August 7, 2001

Miscellaneous Subjects 101: 1. A Feedback + 2. Gush Shalom calls for International Intervention in Israel + 3. Open letter to Israel + 4. Presidential IQ's + 5. Anti-Bush links + 6. Inspiring speech by Tim Robbins + 7. Scientific Validation of a Healing Revolution & The Healing Circle Network

Hello everyone

As usual, yet another an eclectic mix of various material for your consideration and networking.

Hoping you are having a good summer - if you live in the Northern hemisphere - I do!

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator


From: "Louise" <>
Subject: Thank you SO much!!
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2001

Dearest Jean,

Can't tell you how much the Matthew material resonates with me as well!! :-)
This is indeed VERY exciting news!!!

Thank you with all my heart for always...:-)

Warm hugs and much love,



Note from Jean: I networked worldwide the 2 following emails to my two media lists last Thrusday

Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2001
Subject: Fwd: Call for International Intervention Now!

Dear Jean, I'm sending this in the hope that you will include it in your next bulletin. Thanks for keeping us well informed!




A couple of weeks ago the news was leaked that Sharon was apparently planning a military invasion of the West Bank. He cited the next suicide bomb attack on Israel as the justification for such a scenario.

The events of the last couple of days, particularly the planting of the Jewish cornerstone on a Muslim Holy site, the storming of the mosque by the Israeli forces and the deadly helicopter attack on Nablus that killed 8 Palestinians, appear to be calculated provocation to inflame sentiments and provoke reprisals which would provide Sharon with the excuse to carry out the planned attack.

The need for International intervention is critical. Here is a call for action that others may like to follow, to raise the global voice of concern about events which could quickly spiral out of control with disastrous consequences for Palestinians, Israelis and probably many other countries who would inevitably be involved. Certain sources indicate that voices at a higher level than Sharon have decided that a religious war in the Middle East would serve their interests in maintaining the current balance of power and economic control. We need to send a powerful message to those who cold-bloodedly calculate the rise and demise of peoples, nations and civilisations, to serve their own political and economic interests. Their days are numbered, tomorrow belongs to the awakening planetary consciousness of the indivisible oneness of humanity.

Please send a short statement (summarised from the one below if you wish) to the embassies of UN Security council members in your country, deploring the attacks and demanding international intervention.




From: "Gush Shalom (Israeli Peace Bloc)” <>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2001
Subject: Gush Shalom calls for International Intervention Now!

GUSH SHALOM - pob 3322, Tel-Aviv 61033 -

Press Release 31/7/2001

Following the Nablus bombing Gush Shalom calls for international intervention

Today's bombing in Nablus in which eight Palestinians were killed, two of them children, is the latest and the worst in a whole series of recent provocations by the war-minded government which holds power in our country. In the sending of attack helicopters to bomb a seven-storey building in the heart of a major Palestinian city, the killing of innocent civilians could not have come as a surprise; the civil and military leadership which knowingly ordered the attack has committed an act of state terrorism, an act of terrorism distinguished from other kinds of terrorism only by the enormous firepower at the disposal of the Israeli Air Force.

The government of Israel claims that the bombing in Nablus has prevented or deterred terrorist attacks against Israelis. In fact, the very opposite is true. The Nablus bombing already aroused furious reactions and calls for revenge on the Palestinian side, greatly increasing the danger of suicide attacks in the Israeli population centers. Those who ordered today's provocation must have known that this would be the result; this, indeed, may well have been the intention - to provoke a reaction that would drown in blood all efforts to implement the Mitchell Commission's report and revive the peace negotiations.

This afternoon Gush Shalom, the Israeli Peace Bloc, sent messages to the Tel- Aviv embassies of the Five Permanent Members of the UN Security Council, and the European Union Delegation to Israel, calling upon them to immediately initiate the sending of an international force to the Occupied Territories. "An intensive intervention by the International Community is the only way to stop the dangerous escalation which threatens to set the whole region on fire and severely affect other parts of the world as well. We are citizens of the state of Israel, a state which prides itself of having a democratic regime - yet we are sorry to note that over the past year, the democratic processes in Israel are all but paralyzed where the cardinal issues of peace and war, life and death are concerned. The political system and mass media of Israel, which should have provided a break, are instead carried along by the demagoguery of the warmongers. We have no doubt that eventually the Israeli public will wake up from its stupor - but before that, we may witness terrible bloodshed and irreversible damage to both peoples. We find ourselves obliged to call upon the international community to intervene, before it is too late."


Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2001
Subject: Fwd: Open letter to Israel

Dear Jean,

I'm forwarding this for possible inclusion in Earth Network news or whatever action you think suitable. While it appears to be a letter from concerned Jews to Israeli leaders and public about Israel, the message is a positive one of justice, compassion and co-existence and I feel it deserves all the support it can get.



From: "Gila Svirsky" <>
Subject: Open letter to Israel
Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2001

The letter below, written and circulated by individuals, not organizations, will appear in Ha'aretz and be sent to Israeli Knesset members and others. If you want to add your signature, write to Al Sion at by Friday morning (Pacific Coast time). If there are co-signers from outside the Americas, the title will be changed. Please don't hit "reply". Write directly to Al Sion at



We are writing this letter out of deep concern for the future of Israel. Many of us have lived in Israel, some for many years. We are unalterably committed to Israel and fervently feel that Israel must remain strong and secure. Within this context, we want to share with you our serious concerns about some of Israel's policies and actions, and our feelings that the present situation in Israel is intolerable and must not continue. Much of the information that has led to these concerns has come from friends and family in Israel.

Here are some of our major concerns:

- Human rights abuses We strongly believe that Arab terrorist attacks are unconscionable, as is anti-Jewish hatred and incitement of any form. But, this does not justify Israel's human rights abuses, which have been widely documented. From the time of the Prophets on, there has been a well-established Jewish tradition that Israel is to be a light unto the nations in its pursuit of social justice. Our beloved sage, Hillel, taught us that the essence of the Torah is to love your neighbor as yourself. This is the true and only path to peace - abuse of human rights is not.

Obviously the present situation creates tremendous anxiety among Israelis, who want to protect themselves, and we well understand this. It is important, nevertheless, to mend relations with the Palestinians if we want to live as neighbors with them, as we ultimately have to, rather than demean them by taking away their dignity, their livelihood, and their means of existence.

The road to a peaceful existence for both Jews and Arabs must be based on learning to live together on the basis of mutual respect and tolerance. By destroying the Palestinians' dignity, self-respect, livelihood and homes, we blockade the path to peace, and this is clearly against Israel's best interests. History has taught us that we cannot force the Palestinians into peace by beating them militarily. Such actions only foment cycles of retaliations and counter-retaliations. Is this the life we, within and outside Israel, want for our children and grandchildren?

- Occupation Is it in Israel's best national interest to be the conqueror and occupier of the West Bank and Gaza?

We're horrified by Palestinian Arab terrorist attacks, but what else might we expect from people who are being occupied and oppressed? Didn't some of our people also resort to desperate actions when they were suffering under the British Mandate because they considered such actions necessary to rid ourselves of the oppressor? For the sake of Israel's future, it must now rid itself of the role of occupier and get out of the West Bank and Gaza.

- Settlements Can Israel continue to be held hostage against its own best interests by the settlements in the West Bank and Gaza? It is well known that the settlements in effect "cantonize" the West Bank and Gaza, inhibiting the normal life of the Palestinians. Is the future of Israel's children to be sacrificed for a settlements policy which does not even have the support of a majority of Israelis? Can we afford to continue on a road that will lead to inevitable economic disaster?

Is it the best use of Israel's resources to attempt to defend the settlements through overwhelming military means when the result is increasing violence from both the settlers and the Palestinians? We know that violence only begets more violence. Where will such policies lead us?

- Political isolation Because of its actions towards the Palestinians, and the nonviable plans (due primarily to the settlements) it has been offering the Palestinians in the "peace" negotiations, Israel is becoming increasingly isolated politically and losing international support. It also risks losing the support of many Jews around the world. Is this in Israel's best interests and is this what Israel really wants?

We are expressing these concerns now because we must never forget the terrible history of how our Jewish People suffered from cruel oppressors. We must always remember how it feels to suffer from injustice, human abuse and destruction. And we must always remember what happened when people knew about the evils being committed and yet remained silent. Should we then remain silent now? And if we do, should we not also be judged guilty?

These are our deeply felt concerns. Are these not your concerns also?"


