Monday, October 10, 2016

History Not Taught is History Forgot: Columbus' Legacy of Genocide

Image via "1492.0", Righting Red

(...)"The tribute system, instituted by the Governor sometime in 1495, was a simple and brutal way of fulfilling the Spanish lust for gold while acknowledging the Spanish distaste for labor. Every Taino over the age of fourteen had to supply the rulers with a hawk's bell of gold every three months (or in gold-deficient areas, twenty-five pounds of spun cotton); those who did were given a token to wear around their necks as proof that they had made their payment; those who did not were, as [Columbus's brother, Fernando] says discreetly "punished"-by having their hands cut off, as [the priest, BartolomŽ de] las Casas says less discreetly, and left to bleed to death.

"It is entirely likely that upwards of 10,000 Indians were killed in this fashion alone, on Espa–ola alone, as a matter of policy, during Columbus's tenure as governor. Las Casas' Brev’sima relaci—n, among other contemporaneous sources, is also replete with accounts of Spanish colonists (hidalgos) hanging Tainos en masse, roasting them on spits or burning them at the stake (often a dozen or more at a time), hacking their children into pieces to be used as dog feed and so forth, all of it to instill in the natives a "proper attitude of respect" toward their Spanish "superiors."" History Not Taught is History Forgot: Columbus' Legacy of Genocide Excerpted from the book Indians are Us (Common Courage Press, 1994) by Ward Churchill |

Related link: Taíno on Wikipedia

My October Fragrances List

Still Life with a Cup of Coffee, Roses and Fruits
Oil paint on hardboard | 40 × 35 cm | 15.8 x 13.8 inches
Anna Fine Art

Seasonal changes haven't swayed my taste in fragrances for quite some time, but currently I'm wearing warmer, sweeter coconuts blended with vanilla, and a new favorite note combination found in my personal coffee-and-rose perfume, which I had intended to offer for sale but have only kept for myself to wear. Perhaps one of these days I'll get it done, along with everything else I said I've thought about doing. I must say, having a unique original perfume that no one else has smelled or worn makes me feel pampered, a sensation I could get used to.

Coffee and roses seems an iconic combination if only in the world of stock photos and not fragrance, but perhaps someone out there will create some divine liquid gems to saturate the market with and put to shame anything I've ever made. I usually only work with combinations that smell too good to mess up completely. Lol. My coffee & roses mix is one of my personal favorites: rich, mildly sweet but a touch bitter, sumptuous, aromatic, and in an intense parfum strength I can only dab lightly onto one or two pulse points at a time. My rose oil is at least as strong as Caron Rose extrait. My coffee's potent, too.

Aside from my coffee obsession, my love for the star of tropical notes, coconut, continues season after season, year upon year. Today I might spend Columbus Day attempting to make these zeppole that don't taste like zeppole because I don't have the right recipe. Sugar and dough is another foolproof combination, and goes well with a good ol' cuppa joe. Enjoy your season!

My fragrances list:

LaVanilla Coconut
The Body Shop Coconut
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb
OGX Coconut Water for my hair

Friday, September 23, 2016

5 Ways to Layer Nail Polish

These are great tips! Read: 5 Ways to Layer Nail Polish Polish by Chelsea King, Mar 1, 2015

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Bath & Body Works Honolulu Sun

Of all my coconut scents and Bath & Body Works body mists, Honolulu Sun is my #1 favorite fragrance of Summer '16. It was launched as part of the same collection as Golden Pineapple Luau, but Honolulu Sun is more coconut-centric whereas Golden Pineapple Luau is a fruitier cocktail. They're both beachy, but Honolulu Sun has a suntan-lotion-in-the-beachy-air kind of feeling that I can't get enough of. What is your favorite scent to remind you of the season? May these happy days remain when splendid summer is gone again.

Top Notes: Fresh Island Coconut, Ocean Air Accord, Pacific Palm, Sundrenched Citrus
Mid Notes: Creamy Coconut Milk, Exotic Island Nectars, Pink Passionfruit
Dry Notes: Driftwood, White Sand Musk

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Watch Japan's prime minister morph into Mario for the Olympics closing ceremony

Pac-Man is Japanese?! I'm having a crisis! At least Ms. Pac-Man is still an All-American babe! Watch Japan's prime minister morph into Mario for the Olympics closing ceremony by Rich McCormick, August 21, 2016 The Verge

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Puerto Rico wins first Olympic gold as Monica Puig clinches women's tennis title

Via Reuters: "Monica Puig may be delivering the first Olympic gold to Puerto Rico, but she is not the first Puerto Rican to win a gold medal at the Olympics. She's not even the first to win a gold medal for women's tennis." Continue reading: Puerto Rico wins first Olympic gold as Monica Puig clinches women's tennis title by Leela de Kretser, Aug. 13, 2016 Reuters Live

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Nile Wilson (GBR) – 2016 European champion on High Bar

Nile Wilson scored 15.666 on the high bar at the Rio Olympics in the Men's Gymnastics Team Final. I look forward to seeing him and Kenzo Shirai (JPN), Sam Mikulak (USA) and all of the Olympic gymnasts competing in the All-Around tomorrow.

