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For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness.”- 1 Corinthians 3:19

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What’s Inside!!!

By: Rhina Reyes

importance to the spirit of giving this yuletide season.


odern Languages I n te rna ti ona l (MLI ) celebrated Christmas 2011 with a number of fun-filled production numbers from selected teachers, students and staff plus exciting games that made the event memorable.

The first intermission number was delivered by Junior students under the supervision of Teacher Tara Tupas. Students who took part in the performance were Kelly (Kwon Yehyun), Lucy (Kim Seung Hyun), Messi (Shin Minchang), Kelvin (Cho Kyungseo), Willy (Lim Hopyeong), David (Lee Byeong Jun), Bill (Yeom Jihwan), Kelly (Kim Minhee), Hera (Cho Shiwon), Carrie (Cho Siwon), Jenny (Lee Sehui), and Hannah Jeong. They sang 12 Days of Christmas wearing their colorful Christmas costumes.

The program started with an invocation from Teachers Cynthia Bauyon and Philip Reyes singing their rendition of The Prayer Giving their fair share of great originally sung by Celine Dion and talent and dancing skills, a pool of Andrea Bocelli followed by an teachers headed by the Event inspirational message delivered by Continued on page 3... the School Master, Ms. Tess





A New Year Message


The Chronicle Staff Rhina Reyes Moderator Marion Kenn Balladares Outgoing Assistant Moderator Joy Esteves Incoming Assistant Moderator Regular Columnist Ken Amante MLInform Alejo Bebedor MLIntrospect Contributors Lani Roxas Joseph Lim Navarette Richard Nogales (Circulation) Consultants

ilipinos have always been a “happy people” in spite of the circumstances they are in. As I write my message today, the television is on. Right now, I am also thinking about the agony of a beloved family who is on the threshold of death. It is quite difficult though. But I have no choice to go through every aspect of life.

The Christmas light, decors, and music are breaking out all over the country as the season of goodwill and gift-giving get underway. To some, they are signs of commercialism. Yes, it may be true but as far as we know, whether this is business practice or not, for us Filipinos, it is a time for family bonding… a time for the celebration of life of our Lord Jesus Christ, and a time for the coming of a new year. Family does not only mean our own family. Family also means the place where we work. MLI began the Spirit of Christmas through an exchange - gift followed by a gettogether celebration the next day on December 22 in our campus. It was participated by teachers, students and staff.

Our special thanks go to all of you who have helped support all our events that helped students achieve their learning goals… Thanks to all of you …who have burned their candles at both ends just to be able to finish their work well and good ….for teachers who decked the halls with balls of holies… those who enlivened our events with contests and games …those who gave their special numbers by singing and dancing …those who helped in making the tributes for our outgoing teachers and staff …those who surprised us with unexpected and smothering care on our birthdays ….those who really did their jobs with passion Our sincere gratitude! You are the charming gardener that makes our soul blossom! Thank you! On behalf of the Management, I would like to wish you all a blessed Christmas and a fruitful and exciting year ahead. T. R. Gutierrez

Mr. Kim Jin Nam Mr. Jeong Seung Ug Ms. Tess Gutierrez Mr. Gerard Manalo MLI’s The Chronicle #23 Panay Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines Tel. Nos. 332-4147/332-4172



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Coordinator, Mr. Ken Amante danced with Teachers Maricel Candongo, Lina Tavera, Stella Peleo, Jen Leuterio, Jeff Saligumba, Marie Fe Agustin, Rose Lopez and The Chronicle Moderator, Ms. Rhina Reyes to the tune of dance hits: Teach Me How to Dougie, Run the World and Super Bass. University students Ray (Choi Tae Hee), Lily (Lee Joo Eun), Stella (Yun Chanmi), Kevin (Jung Hyosuk), Kelly (Song Ji Young) and Ed (Kim Bo Ram) also surprised the audience as they sang the phenomenal Christmas hit Last Christmas. They were all trained by the same teacher, Ms. Tara Tupas. Hannah Jeong, on the other hand, delivered a superb number by playing the keyboard. Completing the event was the song number from the Management and staff headed by MLI School Master, Ms. Tess Gutierrez, Human Resources Officer, Mr. Gerard Manalo, Ms. Sol Ting and Richard Nogales as they sang a medley of Christmas songs for everyone.

