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Big Money in Politics 2

How Big Money in Politics Blocked U.S. Action on Climate Change

In politics, no piece of carbon dioxide regulation legislation has managed to get very far because of the fossil fuel industry artillery. There stand the sentinels of the fossil fuel industry threatening politicians with political extermination if they dare to budge using big money.big money politics

One Republican senator observed that you look at fossil fuel-funded front groups that are threatening your elimination as a political figure on the one side, and you look over at the other side, and everybody is just sort of standing around looking at the ceiling tiles. Nobody is saying to you, “Look, you got to do the right thing here.

When it came to climate change legislation there was a floodgate of corporate political contributions, much of it in the form of “dark money” whose origins do not have to be disclosed. 

To begin with, the Obama-era pledge made under the Paris agreement to cut emissions 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels. It appears that United States has not been on track to meet the Obama-era pledge anyway for 15 percent of global emissions.

In announcing his decision to withdraw from the Paris accord, President Trump cast it as a matter of putting America first. Trump praised a study showing that the economy would be plunged into darkness if forced to meet Obama’s pledge—a scenario that few, today, take seriously.

Making cost-effective cuts in the emissions that cause climate change is firmly in America’s self-interest and the interest of the whole world crisis

The documentary, a Climate of Change relies on the expert insights of several revered scientists to debunk the skepticism of global warming deniers. Each scientists concurs that further catastrophe can be avoided if our species is willing to take the appropriate steps to act. 

The climate change movement has suffered in part by the inactivity of a younger generation that feels overwhelmed and consumed by daily struggles, and helpless in their ability to affect change within such a far-reaching crisis. 

 It’s not enough to know the problem: you must also know how you can be a part of the solution.  Continue reading Big Money in Politics 2

Real Limits to Growth 2

What are the Real Limits to Growth?

Limits to Growth was published in 1972, and its assorted charts and graphs made remarkably real that, as the authors of that book put it at the time, “If the present growth trends in world population, industrialization, pollution, food production, and resource depletion continue unchanged, the limits to growth on this planet will be reached sometime within the next one hundred years. The most probable result will be a rather sudden and uncontrollable decline in both population and industrial capacity.”

The scenarios, which are called World3, showed how population growth and natural resource use interacted to impose limits to industrial growth, a novel and even controversial idea at the time.

 Though Limits to Growth was the biggest-selling environmental book of all time, with 30 million copies sold — it wasn’t enough to divert our trajectory. People convinced themselves the limits to growth were far enough away they’d be someone else’s problem.

Real Limits to Growth

In 1992, this was no longer true. On the 20th anniversary of the publication of Limits to Growth, the team updated its book called Beyond the Limits. Already in the 1990s there was compelling evidence that humanity was moving deeper into unsustainable territory. Beyond the Limit argued that in many areas we had “overshot” our limits, or expanded our demands on the planet’s resources and sinks beyond what could be sustained over time.

The new book proved to be accurate on many of the basic trend extrapolations: the gap between rich and poor has only grown wider in the past three decades. Thirty years ago, it seemed unimaginable that humanity could expand its numbers and economy so soon to alter the Earth’s natural systems.Real Limits to Growth

The most common criticisms of the original World3 model were that it underestimates the power of technology. But even with the most effective technologies and the greatest economic resilience that seems possible, this model generated scenarios of collapse because of a shortage of resources:

  • The most obvious limit on food production is land. Millions of acres of cultivated land are being degraded by processes such as soil erosion and salinization, while the cultivated area remains roughly constant.
  • Only one-fifth of the planet’s original forest cover remains in large tracts of undisturbed natural forests. Although forest cover in temperate areas is stable, tropical forest area is plummeting
  • Another limit to food production is water. Per capita water withdrawals are going down because of environmental problems, rising costs, or scarcity.
  • Another limit to growth is today’s world population of 7.2 billion. Can you believe 9 billion people predicted in 2050 , when it was only 4 billion people in 1974, the year of the first Skylab? How coincidental is the hockey stick graph of both population and carbon emissions.Real Limits to Growth
  • More than 80 percent of year 2000 commercial energy use comes from non- renewable fossil fuels—oil, natural gas, and coal. The underground stocks of fossil fuels are going continuously and inexorably down. The stock of reserves is finite and non-renewable; the peak for oil production will occur within the next decade.
  • If an eventual nine billion people on earth all consumed materials at the rate of the average American, world steel production would need to rise by a factor of five, copper by a factor of eight, and aluminum by a factor of nine.
Real Limits to Growth
Real Limits to Growth

From source to sink, the processing, fabricating, handling, and use of materials leaves a trail of pollution. Look at the prediction for pollution on the graph above: it is right off the chart beginning right now. Imagine the cost to bring this back to normal.

