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Creation, Love, Death and God Are One
Martin LeFevre: This quote comes closer to what one feels when the mind falls completely silent and the heart is completely vulnerable: "I want to teach people how to see God everywhere, to see Him in all that is most hidden, most solid, and most ultimate in the world." ... To grow as human beings we must let go of our attachments and accumulations. Allowing the senses to fully open and be in harmony in nature, attention grows into a fire that consumes every thought and emotion as they arise. Love flows into the stillness and space, because love, beyond the word and the personal dimension, is the essence in the universe...
May 23, 2018, 2:30pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: CIA and FBI Election Interference
Margaret Kimberley: All talk of democracy in the United States is a lie meant to ensure devotion to and acceptance of a system that is inherently undemocratic. The word that is used with such reverence should mean more than holding elections. People living in a democracy ought to have some say in how they are governed; instead, Americans have none. But the electoral process itself is rife with vote theft, suppression schemes against black voters in particular and a variety of tactics meant to undo the little bit of popular will that is permitted to take place. ... The same forces which went after Trump will come after anyone else who is seen as a danger to the system... Visit Website ]
May 23, 2018, 2:23pm

Articles
Homes and Gardens: The Best Thing to Ever Happen to a Prison Site
Lewis Wallace: Zeke and Derek are part of a group working on a multi-year vision to “flip” this prison. Their youth organization, Growing Change, officially acquired the Scotland Correctional Center site from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in 2017. The plan is to turn it into a permaculture aquaponics farm where they teach community members these methods of growing food while conserving water and energy. They’re also planning a climbing wall to raise revenue, a paintball field, a recording studio, and housing for homeless veterans... Visit Website ]
May 22, 2018, 5:34pm

Free Speech
Amazon Is Selling Facial Recognition to Law Enforcement - for a Fistful of Dollars
Elizabeth Dwoskin: The details about Amazon’s program illustrate the proliferation of cutting-edge technologies deep into American society — often without public vetting or debate. Axon, the maker of Taser electroshock weapons and the wearable body cameras for police, has voiced interest in pursuing face recognition for its body-worn cameras, prompting a similar backlash from civil rights groups. Hundreds of Google employees protested last month to demand that the company stop providing artificial intelligence to the Pentagon to help analyze drone footage. ... Facial recognition can allow strangers to identify people who don’t wish to be identified, such as shoppers in stores, individuals in a crowd, or people who appear in photos that get posted on social media... Visit Website ]
May 22, 2018, 4:56pm

Consider This....
Why wrongful convictions are so common—and why prosecutors and police rarely apologize
Rebecca Pilar Buckwalter Poza: About 4 percent of people sentenced to death would eventually be exonerated if all were left on death row according to a 2014 study. That’s nearly 1 in 25. It’s harder to predict rates of wrongful conviction, or exoneration, for crime more broadly. One study using post-conviction DNA testing for sexual assault convictions in Virginia suggested about 12 percent of convictions could be wrongful on that basis alone. ... It’s even easier to wrongfully convict folks for lesser crimes, even without intent. In 2014, 45 defendants who’d pleaded guilty to drug crimes in Harris County, Texas, were belatedly exonerated after lab tests proved their belongings didn’t actually include illegal substances... Visit Website ]
May 21, 2018, 4:08pm

Did You Know
How Trial by Skype Became the Norm in Immigration Court
Lauren Markham: Teleconference hearings save time—but they also put pressure on vulnerable asylum-seekers. ... Twice a month, Tess Feldman, a senior immigration attorney for a Bay Area legal nonprofit, serves as the counsel of the day for detainees at Mesa Verde and other facilities. She has two hours to interview approximately 18 inmates—six minutes each. Because Mesa Verde is a five-hour drive from San Francisco, home to one of the nearest major immigration courts, almost all these detainees will never actually go in person, but will instead appear before judges—and meet their pro bono lawyers—via video teleconference. ... A study published in the Northwestern University Law Review found that “detained televideo litigants were more likely than detained in-person litigants to be deported.”... Visit Website ]
May 21, 2018, 3:58pm

