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Be Tolerant

You have the power to tolerate anyone and any situation. But tolerance is not just suffering in silence.

It means going beyond any personal discomfort you may feel, and giving a gift to whom ever you would tolerate. Give your time, attention, understanding, compassion, care - all are gifts, which paradoxically, you also receive in the process of giving.

And, as you do, you will experience your own self esteem and inner strength grow. In this way you can turn tolerance into strength.





Ghandi

There come to us moments in life when about some things we need no proof from without. A little voice within us tells us, 'You are on the right track, move neither to your left nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow way.

A person falsely claiming to act under divine inspiration or the promptings of the inner voice without having any such, will fare worse than the one falsely claiming to act under the authority of an earthly sovereign. Whereas the latter on being exposed will escape with injury to his body, the former may perish body and soul together.

You have to believe no one but yourselves. You must try to listen to the inner voice, but if you will not have the expression"inner voice", you may use the expression "dictates of reason", which you should obey, and if you will not parade God, I have no doubt you will parade something else which in the end will prove to be God, for, fortunately, there is no one and nothing else but God in this universe.

For me truth is the sovereign principle, which includes numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me.




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June 23 2007

Addicted To Love - DonInLondon ‘Day In The Life’

Today has been a different kind of day for me. I had a very difficult night. As you may realise I write mostly in the evening and into the early hours of the morning. And in the morning I read the headline global news and choose what to include on my web links to different media organisations.

Its my way I guess for now, it’s the time, the evening, when all my feelings are settling and usually after a meeting of AA, Alcoholics Anonymous. The good in the meetings is helping me make sense of life and then sharing on how I am doing daily is no chore for me, its just a way of expressing my insides out.

I was late to bed and after only a few minutes could feel the cramping in my calves. It got worse. So all night it went on. Walking off cramp is the best way I feel. And yet walking was very difficult and the pain to stand or move just made the situation worse.

So what’s all that got to do with love?

Nothing of course its just me and my conditions, so back to addiction and love.

Love

We feel at our best when we have love in our lives, often we don’t say it or realise its about. Its something we often take for granted and then we wonder where it went. Some of us learned love differently, or many of us do. Loving behaviour and feeling is a unique gift we develop and share as we live and experience life.

Love

We know when we are bereft of love, when we feel loss and the most obvious love is for mother, father, siblings and as we grow, its kinship and friends. We love according to custom practice and what we feel in our own minds about people we meet.
And of course lovers.

Lovers

Partners we have as we grow in adulthood. The depth of sharing and intimacy. The understanding, unconditional and love just rocks us and holds us in the sway with another. We find peace in their arms, we share every element we are, and intimacy brings us to our knees when love leaves.

Lost Love

A friend of mine is coming back to the fellowship after a long and protracted period of drinking. I am hoping they make it back. And the dismal and grief stricken situation humbles us as we realise we have done this ourselves. Fallen in love with the wrong partner who seemed to be the perfect partner..

Recollections for me

I have been in love, lost love, obsessed about more love, felt completely besotted by the right girl in the right place. Girls in my outlook are about the same as me around 50, so whilst they are still girls to me, to you they may look like your mother or grand ma. Take it from an older man’s perspective beauty is beauty and is an inside job no matter the age. And when we love, its everything we understand and see, empathy and quite frankly it’s the whole package. Personality and character for both men and women I guess. And what we see on the outside often reflects what is happening in a persons mind. At least some of the time

And About Grief and Loss of Lovers

Its life these days and we don’t always understand why, and then we break up and try fix things. And then we go into deeper glooms. And then we get what we want and its not what we want. Maybe it was not love - just obsession and control and power?

Love Control and Inclusion

We look at love differently depending on how we live and work life. Sometimes we feel in control, sometimes we need inclusion and sometimes love of any kind would be better than being alone, excluded and out of control.

My friend heartbroken for the right reasons now? Absolutely and feels inconsolable and so have I in the past. The truth is we find our partners where we were somewhere along the path to somewhere. Often like us, needy, and yearning, a gap inside, and some space for a relationship.

Fixing and Loving

We yearn it believe it and behave like we have found the love of our life.. Often we fix a hole in our soul. As we have a space and gap so big its bigger than love, its obsession and control and inclusion gone mad for want the want of love..

Drink

Cures nothing makes things worse, makes us suicidal, mad as hell and resolves nothing.

