March 19, 2001
Miscellaneous Subjects #68: Some Feedbacks + Whale researcher says Navy's new (LFAS) sonar can kill + Permit to kill whales in LFAS tests is likely to be issued unless the Federal Register review process beginning this week succeeds in stopping this + Earth Day Equinox Celebration on March 20, 2001 - a moment to simultaneously join in silent prayer or reflection + World Day of Planetary Consciousness also tomorrow + Another Approach to Foot & Mouth Disease + THIS CRACKED ME UP!
Another whirlwind of critically important information about upcoming events and current issues is heading your way this week.
This one has some pretty compelling stuff in it! Pass it along ;-)
Happy vernal equinox tomorrow!
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
P.S. I've just created an amazing new webdesign at: http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000/NewWebDesign.html
It is best viewed with an Explorer browser. Make sure to give it a look!
And please wait till it entirely loads to have the "effect".
LAST MINUTE ADDITION: Leigh has prepared an excellent compilation of Global Meditations that will take place tomorrow including EQUINOX MEDITATIONS AND EARTH DAY - GLOBAL MEDITATION FOR FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE - MARINE MEDITATION - GLOBAL CETACEAN MEDITATION.
Please Sign On to a Petition to 39 Pharmaceutical Companies whose High Prices are Killing Hundreds of Thousands of People in South Africa at: http://www.msf.org/petition/
"Since 1998, the pharmaceutical industry has blocked the medicines legislation, claiming it would infringe on their patent rights. During that period, 400,000 South Africans have died of AIDS-related causes. High prices are effectively denying medicines to poor patients, condemning them to a premature death. We call on the 39 pharmaceutical companies to withdraw immediately and unconditionally from this case." CLIP
It seems to be working already...
March 15, 2001 - Maker Yielding Patent in Africa for AIDS Drug
"Bristol-Myers Squibb said yesterday that it would no longer try to stop generic-drug makers from selling low-cost versions of one of its H.I.V. drugs in Africa, making it the second drug company in a week to greatly change its policies in the face of the AIDS epidemic." CLIP
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001
From: Deborah Moldow <email@example.com>
Subject: Pentagon Peace Pole
Yes, it is a nasty piece of news coming out of the Pentagon, revealing it latest crowd dispersal tool, a "high-powered microwave antipersonnel weapon." We need to stop joking about "nuking" our food with the sobering realization that we could be next...
Anyone wishing to send light to the Pentagon should know that there is a Peace Pole in the little chapel by the Chaplain's office. It says "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in four languages: English, English, English and English! We had a lovely installation event last September with James Twyman and the Cloth of Many Colors project.
As the Pentagon Peace Pole stands in silent vigil, we can all activate and increase its powerful thought form by visualizing it and reinforcing its prayer for world peace.
Infinite gratitude to all of you who care about peace, who pray for peace and who hold peace in your hearts.
May Peace Prevail on Earth!
The World Peace Prayer Society
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001
Subject: Re: Time of Reckoning at Hand
Thanks for all your information I forward it to as many people as I can - some do not care but a lot do. We have a crisis also here in So. Calif. nothing like what is going on in Afghanistan or Africa and Iraq. They raised the Gas bills and Electric bills over 200% and many elderly cannot pay. It is an awakening for Americans who are so wasteful and who take most of the Resources. I visited Nader Kahili the famous Architect who builds homes for the homeless out of earth, water and tumbleweed; what a treat he is here in Hesperia So. Calif. He builds many for the UN and NASA. They are earthquakeproof. He is quite a man and very humble he is really helping mankind to build cheap and nonchemical houses. His website is http://www.calearth.org/museum.htm .
