Friday, March 29, 2013

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Mike L.

We Need More Apologies!

I say we need more apologies. There is nothing like good old-fashioned self-abasement to feed the soul. And, of course, there is nothing in this world that people respect more than an apology for daring to defend yourself. I just hope that when Obama left Netanyahu's office that Netanyahu thanked him in the only manner appropriate... on his hands and knees.

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  1. Excellent article, Mike.

    Jewish Stockholm Syndrome / Oslo syndrome is lethal -- to the Jewish people, and to the whole world.

    The Psychology of Populations under Chronic Siege, by Kenneth Levin
    http://www.jcpa.org/phas/phas-046-levin.htm

    Explaining Jewish Political Behavior, by Barry Rubin
    http://rubinreports.blogspot.com/2010/08/explaining-jewish-political-behavior.html

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    The Rape of Palestine, by William B. Ziff, 1938
    http://www.amazon.com/Rape-Palestine-William-B-Ziff/dp/1578988802

    "Reprint of 1938 edition. The Rape of Palestine is a scathing indictment of the British administration in Palestine. It is well documented and makes full use of quotations from the writings of non-Jewish persons who served under that administration and themselves complained of the anti-Semitism shown by government officials. Among them was Douglas V. Duff, who complained that 'it did not pay for one's seniors to think that one had any undue sympathy for the returning Jews'. Even if only one-half of the evidence amassed by the author were true, he would have proved that nearly all the persons sent out to administer Palestine were anti-Semitic and determined to evade the Mandate and destroy the Jewish national home."

    Palestine, Land of Promise, by Walter Clay Lowdermilk, 1944
    http://www.amazon.com/Palestine-Land-Promise-Walter-Lowdermilk/dp/B0007ILEAA

    Lowdermilk Makes the Case, by Allis And Ronald Radosh
    http://www.jbooks.com/interviews/index/IP_Radosh.htm

    Israel’s Peculiar Position, by Eric Hoffer, 1968

    "The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people, and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey threw out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese and no one says a word about refugees. But in the case of Israel displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab.

    "Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis.

    "Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious, it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world.

    "Other nations — when they are defeated — survive and recover, but should Israel be defeated it would be destroyed. Had Nasser triumphed last June he would have wiped Israel off the map and no one would have lifted a finger to save the Jews. No commitment to the Jews by any government, including our own, is worth the paper it is written on.

    "There is a cry of outrage all over the world when people die in Vietnam or when two Negroes are executed in Rhodesia. But when Hitler slaughtered Jews no one remonstrated with him. The Swedes, who are ready to break off diplomatic relations with America because of what we did in Vietnam, did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews. They sent Hitler choice iron ore and ball bearings, and serviced his troop trains to Norway.

    "The Jews are alone in the world. If Israel survives it will be solely because of Jewish efforts. And Jewish resources. Yet at this moment Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally. We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us. And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer had the Arabs and their Russian backers won the war to realize how vital the survival of Israel is to America and the West in general.

    "I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish the holocaust will be upon us."

    Eric Hoffer was a non-Jewish American social philosopher and a former longshoreman. He was the author of ten books and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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    1. And I like a lot the song that you have on the sidebar right now: "Think for yourself", by The Beatles. I like the music a lot, and I appreciate the lyrics.

      And by the way, the lyrics to another Beatles song whose music I like a lot and whose lyrics I appreciate:

      Revolution

      You say you want a revolution
      Well, you know
      We all want to change the world
      You tell me that it's evolution
      Well, you know
      We all want to change the world
      But when you talk about destruction
      Don't you know that you can count me out
      Don't you know it's gonna be all right
      All right, all right

      You say you got a real solution
      Well, you know
      We'd all love to see the plan
      You ask me for a contribution
      Well, you know
      We're doing what we can
      But when you want money
      For people with minds that hate
      All I can tell is brother you have to wait
      Don't you know it's gonna be all right
      All right, all right

      You say you'll change the constitution
      Well, you know
      We all want to change your head
      You tell me it's the institution
      Well, you know
      You better free you mind instead
      But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao
      You ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow
      Don't you know it's gonna be all right
      All right, all right

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      "The liberal project began to fail when it began to lie."

