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Mindful Quotes for the Present Moment Wed 05 March 2014

Thich Nhat Hanh
Cover of Thich Nhat Hanh

“In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, the will invent one in order to mobilize us.”

 

When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.

(nl: IJssla krop)Iceberg lettuce
(nl: IJssla krop)Iceberg lettuce (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change”

Thich Nhat Hanh

A HISTORY Lesson of US Invasions For Perspective in Today’s World

Seal of the United States Department of State.
Seal of the United States Department of State. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1) Grenada (1983-1984), (2) Bolivia (1986; ), (3) Virgin Islands (1989), (4) Liberia (1990; 1997; 2003), (5) Saudi Arabia (1990-1991), (6) Kuwait (1991), (7) Somalia (1992-1994; 2006), (8) Bosnia (1993-), (9) Zaire (Congo) (1996-1997), (10) Albania (1997), (11) Sudan (1998), (12) Afghanistan (1998; 2001-), (13) Yemen (2000; 2002-), (14) Macedonia (2001), (15) Colombia (2002-), (16) Pakistan (2005-), (17) Syria (2008; 2011-), (18) Uganda (2011), (18) Mali (2013), (19) Niger (2013), (20) Yugoslavia (1919; 1946; 1992-1994; 1999), (21) Iraq (1958; 1963; 1990-1991; 1990-2003; 1998; 2003-2011) (22) Angola (1976-1992)

Who are WE to judge someone for ONE invasion??? This post is not for an argument of political motivations or justifications on either side… This is purely finance. Citibank among others have significant exposure in Ukraine… well… fuck those banksters.

There’s no way to bash any specific politician or party or platform with the exception of one, but I like the way you can look at this and avoid party or platform labels… this is just “US” (you and me) in general. because all those labels and platforms are a fraud.

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Commandments for a Modern World Losing it’s Religion: A Sermon on a Sunday

When Moses came down the mount, he had two plates and on them were commandments. According to legend, there were ten. Unfortunately, in a fit of rage, Moses spoke with his own interpretation of what was allegedly on those plates. We don’t really know what those commandments were… Why you ask? Eight generations passed before a single word of this was penned to paper. Can you say “Simon Says”?

So here we go in this modern world where religion has a smaller influence because of it’s intolerance and interpretations to fit an agenda that has no relevance today. Remember… We are told that Moses said… (before he allegedly threw the plates and destroyed them)… “Those who shall not live by the law, shall die by the law.” Sounds more like a christian fundamentalism chant as battle drums are heard… or a more understandable term… “Sharia Law

Moses with the tablets of the Ten Commandments...
Moses with the tablets of the Ten Commandments, painting by Rembrandt (1659) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Don’t like cigarettes? Don’t smoke one

2. Don’t like abortions? Don’t have one.

3. Don’t Like sex? Don’t do it.

4. Don’t like drugs? Don’t do them.

5. Don’t like gay marriages? Don’t get one and don’t divorce.

6. Don’t like porn? Stop pretending you don’t watch it.

7. Don’t like alcohol? Don’t drink it.

8. Don’t like guns? Don’t buy one or try to take mine away.

9. Don’t like your rights taken away? Then don’t take away someone else’s.

10. Thou shall NOT authorize, decree, order, sanction or legislate hatred and intolerance. Laws are meant to increase and/or clarify rights, expand rights, extend rights, elevate rights… not remove rights, take away rights, eliminate rights, get rid of rights or cause separation by law or rights.

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Cropped screenshot of Charlton Heston from the trailer for the film The Ten Commandments. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Your Signature is Needed…

Las Vegas Monorail
Las Vegas Monorail (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Las Vegas monorail was a great idea that because of political pressures wasn’t implemented to its full potential. In its current form the system doesn’t service visitors effectively, because it doesn’t go to the airport or downtown. Expanding the system would create jobs for a state with the highest unemployment rate in the country and transform the current system into a viable, effective system that would serve the needs of transporting Las Vegas visitors and provide a hub for future expansion to the rest of the Las Vegas valley.

