MAY LOVE PREVAIL ON EARTH
March 27, 2004
The Writing on the Wall Series #25: Balancing Light and Darkness
After a couple weeks of vacation, I'm back to continue my networking service, albeit in a somewhat less frequent manner with the approaching gardening time and lots of other things to do here.
You'll find below a sampling of all the material I received while I was away, some of which dates back a couple weeks ago. I'll also send you the next Meditation Focus this Saturday.
Love and Light to all of you ;-)
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"Love Begins With Me. We are one humanity on this planet. All life is interconnected and interdependent. All share in the Universal bond of love. Love begins with self acceptance and forgiveness. With tolerance and compassion we embrace diversity."
- Harold W. Becker firstname.lastname@example.org> - For more details on the Global Love Day on May 1st, go at http://www.thelovefoundation.com
Worthy of your attention
Rare five-planet alignment visible (March 26)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Five planets are arrayed across the evening sky in a spectacular night show that won't be back for another three decades. For the next two weeks, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn - the five closest planets - should be easily visible at dusk, along with the moon. More on this at http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&edition=us&q=alignment+of+planets
Center for Unifying Research & Education (CURE)
CURE was established to be a central organization for assisting research and education in an unbiased and no strings attached fashion. CURE fills the need to have an organization to assist individuals and projects with up and coming technologies that otherwise are suppressed and have no funding support. (...) A cure for current systems that are driven by power, control and greed, and that are of no benefit to humanity and invasive to the environment. Created by "Samone Michaels" email@example.com>
Global Love Lightworker Travelers' Alliance
Ariel Ky is proposing to create a "Lightworker Traveler's Alliance" ... "for lightworkers to travel and get to know each other, to work on projects together and stay with each other in our homes. This alliance will enable us to support each other in our missions of teaching, healing, and celebrating life. Many of us are feeling called to travel and I understand this is important, not only to take what we have learned to disseminate the knowledge we have to share, but also to disperse as widely as possibly the energy we manifest." (...) Many of us are seeking intentional communities to live in and create sacred space with others and I believe we will see more of these being created. A lightworker traveler's alliance could bring people together in person who might want to live in such communities together." (...) "The Global Love Lightworker Travelers' Alliance is being formed for the purpose of creating a global community of support for lightworkers in our travels by working together to manifest our visions, carry out our missions, and respond to our inner calls so that people on Earth can shift to a loving, harmonious coexistence with each other and all life in our universe. The Alliance is specifically being created so that more of us can meet each other in person. "For more information, please contact Ariel at firstname.lastname@example.org> or 510.763.6069. She has also just set up a discussion group on this project at http://forums.prospero.com/GLTAlliance
World Public Opinion Poll Reveals Growing Hostility Toward America And Its Foreign Policy
http://www.btlonline.org/bice040204.ram (7 minute 12 second audio) Recommended by "Mark R. Elsis" email@example.com>
Review of a CD Arja recorded at an ancient church in Assisi, Italy. Recommended by Patty-Lynne Herlevi firstname.lastname@example.org> who wrote: "I thought your readers would be interested in the Finnish vocalist and peacemaker Arja Saijonmaa."
1. John Calleman on the Economic Crisis and the Mayan Calendar
2. The Venus Transit: Call for Global Oneness
3. Our renewed focus
4. The Loud Silence
5. Canada's Superstars Oppose Star Wars
6. 9/11 Commission: Lying under Oath
7. The Unchanging Scripture
8. A dream (or nightmare) ticket
9. Silent Genocide
10. A matter or record showing Bush a LIAR AGAIN
11. Late Night Bush jokes
KUCINICH STILL IN RACE (March 21)
One by one, all of John Kerry's rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination have fallen by the wayside, except for Dennis Kucinich. The Ohio congressman said in a statement Sunday, a day after his second-place finish to Kerry in Alaska's presidential caucuses, that he intends to campaign through the remaining primaries and caucuses in early June. "My commitment remains steadfast," he said in a message to supporters. "We must show, as we move towards our convention, that the Democratic Party remains a vibrant party with a capacity for growth. That it remains a party committed to peace. That it remains a party committed to health care for all, to civil liberties, to fair trade," Kucinich said. One of his goals, he said, is to bring more people into the Democratic Party. Kerry has won 34 of the 37 nominating contests and, before Alaska voted, had more than the 2,162 delegates needed to win the party's presidential nomination at its convention in Boston in July. Kucinich, with about 20 delegates total, has not won any contest. Activist Al Sharpton, who has endorsed Kerry, is no longer actively campaigning for the presidential nomination but has said he hopes to continue winning delegates to influence the party's platform.
If John Kerry is the Answer, What is the Question? by William Blum, March 4
(...) Kerry faulted Bush for providing insufficient funding for the National Endowment for Democracy. -- He probably thought he was on safe ground; the word "democracy" always sells well. But this is his most depressing comment of all. He's calling for more money for an organization that was set up to be a front for the CIA, literally, and that for 20 years has been destabilizing governments, progressive movements, labor unions, and anyone else on Washington's hit list.  Which would be a worse mark against Kerry, that he doesn't know this about NED, or that he does know it? It sounds like another throwaway to imply a divide between he and George W.
