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NHNE News Brief 18
Friday, June 28, 1996
"A thought-provoking exploration
of the extraordinary times in which we live."
When the Tao is Lost
Kind Words Just a "1-900" Call Away
Hillary in Hot Water - Again!
Millennium Bug Coming
Universe Older than Expected
Foreign Aid Drops Dramatically
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK:
Time to Relax & Have a Little Fun
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
"The Tenth Insight" Review
New EMF Danger
Can Where You Live Make You Insane?
Best & Worst of Junk Food
The Digital History of Human Existence
Beware the Humans
Garbage in Orbit
Green is Fashionable
Ten Myths of Population
Kicking the TV Habit
Angel Festival Atlanta '96: July 2 - 6
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Upcoming Special Reports (for NHNE Subscribers)
NHNE SUBSCRIPTIONS, SPONSORS & DONATIONS
ABOUT NHNE & HOW TO JOIN US
WHEN THE TAO IS LOST
"When the Tao is lost, there is goodness.
When goodness is lost, there is morality.
When morality is lost, there is ritual.
Ritual is the husk of true faith,
the beginning of chaos."
(Special thanks to Judith Paulson of MILLENNIUM MATTERS for this quote)
KIND WORDS JUST A "1-900" PHONE CALL AWAY
(Source: Lauren Barak, THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 6/24/96)
Feeling low? For $2 a minute you can call 1-900-226-5565, Ext. 281 to hear 4 1/2 minutes of compliments such as: "Only you can give the gift of you," and "You are better than chocolate." Although phone sex still dominates the 400,000 1-900 lines, a service such as "Kind Words" reflects the trend of the 900-number industry away from sex lines toward information-oriented services and PG-rated lines. Typically a 1-900 service provider pays an up-front cost of $600 and then receives $1.25/minute of each $2/minute charged. The 900-number industry had an income of $800 million in 1995 and shows no indication of declining. (JG)
HILLARY IN HOT WATER... AGAIN!
(Source: Bill Nichols, USA TODAY, 6/24/96)
It seems that the Clintons can't make a move these days without being criticized. The latest furor is over revelations contained in Bob Woodward's new book, "The Choice," where he reveals that Hillary had hypothetical talks with historical figures like Eleanor Roosevelt and Mahatma Gandhi in order to get more in touch with her own role in history. Excerpts of the conversations reveal Hillary's distress at being misunderstood and judged: "Why is there such a need to put other people down," she asks Eleanor, and of Gandhi, "You too were profoundly misunderstood when all you wanted to do was to help others and make peace." Hillary declined to have an imaginary conversation with Jesus because it "would be too personal." (JG)
MILLENNIUM BUG COMING
(Source: Steven Levy, NEWSWEEK, 6/24/96)
Researchers from THE GARTNER GROUP estimate that it will cost $300 to 600 billion to reprogram computers world wide to cope with the arrival of the next millennium, namely, to change the date from 99 to 00. An small oversight when computers were first invented in the 50's, the bug just kept perpetuating itself, in the hope that a cheap fix would be developed by the end of the century. It hasn't, and on New Year's Eve, 1999, computer owners around the world will be stuck with the bill and the headache. (JG)
UNIVERSE OLDER THAN EXPECTED
(Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS, 6/13/96)
Most cosmologists believe that the universe began with a "big bang" and the density and rate of expansion of the universe is just such that it will keep expanding forever. Based on these assumptions, the age of the universe has been calculated at 12 billion years. James Dunlop, an astrophysicist at the UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH, reports in this month's issue of NATURE that a distant galaxy has been found that seems to have stars at least 13.5 billion years old. In order to accommodate these new findings, cosmologists may have to rethink the values they are using for the density and the rate of expansion of the universe. (JG)
FOREIGN AID DROPS DRAMATICALLY
Source: USA TODAY, 6/17/96)
Aid from the United States to developing countries dropped 26% to $7.3 billion in 1995, placing the one-time most generous nation fourth behind Japan, France, and Germany. Last year as a group, rich nations gave developing nations the smallest proportion of their wealth in 25 years. (JG)
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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK:
A TIME TO RELAX AND HAVE A LITTLE FUN
As I have mentioned in previous issues, our biggest problem in assembling an NHNE News Brief is deciding what NOT to include -- there always seems to be more content than room. Reluctantly, we leave out articles that aren't quite as urgent and time sensitive, and items which are a little fuzzy around the edges or that appear a little too frivolous for such a serious publication as the NHNE News Brief. We put these precious documents in an electronic holding bin called "IN THE CAN," with the hope that there will be room for them the following week. There seldom is, because the following week we again have too much content.
