Malcolm Young

Malcolm Mitchell Young died on the 18 November 2017, Elizabeth Bay, Australia age 64. He co-founded one of the greatest rock bands in the world, AC/DC, with his brother Angus,
Although generally thought to be Australian, the Young brothers were from Cranhill in Glasgow. They formed the band in Sydney in 1973.

 

AC/DC – Highway to Hell (from Live at River Plate)

 

 

Human must achieve the ultimate void and maintain calmness with sincerity.
In order to observe the growth and flourish of all beings.
It is in this way that one can understand the law of nature.
All things and beings will eventually return to the original source.
This is called “peace.”
“Peace” means returning to one’s original nature.
This original nature is the eternal law. To know the nature’s law is to be enlightened.

He who is ignorant of the nature’s law shall act recklessly, and thus will invite misfortune.
To know the constant law of nature is to be generous.
Being generous, one is impartial.
Being impartial, one is the sovereign.
Sovereign is the nature itself.
Nature is Tao. Tao is everlasting.
When one’s physical body dies away, Tao still long endures.

 

Wikipedia: Tao Te Ching

 

 

The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.

But I send you a cream-white rosebud
With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips.

 

John Boyle O’Reilly (1844-1890)

 

Tennessee Whiskey

I used to spend my nights out in a barroom
Liquor was the only love I’ve known
But you rescued me from reachin’ for the bottom
And brought me back from being too far gone

You’re as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
You’re as sweet as strawberry wine
You’re as warm as a glass of brandy
And honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time

I’ve looked for love in all the same old places
Found the bottom of a bottle always dry
But when you poured out your heart I didn’t waste it
‘Cause there’s nothing like your love to get me high

You’re as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
You’re as sweet as strawberry wine
You’re as warm as a glass of brandy
And honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time

You’re as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
You’re as sweet as strawberry wine
You’re as warm as a glass of brandy
And honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time

You’re as smooth as Tennessee whiskey

ONE VOICE AGAINST MODERN SLAVERY

ONE VOICE AGAINST MODERN SLAVERY

 

I have great admiration for Human Rights activists who stand up for other people in spite of the potential risks they bring upon themselves. A couple of years ago, I inserted a post about Elena Urlaeva in Uzbekistan. Elena was targeted for investigating and speaking out against slavery in the cotton fields.

Malokhat Eshonkulova

 

Today I want to highlight Malokhat Eshonkulova who has been harassed and arrested by the Uzbek authorities because of her work monitoring forced child labour in Uzbekistan’s government-run cotton harvest.

I will insert a link below with the hope that you will read the Freedom United article and add to your name to the request for the Uzbek government to drop charges against Malokhat. She faces $1400 in fines, having been charged with “unauthorised pickets”, as well as being threatened with deportation from her home in Tashkent.

People who stand up for oppressed people often need the support of the other good people in the world.
Please help by lending your voice.

Link
Freedom United

 

Wikipedia: Child labour in Uzbekistan

I parked in the ground floor of a car park today where there was an area that was blocked off with high fencing barriers. I remembered seeing a group of homeless people, at the same spot about six months ago. I assume the barricades are there to prevent people without a home from sleeping there. The problem does not get fixed, it gets moved on.

 

Some years ago I noticed that sheltered bus stops had a narrow angled slat for “support” instead of a bench to sit on. I thought this was strange and I never understood why until I read about Hostile Architecture, also known as Unpleasant Design, which seems to have been adopted by quite a few countries.

Hostile Architecture includes spikes in shop doorways to prevent people lying down. Although Hostile Architecture has other reasons for its design, I am only focusing on the purpose of stopping someone, who has the great misfortune of not having anywhere to sleep, from lying down.

It reminds me of a TV documentary I watched about Nazi collaborators, which showed cells with strips of wood on the floor with barbed wire fixed to the surface. It was to stop the prisoners sleeping.

There are many reasons why people become homeless. There are not so many reasons why people cannot find somewhere to live. In the UK, homelessness is a political choice made by the UK government, the number of homeless people has doubled since 2010.

The common goal shared by the various types of Hostile Architecture is to exert some kind of social control in public or publicly-accessible private spaces. They are intended to target, frustrate and deter people, particularly those who fall within unwanted demographics.

Homelessness is a societal problem and it will never be fixed by Hostile Architecture.

Never look down on someone unless you are helping them up.

 

Link:

Google Images – Hostile Architecture 

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