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Friday, January 16, 2015

Talking about Unrelated Stuff - a brief excerpt from a Shunryu Suzuki lecture

Executions in Bali this Sunday - BBC - Joko Widodo, the much heralded new president of Indonesia, said that he is in favor of capital punishment for drug smugglers and dealers because forty people die a day from drugs. So he hopes to save lives by killing people. But where does that figure come from and what approaches would actually reduce the harm and deaths? Who to kill and for which drugs? Read Drug Addiction in Indonesia - From Junkies to Jihad.  - Laine Berman, Inside Indonesia (progressive quarterly), Collingwood, Australia, July-September 2003 - That's over 11 years ago but has anything changed? - posted in Saunters