deus ex ma·chi·na (day'uhs eks mä'kuh nuh, dee'uhs eks mak'uh nuh)
- In Greek and Roman drama, a god lowered by stage
machinery to resolve a plot or extricate the protagonist from a difficult
- An unexpected, artificial, or improbable character,
device, or event introduced suddenly in a work of fiction or drama to
resolve a situation or untangle a plot.
- A person or event that provides a sudden and
unexpected solution to a difficulty.
"PROMETHEUS was the TITAN-god of forethought. He was given the task of
creating mankind by Zeus. He felt great compassion for his creations and
stole fire from heaven and cheated the gods in the apportionments of the
sacrifice to aide them."
Prometheus - Greek Mythology, the
Shermer's Last Law
- Michael Shermer
“God is typically described by Western religions as
omniscient and omnipotent. Because we are far from possessing these traits,
how can we possibly distinguish a God who has them absolutely from an ETI
who merely has them copiously relative to us? We can't. But if God were only
relatively more knowing and powerful than we are, then by definition the
deity would be an ETI!”
In the 2001 film
K-PAX you'll find mental telepathy plays a large part
in the film as well as human psychology. When you watch it notice
the similarities between Prot's relationship with his childhood friend and
the relationship people claim to have with 'God'. In the films
hypnosis scenes you
are actually presented with the opposite perspective. The way Prot describes
how children learn on his planet is a logical arrangement after considering the
content of the neurophysiological issues on this site especially the
explanation for PASS and
Who do you identify with when watching the film, the 'insane' people who accept
the truth in what they see or the Psychiatrist who refuses to accept the obvious
and instead accepts only what he expects to see? The last task in the film
is intended for everyone, "Stay here and be prepared for anything".
“I’m not worried. It’s just that I’m
only familiar with nine planets.” – Dr. Mark Powell
“Well actually there are ten, but that
doesn’t matter, I’m not from your solar system.” - Prot
Discovery 4 billion miles away near Pluto hints other celestial
bodies may be in same neighborhood
Tuesday, October 8, 2002
Astronomers have discovered the biggest thing out
there since Pluto was found -- a rocky, icy mini-planet circling the
sun far beyond Neptune.
named "Quaoar" (pronounced "kwah-oh-wahr") after a creation god of
Southern California's Tongva Indian tribe, the newfound world is about
4 billion miles away in an outer fringe of the solar system known as
the Kuiper Belt, a birthing zone of comets.
"We all went to school and were taught there were nine
planets orbiting the sun," said astronomer Lucy McFadden at the
University of Maryland. "Now we know there are different regions with
many smaller objects. So the solar system turns out to be a much more
complicated place, and much more populated, than we thought."
How about the title of the film?
: denoting a quantity consisting of 1,000 items or units [syn: thousand, a
thousand, one thousand, 1000, m]
A time of wide-ranging stability when there is only a single dominant
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again
until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the
first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be
priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
7 And when the thousand years are
expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
The biggest book of the summer is about the end of the world. It's also a sign
of our troubled times
By NANCY GIBBS, Time Magazine, Posted Sunday, June 23, 2002; 2:31 a.m.
word apocalypse," he observes, "comes from a Greek word that literally means
'lifting of the veil.' In an apocalyptic age, people feel that the veil of
normal, secular reality is lifting, and we can see behind the scenes, see where
God and the devil, good and evil are fighting to control the future." To the
extent that more people in the U.S. and around the world believe history is
accelerating, that ancient prophecies are being fulfilled in real time, "it
changes the way people feel about their circumstances, and the way they act.
would go for years without anyone asking about the End Times," says Thomas
Tewell, senior minister of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in midtown
Manhattan—hardly a hothouse of apocalyptic fervor. "But since Sept. 11,
hard-core, crusty, cynical New York lawyers and stockbrokers who are not moved
by anything are saying, 'Is the world going to end?', 'Are all the events of the
Bible coming true?' They want to get right with God. I've never seen anything
like it in my 30 years in ministry."
Let's look at the first task. Why would Prot ask the obsessive/compulsive
to sit quietly and watch for the Bluebird? How closely are we paying
"I know who you are. You're the Bluebird."
- Bess addressing Prot, K-PAX
"In the beginning of all things wisdom and
knowledge were with the animals, for Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak
directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell men that he showed himself
through the beasts, and that from them, and from the stars and the sun and the
moon should man learn .... all things tell of Tirawa."
