Individuals and groups

Individuals and groups whose story doesn't fit into any other category.

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I often remark, in contrast to one persistent cliché, that

I am religious but not spiritual.

By this, I don’t mean that I’m a heartless churchgoer. Who do I mean?

First, let’s look at the word “spiritual.” What I mean by “not spiritual” is that, so far as I can tell, the world doesn’t appear to be populated by spirits. I don’t see ghosts or gods. So far as I’m concerned, all I see is nature, and I don’t see any good reason to posit any existence beyond nature. To me, “spiritual” is a word that stands in direct opposition to “natural.”

But I am not simply non-spiritual. Even more than I am not spiritual, I am religious.

{josquote}All ya can do is do what you must. You do what you must do and ya do it well. I’ll do it for you, honey baby. Can’t you tell? —Bob Dylan{/josquote}

What do I mean by this? I mean that I see sacredness in the world. It would not be enough for me to describe my view as naturalistic, because that term is too often conflated with objectivistic indifference. I cannot describe myself as indifferent. I don’t even believe that indifference exists, for in every moment of my life I have cared about whatever I was experiencing, though it be only subtly. I care about everything I see, touch, hear, smell, taste, or imagine. Never have I experienced anything valueless, whether its value be good or bad. Never have I been utterly indifferent.

It’s simple: we care. We must see value in our existence, and we must behave accordingly. When I say, “we must,” I mean that it cannot be avoided. It is the nature of our existence. If there is any Great Power in our lives, it is this: caring.

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Khani Creates Another Excavation Victim

The excavated area is seen in the photo. Part of the work on the Melville St retaining wall can be seen at the right.

Following the death last year of Mrs Rita Thurley her property at 165 Bathurst St is empty and has passed to her Trustees with plans in hand to sell it.

Her land has the considerable slope where Melville St moves to Bathurst. That slope is easily seen in Barrack St. Mr Khani has now excavated very close to her Eastern boundary at the rear of her property.

The result is that part of her fence is likely to soon collapse and with heavy rains some of her rear garden is likely to follow.

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Interview with a digital media entrepreneur

Founder Eric Stetson in front of the 60Best office

Eric Stetson is the founder and CEO of 60 Best Inc., a Northern Virginia based information technology company that is developing an online periodical media aggregator to launch by July 1, 2012 at

60Best will simplify the way people find what’s worth reading and follow their favorite bloggers and news feeds.

Eric was kind enough to take some time off from his busy schedule to answer a few questions for me.

This is the first part of a two part interview and a must-read for anyone considering investing in intellectual property for wealth building.

We’ve all seen the share-market and the housing market boom and crash.  It is my personal opinion that the only thing that we, as thinking individuals, must invest in is ourselves and education of others for sustainable profit, self-growth and betterment of society.

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Small-town doctor loses sex assault appeal

Dr. Farrokh Rohani always maintained his innocence, but he won’t be getting a new trial.

On Tuesday, the B.C. Court of Appeal upheld his conviction for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old male patient.

“Unlike many other sexual assault trials, this was not a case in which the judge had only the trial testimony of the complainant and the accused on which to base her decision,” wrote Chief Lance Justice Finch in his decision supported by two other judges.

Rohani was the only medical doctor serving the small North Island community of Port Alice when he was arrested in August 2008, after the teenager accused him of sexual assault.

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Glastonbury meditation is a homage to British inclusivity and goodwill

Since I wrote about how Glastonbury was a kaleidoscope of shared, sacred space the Pilgrim Reception Centre in the town has estimated that there are around 70 different faith groups here – including several I've never heard of. Some of those 70 will be emerging from the sociological woodwork on 21 April, when a community ceremony to celebrate this diversity is going to be held at the Chalice Well gardens.

{josquote}Meeting the head of the Baha'i faith in Constantinople in the early 1900s, he became a keen adherent of that faith.{/josquote}

The Chalice Well itself is run by a trust founded by the redoubtable Major Wellesley Tudor Pole, (the lead singer of punk band Tenpole Tudor is a relative) the man who proposed the idea of the Silent Minute. Originally from Weston-super-Mare, Tudor Pole was one of those stalwarts of the British Empire: an adventurous soldier with an enquiring mind. Meeting the head of the Baha'i faith in Constantinople in the early 1900s, he became a keen adherent of that faith. He served in the directorate of military intelligence in the Middle East throughout the first world war, and information received by him proved pivotal in altering plans for the war in Palestine. After the war, in collaboration with Winston Churchill, he set up the Silent Minute alongside the Lamplighter Movement – which culminated in the establishment of Remembrance Day commemorations. The Silent Minute itself is a curiously potent idea: a "null", if you like, the absence of action. After the war, one Gestapo officer described it as a weapon that the Germans could not counter: an interesting concept in an age which prioritises speech and the flourishes of rhetoric.

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