Science Denial Alive and Well Among Policy Makers and Right Wing Heroes

Delaware Newszap:
GEORGETOWNSussex County Council members are not on the same wave length regarding the debatable issue of sea level rise.
At the May 7 council meeting, Susan Love, a planner with the Department of Environmental Control and Natural Resources’Coastal Management Program, delivered an update on progress made by the state’s Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee, which is developing an adaptation plan for the state that will provide a path forward for planning for impacts of sea level rise.
Ms. Love’s presentation drew no love from councilmen Samuel Wilson, R-Georgetown, and Vance Phillips, R-Laurel.
Mr. Wilson cast doubt sea level rise even exists.
“They don’t have no facts. It’s almost BS, to be honest with you,” said Mr. Wilson.
“Man has been on this earth … according to the Bible … about 6,000 to 7,000 years,” challenged Mr. Wilson. “Salt (water) may intrude. You’re talking like it’s going to happen in the next 10 years. It’s been 7,000 years we’re thinking it might come. If it hasn’t done it in the last 7,000 why is it going to do it now all of a sudden?”

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Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Delaware Newszap:

GEORGETOWN – Sussex County Council members are not on the same wave length regarding the debatable issue of sea level rise.
At the May 7 council meeting, Susan Love, a planner with the Department of Environmental Control and Natural Resources’Coastal Management Program, delivered an update on progress made by the state’s Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee, which is developing an adaptation plan for the state that will provide a path forward for planning for impacts of sea level rise.

Ms. Love’s presentation drew no love from councilmen Samuel Wilson, R-Georgetown, and Vance Phillips, R-Laurel.

Mr. Wilson cast doubt sea level rise even exists.

“They don’t have no facts. It’s almost BS, to be honest with you,” said Mr. Wilson.

“Man has been on this earth … according to the Bible … about 6,000 to 7,000 years,” challenged Mr. Wilson. “Salt (water) may intrude. You’re…

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Sign California! Support Fracking Moratorium AB 1301 Petition. 350.org Bay Area

Why Ban Fracking? | Food & Water Watch. Petition your state.

reblogged from Food and Water Watch

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/fracking/

Fracking

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Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing. It’s an extremely water-intensive process where millions of gallons of fluid – typically a mix of water, sand, and chemicals, including ones known to cause cancer – are injected underground at high pressure to fracture the rock surrounding an oil or gas well. This fracking releases extra oil and/or gas from the rock, so it can flow into the well.

But the process of fracking introduces additional industrial activity into communities beyond the well. Clearing land to build new access roads and new well sites, drilling and encasing the well, fracking the well and generating the waste, trucking in heavy equipment and materials and trucking out the vast amounts of toxic waste — all of these steps contribute to air and water pollution risks and devaluation of land that is turning our communities into sacrifice zones. Fracking threatens the air we breathe, the water we drink, the communities we love and the climate on which we all depend. That’s why over 250 communities in the U.S. have passed resolutions to stop fracking, and why Vermont, France and Bulgaria have stopped it.

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The Dust Bowl, by director Ken Burns. Will this Ecological Disaster Return Anew? An interview with Paula Zahn.

Streamed live on Nov 15, 2012

http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/dustbowl/

THE DUST BOWL

Encore Broadcast April 23 and 30, 2013
8:00–10:00 p.m. ET on PBS

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THE DUST BOWL chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the “Great Plow-Up,” followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. Vivid interviews with twenty-six survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom seen movie footage, bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible human perseverance. It is also a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains us—a lesson we ignore at our peril.

On November 15, join Ken Burns along with Paula Zahn in a live YouTube event and national dialogue regarding the Dust Bowl‘s legacy on both the environment and the culture of the United States. Panelists will discuss current drought conditions along with the importance of environmental awareness and the effects humans have on the natural world. Join the conversation at youtube.com/pbs. Submit questions at youtube.com/pbs or tweet using hashtag #DustBowlPB

(This is the archived version of the live event held on Nov. 15, 2012) The Dust Bowl premieres on PBS Nov. 18-19, 2012. More athttp://www.pbs.org/dustbowl

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Ken Burns, Documentary filmmaker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Buried machinery in barn lot in Dallas, South Dakota, United States during the Dust Bowl, an agricultural, ecological, and economic disaster in the Great Plains region of North America in 1936 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NOW PLAYING: Dust Bowl Preview

 

18 Minutes That Will Change Your Life…The Overview Effect…40th anniversary of photos of Earth from space.

 

Please enlarge for better viewing.

