The nature of mind, the essential luminous mind, Pure like the shy, free from birth and death, pleasure and pain, Unaffected by materiality, is indifferent to samsara and nirvana; It cannot be indicated as some “thing” for it is a vast skylike matrix; Unchanging and incapable of sublimation, it is unalloyed spontaneity; Buddha lies in the vajra-heart that is clear light, Where everything is fields of self-sprung bliss, Everything the unremitting sameness of the supreme light. —-Longchenpa, from ‘Spaciousness, The Radical Dzogchen of the Vajra Heart’, a translation of Longchenpa’s ‘Precious Treasury of the Dharmadhatu’ by Keth Dowman

The nature of mind, the essential luminous mind,
Pure like the shy, free from birth and death, pleasure and pain,
Unaffected by materiality, is indifferent to samsara and nirvana;
It cannot be indicated as some “thing” for it is a vast skylike matrix;
Unchanging and incapable of sublimation, it is unalloyed spontaneity;
Buddha lies in the vajra-heart that is clear light,
Where everything is fields of self-sprung bliss,
Everything the unremitting sameness of the supreme light.

—-Longchenpa, from ‘Spaciousness, The Radical Dzogchen of the Vajra Heart’, a translation of Longchenpa’s ‘Precious Treasury of the Dharmadhatu’ by Keth Dowman

Exactly one year after Chelsea Manning was convicted of leaking classified government material, Amnesty International is renewing its call on the US authorities to grant her clemency, release her immediately, and to urgently investigate the potential human rights violations exposed by the leaks.

Israel has been poisoned by the psychosis of permanent war.

Israel has been poisoned by the psychosis of permanent war. It has been morally bankrupted by the sanctification of victimhood, which it uses to justify an occupation that rivals the brutality and racism of apartheid South Africa. Its democracy - which was always exclusively for Jews - has been hijacked by extremists who are pushing the country toward fascism. 

Chris Hedges.

More here: http://www.sott.net/article/282060-Chris-Hedges-Imploding-the-Myth-of-Israel

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thinksquad:

Despite public, political, and business interest in greater broadband deployment, not every American has high-speed internet access yet (let alone a choice of provider for really fast, high-capacity service). So who’s really to blame for strangling broadband competition?

While popular arguments focus on supposed “monopolists” such as big cable companies, it’s government that’s really to blame. Companies can make life harder for their competitors, but strangling the competition takes government.

Broadband policy discussions usually revolve around the U.S. government’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC), yet it’s really our local governments and public utilities that impose the most significant barriers to entry.

http://www.wired.com/2013/07/we-need-to-stop-focusing-on-just-cable-companies-and-blame-local-government-for-dismal-broadband-competition/

thinksquad:

Despite public, political, and business interest in greater broadband deployment, not every American has high-speed internet access yet (let alone a choice of provider for really fast, high-capacity service). So who’s really to blame for strangling broadband competition?

While popular arguments focus on supposed “monopolists” such as big cable companies, it’s government that’s really to blame. Companies can make life harder for their competitors, but strangling the competition takes government.

Broadband policy discussions usually revolve around the U.S. government’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC), yet it’s really our local governments and public utilities that impose the most significant barriers to entry.

http://www.wired.com/2013/07/we-need-to-stop-focusing-on-just-cable-companies-and-blame-local-government-for-dismal-broadband-competition/