Thursday, December 31

Happy New Year - Inner Peace Year


PEACE TRAIN (Lyrics post below)
by Cat Stevens
Now I've been happy lately
Thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be
Something good has begun
Oh, I've been smiling lately
Dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be
Someday it's going to come
'Cause I'm on the edge of darkness
There ride the Peace Train
Oh, Peace Train take this country
Come take me home again
Now I've been smiling lately,
Thinkin' about the good things to come
And I believe it could be,
Something good has begun
Oh Peace Train sounding louder
Glide on the Peace Train
Come on now Peace Train
Yes, Peace Train holy roller
Everyone jump upon the Peace Train
Come on now, Peace Train
Get your bags together,
Go bring your good friends, too
'Cause it's getting nearer,
It soon will be with you
Now come and join the living,
It's not so far from you
And it's getting nearer,
Soon it will all be true
Oh Peace Train sounding louder
Glide on the Peace Train
Come on now Peace Train
Peace Train
Now I've been crying lately,
Thinkin' about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating,
Why can't we live in bliss
'Cause out on the edge of darkness,
There rides a Peace Train
Oh Peace Train take this country,
Come take me home again
Oh Peace Train sounding louder
Glide on the Peace Train
Come on now, Peace Train
Yes, Peace Train holy roller
Everyone jump upon the Peace Train
Come on, come on, come on
Yes, come on, peace train
Yes, it's the peace train
Come on now, peace train
Oh, peace train

Peace Train by Cat Stevens -Happy 2021

Friday, December 11

Merry Xmas and Happy 2021 - PEACE

I didn't publish this year but the traditional Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year is vital for it's a time to cultivate the good we all have inside.

If you don't like the holidays I understand but find inner peace

It's been a difficult year 2020. Once I stopped focusing on the news, independent media for mainstream media I never followed, the effect was extremely positive.

Focus on loving, peacekeeping, peacemaking, discovering more about your inner self, relaxing, being at peace, exercising, eating nutritious food, and everything on your list that is good for yourself and those around you.

Fight for peace in all it's ways, shapes and forms.

Be at peace! Love!

What best to easy our minds than comedy?


Thursday, February 27

Julian Assange: The World is with YOU

I don't care which branch of US political arena is responsible: deep state, CIA, the Pentagon, former presidents, the president...
Everything about American politics is criminal whether to foreigners or the American citizens.

Luke, the independent journalist demonetized and persecuted by Google, has been updating JULIAN ASSANGE's case.
Freedom of speech... it is a joke.

Not today, not tomorrow but it will always win!

Wednesday, February 19

Trump, Bible Prophecy, Politics and Blogging

Keep blogging on a platform that is against freedom of speech and is silencing by demonetizing, black-listening, algorithms and all the weapons they have against those who don't share "official" narratives?
The conundrum we are all facing especially bloggers which medium is no longer popular.
Keep blogging about happy and beautiful topics and these topics only?
Nope. Especially for someone whose country is facing a nazi-fascist regime thanks to US.
This blog is immaterial. Once it had even reached a "voice". 
Those days are over. 
This blog has already "disappeared in 2011. Here.


Saturday, February 8

Interview with Rabbi Abraham Finkelstein: "We are going to wipe the white race"

An interview with Rabbi Abraham Finkelstein where he claims they put human meat from sacrifices into McDonalds beef. Among a host of other claims he makes.

Visit the "Cannibal Club" site. Whether it is true or false normalizing the consumption of human's flesh is slowly being programed.

Cannibal Club

Tuesday, January 21

King Harishchandra: the story that impressed Mahatma Gandhi

It's been a long time I don't listen to a story with the heart of my childhood. I was lucky to find Murali who is a storyteller. A real one
The way Murali tells the story is so captivating, his attitude and sense of humor made me feel like a child again.
I confess I've been listening to this story lately repeatedly - isn't it what we do when we are children? We want the same story over and over again.
There are two others on Youtube and I keep going from one to another.
I wish I knew Murali.

Mahatma Gandhi heard this story when he was a child:
"King Harishchandra had to face a lot of difficulties and tolerate grief. He lost his kingdom, lost his wealth, had to live in the forest and had to sell his wife and son too. Ultimately he had to sell himself to the keeper of the cremation ground. He had to go through these hair-raising experiences but still he remained truthful.

