oakland (and the world) musing.
this is the exact concept i feel i need to conquer next.


July 21, 2014

TURNING AWAY FROM SAMSARA

When we turn away from samsara, we stop blaming external situations for the state of our mind, and we begin to use the Buddha’s teachings in order to take responsibility for our own well-being. We reorient the mind away from causes and conditions that create suffering. This does not mean that we turn away from the suffering that humans create, such as warfare, poverty, prejudice, slaughter, or environmental destruction. We do not turn away or become passive, impartial spectators. However, we need to assess our strategies for engagement. Many well-meaning people assume that inflaming passions, especially anger, is a justifiable, necessary, even beneficial response to injustice. They often assume that anger is an automatic and inherent response to injustice, in the same way that exasperation is an inherent response to waiting at the airport. But it is not. Anger does not allow us to see clearly, so the good intentions of people engaged in trying to help others can actually be hindered by their own negativity. Anger does not allow us to act with true compassion, because the mind of anger keeps us trapped inside ourselves. Turning away from samsara means figuring out how to function with an open, clear mind, not a mind shut down and incapacitated by destructive emotions.

Tell Kink.com #NoPrisonParty at PRIDE - Liberation Not Incarceration http://thndr.it/1jgedjn

Tell Kink.com #NoPrisonParty at PRIDE - Liberation Not Incarceration http://thndr.it/1jgedjn

Is it bad that I don't see the problem with other POC saying nigga? like, could you explain why they're not allowed to say it even though they're not white. sorry if this is a stupid question/request!

thisiswhiteprivilege:

They ain’t black. Here’s the deal: if you don’t have to deal with the negative effects of being called a nigger, you don’t get to say it.

I mean, like, I’m black, and if the cops killed me, there’s a chunk of people who wouldn’t care, who would actively try and find a reason why I deserved it, and that’s because to them, I’m a nigger.

That might happen to non-black POC, but not because they’re niggers. If being a nigger ain’t lowering your life expectancy out here, then you don’t even have a contextual framework to comprehend that word. You can’t be trusted with it.

Plus, let’s not pretend non-black POC aren’t capable of antiblackness. 

-Dion

psychofactz:

More Facts on Psychofacts :)
anarcho-queer:

Judge Orders NSA To Stop Destroying Government Surveillance Evidence — For The Third Time
A federal judge has ordered the government to stop destroying National Security Agency surveillance records that could be used to challenge the legality of its spying programs in court.
U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White’s ruling came at the request of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is in the midst of a case challenging NSA’s ability to surveil foreign citizen’s U.S.-based email and social media accounts.
According to the EFF, the signals intelligence agency and the Department of Justice were knowingly destroying key evidence in the case by purposefully misinterpreting earlier preservation orders by multiple courts, multiple times.
Read More
Update: NSA claims it’s “too complex” to stop destroying years of mass surveillance evidence. Judge reverses decision to allow the government to delete evidence.

anarcho-queer:

Judge Orders NSA To Stop Destroying Government Surveillance Evidence — For The Third Time

A federal judge has ordered the government to stop destroying National Security Agency surveillance records that could be used to challenge the legality of its spying programs in court.

U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White’s ruling came at the request of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is in the midst of a case challenging NSA’s ability to surveil foreign citizen’s U.S.-based email and social media accounts.

According to the EFF, the signals intelligence agency and the Department of Justice were knowingly destroying key evidence in the case by purposefully misinterpreting earlier preservation orders by multiple courts, multiple times.

Read More

Update: NSA claims it’s “too complex” to stop destroying years of mass surveillance evidence. Judge reverses decision to allow the government to delete evidence.

theniftyfifties:

A 1950s whiskey dispenser, sometimes found in offices.

yeah that’s what was up

theniftyfifties:

A 1950s whiskey dispenser, sometimes found in offices.


yeah that’s what was up

catp0rn:

this is it. this is the most important gif on tumblr.com

catp0rn:

this is it. this is the most important gif on tumblr.com

Help save a 16 year-old trans girl of color from being put in a mens adult prison with NO crimes charged on her by emailing Commissioner Katz.

butchimightbe:

She has never been convicted of a crime but they want to move her to near isolation in an adult mens prison. This CANNOT happen. Here is a more in depth article: http://feministing.com/2014/04/14/how-the-connecticut-department-of-children-families-is-failing-a-trans-girl-of-color/

I put together an email for Commissioner Katz, so all you have to do is copy and paste it. Click here for the example email

Please reblog to raise awareness!

I could watch these forever

my new friend..you are for sure one of the most interesting people visiting Philly!!! Hope we can chill

Who is this lol :)

Roadside angel. Highway 79.

Roadside angel. Highway 79.

Also found in said abandoned building on the side of the 79. (at Shelby County Line)

Also found in said abandoned building on the side of the 79. (at Shelby County Line)