Chief (Letakots-Lesa) (late 19th century): Pawnee
Stray Dog in Kenya Saves Abandoned Baby
By RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press Writer, May 9,
NAIROBI, Kenya - A stray dog saved the life of a newborn baby after finding the
abandoned infant in a forest and apparently carrying it across a busy road and
through some barbed wire to her litter of puppies, witnesses said.
The stray dog found the infant, clad in tattered clothing, in a
poor neighborhood near the Ngong Forests in the capital of Nairobi, Stephen
Thoya told the independent Daily Nation newspaper.
The dog apparently found the baby Friday in the plastic bag in which the infant
had been abandoned, said Aggrey Mwalimu, owner of the shed where the animal was
guarding its puppies. The seven-pound, four-ounce infant was taken to the
hospital for treatment on Saturday.
"She is doing well, responding to treatment, she is stable. ...
She is on antibiotics," Kenyatta National Hospital spokeswoman Hanna Gakuo told
The Associated Press from the hospital, where health workers called the infant
Kenya's media often report the abandonment of newborns by mothers. Poverty and
the inability to care for the child are seen as the root cause of the problem.
Most people who abandon babies are never caught.
The child had not yet been claimed.
"Abandoned babies are normally taken to the Kenyatta National Hospital because
it is a public hospital," Gakuo said. "People are now donating diapers and
baby clothes for this one."
in Old Dog Yet - Thanks to Hero Seal
June 20, 2002 07:17 AM ET
LONDON (Reuters) - A seal saved an elderly dog from a watery grave after it was
swept away by fierce currents in a fast-flowing river in northern England.
Eyewitnesses said the dog, who appeared to be injured before hitting the water,
scampered into the River Tees and tried to swim to the opposite bank -- but the
current got the better of him.
Suddenly, a seal appeared from the depths and gently pushed the dog, a German
Shepherd, into mudflats on the bank.
"I've never seen anything like it and I don't think I ever will,"
eyewitness Chris Hinds told Reuters Wednesday. "This seal just came out of
nowhere. It was like the guardian angel came up.
Seals are not known for friendliness to dogs, but the RSPCA said they were
naturally inquisitive creatures and it could have been just playing.
Dolphins save swimmers from shark
CBC News, Wed, 24 Nov 2004 20:46:26 EST
WHANGAREI, N.Z. - A group of lifeguards swimming off the coast of New Zealand
may have been saved from a shark attack recently by several protective dolphins
that helped to hold the predator at bay.
Lifeguard Rob Howes said he and three female lifeguards were on a training swim
about 100 metres off Ocean Beach near Whangarei on the North Island.
About halfway through the swim, a pod of dolphins "came steaming at us" and
started circling, startling the swimmers, he said.
Howes said he was unnerved by speed of the approach, thinking perhaps it was a
group of aggressive males or dolphins protecting their baby.
The dolphins bunched the four swimmers together by circling about 4-8
centimetres from them, and slapping the water with their tails for about 40
Howes said he drifted away from the main group when an opening occurred. One
large dolphin became agitated and submerged toward Howes, who turned to see
where it would surface.
That, he says, is when he saw a great white shark about two metres away in the
beach's crystal clear waters.
"The form came and travelled in an arc around me. I knew instinctively what it
was," he said.
When the shark started moving toward the women, including his 15-year-old
daughter, the dolphins "went into hyperdrive," said Howes.
"I would suggest they were creating a confusion screen around the girls. It was
just a mass of fins, backs and ... human heads."
65:024 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I
will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
11:006 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down
with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a
little child shall lead them.
Lioness adopts third baby antelope
Monday, 1 April, 2002, 14:00 GMT 15:00 UK
A lioness in Kenya has adopted another baby oryx - her third in as many
months, game wardens at the northern Samburu National Park have reported.
The lioness is said to allow a female oryx several minutes each day to feed the
The lioness is said to be "fiercely protective" of the oryx - becoming very
aggressive when any human come near.
Three adult onyxes have been seen near the unlikely duo though, one of which is
believed to be the mother.
When the last calf was eaten by a male lion while she slept, the lioness was
said to have been stricken with grief - she went around roaring in anger.
Local newspapers have noted that all three adoptions occurred on significant
days - Christmas, Valentine's Day and Good Friday.
The ancient Masters were profound and subtle.
Their wisdom was unfathomable.
There is no way to describe it;
all we can describe is their appearance.
They were careful
as someone crossing an iced-over stream.
Alert as a warrior in enemy territory.
Courteous as a guest.
Fluid as melting ice.
Shapeable as a block of wood.
