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President Nicolás Maduro: With insults you get nothing and lose a lot

By Eddy Montilla.

We make the mistake of insulting another person for two possible reasons: Low level of education or inability to refute the arguments that come from the person who we are debating with. Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has been insulting different presidents constantly, above all, the President of the Government of Spain, Mariano Rajoy. He called him a piece of garbage, a racist person, etc. Using such kinds of epithets, set me wondering which of the reasons mentioned before leads Mister Maduro to insult other presidents. Probably both.

     Unfortunately, in Latin America, people have not reached the education level they really deserve and have the right to get, and that’s why many of them can be easily deceived by “snake charmer politicians” who try to win people’s support by using words based on emotions rather than reasons and populist and demagogic speeches. Out of ignorance, people applaud them enthusiastically, with elation and euphoria whenever they insult, and these politicians keep insulting other people as a strategic weapon to seize and keep power. We would not like to think that president Maduro has stooped so low as to do that.

     Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and give to God what belongs to God. Mariano Rajoy is not “Superpresident” in Spain, but it is undeniable that he has been able to put plans in actions to get the Spanish economy into shape while in Venezuela inflation has left the country at a complete standstill, and its President, Nicolás Maduro, has only shown an incompetent handling of the problem.

     Venezuela’s economic crisis, loss of supporters and power are affecting Nicolás Maduro. In desperation, people have always said and done terrible things. President Maduro is not an exception to this situation. However, this does not give him green light to insult people and presidents. Only dictators insult presidents, and they do that because they are not presidents, they are dictators. If Mr. Maduro wants to be considered a president by other heads of state and people in general, he should start by using a language with great dignity instead of expressions that only show a lack of respect for other people and their feelings. Nicolás Maduro represents all Venezuelans internationally. It would be a pity if people in other countries thought that with such inappropriate language is the way Venezuelans express their opinions.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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May 25, 2016 Posted by | Articles, Blogging, Economics, News, Opinion, Think piece, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Curiosities: What thing is different for the pilots in the plane and it is prohibited to share?

By Eddy Montilla.


Food. Pilots have different food and they are not allowed to share their food or taste the food of another pilot. The reason is to make sure that at least one pilot can be in good condition to fly the plane in case of food poisoning.

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May 23, 2016 Posted by | Blogging, Curiosities, Education, Travel | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tell me the answer: What thing goes in the opposite direction from global warming?

By Eddy Montilla.


The cooling of people’s heart.

     And because of one of life’s cruel ironies, it also goes in the same direction. The glacial heart that people have today draws them into a society where they feel indifferent to injustice and people’s woes, a heart that leads them to try to be rich, famous and powerful at all costs, actions that are destroying the planet day by day. By the time people get this point, it might be too late to remedy things. Will there be life on the Earth?

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May 22, 2016 Posted by | Blogging, Education, Life, philosophy, Phrase, Spirituality, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Good Laugh: The unlucky husband

By Eddy Montilla.

Explanatory Note: The following joke is a made-up story by the author with the sole purpose of providing fun for the readers. Therefore, it does not have the slightest intention of making fun of any person for his or her religious convictions.


A man is crying inconsolably in a church. A father saw him, come closer and ask him: “What happened to you, grief-stricken soul?”

”My wife left me, father.”

I see. It is painful, but now she is in Jesus’ arms.

No, father, she left me for Jesus, the Mexican, last year and came back soon. Another man, father, another man.

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May 16, 2016 Posted by | Blogging, entertainment, Fun, Funny stories, humor, Jokes, laugh | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tell me the answer: What is your mission in life?

By Eddy Montilla.


To detect what you love and do well first, and then, to use these things to make actions that have a strong and positive impact on as many people as possible.

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May 15, 2016 Posted by | Blogging, coaching, Education, Inspiration, Life, Personal Motivation, philosophy, Spirituality, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thought of the day: variety and continuity

By Eddy Montilla.


Variety is truly important because it brings fun and happiness to your life, but never forget that it is continuity what will really help you to achieve what you want.

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April 11, 2016 Posted by | Blogging, coaching, Culture, Education, Family, Inspiration, Life, Personal Motivation, philosophy, Phrase, Quotes, Spirituality, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let’s talk about movies: The hateful eight (2015) cannot be loved, cannot hated

By Eddy Montilla.

Rating: 6.0/10

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino.

Written by: Quentin Tarantino.

Genre: Western.

MPAA Rating: R (contain some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them).

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson (Major Marquis Warren), Kurt Russell (John Ruth), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Daisy Domergue) and Walton Goggings (Sheriff Chris Mannix).

Running Time: 167 minutes.

