June 24, 2002

Miscellaneous Subjects #147: Asking for God's Grace

Hello everyone

I'm hoping to resume a somewhat more regular emailing schedule this week as there are several important developments to follow.

Considering the unrelenting corruption and deceit being exposed below, asking for God's Grace - as suggested by Keith Hay - only seems like a sensible thing to do...

Wishing you a nice summer - or winter if you live down-under ;-)

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

P.S. Incidentally, for those who are not aware of it, there won't be any report from the Solstice Festival I was hoping to host here because it did not take place for lack of enough participants.

See also my latest Media compilation #75: American Carelessness Towards The Environment - Posted at http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000/Archives2002/MediaCompilation75.htm


1. God's Grace
2. The Crops Circles Explained
3. S.F. attorney: Bush allowed 9/11
4. How Bush hit the 'trifecta' on 9/11 - and the public lost big-time
5. Official TWA 800 Findings Challenged
6. U.S. Is Icing Our Warming Report
7. Dark heart of the American dream
8. Secret plan for N-bomb factory
9. Lost it?

See also:

New film accuses US of war crimes (June 13)
A former chairman of Amnesty International yesterday called for an independent investigation into claims that US troops tortured Taliban prisoners and assisted in the disappearance of thousands of others in the war in Afghanistan.

We are people of conscience who cannot stand silent as our government wages war without limits of time and space. We cannot stand silent as immigrants are rounded up and detained. We cannot stand silent in the face of new police state restrictions threatening the very right to dissent.


Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2002
From: Keith Hay <aokay4@shaw.ca>
Subject: God's Grace

Hi Jean!

Wonderful work you are doing. I am really grateful for your presence on the net.

The reason I am sending you this letter is about the Grace of God. No matter what we do in our lives, how we try to change the inner or exterior, what will play out is always our intent. Intent is huge. It overrides all of our other experiences to fulfill the desired outcome. Now some of our intentions may be the will of God. Others may be weeds that we have planted long ago, not knowing what we were doing. All of our intentions must manifest. These are seeds in our Garden.

If we are conscious enough to know that the laws of the universe Must unfold, we then realize that if we have sown weeds, we will grow weeds, despite our attempts to stop them. The one and ONLY way to stop these weeds from becoming manifest, is to ask for the Grace of God to intercede and stop them. It is the only power that can override these sorts of things. Any intention that was not in alignment with His will, no matter from what time it was planted, WILL manifest. But by asking for God's Grace, we may be able to make a significant swing in the way humanity's future unfolds.

I bring this point up because there is a total belief in prophecy. These are terrible seeds that talk about the inevitable near destruction of mankind, which must manifest, unless the Grace of God overrides these things. Think about it. How many people believe in the near End of mankind? Who cares to see that? What if these intentions, planted by scholars so long ago, were to become intentions of a peaceful return Home?

Only by the Grace of our Heavenly father can this take place. But without asking, there can be no
receiving. I have asked the Father to negate all of my less than worthy intentions from manifesting. He has replied it was done. I feel like a huge weight has been removed from my shoulders. Maybe we don't have to see the overrule by the Beast. Maybe our intentions can be undone, so that a more
benevolent Awakening can take place. Time is short.

Imagine if thousands of people were to ask God to directly stop misaligned intentions to cease their manifestation. Maybe some of our worst-case scenario imaginings needn't occur. I love life and this planet. I know that healing must take place. But I know God's grace is as dear to me as life itself. Let's ask for it!!!

Keith Hay


The Crops Circles Explained

From: http://www.cropcirclesrevealed.com/

The crop circles are a mystery to human beings. Why are the crop circles here, and what do they mean? The purpose of this transmission is to bring information to the public about the highly mystical and technical aspects of the interpretation of these geometric images. The crop circles are fractal formulas of light and sound frequencies encoded into the third dimension as tools for ascension. They are created by the means of light and sound technology interacting with the collective mind. Starships and the Galactic Federation carefully monitor the project.

These crop circles are present, in part, to activate the cosmic and soul DNA as well as the physical DNA and expand the brain's neurosynapses. This happens when they are viewed through the iris and connected to the brain.

