Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Re Cape Breton/Skull Island
 Ab Ovo Non-Serviam at 666 H.C.
2. In the law of evidence, the term has a still wider meaning, including also witnesses and things animate and inanimate that may be presented for inspection by the tribunal.
4. Slang A trick or gimmick, especially one used in a swindle or to rig a game.
3. Slang a. To take in or defraud; swindle.
b. To rig or fix in order to cheat: knew that the carnival games had been gaffed.
1. Slang foolish talk; nonsense
blow the gaff Brit slang to divulge a secret...
stand the gaff Slang chiefly US and Canadian to endure ridicule, difficulties, etc.
It's said we should learn from our history. In the case of the coal miners of Cape Breton, not only have they learned, they haven't forgotten. The history of their union is one filled with unrest, battles and death. The stories are passed from generation to generation so that the union's history is as vivid for today's miners as for their forefathers who lived it.
Coal mining in Nova Scotia has never been easy. Miners fought every step for fair wages, working conditions and benefits. Along the way some of the most bitter fights were with each other as two unions battled for supremacy.
People were afraid to disobey the companies, for good reason. Basically, they belonged to the companies, lived in company houses, and bought supplies in company stores....
In 1920, the Dominion Coal Company was sold to a new company, the British Empire Steel Corporation or Besco. Within the year it cut wages by two thirds. The union won an injunction against the cut, but Besco successfully appealed. The miners had no choice but to work for just a fraction of their former pay.
The Gillen Commission was set up in 1922 to resolve the wage problem. That year the Dominion Bureau of Statistics estimated it cost a miner 90 per cent of his earnings to pay rent and feed his family. Contract workers actually paid more for rent and food than they received in weekly wages.
The commission didn't resolve anything and Besco cut wages by 30 per cent. The local union called a slowdown strike. The Company Stores cut credit to the employees during the strike. The international union refused to support the slowdown, but the men paid no attention and cut production
by one third.
Unlike the strike of 1909, this one was relatively peaceful. Miners were allowed to stay in their houses, but again the militia was called in. About 1,200 of His Majesty's Cavalry arrived in Cape Breton and set up machine gun nests around the collieries. The strike lasted eight months and in the end the men returned to work with an 18 per cent cut in pay from the 1921 rates and contract men received an increase of 52 cents a day.
Local UMW president Dan Livingstone wrote: "The wage schedule was accepted under muzzles of rifles, machine guns and the gleaming bayonets with further threatened invasion of troops and warships standing to. The miners, facing hunger, their Dominion and Provincial governments lined up with Besco, the men were forced to accept the proposals."
At the very start, Besco vice-president J.E. McLurg said, "We hold all the cards ... they (the miners) will have to come to us ... they can't stand the gaff." The statement infuriated the strikers who became even more determined to prove McLurg wrong.
The company again refused to give the men credit at its stores. This time sympathy was with the miners and their families. Independent merchants continued to give credit, fishermen contributed their catch, the British Canadian Cooperative donated $500 and in Boston, expatriate Maritimers formed a Cape Breton Relief Committee.
Even with the extra support, the strikers were suffering. The town of New Waterford was particularly hard hit. The town's water supply and electricity came from New Waterford Lake, a few miles from the town. It was controlled by Besco police who terrorized people by charging through the town on horseback, ignorant of anything or anyone in their path.
On June 11th, about 3,000 men and boys gathered in the town and marched toward the power plant. They were met by 100 armed police and the so-called Battle of Waterford Lake began. The crowd attacked the police, hauling them off their horses and beating them. The men said they were driven to battle because the water and power to their homes and school had been cut off. Some officers actually jumped into the lake and swam to the other side for safety. Others stood their ground and fired into the crowd.
Three miners were shot. Gilbert Watson was hit in the stomach. Michael O'Handley was wounded and trampled by horses. William Davis was fatally shot in the heart. The tragedy is remembered each year on June 11th when workers around the province mark Bill Davis Day.
The battle prompted the new Conservative premier, E. N. Rhodes, to get involved. He met with Besco officials on July 16th. The police force was withdrawn and the wage set at the 1922 level, a reduction of six to eight per cent. In August the miners voted to accept the Rhodes' proposal.
The strike lasted for 155 days. J.B. McLachlan was quoted as saying, "Under capitalism, the working class has but two courses to follow: crawl - or fight." The coal miners of Cape Breton remember and continue to fight.
