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We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive. (Albert Einstein, 1954)

The most beautiful and most profound experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms – this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
( Albert Einstein – The Merging of Spirit and Science)

God and Einstein part 1


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I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it. (Albert Einstein, 1954)

I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings. (Albert Einstein)

BP a novice at manipulating Wikipedia compared with Shell


In Shell’s case, a vast amount of information, which fully met Wikipedia guidelines, but was deemed damaging to Shell’s reputation, has been either covertly removed, or removed in dubious circumstances by editors hiding their identity behind an alias, as they are allowed to do. Royal Dutch Shell articles on Wikipedia are, in my experience, regularly patrolled and edited by individuals sympathetic to Shell. Most of the articles have been deleted in their entirety.

According to a recent cnet.com news report, BP’s press office has been accused of a behind the scenes operation allegedly rewriting an estimated 44 percent of the oil giant’s Wikipedia page: BP accused of rewriting environmental record on Wikipedia

Extract

BP is not directly editing its page, but instead has apparently inserted a BP representative into the editing community who provides Wikipedia editors with text.

The text is then copied “as is” onto the page by Wikipedia editors. Readers might assume its unbiased information when its, in fact, vetted by higher-ups at BP before hitting the page.

BP is a mere novice and a paragon of virtue compared with Royal Dutch Shell when it comes to the manipulation of Wikipedia articles, when negative information is deleted without the public being aware of such censorship by the company that is the subject of the article.

In Shell’s case, a vast amount of information which fully met Wikipedia guidelines, but was deemed damaging to Shell’s reputation, has been either covertly removed, or removed in dubious circumstances by editors hiding their identity behind an alias, as they are allowed to do.

Such practices should not be permitted in relation to articles about companies.

Articles about Royal Dutch Shell published on Wikipedia are, in my experience, regularly patrolled and edited by individuals sympathetic to Shell. Most of the articles have been deleted in their entirety.

I first warned about such activity on 12 October 2010. I published an article (extracts included herein) containing the warning: “…it is only a matter of time before the culture of subterfuge and deception at Wikipedia results in a scandal.”

This is the complete paragraph:

Commonsense suggests that anyone who wishes to edit a Wikipedia article in which monetary considerations are involved should be compelled to disclose their identity and background so that the information can be exposed to public scrutiny. Otherwise it is only a matter of time before the culture of subterfuge and deception at Wikipedia results in a scandal.

My prediction soon came to pass.

The following is an extract from a December 2011 article headlined: “PR Firm Rewrites Clients’ Wikipedia Entries“

So much for reliable Wikipedia content. A high-powered British PR firm routinely rewrites Wikipedia content relating to its clients, reports the Independent. Bell Pottinger made hundreds of changes in Wiki entries over the last year, either adding positive comments or deleting negative ones about clients. At least ten contributing writer accounts linked to the firm have been suspended by Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, who blasted the firm’s “ethical blindness,” reports the Financial Times. Undercover reporters for the British Bureau of Investigative Journalism posing as clients were told by representatives of the PR firms that “sorting” Wikipedia entries is part of the service the company offers, notes the newspaper.

Removal of negative information means that the public, including current and potential shareholders, are presented with incomplete, censored information, providing a distorted picture of a featured company.

Within hours of publishing my prediction, I was contacted by Gregory Kohs, the founder of “MyWikiBiz“.

This is a quote from what he said:

As the founder of MyWikiBiz, I am someone who has, and continues to, manipulate information in Wikipedia on behalf of paying clients. Call it dirty work, but for the most part, I think the way the Wikimedia Foundation is scamming the public about how it is (not) governing the world’s “knowledge” is a far worse state of affairs.

I have also noted a more recent related article published in September 2012 under the headline: Corruption in Wikiland? Paid PR scandal erupts at Wikipedia

It is obvious from moves made by Shell that the oil giant attaches great value to its online reputation, which is badly tarnished due to a succession of scandals.

Shell appointed a specialist agency to carry out a makeover of Shell’s online reputation.

Shell was obsessed by my editing of Wikipedia articles relating to the company and wanted to edit the articles itself, but was concerned about being caught.