Teachers’ Dance Performance

Teacher Marion’s final performance

Juniors Christmas Carol

Hannah Jeong playing the keyboard..

A series of parlor games also enliven the Christmas event supervised by the following teachers: Ms. Pinky Sanguir, Mr. Alejo Bebedor and Ms. Rizalyn Dumol. The games were participated in by both teachers and students. Providing humor to the program were the special awards handed out to recipients who best fit certain criteria. Among the awards Adult students singing ‘Last Christmas’ given were Me Already!, Stressed Much? and Nandiyan Ka Pala! Winners of the said awards were: Ms. Tess Gutierrez, Mr. Gerard Manalo, Ms. Sol Ting; and Teachers Sherlyn Abao, Hiedee Corpuz and Ken Amante. The program concluded with a final performance from Teacher Marion Balladares singing Kaleidoscope World as he bid goodbye to his MLI family. A tribute followed shortly after and Certificates of Appreciation and Employment were both

Management’s Christmas Carol

Teacher Cynthia and Teacher Philip

Juniors participating the parlor games...



MLI CONDUCTS 3RD FEEDING PROGRAM By: Lani Roxas and Joseph Lim Navarette

To spread the spirit of giving especially this Christmas season, Modern Languages International once again conducted another Feeding Program to the impoverished children of Barangay Paligsahan Quezon City spearheaded by MLI’s Vice President, Mr. Jeong Seung Ug with the assistance of Miss Lani Roxas on December 19, 2011. As part of the Junior Sparta Program, all Junior students came to the event. They were the ones who gave food to the children. Mrs. Erin Jeong made the occasion livelier as she taught some songs to the children. She also led the parlor games. Some fifty children attended the said Feeding Program. They were also given prizes and gifts. Teachers Joseph Lim Navarette, Rhina Reyes, Vivian Ema and Student Manager Seiki also assisted in the said event. Meanwhile, Brgy. Captain Leo Tiamson of Brgy. Paligsahan expressed his gratitude to MLI for the recently concluded event, “This is the best way to share the Christmas spirit to our community. We thank you,” he related.


The Future of North Korea After the Death of Kim Jong-Il By: Ed (Kim Bo Ram) On the 19th of December, state-run media in North Korea reported that North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Il died of a heart attack on the 17th of December. Foreign press as well as Korean people was shocked when they heard about his death. He ruled the communist nation with an iron fist. He was 69 years old. Now the Korean peninsula is in a gloomy situation because of his death. Kim’s death is expected to have a significant impact on the Peninsula and East Asia. Skepticism about his heir-apparent son, Jong-Un has also been raised if he would be able to take over the totalitarian nation as smoothly as the leader did after the death of the national founder, Kim Il-sung in 1994. I can imagine three scenarios about the future of North Korea: First, North Korea can be in a state of civil war. As a former military officer, I learned that many North Koreans were awakened by the realities of life. They have complaints about North Korea’s military authorities. Particularly, these days “Jasmin Revolution” (started in Africa) has created political and social changes in the world and they were shaken a little by the revolution so a civil war might break out. Second, someone can stage a military coup. Presently, the leader’s son, Jong-Un is 29 years old. The high-ranking officials in North Korea think he is too young to lead the country and they might scramble to occupy his seat. On the contrary, his son, Jong-Un can succeed to the throne successfully. Although he is young and his ability isn’t verifiable, the press and the people around him think he is extremely obstinate and is full of ambition so he resembles his grandfather and national founder Kim Il-sung in many aspects. Also, I heard Jong-Il prepared for many things to cope with the unexpected. Actually he had trained Jong-Un to be his successor a long time ago. Many high-ranking officials in North Korea as well as JongUn himself want to maintain their immense power and be able to strengthen it in a communist and dictatorial government. Clearly, the instability in the Korean peninsula will continue for some time. However, I think the possibility of a war between the North and the South is quite low because North Korea doesn’t have the ability to last a war and most national dignitaries don’t want that the war to happen. But we have to realize that provocation by North Korea will still remain.