This expansion includes the clearing of old negative thought patterns, activating your soul DNA (just as your genetic body has a DNA, your soul has a DNA) and expanding your consciousness beyond what you as a third-dimensional being of light conceived possible during this long dark age of the human soul - the phase that is known as the separation of the oneness or the age of dichotomy. This polarization was part of the holographic drama enacted by necessity. The ancient prophecies speak of the return to oneness; the age of enlightenment is upon us.

Crop circles are geometric fractal patterns and mathematical formulas. Everything that exists is a fractal of a geometric pattern - the crop circles are those geometric patterns. The star glyphs are a star language of light and codes for these activations. Linking these two images optimizes the activation of the DNA. Allow yourself to take this information in on a cellular level. Do not expect yourself to understand all the aspects and mysteries contained in this transmission. Experience it, emanate it, vibrate with it and ingest it - by doing so, you will serve humanity immeasurably.

Combining meditation with the star glyphs and crop circles will assist in the activation of the divine potential to receive this information and activate the creative consciousness within humanity's collective consciousness. The collective mind is a powerful force that forms the dream field within the third-dimensional reality. The effect of engaging in this process will make quantum evolutionary leaps in the collective mind of the planetary essence.

Opening up your consciousness to the patterns, interpretations and transmissions will spark the collective mind. It is most important to remember to come from your heart in all matters; it is the profound power of unconditional love that is the catalyst for all universal transformations. Each person who reads these interpretations and meditates on the star glyphs and crop circles will be assisting in the evolutionary process of the collective mind-heart. Once activated, it will permit the transmission of the technical data necessary to accomplish these various evolutionary processes. We must seed the collective mind with expanded potential.

As the human species evolves, more and more of you become aware of extraterrestrial assistance. In your third-dimensional minds, you tend to oversimplify the cosmic plan and the intergalactic involvement in the dynamics of this precious planet. Crop circles are messages from your star brothers and sisters, who are assisting this multidimensional, evolutionary journey.

I would like to advise you that there are other valid interpretations of these crop circles. The scientific community often discovers an equation, a scientific theory or what appears to be an answer to a mystery. Unfortunately, they then set it in stone and claim it is the only answer. The universe does not work that way. There are multilevel facets, interpretation and answers to one single equation or scientific explanation.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: See the latest 2002 Crop Circles/Cosmic Glyphs at http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2002/2002.html

From: http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2002/sompting/sompting2002a.html

On the night the formation appeared, at about 1.00am, a local boy, aged about 10, reported being woken by an intense bright light coming through his curtains. Looking out, the light source appeared to be coming from above the field in question. His half-sister was also awake and, once alerted, peered out and also saw the light. It lasted for two or three minutes and then went out abruptly. They found the experience rather frightening. The children, interviewed in the formation by Southern Circular Research, seemed reliable and believable. CLIP


From: http://www.examiner.com/news/default.jsp?story=n.lawyer.0611w

Also available from http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/06.21C.hilton.suit.htm

June 11, 2002

S.F. attorney: Bush allowed 9/11

Stanley Hilton now figures his case is stronger because of a coalition of attorneys, victims' families and bipartisan legislators who gathered in Washington on Monday to condemn the government's lack of action in preventing the Sept. 11 attacks.

Hilton is the San Francisco attorney who filed a $7 billion lawsuit in U.S. District Court on June 3 against President Bush and other government officials for "allowing" the terrorist attacks to occur.

Among Hilton's allegations: Bush conspired to create the Sept. 11 attacks for his own political gain and has been using Osama bin Laden as a scapegoat.

Hilton said he has information that bin Laden died several years ago of kidney failure.

"I hope it will expose the fact that there are numbers of people in the government, including Bush and his top assistants, who wanted this to happen," Hilton said.

His class-action suit named 10 defendants, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta. Hilton said he represents the families of 14 victims and that 400 plaintiffs are involved nationwide.

White House spokesman Ken Macias and Department of Justice public affairs officer Charles Miller each said their departments were unaware of the lawsuit.

Hilton, Sen. Bob Dole's former aide, has been publicly critical of conservatives in books he has written about Dole and the Clinton sex scandal. Hilton, who said he has sources within the FBI, CIA, the National Security Agency and Naval intelligence, demands Bush's impeachment and believes the truth will come out in trial.

Hilton claims the Bush administration ignored intelligence information, refused to round up suspected terrorists beforehand, and during the hijackings refused to disable pilot controls and switch to a ground-based remote system.

