Vol. XXXVI, Number 2  February 2016

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In late January in a room in Kabul, Afghanistan, I joined several dozen people, working seamstresses, some college students, socially engaged teenagers and a few visiting internationals like myself, to discuss world hunger. Our emphasis was not exclusively on their own country’s worsening hunger problems. The Afghan Peace Volunteers, in whose home we were meeting, draw strength from looking beyond their own very real struggles.

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   Does Bernie Sanders’ Imperialism Matter?

The Dynamic Influence of Past Patterns
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by S Brian Willson


Cultural historians, philosophers, psychologists, essayists, and scientists caution us to seriously understand the past and its pervasive patterns. Sigmund Freud declared that in psychic life, nothing of what has been formed in the past ever disappears. Everything that has occurred is preserved in one way or another and, in fact, reappears under either favorable or unfavorable circumstances.

“The past never leaves us and the future is already here”. [Lewis Mumford].

“Wherever Western man went slavery, land robbery, lawlessness, culture-wrecking, and the outright extermination of both wild beasts and tame men went with him’. [Lewis Mumford].

“The West has ravaged the world for five hundred years, under the flag of master-slave theory which in our finest hour of hypocrisy was called ‘the white man’s burden’....

   What sets the west apart is its persistence to stop at nothing”. [Hans Koning].

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. [George Santayana].

“Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future”. [George Orwell].

Rupert Sheldrake, biochemist, cell biologist and philosopher, describes a theory similar to psychologist Carl Jung’s collective unconsciousness, or concept of a group mind, a kind of inherited COLLECTIVE memory.

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Cool Tiny House Village Opens With Electricity

to Care for Seattle Homeless

A little village of tiny
houses for the homeless
is taking shape on a plot
of land owned by a Lutheran
church in Seattle, Washington.

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Contact DEQ and Bullseye regarding carcinogenic and neurotoxic emissions

Wednesday, The Portland Mercury reported that Bullseye Glass, located at 3722 SE 21st St, has been emitting “a monthly aCadmium 49 times over the limit, Arsenic 159 times over the limitverage of 49 times the state air-safety benchmark level for the neurotoxin and carcinogen cadmium, and 159 times the air-safety goal for the carcinogen arsenic.”

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) plan to announce specifics of their collected data on Bullseye’s toxic emissions recorded at nearby measuring stations. Also nearby are schools and a children’s daycare located at Fred Meyer’s headquarters, KinderCare Education LLC.

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Sacramental Marijuana Seizure Spurs Lawsuit

Marijuana: controlled substance or religious sacrament? 

In December 2015, the Portland branch of the United States Postal Service (USPS) seized a 5-ounce package of marijuana mailed from Eugene by Joy Graves — the leader of the Cottage Grove branch of Oklevueha Native American Church (ONAC) — who says it was intended to help an ailing ONAC member in Ohio.

 According to a lawsuit filed against the USPS on Jan. 15 of this year, ONAC considers the marijuana “sacramental” and contends that its marijuana should not be subject to the Controlled Substances Act. The lawsuit, listing ONAC founder James Mooney, Graves and ONAC as plaintiffs, asks that the marijuana be returned.
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