Directed by Guy Reid

Concept: Guy Reid and Steve Kennedy

Features:

EDGAR MITCHELL, RON GARAN, NICOLE STOTT,

SHANE KIMBROUGH, JEFF HOFFMAN, FRANK WHITE,

DAVID BEAVER and DAVID LOY.

Link: http://vimeo.com/planetarycollective/overview

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This portrayal of planet Earth has effected me beyond words…

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Astronaut Edgar Mitchell sought to find a philosophy that would express

what he experienced viewing planet Earth from space.

After a search, with no results, he contacted an university to research this,

and they told him about a Hindu philosophy, Sankalpa Samati.

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Sankalpa Samati 

“For the success of the sankalpa, certain conditions must be met.

The sankalpa is like a seed that will have tremendous power,

but only if it is sown in fertile ground, looked after and tended daily,

with the inner certainty that the seed will produce its fruit in its own time.

After the sankalpa is made, the mind nurtures it at deeper levels

as the roots of the seed go further down, the emotions express it as a

positive feeling that has power and strength, the body resonates with it,

and the intellect does not question it – ever.

Faith is where all the dimensions of the personality are in harmony,

undivided and moving in the same direction together. How can it not succeed?

Lastly, the sankalpa need not be influenced by words alone.

It may also be visualized symbolically as an image,

felt as a sensation; it may bring up certain feelings which have a recognizable force

or are just quietly known.

In the end the sankalpa is not just something nice you say three times twice in yoga nidra,

but it is a motivating force that you are living and moving toward

all the time, every day.”

                                                      Swami Anadakumar Saraswati

http://www.yogamag.net/archives/2005/ajan05/sanknat.shtml  

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“I  think you start out with this idea of what it’s going to be like…and then when you do finally look at the Earth for the first time…you’re overwhelmed by how much more beautiful it really is, when you see it for real.

It’s just like its this dynamic, alive place, ..that you see glowing all the time..”

-Nicole Stott, Shuttle, ISS Astronaut

“When we look down on the Earth from space, we see this amazing, indescribably beautiful planet, ..it looks like a living, breathing organism..”

Ron Garan, Suttle, ISS Astronaut

Stewart Brand

About 40 years ago I wore a button that said, “Why haven’t we seen a photograph of the whole Earth yet?” Then we finally saw the pictures. What did it do for us?

The shift that has happened in 40 years which mainly has to do with climate change. Forty years ago, I could say in the Whole Earth Catalog, “we are as gods, we might as well get good at it”. Photographs of earth from space had that god-like perspective.

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Kim Bhasin | Business Insider

A short film released by Planetary Collective called “OVERVIEW” has some fantastic interviews with astronauts who described their experience seeing Earth from space.

It’s something that can’t be replicated and it totally changes your perspective.

The “overview effect,” first described by author Frank White in 1987, is the sudden recognition that we live on a planet. The experience transforms a person’s perspective of Earth and mankind’s place upon it, and he or she begins to think of Earth as more of a “shared home” and have a strong feeling of awe.

From shuttle astronaut Jeff Hoffman:

“You do, from that perspective, see the Earth as a planet. You see the sun as a star – we see the sun in a blue sky, but up there, you see the sun in a black sky. So, yeah, you are seeing it from the cosmic perspective.”

Shuttle/ISS astronaut Nicole Stott:

“We have this connection to Earth. I mean, it’s our home. And I don’t know how you can come back and not, in some way, be changed. It may be subtle. You see difference in different people in their general response when they come back from space. But I think, collectively, everybody has that emblazoned on their memories, the way the planet looks. You can’t take that lightly.”

Shuttle/ISS astronaut Ron Garan:

“When we look down at the earth from space, we see this amazing, indescribably beautiful planet. It looks like a living, breathing organism. But it also, at the same time, looks extremely fragile.

… Anybody else who’s ever gone to space says the same thing because it really is striking and it’s really sobering to see this paper-thin layer and to realize that that little paper-thin layer is all that protects every living thing on Earth from death, basically. From the harshness of space.”

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ReBlogged from Climate Crocks

http://climatecrocks.com/2013/02/23/the-weekend-wonk-astronauts-on-the-view-from-space-and-consciousness-change/

A View of Earth from Saturn

A View of Earth from Saturn (Photo credit: alpoma)

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English: Astronaut Nicole Stott, mission specialist/flight engineer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Friend Nature is off to San Francisco Tomorrow (2/17) to Join the Sierra Club and 350.org…JOIN US!