He claims the government benefited from installing a puppet Afghan government friendly to U.S. oil interests.

Hilton also says Bush used bin Laden's antagonist image to create a public frenzy, which allowed the Bush administration to tighten its political grip.


See also:

The Lawyers Behind Bush's Attack on Civil Liberties


Sent by "Mark Graffis" <mgraffis@vitelcom.net>

The Baltimore Chronicle
June 13, 2002

How Bush hit the 'trifecta' on 9/11 - and the public lost big-time

It is sickening to contemplate an administration intentionally looking the other way while terrorists scheme so that whatever havoc they wreak can provide cover for the president to raid Social Security.

by Brad Carlton

Bush, in the weeks before September 11, pledged to honor the sanctity of the Social Security lockbox except in the event of recession, war, or a national emergency. But after "everything changed" on 9/11, he reportedly gloated to his budget director, Mitch Daniels, "Lucky me--I hit the trifecta!" At the time, this comment (a variation of which is being recycled for laughs at current GOP fundraisers) seemed merely offensive. But in light of revelations that Bush's August 6 briefing memo was titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike U.S.," Bush's "luck" and weird prescience are worth more than passing scrutiny.

Whenever someone is suspected of a crime, investigators look for a motive in addition to actual proof of guilt to determine, a posteriori, whether there was malice aforethought. In cases of criminal negligence, motive must also be deduced, a priori, to answer the question: were preventive failures due to craftiness or mere cluelessness?

The serial apologists of the Bush Is Not Stupid crowd are rather incongruously opting for the latter, this in the wake of the scandal about pre-9/11 failures to issue precisely the kinds of public warnings and security directives that accompanied the also "non-specific" Y2K threats. For now, it is difficult to say who knew what when because the administration is not exactly being forthcoming, preferring instead to use the scandal as an excuse to broaden the FBI's snoop powers. However: there was a potential motive for the administration to sit on perceived terrorist threats.

Think back to the days before 9/11. The topic on everyone's lips (Condit aside) was: what will happen when budget realities force Bush to raid Social Security? He had explicitly promised during his campaign to establish a contingency fund for severe emergencies that would keep Social Security untouched. But the economy was tanking and the costs of the tax cut made the raid inevitable. Even Daniels acknowledged that the government would be forced to tap Social Security to the tune of $14 billion to fund pending legislation. Strangely, Bush kept insisting, "We can work together to avoid dipping into Social Security." But, beginning August 24, he gave himself an escape clause: "I've said that the only reason we should use Social Security funds is in case of an economic recession or war." (Three days earlier he had said that there should be "special consideration" in the budget for these contingencies. Otherwise, this was completely new rhetoric.)

September 4: businessman and commentator Ben Cohen ran a mock "help wanted" ad reading, "Serious enemy needed to justify Pentagon budget increase. Defense contractors desperate." Same day: a CBS poll found that 66 percent of Americans did not think a recession (extant, but not yet confirmed) was reason enough to tap Social Security. September 6: Bush invented another exception. "The only time to use Social Security money is in times of war, times of recession, or times of severe emergency." September 11: he had all three. Lucky Bush.

Then, on the morning of September 12, Bush announced his very first post-9/11 policy move. Because the attacks were "more than acts of terror; they were acts of war, this morning I am sending to Congress a request for emergency funding authority." On cue, pundits like Tim Russert chirped, "Suddenly the Social Security lockbox seems so trivial." Since then the trust fund has been strip-mined to subsidize pork barrel and deficit spending with no political fallout for the president.

These extraordinary coincidences have gone unremarked in the media, who have entirely missed that the terms of the "trifecta"--note that the word connotes something you bet on--was never mentioned until two-and-a-half weeks after Bush's August 6 briefing and days before 9/11. (He has since claimed the 'trifecta' was a campaign promise. This is a lie.) It is sickening to contemplate an administration intentionally looking the other way while terrorists scheme so that whatever havoc they wreak can provide cover for the president to raid Social Security. But we journalists are paid to have strong stomachs, and we should be hardy enough to admit that the scenario is conceivable, for three reasons.

First and most obviously, defense contractors contributed more than $8.7 million to Republican campaigns in 2000. They stood to gain billions from the fallout of a successful terrorist strike.

