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DNA Technology and Crime

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My previous post was about 23and Me , a DNA analysis   company that can give  a  client  info about where he / she comes from with 100% accuracy.  If you’re interested to know my ancestry, check it out  HERE.

 

Below is a photo of my father’s grandfather (  middle, left,  )   Hmmm,  nice moustache.

 

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So, have you heard of the Golden State Night Stalker ?  He was a serial killer (  killed at least 16 ) , rapist ( about 45 )and burglar ( over a hundred burglaries ) who committed these crimes up and down California  and who remained at large since  his killing spree in the early 70’s,  up to the 80’s  . He was finally caught  in April , 2018  .  Although he had left  a pile of incriminating evidences at crime scenes ,  there was nothing from this pile that could lead them to the suspect.   Apparently, the suspect   knew how not to be caught because he was a cop.

 

How was he caught then ?  There was this police officer who got interested in  ancestry websites and figured he might be able to use them to compare the DNA of this person with others whose DNA profile are in the database of these websites ( like 23and ME and Ancestry.com. ) Unfortunately ( and fortunately for those who don’t want to share their profiles ) , Ancestry.com (  database at 10 million ) and 23andMe ( 5 million ) do not allow sharing of  information (  good ! ) with authorities  unless there’s a court order.  However, there’ s an open sharing DNA website ( GEDMatch ,  with just 500,000 profiles in its database ) ) where a person who already has his /her DNA profile on hand can upload the info in the website to look for relatives or anyone whom they share a significant DNA with.  ( cheaper than 23and Me , I assume ) . Anyhow, said police officer  uploaded the ( then unknown )  suspect’s  DNA profile , and bingo ! ! ! , it has a match  in the company’s database. ( or several matches , I think )  They tried to pinpoint  several profiles that also match the age of the suspect, ( he is now 72 yo )   where they lived  at the time when crimes were committed, etc, etc. etc.  Then they zeroed in  on one , placed him on surveillance,  managed to get  something from him at a public place, and BAM !  , his DNA profile matched the profile of the suspect 100 % .

 

It ‘s great that a man who had committed heinous crimes (  16  killings , more than 40 rapes ) had finally been caught using DNA technology. But…. here’s the thing…….. my Forensics professor  is totally against mandatory  submission of  the population’s DNAs.  ( there was an attempt to make this mandatory for everyone ) and he is publicly speaking against it.   Why is that, you ask ?  Won’t this make it easy for law enforcement to catch criminals ?   Yes, it will,   but,   it will also  make it easy for  a bad man to commit a crime and pin it on someone else. All he has to do is get  something from ” you”  (  cigarette butts, used tissues from your trash can  , etc. )  and plant these  at the scene of crime……. and if you cannot give a solid alibi, like, you can prove you were   in  Timbuktu  when the crime was committed, then , heaven help you, you . are.  totally.  screwed.  By the way,  the government uses CODIS,  the government’s own database, but the DNA profiles contained  in  CODIS are  only those with criminal records.

 

” It is far  better that   10 guilty men go free than one innocent man be wrongly convicted. ”

 

Check out my anime/manga/video games blog @ https://2megaworthitwordpresscomblog.wordpress.com/      I have a new entry,    Mary and the Witch’s Flower,  available  on Netflix   After  watching all these political nastiness and brazen corruption on the news,  this one  cleanses my fragile and delicate soul .  ^__^

 

This is all for now.  Stay  cool, and peace.  Bye !

