Quote of the day

Once you are in a relationship you start taking each other for granted. That’s what destroys all love affairs. The woman thinks she knows the man, the man thinks he knows the woman. Nobody knows either. It is impossible to know the other, the other remains a mystery. And to take the other for granted is insulting, disrespectful.

To think that you know your wife is very very ungrateful. How can you know the woman? How can you know the man? They are processes, they are not things. The woman that you knew yesterday is not there today. So much water has gone down the Ganges; she is somebody else, totally different. Relate again, start again, don’t take it for granted.

And the man that you slept with last night, look at his face again in the morning. He is no more the same person, so much has changed. So much, incalculably much, has changed.

That is the difference between a thing and a person. The furniture in the room is the same, but the man and the woman, they are no more the same. Explore again, start again.

That’s what I mean by relating.



Meanwhile, over on Planet Japan

It was only a few days ago that the Japanese government’s Financial Services Agency published its oddly-titled “Annual Report on Ageing Society”.

(Like everything in Japan, English translations often hilariously miss the mark…)

This is a report that the Ministry of Finance puts out every year. And as the name implies, the report discusses the state of Japan’s pension fund, and its future prospects for taking care of its senior citizens.

Bear in mind that Japan has the oldest population in the world; Japan ranks #2 in the world for average age (46.9, just behind Monaco), #1 in the world for the greatest percentage of citizens over the age of 70, and #1 in the world for life expectancy.

In a nutshell, this means that Planet Japan has more people collecting pension benefits, for more years, than anywhere else.

Yet at the same time, Japan’s pension fund is completely insolvent. There simply aren’t enough people paying into the system to make good on the promises that have been made.

At present there are only 2 workers paying into the pension program for every 1 retiree receiving benefits in Japan.

The math simply doesn’t add up, and it’s only getting worse. Planet Japan’s birth rate is infamously low, and the population here is actually DECLINING.

So, fast forward another 10-15 years, and there will be even MORE people collecting pension benefits, and even FEWER people paying into the system.

This year’s ‘Annual Report on Ageing Society’ plainly stated this reality; it was a brutally honest assessment of Japan’s underfunded pension program.

The report went on to tell people that they needed to save their own money for retirement because the pension fund wouldn’t be able to make ends meet.

This terrified a lot of Japanese workers and pensioners.

So the government stepped in to quickly solve the problem… by making the report disappear.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologized for the report, calling it “inaccurate and misleading.”

And Finance Minister Taro Aso– himself a pensioner at age 78 (though in typical Japanese form he looks like he’s 45)– simply un-published the report.

It’s no longer available for download on the website. It just went away. Finance Minister Aso-san followed that up by saying the report was inappropriate because it used words like ‘shortfall’.

I find this so incredible; it’s not like this pension problem is a tiny issue quietly lurking in the corner. This is an ENORMOUS challenge. And they’re pretending like it doesn’t exist.

It’s as if Godzilla is rampaging through Tokyo and everyone just plugs their ears singing “lalalalalala”.

Obviously this is not an issue that exists solely on Planet Japan. Most of the world has insolvent pensions.

Worldwide, the total public and private pension gap is tens of TRILLIONS of dollars. Nearly every government and corporate pension has made promises it cannot keep.

In the United States alone, the government’s own calculations estimate that Social Security is underfunded by $53.8 TRILLION.

And the problem isn’t getting any better. Birth rates keep falling, and for the first time, next year, the worker-to-retiree ratio will reach 2.7, below the necessary 2.8 workers to sustain the program.

Europe is no better off. For example, Greece and Russia have ALREADY had to make adjustments to their pension payouts.

It’s clear as day: pensions are promises that governments will not be able to keep.

Eventually, it’s a reality people are going to face. And most countries – like the US, Japan and most of Europe – willfully and dangerously chose to ignore it.

So here is the news: the younger you are, the more likely you’ll spend your entire career paying into a pension system that won’t be there when it’s your turn to collect.

That makes it even more important to save.

While every country has different rules, there are always ways to make sure you don’t become a victim of someone else’s stupidity.

Annuities in Australia, RRSPs in Canada and solo 401(k)s in the United Statesare just a few of these options that give you much more flexibility than a traditional retirement account.

You could buy cash-producing real estate or start a side business selling something on Amazon, and stuff all that extra income into tax-advantageous retirement funds.

Even if governments somehow find a miraculous way to save the system, you’ll never be worse off having set aside more money for retirement.

