Amid fierce debate, Russia displays art looted from Germany.

If everyone was to return looted art, England would have to return a lot of the stuff in its museums, ditto France…I believe I learned in school that the diamond encrusted gold shrine in the Cologne cathedral was stolen from a church in Milan hundreds of years ago…

Santa Fe Beeswax Candle Company

Bought some beeswax candles at the candle store on Paseo de Peralta (DeVargas Mall) this afternoon. Found they have a web site and this is what they say:
Candle manufacturing was further enhanced during the first half of the 20th century through the growth of U.S. oil and meatpacking industries. With the increase of crude oil and meat production, also came an increase in the by-products that are the basic ingredients of contemporary candles — paraffin and stearic acid.

That doesn’t sound very nice….here is another quote:
Pure beeswax candles burn brighter, hotter, cleaner, and longer than any other.  As they burn, they produce negative ions that actually clean your air of odors, pollens, smoke, dust, dust mites, and other allergens and hazards.


Beautiful web site of Dutch design collective Droog.

people r people

This is something I have wondered about since I was a teenager. How come Jack is such a nice man, as long as he doesn’t mention politics? Jill helps all people in need, but when she opens her mouth nothing but the vilest opinions come out….I have met all kinds of humans during my four decades on earth: nice fascists, kind communists, gentle racists, sweet anarchists etc.
I learned this: don’t talk politics with a person you are not willing to disagree with. It has to be OK that you don’t see events in the same light. Don’t expect to change the other person’s mind. Chances are their political views were ingrained in childhood. Maybe it was something a father/mother/uncle/friend said, or something they experienced in school….Chances are, even if one of you pleads your case with the utmost logic and patience, the other cannot change their mind. The mind is like that. It can hold on to what it deems dear and right even if it senses that it is wrong….make that – even if it knows it is wrong…
Can we change anybody’s mind? Can *we* change? I believe we can, but at a glacial pace. Sometimes the only hope is that the change from one generation to the next will also lead to a change of consciousness…