"Even in a dream we should take care of things." Kabumpkan
Engaged Buddhism dc definition: Any social, political, environmental, etc stuff I'm bothered about. Differs according to person. Your engaged Buddhism might be opposite from mine. We might nullify each other. Thanks. - dc
Out of Afghan!
- May the US Invasion of Afghanistan Come to an End ASAP
12-02-03 - Thailand: Uprooting Wall Street's Proxy Regime - Eric Arnow sends this which he says is more accurate than what's coming out of US news media.
11-23-13 - As for yesterday -
Oliver Stone and American University historian Peter J. Kuznick a have a much more positive take on Kennedy as portrayed in Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States
- posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events
11-05-13 - Net Neutrality in danger
CIA made doctors torture suspected terrorists after 9/11, taskforce finds - from the Guardian
Wonder what NRCAT has to say about that.
Torture Doctors of Grenada - a DC song from the 80s
11-03-13 - Climate Change Report Sees Violent, Sicker, Poorer Future - Are we including possible scenarios of climate change in our long term planning? Are we preparing for various eventualities? Or are we marching along with the governments, corporations, masses, ignoring the warnings? That's what we here at cukeville do. What, us worry?
10-19-13 - With Joanna Macy help the Buddhist Peace Fellowship reach their goal. - 10-18-13 -
Almost anything I see these days about the state of life on this earth is dwarfed in my mind by what I see as looming disaster from climate change. The disparity of wealth shown in this video is still disconcerting and it seems that maybe the forces that are ever concentrating wealth have led to what appears to me to be our mutual demise on planet earth. Maybe I'm wrong though. I've noticed everything I believe eventually turns out to be seen as mistaken. I hope so. - dc
10-12-13 - Petition for a world takeover of dealing with the horrendous problem at Fukushima
10-11-13 - Union of Concerned Scientists on Global Warming Solutions - those who still have hope
10-09-13 - Guy McPhearson on near term extincion and seeing all of us as in a global hospice
His site: Nature Bats Last - thanks Brigid Meier
10-07-13 - We're Addicted to Economic Growth and It Will Be the Death of Us - thanks Gregory - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events
10-06-13 - Sim Van der Ryn has a new book: Culture, Architecture and Nature: An Ecological Design Retrospective - Herb Kutchins review in Point Reyes Light
Met Sim when he was a guest at Tassajara. He was then a prof at UC Berkeley. Remember him and his students had a publication called Outlaw Builder's News. He designed the courtyard cabins at Tassajara, the main lodge at Crestone Mt. ZC, was state architect in Jerry Brown's first term as governor. Sim got us into compost privies. Many times I've heard him tell how when he went to Tassajara we met in the baths at night and that he and his friends were shocked when a monk turned them on to wine and pot. Hey - it wasn't mine. I never kept pot or booze there. That all came from outsiders and I could smell it on guests. I just got them to share with you. We've had many good times together and Sim's been an inspiring voice for sanity in building, waste disposal, and living lightly on the earth.
10-05-13 - Wendell Berry on his hopes for humanity - with Bill Moyers - thanks Brit Pyland
10-03-13 - Two years ago during a practice period at Tassajara, Soto Zen priest Shodo Cedar Spring began to envision a pilgrimage--a walk along the proposed route of the Keystone XL Pipeline through the heart of North America to express her deep concern for the environment. With encouragement from San Francisco Zen Center Central Abbot Myogen Steve Stücky (then at Tassajara), she spent the next two years preparing for the journey called the Compassionate Earth Walk, which began this July and is slated to end this month. Abbot Steve Stücky even joined her and her group for a few days last month. Her courageous vision, which she refers to as a spiritual walk rather than a protest, may also happen to reflect ideas about pilgrimage held by Suzuki Roshi more than 50 years ago.
Excerpt from A Long and Compassionate Walk for the Earth: Zen Priest's Pilgrimage Nears Completion an article by Myoki Stewart in the SFZC's Sangha News Weekly
10-01-13 - Fukishima disaster reaches epic proportions - from Taigen Dan Leighton. Put this on Taigen's Peace and Justice page which we haven't kept up. We'd need a special bureau to keep up with Taigen's activities and devotion to all beings.
9-25-13 - EDF - the Environmental Defense Fund - on global warming
According to our spies [more at SPECIES THREATS]
9-22-13 - Photos by Leon Kunstenaar from yesterdays KXL and anti-fracking demo in San Anselmos (part of coordinated national protest) - see DC in top right photo on 2nd page. As you can see, our actions will certainly turn the tide and global warming will be reversed. - dc
9-21-13 - In CA's Marin County today: Climate Action: Draw the Line on the Keystone XL Pipeline in San Anselmo, Saturday, September 21st,1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
9-20-13 - Met a man collecting cans to sell. He used to be in banking. He said he'd been thinking about climate change and how the human race is bringing it on - more in SPECIES THREATS
9-16-13 - Bill Maher on US obsession with bombing other countries
9-12-13 - Encourage Jerry Brown to release more elderly, infirm, non violent, minor drug charge prisoners into rehab etc instead of spending a half billion a year to keep them locked up in awful conditions.
9-05-13 - Another study showing LSD etc not harmful, even helpful. Not that I've had any since February of 1967, my point always being to stop the cruel and pointless persecution of those who use and distribute it.
Molly deaths may be caused by other drugs - again, I don't do anything but tea with caffeine, but if MDMA were legal, people would know what they were getting. - dc
8-31-13 - Reading about Jerry Brown's desire to keep as many people in prison as possible. See this article. Reminded me of a song I wrote for him back in 1980. Please Don't Build No More Prisons Governor Brown
8-21-13 - Paul Shippee, one of two friends into Tibetan Buddhism who told me to go hear Anam Thubten in Point Richmond (see 8-19), interviewed:
Crestone Energy Fair will present a Nonviolent Communication Forum at 1:30 pm on Saturday under the tent...see you there. Meantime, here's a 4-min preview video by Scott Murrish
Thanks Gregory for sending this quote from Howard Zinn.
Very cool. Sarah does it again. In Spring of 2007 there were posts on the project she was involved with in Columbia and in March of 2009 cuke posted her writing about the Dar Papaya Project of youth for peace in the US and Columbia where she lived in a village, her presence protecting them from atrocities. For a while she was director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.
8-09-13 - Remember Nagasaki
8-06-13 - Remember Hiroshima
7-29-13 - Frank Anderton writes: Illegal Surveillance!
7-26-13 - Nature Bats Last - Guy McPherson sees near term extinction. - thanks Brigid Meier
7-23-13 - Interesting brief article on climate change figuring, the future and future people discounted by economists, most of whom depend on corporate support. An article by Eric Zuesse who wrote They're Not Even Close comparing Republican and Democratic economies and this book on the birth of Christianity. - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events
7-21-13 - WSJ - Rise of the Warrior Cop
7-16-13 - [from TruthDig] Sea Levels ‘Are Set for Continuing Rise’ - Predictions of possible global temperature rise by the end of this century suggest that sea levels could rise by more than two meters, much further than scientists had thought. (DC's italics. Something I keep pointing out - climate change news frequently has this sort of comment with it - either much further than thought before or much faster or much worse or some new factor that makes it worse or faster.)
7-11-13 - Bodhgaya Mahabodhi temple bombed - thanks Lor
7-04-13 - Happy birthday USA. Thinking of FDR's Four Freedoms for all.
Pity the nation whose people are sheep, and whose shepherds mislead them. Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced, and whose bigots haunt the airwaves. Pity the nation that raises not its voice, except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero and aims to rule the world with force and by torture. Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own and no other culture but its own. Pity the nation whose breath is money and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed. Pity the nation — oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode and their freedoms to be washed away. My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty. – Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 2007
- thanks A Main in SFe
6-18-13 - Posted this today in Family section: June 1989 Article (in Jp) and photo with Elin Chadwick in Okayama, Japan, protest of what's called the Tiananmin Square massacre.
Then added: I say "what's called the Tiananmin Square massacre" because I read a long article in the Nation back then called something like "There Was no Massacre at Tiananmin Square" and if you do an Internet search on that you'll see more on this. But even these articles report that there were deaths outside of the square. Not something I want to get into further. - dc
6-17-13 - Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning - Here’s what to look for. - of all the false impressions that movies and TV give, the worst must be in the area of public safety. Although I just saw the excellent Sci Fi flick Gattaca and its two drowning scenes didn't have the usual misrepresentations. - dc
6-16-13 - Alan Senauke writes Burma Unbound? on the Clear View Blog of the Clear View Project.
6-14-13 - Clear View Project - featuring the new film Zen and War and doing other good work.
