Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Weasel learns to fly a woodpecker (BBC)

Wisdom Quarterly; BBC.com (Earth Capture)

Can you top this photo of a weasel riding a woodpecker?
Kinnara: What's that bird doin?
An amazing photo of a battle between predator and prey has gone viral. We think one of you must have an even better shot!

This photo of a weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker has gone viral after it was posted on social media. It has been picked up by media outlets worldwide. Speaking to BBC News the photographer Martin Le-May said he was "taken aback" by how many people were sharing the photo.
 
Birds ride mammals, not the other way around.
The weasel was not using the woodpecker for transport, but was actually after a [vicious] meal. BBC Earth now has a challenge for you: Can you top this photo?

Today we are launching BBC Earth Capture, a series of video and photo challenges. Each will have a separate theme, for you to interpret how you wish. In honor of the weasel and the woodpecker, our inaugural challenge is called "Extraordinary."

If you've captured something extraordinary in nature share it with us, and we'll share it with the world. Find out how to take part by clicking this link: Take the BBC Earth Capture challenge. Or, if you'd prefer, tweet us with your pictures.

A weasel rides the back of a woody pecker like a wood-frame Cessna (Martin Le-May/BBC)

So how did this picture happen?
Bird people (garudas) were on Earth.
It was an unusual sight to encounter on a stroll on a dull day in March. A strangled, distressed squawking and a flash of green grabbed the attention of Martin Le-May and his wife Ann as they walked around Hornchurch Country Park, Greater London in the UK.
 
Hiding behind a tree with binoculars to get a better view, the pair was stunned to witness a ferocious tussle between a green woodpecker and a weasel. And then something amazing happened: the woodpecker took flight with the weasel clinging onto its back. More

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Alan Watts new 2-hour radio special (audio)

Wisdom Quarterly; Alan Watts, LA Buddhist Radio with Roy of Hollywood Tuckman (KPFK)
Alan Watts lived the psychedelic sixties in the San Francisco Bay Area (ianmack.com)
Alan Watts Special, 8:00-10:00, Sunday, March 1, 2015 (archive.kpfk.org)
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Early days of Alan Watts
Alan Watts was one of the best and earliest Westerners to introduce Buddhism and Eastern Philosophy to the U.S. He came from England, was once an Anglican minister, and was very well versed on Hinduism, Taoism, and Christianity as well.

Though he focused on Zen, a Western favorite, he well understood the early Theravada Buddhist teachings and the later much larger Hindu-influenced Mahayana Buddhist teachings. When Watts came to the U.S. he moved to Northern California, where he became a radio broadcaster at Pacifica (KPFA.org) in Berkeley. But his recordings are now only heard on Pacifica (KPFK.org) in Los Angeles. That he is heard anywhere is largely due to SoCal fans and the persistent efforts of veteran radio man Roy of Hollywood Tuckman.

Suffering, Craving, Nirvana
Buddhist Radio exists in Los Angeles thanks to Roy of Hollywood's show "Something's Happening," which airs from midnight to 5:00 am and Sunday mornings at 8:00 am. (Listen free at archive.kpfk.org for up to 90 days from the broadcast).

"Buddhist Radio" on KPFK, Pacifica Radio, Los Angeles (90.7 FM, kpfk.org)

My guru's a comedian (video)

Wisdom Quarterly; comedian/teacher Kyle Cease, Christine Blosdale (KPFK.org)
On March 2 at 3:00 pm on a Christine Blosdale Special, Kyle explained working on a movie with the Dalai Lama (see Min. 17) among many opportunities that now flow his way. More
You are what you love not what loves you. When we were kids, we would just be creative.
 
My guru's a comedian. Unfortunately, he's a salesman, too. But Das Kapital, that's capitalism for you. His message is funny and true and we've covered it before. Kyle Cease is helping our favorite station, Pacifica Free Speech Radio (see below), during its extended L.A. fund drive for KPFK.org. By the way, what's Eckhart Tolle up to? He was good, and other people did his selling for him.

