Daily Archives: July 7, 2012

Where Silence Is Sacred – by Pico Iyer

Where Silence is Sacred

By Pico Iyer

http://www.utne.com/Mind-Body/Where-Silence-Is-Sacred-Chapels.aspx

Giant figures are talking and strutting and singing on enormous screens above me, and someone is chattering away on the mini-screen in the cab from which I just stepped. Nine people at this street corner are shouting into thin air, wearing wires around their chins and jabbing at the screens in their hands. One teenager, I read recently, sent 300,000 text messages in a month—or 10 a minute for every minute of her waking day, assuming that she was awake 16 hours a day. There are more cell phones than people on the planet now, almost (ten mobiles for everyone at the beginning of the century). Even by the end of the past century, the average human being in a country such as ours saw as many images in a day as a Victorian inhaled in a lifetime.  Continue reading

The Elephant Whisperer – Lawrence Anthony 1950-2012

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Lawrence Anthony, a legend in South Africa and author of 3 books 
including the bestseller The Elephant Whisperer, bravely rescued 
wildlife and rehabilitated elephants all over the globe from human 
atrocities, including the  courageous rescue of Baghdad Zoo animals 
during US invasion in 2003.

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Germany And The New European Union

Germany And The New European Union

 by Victor Davis Hanson
Hoover Institution, Stanford University
December 15, 2011

The rise of a German Europe began in 1914, failed twice, and has now ended in the victory of German power almost a century later. The Europe that Kaiser Wilhelm lost in 1918, and that Adolf Hitler destroyed in 1945, has at last been won by German Chancellor Angela Merkel without firing a shot.

Or so it seems from European newspapers, which now refer bitterly to a “Fourth Reich” and arrogant new Nazi “Gauleiters” who dictate terms to their European subordinates. Popular cartoons depict Germans with stiff-arm salutes and swastikas, establishing new rules of behavior for supposedly inferior peoples.        Continue reading

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