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10 Jul 2011
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*******SupremeMasterTV**** – Exploring Chile’s La Campana National Park (In Spanish). Episode: 1733, Air Date: 13 June 2011. Today’s A Journey through Aesthetic Realms will be presented in Spanish, with subtitles in Arabic, Aulacese (Vietnamese), Chinese, English, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Greetings, loving viewers, and welcome to A Journey through Aesthetic Realms on Supreme Master Television. In today’s episode, please join us on a journey to a place of splendid natural beauty, La Campana National Park in Chile. Created on October 17, 1967, the park is located more than 96 kilometers northwest of Santiago in Cordillera de la Costa. It is shared between the Hijuelas District of the Quillota Province and the Olmué District of the Marga-marga Province in Valparaiso, at the southern edge of the Aconcagua Valley. With an elevation between 400 and 2,220 meters above sea level, the 8,000-hectare reserve is divided into three sectors: the 5,440-hectare Palmas de Ocoa, the 1,588-hectare Cajón Grande, and the 972-hectare Granizo. As the only protected wild area in the Central Region of continental Chile, the national park is well-known for its ancient palm forests made up of the endemic Jubaea Chilensis. It is administered by Chile's National Forest Corporation (CONAF), a state agency responsible for the conservation of the nation’s wildlife heritage and the sustainable use of forest resources. La Campana National Park has a Mediterranean climate with cloudy mornings along the coast and marked temperature homogeneity throughout the year. Rainfall comes mostly in winter, with an annual average of 450 millimeters near the ocean and about 250 millimeters in inland areas. Despite the scarcity of water resources, there is a beautiful 35-meter-high waterfall named La Cortadera in the Palmas de Ocoa sector, surrounded by verdant cliffs. A soft trail along the Rabuco brook towards the Rabuco Marsh unveils magnificent palm groves in their awe-inspiring beauty. The Cajón Grande sector of the park is characterized by the Manzano Creek and several fresh water ponds including La Poza del Coipo. The pristine water bodies are reachable through two paths named Portezuelo Ocoa and El Plateau. Some of the most spectacular views of the park are seen in the Granizo sector. The famous El Andinista Trail stretches 7 kilometers, leading to the peak of Cerro La Campana, or the Bell Mountain, for which the park was named. At an altitude of 1,900 meters, the rocky summit presents a fantastic panorama of the surrounding valleys, the Pacific Ocean, and the Andes Mountains. On a clear day, the endless rolling snowcrests of the Andes under the azure sky may make one feel in awe of the surrounding splendor. Among the pinnacles visible from Cerro La Campana is Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Southern Hemisphere. The five hours of trekking along the El Andinista Trail before arriving at the summit provides many opportunities for visitors to fully appreciate the park’s flora and fauna. Another trail one can take, La Canasta, also offers a wonderful experience of being in close proximity to the vibrant plants and animals in the area. In 1834, the natural spectacles and rich biodivesity of the region were greatly admired by a naturalist from Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England named Charles Darwin. During his second voyage of HMS Beagle in 1834, Mr. Darwin ascended Cerro La Campana and spent an entire day on the hilltop. He wrote in his journal: “Chile and its boundaries the Andes and the Pacific were seen as in a Map. ... Who can avoid admiring the wonderful force which has upheaved these mountains, & even more so the countless ages which it must have required to have broken through, removed & leveled the entire masses of them?” Today, a commemorating plaque can be found on the hillside of La Campana with a short quote from his book “My Trip around the World.” It is also worth noting that on a number of occasions Mr. Darwin advocated a vegetarian diet as the one must beneficial to humankind. He is quoted as saying, “The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” In the middle of a long narrow land strip, with the virtually impassable Andes to the east, the unique location of La Campana National Park played an important role in the evolution of the wildlife living in the park. It is a center of the convergence of northern, central and southern Andean zones. The distribution of vegetations clearly follows the altitude and closeness to the ocean. Major plant communities include Nothofagus forest, hygrophilous forest, sclerophyll forest, matorral, bamboo thicket, succulent scrub, high altitude communities, and palm forest. More than 1,800 