With four NHNE News Briefs in four weeks now under our belts, we at NHNE thought we would relax a little in this issue and have some fun, so... here is what we thought we would do: on the last week of each month we will be serving "leftovers." Like meatloaf, it's not quite meat, but it is nutritious and good for you, and we hope you like it. In addition, serving "leftovers" at the end of the month helps us clear the decks in order to make a new start in a new month.
Let us know what you think of our cooking.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
"THE TENTH INSIGHT" REVIEW
Your review of "The Tenth Insight" in NHNE 16 was good as far as it went, but am I the only one in the world that thinks James Redfield's books are pretentious and poorly written? Don't get me wrong, as far as light-weight adventure stories with spiritual trappings they are fine to while away rainy afternoons, but as a source of profound insights -- please! In his latest book he tries to cram in so many ideas that nothing really gels -- he might as well be standing at a lectern spouting them. And what about this concept about businesses around the world dropping prices 10% to promote prosperity? Redfield's latest book is 10% MORE expensive than the first, and it's shorter! Why do I feel as though I am a voice crying in the wilderness?
(Source: SPECTRUM, Jan-Feb/96)
Pollution-induced acid rain is causing more aluminum to be dissolved in ground water and some water treatment plants are now adding aluminum sulfate to remove suspended particles. At the moment, no direct link between aluminum and health problems has been confirmed, but the following examples suggest it:
-- Birds which eat insects with a high aluminum content produce fragile egg shells.
-- Young hip-fracture patients show higher than normal aluminum levels.
-- Brains of people with Alzheimer's show twice the normal levels of aluminum.
-- Patients undergoing dialysis who used tap water from treatment planets using aluminum sulfate are more likely to show a weakening of bones and a greater tendency to suffer dialysis encephalopathy, a disease resembling Alzheimer's.
There are some indications that daily magnesium and calcium supplements help reduce aluminum levels in the body, and home water-filtration ensures a better quality of drinking water. (JG)
NEW EMF DANGER
(Source: NEW SCIENTIST, 10/7/95 and SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, 10/95)
A leaked report prepared for the National Council on Radiation Protection suggests that current safety limits for exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) are set 5,000 times too high and recommends that anything above .2 microteslas is unsafe. Stronger fields than that are commonly found around power lines and near home and office appliances.
The implications of the report mean costly changes to offices and homes and the re-routing of power lines. High levels of EMFs seem to disrupt melatonin production in the pineal gland which could lead to breast cancer and other disruptive disorders such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and heart disease, leukemia, and damage to immune and reproductive systems. (JG)
CAN WHERE YOU LIVE MAKE YOU INSANE?
(Source: JOURNAL OF ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE, Vol. 5, #3, 1990)
There seems to be a link between where you live and the likelihood of your having a mental illness. Schizophrenia has been linked to:
-- Lack of sunlight.
-- Low levels of calcium in the drinking water.
-- Low levels of selenium in livestock feed.
Sunlight creates Vitamin D in the skin which controls calcium metabolism. Selenium seems to be necessary for the body to produce hormones involved in nerve transmission. Norway and Sweden have selenium-deficient soils and rank in the top three countries with the highest rates of schizophrenia; the Japanese who have three times the selenium in their diets as Swedes show half the rate of schizophrenia. (JG)
BEST AND WORST OF JUNK FOODS
(Source: Connie Roberts, BRIGHMAN AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL, Boston in "The Book of Privileged Information" by Martin Edelson)
IN NHNE News Brief #14, we reported that THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES had claimed that a bad diet poses more of a risk than pesticides and chemical food additives. If you are going to eat junk food, here are some to avoid and others that are not so bad:
Fat is bad. Avoid the obvious such as candy bars, chips (60% of their calories come from fat), hamburgers, french fries. Other foods full of fat have an undeserved reputation for being good, such as granola, muffins, peanuts and cheese. Eat lightly.
