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One day I will be reading Buddhist materials then turn towards Hinduism teachings the next, and this particular inhabited form also reads the Qur’an and meditate upon thoughts of Allah and those teachings, and I also have time for Taoism, sounds conflicting but it is not for me as I understand The creation source intent in all teachings and the commonality is seen, you want to return to your creation maker go ahead you will(we all will), want to reincarnate wait for your whistle in faith you will, want to escape cyclic existence, the whole point for some or most Buddhists, practise like all things and you might, humans are made from the same creation source that is already with all that can be so we naturally have capacity for everything good :) just understand though that being a bad person may influence the outcome of your life to passing, so better to put out goodness and nothing more.
I do not have any friends or other things but I have also gotten to a point where I am becoming less and less bothered about it and jokes, sadness it is the same reaction on the surface, calm and still, that is not to mean I do not feel, just that those emotions are completely controlled from being seen, perhaps a bit too much on my side but that is my path, laughter is just the same as crying in my eyes so neither is shown but that is not how the soul feels things, just be mindful going down that route, I like my emotions stable and in my control not the control of a sadistic leader or director or something, main point though I need not the social structure and all it’s details, may make me very annoying to get replies and starting conversations first, but I am. In better context, the majority of that is media based, smiling costs nothing while remaining neutral but can be good to see even to a stranger, and people I have encountered online from many platforms, some are good and like friends so do not take my no friends as in you online folk, just real life, while always remaining nice to all I encounter, my social situation is where it seems to like for the time being, still a human becoming but that could take multiple existences :)
Before sleep I will either listen to om meditation or om for myself 108 times(recent video find has helped with the practise to om without extra sounds and the like of such manner of things), I prefer the latter when I have enough time, although some days I will drift to sleep in thoughts about afterlife, reincarnation and God, all positive things as I have no time to fall asleep to horror and other such evils, not good for the ease of sleep.
that will do for now.
https://www.braceletbook.com/users/175170_Pax_Padma/ not active online all that much there yet but doing basic easy weaving.
Reading, I got rid of my usual “story” books and started to get only religious and spiritual books, oh and a few art and such books for creativity.
Music, creates not listens to mostly.
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Found this and it was rather interesting to watch0 Comments
Listening can bring a great feeling to one but performing ohm, om ones self does much more1 Comments
[5G : Is It SAFE? - Presented by Ian R Crane](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdBhOHXUfqY0 Comments
Maybe it is that you already know of some of what I know, or just like it is for each and every one of us, we all experience a dose of serendipity, regardless of our admittance to find other gems, inside we are all eternally all thankful.
Not that much of a music listener of these usual things in material pleasure these days, but found this OK :)0 Comments
The Dirty War on the National Health Service: John Pilger documentary “goes to the heart of the struggle for democracy today”
Written and directed by John Pilger
The Dirty War on the National Health Service, written and directed by the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning journalist and film director John Pilger, has opened in several UK cities. The screenings, some accompanied by question-and-answer sessions with the director, have been sold out.
The film will reach a far wider audience on ITV, but it will only be aired after the election on December 17, because of the political sensitivity of the issue, following a ruling by the television regulatory authority Ofcom.
Pilger’s work is a passionate appeal to working people to oppose the decades-long, covert assault on the National Health Service (NHS) by all three major parties. Even for this writer, whose professional work was bound up with exposing the secret privatisation and balkanization of the NHS, the film proved deeply shocking.
Pilger introduced The Dirty War saying that he had wanted to make it for some time, even though he had already made a couple of films about the NHS. He noted that the war on the NHS had been going on a long time but was at a crucial stage now. The NHS, said Pilger, has become a major issue in the election precisely because it “represents democracy.”
But what was at stake was more than “just” the dismantling by the corporate vultures of a system that was, in principle at least, a comprehensive (from the cradle to the grave) and universal service, free at the point of use. Pilger explains in the film that “Britain’s deadly disease was class. The NHS was not given from on high but won in struggle. It exemplifies what is good in British society. NHS is a deeply democratic institution. The leaflet announcing the NHS to the British people and given to everyone said, ‘Open to all, rich and poor.’”
