Sunday, January 31, 2016

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING!

Historic day in Myanmar: Suu Kyi takes power | National News - WCVB Home

You'd have to pay me a lot of money, to even go near!

American Pathology!

Here's what could launch WWIII...

American Pathology!

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From Howard W. Campbell, Jr. (American born):
"America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but its people are poor in spirit.  And poor Americans are urged to hate themselves for being poor!  To quote the American humorist, Kim Hubbard, 'It ain't no disgrace to be $ poor, but it might as well be!'  It is, in fact, a crime for an American to be poor!
Every other nation in the world has a folk tradition of people who were poor but extremely wise and virtuous, and this was considered greater 'wealth' than $ riches!  No such tradition holds true in the U.S   They mock themselves and glorify rich celebrities!
There are signs scattered around America which read, 'If you're so smart, why ain't you rich?'  There are also, small American flags flying from cash registers!"
MONEY IS GOD!
Americans who are poor blame themselves!  This inward blame has been a treasure for the rich and powerful, who have had to do less for the disadvantaged, publically and privately, than any other ruling class in history!"
H.

WELCOME TO NAZI GERMANY!

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And so, Sally,
What will time tell…?
Nothing, as there is no such thing as 'time,' it's is a construct of modern life, invented by the Swiss, to coordinate all activity (mostly make us neurotic).
Albert said it's 'space,' but what is 'space?'
Kurt Vonnegutt (read him?) said, 'It's an illusion that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once that moment it gone, it's gone forever."
"All time is all time.  It doesn't change.  It simply is!"
There is no objective reality, Sally, we create our own from our minds, coming together in dictionaries (words, characters in Eastern languages).
Shakespeare had Hamlet say this, 'Nothing is neither good nor bad, only thinking makes it so!'
If Trump wins, whether he's 'good' or 'bad,' you'll make it (him) what you want. You'll 'spin' his presidency into what confirms your belief!
The world is whatever we think (need) it to be!
Time will tell nothing.
F.

Jhumpa Lahiri: ‘I am, in Italian, a tougher, freer writer’ | Books | The Guardian

We will invite Claire to our event IN PRAISE OF FEMALE AUTHORS!

I'm hoping egoless robots will save us from ourselves!

American Pathology.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Hitler handshake 'shame' of Guisborough Holocaust survivor - BBC News

This is good!

Yes, traveling the best education of all!

We're basically committing suicide, because we're stupid! Cutting down our source of oxygen, for toilet paper! We don't deserve to survive as a species!

C'mon, is the general public so stupid... The email messages have been 'deemed to be, if revealed,' less that complimentary to someone running for president of the U.S.'

Friday, January 29, 2016

In pictures: Bolivia's colourful Oruro carnival - BBC News

Unusual Business Ideas That Work

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

5 Bootstrapping Strategies Every Startup Should Be Using

Money is frequently the biggest issue for startups. You have to spend money to make money, but there isn’t much to begin with. Don’t despair with a little bit of common sense and a bootstrapping mindset, you can stretch your hard earned dollar a long way. Here are five tips to get you started.

1. Take advantage of the SaaS wars.

Software as a service is a multibillion dollar industry with new companies trying to get a piece of the pie every month. In order to gain market share, some companies provide free plans which could easily compete with competitors’ paid versions. For example, Bitrix24 offers a free CRM that’s better than 95% of paid CRMs. Asana (of ex-Facebook fame) is a terrific project management service that’s free for any company with 20 employees or fewer. Wave Accounting has an extremely generous free plan that can save you thousands. Any business tool you can think of (invoicing, conference calling, benefit management, time sheets) is offered for free by some SaaS that’s backed up by millions in venture financing with aggressive growth strategy.
Hint – follow KillerStartups’ Twitter account and you’ll be the first to know when a new one is launched.

2. Smart-sourcing

I am sure you know can you save a lot of money by outsourcing work to people with lower wage expectations and that crowdsourcing lets you choose among dozens of qualified workers. However, to get your black belt in crowdsourcing, stay away from do-it-all crowdsourcing sites (eLanceFreelance.comGuru.com, etc.) and learn about niche crowdsourcing sites. The difference is this:  at an unspecialized site, you have to explain the task in tedious detail to the hired hand, at a specialist site, you may find that you’ve working with someone who understands the task better than you do.
Need a domain name for your project? You’ll get hundreds of suggestions for unregistered domains at PickyDomains.com, it costs $50 and you pay only if you decide to use one of the suggestions. 99Designs.com is widely regarded as the best place for logos, where the ready-made versions cost only $99. Need to shoot a commercial for a local TV advertisement? That’s what PopTent.com is for. As with SaaS, there are dozens of amazing niche crowdsourcing sites for virtually every aspect of your business, from cold calling to legal services. All you have to do is dig a little deeper and ask around.