Kyle Cease on the Christine Blosdale Special, 3:00 pm, Monday, March 2, 2015 (KPFK)
  • Evolving Out Loud. Live. 
  • March 21-22, 2015, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • 305 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291
Tickets on sale now [through KPFK FM]! Only 150 Seats! [See, Kyle, this is where it's misleading because there is no limit to the number of seats when more shows can and are already being added.] Don’t Miss Out! 
 
Kyle Cease is having another “Evolving Out Loud” event, March 21 and 22. Evolving Out Loud is a powerful event designed to help move you out of your old conditioned patterns of fear and strategy and into your natural flow state of creativity and unlimited possibilities.


At this event you will discover many things about yourself that were always right in front of you. This is not motivation. This is not inspiration. This event:
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    is a fun flow in the now. [This means I don't prepare and just wing it, which makes for a better show when it works.] This is a full on identification of lies that have been guiding you.
  • is an immersion into your creative self.
  • is the releasing of everything you are not, in order to make room for everything you are supposed to become.
  • is a leaping into higher awareness of your true self. [Which self is that?]
  • explores the profitability of playing.
  • is a release from anxieties/panic attacks and other stresses.
  • can help you to enter a higher level of possibilities.
  • will help you to see that everything you see, think, know, understand, feel, etc. matters…and that you could potentially be sitting on original possibilities, points of view, which you could be writing books, recording podcasts, filming videos about and expanding yourself, career, voice, income, etc.
Hey, at least he's funny. Sometimes that's all the spirituality and in-the-momentness you get.

Numerous people have already experienced a deeper connection to themselves, the release of fears, weight loss, a connection to the moment, the ending of stage fright, developed new purpose driven companies, a discovery of inner abilities that were being over looked, new adventures, letting go of addictions, higher income, freedom, etc.
 
It is very hard to write out the unlimited benefits of this event. So I am just gonna say it. JUST GO. If you don’t love it we will happily refund your money. There is no loss to you.
 
CDs and DVDsJoin [me] on a journey into yourself. Join Kyle and learn with tangible proof that YOU HAVE THE ANSWERS. Not your parents. Not your spouse. Not your clients. Not Kyle. YOU.
 
Watch the trailer (video above) and take a leap of faith in yourself. Investing in yourself [Kyle, you mean giving you my money?] is the greatest investment you will ever make. 
 
“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” ― Jim Rohn 

Join Kyle on March 21-22 in LA and you too will evolve out loud.
 
Kyle Cease continues evolving out loud on stage. Blending a combination of comedy and transformation, he will deliver an entertaining and life-changing weekend seminar that will leave you in a playful state of flow and sure about your abilities to create the life you always wanted using nothing more than YOU. You will be right there with Kyle, evolving with him, on stage and off. More

Evolving Out Loud

 
What is Pacifica Free Speech Radio?

"Netanyahu does NOT speak for me"! (World)

Sheldon S., Ashley Wells. CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly; Aaron Schachter (PRI's The World)
Demonstrator holds sign during rally near Israeli Consulate in NY to protest Israeli PM Netanyahu's speech in front of U.S. Congress (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters/pri.org).











 
Mitt, you tell that Obama... - I'll tell him, Bibi!
"If you put five Jews in a room," the old joke goes, "you get six opinions." So it's no shock that Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress has strongly divided opinions among Jews living in the United States.
 
"There is a division," says Alan Lowenthal, a Democratic congressman from California. "I think that it's unfortunate that all of us who were one time on the same page were forced to make choices."
 
U.S./Israel has bases all around Iran.
More than 50 Democratic members of Congress, including six Jews, skipped Netanyahu's speech on Tuesday. Lowenthal says he wrestled with the decision and decided to attend, but he's angry that the speech has pitted Democrat against Republican, Jew against Jew. 
 
"The support for Israel, historically, has been a bipartisan effort," he says. "I think that two weeks before the Israeli elections...it's an inappropriate time to both influence the United States Congress, and for the United States Congress to be involved in an election in Israel. I think that's totally inappropriate."
 