His death has had a negative effect on South Korea in aspects of politics, military, economy, diplomacy and so on. Nevertheless, we don’t have to think about our situation negatively and we must remember that situation can be the starting point of the unification. To keep our peace and achieve reunification, South Korea’s government have to react quickly to rapidly changing situations about North Korea and relieve the tension on the Korea Peninsula through diplomatic efforts. Additionally, South Korea needs to strengthen the national defense against possible aggression and South Koreans have to raise awareness of national security by themselves. In conclusion, we don’t know how the North Korea will change and we must make tight preparations for many sudden cases. We look forward to hearing détente on the Korea Peninsula and we wish we find peace between South and North Korea as soon as possible.

The Death of Kim Jong Il and its Effect to North and South Korea By: Justin (Hwang Se Young)

Kim Jong Il, North Korea's leader was a picture of weakness in the face of illness and death. December 17, 2011, he died of myocardial infarction at the age of 69. North-South relationship has been in turmoil due to North Korea's nuclear exercises, Cheonan warship explosion and YeonPyeong Island attack. The death of Kim Jong-Il will bring tremendous changes in Korea. First, even if Kim Jong Il is dead, the North-South relations will not improve easily. North Korea is responsible for the attacks on Cheonan warship and YeonPyeong Island in South Korea. In addition, North Korea will need a stable settlement of their new leader, Kim Jong-Eun, Kim Jong-Il’s son. Therefore, North Korea will worry about its internal problems and close relationship with China more than improving the ties with South Korea.


North Korea’s Food Crisis By: Hein (Kim Bo Seon) The primary cause of North Korea’s food crisis is its socialist economic system’s contradiction. The North Korean government is using the huge budget to deify Kim Il-Seong’s family and to develop nuclear weapons. As a result, it gains the mistrust of the international community because it distributes relief supplies only to privileged classes. In short, North Korea's food crisis was inflicted by itself. We must clearly understand it. Despite a serious food crisis, the government continues its military buildup. I believe it is more important to resolve the problem in food crisis more than the military buildup. I wish that a lot of people would never suffer from a shortage of food.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Being a Man By: Thomas ( Shin Bong Chul) I used to think that I would like to be born in the same gender again, because I sometimes felt disgusted by jealousy, which happens more often among women. So I felt thankful to God. As I grow older, my thinking has continuously changed, though I know there are still many advantages of being a man. Since I am a man, I don’t need to go through the pain of childbirth, be sensitive every 28 days, make a real friend without jealousy, and so forth. But, despite these advantages, these days, I’m thinking of being born a female. Why did I have a change of heart? As I was born this way, I have to be responsible to my family. That means my wife and children, as well as my parents. I should take the most part of the burden, generated in each family. It’s more severe in Korea because of Confucian ideas. And I should pay more than women, so we have to earn enough money to buy things my partner wants to get. Also I should know how to fix some gadgets or utilities in the house. So the meaning is I have to be equipped with enough money, in good shape and with a generous personality. That is what Korean society wants.

So, now, I know exactly what this society wants me to do. In other words, I should be like Superman, an all-around player. If so, should I be transformed into such? I guess, it would be better to take a sex-change surgery rather than be Superman. But it will be With the death of Kim Jong Il, the tension between worse in the future. It’s very hard to be such a man. The standard is North and South Korea will temporarily ease but too high. But, if I do not want to be a good man, I don’t need to maybe not for long. The possibility of a sudden attack suffer from this problem. It depends on my decision. But the burden on my shoulder is still very heavy for me.




By: Rhina Reyes and Joy Esteves


or this issue’s Featured Student, we are showcasing one of the ROTC students in MLI since majority of them come from this group. To pick one among them was no easy task, so we have considered their time of arrival, performance in class, overall conduct, and general treatment of friends and teachers. As a result, we are bringing you Kim Il Geon also known as Raegeon!

"There were three selection tests," Raegeon shares. "The first was a written exam, second was physical fitness and the last was an interview. If you pass all three, the successful candidates will meet then prepare for the army training for 12 weeks.”

