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    In a way I really like that picture

    It makes me look pretty evil.

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    What I'm saying

    is that the a comes before the e in my name.

    There is nothing controversial or in dispute about that statement.

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    I stand with the egg as well

    I think that is why I like this speech so much.

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    Hey Nystrom, that was good.

    Got any more where that came from?

    I've got one thing to add, though. I'd say there are two valid forms of prayer.

    Gratitude is definitely one of them. The other one is Love.

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    Thank you AnCap. Listening now.

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    Fake gold


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    I agree with you completely

    I think I spend too much time on the internet, monitoring useless things.

    Smartphones are new, recent inventions. I remember life before them, and I can't say that having 24/7 constant access to the internet and email in that little device is a good thing. As much as it gives us, it has taken something away.

    Yes this place has its meaning but eventually we need to grow into relationships that cause us to physically be there for one another. Helping our neighbors, waving, being part of the solution not the problem. I fear many could not tell you 3 of their neighbors names and that is the reality of why we get pushed around because we are week 1 on 1 but 100000 on 1 we are strong.

    I agree completely. I can tell you 3 neighbors names, but that is about it. Television keeps us atomized. I go for walks in the evenings and see the blue zombie glow coming from nearly every house. Ride the subway and everyone's got their nose buried in their device, playing bejeweled, or poker, completely not present.

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    Thank you. Especially for your last paragraph.

    And then there are those of us like Murakami, who can see it all from another perspective, and tell those of us banging our shells against the wall that, while it's okay to do so, don't break our shells doing so because we feel guilty about not banging hard enough. Because that wall is one helluva wall.

    He also points out that we built the System. If we built it, we can dismantle it, brick by brick, moment by moment, with each of our actions.

    Your post reminded me of Pink Floyd: Mother should I build the wall?


    - - -

    Yeah, the way I see it, it doesn't really matter who invited him. The thing is he was presented with an opportunity to say what he did, right to their faces! Standing right next to them! Not only that, but his words live on, on the internet, so anyone can access them.

    I just learned of this a few days ago; you just yesterday. The words have impact. His actions have impact that ring on throughout space and time.

    Not to mention that I love the way he ended his talk. Blunt and direct:

    That is all I have to say to you.

    But also with politeness, and gratitude.

    I am grateful to have been awarded the Jerusalem Prize. I am grateful that my books are being read by people in many parts of the world.

    And the kicker is his final line:

    And I am glad to have had the opportunity to speak to you here today.

    The opportunity. Not everyone gets such an opportunity, and he chose to make the best of it.

    Thank you wacko bird.

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    I think you're both right

    You stop moving here, but you still exist somewhere else. Your energy does. Energy is never destroyed, it just changes forms. Its all been here since the big Shebang. What was that, 5 billion years ago? The energy has been around, and been through everything - the ocean, the wind, the rain, the trees, the grass, the animals, the people that have come before us.

    So eventually, one day, you might disappear from the Daily Paul. You might move on in life. Have a kid, get a new job, get too busy, change your routine in some way and stop hanging around here.

    "TelFiRE has stopped moving!" they would say. He's dead!

    And that would probably be true, since your name in real life probably isn't TelFiRE.

    But you'd still be around. You'd have died in this realm, but you'd still be around with your homeys in the hood.

    That's what its like. So who's right?


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    I am so sorry to hear that, Pawnstorm

    I have been avoiding the comments in thread. I read it when it first came out, but the timing was such that it came up shortly before Samantha was flying again. Just before that, we were messing around down at the Market. I put a couple of quarters into that old robot fortune teller lady down in the glass case. You know the one that I'm talking about, down on the second level at the Pike Place Market, across from the coin shop, right in front of the magic shop.

    And the fortune was kind of bad. She doesn't just blow sunshine up your ass - that is why I trust her. She'll mete out bad news, too. This was said that a relative was going to die and leave me a fortune, and what I thought of was a plane crash and the life insurance that airlines pay when people die in crashes.

    You can really psych yourself out. One can. I just felt a bunch of bad omens, but I'll feel better when she's by my side.

    But! Even if she's by my side, the future remains unpredictable, as your story shows.

    You have to be strong to make it through something like that. God loves you very much to present you with a test like that. You are one of the special ones. I know another such special one.

    Time is the great healer and the great conqueror. Thank you for the song pawnstorm.


    My love to you pawnstorm. Thank you for being you, and thank you for being at the Daily Paul.

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    It depends on what you like

    He has different styles for different books. Kafka on the Shore was one of the books I never read, but my favorites - and all of these are pretty surreal and metaphysical - are:

    Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World


    The Windup Bird Chronicle


    1Q84, which is huge, and I made it through about 3/4 of the book while I was traveling once, but when I got home I stopped reading it. The mood was gone - I got too busy. It was deep.

