Tuesday, May 10, 2011
NEWT GINGRICH'S NEW AGE - JUST IN TIME FOR 2012?
-- Steve Farrell & Diane Alden, "Third Way Contract," Independent American Party , c. January 2005”
A very important ingredient indeed!
Double double toil and trouble.
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,—
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble........
By William Shakespeare
Edward Osborne Wilson (born June 10, 1929) is an American biologist, researcher (sociobiology, biodiversity), theorist (consilience, biophilia), naturalist (conservationist) and author. His biological specialty is myrmecology, the study of ants.
Wilson is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. He is known for his scientific career, his role as "the father of sociobiology", his environmental advocacy, and his secular-humanist and deist ideas pertaining to religious and ethical matters.
As of 2007, he is Pellegrino University Research Professor in Entomology for the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is a Humanist Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism.
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The International Academy
of Humanism !
Newt Gingrich, who is only a possible (republican) presidential candidate, receive such a tirade while our current islamic President slid into office without so much as a whimper from this site. Berry’s AC and New Age leanings are far more evident than any other candidate regardless of party. You’re worried about a snake in the road while ignoring the charging Rhino.
I said plenty about Obama, but I did choose to ignore the very ridiculous "birther" arguments. Some of you were rabid and fell so very well for that particular brand of "watch the fundamentalist run" game, thus negating in the public eye of many our valid arguments concerning his stance on homosexuality and abortion.
Believe me, Jesus will separate those goats from the sheep for sure!
necessarily "take seriously" the debate on Fox News of five declared Republican candidates. I am not a big fan of any person running for president. I supported Huckabee in 2008 but I have lost enthusiasm for him as well, partly because he seems to be anti-Medicare, and does not seem to take into account that some people end up poor in spite of being hard workers and moral, etc.
However, I know that if I am still on earth at voting time in 2012, I will vote for someone if I can limp to the polling place. I voted for McCain even though I had to go on a "walker", not because I was enthusiastic about McCain, but because I could see where the agenda of his opponent would lead. McCain was my first Republican vote, after a lifetime of voting for people who "stood for the little guy."
I finally have realized that the is little humane in politics or government. But we have to have a government under our Constitution, unless we get rid of the Constitution. Therefore, I will have to vote for someone. I will vote for the least obnoxious.
Herman Cain probably would be against Medicare too but he might at least be a good business manager. Perhaps the best we can hope for is a good business executive in the Presidency, someone who will try to straighten out the economic mess. But it is probably too late to straighten it out, after the combined efforts of decades of Republicans and Democrats to undermine it.
Jesus said to render unto Caesar that which is Caesar. Would Jesus vote? I don't know. I guess the populace did not vote in ancient Judea, so it didn't come up.
As far as presidential elections, I tend to stay away from the "vote for the lesser of two evils or else you're automatically throwing your vote to the worse of two evils" mentality that is always employed by the politicos to put everyone into a box in which they are convinced that they only have two choices: democrat or republican. That is a load. Last election cycle, in most states, there were six choices. I voted my conscience, which was neither democrat nor republican. And, no, it wasn't even libertarian either, but I did cast a vote for president. I think that people need to educate themselves as to the entire selection of candidates and vote for who they feel is the RIGHT choice, not the one who is more likely to have enough votes to have a chance of defeating the worst candidate.
Re:They call themselves Christian? How dare they! They continue to pass laws making it impossible for the poor or their children to escape poverty. What part of feed the hungry, clothe the naked don't they get?
And Obama and his motley crew of radicals dare to call themselves "Christian?"
In case you are not aware of it, this is the same "conscientization" jive used by Marxists with a view to manipulating people into feeling guilty about legitimately acquiring wealth and about supporting the kind of moderate free market capitalist economy that has made this country great.
It is also part of the "politics of envy."
Since we are bringing the Bible into this, envy is one of the seven capital sins according to the Bible.
According to the politics of envy, productivity and profitability is to be punished while incompetence and unprofitability is to be rewarded as everything is dragged down to one dead level of mediocrity in the name of "fairness and/or "political correctness" - which precludes even the idea of "winners" while praising ablebodied albeit lazy "losers" for whom "feeding off of the public trough" has been elevated to the status of a "virtue."
Don't get me wrong. I am as much against laissez-faire capitalism as I am against socialism and communism. At the end of the day, there isn't much difference between one regime in which the means of production are concentrated in the hands of a few "commissars" and another in which the means of production are concentrated in the hands of a few laissez faire "capitalists" or fascists. In either case the means of production winds up being concentrated in the hands of an elite few while the plight of the poor remains the same except for those who tragically feel themselves compelled to sell their consciences for bread to those who "redistribute the wealth" only to those who show themselvces willing to "toe the party line."
A perfect example of "state capitalism" is China.
I don't think that those who support the Conservative Republicans object to the maintenance of a social safety net for those who through no fault of their own are down and out.
However, there are many who are "down and out" through their own fault and instead of taking responsibility for their own failures, they like to blame people like Cain who revived the Godfather's Pizza chain and prevented it from going down the tubes along with all the jobs it provided.
The ones who are continuing to "pass laws making it impossible for the poor or their children to escape poverty" are the radical leftist Democrats and their RINO counterparts who have a vested interest in preserving their "plantation politics" which involves making as many people as possible dependent on the state through unlimited welfare and unemployment benefits which, if anything creates more of a "moral hazard" than it does a "benefit."
What about hard working families who cannot escape poverty beause they are being taxed to death in order to provide slackers with the kinds of things that they cannot afford for their own families???
The cure for the "moral hazard" created by welfare run amok is not to be found in the Bible where it talks about "feeding the hungry" and "clothing the naked."
It is to be found in 2Thessalonians 3::10
For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat."
When liberal investor George Soros gave $1.8 million to National Public Radio, it became part of the firestorm of controversy that jeopardized NPR’s federal funding. But that gift only hints at the widespread influence the controversial billionaire has on the mainstream media. Soros, who spent $27 million trying to defeat President Bush in 2004, has ties to more than 30 mainstream news outlets – including The New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press, NBC and ABC.
Prominent journalists like ABC’s Christiane Amanpour and former Washington Post editor and now Vice President Len Downie serve on boards of operations that take Soros cash. This despite the Society of Professional Journalists' ethical code stating: “avoid all conflicts real or perceived.”
