What Is Sustainable Development?

Sustainable development is mostly related to the use of resources without compromising the future generations on not having that resource. The sustainable development goals were defined each one of them has specific targets which are planned to be achieved in 2030.  These goals are applied worldwide countries including rich and poor.

The term sustainable development has been criticized, some people believe that there are more elements to be involved in this sustainable development.

” Sustainable development is the organizing principle for meeting human development goals while at the same time sustaining the ability of natural systems to provide the natural resources and ecosystem services upon which the economy and society depend. The desired result is a state of society where living and conditions and resource use continue to meet human needs without undermining the integrity and stability of the natural systems.

While the modern concept of sustainable development is derived mostly from the 1987 Brundtland Report, it is also rooted in earlier ideas about sustainable forest management and twentieth-century environmental concerns. As the concept developed, it has shifted to focus more on economic development, social development and environmental protection for future generations. It has been suggested that “the term “sustainability” should be viewed as humanity’s target goal of human-ecosystem equilibrium (homeostasis), while “sustainable development” refers to the holistic approach and temporal processes that lead us to the end point of sustainability”.

The concept of sustainable development has been—and still is—subject to criticism. What, exactly, is to be sustained in sustainable development? It has been argued that there is no such thing as a sustainable use of a non-renewable resource since any positive rate of exploitation will eventually lead to the exhaustion of earth’s finite stock. This perspective renders the industrial revolution as a whole unsustainable. It has also been argued that the meaning of the concept has opportunistically been stretched from “conservation management” to “economic development”, and that the Brundtland Report promoted nothing but a business as a usual strategy for world development, with an ambiguous and insubstantial concept attached as a public relations slogan.” Taken from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_development

The sustainable development goal of the United Nations

Sustainability is:

How to tell if a girl likes you or not?

Once you can read the subconscious signals of attraction, you can tell if a girl is attracted to you, without even talking to her. You’ll also be able to instantly tell if a girl isn’t attracted to you by paying attention to negative indications of interest. Part two breaks down some additional subconscious signals girls unknowingly and knowingly give off when they’re attracted to you.

Men, on average, tend to be attracted to women who are shorter than they are, have a youthful appearance, and exhibit features such as a symmetrical face, full breasts, full lips, and a low waist-hip ratio. Women, on average, tend to be attracted to men who are taller than they are, display a high degree of facial symmetry, masculine facial dimorphism, and who have broad shoulders, a relatively narrow waist, and a V-shaped torso.

Physical attractiveness is the degree to which a person’s physical features are considered aesthetically pleasing or beautiful. The term often implies sexual attractiveness or desirability, but can also be distinct from either. There are many factors which influence one person’s attraction to another, with physical aspects being one of them. The physical attraction itself includes universal perceptions common to all human cultures, as well as aspects that are culturally and socially dependent, along with individual subjective preferences.
In many cases, humans subconsciously attribute positive characteristics, such as intelligence and honesty, to physically attractive people.From research done in the United States and the United Kingdom, it was found that the association between intelligence and physical attractiveness is stronger among men than among women. Evolutionary psychologists have tried to answer why individuals who are more physically attractive should also, on average, be more intelligent, and have put forward the notion that both general intelligence and physical attractiveness may be indicators of underlying genetic fitness. A person’s physical characteristics can signal cues to fertility and health. Attending to these factors increases reproductive success, furthering the representation of one’s genes in the population.

Who is Daniel Kahneman?

Daniel Kahneman, the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology that challenged the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of our most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound and widely regarded impact on many fields—including economics, medicine, and politics—but until now, he has never brought together his many years of research and thinking in one book.

In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior. The impact of loss aversion and overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the challenges of properly framing risks at work and at home, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning the next vacation—each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions.

Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives—and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Thinking, Fast and Slow will transform the way you think about thinking.
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjVQJdIrDJ0

Where does Iberian Ham Comes From?

Iberian ham comes from Iberian pigs, that are grown in a special way, that makes the meat have a unique flavor. In the Iberian, Peninsula pig are grown up in large fields where they walk around feeding on acorns until they reach a certain age and are harvested.

“The black Iberian pig lives primarily in the central and southwestern region of the Iberian Peninsula, which includes both Portugal and Spain. In Spain, the Black Iberian Pig is typically found in the provinces of Huelva (Denomination of Origin Huelva), Córdoba (Protected Denomination of Origin Valle de Los Pedroches), Cáceres, Badajoz (Protected Denomination of Origin Dehesa de Extremadura), Salamanca, Ciudad Real and Seville. In Portugal, the central and southern regions have an abundance of this species, with a predilection for the Alentejo region. In Portugal, the Black Iberian Pig is commonly referred to as or Porco Alentejo. The Black Iberian Pig is ingrained in the local Portuguese culture and tradition, with annual festivals in their honor, such as the Feira do Porco Preto, an annual festival in the region of Ourique.

The hams are labeled according to the pigs’ diet and the percentage of the pigs’ Iberian ancestry, with an acorn diet and pure-bred Iberians being most desirable. The current labeling system, based on a series of color-coded labels, was phased in starting in January 2014.

