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#76 2022-02-23 16:36:44

LU344928
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Re: What are you reading/want to read ?

blackhole wrote:
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Incredibly, the British government of Margaret Thatcher had continued to support the defunct Pol Pot regime in the United Nations and even sent the SAS to train his exiled troops in camps in Thailand and Malaysia.

Not incredible at all.  She was pure evil.

She was. But I think he was writing that for the 'uninitiated'.

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#77 2022-02-23 17:53:26

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Thatcher was unashamedly a Tory. I.e. not all worried about openly supporting fellow fascists:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/ … alt-whisky

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#78 2022-02-23 19:28:13

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Can we please let that be the final word and move on.  smile  Thanks.

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#79 2022-02-23 22:43:33

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biting the clouds By fiona foley

"...nationally renowned visual artist Fiona Foley addresses the inherent silences, errors and injustices from the perspective of her people, the Badtjala of K’gari (Fraser Island). She shines a critical light on the little-known colonial-era practice of paying Indigenous workers in opium..."

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#80 2022-02-24 00:23:01

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Sri Lanka also has a history of colonial abuse.  First there were the Portuguese then the Dutch and finally the British Empire. It went on for centuries . . . Of course they did everything they could to impose their religious beliefs on the "natives" as Western European colonists did all over the world.  Disgusting . . .

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#81 2022-02-24 13:12:57

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blackhole wrote:

Thatcher was unashamedly a Tory. I.e. not all worried about openly supporting fellow fascists[

She thought that laissez-faire capitalism could heal all of the basic problems of society, but at the same time, she blamed crime on a ‘lack of virtue’, and wanted government to promote ‘Victorian values’, i.e. homophobia and intolerance of minorities. She enacted policies that destroyed the fabric of society, then blamed society (which she claimed didn’t exist) for the resulting damage. She wasn’t a fascist. She was moralistic, unimaginative and lacked empathy.


What economists call over-production is but a production that is above the purchasing power of the worker, who is reduced to poverty by capital and state.
            ----+- Peter Kropotkin -+----

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#82 2022-02-24 13:56:34

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Excuse Me, Professor, Challenging the Myths of Progressivism

There’s little truly “progressive” about progressivism. True progress happens when people are free, yet the progressive agenda substantially diminishes freedom while promising the unachievable. Excuse Me, Professor provides a handy reference for anyone actively engaged in advancing liberty, with essential essays debunking more than 50 progressive clichés.

Does the free market truly ignore the poor? Are humans really destroying the Earth? Is the government truly the first best source to relieve distress?

Compiled and edited by Lawrence W. Reed in collaboration with the Foundation for Economic Education and Young America's Foundation, this anthology is an indispensable addition to every freedom lover's collection.

https://fee.org/resources/excuse-me-professor/

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#83 2022-02-24 14:22:42

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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Age_o … Capitalism

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#84 2022-02-24 16:14:39

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Kelsoo wrote:

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Age_o … Capitalism

Yeah, that is a good one.  Zuboff nails it!

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#85 2022-02-26 19:01:22

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golinux wrote:

Worse Than the Disease? Reviewing Some Possible Unintended Consequences of the mRNA Vaccines Against COVID-19

Stephanie Seneff Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT, Cambridge MA, 02139, USA
Greg Nigh Naturopathic Oncology, Immersion Health, Portland, OR 97214, USA

Abstract

Operation Warp Speed brought to market in the United States two mRNA vaccines, produced by Pfizer and Moderna. Interim data suggested high efficacy for both of these vaccines, which helped legitimize Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA. However, the exceptionally rapid movement of these vaccines through controlled trials and into mass deployment raises multiple safety concerns.

excellent read, thank you for sharing!

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#86 2022-02-26 19:33:35

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The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz

You are dreaming right now in this moment. You are dreaming with the brain awake.

  Dreaming is the main function of the mind, and the mind dreams twenty-four
  hours a day. It dreams when the brain is awake, and it also dreams when the
  brain is asleep. The difference is that when the brain is awake, there is a
  material frame that makes us perceive things in a linear way. When we go to
  sleep we do not have the frame, and the dream has the tendency to change
  constantly.