Your sentiments are very true and very good.
As followers of Christ, we must always be increasing in Charity ( love of God and neighbor).
And this is the very thing that socialists seek to exploit along with the "plight of the poor."
But we must be wary of assuming that our being more charitable will necessarily provide a permanent antidote against socialism.
This is because socialism is not about "sharing the wealth" with the poor. It is about power! It is about CONTROLLING the wealth and redistributing it only to those who are willing to toe the party line.
Even where there are no problems, socialists manufacture problems. That is what "Agitprop" is all about.
Have you not noticed that as the socialists in our government keep running out of "other peoples' money," they keep redefining the "rich"?
And where the "politics of envy" are at play, the "have nots" are also going to be redefined - in terms of not having everything they WANT even if they already have everything they NEED.
Sorry this is off topic for this thread, but still relevant in the general spirit of the blog. Has anyone here heard of, or have any information on Amit Goswami? He is a Quantum Physicist, who's name I keep happening across in other seemingly non related material.
This mini-documentary by Mike Adams the Health Ranger exposes the false philosophy underpinning most of modern science. It explains why science is rooted in evil and destruction while harming life on our planet: GMOs, vaccines, psychiatric drugs, nuclear weapons -- they've all been pursued and promoted under the brand of "science." And yet, shockingly, modern scientists do not believe human beings are conscious beings. They claim we are all just "biological robots" which provides the philosophical pretext for genocide. See more at www.NaturalNews.TV
This is off topic, but keeps with the general theme of the blog. I am wondering if anyone has heard of, or has any info on Amit Goswami. He is a Quantum Physicist who's name I keep coming across in various pieces I am looking at. At this point I am looking for direct connections between Goswami and the numerous usual suspects.
George Soros' ties to 30 major news organizations
When liberal investor George Soros gave $1.8 million to National Public Radio , it became part of the firestorm of controversy that jeopardized NPR’s federal funding. But that gift only hints at the widespread influence the controversial billionaire has on the mainstream media. Soros, who spent $27 million trying to defeat President Bush in 2004, has ties to more than 30 mainstream news outlets – including The New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press, NBC and ABC.
Prominent journalists like ABC’s Christiane Amanpour and former Washington Post editor and now Vice President Len Downie serve on boards of operations that take Soros cash. This despite the Society of Professional Journalists' ethical code stating: “avoid all conflicts real or perceived.”
This is a rather interesting link that has info on Goswami, plus some other interesting people and things:
Just so you know....
GLOBAL PEACE MEDITATION AND PRAYER DAY
World Shift Day
The 4th Timely Transformation Event of
The Global Peace Meditation and Prayer Day
Leading up to 2012
Next Timely Transformation Event
Leading up to 2012
ONE LIFE, ONE MIND, ONE SPIRIT
World Shift Day
MAY 22, 2011
The Club of Budapest
The World Peace Prayer Society
Distraction For The Naive day in my opinion. If You Think It It Will Happen - oh yeah!
I rather suspect that the Wainwright House has never been a Holy Spirit hangout. If it ever was, which I sincerely doubt, Barbara Marx Hubbard's speaking role there tonight confirms it is not presently so.
For the record, Barbara Marx Hubbard is close to PAUL N. TEMPLE, the co-founder and chief financial angel of THE INSTITUTE OF NOETIC SCIENCES. The very same PAUL N. TEMPLE was and is close to DOUG COE, BILLY GRAHAM and was close to ABRAHAM (ABRAM) VEREIDE, the founder of Coe's C Street / Prayer Breakfast Network group.
It was Paul Temple, Doug Coe, and Barbara Marx Hubbard that put together the Gold Lake gathering in 1987.
which leads to the list * S
"More than 500 organizations are currently listed in the CPI community! (This is a NGO & non-profit directory, and currently does not include our local chapter organizations, or many of our supporting for-profit organizations). See a list of CPI organizations by alphabetical order."
With all of that thinking for peace going on, it's shocking to know there are wars and destruction going on. Maybe if they all meditated harder.
A pretty good description of the place. One of their activities - One of the chief events held by Wainwright House is the guided Meditation for World Peace.
Who could have guessed!!!
Born to Watch retracts the information regarding Obama Care and chip requirement for 2013 when a reader clarified that "H.R. 3200 is not the H.R. that was passed. It was actually H.R. 3962, which makes no provision for this implantable microchips".
I saw your comments, complimented you on them (you and I appear to be kindred spirits) but my comments disappeared.
just to let you know I agreed with everything you wrote.
Thanks =D . I believe everything we need to know concerning our spiritual AND temporal salvation, can be found in the Good Book.
This is anon 8:13. Yes, "Love God with all your heart,soul, and mind" and "Love your neighbor as yourself" are where all of it points. Every Christian claims to know these truths, but how many actually work every day to live them in practice especially when they are not fun and require......Sacrifice (a dying to the "self".)
A Faith so simple even a child can understand it, yet even the most intellectually gifted of His creatures can never even begin to exhaust its riches or comprehend the depth of His love.
The Solar Logos is also the Solar Trinity consisting of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit with the following seven corresponding "Aspects/Attributes." Note how The Holy Spirit is loaded compared to the others:
The Father - Will Aspect
The Son -- Love-Wisdom Aspect
The Holy Spirit -- Active Intelligence Aspect; + Harmony or Beauty Attribute; Concrete or Knowledge Attribute; Devotion or Idealism Attribute; Ceremonial Magic Attribute.
Also, note that this is a "Trinity" of three (of course) yet there are a total of seven "Aspects" and "Attributes." Now here's text from A Treatise on Cosmic Fire:
"...[T]hese seven Hierarchies are (as says H. P. B.) the sevenfold ray of wisdom, the dragon in its seven forms..." [p 146]
The dragon?! You mean the one of Revelation 12 and 13, etc.? Here's the corresponding footnote which references Subba Rao in Five Years of Theosophy p 102:
"As a general rule, whenever seven entities are mentioned in the ancient occult science of India in any connection whatsoever, you must suppose that those seven entities came into existence from three primary entities; and that these three entities, again, are evolved out of a single entity or monad..."
