RESEARCH, YOUTH: Behavioural problems in youths are associated with differences in the brain

RESEARCH, YOUTH: Behavioural problems in youths are associated with differences in the brain

[…] The researchers from the University of Birmingham found that, compared to typically developing youths, those with behavioural problems show grey matter reductions specifically within the amygdala, the insula, and the prefrontal cortex.

These brain areas are important for decision-making, empathic responses, reading facial expressions and emotion regulation; key cognitive and affective processes that are shown to be deficient in youths with behavioural problems.

Source: University of Birmingham

NB: Justifying why it is necessary to have experienced, and qualified adults in charge.

Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave …

“Oh! What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive” – Sir Walter Scott, Marmion.

Observe … the magnificent, elaborate, deceptive and very tangled Machiavellian backdrop of the new generation and special task order of business ventures — the Jessie Spectre Multinational Organization. The group of companies the members of the Organization all suddenly seem to own, companies they are compelled to maintain, and ones they are all to be legally and financially accountable for — since every one has been duped, drawn and wrapped in a web of lies and deceit.

And just why are we calling it Jessie’s company and Don Spectre? Simple. Jessie has always expressed after all, both verbally and in action, how converting the Organization into a global business enterprise would prove she could make money (for her and her kind) under her husband’s rule and approval.

And Don Spectre is just her man and that of St. OWE to furnish impeccable business acumen for the job, which he executes as an art form.

Thus the current existence of the numerous business enterprises the last three years under our enterprising and uncontested business directors.  And lo and behold, the princely sum of US$200+ million and “growing” in outrageous debt — which we are now all obligated to settle, irregardless of whether you’re a destitute farmer or fisherman, an OFW, or a business-saavy entrepreneur.

Everyone is burdened and accountable for the Debt.

What marvellous luck to have gullible members fund and grant all Jessie’s and Don Spectre’s personal earthly desire and wishes in total ignorance, albeit in shocked disbelief at the recent discovery and revelation of the hoax pulled over them expeditiously.

What can they all do now? It’s done. They’re all rendered helpless – presented with a fait accompli.  Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.  Just the way it was all planned out by Jessie, her kids and protégé, Lord Rascal, and her ruthless, ever so clever and cunning Don Spectre with his equally obnoxious family members.

Well, some members in the Organization are shocked, the others accept the debt like the idiots they are, telling themselves stupidly that it’s no big deal, defending and approving its existence … but give it say, a few more years, after all, pockets these days are never as full and deep as in the distant past when it comes to doling out payments to maintain the lavish lifestyle of Jessie and her gluttonous, guileful, homely looking children and their pet projects.

Now, how do we like being made to pay (under coercion), for a massive, crippling debt we all signed for as an ignorant, legal guarantor when we submitted biometrics of our fingerprints and waiver of rights, as per the last personal record or application form we were instructed and obliged to update and submit.

And, how many of us have gone into debt for a million dollars in the United States currency? A show of hands, please. How about 100 million dollars? What about over 200 million dollars?

Do you know what it is like to pay mortgage and face the risk of defaulting on a bank payment?

How many have gone into personal debt with your eyes wide open? Do you enjoy being put in a situation where you owe money to others? To the bank? To loan sharks? What about with your eyes closed, when deals, in the millions in the United States currency will commit you legally in a tight, inescapable bind, are negotiated and sealed behind your back — and you are made the official and total guarantor for that millions of dollar debt? Continue reading “Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave …”

The Cult of the STF and the Council of Crooks

A dictionary definition indicates that “Cult” is:

cult |kəlt|
noun
1. a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object: the cult of St. Olaf.
2. a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister: a network of Satan-worshiping cults.
3. a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing: a cult of personality surrounding the leaders.
4. [ usu. as modifier ] a person or thing that is popular or fashionable, esp. among a particular section of society: a cult film. Continue reading “The Cult of the STF and the Council of Crooks”

Hate, Love, and Indifference

Everyone’s tolerance level is different, but Tolerance or enduring continuous subjection to something unbearable can be considered a bad concept especially when one is inundated with continuous manipulated lies. And let me quote one professional liar to illustrate this: “Never admit a lie – simply keep repeating it.”— Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda.

