Great compassion is the root of altruistic action

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama:

Great compassion is the root of altruistic action. It really is a source of wonder. There is no greater source of help and happiness. The capacity to devote yourself to the welfare of others yields otherwise unobtainable power and potential for good. Generate great compassion and you become a friend of the world and a companion of the warm-hearted.

On Selfishness

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama:

Human beings are not intrinsically selfish, which isolates us from others. We are essentially social animals who depend on others to meet our needs. We achieve happiness, prosperity and progress through social interaction. Therefore, having a kind and helpful attitude contributes to our own and others’ happiness.

Peaceful Mind

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama:

The more adept we become at cultivating an altruistic attitude, the happier we will feel and the more comfortable will be the atmosphere around us. But if our emotions fluctuate wildly and we easily give in to hatred and jealousy, even our friends will avoid us. So even for people with no spiritual beliefs, it is important to have a peaceful mind.

Parallels – City of Stars

So, SO good. What I’m listening to lately. I couldn’t get into Crystal Castles, but this reminds me of every synth act I loved in the 80’s; the melody is heartbreakingly sad, paired with poppy synths – the sort of irony I expect from the Pet Shop Boys. You want this.

To All Occupy Wall Street Participants

This. This. A thousand times, this. Read the whole thing over on Reddit. Go. Now. Seriously. Then show up tomorrow in cop camouflage.

To all Occupy Wall Street participants, here is the key to your victory… (for serious)
submitted 8 hours ago by HotKarlMarx 

Guys, listen. Here’s the deal.
I love you guys with every shred of my hard-left leaning heart. But I think you might be doing something wrong. Here is one thing that can help you.
Tomorrow, wear a polo and khakis
Seriously. polos and khakis. Every time you guys DO finally get some fucking press, it’s a scrawny dude with dreads in a ratty t-shirt. You’re going big here, dress it. Tomorrow, Polo shirt and Khakis. (more…)

(via @wilw

Nathan Winograd: It’s Deja Vu All Over Again

Nathan Winograd, on the lies used to receive grant funding (requiring that no healthy, adoptable animals be killed, the Maddie’s Fund grant) for kill shelters, that still kill roughly half of the animals they take in:

We know it is a lie because as the number of animals killed who are claimed to be healthy dropped to zero, the number of so-called “untreatable” animals killed has increased. For example, the number of animals killed deemed “untreatable” increased from 576 to a whopping 3,486. Likewise, the number of “treatable” animals killed also spiked, from 31,568 to 37,888. Maricopa County officials also excluded 4,107 animals who they claim were killed at the request of the people surrendering them. Their lives were not counted in reporting results, the statistics—and the animals—swept under the rug. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: pounds and “shelters” do not create No Kill by killing as they always have, but simply recategorizing animals as “unadoptable” or “untreatable” and then killing them. We achieve No Kill by actually saving their lives. In fact, the latest report is an analysis in failure.

“Shelters” that take in grants from the no-kill movement that haven’t bothered to change their kill rates one bit? This is the very essence of our myopic approach to animal “welfare.” Donate to no-kills. Adopt from traditional “shelters.” Do not buy from breeders. Ever.

Boycott Namibia over seal culling, South Africa?

As is usually the case with single-species animal campaigns, this profoundly misses the point. While most South Africans are eating animal flesh from animals that have been treated no better, animal advocates in South Africa are calling for a tourism boycott against Namibia over seal culling. When, oh when, will we make the connection, and expand our moral concern to all animals, including so-called “food” animals.

Johannesburg – South Africans should boycott Namibian tourism and products because of the country’s seal culling practices, three animal rights groups said on Wednesday.