Thursday, January 18, 2018

News of the Day: Why US is segregated (video)

KPFA Berkeley; Colbert; CC Liu, Crystal Quintero, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
(Stephen Colbert) Donald Trump is the LEAST racist person in the world, says Donald Trump.
 
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our [U.S.] Government Segregated America
 
"Stop pretending your racism is patriotism."
(L&P, 1/18/18) Mitch Jeserich talks to Color of Law author Richard Rothstein about the REAL history of federally segregated U.S. housing law in the 20th century.  Our government meant to segregate housing far beyond the South, which has led to wealth inequality between race groups today. Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP… More + AUDIO

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's new book: Loaded
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz with Joanna Manqueros
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You don’t just need one leadership voice — you need many
(NY Times) We often equate developing a leadership voice with finding ways to appear more confident. We assume that our success depends upon mimicking someone else, increasing our self-promotion, or saying things louder than others. You don’t just need one leadership voice — you need many.

Lessons from the urban crime decline
(Business Insider) Over the past few years, the discussion of crime and violence in the United States has focused on police brutality, mass incarceration and the sharp rise in violence in cities like Baltimore, St. Louis and Chicago. Lessons of the Urban Crime Decline

Grandparents shocked by reports of 13 starved grandchildren

LOS ANGELES, California - The grandparents of 13 starved and tortured children [who were chained for months at a time] say their son's family looked happy and healthy when they last visited California six years ago. "They were just like any ordinary family," said Betty Turpin, the 81-year-old mother of abusive father David Turpin. "And they had such good relationships. I'm not just saying this stuff. These kids, we were amazed [by their cult like behavior]! They were 'sweetie' this and 'sweetie' that to each other." More
Bill Gates is strict about his kids' tech use
Electronics (coasttocoastam.com)
(Business Insider) According to educators Joe Clement and Matt Miles, coauthors of the recent book Screen Schooled: Two Veteran Teachers Expose How Technology Overuse is Making Our Kids Dumber, it should be telling that people like Bill Gates set strict rules on tech use. Bill Gates is surprisingly strict about his kids' tech use — a red flag for the rest of us.

When They Call You a Terrorist
KPFA.org, January 25, 2018
Cat Brooks with Black Lives Matter Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandelle


Patrisse Cullors, who co-founded of Black Lives Matter talks about her new book,  When They Call You a Terrorist – A Black Lives Matter Memoir, co-written with Asha Bandele, Cullors challenges the "terrorist" label while providing a backstory to the group’s cause.   Image credit: @ patrissecullors.com
  
Trump's first year in office in review
(UpFront) Trump’s 1st year in office and an update from Houston post-Harvey (iTunes)

Today, a special show featuring 13 interviews from influential thinkers, strategists, and activists spanning the fields of racial equity, immigration, environmental justice, and more about the impact of Don Trump’s first year in office. UpFront asks them what the biggest impact to their work has been, where they see the… More

Gut bacteria hijacking, controlling our genes

Seth Auberon, Pfc. Sandoval, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly; ScienceAlert.com; AP.org;
F**k those goddamn junkies in their shitholes!
Nature or Nurture? It turns out the bacteria that make up most of this body (with more bacteria than human cells in it) are in constant communication with the genes of this body. That leaves us estranged. It is, after all, just as the Buddha said: It is all impersonal.
 
Bacteria living in our gut are hijacking and controlling our genes
Our gut microflora isn't just sitting silently waiting for us to wolf down our next meal. It turns out there's a constant conversation going on between these bacteria and our body's genetic code. More
Governors beg Trump and Congress to do more on opioid crisis

To hell with sick people!!!
CHERRY HILL, New Jersey - Less than three months after Pres. Don Trump declared the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency [instead of a higher classification that would actually spur funding to counter the crisis], the nation's governors are calling on his administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination for the fight against the drugs, which are killing more than 90 Americans a day. More

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    MARC: "The Yes Brain" (UCLA workshop)

    The Yes Brain with Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, MD and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, PhD
      
    The Yes Brain (amazon.com)
    Join us at MARC for a talk inspired by Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson's latest book, The Yes Brain.
     
    When facing challenges, unpleasant tasks, and contentious issues such as homework, screen time, food choices, and bedtime, children often act out or shut down, responding with reactivity instead of receptivity.

    This is what New York Times bestselling authors Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson call a "No Brain response." But our kids can be taught to approach life with openness and curiosity. Parents can foster children’s ability to say yes to the world and welcome all that life has to offer, even during difficult times. This is what it means to cultivate a "Yes Brain."
    When kids work from a Yes Brain, they’re more willing to take chances and explore. They’re more curious and imaginative, less worried about making mistakes. They’re better at relationships and more flexible and resilient when it comes to handling adversity and big feelings.