Alcoholic drinking, kills our spirit, our ability to love, masquerades control and self will as masterful and righteous, and often ends in violent acts on ourselves or potentially others. As we might kill ourselves with grief and self loathing, we can spin and hate the object of our affection, and be ruined by hate and self hate and violent dreams, which may surface as "crimes of passion." There is no such thing as a crime of passion, simply the controller who squeezes life out of a relationship and sometimes physically is mad and made worse with drink. Insanity indeed and there to witness in society too often.

Self harm

We alcoholics end up self harming as we take the blame often, and sometimes and inevitably we are the cause of this woe. We never learned how to love, even ourselves.

Tonight its good to reflect differently

That this world can turn us one way or another, and through civilisation and fellowship for me, I am better able to love. I can see where I drew the line in physical aspects of hurting, except for my own self harm. Yet the horrid behaviour of control and manipulation I find done to me, and then I did the same back to others makes me shudder and reflect I am glad to understand love, by what it is not these days

Love - What is It?

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Be Tolerant

You have the power to tolerate anyone and any situation. But tolerance is not just suffering in silence.

It means going beyond any personal discomfort you may feel, and giving a gift to whom ever you would tolerate. Give your time, attention, understanding, compassion, care - all are gifts, which paradoxically, you also receive in the process of giving.

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Goldsmith steps down days before Brown becomes PM June 23 2007




Attorney general's announcement ends career dogged by Iraq and BAE case

Clare Dyer, legal editor

Lord Goldsmith dramatically announced his resignation as attorney general last night, days before he was expected to be ousted when Gordon Brown takes over as prime minister. The departure makes it easier for Mr Brown to look afresh at the role of attorney general, a job which many consider to have inbuilt conflicts of interest.

Mr Brown is considering stripping the attorney of his role in superintending prosecutions and making the Crown Prosecution Service independent. Such a change would mean no government minister would play a part in deciding whether to prosecute in the loans-for-honours affair, distancing the new administration from the embarrassing saga.

Lord Goldsmith said in a statement that he had been "immensely privileged" to serve but had "wanted for some time to move on". He would not be giving up all links with government, and had "agreed with Mr Brown to carry out a review of the legal and other aspects of citizenship, further details of which will be announced in due course".

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Britain hails EU deal June 23 2007




Philip Webster and David Charter in Brussels

European leaders struck an outline deal on the future of the EU at midnight last night after Britain won a legal exemption from a new rights charter and Gordon Brown intervened directly to thwart French efforts to weaken competition laws.

After days of bitter resistance from Poland on the new voting system, a draft treaty was agreed when the Poles accepted a compromise that will be phased in from 2014 to 2017.

Tony Blair achieved his aim of an explicit declaration in the proposed treaty that the European Court of Justice will not be able to use the Charter of Fundamental Rights to change British law. The declaration stated: “For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in the charter creates justifiable rights applicable to the UK except in so far as the UK has provided for such rights in its national law.”

The concession – the most important of Mr Blair’s four “red lines” – came on day when he was pressured by Mr Brown to change his negotiating position. The Chancellor leant on Mr Blair to force the retention of the EU’s commitment to “undistorted competition” after it was dropped from a list of the Union’s objectives and values. The Prime Minister secured a protocol that officials claimed gave “legal certainty” to unhampered competition as a goal of the EU.

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The fight for the world's food June 23 2007



Population is growing. Supply is falling. Prices are rising. What will be the cost to the planet's poorest?

By Daniel Howden

Most people in Britain won't have noticed. On the supermarket shelves the signs are still subtle. But the onset of a major change will be sitting in front of many people this morning in their breakfast bowl. The price of cereals in this country has jumped by 12 per cent in the past year. And the cost of milk on the global market has leapt by nearly 60 per cent. In short we may be reaching the end of cheap food.

For those of us who have grown up in post-war Britain food prices have gone only one way, and that is down. Sixty years ago an average British family spent more than one-third of its income on food. Today, that figure has dropped to one-tenth. But for the first time in generations agricultural commodity prices are surging with what analysts warn will be unpredictable consequences.

Like any other self-respecting trend this one now has its own name: agflation. Beneath this harmless-sounding piece of jargon - the conflation of agriculture and inflation - lie two main drivers that suggest that cheap food is about to become a thing of the past. Agflation, to those that believe that it is really happening, is an increase in the price of food that occurs as a result of increased demand from human consumption and the diversion of crops into usage as an alternative energy resource.

On the one hand the growing affluence of millions of people in China and India is creating a surge in demand for food - the rising populations are not content with their parents' diet and demand more meat. On the other, is the use of food crops as a source of energy in place of oil, the so-called bio-fuels boom.

As these two forces combine they are setting off warning bells around the world.

Rice prices are climbing worldwide. Butter prices in Europe have spiked by 40 per cent in the past year. Wheat futures are trading at their highest level for a decade. Global soybean prices have risen by a half. Pork prices in China are up 20 per cent on last year and the food price index in India was up by 11 per cent year on year. In Mexico there have been riots in response to a 60 per cent rise in the cost of tortillas.

It has even revived discussion of the work of the 18th-century British thinker Robert Malthus. He predicted that the growth of the world's population would outstrip its ability to produce food, leading to mass starvation.

So far in Britain we have been insulated from the early effects of these price rises by the competitive nature of our retail system. But the supermarkets cannot shield us for long. The European Commission no longer has reserves to help cushion its citizens. Its mountains of unsold butter and meat and its lake of powdered milk have disappeared after reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy.

Then there is corn. While relatively little corn is eaten directly it is of pivotal importance to the food economy as so much of it is consumed indirectly. The milk, eggs, cheese, butter, chicken, beef, ice cream and yoghurt in the average fridge is all produced using corn and the price of every one of these is influenced by the price of corn. In effect, our fridges are full of corn.

In the past 12 months the global corn price has doubled. The constant aim of agriculture is to produce enough food to carry us over to the next harvest. In six of the past seven years, we have used more grain worldwide than we have produced. As a result world grain reserves - or carryover stocks - have dwindled to 57 days. This is the lowest level of grain reserves in 34 years.

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EU leaders agree on reform treaty June 23 2007

EU leaders in Brussels have reached agreement on an outline of new rules for the 27-member bloc after two days of tough negotiations, officials say.
Compromise over a new voting system - to which Poland objected - was struck, removing a major obstacle to a deal.

Warsaw had rejected previous proposals as giving too much weight to the bloc's larger members, including Germany.

The treaty is planned to replace the failed EU constitution, which was rejected by voters in 2005.

The leaders emerged from their overnight talks smiling to announce the results.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said "we have a detailed and clear mandate for an inter-governmental conference" which will draft the actual treaty.

"We are very, very satisfied with what we have been able to conclude."

Ms Merkel said it had not been easy but in the end everyone had made concessions.

Double majority

The President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, paid tribute to Ms Merkel and handed her a bunch of flowers.

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June 23 1992: 'Teflon Don' jailed for life

New York crime boss John Gotti has been sentenced to life imprisonment with no chance of parole.

The head of the city's largest Mafia family was convicted on 2 April for racketeering and five counts of murder - including the former head of the Gambino clan, Paul Castellano.

Gotti's deputy, Frank Locascio, was also sentenced to life after being found guilty of similar charges. Both men were fined $250,000 (£134,500).

Several hundred Gotti-supporters had gathered outside the Brooklyn courtroom and an angry mob attempted to storm the building when the decision was announced.

Judge Leo Glasser's sentencing brought to a close the long quest to convict the man nicknamed the "Teflon Don".

Gotti, 51, had escaped repeated attempts by federal prosecutors throughout the 1980s to get charges to stick to him.

But police finally persuaded Salvatore Gravano - his former ally and right hand man - to testify against his boss in return for leniency.

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Ghandi

There come to us moments in life when about some things we need no proof from without. A little voice within us tells us, 'You are on the right track, move neither to your left nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow way.

A person falsely claiming to act under divine inspiration or the promptings of the inner voice without having any such, will fare worse than the one falsely claiming to act under the authority of an earthly sovereign. Whereas the latter on being exposed will escape with injury to his body, the former may perish body and soul together.

You have to believe no one but yourselves. You must try to listen to the inner voice, but if you will not have the expression"inner voice", you may use the expression "dictates of reason", which you should obey, and if you will not parade God, I have no doubt you will parade something else which in the end will prove to be God, for, fortunately, there is no one and nothing else but God in this universe.

For me truth is the sovereign principle, which includes numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me.




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