Thursday, October 24, 2013

Spiritual theatre or deluded attention seekers in London! Video and article


‘Teen Exorcists’ is a documentary which was filmed, produced and directed by Dan Murdoch for BBC TV and shown in September. It features three teenage girls; Brynne Larson, daughter of self-styled Arizonan exorcist, Rev Bob Larson, and her two friends who are sisters, Tess and Savannah Sherkenback. These three girls wear high-heels, skin-tight jeans and leather jackets and have long hair which tumbles in curls down their back. With their red lip-stick and mascara, these stars of the show provide sex appeal and glamour to the exorcism road show with choreographed moves, polished poses for the camera and a well-rehearsed, repetitive spiel. With attempts to spark a revival in exorcism, Bob introduced Brynne to exorcisms at the age of 13 at a 3,000 person African event when he needed help to remove a Voodoo curse. Brynne was home schooled (in demonology) and tells viewers that she believes that God created the world in 7 days ‘It’s pretty cool’ she remarks and explains that demons have names like Jezebel and Abaddon and that London is ‘spiritually corrupt’ and one of the most Satanic cities in the world. Thrusting a cross into someone’s face, the girls scream ‘What’s your name?’ ‘I torment you’, and put extraordinary ideas of curses into the heads of vulnerable people. The reporter describes the scene of bullying and resultant screaming as ‘harrowing’. On a visit to the Ukraine, the group top the bill at a bible college event where 2,000 people gathered to see the spectacle.  

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What is the New Age?



What is the New Age about? This term means different things to different people, just as the word ‘spirituality’ means different things to different people. Terms need to be defined if we are to be able to understand each other. The New Age is a time of great atomisation, as it applauds individuality and everyone’s right to define the world as they please. It is a huge worldwide movement, made possible by the explosion of free information which is available on the internet. Many spiritual seekers find themselves getting lost in its vastness and some become cynical about its more trivial aspects. Some find some things of value within its strengths and weaknesses.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Better World is Possible

Circle Network Book Review: A Better World is Possible by Bruce Nixon, ISBN: 978-1-84694-514-4 Published by: O-Books as Paperback: £14.99 and E book: £8.23 409 pages Author’s website: www.brucenixon.com

Bruce Nixon is a veteran change agent, activist, writer, speaker, facilitator and business school teacher and he is passionate about sustainability, global justice, inclusive democracy and non-violence. In this comprehensive book, he brings all his knowledge and experience into the analysis of the state we are in, how we got here, and – more importantly – how we can turn things around and create a new and positive society by facing “the biggest challenge in our history”.

Nixon began writing this book at the start of the credit crunch in 2008 and finished it shortly after the UK Coalition government was formed in 2010, recording the unfolding of the political, environmental and financial events throughout this period as he analyses their causes and outlines their effects. His aim is to provide “the best handbook on the environmental and economic crisis for Everyman.”

Monday, July 22, 2013

Resurgence


Resurgence Magazine is, it’s thought, the longest-running environmental magazine in Britain. Its survival so long, without millionaire backing and without turning itself into a consumer lifestyle accessory, with the advertising to match, tells a compelling story – not only of conviction, commitment and endurance but of need, role and relevance. It was founded in 1966 by John Papworth, a well-known peace campaigner with connections to the Committee of 100 and the Peace Pledge Union, but rapidly broadened its critique from the nuclear nightmare generated by the Cold War to pollution, intensive farming and food production and the related political problems of centralisation, bigness and the growing separation of economics from ethics.


Friday, June 21, 2013

Disappearing Wildlife Red Alert

In 1979, Africa had 1,300,000 wild Elephants, today, there are 400,000 alive and the land is guarded by park rangers and it is estimated more than 1,000 rangers have been killed by armed militia groups in the past ten years trying to protect them.
23tonnes of Elephant Ivory was confiscated in 2012 - equivalent to the tusks of 2,500 Elephants. Seizures of illegal ivory are at their highest for 20 years  The price of Rhino horn has increased to £37.500 per kilogram, twice the price of gold and platinum (and more valuable than black market diamonds or cocaine). The illegal trade in wildlife is one of the most lucrative trades in the world, worth £6,000,000,000 per year and is ruthless in its quest. Animals are viciously killed and people are also killed. . This trade is fueled by the new middle classes of the Far East, Vietnam is the top destination point for Rhino horn where they trade in carcass, tusk and horn, in one haul 1,200 Rhino tusks were seized in Hong Kong. Approx 5,000 Rhinos remain in the wild.  

Monday, June 17, 2013

How is money created?


Do you know how our money is created? Most people don’t, but it isn't complicated, says Bruce Nixon.