    They work from a clear internal compass that directs their decisions, as well as the way they treat others. Guided by their Yes Brain, they become more open, creative, and resilient.

     
    ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
    Daniel J. Siegel, MD is an internationally-acclaimed author, award-winning educator, and renowned child psychiatrist. He is the executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities. Dr. Siegel's books include Mindsight, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, The Developing Mind (2nd ed.), The Mindful Therapist, The Whole-Brain Child, Brainstorm, and his latest book, Yes, the Brain. 

    Tina Payne Bryson, PhD is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times bestsellers -- The Whole-Brain Child (Random House Delacorte, 2011), and No-Drama Discipline (Random House Bantam, 2014) -- each of which has been translated into over 20 languages.  She is a psychotherapist and the founder/executive director of The Center for Connection in Pasadena, California, where she offers parenting consultations and provides therapy to children and adolescents..

    MARC (Mindful Awareness Research Center)
    MARC offers several workshops throughout the year that are designed to be experiential and educational. MARC workshops introduce the latest topics related to mindfulness and well-being. Past workshops include Why Mindfulness Matters: A Scientific Perspective with Dr. Sue Smalley; Mind Body Medicine: From Genes to Behavior with Dr. Michael Irwin; An Integrative Journey to the Mind with Dr. Daniel Siegel; The Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation with Dr. Philippe Goldin; Positivity Resonates with Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, and many more.

    WHEN & WHERE
    *NOTE: In support of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, current UCLA students (non-Extension) may sign up for this workshop for FREE. To register, please use the "UCLA Student" discount from the pulldown menu and use your UCLA email address.

    Vipaka: results of KARMA (sutra)

    Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson (trans.) based on Ven. Thanissaro (AN 8.40), Wisdom Quarterly
    Letting go is not easy. Have faith in karma.
    "Meditators, the taking of life -- when pursued, indulged in, and developed -- is something that leads to rebirth in the hells, [or depending on one's other karma] leads to rebirth as a common animal, leads to rebirth in the realm of hungry ghosts.

    "The slightest of all the results ripening (fruiting) from the taking of life is that, if one is reborn as a human being, it leads to a shorter lifespan.
    "Think about how sh*tty this is for me."
    "Taking what is not given -- when pursued, indulged in, and developed -- is something that leads to rebirth in the hells, [or depending on one's other karma] leads to rebirth as a common animal, leads to the realm of hungry ghosts.

    "The slightest of all the results ripening from stealing is that, if one is reborn as a human being, it leads to the loss of one's wealth.

    Video of victims lecturing child molester
    "Sexual misconduct -- when pursued, indulged in, and developed -- is something that leads to rebirth in the hells, [or depending on one's other karma] leads to rebirth as a common animal, leads to rebirth in the realm of hungry ghosts.
    • [What is "sexual misconduct"? According to the texts, it is at its most basic having sex with any of the ten forbidden persons: someone too young to consent, under the protection of relatives or caretakers or community, already engaged, betrothed, promised, married, forbidden by law.]
    "The slightest of all the results ripening from sexual misconduct is that, if one is reborn as a human being, it leads to rivalry and revenge. 
    • [NOTE: "False speech" (the fourth precept) refers to four verbal acts: perjury, divisive tale-bearing, harsh speech, and frivolous chit chat.]
    Ahhh, I didn't know I would live after death!
    "Perjury [bearing false witness] -- when pursued, indulged in, and developed -- is something that leads to rebirth in the hells, [or depending on one's other karma] leads to rebirth as a common animal, leads to rebirth in the realm of hungry ghosts.

    "The slightest of all the results ripening from perjury is that, if one is reborn as a human being, it leads to being falsely accused.
     
    In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts (Dr. Gabor Mate)
    "Divisive tale-bearing -- when pursued, indulged in, and developed -- is something that leads to rebirth in the hells, [or depending on one's other karma] leads to rebirth as a common animal, leads to rebirth in the realm of hungry ghosts.

    "The slightest of all the results ripening from divisive tale-bearing is that, if one is reborn as a human being, it leads to the breaking of one's friendships.
     
    "Harsh speech -- when pursued, indulged in, and developed -- is something that leads to rebirth in the hells, [or depending on one's other karma] leads to rebirth as a common animal, leads to rebirth in the realm of hungry ghosts.

    "The slightest of all the results ripening from harsh speech is that, if one is reborn as a human being, it leads to unappealing sounds.
     
    "Frivolous chit chat -- when pursued, indulged in, and developed -- is something that leads to rebirth in the hells, [or depending on one's other karma] leads to rebirth as a common animal, leads to rebirth in the realm of hungry ghosts.

    "The slightest of all the results ripening from frivolous chattering is that, if one is reborn as a human being, it leads to words that are not worth taking to heart.

