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My Descent Into Hell and What it Taught Me About Beauty

My Descent Into Hell and What it Taught Me About Beauty

Commented Apr 15, 2012 at 18:51:33 in Healthy Living

“Sometimes in order for us to see the light... we must enter darkness. Our moment of truth and clarity comes when we are at our lowest point or has been there for a while. Never forget the idiosyncrasies of life... embrace and learn from them. This was touching and brilliantly written... thank you for sharing.”
Iraq War: Last US Troops Leave Country

Iraq War: Last US Troops Leave Country

Commented Dec 18, 2011 at 12:19:09 in World

“So many Americans have died, maimed, scarred emotionally... and a lot of Iraqis have died as well. I feel that this war could of simply been avoided if we had taken a different approach and further clamped down on other means of sanctions. But we can't go back in time... all you can do is realize that once the war started, these soldiers had taken on this job to do it and do it well.”

aprilborn04 on Dec 18, 2011 at 12:45:37

“Don't forget about the embargo that was placed on Iraq between 1993
and 2003. This embargo affected only the poor and the young. Iraq was deprived
of essential medication even innoculations against childhood diseases. Cancer
medication was witheld. Even pencils and bedsheets were not allowed; could be
used as weapons. Consequently over 100,000 Iraquis died every year for 10 years.
Embargoes are horrible weapons to be used against any nation, these punish
only the poor while the ruling classes remain untouched.”
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Divide and Conquer

Commented Aug 24, 2011 at 19:31:36 in Impact

“This is FANTASTIC, Jay! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article... it's your best one yet. You are absolutely right, not one race is more special than the other. In fact, we are all connected with one another and with everything. We have been mislead by the government, the global elite, the media, religion, culture, etc. which has taught us and manipulated us to think we are separate and divided. We are in the midst of evolutionizing... it is time for us to come together and to stop marginalizing and segregating ourselves from one another. We are all human beings sharing a great experience called life. It is time to start living this life with compassion... to open our hearts and experience life as one sentient consciousness and break free from the shackles of conditioning and programming.”
The Karmapa: Tibetan Buddhism's Next Great Leader?

The Karmapa: Tibetan Buddhism's Next Great Leader?

Commented Aug 3, 2011 at 04:34:58 in Religion

“No country’s independence is a lost cause nowadays. But in every country, it's the people who live there who must fight for that independence. Call me an incorrigible optimist, but I am sure that sooner or later China will accept it if Tibet wants to be free. China is so big, and has so many inhabitants... they do not really need Tibet. China's politicians consider this a case of prestige. But for the next generation of Chinese politicians it will be more of a practical problem. Tibetans should strongly unite, protest and fight - who knows for how long. I am sure that’s the only way that might lead towards independence for their country.”
The Karmapa: Tibetan Buddhism's Next Great Leader?

The Karmapa: Tibetan Buddhism's Next Great Leader?

Commented Jul 30, 2011 at 16:35:24 in Religion

“I don't agree with your logic... what you're saying is that people should just give up on freedom and dignity. China has treated Tibetans as well as other natives exactly like the American government treated native Americans... rounded them up, stuck them on a reservatio­n, turn their religion into a sideshow, took their crafts, language, and leaders away from them, forced them to eat poor food and sold their children into slavery. And your saying that they should conform to that? Would you?”

OtayPanky on Jul 30, 2011 at 20:07:46

“It's one thing for TB's and their friends to make the case for basic human rights, which include the freedom to practice their religion. It's another to insist that China "free Tibet".

I'm not a big fan of the Chicoms, their brutality, their repression. But we live in the real world, samsara if you will. Nations take over other nations all the time. It has happened in the past, it's happening today, and it will happen in the future.

There is zero chance that China will allow Tibet to be a sovereign nation again. Zero. So unless China collapses (like the USSR did under Gorby), there's no upside for TB's to demand their independence. On the contrary, it will insure that severe repression will continue.

Are the Chicoms in the wrong here? I certainly think so. But since when did being morally wrong ever stop one country from taking over another? No country is willing to excoriate, much less ostracize, China for their actions. They hold too much power - both economic and military - for that.”
The Karmapa: Tibetan Buddhism's Next Great Leader?

The Karmapa: Tibetan Buddhism's Next Great Leader?

Commented Jul 30, 2011 at 12:03:43 in Religion

“Karmapa's spiritual leadership will also hopefully lead the younger generations to become involved and to help take a political stand with the Free Tibet Movement.”