6-08-13 - Saw that the Stolen Valor law was signed by Obama. You can now get a year in jail for lying about your war record. To me this is one of many many crimes that we will lock people in cages for doing when they are not dangerous. How unimaginative, cruel, and harmful. Why can't they do some sort of public penance, community service. I think I'll make this a cuke cause - take on the prison industry. Incarceration only for the dangerous. More on it later. - dc
6-03-13 - Old Data Reveals Warming Oceans - just another article on climate change. An early sentence in the article is characteristic of reporting on this topic, not just now but way back - it's worse, happening faster than scientists previously thought, or some new factor that accelerates it.
A main finding is that the impact of global warming on the oceans might have been significantly underestimated: the oceans are absorbing far more heat than previously realized.
5-27-13 - Happy Memorial Day - On this day when we honor those who died while serving in the armed forces. We go to war easily, full of enthusiasm, sparing no expense. We glorify the dead. We tend not to honestly question the wisdom of sending them, the wisdom of decisions made during their engagement. We don't ask how many died because of our negligence. We don't do so well with those who lived.
Which link to hit on homeless veterans?
Neglected Veterans - Just one link. Find others.
Much profit is made through war. Should more of it go to neglected veterans? - dc
5-25-13 - A Message mainly to Californians from the National Religious Campaign Against Torture
This holiday weekend, we urge you to take a moment for California's youth. One final hurdle remains for passage of Senate Bill 61, a bill to limit the harmful practice of placing young people in solitary confinement in California. Thanks to your support, S.B. 61 passed through the Senate Appropriations Committee this past week, and the bill goes to the Senate floor on Tuesday for a vote.
Your support is needed in this final push for passage! Please take a moment this holiday weekend to express your support for S.B. 61 to your local Senator using the sample email we have prepared.
5-20-13 - Market Watch - College Grads Scammed
5-18-13 - Here's a better presentation of the last link put up yesterday. Take Action Today to End Solitary Confinement in Immigration Detention - an appeal from NRCAT - the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.
5-09-13 - Congratulations to the human race for reaching the 400 parts per million for the first time in four million years or so. The World Suicide Club salutes you! Also see Species Threats - climate change.
5-06-13 - One way diagnostics, medical costs will come down - thanks Gregory
5-05-13 - RIP dear friend Peter Warshall who helped to save Bolinas, friend to chimpanzies and all living creatures, watershed savant, septic tank guru, Whole Earth editor, brother to Suzuki student Jackie, sweet guy farewell, . Just learned from Rick Levine. - DC
Tributes to Peter on funeral home site
5-03-13 - Cheap Canadian electric car - thanks McIver
4-29-13 - Truthdigger of the Week: Jeremy Scahill
4-26-13 - Happy Chernobyl Day - April 26, 1986
Starting a page for Fukushima today [a subpage of Engaged Buddhism/Current Events] featuring links and comments from Taigen Dan Leighton and John Steiner - the situation is much worse than it gets credit for being.
4-25-13 - Southern Poverty Law Center - a noble organization
4-23-13 - Oh darn - Obama's Terror Campaign
4-22-13 - Happy Earth Day
4-12-13 - A Message From a Dying Veteran
4-01-13 - Dotty Woodson's page - praise to her for her tireless work to educate Texas communities and individuals on sound water management and conservation - one of my best buds here in Fort Worth.
3-30-13 - Japan Journalist: Situation at Fukushima Daiichi “way worse than officially announced”
Petition urging California senators Boxer and Feinstein to investigate and do something about the threat to California from further Fukushima disasters.
Hot spring by the Rio Grand river, soaking, swimming, waving to Mexican cowboys on the other side. Out of Big Bend on the way to Marathon car searched by Border Patrol officers with dog - and we'd never left the US. This is government spending that could be cut. Reflected on the strong arm of government seeking to crush the harmless while ignoring and creating major harm. US Border Patrol and Immigration for instance. - dc
3-22-13 - Authorities On Alert As Hundreds Of Crazed Sociopaths Enter Congressional Chambers - thanks O'Neil Louchard
3-21-13 - National Religious Campaign Against Torture announces their April hour long webinar: Solitary Confinement in an Age of Mass Incarceration.
3-17-13 - A trailer for a documentary named Midway about birds and plastic 2000 miles from a continent. Disturbing. We haven't had plastic very long. Must learn to deal with it in a less harmful way. We are capable of doing better, adjusting. Good luck to us and the birds. - dc - thanks Edgar Arnold
2-25-13 - Haven't checked on Project Censored in a while. Look at their list of 2013 underreported stories.
2-23-13 - Hoshyar Foundation to promote the education of women in Asia.
Think I'll start a section on Empowering Women - for the benefit of the biosphere and to sweeten things at home. - dc
2-21-13 - A note from Taigen Dan Leighton on the importance of stopping the Keystone XL pipeline with a link to a talk he gave on this. He just returned from demonstrating in front of the White House with 50,000 others. - filed on Taigen's Peace and Justice Page.
Related to this, Shudo Spring sends a link to Compassionate Earth Walk
1-27-12 - First saw this in today's Fort Worth paper from Carolyn Lochhead, the San Francisco Chronicle's Washington correspondent.: Climate change may be irreversible, scientists say
Googled "global warming" and got a string of more encouraging links such as
Checked science sites and got more dire results.
Have not noticed Buddhist groups including this subject in their projections and plans. Like the government. Like almost every institution and everyone. Individual and local actions are good I think but only massive global action it seems will help. All I do is mention it, link to it, watch and wait. Good luck to us all. - dc
1-21-13 - Remembering the Real Martin Luther King
1-14-13 - So 2012 was the hottest year on record in the US with a one degree spike that was unprecedented, usually it's one tenth this way or that. I recall Dennis Miller on some talk show a few years ago saying he could live with a world that was one degree warmer and I'm sure that's what a lot of people think. But it seems to me that thinking about the significance of the world's average temperature in terms of what it's like outside is not useful. Better to liken it to the temperature of a human, one's child or parent might bring it home better for some. We could look at the world as our mother who is running a bit of a fever with signs that the fever is going to get worse. But that analogy also doesn't quite work. The mother is fine - as George Carlin pointed out - it's her children that will suffer from her running a temperature, not her. She runs a few degrees and catastrophes happen, world order is threatened. Stephen Hawken warned that too many degrees could tip us into a Jurassic type climate not suitable for humans. Mother earth would just have different children. Meanwhile the smartest pundits like Zakaria whom I admire greatly, host conversations with authorities whom speak of the necessity of every country having continued growth, the benefits of all this cheap gas that wasn't figured on. We hear all sorts of interesting ideas and learn important facts but there seems to be a factor or two missing. We don't seem to be able to focus on serious impending problems or prepare for and do everything we can to avert catastrophe. See Jared Diamond's Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. Are our leaders to blame? Again I refer to George Carlin who didn't blame the elected leaders but the electorate.
12-28-12 - Study: booze worse than pot for kids' brains
12-05-12 - David Cay Johnston on NPR about how big companies rob us blind.
11-27-12 - Author Warns 'Second Nuclear Age' Is Here - NPR
11-24-12 - UNEP Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report Finds Climate Change Goals Growing More Elusive
11-20-12 - We can learn about education from the Finns - This op ed in our local Marin Independent Journal points out the rewards of living in a society where people take care of each other - all for one, one for all. - dc
11-14-12 - A message from the National Religious Campaign Against Torture - Sixteen religious leaders will meet with White House staff on Tuesday, November 27 to urge the President to sign the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture. Please join us by signing this statement.
11-12-12 - New pot laws in the face of the feds - John Stewart and Andrew Sullivan have both recently pointed to the giggles that frequently accompany this topic when covered by TV media, not taking it seriously. Obama brushed it off with a joke too when legalization was topic #1 on his Internet ask-the-president thing a few years ago. But surely he knows the suffering these pointless draconian laws cause - to millions, especially to the poor and minorities. Around 750,000 arrested last year in the US followed by jail time, sometimes many years, stigma, loss of jobs, job opportunities, Federal aid to education and housing. If Obama who was a pot head had been by chance he'd not be president. - dc
Legal drugs, deadly outcomes - LA Times
11-11-12 - Veteran's Day - Support the troops - take care of them after they've served, bring them home as soon as possible, don't let politicians send them to fight without extremely good reason. Check out Veterans for Peace
Suggest we pass a law that any politician who votes to send soldiers to fight is then committed for life to work for veterans - in veterans' hospitals or with a veteran's jobs program or veteran's counseling or veteran's something. It's going to effect the people they're sending for the rest of their lives so it would effect theirs' too and they'd take the gravity of their vote more seriously. - dc
11-08-12 - Buddhism/Current Events section topics rolling around in my thought stream: , the plight of disadvantaged poor people and plutocracy, the rise of women, nuclear threat, torture, drones, war on drugs, voter suppression in the US and climate change as something that could make all other issues insignificant,
11-07-12 - For many, today is a day to rejoice. One thing to be grateful for is the rise of the scientists (Nate Sliver, TPM, Huff Post, and Real Clear Politics Poll calculators), the comedians (Stewart, Colbert, Maher), and humanists (Moyers, Hedges).
