May 5, 2000
Subject: Miscellaneous Subjects #4: Some feedbacks on The Future of Economy + UK politicians publicly "announce" their recognition of Gaia + Excerpt from the Universal Quest newsletter + Hot under the flea collar + Nuked + Clicking away to help others + World Report - Solutions Oriented News From Around The World + Summary of the Samoa Global Peoples Assembly meeting + What are you worth?
Here is another compilation on various subjects for your consideration.
And thanks for all your useful contributions!
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
P.S. I've not received any comment yet on what people experienced during the May 5 planetary alignment. Is it because there was not much to report?...
Date: Tue, 09 May 2000
In relation to credit creation by banks etc, you might be interested in this
From: "Roan Carratu" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: New strategy for spreading the money around
Date: Tue, 2 May 2000
I was thinking last week about how all the global visionaries and world transformational groups are all coming up with much the same conclusions as to what needs to be done, yet the biggest problem they have is finding the money to actually do something.
The society we struggle within is tightly bound by the money dynamic, and it continues to prod us towards it's dynamic end, the direction of environmental destruction through poverty and exploitation. I don't see any real difference between using paper symbols or gold symbols, and besides, there is not enough gold to carry the flow of symbols needed to provide survival cooperation for everyone, or even for more than about 10% of the world's population. What would you pay in gold for an apple? A chip of gold almost too small to see?
Anyway, I thought about all that and realized that the only way to free up a cashflow for work in world transformation would be to turn the profit system around and apply the profits to doing world transformation work.
So I started the 100% site, a profit site which will donate 100% of the net profit towards the work of world transformation and charity work. The products on the site will be from 3rd world companies, tribes, and the poorer people around the world, (although some might be from companies with popular products,) so they will get the cashflow and access to the markets, and after taking out the overhead, the entire net profit will go into a fund which will be divided between world transformation efforts (75%) with 25% going to individual/family one time only outright grants, to help prevent children from becoming homeless.
So I am creating a hybrid economic creature, without the restrictions of non-profits but with the dynamics of profits. A non-profit cannot sell stuff without a lot of rules and regs, but a profit company can certainly give it's profits away. I will be paid part time for my work in the company, which is part of the overhead. It's all on my site. Finances will be transparent and inflow and outflow will posted on the net as it occurs. The site is http://www.24link.net/roancarratu for now, until I buy a domain name for it.
We have three companies now who are interested in selling through a spiritual profit company: Sweet Thorn Studios of South Africa, which makes native spiritual symbols out of gold, silver, and titanium, Nordic Living Water Systems which sells water treatment systems, and Yoruba House African Drums and Bells. Yoruba House is an African religious/spiritual center in LA, Cal.
I am looking for links to the tribal crafts of people's in the 3rd world who need to generate more prosperity so they can keep their people home from the cities and thereby teach their children their cultural ways. The fact is, most tribes are being destroyed by being pulled into the cities to survive easily as much as having their land destroyed. Either way, by generating a cashflow, they can hold their tribe together against the ocean of alien culture that is overwhelming them.
Inotherwords, fighting fire with fire. They have to do something, and I hope to help them do what they choose to do. I will not knowingly buy from sweatshops, but I will buy from coops. I will sell anything on my site which is legal and will not harm people or the environment.
I hope to be set up to sell by the week after next. I need contacts from all over the world with tribal peoples and poor folks who can gain from this cashflow opportunity.
From: "Jenny Habib" <JennyHabib@berko77.freeserve.co.uk>
Subject: Re: The Future of Economy
Date: Tue, 2 May 2000
You do so much for our information and I am grateful. I know that there is
truth in what is said here, but the very nature of man created the banking
system. We have to change how everyone thinks, not just abolish banking.
