February 2, 2001

Uncovering the Truth: Mad Cow Disease - The Cover-up + Barr introduces bill to repeal US Gov sanctioned assassination ban ("the Iran-Contra team is coming back to power with a vengeance") + No Human Cloning CORRUPTION IN THE POWER CRUNCH + US Navy Trying to Hide its Controversial and Lethal LFAS Underwater Experiments + Food Irradiation - The Global Agenda + YEAR OF THE SNAKE OIL SALESMAN + Become a Lake

Hello everyone

If you can make it through to the end of this compilation, you'll probably have problems like me to deal with the enormity of it all.

Time to remain focussed in the Light, shower Love and remember that God, Love and Peace always prevail...

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001
From: Sue <spotter@yournet.com>
Subject: Mad Cow Disease - The Cover-up

Hi Jean,

I think the mad cow disease is more prevalent than is being advertised. There is a fellow in Florida where I lived who got it, and a couple of weeks after the diagnosis, the doctor decided to call it something else and cover it all up. But the wife knows.... And so do we. I think the doctors are directed to cover it all up. And it seems a lot of cases of Alzheimers could actually be mad cow disease. If they call it Alzheimers, it won't cause panic and law suits.



Mad Cow Disease
by Steve Jacobson

BSE (Mad Cow disease) is a full-blown crisis in Germany. They had found about 10 sick cows by the time I left there last Saturday. Every day the news covers every aspect of the situation, from the plight of the farmers perhaps having to bear the cost of testing each animal, to the sausage packing houses closing, to McDonalds offering 30% off everything to keep people coming in, to the firing of two government officials who were responsible for allowing it to happen there, impact on slaughterhouses, how many people are ill in England and elsewhere, and the research to find how BSE becomes CJD, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. It is publicly discussed by many forums, all aspects of this crisis.

Shortly before coming home from Germany last Saturday, Terri informed me that there was found a sick herd of cows in Wisconsin, and that there was also found a sick herd of "managed" elk (game farm animals fed the mad cow feed) that had to be destroyed. I came home expecting to find news reports and heard the most fearful sound of all, SILENCE.

There must be a news blackout, because there is nothing to find in TV, radio, internet, or the papers I've seen. I remember hearing of a farmer that found Mad Cow in one of his animals in way up north Minnesota, and that he was going to sue for being sensationalized in the news. This was last September or October on National Public Radio or Minnesota Public Radio. Now I can't find mention of this news clip on their website either.

This should be front page, leading story, special expose material here. It is big enough that Red Cross is denying blood donations from visitors to England and other countries. See the attached clipping that KSTP forwarded by request but didn't have otherwise available on their website. Notice how they say that no BSE has been found in the USA.

You should stop eating all beef and dairy immediately, unless you can be assured that the animals were never given feed that contained ground up dead cows in it (a common practice that is the biggest cause of BSE spreading). To kill this bacteria (or is it a virus?) it has to be heated to 275 degrees F at 2 atmospheres, for 18 minutes. That takes a pressure cooker. They are not cooking the dead cows they grind up into the cow feed anywhere near this high, and thus the spread of the disease. Your McDonalds burger isn't cooked anywhere near that hot either, neither is cheese or milk or any other dairy/cow food product.

Just because they haven't proven the link from BSE to CJD doesn't mean there isn't one. Just because it isn't in the news doesn't mean we don't have to worry here. Be afraid, be very afraid that the news is censored in favor of big business, even if it means a possible epidemic of CJD. You can bet McDonalds doesn't want to offer 30% off everything here, nor any of the "American Beef/Cattle Growers Associations" wish to see a drop in sales.

The silence of this crisis is an indication that something is terribly wrong here in the USA. Germany had their heads up their behinds thinking it couldn't happen there. Now they are scrambling. It's time to cover your own behinds and do due diligence. Do research to prove me wrong, or find why the news is so silent, the extent of the outbreak, anything. Just be aware, educate yourself if information is available, and share it with those you care about.