11-06-12 - VOTE
11-02-12 - Active Non-Violence and More: Turning Wheel Media Interviews Alan Senauke
10-31-12 - Our Words Are Our Weapons by Rebecca Solnit (on Truthdig from Tom's Dispatch)
10-30-12 - Garbage Warrior - thanks Howie
10-16-12 - Only two days to go for Jamie Fox to achieve his Kickstarter goal of $30,000 to fund his documentary film on the BP oil spill. Jamie is already an acclaimed documentary film maker. (made it somehow)
10-15-12 - "We all grew up thinking soda could be part of a healthy diet. It's not. Soda is the No. 1 cause of the health crisis in America," says DR. Ritterman
10-13-12 - Diss Information: Is There a Way to Stop Popular Falsehoods from Morphing into "Facts"? - Scientific American
10-12-12 - The US presidential debates' illusion of political choice - Glen Greenwald in in Guardian - thanks Gregory
10-06-12 - Al Gore suggests Obama was suffering from altitude sickness Wednesday night. He'd arrived four hours earlier. That happens to me. One example: Security guards at Harrah's in Tahoe told me I couldn't sleep in a comfy chair near where son Clay and friends were playing video games. I told them I'd lost all my energy and couldn't stay awake. "Just get here?" one asked. "Yeah." "You've got altitude sickness. Go get a chocolate bar."
10-01-12 - Community Grows - Barbara Wenger continues greening up the Koshland Park and San Francisco and SF youth. Give generously.
9-28-12 - PDA Launches BlogTalk Radio - One Nation Protecting the Vote
9-27-12 - Pundit Sarah Silberman on Voter Suppression - an old topic for cuke's Engaged Buddhism/Current Events section -
Clean Version - failed attempt to bleep
9-26-12 - Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party is the guy Ralph Nader is supporting. Here's an article on him speaking candidly from Truth Out.
Here's the Anderson-Rodriguez official website - Vote Rocky dot org
9-22-12 - Once again Robert Moses was to me inspiring in the meeting yesterday. He met with about twenty of us, mainly veterans of the civil rights movement. - Read more
9-19-12 - Robert Moses, the inspiring leader of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, will be in the Bay Area at an Oakland church near Mills College raising funds for Ron Bridgeforth [see article in SF Chronicle]. While he is here, he would like to meet with Bay Area veterans of the Mississippi Movement to discuss plans for a 50th anniversary gathering of the Mississippi Summer Project. He was truly a moving and humble spokesman for non violent change - and that's change I hope for. - DC - Read details
A mushroom for international defense as long as we preserve old growth forests. - thanks JR
9-12-12 - Ron Browning asks us to sign this petition (I did.- DC):
I wanted to stay away from posting things about electoral politics cause then someone else will ask me to post something opposing but later I thought that well, it's not taking sides between what to me are just different imperialist servants to giant robots (read giant corporations) and the inorganic money flow though of course many sincere Buddhists take one side or another and I am going to vote and I'm sure you know who for - my favorite imperialist servant to giant robots and the inorganic money flow.
Exploring the link between junk food, government, and Alzheimer's. - from the Guardian
May we cause as little harm as possible. How many September 11ths has the United States caused in other nations since WWII?
On this day reflecting on the approximately 1500 people who die violently each day worldwide, only one tenth of those in "in conflict settings or during terrorist activities." See Trends and Patterns of Lethal Violence.
I've always seen the war on pot as cruel persecution but used to be suspicious of pot as medicine but not now. The war on drugs causes more harm than the drugs is nothing new but the more I know the worse it looks - a war on superior medicine and a great overall plant. And millions thrown in cages and screwed over by our hysterical criminal justice system for involvement with pot. It's our version of burning witches.
7-27-12 - received from Taigen Dan Leighton today. Add my name to those concerned. - dc
Zen Buddhist Temple in Pennsylvania Endangered by Natural Gas Fracking
7-26-12 - A comment on Warrior monks on the Buddhist Blog. Also
Posted on Brian Victoria page
7-25-12 - Greenland Ice Melting liquidy split.
Why haven’t we rallied our collective power to mitigate climate change? - Columbia U blog
7-24-12 - Kirkus Reviews review of Chris Hedges' Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt - pardon my dwelling on this guy and his message, but this articulate fan of the Occupy Movement is talking about really serious threats to the sort of social stability necessary to have the time to meditate and secure places to do so (thus the relevance to this strictly Zen site). And he's also talking about the human race being sacrificed little by little then more by more but always person by person to institutionalized robot greed.
Somewhere around 1983 I wrote and produced an angry demented song on this subject - sort of. It's called Mr. Bigness. I've been wanting to post it ever since the Occupy Movement started. Please forgive me. - dc
7-23-12 - Chris Hedges was great as usual on Bill Moyers and Company also great as usual - yesterday. Painted a dire picture of our future as usual - unless we do something about our slavery to corporate robots. I loved it when he quoted Paul Tillich as saying all institutions become demonic. Reminds me of Ivan Illich's statement that all institutions inevitably come to thwart the purpose for which they were founded and Saul Alinsky's practice of firing the people who hired him to deal with urban community problems. We're talking corporations which "only know one word, more" according to Hedges, and governmental institutions, and religious, etc. It's another of those "can't live with them, can't live without them" things. Good luck to us all. - dc
7-19-12 - Nine great non-believer's - second Humanist post.
7-18-12 - American Humanist Association - more on this to come. - dc
7-08-12 -Oh gosh - genetic engineers explain why GMO food is dangerous. - thanks John Steiner
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6-26-12 - War on Drugs a boon to the spread of AIDS according to prestigious international body.
6-07-12 - While we're fiddling:
Earth Tipping Point Study In Nature Journal Predicts Disturbing And Unpredictable Changes
Harm reduction - working to reduce the harm caused by drugs and the war on drugs
4-22-12 - Happy Earth Day.
Cuke staff takes day off to honor our interconnectivity with the land, sky, water, animals, and plants. We will go forth into the world to hug rocks, dance with trees, dissolve into the earth body. reflect on public policy, sing to the crushing treads of corporate and governmental robots which tower over us, crush our dreams, and disappear as we awaken. - dc
4-21-12 - Ken Spiker took exception to the Chris Hedges column linked to recently
4-17-12 - Critical review of Thrive movie and movement - Thrive is a bunch of New Age Libertarian, paranoid conspiracy theory, naive, wishful thinking, global warming denial hooey.
Thrive movie and movement - got it all worked out. Linked to on cuke last year.
4-16-12 - First they came for the Muslims - Chris Hedges in Truthdig -
4-05-12 - Willem Malten writes from Santa Fe: Here are two articles and together will give people insight into what happened here in New Mexico, and how a new nuclear modernization facility was stopped and some of the strategic thinking that went into that. Read more from Willem
The two articles:
4-04-12 - Tell President Obama to stop his war on medical marijuana. Join us in asking the President to finally put an end to the government's war on medical marijuana. Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Also along these lines check out the MPP and the Drug Policy Alliance. Millions hassled, busted, incarcerated, ruined while robber barons and war criminals aren't even bothered. Federal attorney in CA says medical marijuana sends the wrong message to the children. I say she sends the wrong message of persecution, putting people in cages for what she disapproves of. I wonder if she drinks alcohol. I don't. I haven't partaken of any psychoactive except caffeinated tea for years. To me oppression of others is the worst addictions. - dc
3-15-12 - Science is the Only News from edge dot org. I remember saying to Baker Roshi that if I was in a hurry I only looked at the bridge column in the paper and if online maybe just a short BBC science article and he said that Stewart Brand said something like the title above. I like stuff like this cause I think it holds our superstitions to the fire but am skeptical about these opinions as well- dc
3-08-12 - Bill Maher on being a Christian
2-18-12 - Things are bad.
Solitary Confinement: Torture in Your Backyard
Dear NRCAT Friends,
On Tuesday, February 28th the First Congregational Church of Berkeley (FCCB) will be holding a viewing of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture’s new 20-minute film, Solitary Confinement: Torture in Your Backyard. Special guest, Sarah Shourd, who was one of three hikers captured in Iran and held in solitary confinement for 14 months will be speaking after the film screening. She is featured in the film, which also tells the story of how the religious community in Maine took action that helped produce significant change in Maine’s prisons: a seventy percent reduction in the number of prisoners held in solitary confinement.
Location: First Congregational Church of Berkeley, Small Assembly Room
2345 Channing Way
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Accessibility: Handicap Accessible
Parking: Street parking available. Pay parking available in the lot behind the church and in neighborhood lots.
Event Sponsors: TEARS ministry team of FCCB and Bay Area Religious Campaign Against Torture
Contact: If you have questions, please contact email@example.com.
