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by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 428
Views: 13675

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

Greetings, Julian Assange says Google and Facebook have become an 'existential threat to humanity' The chief of the whistleblowing platform, who describes himself as a "geopolitical analyst" on his Twitter profile, believes the tech giants have evolved into powerful "digital superstates". "While th...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump - One Year
Replies: 15
Views: 185

Re: Trump - One Year

robertk wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:48 pm
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:rofl: That's excellent!
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Sleep regulation
Replies: 4
Views: 45

Re: Sleep regulation

dylanj wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:04 pm
2PM oops
Ah, that will be the confusion! Take a look at some of those sites giving advice on good sleep habits, and be gentle on yourself.
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump - One Year
Replies: 15
Views: 185

Re: Trump - One Year

He is either a coarse blunderer who has had literally incredible luck, or a very shrewd and original politician who is tearing up the rule book. I think he is the latter. I think he was the former till General Kelly took over as Chief of Staff and the latter since then. :namaste: I partly agree. Ke...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump - One Year
Replies: 15
Views: 185

Re: Trump - One Year

I tend to agree with most of your points. Trump arouses very strong passions among some people, and I can certainly say that he is probably a poor role model for Buddhists in many ways. But he is a game-changer. He is either a coarse blunderer who has had literally incredible luck, or a very shrewd ...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Sleep regulation
Replies: 4
Views: 45

Re: Sleep regulation

Sleeping till sunrise , adultery, irascibility, malevolence, evil companions, avarice — these six causes ruin a man. Dice, women, liquor, dancing, singing, sleeping by day , sauntering at unseemly hours , evil companions, avarice — these nine causes ruin a man. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.
Replies: 4
Views: 44

Re: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.

Ajahn Thanissaro's notes show why this is not so easy, It is strange Ven Thanissaro saying this. Some people think that his teaching Nibbana as another consciousness seems the counterfeit of the true Dhamma. Yes, I hadn't thought of this, but you are right. Presumably he thinks his version is the t...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.
Replies: 4
Views: 44

Re: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.

Many thanks, Mike. This is profound and thought-provoking stuff, so thank you for taking the time and trouble to present it here. I have Sri Lankan friends who often refer to the "counterfeit" point, and I get the impression that this was impressed on them from an early age. Some random thoughts to ...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2094

Re: Diversity among mods

Debating publicly is looked upon as an inferior and unnecessary skill in Asia. :namaste: Things seem to have changed since this guy: Saccaka the Nigaṇṭha-son went to those Licchavis and, on arrival, said to them, "Come out, good Licchavis! Come out, good Licchavis! Today will be my discussion with ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2094

Re: Diversity among mods

I'm curious about this too. I can see diversity of individual opinions, diversity of socioeconomic backgrounds, and cultural diversity as valuable on certain ocasions, especially the diversity of individual view points. But racial diversity, in and of itself, is quite the mystery to me. When did th...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nature is stranger than we can imagine
Replies: 9
Views: 208

Re: Nature is stranger than we can imagine

Actually no. He was trying to take a photo. He was a local and knew better than to provoke a wild elephant. He seemed to raise his hand and call out to the elephant though (for what reason no one can quite understand). This is from account of others who were nearby and whose accounts were reported ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2094

Re: Diversity among mods

I'm not interested in making a case that there is "full freedom of speech in DW now", as that would be, as I have said earlier, a logical nonsense in any situation. The concept is unintelligible. ???? Could it be completely true or is it an unintelligible concept? And if you thought "full freedom o...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2094

Re: Diversity among mods

No_Mind asserted that there was "full freedom of speech in DW now" and I said this was not the case. I can tell you what I am not free to say. I am not free to say things and use language that is inappropriate to minors. Do I have a problem with that? no. But that does mean I do not have "full free...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2094

Re: Diversity among mods

the reason diversity is so important is that each race and gender has certain positive and otherwise attributes that they can bring to the table that a member of another race or gender might not even be aware of, its not about equality, its about welcoming diverse and differing viewpoints into the ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2094

Re: Diversity among mods

The forum has restrictions on certain kinds of speech. That is all I am saying. "there is not full freedom of speech in DW now". Do you think that what I said is incorrect? The terms of service, which clearly restrict certain kinds of speech are in place whether an individual chooses to break them ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2094

Re: Diversity among mods

i mean to put it simply, Sam, the forum says your free to say this, and this, and this, and this, but you're not free to say this and this and this. How can that possibly be considered Freedom of Speech. Its moderated speech. Providing one does not want to violate the ToS, then one's speech is free...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2094

Re: Diversity among mods

lyndon taylor wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:57 pm
Sam Vara wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:48 pm


Whose speech is not free?
Everyone's on the forum. Anytime you take away someone's right to call an axx an axx, you have given up true freedom and entered the realm of moderated forums.
Unless you want to call an axx an axx, then no freedoms whatsoever have been given up.
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2094

Re: Diversity among mods

lyndon taylor wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:43 pm
Mr Man made a very good point, almost no public forum allows true Freedom of Speech, "Freedom of Speech" within the confines of TOS is not Free speech, but moderated speech, I don't see how this is not quite clear.
Whose speech is not free?
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Do the suttas mention the Buddha laughing
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Re: Do the suttas mention the Buddha laughing

The Concise Pali English Dictionary gives the same word (hasati) for both laughs and smiles, so this might be a difficult one to disentangle according to context. https://suttacentral.net/define/hasati You will also see from the link that there is some kind of conflation with being excited, which fu...