Grizzly Daze~

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Glacier National Park is Blackfoot ancestral land. The Blackfoot people believe that grizzly bears can see into a human heart and read a person’s intentions. This is mama grizzly and her cub when we first encountered her on the trail and she went into high alert.

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Here is mama after she looked into our hearts, approved our intentions, and took one of several naps. We spent several hours watching mama and cub, and have encountered bears every day since, both in Glacier and Waterton National Parks.

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Here mama and cub are both relaxed enough to nurse in our presence!
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She knew we were here, and looked at us regularly. We respected her space and never moved close enough to provoke any anxiety.
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We watched her forage,

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turn over rocks, hunt for rodents,
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and fish.
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We watched baby bear scratch his back on a little pine tree,
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and we saw mama…

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Wild Thing~

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You make my heart sing!
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Look into the eyes of wild grizzlies,
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and you can see their wild souls.
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On a typical day we are seeing 25 or so individual bears.

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There are a lot of cubs. One mama has four which is quite unusual.

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They are here for the salmon,

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and need to consume about 20,000 calories a day to prepare for winter.
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Arguments do break out,
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but don’t last long.

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Wildlife in The Knight Inlet in Canada is incredible and I will be posting more photos of bears and much more.
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Here is one of the venues where the action is taking place.
Cheers to you from the magnificent wild grizzlies who look directly into our human hearts and ask for our protection~

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Kung “Asset” si BJ Sebastian, ayon kay de Lima…

KUNG “ASSET” SI BJ SEBASTIAN, AYON KAY DE LIMA

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

 

NGAYON, SINASABI NAMAN NI DE LIMA NA “ASSET” SI BJ SEBASTIAN, IBIG SABIHIN AY GINAGAMIT NG GOBYERNO UPANG KUMALAP NG MGA IMPORMASYON SA LOOB NG BILIBID TUNGKOL SA DRUG TRADE. KUNG GANOON,…

 

  • DAPAT AY HINDI NIYA PINAGYAYABANG ANG DAPAT SANA AY CONFIDENTIAL NIYANG PAKIKIPAG-USAP KAY DE LIMA; SA HALIP AY MAY KAYABANGAN PANG PINAPAKITA SA IBANG DETAINEE ANG PAKIKIPAGKITA SA KANYA NI DE LIMA SA KANYANG KUBOL NA INAABOT NG KUNG ILANG ORAS….LOW PROFILE LANG SIYA DAPAT AT HINDI NAKAPAG-UUTOS PA SA MGA TAUHAN NG BILIBID.

 

  • DAPAT AY ISINAMA SIYA SA GRUPO NG 19 HIGH PROFILE INMATES NA INILIPAT NANG PANSAMANTALA SA NBI DETENTION FACILITIES UPANG PATULOY SIYANG MAKAKAPAGMANMAN SA MGA KILOS NG MGA DRUG LORDS….SUBALIT HINDI GINAWA KAYA NANG MAIWAN SIYA SA BILIBID AY NA-SOLO DAW NIYA ANG DRUG TRADE.

 

  • DAPAT AY HINDI SIYA CONVICTED PERSONALITY, KUNDI GUMAGAMIT LAMANG NG SHAM O FAKE CONVICTION RECORDS DAHIL SIYA NGA AY “PLANTED” LANG.

 

  • DAPAT SIYA AY KONEKTADO BILANG EMPLEYADO NG ALIN MANG AHENSIYA NG GOBYERNO NA MAY KINALAMAN SA SEGURIDAD NG BANSA TULAD NG MILITAR O PULIS.

 

  • DAPAT AY LUMABAS NA SIYA NGAYON SA BILIBID PRISON UPANG TULUYANG PABULAANAN ANG MGA SINABI NG MGA WITNESSES LABAN KAY DE LIMA DAHIL SUMABOG NA ANG ISYU.

The Drug Situation in the Philippines Needs Immediate Action by Duterte

THE DRUG SITUATION IN THE PHILIPPINES

NEEDS IMMEDIATE ACTION BY DUTERTE

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

SOME detractors will always be detractors, as they are used to just criticizing without looking at the whole picture of a situation. In the case of Duterte’s effort to eliminate the drug menace in the country, what they perceive outright are the killed addicts, drug pushers and drug lords. Their focus is on the “kill”. I doubt if they ever give a damn to the effect of the crime committed by these killed drug personalities. Or, even give a deeper look into the circumstance as to “who” committed the killing because it could be done by drug suppliers or relatives of victims who just want to avenge their loved ones. Instead, these detractors immediately concluded that it is Duterte’s own doing.

 

These detractors say that instead of focusing on the lowly offenders such as drug addicts and drug pushers on the street, Duterte should give attention to the drug lords. For this contention, a question may be asked as to what will the police do to the drug addict who rapes and kills his victim? How about the drug-deranged robbers who victimize innocent students on their way to school or home?…etc. Drug-related situations call for IMMEDIATE action as they are wantonly done on the street. Unfortunately before, apprehending police themselves would complain about crime perpetrators being bailed out by financiers on the day they are booked.