This is a free event -- Donations accepted
We hope you will join FCCB on February 28th to learn more about solitary confinement and how to advocate ending its use in California!
Director of U.S. Prisons Policy & Program
2-1-12 - Excuse me for linking to this song. It's super cornball and gushy though rather amazing and has got a message like John Lennon's Imagine except for the most culturally conservative crowd. Lawrence Welk would have loved it. I'm always somewhat puzzled at so-called Christian values people when they turn their backs on those less fortunate and clamor for war (as in Ron Paul being booed when he suggested the Golden Rule be applied in US relations with other countries). when care for the poor and peaceful relations with others are the most repeated messages of Jesus. So I'll file this in CurrentEvents\EngagedBuddhism rather than Cuke the Arts Music. - dc
1-30-12 - Bill Moyers interview with Gretchen Morgenson on Corporate Clout in Washington on Moyers & Co.
1-17-12 - Here's how the MLK parade in Fort Worth went. Later that day I dug up old and made new notes about my bumbling experience in the civil rights movement in 1964 planning to post something but I just ended up with over four pages of notes most of them a single line, fifty lines a page. Will try to get something writ on that.
1-16-12 - Went to the parade today in downtown Fort Worth for Martin Luther King Jr. It was touching. I reflected on the past. I think I'll take a walk to a coffee shop to drink tea and write something on that. - dc
1-11-12 - The Union of Concerned Scientists has moved their doomsday clock one minute closer to doom. I read it today but can't find it now. Anyway, don't worry about it. Everything's perfect. But on the other hand, if anything comes up to nudge that minute hand back some, of course we'll do that. - dc Posted in Species Threats.
1-09-12 - Just getting ready to zap today's changes to cuke through air and wires to your computer, thinking of the amazing progress and rapid development in various scientific fields - computing, communicating, media, medicine, and ways to destroy each other. Reflecting on the news, debates, reporting, politics - that area is not moving fast, is still in Alice in Wonderland nutzoid territory. We're a psycho planet trying to wake up to sanity. Good luck to us all. - dc
11-25-11 - NY Times review of The Better Angels of our Nature on the reduction of violence in modern times - as mentioned here on cuke 10-23-11.
11-24-11 - Robert Scheer's Thanks for What? on Truthdig and I'm grateful on this Thanksgiving that he wrote that.
11-22-11 - National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Like to plug these folks now and then. That way I can feel like I'm doing something to reduce torture and can then spend the rest of the day ignoring the suffering of others. - dc
11-19-11 - Ken Kappel's UseForeclosureLaw is a thorough website and book. Met him at Occupy Santa Rosa. Before he gave younger son Clay a ride back to Sebastopol, he told me all sorts of awful stuff like how when one gets foreclosed on the recent laws make it where the bank gets reimbursed, not the homeowner, and then the bank can also write it off and then they can extract the former homeowner's gold teeth and sell their vital organs and put their children in coal mines to slave away for the 1%. It was maddening. Glad my field is emptiness - I'll have to leave the phenomenal problems to folks like him. - dc
11-14-11 - Kyoto Journal - the great magazine now only on the web. There are plenty of engaged Buddhist type articles.
Marijuana user persecution - arrests skyrocket in CA. Why? Cause it's easy and they're powerless - mainly black.
11-13-11 - Interesting almost effortless way to support Occupy Wall Street sort of thing.
10-23-11 - Believe it or not - the world is becoming, humanity is becoming less violent - say three studies.
10-31-11 - Went with friend artists sculptor blacksmith Andrew A to another Occupy Santa Rosa event on Saturday for a while and was impressed with the vibes. Not much anger. The media has a tendency to paint the crowd as unclear of purpose unemployed hippies. There is surely that but also there are plenty of employed and concerned about an imbalance that's causing a lot of grief. - dc
Got this graphic from Crooks and Liars.
10-23-11 - Believe it or not - the world is becoming, humanity is becoming less violent - say three studies.
10-21-11 - Global warming 'confirmed' by independent study - BBC article on this trend which could have catastrophic implications for meditation halls everywhere.
MK sent this from wherever he was - Nevada City? We had that sign here for Occupy Santa Rosa too. My favorite sign was a kid riding on his father's shoulders holding up a sign that read "My arms are tired."
10-18-11 - Climate change 'grave threat' to security and health - BBC - nothing new but since it poses such a threat to our ability to meditate serenely, it's worth occasional reminders.
While in Chicago a young woman approached me with info about the Mercy Home and what they're doing for some young people there with parent or no parent problems. I couldn't give money so I told her I'd mention this on cuke. Check 'em out.
10-16-11 - Joined in on Occupy Santa Rosa yesterday. Check out some photos of son Clay, friends, and me and see links to articles on the local, nationwide, and worldwide event. - dc
10-08-11 - From the MPP (Marijuana Policy Project):
Department of Justice Takes Steps to Subsidize California Gangs; Threatens to Shut Down Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
FBI: 750,000 People Arrested for Simple Marijuana Possession in 2010. And for What? - It is time we stop spending billions of dollars ruining people’s lives in a vain attempt to prevent them from using a plant that humans have used safely for thousands of years.
DC note: Haven't had any pot for years but continue to oppose persecution of those who do.
10-07-11 - On the subject of torture:
Check out National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) website.
End Prolonged Solitary Confinement - an issue NRCAT focuses on.
Read the New Yorker article, Hellhole - The United States holds tens of thousands of inmates in long-term solitary confinement. Is this torture? - thanks Janie Okamura
9-30-11 - Wow. Occupy together. - thanks Howie.
Democracy Now on the Wall St. protests - thanks Taigen
Noah Fischer was there in NYC where they're going to see that Wall Street redistributes the wealth more fairly. Hope they don't forget you.
9-22-11 - Amory Lovins' response to Stewart Brand's new pro nuclear power position.
For earlier links on this subject including a talk by Brand, go back to 4-24-11 through 4-29-11 in Current Events/Engaged Buddhism.
And, for balance, Democrat’s nightmare: ‘Let’s make a deal’ Obama
8-09-11 - Remember Nagasaki, Japan's tradition Christian center. Sixty-six years ago, the year I came from, the nuclear bomb was created and used. Many more people had died in the fire bombings but the potential for these bombs was to waste the biosphere. So far we still haven't done that but people tend to think that the danger has passed. It hasn't. One of the greatest threats, maybe the greatest threat, to the human race and other higher forms of life is the use of nuclear bombs. Accidental nuclear war between Russian and the US is still possible. We still have thousands of missiles armed and ready to launch in an instant. President Obama has indicated an awareness of this and in a first for US presidents made early assertions that we should work toward a world without nuclear weapons in his lifetime but also threatened Iran with "all options are on the table."
See cuke's Species Threat Number 1: Accidental or Otherwise Caused Nuclear War Between the US and Russia
8-08-11 - ALEC exposed in Taigen's Peace and Justice Page
8-04-11 - Econ Stories TV, featuring Fight of the Century - Keynes vs. Hayek. Wow. Thanks Howie.
8-01-11 - Taigen on the debt deal
7-27-11 - Culture of Empathy
7-23-11 - Love Cenk Uyger - the progressive host with the most mispronounced name.
7-16-11 - The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) urges us to send an email to California Governor Jerry Brown on behalf of fasting prisoners on the verge of death at Pelican Bay.
Go here to read a brief and disturbing description of the situation and to send an email to the Governor.
7-10-11 - In a monologue the progressives at cuke appreciated, Bill Maher compares recent famous verdict with the thinking of his unfavorite political party, making a point related to that which Thom Hartmann made when he compared the engaged and displeased public reaction to that verdict to their lack of opinion to another batch of crimes from Wall Street in recent history. See two video reports from Hartman:
7-08-11 - Thom Hartmann - progressive talk at its best. IMHO
with Bernie Sanders - thanks Howie
7-05-11 - Come Home America - calling for an end to American militarism
7-04-11 - Happy birthday America and Ron Kovic.
Reminiscing - This posted from the Panama Hotel in San Rafael where Katrinka hosts. I lived a few blocks from there by Gerstle Park 93-96 in a home with a woman renting downstairs who was taking care of George Wheelwright (in total memory loss) who'd sold/donated Green Gulch Farm to the SFZC. She also knew Ron Kovic who lived over the hill in Ross and I had the honor of meeting him there. Taigen Dan Leighton was involved with Kovic at the time in peace work.
6-22-11 - Are you enjoying the summer? Were two days in now. Here in Fort Worth which I'm flying away from later today, it was over 100 all last week, to 106 the day I was in Austin which has forgotten what rain means unless they participated in the thunder and rain of last night. Which reminds me, how is my country dealing with this global warming thing?
