Monday, March 27, 2017

Our Delight in Destruction - The New York Times

Muslims, Christians and Jesus: A building and a book highlight an odd symbiosis between monotheistic faiths | The Economist

Noise pollution, something we need to deal with in cities!

'Oldest photo studio' shows rediscovered images - BBC News

I wear them when cycling in cold (winter). What´s the big deal?

Hyperreal visions of the world's most northerly town – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

Why I decided to write a novel about catastrophic climate change for teenagers | James Bradley | Books | The Guardian

More control of what we wear and do!

Money is God in the world!

Try multplying 8 billion X 6 trillion to see how far away!

It´s all about money, honey, simple. If a white actor attracts more audience than an Asian actor, he or she will be hired. Simple. Money is God in the world!

Not me! I believe egoless robots will save us from ourselves!

American Pathology!

Russian Youth From Moscow to Siberia Slam ‘Putin the Thief’ - The Daily Beast

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Love is the feeling of giving,
Not taking!
`Nature´s Joke´ (sexual desire)
Proliferating the species,
Now, under siege!
The feeling of giving
Saves us from ourselves,
The Ego!
Subduing it, is consciousness,
Blessings bestowed!
How to?
Become more aware, that´s
The dare!
Stop material diversions!
Look within, not without!
Spend more time with Nature, out there!
Talk to It!
This is the Way to the Spirit, Jan!
Live more simply!  Ride a bicycle!  BURN FAT, NOT GASOLINE!  Save the environoment!  Save us!  Simplicity the answer!
Love is the feeling of giving
Not taking!

H. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

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My friend the Poinsettia plant, the Christmas plant, now here´s my rant about this plant…
I attach, or include, or connect somehow to this epistle another thistle, better known as a foto.
It´s Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, making it Autumn, down under.  Warmer here, colder there.  If you were into forever having summer, all you would have to do is fly back and forth.
Now, about Ms. Poinsettia, we´ll call her Loretta.  I took to putting, Loretta, this potted plant outside on my small terrace.  This was a mistake!  The first two days, no problem, perched on the narrow ledge to get the morning sun.  I brought her down and set her on the floor every night.  Careful I am.
Then two days ago, while I was down in the City, a gust of wind came up (courtesy of Saturn) and knocked Loretta down on the floor of the terrace.  Luckly in a way, as if the other direction, four stories down, and maybe onto someone´s head!  
I remember, after returning home, glancing out the glass door windows and seeing poor Loretta, on her side, the pot in pieces!   My heart sunk, damn!   Plants are living things to care for, their wellbeing important.  The next day I purchased another pot, albeit plastic, and gave Loretta a new house.  Now, I nurture her like my own baby!   Water, mist (I purchased a spray bottom), the sun during the day, inside during the night. 
It´s love than heals, as the `patient´ feels it! 
Now, after several days of TLC, it looks like Loretta is going to survive, but can you imagine being stationary forever (except when moved by a human), then suddenly sent crashing to the hard floor.  I can only imagine, because this has happened to me riding a bicycle.
What is life, but feeling!  And to me everything is alive, just a different consciousness.
This plant knows me, as it feels my love for it!
H.

P.S.  Talk to your plants!

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There are two kinds of robots:
The human kind, consuming the earth!
The mechanical kind, taking jobs!
The bell tolls for us!
Wake up!
Wake up!
Wake up!
Or, forever forgotten
To the core, rotten,
Please no more!

H. 

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The magic of the sun
Never done!
It´s we who have created 
Darkness,
Closing the shades,
Destruction bent,
We´ll pay the rent
In perpetuity
The bird´s sing!
My happiness…?
Sitting in the sun´s
Magic,
Listening… 

H.

L.A. from Paradise to Hell, courtesy of the human being!

American Pathology!

