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Buddha was a conservative

posted by Ellen Scordato

by Ellen Scordato At least, that’s what this article in the American Thinker proposes. In “Tiger, the Buddha, and Me,” writer Robin of Berkeley sets out to prove “Why the Buddha was more Mark Levin than Saul Alinsky.” She asks, “So […]

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The Speech Obama Should Give About Health Insurance Reform

posted by Jerry Kolber

by Jerry KolberIt’s a shame that with such initial popular support for his health insurance reform President Obama is running into such difficulties making it possible for all American’s to be healthy.  While I tend to vote Democrat, I have […]

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: President Obama Weighs in

posted by Ethan Nichtern

posted by Ethan Nichtern Martin Luther King Jr has always had a powerful spot in my personal “lineage,” which is a crucial concept in Buddhism. Having attended a school founded directly on MLK‘s beliefs —Manhattan Country School, a small amazing “private […]

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Can Meditation Solve the Tragedy of the Commons?

posted by Stillman Brown

By Stillman Brown I’ve recently become a fan of NPR’s Planet Money podcast. Similar to it’s public radio brother-in-arms, This American Life, Planet Money is an informative, humorous look at economics issues that carries some intellectual weight. A recent show […]

The Charter for Compassion: Karen Armstrong’s Vision

posted by Jon Rubinstein

by Jon Rubinstein I’ve been writing elsewhere about the Charter for Compassion which launched on November 12. The Charter is the fulfillment of Karen Armstrong‘s 2008 Ted prize and comes from Armstrong’s observation that every religion, without exception, shares a […]

Women In Buddhism: The Thai Nun Controversy

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Rafi Santo, Director of the Interdependence Project‘s Integral Activism Program In an unprecedented historical act, Ajahn Brahm (full name: Ajahn Brahmavamso), a senior monk in the Thai Forest Tradition of Theravadin Buddhism, conducted a full ordination at his Australian […]

Meditating, In Public, on Broadway For 24 Hours. No, I Am Not David Blaine

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern This Friday 7pm, Until Saturday 7pm, The Interdependence Project is putting on what promises to be a very cool event. We are meditating, as a group, for 24 hours straight, in the storefront windows of this place, […]

Only 35% of Americans feel that global warming is a serious problem

posted by Kirsten Firminger

By Kirsten Firminger According to new polling done by The Pew Research Center, only 35% of Americans feel that global warming is a serious problem, down from 44% of those surveyed in 2008. Only 36% feel that there is solid […]

What are you doing on October 24th International Day of Climate Action?

posted by Kirsten Firminger

By Kirsten Firminger October 24, 2009 is the International Day of Climate Action. It is a global call to action to put our world on course to get back to 350 ppm. 350.org states that “350 parts per million is […]

Propaganda flashback – The US Government wants YOU to conserve

posted by Kirsten Firminger

by Kirsten Firminger According to the United States government (during World War II), it is your patriotic duty to waste less and recycle more. All of these propaganda advertising images are courtesy of Duke University’s Ad*Access digital image database. Click […]

Dalai Lama Talks To Wolf Blitzer About Apparent Snub From Fellow Nobel Winner Obama (Video)

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Nobel Laureate, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, about his apparent brush-off from the newest Nobel Peace Prize Winner, President Barack Obama. The Dalai Lama, in the fashion of embodying peace, was quite gracious. […]

Thich Nhat Hanh Day 2: Nourish Obama and Eat Mindfully

posted by Patrick Groneman

by Patrick Groneman I too, was lucky enough to get tickets to see a very timely talk by Zen Monk Thich Nhat Hanh today in New York City.  He spoke of the importance of building peaceful and compassionate communities, just […]

Obama Nobel Peace Prize For What? Rachel Maddow Explains While Thich Nhat Hanh Embodies Peace

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern All day yesterday, many of us, myself included, were saying to ourselves, they gave Obama the Nobel Peace Prize, For What? On the day that our President was awarded arguably the most hopeful award that exists on […]

Committee Awards Barack Obama Nobel Peace Prize for 2009: First Sitting President Since Woodrow Wilson To Win

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern Hope renewed? The Nobel Committee in Norway has awarded President Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009. According to the Washington Post, the award was given “for his work to improve international diplomacy and rid the […]

