Sunday, August 18, 2019

Alan Watts: "Emptiness" (video)

Alan Watts (alanwatts.org) via Alan Wattsify; Seth Auberon, Crystal Q., Wisdom Quarterly

Dominatrix teaches female power

Edward Helmore (The Guardian); Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, E.Askew (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Want to be more assertive in life?
Former dominatrix shows women how
Une Femme Libre (One Free Female)
Kasia Urbaniak has mastered the dominant position with men. She is a master at unpicking power dynamics.

It’s a decade since Kasia Urbaniak hung up her whip.

The former American dominatrix -- one of the highest paid in Manhattan, she likes to say -- now crafts her knowledge of gender power play into a new career:

She’s a female "empowerment coach" in a city where power is a naked game.

What started as an online discussion group is now, thanks in part to Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein, Alan Dershowitz, Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, and #MeToo, a booming business.

With courses titled "Power With Men, Foundations of Power" offered as part of her introductory monthlong seminar, Urbaniak is an emerging star of the movement.

“I don’t teach anything related to BDSM or sex, just the application of power dynamics,” Urbaniak tells me. “It’s about the communications that women carry that either make them go speechless or afraid of coming across as too bossy or too needy.”

As a professional dominatrix, Urbaniak has mastered the dominant position with men. She is a master at unpicking power dynamics. And over the past two years, the news cycle has delivered almost daily updates to the subject at hand.

Women are too often taught to acquiesce; they shut-down, they minimize. They do it at work, at home, in the bedroom, at work -- anywhere, in fact, where their paths cross with men. More

What happened to comedian Benny Hill?

Alpha 11; Benny Hill Fan Consortium; Pfc. Sandoval, S.Auberon, Sheldon S., Wisdom Quarterly


Europe's largest orgy, 2019: sexual revolution
Few British men were funnier than Benny Hill. There's Monty Python, Black Adder, Sacha Baron Cohen (Ali G, Borat, Bruno). Yet, no one in England seems to think so. They are not proud of their great export. And they don't seem to have been too fond of him when he was all T&A on their English tellies. But we loved him. He was like a one-man "Beavis & Butt-Head" Jaggernaut, in other words a kind of British Mike Judge. He may be accused of being sexist or exploitative today, and he certainly was crass and juvenile. But that was on camera. He was an entertainer, a great friend to many women, and possibly gay, not the character he portrayed for television. It was low-brow humor with a British twist with more wit than one would expect on this side of the Atlantic. One could say that he didn't know what he was doing. However, according to Alpha 11 (Aug. 14, 2019) "Benny Hill was a prominent figure in British culture for nearly four decades. His show proved to be one of the great success stories of television comedy and was among the most-watched programs in the world."


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Fascists vs. Antifa in Oregon (video)

The Guardian, August 2018; Seth Auberon, Pfc. Sandoval (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Police and other right wing racists are coming to Oregon to fight. Antifa ("Anti-fascists") and others are there to fend them off. Portland, Oregon is too progressive to let red cap wearing thugs destroy the peace and fabric of a liberal society. Citizens say no to Trump and no to warring in the streets.

Fight for Kashmir, India vs. Pakistan (video)

PBS News; Dhr. Seven, Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly Wiki edit, BBC

India claims the entire state of J&K (Jammu and Kashmir) based on a document signed in 1947. Partition from Pakistan came in 1947. Muslim-majority Pakistan claims J&K based on its majority Muslim population. China strategically claims the Shaksam Valley and Aksai Chin (wikipedia).
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Neighboring Afghanistan and China
The Kashmir conflict is a territorial conflict primarily between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir region.

The conflict started after the partition of India in 1947 as a dispute over the former princely state of J&K (Jammu and Kashmir) and escalated into three wars between India and Pakistan and several other armed skirmishes.

