"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

Past stuff from this page   -------    WARNING! - SPECIES THREATS

election fraud  National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Out of Afghan! - May the US Invasion of Afghanistan Come to an End ASAP

Climate Change!!!!!  Harm Reduction - on reducing the harm from drugs and the war on drugs

Since last year been posting what would have gone here on the cuke blog mainly in Environment and Harm Reduction.

12-23-14 - River Network - connecting people, saving rivers

Go to the online hub of a network of more than 2,000 state, regional and local grassroots organizations whose primary mission is protecting our most vital natural resource – water.

Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. ~Carl Sagan

Here's their Donate page

 - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events

12-18-14 - Back to a Burmese Prison by Choice - to teach meditation - NYTimes - thanks Doug Reville

12-06-14 - Twelve points on the torture report due to US Congress - from Huff Post -

12-01-14 - Obama shops at Independent bookstore on Small Business Saturday.

Indie Store Finder --------------- on Indie Bound dot org

11-29-14 - Pope Francis has called for an interfaith dialogue to counter fanaticism and fundamentalism. Good for the Pope. - dc

11-25-14 - Karen Armstrong on her new book about the history of violence and religion right up to today. - from - thanks Brit Pyland

11-24-14 - Harambee Arts - Just got a year end letter from Gloria Simoneaux about how this wonderful project is doing and of course needing more funding. Check it out at the web site or on their Facebook page

11-18-14 - Go to the Harm Reduction page for today's post on the legalization of marijuana with comments from Kamala Harris, Jerry Brown, and DC.

11-13-14 - US to defend solitary confinement use before UN

World Organisation Against Torture

11-09-14 - Here's an article link which sent by Wai Leng in KL to Katrinka via Facebook by a Catholic priest about Japan's us and them mindset and how they're somewhat doomed to fall behind the world of growth and progress because their birth rate is negative and they are not open to immigration. My view on this is the opposite. We can't continue to have a world economy based on non stop growth - and survive or have any good quality of life. Unrestricted development in Bali is sure not pretty. Is it anywhere? Short term profit rules over long term goals. I say cheer the Japanese on and join them in zero population growth and let's figure out how to live on this earth in more of a steady state way or some way that is sustainable. Many knowledgeable observers think that's impossible and that we're doomed. Just look at almost everything said by any politician or economist or pundit on TV and it's growth good, no growth bad, more growth better. To me that's insane. I think we're basically a psycho planet, and that's the dangerous type of homicidal psycho. But I love us and I am grateful to have had this visit. - dc - also posted in Saunters

11-08-14 - “I would like to see every single soldier on every single side, just take off your helmet, unbuckle your kit, lay down your rifle, and set down at the side of some shady lane, and say, nope, I ain’t a gonna kill nobody. Plenty of rich folks wants to fight. Give them the guns." ~ Woody Guthrie 

As Juan Cole points out in this brief post, "war is good for the arms industry, which funds a lot of congressional campaigns." (especially those which recently won.)

11-02-14 - On Progress East and West and Why and What - Jeff Broadbent comments quite intelligently on DC's speculations posted 10-30 on Saunters - but now am posting it on Comments with a link to his response here and on What's New and Saunters and on Jeff's cuke page.

10-30-14 - No link between tough penalties and drug use - report - BBC from England -

10-22-14 - Ran into a fellow Texan today in Lembongan when Katrinka and I were packing to leave. He has lived on the tiny island of Ceningan that's between Lembongan and Nusa Penida. There's a little bridge that goes over there that's so narrow that when motorbikes come by one has to press against the side and pray. Anyway, he co-founded the Aquatic Alliance - check it out. And here's an article on him and and his co-founder Helen Mitchell and it in the Indonesian Expat called Aquatic Alliance: Research & Conservation of Manta Rays in Nusa Lembongan - but they're concerned with a wider sphere than just Manta Rays. He mentioned that the shark population is way down and listed some types he used to see more when diving - I forget the names but I remember he said they weren't the type that bite. - posted in Saunters as well

10-11-14 - Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai Are Awarded Nobel Peace Prize - most deserving. All praise to them. - dc -

10-03-14 - Join Barbara Wenger at the Nov. 5 Greens dinner and event in San Francisco celebrating twenty years of Community Grows.

Explore Community Grows

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10-02-14 - Thinking about ISIS or IS or ISIL in light of having just read Brian Victoria's War on Zen --- (Brian Victoria cuke page).

