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The Dread called A(H1N1) Swine Flu

As been reported A[H1N1] Swine Flu is Avian flu, Swine flu and Human flu all-in-one. Ok, it has the properties resembling all three. But since viruses and germs procreate by splitting and not by copulating, it must have originated through any of these: A Bird flu virus infected swine. The virus mutated as it adapted to its new environment to start a strain of [bird] Swine flu. The virus happened to infect a pig previously or later, was infected by Human flu. The bird-Swine flu virus further mutated assimilating the qualities of a Human flu virus thus becoming a bird-human-Swine flu. Or, it could be the other way around. A Human flu virus infected swine and became a [human] Swine flu, and so on.

Whatever, the newest strain that then has the property of a human flu became Zoonotic or disease organisms that are passable from animals  [pigs] to humans. And, since they are now in man, they have finally become easily transmittable  among humans [and probably passable back to swine and birds]. All that appears theoretical, or presumption by science, as nobody was there observing right when the first freaks mutated.

The whole thing is intriguing. While most people would regard the matter as entirely new, similar zoonosis must have occurred countless times already since dawn of mankind. Man, swine and all the rest have always co-existed. But I guess what made this time extra ordinary is because it’s not everyday that something virulent like this one came to pass.

Other than them could be more intriguing.  Let’s be frank about this and face it. Mutation as we know is genetic [re]engineering. It could either be natural – by the organism itself, or it could be artificial – of Genetic science – by man. By artificial it could either be intentional or it could be accidental. In fact vaccines are related matter as they are actually disease organisms that have been altered by man. They are usually modified-live viruses: virus is altered to become harmless and then propagated for medical or veterinary use. Apparently, while vaccines are beneficial, even science cannot be sure about them. Per instruction, excess amount of them after each use, are exterminated together with all paraphernalia used.

No, I’m not a Doctor of medicine, a Vet, or a scientist. I am a carpenter who, once in a while, read works of authorities and experts in their fields. You see, I have a wife, I have 7 children ages from thirteen to twenty six and I have 5 grandchildren – the eldest of whom is six years old. I’ve tried to keep up with information that greatly helped in bringing everyone through this far. What we do not know cannot hurt us, right?  Wrong.  Information is important. It can save lives, or it can also save high costs of hospitalization. Right now I have actually two bulotong [chicken pox]  in the  family.

I’ve worked as pig farm manager in the 80s. I took the job that I knew nothing about so I started with the books. I recall about keeping  the farm secured from ruminants, especially birds to include chickens. Loose chickens will be feeding with pigs and some of them could be carrier of bird-passed virulent organisms. That, farm personnel who are with flu should stay out of the premises until they are well again so they also, do not infect the stocks. [Funny, I don’t remember anything said about humans staying away from pigs that sneeze or positive of Swine flu!]  For my own safety I really had to know everything about my line of work. And sure enough I came to know about zoonoses, like Leptospirosis and anthrax, among possible hazards. I don’t remember Swine flu as a direct concern for man. I guess they were no more than a simple sneeze to him then.

But, about A[H1N1] Swine flu, or should not we now say A[H1N1] Human flu, how really dreadful is it? Going through the total number of people infected, and considering the rate of mortality to date, A[H1N1] Flu appears nothing compared to say, Dengue fever. At 6 thousands infected worldwide and at roughly 0.01 mortality, A[H1N1] Flu appears dwarf when compared to other killer diseases.  The worrisome part seems to be the fact that as reported, there is no cure yet developed for those who are stricken. Also, as reported, vaccine might not be available before December this year.

It should be noted that number of people infected and mortality referred only to cases reported. A[H1N1] Flu virus is airborne. Thus, infestation, which is easily transmitted among humans, should be assumed more widespread than we people think. The infestation must be far beyond the numbers of cases diagnosed, confirmed positive, and reported. It can safely be assumed that more are infected without people probably knowing it. Thermal sensors at travel checkpoints are therefore inadequate at controlling the spread of the viruses. To compare, Dengue is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes’ bites. Dengue cases in Metro Manila alone far exceeded world statistics of places hit by A[H1N1]. The good news about Dengue is that, like Malaria which is also mosquitoes transmitted, they are more confined to certain territories. Dengue appears more lethal though  apparently more controllable. Dengue has frog-leaped great distances so that humans are also suspect carriers, to have possibly passed them to Dengue or Dengue-like mosquitoes, to start another outbreak. Malaria exists in places not reached or saturated by eradication program until the 70s when the use of DDT was disallowed.

