Je Suis Charlie – Charlie Hebdo


A very ‘second hand’ contribution – Words from Je Suis Charlie, ‘Without free speech it would be like living like a rat’ http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/heartbreaking-cartoons-from-artists-in-response-to-the-ch?utm_term=.gk07KmodAN#.eeQ0vZnDzd Cartoonists from all over the world mourn in the wake of a Paris shooting that killed as many as 12 people, many of whom are members of Charlie Hebdo.

Acromegaly http://www.buzzfeed.com/findacure/17-things-youll-only-understand-if-you-have-a-rar-1bze2 What a lot of shit, from so many people! Is it possible to forgive them? I’ve at last, ‘come through’ being told so much rubbish, esp, by (some) Doctors; Teachers; Politicians; Peers; Parents; Relations; Loved Ones; take control of your condition, we all have one, or a (dreadful) something. Take time to have ‘the last laugh’, and so feel better, telling the know all, and the bossy ones to f… off!

‘Young minds understand ‘infinity’, older minds find it much more difficult’!http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02gfgfq Some quite marvellous and physically impossibly stories that deserve our utmost scrutiny. Most of these have been scrutinised by people for many centuries, including cartoons of Mohammed and pictured by faithful Moslem’s – it is only very recently that these have been considered in any way to be blasphemous (blasphemy; modern times: immaterial, and has only a medieval relevance)! An End To Blasphemy Laws In Europe http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f506ec535c3e750b66180af13&id=a58754cd31&e=fbce632bcc And, http://fairadmissions.org.uk/

Not a political point; a global statement – What is (now) not acceptable (a past bad example to all, and very especially to all young people) in this very new era of ‘Global Consciousness’ (The BBC are now updating their website on their past ban on publishing any cartoons and depictions of the prophet Mohammed, brought on by Je Suis Charlie)  – “Religious/Denominational” – Mass, ‘Labelling of Children’
“Many of the church schools offer higher priority in their admissions policy for
applications made on religious/ faith grounds. For details of the evidence you
need to supply in order for your application to be considered under this criteria,
please check the admissions policy of the school you wish to apply for.
Admissions policies are available to view on-line at”: specific to my area, you may have this in your area, or not www.dorsetforyou.com/school-admissions/parents-guide-and-school-policies And, https://www.dorsetforyou.com/schools/admissions/parents-guide “We urgently need to raise consciousnesses on this issue,” said Richard Dawkins, Vice President of the BHA, President of RDFRS, and co-sponsor of the campaign. “Nobody would seriously describe a tiny child as a ‘Marxist child’; or an ‘Anarchist child’; or a ‘Post-modernist child’. Yet children are routinely labelled with the religion of their parents. We need to encourage people to think carefully before labelling any child too young to know their own opinions and our adverts will help to do that” https://charleslizzy.com/2009/11/18/universal-childrens-day-20th-nov-please-dont-label-me-let-me-grow-up/ And, from the BBC coverage of the Paris March ‘Je Suis Charlie’ 11/01/2015, “No one (should) care what particular religion you are, or have none; never ask this question, as it should (to anyone) never matter!” http://www.france24.com/en/20150113-charlie-hebdo-publishes-prophet-cartoon-cover/ And, http://www.secularism.org.uk/

Fascinating http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04ndw2j

“2014 was the warmest year on record, with global temperatures 0.68C (1.24F) above the long-term average, US government scientists have said” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30852588

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30784886 “The missing Mars robot Beagle2 has been found on the surface of the Red Planet, apparently intact”.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30859411 “The European Space Agency needs to find a new way for images and other data acquired by its science missions to come out into the public domain”.

‘No Government’; ‘No People’; ‘No Religion’; ‘No Ideology’; has any ‘credibility’, at all, with this going on in the World. Probably, this the best thing you will ever do – join! Ref, ‘The Global Gullibility Index’, are you a part of a statistic for this index? One of the 1% (richest – ‘Sovereign Wealth Fund’) said, “The ‘pitchforks’ are coming if we don’t change our ways, immediately!” http://www.oxfam.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-with-us/find-an-action/even-it-up Islam and Money: Davos; Oxfam vs Inequality (the worst figures ever, in our human history) – The vast amounts of wealth (the most expensive houses in England, with cellars stacked with gold) stored up by the ‘oil rich’ Arabs, over 50% (Asia) of their poorest can’t read or write; the Sovereign Wealth Funds are vast! ‘Muslims believed that gold and silver must circulate, and this circulation, called rawaj, was a social and religious duty. Hoarding gold and silver was forbidden by the Qur’an’: “Those who store up gold and silver and do not spend them in the way of God, tell them of a painful chastisement!” The cosmographer al-Qawini, writing only a decade or so after the minting of the first florin, says: “Gold is the noblest of the blessings of Almighty God upon his servants, for it is the foundation of the affairs of this world and brings order to the affairs of mankind…. With silver and gold coins, everything can be bought and sold. They must circulate, unlike other forms of wealth, for it is not desirable for anyone to accumulate silver and gold…. Anyone who stores them up destroys the wisdom created by God, just as if one imprisoned the qadi of a town and prevented him from carrying out his duties toward the people.” How ‘two faced’ is this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwZ6kaKEdJs “The British Humanist Association presents internationally renowned philosopher, writer, psychologist, and American Humanist Association’s 2011 Humanist of the Year, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein for an intimate discussion on her newest book, Plato At The Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away”. And, https://charleslizzy.com/2008/11/18/notes-for-a-lecture-on-philosophy-trident-missiles-pornography-sex-shops-100-million-or-more-terrifying-deaths/

#Davos2015 ‘Get Real’ all of the ‘apologists’ for (the useless – to the people) Nations; Economics; Ideologies; Gods
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00hr6bk/horizon-20082009-10-star-on-earth

Holocaust Day – To be silent about it, ‘you are (become) complicit’!
“Fascist ideology has its roots in the writings of Rousseau, Fichte, and the quiet Professor Nietzsche (1844-1900). Nietzsche wrote “The object is to attain that enormous energy of greatness, which can model the man of the future by means of discipline, and also, by means of the annihilation of millions, and which, can yet avoid going to ruin at the sight of the suffering created thereby, the like of which has never been seen before… A new vast aristocracy based upon the most severe self-discipline, in which, the will of philosophical men of power and artist-tyrants will be stamped upon for thousands of years”.
Adolf Hitler thought it great stuff and modelled his life on it, “If men will read my works” Nietzsche wrote, “A certain percentage of them inspired by my philosophy, can preserve and restore ‘Aristocracy’, with themselves as ‘Aristocrats’. In this way they will achieve a fuller life than they can have as servants of the people”. It is evident that some ambitious and intelligent men did indeed read his works and were inspired by them, and put theory into practice. From the 1967 to 1974 ‘The Era of the Greek Colonels’, to the present rulers of many modern states. I submit to you that the philosophy of Professor Nietzsche of Basel is still alive and well! Some, ‘religionists’, ‘companies’, and ‘political leaders’, and some of our ‘teachers’, love this ideology, and the harsh self-discipline that goes with it. Today!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C9iUaP51CI

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-31002598 “An ancient solar system similar to our own has been discovered by scientists. Studying data from the Kepler telescope, the team, led by the University of Birmingham, found a star orbited by five planets similar in size to Earth. The system, 117 light years away, is the oldest known of its kind, formed 11.2 billion years ago”.

Two brothers, off across the Atlantic on a very small yacht. I couldn’t go due to an urgent hospital operation https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1422579428&v=CvNErDCZYiw&x-yt-cl=85114404 I would of liked to of gone, taking on the impending and inevitable fact, for all, of getting older by doing some of this!

“The capital amassed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries through various forms of slave economy is still in circulation, said De Jong, still bearing interest, increasing many times over and continually burgeoning anew.”
― W.G. Sebald. Is there ‘no escape’ from all the iniquities (immoral & unfairness) of our history? My (very) personal answer, “Only in our science (Latin for knowledge)”.
https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/6580622.W_G_Sebald?page=2

“Scientists on Europe’s Planck satellite say the first stars lit up the Universe later than was previously thought. The team has made the most precise map of the “oldest light” in the cosmos. Earlier observations of this radiation had suggested the first generation of stars were bursting into life by about 420 million years after the Big Bang. Planck’s new data now indicates this great ignition was well established by some 560 million years after it all got going. “This difference of 140 million years might not seem that significant in the context of the 13.8-billion-year history of the cosmos, but proportionately it’s actually a very big change in our understanding of how certain key events progressed at the earliest epochs,” said Prof George Efstathiou, one of the leaders of the Planck Science Collaboration” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31145520

Twitter: ”Prince Charles, UK, GB, Chieftain of aristocracy, visits Jordan. Educated in ignorance, mythology & superstition; wonders why?, radical Brit’s Jihad’.

“Only ‘useless knowledge’ is capable of exposing the purpose and nature of the machine to rational enquiry about the life support machine in which he/she and his children live, breathe, and have their being” Bertrand Russell “all else (is mostly) bunkum and deceit” Leo Tolstoy after he had ‘grown up’, and realised the monstrous God’s! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2O5iVBltbI

At last, their iron grip, is somewhat being diminished, at last – https://humanism.org.uk/2015/02/05/rowan-williams-heads-religious-leaders-call-fair-study-humanism-schools/

“Scientists say they have gained new insight into what lies at the very centre of the Earth” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31322817

Large Hadron Collider – “A senior researcher at the Large Hadron Collider says a new particle could be detected this year that is even more exciting than the Higgs boson. The accelerator is due to come back online in March after an upgrade that has given it a big boost in energy” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31476337

Supposed to be the best article –  http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/02/on-the-impossibility-of-fighting-isis/385530/

European Commission re-opens investigation into whether UK ‘faith’ school laws break European employment laws as UK Government shifts position
The European Commission has re-opened its case into whether ‘faith’ schools break European employment law by giving ‘preference’ to teachers of a particular religion even when religion is not a genuine requirement to do the job. The law is fairly cut-and-dry at European level and we’re hopeful that this will go our way and bring real change to the discrimination we see across the ‘faith’ school sector.

Humanist blogger Avijit Roy hacked to death by Islamic fundamentalists in Dhaka https://humanism.org.uk/2015/02/27/humanist-blogger-avijit-roy-hacked-death-islamic-fundamentalists-dhaka/

Humans back 400,000 years https://charleslizzy.com/2007/09/02/the-prehistoric-mind-how-did-prehistoric-man-think-the-primitive-mind-2/ And http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31718336 1) Episodic Stage – Primate cognition 2) Mimetic Stage – 4 million to 400,000 years (peaking with Homo erectus) 3) Mythic Stage – first use of complex language – 500,000 years to the present (peaking with Homo sapiens) 4) Material Symbolic Stage. Leslie White recognised this as defining the ‘importance in human culture’ (icons of religious faith, amongst the many other symbols) 5) Theoretic Stage. Donald calls this ‘institutionalised paradigmatic thought’ (writing – ‘massive external memory storage’). A better and more detailed explanation can be found in Colin Renfrew’s fascinating book ‘Prehistory’.

“Lord Dobbs of Wylye – Michael Dobbs, creator of House of Cards – examines the UK’s tradition of public service broadcasting (BBC), and asks whether in a rapidly changing broadcast market, public service broadcasters will continue to play an important role in our culture and society into the future” http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05534nw/royal-television-society-huw-wheldon-memorial-lecture-public-service-broadcasting-a-house-of-cards If we got rid of the BBC, something like it, would be set up again, at a much greater cost to all of us!

