This Way Out Of Hell

I am closing my blog. I realize that the angst is only serving to create more hell. It is not the way.

I have come full circle in my anger and rage, and seeing more clearly. There is a way out. It isn’t found in fighting the darkness.  It is found in understanding, forgiveness, faith and hope. I have said many mean things here out of fear. I take them all back. I don’t want it in the ethers. I am sorry for forgetting who I am.  It was not the best of me. I can’t control the world, nor do I wish to. I can control me. Maybe this sharing I wrote today, which was inspired by smarter peeps than I, will help you too. This place is temporary passage. Its not for keeps. Until we stop fighting and direct our faith and hope in the power of GRACE, we will not see an end to hell. Bless you all.

peace out. 

THIS WAY OUT OF HELL 

Written by Sheree Denise Rainbolt-Kren

…..and inspiration from Authentic Light.

(c)  2007  All rights reserved

The earth, water, and air of this earth has been dutifully imprinted with our living collective agreement and memory. Not just the memory of humans, but the memories of livestock, plants, trees, fish, and the memory of planets and stars as they reflect upon this dimension. The memory of touch, smiles and bliss. The memories of rage and thrown stones. Every living thing, seen and unseen, that is merged energetically with the earth, in any way, has a say in the way life has been and the way life will be. Imagine the breath and scope of this idea. Once you absorb this concept, your life experience will change.

All ideas, thoughts, words and actions are welcome in our Global Archive, which I will call The Global Aura. No thought, word or action is ever turned away. We Creators are loved unconditionally. It is this gift of unconditional that allows for this journey. Within this Grand Universal Library are smaller sections we built to keep us safe from experience and identity we did not want, for a host of reasons. But, Creation is patient. For every slot we have chosen to place ourselves, there is a slot waiting with our name on it. That is because it is against our true nature to section ourselves off from other sections. When we have reached maturity, we will have opened to every offering without disgust or fear. Our eyes will be wise. As we grow more and more into the truth of ourselves, seeing more broadly will not concern us, for the Observer does not disturb, but merely accepts what Is. This acceptance is true Knowledge. Know Ledge. Some would say Know the L edge. There is much to know about that right angle, but I will save that for another time.

Our human records can be located by our DNA, but its not just physical DNA that identifies us. We are also defined, while out on this rope, by the planets, the stars, the moon, and the Galaxy itself.  We are defined by our etheric memory in the unseen, in the unproven, in the mystical.  We are defined by the footprints we leave behind and the footprints we didn’t leave behind. We are also defined by our Global footprint, the earth, the seas, the wind. You will come to understand that when you purchase (adopt) things with money, time, or energy, you automatically align with it’s manifest blueprint. This has consequences, and most of them you are unaware of. When we buy an item made in a sweatshop in China, or we eat the meat of a cow who has been tortured, we become part of the memory of that living being. Until you choose otherwise, you will always inherit the effects of that memory. There is far more to our definition than our bone and blood. The physical archive of life tells us one thing, but the truth of our multifaceted being tells us far more. Its the *far more* that is of importance now.

If you will consider anything more deeply on this day, let it be this: The oceans, rivers, lakes and streams are sponges, dutifully soaking up all thoughts and feelings, and emitting those back to us through the earth, where all things are minimized to dust, where we grow our food, and in the air we breathe and the water we drink.  The earth does not discriminate. Water is not prejudiced. The wind blows through starving countries on its way to wealthy nations. Fear, guilt, shame and hatred live in a Global Aura that is shared by all, even is you have chosen not to pay attention to it. Remedy is not resistance, denial and separation. Remedy is Love and true Knowledge, otherwise known as Authentic Light. This Light is not coming from elsewhere. It is within, and can be tapped when we choose to live authentically right here right now, at your current address. The elements await our very next thought. We share the elements, and the elements remember.

  

No organ in our human body has a separate existence from another organ in the body. The organs are interdependent. When any organ is defective, the vital chain of harmony is broken and disease results. For example, In maxillary sinusitis, the pus in the sinus causes pressure on the gums there by spreading the bacteria and causing gum and tooth infection, which in turn can impact the heart and other organs in the body. It is a chain reaction. Earth is a chain reaction. Humans are chain reactions. The physical Universe is a chain reaction. Everything is dependent on everything else. You cannot escape this truth. Now is the time to understand it, so you can be a Creator with Knowledge.

Our thoughts and feelings have created the experience of this earth. Water obeys our wish. We wish for war and hate, and we will experience it. It is done. When enough energy wishes for love and peace – it is done. But, what is important to recognize is that we are all merged with one another through the elements of which we are part of.  We do not live in a house divided. That might indicate you have a separate choice you can make for yourself only, which impacts you only. In the most immature of understanding, this appears to be the case, but in the broader picture, this is not true. You would not be here now, in this picture, were it not for your identification with and your signature in the Earth, Water and Air. The memory of you chooses to take form in the very realm where your memory wishes to expand. Your memory is its own reference point. Your future will look like your past unless you awaken to what memory is and exercise your power to Create from Authentic Light.  

The memories of life on earth are not divisible in truth. It is only when you take a physical apparatus and take a specific portion of that infinite memory and make it your own, that it appears separate from the rest. When you empty your cup back into the ocean it becomes one with it. The same thing happens when you have a thought. That thought you just had, which is uniquely recycled, is contained for now, to a degree, but write it down and share it, and it will pool with the collective consciousness and become one with the Global  Aura. Back into the ocean of Creation that is the All.

All living things on planet earth are merged with this time and space archive, even as newborn babies. We are merged with the earth’s water, even as Light Workers, seekers, mystics, rapists, and murderers, and those unconcerned with their origin. The Global Aura is a memory, for better or worse.  The earth, the water and the air has recorded where we have been, and what we thought about where we have been. These same elements are poised to record where we are going and how we are feeling as we are going there. But, knowing this has enormous power to teach us better ways. The hard part is over. Now, we know. We know The Global Aura is fluid and humans have a monumental responsibility to recognize the oneness of this Creation, and act accordingly.

All of time and space and beyond is within you. All dimensions are within. Not out there. That which you are truly done looking at, with eyes of authentic love, will fade away from your memory and take its rightful place in a time and space that no longer has any power to hurt you. But, you need never leave this plane (per se) to get to another. You need only willingness to access the highest memory of what you are. Memory is a living and breathing entity that is readily available to you anytime you wish to address it in order to heal it, or exacerbate it. This memory is MIND. That is what the mind is. Memory.

The good news is that memories are never set in stone. The very second you decide something different, then share it and act to imprint that new idea, your memories are transformed. When memories are transformed for one, they are transformed for all. The power of one person to desire true alignment with true knowledge can undo the power of a hundred sacred texts and revelations scripted from fear. This is not just some lofty, new age concept. This is the truth of the matter.

Our DNA; our bone, is a reliable recording on one level, and one that Science looks at with increasing accuracy to reveal the past, the present and the future. It would serve the earth, the Multi Verse and all of life itself, if we looked at DNA more broadly, and from a deeper spiritual perspective, especially as it relates to the unfolding events to come.

Nothing that has ever been thought, written, or acted upon, in time, or beyond, is outside the power of Love.

