Vegetarian Ideal

Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth
as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
- Albert Einstein

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. - Howard Zinn


Affirmation of life is the spiritual act by which man ceases to live thoughtlessly and begins to devote himself to his life
with reverence in order to give it true value.
— Albert Schweitzer


You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish.

You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It's their mistake, not my failing.


Teofilo Stevenson, the people's fighter

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Former Cuba's president Fidel Castro, right, poses with Teofilo Stevenson during the first Cuban Olympic Games closing games in Havana in 2002. Sven Creutzmann/Mambo Photo/Getty Images

Teofilo Stevenson, the people's fighter

Cuba’s boxing legend Teofilo Stevenson sits next to a photo of Cuba’s Revolution leader Fidel Castro in his home in Delicias in 2000. Stevenson won three Olympic medals and three world championships. Sven Creutzmann/Mambo Photo/Getty Images
Five men sit around a small table on a beach in Havana, Cuba, talking and playing dominoes. There is a relaxed seriousness to their conversation as they speak of their role in a sociopolitical experiment that has shaped their lives and the lives of their fellow Cubans.
These men are not social scientists, politicians or soldiers. They're boxers who, in their youth, brought glory to their country through the strength of their fists and the intensity of their pride. Five living witnesses to the rise of the Cuban school of boxing, a product of the Cuban Revolution that became the dominant force in amateur boxing.

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Teófilo Stevenson, right, fighting Pyotr Zaev of the Soviet Union at the 1980 Moscow Games, won 3 Olympic gold medals. Credit Associated Press

