Biologist Sandra Steingraber, Others Get 15 Days in Jail for Civil Disobedience Against Gas Co.

Published on Thursday, April 18, 2013 by Common Dreams

Sandra Steingraber, Others Get 15 Days in Jail for Civil Disobedience Against Gas Co.

‘My Small, Non-Violent Act vs. Larger, More Violent, Toxic Trespass’ of Inergy Corporation

– Jon Queally, staff writer
Seneca Lake, Geneva, N.Y.

Seneca Lake, Geneva, N.Y. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Inergy’s gas storage and transportation project in the Town of Reading,

right on Seneca Lake, threatens the water supply for 100,000 people.

The gas compression site they were blockading,

owned by Missouri-based Inergy corporation,

is part of an underground ‘gas storage operation’ near the region’s Seneca Lake, 

which provides drinking water for more than 100,000 area residents.

Opponents of the project, including those sentenced, say the project is a danger

to families, farms and the health of the local ecosystem.

In addition,

they contend, Inergy has continually undermined safety regulations

and blocked calls attempts to compell disclosure of vital

information about the nature of the project.

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“My small, non-violent act of trespass,” said Steingraber to the crowd,

“is set against a larger, more violent one:

the trespass of hazardous chemicals into water and air

and thereby into our bodies. This is a form of toxic trespass.”

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Opponents of the project, including those sentenced, say the project is a danger to families, farms and the health of the local ecosystem. In addition, they contend, Inergy has continually undermined safety regulations and blocked calls attempts to compell disclosure of vital information about the nature of the project.

English: Vineyards in the Seneca Lake AVA, vie...

English: Vineyards in the Seneca Lake AVA, viewed from the back porch of Wagner Vineyards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Three upstate New York community members-cum-activists, charged with criminal trespass for blockading a gas company installation last month, were sentenced to 15 days in jail on Wednesday by a local judge in an upstate courthouse.

Among those sentenced was university biology professor and author Sandra Steingraber, who delivered an impassioned statement ahead of the sentencing explaining why she was compelled to civil disobedience and why she would refuse to pay the fine levied by the judge.

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“My small, non-violent act of trespass,” said Steingraber to the crowd, “is set against a larger, more violent one: the trespass of hazardous chemicals into water and air and thereby into our bodies. This is a form of toxic trespass.”

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Speaking with journalist Bill Moyers just one day prior to the sentencing, Steingraber explained why she and other community members felt in necessary to protest “plans to store millions of barrels of highly-pressurized liquid propane and butane — gases produced in the controversial process of fracking — in [local] salt caverns.”

Map of the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

Also sentenced on Wednesday were massage therapist Melissa Chapman and local farm owner Michael Dineen.

The courtroom at sentencing, according to reports, was brimming over with more than 150 supporters and onlookers.

The gas compression site they were blockading, owned by Missouri-based Inergy corporation, is part of an underground ‘gas storage operation’ near the region’s Seneca Lake, which provides drinking water for more than 100,000 area residents.

Opponents of the project, including those sentenced, say the project is a danger to families, farms and the health of the local ecosystem. In addition, they contend, Inergy has continually undermined safety regulations and blocked calls attempts to compell disclosure of vital information about the nature of the project.

“I do not take this step lightly,” said Michael Dineen, reflecting on his own actions. “My wife and I have a small farm in Seneca County. We grow organic grains and maintain a large garden we use to feed our and our daughter’s families. Our garden is irrigated with lake water. I believe the Inergy gas storage complex will, at best, damage the community, and has the potential to do catastrophic damage. Important information has been kept from the public with the DEC’s cooperation. I do this to attempt to protect the community when all other means have failed. I blocked the entrance to the Inergy gas storage facility because I believe that the institutions who, by law and purpose, are required to protect the people and the environment from harm can no longer be relied on to do so.”

Local Channel 34 News explained the case’s background:

On March 18, Steingraber and 10 fellow residents of the Seneca Lake region, in a peaceful act of civil disobedience, blockaded a gas compressor station site run by Missouri-based Inergy, LLP, on Seneca Lake. They did so to demonstrate their opposition to Inergy’s planned heavy industrialization of the Finger Lakes region, renowned for its natural beauty, vineyards, and tourism- and agriculture-based economy.

Inergy’s gas storage and transportation project in the Town of Reading, right on Seneca Lake, threatens the water supply for 100,000 people.

All 11 protesters, along with a legal liaison, were arrested and charged with trespassing.

On April 17, Judge Raymond Berry of the Town of Reading imposed a fine of $375 for trespassing for Chipman, Dineen, and Steingraber, the three people appearing that evening. All three refused to pay (their statements are attached), and the judge ordered that each spend 15 days in jail.

Steingraber’s full sentencing statement follows:

“Good afternoon.  My name is Sandra Steingraber. I’m a biologist and a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College.  I’m 53 years old and the mother of an 11-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter.  I’m married to an art teacher, and we all live in the village of Trumansburg, which is about 15 miles to the northeast, as the crow flies.

On March 18, 2013, together with 11 other local residents, I stood in the driveway of this site, which is owned by the Kansas City-based energy company called Inergy and located on the west bank of Seneca Lake. In so doing, I broke the law and am charged with trespassing. Before my arrest, I and the others with whom I linked arms, temporarily blocked a truck carrying a drill head from going where it wanted to go.  This is my first experience with civil disobedience. Here is an explanation of my actions.

