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Bedtime Story For Gilad
April 27, 2017 7:02 pm
Dear Taxi Thank you for your beautifully written piece At SOAS I did a degree in comparative religion. There were many theories as to how the concept of the one monotheistic god came about; from the ancient Pharoes (and copied by Moses), from Zoroastrianism etc. But I do prefer your version. It's very human and feels grounded in reality The Jewish god is indeed a very vengeful entity and comes across like a mafia godfather. Whatever his little tribe does whether right or wrong, he protects them at all costs and lots of innocent people outside of the tribe are killed! And this tribe where I originated from still act with impunity because they feel that this god will continue to protect them regardless of what they do. Thank god (not the nasty Jewish one, the symbolic nonexistent one) I'm no longer part of the tribe Reading through your article and subsequent comments about your attitude towards religion I can't help detecting, however inadvertently or unintentional, a very Buddhistic leaning. (disclosure: I'm married to a Buddhist) You have taken the grand step of removing yourself from the consumer society and retired to the simple life in the country, away from the never ending wants, desires and temptations of city life. No mean feat and not easy to do. You are removing 'desire' from your daily life. You've realised that in the end it takes you nowhere except to an empty place As your comments suggest, you are sticking to the principle of non-attachment as you have come to realise that attachment to anything only leads to disappointment and further suffering. I'm fairly certain you don't have a torture chamber up there in your farm and it's clear you are someone who adheres to the principle of 'ahimsa' (non violence) towards any living thing And the way you dealt with the rooster egg can easily be defined as the use of 'skilful means'. Lying, or even killing (if absolutely necessary to prevent something far worse from happening) is allowed in Buddhism. So your little lie to your gardener and housekeeper falls under the principle of 'skillful means' as the end result was to eradicate tension, bad thoughts and to bring back harmony to the household I see lots of similarities with your lifestyle and Buddhism, even though I'm fully aware that you are not following any kind of Buddhism Out of all the universalist religions, Buddhism appears to have the philosophy to deal with all the realistic 'human' aspects of our daily lives. The early Buddhist ascetics studied the world, their lives and the way that the human mind works through introspection and careful observance. They came to the conclusion that in the end all desires lead to suffering and the only way to stop the cycle of suffering was to remove oneself from the material world and release the mind from the temptations and entrapments that come with it. I admire the philosophical side of Buddhism but not the metaphysical supernatural side. In fact I wish they left out the whole reincarnation bit and kept it purely as a human philosophy I hope that harmony and equilibrium returns to the household as soon as possible!
Fake News, Flake News And The Rise of The Electronic Town Crier
March 13, 2017 7:46 pm
Greetings Dear Taxi I personally don't really know exactly what happened on 911. I've read lots and seen lots. However from all the reading and watching I've done the one theory that has the least credibility is the official version. I definitely don't believe any of that bullshit. I've also had my suspicions about Wikileaks but for Assange to say that he believes the official story blows his credibility completely. It would have been bad enough if he just remained agnostic on the subject. I think the short video you posted above makes some very interesting points, especially about all the other leaks that have been left out! We are absolutely living in a whole of fakery where hardly anything can be believed as real facts (or even alternate facts for that matter). Nothing can be taken at face value and one must remain vigilant and eager to do as much personal research as possible. The problem is most of the sheeple want the *facts*, either real, alternate or fake, or fake fake, handed to them on a MSM plate so they don't need to worry about having to do the one thing they obviously can't stand doing at the best of times; to think for themselves.