Second, Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill advocated the abolition of Social Security and Medicare in a May 20, 2001 interview with the Financial Times. "Able-bodied adults should save enough on a regular basis so that they can provide for their own retirement, and, for that matter, health and medical needs," he said, adding, "The president is also intrigued about the possibility of fixing this mess."

Third, and by far most importantly, Bush needed to save his presidency, which by August was already in serious danger of sinking into fiscal chaos and one-term ignominy. This is a viable motive. Whether or not Bush or someone in his administration acted on it by winking at hijacking threats remains to be seen.

But it was unsettling, though still inconclusive, to read in the May 17 Washington Post, "Members of congressional committees investigating the pre-Sept. 11 warnings said yesterday that there is far more damaging information that has not yet been disclosed about the government's knowledge of and inaction over events leading up to Sept. 11."

Outrageously, the public is now being told that there aren't sufficient votes in Congress to approve an investigation by a blue ribbon panel. The alternative intelligence committee investigation is only pro forma public anesthesia. It will not do: the committee's oversight role potentially implicates its own members. To clear up all doubts, there must be an independent, public inquiry. It is well past time to insist on a return to open government.

See also:

Spy chiefs warned ministers of al-Qaeda attacks (June 14, 2002) http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2482-326457,00.html


Also sent by "Mark Graffis" <mgraffis@vitelcom.net>

From: http://www.aim.org/publications/media_monitor/2002/06/10.html

Official TWA 800 Findings Challenged

By Reed Irvine and Cliff Kincaid - June 10, 2002

The TWA Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization, FIRO, has taken the unusual step of filing a petition with the National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB, asking for reconsideration of the findings on the probable cause of the crash of TWA Flight 800. Such petitions are entertained only if new evidence has been found or a showing that the NTSB findings were erroneous. FIRO claims that some evidence that the NTSB kept secret and which has now become available for public scrutiny is new evidence that shows that the official findings were erroneous.

Their petition cites as one important example metals of "unknown origin" that were found in the bodies of many of those who died in the crash on July 17, 1996. The FBI asked the Brookhaven National Laboratory to analyze pellets found in the bodies. They contained zirconium and barium, indicative of an incendiary device foreign to a Boeing 747airliner. The NTSB acknowledges that the source of these pellets is unknown and that the FBI did not try to determine the source.

The Suffolk County coroner, Dr. Wetli, found shrapnel in 89 of the bodies he examined. The FBI compiled a secret eight-page list describing the metal found in each of the bodies. FIRO has sued under FOIA to obtain this list. The court ordered the FBI to release it, but they are trying to get that reversed on privacy grounds, claiming it invades the privacy of the dead. That is a spurious argument because the dead have no privacy rights, but FIRO is not arguing that point. It says it is not interested in the names of those in whose bodies the shrapnel was found. What it wants is its description of the metal found in each of those bodies. It is believed that a lot of it will be pellets.

Retired Brigadier General Benton Partin, who helped design missiles for the Air Force, has said that the Brookhaven Laboratory's analysis of the composition of the mysterious pellets suggests to him that they came from a missile. The FBI and NTSB never showed Gen. Partin or any other missile experts the Brookhaven analysis. They were content to list the shrapnel as coming from an unknown source. Their throwing a secrecy blanket over this evidence and their failure to determine its source indicates that they knew that sourcing it accurately would undermine their claim that a spontaneous fuel-tank explosion caused the crash.

The penchant of the FBI and NTSB for hiding, altering and finally destroying TWA Flight 800 evidence is very revealing. Last summer the NTSB, headed by a Bush appointee, secretly sold all the TWA 800 wreckage that had been kept at the Calverton hangar as scrap metal to be recycled. The buyer had to promise to keep it secret to get the contract.

The NTSB claims that the reason the buyer was asked not to tell anyone was to keep away scavengers and souvenir hunters. Why should the NTSB care about that once it was no longer their property? We believe they were determined to make sure it was all recycled so that none of it could be used as evidence to challenge their finding of the cause of the crash.

Reed Irvine can be reached at ri@aim.org

Listen: http://www.aim.org/audio/2002/jun10.html

See: http://twa800video.com


Published on Thursday, June 6, 2002 in the Long Island, NY, Newsday

U.S. Is Icing Our Warming Report

by Bill McKibben

The federal government sent a report to the United Nations Friday admitting what every other important institution in the world has long insisted: that global warming will wreak massive damage on every corner of the planet.