Love and peace
THE FOLLOWING IS YET ANOTHER CONFIRMATION THAT THE US NAVY EXPERIMENTAL LOW FREQUENCY SONAR SYSTEM IS TO BE BLAMED FOR THE HARM AND DEATH OF FAR TOO MANY WHALES AND DOLPHINS AND POSES A DIRECT THREAT TO SEVERAL OTHER MARINE SPECIES IF THE NAVY CONTINUES TO IGNORE THE PROTESTS AND GO AHEAD WITH ITS DEPLOYMENT IN SEAS AROUND THE WORLD. PLEASE PASS THIS ON AND PARTICIPATE IF YOU CAN IN THE PROTESTS TO BLOCK ANY FURTHER TESTINGS AND THE EVENTUAL DEPLOYMENT OF THIS LETHAL TECHNOLOGY. WHAT COULD BECOME A WORLDWIDE ACOUSTIC HOLOCAUST, MAIMING AND KILLING THOUSANDS OF GENTLE, INTELLIGENT SENTIENT BEINGS, MUST BE STOPPED BEFORE IT EVER HAPPENS!
From: "DJ" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001
Whale researcher says Navy's new sonar can kill
By CHRISTOPHER DUNAGAN, The Sun of Bremerton, Wash.
BREMERTON, Wash. (March 8, 2001) http://www.nandotimes.com) - Oceans off the Bahamas seem lonelier this winter as whale researchers scan the water for the beaked whales they have been studying for years, a scientist says.
At least some of the whales were caught in a Navy exercise nearly a year ago, and now Ken Balcomb fears many whales were killed by sonar.
Balcomb, who divides his time between Washington state's San Juan Islands and the Bahamas, has spent years identifying beaked whales. Now, the only ones he sees are strangers - probably visitors from other areas.
Balcomb, of the Center for Whale Research, is normally a reserved and cautious scientist. Recently, he sent a strongly worded letter to the Navy warning that the proposed deployment of a new low-frequency sonar system could have devastating effects on whales throughout the world.
The Navy has acknowledged that sonar may have contributed to the deaths of seven whales in the Bahamas. The whales beached themselves last March 15 during an exercise involving five ships.
A natural phenomenon, called a "surface duct," may have transmitted greater volumes of sound to lower depths, according to a report.
The National Marine Fisheries Service suggested that the whales may have become disoriented by the sound and died due to beaching. Balcomb is calling for better analysis.
"Considering the observed damage to the whales that stranded and died and the short time period between stranding and death, the NMFS statement that the whales died from stranding is patently absurd," Balcomb said in his letter. "The whales that we observed swimming toward shore and stranding were only the temporary survivors of an acoustic holocaust that can be likened to fishing with dynamite."
Balcomb contends the Navy has not adequately considered how loud noise from sonar may resonate within air chambers located in the whales' skulls.
"The killing is largely due to resonance phenomena in the whales' cranial air spaces that are tearing apart delicate tissues around the brain and ears," Balcomb said in his letter.
"This is an entirely separate issue from auditory thresholds and traumas that the Navy has fixated upon."
Balcomb's letter uses mathematical equations to describe the relationship between the size of air spaces and the resulting resonance.
He also questions whether the Navy has proposed adequate precautions with its new low-frequency sonar, which he says can create resonance frequencies.
"The Navy has consistently tried to de-link the low-frequency active sonar with the normal sonar," he said. "If you really investigate resonance, you will see there is a common denominator."
Joe Johnson, who leads a team studying the environmental impacts of low-frequency sonar, said laboratory studies were done to measure resonance effects on rats, mice and guinea pigs.
It takes a fairly steady tone to create resonance, he said. Frequency change and sound levels used in the low-frequency sonar system are not great enough to cause injury in whales, although they may cause behavioral changes.
"Based on everything we've seen," he said, "this is not going to have an impact on the species." If in doubt, Johnson said, consider that the large whales - blue whales and humpback whales - generate the same volumes and frequencies as the Navy's low-frequency sonar.
Balcomb, a former Navy man himself, said he is disappointed that the Navy has not provided adequate answers to the Bahamas incident.
