Wednesday, April 23, 2014

PHOTOS: "#my NYPD" (police state on Twitter)

Pat Macpherson, Pfc. Sandoval, Wisdom Quarterly; Newser; Occupy; PoliceStateUSA
F your dolly Lama, motherfather, you don't block crosstown traffic on my beat! (RB/T)


What's this, tainted baby food?! Hell no, b_tch, you're goin to be occupying my nightstick!
"I saw a movie once...only the police and military had guns. It was called 'Schindler's List.'"

Need a mammogram, b_tch? #myNYPD has you covered!Yeah you do, you Occupy sl*t. Comply, wh**e, comply! Forget Obamacare! Fusv3WhiRZआनिल् (@guru0509) 4-22-14.
(OS) Think we're kidding, think we're exaggerating? Occupy protesters in the U.S. were kicked, punched, maced, assaulted, arrested, and falsely charged with the very crimes committed on them all with impunity for speaking up against corporate and police corruption.
 
Lemme at 'im, let me at 'im, I'll kill the muthaf*ther! Die, you dirty hippie, die!


You're a bad man, a very bad man. All  of you are bad men. Get out of here!
 
Occupy police brutality
An NYPD (New York City Police Department) campaign to get Twitter users to share photos of themselves with officers got a massive response -- but not the kind the department had in mind. 
 
Instead of citizens posing with friendly cops, the #MyNYPD tag became the top trending hashtag on Twitter with thousands of photos of police brutality, Occupy Wall Street arrests, and headlines about unarmed citizens being brutalized by police and even shot, reports the NY Daily News.
 
Hey, [n-word], move and you die! Break his arm, break the f'n [subhuman mongrel]'s arm! Free massages from my NYPD. What do YOUR police offer? #MyNYPD (@OccupyWallStNYC)
 
USA/MIC/CIA trained Egypt
[See plenty of shocking examples of the impending police state at the Daily Dot. Our future was evident at this year's Boston Marathon, a year after launching in the false flag operation that was the Boston Marathon "terrorist" bombing of 2013, when police shut down an entire U.S. metropolitan area, acted on Martial law, and rolled out a paramilitary door-to-door "search" for cultivated-and-planted suspects, which suspended civil liberties as citizens were forced to hunker down (Newspeak: "shelter in place") so as not to be shot, arrested, or disappeared in the crossfire.] More
I would sooner worship a pharaoh as trust the Egyptian paramilitary police.
Punishers come to punish all perceived disobedience and disrespect (policestateusa.com)
Please stop the killings and brutality! - Are you kidding? This is why we took the job.

Native Americans on gay marriage, junk food...

Xochitl; CC Liu, Ashley Wells, (eds.) Wisdom Quarterly; NPR.org; Take Two (SCPR.org)
Cleaning, restoring, and hiking Hahamongna, sacred Tongva land, Native Los Angeles

Navajo Nation rainbow flag (dbking/flickr.com/npr.org)

How some Natives dealt with homosexuality
LGBTQ (transgendersociety.yolasite.com)
It may be that gay marriage is not accepted by traditional Native Americans, like California's Chumash (ranging from Malibu to San Luis Obispo). They nevertheless found a progressive and inclusive solution to gender-bending, transsexuality, and homosexuality: "Two-spirit people."

San Francisco march (indybay.org)
Two-spirit is a modern umbrella term used by some indigenous North Americans for gender-variant individuals within their communities.
 
Non-Native anthropologists have historically used the term berdaches (almost exactly like the analogous Afghan/Pashtun bacheh) for individuals who fulfill one of many mixed gender roles in First Nations and Native American tribes.
The complex social psychology of sex and the social construction of gender among Native Americans and ancient Asians can teach us a great deal to allay our unconscious sexism (GJ)
  
Ancient Afghans and Chinese in America
But this term has more recently fallen out of favor (in Afghanistan as well). Third and fourth gender roles historically embodied by two-spirit people include performing work and cross dressing, that is, wearing clothing associated with the other gender
 
Some tribes consider there to be at least four gender identities: (1) feminine men, (2) masculine men, (3) feminine women, and (4) masculine women. The presence of male two-spirits "was a fundamental institution among most tribal peoples" (Brian Joseph Gilley, Becoming Two-Spirit: Gay Identity and Social Acceptance in Indian Country, 2008). According to Will Roscoe, male and female two-spirits have been "documented in over 130 North America tribes, in every region of the continent" (Will Roscoe, The Zuni Man-Woman, p.5, 1991).
 
