Random thoughts through July 15, 2012

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Jul 15, 2012 Random thoughts through July 15, 2012

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.


4th Cir. limits probation conditions that unreasonably limit associating with one’s children and those w/ children.

Fourth Cir.: Padilla will not be retroactively applied.

Md. Ct. App. reverses conviction for assault with intent to murder which never was formally charged in the first place.

4th Cir. affirms child pornography conviction; remands order of restitution to victim, for specific trial ct. findings.

D.C. Cir.: "Sentencing courts must spell out the steps they take" and attorneys can help in showing a clear route.

4th Cir. affirms three-year sentence for possessing a shank/improvised knife in prison.

Underdog blog on "What happens to federal student financial aid after a drug conviction?"


NYC police arrest couple for dancing to the music on a sparsely-populated subway platform. Prosecutors dismiss.

Sadly, unexploded bombs of war can explode decades later.  


CNN columnist on risk of warrantless ISP monitoring.  

Alan Watts in What is Tao?: "If we are not totally blind, what we are seeking is already here. This is it."

Long ago, someone told Cecil Taylor: Don’t ever let anyone stop you from the sh*t you’re doing. The same should apply to the good things each of us does.

Lama Zopa on our mind’s central role in addressing and interpreting trying and happy times. 

Jon Kabat-Zinn on the entire society having ADHD.  

Jon Kabat-Zinn videos.  

Jon Kabat-Zinn in Coming to our Senses:

– Meditation "is a going beyond all states of mind, and all opinions, even all diagnoses. It is coming to rest in an awareness that can hold whatever is happening, without pushing anything away, even if it is unpleasant and painful."

– The tao is "something formless and perfect before the universe was born." (Quoting the Tao Te Ching.)

"Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Benefit for Mindful Schools: The Role of Mindfulness in Education."

Adyashanti was the guest teacher this past week at Insight Mindfulness. He advised to know ourselves, our Buddha nature, and our mind’s creativity, which can create many worlds. He focused on our not having ourselves be the universe’s focal point nor to define ourselves in relation to other things.

Thich Nhat Hanh speaks on The Four Attainments of Plum Village. 

Thich Nhat Hanh’s "Intimate Conversation with Mother Earth." 

Thich Nhat Hanh audios from the June 2012 Plum Village retreat.  

A further study on reversing the rampant occurrence of Alzheimer’s.  

Buddhist monk Seung Sahn started working as a repairperson at a laundromat after coming to the United States and before founding Zen Centers in the U.S.  

Chick Corea’s "Is" sessions.

Chick Corea from "Sundance." 

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