This year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love movement in San Francisco, California. This movement originates when the young people of California and the United States start questioning the status-quo of social inequality, freedom of speech, consumerism, Vietnam War, youth rights and liberty, and the right to do as I please.
The movement initiates late 1966, by January 1967 the original influencers gathered in Golden Gate Park on a beautiful sunny day and everything indicated that there was a revolution brewing the sorts that no one had ever seen. City officials, California government and the Haight/Ashbury community had to brace for impact and new there was no turning back to what was about to happen by summer’s time. And, that’s exactly what happened. Over one hundred thousand youngsters arrived in masses starting summer time on school break.
The rest is history and well depicted in this documentary. Peace and enjoy
Source: KQED PBS
AAT say yes, to the question: “Have we been visited or currently visited by extraterrestrials”, and I have to say yes too. After all the evidence that human kind has collected throughout its history, it is more than evident that this is the case and that our civilization has been influenced by other worldly beings.
The evidence we have today comes from ancient religions and tales from different cultures from around the world and most of them coincide that we originate from the gods that came from the skies and that they manifested themselves in different ways. In some tales you have the flying carpets, a form of transportation most notably found in oriental tales and mentioned in the writings of different civilizations at various points of time in history. Other forms of manifestations are that of space ships moving at incredible speeds without noise and beaming lights. In addition, there are areas in our planet with intense magnetic fields such as the Bermuda Triangle that have puzzled navigators since the time when Columbus reached the new world and still the scientific community has no real explanations of what happens there. La Zona del Silencio in northern Mexico where cellphones drop out of range, radios and compass don’t work, there are strange rocks everywhere and strange mutated animals. It is located between the same parallel as the Bermuda Triangle, 26 degrees N and 28 degrees N of the equator and connects to the Egyptian Pyramids. Or the portals around the world such as Hayu Marca in my Native Peru discovered in 1996-very recent- a huge mysterious door-like structure in the Hayu Marca mountain region of Southern Peru. Hayu Marca, 35 kilometers from the city of Puno has long been revered by local Indians as the “City of the Gods”, and has never been fully explored because of the rugged mountain terrain. Although no actual city has ever been discovered, many of the rock formations of the region resemble buildings and artificial structures. The door, or the “Puerta de Hayu Marca” (Gate of the gods/spirits) has been at some time in the distant past carved out of a natural rock face and it measures exactly seven meters in height by seven meters in width with a smaller alcove in the center at the base, which measures in at just under two meters in height.
There is so much physical evidence in paintings, arts crafts, texts, and word of mouth from generation to generation that keep surfacing every year and have similarities between cultures. Most emphatically, the physical evidence of extraterrestrial influence is present in the colossal architecture that we find around the world today from different civilizations that one has to ask oneself, how in the world did these ancient people with no technology build such magnificent structures with the primitive tools that they had? Not even today, with our current technology would we be able to construct or move such massive stones and perform the detail of craftsmanship that we find in sites such as Puma Punku in Bolivia or scattered around Egypt, just to name a couple. The reality is that they are present around the world but many not known to mainstream except for the famous sites.
The physical evidence is mind boggling. Sites like the Nazca Lines, Ollantaytambo, the massive stones of Sacsayhuaman in Cuzco with its massive stones with the largest weighing 200-300 tons, the Paracas mommies with the elongated skulls, Marcahuasi all in Peru. The Moai of Easter Islands, the largest weighing 80 ton, Puma Punku in the Highlands of Bolivia a field of giant stones scattered with fine carvings with such precision that would have been impossible without modern tools over a thousand years ago or more according to some scholars. Other sites such as Ba’albek, Lebanon, Aswan Egypt, the Ghiza Plateau, etc.
