Author Archives: Almerindo

Peter Singer on Wikileaks

We’ve been quiet at the Junta lately, preoccupied with summer and its attendant joys. The art event we had planned for June didn’t work out; sorry about that. But it’s only been postponed until fall, when city life gets back to normal – so don’t despair. Meanwhile, here’s a thoughtful piece from Peter Singer in […]

Spirit Wrap

We began our spirituality discussion with an overview from EJ of his Zen beliefs – oddly, as it turned out, since Zen as he explained it is not spiritual at all. Zen does not teach that people have “spirits”, or “souls”, as such. “There is no ‘you’; there is no ‘me’.” Like other belief structures, […]

Beyond This Life

What happens after we die? The ultimate question, unanswerable by anyone – and yet billions of us follow ideologies which lay out, step by step, exactly what happens when we cross that last river. Isn’t the fear of death the first basis of all religion? Sometimes I see a movie scene in a hospital, where […]

WikiWrap

Last week’s discussion was well attended despite the impending ice storm. Thanks to everybody for coming out. Here’s some of what went down. “I am really surprised there isn’t more outrage from Americans over the  Wikileaks releases,” said Joah. He meant the Apache helicopter video in particular. The soldiers in the video technically did follow […]

Wikileaks Discussion

The Junta convenes tomorrow night (Tues) to discuss Wikileaks. Please join us for a robust exchange of ideas about privacy, espionage, diplomacy, war, revolution, and freedom, among other things. All viewpoints are welcome. Read previous posts for more background. Tuesday, February 1st, 8:30pm DOC Wine Bar, 83 N. 7th St. in Williamsburg. (Cash bar only)

Wikileaks Basics

Our conversation topic this coming Tuesday is certain to provoke some strong opinions. In the last week, in the interest of Junta promotion, I’ve been engaging people on Wikileaks; in each instance, a thoughtful and spirited discussion broke out, exposing many of the thorns around the issue: secrets, privacy, whistleblowing, the military, anarchy, power. There […]

A Question of Desire: Food Wrap

A baker’s dozen of us turned out in Williamsburg last Tuesday, to discuss the intricacies of the American food system and our own attitudes towards eating. “Knowing where the food comes from” was the succinct answer to the question posed to Alex, on why he had become a vegetarian. Of all who attended, he was […]