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Our Greatest Enemy

No hate can hurt, no foe can harm, as hurts and harms a mind ill-disciplined.  -Buddha No nation in the history of the world spends more on defending itself than the United States.  According to the Defense Department, the U.S. will expend $687 billion in 2013 on the military, with an additional $54 billion for […]

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Is That A Gun Or Are You Just Glad To See Me?

German police fired a total of 85 bullets in 2011.  49 were warning shots.  With the rest, 15 people were wounded and 6 killed by police countrywide for the entire year.  As a contrast, in the U.S. in 2011, 84 shots were fired by police at a single murder suspect in Harlem.  90 rounds were […]

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Living In Oz

Two monks were arguing about a flag. One said, “The flag is moving.”   The other said, “The wind is moving.”  A sage happened to be passing by. He told them, “Not the wind, not the flag; mind is moving.”  – a Zen koan Freud said that society is a universal human fantasy.  The nations, […]

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If It Walks Like A Duck

In 2012, the United States will spend more than $1 trillion on the defense department and war.  We spend more on the military than we do anything else in the federal budget.  The 2012 allocation for education is $77.4 billion, or approximately 7% of what we splurge on defending ourselves.  Cancelling the space shuttle saved […]

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The Rampage of Sgt. Bales

“My rage, my fury would drive me now to hack your flesh away and eat you raw – such agonies you have caused me.”  -Achilles At the beginning of the Iliad, we find Achilles sulking in his tent.  Refusing to fight, because Agamemnon took his sexy, blonde war prize, Achilles doesn’t lift a finger even […]

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