Characteristics

  • The finest is called jamón ibérico de bellota (acorn). This ham is from free-range pigs that roam oak forests (called dehesas) along the border between Spain and Portugal and eat only acorns during this last period. It is also known as jamón ibérico de Montanera. The exercise and diet have a significant impact on the flavor of the meat; the ham is cured for 36 months. This grade is divided into two subtypes:
    • Black label — Identifies jamón 100% ibérico de bellota produced from pure-bred Iberian pigs fed as above.
    • Red label — Identifies jamón ibérico de bellota from free-range pigs that are not pure-bred, but also fed exclusively on acorns during the final period. Since 2014, the percentage of Iberian ancestry in the animal must be specified on the label.
  • The next grade is called jamón ibérico cebo de Campo. This ham is from pigs that are pastured and fed a combination of acorns and grain. As of 2014, this ham bears a green label.
  • The third type is called jamón ibérico de cebo, or simply, jamón ibérico. This ham is from pigs that are fed only grain. The ham is cured for 24 months. As of 2014, this ham bears a white label.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam%C3%B3n_ib%C3%A9rico

If you are interested in learning more about the Iberian Ham and it’s production system you can check this link:

https://www.mapfre.com/mapfrere/docs/html/revistas/trebol/n70/pdf/Articulo2-en.pdf

What is Poverty?

Poverty includes a series of elements between them social, economic and political. It refers to the lack of the things necessary for a person to live. Year by year many projects are developed but not one secures that this will end poverty around the world. What can we do about it? Our societies have the obligation or not to do something about it, let’s think about it.

“Poverty is a multifaceted concept, which may include social, economic, and political elements. Absolute poverty, extreme poverty, or destitution refers to the complete lack of the means necessary to meet basic personal needs such as food, clothing, and shelter.

The threshold at which absolute poverty is defined is considered to be about the same, independent of the person’s permanent location or era. On the other hand, relative poverty occurs when a person who lives in a country X does not enjoy a certain minimum level of “living standards” as compared to the rest of the population of the same country. Therefore, the threshold at which relative poverty is defined varies from country to another, or from one society to another.

After the industrial revolution, mass production in factories made producing goods increasingly less expensive and more accessible. Of more importance is the modernization of agriculture, such as fertilizers, to provide enough yield to feed the population. Providing basic needs can be restricted by constraints on government’s ability to deliver services, such as corruption, tax avoidance, debt and loan conditionalities and by the brain drain of health care and educational professionals. Strategies of increasing income to make basic needs more affordable typically include welfare, economic freedoms and providing financial services.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poverty

What Is A Myth?

Myths are traditional stories that come from past generations. They represent the culture and beliefs of many people and are rich and creative. The characters in myths are magical creatures with interesting powers. In this article, we will learn about myths and where they came from.

“A myth is a traditional story consisting of events that are ostensibly historical, though often supernatural, explaining the origins of a cultural practice or natural phenomenon. The word “myth” is derived from the Greek word mythos (μῦθος), which simply means “story”. Mythology can refer either to the study of myths or to a body or collection of myths.[4] Myth can mean ‘sacred story’, ‘traditional narrative’ or ‘tale of the gods’. A myth can also be a story to explain why something exists.

Human cultures’ mythologies usually include a cosmogonical or creation myth, concerning the origins of the world, or how the world came to exist. The active beings in myths are generally gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, or animals and plants. Most myths are set in a timeless past before recorded time or beginning of the critical history. A myth can be a story involving symbols that are capable of multiple meanings.

A myth is a sacred narrative because it holds religious or spiritual significance for those who tell it. Myths also contribute to and express a culture’s systems of thought and values, such as the myth of gremlins invented by aircraft technicians during World War II to avoid apportioning blame. Myths are often, therefore, stories that are currently understood as being exaggerated or fictitious.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myth

What Is Sociology?

Sociology differentiates itself from the other social sciences. We’ll also explore what sociology can do, and how a concern with social problems was at the center of sociology’s beginnings.

“Sociology is the scientific study of society, including patterns of social relationships, social interaction, and culture.  It is a social science that uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a body of knowledge about social order, acceptance, and change. Many sociologists aim to conduct research that may be applied directly to social policy and welfare, while others focus primarily on refining the theoretical understanding of social processes. Subject matter ranges from the micro-sociology level of individual agency and interaction to the macro level of systems and the social structure.

The traditional focuses of sociology include social stratification, social class, social mobility, religion, secularization, law, sexuality, and deviance. As all spheres of human activity are affected by the interplay between social structure and individual agency, sociology has gradually expanded its focus to further subjects, such as health, medical, military and penal institutions, the Internet, education, social capital and the role of social activity in the development of scientific knowledge.

The range of social scientific methods has also expanded. Social researchers draw upon a variety of qualitative and quantitative techniques. The linguistic and cultural turns of the mid-twentieth century led to increasingly interpretative, hermeneutic, and philosophic approaches towards the analysis of society. Conversely, the end of the 1990s and the beginning of 2000s have seen the rise of new analytically, mathematically and computationally rigorous techniques, such as agent-based modeling and social network analysis.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sociology

 

What Is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a profession of a therapist, it involves a specific set of skills and scientifically defined processes that aim to improve a person’s life. This is a great video on the subject.

“Psychotherapy is the use of psychological methods, particularly when based on regular personal interaction, to help a person change and overcome problems in desired ways. Psychotherapy aims to improve an individual’s well-being and mental health, to resolve or mitigate troublesome behaviors, beliefs, compulsions, thoughts, or emotions, and to improve relationships and social skills. Certain psychotherapies are considered evidence-based for treating some diagnosed mental disorders.