Español: Monoriel del hotel Hilton en Las Vegas
Español: Monoriel del hotel Hilton en Las Vegas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anonymous Quote de la Dia – Closed Minds

Passionate Minds
Passionate Minds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At least those with closed minds never have to worry about their brains gathering dust

Quote(s) of President’s Day – Church and State and Church and State

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English: Seal of the President of the United States Español: Escudo del Presidente de los Estados Unidos ??????????: ????? ?? ????????????? ?? ??????????? ??????????? ??????. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Founding father numero uno (Deist) George Washington (Independant party) rarely if ever spoke of god or religion. He was the founding father of the separation of church and state. He regularly attended church but rejected communion. He never once mentioned jesus christ in ANY of his extensive correspondence. He adamantly instructed that workmen hired for his Mount Vernon plantation could be muslims, jews, christians of ANY sect, or atheists for all he cared. On his deathbed he requested no ritual, He had a freemason funeral service. The ONLY quote attributed to him on god or religion…

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“Residence of Washington in High Street, Philada.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The United States of America should be a foundation free from the influence of the clergy.”

Founding father numero dos (Deist) John Adams, like all Deists reject organized religion and the divinity of christ. He/They held that reason is the path to knowledge, including knowledge of god. In 1831, an episcopal minister complained: “Among all our Presidents from Washington downward, not one was a professor of religion, at least not of more than unitarianism.” John Adams went a bit farther than founding father numero uno and is quoted as follows:

English: User box for Separation of Church vs....
English: User box for Separation of Church vs. State (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

God has infinite wisdom, goodness and power; he created the universe…. He created this speck of dirt and the human species for his glory; and with deliberate design of making nine-tenths of our species miserable for ever for his glory. This is the doctrine of christian theologians, in general, ten to one… Wretch! What is his glory? Is he ambitious? Does he want promotion? Is he vain, tickled with adulation, exulting and triumphing in his power, and the sweetness of his vengeance? Pardon me my maker, for these awful consequences.”

“Twenty times in the course of my late reading, have I been upon the point of breaking out: This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it!”

“Ever since the reformation, when or where has existed a protestant or dissenting sect who would tolerate a free inquiry?”

From the treaty of Tripoli, ratified UNANIMOUSLY in the Senate and signed by Adams into law, 1797: “The United States of America is in no sense founded on the christian religion.”

“Who does not see that the same authority which can establish christianity, in exclusion of all other religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of christians, in exclusion of all other sects?”

“In the formation of the American government… it will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of heaven.”

But never say never as there have been Presidents since that have re-written this history:

George W. Bush
Cover of George W. Bush

“I trust god speaks through me.”George W Bush… (what the fuck was he smokin?)

Founding father numero tres (Deist) Thomas Jefferson (my personal favorite) was an adamant church-state separatist. “No other statesman of his time could match Jefferson in his hatred of the established faith,” wrote a biographer. “Went so far as to edit the gospels, removing the miracles and mysticism of jesus, leaving only what he deemed the correct moral philosophy.” Engraved on the Jefferson Memorial is the vow of “Eternal hostility against every form of TYRRANY over the mind of man” – without mention that he said it while denouncing those who WANTED to establish christianity as an official religion. That never happened… thank the gods… and our founding fathers. And now his words:

“Question with boldness even the existence of a god.”

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peal...
Portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale in 1800. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (christianity) one redeeming feature. They are all alike, founded upon fables and mythologies.”

“The christian god is a three headed monster; cruel, vengeful and capricious… One only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him. They are always of two classes: fools and hypocrites.”

“The day will come when the mystical generation of jesus… in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of minerva in the brain of Jupiter.”

“I am a materialist; he (jesus) takes the side of spiritualism; he preaches the efficacy of repentance toward forgiveness of sin; I require a counterpoise of good works to redeem it.”

Jefferson's Grave
Jefferson’s Grave (Photo credit: Steve A)

“Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man… perverted into an engine for enslaving mankind… a mere contrivance (for teh clergy) to filch wealth and power to themselves.” a little hypocritical as he owned and fucked slaves that were considered three fifths of a man (for gerrymandering purposes). He bore human flesh of mixed-race and LIVED!!!

“In every country and in every age the priest has been hostile to liberty, he is always in allegiance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection of his own… History I believe furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government… Political as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves (of public ignorance) for their own purpose.”

“State churches that use government power to support themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths undermine all our civil rights… Erecting the ‘wall of separation between church and state,’ therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.”

Jumping forward to another great thinker… Honest Abe

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English: Abraham Lincoln, president of the United States of America. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“It will not do to investigate the subject of religion too closely, as it is apt to lead to infidelity.” OK… in hindsight, we know this was a bit self-serving in that Honest Abe was an infidel… my question is… were there any women with which he was an adulterer with? Was it all men? Was Honest Abe still being honest with this quote? Men on the down-low don’t consider themselves gay… and… if married or coupled, do not consider themselves adulterous when intimate with men. Since Lincoln was… like… on the down-low… perhaps what he was doing with men was not considered adulterous to him by this same rationalism.

