Fountain of Light
Meditation Is a Solitary Art
Martin LeFevre: A steady rain fell for half an hour. It was more than a drizzle but less than a downpour. In addition to my hat and shell, the laurel bay tree overhead provided shelter. Not getting wet, I remained with the impulse to leave until it passed... Then I saw rain as if for the first time... There's an inherent reverence experiencing a rain. Water is the essence of life, and life, at least new life, is joy...
Apr 25, 2015, 5:15pm
David Swanson: Drone murders started in October 2001 and, typically enough, the first strike murdered the wrong people. The blame game involved a struggle for control among the Air Force, CENTCOM, and the CIA... How did the U.S. government get from there to a "Homeland Security Department" that trains local police to consider protesters to be terrorists? The answer is: gradually and fundamentally through a change in behavior and culture rather than through legislation or court ruling...
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Apr 24, 2015, 1:45pm
Earth Day 2015---Not Too Late
Martin LeFevre: It's Earth Day 2015, and leading scientists are urgently proposing keeping 75% of fossil fuels in the ground. There's a macabre symmetry to that, since other scientists predict that by the end of this century 75% of animal species presently on earth will be extinct at the hand of man... Our survival now depends on awakening the latent capacity for self-knowing within each person whose heart still beats with even the faintest sympathy and synchronicity with the earth...
Apr 23, 2015, 8:46am
Top Ten ways to prove you Love the Earth on Earth Day
Juan Cole: Individuals can make a difference by our choices. But the most rapid and biggest advances we can make in reducing carbon emissions come from public policy... Put people in office who care about the future of the earth and will incentivize reduction of carbon emissions and the development of green technologies...
Apr 22, 2015, 2:21pm
We Lucky Molecules
As American neocons and other war hawks push for endless war in the Mideast and now eastern Europe, the resulting chaos is straining the capacity of civilization to meet basic human needs and raising the risk of nuclear war, what would be a tragic ending to the Universe's luckiest molecules, writes Robert Parry...
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Apr 22, 2015, 2:10pm
This 4/20 Should Be a Wake-Up Call to End the Racist "War on Drugs"
Thom Hartmann: The war on drugs isn't a war on drugs. It's a war on people... the war on drugs was arguably always - even back in the 1930s when it all started - about criminalizing Black bodies to appease White racists. And in that context, there's an argument to be made that it's worked out exactly as planned...
Apr 21, 2015, 12:47pm
The Tonic of Immobility
Martin LeFevre: As regular readers know, I feel the human brain is the only brain on this planet with the potential to be consciously aware of the sacredness within and beyond nature... I maintain that with the complete and spontaneous quieting of the mind in undivided awareness and undirected attention, there is a wordless experiencing of the background sacredness of the universe...
Apr 20, 2015, 4:31pm
Xenophobia in South Africa - Driven by Apartheid's Legacy of White Monopoly Capitalism
Garikai Chengu: The White monopoly capitalist system that underpinned Apartheid remains alive and well today. White monopoly capitalism is the post-Apartheid economic system, whereby Whites continue to exert disproportional and undemocratic control over the nation's economy, land, media and judicial system...
Apr 20, 2015, 12:52pm
Breaking the spell of race
Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life, Karen Fields and Barbara Fields' book of essays recently released in paperback, provides an essential resource for a new generation of activists looking to understand where racism comes from, why it persists and how it might ultimately be defeated... "The idea of distinct, biological races has no basis in science."... "view American racism in its native context: as a system of maintaining not just the subjugation of African Americans, but of overall class inequality."...
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Apr 20, 2015, 11:23am
The Habit of Separation and Accumulation
Martin LeFevre: The fog had begun to burn off, then returned to wrap around the hills and linger over the fields. As it began to lift again, the mist refracted the light so that every leaf and twig stood out with tremendous vividness... Whether one calls it meditation, mindfulness or simply awareness, learning the art of undivided observation is essential to staying inwardly alive and young of mind and heart in this divisive and decisive age...
Apr 18, 2015, 4:08pm
The Politics of Repair - An Act of Dissent Against the Economy of Waste
Michael Schwalbe: To confront the need for repair and to consider the feasibility of repair is to reflect on the practical and symbolic value of things-not just what they can do for us but what they mean to us. Capitalism disparages these values because replacement is more profitable than repair. In this context, to resist the throwaway mentality, to preserve the usable and meaningful, is an act of dissent...
Apr 17, 2015, 4:33pm
Damming Tibet - China's Assault on Tibet's Rivers, People and Environment
When Michael Buckley took a white water rafting trip in Tibet in 2005, he had no idea of the adventure he was embarking on - a ten-year investigation of China ruthless exploitation of Tibet's mineral and hydroelectric resources, and its systematic attack on indigenous Tibetans, their culture and their survival on the land...
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Apr 16, 2015, 12:24pm
Cuba, Iran and American Lies
Margaret Kimberley: It is good advice not to believe everything we read. But in American foreign policy that expression doesn't go far enough. We should not believe anything our government feeds to the corporate media. They lie when their lips are moving...
Apr 16, 2015, 12:03pm
Be a Conductor, Not a Conduit
Martin LeFevre: To listen and watch Carlos Kleiber conduct Beethoven's 7th Symphony, even on YouTube, is to know in one's heart that there is an intelligence beyond the mind of man... His performance---a word at once too small and too big for Kleiber---is an expression of not only his joy, but also an ineffable bliss flowing through him, giving literal meaning to the phrase 'music of the spheres.'...
Apr 15, 2015, 4:54pm
Security Theater - Fake Bullets Over Broadway
Thomas L. Knapp: What we're watching is not a war on terror. It's not desperate police work versus very dire, and very real, threats. It's theater, scripted entirely for public consumption and for the purpose of maintaining the post-9/11 "homeland security" funding bonanza...
Apr 15, 2015, 12:37pm