While humans have been taught to follow along with the wiser ones, the time has come for individual humans to step back from the movie, draw a deep breath, see outside the picture frame, call back their identity and own their inheritance. It is not too late to dismiss that which you don’t agree with. We think it takes physical people, places and things to create. It is not so. First there is thought and desire. We are Divine Beings Of Light, with true, organic Power to impact The Global Aura, starting here and now. Did we come all this way to violently perish, based on some religious theme, without experiencing the Power of our Mind? Or, did we come all this way to learn the power of personal responsibility and the impact of our choices on all living things? Did we come all this way to see the tiny wantings and scripts of fear, so that we may mature and grow into magnificence? Was it our original plan to pass through, without clinging to the token ornaments, on our way to Truth?

The end times is really nothing more than an idea we observed and agreed to, by virtue of a written word, handed down through the ages of time from some source with a name. Millions of people agreed that this source with a name… was thee source and thee true source. What if that source was not of Authentic Light? What if that source was of a lost realm. Is it possible? Look at your life.

For all the humans that look upon the prophesies of the End Times as nothing more than an idea, there are tens of thousands more who look upon it as truth. To look upon any idea as true, especially ideas in written form, is to experience it as truth. That is the point of Creation. Think it, create it, experience it. Mass agreement has strength, but strength built on the idea of illusion has no real power. We don’t see evidence of that because we are impatient and use our human eyes to measure our progress, when the unseen realms of Light, and the earth, the water, the air, are holding and growing our promise even as our desire wanes with the tides of life. We have become complacent and hopeless. We turn our heads to the ugly and the shameful and hope our inattentiveness will make it go away. New books teach us to turn away and focus on joy. But, we turn away without really seeing that it cannot hurt us. Until we move on from knowing, we have not moved on. That is why things do yet look different.

We have had many new teachings flow down from the mad realms of lost souls who meet up with our minds in moments of fear, and work hard to convince us, guide us to join them. If you knew how many humans on planet earth, and beyond, are under the spells of these guides, you would be amazed. But, this need not be. We only become vulnerable when we forget our own true identity and adopt the memory of those who have gone before and use their powers to build more and more greed, hatred and fear. We have the power within us, right now, to settle into quiet, call this up and give it into the hands of Authentic Light for transformation. All we need do is own our Divinity and our Power, then act accordingly.

Many assume that these scripts are “Things That Must Come To Pass.” As science is now showing us, nothing is carved in stone. The Multi Verse is fluid and it is non local. Disagree with the written word, from the courageous mind, and you will be one more authentic light impacting The Global Aura, the Etheric DNA, and allowing for the rise of the collective Authentic Phoenix from the ashes of ignorance and suppression. We are at the fork in the road right now. But, your choice will need to be fueled with a willingness to believe in yourself and your true Power. You will only learn this through thought, word and action of your own. You will not learn it loitering about this plane looking for the answers outside yourself. Retire all Gurus to the shade of nearby Dogwoods. You are now in charge of your belief system, entirely. You already know the truth. All that is needed is your choice to live and breathe it, at all cost. You have a guide within you. You can call that God. You can call it Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, Krishna, Burt Reynolds. Or, you can call it your Highest Self. Or, you can call it nothing at all, for that which is timeless needs no name. It really doesn’t matter as long as you understand that this guide is Love and it is within.

How does one transform a memory called the End Times or any other such idea? Choose, with your heart and mind, in recognition that this is not deserving of the perfect being that you are. You did not come to create a violent ending. You came to create and experience timeless Light and all that it holds. You came to Create. What are you creating? You decide this within, then live your life as if you believe it. That is how it is undone. The wind, water and earth take on new memory through loving thought, word and action. Violence and hatred are not undone by exposing it, monitoring it, and voting against it. Authentic Love is a Tsunami of Light that dispels the darkness organically. You have no worries. Your only task is to sing, dance, paint, play and share your joy with others. You will be asked to awaken to your own role in this Global Play. You will have some change to make given what you now know. But, pay no mind to the man behind the curtain. He will only show himself to you when you give him your power and belief. Create a new Oz.

You will now choose to align with this sharing or not. To the degree you align in thought/belief, and then action, is to the degree your life experience will be transformed, and The Global Aura will be impacted. If you are confused, read this again. Ask for help in understanding. Be observant and patient. The truth loves to unfold in the eyes of the willing. For those of you already in awareness; the change is upon us. Your Light is working. We know what is possible. And so it is.

Sheree Denise Rainbolt-Kren

(c) 2007



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Sheree is a writer, teacher and professional dowser. She has written three  full length ebooks that are given freely to those interested in Spiritual Dowsing, Reiki healing of The Inner Child, and a new system of numerology inspired in 2007. She hosts the largest dowsing forum on the internet, and a radio show at Live 365 on the topics listed above. Sheree also hosts the largest Reiki Manuals Library on the net. You can see more of her writings at the following locations:

 
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Questions and Answers about Unity08

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#page_content h2{color: black; font-size: 1em; margin-left:0; padding-left: 0; text-transform: none;}You’ve got questions about Unity08? We’ve got some answers. Below are FAQs about Unity08 in general. For specific governance-related questions, please view the Governance page. To view a list of all donors who contributed $200 or more to Unity08, click here.

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Would the effort run anyone for anything other than President and Vice President in 2008?

No.

What candidate are you doing this for?

No one. We’re doing this because the current system is broken and we owe it to ourselves and our children to fix it.

What is the American Agenda?

The American Agenda will be a major online initiative through which our online supporters will select the crucial issues facing our nation, participate in interactive briefings where nonpartisan, expert views on all sides of the issues are presented, and ultimately, select the key questions to be answered fully and candidly by all candidates seeking the Unity Ticket nomination.

What do you mean by a Unity Ticket?

A Unity Ticket will consist of a woman and/or man from each major party running for President and Vice President, or by independents who assemble a Unity Team from both parties.

How would you be able to be sure the ticket will consist of one Republican and one Democrat?

It is our plan that convention delegates would vote not for each office separately, but for the combined ticket. Each candidate for President would have chosen his/her candidate for Vice President before the balloting begins. (Independents may run for the nomination if they present a Unity Team from both parties.)

What do you mean by an online convention?

Unity08 will host a secure, web-based nominating convention in which all American voters who registered with Unity08 will be qualified to vote for one of the Unity Tickets nominated. Sign up today to become a delegate in this first-ever online convention.

Who would be able to vote in this online convention?

Anyone who would have registered as a delegate on the website and is a registered voter in his or her state.

Who would be able to run for the nomination?

Anyone constitutionally qualified to serve.

When will the online convention take place?

Probably in June 2008, to be determined by the Rules Committee.

How would the ticket get on the ballot?

The millions of Unity08 convention delegates would be organized to get that job done, state by state.

Who will run?

We have no idea. We hope it will be a robust competition.

How would someone become a candidate?

Announce.

Could Unity08 delegates draft someone to run?

Yes. But we would not recognize any effort on behalf of someone who definitively rules out running even if they were to be nominated.

Would a candidate have to announce his/her running-mate right away?

No. But the ticket would have to be complete before any balloting begins at the convention.

Are you leaving your parties to do this?

No. Frankly we would like to give them a little jolt of reality and make them better.

Would a President of one party and a Vice President of the other be able to govern effectively?

Yes. A Unity Team, elected with a mandate for change from the American people, would be able to bring both parties together in the Congress to achieve that change. It could attract the best and the brightest to serve without bickering throughout government.

