Random thoughts through March 23: Part III/III- Beyond the law

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Mar 23, 2014 Random thoughts through March 23: Part III/III- Beyond the law

On Sundays, I sometimes veer well beyond the law in my blog entries, including the following post that collects my last week’s thoughts on the law, government, and beyond from my Twitter postings at and elsewhere.


Practicing mindfulness with children.

Five mindfulness exercises by Thich Nhat Hanh.

– A fellow mindful lawyer reminded me not to be hard on myself with what I have not yet accomplished. That helps not with accomplishing.

– Charles Darwin: “The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery. Happiness is never better exhibited than by young animals, such as puppies, kittens, lambs, etc., when playing together, like our own children. …” Why, then, do humans eat so many billions of animals each year?

– Civil rights lawyer and former Jackson, Mississippi mayor Chokwe Lumumba passes at 66.

Huber Matos passes. He got slammed with 20 years in prison for opposing Castro’s pushing Cuba to communism.

Longest Walks 1978 and 2008. See Muhammad Ali at 1:10 (1978). Manifesto For Change, from the Longest Walk 2 (2008).

– If someone says or does something that could irritate, I can remind myself that I do not get angry at non-human natural phenomena. I have no reason, either, to get angry at humans, even if we expect humans to know better than brutish non-human animals.

– A meditation teacher opens up about her experiences teaching meditation to inmates in Washington, D.C.

– Manfred F.R. Ketz de Vries on coaching the toxic leader.

– Daniel Goleman on the truth of what makes a great leader.

– Thich Nhat Hanh: “Truth is something that has the capacity to reconcile, to give people hope…”

– When a soldier returning from the Vietnam war in 1972 asked whether Baba Ram Dass, at the airport, was “some kind of a yogurt”, Ram Dass did not stiffen up thinking he had been name called. He responded with love, presence, and nonjudgmental listening: “I just felt this incredible wave of love and I looked at him and I said, ‘Well as a matter of fact I am a yogi and I’ve been in the Himalayas studying’… 30 minutes later when [his and his fellow soldier’s] plane was called they could barely part.”

– Baba Ram Dass and Sharon Salzberg on Cultivating Intuitive Faith and True Surrender.

– Check out Polishing the Diamond by Jae Woong Kim.

– A good short overview on how MAD‘s publisher dropped other great publications with Congress’s comics witch hunts.

The federal appellate opinion (SCOTUS denied review) letting MAD use Alfred E. Neuman, w/o copyright penalty.

– Carbonite has been touted as an effective computer backup system.

– In 1986, Captain Midnight freaked out the feds byhijacking HBO’s signaland posting a protest on HBO’s fees.

– Miles’s “If I Were A Bell” starts with the decades-long (through 2011) doorbell tune from my grandparents’ home.

– Check out the new Max Roach collectionat the Library of Congress.

Ram Dass’s website on Contemplative practices in higher education.

– LBJ’s recorded order to Mr. Haggar for pants with plenty of pant room at the n*ts and b*nghole. He was very crude.

LBJ would talk with people while he went to the bathroom, inviting him there while on the toilet.

– LBJ biographer goes beyond the Prez’s urinating in a sink, to the machinations over the 1968 presidential race.

– A contrast between LBJ’s roughness around the edges and JFK’s restraint. Here.

-When a shotgun’s recoil knocked RFK down, LBJ said “Son, youve got to learn to handle a gun like a man

– BarefoodtDoctor: “To be a winner, imagine you’re an alien just landed with no preconceptions & see life afresh with the eyes of an innocent beginner.”

– A chimpanzee hugs Jane Goodall(minute 3:12). I met her in 2003 in Silver Spring on the street, near her U.S. headquarters

– Jim Jarmusch: Its more interesting all the things one doesnt know “ is more fascinating “ than the things one does know¦ I get so excited when I realize all the beautiful films Ive never seen that exist or all the music I don’t know about yet. Its really exciting.

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