So it is predicted that  industrial output begins to decline around 2040 because the rising expense of protecting the population from starvation, pollution, erosion, and resource shortage cuts into the capital available for growth.

The fundamental problem arises because society’s implicit goals are to exploit nature, enrich the elites, and ignore the long term. As a result, society will develop technologies and markets that destroy the environment, widen the gap between rich and poor, and Real Limits to Growthoptimize for short-term gain. In short, society develops technologies and markets that hasten a collapse instead of preventing it. Continue reading Real Limits to Growth 2

Proof of Heaven 2

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PROOF OF HEAVEN

The proof of heaven starts with thousands of people around the world who claim to have had near-death experiences (NDEs). Scientists believe that these experiences can be easily explained as mere fantasies triggered by an extremely stressed brain. That belief changed for Dr. Eban Alexander.

Dr. Alexander lay in a hospital bed in a comma because of a rare illness: a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. His brain, that relates to thought and motion, had completely shut down. His condition was so bad that doctors were ready to stop all treatment. But then he regained consciousness and opened his eyes—and was healed: it was a medical miracle! Dr. Scott Wade who attended to him at the hospital concluded that having a full recovery from this illness after being in a coma for nearly a week, is truly remarkable.

During this laps of time he learned that “the death of the body and the brain are not the end of consciousness and that human experience continues after the grave. More important, it continues under the gaze of a God, who loves and cares about each one of us and it is about… where all the beings are ultimately going.” He claimed that the this place was real. Real in a way that makes the life we are living here and now completely dreamlike by comparison”.

He saw his experience as a duty or a calling to tell people what he saw beyond the body and beyond this earth. He wrote a best-selling book: The New York Times book Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife. No matter what your personal beliefs might be, these ideas will change your life. You are learning about a new world for you: a vast and incalculably positive journey.

You are learning that there is a God in heaven who controls everything and has a plan for you. He will give you eternal life in heaven if you live a life of humility, piety, dignity and inner poverty. All you have to do is follow 10 rules. And you don’t have to change any dates of your religious holidays! Wouldn’t Thomas Edison be surprised; he once said the he had “never seen the slightest scientific proof of religious theories of heaven and hell.”

While his body lay in coma,  Dr. Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself. Dr. Alexander’s story is not a fantasy. Today he believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition. 

His heavenly experience was like a fetus floating in a womb. The “mother” of this fetus was God, the Creator, the Source who is responsible for making the universe and all in it. He had God as his companion, who was so close that there seemed to be no distance between them. He felt like he was being born into a larger world, and that the universe itself was like a giant beautiful cosmic womb. He learned that there was more than one universe, but that love was the center of them all.

There were millions of butterflies all around. Someone was next to him, a beautiful girl who rode along together on wings like a butterfly: her message was three-fold: “You are loved and cherished , dearly forever”. “You have nothing to fear”. “There is nothing you can do wrong”. This love that he experienced was unconditional: it became his most important discovery.

He leaned that he was able to instantly and effortlessly understand concepts that would have taken him years to fully grasp on his earthly life. Thoughts entered him directly. Knowledge was stored without memorization, instantly and for good. He learned that the physical side of the universe was a mere speck of dust compared to the invisible and spiritual part.

In the worlds above this one, one could access any time or place in the world:  time simply doesn’t behave as it does here. It’s not “one-thing-after-another” in those worlds. A moment can seem like a lifetime. Continue reading Proof of Heaven 2

THE PROPHECY 2

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The Prophecy

The Prophecy: “It will all come about when history has been completed. God will then bring together all things in heaven and on earth under one ruler. The ruler is Christ.”                      Ephesians 1:10

The Timing and Seasons of God

“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.”                                                                    Corinthians 14:1

The Prophet, Isaiah, prophesied in his day 700 years before Christ: “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.         Isaiah 9:6

“Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.”                                            Matthew 24:34

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”                                                                                                 Isaiah 55: 8, 9

“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”                                                                                                                                                      2 Peter 3:8

So what is God saying to us through his Word?

