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Salem, Oregon
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Georgy Porgy, facts aren't propaganda. You're deeply mistaken. Try pointing out problems with the facts presented in the Indian financial press, if you can. Don't attack the messenger for a truthful message.
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For a political junkie like me, today's non-stop coverage of William Barr's embarrassingly awful press conference and subsequent analysis of the redacted Mueller report has felt like taking a really long hot shower that leaves you both blissfully exhausted and pleasantly energized. I've read the tweets. I've looked over Washington... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Salem Political Snark
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Students should be able to learn without anti-abortion zealots interfering with their education. But that's the plan of Oregon Right to Life: take control of the Salem-Keizer school board in the May 21, 2019 election. Three of the seven current school board members are backed by Oregon Right to Life:... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Salem Political Snark
Georgy Porgy, you'll be unpleased to know that I'll be sharing another story in the Indian financial press later today. Also, did you even read tihis post before commenting on it? Gurinder Singh Dhillon is a main reason the Singh brothers are in such financial trouble. The loans that were made to the Dhillon family were fraudulent. The guru's right hand man, Sunil Godhwani, orchestrated those loans after being made the CEO of Religare at the request of the RSSB guru. Dhillon's hands are all over this unholy mess.
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777, you're not allowed to leave comments on regular posts because you ignored repeated requests from me to stop being preachy and to make sense in what you wrote. You're still preachy, and you still don't make sense, so nothing has changed. But due to my boundless Buddha-like compassion for religious beings who haven't seen the light of truth, I've provided Open Threads where preachiness and not making sense are tolerated.
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Mr. Curious, I think you've hit on an important truth. This blog does indeed attract religious believers who recognize that the faithless truth being shared here is much more valid than the dogmas they've been consuming. Like you said, they can't stay away, but their religious conditioning prevents them from "coming out" openly, so they have to pretend that they're disgusted by what actually attracts them. Weird? Yes. But not nearly as weird as the religious beliefs that this blog is helping them to give up. Subconsciously at first. Yet once the seed of truth is planted, it will sprout in their religious brains at some point.
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One Initiated, I published your comment above, but I find it disgusting. Consider yourself warned: stop with the personal insults or you won't be having any more comments approved by me.
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A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post, "Help stop HB 2974, a Third Bridge taxing scheme." Here's part of what I said about this bill proposed by state Representative Paul Evans. A bill in the Oregon legislature seems like a backdoor way to get a Third Bridge built... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Salem Political Snark
Buddhists are atheists, since Buddhism doesn’t believe in a god. So Sam Harris embraces both atheism and Buddhism.
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777, I just did a Google Images search for "guru Gurinder Singh Dhillon." I counted at least 12 separate photos of the RSSB guru. So you need to find another reason to consider that he is God in Human Form with miraculous abilities.
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This is the week that pushed me over the edge of being merely concerned about our democracy surviving, to freaking out about the fact that it truly seems threatened by Trump. Which is scary. Being as old as I am -- 70 -- I've lived through Richard Nixon (Watergate), Ronald... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Salem Political Snark
D, let's use some critical thinking on your comment, "The bottom caricature is Brian Hines," and see where it leads us. (1) I'm not a teacher. I have no students. (2) I don't claim any special knowledge on any subject. (3) I don't tell anybody to do exactly as I say (well, except for our dog, at times, and I can assure you that she never does exactly as I say, being half German Shepherd with a decidedly independent streak). (4) I encourage independent thought on this blog, as evidenced by the tag line, "Preaching the gospel of spiritual independence." (5) I welcome thoughtful comments even when I don't agree with what the commenter says, like your comment. (6) Last year I got a book back in print, at considerable cost to myself, that I don't even agree with any more. But I felt people should have an opportunity to read it, and there's a slim chance what I say in the book reflects reality. See: https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Whisper-Creations-Thunder-Spiritual/dp/0977735230/ (7) And crucially, I very rarely wear a tie. Almost never, in fact. So I rest my case against what you said, though thanks for thinking of me.