Health Insurance and the Public Option

posted by Jerry Kolber

Jerry Kolber is a writer, filmmaker and television producer based in New York City. His personal site is at www.JerryKolber.com and you can follow him on Twitter. Past projects include Inked and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and he […]

Obama, The Dalai Lama, and The GOP: Are Republicans the Defenders of Tibet and Human Rights?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern File this under world turned upside down–or under political opportunism–depending on your viewpoint. According to The Hill, Republican lawmakers are criticizing the Obama administration for failing to support Tibetan rights and human rights in general by not […]

Sailing the plastic vortex: Video highlights

posted by Kirsten Firminger

by Kirsten Firminger Following up on my previous post, Setting sail for the plastic vortex, which focuses on Project Kaisei researchers who are studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, I found that they have posted up some great new videos […]

Obama Postpones (Avoids?) Meeting With Dalai Lama: Change We No Longer Believe In?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern According to the Washington Post, President Obama has postponed meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama until after a summit with Chinese Leader Hu Jintao. The Post claims this is an attempt to avoid ruffling feathers and […]

Health Care Reform: Government is Good and Chuck Grassley is a Predator

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern The gentleman to your left seems not to like his job much at all. Maybe we should help him find a new one. As the Senate Finance Committee debated the Public Option‘s inclusion in the Health Care […]

Adventures in learning how we buy less – Part 1: The start of my journey

posted by Kirsten Firminger

by Kirsten Firminger I am finally collecting data for my dissertation. It is focused on people living in New York City who have voluntarily chosen to buy less. I launched the survey last Thursday and I am already amazed at […]

Thich Nhat Hanh monks ejected from Vietnamese monastery

posted by Ellen Scordato

Nonviolent followers of Vietnamese Zen teacher and world-renowned author Thich Nhat Hahn were violently ejected from the Bat Nha monastery in Lam Dong province in Vietnam on Sunday. The monks’ ejection followed months of tension. (photo AFP)

Making our voices heard: A week of taking action on Climate Change

posted by Kirsten Firminger

European leaders are saying that Americans do not have the will to take action on Climate Change. They are highly concerned that we will (again) ruin the efforts being made to set “legally binding and internationally enforceable targets for reductions […]

Buddhist Quote of the Day: What Kind of Karma Do You Drive?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

“There is another issue that has important implications for how Buddhism will adapt to a more global role in the future. Karma has been used to rationalize racism, caste, economic oppression, birth handicaps and everything else. Taken literally, karma justifies […]

What should we do when our tap water is not safe?

posted by Kirsten Firminger

If you have not yet read the article on America’s Toxic Waters published by the New York Times this week, may I suggest you check it out. While I have been reading about concerns with our water supply more and […]

You Lie Obama, and Joe Wilson is Your Pre-Existing Condition

posted by Ethan Nichtern

“You Lie,” Obama. Would any congressman dare to disrespect President Bush this way, even though he actually lied in front of congress many times? Hey guys, remember WMD? I can’t imagine so. Joe Wilson of South Carolina called the president […]

President Takes Bill Moyers’ Advice: Obama’s Speech on Health Care Reform

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I especially loved the end of President Obama’s speech last night. I am not sure if Obama saw Bill Moyers on Real Time with Bill Maher, or watched Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, but he did  speak verbatim of Health […]

Recycling can be fun!

posted by Kirsten Firminger

I am currently on my honeymoon in Australia (yay!). As I have previously mentioned in my blog about greening amusement parks, my husband is a roller coaster enthusiast. This (of course) means that we have been riding some roller coasters […]

Update: President Obama’s School Speech vs. Reagan’s ’88 School Speech

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Via Daily Kos, a parent in Ohio sent this note to school with their daughter regarding Obama’s school speech. I wish my mom would’ve written permission slips like this for me: “Despite the warnings of right-wing radio hosts, and fullycognizant […]

Facebook Status goes Viral On Health Care Reform

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I just opened my Facebook page today and got bombarded with friend after friend who had posted the following to their facebook status: “Ethan Nichtern believes that no one should die because they cannot afford health care, and nobody should […]