China has also been involved in the conflict in a third-party role. Both India and Pakistan claim the entirety of J&K. India controls approximately 55% of the region's land area and 70% of its population, whereas Pakistan controls approximately 30% of the land, and China controls the remaining 15%. More
How old is this fight?
Pakistan's map of Kashmir
(BBC) Nuclear-armed neighbors India (former Bharat) and Pakistan (former India) have fought two wars and a limited armed conflict over Kashmir. Why do they dispute the territory, and how did it start?

Kashmir is an ethnically-diverse Himalayan region, covering around 86,000 square miles (138 sq km), famed for the beauty of its Switzerland lakes, meadows, and high snow-capped mountains.

Even before India and Pakistan won their independence from Britain in August of 1947, the area was hotly contested.

Under the Partition plan provided by the Indian Independence Act, Kashmir was free to go with or "accede" to either India or Pakistan.

The Maha-raja (great local ruler) Hari Singh initially wanted Kashmir to become independent. But in October 1947 he chose to join India. In return he got India's help against an invasion of tribesmen from Pakistan. More

"Good Boys" rated R for 6th graders (film)

Seth Rogen, Good Boys; Sheldon S., Crystal Quintero, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
WARNING: Explicit sexual content, gratuitous cussing, foul language, adult situations, drugs!

In the continued slide to moral decay, Hollywood is at least making it very funny. This questionable if delightful tween film is as raunchy as the new genre of female gross-out films SNL alums brought us. But it's more like live action South Park with kids leading the charge of their own eventual demise. Society goes to pot, kids are oversexed before they can even have sex, and Seth Rogen makes money. Thanks, Hollywood.

Worldwide pedophile ring busted! (video)

ABC News (Australia) 2015; Seth Auberon, Pfc. Sandoval, Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


Worldwide paedophile ring busted in sting operation
[ABC News (Australia), Aug. 26, 2015] 7.30's Mark Willacy goes inside the covert police sting operation that brought down a global paedophile ring, including its South Australian ringleader.

"PizzaGate" is real and worldwide.
Where there is one ring with many tentacles and shared members in internet chat rooms and private member clubs, there are others yet to be arrested and stopped. People laugh at "PizzaGate" as a hoax, and they cry to hear what Jeffrey Epstein, Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Alan Dershowitz, and others were doing on Orgy Island and the Lolita Express. But now that the main blackmailer enforcer, Jeffrey Epstein -- working under an unindicted, multi-billionaire boss -- has been "permanently silenced" by strangulation or induced suicide, who else is out there doing the same thing that will never be revealed?

There is no justice for victims when a prosecution case is ended and no evidence found in that investigation used by a complicit government and its officials. More

Friday, August 16, 2019

India's Independence Day with Modi (video)

Video produced by Angad Singh, Zubair Ahmed Dar, Supreet J. Bargi, and Akash Bisht. Video editing by Adam Deniston. This segment originally aired on VICE News Tonight on HBO on Aug. 15th, 2019.
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Prime Minister Modi is "like a god" to Indian nationalists over Kashmir
NEW DELHI, India - Chants of “Long live Mother India!” and “Down with Pakistan!” rang out in the streets, as crowds gathered to hear PM Narendra Modi speak atop the massive, Mughal-era, Red Fort for Independence Day.

As Indians celebrated the birth of the worlds biggest democracy, India, members of Modi’s massive fanbase hailed his recent revision to the constitution -- ending the state of J&K (Jammu and Kashmir)’s special semi-autonomy.

“I must say Modi is like a god to India today. Terrorism will end. The fact is that Kashmir is ours now,” Vijay Rashtravadi, a demonstrator in New Delhi told VICE News.
Modi’s decision splits India’s only Muslim-majority state in two parts -- and into Union Territories -- which means Kashmir will lose representatives in Parliament, and the central government will gain direct control.

The move has angered Pakistan, which lays claim to Kashmir. Pakistan’s leader compared Modi’s “arrogance” to that of Hitler’s in a tweet on Thursday (Aug. 15th).

“It’s my hope that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir will be ours soon also,” Rashtravadi said. “It’s my hope Modi will quickly make it ours, too.”