“But” he said, “the corporations hate the NHS. They and the politicians are carrying out a war against it. We have to fight for it. We should have done so earlier because it touches all our lives. It is the great connector between all of us.
“If the NHS goes, everything else will go.”
MATERIAL WORLD: THE ENCLOSURE OF THE SEA
The oceans remain the last unexplored region of the Earth. But the recent advances in technology and knowledge are pushing back the boundaries so that humans via capitalism are now within sight of opening up yet another part of the planet to exploit. However, the availability of resources has given rise to new international quarrels about how to divide up the spoils of the seas. Disputes over territorial limits of national waters are now commonplace.
We are accustomed to the concept of land-grabbing by corporations but now it has expanded to capturing the possession of the assets of the ocean, stealing resources and denying local fishing communities access. A report has been published by the Transnational Institute (TNI) which is a research and advocacy organisation.
It defines ocean grabbing as a ‘major process of enclosure of the world’s oceans and fisheries resources, including marine, coastal and inland fisheries. Ocean grabbing is occurring mainly through policies, laws, and practices that are (re)defining and (re)allocating access, use and control of fisheries resources away from small-scale fisher-folk and their communities, and often with little concern for the adverse environmental consequences… Another important driver of ocean grabbing is the increasing demand and the increasing scarcity of resources and new technologies that enable the extraction of resources in formerly inaccessible areas…’
Global fish stocks that feed hundreds of millions of people are dwindling and it is explained by some that ‘Overfishing is… an example of the ‘tragedy of the commons’. Advocates of this theory assume that because there is no owner and so resources are freely accessible to all, it leads to abuse of those resources in the short-term disregarding the longer-term welfare. The ‘tragedy of the commons’ however takes place within the context of capitalism which is a system based on individual self-interest rather than to manage resources as the collective heritage of communities and this leaves the commons vulnerable to private interests. Thus, the TNI report explains it would be more correct to speak of the ‘tragedy of the private exploitation of the commons’ which undermines sustainable traditional management practices. https://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/socialist-standard/2010s/2019/no-1384-december-2019/material-world-4-enclosure-of-the-sea/
Blue Growth and Ocean Grabbing: A Historical Materialist
Perspective on Fisheries in East Africa
This paper introduces the concept of ocean grabbing by first exploring multiple crises of neoliberal capitalism which systematically destroys the environment and creates social inequality.
Using the example of fishing, I want to show how capitalist core countries try to circulate their own crises of over-fishing and relocate it geographically into the periphery, which in turn creates piracy and migration flows towards the core countries. The concepts of “accumulation by dispossession” and “ocean grabbing” are applied to empirical examples in East Africa in order to exemplify the ongoing
dispossession of small scale fisheries at lakes, inshore and offshore areas.
The paper concludes that the emergence of a corporate (sea)food regime can be traced and that the challenges for terrestrial food sovereignty via land grabbing are equally relevant for seafood sovereignty and ocean grabbing
Warrant targeting Assange supporter reveals scope of US government campaign against WikiLeaks
On December 2, graphic designer and WikiLeaks supporter Somerset Bean revealed he had received a letter from Google informing him that the company had complied with a US Department of Justice (DOJ) warrant “compelling the release of information related to your Google account.”
The letter did not indicate what information had been handed over. It stated that Google had been subject to a now expired gag order, which had prevented it from previously disclosing the existence of the warrant.
A cross-reference of the case number with the publicly-accessible DOJ database showed that Bean was targeted as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) probe, headed by Robert Mueller, into purported Russian interference in the 2016 US election. More than 500 subpoenas similar to that relating to Bean had been issued.
These facts alone demonstrated that the Mueller investigation—which ended without finding any proof for its bogus conspiracy theories about Russia—was used to carry out mass spying on supporters of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and political dissidents. https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/13/bean-d13.html
I could not put my finger on it at the time but I did say openly elsewhere that all that investigation was a distraction for something else going on, like all major crap drama in politricks media, both sides played the public like fools and not surprising it was very convincing from demos and repubs , remember the majority of the time you only pick sides of the same coin0 Comments
[India adopts Hindu supremacist citizenship law]
In the face of widespread popular opposition and warnings that India is rending its “secular” political-constitutional order, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government have rammed through legislation that effectively redefines Indian citizenship in Hindu supremacist terms.
