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by Kim O'Hara
Thu Nov 05, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "There are more people alive than dead", true or false ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1070

Re: "There are more people alive than dead", true or false ?

Thanks, Kim. I know I'm preaching to the choir a bit here but perhaps for the passerby.... I would again take issue with this idea of "affluent countries" vs. simply "the affluent." The rich are rich everywhere and their consumption is disproportionately responsible for higher GHG emissions. (setti...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Nov 04, 2020 3:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "There are more people alive than dead", true or false ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1070

Re: "There are more people alive than dead", true or false ?

We can either cut our resource use or our population, or run out of resources and let the Four Horsemen take care of the problem. :thinking: Kim That common refrain has always troubled me a bit. Who is the "We" in that sentence? https://phys.org/news/2020-09-richest-emissions-poorest-analysis.html ...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Nov 04, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "There are more people alive than dead", true or false ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1070

Re: "There are more people alive than dead", true or false ?

We can either cut our resource use or our population, or run out of resources and let the Four Horsemen take care of the problem. :thinking: Kim That common refrain has always troubled me a bit. Who is the "We" in that sentence? https://phys.org/news/2020-09-richest-emissions-poorest-analysis.html ...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue Nov 03, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "There are more people alive than dead", true or false ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1070

Re: "There are more people alive than dead", true or false ?

Carrying capacity matters. Earth Overshoot Day, the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year, was on August 22 this year - https://www.overshootday.org/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Overshoot_Day . We ...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: How are you staying active during the pandemic?
Replies: 14
Views: 1137

Re: How are you staying active during the pandemic?

Lots of my yoga friends adopted online classes during our lockdown, and some of them liked the convenience so much that they haven't yet made it back to the studio.

:coffee:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Extending a warm welcome to our many silent guests
Replies: 8
Views: 673

Re: Extending a warm welcome to our many silent guests

That's a thoughtful invitation, and I echo it - but the number of silent eyes may not be as great as you're thinking. For one thing, regular members who happen to be logged out will show up as "guests". For another, "who is online" is actually "who has been online recently". I'm not sure what the ti...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Daily Laugh Thread
Replies: 241
Views: 77357

Re: Daily Laugh Thread

by Kim O'Hara
Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:55 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Revisiting Kiva
Replies: 12
Views: 714

Re: Revisiting Kiva

I'm sure you're right, David, but I think you missed my point so I have bolded it. I could put it another way, too: Amazon is trying to buy a social licence to continue operating the way it always has, i.e., unethically. I don't want to play along with that if there's a better option. I understood ...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Revisiting Kiva
Replies: 12
Views: 714

Re: Revisiting Kiva

:good:
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Prayers vs. Help
Replies: 6
Views: 399

Re: Prayers vs. Help

Hey, I am currently mulling over the topic of what is actually better: praying for the benefit of beings or actually going out and helping? Little background for my question. Right now I am in a state where I am basically unemployed, looking for job and not sure whether I will be able to pay my ren...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Oct 22, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Revisiting Kiva
Replies: 12
Views: 714

Re: Revisiting Kiva

What's wrong with that connection is that Amazon is profoundly unethical in what it does and how it does it, and any charity which works with it is legitimising Amazon and making it even more of a monster. Amazon works with over one million charities, that one can designate to receive a portion of ...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Revisiting Kiva
Replies: 12
Views: 714

Re: Revisiting Kiva

What's wrong with that connection to Amazon? People purchase from Amazon and a small portion goes to the charity of their choice and some have chosen kiva. ... What's wrong with that connection is that Amazon is profoundly unethical in what it does and how it does it, and any charity which works wi...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Revisiting Kiva
Replies: 12
Views: 714

Re: Revisiting Kiva

https://www.cgdev.org/blog/kiva-not-quite-what-it-seems :good: Thanks, although it is getting a bit old (2009). The bit that I think I need to follow up, for my own peace of mind, is Meanwhile, as I have discovered over the last year, the evidence on the effects of microcredit on poverty and empowe...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Revisiting Kiva
Replies: 12
Views: 714

Revisiting Kiva

A few years ago I came across Kiva and was impressed by their concept of making microfinance available to people in developing nations. I put a few dollars into loans, recycled them when they matured, added a bit more money now and then, and gradually lost faith in what they were doing. I started se...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: COVID - Where are we now? Where are we going?
Replies: 28
Views: 2201

Re: COVID - Where are we now? Where are we going?

Demographers and women’s-rights advocates alike say the looming baby bust is a damning indictment of the health care and childcare systems in the U.S. America is the only developed country that does not guarantee paid leave to new parents, and it does not offer universal childcare or universal pre-...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: COVID - Where are we now? Where are we going?
Replies: 28
Views: 2201

Re: COVID - Where are we now? Where are we going?

Baby bust in USA Women Are Deciding Not to Have Babies Because of the Pandemic ... A June report from the Brookings Institution estimated that the U.S. would see as many as 500,000 fewer births in 2021, a 13% drop from the 3.8 million babies born in 2019. Telehealth clinic Nurx tells TIME it has see...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: How Emperor Ashoka Invented Indian Buddhism
Replies: 27
Views: 1334

Re: How Emperor Ashoka Invented Indian Buddhism

see this: https://tricycle.org/magazine/myth-historical-buddha/ What you've posted here does not align at all well with your OP. Which of them do you believe? ... So everything is a moot point.. No. Some things are known. ...and this applies also to the Buddadharma, even if I have no opinion about ...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: The Veggie Enthusiast Corner
Replies: 45
Views: 3728

Re: The Veggie Enthusiast Corner

:twothumbsup: I hated Brussels sprouts since I was a kid, and it started because my mum boiled them to death. Your recipe looks good, though. For a bit of extra flavour, you could toss in some sesame seeds, or use half-half sesame oil and canola for frying. A simpler way of cooking them is the micro...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Making music for meditation (+ anxiety relief) - hunting for constructive criticism
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Re: Making music for meditation (+ anxiety relief) - hunting for constructive criticism

Very nice indeed. I've never tried a flotation tank, although I've been tempted once or twice, but as a musician with an interest in meditation and relaxation I've listened to lots of very different music which relates to your project one way or another. I will just throw out a lot of ideas for you ...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation
Replies: 30
Views: 1706

Re: Ian Stevenson and the Scientific Study of Reincarnation

As I said before ...
Kim O'Hara wrote: Sun Oct 11, 2020 1:06 pm You may think the rules are wrong or silly or shouldn't matter, but your opinion won't change the rules, any more than your opinion will change the rules of chess.
I have nothing more to add.

:namaste:
Kim

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