This article from The Guardian [https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/mar/20/how-the-arms-industry-trades-on-our-fear-of-terrorism-book-paul-holden-indefensible ... sorry the link-thingie isn't working for me] is long when compared to the brevity of the Tweet world but I thought it was excellent when differentiating between perceived and actual threats that American and other political poo-bahs can bandy about when searching for the attention they need in order to get re-elected.
Not only does the article assess the wonders of selling arms, it also calls into question the inadequate reasoning applied to "terrorism" and "crime." If nothing else, I think it urges anyone to rein in their shuddering imaginations and consider the statistical facts ... eg.
-- ... [Y]ou are more likely as a US citizen to drown in your bathtub (a one in 800,000 chance) than die from terrorism (a one in 3.8 million chance).
-- Toddlers, using weapons found in their own homes, have killed more Americans than terrorists in recent years.
-- [I]t is crucial to consider that the “war on terror” might have been a horrendous error. Such an argument runs like this: the attempt to impose a military solution on complicated political problems was simplified thinking with a false promise of total national safety. In turn, the militarisation of the response – as seen in the massive expansion of military deployments, arms spending, and the license to do anything in pursuit of national security – has in reality worsened the problem of armed violence in the world.
The article, for those willing, is much more than the average white-whining liberal screed....
I've spent my free time the last couple of months - while waiting for the sun to return to the frozen north - making a few bark-carved walking sticks. If you must hobble, best to hobble in style, eh?
I began by trying to impose an artificial design on the stick, but found this to be troublesome and, somehow, not quite right.
Gradually, I have found that the stick already knows how it wishes to be decorated, so I try to take its advice, not always successfully.
Taking the stick's advice might, perhaps, be regarded as following the Tao of the stick. It might also be regarded as just being mindful of the task and not of the self that wants to do the task. I think I like the Tao option better, perhaps because it conveys a sense of being guided by something, rather than presenting a blank, inanimate surface where, seemingly, the self must still make decisions in order to go forward. What do you think?
The oldest printed book in the world is not the Bible.
It is the Diamond Sutra.
Too precious to be seen except in virtual mode. Which I can not do on my Ipad because the funding at the British Museum is still supporting the outmoded Flash media format. Pah!
I complained on behalf of their excellent tech support. The technical deptartment were scanning books years ago ... before the British Library became a separated building at St Pancreas ... specialist infrared and other techniques to create more info than the naked eye can presently see. Yep borg implants still not available. I used to regularly use the experimental equipment and software. For the time, it was cutting edge.
Might have to visit again.
If you are in London, go to the Buddhist section of the British Museum. It is incredible. Any treasures near you?
As a lamp, a cataract, a star in space / an illusion, a dewdrop, a bubble / a dream, a cloud, a flash of lightening / view all created things like this.