To live is the rarest thing in the world.

On the Road: Poverty

It’s hard not to be angry when…

…I looked into the dark eyes of little boys and girls on the city streets begging for change or into the surroundings they grow up in.

…more kids came up to knock at my window and asked for food, change or anything at all, but my cabbie shooed them away.

…a completely naked man ran past my motionless cab in traffic, screaming for attention while the world remained oblivious to him.

…a fresh graduate sitting next to me had an “assistant” more than twice his age to help him with minor tasks like ordering his coffee and lighting his cigarettes.

…he was simply too engrossed with his iPad, iPhone and fancy headphones, and couldn’t really afford to take his attention to what’s happening around him.

…at the same time I was given priorities in queues and being addressed as “Miss xxx” by everyone I came into contact with, while my cabbie was trying so hard just to get my AC temperature right.

…a harmless local tried a pickup and claimed he’s a banker from the US (!), embarrassed to be associated with his own country.

But who/what should I be angry with?

The government of this country where more than 1/4 of its people live below the poverty line?

A rapid increase in population despite insufficient resources to support the people’s families?

My comfortable lifestyle in this city while I stare at poverty in the face?

Indifference of the rich?

Or simply the world?

lonelyhunterc:

I’m definitely still in love with her… #pattismith

"Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine." The androgynous punk poet queen who never even meant to be a rock star became a figurehead of American punk, and remains one of the few women to give her name to an otherwise all-male group.Having now outlived many of those she was closest to, success always favored Patti Smith, the iconoclast who once famously said, “The thing is, it’s not uncool to worry about people who seem like they’re going on the wrong path. There’s nothing cool about being self-destructive.”Her whole image seems to build on controversy - either you are ready to take her as a great artist or she probably means nothing to you. Live fast and die young? Not for the feminist icon, who established a cultural voice through rock’n’roll that incorporated sex, art, poetry, performance and revolution, in balance and in stealth.

lonelyhunterc:

I’m definitely still in love with her… #pattismith

"Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine."

The androgynous punk poet queen who never even meant to be a rock star became a figurehead of American punk, and remains one of the few women to give her name to an otherwise all-male group.

Having now outlived many of those she was closest to, success always favored Patti Smith, the iconoclast who once famously said, “The thing is, it’s not uncool to worry about people who seem like they’re going on the wrong path. There’s nothing cool about being self-destructive.”

Her whole image seems to build on controversy - either you are ready to take her as a great artist or she probably means nothing to you.

Live fast and die young? Not for the feminist icon, who established a cultural voice through rock’n’roll that incorporated sex, art, poetry, performance and revolution, in balance and in stealth.

1984 will always be a special year

- Star Trek III: The Search For Spock was released.

- The Macintosh computer that changed everything hit the shelves.

- The “Death Star” Hypothesis was published.

- 14 countries took part in the Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

- The first version of Tetris was released.

- Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin was published.

- It was a leap year.

- Roger Waters departed Pink Floyd.

- The Moon Treaty went into effect.

- Isaac Asimov named Humanist of the Year.

- John & Yoko released the “Milk & Honey” album.

- AIDS-virus identified.

- The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book went on sale.

- Gremlins was released.

- The first TED conference was held.

- Michael Jackson became the hottest celebrity on the planet.

- 29 nuclear tests were conducted by the Soviet Union.

- This is Spinal Tap became a cult classic.

- Dell started his computing empire.

- 1st documented case of a robot killing a human.

- Transformers launched 18 figurines.

- Scarlett Johansson, Mark Zuckerberg, Olivia Wilde and Prince Harry were born.

- The world population became 4.769 billion.

Rock’s saddest diva has gotten darker in Ultraviolence. With references to money, power, glory, violence and scattered childhood memories, Lana Del Rey has replaced her trademark huskiness to more conventional pretty vocals to force you to engage with her persona before the content of her songs.The album is shrouded in constant sadness and a romanticized sense of isolation and loss. It inches into the tragic artist territory with masochism, self-hatred, drugs and melancholy. But they’re songs that would make no sense if anyone else sang them.Ultraviolence dares you not to like Lana Del Rey, but she still remains an irresistible pop music original.

Rock’s saddest diva has gotten darker in Ultraviolence. With references to money, power, glory, violence and scattered childhood memories, Lana Del Rey has replaced her trademark huskiness to more conventional pretty vocals to force you to engage with her persona before the content of her songs.

The album is shrouded in constant sadness and a romanticized sense of isolation and loss. It inches into the tragic artist territory with masochism, self-hatred, drugs and melancholy. But they’re songs that would make no sense if anyone else sang them.

Ultraviolence dares you not to like Lana Del Rey, but she still remains an irresistible pop music original.

(via overdosehighxoxo)