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by chownah
Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Enjoyment = Unwholesome?
Replies: 4
Views: 49

Re: Enjoyment = Unwholesome?

More generally, where is the line between recognizing pleasant vedana from sense contact (presumably not unwholesome) and "delighting" in it (presumably unwholesome). I think this is a very good question. I think that one way to see the line is to be mindful at the times we are engaged in...
by chownah
Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1072
Views: 66794

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

This could be big. A cheap plastic film that is supposed to reduce the temperature of anything underneath it by 10 degrees C. https://news.slashdot.org/story/17/02/25/1720222/professors-claim-passive-cooling-breakthrough-via-plastic-film Actually I don't think it works on ice......I guess.....don't ...
by chownah
Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 855
Views: 88553

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

The yellow shirts, elites, and pretty much anyone allied with the military goons regularly trot out Dr. Young for supportive interviews and what not. This is a hilarious piece from a few years back http://notthenation.com/2009/09/patronizing-white-man-with-degree-reassures-thai-elites-with-unexamin...
by chownah
Sun Feb 26, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: American Exceptionalism
Replies: 112
Views: 1706

Re: American Exceptionalism

It appears that the exceptional qualities of america is known throughout the galaxies and extra-terrestrials are coming to check it out which can be the only explanation for why "Americans Are 300× More Likely to Report UFO Sightings Than the Rest of the World" http://observer.com/2017/02/...
by chownah
Sun Feb 26, 2017 2:22 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Fake News
Replies: 48
Views: 1065

Re: Fake News

In the link that mr man brought (http://www.npr.org/2017/02/17/515630467/with-fake-news-trump-moves-from-alternative-facts-to-alternative-language) they talk about how language can be shaped and it got me thinking about how the three words fake, news, and media can be interpreted differently to give...
by chownah
Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:59 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Milo Yiannopoulous scandal
Replies: 63
Views: 585

Re: The Milo Yiannopoulous scandal

I think what really is the point is that the only time that milo declared what age he was when encountering father michael was 17..... Hi Chownah Perhaps you could provide a link to the video and time stamp to where he said this? I must have missed it. Thanks for holding my feet to the fire. I was ...
by chownah
Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:15 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Milo Yiannopoulous scandal
Replies: 63
Views: 585

Re: The Milo Yiannopoulous scandal

you are misrepresenting what he said in a way that materially changes the meaning of what he said. I am not "misprepresenting" anything. I merely posted the video and drew my own conclusions. You drew yours. They are different. Perhaps we can agree to disagree? I have made every attempt t...
by chownah
Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Myanmar Buddhists decry Thai government’s temple crackdown
Replies: 4
Views: 87

Re: Myanmar Buddhists decry Thai government’s temple crackdown

Laughable. Bringing in a crook who hides behind his robes isn't an affront to Buddhism. He is. At this stage it has not been shown that he is a crook....he is thought to be a witness to things relating to a known crime and that is all. Actually I doubt that he is a crook but I don't really know.. L...
by chownah
Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds
Replies: 10
Views: 170

Re: Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

Well, I think that one implication is that ignorant people's ideas are inferior and should be conquered or vanquished. Fact is that ignorant people can hold to superior views. That's not implied by what I said. People can of course be ignorant, yet favour things which are preferable according to ot...
by chownah
Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds
Replies: 10
Views: 170

Re: Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

Whereas some of us might be happy to moderate our views on the basis of our self-revealed ignorance, there are many ignorant people who would take this as an opportunity to drive home their advantage. Have you thought through the implications of this statement? chownah Well, given the nature of the...
by chownah
Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Milo Yiannopoulous scandal
Replies: 63
Views: 585

Re: The Milo Yiannopoulous scandal

And whether he was exactly 13, or 14, or 15, is not really the point. I agree that older gay men can help as mentors to younger gay men who are unsure about their sexuality, but that should not include sexual activity until the legal age of consent. I think what really is the point is that the only...
by chownah
Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Milo Yiannopoulous scandal
Replies: 63
Views: 585

Re: The Milo Yiannopoulous scandal

Clip starts at 1:27, the reference is around 3:50. Milo is discussing young gay men having relationships with older men, he mentions ages "14-15," then references his own "precocious" sexuality and states "age 13" and a 28 year old man. He doesn't specifically say &quo...
by chownah
Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Milo Yiannopoulous scandal
Replies: 63
Views: 585

Re: The Milo Yiannopoulous scandal

I saw some mention of the interview featured in the video in the OP but I did not see where milo said he was 13 when he encountered father michael. This is the part of the conversation (14 or about, and not directly stated) Rogan: How old were you? Yiannopoulos: I was in my teens. Rogan: Fourteen. ...
by chownah
Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds
Replies: 10
Views: 170

Re: Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

Sam Vara wrote:Whereas some of us might be happy to moderate our views on the basis of our self-revealed ignorance, there are many ignorant people who would take this as an opportunity to drive home their advantage.

Have you thought through the implications of this statement?
chownah
by chownah
Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Milo Yiannopoulous scandal
Replies: 63
Views: 585

Re: The Milo Yiannopoulous scandal

Hi Chownah Here are some transcripts (this page also has links to the original Rogan interview and Drunken Peasants podcasts). https://dorisvsutherland.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/you-will-have-seen-girls-about-fifteen-you-thought-were-hot-the-forbidden-thoughts-of-milo-yiannopoulos/ Mr Man, Thanks fo...
by chownah
Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Deeds, not words
Replies: 4
Views: 65

Re: Deeds, not words

I didn't see the part where the pope talked about good people and bad people.
chownah
by chownah
Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:01 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Fake News
Replies: 48
Views: 1065

Re: Fake News

The recordings were made back to 2009, so they're bound to be somewhat anticlimactic. It was during the presidential election campaign that CNN pushed bias and yellow journalism to an unprecedented level. I don't know specifically if cnn was pushing a bias during the election campaign but it seemed...
by chownah
Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Milo Yiannopoulous scandal
Replies: 63
Views: 585

Re: The Milo Yiannopoulous scandal

Milo's judgement concerning the age of consent from what I remember is that the law has it "about right". In his apology video I think he indicated that it was him at the age of 17 and a man perhaps age 30 (I think he was not specific on that). Are you thinking that we should be morally o...
by chownah
Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:02 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2020, part 1
Replies: 104
Views: 4737

Re: POTUS 2020, part 1

Many people, myself included, go to wikipedia for facts. Some people accept whatever is found there and some people know that sometimes they get it wrong. As it turns out some of the "facts" are adjusted by software bots which change tweek the articles to I guess make them more "factu...
by chownah
Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Hard" and "Soft" anti-ritualist stances, and the Dhamma
Replies: 14
Views: 175

Re: "Hard" and "Soft" anti-ritualist stances, and the Dhamma

.......... .............. The "six directions" of parents, teachers, family, friends, workers and ascetics are chosen largely because they have symbolic or linguistic punning links with the spatial directions. This is about the substitution of one kammically efficacious set of activities ...

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