Meanwhile, something out of Pandora’s Box doesn’t go away by itself. They just grow old. Meaning, there is no way stopping  A[H1N1] flu from spreading worldwide. Measures at containing the outbreak appear good only in slowing down its spread. But there must be something good at retarding that impending spread. Between a trickle and a swarm of something highly lethal is a big difference. Certainly time must be of help. Let’s hope the thing will lose virulence as it progresses. Yes, the sad and also the glad news is that the most virulent of them don’t last long. They kill their hosts thus killing themselves. That’s about extinction of the unfit by Mother Nature herself. Sounds hopeful and wishful thinking by me, you might say. Surely, something real can be done about this A[H1N1] Flu , which is development of vaccine or cure against it.  And that again, indeed, is a matter called time.

I remember not too long ago a scion of a renowned media person died of Malaria in Palawan. He was there to make one documentary regarding some indigenous tribe. The place happened to be Malaria infested. Natives have lived with Malaria for generations. They eat Malaria infected animals. They drink Malaria infested water. Malaria appears nothing to many of them. Not for the young stranger. He died around 48 hours after infected stricken. What’s interesting about that?  It looks like we had a classic case of one old-primitive meeting an advanced-updated. Naturally the contest favored the superior one. Now, which was which?

It also showed that resistance to disease is something developed, genetic-hereditary, or may be something passed on. That’s about survival of the fittest by Mother Nature herself, or something called evolution.

Meanwhile, always brace yourselves against any of them tiny things, folks. Added lately is only flu, just a more advanced and more virulent form of it. But, remember any of them agents of decay can pounce and kill. Some of them are probably already in us struggling for their survival. But come another time it might not be the same, for it could be the other way around. That’s right. Under some circumstances even ordinary flu can kill… the weak. In different circumstances, the same could actually be adding to the stock of the fit, which will probably win him the race comes another round.

Well, as been said, animal kingdom has always been an endless race for dominance of this planet Earth. Cheers people, you and I have out-paced and out-raced everything else this far. But, watch out. Maybe Filipinos should listen to W.H.O. and D.O.H. once in a while instead of brushing them aside because viruses do not salute age, sex, color of skin, religion, nationality, fame and wealth, and yes, social classes. Viruses are more than real classless, folks, so watch out!


Alpha Humans, Wars, World Economy, All in One Pot

I’d been to social-economics and this caught my interest. I found it weird because it is not any of those usual subject-related comments. It is trying to link human genetic and economics. Although there was no correlation presented, however, I think there is sense in linking world economy with intellectual advancement of mankind. But, no, I don’t mean the brand of Alpha humans as pointed there, which incidentally was also the subject in my previous post.

…The new work [involves] much more intellectual input. We don’t need workers, we need thinkers. Since almost half of the population is below average intelligence, there’s a problem.

It’s a qualitative difference. It requires more than social evolution, it requires actual biological change to the organism, ie, humans…

I think any kind of work requires necessary intelligence to get done and done efficiently. And I believe, except for the born mentally handicapped, any man can become an Albert Einstein given the absolute exact conditions that Albert was brought up.

But in reality, one child was more interested in playing with spiders and marbles, when another was more interested in reading books, so that now we see everyone like we see them today.

This is hypothetical, but even if every man is an Einstein, we would be seeing the same social structures that we see today: A company needs only one manager so only one person gets the position. And, the same goes for all other slots. So, we will have the IQ of an Einstein to cut the sugarcanes, the same to haul them to the mill, and the same to finally produce the sugar that is brought to every table.

Let’s accept it that society is one huge corporation. There is head, body, hands and feet, or heads and tails – all them working collectively to serve the whole. Other than that would be a giant blob that thinks but does nothing and goes nowhere.

The present world economic recession cannot possibly be beyond social-political-economic reasons . The Financial crisis in America that tiggered it,  I think,  is only the fissure of a long faultline. Among the immediate effects is more unemployent. And everything is cascaded and will be cascaded. Unemployment means less consumption. A decrease in consumerism means retreat for industries thus more unemployment that again has ripple effect.

Meanwhile, maybe we should go back to some old perenial problems of societies before all that.  Maybe people should be working for more social equities. When some have too much while others are starving or are deprived, then we have an issue. There is a problem. And they are  only aggravated with the present economic crisis.

People dream. They don’t really mind if others drive luxury vehicles or they live in mansions. But these are issues when people can’t have cars, they don’t have food, and they don’t have roof over them. I think societies have a long way to go to make a better world.

Even Socialism has miserably failed its theories. I think it is because of bad politics and economics. While private enterprises have their own dreams, so have the governments of Socialist countries at the expense of their masses. Chinese working class, for example, except for some social amenities, are paid about 10%  only of what their counter parts in advanced countries are getting.