    I don't know if I believe in rebirth. If only there were some way to know in this life! (MI)

     
    "The taking of intoxicants [that occasion heedlessness] -- when pursued, indulged in, and developed -- is something that leads to rebirth in the hells, [or depending on one's other karma] leads to rebirth as a common animal, leads to rebirth in the realm of hungry ghosts.

    "The slightest of all the results ripening from taking intoxicants is that, if one is reborn as a human being, it leads to mental derangement."

    Meditation on Equanimity (video)

    Theravada Teacher Gary Sanders (via Robert Beatty); Dhr. Seven (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly


    Gary Sanders: The Practice of Equanimity
    The Buddhist term upekkha -- one of the four Divine Abidings or Brahma Viharas -- is commonly translated as "equanimity," a spacious stillness of mind/heart that allows us to be with things as simply they are right now. Portland Insight Meditation Center Meditation Instructor Gary Sanders starts this program with a guided equanimity meditation, followed by mindful movement, then ends with a Dharma talk on the practice of developing this equanimous state.

    Women's March II (Sat., Jan. 20-21, 2018)

    Women's March; Crystal Quintero, Ashley Wells, CC Liu, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
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    As the 2018 Women's March (womensmarch.com) we stand together in solidarity.

    We are in solidarity with our allies, partners, and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

    The 2018 Women's March is a planned rally and follow-up to the 2017 Women's March, scheduled to take place on January 20 and 21.

    Demonstrations and marches are expected nationwide, primarily on January 20th. Emerging themes of the 2018 events are voting and women running for office. More
     
    • Women’s March L.A. 2018
    • Saturday, Jan. 20, 9:00 AM
    • Pershing Square Park, DTLA
    • 532 South Olive St. Los Angeles, CA 90013 
    • O.C. 2018: Hear Our Vote 
    • Saturday Jan. 20, 9:00 AM
    • Downtown Santa Ana (address TBA), Santa Ana, Orange County, CA 92711
    • 2018 Women's March on NYC Tickets, Sat., Jan 20, 2018 at 11:00 (eventbrite.com) Women's March Alliance presents 2018 Women's March on NYC on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 in New York City, NY.
    • Here's what you need to know about the 2018 Women's March events (freep.com) If you plan to go to one of the Jan. 20-21 rallies, or just want to know what's happening, here's the skinny about 2018 Women's March events. 
    • Women's Marches and Meetups (facebook.com/ womensmarch2018) In 2018 the Women's March will convene and mark the beginning (information and resources)...
    • Women's March (facebook.com/womensmarchonwash)

    POEM: "Midnight Messenger"

    Artist/Poet Chuka Susan Chesney edited by Dhr. Seven and Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly

    MIDNIGHT MESSENGER
    Day of the Dead
    my window cloaked by
    midnight figure
       she gazes 
    I'm only nine
    this wizard woman
    savors sweet
    hung from shingle and raingutter
       inverted teacup of stained night
       this evening bird
    knows the way I turn and toss
       steps on tips of blanket wave
    ignites my breath with
    riddles woven by her stance
       I know
       thoughts confide
       restless smoke
       candle extinguished

    BOOK: People Like Cats
    People Like Cats is a collaborative book with art by Chuka Susan Chesney and poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman published by Red Dashboard. 

    Featuring Chesney's lush and varied art and Wiseman's prose poetry, it contains all things of cat fancy as it meditates on the human itch for feline companionship.

    At least since the time of Christopher Smart and Thomas Gray through that of T. S. Eliot, poets have focused on their affection for cats.

    ...People Like Cats continues this strong tradition with beauty, variety, and sensitivity. The book's title poem embodies the clever ambiguity which characterizes Wiseman's playful and engaging games with language...her witty verbal play on common language about cats does not undermine the serious theme of a growing girl's encounters with the complexities of life.

    She gains an early introduction to responsibilities such as cleaning and shopping, to the grim realities of hardship and delight, of sex and love, of frustration and satisfaction, of disappointment and... More

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (BBC)

    LISTEN: Kubla Khan: A Vision in a Dream (The Forum on BBC.co.uk)
    High in the Himalayan foothills of Kathmandu, Nepal is the famous Boudhanath stupa.
     
    Sri Lankan Buddhist stupa
    I maintain "Kubla Khan" is a Buddhist poem, which is to say, a poem based on Buddhist features of a real place and person. Coleridge knew of it because he read about the mysterious East and its ancient treasures.

    They were recorded in a travel book he was reading when he wrote "Kubla Khan" titled Purchas's Pilgrimes by the English cleric Samuel Purchas about his pilgrimages in Asia. Purchas traveled and reported what he saw back to the English-speaking world.