OtayPanky on Jul 30, 2011 at 13:32:30

“I'm no apologist for the Chicoms, with their brutal boot in the face way of doing business.

But seriously, the Free Tibet movement has about as much chance of success as the Texas succession movement, or insisting that we give America back to the Native Americans.

Time moves on. All things (including empires and governments) are marked by impermanence. The 21st century, by all accounts, is going to be dominated to a great degree by China, whether you and I like it or not.

As China becomes ever more enmeshed with the rest of the world, it is in their own self-interest to allow their own society to become religiously pluralistic. That's happening already.

Skillful means for serious TB's and their supporters would be to persuade their new masters that the TB religion is not a threat to Chinese political dominance, and that TB has given up its own desires for political power.”
The Karmapa: Tibetan Buddhism's Next Great Leader?

The Karmapa: Tibetan Buddhism's Next Great Leader?

Commented Jul 30, 2011 at 10:03:03 in Religion

“This would be extraordinary, as this authority has never changed hands peacefully. But these are extraordinary times.”
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Whitey Bulger Arrested: Infamous Mob Fugitive Caught In Santa Monica

Commented Jun 24, 2011 at 18:02:15 in Crime

“Whitey was an expert at knowing how the cops and feds operate, he changed his name and laid low for those 15 years, I'm surprised someone reconized him. However, how he spoke didn't change... he still had a thick Boston accent that you don't hear too often in California as you would in Mass. His whole demeanor and his girlfriend was what gave him away... not to mention the fact that he paid cash for everything (even his rent), that someone would put two and two together and call it into authorities.”

Tykete on Jun 25, 2011 at 15:23:34

“I think the feds knew where he was all along. He has so many people that he can incriminate, judges, feds, cops. They don't want him to talk. He needs medical attention and called it in to be arrested.”

amd02148 on Jun 24, 2011 at 22:02:10

“That Boston accent should have been a dead give away. I agree robela when you pay eveything in cash even your rent . Red flag.”
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Honor Your Life

Commented Jun 23, 2011 at 23:04:58 in Impact

“This article was phenomenal... I felt like I was right there. It must of been the ultimate road trip for you. You've accomplished alot on this journey... and know that you are making a difference in people's lives. 一个真正的英雄.”
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Yes, Virginia, Some Men Are Pigs

Commented May 22, 2011 at 01:20:37 in Politics

“I think this boils down to ego... having the assumption that they will never get caught.”
Hollywood Indians

Hollywood Indians

Commented May 18, 2011 at 23:07:19 in Entertainment

“What a great point you brought up on who is and who isn't allowed to play these roles. In "Memoirs of a Geisha", there were a lot of controversy in China and Japan, calling the Chinese actresses sell-outs and how they betrayed their country. I know it stems back to Japan settling and controlling China during World War II, and that there is two totally different cultural backgrounds, as well as both countries didn't want the Americans to view all Asians the same. But seriously, who cares what their descent is, as long as they make the story come alive and the characters believable. Most of the world seem to be so caught up on the ethnic and racial notion that you must be that race in order to portray the part. It does get to be so ridiculous, where do we draw the line?

I remember watching "Bonanza" reruns when I was little with my dad, and back in the day there were so many negative depictions about American Indians, and their characters were nothing short of subservient aides for the European settlers out West. It's good to see that the film makers are making strides in producing accurate and realistic movies. Btw, I just saw the movie "Cold Mountain"... and you were absolutely stellar. Great article and a impressive performance.”
Alec Baldwin Punches John Krasinski In Red Sox-Yankees New Era Ad

Alec Baldwin Punches John Krasinski In Red Sox-Yankees New Era Ad

Commented May 14, 2011 at 12:08:13 in Entertainment

“Hysterical... especially how we get so riled up over our sports team! Love Alec's sense of humor... so in his element in this skit. In my opinion, besides Justin Timberlake, he's the best guest host on SNL.”

Gigity on May 14, 2011 at 14:49:14

“He should have been arrested for what he did to poor Canteen Boy.”
Red Wings Beat Sharks 3-1 To Force Game 7

Red Wings Beat Sharks 3-1 To Force Game 7

Commented May 11, 2011 at 12:41:52 in Sports

“Is it me or does the Sharks become unglued when the Wings have a barrage flurry of offense in their zone? So looks like their defense just breaks down... especially since they have no idea how to handle Datsyuk.”
Red Wings Beat Sharks 4-3 To Stay Alive

Red Wings Beat Sharks 4-3 To Stay Alive

Commented May 9, 2011 at 15:26:43 in Sports

“Datsyuk with 3 assist with basically one arm. Truly amazing!! Great comeback... one of the best I've ever seen in NHL. Now back to Hockey Town for game 6... GO WINGS!!!”