On this continent, the Bush administration concluded, entire ecosystems would likely disappear, while heat waves stifled the plains and cities, and disappearing snow packs left the West Coast dry and thirsty. Sea levels would rise quickly, threatening low-lying and storm-raked areas like Long Island. In the mountains of New York and New England, winter would disappear and the forests that make the fall spectacular would wither.

In other words, all the horrors that environmentalists have been warning about for 15 years, and that conservatives and energy lobbyists and bought-off members of Congress have been pooh-poohing, really are true. It's like the Vatican finally admitting that, oops, Galileo was right after all. The change was so blatant that conservatives demanded a retraction and President George W. Bush Tuesday blamed the report on "the bureauracy." Still, it's all there in black and white.

But before you celebrate, read the report carefully. If you do, you'll realize that in fact it's at least as cynical as the denial of reality it replaces. Now, instead of pretending that climate change is an insignificant and unproved irritant, the administration insists that it is so enormous that very little can be done about it, except build seawalls.

This week, the last of the European Union nations and Japan ratified the Kyoto accords and accepted their mandate to reduce fossil-fuel use. The United States, however, is offering nothing. The report repeats Bush's lame plan for voluntary reductions in "greenhouse gas intensity" - that is, coal and oil burned per dollar of gross domestic product - but resists any pledge to actually cut our emissions.

In fact, the most startling figure in the report has nothing to do with snowfall or sea level. Instead, it's the official government prediction that U.S. production of greenhouse gases will rise 43 percent by 2020. We'll pour half again as much carbon dioxide into the planet's atmosphere 18 years from now - that's our promise.

It's as if a drunk had finally hit bottom, announced to friends and family that he accepted the fact that he was an alcoholic and that it was destroying his life - and then said that his plan was to drink three bottles a night from now on instead of two, and see if maybe he could find an artificial kidney.

In Bush's case, though, the new stance has an impeccable internal logic. It allows him to abandon a crumbling redoubt - since virtually every scientist now accepts the reality of climate change, his denials were starting to make him sound like someone communicating with aliens through his braces.

But at the same time it relieves him of the obligation to actually do anything about it, thereby ensuring the continued affection of his home base, the energy industry. In a blink they've gone from arguing that there's no reason to raise mileage standards because global warming is unproven to arguing that there's no reason to do it because the problem is so huge that any action would accomplish next to nothing. As "a senior administration official" explained to reporters, "policies on emissions or international treaties" would not change as a result of the new admissions.

In the long run, this new position will crumble too. The anger and fear of Americans about the consequences of unchecked climate change will eventually give some politicians enough spine to tackle the problem, which so far they have made a bipartisan effort to ignore. And the rest of the world simply won't stand for it - the damage inflicted by our CO2 doesn't end at our borders, though the administration's report to the United Nations concerns only our wetlands, forests and farm fields.

We pour a quarter of the world's greenhouse gases into the atmosphere already, and with each year that passes our stance makes everyone else angrier. Among average Europeans, our hypocrisy on climate change undermines our image more than anything we've done since the end of the war in Vietnam.

But Bush clearly doesn't care about the long run. His spokesmen said last month that the United States might take another look at the Kyoto accords in ...2012. By which time he'll be back on the ranch, having successfully secured another eight years of business as usual for the interests that brought him to power.



Europe Will Ratify Kyoto Climate Protocol Friday

BRUSSELS, Belgium, May 30, 2002 (ENS) - Representatives from all European Union governments and the European Commission will formally ratify the Kyoto Protocol on climate change at a ceremony Friday at UN Headquarters in New York. The move marks a key step towards entry into force of binding greenhouse gas emission limits for industrialized countries. European Union ratification of the protocol is a symbolic step, underlining the bloc's determination to champion the agreement and the multilateral response to climate change that it embodies against obstruction led by the United States. CLIP


Track the progress of Kyoto Protocol ratification on the Climate Action Network Europe scorecard at: http://www.climnet.org/EUenergy/ratification.htm


From: http://www.observer.co.uk/Print/0,3858,4434515,00.html

Dark heart of the American dream

June 16, 2002

It's the most polluted state in the planet's most powerful country. Ed Vulliamy goes into George Bush's backyard to reveal how big oil got in bed with big politics and the price paid by the little people. (...) Power in America is not so much about George W Bush, it's about the people from Texas who put him there.' This is the dynasty's throne, the state whose highways are lined with the spirited advice 'Don't Mess With Texas' (originally the slogan of an anti-litter campaign). As if litter would make much difference: Texas counts the worst pollution record in the US, top in the belching of toxic chemicals and carcinogens into the air, top in chemical spills, top in ozone pollution, top in carbon-dioxide emissions, top for mercury emission, top in clean-water violations, top in the production of hazardous waste. Houston overtook Los Angeles for the coveted title of 'most polluted city' in the early 90s. 'You are looking at the biggest oil refinery in the world,' indicates LaNell Anderson. She refers to the edifice that is the 3,000-acre Exxon Mobil plant at Baytown, near Houston, producer of 507,800 barrels a day. Here begins a story of both dynasty and destiny, for it was on this spot in 1917 that the Bush family's oil connection was forged - where the Humble Oil company, which struck black gold in the Houston suburb of that name, took root, later to become the Exxon behemoth.


A thumbnail sketch of politics and the environment in the United States today depicts oil as the lifeblood running through every vein of an administration forging ahead with its energy policy. The White House has just been forced to disclose (after being faced with a Congressional subpoena) that it drew up a national energy plan based on increased production without regard to the environment or conservation, having failed to consult with anyone other than its friends among the producers themselves, notably the disgraced Enron. This despite the fact that an energy crisis in California last summer caused most analysts to draw the opposite conclusion, stressing the need to curb a gas-guzzling America. At the hub of this turning wheel of influence is Vice President Dick Cheney, fresh into office from his post as chief executive of Halliburton, the world's second-largest oil-drilling services company, where he netted a personal fortune of $36m in the year before leaving, with help from contacts accumulated while serving under George Bush Sr. Just last week, however, Halliburton joined Enron in coming under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for the same system of publishing inflated revenues - 'aggressive accounting' - for which Enron has become a synonym for shame. These alleged misdeeds took place during Cheney's directorship.



See also:

EPA Proposes To Ease Rules On Clean Air
Emissions from power plants have been linked by scientists to serious illness and premature deaths and have been a prime target of the government's long-term efforts to clean up the nation's air. The Bush administration announced yesterday a major relaxation of clean air enforcement rules on coal-fired power plants and refineries that would effectively end government legal action in all but the most flagrant cases of pollution.

Former Officials Say Enron Hid Gains During Crisis in California (June 23)


From: http://www.observer.co.uk/Print/0,3858,4434696,00.html

Secret plan for N-bomb factory

June 16, 2002

Berkshire plant will build weapons for use on terrorists, say experts

A massive nuclear bomb-making factory is being planned for Aldermaston, raising concern that Britain is heading towards a new era of atomic weapon production. The plant will be able to test, design and build a new generation of nuclear bombs. Arms experts believe it will focus on smaller atomic warheads for use against terrorist groups and rogue states. Details to be submitted to West Berkshire planning authorities in the next 10 days reveal plans for one of the most state-of-the-art nuclear weapons plants in Europe.

Described by environmentalists as one of the most momentous decisions of Tony Blair's leadership, the plant will cost hundreds of millions of pounds, despite being officially approved without parliamentary debate, sparking fury among MPs.

Analysts warn that it appears to be a blatant breach of Britain's obligations under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. William Peden, nuclear disarmament expert at Greenpeace, said: 'We are talking a massive nuclear bomb-making factory.'



Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2002
From: Palden Jenkins <palden.jenkins@btopenworld.com>
Subject: Lost it?

Even Albert Einstein had a brain cramp now and then.

One time, for instance, he was taking a train to an out of town engagement. The conductor stopped by to punch his ticket, but the great scientist, preoccupied with his work, explained that he couldn't find his ticket. Not in the coat pockets, not in the briefcase.

The conductor said, "We all know who you are, Dr. Einstein. I'm sure you bought ticket. Don't worry about it."

As the conductor moved along, he looked back to see Einstein on his hands and knees searching under the seats for his ticket. The conductor walked back, "Dr. Einstein, please, don't worry about it. I know who you are."

Exasperated, Einstein looked up and said, "I, too, know who I am. What I don't know is where I'm going."