    The "dome of ice" is a clear reference to a sparkling white stupa (Buddhist reliquaries, burial mounds, kurgans popularized by the Scythians/Shakyans of Central Asia based on burial mounds going back millennia in Central and North Asia, even up to portions of Ukraine). They are now built all over Asia.

    There really was a Kublai Khan, a Mongol ruler (son of Temujin, "Greatest Warrior," known to all as Genghis Khan), who built a great city (or set up fabulous temporary city of yurts) called Xanadu (Shangdu) but then abandoned it for a better center of trade from which to rule in Beijing, China. (Why did the Chinese lose to Mongol invaders? They may have been weakened by germs from working in nightsoil paddy fields).
    POEM: Kubla Khan
    Or, a vision in a dream. A Fragment.
    In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
    A stately pleasure-dome decree:
    Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
    Through caverns measureless to man
       Down to a sunless sea.
    So twice five miles of fertile ground
    With walls and towers were girdled round;
    And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
    Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
    And here were forests ancient as the hills,
    Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

    But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
    Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
    A savage place! as holy and enchanted
    As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted
    By woman wailing for her demon-lover!
    And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
    As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
    A mighty fountain momently was forced:
    Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
    Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
    Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher’s flail:
    And mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
    It flung up momently the sacred river.
    Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
    Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
    Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
    And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean;
    And ’mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
    Ancestral voices prophesying war!
       The shadow of the dome of pleasure
       Floated midway on the waves;
       Where was heard the mingled measure
       From the fountain and the caves.
    It was a miracle of rare device,
    A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!

       A damsel with a dulcimer
       In a vision once I saw:
       It was an Abyssinian maid
       And on her dulcimer she played,
       Singing of Mount Abora.
       Could I revive within me
       Her symphony and song,
       To such a deep delight ’twould win me,
    That with music loud and long,
    I would build that dome in air,
    That sunny dome! those caves of ice!
    And all who heard should see them there,
    And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
    His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
    Weave a circle round him thrice,
    And close your eyes with holy dread
    For he on honey-dew hath fed,
    And drunk the milk of Paradise.

    Were giants ever real?

    Steve Quayle shared images of sculptor Mark Patrick's elongated skull on his Jan. 8, 2018 Coast to Coast appearance. "We will have this and a full size 12-foot giant on display at our True Legends Conference in September," Quayle writes. "These giants literally bit the head off their human prey and ate their bodies like a piece of jerky," he added. Giants are real, and the Titans (Asuras) of Buddhist lore are fierce.

    Mexico: Dirty European germs wiped out Aztecs

    Sarah Gibbens (National Geographic); Xochitl, Pfc. Sandoval, S. Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly

    Did you wash your hands, Angela? - Yes.
    From 1545 to 1550, Aztecs in what is today southern Mexico experienced a deadly outbreak.

    Anywhere from five to 15 million people died. Locally, it was known as cocoliztli, but the exact cause or causes has been a mystery for the past 500 years [when the filthy invaders landed].
     
    Now, a new study published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, suggests the outbreak could have been caused by a deadly form of salmonella.
     
    Salmonella enterica -- subset Paratyphi C to be exact -- was present in the DNA of ten different individuals buried at the only known burial site, Teposcolula-Yucundaa, associated with cocoliztli
     
    While that specific strain of salmonella is much rarer today, Vågene says it would have spread similarly. Any food or water contaminated with the strain would have turned deadly once ingested.

    According to study author Åshild Vågene from the Max Planck Institute, the strain is a bacterial infection that causes a type of enteric fever nearly identical to typhoid.

    Extracting ancient DNA 
    Historians and archaeologists have long suspected that a blood-borne illness was responsible for cocoliztli. Depictions by both Spanish and indigenous artists show the infected with nose bleeds and coughing up blood. More
    • Gut bacteria linked to cataclysmic epidemic that wiped out 16th... (Ars Technica) Gut bacteria linked to cataclysmic epidemic that wiped out 16th-century Mexico... In the wake of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in 1521, waves of epidemics slammed Mexico.
    • Scientists find possible cause for mystery epidemic that wiped out Aztecs (Washington Post) ...mystery epidemic that wiped out Mexico 500 years ago...The study, published Monday in Nature Ecology and Evolution...led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Harvard University, and the Mexican National Institute of...
    • Possible cause of colonial-era Mexican epidemic identified (Daily Mail) How salmonella destroyed the mighty Aztecs: Ancient teeth reveal how nearly ALL of Mexico was once wiped out by one of the most devastating food... An outbreak of a mystery disease in 1576, and second wave in 1576, killed around 7 million to 17 million people...
    • Megadeath in Mexico (discovermagazine.com) Native populations in the Americas lacked immunities to common European diseases like smallpox, measles, and mumps. Within 20 years of Columbus's...