The economy. Lao-Tzu's Tao: Universal Dialectic. When we talk about the Tao, what we are talking about isn't really the Tao, it's just a name.
Names aren't reality, they are just names. Everything in the world comes from the nameless. When we learn to think of things as separate from other things, we give them names. If we look at the world without thinking about our own desires, we can see how everything is connected and part of the same whole. If we only think about what we want for ourselves, we can only see things as separate and disconnected. Unity and separateness look like two very different ideas, but they really come from the same source. Things only seem beautiful to us because there are ugly things to compare them to. Since everything that is different is also the same, a wise person does things without making a big effort.
If we don't make a big fuss about what we think is good, we don't get into arguments. If we aren't always trying to improve our lives, we'll be happier. Nature is like a beating heart. Federal tax receipt. Birth defects fallujah. The children of Falluja Link to video: The children of Falluja Doctors in Iraq 's war-ravaged enclave of Falluja are dealing with up to 15 times as many chronic deformities in infants, compared to a year ago, and a spike in early life cancers that may be linked to toxic materials left over from the fighting. The extraordinary rise in birth defects has crystallised over recent months as specialists working in Falluja's over-stretched health system have started compiling detailed clinical records of all babies born. Neurologists and obstetricians in the city interviewed by the Guardian say the rise in birth defects – which include a baby born with two heads, babies with multiple tumours, and others with nervous system problems - are unprecedented and at present unexplainable.
"We are seeing a very significant increase in central nervous system anomalies," said Falluja general hospital's director and senior specialist, Dr Ayman Qais. Additional reporting: Enas Ibrahim. Fallujah. On July 6th, 2010, the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) released a study titled, “Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005–2009.
" The study implicates the US military's use of depleted uranium munitions as causing similar but even worse damage to the people of Fallujah than fallout from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima did to the survivors of that bombing. Friday, August 6th, marked the sixty-fifth anniversary of the day the United States’ dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima killing some 140,000 people and bringing the second world war to a quick and brutal end. The anniversary was covered in The New York Times and many other major news outlets across the US. This years’ anniversary was especially notable because for the first time ever a US government official, US ambassador to Japan John Roos, attended the remembrance ceremonies in Hiroshima.
Gop fact-free nation. Illustration: Steve Brodner.
Click here for a larger version of this illustration. IT TAKES TWO THINGS to make a political lie work: a powerful person or institution willing to utter it, and another set of powerful institutions to amplify it. The former has always been with us: Kings, corporate executives, politicians, and ideologues from both sides of the aisle have been entirely willing to bend the truth when they felt it necessary or convenient. So why does it seem as if we're living in a time of overwhelmingly brazen deception? What's changed? Today's marquee fibs almost always evolve the same way: A tree falls in the forest—say, the claim that Saddam Hussein has "weapons of mass destruction," or that Barack Obama has an infernal scheme to parade our nation's senior citizens before death panels. Just Making Stuff Up The instigator was a politically ambitious publisher, William Randolph Hearst.
More than six decades later, that still seemed to be the case. G.e. no taxes - jon stewart. Iraq. I wrote this poem this week after listening to an American soldier talk about his deep regret over his part in the Iraqi war and his sorrow over his role in the destruction and loss of so many lives.
After the poem, please have a listen to John Gorka’s powerful song, “The Road of Good Intentions.” This is followed by a short audio interview with Thich Nhat Hanh on the unseen and hidden costs of the Persian Gulf war—or any war. The war justifiers say no matter what mistakes were made Iraq is a better place without Saddam, the people better off. I wonder… if you could somehow take a poll of the 100,000—some say 600,000, some say even more— dead Iraqis I wonder what they would say? I wonder if they would be feeling “liberated” now that “mission’s accomplished?” How would you vote? I wonder… I think about the Iraqi dead I think about the American dead …and I weep. Iraq Family Health Survey: 151,000 violent deaths. Lancet survey: 601,027 violent deaths out of 654,965 excess deaths. Message to the tea party.