Random thoughts of the week, through May 20

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May 20, 2012 Random thoughts of the week, through May 20

On Sundays, I sometimes veer well beyond the law in my blog entries.

On my Twitterpage,, and elsewhere, I sometimes jot out news items, legal ideas, and personal ideas of interest. Every week or so  I am assembling some of those recent random thoughts.

Check out the mindfulness retreat for those working in the law, at the Blue Cliff Monastery, June 22-24.

Richard Alpert – pre-Ram Dass – discusses LSD.

Ram Dass on awareness.

Pema Chodron: This lousy world.

Wavy Gravy on the SEVA Foundation’s work to return eyesight in 15 minutes.

1973 Folsom interview of Timothy Leary.

Timothy Leary and Ram Dass, “The Last Dance”.

Alan Watts on being vague.

Alan Watts on pain.

Alan Watts on the silent mind.

Alan Watts on the Void.

4th Circuit denies an appeal asserting Confrontation Clause violations.

Va. Ct. App. on the standard for considering a defendant’s motion to withdraw a guilty plea before sentencing.  D.C. Cir. reverses dismissal of qui tam action.

Arrestee challenging cop on his Constitutional rights.

Cop wrongfully arresting newspeople covering a simple motor vehicle collision scene.

A cop uses coercive communication and actions to try to get ID when no non-drivers are obligated to have one.

Not until long after college graduation did I learn that Ram Dass and i are co-alums.

Ananda Baltrunas spent 20 years in prison on a robbery conviction. He is now a Buddhist monk.

A 2003 meeting of former inmates with the Dalai Lama.

Film adapted from the book “Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children” by Thich Nhat Hanh & Plum Village.

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