97% of our money is created by commercial banks when they make loans, i.e. interest bearing debt, not by the Bank of England or the Mint. Only 3% is created in the form of notes and coins. Thus the profits of creating money go to the commercial banks rather than the public purse.

Over the last 40 years commercial banks have increased the money supply at an average of 11.5% a year. And that was obviously too much, too quickly. If the increase in the money supply were say 5% a year, about £60bn a year could go to the government and reduce our taxes by that amount.

The current method of creating money gives the big banks enormous power. And we have learned recently how unwise that is. It means that the commercial banks, not our government, control one of the key levers of our economy. So it is one of the ways we let big banks subvert democracy. And to add insult to injury, when the banks crash, we bail them out with taxpayers’, money.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Save our Bees!


Despite the US and the UK resisting, bee campaigners are celebrating the European Union prohibition on the use of systemic pesticides which have been demonstrated to be toxic to bees. A total of 15 of the 27 European member states voted for a 2 year ban on neonicotinoids and 300,000 people in the UK signed a petition to bring in a ban. Most bumblebee species are declining and 6 species have suffered an 80% reduction in numbers in recent years. In the past 100 years, 20 British bee species have become extinct and 35 British bees are currently at risk of extinction. This is due to several factors, not just the chemicals which reduce their immune system capabilities, but loss of habitat plays a large role as does the removal of honey from hives and replacing it with sugar water which provides none of the valuable nutrients for bees throughout the winter, and does not provide the antibacterial that is needed for them to fight diseases. With 98% of wild flower meadows vanishing since 1950, we need to plant flowers that will help bees to thrive. They play a crucial role in plant pollination.  

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Global Sale of Fur at an All Time High!

Top fashion models, such as Naomi Campbell, who do not get out of bed for less than a £10,000 daily fee at one time pledged they would never wear fur and would rather go naked. But 400 of the world's up-market designers are using animal pelts for fashion on the cat-walks of London, Paris, Milan and New York, dressing high paid models in furs costing five figure sums. The UK fur market has more than doubled with Britain's leading fur retailer, Hockley, increasing sales by 44% in its London store over the past ten years. Mulberry, Gucci, Fendi and others are stocking winter collections. London is now the fastest growing market in Europe and sales in Asia are booming at £3.7 billion per year. World sales in fur reached £10.3 billion last year.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Sustainability - cities leading the way!

Jonathon Porritt introduces Bristol BIG Green Week and reflects on how it is our cities that now lead the way in sustainability.

Happily, Nature still abhors a vacuum, and into the vacuum created by governments failing to meet their responsibilities on climate change are now stepping more and more cities – as part and parcel of their overall ‘greening’ strategies.

In the USA, it’s often city mayors who are making the running, sometimes with the active support of state governors. It was Mayor Bloomberg of New York who succeeded in forcing climate change into last year’s presidential election, endorsing Barack Obama in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In China, there’s an extremely active network of eco cities, enthusiastically competing amongst themselves for government support and new industry investments.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

UK's Trade in Illegal Rhino Horn

According to the Zoological Society, a Rhino is hacked to death ever 11 hours. Traffickers from the UK are trading in Rhino horn, buying online from middle-men who operate from South Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea and who sell it for £20,000 per lb. 

In South Africa the number of Rhinos slaughtered in 2007 was 13; in 2008 the number was 83. In 2011, 448 Rhinos were slaughtered and the number is increasing. By 2015, a tipping point will be reached where more are dying than being born - a recipe for certain extinction. The horn is used by the Chinese and Vietnamese for herbal medicine and in the Middle East, it is used to make dagger handles. The Yemen and Oman are thought to be the biggest users. Loss of habitat also contributes to their declining numbers.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

There Is More To Tea Cultivation Than Meets The Eye

The second most consumed beverage next to water is tea. Interestingly enough the 3,200,000 tones of tea produced worldwide come from only one plant species, named "camellia sinensis." But how does a plant become a beverage? Tea is made by steeping processed leaves, buds, or twigs of the tea bush in hot water for a few minutes. A great variety of tea tastes, aromas and colors can excite even the most skeptical palette. If you do like tea drinking, but simply never had the opportunity to learn more about it beyond the fact that you enjoy it, you should know that there are thousands of teas offered on today's market.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Chinese New Year

Sunday, 10th of February 2013 is Chinese New Year, which celebrates the end of winter and the start of the Spring Festival, an event similar to our Western carnival. This year heralds the era of the Yin (female), Water Snake, a time to stimulate research and education into science and technology and the year will continue until 30th January 2014. The Snake will be offer a year of insight and influence, motivation and intelligence. It is a time to be rewarded for caring efforts of all kinds and to find opportunities to build new relationships.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Yoko Ono & Sean Lennon Launch Artists Against Fracking

Artists and Public Figures Ask Governor Cuomo to Say No

NEW YORK, Aug. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Artists Against Fracking has been launched by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon as a new coalition of artists, musicians, filmmakers and public figures opposed to hydraulic fracking.

