Dictator Fidel Castro’s sudden death drove one of the last nails into the coffin of a vanishing ideology, relic of the twentieth century. from which Cuba continues to wake from after decades of communist-socialist rule.
Since 1959 when the Marxist-Leninist Castro brothers and their motley, renegade, rebel group that included Argentinian Che Guevara came out of hiding in the Sierra Maestra mountains ruthlessly taking power from corrupt brutal dictator Fulgencio Batista giving the poor people of Cuba a moment of respite.
History has yet make judgement which of the two dictators was more nasty in depriving average, ordinary Cubans an opportunity to enjoy the freedoms that North Americans take for granted everyday.
Many older Cubans still remember the thousands the new communist regime detained, arrested, imprisoned, and tortured for decades or were summarily executed without trial by Castro’s busy firing squads within the first days of the new regime.
The Castro brothers have a lot to account for even if they did some good for the Cuban people meanwhile, enriching themselves beyond their wildest dreams and almost starting WW3 when they allowed the Soviet Union to place nukes in Cuba sparking the infamous Cuban Missile Crisis.
Today Fidel is dust while Raul continues to rule with an iron fist until he finally retires very soon to be replaced by new blood, a new generation, that grew up under brutal Castro rule.
This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”VANISH”.
A bit of humor in a very relaxed environment helped relieve any stress that the participants at the lively cocktail had after they arrived at the hotel.
The scene was a small business event put on by some local entrepreneurs to foster more networking leading to increase sales for everybody that came and participated in this venue.
A little bit of munchies, some finger food, and wine or bottled mineral water complimented by interesting, knowledgeable guest speakers who were experts in their field providing valuable information on running successful businesses made for a very exciting evening.
This my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”RELAX”.
The telephone directory was his magic book because it had information on everything that anyone would want somewhere on one of its pages all anybody had to do is thumb through it to find it.
It was a magic book because it made money for this speaker that his company would conjure up in his bank account every two weeks if he expanded his sales to interested customers wanting to sell more of their goods to clients who found them in the new directory.
The scene was a small business networking group and the speaker represented a competitor to the famed Yellow Pages that dominated the market for this type of convenience until the smart cell-phone and Internet made it pretty well obsolete.
As you can see that directory certainly contained a lot of information judging from how fat it looks in my picture meaning that a lot of businesses were listed in it.
Probably it was less expensive to do so compared to the Yellow Pages therefore it was popular with customers.
This is my contribution for the WP weekly photo challenge:”MAGIC”.
Dutch culture is very evident in this picture depicting selected architectural icons of related to the city of Amsterdam and the Netherlands.
It is also a part of her ethnic background and featured now in her “Storyscapes” Solo Exhibit.
This mostly black and white photography collage composition employing acrylic paints is one of the works of Canadian artist Denise Buisman Pilger, originally from the Netherlands, who is steadily gaining international recognition for it.
While visiting the Viva Vida Art Gallery in Pte Claire on Friday I spotted a few familiar faces also instantly recognizing Denise who was exhibiting her new Storyscapes collection of various cities at this gallery.
Because photography is my preferred medium allowing me much creativity and goes extremely well with my writing I immediately took a liking to what Denise had done and I love it the more after viewing all her works.
Her wonderful photography containing familar landmarks and heritage sites in numerous international cities immediately captures our attention to her skillful use of graphic black and white complimented with a smidgen of color to accentuate the images.
This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”CULTURE”.
Once vibrant and fresh this faded orange infected with colonies of turquoise-white-grey “Penicillium” mold that has penetrated its orange-colored skin and contaminated the wonderful citrus fruit beneath.
Now this orange is also soft where the mold has settled in and the fruit most likely has a moldy “off” taste not the sweet tangy citrus it had before because the mold spores have infiltrated the flesh and juice.
There literally thousands of mold species and these fungi reproduce by producing massive numbers of tiny invisible spores floating in the air waiting to settle down that we only become aware of when they form large colorful colonies.
These fungi colonies grow multicellular thread-like structures called hyphae that interconnect forming what is called a mycelium.
Molds biodegrade natural organic things and are a leading cause of food spoilage unless refrigerated at low temperatures below 4 °C (39 °F).
Never-the-less mold spore contaminated organic things may appear normal because molds can remain dormant for long time only showing itself when appropriate conditions happen for it to do so.
This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”FADED”.