Wouldn’t it just end up helping elect one of the two party candidates?

No. We believe a Unity Ticket would be elected in 2008.

Won’t this benefit the party of the Presidential candidate more than the Vice-Presidential candidate?

This isn’t about which party wins or loses. This is about nominating and electing a bi-partisan ticket that represents the will of the majority of Americans. Regardless of which party is on the top of the ticket, it will result in a truly bi-partisan administration.

Do the candidates already running for president know about this?

We have briefed all campaigns, offices and staff who have requested it.

How could you be sure that an online vote will be secure?

We’ll have some things to announce about that down the road. We do believe that it could be both secure and easy. And we are working to maximize both public and media confidence in the systems that would be used.

How will candidates be able to communicate with the convention delegates before the balloting?

Our web-site will be available for presentations by candidates meeting a minimum threshold of support – and we would be able to email their messages to the registered delegates as well. A lot of that will be worked out by a Unity08 Rules Committee to determine the most efficient and fair procedures.

Will you make your list of convention delegates public?

No. We will protect the privacy of the voters. While we will facilitate candidate communications to the list, it will neither be sold nor given to anyone. No exceptions. We realize that we must come up with the means to give the public and the media confidence in the trustworthiness of the process, but the privacy of the voters is paramount.

Will the nominated ticket be the one that simply gets the most convention votes?

We expect that the Unity08 Rules Committee will recommend that balloting continue until a ticket has received at least 50% of the delegate votes cast.

Will you and your candidates have to abide by FEC regulations?

Of course, where and when applicable we will rely on Steptoe & Johnson for their sound legal guidance on all that. We have briefed the FEC on the new ground that is being broken.

JAMA STANDS AGAINST MANDATED HPV VACCINE

Medical journal sides with HPV scientist

 

CHICAGO — An editorial May 2 in what is considered the Bible of the medical profession vindicates a researcher who told this newspaper months ago that mandating the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for young girls is “a great big public health experiment.”

The vaccine, Gardasil, offers protection against four of the more than 100 known HPVs, two of which scientists believe cause about 70 percent of cervical cancers.

Last week, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) took a public stand against legislation to mandate this vaccine. The article, “Mandatory HPV Vaccination: Public Health vs. Private Wealth,” was co-authored by Chicago-based JAMA editor Dr. Catherine D. DeAngelis and Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown University professor Lawrence O. Gostin. Gostin specializes in public health law.

Declaring it unethical to rush into mandates, the authors accuse Gardasil’s manufacturer, Merck & Co., of putting profits ahead of the safety of the 2 million girls and women in the U.S. who, if it were mandated, would receive the vaccine before the long-term effectiveness and safety of it had been determined.

(This blog author believes there is a deeper evil than just money at work)

Pointing out that the Federal Drug Administration’s approval of the vaccine was conditional upon Merck agreeing to further test the safety and effectiveness of it, the JAMA article says, “Making the HPV vaccine mandatory contributes to long-standing parental concerns about the safety of school-based vaccinations.”

In fact, legislating the vaccine now “could have the unintended consequence of heightening parental and public apprehensions about (all) childhood vaccinations,” the article adds.

The article also questions how vaccine recipients would be compensated in the event of their suffering adverse effects from it, since some courts may determine that the manufacturer would not be liable if the states mandated it.

The article also admonishes Merck, which could rake in billions of dollars from a mandated vaccine, for financing efforts to persuade states and public officials to mandate it. “Private wealth should never trump public health,” the article says.

Vindicated

Until the JAMA article came out, Diane Harper, a physician, scientist and professor at Dartmouth University Medical School in New Hampshire, who spent 20 years studying the virus and helping to develop a vaccine for it, had stood virtually alone among her peers in denouncing efforts to mandate the vaccine.

When she first interviewed with this newspaper, she said she’d tried to convince major print and broadcast media to “tell the whole story” about the vaccine and why she, as a lead researcher on it, believes it is premature to mandate it.

“But no one would listen,” she said. She said she was speaking out with this newspaper because “it was the only one willing to listen to the whole story.”

Answering questions by e-mail, Gostin said he was aware of Harper’s concerns. (DeAngelis sent word through an aide that she was unavailable for an interview.) He and DeAngelis were motivated to write the editorial, Gostin said, because of the states’ rush to mandate the vaccine before all of the safety and effectiveness data were collected and analyzed.

In place of mandates, Gostin’s and DeAngelis’ JAMA article encourages public education about HPV and routine, voluntary vaccination as part of a comprehensive package aimed at preventing the infection. It also suggests that a young girl’s assent to being vaccinated is as essential as her parents’ consent.

“As for work with the states, it is important to stress that the vaccine is an important public health innovation, but it is necessary to move carefully and deliberately, taking a science-based approach,” Gostin said in his e-mail. “I think that mandatory vaccination has its place, but should be a last resort only if it is clear that it would be safe, effective and in the public’s interest. That standard has not yet been met with HPV vaccination.”

Relieved

Tuesday, Harper was at a national conference of gynecologists in San Diego when she learned of the JAMA article. Acknowledging that she’d experienced some backlash because of her views — but declining to go into specifics — Harper said she felt relieved and excited that a publication as prestigious as JAMA was basically vindicating her and validating her views.

“I’m glad we are starting to get clarification in our communications, and in understanding the details of points that need to be considered for this vaccination,” Harper said. “The Associated Press has consistently miswritten, and consistently reported information that was not accurate about HPV. I have gone to them in New Hampshire several times for corrections, and they did correct a couple of things, but the last time they were unresponsive.”

So many people had questioned her because of her non-politically-correct stance on the issue that there were times when it looked like even her research was being doubted, she said, which made her position even more troubling. However, she stood behind her convictions.

“There is a lot of colleagial pressure to conform to the message, and be united in the message,” she said. “But I think we are too early in our knowledge of information to have just one message.”

She reiterated that this is “a wonderful vaccine,” and that this is an exciting time for medicine in this area. Today, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) is publishing some HPV articles that she co-authored, and that should help explain what this vaccine can and cannot do, she said.

“But there are things we still don’t know about this vaccine,” she said. “For one thing, it takes 129 women to be vaccinated to prevent one case of CIN 2/3 (a type of cervical cell dysplasia), and that is important for people to know. It will be interesting now that the JAMA article is out, and the NEJM articles about Gardasil are published, what the public understanding will be.”

For more on this story and to read past stories in the HPV vaccine series, go to http://kpcnews.com/online_features/hpv_vaccine/ on the KPC Media Group Web site.

Last modified: Friday, May 11, 2007 12:55 PM EDT

BIOTECH FOR DUMMIES (while we were blogging)

Our Biotech Future

By Freeman Dyson

1.

It has become part of the accepted wisdom to say that the twentieth century was the century of physics and the twenty-first century will be the century of biology. Two facts about the coming century are agreed on by almost everyone. Biology is now bigger than physics, as measured by the size of budgets, by the size of the workforce, or by the output of major discoveries; and biology is likely to remain the biggest part of science through the twenty-first century. Biology is also more important than physics, as measured by its economic consequences, by its ethical implications, or by its effects on human welfare.

