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This colourful video of tourists and hippies celebrating Holi in Arambol will make you teleport yourself there

2015 March 27
by Worldwide Hippies

By Devika Ohri / Posted at;reshareit.com

Arambol, Goa and Holi!

A traveler in Goa named, Lucy Maratkanova made a this colourful video of tourists celebrating Holi at one of the sexiest beaches in Goa, Aarambol. The video portraits everything having a ball at the beach- hippies, travelers, locals, hang-drum players, joint rollers, kids, smiles, dances, waters and coconuts. The video is such a happy one that you would feel like being a part of their Holi celebration

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If You COULD…

2015 March 26
by Citizen Journalist Exchange

By Sherry Pasquarello,WWH/CJE –

There’s a meme going round on Facebook that asks “If you could rid the world of one thing what would it be?”

I’ve been checking the answers whenever I see the meme. Some are silly. Some are expected. Some are surprising.

What came to me is that we wouldn’t be happy if most of what was listed were to actually go away. Think about this. If say, for example hate was no more. Sounds great but there are things that we should hate. How about cancer? Now there’s something that I’d love to see disappear. Yes, but medical history has shown that when one disease that affects humans is eradicated another often worse, takes its place. Bigotry? Now there’s something but just like disease I’ve got a feeling that we as a species might come up with worse. I’d still give getting rid of that a shot. Hunger, yep. War? Well, yeah but ridding us of war doesn’t mean that some power hungry folks couldn’t find other “quieter” methods to take what they covet. Death? Nope, sad truth is we need death to make way for new generations. I could go on but you understand where I’m coming from.

This meme is far more than it seems so unless you have the time and the emotional strength to follow your choice to the sorry end I’d stick with the silly answers to the question. Always remember that there are two sides to a coin.

Peace

ESTONIAN HIPPIES WITHOUT ACID IN NYC

2015 March 25
by Worldwide Hippies

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Estonian multidisciplinary artist KIWA gives a rare New York performance and lecture, “HIPPIES WITHOUT ACID – in memory of A. Hoffmann”, on Tuesday, March 24th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m organized by The Dept. of Signs and Symbols.

Furtive, mysterious, accessible by invitation or last minute word of mouth, underground performances have always provided a forum for expression, communication, inspiration, and a release of fresh energy. There would be no mainstream without an underground movement. Such performances are laboratories where the ingredients for future movements are mixed and experimented with. While they gain inspiration from the often overlooked past, they pave our contemporary moment where everyone is trying to escape the redundancy of our current state of the art world. Continue reading …

Trailer – Flowers and Sickles: The Psychedelic Underground of the Soviet Hippies from Kultusfilm on Vimeo.

Before there were Hippies, there were Beatniks

2015 March 25
by Worldwide Hippies
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Posted at; .goldismoney2.com

Before there were Hippies, there were Beatniks. Beatniks were followers of the Beat Generation – influential poets and authors through the late 1940s to the early ’60s.

Jack Kerouac came up with the “beat generation” concept – the underground, anti-conformist youth gathering in New York that he was a part of. He also related the term to the Biblical beatitudes and the hipster phrase of being “beaten down”. Though at first Beatniks had a prophet-like connotation, the term came to signify a stereotype of people that, as Joyce Johnson (a Beat writer) said: “sold books, sold black turtleneck sweaters and bongos, berets and dark glasses, sold a way of life that seemed like dangerous fun—thus to be either condemned or imitated.”

They were anti-materialistic, soul searching people, open to drugs and a bohemian lifestyle. They hung out in smoky coffeehouses, listened to jazz and blues, were usually proficient in art or poetry, liked to dress in all-black, and had an air of mysteriousness about them. They highly influenced culture of the decades following – Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and Pink Floyd took on Beatnik characteristics and morphed in to free-thinking hippies. Allen Ginsberg led the way for the conversion. (via)

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Crostoli

2015 March 23
by Citizen Journalist Exchange

thBy Sherry Pasquarello,WWH/CJE – 

Crostoli are little fried dough puffs that are served at holidays, especially around Easter. They come from the regions around Naples which is where my husband’s father’s family originated. They are tasty and easy and I’m betting you’ll love them.

2 ½ CUPS UNBLEACHED FLOUR

1 TABLESPOON BAKING POWDER

1 TABLESPOON SUGAR

1/8 TEASPOON SALT

4 LARGE EGGS

2 LARGE EGG YOLKS

2 TEASPOONS OLIVE OIL

1 TEASOON FRESH LEMON JUICE

GRATED ZEST OF 1 LEMON

VEGETABLE OIL FOR DEEP FRYING- I like peanut oil for deep frying

SUGAR FOR COATING- you can add a dash of cinnamon if you like

Sift the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into a bowl.

In a separate bowl mix the eggs, egg yolks, olive oil, lemon juice and zest till well mixed- stir the flour in to make a thick batter.