First, and most importantly, this act of civil disobedience is a last resort for me.  Prior to this, I and other community members have taken every legal avenue to raise the serious health, economic, and environmental concerns associated with the Inergy plant.  However, time and again, we’ve been deterred from participating in the decision-making process. For example, Inergy has declared the geological history of the salt caverns to be proprietary business information, so that much of the basic science on the structural integrity of the salt caverns is hidden from view. How can we offer informed public comments and raise scientific objection when we are denied this fundamental information?

Inergy has asked for fast-track FERC approval and that we fear that authorities are poised to rubber stamp these applications before the public has had a chance to review all the relevant information and the full impacts of these combined projects have been considered.

This act of civil disobedience was also undertaken to bring attention to the fact that this company has been out of compliance with the Clean Water Act every quarter for the last 12 quarters—which is as far back as the data go–exceeding its effluent discharge limit.  For this behavior, the company has been fined, not once, but twice, to the tune of over $30,000.

Effluent discharge means that the company dumps chemicals directly into Seneca Lake, which is a source of drinking water for 100,000 people.

It is my belief that paying trivial fines does not excuse the crime of salting the lake.  And it’s because I have such a high respect for the rule of law that I will be choosing not to pay a fine for my act of trespassing and will instead will show responsibility by accepting a jail sentence.

Second, I seek by my actions to shine a spotlight on the dangerous practice of converting abandoned salt caverns into storage containers for highly pressurized hydrocarbon gases, namely propane and butane. Legal or not, this practice is tantamount to burying giant cigarette lighters in the earth.

This form of liquefied petroleum gas storage has a troubled safety record.  Leaks, explosions, and collapses have occurred in at least ten other places.  Additionally, the fleets of diesel trucks and the planned 60 ft. high flare stack—even absent calamitous accidents—will add hazardous air pollutants to our communities. Thus, my small, non-violent act of trespass is set against a larger, more violent one: the trespass of hazardous chemicals into water and air and thereby into our bodies.  This is a form of toxic trespass.

Lastly, I desire to bring attention to the rapid build-out of fracking infrastructure in New York.  Even as we are engaged in a statewide conversation about whether our governor should maintain or lift the current moratorium on shale gas extraction via horizontal fracking in New York, technology that further entrenches our dependency on shale gas—pipelines, storage, compressor stations, processing plants—is being rapidly deployed.  These infrastructure investments make fracking in New York State more likely and aid and abet fracking in other states, where it is associated with sickness and misery among people causes devastation to land, water, and air quality.

In a time of climate emergency, the transformation of the Finger Lakes into a massive transportation and storage hub for climate-destroying fossil fuel gases that have been fracked out shale in other states is the absolute wrong form of development.

I am a biologist, not a lawyer.  But when I looked up my crime on Wikipedia, here is what it said:

Trespass to land involves the wrongful interference with one’s possessory rights in [real] property. William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of Englandarticulated the common law principle… translating from Latin as “for whoever owns the soil, it is theirs up to Heaven and down to Hell.” In modern times, courts have limited the right of absolute dominion over the subsurface. For instance, drilling a directional well that bottoms out beneath another’s property to access oil and gas reserves is trespass, but a subsurface invasion byhydraulic fracturing is not [emphasis added].

In other words, trespassing laws are unjust. They make a criminals of people who stand on a lakeshore purchased by an out-of-state fossil fuel company only interested in the hollowed out salt chambers that lie 1500 feet beneath the surface, while, at the same time, allowing drilling and fracking operations to tunnel freely under homes, farms, and aquifers, shatter our bedrock, and pump the shards full of toxic chemicals.

I broke the law by standing in a privately owned driveway.  Fossil fuel companies are not breaking the law by trespassing into the atmosphere with heat-trapping gases and so creating planetary crisis.  There are the disparities that I seek to communicate with my actions and, out of respect for the fidelity of law, with my willingness to accept a jail sentence rather than pay a fine.

As a working mother of two school-aged children, this is a decision I have reached after much discernment.”

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English: Seneca Lake at Seneca State Forest.

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Full Show: The Toxic Assault on Our Children

Friend Nature: This video is a MUST WATCH, Sandra Steingraber very eloquently describes how chemicals have invaded the human body, to alter our genetic makeup, and change our bodies.

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English: Picture of San Francisco at Sunset. F...

English: Picture of San Francisco at Sunset. Français : San Francisco au coucher du soleil. (Photo credit: Wikipedia

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ALSO A REMINDER…Later from San Francisco…

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D.A. Hartley of Friend Nature, artist,  has a Radio Interview

with Blog Talk Radio in the afternoon,

February 17th at 3:30, Pacific Time with 

Contemplative, Expressive and Imaginative Arts

Liana Voia (MA, PhD) conducted all video

and radio interviews in the arts/therapy series. 

Here is the link to the program: 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/multiplearts/2013/02/17/denise-hartley–fine-artist-and-muralist

My Art Site: www.DAHartley.com

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or attend a protest in your area, or write your congress representative!

MOTHER NATURE THANKS YOU!

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BABY BOOMERS: Implications for the life we lead…

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Baby Boomers: We are the new 60, how do we own it?

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What is important?

Where do we cross the line from self-absorption,

to what we can contribute to society and the planet?

I’m looking for a global view of healing vs. destruction.

What have the last 60 years meant for humanity,

how have we transformed our values,

across world cultures, or within our family?

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What are we going to pass on to our children;

does anyone matter beyond ourselves?

Is there any hope of making a real difference?

How would this look like?

Is there anyone doing what needs to be done?

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Visionary artist’s, prophet’s, and scientist’s reveal where we are going.

