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Understand silence – Comprendre le silence


raburcke:

No comment needed.

Originally posted on PARTAGER LA MAGIE - SHARING THE MAGIC:

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- ”Ceux qui ne comprennent pas votre silence ne comprendrons jamais vos mots.”

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When I die


raburcke:

One scratch deserves another! Hugs from ralphie.

Originally posted on :

I just did my will if you can believe it and in it, I make sure that I am being sent to this part of the world so i can become part of the reef (http://swimtwobirds.org/webdoc54.htm) but anyway….Our outcry is working! The Minister has delayed the dredging decision and announced a public consultation. Let’s ramp up the pressure until they kill the project for good — share this with everyone now! 

The Great Barrier Reef is at risk of being dredged to make way for a mega coal project. But if one key investor walks away, the deal would be sunk and the World Heritage Site protected. We can convince them to pull out, or get PM Rudd to stop the plan, but we have to act now — sign this urgent petition to help save the Great Barrier Reef:

Sign now!

It would be hard to make this…

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Stop The Blasphemy Now!


raburcke:

Amen to that! Hugs from Ralphie.

Originally posted on Atheism Africa:

As many of you may be aware, there are many Islamic leaders around the world who are demanding that religious blasphemy be made a criminal offence, and how right they are.

It needs to be stressed though that preferential treatment should not be given in this regard – all religious faiths should be protected equally under this law, and I will be campaigning for these three:

Self Worship1) My own personal faith, which is the worship of myself. From now on, any criticism of me, negative comments regarding me, or claims that I am not God will be illegal, as it is highly offensive to myself. If anyone publishes naked photos or images of me, I shall reserve the right to commit acts of violence against them or peoples of their nationality.

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Prince Philip cargo cult2) Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh is worshipped by a Cargo Cult on the island Of Tanna…

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Cancer Cure: Cannabis!


DEA: stick this in your pipe and DON’T forget to smoke it! Peace, Bros.

From Brave Mykayla:

Here is another success story from a family (now dear friends) that contacted me! Silas’s Momma is actually one of Mykayla’s fairy god parents from our fairy god parent drive last November/December She followed us here… and found herself walking the exact same path just a few months later with little Silas… So of course she knew what to do… RIGHT AWAY. All children should have SAFE ACCESS and cannabis oil AS SOON as they are diagnosed… Its easier to take care of before the cancer/symptoms get out of control. Brave Family LOVES you baby Silas, Ash, and family!
STAY STRONG … peaceloveCURE https://www.facebook.com/StrengthForSilas
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Harvard Study says Marijuana Cures Cancer!


From Endalldisease.com:

Researchers at Harvard tested the chemical THC in both lab and mouse studies. They say this is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, THC actually activates naturally produced receptors to fight off lung cancer. The researchers suggest that THC or other designer agents that activate these receptors might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer.

Although a medical substitute of THC, known as Marinol, has been used as an appetite stimulant for cancer patients and other similar treatments, few studies have shown that THC might have anti-tumor activity.

*HERE IS THE INTERESTING PART* The only clinical trial testing THC as a treatment against cancer growth was a recently completed British pilot study. For three weeks, researchers injected standard doses of THC into mice that had been implanted with human lung cancer cells, and found that tumors were reduced in size and weight by about 50 percent in treated animals compared to a control group. There was also about a 60 percent reduction in cancer lesions on the lungs in these mice as well as a significant reduction in protein markers associated with cancer progression.

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LOVE SPRINGS ETERNAL
“The foundation of a solid relationship is one of the joys of a happy life. In the beginning of love, lovers see the best, unflawed version of each other. They are focused on the intense emotion and exhilaration of bein644540_481956661858873_1710478935_ng in love. As love matures, lovers see each other with their eyes wide open. They see the other’s strengths and weaknesses. They let each other’s strengths shine and grow; they provide help and guidance in areas of weakness. They stand in amazement to see how they really do fit together.”

“While in romantic love, we are sometimes worried about it ending, about falling out of love, about becoming bored. As true love grows, it becomes more confident. Through the ups and downs of daily life, love becomes familiar and dependable, giving us strength. And as time goes by, it never loses its luster. You get a twinkle in your eye as a smile is shared; your heart jumps when you catch an unexpected glimpse of your lover; a scent in the air brings back a memory, and your insides turn to jelly.”