Royal Genes May Win Kerry the White House
The U.S. presidential election will be largely fought over Iraq and the economy, but if royal genes have anything to do with the result, Democrat John Kerry is destined to dethrone George W. Bush this November. According to a theory its British proponents say has proved surprisingly accurate over the past century, the candidate with the bluest blood in his veins will win the White House. In 2000 it was Bush. This time, it's Kerry. "Our research is not yet complete but my bet is that Kerry has more royal connections and that he is more noble than President Bush," said Harold Brooks-Baker, publishing director of Burke's Peerage, a guide to the aristocracy. "But both candidates have a remarkable number of royal connections and both are related to (Britain's) Queen Elizabeth," he added.
John Pilger: 2004: Choose Your Favorite Pro-War Candidate (04 Mar 2004) http://pilger.carlton.com/
BUSH OR KERRY? LOOK CLOSELY AND THE DANGER IS THE SAME
A myth equal to the fable of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction is gaining strength on both sides of the Atlantic. It is that John Kerry offers a world-view different from that of George W Bush. Watch this big lie grow as Kerry is crowned the Democratic candidate and the "anyone but Bush" movement becomes a liberal cause celebre. While the rise to power of the Bush gang, the neoconservatives, belatedly preoccupied the American media, the message of their equivalents in the Democratic Party has been of little interest. Yet the similarities are compelling. Shortly before Bush's "election" in 2000, the Project for the New American Century, the neoconservative pressure group, published an ideological blueprint for "maintaining global US pre-eminence, precluding the rise of a great power rival, and shaping the international security order in line with American principles and interests". Every one of its recommendations for aggression and conquest was adopted by the administration. One year later, the Progressive Policy Institute, an arm of the Democratic Leadership Council, published a 19-page manifesto for the "New Democrats", who include all the principal Democratic Party candidates, and especially John Kerry. This called for "the bold exercise of American power" at the heart of "a new Democratic strategy, grounded in the party's tradition of muscular internationalism". Such a strategy would "keep Americans safer than the Republicans' go-it-alone policy, which has alienated our natural allies and overstretched our resources. We aim to rebuild the moral foundation of US global leadership ..." What is the difference from the vainglorious claptrap of Bush? Apart from euphemisms, there is none. CLIP
US faces mounting international fury over Aristide's 'forced' exit:
Troops get high-tech noisemaker
U.S. soldiers in Iraq have new gear for dispersing hostile crowds and warding off potential enemy combatants. It blasts earsplitting noise in a directed beam.
Bush Allows Gays to Be Fired for Being Gay
Despite President Bush's pledge that homosexuals "ought to have the same rights" (1) as all other people, his Administration this week ruled that homosexuals can now be fired from the federal workforce because of their sexual orientation. CLIP
Visit http://daily.misleader.org for more about Bush Administration distortion.
From: "Kiara Windrider" email@example.com>
Subject: John Calleman on the Economic Crisis and the Mayan Calendar
Date: 23 Mar 2004
Dear Jean and list
After spending two fascinating weeks with Carl Johan Calleman at the Experience Festival in India, I respect his research and insights all the more. Please also tune in to his Call for Global Oneness, in regard to the Venus Transit on June 8, 2004. I will send more on this later.
The Coming Economic Crisis in the West and the Mayan Calendar
by Carl Johan Calleman
Recently a discussion based on the Mayan calendar regarding an upcoming economic crisis in the United States has emerged. As I have shown in my forthcoming book: The Mayan Calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness the Mayan calendar does indeed with great exactness describe the ups and downs of the current economic system and this by itself is an important piece of news. Considering that we are getting deeper into a new Underworld, a new stage in the evolution of consciousness, such a discussion is indeed very much needed.
Superficially, the United States economy seems now to be doing just fine considering recent growth reports. Nonetheless, it is on steroids and if we look at the situation more deeply we will realize that it is not a matter of if an economic crisis will hit the West, but when. We are then not talking about a crisis in a traditional sense, as part of a growth recession cycle in the economic activities, but more of a civilizational crisis. The whole framework of "economy" is about to shift. This shift may, based on the Mayan calendar, be expected to be precipitated by an altered relationship, also in economic terms, between East and West.
And it seems obvious that the relationship especially of China, but also of other Asian nations, to the West is now undergoing a significant transformation. The US debt to China, whose economy of 1.25 billion people grows close to 10 % a year, is currently at about $ 100 billion. Paradoxically as it may seem, some of the steroids in the US economy are actually coming from Asian nations, that by buying dollars and US Governmental bonds help pay for the $ 500 billion deficit in the US congressional budget. The idea is apparently that by helping to keep the US economy afloat the Asian nations will fuel their own exports and so keep the wheels turning. The problem with this is that at the current negative-real-interest-rate holders of US bonds and assets loose money and this holds true also for the central banks of some Asian nations.
