiavellian jungle of corporations. In this sense, Steve becomes our model in the discussion of daily bread in the corporate world. eastwin
 
2. The Teenage Tycoon, an Anecdote
 
bread is food for the body
sharing bread is food for the soul
eastwind
 

At the age of 19, Paul inherited the vast empire of his father Felix. When Felix reached Stage 4 cancer of the liver, he told the large 30-member board of his holding company Galactica Enterprise that he was bequeathing the helm to his teenage son. This was amid violent objections, because how could an inexperienced teenage boy from the prestigious Weston School of Economics in London, ran a vast complex holding company with seven subsidiaries? Felix got his way. At the first board meeting, Paul smiled, cool as a cucumber, amid a hostile board.

PAUL. (With unflinching authority). Meeting come to order please. (The whispers die down into a deadly silence).

RICHARD (EVP who coveted Paul’s position). Aren’t you too young to pilot this large tanker?

PAUL. Jesus said to His mother, “Am I not about my father’s business?” I spent 2 months reading 3,500 inter-department memos. I have read 35 financial statements in the last 5 years of 7 subsidiaries. I have tried to absorb in 8 weeks what my father built in 40 years.

RICHARD. (With polite irreverence.) Not enough, Paul, even with your Weston credentials.

PAUL. I humbly admit my qualifications come from my genes rather than my experience. My wisdom is still theoretical not experiential, but not for long. You just have to live with that for now, Richard. Who are the Weston people here? (6 raise up their hands, including Richard) True, my Weston badge is nothing. I learned little from Weston. Weston lives in the past and is obsolete in our rapidly evolving corporate world. (There is a muffled stir.) Weston preached strategies for growth economy but not for the emerging decline economy. They were caught flat footed. Weston is not pro-active enough, unable to adapt to rapidly evolving global economics. Thank you, Richard, nice try.

ABE (an old guard, VP for Finance, best friend of Felix.) I vehemently agree.

CORA (VP for Operations, middle-aged but still attractive). So what do you preach, Paul?

PAUL. Hello, Cora. I’m glad you are one of the 5 female board members. This male-dominated board needs you guys to balance our strategies. Women are refreshing in a macho board like ours. They say women are better in crisis management than men. I agree. I am forming a core group and you will be the crisis management expert. Now, what do I preach? Weston preaches profit as the corporate god. Steve Jobs preaches the new corporate paradigm – love your clients, not their pockets. He said, “Please not fleece your clients”. He is the pioneer in shifting from corporate greed to corporate love. (There is a muffled stir.) I know, ‘corporate’ and ‘love’ are a contradiction to many, but not to Steve or me. Weston lives in the past. Steve preaches benevolent enterprise. What’s the first in our agenda, Nicole?

NICOLE (VP for Corporate Affairs, youngest board member, extremely attractive and an aggressive go getter) Sir, first in the agenda is the merger …

PAUL. Paul …

NICOLE. Sorry. Paul, the merger of Galactica with Eastwood was something your dad violently opposed. But now that he is gone, the pro-mergers are resurrecting. Charlie, can you expound on this, please.

CHARLIE (an old guard in the board). In a few words, there is strength in unity. The merger means growth for Galactica. We need Eastwood’s expertise to widen our product base.

NICOLE. Felix did not want a merger to protect his legacy as the founder and builder.

PAUL. What do you say, Abe?

ABE. The issue for him was not growth or profit but legacy. He has the right as founder, moral not legal, to keep Galactica pure. The Weston boys want a merger for growth, what can I say?

CORA. Galactica without a merger will be less rich but stronger.

RICHARD. The merger will make us the largest conglomerate in the East Coast.

PAUL. Let’s not over-debate. Let’s have a vote.

The vote, the second, was the same as the first, overwhelmingly no to the merger. Paul knew this all along.

PAUL. Thank you for respecting my dad’s wishes. Next in the agenda please, Nicole.

NICOLE. Sir, I mean Paul, the core group.

PAUL. Oh yes, I am forming a core group called Hydra, the seven-headed monster. It will be my alter-ego. It will be the venue for me to rapidly shift from theoretical to experiential wisdom. Hydra will have the power to decide and report to the board. The members I have selected are, one, Cora, crisis management expert, two, Nicole, secretariat and research. Three and four are Richard and Abe to get a balance between divergence and convergence. You know what I mean. I need three more to form the seven-headed monster. This will be announced after the poker party this Sunday.

RICHARD. Poker party?

PAUL. I am hosting dinner this Sunday at my house. The entire board is obliged to attend. Nicole, I want red meat, red lobsters, red wine.

NICOLE. Red napkins?

PAUL. Yes, of course. How many play poker? (Hands are raised, Paul counts) Wow, 20, more than half. The best poker players in this group, according to my dad, includes Richard, Abe, and of all people, Francesca.

There is a resounding applause. Francesca, diminutive VP for Public Affairs rises and bows.

CORA. Why poker, Paul?

PAUL. For me and my dad, a good manager is measured by his poker skills, ability to qualitatively size up a situation instantly, ability to balance risks versus safety, knowledge of probabilities, body language of opponents, the furtive eyes, the smiles and frowns, the bluff. It is a combination of qualitative and quantitative analysis to be done in a few seconds. Nicole, please have 4 5-seat poker tables. I’m giving each of the 20 players $3,000 poker money. That’s a total of $60,000. Winner doesn’t take all. He keeps $30,000, gives $20,000 to the second best player, and $10,000 to the third best. (There is an uproar.) Abe, please take care of the chips and the cards. There will be a poker party every quarter. Unless there is an objection, meeting is adjourned.

Never was there such an uproar in board meeting during the days of Felix. Paul triggered an eruption that catapulted Galactica to the high heavens. At the first poker party, Abe got first place, Paul second, and Francesca third. Paul donated his winnings for the next poker dinner. Richard volunteered to host the second poker dinner, which he won against Francesca. Paul used poker parties to achieve corporate cohesion. Galactica earned millions at an investment of a miserly $60,000 poker money and $10,000 catering cost per quarter. Eventually, the entire board was playing poker, and Paul started poker parties for middle managers. eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com

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we lose our health to make our wealth
we lose our wealth to regain our health
we live as if we will never die
we die as if we never lived
 
we are so busy with daily tasks
yet we are so bored in being so busy
we look for meaning in meaningless things
and overlook things fraught with meaning
 
we have no time for others
yet we waste our time in absurd undertakings
we fulfill earthly tasks yet are spiritually wanting
we embrace absurdity and abandon meaning

 

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the Lord works in mysterious ways
to lead us out of our darkness and despair
He uses people around us who mirror His light
He distracts us from our pains to show us a flower
 
symbol of impermanence and permanence
impermanence because it will wilt in a few days
permanence because it has seeds for rebirth
much like our lives
 
eastwind

 

amdg

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