Gandhiji had seen King Harishchandra's drama in his childhood and since then he always had dreams about Harishchandra. He would weep whenever he remembered this story. Later he wrote, "Even today, reading that drama makes me weep." He said that bearing grief like Harishchandra and yet remain truthful is the real truth!" (entire story here)

This is the origin of Gandhi's Satyagraha philosophy.
What better way to start a new year?
And we need truth so much!

Tuesday, December 31

Happy New Year!

I wish you all a happy new year and the way I found to welcome 2020
is inviting people to understand what the 34º president of EUA, Dwight D. Eisenhower, warned in his farewell address in January, 17 1961.

His great-granddaughter Laura Eisenhower has been working relentlessly to make us aware about what is happening in this world.
On her website Cosmic Gaia and her YouTube channel there is a lot of invaluable information she has been sharing.
We have to choose in which world we want to live.

Image source: Laura Eisenhower's website. 

Friday, November 8

Breaking News: Brazilian people waiting for Lula getting out of jail

After 580 days in jail due to the most unlawful trial by Car Wash operation the Supreme Court decided yesterday to follow Brazilian's constitution.

Brazil is under a fascist regime and the indignation of those who were not brainwashed by mainstream media and social network fake news is huge.
Lula can fight for justice out of jail now.
As a Brazilian I'm moved and will post details later.
                                          LULA LIVRE 


UPDATE 2 > Lula speaks to the people who were in Curitiba since his imprisonment everyday shouting "Good Morning, President Lula": "Good Afternoon President Lula" and "Good Night President Lula. 
He always said that he could hear and it made him stand it.
Last picture: Lula kisses his fiancé. He will get married.
Lula is a very special human being. History will show it. 
Brazil is bleak, those who are in power are violent, cruel with no sense of humanity and it is harming Brazil in so many levels that it is hard to bare.
It is destroying Brazil's soul.
We have a long road ahead... love will win.

Monday, October 14

Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu (Peace Mantra) - Tina Turner

I set the video to start on this Indian girl because there is something about her that touches deep in my heart.
It is a kind of wisdom that I believe we all search for but it seems she already has it.
Have a peaceful week.

Wednesday, October 2

Saturday, September 28

Yellow vests Hold Protests for 46nd Consecutive Weekend in Paris

"On est là, on est là
Même si Macron ne veut pas, nous on est là
Pour l'honneur des travailleurs et pour un monde meilleur
Nous, on est là."

"Here we are, here we are
Even if Macron doesn't want here we are
For the worker's honor and for a better world
Here we are."

Tuesday, September 24

Trench coat: from the military to fashion industry

Three lethal industries involved in the trench coat: military, Hollywood and fashion.

The history of the trench coat was told by Contrado's blog author Claire from it's creation in 19 century till today.

"There are 2 clothiers who claim to have created the trench, and the arguments continue even to this day;

  1. Mayfair gentlemen’s clothier, John Emary
  2. Menswear business designer Thomas Burberry

John Emary

In 1853, John Emary developed and patented a fabric that was just as water-repellent as the original rubberised cotton, but was (thankfully) less smelly and more breathable. Emary renamed his company to what we now know as Aquascutum. This name comes from the Latin words “aqua” and “scutum” which translates to “water” and “shield.” This name directly refers to Emary’s focus on designing weather-proof clothing for the gentry. Emary claims to have created his version of the trench for officers serving in the Crimean War.

Thomas Burberry

Burberry founded his business in 1856. Yes this is the Burberry that is still rocking the fashion world today. in 1879, the young draper invented “gabardine.” This was a waterproof twill fabric that was also breathable. It was created by actually coating the individual yarns of cotton or wool. This was a big leap from the original fabric that was used to create the macs, where the entire piece of fabric was coated in one go. Burberry delivered plans for his new raincoat to the United Kingdom War Office in 1901, where it was accepted.

Both Emary and Burberry’s fabrics were very popular with all types of gentry; from sporty types and explorers to the upper class and aviators. It is clear to see why these fabrics became an essential for military uniform. It is still unclear who truly invented the trench. Both companies had connections to the British military establishment, and both Emary and Burberry had previously developed weatherproof clothing similar to the trench."