US: build nuclear, burn oil
Many liberal American Jews agree with Lowenthal. "We published an ad in the New York Times that was signed by 2650 people. It says, 'No, Mr. Netanyahu, you do not represent American Jews,'" says Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun Magazine, a progressive Jewish quarterly.
 
Lerner is not a fan of Netanyahu in the best of times, and hasn't been for decades. But he says his criticism has mostly been about Netanyahu's policies, not his behavior. This time, though, he says Netanyahu has gone too far. More

News from The World 
(PRI.org with backing from BBC.com)
Russian Jew Boris Nemtsov funeral
Latin American baseball greats-to-be.

Monday, March 2, 2015

POLICE STATE: Russia, Israel, USA (video)

(GoViral, March 1, 2015) Dramatic video captures LAPD gang beating and murder of citizen.

Woman lays flowers where Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of Vlad Putin, was assassinated on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 near the Kremlin. Sunday, March 1, 2015 saw large demonstrations as mourners converged on Moscow for the veteran liberal. They carried flowers, portraits, and white signs that read, “I'm not afraid” (AP).
 
Let's look at three police states: Russia, Israel, and...wait, there was one more. But the mainstream media, like the smiley face spin doctors at the massive Associated Press (ap.org) manipulate, massage, and distort the news so well it serves as propaganda. Readers don't know they're living under oppressive regimes. Until the guns come out, until the pat downs at the airport get carried away, until the courts become involved, until it's nearly too late to do anything about it.

The story should read something like this before the magic fairy dust of AP editors is applied and police are cast as the helpless responders rather than the agents that cause this and similar situations then use an excuse like "He touched my gun, so we had to fill him full of lead, because I gotta get home tonight":

Angel and angel, hooray for our side!
Three (or more) LAPD officers conspired to beat, abuse (torture by stun gun and batons), and murder a homeless and helpless citizen in LA's impoverished and freezing cold Skid Row.

First they harass, accuse of some neighborhood crime as their pretext for the search of his person and seizure of his property and abuse of his body and civil rights. As the LAPD gang jump him, they are not satisfied with his level of surrender as three fully armed and deadly trained paramilitary soldiers take on a weak and tired street urchin. Back is present and more is on the way, but never mind that, he "resisted" our beating and flinched when electrocuted repeatedly by our shock pistol (euphemism: stun gun) and its disorienting and traumatic jolts.

(Democracy Now) DN welcomes Prof. Noam Chomsky to discuss Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's lecture to Congress by invitation of the Republicans. LAPD kill man after gang beating and electrocuting him.

Three Los Angeles police officers shot and killed [should read "shot to kill" because they do not give any kind of warning or wounding shots but intend to murder when they discharge their firearms just as they have practiced to kill so many times before on the firing range] a man on the city's Skid Row as they wrestled with him on the ground, a confrontation captured on video that millions viewed online.

(The Clouds) There were many more murderers and co-conspirators on the scene doing the gang beating, electrocuting, torturing, intimidating, and depriving the citizen of his civil liberties as extended video reveals. The surprising thing is not that this happened but that this is business-as-usual. "Rogue cops!" Not "rogue cops." This is how they're trained and what they tell and encourage each other to do, and their chain of command gives them the go ahead and free passes again and again.
 
Christian cathedral, Kremlin (AP)
Authorities say the man was shot [notice that the man was shot, not that the police shot the man? Why? The agency is placed on the man, the cause of all this, and implicitly already sets up the police as victims, mere responders to the situation, never the agents, the causes, the abusers who take their abuse all the way to judge, jury, and executioners] after [allegedly] grabbing for an officer's gun.

[Now why would they leave the "allegedly" out when it does not serve the narrative the objective media is presenting before any investigation has gone on. The video does not show any such thing, but it does show their brutality, which they the LAPD escalate to murder. They chose to then proceeded to shoot a man to death, well knowing they will never be prosecuted for any criminal or human rights violation.]