Thus, this situation, which ultimately goes back to the altered relationship between the East and the West can not be perpetuated forever. Again, it is more a question of when, than if, this balance will collapse. The point to realize here is that we are approaching not a temporary recession or depression, but more like a civilizational crisis. At the heart of the matter is the very notion of value and to realize this we may make a thought experiment. Suppose that, for whatever reason, all the world's banking and stock computers would suddenly suffer from head crashes, meaning that all records of possession of stock, bank accounts, options, etc would be erased. What would be the consequence of such a simultaneous head crash? Well, none of the buildings, machinery, agriculture, mines, means of transportation or human competence would be lost and so nothing of value - from the perspective of human sustenance - would be lost. The world could easily pick up the day after (except for because of the effects of the emotional shock wave). What would be lost however would be zillions of dollars in cyberspace, numbers in bank account symbolizing abstract holdings. But if nothing of substance would be lost this would logically mean that the total amount of holdings today in paper money, bank accounts, stock, bonds, options etc is totally worthless. The only reason paper and cyber assets seems to have value is that large numbers of people agree to participate in the same global monopoly game.
Ultimately, the whole idea of assigning an abstract value to commodities goes back to the left brain dominance throughout the stage in the Mayan calendar called the National Underworld that goes back to 3115 BCE. In this Underworld not only the left brain, but also the Western Hemisphere has dominated the world. This Underworld brought the dominance of the abstracting left brain to a point where paper bills began to be used in its thirteenth baktun starting in AD 1617: In Europe, this initially took place in Sweden, but later was taken up in England and its American colonies. The point to realize is that this step, that ultimately today's economy of abstract values goes back to represented a decisive step towards paper and cyber money. If, for instance, you look at a cow, the left brain may see $ 1000 of worth, whereas the right brain will be more inclined to see a living cow. This is the abstract-concrete polarity of the human brain, where the left sees things through the abstract mode.
According to the Mayan calendar we have now since the beginning of 1999 entered an Underworld, which favors the Eastern Hemisphere, which is becoming very obvious in economic terms. But through holographic resonance it also favors the right, concrete mode, hemisphere of the brain, and there is nothing anyone can do to turn this development around. Sooner or later then the whole idea of an economy based on an abstract notion of value is going to collapse because of the mental changes that the cosmic plan now propels. Along with this will go much of the global means of tender, the monetary system. It would be naive not to think that this will hurt, especially the many that have not realized the nature of the Galactic Underworld. Yet, we should realize that if we are beginning to see things concretely the way they are then that is unmistakably also by itself a step on humanity's path towards Enlightenment. This is very paradoxical and maybe most difficult to face for people in the West and the United States. Hence, while many cultural creatives realize that the way of the future is to integrate the more female values of the right brain halves. This very same process will however also lead to an end to the abstracting way of perceiving value that is likely to result in an economic crisis in the United States. What is coming to an end as part of the Enlightenment process is the whole notion of objectifying the external reality as distinct from ourselves and giving it abstract values to be traded. The detailed course of events is unpredictable, but not the overall evolution of consciousness.
In my view then, it is really Quetzalcoatl that will bring this economic crisis to the United States in particular and the West in general. Quetzalcoatl now favors the concrete perception of the world of the right brain half. Then, we also know that these expressions that in one way or another will precipitate an economic crisis should come during a period of light in the Galactic Underworld. This points to June 6, 2004, the midpoint of the current Night, as the beginning of the approach to the economic crisis, which would be expected to blow out fully by the beginning of the fourth Day of the Galactic Underworld on December 4, 2004. This shift in human perception will amount both to an economic crisis and a balancing of the brain halves as a step towards Enlightenment. Yet, of course, it seems that those that are able to enter the field of intuitive telepathic contact at the Oneness Celebration of June 6-8 will amongst themselves find ways of developing an economy and means of exchange which are fair life and consistent with the flow towards harmony on Earth. As part of the process towards Oneness, the separation based on duality will come to an end and so the economy based on the abstract calculations of the left brain will cease to dominate.
For further information about the spiritual meaning of the Venus Transit and the energy shift that it is associated with see the web page http://www.OnenessCelebration.com.
Carl Johan Calleman is the author of Solving the Greatest Mystery of Our Time: The Mayan Calendar (Garev, 2001) and the forthcoming The Mayan calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness (Bear and co, 2004). He lectures and gives courses internationally on the Mayan calendar and his web page is http://www.calleman.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: "Kiara Windrider" email@example.com>
Subject: The Venus Transit: Call for Global Oneness
Date: 24 Mar 2004
THE VENUS TRANSIT: A CALL FOR GLOBAL ONENESS
By Kiara Windrider and The Experience Foundation
The darkest hours of night come just before the dawning of a new day. There is no question that Earth faces a tremendous crisis today, a painful dark night of the soul, even the possibility of catastrophic obliteration. Yet, according to the prophecies and calendars of many ancient traditions, this Age also represents a time of hope. We are moving into a time of evolutionary renewal, a time of global purification, even what some refer to as the dawning of a Golden Age!
The ancient Mayans developed a calendar system that is very relevant to these times. It can be seen as a cosmic timing code, and is prophetic in the sense that it reflects a deep understanding of long-term cycles of creation. As evolutionary cycles of cosmic energies are absorbed into Earths electromagnetic fields via the Sun, human consciousness responds to these impulses in a predictable manner, following a cosmic pattern of dark and light. The Mayan calendar describes the sequence and timing of these patterns. According to this calendar, the year 2012 reflects the end of certain cycles of history based on duality and separation, and represents the birthing of a Golden Age of Enlightenment.