These facts raise an interesting question. Will the domestication of high technology, which we have seen marching from triumph to triumph with the advent of personal computers and GPS receivers and digital cameras, soon be extended from physical technology to biotechnology? I believe that the answer to this question is yes. Here I am bold enough to make a definite prediction. I predict that the domestication of biotechnology will dominate our lives during the next fifty years at least as much as the domestication of computers has dominated our lives during the previous fifty years.

I see a close analogy between John von Neumann’s blinkered vision of computers as large centralized facilities and the public perception of genetic engineering today as an activity of large pharmaceutical and agribusiness corporations such as Monsanto. The public distrusts Monsanto because Monsanto likes to put genes for poisonous pesticides into food crops, just as we distrusted von Neumann because he liked to use his computer for designing hydrogen bombs secretly at midnight. It is likely that genetic engineering will remain unpopular and controversial so long as it remains a centralized activity in the hands of large corporations.


I see a bright future for the biotechnology industry when it follows the path of the computer industry, the path that von Neumann failed to foresee, becoming small and domesticated rather than big and centralized.

The first step in this direction was already taken recently, when genetically modified tropical fish with new and brilliant colors appeared in pet stores.

For biotechnology to become domesticated, the next step is to become user-friendly. I recently spent a happy day at the Philadelphia Flower Show, the biggest indoor flower show in the world, where flower breeders from all over the world show off the results of their efforts. I have also visited the Reptile Show in San Diego, an equally impressive show displaying the work of another set of breeders. Philadelphia excels in orchids and roses, San Diego excels in lizards and snakes. The main problem for a grandparent visiting the reptile show with a grandchild is to get the grandchild out of the building without actually buying a snake.

Every orchid or rose or lizard or snake is the work of a dedicated and skilled breeder. There are thousands of people, amateurs and professionals, who devote their lives to this business.

Now imagine what will happen when the tools of genetic engineering become accessible to these people. There will be do-it-yourself kits for gardeners who will use genetic engineering to breed new varieties of roses and orchids. Also kits for lovers of pigeons and parrots and lizards and snakes to breed new varieties of pets. Breeders of dogs and cats will have their kits too.

Domesticated biotechnology, once it gets into the hands of housewives and children, will give us an explosion of diversity of new living creatures, rather than the monoculture crops that the big corporations prefer. New lineages will proliferate to replace those that monoculture farming and deforestation have destroyed. Designing genomes will be a personal thing, a new art form as creative as painting or sculpture.

Few of the new creations will be masterpieces, but a great many will bring joy to their creators and variety to our fauna and flora. The final step in the domestication of biotechnology will be biotech games, designed like computer games for children down to kindergarten age but played with real eggs and seeds rather than with images on a screen. Playing such games, kids will acquire an intimate feeling for the organisms that they are growing. The winner could be the kid whose seed grows the prickliest cactus, or the kid whose egg hatches the cutest dinosaur. These games will be messy and possibly dangerous. Rules and regulations will be needed to make sure that our kids do not endanger themselves and others. The dangers of biotechnology are real and serious.

If domestication of biotechnology is the wave of the future, five important questions need to be answered. First, can it be stopped? Second, ought it to be stopped? Third, if stopping it is either impossible or undesirable, what are the appropriate limits that our society must impose on it? Fourth, how should the limits be decided? Fifth, how should the limits be enforced, nationally and internationally? I do not attempt to answer these questions here. I leave it to our children and grandchildren to supply the answers.

2.

A New Biology for a New Century

Carl Woese is the world’s greatest expert in the field of microbial taxonomy, the classification and understanding of microbes. He explored the ancestry of microbes by tracing the similarities and differences between their genomes. He discovered the large-scale structure of the tree of life, with all living creatures descended from three primordial branches. Before Woese, the tree of life had two main branches called prokaryotes and eukaryotes, the prokaryotes composed of cells without nuclei and the eukaryotes composed of cells with nuclei. All kinds of plants and animals, including humans, belonged to the eukaryote branch. The prokaryote branch contained only microbes. Woese discovered, by studying the anatomy of microbes in detail, that there are two fundamentally different kinds of prokaryotes, which he called bacteria and archea. So he constructed a new tree of life with three branches, bacteria, archea, and eukaryotes. Most of the well-known microbes are bacteria. The archea were at first supposed to be rare and confined to extreme environments such as hot springs, but they are now known to be abundant and widely distributed over the planet. Woese recently published two provocative and illuminating articles with the titles “A New Biology for a New Century” and (together with Nigel Goldenfeld) “Biology’s Next Revolution.”[*]

Woese’s main theme is the obsolescence of reductionist biology as it has been practiced for the last hundred years, with its assumption that biological processes can be understood by studying genes and molecules. What is needed instead is a new synthetic biology based on emergent patterns of organization. Aside from his main theme, he raises another important question. When did Darwinian evolution begin? By Darwinian evolution he means evolution as Darwin understood it, based on the competition for survival of noninterbreeding species. He presents evidence that Darwinian evolution does not go back to the beginning of life.

When we compare genomes of ancient lineages of living creatures, we find evidence of numerous transfers of genetic information from one lineage to another. In early times, horizontal gene transfer, the sharing of genes between unrelated species, was prevalent. It becomes more prevalent the further back you go in time.

Whatever Carl Woese writes, even in a speculative vein, needs to be taken seriously. In his “New Biology” article, he is postulating a golden age of pre-Darwinian life, when horizontal gene transfer was universal and separate species did not yet exist. Life was then a community of cells of various kinds, sharing their genetic information so that clever chemical tricks and catalytic processes invented by one creature could be inherited by all of them. Evolution was a communal affair, the whole community advancing in metabolic and reproductive efficiency as the genes of the most efficient cells were shared. Evolution could be rapid, as new chemical devices could be evolved simultaneously by cells of different kinds working in parallel and then reassembled in a single cell by horizontal gene transfer.

But then, one evil day, a cell resembling a primitive bacterium happened to find itself one jump ahead of its neighbors in efficiency. That cell, anticipating Bill Gates by three billion years, separated itself from the community and refused to share. Its offspring became the first species of bacteria—and the first species of any kind—reserving their intellectual property for their own private use. With their superior efficiency, the bacteria continued to prosper and to evolve separately, while the rest of the community continued its communal life. Some millions of years later, another cell separated itself from the community and became the ancestor of the archea. Some time after that, a third cell separated itself and became the ancestor of the eukaryotes. And so it went on, until nothing was left of the community and all life was divided into species. The Darwinian interlude had begun.


The Darwinian interlude has lasted for two or three billion years. It probably slowed down the pace of evolution considerably. The basic biochemical machinery of life had evolved rapidly during the few hundreds of millions of years of the pre-Darwinian era, and changed very little in the next two billion years of microbial evolution. Darwinian evolution is slow because individual species, once established, evolve very little. With rare exceptions, Darwinian evolution requires established species to become extinct so that new species can replace them.

Now, after three billion years, the Darwinian interlude is over. It was an interlude between two periods of horizontal gene transfer.

The epoch of Darwinian evolution based on competition between species ended about ten thousand years ago, when a single species, Homo sapiens, began to dominate and reorganize the biosphere.