Authorities say [authorities? oh, perpetrators who murdered the man then excused their murderous actions by using a well tested pretext to justify their fear for their life which then makes it okay and within policy to kill] the man was shot [again the man was shot, not the "authorities shot the man they say was"] grabbing for an officer's gun.

[And he was shot only after allegedly grabbing in the direction of a pistol when he was being jumped, electrocuted, beaten, punched, held down, intimidated, given multiple and conflicting and therefore impossible orders to follow. Until one lives as a discriminated against group in a society, one will never understand what it means to be unable to do what one is ordered because whether you try your best to do it or not, you lose.

Those not in such a position will necessarily say, "He should have just... like I would have done" and one immediately, without realizing it, sides and defends murderers who depend on this "benefit of the doubt" to continue tormenting and killing whomever they think needs it.]
People carry huge banner reading, "Those bullets [are] for everyone of us. Heroes never die!" as they march in memory of assassinated opposition leader Boris Nemtsov near the Kremlin, in Moscow, central Russia (AP).
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After the shooting [after the grabbing and after we killed him], police are seen drawing their batons and warning an angry crowd to step back. [Ah, this proves they should have killed him because of what other people, bystanders and eyewitnesses, did in reaction to their abuses and vulgar displays of naked brutality.] Several [not like they can be counted by replaying the video] shouted at the officers, accusing them of going too far.

[See, they (the crowd) are the agents, not the police; they are doing, and police are only responding to them. Police never do anything; they're the "victims" in all this, dontcha know? The trick the AP editors and all mainstream media outlets play is one of linguistics. Where is the emphasis placed? Where is the agency placed? Where are we being led? Whom are they defending? Again and again, they defend the power structure, right or wrong, good or bad, always defend and promote the power.]
  • Charlie Beck LAPD Chief Apologist (AP)
    Prior to any conclusions by any investigation, LAPD Chief Apologist Charlie Beck makes sure to taint the pool of witnesses and push forward a narrative blaming the victim and absolving the murderers. Why is he allowed to get away with this? He refuses to release the two body cam videos and audios unless he is forced to do so by a trial. But he feels free to give his opinion, show blow up pictures of nothing that he says he thinks could possibly show that his officers are completely justified in killing. Every uncomfortable question is treated the same way: We'll have to let the investigation take place before I am comfortable answering that.
The violence Sunday had echoes of the August police shooting [and murder] of 25-year-old Ezell Ford, whose death [his death, not their killing of him] in a struggle with Los Angeles officers brought demonstrations in the city. Ford was unarmed, but police said he was shot [he was shot not they shot him] only after [after, after, they are always on the back leg responding, never doing anything themselves, never deploying their killing tactics which they train for so much] [allegedly] reaching for an officer's gun.

[So the lesson here is I can kill you and have a right to kill you and not you or anyone can do anything about it IF 1) I'm an officer and 2) I say you were reaching for a gun, which at best could only mean you did something I interpreted or am now lying about to say that's what I thought because I know if I say that I won't get in trouble.]

In Sunday's incident [the crime belongs to the day of the week, not the officers who committed it], witnesses told the Los Angeles Times that the man is known on the street as "Africa" and that he had been there for four or five months amid the tents, sleeping bags, and trash of Skid Row, where many of the city's homeless stay.

My allegiance to military-industrial complex!
[Those witnesses and homeless sure are given agency, linguistically at least. They claim things and they, in a sense, choose to live amid the trash which means, you know, they're asking for it. And police are giving it to them all the way to the coroner's department. What about race? Many may miss the fact that the LAPD as an organization is institutionally racist, so its individual members behave in racist, biased, discriminatory ways even if they are nice and kind and open minded on their own. Moreover, AP readers will become more and more biased and racist as they read more and more spin on events such as this. The AP spins all stories not just in favor of the LAPD but also the military-industrial complex in general.] More
Hey, AP, what can you tell us about Russian Dictator/Oligarch Putin and U.S.-trained War Criminal/Israeli Dictator Netanyahu?