Shell employees were caught doing so from Shell premises.

Shell secretly censored postings made on its own Internet forum – “Tell Shell” – set up on the basis of inviting “open and transparent dialogue”.

Shell has attempted to seize our domain name and close this website down.

My comments are based on my own experience over several years of originating and editing Wikipedia articles.

Wikipedia articles are supposedly written by open and transparent consensus. In reality, Wikipedia is built on a platform of secrecy and concealment, which leaves articles wide open to censorship and manipulation by anonymous parties, with commercially driven motives.

Unpaid volunteers who act as Wikipedia administrators and editors are supposedly the bedrock on which Wikipedia has been built. It is a mostly-secretive community in which the vast majority of volunteers edit using aliases and are free to edit any articles, without anyone having a clue about who they are and what their background is. Thus it is impossible to determine if they have a potential conflict of interest.

This cloaked army has power and influence, but no realistic accountability. If banned from editing they can return under a new alias using a new IP address, with no bad odor attached. In other words, a completely fresh start.  I was banned for making strong representations about the dark side of Wikipedia on this website and internally on Wikipedia.

The strange “Wikipedian” culture has some similarity to the Ku Klux Klan (fortunately without the racist element) but is actually more secretive.  The privacy of those choosing to keep secret all information about who they are is maintained within the Wikipedia community, which is even developing its own unique language, partly in response to skulduggery by some editors.

WikiScanner

In April 2008, I published a discussion from our Live Chat facility revealing that WikiScanner had detected that Wikipedia articles relating to Royal Dutch Shell had been anonymously edited from Shell premises. According to a posted comment “Information critical of Shell was systematically removed”.

As to Shell’s obsession with my past editing of Wikipedia, here is the proof in authentic Shell internal documents. Some information has been redacted for legal reasons.

LINKS TO SHELL INTERNAL EMAILS & DOCS IN WHICH ROYAL DUTCH SHELL WIKIPEDIA ARTICLES ARE MENTIONED IN RELATION TO JOHN DONOVAN

1 March 2007

2 March 2007 16:13 & 18.56 Plus 3 March 18:01

2 March 2007 16:51

19 March 2007 18.43 20 March 2007 8:10

23 March 2007

6 June 2007 12:51

SUNDAY 29 July 2007 11:31 & 30 July 2007 8:19 AM

30 July 2007 22:38 & 7 August 2007 14.24

31 August 2007 16:17

12 October 2007 15:21 & 15:58

16 October 2007

26 December 2007

19 February 2008 4 Pages

4 April 2008

9 March 2009

8 April 2009

8 July 2009

18 December 2009 11.34:

18 December 2009 12.07

Shell Focal Point document “Donovan Campaign Against Shel

By John Donovan

via Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com.

via Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com.

 

Mobile phones cause rise in disruptive behaviour in UK schools!


The days of dscipline in UK classrooms has gone and been replaced by groups of disruptive zombies pressing buttons on mobile phones and other gadgets.

Clickety click can be very disruptive!

Teachers in the UK are complaining about the uprise in such behaviour because they cannot concentrate on pressing their own buttons whilst attempting to give lessons in clicking buttons.

One secondary school headmistress, Penelope-Primrose Hyacinth, told a certain tabloid newspaper that comes up in the morning (if you’re lucky) and sinks very deep in the evening, how it is in modern classrooms these days:

“The silence in only interrupted by the irritating sound of communial clicking including the teachers. The only thing that disturbs the clicking sound is the bell ringing for a break, which everybody strangely hears. Then there is a sudden rush outside for a puff on a fag, joint or swallowing pills, but annoyingly the clicking even continues during such activites.”

“Thank the Lord we have Wikipedia otherwise the little urchins wouldn’t learn a thing!”

Also on the uprise, are parents who are concerned about the disruptive behaviour of their little darlings. Instead of booking themselves in for rehab to kick the habit, they are booking places for their offspring so at least they can spend some quality time together doing something they both enjoy!

