Kaneh Bos, Etz Chaim

God has nine million seven billion uncountably many names

Yahweh is an aspect, and Jesus is another. Allah is a name for God.


Baruch Atah Adonai Elohenu Melech Ha-Olam, creator of cannabis, the tree of life.

Sh’ma Yisrael Adonai Elohenu Adonai Echad.

(h/t Phydeaux Speaks for the video)

Police brutality

See video at the Washington Post.

A student was arrested immediately after asking Sen. John Kerry, “Also, are you a member of Skull and Bones… Are you in the same secret society?”

He was then tasered.

Update: John Kerry responds to taser incident:

In 37 years of public appearances, through wars, protests and highly emotional events, I have never had a dialogue end this way. I believe I could have handled the situation without interruption, but I do not know what warnings or other exchanges transpired between the young man and the police prior to his barging to the front of the line and their intervention. I asked the police to allow me to answer the question and was in the process of responding when he was taken into custody. I was not aware that a taser was used until after I left the building. I hope that neither the student nor any of the police were injured. I regret enormously that a good healthy discussion was interrupted.

For the record, I wouldn’t mind hearing his answer to this (somewhat garbled) question.

I’d like to hear that music, very much.

Jeremy Zilar @ silencematters writes:

There is music aboard the Voyager 1 space probe thanks to Carl Sagan and Frank Drake. (via – CP)

“Containing photographs, natural sounds of Earth and 90 minutes of music from all over our world, the record was intended to preserve something of human culture beyond what an intelligent extraterrestrial, encountering the craft at some far-distant time and place, might infer from the spacecraft itself” – NYT

If you cannot read the NYT links, just wait until after midnight.

Update: Audio here.