vascular plant varieties are present in the area, with 545 species documented in the park, including those from 37 Chilean endemic genera. The park is rich in edible, medicinal, and decorative plants. The Chilean palm is the only palm species native to mainland Chile. It is also the world's southernmost continental palm. Reaching up to 25 meters tall and 1.3 meters in base diameter, the tree has a smooth bark. Measuring 2 to 3 centimeters across, the edible fruits are wrapped in a firm husk. Currently having more than 60,000 adult specimens, the park’s Chilean palm grove is the world’s largest remaining Jubaea palm forest in the world. At the foothill of La Campana, 900 meters above the sea level, it is interesting to find a significant presence of oak forests, a genus thought to be native to the northern atmosphere. La Campana National Park is also abundant with cacti. The most noticeable species is Echinopsis chiloensis, which can grow up to 8 meters in height. These Chilean flora are found at an elevation of 700 to 1,100 meters, and produce large white flowers and delicious fruits. An amazing trait of this kind of cactus, which is shared by a few other Chilean cacti, is its resistance to freezing temperature. Echinopsis chiloensis is known to survive minus 8 degree Celsius and even snow fall! Its resilient nature and ease to cultivate have made it a popular ornamental plant. The special geological and climatary conditions of La Campana National Park are well-suited for the coexistence of a range of animals typical of central Chile. This results in a high representation of Chilean Mediterranean species as well as cats and migratory birds. Mammals include the Andean Fox South American Gray Fox, Lesser Grison, as well as rodents such as the mostly veg chinchilla, cururo, and vizcacha. Among the frequently observed birds are the giant hummingbird, the Magellanic Horned Owl, Moustached Turca, Variable Hawk, the Chilean Pigeon, Chilean mockingbirds, Dusky Tailed Canastero, White throated Tapaculo, the black chested buzzard-eagle, as well as finches and crown sparrows. The Giant Hummingbird is the largest hummingbird in the world, reaching up to 22 centimeters in length. They exhibit a very fast wing beats 10 to 15 beats a second to balance them while remaining at one place in the air to drink nectar from flowers. The area is also inhabited with a good number of reptiles and amphibian species, as well as invertebrates such as the famous Chilean rose tarantula. The unique biodiversity of the park has become the basis for its designation as a World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1985. Archeological evidence representing human activities during different eras supports the existence of a number of prehistorical societies in the park’s area. Different settlement patterns, ceremonial features and forms of subsistence have been linked to socio-cultural groups such as Bato, Aconcagua, and Inca. In the Ocoa region, researchers have discovered “tacitas” (cups) stones, mortars, potteries, and other stone artifacts commonly found in farming communities. Of particular interest are “marais,” a stone tool used to break rocks to obtain minerals such as copper. Historical structures representing the early presence of European culture have also been found in various parts of Ocoa Valley, including cabins, kilns that burned charcoal, ovens for producing palm syrup, and irrigation devices. Thanks to its flourishing surroundings, culture attraction, and good maintenance, the park has been a popular destination since its establishment. It has been used as a teaching facility to show schoolchildren the beauty of nature and to create environmental awareness. These tours are guided by friendly rangers who lead inquisitive youths around the reserve and show them various trees, flowers, animals, and insects. They also demonstrate how to care for the flora and fauna in native habitats. From a young age, local children are imparted with the concept: the Earth does not belong to human; human belongs to the Earth. Another exciting phenomenon is that almost all year round, there are sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) in the park area, which have been reported by individuals in Quilpue and Valparaiso. Perhaps the beauty of the park not only fascinates humans, but also draws the admiration of visitors from far away. La Campana National Park plays a unique role in the conservation of Chilean endemic wildlife. May the natural wonders and cultural relics of this magnificent ecological garden be well preserved for many generations to cherish. Affectionate viewers, thank you for joining us today on A Journey through Aesthetic Realms. Please stay tuned to Supreme Master Television for Vegetarianism: The Noble Way of Living, after Noteworthy News. May God forever bless you with light and love.
