The planned city of La Plata, the capital city of the Province of Buenos Aires, is characterized by its strict grid pattern. At the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, the new city was awarded two gold medals for the “City of the Future” and “Better performance built.”

La Plata
Buenos, Aires, Argentina
34°55′16″S 57°57′16″W

Honestly Pacquiao is very problematic and has said and done very questionable things but his representation for us Filipinxs is so so important. Pacquiao came from a very small and poor province and his family were farmers who barely made ends meet. He left to go to the city and became even poorer. As someone who sees how poverty stricken the Philippines is on a daily basis, Pacquiao is literally a beacon of hope for the lower class. Filipinx celebrities very rarely come from dirt poor backgrounds like this. Filipinx celebrities rarely even look like full blooded Filipinx half the time. To see someone who represents a majority of the Philippine poverty become a multi-millionarie through nothing but hard work and God’s help is very important to a religious, third-world country where thousands of its citizens go to sleep not knowing whether or not they can make ends meet the next day.

One the 21st October, 1600 the eastern armies of Tokugawa Ieyasu and the western forces of Ishida Mitsunari fought for control of Japan on the misty plains and hills of Sekigahara. It’s no great exaggeration to say that the battle of Sekigahara was one of the most pivotal battles in Japanese history. “Control Gifu and you control Japan”, it was often proclaimed during Japan’s sengoku, or warring states period (c. 1467 – 1603). The then province, now prefecture, appears at the centre of Japan’s main island, charged by geography to serve as the crossroads between east and west.  Sekigahara is a plain in one of Gifu’s many winding valleys. And on that day in 1600, the outcome of the centuries of warfare would be all but decided. Check out this article (its not mine, but a well-done Japanese one) to read more.


The Bourke’s Luck Potholes are found within the Mpumalanga province of South Africa and are a natural water feature, formed over thousands of years of water erosion. They mark the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the world.

The Bourke’s Luck Potholes occur at the confluence of the Treur and the Blyde rivers, about 35km north of Graskop on the R532. The potholes were formed by the waterborne sand and pebbles within the Treur river, grinding huge cylindrical potholes as they swept over the bedrock. The colours of the bedrock vary from white to yellow to reddish brown.

The potholes are named for a prospector named Tom Bourke, who discovered signs of alluvial gold in the canyon in the late 1880s. He staked a claim and started panning for gold – to no avail. Other prospectors in the area did however strike it rich. Bourke’s Luck Potholes have been referred to as ‘nature’s wishing well’ by some and many a tourist has dropped coins into the well.

Image: Rudi von Staden,

Patrona di Fusignano

The miraculous image of Mary venerated as the patroness of Fusignano, a comune in the province of Ravenna in Italy.

Jubilant Dutch civilians gather to welcome their liberators. Units of the 1st Canadian Army entered Utrecht on 7 May 1945 came through Biltstraat in order to enter the old city center as residents lined the streets in masses to celebrate their arrival. The soldiers pictured are actually British, from the 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division, who were often attached to the 1st Canadian Army (in April as part of 1st Corps). Utrecht, Utrecht Province, Netherlands. 7 May 1945. Image taken by Alex Stirton.

A symbol, like everything else, shows a double aspect. We must distinguish, therefore between the ‘sense’ and the ‘meaning’ of the symbol. It seems to me perfectly clear that all the great and little symbolical systems of the past functioned simultaneously on three levels: the corporeal of waking consciousness, the spiritual of dream, and the ineffable of the absolutely unknowable. The term ‘meaning’ can refer only to the first two but these, today, are in the charge of science – which is the province as we have said, not of symbols but of signs. The ineffable, the absolutely unknowable, can be only sensed. It is the province of art which is not ‘expression’ merely, or even primarily, but a quest for, and formulation of, experience evoking, energy-waking images: yielding what Sir Herbert Read has aptly termed a ‘sensuous apprehension of being.
—  Joseph Campbell

The Mask of Education “Reform” slips in Brazil

The attacks on teachers in Parana, Brazil, are just the latest revelation of the true face of neoliberalism, as it lays in to public services and in particular education.

