SOUL OF AMERICA

The self appointed belief in American exceptionalism stands revealed as self delusion. The intellectual and cultural impoverishment of a government elite whose members are concerned only with self advancement, When the vacuum created by amoral conduct has the potential to be filled with right wing Christian ideology and messianic delusions, the very soul of America is threatened.

America’s creeping corporate coup d’etat has resulted in a mafia economy managed by billionaire investors. Financial systems are restructured to feed the gluttony of amoral Corporations, the true Shadow government. The Covid Pandemic has understandably averted our attention from the twin threats of nuclear war and climate change, neither of which are diminished. As hurricanes create devastation and fires rage out of control across America  the world watches nervously as U.S. President Donald Trump states that he personally would have “no problem” selling the advanced F-35 fighter jet to the United Arab Emirates, a move which would alter the balance of power in the Middle East.

While Trump remains the focal point  to vent feelings of anger and disgust, the conditions to manufacture a demagogue were created decades ago.  A front man was required who pretended or believed himself to be the voice of the disenfranchised betrayed by the corporate interests of both parties. As the façade was revealed and justified anger surfaced, many predictably turned to Trump in desperation in the hope that he understood their very real grievances and suffering, only to be lied to again.

THIS TIME THERE IS NO FACADE. THE LIES ARE PATHOLOGICAL, DELIVERED BY A LINGUISTICALLY CHALLENGED PRESIDENT, SUPPORTED BY A CORRUPT AND INEPT GOVERNING ELITE, ENABLED BY A CONTRADICTORY FAWNING AND HOSTILE MEDIA.

Trump demonstrates cognitive dissonance daily, the product of an unwell mind. Cognitive dissonance seeks to reject, explain away, or avoid new information, as repeatedly seen in his delivery.  An unfortunate effect is that cognitive dissonance is infectious, affecting the listener and exacerbating feelings of powerlessness, a motivating influence urging action to reduce feelings of discomfort. This is the rage which now threatens to engulf America. The complexities of mental health are a minefield even to experts in the field. It is surely incumbent upon Congress to monitor the mental health of the US President, the most powerful man on the world stage, when this is being increasingly questioned. Cognitive health is multi faceted with brain function measured by memory and attention span, the ability to think and speak clearly, learn and remember and interpret emotions. Higher order executive function includes decision making, goal setting, planning and judgement, surely essential requirements for the role of President. Observation of Trump’s behaviour has only increased the concerns of psychiatrists and psychologists.

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.  Published by Macmillan Audio

Donald Trump’s disrespect for any opinion but his own is expressed in cynical vulgarity; eloquence, formerly a mark of high office has been reduced not just to street level but to the gutter. There is increasing agreement that President Trump embodies the traits associated with Narcissism (NPD), a mental health classification of Personality Disorder in which an individual has an excessive need for admiration or affirmation and overestimates his or her abilities. An idealised self image is marked by superiority, arrogance, grandiosity, vanity and a sense of entitlement with a tendency for exploitation. Talking down to or criticizing others, narcissists live by their own morals and values which change as it suits them. There are no clear treatment strategies for Narcissism neither medication or psychotherapy are effective perhaps because to heal, the individual must first acknowledge a disorder.

The idea  that America can be saved by a change of government in the coming election is a vain hope since the foundation on which to build has long since been eroded. A Capitalist system which elevates profit over equitable sharing will always place assets in the hands of an elite minority whether Republican or Democrat.  Donald Trump is not the disease which afflicts America, he is a symptom, he has revealed the inherent vulnerability of placing almost total power in the hands of one man, capable of magnetising self serving sycophants who have no incentive to remove him.  Finer men than Trump have  abandoned the sinking Washington ship, acknowledging defeat in the face of a dysfunctional cabinet unwilling or unable to exert their considerable authority in curbing the ravings and threats of their Captain.

Public opinion polls suggest that the presidential election will be a close race.  Democrats now fully engaged in supporting Joe Biden must regret time lost in navel gazing while reeling in shock from their 2016 election defeat.  Pouring their angst into ‘Pussy Hats’ worn for the Washington March of 2017 arguably lost vital momentum. The hats  were a play on Trump’s widely reported 2005 remarks that women would let him “grab them by the pussy” and a statement against the ‘Make America Great Again’ hats worn by Trump supporters. Internal bickering and dissent regarding the relevance of the term ‘pussy’  descended into internal division as critics objected that ‘pussy hats’ do not represent transgender women or women of colour whose “genitals are more likely to be brown than pink”. A sad commentary on the standard of political activism which through its introspection failed to focus and to galvanize opposition to Trump’s presidency in time perhaps to defeat him in the coming polls.