He Came, He Saw, She Died
December 26, 2016 10:01 am
Merry Xmas Taxi! (and tech test)
October 30, 2016 4:43 pm
Great to see you back dear Taxi, with another masterful piece. You've been sorely missed I'm not sure what words to use to describe the so-called election. A debacle, spectacle and tragi-comedy all rolled into one. But also a good barometer which shows just how low things have sunk in these days which feels like the End Of Times if you're a born-again or the final moments of the Kali Yuga if your a Hindu. I like the Hindu version which takes us through the 4 periods starting with the Golden Age, when everything was all luvvie duvvie but it all ends horribly at the end of the age of Kali. And according to the Hindus we're right at that stage now. This is when humankind has reached its lowest point of self degradation in almost every dimension. And it's at that point that the universe destroys itself with everything in it, only to be born again starting with the Golden Age Well let's have a quick look around the world; the warmongers, the psychos, the bankers, the Zionists, the one percenters.... All topped off with the Election to choose the most powerful person to lead the free world. It's a choice between a psychotic warmongering crook and a complete idiot. And I find myself hoping that a complete idiot will win because it's less likely that life on earth will end in the very near future. So if we've reached the point where I'm praying for the complete idiot to become the most powerful person on planet earth I also find myself hoping that the current universe does indeed destroy itself, and as quickly as possible please. It's what we deserve and there's no hope anyway Oh dear, I didn't intend that to be such a dark and gloomy rant but it all just sort of came out that way Wishing you good, happy zionist-psycho free days over there in the beautiful Levant
… And Goodbye To All That
April 12, 2016 10:30 pm
"..... growing up with Iraqi roots in the UK but here the only comments were to thank Taxi" Hi Walid, I'm not sure if that was aimed at me but I'm guessing it might be. But even if not I'd like to reply and explain my own situation in any case Due to ridiculous work commitments I just haven't had the time to comment anywhere very much except for the odd one liner here and there and hardly at all on MW. I started a project a few months ago, a folly of my own making, which has sucked me dry of any spare time and my frazzled brain is in no fit state to make any coherent comments anywhere. Every possible thing that could have gone wrong with this work project has gone wrong. I've got a stack of paperwork to get through by tomorrow morning and I still haven't said hello to my wife all day, let alone goodnight. I'm sneaking 10 mins out to write this. I'm dreaming about the spare time I had until a few months ago. I was reading, writing, learning, commenting, watching, hearing.... but necessary work came along and screwed it all up. And there's a lot of people relying on the income I make from it and all the pressure that comes with that I'd love to be more financially independent because it would give me the freedom to spend more time on doing so many other things but alas I'm not there just yet. Cloak and Dagger said a similar thing further up. I'm also amazed at just how much time some commenters are able to devote to various sites. For the past few months I've just been reading snippets on my mobile while on the train travelling around London. I try and keep up with most of the articles here, especially Taxi's own superb articles and some on MW too. I have apologised to Taxi privately for my lack of participation a couple of months ago But I'm also wary of commenting on things I just don't know enough about or had the time to research properly before I start typing. I've always been in awe of your unbelievable knowledge across such a vast area of topics and I often refer to you as "the encyclopedia". I've learned a lot from your comments as well as from many of the other great commenters here I agree that platosguns would benefit from less news articles and more original input. However I think that coming up with one original article every week is still quite a tall order even for the likes of the extremely gifted Taxi. It's not just a case of having the necessary content but also the motivation to put out an article each and every week. Fortnightly or monthly might be more manageable. Finally, the fact that I can't comment substantively doesn't mean I shouldn't at least say thank you to Taxi now and then for the work, time, energy and everything else she does to bring Plato's to us Anyway back to the paperwork, then sleep, then back to the grind in the morning. Good night all.
April 8, 2016 9:08 pm
Thanks for EVERYTHING so far Taxi. if we get more, lucky us. If not, I for one will be forever grateful for all of the time and energy you have put into Plato's, especially the pleasure of being able to read your own original writings. You are a very gifted writer and thinker. I totally understand and respect your decision and I really do get what you mean. And on top of everything else, there's the daily routine of maintaining a blog like this. As someone who is so "anti-routine" I think you might be even more so, and I get it from that side too We'll miss you but still look forward to the next instalment, whenever that might be. In the meantime I wish you much peace, rest and relaxation in that beautiful spot in the Levant with the garden, dogs, organic food and all the good and simple things in life Stay well and stay safe Taxi
American Gladiator (violent content)
April 5, 2016 10:19 pm
A Realistic Solution To The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – Avi Melamed/Forbes
April 6, 2016 5:13 pm
Well said Bintbiba. Bravo! "another despicable Zionist swindler". How perfectly apt! I might have to steal that one Taxi
April Pow Wow – The Hour of Blossom
April 3, 2016 10:44 pm
Just saw a great documentary "Bitter Lake" by Adam Curtis. This is the same documentary film maker who made the 3 part series called "The Power of Nightmares" which MRW linked to a couple of months back Essentially a recent history of AFGHANISTAN, Bitter Lake looks at the original deal made between the Saudis and USA; oil for protection which inadvertently protected the spread of Whahabism. It covers everything from heroin, banking, geopolitics and all from a unique perspective. I really am a fan of his documentaries For those in the UK you can see it on BBC iplayer. For everyone else it's on YouTube (Bitter Lake by Adam Curtis). Recommended
