My newest article for Suicide Girls is up. As I mentioned earlier, they’ve switched me to Mondays rather than Saturdays and I’m now bi-weekly instead of weekly. So if anyone asks if I’m bi, I guess I can say yes now. I’m bi- – – – weekly! This is my first Monday entry. Enjoy. I’d much prefer you post your comments about it on Suicide Girls rather than here.

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  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous September 4, 2007 at 7:20 pm |

    Maybe hypocrisy should be made
    a capital crime.

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous September 4, 2007 at 7:24 pm |

    “The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” ~ William Colby, Former Director, CIA

  3. HezB
    HezB September 5, 2007 at 2:09 am |

    Great. Maybe they’ll leave hacks like us alone then.

    Aumeye, thanks for visiting my page and the kind words.

    All the best,


  4. Blake
    Blake September 5, 2007 at 7:10 am |

    At the very beginning of the comments, I had something to post. Now I’m nauseous and need a hug.

  5. HezB
    HezB September 5, 2007 at 7:27 am |

    As long as you throw up BEFORE I hug you…



  6. Blake
    Blake September 5, 2007 at 9:02 am |


  7. Thom
    Thom September 5, 2007 at 2:12 pm |

    Brad, I’m not a member of SG, so I am going to have to respond to your post there here, rather than in the comments section after the original post.

    Really thought-provoking post, and ultimately, both you and Batchelor are probably right–our freedom to do just about whatever we want in a liberal democracy is underwritten by the threat of violence via the nation state.

    Several observations, though:

    x. While the nation state preserves our freedoms through the use of defensive violence, as Otto Kerner mentioned earlier in the comments, it so very easily slips into the use of aggressive violence to achieve aims that are not necessarily coterminous with the preservation of freedoms. War is big business, and while big companies are full of ordinary people like you and me, companies have goals and strategies that are more often about profit than whether or not you get to choose to hang out at the zendo or the mosque. And big business pretty frequently employs big bikkies to buy big boys (and girls)… with all of the warping of ‘freedom’ that entails. I geuess what I’m saying is that violence tends to have its own logic–a gun isn’t really made just to look at.

    x. The freedoms we’re discussing also arise in no small part from at least three centuries’ worth of political philosophy and economic thinking. This might go hand in hand with the big bully needed to enforce them, but you can’t downplay the intellectual history. In fact, could Buddhism be the perfect counterpart to 21st Century hypercapitalism?

    x. I’m not quite comfortable with the sleight of hand that equates the small scale/local example of the rednecks wanting to hoe down on the punks, restrained by the cops, to the large scale one of the buddhists being allowed to stare at walls because the Marines keep the nasty jihadists at bay (even if the local example is a telling one). There are ideologies and intellectual positions and a host of other things at play on the global scale.

    x. I know you’re probably being facetious when you refer to them as such, but are all of the things you’ve cited as ‘socially deviant’ really so? Tattooing, homosexuality, religious pluralism–they’ve all flourished and been considered more mainstream –in some form or another–in other (historical) societies. I am thinking of the Roman Empire for religious pluralism, Ancient Greece as well as various tribal cultures for homosexuality etc.

    None of this detracts from the central claim, which is certainly something that ‘pacifists’ have to come to grips with, just as Orwell said that anti-Imperialists had to come to grips with the Empire that gave them their quality of life.

  8. Anonymous
    Anonymous September 5, 2007 at 3:02 pm |

    costa rica doesnt have an army and as far as i know costa ricans are allowed to stare at walls all they like

  9. esmerelda_verde
    esmerelda_verde September 5, 2007 at 3:57 pm |

    Well maybe the nice Ohio police protected white boy punks but the not so nice LAPD, NYPD and HBPD did not. Quite the reverse.

    The Swiss and many other countries seem to manage to have an army for self defense. We could do that too.

    I agree with Jinzang, these people we are killing are not the major threat to us. The many Muslim I have met have been quite reasonable people. Yes there are a few crazy people living in caves willing to die for their beliefs. We could have supported the UN and an international police action. Bush’s friends have made millions out of this war, that was the point of it, 911 was a excuse. The CIA trained Al Quada members, they armed Sadam when Iraq was at war with Iran.

    As far as I can see the US foreign policy is making me less safe not more. I usually pretend to be Canadian when I travel these days.

    I think its important for me as a person committed to right action to oppose this war. My supposed ‘right’ to have a tattoo is not worth anyones life. Not in my name.

  10. Mysterion
    Mysterion September 5, 2007 at 4:00 pm |

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  11. September 5, 2007 at 5:45 pm |

    What happened to the Bradbay blog? I was just going to go over there and see what was happening. I also wanted to suggest perhaps making a gift of the whole of them books to a film department/university library.

    I know it’s hard for me to think about things being so much up in the air for you right now.
    Job change was one thing, but changing apartments portends possible larger changes ahead. I know for me the thought process runs in the direction of “well….I might as well find a place close to where I’ll be working….and if I’m looking for a job and looking for a place to live I might as well throw the whole thing wide open and look for a new city/new planet/new galaxy while I’m at it.” BRAD!!! Good luck with all of it!
    Did someone snap up all your treasured books? Was there knock down drag out fighting over some of the cherished copies?
    Please don’t be upset if there was limited response…it’s not ’cause we don’t care…it’s cause we’re in shock…and we want to/don’t want to know what’s next? KEEP US POSTED

  12. Mysterion
    Mysterion September 5, 2007 at 8:38 pm |

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  13. PhilBob-SquareHead
    PhilBob-SquareHead September 5, 2007 at 10:41 pm |

    One of my best friends is a Muslim from Morocco. He recently became a u.s. citizen after living here for 11 years. He will tell you he is against violence, but if you push him long enough he will admit the tenets of his religion are to ultimately do away of everyone that does not follow Islam. As peaceful as he can be, I wonder how other Muslims will react in the future.
    Defense is a natural human/animal instinct, and Buddhism is about doing the right thing at the right time.
    God bless Ted Nugent and Johnny Ramone.