 

As regards the drug lords that should be killed instead of the lowly drug addicts and pushers – these drug kingpins are inside the New Bilibid Penitentiary which even before Duterte’s assumption of presidency, have been reeking with anomalies.  Drug lords give instructions via cell phones to their cohorts who are concocting drugs on the high seas, remote barangays, and even exclusive subdivision in Manila, or directing delivery of stocks from China. Even before he was elected as president, drug transactions have been going on inside the facility, obviously blessed by those who are supposed to enforce the law. What will Duterte do now that he is the president?…bring these drug lords out of the prison and have them shot one by one in Luneta as what Marcos did to a Chinese drug lord, to scare the would-be drug laboratory operators out of the country? THERE IS NO BUDGET FOR THE IMMEDIATE BUILDING OF REHAB CENTERS IF THIS IS WHAT’S IN THE MIND OF QUIXOTIC DETRACTORS, AS THE BUDGET ON HAND THAT HE INHERITED DOES NOT INCLUDE SUCH PROVISION.

 

Duterte has been very vocal about the revival of the death penalty which human rights advocates oppose. In this regards, what will he do?…call a prayer meeting of his cabinet secretaries and with all kindness, plan a humane strategy to be approved first by the CBCP and the Commission on Human Rights?…ask evangelists to pray over the drug lords in Bilibid so that they will change their ways? The government that Duterte has inherited is so diseased that it is even doubtful if its agencies have updated Operating Manuals that are supposed to guide them in their day to day operations. On the other hand, many laws are pitifully loop-holed, a situation that intelligent lawyers use to win high-priced and high-profiled cases. These are just some of the situations that met Duterte when he assumed the presidency. It needs a Martial to circumvent all those loop-holed laws and deeply-rooted anomalies, to set things straight.

 

The drug addicts and pushers have been given a chance via the “Operation Tokhang” which was successful in Davao. Unfortunately, in Manila, those who have been given the chance make a mockery of the law, as after signing the waiver, they went back to their old ways.

 

Detractors are pinning Duterte down with his deadline to accomplish what he promised to cleanse the country of drug menace in 3-6 months. After finding out the enormous extent of such nuisance he expressed a surprise as obviously he underestimated the drug situation in the country, and as a human being, his predicament deserves understanding…while, on the other hand, the detractors opted not to say a word, as if saying, “good for you!”

Ang Karapatang Pang-tao

ANG KARAPATANG PANG-TAO

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

NAKAKAINIS AT MASAKIT SA TENGA ANG PAULIT-ULIT NA SINASABI NG MGA GALIT KAY DUTERTE TUNGKOL SA “KARAPATANG PANG-TAO” NA NAWALA KUNO DAHIL SA SUNUD-SUNOD NA PAGPATAY SA MGA DRUG ADDICT, DRUG PUSHER, AT DRUG LORDS NA ANG MAY PAKANA AY SIYA (DUTERTE) KUNO.

 

NOONG HINDI PA PRESIDENTE SI DUTERTE, ANO ANG GINAWA NG MGA IPOKRITONG SUMISIGAW NG “KARAPATANG PANG-TAO” TUNGKOL SA MGA SUMUSUNOD:

 

  • PAG-RAPE AT PAGPATAY NG MGA INOSENTE, AT PANGHO-HOSTAGE NA GINAGAWA NG MGA DRUG ADDICT DAHIL BANGAG SA DROGA
  • PANGHOHOLDAP SA MGA KALYE, BUS AT JEEP NA KUNG GAWIN NG MGA DRUG ADDICT AY PARA LANG NAG-SA SHOPPING UPANG MAY PANUSTOS SA KANILANG BISYO
  • PAGTANGGAP NG PERA MULA SA MGA KANDIDATO TUWING PANAHON NG ELEKSIYON
  • PAGNANAKAW NG MGA IBINOTONG MGA OPISYAL SA KABAN NG BAYAN
  • PAGLIPANA O PAGDAMI NG MGA BATANG SUMISINGHOT NG RUGBY NA KUNG MAHILO AY BASTA NA LANG HIHILATA KAHIT SAAN AT HINDI PINAPANSIN NG MGA PULIS AT MGA STREET SWEEPERS GANOONG PWEDE NAMAN NILANG ITAWAG SA SOCIAL ACTION OFFICE NG LGU O DIRETSO MISMO SA DSW
  • ANG PAGNANAKAW NG MGA DONASYONG NAKALAAN SA MGA BIKTIMA NG MGA KALAMIDAD
  • ANG PANDADAYA SA MGA PROYEKTONG INFRASTRUCTURE KAYA MAHINA ANG MGA MATERYALES NA GINAMIT, NA ANG RESULTA AY ANG HINDI PAGTAGAL NG MGA ITO TULAD NG MGA HIGHWAY AT TULAY
  • ANG MATAPANG NA KUTSABAHAN NG MGA TAGA-GOBYERNO SA MGA KAWATANG KONTRAKTOR AT NGO NA NAGPAPASIMUNO NG GHOST PROJECTS
  • ANG MGA KATIWALIAN SA LOOB NG NEW BILIBID PRISON AT SA IBA PANG AHENSIYA TULAD NG LTO, LTFRB, CUSTOMS, AT MARAMI PANG IBA