"We are not talking theory stuff here," Balcomb said in an interview. "The Navy can throw up all kinds of theoretical reasons why it didn't happen. But it happened. There has to be something wrong with the theory. I'm trying to get them to look at the resonance issue."
The Navy's new system, towed by a ship, uses a series of speakers to produce low-frequency sounds that can travel hundreds of miles. Reflected waves are used to locate other ships.
The system would not be deployed close to shore, the Navy says, and operational procedures reduce the chance of a whale being nearby during transmission.
IF YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS PROBLEM, HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO: CONTACT MARK PALMER BELOW TO ASK RECEIVING THE NECESSARY INFO TO GET INVOLVED IN PROTESTING THE PROPOSED PERMIT
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2001
From: Mark Palmer <email@example.com>
Subject: LFA: MMPA Permit in Federal Register Next Week?
STOP THE NAVY NOISE!
International Marine Mammal Project, Earth Island Institute
Dear LFA Activists:
We understand that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will likely be publishing their proposed permit for the Navy to "incidentally take" marine mammals during operation of the LFA Sonar system. The permit will be published in the Federal Register towards the end of next week, if all goes according to plan. A permit is required under the provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. There will be a 45-day comment period for the public. Natural Resources Defense Council is planning to provide background information and examples of comments for the public, so I expect to pass along that information on this list as soon as it is available. If, as expected, the NMFS permit is full of holes, we expect the permitting process to become part of the planned litigation.
-- Mark J. Palmer
Assistant Director International Marine Mammal
Project Director Wildlife Alive Earth Island Institute
300 Broadway, Suite 28
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 788-3666 x139 (415) 788-7324 (fax)
AND HERE IS WHAT CHERYL MAGILL HAD TO SAY ABOUT ALL OF THE ABOVE
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001
From: Cheryl Magill <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Fwd: Whale researcher says Navy's new sonar can kill
We always welcome your distribution of information and appreciate the fact that you have so many caring and well informed readers. Thank you for choosing to distribute the information regarding the article about Ken Balcomb's statement in his letter to Joe Johnson. As you know, Dr. Balcomb wrote that letter in response to the publication of the Final EIS for the SURTASS LFA Sonar system.
I have a copy of the FEIS, and it thicker than two Metropolitan Area phone books. It is comprised primarily of the submitted comments of those criticizing the deployment of this system. It is mostly a documented protest. These submissions are reduced to about 25% of their original image size. Petitions are reduced in size too, and the entire presentation is a scrunched-up version of the massive response generated in opposition to the deployment of this potentially devastating technology.
But that won't necessarily stop the US Navy & government officials who may choose to disregard public opinion.
The release of the information about the MMPA Permit is expected to be published in the Federal Register any day now. I would hope that upon its release you could publish at least a portion of that information.
To see a copy of Dr. Balcomb's letter to Joe Johnson and to read in detail his description of what happens to a marine mammal which is experiencing these sonar pressure waves, please go to these URLs:
The greater question also is the one which Dr. Balcomb raises about the disappearance of the Cuvier's Beaked Whales in the Bahamas. What about other stranding situations? What was the health of the remaining population after sonar damage had caused animals to strand along the shore?
So far as we know, more energy and effort has been spent to deny responsibility and to deny that harm was done. To date, we remain unaware of any effort made on the part of the Navy to study the health of remaining populations in areas where sonar damage is thought to have occurred.
Cheryl A. Magill
Stop LFAS Worldwide!
IF YOU WANT TO GET INVOLVED OR OFFER YOUR ASSISTANCE, I'M SURE CHERYL WILL BE MOST HAPPY TO HELP YOU.