“After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will restore us, that we may live in His presence.” Hosea 6:2 This means that God has a plan and a purpose in His will: a restoration and release of all things spoken of by the apostles and prophets: “for time is at hand” Revelation 22:10 “For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality.”                                                                     Romans 9:28

See, I am doing a new thing!

“Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 A new thing? Wow!  God is about to do things in and through His Church.

If we will hear God’s Word and believe in it, we can be God’s prophetic pioneers who will help God fulfill it. After all we are co-laborers with God. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. All who have this hope in Him purify themselves, just as He is pure.”                                                                                                                                              1 John 3:1-3

So Christ suffered and died for our sins so that He might bring “many sons unto glory.” Hebrews 2:10 That means that God has predestined that there will be those who will think God’s thoughts, manifest His majesty, portray His power and glorify His grace without pain and confusion. This will come about like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon.

 Yet every restoration brings a revolution. New wine cannot be contained in old wineskins: it will burst forth. ”They pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”                  Matthew 9:17

How will this begin?  

Continue reading THE PROPHECY 2

MIRACLE OF LOVE 2

MIRACLE OF LOVE
MIRACLE OF LOVE

MIRACLE OF LOVE

Depending on God means depending on love. When we choose to love, or choose to allow our minds to be one with God, then life becomes wonderful.

When we shift to a give-mentality from a get-mentality, we believe that we have so much abundance that we can afford to give it away. Then God gives to us in return. When you give all your gifts in service to the world, you will become inspired with new energy. You are motivated when you know that your love is being used to heal all wounds.

YOUR LOVE AND GRACE

Take, Lord, receive all I am and all I’ll ever have. You have given all to me. I return it. Give me only your love and your grace. That’s enough for me.

As long as we are willing to be used in His service, He will give us miraculous powers. No one has any more potential than anyone else for spreading the love of God. Just relax and let it be. Our power is the Spirit within us. Don’t be frightened by our own light — it is meant to shine. Continue reading MIRACLE OF LOVE 2

BLEND YOUR LIVES TOGETHER 2

BLEND YOUR LIVES TOGETHER 
BLEND YOUR LIVES TOGETHER

MARRIAGE — FANNING THE FLAME

Always maintain a level of politeness. Try listening and don’t counter punch. Keep disagreements in slow motion. Blend your lives together.

Confess each other’s weaknesses to lend encouragement and understanding from your mate. Conversely, try to build up your partner’s ego and esteem. Affection will flow back to you.


IT HAPPENS RIGHT NOW          

When we give our lives to God as a married couple, our life starts coming together. We experience an internal stirring – a new frontier for us. New talents emerge within us not unlike the promised gifts of the Holy Spirit. Love makes us more attractive. This doesn’t happen at some later date. when you have made enough money or achieved success. It happens right here, right now. Continue reading BLEND YOUR LIVES TOGETHER 2

LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME

LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME
LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME

ONE DAY AT A TIME

We place the past and the future into the hands of God who provides us with a clean slate in every new moment. The present is the only time there is. Otherwise you will hold misconceptions that create a future much like the past. Instead we ask God for a new life and a new beginning that begins in the present. WE LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME.

Every day is the best day of the year if you commit your way to the Lord. Then you will be alert to the ideas that the Holy Spirit will give you. 

The secret is prayer: it makes everything in life different — in only ten minutes a day. You put God into your day. 

Then you give it all you’ve got. So get going — start and end each day with God. Continue reading LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME

PRAISE WORKS 2

PRAISE WORKS

Praise and Thanksgiving

Praise and thanksgiving are often united in the same text. We enjoy being loved and thanked, as does God. God is worthy of our praise daily because of all the wonderful gifts that He gives us.

God doesn’t want groveling subjects. He wants love and friendship. Genuine praise and prayer is the act of loving. Be moved to love God with your whole heart and with your whole mind and with your whole strength.