 

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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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Thank you! Come to San Francisco,

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

MOTHER NATURE THANKS YOU!

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ReBlogged from: http://www.350bayarea.org/

FOCSFLogo200vpx.jpg FORWARD on CLIMATE RALLY

 

San Francisco February 17


Encircle the State Department Office at One Market Plaza
 
Demand that the Department reject Keystone XL permit
MAKE HISTORY! INVITE FRIENDS!
March in Solidarity with the LARGEST climate demonstration in Washington D.C. yet!
 
We need VOLUNTEERS!
 

On September 24, 2011, over 1,500 people came to San Francisco for Moving Planet “A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels” sponsored by 350.org.

Let’s make it clear to President Obama  that climate’s time is now. The first step he can take is to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, then he must lead the effort to reduce carbon pollution from dirty power plants and move us beyond coal, oil and natural gas by firing up our clean energy economy. Then we’ll know he means what he says about protecting our climate.
Over 600 people have already signed up to come to the Bay Area Forward on Climate Rally. How fast can we get to 1,500?
– Join the Forward on Climate Bay Area event on Facebook
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Solitude, the Gift of Rebirth.

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Solitude, the gift of rebirth.

My birthday, the big one, the kind that relatives flock around you,

friends adore you, family loves you, and I retreated.

To be alone.

The best gift of self, to reconnect with your true self.

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“A man becomes a solitary at the moment when,

no matter what may be his external surroundings,

he is suddenly aware of his own inalienable solitude

and sees that he will never be anything but solitary.”

                                                       Thoughts of Solitude, by Thomas Merton

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The Day

Begins and ends with a walk,

not quite alone, as you can see.

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The Place

The cabin, 6,300′ above sea level, featuring the stream,

the river, nature in true form,

Sonora Pass, Stanislaus National Forest.

Summer, yet at this elevation it is spring.

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The Gift:

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Douglas Creek Falls.

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The batholith, 65 million years ago I would be deep inside a volcano.

What is time,

but the tilt of the planet,

in relation to its traverse around the sun?

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Life, with all its challenges…

“All truly contemplative souls have this in common:

not that they gather exclusively in the desert,

or they shut themselves up in reclusion,

but they are where He is, 

there they are.”

                                                                      Thoughts of Solitude, by Thomas Merton

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Life clings to rock.

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A natural spring which drains into the meadow,

and Delphinium Polycladon, Mountain Marsh Larkspur.

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Stream to meadow, wildflowers along the bank.

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Gentianopsis holopetela, or Sierra fringed gentian.

“Although he is a traveler in time,

he has opened his eyes,

for a moment,

in eternity.”

                                                                                    Thoughts of Solitude, by Thomas Merton

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Wild Orchid.

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Fritillaria recurva, or scarlet fritillary.

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Mentzelia laevicaulis, the blazing star.

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Achillea millefolium, Common Yarrow or Milfoil.

“In ancient times in instituting the system of Change,

the sages, with the hidden assistance of spiritual intelligence,

created the system of divination by the use of milfoil stocks.

                                                                       The Book of Changes (I Ching)

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Wyethia mollis, or mules ears.

“Once I, Chuang Chou, dreamed that I was a butterfly

and was happy as a butterfly.

I was conscious that I was quite pleased with myself,

but I did not know that I was Chou.

Suddenly I awoke, and there I was, visibly Chou.

I do not know whether it was Chou dreaming

that he was a butterfly

or the butterfly dreaming that it was Chou.”

                                               The Chuang Tzu

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Lilium parvum, or alpine lily.

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Sulfur Buckwheat.

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Erigeron breweri Gray, Brewer’s Fleabane.

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Hyperiycum perforatum L., Saint John’s wort.

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The South Fork of the Stanislaus River.

“On the further bank the willows wept in perpetual lamentation,

their hair about their shoulders. The river reflected whatever it chose

of sky and bridge and burning tree. There one might have sat the clock round

lost in thought.

Thought – to call it by a prouder name than it deserved –

had let its line down the stream.

It swayed, minute after minute, hither and thither among the reflections

and the weeds, letting the water lift it and sink it,

until – you know the little tug –

the sudden conglomeration of an idea at the end of one’s line:

and then the cautious hauling of it in, and the careful laying of it out?