I am so sad that the demo against global banking in London yesterday
degenerated into the desecration of monuments to our soldiers who died to
preserve freedom in Europe. That is not the message we want. How can we stop
the movement against banking greed from attracting the worst "demo, loot and
From: "Boudewijn Wegerif" <email@example.com>
Subject: SV: The Future of Economy
Date: Tue, 2 May 2000
All the pieces you posted (including mine!) are good. You certainly got a good grasp on the subject in record time. Michael Rowbotham is a friend BTW and I introduced him to the SANE (South African New Economics) Foundation, who then organised his tour. Jeremy Burnham may have helped with arranging venues, etc. His summary was excellent. If he is the Jeremy I think he is, I met him when I was in Cape Town in December 1997. A nice person.
Date: Tue, 9 May 2000
Subject: UK politicians publicly "announce" their recognition of Gaia
This week's edition of the Sunday Times devoted a substantial amount of space
(1/2 broadsheet page = FP tabloid) to an announcement by our Environment
Minister, Michael Meacher ("Meacher Comes Out As Guru of Mother Earth").
Fundamentally it said that our inner government leadership is wanting to tell
voters that the planet we live on is a living entity, that it is a crucial
link "in the interconnectedness of different species" ...... a major report
is due later this year.....!
For some reason I have felt a persistent thought of late, prior to this, that
certain political leaders were striving to find a way to tell us that "we
have friends with the technology to save us and the planet" (ahem). We'll
see, but my guess is that this S.Times thing is the first overt, very gentle,
opening spin. Game on!
Blessings be dear heart, and thanks for the excellent leadership.
Date: Sat, 6 May 2000
From: Noelle Simpson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Universal Quest
Message text written by "Universal Quest"
Books of Hope
Britannica.com, the online portal from the Encyclopedia
Britannica, has started a new segment called "Books of Hope: Thoughts for a
new millennium." It includes works by the Dalai Lama, Mary Robinson and
Mother Theresa to name a few. The best part is that Britannica.com is
inviting essay contributions from everyone in order to create the ultimate
"Book of Hope." The site also includes a great animated introduction. Have
a look and then leave your thoughts of hope there for posterity.
Visit "Books of Hope" at http://britannica.com/hope/
Date: Fri, 5 May 2000
From: Grist Magazine <email@example.com>
Subject: DAILY GRIST, May 5, 2000
HOT UNDER THE FLEA COLLAR
The U.S. EPA is gearing up to restrict the use of chlorpyrifos, which is one of the most widely used insecticides in the U.S. and has been linked to memory loss, nervous system problems, and other health concerns. The chemical, also known by the trade name Dursban, is sprayed on a variety of crops and is used frequently around homes, schools, and businesses in products such as flea collars and bug spray. The use of chlorpyrifos is so widespread that the insecticide was found in the urine of more than 80 percent of 1,082 Americans tested. A number of enviro groups, consumer groups, and university scientists are pushing for dramatic limits on the insecticide. The EPA is expected to announce its proposed restrictions later this spring. Meanwhile, a new study by the Pesticide Action Network found that California's overall pesticide use jumped 40 percent between 1991 and 1998.
straight to the source: Seattle Times, Hal Bernton, 05.04.00
straight to the source: San Francisco Examiner, Jane Kay, 05.03.00
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000
From: Allene R Wahl <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The rate of infant deaths near five nuclear power plants dropped
substantially after the nuclear reactors were closed, according to a new
study published in the spring edition of the Journal of Environmental
Epidemiology and Toxicology. The study suggests that the health of
people who live within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant may be affected
by radioactive releases from the plant. It was presented at a news
conference yesterday by Rep. Michael Forbes (D-N.Y.),
supermodel-cum-anti-nuke-activist Christie Brinkley, and the Radiation
and Public Health Project, which is calling on the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission to do more to protect citizens from nuclear reactors. In
other nuke news, a second worker has died in Japan as a result of the
nation's worst nuclear accident, which happened last September.
straight to the source: Planet Ark, Reuters, Patrick Connole, 04.27.00
straight to the source: Hartford Courant, Daniel P. Jones, 04.27.00
straight to the source: San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner, Associated
Press, Joji Sakurai, 04.26.00
Date: Thu, 04 May 2000
From: om <email@example.com>
Subject: Clicking away to help others
Here are a bunch of websites, where with a few clicks we can help
others. I especially like the charityfrogs. These 2 young guys made
some money and is now sharing with others. I love what they are doing.
http://www.charityfrogs.org/ RED CROSS
http://www.clickfome.com.br/ BRAZIL AID
http://www.cancercharities.com CANCER CHARITY=
And I must give credit to those ppl who put this together!