So, it is more often that we hear people complain that everything now is made in China. Some of them with Chinese markings could be speaking Canadian, American, and Japanese! Surely there are good things in globalization [free flow of capital] but globalization is not free of negatives. One of them is flight of capital not actually surplus.

Capital – American, Russian, or Chinese speaks only one universal language – profit. And apparently nationalism is meaningless when stood beside profit. But I guess export of capital is more of an issue for people in the advanced world as it benefits the underdeveloped nations, top and bottom.

I think @96 97 has one hidden point there. Miserable third world countries have negative cycle of no education and poverty. Vote buying is effective among the poor and uneducated. This in turn is blamed for corruption in government. There is negative cycle of poverty and high degree of corruption. There exists threat of rebellion that needed bigger expenditures for security. This in return eats up fund that could have been used for developments like public education and other services, failures in which feed rebellion. The war against illiteracy and no-education cannot be wrong.  And this is a dismay in the third world like the Philippines. The matter is beyond statistics of classrooms and teachers. Problematic third world is one way or another dragging the first world down.

I think President Barack Obama is right. The ideals that America was built on cannot be sacrificed for something else. But how far will he stand on his speech in the third world where Uncle Sam most often supported the failures against struggles of those who think they can do better? And this has been going on for long that, I think, the talks about US economy now built around war is not a myth. Yes, People naturally catered because there was war. But it is cyclic when people mongered so they can cater! [This is of course an opinion as this has always been negated.]

Maybe President Barack Obama sees ways not envisioned by others before him. If he means no more American troops in foreign soils in the end, I think he is on the right track. Maybe Uncle Sam should not be in foreign soils other than his own war.

Wars will finally stop when everyone on Earth sleeps with a full stomach and greed is history. That’s what wars, white or red, is all about and nobody can change the rule. Other than that is rhetoric and make believe by those in it. But end of wars is mere idealism – dream. The world seems trapped to its present politics of economics and economics of politics.

As for the advancement of Alpha humans, I think we need not worry about it. Mother Nature has always been in the act constantly. So, there is no need to forcibly castrate people or massacre races like Hitler did!

Is Social Evolution Pointed to Extinction of Mankind?

I have been to a site which suggested that mankind is probably making a mistake by doing away with polygamy instead of promoting it. I find it interesting especially for Filipinos that I decided to make a posting about it.

Filipinos see themselves as devout religious. Or, you have not seen them yet like in the rallies of the El Shaddai and the annual procession of the Black Nazarene that happened in Quiapo, Metro Manila, yesterday. The multitude, mostly made up of les miserables, are there hoping for prosperity and good luck.

I think, practices like trying to kill  the self just to get near the black Nazarene, just to touch or to wipe a cloth at it, is blind superstition and orgy. I don’t get it, Brother Mike Villarde can be seen and heard better in TV. One can also go to Quiapo Church any ordinary day to touch all the icons there if that‘s about it. Ah, Filipinos have always believed in talismans and amulets even before they have become Christians. I don’t think they’re what God has been telling man so they will have a better life. But, OK, only the great old man has the right to say what does or does not really please him.

Now, as we have seen how devout religious Filipinos are, they are also equally ignorant of the stand of their Churches. They have patronized, or should I say idolized, people who are publicly known to be polygamous. The star and king of comedy Dolphy, for example, is well known to have sired dozens of children by different mothers. They also made Joseph E. Estrada who has also been linked with different women besides legitimate wife Senator Loi Estrada, as their one time President.

It now appears that while many Filipinos are probably faithful spouses, they idolize those who have lived their fantasies! We have a situation here where there is tacit approval by society while officially the moral and legal codes of the land do not allow it. Indeed, man as has been observed, is naturally polygamous.

But let’s go back to the big question. Did mankind really make a mistake by deciding for monogamy instead of promoting Polygamy?

Humans, somewhere down our history, apparently acted no different from animals like pigs and dogs of today. Sows and bitches when they heat will do it with any. Males will fiercely battle it out with any when they want it. Primitive man and woman apparently did it also with anybody. It is not a monopoly of any sex. And, I guess, the same nature is still with humans today although it may be override by other things, by culture for example. Ah, the simple walking organism has developed into a thinking creature later called man [Homo erectus >> Homo sapiens >> modern man].

Polygamy was predominant during Slave societies spilling well into the era of Feudal societies. Those were the times when physical strength played dominant role in survival of the specie. Societies were male dominated sexist.

