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.

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.

The Hexagram symbol of Judaism is a six pointed star denoting ‘as above so below’. Multiple overlapping, evenly  spaced circles form the Flower of Life. The Tree of Life  (Kabbalah) is used by various mystical traditions including, Judaeism, Christian Kabbalah, Hermeticism and Theosophy. The lines represent a path of initiation, the spheres are associated with values, deities, angels and celestial bodies.

THE GOLDEN RATIO describes divine proportion through Phi formula, the number 1.618  which relates to harmonious and beautiful proportions and perfect balance.  The Golden Ratio is observed in astro physics as pulsating stars and black holes. the dimensions of the Earth and Moon are in Phi relationship, forming a Triangle based on 1.618.

 

SACRED SITES eg MECCA,  CORRESPOND TO THE GOLDEN RATIO WHICH IS MIRRORED IN NATURE, BIOLOGY AND IN HUMAN ANATOMY.

RESEARCH SHOWS DNAAND THE HUMAN BODY CORRESPOND TO THE FORMULA OF THE GOLDEN RATIO.

AT THIS TIME PROFOUND PLANETARY CHANGES ARE OCCURRING WHICH OFFER A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO EACH OF US TO ADAPT TO A NEW REALITY, RECLAIMING OUR TRUE IDENTITY WHICH IS SPIRITUAL.

Research scientists tracking radiation on Earth have recorded an unusual extremely low frequency signal at phi, or 1.618033 Hertz (cycles per second). They comment: “These signals appear with no clear relationship with any known source. They are not related to solar anomalies or any known weather pattern… These signals have been detected on a global scale and are of extreme interest.”  Brain wave and heart frequencies have been shown to overlap and to interact with Earths magnetic fields. By aligning with the optimum frequency we can help offset planetary discord, effecting peaceful change. Human brainwave activity is measured as delta, theta, alpha and beta waves. Beta waves register 13 -30Hz and occur when the brain is working on cognitive goal-oriented thinking, planning tasks. Alpha waves (9-13Hz) increase during pleasurable relaxation, any creative activity which helps the mind relax. Theta waves (4-8Hz) are recorded during drowsiness or ‘day dreaming’ and associated with intuition or sleep. In the Delta state brainwaves range from 1-3Hz and are recorded in deep dreamless sleep when the mind is free of bodily demands. Those who practice deep meditation can achieve Delta  while remaining in an alert, wakened state of connection to higher consciousness.

In the human body the Pineal gland links to higher states of consciousness and corresponds to the midline of the Vesica Pisces.  Focussing to this point within the brain assists relaxation and aids sleep. It is also a point of reference in assisting meditation. First relax the body, visualize the mid line and breathe up to the crown, then out and away from the body.

To return to full bodily awareness breathe down from the crown, follow the midline to the top of the spine, breathe slowly down the spine to a point between the heels. Take a moment to feel fully aware and grounded and visualize the energy field at arms length as a bubble of light.

SACRED GEOMETRY IS ALSO MIRRORED IN ANCIENT ARTEFACTS, DENOTING A WISDOM  LOST TO US TODAY.


 

 

 

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 and 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.

Doris aged 93 was in the last stages of Alzheimer’s disease, unable to communicate or recognise her family, she suffered continual seizures before being heavily medicated to drift into hours of unconsciousness in her hospital bed. In the darkened ward of an interminable night her two daughters kept vigil by her bedside, reflecting on the life they had all shared together and praying for her peaceful passing. Doris suddenly opened her eyes, the blank stare had gone, the faded blue eyes were as blue as they had ever been as she stared straight at them with recognition. Her daughters greeted her reassuringly, encouraging her to look for the Light.  Moments later Doris slowly raised her eyes towards the ceiling as a look of wonder crossed her face, she was clearly looking at someone or something. Her gaze never faltered and moments later she breathed a sigh and was gone.

Arthur had once been a regular attendee at chapel but as age and illness dimmed his faith he had become an unbeliever with a philosophy that ‘once your dead, you’re dead’.  Unable to raise the topic of a potential ‘after life’ his daughter felt powerless to help him through a long painful illness made worse by the miles which separated them. A therapist suggested she communicate with him at the soul level, to reassure him in his journey. As he drifted into unconsciousness in his last days, she sat beside him asking for the help he needed. Arthur suddenly sat bolt upright and said  ‘Jen, I can see the stars!’  passing peacefully moments later.

THE LOSS OF A CHILD MUST SURELY BE THE ULTIMATE PAIN WHICH NOTHING CAN EASE, LEAVING A LEGACY OF ANGER, DEPRESSION AND DISILLUSIONMENT  AND GRIEF WHICH NOTHING CAN ASSUAGE AND QUESTIONS WHICH CANNOT BE ANSWERED. A HOPE THAT THE LITTLE ONE IS NOT GONE BUT SIMPLY CHANGED WILL NOT RESOLVE THE GRIEF BUT CAN CONSOLE.

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic Arlo was born prematurely on 24/01/20 and placed in the Intensive Care Unit. Diagnosed with a serious bowel disorder he also suffered a cardiac arrest, leaving him with a brain injury. Four weeks later he underwent surgery to have a large part of his intestines removed. After being ventilated and medicated for 5 weeks his parents were told that the operation had not been successful and nothing more could be done, he would never be able to eat or even to start bottle feeding.

Unable to visit or sit by his side due to the Covid restrictions and told that it is just a matter of time before they lose Arlo, his devastated parents, Sophie and Luke, were left with the choice of whether to leave ICU to spend the remaining precious time together. Arlo came home to be with his family, where at last he can be held and cuddled.

We can only wonder at the courage of these young parents and the extended family who despite their own grief, raised funds and collected Easter gifts for other children who were ill in the hospital. Hopeful that their ‘gofundme’ page might raise enough money to allow them to seek a second opinion, they know that the reality is that his journey will be brief. Any remaining funds will be donated to the Pediatric ICU.  To donate: www.gofundme.com/little-nicu-solider-arlo

The loss of a much anticipated child even before birth is a different pain which perhaps can only be understood by those who have experienced itFor those who accept the belief in the continuity of the soul through many lives, there is the compensation that no soul is ever lost, with evidential research showing that souls often return to the same family group: A grandmother overjoyed at the news of her daughters pregnancy was looking forward to a new grandchild. As the pregnancy reached 3 months she was wakened one night by a dream in which a little girl was calling to her saying ‘I’m going now grandma… I have to leave…I’ll come back”  Puzzled she tossed and turned the rest of the night, the number three impressed upon her mind. Three days later her daughter miscarried and the family shared their grief. Three months later her daughter conceived again, giving birth to a healthy baby girl after an uneventful pregnancy.

Post Script: 18/5/20:   Arlo’s blog advised everyone that he has ‘now gained his wings’  after passing at home with his family.

See also: The Living Memory Research Trust : Loss and Bereavement

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.

 A CALL TO ACTION – STAY INFORMED

Prevention is better than cure. It is easier to stop something happening in the first place than to repair the damage after it has occurred.     

FEAR AND PANIC CREATE VULNERABILITY

                          Thoughts and emotions directly affect the immune system                              CLEAR THE MIND – CALM THE EMOTIONS – NOURISH THE BODY

              See:  CORONA VIRUS – POWER UP – Activate your Immune Defence System

POST VIRAL EFFECTS ARE  EMERGING: Cardiologist Harlan Krumholz of Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital, who is leading multiple efforts to gather clinical data on COVID-19 explained:  “[The disease] can attack almost anything in the body with devastating consequences,”  The virus acts like no pathogen humanity has ever seen, Covid-19 is linked to  SARS-CoV-2, it targets ACE2 receptors present throughout the body, as an entry point to the cell.

The virus enters the nose and throat, an area  rich in ACE2 receptors, once inside  the cell it uses the cell mechanism to create myriad copies of itself invading new cells in the upper respiratory tract, at this point symptoms may be absent. The naso pharyngeal swab test reveals its presence.

If the immune system is unable to repel the virus at this early stage, it  travels down the windpipe to attack the lungs. The body’s immune response increases as white blood cells flood the area to kill infected cells, many people recover at this stage.

Oxygen exchange occurs in alveoli, the tiny sacs at the end of the fine branches of the lungs which are also rich in ACE2 receptors. In acute cases, alveoli become clogged with mucus and debris and patients develop respiratory distress syndrome,  ending up on ventilators in ICU. The cell walls break down diminishing oxygen uptake and the body releases more white cells creating what is referred to as a ‘cytokine storm’. Blood vessels leak, blood pressure drops, clots form, resulting in potential catastrophic organ failure. Drugs used to dampen the cytokine storm can also suppress the immune system, allowing more viral replication.