“Two fairies stand confidently before each other, holding each other, as if promising eternal support. The sun shines on them, illuminatinfairy_journal_love_springs_eternal_eap3857g their world and each other. They can see each other clearly; nothing is hidden. Even knowing the other’s weaknesses or faults, they love each other more than ever. They stand on a bridge, showing how their relationship has joined two lives. The trees behind them form a heart, surrounding them in a deeply rooted love. The white flowers show the purity of their love that has stood the test of time. The glittering jewels on her dress represent the sparkle of passion that binds them still.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“This love can only be the result of time. This is a love with roots that go deeply into the earth and branches that reach toward the sun, always seeking truth and opportunities to grow. This is a love that focuses on being the best partner you can – that allows you to be the best you can be and provides a safe place for you to grow. Is that where you are at? Is it where you want to be? If you are in a relationship that isn’t quite there yet, this card indicates that it is possible, but it may need a little attention and nurturing.”

Today’s message is from Enchanted Oracle by Jessica Galbreth and Barbara Moore.

MESSAGE FROM SPIRITBLOGGER
405368_10150500037554734_1317162623_nA friend recently reminded me – Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you. To me, this means a good relationship is not only about being with the right person, but more importantly being the right person. A person can only love another if they first love themselves. They can only give to another if their cup is already full of life, joy, laughter, abundance, and light. A great and significant partner can only add to your current life and happiness, not create it for you.

A great quote on creating love I recently came across:
“We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. this is a precious moment, but it is transient. It is a little parenthesis in eternity. If we share with caring, lightheartedness, and love, we will create abundance and joy for each other. And then, then moment will have been worthwhile.” – Deepak Chopra

Wishing you all the best.
With light and love,
Angela

Email me at angelsoulstorms@gmail.com

Check out my other blog: http://spiritbloggerkids.wordpress.com/

Note from Ralphie: Always happy to listen to a friendly message from our departed ones!


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By  from The Flaming Vegan.com:

The wonderful tales of Mother Nature are best told with the sounds of the ocean waves and the innocent sounds of birds. Little do we know that for every picture we steal from these beautiful places we leave plastic pieces of ourselves in these places; unknowingly these little pieces when accumulated give massive destruction of such beautiful places we haven’t yet discovered.

After I watched this video shared by a friend on Facebook, I was stunned. I was in shock and out of words for the minutes that followed. How can we be so oblivious? Who gave us the right to kill other innocent creatures? Shown in this film is the plight of the Laysan albatross thriving in the majestic Midway Island in the North Pacific and how little pieces like plastic caps and other non-biodegradable materials slowly kills these noble congregation of Laysan albatross.

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raburcke:

Just scratching your back now… Hugs from Ralphie.

Originally posted on God Shmod:

Illustrator Al Feldstein was divinely inspired to paint this piece of pastafarian religious artwork for the cover of the July, 1951 issue of Weird Tales, decades before the Flying Spaghetti Monster was revealed to the rest of humanity. Truly, he is a prophet! A 2005 artist’s replica of the painting sold at auction in 2008. (viaBonniegrrl)

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From UPI.com:

Swazi witches flying on broomsticks will have to stay below 150 meters or face  penalties, according to an aviation official.

By KRISTEN BUTLER, UPI.com

Witches’ broomsticks are apparently  heavier-than-air airborne transportation devices, subject to Swaziland’s  aviation laws.

After a private detective was arrested for flying a toy helicopter equipped  with a video camera, he was charged with operating an unregistered aircraft and  for failing to appear before his chief to be questioned by traditional  authorities about his toy drone.

The Swazi press asked Civil Aviation Authority marketing and corporate  affairs director Sabelo Dlamini to explain the aviation statutes that led to the  charge.

“A witch on a broomstick should not fly above the [150-meter] limit,” Dlamani  told them, according to Times Live. The same statute forbids toy helicopters and  children’s kites from flying too high in the country’s airspace. Violators face  arrest and a fine of R500,000, or about $55,000.

Swazi press said it was hard to tell if his example was serious or humorous,  but many people in Swaziland do believe in witchcraft.

Read more:  http://www.upi.com/blog/2013/05/13/Official-Swaziland-witches-cant-fly-above-150-meters/3981368466301/#ixzz2WUc4NxZB

Jurassic Park Revisited!