What appears from artist’s brushes, poet’s words,

or the prophet’s speech is a mystery.

The shaman heals, the philosopher writes, and we have no understanding.

Matters are pressing, time is short, careers are built, fortunes made,

fortunes lost,

poverty extends to future generations.

Where is the mystery in your life?

What do we value?

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Is there any meaning for our life? Was there ever?

Has the earth just been our playground, our battlefield for

our life dramas, the setting,

the stage, for the brief flash of our lives?

Or, is it our chance to shine, reflect the stars, love as best we can,

be kind, share, and play nicely.

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How do I relate this to turning 60? These might be questions

we want to ask ourselves.

If we can consider being open, if for even a moment,

consider a different way of viewing our life,

however uncomfortable this makes us,

a clear moment of understanding might change the course of our life.

Our generation is facing a new reality.

Greed has destroyed industrialized nations, also the unpaid wars

we have been fighting for the last 10 years, have come due.

Our good ol’e USA greed has just pulled socialized Europe

and the Euro down.

We should look toward what countries are becoming,

traditional Muslim countries,

oppressed by their leaders are rising up, freedom fighters,

inspired youth, actually initializing real change.

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This is how I see 60.

I see us holding on; trying to maintain our lives against reality.

The wealthy want more wealth, yet are faced with dwindling income.

The poor are struggling as always, and are moving aside (or down)

to make room for the ‘new poor’.

The ‘old poor’ know how to live within their means, they have had no choice.

But the 60+’s in the middle class have had it good for so long,

we have no idea how to be poor.

The vast majority of us are overfed, out of shape, uninspired,

unprepared for reality, and turning grey from the inside out.

(ouch!)

What happened Baby Boomers? What are our inner voices saying?

You know the voice that over speaks our spirit, dictation of self-justification,

eating the mantra of the same stories, explanations, excuses,

talking to our superficial selves.

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I am asking us to break into that old conversation,

interrupt it for an important message, as our spirit awaits.

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Our circular, redundant thinking is getting us nowhere,

self-justification is self-negation.

I am asking that we wake up to reality.

Just look around with new eyes. Do one positive thing, Help one person.

Our parents, children of the ‘Great Depression’ and the Great World War II,

are exiting the planet.

That leaves us to carry the torch of humanity.

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60: Baby Boomers Guide for Healing our planet.

Claiming responsibility, not denial. Let’s fix it now!

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World in 1950’s: The world that our grandparent’s gave us as children.

World in 2013: The world that we are giving our grandchildren.

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Four generations of change, what did we do to help ourselves with our dealt hand?

Did we look to profit, or prophet to help us?

Our spirit says, save our planet. A direct command, save it or lose it.

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Let us each choose one solution: Pick one cure for the toxic earth.

Be leaders, from the level that we are on.

No corporations need apply, unless they are ready for a change.

Let’s do one small thing, make a recommendation,

find a solution, talk with others.

Choose life.

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Let us save our planet now. Do not count on anyone else.

Save our planet now.

It is up to us to fix this mess that we all have contributed to.

Industrialized nations have ‘messed’ our planet up.

Let’s get out the broom, sweep it clean NOW!

Let us rise up, rebel against mediocrity to help pull us up

from our downward spiral.

This is the time, as no other.

We the people, in order to make a more perfect world……

“Take a stand, for the earth or against it”.

“Get off your duff, and get to work”.

What are we going to do about:

War

Hungry children

Conflict

Famine

Terror

Economic disruption

Polluted air

Polluted lakes

Polluted rivers

Polluted water

Polluted ocean

Acid rain

Nuclear waste

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The over Harvested Destruction of Land:

Over fished

Over mining

Toxic waste

Oil spills

Polluted tap water

Sewage in streams & rivers

Floating waste (ocean)

Species at risk of extinction in land, air and sea

Disappearing habitat of all other species

Melting icecap

Signs of global warming

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People at Risk:

Aids, starvation, drought

Human trafficking

Homeless

Sex slaves, women and children

Crimes against women

Slaughter houses

Pollution from harvest ships

Coal mining

GMO (genetically modified crops & patented seed)

Natural destruction

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WORLD NEWS

The world we were born into:

 

  • 1952

January 7

  • French Plevin government falls.

January 14

  • Snow storm in Sierra Nevada kills 26.

January 20

  • British army occupies Ismailiya, Suez Canal Zone.

January 21

  • Nehru’s Congress party wins general election in India.

January 22

  • The first Jet airliner (the de Havilland Comet) enters service for BOAC.
  • 300px-BEA_de_Havilland_DH-106_Comet_4B_Berlin

January 30

  • Lehmer verifies 2^521-1 and 2^607-1 (183 ciphers) Mersenne-prime numbers.

February 1

  • General strike against French colonial management in Tunisia.

February 6

  • King George VI of Great Britain and Northern Ireland dies in his sleep at the royal estate at Sandringham at age 56.

February 19

  • French offensive at Hanoi, Vietnam.

February 21

  • Bangladesh Martyrs Day (martyrs of Bengali Language Movement).

February 26

  • Prime Minister Winston Churchill announces that Britain has its own atomic bomb.

March 1

  • Heligoland, in North Sea, returned to West Germany by Britain.

March 3

  • Puerto Rico approves their first self-written constitution.

March 10

  • Military coup by General Fulgencio Batista in Cuba.

March 16

  • Greatest 24-hour rainfall: 187 cm in Cilaos, Réunion, in the Indian Ocean.

March 18

  • First plastic lens for cataract patients fitted (Philadelphia).
  • Communist offensive in Korea.