To view past issues of YLSS, please go to the archives:
Irena Harney (your Hongkong connection!)
Date: Wed, 3 May 2000
Subject: World Report & Global Resources - Issue #1
This is Michael Lightweaver with Network 2012, a project dedicated to
connecting those around the world who are working on behalf of positive
Welcome to the first edition of World Report & Global Resources. The intent
of this monthly publication is to provide you with brief solution oriented
news about people and events that are successfully addressing today's
challenges in many areas of global transformation. It is my intent that
subsequent issues will not be as long as this one.
If you want information about submitting entries for this report or if you
have questions or comments, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Feel free to forward this to your own network, and if you have received it
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World Report & Global Resources
News From The Leading Edge Of Planetary Transformation
Solutions Oriented News From Around The World
Inspiring News Briefs From Around The World
Websites Devoted To Positive Planetary Transformation
News Update From Network 2012
A Personal Postscript
Solutions Oriented News From Around The World
Never Leave Peace To The Politicians
Israel - In a region where true peace seems as illusive as the proverbial
"holy grail," one woman, without funds or an organization backing her, has
shown the difference that one truly committed person can make in creating
peace. Hagit Raanan was not your typical candidate for peace work. Her
family background was from the political right and only four years ago she
hesitated to even visit the old city of Jerusalem because of potential
confrontations with Palestinians. All of that has changed. Today you are
more likely to find Hagit in a West Bank refugee camp or leading a group of
enthusiastic Israelis to Gaza to meet with Palestinian families, than behind
a desk as the administrative secretary she once was. Politicians can
sometimes prevent wars and write detail documents, but true peace is a people
to people process that comes from the heart. And this is the heart of
Hagit's work; building bridges of understand and respect between ordinary
Palestinians and Israelis. Working with dedicated young Palestinian peace
workers, Hagit has taken more than 150 Israelis over the course of eight
visits to Gaza. The Israeli visitors have met with a similar number of
Palestinians in private homes and all have come to better understand each
others concerns and aspirations. You can learn more about this remarkable
woman and her work at the following websites, or contact her directly at
http://www.mideastweb.org/hagit/gazeng2.htm - English
http://www.mideastweb.org/hagit/gazheb2.htm - Hebrew
http://www.mideastweb.org/hagit/askar.htm - Pictures
A Click A Day Keeps The Saws Away
Peru - We are all painfully aware of the rapid devastation of the worlds
remaining rainforest. But what can one person do? Ask Wayne Umbertis who
coordinates an internet based project which is successfully saving
rainforests - with your help. Here's the story. The recently established
project is set up so that when you visit the designated website (with banner
ads from sponsors), the sponsoring companies contribute toward a fund that is
used to purchase rainforest land for preservation. Does this really work?
According to Umbertis, 175 acres along the Amazon border of Peru, Brazil &
Ecuador, near Iquitos, Peru were saved in the first 90 days after the project
was established. Another 40,000 acres in this area are available for
purchase from the Peruvian government and it is one of the most species rich
locations in the world. Regardless of who you are or where you live, each day
when you log on to the internet, you can help save the rainforests by going
to http://www.saverainforest.net For more information, contact Wayne
Umbertis at email@example.com
From Hatred To Healing
Mozambique - The recent floods in Mozambique washed away a great deal more
than worldly possessions. It also swept away some old hatreds. As marooned
Mozambicans in trees and on rooftops were being rescued by South African
soldiers, historical hatreds were dissolving. The previous government of
South Africa had been Mozambique's worst enemy because of its involvement in
a civil war to topple the country's socialist government. But as the flood
waters rose, the South African helicopter patrols worked tirelessly from dawn
to dusk rescuing over 15,000 stranded Mozambicans. As one air force veteran
stated, "At that point we were simply "Africans helping Africans." Southern
Africa has changed a lot in the past few years. The civil war in Mozambique
is over and the country has embraced a free-market economy that is a model
for the developing world. South Africa's minority regime has collapsed and
been replaced by a democratic government. Today the people of Mozambique
feel a great deal of gratitude and as one survivor said about the people he
once despised, "They saved a lot of people. Now it would be very hard to find
someone who would say something bad about the South Africans."
