General News and Current Events of Interest Thread

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General News and Current Events of Interest Thread

Postby Heterodox Garden » Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:51 am

Hello. I thought I'd start a thread about general news topics that I happen to find interesting. The stories I will be posting here don't necessarily have anything to do with Buddhism per se, but I am interested in what "like minded" people (i.e., members of Dharmawheel.net) might have to say about general current events.

The items I will be adding are not necessarily the "top stories" of the day (although they might be). They are just things I personally find interesting.

The views expressed in the news stories in this thread are not necessarily my own. In fact, I'll probably be posting things I don't agree with as well, just to keep it interesting. Personally, I'm not much of a debater and I don't have an "agenda" or a strong political orientation. I just like to mull things over with an open mind.

If this thread gets long enough, obviously you wouldn't have to read the old posts; just feel free to skip to the most recent ones.

Please also feel free to comment on the stories I post here from whatever perspective you like, or add your own stories.
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Recommended reading material of recent interest:
Ch'eng-kuan on the Hua-yen Trinity
By Robert M. Gimello
http://ccbs.ntu.edu.tw/FULLTEXT/JR-BJ001/bj60469.htm
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Re: General News and Current Events of Interest Thread

Postby Heterodox Garden » Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:51 am

This Mythical Map Of The Internet Is Brilliant
Amateur graphic designer Martin Vargic creates anything but amateur-level work. We recently stumbled upon his incredible "Map of the Internet 1.0," a rendering of what the Internet might look like if it were actually put together on a vintage map.
More at source:
http://www.businessinsider.com/internet-map-2014-2


Americans Are Renouncing Their Citizenship In Record Numbers

Three times more Americans gave up on America in 2013 than in 2012. As The WSJ reports, last year saw a record number of US taxpayer expatriations. While "exceptionalism" and living the American Dream remain cornerstones of maintaining the US citizenry's view of the world, it seems everything from tax-code changes to spying drove 2,999 people to hand in their passports last year, "above all, fear seems to be driving this increase."
More at source:
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-02-0 ... rd-numbers


WALL STREET "POPULISM" TRAMPLES THAILAND'S POOR
The West has praised Thaksin Shinawatra and his "populist" policies for years as an example of very best of modern progressive principles in practice. Cheap loans, free computers, and rice subsidies were hailed as democracy in action by the Western media - and those who questioned the unsustainable, corruption and scandal fraught policies were swiftly condemned as "elitists" who rejected equality. The goal of these policies were never to lift up the poor, but rather install Thaksin Shinawatra into power long enough to uproot Thailand's indigenous institutions and open the nation up to foreign corporate-financier and geopolitical exploitation.
However, this myth of a "populist" "pro-rural poor" government, has been finally laid to rest. The ill-conceived vote-buying scams the regime had propelled itself into power with, have now fully unraveled in a spectacular display of vindication for the regime's opposition. However, as it has unraveled, it has left farmers across the nation robbed of both their rice and their promised subsidies, along with a devastated rice industry that may take years to recover in terms of quality, exports, and reputation.

More at source:
http://www.blacklistednews.com/Wall_Str ... 8/Y/M.html


Why protests and Civil Unrest Are Growing Around the World
The future of world politics will be about which societies can develop responsive institutions to govern vast geographical space and which cannot. Will the growing trend of protests and civil unrest around the world – as demonstrated in the Middle East, Thailand and Ukraine recently – soon spread to countries like Russia and China?
More at source:
http://www.economywatch.com/features/th ... 10-02.html
Recommended reading material of recent interest:
Ch'eng-kuan on the Hua-yen Trinity
By Robert M. Gimello
http://ccbs.ntu.edu.tw/FULLTEXT/JR-BJ001/bj60469.htm
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Re: General News and Current Events of Interest Thread

Postby Heterodox Garden » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:20 pm

Ukraine Police Storm Square in Deadliest Day of Uprising
Mayhem gripped the center of the Ukrainian capital on Tuesday evening as riot police officers moved on protesters massed behind barriers raised throughout Independence Square, the focal point of more than two months of protests against President Viktor F. Yanukovych.
More:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/19/world ... raine.html

US experts say chemicals may cause silent brains epidemic in young
Leading experts are calling for a radical overhaul of regulations for chemicals to protect children from every-day toxins that may be causing a global ''silent epidemic'' of brain development disorders such as autism, dyslexia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. In a review published in The Lancet Neurology on Saturday, Dr Philippe Grandjean from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and Dr Philip Landrigan from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York said regulations were inadequate to safeguard foetuses and children from potentially hazardous chemicals found in the environment and everyday items such as clothing, furniture and toys. The pair said that in the past seven years the number of recognised chemical causes of neurodevelopmental disorders doubled from six to 12. These include lead, arsenic, pesticides such as DDT, solvents, methylmercury, found in some fish, flame retardants, often added to plastics and textiles, and manganese, a commonly mined metal that can get into drinking water.
More:
http://www.smh.com.au/national/us-exper ... 32swe.html

H7N9 has mutated, may spread from human to human
Chinese researchers have discovered mutations in the new strain of avian influenza A, known as H7N9, and have found that the virus has the ability to spread from human to human, the latest issue of China's Southern Metropolis Weekly reported.
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201401110017.aspx
Recommended reading material of recent interest:
Ch'eng-kuan on the Hua-yen Trinity
By Robert M. Gimello
http://ccbs.ntu.edu.tw/FULLTEXT/JR-BJ001/bj60469.htm
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