March 20

  • US Senate’s final ratification of peace treaty restoring sovereignty to Japan.

March 21

  • A J Pieters, SS-Untersturmführer, is executed.
  • Alan Freed presents Moondog Coronation Ball at old Cleveland Arena, 25,000 attend first rock and roll concert ever.
  • Tornadoes in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and Kentucky cause 343 deaths.
  • Wilhelm Albrecht, German SD-chief, is executed. 

March 24

  • Great demonstrations against apartheid in South Africa. 

March 27

  • Failed assassination attempt of German Chancellor Adenauer.

April 1

  • Big Bang theory proposed in Physical Review by Alpher, Bethe and Gamow.

April 9

  • Popular uprising in Bolivia.

April 15

  • Franklin National Bank issues first bank credit card.
  • US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

April 21

  • BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) begins first passenger service with jets (London-Rome route). 

April 22

  • First atomic explosion on network news, Nob Nevada.

April 23

  • Oil pipeline from Kirkuk to Banias completed.

April 28

  • Japan and the United States sign a formal peace treaty.

May 1

  • US Marines take part in an atomic explosion training in Nevada. 
  • “Mr Potato Head” toy is introduced; first toy advertised on television.

May 2

  • The world’s first-ever jet airliner (the BOAC De Havilland Comet 1) makes its maiden voyage, flying from London to Johannesburg.

May 3

  • First landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole.

May 5

  • Pulitzer prize awarded to Herman Wouk (The Caine Mutiny).

May 8

  • Mad Magazine debuts.

May 13

  • Pandit Nehru becomes premier of India. 

May 18

  • Professor WF Libby says Stonehenge dates back to 1848 BCE.

May 28

  • The women of Greece are given sufferage. (Really!)

June 29

  • First aircraft carrier to sail around Cape Horn – USS Oriskany.

July 15

  • First transatlantic helicopter flight begins. 

July 22

  • Polish constitution is adopted.

July 23

  • A military junta in Egypt under command of Gamal Abdel Nasser overthrows King Farouk.

July 25

  • Puerto Rico officially becomes a U.S commonwealth.

July 29

  • First nonstop transpacific flight by a jet.

August 11

  • Hussein proclaimed king of Jordan.

September 11

  • West German Chancellor Adenauer signs a reparation pact for Jews.

September 15

  • United Nations turns over Eritrea to Ethiopia.

October 1

  • First ultra-high frequency (UHF) television station, Portland, Oregon, USA. 

October 3

  • First video recording on magnetic tape, Los Angeles, California.

October 23

  • German former Army Commander-in-Chief Albert Kesslering is pardoned and freed from British captivity.

October 24

  • Arab Liberation Movement becomes the only party of Syria.

November 1

  • First hydrogen device exploded by US at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.

November 4

  • A 9.0-magnitude earthquake strikes Kamchatka off the east coast of Russia, causing 30-foot waves in Hawaii.
  • Dwight Eisenhower (Republican) elected 34th US President beating Adlai Stevenson (Democrat).

November 29

  • US President-elect Dwight Eisenhower visits Korea to assess the war.

December 2

  • First human birth televised to public (KOA-TV Denver, Colorado, USA).

December 3

  • Marcos Perez Jiménez elected President of Venezuela.

December 4

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  • Killer fogs begin in London England; “Smog” becomes a word. Over 4000 die.
  • There was a build up of toxic substances into the atmosphere through the combustion of coke,
  • oil and coal products due to the large number of factories in operation throughout London.
  • The London Smog of 1952 –The Great Smog of London as it is called befell London starting on December 4, 1952, and lasted until March of 1953. It was a great disaster that killed thousands and formed an important impetus to the modern environmental movement.
  • The large number of deaths caused by the worst environmental disaster in UK history leads to the The Clean Air Act of 1956 which required smokeless fuels must be used in heavily populated area’s including cleaner coals, electricity, and gas, reducing the amount of smoke pollution and sulphur dioxide from household fires. 

December 6

  • Czechoslovakian government tells Israeli ambassador he is persona non grata.

December 8

  • French troops shoot on demonstrators at Casablanca, 50 die.
  • Isaak Ben-Zwi elected President of Israel.

December 14

  • Uprising of captives in Pongam, South Korea; 82 die.

December 15

  • Christine Jorgenson is first person to undergo a sex-change operation.
  • Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Orientales Ecclesias.

December 25

  • German former army commander Wilhelm List is pardoned and freed from captivity.

December 29

  • First transistorized hearing aid offered for sale (Elmsford, New York).

December 30

  • Tuskegee Institute reports 1952 as first year in 71 years with no lynchings in USA.
  • HIROSHIMA, Japan, Nov. 18 (Agence France-Presse) — Hiroshima authorities said this week they will conduct studies for the first time on the children of the surviving victims of the atomic bomb dropped on the city on August 6, 1945.

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    Breaking News….

    1952: British radar engineer Geoffrey Dummer introduces the concept of the integrated circuit at a tech conference in the United States. The world is about to change. 

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    1945-1952: The Early Cold War

    The United States emerged from World War II as one of the foremost economic, political, and military powers in the world. Wartime production pulled the economy out of depression and propelled it to great profits. In the interest of avoiding another global war, for the first time the United States began to use economic assistance as a strategic element of its foreign policy and offered significant assistance to countries in Europe and Asia struggling to rebuild their shattered economies.