Transsexual and transgender Native Americans existed, and were even accepted and assimilated, before Western contact (Transgender Society/de Batz, Illinois,1735)
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Banning Native American Gay Marriage
Tell Me More (npr.org)
But we need gay marriage or they win!
The Navajo Nation has has prohibited same-sex marriage since 2005, when the Dine Marriage Law was passed. Now, critics are challenging that ban.  As the largest reservation in the U.S., the Navajo Nation straddles the borders of three states: New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. Utah has been embroiled in its own same-sex marriage battle recently (the state halted gay marriages Monday).  But these state laws do not affect the Navajo Nation ban. Michel Martin, the excellent host of NPR's nightly Tell Me More, recently sat down with Deswood Tome, a special adviser to the president of the Navajo Nation and activist Alray Nelson of the Coalition for Navajo Equality. LISTEN

Impact of The Long Walk felt 150 years later
Laurel Morales, Fronteras Desk (Take Two, Jan. 24, 2014)
The Long Walk for Navajos and Apaches (Bosque Redondo Memorial/Shonto Begay)
 
Navajo Artist Shonto Begay says, “I could feel and hear the cries of the people the trail the heat the cold. I had to be deep deep inside that to try to bring out the echoes of the cries on the trail.”

January marked the 150th anniversary of what Navajo and Mescalero Apache people call "The Long Walk," similar to the forced death-march known as the "Trail of Tears."

Native American (SuperG82/flickr)
In 1864 the U.S. Army forced the Navajo and Apache to walk 400 miles from their assigned reservation in northeastern Arizona to the edge of the Pecos River in eastern New Mexico. As expected thousands died during that long, arduous journey.

These days, so many Navajos like musician Clarence Clearwater have moved off the reservation for work.

Clearwater performs on the Grand Canyon Railway -- the lone Indian among dozens of cowboys and train robbers entertaining tourists.
 
“I always tell people I’m there to temper the cowboys,” Clearwater said. “I’m there to give people the knowledge that there was more of the West than just cowboys.”
 
Clearwater retraced his great-great-great-grandfather’s footsteps 50 years ago for The Long Walk’s 100th anniversary. Along the way he learned a song about going home. LISTEN
  • A history of discrimination denying affirmative action
Native American Junk-Food Tax?
"Advocates Vow To Revive Navajo Junk-Food Tax" (AP/NPR, April 22, 2014)
This mouth-watering burger is a delicious vegan melt with baked fries (Vegan)

 
Don't tell anyone they're good as in healthy.
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - Facing a high prevalence of diabetes, many American Indian tribes are returning to their roots with community and home gardens, cooking classes that incorporate traditional foods, and running programs to encourage healthy lifestyles.
 
The latest effort on the Navajo Nation, the country's largest reservation, is to use the tax system to spur people to ditch junk food.
 
Sobochesh berries (eattheweeds.com)
A proposed 2 percent sales tax on chips, cookies and sodas failed Tuesday in a Tribal Council vote. But the measure still has widespread support, and advocates plan to revive it, with the hope of making the tribe one of the first governments to enact a junk-food tax.
 
Elected officials across the U.S. have taken aim at sugary drinks with proposed bans, size limits, tax hikes and warning labels, though their efforts have not gained widespread traction. In Mexico, lawmakers approved a junk food tax and a tax on soft drinks last year as part of that government's campaign to fight obesity.
 
