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Who’s afraid of that tiny needle?

Twinkling with Ninfa R. Leonardia

Who are the QUAD? At first I thought  it referred to a multiple birth, but this time it stands for four of the most populated and powerful countries. And these consist of the United States, India, Australia  and Japan. I hope they are  not going to name some  countries “The Pygmies”, because we might be included among  them. Anyway, let  us be glad that those countries are friendly to us, and, at this time, I  don’t think they consider us threats to them, too.

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Of the four, only Japan once dared to try and subjugate us, but thanks to our  protector, the United States, that risked hundred of its military forces and aircrafts, we were  liberated. I was old enough to remember how the atomic bomb was invented and its impact on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, sent Japan,  who was then aiming to be a great world  power, to its knees. Now it has become a very friendly country, and has also  become more  successful. Let us always pray and  hope that no other  country or countries get similar ideas,  because the struggle then could led to the  annihilation of the race.

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But the most disturbing reports  coming out,  especially from the United States, is the growing bias  against Asians, who have  adopted American citizenship and are doing very well there, maybe even getting more important jobs and higher  pay than some natives. I am not referring only to Filipinos, but also to those from other  Asian countries who must have been taking jobs away from the natives. I know of several Pinoys, among them my own cousins and relatives, who are holding  important positions in banks and  big companies. Maybe that draws envy  from the natives, who feel deprive of chances.

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But I think that percentage-wise, our  people  have  more chances to go to college and earn an impressive degrees,  which is why they are able to land  important positions there. Also, I know that, as a rule,  Pinoys are not  clock watchers, and  are steady workers.  Hence, their possibility of getting  hired for good positions are very likely. And I  hope our young people, especially those in  college now, take this  to mind, and try  their best to develop  a proper work ethic, if they want  to succeed.

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It is surprising that with all  the facilities and the trained manpower in the medical profession available there,  the United States is still experiencing  a rise in COVID infections that have been described as “alarming”.  Could it be that some of their  people have been belittling the seriousness of this  pandemic? On  TV, we still  see a lot of people not wearing masks even while  out in public areas.  Or are those people having “death wishes”? Somebody  should tell them to  go ahead and do  it, but not to infect others who still have the wish to live and be  fruitful members  of the human race.

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At one time, I had the suspicion that the bad news against the AstraZeneca vaccine  was promoted by rival drug  companies, but  it seems that reports about blood clots had some truth to it. Anyway, the same report  also assured that  such reactions were rare, and the benefits far outweigh the risks. So let  our people be assured, especially now that  the news just came out that  those over 50 can  be vaccinated  already. We who are over that  must just take care, and  pray.

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Why so late? It was reported on TV yesterday that  several of the  rioters who stormed  into the U.S. capitol have been identified via video tapes taken by CCTV cameras in the  house. But why is that being  disclosed only now? Wasn’t  it on January 6 yet that the riot  took place? It has been more than  two months, since. Now they  will have  a harder  time looking  for and identifying those who were there and who inflicted injuries on others. Sometimes I wonder if the American cops and detectives are as sharp as we  believe them to be.

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They are soldiers and are ready to face war, but it looks as  if they could be like  little children when it comes to  being stuck with a needle. I  laughed out loud when  I heard the  news that members of the U.S.  military were wary of vaccination and only a  small percentage are willing to go through with it! Funny, isn’t it?  They are not afraid of getting  hit by bullets in wartime, but  a tiny, teeny-weeny needle being stuck in the arms  intimidate them! What about our big  and muscled he-men, have they been vaccinated already?*

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