But it’s a near mathematical certainty that most government-sponsored retirement funds are going bust. Taking matters into your own hands is the obvious solution that absolutely everybody should consider.

Not too shabby for a place with no natural resources…

There are truly so many things to love about Hong Kong.

Most visitors would probably gush about the exotic night life or legendary cuisine (the Cantonese, they say, eat anything with four legs… except the table.)

All of those things are fine and good. But at the top of my own list of things that I love about Hong Kong is that this place is a veritable monument to the awe-inspiring forces of capitalism.

When Hong Kong was handed over to the British in 1897, it was nothing more than a remote fishing village with a handful of illiterate peasants.

Within a few decades it would grow to be one of the most modern and prosperous places on planet.

There’s no secret its success: Hong Kong has long been famous for being one of the freest places in the world, where free market capitalism reigned supreme instead of bureaucratic stooges.

Talented entrepreneurs came here because they knew they would be unconstrained to build, achieve, and create value, where the only limitation was the extent of their own ambition.

You can still see it everywhere; Hong Kong has the highest concentration of skyscrapers in the world with world-leading infrastructure that cuts through mountains and beneath the sea with ease and sophistication.

And the prosperity here is boundless. Hong Kong enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the world and one of the highest GDPs per capita.

Banks here are extremely liquid and well-capitalized. Plus the government has minimal debt and is awash with cash despite having one of the world’s lowest tax rates.

That’s not too shabby for a place that has virtually zero natural resources.

All of this success is due in large part to Hong Kong’s freedom; and that freedom has become a cultural value here, something that people cherish. When it’s under threat, they protect it.

Over the weekend while I was here, people in Hong Kong staged a MAJOR protest, estimated at more than 1 million people. That’s more than 10% of the entire population.

They were out in the streets protesting against a new law that will make it easier to extradite political dissidents to mainland China– something the locals here find morally reprehensible.

They’ve been fighting against growing influence from the mainland ever since the British handed control back to China in 1997.

China promised to keep its hands off for at least 50 years, but they haven’t kept that promise, and the communist party has been slowly sinking its teeth into Hong Kong ever since.

Every time that happens, people in Hong Kong fight back, en masse, to safeguard their prized freedoms.

But as hard as they fight, they can also see the writing on the wall: the Chinese government is not going to stop chipping away at the liberties that made Hong Kong what it is.

So they instinctively know that they need a Plan B.

Having a Plan B is not about Doom and Gloom. It’s an insurance policy against future risks, no different than insuring your home against a fire.

Obviously no one expects their home to catch fire, or lies awake at night terrified that everything is going to burn to the ground.

We purchase insurance policies because it’s a sensible thing to do. And then we go on with our lives.

That’s a Plan B. And for many people, a big part of that is having a second residency– so that if things ever take a turn for the worst in their home country, they have a place to go with their families to live, work and continue prospering.

People understand that intuitively here. Even the weekend edition of the local paper had a front-page report about real estate in Canada– which is a popular investment here.

They buy overseas property as an investment… and a way to obtain residency (there are many countries where buying real estate entitles you to residency)

So if things in Hong Kong remain good, their foreign investment property will generate cash flow and appreciate in value. That’s a win.

But if things take a turn for the worst, they already have a place to go– a home, with legal residency, where they can relocate in a matter of hours. That’s an even bigger win.

This is an absolutely sensible precaution that anyone in the world who has the means should consider.

Quote of the day

Life is interdependence. Nobody is independent, not for a single moment can you exist alone. You need the whole existence to support you; each moment you are breathing it in and out. It is not relationship, it is utter interdependence. Remember, I am not saying it is dependence, because the idea of dependence again presumes that we are independent. If we are independent then dependence is possible. But both are impossible; it is interdependence.

What do you say? Are waves independent from the ocean or are they dependent on the ocean? Neither is true. They are the ocean, neither independent nor dependent. The ocean cannot exist without the waves, the waves cannot exist without the ocean. They are utterly one, it is a unity.

And so is our whole life. We are waves of a cosmic ocean of consciousness.



Outlawed bread chemicals in Europe are somehow considered perfectly safe by FDA in the USA

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(Natural News) Would you eat something from a container labeled “Explosives” or “Petroleum Products” or “Pesticides?” We didn’t think so, but you do, and probably daily, if you live in the United States and eat non-organic bread. You might as well be digging into one of those bio-hazard containers when you open that bread bag and grab a few slices, or get that conventional burger, hot dog, bagel, pizza, chicken sandwich, quesadilla, or sub roll. The dough “conditioners” are industrial applications used to keep it all white, soft and “fresh” looking, but the short-and-long-term health implications you don’t even want to hear about, much less incur.

