Masters Of War

Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks. You that never done nothin' But build to destroy You play with my world Like it's your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly. Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud. You've thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world For threatening my baby Unborn and unnamed You ain't worth the blood That runs in your veins. How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul. And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand over your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead.------- Bob Dylan 1963

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dams, teeth, and Myanmar's China ties By Peter Lee

Myanmar hosted three important visitors during the week of November 28: Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States of America; Mikhail Myasnikovich, Prime Minister of Belarus; and, from China, the wisdom tooth of Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha.
The Buddha's tooth, normally residing at the Ling Guang Temple in Beijing, is currently in the midst of a 48-day sojourn in Myanmar that it will take it to Naypyidaw (the new capital), Yangon (aka Rangoon), and Mandalay.
Housed in a gilded reliquary and attended by an escort team uniformed in gold silk, the tooth traveled by special plane to Naypyidaw. On its arrival, it was paraded through the streets of
  
the capital by elephant and installed at the Uppatasanti Temple.
At the temple, a jumbotron, elevator, special bus facilities, and a 24-hour cable channel were arranged to assist the faithful in their devotions.
Myanmar is socialist but not atheist. 80% of the citizens profess Buddhism. The Buddhist establishment is an important, respected, and activist constituency in Myanmar's political life, and frequently highly critical of the government.
It is important for the government to present itself as a supporter of Buddhism, and stream of national military, political, and commercial luminaries have visited the temple on the occasion of the tooth's residence to make obeisance before the relic and provide donations.
The local media has meticulously documented the event in daily reports. For example: READ MORE

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