Thursday, August 17, 2017

Meditation and Veganism: Connection?

Russell Simmons (vegkitchen.com); Crystal Quintero, Amber Larson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Vegan desserts are easy to make and taste better than the old junk food versions (WQ).

Making the Connection
Meditation Made Simple
I used to get down with the best of them. I’ve often said that back in the day I’d eat [animal corpse] ribs, flanks, chitlins, buffalo wings, pig’s feet...probably even an elephant’s ass [saucy rectum] if you had put it on a plate in front of me.

I never spent a moment considering what sort of damage that food was wreaking on me because I had grown up listening to the world instead of my body.
Vegan foods are healthy and taste great!
And the world told me that greasy, fatty meats should make me happy and content. So that’s what I believed, despite all the evidence to the contrary. Until I woke up.
 
I use the term “wake up” because I believe that eating meat actually represents unconscious behavior. We all know in our hearts that eating meat is wrong -- bad for what it does to our bodies and terrible for the suffering it creates for the animals that are killed on our behalf.

Vegan for Everything (veganstreet.com)
When the Bible spoke of giving man [humans] “dominion” over the animals, the intention wasn’t to cosign an industrial farming industry that slaughters more than ten billion land animals in the United States each year alone.

[That] farming industry is one of the biggest contributors to global warming. I suspect the damage eating meat is causing is why Albert Einstein once said, “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

Man meditatingYet, often until we learn how to be still through a tool like meditation, we can’t hear that truth in our hearts because we’re so distracted by the noise of those who would have us believe eating meat is okay.

I can say without reservation that I would have never become a vegan if I hadn’t started meditating first.

Without meditation, I would have continued to be a sheep, a follower who kept engaging in harmful acts because everyone else was doing it, too.
 
Meditation gave me both the clarity to see that I didn’t like harming animals and then the confidence... More

Handcuffed prisoner escapes cop car (video)


Let me go, a$$holes! I'm white!! (AP)
JONESBORO, Arkansas (KAIT) - A Jonesboro [cop who can't drive] was injured in a police car crash near Scurlock Industries near Johnson Ave. and Culberhouse.
 
According to a news release from the Jonesboro Police Department, the cop was injured around 5:22 pm when his patrol car overturned while taking a [rambunctious] prisoner to jail.
 
Logan Younger (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)
Logan Younger (Craighead County Sheriff)
The prisoner, 19-year-old Logan Younger, was thrown out the back window of the vehicle. He fled the scene but was caught a short time later.
 
A Facebook user caught Younger on video trying to flee the scene.
 
The officer was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by the Jonesboro Fire Department.
 
Does DT want law and order for meth heads?
The officer, Justin Thompson, was flown to a Memphis hospital. He is conscious and talking but is still undergoing tests to determine the nature and extent of his injuries.
 
Younger was treated at St. Bernards Medical Center then booked on escape, public intoxication, fleeing on foot, and minor in possession charges. The cause of the accident is under investigation. More

When the US gov't confiscated all the gold

Pat Macpherson, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


Executive Order 6102 was a United States presidential executive order signed on April 5, 1933 that took everyone's gold away by force.

People were forced to accept paper money for their gold. ...The Uebersee Finanz-Korporation entrusted the gold to an American firm for safekeeping, and the Swiss were shocked to find that...

The Gold Reserve Act (the United States Gold Reserve Act of January 30, 1934) required that all gold be turned in and traded for worthless paper... By 1975 Americans could again freely own and trade gold. ...United States Supreme Court, which narrowly upheld Roosevelt's gold confiscation policy.

Did FDR really confiscate Americans' gold in 1933? Did Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt confiscate gold from U.S. citizens in 1933? Is that gold held in Fort Knox, a currently empty gold vault?

They can just steal our gold by decree?
Gold Confiscation? Americans continue to have an attraction to gold perhaps because... I, HARRY S. TRUMAN, President of the United States of America, acting under...

Should I be worried about gold confiscation? Americans who owned gold were told to deliver their gold to the... In 1933, the United States found itself in the thick of the Great Depression.

FDR's 1933 gold confiscation was a bailout of the [private bank known as the] Federal Reserve... President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1933 executive order outlawing the private ownership of gold in the United States was arguably unconstitutional. But that didn't stop him...

