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Former pastor reacts to Cannabis Church: ‘1960s hippie’ | WISH-TV shows Pro-Cristian bias…

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 6.09.20 AMBy Howard Monroe/Posted at; – INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Some in the neighborhood surrounding the First Church of Cannabis are still unhappy it’s there.

“The guy has no developed theology, he has no doctrine of any version of salvation, no doctrine of end times, no doctrine of any sort,” said Ken Swan who lives nearby. “It’s basically 1960s hippie, lets-all-love-one-another-and-smoke-pot.”

The church is on South Rural Street, which is now lined with police tape and no parking signs.

Swan knows the church well, he was the pastor when it was the Hansing Park Christian Church.

He says when he was first told of the church, the first thing that went through his mind was grief.

Swan is blind, but he says he can see through the haze of what’s happening.

“Illegal activity under the name of a church,” said Swan.

Swan’s church closed in 2011 because of financial issues and declining membership.

By contrast, the First Church of Cannabis was at capacity Wednesday.

“Everybody gets it, everybody likes it so what’s a better birth for a new religion?” asked Bill Levin, the founder of the First Church of Cannabis. “We’re celebrating life’s great adventure and starting a new religion, it’s real simple, it’s a beautiful thing that everyone can wrap their head around. The deity doesn’t.”

Read more via…Source: Former pastor reacts to Cannabis Church: ‘1960s hippie’ | WISH-TV


Much of Pacific Ocean Threatened by Fukushima Releases, an Area Covering 1/3 of the Globe — IAEA Begins Testing

By ENENews – Marshall Islands Journal, Jul 18, 2014 (emphasis added): Seawater check for radioactivity… the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited the Marshall Islands earlier this month to train local officials to sample seawater for radioactive cesium… the IAEA Project [is] called “Marine benchmark study on the possible impact of the Fukushima radioactive releases in the Asia-Pacific Region.”… During a field exercise on July 2, two sets of seawater samples were collected… The samples were collected on filter cartridges coated with chemicals that will bond to the cesium element… This is the start of monitoring Marshall Islands seawater for cesium radioactivity which will be carried out every three months…

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, Ambassador Glyn Davies, Permanent U.S. Representative to the IAEA, 2011: Today the Secretariat has presented to us a new Technical Cooperation project entitled “Marine benchmark study on the possible impact of the Fukushima radioactive releases in the Asia-Pacific Region.”… Member States in the region are understandably concerned for the safety of their marine environments. The IAEA has unique expertise to offer in helping them to assess how recent events in Japan may affect their food and water resources… The United States fully supports this project… While the Secretariat has demonstrated admirable flexibility and agility in assembling this project quickly to meet anurgent need, we recognize… extra-budgetary resources are required… My delegation is pleased to announce that the United States will immediately make available $400,000 for this new regional, Fukushima-related project… We hope this contribution will allow the project to move forward without delay…

Read more via…Source: Much of Pacific Ocean Threatened by Fukushima Releases, an Area Covering 1/3 of the Globe — IAEA Begins Testing | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Israel Intercepts International Gaza-Bound Freedom Flotilla

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 5.10.00 AMPosted at; – The Israeli Navy has intercepted the Swedish boat “The Marianne”, part of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, in International waters at 05:11 AM Gaza time (GMT +3) and forced it to redirect to the nearest Israeli port of Ashdod. The coalition was on its way to Gaza to deliver aid.

In a statement immediately afterward, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition accused the Israeli government of “state piracy in international waters’ as well as maintaining an ‘absolutely fruitless policy of no tolerance’.

At 02:06AM today (Gaza time) the “Marianne” contacted Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) and informed us that three boats of the Israeli navy had surrounded her in international waters, while sailing approximately 100NM from Gaza coast. After that we lost contact with the “Marianne” and at 05:11AM (Gaza time) the IDF announced that they had “visited and searched” Marianne. They had captured the boat and detained all on board “in international waters” as they admitted themselves. The only positive content in the IDF announcement was that they still recognize that there is a naval blockade of Gaza, despite Netanyahu’s government recent denial that one exists.


It is disappointing that the Israeli government chose to continue the absolutely fruitless policy of “no tolerance”, meaning it will continue to enforce an inhumane and illegal collective punishment against 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza. Israel’s repeated acts of state piracy in international waters are worrying signs that the occupation and blockade policy extends to the entire eastern Mediterranean. We demand that the Israeli government cease and desist the illegal detainment of peaceful civilians traveling in international waters in support of humanitarian aid.

We call on our governments to ensure that all passengers and crew from the “Marianne” are safe, and to strongly protest against the violation of international maritime law by the Israeli state. We call on all civil society organizations to condemn the actions of Israel. People all over the world will continue to respond and react to this injustice, as will we, until the port of Gaza is open and the siege and occupation is ended.
Speaking from one of the boats, Ehab Lotayeh of the ‘Canadian Boat to Gaza’ team confirmed that the Marianne was intercepted: Continue reading…

To the Editor; Neil Young & Rev. Billy

unnamedJoseph — WWH

Here’s what’s happening to us now.