 

 

 

My Ancestry from 23andME

 

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Have you heard of 23 and Me ? It is an Ancestry DNA testing company  that can tell you what regions in the world  your DNA came from. My brother ( for fun and out of curiosity ) used this company’s services (  for a fee of about $110 ) and learned  ancestral stuff  that we already know,  except one. DNA testing is fairly accurate ,  and this company takes pride in being    99.99 % accurate.  ( I hope it’s well-deserved ) Anyway,  my brother has not sent me  the email  with details of  his ancestry DNA results yet, but basically, the result says   we come from  South East Asia,  DUH !, (  Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia,)     and Europe ….. , though  we have more of Europe  ( Iberian, / Southern Europe  ) than Asia in our genes ..   What we ourselves know is, in fact,  even more accurate because we know exactly where our ancestors came from ( paternal side )….. my great , great grandfather Antonio ( my grandmother’s name was Antonia ) came from   Sta. Maria de la Nueva , Segovia, Spain. My grandmother even attended a reunion in Spain many  years ago.  As  per 23andMe’s geneology database, one’s ancestry can be traced as far back as 600 years ago with almost 100% accuracy.

 

What  surprised us most , actually, is a variant in my family’s DNA   that is common in   ….. drum roll…… Middle East, most particularly , in Palestine/Israel region.  The word that  23 & Me  used is , specifically, Jewish.   I guess this comes from   my mother’s side of the family,  and  we’re excited to know that what my mother’s   been telling us,(  as  we, her children,  listen with eye-rolling skepticism )  has been confirmed to be true , as per 23and Me’s  DNA analysis )  This is Mom’s   story…… ……. when she was a kid  , her grandmother used to tell her ( over and over, lest she forgets )  they had Jewish blood. Of course , it was  in Filipino language ,which was ” dugong Hudyo “.  Hudyo is Filipino for Jew, and dugo means blood.  It  was only a few years ago when my mother finally understood its  significance.

 

So, why were there Jews living in a small, rural town 300 km.  from the capital city of Manila ?  From our research, we learned that Spanish Jews  were either  forced  to convert to Catholicism  by the Spanish monarchy  or face persecution.  Some fled  ( Jewish Spanish soldiers ) and went to the Philippines  and settled far away from the prying eyes of  the government. My mother’s town was a Spanish military town ,with fortress, complete with cannons ,  to defend the area from Chinese pirates.   Also, there was also a high concentration of  Turkish Jews  in that small town.  My Mom  still remembers the Adads who lived right across from their house.  She had a humungous crush on one of  the Adad boys for a long time.  We also learned that  ” Adad ” is a common Turkish last name.

 

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San Diego de Alcala fort in my mom’s town. (  Hmmm, not well – maintained )

 

I guess they finally converted to Catholicism at one point,  but saw to it generations of descendants were reminded of their heritage.   It was just recently when  my mother finally understood why they had to be told of their ancestry.  It didn’t make sense to an 8  year old kid then  . ( Her grandma died in 1964 )  It was so random.  I mean, where did that come from ?  Out of nowhere, out of the blue ? She didn’t even know what a Jew was .   This reminds me of an article about a Filipina girl having her hair done at a Lousianna  beauty salon when a blond, blue -eyed  woman approached her and asked if she was a Filipina .  When she said yes,  the woman’s eyes lit up and told her she had Filipino blood too. Her ancestors were Filipinos who settled in Saint Malo and Manila Village ,  Louisiana in the 1700’s .   (  they were sailors who deserted the Manila – Acapulco  galleon ships ) . They  pioneered the  dried shrimp industry  in Louiasiana.

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We’re not sure though if the company’s database is accurate.  Does a particular  race have a variant unique only to that race ?  I did study DNA analysis  extensively at school and I can affirm with 100% certainty results are super accurate. However,   if the result of the test  is 99.97 % East Asian (  Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese ) , but has a 0.10 %  of  DNA   originating from  Sub- Sahara , you can  consider yourself pure East Asian.  Here’s the thing….. my teacher in genetics told us all human beings have a certain percentage of African DNA in their genes. Current science tells us humanity’s origin  is Africa . That  is a fact, unless proven otherwise.

 

Whoa !  733 words now !   Gotta break this with  pics of yours truly in Spain.

 

 

 

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This is all for now . Thank you for reading , and peace.