Going Under the Knife, With Eyes and Ears Wide Open - The New York Times

Quantum Devices | The Economist

WATCH THIS VIDEO, VERY ENLIGHTENING ABOUT FAKE NEWS…

Inside the Fake News Factory of Macedonia
In the aftermath of the US elections, documentary photographer Guy Martin travelled to Veles, Macedonia to find out why this small town became the heart of the fake news scandal. These are the photos he took.



Money is God, what do you expect?

Robots are even replacing bartenders!

BBC - Culture - The rise of the ‘mobile connoisseur’

Am I getting enough Vitamin D? | BBC Good Food

Religion good for one thing, to help reduce over-population!

Military stupidity!

Emotions are thought to be a kind of brute reflex, very often at odds with our rationality. This internal battle between emotion and reason is one of the great narratives of western civilisation.

Scarlett Johansson, charismatic queen of science fiction | Film | The Guardian

Che Lives!

More Than a Quarter of Americans Would Substitute Marijuana for Beer, New Survey Shows -- The Motley Fool

American Pathology!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

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The Test!
Despair not rare!
Angst no thanks!
Fear like Lear,
King Saturn,
My dear nemesis!
Unbalancing the dime
Wanting to end time,
My life why,
When will I die?
For what? Heaven,
This is Hell,
Ring the bell,
Carry me to that 
Great locker room in the sky!
There´s no doubt
Another bout,
Thus, success,
I do not jest!
It´s complete, replete
This life
Saturn 3X,
The Test!

H. 

The writing on the wall - BBC News

Millions of UK workers at risk of being replaced by robots, study says | Technology | The Guardian

Estonia: security will not be bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations | World news | The Guardian

A river of rubbish: the ugly secret threatening China's most beautiful city | Cities | The Guardian

'I will never be free of it': Auschwitz survivor recalls horror 75 years on | World news | The Guardian

Estonia's lessons for fighting Russian disinformation - CSMonitor.com

Hate to Break It to Steve Mnuchin, But AI’s Already Taking Jobs | WIRED

Who Leaked America’s Secret War Plans Into Hitler’s Hands? - The Daily Beast

American Pathology!

Ve ghet odlt towo fasth and smadht two late! Now, at 78, I can´t even spell!

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Controversial Chinese Economist Uncovering Tough Truths - Bloomberg

Officials: German Companies Interested in Train Crossing South America

American Pathology!

Germanwings crash families angered by pilot's father - BBC News

My father built one at our house in Portuguese Bend, California, in the 1950s. I used it as a club house.

Oh, woe be unto him for this!

Try me a river: New Zealand declares a river a person | The Economist

Reincarnation: “Life” owes much of its existence to other films | The Economist

We know the way to immortal life, and it isn´t technology!

Fanzara: Street art revives divided Spanish village - BBC News

How an obscure seed is helping to save the elephant - BBC News

BBC - Travel - Machiavelli’s secret tunnel to fame

JFK diary calls Hitler 'stuff of legends' - BBC News

The sensual world: Camille Claudel's erotic sculptures – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

Bob Dylan reveals an unsuspected love for Stereophonics | Music | The Guardian

“This is a national disgrace,” he said.

The analyst and former Kremlin consultant Gleb Pavlovsky described 2014 as a “geopolitical orgasm” for Russia which renewed the support for Putin. “It was a quick but a memorable one, and Russia has not had many of them in the past century. And now the Crimea orgasm has turned into a Crimea-Syria-Trump orgasm.

In the broken-down heart of Siberia, Putin is still Russia’s ‘good tsar’ | Shaun Walker | Opinion | The Guardian: "The analyst and former Kremlin consultant Gleb Pavlovsky described 2014 as a “geopolitical orgasm” for Russia which renewed the support for Putin. “It was a quick but a memorable one, and Russia has not had many of them in the past century. And now the Crimea orgasm has turned into a Crimea-Syria-Trump orgasm. "



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In the broken-down heart of Siberia, Putin is still Russia’s ‘good tsar’ | Shaun Walker | Opinion | The Guardian

Sad!