Alvin M.Sion, Ph.D. Frieda Sion: 11820 Stendall Pl. N., Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 362-6272: Email:

Jacob Naor, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, IDF veteran: 1948 and 1967 Wars Ellen Naor: 3403-NE 80th St., Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 523-9846

Co-signers: From U.S.A. and BRAZIL:

CLIP - a long list of co-signers followed


Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001
Subject: Presidential IQ's

In a report published Monday, the Lovenstein Institute of Scranton, Pennsylvania detailed its findings of a four month study of the intelligence quotient of President George W. Bush.

Since 1973, the Lovenstein Institute has published it's research to the education community on each new president, which includes the famous "IQ" report among others.

According to statements in the report, there have been twelve presidents over the past 50 years, from F. D. Roosevelt to G. W. Bush who were all rated based on scholarly achievements, writings that they alone produced without aid of staff, their ability to speak with clarity, and several other psychological factors which were then scored in the Swanson/Crain system of intelligence ranking.

The study determined the following IQs of each president as accurate to within five percentage points:

147 Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)
132 Harry Truman (D)
122 Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)
174 John F. Kennedy (D)
126 Lyndon B. Johnson (D)
155 Richard M. Nixon (R)
121 Gerald Ford (R)
175 James E. Carter (D)
105 Ronald Reagan (R)
098 George HW Bush (R)
182 William J. Clinton (D)
091 George W. Bush (R)

The study determined the following IQs of each president as accurate to within five percentage points:

The six Republican presidents of the past 50 years had an average IQ of 115.5, with President Nixon having the highest IQ, at 155.

President G. W. Bush was rated the lowest of all the Republicans with an

IQ of 91. The six Democrat presidents had IQs with an average of 156, with President Clinton having the highest IQ, at 182. President Lyndon B. Johnson was rated the lowest of all the Democrats with an IQ of 126. No president other than Carter (D) has released his actual IQ, 176.

Among comments made concerning the specific testing of President GW Bush, his low ratings were due to his apparent difficulty to command the

English language in public statements, his limited use of vocabulary (6,500 words for Bush versus an average of 11,000 words for other presidents), his lack of scholarly achievements other than a basic MBA, and an absence of any body of work which could be studied on an intellectual basis.

The complete report documents the methods and procedures used to arrive at these ratings, including depth of sentence structure and voice stress confidence analysis.

"All the Presidents prior to George W. Bush had a least one book under their belt, and most had written several white papers during their education or early careers. Not so with President Bush," Dr. Lovenstein said. "He has no published works or writings, so in many ways that made it more difficult to arrive at an assessment. We had to rely more heavily on transcripts of his unscripted public speaking."

The Lovenstein Institute of Scranton Pennsylvania think tank includes high caliber historians, psychiatrists, sociologists, scientists in human behavior, and psychologists. Among their ranks are Dr. Werner R. Lovenstein, world-renowned sociologist, and Professor Patricia F. Dilliams, a world-respected psychiatrist.

This study was commissioned on February 13, 2001 and released on July 9, 2001 to subscribing member universities and organizations within the education community.


Date: Wed, 01 Aug 2001
From: CyberBrook <>
Subject: Anti-Bush links

Here's an impressive and comprehensive web page of over 500 (!) links and web rings opposing and/or lampooning our illegitimate Idiot in Chief...some serious, some funny...some reasoned, some vitriolic. Go forth:



Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2001
Subject: This is really worth reading - A speech by Tim Robbins

I know it is long, but it is inspirational.

With love,


Subj: Fwd: Article from The Nation
Date: 8/2/01
From: (sharon yeung)

Inspiring article on the importance of the grassroots movement.

What I Voted For

In mid-June Tim Robbins spoke at the annual dinner of the Liberty Hill Foundation, which funds grassroots organizing in Los Angeles. In recognition of his politically engaged films and his activist commitments, the foundation gave him its Upton Sinclair Award. Following is an edited version of his remarks. The Editors

About a month ago in a New York theater, I was approached by an agitated older couple. "We hope you're happy now," they said. "With what?" I said, suspecting the answer they gave. "Your Nader gave us Bush." Now, this wasn't the first time since the election that I had been attacked by irate liberals who saw my support of Ralph Nader as a betrayal, as blasphemy, as something tantamount to pissing on the Constitution. Before the election Susan [Sarandon] and I had been attacked in the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times; we'd received intimidating faxes from a leading feminist admonishing us for our support for Nader. A week before the election we'd gotten a phone call from a Hollywood power broker, who urged us to call Nader and ask him to withdraw from the race. If he did so, this mogul said, he would contribute $100,000 to the Green Party. I told him that no phone call from us would sway this man, that this was not a politics of personal influence and deal-making, ! and that the Green Party probably wouldn't take his contribution. After the election I read an article in which a famous actor criticized supporters of Nader, calling them limousine liberals of the worst kind, unconcerned with the poor.