COMPLEX REACTIONS TO THE VIRUS ARE EMERGING

The virus is now known to affect all ages, GPs in the UK have been alerted by the NHS to an increase in hospital admissions of children amid growing concern that a Sars-CoV-2-related inflammatory syndrome is emerging.  In New York City children who tested  positive for Covid-19 are currently hospitalized. All needed ICU treatment.This is believed to be a ‘post viral inflammatory response’ linked to Kowaskai Syndrome, a known genetic disorder affecting the immune system.  Most children with the condition are asymptomatic for Covid but test positive and can spread the virus. It is known that Kowasaki syndrome can lead to cardiac complications later in life.

 A rise in strokes and heart attacks among even young, asymptomatic patients with Covid -19 has also been reported in recent weeks. A tendency to abnormal blood clotting and sudden unexplained low blood oxygen in Covid-19 patients is causing doctors to consider how the virus appears to target blood vessels, explaining why those with diabetes and high blood pressure are at greater risk. Surprisingly, asthmatics are not widely affected, supporting the theory that those with vascular conditions are at greater risk. Doctors are investigating the possibility that the virus may bind to receptors on endothelial cells, which are found on the inside of blood vessels, like veins and arteries,  raising the possibility that the virus triggers an immune reaction which results in clotting, increasing the  potential for stroke. Blood thinners are now being included in early treatment as a preventative measure.

It is now known that the virus can  target cellular membranes in areas rich in ACE2 receptor cells, and can affect the heart, kidneys, gut and brain. SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in blood, sputum, urine, faeces, and respiratory secretions from infected patients

  • The kidneys have a rich supply of ACE2 receptors. Cytokine storms can dramatically reduce blood flow to the kidney, causing fatal damage. Unfortunately ventilators boost the risk of kidney damage.
  • ACE2 receptors are present in the neural cortex and brain stem. Robert Stevens an intensive care physician at Johns Hopkins Medicine states that the cytokine storm could cause brain swelling while the increased  tendency of the blood to clot could trigger strokes.
  •  SARS-Covid-19 can infect the lining of the lower digestive tract, where the crucial ACE2 receptors are abundant, resulting in gastrointestinal (GI) infection, raising the possibility of fecal transmission. 
  • One third of hospitalized Covid -19  patients develop conjunctivitis with the potential to transmit the virus via ocular fluids. Healthcare workers are recommended to wear eye protection when dealing with patients who have or may have COVID-19.

                              STAY CONCERNED – STAY CALM – STAY WELL

                           TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR HEALTH

See also:

Corona Virus – Cause and Consequence

Who to Bless and Who to Blame.

 

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’

 

 

JOURNALISM ON TRIAL: The cost of publishing the truth can be high, the whistle blowers often pay the price.

Prisoner Assange: A risk to who?

 

Edward Snowden on Surveillance,

discussing the Corona virus, Crisis and Panic:

IT WILL BE MANDATORY -Something major is happening this year!

See also: Who to Bless and Who to Blame

Who to Bless and Who to Blame

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.

Fort Detrick, Maryland is the major US facility for stockpiling biological weapons. The U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command  installation is hosted at Fort Detrick.  Global intelligence agencies currently looking into the origins of the virus have confirmed two Chinese scientists studied live bats in Australia as part of a joint research programme between the Chinese communist government and the Australian government. The “Five Eyes” intelligence agencies of Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, and US are currently examining  the work of senior scientists, Peng Zhou and Shi Zhengli, at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.  We can hope their investigations include Fort Detrick and the University of North Carolina among others, which have all been identified with the original research preceding the Wuhan programme

Luc Montagnier, French virologist and Nobel Laureate, the co discoverer of the AIDS virus, has stated that Covid-19 is a man made virus which originated in a lab.  He told French CNews: “Presence of elements of HIV and germ of malaria in the genome of coronavirus is highly suspect and the characteristics of the virus could not have arisen naturally”  indicating intervention by an external agency.

Dr Francis Boyle, Professor of International Law at the University of Illinois College of Law, drafted the US legislation for the Biological Weapons Anti Terrorism Act of 1989. Professor Boyle has stated his belief that the Covid-19 virus is an offensive biological warfare weapons agent.  He believes Covid -19  to have been genetically engineered from the SARS virus and to be even more infectious and lethal.  He previously condemned the American University of North Carolina Bio Safety Lab Level 3 for using ‘gain of function’ on MERS the Middle East Corona virus which is more dangerous than SARS. (Gain of function refers to experiments which aim to produce additional function in specific viruses where they do not exist in nature). Professor Boyle believes the virus escaped from the Bio-safety Level 4 lab in Wuhan, China which is also a specially designated World Health Organization (WHO) research lab and that the WHO are fully aware of what is occurring there.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology gave grants to US and Australian labs with an agreement to share students. Shared research funded by China was done with the North Carolina lab in Maryland and the Australian Animal Health Laboratory  (now The Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness), a high security laboratory for exotic animal disease diagnosis and research. The University of North Carolina lab obtained their research cells from Fort Detrick.

Professor Boyle states the SARS virus was genetically modified with ‘gain of function’ properties, this can be traced through a paper trail on the development of the coronavirus up until 2015. Three papers are cited by Dr Boyle which show that Covid-19 is the same virus being developed throughout the world.  “My reading of these three articles basically is that they took the technology from this ‘Death Factory’ at North Carolina and the Australian research project and took it back to Wuhan and tried to genetically engineer it all together.”

DR SHI ZHENGLI SUCCESSFULLY SPLICED THE SARS VIRUS,                                        OPENING THE DOOR TO CROSS SPECIES TRANSMISSION

In 2005, Virologist Shi Zhenghalli identified bats in China as the natural reservoir of SARS- like coronaviruses, publishing the research in 2013.

In 2014, Dr Shi Zhengli collaborated on ‘additional gain of function’ experiments led by Ralph S. Baric, distinguished professor of the Departments of Epidemiology, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina. 

Research showed two critical mutations that the MERS coronavirus possesses which allow it to bind to the human ACE2 receptor.  Ralph Baric published a study on his team’s efforts to engineer a virus with the surface protein of the SHC014 coronavirus, found in horseshoe bats in China, and the backbone of one that causes human-like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in mice. The hybrid virus could infect human airway cells and caused disease in mice, according to the team’s results published in Nature Medicine. Fourteen other scientists worked with Baric on this project, which included Switzerland Institute of Microbiology and Harvard Medical School.

Professor Simon Wain-Hobson, a virologist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, warned that such research is “misleading” and “irrational” stating:  “The consequence of any accident would be anywhere from a handful of infections to a catastrophic pandemic.”

In June 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that Fort Detrick had unintentionally exposed personnel to potentially viable anthrax. October 16, 2014: The U.S. National Institute of Health announced a pause on funding of the research in order to assess biosafety and biosecurity risks and benefits  of certain gain of function (GOF) experiments with influenza, SARS, and MERS.

The research was continued in China. Two of the team Xing-Yi Ge and Zhengli-Li Shi, worked at the Key Laboratory of Special Pathogens and Biosafety, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan.

  • Zhengalli  isolated 3 viruses from bats, these included 2 SARS like Corona viruses bat-SL-CoVZC45  and bat-SL- CoVZXC21.
  • One virus had an S Protein which integrated with human ACE2 receptors, demonstrating a capacity for infection of SARS like viruses to humans without the need for an intermediate host.
  • Dr Shi Zhengali became Director at the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

 Dr Paul Cottrell from Harvard University agrees that the structure of the virus cannot have happened zoonotically, (animal to human  transfer) stating that their mechanisms and how these viruses work inside the cell are totally different, indicating genetic manipulation. A retrovirus is a type of RNA virus that invades cells by inserting a copy of its genome  into the DNA of a host cell, which then replicates the foreign material changing the genome of the host. The corona virus is not a retro virus, as an RNI virus it contains DNA strands, most often single strand and has many receptors including ACE2,  and binding receptors DC-Sign and LSign which facilitated bio engineered trans infection. Dr Cottrell describes this as ‘SARS on steroids’.

 Four  bioengineered inserts have been identified in the Covid-19 virus.

  •  HIV Glyko protein 120  spike, the means by which an HIV virus invades cells, was  removed from the HIV virus and inserted into the coronavirus to dock with the ACE2 receptor, enabling transmission to human cells. In addition it docked with the LSign receptor, a major receptor for HIV.
  • GAG (group specific antigen) the major structural protein of HIV-1 and all other retro viruses was inserted. 
  • GP141 the envelope protein from the HIV virus which impairs the immune system. 
  • The ‘gain of function’ programme turbo charged the virus.
  • In addition Nano engineering is believed to have been used to make the virus airborne, increasing the risk of infection.

This might be a final opportunity for citizens of the world to wake up and demand answers. China is denying any involvement in bio engineering and we can confidently expect the same of any other nations who may have collaborated in this evil. It is  likely we will see a cover up of the cover up. Does this mean we should dismiss some of the worlds leading scientists, experts in the field of virology.? Before President Trump uses the situation to impose sanctions on China he might remember the advice ‘He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone’

QUOTE:  THE INDIVIDUAL IS HANDICAPPED BY COMING FACE TO FACE WITH A CONSPIRACY SO  MONSTROUS HE CANNOT BELIEVE IT EXISTS…J Edgar Hoover

Who’s to Bless and Who’s to Blame: Kris Kristopherson:

See also:

Prof. Francis Boyle Update on Coronavirus Bioweapon |Travel restriction

CORONA VIRUS – POWER UP – Activate your Immune Defence System

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.

