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"  Hi.  I am the first person to serve time for a NVCD sentence on the climate change issue(2009)on theI'contacting all the American members who describe themselves as activists to see if you agree with my criticismAmerican…"
Jul 4, 2011
Vidya Bhandarker liked James E Burnside's blog post Culture Wars: The Corporation Incarnate
May 17, 2011
David Slesinger commented on James E Burnside's blog post On Osama's Death
"The lessons stated above are of value. I'm saddened the author accepted announcements from the US government as worthy of acceptance. Why does it not bother more people that the body was disposed of?Why is there no acknowledgement that the…"
May 16, 2011
Arya Bhushan Bhardwaj commented on James E Burnside's blog post On Osama's Death
"Ordinary masses forget the past very soon. It is a positively good habit. One ought not to remember the past. Past is nothing but Sanskara of human mind, an impression in the mind of the past happenings. Usually we human beings either…"
May 16, 2011
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Culture Wars: The Corporation Incarnate

"AS A YOUNG MAN I BEGAN LIFE BY SEEKING TO ASSERT MY RIGHTS AND I SOON DISCOVERED I HAD NONE NOT EVEN OVER MY WIFE.  SO I BEGAN BY DISCOVERING AND PERFORMING MY DUTY BY MY WIFE MY CHILDREN FRIENDS COMPANIONS AND SOCIETY AND I FIND TODAY THAT I HAVE GREATER RIGHTS, PERHAPS THAN ANY LIVING MAN I KNOW." - Cable to H.G. Wells, The Hindustan Times, 16 April 1940 America won.  I don't say that with any pride, in fact, it gives me sort of a sick feeling inside. Hedonism, consumerism, greed have been…See More
May 10, 2011
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On Osama's Death

A friend wanted to know what I thought about the killing of Osama bin Laden . I've had a theory for a long time that the next step in human evolution would not be physical but spiritual - homo spiritus.  It's not a new idea. Evolution is not revolution.  In evolution the new live among the old.  The new don't kill off the old, they simply live longer and have more successful progeny; successful in the biological sense. I think this is why so many of us seek guidance and sustenance of a…See More
May 9, 2011
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Parenting Strangers, Grand Final - State Owned

They live in my house, but they're not my kids.  They are owned by the State of Texas. My wife and I are 'Professional Parents.'  The state hires us to raise their kids. We wanted a second or third grader.  You know...young, cute, malleable, easy, sweet.  We wanted a child without parents, a true orphan.  Instead they gave us a really angry thirteen year old on heavy medication with a psycho-mother. And we fell in love. When a child first comes into your house, you have a couple of days to…See More
Apr 20, 2011
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Parenting Strangers, part 2 - Thugs & Gangsters

First, a fact - better than 30% of the kids that enter high school do not graduate.  It's been that way for a long time. In the early 90's, I took a job with the City in a youth program that didn't yet exist.  The idea was simple.  Hire kids who had dropped out, were on probation or parole, and give them a job and teach them primary job skills. Primary job skills are the stuff most of us understand without being taught; how to show up, how to show up on time, how to dress appropriately, how…See More
Apr 19, 2011
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Parenting Strangers, part 1 - The Early Years

I began working with children shortly after my 10-month old son died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 1982.  I was attending the University of Texas after 4 years in the Air Force.  I came home one afternoon and got a phone call that my son was in the hospital.  By the time I got there, he was pronounced dead. A few months later, a friend at the Episcopalian/Anglican church we were attending asked if I wanted to teach a Sunday School Class of second graders.  I don't know why I said yes.  I…See More
Apr 15, 2011
James E Burnside posted a blog post

Sloth

"But my creed is non-violence under all circumstances.  My method is conversion, not coercion; it is self-suffering, not the suffering of the tyrant.  I know that method to be infallible.  I know that a whole people can adopt it without understanding its philosophy.  People generally do not understand the philosophy of all their acts." - 'Independence v. Swaraj,'  Young India, 12 Jan. 1928 (from The Essential Writings of Mahatma Gandhi edited by Raghavan Iyer) I'm one of those people who does…See More
Apr 12, 2011
James E Burnside posted a blog post

Duck and Cover II

"I must not contemplate darkness before it stares me in the face. And in no case can I be party, irrespective of non-violence, to a universal strike and capture of power.  Though, therefore, I do not know what I should do in the case of a breakdown, I know that the actuality will find me ready with an alternative.  My sole reliance being on the living Power which we call God, He will put the alternative in my hands when the time has come, not a minute sooner." - 'Independence,' Harijan, 28 July…See More
Apr 11, 2011
James E Burnside posted a blog post