Since that time, cultural evolution has replaced biological evolution as the main driving force of change. Cultural evolution is not Darwinian. Cultures spread by horizontal transfer of ideas more than by genetic inheritance. Cultural evolution is running a thousand times faster than Darwinian evolution, taking us into a new era of cultural interdependence which we call globalization. And now, as Homo sapiens domesticates the new biotechnology, we are reviving the ancient pre-Darwinian practice of horizontal gene transfer, moving genes easily from microbes to plants and animals, blurring the boundaries between species. We are moving rapidly into the post-Darwinian era, when species other than our own will no longer exist, and the rules of Open Source sharing will be extended from the exchange of software to the exchange of genes. Then the evolution of life will once again be communal, as it was in the good old days before separate species and intellectual property were invented.

I would like to borrow Carl Woese’s vision of the future of biology and extend it to the whole of science. Here is his metaphor for the future of science:

Imagine a child playing in a woodland stream, poking a stick into an eddy in the flowing current, thereby disrupting it. But the eddy quickly reforms. The child disperses it again. Again it reforms, and the fascinating game goes on. There you have it! Organisms are resilient patterns in a turbulent flow—patterns in an energy flow…. It is becoming increasingly clear that to understand living systems in any deep sense, we must come to see them not materialistically, as machines, but as stable, complex, dynamic organization.

This picture of living creatures, as patterns of organization rather than collections of molecules, applies not only to bees and bacteria, butterflies and rain forests, but also to sand dunes and snowflakes, thunderstorms and hurricanes. The nonliving universe is as diverse and as dynamic as the living universe, and is also dominated by patterns of organization that are not yet understood. The reductionist physics and the reductionist molecular biology of the twentieth century will continue to be important in the twenty-first century, but they will not be dominant. The big problems, the evolution of the universe as a whole, the origin of life, the nature of human consciousness, and the evolution of the earth’s climate, cannot be understood by reducing them to elementary particles and molecules. New ways of thinking and new ways of organizing large databases will be needed.

3.

Green Technology

The domestication of biotechnology in everyday life may also be helpful in solving practical economic and environmental problems. Once a new generation of children has grown up, as familiar with biotech games as our grandchildren are now with computer games, biotechnology will no longer seem weird and alien. In the era of Open Source biology,…

 the magic of genes will be available to anyone with the skill and imagination to use it.

The way will be open for biotechnology to move into the mainstream of economic development, to help us solve some of our urgent social problems and ameliorate the human condition all over the earth. Open Source biology could be a powerful tool, giving us access to cheap and abundant solar energy.

A plant is a creature that uses the energy of sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide and other simple chemicals into roots and leaves and flowers. To live, it needs to collect sunlight. But it uses sunlight with low efficiency. The most efficient crop plants, such as sugarcane or maize, convert about 1 percent of the sunlight that falls onto them into chemical energy. Artificial solar collectors made of silicon can do much better. Silicon solar cells can convert sunlight into electrical energy with 15 percent efficiency, and electrical energy can be converted into chemical energy without much loss. We can imagine that in the future, when we have mastered the art of genetically engineering plants, we may breed new crop plants that have leaves made of silicon, converting sunlight into chemical energy with ten times the efficiency of natural plants. These artificial crop plants would reduce the area of land needed for biomass production by a factor of ten. They would allow solar energy to be used on a massive scale without taking up too much land. They would look like natural plants except that their leaves would be black, the color of silicon, instead of green, the color of chlorophyll. The question I am asking is, how long will it take us to grow plants with silicon leaves?

If the natural evolution of plants had been driven by the need for high efficiency of utilization of sunlight, then the leaves of all plants would have been black. Black leaves would absorb sunlight more efficiently than leaves of any other color. Obviously plant evolution was driven by other needs, and in particular by the need for protection against overheating. For a plant growing in a hot climate, it is advantageous to reflect as much as possible of the sunlight that is not used for growth. There is plenty of sunlight, and it is not important to use it with maximum efficiency. The plants have evolved with chlorophyll in their leaves to absorb the useful red and blue components of sunlight and to reflect the green. That is why it is reasonable for plants in tropical climates to be green. But this logic does not explain why plants in cold climates where sunlight is scarce are also green. We could imagine that in a place like Iceland, overheating would not be a problem, and plants with black leaves using sunlight more efficiently would have an evolutionary advantage. For some reason which we do not understand, natural plants with black leaves never appeared. Why not? Perhaps we shall not understand why nature did not travel this route until we have traveled it ourselves.

After we have explored this route to the end, when we have created new forests of black-leaved plants that can use sunlight ten times more efficiently than natural plants, we shall be confronted by a new set of environmental problems. Who shall be allowed to grow the black-leaved plants? Will black-leaved plants remain an artificially maintained cultivar, or will they invade and permanently change the natural ecology? What shall we do with the silicon trash that these plants leave behind them? Shall we be able to design a whole ecology of silicon-eating microbes and fungi and earthworms to keep the black-leaved plants in balance with the rest of nature and to recycle their silicon?

The twenty-first century will bring us powerful new tools of genetic engineering with which to manipulate our farms and forests. With the new tools will come new questions and new responsibilities.

Rural poverty is one of the great evils of the modern world. The lack of jobs and economic opportunities in villages drives millions of people to migrate from villages into overcrowded cities. The continuing migration causes immense social and environmental problems in the major cities of poor countries. The effects of poverty are most visible in the cities, but the causes of poverty lie mostly in the villages. What the world needs is a technology that directly attacks the problem of rural poverty by creating wealth and jobs in the villages. A technology that creates industries and careers in villages would give the villagers a practical alternative to migration. It would give them a chance to survive and prosper without uprooting themselves.

The shifting balance of wealth and population between villages and cities is one of the main themes of human history over the last ten thousand years. The shift from villages to cities is strongly coupled with a shift from one kind of technology to another. I find it convenient to call the two kinds of technology green and gray. The adjective “green” has been appropriated and abused by various political movements, especially in Europe, so I need to explain clearly what I have in mind when I speak of green and gray. Green technology is based on biology, gray technology on physics and chemistry.

Roughly speaking, green technology is the technology that gave birth to village communities ten thousand years ago, starting from the domestication of plants and animals, the invention of agriculture, the breeding of goats and sheep and horses and cows and pigs, the manufacture of textiles and cheese and wine. Gray technology is the technology that gave birth to cities and empires five thousand years later, starting from the forging of bronze and iron, the invention of wheeled vehicles and paved roads, the building of ships and war chariots, the manufacture of swords and guns and bombs. Gray technology also produced the steel plows, tractors, reapers, and processing plants that made agriculture more productive and transferred much of the resulting wealth from village-based farmers to city-based corporations.

For the first five of the ten thousand years of human civilization, wealth and power belonged to villages with green technology, and for the second five thousand years wealth and power belonged to cities with gray technology. Beginning about five hundred years ago, gray technology became increasingly dominant, as we learned to build machines that used power from wind and water and steam and electricity. In the last hundred years, wealth and power were even more heavily concentrated in cities as gray technology raced ahead. As cities became richer, rural poverty deepened.

This sketch of the last ten thousand years of human history puts the problem of rural poverty into a new perspective. If rural poverty is a consequence of the unbalanced growth of gray technology, it is possible that a shift in the balance back from gray to green might cause rural poverty to disappear. That is my dream.