It was not easy to support Nader. In no uncertain terms the message sent to us by colleagues and business associates was that our support of Nader would cost us. Will it? I don't know. After the election one of our kids was admonished in public by the aforementioned Hollywood mogul. And who knows what fabulous parties we haven't been invited to. So, what to make of all this? As someone who has voted defensively in the past and at one time recognized all Republicans as evil incarnate, I completely understand the reactions of these people. I like these people. Eight years ago I would have said the same thing to me. But a lot has happened that has shifted the way I think. After talking with friends in Seattle after protests there, after going with Susan to Washington, DC, and talking with activists at the IMF-World Bank protests, after talking with 13-year-olds handing out pamphlets on sweatshops outside a Gap on Fifth Avenue, after watching the steady drift to the right of the Democratic Party under Clinton, I have come to the realization that I would rather vote my conscience than vote strategically.

There is something truly significant happening today. A new movement is slowly taking hold on college campuses, among left-wing groups in Europe and human rights groups throughout the world. The protests in Seattle in 1999, the IMF-World Bank protests in Washington, DC, in 2000, and the continuing presence of agitation wherever corporate entities gather to determine global economic and environmental policies do not, as the media portray them, merely reflect the work of fringe radicals and anarchists. Such events arise out of a broad-based coalition of students, environmentalists, unions, farmers, scientists and other concerned citizens who view the decisions made in these cabals as the frontline in the battle for the future of this planet. This is a movement in its infancy that I believe is as morally compelling as the early abolitionists fighting to end slavery in the eighteenth century; as important as the labor activists advocating workplace safety and an end to child labor in the early 1850s; as undeniable as the scientists who first alerted the American public to widespread abuse of our environment by corporate polluters. All of these movements met with overwhelming condemnation by both political parties, were ignored and then criticized by the press, while their adherents were harassed, arrested and sometimes killed by police and other agencies of the government. But because of their tenacity, we were eventually able in this country to create laws that ended slavery and established a minimum wage, Social Security, unemployment insurance, environmental responsibility and workplace safety.

Despite years of progress in our own country on all these issues, we now face a resurgence of child and slave labor, of unsafe working conditions, of sweatshops and of wanton environmental destruction in the Third World wrought by the very same corporate ethos that resisted for years the progressive gains in the United States. In the interest of profit margins and economic growth, our corporations have reached out to the global economy and found a way to return to 1850 on all of these issues. Enabled and emboldened by free trade and the protections granted by NAFTA, GATT and the WTO, we have farmed these problems out to other countries. Amid our booming economy this is an uncomfortable concept to embrace. It certainly is not being written about in our official journals. But it is being shouted on the streets, and the protesters' arguments bear an incontrovertible moral weight. Ralph Nader was the only candidate to talk about these issues and to embrace this new movement as his own. That is why Susan and I voted for him.

Last year's election brought us to an important crossroads. The closeness of the race lifted a rock to expose the corrupt, manipulative and illegal way in which elections are run in this country. Indeed, the election year's most surreal and humorous moment was when Fidel Castro offered to send observers to monitor our election. Aside from the obvious voter fraud in Florida, a brief spotlight was focused on the racist practices that have accompanied elections for years. Whether it's the roadblocks outside polling places in African-American voting districts or the disappearance of African-American names from voting registers, the ineffective and antiquated voting machines in low-income voting districts or the exposure of the Supreme Court as a partisan political institution, the picture is the same. Powerful people in the American ruling class fear democracy.

There was a time when I would have said that it is the "evil" Republicans who fear democracy. But the sad realization I have come to after the 2000 election, and after experiencing the reactions to our support for Nader, is that you can count the Democrats in that bunch, too. Not only do they fear democracy but many in the Democratic Party elite fear, if not outright despise, idealism. I have lost a great deal of respect for a party that admonished its progressive wing, that had no tolerance for dissension in its ranks and sought to demonize the most important and influential consumer advocate of the past fifty years. But we shouldn't be surprised. A similar reaction occurred earlier in this century when another leading advocate, Upton Sinclair, was running for governor of California. The power brokers of the Democratic Party did everything they could to isolate him. If they gave any support at all to his candidacy, it was halfhearted, while some even endorsed his Republican opponent, Frank Merriam. And the press? They demonized him, said he was anti-business, said he was an egomaniac. Sound familiar?