Ben & Jerry’s Hubby Hubby: Gay Marriage and The Americone Dream

posted by Ethan Nichtern

In honor of the passage of Vermont’s same-sex marriage law, Ben & Jerry’s has announced that for 30 days (only in Vermont), “Chubby Hubby” ice cream will be sold as “Hubby Hubby.” Stephen Colbert‘s Americone Dream could not be reached […]

Tracking our trash

posted by Kirsten Firminger

I think this is so cool. MIT is conducting a research project which involves inserting “smart” chips into objects that become trash, which are then tracked in order to learn where all our trash goes. As they state on their […]

American Casino – Interdependence and the Subprime Mortgage Crisis

posted by Ellen Scordato

I’m a buddhist. I read the Wall Street Journal as often as I can. I don’t see how anyone interested in interdependence can ignore the WSJ. I think any buddhist interested in relieving suffering in this world of relative reality […]

Bill Moyers, Bill Maher, And Pema Chodron: Health Care Reform

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Below is a video from Real Time with Bill Maher, where journalist Bill Moyers sends a great message to President Obama on standing up for change, and brilliantly diagnoses what’s wrong with our political system, and especially, the non-progressives in […]

No Impact Man

posted by Paul Griffin

This month, I reviewed Colin Beavan’s book “No Impact Man: The Adventures Of A Guilty Liberal Who Attempts To Save The Planet And The Discoveries He Makes About Himself And His Way Of Life In The Process” for The Brooklyn […]

The Third Kennedy Brother: Best Memorial (So Far) by Joe Biden

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Vice President Joe Biden crying while speaking of the third and last of the Kennedy Brothers. My favorite memorial thoughts so far. I do hope they follow Robert Byrd‘s advice and name the health care bill after Kennedy, complete with […]

Remember Ted Kennedy by giving the American people real health care coverage

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Ted Kennedy died late last night. He spent his career fighting to get health care coverage for all. May his legacy be completed by passing real health care reform in the coming months as a fitting tribute to him.

Greening our amusement (parks)

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Kirsten & her very enthusiastic husband getting ready to ride another roller coaster My husband is what you would call a roller coaster enthusiast. By the end of this roller coaster riding season, he will have ridden 218 different roller […]

Public displays of meditation

posted by Greg Zwahlen

I’ve never done anything like this . . .  

Aung San Suu Kyi Sentenced to 3 More Years

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Burma’s fake leaders had Burma’s rightful leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, sentenced to three more years in prison. At least the sentence was commuted to more house arrest. Damn. I hope Obama makes a statement about this. But he might […]

Taking Climate Change Seriously

posted by Ethan Nichtern

A growing number of policy makers are starting to consider Global Warming and Climate Change nothing less than a national security threat, according to an article in the New York Times today. (photo from unicef.org)

Setting sail for the plastic vortex

posted by Kirsten Firminger

As reported by the Mercury News, Project Kaisei researchers have sailed to collect data about the Great Pacific Garbage patch (or plastic vortex), which is created by plastic debris and other trash brought together by ocean currents. Some scientists estimate […]

Buddhism and the Environment: Is Mindfulness Meditation Enough?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I had the honor to be interviewed about Buddhism and Ecology by Rod Meade Sperry at the Shambhala Sun Blog last week. Check out the audio interview at the above hotlink. Also check out Rod’s great website, The Worst Horse […]

Is all life created equal? In memorial to two Deep Ecology Movement leaders

posted by Kirsten Firminger

The Deep Ecology movement has suffered two big losses this year with the passing of Arne Næss in January and Bill Devall at the end of June. It led me to delve more into the writings and the history of […]

Sonia Sotomayor Confirmation Set for the Supreme Court

posted by Ethan Nichtern

The Senate panel indeed voted to recommend to have Sonia Sotomayor confirmed. The panel voted 13-6 in favor of her. Lindsey Graham  of South Carolina was the only Republican to vote yes. Ah, Republicans are so negative these days. Cheer […]

Jon Stewart, Obama, Gates and the Birthers’ Movement

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Jon Stewart gave it to the Birthers’ Movement last night. Can we focus on something more important? And I’m not talking about today’s focus on President Obama’s Gates commentary last night. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs […]