While America is not alone in its failure to serve its citizens, like all empires which have gone before, it remains oblivious to its decline and so will endeavour to maintain the very power that has corrupted it by any means possible. Oblivious to the impending existential threat of Pandemic, Climate change and Nuclear war, those entrusted with governance seek a return to power and continue to fiddle as Rome burns.

PEACE… When we come to it

“We, this people, on a small and lonely planet travelling through casual space, past aloof stars, across the way of indifferent suns, to a destination where all signs tell us... It is possible and imperative that we learn a brave and startling truth.

And when we come to it… to the day of peacemaking, when
we release our fingers from fists of hostility and allow the pure air to cool our palms.

When we come to it…when the curtain falls on the minstrel show of hate and faces sooted with scorn are scrubbed clean. When battlefields and coliseum no longer rake our unique and particular sons and daughters up with the bruised and bloody grass, to lie in identical plots in foreign soil. When the rapacious storming of the churches, the screaming racket in the temples have ceased..

.When the pennants are waving gaily, when the banners of the world tremble stoutly in the good, clean breeze…

When we come to it…   When we let the rifles fall from our shoulders and children dress their dolls in flags of truce, when land mines of death have been removed  and the aged can walk into evenings of  peace… When religious ritual is not perfumed by the incense of burning flesh and childhood dreams are not kicked awake by nightmares of abuse.

When we come to it...Then we will confess that not the Pyramids with their stones set in mysterious perfection…Nor the Gardens of Babylon, hanging as eternal beauty in our collective memory. Not the Grand Canyon…kindled into delicious colour by Western sunsets, nor the Danube, flowing its blue soul into Europe. Not the sacred peak of Mount Fuji stretching to the Rising Sun;  neither Father Amazon nor Mother Mississippi who, without favor nurture all creatures in the depths and on the shores…These are not the only wonders of the world Continue reading

METAPHYSICS OF COVID 19

Many would agree that mankind appears to  have lost its moral compass, the ability to understand the connection between conduct and consequence. The gods of money, power and status are worshipped by those who ‘have’ and pursued by those who ‘have not’. Superficiality and temporary commitment  are just another means of avoiding pain, leading to further disillusionment.  At times the disconnect seems almost complete. Whether we recognise it or not, we are more than a physical body, our origin is spiritual… we simply need to remember who we are, where we come from and how to get back.

REMEMBERING THE SOUL: Ancient wisdom views the soul as the eternal aspect  of consciousness, residing temporarily in the  physical body. We are connected body and soul through our thoughts and emotions but the pull of the physical world is great… we forget the invisible intangible part of our selves, our true identity. Religions offer various paths to  assist our journey while philosophers attempt to define the exact nature of the soul. Both neglect to impart the wonder of the spiritual essence or radiance with which each one of us is imbued. Without this we forget our true heritage and purpose and become distracted by the world. At birth the soul remains connected to the source  by a non physical umbilical cord, described in the literature as ‘the silver cord’ through which the soul continues to receive intuitive guidance from the non material realm.  At the point of death this cord disconnects from the body in the same way the umbilical cord of the baby is cut to allow separation from the mother at birth. What we term ‘death’ is in reality a spiritual transition. Continue reading

COINCIDENCE, CONSPIRACY OR CORRUPTION

For some, synergistic events are coincidental. Albert Einstein said “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”  In 2013 within hours of the resignation of Pope Benedict XV1, lightning struck the Vatican. The resignation is thought to be in response to the sexual abuse scandals about to engulf the church on the heels of  the recent financial scandals involving the Vatican Bank.

On May 13th 1981 St Peters Square Rome was filled to capacity as the faithful gathered to celebrate the 64th anniversary of the appearance of Mary, the mother of Jesus to three children in Fatima, Portugal in 1917,  which predicted the fall of the church due to the corruption of its priesthood. At the exact time the messages from Mary were being read out in Fatima Pope John Paul entered Vatican Square and was hit by 4 bullets in an attempted assassination.

So what were the Fatima messages and what was with held? Continue reading

SACRED CALENDERS OF TIME  – Rise and Fall of Consciousness

WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING ON?  IN THE MIDST OF THE PANDEMIC AND THREAT OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC COLLAPSE, MANY ARE SEEKING SPIRITUAL ANSWERS AND NOTING AN UNNERVING CORRESPONDENCE WITH ‘END TIMES’ PROPHECY AND PREDICTION, BROUGHT BY THE MESSENGERS OF EVERY BELIEF SYSTEM AND DISMISSED AT OUR PERIL.