During the last fifty years we have seen explosive progress in the scientific understanding of the basic processes of life, and in the last twenty years this new understanding has given rise to explosive growth of green technology. The new green technology allows us to breed new varieties of animals and plants as our ancestors did ten thousand years ago, but now a hundred times faster. It now takes us a decade instead of a millennium to create new crop plants, such as the herbicide-resistant varieties of maize and soybean that allow weeds to be controlled without plowing and greatly reduce the erosion of topsoil by wind and rain. Guided by a precise understanding of genes and genomes instead of by trial and error, we can within a few years modify plants so as to give them improved yield, improved nutritive value, and improved resistance to pests and diseases.

Within a few more decades, as the continued exploring of genomes gives us better knowledge of the architecture of living creatures, we shall be able to design new species of microbes and plants according to our needs. The way will then be open for green technology to do more cheaply and more cleanly many of the things that gray technology can do, and also to do many things that gray technology has failed to do. Green technology could replace most of our existing chemical industries and a large part of our mining and manufacturing industries. Genetically engineered earthworms could extract common metals such as aluminum and titanium from clay, and genetically engineered seaweed could extract magnesium or gold from seawater. Green technology could also achieve more extensive recycling of waste products and worn-out machines, with great benefit to the environment. An economic system based on green technology could come much closer to the goal of sustainability, using sunlight instead of fossil fuels as the primary source of energy. New species of termite could be engineered to chew up derelict automobiles instead of houses, and new species of tree could be engineered to convert carbon dioxide and sunlight into liquid fuels instead of cellulose.

Before genetically modified termites and trees can be allowed to help solve our economic and environmental problems, great arguments will rage over the possible damage they may do.

Many of the people who call themselves green are passionately opposed to green technology.

But in the end, if the technology is developed carefully and deployed with sensitivity to human feelings, it is likely to be accepted by most of the people who will be affected by it, just as the equally unnatural and unfamiliar green technologies of milking cows and plowing soils and fermenting grapes were accepted by our ancestors long ago. I am not saying that the political acceptance of green technology will be quick or easy. I say only that green technology has enormous promise for preserving the balance of nature on this planet as well as for relieving human misery. Future generations of people raised from childhood with biotech toys and games will probably accept it more easily than we do. Nobody can predict how long it may take to try out the new technology in a thousand different ways and measure its costs and benefits.


What has this dream of a resurgent green technology to do with the problem of rural poverty? In the past, green technology has always been rural, based in farms and villages rather than in cities. In the future it will pervade cities as well as countryside, factories as well as forests. It will not be entirely rural. But it will still have a large rural component. After all, the cloning of Dolly occurred in a rural animal-breeding station in Scotland, not in an urban laboratory in Silicon Valley. Green technology will use land and sunlight as its primary sources of raw materials and energy. Land and sunlight cannot be concentrated in cities but are spread more or less evenly over the planet. When industries and technologies are based on land and sunlight, they will bring employment and wealth to rural populations.

In a country like India with a large rural population, bringing wealth to the villages means bringing jobs other than farming. Most of the villagers must cease to be subsistance farmers and become shopkeepers or schoolteachers or bankers or engineers or poets. In the end the villages must become gentrified, as they are today in England, with the old farm workers’ cottages converted into garages, and the few remaining farmers converted into highly skilled professionals. It is fortunate that sunlight is most abundant in tropical countries, where a large fraction of the world’s people live and where rural poverty is most acute. Since sunlight is distributed more equitably than coal and oil, green technology can be a great equalizer, helping to narrow the gap between rich and poor countries.

My book The Sun, the Genome, and the Internet (1999) describes a vision of green technology enriching villages all over the world and halting the migration from villages to megacities. The three components of the vision are all essential: the sun to provide energy where it is needed, the genome to provide plants that can convert sunlight into chemical fuels cheaply and efficiently, the Internet to end the intellectual and economic isolation of rural populations. With all three components in place, every village in Africa could enjoy its fair share of the blessings of civilization. People who prefer to live in cities would still be free to move from villages to cities, but they would not be compelled to move by economic necessity.

Notes

[*] See Carl Woese, “A New Biology for a New Century,” in Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews, June 2004 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/MMBR.68.2.173-186.2004); and Nigel Goldenfeld and Carl Woese, “Biology’s Next Revolution,” Nature, January 25, 2007. A slightly expanded version of the Nature article is available at http://arxiv.org/abs/q-bio/0702015v1 .

FOUND AT :  http://www.nybooks.com/articles/20370

NATION WIDE MORMON RECOVERY HELP

Exmormon Contacts and Resources

People to contact and resources available for those in their journey out of Mormonism


 FROM THIS BLOG HOST:  NOW I KNOW IT WILL MAKE A LOT OF MORMONS MAD THAT I AM POSTING HELP FOR X MORMONS. HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT I NOW SEE HOW MUCH IS AT STAKE WITH ROMNEY. EVEN MORE SCARY.

THESE ARE REAL ISSUES PEOPLE HAVE WITH THE MORMON CHURCH. YOU CAN CALL IT BIGOTRY IF THAT HELPS KEEP THE GUILT AND SHAME IN CHECK, BUT I AM OFFERING NOW, SOME BLOG SPACE TO ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING TO HELP PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HURT BY THEIR EXPERIENCE IN THE CHURCH. I AM ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE.  DO YOUR SELF A FAVOR, AND DON’T GET ME STARTED.  NOW, IF YOU HAVE SOME SUPPORT GROUPS SET UP TO COUNTER THE KIND AND LOVING HELP OFFERED X-MORMONS, SEND THEM ALONG, AND I WILL POST A COUPLE FOR YOU.

To Contact Exmormon.org volunteers directly,

E-Mail:   Richard Packham   Richard is a retired attorney.  He can help in all areas of Mormonism, but has developed a specialty to help parents who have children that have joined Mormonism.

E-Mail:   Kathleen   Kathleen is active with the Exmormon Foundation.  She is in her early 30’s and willing to help with emotional abuse issues in Mormonism.

A foundation has been created to help ex-Mormons and those affected by Mormonism:   www.exmormonfoundation.org  Please contact the foundation about publicity and conferences.

 These people have volunteered to give information and/or be of support to others. The majority of these people are former Mormons. Some helpers are Christian and some are of no religious affiliation. I have tried to note the religious orientation on each listing where appropriate.

The Bulletin Board is often used by individuals who wants to remain totally anonymous and receive a quick response. (150,000+ hits per weekday, busiest during lunch on the West Coast of USA.  900 posts per day)


Arizona

    Chinle, Arizona

Larry DiLucchio lives in the Four Corners area of Arizona.  He has a life time of experience with Mormonism and with life on an Indian reservation. Write to: A. Grant   (updated Jan. 2004)

    Mesa

Concerned Christians (This is a group of ex-Mormons)
PO Box 18
Mesa, Arizona 85211
(602) 833-2LDS They have regular support meetings in the Phoenix/Mesa area.


California

Livermore Nolan

“Walnut Creek – Nolan, in his mid-fifties, is a construction management consultant, and is passionate about the arts, community theatre and critical thinking, when they don’t interfere with being a granddad. A 6th generation Mormon born and raised in Utah, he left the church 23 years ago and is proud to call himself a “post-mormon activist”. He is not shy about referring to himself as an “atheist

Bay Area

Mark and Donna  have both been very active Mormons.  Mark served a mission and Donna was active in the various women’s organizations.  You can read their stories at #122 and #123 .   updated Jan 2004

Orangevale

Ex-Mormons and Christian Alliance
PO Box 530
Orangevale, CA 95662
(916) 631-7896 or write to Dick Baer


Florida

  •  Helen is an active participant in our e-mail newsgroup and has much to offer in counseling and support. Her professional work can give some added insight to cult recovery for those seeking it.