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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

There have already been two Covid-19 deaths in Belmarsh prison, the number infected is not known as even very sick prisoners are not being tested. Over 150 Belmarsh prison staff are off work self-isolating and the prison is scarcely functioning. Prisoners who have a cough – any cough – are being housed together in segregated blocks. Julian has a cough and chronic lung condition for which he has been treated for years. There is no question that he is at risk from contracting the virus.

The UK Prison Governors’ Association submitted their recommendations to the House of Commons Justice Committee, advising that 15,000 non-violent prisoners need to be released to give the jails any chance of managing COVID-19. They stated that jails across the country are already severely overcrowded, with two prisoners sharing cells designed for a single person, adding that around 80% of prisoners in Swansea were currently doubled up.”  The former justice secretary David Gauke last week called on the government to suspend short sentences to avoid the virus spreading. “There is a strong case for releasing some of those coming towards the end of their sentence a few months earlier,” he said.

Eighty-eight other UK prisoners and 15 staff have already tested positive for Covid-19, Two prisons in Merseyside, HMP Liverpool and HMP Altcourse, have been told there is a designated area in the region for storing additional bodies, according to one prison source.  Staff at HMP Northumberland, which is run by the company Sodexo, have been told bodies could be removed to nearby army bases.

PRISONS HAVE NEVER FACED AN EMERGENCY OF THIS COMPLEXITY OR DURATION

The Ministry of Justice have said the low-risk offenders released would be electronically tagged and temporarily released on licence in stages, but could be recalled at the first sign of concern. No high-risk criminals — such as those who have been convicted of violent or sexual offences, anyone who is a national security concern or a danger to children — will be considered for release. Nor will prisoners who have not served at least half their custodial term. The announcement follows the news last week that pregnant women in custody who do not pose a high risk of harm to the public, will be temporarily released from prison to protect them and their unborn children from coronavirus. Prisoners in mother and baby units meeting the same risk assessment will also be released with their children. Only 100 prisoners have been released so far.

If released pending trial, Julian Assange would pose no risk as he would be living with his family and be subject to electronic tagging and stringent security monitoring. 

Some countries have already begun releasing prisoners.  Iranian state media announced it would temporarily free about 70,000 prisoners to combat the spread of the disease, pardoning 10,000 inmates “in light of the sensitive situation in the country”. Outbreaks have already begun in U.S. jails, with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio preparing to release hundreds of inmates this week who he said were in “immediate danger” of contracting the coronavirus. The Polish Justice Ministry said on its website that its release plans could extend to some 12,000 convicts.

 

 

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’.

In 1666 the ‘Black Death’ swept through Europe eventually killing some 50 million people. There was no treatment and the disease was fatal. The only way to limit contagion was isolation.The disease had first reached Eyam when a bale of tailors cloth arrived from London where the disease had already killed thousands. The damp bale contained fleas carrying the plague. George Viccars a tailor’s assistant was said to have opened the bale and hung the cloth in front of the hearth to dry, unwittingly stirring the disease-ridden fleas contained within the parcel. He became the first victim.

Between September and December 1665, 42 villagers died and by the spring of 1666, panic swept them with many on the verge of fleeing their homes and livelihoods to save themselves. A newly appointed rector along with his predecessor called a village meeting, informing the parishioners that the village should be quarantined to avoid the plague spreading to nearby villages. They were informed that if they agreed to what was effectively a death sentence, the  Earl of Devonshire living nearby on the Chatsworth House  Estate had offered to send food and supplies.  The rector promised to remain with them and a collective decision was reluctantly made to agree. The  Earl of Devonshire who lived in the nearby Chatsworth House arranged for food and medicine to be left at the southern boundary of the village

The summer was hot and the plague spread. Throughout the following 14 months, human contact, especially with those outside of the village was basically eliminated but hardly anyone broke the agreement to stay. Instead of going to local markets for their supplies, Eyam’s residents left money in the stream outside their village in exchange for goods, vinegar was used as a disinfectant to cleanse the coins through fear of catching the disease. Families buried their own dead and when the stonemason died they engraved their own headstones on the graves.

Villagers watched helplessly from a distance as Elizabeth Hancock buried her husband and six of her children in a field close to the family farm, dragging each body to the grave.

They had all perished in the space of just eight days. Elizabeth  was one of the few survivors.

 

Villagers met for worship in the open air, limiting their contact to small groups, perhaps the first example of ‘social distancing,   The rector’s  27 year old wife contracted the plague after tending to many of the dying. The couple went for a walk in the nearby hills to gain some respite; Elizabeth died the next day and he quickly followed. On November 1st Abraham Morten a farm worker in his later twenties became the last person to die, he is one of 18 of his family listed as victims in the Parish Register.

Unquestionably, the restraint shown by the Eyam villagers significantly reduced the spread to other towns and villages, saving countless lives. It is estimated that less than a quarter of the village population survived, sacrificing their lives for strangers in the nearby towns.

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’.

Crucifixion was meant to be a humiliating death, victim’s bodies were not normally returned to their families but were thrown into a lime pit. Joseph of Arimathea,  a wealthy man and a distant relative of Jesus (uncle of Mary, the mother of Jesus) was a prominent member of the Sanhedrin Jewish Council but also a secret follower of Jesus. This status allowed him to approach Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor, to claim the body.  Joseph of Arimathea made his own tomb available for the body of Jesus but as the strict laws governed the ritual anointing for burial could not take place during the Sabbath (Saturday),  the body was hurriedly prepared and left wrapped in a shroud. The  intention was to return on Sunday to complete the ritual.’  The authorities, concerned that the followers of Jesus may attempt to retrieve his body, sealed the entrance to the tomb with a large stone and placed a guard overnight, however the soldiers fell asleep.

On the morning of Sunday, the women who had followed Jesus came to the tomb to complete the anointing and found the stone rolled away from the entrance and the body gone. Mary Magdalene ran to the disciples Simon Peter and John to tell them. John came first to the sepulchre followed by Simon and looking in saw the linen shroud and the cloth  that had wrapped Jesus’ head lying separately. They ran to tell the other disciples but Mary Magdalene stood outside the sepulchre weeping. She looked inside and saw two angels, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had laid and the angel said to her: “Woman, why weepest thou …Why seek ye the living amongst the dead?”  She answered: “Because they have taken away my Lord and I know not where they have laid him.” She turned and saw Jesus but in her shock and grief did not recognise him.   Supposing him to be the gardener she answered:  “Sir, if thou have born him hence, tell me where thou has laid him and I will take him away.”  Then Jesus said“Mary.”  Recognising him she said:  “Raboni,” which means Master. Jesus said to her:

TOUCH ME NOT FOR I AM NOT YET ASCENDED TO MY FATHER BUT GO TO MY BRETHREN AND SAY UNTO THEM… I ASCEND UNTO MY FATHER AND YOUR FATHER AND TO MY GOD AND TO YOUR GOD’

The disciples did not believed Mary Magdalene’s account but as they they were assembled together Jesus appeared in the room and said:  “Peace be unto you” He appeared to them many times in the following days saying:

” GO YE INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE”

                “LO, I AM WITH YOU EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD”

The Turin Shroud, believed by many to be the linen shroud which wrapped the body of Jesus in the tomb is the most investigated artefact in the world today.  Forensic science research involving atomic resolution electron microscopy, thermography, haematology, crystallography, botany, textiles and coinage have shown  the carbon dating conducted in 1988                                                                                   to be flawed.

A new examination, the results, of 15 years of research, dates the shroud to between 300 BC and 400 AD, placing it in the era of Christ. In forensic terms the wounds described in the biblical account are a match with those seen on the shroud, confirmed by anatomy and pathology.

  • The 120 scourge marks on the front and back and legs of the man of the shroud match the flagrum or flagellum, a Roman whip. The direction of the lash marks indicate two soldiers were striking him, one on each side.
  • The Shroud shows the nail wounds in the wrists, this is anatomically correct, medieval paintings wrongly show nails in the palm of Christ’s hands, this  would not have supported the weight of a crucified body.
  • Botanists discovered Ziziphus spina-christi,  a flowering thorn, around the head of the man on the shroud. The sharp thorns matched 15 puncture wounds, blood stains on the shroud, indicating piercing of the head, especially at the back, where it would have rested against the cross.

Aromatic oils have long been used to prepare a body to assist release of the soul after death, with floral bouquets often the final tribute to the deceased. Professor Avinoam Danin, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, states that the only place in the world where people could gather at least four of the species of plants found on the Shroud , is the area between Jerusalem and Hebron. The flowering characteristics of eight species identified on the Shroud have determined that the plant life was placed on the body somewhere during March or April, the time of the crucifixion.