Alas, laid on the grass how small, how insignificant this thought

of mine looked; the sort of fish that a good fisherman puts back into

the water so that it may grow fatter and be one day worth

the cooking and eating.”

                                           A Rooms of One’s Own, Virginia Wolf

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Trout, home of the otter and beaver who are now seldom seen.

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Douglas Creek, a gravity flow water source.

“If only the present moment exists, 

in actuality water does not flow.

It is a metaphor of our experience of time.”

                                                                    Philosopher Seng-Chao (384-414 CE.)

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Mint.

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Wild Rose.

“For inner silence depends on a continual seeking,

a continual crying in the night,

a repeated bending over the abyss.”

                                                         Thoughts of Solitude, by Thomas Merton

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Dudleya cymosa and Sedum obtusatum, Sierra Stonecrop (hen and chicks).

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Calochortus venustus, White Mariposa Lily.

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Ribes sanguineum, also known as blood currant.

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Currant. A tasty treat.

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Inky Cap mushroom.

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Ground mushroom.

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Toadstool or mushroom. Do not eat!

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Home of the Antlion. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antlion 

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Gooseberry.

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Manzanita Bark.

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Woodpeckers store acorns in these holes.

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Doe and fawn visit.

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 I view the artist as person who can step outside of self, 

a person that allows the unknown to emerge.

The expanding nature of the universe accommodates

the development of future new events. 

The metaphor of water,

follows the development of the self,

who rides the flowing expansion,

conforming, accepting, and releasing the past.

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“The motive of science was the extension of man, an all sided into nature,

tell his hands should touch the stars, 

his eyes see through the earth,

his ears understand the language of the beast and bud,

and the sense of the wind;

and through his sympathy,

heaven and earth should talk to him.”

Essays and TraitsBeauty, Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Photos: D.A. Hartley

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Please help preserve this beautiful planet, and the Nature that I love.

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http://www.350.org

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Please join the Sierra Club:

http://www.sierraclub.org/

Thank you!

Dear friends,

The action isn’t all in DC.

It’s true that tens of thousands of people will converge in Washington, DC for the largest action against climate change in US history, but we understand that not everyone can make the trip.

In fact, there’s important work to be done all across the country — from divesting our schools and cities from fossil fuels, to keeping the pressure on politicians who want to build Keystone XL no matter what Obama says.

That’s why there’s a solidarity rally being organized in your area on the 17th, and we hope you can join. Here are the details:

WHEN: Sunday, February 17th, 1-3pm
WHERE: One Market Plaza, 1 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105
WHAT: Join over 70 organizations and thousands of citizens to encircle the State Department Office at One Market Plaza. Demand that the Department reject the permit for Keystone XL.

Click here to RSVP: www.350bayarea.org/forward_on_climate_bay_area_rally

This will be the biggest climate march that we know of in Bay Area history, with folks coming from as far away as Sacramento and Santa Cruz. California has made extraordinary and bold progress toward halting the climate crisis, but if Obama does not take similarly bold action, our state will suffer the consequences along with the rest of the world.

Solidarity events like this are how we show there is a nation-wide climate movement united against Keystone XL and climate change. We look forward to seeing you in the streets, be they in DC or otherwise!

Forward,

Ashley

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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.
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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

All those who were born to ‘Save the Planet’, maybe now is the time!

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Nobe Young Falls, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California

Protect our WILDLIFE! Protect Nature from further pollution!

I cannot to Washington D.C.!

I invite you to go if you can!

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If you cannot go: Here is a letter for President Obama from the Sierra Club:

https://secure.sierraclub.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=10119

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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

 

Barack Obama

Barack Obama (Photo credit: jamesomalley)

 

 

 

 

 

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Lost Canyon

Send President Obama a Message: The Sierra Club’s link to the letter: 
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President Obama has spoken emphatically about the dangerous impacts of the climate crisis and the obligation to take action. He returned to this theme in his inaugural address, promising:
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“We will respond to the threat of climate change,
knowing that the failure to do so would
betray our children and future generations.”
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We cannot wait any longer to take action on the climate crisis. The science is proven. From the absolute devastation families are going through in the wake of Sandy to droughts, heat waves and record temperatures across the country, the dangers of climate disruption are all too real for millions of families.

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This is the time for President Obama to lead our country in the fight to Protect Nature.

https://secure.sierraclub.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=10119

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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