A SPECIAL FISH

In the oriental culture and more specifically in the Japanese one, the koi carp is a highly appreciated and respected animal, not only for its beauty as a colorful fish but above all because it embodies and symbolizes numerous values ​​and virtues, as well as being the bearer of good luck in general. The carp (“Koi” in Japanese precisely) is always on the move and is considered one of the fish with more energy and strength. It is also able to swim against the current, and this is interpreted both as a nonconformist representation (the strength not to go with the current, but to follow one’s own path independently from the rest) and as a strength to overcome adversity.
A Chinese legend (territory of origin of the carp symbol) tells that a brave and persevering carp managed to climb the waterfall located on the Dragon’s door, along the Yellow River, overcoming obstacles and evil spirits. The gods, impressed by so much courage, transformed her into a great dragon, acquiring the gift of immortality. The meaning of this legend underlines that anyone, thanks to willpower and after many efforts and sacrifices, can also reach important results by accomplishing great deeds. In China and especially in Japan, carp is the symbol of courage and perseverance.
The Nishikigoi is a species born and developed in Japan, a place where carp were kept in ponds as the main food source during the harsh winters that isolated the mountain countries. Beyond the legend, the history of this species has its roots in the period in which it was discovered that various specimens of Nishikigoi had different color pigments. At that moment, the selection and breeding of this species began for purely aesthetic reasons. Thus it was that over the centuries many varieties of Koi Carp were created. I will mention only some of the most frequent: Kohaku, Sanke, Showa, Chagoi, Hi Utsuri, Shiro Utsuri, Goshiki, Kikusui and Shiro Bekko. You should also know that some specimens, characterized by specific colors, can easily exceed one meter in length.
They are docile and love the company of man, have sinuous and elegant movements, and sport bright liveries: they are the Koi carp which, like all gentle creatures, come from Japan (to be precise, from Niigata). They are specimens that grow quickly (from 15 cm to 40-45 cm in about three years) up to even one meter in length, weighing more than 30 kg and with a life expectancy of 50-60 years! If you always feed her in the same spot in the pond, the Koi will learn to recognize you and will rush to take the feed directly from your hands. However, it would be better not to caress it, because the protective mucus of the scales is altered.

POLICEMEN AND DOCTORS AGAINST THE VACCINE

THEY WANT YOUR CHILDREN

You look at her face. You will know why they want to turn them off from an early age. Because they are insisting on manipulating what is born pure. They know what a trained mind can create. They know exactly what a trained body can do. They do not doubt half a second on what man can be if he only focuses his intention. Today’s youth have incredible characteristics. Many already respond to a higher consciousness even if they don’t know it. So just imagine what someone whose attention is directed to their Self can become. This is why the system wants to reset any capacity for critical and creative sense. Because they are the only variables capable of disintegrating it. If a boy detaches himself from the illusion, if he only aims to become what he is, then he is no longer controllable. Neither from those “sages” that he finds himself as trainers, nor from the system that trained those sages. You can no longer tell it to yourself by giving up responsibility. It is you parents who suffer the bugbear of the virus and pour it on them. They would never have had similar fears if they had seen different examples, different minds, different awarenesses. Instead you are fulfilling the directives of a massacre. You are the substitute for madness. I have already written that many will pay the consequences. But today the point is: are you protecting them or are you taking them with you to the depths of oblivion?

A LETTER TO THAT GIRL

I hope you are well, enchanting Sunday morning girl, and that you still dominate the others singing celestial songs in the choir of some kind of village church, and that in your eyes all the blue beauty of that slight ambiguity is still preserved. I never told you, girl, but I had a notebook full of your name, words that drew your profile; the fringe of your forehead, the dark violins of your eyelashes, the precision of your nose, the red kiss tattooed on your lips, the majesty of your neck, the sweetest protrusion of your breast, and that din, that beautiful breaking of precious crystals, that unforgettable flight of butterflies that you provoked me every time you turned to look at me, giving me a brief existence in the coolness of your life.