The day the government seized Americans' gold (four day after April Fool's Day)...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Far Right (Nazi, White Racist) Rallies Planned

via KTLA; Pat Macpherson, Pfc. Sandoval, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Top stories on the new Trump Country racism in Virginia and every other state (KTLA)
White nationalists, neo-Nazis, “alt-right” clash with counter-protesters as they enter Lee Park during “Unite the Right” rally 8/12/2017, Virginia (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images).
Me and my family and Pencey Boy say thumbs up to racist free speech and Nazi rallies!

"March on Google" aimed at Venice Beach, 8 other locations amid planned far right rallies 
We're  keeping our white privilege.
Major cities across the country are bracing for a wave of far right rallies in the coming days. The largest scheduled rally is the “March on Google,” which will take place in nine major US cities Saturday.

The aim is to protest the firing of Google employee James Damore over a controversial memo he wrote about the company’s diversity policies. Damore has said he doesn’t support the “alt-right,” and will “likely not” participate.
 
The website for the “March on Google” said the event “condemns and disavows violence, hatred, and bigotry and all groups that espouse it such as White Nationalists, KKK, Antifa, and NeoNazis.”

Pres. Trump's Nuremberg-style rallies may have inspired American Nazis (AP).
 
“Is this an “Alt-Right” event? The answer is no. This is an event for First Amendment supporters from across the country, from all backgrounds, ethnicity, and walks of life. We will not tolerate any incendiary actions, messages, remarks, or gestures that go against the respectful, ‘open basket’ spirit of the event,” the site states.
 
The “March on Google” rallies are scheduled to take place at these Google locations around the country:
  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Boston
  • Venice Beach
  • Mountain View
  • New York
  • Pittsburgh
  • Seattle
  • Washington, D.C.
The Los Angeles-area event was set to take place near Google’s Venice Beach offices at 340 Main St. The event’s website says the protesters will meet at 350 Main St. and are expected to demonstrate from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. 

It was unclear how many people were expected to attend. Some alt-right organizations are scheduled to lead more localized demonstrations. More
  • Boston is preparing for a rally from alt-right group Boston Free Speech on Saturday. The city mayor has said the city won’t tolerate racism, bigotry, and violence.
  • San Francisco is preparing for two rallies August 26 and August 27. Mayor Edwin Lee said the city can’t condone a rally that incites hate. “I ask that when they chant of hate, San Francisco chants of love. When they talk of despair, San Francisco talks about hope.”
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Lies Across America with Prof. Loewen (kpfa.org/episode/letters-and-politics)
Host Mitch Jeserich talks with James Loewen, emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Vermont, who worked with a commission studying Confederate monuments in Baltimore. Loewen is the author of such books as Lies My Teacher Told Me, Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong, and The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader.


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Our Buddha Boy and Goddess Girl (video)

Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson, Crystal Quintero, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly; Deccan Times

Buddha Boy was elevated to guru by followers and well-wishers (dharmasangha.info)
Goddess Girl, as we're calling Sadhvi Saraswati, is standing up for ahimsa (Indian Express)

(Maitriya Guru) Buddha Boy/Ven. Dharma Sangha's blessings from Feb. 5, 2016 (Maitriya.info)
 
The Buddha was right! Follow the Dharma.
In this day (dystrumpian times) and age (Kali Yuga), it is not easy to find a proper role model, a hero/heroine, an idol who does not quickly disappoint.

Buddhists (and anarchist punks) have no need for heroes, it is said. But that's not to say we don't enjoy admiring good people doing good things (rejoice/saddhu-saddhu-saddhu!) even as the world comes after them for doing it.

Monster (Mara) breathes down Buddha's neck
Take our heroine Dr. Jill Stein, M.D., Green Party presidential candidate who stood up to the twin-monsters Donny and Hillary and did not succumb to Barry or Bernie's misleading sweet talk. She stands up to corporations at the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) as a water protector and is arrested and threatened with fines and jail.

Where's my Grrl Crew, Boo? - I'm CariBOO.
Kids look up to rich automatons Tadolf Swiftler and Catty Purry because that's what they're fed. Not us.

When we want youthful idols to look up to, we look toward the Himalayas to "Buddha Boy" (Ram Bahadur Bomjon/Maitreya?/Ven. Dharma Sangha) and Sadhvi Saraswati-ji, whom we're calling the living "Goddess Girl" (not to be confused with the revolving Nepalese Kumari).

I blame it on Russell Brand, my ex.
If for no spiritual reason, look how they stand up for animals and our environment! But there are spiritual reasons relating to lives lived dedicated to meditating and awakening in a time of great lust, anger, and confusion (aka "greed, hatred, and delusion," the Three Poisons of the heart and mind in Buddhism).