The best snack foods are cereal (except granola), bagels (easy on the cream cheese), soft pretzels (easy on the salt), pizza (ask for lots of mushrooms, peppers and onions, easy on the cheese), and Hershey's chocolate syrup (go figure!). (JG)
THE DIGITAL HISTORY OF HUMAN EXISTENCE
(Source: Katie Hafner, TIME, 6/24/96)
With the help of Chairman Bill Gates' deep pockets, CORBIS CORP. hopes to capture, in photographs, the entire human experience throughout history, digitize it, and offer it to the world on the Internet -- for a price. With the acquisition last October of the 16 million images of the BETTMAN ARCHIVE for a reported $6 million (that works out to 37¢ per image), they are one step closer to their goal.
As INTERACTIVE HOME SYSTEMS, Gates had tried to do something like this once before -- becoming the world's premier provider of art via computer -- but he quickly ran into problems with photographers rejecting his contracts.
This time he has retooled his contracts so that the licensing agreements with CORBIS are nonexclusive, giving the photographer, artist, or museum the right to license the material to others as well. In addition to collecting archives of existing photos, CORBIS is also commissioning photographers to shoot modern-day events, people and themes.
CORBIS feels that the Net is the most promising distribution channel of their digital library; they have two marketing approaches:
-- While logged on to the CORBIS Web Site, an editor calls a CORBIS researcher and describes the desired shots. The researcher zaps samples to the Web site, the editor chooses, and the shots are recorded on a CD and couriered out.
-- A student browses the CORBIS Web site, clicks on a photo or painting which can be downloaded for a small fee.
CORBIS (http://www.corbis.com) is not the only player in this market; others include:
MUSE: (http://www.westock.com) wide selection of photos, no membership fee
PHOTODISC: (http://www.photodisc.com) 15,000 photos, pay with cybercash
LIAISON INTERNATIONAL: (http://www.liaisonintl.com) 2,400 photos
PICTURE NETWORK INTERNATIONAL: (http://www.publishersdepot.com) royalty-free photos, illustrations, and clip art
There is no doubt that with their depth of content and financial support, CORBIS may very well live up to its reputation as the "New Alexandria," a reference to the literary and scientific center of ancient Egypt, as they seek to record the history of the world. (JG)
BEWARE THE HUMANS
(Source: Tim Padgett and Sharon Begley, NEWSWEEK, 2/5/96)
When ecotourism was first conceived in the early 90's, it seemed to be a win-win situation: developing nations could earn more by preserving nature than by using it up and travellers could vacation amid unspoiled beauty, meet rare animals up close, and do it all under a green halo.
Unfortunately, it hasn't quite worked out that way. Ecotourism is fast becoming tourism without the "eco":
-- Beachfront hotels built along Mexico's Pacific coast to accommodate vacationers coming to see sea turtles cast such a bright light at night that the turtles become disoriented and fail to lay their eggs.
-- The pressure from butterfly lovers to build new tourist facilities in the Mexican highlands is destroying the winter habitat of millions of monarch butterflies.
-- Dolphin-feeding expeditions off Australia's east coast are reducing the ability of young dolphins to find their own food.
-- In Kenya's MASAI AMRA GAME PRESERVE the tourist boom is driving away most of the human-phobic cheetah and the ones which are left in the park have had their reproductive capability lessened due to inbreeding.
-- In the whale-watching waters off Baja California, where 20,000 tourists are expected this year lured by promises of "whale petting" by travel agents, whale counts are dropping and scientists are studying whether birth rates have been affected by the pressures of tourist boat traffic.
-- In Costa Erica, where the income from ecotourism ranks second only to the banana industry, squirrel monkeys are confused by the proliferation of hotels and restaurants in their jungle habitat and manatee are being mangled by the propellers of speedboats ferrying tourists to the nesting beach of the endangered green sea turtle.
-- Ecotourism has also fallen short of its economic goals with most of the income going to tour companies and leaving little for locals but low-level jobs.