There are over a thousand different psychotherapy techniques, some being minor variations, while others are based on very different conceptions of psychology, ethics (how to live) or techniques. Most involve one-to-one sessions, between client and therapist, but some are conducted with groups,[1] including families. Psychotherapists may be mental health professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, or professional counselors. Psychotherapists may also come from a variety of other backgrounds, and depending on the jurisdiction may be legally regulated, voluntarily regulated or unregulated (and the term itself may be protected or not).” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychotherapy

“In almost all countries and communities around the world, there is one central (usually unvoiced) suspicion that arises whenever someone lets slip that they are ‘having therapy’: they are crazy.
Getting therapeutic help should – ideally – be an ordinary and wholly unsurprising thing, like getting a haircut or going to the dentist, but it remains a very peculiar and frowned-upon recourse. Partly, that’s because the therapeutic industry currently looks deeply unimpressive. Some rather awkward people are employed in it, operating from shabby basement offices, often with dodgy credentials. A rag bag of questionable services gets labeled with this catch-all term. An industry that should be as dominant and financially significant as Audi or Nike struggles for basic recognition. There is plenty of good work being done, but it isn’t overly visible…”

 

How Art Can Change Society? By Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis is a curator and historian based in New York. She describes how art ( Photography and Music) and I dare add Film, change society. And it is that way.

One of the great challenges today is that we often feel untouched by the problems of others and by global issues like climate change, even when we could easily do something to help. We do not feel strongly enough that we are part of a global community, part of a larger web. Giving people access to data most often leaves them feeling overwhelmed and disconnected, not empowered and poised for action. This is where art can make a difference. Art does not show people what to do, yet engaging with a good work of art can connect you to your senses, body, and mind. It can make the world felt. And this felt feeling may spur thinking, engagement, and even action.

As an artist, I have traveled to many countries around the world over the past 20 years. On one day I may stand in front of an audience of global leaders or exchange thoughts with a foreign minister and discuss the construction of an artwork or exhibition with local craftsmen the next. Working as an artist has brought me into contact with a wealth of outlooks on the world and introduced me to a vast range of truly differing perceptions, felt ideas, and knowledge. Being able to take part in these local and global exchanges has profoundly affected the artworks that I make, driving me to create art that I hope touches people everywhere.

Art also encourages us to cherish intuition, uncertainty, and creativity and to search constantly for new ideas; artists aim to break rules and find unorthodox ways of approaching contemporary issues. My friend Ai Weiwei, for example, the great Chinese artist, is currently making a temporary studio on the island of Lesbos to draw attention to the plight of the millions of migrants trying to enter Europe right now and also to create a point of contact that takes us beyond an us-and-them mentality to a broader idea of what constitutes we. This is one way that art can engage with the world to change the world.” https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/01/why-art-has-the-power-to-change-the-world/

What Are The Differences Between REALITY VS FANTASY?

The words “fantasy” and “reality” by fantasy w mean fiction. According to dictionary.com, defines “Fiction” in many ways. Fiction means a creation or an invention of the imagination.  “reality” is also in the imagination though, but as a construct of memory and sensory perception that we turn into a story, of who we are, what and everything else around us and we trust it to be a reality. Some of us trust what we take for granted as reality as merely a possibility of our interpretation of perception, and thus we are never to be too sure about how real our perception of reality really is, and accept that there is a certain amount o faith required to truly stabilize our sense of reality. This also makes us aware of a big liability in humans, as this study reveals: “…Studies have shown that if you build false information into a fictional narrative, people actually come to believe the false information.  For example, in one study, German college students read a fictional story called “The Kidnapping” into which either true or false information had been inserted.  A control…group read a comparable story without the assertions inserted.  One true assertion was that exercise strengthens one’s heart and lungs.  The false assertion was this statement’s opposite – that exercise weakens your heart and lungs.  Results showed that the college students were persuaded by the factual information in the story regardless of whether the information was true or false… These researchers also studied a phenomenon called the sleeper effect – that persuasion through fictional narratives increases over time as the source of the information becomes remote.  While at first the students’ confidence in their newly formed attitudes was relatively low, two weeks later their confidence had returned to baseline levels.  What this research shows is that we can be persuaded to believe false information that is inserted into a fictional story.  Also, over time, we forget where we learned this information and our confidence in its truth increases…” -https://blog.oup.com/2009/10/fantasy_reality/

HOW TO STOP SMOKING?

 

When you feel the urge, distract yourself. Ignore it. Don’t have cigarettes near you, anywhere, anytime. Stay away from your 5 min-break-smoke buddies for a couple of days (favorably at least 10). Even just smoking passively gets in the way of your newly found ambition to improve your health.

If honesty is an option, tell them you quit smoking, even if it was just that day & they ask “Since when?” I understand that some of you might not be ready for that confrontation, especially when you may doubt your own success. Just say “I can’t, sorry, but I’m incredibly busy this week.” & keep staying away from the smoke you breathe in passively (huge cue/trigger!).

Remember how we covered that one should speak through their actions and not talk about achievements one hasn’t-reached yet? It’s disarming people, people who might act as if they care for you when they do not. You prevent them from sabotaging you. Think about it. They smoke, even though they know it’s bad for them & now you want to stop doing it yourself. Why would you expect support from them (unless they’re genuinely good people)?