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From I fucking love science:

“When we broke the ice beneath her stomach, the blood flowed out from there, it was very dark,” Grigoryev, who is a scientist at the Yakutsk-based Northeastern Federal University, told AFP.
“This is the most astonishing case in my entire life. How was it possible for it to remain in liquid form? And the muscle tissue is also red, the colour of fresh meat,” he added.

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Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster…


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Note from Ralphie: I am considering converting as I have seen the sauce, which is rather cheeky.

“Have you been touched by his noodly appendage?”

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, also know as Pastafarianism, is a tongue in cheek religion supposedly founded by beer-loving pirates. The “FSM,” this alternative religion’s lone deity, can be found on bumper stickers and humorous websites across the country. Read on to learn the fundamentals of America’s most carbohydrate-laden religion.

Origins of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or the FSM

You may have seen this on a bumper sticker at some point.

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was founded in May 2005 when its founder, Bobby Henderson, disseminated an open letter to the Kansas State Department of Education regarding a hearing they held about whether or not to teach the theory of Intelligent Design alongside the theory of Evolution in Kansas public schools. The stated purpose of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is to not impose religious dogma on its followers. Every follower of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is free from mandatory rituals, prayers, and other religious ceremonies. Instead, every adherent is encouraged to form their interpretation of the FSM to their own purposes.

The first Pastafarians, according to Henderson, were pirates who were wrongly bedeviled by Christians for their alternative religious beliefs. Because of the CotFSM’s piratical heritage, today’s Pastafarians closely affiliate themselves with pirate culture. Perhaps the most noticeable manifestation of this is the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster’s outright support of beer consumption.

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster’s Beliefs

According to the tenets of Pastafarianism, the belief system underlying the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, the Spaghetti Monster created today’s world though it is still unknown as to why the Flying Spaghetti Monster has made it appear that the earth is actually billions of years old and not thousands of years old. Pastafarianism also cannot explain why life is behaves according to Darwin’s evolutionary theory instead of along the lines of the theory of Intelligent Design which conventional religions embrace.

While the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster does not enforce a set of religious beliefs, orthodox pastafarianism considers Fridays are considered by to be a religious holiday.

Regardless of Henderson insistance that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is not a joke, the Church of the FSM is mostly a tongue-in-cheek religion that has struck a cord, generally a humor cord, with many. The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which lays out the fundamental beliefs of Pastafarianism and the church itself, can be considered an elaborate satire on Intelligent Design. The Gospel was nominated for a Quill award in the humor category in 2006.

 


From pausurribas.wordpress.com

From pausurribas.wordpress.com

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From  Annette Bromley on Expertscolumn:

Novels, short stories, even community histories talk about picnics and how the common picnic has served folks and brought people together through the ages. A picnic, according to the dictionary is “a meal taken in the open air (outside) for pleasure or excursion (people traveling long distances bringing a meal to eat with them to be eaten somewhere outside along their journey path.)”

Today we talk about cook-outs, barbecues and tailgate parties but a picnic is not a word as commonly used in today’s society, and yet all three of these technically are a picnic even if we give them another name. A picnic is a good thing, fun and filled with memories that last a lifetime.

Picnics are no new thing. They have been around for eons of time. The shepherds in the fields enjoyed their meal in the open air while they watched their flocks. Perhaps they had cheese, fruit, hard bread and probably wine of some sort and water from a nearby stream or spring. They may have even cooked a stew of wild herbs and vegetables and maybe wild game that was prepared over an open campfire, (what we might call a cookout today.) The pioneers and homesteaders of the westward movement did much the same, gathering around the campfire to cook their evening meal under the stars.

Cowboys, wranglers all had picnics when they gathered around the chuck wagon for a meal of whatever “Cookie” through together over their campfire. Coffee grounds boiled in water and then set aside to cool long enough for the grounds to settle. That coffee was strong but good. There were probably beans seasoned with salt pork and molasses or a stew made of root vegetables and various herbs and spices and hard bread or biscuits as well as probably ale or hard cider or a jug of liquor passed around; and of course water from a stream or spring, fresh and cool.

Farmers often had their noon meal right in the field where they were working rather than coming back to the farmhouse to eat and having to return to the field. It saved time. They often brought leftover meat, bread, cheese, fruit, cookies, jugs of lemonade or cider and jugs of water with them that they carried to the field in a covered basket packed with ice to keep the food cold that they left nearby in some shaded place. Come noon the farmer and his field hands would gather in the shade for a picnic and to rest awhile before returning to their fieldwork….