Most of the Nader supporters I met were the real deal, people who have dedicated their lives to advocacy. These were the people at the center of the struggle around controversial, difficult issues; their political engagement was way beyond and deserving of much more respect than that of many people who would wind up criticizing them.

The judgmental and patronizing attitude of those in the generation that fought to end the Vietnam War and work for women's rights is disappointing and discouraging, but understandable. But I am not of the opinion that Bill Clinton was the best this generation had to offer, and I would like to believe there is a dormant power still left in these progressives who have yet to acknowledge the importance of the new movement growing around them. I would like to believe that the children of the Vietnam era who protested that unjust war were concerned with more than self-preservation, with issues beyond not losing their lives to the war. I would like to believe that feminists--recognizing which gender works predominantly in sweatshops and which gender is predominantly sold into slavery--would acknowledge these issues as their own, and begin looking beyond reproductive rights as the only litmus test for a candidate. I would like to believe that higher ideals drive all of us, ideals that have to do with the world at large.

The young people who have helped launch a quest for an alternative party, one that will not compromise this planet's future for campaign donations from corporate sugar daddies, believe the Democratic and Republican parties are united on the major issues of our time. This new movement is a rejection of politics as usual, a rejection that has frightening implications when you consider the progressive community's reaction to it. Have we become our parents? Are we the Establishment? Are we now the status quo that so cynically rejects those with ideals and dreams, that says to the idealist that there is no room for that in this election, that one must vote strategically, that we can't afford our dreams, that we must accept the lesser of two evils? The couple in the theater, the Op-Ed columnist, the Hollywood mogul and the actor beat their drums once every four years for their candidate and talk about their opponents as if their election will end civilization as we know it. This is a gay Op-Ed columnist who would not vote for the one candidate who unashamedly supported same-sex marriage; this is a mogul who would not be having any more sleepovers and private screenings in a Republican White House; this is an actor professing to care about the poor who couldn't seem to find his way to the picket line to support his own union's strike.

I don't respect armchair activists. I respect the kids outside The Gap who don't compromise. I'm not ready to cede their idealism and passion and vision, to compromise their integrity for a Democratic Party that aspires to be centrist, for a Democratic Party that supports the death penalty, that dismantled the welfare system while increasing corporate welfare, that helped create the economic system that tears at the heart of the labor movement. How embarrassing it must be for Democratic senators that the embodiment of political courage in this country is now a Republican from Vermont. Maybe it's time to stop demonizing people for their political affiliations and to follow the example of the man who risked his political future to follow the voice inside him. To reject politics as usual and follow our grassroots hearts; to form alliances in unlikely places.

It's a long struggle for justice. It is grassroots movements that create real change, and no grassroots movement ever got anywhere compromising its ideals. Real change won't happen at Washington cocktail parties or in the Lincoln Bedroom. It is arduous and messy, and takes relentless agitation. It took over a hundred years of advocacy to eliminate slavery, over a hundred years to put an end to child labor and over a hundred years to establish the minimum wage. This movement is in its infancy, but it is alive and it's not going away. Its door is wide open to you. It's a frightening threshold to cross but an essential one.



From: "D Benor" <>
Subject: Healing Research
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2001

Hi Jean,

First of all a big thank you for all your interesting sharings.

I'd like to share a book that was 20 years in gestation.


BTW You might also be interested in my website (at, which has articles and discussions on spiritual awareness and healing.


Daniel J. Benor, M.D.


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Contact : "The Healing Circle Network" <>

We are a group of volunteers dedicated to providing "healing" energy to those in need by distributing the names of individuals, locations, events or things requiring "healing" energy to as many "healers", "healing groups" and "prayer groups" as possible. We are represented by healers and
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In the coming times of changes, we believe it is more important then ever that we communicate with each other, help each other and in turn provide guidance and help to others who are not aware they are on their path. The Core Group Network provides a vehicle for a support network of a magnitude of brightness unheard of in the past. With numbers comes strength, knowledge, unity and direction of purpose.

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