"During World War I however, the trench coats were issued only to British Officers and Warrant Officers 1st Class. It wasn’t available for soldiers of lower rank. This also helped to establish the trench as a coat of high standards and class."

Read the whole article of the history of the coat here.

Saturday, September 21

Yellow vests 45nd protest meets climate march: police everywhere

Watch live now.
As predicted this Saturday would be a risky day.
This is the 45nd Yellow Vest protests and the climate march brought a lot of people to the streets of Paris. 
Now it's like a battlefield for the police is everywhere with their weapons. (click on the images to enlarge.)

Wednesday, September 18

Laerte's, Brazilian cartoonist, "predicts" Bolsonaro's speech using one of his favorite words (cocô = shit).

Bolsonaro is set to open the 74th General Assembly of the U.N. following the tradition for Brazil’s president to address the Assembly with the opening speech every September.

As numerous people are planning to protest outside the building, and even some participants of the Assembly, Bolsonaro said he'll not attend. However it is impossible to know what will he do. Maybe even himself has no idea and it will depend on his mood whether he'll make the speech that Steve Bannon is preparing for the event.

More and more Brazilians can't hard wait to get rid of "the thing", "Bozonaro", Bolsonazi" and other variants of avoidance to speak his name. It is not very far the fall of his presidency won through fraudulent election.

Friday, September 13

Northern Sky by Nick Drake

I never felt magic crazy as this
I never saw moons knew the meaning of the sea
I never held emotion in the palm of my hand
Or felt sweet breezes in the top of a tree
But now you're here
Brighten my northern sky.

I've been a long time that I'm waiting
Been a long that I'm blown
I've been a long time that I've wandered
Through the people I have known
Oh, if you would and you could
Straighten my new mind's eye.

Would you love me for my money
Would you love me for my head
Would you love me through the winter
Would you love me 'til I'm dead
Oh, if you would and you could
Come blow your horn on high.

I never felt magic crazy as this
I never saw moons knew the meaning of the sea
I never held emotion in the palm of my hand
Or felt sweet breezes in the top of a tree
But now you're here
Brighten my northern sky.

Just listen. It makes me feel at peace. Have a great week!

Sunday, September 1

How One Rich American Is Helping to Burn the Amazon rainforest for Profit

NowThis News

Published on 30 Aug 2019
One rich American, CEO Stephen Schwarzman, is responsible for much of the ongoing destruction of the Amazon — and he happens to be a top donor to President Trump and Mitch McConnell.

The indigenous Kayapo Indians of Brazil have protected their vast amazon homeland from illegal loggers, ranchers and gold miners with the help of NGOs, ecologists and a Canadian solar energy company.
The Kayapo Indians: Fighting For The Amazon Rainforest
by Barbara Zimmerman, Ecologist
article here.

Indigenous people only survive if they have land and the forest. Once the forest is gone they are extinguished. Ergo...

Thursday, August 29

Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Chanel and other luxury brands burn unsold products

I'm a proud owner of not-a-single luxury brand and bought a Brazilian brand white sneaker I had to buy instead of the almost compulsory Adidas Stan Smith.
Models have died due to the skinny dictatorship that makes them anorexic and consuming cocaine to have "energy", slavery or force labor, the insanity of burning unsold products and I'm sure that there are numerous little dirty secrets in the fashion industry that are against my ethics and conscience. 
Furthermore Chanel raised the prices of it's goods while it's quality as all the leather luxury brands decreased.
A second hand item is more valuable than the new one.
Isn't it ironic that if one buys a brand new handbag pays more for less quality turning this item into a kind of legal fake good made by the company?
Or maybe it is me.

Why fashion brands destroy billions’ worth of their own merchandise every year
An expert explains why Burberry, H&M, Nike, and Urban Outfitters destroy unsold merch — and what it says about consumer culture.
By Chavie Lieber Sep 17, 2018, 8:00am
Source: Vox.