The Zen tie in to this is that some of the catastrophic predictions of the results of climate change would interfere with people's spiritual practice as they might be distracted by heat prostration or in some cases extreme cold and neverending snow, drowning, starvation, societal collapse.
Let me check it out. Uh oh.
And I remember some UN environmental report was critical of the US. Let's see. Found this on how world lags in trip to cut carbon emissions.
Good. Nothing to worry about. Burn baby burn. - dc
6-16-11 - EAST BAY MEDITATION CENTER
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6-02-11 - Drug War Has Failed And Governments Should Explore Legalizing Marijuana, Says Report from Huff Post
5-30-11 - Memorial Day
Iraq Veterans against the War (includes Afghan Vets)
5-28-11 - George Carlin on the economy and you
5-24-11 - The Wrath of Shiva - India like the US in dealing with tribal peoples. - thanks Andrew Main
5-16-11 - Willem Malten in Santa Fe urges us to be aware of the work of the Los Alamos Study Group. Willem says please help me destroy the proposed CMRR-NF: the liar of the nuclear beast: visit LASG.org & see what u can do.
5-09-11 - Rejoice Not - thanks John De Smidt (Gene's bro)
4-30-11 - Steve Weintraub sent a rare appeal to join 350 dot org in this global movement to solve the climate crises
4-20-11 - Remember when cops, fire fighters, teachers, other public employees, Planned Parenthood, NPR and PBS crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses, and paid no taxes?
Yeah, me neither. - thanks to Rene Pettit
Mexican Standoff - Dan Rather
3-25-11 - Donate to Japan Relief through Soto Zen in America.
Japan has not stopped giving aid to India, where I am, but
I've seen articles in the paper
3-22-11 - A message from an American in Sendai, hardest hit by the earthquakes. - thanks Elin
$300 Home - maybe not for you, but then, if you look around, say where I am these days in Tamil Nadu, it seems worth looking into. - thanks MK
A message from an American in Sendai, hardest hit by the earthquakes. - thanks Elin
3-17-11 - Buddhism and Wealth: Defining 'Right Livelihood' - Lew Richmond's Huff Post blog featured on their front page today. My web news habit is to quickly on all - check the BBC RSS feed first, then Huff Post, Talking Points Memo, and Crooks and Liars. So I was most pleased to see Lew's article featured so prominently on Huff today.
See Lew's cuke interview where there are more links.
3-06-11 - Clay's grandpa Rusty op ed in NYT from Planetary Defense Blogspot and an article on the New Yorker, Vermin of the Sky, featuring his concern over preparedness for NEOs, near earth objects. This to add to prior articles and links in the Space section of the Species Threats department of Current Events/Engaged Buddhism theater of cuke.com. The point being that it will be harder to meditate if the planet gets destroyed in a way we could have easily avoided.
1-17-11 - Martin Luther King was as much an anti-war activist as one for civil rights. Here's one article on that.,
1-1-11 - Happy New Year to all from the staff at cuke.com. What does this year have in store for us? Who knows. But the climate, the weather, may capture our attention with ever-increasing force. Check out the following from EcoBuddhism:
CurrentEvents\EngagedBuddhism was just Current Events before it was cuke-engaged Buddhism. Maybe it will just alternate among these headings.
Check out the ill-fated Election Countdown Calendar Dot Com which ran from 9/1/04 to 11/7/04 and see DC's failed attempt to enter into presidential politics. But still each day's quote and the supporting material from that site are relevant to today's situation (6/12/05)
To Keep Up with Current Events, We at cuke.com suggest:
Common Dreams, for the discriminating cuke-Engaged-Buddhist.
Talking Points Memo - Internet journalism at its best.
Crooks and Liars - pithy daily video feeds and news updates plus some neat music videos
Media Matters - great analysis of daily mass media mush.
Truthout - excellent articles.
Robert Scheer's Truthdig.com
Thom Hartmann - writer and radio host, my absolute favorite talk radio host.
So much more - this is not a comprehensive or up to date list. Mainly put here around 2004 - cleaned up 9-12 - dc
12-27-10 - Portugal's Drug Policy Pays Off
11-29-10 - In praise of … Chalmers Johnson - from the Guardian
RIP to the political prophet who warned eloquently of the perils of empire and the urgent need to dismantle it. - dc
8-28-10 - MLK's emphasis toward the end of his life was to work for peace. This article from WagingPeace states it well and simply.
And speaking of peace, here's a month old piece by Ralph Nader on the War in Afghanistan.
8-05-10 - Hiroshima Day - time to go see Countdown to Zero
7-24-10 - Don't Blame BP - a pinched image short
7-16-10 - Forecast of an EMP destroying solar storm and what to do about it.
7-08-10 - Save Sakineh from Stoning in Iran
Happy to see progressive commentator Cenk Uygur on MSNBC - here bemoaning Obama's economic strategy.
7-05-10 - Thanks to Richard Speel for sending:
Don't be afraid of a flag...Sometimes it blows and other times it waves... Have a peaceful day of interdependence!
Joseph Campbell was pro flag and I looked for a quote from him on it
but couldn't find one. Cuke is neutral. - dc
7-04-10 - Put Away the Flags
by Howard Zinn
Happy July 4th!
7-01-10 - Join the Peace Team to help us end the occupation of Afghanistan as soon as we can.
Posted in Out of Afghan!
6-12-2010 - Remembering Jacque Cousteau, a timely post.
5-28-2010 - Wealth gap grows between black and white Americans. Bad.
4-29-10 - FAIR article NPR Touts Pro-Nuke 'Environmentalists' including a look at Stewart Brand - see 4-24-10.
Bill Gates TED talk on how we've got to innovate to zero carbon emissions before long and how.
What's the official cuke position on all this? A I wrote to a friend recently: standing with hands in pockets and mouth agape going duhhhhh.
Just to add my two cents: I've thought for some time now that Brand is not primarily an environmentalist. He's a technologist first and foremost. I find his stand on nuclear power reprehensible. But I don't find it nearly as reprehensible as Judy finds it reprehensible. She's really bugged by the renewed interest. If you haven't already read it, read "The Party's Over" by Richard Heinberg. I find it nice and clean and clear and devoid of technophile delusions.
From Transition Culture, a series on Why nuclear power is not the solution (he just sent a link to #4 but I put here the whole series-dc)
Why Nuclear Power is a Non-Response to Peak Oil – Part 3 – because if it Goes Wrong it Goes Really Really Wrong…
There's an element to the lifeaftertheoilcrash site that I don't like. The survivalist bit. But there was some good information about nuclear power, which is why I sent the link.--Mark B
Mark writes: An understanding of this is somewhat dependent on an understanding of "Peak Oil," an extremely interesting and way-of-life-changing topic that, so far, has received very little attention. I recommend Richard Heinberg's site as a starting point: http://richardheinberg.com/. And as I mentioned, his book, The Party's Over, is a great primer.
4-25-10 - INTERNATIONAL PETITION TO PROTECT LUMBINI'S ENVIRONMENT - thanks to Ron Browning
4-24-10 - Stewart Brand - rethinking green on FORA-tv. I love to have all my cherished assumptions about something undermined. - dc
The Long Now Foundation's link to rethinking green.
See his annotations to this book at his website.
4-20-10 - Today's the big day for pot. Why?--that's right - kids from around here (Marin County, CA) started it. May people be persecuted for using pot no more. See NORML and Legalization of Marijuana dot com and MPP. I don't use it or anything but caffienated tea - but I don't use persecution either--that most harmful and addictive drug. That's why cuke dot com enthusiastically supports harm reduction - reducing the harm from drugs and the war on drugs (read war on people).
What is harm reduction?
4-18-10 - Los Alamos Lab's CMRR-NF project would send wrong message to world By Willem Malten in the Santa Fe New Mexican - another posting in the Nuclear (pronounced like "new clear") Threat section4-17-10 - Updating the Species Threats section - nuclear threat department.
Significant movement on nuclear weapons reduction - but not really getting below species threat level, still within psychotic planet definition - featuring Jonathan Schell's April 2010 article Reaching Zero in the Nation with other links and reports.
11-29-09 - Congratulations and may the force be with you to Sarah Weintraub for her position as new director of the BPF. You might be thinking, 'You mean the British Property Federation?' Nope. 'Then it's the British Plastics Federation! How wonderful!' Nope. 'Does it have anything to do with Band Pass Filters to attenuate frequencies?' No no no. I'll give you a hint. It's in Berkeley. 'Oh, she's the new director of the Berkeley Packet Filter used by some Unix systems? But that's not the name of an institution. It's a filter.' That's right and you're wrong. It's the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.
The BPF just sent me an email stating, "We are happy to endorse the World March for Peace and Nonviolence, coming to San Francisco on December 2!"
11-30-09 - European Parliament passes resolution: Vietnam must curb human rights violations
12-05-09 - Best of luck to:
May your venture succeed.
Quick! Go out and buy nothing!