See full text:

Metaphysics of the Shroud of Turin- Message in the Flowers

The Turin Shroud – Evidence for Crucifixion

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.

At the end of the day Jesus and his disciples retired to the Garden of Gethsemane, a place where they often met together. Here Jesus asked the disciples to watch with him while he prayed for strength in his coming ordeal . When he returned he found them sleeping and said ‘Could you not watch with me one hour?’ 

 

The Temple Guards arrived to arrest Jesus and Judas Iscariot identified him by kissing him on the cheek, the origin of the term ‘Judas’ as one who betrays another. Jesus was bound and led away to be interrogated by the High Priest.

See also

Easter Welcome

The Easter Story

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.

For those who honour the teaching and legacy of Jesus, Easter holds a special significance, both poignant and jubilant.  We invite you to join us as we trace the last days Jesus spent on Earth according to the traditional scriptural account

 

 

 

 

Palm Sunday marks the first day of Easter and commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem where people gathered to celebrate the Jewish Feast of The Passover.

As Jesus travelled with his disciples they approached Jerusalem and came to the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me.  If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”  The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them and found the donkey and the colt. They spread their cloaks for Jesus to ride upon and they made their way into Jerusalem.

Symbolism of Palm Sunday

In the Eastern tradition the donkey is an animal of peace, unlike the horse which is the animal of war. Jesus rode on a donkey to symbolise that he came in peace, fulfilling an ancient Jewish prophecy which predicted the coming of a Saviour: ‘See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’

When the people heard that Jesus was coming they went ahead of him, spreading their cloaks on the ground before him, a tradition in the Near East, to cover the path of  someone considered worthy of the highest honour.  Others cut palm fronds, waving them and singing ‘Hosanna to the son of David’. Hosanna is an expression of deliverance from a Hebrew word meaning ‘save now’ or ‘save us’. In the ancient Near East and Mediterranean world, the palm branch is a sacred symbol associated with rejoicing, representing victory, triumph, peace, and eternal life. ‘The son of David’ refers to the lineage of Jesus who was descended from the Royal line of King David who united the tribes of Israel. 

This watershed event angered the High Priests,setting in motion the arrest of Jesus and the trial and crucifixion remembered at Easter.

See full Easter Story

 

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.

IN ADDITION TO TAKING ALL NECESSARY STEPS TO GUARD AGAINST EXTERNAL CONTAGION, WE MUST BE AWARE THAT OUR INTERNAL PROTECTION, THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IS INFLUENCED BY OUR STATE OF MIND.

STRESS RESPONSE

When the mind perceives a threat, the brain sets in motion a highly effective self protective mechanism. The hypothalamus, a part of the brain which interprets perception, sends a signal to the pituitary gland which sends a warning signal to the adrenal glands which sit on top of the kidneys.

 

 

The kidneys  release adrenalin to deal with the emergency, pushing the blood away from the organs of the chest and abdomen to the legs and arms to allow the choice of ‘fight or flee’.

 

INSTINCTIVE RESPONSE

In order to bypass the logical thinking process ensuring quick response, stress hormones force blood from the front of the brain, the seat of higher cognitive processes, to the back of the brain which governs reflex behaviour (instinct). We then respond without thinking. During this process we become hyper alert, operating instinctively rather than rationally. When the emergency (fear response) is over, normal function returns leaving us feeling shaky or weak.

If this stress response is repeatedly triggered, it becomes automatic, flooding the body with excessive stress hormones and a state of permanent anxiety ensues. Doubt and uncertainty create conflicting neurological messaging signals which disrupt cell division; the immune system is compromised and eventually impaired. The cell wall is then weakened making it more vulnerable to attack by viruses.

CELLS ARE A MICROCOSM OF THOUGHTS AND BELIEFS

Cells act upon our instruction. Receptors are either open or closed, they cannot be both at the same time.  Never static, cells are either being supported by a cascade of nurturing chemicals, or hampered by stress hormones triggered by toxic thought processes which attract pathogens. The trillions of cells throughout the body are replaced every 3 days through a process of cell division. We therefore have the choice to focus our thoughts and emotions positively to encourage the natural protective mechanisms  of the body.

REPROGRAMMING CELLULAR RESPONSE

In the current time It is especially  important to prioritise quiet time and creative activities. Worry resolves nothing and leads to apathy. A choice is made by recognising which aspects of life we have control over and which we do not. Time is a valuable commodity usually in short supply. We can use the current imposed isolation to good effect; avoid inaction, listen to music, learn a new skill, use technology to maintain social contact with family and friends.

OUR TASK IS TO REVERSE NEGATIVE IMPACT, PROMOTING POSITIVE CELL GROWTH, A LIFE ENHANCING CHOICE ENABLING US TO COPE IN ADVERSITY TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY.

Candace Pert: Molecules of Emotion

 

 

 

 

 

See also:

Covid and Our Better Angels

Covid Virus – Power Up – Activate Your Immune Defence System

Corona Virus – Cause and Consequence

 

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.

Both the British Government and Vanessa Baraitser personally came in for extreme criticism from the highly authoritative International Bar Association over both the conditions in which he is being held and over the conduct of his extradition hearing to date:  The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemned the reported mistreatment of Julian Assange during his United States extradition trial in February 2020, and urges the government of the United Kingdom to take action to protect him. According to his lawyers, Mr Assange was handcuffed 11 times; stripped naked twice and searched; his case files confiscated after the first day of the hearing; and had his request to sit with his lawyers during the trial, rather than in a dock surrounded by bulletproof glass, denied.

Mr Assange, will be extradited to the US, where he is wanted on 18 charges of attempted hacking and breaches of the 1917 Espionage Act. He faces allegations of collaborating with former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to leak classified documents exposing alleged war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. A previous hearing heard that on August 25th 2011, Assange had phoned the Whitehouse asking to speak to Hilary Clinton ‘as a matter of urgency’, when it was feared that documents were about to be dumped online by third parties who had gained access. He warned of a risk to lives after discovering that a book published some months before by The Guardian newspaper contained  a password which could be used to access unredacted documents. 

The International Bar Associates Institute of Human Rights protested that “The mistreatment of Julian Assange constitutes breaches of his right to a fair trial and protections enshrined in the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, to which the UK is party. It is deeply shocking that as a mature democracy in which the rule of law and the rights of individuals are preserved, the UK Government has been silent and has taken no action to terminate such gross and disproportionate conduct by Crown officials. As well, we are surprised that the presiding judge has reportedly said and done nothing to rebuke the officials and their superiors for such conduct in the case of an accused whose offence is not one of personal violence. Many countries in the world look to Britain as an example in such matters. On this occasion, the example is shocking and excessive. It is reminiscent of the Abu Grahib Prison Scandal which can happen when prison officials are not trained in the basic human rights of detainees and the Nelson Mandela Rules.’

In accordance with the Human Rights Act 1998, which came into force in the UK in October 2000, every person tried in the UK is entitled to a fair trial (Article 6) and freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment (Article 3). Similarly, Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights upholds an individual’s right to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal. …The IBAHRI concurs with the widespread concern over the ill-treatment of Mr Assange. He must be afforded equality in access to effective legal representation. With this extradition trial we are witnessing the serious undermining of due process and the rule of law. It is troubling that Mr Assange has complained that he is unable to hear properly what is being said at his trial, and that because he is locked in a glass cage is prevented from communicating freely with his lawyers during the proceedings commensurate with the prosecution.’

THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL  ARGUE THAT THE CUMULATIVE EFFECTS OF HIS MISTREATMENT OVER THE PAST DECADE, AMOUNT TO PSYCHOLOGICAL TORTURE WHICH WOULD MAKE THE EXTRADITION OF ASSANGE  TO THE US ILLEGAL.

Calls for Julian Assange’s “torture” and “medical neglect” to be brought to an end are now supported by 186 physicians from around the world. According to three experts in torture he exhibits the symptoms of being psychologically tortured. In a letter published in the medical journal The Lancet, 117 medical doctors, including several world prominent experts in the field, warned that Assange’s treatment amounts to torture and that he could die in jail.Dr Lissa Johnson, one of the key physicians  explained, “Holding Julian Assange gratuitously in a maximum security prison, with no UK charge or sentence in place, so that the United States can redefine journalism as espionage, has served as a vehicle by which to psychologically torture him, using isolation and denial of a host of human rights” 

The WikiLeaks founder faces up to 175 years in prison in the US if he is extradited and placed on trial there. All of the charges relate to his role in publishing classified US documents and the diplomatic cables which revealed war crimes and other criminality perpetrated by US-led forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and US-occupied Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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.

Clothing was also rationed with one set of clothes allowed per year which could only be bought with allocated coupons. A dress might be 11 coupons, a pair of stockings  2. Men’s shoes took 7 coupons, while women’s shoes were only 5. In 1945 an overcoat needed 18 coupons; a man’s suit, 26–29. People were encouraged to repair rather than replace their clothing, and a  generation  retained  sewing skills.