This is a topic of much controversy and there is much skepticism on these matters, in the same way that before 1492 Europeans thought that the world was flat and if you sailed west you would plunder into oblivion. We are talking a little over 500 years and look where we are today. But why is the evidence starting to appear more rapidly and becoming more mainstream? In part because of better technology, such as Satellite imaging of deserts and jungles and I am a firm believer that the way things are currently evolving, sooner rather than later we are going to really start understanding this mystical puzzle. Secondly, space exploration was controlled by governmental agencies and kept as top secret. This is changing rapidly with the private sector going into space exploration. Companies like Space X are continuously developing the technology to go where no humans have gone before, even with setbacks such as the one suffered in August of this year when according to Space X president Elon Musk: “SpaceX’s Falcon 9 blew up while it stood on its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station moments before a test firing of its engines. No humans were on board and no one was hurt. It was scheduled to launch a commercial satellite for Facebook valued at $200 Million. The blast occurred while crews were fueling the rocket.” Sapec X just announced yesterday that in eight years travel to Mars will be routine and a human colony will be established. This will be huge.
Like in any other industry, there are many setbacks to develop the technology to ultimately propel human kind into new heights; we’ve been through this cycle before. But just to get an idea of the geometrical growth of the money invested into the industry, Venture capital firms invested $1.8 billion in commercial space startups in 2015, nearly doubling the amount of venture cash invested in the industry in all of the previous 15 years combined. The industry is expanding fast and very soon man will be on space on a regular and permanent basis, besides the space station. The moon is currently being evaluated with the help of satellites to identify the best real state areas for developing colonies, launching pads, refueling stations, you name it. This is turning out to be a race in the same way that back in the day the Spanish, Dutch, English, Belgian, Portuguese sailed across the globe stablishing territories as colonies. This is just the beginning. And, along this ride we are going to start to discover that we are not alone and no longer will governments be able to conceal information and evidence to human kind.
Much information has been withheld from mainstream, UFO crashes around the world such as Area 51 in New Mexico, or Dalnegorsk in Russia. There is a theory that through reverse engineering we have been able to deconstruct the technology found in these crashes and develop many of the products, materials and technologies that we have today. Many of these technologies started appearing after Second World War and in the last half century human kind have advanced more than in any other time in history- technology development has been exponential. Technologies such as fiber optics, microchips, wireless communications, night vision, advance and composite materials, etc. In addition, another theory suggests that certain individuals such as Leonard De Vinci or Steven Jobs were ahead of its time and chosen to transmit this knowledge to humans.
Videos are also interesting but more controversial and most are fake- but maybe not all. There are a couple recent ones in Peru and Izmir, Turkey that are peculiar. But for me the physical evidence of buildings, architecture, materials and art is what puzzles me; it just wasn’t that ancient people cut these stones with hammers and chisels and rolled them on trees.
“There is more than meets the eye”
Obtaining the recipe for the Pisco Punch turned out to be quite and endeavor for Guillermo Toro-Lira, many twists, turns and false leads. Research took them-he and wife Brenda- to Salinas, Monterey and the San Francisco Public library many times looking at archives and talking to people that had some information of the evolution of San Francisco’s early days, traditions and of its fine establishments.
Some of the finds of this research included the history of Pisco itself. How did Pisco come about? When the Spanish colonized South America, they brought with them their vines from Europe and soon after started producing wine of great quality. After this occurred, the Spanish wine producers started complaining about their sales decrease because of the competition from local producers of wine and King Phillip II of Spain prohibited the production of all wine in all the Viceroyalty of Peru. As ingenuous as Peruvians are, soon after they started producing Pisco, which is a distilled spirit and did not directly compete with the wine importers.
Another find was that during the Gold Rush of Northern California, Peru established the first consulate of all of South American countries in San Francisco and was one of the first in the world. It was founded in 1849 when the brigantine of war Gamarra anchored in this coast carrying documents sent by President Ramon Castilla, to protect the interests of Peruvians during the gold rush. It happens that many Peruvians came to the gold rush in ships from Callao Port in Lima, because they were expert miners compared to other migrants that did not have a clue when it came to mining techniques. Peru and its ancient civilizations have been mining for millennia. Worldwide, today Peru is # 2 in Silver and Copper production and 6th in Gold, among other minerals. Mineral exports represent 60% of all exports.