 

A Picnic is a Fun Thing: a bit of history on eating outdoors

We Do Disturb Them So!


2029443241Being down and out is in and of itself not bad enough for the general public. Now they have to complain everywhere that their eyes are being molested by the sight of us and that we should be robbed of the means to keep warm(-ish) at night. Would that everyone were to walk a couple of miles in our shoes and then ask them what it felt like! This articled from the Ilford Recorder disgusts me:

Police swoop on the homeless taking sleeping bags and food parcels in co-ordinated raids in Redbridge

Police swooped on the homeless, grabbing sleeping bags and food parcels donated by the public, in co-ordinated raids around the borough.

Adam Jaskowiak was one of the men targeted and said he pleaded with police to be able to keep his things but was ignored.

He was sleeping with eight other people finding shelter for the night in the former Ilford Baths in High Road, Ilford.

All of their belongings were bundled into a police car leaving the men, one in his 60s, stunned.

A police chief told the Recorder the operation was carried out to “reduce the negative impact of rough sleepers”.

But Mr Jaskowiak, 34, said: “They were just taking the sleeping bags and chucking out everything. I asked to keep it and the food, but they said ‘no’.

“I just grabbed as many of my things as possible and put them into a bag and ran.”

He was given the sleeping bag by the Salvation Army, Clements Road, Ilford, over the winter months after becoming homeless when his friend died.

John Clifton, 26, corps officer at the Salvation Army, said: “I’m shocked and disgusted. Why would you take the only form of shelter someone has from them?

“We have tried to find out why they were taken and if we can get them back.”

After the raid happened on Thursday, the men went to the Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London, High Road, Ilford, for help.

Chief executive Rita Chadha said: “I am appalled because there’s no logic in this – it’s not as though if they take someone’s sleeping bag they will automatically walk into a house.

“It’s not a lifestyle choice and becoming homeless can happen to anyone.”

She also said the action will damage relations between the police and those sleeping on the streets.

Ilford Ch Insp John Fish said: “The public rely on police to reduce the negative impact of rough sleepers, this includes the need for us to assist in the removal of temporary structures, tents, and bedding from public spaces and other inappropriate locations.”

From: http://www.ilfordrecorder.co.uk/news/crime-court/police_swoop_on_the_homeless_taking_sleeping_bags_and_food_parcels_in_co_ordinated_raids_in_redbridge_1_2206446#.UZ-Wx9n9XEc.facebook


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From Cetacean Rights:

From time to time we like to contact you to bring you news of the latest development in the campaign to have the rights of whales and dolphin recognised. This week the campaign has taken a giant leap forward with a national government citing the evidence for dolphin personhood and rights as one of the reasons for instigating a ban on dolphin captivity.

In a remarkable, but long-awaited move, the Indian Government has made the ban on dolphinaria in their country official.

Following the announcement in the Hindustan Times that India’s Minister of Environment and Forests, Jayanthi Natarajan would not allow the building of dolphinariums in India, the Central Zoo Authority issued a circular on 17th May to reiterate the Ministry’s decision not to allow the establishment of dolphinaria in the country and advising state governments across India to reject any dolphinarium proposals. This is a highly progressive stance from India’s Minister of Environment and Forests on this important issue.

In the only dolphinarium ever to operate in India, Dolphin City, all three Black Sea bottlenose dolphins died within months of the facility opening near Chennai in 1998. The facility was subsequently denied permission to import further dolphins but in recent years state governments across India have faced proposals to build dolphinaria and import dolphins from overseas.

The new government policy states, among other things, that ‘cetaceans in general are highly intelligent and sensitive, and various scientists who have researched dolphin behavior have suggested that the unusually high intelligence; as compared to other animals means that dolphin should be seen as “non-human persons” and as such should have their own specific rights and is morally unacceptable to keep them captive for entertainment purpose’. They state further that ‘cetaceans in general do not survive well in captivity’ and that ‘confinement in captivity can seriously compromise the welfare and survival of all types of cetaceans by altering their behaviour and causing extreme distress’; therefore, ‘the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India have decided not to allow establishment of dolpinarium in the  country’.

Thank you again for signing the Declaration and being part of this movement. Please help continue to expand the campaign by forwarding the Declaration to your contacts, so that the groundswell of opinion can continue to influence similar debates and bring about real change for whales and dolphins.


