Sunday Pundit: Reliable Sources and the Glenn Johnson story

CNN’s Reliable Sources donated 4 minutes to the biggest journalism story to happen in the last year, at least. The day a courageous Glenn Johnson, of Associated Press, took on Dark Eyes, alone, and won, while stunned *journalists* stood by in shock that one of *them* would color outside the corporate media lines. There was the dutiful question about the moment, and a throw out to two pundits (one for- one against) then on to the next thing. They like to call their show a *critical* look at the media. Yet, they pay no homage to the Hero Reporter who brought Mitt Romney to his million dollar knees. 

Reliable Sources:  Lame.

We can appreciate you would like to move beyond it quickly, lest you give any other reporters some bright ideas about actually being a useful tool for democracy…but Glenn Johnson deserves at least 7 minutes.

Glenn Johnson, of Associated Press, ought to open his own shop and bring 50% of America with him (at least).  Of course, the establishment press would shut him out, because they have sold thier own souls, and rather like their cozy lifestyles. He couldn’t get a press pass to the men’s room.

Glenn Johnson represents what made this country great in it’s infancy. Courage. Truth. Justice. Remember those? You can google it if you’re unsure. I stand before Glenn Johnson and applaud him for giving America, and the world, the real picture on Mitt AC Romney.  AC= 13  by the way. He knows this.  When Glenn interrupted his speech, we all witnessed Mitt’s horror. Then, we witnessed a confrontational Mitt. HOW DARE YOU ! How dare you challenge me, you piece of nothing !!!  Then, we witnessed him stalk him down after the speech so he could get right up in Glenn’s face and show him a piece of his evil. Cept, the whole world saw the Sith. Were it not for the camera’s the Sea Dragon would have morhped before our eyes. But, it’s not time yet. That would have been foolish.

Hats off – big time – to Glenn Johnson. I will never forget. Never. Priceless.

Repubs raging about Confederate Flag – Not death toll in Iraq

Democrats raging on racism – not death toll in Iraq.

Huck raging on Abortion  – not military suicide rates.

Romney raging about Lobbyists – not record breaking homeless vets.

McCain raging about unfair emails  – not checking on Walter Reed.

Thompson raging on the other cadidates – not rape in the military

Obama talks about his admiration for Reagan –  not the Iran provocation scandal

Clinton talking about Nevada lawsuits –  not women killed by Blackwater

Not one of them. Not one of them. Not one of them, stood up for FREE SPEECH on behalf of

Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich. 

Not one of them stood up for the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT

LIBERTY OUR SOLDIERS ARE FIGHTING IN IRAQ.

DEMOCRACY ????

This spread of Democracy is an illusion.

The candidates are not choices. They are selected for us.

Why do you think Paul and Kucinich have been REJECTED?

Because they TALK ABOUT IRAQ !

And where are all the DEMOCRATIC VOICES ON IRAQ?

Effectively Silenced. Most of them do not care. And those that did care, got an ass whoop, to the tune of Michigan voting for Romney. WHY EFFING BOTHER ????   If the American people don’t give a rats about themselves, then why in thee fresh hell of  the black hole, should they risk their own lives for them?  Good question.

Good night and good luck.

Romney Teams w/ Blackwater?

 

Blackwater and Romney Team Up

 

By Steven Reynolds, The All Spin Zone
Posted on December 7, 2007, Printed on December 7, 2007
http://www.alternet.org/bloggers/http://allspinzone.com/wp//69974 /

This post, written by Steven Reynolds, originally appeared The All Spin Zone

Seems Mitt Romney is intimately tied in with the leadership at Blackwater. I’ve no idea how this connection came about, but he’s taking advice on substantial issues, like counterterrorism policy, from Blackwater’s #2 man, though, of course, Blackwater stands to benefit from any action Romney might take a President. Conflict? These are Republicans.