In a secular Age when science has displaced Divinity in the never ending debate about the origin of Creation, ancient wisdom is dismissed as superstition, along with a framework which answers many of the questions science is seeking to resolve. Meanwhile biologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, geologists and cosmologists pool their knowledge as the latest discoveries confirm the wisdom literature, allowing science to adjust its theories regarding the evolution of mankind through Cycles and Ages. Archeology confirms that  the first cities arose in ancient China, Mesopotamia and India, however historians remain unaware that today we are recording only the most recent time period, a partial record at best. Sacred records provide an account of Cycles and Ages preceding our own calendar of time. This record is lost to the masses for global cataclysm creates a break in Time when the collective memory of mankind becomes subconscious; the memory of the Lost Continent of Atlantis is an example of this. Continue reading

LIFE, LIBERTY and LOCKDOWN – A plea for common sense

In the commendable aspiration of achieving ‘Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness’ it would seem obvious to most of us that LIFE must be the first priority since without it the other two cannot exist.

In the current pandemic all nations are struggling to prioritise the health of citizens in the precarious economic situation. Many American voices are loudly raised in protest at the perception of an infringement of individual rights….the right not to wear a mask or to accept social restrictions. The consequence is increased polarization at a time when national unity is critical to controlling global spread. The number of new reported cases of corona-19 worldwide is increasing faster than ever, at July 17th 13,788,300 cases have been reported globally, the highest number 337,724 in the US.   Despite this there is widespread opposition to even the most basic precautions, viewed as a breach of personal freedom.

IN ONE WEEK THOSE INTENT ON IMPOSING ACTUAL DICTATORIAL REGIMES PROVIDED A STARK REMINDER OF THE REALITY AND SPEED WITH WHICH STATE OPPRESSION CAN BE IMPOSED WHEN SO CALLED GUARDIANS OF DEMOCRACY ARE DISTRACTED BY THEIR OWN SUPERFICIAL SQUABBLES. Continue reading

HEART OF THE MATTER – Human/Pig..Monkey/Pig

A CHIMERA IS AN ORGANISM OR TISSUE WITH AT LEAST TWO SOURCES OF DNA. GENETIC MODIFICATION IS CREATING LABORATORY DESIGNED ANIMALS TO MEET HUMAN NEEDS

An international team of researchers has created embryos containing both human and monkey cells (July 2019) Spanish scientist Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte of the Salk Institute in San Diego  is spearheading the project with scientists from his own lab and those from the Murcia Catholic University in Murcia, Spain. The purpose of the experiment is to use chimeras to investigate ways of using animals to grow human organs for transplants. The research was conducted in China “to avoid legal issues”,

Monkey-Pig: New Scientist reported the birth of two chimera piglets in December 2019. Tang Hai State Key Laboratory of Stem Cell and Reproductive Biology in Beijing conducts research into the growth of human organs in animals for human transplantation. The piglets had been  injected with genetically modified monkey cells five days after embryo fertilization.  The piglets died but were found to have DNA from macaque monkeys in their heart, liver, spleen, lung and skin. The scientists aim to repeat the experiments ‘to create healthy animals with a higher concentration of monkey DNA, eventually reproducing a ‘pig’ with an organ containing only monkey DNA.’ The research paper, published in Protein and Cell, said the results brought the team “one step closer to producing tissue-specific functional cells and organs in a large animal model.” Continue reading

A STEP TOO FAR?

In the 1920s, Ilya Ivanovitch, a Soviet Biologist Professor of Zoology, developed a method of Artificial Insemination for livestock to improve horse breeding stock. The method allowed 1 stallion to inseminate up to 500 horses and became the basis of livestock breeding today. Inadvertently it also became the fore runner of IVF (Invitero Fertilization) Ivanovitch went on to cross breed species, the zhorse a combination of zebra-46 chromosomes and horse-64 chromosomes and created further animal Hybrids:

 

Cross bred animals included:

Zebra/donkey = Zonkey

Mouse/Guinea pig – Muinea pig

Rat/Mouse – Rouse

Antelope/Cow – Zubron

 

HE  WENT ON TO CONDUCT RESEARCH INTO IMPREGNATING APES WITH HUMAN SPERM, SUPPORTED BY SOME OF THE MOST RESPECTED SCIENTISTS OF THE DAY. Continue reading

TRUST ME I’M A DOCTOR

AS THE PANDEMIC GREW WE HAVE BEEN CONSTANTLY TOLD TO TRUST THE SCIENCE WITH THE VOICE OF DR ANTHONY FAUCI  OFTEN PROVIDING WELCOME  REASSURANCE – CONFIRMATION OR DENIAL OF RECENT DISTURBING REPORTS ARE NEEDED TO KNOW THAT OUR TRUST IS NOT MISPLACED.

Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) is responsible for viral research programmes and an estimated $5.9 billion budget for the fiscal year 2020. Citizens are normally reluctant to peer too closely into the shadowy world of biogenetic engineering however the pandemic and ensuing panic forced us to enquire into a possible cause.  In the clamour for a vaccine we are forced to address unpalatable facts. Becoming strangely  familiar  with terms such as ‘chimera’ (meaning ‘parts of different origins’) we learn that biotechnology involves combining cells of different species e.g. human/mouse, human/dog or human/chimpanzee to create chimeric genes or antibodies from which to develop a vaccine. At which point we either justify the need or choose to look the other way. Continue reading

BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT – Correcting the Carbon Dating of the Turin Shroud

 

THIRTY TWO YEARS AFTER RADIO CARBON DATING MISTAKENLY PRONOUNCED  THAT THE SHROUD OF TURIN WAS OF MEDIEVAL ORIGIN, TECHNOLOGY HAS ADVANCED ACROSS MULTIPLE SPECIALIST AREAS, PROVIDING AN EVIDENTIAL ARCHIVE OF AUTHENTICITY WHICH EXPERTS AGREE IS BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT.

For many the most unexpected and poignant evidence comes from botanists who  identified microscopic pollen grains retrieved from the threads of the Shroud.  Botanic samples  proved to be native to France, the Mediterranean area and Israel, compatible with the narrative of the Shroud having been brought from Palestine to Europe by Knights Templar after the Crusades.

Continue reading

GEOMETRY OF DIVINITY

AS MANY PONDER AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE WE MIGHT REGAIN A SENSE OF PERSPECTIVE BY PAUSING TO REFLECT UPON THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE AND OUR TRUE PLACE IN AN INFINITE ORDERED UNIVERSE.

‘Let no one ignorant of geometry enter here‘ was engraved over the door of Plato’s Academy. Sacred Geometry is an ancient science, it seeks to understand how the universe organises and unifies all things precisely. It is not difficult to see an indication of purpose and intention within the Grand Design. Every natural pattern of growth or movement manifests within one or more geometric shapes, the building blocks of Creation. Throughout time spiritual movements have used sacred geometry as symbolic representation to describe their  aspirations. Two overlapping circles create an almond shape in the centre, referred to as the Vesica Pisces, the womb of Creation.

The circles can also represent the trinity of body, mind and spirit and the Ascension of the Soul. The ‘fish’ symbol adopted by the early Christians is derived from the Vesica Pisces, the tail  incorporating the upper and lower circles as a path of choice. Continue reading

LOVE IS THE KEY

SEPARATION IN THE LAST DAYS – LOVE IS THE KEY

Among the many difficulties experienced during the Covid-19 outbreak, social distancing has perhaps brought the greatest pain to those facing the ultimate challenge of losing a loved one. Whatever our beliefs we would all hope to have a hand to hold when it comes to the final separation. At this poignant time when all is stripped away, much can be achieved; priorities can change and  past misunderstandings, disagreements or estrangements often dissolve. It is therefore heartrending to think that such opportunities may be lost due to separation but also a relief to remember that even in a deeply unconscious state your loved one retains awareness of the love you have shared and continue to share. As research has shown, consciousness is not limited to the body or defined by distance, so it’s good to remember that we are still able to connect through thoughts and prayers even when circumstances prevent us being present at the bedside.

A BELIEF IN THE SOUL, THAT OUR ORIGIN IS SPIRIT, HELPS US TO ACCEPT LIFE AS ONE PART OF AN ETERNAL JOURNEY. THE SOUL IS THE UNIQUE RECOGNISABLE IDENTITY WHICH SURVIVES THE DEATH OF THE BODY. THOSE OF US PRIVILEGED TO HAVE SHARED THE LAST MOMENTS WITH A LOVED ONE  AS THEY RECOGNISED A NEW REALITY ARE FOREVER CHANGED. Continue reading

BRIGHT SHINY OBJECTS DIVERTING VIRUS ATTENTION

AVOIDING UNPLEASANT TRUTHS WILL NOT MAKE THEM GO AWAY – IT INCREASES RISK AND VULNERABILITY.  INFORMATION IS POWER – USE IT TO DEFEAT THE VIRUS.