The best way, of course, still is to just tell the world that you quit smoking and that that’s that. When you actually mean it, that mindset alone might be enough for you to quit a bad habit for good.

Get hooked on a good habit like moving your body, in whatever way, shape or form. Drink lots of water daily. The benefits are endless and even if this may sound like commonsense to you, there are lots of people who only drink sugary beverages, who don’t exercise and only consume destructive shit.

Before anyone says “it’s not easy” again. It fucking is if you believe it is. Don’t underestimate the power of the mind. It’s not only doable, it’s a walk in the park with the right attitude. Thinking “it’s not easy” is already a sign of failure.

Ever notice how many freshly baked fathers & mothers *quit* smoking in a heartbeat after years of trying? They thought about their children. They thought “I’m doing this for my sweetheart(s)!” “I’m going to be a role model to these kids!” We love the people close to us more than we love ourselves. Commit to quitting a bad habit not only for yourself but especially for your loved ones.

 

The Four Confidences by Ed Latimore

The four confidences in the process, the instruction, the past and in learning. It’s 24 pages short and to the point written by the charismatic heavyweight boxer Edward Latimore. Stepping into the ring knowing you can get hurt can overwhelm the toughest combative sports athletes. Ed shares his insights on how he built his confidence, leaving out the usual self-development fluff.

Taking action, learning along the (right) way, eliminating mistakes from happening again and actively seeking good sources ― that’s how confidence is built.

“The Four Confidences are based on cold, hard experience, not theory. The same way I got confidence in my boxing, mathematical, and social abilities are what I teach here. When I wasn’t confident in my self to stay sober, I relied on these techniques to help me stop drinking.” ― Ed Latimore.

Sand Mandalas, The Wheel of Life

Venerable Lama Losang Samten walks us through the symbolism and meaning in The Wheel of Life, an ancient Buddhist sand mandala. Samten is a Tibetan-American scholar, sand mandala artist, former Buddhist monk, and Spiritual Director of the Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia. He is the author of Ancient Teachings in Modern Times: Buddhism in the 21st Century.

Transcript: My name is Losang Samten. I’m from Tibet, born in Tibet and then fled Tibet in 1959 at the age of 5. I came to Nepal first and then eventually came to India. And so I grew up in India and then eventually came to the United States in 1988. Ever since then I’ve been creating a lot of ancient Tibetan sand mandalas. Of course all the mandalas are tradition but some of the mandalas are such – all are so beautiful but sometimes it’s hard to explain to the general public who do not have that much background of Buddhists and Buddhist philosophy.

What I’m showing to you here this image is called Wheel of Life. In our language. It’s called grid pa’i ‘khor lo. The wheel of life which in many ways is fascinating and also me as an artist to display this art in the schools, especially the schools and kids can understand a lot better and not only just intellectually understand better but something to relate to in their life. So what is the Wheel of Life in the mandala or in design, the middle there are three animals? And the three animals are a snake, a rooster and pig. Three animals are there. They’re also chasing to each other, connecting to each other which means what is their causes of suffering? What makes us so difficult? What makes our wheel so stressful? So each animal means something. Not the animal itself but represents something what we’re going through on a day to day basis.

So the pig represents the ignorance, lots are due to our emotions, special negative emotions and the difficulties and frustrations and even killing each other are due to the ignorance – not seeing the true nature of the reality. And unfortunately sometimes we as a pure teaching either Buddhism or Christianity and Judaism and Islam and all of this, even though due to how to peace – due to how to create human peace and happiness but some individuals due to the ignorance use as a killing tool in the name of the religion. So it’s the pig, the animal, which in the middle symbolizes ignorance.

Two other animals are there too and the snake represents the anger. Hatred is such a big problem in my life or anybody’s life in today and the past due to our relationships, due to anything – anger is really damaging. When Buddha designed this what was original was a pig and a snake. In the rooster case we really don’t know if the original was a rooster or a pigeon. There’s a little different – scholars have a different interpretations. So that’s why when I draw sand mandalas sometimes I draw it as a rooster, sometimes I draw it as a pigeon to both will be happy. No too much conflicts. And so the pigeon represents – either the pigeon or the rooster represents the greed, the greed, the greed. We see that today in the twenty-first century and so much greed and all these problems in the modern society.

Damaging for the environment, damaging for many different things is truly greed. So which I said earlier in the beginning of my conversation these are the three – the ignorance and the greed and the anger are the difficult ones. So these are the causes of the suffering. Suffering rises from nothingness. Suffering rises from due to something there previously, something happened and because of that and rises. So that’s why the wheel of life is so famous in the Buddhist field and especially in Tibet or Mongolia and Bhutan or some of the ancient Buddhist temples, wheel of life is on the campus.

In a way the monastery or nunnery is like your university. So big campus. In Tibet one monastery is like a 20,000 or 30,000 monks who are living there and study there, debate there and that’s they’re home. So either in the library or meditation room, somewhere wheel of life is always they paint it on the big wall. So that’s the middle of the design of the wheel of life. And the second design there and now I’m talking about the middle. And the second circle of the wheel of life there is black and white or day and night sort of it symbolizes. More of these three animals, there’s more difficulties, less of those – there’s more joy. So sometimes we call it as good karma and bad karma.

What are the Scariest Folk Stories?