Nice one, eh?  We’re seeing a lot of that happening these days.

There are two better concepts other than Tolerance which I would prefer to consider, especially when you’ve reached the end of your tolerance level, and people, in my opinion, will support either one of the two concepts easily — Acceptance or Confrontation. Continue reading “Hate, Love, and Indifference”

Part 3: Of Planes, Games, and Goons

Before I start with this last address on this topic, I will just throw in this short preamble. I’ve ensured two things: (1) I have deliberately left out the name of the Organisation, as well as the real names of everyone I write about; and, (2) I do not wish to quote anything other than legal or news references if at all necessary.

My reason for (1) will be revealed in due course.  And as for (2), there are already too many writers who have furnished enough verses, so, I would just like to take every thing from a common sense perspective. Continue reading “Part 3: Of Planes, Games, and Goons”

Suffer the Children … and Behold

History is peppered with stories of how a young generation is often targeted and manipulated by an Alpha protagonist who recognises you have to harness the youth and condition them early — oftentimes, history will depict these youths as forming an army conditioned by a ringleader who is usually part of the “power behind the throne”.

«The phrase “power behind the throne” refers to a person or group that informally exercises the real power of a high-ranking office, such as a head of state. In politics, it most commonly refers to a spouse, aide, or nominal subordinate of a political leader (often called a “figurehead”) who serves as de facto leader, setting policy through possessing great influence and/or skillful manipulation. Continue reading “Suffer the Children … and Behold”

Part 2: Of Planes, Games, and Goons

For those of my gentle readers not financially inclined, I will at this point, advise you to take out your calculator, if you are not a human calculator like some of us, and try to understand the process of computing the whopping figures, we will be breaking down here, in our delightful fun and games episode. I will also attempt to write this bit of article as simply as I can without going into too much financial jargon. And, I will take this from a business perspective because you will all later learn— we’re in the pleasure of business. Continue reading “Part 2: Of Planes, Games, and Goons”

Part 1: Of Planes, Games, and Goons

Some twenty years ago, an old wealthy business friend who was a war veteran and flew helicopters during rescue missions in Vietnam, went into the luxury yacht business, which he manages and owns to this day, and — the aircraft business.

As he was inclined to maintain a “Captain’s Log” during his long voyage at sea, he managed to write me daily as well and explain in depth, the feasibility of maintaining a commercial passenger plane — his then new business venture. His lengthy breakdown of the cost of maintaining (not purchasing), a commercial passenger plane proved to be a headache after a couple of years, and definitely not a worthwhile business venture, unless of course, he stresses, you never keep the plane on the ground at length, you keep it flying about constantly, and you have all seats booked and paid for — to cover the major expense of upkeep. In the end, he sold off that part of his business, and replaced it with a more lucrative business in the music industry instead. Continue reading “Part 1: Of Planes, Games, and Goons”

The Persecution of Iña

This piece will end as a rant and flame, so I am giving you fair warning to avoid this entry as I need to get some poison out of my system.  I also write for myself to remind myself, so I allow a bit of digression to indulge in some emotional outpouring when I feel like it, but only because I just cannot stand injustice, not to the helpless young and elderly.

I have to constantly remind myself that it is 2016 and not the 60’s or the 70’s. I have to tell myself that Iña is old school and she does not own a computer, or a mobile phone, nor does she know how to use the internet. I have to stop looking at her photos when she was much younger and happier, and remember … she’s old, she has aged with time and she is frail. She aged with her husband, but like her husband, she aged beautifully and is as elegant as ever. In the past, a time when she was much younger, and by the side of her dearest husband, she was known to be one of the most beautiful women in the Philippines – who was not an actress or a beauty queen. Her beauty was not superficial, it emanated from deep within her for she was truly a kind and loving, gentle lady, full of graceful humility. Continue reading “The Persecution of Iña”