The interesting things you learn! Wow! This article in The Nation indicates you can buy onesies for a baby with the Blackwater USA logo on it. Just visit the Blackwater company store! We just bought several gifts for baby showers, and we didn’t even know about this. Missed opportunity — wouldn’t it look stylish on a baby girl?

But I digress. It seems Mitt Romney is closely aligned with Blackwater. That same article from The Nation notes that he uses Blackwater USA’s number two man Cofer Black as his senior counterterrorism advisor.

Meanwhile, Blackwater is deep in the camp of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Cofer Black is Romney’s senior adviser on counterterrorism. At the recent CNN/YouTube debate, when Romney refused to call waterboarding torture, he said, “I’m not going to specify the specific means of what is and what is not torture so that the people that we capture will know what things we’re able to do and what things we’re not able to do. And I get that advice from Cofer Black, who is a person who was responsible for counterterrorism in the CIA for some thirty-five years.” That was an exaggeration of Black’s career at the CIA (he was there twenty-eight years and head of counterterrorism for only three), but a Romney presidency could make Blackwater’s business under Bush look like a church bake sale.

This seems a conflict of interest or something, and Romney is not just ignoring that conflict, but exploiting it. Cofer Black works in a business whose profits are intimately tied to how we conduct the “War on Terror,” thus all of his advice is a bit suspect. Sure, Cofer Black could be right in his analysis, but how would you ever know that his opinion on any issue is guided by integrity rather than by monied interest? Seems a serious judgement issue on Romney’s part, at least to me. It’s not like Blackwater has a reputation for integrity, after all.

Besides that onesie for your baby, in either pink or blue, you can buy child-sized hoodies in the Blackwater shop, and even a teddy bear. They do not offer diapers for your dog.

Steven Reynolds is a regular blogger for the All Spin Zone

© 2007 Independent Media Institute. All rights reserved.
View this story online at: http://www.alternet.org/bloggers/http://allspinzone.com/wp//69974/

A MUST SEE ON BLACKWATER !!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJUEULWEP9c&feature=related

THE END OF AMERICA : Read this

 

The End of America?

(christians listen up)

Naomi Wolf Thinks It Could Happen

 

By Don Hazen, AlterNet
Posted on November 21, 2007, Printed on November 21, 2007
http://www.alternet.org/story/68399/

If you think we are living in scary times, your worst fears may be confirmed by reading Naomi Wolf’s newest book, The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot. In it, Wolf proves the old axiom that history does repeat itself. Or more accurately, history occurs in patterns, and in order to understand where our country is today and where it is headed, we need to read the history books.

Wolf began by diving into the early years leading up to fascist regimes, like the ones led by Hitler and Mussolini. And the patterns that she found in those, and others all over the world, made her hair stand on end. In “The End of America,” she lays out the 10 steps that dictators (or aspiring dictators) take in order to shut down an open society. “Each of those ten steps is now under way in the United States today,” she writes.

If we want an open society, she warns, we must pay attention and we must fight to protect democracy.

I met with Wolf to discuss what she learned while researching this book, how the American public has received her warnings, and what we can do to squelch the fascist narratives we are fed in this country each day.

Don Hazen: Let’s take up a big question first — your fears about the upcoming U.S. presidential election and what the historical blue print about fascist takeovers shows in terms of elections.

Naomi Wolf: We would be naive given the historical patterns to have hope that there’s going to be a transparent, accountable election in 2008. There are various ways the blueprint indicates how events are much more likely to play out. Historically, the months leading up to the national election are likely to be unstable.

What classically happens is either there will be a period of provocation, and we have a history of this in the United States — agitators who are dressed as or act like activist voter registration workers, anti-war marchers … but who engage in actual violence, torch property, assault police officers. And that scares people. People are much less likely to vote for change when they’re scared, and it gives them the excuse to crack down.

In addition, I’m concerned about the 2007 Defense Authorization Act, which makes it much easier for the president to declare martial law.

DH: Are you saying that they keep on adding coercive laws for no apparent reason?

