For any who are interested, this is the Global Village Newsletter
(alternative press with solutions).
>Subject: Global Village News #4 - August 2000
>Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2000 10:16:04 EDT
>To the August issue of the Global Village News & Resources (formerly the
>World Report & Global Resources), a monthly publication dedicated to
>providing you with timely news from the leading edge of human achievement.
>While the conventional press (and much of the alternative press) continues
>focus on our greatest individual and collective failure - and call it
>we know that the sordid and horrific represent but a tiny fraction of who
>are, and it is by no means "new." The real news is the unfolding story of
>expansion of human consciousness during these transition times as evidenced
>by the stories our individual and collective progress toward the highest
>best of who we are and what we can become.
>Many of us are coming to understand that our individual and collective
>"reality" is not so much a matter of objective experience as it is the
>of our selective attention which chooses significance from a universe of
>probabilities in any given moment. And it is in our choosing that we
>"create" the experience we call "reality." The conventional media,
>unquestioned and unchallenged, has long held us captive to the very
>we would transcend. The Global Village News invites us to shift our
>attention and "create" a new collective human experience on this planet.
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>our growing awareness that we are indeed a global village. The instant
>exchange of information via the internet is creating a quantum leap of
>consciousness that is allowing us to escape the narrow nationalism and
>various thought systems, which have imprisoned and chained us to the past.
>are discovering one another and finding common cause on a multitude of
>concerns and in our discovery we are finding ways to work together to birth
>the Earth into a new reality - to the peaceful, free and prosperous planet
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>Timely News From The Leading Edge Of Human Achievement
>August 2000 - Issue #4
>Leading Edge News From Around The World
>Inspiring Briefs Of The Highest & Best
>Websites Devoted To Positive Planetary Transformation
>News Update From Network 2012
>The Publishers Perspective
>"Love, Fear & Bogeyman Religion"
>Is The US Ready For A Conscious President?
>Dallas, TX. USA - Remember how everyone was caught off guard when the
>Wall fell? Most folks hadn't seen the clear signs leading up to this
>We may be on the brink of a similar "shock" in US politics. When Perot
>stepped out and Ventura decline the leadership of the Reform Party, it took
>distinct turn right - far right - with the candidacy bid of Pat Buchannan.
>Until recently it looked as if he would succeed - and become an
>arch-conservative voice nipping at the heels of Al Gore and George Bush.
>it seems that Buchannan is destined to be a small historical footnote.
> In an emergency meeting of the Reform Party's National Executive
>in Dallas on July 30th, members voted unanimously, 7-0, to disqualify Pat
>Buchanan in his two-way race against John Hagelin for the Party's
>presidential nomination. The vote was a response to mounting evidence of
>"massive election fraud" by the Buchanan campaign, which submitted nearly
>500,000 ballot requests on behalf of ineligible primary voters.
> And who is this "dark horse," John.... What's-his-name? Hagelin, a
>46-year-old native of Pittsburgh, Penn., is a quantum physicist with 20
>experience as a research scientist. He received his masters and Ph.D.
>degrees from Harvard University where he scored in with a 165 I.Q. and for
>the past three years has been the leader of the Natural Law Party.
> According to Hagelin, "Government today is torn by conflicting national
>interests and faced with seemingly intractable challenges. This is because
>governmental theory and policy are rooted in obsolete 19th century
>principles. As a quantum physicist, I offer a profound and fresh new
>foundation for governmental administration � one based upon the most modern
>and comprehensive scientific understanding of how Nature functions. Unified
>quantum field theories have revealed the ultimate unity underlying all of
>life, and provide deep and practical insights into how to skillfully
>administer and harmonize society's diverse tendencies � with the same
>organizing intelligence displayed throughout Nature. Americas problems are
>human problems � crime, drug dependency, domestic violence, and even
>pollution result from a narrowness of vision that fails to comprehend
>essential unity. The only way we can overcome these problems is through the
>expansion of consciousness � education that actualizes the full potential
>the brain. I have spent the last quarter century conducting cutting edge
>research in unified quantum field theories, and have led an international
>scientific investigation into the nature and origin of human consciousness.