Urban legends are true or false we will never know. The truth is that we really enjoy hearing about them, let’s keep reading about this interesting legends.

Aka Manto (The Red Cape)
In Japan, the bathroom is a terrifying place to be. There are tons of urban legends of bad things that can happen to you inside a public restroom. Aka Manto is said to be an extremely handsome spirit who was so attractive in life that he would cover his face with a mask to avoid unwanted advances. He now hides in the last stall of school bathrooms and when you enter he comes out and asks ” Which do you prefer, a red cape or a blue cape?” Uh oh.
If you say red he will slit your throat and your blood will flow down making it look like you’re wearing a red cape. If you say blue he will choke you until you turn blue. If you ask for another color he will drag you down to hell. So hopefully you have a good imagination and can come up with an answer quickly to avoid these scenarios. Like “No thank you, I don’t really need a cape” or maybe you can distract him by asking him a question, like “where did you get your cape?” The important thing is to stay calm, and Never to go to a public bathroom by yourself. This legend may have originated around 1935 when there were rumors of a man in a red cape who was hiding in an elementary school basement. In the 1980’s there were Stories of girls who were kidnapped in bathrooms inspiring all kinds of scary stories of the Red Cape.
Another version of this story is Red Paper, Blue Paper. Girls who go into the bathroom hear a man in the next stall ask them, “Do you want red paper or blue paper?”. If you answer red, he will skin you alive and wear your skin like a cloak. If you answer blue, he will drain all of the blood from your body leaving you to suffocate. If you ask for yellow, he will drown you in the toilet. Hopefully, by saying “no paper” he will leave you alone, but….

The Deadly Hairdo
A stylish teenager in the 1960s was Tired of always teasing and spraying her hair to achieve the perfect beehive hairdo. She washed her hair in sugar water to get it to harden in place so she would never have to do it again. At night she would Wrap the beehive tightly in a towel to keep its shape and sleep on a special pillow that prevented her from knocking the shape out. Whenever it became itchy she would simply Spray it with more hairspray instead of actually washing it. One day her mother called her down to breakfast and when she didn’t respond, she went upstairs and found her daughter had died during the night. When she removed the towel Hundreds of tiny spiders began crawling out from her hair. As she looked closer she saw that the spiders had been gnawing away at the girl’s skull and had Eaten right into her brain, which was fully exposed and rotting.
Another version of this story is that there is a Guy with dreadlocks who goes into a barbershop to get them shaved off. As the barber starts cutting his hair, he feels something stinging his scalp. He thinks the barber is cutting his scalp and He gets angry and leaves. His girlfriend finds him the next day, suffering from multiple spider bites to the skull. Hygiene over vanity my friends, please wash your hair.

The Pishtaco
The Pishtaco is a South American Vampire who hunts people to steal their body fat. Stories of the Pishtaco began around the 1500’s when the Spaniards arrived in Peru. In the Andes region, in particular, Body fat represents strength and vitality and they made regular sacred fast offerings to their gods. When the Spanish came, the local people observed them using body fat for unusual purposes like Oiling their armor and dressing battle wounds. This along with the plunder and diseases they brought to the area created the Pishtaco.
The Pishtaco is usually pale and a stranger with tall boots and a beard, Wielding curved blades and human skin lassos. With their inferior body fat, the European monsters would ingest the stolen fat to benefit from better health and prosperity- sucking it from their victims or, in later times, taking it with a syringe.

What are The Most Disturbing Legends of All Times?

Legends and myths are so linked to cultures and personal beliefs. Some are so great and include many elements that become in well known international legends and those are the ones we will share with you. One of those famous and well-known legends goes to “La Llorona”, this interesting woman was known to appear to man which got drunk and were trying to go back home late at night and that is when “La Llorona” appeared and offered them to go with her, but man refused and were scared to death and many never again got drank.

Kuchisake-Onna, the Slit-Mouthed Woman  

One of the oldest urban legends from Japan. Kuchisake was either the wife or concubine of a samurai warrior and was extremely vain. When he discovered that she had been having an affair, he punished her by slitting her mouth from ear to ear and asks, “Who will think you are beautiful now?” The legend was told to warn women to be faithful but it gets creepy when the ghost of Kuchisake-Onna began approaching strangers and chasing children in the 1970s. The story is that Kuchisake-Onna wears a beautiful scarf or mask covering her face and asks them, “Am I pretty?” This is the beginning of a lose-lose conversation. If you say no, she is going to kill you with a pair of scissors. If you say yes, she will remove her mask, showing you her horrific scars and ask, “How about now?” If you say no, she’ll cut you in half. If you say yes, she will still kill you and slit your mouth, making you look like her, hopefully after you’re dead. Here’s a diagram in case you got lost…
There are also other variations of what she might do to you like for example she might follow you home and murder you in your sleep.
In the 1970’s there was a woman who was wearing a mask and chasing some children. She was hit by a car and killed and her mouth was slit from ear to ear. There have also been recent sightings of Kuchisake-Onna and the legend lives on that she follows people who are traveling alone at night.
Some clever people have managed to escape and given us their secrets so in case this happens to you, you’ll know what to do. If Kuchisake asks you, Am I Pretty?, try to confuse her by giving her ambiguous answers like, you are average, I’d give you about a 6, or So-so. Something like that. Or, you could try to turn the conversation around like, Do you think I’m pretty? While she’s thinking, you will have enough time to escape. You can also tell her you have a prior engagement, and she will pardon her manners and excuse herself. Other possible victims have just thrown candy or something at her while they run away… The legend has even spread to South Korea, where she appears with a blood red face mask.