Tabled in the lower house of India’s bicameral parliament only on Monday, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 or CAB was given presidential assent last night.
Passage of the CAB sets the stage for the BJP to proceed with its plans to draw up a National Register of Citizens (NRC), under which all of India’s more than 1.3 billion residents will have to prove, to the authorities’ satisfaction, that they are Indian citizens. Those unable to do so will be declared stateless and subject to detention and expulsion.
The NRC’s ostensible purpose is to identify “illegal immigrants.” In truth—and the CAB makes this manifestly evident—the aim of the NRC will be to harass, intimidate, and victimize India’s Muslim minority.
Adding insult to injury, the BJP is cynically trying to dress up the CAB, to use Modi’s words, as an act of “compassion and brotherhood.”
The CAB grants Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who entered India prior to 2015, on the grounds that Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, and Christians in those countries have been subject to religious persecution.
Conspicuously left off the list are members of minority Muslims groups, such as Pakistan’s Ahmadiyas or Afghanistan’s Shia Hazaras, who are victims of state discrimination and/or communal violence. Also, notably absent are the Rohingya, more than one million of whom had to flee Myanmar (Burma), which borders India to the east, in late 2016. Claiming the Rohingya are a “security threat,” the BJP government has held those that fled into India in detention camps and is deporting them to Myanmar.
When coupled with the CAB, the NRC’s essentially fascistic anti-Muslim purpose becomes clear.
Given that much of India’s population is illiterate and impoverished and state services are limited to non-existent, hundreds of millions of people will likely find it difficult to come up with the papers needed to “prove” their Indian citizenship. But only Muslims will face the threat of being rendered stateless, with all that entails, for the others will be accorded citizenship under the discriminatory terms of the CAB.
With its CAB, wrote Indian Express columnist Harsh Mander, “the government is clearly messaging that if people of any identity except Muslims are unable to produce the required documents, they will be accepted as refugees and given citizenship. This means that the real burden to prove that they are Indian citizens (under the NRC) … is only thrust on Muslims, because only they risk statelessness. Most Indians would find it impossible to muster the required documents to prove their citizenship, but only document-less Muslims will face the prospect of detention centres, or being stripped of all citizenship rights.”0 Comments
On Wednesday, December 11, the French government unveiled the details of its proposed pension reform plan. On Tuesday, the second day of mass mobilisations took to the streets, while the ongoing general strike reached its sixth day, continuing to grind transportation across France to a halt.
Though the turnout fell from the first demonstrations held last Thursday, they still retained their force with broad participation from teachers, students, and trade unionists. The General Confederation of Workers (CGT) estimated that there were 885,000 participants, compared to the 1.5 million they had calculated after the first march.
Union leaders have been careful not to call for an unlimited general strike. They have left the responsibility and choice of renewal to the workers on a case-by-case and local basis, leaving themselves room to negotiate with the government. Even at their most combative, union leaders have continued consulting with the government in talks that have been going on for months, even while the workers reject the reform as a whole. The CGT has taken the position of rejecting the current reform plan while supporting the idea of another reform. However, no truly progressive reform will be achievable without directly confronting Macron and his neoliberalism.
Before the demonstration, the secretary general of the CGT, Philippe Martinez, made a statement: “I hope Macron will listen to the social anger that is manifesting even more forcefully these days, but that we have been seeing for months. Let him withdraw his project and let us seriously discuss the necessary improvement of the reform system, which is one of the best in the world.”
On the eve of Prime Minister Édouard Philippe’s presentation of the entire reform, Martinez said that there is a problem of “financing” in the current pension system but demanded that any new adjustments be “supportive” and that they be fixed by creating more work, raising the contribution paid by employers, and raising salaries.