Despite these problems, endangered flora and fauna are under less attack by increased tourist traffic than formerly by industries exploiting the environment beyond its ability to replenish stocks. Governments are making moves to reform ecotourism rather than abandon the practice. The Canary Islands are limiting the number of whale-watching vessels. Costa Rica is spacing its hotels further apart and considering a system of cable cars to ferry tourists over the jungle. Consultant Erich Hoyt says, "The best regulatory measure we can take is to teach tourists [about the issues and]... make them troubled by any abuses." (JG)
GARBAGE IN ORBIT
(Source: Chris Hayhurst, E MAGAZINE, 4/96)
Nearly half of the 4,500 spacecraft that have been launched from Earth since Sputnik 1 in 1957 still remain in orbit but only 10% are still functional. In addition to this "intentional" debris, there are tons of "mission-related" space junk orbiting the earth including such items as spent rocket bodies, lens caps, bolts, aluminum oxide particles from rocket exhausts, paint chips, and fragmentary objects generated by more than 120 spacecraft and rocket body breakups.
All told, it is estimated that there are trillions of separate items, many of which will continue to whirl around the earth for thousands and possibly millions of years. THE U.S. SPACE STATION in Colorado tracks 8,000 of these objects, leaving the positions of more than a few in doubt.
There is not much danger to those of us who are Earthbound. 17,000 objects have re-entered the atmosphere, but most burned up before reaching the surface. However, in space, a paint chip one millimeter in diameter travelling at 10 kilometers per second could easily tear a hole in a space suit.
How will future generations deal with these fossil projectiles? One possible technique would be to shift the space debris into disposal orbits where they would not pose a threat to spacecraft. Another idea is to develop a space vehicle to act as a patrolling garbage man. Predicted cost to remove each piece of space junk -- $15 million. (JG)
GREEN IS FASHIONABLE
(Source: Peter Mooney and Jim Motavalli, E MAGAZINE, Mar-Apr/96)
It is not so hard to be green anymore. For example, the Net is going green and now offers a number of services concerned with the environment:
ENVIROLINK (http://www.envirolink.org) claims 1,500,000 monthly users in 100 countries and has been featured in many different publications including WIRED. Founder and Executive Director Josh Knauer calls it "the most comprehensive environmental clearinghouse" on the Internet. ENVIROLINK will also soon be available on AMERICA ONLINE.
ECONET (http://www.econet.org) boasts a modest paid membership of 5,000. Membership includes a one-time sign-up fee of $15 and a monthly subscription of $12.50.
THE WELL (WHOLE EARTH 'LECTRONIC LINK - http://www.well.com) although not exclusively an environmental service, the environment is featured prominently. THE WELL has 11,000 members who pay fees of $15 per month plus $2.50 per hour.
And how about "Supermodels in the Rainforest"! The new video from BRI sporting ten glamour queens cavorting in the rainforests of Costa Rica provides a guilt-free alternative to the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED swimsuit issue. The producers seem to think that Americans will only take their environmental medicine when the pill is coated with cheesecake. Producer Dean Hamilton counters, "We want to enlighten the MTV generation," and promises that after production expenses are recouped, all the proceeds will go to RAINFOREST INTERNATIONAL. (JG)
(Source: NEW YORK TIMES, 10/10/95 and SKEPTICAL INQUIRER, Nov-Dec/95 via SPECTRUM, Jan-Feb/96)
It's "Buyer Beware" when seeking advice from psychics. Alerted to the existence of psychic fraud when 100 alleged psychics called to help for a fee parents who were searching for their lost child , WCUA-TV in Philadelphia decided to set up a sting to flush out imposters attempting to capitalize on the misfortunes and desperation of others.
First a story was fabricated about a lost child. Then various psychics (including the 1-900 variety) were contacted with the made-up story to see if they could tell the difference between fact and fiction. A wide selection of responses were received including various visions of the whereabouts of the lost child, explanations as the reason for leaving such as lost, run away from home, pregnant, abduction. One psychic saw the child in Florida, another a few miles from home. Fees ranged from $50 to $180. Not one "saw" the truth.