Assassination in Russia may mean end of world
Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister, and current opposition leader addresses demonstrators during a massive rally to oppose president Vladimir Putin's policies in Ukraine, in Moscow, Russia (AP).

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Hitler bad, Putin
Last night on Coast to Coast Christian predictions were aired on how the state-sponsored assassination of Russian Jew Boris Nemtsov will lead to Putin invading Ukraine and NATO (along with us the U.S.) being drawn in to what becomes a massive world war. Messianic savior returns. We all die. Christianity wins. God starts doling out the eternal punishments. Help, AP, help! Help us hate Russia and Vlad Putin and love Israel and Bibi Netanyahu. Help us cheerlead pre-emptive, imperial war on Iran, Palestine, and the rest of the geopolitical Middle East! *Sarcasm*

Thousands converged Sunday in Moscow to mourn assassinated veteran liberal politician Boris Nemtsov, whose killing on the streets of the capital has shaken Russia’s opposition. They carried flowers, portraits, and white signs that read, “I am not afraid” (AP).
What's in it for Israel?
Sheldon S., Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly
People are so disgusted with Bibi Netanyahu, and not only in Los Angeles this time. In Tel Aviv, Washington, D.C., across the country. A bombastic prime minister on his last days in office -- but we predict he will manipulate Israeli politics to keep going on indefinitely in office even if he loses the next election if the opposition fails to form an alliance party and it defaults back to him -- comes to lecture and preach to tell the USA what it better do. The USA better give Israel the 30 billion it promised this year which is used to buy more weapons to commit more war crimes against native Palestinians and neighboring Muslims and others.

Should the U.S. continue to fund terrorism?
The release of this money is illegal according to U.S. law because we know it is being used to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity. We are not allowed to arm or fund terrorist states or states engaged in terrorism. Israel is engaged in terrorism, illegal settlements, human rights abuses, torture, illegal displacement, and is planning far worse. Not only will it keep corralling Palestinians and exterminating them or driving them out like the early U.S. did Native Americans, it would love to do something much more hawkish.

If only I had made you president, Mitt! - Yeah
Prime Minister Netanyahu, his conservative party in Israel, and his allies in the U.S. Republican party with plenty of Democratic backers want to attack Iran. The U.S. is engaged in a negotiation instead, and this is what has Netanyahu so riled up. No, let's attack them instead! he is demanding. Let's do everything we can to be against them. Of course, the U.S. isn't doing Iran any favors. It's a trick for Iran, but Netanyahu wants blood and violence and "Hate They Neighbor" is his motto. Why make deals when Israel can just deploy a nuclear weapon, one of its own or one borrowed from the U.S., and really stick it to Iran?

Friday, February 27, 2015

New sport: soaring with birds over Nepal!

Wisdom Quarterly; Siddharth Gupta, Travel/BBC.com

A new sport is born!
On a Himalayan mountainside, more than a dozen paragliding pilots were preparing to take off and ride the thermals over Nepal.

But I didn’t come here to see traditional paragliding. I came to witness parahawking -- that is, paragliding alongside trained birds of prey.

The unlikely sport was founded in 2001 by Scott Mason (pictured), a British paraglider and bird lover who wound up caring for an injured black vulture during a visit to Nepal.

In doing so, Mason learned that Asia’s vulture population was plummeting. An anti-inflammatory drug called Diclofenac that was being administered to sick livestock was also killing the vultures feeding on the animals’ carcasses. To raise awareness of the creatures’ plight, Mason founded, which offers people the chance to paraglide with the threatened birds. More

Michelle Zeidman fed Kevin -- a practice the bird had learned from Mason so that his passengers could see the raptors fly up close. Zeidman wore a pouch with buffalo meat and pulled out one piece at a time, keeping it hidden between her gloved thumb and forefinger. Mason blew a whistle, she extended her arm, and incredibly, the bird swooped in... (BBC)