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May 31, 2022

60th Van Cliburn piano competition begins June 2 in Ft Worth

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May 29, 2022

on cultivating hope

This quote from HH the Karmapa struck a chord with me. It's easy to fall into hopelessness and then fall even further into indifference.

Finding our nobility of heart ~ HH the 17th Karmapa


"I have many hopes for the world, but I try not to have any expectations. Whether I can actually fulfill my aspirations or not, I wish to let them shape me and guide my actions in the world. Focusing on achieving results can make us too attached to our goals. Our dreams do not necessarily have to be fulfilled in order for us to be happy. Nurturing hopes is meaningful in and of itself. It is worth working toward them, regardless of the outcome. When we make this shift away from results, we will find greater courage to act on our aspirations for the world. We will find our nobility of heart."

– 17th Karmapa

from the book "The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out"

May 28, 2022

The real law enforcement disgrace

So the Uvalde LEOs were afraid to go against a guy armed with an AR15 assault rifle and a shitload of ammo. And rightfully so. They may have been cowardly, but they aren't stupid. None of them wanted to be first in the door to die.

LEOs for years have known how terribly lethal are these assault rifles. The real disgrace is that they haven't called for their complete ban for civilians. But that too is cowardly. Gosh to do so would make them -- ya know -- look bad. Which I guess to them is more intolerable than how they look now after all the carnage that's being laid at their feet.

May 27, 2022

It's all about selling guns

it's all about selling guns. Guns are durable products. They don't wear out or spoil like shoes and milk. Once you buy a gun; it doesn't rot or wear out, needing to be replaced. Ah, but gun manufacturers need to stay in business and increase sales. So after the market is saturated with hunting shot guns and rifles, and everyone already has a pistol on their nightstand, guN manufacturers still need to make sales. I know, lets create a market for civilians to buy assault rifles. And we'll create a need for them by scaring people that there's a menace coming their way. Better to take your assault weapon with you when you go to the 7-11 to get some beer. But you'll be protected in case one of those scarey Moslems or a couple of big black guys come in the store.

Let's be clear about this. The gun lobby exists to sell guns. So it bribes politicians to resist creating laws to restrict or regulate gun sales. Corrupt politicians take gun lobby money to buy advertising and run campaigns to stay in power. They are not there to serve the people. They are there to serve corporate interests -- be it guns, Exxon, big pharma, etc.

But DUers know all this.

May 26, 2022

They're changing the narrative to

how incompetent the cops were for not going in right away. It's all their fault. That way they don't have to talk about why it's legal for a teenager to buy an assault weapon.

May 26, 2022

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May 25, 2022

Why do we allow gun massacres?

Because gun manufacturers run the NRA, which BRIBES politicians with obscene amounts of "campaign donations." That is the primary reason. Those politicians, in turn, generate bullshit rationalizations about 2nd amendment "gun rights." Bullshit because the 2nd amendment is about well-regulated state militias bearing arms, not individuals. Regulated, as in states pass laws and regulations about who and when militias can bear and use arms.

Obviously the root of the problem is the greed of gun manufacturers. After that the problem is our inability to address campaign finance reform.

May 13, 2022

So if a human zygote is a person,

can it be insured like other children can be insured? And can parents take a child tax credit for it?

May 7, 2022

Religion in the Handmaid's Tale

As I wrote in a previous post, I'm wading thru the TV version of the Handmaid's Tale. Let me state up front that I am a long time student of Buddhism. There is no creator god in Buddhism.

I know that Handmaid's Tale is fiction, but good grief, it so parallels what we see in real life. Margaret Atwood has said that she combed thru pages and pages of newspapers and found examples in real life somewhere of everything she depicts in her book. So there's that.

But what strikes me as so horrendous in this people in Gilead quote the old testament at every turn. Old testament verses are used to justify every act of cruelty, slavery, and oppression of women. Men who are not the patrician elites are oppressed too.

There is never a quote or reference to the New Testament. No do unto others, no blessed are the peacemakers, no don't throw the first stone, no feed and care for the poor, no good samaritans. Just a never ending succession of vengefully cruel and barbaric punishments for infractions large and small.

Did today's RW Christo-Fascists read this book as a prescription and guide book?

This TV series has affected me deeply. Very difficult to watch, but I'm committed to seeing every bit of it. Make no mistake, the RW Christo-Fascists in our midst want to take over and impose their dystopian vision on us.

May 6, 2022

Oh lord! I'm watching the Handmaid's Tale TV series.

I read the book years ago. But good grief, this female dystopian view of what can happen when a Christo-Fascist cult takes over society is frightening! So many parallels to what we see today. An underlying theme is: we didn't pay attention. The RW nutjobs were there all along, saying women should give up careers and stay home to raise babies. Demonizing LGBT as gender traitors. Clitorectomies for lesbians to remove the "little problem." Organizing to overthrow the gov by a coup. It was there all along, and we just didn't pay attention. If you haven't done so already, read the book or watch the TV series.

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