>The conclusion of these 25 years of research is that human consciousness,
>its deepest level, and the unified field which underlies the whole of
>are one and the same. This means that human awareness, fully expanded,
>naturally comprehends the ultimate unity underlying all of humanity, earths
>complex ecosystems, and indeed, the entire universe. It also means that the
>most profound appreciation of life's essential unity, described by the
>greatest physicists and philosophers of all traditions, is available to
>everyone through proper education."
> Is America ready for this? Perhaps not, but it could well be a preview
>things to come. And if - just if - the US of A were to make this quantum
>leap, the world might indeed move into the 21st century. For more
>information on Hagelin and his position on the issues, click here: <A
>HREF="http://www.natural-law.org/">The Natural Law Party </A> or go to
>A City Managed By Common Sense
>Brazil - Residents of Curitiba, Brazil, think they live in the best city in
>the world, and a lot of outsiders agree. Curibita has 17 new parks, 90
>of bike paths, trees everywhere, and traffic and garbage systems that
>officials from other cities come to study. Curibita's mayor for twelve
>Jaime Lerner, has a 92 per cent approval rating.
> There is nothing special about Curitiba's history, location or
>Like all Latin American cities, the city has grown enormously - from
>people in the 1950s to 1.6 million now. It has its share of squatter
>settlements, where fewer than half the people are literate. Curibita's
>secret, insofar that it has one, seems to be simple willingness from the
>people at the top to get their kicks from solving problems.
>Those people at the top started in the 1960s with a group of young
>who were not impressed by the urban fashion of borrowing money for big
>highways, massive buildings, shopping malls and other showy projects. They
>were thinking about the environment and about human needs. They approached
>Curibita's mayor, pointed to the rapid growth of the city and made a case
> The mayor sponsored a contest for a Curibita master plan. He circulated
>best entries, debated them with the citizens, and then turned the people's
>comments over to the upstart architects, asking them to develop and
>a final plan. Jaime Lerner was one of these architects. In 1971 he was
>appointed mayor by the then military government of Brazil.
> Given Brazil's economic situation, Lerner had to think small, cheap and
>participatory - which was how he was thinking anyway. He provided 1.5
>tree seedlings to neighborhoods for them to plant and care for. ('There is
>little in the architecture of a city that is more beautifully designed than
>tree,' says Lerner.) He solved the city's flood problems by diverting water
>from lowlands into lakes in the new parks. He hired teenagers to keep the
> He met resistance from shopkeepers when he proposed turning the
>shopping district into a pedestrian zone, so he suggested a thirty-day
>The zone was so popular that shopkeepers on the other streets asked to be
>included. Now one pedestrian street, the Rua das Flores, is lined with
>gardens tended by street children.
> Orphaned or abandoned street children are a problem all over Brazil.
>got each industry, shop and institution to 'adopt' a few children,
>them with a daily meal and a small wage in exchange for simple maintenance
>gardening or office chores.
>Another Lerner innovation was to organize the street vendors into a mobile,
>open-air fair that circulates through the city's neighborhoods.
> Concentric circles of local bus lines connect to five lines that
>from the center of the city in a spider web pattern. On the radial lines,
>triple-compartment buses in their own traffic lanes carry three hundred
>passengers each. They go as fast as subway cars, but at one-eightieth the
> The buses stop at Plexiglas tube stations designed by Lerner.
>pay their fares, enter through one end of the tube, and exit from the other
>end. This system eliminates paying on board, and allows faster loading and
>unloading, less idling and air pollution, and a sheltered place for waiting
>though the system is so efficient that there isn't much waiting. There
>much littering either. There isn't time.
> Curitiba's citizens separate their trash into just two categories,
>and inorganic, for pick-up by two kinds of trucks. Poor families in
>settlements that are unreachable by trucks bring their trash bags to
>neighborhood centers, where they can exchange them for bus tickets or for
>eggs, milk, oranges and potatoes, all bought from outlying farms.
> The trash goes to a plant (itself built of recycled materials) that
>employs people to separate bottles from cans from plastic. The workers are
>handicapped people, recent immigrants, and alcoholics.
> Recovered materials are sold to local industries. Styrofoam is shredded
>stuff quilt for the poor. The recycling program costs no more than the old
>landfill, but the city is cleaner, there are more jobs, farmers are
>and the poor get food and transportation. Curitiba recycles two-thirds of
>garbage - one of the highest rates of any city, north or south.
