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Excavation Series 8 – A Day of Sun is Like a Radio to Me

Power Moves Label

A new release is available and live: Excavation Series 8 – A Day of Sun is Like a Radio to Me, a psychedelic, layered, all-over-the-place trippy travel through Cambodia and Thailand put together by John Thayer of the Drunken Sufis act (no strangers themselves to the wild and heavy and mind-melting thing we call rebellious/evolutionary cosmic music).

This mixtape isn’t just a fuck-around though, it’s inspired and brought about by the personal travels and recordings that were being collected in the field and on boats, and the encounters with strange and gorgeous folk and rock music found on the street and in cd and tape stalls, and catching those street musicians playing their ancient oral traditional pieces passed down like infinite dialogue, and trying to record the radio and varying styles of transportation, collecting what you can, be it audio or video or both, trying to be present and…

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Even Racists Got the Blues

The Geeky Gaeilgeoir

OK…I have to say that, most of the time, I feel a little bit sorry for people who make horrendous translation mistakes. This is not one of those times.

This pic came across my desk about nine months ago, and it may just be the worst example of a self-translation disaster I’ve ever seen. 

In fact, it’s so bad, and so out of context, that most of my Irish-speaking friends had no idea what this person was trying to say with those three Irish words: “Gorm Chónaí Ábhar.” It’s beyond gibberish. It even took me a few minutes.

The sad thing is, in order to “get it,” you need to be familiar not only with the ways in which people make translation mistakes (which are legion), but also with a particularly unpleasant segment of U.S. politics.

What this person was trying to say, with this mess of…

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Buddhist Quote for the day

人人会说话,怎样说“好”话
妙莲老和尚

会说话的两头瞒,不会说话的两头传。

信者,在佛家讲就是不妄语——不说虚妄语、说话真实有信用。你说话真实信用,谁不相信你、谁不同你共事?说话不信实、尽是骗人,谁敢同你共事?这样聪明是害了自己,所以要说诚实之语,培养自己人品,人品高贵才受人尊敬。

大家在这些地方要改喔!好好把这个口改成说善语、真实语,不要妄言、两舌、绮语、恶口。什么叫做两舌?两舌就是说两边的是非,世间也叫两头蛇,是比喻这个人说话两边挑拨比蛇还要毒。就像甲乙二人,他们本来心里已经有疙瘩,彼此都不怀好感,怀疑对方在讲自己的坏话。有个两舌的人,他在甲面前讲乙说甲的不好,在乙面前又讲甲说乙的不好。

其实甲乙二人都是在背后讲,对方并没有听到,就是怎样说、怎么骂也没有事,可是被两舌的人一东讲西讲,还加油添醋,就意见不合吵起来、闹起来了。他们为什么搞得这样不好,甚至闹得家里不安?就是因为有人搬弄是非,所以两舌的话不能说。

俗语说:“会说话的两头瞒,不会说话的两头传”,为什么要两头瞒?有的人疑心鬼,他问你:“甲是不是说我坏话?”你不能说:“不错!他是说你坏话。”要方便说。这样改你两舌,同时恶口就转为善语了;恶口有罪过,善语有功德,所以不能大意误造恶口。

所谓绮语,就是讲花言巧语、男女不正的那些事,令人听了生非非想。一般凡夫本来心就不怎么清净,再被你花言巧语那么一说,更令人没有正确的观念。这些口过要离开,把恶心的、坏心的妄念停止下来,这样就安静快乐、身心清净!不会像野牛、野猴那样。你不妨这样学学看!学了当下你就受用、心境自在!学会了,你就可修口业功德。

还有,不要任随己意骂人、说不好的话,这在佛法叫做“戒恶口”。你恶口——说伤人之语,比刀箭还利,只有坏处、只有罪过。现在的青年这些地方要改喔!好说恶口的话,转世怎么样?不必转世,你假如常说妄语,再说真实语人家都不相信。你常时搬弄是非,人家看你的人品就不好了。这是阳间的果报,到了阴间呢?敲牙割舌。再转世为人怎么样?说话言词不清楚,人不喜听;口既无德,再严重的就做哑巴。

善语所感的善报,转世一说话人家就欢喜听,不但听还奉行;而且口就不会说坏话、恶话,说的都是好语、善语。恶口不会说善话,恶上造恶,到地狱受大苦报,转世又做哑巴,那多么苦!恶口千万不要造,把这些改掉,做一个好好的人、做一个乖乖的青年,父母欢喜、老师也欢喜、同学都赞叹、朋友都欢迎,那多好啊!

另外,吃荤也是一种恶口,一定要改!这当然不是世间普通人所能接受的,但身为佛教徒要能接受。唯有佛法才叫人要改变这种恶口;所以一般凡夫学佛法不容易,不是大丈夫不能接受。丈夫本无种,我们若能发觉悟之心就是大丈夫。

你想要得到人的欢喜、受人的赞美,乃至到社会做事人家都信任你,就不能随便说话,要修口德、修善口。怎么样善?当然说善话、于人有利益的话。还有善中之善、最重要的善,就是念南无阿弥陀佛、南无观世音菩萨、诵佛经。

你们今晚坐车回去时就念阿弥陀佛、观世音菩萨,光阴不要空过了。今天闻到佛法,今天修行已经嫌迟了,不要再待明天、后天!要等到什么时候?“我把什么事都了结了再来学佛。”阎王是你的什么人?阎王是你的好友也不行啊!闻了佛法你不即刻修,想到明天才修,明天、明天,明天又有明天,到那个明天?你听了十年、一百年的佛法,到时候一件都没有做到,那佛法的好处你一点也得不到的,太可惜了!

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Monument to Cecco di Sangro : Cappella Sansevero

Rigg's Cabinet of Curiosities

… intriguing jack-in-a-box …

Naples Sansevero

One of the top sights in Naples is the group of extraordinary Baroque sculptures in Cappella Sansevero. The most famous is the Veiled Christ by Napolitan Guiseppe Sanmartino. This dramatic and technical tour-de-force depicts the dead Christ under a thin, transparent shroud. Such was its virtuosity that a legend grew about its creation: people believed that a real cloth shroud had somehow been turned to stone over the marble body. Queue up, buy the ticket and shuffle around the statue: it truly is amazing.

Veiled Christ Naples

However … the rest of the chapel is just as interesting. After admiring the main event, I wandered around, as I always do, avoiding the crowds and rebelling against the directions. This is why I do it: most of the tourists completely miss this delightful memorial to Cecco di Sangro as it is above the entrance and so you have to…

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USA: Support Mike Williams: Indigenous Elder and Sacramento Defender

Insurrection News

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Longtime Sacramento activist and indigenous elder Mike Williams is one of three people of color who face charges stemming from the antifascist mobilization which shut down a neo-Nazi rally in June of 2016. Only one neo-Nazi, William Planer, is facing charges, and he was only arrested after vandalizing a synagogue in Denver, CO. Mike is currently facing massive charges and a high bail. Please support him here and share the fundraising link far and wide along with this article to raise awareness of his case. 

On June 26th, hundreds of people from across Northern California and beyond mobilized and converged to protest against a rally called for by the Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP) and the Golden State Skinheads (GSS).

pic2-16Members of the Golden State Skinheads (GSS) show off their swastika tattoos. Many of these same neo-Nazis would go on to stab protesters on June 26th.

Both organizations are open neo-Nazi groups…

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