3. Start accepting ‘exotic’ digital currencies.

You accept credit cards, PayPal and bank transfers, thinking that’s plenty enough. WRONG!  First of all, almost every country has a digital currency that’s in wide use. For example, WebMoney in Eastern Europe is more popular than PayPal. MoneyBookers (now known as Skrill) is extremely popular in India. It’s hard to sell things in China without accepting AliPay or TenPay.
Offering key regional digital currencies immediately increases your appeal in local markets. Second, some global digital currencies, like BitCoin, for example, form a large community around them. Once a few people from that community start buying from your startup, the news spreads like a wild fire.  Joining one of many online barter networks also helps.

4. DIY public relations with LinkedIn InMail

If you are a tech startup, hiring a PR firm with enough expertise and weight to get you published in tech publications well set you back at least $5000 a month. Needless to say, the results aren’t guaranteed. You’d be better off (at least in the beginning) investing $100 a month in upgrading your LinkedIn account, so you can send InMails.
Essentially, InMail option lets you send messages to any LinkedIn member, even the ones you aren’t connected to. LinkedIn makes contacting editors-in-chief or journalists very easy. Also, you are charged only for InMails that were actually read by the recipient.
Here’s a tip – don’t ever use LinkedIn to send press-releases. Use it to ask questions, pitch ideas or inquire about guest posting opportunities. If you want a journalist to take a look at your press-release, ask him or her first. Something like, “We are publishing a report about how offering a freemium option increases sales based on our own statistics. There are quite a few interesting numbers in the report. Can I send you a press-release for that?” usually works.

5. Take advantage of numerous ‘frugal’ sites

There are numerous online communities for the frugal-minded. Reddit has r/frugal and r/freebiesAppSumo works like a Groupon for business tools and services. RetailMeNot can get you coupons for office supplies. There are sites and apps devoted solely to listing stores that are going out of business in a certain radius. Bootstrapping is a state of mind. Join other like-minded individuals and share your finds, tips, techniques and experiences.

The 'Hand of God,' over Portuguese island of Madeira.

Kallstadt, Germany: on the trail of 'the Donald' in the Trump ancestral home | US news | The Guardian

Kenneth Anger: 'The occult never quite goes away' | Art and design | The Guardian

Astronomers don't really know, but it does keep them off the streets and collecting unemployment compensation!

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From A CHANGED MAN, by Francine Prose (wonderful novel, by the way, funny/satire, sophisticated, from a Jewish woman-writer, who lives in NYC.  And the book's milieu, part of my past.)
pp.166-7:
"Do you believe in God?
Do you believe in enlightenment?
What about reincarnation?
Where do we go after we die?
'I do believe,' says Vincent, that there is definitely a Divine order and a Plan.  That things happen for a reason and a purpose, though we don't always understand what that is…'
'You do know,' continues Vincent, that there are only two kinds of people in the world?  The kind who run toward whatever dangerous shit is going down.  And the other kind who run away from it!'"
In which group are we?
H.

Pot Legalization Highly Possible for Vermont This Year - US News

US economy slowed to scant 0.7 pct. growth rate last quarter - US News

What we need to do is, all of us, stop voting, and bring a corrupt system down. We need to start over, better (hopefully)!

Blurring the borders: the view from Wales and Scotland – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

Oh, be woe unto the 62 individuals, for not sharing!

'All Australian cliches are true': Martin Parr talks beach life before Bondi show | Art and design | The Guardian

Thursday, January 28, 2016

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The clouds, 'nubes' in Espanol… They're an under-looked 'asset,' that Bolivians have yet to discover.  People are too busy, their eyes fixated on a small screen.  They don't realize what's up there!
I've been through 30 countries cycling the world.  I've never seen such interesting and unusual clouds as the skies in Cochabamba, Bolivia produce!
Boliviano/as… Stop occasionally, take the time to look up and discover something worth more than money, the clouds in the sky!
Ah, what is he talking about…?
H.

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The definition of Irony…
Capitalism is what made Communist China, $/RMB rich!  Western corporations, wanting to produce products for less, went to China because skilled labor cost less.  In their lust for profit, they made China $ rich!
Mao hated money, Capitalism!  One wonders what he would say if alive today?  Well, we know as politicians, leaders, etc., always put a positive, 'spin,' on whatever… He would say something like this… That this is the value of Communism, it adjusts to serve the people!
Politics is the art of rhetoric!
The definition of Irony!
H.