This sets up the explanation of the reintegration of all with the exclusion of matter as in 1st/2nd century Dualistic Gnosticism and some forms of Kabbalah:
"The Mahadeva, aspect or the first Logos (who embodies cosmic will) [the Solar Logos] is controlled by the Law of Synthesis, the cosmic law governing the tendency to unification; only in this case, it is not the unification of matter and Spirit, but the unification of the seven into the three, and into the one. These three figures primarily stand for Spirit,  for quality, for principle, and not so primarily for matter, although matter, being inspired by spirit, conforms..." [pp 147-48]
This means that once the "Christ within" or the "divine spark" -- the 'spirit' -- in all of creation is 'liberated' from its "shell," or matter [matter is considered evil], all will be joined back together so that "god" is complete once again and we are again joined with "god." This is the occult version of the "marriage supper of the Lamb."
After the title page of the book quoted from above is a short poem from the Sh'vet Upanishad, II.17; and, here's an extract:
"...To the God Who has suffused Himself through all the world..."
And, one more note of interest. On page 148 is the following regarding the "first Logos" aka Solar Logos which explains more yet also provides another name:
"...The mystery lies in the realization that all is carried on in a divine cooperation that has its base outside the system. Hence too the fact that the first Logos is called the Destroyer, because He is abstraction, if viewed from below upwards. His work is the synthesis of Spirit with Spirit, their  eventual abstraction from matter, and their unification with their cosmic source. Hence also He is the one who brings about pralaya or the disintegration of form, - the form from which the Spirit has been abstracted..." [ pp 148-149]
I'm assuming this is the same "Destroyer" from Revelation 9:11 regarding the king over the Abyss [From biblegateway.com with accompanying footnote]:
11 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.[a] [NIV 1984]
[a] Revelation 9:11 Abaddon and Apollyon mean Destroyer.
Per your RFID comment, it is correct that HR 3962 did not include the same language concerning a database on Class II implantable devices. However, as many are aware, my issue with all of the versions of the bill as it relates to RFID was never about this section. What has always concerned me from the start were the committees and guidelines that are to be created post passage of the bill.
There are sections within the bill that directly deal with traceability that simply state that structures suggested by various offices would be implemented, without ever giving real indication for what these offices had suggested. In many ways these parts of the bill are like a blank check for these offices which include NCVHS and ONCHIT. What is far more troubling is that in examining the committees that have been created as a result of the bill, and looking at who is being invited as advisors in their meetings, you constantly see names like Positive ID, EPC Global, GE Health, Google Health, etc.
The Obama administration approved 204 new waivers to Democrats' healthcare reform law over the past month, bringing the total to 1,372.
The waivers are temporary and only apply to one provision of the law, which requires health plans to offer at least $750,000 worth of annual medical benefits before leaving patients to fend for themselves. Still, Republicans have assailed the waivers as a sign of both favoritism and of major problems with the law.
"The fact that over 1,000 waivers have been granted is a tacit admission that the healthcare law is fundamentally flawed," Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said in March. Upton is one of three House committee chairmen who has used new oversight powers to investigate the annual limit waivers.
Administration officials say the law allows the Health and Human Services Department to grant the waivers to avoid disrupting the insurance market before the law overhauls the insurance system in 2014. They say the waivers are granted through a transparent process.
Darn, we missed it. Barbara Marx Hubbard telling us how we are co-creating a planetary shift. She was calling Calling all visionaries, evolutionaries, change leaders and heart-centered humans. I think I'm a heart centered human, biologically speaking.
And I missed her 12 week training course which would perfect me.
Oh well. The Shift Network is planning for the next 26,000 years but they can't seem to get their social network off the ground right now. So sad.
Thanks to RR for the link.
Pawlenty still looks pretty good and will pick up some Huck people. Rick Santorum will pick up some Huck folks. Ron Paul is in the race. Looks wide open at the moment.
I too heard the Newt had converted to Catholicism.
LAWYER: IMF CHIEF DENIES NYC SEX ASSAULT CHARGES
NEW YORK – The leader of the International Monetary Fund, a possible candidate for president of France, was yanked from an airplane moments before it was to depart for Paris and arrested in the alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid, police said.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 62, was arrested on charges of a criminal sex act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment. He had been taken off the Air France flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday afternoon by police officers.
Strauss-Kahn's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, told The Associated Press that his client will plead not guilty at his expected Sunday afternoon arraignment.
"He denies all the charges against him," Brafman said. "And that's all I can really say right now."
France woke to the news Sunday with a measure of surprise.
Strauss-Kahn was expected to be the main challenger against President Nicolas Sarkozy, whose political fortunes have been flagging, in next year's presidential elections. The arrest could shake up the race and throw the long-divided Socialists back into disarray about who they could present as Sarkozy's opponent...read more...
EUROPEAN BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT
I.M.F. CHIEF'S ARREST THROWS FRENCH POLITICS INTO DISARRAY
PARIS — For months, France has been buzzing with speculation that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the popular chief of the International Monetary Fund, would quit his job in Washington to take on President Nicolas Sarkozy in next year’s presidential elections. But on Sunday, French politicians and media met news of his arrest in New York for alleged sexual aggression with stunned disbelief and expressions of national humiliation.
The incident threw Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s political party, the Socialists, into confusion and set the stage for a new political calculus that could allow the National Front, the far-right party led by its founder’s daughter, Marine Le Pen, to become a more dominant force during the election campaign.
Even as pollsters cautioned against rushing to judgment and as Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said his client “will plead not guilty,” his would-be rivals were quick to declare his political death.
“He’s definitely discredited,” Ms. Le Pen said Sunday on French television. “The case and the charges mark the end of his campaign for the presidency, and will likely prompt the IMF to ask him to leave his post.”...read more...
Sun, May 15, 2011 8:54:02 AM
Video shows US/NATO-supported lynch mobs that kill Christians on sight
We supported butchers and Christian killers in Iraq, Ivory Coast, Egypt, now Libya. Isn't it time to stop and take stock of what we are doing?
Strauss Kahn is a Jew. He stood in line after Sarkozy.
I don't know whether he is guilty, but the timing is interesting. The picture here is more complex than we see here in the US thanks to our corrupt media.
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May 15, 2011
Ben Stein: "Arab Spring" is a fraud
Says street movements in Middle East mean U.S. is losing valuable allies - and Iran is reaping a "gigantic regional coup"
(CBS News) What are we to make of the changes sweeping the Arab World? Contributor Ben Stein knows what HE thinks:
Now, I am going to tell you the truth about the so-called "Arab Spring," and about the Middle East generally right now.