It is easier to prevent Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease by not eating cow or elk, than to watch a loved one slowly die from it because there isn't a cure yet. I don't know if other bovines like goat or sheep are immune from it, they were mentioned in the German news but I couldn't follow the language well enough to know if they were getting sick too, but showed a farmer feeding sheep from bagged feed, the source of the spread of the disease there.

I hope I'm terribly off-base and that BSE isn't in this country. I hope no one I know gets ill because the news isn't informing the public of the potential. Please share with me and others this and any news you find in your own research and share it with others.

We'll all end up dead some day, but let it be by natural means, not for profit protection.

To your health,
Steve Jacobson


From: <Feedback@hbi.com>
Subject: RE: Mad Cow Disease
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2001


Thanks for watching Eyewitness News. Below is the Associated Press article on this week's story on mad cow disease.

Casper Hill
Web Producer

FDA panel recommends banning blood from some former Europe residents

AP Medical Writer

As a precaution against mad cow disease, anyone who lived or traveled in France, Portugal or Ireland for a total of 10 years since 1980 should be banned from donating blood in the United States, government advisers recommended Thursday.

People can catch the human version of mad cow disease by eating infected beef, but there's no proof they can then spread the illness through blood. Still, advisers to the Food and Drug Administration called the new blood-donor ban a prudent step as Europe's crisis over the disease continues to spread.

The FDA already bans anyone who spent at least six months in Britain between 1980 and 1996 from donating blood. That's because Britain is the epicenter of the mad cow scare: Tens of thousands of British cattle were infected with the brain- destroying illness in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and 91 Britons so far have been diagnosed with a human version caught from infected beef.

The question now is whether the FDA will accept the panel's advice, something it isn't required to do but usually does.

Nor does anyone know just how many Americans would be barred from donating blood if the new ban is accepted, although some estimates suggest the move would affect fewer than 1 percent of blood donors.


[ If the doctors blame it on Alzheimer's, there will be less panic and less lawsuits. So there is incentive to cover the whole thing up. It is more common than people know - even in America... ]

From: "The Noah Project" <noahproject1@earthlink.net>
Subject: Fw: Konformist: Barr introduces bill to repeal US Gov sanctioned assassination ban
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001

From: mruppert@copvcia.com (Mike Ruppert)


Armitage The Executioner

FTW 1/24/01 - HR 19, Introduced by Republican Georgia Congressman Bob Barr on January 3, 2001, the first day of the new 107th Congress, would legislatively repeal sections of three Executive Orders specifically prohibiting assassinations by the United States Government. Entitled the "Terrorist Elimination Act of 2001", the bill, submitted to the House International Relations Committee, would specifically nullify sections of three previous Executive Orders including one initiated by Ronald Reagan in 1981. It is interesting to note that acts of Congress are not required to nullify previous Executive Orders (EOs) which are, by definition, orders issued by the President and Commander in Chief to all federal employees (including military) under his authority. All that is necessary to reverse one EO is another EO. This is exactly what President George W. Bush did with respect to EOs issued by President Clinton on the environment in the last days of his administration.

Section 3 of HR 19 specifically states: "The following provisions of Executive orders shall have no further force or effect:

(1) Section 5(g) of Executive Order 11905.
(2) Section 2-305 of Executive Order 12306.
(3) Section 2.11 of Executive Order 12333." [By Ronald Reagan]
Section 5 (g) of Executive Order 11905, signed by Gerald Ford on 2/18/76 specifically prohibited "political" assassination.
Section 2-305 of Executive Order 12036, signed 1/24/78 by Jimmy Carter renewed the ban.
Section 2.11 of Executive Order 12333, signed by Ronald Reagan on 12/4/81 renewed the ban on assassinations, or conspiracy to commit assassinations, as part of a broader package which gave virtually complete control of the American National Security apparatus to then Vice President George H.W. Bush.

The full text of HR 19 may be viewed at http://thomas.loc.gov. Enter a search in the 107th Congress for 19 and it will take you straight to the bill.

The bold move, unreported and ignored by any major media, offers a chance for an early referendum on the new administration's full-speed run at a more violent and brutish foreign policy.