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Reading, writing and riding!
Reading, writing and riding!
Reading, writing and riding!
That's what I did in Bolivia for 3.3 years!
Who would have ever thought I would discover hundreds of English books in a house-business in Cochabamba, Bolivia (Anna and Carlos')?  I'd never even heard of the City before arriving in La Paz.  Then I met Angelo, and he invited me to have a look.  Then he found me a house, para little dinero!
Since living in Cochabamba, and partaking of Anna and Carlos' library, I've read over one hundred novels by female authors,
written a million words,
ridden my bicycle thousands of kilometers!
Reading, writing and riding!
Reading, writing and riding!
Reading, writing and riding!
This is what Bolivia was to me, after making our Offering at Tiahuanacu (at the end of our Around-the-World Pilgrimage).
H.

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What does it mean when you start losing material items, things?  This, of course, besides losing your mind?  I eventually find them, what I've misplaced or had taken by the 'little people' (fairies, gnomes, angels, spirits, etc.).  Of course, this will confirm I'm 'certifiably' waco, but they're there, trust me, you just can't see them!  You should test this, if you don't believe me.  Sometime, when you're semi-desperate to find something you've misplaced or lost, something important like keys, or plastic cards, money, or passport, etc. Ask them to help you.  Sometimes they take things to fuck with you, play a joke on you.  But, here's the secret… You must ask them vocally, and OUT LOUD.  See what happens.  You'll be amazed!
Additionally, read JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORELL, about English magic.
Things aren't always as them seem…
Anyway, after asking for help (out loud) I found what I'd misplaced, this pen (la pluma in espanol).
H.

Serve the People!

The photo. in the article. I've cycled this road, west of Kashgar, Xijiang A.R., China.

Sweeping Aerial Shots of Spain Look Like Alien Terrain | WIRED

American Pathology!

‘The Birth of a Nation’: Meet Nate Parker, the Revolutionary Filmmaker Behind the Sundance Smash - The Daily Beast

Why do they want him in the debate? Ratings, money!

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From A CHANGED MAN, by Francine Prose
pp. 59:
"'Definitely,' Vincent says, 'The government loves to kill people!  What about those women and babies they gassed and burned at Waco?  What about them sending in their crack SWAT team to murder, Randy Weaver's wife?'"
Yes, what about?  And now Burns, Oregon.  I'm never going to let us forget such!
It gets worse every day we don't speak out about such!  Remember Timothy McVeigh!
H.

I told young people several years ago about 3D printing, but nobody responded. Now, it's supposed to grow into a $13BILLION dollar industry by 2020!

The first Ponzi scheme...

Cyclist helmet camera captures motorist driving at cyclist - BBC News

He let nothing stop him!

Here is a real 'heroine!'

Stealing is a way of life in South America. But, they learned this from us Europeans, first the Spanish, and the Portuguese, then all the rest including the U.S.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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From THE CHANGED MAN, by Francine Prose
pp33:
"Meyer went on to talk about how the species was being programmed -- by overpopulation, crowding (the rats in a cage syndrome), the media, corporations -- to suppress the instinctive impulse to shelter the homeless, and to take in a stray!'
'Who's got the room?' asked Bonnie lamely.
'Everyone!' Meyer said."
H.

I'm moving to Iceland!

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From A CHANGED MAN, by Francine Prose
pp.4:
"Why is everyone so surprised that our Planet is cutting humanity loose?  Ecological Armageddon is just what Nature has prescribed!"
Of course, I've been saying the same thing in so many words, but everyone is too busy texting their friends with trivia!
We've become trivial, expendable.
Adios humanity!
H.

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From A CHANGED MAN, by Francine Prose
pp.14:
"ARM said things that no one else had the brains or the balls to say about the thieves in D.C., how they spend their time figuring out how to fleece their constituents.  Reagan, Clinton, the Bushs were all the same, scoundrels!  What sensible person would care who is in the White House?"
Certainly not I, as will be voting Green, if I vote at all!
We really should stop voting, bringing a corrupt system down.  Right now, by voting we support a system incapable of governing.  All the Parties do is blame each other, and then steal what they can!  You're smart enough to figure it out, just too scared to do anything about it!
We're a Nation of Sheep!
Why don't we speak about about this:
"Those 21 babies in Waco weren't old enough to vote, nor were the 19 additional McVeigh's revenge killed -- 40 children's lives for what?  Waco and Ruby Ridge, the shock of finding out that the government you pay taxes to, pledge allegiance to, could massacre women and children for trying to live the way the Constitution guaranteed!"
A Nation of Sheep we are!  We don't deserve any better than Trump, if the truth be told!
H

Snowden: Clinton's Call for a 'Manhattan-Like Project' Is Terrifying | Rolling Stone

Politics, it's such cheap shit!

3 trillion dollars to fix the U.S.'s infrastructure!