I think we need to examine the role of religions in the issue since more often man has imputed God to justify his polygamous way. Polygamy was practiced by early precursors of Christians as evident in the old testament. Christians today, except for the Mormons, no longer sanction it. The Roman Catholic Church is, in fact, against polygamy. Its influence like “till death do you part” is widely instituted in monogamous societies today. [Who says religion did not evolve with society!] It is also against divorce of those it united. While other Christian churches approve of divorce, they are never the less opposed to polygamy, too.

And since atheists Red China and Russia also practice the culture of monogamy, therefore, monogamy is simply [advanced modern] human social behavior independent of religion. Muslims incidentally lag behind everybody in social-cultural advancement.

Polygamy or polygyny, therefore, is more on sex and economics rather than a practice based on religion.  I think it is mostly economics. In a polygamous society, only a few can afford it, actually. To maintain more than one wife or mistress and family, costs.

I think it is normal and universal of people to like sex the same way they look at foods. But I guess some can discipline themselves while others are like obese and gluttons when it comes to sex. They can also afford it.

Another nature of animals is jealousy, which is in fact related but is conflicting with greed.  They can be present like two sides of the same coin sometimes.  And out of this conflict, humans, developing thinking creatures then, has synthesized what is known as fairness – equal rights for man and woman. What is allowed for him is also allowed for her – mutual respect between man and woman. Man has come to the time when it is now intelligence that plays a major role in survival. Unlike yesterday, sex has ceased to be an issue in moving tons and tons of dirt. It now takes a little strength to turn hydraulic wheels and throw or pull hydraulic levers to do such hard and complicated jobs. Wars are now fought by  both men and women as it takes a small strength to pull the trigger of a gun.

Maybe somebody can think of something more advanced about man’s procreation, but surely it cannot be polygamy or polygyny as we have known them. Otherwise it will be a move in the direction when man was called Homo erectus. It would be going forward to the past. [Monogamy >> polygamy >>primitive man >>animal]

Polygamy is no doubt natural of man though it may have become inert in peoples and societies  of today. Monogamy is a choice by modern man. I don’t think mankind will reinstate polygamy to where it was. Anyway, there is always legal separation, which advanced with monogamy for modern man if he or she thinks that they deserve better and another.

But, back to the heart of the issue, what about Monogamy destroying mankind by preventing the proliferation of the Alpha humans?

Alpha humans? I think the marked difference happened when man had split from the main branch – Gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans and others. Internal biological factors [genetics] in humans, I think, are almost absolutely equal. Genetic evolution must still be at work. Yes, I think genetic advancement has always been there but too small to be noticed. Mother Nature must still be in the act, promoting if not eliminating or refining, silently. Everyone we see today is product of evolution or they’re not there. Capacity to evolve is in all. I think, All men were created equal still holds sense in it.

And, with the internal factors set aside, I think, the rise of historical figures is then due to external factors. [What can hatch is in the egg – genetic. But, it is right environment that causes an egg to hatch when exactly the same egg under different settings surely won’t.]  Where are the lineages of the Alexander, the Caesar, the Napoleon, the Khan, the Einstein, the Mc Arthur, and the Mao Zedong today? It also shows that this so called “Alpha” can come from anywhere. Like:

Somebody rose in a rank to become a leader and later to become a king. As the king he was bugged by the idea of perpetuating the good things for his children. [Thus born the idea of extending “God’s given rights” for them] Most often, the progenies, this time reared in different environment or atmosphere, turned out to be dunghills – social degenerates, retardates and stagnates. The degeneration can go on until society realized, and the line is ended. Thus Feudal societies gradually receded while advanced the more progressive systems driven by the rise of new heated elements – the actual, true fittest hatched by the right environment.

[Rasputin was believed by many as the real power in the time of the Tsar who was believed to be under the whim of the Tsarina! Those “Alpha” who were in fact dunghills were controlled or manipulated by “Beta” or “Charlie” gathered around them!]

Maintaining a mate takes a lot. For those who can’t stand the thought of his mate probably doing it with anyone, here’s the tip. For one thing, give it in the morning, give it again at noon, and in the evening, as well as when you wake up in the morning. And every day too! Until came the complaints: “I’m tired”, “It’s not safe”, “don’t you get old?”, and yes “this is marital rape!” Or, any flimsy excuse, so you don’t make it. It means you are giving more than needed. [I wonder where had Senator Miriam D Santiago got her ideas when she authored the Anti-marital Rape Law!]  🙂

Anyway, I consider myself more than average hot, but I cannot imagine those sex starved women in a harem! The polygamous Kings did not probably know behind the smiles of those Beta, Gamma and Charlie around them! I am more inclined to believe one contention that the Ottoman Empire was later dominated by the progenies of the Zetas [slaves] instead of the Alphas’ of the empire!

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