The men and their conversations serve as bookends to "The People's Fighters: Teofilo Stevenson and the Legend of Cuban Boxing," the Olympic Channel's new documentary, produced by Frank Marshall and directed and narrated by Peter Berg."It's the story of Cuba seen through the lens of boxing, which became a much bigger story than just about boxing," said Marshall, producer of such modern classics as "Back to the Future," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "The Color Purple."
The dominoes-playing caballeros are Emilio Correa Sr., Jorge Hernandez, Armando Martinez, Jose Gomez and Rolando Garbey. They are 65, 63, 56, 59 and 70 years old, respectively. Except for Garbey, they all won Olympic gold. The elder statesman of the group won silver in 1968, bronze in 1976, and eventually became a Team Cuba coach.
The sculpted bodies of their youth are gone, replaced with wrinkles, gray hair and grandpa physiques. Even so, the fighting spirit that once made them national heroes still smolders inside, as does the pride in their homeland and accomplishments.
These wise old heads, along with other Cuban voices, anchor the film and provide a first-hand and candid account of the turmoil and triumph that has been their lives.
"That was the greatest thing about it," Marshall said. "After being closed off for so long, they really had an opportunity to speak their minds. That was the best thing about it. It was wonderful. Ten years ago I could not have gone there."
Berg, whose directing credits include "Friday Night Lights," "Lone Survivor" and "Patriots Day," juxtaposed footage of both boxing and the Cuban Revolution, creating a montage indicative of how integral they were to each another.
Tanks rolling through the street of Old Havana; young boxers toiling in the gym; troops wading ashore, rifles held high above their heads; a Cuban boxer kissing a gold medal he won in a foreign land; Castro greeting him at the airport upon his return -- all signposts of a time and place gone by, when lessons should have been learned but were not.
There's even a weird clip of Castro, a notorious publicity hound, lighting a cigar for ABC Sport's Keith Jackson at the end of an amateur tournament in Havana.
That was during a brief honeymoon period, shortly after the overthrow of America-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959 and before the Bay of Pigs fiasco in 1961. Then came the Cuban Missile Crisis and the severing of diplomatic ties between the island nation and Uncle Sam.
Seeing the rapturous reception Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev received on his arrival in Cuba is a reminder of how hot the Cold War really was, and how sports were often a proxy battlefield.
Thanks to considerable support from the Soviet Union, Cuba continued to churn out high quality boxers regardless of the political climate and American embargo. Chief among them was Stevenson, a handsome, 6-foot-5 heavyweight with lights-out power in his right hand. He was the perfect centerpiece for Castro's goal of turning Cuba into an athletic juggernaut.
Those who have not seen the freakish power in Stevenson's right hand are in for a treat. The documentary celebrates his dominance with footage of Teofilo dispatching U.S. hopefuls Duane Bobick, Tyrell Briggs and John Tate with alarming ease.
Rather than the thundering herd of a Joe Frazier assault, Stevenson's finishing touch was as precise as a Zen archer's arrow. Frequently a single blow was all he needed. The men he beat to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals (1972, 1976, 1980) knew the right hand was coming but couldn't do anything about it.
Stevenson and Castro made quite an odd couple. Fidel was El Capitan, a bearded firebrand and leader of the Cuban Revolution, a mesmerizing extrovert with messianic leanings. Teofilo was El Gran Campeón, a humble man born into a family of modest means in Puerto Padre. He had smoldering good looks and was able to smite his enemies without a smidgen of hate in his heart.
"We all compared ourselves to him" said Hernandez. "I wanted to be like Teofilo Stevenson."
"He was a blood brother to all Cubans," said Correa Sr.
One of major strengths of "The People's Fighter" is allowing the story to be told from the Cuban point of view. Berg's narration is smooth and informative but never presumptuous. The opinions are those of the people on the ground, the ones that count, the real stars of the film.
The United States considered Cuba's cozy relationship with the Soviet Union a threat, but things looked different to Cubans desperate for the bare necessities.
"The Soviets lent us a hand and respected Cuba's sovereignty," said journalist Rudens Temba. "The Soviet Union was Cuba's best friend in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Its economic support allowed the country to survive."
The film also offers diverse viewpoints about the much-touted match between Stevenson and Muhammad Ali. It was a hot topic after the Cuban's success at the 1976 Olympics, but never got past the talking stage.
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Cuba's economic pipeline was turned off, and the country was plunged into a depression they call the "Special Period." It was a situation that eventually led to many of Cuba's finest boxers leaving their homeland to seek political asylum and turn professional. Some went to Europe but most found their way to the U.S. where they have met with mixed fortunes.
Stevenson died in 2012 due to a heart attack at the age of 60, a beloved hero honored almost as much for rejecting the lure of capitalism as for his ring exploits. His heavyweight successor, Felix Savon, also won three Olympic gold medals and opted to stay in Cuba, rejecting lucrative offers to fight Mike Tyson.
"Sometimes it's hard for somebody not from Cuba to understand that back then we all fought out of conviction for revolutionary principles," said Juan Hernandez Sierra, two-time Olympic silver medalist. "We had high ideas."
Today's ideas, personified by Julio Cesar La Cruz, are different.
"Personally, my role models are boxers who, for one reason or another, are not in Cuba." said La Cruz, winner of light heavyweight gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. "Back in the day we competed for honor, for our colors, for our flag above anything else. Nowadays people think differently, and, of course, making money is good."
Money remains a problem for the old champions on the beach. In their time they were the best at what they did, now they struggle to survive on an inadequate monthly stipend.
"It doesn't cover the cost of life," Martinez said.
"It's not enough, but without it we'd be screwed," said Gomez.
The Lara cars (1950 vintage American vehicles brought to Cuba before the revolution) the government gave them are plain worn out.
"From the bottom of my heart I can say that I love my car because it is a good car," Gomez said. "But it is tired. It can't fight anymore."
The houses they received are also in a state of disrepair; one so decrepit the roof recently collapsed.
"We are not criticizing the revolution," Martinez said. "We love and defend the revolution, but there are certain things that could have been done differently."
In closing segments of the documentary, film footage of the old boxers in their primes are shown, followed by shots of them mimicking the way they looked back then. For a few fleeting moments they were the people's fighters once again. And then it was time to go.
As they walked away with backs to the camera, some of them arm in arm, you knew we would never see their likes again.

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Life is a journey. Love every step.

I always consider that the shape of the future is in our hands. The past is past and can’t be changed, but the future has not yet arrived. Young people have the opportunity and responsibility to shape it by creating a better world.

Dalai LamaVerified account @DalaiLama

The kids are not all right: Depression, suicidal thoughts, bullying rates are up. Condom use is down. One out of seven high school students reports having misused a prescription opioid, according to a new CDC study.
“An adolescent’s world can be bleak. But having a high proportion of students report they had persistent feelings of hopelessness and 17 percent considering suicide is deeply disturbing.”

 3 Lessons from a psychiatrist's Notes:

- Don't jump into anyone else's drama

- Always believe in yourself 

- Don't believe everything you think



White Horses as seen by Wayne Dyer

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If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.
Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.
When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way.
The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don't know anything about.
You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with.
Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.
Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.
Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.