Once we begin to use the Mayan calendar to understand the deeper significance of world events today, this claim no longer seems as improbable as it may first appear. Out of deepest darkness comes the greatest light. In his studies of the Mayan calendar, Dr. Carl Johan Calleman points to a key event taking place now which might well serve to initiate this extraordinary opening to planetary light.
The planet Venus is rich in archetypal symbology. It is often known as the Morning Star, the Bringer of Light. It is related to love, human unity, beauty, and oneness. On June 8, 2004, the path of Venus directly crosses over the disc of the Sun, an eclipse lasting for the space of seven hours. The energies of Sun and Venus blend together, and as these blended radiations make their way into the Earths electromagnetic fields, it weaves the energies of love and unity into the mass consciousness of the planet, and potentially into the hearts of every man, woman, and child alive on Earth!
Interestingly, Venus transits always come in pairs. The second passage of Venus across the Suns disc takes place on June 6, 2012. The eight-year period in between represents a doorway through which Unity consciousness will come to dominate the mass consciousness of the Earth. Since this is a 130-year cycle, there are few humans alive today who have experienced this transit, yet it can be seen that every time this transit has taken place in human history, it has represented a new level of harmonization on the planet. It is interesting to note that the Taj Mahal, one of the greatest monuments to Love in human history, was built during the Venus Transit of 1631-1639 AD!
The transition into Unity consciousness could be turbulent. As old structures of human consciousness collapse, it may be accompanied by a degree of darkness and destruction. This process should be seen in proper perspective. When the light hits, as Jose Arguelles, puts it, the dark gets tough! This current doorway of Venus is especially significant because it remains open until 2012 AD, the completion our current cycle of human evolution. Some refer to this date as the end of linear time, or as the end of a period of human consciousness conditioned by separation and duality. The Mayans refer to this time as the Return of Quetzalcoatl, the Plumed Serpent, and look to this eight-year doorway as the timeframe within which the mass enlightenment of humanity will take place.
We are calling people all over the world to observe the days leading up to this Venus Transit, June 6-8, as a time for opening to the bright impulse of cosmic energy that is streaming into the mass consciousness of Humanity. What are our highest dreams and hopes? What is our greatest potential as divinely inspired humans? What can we create together as we step into the doorway to the Golden Age?
June 6-8 is being promoted worldwide as the Call for Global Oneness. Let us come together during this time in gatherings throughout the world to celebrate love and beauty, light and unity. Let us work with these expansive cosmic energies to anchor them deep into the heart of Earth Mother, deep into the human collective consciousness. Let us translate these energies into art, economics, culture, politics, education and ecology. Let us bring transformation into every field of human endeavor. Let us pray, each in our own way, for peace, healing, beauty, and enlightenment for all! We will continue building the momentum on this same day year after year for the next eight years until June 6, 2012.
Please network this widely. Please link up to http://www.experiencefestival.com/venus_transit for suggestions on what you can do, for further information on the Venus transit, to publicize any events you may wish to plan, or to receive information on events in your local area (after April 12, please see http://www.globaloneness.com). This will be a continually updated interactive website, and your input is welcome. We are inviting spiritual teachers from every religious faith, indigenous elders from every tradition, healers, artists, musicians, dancers, networkers, and organizers to join with us in co-creating the biggest spiritual event in human history. As we move into this 3-day global festival, we will be broadcasting live streaming images from Oneness Gatherings around the world. Let us participate together to co-create heaven on earth!
A NEW DAWN
First streaks of dawn.
The dismal cries of an age gone by
Fade into eternity past.
I wake up shivering
Why must darkness precede the dawn?
Why is death the prerequisite to birth?
No matter; The long night is ended now.
The first rays of a new dawn Illuminate my path,
Beckoning me to follow.
Can I shape the coming Day?
From: David Nicol firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 6 Mar 2004
Subject: Our renewed focus
Thanks very much to the many of you who have already responded to our request for feedback in respect of the direction of our alliance post-Super Tuesday. This process certainly revealed the wisdom inherent in our "group mind" as we received many nuggets of spiritual wisdom about our direction that we will integrate, with gratitude, into our project.
The overwhelming consensus from those of you who have already responded was a desire to maintain our primary focus on supporting Dennis Kucinich and the movement for transformation his campaign continues to mobilize. We agree, and are happy to endorse this approach. As it was pointed out by some of you, Dennis's campaign will continue to play a vital role in energizing the progressive base of the Democratic party, and in representing the progressive perspective at the Democratic convention. The more delegates Dennis can bring to the Convention in Boston, the greater influence he will have in steering the Party's policy platform in a progressive direction.
Furthermore, Dennis is likely to remain an extremely important leader of the global movement of transformation after this campaign is over. He will continue to need our support to grow the movement he has so brilliantly awakened through this campaign.