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May 20, 2013 — Researchers have pinpointed a catalytic trigger for the onset of Alzheimer’s disease – when the fundamental structure of a protein molecule changes to cause a chain reaction that leads to the death of neurons in the brain.

For the first time, scientists at Cambridge’s Department of Chemistry have been able to map in detail the pathway that generates “aberrant” forms of proteins which are at the root of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s.

They believe the breakthrough is a vital step closer to increased capabilities for earlier diagnosis of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and opens up possibilities for a new generation of targeted drugs, as scientists say they have uncovered the earliest stages of the development of Alzheimer’s that drugs could possibly target.

The study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is a milestone in the long-term research established in Cambridge by Professor Christopher Dobson and his colleagues, following the realisation by Dobson of the underlying nature of protein ‘misfolding’ and its connection with disease over 15 years ago.

The research is likely to have a central role to play in diagnostic and drug development for dementia-related diseases, which are increasingly prevalent and damaging as populations live longer.

Credit: Dr. Tuomas Knowles

Credit: Dr. Tuomas Knowles

Empathy in Apes!


From  I fucking love science

From
I fucking love science

From Support For The Elderly:

“Binti Jua is a western lowland gorilla female in the Brookfield Zoo, in Brookfield, Illinois. Binti is most well known for an incident which occurred on August 16, 1996, when she was eight years old.A three-year old boy climbed the wall around her zoo enclosure and fell 18 feet onto concrete below, rendering him unconscious with a broken hand and a vicious gash on the side of his face.

Binti walked to the boy’s side while helpless spectators screamed, certain the gorilla would harm the child. Another larger female gorilla approached, and Binti growled.Binti picked up the child, cradling him with her right arm as she did her own infant, gave him a few pats on the back, and carried him 18 meters (59 ft) to an access entrance, so that zoo personnel could retrieve him. Her 17-month-old baby, Koola, clutched her back throughout the incident.

It’s been debated amongst primatologists as to whether this behaviour was a result of training or behaviour. Binti was specially trained to care for her infant, and so it’s possible that this behaviour was simply an extension of that. Other experts cite her as an example of empathy in animals.

Similar situations have occurred before – male gorilla Jambo, of Jersey Zoo, protected and cared for a five year old child who fell into his enclosure.

More information on empathy in apes: http://bit.ly/10IBJwm

The boy spent four days in the hospital and recovered fully.”

Red Bull – Public Health Warning!


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From http://rense.com/general88/bull.htm

France & Denmark have banned it from the country… RED BULL – slow death … Do NOT drink this drink anymore! Pay attention…read everything… As a public health safety, please pass on this email to all the contacts in your address book especially those with teenage children. This drink is SOLD in all the supermarkets IN OUR country and our children ARE CONSUMING IT ON A TRIAL BASIS. IT can be FATAL. RED BULL was created to stimulate the brains in people who are subjected to great physical force and in stress coma and never to be consumed like an innocent drink or soda pop. RED BULL IS the energizer DRINK that is commercialized world-wide with its slogan: “It increases endurance, awakens the concentration capacity and the speed of reaction, offers more energy and improves the mood. All this can be found in a can of RED BULL, the power drink of the millennium.” RED BULL has managed to arrive in almost 100 countries worldwide. The RED BULL logo is targeted at young people and sportsmen, two attractive segments that have been captivated by the stimulus that the drink provides. It was created by Dietrich Mateschitz, an industrialist of Austrian origin who discovered the drink by chance. It happened during a business trip to Hong Kong , when he was working at a factory that manufactured toothbrushes. The liquid, based on a formula that contained caffeine and taurine, caused a rage in that country. Imagine the grand success of this drink in Europe where the product still did not exist, besides it was a superb opportunity to become an entrepreneur. BUT THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS DRINK IS ANOTHER THING FRANCE and DENMARK have just prohibited it as a cocktail of death, due to its vitamin components mixed with GLUCURONOLACTONE ‘ – a highly-dangerous chemical, which was developed by the United States Department of Defense during the sixties to stimulate the moral of the troops based in VIETNAM, which acted like a hallucinogenic drug that calmed the stress of the war. But their effects in the organism were so devastating, that it was discontinued, because of the high index of cases of migraines, cerebral tumors and diseases of the liver that was evident in the soldiers who consumed it. And in spite of it, in the can of RED BULL you can still find as one of its components: GLUCURONOLACTONE, categorized medically as a stimulant. But what it does not say on the can of RED BULL are the consequences of its consumption, and that has forced a series of WARNINGS… 1. It is dangerous to take it if you do not engage in physical exercise afterwards, since its energizing function accelerates the heart rate and can cause a sudden attack. 2. You run the risk of undergoing a cerebral hemorrhage, because RED BULL contains components that dilute the blood so that the heart utilizes less energy to pump the blood, and thus be able to deliver physical force with less effort being exerted. 3. It is prohibited to mix RED BULL with alcohol, because the mixture turns the drink into a ” Deadly Bomb ” that attacks the liver directly, causing the affected area never to regenerate anymore. 4. One of the main components of RED BULL is the B12 vitamin, used in medicine to recover patients who are in a coma ; from here the hypertension and the state of excitement which is experienced after taking it, as if you were in a drunken state. 5. The regular consumption of RED BULL triggers off symptoms in the form of a series of irreversible nervous and neuronal diseases. CONCLUSION: It is a drink that should be prohibited in the entire world as when it is mixed with alcohol it creates a TIME BOMB for the human body, mainly between innocent adolescents and adults with little experience. Forward this mail to Everyone and Let them know about this..

