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The cause of the titanic’s sinking has been the subject of much debate. But, one thing is now for certain: the number of icebergs in the Atlantic in 1912 was not unusually large. The first minister’s last conference speech before the referendum targeted the usual priority areas as the SNP gears up for next month’s European elections. Conservative gripes about an overzealous prosecution service ignore the coalition’s dangerous attacks on legal equality and access to support. The difficulties of developing new ways to attack viruses that are adaptable and thick-skinned makes it’s a wonder we have any new drugs at all. Investment banks are wrong to say China could be heading for a financial meltdown.

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Why Ask Questions? The average four-year-old girl asks 390 questions per day, mostly to her mother. Yep, you read that right. Three hundred ninety. Sorry, Mom. The Quest For Gnosis — Gabriel D. Roberts Those who have read my other works know that I came from fundamentalist Christian background; a mindset that clearly set boundaries of what I should and should not believe. This book may touch on some of those ideas in conversation, but will not be the primary focus here, instead the focus is upon equipping you with a new sense of wonder and understanding of just how big this omniverse is and just how amazing a part of it you can be. Though you will find the definition to vary within the pages of this book, the term Gnosis in its most basic form simply means knowledge. Going more deeply Gnosis means intrinsic knowledge of a mystical nature; something that is personal and experiential. It is my opinion that the best way to understand something is to take a hands on approach to its investigation, not taking other people’s word for it. Poetic speech is nice, but it does little to stem the tide of real evil at work in this world.

Tantric “Sluts” or Living Goddesses: Why it Matters With recent media revelations about ritual sex, nude yoga and “yogasms” – sex has become a hot topic in the yoga world. Well, in honour of Women’s History Month, I’m joining the fray. Because let’s face it, nothing is more juicy or salacious than the forgotten high priestesses of sex, the “debauched” yoginis of Tantra. While much conventional scholarship has designated these women as low-caste “sluts” exploited for ritual purposes, religious scholar Miranda Shaw has unearthed a very different history. Her book Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism claims these women were no mere ‘consorts’ but powerful gurus once held “in awe, reverence and obeisance”. Her book is a biographic treasure trove of Tantric women teachers spanning the Pala Period of India (8th -13th centuries).

What You Need To Know About The Bradley Manning Verdict By Hayes Brown "What You Need To Know About The Bradley Manning Verdict" CREDIT: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky At 1 PM EST, a military court handed down the long-awaited verdict in the case of United States v. Bradley Manning, finding him not guilty of the most serious charge against him, that of “aiding the enemy,” in leaking thousands of government and military documents. Manning has, however, been found guilty of another 19 charges, including 5 counts of espionage. Future - Welcome to a home for the insatiably curious What is BBC Future? Well, for starters we are about so much more than making predictions. Our mission statement is simple: Catherine Smithson Catherine Smithson is a leading facilitator, educator and consultant in change and leadership. She combines hands-on experience as a senior manager and a consultant with an in-depth understanding of international best practices and benchmarking research. Catherine has a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management in the University of NSW. She also has a Master of Arts, a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Education.

How the Starfish Prime Nuclear Bomb Worked – blowing up the radiation belts for science by Marshall Brain | July 2, 2010 Imagine you are a scientist. In 1958 there is a big discovery – some of the very first satellites launched by the United States discover the Van Allen radiation belts. Over the next couple of years they are further studied and characterized by more satellites. So imagine that you are a scientist, and there are no nuclear proliferation or testing bans in place yet.

Carl Jung’s Psychological Diagnosis Using Mandalas Mandalas have been used in many ancient cultures like Buddhism, Hinduism, Native American, Australian Aboriginal as a symbol of the universe and wholeness. Literally speaking, mandala is a geometrical form – a square or a circle – abstract and static, or a vivid image formed of objects and/or beings. It’s a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our connection with the infinite. Interestingly, Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist, explored the psychological effects of mandalas, while studying Eastern religion.

Vision of Humanity through See the latest peace news and research Contact us Is SAP Jam Where Enterprise Social Is Headed? Posted February 7, 2014 By Ann AllFeedback The goal for SAP Jam enterprise social networking software is not just to boost collaboration but to make it easier for business people to find the right people, data and processes to do their jobs. Enterprise collaboration has been on many business wish lists for a long time. But it is proving to be an unusually tough nut to crack.

How extreme isolation warps the mind Sarah Shourd’s mind began to slip after about two months into her incarceration. She heard phantom footsteps and flashing lights, and spent most of her day crouched on all fours, listening through a gap in the door. That summer, the 32-year-old had been hiking with two friends in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan when they were arrested by Iranian troops after straying onto the border with Iran. Accused of spying, they were kept in solitary confinement in Evin prison in Tehran, each in their own tiny cell. She endured almost 10,000 hours with little human contact before she was freed. One of the most disturbing effects was the hallucinations.

Changa by Graham Hancock One recent evening six sovereign adults, taking full responsibility for their own consciousness and their own bodies, gathered for sacred ceremony with changa, a herbal mixture rich in monamine oxidase inhibitors and infused with the forbidden fruit of DMT. I was one of those adults and the two bowls I smoked were respectively my twelfth and thirteenth journeys with inhaled DMT. I have done regular work with DMT over the years in its incarnation in the Ayahuasca brew, more than 50 journeys since 2003, but as everybody who chooses to explore these realms knows, drinking Ayahuasca is special, there is usually a fair degree of negotiation with the brew, the experience is drawn out over several hours and the loving spirit of the vine, Gaian mother of our planet, is the guiding hand. I am happy to say that the two bowls of changa I smoked a few evenings ago treated me much more gently. There are immense forces infiltrating our society and narrowing our minds that work against this mission.

SUSTAINABILITY - IHT Rendezvous Christopher F. SchuetzeWillem Jan Stamm, the owner of Outlet Stam in Schagen,The Netherlands. In Europe and North America, small businesses are allowing consumers to save money and cut down on food waste by buying food that is past its ‘expiration date.’ Read more…

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