While people paraded in the nation’s capital, Independence Day celebrations in Kashmir’s capital, Srinagar, were orchestrated -- largely missing attendance by Kashmiri folks who actually live there.

“Kashmiris have lost 5,000 years of history as a country,” Kashmir University Professor Hameeda Nayeem told VICE News. “Overnight their identity, their dignity, their everything has been lost.”

The Kashmir valley has been under lockdown for 12 days, as the government moved an additional 35,000 soldiers into the region. Internet and communications are blacked out, opposition politicians have been detained, and large public gatherings are banned.

“This is all bullsh*t,” Nayeem said. “They are actually hiding a dark Hindu fantasy of destroying Kashmiri Muslims and reducing them to a miniscule minority so that they can always rule them and they will be enslaved.”

Kashmiris still protested: Many waived Pakistani flags, and some were seen unfurling banners of a local Islamic-state affiliate.

While India initially denied there were any protests last week, calling such media reports “fabricated” fake news, they eventually recognized “widespread unrest.”

Today, India announced it would start to ease its restrictions in Kashmir gradually.

“You are creating a dynamic which is pushing violence forward. Why is that done? That is also done deliberately to provoke this violence,” said Dr. Ajai Sahni, executive director at the Institute for Conflict Management, to VICE News. “So you create this whole demonization of the Muslim, which assists in your Hindutva [Hindu Nationalist] consolidation.”

Downgrading democracy is Kashmir is likely to push people towards an insurgency that Pakistan is accused of sponsoring -- feeding the popularity of recently re-elected Modi, who has styled himself as India’s Chowkidar or “Guardian.”
How people of Kashmir are reacting to India's crackdown
(PBS News Hour, Aug. 16, 2019) Nearly 4 million (mostly Muslim) people in Kashmir have been confined to their homes in a total communications blackout since Indian Prime Minister Modi stripped the primarily-Muslim Indian state of its semi-autonomous status 13 days ago. Civilians are not handling the situation well, but why hasn’t there been more resistance?

Pleasure can lead to pain (Thich Nhat Hanh)

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Lion's Roar); Ellie Askew, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Internal knots
https://deerparkmonastery.org/
Gee, this is tough. Pleasure can lead to pain.
"Not all internal formations* are unpleasant. There are also pleasant internal formations, but they can still make us suffer.

"When you taste, hear, or see something pleasant then that pleasure can become a strong internal knot.

"When the object of your pleasure disappears, you miss it and you begin searching for it. You spend a lot of time and energy trying to experience it again.
  • *Internal formation: crystallization (Sanskrit samyojana = “fetter,” lit. “to crystallize”), knot, constriction. Everyone has formations (knots) we need to take care of by the practice of meditation, to undo them and experience freedom, transformation, and healing.
"If you smoke marijuana or drink alcohol and begin to like it then it becomes an internal formation in your body and in your mind. You cannot get it off your mind. You will always look for more.

"The strength of the internal knot is pushing you and controlling you. So internal formations deprive us of our freedom." More
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Heavy metal KILLS (Beavis & Butthead)

Patch via Loudwire.com; Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


A concertgoer died Sunday (Aug. 11, 2019) on Slipknot's KnotFest tour at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Illinois, after collapsing to the ground when he was thrust out of a mosh pit. As reported by Patch, the attendee -- Richard Valadez, 62 -- was moshing with others during the band's set in the Chicago suburb when he was knocked to the ground and had a seizure. After initial confusion resulted in delayed medical assistance, Valadez was pronounced dead at 11:34 p.m. local time, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. More



Coping with Death
Langur monkeys mourn "death" of robot doll.
This is a bit strange because when Slipknot was recently in Los Angeles (San Bernardino, July 27, 2019), people in the slam pit nearly died -- being trampled, slipping in and out of consciousness -- due to a pit that was too brutal. Singer Corey Taylor stopped the show and said, "Nobody's f-ing getting hurt on my f-ing watch" and told everyone to, "Step the f*** back." No one was going to get hurt or killed on his lookout. I guess they f-ing were. Where was Taylor's all-seeing eye when Valadez went down? It just goes to show, heavy metal is a deadly sport. Beavis and Butt-head reveal just how hard it is to get heavy rock right. Lots of rockers have died this year, Loudwire remembers.