The Americas: How 2015 was a warning to the corrupt | Space for Transparency

Why Morocco Has Remained a Safe Country for Tourists

Such crap!

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I wish I could sleep like Rusel:
SIT LIKE A TURTLE!
WALK LIKE A PIGEON!
SLEEP LIKE A DOG!
Advise the Chinese to live a long and happy life!
Rusel runs wild outside on the street for days at a time, but always returns (smart) to drink, to eat, and to sleep.
I love to watch him sleep, his breath so slow -- complete relaxation!  Although, like a cat, he can wake up with an explosive bark.  I'm always amazed how such a LOUD BARK can come out of such a small dog!
A pigeon, flapping its wings taking off, just woke him up!  But, almost instantly back into a deep sleep (nothing on his mind like humans).
What a life!
I want to return as my dog!
H.

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Anyone out there ever read James Joyce's FINNEGAN'S WAKE?  I tried once, but didn't get very far:
"…riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Evnirons…"
This just a fancy way of defining Duality (enantiodromia).
I'd like to write a novel using an invented language.
People keep telling me to learn their language (besides Engish), i.e., Chinese, German, Spanish, etc.  I working on inventing my own!  That's why in my poetry I use homophones, 'won' for 'one,' etc.  I'm trying to deconstruct language, as people think words are etched in stone!
It's why Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodson) had Humpty Dumpty say this: 
"'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone. 'It means just what I choose it to mean - neither more or less.'
'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things.'
"'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master - that's all.'"
Join me (only the people I think up to it) in a discussion about language?
'Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.[2]'
?
H.

Because money is God!

Images of Ireland's Easter Uprising - BBC News

The town where people endure -50C - BBC News

Children's novel The Lie Tree wins Costa Book of the Year - BBC News

How Groningen invented a cycling template for cities all over the world | Cities | The Guardian

How Groningen invented a cycling template for cities all over the world | Cities | The Guardian

Ride a bicycle, live longer, help Mother Earth. Simple!

The most potent, permanent and elusive figure in British politics | Andy Beckett | Politics | The Guardian

American Pathology!

This is the KA-KA of Modern Life, basically 'shit!'

American Pathology!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Vinyl Record Factory That Makes Your Niche Music Dreams Come True | WIRED

will lead not to job growth but to a net loss of over 5 million jobs in 15 major developed and emerging economies by 2020.

Probably no more than any country. You should come to Bolivia!

More Light!

Com'on you people of color start growing!

American Pathology!

3 minutes to Midnight!

American Pathology!

Paranoia!

All for Public Relations, of course!

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I'm reading THE BELL JAR, by Sylvia Plath.  Here is the case of a genius!
I think 'genius' is particularly female (more connected), as they recognize and get out of what we call 'Modern Life' (quicker)!  The rest of us dummies hang around becoming more and more inured to pain.  We distract ourselves with Materialism -- convinced we are important!  Certainly we are not!  It's only the Ego clinging to the body -- Duality!
Duality, what a joke played on humanity!  But why?  It was necessary for the evolution of life, this to 'know' both pain and pleasure!  To 'know' the fallibility of ego consciousness as compared with the Divine Essence (its opposite).
We can never 'know' until we lose the body, and then it becomes clearer (as opposed to unclear).
The body is like a prison cell we're locked into, maybe one barred window with a limited view.  Note, Hamlet's 'Nothing is neither good or bad, just thinking makes it so!' Once the 'door' (physical death) is unlocked (opened) everything becomes a 'whole' that we transcend to another 'world!'
If you've taken DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine), the 'Spirit Molecule,' you glimpse what is possible, the Divine!
This ego existence is so limited!  Most 'shed the body' (in a hospital) without ever knowing what life is really about!
Don't let that happen to you!
H.

Only children watch TV.!

The only thing I learned at the University of Arizona (early Sixties) was how to drink alcohol and chase women1