As the political wrangling and blame game successfully diverts our gaze from the potential health risks facing the public, Covid-19 continues mutating, creating unexpected complex conditions to puzzle molecular biologists and virologists.

Initially thought to be a pathogen that primarily attacks the lungs, the virus is in fact more complex and more deadly, with a potential to affect nearly every major organ system in the body, posing a much more significant threat. Taking positive action is therefore critical in safeguarding health. Common sense precautions allow a pause to reflect and take appropriate  and timely steps. Don’t wait for the government to do it for you. Continue reading

WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY Let the Truth be told

ON WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH?

The right to be informed must be balanced by an obligation to respond. Rights are never granted unless claimed. 

On the 59th Anniversary of the late President John F Kennedy’s Address to The American Society of Newspaper Publishers….On the dangers of secrecy, concealment and censorship and the role of a free press in informing and educating the public.

President Kennedy’s Address to the American Society of Newspaper Editors

‘And so it is to the printing press, the recorder of man’s deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news, that we look for strength and assistance, confident that with your help, man will be what he was born to be: free and independent’ Continue reading

Who to Bless and Who to Blame

First published May 3rd 2020

A GROWING NUMBER OF CONCERNED VIROLOGISTS HAVE WARNED THAT SCIENTIFIC RESEARCHERS GENETICALLY ENGINEERED THE COVID-19 VIRUS  FROM THE SARS VIRUS TO MAKE A BIOLOGICAL WEAPON.  IF TRUE THIS HAS MAJOR IMPLICATIONS FOR HOW TO MANAGE THE PANDEMIC.

Leading scientists believe Covid-19 is an engineered virus adapted over 30 years as part of a global bio weaponry programme through shared international research labs.  Bio-engineering does not necessarily indicate bio-weaponry, however engineered viruses can be used as a weapon. Offensive biological warfare, including mass production, stockpiling and use of biological weapons, was outlawed by the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).  Many countries, including signatories of the BWC, currently pursue bio weapons research under Defence initiatives which is not prohibited by the BWC. Biological warfare  is not limited to any one country, those currently suspected of having biological weapons programmes include: Canada, China, Cuba, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Libya, North Korea, Russia, South Africa, Syria, the United Kingdom and the United States. Continue reading

EARTH DAY – Beyond Illusion

On a day when millions come together to promote awareness of the existential threat facing the population, even spiritual warriors must be willing to face unpalatable truths.

WATCH THIS FILM IF YOU DARE – PREFERABLY IN FULL.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk11vI-7czE

Michael Moore Presents: Planet of the Humans | Full Documentary | Directed by Jeff Gibbs

Thank you to all who made this film possible

PRISONER ASSANGE – A risk to who?

THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION HAS WARNED PRISONS TO EXPECT ‘HUGE MORTALITY RATES’ UNLESS THEY ACT TO PREVENT THE DISEASE FROM INFILTRATING JAILS.

 Andrea Allbutt  head of  UK Prison Governors Association has said  that prisons are “facing unprecedented risk”. The UK Ministry of Justice have suspended all visits to prisons, with inmates confined to their cells in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19.  Overcrowding and staff shortages mean Covid-19 could overwhelm the system,  the release of some prisoners would help prevent disorder, slow the spread of the virus and avoid further burdening the NHS.

JULIAN ASSANGE a non violent prisoner awaiting trial as a whistle blower, remains in Bellmarsh prison despite the risk to his already fragile mental and physical health. Following dismissal of the  previous bail application magistrate Vanessa Baraitser,  was rebuked by the International Bar Association for her decisions having entered the court carrying pre-written judgements before hearing oral argument. The Kangaroo Court continues Continue reading

CONTAMINATION: COMPLAIN OR COMPLY

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS REMIND POPULATIONS ACROSS THE WORLD TO CONTINUE TO REMAIN AT HOME EVEN AS EASTER SUNSHINE TEMPTS SOME TO LEAVE.  RESTRICTION OF MOVEMENT AND SOCIAL CONTACT IS CURRENTLY THE ONLY MEASURE TO PROTECT AGAINST VIRAL CONTAMINATION.

Faced with whether to complain or comply with the enforced limitation, we might pause to remember the story of Eyam, a Saxon village in Derbyshire, England ,where seventeenth century villagers set the gold standard for personal sacrifice. Villagers in the Peak District National Park are currently outraged that a steady stream of visitors have ignored government warnings to stay at home to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. Walkers saunter through the picturesque village, which is home to about 1,000 people, perhaps oblivious to its history as ‘the plague village’. Continue reading

EASTER – Science, Evidence and Faith

IT IS FOR EACH ONE OF US TO DECIDE WHAT TO BELIEVE  REGARDING THE LIFE OF JESUS. THE HISTORICAL ACCOUNTS PASSED DOWN TO US ARE A STARTING POINT FROM WHICH TO QUESTION.

