Thursday, May 31, 2018

Female Eclectus Parrots Make Good Pets

Very good article in the June National Geographic Magazine.
Page 92.

Camila Cabello - Havana (Live on The Tonight Show, Starring Jimmy Fallon)

Camila Wikipedia Page

Havana Lyrics

You Tube Version:

JG: I love the song! I left my heart in Havana, 57 years ago. 

Argentine tango flash mob, Budapest, Westend (tango flashmob a la "Tango...

Perfidia – St Louis Blues March

Glenn Miller Orchestra Scandinavia
Live from Västerås Concert Hall 25 April, 2015.

New Rule: Dear Roseanne | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

How To Understand A Picasso

Genius: Picasso - Trailer #2 | National Geographic

Genius: Picasso Trailer (2018) Antonio Banderas History Channel Series

CPUSA Marxist Strategy Class in Los Angeles, June 9-10

If you agree that socialism is a better system, join us for a weekend school on how we get there. The West Coast Marxist school is coming soon!

Saturday June 9: Marxist Strategy and Tactics
Sunday June 10:  Role of the CPUSA, 
                             Male Supremacy

The school will take place from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Pacific.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The classes will be held at the LA Workers Center, 1251 S. St. Andrews Place, Lost Angeles 90019. For more information contact Rossana Cambron 562-726-7895 or write

See you in LA!

Rossana Cambron

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Do cell phone zombies exist in Cuba? Yes, according to el Gusano Herald.

Cell Phone Zombies in Cuba


The Yankee naval base in Guantanamo exists, against the will of the Cuban people


Yankee Naval Base, illegally occupied by the USA.

La base naval existe, contra la voluntad de los cubanos

Cuando el 29 de mayo de 1934 fue noticia la abolición de la Enmienda Platt, apéndice impuesto por Estados Unidos a la Constitución que acompañó en 1902 el nacimiento de la República de Cuba, parecía cerrarse un capítulo de oprobio para el pueblo

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Immigrant from Mali becomes a hero as he scales a Paris building to save a child

Donald Trump would never do that. He is only interested in saving capitalist millionaires and billionaires.

"Spiderman" who saved child dangling from Paris balcony was offered French citizenship by French President Macron.

Momodou Gassama

VIDEO: Rushing water from Alberto causes bridge collapse in Cuba

Monday, May 28, 2018

Joan Baez - Guantanamera

Friendship between South Korea and the DPRK? Trump must be pissed-off.

What an amusingly 2 great videos by the BBC.

The video of Kim & Donald eating hamburgers is hilarious.


Marjorie Cohn wrote a superb article about Cuba on March 19, 2016.

U.S. officials love to lecture Cuba about its human rights flaws, but – in many ways – Cuba offers equal or better protection of human rights than does the United States, says Marjorie Cohn.



Unlike in the United States, healthcare is considered a right in Cuba. Universal healthcare is free to all. Cuba has the highest ratio of doctors to patients in the world at 6.7 per 1,000 people. The 2014 infant mortality rate was 4.2 per 1,000 live births – one of the lowest in the world.

Healthcare in Cuba emphasizes prevention, rather than relying only on medicine, partly due to the limited access to medicines occasioned by the U.S. blockade.

In 2014, the Lancet Journal said, “If the accomplishments of Cuba could be reproduced across a broad range of poor and middle-income countries the health of the world’s population would be transformed.” Cuba has developed pioneering medicines to treat and prevent lung cancer, and prevent diabetic amputations. Because of the blockade, however, we in the United States cannot take advantage of them.

JG: Very rarely do the capitalist news aggregators, like Google or Yahoo, say or publish anything nice about Cuba. The only thing that the Americans care about is $$$$$. The anti-communist phobias of the Yankee imperialists are well-known throughout the civilized world.

Cuba to update Soviet-era constitution, adapting to reforms

Officials have made clear that the constitution will maintain a Communist Party-led system.

Convoca el Consejo de Estado a sesión extraordinaria de la Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular

Read more here:

The Miami "Gusano" Herald doesn't know shit about Cuba

It is very understandable. The great majority of the Miami 'gusanos' (worms) were fervent supporters of General Fulgencio Batista, the puppet of the Yankee imperialists in the Caribbean island, (1952-1958).

On January 1, 1959, the worms had to put their tails between their legs and run in a hurry to Yankee-land, Miami, Florida.

One recent example:

Here is what the The Miami 'Gusano' Herald printed about the recent Boeing airplane crash in Cuba: "Less than 24 hours after an overloaded and aging Cubana Aviacion airliner crashed after takeoff, killing 110 people aboard last week."

WRONG! Misleading garbage.

Here is the truth, as published by respected and reliable Wikipedia:
"The aircraft was a leased Boeing 737-201 aircraft, operated by Mexican charter airline Global Air (Aerolíneas Damojh, S.A. de C.V.). The flight crew were Mexican."

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Alfredo Depaigne has reached 100 Home Runs in Japan's Major Leagues


GIVE PEACE A CHANCE, MR. TRUMP! The latest on the Korea Peninsula.

