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by Queequeg
Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Elizabeth Warren for President
Replies: 8
Views: 327

Re: Elizabeth Warren for President

Warren is surging. Between her and Bernie, she's got the momentum right now. Frankly, I'm getting a little worried with Sanders' expanding list of plans. Seems he's rolling out a new "freebie" plan every week. I'm on board with fixing the wealth distribution system, but its starting to make his plat...
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Need your help with chinese inscription
Replies: 10
Views: 176

Re: Need your help with chinese inscription

A Ming Statue!!!!! The art market is full of Chinese fakes. Even Christie's passes fakes off more often than they will ever admit. What's mind boggling is that some fakes are several hundreds years old themselves... they've been counterfeiting antiques in China for centuries. On a related note... a ...
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 802

Re: So, you read pirated books?

Sorry Queequeg, I get a bit excited when I have a chance to undo some of the wrongs I did in the world. I got fed up being poor and sold out hard to the state security apparatus. It's a profoundly compromised system that still has some decent democratic bones if we could ever get to them. Many of t...
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 23
Views: 395

Re: Right-wing psychology

Anger is the predominant poison of our age, according to some. (I remember Malcolm commented on this from time to time, so may be a Dzogchen thing) Ever been in a blind rage? That's a lot of what's going on right now. You can see it all around. (See my Asura comment above). Incidentally, anger is an...
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 802

Re: So, you read pirated books?

Or maybe some individuals have too much power and are gaming the system to their advantage. I'm sure factory owners using child labour or running exploitative company stores were not meaning to be evil. But we had no choice but to ban child labour and form unions. We didn't say kids can only work 4...
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 802

Re: So, you read pirated books?

I think the oligarchs are driving the collapse. One an educated democratic world could very easily have avoided 3 decades ago. That's Illuminati level conspiracy theory. It would actually be reassuring if there were people intentionally driving things - that would mean a change of plans could chang...
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: any fast way of burning up karma?
Replies: 13
Views: 280

Re: any fast way of burning up karma?

One coarse way of dealing with karma is the whackamole approach of trying to deal with each incident one-to-one, ie. something angers me, I apply a counter meditation and cool it. A more advanced way is to cultivate states of mind that make one immune to irritants like someone intentionally trying t...
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: New Views on Buddhism
Replies: 3
Views: 119

Re: New Views on Buddhism

Ideally, I'd say putting what you know into practice might be the best conversation starter. Maybe they will ask you what's up, and then you can talk about it with them. If you look at the Suttas, you'll see the lay life is different than the monastic life - even the teachings given to lay and monk ...
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 802

Re: So, you read pirated books?

pemachophel wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:00 pm
"When karma ripens, even I am powerless."
Too true.
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 802

Re: So, you read pirated books?

I think the oligarchs are driving the collapse. One an educated democratic world could very easily have avoided 3 decades ago. That's Illuminati level conspiracy theory. It would actually be reassuring if there were people intentionally driving things - that would mean a change of plans could chang...
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 802

Re: So, you read pirated books?

You are merely wishing to stave off the collapse till after you have died which will make the collapse apocalyptic. That is not particularly honourable. No. My aim is to preserve as much of the light as possible through the storm that is likely coming. There is always a choice and what's done now m...
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 802

Re: So, you read pirated books?

Nemo wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:51 pm
It's weird how capitalists can only imagine capitalism or apocalypse. There are other options.
Lololol. That's exactly what you're doing. Your two options are status quo or a world without money.

Your personal efforts are commendable.
:anjali:
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 802

Re: So, you read pirated books?

I will admit to seeing Dharma in the West as somewhat pretentious and effete. :roll: Working class Western Tibetan Buddhists are relatively rare. Of course those with privilege think the system is great. It makes sure the riff raff have limited access. Make them work a little harder to earn it. It'...
by Queequeg
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim
Replies: 39
Views: 829

Re: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim

Wow. What a character... He was fortunate that he was able to cultivate such eccentricities...
by Queequeg
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim
Replies: 39
Views: 829

Re: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim

An aside I just remembered: there is a whole movement that believes the Iliad and Odyssey are British epic poems that take place in Britain. I didn't know there was a movement that believed that, but my eccentric Great Uncle Bill (aka William Comyns Beaumont, Daily Mail journalist and amateur catas...
by Queequeg
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 802

Re: So, you read pirated books?

:cheers:
by Queequeg
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 802

Re: So, you read pirated books?

Yes the point is that it's not as black and white as some would have it. If we go based on sheer volume of content, it may not be clear. Speaking with people who write long form, they tell me its harder to make a living these days, whether novelists, journalists, essayists, etc. That's what the art...
by Queequeg
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 802

Re: So, you read pirated books?

humble.student wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:31 pm

Who is arguing against copyright and promoting piracy here?
Nemo seems to be leaning in that direction, arguing that copyright has become yet another tool of the Man to keep us ignorant and powerless.
by Queequeg
Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 802

Re: So, you read pirated books?

The profiteering in science publishing is an aberration that stands as an exception to what we see more generally in publishing. It's a function of some publishers gaming research library acquisition policies. It's silly to build an argument against copyright and justify piracy on the basis of Elsev...

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