In an increasingly secular and some might say selfish world it is perhaps surprising to note that 84% of the world’s population identifies with a religious group. The Christian faith remains the largest religion in the world, with 31.2% of the global population of 7.3 billion. ‘No religious affiliation’ (6%)  does not indicate atheism, many in this group have a strong sense of spirituality or belief in God, gods or guiding forces. Jesus Christ is revered by many who do not adhere to Christianity or practise an organised religion.

Science and religion are not  incompatible. A survey of 3,000 science, medical, technical, and engineering professionals in the UK, Germany and France, commissioned by the Scientific and Medical Network, found that 25% described themselves as atheists, with 45%, a majority defining themselves as ‘religious or spiritual’. Continue reading

EASTER STORY – ‘Could you not watch with me one hour?’

HONOURING THE LIFE OF JESUS AT EASTER

For those who know the story and for those who don’t.

THE LAST SUPPER

On the Thursday at the end of the week of celebrations to mark the Jewish Feast of Passover the disciples met with Jesus to celebrate the feast together. This commemorated a historical event in Jewish history, still celebrated today which marks the end of 400 years of captivity of the Israelites in Egypt (1446 BCE) when Moses their leader was commanded by God to instruct the pharaoh to “Let my people go”. When Pharaoh refused, twelve consecutive plagues resulted, culminating in the death of the eldest son of each Egyptian family. Tradition holds that the Angel of Death ‘Passed over’ the houses of the Israelites and Pharaoh freed them.

As Jesus and the disciples ate a supper together he shocked the disciples by indicating that he would soon leave them. This became their ‘last supper’.

He broke the bread and said: “This is my body broken for you, eat in remembrance of me.” He gave them wine to drink saying: “This is my blood, drink in remembrance of me.”  This later became the sacred ritual performed by his followers in his memory, referred to today as taking Communion, as he asked.  Jesus talked to them of what was to come saying: “This night one of you will betray me,”  but they did not understand. Judas Iscariot one of the disciples, slipped away to meet with the High Priest, having arranged to betray Jesus to the authorities. Continue reading

EASTER WELCOME

EASTER  2020

IN THIS TIME OF EXCEPTIONAL CHALLENGE,

EASTER REMINDS US OF THE PROMISE OF HOPE AND RENEWAL

Easter is a time of celebration for all of us, the focus is different for different people.  For some it means Easter Eggs and holidays, for others, a time of celebration, acknowledging natural cycles and seasonal rituals. For Christians it is the most sacred part of the calendar, a time of renewal of faith through remembrance of the traditional story of the Trial and Resurrection of Jesus.

For millions of others who do not profess the Christian faith but have revered Jesus and his teaching it is an opportunity to honour his life and example as a foundation for living.

Whatever our beliefs the season brings a sense of hope and renewal.

We wish you all peace and joy this Easter. Continue reading

COVID-19 – MAINTAINING MENTAL HEALTH

It has long been acknowledged that emotions play a major part in maintaining health.  Today, the focus on mental health is greater than ever before, with an acknowledgement of the role stress plays. The current global pandemic is creating fear and panic due to the accelerating speed of what seems beyond our control. It is therefore vital to understand the body’s response to stress which weakens the immune system, our defence against the virus.

RESEARCH SHOWS HOW THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS AFFECT OUR HEALTH

The late Candace Pert, a neuro scientist, demonstrated that brain chemistry is regulated by thoughts and emotions via neuro transmitters, brain chemicals called peptides which carry an electrical charge. Bruce Lipton, a molecular cell biologist, discovered that cells respond to environment and can therefore be influenced by positive thought processes. His groundbreaking research demonstrates that DNA is not the primary influence in cell biology as previously believed. This research demonstrates how electrochemical messages are passed between brain cells, then carried by neurological pathways to every cell of the body.  Each cell membrane is covered in receptors which allow chemical transmission. Cells are programmed to respond to signals from the brain by opening receptors appropriately, to be bathed in a nourishing chemical cascade. Where pathogens e.g. a virus, is detected, the receptors close off to limit transmission. Cells do not determine whether a threat is real or not, they simply react. Continue reading