First, the "Arab Spring" as a force for democracy, human rights and peace in Egypt seems to me to be a fraud.
The dictator and his entourage who were kicked out in Egypt were pro-West, a bit restrained on Israel, open to free enterprise, and resistant to Iranian-sponsored terror...
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Thanks to Scott for the link.
THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CONSERVATISM
[NOTE: Be sure to download the complete PDF report from the website to read].
The timing of the arrest of Strauss-Kahn is indeed interesting in view of reports that it might "set the stage for a new political calculus that could allow the National Front, the far-right party led by its founder’s daughter, Marine Le Pen, to become a more dominant force during the election campaign."
If Strauss-Kahn's Jewishness makes it even more interesting, it is on account of the fact that the National Front and its founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen are not only known to be anti-Semitic, but have actually been convicted several times at home and abroad of xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism and "provocative statements concerning the Holocaust which amount to historical revisionism."
It is to be noted that one of the progenitors of the National Front party was the monarchist/fascist organization known as ACTION FRANCAISE which was founded during the Dreyfus affair, partly in reaction to the left-wing revitalization that materialized in defense of the army captain, famously launched by Emile Zola's J'accuse.
In 1972, Le Pen founded the Front National (FN) party, along with former OAS member Jacques Bompard, former Collaborationist Roland Gaucher and others nostalgics of Vichy France, neo-Nazi pagans, Traditionalist Catholics, and others....read more...
Just for the record, it should be pointed out that not all so-called "Traditionalist Catholics" have been singing from the same hymn book as the Holy See. And although the excommunication has been lifted from members of the SSPX Lefebvre faction, they have still not been regularized. The reason why is because their "issues" with the Pope are not confined to their merely not having been allowed to celebrate the Tridentine Mass.
Some of the Traditionalist Catholics that broke away from the SSPX Lefebvre faction - especially the Sedevacantists and so-called "Sedeprivationists" have embraced some of the teachings of the neognostic and neopagan "Traditionalist School."
This was uncovered and exposed by bloggers like my friend the late Carrie Tomko who discovered that "Traditionalist" Rama Coomaraswamy ( who had taught at the SSPX seminary in Ridgefield, Connecticut before shifting to Sedevacantism ) was embracing and promoting the heretical "perennialist" philosophy of the Traditionalist School ( often confused with "Traditionalist" Catholicism )while simultaneously professing to be a Roman Catholic.
Among the ringleaders of the Traditionalist School were Julius Evola and Rene Guenon who greatly influenced "Hitler's Priestess" Savitri Devi. In fact, Savitri Devi is described as having been among the co-founders of a religion called "Esoteric Hitlerism" which consists of a fusing of National Socialism with the gnostic/pagan "Traditionalism" of Rene Guenon and Julius Evola.
But getting back to the situation in France, while French National Front candidates have unsuccessfully tried in several elections to be voted in as president of France, it is possible that the current state of the depressed economy combined with other issues such as immigration, etc. could be just the right components that might lead to a National Front victory.
The Vatican's new document is causing both traditionalists and liberals to hit the roof.
It says they must accept both forms of the Mass. This puts a stop to their plans of trying to outdo each other.
I think it's brilliant, because The New Agers on both sides are going to head for the hills.
If the Pope has both the radical left and the radical right hopping mad, this is a good sign he must be doing something right!!! LOL
Interestingly, the date May 21st corresponds to Harold Camping's end of the world prediction. Maybe the two got together?
The term Traditionalist School has been introduced by Mark Sedgwick and few other people to denote a school of thought, also known as Integral Traditionalism (in the sense of Integral spirituality) or Perennialism (in the sense of perennial philosophy, or philosophia perennis) to denote an esoteric movement developed by authors such as French thinker René Guénon, German-Swiss philosopher Frithjof Schuon, the Ceylonese-British scholar Ananda Coomaraswamy, or, with some controversy, Julius Evola, Titus Burckhardt, Martin Lings, Jean-Louis Michon, Marco Pallis, Huston Smith, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr.......
I did a little investigating and learned from some sources that the word "integral" is synonymous with "totalitarian" and is being used as a euphemism for "totalitarian."
Upon further investigation, I discovered that wikipedia has a whole article dedicated to this term. Look at some of the ideas and people associated with the word "integral." ( i.e. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin )
Among the terms in the article is "evolutionary enlightenment."
Evolutionary Enlightenment is a philosophy that mixes teachings about Enlightenment from Eastern traditions with a Western scientific understanding of evolution.
Evolutionary Enlightenment is inspired, on one hand, by the teachings of Ramana Maharshi and the Buddhist tradition. On the other hand, it also follows in the tradition of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Sri Aurobindo, Henri Bergson, Alfred North Whitehead, and the German Idealist philosophers. In contemporary culture, it is associated with the work of Andrew Cohen, founder of EnlightenNext, and Ken Wilber, the leading figure in the Integral movement.
The ideas of Evolutionary Enlightenment have been discussed and elucidated over the past five years by Cohen and Wilber in the pages of EnlightenNext magazine, as well as in Wilber’s recent book Integral Spirituality. An evolutionary approach to Enlightenment or self-realization is also outlined in the work of Dr. Beatrice Bruteau, a Teilhardian scholar and theologian, and mentioned in the recent bestseller A New Earth by Eckhart Toll. The cultural relevance of this approach to spirituality has been recognized by those studying broader cultural change, such as Spiral Dynamics author Dr. Don Beck, who has called it “a map or model for personal emergence, showing the qualities that individuals must embody to become the leaders we now need.”......
A book could be written just on the names found at the following list.
LIST OF INTEGRAL THINKERS AND SUPPORTERS
Brian Swimme is on the list. He is a disciple of the late Thomas Berry (an advocate of "deep ecology" and leader in the tradition of Teilhard de Chardin) and a disciple/associate of Matthew Fox and advocate of Fox's his "Creation-centered Spirituality."
Not surprisingly, Ken Wilbur has ties to the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
As stated in the article in Integral (Spirituality), Integral thinkers draw inspiration not only from Ken Wilber, but also from Sri Aurobindo.