Operation Pied Piper: In the first four days of September 1939 in the UK nearly 3,000,000 people were transported from towns and cities in danger from enemy bombers, to places of safety. The government then took the decision to evacuate children from the cities to live with foster parents in the countryside. From 13 to 18 June 1940, around 100,000 children were evacuated within a week. Parents were issued with a list detailing what their children should take with them. These items included a gas mask in its case, a change of underclothes, night clothes, plimsolls (or slippers), spare stockings or socks, toothbrush, comb, towel, soap, face cloth, handkerchiefs and a warm coat.

Children  separated from their parents and with identification labels pinned to their clothing, were herded into railway stations accompanied by an army of volunteers.  Hundreds of children arrived in the wrong area with insufficient rations. They were unaware of where they were going, why or when they would be coming back home. They experienced the trauma of separation and isolation at a young age leading to psychological damage for many.  As city dwellers, they often found it difficult to adapt to a life in the countryside with strangers. Some retained happy memories as adults having made lifelong friendships with their foster families, while others suffered brutalising situations with lasting trauma. When parents and children were reunited, often several years later, there were inevitable estrangements to be worked through, sometimes never reconciled.

Age is not a predictor of courage. Many of the thousands of young people drafted  into the armed forces at the age of 18 were volunteers. The average age of air crew pilots in the Battle of Britain was 18.   

TIMES HAVE CHANGED. IN TODAYS HEDONISTIC SOCIETY MANY, OBLIVIOUS TO ANYTHING BUT THEIR OWN PLEASURE, CONTINUE TO IGNORE THE RISK TO OTHERS.

 Today with the number of confirmed cases of the Covid-19 virus around the world exceeding  400,000,  the World Health Organisation has warned the pandemic is accelerating but many  have ignored the precautionary measures. In Australia social distancing guidelines were ignored with crowds thronging Bondi Beach, resulting in a government closure of beaches. Some continue  to defy the mandate, stepping over barriers to sunbathe and surf. All cafes and restaurants as well as pubs, clubs, casinos, gyms and places of worship are closed. Weddings are restricted to five people including the couple with funerals restricted to 10 mourners.   From March 25th,  all libraries, museums, galleries, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, shopping centre food courts, auctions, open houses, amusement parks, arcades, indoor and outdoor play centres, swimming pools, and indoor exercise activities will be shut down.

TAMPA FLORIDA  SPRING BREAK

Despite medical advice and government recommendations, thousands of students flocked to beaches in Florida to celebrate the traditional Spring break. 

“If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I’m not going to let it stop me from partying.”

https://www.indy100.com/article/florida-students-spring-break-coronavirus-test-positive-9421501  Some Tampa students who weren’t practising social distancing  during Spring Break, have tested positive for coronavirus on their return home.

IN THE REAL WORLD THERE ARE STILL INSPIRATIONAL HERO’S

The total number of deaths in Italy, the world’s worst afflicted nation, had risen to 6,820, with the number of cases  at 69,176 as of 23rd March. Italian doctor Marcello Natali a father of two, died Wednesday from COVID-19, at the age of 57 after working tirelessly treating patients.  Doctor Natali,  who worked at the Codogno hospital, the epicenter of the  pandemic in Italy, had frequently sounded the alarm about problems regarding Italy’s slow response to the  crisis. Two days before his death he stated he and colleagues were working without gloves due to the shortage.

  • Around 8.3% of Italy’s 41,000 coronavirus cases are healthcare workers, by late February 40% of doctors in the Lombardy towns of Codogno and nearby Casale, the first area to be placed on lockdown — were hospitalized or quarantined.
  • Today 110 of some 600 doctors in the Lombardy province of Bergamo are sick, (Image: Italian doctors and nurses at the end of exhaustive shifts)

An Italian priest who gave a respirator to a younger coronavirus patient he did not know, has died of the disease. Father Giuseppe Berardelli, 72, died in hospital in Lovere, Bergamo – one of the worst-hit cities in Italy.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said, anyone who defies the lockdown order without good reason will now face fines of between 400 euros to 3,000 euros ($430 to $3,227) .

Spain has almost 40,000 cases with some  2,700 deaths.  As the crisis in Madrid worsened,the Defence Ministry stated Spanish soldiers helping to fight the coronavirus pandemic have found elderly patients in retirement homes abandoned and in some cases, dead in their beds. The city’s municipal funeral home said it would stop the collection of Covid-19 victims from Tuesday because of a lack of protective equipment. The city is to use a major ice rink, the Palacio de Hielo (Ice Palace), as a temporary mortuary where bodies will be stored until funeral homes can collect them, officials told Spanish media.

WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THE VIRUS HAS SUCCEEDED IN  AWAKENING MANY OF US TO THE TRUTH THAT IT IS IN ADVERSITY THAT WE FIND OUR BETTER ANGELS.

Read also:

Corona Virus- Activate Your Immune Defense System

Corona Virus – Cause and Consequence

 

 

 

 

 

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, it is much more severe than the flu virus.

  • Morbidity factor for flu is 0.1%
  • Morbidity factor for Covid -19  is now 18%
  • The virus affects all age groups

                                   VIRAL TRANSMISSION PROCESS

The virus hijacks the natural physiological cell process. Spikes on the external periphery of viruses  are the means of contact with human cells. Covid -19 has multiple spikes and therefore an enhanced potential for cell invasion.

  • The spike attaches to receptor cells on the cell surface.
  • The spike vaccinates the cell transmitting the viral DNA.
  • Viral DNA then merges with cell DNA.
  • Viral DNA is then replicated using the normal biological cell process.
  • Viral DNA copies overwhelm the cell DNA.
  • Cell wall breaks down and the cell bursts.
  • Viral DNA is then transmitted to other cells.

MAINTAIN SCRUPULOUS HYGIENE –  DISTANCE –  HAND WASHING

Highly contagious the Covid-19 virus is passed through direct or close contact e.g.  by hands or via the breath by standing close to someone infected. It can  also be found in faeces.  Airborne transmission, passed through coughs and sneezes allowing the virus to  linger in the air for an unknown period.  Maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others is vital in limiting transmission. Droplets can linger on hard surfaces, stainless steel, plastic for 2 to 3 days and on cardboard for a longer period. As a safe guard, remove outer packaging and dispose before storing or using. Use bleach or disinfectant to cleanse surfaces. Lemon juice and lavender have natural antiseptic properties and are effective in cleansing surfaces.

                                   THE BODY’S DEFENCE SYSTEM

Receptors on the cell surface act as messengers initiating a response by alerting the body to invading pathogens.  LEUKOCYTES (white blood cells)  then attach to the invading virus. Raised temperature is the symptom indicating the battle between invader viruses and leukocytes. Immunity develops when leukocytes overwhelm the viral DNA creating antibodies which are programmed to remember the viral signature, resisting any future attack by the same virus. A new virus is not  initially recognised and can therefore overwhelm the immune system until sufficient protective antibodies exist. Unlike bacteria, viruses are not a living organism, therefore antibiotics are ineffective.  Vaccines are used to stimulate the bodies defence mechanism, there is currently no vaccine, our best defence is to strengthen the body’s natural immunity process.

                                                   PREVENTATIVE CARE             

 IF WEAKENED THE SPIKES OF THE VIRUS

CAN NOT PENETRATE THE CELL WALL.

Relaxation, Meditation and Energy Alignment calm the body and the mind and strengthen the immune system and therefore the walls of the cells. The Emerald Alignment is a simple, safe and effective method of releasing anxiety and helps to align the electromagnetic field which surrounds the physical body. A self help method, it has been taught to all age groups, used in schools, residential homes and integrated into existing healing programmes by therapists all over the world. The human body as the vehicle which allows us to operate in the physical world, carries the lower and slower vibrational frequency. While familiar with physical anatomy most people remain unaware of the structure of subtle energy anatomy which governs the body. An understanding of the multidimensional aspects of consciousness allows us to engage in positive affirmative action.

RESEARCH SHOWS ANTI VIRAL FOODS AND MEDICINES WEAKEN VIRAL SPIKES.

Humanity has survived for thousands of years using Herbal medicines and purified natural products which provide a rich resource to inhibit viral infection. Antiviral mechanisms interact with the viral life cycle, reducing or preventing entry, replication, assembly, and release.

OMEGA 3-FATTY ACIDS found in some types of fish — such as salmon, sardines, herring, and mackerel — help enhance the functioning of immune cells.

NATURAL YOGHURT  improves immune function and protects the gastrointestinal tract by increasing the body’s production of antibodies which repel viruses

‘VITAMIN C is essential to boost the immune system, carrots, bell peppers, brussels sprouts and broccoli, are packed with vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. Fruits include Lemons, oranges, raw apples, kiwi and papaya and strawberries.