Receptive as a valley.
Clear as a glass of water.
Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?
The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment.
Not seeking, not expecting,
She is present, and can welcome all things.
- Lao-tzu ,
Tao-te ching “The Book of the Way and Its Power”
A New English Version by Stephen Mitchell
(For more on the significance of the lion and the lamb
and updates (5 adoptions as of Oct. 7, 2002) please go
(For another peace prophecy currently unfolding please read the following
"It is one step further because for the first time
it involves teleportation between light and matter, two different objects. One
is the carrier of information and the other one is the storage medium," Polzik
explained in an interview on Wednesday.
Quantum information teleported from light to matter,
Reuters, By Patricia Reaney Wed Oct 4, 2006
How about Prot's contention that 'he' was not from Earth and
that he could travel on a beam of light? The following citations not only identify the theoretical
groundwork necessary to understand telepathy but show that we on Earth have
recently demonstrated the fundamental science that enables it as well as
personal testimony that it is being used to influence us. Unless I'm
mistaken the process of quantum entanglement forms the basis of numerous
theoretical/demonstrable processes, among them telepathy, teleportation and
computing. Besides telepathy and teleportation
which are implied in the film, I
suggest quantum entanglement would also allow a highly advanced Artificial
Intelligence to interface with a quantum computer. Without an
understanding and acceptance of this technology it is easy to understand the
confusion of Pahu70 (on-line poster) and Dr. Powell (K-PAX) below.
And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the
sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’” (Ex 3:14).
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM”
If we would enter eternal life,
we must submit to Jesus Christ as Lord
in repentance and obedience to His
Ten Commandment Law
Jesus is God
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
John 8 :: King James Version (KJV)
12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the
light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but
shall have the light of life.
13 The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest
record of thyself; thy record is not true.
14 Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear
record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and
whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.
15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.
16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am
not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.
Prot: That is Robert Porter.
(referring to photo)
Dr. Powell: Prot, that's you. You and
Robert Porter are the same person.
Prot: That's patently absurd, I'm not
Dr. Powell: Can't you at least admit the
Prot: I will admit the possibility that
I am Robert Porter, if you will admit the possibility, that I am from K-PAX.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a beam of light to catch.
"One man's 'magic' is another man's engineering. 'Supernaturalism' is a null
Heinlein, Excerpts from the Notebooks of Lazarus Long, "Time Enough For Love"
65:001 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them
that sought me not: …
Dr. John C. Lilly,
M.D. January 06, 1915 - September 30, 2001
"Many people have claimed
to have received messages via interstellar telepathy. Saul-Paul Sirag, a
physicist, has said that over a hundred scientists in the United States have
had this experience, but are reluctant to admit it publicly, for obvious
reasons. Buckminster Fuller, renowned scientific philosopher, has stated
that he sometimes thinks that he has received messages from interstellar
telepaths. Dr. John Lilly, psychoanalyst, neuro-anatomist, cyberneticist,
mathematician, and pioneering dolphin researcher, has made allusions to
contact during the early seventies from interstellar entities he terms the
"Cosmic Coincidence Control Center"."
QLAOT -- Quantum
Linguistic Aspects of Telepathy
"Saul-Paul Sirag, a leading consciousness physicist, told
a 1979 Transpersonal Psychology plenary audience (in a talk entitled
Consciousness and Physics ) that Einstein spoke favorably of telepathy at
least three times in print (eg, Quantum theory seems to imply telepathy.)
Its existence is therefore recognized in physics (as was validated at a
recent Conference on The Nature, Role, and Power of Thought -- reviewed next
issue], independently of recognition in either psychology or linguistics. My
favorite quantum physics cartoon book, Spacetime and Beyond (Bob Toben, Fred
Wolf and Jack Sarfatti), gives an excellent and plausible account of how
information can move instantaneously through the wormholes of cosmic foam
called space. Sarfatti gives a simple diagram of how telepathy works in an
appendix to Jeffrey Mishlove's Roots of Consciousness, and elsewhere talks
about the faster-than-light Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen transmissions as
information without transportation. Finally, a somewhat technical but
satisfying account of biological, structural, mathematical, and other
theoretical considerations of telepathy can be found in Andrija Puharich's
Quantum Teleportation, IBM Research
Until recently, teleportation was not taken seriously by scientists, because
it was thought to violate the uncertainty principle of quantum mechanics, which
forbids any measuring or scanning process from extracting all the information in
an atom or other object. According to the uncertainty principle, the more
accurately an object is scanned, the more it is disturbed by the scanning
process, until one reaches a point where the object's original state has been
completely disrupted, still without having extracted enough information to make
a perfect replica. This sounds like a solid argument against teleportation: if
one cannot extract enough information from an object to make a perfect copy, it
would seem that a perfect copy cannot be made. But the six scientists found a
way to make an end-run around this logic, using a celebrated and paradoxical
feature of quantum mechanics known as the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen effect.