It's been seven years of meditation, long enough -- according to the historical Buddha -- to attain enlightenment.
(Satipatthana Sutra/"The Four Foundations of Mindfulness Discourse")

Who is Buddha Boy?
It all began in 2005 under a tree in Nepal.
Ram Bahadur Bomjon (Sanskrit, राम बहादुर बामजान), nicknamed "Buddha Boy" (born circa April 9, 1990), is also known by the monastic names Palden Dorje and now Dharma Sangha. He was born in Ratanapuri, Nepal. He rose to fame when he drew media attention and tens of thousands of visitors by months of complete fasting and meditation. He began his meditation on May 16, 2005 until large crowds disrupted him "because there is no peace" when they started coming to see him in large numbers. He left and reappeared elsewhere in Nepal on December 26, 2006. He left again on March 8, 2007. On March 26, 2007, inspectors from the Area Police Post Nijgadh in Ratanapuri found Bomjon meditating inside an underground chamber of about 7 square feet. More

Buddha Boy no show at Hindu killing festival (Wisdom Quarterly) Gyanendra's kin leads campaign against animal sacrifice [at horrific Hindu Gadhimai Festival]...by Nepal's Buddha Boy Ram Bahadur Bomjan taking up cudgels on its behalf. 

Buddha Boy beats instigators... "I took minor action against them after taking them under control when they came to disrupt my meditation... Did Buddha Boy really stand up to instigators?
 
The Incredible Buddha Boy (Longform.org) A legend is growing in Nepal, where people say a meditating boy hasn't... 

Mass slaughter of innocent animals for insane Hindu (Judeo-Christian) sacrifice ritual
The 2014 Gadhimai festival is now over, but there are actions you can take to... Stop Animal Sacrifice is website promoting awareness and action against animal... Nepal is predominately Hindu [according to census officials who purposely miscount whole families to make this small country the only Hindu nation in the world] but was the [alleged] birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha [who was actually born in ancient Kapilavastu, more likely in Bamiyan, Afghanistan]. ...Thousands of buffaloes were standing in an enclosure when [Hindu] butchers... 

Gadhimai festival in Nepal - Occupy for Animals! It takes up to 25 attempts to kill a big buffalo. The suffering is unimaginable. Campaigners have protested against the widespread public [religious] sacrifice in Nepal... stands in the way of abolishing archaic practices such as animal sacrifice as well... religious icons like the "Buddha Boy" Ram Bahadur Bomjan, among others. 

A buddha differs from an ordinary arhat.
Palden: Buddha Dharma ...to collect as much information as possible regarding the wonderful ascetic and... According to scriptures, Nepal is an abode of sacrifice and meditation of... When he was only 4 to 5 years old he used to take food set aside for him only after... 

Buddha, The Sensible Rationalist! (nirmukta.com) Great store, great wealth is thine; make (cow) sacrifice! ... young Brahmin to debate the Buddha regarding Varna Dharma. The boy tells the Buddha to disprove the fact that Brahmins were ... In contrast to Jainism's extreme opposition to violence toward animals, the Buddha took a moderate stand on this issue.

You take the good, you take the bad, you take it all and there you have...bad karma decrying a good aspirant to enlightenment in our dark and dismal times. About four tiny but fishy websites (Irregular Times, Setopati, The Halkoriya Times, who spell their own name wrong, and Buddha Boy Media) seem to be dedicated-haters trolling Buddha Boy to defame him and take the con view as we take the pro view. But it is good to take in all honest views.
Living Goddess says, Stop eating cows!
  
Ascetic Hinduism is all about ahimsa
Amid the raging debate over cow slaughter and consumption of beef, a sadhvi [female-sadhu or ascetic] attending a meet of various Hindu outfits here has said those who consider eating beef as a status symbol should be hanged [in public as a negative example to others].

Beautiful, kind Sadhvi Saraswati
The remarks made by Sadhvi Saraswati here last evening triggered a sharp reaction from the Congress, which said her speech would spark communal hatred [because minority Muslims and Christians kill and eat a lot of beef] and asked the BJP-led government in Goa to lodge an FIR against her.
"I appeal to the Government of India that those people who consider eating meat of their own mother as a status symbol should be hanged," Sadhvi Saraswati from Madhya Pradesh said.

"They [those who eat beef] should be brought before the public and hanged. Then only people will know that it is our duty [dharma or social obligation] to protect 'gau mata' [lit., 'cow mother,' source of sustenance, nourishing parent]," she said while commenting on beef consumption during the inauguration of All India Hindu Convention at Ramnathi village here.