Georgia

  • Atlanta

Bill Woodrum lives in the Atlanta area and is a returned missionary with vast knowledge of LDS history. He can inform you of support groups in the Atlanta area and help on a personal level.


Idaho

  • Patchwork – Support Group for Disillusioned Mormons and others in religious transistion This group brings you together with others who are walking the same difficult path. We meet every month at: 413 B St. in Idaho Falls, Idaho. For more information, contact: Jeffrey Trunzer at 208-357-7290 or Jeffrey

Illinois

Nauvoo Christian Visitors Center
NCVC P.O. Box 93 Nauvoo, IL 62354
217/453-2372
Colleen Ralson



Iowa

  • Evelyn J. Hall offers ex-cult support and intercession for those who are investigating a cult or for loved ones whose families are caught up in cults. She is a former Mormon.

“Free in Jesus”
427 6th St.
Nevada, IA 50201


New Mexico

  • Janet Mertz-Hill was a life long member. She has written about Mormonism and her experiences. She is willing to correspond with individuals as they transition their lives out of that organization


North Carolina

  • Art Simmons had more than 22 years membership in the Mormon church. He has done extensive research into the historical and theological aspects of Mormonism and is willing to share his findings. He has been certified an Inter-Faith Witness Associate by the Southern Baptist Convention

Oregon

  • Roseburg

Richard Packham is willing to talk to Mormons or ex-Mormons. He is active with our ex-Mormon newsgroup and you can read #66 to learn more about him or visit his web site at  Packham’s Site

2145 Melton Rd
Roseburg, OR 97470
Voice: (541) 672-2360
e-mail: Richard Packham


Tennessee

  • Shirley was a convert to the church and served a mission in Oregon. She is in her 40s and is a kind individual who can offer sound advise and counsel to those leaving Mormonism. She has had many experiences in life and can relate well to those also troubled by physical handicaps. She is a Christian.  updated Jan 2004


Utah

  • Salt Lake City
  • Rauni (she’ll probably answer sooner) and Dennis– Their story is #50 on the web site and they are willing to talk on the phone or meet in person in the Utah area. They can let you know of dates and times of support groups in the Salt Lake area. They have a Christian web site at Higley’s site.

The Mormon Alliance is for women who have received spiritual abuse by LDS priesthood leaders in their local wards or families. Please write to them for assistance if you have suffered abuse by the LDS church.

Mormon Alliance
6337 Highland Drive, Box 215
SLC, UT 84121


Utah Lighthouse Ministry – (This is the Tanner’s bookstore.)
PO Box 1884
Salt Lake City, Utah 84110
(801) 485-8894  

See their excellent web site at UTLM


Provo

1st Baptist Church of Provo Utah offers a Gospel Outreach to people leaving or questioning Mormonism. The Leader of this outreach is Louis Wilkins at 801-374-8489 and is located at 1144 WE Columbia Lane in Provo Utah. They meet the third Tuesday of each month.   The pastor Rhett Durfee is an ex-Mormon and about 35% of the members are ex-Mormons. Louis lwik1@netzero.net can be contacted for more information.


Washington

  • Seattle

Sandy – – Sandy has been involved with our group for a few years now. You can read her story at #56 about Mormon women and depression


Outside of the United States

German

  • Gunar is German and a returned missionary. He lives in East Germany and has a web site in German . He has also translated the tract “Thinking of Joining Mormonism?” For those of you German speaking this is a great site to visit.

England

  • Sharon T. joined the church in South Africa and has lived in Salt Lake, Kansas and Texas as a Mormon and is now in England with her 3 sons and her husband. She is in her 40’s and particularly wishes to help women who have suffered from abuse from church leaders. She welcomes mail from any Mormon or ex-Mormon desiring help.

Finland


Hong Kong

  • John . is a life time member who served a mission in Hong Kong and is now working and living there. He is an agnostic leaning towards atheism. He would love to help anyone in any way he can regarding their questions about Mormonism. You can read his story at #127.htm    updated Jan 19, 2004 


Historical and Doctrinal Questions

For historical or intellectual questions regarding Mormonism please feel free to contact James at the web site below. James has studied Mormon history for many years and has developed an extensive Mormon research library. He has focused his research on the Book of Abraham papyri, Mormon polygamy, and the LDS temple endowment development, but James can certainly assist you in finding answers to a wide range of Mormon related questions. His web site on Mormon history well worth visiting.
 

TEEN CORRECTION PROGRAMS NEED YOUR ATTENTION

Must-See Indy Film Exposes Cruel Teen Correction Programs

 

By Maia Szalavitz, www.HuffingtonPost.com
Posted on July 7, 2007, Printed on July 8, 2007
http://www.alternet.org/story/56241/

The New York Times calls Nick Gaglia’s indy production, Over the GW a “lean yet harrowing … look at reprogramming that masquerades as rehabilitation.” It is playing for just a short time here in New York City (details)— and I urge everyone to see it, especially those whose lives have been touched by these monstrous “therapies.”

The movie was based on Gaglia’s own story. From 1997-1999, he attended the KIDS program in New Jersey, which was run by Miller Newton. Those who follow these issues will probably recall that Newton previously served as national clinical director for Sembler’s Straight Inc. Despite having had to pay out over $10 million in settlements related to abuse he participated in and directed and admitting abusive practices to regulators, Newton still sits on an advisory board for Sembler’s Drug Free America Foundation.

Gaglia discussed his experience with me recently. Just 25, the writer/director is beginning to hear from Hollywood — the NY Post, NY Sun and Variety also took note of his debut film. Before being sent to KIDS, Gaglia had auditioned for and was accepted to New York’s prestigious Professional Performing Arts School, whose notable alumnae include Clare Danes, Alicia Keys and Britney Spears.

But Gaglia had problems at home. Although he’s still not quite sure why, he didn’t want to go to school and simply couldn’t communicate with his parents, who had divorced when he was nine. “I wanted to do what I wanted to do,” he says. “I wanted my independence and they were getting in my way.” Soon he was drinking and smoking pot daily– and coming home late, smashing furniture and punching doors. Until after KIDS, he’d never even tried any other drugs.

When taken to the program, located near a major shopping mall just over the George Washington Bridge from his home, he was told by his parents that he’d be going shopping. “I tried to run away, but a group of five people grabbed me. I was a really skinny kid and I wasn’t going to fight, I wasn’t violent.”

He was strip-searched by teenagers who were already inmates– made to “chicken squat” naked in front of them. In the film, the violence and potential for abuse in having unsupervised adolescents do such searches is represented with the terrifying snap of a rubber glove and images of a naked boy, surrounded by bigger, tougher kids who are clothed.

What he doesn’t show is the urine stains visible on the “clean” underwear he was given to replace the “druggy” clothes he was made to leave behind when admitted. When restrained on the floor, teens were not given access to the bathroom. “At my first group, there was a kid being restrained on the floor and his hands were soiled,” he says.