La Victoire sur les Sachets – Victory on the plastic bags

posted by Kirsten Firminger

I ran into this courtesy of the unconsumption blog. It is a video called La Victoire sur les Sachets, or victory on the plastics bags. It is a short film of an African community where plastic bags are transformed from […]

Meditation: “Attachment” is the Worst Failure Ever (Apologies to Republicans)

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Republicans “Bombed” Google so that a top search result for worst failure ever would lead to the Obama administration site. When it comes to translation of Buddhist terms and ideas, I can think of an even more massive fail. I […]

Back to the Sack + Green Apple Festival volunteers = Successful day of action

posted by Kirsten Firminger

It may not be the new Harry Potter movie, but I’m still very excited to share with you some of the video footage that resulted from IDP‘s highly successful Back to the Sack day of action which was one of […]

I would rather laugh than cry to get through this crisis

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Global warming is a serious thing. There is much that needs to be done – so much, that it is hard to even know where to start. Everyday I learn about something new that needs to be fixed. Another crisis […]

Obama vs. Palin 2012? Roger Stone Thinks Maybe. Eugene Robinson and Sane People, Not So Much

posted by Ethan Nichtern

According to Republican Strategist Roger Stone, Palin did the right thing on Friday if she wants to run for President in 2012. Meanwhile, on Fox News, Palin got hammered. Yes, I said Fox News slammed her. A Republican running for […]

What will hitting the magic number 60 mean for global warming?

posted by Kirsten Firminger

It is official. With the Minnesota Supreme Court ruling in favor of Al Franken, the Democrats will have reached the filibuster-proof magical number of 60 senate seats. Franken will likely be sworn in early next week in time to jump […]

Bernie Madoff’s Sentencing Over – Good News?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

You know Bernie Madoff, of course. The guy with the onomatopoeia for a name? The Madoff sentencing is now complete. Bernard Madoff is going to jail for an 150 year sentence for his $50 billion Ponzi Scheme. The list of […]

North Korea Threatens US – What if they nuke us?

posted by Jerry Kolber

With North Korea officially threatening to “wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all” (referring of course to the United States, and the potential that they will launch a nuclear missile at Hawaii or Alaska on July […]

I heard a fly buzz when I (thwap)

posted by Julia May Jonas

  True/False/Cannot Say Folks really love Obama: True Folks really love PETA:  False Obama kills fly: True PETA complains: True  

Sonia Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings July 13 & Buddha of the Week

posted by Ellen Scordato

So the confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor are set for July 13. Let the projections begin! There are lots of projections out there, but the most mystifying yet illuminating may well be this one, sent to me for this week’s […]

Obama’s Cairo Speech

posted by Ethan Nichtern

If you want a good link to Obama’s Cairo Speech, NPR has one. President Obama’s Middle East Speech should, at the very least, demonstrate again that our 44th President is nothing like any U.S. President we’ve ever had. I mean […]

20 Years After Tiananmen Square

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Chinese police have Tiananmen Square on virtual lockdown to prevent protests commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the student massacre there today. Meanwhile, the Dalai Lama also paid his respects to victims. (photo by Stuart Franklin Magnum, life.com)

Obama Gives Nancy Reagan Love

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Nancy Reagan got shown some love today from President Obama after a perceived diss regarding the former first lady and a strange attempted joke about her affinity for séance. I love sweet old ladies as much as the next polite […]

George Tiller, Abortion, and Compassion

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So the abortion doctor from Wichita, Kansas, George Tiller was killed in church yesterday, by a pro-life radical (irony of ironies). Amazingly, this was not the first time Dr. Tiller was shot. So clearly Dr. Tiller believed in what he […]

Global Warming Already Killing Thousands, Says Global Humanitarian Forum

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Make that hundreds of thousands. The Global Humanitarian Forum released a comprehensive study saying that annually, 300,000 people die from global-warming-induced catastrophes. Climate Change also already direcly affects the lives of 325 million people (seems a low number to me) […]

Great Recession Ending? Is Our Detox from Greed and Consumerism Over As Well?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Is the global economy’s recession ending? Some leading economists, including the often skeptical nobel prize winner Paul Krugman, believe we might just be the start of a turnaround. So, are we also done with our greed detox? (from Salon.com)