Meditations
Only Humans Grow Old
Martin LeFevre: Spontaneous stillness and reverence is the mark of meditation. One cannot seek the sacred. It comes when passive awareness has gathered sufficient attention to negate the operating program and the contents of the self. ... It's one thing for one's people, country and culture to perish, as America has; it's another for one's age to be fruitless. The first phenomenon is very difficult to deal with, but the second "should shake my soul." But is our age hopeless? ... We have only two options now. We can continue to accumulate memories and programs, becoming less and less human and more and more like the thought machines we've made in our image. ... Or we can embark on the journey of negating conditioning and its contents through attention and insight, growing into true human beings...
May 20, 2018, 5:27pm

Consider This....
Think prison abolition in America is impossible? It once felt inevitable
Joshua Dubler and Vincent Lloyd: In the 1960s and 1970s, attorneys general and Republican congressmen were among the many arguing that prison was immoral. Can those days return? ... Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow has done much of late to introduce the massive scale of the injustices involved in the prison system to a mainstream audience, but from the late 1960s to the early 1970s, there were any number of such publication events ... some of the very same politicians who once advocated for segregation switched to advocating for crime policy that would imprison massive numbers of poor people and people of color when it became clear that segregation was a losing cause ... The problem isn’t merely that we lock too many of our fellow citizens and, increasingly, non-citizens in cages. It’s that locking any human being in a cage is a moral abomination... Visit Website ]
May 19, 2018, 10:02am

Commentary
US Not Sitting Idly By on Eve of Venezuelan Election
Roger D. Harris: As Venezuelans go to the polls Sunday, the U.S. is working to disrupt the re-election of Nicolas Maduro and rollback leftwing governments in the region ... Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is the frontrunner in the presidential elections that will take place on Sunday. If past pronouncements and practice by the United States are any indication, every effort will be made to oust an avowed socialist from the the U.S. “backyard.” ... CNBC, reflecting the Washington consensus, expects the U.S. to directly target the Venezuelan oil industry immediately after the election in what they describe as “a huge sucker punch to Maduro’s socialist administration, which is depending almost entirely on crude sales to try and decelerate a deepening economic crisis.” ... As U.S. National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger said in 1970: “I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people"... Visit Website ]
May 18, 2018, 12:59pm

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The Dept. of Greed, Sleaze and Shakedowns
Lance Selfa: At the top sits a man whose pre-White House career was less that of a business genius than of a con man ... most of the outrageous fleecing of the public by the Trump administration is accomplished through perfectly legal means that don't make the headlines. ... Trump has installed as many as 187 former corporate lobbyists in positions in which they are able to rewrite government policy in favor of their industries. ... "normal" is still a place where right-wing billionaires can buy politicians and policy, and where the two major political parties implement versions of neoliberalism that continue to erode ordinary Americans' living standards and quality of life. It's also a place where a government structure dating from the 18th century empowers conservative and unrepresentative minorities, even when they lose the election... Visit Website ]
May 18, 2018, 12:17pm

Commentary
12 years in jail for shoplifting: how Walmart is helping prosecutors hike up sentences
Jessica Pishko, The Guardian, UK: The case of a man facing 12 years in prison for shoplifting shows a growing trend in America: corporations successfully pushing state prosecutors to increase shoplifting charges to felonies ... In Tennessee, as in many states, shoplifting items under $1,000 is a misdemeanor. But, in the past few years, the Knox county district attorney’s office has been prosecuting people like Lawson under the burglary statute, which under Tennessee law is defined as “unlawfully and knowingly entering a building without the consent of the owner and committing a theft”. ... Walmart’s trespass notifications are part of the extension of private influence over parts of the criminal justice system that benefit third parties, like retailers. Walmart, in particular, has come under fire in the past for hiring too few employees (a cost-cutting measure), and then relying heavily on publicly funded local police to handle their shoplifting problem.... Visit Website ]
May 17, 2018, 10:45am

Books
Nuclear Disaster at Chernobyl: Reality and Unreality
Don Fitz: On May 14, 2018, Basic Books released Serhii Plokhy’s Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe. ... Consider - a realistic account of problems with the full life cycle of nuclear power: + mining uranium exposes every living creature in its path to radiation; ... + transporting nuclear fuel by rail or truck to a plant potentially exposes every living thing along the route; ... + everyday operations of nukes exposes people to radiation leaks and “near misses;” ... + the Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima catastrophes continue to be devastating for millions; ... + decommissioning a nuke affects workers as it permanently degrades the surrounding area; ... + storage of radioactive waste for millions of years has the same potential to unravel the web of life as does climate change and poses the question: How can the short term economic benefits possibly outweigh the costs of nuclear storage for eternity?... Visit Website ]
May 17, 2018, 10:29am

