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by Grigoris
Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 309
Views: 3569

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

PS I wonder what is happening in Afrin, don't see much of that on the news, do you?

And I don't see anybody sending Tomahawk missiles to take out the Israeli snipers killing unarmed Palestinian protectors on a daily basis. Weird that.
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 309
Views: 3569

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

In closing, and hopefully to pull the thread back on track: I actually don't doubt that Assad's forces used chemical weapons in Douma, what I doubt is the stated motivation of "the allies" for bombing Syria. This is what I severely doubt.
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 309
Views: 3569

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

All your "fact" digging does is try and poison the well further. Are any of the facts reported by the website I posted false? Is it false that Freedom House was instrumental in Dewey's creation of SUNY? Is it false that Bayard Rustin was chairmen of Freedom House? Is it false that Roy WIlkins was p...
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 309
Views: 3569

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

We have, as a world, agreed that guns are "legal" weapons of military violence. We have, as a world, agreed that chemical weapons are not legal weapons of military violence. It is solely for this reason this discussion is important. Which just goes to show how arbitrary legality is. Mind you, in th...
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 309
Views: 3569

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

This, Greg, is exactly the logical fallacy called "poisoning the well." Check your facts first. I guess you missed this fact from the first sentence of the "About Us" page of the organisation itself: Freedom House was established in 1941 in New York City. Its creation was a result of a merger of tw...
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 104
Views: 1372

Re: Collective karma

Showing it would mean that I experience exactly the way you experience, that my visual consciousness is identical to yours, etc. No, it does not mean that. For example: 1+1=2 REGARDLESS of your mental conditioning. Those do not explain how within anyone's experience there can be something independe...
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 309
Views: 3569

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Freedomhouse: when your government tells you that you are free. :rolling: You guys crack me up. Freedom House is independent, not part of the US govt. Questionnaire: How independent can an organisation set up by a President of the U$ be? A) Not independent at all. B) Really not independent at all. ...
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 309
Views: 3569

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Clinton was not brought down. He served the maximum term a president can serve— 8 years. Yup. After being impeached and then having the decision overturned by the Senate. Bush II was elected because Gore was an incompetent candidate, and was unable win a clear margin in the polls. Seems the Democra...
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 309
Views: 3569

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Malcolm wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:02 pm
This obviously has not happened.
Bush: just happened to be the longest running director of the CIA and then by chance got his son elected after bringing down Clinton because he had extra-marital sex. No deep state here people, just move along.
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 309
Views: 3569

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Freedomhouse: when your government tells you that you are free. :rolling:

You guys crack me up.
by Grigoris
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 104
Views: 1372

Re: Collective karma

of course there are shared sense fields, even if we experience them individually. As Malcolm said, what I meant was that things are experienced individually. What you see as light is not what I see as light. What you think as light is not what I think as light. Furthermore, you cannot even show me ...
by Grigoris
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 104
Views: 1372

Re: Collective karma

Furthermore, you cannot even show me what you see, what you think. Of course I can. The fact that there can be mutually understood communication is a testament to that. The fact that teaching and learning can occur is a testament to that. The fact that socialisation occurs is a testament to that. A...
by Grigoris
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 104
Views: 1372

Re: Collective karma

We are interacting in our own minds. We each have the concept of communicating with another person, but it all happens within the scope of separate minds. Experience is individual, as there are no shared sense-fields, and the interpretation applied to experience is also individual. Ridiculous. of c...
by Grigoris
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 104
Views: 1372

Re: Collective karma

We know that all appearances have the nature of illusion, but this does not mean that there are no appearances. Being illusion means it is conditioned by ignorance, it is distorted by mental habits, by karma. In other words, all beings experience what they project as the inner and outer world. That...
by Grigoris
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 104
Views: 1372

Re: Collective karma

Yes, ultimately. But at the relative level? That's what we are talking about when it comes to Nirmanakaya. It does explain the relative level being a product of the mind. In the case of ordinary beings, experiences are what a deluded mind imagines out of ignorance. The nirmanakaya that is seen by b...
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 104
Views: 1372

Re: Collective karma

"If one wishes to see the Buddha, then one sees him. If one sees him, then one asks questions. If one asks, then one is answered, he hears the sutras and rejoices greatly. He reflects thus: “Where did the Buddha come from? Where did I go to?” and thinks to himself: “The Buddha came from nowhere, an...
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 309
Views: 3569

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Snowbear wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:54 pm
Sure. Which points?
Right, this conversation is obviously over. Thanks for your time.
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 309
Views: 3569

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

...you were the one who brought up this discussion of conditioning vs reality in the first place (and, btw, placed yourself firmly in the latter camp while explaining it). :jumping: In any case, the earliest shot fired was in the 1st page or so when you told Malcolm he was drunk from a Tsog because...
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 104
Views: 1372

Re: Collective karma

Is it your doing that you were raped? No! So is it a coincidence because it isn't your doing? Good and bad experiences are the result of good and bad deeds. That is the basic concept of how action and result work (see: Cūḷakammavibhaṅgasutta ). Furthermore, the results are not produced by someone e...
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 309
Views: 3569

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Snowbear wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:30 pm
Grigoris wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:27 pm
How?

Because you're ignoring the contingency of your own final vocabulary.
And you guys are not? Check how you sorted out for me, between yourselves, exactly what I need to do in order to adopt the correct (your) view.

:shrug: