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INSIDE: To Natasha, Who Hears Voices; The Enduring and Damning Legacy of Chernobyl; World Headlines At A Glance; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our World, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Funzone: Best of the Net; Travel; Masha & the Bear, Sissel, Wrath of the Testament; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us
TO NATASHA, WHO HEARS VOICES
By Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller: Editor
In some societies, hearing voices is considered a symptom of mental illness. In others, it is considered a gift, even when what is “channeled” or “relayed” defies the imagination of even Rod Serling.
Historically, if we believe the Christian Scriptures ~ and I do, just as I believe what is written in other such books as the Koran and the Torah ~ Moses heard the voice of God, talked to God and spoke on the Divine’s behalf. Job certainly had some interesting conversations and Noah, undeniably. So did Jesus. Secularly and more recently, so did Joan of Arc.
In every case cited here, the exchanges were followed by action; history-making and history-changing action. It’s been going on a long time and continues today, often under the tragic guise of terrorism..
Closer to home, what about each of us and “that little voice inside”? What about those who converse with the “deceased” through what is often described as a very thin veil? How about those of us who communicate with many creatures great and small?
Seems to me we’re talking about a pretty common phenomenon here. The problem is not the voices but what the voices want us to do.
I take people who hear voices as seriously as I do anyone whose who does not. If they propose violent behavior, I do what is necessary to neutralize that threat. I do not, however, treat them as deranged, nor do I deny them their humanity. If I were to do that to all those who hear voices, I’d be denying humanity to most of the people on the planet.
Including you guys and myself.
And from Olya: I think you will find interesting this article “In The Shamanic View, Mental Illness Signals “The Birth Of A Healer,”
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.
THE LINGERING AND DAMNING LEGACY OF CHERNOBYL
By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor
A few days ago, I watched a trailer on HBO a film about Chernobyl became available about the tragedy that happened on 26 April 1986 when Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant that is situated in Kyiv region of Ukraine had a massive explosion. It was emotionally hard to watch the trailer, the same “emotionally hard” as once visiting the Ukrainian National Chornoby Museum in Kyiv.
We shall never forget the heroism and drama of those who tried to limit the consequences of explosion. It is also incredibly sad that this catastrophe was not enough halt construction new nuclear plants. Nuclear energy remains one of the principle sources of electricity in Ukraine and even more generators are under consideration, according to the article Nuclear energy in Ukraine
While gas and coal are deemed to be unsustainable, obviously we need new sources of energy. Unfortunately, renewable energy sources are not given enough attention. For example, I’ve never seen a wind plant in Ukraine. The better situation is with solar energy, but still it’s not the needed scale.
Do people need to be so shortsighted? This article Why nuclear power will never supply the world’s energy needs answers that question. Nuclear technology is too dangerous for humans and the global environment.
Even to run nuclear plants, we need rare materials with foreseen shortage. And as far as closing them safely, we have not yet even found a way to dispose of the waste from them.
In the several decades since the atom was split with intention of deriving electrical energy from that fission, scientists sincerely believed that the risks could be mediated. They have not.
With the lifespan of a plant about 60 years, I consider it is simply unfair to still rely on this technology and making future generations hostages to it.
Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine. Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments, please go here.
TODAY’S NEWS FROM OUR SOURCES: Australian Broadcasting Corporation; British Broadcasting Corporation; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; Moscow Times; Reuters; Sightline Daily; TIME magazine; US News & World Report
According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, as short as you might be, you can always be too tall to sweat the small stuff.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
OUR WORLD, UNABRIDGED
This is absolutely fascinating. Scientists Gather To Contemplate The Great Silence
And in the “This Is Reassuring” category, this week’s winner is Great Images Of Fireball Over Bering Sea
A Return To The Moon In 5 Years?
THE GREEN BEAT
COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE
BEST OF THE NET
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Outstanding. The Ex-Poachers Saving Big Cats In Russia
Doesn’t it seem like the more of these we find, the larger they get? World’s Biggest T. Rex
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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