IN CASE YOU ARE NOT AWARE YET OF THE OTHER EARTH DAY CELEBRATION (ON THE MARCH EQUINOX) AND EARTH TRUSTEE VISION AS INITIATED BY JOHN MCCONNELL IN 1970
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001
Subject: Earth Day Equinox Celebration on March 20, 2001 - a moment to simultaneously join in silent prayer or reflection
The Peace Bell is to be rung at 8:31 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20 -- the moment Spring begins -- followed by two minutes for silent prayer. This provides an occasion where people around the world can join in simultaneous heartfelt prayer -- deepening their commitment to think and act as responsible trustees of Earth.
Earth Day provides an opportunity to bring people together in a great common effort for peace, justice and the care of Earth.
Earth Day Founder
1933 Woodbine Street
Ridgewood, NY 11385
Earth Day Records
The first Earth Day, proclaimed by the City of San Francisco and celebrated on March 21, 1970 was created by John McConnell. What led him to the idea was his interest in Space exploration and awareness of the March Equinox, nature's primary day of global equilibrium.
This special moment of nature's equipoise provides a sound basis for members of the human family to simultaneously join -- each in their own way -- in silent prayer or reflection : a time for dedication and commitment to the care of our planet, a time for thanksgiving and celebration. Earth Day is on the first day of Spring -- nature's symbol of renewal and new life.
Observed each year at the United Nations and to some extent around the world, nature's Earth Day celebration of life has been a dynamic force for resolution of conflicts and peaceful progress -- for harmony with neighbor and nature by people acting as responsible trustees of Earth.
A global understanding about Earth Day -- its history, meaning, purpose and Earth Trustee vision -- will encourage peaceful progress.
We will then acknowledge and accommodate our differences more freely because nature's day will bring us together on what we agree is most important -- the nurture of people and planet.
These new connections with one another will bring united support for common global goals, one unanimous holiday and new hope for the future.
Here is a chance to unite the world in a common cause that will benefit all.
The first Earth Day in the New Millennium will be on March 20. Spread the word that you will observe this important Earth Day -- and Nature will Sing!
Back in 1957 John McConnell was Co-Publisher of the Toe Valley View, a small North Carolina newspaper. He wrote an editorial right after the first Sputnik Satellite urging a bright visible "Star of Hope" satellite that would be a symbol of peace and goodwill. This brought global publicity for a new world view (though the Satellite was never launched) and headed McConnell toward Earth Day.
Margaret Mead -- Earth Day 1977
"Earth Day is the first completely international and universal holiday that the world has ever known. Every other holiday was tied to one place, or some political or special event. This Day is tied to Earth itself, and to the place of Earth in the whole solar system.
At this moment, when I climb the steps and ring the Peace Bell, it will be the Equinox in every part of the world, and we can all celebrate it at once on behalf of every part of the world."
PURPOSE OF MARCH 20, 2001 EARTH DAY
By John McConnell -- 2-17-01
85 year old founder of Earth Day
>From its beginning the purpose of the authentic Earth Day was to provide an annual date on which the whole world (people of every creed and culture) would rededicate themselves to the care of Earth. The March Equinox (nature's special day of equilibrium) provided an appropriate time to celebrate the wonder of life on our planet. This could be a special day for the human family to focus on a common cause that would appeal to all -- stewardship of Earth.
The more we think and act as Earth Trustees, the more we will see and do the things that will eliminate pollution, poverty, injustice and conflict -- violence, war.
We appeal to those in positions of power to now provide a moral equivalent of war: Provide an Earth Trustee Media Blitz to save civilization. Feature and headline actions that benefit people and planet -- that promote peace, justice and the care of Earth. Aided by wise use of our new technology we can then make the world a happy home for all.
Given suitable attention, Earth Day on March 20, 2001 could be a great new beginning for people and planet -- an Earth Trustee Millennium with new health and prosperity for the human family and the amazing web of life that covers our globe.
THE FOLLOWING TAKES PLACE TOMORROW!
From: "Nancy Crom" <email@example.com>
Subject: Fw: PVF2001 March 20th World Day "Global Media Release"
Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2001
On March 20th a New Spirit of Humanity will circle the Planet!
