Fountain of Light
Consciousness Does Not Evolve
Martin LeFevre : The human brain itself is, potentially, a powerful receiver for the background awareness and intelligence of the universe. But paradoxically, ‘higher thought,’ which gives us this capacity, blocks reception, and therefore has to fall completely still. When the brain is free, even momentarily, of its enslavement to words, images and memories, then one hears what is beyond the range of our ears, senses and thought...
Oct 18, 2014, 3:33pm
The Anti-Empire Report #133
William Blum: You can't believe a word the United States or its mainstream media say about the current conflict involving The Islamic State (ISIS)... The groundwork for this awful mess of political and religious horrors sweeping through the Middle East was laid - laid deeply - by the United States during 35 years (1979-2014) of overthrowing the secular governments of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria...
Oct 17, 2014, 12:37pm
Margaret Kimberley: "The world of private dollars played a role in consigning thousands of people to death."... The largest contributor to the World Health Organization budget is not a government. It is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation... WHO actions and priorities are no longer the result of the consensus of the world's people but top down decision making from wealthy philanthropists... Private philanthropy is inherently undemocratic...
Oct 16, 2014, 3:03pm
The real cause for alarm: For-profit health care
Nicole Colson analyzes the latest developments about Ebola cases in the U.S. ... what we know about the death of patient Thomas Duncan and the diagnosis of Ebola in two nurses who treated him--26-year-old Nina Pham and 29-year-old Amber Vinson--should frighten us about the shortcomings of America's for-profit health care system, particularly when it comes to the safety of the health care workers who will be the first to deal with future cases...
Oct 16, 2014, 2:33pm
Is This "American Exceptionalism"?
Thom Hartmann: In reality, when it comes to things that could really make the US great, we're lagging behind much of the developed world...What links poor educational outcomes, poor health-care outcomes and high levels of violence all together?... The common denominator - It's the inequality stupid!..
Oct 15, 2014, 4:10pm
A Communist as a Friend
In one of the blurbs for Ben Kamin's book, Dangerous Friendship: Stanley Levison, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Kennedy Brothers, Hamilton Sides writes "Kamin continues his keen yet loving exploration into little-known aspects of King's life and legacy."
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Oct 15, 2014, 3:54pm
Dispelling Darkness Within, Confronting Evil Without
Martin LeFevre: A conversation with a Buddhist teacher from India turned to the Buddha’s illumination. “The Buddha,” he said, “was attacked by Mara, but the Buddha came to see that the evil was within him.” Is that true, I asked?...
Oct 14, 2014, 3:31am
Why Dalai Lama Won’t Reincarnate in Tibet
Martin LeFevre: The Dalai Lama has said that he may not reincarnate again, and if he does, it will not be in Tibet. He isn’t referring to illumination however. Bodhisattvas reincarnate; illumined beings incarnate... The Dalai Lama is saying he may reincarnate in another country because the Chinese have corrupted the selection process of Lamas in Tibet. As a prominent American Buddhist put it, the Chinese government is perpetrating “a slow and deliberate asphyxiation of the Buddhist faith in its own home.”...
Oct 11, 2014, 2:59pm
Responsibility Without Free Will, Part 2
Martin LeFevre: Feeling compelled to further explore the question of responsibility without free will, I’m still asking: How can there be responsibility without an entity that assumes it?...To wit: “The idea of deserving punishment depends upon the idea that criminals freely choose their actions, and if neuroscience reveals that free choice is an illusion, then we can see that the idea of deserving punishment is nonsense.”...
Oct 7, 2014, 1:14pm
Responsibility Without Free Will
Martin LeFevre: Philosophers have been trying to reconcile the subject and object duality as long as there’s been philosophy. A recent fad in this vein is called ‘binocularity.’ It only confuses the issue even more...
Oct 5, 2014, 5:25am
The End of Tradition
Martin LeFevre: In ancient times, and not so long ago in many parts of the world, each teradition was completely distinct and whole. Tradition wasn’t something that a people had; it was the total way of life in which people were completely immersed....
Oct 2, 2014, 12:22am
Imperial Rot - Washington's Secret Agendas
"The US government's secret agendas have cost Americans and many peoples in the world tremendously. Essentially, the Foster brothers created the Cold War with their secret agendas and anti-communist hysteria. Secret agendas committed Americans to long, costly, and unnecessary wars in Vietnam and the Middle East. Secret CIA and military agendas intending regime change in Cuba were blocked by President John F. Kennedy and resulted in the assassination of a president... Secret agendas have prevailed for so long that the American people themselves are now corrupted...
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Sep 29, 2014, 4:45pm
Consciousness at the Cusp?
Martin LeFevre: Perhaps the clearest expression of a core intent of this column comes from Vimala Thakar, an Indian spiritual teacher and social activist I read about recently who died in 2009. Combining two seemingly, usually separate domains, Vimala taught spirituality to activists, and advocated social conscience to contemplatives...
Sep 27, 2014, 5:11pm
Parliament and Congress Have No Power to Legalize War
David Swanson: "Congress has fled town to avoid voting for or against a new war. Many of the big donors to Congressional campaigns would want Yes votes. Many voters would want No votes, if not immediately, then as soon as the panic induced by the beheading videos wears off, which could be within the next month. Better to just avoid displeasing anyone -- other than people who notice you running away...
Sep 27, 2014, 11:36am
Everything That's Wrong With The NFL Is Wrong With America, Too
Richard RJ Eskow: Sexism. A culture of violence. Untrustworthy leadership. Runaway wealth inequality. An indifference to workers' health. Employees who are above the law. Hush-hush financing. Multimillion-dollar tax breaks... We're not talking about corporate CEOs or the Christmas parties on Wall Street. We're talking about the National Football League...
Sep 26, 2014, 2:57pm