The Anthropocene – a new geological time period that marks the “Age of man” – began in 1610, a study suggests (1492 Columbus). More interesting: “Humans are possibly the weirdest species to have ever lived. We have freakishly big brains that allow us to build complicated gadgets, understand abstract concepts and communicate using language. We are also almost hairless with weak jaws, and struggle to give birth. How did such a bizarre creature evolve?” http://www.bbc.com/earth/bespoke/story/20150311-the-15-tweaks-that-made-us-human/index.html

I know, I was one of the first people on the dial up internet. It is our duty to fill it up – why?, “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes” http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05p9tvt/the-richard-dimbleby-lecture-30032015

BHS – “We were also very lucky to have worked with Terry on a range of issues. As our patron he lobbied with us against ‘faith’ schools, filmed videos about Humanism for teachers to use in schools, and, after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he became a public face for our longstanding campaign to legalise assisted dying for the terminally ill and incurably suffering.
Just last year, he took part in our open letter to the Prime Minister, rebuking him for his damaging assertion that Britain was a ‘Christian country’. He also submitted testimony in favour of assisted dying as part of our intervention at the Supreme Court case of Tony Nicklinson and Paul Lamb, making a powerful plea for the right to die.
Truly, Terry was someone who lived a good life, spreading a great deal of joy and happiness, even transforming his own suffering into a cause for the betterment of all society. We are eternally grateful for all his work, and can only say that we will miss him and that our thoughts are with his loved ones”. Pratchett

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World Education: ‘global consciousness’ & ‘cosmic consciousness’.


This is hitting me hard, when I watch the News (today), “Culture change strategists all agree about the urgent need to promote, “global consciousness” or “cosmic consciousness” — a broad world-view with a high level of awareness of the interrelatedness and sacredness of all living things. It is thought that such a universality of mind leads not only to intellectual illumination, but also to heightened moral sensibilities, compassion, and greater community responsibility” http://www.culturechange.org/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=177&Itemid=1 And, Why do I get a ‘cold shiver up my spine’ when one sees the ‘elite’ and the ‘religionists’ (the, ‘great and the good’) that are gathered all together, maybe, its not the kind words that they offer to us, which cost them nothing (paid to do so), but in the actions that they can ‘sponsor’, turn a blind eye, and have done so, so appallingly; in ‘real time’. Evil can always come out to play, ‘Mr Nice Guy, or, even, Mr Average’. Scary! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28632223 The Queen, may have got it right, in ‘quiet contemplation’, for the day. And, Of course, for whatever reasons, those people involved must be prosecuted – see, as well ‘The Gulag Archipelago’ (‘young people’ should be responsible for making very sure that this happens) “Civilization, we may say, has advanced only at the cost of a struggle between science and superstition, working on the intelligence of the participants, a struggle of whose progress the legal status of torture and the social status of astrology (not – ‘astronomy’), might serve as indicators.
Advanced societies, therefore are so stratified as to keep the ‘primitive mind’ in a subordinate position. In this way individual responsibility and the rules of evidence, allow with fluctuating success the development of law and the organisation of knowledge and all that follows from these practises”. ‘The Little Universe of Man’ Professor C.D.Darlington. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30407950 And,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cults_in_Our_Midst ‘The Six Conditions For Thought Reform’ Dr Margaret Singer – Religions And Cults (not much difference in most parts of the world). And, Interesting http://conscious.tv/nonduality.html?bcpid=45947084001&bclid=46657464001&bctid=3223685749001

I keep falling asleep after only a few pages, but what a good idea – “My challenge for 2015 is to read a new book every other week,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post, “with an emphasis on learning about different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies.” I’m reading old Sci-Fi, ‘Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep’ and, next, ‘The Time Travellers Wife’: not quite so demanding, as Zuckerberger’s choices! I wonder what http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Berners-Lee reads, and he is a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unitarian_Universalism with followers of 800,000 or so?!

Not good! When will we learn, to take on ‘uncomfortable truths’ (violence, can, perpetuate violence, so on…)? Western countries complicit in torture and rendition add to the causes of jihad beheading amongst other atrocities. Staying silent is not an option!http://www.cageuk.org/…/guardian-myth-religious-violence Jesselyne Radack http://rt.com/shows/politicking-larry-king/213631-cia-interrogation-report-torture/ 16 Minutes in to Larry King ‘Politicking’.

“There are still many children who do not even get to start education – with Unesco reporting that there are about 58 million children who should be in primary education but who have no access to school” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-15838288

Stupid, dangerous, and ruinous – “As many as three quarters of a million young people in the UK may feel that they have nothing to live for, a study for the Prince’s Trust charity claims” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-25559089 “The trust says almost a third of long-term unemployed young people have contemplated taking their own lives”.

Think about it?, what are they are doing to our young people and families http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-30113313 the making of a new elite!

Oxfam http://www.scribd.com/doc/244093964/Even-it-Up-Time-to-end-extreme-inequality

About right? – http://rt.com/…/going-unde…/210963-uk-economy-osborne-banks/

4,000,000 people in the UK’s 60,000,000+ people have used Food Banks http://www.foodethicscouncil.org/society/food-poverty.html Camp Bastion, Afghanistan £36,000,000,000.00 + and many lives lost. What other appalling ‘wastes’ do we have? History – 30% of British people below the bread line at the start of the First World War 1914-1918.

‘Never Ending War On Terror’ – should include, the massive, ‘Banking Fraud’ that has been ‘brushed over’ and continues in denial so casually, causing; 400 million people of Europe to be on the poverty line, including many UK families. 33% were below the poverty line, starving, and not franchised (women) before the 1st World War 1 in England http://rt.com/shows/keiser-report/206439-episode-max-keiser-681/ We let it carry on through ignorance, and the ‘rose coloured glasses’ in the perceiving of our heritage, that was, for most, an appalling, and so utterly degrading – this is getting much worse, by the day, and with so little outcry.

‘The Four Horsemen’ http://rt.com/…/doc…/186572-global-economy-new-paradigm/

Oh, ‘What A Lovely War’. More is spent lately, than in both world wars; combined – we really don’t want to know, because it may make us feel very uncomfortable! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-ajgngKfO0 And, The only person talking any sense about the Middle East, and beyond – “Abby wraps up by doing an interview with UK politician George Galloway, discussing the violence in Gaza and the latest air strikes the US military has launched against Islamic militants in Iraq” http://rt.com/…/breaking…/179148-ebola-gaza-us-military/ Stupid, ‘silly-billies’, lost their weapons and dosh and much more! How did they do this, and manage to be so stupid? If it was you ,or I, we would be ruined, or at least, not trusted ever again –http://www.washingtonpost.com/…/bd050770-fbda-11e3-932c…

Fabulous, News reporting, and discussion, ‘Why There Is Some Hope’ – “On GPS this Sunday: First, the latest on Iraq and the advances made by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, as well as the U.S. military’s response. Also, Fareed offers his take on what the United States should be doing and why bolstering the Kurds is the key to success. Then, Fareed will speak with counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen before hearing from Ambassador Peter Galbraith, author of The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War without End, and the London School of Economics’ Fawaz Gerges about what we might be able to expect next. Next, Fareed will be joined by The Atlantic’s Peter Beinart and Wall Street Journalcolumnist Bret Stephens about U.S. policy over Iraq and Gaza. Also, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium, discusses the state of the U.S. space program” http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2014/08/09/on-gps-sunday-latest-from-iraq-analysis-of-isis-and-future-of-the-space-program/?iref=allsearch

“It may be said that men, broadly speaking – inhabit two worlds. World One – Comprises their private thoughts, personal goals, and actions; in order to achieve them. World Two – Consisting of the Nation State in which they live. The State impinges on their lives, by making the laws they must obey, and deciding policy towards other Nation States. Internal laws and external policy, are mostly determined on a day-to-day basis, and without consulting the individual. Constant referendums or elections, whether genuine, or rigged, are impractical. This is the world of political philosophy, and philosophers are responsible for it. It is true that men of action have performed the labour of creating it, done the dirty work, if you like, to put it that way, but their bosses have been the philosophers. To think of the philosopher scribbling away in his study, as being a harmless word spinner, is as manifestly untrue, as it is naive. He is the most formidable person and the unacknowledged legislator of humankind, for good, or for evil. All educated people should be interested in what he writes, for his words will dictate the kind of world their children will live in. He is scribbling away now in Europe, America, Russia, and China, quietly determining the future. He does not appear on television to peddle his wares. He lights a slow paper fuse, which cannot be extinguished, and the bomb explodes after he is dead. There is, also, however, a more personal answer, “Science (esp, ‘anthropology’) tells us what we can know, but what we can know is little, and if we forget how much we cannot know, we become insensitive to many things of very great importance. Theology, on the other hand, induces a dogmatic belief that we have knowledge, where, in fact, we have ignorance, and by doing so generates a kind of impertinent insolence towards the universe (my note: an, appalling, selfishness, i.e., most religion). Uncertainty, in the presence of vivid hopes and fears is painful, but must be endured if we wish to live without the support of ‘comforting fairy tales’. To teach how to live without certainty, and yet, without being paralysed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy in our age can still do for those who study it.” For youth, “There is not much time for political pursuits and your time maybe wasted, but to, ‘add a little knowledge to the world, should be your goal'”. Some notes @ ‘Lecture on Philosophy’ (Dad’s). ‘History’s Age of Hatred’ Niall Ferguson – Era, more like, & disgraceful – The USA, & Europe, the worst of all, for all their moral high ground propaganda, would love more wars. Totally bananas! http://www.independent.co.uk/…/blood-money-uks-123bn…

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EN1vCrZk6A We were jammed packed, for days, on a small patch on the ground. I hope that my kids do the same, but there is something, quite absurd (disgraceful, in some cases), that any kids, should follow their parents, in ideology, or religion (most). The ‘desert herder’ (desert gods, dogma) mentality – a, ‘dreadful, dark cloud’ of static-ness, for the ‘progress of knowledge’ and ‘society’: for all of humankind. See, Disc 4 ‘The Ascent of Man’Jacob Bronowski ‘The Long Childhood’www.bbcshop.com/History/Ascent-Of-Man-DVD/invt/bbcdvd1608 — at Bath, ‘Festival of Blues and Progressive Music’.

