Random Thoughts through July 8, Part II – Beyond the law world

Jul 08, 2012 Random Thoughts through July 8, Part II – Beyond the law world

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

On my Twitterpage, @jonkatz5, 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.



This video shows a cop (second 10) walking on a nonviolent arrestee at a marijuana dispensary. They destroy cameras. 

Sydney Morning Herald says mothers of stolen Argentine children were "thrown into the sea, naked and still alive." 

"ACLU-NJ Launches Smartphone App That Lets Users Secretly Record Police Stops."

Jonathan Turley on why the U.S. is no longer the land of the free.

Obama is no prize for civil liberties. Jonathan Turley agrees wholeheartedly.

Jonathan Turley on Obama’s kill doctrine.

Responding to SCOTUS’s ruling on Arizona’s immigration law, Romney again shows Obama is better for civil liberties.

Romney will be less favorable to those without visas than Obama, not wanting to alienate voters conservative on this.

Video depicts cop backing down from seizure of man’s gun. Good for civil liberties. Let’s voluntarily disarm.


What a team. Aung San Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama. June 19.

The area’ best taijiquan teacher that I know of is Julian Chu. His free summer 2012 Tai Chi Chuan Practice runs through August 26 as follows: 

David C. Chen Memorial Tai Chi Court

at Cabin John Regional Park, 

7400 Tuckerman Lane, Rockville, MD,

every Sunday morning, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

On June 19, I heard Laura Laing (c) speaking now at the annual Prince George’s/Montgomery, Maryland annual ACLU meeting. See Laura’s story here.

Chade-Meng Tan counsels to create the conditions for success rather than to push or attach to success.


Shunryu Suzuki: "The purpose of life is not, actually, to accomplish something, but to continue our buddha way."

Shunryu Suzuki on practice not needing to be perfect.

"A Powerful Silence: The Role of Meditation and Other Contemplative Practices In American Life and Work."

Check out the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.

During an early June 2012 weekly meditation gathering, @TaraBrach discussed living at once as if one will never die & living life as fully as if this may be one’s last moment on earth.

In June 2012 from @TaraBrach at her weekly meditation gathering:  

– Joy and anger cannot exist simultaneously.

Tara spoke of acknowledging our trials without succumbing to them. That is nondualism.

– Tara spoke of her dog’s joy, completely in the moment, and of the ants in the moment, never frustrated in a bowl they cannot escape.

–  We make a choice whether to be conquered by profound trials or to transcend them.

Jack Kornfield on the gifts of mindfulness.

Ram Dass on suffering.

Sakyong Mipham on boredom. What if the afterlife is eternal consciousness without a body? What to do with boredom?

Dr Oz: "Hemp nuts are rich in Omega-3’s …The hemp seeds have been shown to promote memory."

Einstein on spooky action at a distance.

Psychology Today on using mindfulness for ADHD.

Psychology Today on the role of one’s manager on the path to success or not

Red meat’s no treat for those who eat.

An ad campaign at the Lovettsville , VA, Valero station: Smoke American cigarette brands — which dominate — to save jobs.

Useful article on Google search techniques.

1930’s martial arts documentary from Hunan, including general Zhang Zhijiang.

"Great Grandmaster Wu Tu Nan recalls his early Tai Chi learning days."

Interview of Anita Moorjani, author of "Dying to Be Me."

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