ZINC strengthens the immune system, certain types of immune cells, including white blood cells, can’t function without zinc. Include nuts, whole grains and legumes (chickpeas, lentils, beans), red meats are particularly high in zinc, as are shellfish and eggs.

MAGNESIUM is comprised of numerous components which repel invaders, improving function of antibodies, lymphocytes, and macrophages to assist the removal of pathogens from the body. Pumpkin seeds, spinach, avocados and brown rice and dark chocolate are rich in magnesium.

SELENIUM strengthens the immune system, one Brazil nut provides more than 100 percent of your daily requirement. Nuts and seeds contain magnesium and vitamin E, an antioxidant which improves the body’s ability to fight off bacteria and viruses. Found in sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, and pecans

HYDRATION assists multiple bodily systems, improving immunity. Drinking cold water can loosen congestion.

GINGER  stimulates defensive responses in the upper respiratory and digestive mucosa helping the body fend off infections.The antioxidant is full of iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium.

ECHINACEA is supportive of the immune system and has  been shown to have a direct anti-viral action.

GARLIC  has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Garlic is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and it is especially effective against viruses if chewed raw.

ELDERBERRY EXTRACT (nickname the ‘virus terminator’) binds and destroys the tiny spikes on the virus which are used to pierce and invade healthy cells making the virus ineffective. Research has shown that protective compounds in elderberries can wipe out viral spikes in a couple of days, preventing further spread.

GREEN TEA contains a group of flavonoids called catechins, which  inhibit viral infections by blocking the enzymes that allow it to reproduce.

LIQORICE  contains a substance called glycyrrhizin that reduces the replication of viruses and halts their ability to penetrate healthy cells. .

OLIVE LEAF  contains a substance identified as a powerful inhibitor of a wide range of viruses by blocking the production of enzymes that allow viruses to replicate.

ST JOHN’S WORT  is well-known for its ability to treat depression and neuralgia but it also has potent antiviral chemicals called hypercin and pseudohypericin that proactively fight off viruses.

PAU D’ARCO also known as lapacho or ipe roxo, is an Amazon tree with healing inner bark. It contains quinoids that inhibit virus replication by damaging the DNA and RNA inside the viral protein.

MENTAL HEALTH is a key component in maintaining physical health. There are many effective herbal remedies to allay anxiety and depression. Lavender is one  that has long been recognised as a self help remedy to aid sleep and promote mental calmness.

Seek advice from health care providers as to use and  recommended dosage. For the most effective results, it is recommended that two or three of these remedies are used                                               in conjunction.

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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.

Tim Trevan, a Maryland bio-safety consultant, has questioned security effectiveness in the light of China’s cautious  attitude towards mandatory sharing of information. A group of 27 prominent public health scientists from nine countries warn in a statement published online by The Lancet yesterday of the danger of speculation as to the origin of the outbreak. Only time will tell which version is true, meanwhile the best safeguard  to avoid panic is perhaps that the public remain diligent and informed.

  • Xu Jang run is known to be missing after publicly condemning President Ji Jinping for failing to contain the spread of the virus at an early stage. He  had stated that this could be the last message of his life.
  • Chinese doctor Wen liang, also a whistleblower,  warned of the danger of a global pandemic if numbers were being withheld. He was arrested by the government for spreading rumours. He and his family became contaminated and Dr Wen liang later died.

AS ZOOTIC DISEASES, CORONAVIRUSES MUTATE, MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO IDENTIFY THE HOST SPECIES AND TO TRACE PATHOGENS. RESEARCH IS CONDUCTED ON HOST ANIMALS.

The Wuhan lab is located ‘only a few minutes walk away’ from the Wuhan seafood market  where a large cluster of the first cases were initially believed to have been detected. At many wet markets, meat, poultry, and seafood are sold alongside live animals for consumption, undercover video’s have  shown living and dead animals, including wild species, caged alongside each other in appalling conditions.  (On February 24, China’s top legislature banned the buying, selling, and eating of wildlife pending control of the Corona virus outbreak. Whuan market has since closed.)

JUST ONE BLOCK AWAY FROM THE WUHAN MARKET, AT LEAST 19 PEOPLE, MOSTLY SENIORS, DIED FROM THE CORONA 19 VIRUS  IN A SOCIAL WELFARE FACILITY. LOCAL GOVERNMENT INITIALLY ACKNOWLEDGED ONLY ONE DEATH.

 

In 2013, ten years after the SARS outbreak of 2002/2003, Dr. Zhengli Shi, Director of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Wuhan Institute of Virology Chinese Academy of Sciences,  stated  her team had been able to isolate the live SARS-like virus from bats

 

 

 

Dr. Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, who has been working in China for 15 years studying diseases that jump from animals to people, said  “Our discovery that bats may directly infect humans has enormous implications for public health control measures,”

It is now understood that the SARS, MERS  and SWINE FLU epidemics were linked to animal/human transmission and influenza research using animal viruses.  Bats are believed to have a unique immune capacity which provides a natural reservoir for viruses. One bat can host many different viruses without getting sick, making them an ideal research animal. In addition to the Corona viruses, they are carriers of ebola and rabies viruses which have caused human disease and outbreaks in Africa, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Australia. Although most human cases of MERS-CoV infections have been attributed to human-to-human infections in health care settings, current scientific evidence suggests that dromedary camels are a major reservoir host for MERS-CoV creating possible animal to human transmission. Similarly the swine flu epidemic of 2009 originated in pigs and the debate as to whether viruses escaped from laboratories or were released continues.

HUMAN INTERVENTION,  NOT ALWAYS  WELL INTENTIONED  IS THE COMMON DENOMINATOR IN VIRUS  CONTAMINATION AND SPREAD. HOW LONG WILL IT BE BEFORE WE REFLECT UPON THE CONSEQUENCE OF OUR CONDUCT AND TREATMENT OF  ANIMALS?

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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

INHERITANCE TAX:  The Queen is not liable for Capital Gains Tax (28% on profit of sale)  or Inheritance Tax (40% of an estate over the £325,000 threshold)  but from 1993 has paid a voluntary payment in lieu. However an obscure “sovereign to sovereign” clause under a 1993 deal with the Conservative government, exempts taxation where a monarch inherits from another monarch. Capital Gains Tax rate for lesser mortals is 18%.

  •  Following the death of her mother the queen successfully applied to the High Court so that details of her mother’s will would be kept secret, the outline was later released in response to public criticism. The Queen avoided paying some £28m in inheritance tax on property in her mothers Will which included works of art, antiques and race horses, estimated at between £50 and £70 million.
  • The Queen Mother gifted jewellery ‘on paper’ to her grandchildren during her lifetime, however the jewellery was found to be still in her possession following her death, representing a loss of millions in taxation due to the government. Under the ‘sovereign to sovereign’ clause no Capital Gains or Inheritance Tax was paid on Clarence House, the former home of the Queen Mother. The property was ‘reallocated’ to Prince Charles  following  her death. Renovations for Charles and his partner Camilla cost the tax payer some £4.5 million  pounds.
  • The 26 year old Duke of Westminster did not pay Inheritance Tax on his £9 billion fortune because it was set up as a Trust.  Britain’s generous trust law ensures that the country’s largest fortunes are kept intact, for generations the wealthiest families have used trusts to pass assets on outside the sphere of inheritance tax .The dukes privately owned property business has £11.8bn in assets currently under management. The 300-year-old Grosvenor estate in London, includes Mayfair, Belgravia  and Eaton Square, built close to Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. Its holdings include hi-tech office space in Silicon Valley, a science park in Edinburgh and the freehold on the current US embassy in Grosvenor Square.

KENSINGTON PALACE is traditionally the home of senior royals, many royal  residents formerly lived rent free or paid a nominal rental for the prestigious,  prime location, and gated security.  The property continues to provide  expansive accommodation even for minor members of the royal family as they relocate within its walls. Unfortunately each relocation costs the tax payer to ‘make the units habitable’. Prince Harry lived in Nottingham Cottage prior to his marriage to Meghan Markell and their move to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor  Estate. Princess Eugenie relocated from St James Palace to Ivy Cottage following her marriage. William and Kate live in Flat 1,  formerly the home of princess Margaret and currently under an extensive £4 million pound conversion to extend the property which will  incorporate the  former residence of The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester who are downsizing.

PRINCE MICHAEL AND HIS WIFE PRINCESS MICHAEL OF KENT: In 2002 following scrutiny by the House of Commons Public Accounts committee, the Queen was asked to put the apartments on a more commercial footing or evict certain tenants.The  rent revue revealed that Prince Michael of Kent  ( a cousin of the Queen) and his wife had lived rent free in the grace and favour apartment in Kensington Palace following their marriage in 1978, paying only an ‘amenities charge’ of £69 per week When the offer of alternative accommodation from the queen was refused, Buckingham Palace announced that “The Queen is paying the rent for Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s apartment at a commercial rate of £120,000 annually, from her own private funds”. In 2006 the couple sold their Gloucestershire mansion,for £5.75 million but did not begin paying the full market rent of £120,000 for their Kensington Palace apartment until 2010, eight years later. The prince  supports a range of charities and manages his own consultancy business; the princess’s own website describes her as a “writer, historian, lecturer, interior designer and art consultant” with an estimated fortune of $£8 million.

