Monday, December 29, 2008
"The Kingdom of Heaven is not a kingdom or life in the clouds. Either it exists here or else it exists nowhere," President Chávez issued a wake-up call during the last Sunday program of 2008. "It's on earth, and that is why Christ came here and was born among the poor, in the manger."
The head of state in Venezuela noted that the capitalist system throughout its history has distorted Jesus's message to the poor about the Kingdom of Heaven, with the sole purpose of exploiting the impoverished majorities in favor of the minorities who enjoy the wealth of the world.
The Christ child was born on earth, poor and human, to fight and make this planet truly the kingdom of heaven, of equality and justice, not to be poor in life and to win glory in the afterlife, Comandante Chávez said during the last Aló Presidente broadcast of the year, speaking from El Valle where [For the rest of the story...]
Friday, December 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
"...Obama is not only one of us, he is an exceptional example of what makes our country great. He inspires hope."
~The Aspen (Colorado) Daily News
As tough as the times are, the selection of a new president is easy. After nearly two years of a grueling and ugly campaign, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois has proved that he is the right choice to be the 44th president of the United States....Remainder of story.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
As current events get wilder with each passing day, a new realization hits home: The old world order is passing into twilight. It’s time to prepare and get ahead of the curve...
Every day things seem to get stranger. And wilder.
It’s like the world is walking through a nightmare version of Alice in Wonderland. All the old ways are slipping down the rabbit hole. It’s simply breathtaking to behold....Read more...
Thursday, October 2, 2008
“These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people’s money to settle the quarrel.” – Abraham Lincoln, speech to Illinois legislature, January 1837
In July, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said of his massive underwriting scheme for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, “If you have a bazooka in your pocket and people know it, you probably won’t have to use it.” On September 7, Paulson pulled out his bazooka and fired, effectively nationalizing the mortgage giants. Last week, Paulson pulled out the bazooka again and held it to Congress’s head. “Seven hundred billion dollars or your credit system will collapse!” Seven hundred billion dollars is more than the country currently pays annually for Social Security; and for what do we owe this ransom? To bail out bankers from their own folly....more
Friday, September 26, 2008
For the first time, many of our sister nations who have struggled for centuries under colonialism, communism and other forms of oppression, are seeing the dawn of economic prosperity and freedom. Other nations such as America; which is my country, are going through very great social, political and economic changes. Many of you may not know or realize this, but America's change has to do with a profound spiritual shift occurring within our people. We're outgrowing our inadequate systems. We're well past the stage of questioning the religious beliefs that used to be solid as a rock for our grandparents, but no longer satisfying for us. Our change will be good for the world ultimately.
Science is also telling us that our Universe is responsive to our individual will, and our collective will. Miraculous changes from new technologies are now possible. But yet we see our world order threatened by not only a global financial meltdown, but by political polarization and religious intolerance. So where are we heading?
I want to personally give all of you my assurance that we're going to be just fine. Today is not like it was a century ago. We've all made material as well as spiritual progress. The World Wide Web has helped the birthing process of the "new child" of the Global Human Consciousness of ONENESS. Now, all the tremendous pressure from the bewildering and sometimes frightening events, serves as a catalyst. The pressure is simply speeding up our evolution, individually, as well as collectively as a species. This is all a blessing for us, because it is leading us to our ascension. We are very close to discovering that we are an absolutely glorious and beautiful species! We're living in a sacred time.
I don't know how many of my human brothers and sisters will be watching this very beautiful and timely message from our brother Bernard Alvarez's video. I hope it confirms and elevates many of you, and helps you to reach a higher state of happiness. Please write to me! And write to Bernard and thank him for his inspiring work!
Your brother in America,
Thursday, September 25, 2008
From The Guardian
Legendary investor Warren Buffett reckons the US government can make a sizeable profit if it manages its $700bn (£380bn) banking bail-out package carefully...
"I bet they'll make a profit," said Buffett, who pointed out that hedge funds specialising in junk assets were already picking up mortgage-related securities with a view to making profits of 15% to 20%. He said a positive return was feasible if the government ignored the book value of instruments or the original cost to banks and instead paid the prevailing market rates for the bombed-out assets.
"They'll pay back the $700bn and make a considerable amount of money if they approach it like that," said Buffett. "I would love to have $700bn at treasury rates to buy fixed-income securities... (Read the rest of Andrew Clark's story)
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thu Aug 21, 5:28 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Intel on Thursday showed off a wireless electric power system that analysts say could revolutionize modern life by freeing devices from transformers and wall outlets.
