A Potential With A Lost Effectivity

Why do people stay in their homes instead of going to Mendiola
By blogger Patricio Manguba

Dr. Carol Araullo was interviewed today (12 July 2008) by the Philippine Daily Inquirer. What she said was both interesting and a revelation. For the first time, it jibed with what the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) thinks about our current situation.

Despite the high prices of oil and food, it is not incendiary enough to foment riots. Nor revolutions. Nor anything violent. That's whay ISAFP Chief Prestoza said and that's what revolutionaries like Araullo also believes in. So much for revolutions. It's time to eat.


Well, Araullo thinks that Filipinos are too busy earning a living for them to mind going to those Black Friday rallies or even make those noise barrages. In fact, Araullo reveals that even activists right now are too busy thinking about how to support themselves that they forgot to go to Mendiola to support those League of Filipino Students (LFS).

I understand where Araullo is coming from. That pragmatic thinking might have arisen from the small number of people going to their rallies. Despite those scenes of rallies and demonstrations here and there, no sizeable number of ordinary folks have gone out of their homes to march with them.

And you know why?

It's not that people are hungrier than angry. No. People are just waiting for a group from among their ranks to rise up and call for a genuine revolt. People are tired of groups waging struggle in the name of "isms". They're tired blaming imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism for their problems. They already know they're being schemed by those in power. They already know that its the government who's digging their graves and choosing the ones most fit to benefit from a Noah's Ark proposal.

There's no one who can provide them with proper guidance and direction. They can't trust the Genuine Opposition simply because, in their minds, they're not genuine enough. [...]

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It's not bad to be back online even if it is just temporary. Since typhoon Frank hit the nation, the internet facility of my dial-up ISP (Internet Service Provider) is still down. In the meantime, I'm temporarily using a prepaid card dial-up connection provided by another ISP.

What makes things more challenging for me these past days is that my PC's hard disk developed defects due to intermittent power failures at the height of typhoon Frank. Eventually my system broke down before I could fully backup all the important data on that defective disk.

My last complete system backup was about 7 months old! I thought I would lose all of my data stored on that hard disk. But thanks to the authors of various data recovery utilities for sharing free their softwares on the internet

Right now I'm in the process of restoring fully my system like it was before. I'm testing my system using this temporary internet connection

Maintaining a regularly updated backup of your entire PC's system (OS, Programs, Documents) is a task that most PC owners ignored because it seems useless and a waste of time. Well, if the documents on your PC's hard disk have no significant importance then you may just ignore maintaining a regular updated backup of it. But when in case your system crashes, it will still take considerably longer time to reinstall your OS and the individual softwares (not to mention the trouble of reactivating, re-registering, and re-updating your OS and individual softwares online) compared to restoring it from a complete regularly updated backup.

It's been a while since I did some technical works on a PC. There are times when you can be thankful that some "unpleasant experiences" come along once in a while because they will cause you to realize that there are some things which have long been inadvertently taken for granted that already needed prime attention. It is when we continue to ignore these things over a prolonged period of time that they slowly lose their essence.

Effectivity is lost when potential is undermined by repeatedly abusing its limits.