NW: Yes. Why amend the law so systematically? Why do you need to make martial law easier? Another thing historical blueprints underscore is the hyped threat; intelligence will be spun or exaggerated, and sometimes there are faked documents like Plan Z with Pinochet in Chile.

DH: Plan Z?

NW:Yes, Plan Z. Pinochet, when he was overthrowing the Democratic government of Chile, told Chilean citizens that there was going to be a terrible terrorist attack, with armed insurgents. Now there were real insurgents, there was a real threat, but then he produces what he called Plan Z, which were fake papers claiming that these terrorists were going to assassinate all these military leaders at once.

And this petrified Chileans so much that they didn’t stand up to fight for their democracy. So it’s common to take a real threat and hype it. And close to an election it’s very common to invoke a hype threat and scare people so much that they will not want to have a transparent election.

Americans have this very wrong idea about what a closed society looks like. Many despots make it a point to try to hold the elections, but they’re corrupted elections. Corrupted elections take place all over the world in closed societies. Ninety-nine percent of Austrians voted yes for the annexation by Germany, because the SA were standing outside the voting booths, intimidating the voters and people counting the vote. So you can mess with the process.

One current warning sign is the e-mails that the White House is not yielding about the attorney general scandal. The emails are likely to show that there were plans afoot to purge all of the attorneys at once, like overnight. And then to let the country deal with the shock.

Now that’s something that Goebbels did in 1933 in April, overnight. He fired everyone, focusing on lawyers and judges who were not a supporter of the regime. So you can still have elections … in an outcome like that. If that had happened, if the bloggers and others actually hadn’t helped to identify the U.S. attorney scandal, and they had been successful and fired them all, our election situation would be different.

Basically we’d still have an election, but it is possible the outcome would be predetermined because it’s the U.S. attorneys that monitor what voting rights groups do, what is legal and who can decide the outcome of elections.

DH: Well there’s a lot of activity currently in terms of the Justice Department aimed at purging voters … reducing voter rolls … that’s an ongoing battle to try to keep voters eligible. Conservatives are always trying to reduce the electorate. By the way, are you familiar with Naomi Klein’s book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism?

NW: Yes, and it all makes a lot of sense. And its certainly historically true. We’re in this post-9/11 period when there is a lot of potential for these kind of “shock therapy” things to happen, but virtually everything … has happened previously in history in patterns. It’s just the blueprint. It’s not rocket science.

I could tell last fall when a law was passed expanding the definition of terrorists to include animal rights activists, that people who look more like you and me would start to be called terrorists, which is a classic tactic in what I call a fascist expansion.

DH: Don’t look at me — I’m not a vegetarian. Just kidding.

NW: (Laughs) Right. It’s also predictive … according to the blueprint, that the state starts to torture people that most of us don’t identity with, because they’re brown, Muslim, people on an island. They’re called an enemy.

That there will be a progressive blurring of the line, and six months, two years later, you’re going to see it spread to others. … According to the blueprint, we’re right on schedule that this kid recently got tasered in Florida, I gather, for asking questions.

There was a study by people who pioneered tasers, and the state legislature supported it; a Republican legislator put pressure on the provost, who put pressure on the university, and then the police at this university implemented the taser use. So unfortunately, it’s likely that we’re going to see more demonstrators, typical society leaders, in a call to restore “public order,” leading up to the election. You put all those cases together …

DH: I want to shift gears a bit and ask you to talk about what the response to the book, what kind of people have heard you speak, and what kind of reactions have they had?

NW: I’m really gratified by the response to the book. I have found, with the book’s publication, though I’m not following everything that’s been written about it, that most of America gets it — people across the political spectrum.

All kinds of people, including very mainstream people. Republican people. Progressive. Libertarian. Very moderate people. Very conservative people. They are basically saying to me, “Thank you for confirming our fears and showing us how these things fit together, and what we can do about them.”