March 20th will mark the first World Day of Planetary Consciousness as Sunrise Celebrations take place planet-wide, beginning with a Maori welcome in New Zealand and ending with a Polynesian performance in Samoa. This first spring day of the New Millennium will culminate in a gala event in Hungary featuring messages and participation from Honorary Members of the Club of Budapest including: The Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Arthur C. Clarke, Peter Ustinov, Ervin Laszlo, Jane Goodall, Peter Russell, Edgar Mitchell, Robert Muller, Peter Gabriel and Betty Williams.
On this World Day people from many cultures and nations will unite under the banner of the Planetary Vision Festival 2001 to celebrate the spirit of humanitys new consciousness that is dawning with this new era, including in: Auckland, Nelson, Brisbane, Fukuoka, Beijing, Khatmandu, Delhi, Auroville, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Jerusalem, Delphi, Budapest, Guardea, Vienna, Lucerne, Paris, Brighton, Sao Paolo, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Toronto, Kansas City, Monterrey, Vancouver, San Francisco and Apia.
Planetary consciousness is the recognition of the vital interdependence and essential interconnection of all humankind and the earth. It is a new consciousness that can help us create a shared vision of "a united humanity living in harmony with nature", at this crucial time in our history.
In the words of Sir Arthur C. Clarke; At the dawn of the new Millennium, we have an opportunity to make a better world. If we act with responsibility and compassion we can change the way we relate to each other and to the planet. I much appreciate the efforts of the Planetary Vision Festival to focus attention on the unity of humankind and the need for us to evolve a planetary consciousness.
Planetary Vision Festival 2001 is the first in an annual series of events and programs celebrating our new planetary consciousness and its related ethics and actions. The Festival will unite people planet-wide in awareness of the great opportunities present at this special time to shape a sustainable and peaceful future for all, and help inspire humanity to new ethics, new actions and new heights!
The Festival was launched on World Day One (January 1, 2001), the official first day of the 21st Century and the Third Millennium. Groups in 26 countries joined together on this World Day to participate in two new global initiatives: The First Global Singalong, a singalong of universal songs, and First Steps - A Walk for the Future, a local/global walk for our common future. Further Planetary Vision Festival world programs this year are the first World Month of Planetary Understanding (March 21st to April 21st) and the first World Day of Planetary Ethics (September 22nd).
For further details visit the PVF2001 website and contact:
David Woolfson, Director Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 1-905-881-0735 Fax: 1-905-881-8731
I ALSO RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING ON THIS SAME EVENT TOMORROW:
From: "Mark Graffis" <email@example.com>
Subject: World Day of Planetary Consciousness
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001
From: Nickolai Parker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
World Day of Planetary Consciousness Tuesday, March 20th, 5:45 AM for New York City Sunrise Event across from the UNITED NATIONS - 1st Ave at 43rd St
Be a Part of the New Spirit of Humanity to circle the Planet!
Sunrise Celebrations from New Zealand (First Light) to Samoa (Last Light) will mark the first World Day of Planetary Consciousness on March 20. Join the New York City event at 5:45 AM across the street from the United Nations at the steps on 1st Ave at 43rd St.
The gathering will begin with a Native American blessing. The highlight for the New York City event will be The World Peace Flag Ceremony. As the flags of all the UN member states are held, we will connect with the people and places in that nation to send our love, thoughts and prayers. The Earth Flag will be used to honor the planet and all those not specifically represented by the other flags. If you have a special, positive focus for a particular nation, please include it with the RSVP form.
This one-hour event is designed to recognize the oneness and interdependence of all humanity with the Earth. It will be held outside, so dress warmly. Breakfast will follow the event. For those who cannot attend, please send your messages and prayers or join with the other activities to mark this first day of spring.
You are also invited to the 31st Earth Day on the Vernal Equinox with the ringing of the Peace Bell at the United Nations at 8 AM. This is organised annually by the Earth Society Foundation. The Club of Rome is sponsoring a round table discussion on environmental issues at the Church Center from 11 AM -6 PM.
