Friday, 12 March 2010

Food for thought






Drug carrying lingerie models


California legalized Marijuana vs. the DEA that is “too big to fail” Is it possible to halt the progress of such a huge bureaucracy? Is the "War on Drugs" a business or a policy?


All Jewish holidays, except Yom Kippur are about: “You tried to kill us, we won, now we eat.” Quote, the adorable husband.


Is is possible that the power of prayer, meditation, or intent is actually in the supplicant not the deity – the power is in the intention, which equals energy.


In the field, war is always personal.

You never forget the first time you kill someone, like a car crash, it moves in slow motion in your mind, time stops. Once you cross that line it becomes too easy. It’s not your country, not your mother; what you think about is the soldier standing next to you – that is your family.

Israel is one of the best armies in the world because they train to be the “army of the brotherhood”. The U.S. trains on “no man left behind”. Both policies instill unity.

It takes sixty days uninterrupted combat to drive a soldier to psychosis – violence can begin to become addictive; to feel good; soldiers can develop rituals (taking photographs of the dead, taking mementoes). It can lead to atrocities – anger, rage, and hatred - after prolonged, protracted combat. Violence against childhood beliefs are in play. One begins to think of the enemy as an “obstacle” to be removed; not human – it makes it easier to kill. It is difficult to maintain this fiction. Remorse comes later.



China is the largest foreign lender to the United States – what does that mean for our foreign policy decisions? In a July 2009 meeting “Chinese officials asked their American counterparts detailed questions about the health care legislation making its way through Congress. The president’s budget director, Peter R. Orszag, answered most of their questions. But the Chinese were not particularly interested in the “..plan itself but rather their interest lay in how it would affected the deficit.



“Universal religion has been found in societies at every stage of development…. Religion has the hallmarks of an evolved behaviour, meaning that it exists because it was favoured by natural selection….For atheists, it is not a particularly welcome thought that religion evolved because it conferred essential benefits on early human societies and their successors. For believers, it may seem, threatening to think that the mind has been shaped to believe in gods, since the actual existence of the divine may then seem less likely. The idea there is a genetic component to religion doesn’t sit well with atheists or believers.”

Sunday is Pi Day!

Just something to think about over the weekend. Thank you for waiting for me. You can still find my article over at Powder Room Graffiti if you would like to read it.

Ciao

6 comments:

James Higham said...

It takes sixty days uninterrupted combat to drive a soldier to psychosis – violence can begin to become addictive; to feel good; soldiers can develop rituals (taking photographs of the dead, taking mementoes). It can lead to atrocities – anger, rage, and hatred - after prolonged, protracted combat. Violence against childhood beliefs are in play. One begins to think of the enemy as an “obstacle” to be removed; not human – it makes it easier to kill. It is difficult to maintain this fiction. Remorse comes later.

Yes, I'm ex-military.

lady macleod said...

James
And now my heart aches for you -
I've known more soldiers in my life than I have civies, and part of my heart is just for you/them. Thank you for your service. I've walked a mile or two in your boots and I know.
Thank you for coming by.

Alice Audrey said...

I love your dh's comment on Jewish holidays.

Mama Zen said...

Where on earth was she concealing the drugs?

Gary said...

Thanks for the Pi day reminder. I'm honked off that it was only 23 hours long.

Got a book recommendation..."Born To Run" by Chris McDougall. It's currently on the NY Times non-fiction best seller list. Amazing! Absolutely amazing. Buy it, Kindle it, Audible it and I promise that if you don't like it I'll moved to Houston and wash your car/s each week for a year.

lady macleod said...

Alice
Yes, he's pretty adorable all the time.
Thank you for coming by.


Mama Zen
LOL INdeed!
Thank you for coming by.


Gary
All right, with an offer like that (I don't have a car to wash, my last car was a camel so I have to get a new license :-( I shall order it to my Kindle today.
thank you for coming by.