Money is Apple´s God!

We have met the enemy and he is us!

Good!

Of course!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

New WikiLeaks docs show how the CIA hacks iPhones and MacBooks - The Verge

Trump's Hard Power Budget | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee | TBS - YouTube

The U.S. no longer a free country! Goodbye First Admendment to the U.S. Constitution!

U.S. culture losing any sense of sanity!

Of course, we know who´s behind the murder!

How you can help bluebirds bounce back | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Not good, we´re no longer a free country!

Greta Garbo and I were neighbors. I lived in a penthouse at 320 E. 52nd St.

WikiLeaks: CIA tools could infiltrate MacBooks, iPhones - CNET

The U.S. system of government is broken!

63-million voters voted for Trump. This is our democrtatic system at work. Maybe it needs to be changed!

One of these days, it´s going to start!

63 million votes elected a disarranged buffoon! What does that say about us?

Financial regime change: Donald Trump, trade and the new world order | The Economist

Project to Turn Bitcoin Into an All-Powerful Programming Language Raises $15M | WIRED

Forget Bitcoin. The Blockchain Could Reveal What’s True Today and Tomorrow | WIRED

No war, no peace! No peace, no war!

Romantic love, Nature´s Joke on us. Real love is unconditional!

A kaleidoscope of legs: Busby Berkeley's flamboyant dance fantasies | Stage | The Guardian

Notice the sky. You rarely see a clear blue sky in and around Beijing. Worst city in the world!

Uber for bikes: how 'dockless' cycles flooded China – and are heading overseas | Cities | The Guardian

They´re all the same, corrupt, evil, etc.

Guess who was pushed?

Oh, let us always, criticize, project evil onto the Other!

Assange: ′only 1 percent′ of the CIA material has been published | World | DW.COM | 22.03.2017

A teen made a website where kittens punch Trump. So, Trump unleashed his lawyers.

American Pathology!

American Pathology!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How We'll Know if Trump Is Making America Great Again

In a Bad Mood? Studies Show Why That Can Be a Good Thing by Kira M. Newman — YES! Magazine

A Spell to Bind Donald Trump and All Those Who Abet Him.

Katy Perry Accused of Witchcraft by Nuns As She Wins Court Battle to Buy Their Former Convent

Daily chart: Measuring the cost of living worldwide | The Economist

Robots ARE HERE NOW, not in the future!

Wow, watch this, Mars! If only it had oxygen!

The 11 Best Sci-Fi Movies You Can Stream Right Now, From 2001 to Ex Machina | WIRED

‘Before the house belongs to the owner, it first belongs to God and the guest.’ I´m moving to Albania!

BBC - Travel - What can Albania teach us about trust?: "‘Before the house belongs to the owner, it first belongs to God and the guest.’"



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A liberal fantasy!

WWW III coming...

Sure! The M-I Complex likes wars to never end!

Archaeologists have found evidence of cannibalism in Spain 10,000 years ago - ScienceAlert

Pluto doesn´t care! It doesn´t know itself by that designation!

When you screw up, just apologize!

Our Hutchison company. You didn´t know I´m a closet billionaire!

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What is life about?
When I posed this question to my German friend (together in Madrid recently), she quickly replied, `Well, it´s different for everyone.´
We tend to think of life only in human terms.  But, aren´t the bees alive, the birds, animals, plants and trees?  In my world inanimate objects are `alive,´ certainly my bicycle, Senora Fetes!   Note, the Native Americans (ancients) thought that everything is `alive!´
We, in modern life, tend to think of life only within time-space, duality, life-death.
I. Kant suggested that space-time comes from our intuition.  We create such concepts from our minds. 
I believe human kind, if we don´t destroy ourselves heforehand, is on the verge of the next great step in evolution.  This with the help of A.I., robots, etc.  I believe we are evolving beyond ego consciousness, a la enantiodromia (opposites attract).
Right now, with Trump, the Alt-Right, the desire to hunker down, separate, build walls, the din (Kabbalah) idea -- degression, we are rapidly reaching an extreme.   Thus, creating the huge attraction of the other extreme, a higher consciousness.
Maybe this can only be achieved by some cataclyismic event, a nuclear war or an asteroid.  But, however it comes either dramatically, or slowly evolving, it´s coming!
The earth is not sustainable with 10 billion people.

H. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The big bike helmet debate: 'You don’t make it safe by forcing cyclists to dress for urban warfare' | Life and style | The Guardian

Jesus's tomb unveiled after $4m restoration | World news | The Guardian

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THE HISTORY OF CAPITALISM (actually of people) IN MY LIFE TIME (some 60 years)… How we have degraded the economic system created by Adam Smith, David Ricardo, James Steuart. Of course, it existed long before Adam Smith (late 18th C.).
I first realized what´s called Capitalism, slowly, growing up.  First beginning to work at age 14, then getting a degree in Economics, by the time I was 22.  But, it was taught as a science, when should be taught as a philosophy… PEOPLE ACT TO BETTER THEIR SITUATION.   Not, `The Marginal Propensity to Consume!´ 
Currently the Fed (2017) has run out of macro and micro options to stimulate the U.S. economy, so they´re considering changing the currency from paper to digital coins called FEDCOINS.  
What to do?  It´s us that need to change, not the system.  But, of course, this an almost impossible task, as WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND HE IS US!
Way back when, in my teens (the 1950s) there was real Customer Service.  If you had a problem with a product or service, you contacted a real live person in the company or bank, had a meeting, and they helped you solve whatever.  This has completely disappeared from commerce, except for online `Help,´ which rarely lives up to what the word means.  And it´s usually communicating with a man or woman sitting in front of a computer in India.  Usually, they bend over backwards BEING SORRY!  We now live in a sorry world!  Everybody is sorry!
What happened is this… When profits began to decline owners, companies, corpos., etc. knew there are only two ways to solve:  increase revenue and/or reduce costs.  Usually, they instituted both simultaneously, in order to satisfy stockholders.  But, in highly competitive industries, like air travel, they really have only one option and that is cut costs.  If you´ve being flying for years, like me, you have noticed the decline in service!  Only millionaires can afford First Class. I call tourist or coach class, `cattle car class!´   Eventually, airlines will be selling standing-room, and you´ll hang on to a strap for so many hours.  I read recently where an airline had come up with a design, that had seats crammed up in the walking space (for the larger jets) — more revenue.  Maybe they´ll develop a plane that flies with only one engine (to reduce fuel costs)! 
Bill Gates got rich (and mentally poor) by exploiting the stupidity of young men who knew computer code.  He got geeks to perfect his software for just a credit.  This was the beginning of externalizing the costs of doing business:  getting others to do, what in the past, employees were paid to do. 
This idea caught on, by getting the customer to do more and more.  You not only purchase the product, but put it together.  Recently, I purchased a fan, and spent hours assembling it.  How much is my time worth?  The last consulting job I had in the U.S., I got paid $200U.S. PER HOUR.  I would have rather paid more money for the fan assemblied, than spending my precious time trying to assemble it. 
I purchase many books from www.amazon.com  Now, they´re asking me to review them.  I tell them gladly, if they pay me.  They have no doubt laughed about this, the temerity of this guy!  Pay you?  Pay you for what?  My time for one thing, maybe my 50 year´s experience as a writer, reviewer, as well. 
Now, when you have a problem purchasing something via the Net, you, the buying customer, helps solve the problem.  If the website form doesn´t work, your financial information is somehow rejected, etc., the `Help´ people, want you to identify the specific problem, explain it better (as they don´t understand English), maybe send them a screenshot.  All of this takes our time, not theirs (and      they´re getting paid).  Maybe you don´t mind, and think your time is worthless but I do, and know how much my time is worth!  Recently I wrote website helper a message that essentially said, if you want me to purchase the item, spending money with you, YOU SOLVE THE PROBLEM!   Most of these people, are young, nice, just doing what they´re told, so I don´t fault them,  but the owners.  People like Bill Gates, Tim Cook (Apple charges for air!), Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt, etc., they´re all billionaires now and busy flying off to Mars!   They figured out how to externalize the costs, by making us do more and more of their employees´s work.   BOHICA TIME!!
Lastly,  another experience of mine recently, this time with a government (they´ve caught the disease as well)… I applied for an eResidency card from the country of Estonia.  Longer story why… Has to do with a EU residence visa.  I applied, paid the 100€, got investigated by Interpol, waited, but finally picked up the physical card at their Embassy in Madrid, Spain.  But, activating it, has become a nightmare.  And when I ask for help, all I get are automated responses, suggesing more links, one even to purchase some App from the Apple store.  After much trying I have finally given up, and requested my 100€ back.  Of course, not possible, because once an entitly has your money, well, you know!   What Estonia should have done is help me, they would have made a friend.  But, they´re too busy getting ready for an Russian invasion!  I wish Russia well! 
Capitalism, when it began, way back when, wasn´t as rapacious as it is today, but again it isn´t the system, it´s us!  In the 1950s it was a kinder, gentler world.  People were generally more honest, helpful, had time for you.  
Guess what has happened?  Money has become God!  This is what we have created by the year, 2017. 
Me, how to deal with… I´m easing out of modern life slowly but surely, little by little.  There must be better people (world) somewhere else!