Helmi@Coolfishermann

Guilt-free clothing!


From Avaaz.org

From Avaaz.org

From http://www.avaaz.org/en/crushed_to_make_our_clothes_loc/?fp – Sign the petition!

524,431 have signed. Let’s get to 1,000,000

Posted: 3 May 2013
We’ve all seen the horrific images of hundreds of innocent women burned or crushed to death in factories while making our clothes. In the next few days we can get companies to stop it happening again.

Big fashion brands source from hundreds of factories in Bangladesh.Two brands, including Calvin Klein, have signed a very strong building and fire safety pact. Others, led by Wal-Mart, have been trying to wriggle out of signing by creating a weak alternative that was pure PR. But the latest disaster has triggered crisis meetings andmassive pressure to sign the strong version that can save lives.

Negotiations end in days. H&M and GAP are most likely to flip first to support a strong agreement, and the best way to press them is to go after their CEOs. If one million of us appeal directly to them in a petition, Facebook pages, tweets, and ads, their friends and families will all hear about it. They’ll know that their own and their companies’ reputations are on the line. People are being forced to make *our* clothing in outrageously dangerous buildings — sign on to make them safe, and share this page widely.

Victory For Bees!


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Bee macro (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

 

From http://www.theflamingvegan.com/view-post/Victory-For-Bees:

 

If you’re an organic gardener, then you know pesticides are a bad thing. They are not only harmful to humans, but all living creatures and our ecosystems as well.

Good news, at least for Europeans. The majority of EU countries have recently supported the European Commission’s proposal to temporarily ban the use of three pesticides harmful to bees. Bayer and Syngenta are two of the companies that produce these pesticides used to coat the seeds, add to the soil, or sprayed on plants.

One of the pesticides, neonicotiniod is based on nicotine. It’s coated on the seeds and infused through the plants as they grow (much like nicotine infiltrates a smoker’s lungs). It’s very effective against harmful insects, but what are the effects on humans?

According to a CBS news report, in the last eight years the bee population has been in a steady decline due to these pesticides. They become disorientated and can’t find their way back to their hives, therefore, dying in the fields. Bees are a farmer’s best pollinating friend. Without bees, the agriculture industry estimates 1/3 of the food we eat would disappear.

 The EPA is looking into this, but as all things relating to the U.S. federal government, it should be about five years before they make any decisions about the future of pesticide usage nationwide.

 

 

Stage 5: The Old Soul


English: In this 8-meter (25-foot) tall Buddhi...

English: In this 8-meter (25-foot) tall Buddhist relief from the Dazu Rock Carvings in China, built sometime between the years 1177 and 1249, Mara, Lord of Death and Desire, clutches the Wheel of Reincarnation, which outlines the Buddhist cycle of reincarnation. Français : Un relief de 8 mètres parmi les Sculptures rupestres de Dazu près de Chongqing en China. Il représente Mara, le Seigneur du Mort et des Désirs, éteignant la Roue des réincarnations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stage 5: The Old Soul.

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At last, the soul is ready for the final leg of the journey: the return to unity and the end of reincarnation.

This return to unity does not involve any loss of individuality, as some imagine. The end of reincarnation — “ascension” or “enlightenment” or what have you — does not mean fading out of existence, dissolving into nothingness. Rather, the soul completes its adventure as a unique individual, like a distinctive star in the night sky, a completely realised Self.