“I was restrained over 100 times,” he continues, detailing how fellow participants would throw him to the floor for “offenses” such as responding to being poked because he wasn’t paying attention by trying to fend off the attack. These restraints could last hours– with one person sitting atop the victim while others held down each limb. The most frightening part was fear of suffocation: sometimes the victim’s mouth would be covered and his nose pinched close.

Writhing was interpreted as defiance. “One time I felt like I was five seconds away from dying,” he says, “I have scars in my mouth which was bleeding. I was panicked and trying to communicate but they think you are resisting. What are you supposed to do?”

Grim as this material is, Gaglia represents only the barest outlines of it in the film: limited both by budget and by recognizing that if he did show the whole truth, he might make a movie that was unbearable to watch. He also avoided the trap of didacticism, which often mars attempts to tell these stories.

“I wanted the viewer to feel like he was sitting in that room,” he says. “You don’t know why your sister was there, you don’t know what day it is, you don’t know why they were doing certain things. And that’s the way I directed the actors.”

In fact, the actor who played the character based on Newton didn’t even know that there was a real-life model for the story until later. “I told him to act as though he believed he was doing everything ‘to help these kids,'” says Gaglia. The self-righteous rage and “ends justify the means” thinking that characterize the operators of tough-love programs comes through vividly.

Gaglia eventually managed to escape from KIDS by jumping out of a car stuck in traffic at the toll plaza of the GW Bridge. The program parents who were driving the car had childproof locks to prevent escape via the back doors– but the front seat was empty, and Gaglia went for it. Fortunately, after getting the attention of the police, he was able to convince his own parents not to return him.

But, like many who left, he was at first terrified that the program’s predictions of a future of “jails, institution or death” would come true rapidly because he’d left without completing it. And, again like many others, when that wore off, he began drinking more heavily and using harder drugs. “When the drunkest guys you know are saying ‘Hey dude, you’re drinking too much,’ you start to think it’s a problem,” he says. Ultimately, he studied film at Hunter College and got back on course.

“I don’t see how anyone who was in that kind of a situation for as long as I was could come out without post-traumatic stress disorder,” he says. “I had nightmares all the time that I was back in.”

I attended a screening recently for those who had been through KIDS and similar programs. I was struck by the age range: there were people from their mid-20’s to their 40’s who had suffered through years at KIDS. Though many were nervous that the film would trigger distressing memories, those I spoke with found that the film validated their experience. “More than anything, I made the movie as an homage to these people,” says Gaglia, “We’re all speaking with this film.”

Let’s hope that people who can prevent the abuse from continuing are finally listening.

Maia Szalavitz is a journalist who covers health, science and public policy. Her most recent book, co-written with leading child trauma expert Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, is The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog and Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love and Healing (Basic, 2007).

© 2007 Independent Media Institute. All rights reserved.
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Gardasil Vaccine Not Safe For Girls (NVIC)

REMINDER FOR MOMS

DO NOT GIVE YOUR DAUGHTER THIS VACCINE.

THEY ARE GOING TO TRY TO CONVINC YOU TO GIVE OUR DAUGHTERS THIS VACCINE.

THERE COULD BE MORE TO THIS THAN MEETS THE EYE !!!! 

MERCK’S GARDASIL VACCINE NOT PROVEN SAFE FOR LITTLE GIRLS
National Vaccine Information Center Criticizes 
FDA for Fast Tracking Licensure

Washington, D.C. – The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is calling on the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to just say “no” on June 29 to recommending “universal use” of Merck’s Gardasil vaccine in all pre-adolescent girls. NVIC maintains that Merck’s clinical trials did not prove the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine designed to prevent cervical cancer and genital warts is safe to give to young girls.

“Merck and the FDA have not been completely honest with the people about the pre-licensure clinical trials,” said NVIC president Barbara Loe Fisher. “Merck’s pre and post-licensure marketing strategy has positioned mass use of this vaccine by pre-teens as a morality play in order to avoid talking about the flawed science they used to get it licensed. This is not just about teenagers having sex, it is also about whether Gardasil has been proven safe and effective for little girls.”

The FDA allowed Merck to use a potentially reactive aluminum containing placebo as a control for most trial participants, rather than a non-reactive saline solution placebo.[1] A reactive placebo can artificially increase the appearance of safety of an experimental drug or vaccine in a clinical trial. Gardasil contains 225 mcg of aluminum and, although aluminum adjuvants have been used in vaccines for decades, they were never tested for safety in clinical trials. Merck and the FDA did not disclose how much aluminum was in the placebo.[2]

Animal and human studies have shown that aluminum can cause nerve cell death [3] and that vaccine aluminum adjuvants can allow aluminum to enter the brain, [4 5] as well as cause inflammation at the injection site leading to chronic joint and muscle pain and fatigue.  [6 7] Nearly 90 percent of Gardasil recipients and 85 percent of aluminum placebo recipients followed-up for safety reported one or more adverse events within 15 days of vaccination, particularly at the injection site.[8] Pain and swelling at injection site occurred in approximately 83 percent of Gardasil and 73 percent of aluminum placebo recipients. About 60 percent of those who got Gardasil or the aluminum placebo had systemic adverse events including headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, myalgia. [9 10] Gardasil recipients had more serious adverse events such as headache, gastroenteritis, appendicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, asthma, bronchospasm and arthritis.

“Merck and the FDA do not reveal in public documents exactly how many 9 to 15 year old girls were in the clinical trials, how many of them received hepatitis B vaccine and Gardasil simultaneously, and how many of them had serious adverse events after being injected with Gardasil or the aluminum placebo. For example, if there were less than 1,000 little girls actually injected with three doses of Gardasil, it is important to know how many had serious adverse events and how long they were followed for chronic health problems, such as juvenile arthritis.”

According to the Merck product manufacturer insert, there was 1 case of juvenile arthritis, 2 cases of rheumatoid arthritis, 5 cases of arthritis, and 1 case of reactive arthritis out of 11,813 Gardasil recipients plus 1 case of lupus and 2 cases of arthritis out of 9,701 participants primarily receiving an aluminum containing placebo. Clinical trial investigators dismissed most of the 102 Gardasil and placebo associated serious adverse events, including 17 deaths, that occurred in the clinical trials as unrelated.

“There is too little long term safety and efficacy data, especially in young girls, and too little labeling information on contraindications for the CDC to recommend Gardasil for universal use, which is a signal for states to mandate it,” said Fisher. “Nobody at Merck, the CDC or FDA know if the injection of Gardasil into all pre-teen girls – especially simultaneously with hepatitis B vaccine – will make some of them more likely to develop arthritis or other inflammatory autoimmune and brain disorders as teenagers and adults. With cervical cancer causing about one percent of all cancer deaths in American women due to routine pap screening, it was inappropriate for the FDA to fast track Gardasil. It is way too early to direct all young girls to get three doses of a vaccine that has not been proven safe or effective in their age group.”

The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), founded in 1982 by parents of vaccine injured children, has been a leading critic of one-size-fits-all mass vaccination policies and the lack of basic science research into biological mechanisms and high risk factors for vaccine-induced brain and immune system dysfunction. As a member of the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC), Barbara Loe Fisher urged trials include adequate safety data on pre-adolescent children and warned against fast tracking Gardasil at the November 28-29, 2001 VRBPAC meeting .[11]

Full 2001 FDA Transcript: http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/cber01.htm#Vaccines & Related Biological

For more information go to www.NVIC.org.