“What we want is for the government to completely withdraw this reform and then we’ll talk,” added the trade unionist. He announced that, on Tuesday night, they would decide in an inter-union meeting how the movement will continue.
Continue reading…. Mass Mobilizations in France Against Macron’s Pension Reform0 Comments
After a decade in office, at a fourth consecutive general election, the Conservatives have won their largest majority since Margaret Thatcher’s triumph in 1987. A result such as this is unprecedented in UK electoral history — and has little precedent in any European democracy.
The most immediate and obvious consequence is that the UK will now leave the EU. Forty seven years after it began under a Conservative government, Britain’s formal engagement with the European project will end. Boris Johnson’s Brexit will not be the “soft” variety that some liberals hoped for: the UK will leave the single market and the customs union, ending the free movement of people.
The result is also a vindication of Johnson’s abandonment of Osbornite austerity and his embrace of what one could call reactionary Keynesianism. Rather than seeking a worthless budget surplus, the Prime Minister promised higher public spending and vowed to borrow for investment (though as the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned, outside of health and education, the cuts of the last decade will be “baked in”).
But no one should believe that the Conservatives’ ambitions will be limited to Brexit and to higher spending in targeted areas. The Tories, who have long craved a victory of this kind, will use their majority to reshape British democracy. Their aim will be to entrench Conservative hegemony for a generation.
An under-scrutinised section of the party’s manifesto entitled “protect our democracy” makes their intentions clear. The Fixed-term Parliaments Act will be repealed, gifting Johnson the personal right to determine the date of the next general election. A voter identification law will be introduced under the guise of addressing electoral fraud but in the knowledge that those who lack photo ID (such as low-income and ethnic minority groups) will be less likely to vote.
Parliamentary boundaries will be reformed to equalise constituency sizes, potentially handing the Conservatives a further advantage (the party’s seats are larger on average than Labour’s). The first-past-the-post voting system, which last night gifted the Tories 56 per cent of MPs (364) with 43.6 per cent of the vote, will not be reformed.
But the most significant threats are more veiled. “After Brexit we also need to look at the broader aspects of our constitution: the relationship between the government, parliament and the courts; the functioning of the Royal Prerogative; the role of the House of Lords,” the manifesto declared.
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do you mean peace lotus?
Reading thru your stuff, it seems we have come to many of the same conclusions about the nature of life, green politics and the importance of biodiversity, and the necessity of respecting all lifeforms no matter how small, and devoting ourselves to art
Yet .. philosophically I think we couldnt be farther apart .. i am scientistic, mechanistic, very unspiritual, and rekon gods and the afterlife to be fantasy at best, cause of irrational warfare at worst
I also disagree about the causes, nature, and utility of violence
Odd idinnit it :)
That is correct nicely spotted, although maybe for me it should be for some others to read the odd lotus :)
I like my science as much as I do not like it as in when I am in a spiritual mindset no science comes to mind, and vice versa for a science mindset, when robots take most of the dangerous/chemical and easy tasks but time consuming ones to lighten the burden from humans, then people will be able to spend more time being creative with some form of art as I believe every person has creativity as each has mind and imagination.
However I am much more spiritually minded more of the time these days, except with the difference I wish no one a nasty afterlife of fire or anything like that just for differing viewpoints, nothing I read teaches me to react in such a way, shame that rather than those in powers and strong positions being more open minded to a bit of all, a lot of people use religion/spirituality and gods as their excuse to be crappy to one another.
