Born old, sadly wise.

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Except Jose de San Martin rode on a mule not a horse, and didn’t die in battle but of old age… (at Plaza Libertador General San Martín)

Except Jose de San Martin rode on a mule not a horse, and didn’t die in battle but of old age… (at Plaza Libertador General San Martín)

soflasol:

eyeliketheknight:

Why can’t communism work? (at least better than capitalism)
“Cuba has a 99.8% literacy rate, an infant death rate lower than some developed countries and an average life expectancy of 77.64. In 2006, Cuba was the only nation in the world which met the WWF’s definition of sustainable development; having an ecological footprint of less than 1.8 hectares per capita and a Human Development Index of over 0.8 for 2007”
Also, Fidel Castro holds the record for the longest ruling non-royal national leader (since 1870) at 52 years.
I’m not a Castro nor a communism supporter but these are facts. How’s that $16.02 trillion national debt (72% of the GDP) working out for you America?

These “Facts” are hold little to no truth. Yes, the Cuban Revolution brought education to its people but at what cost? No matter what you may read about Cuba’s “achievements”, the truth is that the Health system is deplorable, the country’s infrastructure is deteriorating by the second, their currency has no value in any other part of the world, and the Castro Brothers have made the the island a Prison, and its people prisoners.
WWF believes Cuba is a place of sustainable development? Why? Can it be because Castro refuses to invest in rebuilding and saving the Country’s crumbling architecture and roads? Because there hasn’t been any major update to the Country’s highways and roads since he took power in 1959. Or is it because its Cuban Law that if any person Kills a farm animal, such as a Cow or Horse, for food, they can be imprisoned for 5+ years? Or ask a Cuban if they can take a boat out to fish without legal recourse. They can’t. Unless they’re authorized by the regime.
Cuban people dont know what its like to have the convenience or luxury of walking into a store, finding what they need, buying it at a reasonable cost, and taking it home to enjoy it with their family. Show this video to the WWF and see if they still believe Cuba to be a place for “sustainable development”.
Heres the Link again:
Cubans Attack Shark 

Things I noticed while I visited Cuba in June/July:1. Everyone seemed genuinely happy.2. Everyone had food in their stomachs and a roof (luxurious or not) over their head. Also, decent clothing on. 3. There were virtually no beggars.4. Any young adults I spoke to were obtaining a higher education (free of charge). 5. Most of the people I met spoke at least 2-3 languages, and yes, the literacy rate is as high as they say.6. After visiting a hospital for fun, I realized that everyone has access to the medical system, no matter what. And the medical technologies they produce within the country are some of the most advanced in the world.7. The arts are huuuuuge in Cuba. Cuba does not allow their citizens to leave their country unless it is to exhibit their art, or tour, if they are in a band. With that being said, everyone else must stay on the island otherwise (no traveling), which is unfortunate, but it is what also prevents ‘brain drain.’I’m not a communist or a Castro/Che aficionado myself, but these are the things I noticed while I visited the country for about a month. Cuba is a beautiful place, not just geographically but culturally.  And If you have not visited the country already (especially as a US citizen), you may be in for a huge surprise… Just as I was.

soflasol:

eyeliketheknight:

Why can’t communism work? (at least better than capitalism)

“Cuba has a 99.8% literacy rate, an infant death rate lower than some developed countries and an average life expectancy of 77.64. In 2006, Cuba was the only nation in the world which met the WWF’s definition of sustainable development; having an ecological footprint of less than 1.8 hectares per capita and a Human Development Index of over 0.8 for 2007”

Also, Fidel Castro holds the record for the longest ruling non-royal national leader (since 1870) at 52 years.

I’m not a Castro nor a communism supporter but these are facts. How’s that $16.02 trillion national debt (72% of the GDP) working out for you America?

These “Facts” are hold little to no truth. Yes, the Cuban Revolution brought education to its people but at what cost? No matter what you may read about Cuba’s “achievements”, the truth is that the Health system is deplorable, the country’s infrastructure is deteriorating by the second, their currency has no value in any other part of the world, and the Castro Brothers have made the the island a Prison, and its people prisoners.