Atom Experiment Brings Teleportation a Step Closer
By Reuters, 26 September 2001
“LONDON (Reuters) - Physicists in Denmark have made two samples of
trillions of atoms interact at a distance in an experiment which may bring
Star Trek-style teleportation and rapid quantum computing closer to reality. “
“Eugene Polzik and his colleagues at the University of Aarhus are not about to
beam anyone up to the Starship Enterprise, but their research reported in the
science journal Nature on Wednesday makes the idea of instantly transporting
an object from one place to another less far fetched. “
“It involves quantum entanglement -- a mysterious concept of entwining two or
more particles without physical contact. Albert Einstein once described it as
``spooky action at a distance.''
Scientists Report 'Teleported' Data
Mon Jun 17, 4:33 PM ET,
By PETER O'CONNOR, Associated Press Writer
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australian scientists said Monday they had
successfully "teleported" a laser beam encoded with data, breaking it up and
reconstructing an exact replica a yard away.
"We have taken a beam of laser light ... and completely
destroyed it and then made measurements of the destroyed laser beam and then
took the measured results to the other side of the lab and reconstructed an
exact replica of what we have destroyed," said Lam.
Teleporting a laser beam involves destroying and replicating billions of
Lam said he believes the process, called "quantum teleportation" and which
a nanosecond — one billionth of one second — will soon be used for
"My prediction is if we are not doing it, it will probably be done by someone in
the next three to five years, that is the teleportation of a single atom or a
small group of atoms," he said.
Teleporting a living person would likely be virtually impossible, scientists
"In theory, there is nothing stopping, us but the complexity of the
problem is so huge no one is thinking seriously about it at the moment," Lam
Teleportation: Express Lane Space Travel
By Leonard David, Senior Space Writer, posted: 08 July 2005
Think Star Trek: You are
here. You want to go there. It’s just a matter of teleportation.
Thanks to lab experiments, there is growth in the number of "beam me up"
believers, but there is an equal amount of disbelief, too.
Over the last few years, however, researchers have successfully teleported
beams of light across a laboratory bench. Also, the quantum state of a trapped
calcium ion to another calcium ion has been teleported in a controlled way.
These and other experiments all make for heady and heavy reading in
scientific journals. The reports would have surely found a spot on Einstein’s
night table. For the most part, it’s an exotic amalgam of things like quantum
this and quantum that, wave function, qubits and polarization, as well as
uncertainty principle, excited states and entanglement.
Seemingly, milking all this highbrow physics to flesh out point-to-point
human teleportation is a long, long way off.
Well, maybe…maybe not.
In his new book, Teleportation
– The Impossible Leap, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., writer David
Darling contends that ""One way or another, teleportation is going to play a
major role in all our futures. It will be a fundamental process at the heart
of quantum computers, which will themselves radically change the world."
"Extraterrestrial intelligence that is thousands or millions of years ahead of
us will certainly be teleportation experts," Darling advised, "if the
technology can be implemented at the macroscopic biological level."
What possible outcome, then, from ET successfully tinkering with
Revelation 7:4-7:8 Headcounts are rolled off as
John hears, "the number of them which were sealed".
||After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude,
which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and
tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white
robes, and palms in their hands;
Note the similarity to Prot's description of familial relationships with
verses attributed to Jesus, and his description of his planet's culture.
Also consider why governments exist and what inevitably happens to the
perspective of those who wield power as well as those who defer to others for
guidance. I could provide more direct answers but that would not be as
helpful. The following citations should be adequate.
23 The same day came to him the
Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,
24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no
children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his
25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first,
when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his
wife unto his brother:
26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the
27 And last of all the woman died also.
28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of
the seven? for they all had her.
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not
knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are
given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
A perfect union? Marriage has seen many makeovers
Feb 29, 2004
By Ron Grossman Tribune staff reporter
When President Bush last week pronounced marriage "the most fundamental
institution of civilization," he was in good company--at least rhetorically.
That link has been proclaimed every time marriage has gone through changes, as
it has frequently done throughout history.