The conclusion of the investigation was that psychic advice is often fraudulent and emotionally harmful to families in distress. And yet, people want to believe. Studies indicate that we are likely to think a person performing magic tricks is psychic even if told it is just simple fakery. For example, Indira Ghandi's favorite guru, Dhirendra Brahmachari, was found to be using invisible ink to make religious messages mysteriously appear on blank paper and the spiritual energy that he offered devotees was found to be come from a car battery connected to him by hidden wires.
A New York City Fraud Squad detective sums it up: "I've gone into hundreds of [fortune-teller's parlors], and have been told thousands of things, but nobody ever told me I was a policewoman getting ready to arrest her."
TEN MYTHS OF POPULATION
(Source: Joel Cohen, DISCOVER MAGAZINE, 4/96)
With the threat of nuclear annihilation receding, the Earth's burgeoning population has taken the stage as the next global threat. One way or another, population growth on Earth must end, but we can only focus on the real problems of poverty and misery only by clearing away the following myths:
1. Myth: Human population is growing exponentially. Truth: In 1965, the global population growth rate peaked at around 2% a year (doubling the global population every 35 years). From that point on, for the first time in history, population growth slowed, to the point where the rate is now 1.5% (a doubling time of 46 years).
2. Myth: Scientists can predict how many people there will at any time in the future. Truth: So many past predictions have been wrong that demographers no longer believe that they can accurately predict future growth rate, size, composition, or distribution of populations.
3. Myth: There is a single factor that limits how many people the Earth can support. Truth: In 1679, van Leeuwenhoek assumed that population was limited by density alone. He determined that maximum population density was 300 people per square mile and concluded that the most the planet could support was 13.4 billion people. In 1989, one third of the world lived at densities greater than 300 people per square mile. Since van Leeuwenhoek, there have been some 65 estimates of maximum world population based upon a wide range of limiting factors such as: food, fresh water, phosphorus, photosynthesis, fuel, nitrogen, waste removal, and human ingenuity. Estimates have ranged from 1 billion to 1 trillion. The fact is that life on Earth is governed by a number of interdependent factors. Everything effects everything else. And to make the mix more complicated is the human factor of changing cultural values.
4. Myth: Earth's problems can be solved by colonizing outer space. Truth: With present technology, it would cost $257 trillion a year to send enough people (5.7 million) into space to reduce the current rate of population growth from 1.5 to 1.4%, and, even so, the world population would still double in 50 years.
5. Myth: Technology can solve any population problem. Truth: Technology has indeed solved problems but it also creates new ones. The fear of the world running out of fuel led to better ways to extract coal, oil and gas but these solutions led to acid rain, a rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide, stripped lands, and oil spills. And there are problems which at the moment do not seem to have a technical solution. One in three people is infected with tuberculosis and 3 million die of the disease each year. With all the medical research going on, drug-resistant forms of the disease are still spreading.
6. Myth: The United States has no population problem. Truth: Of the 5.4 million pregnancies among American women in 1987, 3.1 million (57%) were unwanted. Of these, 1.6 million were aborted. When this number of unwanted conceptions takes place in a country, there is definitely a population problem. Unwanted children grow up to create a myriad of social problems.
7. Myth: Population problems of developing countries are not a problem for the United States. Truth: Refugees and immigrants are driven from their homelands by forces often linked to population growth and play visible roles in the domestic politics of Florida, Texas, and California, as well as in American foreign policy. Infectious diseases do not carry a passport -- the health of Americans depends on the health of the rest of the world. The rapid growth of the populations of developing countries has led to fierce wage competition which seems to have a role in the movement of jobs out of the United States.
8. Myth: The Roman Catholic Church is responsible for the population explosion. Truth: In some countries, church policies have certainly hindered access to contraception and family planning programs, but in practice, religion is not a critical factor in fertility levels. Spain and Italy, two Catholic countries, have the lowest birth rates in the world (1.2 children per woman). Latin American birth rates have fallen off to the world average (3.1 children per woman). Over the years in the States, the fertility of Catholics has gradually converged with that of Protestants.