  14. Erg
    Erg September 6, 2007 at 1:03 am |

    How do you set up a free suicide girls account? I am told it is possible. If I pay my wife will surely mock me, but commenting here will just enrage brad and ensure I spend my next life as cole slaw. I hate cole slaw!

  15. Anonymous
    Anonymous September 6, 2007 at 3:47 am |

    Suicide Girls does not permit
    anonymous comments. How boring
    is that?

    I’d rather be cole slaw.

  16. Anonymous
    Anonymous September 6, 2007 at 3:59 am |

    Maybe they’re afraid of what people will say about their boobs?

  17. Anonymous
    Anonymous September 6, 2007 at 5:41 am |

    Suicide Girls is slow.

    It’s better to be slaw.

  18. Anonymous
    Anonymous September 6, 2007 at 5:59 am |

    Hey old dog,

    How about you Americans get rid of
    no-accountability Diebold electronic
    voting machines so you don’t have
    any more election thefts, as in
    Florida (2000) or Ohio (2004)?

    Or are you afraid of democracy?

    –yet another anonymous

  19. Anonymous
    Anonymous September 6, 2007 at 6:01 am |

    That has nothing at all to do with boobs, my friend.


  20. "old dog"
    "old dog" September 6, 2007 at 8:08 am |

    What am I, the token American?

    “Hey old dog,

    How about you Americans get rid of
    no-accountability Diebold electronic
    voting machines so you don’t have
    any more election thefts, as in
    Florida (2000) or Ohio (2004)?

    Or are you afraid of democracy?

    –yet another anonymous”

    Yea, “yet another.” Whatever.

    What the hell do you think “we americans” can do about such things as the election equipment? I’m just a stay-at-home dad in a small town.

    Whats your problem, anyway?


  21. hendrik
    hendrik September 6, 2007 at 9:45 am |


    The Stephen Batchelor article seemed quite clear to me, but there are a couple of things I don’t quite follow in yours.

    In taking issue with the “peace movement”, you write:

    “The very same force that makes violence an unavoidable part of human life is the one that tries, through a different kind of violence, to overcome violence.”

    How is this consistent with the premise that appropriate actions are sometimes violent? Are you saying that speaking up against your government’s conduct constitutes the wrong kind of violence, one that can never be appropriate?

    You also write:

    “The only way to do this is to truly understand who we are and to allow that understanding to spread gradually throughout the world. As Buddhists it may not be necessary for we, ourselves, to go out and participate in the violence perpetrated to protect our right to practice — though there is certainly nothing at all wrong with being a practicing Buddhist and member of the military. But it also does not benefit our practice to stand in the way of the necessary steps being taken to uphold our right to practice.”

    From the context of the rest of the article I take it the wars against Afghanistan and Iraq were necessary steps. Can you explain why?

    Thanks. And, as this is my first time to post a comment, thanks too for your Buddhist writings.

  22. gunderloy
    gunderloy September 6, 2007 at 2:14 pm |

    both peace and love occur only occasionally. the same with war and hate. we do what we can with our lives to keep our emotions in check. but we can’t become paralyzed by the idea that peace can exist without war.. because it never has for very long.

  23. HezB
    HezB September 6, 2007 at 2:48 pm |

    Yes, but who is advocating extreme peace? It is clear that the imbalance lies in the extremities of our selfish wars… if a body count is a reasonable way of evaluating these things?

    At any rate extreme peace might prove less of a health risk than extreme war… while it lasted.



  24. Anonymous
    Anonymous September 6, 2007 at 3:17 pm |

    what? me worry?

    -Alfred E. Neuman

  25. Anonymous
    Anonymous September 15, 2007 at 2:16 am |

    I thought the best point of the article was the bit about being protected from rednecks by the cops. That’s always nice in a free society but that is not violence exactly. If your punk buddy gets pummeled the cops generally do not come by in force with night sticks and beat the rednecks to a bloody pulp and then leave, they are arrested hopefully with due process. And they certainly would not track down the rednecks wives and children, pull them out of bed and beat them to death as well.

    I was at an air show a few weeks ago and those jets thundering over scared the crap out of me and they were just putting on a show. Imagine a dozen or more flying over droping huge bombs? I do not particularly feel safer giving more people reason to hate my culture. Take care of those responsible and right the wrongs YOU are doing personally to cause it (if any).

    Muslims or anyone else may have a skewed view but they still want peace. Kim Jong il is a tyrant but still wants peace which is best for him. The leader of Iran wrote bush a 20 page personal letter which was ignored. Instead of opening dipolomatic relations they talk about invading Iran.

    Japanese buddhists have also had their justifications for war when they got swept away with what their culture was doing, Batchelor wrote that article after September 11th and war that followed was a disaster.

    If find it a bit funny how if we wanted to have our western values undistured we would rather bomb foriegn countries than simply stop imigration from countries that didn’t have the same langue and values. That is the only way anyone is gonna be swallowed up by Islam. Not politically correct I guess.

  26. Rob
    Rob September 19, 2007 at 3:52 pm |

    Yep, violence is necessary.
    But is the Iraq war necessary?


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