False Flags, Spying, Pizza (David Dees)

Artist David Dees (ddees.com); Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly


PizzaGate: elite pedophile rings
A false flag is a deceptive operation done under the flag of the other side. It's like Spy vs. Spy. If White Spy does something that makes it appear that Black Spy did it, then uses that incident as a pretext to retaliate, we have a false flag on our hands. And anyone who calls it out will be demonetized on YouTube and censored on social media. Whistleblowing will not be tolerated.

The collage art of ddees.com says it all, from psyops to propagandistic PR campaigns on mainstream (fake) news.

Sheeple: 6 companies control 96% of media
Noam Chomsky spelled it out in his book describing how our police state government rules, not as an all-out dictatorship, but as a PR-loving oligarchy manufacturing consent. We are the rule, and we consent to all that happens? Yes, and if we don't, then the government gets heavy-handed. It's how we treat other governments, as when John Perkins described being an Economic Hit Man. When the hitman can't get the job done, the U.S. government says, "It's time to send in the jackals."


Lost Civilizations (documentary)

DTTV Documentaries, March 4, 2019; Xochitl, Dhr. Seven, Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
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Cities Beneath the Jungles, Deserts, and Seas
(Disclose Truth TV) There are many ancient mysteries in human history. But none capture the attention as much as long lost civilizations that have never been rediscovered.

In a new, never-before-seen documentary, we look in deserts, dense jungles, and even underwater to prove that legendary ancient cities are waiting to be found.

With the advance of new technology, it is entirely possible that archaeologists will one day make a history-changing discovery that simply defies comprehension, unearthing a previously unknown civilization.
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Buddha statues and Egyptian-style artifacts and Mayan-style hieroglyphics found in the Grand Canyon. These findings were published by Kinkade, who found and detailed chambers and underground rooms capable of holding 50,000.

Native American legend backs this finding. It tells of the "ant people" who came to the surface through tunnels and took the surface populations down below the earth for safety, to preserve them during a cataclysm.

There are ruins found in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, Africa. Portions of a wall the size of the Great Wall of China was found and explored as well Nazca Lines carved into the ground and a dry lake bed with remnants of a vast and great civilization.

Lidar technology is revealing many things, like El Dorado the great "golden" city. Once thought to be only a legend, it is now as real to us as it was to the alien Spanish/European invaders and occupiers (Conquistadores) who sought it, misled by locals who were giving them the run-around. And there's much more.

Gay in the Deep South (video)

Straight Dave (S.B. "Bruno" Cohen); S. Auberon, CC Liu, Sheldon S. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


"Straight Dave" (Sacha B. Cohen)
Anthropology is the study of humans, but we can't see ourselves unless we're looking at ourselves through the eyes of outsiders, in this case the British Sacha Baron Cohen. He made mincemeat out of America as "Borat," showing us up for all our follies and shortcomings.

Here "Bruno," as "Straight Dave," travels to the South for a good ol' fashion beat down in "Straight Dave's Man Slammin' Maxout." But the easily-duped, beer-swigging, Caucasian, Christian, WASPy, IQ-impaired, hyper-masculine fight fans will have none of it.

Maybe we should be more tolerant and less hateful/phobic? Or maybe the city folk "Cosmopolitans" should just wince at what the country neighbor cousins are doing to the image of the USA toward the LGBTQI community. Either way, it's very funny and all in jest, as Cohen explained on The Jonathan Ross Show in England.

Us vs. Them: How Fascism Works

Michael Slate (KPFK), Jason Stanley; Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
“A vital read for a nation under Trump.”­
The Guardian

“By placing Trump in transnational and transhistorical perspective, Stanley sees patterns that others miss.... Twenty months into Trump’s presidency, the evidence is mounting that he’s right.”
NY Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

Fascist politics are running rampant in America today—and spreading around the world. A Yale philosopher identifies the ten pillars of fascist politics, and charts their horrifying rise and deep history.