SCARY HOMES

The Japanese call them jiko bukken, literally, “damaged houses”. Vague term, which includes all sorts of issues that can contribute to a rent reduction. But almost always it is about the presence of obake: ghosts. The Japanese are very superstitious and – contrary to what we are led to believe following a certain literary tradition – also very fearful. No couple would think of choosing – deliberately – a house where a murder was committed, or the old tenant committed suicide, or that was the scene of violent crime. But times have changed, and with the economic crisis, made heavier by the pandemic, we cannot afford to give up “opportunities”. And that’s why recently there are real estate agencies, and internet sites, which openly advertise these “cursed” but super discounted houses. Which are literally snapped up.
A haunted house (or haunted house) is a dwelling that is believed to be involved in alleged supernatural events or paranormal phenomena. In popular tradition, a haunted house can be haunted by ghosts, poltergeists, or malevolent entities such as demons. Haunted houses are often believed to be inhabited by deceased spirits who are presumed to have been previous inhabitants or had some familiarity with the property. The alleged supernatural activity inside these houses is mainly associated with violent or tragic events that would have occurred within them, such as homicides, accidental deaths or suicides, in the recent or remote past. In many cultures and religions it is believed that the essence of a human being such as the soul continues to exist after death. Some people hold the belief that the spirits of the departed who have not passed into the afterlife may in some cases become trapped inside the dwellings where their memories and energy are strong. The entities that would infest the houses are believed to be manifested by noises, or as apparitions, or by moving or throwing physical objects. These manifestations are sometimes presented as “poltergeist activity”, ie “noisy spirits”. Traditionally the method used to drive unwelcome spirits from a home is exorcism.
The look of a haunted house of fiction can range from a decaying European feudal castle to a modern suburban home, although old residences are used more often. There are numerous places that tradition has it haunted in various countries of the world. In England, these places include London (with the greatest activity due to its population), Derby (elected “British Ghost Capital” by the BBC), Manchester, Wigan and most notably Liverpool, which has been featured on the ghost hunters’ map by novels by Tom Slemon. Like most European countries, Italy too has a solid popular tradition in the field of haunted houses. The places believed to be inhabited or visited by paranormal presences are hundreds, distributed throughout the territory.
Haunted houses (commonly referred to as horror houses) have become a typical theme of popular entertainment structures that are generally part of amusement parks, fairs or playgrounds; these attractions can be open all year round or on special occasions (Halloween) for fun purposes. The typical setting includes cobwebs, skeletons or other paraphernalia traditionally associated with haunted houses. The patrons are led along an obligatory path and exposed to scary sights and sounds. Some volunteers or mannequins, hidden inside the structure, suddenly appear scaring the patrons. Among the many symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are depression, dementia, emotional disturbances and hallucinations. Many phenomena usually associated with haunted houses, such as strange visions, sudden feelings of discomfort or despair, up to the apparently inexplicable death of all the occupants of the building, can be attributed to the effects of carbon monoxide.
The Shining is a pivotal film in the horror genre and, above all, one of the greatest examples of the haunted house theme. The Shining is the film that Stanley Kubrick based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name and which will air this evening at 9.33 pm on Iris. The film has always been talked about: on the one hand for the hatred between King and Kubrick, on the other for the “abuse” that the protagonist said she suffered and which ruined her health. But The Shining is a film that has also made the history of cinema and that above all represents perhaps the best example of that vein of the horror genre concerning houses and haunted places in general.

BATES MOTEL

Halfway between horror and thriller, Anthony Cipriano scripts and produces a TV series now in its fifth season, which purports to serve as a prequel to the well-known Hitchcockian masterpiece Psycho, the story centers on Norman Bates’ childhood and adolescence. He will delve deeply into his relationship with his mother and with his violent lover until he understands how these bad relationships have influenced his being an adult, so much so that he becomes the best-known serial killer owner of motels in history.

STORY OF A FIREMAN

Dust and a window on the sea.
Memory leaves no room for silence.