ANOMALY OF RELIGOUS RIGHTS AND RIGHTS OF SUCCESSION

PRINCE EDWARD DUKE OF KENT: A  cousin of Queen Elizabeth was 7th in line of succession to the throne at the time of his birth, raising an interesting predicament later when his wife Catherine Worsley who rejected a royal lifestyle for many years, converted to Catholicism. The Act of Settlement of 1701 bars Catholics from the throne and when her son also later converted he lost his right of accession. The Succession to the Crown Act (2013)  amendment ended primogenitor, the system by which males inherited the throne but still bars Catholic royals from the throne.  The couple separated for many years but now continue to reside at  Wren House in the grounds of Kensington Palace with an office base at  at St. James’s Palace.

Prince Charles stated desire for a ‘trimmed down monarchy’ will be welcomed  though for some it does not go far enough. Buckingham Palace, will cost an estimated  £369 million as part of a ten-year project renovation programme, Prince Charles has stated that he will not reside there when he becomes king and suggests it might become a museum… perhaps a potent of the future role of the monarchy.

 

 

 

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.

WITH HER 6.6 BILLION ACRES QUEEN ELIZABETH IS BY FAR THE WORLDS LARGEST LANDOWNER INCLUDING LAND IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA.

Complex accountancy systems have evolved over 700 years which seek to identify and separate the private and public role of the  monarch and the heir to the throne, assuring public and private income  for both in addition to income from the Crown Estate. As Head of State the queen officially holds ownership of palaces and estates for life, which are automatically bequeathed to her successor. As an example, the Crown Jewels, with an estimated value of between three and five billion pounds are not owned by the State but by the prevailing monarch.

Buckingham Palace, the  official London residence of the monarch  is owned by the Queen as part of the Crown Estate.  It has 775 rooms, 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.

 

THE QUEEN HAS 2 PRIVATELY OWNED RESIDENCES

BALMORAL CASTLE is the Queen’s Scottish retreat. With over 50,000 acres and 775 rooms  it is valued at  £115 million. The estate was purchased in 1852, no revenues are received by Parliament as the castle was bought in the name of  Prince Albert, the husband of  Queen Victoria rather than in the monarchs name.  As the ballroom is open to the public  her Majesty starts her summer break in the seven-bedroom Craigowan Lodge on the estate  before moving into the main house in August.

SANDRINGHAM a 20,000 acre Estate is the Queen’s personal residence and country retreat, valued at £50 million.

THE CROWN ESTATE

The Queen owns a huge property portfolio called the Crown Estate, which holds £14 billion worth of property in the UK, it includes numerous palaces used as residences by the Queen’s extended royal family. The Crown Estate is managed by the monarch and generates income and revenues of some  £306.32 million ($400 million) per year. Net profit passes to Parliament which is responsible for maintenance and refurbishment of the properties.

THE SOVEREIGN GRANT:  In return for income generated by royal properties, the Queen receives 25% of net profits from the Crown Estate as payment under The Sovereign Grant, to provide an independent source of income for use by the royal household. The major  costs of maintaining the monarchy are met by Parliament.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE. The official residence of the  monarch. Estimated value £2.2 billion. The palace has 775 rooms which include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.

 

 

WINDSOR CASTLE: Queen Elizabeth II principal weekend retreat. Built c 1070 it is worth over £181 million.

 

 

Holyrood Palace, the Scottish        residence of the queen where she typically stays in the first week of the summer.            

 

 

Hillsborough Castle, the Northern Ireland residence of the queen during her visits.

 

THE QUEEN AND THE PRINCE OF WALES  RECEIVE PRIVATE INCOME THROUGH THE DUCHY OF LANCASTER AND THE DUCHY OF CORNWALL.,FEUDAL ECONOMIES WHICH HAVE SURVIVED  FOR OVER 700 YEARS.

The Duchy of Lancaster is the private estate owned by the British sovereign, currently valued at £534 million. This  ancient inheritance began 750 years ago, in 1265, when Henry III gifted to his son, lands which had been forfeited by the Earl of Leicester. Henry decreed that the lands would provide a private income for subsequent monarchs through inheritance.

The Duchy of Cornwall owned by Prince Charles has £1 billion in assets. He is  the largest private landowner in England, annual income from the duchy is £21.6m. Created in 1337 by Edward III, as a personal endowment for his son, its lands and revenues have belonged to the male heir to the throne from that time. The Duchy is not designated a Company and so does not pay Corporation Tax. In his capacity as Duke of Cornwall, Charles owns an estate spread across 23 counties, which includes the Scilly Isles and coastal waters.

 

Clarence House: The official London residence of  the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, adjacent to St James Palace, has an estimated value £58.5 million. It was formerly the home of the queen mother and inherited by her grandson on her death.

 

PRIVATE RESIDENCES OWNED BY PRINCE CHARLES

 

High Grove House and Gardens. The main private residence of Prince Charles and Camilla.  A country estate with extensive gardens purchased by the prince under the Duchy of Lancaster.

 

 

 

Birkhall, a 53,000 acre Scottish retreat on the Balmoral Estate, inherited  by Prince Charles from the queen mother.

 

 

 

Llwynywermod a 192 acre estate in Carmarthenshire, is the private residence of Prince Charles and Camilla when staying in Wales.

 

 

 

Tamarisk House, private residence of Prince Charles and Camilla located on the main island, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall.

 

 

HOMES OF THE QUEENS CHILDREN

GATCOMBE PARK. Home of the Princess Royal. Bought privately by the Queen for her and her then-husband, Captain Mark Phillips. Extensively refurbished and renovated prior to the family moving in, back in the late 1970s, funded by the Crown purse.

 

ROYAL LODGE WINDSOR: Home of Prince Andrew, Duke of York and his ex wife Sarah Ferguson. A 30 room residence within Windsor Park. Gifted by the queen mother in 2003. He will continue to reside there after stepping down from royal duties in 2019.

BAGSHOT PARK MANSION:  Home of Prince Edward, Duke of Wessex and Sophie. Mansion House with 51 acres set in Windsor Great Park. Owned by  the Crown Estate, with a 50 year rental lease  to Edward and Sophie at £90,000 pa. Renovations £2.98 million, half  paid by Crown.

ANMER HALL. Home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the Sandringham  state. A wedding gift from the queen, is now the country home of William and Kate and their children. They also reside in a Kensington Palace apartment to cover their royal duties.

FROGMORE COTTAGE on the  Windsor Estate. Home of Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Given by the Queen as a wedding gift. Renovations cost to taxpayer £2.4m. Following their decision to ‘step down’ from royal duties the renovation costs are to be repaid..

 

IT IS SAID ‘AN ENGLISH MAN’S HOME IS HIS CASTLE’  – A RIGHT PRESERVED FOR THE FEW…  A BEDROOM TAX FOR THE WEALTHY MIGHT GO SOME WAY TO RESOLVING THE CURRENT HOUSING CRISIS.

‘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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Evidence for December 25th as the birth date for Jesus

A title bestowed upon Jesus is ‘The Light of the World’,  the   supreme demonstration of the light in action as the ‘Son of God.’ We might perhaps expect the predestined birth of a World Saviour, or Messiah, to coincide with celestial cycles, the birth of Jesus at the winter Solstice and his death at the Spring Equinox occurred in accordance with the Law of Cycles. This is mirrored in  the pagan festivals aligned to solar and lunar cycles which honour the natural rhythms of earth, sea and sky.

The debate continues as to the actual year of birth for Jesus with scholars and historians placing this anywhere between 6 BC and 2 BC.  The traditional birth date of 25th December is dismissed by many on the basis that this was ‘borrowed’ from the existing Roman pagan celebration of the winter Solstice.  The festival of ‘Sol Invictus’ was introduced  by the emperor Aurelian in 274AD to honour his name which refers to the rising sun.   In 313AD Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity which spread across the empire. His successor Julian reverted to pagan beliefs and  formalized December 25th as ‘the birthday of the sun’  by which time this date was already acknowledged for the birth of Jesus.  It is not disputed that the Christian Church subsequently adopted and adapted pagan festivals as an effective means of converting the masses.  This does not invalidate the date but highlights the link between cosmic cycles and auspicious  events.  With a greater understanding  we can see how such synchronicity might come about naturally, rather than through manipulation as Continue reading

STAR OF BETHLEHEM – An Astrological Configuration

COSMIC ASTROLOGY – INTERRELATIONSHIP – THE HUMAN AND THE DIVINE.