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    Fiftieth anniversary of the conquest of Everest: 

    “Geneva – Everest 1952 – 2002”

    On the trail of the Genevan expedition of 1952

    Geneva, March 18th, 2002 – Exactly fifty years ago, for the first time in history, Raymond Lambert and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, two members of an expedition composed entirely of Genevan (Swiss) alpinists, climbed to within 200 meters/660 feet of the summit of Mount Everest without the aid of oxygen. One year later, in 1953, an English expedition led by John Hunt, with Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay once again, reached the roof of the world following the famous South Col route discovered by the team from Geneva. Upon their return, they met with world acclaim, they sent this message to the Genevan team:  “A good half of the glory goes to you.”

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    NEW WORLD ORDER PLAN TO PATROL THE WORLD

    In 1952, in London, the Illuminati sponsored a meeting to re-draw the world into military regions after the One-World Government had been established.  In the early 1920’s, Russian Communist leaders learned a very valuable lesson:  they learned that ethnic troops could not be depended upon to be brutal to their own people .  Therefore, Russian Communists devised a plan whereby Muslim Russian troops would be stationed in non-Muslim areas, and vice versa.  Therefore, troops would have no difficulty oppressing, jailing, and murdering people not their own.  As you will shortly see, this plan applies these lessons worldwide.  We have much to fear, as you will see in just a few moments.

    In 1952, the World Association of Parliamentarians for World Government decided which areas of the world would be occupied and patrolled by which troops. These worldwide forces would be commanded by a World Director, who would have an organization of 8 zone directors and 51 regional directors.  No regional director would ever be responsible for his own country, and no military troops would ever be stationed within his own country. [This information taken from the National Economic Council of New York City, 1962]

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    In August 1952 the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) was founded. At that moment organized modern humanism already had a tradition of at least a hundred years, including other international federations that are reckoned among the humanist tradition. One can discern four ‘generations’ of modern humanism, originating around 1850, 1890, 1918 and 1945, three of which came together in IHEU in 1952.

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    Minimum standards for social security

    The Philadelphia Declaration (1944) sets out ILO’s role with regard to social protection, an area in which the Organization has been active since its inception in 1919, adopting several conventions and recommendations. It was in 1952, however, when it adopted the Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention, which entered into force in 1955, that it took decisive action. The convention allows derogations for countries “whose economy and medical facilities are insufficiently developed”, but it nevertheless marked a fundamental shift in international social security law in that it introduced the new concept of a general level of social security theMember States should attain.
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    The Soviet Union returned to the Olympic fold in 1952 after a 40-year absence, a period of time that included a revolution and two world wars. Ironically, the Soviets chose to make their comeback in Finland, a country they had invaded twice during World War II.

    This time it was the United States that was surprised by the Soviets, and the USA had to scramble on the last day of competition to hold off the USSR’s assault on first place in the overall standings. It was the beginning of an all-consuming 36-year Cold War rivalry.

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    1952 Washington D.C. Sightings

    During the dawn of Ufology in the United States, unidentified flying objects made themselves known to the leaders of the free world in 1952, buzzing over the White House, the Capitol building, and the Pentagon. Seemingly the unknown objects were defying the very governmental agencies sworn to protect the United States from foreign powers.

    Washington National Airport and Andrews Air Force Base picked up a number of UFOs on their radar screens on July 19, 1952, beginning a wave of sightings still unexplained to this day.These blips were objects traveling at about 100 m.p.h. but with the ability to accelerate to the unbelievable speed of 7,200 m.p.h. The Washington National sighting was confirmed by other local radar, and then Andrews Air Force Base was contacted.

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A team of GM scientists and engineers developed the mechanical heart pump that made possible the world’s first open heart surgery. The device was developed and donated by GM at no cost to the heart surgery team at Wayne State University in Detroit.

The Opening of the Commercial Jet Era

Like perhaps no other single technology, the jet engine revolutionized air travel around the world. Unlike the old propeller-driven planes that were powered by piston engines, jet planes could fly at tremendous speeds, thus cutting down travel time. Jet-equipped airplanes also could climb faster and fly higher. Both the U.S. Air Force and civil aircraft builders found these capabilities attractive in the years after World War II when international contacts stretched across the globe. There were, however, major concerns about transferring jet engine technology to the commercial aviation sector. Airline executives in the postwar era were aware that, although jet engines were simpler than the old piston engines, they also had high operating temperatures that required very expensive metal alloy components that ultimately would affect an aircraft’s longevity and reliability. Moreover, jet engines used far greater amounts of fuel. The initially low takeoff speed would also require longer runways. All of this added up to increased costs. As a result, U.S. passenger air carriers did not support the building of jet airliners in the immediate postwar years, and adopted a “wait-and-see” approach before embarking on this risky path.

The British Overseas Aircraft Corporation (BOAC), the national British carrier, first introduced a commercial jet airliner into service. The 36-seat Comet 1, built by De Havilland, flew for the first time on July 27, 1949. BOAC inaugurated the world’s first commercial jet service on May 2, 1952. Initial flights took passengers from London to Johannesburg in South Africa, with stops in Rome, Beirut, Khartoum (in Sudan), Entebbe (in Kenya), and Livingstone, near Victoria Falls. At the time, the top cruising speed of the most well known piston-engine aircraft, the DC-3, was about 180 miles per hour (290 kilometers per hour). With the Comet, passengers could travel comfortably at 480 miles per hour (772 kilometers per hour), making it a revolutionary leap in air travel. The Comet also provided conditions that contrasted sharply to piston-engine planes: the planes were vibration-free and relatively quiet.