DH: I’m also interested in your process of deciding that you were comfortable in using words like “fascism,” “Nazism,” “Hitler,” “Mussolini.” Michael Ratner talks about it in the jacket of your book, when he writes: “Most Americans reject outright any comparisons of post-9/11 America with the fascism and totalitarianism of Nazi Germany or Pinochet’s Chile. Sadly, what Wolf calls the echoes between those societies and America today are too compelling.” At some point you must have come to this turning point in terms of the language — how far am I going to go, how am I going to talk about this? Was it a difficult decision?

NW: It was hard emotionally but it was unavoidable intellectually. The book actually got started with the influence of a holocaust survivor — a dear friend, who’s the daughter of two holocaust survivors from Germany. She basically forced me to start reading history.

Not the end or outcome. She was talking about the early years and the effects on rights groups, gay rights groups, and sexuality forums and architecture, At first I didn’t even want to draw conclusions, but my hair was just standing on edge.

When I saw that, then I went and read other history books, and looked at Stalin and Hitler, a real “innovator.” I thought If people want an open society, they need to pay attention.

You see the same things happening again and again and again. And historically people were really mislead and just reading kind of teaches us the blueprint. People use the same approach all over the world because it works. This is what they do.

Now we’ve just seen it in Burma. It is like clock work: monks in the street … and because I know the blueprint, how long before they start curtailing free assembly, shooting monks, and cutting off that communication? And two days later … you know what happened.

So intellectually I couldn’t avoid using the language. Now in terms of the word “fascist,” it’s a very conservative usage in the book. I used the dictionary definition. There are many definitions of fascism. And even fascists disagree with other fascists. It’s kind of like the Germans thought the Italian fascists weren’t butch enough.

DH: So the Italians were wussier fascists than the Germans?

NW: Exactly. It gets better. The definition is pretty straightforward: “When the state uses violence against the individual to oppose democratic society.” And that’s what we’re seeing.

And then looking back at Italy and Germany, which were the two great examples of modern constitutional democracies that were illegally closed by people that were elected … duly elected … most Americans don’t remember. Mussolini, a National Socialist, came to power entirely legally. And they used the law to shut down the law. So that’s what I call a fascist shift.

DH: So let’s talk about what could happen here. Is America in denial? Or is avoidance an attitude that seemed to be present in all historical examples? That people assume it’s not going to happen to them. Does the Americans’ denial at this point run parallel with the denial of Germans and Italians? Or do we have our own version of denial here?

NW: That’s a really great question; both are true. It’s really instructive to read memoirs and journals from Germany. People writing, “This can’t last … we surely will come to our senses”; “they can’t gain any ground in the next election … you know, we’re a civilized country”; “this is ridiculous, they’re a bunch of thugs; no one takes them seriously.”

History is particularly instructive in the early days of the fascist shifts in Germany and Italy, when things were really pretty normal. People go about their business, just like we’re doing now. It’s not like goose stepping columns of soldiers are everywhere. It looks like ordinary life. Celebrities, gossip columns, fashion, before getting caught up in a snare. People kept going to movies, worrying about feeding the cat. (laughs) Even while you watch the sort of inevitable unfold.

DH: And now in America?

NW: Right. So in some ways it is human nature to be in denial … but Americans have our own special version, which is profoundly dangerous. Europeans know democracies are fragile, and they could close. They had closed. Bismarckian Germany was not a democracy.

But here we’re walking around … we usually have that sense that somehow our air will sustain us, even when no one else’s air does. And we don’t have to do anything about it. We have this like bubble, that somehow democracy will just take care of us, and we don’t have to fight to protect democracy.

They can mow down democracies all over the world, but somehow we’ll be just fine. But what’s so ironic about that is that the Founding Fathers drafted the Bill of Rights in fear. They knew that you had to have checks and balances, because it’s human nature to abuse power, no matter who you are. They knew the damage that the army could do breaking into your home. … they knew that democracy is fragile, and the default is tyranny. They knew that. And that’s why they created the system of checks and balances.

