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monterey county USA | london UK | gran canaria ESP | 2014

Fall 2014

Society

...or lack thereof

"The top 1% own 48% of global wealth, but even they aren't happy. A survey by Boston College of people with an average net worth of $78m found that they too were assailed by anxiety, dissatisfaction and loneliness. Many of them reported feeling financially insecure: to reach safe ground, they believed, they would need, on average, about 25% more money. (And if they got it? They'd doubtless need another 25%). One respondent said he wouldn't get there until he had $1bn in the bank.

"For this, we have ripped the natural world apart, degraded our conditions of life, surrendered our freedoms and prospects of contentment to a compulsive, atomising, joyless hedonism, in which, having consumed all else, we start to prey upon ourselves. For this, we have destroyed the essence of humanity: our connectedness."

George Monbiot, Guardian article

Media

Don't rock the 1% boat

Here's the story on "This American Life" of how a New York Fed agent was fired for trying to hold a financial institution accountable for ethical misconduct and conflict of interest, which was part of her job to protect the American public.

UPDATE: Following this radio story and an article by ProPublica, three Democratic members of the U.S. Congress have signed a letter urging the federal government to investigate the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

LIKELY OUTCOME Goverment agencies charged with the duty to keep Americans healthy and prosperous have been seriously compromised ["captured" the technical term] by big corporate control of politics over many years, whether it be the FCC, FDA, Fed Bank, you name it, and our country is, financially [except for the 1%] and qualitatively, the poorer for it. It's hard to see how that will change, the tipping point already reached, the best we can do is work on ourselves, and not to give up.

"The Fed is exactly designed to provide the appearance of regulation while in actuality providing the offices of duplicity on behalf of the Big Banks. Since Segarra chose to eat the red pill, she was of course a spanner in the works." -- midasletter.com

"It looks more like a problem of the NY Fed being a captured regulator and the old boys at the Fed getting rid of someone who did not fit in because she was doing her job, and risking their future employment prospects with the banks." -- poster, bloomberg.com

Dream or nightmare?

Boeing's fall from grace with its dodgy Dreamliner, a documentary link.

UK TV watch

All is not what it seems in the The Town, and another murder needs solving A mother's son.

Grab of the month: from 'trigger happy'

Cuisine

An Orange county, California woman who killed, dismembered and cooked her husband, then ate his body parts, told a parole board: "I am not a monster." Local newspaper reader 'terri b' responded: "maybe he told her to make him dinner and she took it literally?"

Meanwhile, the BBC reported that a man in Britain who was asked to leave an all you can eat restaurant for "unacceptable behaviour" after eating five bowls of stir-fry, said he was accused of having a feeding frenzy.


quake's world

Futbol
the spur
these football times
mls' prosperity problem
WSC
200%

Beats
jukebox

Likeable links
mac option key symbols
the bay lights
roll dice online and here
free internet access for the city of santa clara
allcarselectric.com
plugincars.com
electric cars in paris
friendly atheist

Usually reliable online TV streams
crtvg, galicia, espana, us feed
tvr britanny, france: big on stade rennais fc, rennes
dmc thai
tnn24 thai
elonce tv argentina
rte dublin, ireland
rtl muenchen deutschland
center.tv dusseldorf, deutschland
telemolise southern italia
bbc britain
sfgovtv san francisco, usa

San Francisco & Monterey radio
kqed san francisco radio
kalw san francisco radio
kusp central coast public radio, santa cruz
kazu national public radio for the monterey bay

Other radio

Radio programs and podcasts
philosophy talk [live on kalw]
7th avenue project


london


san francisco
arriving by luft


gran canaria

Patalavaca: click pic for Gran Canaria video


dhamma

awakened voice world buddhist radio tune in
radio buddha
zen radio

sangha

amaravati uk
dhammaloka aus.
jikoji usa
tassajara usa
metta forest monastery usa

practice

online meditation timer

"To be alive and to know you're alive is the greatest miracle of all. Present moment breathing in, wonderful moment breathing out" -- thich nhat hanh

"Meditation is the key that unlocks your mind, permeating post-meditation with awareness. Wisdom arises from the still mind." -- bhante henepola gunaratana

"with realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world." -- dalai lama

In 2012 a study in Israel showed that meditators were less inhibited by 'cognitive rigidity': in other words, they were more open to completely new solutions to problems.

namo amitabha
buddham sharanam gachchami

other

the buddha garden
om and 1 hr om
aum
om mani padme hum
[namo tassa] bhagavato arahato sammæsambuddhassa
the dhamma brothers
four noble truths
positive psychology: catching up with ancient buddhist insight [pdf]
the best vegetarian chili in the world?
懺悔歌




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