The Reverend Billy Show is on WBAI 99.5 FM every week, Wednesdays 2-3p, check it out.

After 18 months of actions and performances and hundreds of hours of rehearsal, we decided it was time to go in the studio and get our songs recorded, so we booked a two day session at Avatar Studios, which is almost the only recording Studio in NYC that can accommodate the whole lot of us.

We are also undertaking a ban of Glyphosates in New York City’s public spaces including parks, sidewalks, hydrants- really anywhere a so-called “weed” can grow. (By the way Plantain is great for itch and inflammation, just chew it up a bit and put it right on your mosquito bite for immediate relief.)

And on top of all this a few days ago we were invited to open for Neil Young at Jones Beach in NY on July 21st. We’re honored, because we love so many of his songs, and because he really has continued to say what he means after all this time.

Have a look at some videos of the work we’ve done over the past couple of months. Millions against Monsanto and an amazing trip to Marktown and the largest tar sands refinery in the US and across the pond at The British Museum.

We’ve been pushing hard and amplifying activism wherever we can and, I don’t know how else to say it, we need your help. Can you give to The Church of Stop Shopping today?

We launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $30,000 by August 21 to fund our summer work.

The Church of Stop Shopping is simple. We’re singing-activists. We engage in Non-violent Dramatic Action. We invite people to their own activism with our humor and music and dedication. We sing and shout in the streets and risk arrest.

We’re standing on our streets, on our porches, in our fields…We’re looking up at the sky, just like you. Only now, listen…Can you hear us? Action is irresistible.

Savitri D
Director of Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir

Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir · PO Box 1556, New York, NY 10013, United States
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Hippie Residents of an English Eco-Village Are Fighting to Keep Developers Out

One of the dwellings in the Runnymede eco-village. Photos by the author
One of the dwellings in the Runnymede eco-village. Photos by the author

This article originally appeared on VICE UK.

Today, an 800-year-old charter, a bunch of hippies living in a forest, and a multimillion-pound housing development will all be the topics of discussion in an English court of law.

Eight hundred years ago, the Magna Carta—a document cited by some as the cornerstone of modern democracy—was sealed by King John in Runnymede, Surrey. Anniversary celebrations will be held there today, less than two miles from an eco-village in a nearby forest. However, the residents of said eco-village won’t be celebrating until the evening, as they’ll be spending today in court, defending their right to stay, as developers Orchid Runnymede Ltd. move to vacate the 50 onsite residences to make way for a luxury housing estate named Magna Carta Park.

The initial eviction process began on March 20. Those living on the site were given 24 hours to vacate the land, and the following day were visited by a bailiff and handed a court order.

A man who calls himself Jedi has been living in his self-built dwelling on the land since


2012. He’ll act as defense witness for the case, and believes that destroying Runnymede eco-village is an act of treason by the Queen.

“It seems really apt we are here,” says Jedi. “We’re creating a dialogue about land rights in the twenty-first century, and we are less than two miles from the place where the Magna Carta was created—a document designed [in part] to protect the rights of the individual from greater powers unjustly deposing them of land.

Read more via…Source: Hippie Residents of an English Eco-Village Are Fighting to Keep Developers Out | VICE | United States

What’s Really Going on at Fukushima? 

1aeb09acaab1e942c62e5123559eb3d9by Robert Hunziker /Posted at; Dissident Voice

Fukushima’s still radiating, self-perpetuating, immeasurable, and limitless, like a horrible incorrigible Doctor Who monster encounter in deep space.

Fukushima will likely go down in history as the biggest cover-up of the 21st Century. Governments and corporations are not leveling with citizens about the risks and dangers; similarly, truth itself, as an ethical standard, is at risk of going to shambles as the glue that holds together the trust and belief in society’s institutions. Ultimately, this is an example of how societies fail.

Tens of thousands of Fukushima residents remain in temporary housing more than four years after the horrific disaster of March 2011. Some areas on the outskirts of Fukushima have officially reopened to former residents, but many of those former residents are reluctant to return home because of widespread distrust of government claims that it is okay and safe.

Part of this reluctance has to do with radiation’s symptoms. It is insidious because it cannot be detected by human senses. People are not biologically equipped to feel its power, or see, or hear, touch or smell it (Caldicott). Not only that, it slowly accumulates over time in a dastardly fashion that serves to hide its effects until it is too late.

Chernobyl’s Destruction Mirrors Fukushima’s Future

As an example of how media fails to deal with disaster blowback, here are some Chernobyl facts that have not received enough widespread news coverage: Over one million (1,000,000) people have already died from Chernobyl’s fallout.

Read more via… Source: What’s Really Going on at Fukushima? | Dissident Voice