15 July 2019

A few thoughts on the Democratic candidates

Out of the Democratic candidates, I'm disappointed that Bernie Sanders isn't doing better in the polls. He's one of the few candidates who clearly identifies the key issues and what needs to be done. As he says, it's impossible to make any changes unless you're willing to take on the rich and powerful. Elizabeth Warren also strikes me as a great choice, and Kamala Harris is interesting and to be applauded for being one of the few candidates (along with Bernie) who straightforwardly support universal healthcare. She has a phenomenal ability to connect with people. Buttigieg, beyond standing out for having the most difficult name, is surprisingly candid, which is likely to give the voters whiplash in Orwellian era of Trump.

21 March 2019

Them New Mexicans crossing the border....

Sometimes I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Someone please tell me this is a hoax.

29 January 2019

Physicians were unable to reach a consensus: Should the U.S. build Trump's Mexican Wall?

The Allergists were in favor of scratching it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.

The Gastroenterologist's had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought Trump had a lot of nerve.

Meanwhile, Obstetricians felt certain everyone was laboring under a misconception, while the Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted.

Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while the Pediatricians said, "Oh, grow up!"

The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it.

Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing and the Internists claimed it would indeed be a bitter pill to swallow.

The Plastic Surgeons opined that this proposal would "put a whole new face on the matter."

The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea.

Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and those lofty Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.

In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the assholes in Washington!

28 January 2019


For those looking for unbiased news about the Philippines, Rappler looks like a good option.

11 December 2018

Pinocchio on steroids

The word for the day...

bottomless Pinocchio

30 November 2018

Sometimes things go right: The Barry Attack

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10 November 2018

Native Americans' early history

The research on native American origins is getting interesting as new genetic analyses appear. There's now greater clarification regarding northern and southern branches. More is now known about the landscape of Beringia, where the ancestral populations are thought to have resided for thousands of years. At the same time, the dates for a migration along the coast keep getting pushed back. Another study of genetics, hypothesizes that there were three major populations that pushed into South America and another one that headed into eastern North America.