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Random thoughts – November 1-9, 2014

Nov 09, 2014 Random thoughts – November 1-9, 2014

On Sundays, I sometimes veer well beyond the law in my blog entries, including the following post that collects my random thoughts on the law, government, and beyond from my Twitter postings at https://twitter.com/jonkatz5 and elsewhere.

THE LAW WORLD

Kirk Odom sues D.C. for years-long horrific ordeal while an innocent prison convict.

A grand jury has indicted a Prince George’s County, Md., principal for allegedly punching a student three times. He is of course presumed innocent.

Va. Ct. App. reverses conviction for misusing 911 system.

DHS & NSA admitted this year that parody merchandise with names/images of fed. agencies do not violate federal law.

Last week, the D.C. Court of Appeals heard arguments on NSA phone record surveillance.

Kentucky prosecutor fired over another outburst during employment probation, including video.

GOVERNMENT-RELATED ACTIONS

As shadowing teacher sees, school can be a mind-numbing ordeal that needs to be overhauled.

BEYOND THE LAW

Notice how when you change for the better others more often seem to change for the better. Here is a great talk by Zig Ziglar on this.

Dipa Ma on handling slander. “Why be upset? Even the Buddha had to bear slanders and criticism throughout his life, and I am just an ordinary and insignificant woman!"

Instead of seeing any task as taxing my time or energy, I prefer seeing time as expanding abundantly like a balloon in pursuing each task.

Dipa Ma on impermanence. "Everything is impermanent. Your life is impermanent.

Ram Dass:"[T]he idea of dying and being born into truth … is really what our business is when we talk about death."

Ajahn Thanasanti on practical ways to save the environment and planet (starting at minute 22:00).

PETA- "It can take up to 15 cowhides to make the interior for just one car." Approximately "3,000 silkworms are steamed and gassed alive in their cocoons to make every pound of silk."

Check out Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.

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