Along this research they came across information that perplexed Guillermo and his wife Brenda many times. For instance, what we now know as the famous Ghirardelli Chocolate Co. in Fisherman’s Wharf, was founded by an Italian chocolatier, Domingo Ghirardelli that migrated from Lima, Peru to San Francisco in 1849. He started his business in 1852, had nine children and was married to Peruvian Carmen Alvarado Pimentel.
Another interesting fact found during the research was that many people of the Americas of the 1800’s traveled to Peru to attend university at the second oldest university in the Americas, Universidad of San Marcos in Lima founded in 1551- oldest is the Universidad Autonoma of Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic founded in 1538. Back in the day, San Marcos University was considered top notch and it produced many famous intellectuals. Because of extended political instability in Peru in the last 150 years, this public university is not even the shadow of what it once was. It has been over politicized and its quality has diminished considerably. Perhaps, now with the new political and economic winds blowing in Peru right now after a positive Presidential election this last Sunday April 9th, that the overall situation in Peru will improve to the point of where it once stood as a prosper nation and as the amazing millenary culture that it is. With this in mind, many old institutions and industries can regain the leadership that they once had. That is the hope of the vast majority of Peruvians, despite still having a strong communist and terrorist presence in parts of the territory that have only proven to be a generator of poverty and mediocrity, but that hopefully will soon be eradicated by the new policies of wealth creation with “real” inclusion.
By the 1870’s Pisco Punch was the most demanded drink in all of San Francisco. But it remains a mystery on why to this day this is something that vanished from San Francisco culture and that it could have been San Francisco’s trade mark drink. The most logical explanation is that the recipe was well guarded by just one man and that the National Prohibition Act of 1919 which lasted thirteen year was the culprit to extinguish this tradition and preference. The recipe was carefully guarded by the Bank’s Exchange owner, Duncan Nicol or Pisco John as he was known. He got this nick name from another funny anecdote in Guillermo’s research which happened when the telephone lines were installed in the city in 1903 and the assigned number in the Bank Exchange was 3246, but also needed a name as a prefix to the number which in this case was John- John3246. So, when people called and did not remembered the number they would tell the operator please John of the Pisco, which soon was abbreviated to “Pisco John. “
It is only now that because of this research and because of the recent popularity and reintroduction of Pisco that this story is coming to light. In addition, many Peruvian restaurants in San Francisco now offer Pisco. Coincidentally, today the most famous Peruvian restaurant in San Francisco, created and operated by famous Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio-considered father of the present successful positioning of Peruvian Cuisine worldwide- restaurant La Mar, sits just five blocks from the original Bank Exchange location. This is not mentioned in Guillermo’s research, it is my own observation of this coincidence. If you look at the map carefully, you’ll notice that the Bank Exchange was located in the corner of Montgomery and Washington Street where the Transamerica pyramid is today- on the map the street on the right towards the bay is Washington and the waterfront is Montgomery Street- restaurant La Mar is located five blocks away almost in straight line following Washington St. towards the water front to Pier 1-1/2. Thus, the Bank Exchange was at the water’s edge in its time and so does La Mar today in what is now landfill. I know for a fact that La Mar serves great Pisco and Pisco Sours. I am intrigued if they prepare the famous Pisco Punch concoction? That is something that I will have to find out in my next visit.
After many hours of research from Guillermo, the recipe he came for Pisco Punch is the following:
The actual concoction preparation is another story and an arduous process, including macerations and alterations. Not even this research believes that all the ingredients and processes are complete. There is a brief explanation of the assumed process in Guillermo’s book and should be followed as reference to prepare the famous Pisco Punch.
“Wings of Cherubs” The Saga of the Rediscovery of Pisco Punch, Old San Francisco Mystery Drink By: Guillermo Toro-Lira