Ken Wilber's name and his Integral Spirituality came up in something I ran across a week or so ago. And, coincidentally, his name appears in a book I picked up yesterday for general research titled The Wisdom Jesus by an author whose name escapes me at the moment.
The author of THE WISDOM JESUS is Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault an Episcopal "priest" and writer who is also an associate of Thomas Keating and founder of the so-called "ASPEN WISDOM SCHOOL" in Colorado.
CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT - INTEGRAL LIFE
ASPEN WISDOM SCHOOL
Father Thomas Keating is one of the architects of so-called "centering prayer."
FATHER THOMAS KEATING
The problem with "centering prayer is that it is all too often "self-centered" rather than "Christ-centered."
...However, centering prayer has not been without criticism. Some critics have argued that centering prayer contains practices that were warned against by the document Aspects of Christian meditation, issued by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, led by then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. The Vatican's document, however, does not use the term "centering prayer"...read entire article..
While the following is admittedly from a Catholic perspective, it nevertheless gives good reasons why any Christian should be wary of Centering prayer.
THE ERRORS OF CENTERING PRAYER
See also the following:
ASPECTS OF CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
Aspects of Christian meditation was the topic of an October 15, 1989 document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on differences, and potential incompatibilities, between Christian meditation and the styles of meditation used in eastern religions such as Buddhism.
This "Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on some aspects of Christian meditation" is known formally by its incipit Orationis formas. Similar warnings were issued in 2003 in A Christian reflection on the New Age.
This document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith stresses the differences between Christian and eastern meditative approaches. It warns of the dangers of attempting to mix Christian meditation with eastern approaches since that could be both confusing and misleading, and may result in the loss of the essential Christocentric nature of Christian meditation.
The letter warns that "euphoric states" obtained through Eastern meditation should not be confused with prayer or assumed to be signs of the presence of God, a state that should always result in loving service to others. Without these truths, the letter said, meditation, which should be a flight from the self, can degenerate into a form of self-absorption....read more....
A CHRISTIAN REFLECTION ON THE NEW AGE
The so-called "esoteric Christianity" mentioned at the aforementioned Integral Life link, is the heretical gnostic paganized pseudo-Christianity espoused by the so-called "Traditionalist School."
The following article reads like "HERETICS R' US."
Have a good read. :-)
Here is a Youtube Harold Camping presentation in which a caller is claiming that quite a few older people are taking all their life savings out of the bank and sending it to Harold Camping.
What the caller wants to know is if the people who sent Harold Camping all their money are going to get a refund on May 22 if the world doesn't end on May 21 as prophesied by Harold Camping???
Harold Camping says Millions will die on May 21, 2011
What Harold Camping needs to do is to go back and re-read his Bible - especially Matthew 24 where our Lord clearly states that while there will certainly be signs to indicate that His return is near, no one knows the day or the hour of His coming......
I have a feeling that Newt Gingrich has already stepped on his own airhose by trashing Paul Ryan's plan to restructure Medicare.
Yes, I've seen the Camping billboards here in San Antonio. There's really not much discussion that I'm aware of.
I wonder what will happen on Sunday when the Camping "prophecy" is proven false (again). Very sad, really, for his followers.
I picked up The Wisdom Jesus with the express purpose of learning more about this perspective and how it relates to New Age and certain hyper-charismatics. Just by taking a brief skimming, I could see connections to other false teachers I've been reading about. Thanks for the additional info.
I touch on "Contemplative Prayer" aka "centering prayer" in my most recent article as it compares to "Christ consciousness" and TM. The article illustrates the various ways in which the term "Christ" is misused in the New Age/occult. Readers here may find it of interest. I learned quite a bit myself in putting it together.
I believe I'm on the road to finding fairly convincing evidence paralleling the New Age "kingdom of God" and the Dominionist/Kingdom Now one.
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"Christ" is certainly misused and abused by New Agers - albeit AFTER they have severed Christ from Jesus.
For New Agers, Jesus is merely a "human vessel" while "the Christ" is merely an amorphous impersonal cosmic entity analogous to "The Force" of Star Wars which can be magically tapped into by anyone who is privy to the right incantations, rituals or meditation techniques.
From what I have read, Kingdom Now is "charismatic." Within the Charismatic Movement as a whole, there have been many instances of degeneration into the heretical gnostic mode in which "private revelations" ( a.k.a. "word of knowledge?") tend to trump the Sacred Scriptures....even when said "private revelations" go contrary to Holy Writ.
One of the things about Dominionism that has drawn my attention is something called
"Evangelical Environmentalism" which has reportedly bought into the myth of human-induced climate change.
What ticks me off about the following Archbishop Desmond Tutu-approved tome is the way its editors have included essays by Pope John Paul II - who was already deceased for three years when the Green Bible was put together in 2008 and not in a position to comment on its merits or lack thereof.
I will say, however, that while we Catholics are taught to be good stewards regarding the way we use the goods of this earth, we are also taught that the goods of this earth are meant to serve man and not the other way around.
THE GREEN BIBLE
GREEN BIBLE CREATES CONTROVERSY
Here is a gem of an article about the Green Bible from First Things.
BLESSED ARE THE GREEN OF HEART
Have you heard of the "GREEN BIBLE?"
Here is a gem of an article about it from First Things.
BLESSED ARE THE GREEN OF HEART
SOME CHRISTIANS SEE RED OVER GREEN BIBLE
No, I've never heard of The Green Bible. Interestingly, NT Wright seems to be popular among Emergents and hyper-charismatics. You're probably aware that Romans 8:20-21 are verses quoted by those who adhere to the heretical Manifest Sons of God [MSoG] doctrine which teaches that certain overcomers will receive their post-resurrection bodies in the here and now.
Alice Bailey teaches this same thing which occurs at the fourth initiation(of five human initiations). In the Baily model, the only way to see the emerging "kingdom of God" is to be a manifested son of God. This is, in essence the MSoG teaching. I point this out in my current article.
In addition, as you probably know, Genesis 1:28 is a favorite of Dominionists, and hyper-charismatics have essentially redefined the Great Commission to be the "first commission" of Gen 1:28. The belief is that Satan won dominion at the Fall in the Garden of Eden and Jesus Christ at the Cross won it back; so, our job is to reclaim it. They thereby preach "the gospel of kingdom" as differentiated from "the Gospel."
