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Posted by Jim Warren in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed May 09th 2007, 04:44 PM

It is with great respect and and honor that I mention the privilege that allowed me to be in attendance this morning to hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama speak to a relatively small audience.

Through study early on in my life with Trungpa Rimpoche, I've been of later years more of no nonsense Basho school of Buddhist practice: chop wood,carry water.
Yet today, in the same room with this man, tears streamed my face and I knew not why. I am not usually given to such reactions. I can only say this person carries with him a truly magnificent spirit, and it can reach out and touch you.

In his remarks he mentioned 9/11 and it was apparent he is painfully aware of the suffering that has transpired with those events and the aftermath including the on going war.
His message here was such an uplifting experience: Know that your "enemy" was created by the same forces that created you, learn to separate the violent act even from the person who may be committing it and work to help them regain balance and see it is equally harmful to themselves as well.

This person, carrying the weight of his home country and against the forces who would just as soon see him not around is truly a remarkable example of living compassion, lightness and spontaneity.
EX: He was asked what advice he could give to rearing children in the world today and he, a lifelong monk, replied: "I'm hardly the best person to ask that". After the laughter subsided he said that perhaps if he married and had children he would then be better equipped to offer an opinion.

Truly a remarkable experience. If interested, a viewing of this visit and speech with Q&A will be available and streaming tomorrow @

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Posted by Jim Warren in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Sun Sep 17th 2006, 09:44 PM

The Holy Nuclear Crusades?

Folks, that's what we are witnessing today, right now!
Not WW III, but the next (and maybe final) installment of Holy Wars.

I point to the 9/11/06 issue of the New Yorker and the piece by Lawrence Wright titled THE MASTER PLAN. IMO an excellent piece of journalism albeit quite lengthy. If you get a chance I highly recommend it, not solely for the fact of the reporting on the radical
elements of Muslim fundamentalist but also because it is what I think bushco Inc. also truly believes to be the case in their inner circle. The Holy Wars have begun!

Below is a synopsis and timetable of THE MASTER PLAN distilled from the article as a quick read, inadequate as it for the whole piece is really worth the time.

*1.The twenty-year plan began on September 11th, with a stage called “The Awakening.” The ideologues within Al Qaeda believed that “the Islamic nation was in a state of hibernation,” because of repeated catastrophes inflicted upon Muslims by the West. By striking America—“the head of the serpent”—Al Qaeda caused the United States to “lose consciousness and act chaotically against those who attacked it. This entitled the party that hit the serpent to lead the Islamic nation.” This first stage ended in 2003, when American troops entered Baghdad.
*2.The second, “Eye-Opening” stage will last until the end of 2006, Hussein writes. Iraq will become the recruiting ground for young men eager to attack America.
*3.The third stage, “Arising and Standing Up,” will last from 2007 to 2010. Al Qaeda’s focus will be on Syria and Turkey, but it will also begin to directly confront Israel, in order to gain more credibility among the Muslim population.
*4.In the fourth stage, lasting until 2013, Al Qaeda will bring about the demise of Arab governments. “The creeping loss of the regimes’ power will lead to a steady growth in strength within Al Qaeda,” Hussein predicts. Meanwhile, attacks against the Middle East petroleum industry will continue, and America’s power will deteriorate through the constant expansion of the circle of confrontation. “By then, Al Qaeda will have completed its electronic capabilities, and it will be time to use them to launch electronic attacks to undermine the U.S. economy.” Islamists will promote the idea of using gold as the international medium of exchange, leading to the collapse of the dollar.
*5.Then an Islamic caliphate can be declared, inaugurating the fifth stage of Al Qaeda’s grand plan, which will last until 2016. “At this stage, the Western fist in the Arab region will loosen, and Israel will not be able to carry out preëmptive or precautionary strikes,” Hussein writes. “The international balance will change.” Al Qaeda and the Islamist movement will attract powerful new economic allies, such as China, and Europe will fall into disunity.
*6.The sixth phase will be a period of “total confrontation.” The now established caliphate will form an Islamic Army and will instigate a worldwide fight between the “believers” and the “non-believers.” Hussein proclaims, “The world will realize the meaning of real terrorism.” By 2020, “definitive victory” will have been achieved. Victory, according to the Al Qaeda ideologues, means that “falsehood will come to an end. . . . The Islamic state will lead the human race once again to the shore of safety and the oasis of happiness.”

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Posted by Jim Warren in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Sun Apr 02nd 2006, 01:58 PM
French labor factions are super-sensitive to even minute changes in labor relations they see as portent of predatory capitalism grinding onward under the rubric of "globalization". The New World Order indeed.

In France, to the streets over capitalism
By William Pfaff | April 1, 2006

THE MANIFESTATIONS by French students, workers (and would-be workers), with unions and the French left riding on their bandwagon, have amounted to a spontaneous revolt in France against something that I suspect few of the participants fully appreciate.
The protests contest a certain form of capitalist economy which a large part, if not the majority, of French society regards as a danger to national standards of justice -- and above all, to equality.

Consider classical economist David Ricardo's ''iron law of wages," which says that in conditions of wage competition and unlimited labor supply, wages will fall to just above subsistence. There never before has been unlimited labor. There is now, thanks to globalization -- and the process has only begun.

It seems that this European unrest signals a serious gap in political and corporate understanding of the human consequences of a capitalist model that considers labor a commodity and extends price competition for that commodity to the entire world. In the longer term, there may be more serious political implications in this than even France's politicized students suspect. What seems the reactionary or even Luddite position might prove prophetic. /

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Posted by Jim Warren in Massachusetts
Mon Mar 20th 2006, 11:23 AM
Attended a candlelight vigil last night in this little town in western Mass. organized by a courageous local chapter of Women in Black. We, son and wife, are not from here but were glad to attend something local. From 7 to about 8:30, cold as heck, about 15 people showed up. Passersby comments and honks I'd say were easily ten to one in support of our effort, and this tends to be a red area in an otherwise all blue state.

Best thing......toward the end a cruiser went by, momentarily flipped on his roof lights, made a U-turn and parked off to one side. The officer got of out of the car and walked over to where my 17 yo son was standing holding a big END THIS ILLEGAL WAR NOW sign. I made my way over pretty quick to just kinda watch his back and the cop was saying to him......

"I'm a veteran and I support what you're saying, it isn't right and we should end it and get out"......

My son replied "yeah me too, we support the troops and we want every one of them to come home safe now"

They shook hands and he gave the group a nod and left.

It's changing and I sincerely hope there is time.
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