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30 October 2015

God Bless The People Of Palestine

26 July 2015

 - Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez’s passing is an unthinkable loss for so many who were inspired, transformed, and saved by his work. He was a clinical genius, an activist, and a visionary that changed the course of medicine for all those willing to let go of the old paradigm.

I didn’t understand the truth about healing, about the body’s synergy with its own environment until I met Dr. Nick Gonzalez in January 2015.

A soft-spoken, well put together gentlemanly type, Nick’s energetic presence is so intense that I imagine few can tolerate it. When he would speak, his encyclopedic knowledge poured out like a golden river. I knew, almost instantly, that this man represented the single most powerful threat to the pillars of belief upholding the rotting temple of cancer treatment and chronic disease management. His integrity, his honesty, his compassion, his lighting-rod-like intuition, his passion all packaged in a man who could deliver a 4 hour lecture without a single note, a man with an impeccable pedigree, and one who fought, quietly, daily to uphold the truth.

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22 April 2014

 - Between 2006 and 2008, Enric Duran took out 68 commercial and personal loans amounting to €492,000 (or roughly $678,00) from 39 banks in Spain. Never intending to repay the loans, Duran instead used the money to help fund those speaking out against capitalism. According to the Guardian, Duran's protest "pushed the anti-capitalist movement into the light, just as many Spaniards were seeking alternatives to a system that had wreaked havoc on their lives."

"I saw that on one side, these social movements were building alternatives but that they lacked resources and communication capacities," Duran said. "Meanwhile, our reliance on perpetual growth was creating a system that created money out of nothing."

The money Duran gave, he said, "generated a movement" by allowing those fighting against capitalism "to push forward with the construction of alternatives" and "build a powerful network that groups together these initiatives."

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16 March 2014

 - Rachel Corrie was killed March 16, 2003, by an Israeli soldier who crushed her to death with an American-built Caterpillar bulldozer.

Eleven years later, March 16, 2014, on the anniversary of her death, Rachel Corrie is remembered by her family and friends, also by those who celebrate and cherish a young American woman who said no to Israel's occupation and no to the constant attacks on Palestinians and the destruction of Palestinian homes.

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9 August 2013

 - Is it possible for humans to not eat or consume water for longer than 3 or 4 days? What used to be scientifically impossible is now under great question as a teenage boy in South-Central Nepal meditated for 10 months and did not consume food or water during the entire time. This story is receiving more attention these days as the world continues to open up to new possibilities.

Ram Bahadur Bomjon, also known as “Buddha Boy” decided one day to go to a tree in Nepal and begin meditating for what he initially said would be 6 years. His actions quickly became a huge news story as he received attention from thousands of visitors. The media also had a field day with his story as he attracted journalists and film makers from all over the world. One of the most notable pieces of attention came when a Discovery Channel film crew traveled to Nepal to determine if it was possible for a human to abstain from all forms of sustenance.

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31 July 2013

 - Huge numbers of people around the world have come to see Bradley Manning as a personification of moral courage. Thousands have signed the petition urging that he receive the Nobel Peace Prize. The comments are often stunning with heartfelt intensity of wounded idealism, anger and hope.

No verdict handed down by the military judge can change the moral verdict that has emerged from people all over the world, reciprocating what Bradley Manning expressed online a few days before his arrest: “I can’t separate myself from others.” And: “I feel connected to everybody … like they were distant family.”

The problem for the U.S. government was not that Bradley Manning felt that way. The problem came when he acted that way. Caring was one thing. Acting on the caring, with empathy propelling solidarity, was another.

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27 April 2013

 - Shakuntala Devi, an Indian mathematical wizard known as "the human computer" has died in Bangalore, India. She was 83.

Devi was dubbed the human computer because in 1977 she was able to beat a Univac computer in calculating the extracted 23rd root of a 201-digit number in 50 seconds. The Univac took 62 seconds.

According to the New York Times, in 1976 she could give you the cube root of 188,132,517 in the time it took to ask the question. If you gave her any date in the last century, she would tell you what day of the week it fell on.

Curiously for the rationalists, she was also a famous astrologer and writer, turning out novels and cookbooks.

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28 March 2013

 - Whistle-blower Bradley Manning has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and he should receive it. 

No individual has done more to push back against what Martin Luther King Jr. called "the madness of militarism" than Bradley Manning. The United States is the leading exporter of weapons and itself spends as much preparing for more wars as the rest of the world combined.  Manning is the leading actor in opposition to U.S. war-making, and therefore militarism around the world.  What he has done has hurt the cause of violence in a number of other nations as well.

And right now, remaining in prison and facing relentless prosecution by the U.S. government, Manning is in need of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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25 March 2013

 - President Hugo Chavez, who died on March 5, 2013 of cancer at age 58, marked forever the history of Venezuela and Latin America. Never in the history of Latin America, has a political leader had such incontestable democratic legitimacy. Since coming to power in 1999, there were 16 elections in Venezuela. Hugo Chavez won 15, the last on October 7, 2012. He defeated his rivals with a margin of 10-20 percentage points.

Jimmy Carter, former U.S. President, declared that Venezuela’s electoral system was “the best in the world.”

Universal access to education introduced in 1998 had exceptional results. About 1.5 million Venezuelans learned to read and write thanks to the literacy campaign called Mission Robinson I.

In December 2005, UNESCO said that Venezuela had eradicated illiteracy.

The number of children attending school increased from 6 million in 1998 to 13 million in 2011 and the enrollment rate is now 93.2%.

Mission Robinson II was launched to bring the entire population up to secondary level. Thus, the rate of secondary school enrollment rose from 53.6% in 2000 to 73.3% in 2011.

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14 January 2013

- Aaron Swartz, the computer programmer and internet freedom activist, was found dead on Friday in New York at the age of 26.

Was this brilliant, heroic, and perhaps fragile young man simply a victim of prosecutorial abuse on behalf of the IP power elite? Or, given his abilities and powerful enemies, was he on a regime kill list? There was no apparent suicide note.

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24 September, 2012
 
- Never doubt that angels walk among us. Shafique P. Pirani is an orthopaedic surgeon who has changed the lives of countless children in Uganda and other Third World countries through his Pirani method of healing Clubfoot in a non-invasive and gentle way. He was recently awarded a Humanitarian Award for his tireless efforts.
 
Note from Edna: The reason that I am able to walk today is that a doctor like Shafique helped me too when I was a baby. He worked for free and with great love, and the results were nothing short of miraculous. His name was Dr. Polonsky, an orthopaedic surgeon working in Johannesburg, South Africa, and he will always be my hero!
 
Many years later, by some amazing synchronicity, I landed up working in an office with his daughter Linda, and had the opportunity to help her in a small way. What an incredible universe we live in!

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3 August 2012

 - A trio of activists, among them an 82-year-old nun, are in custody after breaching security at the country's only weapons-grade uranium processing facility, cutting fences to gain access, and making it as far as the outer walls of one building where highly enriched uranium is stored

The facility is temporarily closed until some time next week.

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