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"I have a business proposition for you. It’s the most ridiculous and amazing business idea you will ever hear. Let’s start a new company with no funding. Let’s target all of our marketing to people who can’t pay for our services. Let’s give the services away for free to anyone who doesn’t wish to pay – around 60% of our customers. In fact, if they can’t afford to reach us, let’s also pay for their travel expenses. That is the story of Aravind, now the largest eye care provider in the world and the largest trainer of eye care professionals in the world. While they are non-profit, they accept no donations and are entirely self-sustaining. In other words, while asking patients to choose whether or not to pay, with over 60% opting to pay nothing, they are profitable and growing." --Noah Blumenthal, after reading Infinite Vision
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Pancho and Adelaja are silent every Monday, in the tradition of Gandhi. They voluntarily chose to live in East Oakland, on the border of two gangs, to rebuild a community that is listed as one of the violent neighborhood in the country. Everyday, they meditate and once a week, they meditate publicly in the parks where there have been many homicides.

Today was an especially peculiar Monday to be practicing silence. Oakland police had setup a crack down against Occupy Oakland protestors. The previous confrontation between the police and Occupy Oakland became a national poster child for violence around the country, and Pancho and Adeleja were determined to have this second showdown take a different trajectory. Nonviolent civil disodediance is what has changed the course of our human history, and here were two Gandhians putting their life on the line to preserve its integrity. The city was extremely nervous and spent $300,000 just to pass through this morning's transition smoothly. But alas, when they came in the early hours this morning, they encountered the force field of Pancho and Adeleja. Police would later thanks the community for their cooperation, but it was Pancho and Adelaja that served as a tipping point for a bold resistance that was rooted in something far stronger than violence.

Photos below tell the rest of the story, as Pancho and Adelaja both went to jail, along with 32 other protestors. [Adelaja has since been released.]
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“HERMAN CAIN” — A BLR Soundbite. posted 28 October, 2011 by badlipreading. 113 notes for this post; Permalink / Short URL; Tweet. herman cain; bad lip reading; BLR. “Beard With Glue” — A Bad Lip Readi...
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I hate cut-and-paste. Submitted by administrator on Fri, 10/21/2011 - 23:49. Me, I blame the IDE's. Coding used to be hard. Not because programming itself was overly hard, but mostly because edito...
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File:OccupyMind.svg. From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Jump to: navigation, search. File; File history; File usage on Commons; Metadata. File:OccupyMind.svg Size of this preview: 628 ...
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I skimmed through it but didn't see any mention of the Supreme Court ruling that requires public companies to maximize shareholder value above other concerns. I forget the exact case but it effective stops a board from doing stuff because they think it is good. This is why B-Corps exist (and how cool to be working for one) but their status has yet to be challenged in court by a shareholder suit.
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A pretty awesome writeup on the usability of various languages on the shell. This is kind of what I'm trying to get at with this little language I'm writing, but I'm not sure how yet. http://www.yosefk.com/blog/i-cant-believe-im-praising-tcl.html
I can't believe I'm praising Tcl. April 21st, 2008 | software. So the other day I both defined Tcl procedures all by myself and used them interactively, and I liked it, to the point where it f...
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+Han Wei Also, I just read through the (apparently) infamous "TCL wars" which are related to the development of Guile, referenced in the above article: http://www.vanderburg.org/OldPages/Tcl/war/ and http://www.vanderburg.org/OldPages/Tcl/war2/
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A beautiful reflection from Bhikshu Samata:

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Men Sitting

A man sits because this is one of the four basic postures of man. There was a time when a man could just sit, because he was contented where he was, because he found peace and comfort. He may remain seated, on the ground, on the earth. Man is made up of earth, it is in the food he eats every day and in the air he breathes in every moment. Because of his composition it would seem natural for man to simply sit, on the earth, in his mother's arms because she too enjoys these states of peace.

If a man sitting were asked to leave he may or may not choose to leave this spot of abiding. If he is finding refuge and peace in this posture he may choose to stay in this posture for the benefit of mankind, for who could argue with abiding in a state of Ahimsa, without the possibility of harming another, especially in this dignified yet humble position. His eyes are closed so as to reflect deeply into states that bring about an increasing skillfulness, that are based in understanding. His eyes are closed so as to reflect and understand states that may cause harm to himself and others so as to learn to abandon them. Naturally a man sitting would be quite content to stay seated even if requested to leave.

And if he were to stay, would this bring about harm to anyone or anything? Does a man sitting in silent reflection, sitting in 'presence' have any harm to offer to the world? What would happen if he were to stay right there, unmoving, in peace, in the stillness of mind, and in the acceptance that embraces the entire world. Indeed, what would happen if he were to continue sitting?

There are laws in this world, and in this country. There are natural laws that take care of themselves, laws that we can do nothing to manipulate or change. No matter what we think or believe they continue to function, as they always have, as they always will. They say that love is a universal law, we should take the time to look deeply so as to see the truth of this statement.

In this county there are also laws. How have they come about? Who has formulated them and for what purpose? How have they undergone the manipulation by man in his pursuit of justice and equality? How do these laws appear to us today and what are they in defense of. Who are they protecting? Are they protecting our basic freedom, our basic rights? My father is a Vietnam Veteran. What did he go to a foreign country and risk his life to defend? What did those that died, die to defend? What are those that are dying, right at this moment, defending? Our basic rights? What are these basic rights?

Two of my spiritual brothers were arrested the other day. They are two of the most beautiful people I have seen and had the opportunity to interact with. They were simply sitting down. How do we define progress? How much money is it worth to lose the freedom to sit down? Is there any more basic and essential right of man, and human kind?
In sincerity may you be ever well
-Bhikshu Samata
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"Throwing out the Master’s Tools and Building a Better House"
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A few hours before the raids in Oakland...
[Great write-up from sister Rebecca! :-) Let's spread it far and wide... and let's: Liberate ourselves from the shackles and bondage of slave wage. Liberate our hearts and minds from the oppre...
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I dunno, I had half a notion to call my shell-friendly lisp variant "lishp".
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This is another one of those blog topics I've been sitting on for way too long, trying to find a polite way of saying something fundamentally impolite. I don't see a way to do it. So: you stan...
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