Potassium bromate (an oxidizer also called bromate flour) helps bread rise while fueling cancer cells of the kidneys and thyroid. Azodicarbonamide (ACA or “AZO”), the chemical compound used to make those bubbles in plastic and foam, is also used to bleach bread white. The human consumption implication? Again, cancer.

BREAD CHEMICALS: Brazil, China, and European Union ban obvious cancer-causing industrial chemicals from their bread

Most humans would object to eating industrial chemicals, if they knew about them in the first place, and had any self-control and value of life. It’s just plain common sense, but who really knows the truth here in the U.S.A., where the FDA and CDC do the exact OPPOSITE of what they are supposed to do, which would be to keep consumers safe and healthy. Here, the FDA and CDC collude with big business and purposely approve and help promote food and medicine that contain known carcinogens, nervous system disruptors, and cancer-causing agents.

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In other major developed nations around the globe, the government’s regulatory agencies guard the health of their citizens, but in the USA, it’s a huge money maker to fool consumers into eating chemicals and then taking chemical medicine for the pain, anxiety and anguish. In China, the U.K., and Brazil, they outlaw chemicals in bread, and have done so for decades.

Mountains of scientific evidence prove chemicals in food cause cancer and dementia. That goes for bleach, pesticides, and foaming agents. Still, the FDA lies and says they’re too broke to examine the problems. Wait, what? That’s what you’re paid to do.

McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Subway already ADMITTED they were using questionable chemicals in their bread for years

The “big guns” had to remove the “AZO” (Azodicarbonamide) chemical from their bread formulas thanks to the “Food Babe” Vani Hari, who’s relentless assault of paperwork and research forced them to fess up and lose some of the cancer food, but most fast food is laced with pesticides that kill weeds, bugs, rats and humans anyway. So there’s that.

How many companies have phased out deadly bread chemicals? We may never know, because the FDA promotes them, lying and claiming they’re “generally recognized as safe.” By who, the people that already died of cancer from eating them? Who’s in “compliance” now? The CDC won’t help either. They approve mercury in vaccines and recommend them for 6-month-young infants and pregnant mothers. What a farce.

Regulatory agencies in the U.S.A. are paid NOT to look into dangerous ingredients in common foods, including bread, grains, pasta, children’s cereals and infant formula. The Biotechnology industry led by Bayer/Monsanto also runs the FDA with former CEOs, VPs and lobbyists who love FDA’s open door policy. U.S. bread is LOADED with pesticides, bleach, and GMOs.

BHA and BHT preservatives in bread lengthen shelf life while shortening human life, but the FDA doesn’t care at all

Subject to strict restrictions overseas, BHA and BHT are commonly used in baked goods here in America. While causing cancer tumors in humans and lab-tested animals, these chemical food agents keep mold from growing so quickly on bread, making the most popular bread companies a fortune. In so many words, these companies couldn’t care any less about their consumer’s health, since they know good and well they’re “killing them softly” with chemicals (pun intended). Maybe that’s why they call it “Wonder” bread, because you have to wonder what happens to your health after you eat it.

Industrial food agents are just like canola oil, they never spoil because they’re not really food, they’re chemicals. That’s why nearly every pre-mixed salad at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Wegmans is loaded with canola oil. It’s all about the money.

Then, the FDA always lies and says there’s not enough BHA, or BHT, or bleach, or canola acid (rape seed oil), or AZO to make you sick or give you cancer. Really? How does the FDA know how much of these chemicals 200 million Americans are eating daily? Last we heard, they were so broke they couldn’t research chemicals in our bread, so how did they find the money, time, and research hours to know all this? Maybe “GRAS” doesn’t really stand for “generally recognized as safe” but rather “generally recognized as sickening.”

Tune in to FoodSupply.news for updates on how the FDA undermines public health and fuels disease and disorder in this country.

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♪Iggy Pop – China Girl (originale – 1977)

Betcha never heard this version 🙂   Cheers!


Iggy Live:

♪ My little China girl
You shouldn’t mess with me
I’ll ruin everything you are
You know, I’ll give you television
I’ll give you eyes of blue
I’ll give you men who want to rule the world
And when I get excited
My little China girl says
Oh baby, just you shut your mouth
She says, sh-shhhhhh
She says, sh-shhhhhhh
She says
She says ………..♪