>> built solely to make money  (25 views)

Our flat in Tokyo, was built in mid 2009, with the sole purpose of maximising profits for the owner.
The structure is really solid, and of course earthquake proof, clearly the “landlord” does not want to risk having to rebuild and lose money.
The flat is in Musashi Koyama, a convenient location two stops from Meguro.

The walls have no insulation whatsoever, we have to heavily rely on two air conditioners.
During summer and winter is impossible to keep the air conditioners switched off, as without any insulation temperatures drop really fast during winter, and the opposite happens during summer.

The interior of the flat is extremely low quality, the floor is made out of thin sheets of very soft wood, the walls are covered with a plasticky paper, and both the floor and the walls chip and bruise simply by staring at them too hard.
The owner is obviously counting on our deposit money to replace any inevitable damage to the interior, so that it will be able to minimise or even completely remove any necessary expenditure to make the flat ready for the next tenants when we move out.

The bathroom floor is of course glued plastic, very cheap as is the plastic Panasonic sink. The shower however, is great, of course the materials are the cheapest and probably overall below standard, but I can’t complain as I lived fifteen years in England, where the average bathroom sink has two separates taps, one for the very hot water (when you’re lucky) and the other for the very cold water, that’s right, no mixing, you would think that a country arrogant enough to call it self “great” would have some how mastered mix water.
Probably most British “landlords” believe that their tenants don’t appreciate the warmth of mixed water on their face in the morning but rather burn or freeze their face instead.

Going back to the flat in Tokyo, it was built to make money and not to provide the tenants with a nice home to live.
And that is the problem, how different would be our society if somehow we could remove money out of the equation, if our flat was somehow built with passion and with the desire to give a comfortable home to people.

Our flat, like many others, is so inefficient in terms of energy that is an insult to our planet, it should be illegal to build without using the most advanced insulations technologies, each building should strive to be energetically as self sufficient as possible.

Money did play an important part in the evolution of our society, however now money, as well as fossil fuels are dragging us down, and obviously slowing down our evolution, its time to let them go.

The surprising truth about what motivates us

 

>> Letter of Protest  (71 views)

 

I visited Hiroshima last 25th of December 2011, and the hypocrisy of U.S. policies on nuclear weapons was obvious.
While they are oppose to any one else developing nuclear weapons, they make sure their own weapons of mass destruction are up to date.
Below is quoted the original letter, and a photo of the plaque from the “Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum”.
Hiroshima Mayors have written hundreds of such a letters to leaders world wide since the nuclear attack the 6 of August 1945.


May 23, 2011
His Excellency Mr. Barack Obama
President
The United States of America

Letter of Protest

The City of Hiroshima has worked long and hard to help people around the world fully
understand the pain and sorrow of our hibakusha* experience. We believed that this
information would help them develop the strong will required to abolish nuclear weapons.
Despite our efforts, you announced this month that the U.S. conducted a new type of
nuclear test last November and again this past March at Sandia National Laboratories in
New Mexico.

Though these tests did not involve nuclear explosions, they can be understood as evidence
that the U.S. intends to maintain its nuclear stockpile. Coupled with the fact that you
revealed the testing only several months later, these tests have betrayed the hopes of the
hibakusha* and the millions of others who seek a nuclear-weapon-free world, while arousing
suspicion regarding your intentions. Such actions are completely unacceptable, and on
behalf of the A-bombed city of Hiroshima, I vehemently protest.

I urge you to thoroughly comprehend the experience of the survivors who witnessed the
bombing, understand their sincere wish for peace, and strive for the earliest possible
realization of a world free from nuclear weapons.

MATSUI Kazumi
Mayor
The City of Hiroshima

*In Japanese means: the people that were expose to radiations

Click to enlarge.
Hiroshima Letter of Protest

>> vote Ron Paul  (19 views)

Source: http://youtu.be/4fHfdSi-GDo


Speech before the US House of Representatives, 02/12/09

Madame Speaker,

I have a few questions for my colleagues.

What if we wake up one day and realize that the terrorist threat is a predictable consequence of our meddling in the affairs of others?

What if propping up repressive regimes in the Middle East endangers both the United States and Israel?

What if occupying countries like Iraq and Afghanistan – and bombing Pakistan – is directly related to the hatred directed toward us and has nothing to do with being free and prosperous?

What if someday it dawns on us that losing over 5,000 American military personnel in the Middle East since 9/11 is not a fair trade-off for the loss of nearly 3,000 American citizens, no matter how many Iraqi, Pakistani, and Afghan people are killed or displaced?

What if we finally decide that torture, even if called enhanced interrogation techniques, is self-destructive and produces no useful information – and that contracting it out to a third world nation is just as evil?

What if it is finally realized that war and military spending is always destructive to the economy?

What if all wartime spending is paid for through the deceitful and evil process of inflating and borrowing?

What if we finally see that wartime conditions always undermine personal liberty?

What if conservatives, who preach small government, wake up and realize that our interventionist foreign policy provides the greatest incentive to expand the government?

What if conservatives understood once again that their only logical position is to reject military intervention and managing an empire throughout the world?

What if the American people woke up and understood that the official reasons for going to war are almost always based on lies and promoted by war propaganda in order to serve special interests?

What if we as a nation came to realize that the quest for empire eventually destroys all great nations?

What if Obama has no intention of leaving Iraq?

What if a military draft is being planned for the wars that will spread if our foreign policy is not changed?

What if the American people learn the truth: that our foreign policy has nothing to do with national security and that it never changes from one administration to the next?

What if war and preparation for war is a racket serving the special interests?

What if President Obama is completely wrong about Afghanistan and it turns out worse than Iraq and Vietnam put together?

What if Christianity actually teaches peace and not preventive wars of aggression?

What if diplomacy is found to be superior to bombs and bribes in protecting America?

What happens if my concerns are completely unfounded – nothing!

What happens if my concerns are justified and ignored – nothing good!


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>> Italy  (199 views)

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  1. Italy vs England vs Japan
  2. Italy

Italy is an amazing country, and despite not being a huge country, geographically speaking it has every thing, amazing beaches, breath taking mountains, beautiful hills (i.e. Tuscany).

Many cities and small towns are so packed with history and art that if taken as a whole and placed in a museum people would pay to see them.

Of course I cannot talk about Italy and not mention how good and relatively inexpensive food is. And the reason why food is so good is that Italians are obsess about it, while we are having breakfast we are thinking what should we eat for lunch, and during lunch we often discuss with friends what we ate the night before and probably what we are going to eat for dinner.

While in England people have their local pub, Italians have their favorite Bar (Cafe), this is the Bar that makes the best cappuccino.
In London I have taken so many “Cafe Nero” and “Starbucks” that for me in Italy whichever Bar makes a great cappuccino.

So why I don’t want to go back and live in Italy ?
Well for me the following are the biggest problems: (more…)


>> Italy vs England vs Japan  (250 views)

Table of contents for Italy vs England vs Japan

  1. Italy vs England vs Japan
  2. Italy

Few days ago my wife and I made the important decision of moving out of London.
In May this year a new era of our life will start in Tokyo.

I think I know why I want to go to Japan as apposed to stay in London or going back home to Italy but I want to put my reasons in writing as the process of writing will help formalize my thinking and if in the future, I happen to forget how I end up in Tokyo I can refer back to this pages.

I intend to write 3 posts loosely comparing the 3 countries I know best, focusing in each post on one country. I will start tomorrow with Italy the country where I lived for the first 22 years and 10 months of my life and the country that I travel to the most as my family and friends are there.