Yes! He survived the tough ROTC training before coming to the Philippines to study English. His older brother in ROTC was the one who recommended MLI to him. According to his brother, not only can he study English in the Raegeon was born on June 19, 1989 in Philippines but also visit the beautiful Kwanju, South Korea. He has a younger places in the country. sister and a brother who happened to be fraternal twins. He dreams of going to Egypt to see the pyramids, his ideal place. When further He enjoys mountain camping and gorges asked to describe on samgyeopsal and pizza. the training, he shrugged and When you first gaze at this young man, recited the you would get the impression that he’s activities as if it shy, reserved and conservative. But, were just another these traits are story to tell. For him, a man has to go c o m p l e t e l y through those things to become a better opposite of what person. "You wake up at 5:30 AM, make your he truly is. When bed and hear the officer do a roll call. If we you get to know aren't complete, we have to make 50 to 100 him a little bit push-ups. After which we do our morning more, h e ’ s exercise like running, push-ups and gymnastics. someone funny, Breakfast is at 7-8 AM. But if one wants to loves to crack have a personal time to do other things, one jokes and is very must eat faster. Afterwards, we take classes from open-minded. He 8 AM to 5 PM smiles a lot and he’s really friendly. He about military loves hanging out with cool people and courtesy, he’s a very good son to his parents. They weaponry, history inspire him the most, he confessed. of army tactics and shooting Even though his favorite color is red and skills. From 7 to prefers K-Pop particularly SG Wannabe, 10 PM we take he also loves My Heart Will Go on by dinner, go outside, Celine Dion, but never mistake him for a clean our rooms, sissy! He has finished training for ROTC do our homework and came out a better man. Just try to and exercise. We imagine the physical and mental exercises sleep at 10:00." he endured for 12 weeks. "If you think this is hard, the final officer training is

even more difficult. All cadets have to walk 40 kilometers of a combination of flat and mountainous grounds while carrying a bag weighing 20 kilograms! We are only entitled to a 10-minute rest every hour,” he continued. According to him, it’s not all the hardship. He said he was glad to have gone all through the tough life he had inside the training school because ROTC offers many opportunities to improve oneself. “There were times when I thought of giving up. I’ve had a lot of mental and physical stress. But I psyched myself up. I can do it! No pain, no gain, right? I was so proud of myself for accomplishing this feat." This young man hopes to graduate from university soon and fulfill his military duties after. He plans to save the money he will get from the training for his future. He also dreams of passing the architecture exam, get his licence and land a very lucrative job. His favorite quotation is "No pain, no gain." He idolizes former Hyundai owner Jeong Joo Young because he used to be poor then reached the top and became rich. Just like him, he believes that when one has determination to succeed, it’s possible! He values patience, perseverance and positive thinking. He claims his parents inspire him the most. Maybe in the future he’ll become as rich as Jeong Joo Young, only stronger and hopefully, a lot wiser. As Raegeon would say, "No pain, no gain!" Way to go,




Thomas: To stop smoking! My lungs are becoming worse...I feel suffocated. Kelly: I'll study hard and go on a diet to lose some Black


weight...I'll practice speaking!!! Maximum: Have a healthy body,pass the National Exam,stay forever with my girlfriend andstudy English then converse very well Justice: I will have a beautiful girlfriend,Always





exert effort to study and exercise. Hot 6: I wish to stop smoking and be rich! Lisa: I wish to get the highest score in my university and have a nice job. Stella: I wanna be the happiest person all over the world!





Kevin: I will study English more; I will adapt in Australia. I hope I'll have a way to know MLI teachers and students are always happy and healthy. Justin: Peace of North and South Korea. T. Lina: To be better than my previous life T.Marife: To be oozingly sexy!!!





T.Lani: To be a vegetarian. (just try!) T.Joshua: To be able to fully help others the best way I can. T.Hiedee: To be happy at all times and gain weight so my mom won't say, "You're thin!" again! LOL!





T.Geena: I would like to quit smoking and to earn a lot for my kids. T.Philip: My New Year's Resolution is to save more money and to eliminate my habit of buying things that have no use. T.Sherlyn: To lose weight ..Save up and stay









The Issue of Age: How Child Learners Fair in Second Language Acquisition By: Ken Amante


n the last issue, I discussed about the advantages of adult learners in the initial stages of second language acquisition. We concluded that adults are faster in the early stages because they get more comprehensible input due to the following factors: •

will be more prone to interaction and thus get more input which significantly helps in successful acquisition. He introduced the term Affective Filter which is an impediment to learning caused by negative emotional responses to one's environment.