Published on Jun 7, 2016 UEG Official – 32nd European Championships in Men's Artistic Gymnastics, Bern (SUI), May 25-28, 2016. Nile Wilson (GBR). Apparatus Finals, High Bar : 15.300 (Difficulty : 6.900 ; Execution : 8.400), European champion. Uploaded by europeangymnastics on You Tube

Nile WILSON Rings SILVER - 2016 Apparatus Finals -- Published on Apr 12, 2016 The 2016 British Championships at the Echo Arena Liverpool. Uploaded by BGtv British Gymnastics on You Tube

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Axe Excite

Would I wear men's scented deodorant?  I really might if it's as amazing smelling as Axe Excite.  For now, I think I'll stick to body spray to match his Axe deo.  Axe Excite has a noticeable coconut note with a subtle underscoring of herbaceous notes, a bit fougere like many classic men's scents.  It reminds me a bit of Naomi Campbell's original perfume.  Axe Excite also smells a whole lot better to me than Axe for Women, which is kind of a sharp, generic passion fruit-like scent, like cosmetics and skin cream.  Actually, I know a lot of guys who would prefer that, so to each their own.

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Bath & Body Works Malibu Heat

I've been wearing this all summer long since I discovered it. If you like fresh scents and coconut, you'll love this light and watery interpretation of coconut and other tropical fruits. It's a nice, simple fragrance to layer other scents with, too. I think it smells a bit like candy but it's more refreshing than sugary. This is my favorite BBW scent right now, so I hope it'll stop being limited edition one day (I think the fragrance was brought back since its launch because I've seen different packaging for it (Edited to add: I might be thinking of the Shimmering Mist)).

Malibu Heat

Top Notes: Fresh Mandarin, Juicy Orange, Crisp Pear, Succulent Pineapple
Mid Notes: Orange Blossom, Lily of the Valley, Coconut Water
Dry Notes: Coconut Milk, Creamy Vanilla, Sandalwood, Sunny Musk

Fans urged to support equestrian sport during Rio to secure Olympic future

"The Games, which kick off on Friday (5 August), are particularly important for equestrianism as the sport’s popularity will determine its future in the programme of the Olympics.

"From 29 July-28 August the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will assess how engaged fans are."

Read the article: Fans urged to support equestrian sport during Rio to secure Olympic future by Rachael Hook, Horse & Hound, August 2, 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016

Bernie Sanders Leaves Democratic Party to Return to Independent in Senate

Bernie tweeted on July 28: "Trump wants to abolish the Affordable Care Act and throw 20 million people off of health insurance. We can't let that happen. #DemsInPhilly"

Hear, hear, Bernie. If I vote for Hillary Clinton despite her position on the draft for women, the Democratic party can thank a great leader named Bernie Sanders. Thank you, Mr. Sanders, for not voting for NDAA and being a great senator for the people, too.

Dear People magazine, did Bernie Sanders say he is going to stay Independent because he has far left views? Nothing says far left like the Democratic party's BLM with their open support of radical Islamic terrorists on their web site, and senators that voted to draft women to combat roles via NDAA. To me, Bernie is MLK to the Dem party's Malcolm X. Bernie Sanders Leaves Democratic Party to Return to Independent in Senate by Stephanie Petit, July 28, 2016 People

My Senator Thinks Drafting Women Gives Equal Opportunity

"I have railed for some time against the maniacal idea of the military draft being extended to include women. Make no mistake, I oppose the draft in all forms; and think it is just as reprehensible to force men to serve and die for a cause they may or may not believe in as well. The military should be an all-volunteer army. And if it’s not, then the entire idea of liberty is nothing more than an elaborate hoax foisted on the masses. The only TRUE liberty belongs to those who cannot be drafted.

"Because when you live in a country that believes it has the right to take your sons, brothers, and fathers BY FORCE to “serve” then you don’t really live in a free country. Rather, you live in a country of freedom for the elites and slavery for the peons. Now, the United States wants to potentially expand the nationally sanctioned kidnappings to include your daughters, sisters, and mothers. The asinine concept of forced military service has been elevated to the level of “infinitely asinine.” And the most frustrating part of it all is that the elected officials in Washington are either too ignorant, or too corrupt to care." Continue reading: My Senator Thinks Drafting Women Gives Equal Opportunity by Shane Kastler, July 18, 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

President Jimmy Carter Proposes Draft Registration for Women

I didn't know Jimmy Carter wanted to draft women in the '80s, long before Hillary Clinton said she is for it, and our Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of it. There goes my respect for Carter as well. What we need is gender equity, not this kind of equality that expects people to overcome obvious biological differences for an ideological cause. Some civilizations perform female circumcision which is torture for women, but surely that is equality, too. Is it any more civilized than sending millenial women to fill combat positions?

"Description: President Jimmy Carter proposes the plan of registering women for the military draft, igniting a firestorm of discussion and controversy from men and women alike. The Senate Armed Services Committee would not support the Carter proposal, and the Supreme Court would later uphold the constitutionality of exempting women in the 1981 case Rostker v. Goldberg." President Jimmy Carter Proposes Draft Registration for Women -- Source: NBC Nightly News | Creator: John Chancellor/Judy Woodruff/Robert Hager | Event Date: 01/08/1980 | Air/Publish Date: 01/08/1980 K-12

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Who Is Charles Kinsey? Miami Police Investigating Officer Shooting Of Unarmed Black Therapist

What possibly set this police officer off -- that Charles Kinsey didn't get on his stomach as told? When people are nervous, it makes it hard to listen, as possibly evidenced by both sides of this insane scenario. We are all only human. Just because someone can't always play Simon Says 100% accurately doesn't mean they're not doing everything they can to be 100% compliant with the law. "Caretaker Charles Kinsey said he was lying down with his hands up — attempting to calm down his autistic patient — when a member of the North Miami police shot him Tuesday..." Who Is Charles Kinsey? Miami Police Investigating Officer Shooting Of Unarmed Black Therapist by Tim Marcin 07/21/16 International Business Times

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Cops: Robbers Use Pokemon Go to Find Victims

Cops: Robbers Use Pokemon Go to Find Victims Posted July 11th, 2016 by John Johnson, Newser --