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by Queequeg
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?
Replies: 4
Views: 58

Re: What's the best book on Nichiren Buddhism you can recommend?

Agree with Mark. There are none, in English, anyway.
by Queequeg
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 3
Views: 92

Re: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice

Practice for oneself and for others. Well thats what Buddhism is all about eh ! Please do not think or get me wrong .. Nichiren practice is very beneficial and appropriate for this time. But... He could not have produced it without the knowledge of other Buddhist teachings... the ideas of chanting ...
by Queequeg
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice
Replies: 3
Views: 92

Re: why i stopped a daily Nichirenesque practice

Practice for oneself and for others.
by Queequeg
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Synchronicity In Buddhism
Replies: 8
Views: 220

Re: Synchronicity In Buddhism

Ichinen Sanzen. We are responsible for what happens. If things are going well, we are happy to accept this and put a label with positive connotations like "synchronicity" on it. When thing go bad in succession, though, many of us have a tendency to attribute it to some other cause - tragedy happens ...
by Queequeg
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What's the Nichiren Buddhist take on abortion?
Replies: 8
Views: 154

Re: What's the Nichiren Buddhist take on abortion?

Same as Buddhists in general.

Human life is precious.
by Queequeg
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1983

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Malcolm wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:15 pm
Queequeg wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:05 pm

BRI is an amazing initiative.
Lhasa, 1959.
Its not the road that's bad... its the dudes who come down that road... which brings me back to - I don't think we want China dominating international affairs. Give it time, that road will also bring the world into China... that's another effect.
by Queequeg
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1983

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

I frankly see no compelling arguments that negate Hayek's basic thesis here, despite whatever faults his other work may bear. re: " The Road to Serfdom" - It's dated (it's a complete reaction to the rise of fascism in the 20 and 30's) and both Hayek's assumptions and conclusions are false. That sho...
by Queequeg
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1983

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Chinese diplomacy comes out of trucks of money. $8 trillion earmarked for infrastructure projects across Asia, Europe and Africa. Gwadar Port Pakistan, 62 billion, 80% from China. Kyaukphyu, Rakhine State Myanmar 8 billion for oil and gas pipelines, a 5 million container a day port and a super high...
by Queequeg
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1983

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

As much as I loathe Trump, it's not as if most professional politicians do a "good" job. They usually do a job that helps them maintain power, and the status quo. Unless you are one of those people that somehow remembers the Obama, Bush or Clinton eras as these idyllic times, there's not much reaso...
by Queequeg
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1983

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Time doesn’t permit a point-by-point discussion on these but they are all very well-researched topics. On the legal system, compare cost of litigation, timelines and ability to frustrate access to civil suits by expensive discovery in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore - the major ...
by Queequeg
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1983

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

What would you think developing countries should emulate in the US model? Not the legal system - it’s the least efficient and highest cost version of common law around. That's a vague assertion. Least efficient? Most expensive? What is your standard? Not the banking system (almost the entire academ...
by Queequeg
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1983

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

That's fine, where are they supposed to get the money? As long as we can still hear the big sucking sound of all that cash headed up to the 1% or into corporate treasuries, we're stuck. There is no longer any major US city where minimum wage will afford you a one bedroom apartment, much less down p...
by Queequeg
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1983

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Works well for white people, not so much for others. Works for property owners. And they tend to be white. So, yeah. But our system is fundamentally built on property rights... And I think you agree that getting rid of that basis for the system would be a mistake... So then the only option is to en...
by Queequeg
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1983

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

I generally find, though, that those in the US tend to have a very high estimation of those strengths and limited appreciation of life in other countries. Point taken. There are many possibilities from which one can take their lead. My point was really about Americans having some confidence in doin...
by Queequeg
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1983

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Sorry link above I described as affluent white civil war should have been this.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/15/opin ... alism.html
by Queequeg
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1983

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:24 pm
Basically, no one has any f*&^ing idea of what is going on or what to do about it -- and frankly, no one ever has.
We don't need a savior. We just need a vague picture of where we want to be and we push. We will all get there together.

That's what I got from the Battlestar Galactica reboot.
by Queequeg
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1983

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

As much as I loathe Trump, it's not as if most professional politicians do a "good" job. They usually do a job that helps them maintain power, and the status quo. Unless you are one of those people that somehow remembers the Obama, Bush or Clinton eras as these idyllic times, there's not much reaso...
by Queequeg
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1983

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

PeterC wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:34 pm
Dwayne Johnson has never been a reality TV star. Doesn’t pay enough.
I am totally on board. Rock 2020. Jesse Ventura did it, and he's not nearly as cool and good looking as the Rock.
by Queequeg
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1983

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

This comes to another point - The US has to become confident in our way of doing things again, because that is what motivates us to help other countries develop in our mold. US influence in Latin America is a mess and the US has historically not done right in the region. There is, however, plenty o...
by Queequeg
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1983

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

A little diversion...

How to solve political discord.

https://www.vox.com/2018/10/17/17952996 ... sm-oneness

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