More as we click it…

via The Spoof : Mobile phones cause rise in disruptive behaviour in UK schools! funny satire story.

via The Spoof : Mobile phones cause rise in disruptive behaviour in UK schools! funny satire story.

Goldman Sachs Guy, Stephen Friedman…Conflicts of Interest


From Wikipedia we find this information about Stephen Friedman and his conflicts of interest:

‘During a period of immense financial market upheaval and Government bailouts of banks and financial insurance companies, Friedman was Chairman of the New York Federal Reserve Board (which implements the Federal Reserve’s Wall Street policies) while simultaneously serving Goldman Sachs (a company impacted by the quasi Governmental policies of the Federal Reserve) as a Board Director. The AIG bailout, an historically large controversial bailout, directly benefitted Goldman Sachs who had one of the largest counterparty claims against AIG. On May 7, 2009 Friedman resigned as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in response to criticism of his December 2008 purchase of $3 million of stock in Goldman Sachs.[2] Friedman, who remains a member of Goldman Sachs’ board, came into violation of Federal Reserve policy when Goldman was converted to a bank holding company in September 2008, thereby placing it under the regulatory authority of the New York Fed. Friedman requested a waiver from this violation when the conversion occurred, which was granted roughly two and a half months later.[3] In his resignation letter, Friedman stated that the Fed did not need the “distraction” caused by his “public service motivated continuation on the Reserve Bank Board…being characterized as improper.”‘  (Wikipedia)

So we should not be surprised that Friedman is presently making exceptionally high compensation as a director of Goldman Sachs (and that is not the only board on which he presently serves):

via Goldman Sachs: Information, Comments, Opinions and Facts.

via Goldman Sachs: Information, Comments, Opinions and Facts.

Movie Posters and Stamps Commemorating the uprising on the Battleship Potemkin


Movie Posters and Stamps Commemorating the uprising on the Battleship Potemkin

via YouTube.

via YouTube.

The Potemkin (Russian: Князь Потёмкин Таврический, Kniaz Potemkine Tavritchesky, ‘Prince Potemkin of Tauris’) was a pre-dreadnought battleship (Bronenosets) of the Imperial Russian Navy‘s Black Sea Fleet. The ship was made famous by the Battleship Potemkin uprising, a rebellion of the crew against their oppressive officers in June 1905 (during the Russian Revolution of 1905). It later came to be viewed as an initial step towards the Russian Revolution of 1917, and was the basis of Sergei Eisenstein‘s silent film The Battleship Potemkin (1925).
Following the mutiny in 1905, the ship’s name was changed to Panteleimon after Saint Pantaleon, but restored to Potemkin in 1917, before a final rename to Boyetz za Svobodu (Fighter for Freedom) later in that year.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lawsuits against God – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Actual suits

In the U.S. state of Nebraska, State Senator Ernie Chambers filed a suit in 2008 against God, seeking a permanent injunction against God’s harmful activities, as an effort to publicize the issue of public access to the court system.[1] The suit was dismissed because God could not be properly notified, not having an address. The Judge stated, “Given that this court finds that there can never be service effectuated on the named defendant this action will be dismissed with prejudice”.[1] The senator, believing God to be singular and all-knowing, responded “The court itself acknowledges the existence of God. A consequence of that acknowledgement is a recognition of God’s omniscience … Since God knows everything, God has notice of this lawsuit.”[1][2] Chambers filed the lawsuit in response to another lawsuit that he considers to be frivolous and inappropriate.[3]

In response to Chambers’ case, two responses were filed. The first was from a Corpus Christi lawyer, Eric Perkins, who wanted to answer the question “what would God say”.[4] The second was filed in Douglas County, Nebraska District Court. The source of the second response, claiming to be from “God”, is unclear as no contact information was given.[4]

On July 30, 2008, local media sources reported the Douglas County District Court was going to deny Chambers’ lawsuit because Chambers had failed to notify the defendant.[5] However, on August 1, Chambers was granted a court date of August 5 in order to proceed with his lawsuit. “The scheduling hearing will give me a chance to lay out the facts that would justify the granting of the motion,” Chambers was quoted as saying. He added, “Once the court enters the injunction, that’s as much as I can do,” he said. “That’s as much as I would ask the court. I wouldn’t expect them to enforce it.”[6]