I have noticed certain unwholesome thoughts arising that I don't think are helpful. So I'm making an effort to replace them with the visualization of all the weapons disappearing. That won't be much help to people who are being massacred but that's the best I can do now. When I was in high school I'd say I'd let someone kill me before I'd fight back. I never have been in a fight. I hit a kid once in the sixth grade just to see what it was like and I still feel bad about it. A dear friend of mine who shared my thoughts that Pres Reagan was causing a lot of suffering said she wished he were dead and I said I don't think that's a good thing to wish for anyone. So I have a history of pacifist leanings but also of thoughts of extinction which I give in to at times but which once again I'm wishing to extinguish. I do think that there is a general world-wide tendency to use violence to solve problems. That seems to keep proving that violence leads to violence. I also think that Gandhi's methods would not have worked so well with ISIS or Sadam Husein or Hitler. We never know what we're going to do until a moment arrives but we do take aim with intentions and thought habits. There have been pilots who reported they tried to shoot down a UFO and that their controls wouldn't work - so see - there's proof positive that such technology can be developed here. That's what I'm visualizing. - DC  - posted in dchad misc 4

9-24-14 - Brian Victoria's War on Zen - an article by Brian Victoria in Sweeping Zen.

Brian Victoria cuke page


9-11-14 - Remembering those who died in Manhattan on 9-11-2001 and how our government ignored the sympathy of the world instead deciding to fan the flames of Jihad. - dc

9-06-14 - Birds in trouble

9-05-14 - Alister Crooke on ISIS part one  and Part Two

9-03-14 - Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Escalation Follies

8-26-14 - India's Kerala State Plans to Dramatically Increase Organized and Disorganized Crime

8-08-14 -

Population, Sustainability, and Earth's Carrying Capacity: 
A framework for estimating population sizes and lifestyles 
that could be sustained without undermining future generations
by Gretchen C. Daily and Paul R. Ehrlich (1992)

posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events

8-07-14 - The Meaning of Sustainability - another dose of what seems to me to be sane scientific thinking from Do the Math - Using physics and estimation to assess energy, growth, options—by Tom Murphy  - DC -

8-04-14 - Can Economic Growth Last? - from Do the Math - Using physics and estimation to assess energy, growth, options—by Tom Murphy

8-03-14 - An excellent editorial on the War on Drugs and the effect of marijuana on young brains by Ariana Huffington. (Sorry Clay - too late for you) - dc

7-30-14 - Mississippi Eyes Book Event at Book Passage in Marin County, CA this Saturday August 2, 2014 - more in Ads and Info

Wondered what happened to Werner Erhard. - more in dc misc 4

7-25-14 - Earth Dodged Massive Solar Storm In 2012 That Could Have Wiped Out Power Grid


7-24-14 - This sentence from the article in the NY Times linked to yesterday caught my attention:

Indonesia, which, despite being a member of the G-20 group of major economies, has more than 100 million people living on $2 a day or less.

That's so misleading.  - more in Saunters

7-23-14 - A Child of the Slum Rises as President of Indonesia - New York Times

Indonesia's final election results confirmed Joko Widodo is president. That's an enormous event here - first new president in ten years. It's like Obama being elected in the US and probably about as helpful as he'll have to deal with a coalition and a country like everywhere controlled by the rich and entrenched power. But he's the first not from the ruling elite or military. The word today is Selamat presiden terpilih baru! Congratulations on the new president elect. People I talk to are happy. He looks a little like Obama too. - posted also in Saunters

7-20-14 - Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables - When I ran the SFZC's Green Gulch Green Grocer with Jim Bockhorst, the buyer. we often purchased fruit and vegetables that had been condemned by the health department. The main seller was papayas. We sold tons of papayas illegally by the box quite cheap. Their crime? They didn't look nice. The health department nixed food for cosmetic reasons. Watch this video about a French food chain's move to sell food that would normally be thrown away.. - thanks Phil Henderson

7-19-14 - The Nigerian Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka discusses Boko Haram, organised religion, and the current state of his country. - from Aljazeera dot com. Good news site and we like the TV news and documentaries too though don't spend too much time on it. Look at some of the posts after the article. Some strong stuff.

7-17-14 - Japan 'vagina artist' woman arrest - from BBC - arrested for sending images of an "obscene object" in a country that worships the penis. Huff Post article with phallic toys and suckers. Check out the Kanamuri penis festival.

7-10-14 - For Women Who Saw Combat, a Place to Find Inner Peace - NY Times article on Tassajara retreat

Comment by DC in dc misc 4

6-24-14 - Rusty Schweickart page today featuring No Frames No Boundaries - listen to the talk, read the article. And more.