Passion for cow-kindness leads to hyperbole?
Sadhvi Saraswati, president of Sanatan Dharma Prachar Seva Samiti of Chhindwada in Madhya Pradesh, also wanted the Hindus to keep arms in their homes to protect themselves:

"If we do not stock arms, we will be destroyed in future," she said.

"Today Bharat [India] is under attack from all directions. Efforts are being made to separate Kashmir from Bharat and also stop the Amarnath pilgrimage. Bharatmata-Gaumata [Goddess "India Mother-Cow Mother"] are being censured," she said.

World-weary beauty and junior Hindu saint
Slamming the demand by some political parties to ban the outfits calling for the creation of the "Hindu Rāshtra," she said they should realize that no power in the country can prevent Hindus from establishing the "Hindu Nation" [in addition to the one India established in Nepal].

She said, "There is no such thing as saffron terrorism," adding that: "Saffron means dedicated life for the nation and dharma."

Nearly 130 Hindu organizations from 21 Indian states and countries including Bangladesh, [Buddhist] Sri Lanka, and Nepal are attending the four-day convention, its organizers said. More

"Einstein on Race and Racism" anti-racist hero

KPFK; Ashley Wells, Pat Macpherson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly; Einstein on Race and Racism
Einstein (left) rejected the offer to be the first president of Israel because he did not support Zionism and the formation of a Jewish state on Palestinian land like the CIA, England, the CIA-groomed Netanyahu brothers and other racist powers did. (Genius Nicolai Tesla on right).

Einstein on Race and Racism (amazon)
Nearly 50 years after his death, German Jewish scientist Albert Einstein (who was chased out of Germany and welcomed by Princeton, New Jersey) remains one of America's foremost cultural icons.
A thicket of materials, ranging from scholarly to popular, have been written, compiled, produced, and published about his life and his teachings.

Among the ocean of Einsteinia -- scientific monographs, biographies, anthologies, bibliographies, calendars, postcards, posters, and Hollywood films -- however, there is a peculiar void when it comes to the connection that the brilliant scientist had with the African American community.

Nowhere is there any mention of his close relationship with famous black American actor and bass singer Paul Robeson, despite Einstein's close friendship with him, or W.E.B. Du Bois, despite Einstein's support for him.
This unique volume is the first to bring together a wealth of writings by the scientist on the topic of race. Although his activism in this area is less well known than his efforts on behalf of international peace and scientific cooperation, Einstein spoke out vigorously against racism both in the United States and around the world.

Authors Prof. Fred Jerome and Rodger Taylor suggest that one explanation for this historical amnesia is that Einstein's biographers avoided "controversial" topics, such as his friendships with African Americans and his political activities.

Whut uhbout yoo, yeenius Tesla, did yoo oppose racizm? - I'ma notta involveda in politics.
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This includes his involvement as co-chair of an anti-lynching campaign, fearing that mention of these details may tarnish the feelgood impression his image lends topics of science, history, and America.

Combining Einstein's letters, speeches, and articles with engaging narrative and historical discussions that place his public statements in the context of his life and times, this important collection not only brings attention to Einstein's anti-racist public activities, but also provides insight into the complexities of anti-racist culture in America.

The volume also features a selection of candid interviews with African Americans who knew Einstein as children.

For a man whose words and reflections have influenced so many, it is long overdue that Einstein's thoughts on this vital topic are made easily accessible to the general public.
Further reading

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Real NEWS source: UnicornRiot.ninja (video)

Unicorn Collective (UnicornRiot.ninja); Editors, Wisdom Quarterly
The citizen journalist who videotaped the murder of Heather Heyer was part of Unicorn!





Minneapolis marches in solidarity with murdered anti-racist Heather Heyer
Heather Heyer was one of many hundreds of counter-protesters who were in Charlottesville, Virginia, voicing their opposition to a white nationalist, white supremacist, racist, NAZI, KKK gathering called "Unite the Right."
  • (See below for Unicorn Collective's coverage live from Charlottesville)
The event started outside of the state GOP headquarters building on Franklin Avenue in the Seward neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Speakers spoke against racism and white supremacy and a march went from Seward through Cedar-Riverside and ended in front of the Hennepin County Jail in downtown Minneapolis. More
  • "Half of the guns in this country (and there are more guns than people in this country) are owned by 9% of the people, mostly in red states" - Ian Masters ("Background Briefing," Aug. 15, 2017, KPFK.org)