The current bill, introduced by staunch Bush supporter and Clinton impeachment leader Barr, indicates that the Bush administration is seeking to add legitimacy to the move by implying that Congress and the American people support the action. This can only mean that there is quite likely a list of people the Bush Administration wants to start killing fairly quickly. The appointment of career covert operative and Annapolis graduate Richard Armitage as Deputy Secretary of State under Colin Powell only underscores the clear message that the Bush Administration is sending to the world.

Armitage, who was denied a 1989 appointment as Assistant Secretary of State because of links to Iran-Contra and other scandals, served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Reagan years. U.S. Government stipulations in the Oliver North trial specifically named Armitage as one of the DoD officials responsible for illegal transfers of weapons to Iran and the Contras. But Armitage's dirty past goes much deeper. A Vietnam veteran and graduate of Annapolis, Armitage's roots have been thoroughly intertwined with the likes of CIA veteran Ted Shackley, Richard Secord, Heine Aderholt, Elliot Abrams, Dewey Clarridge, Edwin Wilson and Tom Clines. All of these men have been directly linked to CIA covert operations, the drug trade, the abandonment of U.S. prisoners of War after Vietnam and/or Iran-Contra. Armitage has also been routinely discussed in FTW as a Bush-era covert functionary who has been linked to covert operations, drug smuggling and the expansion of organized crime operations in Russia, Central Asia and the Far East.

In 1986 a private dispute between POW activist Ross Perot and Armitage went public as photos of Armitage with a topless Vietnamese nightclub owner Nguyen O'Rourke brought allegations of gambling and prostitution very close to Armitage's doorstep. The stories went public when TIME and "The Boston Globe" wrote lengthy stories on the feud in 1986 and 1987. That scandal arose as a result of 1984 investigations by President Reagan's Commission on Organized Crime in which the photo and documentation of gambling charges and prostitution led directly to Armitage's close association with O'Rourke. Then LAPD Assistant Chief Jesse Brewer, a former Commanding Officer of this writer, served on the Reagan Commission.

The 1992 best-seller "Kiss The Boys Goodbye" by former "60 MINUTES" producer Monika Jensen-Stevenson details Armitage's role as Reagan point man on Vietnam POW-MIA issues and describes why Armitage has earned the enmity of many POW activists. However, in a 1995 interview with "The Washington Post", Colin Powell referred to Armitage as his "white son." This, notwithstanding the fact that the 6 foot, balding, power-lifter, now 56, can still bench press 300 or more pounds and reportedly "enjoys killing." William Tyree, Special Forces Veteran who has provided much reliable information and documentation to FTW in the past said, "Armitage used to 'sit ambush' on the trails in Laos and Cambodia. He liked it. Now when Powell, 'the dove,' sits down at a table with Armitage 'the killer' beside him the message will be that Armitage can reach across the table and deal with the other party on the spot." That message will not go unheard. [For more on Armitage we recommend using the search engine at http://www.copvcia.com and also at The Progressive Review, http://www.prorev.com.] There is reason to believe that a repeal of the assassination ban would lead to an immediate series of deaths. Remember, the Iran-Contra team is coming back to power with a vengeance.

The completion of a February 11, 1982 memorandum between Reagan Attorney General William French Smith and CIA Director Bill Casey removed any requirement for CIA to report drug trafficking by its agents, contractors and proprietary employees. Immediately thereafter cocaine consumption into the United States multiplied as imports rose from approximately 80 tons in 1982 to 600 tons by 1989.

[A copy of that memorandum, published by the CIA in 1998, is available in FTW's Extracts and Commentary on Volume II of the CIA Inspector General's Report" originally published on 10/8/98.]

There are no choices and this is no longer a convenient exercise of protected liberty. This is now a true struggle against tyranny. Call your Congressman. Call your local media. Call your neighbor. A loud enough uproar can stop this criminal move in its tracks. Silence can only invite bloodshed.

Special thanks to Mike Whybark and Jim Galasyn of Independent Media Centers for bringing this travesty to my attention. Please visit their site at http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=19541.

Michael C. Ruppert Publisher/Editor "From The Wilderness" http://www.copvcia.com (c) Copyright 2001, From The Wilderness Publications and Michael C. Ruppert. P.O. Box 60-350, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413.