May 26, 2018, 9:48 PM

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea's president says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un remains committed to holding a summit with President Trump and to the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." The news about Moon came as Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House that meetings are going on to revive the summit. (CBS NEWS). 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Excellent close-up photo of El Morro Castle in La Habana

You will like it better if you click on it.

Tropical storm Alberto set to RAVAGE USA as Florida declares state of EMERGENCY

Storm Alberto is expected to travel across the eastern Gulf of Mexico and approach the northern part of the US Gulf.

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said the storm is set to bring heavy rain and flash floods in western Cuba and southern Florida.

The NHC said the island's rain totals could reach 10 to 15 inches (25-38 centimetres) — and even 25 inches (65 centimetres) in isolated areas.

Florida’s Governor Rick Scott said: "As we continue to monitor Subtropical Storm Alberto's northward path toward Florida, it is critically important that all Florida counties have every available resource to keep families safe and prepare for the torrential rain and severe flooding this storm will bring.”

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Meghan Markle New Coat of Arms


Is Donald Trump trying to make a fast buck? Meet the New Coin.

The coin created by the White House Communications Agency (WHCA).
Source: BBC

New Star in the World of Chess: Ding Liren nears 2800 Elo, passes Kramnik

Alberto Rainfall Potential

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Florida Panhandle, 6-10 inches of rain.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Alberto to dump rain on Cuba before turning north and drenching Tampa Bay

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Congratulations to Rushstamps in their 60 Years of Excellent Service to Philatelists

Polls open in landmark Irish referendum to repeal abortion ban

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Link to CNN article

"Voters in Ireland are casting their ballots in a landmark referendum to decide whether to remove a constitutional amendment that bans abortion in almost all circumstances."

Update: 25 May 2018 - 8:07 p.m.

Voters in Ireland Repeal Abortion Ban in a Landslide

DUBLIN—Irish voters overwhelmingly repealed a constitutional ban on abortion, according to an exit poll by the state broadcaster, a sweeping change that caps an emotion-filled debate and marks another significant step away from the country’s historic Catholic influence.

James Bond 25 is heading for the UK and the USA in 2019

Tropical Storm Alberto

The first weather disturbance of 2018 could affect the western province of Pinar del Rio, Cuba, the Yucatan Peninsula and the coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico, Texas, Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle.

Stay alert and check your TV reports.

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U.S. National Hurricane Center 

The Gulf Coast is bracing for heavy rain over the weekend as a tropical depression or tropical storm is likely to form in the next 48 hours. If the disturbance strengthens to reach wind speeds of 39 mph, it will be named Tropical Storm Alberto. (Pensacola News Journal).

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Donald Trump Violates First Amendment by Blocking Twitter Users, Judge Says

May 23, 2018

In her ruling, Federal District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald wrote of seven plaintiffs who sued Mr. Trump and several of his aides after being blocked by Mr. Trump’s Twitter account that “the speech in which they seek to engage is protected by the First Amendment.”

The plaintiffs, who were joined in the suit by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, had argued that Mr. Trump’s Twitter feed was an official government account and that blocking users from following it was a violation of their First Amendment rights.

Source: New York Times

Murio el mayor terrorista de los Estados Unidos, Luis Posada Carriles.

Enlace al artículo en Granma:

Murió Posada Carrilles en Estados Unidos sin pagar deudas con la justicia

JG: I hope he burns in hell.

Yesterday, Venezuela expelled the two top U.S. diplomats, declaring them persona non grata.

May 23, 2018

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela on Tuesday ordered the top American diplomat and his deputy expelled, describing them as conspirators against his government.

In a televised address, Mr. Maduro gave the diplomats, Todd D. Robinson, who is the United States Embassy’s chargé d’affaires, and Mr. Robinson’s No. 2, Brian Naranjo, 48 hours to leave, declaring them both persona non grata.

“This is in protest, in defense of Venezuelan dignity! Enough with the conspiracies,” Mr. Maduro said at an event where officials certified his re-election to a term ending in 2025.

Source: New York Times. 

Thank You New Republic Magazine ...

... for chinning a big flashlight on the corrupt cockroaches that Donald Trump brought to Washington D.C. They brought along with them high levels of shame to the USA, a once great nation.

By Kevin Baker

New Republic Magazine
June 2018, page 37, third paragraph.

"So what should a Trump truth and reconciliation investigation look into? There are the obvious malfeasances and looting of the public coffers, of course, which are already approaching record setting totals for federal venality. Ryan Zinke's $139,000 office doors and Ben Carson's $31,000 dining room set; the Mnuchins' planned $25,000-an hour, military-jet honeymoon and their Carly Simon -- inspired road trip ("You flew your government plane down to Fort Knox / To see the total eclipse of the sun"). Environmental Protection Agency director Scott Pruitt's relentless first class junketing and his $25,000 "cone of silence." Energy Secretary Rick Perry's luxury flights around the world in the cause of helping oil companies find oil."       