Newt Gingrich: Health Care Socialist
Gingrich made the case on Meet the Press yesterday, not for a free market in medical care and medical insurance, but for Gingrichcare.
Interesting that back in 1993 Gingrich said he favored the federal government requiring individuals to buy health insurance and then subsidizing individuals’ purchase of health insurance on a “sliding scale” determined by their income. Now he supports requiring all individuals to buy health insurance, post a bond to pay for health care, or in some way indicate that they are going to be accountable.
Is any of this a surprise? I think Gingrich for president will turn out to be a total flop like Giuliani for president.
While you are more qualified to describe the problem with hyper-charismatics within the Protestant Christian communion, I can tell you that a similar problem exists within the Catholic Christian communion and in some cases has degenerated into outright heretical gnosticism!!!
Correct me if I am mistaken, Craig, but it is my understanding that your use of the term "hypercharismatic" is to designate those "Charismatic" teachers and groups in recent decades which attribute extremely unusual, non-biblical manifestations in their meetings to the action of the Holy Spirit
If so, I personally know of one particular and well documented "Catholic" instance of this sort of hyper-charismaticism run amok ( the Orthodox frequently refer to them as "charismaniacs" ) whose founder and leader claimed to be "Christ's twin" and announced that the Second coming of Christ was to occur in the town where the headquarters of his group had been established.
In one of the so-called "prophecies" that was incorporated into their brand of "victim theology" it was "revealed" that they would be "persecuted" and as a result might have to "go underground."
Indeed, they did "go underground" -after they were booted out of the diocese by the local Catholic bishop after being exposed in an award winning article written by an investigative journalist who went on to win a much deserved Pulitzer Prize for another article he wrote.
I have been following the activities of at least two known former members of this group for many years, and my sources tell me that they have since been attempting to set up shop in new places and under new names.
Hahaha! "...stepped on his own air hose..." (regarding the Newt)
That's the first time I've heard that phrase. It gave me the biggest laugh I've had all day. :^)
Yes, you are correct regarding the definition of the term "hyper-charismaticism" as I define it. I prefer this one over the other term since it doesn't appear to be as personally offensive a label although others use it.
I'm trying very hard to find outright Dualistic Gnostic elements (spirit is good, matter is evil) in the teachings of some; but, I've not yet been successful. Many do seem to think anything spiritual is good; but, I've not seen evidence of matter being evil.
I would be interested in reading the article you reference which exposed the local "Catholic" congregation. Do you have a link?
I sent you a email with new information concerning the Japanese quake that I would like some feedback on.
Everything from our possible financial future to explanations of why we have attempts to control information in the field of education.
Be sure you check out the addendum which gives sources.
Even if you think you know there is all to know about New Age, believe me, there is always more to learn.
Side note: I just send the message that appeared at 6:14.
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Ahmadinejad Could Take Over OPEC Presidency, Report Says
Updated: Monday, 16 May 2011, 3:24 PM CDT
Published : Monday, 16 May 2011, 2:43 PM CDT
(NewsCore) - TEHRAN -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could become president of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) after he announced that he would temporarily take over Iran's oil ministry, Iranian news agency Mehr News reported Monday.
In televised remarks a day earlier Ahmadinejad said he would be the "caretaker" head of the oil ministry after he dismissed the incumbent minister over the weekend.
And because Iran currently holds the OPEC presidency -- which rotates -- Ahmadinejad could end up as OPEC president...
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Thanks to Prophecy Update for the link.
I am so glad I was able to give you the "biggest laugh you've had all day."
"Stepped on his own airhose" is an example of the kind of military jive that goes back to the 1970's.
Just remembered that there is a more unspeakably - and deliciously - vulgar variation on the "airhose" theme, but it would be unspeakably unladylike for me to repeat it here. :^)
Please check your e-mail. I sent you some data that is related to the document you asked to be forwarded to me.
I think you might find it interesting.
I labeled it in the heading and included my name.
Our little buddy Sarko kind of, in a round about way, found his way, into the middle of things AGAIN! At the moment he surely does seem to benefit from this.
Have you seen this?
LAGARDE FUNDING SCANDAL THREATENS RULING PARTY'S 'GOLDEN GIRL'
Many are suggesting that the little weasel Sarkozy may be leaving Christine Lagarde holding the bag on a payola scheme carried out on HIS orders.
She was the "golden girl" who was proposed as new head of the IMF.
A FAVORITE EMERGES FOR HELM OF IMF
If these scandals keep occurring, Marine Le Pen, who took over the leadership of the National Front from her father Jean - Marie Le Pen on January 16, 2011, is going to wind up looking like "Saint Joan of Arc!!!"
She has certainly shown some "love" for American justice in the wake of the arrest of Strauss-Kahn - something that is not ordinarily a part of the National Front's political repertoire! :-)
Yes, I saw the story, thank you. Somehow, someway, little Sarko will find a way to get what he wants.
I totally agree the man is a weasel and nobody likes him, but, you must admit, he finds a way to get in the middle of almost everything on the world stage.
Did you see who got the recent post of Secretary General of the new EEAS(European External Action Service)?
Pierre Vimont. Yep, you guessed it, another one of Sarko's buddies.
I tell you, Anonymous, this story just keeps getting better and better.
Christine Lagarde was once a lawyer in (of all places) Chicago!!!
She began working for the Chicago law firm Baker and McKenzie in 1981.
Lagarde was born in Paris as Christine Lallouette to academic parents. She attended secondary school in Le Havre (Seine-Maritime) and in Bethesda, Maryland at Holton Arms School. Then she graduated from law school (Paris X), and obtained a Master's Degree from the Institut d'études politiques d'Aix-en-Provence.
Lagarde worked as an intern at the United States Capitol, as William Cohen's congressional assistant.
Lagarde is a former member of the French national synchronised swimming team.
Baker & McKenzie
Lagarde joined Baker & McKenzie in 1981. She joined the executive committee in 1995 and was elected Chairman in October 1999.
In 2004, Lagarde became president of the global strategic committee.
Of the law firm, Lagarde said Baker & McKenzie is "a very democratic environment, which values people in terms of their work and their contribution".
Her personal interest in European affairs led her to open the European Law Centre, an office of Baker & McKenzie in Brussels exclusively dedicated to the practice of European Union law...read more...
Christine Lagarde under investigation over role in payments to Bernard Tapie
May 11, 2011
Here is a gem....Pay special attention to the quote from the New York Times.