I love Western films and proudly say it without fear of being called a movie palaeolithic critic. Fantasy and science fiction movies fill the cinemas for a simple and psychological reason: today’s people try to deny their own reality, cannot cope with it and prefer to dream about something different or escape for a while. Good directors and writers are severely depleted these days. The vast majority of them are not so good, but are not stupid either. They know that the margin for error in fiction movies can be as wide as an ocean, and therefore, they can easily justify careless mistakes with a single phrase: “It’s fiction.” So, you need to be very good in order to make a good Western film. And you need to love and understand the movie world to be able to appreciate this genre.

     I loved the first minutes of The hateful eight (2015): The classic western music and stagecoach, the bounty hunters’ toughness, Samuel L. Jackson (Major Marquis Warren) and Kurt Russell (John Ruth) and I loved the remarkable and funny acting of Jennifer Jason Leigh (Daisy Domergue). But some time later, despite the good plot, the music and the group of good actors, I wondered if this movie was worth seeing because of its excessive bloody scenes. Obviously, they were absolutely disgusting, exaggerated and, above all, unnecessary. My Darling Clementine (1946), Shane (1953), The Big Country (1958), Rio Bravo (1959), For a few dollars more (1965) and many other great Western films stand the test of time for their actor’s toughness rather than for the blood coming out the bodies of gunmen. In fact, you will not see in any of these movies mentioned before the pool of blood that I saw in The hateful eight (2015).

     Quentin Tarantino’s movies are characterized by an aestheticization of violence that I personally dislike and disapprove. With so many real cases of violence in daily lives, we don’t need more incentives. When I finished watching the movie, the first thing that came to my mind was my sister’s pasta. When she was a teenager and had a party with her friends, she always bought good ingredients and cooked pasta. And before her friends came to our house, she always told me: “Eddy, help me to change the taste! Good ingredients without balance will not lead you to a good dish. That happened to Tarantino’s The hateful eight.

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This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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April 5, 2016 Posted by | Articles, Blogging, Culture, entertainment, Fun, Journal, Journalism, Literature, Movie reviews, Opinion | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A good laugh: Keeping burglars away

By Eddy Montilla.


“Mark, burglars don’t give me a moment’s peace.”

“I had the same problem, Fred, but now I can even sleep with the door wide open.”

“How did you get it?”

“Very simple. I just put a sign in front of my house: To burglars: I have all the fences around his home electrified with high voltage, a pit bull is always behind the door and my wife’s face is uglier than hell. Believe me, if the first two things do not kill you, the third one will do.”

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April 4, 2016 Posted by | Blogging, entertainment, Fun, Funny stories, Jokes, laugh | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Curiosities: Why do some people crack their fingers (knuckles) and why knuckle cracking makes a popping sound?

By Eddy Montilla.


Yesterday, I wanted to go to a quiet place to write a short story, so I went to the town library. It was very quiet indeed, except for the noise made by a student who was cracking his knuckles. The first time he did it, minutes later, he tried to repeat the same action, but it was in vain. However, after 20 minutes or so, he was right there, doing the same thing again. Then, I was a little bit upset and also curious to know why some people crack their knuckles to a point that they cannot stop.

     Joint cracking is a habit, and in general, people keep attached to their habits because they feel good doing so. Some people crack their knuckles to get rid of stress; others claim to experience physical release, certain feeling of comfort and looseness.

     As for the popping sound, what do you hear when a balloon bursts? A sound, right? And a balloon contains gas. There are different theories about the popping noise, but in general they have the same thing in common: gas bubbles. Between the bones, there is a liquid called synovial fluid whose function is to allow the joint to move freely by acting as a lubricant. This synovial fluid contains gas bubbles that pop when they receive some pressure, making the familiar sound we know. A most recent theory points to a cavity filled with gas that is formed when the joint is stretched apart. However, in both cases, the idea is the same: The popping noise comes from gas as primary agent. Since the gas stays in the synovial fluid more than 20 minutes, a person cannot crack his or her knuckles repeatedly. They need 20-30 minute intervals for that, and that’s why the kid in the library could not crack his fingers twice so quickly, which allowed me to write the first paragraph of my story without being interrupted by his noise.

     Finally, until now, there is no scientific evidence that links joint cracking to arthritis. Joint injuries, swelling and other problems are not beyond the bounds of possibility, but is not sure that you will end up dealing with these problems either. But the sound you make whenever you crack your knuckles is socially disturbing and annoying. Therefore, be careful and think about other people.

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April 2, 2016 Posted by | Anatomy, biology, Blogging, Culture, Curiosities, Education, Health, Journal, Journalism, Medicine, natural science(s) | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tell me the answer: When do you find peace in your heart?

By Eddy Montilla.


When you reach the point where you do not look for people’s esteem or care about their comments and hatred for you.

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March 26, 2016 Posted by | Blogging, coaching, Education, Inspiration, inspiring stories, Life, Personal Motivation, philosophy, Phrase, Quotes, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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