When Harry Wed Meghan

Prince George and Princess Charlotte

Monday, May 21, 2018

Mexico suspends charter company in Cuba airliner crash

President Nicolas Maduro re-elected President of Venezuela

May 21, 2018

According to the results announced by Tibisay Lucena, president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), President Maduro obtained 5.8 million votes while his main opponent, Henri Falcon, got a total of 1.8 million votes.  A total of 8.6 million Venezuelans voted, putting turnout at 46.01 percent.


JG: The Yankee imperialists want you to believe that only elections in capitalist countries are honest. Elections in the USA are always won by big $$$$$.

Related: See also the update of May 23 at Cuba Journal.

More on the Cuba Boeing Plane Crash

Cuba plane crash: Damojh company 'had safety complaints'

Link to BBC article:

Two photos are worth a thousand words.

The two photos of the Naval Envelope Cover were added to the previous post of Cuba Journal, yesterday.

Progress in one area:

1) I found a photo of U.S. Marine Lieutenant Albert Dillon Sturtevant. See below.

Albert Dillon Sturtevant (2 May 1894 – 15 February 1918) was an officer in the United States Navy during World War I.
Sturtevant was born in Washington, D.C.. On 2 March 1917, he and 28 others enlisted in the Naval Reserve Forces as the First Yale Unit. Two days later, they were all commissioned ensigns.

After flight training in Florida, he was designated a naval aviator on 1 May 1917 and, in September, he received orders for overseas duty. Ensign Sturtevant reported to the group attached to the Royal Flying Corps station at FelixstoweEngland, in October.

The duty of Sturtevant's crew was to fly escort for merchantmen crossing the North Sea. On 15 February 1918 Sturtevant was one of an international crew of four in a Curtiss H-12B flying boat.

The flight officer that day was Claude Chester Purdy, a Canadian enlisted in the Royal Naval Service. Sturtevant, as second officer, was gunner. Two others in the plane were British air mechanic 1st class Sidney James Hollidge and British boy mechanic Arthur Hector Stephenson. With another plane from the same unit, piloted by a South African named Faux, their assignment was to escort a convoy of ships carrying beef between the Netherlands and Britain. The two aircraft were attacked by a group of ten German seaplanes. The group split in half, with five seaplanes pursuing each of the flying boats.

Faux managed to elude his attackers and escaped to the west and England, but Purdy was forced south towards the coast of Belgium. As if the situation were not dire enough, another group of German aircraft, led by Oberleutnant Friedrich Christiansen, air ace, entered the fray. Christiansen shot down the flying boat and it fell in flames into the North Sea. Christiansen later told Sturtevant's father that he circled the area and observed three crew members waving and clinging to the wreckage, but that he was unable to rescue them because it was a dangerous situation. Faux reported the attack at Felixstowe, where there was only one aircraft not otherwise engaged. That aircraft attempted a rescue but was damaged on takeoff. By the time another attempt could be made, any sign of the flying ship and its crew had disappeared.

Sturtevant was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.

Two U.S. Navy ships were named after him:

Two ships, USS Sturtevant (DD-240), a Clemson-class destroyercommissioned in 1920 and lost after entering an American minefield her crew was not aware of in April 1942, and USS Sturtevant (DE-239), an Edsall-class destroyer escort, active between 1943 and 1960, have been named after him.

Source: Wikipedia

The first Navy ship DD-240 was ordered to go to Cuban waters on 16 August 1933. But I have not been able to find out why.

I will conclude that what happened on that date was part what historians have labeled as USA Gunboat Diplomacy.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Attention Navy or Cuba experts: I am doing research on a commemorative small postal envelope which is related to both the U.S. Navy and Cuba. I need help from the ‘experts’ to share light on it.

I am going to find out if I can take a color photo at my local library and transfer it to one of my USB sticks. I remember doing it a few years ago and I sent the photo to my email address.

[The Photos go HERE, below.]

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Approximately 10 years ago I was visiting a philatelic show, and in one box of of the stamp dealers I found a small commemorative envelope with a circular dated postal cancellation which has Aug 16, 1933 on it. I bought it. It was not expensive.

The left side of the front has what can be described as a “Green Color Rubber Cachet.”

It says on five lines:

U.S. Destroyers
Ordered to
Cuban Waters

Below those five lines there is a drawing in purple of a ‘Gun Boat Navy Ship’
Below the drawing, there are two lines, also in green:

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

On the upper right corner there is George Washington 3 cents purple U.S. Stamp.

The circular date postal cancel reads:

U.S.S. Sturtevant
Aug 16 1933

Three black bars extend to cancel the stamp & below them:


On the lower right corner, the envelope is addressed to:


On the back of the envelope there is what appears to be a rubber stamped lettering in cursive:

R D Razzette
Marine Barracks, Naval Station,
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

To the right of the above signature. there is another Circular Date Cancellation

It reads:


To the right of the CDC is 1993 followed with a 1 with three bars at the top and three bars at the bottom.

The envelope is unsealed. No letter inside.

The mistery is: What happened on 16 Aug 1933?

Why were Navy ships ordered into Cuban Waters?

Possible Answer: Gunboat Diplomacy.