Older acquirers are better at “managing conversations”, or controlling the input directed at them. They have the ability to produce structures that have not yet been acquired using first language rules and relying on the Monitor (a conscious internal system that checks the accuracy of one’s language either by intuition or by learned competence). Adult learners have greater knowledge of the world; i.e., they have greater amount of background information and experience.

To explain the child-adult differences in second language attainment, it is important to note that around puberty, the Affective Filter increases dramatically • in strength. It is around this time that emotional upheaval, hypersensitivity and self-consciousness take place. It is at this stage when a person feels that he is under constant scrutiny of other people. From this view, one may conclude that a person becomes very conscious of his • ability including his acquisition of a second language. While it is true that the ability to acquire does not disappear at puberty, the necessary input is often In the long run, however, those who start blocked and is therefore less available for second languages as children will usually acquisition. reach higher levels of competence than those who start as adults. But how do they do this? This explains why children lead the race What accounts for children’s ultimate in ultimate attainment. They have less attainment of a second language? To answer inhibition and are less conscious of their this question, I will use the same theory that I errors or what other people think about used in explaining adult’s performance, them. Let it be clear, however, that the Stephen Krashen’s Input Hypothesis. child-adult differences relate attainment According to him, affective variables play an important role for effective acquisition. People with the “right” attitude (high

to acquisition not to learning. Over the long run, children will acquire more, not learn more. It means that in a natural setting, children will tend to get more from his environment compared to an adult who is very conscious of himself and is likely hesitant in the second language. The increase in filter strength will make most adults not attain a nativelike level. This does not mean, however, that the adult beginner cannot attain very high levels of proficiency. It only tries to explain why children have a better chance of appearing to be a native

To sum up the discussion in this article, we therefore conclude that age remains to be one of the determining factors in the successful attainment of a second language. Although adults generally enjoy a greater knowledge of the world in their acquisition of a second language, children are believed to have a greater advantage because they are less affected by affective factors that surround them therefore enhancing their chances for an ultimate attainment of second language. I wish to reiterate that the assumptions made here are based on Stephen Krashen’s theory which focuses mainly on affective factors in language acquisition. There is more to this topic than may be deemed and factors such as cognitive and neurological may be explored to fully explain the dominance of children




From the end of 2000 until now, without affectation. Because of that, we can’t expect his behaviour. It is one of the reasons Idol group has become more popular. why people like him. 2. Tell a story about this group in 5. How often do you listen to them? terms of: I listen to their music twice a week. Genre – 2AM’s genre is R&B ballad. Actually I don’t have their song file now. So I But they challenge a variety of genre. just listen to one song. Actually, 2AM’s song, “ I Was Wrong” showed that 2AM has never shown 6. Do they influence your lifestyle? before and is a brand new type of am making my way out of the music. No, they don’t. Their songs are almost Chronicle to take a more always sad love songs. So they don’t influence challenging life; I am leaving this Popularity – 2AM has popularity. One my lifestyle yet. I just listen to their music. column to the students who have the of the reasons is their singing skills. passion for music. And I have chosen Many people think they have enough 7. How will you rate their music style or emotions and singing skill. They have popularity with 10 being the highest score and Lily to do the very first column. other talents as well like dancing, 1 being the lowest Here I’ve asked Lily some questions acting and so on. Singing talent is just Rating: that would reveal her passion for music. one of them. — Marion Balladares Global Recognition – 2AM doesn’t 1. What is your favorite K-Pop have popularity yet in the world. group in Korea? Define what K-Pop is . Nowadays, they are trying to be recognized by people from other That would be 2AM. 2AM is a countries. South Korean four-member group under JYP Entertainment. The Star Quality – They have a lot of star members are Jo Kwon, Jinwoon, quality. All of them dance very well. Seulong and Changmin. 2AM is one of They can even work separately by the two subgroups branched out from using their own ability such as acting, the eleven-member boy group One hosting and so on. Day, the other being 2AM. They 3. What is your favorite song from officially debuted on July 11, 2008, this group? Why? performing their debut song,”One That would be “Even If I Die I Can’t Day”. Let You Go”. Because this song makes K-Pop means popular music for the us feel sad and feel sympathy. Actually, general public in Korea. Especially, K- this song was loved by other people. Pop word is known as Korean music in They showed their emotions and other countries after Korean music got singing skill again through this song. popular. 4. What do you like most about this In the 1990’s, Korean music market group? enjoyed a favorable business climate. I like their personalities. All of them Even the song, “Wrongful” recorded the volume of its sales at a day that the are friendly and make more fun for us. amount was about two billion, five Especially Jo Kwon, one of the hundred thousand in the Korean members, is honest. He shows himself Guinness Book.