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The Nobel Peace Prize 1952:

Albert Schweitzer

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The first oral contraceptive!

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1952 Mau Mau Begin Terrorists Actions A state of emergency was declared by the British Governor of Kenya as the Mau Mau began an open uprising against British rule. The British arrested hundreds of Kikuyu tribesman — among them Jomo Kenyatta, who went on to become the first Prime Minister of Kenya.
1952 King Farouk Adbicates Young army officers, disgusted by widespread corruption in Egypt, staged a revolt against King Farouk. The revolt was led by General Mohammed Neguib and Colonel Gamal Abdul Nasser. Neguib became leader of Egypt. He remained in control until 1954, when Nasser – the real power behind the revolt – took power.EGYPT TORN BY CRISIS:Almost exactly fifty-nine years ago, on January 26, 1952, downtown Cairo was in flames. Cinemas, department stores, and hotels were set alight by rioters in the streets. The identity of these rioters would become the focus of enormous speculation: Were they revolutionaries who sought the expulsion of British colonial rule from Egypt, or rather, were they counterrevolutionary forces who were giving the then-Egyptian regime or the army a pretext to intervene? Whatever the case, within a matter of six months, that regime – which the vast majority of Egyptians saw as corrupt, unrepresentative, and brutal in its repression of peaceful protest – was overthrown by a cadre of young military men known as the “Free Officers,” led by the charismatic Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser.***
EGYPT – Despite bloody riots that bring death to scores and flaming destruction to many famed landmarks, hopes for an amicable settlement of the thorny Suez problem rise in the land of the Nile. At the height of the fighting, British troops blast Egyptian police from their barricades.

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1952 Polio Vaccine Invented A vaccine that prevented polio was developed in 1952 by Jonas Salk.
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1952:  New immigration Quotas The Congress overrode a Presidential veto and vetoed to restrict immigration into the United States to 154,657 immigrants per year. This was the most restrictive policy in American history to date. Foreigners with technical training and high education would receive priority under the law.
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JAPAN -Allied occupation, 1945-1952

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This book is a record of the Congress Of The Peoples For Peace – Vienna December 12th-19th, 1952.

The Congress brought together people from 85 different countries.

My father Alexander Mckechnie was a member of the Congress presiding committee, alongside Jean-Paul Sartre, Paul Robeson, Pablo Neruda, Diego Rivera, Louis Aragon & others.
I was given the middle name Paul after Paul Robeson.

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TROUBLE IN TUNISIA:
TUNIS – Tunisia in revolt! Martial law follows sabotage and riots in the French North African protectorate. Train is wrecked in desert by Arab extremists, as French troops battle to restore order in the trouble zone. Nationalistic feeling runs high as local revolutionizes seek greater autonomy from France.

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First Nuclear Power Accident: 1952

33 serious incidents and accidents at nuclear power stations since

the first recorded one in 1952 at Chalk River in Ontario, Canada.

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On this day [14th June 1952]: Nautilus the world’s first nuclear submarine was dedicated.

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The results of antigenic studies of the viruses received at the World Influenza Centre from the 1952-3 influenza epidemic are described. As in 1950-1, two main antigenic groups of influenza A viruses could be distinguished. One group, called Liverpool, contained strains closely related to 1950-1 Liverpool strains. The other, called Scandinavian, contained strains related to but not identical with 1950-1 Scandinavian viruses. Altogether, 175 Scandinavian, 33 Liverpool, and 4 influenza B virus strains were examined.
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Kiichiro Toyoda, founder of the Toyota Motor Corporation, which in 2008 surpassed America’s General Motors as the world’s largest automaker, dies at the age of 57 in Japan on this day 1952.

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Actors and actresses who were born in 1952 included: Maria Schneider (March 27 in Paris), Liam Neeson (June 7 in Ireland), Isabella Rossellini (June 18 in Rome), Robin Williams (July 21 in Chicago), Patrick Swayze (August 18 in Texas), Christopher Reeve (Sept. 25 in New York), Paul Rubens (a.k.a. Pee Wee Herman, August 27 in New York), Jeff Goldblum (Oct. 22 in Pittsburgh), Angelica Huston (in Ireland).

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TV shows included: I’ve Got a Secret, The Lone Ranger, The Groucho Marx Show,

The Dinah Shore Show,

The Burns and Allen Show, Art Linkletter’s House Party,

The Guiding Light, Search for Tomorrow, Arthur

Godfrey Time, Howdy Doody, Amos and Andy,

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Twenty Questions,

Dragnet, The Perry Como Show, The Wheel of Fortune, This Is Your Life.

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In Washington, D.C., Senator Joseph McCarthy, Republican from Wisconsin,

continued his efforts to

expose communists in government, attempting to discredit the

Truman administration. A wave of anticommunism,

known as “McCarthyism,” swept the country.

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Ernest Hemingway’s novel, The Old Man and the Sea, was published in 1952.

John Steinbeck’s novel,

East of Eden, was published in 1952.

In 1952, the Korean War continued. The U.S. launched bombing attacks against North Korea.

Evita Peron, wife of Argentine President Juan Peron, died.

Albert Schweitzer won the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize.

François Mauriac won the 1952 Nobel prize for Literature.

