Featured Articles: 2011 Activism and Politics

by Brian
June 29, 2011
This week, IDP activism director Adreanna Limbach interviews Stuart Moody and Beth Terry of the Green Sangha, a San Francisco Bay Area based group working to advance spiritually grounded environmental activism. This is the first of a three part...
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June 26, 2011
What is the funtion of the bow in meditation practice?  What does it say about our view of self and other?  Is it submission or surrender?  Is there a difference?   Last month, the IDPoC group met up on a Friday evening...
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June 22, 2011
"He has not defended the science against the ongoing withering and dishonest attacks. Nor has he provided a presidential venue for the scientific community ... to bring the reality of the science before the public."
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June 9, 2011
Whether by choice or by necessity, many of us are thinking a lot about our jobs these days.  That is, if we're lucky enough to have them.  The most recent figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that 9.1% of the...
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June 8, 2011
Why would the European Commission, an agency founded to "..represent and uphold the interests of Europe as a whole.. " allow such large scale ignorance to take place?  
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by ellen s
June 7, 2011
Anthony Weiner's in trouble. Sounds like grade-school. Kinda like this photo, which is the awesome icon on Congressman Weiner's Twitter feed, one of my all-time favorites. But it's this weiner photo that's causing all the...
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June 7, 2011
Dr. Kevorkian, Dr. Death as he has been called, died last week at the age of 83. The debate around physician-assisted suicide in this country is contentious to say the least. Yet, regardless of your position on the matter, or your opinions of him...
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May 25, 2011
Last week the American public was treated to an amazing amount of hype about the so-called "Rapture" predicted by a self-styled evangelical prophet named Harold Camping.
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May 25, 2011
Whether or not you beleive that human carbon output is directly linked to climate change, one fact most people would agree on is that the world is round and not flat.
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May 23, 2011
Dear Harry (can I call you that? I feel like we’ve grown pretty familiar in the last 17 years you’ve been predicting the Rapture would occur),
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May 18, 2011
I just read Ethan's post, The Well-Adjusted Nazi and Buddhist Practice and thought immediatley about Herb Kohl, a progressive educator whose book, "I Won't Learn from You:" and Other Thoughts on Creative Maladjustment, I return...
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May 11, 2011
  This week I am thinking about Mèxico. Not the place where we may have attended a Yoga or meditation retreat or relaxed at a resort for a few days. I appreciate that version of Mexico and I practice tolerance of how we Americans...
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May 5, 2011
Maybe you’re one of the 80,000 people who’ve already watched Minnesota Rep. Steve Simon’s speech in that state’s legislature, which is considering a ban on same-sex marriage. It’s worth checking out.
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by Brian
May 4, 2011
This week, IDP Prison Project Coordinator Michael Carey interviews Kinloch C Walpole Abbot of the Gateless Gate Zen Center in Gainesville Florida. They discuss Kinloch's involvement with the prison population including his work facilitating...
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by ellen s
May 3, 2011
Tilapia is one of the most popular fish on our dishes in the United States. But eating tilapia might not be good for you. The American Heart Association recommends we eat fish twice a week. But tilapia may not be the one to eat. Is tilapia...
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April 28, 2011
  Yesterday morning, President Obama released his long-form birth certificate to the public, in order to prove that he was indeed born in Hawaii on August 4th, 1961.  It was a response to demands that he release the document by the...
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April 22, 2011
  Given that it's Earth Day today and that Arbor Day is coming up I have to ask: Is community service ever considered part of Buddhism? - Jimmy ---
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April 19, 2011
This weekend I visited Portland and had a blast with some new friends. We saw some bands, drank a lot of coffee, ate burritos and munched on greens that were growing in people’s front yards. We also looked at a lot of very affordably priced...
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by ellen s
April 19, 2011
This week, HBO's documentary "Gun Fight" looks at both sides of the gun control issue: Gun control reduces shootings. Gun control gives guns to criminals. It's quite a controversy, just like the argument that vaccines cause...
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April 13, 2011
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) Where does your federal income tax money go?
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April 11, 2011
  Sometimes I learn how to cultivate a positive quality by witnessing how it’s polar opposite gets played out either by myself or people around me. Lately I’ve had the opportunity to work with cultivating equanimity,...
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April 8, 2011
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) The budget battle in America has been interesting. My main interest - as a student of consciousness - is in the view of human nature on display in any argument, the ethical beliefs that lie underneath any...
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April 1, 2011
Happy April Fools Day all! Have you had any good jokes played so far? Google TISP is a good April Fools' joke. I wrote a comment on my facebook and twitter feeds today, but then read this great article from Salon.com, My Month of No Snark.
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March 23, 2011
A recent article in the NY Times highlights how a global increase in demand for Quinoa has increased the cost of the seed in Bolivia, where it is produced, to the point where many Bolivians themselves cannot afford it and are turning to unhealthy...
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