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What’s Your Blood Type? Does Rh Negative Blood Type Equal Alien Heritage? By: Alejo Bebedor, PTRP Koreans are very particular to Blood Type or very particular to knowing what someone’s blood type is. Actually it’s one of their favorite questions when you get acquainted with them the first time. They base people’s character to this. They think people act or behave according to blood type. They judge people’s way of dealing with others by their blood type. Be it O, B, AB or A, people from Korea think that their whole being speaks of what kind of blood they have in their body… So in this issue’s Introspect, I’d like to talk about Blood Type, but I am not going to talk about the usual blood type of people. If you are students, and you are reading this column, you know very particularly what blood type is and how it affects one’s character. So now I’m going to inform you of something you may not know regarding this. I am going to discuss about the Rh Negative Blood Type!

What is the Rh Negative Blood Type?


f the human blood types, O is the most common. It is a universal blood type. But when blood types are further broken down, they can be grouped, negative and positive. This is called the RH factor. The RH factor is the Rhesus (rhesus as in monkey) blood factor. If your blood tests positive for this, you have the factor in your blood. If you test negative, you do not have the factor in your blood. The RH factor is a protein found in the human blood that is directly linked to the Rhesus Monkey. When blood type is inherited from your parents, it is known that this factor element of the blood is the most consistent human or animal characteristic passed on to the offspring. There are VERY few aberrations. It rarely changes. Are you an Rh Negative blood type? If so you could be a descendant of the ancient astronauts themselves!

evolved or were derived from Primates. 15 % of humans have RH-negative blood. If blood type is one of the least mutable human characteristic, where did the RH negative come from? This question has puzzled scientists for years. There is some evidence that suggests the RH-negative blood group may have appeared about 35,000 years ago. And the appearance was regional and seemed to, originally, be connected with certain group or tribes of people.

When humans were first created, they were a product of two genetically similar but not related species.The combination of the DNA of the primates and the gods was produced ‘artificially’ in a lab. If the gods have the technology to create new species, they would have Most people, about 85%, have no problem overcoming the RH-positive blood. That could problem of the hybrids being support the idea that humans sterile.

A little genetic manipulation and it would no longer be an issue. Three proto-types of humans were created. Each one successively more advanced. Two types by design and the last by chance. Neanderthal Man is suspected of being an early humanoid created by the gods but Cro-magnon was definitely a product of their intervention. The next type is what we call pre-human and then we have modern man. Modern man was a result of interbreeding between the gods and prehumans. This interbreeding for the most part created no problems in the resulting offspring, except for a line that inherited, from their godly parents, the RHnegative blood type. This is supported by the fact that these humans did not inherit the protein found in the blood that is directly linked to the Rhesus Monkey. They did not inherit it because one of their parents did not have the monkey protein. This protein is pr es ent only b eca us e combining primate DNA with DNA from the gods created the original human proto-type that carried the monkey

Now my question is do the elites’ bloodline run in the 15% category of Rh- blood? For example, look at this list: Former U.S Presidents President Eisenhower Type O-Neg President John F. Kennedy Type AB-Neg President Richard Nixon Type O-Neg President Bill Clinton AB-Neg President George W. Bush Sr. Type A-Neg Monarchs Pharaoh Ramses II Type BNeg Shroud Of Turin was ABNeg /Prince Charles Type O -Neg and his late Grandmother /Queen Elizabeth Type O-Neg Celebrities Mick Jagger Type AB-Neg Fox Mulder "X-files" Type O-Neg /Marilyn Monroe was Type AB-Neg /Dan Aykroyd Type O-Neg So in conclusion, I suggest that these advanced beings are still among us today and are still very active in the affairs of man. To what end I can only suggest.

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