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COFFEE + TELEPHONE = SMARTPHONE SPEND APP DRIVING – STARBUCKS CROSSES ‘CURRENCIES’ INTO CHINA VIA PHONE SPEND Smart phone spend is another step towards eliminating cash in society. 3 million people prove it’s a hit to date. Starbucks has it’s own digital community. People check telephones, internet while waiting for coffee at Starbucks. To sell an app for something that people are addicted to, (coffee daily), is cheating. Kidding. :)
The biggest daily addictions we have in America across the board are – internet access use, fossil fuels, coffee. Some days, moaning and complaining the illusion of our internation statuses slight dipping, can rank up there too, like any other nation experiencing change.
Meanwhile, while Ben Harper is giving away free music, with a commentary Rock N’ Roll is free message on Starbucks very exciting digital community network (the website’s face changes daily – always a song for free – music with your coffee to download), Starbuck has its scopes set on China.
Reports Slashfood.Com, Starbucks is one of China’s most recognized brands. There story reads like this – “So what’s really fueling China’s rise to be the next superpower? Could it be…Starbucks? 

Oh what a difference a global recession makes. Three years ago, as sales of its overpriced lattes tanked, the world’s largest coffee chain scurried to shutter stores and slash payrolls.

Now, the empire strikes back.

Today Starbucks has set its sights on a kind of global domination. The chain celebrated record profits in 2010, as Nation’s Restaurant News reports, and it’s looking to parlay its recovery into worldwide expansion, with China as a major focus.”

Displaying some Venti-sized ambition, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz admonished investors at the company’s annual meeting in Seattle to “put your seatbelts on because the best is yet to come.” It sounds very back to the future. Put your seatbelts on. Come on Howard! Starbucks is all about the quality of the milk man. Mainly. Step up milk producers of the world to go with Starbucks awesome marketing machine. Developed like few others, under coffee bean branding imported from other nations and then sent out via American branding. Go figure.

In addition – although we admire Starbucks amazing marketing prowess and IT friendly internet cafe development models (with FREE music overlays to it), as consumers we have to support all cafes equally, simply because we get better coffee that way and keep the game fair as one supermodel shows at Coffee Bean and Tealeaf cafes in this post too.


~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.24.11~


Art is sometimes being “serenaded by a chorus of a thousand burning cigarettes.” For those who have a love of culture within the Napa Valley, this view of Napa is well worth sharing today from Ben Harper & Friends.

Pure art.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.11.11~



True fact: The Maori word for spirit is wairua. It means “two waters.” Water distribution is a spiritually humane act, because it takes anyone with spirit to ensure that people who need it, can have life each hour of the day. Our spirits need to act with goodness so water can happen for 1 billion people. Most of these people are in India and Africa. I wonder if China can help as water has so much significance as a metaphor for spirit in China. When I China is already helping share water.

Exciting News: For only $10 invested at Charity Water, one person in the world can have fresh clean drinking water, for a lifetime – when currently 1 billion people don’t have access to it yet. Isn’t that cool information?

It’s the end of the year in Hollywood. Normally I do the list of The 50 People Who Were Voted Most Hottest in Hollywood, as a really good compare and contrast democratic exercise in who is actually hot –vs, other media outlets lists. It can be quite surprisingly the results. On this website, votes are voted daily. The results always provide a study. For example Lady Gaga was no.1 last year, before she’d even appeared on Oprah’s Show.

This year though I thought instead of glorifying Hollywood’s Top 50 list, a priority first, was to link the list of stars, celebrities, hot Hollywood topics in this blogs category list with the topic of H2O. Sometimes we forget that the difference between a ‘star’ and an unknown third world person – is simply basics of humanity or human rights too, like clean drinking water being one–and equal access to it. So, before that list happens, let’s work the existing list already created of people and stars on this blog, who all can do something to help other peeps have life that flows daily with decent water.

Let’s do it as a Christmas gift to the world. Each star who gets any press going up online, have these news items emailed to them daily in the form of google alerts emails. So, in doing this exercise, this is my challenge as a Maori-Kiwi blogger to each one of US as I like US together as a global community connected to all people in the world, to give the gift of water this Christmas to someone else in celebration of life. Celebrity is about water. A celebrity is “anyone who deserves to be celebrated.” In giving water to someone else–we celebrate life, and we act like true celebrities of the world.

Merry Christmas and if you feel inclined, make a difference. is our water distribution agency today. It’s a trust that is action certified that Nicole Richie all year round. Richie also does work too for water distribution via UNICEF as well. I think that’s pretty gnarly good. Let’s do it and make a difference. Cheers and thanks for reading this blog all year round. May festive greetings flow to others too through US. Much love.

Until every person has clean drinking water –no one in the world has true power. Who are we fooling? There will never be peace in the world, if people are fighting over clean water each day. As a power balance exercise that makes us civilized nations look less fake in the eyes of the world, let’s have some fun and make it happen. :)

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.25.10~


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After touring together all year and carrying on like a regular let’s-get-it-on Marvin Gaye styled couple, Laura Dern awoke, to find divorce papers served on her by hubby and talented muzo Ben Harper. This news is either a) for reals. Or b) a Mel, Oksana, or, Demi and Ashton relationship-saga scandal to get some press.

Anyways, if true, Larua Dern will not be singing Angie Stone‘s Brotha Song this week, as it doesn’t apply to her life right now. Via Michael K of NYC: “In the documents, Ben states that he doesn’t want to pay spousal support and is asking for joint custody of their kids Ellery (9) and Jaya (5). Ben lists January of this year as the date of separation, but TMZ’s trusty sources claim that the two have been carrying on like a regular couple all year. They were living and traveling together.”

Wow. That’s a wake up call, to write and sing your own songs too, as the meal ticket, along marriages bumpy way, here in the US.

[Image courtesy of People magazine]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.10.10~

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