Author Jason Stanley, as the child of refugees of World War II Europe and a renowned philosopher and scholar of propaganda, has a deep understanding of how democratic societies can be vulnerable to fascism: Nations don’t have to be fascist to suffer from fascist politics.
In fact, fascism’s roots have been present in the United States for more than a century. Alarmed by the pervasive rise of fascist tactics both at home and around the globe, Stanley focuses here on the structures that unite them, laying out and analyzing the ten pillars of fascist politics—the language and beliefs that separate people into an “us” and a “them.”

He knits together reflections on history, philosophy, sociology, and critical race theory with stories from contemporary Hungary, Poland, India, Burma (Myanmar), and the United States, among other nations.

He makes clear the immense danger of underestimating the cumulative power of these tactics, which include exploiting a mythic version of a nation’s past; propaganda that twists the language of democratic ideals against themselves; anti-intellectualism directed against universities and experts; law and order politics predicated on the assumption that members of minority groups are criminals; and fierce attacks on labor groups and welfare.

These mechanisms all build on one another, creating and reinforcing divisions and shaping a society vulnerable to the appeals of authoritarian leadership.

By uncovering disturbing patterns that are as prevalent today as ever, Stanley reveals that the stuff of politics—charged by rhetoric and myth—can quickly become policy and reality. Only by recognizing fascists politics, he argues, may we resist its most harmful effects and return to democratic ideals. More

“With unsettling insight and disturbing clarity, How Fascism Works is an essential guidebook to our current national dilemma of democracy vs. authoritarianism.”
—William Jelani Cobb, author of The Substance of Hope

Thai king honors Western monks (Tricycle)

Cara Dibdin (tricycle.org/trikedaily); Ellie Askew, Dhr. Seven (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly

Ajahn Chah feeds a wild forest deer.
Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn (Rama X) recently invited four senior Western monks in the Thai Forest Tradition of Theravada Buddhism to receive royal titles in honor of their contribution to Buddhism in Thailand and around the world.

While the event was part of a long-standing tradition, it also marked a new development for Buddhism in the country.

Thai Forest monks historically have disregarded social status and authority systems, preferring to focus on meditation practices in remote forests and caves, as the Buddha and his first disciples once did.

Yet, despite its often-secluded practices, the Thai Forest Tradition [made famous by Ajahn Chah] has had a tremendous impact since its beginnings at the turn of the 20th century.

The school’s dedication to meditation, commitment to renunciation, and de-emphasis of ritual and ceremony held great appeal for Buddhists in the West, where disciples have established hundreds of Thai Forest Tradition monasteries.

In honor of the Western teachers’ contributions to the proliferation of Thai culture, the king invited the monks to receive the royal titles on July 28 as part of his birthday celebration. The invitees were:
  1. Ajahn Sumedho, the retired abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in southeastern England (Ven. Sumedho was unable to attend);
  2. Ajahn Amaro, the current abbot of Amaravati;
  3. Ajahn Jayasaro, an author and teacher who lives in a hermitage near Khao Yai Mountain, about two hours outside Bangkok; and
  4. Ajahn Pasanno, former abbot and guiding elder of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in Redwood Valley, California.
To better understand the significance of this event, Tricycle spoke with Ajahn Pasanno about the title he received, Chao Khun, its history, and what it means for his tradition in Thailand and the West. More

The "rock star" pose (The Simpsons)

The Simpsons (Fox TV) via Loudwire; Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly


Top 10 Rock Star The Simpsons Cameos
(Loudwire, April 25, 2019) Throughout #TheSimpsons' 30 seasons, hundreds of poser (and a few good) musicians have been "yellowfied." These are the 10 most memorable appearances by rock and metal artists.

