By love what is bitter becomes sweet
bits of copper turn to gold.
By love the dregs are made clear
and pain begins to heal.
By love the dead come alive,
and a king becomes a slave.
This love, moreover, is the fruit of knowledge;
no fool will ever sit on the throne of love.
When did a lack of knowledge
ever give birth to this love?
No, Ignorance only falls in love
with what is lifeless.
It thinks it sees in something lifeless
the appearance of the one it desire,
as if it heard the beloved whistle.
A lack of knowledge cannot discern;
it mistakes a flash of lightning for sun.
Lightning is transient and faithless;
without clearness you will not know
the transient from the permanent.
Why is lightning said to laugh
It is laughing at whoever
sets his heart upon its light.
The light of the sky are feeble;
they are not like that light which is neither
of the East nor West.
Regard that lightning as something which
taketh away the sight,
and regard the eternal light as a Helper.
To ride your horse on the foam of the sea,
to read your letter by the flash of lightning
is to fail, because of desire,
to see the end result.
Is to laugh
at your own mind and intelligence.
intelligence, by its nature, sees the end;
it is your animal side that cannot see the end.
Intelligence overwhelmed by flesh
becomes flesh; Jupiter checkmated by Saturn
Yet turn your gaze towards this bad luck,
and see the One that brought it to you.
Whoever witnesses this ebb and flow
penetrates from bad luck to good.
God continually turns you
from one state of feeling to another,
revealing truth by means of opposites….
so that you may have
the two wings of fear and hope;
for the bird with one wing is unable to fly….
this bodily world is deceptive,
except for the one who has escaped desire
The same RIAA that makes examples out of ordinary folks by suing them for millions of dollars for file sharing? Turns out someone there’s been pirating full seasons of Dexter. Nine million dollars worth. Whoops!
That number—$150,000 for each of the 60 episodes illegally downloaded on the RIAA HQ ISP (OK?)—comes compliments of YouHaveDownloaded which logged the BitTorrent activity of some 50 million users and revealed that not only are the major movie studios pirating their own movies, but the RIAA is downloading pirated TV shows. Lots of ‘em.
Again, this is the same RIAA that has been shaking down a Minnesota mother of four for $1.5 million over 24 songs she shared on Kazaa. And it turns out, they’re being generous in that case! Since the statutory damages cited by its own guidelines are much higher:
… copyright holders can sue you for up to $150,000 in statutory damages for each of their copyrighted works that you illegally copy or distribute.
So let’s see, $150k per episode times 60 episodes comes out to roughly… $9,000,000, checks payable to CBS.
Look, the RIAA’s method of “enforcing” copyright law by suing people to oblivion is unfair. But to layer hypocrisy on top of that unfairness is just gross. How about you get your own house in order before you target your next Minnesota mom? [TorrentFreak]
Not a spiritual hell. Not an afterlife. A literal hell, here and now.
Human beings are resilient creatures. We have overcome every challenge. We have learnt to shape and control the environment to suite ourselves, but we can not continue down this path. We can not continue to…
The Congress is ending the year much as it began — playing politics with our nation’s future and putting American families at risk to score partisan points.
In the closing act to a shameful year of paralysis and indecision on the issues that matter most, House Republicans held common-sense tax relief for American families hostage to a holiday gift to Big Oil.
After the GOP-led House welded the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline rider onto the tax-relief bill, the Democratic-led Senate went along for the ride, passing a bad piece of legislation rather than being accused of blocking a needed tax cut.
When the United State Congress intentionally ties these two things together, though, it’s not a joke: it’s a national disgrace.
Let’s be clear about the purpose of this move. It’s a naked political stunt designed to hurt the president in an election year. Excuse the sarcasm, but you can see the connection here: tax relief worth about $1,000 a year for the typical working family, and a misguided plan to goose the fortunes of an industry that has already hauled in profits topping $100 billion this year.
With needed tax relief for working families set to expire at year’s end, Congress should be sending President Obama a clean bill that asks a simple question: should we extend middle class tax relief and unemployment benefits at a time when our workers are struggling with hard times? For anyone who cares about fairness and families, that’s an easy one.
Instead, House Republicans tacked onto that bill a contentious and unrelated question: should we allow Big Oil to build the Keystone XL pipeline, to take the dirtiest oil on the planet from the tar sands of Canada, through the heartland of America, to refineries and ports on the Gulf of Mexico?
Tar sands crude is not only the dirtiest oil on the planet, but it is produced through some of the most destructive industrial processes ever devised.
In requiring the administration to make up its mind within 60 days, this bill ensures that the State Department will not have been able to establish that the pipeline is in the national interest. It would require a decision that pre-approves the safety of an unknown, mystery route, through Nebraska meant to avoid the precious Ogallala Acquifer. There will be no choice but to deny the pipeline permit.
Further, Keystone XL would cross more than 1,500 waterways, threatening them with the kind of accident that dumped 42,000 gallons of oil in the Yellowstone River last summer and put 20 times that much tar sands in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River in 2010, in a spill that hasn’t been cleaned up yet.
For Congressional Republicans, though, that doesn’t really matter.
What they care about is trying to somehow embarrass the president, to force his hand with an arbitrary deadline and cause a rush to judgment on a matter of serious national concern.
The misinformation spouting from GOP Congressional leadership on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is stunning. Just this morning on NBC’s Meet the Press, Speaker Boehner lied repeatedly about every aspect of this project. And it sat there, as truth.
Never mind that the majority of the contracts for the processed oil are already cut and most of it will likely be exported to foreign countries. Speaker Boehner sat there and said it’s a matter of national security. It’s not. It’s a matter of a big payday for his friends in the oil and gas industry.
Never mind that every independent study on how many American jobs will actually be created says, at most, 6,500 temporary construction jobs, very few of which would be local hires, according to the State Department. And never mind that Cornell University concludes it would kill more than it would create, by reducing investment in the clean energy economy. Speaker Boehner can pop off with more misinformation saying hundreds of thousands of jobs will be created. And it sits there, as truth.
Here’s the simple truth, they’re all willing to put our people and resources at growing risk to help boost oil company profits.
Kazakhstan’s president on Saturday imposed a three-week state of emergency in an oil town where 10 people were killed in a clash between police and demonstrators. The city of Zhanaozen has had their internet and local cellphone towers disabled. They claim that they have gained control of the people by imposing a curfew. According to the associated press, internet users are unable to open several independent news sites from Zhanaozen since the disturbance began.
The blame on all these disturbances seems to be aimed at a bunch of oil workers who had participated in a month long sit down strike, asking for higher wages. Since then, Kazakhstan has labeled them extremists and fired many of them. As of today Kazakhstan celebrates it’s 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence, and protests are seen as a major problem.
As of now, hactivist group telecomix has stepped in to help restore the internet to the town of Zhanaozen. Internet censorship is not an acceptable way to control people. Similar to how they helped egypt, dial up internet servers are being set up so that people in Kazakhstan will be able to communicate on dial up soon.
“Globalization – the handmaiden of Cheap at All Costs – is celebrated as a solution, when it is the problem. And even astute economists seem unable to realize that when another country’s comparative advantage is based on environmental crimes, low pay, and inhuman conditions, then comparative advantage doesn’t operate the way it’s presented in textbooks and abstract econometric models.”—