> Curitiba builders get a tax break if their projects include green
>Jaime Lerner says, 'There is no endeavor more noble than the attempt to
>achieve a collective dream. When a city accepts as a mandate its quality of
>life; when it respects the people who live in it; when it respects the
>environment; when it prepares for future generations, the people share the
>responsibility for that mandate, and this shared cause is the only way to
>achieve that collective dream.' (Source: The Global Ideas Bank: click
>A HREF="http://www.globalideasbank.org/">Global Ideas Bank </A> or go to
>Where They Beat Their Swords Into Plowshares...
>Mozambique - In June 1993, just before the end of Mozambique's 30-year
>war, Masaru Katagiri from Press Alternative (PA), a Japanese NGO promoting
>fair trade, visited Mozambique and met Graca Machel, widow of the late
>Mozambican President, and the leader of the Foundation for Development of
>Communities. Out of this discussion, the idea of exchanging arms for tools,
>the "Guns to Hoes" movement was born.
> Mozambique was deeply torn during its civil war and Mrs. Machel was
>to maintain the peace finally obtained, which was unstable and could easily
>be broken as long as the rebels kept their arms. Mrs. Machel and PA
>a Catholic group that had played an important role in the peace process to
>become involved. The group offered to serve as the center for this "Guns to
> At that time the United Nations was supervising the disarmament
>which was not going smoothly. When the UN learned of this activity, it
>for its halt, to avoid confusion in the difficult task of disarming the
>. After patient and repeated negotiations with the UN, the Army, and the
>Government, the "Guns to Hoes" organizers managed to obtain their approval.
>At the same time, they also negotiated with the police not to arrest the
>rebels who came to submit their arms if they had certificates issued from
> As a result, actual collection began in late 1995. By the end of 1996,
> City, OPA
>promotes Planetary Guardianship Groups in 30 different countries throughout
>Latin America, Spain and Portugal under the sponsorship of ProSer Center,
>of the oldest, most prestigious and biggest schools in Mexico City. Its
>objective is to provide strategic and updated info regarding the huge
>transformations taking place on Mother Earth at present and to build a
>networking bridge between North and South America
>Thorsteinn Olafsson, of Reykjavik, Iceland, in cooperation with Stefan
>Hartmann, has supposedly created a magnetic motor, which produces free,
>nonpolluting energy. Plans for this motor are available at his website or
>you can contact him at thorstol@...
><A HREF="http://www.elohim.com/">Journal of Awakening</A>
>Elohim, a new magazine from Australia, offers excellent articles and wisdom
>from teachers and spiritual leaders from around the world. Dedicated to
>expansion and exploration of higher consciousness from a nonsectarian
>perspective, Elohim holds that the deepest spiritual pursuit is in gaining
>the confidence to take back our power and accept responsibility for what
>occurs in our lives. "We are spiritual beings having a human experience and
>we have the power within to manifest heaven on earth in every moment."
>Hummingbird Metaphysical Links
>Hummingbird is not a web ring as such, but it is a list of metaphysical
>links, which is much more comprehensive than many webrings, and certainly
>worth an exploratory visit.
>News Updates From Network 2012
>UK Light Summit 2000
>November 5th - 9th, 2000
>Buckland Hall Conference and Retreat Centre
>Brecon Beacons National Park, Near Bwich, Wales
>Join us for the first UK summit meeting of "Lightworkers" or those
>in some aspect of world service, consciousness raising or planetary
>transformation. This summit is being convened by Network 2012, a
>project conceived and launched shortly after the Harmonic Convergence in
>1987. The past 13 years have seen a total of 15 regional, national and
>international summits in the USA, The Mideast, Mexico, New Zealand and most
>recently in February, the International Summit - Light Link 2000 - in
>The 25 year period from 1987 to 2012 is a critical phase of planetary
>transition. Certain people have chosen to be here at this time and actively
>participate in this transition as World Servers or midwives. These Light
>Summits offer us an opportunity to come together,
>get to know each other (again), share resources, challenges, visions and
>dreams, and to create friendships and the kind of heart-bonding which will
>establish communication links for ongoing cooperation.