Rainbow Caravan Teaches Eco-Living
Columbia - The "Rainbow Caravan For Peace" which originated in Mexico,
recently arrived in Columbia, carrying on is mission of bringing grassroots
ecological awareness and education to the peoples of Central and South
America. Currently it is in the Choco Darien area visiting the Reserve
Integral de Sasardi (http://freeweb.digiweb.com/health/fundarien) and
participating in the protection program for the Cana Sea Turtle, working
directly with the local communities through theater, workshops, audiovisuals
and courses. Consisting of 25 people from 8 countries, two solar-powered
buses, a pickup truck and a circus tent for 500, the caravana is in fact a
mobile ecovillage and training center associated with the Global Ecovillage
Network (www.gaia.org) and the Ecovillage Network of the Americas. More
information is available at www.lacaravana.org (under construction) or
www.tortuga.com/caravan (English), or www.ecolinkvillage.net (Spanish). Due
to the huge volume of mail organizers request that inquirers read the web
pages before seeking further information. Contact person: Liora Adler at
Dare To Dream Of A New World
USA - In 1836, pursuing a policy of ethnic cleansing, the US government -
under the leadership of president Andrew Jackson - organized a midwinter
thousand mile death march to Oklahoma in an effort to remove the native
peoples from the Southeast USA and open the land to gold prospectors and land
speculators. This infamous event was known as the "trail of tears." But
small groups of people escaped the roundup and followed the trails into the
mountains and a life of freedom. These same trails later became the famous
"underground railroad" for escaped slaves seeking freedom in the northern
free states. In a renewed call to remember our ability to dream the dream of
peace, justice and freedom, people of goodwill from all races have begun a
"trail of dreams" march through the Appalachian Mountains from Pennsylvania
to Georgia. According to organizer Audri Scott Williams, the children are
forgetting to dream. And, as the prophet Isaiah said "where there is no
dream, the people perish." As the walkers weave themselves through the
Mountains they will come into cities where community and spiritual leaders,
elders, storytellers, artists, youth and performers will gather with children
coming in from all over the country to celebrate our capacity to dream a
better world and put these dreams into action. For more information contact
Audri Scott Williams: 770-498-0613
Pirates For Peace
Ireland - What's the best way to recycle a World War II warship? Ask the
young people in Ireland who are converting an antiquated 100-foot naval
minesweeper into a radio station which will tackle social and political
issues with programmes targeted to young audiences throughout Ireland. The
purpose of the station is to provide a forum for education and mutual
understanding and to raise awareness amongst young people of the part they
have to play in the peace process on a day-to-day basis. The station will
offer a neutral venue for building bridges and friendships across the
traditional walls which have divided the communities of Northern Ireland.
Pirates for Peace was established by Action for Peoples in Conflict.
Another important aspect of this project is the employment skills that young
people will learn through their participation. Broadcasting, journalism,
media and editing techniques will all be experienced as the project evolves.
Eventually, it is intended that the project will move into the field of
internet radio in order to unite young people around the world. For further
information contact: Heidi Konig, Action for Peoples in Conflict, 162-164
Broadway, Didcot OX11 8RJ. Tel: 01235 519393/Fax: 01235 519395 WEB SITE :
Making Democracy Work
USA - While many citizens decry the failure of democracy in the USA with the
ever growing influence of special interest lobbies, two people decided to do
something positive to address the problem. In 1998 Jim Harris & Pat Murphy
created a very simple internet based system in which they regularly inform
subscribers of critical issues facing the nation and provide a suggested
email that goes out under the subscribers name to all appropriate elected
officials. Its a perfect system for those who are too busy to write letters.