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Jen, the story on the RSSB web site is from July 2018. So it's old news that's been superseded by new news. The SEBI investigation report came after this story, as did Malvinder's criminal complaint against the RSSB guru, and Religare's criminal complaint against Sunil Godhwani and the Singh brothers, plus other unnamed co-conspirators. So don't rely on a story that RSSB wants people to read. Note that they haven't published other stories that put Gurinder Singh Dhillon and his family in a much worse light.
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Thanks, Jim Scheppke, for sharing on Scribd an Our Salem: Today presentation by the City of Salem that was discussed on April 3 at a meeting of committees charged with advising staff on revisions to the Comprehensive Plan. OK, that sentence probably doesn't make your heart race with excitement. But... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2019 at Salem Political Snark
josh-J, in my view they are certainly FACTS. Facts that deserve capitalization to show how fact'y they are. Who could disagree with this praise of me? Certainly not me. Like I said in my previous comment, some people might come to a different conclusion, but naturally I prefer my conclusion.
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josh-J, yes, I'm serious about the stuff put forward on this blog. Let's divide it into two categories. (1) Facts. What facts do you disagree with? There's lots of facts in my blog posts, including those related to the financial scandal involving the RSSB guru, his family, and close associates. If you disagree with those facts, which come from the Indian financial press and investigating authorities, please share your better facts so we can have a discussion about which facts are most correct. If it's a different subject you're referring to, the same applies. (2) Conclusions based on facts. I and others do a lot of this also -- offering up conclusions based on facts. This is an entirely good thing to do. People can look at the same facts and draw different conclusions. As with facts, if you have different conclusions from what's shared on this blog, present your own conclusions and we can have a discussion about which conclusions make the most sense. See, things are pretty simple when we approach things with an open mind.
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D, how do you know how humble someone is going to be as they're heading for death? Sounds very unhumble of you to pretend that you know this. As for me, I'm even more proud of my humility than I shared in this blog post. But I don't "beat my breast" about how humble I've become. I simply am quietly pleased with my profound humility. Why, I'm even thinking of having a t-shirt made that says "I'm with Humble," with an arrow pointing at my head. If I become more humble, I'm worried that I'm going to overdose on humility. Probably need to have a card in my wallet that tells an ER doctor to inject me with a dose of ego if I'm brought in with a humble overdose.
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Radh(er Not) Soami, I'm no expert in HTML, but the tags you used looked fine to me. I can see them when I click on an "edit comment" option. I deleted the last two boldface tags you used, which made the rest of the comment appear in normal type, which is easier to read. It could have been just a Typepad glitch. Or a glitch in the coding. I just tried putting the in the second Honest Living quote after the rather than before it. That seems to fix the problem. While I was at it, I also added some paragraph breaks to your comment for easier reading.
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jay, my point, which you ignored, is that rather the criticizing the messenger of bad news, people should address the news itself. So far no one has disputed the accuracy of the bad news about the RSSB guru I’ve been sharing, nor the conclusions I’ve been drawing from those facts. So I remain confident in those facts and conclusions. When new facts come out, I’ll adjust accordingly. That’s called reality based wisdom.
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George Porgy, you seem to have fallen prey to "fake news" syndrome. Seek medical attention immediately! It's dangerous both to yourself and to society when you attack the messenger of news rather than address the fact in the message itself. The facts being reported in the Indian financial press, and then reported on this blog, are indisputable. Two people have filled complaints against the RSSB guru alleging death threats made against them by RSSB functionaries. The RSSB guru's right hand man has been legally accused of criminal conspiracy to funnel funds from a public company into shell companies controlled by relatives of the RSSB guru and his associates. That money then was used by the Dhillon family to buy real estate assets, in part. So, what do you consider to be untrue in the facts that have been presented on this blog? Present your evidence. If you can't do this, then your criticisms in the comment above are false. Spence and I have been drawing conclusions based on facts. You haven't. End of story, unless you present your own compelling facts about the Singh brothers/Dhillon family crime drama that outweigh the facts reported by the Indian financial press.