Navajo President Ben Shelly earlier this year vetoed measures to establish a junk-food tax and eliminate the tax on fresh fruit and vegetables. At Tuesday's meeting, tribal lawmakers overturned the veto on the tax cut, but a vote to secure the junk-food tax fell short. Lawmakers voted 13-7 in favor of it, but the tax needed 16 votes to pass. More

It's Shakespeare's Birthday (video)

Ashley Wells, Seven, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly; BBC; Delahoyde; Anderson; de Vere S.A.
Whoever it was who wrote these words must be remembered as world heritage (BBC)

There are tell-tale signs of the true author (de Vere Society Australia)


(BBC) William Shakespeare, the pseudonym of a British writer (likely the historical Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford) and/or writers, wrote many popular and widely studied plays. They are unlocked by actors and directors at the Royal Shakespeare Company, a fantastic resource for students and teachers of Shakespeare. More
  • E-BOOK: The Hyphen, the Mask, the Daughter
  • E-BOOK: Shakespeare by Another Name (view)
  • What the world loses because of sexism as explored in Reincarnating Shakespeare’s sister: Virginia Woolf and the “uncircumscribed spirit” of fiction. The tension established between the writing subject and this vital “spirit” or “reality” has implications for the relationship between women and fiction Woolf imagines in A Room of One’s Own. For the movement of the writing subject beyond the self and towards the vital “spirit” of the “real” proves to be essential for the reincarnation of “Shakespeare’s sister,” that is, for the creation of a genuinely feminine literature (not the other SS).
  • VIDEO: Shakespeare's Restless World
    Neil MacGregor explores the world of Shakespeare and his audience through 20 objects from that turbulent period.
Edward de Vere (Oxfordian theory of authorship) rivals France's Moliere, Spain's Cervantes, Latin America's Garcia Marquez, North America's plain Jane Austin, England's Virginia Woolf, China's... well, everyone gets the picture. But who was "the Bard"? According to Dr. Delahoyde of Washington State University: 
 
The Real Shakespeare
Remembering literature (bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01dtvpl)
 
J. Thomas Looney [Loan-ee], an English schoolteacher early in the 20th century for whom the Stratford myth [referring to Shakespeare's alleged birthplace] seemed worse than unsatisfactory, went back to the start of the logical process. 
 
From the works themselves he constructed a list of [at least 18] traits that must have been associated with the true author:...

Looney found a perfect match in the Dictionary of National Biography when he read about Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford.

Looney published his discovery in 1920; unfortunately, therefore, some would like to dub this the Looney theory (though his name is pronounced Loan-ee, like Roosevelt). But Freud was convinced by it; Orson Welles was; Leslie Howard, Derek Jacobi, Jeremy Irons, Supreme Court judges, scholars, and more and more have been ever since.

The de Vere family, originally from France, settled in England before the Norman Conquest. In 1066, Alberic (or Aubrey) de Vere sided with William the Conqueror and afterwards was rewarded with many estates. The youngest son of William, Henry, appointed de Vere the hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain of England -- involving duties associated with coronations.

De Vere is the Bard without getting credit.
The fourth successive Aubrey in the 1100s was created Earl of Oxford. An Earl of Oxford was a favorite of Richard II (and therefore is excised from that history play), another was given a command at the battle of Agincourt, and Earls of Oxford supported the House of Lancaster in the Wars of the Roses in the 1400s. One accompanied Henry VII in 1485 and proved himself invaluable at Bosworth Field. More


This is clearly a mask covering a face
Lady Susan de Vere (1587-1629), Countess of Montgomery, was the producer and "Grand Possessor" of the First Folio (1623), the Collected Works of "William Shake-speare," the pen-name of her father the Elizabethan courtier, poet, and playwright Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford.
 
Considering that more shelf space in book stores and libraries is dedicated to Shakespeare, and more movies cover the subject than any other, that makes Susan de Vere the most important person in history.

Yet, she has been completely erased from the picture by the elitist snobs of the Stratford Sham Industry. Until the de Veres came along there was no book, no Wikipedia page, no documentary, and no movie about this very resourceful woman, who despite the social constraints of the time, cunningly figured out a way to send us the ultimate "message in a bottle."
 
Still unpublished before Susan de Vere’s First Folio and otherwise lost to posterity were:... More

By Another Name
Mark Anderson (shakespearebyanothername.com)
Shakespeare by Another Name (Anderson)
The debate over the true authorship of the Shakespeare canon has raged for centuries. Astonishingly little evidence supports the traditional belief that it was Wm. Shakespeare, the actor and businessman from [the hamlet of] Stratford-upon-Avon, England.

Legendary figures such as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and Sigmund Freud have all expressed grave doubts that an uneducated man, who apparently owned no books and never left England, wrote plays and poems that consistently reflect a learned and well-traveled insider's perspective on royal courts and the ancient feudal nobility.