The British luxury brand Burberry brought in $3.6 billion in revenue last year — and destroyed $36.8 million worth of its own merchandise.
In July 2018, the brand admitted in its annual report that demolishing goods was just part of its strategy to preserve its reputation of exclusivity.
Shoppers did not react well to this news. People vowed to boycott Burberry over its wastefulness, while members of Parliament demanded the British government crack down on the practice. The outrage worked: Burberry announced two weeks ago it would no longer destroy its excess product, effective immediately.
Yet Burberry is hardly the only company to use this practice; it runs high to low, from Louis Vuitton to Nike. Brands destroy product as a way to maintain exclusivity through scarcity, but the precise details of who is doing it and why are not commonly publicized. Every now and then, though, bits of information will trickle out. Last year, for example, a Danish TV station revealed that the fast-fashion retailer H&M had burned 60 tons of new and unsold clothessince 2013.
In May 2018, Richemont, the owner of the jewelry and watch brands Cartier, Piaget, and Baume & Mercier, admitted that in an effort to keep its products out of the hands of unauthorized sellers, it had destroyed about $563 million worth of watches over the past two years. Whistleblowing sales associates and eagle-eyed shoppers have pointed out how this practice happens at Urban Outfitters, Walmart, Eddie BauerMichael KorsVictoria’s Secret, and J.C. Penny.
The fashion industry is often cited as one of the world’s worst polluters — but destroying perfectly usable merchandise in an effort to maintain prestige is perhaps the dirtiest secret of them all. To find out why this practice is so widespread and what conservation-minded shoppers can do to fight back, I spoke with Timo Rissanen, an associate dean at Parsons School of Design and a professor of fashion design and sustainability at the school’s Tishman Environment and Design Center. Our conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

Chavie Lieber

Why do brands have to destroy perfectly good merchandise?

Timo Rissanen

The simplest answer across the board is that today, quantitatively, there’s more stuff than there ever has been before. Fashion cycles have also gotten shorter because of the internet and fast fashion, so there’s a push to constantly put new merchandise out on the market. So when you combine these two, we are now literally at a place where we no longer have anywhere for this stuff to go other than up a chimney.
The underlying business model now includes immense pressure to constantly replenish merchandise. When I was a fashion student 20 years ago, we had four seasons, as well as [specialty ones like] Resort and Cruise. Now the turnover is faster than ever. Global population has gone up too, and so has the number of garments that a person buys per year. A couple years ago, we were at 20 garments per person each year. Today, in the United States, an average person buys about 68 garments per year.

Chavie Lieber

Is it just clothing that gets destroyed?

Timo Rissanen

No, this is not limited to apparel. I saw a few months ago that Amazon was being called out in Germany for destroying tons of returned items, like mattresses, washing machines, dishwashers, and cellphones.

Chavie Lieber

What are the methods of destroying merch?

Timo Rissanen

Burning and shredding are the main ones. The third option is simply landfilling, but most companies do incineration so that they can claim the incinerators capture the energy. Burberry has insisted it’s recycling the clothing into energy, except the energy that is recouped from burning clothing doesn’t come anywhere near the energy that was used to create the garments.

Chavie Lieber

Where does the actual destroying happen?

Timo Rissanen

A lot of it is done in India. There’s one town in India, Panipat, that specializes in shredding, and there’s a horrendous short film that documents women shredding clothes that are brand new. The film shows the women speculating that water in the West must be so expensive, and that people can’t afford to do their laundry, and so that’s why it’s cheaper for them to throw stuff out. Hearing that is really uncomfortable. Incineration happens everywhere, from America to Sweden.

Chavie Lieber

What are some of the environmental impacts of destroying excess inventory?

Timo Rissanen

The most obvious one is the carbon emission from burning. We should be moving away from all forms of burning. Polyester now accounts for about 60 percent of the total fiber market, and it comes from oil. So you could make the case that when we burn polyester, we are burning oil. There is a contribution to CO2 that is happening there, and there’s also a ton of chemicals and finishings embedded in clothing and textiles through the dyeing. When this stuff is burned, it filters into the air.
But really, where it gets insane is thinking about clothes that were never worn in the first place. The fabric was made, the garments were made, the labor was put in, and then the stuff gets burned. It represents all kinds of different waste across the system.

Chavie Lieber

Do fashion brands have to disclose that they are doing this?

Timo Rissanen

No, although I know that the UK has been having quite active discussions about it right now. But on the whole, there is no requirement to report this. For Burberry, I think it was a number of shareholders who started making noise about it, and that’s how it got into a more broad discussion. I have no doubt that the brand would rather it not be out in the open.

