Benefits of Research

I think should anybody plan on going elsewhere, there’s always the added benefit of knowing foreign languages well to do research a lot before actually going there. Keep in mind one must steer away from both romantisations and demonisations as any country has its flaws and virtues. Whatever that means but even if they have their own quirks, people are people. So there’ll be upstanding citizens, criminals and morons in every place and community.

Like in Central Europe and evens DACHS/Badger region (Austria, Switzerland, Germany, South Tirol), dog poisoning and pets being shot by hunters are big deals over there. But there are also attempts to curb farm cat numbers and animals straying in general (so is everywhere is). That mongrels form a substantial number of dogs there (depending on the statistic, either a fourth or nearly 70%) goes well with stray dogs (whether due to owner negligence or occurring in/near countrysides).

To be fair, these also occur/recur in Italy and France too. (As is speaking German and wearing lederhosen which is observed in some, often Northern Italian regions due to history and proximity.) Again everything’s not without its ups and downs but there are immigrants and tourists who’ve done their research enough, even online and from non-Anglophone sources, to get a feel of it in advance.

Long-haired men

These could’ve been around longer (even sporadically or intermittently so) and in some African places and communities, for as long as braids are being worn (could be wrong about it). Long hair, often of the shoulder and/or bob length kind, was often worn by European men during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. This is often/still the acceptable long hair length for men today.

It’s often rare to see men sport hair longer than that. But it’s parsimonious to suggest that Californian hippies (and their German predecessors the Wandervogel and Nature Boys) helped popularise long hair in men. So much so that by the succeeding decade (1970s) relatively longer hair in men became mainstream. It’s uncommon for men to sport such hair (and natural hair among blacks) then.

Such hippie fashions have seen a resurgence especially with more and more black women choosing to keep their hair curly and natural as well as long hair being somewhat more accepted again (could be wrong about it). But fashions change so hippie fashions could come and go depending on the trend (and individual).

Pietro Boselli and the Philippines

He’s a math teacher who also models, in fact as early as in his Gucci Kids days and ended up modelling fairly often for Philippines’ Bench. That’s a local fashion brand. He could’ve been simply picked up by chance but there are many other coincidences (and factors though I could be too deep about it). There’s a Filipino diaspora in Italy. A Dante Alighieri society in Manila. Jollibee even got Italian branches and a good number of Italians work elsewhere especially given Italy’s unfavourable economic conditions.

The Philippines isn’t any better but it’s an emerging economy. The fact that Bench and Jollibee have international branches is proof of how big it’s gotten, even if it’s still not quite big. I guess it’s almost unsurprising that somebody from a developed country with a struggling economy would work in a developing country with an emerging one. I could be overthinking things but it’s nice to know about each countries’ economic conditions that makes it helpful to understand things.

A world full of carnivorous humans

I think I’ve been thinking a lot about it but to give you an outline carnivorous humans might not process starch much or effectively so. If they were to use fruits and plants in general at all, they’d normally use it to make soaps, dyes (especially the rinds), fabrics, medicines and livestock feed out of. Being carnivorous, though they can farm and raise livestock it’s not so much where their lifestyles might be comparable to actual pastoralists and hunter-gatherers such as Inuit, Sami and Maasai. They could even do similar things like those of Maasai.

One might parsimoniously assume that there might be already humans already adapting to taking advantage of meat such as the Inuit but it’s largely due to their arctic lifestyle where there’s really no use for them to grow vegetables in snow and ice. Like I said, Inuit might already be using plants to make clothing and dyes out of. It’s not necessarily a healthier diet but practically the one they’re stuck with given the environment they’re in for a long time.

(Maybe similar for Maasai but I simply don’t know.)

Humanoids based on felids and wolves/dogs (especially those that can’t process starch at all) might be closer to hunter-gatherers like Inuit and pastoralists like Maasai with slight modifications for the former being obligate carnivores. It’s not that they wouldn’t use plants at all but they won’t use it for food and if they were to consume it themselves (as these would double as livestock feed), it’d be consumed as medicine.

Abusing pharmaceutical drugs can be addictive and unhealthy when done frequently and that’s like asking why don’t regular human beings eat indigo and madder.

If I were a millionaire

If I were a millionaire, I’d prefer to do something useful. Something like using my money to help build schools and houses for the poor and sterilise their pets. Now as for myself (in a way), I’d use the money to buy more portable hard drives to store my files with, make clothing for me and my family (especially roomier shirt-shaped dresses which can be worn again as blouses proper) and buy plants for my gardens.

To be fair, there are already rich people who spend money on more useful things as well as donating theirs to charities and other institutions or organisations. Like I said, if I were a millionaire I’d use the money to not only help others but also myself and my family for useful things like sewing and gardening. Not that it’s wrong to spend money on true luxuries but it could be my experience wanting to do something useful.

As well as knowing some people do give their money away to organisations and charities.

Chinese and Indian companies in 2030

Like I said, I have a feeling that should the Chinese economy grow substantially there’s a chance that Chinese corporations might own their Philippine, African and European counterparts. Same goes for the Indian economy. The weirdest feeling I get’s that both Tata Group and Shanghai Media Group might have joint ventures over AT&T’s Warner (including DC). This’ll lead to Warner East (or Tata Warner) which specifically makes media for the Indo-Chinese market.

DC Comics could go down as the second Western comics publisher to be bought by Indians, the first being Virgin Comics. Also, I think Yilin Press might buy not only Disney’s 73% stake in National Geographic Partners but also all of Adarna House and Editions L’Harmattan. Expect it to use National Geographic to publish Anglophone translations of every L’Harmattan book and Adarna House to publish translations of Chinese children’s books for the Philippine market.

Sino United Publishing might merge with all of National Bookstore Inc (including Anvil Publishing), Zhonghua to buy Lampara Books, Higher Education Press to buy all of New Day Publishing and Wentong Tianxia to buy Viva Psicom. There’s a strong chance that with China and India becoming even bigger economies (China to be number 1 and India being number 2 or 3), they could easily buy American and European corporations.

India’ Aditya Birla Group already bought Peter England and Allen Solly from British manufacturers. Tata Group’s got a joint venture with Starbucks and Rastar’s got a big stake in a Spanish football club. In the near future, both Tata Group and Shanghai Media Group would have joint ventures over Warner Media, having bought it from AT&T together. All of these are inevitable developments should their economies grow even further.

In the near future of business

Like I said, China and India might exert a big influence should their economies grow even further. China might have a headstart over India and surpass America as the world’s largest economy. There are already Chinese conglomerates having partial stakes in American corporations and Tata Group’s no stranger to having joint ventures with American corporations. Another bought British clothing brands.

It’s already happening on some level, so much so as to become the new norm. In the near future, Wentong Tianxia/Beijing Land of Books might buy Viva Psicom, Yilin Press to buy both L’Harmattan and Adarna Books, Higher Education Press to buy New Day Publishing, Sino United Publishing to merge with all of National Bookstore and  Zhonghua Book Company to Lampara Books.

That’s how alarming China would have as an economy. American conglomerates have bought or joint ventures with European corporations as America’s a large economy. Now it’s China and India’s turn to do the same. I’m very sure that if their economies ever grow this big, they could own stakes in DC one day.