 

LAHAT NG MGA ISINAAD SA ITAAS AY SUMASAKLAW SA KARAPATANG PANG-TAO. SA TAGAL NG PANAHONG PAPALIT-PALIT ANG PRESIDENTE NG PILIPINAS, SILA AY NAIPON DAHIL HALOS WALANG GINAWA UPANG SILA AY MATIGIL O MABAWASAN MAN LANG, KAYA NANG UMUPO SI DUTERTE, ANG NADATNAN NIYA AY HALOS NAAAGNAS NANG SISTEMA NG GOBYERNO AT KULTURA NG MGA PILIPINO.

 

NGAYONG NAGSISIMULANG “MAGLINIS” SI DUTERTE NA INUMPISAHAN NIYA SA PAGPIGIL NG PAGLALA NG SALOT NA DULOT NG DROGA, BASTA NA LANG SISIGAW ANG MGA IPOKRITO NG “KARAPATANG PANG-TAO?”…MAY KONSIYENSIYA O NAG-IISIP KAYA ANG MGA TAONG ITO? …O BANGAG SA KAHANGALAN!

 

Ang Malaking “Dairy Farm” sa Pilipinas

ANG MALAKING “DAIRY FARM” SA PILIPINAS

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Sa dalawang araw na pakikinig ko sa mga sinabi ng mga Bilibid detainees sa Congress hearing tungkol sa illegal drugs na nagsasangkot sa isang babae na ngayon ay senador na nagngangalang Laila de Lima, ay hindi ko maiwasang ma-imagine ang isang malaking “dairy farm” kung saan ay may matatagpuang mga patabaing baka upang gatasan. May mga maliit na bakahan sa Masbate, Batangas at ilang bahagi ng Mindanao at ang mga baka ay ginagatasan subalit kung malaking dairy farms ang pag-usapan, ang mga ito ay matatagpuan sa New Zealand at Australia.

 

Dito sa Pilipinas, ang animo malaking dairy farm ay ang New Bilibid Prison sa Muntinlupa kung saan ay naroon ang mga high-profile detainees na “ginagatasan” din pero hindi gatas kundi pera na ang pinanggagalingan ay illegal na drogang ibebenta sa loob mismo ng Bilibid at sa labas sa pamamagitan ng mga pusher nila. Kung magbanggit ng kaperahan sa Congress hearing, ang mga milyones ay animo barya lang. Ang nanggagatas ay itinuro ng mga “witness” na si senador de Lima na abot-langit ang pagtanggi. Siyempre, natural lang yon dahil sino nga ba naman ang tatanggap ng kasalanan, lalo pa at ang taong inaakusahan ay naturingang magaling na abogado.

 

Nakakagulat na sa loob ng isang linggo ay napakadaling lumikom ng 3 milyong piso na pinapadala kay senador de Lima para umano magamit sa kanyang pangangampanya para sa puwestong senador noong nakaraang eleksiyon. At ang nakakagulat pa, ay mismong mga opisyal ng Bilibid ang nagagamit bilang tagapamagitan sa mga high-profile detainees na ang isa ay kilalang big-time drug lord. Kung totoo man, malinaw na ang nasabing pasilidad ay animo pag-aari ni de Lima, kung saan ay nakakakuha siya ng pera anumang halaga ang gusto niya.

 

Naalala ko noong malakas pa si sinador Defensor at sumugod din sa Bilibid para mag-imbestiga sa mga anomalya, ang una niyang hiningi ay ang “Operating Manual” pero walang naibigay sa kanya upang malaman sana kung paanong “mag-operate” ang pasilidad. Subalit dahil sa mga nakakagimbal na pangyayari, kahit meron pa nito, siguradong hindi rin masusunod.

 

Ang nangyari kaya noon at sana ay hindi na nangyayari na ngayon sa New Bilibid Prison, ay nangyayari rin sa iba pang ahensiya ng gobyerno?…sana ay hindi.

 

 

Ancient Home

Ancient Home

By: Kevin Norbert G. Lopez

 

This place, comforting and peaceful

With people so close, ‘tis blissful.

This place only we call home

Even better than what you see in Ancient Rome.

 

This place may not last

If we left, it will diminish fast.

So long as we stay

At home, this home, in our hearts will always weigh.

 

There is no place like this,

A place so comforting and full of bliss.

A place where we own

A place, for a time, we could only loan.