Heal thyself...with these devices (video)



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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Epstein autopsy results: strangled neck

Kfiam640.iheart.com; Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Jeffrey Epstein's autopsy reveals multiple broken neck bones: report
I love kids, I just love 'em.
An autopsy performed on accused [and previously convicted] pedophile Jeffrey Epstein showed that he "sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones," the Washington Post reported Wednesday evening.

According to people familiar with the autopsy report, one of the bones [red herring, a "fake news" detail according to Dr. Drew (8/15/19)] that were broken in Epstein's neck is known as the "hyoid bone," which is located near the Adam's apple on a man, the Post reported.

They strangled me! I'm a previous convict.
Such injuries can be associated with hanging suicides -- especially in older individuals. However, forensics experts say that type of injury is far more common for victims who have been strangled.

News of the autopsy results adds to the deepening mystery surrounding the multi-millionaire's [previously billionaire's] death in a jail that had not seen a suicide in the previous 21 years.

Epstein, 66, was discovered in his cell early Saturday morning after guards reportedly found him hanging in his cell in the special housing unit at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

We partied with Jeff, me and this Billy goat!
He was arrested July 6th on federal charges for operating a sex trafficking ring from 2002 to 2005 in his mansion in New York as well as his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, where he had allegedly paid girls as young as 14 for sex.

He had to be killed to keep him quiet about...
Epstein plead not guilty to the new charges against him, similar to those he was previously convicted of in a sweetheart deal that let him off the hook (the fallout of which led to the exiting of a senior Trump administration official, then district attorney).

New York City's chief medical examiner Barbara Sampson listed Epstein's death as "pending" after completing the autopsy on Sunday.

When asked about the neck injuries by the Post, Sampson said in a statement to the paper that no single factor in an autopsy alone can provide an answer about what happened. More

British royalty Prince Andrew with sexy child. Note his hand. Just friends?

Mayan Empire twice as large as thought

Bright Insight, Feb. 6, 2018; Xochitl, Crystal Quintero (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


Hidden extent of ancient Mayan civilization discovered in the jungle
Lost ancient human civilization in the Americas was two to three times larger than previously thought? The implications of this find are incredible. For it shows just how much we do not know about our past. The recent discovery of a massive hidden Maya civilization in the jungles of Guatemala next to Mexico have left scientists' minds blown.

100 Unsolved Mysteries To Explain (video)

Unexplained Mysteries, April 18, 2019; Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


100 Unsolved Mysteries That Cannot Be Explained
This compilation takes a look at 100 unsolved mysteries that cannot be explained. It appears that the more we uncover, the less we know about the nature of our world. It seems like more and more mysterious events surface from all over the world that are more than just impossible to explain. They completely defy what we know to be possible within the realms of physics and science.

World's Best Liberal: Frances Perkins (video)

Kirstin Downey, Amy Goodman (DemocracyNow.org, 2009); Ellie Askew, Wisdom Quarterly


Social Pioneer Frances Perkins, 1880-1965
When Frances Perkins was a little girl, she asked her parents why nice people could be poor. Her father told her not to worry about those things. Poor people were poor because they were lazy and drank.

Eventually, she went to Mount Holyoke College and majored in physics. In her final semester she took a class on American economic history and toured the mills along the Connecticut River to see working conditions.

She was horrified. Eventually, instead of teaching until she married, she earned a Master's degree in social work from Columbia University.

In 1910, Perkins became executive secretary of the New York City Consumers League. She campaigned for sanitary regulations for bakeries, fire protection for factories, and legislation to limit the working hours for women and children in factories to 54 hours per week.

She worked mainly in New York’s capital, Albany. Here, she made friends with politicians and learned how to lobby.

On March 25th, 1911 Perkins was having tea with friends when they heard fire engines. They ran to see what was happening and witnessed one of the worst workplace disasters in US history.



The Triangle Shirt Factory fire was devastating, killing 146 people, mostly young women and girls. Perkins watched as fire escapes collapsed and fire ladders couldn’t reach the women trapped by the flames. She watched 47 workers leap to their deaths from the 8th and 9th floors.