New IMF Chief Wanted Paris To Become Islamic Banking Center, AND THERE'S MORE!
May 18, 2011
Christine Legarde was mentioned tonight as being perhaps the new chief of the International Monetary Fund. Legarde, who is French, has served as the Minister of Finance of France since 2007. In 2008 she stated her determination to make Paris an important center of Islamic finance.....read more...
Former Chicagoan a leading contender to run IMF
French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, a former Chicagoan who was chairman of the law firm Baker and McKenzie, is considered a leading candidate to succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn as the head of International Monetary Fund.....read more....
The following reminds me of the infamous "anti-dog-eat-dog law" in ATLAS SHRUGS!
The use of the term "bailout" in the article makes it sound as if Ireland was given the money instead of being LOANED the money...and at interest rates that are said to be crippling Ireand's economy.
Of course, some have suggested that Ireland's relatively sudden economic downturn may have been orchestrated with a view to pressuring Ireland into voting for the Lisbon treaty which Ireland had at first rejected.
Thu, Mar 31 2011
Ireland must overhaul corporate taxes: Lagarde
(Reuters) - France's finance minister on Thursday renewed pressure on Ireland to give up its coveted low corporate tax rate after euro zone countries came to its rescue last year with an 85 billion euro bailout.
Very good info, I have been following this thing pretty closely.
Surprisingly given the possible investigation into Lagarde, articles posted on Google in the last hour are saying that she already has the backing of some European capitals, and after a statement by Merkel, her spokesman praised Lagarde (falling short of mentioning her as their choice)as she has a rep for working well with the Germans, and that many in British political circles have praised her as well.
I have been following this myself.
Here are a couple more interesting articles from the New York Times:
France's Finance Chief a Calming Presence in Turbulent Times
By LISA KASSENAAR and MARK DEEN
Published: June 24, 2010
NEW YORK TIMES PROFILE OF CHRISTINE LAGARDE
Thursday, May 19, 2011
The United States is not necessarily backing Lagarde to head the IMF. An American from Iowa named John Lipsky has also been mentioned as a possible successor to Strauss-Kahn.
US BALKS AT BACKING EUROPEAN CANDIDATE FOR IMF
The thing I find intriguing is the fact that there is a Brussels branch of the Chicago law firm ( European Law Centre) for which Ms. Lagarde worked as a lawyer. As you know, Brussels is also the headquarters of the EU.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was quick on the draw Thursday in voicing clear displeasure with President Barack Obama’s mideast policy speech.
“Israel appreciates President Obama’s commitment to peace,” the response began, curtly. “Israel believes that for peace to endure between Israelis and Palestinians, the viability of a Palestinian state cannot come at the expense of the viability of the one and only Jewish state.”
“That is why Prime Minister Netanyahu expects to hear a reaffirmation from President Obama of U.S. commitments made to Israel in 2004, which were overwhelmingly supported by both Houses of Congress.”
“Among other things,” Netanyahu reminded Obama, “those commitments relate to Israel not having to withdraw to the 1967 lines which are both indefensible and which would leave major Israeli population centers in Judea and Samaria beyond those lines.”
“Those commitments also ensure Israel’s well-being as a Jewish state by making clear that Palestinian refugees will settle in a future Palestinian state rather than in Israel.”
“Without a solution to the Palestinian refugee problem outside the borders of Israel, no territorial concession will bring peace.”
“Equally, the Palestinians, and not just the United States, must recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people, and any peace agreement with them must end all claims against Israel.”
“Prime Minister Netanyahu will make clear that the defense of Israel requires an Israeli military presence along the Jordan River.”
“Prime Minister Netanyahu will also express his disappointment over the Palestinian Authority’s decision to embrace Hamas, a terror organization committed to Israel’s destruction, as well as over Mahmoud Abbas’s recently expressed views which grossly distort history and make clear that Abbas seeks a Palestinian state in order to continue the conflict with Israel rather than end it.”
While on the radio show in the chat room, I challenged an individual who was attacking Israel. A popup occurred saying AAA-Service - KEEP CALM. There were various explanations. It looks as if Microeffect uses a service connected with Able Danger that records the chat room and monitors it. Is the Chat Room safe for those of us who might challenge the antisemitism of the Microeffect audience?
$1 million cash bail
$5 million bond
Home confinement to an undisclosed Manhattan address that has been rented by Strauss-Khan's wife
24-hour monitoring by guard Strauss-Khan is paying $200,000 a month.
Electronic tag fitted on his ankle.
Video cameras will also be installed in the house.
Alarms will be fitted on the doors to stop him leaving.
A few stories this morning:
"Jean-Claude Juncker, who chairs euro zone finance ministers, and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi endorsed Lagarde on Thursday."
Diplomats said European Council President Herman van Rompuy, who chairs summits of the 27-nation EU, and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso were trying to secure an agreement on her name after the three biggest European powers -- Germany, France and Britain -- threw their weight behind her.
"There have been preliminary contacts to check if Christine Lagarde has the support of other countries because she is considered the best candidate in Europe," one diplomat said
I think the writer makes a strong case for the connection between New Age plans, the Islamic community and the role it believes it is playing in the future. Putting up the building is a slap at believers in God and what he did to the Tower of Babel, saying you can't destroy this one. Like those who built the first Tower, Muslims believe they are uniting all countries under the control of believers in Islam.
There is no way to show all that has been written about this possibility.
Burj Khalifa, a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (tallest man-made structure on Earth.
"The odd, narrow proportions of the Guidestones, 1 : 4 : 10, appear to point to the date January 4th, 2010 which coincides with the completion of the Burj Dubai, a fantastically tall, new building erected in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. If the two structures are truly connected in this manner, it almost certainly symbolizes the completion of a new Tower of Babel and the beginning of a New World Order where man — or more accurately certain men — can now reach godhood. It may, in fact, indicate that the builders believe an Antichrist has arrived."
khalifah - the civil and religious leader of a Muslim state considered to be a representative of Allah on earth; "many radical Muslims believe a Khalifah will unite all Islamic lands and people and subjugate the rest of the world"
I have never discounted the idea that the Antichrist will arise out of the Arab world, and not Europe (or a "revived Roman Empire"). Some of the recent posts lend credence to this idea.