‘DNA neither knows, nor cares, and we dance to its music’, R Dawkins (to think otherwise, has to be a form of madness, psychosis, or neurosis). “Less than 9.5 percent of human DNA is functional, according to Oxford University researchers. This overturns the mainstream theory that 80 percent of the human genome is of some biological importance. The study published in the journal PLOS Genetics reveals that at present, a total of 8.2 percent (7.1 – 9.2 percent) of the human genome is functional – “more than three times as much than is functional and shared between human and mouse.” And even within that small percentage, some DNA can be found that performs more significant tasks”http://rt.com/news/175844-human-genome-junk-dna/

‘The Triumph of Triviality’ Gaza, ‘Until All Gods Sleep’ –  The Promised Land. ’The Poison Of Holiness’. ‘Jerusalem Sadness’. A citizen of Jerusalem, a ‘religious souvenir trinket salesman’, “Without war, sectarian violence, sectarianisms, religion, and arms trading, we would have no money; stirring it up is great for business”. Ref, The Self Harm Of Our Children (1in10!) – Irrational Beliefs – Depression and Sadness – Building Jerusalem, ‘In Our Green and Pleasant Land’ – United Kingdom…GB, “Koestler ‘Bricks to Babel’ – Koestler, claim to fame, had his books burned twice, and once by the Nazis. “However, my job demanded that I live in Jerusalem, and thus to suffer those periodic bouts of depression to which its citizens seemed to be prone – I called it the ‘Jerusalem Sadness’. ‘Jerusalem Sadness’ is a local disease, like Baghdad Boils, due to the combined effect of the tragic beauty and inhuman atmosphere of the city. It is the haughty, desolate beauty of a walled-in mountain fortress in the desert. The angry face of Yahveh is brooding over the hot rocks, which have seen more holy murder, rape and plunder than any other place on this earth. Its inhabitants are poisoned by holiness. Josephus Flavius, who was a priest in the city and suffered from Jerusalem Sadness, has this strange phrase: “The union of what is divine and what is mortal is disagreeable.” The population of the city is a mosaic; but every portion of it is disagreeable. Perhaps the most disagreeable are the clergy, Muslim, Christian and Jewish alike. The Muslim clergy in my time used to call on the average twice a year for a holy blood bath. A peaceful Arab landlord would joke with the family of his Jewish tenants some Friday morning during the Ramadan, go to the Mosque, listen to the Imam, run home and slaughter tenant, wife and children with a kitchen knife. The Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Armenian and other Christian clergy would come to blows over such questions as to “whether the Greeks had a right to place a ladder on the floor of the Armenian chapel for the purpose of cleaning the upper part of the chapel above the cornice in the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem”; and “whether the Greeks must attach their curtain tight or in natural folds to the lower Nail No.2 at the foot of the pillar which lies south-east of the left-hand set of steps leading to the manger” (both examples are authentic, and I may add to them the regulation “that the Latins should have their curtain fall naturally down the same pillar, leaving a space of sixteen centimetres between it and that of the Greek Orthodox”). The Jewish clergy was engaged in feuds with the Muslims about rights of way to the Wailing Wall, and among themselves about the correct method of ritual slaughter; they also encouraged their orthodox disciples to protect the sanctity of the Sabbath by beating up the godless who smoked cigarettes in the streets and by throwing bricks at passing motor cars. The political atmosphere was just as poisoned. The Husseini clan murdered members of the Nashashibi clan; during the riot season they both murdered Jews; the Jewish Parties hated each other, the British, and the Arabs, in that order; the British sahibs, here called hawadjas, behaved as British sahibs used to do. There were no cafes or night clubs, no cocktail parties, and no night-life of any kind in Jerusalem. People kept to themselves, their church, clan or party. It was an austere, pharisaic town, full of hatred, distrust and phony relics. I lived at No. 29, Street of the Prophets, at five minutes distance from the Via Dolorosa, another five from the Mosque of Omar where for a shilling you are shown the Archangel Gabriel’s footprints on the rock. I have never lived at such close quarters with divinity, and never farther removed from it. The whole unholy history of the city, from David to Herod, from Pilate to the Crusaders, from Titus to Glubb, is an illustration of the destructive power of faith, and the resulting unpleasantness of the union of the mortal and the divine. It is this awareness of defeat, driven home by the haughty silence of the desert, of dry watercourse and arid rock, which causes the Jerusalem Sadness. Sadness apart, I grew increasingly tired of Palestine. Zionism in 1929 had come to a standstill. Immigration had been reduced to a mere trickle. Nazism, which was to turn it into a flood, was still a monster being hatched in the womb of the future. I had gone to Palestine as a young enthusiast, driven by a romantic impulse. Instead of Utopia, I had found an extremely complex reality which both attracted and repelled me, but where the repellent effect, for a simple reason, gradually gained the upper hand. The reason was the Hebrew language. It was a petrified language which had been abandoned by the Jews long before the Christian era-in the days of Christ, they spoke Aramaic – and had now been revived by a tour de force. By making Hebrew its official language, the small Jewish community of Palestine seemed to have turned its back on Western civilisation. I felt that to undergo the same process would be spiritual suicide. I was a romantic fool, in love with unreason; but I knew that in a Hebrew-language environment I would always remain a stranger; and at the same time gradually lose touch with European culture. I had left Europe at the age of twenty. Now I was twenty-three and had had my fill of both Arab romantics and Jewish mystique. I was longing for Europe, thirsting for Europe, pining for Europe. *Arrow in the Blue, ch. xxii. I asked the Ullsteins for a transfer, and had the good luck to be assigned to Paris. In subsequent years my interest in Zionism faded; it was reawakened, with a vengeance, thirteen years later, when the gas chambers went into action.” Koestler ‘Bricks to Babel’. Dr Margaret Singer, ‘Six Conditions For Thought Reform’ – ‘The Perfect Cult’ (Isil) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_of_Iraq_and_the_Levant And, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Bakr_al- Baghdadi And, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cults_in_Our_Midst And, Science & Anthropology http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxytocin (‘love, bonding’, hormone)

Don’t forgive, or forget, the ‘peers’ that educated / taught us, and made us do the rubbish, lessons/morals, parts of – religion/sex disinformation/morals, at school, in 1950’s, 60’s, especially! It goes on today, but mostly, and only for a very unfortunate few; in the privacy of the home environment. Ignorance is no longer an excuse! Lab Ghosts conjured up by scientists, but they were all in the mind (the, ‘Holy One’)http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29939672 ‘Have you ever wondered if there is a god? Then this book is for you.When people talk about “Christian children”, “Muslim children”, or “Hindu children”, they usually mean children of Christian, Muslim or Hindu parents.But all people are born with a brain of their own’. Check out – ‘children following beliefs of their parents’ The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (Official) & ‘The Long Childhood’ Jacob Bronowski

You may not think  that you are being selfish, but you really are, and on a global (Global religious/ideological ‘Gullibility Index’) scale!http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28635031 Tony Blair, George Bush, Hamas leaders, so on… “It is unthinkable in the twentieth century (21st!) to fail to distinguish what constitutes an abominable atrocity that must be and what constitutes that past, which ought not to be stirred up! We have to condemn publicly, the very idea that some people have the right to suppress others. In keeping silent about evil, in burying so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it and it will rise up again a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby, ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations. It is for this reason and not because of the weakness of indoctrinational work that they are growing up indifferent. Young people (people in power) are acquiring the conviction that foul deeds are never punished on earth and that they always bring prosperity. It is going to be uncomfortable, horrible, to live in such a country!” An extract from, The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn. Nobel Prize in Literature 1970. (The problem of evil is that it refuses to stay in its box marked, evil. It keeps on coming out to play Mr Nice Guy, or at least – Mr Average). Problem in our country is, “That this country is run by crazy people. Remember what they have to do to get where they are. Their perspective is so narrow…so brief. A few years. In the best of them a few decades. They only care about the time they are in power”. Carl Sagan, ‘Contact’. And, American Atheists – “Americans in the US are rallying together, launching a new TV programme and providing support for those who go public with their beliefs”http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28616115 I think, the writer chose the wrong word beliefs!

The Daily Telegraph, Tuesday, December 6, 1932. Note, ‘Reds Under The Beds’!

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Pretty boy faces, bling eyes, a ‘pushy’ and ‘over the top’ confident demeanour, specially trained, in the art of politics – (Public School). Why do we (always) get fooled again, and again, voting for, ‘big party, big money, politicians’, in our regions; for people we don’t know, and will never do, and never have, done any of us much good? Sanctions, against Russia, what a fiasco! http://www.standard.co.uk/comment/richard-godwin-forget-eton-its-career-politicians-we-cant-stand-9170120.html And, the, ‘Rotten Borough’, of Rotherham, and others, no doubt, to, ‘Dorset’, and to the, ‘Westminster Parliament’ – ‘shoot them all in the foot’ – “The UK is “deeply elitist” according to an analysis of the backgrounds of more than 4,000 business, political, media and public sector leaderswww.bbc.co.uk/news/education-28953881 And, “A record five million UK workers are now in low-paid jobs, research from a think tank suggests. Those earning less than two thirds of median hourly pay – equivalent to £7.69 an hour – rose by 250,000 to 5.2m last year, the Resolution Foundation said” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29771470

“Modern humans and Neanderthals co-existed in Europe 10 times longer than previously thought, a study suggests. The most comprehensive dating of Neanderthal bones and tools ever carried out suggests that the two species lived side-by-side for up to 5,000 years” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28693371

“Documentary which follows six scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in human history”. Super Symmetry or Multi-verse, which is it – indications is that the Higgs Boson does both at ‘120’ or so…? http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04lcyzy/storyville-20132014-33-particle-fever-the-hunt-for-the-higgs-boson

On, Portland, we all should visit! “Life is a cosmic rarity. Though we have looked into the far reaches of space, it is here on Earth that all known life is to be found. The totality of this glittering web of life is known as ‘biodiversity’. We are a part of it, depend upon it in our every endeavour. But it is now under great threat”. Very slight adjustments, from whatever source, could be our species (life on Earth) total demise – like 99% of all living things (past). Edward O Wilson, visiting the UK, said “He has no problem with religion, just the (blind faith, creation stories, and the like…) faith and belief in it. Richard Dawkins is more a journalist than a (pure) scientist, but he has no (particular) disagreement with him. Next overall ideology of humankind, is now (somewhat) and will be ‘Scientific Philosophy’ for all!”http://www.memoproject.org/

Going in the wrong direction, ‘inadvertently’ –  (In a cramped living room in southern Turkey, a 13-year-old boy is training to join Islamic State. As he welcomes us in, he appears a regular, happy-looking child: his hair is ruffled, his smile beaming, he wears a grey, hooded sweater. But as we sit down to talk, he heads next door to change, returning in a black balaclava and military-style camouflage top. He wants to be known as “Abu Hattab”.) – How interesting! Can we (all) easily relate to this 13 yr old boy, when we were young?, we were all a captive audiences (mostly, at our schools, by a ‘strong authority’) for ‘indoctrinated superstition’, repetitive Lords Prayers, and the meal time ‘repetitive’ Graces. “You can’t be a member of my School Class, unless you believe in God, and some dreadful, very silly, powerfully administered, compulsory, in-doctrinal, ‘Assembly Lectures’, all with the ‘smatterings’ of (some) Nationalism, even, Royalism’s. Seems to be, a, ‘Then (as) Is Now’, scenario, for all kids in the UK – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29921816 Shame on the UK for its ‘Faith Schools’ addiction, they are supposed to be the best schools, but sometime it is imperative to make the jump to Scientific Philosophy ref, Edward O Wilson.