December:
my role advancement exam takes place.
An important milestone.
A red helmet.

Around mid-January,
I am transferred to a new command.
I began to work hard, to give my best, as I have always done, and I receive a letter of praise from the Commander.

May:
Dust.
A window on the sea.
Memory leaves no room for silence.

Everything stops.

Internal bleeding.

Today my ordeal begins.

July:
First surgery and after a few days
I'm finally going home.
October:
Colon reconstruction surgery.
December:
Rebbocco, last intervention.

Dust and silence.
There is no room for memory.
The red helmet has dust.
The means are at a standstill.
The blue lights, do not blink.
The sirens don't sound.
My heart, it lost its beats.
I'm scared.
I have courage.

January:
I find that the evil has not finished with me and in April,
my left kidney is removed.

Dust and silence, without ever losing your smile.

The throbbing pains, block my breath.

I close my eyes with gritted teeth, thinking back to what I have done in life.
To the friends who are here, to those who have left me.
To the people I love and to those I have loved.
To the arms that I embraced.
To the words I've never forgotten.
And I keep hoping.
And I keep smiling and fighting.

An internal infection tried to lead me to death.
But in September, they save my life.

I am still fighting.
I am still suffering.
I am still smiling.
I am still living.

My name is Michele,
I'm a team leader of the fire brigade.
I blew the dust off.
I wiped the tears of smoke from my eyes.
I stroked the head of those asking for help.
I've learned not to give up.
I have learned to love.
Not to lose the smile, even in pain.
I'm a man.
And I'm still alive.
I won.

Never give up, because every day more, in this life ...
It's a new sky,
that can give love.

Be afraid and then ...
Have courage.

 

THEY EAT YOUR BRAINS

I’m not talking about zombies, I’m talking about Marketing and Government.

EDWARD BERNAYS. Just to get a clearer idea of ​​who we are talking about, you should know that Bernays was on the commission organized by the American government which had the aim of convincing Americans to go to war in the First World War. It was, to be clear, the commission that had produced the famous poster that depicted Uncle Sam with his finger pointing and with the words "I want you for U. S. Army". He was also the one who, through a mass and perfectly organized advertising strategy, led women to love cigarettes; this, of course, behind the request and remuneration of the American Tobacco Company. He was also responsible for many advertising campaigns for companies such as General Electric, General Motors, Procter & Gamble and of course many others.
The people can only delude themselves that they can come to power. In fact, thanks to the new propaganda and manipulation techniques it is not only possible to keep it at bay but, even, its libertarian impulses can be exploited to further increase the advantages of the elite itself. Like? By inculcating in the mass new beliefs and new doctrines of course. And here we finally come to understand, in a definitive way, what propaganda is through the textual words of Bernays:

"Propaganda is the executive organ of the invisible government."
Everything you think you think and then Twitter you may not have thought of it. The influence of the Russians has nothing to do with it: very Italian companies of IT professionals are able to manipulate opinions on social networks, for example by imposing certain issues to the general attention, as if everyone were talking about them, while a network to "push" them of computers. The experiment carried out, in spite of himself, by a reporter from the Agi news agency, was sensational, suddenly and without particular reasons, famous for a day. It was enough for a group of hackers to launch its name on the Net (in the form of slogans, the so-called hashtags) to enter in a flash among the "trend topics" on Twitter, ie the most discussed topics of the moment on the microblog platform. For months Arcangelo Rociola has investigated fake news factories and fake bots, networks of false users who retweet the same message, a digital echo that deceives the social network manager. «David Puente and I, - says the journalist referring to a well-known buffalo hunter on the Net - we discovered that behind one of these networks there seems to be an IT company in Rome. A group of hackers fighting against the manipulation of social networks has hacked their computers and contacted me via the web to let me know. I asked them for proof and in a short time they spread my name thousands of times, making me enter the list of trending topics on Twitter ».