This message may be copied and reproduced in any "not-for-profit" mode so long as proper sourcing appears."


From: teel@adax.com
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001
Subject: No Human Cloning


January 30, 2001


The recent announcement that a private consortium of scientists intends to begin cloning human beings is a very serious development. (See URLs below.)

These scientists have the skills and resources to create human clones. They are operating outside any structures of public or scientific accountability. In a growing number of countries, their efforts to clone human children would be felonies punishable by imprisonment.

Human cloning is a crime against human dignity and humanity. It is a step toward the commodification and brutalization of human life. We must not allow ourselves to be pushed any further down this road. If we can't stop human beings from being cloned, try to imagine what we won't be able to stop next.

The Exploratory Initiative on the New Human Genetic Technologies is in discussion with other organizations about what needs to be done, and will report on this soon.

In the meantime, here is what people can do:

1. On Saturday and Sunday February 24-25 a major conference on "Globalization and Technology" will be held in New York City. (See the URL below.) The Saturday night plenary, and sessions on Sunday, will focus on genetic engineering, including human genetic engineering. There will be a special session on Sunday on the situation regarding human cloning and what needs to be done. We encourage everyone who can do so to attend these sessions. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND PLEASE LET US KNOW by reply to this email, so that we can facilitate arrangements.

2. On Monday Feb. 26, from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, there will be a special strategy meeting on human cloning and the challenge of the new human genetic technologies, also in New York City. IF YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE THERE PLEASE LET US KNOW by reply to this email.

We will be holding similar meetings concerning human cloning in Northern California and elsewhere in the near future. Information about these meetings will be shared in subsequent Bulletins.

The Exploratory Initiative is producing materials for people who want to work to stop human cloning. Copies will be available at the meetings noted above, and information on how to obtain copies will be given in future Bulletins. We are setting up a web page and other support activity as well.

We believe that humanity's technological abilities are a great gift and a great responsibility. We must take action now to prevent their dangerous misuse and ensure their wise use in the decades and centuries to come. Our common humanity is at stake.


Washington Post:

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Daily Telegraph:

CITY: http://www.ifg.org.


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Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001
From: BILL D <tanchu@webworkz.com>


There's more to the California electric snafu that investors don`t realize....

Could this be the cause of the questionable demise of DEPT OF COMMERCE

In December 1999, an Indonesian court ruled that the
entire $2.6 billion Edison Paiton power plant contract
was illegal. The Indonesian Courts ruled, based on the
documented evidence presented here, that the
multi-billion-dollar electric deal with Edison was
corrupt from the beginning. The state Indonesian Power
Company PLN estimated that it had lost over $18
billion in total from Suharto corruption inside U.S.
government-sponsored power plant contracts.
If Californians are going to be stockholders in Edison
International, perhaps they should know why the
company is short several hundred million dollars. An
Indonesian government audit recently revealed that the
Edison Paiton power plant had accumulated unexplained
losses of over $280 million

Bill Derau


Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001
From: Cheryl Magill <shootdaguy@yahoo.com>
Subject: Inviting Your Readers to Participate in the LFA Sonar discoveries

Hello, Jean!

I am just now bringing this information to people and I thought that you might like to share it with your readers who have continued to show an interest in preventing acoustic damage being done to marine life.

I will paste here an invitation which I have also posted on the Internet at these two locations:



I am just now bringing this information forth.

Thanks. Cheryl A. Magill

Today, on January 31, 2001, you are invited to read several documents.

1. You are invited to read Mr. Lanny Sinkin's report titled, "LOW FREQUENCY ACTIVE SONAR RESEARCH: The Tyack Permit"

This report is being hosted at the following Internet locations:



http://www.angelfire.com/ca/fishattorney/LFAS/tyackpermit.html BR>BR>Attorney Lanny Sinkin identifies a process by which agendas for LFA acoustic testing were likely pushed through even while court litigation remained unresolved. In the report, Mr. Sinkin illustrates concerns that the five-year acoustic research project may have been facilitated through a private surrogate research group so as to effectively insulate government agencies against then on-going litigation. Last year, Mr. Sinkin was representing eleven plaintiffs in federal court at the time when this five-year acoustic testing permit was being processed.

