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    Biofuels, Baptists, Rambo, Thaksin, and Shanghai Paid Member

    Well, nothing's simple in this world. Depressing new research seems to indicate biofuels may be worse for the earth than fossil fuels. An American Baptist Delegation is going to visit Burmese refugee camps in Thailand. The film Hmyaw-lint-gyin-myar-swar (With Much Hope) about people living with HIV, won Burma's top film honors. Burma's very old movie industry has fallen on hard times. More »
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    Bomb Blast by Thailand Shrine; Sandalwood Smuggling Paid Member

    A bomb-blast by a shrine in southern Thailand killed one person today. The U.S. imposes more sanctions on Burma, freezing the assets of an arms dealer accused of enabling the regime. The Irrawaddy mentions rumors of ill-health in Burmese Supremo Than Shwe or his family. Cancer, some say. But others say it is wishful thinking arising fro athe natural Buddhist assumption that karma would come calling on the general. Big surprise: Sandalwood is being smuggled brought into China from Nepal. Wat isn't being smuggled into China from neighboring countries? Of course, the U.S. More »
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    Bodh Gaya Controversy; Hard Winter in China; Sri Lankan Jet Fighters Paid Member

    More on the alleged wrongdoing in Bodh Gaya. Did the tree's custodians cut off and sell a branch of the tree to the government of Thailand for $1.5 million? Did attendant priests sell fallen leaves to pilgrims? And where are the missing Buddha statuette hat used to fill the niches around the site? In addition to this controversy, the site is shared by Hindus and Buddhists and, especially now when there is trouble, tension is rising. More »
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    Sri Lanka Suicide Bombing; Severe Weather in China Continues Paid Member

    At least 11 dead and 92 wounded in a sucide bombing in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Tamil Tigers pioneered the suicide bomb. This one was a woman. Millions still struggling to get home to celebrate the New Year in China. Unusually severe winter weather including ice and snow has handicapped the huge country and perhaps exposed the fragility of its infrastructure. But a five-year plan will fix that. LIVE-BLOGGING THE SUPER BOWL: Seems like some casual racism directed at Asians in the Super Bowl ads. I think it was a Bud Lite ad and that one advertising free sales leads with the pandas. (Salesgenie?) More »
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    Eat less beef Paid Member

    10 Questions for the Dalai Lama -- a Rambo-less movie trailer. And here's a depression-prevention technique inspired by the Dalai Lama. A day in the life of a Zen monk, thanks to Sujatin. An article on the environmental horrors of the beef industry, in the U.S. and around the world: To put the energy-using demand of meat production into easy-to-understand terms, Gidon Eshel, a geophysicist at the Bard Center, and Pamela A. More »
  • Science is messy Paid Member

    This will make Scientologists happy: Prozac and Paxil may not work as well as we're led to believe. Scientists are now saying we're "some momentary fluctuation in a field of matter and energy out in space... Your memories and the world you think you see around you are illusions." Is this a problem? And is cloned beef, or lab-grown beef, that bad, given that much of the world continues to eat cows? More »