Meditations
The Ashes of Time, the Fire of Attention
Martin LeFevre: A primary feature of deeper meditative states is the ending of time. Not physical time, as measured by the clock, but the experience of time. That is, psychological time, which moves from the past through the present into the future. ... When time ends, becoming ceases. There is only what is, unfolding. At the same time (pardon pun), the first separation in man, between death and life, ends. When psychological time ends, there is no separation whatsoever. ... Time is not a distinct property of the universe, but it is a fundamental feature of thought, which is based on separation and memory...
May 16, 2018, 4:02pm

Environment
Our Mining Laws Are More Than a Century Old - Time to Update Them
Raúl M. Grijalva: The General Mining Act of 1872 still governs all the mining for gold, silver, copper, and other metals that happens on our federal lands—and the law has hardly been touched since President Ulysses S. Grant signed it 146 years ago ... Our antiquated mining laws have left us stuck giving away public assets at rock-bottom prices to profitable companies, many of which are foreign-owned, without providing any direct benefit to the taxpayers. ... For well over a century, companies have been able to mine a site until they didn’t think they could profit from it any longer, then declare bankruptcy and walk away, leaving taxpayers holding the bag for cleaning up. ... Our bill requires polluters to clean up these sites and ends the industry’s walkaway culture by establishing strong new reclamation standards and bonding requirements... Visit Website ]
May 16, 2018, 3:52pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: Black Support for the Police State
Margaret Kimberley: The worst hate group in the United States is not the Ku Klux Klan or any self-proclaimed alt-right group. The most racist, vicious, and deadly menace to black people in this country is law enforcement. The police, courts and prisons exist primarily to keep as many black people under control as possible. All other claims of usefulness are phony and cover up the racist cruelties inherent to their existence. ... The presence of black cops and elected officials doesn’t stem the tide of state sponsored terror. They are in fact put into these positions to defend the onslaught and to silence protest. ... Even when there are positive developments such as the effort to end cash bail, the most important points are missed. It is good that attention is called to this pernicious practice of profiting off of black people’s bodies. But the protest should be against the police state itself that turns minor infractions into felonies and locks up people who should be free... Visit Website ]
May 16, 2018, 3:42pm


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Creation, Love, Death and God Are One
Only Humans Grow Old
The Ashes of Time, the Fire of Attention
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Homes and Gardens: The Best Thing to Ever Happen to a Prison Site
Imprisoned for a Day: a Personal Reflection
The toxic legacy of Canada's CIA brainwashing experiments: 'They strip you of your soul'
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Peace-Love
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OCCUPY
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Did You Know
How Trial by Skype Became the Norm in Immigration Court
The Dept. of Greed, Sleaze and Shakedowns
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Free Speech
Amazon Is Selling Facial Recognition to Law Enforcement - for a Fistful of Dollars
Embattled Palestinian Knesset Member Fights for Her People’s Rights
Thousands of Hearts and Minds
Environment
Our Mining Laws Are More Than a Century Old - Time to Update Them
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Commentary
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Links
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Health
Pesticides Are Making Children Aggressive
The Plight of Pakistan's Lady Health Workers
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Books
Nuclear Disaster at Chernobyl: Reality and Unreality
Farming and Food for the Soul
Speaking the Unspeakable: The Assassination and Martyrdom of Thomas Merton
Consider This....
Why wrongful convictions are so common—and why prosecutors and police rarely apologize
Think prison abolition in America is impossible? It once felt inevitable
Grifters Gonna Grift - What We Can Learn From Michael Cohen’s Pay-to-Play Scandal
News
Black activist jailed for his Facebook posts speaks out about secret FBI surveillance
Churches make a drastic pledge in the name of social justice: To stop calling the police
The Mexican indigenous community that ran politicians out of town
Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: CIA and FBI Election Interference
Freedom Rider: Black Support for the Police State
US and Israeli Ziofascists Partner in State Terror Against Palestinians
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