Random thoughts through May 18, 2014

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May 18, 2014 Random thoughts through May 18, 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 and elsewhere.


4th Cir. reverses felony drug conviction, because of wrongful admission of decoding expert’s testimony.

Attaching an initial appearance continuance order, an Alexandria, Va., federal courthouse clerk signed her email with: “Be kind to everyone. You never know what’s going on in their life…”

Today is the time for life no longer to be a struggle, but for success to unfold exponentially from moment to moment. (Something for me always to remember in dealing with judges and others seeming to throw curveballs my way.)

D.C. Ct. App. reverses attempted unlawful weapon possession conviction for prosecutor’s not ruling out self defense beyond a reasonable doubt.

As much as I vilify Donald Sterling’s racist words, he may have a good 1st Amendment defense not to pay the fine. The heavy focus on Donald Sterling gives temporary cover for other corporate racists not being pursued by the media.


Glenn Greenwald says he interrogated Edward Snowden.

Robert McKee in “Story”: “Those in power never want us to feel. Thought can be controlled and manipulated,, but emotion is willful and unpredictable. Artists threaten authority by exposing lies and inspiring passion for change.”

Dow Chemical’s Philadelphia outpost ironically towers above the Liberty Bell. Here and here are the photos I took of the Dow building during the May 17-18 weekend. Here is PBS’s coverage of Dow Chemical’s production — beyond Saran Wrap — of napalm & cancerous Agent Orange.

A Sudanese court recently sentenced a pregnant Muslim-born doctor to death for marrying a Christian and remaining a Christian.

“Colorado lawmakers approve plan for pot banking.”


Life is like a river, ever-changing, as are people. (Thanks to my wife for reminding me that.)

Rachael Fisher quotes Sharon Salzberg quoting the Buddha: “Develop a mind so full of love it resembles space – it cannot be painted, cannot be marred, cannot be ruined.”

Carl Jung: “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”

Audio-guided meditations from Love 2.0 page.

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Italy 1963.

A half century after playing with John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner plays with Trane’s son Ravi.

The World According to John Coltrane.”

Robert E. Buswell, Jr. on the meaning of mindfulness and “Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism.”

Paul Messersmith-Glavin on Gary Snyder: “Between Social Ecology: Gary Snyder’s Ecological Philosophy.”

Tina Turner chants the odaimoku in What’s Love Got To Do With It.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso: Buddha said that all phenomena are like dreams in that they are mere appearances to mind.

Little Boxes” by Pete Seeger. “And they all look just the same.” Keep your individuality.

Rodger Kamenetz on Robert Thurman (1996).

John Scarne performs rope magic and the cups and balls. Dark Magic” 1939.

Jonn Scarne cuts to the deck’s four aces, on the Tomorrow Show.

John Scarne exposes table gambling cheating. More from John Scarne on card cheating.

Black Sabbath – .Paranoid/Iron Man, 1970.

Black Sabbath in Australia (2013).

Boris Karloff’s Black Sabbath” (1963).

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