  Humans are dreaming all the time. Before we were born the humans before us
  created a big outside dream that we will call society’s dream or the dream
  of the planet. The dream of the planet is the collective dream of billions
  of smaller, personal dreams, which together create a dream of a family, a
  dream of a community, a dream of a city, a dream of a country, and finally a
  dream of the whole humanity. The dream of the planet includes all of
  society’s rules, its beliefs, its laws, its religions, its different
  cultures and ways to be, its governments, schools, social events, and
  holidays.

  We are born with the capacity to learn how to dream, and the humans who live
  before us teach us how to dream the way society dreams. The outside dream
  has so many rules that when a new human is born, we hook the child’s
  attention and introduce these rules into his or her mind. The outside dream
  uses Mom and Dad, the schools, and religion to teach us how to dream.

Conversation continued here.

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#87 2022-02-28 17:49:13

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https://universeadventure.org/

A thorough review of cosmology from actual scientists.


"Who's the idiot in charge?" — ralph.ronnquist

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#88 2022-03-01 13:05:22

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Mahzarin Banaji agreed to meet me on short notice. We met in the afternoon
   at her corner office in Harvard University’s psychology department. It was
   an extraordinary interview: When I left, three hours later, the whole world
   looked different.

   Banaji studied unconscious prejudices—subtle cognitive errors that lay
   beneath the rim of awareness. Her research disturbed me because it showed
   that the way we usually think about human behavior is flawed. Volunteers in
   Banaji’s experiments believed they were acting fairly, honorably, and
   wisely, but their actions were at odds with their intentions. They meant to
   do one thing but did something else. Strangely, until a psychological test
   revealed the discrepancy, the volunteers were not aware that they had been
   subtly biased.

   If unconscious forces could influence us when we made swift judgments about
   other people, could these forces influence us all the time? Upon returning
   to Washington, I quickly found research that showed how hidden tugs caused
   people to make grave financial errors and misjudgments about risk.
   Experiments were showing that voters could be manipulated into choosing one
   candidate over another—without the voters ever realizing they were
   manipulated. Unconscious traits explained why some married couples drifted
   apart and why some teams worked well together. Everywhere I looked, I found
   evidence of hidden cognitive mechanisms. Unconscious biases in the way
   memory, emotion, and attention work produced misunderstandings and
   protracted conflicts between people, groups—even nations. Subtle errors of
   the mind could explain why we have rushed into foolish wars and why we have
   sat on our hands as genocides unfolded.

The Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam

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#89 2022-03-01 19:01:23

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Here's another view of the mind.  One that is over 2500 years old. This is not a "reading" book. It is more of a reference/guide book to understanding experience:
Abhidhammattha Sangaha

Even as skillfully and well documented as these revisions are, it is inevitable that the content will be misunderstood by readers with no knowledge of Pali language or significant internal exploration of the  processes described, so tread lightly and don't embarrass yourself.  smile

FWIW . . . those involved in the revisions of the translation, which were made 30 years ago, were known to me as teachers, mentors and colleagues.  I was asked to review the changes and was surprised and honored to receive a mention of my efforts in the preface.

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#90 2022-03-01 19:25:05

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Carole Cadwalladr[0]'s tweet about the Great Information War:

https://twitter.com/carolecadwalla/stat … 6548013062

[0] The Guardian journalist who helped expose the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica story.


"Who's the idiot in charge?" — ralph.ronnquist

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#91 2022-03-02 10:44:37

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Re: What are you reading/want to read ?

golinux wrote:

Sri Lanka also has a history of colonial abuse.  First there were the Portuguese then the Dutch and finally the British Empire. It went on for centuries . . . Of course they did everything they could to impose their religious beliefs on the "natives" as Western European colonists did all over the world.  Disgusting . . .