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On Sunday I cycled up into Turnari National Parque.  I made it all the way up to 15KM / 10 miles, this in 6 hours (one hour lunch break), on a very difficult dirt road (loose rocks and gravel).  Several times I lost my balance and got stopped.  Then, getting started again challenging.  Many times I had to walk-push up through such grades.
On the way up, I ran into two women I knew.  One (ah, her name, Maybe Rosemary?…)  She had cycled with Edgar and I out to Tarata (80KM roundtrip).  But, then we lost her.  I told her I was moving to Spain in March.  She asked, 'Why?'  I suppose most Bo-people never think of moving to another country.  In fact, most people can't trapped, for one reason or another!
I'm lucky, I'm free as a bird, migrating around the world.  My birth date, 1940, indicates a '5,' in numerology which symbolizes 'freedom.'  Freedom, the most important element in my character, my life!  Freedom to discover the entire world --  although once trapped, I managed to escape!  Most can't.
I remember a woman friend asking me, after I told her I was moving to Spain, that wouldn't I would mind 'starting over again?'  I wanted to tell her, it's 'starting over again,' that keeps you young -- new culture, new challenges, different solutions required.  Not the same ole!
I got bored living in the U.S., same everything, week after week, year after year!  I usually get bored after 3 years living in a culture. 
Time to move on now after 3 yeas in Boldivia… I need NEW, not the same ole!  Some people don't!  I remember meeting a Texas cowboy named Guy, who after 70 years was still living in the same house he was born in!  Amazing to me!
I've now lived in 7 different country-cultures, and cycled through a total of something like 30 (I'm bad at counting) -- this in 76 years!
I'm a citizen of the world, wanting to launch an organization entitled, CITIZENS WITHOUT BORDERS!  It's borders and flags, Nationalism that causes so many wars!
I used to dismay Chinese people (so much into the 'Motherland') by saying:  MY FAMILY, JUST A LITTLE BIT LARGER THAN YOUR FAMILY, IT INCLUDES ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD!  MY COUNTRY, JUST A LITTLE BIT BIGGER THAN YOUR COUNTRY, AS IT INCLUDES ALL THE COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD!
H.

Discover Russia’s Ghost Villages | TIME

See a ‘Screenshot’ From John Logie Baird’s Early Television Demonstrations | TIME

THE U.S. IS CORRUPT! How 'bout the Fed.?

BBC - Earth - The monkeys that sailed across the Atlantic to South America

This is the kind of cultural event I'm interested in, not futbol!

Always blame! It's the blame game in the U.S., and some lower bureaucrat will be made the scapgoat!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Who cares about people, profit is God!

Great! Go sisters!

Ian, it's all about money!

American Pathology!

Money is God!

The day Zhao Wei disappeared: how a young law graduate was caught in China's human rights dragnet | World news | The Guardian

China Fears Escalate As World Economy Slows | The Diplomat

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From PERSIAN NIGHTS by Diane Johnson
pp. 277:
"Horrible gang rapes, your insides get torn up, then they have to kill you to hide your body from AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL!  They make you ingest some kind of acid to make you disappear, but that had been in Argentina and Chile.
Latin America worse than Islam!  What was it about Latin America?  Was it the Catholic Spanish?  Latin America, the most cruel of all!
H.

De NOCHES PERSAS de Diane Johnson
pp. 277:
"Violaciones en grupo horribles, sus interiores consiguen roto, entonces tienen que matar para ocultar su cuerpo de AMNISTÍA INTERNACIONAL! Te hacen ingieren algún tipo de ácido para hacerte desaparecer, pero que habían estado en Argentina y Chile.
América Latina peores que el Islam! ¿Qué había en América Latina? ¿Fue el español católico? América Latina, el más cruel de todos!

"...said the accident posed no risk to public safety." And if you believe this, you also believe that S.C. comes down your flue.

Portugal Presidential Election: Who is Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa?

Into the toilet, a flush of swirling shit away!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

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From PERSIAN NIGHTS by Diane Johnson
pp.307:
'Empedocles on Etna:'
"I could understand it completely.  It applies to our modern world, to America;  That is the great test of poetry, that there is always meaning in every era.  Empedocles says We are becoming slaves,
'And we shall see our own efforts fail,
Yet rally them for one last fight and fail again
And sink in the impossible strife.
And be astray forever!'
We are on the eve of a great Spiritual Renaissance!
pp.327:
"Then, in such hour of need
Of your fainting, dispirited race
Ye, like angels appear,
Radiant with ardour divine!
Beacons of hope ye appear
Languor is not in your heart,
Weakness is not in your word,
Weariness not on your brow!'
Mathew Arnold
H.

Plastic now pollutes every corner of Earth | Environment | The Guardian

BBC - Culture - Sundance review – Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

The day Oliver Reed grabbed me by the balls | Omid Djalili | Life and style | The Guardian

American Pathology!

American Pathology!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

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'We are the things that dreams are made of!'  From THE TEMPEST, my favorite Shakespeare drama.
Omar, preceding Shakespeare by some 500 years, also got it right:
'We are no other than a moving row,
Of magic shadow-shapes that come and go!
Round with the sun-illuminated lantern held,
In midnight by the Master of the Show!'
H.
P.S.  Let us not take our little lives too seriously!


Somebody got a $ kickback! Money is God!

British Tourist Driving On Wrong Side Of Road In Spain Hospitalizes Half A Pro Cycling Team

Aye, Laddie, if you take the #3 bus to Dundee, you'll find it there!