The Stop LFAS Worldwide Network continues to applaud Mr. Sinkin's efforts. We have a majority of members who agree with his assertions, and a consensus, which continues to encourage similar on-going discoveries.

2. Additionally, you are further invited to read the responses prepared by six environmental groups in response to a request for a letter of authorization regarding Shock Tests proposed to be done on the Winston S. Churchill. These responses were prepared only a few days ago and appear at this URL:


"Comments on the Proposed Rule for the U.S. Navy's Letter of Authorization to take a small number of marine mammals incidental to shock testing of the USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81):"

Comments offered in the responses to this proposed rule all discuss Level A Harassment Criterion as relate to serious injury and temporary threshold shift. The self-described responsibilities of NMFS/NOAA Fisheries come under examination in exploring the agency's responsibilities for "consulting" versus "cooperation." The need is sited for less arbitrary or less "capricious" interpretations of acoustic impacts.

3. Furthermore, you are invited to use a copy of the Federal Register notice regarding NPAL/ATOC in order to prepare your response to:

"Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Operation of a Low Frequency Sound Source by the North Pacific Acoustic Laboratory"


Comments on the application and the proposed regulations are due to be mailed by February 5th, 2001.

4. Also, because the Final Environmental Impact Statement for SURTASS LFA Sonar is rumored as "soon to be released," you are invited to stop at the following web locations and to look for more updated information regarding same once we have received notice of final publication.

http://listen.to/lfas viewpoints


Please know that the information referenced herein may be revised or changed at any time.

Thank you for considering these invitations.

Best regards,

Cheryl A. Magill Coordinator Stop LFAS Worldwide Network cheryl@manyrooms.net

Please make this information available to others. Your efforts in doing so are much appreciated.


NOTE FROM JEAN: For those of you who are not familiar with this issue, here is a brief overview outlining how this lethal technology came to exist and for what alleged purpose and what is its current status. This comes from a document prepared by Lanny Sinkin and entitled "The Tyack Permit".


In the early 1980s, the U.S. Navy identified as a special threat the new, quieter generation of submarines being built by the Soviet Union. The undersea passive sonar systems deployed throughout the world by the U.S. Navy supposedly would not be able to detect these new submarines.

The Navy conducted a review of available technology and selected the alternative of low frequency active sonar as the best response. The Navy made this decision without preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the potential damage this technology could cause to the ocean environment and ocean life.

The Navy proceeded to design, engineer, fabricate, and test this system in remote areas of the world. The Navy took the position that these tests did not need permits under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) or the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Navy's internal documents reveal that the Navy was well aware that the low frequency sounds might be harmful to cetaceans. The entire development and testing process took place in secret.

In 1995, the Natural Resources Defense Council discovered the program and wrote the Navy a letter citing numerous laws being violated by the development and testing program.

In 1996, the Navy agreed to prepare an EIS for the system, known as SURTASS LFA. As part of preparing the EIS, the Navy also agreed to perform a Scientific Research Program (SRP) for low frequency active sonar (LFAS). Dr. Peter Tyack of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution participated as a member of the SRP team.

In the three phases of the SRP, the research revealed that whales diverted from their normal migration routes to avoid the sound, that whales ceased singing in response to broadcasts of the sonar, and that whale songs changed after broadcasts. The testing took place at broadcast levels thousands of times less than the levels to be used by the Navy during routine operation of the system.

In 1998, the SRP conducted research off Hawai`i under a permit from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). These tests resulted in numerous reports from whale watch captains and shore observers that the Humpback Whales fled from the test area. A snorkeler exposed to a broadcast emerged from the water with symptoms a doctor compared to a trauma patient in a hospital. A separated Humpback Whale calf and a separated dolphin calf appeared during the testing. A separated melon head whale calf appeared shortly after the testing.

Based on this evidence and other reports of adverse effects, various groups and individuals filed lawsuits against the Navy, the National Marine Fisheries Service (now NOAA Fisheries), and other federal agencies.

