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by Rick
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TRUCK FUMP
Replies: 104
Views: 1821

Re: TRUCK FUMP

Yes it even reached my little Twilight Zone village in Western New York State.
by Rick
Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TRUCK FUMP
Replies: 104
Views: 1821

Re: TRUCK FUMP

The first thing for me s that neither Clinton, nor Obama, nor Trump, nor Bush, etc. plays for the same "team" that most of us do ... Let's say I play for Team Universal Fair and Compassionate Treatment of *ALL* Human Beings. Now compare Hillary, Barack, Donald, and GW. While none of them might be a...
by Rick
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TRUCK FUMP
Replies: 104
Views: 1821

Re: TRUCK FUMP

How much do you blame Clinton for Clinton's loss? What percentage of blame? Do you think that the present day Democratic party deserves more support than it gets, or is it partially responsible for it's failing fortunes with the electorate? I think Clinton is a flawed person/politician and ran (or ...
by Rick
Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TRUCK FUMP
Replies: 104
Views: 1821

Re: TRUCK FUMP

Comey swung our election imo with his breathtakingly idiotic* release of damning(-sounding) anti-Clinton info just a few days before the election. He tried to do penance with his nasty book and recent public anti-Trump interviews, but I think The Apocalypso is largely on him. Stupid stupid mistake, ...
by Rick
Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TRUCK FUMP
Replies: 104
Views: 1821

Re: TRUCK FUMP

his actual policy changes Recently Noam Chomsky said that iho the Republicans/Trump is the most dangerous organization of all earthly history* in that its attitudes/policies promote two things that could lay waste to large chunks of the planet: environment-trashing and nuclear war. I get a strong w...
by Rick
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TRUCK FUMP
Replies: 104
Views: 1821

Re: TRUCK FUMP

I was raised in the other York, New York, which is infused with Jewish humor ... and can get very dark indeed.
by Rick
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TRUCK FUMP
Replies: 104
Views: 1821

Re: TRUCK FUMP

I can't recall if it is accurate to call it 'cognitive dissonance' but we are capable of laughing about a person or event whilst also being able to feel revulsion, horror and even fear. Yes! I grew up in a culture where nihilistic/gallows humor was the norm, so it became (and remains) a big part of...
by Rick
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TRUCK FUMP
Replies: 104
Views: 1821

Re: TRUCK FUMP

I have a solution to Anti-Trumpisto despair: View the movie of Trumperica not as a disaster movie, or tragedy ... but as a black comedy, a reality-tv-ized version of Idiocracy. I mean it's fun to be the bad guy for a change, right? They always get the sexy roles: https://odysseyonline-img.rbl.ms/sim...
by Rick
Sun Jun 10, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TRUCK FUMP
Replies: 104
Views: 1821

Re: TRUCK FUMP

PSM wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:27 pm
If you want to understand the man, read The Art of the Deal.
Can I take a long disinfectant shower afterwards?
by Rick
Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TRUCK FUMP
Replies: 104
Views: 1821

Re: TRUCK FUMP

I dunno ... it seems to me that if you find yourself in a hateful froth towards Trump it means he's winning. His goal is to keep pretty much everyone around him (with the exception, maybe, of his family) in a state of livid chaos. That's how he makes his deals. If he were a boxer, he'd come at his o...
by Rick
Wed May 30, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Mind out of control
Replies: 3
Views: 272

Re: Mind out of control

You know me, I'm an eclectic, so I frame things in a non-100% Buddhist way: You don't work on IT (truth, realization, enlightenment, awareness, whatever) ... IT works on you. So the strategy is to get out of the way and let it do its work. This means having an open and receptive and relatively quiet...
by Rick
Tue May 29, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 45
Views: 1356

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

Another way to look at it: Life (living organisms) is the primary entity, non-living matter/energy serves to complexify, strengthen, and spread life. it makes sense, from my perspective... but it does feel like new territory.... Yes, very different from the Buddhist view. It arose from talks I had ...
by Rick
Tue May 29, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Review - 'Buddhism without Nirvāṇa or Nirvāṇa without Buddhism'?
Replies: 2
Views: 383

Re: Review - 'Buddhism without Nirvāṇa or Nirvāṇa without Buddhism'?

Too bad DGA isn't still around ... he would have gotten a kick out of these!
by Rick
Wed May 23, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump's Movement to Unilateralism
Replies: 73
Views: 1932

Re: Trump's Movement to Unilateralism

"I know this steak doesn't exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realize? Ignorance is bliss." Cypher
by Rick
Wed May 23, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump's Movement to Unilateralism
Replies: 73
Views: 1932

Re: Trump's Movement to Unilateralism

It's also ultimately fiction, like every other theory about ... well, pretty much everything.

But, yes, I agree: It's a nice fairy tale, after great adversity comes great reward. "When you wish u-pon a star ... "
by Rick
Wed May 23, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump's Movement to Unilateralism
Replies: 73
Views: 1932

Re: Trump's Movement to Unilateralism

The Fourth Turning is a Crisis. Old Artists die, Prophets enter elderhood, Nomads enter midlife, Heroes enter young adulthood—and a new generation of child Artists is born. This is an era in which America’s institutional life is torn down and rebuilt from the ground up—always in response to a perce...
by Rick
Wed May 23, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 45
Views: 1356

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

What would we do with all our energy if we didn't spend so much of it wondering about the nature of the universe?

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by Rick
Tue May 22, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Four Turnings, Howe and Strauss
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Re: The Four Turnings, Howe and Strauss

From the Howe and Strauss book, The Fourth Turning : Turnings come in cycles of four. Each (full, four-turning) cycle spans the length of a long human life, roughly eighty to one hundred years, a unit of time the ancients called the saeculum. Together, the four turnings of the saeculum comprise hist...
by Rick
Tue May 22, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 45
Views: 1356

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

Another way to look at it: Life (living organisms) is the primary entity, non-living matter/energy serves to complexify, strengthen, and spread life. I'm not endorsing or denouncing this view, just sharing it. (Mine is more: A "living" organism is a temporary sub-process within The Grand Process, ju...
by Rick
Tue May 22, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Four Turnings, Howe and Strauss
Replies: 2
Views: 155

The Four Turnings, Howe and Strauss

The state of The State got me thinking about The Fourth Turning by historians Howe and Strauss. (This is the book that drives Steve Bannon's view of the current global situation.) Is the four-turnings loop — high, awakening, unraveling, crisis ... high, awakening, unraveling, crisis ... — a kind of ...

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