Several of you passed on the wisdom that we should have an orientation in which we are not outcome-oriented (eg., wanting to see Dennis win x% of the vote), but rather focused on being the change we want to see in the world. Expressed differently, some of you said we need to BE peace, rather than prayer FOR peace.
There was also support expressed for the idea that we might, at some point, expand our focus to include support specifically for all conscious, holistically-minded politicians who are striving to bring forth a new world view of partnership and cooperation. As an example, it was brought to our attention that there is a powerful initiative in the UK to develop a Ministry of Peace, parallel to Dennis's proposal for a US Department of Peace. I am also aware of leading politicians in Australia (my homeland) who are deeply aligned with the emerging holistic worldview. I'm sure there are many courageous politicians from all over the world who are doing their best to bring forth this perspective, and who could benefit from our prayers of support. Perhaps there will be a transition point after the convention when it will feel like the appropriate moment to extend our focus in this way.
Many of you also expressed support for the idea of our network joining in from time to time with other networks of spiritual activists for special global spiritual events. We greatly support this impulse, and intend to do research more systematically over the coming weeks about the many existing networks of global spiritual activists that are essentially aligned with our vision. To help us with this research, please let us know of organizations and projects that you are aware of which seem aligned with our work, and with whom we might collaborate for special events.
During the week, I spoke with Jean Hudon, a very experienced networker of spiritual activists and coordinator of the extensive Earth Rainbow Network, about possible collaborations between our projects. We will continue this conversation and keep you updated as concrete proposals emerge for our work together.
I feel that, post-Super Tuesday, we have entered into a new phase of our project, where we can take more time to grow our network more methodically and slowly. We would like to develop, over time, a healthy and robust network in which:
people can easily locate members in their local area;
there is a good flow of inspiring ideas and resources between members;
there are multiple "hubs," ie., energized and empowered members who become their own center (might have their own websites, etc); and
there is a good awareness of, and collaboration with, the work of other networks of spiritual activists
I am in conversation with technologically-minded people at the moment about how we might develop the means to more easily link people to circles in their local areas. We aim to develop, over time, increasingly elegant and effective ways to build our network.
Thank you again for your ongoing support and participation in this project. I wish you a beautiful meditation for tomorrow.
David (for the ISA team)
NOTE: In a March 17 update. David also wrote: "I wanted to announce to you in a separate email the launch of a very exciting project: The Convergence Network. We are hoping that this will provide us with the communications infrastructure we have been looking for to make it easy for you to find others in your local area to participate in meditation circles, and to allow our network to grow organically. (...) The central organizing tool of the Convergence Network is a website - http://www.weconverge.net/. The site uses leading-edge tools in social networking technology to help local progressives find each other and organize events more easily.
From: "Tony Budell" email@example.com>
The Loud Silence
By Brother Anthony
Ladies and gentlemen, in five minutes time, at eleven-o-clock, this airport, along with the rest of the country, will hold a three minute silence as a mark of respect for the tragic loss of life and terrible injuries suffered by so many innocent people in Madrid.
I had just landed at Gatwick, having spent two weeks in the Ukraine and, having collected my luggage, was walking through the terminal along with hundreds of other fellow travellers from all parts of the world. At precisely eleven-o-clock, it was announced that the three minute silence would now commence and although many of these travellers were in a hurry, catching flights, meeting relatives etc, the entire concourse suddenly became very still. Nobody moved. Nobody spoke.
During that long three minutes, we were not black or white, not African, Caribbean, French or any other nationality. We were united as one large group of travellers, paying silent respect to so many who had suffered at the hands of terrorists. Some took out handkerchiefs to wipe their silent tears of grief. Some stood with heads bowed low. Some bent down on the knees to say silent prayers.
During our three minutes of silence, we spoke a million silent words to each other, Stop the violence, stop the terrorism, stop killing one another, for Gods sake, please stop. Our silent grief was echoed throughout the land, other groups of people standing in silent respect to those who fell dying at the hands of terrorism.
Watch television in my flat in Chernigov, the day after the atrocities in Madrid, I was overawed at the sight of eleven million people on the streets of Spain saying, Enough is enough, stop the terrorism, stop the violence. They were joined by groups in many countries and cities throughout the world and I was particularly moved to see so many German people in Berlin, showing their respect and my thoughts were taken back to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Two weeks before the wall came down, I was in Berlin and if someone had said to me then, that in two weeks time, the Berlin Wall would be no more, I would have called them mad. But the wall did come down and it came down, not through terrorism or violence, but through love.
Hundreds of thousands of West Berliners, in a united showing of love, said, Enough is enough. That wall in coming down. The authorities could do nothing because shooting one or two people would be one thing, but shooting at the mass of humanity, standing united in love for the East Berliners, was totally out of the question and so the wall came down.
As we stood in silence at Gatwick, I thought of another Berlin Wall and that was a wall of terrorism. If we all stand in silence, shoulder to shoulder, in love for each other and for all those throughout our planet who suffer at the hands of those who know not love, know not compassion, know not the joy of life, then our silence will be heard. It will be a deafening silence that will reverberate around the globe and, perhaps, the terrorism will come to an end. As long as you and I allow the Berlin Wall to stand, it will stand. It is as simple as that.
