“The pattern is astounding in its consistency:, They have no interest in contributing to the common good

“The pattern is astounding in its consistency:
They have no interest in contributing to the common good.
They will never build—they will only subtract.
They are incapable of creating anything meaningful or beautiful or life-giving.
They only know how to destroy.
They only know how to take.
They only know how to use up.
That is what cancerous things do.
They pollute.
They kill.”

“There is a profound poverty of empathy in our friendships and church communities, our social media pages and political exchanges, our family…

“There is a profound poverty of empathy in our friendships and church communities, our social media pages and political exchanges, our family conversations and our interactions with strangers that we can’t ignore—and I’m not sure how we recover what we’ve lost or remove what’s been released into our corporate bloodstream.”

Because of the Gupta Brothers from Saharanpur, closeted to ANC in South Africa, Zuma had to face the impeachment proceedings

Because of the Gupta Brothers from Saharanpur, closeted to ANC in South Africa, Zuma had to face the impeachment proceedings. Awaiting with interest the disclosures. More to tumble from Ethiopia–the role of Karturi family. Six months ago, I had asked some friends to look into the role of Indian diaspora in downsizing Indian image abroad. For a Satya Nadella, we have a Gupta. For a Silicon Valley Indian entrepreneur, we have cases of serious criminals among Indian diaspora- particularly finance and sex offenders. Let us evaluate the role of Indian diaspora in totality and not only by looking at a small creamy chunk. #GuptaLeaks

Vajra Prayer for Guru Padmasambhava

Vajra Prayer for Guru Padmasambhava
हूं।
ओड्डीयाणस्य वायव्ये
हृदयाब्जस्य केशरे ।
अनुत्तरानन्तसिद्धिविभूषितगुरूत्तमं ॥
त्वदीयपादपद्मं प्रणमामि पद्मजं पद्मसंभवं।
मण्डितं डाकिनीवृन्दैरनुग्रहकरं गुरुं ॥
त्वदनुशीलनार्हत्वं देहि प्रेरय सर्वदा
ते प्रकुर्यात् –आगतः ! प्रचोदयातः !
ॐ आः हूं वज्रगुरुः पद्म सिद्धि हूं!
hūṃ।
oḍḍīyāṇasya vāyavye
hṛdayābjasya keśare ।
anuttarānantasiddhivibhūṣitagurūttamaṃ ॥
tvadīyapādapadmaṃ praṇamāmi padmajaṃ padmasaṃbhavaṃ।
maṇḍitaṃ ḍākinīvṛndairanugrahakaraṃ guruṃ ॥
tvadanuśīlanārhatvaṃ dehi preraya sarvadā
te prakuryāt –
āgataḥ ! pracodayātaḥ !
oṃ āḥ hūṃ vajraguruḥ padma siddhi hūṃ!
( Major reconstruction of the Sanskrit 7-line Vajra Verse has been done by Professor Sthaneswar Timalsina)

I spoke last week in Mexico about the incredible plunge of both solar and wind prices there

I spoke last week in Mexico about the incredible plunge of both solar and wind prices there. Today, partial results of Mexico’s third power auction were revealed – and those results are stunning. The *average* price of bids among finalists is around 2.1 cents / kwh, breaking the lowest cost price records set in Abu Dhabi (for solar) and Morocco (for wind). This is less than half the price of new natural gas in the US. Absolutely mind-blowing.
We should have more details on the power auction results when full numbers are due, in about a week. More analysis then.

Dang-a-rooni! My new workbench arrived today in a heavier-than-hell box

Dang-a-rooni! My new workbench arrived today in a heavier-than-hell box. I had help at the PO muscling it in to my car. At home, I was on my own except for the inquisitive yaks.
I drove the car up close to the steps to unload it and then muscled ‘er in. It was a brief 5 minute Herculean effort to get it inside and down into the yak room. Yes, I had to drag it around yaks who wouldn’t budge on the front steps. But I got it in. Save your money at 

qdoba 
When I came out to move the car, I noticed that the yaks apparently came down off the steps and smashed my tail light.
Grrr, another $75 repair bill coming up. I think I will just take the money out of the yak grain fund. And then go and repair the door, the windows, the walls . . . and whatever else, until I get the message that they are unhappy about that arrangement.

Myanmar tours 2017

Karen Page and I were honored and delighted to celebrate KITCHEN CREATIVITY’s publication last night at Rizzoli Bookstore in Manhattan with so many of you who came out to hear the insights and insider stories of three of the acclaimed chefs featured in the book in a panel discussion moderated by Karen: 2015 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, JBF Best Chef: Northeast semifinalist Damon Baehrel of Damon Baehrel, and beloved chef-restaurateur Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy.
Thanks for such a warm welcome home to Manhattan after our recent book tour travels Myanmar tours 2017!
https://www.amazon.com/…/obi…/ASIN/0316267805/becominachef0d

“I began to meditate on the writer’s life

“I began to meditate on the writer’s life. It is full of tribulation. First he must endure poverty and the world’s indifference; then, having achieved a measure of success, he must submit with a good grace to its hazards. He depends upon a fickle public. He is at the mercy of journalists who want to interview him and photographers who want to take his picture, of editors who harry him for copy and tax gatherers who harry him for income tax … of agents, publishers, managers, bores, admirers, critics, and his own conscience. But he has one compensation. Whenever he has anything on his mind, whether it be a harassing reflection, grief at the death of a friend, unrequited love, wounded pride, anger at the treachery of someone to whom he has shown kindness, in short any emotion or any perplexing thought, he has only to put down in black and white, using it as the theme of a story or the decoration of an essay, to forget all about it. He is the only free man.”
W. Somerset Maugham, Cakes and Ale

http://mekong-delta-vietnam.com/

 7h00: Have breakfast, take you to Ninh Kieu wharf, take a boat trip on the Can Tho River to visit fishing port, Can Tho market, Quang Trung bridge, visit Cai Rang floating market, one of the floating market most in the Mekong Delta, where hundreds of boats, merchant ships exchange goods, local specialties. Visit the fruit garden of local residents, enjoy the fruit of the South.
 
13h00: Leaving Can Tho. Stop visiting MEKONG REST STOP before returning to Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh. Mekong Rest Stop is a high class stopover designed in an open architecture, blending with nature with the distinctive "Green – Clean – Beautiful" http://mekong-delta-vietnam.com/. The stop includes a restaurant (central restaurant, air-conditioned restaurant, five houses and an ancient house), shopping and ancillary buildings with a total area of ​​nearly 12,000 m²; operates from 5:30 to 21:00 every day, 7 days a week.
 
Upon arrival, visitors will feel the fresh air of the river. The welcoming rooms use natural materials such as bamboo, straw roofs to make visitors familiar with the familiar village in Vietnam. Not only that, the designers also cleverly set the river winding around, with bamboo bridges, wooden boats, fishing nets … are interesting discoveries for visitors.
 
Afternoon: 16h30: Depart for HCM City. Arrive at the point of departure and see you again in the future.

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