Daily Riches: The Globalization of Indifference Towards the Poor (Pope Francis)

Richer By Far

“Jesus states that we cannot serve two masters, God and wealth. … Jesus tells us what the ‘protocol’ is, on which we will be judged: I was hungry, I was thirsty, I was in prison, I was sick, I was naked and you helped me, clothed me, visited me, took care of me. (Matthew 25) Whenever we do this to one of our brothers, we do this to Jesus. Caring for our neighbour; for those who are poor, who suffer in body and in soul, for those who are in need. This is the touchstone. …Poverty takes us away from idolatry and from feeling self-sufficient. …the Gospel does not condemn the wealthy, but the idolatry of wealth, the idolatry that makes people indifferent to the call of the poor. …

‘The Church [is] everyone’s Church, and particularly the Church of the poor.’ (Pope John XXIII)

In the following years, this…

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Verse – SpEcTaToRs

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Is there a day without a sport?
Remember when ABC’s
Wide World of Sports
was just on TV Saturdays…
and for only 90 minutes?
Baseball games were on the radio.
Now ESPN Channels 1-348 are on 24-7.
Just today WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS are being played and broadcast in
Professional Men’s Basketball,
Professional Men’s Hockey, and
Professional Women’s soccer.
I think there is a sport every minute.

Of course I could be wrong–
I watch only movies via NetFlicks,
37 HD Satellite Channels, BLU-RAY,
or in Theaters with rocking chairs,
cup-holders, 5 gallon popcorn buckets,
300 speakers, and IMAX.

Our grand-children watch small screens
under the covers after lights-out.

– Steve Shoemaker, Urbana, IL, June 11, 2015

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Freddie Gray & Rodney King

Freddie Gray in Baltimore reminds me of the March 3,1991 Rodney King beating in LA. Soon after the incident Officer Stacey Keen sp? was interviewed on late night talk in Mpls.,WCCO. Keen was the commanding officer at the beating scene in LA. As Keen answered questions I tuned in & got on the line & asked a question about the MO for LA police. I had read the police radio transcript in the NY Review of Books a while before this. It included a conversation between the squad car & the operator back at the station. The police in the car described their interest in a car they spotted speeding. They said they “were up for a beating tonight”. Base radio responded with, “well, back off & light up”. This was to sucker the driver, King, into thinking he could outrun them giving the cops with the excuse for a beating. This was the basis for my question to Keen on the talk show. My turn came & I said, “Mr. Keen is it true that the LA cops are in the habit of finding ways to administer beatings during traffic stops?” The moderator said,” well Mr. Keen, how about that?” Mr Keen said,”well when I was there that wasn’t the case.” So he in fact admitted he could only talk about his time there. Unlikely the case, considering The NY Review of Books art documented the history of the LA PD with a profile of the Klan & neo Nazi contingents within the force. It had been cultivated by the 1991 chief (Gates) & his predecessor.

“Gut Feelings” – of brains and bowels

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Scientific research adds a new dimension to the discussion of the bowels as the seat of the emotions in Property and Compassion – Plato and Luke (VFTE, 4/29/15). Our friend Gary, who frequently comments on Views from the Edge, brought it to our attention with his response to the Property and Compassion post:

I find it interesting that the intestines were considered the seat of emotions [in the Bible]. I read a couple months ago that we now know that the intestines actually are lined with neurons, i.e., brain cells. “Gut feeling” is more than a metaphor….

Click Gut feelings: the emerging biology of gut–brain communication  to read the full article. Or scroll down two-thirds of the way through the article to read get the essence of the gut-brain connection.

The Hebrew location of the emotions was the bowels, also translated “inner parts” – stomach and intestines…

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Compassion expressed or withheld – Plato and Luke

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The question of the relation between compassion and property and the emotional-psychological-spiritual results of expressing or withholding compassion came to the fore several Sundays ago after hearing a reading from The Book of the Acts of the Apostles.

“Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common” [Acts 4:32].