The Black Volga
Russia’s Phantom Death car
This type of car was the most lavish and expensive available at the time and was typically driven by the Communist Party and Soviet political officials. The legend of the black Volga automobile comes from the Soviet Union and spread throughout Eastern Europe. The Black Volga was a very high-end limousine with white curtains and rims that were spotted frequently in the streets in the 1960s. Reports were that women and children would disappear whenever this car came around. According to the legend, high-ranking Soviet officials drove the black Volga kidnapping young, pretty girls to be sex slaves of the highest ranking Soviet comrades. Another version is that children were kidnapped to harvest their organs or sell their blood to rich people suffering from leukemia around the world.
Not one eye witness could see the driver. Some theorize it was nuns or priests, Satanists, vampires, and body venders drove the vehicle.
If anyone was brave enough to challenge the Volga they would be dead within 24 hours. Many parents would make sure to walk their children home from school and told them to watch out for the Volga in case they were snatched and never seen again.

Buried Alive
The wife of an elderly man passes away after a long illness, leaving her husband devastated. He is stricken with grief and keeps denying that she is dead. He insists that she is still alive but since everyone thinks he is just in denial they sedate him and proceed with the funeral. They bury his wife in the family plot at the old man’s estate. That night, he keeps having nightmares of his wife trying to scratch her way out of the coffin and trying to escape. After a week of these nightmares, the family agrees to exhume the body. To everyone’s horror, when they open the coffin, they find the old lady’s hands all bloody with bent and broken nails and scratches on the inside of the lid.

La Llorona
The Weeping Woman
A great way to scare little ones into behaving is to tell them the myth of “La Llorona”, The Weeping Woman. The legend goes that there was a beautiful woman named Maria.

Who are The Most Sadistic Killers We are Glad are Dead?

These top dangerous serial killers and their psychopathic crimes will make you shiver with fear! Check out what crazy crimes these monsters like Jack the Ripper, Belle Gunness, H.H Holmes, Carl Panzram, Karl Denk and John George Haigh committed on their victims!

Jack the Ripper

Of course, I have to mention Jack the Ripper. Jack remains to this day one of the worlds most famous unsolved mysteries. He is known for a string of murders in London known as the Whitechapel Murders in 1888 and was never captured. All of the murders took place within a mile of each other and his name and motive are still unknown. For about a month, he terrorized London and killed and mutilated prostitutes in a horrific manner. Most of the victim’s throats were cut prior to abdominal mutilations and the cuts and removal of body parts suggested some level of surgical knowledge. I warned you…viewer discretion…The name Jack the Ripper comes from a letter written by someone who claimed to be the butcher, but it is hard to say whether it was the real killer. At that time the death or murder of a working girl sadly was not seen as news, however, what made these crimes differently was the sadistic butchery, suggesting a complete sociopath who hated women. At least 5 victims were found with deep throat slashes, and their inner organs removed and placed around the body. Other body parts were also partially removed and the face would be stabbed beyond recognition. Then one day, the murders suddenly stopped. There are many theories as to the identity of Jack the Ripper and the case are still ongoing…

Belle Gunness

Belle Gunness is reported to have murdered over 40 people, mostly her husbands, children, and wealthy men that she would invite to her farm, and then were never heard from again. A Norwegian immigrant, Belle came to the US in search of wealth. Soon after marrying her first husband, their store and home mysteriously burned down and they claimed the insurance money. Right after, her husband died of heart failure so she was able to get his life insurance as well. It is believed that Belle poisoned her husband and two small children for the money. Her next husband and young children also died under mysterious circumstances. With the money from their life insurance- wait, how many families are we at now?- she bought a small farm in the country. She then started placing ads for singles in the local newspaper inviting men to come to her farm, and of course, you guys know where this is going…they were never seen again. One day her farm burned down and workmen doing the repairs stumbled across some human skeletons. As the investigation continued more and more bodies were discovered in shallow graves around the property. While police were looking for Belle, her ranch hand confessed that she had planned the fire and her escape. The police discovered that she had withdrawn all her money from her bank accounts and had managed to escape. Belle Gunness was never caught. Be careful with those singles ads…

John George Haigh

Known as the Acid Bath Murderer John George Haigh was an English serial killer during the 1940s. He was convicted of the murders of 6 people, although he claimed to have killed 9. He was a professional con man who targeted wealthy people and charmed them into believing he was a successful businessman. As you might have guessed from his nickname, John George Haigh would shoot his victims and then dissolve their bodies in sulfuric acid. He would then forge papers to sell their belongings and collect the money from their bank accounts.