Wayne Dyer/Quotes


French Street Artist JR on His Work

 JR's work at the U.S.-Mexican border  CBS News

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French Street Artist JR on His Work 

French Street Artist JR on His Work, Getting Sued and the U.S. Election

JR is a self-described photographer who uses perspective photography to create unique fly-posts on walls. Often drawing inspiration from people and their life stories, JR has produced well-known works that reflect social controversies in society today.

Guerrilla Artist JR - Talk to Al Jazeera

JR is the name of a photographer whose identity is semi-anonymous. He is a 30-year-old French street artist who is plastering the world with his work. In New York, a photo booth was put up in Times Square and thousands of portraits of New Yorkers and visitors were pasted on the floor. It was part of the artist JR’s “Inside Out” project — a worldwide, million-dollar art endeavor that allows anyone to upload a portrait onto the project’s website, have it printed out by the artist and then pasted in a public place to call attention to an idea or cause.

Wrinkles Of The City: Havana, Cuba

In 2012, French artist JR and Cuban American artist José Parlá collaborated on The Wrinkles of the City - Havana, Cuba: huge mural installations undertaken for the Havana Biennale, for which JR and Parlá photographed, and recorded 25 senior citizens who had lived through the Cuban revolution; creating portraits, which Parlá interlaced with calligraphic writings and abstract painterly gestures. This is their film collaboration by the same title documenting their experience.

JR - Women Are Heroes (Brazil) - Art in the Streets - MOCAtv Ep. 3

Courtesy of JR, this classic film shows the artist's Women Are Heroes project in the Morro da Providencia flavela in Rio de Janiero, Brazil in 2008. JR's intention in Women Are Heroes is to highlight the dignity of women who occupy crucial roles in societies, and find themselves victims of wartime, street crime, sexual assault, and religious and political extremism in Africa, Brazil, India and Cambodia. The film was included in MOCA's Art in the Streets exhibition.

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To succeed in a business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business ~ John Paul Getty


Anthony Bourdain on humanity: "Meals make the society, hold the fabric together"


Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. - Lao Tzu

Anthony Bourdain on humanity: "Meals make the society, hold the fabric together in lots of ways that were charming and interesting and intoxicating to me. The perfect meal, or the best meals, occur in a context that frequently has very little to do with the food itself." RIP

Anthony Bourdain is dead of suicide at age 61.

Anthony Bourdain is dead. The chef, storyteller and Emmy-winning host of CNN's "Parts Unknown" is dead of suicide at age 61.

Is the "obesity crisis" just a disguise for a deeper problem?


Is the "obesity crisis" just a disguise for a deeper problem?

What if obesity has nothing to do with eating too much? Peter Attia, MD,
President and co-Founder of the Nutrition Science Initiative, says we
don't know enough about the science of weight gain, and that clinicians
-- and society -- should stop blaming the victims. 

Eagles' Jenkins responds to White House snub with signs

Great Protest:

Malcolm Jenkins Isn’t Speaking to the Media, Just Holding Up Signs

Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins uses homemade signs to focus on issues, not Donald Trump

The Eagles' safety got his message across with a series of handwritten signs

Instead of speaking, Malcolm Jenkins holds up signs at his locker to get his message across.

Eagles' Jenkins responds to White House snub with signs:

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  • Jamison Hensley  ESPN Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins delivered a powerful response to the defending Super Bowl champions' being disinvited to the White House without saying a word.
A day after the Eagles had been scheduled to see President Donald Trump, Jenkins held up about a dozen handwritten signs Wednesday, standing in silence as a large crowd of reporters continued to ask him questions.

Some of the signs read:
  • "You aren't listening"
  • "More than 60% of people in prison are people of color"
  • "Any given night 500,000 sit in jail. Convicted? No. Too Poor? Yes #EndCashBail"
  • "Chris Long gave his entire year's salary to educational initiatives"
  • "Colin Kaepernick gave $1 million to charity"
  • "Devin McCourty Duron Harmon, Matt Slater and Johnson Bademosi lobbied to raise the age from 7 to 12 entering the criminal justice system"
  • "in 2018 439 people shot and killed by police (thus far)"

Jenkins, who raised his fist during the national anthem, was among the Eagles who had previously indicated they wouldn't attend the White House ceremony after the Eagles won the Super Bowl.

Jenkins' lack of words became a theme of the locker room, where an estimated 75 local and national reporters left with not many answers. Players wouldn't go into detail about the conversations involving the White House trip or their thoughts on President Trump.