“The war in Iraq; the broken commitments; the expenses scandal, (banking fraud) and the more recent “Sexminster” allegations have created an impression in some people’s minds that MPs’ sole purpose in life is to deceive voters, pick the public pocket and sleep with their assistants” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29805829

Stunning! What we should be doing as ‘Humankind’ – exploring, instead of making stupid wars, and building political and financial barriers! I notice that all the churches, the ‘great and good’ are still in the ‘dark ages’, using the term ‘Mankind’ at ‘our’ Remembrance Services, yesterday – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/science-environment-29985988

Reasonable things just don’t work! “For me, it is so reasonable to assume that the photons in those experiments carry with them programs, which have been correlated in advance, telling them how to behave. This is so rational that I think that when Einstein saw that, and the others refused to see it, he was the rational man. The other people, although history has justified them, were burying their heads in the sand. (for ages, 20 years plus) … So for me, it is a pity that Einstein’s idea doesn’t work. The reasonable thing just doesn’t work” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stewart_Bell

Can’t do the yoga positions, now, but can still sit with my eyes closed. Doctors say its (Yoga) really good for you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ7XIWgseJ0 Why don’t we have time for ourselves (or any others)? No more room on ‘Our Shelves’ – modern communication and complexities. Got to, ‘Go Back To The Garden’ (Joni Mitchell), at sometime, I think – The ‘Quantum World’, where things are only their/there, when we look at them, weird http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04tr9x9/the-secrets-of-quantum-physics-1-einsteins-nightmare The ‘Quantum World’, where things are only their / there, when we look at them, weird! A ‘Spiritual Healer’ @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3VgoKEGb6A And, “Physicist Jim Al-Khalili routinely deals with the strangest subject in all of science – quantum physics, the astonishing and perplexing theory of sub-atomic particles. But now he’s turning his attention to the world of nature. Can quantum mechanics explain the greatest mysteries in biology? His first encounter is with the robin. This familiar little bird turns out to navigate using one of the most bizarre effects in physics – quantum entanglement, a process which seems to defy common sense. Even Albert Einstein himself could not believe it. Jim finds that even the most personal of human experiences – our sense of smell – is touched by ethereal quantum vibrations. According to the latest experiments, it seems that our quantum noses are listening to smells. Jim then discovers that the most famous law of quantum physics – the uncertainty principle – is obeyed by plants and trees as they capture sunlight during the vital process of photosynthesis. Finally, Jim asks if quantum physics might play a role in evolution. Could the strange laws of the sub-atomic world, which allow objects to tunnel through impassable barriers in defiance of common sense, effect the mechanism by which living species evolve?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gugC9dDU214 And, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04v85cj

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I don’t think any ‘aliens’ would take up the offer, but I could be wrong! http://rt.com/news/158640-pope-francis-baptize-aliens/?

utm_source=browser&utm_medium=aplication_chrome&utm_campaign=chrome Also the ‘great’ alien explorer of the universe/cosmos http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/people/profile.cfm?Code=SaganC

Alien Baptism! “Pope Francis would welcome Martians to the church”. Note, ‘The problem of evil is that it refuses to stay in its box marked evil. It keeps on coming out to play ‘Mr Nice Guy’, or at least, ‘Mr Average’ ‘The Gulag Archipelago’ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Superb TV – http://www.bbc.co.uk/…/the-search-for-life-the-drake…BBC iPlayer – The Search for Life: The Drake Equation – Signed
Film about the equation used to estimate the number of extra-terrestrial civilisations.
  • E (energy)=M (matter) xC (speed of light) squared i.e, Cx2 – The two (above) equations, probably, the most important cosmological ones, I can think of. ‘The Republic Of Plato’ Chapter X1X p,184, 1941 Edition ( Philodoxical – ‘Mankind’ or ‘Humankind’)“But what of those who contemplate the realities themselves as they are for ever in the same unchanging state? (regarded as static in Plato’s time) Shall we not say that they have, not mere belief, but knowledge”? “That too follows”. “And, further, that their affections goes out to the objects of knowledge, whereas the others set their affections on the objects of belief; for it was they, you remember, who had a passion for the spectacle of beautiful colours and sounds, but would not hear of beauty being a real thing”.“I remember”.“So we may fairly call them lovers of belief rather than that of wisdom – not philosophical, in fact, but ‘philodoxical’ (now, philological?). Will they be seriously annoyed by that description”? “Not if they will listen to my advice. No one ought to take offence at the truth”.The Four Stages Of Cognition. Highest to the lowest. ‘The Structuralised Levels of Consciousness’, or, ‘The Structuralized Levels of Consciousness’. Ref, ‘The Proper Structuralised View of the World’, or, ‘The Proper Structuralized View of the World’ Erich Fromm. And, ‘The Structural World View’ Dawkins.

    Ofsted, SACRE, NASACRE – Education For ‘Extremism’ In The UK – A National Disgrace, “Dispatches goes undercover to question the role of faith communities in our schools. The programme hears from those at the heart of the ‘Trojan Horse’ controversy in Birmingham, and films undercover in a primary school where clapping and whistling are described as ‘satanic’ practices. But this is an issue that isn’t just about Islam; elsewhere Dispatches uncovers a network of illegal schools where more than 1000 boys are being taught suspicion of the outside world, and the only subject is religion” http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/4od#3729055 And, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-28349706

    Getting, on the ‘route’ to a ‘Progressive Family Philosophy’; the way for your children, as they grow up, from the ‘State Indoctrinated Religion’: especially, in our Nursery Education, to that of Humanism (atheism & secularism) https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ The “Playground” For Faith and Belief. Religion UK. ‘The War for Children’s Minds’ Stephen Law – “Pupils are not being protected from extremist views at a Birmingham school named in the Trojan Horse inquiry, according to leaked Ofsted reports. Golden Hillock School in Sparkhill was described as inadequate by inspectors. Another leaked report claims the governing body at Saltley School “paid private investigators to interrogate the emails of senior staff”. Ofsted began inspections after claims that hard-line Muslims were trying to take over Birmingham schools. The inquiry has sparked a government row in Cabinet between ministers about how extremism in schools is handled” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-27676759 ‘We are (all) in the UK Cultural Christians’ Richard Dawkins – My opinion, ‘So long, as it is not done, with (captured/compulsory) ‘great authority’, as in, our ‘State Religion’ in UK Schools/Churches/Homes. Lots of time, when ‘grown up’ to realize, all is, ‘mostly bunkum and deceit’, the (psycho) shock shouldn’t be too bad, for anyone; it is when not realised, by some people, and authorities, that it can cause so much trouble, or taken in, ‘a light hearted manner’: tepid enthusiasm, maybe, is the answer’. “Richard Dawkins: Telling kids about Christmas could damage them, claims Richard Dawkins (Daily Mail)”. Lots, of his ‘stuff’ is taken out of context, for sensation, mostly, his books, if you read them, are (scientifically) quite brilliant! What is really damaging, and is potentially so very dangerous, are this lot, of our own ‘home grown extremists’ – too many have died already! And, “I wonder what we shall learn about the curriculum. Was evolutionary biology taught? Were any dancing or singing classes allowed? Were classes sexually segregated, with girls at the back, not allowed to ask questions? How were non-Muslim teachers, parents and pupils treated? Were there cultural exchange visits to Mecca and did these exclude non-Muslim pupils? Were religious education classes on Christianity contrived specially for external visitors. We have now become accustomed, unfortunately, to the painful discovery that children were abused in the state system – in some schools, hospitals, children’s homes. When these things are exposed, we all agree how disgraceful it was that the authorities turned a blind eye. The danger from Islamist extremism is comparable. It too is an abuse of children, and yet we still dare not face it” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/10881324/While-we-turn-a-blind-eye-to-Islamists-our-children-suffer.html And, http://edge.org/3rd_culture/humphrey/amnesty.html And, My own @ http://www.mindmeister.com/13207398/what-shall-we-tell-the-children How appalling, and terrible, even, terrifying at times, it must be, to bring up a secular, and humanist family; with Britain’s (UK) (past, ‘heritage and tradition’, this in itself, pretty appalling; hopefully, now, is the beginning, of the ending of [fundamentalist] Religious School Ethoses, Faith Schools and Church Schools, in ‘The Playground For Faith And Belief UK / GB’). I know so personally, from my children, being threatened, with, ‘if they both, the twins, did not believe in ‘God’ (Christian) that ‘they could not be a ‘member’ of, their present School Class: the one Class that they were so devoted to’; heartbreaking, at that young time, they are older now, and so am I. Unfortunately the UK / GB is still growing up (slowly), as they have had a very big shock. “A culture of fear and intimidation has taken grip” in Birmingham schools caught up in the Trojan Horse claims, says Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw. Head teachers have been “marginalised or forced out of their jobs”, said Sir Michael, as he delivered his findings on claims of hard-line Muslim takeovers. The Ofsted chief said there was evidence of an “organised campaign to target certain schools”  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-27763113  They are at it again, in your/children’s ‘playground’ https://humanism.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/BHA-BRIEFING-Discrimination-by-Birmingham-SACRE-against-humanists.pdf SACRE! ‘The’ Philosophy, if you like https://charleslizzy.com/2008/11/18/notes-for-a-lecture-on-philosophy-trident-missiles-pornography-sex-shops-100-million-or-more-terrifying-deaths/ Appalling, ‘brainwashing’ of our children, ‘The school taught Accelerated Christian Education (ACE), a curriculum imported from the USA, which is taught in about 50 independent schools across the UK’ – 50 schools are signed up to this ‘rubbish’ in Britain http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-27681560 Creationism (Creation Myths, taught as a real fact) in ‘Science Lessons’ to be made illegal in Britain UK  Humanism / Atheism, to be included all schools, as an alternative to religion, for, to include, ‘non-believers as equals’, by Law – about time! And, “The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is holding a “replenishment” summit in Brussels on 25 June, where it will ask world leaders to provide funds for another four years. It has become one of the most influential international education organisations – channelling billions of dollars from more than 20 donor countries to support education systems in 59 developing countries. Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia and now chairwoman of the GPE, will be pressing the message that it is enlightened self-interest to invest in education. Her “hard-headed argument” will be that anyone who is serious about wanting to promote economic growth and to tackle extremism should start by building classrooms and training teachers” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27504924

    “In the modern world of drones (mechanical killing, with a less than 2% success rate, the 98% are civilians, women, and children) nuclear warheads, and the huge growing apparatus of destruction, peace is a necessity for humanity. The people of the world rightly want peace, but the United States and its allies will simply not allow it” http://rt.com/op-edge/166816-us-war-extremism-iraq/ And, “It is a more general uprising by large groupings of disaffected communities throughout north-western Iraq and a product of years of social exclusion, poor governance and corruption by the Iraqi government.

    Iraqi volunteers wearing their new uniforms on 16 June 2014 in the central Shiite Muslim Shrine city of KarbalaISIS militants have consistently out-performed more established military forces in IraqOn the military front, the key giveaway is the relatively strong performance of Isis militants against more established military forces. Officials I have spoken to in the Kurdish Peshmerga forces have indicated that the level of training is high and that their own forces have at times struggled to hold key positions around the city of Kirkuk. “For the most part we’ve been able to hold our positions, but it hasn’t been easy. They [Isis] are well armed and well trained,” one Kurdish security official told me on Tuesday.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-27945954 And, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kleptocracy Or, our countries UK GB ‘clubtocracy’ – This must make you really ‘sick’, to your heart; children, living in an area scared out of their minds (and without this toy), playing with this doll (the plastic face peels down to reveal a frightening, middle-ages type ‘demon’), and for you/me, to even, possibly, think again, when an/the ‘Election’ comes around, most people, wont though. So, we/you have paid for the War in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in ‘Other Theatres’, some with their lives; trusted our Governments, and not ‘thrown’ them out, even after Snowdon’s and all the Wiki-leaks revelations. Sat-back, and not caused any real trouble. Seen most of our ‘countries wealth’ go to bailing out the ‘gambling bankers’ – this beats the lot – the ‘Osama Doll’ ‘On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin remarks on the CIA’s ridiculous plan to work with toy-maker Hasbro to create a Bin Laden action figure with a removable demon face” http://rt.com/…/breakin…/167468-bin-laden-democracy-cia/
    “There is a new class of planet out there that astronomers are calling the “mega-Earth”. It is an object with a hard surface like our own world but much, much bigger. The necessity for the new designation follows the discovery of a planet which has a mass some 17 times that of Earth. Known as Kepler-10c, it orbits a star about 560 light-years away. Scientists described its properties at an American Astronomical Society meeting in Boston” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27669572

    “Some 23 million light years away, a nearby spiral galaxy is spinning like a pinwheel in space, putting on a fireworks display of truly galactic proportions. The galaxy NGC 4258 (also known as Messier 106 or M 106) is much like our galaxy, with the addition of two extra spiral arms that glow in X-ray, optical and radio light. These features, rather than aligning with the galactic plane, intersect with it, giving it an anomalous shape” http://rt.com/news/170232-fireworks-nearby-galaxy-ngc4258/

  • Objects States of Mind
    The Good!
    Intelligence
    (noesis)
    Intelligible World Forms Knowledge*
    (episteme)
    Mathematical objects Thinking
    (dianoia)
    Visible Things Belief
    (pistes)
    World Of Appearances Imagining
    (eikasia)
    *”The Being of Platonic philosophy – except that Plato seems to have made the enormous, the grotesque mistake of separating Being from becoming, and identifying it with the mathematical abstraction of the Idea” (‘poor fellow’)” Huxley. (Becoming human is a process, not some event.) And, Tolstoy – “As soon as man reaches the highest degree of development (in Tolstoy’s case it was just 32 years of age), he sees that all is bunkum and deceit; and that the truth, which he values above all, is terrible: that when you look at it well and clearly you awake with horror”.