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The 100th monkey: IMO – THE FIRST MONKEY

The behaviour of the Japanese monkey Macaco fuscata has been studied intensely for more than thirty years in a number of wild colonies. One of these is isolated on the island of Koshima just off the east coast of Kyushu, and it was here in 1952 that man provided the monkeys with the right sort of evolutionary nudge. Provision stations were established at selected sites in the range of the troop. Normally young monkeys learn feeding habits from their mothers who teach them by example what to eat and how to deal with it, and in these macaques the behaviour had grown to a complex tradition involving the buds, fruits, leaves, shoots and bark of well over a hundred species of plants. So they approached the new artificial food supplies equipped with a formidable array of behavioural predispositions, but nothing in their established repertoire enabled them to deal effectively with raw sweet potatoes covered with sand and grit.

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The world in 1952, a good ‘Baby Boomer’ year.

A TIME MACHINE: http://www.centex.net/~elliott/1952.html

REALITY BLOG AWARD! THANK YOU, DEAR KITTY. SOME BLOG.

Reality Blog Award

Reality Blog Award

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by Dear Kitty. Some Blog.  http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/

Dear Kitty. Some Blog. is one of my favorite places to go for information on a great variety of subjects.

Thank you!

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The award involves replying to five questions: 

1) If you could change something what would you change?

The return of our beautiful Planet:  clean air, water, oceans, lands.

2) If you could repeat an age, what age would it be?

Now is pretty good, and OK with me!

3) What one thing really scares you?

The tipping point for our planet: The ecological point of no return.

4) What one dream have you not completed yet and

      do you think you will be able to complete it?

Working on it!

5) If you could be someone else for the day, who would you be?

Albert Einstein

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Before listing the blogs that I want to nominate (linking to their sites, and telling the nominees about it at their blogs), I would like to point out that I will not feel offended in any way by those who do not wish to participate in the process that is involved in responding to an award nomination.

I appreciate that not everyone has the time or inclination. You can just feel contented that your site is recognised as being worthy of an award.

  1. gregorybateson
  2. DES Daughter Network
  3. tuttacronaca
  4. Day One
  5. I Write The Music
  6. wishstory
  7. Pedantry: http://pendantry.wordpress.com/
  8. Mzuritam’s Weblog
  9. Bangs Shoes
  10. cherylsafricanadventure
  11. bbboohhh
  12. Goodhikes Cape Town
  13. Life For a Forest
  14. SnowDrops’ Garden: http://ilgiardinodeibucaneve.wordpress.com/
  15. Rachel Kurzyp: http://rachelkurzyp.com/

Denise Hartley – Fine Artist and Muralist 02/17 by Liana Voia | Blog Talk Radio

Koi, 2006, Diptych (6 panel), 70" x 68".

Koi, 2006, Diptych (6 panel), 70″ x 68″.

Blog Talk Radio host Liana Vola interviews D.A. Hartley Live!

February 17th, 6:30 Eastern, 3:30 Pacific time.

Wish me Luck!

Contemplative, Expressive & Imaginative

Liana Voia introduces artists, counsellors, integrative arts practitioners, astrologers, architects with insights in contemplative, expressive and imaginative arts. More information at http://htha.caread more

Link: Denise Hartley – Fine Artist and Muralist 02/17 by Liana Voia | Blog Talk Radio.

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I can not to Washington D.C.!

I invite you to go if you can!

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At 12 Noon on Sunday, February 17, thousands of Americans will head to Washington, D.C. to make Forward on Climate the largest climate rally in history. Join this historic event to make your voice heard and help the president start his second term with strong climate action.

Crippling drought. Devastating wildfires. Superstorm Sandy. Climate has come home – and the American people get it.

The first step to putting our country on the path to addressing the climate crisis is for President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. His legacy as president will rest squarely on his response, resolve, and leadership in solving the climate crisis.

Details:

When: February 17th, at 12 Noon
Where: The National Mall, Washington D.C.
Who: 350.org, The Sierra Club and the Hip-Hop Caucus

Why: To tell Barack Obama it’s time to lead in the fight against climate change, beginning with the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

For more information about rides, housing and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, visit http://forwardonclimate.org

Just over a year ago, 15,000 people surrounded the White House — and President Obama listened, delaying the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. This is our best chance to show the President how strong this movement has become since then — sign up today.

A project of:

    

* The Sierra Club, 350.org and the Hip Hop Caucus have no affiliation with Ridebuzz or CouchSurfing. Any and all rides or housing are personal arrangements and neither the Club, Hip Hop Caucus, nor 350.org can protect the leader or participants. While making such arrangements, leaders should remind participants that it is not an official activity and that these three organizations do not assume liability for such personal activity.

 

Religion, Physics, and Contemporary Thought

SAME WORLD, DIFFERENT WORLD BELIEFS

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The Spiritual Belief

“Whatever being there is,

endowed with glory and grace and vigour,

 know that to have sprung from a fragment of My splendour.”

                                                                                      The Bhagavad-Gita

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The Classical Belief

Euclidean space and Aristotelian time have formed the basis of

a paradigm that has been remarkably enduring.

This world view has survived

virtually unchanged since it was first proposed

nearly twenty-five hundred years ago.

Almost without exception everyone in Western

society uses this ancient system.”

Euclid’s Elements and Aristotle’s Logic

                                   Art and Physics, Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light, by Leonard Shlain, 1991.

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The Galilean Belief

“The discovery and use of scientific reasoning by Galileo

was one of the most important achievements in the history of human

thought, and marks the real beginning of physics.

This discovery taught us that intuitive conclusions based on

immediate observation are not always to be trusted…

The Galilean relativity principle is valid for mechanical phenomena.”

                                                       The Evolution of Physics, Albert Einstein and Leopold Infield, 1938.

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The Mechanical Belief of Newton

“We speak of the force of attraction between

the sun and the earth,

 the earth and the moon,

and of those forces which cause the tides. 