The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.
E. L. Doctorow:
History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging of the future but by the past.
History is the only laboratory we have in which to test the consequences of thought.
George Bernard Shaw:
We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.
Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.
H. G. Wells:
History is a race between education and catastrophe.
History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today.
Henry Steele Commager:
History, we can confidently assert, is useful in the sense that art and music, poetry and flowers, religion and philosophy are useful. Without it -- as with these -- life would be poorer and meaner; without it we should be denied some of those intellectual and moral experiences which give meaning and richness to life. Surely it is no accident that the study of history has been the solace of many of the noblest minds of every generation.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, in the words "That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above, corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing".
In accordance with the various levels of reality: physical, mental, and spiritual, this relates that what happens on any level happens on every other. This is however more often used in the sense of the microcosm and the macrocosm. The microcosm is oneself, and the macrocosm is the universe. The macrocosm is as the microcosm, and vice versa; within each lies the other, and through understanding one (usually the microcosm) you can understand the other.
"The path up is the path down. The way forward is the way back. The universe inside is outside but the universe outside is inside." --Robert Anton Wilson
“Really, the fundamental, ultimate mystery -- the only thing you need to know to understand the deepest metaphysical secrets -- is this: that for every outside there is an inside and for every inside there is an outside, and although they are different, they go together.”-- Alan Watts quote
Gospel of Thomas (No. 3a):
If those who entice you say to you, ‘See, the kingdom is in heaven!’―then the birds of
heaven will be there before you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea!’―then the fishes will
be there before you. But the kingdom is within you―and without as well.
His disciples said to him: ‘When will the kingdom come?’ ‘It will not come when it is
expected. They will not say “See, here it is!” or “See, there it is!”―but the kingdom of the
Father is spread abroad on the earth and men do not see it’.12
“The wise men understood that this natural world is only an image and a copy of paradise. The existence of this world is simply a guarantee that there exists a world that is perfect. God created the world so that, through its visible objects, men could understand his spiritual teachings and the marvels of his wisdom.” --- The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
"I've always liked reptiles. I used to see the universe as a mammoth snake, and I used to see all the people and objects, landscapes, as little pictures in the facets of their scales. I think peristaltic motion is the basic life movement. Swallowing,"
Jim Morrison quotes (American Poet and Singer. Member of the American band The Doors and one of rock music's mythic figures. 1943-1971)
“I’m an adventurer, looking for treasure.”
The Alchemist picked up a book that someone in the caravan had brought. Leafing through the pages, he found a story about Narcissus. The alchemist knew the legend of Narcissus, a youth who knelt daily beside a lake to contemplate his own beauty. He was so fascinated by himself that, one morning, he fell into the lake and drowned. At the spot where he fell, a flower was born, which was called the narcissus. But this was not how the author of the book ended the story. He said that when Narcissus died, the goddesses of the forest appeared and found the lake, which had been fresh water, transformed into a lake of salty tears. “Why do you weep?” the goddesses asked. “I weep for Narcissus,” the lake replied. “Ah, it is no surprise that you weep for Narcissus,” they said, “for though we always pursued him in the forest, you alone could contemplate his beauty close at hand.” “But...was Narcissus beautiful?” the lake asked. “Who better than you to know that?” the goddesses said in wonder. “After all, it was by your banks that he knelt each day to contemplate himself!” The lake was silent for some time. Finally, it said: “I weep for Narcissus, but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful. I weep because, each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected.”
“What a lovely story,” the alchemist thought.
--- The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
...As Within, So Without.
"Everything is everything. Everything contains everything. Everything is a part of everything else." --Micheal Glickman; p163, 2012 Pinchbeck
Saturday, March 6, 2010
A Canadian study shows the synthetic cannabinoid HU210 and the endocannabinoid anandamide promote neuron growth ....THC has been found to reduce tumor growth in common lung cancer by 50 percent and to significantly reduce the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University...According to a 2007 study by scientists at the ... California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, a compound found in cannabis, cannabidiol (CBD), may stop breast cancer from spreading throughout the body...found the active chemical in marijuana promotes the death of brain cancer cells by essentially helping them feed upon themselves in a process called autophagy...and it's very nutritious and you can make over 50,000 products out of it....the list goes on and on.