Intel chief technology officer Justin Rattner demonstrated a Wireless Energy Resonant Link as he spoke at the California firm's annual developers forum in San Francisco.
Electricity was sent wirelessly to a lamp on stage, lighting a 60 watt bulb that uses more power than a typical laptop computer. Most importantly, the electricity was transmitted without zapping anything or anyone that got between the sending and receiving units.
"The trick with wireless power is not can you do it; it's can you do it safely and efficiently," Intel researcher Josh Smith said in an online video explaining the breakthrough.
"It turns out the human body is not affected by magnetic fields; it is affected by elective fields. So what we are doing is transmitting energy using the magnetic field not the electric field."
Examples of potential applications include airports, offices or other buildings that could be rigged to supply power to laptops, mobile telephones or other devices toted into them. The technology could also be built into plugged in computer components, such as monitors, to enable them to broadcast power to devices left on desks or carried into rooms, according to Smith.
"Initially it eliminates chargers and eventually it eliminates batteries all together," analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group said of Intel's wireless power system.
"That is potentially a world changing event. This is the closest we've had to something being commercially available in this class."
Previous wireless power systems consisted basically of firing lightning bolts from sending to receiving units. Smith says Intel's wireless power system is still in an early stage of development and much research remains before it can be brought to market.
Rattner spoke of technological transformations he expects by the year 2050.
"You'd like to cut the last cord," Smith said.
"It's great that we have wireless email and wireless internet and stuff like that but at the end of the day it would be nice to have wireless recharge as well."
Monday, June 30, 2008
Despite the anxieties of these times, happiness has been on the rise around the world in recent years, a new survey finds.
The upbeat outlook is attributed to economic growth in previously poor countries, democratization of others, and rising social tolerance for women and minority groups.
"It's a surprising finding," said University of Michigan political scientist Ronald Inglehart, who headed up the survey. "It's widely believed that it's almost impossible to raise an entire country's happiness level."
Denmark is the happiest nation and Zimbabwe the the most glum, he found. (Zimbabwe's longtime ruler Robert Mugabe was sworn in as president for a sixth term Sunday after a widely discredited runoff in which he was the only candidate. Observers said the runoff was marred by violence and intimidation.)
The United States ranks ......
Monday, June 16, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
|Nicholas Berggruen Photo by Patrick McMullan|
June 5, 2008
Nicolas Berggruen, a 46-year-old American, owns a three-billion dollar fortune. The most interesting thing about this man is the fact that the general public does not know anything about him. Furthermore, he is officially a homeless man. Berggruen says that he prefers to live in hotels.
When he made his billion-dollar fortune on investments and media business, Berggruen began to lose the interest in acquiring material values. Real estate, cars, works of art, jewels and other valuable things have become a burden for him. The billionaire started selling his property: apartments in New York, a villa in Florida. He intends to sell his last vehicle in the nearest future too.
Nicolas Berggruen says that he has no place where he could keep his paintings because he has no home.
“Everybody is different and I think that we live in a material world. But for me, possessing things is not that interesting. Living in a grand environment to show myself and others that I have wealth has zero appeal. Whatever I own is temporary, since we’re only here for a short period of time. It’s what we do and produce, it’s our actions, that will last forever. That’s real value ,” Nicolas Berggruen believes.
It is worthy of note that Berggruen tries to avoid communication with reporters. He also does his best not to let his name appear in newspapers and magazines. When a Dutch magazine published an article about him, the billionaire simply bought all the copies of the magazine and destroyed them.
Nicolas Berggruen is not alone in his noble deeds. Passion for philanthropy and demonstrative denial of material values has become a current trend of modern-day billionaires.
Russ Alan Prince, who owns a firm that tracks the habits of the rich, believes that modern billionaires think about how they are going to be remembered after their death. Some of them realize that if they want to do something then they have to do it now, otherwise they will not have any time for it afterwards.
June 7, 2014 Update: Berggruen Institute of Governance: Nicholas Berggruen
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Sunday, April 27, 2008
The solution is spiritual, rather than legal or political. As we move deeper into the advancement of planetary civilization, Capitalism is likely to remain firmly seated as our engine for economic progress. But Capitalism as we know it, must change, and is changing very quickly. It is metamorphosing into a new living being connected to Spirit, or higher consciousness. We could call it the New Capitalism.
What is New Capitalism? The New Capitalism of our future will be rooted in enlightened consciousness that channels itself through the heart. It will not be like the former predatory spirit that characterizes the typical capitalism of today, inspired by greed, manipulation, promotion of the illusion of scarcity, the control of knowledge for the benefit of a few select individuals on the planet, and so on. More to come soon.....!