    Who, and whom, we all should be ‘boycotting’ – Lets all, ‘boycott’, to bring in ‘Inclusive Capitalism’ – ‘We do have the power, we just have to use it’ – “In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss all systems fail due to too big to jail as the governor of the Bank of England claims jailing banksters won’t stop them from committing crimes in the future. Max also tells John Kerry to get his swift boat out. In the second half, Max interviews investment activist, Ronnie Moas, StandpointResearch.com about the six companies in the S&P500 that he is blacklisting”. http://rt.com/shows/keiser-report/ Also, http://philanthropyandphilosophy.com/ If you/we haven’t the time; just a quick read will do. Spread it around! http://philanthropyandphilosophy.com/pdfs/Blacklisted%20_%202014-02-23%20Z.pdf  RT – and its ‘short-cut’: the very best news service, with some really amazing, and young reporters that are outside the ‘club-tocracy’ and the ghastly current ‘klept-tocracy’, of the UK, Euro-land, USA, and so on… At last, and some fun news. Left to hang; Y fronts required, or ‘fair game’, for the ‘purity-leaguers’? http://on.rt.com/wltmks And, ” The policy of the emperors and the senate, as far as it concerned religion, was happily seconded by the ‘reflections of the enlightened’, and by the habits of the superstitious part of their subjects. The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world were all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosopher as equally false; and by the magistrate as equally useful. And thus toleration produced not only mutual indulgence, but even religious concord”. Edward Gibbon, ‘The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire’.

    “A new theory suggests that our male ancestors evolved beefy facial features as a defence against fist fights. The bones most commonly broken in human punch-ups also gained the most strength in early “hominin” evolution. They are also the bones that show most divergence between males and females. The paper, in the journal Biological Reviews, argues that the reinforcements evolved amid fighting over females and resources, suggesting that violence drove key evolutionary changes” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27720617 And, https://charleslizzy.com/2007/09/02/the-prehistoric-mind-how-did-prehistoric-man-think-the-primitive-mind-2/ “Diet has been suggested as one of the reasons for the Neanderthals’ extinction, some 30-40,000 years ago. As meat-eaters, the explanation goes, they were out-competed by the more adaptable Homo sapiens” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27981702

    “A scientist who predicted the Higgs boson – and another who helped to find it – have been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Prof Tom Kibble of Imperial College London was one of six researchers whose work in the 1960s led to the eventual discovery of the Higgs. The elusive particle was finally detected in 2012 at Cern by two giant experiments – Atlas and CMS. CMS was designed by Prof Tejinder Jim Virdee, also of Imperial” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27835298

    ‘Huge amounts of water found under the Earth’s mantle’ http://sparkonit.com/2014/06/13/ocean-discovered-inside-earths-mantle/

    ‘In The Garden – A Moth On A Wild Patch. My Reply To A (younger) Lady – A Date Declined’. “Oh no; completely, utterly, heartbroken. And, I’m an ‘old-hippie’, as well; willing to run off, into a “patch” of wildness. I must get some much better credentials, but I’m, probably, barking (mad – it’s the ‘blooming’ time of year, is it not?) up the wrong tree. For a most ‘attractive lady’ (that will do me know good), maybe, ‘bright lady’ (could help). You have no sympathy, for pathetic, boring, old gits; like all the ‘young ones’ (that could help: a lot!). A new poem by Dylan Thomas, has just been found; the master of bawdy-ness, emotion, and love. Amelia and Christopher, think poetry boring, aren’t they doing any ‘good stuff’ at School, at least something to stir their blood – how very silly schools are (today). The Greeks, were really great, at my Prep School, with all those suitors being murdered, so on…, suppose, it’s not really, quite, PC today. Might, end up with them challenging the status quo; like we (all) did, in the 1960’s. Or, Plato (4th Century BC?); ‘corrupting’ the youth of Athens, no mean feat, in those times, and in Athens. Mediocrity, and conformity; the ‘enemies of all mankind’. The Government, wants our schools to follow, all the awful ghastliness of the schools in China, and some of the dreadful Asian schools – the last ‘bloody’ thing we want, but the kids won’t revolt – mine are ‘completely stuck’; so very saddening. Try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BrDF5WLyQs&feature=youtu.be And http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jun/26/dylan-thomas-drinking-ditty-published And, My comment – All our kids, turning to the ‘right’, ‘towing the line’ and Status-quo, of ‘government propaganda’, true, or false; to survive (demo’s, are out) – how pathetic, for our generation, to behold; but so very much easy/easier for parents, and for now: how long will this/it last? Conservative youth, Y Generation, and, Kirsty Walk BBC News Night www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04994fn#programme-broadcasts

    The Summer Solstice at Stonehenge GB, UK – Any one else going? Off your asses, all you ‘young parents’? We are leaving at 2.30 am, Sunrise at 4.50 am, perfect weather, for (us) heathens/sun worshippers, and Pagans. Taking cameras, and a bunch of teenagers; how exciting! http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/stonehenge/ Notes – Latest science – 9,000 yrs ago (they) started building on the Stonehenge site, then BC 2,300-1,900 as a principal (healing) attraction for the people of Europe and possibly much further afield; blue stones, the small ones, could be chipped (with permission from the ‘guards’, one possible young thief, was found with several arrow marks on his skeleton, and buried with 3 blue stone amulets, around 2,000BC) to make (healing) amulets. Why? “In every primitive (anthropological anomie/anomy – anomic, bricoleurs or Bricolage and pre-logical) tribe we find the medicine man in the centre of society and it is easy to show that the medicine man (sometimes: a leader, politician, doctor, celebrity, or royal, or as; the ‘archer’s’ body and came from the Alps, uncovered at Stonehenge, he recovered from a nasty tooth abscess, was close to death, thus; could show ‘others’ the way to healing; he was buried with the ‘full honours’, with some beautiful grave goods, maybe, people with deformities, could hold the same power over others – ‘one who knows what is best for all others’) is either, a neurotic or a psychotic or at least that his art is based on the same mechanisms as a neurosis or a psychosis. Human groups are actuated by their group ideals, and these are always based on the infantile situation. The infancy situation is modified or inverted by the process of maturation, again modified by the necessary adjustment to reality, yet it is there and supplies those unseen libidinal ties without which no human groups could exist. The medicine men are the leaders in this infantile game and the lightning conductors of common anxiety. They fight the demons so that others can hunt the pray and in general fight reality.” Dr Geza Roheim, ‘The Origin and Function of Culture’. And, the progress/history of humankind – 1) Episodic Stage – Primate cognition 2) Mimetic Stage – 4 million to 400,000 years (peaking with Homo erectus) 3) Mythic Stage – first use of complex language – 500,000 years to the present (peaking with Homo sapiens) 4) Material Symbolic Stage. Leslie White recognised this as defining the ‘importance in human culture’ (icons of religious faith, amongst the many other symbols) 5) Theoretic Stage. Donald calls this ‘institutionalised paradigmatic thought’ (writing – ‘massive external memory storage’). A better and more detailed explanation can be found in Colin Renfrew’s fascinating book ‘Prehistory’. Writing this to try and clarify it in my own mind, as it must be (and in my great ignorance), the ground breaking formation of a basis (and) origin for (all our own) leaning! – stunning! ‘Lucy’ our ancestor – at more than 3 million yrs, ago. And, “Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Sun. The object that gives the Earth its light and heat is a massive ball of gas and plasma 93 million miles away. Thanks to the nuclear fusion reactions taking place at its core, the Sun has been shining for four and a half billion years. Its structure, and the processes that keep it burning, have fascinated astronomers for centuries” http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b048nlfb With, Carolin Crawford-Gresham Professor of Astronomy and Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Yvonne Elsworth-Poynting Professor of Physics at the University of Birmingham. Louise Harra-Professor of Solar Physics at UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory. Producer: Thomas Morris.

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Wake Up! ‘Reptilian Brain Theory’; ‘Reptilian Society’; ‘Reptilian Government’; ‘Reptilian Religion’; ‘Reptilian Groups’; ‘Reptilian Culture’?


‘The Reptilian’s Pacts’ (Humans Species). ‘Wake Up!’ http://presenttimeandunforeseenoccurrence.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/reptilian-pact.html And, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMzJ0HGgxXM#t=14 The ‘great’ Carl Sagan (‘The Demon Haunted World’); his ashes were sprinkled into Space! And, Dr Timothy Leary a hero of my generation. “Seven grams of Leary’s ashes were arranged by his friend at Celestis to be buried in space aboard a rocket carrying the remains of 24 others including Gene Roddenberry (creator of Star Trek), Gerard O’Neill (space physicist), and Krafft Ehricke (rocket scientist). A Pegasus rocket containing their remains was launched on April 21, 1997, and remained in orbit for six years until it burned up in the atmosphere”. ‘Will you be a chosen one’? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Leary And, Superb TV (Carl Sagan SETI) http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00wltbk/sign/the-search-for-life-the-drake-equation

‘Living In A Dream Bubble’.  “The oldest known survivor of the Nazi Holocaust, Alice Herz-Sommer, has died in London at the age of 110. Born into a Jewish family in Prague in 1903, Ms Herz-Sommer spent two years in a Nazi concentration camp in Terezin”. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26318383

Looking forward to the ‘School Lecture’, given by, Prof Richard Overy, tonight, who has written many books on the WWII Holocaust. Were the Germans ‘involved’, driven by ‘ideology’, and were they; ‘only, just, ordinary people’; like you, and I? How did they keep on killing, and at ‘close quarters’, not, over just a few days, but week, after week, year, on year (for some); keeping up daily, this horrendous moment-on! The/his angle on this all, and the motivation for killing; from the Historians, and the Psychologists, point of view! I hope that he includes the Anthropologists; in all this ‘hard work’; and to the many, who do, and very much prefer, to live behind the ‘veils of illusion’; about our very own species genealogy that did come off the ‘human evolutionary line’, from the Reptiles, more than a few hundreds of millions of years, ago! http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/history/staff/overy/biography/

