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2018 New Year's ceremony at a Shinto temple in Japan

February 2018


Washington Post: "Thirteen people are accused of working for a Russian propaganda organization and posing as Americans to support candidate Donald Trump and attack his political opponent, Hillary Clinton."

Does this mean that the light of freedom shines ever more pentratingly into the murky self-dealing back halls of the occupationist House on Trump? That remains to be seen. But the bad 'ombres are feeling the heat. Oh boy, are they feeling the heat. For instance, as the Post goes on to say: "Robert Mueller's indictment of a Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 election deals a fatal blow to Trump's insistence that foreign interference was a fiction created by Democrats."

Ray of hope: investigation authorized into White House security clearance debacle

Lawrence O'Donnell of MSNBC described it as a situation where, once again, "the inmates are clearly and openly running the asylum" as pressure mounts on the clown show that has been John Kelly's attempts to discipline said asyl..., er, White House.

How much of America's confidential intelligence has already been compromised by White House operatives without security clearance may never be fully known to the public.

But the news that finally the Republiscum have caved and authorized a congressional inquiry into the dysfunctional White House security compromise shenanigans suggests that the tide against Tronald Dump's occupationist regime may be turning in a visible way.

This may possibly be a milestone, a light at the end of the tunnel appearing in the distance, welcomed by those that yearn for American autonomy to be restored, along with belief in the democratic process, our security, and competent governance.

Meanwhile any meaningful gun control reform died a long time ago in the Unites States, in fact it never lived in any truly meaningful way, and we see that no amount of senseless slaughter, averaging one human being [mostly children of course] butchered by school shootings every 2.5 days. And we, collectively, won't lift a finger to change things. You can vote for the people who are most likely to effect change, and it never adds up to anything. The massacres continue, and we set about building a border wall. The danger comes from within.

Trump assault on America continues

"By releasing the Nunes memo, Trump betrayed the intelligence community to save his own skin." -- Phillip Carter, Slate.

The Daily DC examines the crumbling of America's institutions on the day of the release of the ill advised "Nunes memo".

January 2018

Another New Year is here

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg tries to show that he really is human. He eats a sandwich and virtually inspects the devastation in Puerto Rico.

The man who's always correct -- Professor Allan Lichtman, and the case for impeachment.

Who does Trump stand up for? Bill Maher had a succinct answer while interviewing Fire & Fury writer Michael Wolff: "When will white men born to great wealth finally catch a break?"

The horrifically ill-advised, self-serving "tax cut" was passed to appease the ultra wealthy benefactors of the "captured" Republiscum party, at the expense of everybody else, along with its cynical hobbling of the ACA health care system.

Sufficient voters who blew off the 2016 election, assuming from polls that fake occupationist Dotard Plump would not get elected, will hopefully be motivated in the mid-terms to get our nation back on track, health-wise, psychologically, economically, socially, internationally, and in sheer sense of basic decency, because the wheels have well and truly come off under the current Republiscum regime.

We witnessed a wholesale and unforgivable looting of America by the Russian aligned and "on the take" politician power-brokers from which the working and middle classes may never fully recover. But a lot can be won back and steps to further progress can be achieved. Thing is, it's never going to happen of its own accord.

quake's world

the spur
football daily
guardian football
one touch football
bbc five live radio, plus quality podcasts


Likeable links
daily DC
democracy forward
raw story
pro publica
daily kos
the daily beast link fixed Sept 2017
public citizen
vox currencycurrency exchange converter
the last quiet places
mac option key symbols
free internet access for the city of santa clara
friendly atheist eye-opening daily accounts of the threat to the separation of church and state that America faces

Usually reliable online TV streams
euronews in english, new link Nov 2017
al jazeera in english, new link Nov 2017
france 24 in english, and french
PBS newshour episodes, live 3-4pm M-F pacific USA time
CBS news "cbsn" cbs hi rotation rolling feed, USA live
DW german intntl news in english
sky news uk, live on you-tube
crtvg, galicia, espana, us feed
tvr britanny, france
tnn24 thai
elonce tv argentina
rte dublin, ireland
rtl muenchen deutschland 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

Other radio
bbc world service

Radio programs and podcasts
On point
philosophy talk [live on kalw]
on the media


san francisco
arriving by luft re-add Nov 2015

gran canaria

monterey county

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


lam rim
dhammatalks by thanissaro bhikku
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
shradda tv, sri lanka


amaravati uk
hayagriva aus.
dhammaloka aus.
sacramento dharma center usa, three buddhist groups in one new home
jikoji usa
monterey bay zen center usa
tassajara usa
metta forest monastery usa
reddit buddhist forum


online meditation timer

buddhist global relief

"In your entire life there is only one person you need to meet and that person is your true self. The point of our practice is to meet ourself." -- dharma talk, kannon do

"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

"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

"There is no permanent self, but we have to be somebody. There is nothing to rely on. This is the hard thing we learn when we sit." -- angie boissevain, dharma talk

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.


the benefits of buddhism
dhammakaya anthem
the buddha garden
om and om
om mani padme hum
[namo tassa] bhagavato arahato sammæsambuddhassa re-add jan 2017
thai buddhist song, with voiceover
four noble truths
misunderstanding buddhism
positive psychology: catching up with ancient buddhist insight [pdf]