H. 

This is good!

This is where Trump will retire!

They want their cake and to eat it too! Can´t have!

Newly Obtained Documents Prove: Key Claim of Snowden’s Accusers Is a Fraud

Most to young to remember president Eisenhowers, doctor, Paul Dudley White. His advice, IF YOU WANT TO LIVE A LONG LIFE, GET AND RIDE A BICYCLE! I did, and at 78-years old still cycling the world!

And yet another reason for not flying!

BBC - Culture - Exploring the beauty of London’s punks and fetish clubs

Well, she´s certainly qualified!

I worked televising professional sports, even Wimbledon a few times. This, a very insightful article about what it´s like to be a professional athlete. The problem now, especially with cycling, TOO MUCH MONEY! IT´S BECOME GOD IN THE WORLD!

We need to stop being coy about periods and tampons | Life and style | The Guardian

We offer a cycling tour around Spain, that stops, eats at all of these!

'I can’t trust YouTube any more': creators speak out in Google advertising row | Technology | The Guardian

Tiger Wood´s problems, mental, not physical!

“Our children and grandchildren will look back on the climate deniers and ask how they could have sacrificed the planet for the sake of cheap fossil fuel energy, when the cost of inaction exceeds the cost of a transition to a low-carbon economy,” Watson said.

Record-breaking climate change pushes world into ‘uncharted territory’ | Environment | The Guardian: "“Our children and grandchildren will look back on the climate deniers and ask how they could have sacrificed the planet for the sake of cheap fossil fuel energy, when the cost of inaction exceeds the cost of a transition to a low-carbon economy,” Watson said."



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Money is God, what would you expect?

NATO troops arrive in Estonia to deter "Russian aggression" | Euronews

You´ll have to pay me!

Obscene!

The U.S. Democracy all about conflict, accusations, law suits, name calling, lying, cheating and stealing!

This German reporter took on Trump. Now she’s being hailed at home. - The Washington Post

This German reporter took on Trump. Now she’s being hailed at home. - The Washington Post: "“The German press shamed us,” Politico’s Tara Palmeri tweeted. Even actress Mia Farrow gave the German press a shout-out. "



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After thousands of years of Hinduism... Why?

We invested so many years in this factory, and they don’t see us. We’re invisible,’

The First Theatrical Landmark of the Trump Era - The New Yorker: "We invested so many years in this factory, and they don’t see us. We’re invisible,’"



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