We speak of the force by which the earth compels ourselves 

and all the objects about us

to remain within its sphere of influence, 

and of the force with which

the wind makes waves on the sea,

or moves the leaves of trees.

When and where we observe a change in velocity,

an external force, in the general sense,

must be held responsible.”

                                                     The Evolution of Physics, Albert Einstein and Leopold Infield, 1938,

                                The Rise of the Mechanical View, Newton’s Principipia.

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 The View of Field Belief

“A field may be regarded as something always

associated with a current.

A changing magnetic field is accompanied

by an electric field.

As field represents energy,

all these changes spreading out in space,

 with a  definite velocity,

produce a wave.

The electromagnetic wave spreads

in empty space.

The velocity of an electromagnetic wave

is equal to the velocity of light.”

                 The Evolution of Physics, Albert Einstein and Leopold Infield, 1938, Maxwell’s Laws.

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The Relativity Theory

“It arose from necessity,

from serious and deep contradictions in the old theory

 from which there seemed no escape.

The strength of the new theory lies in the consistency

 and simplicity with which it solves

all these difficulties, using only

 a few very convincing assumptions.

The general theory of relativity gives a still deeper

analysis of the time-space continuum.”

                                              The Evolution of Physics, Albert Einstein and Leopold Infield, 1938.

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The Quanta Belief

Thought and ideas, not formulae,

are the beginning of every physical theory.”

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“If we had to characterize the principal idea

of the quantum theory in one sentence,

 we could say:

it must be assumed that some physical quantities

so far regarded as continuous

 are composed of elementary quanta.”

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“Is light a wave or a shower of protons?”

                                                 The Evolution of Physics, Albert Einstein and Leopold Infield, 1938.

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“Science is not just a collection of laws,

a catalogue of unrelated facts.

It is a creation of the human mind, 

within its freely invented ideas and concepts.

Physical theories try to form a picture of reality

and to establish its connection

 with the wide world of sense impressions.”

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“The psychological subjective feeling of time

enables us to order our impressions,

to state that one event precedes another.

But to connect every instant of time  with a number,

by the use of a clock,

to regard time as a one-dimensional continuum,

is already an invention.

So are the concepts of Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry,

and our space understood as a three-dimensional

continuum.”

                                  The Evolution of Physics, Albert Einstein and Leopold Infield, 1938.

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 “With the help of physical theories we try to find

our way through the maze of observed facts,

to order and understand the world of our

sense impressions.”

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“We want the observed facts to follow 

logically from our concept

of reality.

Without the belief that it is possible to grasp reality 

with our theoretical constructions.

Without the belief in the inner harmony of our world,

there could be no science.”

The Evolution of Physics, Albert Einstein and Leopold Infield, 1938.

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“The purpose of studying Buddhism is to study ourselves 

and to forget ourselves.

When we forget ourselves,

we actually are the true activity of the big existence,

or reality itself.

When we realize this fact,

there is no problem whatsoever in this world,

and we can enjoy our life without feeling any difficulties.

The purpose of our practice is to be aware of this fact.”

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki.

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Science-Set-Free
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Listen to internet radio with deepakchopra on Blog Talk Radio
(Thursday, September 6, 2012).
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An interview with Dr. Rupert Sheldrake. 
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Science Set Free,  10 Paths to New Discovery
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“In Science Set Free, Dr Rupert Sheldrake,
one of the world’s most innovative scientists,
shows that science is being constricted by assumptions
that have hardened into dogmas,
which are not only limiting,
but dangerous for the future of humanity.”
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“According to these dogmas, all reality is material or physical;
the world is a machine made up of dead matter; 
(Think Newtonian Mechanics)
nature is purposeless;
consciousness is nothing but the physical activity of the brain;
free will is an illusion;
God exists only as an idea in human minds,
imprisoned within our skulls.
But should science be a belief system,
or a method of inquiry?”
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“Sheldrake shows that the materialist ideology is moribund;
under its sway, increasingly expensive research
is reaping diminishing returns
while societies around the world are paying the price.”
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“In the skeptical spirit of true science,
Sheldrake turns the ten fundamental dogmas of materialism
into exciting questions and shows how all of them open up
startling new possibilities
about the nature of our collective reality.”
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This book has ignited debates that are spreading through scientific,
religious, skeptical, conservative, and liberal circles 
in Britain, Ireland and continental Europe.
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Science Set Free: 10 Paths To New Discovery is now available on Amazon.com
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Meditation Series, “Peace is Within.”

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Ganesa

Lord of the Hosts. Breaker of the way, and guide of the soul.

“Bondage is of the mind. A man is free if he constantly thinks: ‘I am a free soul.

How can I be bound, whether I live in the world or in the forest?

I am a child of God, the Kings of Kings. Who can bind me?’

Repeating with grit and determination, ‘I am not bound, I am free,’

one really becomes so – one really becomes free.”    Sri Ramakrishna

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“Almost all the ancient theories of cycles of great time were found

in combination with myths of a golden age.

The cycle starts with a golden age, followed by successive ages of

decadence and degeneration

in all things. At the end of the last age of the cycle the world

undergoes a general dissolution and is then regenerated.

There is a new golden age, and so on in an eternal recurrence.”

Rupert SheldrakeThe Presence of the Past.

http://www.closertotruth.com/video-profile/Does-Consciousness-Lead-to-God-Rupert-Sheldrake-/1064

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Rupert Sheldrake is an English biochemist and ...

 

 

 

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