The Roman Empire did have an eastern leg, and in the bible there is a reference to the ac as "The Assyrian"
Interestingly, there are some that hold the view that Rome's tenth legion consisted of some conscripts of Assyrian decent.
LEGAL CASE COULD AFFECT LAGARDE IMF PROSPECTS
May 19, 2011
What Lagarde did was to abuse her authority when she overruled officials in her ministry by dropping a legal battle with Bernard Tapie and submitting it to an arbitration panel without even checking to see if such an arbitration process was legal in the first place. She also reportedly refused recommendations to appeal against the hefty compensation award to Bernard Tapie who is a personal friend of Sarkozy.
One would think that the IMF is one of the last places we would want to see a person who arrogantly makes up her own rules as she goes along without bothering to do her due diligence with regard to the legality of such "rules'"
Nevertheless, many of the European "powers that be" want someone in the IMF who, by hook or by crook, will preserve the euro which is said to be just about on its death bed. The preservation of the euro was reportedly a mainstay of Strauss-Kahn's policy and Lagarde will likely continue the policies of Strauss-Kahn if named to head the IMF.
By the way, Lagarde's counterpart here in the United States is none other than U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
Interestingly, Timothy Geithner's father Peter Geithner was director of the Asia Program at the Ford Foundation and oversaw the "microfinance" programs developed in Indonesia by Ann Dunham-Soetoro, Barack Obama’s mother.
Even more interestingly, Muhammad Yunus' Grameen Bank was founded with help from people who ran the now-failed ShoreBank Chicago which also had close ties with Barack Obama.
Lagarde has publicly supported Muhammad Yunus and his microfinance empire.
Just this past April, Yunus went to France looking for support "after the Bangladesh government accused him of corruption in relation to a US$96 million loan from Norway to Grameen Bank in the 1990s.
During a visit to Paris, where he presented the French edition of his book “Building Social Business,” the Nobel Laureate repeated his innocence and gained fresh backing from the French government after meeting with Finance Minister Christine Lagarde."
The Yunus connection is what makes it even more fascinating for me to learn that Christine Lagarde worked for 20 years as a laywer in Chicago.....along with her reportedly wanting Paris to become an "Islamic banking center"
Yunus has been called "the Father of Microcredit in Paris."
The following is in French, but I think you can get the gist of the article
MUHAMMAD YUNUS LE PERE DU MICROCREDIT A PARIS
In 2009, before a standing room only audience, Muhammad Yunus presented his vision of "creating a world without poverty" at the IMF.
This was when communist-turned- socialist IMF chief Strauss-Kahn was still implementing his "Robin Hood" economic policies - a.k.a. redistribution of wealth.....
And Lagarde is likely to follow Strauss-Kahn's policies???
Sure fire way to commit ground forces without Congressional approval.
When President Obama called yesterday for Israel to pull back to the borders that existed before the 1967 Six-Day War – lines Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called militarily "indefensible" – top-rated nationally syndicated radio host Michael Savage turned to the Bible for a glimpse of the Middle East's future.
"Ezekiel is predictive of what's going to happen," Savage said as he read from the Hebrew scriptures on the air. "There will be a war."
Also while Obama talks, he hardly looks directly at BB. He wants the focus to be on himself. When BB talks, he is emotional and his body language shows it.
on Colbert's Show
The reason why some of the European "powers that be" are supporting Lagarde is because it is believed that she is going to continue the "Robin Hood" economic policies of her predecessor, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, whose agenda reportedly included preserving the euro at all costs.
There are many who believe that the euro is on its death bed.
Nevertheless, a common currency in Europe is still perceived by many to be the key ingredient with regard to the imposition of a "one size fits all" constitution and government on the countries of Europe.
Interestingly, Lagarde's counterpart in the United states is none other than Timothy Geithner whose father worked for the Ford Foundation overseeing the implementation of microfinance developed by Barack Obama's mother.
Lagarde is a big supporter of Muhammad Yunus who is referred to as the "father of microfinance in Paris." This is why I found the article I posted earlier interesting in terms of its having mentioned Lagarde's intention of make Paris an important center of Islamic finance.
Yunus was in Paris just last month looking for support in the wake of the Bangladeshi scandal he was recently involved in that resulted in his being forced out of the Grameen Bank which he founded with the help of several people who ran the now failed ShoreBank Chicago - a bank that had strong ties to Barack Obama.
This is why I found it so fascinating to learn that Christine Lagarde practiced law for 20 years in Chicago and that her law firm has a branch in Brussels where EU headquarters is also located.
At the end of the day, the scandal involving Christine Lagarde's interference in a the legal dispute between the business mogul Bernard Tapie and the French bank Credit Lyonnais which was state-owned at the time, may prove to be her undoing as well as Sarkozy's.
The news media - especially the New York times - is trying to downplay the significance of this scandal but it is important to consider the fact that Lagarde not only ignored the advice of officials in her ministry, but she never checked to see if the arbitration panel she set up which finally awarded huge reparations to Bernard Tapie.
It is being argued that the case should not have been settled by private arbitration since public money was at stake.
IMF NOMINEE MAY BE NEXT
It has been reported that the IMF is already a cesspool of corruption as it is. Perhaps it is because it is being run by people who believe that they are "above the law."
Sorry I didn't finish my sentence where I meant to say......
....but she never checked to see if the arbitration panel she set up which finally awarded huge reparations to Bernard Tapie was legal to begin with.
What would happen if Christians insisted on a mark on food? I know the Jewish people have Kosher food.
My husband says the `mark of the beast` is on our food already!
With food being an international item, it seems to me that it's just a business matter. If a company thinks it will sell more of its product with any seal of approval, it will go through the process. It may be in Muslim countries that all food has to be marked this way, but here in the US food producers have a choice.
Both Islam and Judaism have food rules. Christianity doesn't. In fact one of the selling points for Christianity two thousand years ago was that food rules could be discarded.
Certification means the food producers are watched over carefully to keep them to certain standards. It's not an endorsement of the religion itself. I don't know what percentage of Jews only keep kosher. I don't know what percentage of Muslims keep Halaal standards. I do know that others besides Jews prefer to buy certain items marked kosher over others.
Dr Stan Monteith was discussing the Obama-Bibi meeting with Barry Chamish on his show this week. Fascinating commentary on it, I thought.
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