Known as the Acid Bath Murderer John George Haigh was an English serial killer during the 1940s. He was convicted of the murders of 6 people, although he claimed to have killed 9. He was a professional con man who targeted wealthy people and charmed them into believing he was a successful businessman. As you might have guessed from his nickname, John George Haigh would shoot his victims and then dissolve their bodies in sulfuric acid. He would then forge papers to sell their belongings and collect the money from their bank accounts.
Born in 1909 to an ultra-religious family, John George Haigh was raised in Yorkshire, England. After his wife left him and he went to jail for fraud, John moved to London alone where he found work as a chauffeur for a wealthy businessman named William McSwain. At some point, he was suspected of theft and fired. In and out of jail for the next seven years, John came up with the perfect murder plan to get his revenge on William. He practiced killing mice and dissolving their bodies in acid. He contacted his old boss and William invited him to his parents home for dinner. Right after that, William disappeared. Here we go…. John told Williams parents that the man had gone into hiding to avoid being drafted into World War II. But… the truth was that for some reason they had gone down to the basement and John cracked William on the head, then dumped him into a 40-gallon barrel of sulfuric acid. Afterward, John moved into Williams estate, claiming the businessman had asked him to.

What Are The Most Ridiculous Crimes?

Know about these ridiculous crimes that could get you put on a ship and transported to Australian labor camps for years! Most people couldn’t even afford to get back and their lives were ruined because they fished in a lake or burned some clothes in the back yard!

 

The punishment known as transportation was implemented by the English government in the 18th century as an alternative to execution. The English asked themselves, what would be the best solution to overcrowded and filthy jails? Why sending all the prisoners to Australia of course!

List of crimes that could get you transported to Australia:

  • Setting fire to a stack of hay maliciously in the night time. (Not just hay but corn, grain and other buildings). Seriously? Was this common? This could get you thrown on a ship with a one-way ticket to Australia where you would be forced to work in hard and filthy conditions for 7-14 years until your time was up.
  •  Aiding or participating in homosexual acts. The court would sentence you to transportation instead of being executed. Sometimes you would live on the ship as a prisoner for 7 years without it even leaving the harbor…If you did manage to actually get to Australia and complete your sentence, finding your own way back was up to you…. It was the perfect solution for the English government to find cheap labor for the new colonies- hence Australia.
  • General arson by daytime or night time which was believed to be quite atrocious –oh dear- unless it was your own house and no one was injured. Phew!
  •  Making counterfeit gold, silver, or copper- 7 years transportation. Transportation was cheap for the government, just a one-way ticket and some stale bread. That’s why so many people ended up staying because it was so expensive to get back.
  •  Robbing the Naval Stores with the Kings Mark and anyone who buys the stolen goods- 14 years transportation
  •  Defacing the Kings Mark -7-14 years (basically removing the King’s logo from any goods.
  •  All theft above the value of one shilling. You probably get the idea by now, usually between 7-14 years.
  •  Polygamy. Polygamy was considered a breach of moral and religious virtue.
  •  Receiving stolen goods, jewels and plate (fancy china) knowingly.
  •  Stealing a shroud from a grave. Too bad, I love doing that on Friday nights….
  •  Stealing lead, iron or copper.
  •  Stealing more from black lead mines.
  •  Stealing from furnished lodgings, So basically stealing anything but they decided to break up all the possibilities into individual crimes.
  •  Stealing letters- you can probably guess how many years you had to stay in Australia.
  •  Stealing fish from a pond or river.
  •  Stealing roots, trees or plants. There are also records of people getting sent to Australia for stealing string, potatoes, and bread.
  • Assaulting, cutting or burning clothes. Assaulting the clothes? Is this one category or 2?

8 amazing facts about the new digital art museum “Google Culture & Arts Institute”

Did you know that Google has its own digital museum for culture and art fans? This incredible digital museum holds and infinite number of art collections, historical images, iconic memorabilia, etc. These are only 8 of hundreds of reasons why you should visit this new digital museum!

1.You can find Artists from all centuries
If you are an art fan, you can find a great number of artists and their most amazing creations on the new online platform.
From Rembrandt to Frida Kahlo, it´s all here!

2. There are Featured Projects made especially for you
You can learn something new every time you visit the “Google Culture & Arts Institute”.
Google partners with different sponsors to showcase art projects that can be interesting to different publics.
For example “We Wear Culture” can be interesting for people immersed in the fashion industry, while projects like “Women in India: Unheard Stories” or “Women in Culture” could be of interest for women and feminists from all over the world.

3. You can experiment with art like in real life and better
Try out experiments at the crossroads of art and technology, created by artists and creative coders with Google Arts & Culture.The selection of artworks are from Google Arts & Culture, shared by museums and archives around the world.
The section offers several functions such as TAG where you can search for artwork using just one word, just like when you browse on the web, you can use the word “Happy” or “Scary” and thousands of artworks related to the word from around history and time on your computer.
You can also explore artworks in 3D with Free Fall without leaving your computer or discover amazing connections between art pieces with Curator Table.

4. You can visit Museums from all over the world without leaving your chair in VR ( Google Cardboard)
The Google Arts & Culture Institute has partnerships with museums and archeological sites all over the world.
You can check out their history and all the artwork and treasures they hide without leaving your computer.


Now you can visit all the exhibits you want!

5. Art Mediums Universe
If you are interested in one art media in particular or want to investigate about oil paint or clay, you can find everything about it here.
From artwork to its main expositors, you can also check out online exhibits and organize your findings historically or even by color.
Here you find a universe of possibilities!

6. Art history in the palm of your hands
You can browse all over the history of art, from Impressionism to Minimalism and check out amazing pieces from each movement with just one click.

7. Discover an historical photographic treasure
If you are passionate about discovering photographs from the past, in here you can find infinite images, exhibits, memorabilia and documentaries from historical events like The Holocaust, The Cold War, The Cuban Revolution and many more.

