Archive | July, 2012

What Is Money?

Puzzled Musing   What Is Money?     I once ran across a a website called Zeitgeist that was peddling a paranoid conspiracy theory about money and the Federal Reserve and banking in general. The paranoia seemed to stem from the writers’ observation that in the money system as it currently stands, banks create money […]

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legalize pot

    Lessons from Amsterdam     Legalize Pot Already     Debby and I went to Amsterdam recently and did a number of fun things besides smoke dope legally. Actually, we never got around to smoking dope legally. I wanted to. I intended to. There was a “coffeehouse” (as they’re called) half a block […]

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The Self as Village

    Improving the Inner Village    The World Health Organization defines health as that state in which a person not only copes with problems but seeks them out. I think of health as the underlying condition that enables a person to live a life of unbroken concentration and absorption. In the well-known Zen parable, […]

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Afghanistan 2012

      In March of 2012, I went to Afghanistan for the first time in 10 years.  That last time, ten years ago, America had recently taken control of the country and the new Karzai government was just getting seated. Now, in 2012, the American occupation is supposedly winding down and there is no […]

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Occupy Deconstructed

    (Don’t) Occupy Oakland   I keep wanting to say a few words about the Occupy movement, but everything I want to say has been said by someone at this point. Yet the urge to say a few words about Occupy doesn’t abate, so I’ll go ahead and say this much: I was all […]

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Afghanistan in 2002

    Afghanistan in 2002   Kabul Spring     In the summer of 2002, I set foot in Afghanistan for the first time in thirty-eight years. I flew in from Delhi on the once-a-week Ariana flight just after the airlink opened The plane looked like it might have been the same one I took […]

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