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E.M. I don't agree. You might be right, but I don't read the wording of that section as you do. Here's a fuller excerpt from the bill: (2) A bridge district may be formed within the boundaries of the capital city region for the purpose of planning, financing, constructing, operating and maintaining bridges over the Willamette River in the capital city region. (3) A petition for formation of a bridge district must include a permanent rate limit for operating taxes for the proposed district. A bridge district is a municipal corporation for purposes of ORS 294.305 to 294.565. So the petition refers to the formation of a bridge district. Obviously no plan for a particular bridge would exist prior to the formation of a bridge district, since the district is supposed to do the planning. Yes, it sounds like a limit on "operating taxes" for the district must be given to voters, assuming this is the meaning of "petition for formation." But then the bill says the district has the power: (4) To assess, levy and collect taxes on all taxable property within the boundaries of the district in order to pay: (a) The costs of planning, financing, constructing, operating and maintaining bridges over the Willamette River in the capital city region; So the way I read the bill, the governing body of the district can assess taxes on all taxable property to pay for planning, building, and maintaining bridges. Doesn't sound like citizens get a chance to vote on a particular bridge plan. Thus I'm standing by what I said in this post.
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A bill in the Oregon legislature seems like a backdoor way to get a Third Bridge built in Salem. At least, that's how I and quite a few others view HB 2974. HB 2974 is sponsored by Rep. Paul Evans, who I usually agree with. But after I read the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2019 at Salem Political Snark
Dungeness, it's important to keep in mind that seemingly most, if not all, of the money "loaned" to the Dhillon family came as a result of fraud and criminal conspiracy. So almost certainly the ship has sailed on the Dhillon's being able to repay Malvinder. As the Religare complaint says, the money that went to shell companies controlled at the time by the Dhillon family and RSSB associates came from a public corporation, Religare. Now Religare wants to trace who got the money, and they also want their money back. Yes, Gurinder Singh wanted to make this a family affair, settled by a family agreement. But now that the Supreme Court, the Securities and Exchange Board of India, and the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police have gotten involved, it's hard to see how this can be handled by an agreement between the Dhillons and Malvinder. At one point I thought Malvinder might withdraw his criminal complaint against Dhillon and the guru's associates if he got his money back. However, now it doesn't seem this would let the guru off the hook even if Malvinder wanted that to happen. Religare doesn't care that the guru is considered to be divine. They just want their money back, and the people who engaged in the criminal conspiracy to be punished.
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Thinker, all Spence and I have been doing is reporting facts as they're currently understood. Sure, because he and I are more familiar with the Singh brothers/RSSB financial saga than most people are, we're able to frame those facts in a way that might seem disturbing to devotees of the guru. But RSSB teachings put a lot of emphasis on sat, truth. So speaking the truth is never wrong. Nor is opening one's mind to truth. I realize that the truth can hurt, especially when the truth is that Gurinder Singh Dhillon has been acting badly -- not at all like an ethical human being should, much less a spiritual leader. Just understand that neither Spence nor I are coming up with these facts on our own. We're just passing on what's being reported by the India financial press, along with information that comes from RSSB insiders that I've previously shared on this blog. Bit by bit, story by story, it appears more likely that Gurinder Singh Dhillon and his family, along with associates such as Sunil Godhwani, are going to be held legally accountable for their actions. Maybe it will turn out that their financial dealings were fine, all legal. I doubt it, but it's possible. In that case, I'll be pleased to embrace the truth. I just hope that RSSB devotees are equally pleased to accept the truth if it turns out to show that the supposedly "perfect living master" isn't at all perfect -- which, in my opinion, is already obvious.
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Daljit, great point. No, RSSB doesn't have any web sites or blogs where people can freely comment. But I'm pleased to allow this, because unlike RSSB, I believe in free speech and open discussion of ideas -- even, or especially, those I disagree with. I do have some commenting limits, though. "Trolls" aren't welcome here. Meaning, people who aren't really interested in open discussion of ideas, but just want to spout their own narrow views, usually religious, with boring repetition. I'll be patient with them for a while, to see if they're really Troll-like, then their comments get deleted.
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