As the three minute silence came to an end with a Thank you ladies and gentlemen over the loudspeaker system, some people clapped, whilst others hurried on their way to keep important appointments, meet friends who were waiting, to catch connecting flights etc. It was a very poignant three minutes of silence and in this world where we now rush headlong everywhere, a woefully short three minutes.
Because of the work that I do, I see much suffering in various places of hardship, but having said that, I see so much joy and compassion as well. I am thanked by many people and yet, it is I who should be doing the thanking. I come away from the Ukraine having received far more than I gave, and perhaps this is the answer to the worlds problems today. If we give of ourselves with a loving heart, then the rewards are immeasurable. If we do things for no reward, our hearts sing with joy and in that joy, is ultimately our own reward.
When you receive this article, Easter will be almost upon us and perhaps with the significance of Easter, of the Master Jesus giving the ultimate sacrifice of His life for us, we too should look at our own lives as see what sacrifices we can make that will help make this a better and more peaceful world. Perhaps we all have a Berlin Wall that needs our own love to bring tumbling down? If we look carefully into our own hearts, are we a jealous person, a selfish person, an irritable person, is there a Berlin Wall that, with love for ourselves, can be pulled down? Can we perhaps begin to allow others to see and feel our love, instead of hiding behind an invisible wall in case we are hurt or, that others may see us as vulnerable? Unless we allow our love to shine so that others can have no doubts as to the light and love we have to bring, then our invisible wall will remain.
Today, as you read this article, stop reading, put it down and give yourself your own personal three minutes of silence and perhaps in that loud silence of the heart, you and I will discover our own wall that you can begin dismantling.
In love and light to you all,
To find out more about Tony Budell's organization, go at http://www.britishhumanitarianaid.co.uk
Date: 25 Mar 2004
Subject: Canada's Superstars Oppose Star Wars
The first step to peace...
You can join...
& many more Canadian superstars
March 25, 2004
I have some exciting news to share with you -- the national debate on missile defence has taken an important turn.
Last Thursday, Canada's best known superstars sent a letter to Prime Minister Paul Martin urging him to keep Canada out of the Bush administration's missile defence system. The letter was organized by a group of citizens and civil society organizations from across Canada.
Now your name is needed on this open letter along with Canada's internationally recognized cultural, political, and intellectual stars. I know you probably already sent a letter to Paul Martin about missile defence through www.ceasefire.ca, but it's important that you add your name to this open letter, too.
To add your name to the list of signatories and to send your own letter to Prime Minister Martin simply visit http://www.ceasefire.ca right now.
When you sign this open letter you'll be joining with Sarah McLachlan, Bryan Adams, Sacha Trudeau, Pierre Berton, Bruce Cockburn, Stompin Tom, Steven Page, Susan Aglukark and many more of Canada's superstars.
And please forward this e-mail to ten friends, co-workers and family members.
An Open Letter to Prime Minister Martin
We, the undersigned, are deeply alarmed that our government continues to pursue Canadian involvement in the development of the U.S. missile defence system.
Canadian involvement in U.S. missile defence would undermine decades of Canadian efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons. It would represent our acquiescence and willingness to become an active participant in a permanent nuclear future. As such, it would directly collide with the wishes of the Canadian people who have expressed overwhelming support for nuclear disarmament.
It would require the reversal of a 30-year Canadian policy opposing the weaponization of space. The Bush administration's plans for missile defence expressly include the placement of space-based weaponry. The most recent U.S. budget specifies an intent to develop a space-based missile "test bed," beginning as early as 2005.
While we understand the government's desire to improve Canada-U.S. relations, we firmly believe that the political and economic benefits of Canadian integration in missile defence would be far outweighed by the long-term negative consequences for global security, and for Canadian sovereignty over future foreign affairs and defence matters.
The pursuit of missile defence is enormously expensive, with current expenditures in the range of US$8-12 billion per year and climbing. It is based on unproven technology and has dangerous implications for strategic stability. A new global arms race is a likely consequence, as existing nuclear powers seek to maintain a credible deterrence by strengthening their retaliatory arsenals of missiles and warheads.
By devoting vast resources to developing a missile shield, the United States is ignoring the real causes of insecurity, and is likely to aggravate existing grievances. Security for us all would be much better served by rejuvenating multilateral efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and uphold international law, and by addressing the root causes of conflict and terrorism such as civil strife, global inequality, and environmental degradation.
As a good neighbour, Canada should be working to convince the U.S. that true and lasting security cannot be achieved through military might. No missile shield could ever ensure the safety of North America. If the front door is closed, someone will find a way in through the back.
True security can only be achieved by establishing relationships of mutual respect and co-operation, free of exploitation, with nations and peoples throughout the world.
That is what we, as Canadians, have always believed and proudly stood for. And that is the kind of Canada that we want now and in the future. Mr. Martin, we implore you - and all Canadians - to keep Canada out of missile defence.
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Date: 24 Mar 2004
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Subject: 9/11 Commission: Lying under Oath
GLOBAL RESEARCH (CANADA) : FEATURE ARTICLES
THE 9/11 COMMISSION HEARINGS
LYING UNDER OATH AT THE 9/11 COMMISSION: BUSH ADMINISTRATION KNEW THE WHEREABOUTS OF OSAMA
Statements of Bush Administration officials to the 9/11 \Commission regarding the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden are refuted by CBS News.