So to begin this stage, the soul will tend to focus on true self-expression and self-actualization, seeking experiences which provide personal fulfilment within life on the physical plane. This could be found in, say, acting, painting, wine-growing, gardening, flying old aeroplanes, or simply being a grandparent. The soul is not interested in success or fame so much as doing something it loves well, and finding inner satisfaction.

Then, towards the end of the stage, there is more of an emphasis on teaching rather than simply learning: passing on the lessons learnt, showing others the way.

A must read, by the way!

I’ve just read this wonderful article and have come away with more questions than answers, as per usual. I have qualities and defects that fit in every stage, but do not feel fit to even assume myself a first-stage soul. I am an enigma to myself. Could it be that I am a soul that reincarnated prematurely and am still in embryonal stage, but who was raised by two old souls? Another conundrum.

Distressed dolphin seeks out diver for help


From rawstory.com

From rawstory.com

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 15:05 EST

Diving in waters near Hawaii recently, a group of photographers were surprised to see a Bottlenose dolphin swim right up to them seemingly in distress.

As they discovered on the night of Jan. 11, the dolphin had a hook embedded in its mouth and fishing line wrapped around one of its pectoral fins, and it was wound so tightly that it had cut into the creature’s tissue.

Diver and photographer Martina Wing made sure her cameras were rolling when an associate took out a pocket knife and began trying to cut the line away. Amazingly, it did not resist and appeared to be communicating its need for assistance.

Then the dolphin briefly vanished, returning to the surface for air before swimming back down to the divers for more help. It even rolled over to let its new friends get a better angle on the line.

Once they freed the creature from its snare, it sped off into the darkness, leaving behind eight minutes of absolutely incredible video.

This video was aired by San Diego-based KMFB-TV on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

Raw Story (http://s.tt/1yR5v)

If you would like to watch the awesome video footage, click the link below:

San Diego, California News Station – KFMB Channel 8 – cbs8.com

Gobekli Tepe – 11 Millennia Old Temple!


The sculpture of an animal at Gobekli Tepe, cl...

The sculpture of an animal at Gobekli Tepe(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A temple-like structure of megaliths, weighing several tons was discovered in Turkey, predating the oldest pyramid of Gizeh by 8 thousand years!?

From Wikipedia:

Göbekli Tepe is located in southeastern Turkey. It was first noted in a survey conducted by Istanbul
University
and the University of Chicago in 1964, which
recognized that the hill could not entirely be a natural feature and postulated
that a Byzantine
cemetery lay beneath. The survey noted a large number of flints and the presence
of limestone slabs thought to be
Byzantine grave markers. This work was first mentioned in print in Peter
Benedict’s article “Survey Work in Southeastern Anatolia” (1980). In 1994,
archaeologist Klaus Schmidt of the German Archaeological Institute
of Istanbul noted Benedict’s article
and visited the site, recognizing that it was in fact a much older Neolithic
site. Since 1995[7]
excavations have been conducted by the German Archaeological Institute of
Istanbul and the Şanlıurfa Museum, under the direction of
Schmidt (University of Heidelberg 1995–2000,
German Archaeological Institute 2001–present). The hill had been under
agricultural cultivation before being excavated. Generations of local
inhabitants had frequently moved rocks and placed them in clearance piles and
much archaeological evidence may have been destroyed in the process. Scholars
from the Hochschule Karlsruhe began documenting the
architectural remains and soon discovered T-shaped pillars facing south-east. Some of these pillars had
apparently undergone attempts at destruction, probably by farmers who mistook
them for ordinary large rocks.[8

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Related Links:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/06/gobekli-tepe/mann-text

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heV7CebZKw8

http://archaeology.about.com/od/huntergatherers/ss/Gobekli-Tepe.htm

Toddler’s Exceptional Basketball!


He’s a true champ!

To Ralphie


raburcke:

Here’s to Brother Reepken, who’s gone zany after visiting our site once too often. Cheers, Peter!

