Friday, November 25, 2005

BE CAREFUL OF WHAT YOU WISH FOR; YOU JUST MIGHT GET IT

President Manuel L. Quezon, 1935: "I would rather have a Philippines run like hell by Filipinos than a Philippines run like heaven by the Americans!"

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

CADAVERIC SPASM

Cadaveric spasm is a unique phenomenon where right before a violent death, the muscles go into spasm. This is most commonly manifested in the hand which goes into a tight clinch from the spasm. When one is holding something at that particular instant, he/she would be gripping it postmortem.

Therefore, if you find say, a gun under the hand of a dead body, and not clinched...it's planted!

THE FOX GUARDING THE CHICKEN COOP

The Philippines in its attempt to grow and mature is at a crossroads now as we speak - selecting the next Ombudsman.

If I am not mistaken, the Ombudsman is to guard the citizenry from abuses, and graft and corruption in the government. So, what is wrong with this picture?
  • One of the big two hounding PGMA is graft and corruption
  • Seven out of the 8 candidates are either directly or indirectly associated with PGMA
  • The top choice, as reported in the press today, is one Atty. Merceditas Gutierrez, close to PGMA, has been appointed in a high government position before, and a classmate of FG.

Grow and mature? I say, back to the womb.

Friday, November 11, 2005

THE LAW OF ABSOLUTIVITY

The Law of Absolutivity n. 1 the fact speaks for itself. 2 (latin version) res ipsa lequitor. 3 as opposed to theory of relativity.

Although the word never saw print anywhere, we used to use this all the time in our clinical discussions in residency training at King's County Hospital-State University of New York, Downstate in the early 70's. At the Trauma Service, we used to do cases after cases of hip pinning (to repair hip fractures mainly in the elderly). Ths service was literally run by us residents and the attending physicians/consultants would know about the cases only after surgery when we present them at the M&M (Moratility and Morbidity) Conference. To show that indeed we did a good job, we would show a post-operative picture showing the hip nail right in the middle of the neck and head of the thigh bone (femur). Sometimes, our attendings would catch us with a different view showing the nail outside the neck and head. We would argue in vain about how there is a whole set of films showing the nail in the right place. Then they would tell us the Law of Absolutivity as it applies to post-op hip nailing films: "If there is one frame showing the nail out of place, the whole set does not matter".

The Law of Absolutivity applies to everything else in life. Example: If there is a video frame that shows a person shooting point blank at a slumped, wounded and apparently motionless individual then the whole set of videos does not matter. A rubout is a rubout.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

PHILIPPINE POLITICS AND CBCP

Small headline yersterday: "Congressmen warns CBCP from meddling in politics". How times change! CBCP was most welcome when it said last July: "No, PGMA should not step down, but...".

Apparently, the incoming Head is His Excellency Archbishop Angel Lagdameo of Jaro (although I could not confirm this from CBCP Online, the official website). You do not have to know where the good Archibishop stands on things:
  • The two congressmen (allied with the administration) reminded him to observe separation of Church and State, and warned him to stay out of politics.
  • And, admonished him to punish any of his subordinate priests who meddle with politics.

Maybe..just maybe, Cardinal Sin will turn over once more in his grave (see related article, this page) and stay right side up.