The Roman statesman Cicero held that "the primary bond of society is marriage,"
suggesting an immutable institution. In fact, it has always been shaped by
social currents, sometimes progressive, but often not.
Through the ages, the institution of marriage has been unfair to women, has
banned the union of people of different races or religions, and has typically
been far more concerned with property rights than romantic love--a very modern
Now, as gay marriage has ballooned into a major issue of the presidential
campaign, historians and voters alike are reflecting on an institution that
truly is a foundation stone of society--for better and for worse.
"Since the 19th Century, people have treated family and marriage as the litmus
test of society," said Michael Grossberg, an Indiana University professor who
submitted a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of several historians to the
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, whose ruling in favor of gay marriage
triggered the national debate.
"Those who fear social change see any change in marriage and the family as a
disaster," Grossberg said.
Ironically, the most enduring aspects of marriage tend to be the very opposite
of those qualities its most vocal defenders associate with it. Romance,
companionship, the warmth of family life, were rarely connected with marriage
until recent times. In the beginning, it was chiefly an economic institution.
An engagement party in ancient Greece was a commercial transaction, said Marilyn
Yalom in "A History of the Wife." "It was essentially an oral contract, made
between the man who gave the woman in marriage--usually her father--and the
bridegroom," Yalom wrote. "The bride was not present."
In this country, the conception of marriage as a transaction between
father-in-law and son-in-law meant a woman went from being economically
dependent on her father to the same status vis-a-vis her husband. Under a legal
theory called "coverture," the married pair became one--the husband.
American wives couldn't own property--even that which they inherited from their
parents--until various states gave them the right between 1839 and 1887. Before
then, even the wages a working wife earned belonged not to her but her husband.
Husbands could physically discipline their wives, as long as they used what was
euphemistically called "moderate correction." If that, or anything else,
prompted women to leave home, their husbands would advertise the fact in
newspapers, right alongside the ads Southern plantation owners placed for the
return of runaway slaves.
`A state of slavery'
The U.S. Supreme Court was loath to tamper with that tradition of the man as
lord and master of the household as late as 1911, when it rejected the idea that
a wife could sue an abusive husband. The justices called the very thought
"revolutionary," "radical and far reaching."
Little wonder then, that the 19th Century abolitionist and feminist leader Lucy
Stone said, "Marriage is to woman a state of slavery."
“Mark, Mark, Mark. You are not really listening to what I’m saying to you are
you? We do not have marriage on K-PAX, there are no wives, there are no
husbands, there are no families.” - Prot
“I see. So um. What about, societal structure, government. – Dr. Mark Powell
“No, there’s no need for one.” - Prot
“You have no laws? – Dr. Mark Powell
“No laws, no lawyers.” - Prot
“How do you know right from wrong?” – Dr. Mark Powell
“Every being in the universe knows right from wrong Mark.” - Prot
Luke 20 (KJV)
35 But they which shall be
accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the
dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:
36 Neither can they die any
more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God,
being the children of the resurrection.
Shermer's Last Law
Any sufficiently advanced extraterrestrial intelligence is
indistinguishable from God
By MICHAEL SHERMER
...Because of science and technology, our world has changed more in the past
century than in the previous 100 centuries. It took 10,000 years to get from the
dawn of civilization to the airplane but just 66 years to get from powered
flight to a lunar landing.
Moore's Law of computer power doubling every 18 months or so is now
approaching a year. Ray Kurzweil, in his book The Age of Spiritual Machines,
calculates that there have been 32 doublings since World War II and that the
singularity point--the point at which total computational power will rise to
levels so far beyond anything that we can imagine that it will appear nearly
infinite and thus be indistinguishable from omniscience--may be upon us as
early as 2050.
When that happens, the decade that follows will put the 100,000 years before
it to shame. Extrapolate out about a million years (just a blink on an
evolutionary timescale and therefore a realistic estimate of how far advanced
ETIs will be), and we get a gut-wrenching, mind-warping feel for how godlike
these creatures would seem.
“Political power means capacity to regulate
national life thorough national representatives. If national life becomes
so perfect as to become self-regulated, representation becomes
unnecessary. There is then a state of enlightened anarchy. In such a state
everyone is his own ruler. He rules himself in such a manner that he is
never a hindrance to this neighbor. In the ideal state, therefore, there
is no political power because there is no state. But the ideal is never
fully realized in life. Hence the classical statement of Thoreau that the
government is best which governs least.”
Mohandas K. Ghandi
If a country is governed with tolerance,
the people are comfortable and honest.
If a country is governed with repression,
the people are depressed and crafty.