Poignantly, just a year before these same women and girls had fought for and won the 54 hour work week and other benefits that Perkins had championed.

These women weren’t just tragic victims, they were heroes of the labor force. Perkins at that moment resolved to make sure their deaths meant something.

A committee to study reforms in safety in factories was formed, and Perkins became the secretary. The group took on not only fire safety, but all other health issues they could think of.

Perkins, by that time a respected expert witness, helped draft the most comprehensive set of laws regarding workplace health and safety in the country. Other states started copying New York’s new laws to protect workers.

Perkins continued to work in New York for decades, until she was asked by President-Elect Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 to serve as secretary of labor. She told him only if he agreed with her goals:
  • 40-hour work week
  • a federal minimum wage
  • unemployment
  • worker’s compensation
  • abolition of child labor
  • federal aid to the states for unemployment
  • social security
  • a revitalized federal employment service
  • universal health insurance.
The president agreed. Similar to what she had worked for in New York, her successes became "The New Deal" that changed the country and its workers forever.

So while you may not know her name, you certainly know her legacy.
Frances Perkins: woman behind the New Deal
DemocracyNow.org via Donovon Ceaser, April 1, 2009
The American financial crisis is widely described as the nation's worst since the Great Depression. With comparisons to the 1930s there has come a renewed focus on "The New Deal," the government initiative of social programs and public service jobs launched by Pres. Roosevelt (FDR). A new book argues that no voice in the FDR administration was more influential in shaping the New Deal than Labor Secretary Frances Perkins, the first-ever female cabinet member in the United States. The book is called The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDRs Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience by author Kirstin Downey.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Alan Watts: Disproving God in 5 minutes

Alan Watts (alanwatts.org) via Glenn Frosty; Dhr. Seven, Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly



This is the full talk given by Alan Watts about the Christian Bible

Who in the heck is Alan Watts?
But Christians have great art and mythology!
Alan Wilson Watts (Jan. 6, 1915–Nov. 16, 1973) was a British-born
  • philosopher
  • writer
  • speaker
  • translator
  • broadcaster
in California best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Buddhism and Eastern Philosophy for a Western audience.

Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. Pursuing a career in religion, he attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he received a Master's degree in theology.

God is watching, always watching
Self-proclaimed "Spiritual Entertainer" Alan Watts became an Episcopal priest in 1945, then left the ministry, the Anglican Church, and in 1950 and moved to California, where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies.

Watts gained a large following in the San Francisco Bay Area while working as a volunteer programmer at KPFA.org, Pacifica Free Speech Radio's station in Berkeley, California.

Watts wrote more than 25 books and articles on subjects important to Eastern and Western religion, introducing the then-burgeoning youth culture to The Way of Zen (1957), one of the first bestselling books on Buddhism.

A Goddess for universe ruler
In Psychotherapy East and West (1961), Watts proposed that Buddhism could be thought of as a form of psychotherapy and not a religion. He also explored human consciousness, in the essay "The New Alchemy" (1958), and in the book The Joyous Cosmology (1962).

Towards the end of his life, he divided his time between a houseboat in Sausalito and a cabin on Mount Tamalpais, both in the Bay Area. His legacy has been kept alive by his son, Mark Watts, and his daughters helped put together a book about his life.

Many of his recorded talks and lectures are available on the Internet and in the Pacifica Archives, principally through the work of Roy of Hollywood Tuckman in Los Angeles at Pacifica Radio's KPFK.org. He is the only person in the world to play Watts regularly on his show "Something's Happening" and on Sunday mornings.

According to the critic Erik Davis, his "writings and recorded talks still shimmer with a profound and galvanizing lucidity."

$1 donation for Tulsi Gabbard (video)

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (https://www.tulsi2020.com); Ellie Askew, Crystal Q., Wisdom Quarterly

Living in Hawaii the problem of climate change and environmental pollution is personal. Tulsi Gabbard has dedicated her life to protecting our country, including protecting our precious land, water, and air. As president, she will continue to fight for the well-being of all Americans.

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