Just about every day, one can see heart-wrenching ads on TV about children’s hospitals. No one would disagree that these children and their parents need and deserve help.
However, many people are unaware that the word “research” in the words “research hospital” means animal experimentation.
If you feel that this experimentation is kind and gentle, sorry, but that is not the case. Here is some information about testing on animals:
Go to Humane Society International, then click on “Our Work,” then go to “Animal Testing.”
This is very painful to read, and the photos are disturbing. However, if you are unaware of the cruelty that is never mentioned at all in the ads that present only innocent children – cruelty that is being perpetrated out-of-sight on animals, you may wish to be more informed. That way you can make a conscious decision about whether or not you feel that any good can ever come from inflicting pain and death on innocent animals who have had nothing at all to do with causing human suffering.
Only you can make this decision for yourself, and this is relevant information.
We’ve gotten lots of rain and more is coming this weekend! The lakes and creeks are filling up, making the critters (and me) happy. I am going to be disappointed in myself if I get these identifications wrong, 109 more words
“Giants of the Mediterranean” was one of the topics on Ancient Aliens this afternoon.
As well as in many other places in the world, great civilizations arose around the Mediterranean Sea.
There are stories of giants all over the world. In the 7th Century BC, Hesiod (among others) wrote about one-eyed giants, the Cyclopes. They were builders, building great structures in stone.
Thousands of stone structures in the Mediterranean were built with stones far too heavy for normal humans to lift.
In Malta, some of the biggest megalithic sites are over a thousand years older than the pyramids. The temple Ggantija – before the discovery of Gobekli Tepe – was the oldest known free-standing temple. Ggantija means “place of the giants.”
In Qrendi, Malta, there is a trefoil complex of temples which archaeologists date to around 3600 BC – a thousand years earlier than the Egyptian pyramids. Regular human people could not have lifted the stones to build them. Other estimates, based on astrological alignments, date them to 10,200 BC. Legend says that the knowledge of building was brought there by giants, who were aliens.
On Sardinia, Italy, among rugged mountains, are mysterious, ancient stone structures called nuraghe. Apparently, there are between 7,000 to 20,000 of these nuraghe towers. No one knows how they were built; building them came to a halt around 200 AD.
Some 800 tombs on Sardinia appear to have been built for giants. Giants from 9 to 12 feet tall would have been able to fit in the larger tombs.
In the museum in Cagliari, Sardinia, are featured very tall stone giants – eight feet tall. Over 40 of these stone statues have been found and are on display. They have long heads and very unusual features.
Thirty stone menhirs across the island of Sardina – large single stones — often have carvings on them that appear to depict figures flying down from the sky.
Not too far away, the ancient Sumerians (in modern Iraq) also wrote about large beings, the Anunnaki – with bird heads and with wings – always depicted as enormous beings.
There is much more, of course, all over the world — legends about giants on every continent – but this will do for the moment.
Yes, I know that giants may not seem very plausible or very relevant to the times in which we live.
But there is very much that is intriguing and so little known about the ancient past. We know so little about the past, and yet we are so quick to make pronouncements about what is true and what isn’t – as if we knew for certain – which we don’t.
Holler Hooters, are the very best neighbors! This little guy, flies with his friend Katie Pnewski, at Avian Behavior International in Southern California. We have nesting barn owls in our owl boxes at The Holler. Check out this frumpy little chick on his first day out of his nest, napping, and making a new friend!…
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Sleet falls in a sharp angle across the sky. The ground in just a few moments is covered in white – white that highlights the deep shadows of mystery within the waving sage brush.
The sleet turns to snow and rain. There is thunder too, deep, far away. Huge snowflakes billow down. The sage brush bounces, buffeted by the wind. This is the beauty of the universe.
If I were outside repairing the electric lines, or even just trying to get my car going — I would be saying, “Oh, what nasty weather!”
Somewhere the electricity repair person is hard at work, and for him or her, it is truly very nasty weather.
Inside, I am grateful for electricity and warmth and for the freedom to watch the beauty of the earth – where all is One – the falling snow, the rhythm of the seasons. And all is eternity – each snowflake and the ravens that fly bravely in the wind.
The message of Jesus Christ has little to do with some aspects of modern-day Christianity. His was a message of love and peace.
This extended to animals. In the final days of his life, he freed the doves in the temple from the cages where they were trapped, waiting to be sacrificed during a “religious” ritual.
He never established a church or set up a religion. Instead, he healed the sick and raised the dead. He didn’t advocate one religion over another. Instead, he said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions.”
He treated women as equals and — to the astonishment of some — had conversations with women even when they were alone. Those who remained faithful to him at the end – who stood at the foot of the cross and attended his grave were his mother and Mary Magdalen.
He taught us not to judge others, saying “Let he who has never sinned cast the first stone.”
In modern times, many who are disillusioned with the hypocrisy of some who call themselves “Christians”, tend to dismiss the goodness, truth and life essence of spiritual reality. They retreat into a bubble that restricts their awareness to a materialistic, physical level – with no God, no spiritual awareness, and no eternal truth.
The truth of Jesus Christ is the same transcendental truth that lies at the heart of every spiritual path.
Forest Voices of India, a 501C 3 organization, helps charities in India – primarily environmental charities.
What is a voice? A voice is an expression of the spirit.
The voice of the whale calls to other whales. The voice of the forest gives expression to the thoughts of the trees.
The voice of the mountain lion calls to her young.
The voice is an expression of life, of existence, consciousness, awareness. The earth herself has a voice, a presence – as does each rock, each mountain – as do the rains, the wind, and even the heat of the desert at noon.
All is alive and all is a spirit – including the stars overhead, the comets, the moons of the planets that turn round and round.
Nothing has died and all is alive. This is the truth that encompasses the sacred – sacred plants, sacred rivers, the sacred essence of each living species and also the earth and the oceans.
When we imagine that only human beings – or perhaps only human beings and those animals that are somewhat like us – have awareness and a life essence, we have misunderstood the nature of the universe – both the material universe and also the spiritual universe.
In doing so, we have limited and greatly reduced our own life.
In reality, all has life, vitality, and consciousness. All is One. This is one of the core understandings of truth that arose many thousands of years ago on the Indian subcontinent.
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This is not an official statement by FV of India. It represents only my own perspective. Others who are part of Forest Voices of India, may have differing – or complementary – views and insights. – Sharon St Joan
Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game: The dismal reality is that green energy will save not the complex web of life on Earth but the particular way of life of one domineering species. https://theintercept.com/2022/12/03/climate-biodiversity-green-energy/ Christopher Ketcham December 3 2022, 4:00?a.m. DONATE A boiler tower surrounded by mirrors at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System…
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