Jan 10, 2016 Random thoughts through January 10, 2016
My Sunday blogposts sometimes veer beyond the law, including occasional consolidated random thoughts collected over the weeks on Twitter and elsewhere
One’s body can produce its own alcohol, which is why breath testing should be abolished in DWI trials. Blood testing should instead be offered, and I say offered, not mandated.
4th Cir. reverses conviction where police lied to criminal defendant that they had a search warrant.
Va. Court of Appeals reverses felony theft conviction for testimony on price tag value without pricetags in evidence.
Va. Ct. App. affirms murder conviction where judge rejected profferred instructions on involuntary murder & assault.
Law professor James Duane and a cop underline why police suspects need to stay silent.
Did Saudi Arabia not recognize the worldwide outrage that would result from its execution of Nimr al-Nimr?
“Hong Kong Unsettled by Case of 5 Missing Booksellers”
BEYOND THE LAW
“Riders Leaving Big Foot Pass 12-25-2015″, towards Wounded Knee 125 years after the massacre. See article here.
Australian Olympian Paul Norman’s 1968 stand for racial justice, and the fallout to the 3 Olympians.
Tara Brach: We “can offer Mara tea rather than fearfully driving him away.”
Buddhism and Atheism – Ajahn Brahm
On the Shr-Jung taijiquan school, founded by Cheng Man Ch’ing.
“Life can’t die.” (min. 6:00) – Rabbi Manis Friedman
Buddhist Nun Ani Ngawang Pema speaks After 45 years of solitary retreat.
Seymour Hersh: “[P]retty much everybody [senior military officers] knew pretty much what was going on” in My Lai.
Mike Wallace interviews Paul Meadlo About My Lai, who killed many there.
Mother of Paul Meadlo of My Lai infamy: “I sent them a good boy and they made him a murderer.”
How much would we be in the dark about My Lai without Geoff Cowan’s disclosure to Seymour Hersh?
“Dan Rather is sticking to the ‘Truth’ of his story” about how Bush II got into National Guard w/ family’s help.
Wordsworth, “Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey”: “On that best portion of a good man’s life; His little, nameless, unremembered acts Of kindness and of love.”
Rod Serling – “Nightmare at Ground Zero”
Target stores and WalMarts are cultural deserts. Beware staying there more than a few minutes weekly.
Define yourself, rather than others and circumstances doing so. You can be an individual even in a shopping mall McDonalds.
In 2015, DC’s Willard’s magic show Parlour of Mystery opened in Arlington, Va.
“The Alan Lomax Sound Archive Now Online: Features 17,000 Blues & Folk Recordings”
“Sun Ra Plays a Music Therapy Gig at a Mental Hospital; Inspires Patient to Talk for the First Time in Years.” – Open Culture
On December 22, 2015, I visited the Nipponzan Myohoji Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park, London.
Some people ask whether to avoid taking notes if a great idea comes while meditating. Avoid notes, just as a restful sleep means no notes.