Yes violence is now one of those things where we have that higher conscious now to know there is always another non violent way to anything with effort and complete understanding, just that level of goodness in the powers that be in pretty much bare around the globe, each wants it their own way over others, no other way and that always leads to violence in some way or another because some just only live for greed no matter the outcome, quite scary in some mean and nasty hands around the planet, we were not made for violence but our free will allows us to choose violence instead of another way, however the mind is powerful to control violence out of mind and into action as the only solution, it is what the most powerful use so the run off effects, affect us also when violence seems to be the only answer, although as bad as violence is upon life, not all situations are because of bad people, most if not all of the time, a badly run society/government causing stress and fears upon the populous causes people to act out how they have been taught to, I mean and this is just my opinion, it is not like the majority of films and media content promote a healthy atmosphere among peoples and nature, couple that with the greedy pressures from already rich trying for more profit out from people left, right and centre when in most cases it leave people with less and less each time hikes are made to the pitiful increase in wages, leads to a very bad cocktail and potentiality of class divisions in huge gaps between one another, some have more than others, the poorest are hit the most, I do not agree with any violence at all but I can at least understand on a public populous level of thinking why some end up doing what they do, speaking of the stealing crimes mostly and lesser and petty things but harm to others in the physical/mental sense in any form I have never understood, I am quite sensitive to people violence either upon one another, ones self or other life not human, just never any need for innocent good people to be treated in any such a way, it was not good way back in time but people were a bit different of thinking, these days we should know much better, but some lessens are never learnt from for better futures.
In my opinion and from my own individual experiences, existence is more than what we have around us, almost like it coexists in the same point but is just outside of normal conscious allowances of perception, My experiences though to be honest have pretty much stopped in recent years with constant stoned status, however at that same time because of meditations effects upon me and doing other things, I have cut down considerably my consumption and continue to do so not because it is suddenly bad or anyone is bad either, just my path is getting to a stage where it wants me to lose some habits I still have with me to then be able to go even further within myself and the entire all that is, in the experience of my individual perceptions that is.
My younger experiences were when I had no mind to be aware of what was going on fully whereas now I can see what was going on back then with the mind I have today just needs some re-configuring in some areas to get a good balance of focus.
I may or may not babble at times but that is just me, online social interactivity brings out a slow to message person in me, this took me quite a while to type out with how my mind works and gets distracted fast and easy, but thanks for your message, enjoy the rest of your day
ahh i WISH there was an afterlife, id prefer even a version of hell to the simple non existence I expect :)
I dont seek violence, but I do regard it as the last tool you should pluck from the toolbox .. but there are cases, like the nazis, where that last tool, it seems to me, was the only way forward .. the rest of the species could never have lived alongside the likes of them. So distasteful as that tool may be, one should be well versed in its complexities, if worst comes to worst.
The counter argument is summed up in an old roman saying, “the blade itself incites to violence”, which i take to mean merely being prepared for warfare increases its likelihood .. no doubt this is true .. but while there is evil in the world, and our species still divided into fractious nation-states, there is no choice but to keep some defensive capabilities around. I myself train constantly (just a fitness and martial arts thing) because its a simple reality in australia .. you will get punched, fairly often :)
I actually think violence is very much our nature, history seems to be a story of non stop warfare .. but i think as we slowly become wiser (EVER so slowly) we have learned that maybe rising above our base instincts is a viable choice .. I am quite worried we wont get there before the planet is totally fucked tho, a barren radioactive plastic covered vaccball :) we are slow learners and addicted to not-real things like money, rather than real things like the incredible planet weve been lucky enuf to be born on and yet do not appreciate or even barely half understand .. and I WANT us to succeed .. theres an infinite universe out there to conquer! (not necessarily by warfare ofc .. i mean hopefully just an exploration and maybe even finding like minded species)
Maybe it is just humans have gotten it wrong or not with the perception of the afterlife but something always exists after the end of things to come as we see from nature always, after destruction comes life
the quantum hologram theory is of some interest to me but more from what it means in today’s world with the rainbow light body, Quantum entanglement now seems to apply to living beings, in some opinions of research that is.
I personally think violence is an instinct that should of gone a long time ago, perhaps one day that old last tool will be a thing of the past but if all the human sci-fi is anything to go from, greed and shady tactics will last us a very long time to come, our planet like it is right now is still the reason why we remain upon this earth, as in my own opinion we have not ventured out past the radiation belt that stops humans from space travel, perhaps once we are on a more peaceful level of existence that radiation belt may disperse, my theories can be a bit wild with all other things I go for in my beliefs :)
This was a rather interesting read at the time it was posted, and the second one they have done that I have not read yet
the urge to war is a strong drive, but i dont think it can go away
BUT it can be channeled into maybe sports, science etc .. harmless or good things