Brilliant, I can’t get this documentary out of my mind! Over, half of our family, wiped out, or damaged; like many other family’s. Disaster, for years after it, when they (the people) were all promised so much! A very ‘dodgy’ world, we live in, we had better make the most of today, as tomorrow, could (easily be, suddenly) a complete disaster! The little problems in our lives, pale to insignificance, (again, for me) after watching this prog! http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01nl00x/The_Pity_of_War/ Notes (whilst, I have some time): ‘Miligram Test’; Don Mclean ‘Reptillian Brain Theory’; ‘Veil of Illusion’, Amartya Sen ‘The Violence of Illusion’; ‘Mirror Neurons’ & ‘The Emerging Mind’ Vilayanur Ramachandran. ‘The Long Childhood’, in the ‘Ascent of Man’ BBC series, Jacob Bronowski; Margaret Singer ‘The Six Conditions for Thought Reform’; ‘Reality Check’ & ‘Update & Blogroll’, luckyme0, www.charleslizzy.comhttps://charleslizzy.com/2011/12/01/reality-check-update-and-blogroll/ And, ‘The Global Gullibility Index’. “The peninsula of Crimea in southern Ukraine is at the centre of what is being seen as the biggest crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War. Troops loyal to Russia have taken control of the region and the pro-Russian parliament has voted to join the Russian Federation, to be confirmed in a referendum” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26367786 For some ‘greater’ information at RT TV http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RT_(TV_network)

Bored (leaders), with the ‘failure’ of the Euro (15 yr old promises broken, of prosperity and wealth, for ordinary people, and full employment); bored with the failure of USA’s foreign policy, and the ‘rip-off’ banking crisis and lack of ‘face’; failure of the world-wide (government’s) ‘youth un-employment policy’, leading to ‘far right’, or left-wing gangs, ‘Hitler Youth’s’, or the, ‘equivalents’; Bored, with corruption, and non-payment of tax, by the ‘multi-nationals’, and the hoarding of wealth in ‘Sovereign Funds’ by a few; bored by inequality and the picking on the vulnerable, as an excuse, for ‘Austerity’s Policy’s’.
‘War Never Changes And Young Gentlemen Forget’ – ”In that cavalry mess I heard queer conversations. Those officers belonged to the old families of England, the old caste of aristocracy, but the foul outrage of the war, the courage against all ideals of civilization had made them think; some of them for the first time, about the structure of social life and of the human family. They hated Germany, as the direct cause of war, but they looked deeper than that and saw how the leaders of all great nations in Europe had maintained the philosophy of force, and had built up hatreds and fears, and alliances, over the heads of the people’s whom they inflamed with passion or duped lies. “The politicians are the guilty ones”, said one cavalry officer. “I am all for revolution after the bloody massacre. I would hang all politicians, diplomats, and so-called statesmen with strict impartiality”. “I’m for the people”, said another. “The poor bloody people who are kept in ignorance and then driven into the shambles, when their rulers desire to grab some new part of the earth’s surface or to get their armies going because they are bored with peace”. “What price Christianity?” Asked another, inevitably. “What have the Churches done to stop war or preach the Gospel of Christ? The Bishop of London, the Archbishop of Canterbury, all those conventional, patriotic, cannon-blessing, banner baptising humbugs. God! They make me tired”! The Same Words – Strong words to hear in a cavalry mess! Strange turmoil in the souls of men! They were the same words I heard from the ‘London Boys’ in Ypres (slang -“Wipers” 1914-18 World War 1) spoken just as crudely! But, many young gentlemen, who spoke those words have already forgotten them, or would deny them”. ‘Realities of War’ Philip Gibbs, Volume 1, P.244. WW1 WAS STARTED FOR A LOT LESS THAN THIS!, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26598832 Marching towards a Third World War?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ym12o1i2Mak

‘The battles of this century are less likely to be the product of extreme political ideology – like those of the 20th century – but they could easily be fought around the questions of cultural or religious difference.’ Tony Blair, 25 January 2014 – “The US Strategic Command, the agency responsible for country’s nuclear arsenal, will hold large-scale war games this week that will include 10 B-52 Stratofortresses and up to six B-2 Spirit bombers, along with other military and government agencies. The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber built to carry nuclear weapons”. Just what we don’t want, or need (at this time). This lot, playing silly-buggers, with us, and others, in NATO; including the Germans. The Eastern Ukrainians don’t like the Germans, with fire-power, at all, and with some very good reasons. Most Germans, don’t want this either, nor do most people, with very good reasons too. Stupidly, we are ‘upping the anti’, because our leaders are ‘bored’ (failures). Failure at home UK, with the EU (German, dominated) policy – UKIP likely to win the coming elections, too. http://rt.com/usa/158352-usstratcom-nuclear-wargames-nato/

Am I a ‘safe citizen’? I maybe not, but I know a few? Hitler (Nazis) banned this book, you can see why! Something, I have been reading – Getting, fed up and tired out, with all the ‘power politics’? The News, in general? Life, even? ‘Go back to the Garden’, at least, in your mind, and with a very good book, of any sort. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aOGnVKWbwc ‘ On the first days of these new wanderings, the first greedy tumult of new-won freedom, Goldmund had to learn all over again to live the homeless, timeless life of the roads. The homeless live the lives of valiant children, obeying none, their only lord the changing sky, with no aim before them, and no roof over them, owning nothing, ready for any hazard – their beggarly and stalwart lives. The are Adam’s sons, who was turned forth, and brothers of the innocent beasts. From the hand of God, from hour to hour, they take whatever He may send them, sun, rain, mist, snow, heat or cold, famine or bellyful, and never notice how time goes, or consider the future, or man’s history. For them there is no striving to be great; they have no knowledge of that strange idol called well-being to which the owners cling so fervently. A vagrant may be savage or gentle, skilled in his life or slow to cope with it, valiant or cowardly, he is a child. He lives for ever in the Garden before the coming of wars and cities, his steps guided on for ever by a few simple needs and longings. Cunning or slow of mind; feeling in the depth of his heart how brittle and fugitive is all life, how meagely and fearfully living things carry their spark of warmth through the icy universe; or else a poor gluttonous simpleton going in the wake of his gnawing belly – either of these is the deep implacable enemy and deadly rival of safe citizens. They dread him as they dread to be reminded of the running away of all that is, the eternal withering out of warmth and joy into chill inescapable death, which lives in the air and eats up all men’. ‘Narziss and Goldmund’, Hermann Hesse (1877-1962).

“Finding a virus still capable of infecting its host after such a long time is still pretty astounding – but just how long other viruses could remain viable in permafrost is anyone’s guess. It will depend a lot on the actual virus. I doubt they are all as robust as this one. “He added (Prof Claverie): “We freeze viruses in the laboratory to preserve them for the future. If they have a lipid envelope – like flu or HIV, for example – then they are a bit more fragile, but the viruses with an external protein shell – like foot and mouth and common cold viruses – survive better”  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26387276

Have you been to, or even, thinking, of sending your children, to a Prep School; Public School; Separating; Divorcing; Living on your own, so on?.., maybe, think hard about it. Have some ‘back up’ hydrocortisone, or get tested; later in life, up to 60 years later; when you really might not feel so good!
“We are social creatures. Cortisol has also been linked to various types of separation. One widely studied form of separation is maternal separation. Following maternal separation, there is a significant increase in cortisol among both the mother and the infant. These changes are due to dysfunctions in the Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis during a critical period in childhood. One study found that cortisol levels significantly decreased in peer-reared Rhesus monkeys in comparison to mother-reared monkeys at the age of two years. This difference was significant at the mark of two years, and remained significant when tested again at three and a half years.[14] This study marks the importance of maternal care, showing that despite being raised by a large support group, Rhesus monkeys experience high increases in cortisol when raised without their mother.
These effects of maternal separation on cortisol also continue much later in life. One study which examined mid-aged men and women and found that separation lasting 1 or more years during childhood is associated with decreased levels of cortisol secretion, possibly symbolizing a diminished activity of the HPA axis.[15] Another study examined adults who were put in to foster care during World War II. Those separated from both of their parents had higher levels of cortisol in comparison to those who were not separated. These effects were seen more than 60 years after the childhood separation had occurred. This study also found that the length of separation did not affect hormonal responses. .[16]
These studies mark the importance of maternal care and its effect on cortisol levels not only during childhood separations, but also cortisol levels later in life. More research is needed in this area to be sure of the definite cause of different HPA axis functioning later in life. Also, future research is needed to be sure there is indeed a critical period for maternal separation and its resulting decrease in cortisol. .[15]
Aside from maternal separation, studies have found that increases in cortisol levels are also associated with romantic partner separations. These increases in cortisol were more commonly found when the partner who was left for a period of 4 to 6 days has a high attachment anxiety. This could be due to increased stress when their partner was away. But, further evidence is needed to identify the relationship between romantic separation and cortisol”.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cortisol And, https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/

‘Silly-Billies’, of the, ‘European Politico Class’,  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/10565406/Why-it-would-be-crazy-to-ban-e-cigarettes.html Vote UKIP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpGMC3G4Ryo

“The evidence for an “ocean” of water under the surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus appears to be overwhelming. The little world has excited scientists ever since jets of icy material were seen squirting into space from a striped region at its south pole. Now, exquisite measurements using Nasa’s Cassini probe as it flew over the moon have allowed researchers to detect the water’s gravitational signal” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26872184

“Members of a group are more likely to lie after they inhale the “love hormone” oxytocin, a study has found. This hormone is known to be released during close bonding between groups, and mothers also release it during childbirth and breastfeeding. The results suggest that individuals in closely bonded groups are more likely to lie when it benefits the group than when it only benefits the individual” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26771703

Getting on with it, whatever that may be? https://humanism.org.uk/thatshumanism/#howbehappy

Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer spoke of the subject in 19th century: “And as the capacity for believing is strongest in childhood, special care is taken to make sure of this tender age. This has much more to do with the doctrines of belief taking root than threats and reports of miracles. If, in early childhood, certain fundamental views and doctrines are paraded with unusual solemnity, and an air of the greatest earnestness never before visible in anything else; if, at the same time, the possibility of a doubt about them be completely passed over, or touched upon only to indicate that doubt is the first step to eternal perdition, the resulting impression will be so deep that, as a rule, that is, in almost every case, doubt about them will be almost as impossible as doubt about one’s own existence.”—Arthur Schopenhauer, On Religion: A Dialogue. Several authors have been critical of religious indoctrination of children, such as Nicolas Humphrey,[4] Daniel Dennett[5] and Richard Dawkins.[6] Christopher Hitchens and Dawkins use the term child abuse to describe the harm that some religious upbringings inflict on children.[7][8] Dawkins has written a children’s book that seeks to convince them of what he deems to be the fallacy of various religious teachings[9] and states that he is angered by the labels – “Muslim child”, or, “Catholic child”. He asks how a young child can be considered intellectually mature enough to have such independent views on the cosmos and humanity’s place within it. By contrast, Dawkins points out, no reasonable person would speak of a “Marxist child”, or a “Tory child.”[7] He suggests there is little controversy over such labeling because of the, “weirdly privileged status of religion”. On several occasions Dawkins has also made the controversial claim that sexually abusing a child is “arguably less” damaging than “the long term psychological damage inflicted by bringing up a child Catholic in the first place”[7] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_and_children  “The former national head of counter terrorism is to lead an inquiry into 25 Birmingham schools over allegations of a hard-line Islamist takeover plot. But the appointment of Peter Clarke, an ex-deputy assistant commissioner of the Met, was described as “desperately unfortunate” by the chief constable of West Midlands Police, Chris Sims. The Department for Education (DfE) has appointed Mr Clarke to review evidence. Birmingham City Council said it had more than 200 reports over its inquiry” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-27031941

Easter Truth’s. Married life; what (very important) things men have to think about, such as: the latest discovery of a ‘look alike world’ billions of miles away; midnight ramblings with a wife or partner; the ‘late night conversations’ or ‘the early morning ones’, when (all) the kids are asleep, so on… “It is not surprising that husbands and wives seem so little part of one another. It is surprising that there is so much love as there is. For there is no food for it. What does it live upon – what nourishes it? Husbands and wives never seem to have anything to say to one another. What do they talk about? Not about any great religious, social (sexual), political questions or feelings. They talk about who shall come to dinner, who is to live in this lodge and who in that, about the improvement of the place, or when they shall go to London… But any real communion between husband and wife – any descending into the depths of their being, and drawing out thence what they find and comparing it – do we ever dream of such a thing? Yes, we may dream of it during the season of ‘passion’, but we shall not find it afterwards. We even expect it to go off, and lay our account that it will. If the husband has, by chance (or study), gone into the depths of his being, and found there anything unorthodox, he, oftenest, conceals it carefully from his wife (the rest of the world, in my own private opinion as well), – he is afraid of ‘unsettling’ her opinions”. Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) book called, ‘Cassandra’; not published at that time, as was advised, by her male friends. What have you found out, guys, but you can’t tell your wife (partner)? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Nightingale And, working on – https://charleslizzy.com/2007/09/05/rational-emotive-behaviour-therapy-rebt-spirituality-and-psychotherapy-conundrum/ “Why is thought, being a secretion in the brain, more wonderful than gravity and the property of matter? It is our arrogance…our admiration of ourselves” Charles Darwin (1809-1882).