According to Dan Rather, CBS, Bin Laden was in a Pakistani military Hospital at Pak Army's Headquarters in Rawalpindi, one day before the 9/11 attacks, on September 10.
Needless to say, the CBS report is a crucial piece of information in the 9/11 jigsaw. It refutes the administration's claim that the whereabouts of bin Laden are unknown. It points to a Pakistan connection, it suggests a cover-up at the highest levels of the Bush administration.
Dan Rather and Barry Petersen fail to draw the implications of their January 2002 report. They fail to beg the question: where was Osama on 9/11? If they are to stand by their report, the conclusion is obvious: The Administration is lying regarding the whereabouts of Osama.
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9/11 COMMISSION HEARINGS ARE A COVERUP: CHAIRMAN OF 9/11 COMMISSION HAD BUSINESS TIES TO OSAMA'S BROTHER IN LAW
by Michel Chossudovsky,
Now you would think that being a business partner of the brother in law and alleged financier of "Enemy No. 1" would be considered a bona fide "conflict of interest", particularly when your mandate --as part of the 9/11 Commission's work-- is to investigate "Enemy No. 1".
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The 9/11 COMMISSION IS MADE UP OF CIA, CFR AND WHITE HOUSE APPOINTEES:
WHO'S WHO ON THE 9/11 "INDEPENDENT COMMISSION
by Michel Chossudovsky
The Commission's hidden agenda is cover-up and "damage control". Its objective is not to inform but to distract public opinion, from the real issues. by churning out piles of irrelevant intelligence. To gain legitimacy and public support, it must convey the impression that it is committed to "going after" the Administration, and that government officials as well as politicians in high office "must be held accountable", etc.
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9/11 COMMISSION HEARINGS: POWELL, ARMITAGE ET AL HAVE LINKS TO AL QAEDA
by Michel Chossudovsky
Both Colin Powell and his Deputy Richard Armitage, who casually accuse foreign governments of "harboring" Al Qaeda, played a direct role, at different points in their careers, in supporting terrorist organizations.
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Michel Chossudovsky is the author of
WAR AND GLOBALISATION: THE TRUTH BEHIND SEPTEMBER 11
Global Outlook(TM) and the Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG), Shanty Bay, Ont. 2002, ISBN 0-9731109-0-2 2.
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In this timely study, Michel Chossudovsky blows away the smokescreen, put up by the mainstream media, that 9-11 was an "intelligence failure". Through meticulous research, the author uncovers a military-intelligence ploy behind the September 11 attacks, and the coverup and complicity of key members of the Bush Administration.
According to Chossudovsky, the so-called "war on terrorism" is a complete fabrication based on the illusion that one man, Osama bin Laden, outwitted the $30 billion-a-year American intelligence apparatus.
The "war on terrorism" is a war of conquest. Globalisation is the final march to the "New World Order", dominated by Wall Street and the U.S. military-industrial complex.
September 11, 2001 was the moment the Bush Administration had been waiting for, the so-called "useful crisis" which provided a pretext for waging a war without borders.
The hidden agenda consists in extending the frontiers of the American Empire right around the world to facilitate complete U.S. corporate control outside the U.S. and a police state on the inside.
Chossudovsky peels back the layers of rhetoric to reveal a huge hoax a complex web of deceit aimed at tricking the American people and the rest of the world into accepting a military solution which threatens the future of humanity.
Michel Chossudovsky is the author of the international best-seller "The Globalisation of Poverty " published in eleven languages. He is Professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalisation. He is also a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica
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Date: 5 Mar 2004
Subject: The Unchanging Scripture
On her radio show recently, Dr Laura Schlesinger said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance.
The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, penned by a US resident, which was posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative:
Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. ... End of debate.
I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God's Law and how to follow them.
1. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual cleanliness - Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
4. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations! . A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?
5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2. The passage clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?
6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there 'degrees' of abomination?
7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?
8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev.19:27. How should they die?
9. I know from Le! v. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? -> Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
I know you have studied these things extensively and ! thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I am confident you can help.
Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.
Your adoring fan,
James M. Kauffman,
Ed.D. Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
University of Virginia
Forwarded by "Judith Iam" firstname.lastname@example.org> on March 4
"Cute idea from Libertarian, Gary Nolan"
A dream (or nightmare) ticket
Now that Senator Kerry has clenched the Democratic nomination, the question on the lips of every political pundit is: Who will Kerry choose as his running mate?
Will he go for lots of charisma (Sen. John Edwards) or no charisma (Rep. Dick Gephart)? Try to win Florida with the obsessive-compulsive Sen. Bob Graham or the Hispanic vote with Gov. Bill Richardson? Or send the Republican faithful over the edge by picking Sen. Hilary Clinton?
Meanwhile, on the Republican side, there's growing concern that Vice-President Dick Cheney has become too much of a liability - that it's time for him to have a "medical scare" and step aside for someone who won't be a drag on the ticket.