Recent scholarship has turned to Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford -- an Elizabethan court playwright known to have written in secret and who had ample means, motive, and opportunity to in fact have assumed the "Shake-speare" disguise.
 
Yes, I was wearing a mask! (DVSA)
"Shakespeare" by Another Name is the literary biography of Edward de Vere as "Shakespeare." This groundbreaking book tells the story of de Vere's action-packed life -- as Renaissance man, spendthrift, courtier, wit, student, scoundrel, patron, military adventurer and, above all, prolific ghostwriter -- finding in it the background material for all of The Bard's works.

Biographer Mark Anderson incorporates a wealth of new evidence, including de Vere’s personal copy of the Bible (in which he underlines scores of passages that are also prominent Shakespearean biblical references). More

Ask Maya: Corrupting the Dharma? (video)

Maya, Ashley Wells, CC Liu, Seven, Irma Quintero, Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly
The Mysterious Disappearance (Tom Tomorrow/thismodernworld.com)
The twin exhibitions in San Francisco (SFAAM) and Pasadena (NS) are deep explorations.
 
Recently, an anonymous reader brought our attention to the destruction of the Dharma in America by capitalist and selfish motives:

The reader draws our attention to something really bothersome. The traditional Dharma -- the authentic Buddhist teachings as laid out by Siddhartha Gautama after his great enlightenment and taught for 45 years -- is being corrupted in America. It is under attack. Why? The specters of money, fame, and power threaten to undermine and overwhelm our spiritual teachings. 

Case in point: there is a website of a supposed "mindfulness" meditation teacher, one Michael Taft, who claims that people saying they learn meditation from Buddhist teachers is unfair. Should we be serene and listen to his point, or let ourselves get furious? (Serenity trumps fury). Are people like this degrading and destroying the Dharma? (Could be. But he says right up front that hat he is "secular and science-based," which is an obvious way to make more sales. What he is calling mindfulness, as so many in the world of science now do, is not Buddhism. It may be Buddhist, but it is stripped of its Buddhism and is just something out there to be used for other ends; it doesn't sound like Taft is promising enlightenment or an end to suffering or even a trip to heaven. It's just the same old stress management approach, and maybe that's fine). What does "mindfulness" mean nowadays?

Mindfulness has existed for millions of years, and anyone who says so is right about that. But, reader, you have a point. What it means in Buddhism is very specific, not just as a general reminder to practice "bare awareness" but as a set of techniques to bring about liberating-insight. Whereas anyone might say, "Pay attention" and we might even pay attention without being reminded, no one but a buddha teaches the insight practices (particularly the causal links of Dependent Origination) but a buddha and the subsequent disciples of such a world teacher. You're right.

This guy is published on the Huffington Post and Scientific American, and he lectures at conferences. Why would anyone listen to him?

They have to listen to someone, reader. The Buddha taught his true disciples well in the Kalama Sutta, not adhering to view but investigating on their quest for truth. And for the intensive practitioners (monastic and lay alike), he advised them be lamps and islands unto themselves taking no other teacher but the Dharma as their guide and themselves (Mahaparinibbana Sutta).

Too often and too quickly we give up our own wisdom for the presumed knowledge of another. We need both. We need discernment when listening, and we need unbiased reflection when considering our own level of right view. Be serene; even if Taft should kill the Dharma singlehandedly -- and it doesn't sound like that is what he is doing -- you could still keep sight of the lamp and the island.

An oversimplification of the message. What the Buddha really asks before teaching the Dharma is, Do these basic things agree with your own experience and observation, your own sense and heart? Are greed, hatred, and delusion harmful or harmless?
 
I am Amatue. Don't stare.
Every teacher, assuming he is even a legitimate teacher and not just a self-seeking individual out to make the rare and precious Dharma a money-making instrument or vehicle to fame. (Elsewhere the Buddha says that a fool seeks fame for things s/he does not possess, whereas a worthy person seeks no notoriety or acclaim for things possessed like enlightenment, insight, or wisdom). So let the foolish be, if they will not be curbed by a kind admonition, as the harm they do is not our responsibility but theirs. And our own faults are ours to see, or to have someone kindly point them out to us. Thank you, reader, for not criticizing us for all of our failings. We sure have them for anyone to point out. Reader, do something to benefit yourself and others. It is easy to criticize and to point fingers at Taft and bad teachers as there are plenty of them, but the True Wheel is hard to find. So this is what we would like to see: Research it and tell us, What is "mindfulness" really as the Buddha taught it?