Vote

"The country does need politicians." - 'Advice to Constructive Workers' (G.), Biharni Komi Agman, pp. 346-7 (from The Essential Writings of Mahatma Gandhi edited by Raghavan Iyer) I vote.  I think it is a citizen's duty to vote. Many in my country who voted for Barack Obama have been disappointed.  I am not one of those.  I voted for Obama and he is exactly what I expected, a politician.  I hoped he would be something different, but I did not expect it, and so I am not disappointed. Rarely…See More
Apr 7, 2011
Arya Bhushan Bhardwaj commented on James E Burnside's blog post Weapon of Massive Consumption*
"Very interesting sets of thouhts, I am sure you will reach your Central Goal of life.It is essential to have thoughts and that too in your inner laboratory, a day will come you will recieve right answers, good luck James."
Apr 5, 2011
Balamurali Balaji commented on James E Burnside's blog post Weapon of Massive Consumption*
"Whilst our beliefs are stronger and full of truthfulness, the sign of approval has already been there with us."
Apr 5, 2011
James E Burnside posted a blog post

Weapon of Massive Consumption*

I am a 'victim' of American culture.  Okay, 'victim' is not the right word.  Mass consumer would be more accurate. If you peruse previous blog posts you will find quotes from, besides Gandhi, Will Rogers and Sheryl Crow and who knows who else. I love old movies, Theodora goes Wild, The Awful Truth, everything by the Marx Brothers, and new movies, Little Miss Sunshine, Despicable Me.  My iTunes playlist has the lastest songs, Hayes Carll - KMAG YOYO, Arcade Fire - Ready to Start,  Baaba Maal -…See More
Apr 4, 2011
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Apr 2, 2011

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Culture Wars: The Corporation Incarnate

Posted on May 10, 2011 at 17:32 0 Comments

"AS A YOUNG MAN I BEGAN LIFE BY SEEKING TO ASSERT MY RIGHTS AND I SOON DISCOVERED I HAD NONE NOT EVEN OVER MY WIFE.  SO I BEGAN BY DISCOVERING AND PERFORMING MY DUTY BY MY WIFE MY CHILDREN FRIENDS COMPANIONS AND SOCIETY AND I FIND TODAY THAT I HAVE GREATER RIGHTS, PERHAPS THAN ANY LIVING MAN I KNOW." - Cable to H.G. Wells, The Hindustan Times, 16 April 1940



America won.  I don't say that with any pride, in fact, it gives me sort of a sick feeling inside.



Hedonism,… Continue

On Osama's Death

Posted on May 9, 2011 at 16:17 2 Comments

A friend wanted to know what I thought about the killing of Osama bin Laden .



I've had a theory for a long time that the next step in human evolution would not be physical but spiritual - homo spiritus.  It's not a new idea.



Evolution is not revolution.  In evolution the new live among the old.  The new don't kill off the old, they simply live longer and have more successful progeny; successful in the biological sense.



I think this is why so many of us… Continue

Parenting Strangers, Grand Final - State Owned

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 20:45 0 Comments

They live in my house, but they're not my kids.  They are owned by the State of Texas.



My wife and I are 'Professional Parents.'  The state hires us to raise their kids.



We wanted a second or third grader.  You know...young, cute, malleable, easy, sweet.  We wanted a child without parents, a true orphan.  Instead they gave us a really angry thirteen year old on heavy medication with a psycho-mother.



And we fell in love.



When a child first comes into… Continue

Parenting Strangers, part 2 - Thugs & Gangsters

Posted on April 19, 2011 at 18:08 0 Comments

First, a fact - better than 30% of the kids that enter high school do not graduate.  It's been that way for a long time.



In the early 90's, I took a job with the City in a youth program that didn't yet exist.  The idea was simple.  Hire kids who had dropped out, were on probation or parole, and give them a job and teach them primary job skills.



Primary job skills are the stuff most of us understand without being taught; how to show up, how to show up on time, how to dress… Continue

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At 18:44 on July 4, 2011, David Slesinger said…
 
Hi. 
I am the first person to serve time for a NVCD sentence on the climate change issue(2009)on theI'contacting all the American members who describe themselves as activists to see if you agree with my criticismAmerican practitioners of nonviolent resistance. I hold that Gandhi is being ignored among Americans who seek mercy fronthe courts after their NVCD arrests. Gandhi saw value in suffering in jail to touch the heart of the adversary.Please respond to me at dslesinger@alum.MIT.edu
At 4:34 on March 9, 2011, Arya Bhushan Bhardwaj said…
Dear James, Good to see your blog, congratulations.
 
 
 

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