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Global News

June 21st, 2009

The Buddhist concept of patience differs from the Western concept in that it demands awareness instead of stoicism (i.e. patience isn’t suffering without complaint; it’s an understanding of the situation).

With this in mind, I feel that the news media are biased in any given situation; therefore, it is nearly impossible to ever fully understand the situation. But what has helped temper the information I receive and attain my own world view is an understanding of the underlying motive. The first filter I apply to everything is the reality that we do NOT live in a democracy; we live in a capitalist society with representative government. The reason I do not consider this democracy is that monetary concerns actually govern while our representative government exists within these capitalist bounds. If we accept that our society is run by the corporation of which we (the public at large) are at best minority share holders, then the reasons behind the information we receive become more apparent. Once the reasons/motives are understood, we can begin to grasp the situation. What the motives are differ by name and explanation, but they all point to money or power. And with money and power essentially being the same by Western capitalists’ standards, there’s really only one god in our current structure. So if we assume that worship of this dead god is the driving force behind every organization (including government and our society), then we get a limited view of the impetus for the information exchange we call news. (more…)

The Governator. Can you digg it?

May 31st, 2009

A few days old (translation: old news), but this is a great interview with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. I don’t agree with everything the governor believes in, but he never ceases to impress me. And I will never understand why he’s considered a Republican.
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WTF

September 17th, 2008

ok –

this is getting ridiculous

I just saw McCain talking about government regulation on the market, and then Palin saying that Wall Street needs oversight when asked about the economy by Hannity. And Hannity didn’t even laugh.

What is going on? Are these people (McCain/Palin) complete liars who are willing to say anything to get elected, or are they not only hijacking Obama’s slogans but his policy ideas?

take care always and everywhere –

J

The way I see it today

September 17th, 2008

I haven’t been home in almost a week. I had to leave and there’s still no power, so I’ll try to stay away for a while longer. But I haven’t been posting anything whie I’ve been out and decided that I should put something up.

Here’s the way I see things today:

McCain = more regulation on civil liberties and rights, and less regulation on the market

Obama = less regulation on civil liberties and rights, and more regulation on the market

basically –
if you want government to tell you what to do and what is moral or not while letting the market run wild, then vote for John McCain
conversely
if you want government to regulate the market (and big business) while protecting your civil liberties and rights, then vote for Barack Obama

for me the choice is simple

that’s all I have today – take care always and everywhere

Jeremiah

The Question

September 7th, 2008

I have a question I would like to ask all four people running in the 2008 Presidential Race.

What do you feel is the purpose of the federal government and how does this reflect the Constitution of the United States?

The reason I would like to hear what Obama, McCain, Biden and Palin have to say about this is because I feel that it would explain where they are coming from and what rudder they use to guide their political decisions. As far as I can tell the Constitution, and consequently government, always tries to guarantee liberties and rights and never takes them away from the people. (more…)

2008 Republican National Convention

September 5th, 2008

I’m scared, and I think that was at least some of the point to the fourth night of the RNC. I sat and watched while speech after speech was about military might veiled in patriotism and support for our brave and honorable service men and women. Look – I know the people in the convention (and McCain) do support the troops, but I still think the Republican Party (and McCain) use the troops as political and ideological cover for a pro-war agenda. And then I watched a “tribute” to the heroes of the attacks of September 11, 2001. I’m not sure it was so much a tribute as a warning and reminder that we should be VERY frightened.

I actually do believe that McCain is a maverick and I do respect and appreciate that he is an American War Hero. That said, I heard him basically threaten three sovereign nations in an acceptance speech while we are currently at war with two nations. I feel that fear is a tactic that has been too long used in the current political environment as motivator. And it needs to stop. But John McCain and the Republican Party have proven that they are either really scared or are going to continue the Bush-Cheney legacy of ruling (not leading) by fear. I think that John McCain has no problem going to war and staying the course no matter if the American people suffer or not, and that scares me. (more…)