>Who Should Attend
>The primary focus of the summit will be to bring together UK lightworkers.
>However it is open to those outside the UK and is an excellent way for
>others to become acquainted with lightworkers throughout the UK. It is also
>good introduction for those who may be interested in convening a summit in
>their own region or country.
>The total cost, including four nights lodging, eleven meals, facility use
>conference expenses, is only �275 per person, double occupancy or �310 for
>single room (There are only four singles available.)
>Because of the nature of these summits, attendance is limited to about 45
>participants, and a third of these are already filled. For more information
>and a registration form, email Soliera at Soleira@... or Click
>Here: <A HREF="http://www.Soulutions.co.uk/UKlightsummit1.htm">SoulutionS -
>UK Light Summit</A>
>(Editors Note: I have spent more lifetimes than I care to remember as a
>'heretic' of one variety or another, many times paying a very dear price
>my alternative way of seeing things. This is an opinion article, not a
>statement of fact or truth. Do not hold me to any of this a week from now.
>As I grow, I change. Something, however, that will probably never change
>my basic predilection for questioning basic assumptions, whether they be
>religious, political, medical, educational, social or my own 'whatever.'
>bottom line for evaluating anything is whether or not "it grows corn." In
>other words, does it work? And if it works for you and doesn't harm
>perhaps that is as close as we will get to 'truth' in this lifetime. The
>following is offered in all due respect to those who see things
>Love, Fear & Bogeyman Religion
>The conventional press is regularly filled with stories describing the
>violent conflict between religious groups throughout the world. In most
>cases, admittedly, there are serious issues of social and economic justice
>underlying the apparent religious conflict, such as in Northern Ireland,
>Mideast, the Balkans, and Southeast Asia. The fact remains, however, that
>history is full of horrors and atrocities committed in the Name of God.
>Within all religions, including the religion of nationalism, there is the
>"Bogeyman Factor" which utilizes fear to control and unite its members.
>There is usually an outside human enemy or group (often another religious
>ethnic group) and an inside enemy (usually a demigod). Let's look at
>forms of Christianity in the USA with which I am most familiar. Until
>recently, the conservative elements of this religion thrived on the
>duo of communism and "the devil". Fighting both kept the followers united
>and the coffers filled. Battling gays and abortion has recently replaced
>void left with the demise of communism. Fortunately for the TV evangelists,
>Yeltsin was not able to overthrow the devil. For those who are not
>fundamentalists, it is easy to see how far all of this has strayed from the
>simple teachings of Jesus: "Love God with all your heart and your neighbor
>But as it is said, "those who live in glass houses should not throw
>Let's look closer to home. Where are the bogeymen in our lives? Where are
>our fears? What's feeding the coffers? The Secret Government? Earth
>Changes? The Grey ET�s? Corporate Greed? Another social, religious,
>or political group? Or just "Them" - whoever they are.
>Jesus, that rascal master who meditated in metaphor, said "resist not
>He knew that what we resist we most certainly empower and draw to
>A good example is the fall of prominent TV evangelists who succumbed to the
>very thing they were fighting against. He also said "you will know a tree
>its fruit." "A good tree does not bring forth evil fruit, nor does an evil
>tree bring forth good fruit." Any spiritual path, which teaches Love and
>adds to the sum total of Love in the Universe, is aligned with the
>Source-Whose-Nature-Is-Love. Any supposed spiritual path which teaches
>& division and thrives on bogeymen - regardless of the gods and ascended
>masters it proclaims - is of human creation and feeds the forces of chaos.
>In the last scene of Star Wars, as Luke Skywalker, the embodiment of
>faces the Emperor of the Evil Empire, and holds his life in his hands, The
>Emperor throws out the final challenge. He challenges Luke to kill him;
>see him as the ultimate bogeyman and to give in to his fear, rage and
>The Emperor knows that if Luke succumbs to this greatest temptation that
>Force of Darkness which the Emperor represents, would prevail, even in his
>(Postscript: It is said that we teach what we most need to learn. You
>have to be a rocket scientist to notice from this editorial that I have yet
>to make peace with some of the bogeymen of my southern USA childhood -
>particularly the religious and ethnic bigotry. But like all of us, I'm
>a work in progress.)
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