11-19-09 - Guilty until proven innocent? Where? Most places if the government really wants to get you. We hear about China, but one place that's overlooked is Japan. It's pretty extreme there. I remember a young woman teacher who got arrested by accident but still had to sign a confession before they'd let her go. Read this.
11-07-09 - Roots of Peace dot org - Founder Heidi Kühn and her hubby Gary (I think) are on their way to Afghanistan to do their mine-removing thing. We wish them a safe and successful journey.
Let me take a moment to stick in a link to the Huff Post's post on Gorbachev saying the US should learn from Russia's experience and get out of Afghanistan and US National Security Adviser James Jones Skeptical about Troop Request. - in Out of Afghan!
10-27-09 - Eric Arnow - Letter to Barak Obama
10-22-09 - Shunryu Suzuki and the war. What did he do? It's a question that keeps popping up so here's the latest exchange on the subject. - DC
10-17-09 - Vietnam: Sharp Backsliding on Religious Freedom - Harsh Crackdown on Followers of Buddhist Peace Activist Thich Nhat Hanh
10-16-09 - Food day praise for Brazil and China, New Zealand and the US on the bottom - of action to meet the cry of world hunger. - Think of this fellow USAers... [more by dc in dchadmisc]
10-15-09 - American Drug War dot com
Ron Paul strikes again - this time on the war on drugs, especially pot.
11-10-09 - Time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss - thanks Steiner
10-09-09 - Obama wins Nobel Peace prize. Wow. Rather than receiving this award for what he's done, it's obviously encouragement for the direction he's turned to - to eliminate nuclear weapons being the most significant, but for more than that. They mentioned global warming attitude shift as well. Maybe this is a proper approach in these times of serious threats to the survival of our species. By this I mean that it's not unreasonable to think there's not much time for action and why not use the award to applaud promising intentions. Now I hope there's more movement toward holding his feet to the fire to reduce the damage of our foreign policy and other threats to world peace and species survival. - dc
10-04-09 - Comparing health care to fire care - thanks
10-03-09 - Frank Rich on Obama at the Precipice as Kennedy was with a pointless, futile, massively deadly, destructive war.
10-02-09 - On the peaceful use of space
And now for a statement of personal conviction. I think there is a dangerous amount of hysteria in the US of A at the present - I guess it could be called political hysteria. I think that it is important for each of us, at least me, to do what we can to help to cool it off, to counter it or redirect it, to stand up and be counted, write letters to the editor, talk to neighbors, encourage media not to stir it up, pray, meditate, visualize, practice loving kindness, crack jokes, etc. Or maybe you think that doing nothing is best cause whatever one tries to do will just add to the problem - sort of a Taoist approach I guess. I'm packing to go on a trip right now (see yesterday's entry) but will get back to this as soon as I can. In the meantime, I'll remember the helpful mantra from my childhood (as mentioned in Thank You and OK!):
When in trouble
9-23-09 - Bija: the Seeds of Freedom from Willem Malten's blog.
9-22-09 - The 2010 Project Censored book is out.
9-09-09 - Sane (to DC) comments and links on the current health care debate going on in the US.
9-02-09 - Krugman's article on where economists went wrong remind me of the importance of not taking our assumptions too seriously in other fields as well - like Buddhism etc.
9-01-09 - Willem Malten sends thoughts on food and climate change.
8-27-09 - US Campaign for Burma - don't forget.
8-19-09 - Buddhist Peace Fellowship - lot's of new stuff to keep up with.
1-23-09 - A message from Green Gulch
We are celebrating the cease fire and the hope that our new President will increase the chances for peace. Obama’s first phone call was to Mahmud Abbas. The article in Time acknowledges Eric’s unflagging intention….. and here again his blog link.
With gratitude and love, emila
8-10-09 - The Wrong Diagnosis
Andrew Weil on the current health care debate.
8-02-09 - Sri Lanka in a bad state. Thanks John Steiner
7-31-09 - Crooks and Liars is not only a great site for short videos of and links to what's happening in the news like this cool move from the house floor and this clip from my fave, Thom Hartmann, there's an occasional far out flick like this. it's also got a great selection of music videos usually put on at the end of the day. And there's the Late Night Music Club with a wonderful array of music at the end of the day - like this great piece by Cab Calloway and two great dancers.
7-29-09 - Sarah Robinson writes on our future.
7-25-09 - The Ubiquitous Matrix of Lies
6-30-09 - Congratulations Al Franken! and condolences to Buddhists and Other Spiritual Seekers Opposed to Progressive Comedian Politicians.
The Center for Victims of Torture
works to heal the wounds of torture on individuals, their families and their communities and to stop torture worldwide.
5-30-09 - Why torture has failed.
3-19-09 - Homelahttp://www.homelandgitmo.com/nd Guantanamos - immigrant detention in the US
3-10-09 - Maine Town Passes Ordinance Asserting Local Self-Governance and Stripping Corporate Personhood
Sarah Weintraub writes about
The other notable shift in US foreign policy announced today was a strategic decision to move towards a "nuclear free world", through bilateral and multilateral disarmament. "Obama and [Vice President Joe] Biden will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons, and pursue it," according to the agenda. It is a long term goal. The US will maintain a "strong deterrent as long as nuclear weapons exist", but begin to take steps on the "long road towards eliminating nuclear weapons".
The development of new nuclear weapons will be stopped, a sharp change from the Bush administration that pushed for a new generation of warheads, and the new administration will work with Moscow to take US and Russian missiles off their current hair trigger alert, while seeking "dramatic reductions in US and Russian stockpiles of nuclear weapons and material".
1-21-09 - Check out WhiteHouse.gov - stuff worth looking at. Read A National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation - Obama's first proclamation. It's a bizarre twist of events in our CurrentEvents\EngagedBuddhism section.
1-20-09 - The whole staff at cuke.com welcomes our new president. We look forward to opposing his policies when they promote the continuation of war, imperialism, corporatism, and the destruction of the planet, and hope our hope proves true - that he will do much less harm and encourage our higher angles a bit. Saw the inaugural with son Clay and fellow students and teachers and parents on wide screen TV followed by pancakes. What a day. Now enjoy Obama Girl and Obama Duet and Li'l Yani rapping Obama Made Me Proud (thanks Gene DS).
1-19-09 - One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of the status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. But today our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change." - Martin Luther King Jr. (thanks Barry Vesser)
And let us remember today what the mainstream tends to conveniently ignore about Martin Luther King - that toward the end of his life he was marginalized for his emphasis on, his passion for peace, for ending the war in Vietnam. - dc
1-17-09 - The National Religious Campaign Against Torture reminds us that torture is a moral issue, enlists religious organizations to join in opposing torture and works toward a change of policy by the US government.
1-15-09 - The informative Free Speech TV
11-05-08 - hallelujah!
Barak Obama speaks to a crowd of over 100,000 on October 18th
If you look in the distance there, you can see a building with a greenish-copper
dome. That's the Old St. Louis Courthouse. For years and years, slaves were
auctioned on the steps of that courthouse. The Old Courthouse used to be called
the St. Louis State and Federal Courthouse.
Back in 1850, two escaped slaves named Dred and Harriett Scott had their petition
for freedom overturned in a case there. Montgomery Blair took the case to the US
Supreme Court on Scott's behalf and had Chief Justice Roger Taney throw it out
because, as he wrote, the Scotts were 'beings of an inferior order, and altogether
unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations, and
so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.
Text from unknown source - thanks to Jane Bay for passing it on and for a hallelujah email as well.
On Obama's Victory Speech, a note from elder son:
This is one of those moments I was born too late to experience………..until now, 35 years in. The delivery of sincerity, hope, vision, depth, transformation and eloquence is so powerful it transcends whether or not our species’ terminal direction can be changed. It speaks to our soul, to the higher elements of existence. It reminds us of the divine in humanity.
The whole cuke.com staff sends its condolences to Buddhists for McCain Palin, Zennists for Nader, and Mahayanists for Barr.
11-04-08 - It's a big day in the USA. How's the betting going?
11-03-08 - Cuke picks Talking Points Memo as the best site to follow polling and election results. Bill Moyers says he starts his day with TPM.
Huffington Post's Voting Problems section is excellent.
10-30-08 - Republican voter suppression guide from tpm - posted in election fraud.
10-27-08 - Seven things that can go wrong on election day - a pretty good job of summarizing the American voting mess by mainstream media - Time/CNN - posted in election fraud
10-25-05 - Obama or McCain? Cuke.com presents both sides - you decide.
Zennies for Obama submit these videos:
Ron Howard's dynamite Obama ad (with Andy Griffith and Henry Winkler)
"Oui, on peut -- Yes we can!" OBAMA ZYDECO FROM LOUISIANA 2008
Yes We Can - traditional version
Buddhists for McCain present their case:
10-17-08 - Thanks to Shunryu Suzuki disciple Ron Browning for sending the latest on election fraud.