Oh Dear! Corporate spies, means-testing depression, & self-UNemployed [E105]AFP Photo / APN

Afshin Rattansi goes underground in the booming sector of corporate surveillance. Journalist and comedian Mark Thomas discusses his personal experience of being spied on by one of the largest corporations in Britain, and the ‘domestic extremist’ …

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Davos, Switzerland. World Economic Forum. Oxfam: 85 richest people as wealthy as poorest half of the world.


http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jan/20/oxfam-85-richest-people-half-of-the-world “The world’s wealthiest people aren’t known for travelling by bus, but if they fancied a change of scene then the richest 85 people on the globe – who between them control as much wealth as the poorest half of the global population put together – could squeeze onto a single double-decker”. Where are our young (fighters for, freedom and rights)? “They’re too busy trying to get by, argues Caroline Mortimer, a recent graduate, “We’re aware of the problems of an ageing population. But we can’t think about pensions and buying houses because we’ve got to get an actual job and pay the rent”. She argues that the notion of “respecting your elders” may also have blunted the desire to take on the baby boomer’s. And there’s still an attitude that young people are “ungrateful”, she believes. “Older people are worried about their own children but not other people’s kids” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21302065 And, “Political Spin” – “Put forth a, ‘closed system of logic and an authoritarian structure that permits no feedback’, and refuses to be modified except by leadership approval or executive order. The group has a top-down, pyramid structure.  The leaders must have verbal ways of never losing.” Ref, Stanley Milgram http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment And, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S105353570500154X

“Genes that cause disease in people today were picked up through interbreeding with Neanderthals, a major study in Nature journal suggests. They passed on genes involved in type 2 diabetes, Crohn’s disease and – curiously – smoking addiction. Genome studies reveal that our species (Homo sapiens) mated with Neanderthals after leaving Africa”  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25944817

“Scientists have shed light on what ancient Europeans looked like. Genetic tests reveal that a hunter-gatherer who lived 7,000 years ago had the unusual combination of dark skin and hair and blue eyes. It has surprised scientists, who thought that the early inhabitants of Europe were fair. The research, led by the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona, Spain, is published in the journal Nature” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25885519

“Why is thought, being a secretion in the brain, more wonderful than gravity and the property of matter? It is our arrogance…our admiration of ourselves” Charles Darwin (1809-1882).

My, ‘Acromegaly’: 6 in 100,000 (being diagnosed, more frequently, now, see if you can spot it). http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/acromegaly-pro Just had the operation and a bit ‘shook-en up’, to say the least! I had the most wonderful neurosurgeon, who I cannot thank enough, and some splendid nursing care. At least it is all over, for now, except for lots of resting (brain-rest: at least 20 years, on the neurosurgeon’s instructions!) having fun; enjoying our children growing up! All the petty worries are so insignificant, now, having got the t-shirt for brain surgery; love to you all, and thanks for the kind support to Lizzy, at this very difficult time. Photos soon, my face is changing already – I can nearly smile again! Vision is coming back (wider), so on. Wiki – Prognosis upon treatment (you have to take the plunge, for the operation, if you are well enough, 35 yrs, at least, undiagnosed). Upon successful treatment, symptoms and complications generally improve substantially or disappear, including headaches, visual disturbances, excess sweating and diabetes. Soft tissue swellings generally decrease and acromegaly-associated facial features gradually return towards normal although this may take some time. Life expectancy after the successful treatment of early (we were a bit late) acromegaly is equal to that of the normal population. Photos, soon, could make lots of money and be famous, like ‘Jaws’, in the ‘James Bond’ films! http://acromegalybloggers.blogspot.co.uk/ “Pituitary disorders are considered rare. It is estimated that there are between 50,000 and 70,000 pituitary patients in the United Kingdom, which equates to 0.08% – 0.11% of the population. The most common problem with the pituitary gland occurs when a benign tumour (used to describe a ‘growth’) also called an adenoma, develops. Pituitary tumours are not ‘brain tumours’. The term benign is used by doctors to describe a swelling which is not cancerous. Some pituitary tumours can exist for years without causing symptoms and some will never produce symptoms. Most pituitary tumours occur in people with no family history of pituitary problems and the condition is not usually passed on from generation to generation. Only very occasionally are tumours inherited – for example, in a condition known as multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN1). By far the most common type of tumour (about half of all cases) is the ‘non-functioning’ tumour. This is a tumour which doesn’t produce any hormones itself. It can cause headaches and visual problems or it can press on the pituitary gland, causing it to stop producing the required amount of one or more of the pituitary hormones. This effect can also happen by the treatment you are given for a tumour, such as surgery or radiotherapy. Alternatively, your pituitary tumour may begin to generate too much of one or more hormones. Most common pituitary disorders – Acromegaly!” And, been thinking. Abraham (marfans and acromegaly, disease); John (cushings disease) in the song, so sad ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBiH5fsKJB8#t=169 NHS UK’s computerisation and relaying of all our medical information, my (initial) thoughts, to those who are against it – ‘My only concern is becoming very ill, and the health service not knowing about my condition of acromegaly, post operation, and having a Addison’s crisis, where I need extra hydrocortisone to avoid death. Many other people could be, with an instant diagnosis and in an emergency situation; could be given the wrong drugs, or treatments, if country wide info is not available. Also, from the research point of view, so much more, faster progress could be made?! And, opening up data, has been found to be, better for public knowledge than secretive data, so far! Stigmatisation seems to loose its power, in a non-secretive environment, and in the financial world re the crash! A global view of, safety in numbers (info, available to all, with the internet); power against corruption, could be taken as this,   “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). The outcome of all this, I feel, will be in our human history, which is still in a very juvenile (socially backward, as against the advancement of science) state, I feel, in most of the world’.

Fascinating! http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129531.000-ecstatic-epilepsy-how-seizures-can-be-bliss.html

‘The ‘Something’, in human life; a ‘cold chill’ that runs down my/your spine, or a warm feeling of well being, and, sometimes, maybe, a ‘(cosmic) connectedness’.Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) – marketing – spirituality, buzzword, or maybe (even: for you to shiver at!) ‘The Something’! All ‘scientists/realists feel’, but science doesn’t. Science, is a Latin word for knowledge. https://charleslizzy.com/…/independent-schools…/

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The Something “The Rev Klaas Hendrikse can offer his congregation little hop

Get your heads round it, kids! A picture graph, done by my Dad, when I was just a teenager. ‘Quaternary Period’, in fact, we are due for a new ‘ice age’, this can happen in a few years, when the ‘tipping point’ is reached! Humans, are probably, an evolutionary mistake (random mutation), but we don’t like to think about it. Smart organisms survive, 99% fail, or have failed; how smart are we? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26136975 Look at this, and getting worse http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26146361 “Global Gullibility ‘For, Dawkins, “Religious gullibility is not only an illustration of, but may be a precursor to, a more global form of gullibility. As he said, if you can believe, “Something as daft as the transubstantiation [then] you can believe anything”, and (witness the story of Doubting Thomas) these people are trained to see that as a virtue” (p. 141). “In other words, training children to accept nonsensical religious notions may predispose them to accept all kinds of other nonsense with a similar blind trust” http://www.stephen-greenspan.com/pdf/samplechapter.pdf  “Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference, which is, at least, half infidelity” Edmund Burke (1728-1797). http://www.mindmeister.com/13207398/what-shall-we-tell-the-children

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BBC – ‘Big Science Season’. Getting Up To (Light) Speed. With (Blogroll – Daddy’s Space, ‘The Gutter Or The Stars’) Extras.


The Final Frontier? A Horizon Guide to the Universe is part of the BBC Four Big Science Season. Discover the other programmes in the season below… http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00yjn1x
Order and Disorder: A two-part series presented by Professor Jim Al-Khalili which tells the story of how humanity mastered the two most important concepts of the modern age – energy and information.
Seven Ages of Starlight: A “stunning journey” through the life and times of stars.
Tails You Win: The Science of Chance: Professor David Spiegelhalter tries to pin down what chance is, revealing how it works in the real world.
Voyager: To the Final Frontier: A look at NASA’s Voyager programme as the two spacecraft leave the Solar System.
“The British Isles are home to just one percent of the world’s population and yet our small collection of rocks poking out of the north Atlantic has thrown up world beaters in virtually every field of human endeavour… Brian Cox” http://www.bbc.co.uk/p1drogrammes/p056dn

Scientists in push to find antigravity:

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/Science/article1347301.ece

Prof Peter Higgs has received his Nobel prize for physics at a ceremony in Stockholm. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25311387

Edinburgh University emeritus professor shared this year’s physics prize with Francois Englert for work on the theory of the Higgs boson. In the 1960s, they were among the physicists who proposed a mechanism to explain why the most basic building blocks of the Universe have mass.  Winners in other Nobel categories will also receive their awards at the event. These include this year’s laureates in chemistry, economics, medicine and literature.King Carl Gustav presented Prof Higgs with his Nobel medal by Sweden’s King Carl Gustav at the Stockholm Concert Hall just before 1600 GMT “Astronomers have estimated how many of the 100 billion stars in our galaxy hosts a potentially habitable planet. Using data from Nasa’s Kepler space telescope, they argue that one in five stars like the Sun hosts an Earth-sized world located in the “habitable zone”. This zone is the region around a star where temperatures allow for water – a key ingredient for life – to stay liquid at the surface. The researchers have published details in the journal PNAS” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24824007 “What this means is, when you look up at the thousands of stars in the night sky, the nearest Sun-like star with an Earth-size planet in its habitable zone is probably only 12 light years away and can be seen with the naked eye,” said co-author Erik Petigura, from the University of California, Berkeley”.