A chaotic manifestation of the concerned celebrating Earth Day about a decade ago involved trade unionists, Marxist-Leninist fractions, communist activists, Quebec Solidaire party members, other leftists, climate change cadres, the Refuse movement fighting the Hydro-Quebec utility “smart meters”, and plain average ordinary folks out for a walk or enjoying the fine weather
As my picture shows, it was a mass demonstration of Quebec citizens unhappy with the climate change question fearing that the world as they knew it was about to come to an abrupt catastrophic end.
Some of these people were so caught up in it they started to believe that the return of biblical times was happening and that Noah and the Ark would suddenly appear.
The intense fear-mongering and propaganda that the controlled mass media spread about uncontrolled arctic ice melting leading to mass flooding made it sound like the Apocalypse.
Everyday they saw images of polar bear cubs struggling to survive on bits of ice because of rising water from melted glaciers or a New York city submerged with only the Statue of Liberty’s torch bearing arm sticking out, it was enough to scare the sh.t out of the ignorant and uneducated who happened to view this propaganda on their TVs or heard something on radio.
According to what famed climate guru Al Gore and those esteemed “expert” scientists like David Suzuki our Earth could only be saved by an infusion of $$$billions from taxes levied by our “gooberments” and sent to a special United Nations save our planet (“slush”) fund otherwise, we would all be under several feet of cold water.
Decades later, we are still here and that climatologists siren song continues to be heard gladly disseminated by the controlled mass media, who have been temporarily interrupted by the “Fake News” issue.
This very “important” pressing issue emerged after the election of Donald Trump for US president, go figure!
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”CHAOTIC”.
The Christmas season is almost here and the pungent smell of fresh-cut Pine trees ready to use lingers in the air near where they are sold to busy shoppers desiring a real tree for their home.
Thousand of young pine trees from tree farms are available because the demand for real has revived recently compared to not so long ago when store-bought imported artificial assemble-it-yourself variety was in favor.
Awhile ago the artificial tree was the ecologically correct thing because it saved forests, was cheaper to buy, no need to water the tree so it wouldn’t dry up, no mess from dry pine needles to clean up, it was less of a fire hazard, you could reuse the artificial tree instead of having to it out after Christmas, and you saved money not buying a new fresh pine each year.
As history has already shown us new is not necessary better and what is tried and proven does come back because of nostalgia or because marketers push it as a new fashion that everybody must have to be accepted as being “in”.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”PUNGENT”.
Ready to jump into action, the anticipation exhibited by this little guy is very evident as carefully and patiently watches and observes every thing that is happening in the local supermarket parking lot.
The seagull and his buddies have the whole area staked out to swoop down on any tasty morsel of food that their sharp eyes can spot and they are not fussy about what it looks like.
Seagulls are useful scavengers, who remain year round everywhere there is something they can eat and competition amongst them is sometimes incredible, fights for scraps of food are common with dominant individuals getting the lion’s share.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”ANTICIPATION”.
Although not the most aromatic amongst common flowers during the summer the Peonies are native to Asia, Europe and Western North America.
Apparently, there are a several species some say over 30 known species however, nobody even the scientists are sure of the exact number of varieties and how to really distinguish every single type.
These flowers in addition to giving a very pleasant fragrance are chock full of interesting compounds and ingredients some known beneficial to us.
According to one source there are almost 300 compounds already extracted including flavonoids, tannins, phenols, steroids which may play roles as antioxidants and antipathogents that can help our immune, nervous, and cardiovascular systems ward off sickness.
Insects also love Peonies because of their abundance of nectar that forms on the outside of the large flower buds therefore, during the summer you can see much activity by ants, bees, and wasps which also helps propagate the plant’s own growth.
This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”AROMATIC”.
It’s not this time of year without Santa heck, there would be no wild drinking parties and stuff if he didn’t exist also the economy would suffer because manufacturers would produce less goods and merchants sell very little.
No, the jolly old elf had to be conjured up so kids would get their Christmas gifts and booze companies could produce gazillions of liters of liquor to sell clubs and bars allowing their regulars, the thirsty drunks, get themselves plastered giving employment for law enforcement to
ticket drunks so lawyers could defend them in the courts giving judges..
New York city marketers created Santa last century to sell their wares and he has been a success ever since selling all sorts of stuff to their brainwashed shoppers eager to please their families and friends with Christmas gifts meanwhile, “improving” international banks annual profits.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”IT’S NOT THIS TIME OF YEAR WITHOUT”.