The episode is proof of the disconcerting ease with which people with a certain computer skills can manipulate social networks, which have now become one of the main channels through which the public is informed.


Influencing information on social networks is first and foremost a business.

Even more insidious is the case of fake bots, which endlessly reproduce a tweet, often made by a real person, but attributing it to fake users. "To fabricate these false identities - explains Puente - they also took photos of real users, a consultant from the Ministry of Health, a former candidate from Italy of the values ​​I knew, totally without their knowledge".


Points the finger: «To find out who they work for, we need an investigation by the authorities. It is marketing available to those who pay and I am convinced that it can influence the electoral campaign: it is not necessary to convince everyone, it may be enough for them to move a percentage point ».

VEGETARIANISM AND PROSECCO WAR

 

I don't tell anyone to become a vegetarian or vegan. I alone say that inside meat there are many medicines and I feel them and also in vegetables there are pesticides. So even if you become a vegetarian you will absorb the medicines they spray on the plants. The ideal is to have your own garden, away from plantations, and to be able to grow vegetables without using any type of pesticide. Eat legumes instead of meat. Wheat is all genetically modified, so bread and pasta and anything made with flour often causes intolerances and hurts. To make me feel good, my grandmother gave me chicory broth, very bitter but very healthy.
I DON'T TEACH ANYONE NOT TO DRINK PROSECCO BUT I INFORM PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT PROSECCO CONTAINS.
IN ADDITION TO THE SULPHITES, WHICH ARE USED BY MANY WINERIES, THE PROSECCO GRAPES ARE SPRAYED WITH MANY PESTICIDES.
I HOLE VINEYARDS IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE, BEHIND THE HOUSE, AND ON THE SIDE OF MY HOUSE.
I SEE EVERY YEAR WHAT THEY SPRAY AND HOW MUCH THEY SPRAY.
THEREFORE I TELL YOU THAT IT IS BETTER NOT TO DRINK IT.
THEN EVERYONE CHOOSES FOR HIMSELF.
We protested and marched to convince farmers to avoid these poisonous pesticides but we lost the war.
So Prosecco is currently being sprayed with pesticides that are bad for the health of those who live here and those who drink it.

THE LEGEND OF THE RED THREAD

The legend of the red thread 赤 い 糸 (akai ito) of destiny is a widespread belief in Japan, which refers to an ancient Chinese legend.

Legend has it that each of us is born with an invisible red thread tied to the little finger of the left hand. This thread binds us inextricably to the person we are destined for:

the great love, for us Westerners our soul mate.

The two people so united, are destined to meet, no matter the time that will have to pass, the circumstances or the distances that separate them.

Because, the red thread will be very long and very strong and will never break.

It will be the same fate to keep him firm and united until they meet.

During the Tang Dynasty, a man named Wei, whose parents had died when he was very young, searched for a long time for a woman to marry and start a family with, but he couldn't.
One evening, he arrived in the town of Song and at an inn a man told him that the governor's daughter would be the right woman.

The next morning, Wei met an old man on the steps of a temple who was reading a book in an incomprehensible language and asked him what it was.

The old man replied that he came from beyond and that he was there to take care of human affairs, especially weddings.

He told Wei that his soul mate was only three years old now and that he would have to wait fourteen years before meeting her and having her all to himself.

So Wei, curious, took him to the market to see his future bride.

Disappointed by the poverty in which the child lived, he decided to kill her to be sure he could choose who to marry. He then sent one of his servants to stab her and when he returned, he told him that he had hit her between the eyes. Wei went on with his life more calmly, forgetting that story.
Fourteen years passed without being able to find a suitable bride for him.

By now he lived in the wealthy city of Shangzhou, and the governor of that city offered him his daughter in marriage.

Finally Wei had a wife and intrigued by a patch covering her forehead, he asked her where she got that scar.

She replied that at the age of three a man tried to kill her at the market.

So Wei revealed the whole truth and understood that that old man of the temple was right: from birth we are destined for someone and that nothing and no one can break that bond.

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