 

Check out my anime/manga/video games blogsite @ https://2megaworthitwordpresscomblog.wordpress.com/

 

 

Living it up…. LA Rose Café and a trip to Sta. Cruz, California

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This is a record for me….. 12 days of  zero [ 0 ] blog reading.  And,  I can’t believe I have not seen , heard  nor  read any news about  that man living in the White House for 12 days, as well.   That’s amazing !  I’m sooo happy.

 

So , what have I been doing the past 12 days ?   Well, I went to Long Beach, California to visit my brother ( well, he insisted and paid for my plane fare…. otherwise , I wouldn’t go, he he ) …….that was on July 3 and 4, and came back home on the 5th at 10 AM, rested a bit at home, and went straight to work at 12 PM.  I thought I could swim at the beach , but it was cold, around 70 F ( ~ 22 C ) . Bro’s house is just a  15 minute walk from the beach. From Long Beach airport , we drove about an hour  to LA  to have lunch at LA Rose Café , an authentic Filipino restaurant  somewhere in East Hollywood.  This is my second time to eat there. My brother goes there at least 3 x a month so the owner , Lem, knows him already.  He’s a very friendly guy who talks to customers.  The area is a bit , well, ghetto-ish,  and the outside of the restaurant is kind of old and unpolished…. (  don’t judge a book by its cover, y’know ? ) but inside, it’s Old Manila  interior , with rattan chairs , chandeliers and elaborately designed mirrors, things one wouldn’t expect to see in that place.

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Don’t think it’s pretentious to have live music  in this  Philippine restaurant.  It’s actually in their culture.  In the Philippines, some serenaders  are called combancheros , and they usually sing old  Spanish songs… * sings * Besame , besame mucho….. Good thing there’s no karaoke… thank God for small mercies, because Filipinos = karaoke.  I didn’t want to listen to some random guy singing, ” I , I who have nothing…” while I was eating grilled tocino, 2 sunny side ups and fried garlic rice.

 

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Lem, the owner , even gave us the secret ingredient for his pudding. They don’t use old , stale bread…. they use freshly baked croissant.  By the way, bread pudding is a staple in all bakeries in the Philippines.  ( for obvious reasons… all that old, unsold bread, y’know )  I always cook bread pudding from old bread. This time I’ll use croissant.  Oh, I know he has other secrets, ha ha !

 

So , am I promoting LA Rose Café ?  Yes, I guess so.  Filipino restaurants are few and far between, and most of them are cafeteria/carinderia style…. definitely the lowest in the totem pole of classic dining.  LA Rose Cafe has been existing for 35 years, and that says something about the place. ( By the way, it catered for the Grammy Awards 2x. )

 

This week, too, my co-workers and I went to Sta. Cruz, California for a 2 day R & R.  It’s a 3 hour drive from our city.  Tuesday and Wednesday, July 10 and 11. It’s a quaint, old  beach town . We had fun at the boardwalk and rode on one of the oldest rollercoaster ( called Big Dipper )  in the US ( circa 1926 ). It was a scary ride… sounded like it would fall apart at any moment ( while we were on it )

 

So what else did I  do the rest of the week ? I finished God of War 4 ! ! !   Holy mother of pink ! ! ! Woo ! That was an amazing game  …. insanely difficult, too.  The Valkyries… oh, goodness gracious !  I  posted about this video game on my manga/anime/video games blogsite @  https://2megaworthitwordpresscomblog.wordpress.com/

 

This is all for now. Gonna start reading your blogs now…. bye, and see you on your blogs !

 

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A Slice of Life

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Hey, guys,  I’m sorry I haven’t been reading blogs these past few weeks.  Well, I have, but not that much..

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Above is the number of blogs I read , everyday.  I’m weird, right ?  Well, that’s how I roll, he he.