April 2, 2016 11:35 pm
Springtime greetings to you too Taxi. I can definitely think of quite a few worse things to do than chilling in a citrus grove listening to the birds and reading! I think humans are losing the art of chilling. We all need to chill more, read more, listen to more music and stop moving around all the time doing stuff, especially when we don't have to. Okay, I might be describing myself here. Guilty! I used to love Sundays in London in the 60's and 70's when I were a wee lad. It was dead quiet and most people used to genuinely chill. Go out for a walk, hardly any buses or tubes, a few people washing their cars and even fewer going to church Now Sunday seems to be the busiest day of the week. Everyone's driving around like maniacs, shopping malls open all over the place (the new church) and more traffic than Monday to Friday. Nobody chills anymore. Work like a dog all week then go fritter it all away in a shopping centre. There's no rest, no respite and it's relentless So just in case you had any thoughts about coming back to the big city.... Don't! I'm dreaming of the citrus grove
A World War has Begun: Break the Silence – John Pilger/CounterPunch
March 23, 2016 10:00 pm
I respect John Pilger a lot. And most of the time he's right about everything he's reported on in over the 3 decades I've been reading his writings. A proper and real investigative journalist out in the field. No bullshit, no propaganda. So if he thinks we're on an unstoppable path to war he's probably right. Unfortunately
Donald Loves Israel: the Aipac Speech – March 21st, 2016
March 22, 2016 3:43 pm
this is too good! There he was on his way home with a sore arse and a belly full of zionist semen, feeling satisfied with his pact with the devils, but then he gets the message `don't call us honey, we'll call you. We've had better blow jobs`
AIPAC slams Trump over 'attacks levied against Obama from our stage'
'We do not countenance ad hominem attacks, and we take great offense to those that are levied against the United States of American from our stage," Lillian Pinkus says.
By Haaretz Published 17:09 22.03.16 AIPAC President Lillian Pinkus on Tuesday condemned Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's broadside against President Barack Obama and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in his speech a day earlier. Trump had told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Monday, in remarks that generated applause, embarrassing an organization that sees itself as non-partisan in the U.S. campaign, that Obama "may be the worst thing to ever happen to Israel." Trump also attacked last summer's Iran nuclear deal and accused both Obama and Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state vying for the Democratic nomination to run for president, of treating Israel "very, very badly." Reading a statement from the podium Pinkas said, as reported by blogging sites Politico and The Hill: "Last evening something occurred which has the potential to drive us apart, to divide us. We say unequivocally that we do not countenance ad hominem attacks, and we take great offense to those that are levied against the United States of American from our stage." “There are people in our AIPAC family who were deeply hurt last night, and for that, we are deeply sorry,” Pinkus said. “We are disappointed that so many people applauded a sentiment that we neither agree with or condone.” “Let us take this moment to pledge to each other that in this divisive and tension-filled political season, we will not allow those who wish to divide our movement from the left or from the right will not succeed in doing so,” she concluded." I hope the fucker learned his lesson
March 22, 2016 7:51 am
To stand any chance of becoming POTUS you have to pledge allegiance and unfaltering loyalty to the real masters of the universe. It doesn't matter how rich, independent or powerful you think you are, you still have to get up on that stage and show just how good a zionist whore you are. And he didn't disappoint. He provided plenty of multiple orgasms, an unforgettable display Yet just a couple of hours before that he said in a press conference that Israel would have to repay all aid if he became POTUS Last night was the final signing of the warrant to complete the total genocide and expulsion of the Palestinians. It was the final green light for the Zionist psychopaths to complete their agenda in any way they want with no opposition, as if there was any doubt anyway. We will look back on Obama as a golden age. How sick is that?
The Yinon Plan: Greater Israel
March 20, 2016 2:35 pm
Ken O'Keefe. A true warrior. Respect I love his totally no bullshit attitude. He just says it exactly like it is
Countering Israel’s ‘Firewall’–A Call for the Formation of a New Political Party – Richard Edmondson/Veterans Today
March 20, 2016 8:21 am
Good point about the name Taxi. Actually I really like the one on the graphic you replaced the video with; "Stop the blank check". A "Stop the blank check party" may catch a few headlines I just read the highlights of the 2014 census report from the link you kindly posted. It's quite incredible that just under 50 million Americans are *officially* living in poverty (probably even higher in reality). Add that to the decaying infrastructure and it simply doesn't add up that this same country gives aid to another developed country with a very strong economy I do believe that this argument is a more powerful one than the moral argument, especially in today's world. These facts are much more likely to put pressure on American aid to Israel than pictures of Israelis slaughtering Palestinians. It's a sad fact but less than 2 years ago they had a full colour motion picture called Operation Protective Edge beamed onto their TV screens and now the aid is actually increasing. Sick but true. If it was framed as taking much needed money out of the pockets of desperate Americans living in poverty it would have a greater effect in my opinion
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