BBC - Future - The airliner flight sims that look like real life

More efficiency really means more profit! And we know profit is God!

If it's Spiritual, no worries! If it's paying a lot of money to relax, think again!

Huge Hydropower Plant to Harness Seawater and Solar Power in South America's Driest Desert

American Pathology!

American Pathology!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Life and death on the border: effects of century-old murders still felt in Texas | US news | The Guardian

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The ants are sleeping late today, as National Holiday (in Boldivia:  Plurinational State Day).  And they must obey, Evo and Alvaro (Vote! Si!)
The dogs, nearing a Luna Llene (full moon) are barking out of control (they don't listen to Evo and Alvaro).
But, the flies, buzzing about with the morning sun!
I will find a place on earth to live where there are less flies and less noise pollution!  Maybe Antartica, Greenland?  I want to visit Greenland (via Denmark).
I have hopes for Spain…
In the meantime, WAITING FOR JAVIER!
H.

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On Materialism…
Here's the problem, or one of them…
From PERSIAN NIGHTS, by Diane Johnson
pp. 56-57:
"'Of course, you can argue,' Linda Farmani said, laughing, 'That teaching them (young Iranian women) how to drive (an automobile) doesn't really improve their lives -- costs them their lives more likely.  But, it's essential to their feeling of themselves as a modern nation!
We have to have automobiles, TVs and washing machines, to feel good about ourselves!'"
Modern Life, Materialism, it's killing us!  But, maybe that's good!  Human beings are flawed and need to go (extinct), saving life in general!
H.

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"And on earth we wander,
Groping, reeling;
Powers stir in us,
Stirred and disappear.
Ah, And He, who placed
Our Master-Feeling,
Failed to place that
Master-Feeling clear!"
(Mathew Arnold)
From Persian Nights by Diane Johnson
pp.38:
"It is more a matter of calming down and learning to lead a life whose natural pace is in harmony with Nature, instead of, as in the U.S. and Western world, life out running Nature, heedless and rushing!"
H.

I worked in 'Viollywood' as an SP. But, until now never knew about this woman! But, I'll bet I walked on her footprints at what is now called the Kauffman-Astoria Studios, in LIC., NY. I was stationed there in the military when it was the Army Pictorial Center. Interesting...

American Pathology!

It won't be that technology saves us!

BBC - Travel - A haunted, hidden world of caves

I lived in Nepal for three years! Wonderful country, wonderful good food, dhal blat (sp?), and wonderful people! Go there, visit, help them, as the earthquake has caused much devastation! Namaste (means: I SALUTE THE GOD IN YOU!). Great greeting-salutation!

Nothing new here, local corruption, bureaucratic laziness, nee health hazard. Money is God, what do you expect?

Lost Erotica Of Spain Reveals An Overlooked Feminist History (NSFW)

Davos really about how the $ rich can stay $ rich. Yes, they are morally bankrupt!

I once made a video (on youtube.com), that went: "TOO MANY PEOPLE, WITH NOTHING TO DO! (repeated). Biggest problem in the world, over population chasing scarer and scarer resources!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Moroccans by Leila Alaoui – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

It's easy to understand why the world is in a crisis! Nobody can get along! Everyone rejects compromise. WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND HE IS US!

Jean-Luc Godard: a beginner's guide | Film | The Guardian

Anna Karina on love, cinema and being Jean-Luc Godard's muse: 'I didn’t want to be alive anymore' | Film | The Guardian

This is news...?