Block the Vote by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. & Greg Palast in the current issue (#1064) of Rolling Stone.
The Kennedy-Palast revelations go far beyond the sum of questionably purged voters recently reported by the New York Times. Read more about this and how to get the comic book in the cuke.com Election Fraud department.
10-11-08 - Why the GOP Is Nuts About ACORN
These reports filed in the Election Fraud department
"A lot of Europeans wonder: Why are Americans so crazy, they keep reelecting this guy?” Well the answer is, we don’t! They keep stealing these elections! And they stole it in 2000, they stole it in 2004, and they’re all set up to steal it again!" - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on BBC Television Newsnight
10-03-08 - Some links to articles on lose your house lose your vote and other election fraud
10-01-08 - the conspiracy worth your time - election fraud. Tonight's CBS evening news covers this under-reported subject that most Democrats have been shying away from even though it is costing them elections, like for instance the last two presidential elections. Take a look at:
Look at past links in the cuke election fraud section.
tomorrow - something Buddhist I promise - dc
9-16-08 - NRCAT - Torture is a Moral Issue - a reminder
9-15-08 - Greg Palast on voter suppression
filed under election fraud
8-06-08 - Hiroshima Day - ICAN - International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. One article on the threat of accidental nuclear war with Russia, possibly the #1 threat to the human race even today. Filed in Species Threats under #!.
6-26-08 - Thanks to John Cusack and Keith Olbermann for doing their bit to remind us that we're in a war, a war we forget and which networks are neglecting - check out 2 minutes a week. Remember - it's not just those bad crooks running the US, it's all of us allowing this to happen - forgetting the human toll of Iraq and, oh yes, that other war.
Compare the Green Mega City of the future - if we survive (thanks JR).
5-07-08 - UN - Myanmar a Major, Major Disaster
5-03-08 - Free-floating Mainstream Madness. Thinking about Steve Tipton's new book and reflecting on the confused state of awareness in our country these days, I get carried away with another pinched image short, this one political. - dc
4-23-08 - The Story of Stuff - thanks Ron Browning
4-22-08 - Happy Earth Day!
4-20-08 - End the war on people called the war on drugs, stop our addiction to filling our jails and prisons this way - bring on harm reduction and sanity.
Also, see in today's dchad misc - Shunryu Suzuki on drugs and alcohol
4-14-08 - Who Hijacked the Justice Department to Swing Elections? See Election Fraud.
4-13-08 - Are We Ready For a Minority Report Made Real? - more on this later.
A conversation with the director of new documentary on torture, Taxi to the Dark Side
4-09-08 - Nothing posted today because Clay and some of his fellow students and I went to SF to see the torch go by which we didn't see and which we didn't think we were going to see because we already knew the route was being changed but we did have a great time watching pro Tibet protesters chanting "Free Tibet!" in the face of pro China protesters chanting "One China!" in their faces and people arguing but all in a rather civilized tone. I thought that the plight of persecuted Tibetans in China was not going to be addressed this way but I just watched.
4-08-08 - Al Gore: New thinking on the climate crisis
4-06-08 - View the BPF (Buddhist Peace Fellowship) page on Tibet and statements on Tibet, Burma, and Darfur.
The Dhamma Brothers (from Freedom Behind Bars Producutions) - thanks to dharma bro Ron Browning
4-04-08 - Martin Luther King Is Still Silenced - In his last year of life King condemned American militarism and was taunted not by racist whites but by the MSM (mainstream media). But we don't see that in retrospectives. - in AlterNet
3-28-08 - A news item I find interesting because I was affected by so many older Japanese telling me their experiences and thoughts about WWII, memories many would deny. Sort of like in the US. - dc
3-27-08 - Meditative Peace Walk Across the Golden Gate Bridge in support of the monks in Burma - Wednesday, April 9, 2008
3-26-08 - Andrew Main writes on the current issue concerning China and Tibet.
Free Countries Must
Defy Chinese Blackmail and Greet the Dalai Lama
3-21-08 - Petition to end violence in Tibet - thanks to a few of you.
An additional request concerning the violence in Tibet from Barrie Mason - I am asking my friends and aquaintences to take a minute and speak up in behalf of Tibet. Since the 1950's China has been repressing the Tibetan culture which had flourished undisdisturbed for hundreds of years. The Dalai Lama's incredible patience and wisdom in dealing with his people's situation is testament to the teaching that the Tibetan culture could share with all of us. There are many ways to take action, saying a prayer might be one. You can call the San Francisco Chinese Consulate at 415-674-2900 and ask that China refrain from violence against the Tibetans. Take care, Barrie
A request concerning the violence in Israel from Emila Palmers at Green Gulch Farm - My son, Eric and three grandchildren live in Sderot, the border town to Gaza which gets all the rockets. He and a Palestinian friend from Gaza have a website. Please look at it. They write about their daily life in the war zone. They are circulating a petition they initiated and I am trying to get as many people to sign it.
3-20-08 - Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early -(added to election fraud) thanks Lane Olson
3-17-08 - Statement of Senator Barack Obama on the situation in Tibet - Chicago, IL | March 14, 2008
AlterNet and Salon.com and Bill Moyer's Journal and Talking Points Memo and The Huffington Post and Crooks and Liars and Media Matters and Common Dreams and Truthout and Truthdig.com and Thom Hartmann and Joe Conason and Air America Radio and Daily Kos and Eschaton and James Wolcott and Juan Cole and Max Blumenthal and Tapped and Greg Palast and Buddhist Peace Fellowship and is there any site you'd like to add?
3-13-08 - Spitzer & America's Perverse Ethics by Rabbi Michael Lerner known for Tikkun Magazine. Check out Tikkun dot org. He's also a co-founder of The Network of Spiritual Progressives. Anyway, this brief article by him on the recent Eliot Spritzer scandal states my thoughts more eloquently than I did to Clay last night when I said that if Spritzer had just supported corporate pilfering, mass murder, and mayhem he'd not be in trouble. Our leaders with our permission through war and pollution born of individual and corporate greed are causing millions to die, millions more to suffer disease and homelessness, brutalizing and torturing many more - the most extreme stuff on and on. We barely pay attention. But if they get caught kissing and hugging the wrong person then they must be banished! Clay said I was guilty of hyperbole. "How so?" I asked. "They do more than kiss and hug," he said. -dc - (thanks Gregory) filed in CurrentEvents\EngagedBuddhism
See their brief and informative video on the folly of attacking Iran
A World Without Armies
The Tenacity of
2-05-08 - National Popular Vote - States join forces against electoral college: A piecemeal approach may be the only way to kill the anachronistic institution - Los Angeles Times Editorial.- from last June but appropriate for this election day. Thanks to MK - dc
Two recent articles sent by Taigen (see Taigens' Peace and Justice Page:
The Gulag Comes To The USA: A Political Prisoner: The Don Siegelman Case By Ernest Partridge
Creeping Fascism: History's Lessons By Ray McGovern
1-23-08 - James Carroll on the nonsense and danger of the term Islamo-fascism -
1-18-08 - National Religious Campaign Against Torture - Sign the Statement of Conscience, check on pending legislation in the News About Torture and What You Can Do About It box.
See Countdown: Torturers Like Us
1-16-07 - Arnie Kotler's Koa Books strikes again with:
1-13-08 - More on THE CONSPIRACY WORTH PAYING ATTENTION TO in the Election Fraud section.
1-11-08 - Burma Witness: Journey to a Land Cloaked in Fear by Hozan Alan Senauke - sent in by Taigen Dan Leighton. Found links to it in Atrocity News, Urban Travelers, Russian Girls CQ (really), Berkeley Zen Center for a PDF, among others.
How about election fraud? It's incredibly under-reported.
On the other hand, maybe GLOBAL WARMING will render the loss of our democracy insignificant. There's info everywhere on that. How about Al Gore's site, especially his speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize. -thanks Kelly
But I'd better link to these contrasting views to save myself the trouble later.
And let's not forget Burma.
12-18-07 - Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks by Jeffrey Broadbent, University of Minnesota - what one Suzuki student is doing to save our collective ass.
11-08-07 - Here's a neat quick video that explains the writer's strike - please support it if there's any way you can. Check out Huffington Post for more on this. The writers have a little problem in that they're striking against the folks who control the news, media in America becoming more and more controlled by a few jumbo corporations.
A "Paper Coup," and Blackwater Eyes Midtown Manhattan By Naomi Wolf
Silence is Complicity - Address by Mayor Ross C. "Rocky" Anderson on October 27, 2007
both those from Taigen.
Don't Let the World
Forget About the Saffron Revolution - This Wednesday, October 24th, is
an important day for Burma. It is: 1) United Nations Day, 2) The day when
Aung San Suu Kyi will have been under house arrest for a total of 12
years, and 3) One month since the uprisings in Burma were at their peak.