6-19-14 - World population clock. - to be continued

6-17-14 - Chris Hedges interviews and comments on Noam Chomsky - He calls Chomsky America's Socrates. Reviewed Socrates for an hour and think, ok, but without the emphasis on mind, thought, inspiration, the welfare of ones soul over politics, the divine. Hedges is no stranger to such thinking as he has a Masters in Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. I take it he was referring to Chomsky's use of clear thinking for the benefit of all beings.

6-15-14 - Why is the federal government planning to expand its supermax prison beds at a time when the rest of the nation is waking up to the horrors of solitary confinement? The federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) plans to add new ADX (Administrative Maximum) supermax prison beds, the most extreme form of solitary confinement, along with new Special Management Unit (SMU) cells, where two people are held in 23-hour-a-day lockdown.

NRCAT invites you to join a national call-in day on June 26 to urge Attorney General Eric Holder to build on his recent statements about the harms of solitary confinement by ensuring the BOP makes no increase in isolated confinement in the federal system. 

6-12-14 - DRUGS AND THE MEANING OF LIFE - Sam Harris - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events due to his early emphasis on the imorality of the war on drugs.

The “war on drugs” has been lost and should never have been waged. I can think of no right more fundamental than the right to peacefully steward the contents of one’s own consciousness. The fact that we pointlessly ruin the lives of nonviolent drug users by incarcerating them, at enormous expense, constitutes one of the great moral failures of our time. (And the fact that we make room for them in our prisons by paroling murderers, rapists, and child molesters makes one wonder whether civilization isn’t simply doomed.)

6-11-14 - Climate Change Seen Posing Risk to Food Supplies - an article from late last year in NYTimes. It's an interesting corralery to yesterday's post on CO2 increases reducing nutritional value of crops, something that was unexpected.

These articles turn my attention to a cuke link from late last year, 12-29 from an October NYTimes article: And then there's overpopulation - at the root  (Thanks Michael Katz). Andrew Main in Santa Fe. Also mentioned that as the primary problem. How could anyone doubt this? Will post more on this.

Also posting in Climate Change

6-05-14 - Here's the best link for Jonathan Watts. It's the home page of the bereavement link posted before. The Wikipedia link posted a few days ago was for another person of the same name. Apologies.

Two books by Jonathan Watts

This Precious Life: Buddhist Tsunami Relief and Anti-Nuclear Activism in Post 3/11 Japan

Amazon link to This Precious Life

Lotus in the Nuclear Sea: Fukushima and the Promise of Buddhism in the Nuclear Age - by Jonathan Watts and David Loy

Lotus in the Nuclear Sea - Kyoto Journal article by Watts

6-03-14 - Jonathan Watts has worked with shut-ins and suicide prevention in Japan. Check out this link on that.

He says he suggested to Larissa MacFarquhar, staff writer for the New Yorker, that she write about Ittetsu Nemoto's work with Japanese shut-ins.

6-02-14 - Mentioned when we first got here had dinner with Jonathan Watts in Kamakura

Video interview on Tricycle

 - more later.

5-27-14 - Letter on a visit with Shodo Harada Roshi to Sendai soon after the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 by Domyo, a French monk from Sogenji temple in Okayama Japan March 28 – April 5, 2011. The third of three letters.

5-25-14 - TSA site with stuff found.

5-24-14 - S E N D A I  R E P O R T on a visit with Shodo Harada Roshi soon after the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 by Ekei Zenji, a German monk from Sogenji temple in Okayama Japan March 28 – April 1, 2011.  ( One more letter from Myo, another disciple who accompanied Harada Roshi, will follow)

5-21-14 - Letter From SHODO HARADA ROSHI ABOUT HIS VISIT TO SENDAI - written recently after the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. Two more letters from disciples who accompanied him will follow.

Shodo Harada cuke page

5-20-14 - Privacy - Terms and Conditions my Apply - movie - thanks Katrinka

How Snowden's Revelations Have Strengthened the NSA  - thanks Andrew M.

DC opinion - I have long thought that privacy is a lost cause, that whatever we do to stop invasions of privacy may slow it down, but I see a future where everything is known. Whatever I envision will miss the mark completely I'm sure, but what I foresee is everything picked up somehow, maybe by devices everywhere, maybe tiny reproducing antennae that pick up everything including thoughts. I wonder if our only hope is to limit what is illegal as much as possible, to insure a global bill of rights that guarantees we can have any type of thought, opinion, sex, drug, art, music, religion, anti-religion, consciousness, meeting, non violent to others expression, etc, I see crime as we know it disappearing and just hope the puritans and fanatics and evil power trippers don't get hold of the reins as they tend to do. But of course there are infinite ways this sort of scenario would be avoided from future hackers to collapse of civilization. We'll see what happens (as a species). Good luck to us.

