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Wed Feb 11, 2015 at 10:15 PM PST

Paypal Didn't Work For Me

by la motocycliste

I took a deep breath and plunged into the somewhat scary world of internet commerce. I arranged a low-balance credit card (a VISA) and used it to open a Paypal account, with the idea that I could donate to campaigns and buy CD's from struggling musicians. The first indication that this wasn't going to be as easy as advertised came when I was signing up for PayPal. I called the help line, just to make sure I was doing it right. "You don't have to link a bank account," The Helpful Person said, although the website was pushing hard for me to link an account.

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From a press release by the American Motorcyclist Association
AMA supporter Tom Petri to retire from Congress
Wisconsin representative has served since 1979

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) recently announced that he will not seek reelection.

The announcement came during a town meeting at the Neenah, Wis., City Council Chambers. Petri has served in Congress since 1979.

The American Motorcyclist Association honored Petri in 2013 as a Supporter of the AMA in the 112th Congress.

His political career also includes serving in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1973 through 1979 and running as a Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 1974.

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The Zen mealtime verse: The Five Thoughts

We rnust think deeply of the ways and means
by which this food has come.
We must consider our merit when accepting it
We rnust protect ourselves from error
by excluding greed from our minds
We will eat lest we become lean and die.
We accept this food .
so that we may become enlightened.
A Theravada mealtime verse:
Wisely reflecting, I use this food not for fun, not for pleasure, not for fattening, not for beautification, but only for the maintenance and nourishment of this body, for keeping it healthy, for helping with the Spiritual Life;

Thinking thus, I will allay hunger without overeating, so that I may continue to live blamelessly and at ease.

I recently came to terms with the reality that I need to lose ten pounds
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In all the discussion about Mr. Boehner, the debt limit, and the Congressional Republican, I have not seen any diarist discuss the effect of a shutdown on the 1%, and specifically the large proportion of the 1% who make their money off government- actually a very large percentage.

Now FORBES has published an interesting article about exactly this topic.

china has to give permission

In their never-say-die efforts to defeat Obamacare, Tea Party Republicans brought the federal government a giant step closer to shutdown last night. What they seem not to have considered is how America’s foreign creditors will react
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Thu May 16, 2013 at 01:03 PM PDT


by la motocycliste

A friend has rediscovered some of his military buddies, and they chat on line. The conversation has veered to one person who was injured in a firefight. One of the group commented, "I'm not superstitious" "but" he was glad when the injured person left the unit, because he had been injured before "and that kind of guy just brings down bad luck, don't want to be around him."

Apparently that type of thought train is common among combat veterans- I am surviving because I am lucky/skilled/tough and I don't want to be around people who are unlucky/unskilled/weaker because they may drag me down with them.

I have much compassion for the combat vet- getting scared shitless week after week tweaks your mind. But that is not how karma works

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Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 07:31 AM PDT

Broken Water Main

by la motocycliste

Coming home from work, I noticed the big water utility truck at the side of the road, yellow tape, a big WATER EMERGENCY sign. Damn.

Got home, checked the tap - no water.

It is not a secret that repeated budget cuts, enacted so that the wealthy can afford a second jet to take them to their third island hideaway have resulted in a lack of maintenance of our infrastructure. A little review of history of ancient civilizations shows that most have collapsed, not because of invasion, but because of infrastructure problems, often related to irrigation. The canals silt up, no water, no food.


How have you prepared for an emergency?

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It is an axiom that teahadists have no sense of humor. To prove this, one teahadist started a cartoon about a conservative duck. The cartoon is most unfunny, but provides a short list of recent Republican talking points. The latest meme to the cartoon is that Head Start Doesn't Work, is a waste of taxpayer money (unlike unused battleships and subsidies to oil companies) and should be stopped. Didn't realize the Tea Party hated little kids, did you?

I checked around and found the study all the yelling is based on...

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Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 10:22 PM PST

Bangladeshi Background

by la motocycliste

Bangladesh is a Southeast Asian country located between Bengal (India) and Burma. The country declared independence from Pakistan in 1971. It has been one of the poorest countries of the world. The country straddles the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta and is subjected to annual floods and cyclones.

Someone had the bright idea to locate garment factories there.

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Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 02:19 PM PST

Tennessee Shadenfreude

by la motocycliste

What you can get away with in deep red districts

Court transcripts from Tennessee Congressman Rep. Scott DesJarlais his 2001 divorce trial were obtained by the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The Tennessee Republican tea partyer, a former physician, had admitted to sexual relationships with patients and supported his wife's abortions.

The story here LINK

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Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 04:13 PM PDT

Time, the thief

by la motocycliste

In memory of a feral cat

the night before this feral cat disappeared, to make his peace with the world and leave it in cat fashion, I dreamed that there was a burglar in my living room, sitting on a stool. Back lit by the full moon in the window, I could not see his face. He sat there and did not move as I went to the phone. Then I knew that this thief was Time, and I stopped: the police could do nothing.

But Time is not only a thief. There are two aspects to Time:

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Just saw this:Dan Rather Report

It seems the Catholic Church (among other groups) has been involved in coercing young (white, of course) women to give up their children for adoption. The evidence seems to show that this practice ceased around 1987, but I am not convinced of that.

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Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 08:29 AM PST

Sub-moment of Zen - Slogans

by la motocycliste

"Anything can teach- it need not intend to do so" - Buddhist teacher

One of the best features of 12 step programs are their slogans. Slogans are short, pithy sayings, intended to stop you from following your addictive thinking and get you back to your program.

There are many such short sayings in Zen, and I find them very helpful

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