Originally posted on Broeder Reepken zegt:

Talking to you guys has caused my in-head-processor to meltdown, it has supergowed down through my lungs, leaving what’s left of my brain to reside in my penis. I told you I wus schitzo-sophical (sophisticated? (dunnow…)), how many times do I have to remind you? Now I am convinced that my cat is an alien, and that he is talking to me, saying: “Relax, man, you wus thinking with your penis anyways, al he did was disconnecting and removing such questionable and inconvenient functions as there are, morals, values and what you humanoids refer to as common sense; there is no sense in it, actualy sense is not common, you should be glad your spinal chord has been by-passed, it moves so much faster, in fact; we’d like to remove your spine allong with the rest of your bone-structure all together, since you don’t seem to have any use for…

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raburcke:

Wonderful sentiment. beautiful picture. Thank you, Vicky.

Originally posted on Vicky Nanjappa:

Kishore Chengappa

Kishore Chengappa

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Beauty Everywhere!


Mister Peter Scharpach of the site http://reepken.wordpress.com/ brought these wonders to my attention:

Exquisite photography by Diane Paquin Photographe:

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Along one of Diane’s pictures were these words, which I thought a wonderful poem, but are actually the lyrics to a song(Youtube link) by LOREENA McKENNIT:

The Mystic’s Dream…

A clouded dream on an earthly night
Hangs upon the crescent moon
A voiceless song in an ageless light
Sings at the coming dawn
Birds in flight are calling there
Where the heart moves the stones
It’s there that my heart is longing for
All for the love of you

A painting hangs on an ivy wall
Nestled in the emerald moss
The eyes declare a truce of trust
And then it draws me far away
Where deep in the desert twilight
Sand melts in pools of the sky
When darkness lays her crimson cloak
Your lamps will call, call me home.

And so it’s there my homage’s due
Clutched by the still of the night
And now I feel, feel you move
Every breath is full
 So it’s there my homage’s due
Clutched by the still of the night
Even the distance feels so near
All for the love of you.

A clouded dream on an earthly night
Hangs upon the crescent moon
A voiceless song in an ageless light
Sings at the coming dawn
Birds in flight are calling there
Where the heart moves the stones
It’s there that my heart is longing for
All for the love of you.

New Beginnings


raburcke:

Check out a dear friend of mine, Kathy’s new blog, folks! Hugs from me.

Originally posted on It's All About the Journey:

Have moved here to WordPress, thanks to ralphiesportal.wordpress.com.  Thanks Ralphie, for your help. (Still working on it.)

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LOOK at the elderly, – Pause


…then we might SEE…

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when t…he nurses were going through his meagre possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital. One nurse took her copy to Melbourne.
The old man’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem. And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this ‘anonymous’ poem winging across the Internet.
Cranky Old Man
What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
What are you thinking .. . when you’re looking at me?
A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food .. . … . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . .’I do wish you’d try!’
Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . . . … lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking?. .Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse .you’re not looking at me.
I’ll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he’ll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . ..my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me . . to see I don’t mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .. …Babies play ’round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.
I look at the future … . . . . I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . And the love that I’ve known.
I’m now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
It’s jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells
I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.
Not a cranky old man .
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. …. . ME!!

The Importance of Time.


Inspirational Speaker/WriterBob Perks

Inspirational Speaker/Writer
Bob Perks

Someone on Experience Project found this and I decided to share (part of) it with you. The end of the story is particularly poignant and moved me.

A touching short story by Bob Perks:  http://www.bobperks.com

A young man learns what’s most important in life from the guy
next door. It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man. College, girls, career, and life itself got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his dreams. There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little time to think about the past and often no time to spend with his wife and son. He was working on his future and nothing could stop him.

Over the phone his mother told him, “Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday.”

Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he
sat quietly remembering his childhood days.

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raburcke:

Humanistic Paganism, consider this a link to their blog, which is a portal to a wide diversity of alternative interest groups. Bravo, B.T.!

Originally posted on Humanistic Paganism:

Stone Circle, by Len Williams

“These things curb the ego, inspire wonder, and force us to look inward.”

There are very few instances where scientific idea evolves into something most would deem “supernatural theory,” but ley lines followed such a path. Usually it is the other way around, where the inexplicable becomes scientific subject matter, i.e. the heavenly bodies, but since the proposition of their existence in 1921 by Alfred Watkins, ley lines have become a hot topic in the Pagan community.

Alfred Watkins

Watkins was an amateur archeologist from Great Britain, and is the author of Early British Trackways and The Old Straight Track, both published in the 1920s. It is said that one day, while Watkins was riding in the countryside near Bredwardine, he noticed that many of the ancient monoliths, monuments, henges, and mounds in the area seemed to connect to one another in a straight line. Looking at a map…

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