Chavie Lieber

Why can’t excess inventory be recycled or reused?

Timo Rissanen

Some of it can be. Different kinds of garments are easier than others. One way to recycle clothing is to shred it and to turn it into insulation, and there are fabrics that are quite good at being turning into new fiber, spun into yarn, and then woven into clothes. But the minute you start mixing fibers, like polyester with cotton, the options for recycling become more limited. Then there’s the obstacles of buttons and zippers. Before a garment can be put through a shredder, all the buttons and zippers must be removed, and that takes manual labor. With any kind of waste management like this, there’s a cost attached to it, and it’s often cheaper just to destroy it.

Chavie Lieber

Why can’t the clothing be donated?

Timo Rissanen

Historically, a lot of the donations have gone to Africa, Latin America, South America, and to some countries in Asia. But in the last couple of years, a number of African countries, like Kenya and Uganda, have actually banned the importation of secondhand clothing from the West. It suppresses their own textile and apparel industry, since they can’t compete with the volume and the very low price of the secondhand goods.

Chavie Lieber

Why don’t brands sell off their extra merchandise at sample sales?

Timo Rissanen

Some brands do sample sales, but companies like Louis Vuitton and Chanel just incinerate their samples. I remember when Parsons was doing a student project in 2009, and Louis Vuitton supplied samples that were going to be incinerated. I watched students cut up perfect Louis Vuitton garments, which they used to make blankets that were auctioned off for charity, and I had a visceral reaction because they really should have remained as garments. It’s not a slight on the students, but there’s a huge investment that has gone into those garments, and all of that was lost.

Chavie Lieber

What is the theory for luxury brands destroying their extra merch?

Timo Rissanen

They see discounts and donating as a way to devalue their brand. They want to control how and where and at what price their goods are sold. You can go to a place like Century 21 in New York and you’ll find certain brands have their stock there that’s two or three seasons old and heavily discounted. Some brands are clearly fine with that, and others are not.

Chavie Lieber

Wouldn’t they rather earn a profit than nothing at all? Wouldn’t Chanel prefer to mark down its $3,500 bag by $300 and still make $3,000?

Timo Rissanen

This is where we get to the thing that nobody wants to talk about: The retail price of a luxury product has nothing to do with its actual value. When you buy something from Chanel or Gucci and you pay full retail, that money is actually paying for the massive advertising campaigns. If Chanel destroys a dress it tried to sell for $1,200, it hasn’t really lost $1,200. I don’t think Chanel even paid $100 [to make] that dress. And the money they’d lose would probably just be recouped through fragrances.

Chavie Lieber

As someone who is a part of the fashion world, can you understand the argument for destroying things in order to save a company’s prestige factor?

Timo Rissanen

No. I cannot. We have arrived at a point where I think we need to have some very honest conversations about what type of values this industry has.

Chavie Lieber

Do you think companies will follow in Burberry’s footsteps and stop destroying their merch?

Timo Rissanen

I think so. I do think it will take some time because we are talking about a whole system, and it will not come to a halt because of a little bit of bad publicity. But I do think that being called out forces brands to take a look at what’s happening and start to have conversations about what they can do about it.

Chavie Lieber

What can shoppers do?

Timo Rissanen

On a very simple level, figure out which things bring you the most satisfaction and then buy those things. We are all prone to impulse-buying, which is what I’d encourage to limit. I also recommend buying secondhand if you are interested in environmental impact

Wednesday, August 28

Amazon forest and Brazilians are being murdered

There is English subtitle in this video that explains how the 60% part of Amazon that is in Brazil has been vampirized for decades by Brazilian government policies of exporting it's richest sources as commodities for nations which couldn't care less about other people's countries.
Very informative with historical explanations.
Notice that Rita, the owner of the channel, is a drag and it is a great example of the empowerment of "minorities" through exercising full citizenship.
Those who belong to identity politics groups must start thinking about being part of the society discussing all issues.
Boy from an Amazon Tribe on giant lily pads during an excursion up the Amazon River. Source: here.

Friday, August 23

Brazil under a psychopath presidency: "genocidal policies" against indigenous people

“If I become President there will not be a centimeter more of indigenous land, that is my answer.”

It was already during the campaign that Bolsonaro said some of his policies. Those who voted for him either agree or thought he was not serious.