In a heavy pot or deep fryer heat oil to 375 degrees and drop tablespoons of the batter in to fry till puffed and golden

Remove and drain and cool– brown paper works great for this but anything will do

Put the sugar in a thick paper bag and shake a few puffs at a time

About 2 dozen

Hope you enjoy, sweet hippies-

Peace

The Realpolitik of Revolution

2015 March 22
by Citizen Journalist Exchange
William T. Hathaway

William T. Hathaway

By William T. Hathaway

What will it take to end this ghastly cycle of violence and bring lasting peace, not just end this current war but create a peaceful society in which humanity lives cooperatively and harmoniously? The socialist answer is we must overthrow capitalism, a system that inevitably generates conflict and inequality. And overthrowing it will require a revolution.

What will it take to make a revolution? The socialist answer is the majority of people must realize that capitalism can’t provide them a decent life. Then a militant party based in the international working class must lead them in transferring the means of production — the natural resources, factories, banks, and major corporations — from private into public ownership.

In the past decade progress has been accelerating for both of these conditions. Global capitalism is lurching from one crisis to another, and the ruling class is resorting to desperate measures to keep it alive, including war abroad and repression at home. More and more people are seeing how their and their children’s lives are being degraded to keep corporate profits rolling in. Skepticism about the official reasons for the current war is growing, as are distrust and dislike of governments and corporations. On the Left, the debate about proper theory and practice has sharpened, and the differences among parties have become clearer.

But we’re a long way from revolution. Most people in the wealthy countries still believe that reforms within the system can reverse capitalism’s decline. Most in the poor countries are still caught within authoritarian social and religious structures that hinder them from mobilizing. The Left is still unable to unite around a revolutionary program.

The Western ruling class is gambling that war and repression can delay their demise. They could be right. It is possible that by massively increasing their barbarism, they can continue their domination of Mideast oil and crush dissent at home. Capitalists have resorted to fascism before when they were in deep trouble, and they’re willing to do it again.

If they succeed in tightening their grip on us and the world, they may be able to squeeze out another hundred years of profits. This would indeed be a dismal century for humanity and our environment, far worse than now. Their next wars will be against their rivals in Russia and China. The capitalist imperative — for individuals, corporations, and nations — is dominate or go under. In this phase of global consolidation the battle becomes all consuming. Lasting peace is impossible under capitalism.

But if they lose the current war, they’ll lose their favorable oil leases and they won’t be able to build the Afghan pipeline, both of which they need to maintain their economic advantage and high profits. They’ll also lose access to consumer and labor markets in many Muslim countries.

These losses will precipitate a crisis more severe than any we’ve seen yet. Then the only way for Western capitalists to keep extracting profits will be to crack down even harder on their workers. When that happens and the workers start fighting back, we’ll have the objective conditions for revolution. And if the working class has militant, non-reformist leadership, we’ll eventually win. Then the international Left can build socialism and put an end to dominator systems such as capitalism and fundamentalism.

All this depends, though, on the defeat of NATO in the Mideast. That is a prerequisite for revolution in the foreseeable future.

How can NATO be defeated? Of the many Muslim groups that oppose Western domination, only the fundamentalists are willing to die in sufficient numbers to drive out imperialism. Repulsive and reactionary as they are, the fanatics of ISIS, al Qaeda, and Taliban have the strength of arms and faith to defeat NATO’s military, economic, and cultural invasion of their areas. None of the other groups comes close to being able to do this.

The prospect of their winning sends a shiver of dread through us because they are indeed brutal and intolerant. But in the West tolerance is disappearing as governments curtail civil liberties and criminalize dissent, primarily as proactive preparation against the coming revolutions in their own countries. And the West is far more brutal. The fundamentalists are killing hundreds, but NATO and its proxies are killing hundreds of thousands, and in much more horrible ways. Beheading is mercifully quick compared to the slow agony of burns and shrapnel. These deaths don’t make the news because that would shatter the propaganda myth necessary to drum up war fever. The varieties of violence that NATO is inflicting on these countries are much more destructive than those of the fundamentalists. WE are the top terrorist. But the mainstream media’s demonization campaign prevents us from perceiving that.

The West started this war in order to continue its control of Mideast resources. The so-called terrorists are people driven to drastic means to defend their homeland from multi-pronged foreign aggression. Their brutality comes from decades of being brutalized. Despite media lies to the contrary, Muslim countries have on balance been far more peaceful than Christian countries. They’re not trying to conquer us, we’re trying to conquer them, to control them through puppet governments. They’re fighting to throw us out, not by winning big battles but by wearing us down militarily and financially through prolonged guerrilla warfare as the Vietnamese did.

What can we as socialists do?

We can accept the lesser evil of a fundamentalist victory without rejoicing in it, and we can help progressive groups in the Mideast — socialists, women, trade unionists — to build underground organizations that can withstand fundamentalist oppression and eventually defeat it. Most of all we can prepare the working class for the coming revolution.

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William T. Hathaway’s new book, Lila, the Revolutionary, is a fable for adults about an eight-year-old Indian girl who sparks a world revolution for social justice. Chapters are posted on www.amazon.com/dp/1897455844. A selection of his writing is available at www.peacewriter.org.