DH: In your book, on page 36, you write in terms of the political environment we are in: “But we are not wracked by rioting in the streets or a major depression here in America. That is why the success that the Bush administration has had in invoking Islamofascism is so insidious. We have been willing to trade our key freedoms for a promised state of security in spite of our living conditions of overwhelming stability, security, affluence and social order.”How and why has it been so easy here in the U.S. in terms of taking away liberties?

NW: I assume you mean how did it succeed even though we don’t have Bolsheviks rioting in the street? Yes. I mean it is incredible looking back, but in a way it’s not. I mean 9/11 was a complete left brain shock. If we had had wars at home, experienced the kind of violence at home that other countries have, we would not have gone into shock … not have been willing to trade in our heritage in exchange for a manipulated false sense of security.

DH: Most people were not affected directly by 9/11 except traumatically by seeing it on the screen.

NW: Yes, but you can’t undercredit the incredible sophistication of the way the Bush administration manipulates fear. For example, the sleeper cells narrative, which is Stalin’s narrative, was totally made up.

And I give lots of examples in the book of alleged sleeper cells that never turned out to be the creepy, scary, nightmare scenario that the White House claimed they would be.

DH: In the book you say that fascists have great skills at changing public opinion.

NW: That’s correct. That’s exactly right. They’ve been very skillful at creating extremely terrifying narratives. And this is why looking at Goebbels is so instructive. Our leaders have been busy creating footage and sound bites that can be petrifying, and as a result, some of us live in a state of existential fear.

In contrast, in England and Spain, where they were hit by the same bad guys we’re fighting, they’re going after terrorists, but the population isn’t walking around in a state of existential anxiety.

Gordon Brown said it, “Fighting terror … well, terror’s a crime.” You can’t underplay how sophisticated the Bush team has been about manipulating our fears. And one reason we really can’t ignore is our home-grown ignorance. We now have two generations of young people who don’t know about civics. A study came out that showed that even Harvard freshmen really don’t understand how our government works.

And so we really don’t know what democracy is anymore. I had to do a lot of learning to write this book — I’m not a constitutional scholar. I’m just a citizen. And we’ve been kind of divorced from our democracy. We’ve let a pundit class take it over. Where the Founders wanted us to know what the First Amendment was and what the Second Amendment does for us.

So as a consequence we don’t feel the kind of warning bell of “Oh, my God, arbitrary search and seizure! That’s when they come into your house and take your stuff and scare your children! We can’t have that!”

Because there’s this class of politicians, scholars and pundits who do the Constitution for us, so we don’t bother educating ourselves. It’s hard to educate yourself now these days.

All of that plays into how easily we can be manipulated. We really don’t read history in America, so we don’t notice warning signals. We tend not to pay attention to the rest of the world or the past, so we don’t know what the classic scenarios are.

DH: In terms of your personal narrative, the kinds of books you’ve written about feminism and gender like the Beauty Myth, Fire With Fire and Promiscuities … this book seems pretty far a field. It seems like it would have to be a wrenching realization to lead you to read everything and produce the book. Was it traumatic?

NW: Well, I would say that it’s been traumatic.

DH: Is it because you are out there on the front lines now?

NW: That’s not the trauma. I feel like I’m living inside a consciousness of urgency and potential horrific consequences. And that is much more uncomfortable than living inside my prior being where I generally thought, “We’re living in a democracy where there are some annoying people doing the wrong things” kind of mindset.

But I know that there’s a “true consciousness” that we need to overcome the false consciousness. I know it’s the right consciousness to get the facts. And I guess what’s heartening is that a bunch of other people seem to be collectively entering this consciousness. They are saying: “My gosh, there is a real emergency here with very devastating stakes.” That is traumatic but necessary.

It is a loss of innocence to see how easy it is to degrade democracy. I certainly walk around with kind of hyperawareness tuned into, for example, the toll in Guantanamo and those children in Iraq. It doesn’t get covered well.