One only reviews the e-letter and clicks accept if they wish it sent in
their name. The system is both educational for citizens as well as
influential on elected representatives. In the two years from April 1998 to
April 2000 over four million letters were sent to elected representatives in
the USA of which one million were sent this past March alone! For more
information on how to participate or to create such a system in your own
country, contact Jim@ProgressiveSecretary.Org
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Date: Wed, 3 May 2000
Subject: Fwd: Article for UN Observor on GPA-Samoa Meetings
Dear Eagles, New Paradigm Media, NCN CyberFriends & Kindred Spirits:
An excellent summary of the Samoa Global Peoples Assembly meeting (Apr 2-8),
written by delegate, Anne Zanes.
Ed Jor-El Elkin
First Global Peoples Assembly-Samoa
Anne Zanes has written this article for the UN Observor. I believe it will be published soon.
SAMOA HOSTS INAUGURAL GLOBAL PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY
Amidst song and dance, lush tropical foliage, receptions and
ceremonies, the Global People's Assembly was launched at a meeting in Apia,
Samoa April 2-8th. Hosted by Samoan Member of Parliament, Le Tagaloa Pita
and co-chair, Lady Rhyl Jansen, President of UNA New Zealand, about l50
delegates from around the world attended this
Sending his greetings via video, Honorary President of the Assembly and
former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, Robert Muller
encouraged attendees to free their imaginations and create new ideas on how
to bring democracy to the six billion people on the planet. He recommended
creating a Consultative United Nations Parliament as a means for solving
problems of the twenty first century. Kofi Annan, Nelson Mandela and
Ted Turner were among those who sent welcoming messages supporting the
Dr. Lucille Green, Advisor to the Global People's Assembly, describing
the history of the People's Assembly movement, cited l0 world citizen
assemblies held between the l930s and 50s. A significant boost to the
movement occurred at the Hague Appeal for Peace in May, l999 where
representatives of over 30 world citizen assemblies came together. In
Lucille's words, "The Global Peoples Assembly was conceived in the Hague
and born here in Samoa. It will take a lot of tender loving care before the
child has matured."
Opening the Assembly, the Right Honorable Prime Minister of Samoa,
Honorable Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi mentioned that although Samoa is a
very small nation, it sees the necessity to work with all peoples to achieve
world peace. Samoa is a strong supporter of disarmament, the prohibition of
nuclear and chemical weapons and land mines and the International Criminal
Court. Samoa is a Signatory of the International Convention of Human Rights
and supports gender equality and the rights of children. Samoa responds to
humanitarian calls and will deploy a police contingent to help the UN in
East Timor and has also promised Secretary General, Kofi Annan, to increase
Samoa's contribution to the United Nations by 50% next year.
A feast of Samoan and English songs preceded a flag ceremony arranged
by Patrick Petit, representing the World Peace Prayer Society, who brought
flags from l90 countries to Samoa. Young people carrying the flags encircled
a gigantic globe. As Patrick called out the name of each nation, the young
person carrying that country's flag stepped forward and the whole group
proclaimed, "May peace prevail in (name of country)". A Peace Pole was
placed on the Campus of Avoka Methodist Girls College in Faleula Village,
which hosted the meeting.
Mr. Serge Duccase, UN Resident Coordinator, presented a poster showing
the Samoan translation of the Declaration of Human Rights which will be made
available to all the schools in Samoa.
Delighted that he was able to enter Samoa without a visa, Dr. Rashmi
Mayur, Director of the International Institute for Sustainable Future in
Bombay, India, envisions a time when he can travel around the world without
any visas. He challenged corporations and governments to let people control
their destiny. He called for a United Nations of the People of the World.