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    You're in my heart


    I have never been dealt that particular card in my 46 trips around the sun. I've had people die - both of my parents - but it was not sudden like that. I can only imagine what it is like.

    It does give you a special window, a special perspective on this world, and sharing it with us gives that to us as well. Life is precious. It is so fragile. Life is but a vapor, and we are all here only by the grace of God.

    My heart goes out to you and yours Séamusín.

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    Yes, good point

    I didn't see anything about him going to Palestine, but then again, I don't think he was invited. They just told him not to go to Israel.

    I'm sure the contrast between the Western Wall and the Border Wall is stark...

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    Good. Thank you.

    Yes, that was excellent.

    'The root of all of our problems is that we've lost our connection to spirit.'

    Agreed there. Materialism has been elevated to a new religion. Under materialism, if you can't see it, it doesn't exist, and if you claim it does, you're a crazy woo-woo, hippy dippy, Earth Day tree hugger.

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    More on Ms. Warren

    In her book released this year, Sen. Elizabeth Warren recounted a dinner she had with President Obama’s chief economic adviser, Larry Summers, in April 2009, when Warren was the outspoken chairman of a congressionally appointed panel probing the government’s response to the financial crisis.

    Larry leaned back in his chair and offered me some advice. ... He teed it up this way: I had a choice. I could be an insider or I could be an outsider. Outsiders can say whatever they want. But people on the inside don’t listen to them. Insiders, however, get lots of access and a chance to push their ideas. People — powerful people — listen to what they have to say. But insiders also understand one unbreakable rule. They don’t criticize other insiders.

    I had been warned.

    Warren ignored the warning.


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    They turn the violence inward, instead of outward.

    You just helped me realize that.

    There is the possibility I could have been born in Japan. I'm thankful I wasn't.

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    Yeah, drinking is fun

    That's probably the main argument against quitting, lol.

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    Good luck

    The desire will eventually subside.

    Nicotine gum helped me in the first few weeks. You just have to be careful not to let that become the new addiction. Eventually I weaned myself to just chewing regular gum, then got rid of the gum itself.

    The act of smoking is a powerful physical addiction, especially the smoke break. I started taking short walks - around the block - instead of smoking.

    Nicotine is a stimulant, so it doesn't really relax you. It is the act of taking that big breath (of smoke!) that does the relaxing. So remember to breathe!

    The best thing that will help you is motivation. Money is a good motivator. The first time I quit was because I knew I wanted to get married some day, and I didn't want to marry a smoker! And I knew I wouldn't be able to attract the woman I would want if I was smoking myself.

    Be clear on your motivations and intentions, and you will find a way.

    Best of luck, and keep us posted!

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    Thank you stillwater

    I'm going to start making it again soon. It seems to grow better in summer time.

    I'll have to get a new scoobi. Last time I got it here: http://kombucha.org

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    Thank you sir

    Is 'do no harm' a precept of liberty? I never realized that.

    I have recently been studying Buddhism, and looking further into the term Ahimsa, which roughly translated, means the same thing:

    Ahimsa (Sanskrit: अहिंसा; IAST: ahiṃsā, Pāli:[1] avihiṃsā) is a term meaning 'not to injure'. The word is derived from the Sanskrit root hiṃs – to strike; hiṃsā is injury or harm, a-hiṃsā is the opposite of this, i.e. cause no injury, do no harm.[2][3] Ahimsa is also referred to as nonviolence, and it applies to all living beings - including all animals - according to many Indian religions.[4]

    Ahimsa is one of the cardinal virtues[5] and an important tenet of major Indian religions (Jainism, Hinduism, and Buddhism). Ahimsa is a multidimensional concept,[6] inspired by the premise that all living beings have the spark of the divine spiritual energy; therefore, to hurt another being is to hurt oneself. Ahimsa has also been related to the notion that any violence has karmic consequences. While ancient scholars of Hinduism pioneered and over time perfected the principles of Ahimsa, the concept reached an extraordinary status in the ethical philosophy of Jainism.[5][7] Most popularly, Mahatma Gandhi strongly believed in the principle of ahimsa.[8]

    Ahimsa's precept of 'cause no injury' includes one's deeds, words, and thoughts.[9][10] Classical literature of Hinduism such as Mahabharata and Ramayana, as well as modern scholars[11] debate principles of Ahimsa when one is faced with war and situations requiring self-defense. The historic literature from India and modern discussions have contributed to theories of Just War, and theories of appropriate self-defense.[12]

    Thank you, and thank you for being here.

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