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I’ve been working 6 days a week. Two of  my lab- tech co-workers are on their  annual 2 – week vacation, so I have to take on their work on my off days.  The company has been extra busy this month ( which is a good thing ) , we are under – staffed, and I swear, I do the work of 3 people, which is a good thing, as well, because I’m well -compensated, thank goodness.  I just paid $2,000 for repair of our  broken air- conditioning unit. Folks, the temperature here is over 100 F, and 90 F inside the house without air-conditioning. Speaking of which,   I wake up at 5:30 AM  to beat the heat. I water the plants , especially the potted ones, and this chore takes about 2  hours .

 

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That is one ugly backyard, but we do try to make it presentable . We need to buy some more flowering plants , I guess.  We focus more on the frontyard,and kind of neglect the backyard. I’ll try to make it nice …. after all, that’s where  I drink my  morning joe  and contemplate my role in the universe.

 

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I did some tree pruning the other day.  Ah, I can’t do this anymore .. We need to hire some people to do this stuff.  The money we save is not worth the aggravation.  ( although I  do need the exercise…..  okay, so it’s worth it.  ~_~     )

 

Last time, I wrote that I was playing the video game God of War  4.  Well…… it’s insanely difficult. I try to play for at least an hour a day, right after work.  But an hour a day is not enough to kill even a  minor  boss. I did manage to slay a dragon ( and got a trophy ,Dragon Slayer… yay, me ) after so much strategizing and planning…. oh, and using the science of probability. Ha ha !  I mean,  don’t put down the controller and rest when your character dies. The statistical probability of defeating the enemy goes back to zero. Roll the dice over and over again… the probability that you’ll get it right goes up. Okay, so it also depends on the player’s skill.   * ponders  *     Oh, well, statistics is not an exact science, anyway.

 

I’m going to post a review of my lame playing skill   on my anime/manga/video games blogsite, hopefully, today. Check it out @ https://2megaworthitwordpresscomblog.wordpress.com/

 

Okay, this is all for now.  Thank you for reading, folks, and peace !  Bye !

 

 

 

 

 

Negative Thoughts On Early Monday Morning

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I am quite devastated re Anthony Bourdain’s  suicide….. and mad at him. Why did he do that ? His and Andrew Zimmern’s shows are two of my favorite shows , ever. ……. and I just binge-watched his Parts Unknown last month on Netflix.  ( I watched No Reservations  on Travel Channel )  . I was waiting for Season 2  of Parts Unknown, but now, I don’t think I can watch that anymore. It’s incomprehensible why very successful people like Anthony Bourdain would end their lives. There are millions and million others who struggle to keep themselves  alive,  people in war-torn areas and the sick, and people who are starving.  Was it the constant pressure  of  his  job, or had he gotten sick and tired of the endless travelling and living in hotels?  Didn’t he ever think of just quitting, leave everything behind, and live the rest of his life  watching his  11 – year old daughter grow ,  and smelling the roses?

 

It’s really a mystery how our minds work, isn’t it ?  Here’s the thing, though….. for some reason , I think I  understand  why  he had decided to end his life.  I have a confession to make.  I was so devastated, depressed,  and distraught over the election of this   T-t-t-trump  person  that I felt  I wanted to die.  Don’t get me wrong….  I didn’t think of ending my life… I just wanted to die….. big difference. But the emotion of disappearing from the face of the earth was frighteningly real .

 

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Anyway,  I’m offering this flower ( amaryllis ) to Anthony Bourdain.  This one didn’t bloom for 3 years, and when it finally did, the gift of  beauty was spectacular.  Rest in peace, Anthony Bourdain.  ” You can go home home now  . You’re free. ”  ( a quote from the video game God of War )

 

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Thank you for reading.  See you next time , and peace.

 

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The Geek In Me Arises Again

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As the title says, the geek in me rises again.  I just bought a video game titled  God Of War 4, one of my all – time favorite video games.  This is why I’ve been AWOL  on WordPress  these past few days.   When I play, nothing can interrupt me, except work, of course..  In fact,  I’d rather play my  favorite game than date a hot guy.  ^__^    ” Ren, you bailed on him ???  You kidding ? ”   Me:  “He can wait…. Kratos  can’t. ”

 

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The game is heart attack difficult.  My character had to die more than a dozen times before I could figure out the way to defeat an enemy boss.

 

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I know some of you are thinking…. ” what’s so good about video games , and why do  people indulge in such unproductive , make – believe stuff ? ”   Those who love to play are the only ones  who can understand. But do you know  seniors  at retirement homes are actually encouraged to play video games ? Video games are almost all about strategy , quick  responses and reflexes, so when they play, they get to exercise their mental  and physical  faculties.  Do video games  make people dumb? I don’t think so.  It’s only when people do everything  excessively that  makes it a bad thing. Anything done in excess is bad.  Any food consumed  in excess is toxic, even water.  That’s the first thing a student  learns in Toxicology.  Don’t believe  everything that you read  especially those written by celebrities and science ” journalists”.

 

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There are so many bloggers here on WordPress who are so good in writing  down their motivational, spiritual, and  inspirational thoughts ….. and then they   let out they are  rabid  admirers and supporters of  that person  temporarily living at  the White House.   I don’t care who they support and admire…. it is their right. They can  be admirers of Hitler  and Mussolini for all I care, or  secret members of the Klu Klux Klan.  Each to his /her own.   But Jesus, Mary and Joseph,  don’t  talk and preach about honesty, integrity, truthfulness, kindness , fidelity, and all these saintly virtues ,as if they all come from their hearts  and the heavens, when , in fact, they all come out of their asses.

 

You :  Wait… what !  Where did that come from, Ren ?  Isn’t this post about God of War ?   Me : Well, my thoughts do tend to meander… from video games to politics, so don’t judge.

 

Alright, back to video games…..

 

At first , my gameplay is awkward and clumsy, ( sorry, Kratos )  but  I’m getting so much better as the game progresses…. not badass yet, but I’m getting there.  ( I always GoW on Hard Mode.  I love to savor each and every hard -earned victory. )

 

Well, that’s it.  I’m going to  post my review of the game on my anime/manga /video games blogsite  @ https://2megaworthitwordpresscomblog.wordpress.com/

 

I hope to finish this very soon.  In the meantime,  my blog reading will take a back seat while video game playing  takes the front seat.  I’m on Cloud 9.

 

Bye and peace to all ! !

 

 

 

Saturday Ramblings

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I’ve been busy gardening.  I take care of the frontyard. My mother takes care of the backyard.  I’ve already spent so much for pots and plants. I’m obsessing on bromeliads.

 

I also bought petunias to replace the dead ones.   Garden business   here in the US is a billion dollar industy.   Every year , we buy so many flowering plants for so-called instant garden.  Then they all die in winter.  6_6

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I need to buy some more petunias for the hanging pots.

 

And I mowed the lawn this morning.  Do you know what we use to clean the pathways ? Nope, not a rake.  We use ” walis  tinting” , which we buy at the Filipino supermarket.  It’s very efficient and easy to use, for some reason.  The only drawback is that I have to bend a little while sweeping and it doesn’t take long before my back starts aching.

 

Walis means broom. I don’t know what tinting means.  It’s made of dried  “veins” of  coconut leaves.

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I also bought a new iPhone, and ta dah  ! an Apple watch ! !  I didn’t have a mobile for almost a week.

 

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This is all for now. Thanks for reading and peace ! !

 

Please check out my anime/manga /video games blogsite  @ https://2megaworthitwordpresscomblog.wordpress.com/              I have a new entry…. Violet Evergarden ,  a Netflix original anime. I gave this a 10/10  rating. Even if you’re not an anime fan,  this  is  one that is definitely worth watching.  It won’t be a waste of your  precious time, I assure you.