“A landmark report says scientists are 95% certain that humans are the “dominant cause” of global warming since the 1950s. The report by the UN’s climate panel details the physical evidence behind climate change” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24292615

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25462959  “Five Mysteries of the Brain”

“There is a surprising amount of water bound up in the soil of Mars, according to an analysis done onboard the US space agency’s (Nasa) Curiosity rover. When it heated a small pinch of dirt scooped up from the ground, the most abundant vapour detected was H2O. Curiosity researcher Laurie Leshin and colleagues tell Science Magazine that Mars’ dusty red covering holds about 2% by weight of water”  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24287207 

 

“Nobel Prize-winning scientist Prof Peter Higgs has revealed he did not know he had won the award until a woman congratulated him in the street. Prof Higgs, who does not own a mobile phone, said a former neighbour had pulled up in her car as he was returning from lunch in Edinburgh. He added: “She congratulated me on the news and I said ‘oh, what news?”. The woman had been alerted by her daughter in London that Prof Higgs had won the award, he revealed. He added: “I heard more about it obviously when I got home and started reading the messages.” The 84-year-old emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh was recognised by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for his work on the theory of the particle which shares his name, the Higgs boson. He shares this year’s physics prize with Francois Englert of Belgium, and joins the ranks of past Nobel winners including Marie Curie and Albert Einstein.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-24493400 

Appalling Shock Figures – “Young adults in England have scored among the lowest results in the industrialised world in international literacy and numeracy tests. A major study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows how England’s 16 to 24-year-olds are falling behind their Asian and European counterparts. England is 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries. The OECD’s Andreas Schleicher warned of a shrinking pool of skilled workers. Unlike other developed countries, the study also showed that young people in England are no better at these tests than older people, in the 55 to 65 age range. When this is weighted with other factors, such as the socio-economic background of people taking the test, it shows that England is the only country in the survey where results are going backwards – with the older cohort better than the younger” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-24433320

“Professor Brian Cox takes a look through nearly 50 years of BBC archive at the story of man’s relationship with the Moon. From the BBC’s space fanatic James Burke testing out the latest NASA equipment to 1960s interviews about the bacon-flavoured crystals that astronauts can survive on in space, to the iconic images of man’s first steps on the Moon and the dramatic story of Apollo 13, Horizon and the BBC have covered it all. But since President Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the Moon before the end of the 1960s was reached, no one has succeeded in reigniting the public’s enthusiasm for space travel and lunar voyages. Why? On his journey through the ages, Professor Cox explores the role that international competition played in getting man to the Moon and asks if, with America no longer the world’s only superpower, we are at the dawn of a bright new space age” http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00llgs8/Horizon_40_Years_on_the_Moon/

The USA’s Debt Crisis – A Senator’s Comments, “Secularism is about 20 to 30 years behind Europe’s, and that is why we have so much trouble with the Far Right Wing (minority – Tea Party-ists) for their ideology/beliefs they are prepared to hold (up – in the pioneer spirit) the USA’s Budget and Obama’s Health Bills, possibly damaging the World’s Economies.”

Then, As Now: And, “The Ordeal Of Desire” https://charleslizzy.com/2006/01/05/then-as-now-and-heinrich-hein/ And, $35 billion world-wide sex – slave industry, worse than then  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/28/trafficked-india-red-light-districts

https://charleslizzy.com/2007/09/02/the-prehistoric-mind-how-did-prehistoric-man-think-the-primitive-mind-2/ “The idea that there were several different human species walking the Earth two million years ago has been dealt a blow. Instead, scientists say early human fossils found in Africa and Eurasia may have been part of the same species. Writing in the journal Science, the team says that Homo habilisHomo rudolfensis and Homo erectus are all part of a single evolving lineage that led to modern humans” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24564375

Russell Brand (NewStatesman) ‘Up The ‘Revolution’ Jeremy Paxman BBC TV http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03ffvp2/Newsnight_23_10_2013/ And, http://www.newstatesman.com/staggers/2013/10/watch-russell-brand-brings-message-revolution-newsnight And, “Only the influence of exemplary individuals whom they accept as their leaders will induce them to perform the labour and suffer the voluntary privations on which the continued existence of culture depends […]. However, there is a risk so far as [the leaders] are concerned that, in order to retain their influence, they will yield to the mass more than the mass yields to them, which is why it seems necessary for them to have access to instruments of power making them independent of the mass. In short, two very common properties of human beings are to blame for the fact that only through a measure of coercion can cultural institutions be upheld: humans are not, of their own volition, keen on work, and arguments are powerless against their passions” Freud. https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/    My dreams of the Parliamentarians, taken away from the Parliament in London, away from the delusions of grandeur, and disconnect, they seem to inherit from there location; be relocated in an office block in Basingstoke, or Milton Keynes; will never happen, social science has not been developed this far! So, we will  have to develop this in our dreams. Politics, and our social systems, should be no more, or no more less, than in the design, maintenance, or the upkeep, of our drains. See, https://charleslizzy.com/2012/07/28/london-olympics-2012-imagining-a-more-optimistic-future/

“A new image has captured the birth and death of stars in one of our closest galactic neighbours – the Large Magellanic Cloud. It also shows the remnants a supernova explosion caused by the death of a massive star that has run out of fuel. Located about 163,000 light-years away, the LMC is visible with the naked eye from the Southern Hemisphere. The detailed image was taken by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25101836The party of (crooked – Lib Dems broken promises and more…,) coalition, UK Government (that nobody wanted) ups its appalling nastiness, the ‘Nasty Party of Conservatives’ (right wingers). Ed Wilson, of the accountants PwC, said: “The Chancellor announced that someone in their 40’s won’t get their state pension until they are aged 68; the linkage to life expectancy is likely to mean someone starting work now will have to wait to age 72, and a child born today is unlikely to receive their state pension until they reach 77” (not, even OK, for desk jockeys) – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25233345

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From Tehran to Turkey and Texas, the battle for tolerance is upon us.


“Not so long ago, the world used to be easy to divide up. For much of the 20th century, it was a contest between left and right, between command economies and free-market ones. All of eastern Europe, Russia, China and swathes of Latin America were toiling under the yoke of Marxism; western Europe was in a social-democratic middle or socialist muddle, with America and post-Thatcher Britain representing the power of market capitalism. We know how that worked out. What we didn’t know was what would replace it when India, China and Russia — let alone South America — embraced, in varying degrees, the market and its tangible success in making people’s lives more materially comfortable than at any point in human history” http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/comment/columns/andrewsullivan/article1286967.ece 

“There has been enough of politicians and academics betraying their ideals and there has been enough talk on the subject. Young people need our revolutionary friendship, our support and our allegiance in finding a means of imagining a more optimistic future and combining to create it” http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storyCode=419644&sectioncode=26  Combining to create it – “The social web and mobile technologies have accelerated the rate at which relationships develop, information is shared and influence takes hold. People now use social technology to help shape the world’s events and culture”http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18013662 Corruption & Politics – “A new survey for the BBC World Service has found widespread perceptions of economic unfairness – The poll found that more than 50% of respondents in 17 out of 22 countries believe economic benefits and burdens are not fairly distributed in their own nation” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17847372 And, http://voices.yahoo.com/the-triumph-triviality-8616861.html “Culture change strategists all agree about the urgent need to promote “global consciousness,” or “cosmic consciousness.” This generally refers to a broad worldview with a high level of awareness of the interrelatedness and sacredness of all living things. It is thought that such a universality of mind leads not only to intellectual illumination, but also to heightened moral sensibilities, compassion, and greater community responsibility”.

“The British Isles are home to just one percent of the world’s population and yet our small collection of rocks poking out of the north Atlantic has thrown up world beaters in virtually every field of human endeavour… Brian Cox” http://www.bbc.co.uk/p1drogrammes/p056dn

Peers celebrate humanist contribution to British society – “Last week we watched as Parliamentarians in the House of Lords debated the contribution of humanists to British society. The debate was called by Lord Harrison, who is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG) and the British Humanist Association, and contributors included prominent humanists Baroness Whitaker, Lord Soley, Baroness Meacher, Lord Maxton, Viscount Craigavon, Baroness Massey and APPHG Chair Lord Warner. The debate gave Peers a chance to challenge the oft-repeated myths that only the religious contribute positively to society, as well as to celebrate our campaigning on public policy and ethical issues. They discussed the contributions of humanists and atheists over the decades to defending our democratic freedoms, by campaigning for free speech, secularism, women’s rights, LGBT rights, and an end to all religious privileges; humanists’ willingness (despite the misinformed image of ‘militant atheists’) to cooperate with religious groups on issues of common concern, such as on education issues; the work of humanist celebrants accredited by the BHA, who conduct ceremonies attended by over 250,000 people each year; and the work of humanists who provide pastoral support to the non-religious in institutions such as hospitals, prisons and universities. Lord Harrison commented on the fact that the number of non-religious people in the UK is on the increase (as shown by the 2011 Census and various other surveys), and that many of them have a humanist worldview. This means that Humanism is the default philosophical position for millions of people in the UK today. Lord Ahmad, responding on behalf of the government, mentioned the humanist contribution to charity volunteering, as well as the contribution of individual humanists to various secular charities which are supported by the religious and non-religious alike. The Bishop of Birmingham talked about the value of humanist funerals, the Church of England’s support of the move towards the legal recognition of humanist marriages, and celebrated the contribution of atheists and humanists to the common good”. Our write up of the debate can be found here, the transcript can be found here and the video can be viewed here (starting at 14:12:54).

Free – Bradley Manning: “The US soldier convicted of handing a trove of secret government documents to anti-secrecy website Wikileaks has been sentenced to 35 years in prison. Pte First Class Bradley Manning, 25, was convicted in July of 20 charges against him, including espionage. In a statement read by his lawyer after the sentencing, Pte Manning said he had acted “out of love for our country”. His supporters have called on President Barack Obama to pardon the soldier or commute his sentence to time served” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23784288

Zero Tolerance – hopefully: “Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has said he rejects “utterly and completely” that Syrian government forces used chemical weapons. He was speaking in Damascus after the US said there was “undeniable” proof of a chemical attack” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23852062

“The Voyager-1 spacecraft has become the first manmade object to leave the Solar System. Scientists say the probe’s instruments indicate it has moved beyond the bubble of hot gas from our Sun and is now moving in the space between the stars. Launched in 1977, Voyager was sent initially to study the outer planets, but then just kept on going. Today, the veteran Nasa mission is almost 19 billion km (12 billion miles) from home” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24026153

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013

“From views of the Moon and our neighbours in the solar system, to colourful depictions of the gases and galaxies which swirl in deep space. Take a look at the best images – and see the overall winner – of this year’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition”  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24131917

“The four-day siege involving suspected Islamist militants at Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre is over, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta says. Five attackers were shot dead by troops and 11 suspects were in custody, he said in a TV address to the nation. Kenya has “shamed and defeated our attackers” but the “losses are immense”, he said, confirming that 61 civilians and six soldiers had died” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24225319

Great to be a Pagan! http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00kpv23 “Historian Michael Wood returns to his first great love, the Anglo-Saxon world, to reveal the origins of our literary heritage. Focusing on Beowulf and drawing on other Anglo-Saxon classics, he traces the birth of English poetry back to the Dark Ages. Travelling across the British Isles from East Anglia to Scotland and with the help of Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, actor Julian Glover, local historians and enthusiasts, he brings the story and language of this iconic poem to life”.  

British Humanist Association
Recent comments by a High Court Judge threaten freedom of speech – please help us protect the right to question and criticise religion and religious beliefs.Dear Member,Recently you would have received a pack from us explaining how vital it is we have the means to fight challenges to freedom of speech. If you are offended by charges of blasphemy sneaking in by the back door please do support our work today.‘Our message is simple: end religious privilege, not free speech. We must not allow religious censorship to sneak in by the back door.’ – Pavan Dhaliwal, BHA Head of Public AffairsDonate today to give us the means to challenge blasphemy by the back door.
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