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November 2016

Local voters ban fracking in Monterey County despite aggressive opposition from big oil and gas

October 2016

Wow. The "other side" of California. Rory Carroll in The Guardian: "The Republican nominee could grope nuns, beat a pony, steal children's lollipops, star in a porn video and still, it seems, be mayor of Bakersfield." Could such actions actually further endear him to them?

A good way to catch up with the debates is to follow shorter versions on Saturday night live.

September 2016

Weather.com reports that a survey by Insure.com concluded that Idaho has the rudest drivers. The state "is made up of two main types of drivers -- those who are moving so slowly that they're judged to be rude, and the aggressive drivers who speed around them and flip them off."

Joke of the Month
A Russian was riding through the countryside on a bus in Estonia. Not being sure of his location or whether he was headed in the right direction, he asked the bus driver in broken Estonian, "Is Tallinn far?" The Estonian driver replied, "No." Reassured, the Russian returned to his seat and watched the countryside go by. Hours passed. Thinking that Estonia wasn't all that big and that surely they must be getting close to the capital, the Russian once again asked the driver in halting Estonian, "Is Tallinn far?" The driver replied, "It is now."

August 2016 update

British sterling currency took a slight rebound [at the time of writing on Aug 22] since the vote to Brexit but WorldFirst is typical of pundits in describing the Brexit fallout situation as "not too disastrous" [as yet] for the economy or for the currency. But it's still a big whack on pound sterling, although British exports have increased, but enough to compensate?

WorldFirst goes on: "We continue to forecast a fall in GBP:USD to 1.22 by the end of the year as the Federal Reserve hikes interest rates."

July 2016 update

Gabriel Zucman of the Univ of California Berkeley points to their study of wealth distribution in the US showing that the top 0.1% [about 160,000 families] now owns 22% of US wealth, which is as much as the bottom 90% owns.

May 2016 update

Australian television program Four Corners looks at Chinese and other foreign investing into their country in The great wall of money and a related look at the state of real estate in their nation.

December 2015 update

Annual cost of firearm death & injury to the US economy: 235 billion dollars.

"My name is love" former multi-million view Thai movie that keeps bouncing back from deletion, re-added July 2016 & here

Meanwhile the Japanese TV show "Takeshi's castle" that's been deleted so many times somehow manages to survive with uploads of numerous episodes floating around including one of their greatest hits episodes according to UK viewer's requests.

Some of the links on The Quake stop working because the target has been deleted, but every month The Quake gets updated, although the 'net is so fast changing it's never going to be 100%.
Sixty two people now control as much wealth as half the rest of the world combined  
Oxfam International, Jan 2016

West London "10"

And although the UK's "Only fools & horses" always gets erased before too long, it's great that uploaders keep returning with "The Bill" so I can catch more episodes whenever time allows, which isn't frankly often.


quake's world

Futbol
the spur
guardian football
WSC
200%
bbc five live radio, plus quality podcasts

Beats
jukebox

Likeable links
xe.com currency historical exchange converter
the last quiet places
mac option key symbols
annualcreditreport.com
roll dice online and here
free internet access for the city of santa clara
allcarselectric.com
plugincars.com
friendly atheist eye-opening daily accounts of the threat to the separation of church and state that America faces

Usually reliable online TV streams
DW german intntl news in english
sky news uk, live on you-tube
crtvg, galicia, espana, us feed
tvr britanny, france: big on stade rennais fc, rennes
tnn24 thai
elonce tv argentina
rte dublin, ireland
rtl muenchen deutschland
center.tv dusseldorf, deutschland, updated 2016
telemolise southern italia
bbc britain
sfgovtv san francisco, usa

San Francisco & Monterey online radio
kqed san francisco radio
kalw san francisco radio
kazu nat. public radio for the monterey bay, stream usually seems over-subscribed

Other radio
bbc world service

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


london


san francisco
arriving by luft re-add Nov 2015

gran canaria

dhamma


radio buddha
lam rim
audiodharma insight meditation center
bubbles of illusion dharma talk
jikoji zen dharma talk podcasts
"what it means to be a buddhist" [dharma talk]
shasta abbey rm daizui dharma talk podcasts

sangha

amaravati uk
hayagriva aus.
dhammaloka aus.
obc usa, uk
jikoji usa
monterey bay zen center usa
tassajara usa
metta forest monastery usa
reddit buddhist forum, reddit dharma practice

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

"Mindful one breathes in. Mindful one breathes out." -- buddha

"You are not the victim of your thoughts. You are the originator of your thoughts." -- ajahn sujato

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

excerpt from alan watts' talk on buddhism: "Phew. I don't have to survive. That's nirvana, and that's how buddhism works."

namo amitabha
buddham sharanam gachchami

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.

other

the benefits of buddhism
dhammakaya anthem
the buddha garden
om and om
aum
om mani padme hum
[namo tassa] bhagavato arahato sammæsambuddhassa
the dhamma brothers
four noble truths
simply kenna buddhism, how i see it
positive psychology: catching up with ancient buddhist insight [pdf]
be here now

"There are many bold adventurous spirits, whose bodies hardly ever left the cell or hermitage, who have been accustomed to roam at will over the boundless ocean of eternity." -- GC Rawlinson

TV

shradda, sri lanka
sbt-tv thai
dmc thai