WWF believes Cuba is a place of sustainable development? Why? Can it be because Castro refuses to invest in rebuilding and saving the Country’s crumbling architecture and roads? Because there hasn’t been any major update to the Country’s highways and roads since he took power in 1959. Or is it because its Cuban Law that if any person Kills a farm animal, such as a Cow or Horse, for food, they can be imprisoned for 5+ years? Or ask a Cuban if they can take a boat out to fish without legal recourse. They can’t. Unless they’re authorized by the regime.

Cuban people dont know what its like to have the convenience or luxury of walking into a store, finding what they need, buying it at a reasonable cost, and taking it home to enjoy it with their family. Show this video to the WWF and see if they still believe Cuba to be a place for “sustainable development”.

Heres the Link again:

Cubans Attack Shark

Things I noticed while I visited Cuba in June/July:

1. Everyone seemed genuinely happy.
2. Everyone had food in their stomachs and a roof (luxurious or not) over their head. Also, decent clothing on.
3. There were virtually no beggars.
4. Any young adults I spoke to were obtaining a higher education (free of charge).
5. Most of the people I met spoke at least 2-3 languages, and yes, the literacy rate is as high as they say.
6. After visiting a hospital for fun, I realized that everyone has access to the medical system, no matter what. And the medical technologies they produce within the country are some of the most advanced in the world.
7. The arts are huuuuuge in Cuba. Cuba does not allow their citizens to leave their country unless it is to exhibit their art, or tour, if they are in a band. With that being said, everyone else must stay on the island otherwise (no traveling), which is unfortunate, but it is what also prevents ‘brain drain.’

I’m not a communist or a Castro/Che aficionado myself, but these are the things I noticed while I visited the country for about a month. Cuba is a beautiful place, not just geographically but culturally. And If you have not visited the country already (especially as a US citizen), you may be in for a huge surprise… Just as I was.

(Source: eyeliketheknight)

Male chauvinistic neo-nazis are effective communicators.

We can reject everything else: religion, ideology, all received wisdom. But we cannot escape the necessity of love and compassion…. This, then, is my true religion, my simple faith. In this sense, there is no need for temple or church, for mosque or synagogue, no need for complicated philosophy, doctrine or dogma. Our own heart, our own mind, is the temple. The doctrine is compassion. Love for others and respect for their rights and dignity, no matter who or what they are: ultimately these are all we need. So long as we practice these in our daily lives, then no matter if we are learned or unlearned, whether we believe in Buddha or God, or follow some other religion or none at all, as long as we have compassion for others and conduct ourselves with restraint out of a sense of responsibility, there is no doubt we will be happy.

—The 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

(Source: understandtheuniverse, via lockjessmonster)

todaysdocument:

R.I.P. Elvis Presley
This photograph of Richard Nixon shaking hands with Elvis Presley in the Oval Office was taken on December 21, 1970.  Elvis died on August 16, 1977.  

todaysdocument:

R.I.P. Elvis Presley

This photograph of Richard Nixon shaking hands with Elvis Presley in the Oval Office was taken on December 21, 1970.  Elvis died on August 16, 1977.  

straymessages:

washingtonexaminer:

Top 5 weirdest Mitt Romney moments

“Romeny would lose the dog lovers vote, after this 2007 story circulated that he made a 12-hour family road trip in 1983 with their Irish setter, Seamus, strapped to the roof in a dog carrier.”
WUT?
and then: “In 2008, Mitt Romney marched in a  Martin Luther King parade and then posed for a photo with several African-American children.

“Who let the dogs out?” joked Romney, as they gathered for a photo.”
WUT THE WHACK?!


America saddens me.

straymessages:

washingtonexaminer:

Top 5 weirdest Mitt Romney moments

Romeny would lose the dog lovers vote, after this 2007 story circulated that he made a 12-hour family road trip in 1983 with their Irish setter, Seamus, strapped to the roof in a dog carrier.”

WUT?

and then: “In 2008, Mitt Romney marched in a  Martin Luther King parade and then posed for a photo with several African-American children.

“Who let the dogs out?” joked Romney, as they gathered for a photo.”

WUT THE WHACK?!

America saddens me.