Let me suggest the perfect solution for both parties - a dream (or nightmare) ticket .
After all, on many significant issues, Bush and Kerry look more like running mates than political rivals .
* Bush wanted to wage pre-emptive war in Iraq - Kerry voted to give him the authority. * Bush wanted to curtail our liberties with the USA Patriot Act - Kerry voted for it. * Bush wanted to expand the role of the federal government in education with the "No Child Left Behind Act" - Kerry voted for it. * Bush strong-armed Congress into adding a massive new federal prescription drug benefit to the already bankrupt Medicare system - Kerry's main objection was that the proposed benefit wasn't generous enough. * Bush has given us massive spending increases and record deficits - Kerry wants to spend even more.
A Bush/Kerry Republicrat (or Demopublican) ticket would open up the possibility of a real debate, with Bush/Kerry making the case for big, expensive, intrusive government, and the Libertarian ticket stressing the benefits of government that is small, limited, and effective.
Unlike a series of sham debates between Bush and Kerry, these would be debates worth having.
Forwarded by Ken NCEpanacea@aol.com>
By Robert C. Koehler
"After the Americans destroyed our village and killed many of us, we also lost our houses and have nothing to eat. However, we would have endured these miseries and even accepted them, if the Americans had not sentenced us all to death."
This will not be easy to read, especially if you've projected evil out of your own heart, into some cave in Afghanistan or a spider hole in Iraq, and reduced the age-old question it inspires to this one: How can we bomb it off the face of the earth?
Before the damage we inflict grows greater, before history's judgment gets worse, before we contaminate the whole world -- even before we vote in the next election -- we must stop what we're doing. We must stop now.
It's time to listen for a moment not to defense analysts briefing officers, pols or pundits, but to people like Jooma Khan, a grandfather who lives in a village in Laghman Province, in northeastern Afghanistan, who is quoted above. Surely he deserves 30 seconds of our undivided attention. "When I saw my deformed grandson," he told an interviewer in March of 2003, "I realized that my hopes of the future have vanished for good. (This is) different from the hopelessness of the Russian barbarism, even though at that time I lost my older son Shafiqullah. This time, however, I know we are part of the invisible genocide brought on us by America, a silent death from which I know we will not escape."
We're waging war-plus in Afghanistan and Iraq -- in effect, nuclear war, with our widespread use of depleted-uranium-tipped shells and missiles. This is no secret. DU, with its extraordinary penetrating power and explode-on-impact capability, helps assure our military dominance everywhere we go. But people like Jooma Khan and his grandson reap its toxic legacy.
So, of course, do our own troops.
Kahn's words are only a sliver of the damning testimony contained in the documents of the International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan, a Japanese citizens' initiative that recently concluded its two-year inquiry into the first phase of the Bush Administration's war on terror. But they say everything that we cannot hear. If we could hear Jooma Khan, and others who are sounding the alarm about DU, such as former Livermore Labs geologist Leuren Moret, who testified at the tribunal, there would not be mere thousands of people in the streets of American cities demanding that we stop the war, but hundreds of thousands, or millions -- the sort of numbers that turn out in other parts of the world. The use of DU weaponry is not the extent of our criminal irresponsibility in Afghanistan and Iraq, which led to the tribunal's guilty verdict against George Bush on charges of war crimes, but it's the most chilling. (You can check out the full report at, among other places, www.mindfully.org/Reform/2004/Afghanistan-Criminal-Tribunal10mar04.htm )
As Moret testified, depleted uranium turns into a infinitesimally fine dust after it explodes; individual particles are smaller than a virus or bacteria. And, "It is estimated that one millionth of a gram accumulating in a person's body would be fatal. There are no known methods of treatment."
And DU dust is everywhere. A minimum of 500 or 600 tons now litter Afghanistan, and several times that amount are spread across Iraq. In terms of global atmospheric pollution, we've already released the equivalent of 400,000 Nagasaki bombs, Moret said. The numbers are overwhelming, but the potential horrors only get worse. DU dust does more than wreak havoc on the immune systems of those who breathe or touch it; the substance also alters one's genetic code.
Thus, birth defects are way up in Afghanistan since the invasion: children "born with no eyes, no limbs, tumors protruding from their mouths ... deformed genitalia," according to the tribunal report. This ghastly toll on the unborn -- on the future -- has led investigators to coin the term "silent genocide" to describe the effects of this horrific weapon.
The Pentagon's response to such charges is denial, denial, denial. And the American media is its moral co-conspirator.
But blame is beside the point. Surely even those who still await "conclusive proof" that DU is the cause, or a factor, in the mystery illnesses and birth defects emanating from the war zones, can see the logic in halting its use now.
Global terrorism? Listen to Jooma Khan. Then look in the mirror.
Robert Koehler, an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist, is an editor at Tribune Media Services and nationally syndicated writer.
Date: 23 Mar 2004
From: "John T. Linnell" email@example.com>
Subject: A matter or record showing Bush a LIAR AGAIN
Bush stated in 1999 that if he became president he would attack Iraq. What's all this bullshit that he didn't. It's a matter of record and I checked the website a couple of minutes ago.
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