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In the past 2.8 years that I've lived in Cochabamba, Bolivia, I've read something like 100 books (the real kind, printed on paper).  This made possible by Anna and Carlos' English library.  These novels by most female authors.  Almost all of these about family pathology, relationships, children, etc. They belie the problems in Western (probably Eastern as well) culture - us!  It's obvious to me that Modern Life and Materialism are the causes of this pathology.  But, how to solve, as nobody seems to want to know?  In my opinion this is the great challenge of the Third Millennium -- if we are to survive.
We're great at identifying the problem as 'over there,' the 'other guy,' the other country, or system, or ISIS, refugees from Syria, Conservatives, Liberals, etc.!'  Evil is always projected away, as it couldn't possibly be us that is wrong, when this is the very problem!  WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND HE IS US! (Walt Kelley via his comic-strip character, Pogo).
People wonder why I'm pessimistic about the future of mankind, yet Dr. Stephen Hawking agrees with me.  Although his solution is space travel, and settling on another habitable planet.  In my opinion this is treating the symptoms without curing the disease, us, humanity! We'll just trash out the new planet and ultimately be faced with the same problem, us!
Is there a cure?  Is there hope for humanity?  F. Kafka thought not, THERE IS INFINITE HOPE, BUT NOT FOR US!  If you understand what's going on in the world in 2016, via the commercial media, and know history, you have to agree with Kafka! 
The biggest problem now is over-population chasing scarcer and scarer resources.  This issue hardly ever discussed (maybe in Davos?).  Capitalism demands growth!
I have asked in the past, what happens when we can't grow anymore?  No one responds!  Governments are pro growth, as they need people to exploit (young people stupid enough to serve their military -- as I did).  Recently China rescinded their one-child (per married couple) law.  
Again I ask, what happens when we can't grow anymore?  We're rapidly approaching this conundrum!
It's evident to me that humanity is committing suicide, taking every life form with it.  We're the 'cancer' on the earth, everyone of us a 'cancer cell,' dividing and multiplying.  Every year 300 million tons of garbage/trash/shit is dumped into the oceans, EVERY YEAR!  All the concrete ever produced in the last 20 years!
No one seems to want to talk about such (maybe in Davos, hopefully?).  And I know why!  No one has a solution!  We're all hoping for the Second Coming, for the Deus Ex Machina, to save us (from ourselves).
As I've written before I see only two possible solutions:  One, that egoless robots get control of humanity, or two, a cataclysmic event occurs, either manmade or 'Act of God,' that plunges the survivors (half the world's population killed) into greater consciousness, shocked into changing our profligate ways!
Of course, the unconscious, will label me a looney-bird, and/or a doomsayer, but I feel more like Paul Reverse (U.S. Revolutionary history), yelling, screaming, writing, WAKE UP!  WAKE UP!  WAKE UP!, before it's too late!
I haven't checked the DOOMSDAY CLOCK recently, but I know (can feel it) we're only 'minutes from midnight!'
STOP WHAT YOURE DOING RIGHT NOW, AND THINK ABOUT WHAT I'VE WRITTEN!  If you do, it's the beginning of a solution, of hope!
Let us save ourselves!  It's possible!
F.A. Hutchison

Viva la revolución: Mexico City cyclists fight for the right to ride in safety | Cities | The Guardian

Europe's most liveable city? The secret of Odense's post-industrial revolution | Cities | The Guardian

Where I'd like to live, Denmark, IF THE WEATHER WAS BETTER!

Best Countries Ranking Full List | US News Best Countries

Who cares about people, it's profit that's God!

Yes, cycling in Bolivia the most challenging in the world, for reasons they don't discuss in this article, except mentioning the elevation factor.

Disappearance of Bolivia's No. 2 lake a harbinger

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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Ah, what a lovely weather day in Cochabamba, finally after a month of clouds and lluevia.
I sit in the sinking sun, a breeze cooling me -- perfection!
Another day, and I wonder how many more for me at 76 years of age.  But, now, the moment, life, important to realize!
Rusel doesn't think about such.  He returned in the afternoon.  I let him in the patio; he drank and ate, and then went about sniffing, discovering I'd let other dogs in to eat, drink, rest, etc.
Dogs are the luckiest of creatures, they don't have a monkey mind.  They just are!
H.

Money is God, what do you expect?

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The Greek version of how life began…
The way the Greeks told it, Zeus put Prometheus and Epimetheus in charge of creating life on earth.   Epimetheus made the animals, giving out bonuses like swiftness and strength, fur and wings.  By the time Prometheus made man, all the best qualities had been give out.  He settled for making them walk upright, and he gave them fire.
Zeus, pissed off, took it away.  But, Prometheus saw his pride and joy, shivering in the cold and unable to cook. He lit a torch from the sun and brought it to man again.  To punish Prometheus, Zeus had him chained to a rock, where an eagle fed on his liver.  To punish man, Zeus created the first woman--Pandora--and gave her a gift, a box she was forbidden to open.
Pandora's curiosity got the best of her and one day she opened the box.  (Note, interesting how this parallels the Garden of Eden Myth.)  Out of the box came plagues and misery and mischief.  She managed to shut the lid tight before hope escaped. 
My hope (and prayer, Sally) is that wo/mankind be destroyed!  We have failed the test!  We're killing all life on earth!  We don't deserve to be here any longer!
H.

Mass grave in Spain offers unparalleled clues about Neolithic life and death | Daily Mail Online

Researchers find evidence of ninth planet in solar system

And now, the 'Witch Hunt!'

Treatment of Foreigners in China a ‘Worrying Trend,’ E.U. Envoy Says - The New York Times

The Stunning Nature (And Industry) of Poland From Above | WIRED

Here's What Classic Books Look Like Without Words | WIRED

Paranoia reigns in the U.S., A clock that was a 'bomb,' a boy in handcuffs. Glad I don't live there!

Ah, a step backwards...