Master of Puppets on May 9, 2011 at 22:03:47

“Datsyuk has gotta be the most underrated player in the league.. Let's hope he has another amazing game tomorrow. GO WINGS!”
Andrew Bynum Ejected: Lakers Center Tossed After Dirty Play On Dallas' J.J. Barea (VIDEO)

Andrew Bynum Ejected: Lakers Center Tossed After Dirty Play On Dallas' J.J. Barea (VIDEO)

Commented May 9, 2011 at 12:56:20 in Sports

“I'm embarrassed for the Laker's. SMDH... what a poor display of sportsmanship. And unfortunately, fining them won't put any kind of dent in their pockets. Now that Phil Jackson is gone... wonder who will be their next coach?”

SweetLemonPie on May 9, 2011 at 13:04:11

“Most likely the assistant coach, Brian Shaw.”
Battle Plan Of A Tiger Daughter (And Mother-To-Be)

Battle Plan Of A Tiger Daughter (And Mother-To-Be)

Commented May 8, 2011 at 12:34:08 in Healthy Living

“Traditions and heritage are two of the most important aspects of Chinese culture. Passed down from mother to daughter, these traditions are expected to be carried on for years to come. Being raised by a Chinese mother as well much (much like Deanna and Amy), she was still able to maintain a balance between Chinese heritage and American values. Now that I'm an adult, I come to realization that the “life importance” is actually a testimony of love from my mother.”
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Commented May 6, 2011 at 22:07:42 in Impact

“Great column Jay. Bashing names of cultural icons and shattering their legend and history is always offensive... it just merely demonstrates how little regard for the truth most people possess (especially when it's not their own ethnic lineage).”
Your Future: Two Lifetimes in One

Your Future: Two Lifetimes in One

Commented Apr 27, 2011 at 14:28:21 in Healthy Living

“I love this... I feel that for the majority, most of us go through our first 50 years of life in search of inner peace and trying to decipher who we really are. The "juice" that kept us driven impacted and manipulated our relationship with ourselves, and when we start to lose that "juice", we're able to focus further inward and evolve with more of a spiritual awareness.”

lrobb on Apr 27, 2011 at 22:23:30

“Actually, most of us went through the first 50 years trying to insure our children would not wind up on the 10 Most Wanted list or move back home. That pretty much took most of the time Mom wasn't working.

Mom now hasn't a clue what she wants to do with the next 50 except insure she does not wind up in a sleeping bag under a bridge.

Reality is what happens when we are making other plans.”
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Adopt a Native Elder: When the Spirit Moves You...

Commented Apr 24, 2011 at 21:08:46 in Impact

“I know it's no easy task to partake in a fundraiser, so I applaud everyone involved with the ANE Rug Show for engaging in such selfless acts and efforts for such a worthwhile and needed cause as well as Jay for bringing much awareness and spirit to the program. You all have given everyone the opportunity to enjoy the beautifully crafted Navajo rugs and most importantly raise the funds that is needed for firewood. These alternative energy resources can get to be extremely costly (especially with the powered windmills and ground coverage), but I feel the program is on the right track with introducing the solar cooker. It's the first step in the right direction... and hopefully will lead to more innovative alternatives. It is not enough to just stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs... one step at a time.”
Life or Death: Teen Suicide on American Indian Reservations

Life or Death: Teen Suicide on American Indian Reservations

Commented Apr 22, 2011 at 17:58:21 in Impact

“I couldn't agree with you more when you wrote "real healing has to come from within the American Indian community". Any influence from the outside could irritate the strong structure of traditions and cultures of the American Indian Nations, which could lead to more of an identity crisis amongst the teens. And wow... Coloradas Mangas is such a survivor and is so wise beyond his years. When he wrote "I come from people whose pride runs deep, but I also understand that sometimes, pride can keep us from asking for help"... it brought tears to my eyes knowing that these teens didn't want to "lose face" or bring shame to themselves and family... and so have decided to take their own lives instead. Great blog Jay, very graciously written.”