As we reported on Friday, teachers in the state were protesting about a major attack on their already small pension entitlements. 20,000 of them marched to the legislature in Curitiba, where the vote was taking place, which would mean that they had to contribute to the pension pot. In February when deep cuts to the education budget had been proposed, teachers and other civil servants occupied the parliament building and the cuts were reversed.

The governor of the province, Beto Richa, had learned his lesson and deployed hundreds of military police to stop the teachers from entering the building. As a result the vote went through by 31 votes to 20, untroubled by the voices of teachers raised in protest. Meanwhile outside the building teachers were being violently attacked with rubber bullets, dogs, pepper spray and tear gas, leaving up to 300 people injured, 15 of them seriously. The video above, Never Forget! which has been put together by teacher activists, shows graphically the level of violence meted out to teachers and their supporters and the outrage felt at the naked aggression of Beto Richa and his allies.

Even Forbes magazine, the US journal of big business, described the scenes in its headline as: ‘Teachers get a lesson in police brutality.’ The report goes on to point out that Parana is one of the richest states in Brazil, while the teachers are 'woefully underpaid’. The pension attacks will save the state $500 million and will affect retired teachers as well as those having to pay contributions.

In the video one teacher shouts to the police: 'The governor and the deputies studied in private schools, your children study in public schools they are my students. I do not teach your children to steal like the deputies do.’ This attack on teachers in Brazil sees the mask slipping from neoliberal education reform. In pursuing their goal of destroying public education, turning it into a source of profit and a quiescent workforce, they are determined to deal with what they see as the main 'block’ to their project - teachers and their unions.

April 3, 2014.

Vietnamese sailors attend a flag-raising ceremony held for the first two submarines at Cam Ranh base, in the central province of Khanh Hoa, Vietnam. The HQ 182 Hanoi and HQ 183 Ho Chi Minh City submarines are two of the six Kilo-class submarines Vietnam purchased from Russia under a contract signed in 2009.

G10 kaigai fan project: more details

G10 kaigai fan project: more details

I’ve received a favorable response to this idea, so let’s get it under way!

10th anniversary project

What you need to do:

  1. Pick out a postcard from your home town/province/country; try to pick ones that are standard postcard sizes, as it’ll be easier to present them.
  2. Write/sketch your message on the back. Please be polite, of course. Japanese, simple English, greetings in your native language, however you’d like to congratulate them and say thank you for 10 years of awesome music.
  3. Please message me privately for my mailing address.
  4. Mail the postcard, along with any small gift you might want to send, to me. Please put the postcard in an envelope, rather than addressing it to me. (This will give you more room to write, and saves me from marking out my address on each card).
  5. Please get all postcards to me by October 1, 2015. I will try to send a reminder once a month or so.

What I will do:

  1. Collect all the cards and organize them in a binder/folder designed for this gift; put any gifts in a gift bag
  2. Get a world map and mark where each contributor is from
  3. Hand-deliver the postcards, maps, gifts to G10 and put them in the gift box for GRANRODEO as a whole.

Kiiyan 40th birthday project

What you need to do:

  1. Pick out a birthday card of your choosing and write your message inside
  2. Please message me privately for my mailing address.
  3. Mail the card, along with any small gift you might want to send, to me
  4. Please get all birthday cards to me by August 1st. I will remind everyone periodically.

What I will do:

  1. Collect all the cards and gifts (unopened – don’t worry that I’ll read your messages!) and put them into a nice gift bag/box
  2. Get a world map and mark where each contributor is from
  3. Mail the cards to either Lantis or KenPro (probably KenPro) in time for his birthday on August 11th. If an event comes up right before his birthday, I will hand-deliver the cards.

If you have any questions at all, or any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to drop me a message.


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it’s election season in my province and upon reading the editorials and letters in today’s newspaper, I discovered that in Alberta in 2015 people will still use “socialist” as an insult and compare parties to communists