If you could find that out -- and tell us and all of the other readers -- is would be a mighty help to us, to Taft, and to others who might fall sway to the nonsense many people speak in the name of the Buddha, Dharma, and enlightened community.

When I think of all the centuries of teachers who patiently and selflessly worked to maintain the purity of the Buddha's teaching, against all odds, to have an [donkey] like this...

True, true, it would be a tragedy. But come, friend, do it for the real Buddha, do it for the Dharma. Investigate and report back to us. We will have our editors cross check it and publish it here. Where is the real Dharma to be found, where is there a legitimate teacher? We can tell you, but it would be much more productive if you search and report back. That is what Siddhartha did.

Hipster haven: an alt to an alt to shout about
No, no, don't laugh. Come forward. What do the poets teach us? Keats says, "When the bad are full of passionate intensity, what do the good do? Complain? Point fingers? But not do a good thing to make the situation better? We're all for complaining, our favorite pastime/wasteoftime. Be we also try to unearth the real Dharma and restore it to the world while bringing attention to corrections and deviations.
 
This desert lawn sucks! - Yeah, where do they get the water? - What, dumb[donkey], I mean Beavis? I didn't mean it sucks water. I mean it sucks... - Oh yeah, huh huh huh huh huh...
  
The way to cool is brands?
QUESTION 2: How was Coachella? Brokechella was much better than returning for Weekend Deux. But Coachella? Bradley explains it best. He was offered a job, two weekends at the big music fest and a VIP all access pass. Late into Saturday night he turned around and suddenly noticed: No one was smiling. They had paid $800 (not including parking, which is $100 more, food, or drinks and stuff), and they were blase. They were having phone-mances, rocking their cellular devices like dates under the remains of the prophetic bloody moon. One would think that having spent all that money and facebooked it and tweeted and instagrammed the h*ck out of it there would be more than this. But you have to ask yourself, whether you're sporting a VIP pass or just a regular radio-chipped (RFID) capital-expenditure-monitoring and policing device,

Is that ALL there is?
Cristina echoes Peggy Lee in asking, Is that all there [f-ing] is? with a twist.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Types of People in Yoga Class (video)

Amber Larson, Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly; Flama (TheFlamaSub)
Meditate, do yoga, and surf like Ruah Yoga (NY) in Bhayekapada galavasana.


FLAMAExotic Jess Lizama gets her Zen (serene being) on while we grunt away. Okay, now Ananda balasana (baby pose), everyone! Here she goes with Ricky Rebel for The Flama on Instagram. They bring up the question, What is yoga? It's a bunch of poses, yes? No, it's so much more.

It's an ancient practice summarized by the Sage Patanjali 2,000 years ago. Patanjali formulated an eightfold path (ashtanga) mirroring the very popular Buddhist path in India. Like Buddhism, it is composed of interlinking factors. The paths go well together, but they are not the same and do not lead ultimately to the same place. Too bad people fail to realize that, doing one thing thinking they're doing another. If "zen" is dhyāna (Pali jhana) then any serene practice might lead one to the first few mental absorptions. But that's where it will remain without the Buddha's teachings on taking it further, taking it beyond, taking it beyond the beyond to complete liberation.
(W/WQ) Rāja yoga ("royal yoga," "supreme union," also known as classical or aṣhṭānga yoga) is one of the six schools of dharmic (astika) Hindu philosophy. Its principal text is the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. It is concerned with the cultivation of a seer/viewer's (ṛiṣhi) mind using various limbs, such as meditation (dhyāna, dhyana) and concentration (samādhi, samadhi). Its object is to further one's acquaintance with reality, achieve awakening (moksha), and eventually enlightenment (kaivalya). Note that what the Buddha and Buddhism calls "enlightenment" is BODHI. By developing insight on top of serenity (jhana, meditative absorptions), one finds "liberation" (moksha) in NIRVANA, the going out of all suffering, not yet another pleasant rebirth with Brahmā.