The US Campaign for Burma will be marking this day with a host of actions
around the world.
10-18-07 - 16 things we can all do to help the Burmese monks and citizens
10-17-07 - Don't forget Burma!
10-14-07 - Andrew Main sends A Grand Misjudgment, another side of the Al Gore getting the Noble Prize story. And look beyond that to the site it's on, Counterpunch.
And here's more comment on Gore's prize - Of Spoils and Spoilsports - with lots of links to even more commentary and opinion on what it's Al about.
And to add yet a third link to today's CurrentEvents\EngagedBuddhism offering, read The 'Good Germans' Among Us By FRANK RICH in The New York Times, October 14, 2007 in which he contends: "BUSH lies" doesn't cut it anymore. It's time to confront the darker reality that we are lying to ourselves. It's about torture and how we know it's happening and can't say we don't.
10-13-07 - Hurray for Al Gore winning the Noble Peace Prize! It could turn out that through a bizarre twist of events, Ralph Nader saved the world. Nah - it's probably too late anyway, but good try Al and all! (Idea stolen from Josh at Talking Points Memo) - DC
Read what Scott Ritter has to say about stopping the rush to war with Iran in Robert Scheer's Truthdig.com.
See Iran Attack page.
Two views on why doesn't the government do
anything about Burma.
9-30-07 - Our rosy future, according to Freeman Dyson - thanks to jr. And thank goodness there's no more reason to worry.
9-28-07 - Myanmar soldiers attack Buddhist Monks. The latest from the US Campaign for Burma. Reuven passes on this link to Avaaz with their efforts to stand with the Burmese protesters. And, thanks to, swallowing, President Bush for focusing on these events.
Taigen's report has more links plus an unconfirmed report of the brutal slaughter of monks.
9-25-07 - Read Taigen Dan Leighton's brief comments and suggestions on the events in Burma (which include the following).
On the Buddhist Peace Fellowship site: Two Actions You Can Take to Support the Monks and Nuns of Burma
May we not see a repeat of the slaughter of monks and laypeople in '88. Pray for peace. - DC
9-11-07 - Remembering the day six years ago when the whole world mourned with us and now mourning how we as a nation have turned that universal sympathy into antipathy. Since then hysteria fueled by greed, hate, and delusion have led the way, not the way pointed to by Jesus or Buddha or any of the great wise ones. We've poured gasoline on the fire and wander around choking and blinded by the smoke. We seem to be determined to join with forces of world suicide. Shiva, the destroyer, dances his eternal dance. - DC
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8-31-07 - Sexy Senators and suggested consequences
Friday August 10 - Welcome to the Bush Blog. It's time to stop attacking him and let him speak for himself so that we here at cuke can continue to uphold our commitment to be fair and balanced (great how that phrase has become a cause for ridicule).
8-08-07 - Saw this last night. Horrors. - DC - Orwell Rolls in His Grave - "About the manipulation of the media by America's ruling elites solemnly stokes the resulting flames of angry discontent... Exploding the myth of the American media's liberal bias." - BBC - CurrentEvents\EngagedBuddhism
Tuesday, August 7, 2007 - Tearing what's left of my hair about the Protect America Act - - vomit, scream, retch, bang head on wall. Distraught DC email to Senator Dianne Feinstein about her voting for this despicable bill - the beginning of a new page called It Is Happening Here. Also links to articles and video.
Monday, August 6, 2007 - It is most appropriate on this day to have received A World Without Armies report from Kaz Tanahashi. It is a good day to remember and be thankful for those who are working for peace, or, negatively, working at turning back the doomsday clock. Like the BPF. Go to Space War dot com for Current Nuclear Threat Worse Than During Cold War. Check out PSR who brought us the Nuclear Freeze Movement 25 years ago. Lot of people think that ended the problem. Ha ha ha laughs the WSC. See Species Threats #1 here on cuke for past posts on this. - DC
Sunday, August 5 - all is lost
Saturday, July 28 -
WHY DO THEY HATE US?
7-24-07 - Learn more about The Yes Men, featured recently on Bill Moyer's Journal. Here's The Yes Men's website. They are naughty, throwing monkey-wrenches into globalization and mega-corporate profiteering.
7-17-07 - Saw Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders, a documentary film, one of many I've seen in the last few years exposing various evils of how our society functions, or should that be - of our dysfunctional society?
7-09-07 - 'Supporting the troops' means withdrawing them By William E. Odom [former head of the National Security Agency] from Nieman Watchdog. 7-08-07 - The New York Times finally states in today's powerful lead editorial, The Road Home, that, "It is time for the United States to leave Iraq, without any more delay than the Pentagon needs to organize an orderly exit."
supports Harm Reduction and an end to the war on people called the war on
drugs. See this entry from
earlier this year.
Read Howard Zinn's Put away the flags from the Progressive.
And what the heck, why not Keith Olbermann's request.
Now here's a true patriot - to the country of all people! - thanks to David Cohen for this and Zinn and Keith links.
And I wish I could link to yesterday's column on the easily solved for 50 cents a person worldwide health problem of worms by NYTimes's unique Nicolas Kristof but it's subscription only. He's into big picture third world stuff that's mostly forgotten - like the world's biggest war since WWII - in the Congo and still going. See his Wikipedia page.
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Left: cuke.com staff at work
Where cuke.com staff goes for our
current events news.
Some old, some new - not necessarily in this order:
Moyers Journal. Bill says he starts his day with Joshua Marshall's
Talking Points Memo and
ends it with Jon Stewart's
Daily Show. That's TV of course, but they do have their web site as
does another cuke favorite, Stewart's protégé, Steven Colbert in his
Colbert Report. While we're on TV, must plug the recently truly
unleashed fanatic, Keith Olbermann with his MSNBC show,
Keith's blog. I don't
have TV but get clips off these shows from the first site I go to on the
Internet, the excellent
Huffington Post and the next one,
Crooks and Liars with its
pithy daily video feeds and news updates plus some neat music videos.
Let us not forget to mention David Brock's
Media Matters - great analysis of daily mass media mush,
Truthdig.com, Truthout.org., and for
some old-fashioned info - BBC News - International Version
(online pull-down menu comes w/Firefox). I
also find Taigen's almost daily e-mailed articles to be an excellent
addition to what I get off the Internet.
Get on Taigen Dan Leighton's social/political
forwarded article email list by emailing him at
Peace and Justice Page on this site. In the car, I have XM
satellite radio and, when I'm not listening to jazz, blues, comedy, or
50's music, I tune in to Air America
Radio, channel 167. My favorite talk show
host there is Thom Hartmann.
His new book (of 20 or so) is
Undeclared War Against The Middle Class. This guy is very level-headed.
4-24-07 - Election Fraud vs Voter Fraud - Brief email chat between Taigen and DC, links to various reports and articles on one of the key and mainly disregarded stories behind the firing of the attorneys by Gonzales. The conspiracy most worth bringing to light - that of Republican or Roovian election stealing and voter suppression. Just another day's addition to the growing section in Current Events on rigged elections (previous posts).
4-17-07 - Save Small and Independent Publishers threatened by new postal rate hikes that will give them huge increases, reversing traditional rates that helped them to survive. Go to www.stoppostalratehikes.com. Time Warner seems to be behind this. If so, shame.
4-05-07 - Anyone who's following the news knows that it's no longer "Free Josh Wolf!" Now it's Josh Wolf's Free! Go here to see the last post with many links herein on the plight of America's longest jailed journalist as he's been called. It's all over the news and the web. Here's a LA Times article - Blogger freed after 226 days in prison. Here's the First Amendment Center's article, Now-freed Josh Wolf went to jail ... why? And here is the SF Bay Guardian's summation of the whole thing which, from his mom, Suzuki student Liz Wolf (see cuke.com interview), who worked non stop on his case - getting people to sign petitions, write judges, newspapers, legislators, sending out constant links to articles, and so forth. I don't know his father, Len Harrison, but he too was on the case, maintaining a daily vigil in front of the federal building at Larkin and Golden Gate in San Francisco. Anyway, welcome back to the outside Josh!
3-03-07 - Free Josh Wolf! Go to Josh Wolf in Jail page.
2-22-07 - See Thoughts on the DVD of An Inconvenient Truth in DC Misc.
2-17-07 - A link to a slide show with pictures of Tehran, Iran, and a song
by Cat Stevens. In Iran Attack.
2-9-07 And now, since it's my birthday, some more treasonous links sent to me by fellow traitor Taigen Dan Leighton who's now in Chicago.
But first read Chalmers Johnson on Robbing the Cradle of Civilization sent by Gregory Johnson.
The rest of these links were moved to Iran Attack page.
For what it's worth - Shunryu Suzuki on War and Peace
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