9. Myth: Plagues, famines and wars are nature's (or God's) way of solving population problems. Truth: In the 15 countries in Africa where AIDS is most prevalent, it is estimated that AIDS-related deaths will only reduce the rate of population growth from 3.13 to 2.88% (with their population doubling every 24 years instead of every 22 years). Most famines are not acts of nature but politically directed. In this century, it is estimated that 200 million people lost their lives to war, yet the population of the world increased from 1.7 to 5.7 billion.
10. Myth: Population is a woman's issue, and women are the key to solving it. Truth: Though it is true that if the education, welfare and legal status of women do not improve, there is little hope of solving many population problems, women are not the only key players; in most of the world, men need similar help if a solution is to found. (JG)
LEGENDS OF THE NET
By James Gregory
Officials investigating a recent forest fire in the Pacific Northwest discovered a puzzling mystery: on a high mountain slope amidst the blackened tree stumps they found the charred remains of a scuba diver still wearing all his diving gear. What was a scuba diver doing in the forest? It turns out that he was swimming in the ocean when one of those water-scooping fire-fighting planes flew by and... well, you get the picture. Urban legends have existed since the time story tellers travelled the land. A classic urban legend is funny though gruesome, at times ironic, and too good not to be true.
Classic urban legends of the past include:
-- The hairless dog smuggled in a woman's carry-on luggage from Mexico that turns out to be a giant sewer rat;
-- Programs to collect pop can tabs and redeem them for kidney dialysis machines, and cigarette wrappers collected to buy time for people needing iron lungs (Campbell's program to redeem soup can labels for trade school supplies is apparently legit);
-- The kid who dried off Fifi, the wet poodle, in the microwave oven;
-- Kids' lick-and-stick superhero tattoos laced with LSD;
-- The new-age auto mechanic in Florida who repaired cars by parking them in a pyramid-shaped garage overnight.
-- McDonald's hamburgers (or the chow mien at your local Chinese restaurant) that contain something else besides beef.
Traditionally, urban legends have been spread by word of mouth, which is approximately the speed of sound, but these days they zip around the world at the speed of light -- you can launch a yarn on the Internet in the morning and by dinner time it is a legend. The problem with urban legends in general, and the Internet in particular, is how to differentiate between fact and fiction. Because most urban legends are so delicious and have a certain internal logic, we WANT to believe them. Unfortunately, much of the news floating around the Internet has been processed and edited and summarized to the point where it barely resembles the original. The quality of the reproduction is directly related to the skill and scruples of the "processor" -- the person who massages and reforms the information and passes it on. [It is for this reason that we at NHNE are so particular about sources, and as much as possible try to give you the original source and Web site address so you can check things out for yourself.]
Are urban legends true? Some are, and some should be. Whether true or false, urban legends are meant to be harmless fun, but they can be dangerous, mean, and in some cases, very expensive when lies are spread as truth. After years of unsuccessfully battling the falsehood that their moon and stars logo was a satanic symbol, PROCTOR AND GAMBLE were finally forced to dump the thing.
And so it is in the spirit of fun that we invite you to share your favorite urban legends with us at NHNE. We will pick the top three and publish them in our next "Leftovers" issue at the end of July. The deadline for submissions is July 19, 1996. Winners will be awarded a six-month NHNE subscription that they can use themselves or give to their friends as gifts. Please include your sources and let us know if you think the stories are true.
(Source: Tim Grobaty, KNIGHT-RIDDER via THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 6/24/96)
KICKING THE TV HABIT
(Source: Jim Trelease, NEW AGE JOURNAL ANNUAL SOURCEBOOK for 1996)
[Have you ever considered reducing or eliminating TV in your life, but could not make the move? Here is one family's story.]
Author, Jim Trelease, realized his family had a problem when he noticed a deterioration in their long-time bedtime story-telling ritual because, as his kids claimed, "It took too much time away from TV." He heard that some friends of his had created a house rule of no TV on school nights. Sounded like it was worth a try.
The family meeting began, "Mom and I have decided that there will be no more television on school nights in this house -- forever." The kids cried every school night for four months. Jim and his wife tried to explain their decision rationally; the kids cried harder.
The pressure was enormous. "There's nothing to talk about in school anymore." "Dad, my teacher says there is a special show on tonight that I have to watch. She said, 'Don't come to school tomorrow if you haven't seen the show.'" "What about all those NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC specials?"