One of the worst was Major-General Robert Clive, also known as Clive of India:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr … h-imperial

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#92 2022-03-02 11:06:06

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golinux wrote:

Even as skillfully and well documented as these revisions are, it is inevitable that the content will be misunderstood by readers with no knowledge of Pali language

Pali was the language of the Vinaya, if I'm not mistaken, and many of the 600 odd rules in there came about as a result of sexual transgressions committed by the Buddha's disciples. This is hilariously described in the book, Lust for Enlightenment: Buddhism and Sex, by John Stevens, an American Zen monk who lived 20 years in Japan.

FWIW . . . those involved in the revisions of the translation, which were made 30 years ago, were known to me as teachers, mentors and colleagues.  I was asked to review the changes and was surprised and honored to receive a mention of my efforts in the preface.

Well done, congrats.

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#93 2022-03-02 13:26:19

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#94 2022-03-02 17:25:38

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LU344928 wrote:

Pali was the language of the Vinaya, if I'm not mistaken

The entire Pali Canon (Tipitka) was recorded in Pali but not until about 500 years after the the Buddha's paranibbana. Before then it was passed down via oral tradition.

LU344928 wrote:

. . . and many of the 600 odd rules in there came about as a result of sexual transgressions committed by the Buddha's disciples.

Indeed.  The task is daunting and monks are equally flawed as all humans are.

Thankfully, the monks who dropped into my life . . . I did not seek them . . . they found me . . . were of impeccable character. But that is a whole other story. This path wasn't exactly on my bucket list . . .

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#95 2022-03-02 19:57:11

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The Essential Pema:Study Guide

I know very little of Pema Chodron or what the Tibetans are about. But I do remember the Chogyam Trungpa "thing" which cemented my resolve to stay far away . . .

The link was just the first when I did a quick search so luck of the draw and no agenda.

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#96 2022-03-02 20:01:33

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Tomorrow by Chris Beckett. I think the library tried to trick me by putting it in the sci-fi section but it seems to be "proper" literature. Still an interesting read though, I might even finish it.


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#97 2022-03-02 21:01:31

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Re: What are you reading/want to read ?

golinux wrote:
hevidevi wrote:

The Essential Pema:Study Guide

I know very little of Pema Chodron or what the Tibetans are about. But I do remember the Chogyam Trungpa "thing" which cemented my resolve to stay far away . . .

The link was just the first when I did a quick search so luck of the draw and no agenda.

Im not doing well here am I. Posting antisemtic links and now Tibetan sexual abuse cults!

I had no idea about Chogyam Trungpa "thing".

Back to reading about unix me thinks!

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#98 2022-03-02 21:45:18

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hevidevi wrote:

I'm not doing well here am I. Posting antisemtic links and now Tibetan sexual abuse cults!

I had no idea about Chogyam Trungpa "thing".

Life is not about always doing "well" or saying the right thing. It is about learning and sometimes we step in a big pile. big_smile

hevidevi wrote:

Back to reading about unix me thinks!

Maybe the third time will be the charm, as they say. smile

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#99 2022-03-03 12:05:00

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golinux wrote:
hevidevi wrote:

I'm not doing well here am I. Posting antisemtic links and now Tibetan sexual abuse cults!

I had no idea about Chogyam Trungpa "thing".

Life is not about always doing "well" or saying the right thing. It is about learning and sometimes we step in a big pile. big_smile

hevidevi wrote:

Back to reading about unix me thinks!

Maybe the third time will be the charm, as they say. smile

With all due respect Golinux, i am old enough to learn from my mistakes but i dont believe i have made any here in my opinion.

Being unaware is not making a mistake.

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#100 2022-03-03 15:42:25

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hevidevi wrote:
golinux wrote:

Life is not about always doing "well" or saying the right thing. It is about learning and sometimes we step in a big pile. big_smile

hevidevi wrote:

Back to reading about unix me thinks!

Maybe the third time will be the charm, as they say. smile

With all due respect golinux, i am old enough to learn from my mistakes but i dont believe i have made any here in my opinion.

Being unaware is not making a mistake.

I agree and thought my response made that clear.  The point was as you stated above to learn from those experiences and move on . . .

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