15 Aug 2011
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*******SupremeMasterTV**** – Shining World Hero Award: Randall Arauz and the Costa Rican Shark Fin Ban (In Spanish). Episode: 1750, Air Date: 30 June 2011. Today’s Animal World: Our Co-Inhabitants will be presented in Spanish and English, with subtitles in Arabic, Aulacese (Vietnamese), Chinese, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mongolian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai. Everywhere in the world, we can observe and be touched by acts of kindness. People from all walks of life, faiths, and cultures extend themselves beyond the call of duty to help others unconditionally. Through their noble deeds, humanity as a whole is elevated. To commend virtuous actions and encourage more people to be inspired by their examples, Supreme Master Ching Hai has lovingly created a series of awards, including the Shining World Leadership Award, Shining World Compassion Award, Shining World Hero and Heroine Awards, Shining World Honesty Award, Shining World Protection Award, Shining World Intelligence Award, and Shining World Inventor Award, to recognize some of the most exemplary, generous, caring, and courageous people who walk amongst us. Biologist Randall Arauz founded the marine conservation organization, PRETOMA, to save sea turtles. After a colleague on a long-line fishing boat shot some disturbing footage, everything changed. The first time I saw the shark-finning video, I was just stunned. They hack off the fins, they throw the shark overboard. And I was speechless. It was the catalyst that made us get into shark conservation. The Association for the Restoration of Sea Turtles (PRETOMA) is a non-profit organization in Costa Rica devoted to protecting, preserving and restoring populations of sea turtles and sharks in the seas off the coast of Costa Rica. In 1999, we were able to ban the killing of sea turtles in Costa Rica. Before that it was legal for 1,800 sea turtles to be slaughtered on the Atlantic Coast of Costa Rica. We brought this case to court, and we won, and since 1999, it has been an illegal activity We also managed to stop the operation of tuna farms in Costa Rica, which is another kind of unsustainable marine exploitation. Last week, we managed to close the country's ports for foreign fleets that come here for shark finning. Mr. Randall Arauz is a Costa Rican biologist, naturalist and conservationist who has received a number of awards during his career, including the 2010 Goldman Environmental Prize, known as the “Green Nobel Prize” and the 2010 Göteburg Award for Sustainable Development, the environmental honor most recognized in Europe, which Mr. Arauz received for his efforts to preserve ecosystems and marine species. We've been working very hard on the creation of Marine Protected Areas, because in this case… the problem of fishing, the solution is really simple, we have to fish less or stop fishing. There are biologically very important areas for the species, where marine turtles breed, where sharks breed, different animals breed in the biological corridors (wildlife corridors). Mr. Arauz began working mainly on turtle conservation and was shaken upon discovering the horrendous practice of shark finning during one of his marine studies. We simply bumped into the problem of shark finning. We saw where they bring the sharks; they tore off their fins, threw the sharks back into the water and it was then that we realized it really is a problem of the ecosystem, not a problem unique to the turtle. What we have here is a problem of overfishing, greed, and this is bringing an end to the turtles and the sharks. So we decided that, really as a first step, we had to end unsustainable fishing practices, and shark fishing for its fins is one of the worst practices that may exist. So we started on the task to at least expose what is happening in Costa Rica, and to try to influence global conservation policies and shark fishing. In 2003, Mr. Arauz and a team of concerned PRETOMA members secretly filmed a ghastly incident in which a ship illegally landed 30 tons of shark fins in the middle of the night, and then bravely submitted the footage to the local media in an effort to help stop the horrific practice of shark finning that kills up to 100 million sharks globally each year. When we came up with this video, we were able to tell the Costa Ricans, “Look, this is what’s going on. It’s happening right under our nose with the consent of our fishery authorities.” Costa Ricans were shocked when they saw those videos. PRETOMAS’ awareness campaign led to many protests and congressional legislation, mandating that sharks must be landed with their fins naturally attached to their bodies. This progressive legislation has been recognized worldwide. In recognition of the extraordinary courage shown by Randall Arauz and PRETOMA, for their kindness, perseverance and excellence in protecting our oceans and their inhabitants, and for promoting the sustainability of our planet´s fragile ecosystems, Mr. Arauz was honored with the Shining World Hero Award by Supreme Master Ching Hai. During a ceremony held in San José, Costa Rica the beautiful Award plaque was presented to him on Supreme Master Ching Hai’s behalf by our local Association members. Supreme Master Ching Hai sent a loving and encouraging letter to Mr. Arauz, the following of which is an excerpt: Dear Mr. Arauz, Being a turtle biologist and conservationist, you examined studies that provided you with valuable insight into the many hazards experienced by our marine life caused by negligence. While viewing a film on the latest fishing techniques, you unexpectedly discovered a gruesome scene – fishermen brutally hacking off the fins of living sharks! Shocked by this inhumane act, you were determined to expose the needless cruel and painful torture of these ocean living beings. You secretly videotaped a film showing the illegal docking of a ship carrying 30 tons of shark fins, which meant an estimated 30,000 sharks had died for it, and released it to the media. Your bold and heroic move garnered public outcry and won full support from the Costa Rican public and international community to enforce the country’s existing laws against shark finning. It successfully paved the way for the new fisheries law which came into effect in 2005 legally putting an end to this tragic ordeal. With utmost appreciation, we thank you for bringing our world a step closer towards harmonized co-existence with all sentient beings. You truly deserve Sweden’s Göteborg Award for Sustainable Development. Congratulations! For your exceptional contribution to animal rights, for your heartfelt compassion and strength and for being a dedicated