Dr. Andrew Strauss, Professor of International Law at Weiner University,
Delaware, commented on the love he felt in the room, the real commitment and
seriousness of the delegates. He sees a primary issue for the Assembly is
overcoming the war system and developing democratic systems. In order to
achieve legitimacy, which he considers crucial before people will
participate, he believes it is necessary to establish an electoral
system of governance, which is very difficult to do, but not impossible. As
examples, he cited the European Parliament which didn't exist 2l years ago
and successes such as the Landmine Treaty and the charter for the International
Criminal Court which resulted from pressure by civil society. He would like
to see a group of wise elders such as Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama
develop a proposed constitution and electoral procedure, followed by a
convention of civil society representatives from around the globe to modify,
ratify and implement a world assembly. If such an assembly were in place,
it could pass resolutions and have collective authority to solve problems.
We would have a "seamless democracy" and nations would only be administrative
A major achievement of the Global People's Assembly was the adoption of
a Charter under which the organization will operate and will continue to
evolve. The Charter Committee began its work via E-mail months before the
Assembly convened, continued throughout the meeting and is now receiving
input from both those who were and were not in Samoa. All the Conference
participants had an opportunity to participate in developing the Charter
through the use of "Wisdom Circles, a Native American small group process
which assures that every voice is heard.
Representing the peoples of the world, the Assembly passed a number of
resolutions. The delegates support the proposal made by Robert Muller for
a "Consultative Parliament" in the United Nations. They support the
NonProliferation Treaty and urge nuclear states to develop a workable
agreement for the elimination of their nuclear weapons. They support the
Agenda for Peace and Justice for the 2lst century developed at the Hague
Appeal for Peace, May, l999. They invite civil society and representatives
of all nations to participate in a conference to review and recommend
revisions to the United Nations Charter.
They resolve to influence positive change for peaceful conflict resolution in
courts, in government, in communities. They support a voluntary Global Peace
Corps throughout the world to replace the military paradigm of today. They
request the United Nations to declare an "International Year of Community"
in order to endorse local communities as structures and voices of the
people. They support the development of a new vision for the regulation of a
sustainable global economy. They encourage the development of local People's
Assemblies in communities throughout the world. They welcome contributions
of all peoples of the world to a positive vision of life on earth after global
peace has been successfully accomplished.
In order to honor our elders and listen to their wisdom, a resolution
was also passed to create a Global People's Assembly Council of Elders with
Dr. Lucille Greene appointed as the first member.
A Service Council of fifteen members to handle organizational issues
was elected and it was decided to hold the next Global People's Assembly in
Mumbai (Bombay) India in two years. Co-chairs elected for that meeting are
Rashi Mayur, Jill Courtenay and Susan Zipp. Delegates had been given gifts
throughout the meeting, but the prime gift was l00 acres of prime land in
Samoa that was donated to the Global People's Assembly to build its
On the last day of the Assembly, a ceremony was held on the Parliament
grounds of Samoa. Encircled by youth carrying all the flags of the globe,
Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi with the House Speaker Toleafoa
Faafisi planted a Peace Pole. Over 200,000 Peace Poles have been planted
in over l80 countries of the world. It carries the message:
"May Peace Prevail on Earth."
From: "Ross Denny" <rdenny@Speedchoice.com>
Subject: Fw: What are you worth?
Date: Tue, 2 May 2000
A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In
the room of 200, he asked, Who would like this $20 bill? Hands started
going up. He said, I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let
me do this. He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up. He then asked, Who
still wants it? Still the hands were up in the air. Well, he replied, What
if I do this? And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into
the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. Now who
still wants it? Still the hands went into the air. My friends, you have
all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you
still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth
$20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the
dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We
feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what
will happen, you will never lose your value: dirty or clean, crumpled or
finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you. The worth of
our lives come not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE. You are
special - Don't EVER forget it. Please pass this on to anyone in your email
address book. You will never know the lives it touches, the hurting hearts
it speaks to, or the hope that it can bring. Count Your Blessings, not your
Date: Sun, 07 May 2000
From: Harmonia <email@example.com>
"It is good to have an end to
journey towards; but it is the
journey that matters, in the end."
-- Ursula K. LeGui
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