Friday, March 20

Dalai Lama's Routine Day

When asked by people how His Holiness the Dalai Lama sees himself, he replies that he is a simple Buddhist monk.

His Holiness is often out of Dharamsala on travels both within India and abroad. During these travels, His Holiness's daily routine varies depending on his engagement schedule. However, His Holiness is an early riser and tries as far as possible to retire early in the evening.

When His Holiness is at home in Dharamsala, he wakes up at 3 am. After his morning shower, His Holiness begins the day with prayers, meditations and prostrations until 5 am. From 5 am His Holiness takes a short morning walk around the residential premises. If it is raining outside, His Holiness has a treadmill to use for his walk. Breakfast is served at 5.30 am. For breakfast, His Holiness typically has hot porridge, tsampa (barley powder), bread with preserves, and tea. Regularly during breakfast, His Holiness tunes his radio to the BBC World News in English. From 6 am to 9 am His Holiness continues his morning meditation and prayers. From around 9 am he usually spends time studying various Buddhist texts and commentaries written by great Buddhist masters. Lunch is served from 11.30 am. His Holiness's kitchen in Dharamsala is vegetarian. However, during visits outside of Dharamsala, His Holiness is not necessarily vegetarian. Following strict vinaya rules, His Holiness does not have dinner. Should there be a need to discuss some work with his staff or hold some audiences and interviews, His Holiness will visit his office from 12.30 pm until around 3.30 pm. Typically, during an afternoon at the office one interview is scheduled along with several audiences, both Tibetan and non-Tibetan. Upon his return to his residence, His Holiness has his evening tea at around 5 pm. This is followed by his evening prayers and meditation. His Holiness retires in the evening by around 7 pm.

Thursday, March 5

Republicans Who Voted to Fund Obama's Amnesty

1. Benishek
2. Bishop (Mich.)
3. Boehner
4. Bost
5. Brooks (Ind.)
6. Buchanan
7. Calvert
8. Carter (Texas)
9. Coffman
10. Cole
11. Collins (N.Y.)
12. Comstock
13. Costello (Pa.)
14. Curbelo (Fla.)
15. Davis, Rodney
16. Denham
17. Dent
18. Diaz-Balart
19. Dold
20. Ellmers (N.C.)
21. Emmer (Minn.)
22. Fitzpatrick
23. Frelinghuysen
24. Gibson
25. Granger
26. Guinta
27. Hanna
28. Hardy
29. Heck (Nev.)
30. Hurd (Texas)
31. Jolly
32. Katko
33. King (N.Y.)
34. Kinzinger (Ill.)
35. Kline
36. Knight
37. Lance
38. LoBiondo
39. MacArthur
40. McCarthy
41. McCaul
42. McHenry
43. McMorris Rogers
44. McSally
45. Meehan
46. Miller (Mich.)
47. Moolenaar
48. Murphy (Pa.)
49. Noem
50. Nunes
51. Paulsen
52. Pittenger
53. Pitts
54. Poliquin
55. Reichert
56. Rogers (Ky.)
57. Ros-Lehtinen
58. Royce
59. Ryan (Wis.)
60. Scalise
61. Schock
62. Shimkus
63. Simpson
64. Smith (N.J.)
65. Stefanik
66. Stivers
67. Thompson (Pa.)
68. Tiberi
69. Trott
70. Turner
71. Upton
72. Valadao
73. Walden
74. Walters, Mimi
75. Young (Ind.)

Tuesday, February 24

History of Israel

1. Early Times (1000 BCE - 135 CE)

Ca. 1000 (BCE) - The Jewish Kingdoms
King David ruled with Jerusalem as his capital over Judea, the first united kingdom in an area, which roughly corresponds to today's Israel including the West Bank. After the death of David's son, Solomon, in 931 BCE the kingdom was divided into a southern part, Judea, and Israel in the north.

722 (BCE) - The Assyrians
The Assyrians, a powerful people from northern Mesopotamia
(today northern Iraq), invaded the northern Kingdom of Israel and deported the Jews to other parts of the Assyrian Empire. The Kingdom of Israel perished.

586 (BCE) - The Babylonians
After the fall of the Assyrian Empire the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar II, conquered Jerusalem. The most influential Jews of Judea were deported to Babylon (in southern Mesopotamia, today Iraq). The first Jewish temple in Jerusalem was destroyed.