However, a judge finally did throw out the case, saying the Almighty was not properly served due to his unlisted home address.[7] As of 5 November 2008, Chambers filed an appeal to the Nebraska Supreme Court.[8] The former state senator John DeCamp and E. O. Augustsson in Sweden, asked to represent God. Augustsson’s letters, mentioning the Bjorn (see the BjornSocialist Republic) were stricken as “frivolous”. The Appeals Court gave Chambers until February 24 to show that he notified DeCamp and Augustsson of his brief,[9] which he did. The case was finally closed on February 25 when the Nebraska Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal and vacated the order of the district court. The court quoted cases according to which “[a] court decides real controversies and determines rights actually controverted, and does not address or dispose of abstract questions or issues that might arise in hypothetical or fictitious situation or setting”.

A Romanian prisoner, identified as Pavel M, serving 20 years after being convicted of murder, filed a lawsuit against the Romanian Orthodox Church, as God’s representatives in Romania, for failing to keep him from the Devil, essentially stating that his baptism had been a binding contract.[10] The suit was dismissed because the defendant was neither an individual nor a company, and was not subject to the civil court of law’s jurisdiction.[11]

Fictional suits

In the comedy film The Man Who Sued God, a fisherman played by Billy Connolly successfully challenges the right of insurance companies to refuse payment for a destroyed boat on the common legal exemption clause of an Act of God. In a suit against the world’s religious institutions as God’s representatives on Earth, the religious institutions face the dilemma of either having to state God does not exist to uphold the legal principle, or being held liable for damages caused by Acts of God.

Similarly, in an Indian film, Oh my god, the protagonist Kanji Mehta files a lawsuit against God when his shop is destroyed in an earthquake and the insurance company refuses to take his claim, stating that “Act of God” is not covered under his insurance policy.

In the “Angels And Blimps” episode of the television legal drama Ally McBeal, a boy with leukaemia attempts to sue God. In the episode “The Nutcrackers” of the television legal drama comedy Boston Legal, a woman sues God for the death of her husband. “God in the Dock”, a 1980 episode of Christian TV series Insight, featured Richard Beymer as God put on trial by humanity.[12]

In the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel The Brothers Karamazov, one of the characters tells the story of a grand inquisitor in Spain who meets an incarnation of Jesus, interrogates him, and exiles him.

Former Auschwitz concentration camp inmate Elie Wiesel is said to have witnessed three Jewish prisoners try God in absentia for abandoning the Jewish people during the Holocaust. From this experience, Wiesel wrote the play and novel The Trial of God. It is set in a Ukrainian village during 1649 after a massacre of the Jewish inhabitants,[13] possibly as part of the Khmelnytsky Uprising. In the play, three travelling minstrels arrive in the village, having intended to perform a play. Instead they perform a mock trial of God for allowing the massacre. The verdict is innocent, after a stirring lone defence by a stranger who, in a twist, is revealed to be the Devil.

The television play God on Trial, written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, depicts a scene similar to that attributed to Elie Wiesel, but is also described by Boyce as “apocryphal”.[14] In it, three Auschwitz prisoners sue God. The trial returns a guilty verdict, although with likely reasons for appeal.[15]

In the Touched by an Angel episode “Jones vs God”, a town is dying from a drought while other towns around it have received rain. Mr. Jones therefore sues God for unfair treatment. Tess represents God in the matter.

In a satirical news piece, The Onion parody newspaper published an article stating that New York attorneys had filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of the Children of Israel (the Israelites).[16] The suit alleged a breach of the religious covenant between God and his chosen people, and sought $4.2 trillion in punitive and compensatory damages.

Blameless in Abaddon, the second book of the Godhead Trilogy by James Morrow, features a magistrate who tries God for crimes against humanity.

Christ on Trial is a book written by Roger Dixon describing a TV program trying Jesus Christ in a US court.

[edit]Pavel M

via Lawsuits against God – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

via Lawsuits against God – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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