The growing coalition now includes more than 180 members, including Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Anne Hathaway, Alec Baldwin, Marina Abramovic, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cindy Sherman, MGMT, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Liv Tyler, Mario Batali, Roberta Flack, Robert De Niro, Mark Ruffalo, Uma Thurman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and many others. The full list is at www.artistsagainstfracking.com.

The group will work to expose and stop the harmful and contaminating practice of fracking for natural gas and oil through mass awareness and peaceful democratic action.

Yoko and Sean were compelled into action by Governor Andrew Cuomo's recent announcement that fracking might soon begin in New York.

"Protecting our drinking water is fundamental to life. And people worldwide know that as a species, we are near a tipping point – it could go either way," explained Sean. "We all have a responsibility to preserve the planet's life-support systems for future generations."

Hydraulic fracking pushes gas and oil out of rocks that are 2,000-10,000 feet below the earth by injecting millions of gallons of water laced with chemicals at high pressure to break the rocks and free trapped methane. In 2005, the Bush/Cheney Energy Policy Act exempted fracking for natural gas from the Safe Drinking Water Act, allowing the use of harmful chemical carcinogens and neurotoxins in the process without disclosure. Congress has reported that 650 chemicals used for fracking are known toxins. This highly contaminated water threatens aquifers and water supplies. Plus, methane leaking from fracked wells is a potent greenhouse gas.

For further information stay tuned to www.artistsagainstfracking.com.

SOURCE Artists Against Fracking

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Eat (and Drink) Your Way to Better Skin By: Tim Jarvis

You already know that too much sun is bad for you skin. But what you may not be aware of is just how quickly you can improve the look and feel of your skin by getting the right nutrients.

“Your refrigerator can be the fountain of youth when it comes to your skin,” says Sunny Lavalle, a registered dietician who has been working with clients in Miami for more than 12 years. “Besides not smoking and using sun protection, your diet is the next best thing you can do to keep your skin healthy and looking good.”

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

2012 – 2021, The Dawn of the Sixth Sun - The Path of Quetzalcoatl


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 Book Details
Title: 2012 – 2021, The Dawn of the Sixth Sun - The Path of Quetzalcoatl
 Author: Sergio Magaña Ocelocoyotl
 Price: $17.99 US/ $17.99 CAN
 Publisher/Imprint: BlossomingBooks, US subsidiary of Edizioni Amrita, srl
 Format: Trade Paperback
 Page count: 180
 ISBN: 978-88-96865-06-4
 Publish date: August 1, 2012
 Distributor: BookMasters


SAN FRANCISCO – August 1, 2012 – What happens on and after December 21, 2012? There has been much confusion and many predictions based on the Mayan calendar. Some people think time on Earth will end but what if there was an intact and compete resource from the ancestors that will give us the wisdom we need for the shift and an understanding of the coming era?
 
 In his new book, 2012 – 2021, The Dawn of the Sixth Sun - The Path of Quetzalcoatl, Sergio Magaña (Ocelocoyotl), mystic and teacher of the ancient Toltec/Aztec lineage of Mesoamerica, discloses an in-depth understanding from a rich and uninterrupted oral tradition, the meaning of the shift from the Fifth to the Sixth Sun, the possibilities presented to humanity at this time, and ancient teachings and practices designed to support this shift.
 
 “Most people think that the knowledge associated with the calendars of ancient Mexico did not survive, but this is not the case,” says Magaña. “We have a full and living tradition that was hidden so it could remain pure and intact until it was needed. The knowledge was preserved by the guardians in the Nahuatl language and passed along in secret from Teacher to student for 1,400 years. It includes teachings, ceremonies, practices, poses, dances, philosophy, prophecy, and in-depth understanding of the mathematics of the cosmos and how this all relates to human consciousness. It is being made available now, to everyone, because it is needed.”

Oracle Card Reading for August

The first card chosen is The Magician (El Mago) from the Dali Tarot Deck. Described as the card of ‘Personal Magic’ the energy is described as real magic which is not limited to trickery, sleight of hand, hocus-pocus or stage illusions. With this magic, we transcend the normal and become one with ourselves, with God and the world. It shows Salvador Dali himself in the central position as the magus; in front of him are many of the tools of his trade and some of his most well-known works, such as the melting clock which represents elasticity and uniqueness of our own personal view and experience of time.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Mexican Fauna

It's easy to separate animals from their natural habitats when you've only ever seen them in zoos. Not to say that you should go seek dangerous animals in the wild, of course, but it can be a thrill to see even the smallest and tamest exotic animals in their native homes. If you're on vacation in Mexico, keep an eye out for these creatures.