The prayer of praise is the highest form of communion with God. It releases a great deal of power of God in our lives. There is a ladder of praise. Climb it by learning to praise God in all things. Those who make it will find a way to live in continual joy and praise on earth now — not at some distant future.
Praise Him for the mighty things He has done!                  Psalm 150:1

They must thank Him for His constant love, for the wonderful things He did for them!                                                                     Psalm 107:8 Continue reading PRAISE WORKS 2

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HOW CLOSE TO GOD DO YOU WANT TO BE?

CHRIST’S MASS: HOLY COMMUNION

The Sacrifice began in the Upper Room, where Jesus voluntarily offered Himself as the living High Priest, the victim and the Lamb of God to be sacrificed at Calvary, which took place with His death. Jesus was celebrating the Jewish Passover, where from the days of the Passover and the Exodus, the Israelites commemorated God’s words. This one “Sacrifice of Praise” (Hebrews 13: 15) transcends time with the words Jesus said at the Last Supper, “Do this, in commemoration of Me”. This is known as Holy Communion and this is where you can become close to God.Holy Communion CLOSE TO GOD

At the mass, as at the sacrifice of Calvary, Jesus Christ, God/man is offered in sacrifice. A Victim must be offered and partaken of. Our Lord, the living High Priest is standing at the altar during each consecration: “A Lamb standing, a Lamb that had been slain “(Revelation 5: 6). He shows his wounds to the Father on behalf of the assembly at mass lead by the priest so that He “might lead you to God. He was put to death insofar as fleshly existence goes, but was given life in the realm of the spirit.” (1 Peter 3: 18) So we participate with “a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ “(1 Peter 2: 5). Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ is with us. Christ will come again in glory.

Try to imagine the scene of the Last Supper and imagine Jesus speaking His Word to you personally and uniquely, “This is My body … this is My blood.” St. Paul writes, “Is not the cup of blessing we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread we break a sharing in the body of Christ?” (1 Corinthians 10: 16). The Savior spoke of the need for us to eat His flesh and drink His blood in order to have life (John 6: 54). We come to the One who overcame death, the Living Lord, whom we receive. What a presence!

Historically, Jesus came to restore communion between God and man that was lost in the Garden of Eden. He came from Bethlehem (House of Bread) to Jerusalem to give us the Bread of Life. It is this “daily sacrifice” (Daniel 11: 31) and this “pure offering” (Malachi 1: 11) that brings us so close to God. What a moment! What a feeling of love and peace! What a gift from your Friend on your journey!

The Eucharist represents the presence and the absence of Our Lord. It makes the past become present to us and keeps our sights on the future.

You usually value the intimacy of human friendship. Actually the Lord Himself fills you with the love, that your heart craves. He is your faithful Companion and your most gentle and compassionate Lover. When everything seems to be against you, you still have your God. The trust in His strength is the only weapon that you need.

So we all must travel a spiritual journey — the journey of our own lifetime. The bread of life in the “daily sacrifice” is our spiritual food. For some to accept this way of thinking requires something called faith: the belief in what may appear to be the unknown: “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Those who believe in Me will live, even though they die: and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this? Continue reading CLOSE TO GOD 2

OTHERS WILL NOTICE THE CHANGE   2 

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I ASK GOD IN PRAYER

Prayer in itself allows us to recall that all of life is lived in the context of God’s life, and so daily commitment to prayer is essential. A minimum of five minutes in the morning puts God in charge of our thought forms throughout the day. Otherwise our mind wanders too much. The effects are cumulative not unlike physical exercise. You may not notice it but others will notice the change and respond accordingly.

Rather than saying the right words, prayer is more a matter of trying to live for the right reasons and to express this in our prayer. If we are a person who tries to be present to life, then we will find ourselves present to our prayer in just the same degree.

So why get caught up in some “religious fanaticism” that demands so much: “To you the mystery of the kingdom of God has been confided.”

The reason is because actually the load is surprisingly easy and the peace it brings is surprisingly peaceful.

We become totally immersed in faith to the extent that we become prayer. We begin to think and act differently every day because we believe. We do not relinquish anything of our lives except what is foolish, time wasting or useless. We live with eagerness, and with a possibility of adventure and joy. We wait for God in each day with urgent patience. We begin working and praying in common with other people in the church and we begin to share our faith. Continue reading OTHERS WILL NOTICE THE CHANGE   2