From Plastic Bags to No Take Out! The Reduce Consumption Challenge Continues…

posted by Kirsten Firminger

At the Interdependence Project, we recently concluded our one month practice of reduced consumption! [pause for applause and cheering] It was a great month of activities, including pledging to reduce our use of disposable items, making and giving away reusable […]

Skinned alive

posted by Greg Zwahlen

I was recently forwarded this piece about the fur trade in China, produced by PETA. It’s one of the most gruesome things I’ve seen in a long time. Apparently at some Chinese fur farms animals are skinned alive with the […]

Prop 8 Decision: Morally and Constitutionally Bankrupt

posted by Ethan Nichtern

With all the buzz on Sotomayor and the U.S. Supreme Court, Gay couples – and anyone who knows a gay couple – must be reeling from today’s California Supreme Court  Prop 8 Decision. Here’s a good blog about today’s latest […]

Sonia Sotomayor: Supreme Court Bound After All

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So Judge Sonia Sotomayor, 54 year-old judge from the Bronx, is bound for the Supreme Court  — if President Obama’s Nomination goes through during the confirmation process. Get ready for some lunacy from Mitch McConnell, for sure. Of course, Sotomayor’s […]

Aung San Suu Kyi Needs Your Help

posted by Ethan Nichtern

One of the cooler ladies on Earth, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been arrested for the umpteenth time, and is allegedly quite ill. Avaaz.org is petitioning the United Nations for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release, and has almost 400,000 signatures […]

The Bible Bill? 2010 Should be the Year of the Constitution, Congressman

posted by Ethan Nichtern

According to Politico, A  Republican Congressman from Georgia, Paul Broun , wants to pass a Bible Bill To declare 2010 the “Year of the Bible.” Nothing against the good book, but legislatively 2010 should not be the year of this […]

Did You See The Cheney Speech? Watching The Bizarro-Buddha in Action

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Did you watch the Cheney Speech today? Pop Quiz: What’s bigger, Cheney’s lies or the new Beyonce Ego video? Well, since Ego is ultimately non-existent, I’ll have to go with the lies is (thankfully, oh so very very thankfully) former […]

Can we prevent global warming by meditating?

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Image courtesy / MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Global warming, already high on the list of major problems, is much worse than we thought according to a new study by MIT. The image you […]

Quote of the Day: Civil Disobedience

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Civildisobediencebecomes a sacred duty when the state has become lawless or corrupt. Anda citizen who barters with such a state shares in its corruption andlawlessness…Everycitizen is responsible for every act of his government…Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty […]

I Buried Paul: From the Desk of Minimofo

posted by Jerry Kolber

From the desk of: MiniMoFo Re: volution Sitting on his cushion at 6:12AM, thoughts began flooding in.  “Need to call Barry”.  “Need to pay storage bill.” “Need to write post for IDP.”  “Should start running again.” Don’t attach; don’t push away; observe.  He started […]

Holland Holla

posted by Greg Zwahlen

This past Sunday the New York Times Magazine had an interesting article by Russell Shorto, an American expat living in the Netherlands, in which he provides a nuanced description of a society whose more humane version of capitalism the United […]

Hello Dalai!

posted by Julia May Jonas

A recent article in The Times Union discusses the impending complexity of choosing the successor to the 14th Dalai Lama: For more than six centuries, the next Dalai Lama has been chosen by regents who, it is said, through omens and portents found the deceased […]

Suddenly Sonia: Is Sonia Sotomayor Supreme Court-bound?

posted by Ellen Scordato

Sonia Sotomayor, a Bronx-born New York City native, is a federal Appeals court judge, a 54-year-old Hispanic woman, a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton who received her law degree from Yale, and a potential Supreme Court nominee. The name […]

The Interdependence of Corporations

posted by Stillman Brown

Matthew Yglesias is one of my favorite bloggers, a sharp wit, and a dyed-in-the-wool progressive. He has a great post (via Tyler Cowen) about how our notions of corporate nationality (i.e., Apple is an essentially American company, even though very little of […]

Empty Words on Arlen Specter

posted by Ethan Nichtern

This is pretty great and hilarious:

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