5-19-14 - Ralph Nader on C-Span - loved it - DC - thanks Matthew Zawisky

5-15-14 - Barbara Wenger's Community Grows celebrates 20 years in the SFZC City Center neighborhood and beyond.

Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Site Presents Renewed Threat - thanks Taigen


5-11-14 - Another way of looking at climate change and suggesting other threats loom greater. - thanks Andrew M.

5-07-14 - End The War On Drugs, Say Nobel Prize-Winning Economists - pointing to enourmous suffering it causes, urge harm reduction. - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events

5-06-14 - Stephen Hawking on great boon and dire threat from AI

5-04-14 - Global cooling scheme increases dangerous seafood toxin that destroys kidney function. - thanks Andrew M who writes "This is what the Hopis call the Crooked Path, wherein every "solution" proposed by human cleverness merely creates new problems. According to the Hopi Prophecy, we are headed for a great Purification (Hopi: Powateoni), and in fact I believe we are already well into it:"

4-25-14 - On Watching the film Zen and War - an evening with Brian Victoria Part Two


4-24-14 - Hiroshima Peace Media Center article on Aimee Tsujimoto, journalist whose mother experienced the atomic bombing, conveys the dangers of radiation. Aimee is the partner of Brian Victoria. - posting also on Recent evening with Aimee and Brian

4-23-14 - Here is a recent video on the ongoing tragedy at Fukushima: It features a powerful interview with the former mayor of Futaba. Brian Victoria sends. - posting also on Brian's cuke page

4-21-14 - Part One - an evening with Amy (sp) and Brian Victoria. Spent yesterday late afternoon and Evening with Zen at War author Brian Victoria and his partner of twenty-seven years, Amy (sp?) who for years has been giving public talks on the imminent threat of radioactivity from Fukushima and other nuclear power plants. Wow. I think I'll write down what I can remember today. In the meantime, check out the Brian Victoria link on cuke. He's controversial - search the web - you won't have time to read it all.

4-20-14 - Abe must act now to seal Fukushima reactors, before it's too late - Julian Gresser - thanks John Steiner


4-19-14 - Updated the John Steiner interview with some links to noble activities he's been involved with. He's been an engaged Buddhist from before he was a Buddhist and since.

4-17-14 - Rankin & Dub Ainu Band "You can't see it, and you can't smell it either"

This is a Japanese song with subtitles about radiation inspired by the disaster at the nuclear power plant at Fukushima. Ainu are descended from the aboriginal people of Japan.

4-14-14 - Michael Shuman's Commentary on Community Economics  caught my attention. Especially found this interesting: My Nominee for the Next Nobel Prize in Economics - DC

4-10-14 - Heirs To Ambedkar: The Rebirth of Engaged Buddhism in India - Alan Senauke's new book. More about it.

4-07-14 - Information Clearinghouse - Eric Arnow's favorite news site  - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events and Eric's cuke page

3-28-14 - Another note from Taigen Dan Leighton:

This article by Julian Gresser, while highly technical, makes a strong argument for preparing for another catastrophic earthquake affecting Fukushima Daiichi. It explains how earthquake prediction is becoming more accurate with scientific advances, details the horrific possibilities which could follow, and pleads for evacuation planning for the areas close to Fukushima, including Tokyo.

3-27-14 - A note from Taigen Dan Leighton:

Danger from the Fukushima meltdowns continue.  Large amounts of Radioactive Water continues to be released into the Pacific Ocean daily, and Fukushima radiation has been detected on the U.S. West Coast. And yet nuclear power somehow continues to be promoted as a solution to the increasingly apparent perils of Climate Damage.

See "Fukushima plant hanging by its fingernails":

Taigen's Peace and Justice Page  ----  Taigen cuke page

3-20-14 - National Religious Campaign Against Torture - - has a lot of campaigns going - just check their website. One is to Take action today to end torture in California prisons. To send a message on that via this link.

2-16-14 - Community Grows is going strong. Here's the Valentines Day Card they sent out. Kudos to Barbara Wenger for all the years of effort. Koshland Park for those who don't know is accross the street and up the block from the SFZC City Center.

1-26-14 - Director of National Inst. of Health on the silly Faith vs Science thing the media loves. Still he uses the word god as if it stands for an independent being that does things but that's an ingrained metaphor.

1-22-14 - Bali Recycling dot com

Inspiring Person: Olivier Pouillon - by Janet Nicol

I read the article in Inspired Bali

posted in Saunters

1-21-14 - Trash in Bali.