Here’s what we know:

Deism
Deism (Photo credit: PinkMoose)

One in four Americans do not even know that the earth revolves around the sun. Is it any surprise that these people who are surely among the 80+% of Americans with no passport or who have never traveled far from home or even outside their own backwoods county, will believe everything and anything they are told… by clergy… but not what they have discovered or learned on their own… so much so, that these quotes listed above… from written words in archives… must be fakes and fabricated.

There must be a unified backlash against “fundamentalists and ignoramuses who would and have spit in the face of our founding fathers. Let alone adulterated their own gospels for their own power and influence interests and needs.

On THIS President’s Day… as we see ourselves drifting farther and farther from our founding documents, fathers and intents, let us reflect on these words and quotes and stop the BULLSHIT!!! We are the laughingstock of the friggin world. SNAP OUT OF IT.

Marc’s Random Thought of the Day, 29 January 2014 – CONvictions

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    Poster advertising a meeting in support of the Walsall Anarchists (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    If you are absolute and refuse to read, learn, understand, empathize, or even speak to who or what you demonize, how will you ever learn more about you… yourself, and cultivate deeper perception, awareness, comprehension into what you believe yourself? The things that have the most value when it comes to learning and understanding are exactly the things worth exploring and are worth reading, have the most value and, more accurately, those that challenge our convictions. Before you use a simple label for anything you question or take issue with, no matter what, you must be knowledgable enough to think for yourself and come to your own conclusion. Trust no one’s voice but your own, but before you judge others, make sure you have clean hands and use a purely factual challenge without any labels. It doesn’t matter if it is political, social, cultural or religious… the same mandate applies. [Marc Gilbert-Widmann January 29, 2014]

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Quote of the Day 27 January 2014 – Rhetoric

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twitter logo map 09 (Photo credit: The Next Web)

Yeah, about the test…

The test will measure whether you are an informed, engaged, and productive citizen of the world, and it will take place in schools and bars and hospitals and dorm rooms and in places of worship. You will be tested on first dates, in job interviews, while watching football, and while scrolling through your Twitter feed. The test will judge your ability to think about things other than celebrity marriages, whether you’ll be easily persuaded by empty political rhetoric, and whether you’ll be able to place your life and your community in a broader context. The test will last your entire life, and it will be comprised of the millions of decisions that, when taken together, will make your life yours. And everything, everything, will be on it.

…I know, right?”
John Green

L. Ron Hubbard Quote of the Day 26 January 2014

L. Ron Hubbard
Cover of L. Ron Hubbard

“Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way to be to start his own religion.” – [attributed as words uttered on five separate occasions]

L. Ron (Lafayette Ronald) Hubbard (1911-1986 if you believe he is dead)… science fiction writer turned founder and cult leader of scientology. He also claimed he was a physicist but only took one year and received an F. In the US Navy, he was found to be “unsatisfactory for any assignment” and “not temperamentally fitted for independent command”.

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English: Notice of Separation from the U.S. Naval Service – L. Ron Hubbard. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are still a belieber… there’s Xenu, the alien ruler of the ‘galactic confederacy’ who brought millions of people to earth on DC-8-style space/aircraft… lined them up around volcanos and blew them to smitherines with hydrogen bombs. It is also claimed that their souls turned into space and body invaders clinging to the living and wreaking havoc and chaos in today’s world.

Joseph Smith Mormon
Joseph Smith Mormon (Photo credit: More Good Foundation)

Almost sounds like the late great joseph smith who had the “the book of mormon – another testament of jesus christ dictated to him in a field by aliens from another planet… and… jesus is not dead. He lives on a planet somewhere outside our solar system… but in the 1800’s joseph smith didn’t know there was an end to our solar system.

 

Some people will just believe anything. I’m just sayin.

 

Quote the Breitbart – Deportation of the Bieber 25 January 2014

Bieber Brush
Bieber Brush (Photo credit: aprilrobin)

“In a world as electronically connected as ours, other than shooting Bieber into the silent void of space (which the Geneva Convention lists as a war crime against space), there is nothing we can do to protect our children from the toxic effect this stunted Vanilla Ice has and will continue to have on our culture.

But that doesn’t mean we have to let him stay in our home.

Every day we deport those who come here with no agenda other than to work hard, keep their head down, pay taxes, raise a family, and pursue the American Dream in a noble and honorable way. But we’re housing this little pantywaist and his posse?

No justice, no peace.”