ASSANGE – DEMISE OF BRITISH JUSTICE

BAIL APPLICATION FOR JULIAN ASSANGE REFUSED

Several hearings ago, Magistrate Baraitser had already stated, before any had been made, that she would not grant bail.  Doctors for Assange are gravely concerned for the publisher’s health, with increasing risk from the current pandemic. The government  is actively considering releasing some prisoners to reduce prison populations because of COVID-19. As a non-violent remand prisoner, today’s application argued that Assange’s health is seriously deteriorating putting him at extreme danger from COVID-19 and that prison conditions make it impossible to avoid infection. Assange’s legal team were informed  that some 100 Belmarsh Prison staff members were home “sick” from the novel coronavirus, however British Magistrate Court Judge Vanessa Baraitser contended that COVID-19 was not an issue in the facility. Continue reading

COVID AND OUR BETTER ANGELS

25/3/20

AS WORLD LEADERS COMPARE THE CHALLENGES OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC TO THOSE FACED BY OUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS IN WW2  WE ARE LEFT TO WONDER HOW WE WILL MATCH UP TO THEIR COURAGE AND SELFLESSNESS.

The most that is being demanded of us is to remain in our houses except for essential shopping, medical needs or the care of family and friends.  Yet for many it seems, this is too big an ask. Perhaps this is a timely moment especially for the younger generation, to remind ourselves of the sacrifices others made to ensure that we would have the freedom which many believe is a right rather than a privilege and a responsibility.

With the outbreak of WW2 in 1939,  rationing began, first petrol then food was severely rationed. Everyone was issued with a ration book  to register at chosen shops. Shopkeepers were given only enough food for registered customers and housewives had to find inventive ways to make meals appetising. Rationing led to black markets. with additional non-rationed supplies ‘under the counter’, for those who could afford it. This was a lucrative industry with a maximum five-year jail sentence. Certain foods were unobtainable, many children had never seen a banana and their sweets were rationed until the end of rationing  in 1953. Continue reading

CORONA VIRUS – POWER UP – Activate your Immune Defence System

DEFEATING THE VIRUS BY UNDERSTANDING HOW IT WORKS

Viruses are infectious agents, there are many different kinds, not all are harmful. Viruses are not alive – they are simply a genetic code which carry their own DNA. Viruses are not predators but take advantage of opportunities to invade cells, they  are dormant unless activated. Strengthening our immune system and maintaining a positive outlook is therefore our best defence.

The  definition of a virus is ‘a microscopic particle that can infect the cells of a biological organism using energy for growth and development.’ Viruses cannot reproduce on their own, they  require a host in order to multiply, replicating themselves in the living cells of birds, mammals, plants. They  consist of genetic material contained within a protective protein coat and have a termed life span. CORONA VIRUSES are single-stranded RNA viruses, Corona is Latin for halo, the virus is named for the characteristic ‘fringe’ of rounded or petal shaped projections studding their envelope. This virus family can cause a variety of illnesses including respiratory infections which include SARS-gov-2  (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome ) and MERS-CoV  (Middle East respiratory syndrome). Viruses are responsible for one third of common colds, seasonal flu is a result of several possible strains.

                                               COVID-19  IS NOT FLU 

Co (Corona) VID (viral disease) 19  is the year the virus was identified. It is one specific viral strain not yet identified, the reason we have no immunityHighly infectious, in the worst cases it is deadly. Continue reading

CORONA VIRUS – CAUSE AND CONSEQUENCE

CORONA VIRUSES ARE ZOOTIC DISEASES, MEANING THEY JUMP FROM ANIMALS TO HUMANS. SCIENTISTS HAVE STATED THAT THE LATEST STRAIN OF CORONA VIRUS, COVID -19 MUTATED TO INFECT PEOPLE THROUGH ANIMAL – HUMAN CONTACT.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology in China has a laboratory at the highest security level—Biosafety level 4.  Its researchers study coronaviruses from bats, including the one that is closest to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  (The SARS coronavirus – SARS-CoV  identified in 2003 was believed to be an animal virus originating in bats, which spread to other animals (civet cats). It was first stated  that human spread occurred when contaminated civet cats were eaten in the Guangdong province of southern China in 2002.This has been disputed.

THE SARS VIRUS WHICH INFECTED 8,096 PEOPLE AND KILLED 774 BETWEEN 2002 AND 2004 HAD ESCAPED MULTIPLE TIMES FROM A RESEARCH LAB IN BEJING.