8. Trump and Hilary Clinton and more iconic figures

You can browse historical images, videos, press scandals and more from any iconic figure that has transcended in time.
In here you can find out more than just what the media says about Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton. You can also investigate figures from other cultures and times.

Hilary Clinton 1969

Donald Trump and his former wife Ivana 1989

War is bad, very bad. Post-War is Worse, Much Worse says Bourdeaux

Wars were present in birth of human civilization. While we think the actual bloody battles are the problem, the reality is that the biggest problems happen on the mess left behind. War, one of the worst and most primitive facets of humanity still lingers on today, as the richest and most wise nations in the world still degrade their policy to violent solutions. And while the most honorable of men can be found in the loyalties and sacrifice of soldiers, it is rather ironic that it is their work that causes the deep pain of war.

The first war happened in the Mesolithic Cemetery Site #117 approximately 14,000 years ago. Wars through history are countless the only difference between each other are the damages left behind. The terrible results of a war are the hundreds or millions of people affected, some with just curable wounds and others no longer on this earth. During this episode of the war, many infrastructures on cities and towns affected are lost, hospitals and other necessary places form modern and safe living are totally ruined. Wars are supposed to be a fight between the nation’s armies but civilians are the bleeding heart that provides the boys and girls for ward, and then stays to pickup up the pieces while in one of the most violent and vulnerable situations on earth. Even the ones that are forced to migrate cause an even bigger global social trauma.
Civilians are affected by the appearance of diseases, famines, atrocities, genocides and epidemics that keep killing the population. It’s in is the destruction of social infrastructure, things that we all take for granted to the point of being oblivious to them, are the true gigantic monsters brought and left to stay, by the war. of Source: https://list25.com/25-deadliest-wars-in-human-history/.

On Richmond, American Civil War

Impacts of a war include crime and homicides increase which might last for years. Civil wars increase the exposure of civilians to diseases and deaths. Long bloody civil wars can make a population displace internally or as refugees. This person do not come back home after the war is over but stay in their new crowded homes for years. These camps were they live have bad food, dirty water turning this places in vectors of diseases, stress, and malnutrition affects the immune system.

Healthcare infrastructure is totally destroyed by the just-ended civil war. Cases as eradicating Guinea worm, river blindness, and others is a challenge in places where civil wars have affected seriously. The spread of AIDS in Africa is linked with soldiers and refugees running away from civil wars effects. Violence increase after civil wars, homicides, suicides and rape rates go up. One probable cause is the spread of weapons after the war is over. Economic growth is severely affected by this event calculated on 5 years after the war of negative impact on economic growth.

Bulgarian Refugee Children
Spanish Civil War 26 refugees killed

Health are systems are completely devasted in urban areas or rural areas were wars have occurred. Rebuilding this places will take time and resources probably not available. Human capital with clinical and medical training might be completely lost because maybe they might not be eager to come back. The complete city infrastructure is completely destroyed and clean water and safe food, medicine, clothes and other supplies can not be transported easily. Source: Article: The post-war public health effects of civil conflict by Hazem Adam Ghobarah, Paul Huth, and Bruce Russett. (2003)

Dr. Margaret Bourdeaux presents her TED talk with the theme: “Why civilians suffer more once the war is over”. In which she presents her points of view as a physician of heath care systems in places affected by civil wars. The circumstances of a post-war period on the civilians left after this fighting and bloody scenes. She exposes her idea on a magnificent and clear strategy on how to lead with a postwar recuperation period which consists of developing the strong and solid basis of a health care system that protects the vulnerable civilians.

War doesn’t just kill people; it destroys the institutions that keep society running, like utilities, banks, and hospitals. Physician and global health policy analyst Margaret Bourdeaux proposes a bold approach to post-conflict recovery that focuses on building strong, resilient health systems that protect vulnerable populations…..

 

Top 5 Popular Myths About Drug Use

“Whether its Weed, Crack Cocaine, Meth, MDMA, PCP, or szechwan dipping sauce, all these addictive substances have a few misconceptions surrounding them. In today’s instalment we’re asking questions like; Do crack babies exist? Does PCP make you violent and powerful? Does drinking vinegar help you pass a drug test? are natural drugs safe? is marijuana a gateway drug? and more! So if you DARE to make any claims about Drugs without doing your research – you’re about to get stoned by the truth…that was awful.”

Top 10 Serial Killers That Got Away With It.

These crimes went unpunished, and are attributed to one psychopath. These might not be for everybody to whatch.

It’s scary to think there are active serial killers out there right now. In history, there are unidentified serial killers everyone knows about, the Jack the Ripper and the Zodiac Killer. But there are also less famous serial killers that haven’t been caught, like Charlie Chop-Off, the West Mesa Bone Collector and the Servant Girl Annihilator. WatchMojo counts down ten of the most dangerous serial killers that were never identified.

00:37 #10: The West Mesa Bone Collector (2001-05)
01:35 #9: The Atlanta Ripper (1911)
02:23 #8: Jack the Stripper [aka Hammersmith Nudes Murderer] (1964-65)
03:18 #7: The Phantom Killer (1946)
04:10 #6: The Servant Girl Annihilator (1884-85)
05:12 #5: Oakland County Child Killer [aka The Babysitter] (1976-77)
06:08 #4: Charlie Chop-Off (1972-74)
06:53 #3, #2 & #1 ????