After three months, Jim and his wife started to notice changes in routines: there was time at night to read aloud, to do homework at an unhurried pace, to play chess and Scrabble, to make models which had been sitting in closets for years, to bake cakes and cookies, to write letters and thank you notes, to do household chores at a reasonable hour, to play sports, to paint, and best of all -- to talk with one another.
After a time, the ban was softened to include one TV show per week on a school night. This helped the children to be discriminate in their selections. As their children's interests expanded, not so surprisingly, they chose this option less and less often.
Eventually, the Trelease family reached the marvellous and enviable point where they controlled the TV -- not the other way around.
If you are considering this route for your family, know that it comes with a cost -- your children will whine, the pressure will be enormous, and you must make a commitment to fill the three-hour void in your children's lives each day. (JG)
ANGEL FESTIVAL ATLANTA '96: JULY 2 - 6
Seven Concourse Parkway
THE 3RD ANGEL FESTIVAL is a non-profit venture to share angelic thought of all persuasions. It is a fun, festive forum with booths, lectures, and performances. THE ANGEL FESTIVAL was created in 1995 by Candace Frazee, Madam Chair of SILA (SWEDENBORG INFORMATION OF LOS ANGELES). She provides a unique service where angel vendors and angel speakers meet under one roof, whether they are New Age, Christian, Buddhist or non-affiliated. Hundreds of angel vendors, speakers, authors, artists, and performers will be presenting their angel wares and views of angels. This is angel woodstock.
For details, please contact Candace Frazee, Director of ANGEL FESTIVAL ATLANTA '96:
Phone: (818) 794-4458
Fax: (818) 683-0684
Here are some projects we are currently working on:
HILLARY CLINTON - SPIRITUAL SEEKER
Hillary has been recently bashed by the media for being a spiritual seeker. Is that such a bad thing? A report on the story behind the story.
ALIENS CAPTURED IN BRAZIL
We have shared a preliminary report with you; as soon as we get some harder facts we will pass them on. We have to tread very carefully with a story like this.
SECOND WHITE BUFFALO
Is there a second white buffalo or not? We have conflicting reports. Once we are certain we will let you know.
There are peculiar events going on in Antarctica that could effect the whole world.
SPECIAL REPORT: SEDONA, ARIZONA
Spiritual gathering place, land of vortexes, interdimensional portals, red rock country, UFO's and men in black, rock beings, and a place of heart-stopping beauty, there is too much happening in Sedona to fit into one article so we are going to devote an entire NHNE Special Report to this fascinating subject. Look for it towards the end of July. Like all NHNE Special Reports, our Special Report on Sedona will be available only to NHNE subscribers.
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ABOUT NHNE & HOW TO JOIN US:
NewHeavenNewEarth is a spontaneous, grass roots network of enthusiastic people who believe that a divine plan is unfolding in the earth. Our primary goal is to identify, understand and manifest this plan as best we can.
We also believe that our planet is passing through a time of profound change and we are busily building a global network to share information, pool resources and connect with others of like mind. Our goal is to create a global community of like-minded people that can safely pass through whatever changes may come our way and help give birth to a new way of life on our planet.
Based primarily on the Information Highway, we are not directly affiliated with any particular religion, organization, political view or institution, but are aware of and working in harmony with many groups who share similar goals.
We invite everyone who is sincerely seeking to understand the reason for our existence and the nature of the changes presently unfolding on our planet, to join us.
To join NHNE, send an email message to "firstname.lastname@example.org" and ask to be placed on our mailing list. There is no cost, but we do ask that you consider taking out a subscription to help us with our expenses.
Our home base is on the World Wide Web. Along with containing a database of all of our material, our Web site also provides a host of other important services.
Finally, NHNE sponsors a discussion group dedicated to studying the Pathwork Guide Lectures of Eva Pierrakos. To join the NHNE Discussion Group, send a letter to "email@example.com" and write "pathworkcircle" in the SUBJECT field of your letter. If you are not familiar with the Pathwork Guide Lectures, you can track down our Special Report on Eva's work in our Web site database:
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