After the  laboratory leak incident of SARS in 2004, the former Ministry of Health of China initiated the construction of Bio safety  laboratories for high-level pathogens such as SARS coronavirus, and  pandemic influenza virus. The Wuhan Institute of Virology lab opened in 2015. Researchers working in the lab must wear specialised Hazmat suits confined to ‘cabinet’ work spaces which confine viruses and  bacteria. Picture: Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Prior to the opening of the lab  scientists had published their concerns  in the scientific journal ‘Nature’  that one of the killer viruses could ‘escape’ and go on to infect members of the public. Continue reading

HOW THE ROYALS GET RICHER

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE ROYAL?  THE DICTIONARY DEFINITION IS ‘RELATED TO A KING OR QUEEN’ DENOTING NOBILITY AND IMPLYING SERVICE. 

The most recent episodes of scandal and controversy resulting in the demotion of not one but two royal princes of the British monarchy provides an opportunity for reflection to consider the privilege and inequality inherent within an outmoded class system.

Under increasing public scrutiny moral and ethical standards are repeatedly revealed as flawed. Domestic scandals have long dogged the royal family but now US  lawyers representing victims of international sex trafficking by Jeffrey Epstein have  turned their attention to those who may have enabled his crimes. Prince Andrew has been notified of possible subpoena action due to his  ‘zero response’ to their requests for his cooperation in assisting with their enquiries.

TAX AVOIDANCE or TAX EVASION?

  • The Paradise Papers leaked in 2017 revealed the millions of dollars invested by the Queen and Prince Charles in off shore tax havens including Bermuda and The Cayman Islands

Continue reading

UNDER THE CROWN – The Poverty Gap

1% OF THE POPULATION OWN HALF  OF THE LAND  IN THE UK

MINISTERS RECENTLY ADMITTED ENGLAND’S HOUSING MARKET WAS ‘BROKEN’ Home ownership in England has fallen to its lowest level for 30 years with almost half of all people in England aged 25 to 34 living in rented accommodation. Home ownership is out of reach for young people with many forced to remain with parents, the average age for first time buyers is now 32.  ‘The unemployment rate (the proportion of the economically active population who are unemployed) for 16-24 year olds was 11.2% in August-October 2019’  (House of Commons Library).  ”For 16-24 year olds, the basic rate of Unemployment Benefit is £57.90  ($75.62) a week, for those 25 and over, it’s £73.10  ($95.47) with reductions for any hours worked or for any pension. In 2013, the Department for Work and Pensions introduced the ‘Bedroom Tax’ setting a target to ‘encourage’ 30%  of tenants with an ‘extra’ bedroom, living in social housing, to move home by 2017.  Where a property has a 2nd bed room this is taxed, tenants have their Unemployment Benefit reduced by some £14 per week and by up to £25 for a third bedroom. No exemption is given for separated or divorced fathers  attempting to provide accommodation for their children.  

LAND OWNERSHIP  HAS ALWAYS CONFERRED WEALTH AND POWER, DICTATING PROPERTY OWNERSHIP.  Today, most of UK land remains in the hands of the descendants of the French nobles and soldiers who became the aristocracy after being gifted land  from 1066 by William the Conqueror, in return for service. Successive monarchs continued the practice of granting land in exchange for duties and today 70% of Britain’s land remains in the hands of 1% of the population, highlighting  an ever widening poverty gap. Continue reading

‘SUSSEX ROYAL’ – THE BURDEN OF WEALTH, POWER AND PRIVILEGE

Prince Harry, once the most admired member of the royal family has caused shock and dismay through his decision to ‘step back’ from the royal family and relocate to North America. Whatever the motives, questions arise as to the  way in which Harry and Meghan have conducted themselves, widely viewed as a lack of respect for the Queen and the monarchy itself. There is true affection for Harry and  sincere acknowledgement of the trauma caused by his mothers death at such an early age… who can forget him walking with his brother behind her coffin. Whatever the true cause, the total breakdown of the relationship between Harry and William is viewed as collateral damage arising from the marriage of Harry and Meghan. Continue reading

IRAN – A POCKET HISTORY FOR TRUMP

IS HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF?

1953 CIA SUPPORTED COUP IN IRAN:  The removal of Mossadegh  (the leftist Iranian Prime Minister in 1951) was, in my estimation, a tragic mistake on the part of the United States. We caused, in effect, the Khomeini revolution by doing that. But essentially, the seeds of that revolution were planted then, because we insulted the Iranians nationally, as a nation. So we interrupted the normal course of Iranian history… Iran would have gone its own way, and we would not have become the scapegoat, the great Satan, or whatever.      David Nalle, Director, Bi-National Center, Tehran, 1960-1963

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue reading