The team had been deliberating for weeks about how to best approach the trip to make it an experience the players could agree on and share together. A large group of Eagles players ultimately decided not to attend, including most -- if not all -- of the black players, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Monday.

In a statement, the White House said the vast majority of the Eagles team "decided to abandon their fans" for wanting to send only a small number of representatives.

After canceling the Eagles' visit, Trump decided to change the event so that it would be a celebration of the American flag, with Eagles fans and performances by the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus.

Could this start a trend of championship sports teams not visiting the White House?

ESPN reporter Tim McManus contributed to this report.

Steelers' Joe Haden has 2,000 'fire' sneakers to sell you

PITTSBURGH -- Joe Haden can use his closing speed twice this week -- chasing down passes for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and securing deals in his downtown Cleveland sneaker shop, The Restock, which undoubtedly will see a boost around Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
"The store is jumping," the ninth-year cornerback said. "People go in there right before the game trying to get Cavs stuff, LeBrons. It's a fun thing."

Haden didn't open a sneaker shop in 2014 as a low-risk side hustle. Haden and his business team hunt for rare shoe inventory with the ferocity of a corner blitz, using his seven years as a Cleveland Brown to revitalize a childhood passion.
The man knows sneakers. Growing up in Maryland, Haden recalls never having allowance or good-grades money left over because he'd blow it on fresh Jordans in the 4 a.m. sale lines of Shoe City.
Now 29, Haden has a personal stash that includes about 800 sneakers with enough flavorful colors to inspire a Baskin-Robbins franchise. But Haden estimates he has poured about $200,000 into his store after costs, salaries, build-out and the more than 2,000 sneaker pairs in the shop.
"I only keep fire shoes in there," Haden said.
The game is simple: Use connections to acquire rare but popular "fire" at reasonable prices. Restock obtains already-sold shoes as a "second-chance shop" of sorts, according to store manager Joe Wisniewski.
These pricey pairs don't come wholesale. Nike, Adidas and others have wised up, Haden said, noting the coveted, limited-release shoes are usually won through raffles then lost somewhere in a leather-and-nylon vortex.
That's when Haden's team pounces, working with collectors who handle big bulk, tapping into online marketplaces and betting on collector's items appreciating in value.
"[Shoppers] have to go to the resales -- they have to come to us," Haden said. "I've got the Yeezys in there, and if Flight Club is selling them for $1,200, I'm selling mine for $900. I'm not tripping. I'd rather keep the rare inventory coming through than try to make a few extra dollars per shoe."
Haden relies heavily on his team, Wisniewski and Dave VanGleson, to handle the day-to-day business. Both are sneaker-heads whom Haden recruited because of their expertise, moving VanGleson's store from Cleveland's Coventry neighborhood to the downtown area.
Haden appears in the store often and handles marketing on bigger connections, but Wisniewski said the group tries to minimize Haden's involvement to alleviate any potential stress.
Haden's access to famous friends definitely helps. He took teammates Terrell Edmunds and Ryan Shazier into the shop in recent weeks. Cavs players frequent Restock, Wisniewski said.
Pointed out to him that many professional athletes have thrown money at failed car washes or restaurants, Wisniewski makes it clear.

"The Hadens are not your typical athlete businessmen," Wisniewski said of Joe and his family. "Very detailed and on top of things."
Haden has used part of his $82 million in career earnings as a Pro Bowl cornerback to launch Haden Properties, which runs various businesses, including a gym in his native Maryland and real estate.
Those ventures have done well, Haden said, so initially he didn't want to dump too much empty money into a shoe business. But the plan is working, so Haden sits back and savors the soles.
"I’m at that point now where I’m not reinvesting," Haden said. "What we’re making [in the store], that allows us to get more inventory and sell it."


Awkwafina x Margaret Cho - GREEN TEA



New EP "In Fina We Trust" Dropping June 8th!!

"Green Tea" a collaboration between Awkwafina and Margaret Cho in celebration of WOMANHOOD and APAHM Month. @Awkwafina @MargaretCho

Written By: Awkwafina and Margaret Cho

Directed By: @Tonykfilms (

Music By: @Drigsmusic ( IG: drigsybaby)

Engineer + Mixing: Andrew Krivonos at The Brewery Studio

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 She was on with Trevor Noah, The Daily Show, 6 - 6 - 2018