There’s basically a concentration camp being established in Iraq with children in it. And no one appears to be digging in to it …

DH: As we are coming to an end here, there are a couple of concepts I found particularly interesting in the book. One is when you talked about the “10 steps,” or the “blueprint” that fascists have used time and time again to close down democracies. You say that that these factors, ingredients, are more than the sum of their parts, which suggests a kind of synergy, “each magnifies the power of the others and the whole,” as you write.

You also write about the pendulum cliché, that we have this illusion through our history that the pendulum always swings back. But because of the permanent war on terrorism, that may not be true anymore. Can you say a little bit more about those two things, and how that might fit together?

NW: Well part of the illusion is created because it seems we are in two different countries, operating at home and abroad. For example, they can come at you, anyone and claim you’re an enemy combatant. They rendered people in Italy … they can render people all over the world. And they can put people like Jose Padilla in solitary confinement for three years, literally drive sane healthy people insane.

If the president can say, Well, “Don is an enemy combatant,” there is nothing you can do. It’s like “Tag, you’re it!” To that extent we can not be innocent. And then someone is in jail for three years without being able to see their families or have easy access to a phone.

If they can do that, the pendulum can’t swing, because after the first arrest, it generally goes in one direction, and according to the blueprint, the time has come for those first arrests. We’re having this conversation now, before these arrests. But if tomorrow you read in the New York Times or the Washington Post that New York Times editor Bill Keller has been arrested, the staff will all be scared, others will get scared. And people don’t understand that that’s how democracy closes down. And when that happens first, it’s the tipping point at which we think it’s still a democracy.

DH: That is when the rules have changed?

NW: Yes, and people need to believe and realize that that kind of negotiation is pretty much over. And there’s just the lag time, which is so dangerous, when people still think it’s a democracy, even while the martial law steps have begun. And that’s where we are at, unless we get it.

Because you know, Congress keeps saying, “Hello, we’re Congress.” You have to answer us when we ask for information. The president’s like, “Sorry, I’m ignoring you!” It starts becoming thinking like an abused woman, like: “Surely he’s going to do it right this time, surely he’s not going to do it again.” And he does.

Don Hazen is the executive editor of AlterNet.

© 2007 Independent Media Institute. All rights reserved.
View this story online at: http://www.alternet.org/story/68399/

It is my feeling that if Clinton, or any Republican, is nominated, then elected, there is no turning back. It’s over. It may be over already.

 Why do you think they want to take away people’s guns.

Backwards Alphabet: Jesus Christ = 666

Here’s how to do it. Using the backwards alphabet – Z=1,  Y = 2, X= 3, etc.  NOW ADD THIS PHRASE:  WHICH NUMBER REPRESENTS JESUS CHRIST.  Here’s how to add it.

Assign the right number to the right letters. Write the phrase out across a piece of paper.

Write the numbers under the letters.  Now add them across ONE DIGIT AT A TIME. Like this:

W   H   I   C  H

4    19  18  24  19  

Add 1 digit at a time for a horizontal (h) read.

4 + 1 + 9 + 1 + 8  etc

Write your answer down.

Then add vertically, the way you normally would.

Now, add the h and the v together for your result.

This system is based on the CROSS NUMBER. (h and v)

Traditional numerology would have you add only vertically.

That was a great way to keep the truth from being seen.

You will find that the Backwards alphabet yeilds enormous

insight. Not only is it used, it is KEY.

Both alphabets work in tandem.  But don’t you find it interesting

that the regular alphabet does not result in:

WHICH NUMBER REPRESENTS JESUS CHRIST = 666.

There is a faction – as old as Moses and Abraham, who use

numbers – symbols and alphabets to communicate with each other.

  ADD “GOD”

The result – using the backwards alphabet is:   201223

THIS IS REALLY  2012 – 23

2012 YOU ALREADY KNOW ABOUT.

23 = BUSH  H

MORMON – using the backwards alphabet –  =

29 h  74 v  103  hv

This is the same exact string for JESUS when you use the

forward alphabet.

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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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.

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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 .

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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.