IN RESPONSE TO THE MASS SLAUGHTER AND WASTEFUL BURNING OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF FARM ANIMALS WORLDWIDE IN A VAIN ATTEMPT TO ERADICATE THE FOOT & MOUTH DISEASE, OUR FRIEND AND ERN SUBSCRIBER TREVOR OSBORNE FROM AUSTRALIA HAS THIS MOST REASONABLE APPROACH TO PROPOSE. I ALSO HEARD A WORLD EXPERT ON THIS DISEASE ON THE RADIO THIS MORNING AND HE SAID IT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR CENTURIES AND THAT IT NORMALLY KILLED ONLY 5% OF FARM ANIMALS (BEFORE LARGE-SCALE INDUSTRIAL FARMING EXISTED) AND THAT ALL OTHER ANIMALS WITH STRONGER IMMUNE SYSTEMS NATURALLY HEALED FROM IT. KILLING OVER 0NE MILLION ANIMALS AS IS NOW BEING DONE, IN SOMETIMES TERRIBLE CONDITIONS FOR THEM, MAY THEREFORE NOT BE THE BEST SOLUTION TO RESOLVING THIS CRISIS DUE LARGELY TO UNNATURAL FARMING METHODS AND, AS EXPLAINED BELOW, TO THE WEAKENING OF ANIMALS THROUGH THE CONTINUED DEPRIVATION OF VITAL TRACE MINERAL ELEMENTS IN THE FOOD NOW GROWN AND GIVEN TO THEM - AND US ALL!! - IN MINERAL-DEPLETED AND THUS UNBALANCED SOILS.
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001
From: Trevor <email@example.com>
Subject: Another Approach to Foot & Mouth Disease
I thought you might like a copy of an email I sent to all Australian federal politicians and dozens of Australian and NZ media outlets regarding the another approach to the Foot & Mouth situation. You are at liberty to use it if you so wish.
My name is Trevor Osborne.
I was trained as an agricultural scientist and farm advisor in the UK in the early 1950's. This was the time when the chemical farming era just began. We were taught age old methods that worked with nature, not against it as we now do. Pests and diseases were controlled naturally by what was known as good husbandry... both crop husbandry and animal husbandry. The premise was, if your soils are healthy, then your crops will be healthy. If your crops are healthy then your animals will be healthy (see below). Healthy crops and animals have natural resistance to all disease. If it were not the case those species would have died out aeons ago. Nature does not rely on drugs and mass slaughter to control diseases, it relies on the species natural immunity and they survive because that's the way nature works... when you let it! It seems we have chosen to ignore the lessons we learned over many centuries. How long is it going to take for humanity to wake up to this fact? What we need to do is learn and practice "health creation" not "disease eradication" both in agriculture and in human health. Then, and only then will be start to reverse the disastrous situation we find ourselves in both sectors.
This brings me to the current Foot & Mouth Disease (FMD) situation. FMD is not a fatal disease under normal classification methods. It is akin to flu in humans... yes, people can die from it but usually only the weak, elderly and undernourished. In other words those people whose immune systems are low. Simplistically, the same applies to FMD... those animals with very weak immune systems may die. Those with weak immune systems will suffer the symptoms and then recover. Those with strong immune systems will not even exhibit the symptoms (see attached article).
