The Provocative Entertainer; Madonna Ciccon
A queen of style and an antagonist to the ruling elite, Madonna achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content and social values in mainstream popular music and imagery. Her music videos were lapped up by millions of fans for various reasons.
A powerful feminist with a difference, Madonna Louise Ciccone known simply as Madonna was born August 16, 1958 in Bay City, Michigan. She is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author, director, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Madonna is known for reinventing both her music and image, and for maintaining her autonomy within the recording industry. Music critics have acclaimed her musical productions, which have generated some controversy. Referred to as the “Queen of Pop”, Madonna
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Are you free?
“Instead of citizens, it produces consumers. Instead of communities, it produces shopping malls. The net result is an atomized society of disengaged individuals who feel demoralized and socially powerless.
All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.
In sum, neoliberalism is the immediate and foremost enemy of genuine participatory democracy, not just in the United States but across the planet, and will be for the foreseeable future.
Education is a system of imposed ignorance. The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit
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Ideas for balance
“The loony fringes don’t represent a nation and the media is a cause for concern in the way it acts irresponsibly to shape public opinion.”
Sadhguru speaks on the topic of inclusion and the role of enlarging one’s identity to include a larger whole. Responding to a query about the state of the economy in Asia and India, he then touches upon how spirituality can have a positive impact on the leadership of the world.
“The battles in the world are between those with different ideas, it’s not about right and wrong, and the errors of belief.”
Representing the Divine Feminine
Goddess Parvati is regarded as the power and divine consort of Lord Shiva – the Destroyer. Like her consort Shiva, Goddess Parvati is said to have both creative and destructive aspects.
Goddess Parvati is known by different names like Lalita, Uma, Gauri, Kali, Durga, Haimavati etc. Two of her fierce but very powerful forms are Durga (Goddess beyond reach) and Kali (Goddess of Destruction). As the mother of the universe, Parvati is known as Amba and Ambika, which means ‘mother’. As Lalita, she represents the aspect of beauty.
Appearance of Goddess Parvati
Shiva and ParvatiWood carving from Exotic India
When shown along with Shiva, Goddess Parvati has only two hands, the right
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The delight of many hearts
Pan by Gerald Metcalfe
The popular concept of Pan is that of a very happy, flute playing, charming and fornicating character who some think may be related to Krishna in India.
It is said that the has the horns of a devil, a grin that will charm your pants off and the music he plays on this Pan pipe entice your feet to dance and your spirit to rejoice.
His torso is that of a strong virile man, but his legs are more animal in nature and he has cloven hooves instead of human feet.
His male appendage is like that of the Greek God Priapus, substantial and always ready.
He was celebrated
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On the meaning of: OM MANI PADME HUM
The jewel is in the lotus or praise to the jewel in the lotus by His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso The Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet
It is very good to recite the mantra OM MANI PADME HUM, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast. The first, OM, is composed of three pure letters, A, U, and M. These symbolize the practitioner’s impure body, speech, and mind; they also symbolize the pure exalted body, speech and mind of a Buddha.
Can impure body, speech and mind be transformed into pure body, speech and
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Lies, fictions and the BBC as a tool for deceiving the public
BBC Newsnight interview with journalist Glenn Greenwald on Edward Snowden, the PRISM revelations and mass surveillance.
The BBC interviewer takes a strong stance in line with BBC policy of spouting the government line.
A discussion between Glenn Greenwald and Noam Chomsky
Former constitutional rights lawyer Glenn Greenwald and now journalist contends that the United States has a two-tiered judicial system, one for the “haves” and one for the “have-nots.” Mr. Greenwald presents his argument by tracing the evolution of judicial inequality, from President Richard Nixon’s pardon for the Watergate scandal to what the author deems were economic and political crimes committed during the George W.
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Saving the world
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Born George Denis Patrick Carlin on May 12, 1937, George was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, actor, and writer/author who won five Grammy Awards for his comedy albums. Carlin was best noted for his black humour as well as his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects. He died June 22, 2008.
You’ll find a heap of his videos on youtube. Where is New Zealand’s equivalent?
And the public’s right to know
The New Zealand media organisations are controlled by people with deep pockets and they only publish news, which has been suitably sanitised so as not to really inform the public about the facts and controversies of what is going on in our world.
The New Zealand media seems to take a moral stance that the public needs to be protected from knowing the truth, but I suspect that the people knew the truth of what was going on, not only in our own country, but around the world. They may wake up and start to take positive action despite being sedated by antidepressants.
Television coverage and New Zealand devotes almost as much time to
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