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December 2011

Dalai Lama | Education of the Heart

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama:

My hope and wish is that one day, formal education will pay attention to what I call “education of the heart.” Just as we take for granted the need to acquire proficiency in the basic academic subjects, I am hopeful that a time will come when we can take it for granted that children will learn, as part of the curriculum, the indispensability of inner values: love, compassion, justice, and forgiveness. 

People’s World | Despite attack ads, Elizabeth Warren gains steam

WORCESTER, Mass. – Elizabeth Warren’s campaign to defeat tea-party darling Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., has surged to frontrunner status, even as Karl Rove’s shadowy corporate-backed super committee PAC pours millions of dollars into attack aids on behalf of the current senator. 

A UMass-Boston Herald poll released Dec. 7 showed Warren opening a hefty seven-point lead against Sen. Brown, the first time her campaign has been ahead. Warren’s supporters argue that the numbers went up as more people came to know the candidate.

People’s World |Occupiers message to Congress: All we want for Christmas is good jobs

From People’s World: 

WASHINGTON-“All I want for Christmas is JOBS!” 

That was the message on a placard carried by a Philadelphia Unemployment Project (PUP) member as he marched with about 50 other PUP members to join a “People’s Camp” on the Capitol Mall Dec. 6. 

PUP brought a busload to join rallies, speak outs and other mass actions during a rainy but mild week in the nation’s capital. It included sit-ins outside lawmakers’ offices demanding that they extend jobless benefits and create jobs by approving a multi-billion dollar public works program.
A coalition including Rebuild the American Dream movement, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) USAction and many other unions and community organizations are sponsors of the mobilization. 

Protesters from Ohio sat down in the corridor outside House Speaker John Boehner’s office, “bearding the corporate Grinch in his den.” It was one of dozens of impromptu sit-ins at congressional offices to protest Republican obstruction of President Barack Obama’s jobs program. 

It’s time to be scared of the Republicans again

This is among the best explanations why I left the two-party, “lesser of two evils” system when I left the Democratic Party in 2001. We’re never going to get parties that represent our interests as Leftists if we keep funding the Democrats as the only “realistic” choice.

The message is clear: You might be achingly disappointed by the first three years of the Obama presidency–by the bailout of Wall Street while millions of homeowners face foreclosure, by the failure to push for a real jobs program, by the betrayal of the promise of universal health care, and by the capitulation to the Republicans’ deficit hysteria, even while the Bush-era tax cuts for the super-rich were preserved. But it’s time to set that aside, and be scared of the Republicans again–and work for Obama and the Democrats in order to stop the “greater evil.” 

Occupy Xmas?

So, AdBusters, which served as the original impetus for Occupy Wall Street, is now calling for occupations and demonstrations at major retailers:

You’ve been sleeping on the streets for two months pleading peacefully for a new spirit in economics. And just as your camps are raided, your eyes pepper sprayed and your head’s knocked in, another group of people are preparing to camp-out. Only these people aren’t here to support occupy Wall Street, they’re here to secure their spot in line for a Black Friday bargain at Super Target and Macy’s.

This is in line with AdBusters’ usual opposition to commercialism, which I generally support, but I agree with this piece from SocialistWorker dissecting the implications of this, and finding it ultimately counterproductive:

It should also be pointed out that at some of these holiday sales, people may be buying presents, but some may be buying for themselves what they can’t afford at any other time of the year.

In no time at all we will enjoy bountiful harvests

You have associated with a friend in the orchid room and have become as straight as mugwort growing among the hemp. If you will truly give consideration to the troubles I have been describing and put entire faith in these words of mine, then the winds will blow gently, the waves will be calm, and in no time at all we will enjoy bountiful harvests.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 23
On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land
Submitted to Hojo Tokiyori on July 16, 1260

Faith is the secret to happiness

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda:

Faith is the secret to happiness for all people. When you truly forge your mind of faith, you will become an eternal victor throughout the three existences of past, present and future. Strong faith enables you to display your wisdom appropriately, so that you can take advantage of change and move forward in the direction of victory and hope.

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