1-17-14 - calls on the forces for good to back a non profit ISP dedicated to Net Neutrality. Maybe Google, Apple, and Microsoft could help out.

Court deals blow to Net Neutrality

Why You Should Be Freaking Out About The End Of Net Neutrality

12-24-13 - Put all the prior cuke posts on Climate Change on its own page in the Species Threat Section.

There one can scroll down all the relevant past comments and links on this subject and there exciting new pertinent posts will go. Ten years ago I didn't think climate change was a species threat. Now I think it's moved from threat to likelihood and not in the distant future. At lunch with a couple of friends in Stinson Beach last month, asked what I thought about climate change, my response was geared not to spoil the meal. The most positive comment I can come up with, I said, is that everything I believe always turns out to be wrong. - dc

12-23-13 - The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’ - from the Nation which got it from Tom's Dispatch which comes with an intro by Tom. Sorta puts everything else in an interesting perspective. - DC - Thanks Kelly. -

12-21-13 - Who's to Blame for Climate Change?

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.

11-29-13 - Voices from Solitary Confinement - thanks to NRCAT the National Religious Campaign Against Torture

11-23-13 - As for yesterday -

Chomsky Weighs in on Kennedy Assassination Anniversary
Chomsky on the assassination
Chomsky on the assassination - You Tube

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

11-14-13 - Emissions of CO2 driving rapid oceans 'acid trip'

11-12-13 - Citizens Reach Out - accounts of the human cost of war on innocent civilian populations. Thanks Ruth Friend, President and Founder

11-05-13 - Net Neutrality in danger

11-04-13 - Doctors aided US torture at military prisons, report says - BBC

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?

10-27-13 - National Religious Campaign Against Torture is promoting Human Rights Day on Dec. 10.

10-19-13 - With Joanna Macy help the Buddhist Peace Fellowship reach their goal. - 10-18-13 - Wealth Inequality in America - thanks Christina Eppes

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

It's too late #1

It's too late #2

Almost too late

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

Sim Van der Ryn website

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.

Books by Sim Van der Ryn

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

Photos of the Compassionate Earth Walk on Flickr

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.

9-30-13 - One example of the US and the USSR coming very close to nuclear war - and not the only time - from the BBC - posted in Species Threats #1 - accidental nuclear war.

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

9-19-13 - Chasing Ice - Posting in Species Threats, climate change.

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.

8-16-13 - Seeds with Wings - Sarah Weintraub is bloging about her tiny house and tiny houses in general. She also blogs for the tiny house people at Tumbleweed.

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.

6-23-13 -

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.

Assange on Google

6-02-11 - Bill Maher makes a strong pitch for finally legalizing pot.

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

Peter on Wikipedia

Great tribute to Peter from his niece Yoginrose

Tributes to Peter on funeral home site

Ecologist Peter Warshall: Enchanted by the Sun - video - or on


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

Poll Finds Americans Less Concerned About The Environment Now Than When Earth Day Began

4-12-13 - A Message From a Dying Veteran

Iraq Veterans Against the War

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.

3-29-13 - This border checkpoint story was of interest to me because of the police state type experience Katrinka and I had recently coming up from Big Bend.

3-25-13 - Immigrants Held in Solitary Cells, Often for Weeks

Solitary - Torture in Your Backyard

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

3-06-13 - It's the Sugar, Folks - New York Times (blog)-by Mark Bittman- Feb 27, 2013 - thanks Ron Browning.

2-27-13 - Ecological Buddhism - a Response to Global Warming

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

2-20-13 - Debunking the Boston Tea Party Myth - at history net dot com - filed in current events - thanks JR

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

Norway Data Shows Earth’s Global Warming Less Severe Than Feared

Checked science sites and got more dire results.

Experts Agree Global Warming Is Melting the World Rapidly

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

See Species Threat Department.

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

See Species Threat Department.

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.

11-13-12 -Climate Change - it's the Heat and the Humidity

See Species Threat Department

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

11-05-12 - A Simpson's animator comments on the election

11-03-12 - Chris Mathews and guests on Climate Change

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)


See Rebecca Solnit in Tom's Dispatch


Rebecca Solnit dot com

10-30-12  - Garbage Warrior - thanks Howie

10-29-12 - Bill Moyers and Company - Plutocracy Rising - thanks Howie and others

10-22-12 - Congratulations to James Fox for miraculously meeting the Kickstart goal to raise $30,000 to finish his movie on the year of the BP oil spill, Pretty Slick.

10-21-12 - Watch: Pastor’s Speech Against Gay Rights Has Surprise Ending

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 of Richmond, CA. Read more - from SF Chronicle

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