      -- Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator, U.S. Ambassador, Democrat, sociologist

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      Daniel Patrick Moynihan - Zionism is not Racism
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_8VqP7QKPA

      Daniel Patrick Moynihan speaking in opposition to U.N. Resolution 3379 ("Zionism is Racism") in 1975.

      By the way, the United Nations, at that time, in 1975, was headed by an Austrian former Nazi -- Kurt Waldheim.

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      "The non-doing of any evil,
      the performance of what's skillful,
      the cleansing of one's own mind:
      this is the teaching
      of the Awakened."

      -- The Buddha

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      I think that it may have been not wholesome that I, in this comment, referred to pieces of music, and that I referred to my liking those pieces of music, and that I referred to a teaching of the Buddha in this comment that I referred to pieces of music and in which I referred to my liking those pieces of music. The reason that I think that it may have been not wholesome for me to do that is because I understand that feeling craving for experiencing sense-pleasure such as sense-pleasure that one may experience by listening to music is not beneficial, and rather, leads to suffering, and because I realize that promoting what may lead to the experiencing of sense-pleasure without mindfulness -- and which may thereby lead to craving for experiencing sense-pleasure -- is unwholesome. I apologize if what I have done is unwholesome. I am just a flawed ordinary human being.

      But I strive to not do any evil and to perform what's skillful -- what's beneficial -- and to cleanse my own mind. It's difficult for me to not do any evil and to perform what's skillful and to cleanse my own mind, but I strive to not do any evil and to perform what's skillful and to cleanse my own mind.

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    2. Dan, please believe me when I tell you that your participation here has never, ever, at any point, constituted anything that could possibly be characterized as "evil."

      Not even close. Not even in the same ballpark.

      Not even the same friggin' sport.

      You do not speak evil, ever. You may be mistaken here and there, time and again, but you are far more insightful than you are mistaken... in my opinion, at least.

      What you've got is pretty much what all of us have (although I would agree that you probably have it to some unknowable greater degree) and that is what they call in the Buddhist tradition The Monkey Mind.

      If I understand the basics of Therevada Buddhism correctly (and I think that I do) the central notion is the necessity of release from attachment and that includes the yammering in the mind.

      I am not a Buddhist, because I love my yammerings. I live for my yammerings. Half the time I do not even want to go to bed because I cannot write down my yammerings in my sleep. But I get the basic concept.

      By the way, have you ever seen a movie call The Man from Earth?

      I think that you might like it.



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    3. Hi, Mike.

      Thank you for your kind sympathetic words.

      But I do think that what I wrote in my previous comment which, in my previous comment, I expressed that I thought might be unwholesome may be unwholesome. And I feel dread that what I wrote in my previous comment which, in my previous comment, I expressed that I thought might be unwholesome may be unwholesome. And I apologize for writing that writing which I think may be unwholesome.

      And, much of the dread that I feel about actions that I do which I think may be unwholesome has to with the OCD that I have. I suffer from severe OCD which causes me to feel that I am causing harm to people by my volitional actions. The OCD that I have makes me feel that with almost every volitional that I do I am causing metaphysical harm to whoever pops up in my mind at the time when I am doing that volitional action. The OCD that I have also makes me feel worried that, or makes me feel more worried that, or makes me prone to feeling more worried that, I have caused (actual) harm to people by my having done actions which I feel were wrong actions -- particularly wrong speech or wrong writing.

      The term "monkey mind" that you referred to is, I think, used by, and, I think was invented by, Mahayana Buddhists (Zen Buddhists) or Tibetan Buddhists (Vajrayana Buddhists). I think that that term, "monkey mind", refers to the "jumping-around" nature of the mind. And, yes, it is my understanding that that is the nature of the mind. It is my understanding that the Buddha taught that that is the nature of the mind.

      "Quivering, wavering,
      hard to guard,
      to hold in check:
      the mind.
      The sage makes it straight —
      like a fletcher,
      the shaft of an arrow.

      "Like a fish
      pulled from its home in the water
      & thrown on land:
      this mind flips & flaps about
      to escape Mara's sway.

      "Hard to hold down,
      nimble,
      alighting wherever it likes:
      the mind.
      Its taming is good.
      The mind well-tamed brings ease.