This being the case the obvious LONG TERM answer to the problem is, build the immune system of the animals. And this is done by practising good husbandry. This doesn't mean we have to go back 50 or 100 years. No, it is about using what we know of the old, and combining it with the new. For example, it is well know in some circles that most agricultural soils have been depleted of certain minerals and humus... both of which are necessary for healthy and nutritious crops. There is a quick and economic answer to this. It involves applying mineral-rich volcanic rock dust and organic carbon to the soils. Two companies I know of in Australia are involved in this, there are probably more in other counties:
1. International Mineral Consultants Pty Ltd: www.minplus.com.au/
2. Sustainable Agriculture & Food Enterprises Pty. Ltd. www.mineralfertiliser.com.au/
To supplement my above statements I have attached a document written by Sir Albert Howard (Hon Fellow of Imperial College of Science) in 1945 entitled, DISEASE AND HEALTHY LIVESTOCK. It can be found at the following website: http://www.whatareweswallowing.com/ . I am also including a copy taken from Hansard (Australian Parliament records) and one from the US Congress both of which allude to the importance of soils to animal & human health. If you require more evidence regarding the above please ask.
I hope this brief overview may provide you with an inkling of where we are collectively heading and what needs to be done to change to a win-win-win direction.
Trevor Osborne, NDA
Note from Jean: Here is the entire relevant excerpt from the Australian Parliament record sent by Trevor:
House Hansard -- 26-03-1998 -- Page 1762
STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS
Mr EOIN CAMERON (Stirling)(9.50 a.m.)
A serious situation has been brought to my attention that should be of concern to all of us: a situation that affects every man, woman and. child in this country, irrespective of age. I refer to the mineral degradation of the soils from which our food is derived. A United States Senate report in 1936 said that the alarming fact is that the foods (fruits, vegetables and grains) now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough of certain minerals are starving us, no matter how much of them we eat.' From preliminary investigations, it has become evident that our soils are equally as deficient in trace minerals as the soils in the United States are - if not more so - not only from the plants point of view, but also from the human body's point of view.
There is little, if any, consideration given to the mineral content of our foods. The only consideration to date has been to maximising the yields of any given crop. So, if the crop requires more trace minerals to grow well, it is given them; but if we humans require trace minerals to be healthy but the plant does not need them our requirements are totally ignored. What is more, it is not commonly realised that vitamins control the body's use of minerals and that, in the absence of minerals, vitamins have no function to perform at all. Lacking vitamins, the system can make some use of minerals; but, lacking minerals, vitamins are completely useless. This is vital to the health of our nation. Without the proper mineral balance in our bodies, we cannot function properly and we start degenerating in a progressively downward spiral - slowly at first, but then faster and faster until the degeneration gets to a point where we, as individuals, can no longer ignore the devastating symptoms that, more often than not, end up killing us. That is the way it happens to most of us. And the sad part is that we think it is natural, just a part of getting old. It is not natural and it is not part of getting old.
Back in 1936, the warning was loud and clear that, if we do not get all the minerals we need to stay healthy, we will get sick, suffer and have shorter lives. Dr Linus Pauling, twice a Nobel prize winner, stated that you can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to mineral deficiency. What we have been doing for the past 50 years or so is taking 60 minerals [start page 1763] out of the soil and only replacing three: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. If you ran your bank account like that, with $60 out and $3 in, what would happen? You would end up bankrupt.
Although this is a very serious and complex situation, there are some simple, commonsense answers. For example, some very positive research has been conducted over several years in North Queensland and elsewhere, where the adding of mineral rock dust containing up to 70 mineral elements to various soils not only increased the tonnage of the crops there but also reduced the acidity of the soil, while replenishing the depleted minerals at the same time. According to our preliminary research, this Queensland quarry has an estimated reserve of around 20 million tonnes, while another 23 reserves have already been identified. There is simple evidence to support what I am saying, for all of those who would like to check it out.
From: "Sharie Ramsey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: THIS CRACKED ME UP!
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001
For all of us thinking of living or travelling in Europe......
It looks like the Brits have been buzy!
The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU rather than German which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5 year phase-in plan that would be known as "Euro-English".
In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of the"k". This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan have 1 less letter.
There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like "fotograf" 20% shorter.
In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be ekspekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent "e"s in the language is disgraseful, and they should go away.
By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v". During ze fifz year, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.
After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi to understand ech ozer. Ze drem vil finali kum tru! And zen ve vil tak over ze world!