American Pathology!

Not in mine, maybe yours! Maybe the hope of humanity, robots without egos!

I would prefer a 'tiny chip,' that taught us how to save, not shop!

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My mother, when I was a teenager, used to warn me that I was 'burning the candles' at both ends!'  I would answer her by quoting Edna:

MY CANDLE BURNS AT BOTH ENDS,
IT WILL NOT LAST THE NIGHT,
BUT, AH MY FOES, AND OH MY FRIENDS,
IT GIVES A LOVELY LIGHT!
(Edna St. Vincent Milay, FIRST FIG;  A Few Figs from Thistles

I wanted to live fast and die young.  Thus, I'm surprised I've reached a venerated age!  It goes to prove, that at whatever, young or old age, when that 'great scorer comes to mark against you,' you're 'outta here,' whether the Fat Lady sings or not!
I actually look forward to the other, because I know about such!
Duality, ego consciousness… Look at the world in 2016.  You may say the glass is 'half full,' but to me it's truly empty!
H.

Countries, 1 to 100 rated in terms of healthy living!

http://images.businessweek.com/bloomberg/pdfs/WORLDS_HEALTHIEST_COUNTRIES_V2.pdf



'via Blog this'

The human race is committing suicide, and for money! WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND HE IS US!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

BBC - Capital - Davos: A portrait of power

Mass grave dug up in search for victims of Franco's fascist regime | World news | The Guardian

Of course, the MIC (Military Industrial Complex) attacking anyone who suggests spending less on weapons!

I live on a bicycle! I have little, and the less I own, the happier I get!

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Bjorn,
You've triggered memories of our Qinghai cycling trip, but what year was than, maybe, 2008?  In 2008, I carried the Olympic Torch for the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.  So, maybe 2009?  I know our big trip to Mt. Kailas was in 2010.
Our trip together… We started with several Chinese boys, Sonam, one a professor from Shanghai.  I remember the first night in Huangyuan.  But, the next morning a problem with the professor, a mutiny of sorts, he, they wanted to return, or something…?  But, we talked them into continuing.
Up we went to the level of the Qinghai Lake, onward. Left, south to a village for lunch.  Somehow we managed to eat together, all of us.
Then later, we saw the boys in the back of a truck, with their bicycles.  They didn't stop.
You and me, we went on, ending up in a village after dark, and looking for a place to sleep.  Finally, we were offered beds in a Tibetan family's house.
The next day we met up with the boys, and I I was angry at them.  They didn't seem to concerned about us.  Sonam wanted money, and I remember throwing some at him.
You and I went on…
I remember the scenery was stunning.
I remember a village, just before a big up, I think two 'ups,' before reaching a plateau.  You had gone ahead.
I remember riding alone on that plateau like the moon.
Later, I remember having to ford a stream, getting wet.  We'd gone a long way that day, I forget how long, but I was happy when I got to the village.  You, maybe the others, were already there?
I remember you took a fotograph of me, which I still use (online).
I remember, maybe here, the professor (afraid of dogs) got bitten (going to the toilet in the morning).
I remember a solo Chinese woman joining us at some point.
I remember we stayed in an expensive hotel near the headwaters of the Yellow River.
I remember the professor and the Chinese woman cyclist got on a bus at some point.
I remember you going off, west, in search of a Tibetan Monastery.
It ended up me, and Sonam cycling to Lijiang.  Sonam was scared shitless of two things, wild animals, and thieves.  He drove me nuts.
Finally, and I forget the name of the city (on a river and famous for a Buddhist Monastery), I'd had it with him.  I sent him back to Xining on a bus.
I heard much later, from Xutan, that he'd joined the Chinese Army.
I went on solo, and very interesting.
One night caught cycling in the dark, my torch not working.
One night, I'd overshot the village I was looking to sleep in, ended up WAY UP, and had to sleep on the ground, no tent, no sleeping bag -- cold!
Note, this highway, I retraced going in the reverse direction on our BIG trip to Tibet (some two years later).
Anyway, I got to Lijiang, so many days later, so glad to get off the road!  I'm sure you know what this feels like!
At 76-years old looking forward to cycling Europe, I know much more civilized than China, Bolivia.
Crossing Australia, great camping in the bush (but expensive in 2011).  A long trip across.
I cycled New Zealand from top to bottom, 7 months.  Lots of rain, but good highways, civilized, and always a Hostal.  The South island the best.  If you haven't you should.
But, the most difficult, cycling up from Lima, Peru, over Ticlio Pass, on a busy two-lane highway -- to La Paz!  From sea level up over 5K mts. in 130KM.  It almost killed me!
Anyway, still at it.  I've had many adventures cycling the world!
Hutch