Saturday, May 30, 2015

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JMG REPORT: Pentagon Set To Add Sexual Orientation As A Protected Class

Via the Washington Blade:
The Pentagon is preparing to update its Military Equal Opportunity Policy to include sexual orientation as a protected class and the change could be made final as soon as the end of next month, the Washington Blade has learned. A senior defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed late Friday the Defense Department is planning to update the Military Equal Opportunity Policy to add the words “sexual orientation” as part of the non-discrimination policy.

The proposed change is set to be delivered as early as the middle of next week to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter for his review and final approval, the official said. Each of the military services has already agreed to the change, the official said. The planned change follows an internal review at the Pentagon of the Military Equal Opportunity Policy, which the official said lasted about 12 months. Efforts to include sexual orientation in the revision were languishing, but were re-energized after the appointment in April of Brad Carson as under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, the official said.

The Military Equal Opportunity Policy identifies classes of service members that should be protected from discrimination to allow them to rise to highest level or responsibility possible. As it stands, the Military Equal Opportunity Policy includes race, color, religion, age, physical or mental disability, sex and national origin. However, service members as of right now have no recourse for anti-gay discrimination outside of their chain of command.

Reposted from Joe Jervis

Via Progressive America / FB:

Via Sri Prem Baba: Flor do Dia- Flor del Día- Flower of the day 30/05/2015

“Porque tratamos a natureza como um objeto a ser comercializado? Porque não podemos ver o espirito divino que está na árvore, no rio, no animal? Essa indiferença é um mecanismo de defesa que nos mantém distante da dor – a dor de não ter sido amado. Quando criança, seus pais fizeram algo diferente do que você esperava, e você compreendeu isso como desamor. E até pode ser que eles realmente não tenham te amado. Mas o problema é que, até hoje, você está preso nisso. Você não quer perdoar, e por isso segue destruindo tudo ao seu redor.”
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“¿Por qué tratamos a la naturaleza como un objeto para ser comercializado? ¿Por qué no podemos ver el espíritu divino que está en el árbol, en el río, en el animal? Esta indiferencia es un mecanismo de defensa que nos mantiene distantes del dolor – el dolor de no haber sido amado. Cuando niño, tus padres hicieron algo diferente de lo que esperabas, y comprendiste esto como desamor. Y hasta puede ser que ellos realmente no te hayan amado. Pero el problema es que, hasta hoy, estás preso en eso. No quieres perdonar, y por eso sigues destruyendo todo a tu alrededor.”

“Why do we treat nature like an object to be commercialized? Why can’t we see the Divine Spirit in trees, rivers and animals? This indifference is a defense mechanism that we use to keep pain at a distance: the pain of not having been loved. As a child, our parents did something different from what we had expected, and we understood this to mean that they did not love us. Maybe they didn’t actually love us, but the problem is that until today we still remain trapped in these thoughts. We don’t want to forgive them, which is why we continue to destroy everything around us.”

Today's Daily Dharma: Searching for Ego

Photo: Bill Armstrong
Searching for Ego

If we carefully analyze our body and mind, we will never find in them anything that corresponds to the ego?ego really is an illusion. Being selfish, then, is merely enacting an illusion, not being what we truly are, which is awakened, a buddha.

- Karma Trinlay Rinpoche, "What We've Been All Along"