When the will to power is in charge,
the higher the ideals, the lower the results.
Try to make people happy,
and you lay the groundwork for misery.
Try to make people moral,
and you lay the groundwork for vice.
Thus the Master is content
to serve as an example
and not to impose her will.
She is pointed, but doesn’t pierce.
Straightforward, but supple.
Radiant, but easy on the eyes.
- Lao-tzu ,
Tao-te ching “The Book of the Way and Its Power”
“Let me tell you something Mark, you humans, most of you, subscribe to this
policy of an eye for an eye, a life for a life which is known throughout the
universe for its stupidity.
Even your Buddha and your Christ had quite a different vision, but nobody's paid
much attention to them, not even the Buddhists or the Christian. You
humans, sometimes its hard to imagine how you've made it this far.”
Gospel According to Mary
25) Peter said to him, Since you have explained everything to us, tell us
this also: What is the sin of the world?
26) The Savior said There is no sin, but it is you who make sin when you do the
things that are like the nature of adultery, which is called sin.
The Basis of
“He [Zarathusthra] was wise enough to recognize that all the motives of
human beings are based on action and reaction. Because, the receiver of every
good deed in this world will react accordingly with the good behavior.
Therefore, in the realm of interaction, if human beings act favorably, they
receive favorable reaction and vice versa. In this regard, if a person robs
another one, he should not be surprised when some day he will be robbed as
- Dr. Bahram Varza
All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror
Half a century ago, the United States overthrew a Middle Eastern government
for the first time. The victim was Mohammad Mossadegh, the democratically
elected prime minister of Iran. Although the coup seemed a success at first,
today it serves as a chilling lesson about the dangers of foreign intervention.
"It is not far-fetched," Kinzer asserts in this book, "to draw a line from
Operation Ajax through the Shah’s repressive regime and the Islamic Revolution
to the fireballs that engulfed the World Trade Center in New York."
Blowback - The Costs and Consequences of American Empire by Chalmers Johnson,
Henry Holt, 2000
The term "blowback," which officials of the Central Intelligence Agency
first invented for their own internal use, is starting to circulate among
students of international relations. It refers to the unintended consequences of
policies that were kept secret from the American people. What the daily press
reports as the malign acts of "terrorists" or "drug lords" or "rogue states" or
"illegal arms merchants" often turn out to be blowback from earlier American
Palestinian Gunmen Kill Four Israelis in West Bank
Tue May 28, 2002
"Without a doubt, Operation Defensive Shield hit the terrorist
infrastructure hard, but it is clear motivation has risen as a result and more
suicide bombers have been created," Deputy Defense Minister Dalia Rabin-Pelossof
told Channel One television.
claims he has nukes: If US uses N-arms it will get same response
10 November 2001/23 Shaban 1422
Osama bin Laden: …“America and its allies are massacring us in
Palestine, Chechenya, Kashmir and Iraq. The Muslims have the right to attack
America in reprisal. The Islamic Shariat says Muslims should not live in the
land of the infidel for long. The Sept 11 attacks were not targeted at women and
children. The real targets were America's icons of military and economic power.”
“Our response involves far more than instant
retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a
lengthy campaign unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic
strikes visible on TV and covert operations secret even in success.”
President Bush's address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday night,
September 20, 2001
The unwise man, lacking understanding,
Behaves as if he were his own worst enemy,
Committing evil deeds
That produce bitter fruit.
It is unwise to do things that bring regret
And require repentance,
To cause suffering for oneself
And a weeping and tearful face.
It is wise to do things which do not require
But bring joy and fulfillment,
Happiness and delight.
Until he feels the effect,
The fool rejoices in his evil deed.
When the action reaches fruition,
The fool harvests nothing but grief.
The Dhammapada (The Path of Truth) translated by Ananda Maitreya
Mattie Stepanek, poet
TFK: Tell us about your upcoming book.
Mattie: It's focused on hope, hope through heartsongs. Because of what just
happened to our country, I hope that people will read it and get a sense of new
feelings and not just cower back and have it ruin their entire life. But not
face it angrily. We cannot win this war on terrorism with bombs, we have to win
it with words.
Imagine by John Lennon
Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one
“Throw away holiness and wisdom,
and people will be a hundred times happier.
Throw away morality and justice,
and people will do the right thing.
Throw away industry and profit,
and there won't be any thieves.
If these three aren't enough,
just stay at the center of the circle
and let all things take their course.”
Lao-tzu , Tao-te ching “The Book of the Way and Its Power”