538 (BCE) - The Persians
King Cyrus of Persia (today Iran) conquered the entire Babylonian Empire, allowed the exiled Jews to return from Babylon, and accepted a form of Jewish home rule in Jerusalem. The Jewish temple was rebuilt.

332 (BCE) - The Greeks
The Greek-Macedonian ruler Alexander the Great destroyed the Persian Empire, thereby gaining control over Judea. After the death of Alexander his Hellenistic (Greek) Empire was divided into three parts, and the Jews got squeezed between the competing Greek rulers.

164 (BCE) - The Maccabees
A Jewish tribe, the "Maccabees", revolted against the Hellenistic occupiers, and from 142 BCE and the following 80 years Judea once again was an independent, Jewish state.

63 (BCE) - The Roman Conquest
The Romans invaded Greece and also conquered the Hellenistic Seleucid Empire in the Middle East. Though the Jews were granted some measure of autonomy in Jerusalem, Judea was in reality ruled from Rome.

37 (BCE) - Herod The Great
Following a failed Jewish rebellion, the Romans turned Judea into a regular Roman province, and installed the Jewish King Herod the Great as administrator. After his death in 4 BCE the province was divided between Herod's sons. One of them, Herod Antipas, who is best known for his role in the New Testament, administered Galilee in the north and Perea to the east (the east bank of the Jordan River, today part of the Kingdom of Jordan).

70 - The Destruction of Jerusalem
The Roman Emperor Titus quashed yet another Jewish rebellion. The Jewish temple and the rest of Jerusalem were reduced to rubble. A group of especially persistent Jews sought refuge on the mountain of Masada in the desert near the Dead Sea, but were three years later defeated by the Romans.

135 - Judea Renamed Palestine
During a final Jewish uprising against the Romans (the Bar Kochva Revolt) Jerusalem was once again, for a short, three-year period, under Jewish control. After the Romans' inevitable, crushing victory many hundreds of thousands of Jews were either deported, sold as slaves or killed. The Roman Emperor Hadrian leveled Jerusalem to the ground, and barred Jews from entering the city.

In an attempt at definitively eliminating the Jewish connection to the land, the Romans renamed Judea to "Palaestina", a word believed to be derived from the "Philistines", a people from Crete, which a thousand years earlier roamed the Mediterranean coast of Judea. Jews still lived in the area, though, and less than 100 years later they were once again allowed access to Jerusalem

Thursday, February 19

Why Teens are Impulsive

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Predicting the Oscars

Best Picture : Birdman

Best Director : Alejandro Inarritu, Birdman

Best Actor in a Leading Role : Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress in a Leading Role : Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Best Actor in a Supporting Role : J. K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Actress in a Supporting Role : Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Wednesday, January 14

Tuesday, January 6

Votes Against Boehner

John Boehner was re-elected Speaker of the House of Representatives

Republican Votes against Boehner:

1.Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) – Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
2.Rep. Brian Babin (Tex.) – “present”
3.Rep. Rod Blum (Iowa) – Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.)
4.Rep. Dave Brat (Va.) --- Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.)
5.Rep. Jim Bridenstine (Okla.) – Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.)
6.Rep. Curt Clawson (Fla.) – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
7.Rep. Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.) -- Jordan
8.Duncan – Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)
9.Rep. Scott Garrett (N.J.) – Webster
10.Rep. Chris Gibson (N.Y.) – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
11.Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.) – Webster
12.Gohmert – Gohmert
13.Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) – Webster
14.Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.) – Webster
15.Rep. Steve King -- Webster
16.Rep. Tom Massie (Ky.) -- Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.)
17.Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.) -- Webster
18.Rep. Rich Nugent (Fla.) -- Webster
19.Rep. Gary Palmer (Ala.) -- Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)
20.Rep. Bill Posey (Fla.) -- Webster
21.Rep. Scott Rigell (Va.) -- Webster
22.Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Ind.) -- Webster
23.Rep. Randy Weber (Tex.) -- Gohmert
24.Webster -- Webster
25.Yoho -- Yoho

Sunday, December 14

Senate Vote on Obama's Immigration plan.

Ted Cruz forces senators to go on the record on Obama's illegal Executive Order:

Senate Vote on Obama's Executive Order on Immigration