2 September 2014

 - Medical equipment and supplies taken to Gaza by the humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers, have not yet reached Gaza almost a week after arriving in Egypt.

The South African Department of International Relations is still negotiating its safe passage and seeking clearance from the Egyptian government.

In the meantime, the team of doctors has finally been allowed to enter Gaza, after being held in Egypt for days, and they have already begun work in the hospitals in Gaza.

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1 September 2014

 -9/3 ~ Sun  (core-identity) ~trine~ Pluto (transformation): 

This energy makes you want to get things done, by any means necessary and you may tend to come on a little strong - but it's all good.

The work you want to do, is work that needs to be done and in doing it and facing things head-on, you will gain insights about yourself you can apply in the future...

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1 September 2014

- Please take action!

An open-ended ceasefire between Israel and Gaza went into effect on 26 August after 50 days of bombardment, with the end of hostilities declared for the time being.

But right up to the minute the ceasefire began, the IOF was carpet-bombing the entire Gaza Strip, killing as many people as possible and destroying everything still standing, including three high-rise residential apartment towers.

In the 7 weeks since the bombs started falling, Gaza has become a humanitarian disaster area, with more than 2000 dead, 12 000 seriously injured and disabled, half a million internally displaced people, almost no power, hardly any drinking water or food, sewerage flowing in the streets, most of the hospitals destroyed, and around 400 000 children deeply traumatised and requiring help.

Thousands of Palestinians have been arrested since June 2014, not only in Gaza, but also in the West bank and within the state of Israel, many of them children. The total number of Palestinian political prisoners now numbers more than 7000.

In its latest unbelievable move, the Zionist state announced on the weekend that it is planning to steal a huge region of the West Bank, to be used for more illegal settler housing.

We cannot allow this Israeli barbarism to continue with impunity. The people of the world must not rest until the siege of Gaza is lifted, the war criminals brought to justice, the illegal settlements dismantled... and until all of Palestine is Free.

Our work is just beginning because Israel continues to ethnically cleanse the people of Palestine. If the governments won't stop the war criminals, it's up to the people of the world to put an end to this genocide against the Palestinians, going on for the past 66 years.

Global actions in support of Palestine continue to be organized in cities around the world, and are posted here and regularly updated.

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29 August 2014

 - “When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real. . . . It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time.” –Margery Williams Bianco, The Velveteen Rabbit.

How does an object become sacred? The Skin Horse is correct; time and love can do it, and children are especially gifted at infusing their most cherished objects with sacredness in this way. Every parent who tires of searching when such an object gets lost and tries to give up by saying, “It’s OK. We’ll buy you a new one,” quickly discovers what a profoundly unacceptable idea that is. Reluctantly, most of them join the community of parents the world over who are forced to cultivate the strangely intuitive ability to find lost objects!

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29 August 2014

 - Invoking the risk of famine as a justification for GMOs is "a deceitful strategy, no different from...Russian roulette," according to a statistician and professor at New York University.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb predicted the 2008 financial crisis by pointing out that commonly used risk models were wrong. (He was correct, and he became quite wealthy from the strategic financial decisions he made at that time.) Now his analysis of our use of genetically modified organisms shows that GMOs could cause "an irreversible termination of life at some scale, which could be the planet." Taleb and his two co-authors argue that calling the GMO approach "scientific" betrays "a very poor--indeed warped--understanding of probabilistic payoffs and risk management."

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Updated 29 August 2014

 - If you're fortunate enough to be in Johannesburg or Pretoria today, Friday 29 August, don't miss this opportunity to listen to a talk by Dr. Mads Gilbert.

Dr. Gilbert, from Norway, recently returned from several weeks of working at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza, attending to the critically injured during the first few weeks of Israel's recent assault.

He is currently on a 4-day speaking tour in South Africa from 26 - 30 August, as a guest of BDS South Africa.

Dr.Gilbert is much loved by Palestinians, and someone deserving of our deepest respect.

"I've been asked why I go to Gaza so many times. Simple, they are my people. They are our people." - Dr. Mads Gilbert

Don't miss this opportunity to hear him speak about his experiences in Gaza, and what we can do to change the situation.

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28 August 2014

 - What we participate in is pretty much the name of the game. What do we spend our time, energy and intention on? What are we consciously and/or subconsciously empowering that’s leading to our own dis-empowerment? Where attention and thus intention goes, energy flows. Where is ours going, collectively and individually? Something to seriously consider on a continual basis in this massively manipulated energetic world.

