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Let’s close this chapter of our lives for good

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Donald Trump’s Twitter profile

Last time I checked, Donald Trump had at least 88 million followers. I was one of those 88 million, so technically I was a Trump follower, but not really a “follower-follower” per se. And I don't support him one bit.

My reasoning for following ‘The Donald’ can only be explained by a line from my second favorite comedian, John Mulaney:

It’s like there’s a horse loose in a hospital. I think eventually, everything’s gonna be okay, but I have no idea what’s gonna happen next. And neither do any of you![…] It’s never happened before. No one knows what the horse is gonna do next, least of all the horse. He’s never been in a hospital before. He’s just as confused as you are. When a horse is loose in a hospital you gotta stay updated.

Now, Asia doesn’t want them anymore, leaving developed countries scrambling

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Photo by Shaah Shahidh on Unsplash

Recycling is often seen as one of the more effective means in reducing our environmental footprint. Segregating different wastes into different containers is a simple and noble task that anyone can practice in their households, as well as in a public setting. However, if you live in a western country, chances are that your trash is being shipped to Asia, making it their problem to solve. For decades, western countries have heavily relied on developing countries in Asia to bail them out of their own environmental costs of recycling. Since 1992, there has been a constant flow of unwanted trash sent onboard shipping containers to developing countries— most of which were sent to China. …

Our parents and grandparents have been through their fair share, it’s our turn now

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Photo by Brenna Huff on Unsplash

Is the Economy going to get worse before it gets better? Most financial institutions will tell you that your money is gonna be okay, but they’re only saying that because that’s what the general public wants to hear, and these billion-dollar institutions are way above that to even care. Most will even tell you about how “normal” this cycle is — that when economies crash, they always end up recovering. We’ll, there is a bit of truth in that, but these time frames are set in years, and some can even go for a decade.

Encounters with bears might grow in the coming years

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Brown bear Photo by 🇸🇮 Janko Ferlič on Unsplash

British Columbia, Canada is no stranger to both bears and wildfires. In 2019, there were a total of 21,546 calls to Conservation Officers regarding Black bear sightings alone, which was the highest number of calls for the past 9 years. In that same year, around 665 bears were “destroyed” as a result. It had to be done, bears that wander too close to humans and their settlements will build up a human association with food. A few will eventually see humans as potential prey items. In August 2020, a woman in Saskatchewan was killed by a bear while on the phone with her father. Earlier in Alberta 2014, an instrument technician was also killed by a bear, this time the individual was at work. Both cases were seemingly predatory, and both bears were destroyed. But these fatalities with bear maulings are very rare, and sadly, killing these types of aggressive, predatory, and “nuisance bears” is the only effective way to keep people safe. Bears are intelligent animals and will keep coming back to areas with easy food access. Destroying bears is also a way to keep their gene-pool regulated in favor of bears who instinctively avoid humans. …

Put it on your fridge

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Healthspan Cheat Sheet by Author

Longevity and the Healthspan

In the context of longevity, we must establish what it truly means to have a meaningful and longer life. What if you lived up to a hundred years old, yet you have been bed-ridden for the past 50 years?

This is where the concept of the Healthspan comes in. According to pathologist Matt Kaeberlein, the healthspan is the period of life spent in good health, free from the chronic diseases and disabilities of aging.

The dangers of traditional medicine, and why people like Dr. Farrah Agustin-Bunch are a danger to public health

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Photo by Matthew Pilachowski on Unsplash

When I was a child in the Philippines, I was hit by a viral ailment and they sent me to this person who is called a Manghihilot. A manghihilot practices the traditional healing art of Hilot, which utilizes any combination of chiropractic-like manipulations, massages, oils, herbs, and prayers. The Manghihilot’s place was packed. People showed up in droves and in long lines waiting for their turn to be “healed”. In our case, the Manghihilot was a female in her 60s, she was what other cultures would call a “witch doctor”. Her “clinic” per se was her own house, every corner of it was littered with Christian symbols, trinkets, and figurines, and the entire place smelled like a combination of formalin and gasoline. When the “act” began, I could remember her hands looking very frail but they were rigid, it seemed as if she was doing this for decades. She knew the overall lining of muscle and bones on my back. …

And not Filipinx

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Illustration of Lapu Lapu Wielding a Panabas Blade while the backgrounds shows the old flags of the Spanish Empire, the United States, the Japanese Empire, as well as an unnamed flag to the right, all surrounding the Philippine Sun. Illustration by Artist Introgressive

Recently, in an Instagram story, my buddy and I got labelled as Filipinx. It went a little like this, “karaoke with my filipinx friends”.

I saw the post when I got home, so I replied with a, “???”,

I was thinking it could be a typo, but I was still curious nonetheless, so I asked,

“what’s filipinx?”

“it’s a gender neutral term.”, the person said.

“since when?” ..was what I wanted to say,

instead I went with “I see.”

October is Filipino Heritage month in the U.S. It celebrates the long, intertwined and sometimes tumultuous history of Filipinos and Americans. Filipinos — through the Spaniards — have already been living in north american soil tending to farms as far as Louisiana even before the Americans brought the “Manong generation”, Filipino houseboys, and the Filipino nurses into the fold. …

The coronavirus pandemic disproportionately affects low income minorities, which far-right groups see as an opportunity

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Photo by Taylor Smith on Unsplash

We have now reached the final quarter of 2020, and the global pandemic has already took a major toll in our economy. Many businesses are now pushing for reopening despite the advice of public health officials. Scott atlas, a COVID-19 adviser for the white house, has put in place various recommendations on how to battle the coronavirus, the most controversial of which, was “herd-immunity”. Herd immunity involves having to make a large portion of the community immune and fight off the spread of the virus in their systems, eventually making the spread from person to person become unlikely. One way to do this is to deliberately let the virus spread, and the community naturally develops resistance. …

Those who go “ugh”, and those who go “ouch”

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In my experience, there is a subtle divide between white supremacists according to which class they belong to. The upper class sees other ethnicities more so as an object of disgust, whist the middle to lower class tends to fall into a “victimhood” type of thinking, the latter associates immigrants and minorities as the ones who “took their jobs” and are the root of all their negative predicaments. But victimhood and disgust are synonymous — a sort of a two-in-one package, and are there no matter what, albeit presented differently.

Some personalities, just see immigrants as pests, like disgusting cockroaches or ants well below themselves that need to be splat dead immediately. There’s no personal feelings or hate, it’s just plain ole disgust and this is what scares me the most. These way of thinking are more common in the upper classes. The upper class also seem to be more intelligent than the people of the lower class. They like to use other people as leverage to further their own agenda. …

My number 1 advice when you get older

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Photo by Kevin Curtis on Unsplash

In 2016, the Global life expectancy at birth was 72.0 years (averaged from 74.2 years for females and 69.8 years for males) according to the World Health Organization. Which means — assuming you are in your mid 20s given the majority of blog readers are college grads — that leaves you with around 40 years left to enjoy this world. Provided — of course that you don’t suffer an untimely demise. …

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