      "So hard to see,
      so very, very subtle,
      alighting wherever it likes:
      the mind.
      The wise should guard it.
      The mind protected brings ease."

      -- The Buddha, Dhammapada, Chapter 3 - Cittavagga: The Mind, verses 33-36

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      And, Mike, I haven't seen the movie "The Man from Earth". But after I read your comment I looked it up and read a little bit about it, and I think that it's a movie that I might like. That is: I think that it's a movie that I might experience pleasure watching -- seeing it and hearing it and thinking thoughts about it. However I think that I might also, or instead, experience pain -- distress, stress -- by watching it, because, from what I read about it, it presents a fictional wrong view of historical events and because, as part of that, it presents a fictional wrong view about the teachings of the Buddha. But, I realize that my watching that movie -- my seeing it and my hearing it and my thinking thoughts about it -- would just be seeing, and hearing, and thinking thoughts, and would be something that would not be beneficial to cling to. :)

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    4. And, by the way, as I've expressed before, the existential view that I hold, and the moral and existential path of practice that I strive to follow, is Theravada Buddhism.

      Theravada Buddhism is the school of Buddhism that adheres to the oldest surviving written recordings of the teachings of the Buddha.

      Access to Insight - Readings in Theravada Buddhism
      http://www.accesstoinsight.org

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    5. You're not alone, Daniel.

      I've noted my own OCD (along with a very, very, very mild form of tourette's) before - in the case of the former, it generally manifests as an annoying and sometimes time-consuming ritual I have to perform before leaving the house, along with tapping my pockets a lot while out in public; in the case of the latter, I sometimes involuntarily feel the urge to imitate certain movements of others, and tend to make a few quick clicking noises with my tongue while performing certain specific work tasks (there seems to be no rhyme or reason to it, but once any given thing becomes associated with tongue-clicking in my mind, then that's all she wrote).

      I suppose I'm fortunate in that I realize what I'm doing, and that I'm able to make my quirks and tics as subtle as possible, but still... I wish I didn't have to do them in the first place! ;)

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    6. Thank you for your kind support, Jay.

      Best wishes,

      Dan

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    9. Mike,

      And, by the way, what I meant by my saying that I'm just a flawed ordinary human being is that I'm just an ordinary human being and that therein I'm flawed. That is: what I meant is that I'm an ordinary human being and that therein there are defilements in my mind -- defilements that are in the minds of ordinary human beings. The defilements greed, anger, and delusion. And as part of there being in my mind the defilements greed, anger, and delusion, I have severe OCD. And what I meant in my meaning to express that there are defilements in my mind is that therefore I make mistakes. That is: What I meant is that therefore I do wrong actions.

      But, also, as I expressed, I strive to not do wrong actions. I strive to not do any evil and to perform what's skillful and to cleanse my own mind. It's difficult for me to not do any evil and to perform what's skillful and to cleanse my own mind, but I strive to not do any evil and to perform what's skillful and to cleanse my own mind.

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      And,

      In my previous comment, I wrote:

      "...thinking thoughts..."

      I think that that phrase which I wrote in my previous comment may be an incorrect phrase to use in the instances where, in my previous comment, I used that phrase.

      I, right now, don't know what is the correct phrase to use in the instances where, in my previous comment, I used the phrase "thinking thoughts". However, I think that the correct phrase to use in those instances has to do with the term mental fabrications.

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  2. In fairness Netanyahu only apologised for "operational errors" and you have to admit there were some.

    Landing on the deck armed with toy paint guns for a start. I no expert on these things but I would have thought something like this was more appropriate.

    https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&docid=z1W8JQclCjt_bM&tbnid=hWAke5YBeDFOKM:&ved=0CAUQjRw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.special-ops.org%2Fshayetet-13-elite-israeli-naval-commandos%2F&ei=jTNWUefFCcafkQWymYHoCg&bvm=bv.44442042,d.aGc&psig=AFQjCNGJ4Hbl95ptWS7wM80ia9Dp6H2MVA&ust=1364690033358077

    I bet they don't make that mistake again.

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  3. Here's a better link

    http://www.special-ops.org/shayetet-13-elite-israeli-naval-commandos/

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