The Navy terminated the tests and convinced the judges to dismiss the cases remaining as moot because the research was complete and the Navy did not intend any further testing.

In March 2000, the Navy's research manager of the LFA program sent an email detailing plans to conduct further tests off the Azores, Dominica, and possibly Hawai`i. An NMFS staff member referred to this research as Phase IV of the SRP. The Hawai`i County Green Party moved to reopen the suit it filed in 1998.

In response, the Navy filed an affidavit from the program manager saying that no such research was going to be funded or conducted.

In May 2000, Dr. Peter Tyack filed an application with NMFS to conduct low frequency active sonar testing on whales in the Azores to begin in July.

Neither the application nor the Federal Register Notice of the application prepared by NMFS referred to the testing as including low frequency active sonars.

In August 2000, NMFS granted Dr. Tyack a five-year permit to conduct such research. The permit allowed harmful impact on the whales far in excess of anything permitted in the 1998 tests.

To summarize:

-- the Navy conducted secret tests of a technology known to be potentially harmful to cetaceans without obeying the applicable environmental laws;

-- after the existence of the technology and the testing program came to public attention, the Navy conducted a minimal research program examining only a few of the potential effects on a very limited number of ocean species;

-- when adverse effects became public and led to litigation, public controversy, congressional calls to suspend the program, and other undesirable impacts, the Navy backed out of directly funding further research;

-- the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution permitted Dr. Peter Tyack to provide an alternative to the Navy research;

-- the National Marine Fisheries Service cooperated with Dr. Tyack to disguise the nature of the research and to permit the research to be conducted far from U.S. waters. Dr. Tyack is required to file a report only once a year. Locating the research in the Azores and limiting reports to once a year means that the network of individuals and organizations opposed to deployment of this technology will be prevented from monitoring the research.

Having begun as an illegal, secret program, LFAS surfaced briefly to reveal its true nature. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and NMFS then cooperated to take the program back into a semi-secret level to avoid further exposure.

CLIP - The rest of this document is available at http://www.geocities.com/shootdaguy/research/tyackpermit.html

Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2001
From: Susan <sbryce@squirrel.com.au>
Subject: Food irradiation - the global agenda

Dear Jean,

You may find my web site of interest regarding the global agenda for
food irradiation. Excerpted in this month's Nexus Magazine.


30 Jan 2001

President Bush said yesterday that he was "deeply concerned" that the
energy crisis in California was "spreading beyond the California
borders." The thing to do about it, he said, was to make it far
easier for companies to drill for oil and gas and to build new power
plants. "And a good place to look is going to be ANWR," Bush said,
referring to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. He said
he would push for legislation to open the refuge to drilling and
consider granting waivers to states to allow older coal-powered power
plants to operate even if they violated clean air standards. (Note:
Gov. Gray Davis (D) of crisis-stricken California has said that his
state can resolve its problem without significant waivers, but other
states have long sought such exemptions.) Bush named Vice President
Dick Cheney, the former CEO of oil services company Halliburton, to
head a task force that would study ways to boost oil drilling and
energy production.

New York Times, Joseph Kahn and David E.
Sanger, 30 Jan 2001

Grist Magazine: How many licks does it take to get
to the center of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? -- a cartoon by
Suzy Becker http://www.gristmagazine.com/grist/ha/ha082500.stm



Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001
From: Adell Kinsman <adell@sunsinger.org>
Subject: Become a Lake

An aging Hindu master grew tired of his apprentice complaining, and so,
one morning, he sent him for some salt. When the apprentice returned,
the master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in
a glass of water and then to drink it.

"How does it taste?" the master asked.

"Bitter," spit the apprentice.

The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same
handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to
the nearby lake, and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in
the water, the old man said, "Now drink from the lake."

As the water dripped down the young man's chin, the master asked, "How
does it taste?"

"Much fresher," remarked the apprentice.

"Do you taste the salt?" asked the master.

"No," said the young man.

At this, the master sat beside the young man who so reminded him of
himself and took his hands, offering, "The pain of life is pure salt, no
more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the
same. But the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we
put the pain in. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is
to enlarge your sense of things... Stop being a glass. Become a lake."