I’ve been blown away recently by the rapid rise in consciousness we’re witnessing and it’s hitting me between the eyes. The awakening is clearly on and reverberating as new waves of energetic truth continue to pervade every area of society. I’m receiving so many amazing articles, interviews, emails and contributions from deeply inspired people to the extent that I’m almost bewildered. It’s just so wonderful! I love getting launched into new realms of discovery, freedom and empowerment – not just for me, but for our collective consciousness.

It all begins with each of us letting go into new awakenings in our lives which in turn affects the entire cosmic field and further illuminates and empowers the new realm we’re seeing birthed.

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27 August 2014

 - In an age where food is thought of as "filler" and of little importance in the recovery process, some hospitals are turning that idea on its head by embracing local organic food for recovery and beyond.

Recently, Rodale Institute partnered up with St. Luke's University Health Network in Pennsylvania to bring the local organic farm to the hospital platter.

Perhaps the term "hospital cuisine" will now take on a truer, less sarcastic meaning.

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27 August 2014

 - For the first time since 2007, a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) successfully crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip today, carrying enough food to feed around 150,000 people for five days.

After a seven-hour drive from Alexandria – where the food was procured – across the Sinai Peninsula, WFP’s trucks arrived at the Rafah crossing. The convoy of 18 trucks carried 15,600 food parcels – part of a total batch of 25,000 food parcels. The parcels include ready-to-eat food such as canned meat, canned beans, tea and dates. A second convoy with the remaining parcels is expected to cross into Gaza in the next few days. This is the first time that WFP has used the Rafah crossing point since the start of the Gaza blockade in 2007.  

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26 August 2014

 - An open-ended ceasefire announced on Tuesday between Israel and Hamas led to celebrations in the streets of Gaza when it went into effect at 7 pm local time this evening.

The ceasefire comes after seven weeks of bombardment in which Israel dropped thousands of bombs on Gaza. The explosive power of the bombs were equal to the U-S atomic bombing of Hiroshima, according to military analysts.

Remarkably, the sky above Gaza filled with birds within minutes of the ceasefire coming into effect.

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26 August 2014

 - As the MMR whistleblower issue blows up, here's one thing that’s worth remembering: The specific manipulation of data being alleged is that the CDC covered up a risk for autism in black males who got the MMR shot earlier than 36 months. That is appalling, and raises terrible echoes of the nation’s public health officials and their odious Tuskegee study of untreated black males with syphilis.

But more broadly, according to the medical, scientific, and journalistic consensus of our day, there should be no good evidence of any kind, whatsoever, linking any vaccine to autism in any child, ever. Ever!

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25 August 2014

 - Scientists at Michigan State University announced this week the creation of a “transparent luminescent solar concentrator” that could turn windows and even cellphone screens into solar-power generators.

This technology could mean that one day entire skyscrapers might be able to generate solar power without blocking out light or ruining tenants' views.

The material works by absorbing light in the invisible spectrum (ultraviolet and near infrared) and then re-emitting it in the infrared. The infrared light is then channeled to the edge of the clear surface, where thin strips of photovoltaic cells generate the power.

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25 August 2014

 - 8/25 ~ Mercury (expression) ~sextile~ Mars (passion): This is a healthy selfish energy. Do not hold back this week. If you have a goal you have been working diligently toward, then this is the time that may attract the assistance you need from the Universe...

8/25 ~ Mercury (communication) ~sextile~ Saturn (responsibility): This energy is really good for being able to objectively see what needs to be changed or corrected in your life or environment....

8/25 ~ Mars (energy) ~conjunct~ Saturn (responsibility): This is the energy of action being restricted and the anger that follows. You can either be angry and feel restricted and limited and unable to move ... or you can see this energy as an opportunity to define the right actions to take and strategically plan to take them when the Universe is more supportive...

8/25 ~ Venus (relationships) ~trine~ Uranus (unique): This energy is likely to bring a little excitement into your life, one way or another. This is a good time to do something different; shake up your routine. Seek out diversions; try something new!...

8/26 ~ Venus (values) ~square~ Saturn (foundation): This energy can make you feel cool and reserved with loved ones. It is time to 'take stock' of your relationships and really evaluate the level of balance between giving and receiving. Business or personal - relationships must have a balance of give and take...

8/27 ~ Venus (relationships) ~square~ Mars (passion): This energy usually provokes interest in the opposite sex, primarily physical attraction. If you meet someone new under this influence, it is most likely going to be purely sexual...

8/29 ~ Sun (ego) ~oppose~ Neptune (dissolution): This can be a very confusing energy. You will be very sensitive to others and their needs and how they relate to your own. You may want to withdraw or not voice your opinion just to avoid conflict...

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