KAIROS ‘is extremely concerned about the safety of Embera Chamí Indigenous leader, Flaminio Onogama Gutierrez from South West Colombia. Flaminio was in Canada in 2010 as part of a KAIROS sponsored tour. According to reports from Amnesty International, Flaminio is currently in hiding after the bodies of two family members were found stabbed to death and with evidence of torture. See Amnesty’s urgent action for more information‘ and to act.
• 2014-01-21–day two of tvo’s mysteries of the mind week, in which we learned about memory, watched todd sampson get creative, then watched parents agonize over their two-year old’s brain tumour. serious stuff. but we took some time to laugh with rmr and 22.
Richard Rohr’s favourite Christian mystic, Julian of Norwich (1342-1416), ‘used the Old English term “oneing” to describe what happens between God and the soul. As Julian put it, “By myself I am nothing at all, but in general, I am in the oneing of love. For it is in this oneing that the life of all people exists” (Showings, 9).‘ I like ‘oneing’ because it’s both a verb and a noun; that is, both an action and a thing; that is, a metaphor for a unified duality.
• 2014-01-22–day three of tvo’s mysteries of the mind week, in which we learned about the unconscious, watched todd sampson face his greatest fear, and a mum put on a brave front as her three-year old daughter undergoes brain surgery followed by massive reconstructive surgery. more serious stuff, but no rmr or 22 tonight.
Different ways of measuring complexity include determining a system’s:
- information content
- entropy amount
- energy density
• 2014-01-23–we watched day four of tvo’s mysteries of the mind week: the unconscious part 2, the body-mind connection, music, and rupture (which emphasizes overwhelming gratitude, courage, and tenacity of the survivors, families, and therapists).
Humane Society International reports that ‘the Hong Kong government just agreed to crush its 28-ton stockpile of confiscated ivory…. Thanks to supporters like you, we were able to put international pressure on Hong Kong to destroy the largest stockpile in the world.’
Under the headline ‘Barenaked Ladies Cancel Performance at Seaworld’, petitioner Mike Garrett comments that ‘the world has changed and people are seeing places like Seaworld for what they truly are: parks that profit off the suffering of animals.’
David Suzuki writes, ‘A 2012 report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows less than one per cent of Canadian workers are employed in extraction and production of oil, coal and natural gas. Pipelines and fossil fuel development are not great long-term job creators, and pale in comparison to employment generated by the renewable energy sector…. The worst risk from rapid expansion of oil sands, coal mines and gas fields and the infrastructure needed to transport the fuels is the carbon emissions from burning their products–regardless of whether that happens here, in China or elsewhere.’
Eric Chaisson writes of energy, ‘What is here ‘‘low-grade,’’ dispersed sunlight will, when later reaching Earth, become a ‘‘high-grade,’’ ordering form of energy when compared with even lower grade, infrared energy that is, in turn, re-emitted by Earth. What is waste from one system (the Sun) can be a highly valued energy input for another (the Earth).’ Which echoes Hawken’s maxim that in nature one creature’s waste is another’s food, and in the whole thing, nothing is truly wasted. Or, perhaps, the divine wastes no-one and nothing.
• 2014-01-25–sue took bj to the library; day six of tvo’s mysteries of the mind week concludes with the genius of marian.
‘Although media headlines might suggest otherwise, for a growing number of people, the Epic of Evolution has the power to reconcile science and religion. To paraphrase Galileo, science tells us how the heavens go, religion tells us how we go to heaven.’
Simone Dinnerstein plays Bach’s Inventions and Sinfonias.
While we’re on the subject of Bach…. (thanks to ta)
Dance to Dancing In The Streets by Martha And The Vandellas. Dancing in the USA in the 60s also meant dancing while protesting. But did it mean dancing in stripes? (thanks to ts)
• 2014-01-27–we watched neil oliver walk and train over scandanavia in search of the origins of the vikings.