The whole group, i.e. the early disciples of Jesus, were putting into practice the political philosophy Plato recommended centuries before to legislators in the Greek republic:

“The form of law which I propose would be as follows: In a state which is desirous of being saved from the greatest of all plagues—not faction, but rather distraction—there should exist among the citizens neither extreme poverty nor, again, excessive wealth, for both are productive of great evil . . . Now…

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Speculative Heresy: a New Collective Blog on Laruelle and Speculative Realism

A couple years ago I had the opportunity to listen to a lecture by F. Leruelle at Midway Art in Mpls. My view of the world mutated as a result of his insights.

Fractal Ontology

In just the past few days, Nick from Accursed Share, Ben from Naught Thought and I have created a new joint blog gathering together translations, book reviews, commentary, reading discussions, etc. on Laruelle, speculative realism and non-philosophy called Speculative Heresy. We conceive it to be an open discussion and collection of different perspectives on this new and still slightly obscure discipline.

Generally conceived, non-philosophy is opposed to revolution which is much too often the mode associated with new philosophical decisions. Modeling the “non-” after the non- in non-Euclidean geometries, non-philosophy aims to suspend some of the fundamental axioms which support the principle of sufficient philosophy (or PSP). According to Laruelle, non-philosophy proceeds through mutation rather than revolution, and this mutation lately has taken the form of heresy (testified most explicitly in Laruelle’s The Future Christ: A Lesson in Heresy (2003)). The site is still fresh, but within the…

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Lee Fang: Mall of America Security Catfished Black Lives Matter Activists, Documents Show

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Metadata from some of the documents lists the software that created them as belonging to “Sam Root” at the “Mall of America.” A Facebook account for a Sam Root lists his profession as “Intelligence Analyst at Mall of America.”  The fake Larson account featured a profile photo that a Google reverse image search shows is identical to a photo associated with a woman who is Facebook friends with Root.

BY LEE FANG  The Intercept  March 18, 2015

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Documents obtained by The Intercept indicate that security staff at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota used a fake Facebook account to monitor local Black Lives Matter organizers, befriend them, and obtain their personal information and photographs without their knowledge.

Evidence of the fake Facebook account was found in a cache of files provided by the Mall of America to Bloomington officials after a large Black Lives Matter event at the mall on December 20 protesting police brutality. The files included briefs on individual organizers, with screenshots that suggest that much of…

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A Letter to Mr. Netanyahu

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Dear Sir,

Speaker Boehner’s invitation, your acceptance, and your appearance today before a Joint Session of the U.S. Congress insult the Office of President here in the U.S. and the American people.

Whether you like our President is beside the point. International protocol is clear: Heads of States deal with other Heads of States. They don’t go around them. The don’t go under them. They don’t instruct their Ambassadors to lie or hide the truth from other Ambassadors while they negotiate with a Speaker of the House. They don’t. And on rare occasions when they do, and when they get caught manipulating and invitation to the floor of the U.S. Congress, thoughtful Americans – regardless of religious persuasion – don’t like it.

Today an estimated 57 Senators and Representatives have chosen not to attend the Joint Session of Congress. Your speech will be broadcast around the world. It will come…

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Philip Farruggio: Rollerball Amerika 2015

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Cassius had said it most succinctly: “The fault dear Brutus is not in our stars but in ourselves.”

You must see or revisit Norman Jewison’s 1975 film Rollerball starring James Caan as superstar player Jonathan E. In it, we see a world is no longer made up of countries, but of corporations that control every bit of life for the people. There are no longer wars, just a complacent populace who ‘ go along to get along’. A very select few are chosen by the corporations to become executives, giving them elite status. 

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JFK: Impossible timings

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JFK: Impossible timings

Richard Charnin
Jan.21, 2015

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Look inside the book:
Reclaiming Science:The JFK Conspiracy

I. Oswald Superman: Descends unseen from the 6th floor to the 2nd in 75 seconds https://richardcharnin.wordpress.com/2014/08/07/10851/

Oswald told Will Fritz of the Dallas PD that he was “out with Bill Shelley in front” of the TSBD. The Fritz notes were not mentioned by the Warren Commission and were hidden from the public until 1997.

If Oswald was lying to Fritz, what was his motive? After all, he already had an alibi: he was seen on the second floor 90 seconds after the shooting by TSBD manager Roy Truly and policeman Marion Baker. He was holding a coke and not out of breath. If Oswald was not on the 6th floor, why would he not be out front watching the motorcade? And how would he know Bill Shelley was out in front unless…

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