The story of the three ‘wise men’ has captivated people for centuries but many have questioned how could the kings  who travelled  hundreds of miles ‘from the East’ have arrived within days of  the birth of Jesus. The Magi, or Mage, were Masters of the esoteric arts with a deep understanding of the celestial heavens and the significance of planetary configurations.  Astrology, as a cornerstone of the divine sciences had amassed a vast wealth of data throughout antiquity.  The birth of a Messiah or Saviour had long been foretold by the prophets and was awaited impatiently by the Jewish people,  An event of such magnitude as the birth of an Avatar, or World Teacher, would certainly have been expected to be heralded in the heavens. It would be reasonable to expect the unfolding of not one but a series of unusual planetary configurations. The Magi who had been scanning the heavens awaiting the sign that the birth of a king was imminent were alerted by a series of rare planetary conjunctions which combined to create the Star of Bethlehem. At this point they began their long journey to Palestine which would indeed take many months. Through their ability to read the astrological signs they were led by the Star of Bethlehem ensuring  that their arrival in the region coincided with the birth of Jesus. Continue reading

BEWARE THE WRATH OF THE PEOPLE

THE POLITICAL SPLIT NOW REPEATEDLY DEMONSTRATED IN ELECTION RESULTS, REFERENDUMS AND OPINION POLLS  IS A GLOBAL PHENOMENON, A FURTHER EXAMPLE OF THE DUALITY OF CONSCIOUSNESS  IN THE CURRENT TRANSITION TOWARDS UNITY OR CHAOS

A key committee of the United States House of Representatives on Friday approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of justice. A trial in the Senate will follow within days, if found guilty the president would be removed from office. The bipartisan split with Republicans holding the balance of power in the Senate,however, ensures that this vote will fail.

Interestingly both parties are quoting the intention of the Founding Fathers when framing the Constitution of the United States. Democrats focusing on the criteria for Impeachment while Republicans emphasise the principle that any Impeachment must not be bi-partisan. Whatever the outcome, either the 62,984,825 who voted Republican or the 65,853,516 who voted Democrat in the previous election wiill remain very angry.  However just, the removal of President Donald Trump will do little to quell that anger and may act as a trigger for the 63 million who voted for him in a manifestation of divisive energy as the expression of the Will of half of the people. Continue reading

WEALTH, PRIVILEGE AND PEDOPHILES

JEFFREY EPSTEIN:  A SMALL COG IN A VERY BIG WHEEL

Sexual perversion involves an insatiable hunger, exemplified by Jeffrey Epstein. Pedophiles have a propensity to share their experiences, resulting in a hierarchical system incorporating multiple webs of international affiliation enabled via the internet.  In the most extreme examples this feeds into the global trafficking of thousands of children and vulnerable young people. As facts related to the Epstein case emerge it is becoming apparent that his billionaire status was a front which hid his true role as a procurer for the rich and famous. His trafficking network was based on blackmail, designed to lure not only the girls and young women but the social elite who preyed upon them, Prince Andrew has been described by victims as ‘being used as bait’. There must now be legitimate concern about potential blackmail evidence emerging which would prove devastating for the monarchy. 

A VIRTUALLY IMPENETRABLE WEB OF DENIAL AND OBFUSCATION CAN ARISE WHEN A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL FAMILY IS  IMPLICATED IN SCANDAL. WHILE NOT AVERSE TO INTERVENING TO AFFECT A PREFERRED OUTCOME, THEY ARE ADEPT AT EXEMPTING THEMSELVES FROM COMPLYING WITH THE LEGAL REQUIREMENT TO ASSIST POLICE INVESTIGATIONS. Continue reading

EPSTEIN – JUSTICE DENIED

IT IS A MEASURE OF THEIR EGO AND ARROGANCE AND A BELIEF THAT THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW WHICH MAKES CURRENT DENIALS  RELATED TO SEX TRAFFICKING BY THE RICH AND FAMOUS, EGREGIOUS.

Sexual abuse of minors remains a universal social taboo, the effects are lifelong and often catastrophic, leaving victims powerless with families destroyed. Perpetrators skilfully target victims, deploying a panoply of grooming techniques to ensure their silence is maintained. Sexual abuse is universally the most under reported crime, it is almost impossible to secure a rape conviction.  In the United States the  FBI estimate that 31% of rape cases are reported to police. Of these  only 5.7% lead to arrests, 1.1% are referred to prosecutors with  0.7% convicted and 0.6% incarcerated. In England and Wales despite rape claims rising from 35,847 to 57,882 during the last four years, the number of people prosecuted has fallen to an all time low with only 3.3%  ending in a conviction. Where the perpetrators enjoy celebrity status, wealth and privilege the odds of prosecution are further diminished. Continue reading

AN HONOURABLE MAN?

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ARE WE JUDGED BY THE COMPANY WE KEEP?

There is every indication that Prince Andrew’s involvement in the Epstein scandal is more far reaching than many would like to suppose, causing some to question whether the otherwise inexplicable interview he gave to BBC television was a final act of desperation in light of what may be about to be revealed.  Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Black Book’ contains the names and numbers of over a thousand high profile, people, including politicians, princes and  presidents, judges, lawyers, professors, philanthropists and benefactors, media and entertainment personalities with more than a few billionaires.  US lawyers are keen to interview them to help with their enquiries. Epstein’s homes were fitted with audio and video recording equipment believed to be for the purpose of blackmail and extortion with reports of audio and video tapes in the posession of law enforcement officers. This week a judge ordered the unsealing of documents related to the previous court case, among them are the flight logs recorded by Jeffrey Epstein’s six pilots. Their content will confirm who flew on Epstein’s private jet, to where and how often. If the old adage ‘We are judged by the company we keep‘ still holds true, Prince Andrew’s feeble defence against accusations linking him as a potential co conspirator to a convicted pedophile are both alarming and insulting to the intelligence of any fair minded person. Continue reading

HALLOWEEN – TRICK OR TREAT?

On the 31st October each year the ritual of Halloween is celebrated with little or no thought for its origins which lie in the belief that at this time there is a thinning of the veils between the manifest and the astral worlds.  Many  continue to take advantage of this window of opportunity maintaining their traditions of communicating with the spirits of those who have departed this world.  For some this is a positive act of remembrance, for others an opportunity to interact with negative forces. In either case  we are engaging our psychic energy to create a connection, linking the physical and astral realms and should be aware of the inherent vulnerability and need for respect. Continue reading

Never Take Sweets From Strangers

TRICK OR TREAT?

How strange that on one specific night of the year, during the hours of darkness, we  allow our children to dress up in costumes which make them unrecognisable, encouraging them to knock on the doors of strangers, often without parental supervision, to  ask for sweets. The ‘trick or treating”   of Halloween is perceived as harmless fun, an opportunity to engage in shared community activities with little or no perception of the potential dangers. Today many US States have passed legislation to ensure that registered pedophiles remain in their homes during Halloween when they are not allowed to give candy to children. New York’s  “Halloween: Zero Tolerance”  law allows state investigators to make unannounced home visits, curfew checks, and phone calls to enforce the laws. In most states violation may incur a felony charge punishable by up to three years in prison. Just as we would not allow our children to venture out alone and unprotected in every day life, we should not invite the attention of those whose motives and intentions may be questionable – whether they reside in this world or another. Continue reading

KURDISH ALLIES – A pocket History for Trump

IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS THE KURDS, ALLIES OF THE  UNITED STATES, LOST 11,000 OF THEIR SOLDIERS IN SYRIA.  THERE WERE  6  AMERICAN FATALITIES.

Despite Pentagon and US Intelligence disapproval, the President of the United States ordered the withdrawal of US military troops stationed on the Syrian-Turkey border, effectively abandoning their former allies. President Trump warned Turkey  not to invade the region being held by the predominantly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces.  Turkey attacked the SDF within 24 hours of US military withdrawal from the region.

“I said to my Generals why should we be fighting for Syria and Assad,  to protect the land of our enemy?  Anyone who wants to assist Syria in protecting the Kurds is good with me, whether it is Russia, China or Napoleon Bonaparte…   ‘the Kurds will now have to figure the situation out”. Continue reading

EPSTEIN – SEX TRAFFICKING – Victim to Co Conspirator

JUDGE ORDERS  HUGE CACHE OF COURT DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE SEX TRAFFICKING COURT CASE BROUGHT BY VIRGINIA ROBERTS  GIUFFRE AGAINST JEFFREY EPSTEIN IN 2015 TO BE UNSEALED.  HOURS LATER EPSTEIN WAS FOUND UNRESPONSIVE IN HIS MANHATTAN JAIL CELL, THE DEATH ATTRIBUTED TO SUICIDE.

The papers are expected to reveal the names of numerous men in powerful positions including politicians, academics, financiers and royalty.  There is reason to suppose that some people wanted Epstein dead, causing the suicide verdict  to be questioned. The FBI have opened an investigation into the long list of reported irregularities and  system failures inside the Manhattan jail which include malfunctioning security cameras, guards falling asleep and screams coming from Epstein’s cell prior to his body being found.. Continue reading