and noble role model, we hereby applaud and celebrate the heroic deeds of Sr. Randall Arauz, President of Programa Restauración de Tortugas Marinas. With Great Honour, Love and Blessings, Supreme Master Ching Hai Supreme Master Ching Hai contributed US$20,000 to PRETOMA to further their noble mission, with all her love and gratitude. She also provided the dedicated group many wonderful gifts including her #1 international bestsellers “The Birds in My Life,” “The Dogs in My Life” and “The Noble Wilds” along with other books such as “From Crisis to Peace,” lots of yummy vegan chocolates, some of her CDs and DVDs and a “Hero” t-shirt. On behalf of all my colleagues at PRETOMA, whom with I share this honor, I would like to thank Master Ching Hai for this Award. The truth is that these have been very hard years; it was a very long campaign. We had a great victory last week, on Friday. Everything is such a coincidence that falls into its right place at the right moment. And everything is... really is surprising. We are very grateful for this gesture. And definitely, we are touched. It motivates us to keep going ahead. We have grown a lot during the last years. We hope to keep growing. I have seen professional development also of a lot of colleagues here in the office. And this help from you is going to help us, continue with the work, to become stronger and try to end all this greed that exists nowadays with the exploitation of the sea, and try to achieve something more sustainable, and something more in peace with the oceans. Thanks a lot to everyone. Mr. Arauz also discussed the organization’s goals for the future. Well, we hope to continue growing. We look forward to having more and more political influence and that therefore depends on the quality of the science we do, the support that we have to do and the field work we do. That's why I especially thank Master Ching Hai, and all her collaborators here in Costa Rica, because this contribution, the aid that you are giving to us will allow us to continue to do our research, the marine areas that we are helping to take care and protect, tagging sharks, tagging sea turtles. In general, the hardest thing for us is to get money to do our research. Research is very expensive, and this fund is going to be especially dedicated to conducting research, which is what gives us technical credibility when we go to ask for political changes. And, well, I would like to personally thank Master Ching Hai for her support. This is a great collaboration. We will be in contact with you by sending our reports for you to see what we have achieved with this contribution, and we hope that we can develop a partnership with your association in the future. Thank you very much. Our hats are off to Mr. Arauz and all the other members of PRETOMA for your courage and selfless dedication in exposing the horrors of shark finning and preserving marine turtles. May PRETOMA continue its wonderful conservation work and help even more animals in need. We have to work harder in order for Costa Rica be a blue country to be a real model of promoting conservation of marine resources in the Eastern Pacific. There are tremendous challenges in conservation work, and many people quit because they can’t face the incredible odds. Randall is one of the tireless fighters who is not afraid to fail and will not stop fighting until he dies. Randall aligned himself with members of Congress and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to bring the Costa Rican shark finning policy to the United Nations. And we were able to get the United Nations General Assembly to call on all the nations of the world to land their sharks with the fins attached. Randall has taken Costa Rica from being a leader in shark finning to being a global leader in shark preservation. For more details on Mr. Arauz, please visit Delightful viewers, thank you for your presence today on our program. Up next is Enlightening Entertainment after Noteworthy News. May our actions always grow on the foundation of love.
14 Sep 2011
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Combining conceits a la Donne and the reflexive surfaces of a Wordsworth pastoral, Robert J. Singleton has fashioned poetry that gives justice to the American countryside. Added to this is the playful tincture of the Frostian sensibility reversed. Thus, his poetry gains a unique perspective, midway to the point of James Dickey’s naturalist dramas. It is a poetry that is grateful to nature for being there. With Of Smiles and Tears, he puts himself squarely in the Wordsworthian tradition. Arguably, he might also be the antithesis and heir of his predecessor Robert Frost. Singleton has parlayed his love of nature and his desire to express our innermost feelings into a well – balanced volume – and it is very satisfying.
19 Oct 2011
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david 5 (brechtian theater). MERKAVA JEWISH THEATER (MJT). DIRECTOR: FRANKLYN WEPNER. The performer in this video is (lawyer) David Schwartz. In this "MJT TRAINING" series of videos I am demonstrating how Gestalt Therapy work on awareness, dreams and personal relationships can serve as a foundation for releasing creativity in performers (actors, dancers, singers) and others. The roots of their personality that people discover in Gestalt work are seeds or essences that then can be expanded into physical and vocal expressions, and these, in turn, can be refined into artistic forms suitable for creative work for the performing arts in particular and for life in general . Writers, visual artists, spiritual searchers and others also can use these creative seeds as a source of grounding for their lives and their work. David began with a few "seeds", or "essences" of his personality, which he discovered doing Gestalt work on awareness. Then he used the "mocking your forms" exercise to learn how to distance himself from those forms. In this final video of the series "from therapy to theater", David collects the entire forest of trees that grew out of his initial seeds, and learns how to play with them, like a child plays freely with his toys. As director I constantly feed him different props and sound effects to stimulate his imagination. The end result that you see in this video "david 5" is David "on top of his material", "using his discards", master of the world he built with his awareness over the course of two hours. He has objectivity, He no longer is stuck in those habits which enslaved him subjectively at the outset. This is the goal of "brechtian theater" technique, in which the performer is a teacher educating an audience how they too can free themselves from their conditioning and discover how to remake their world in a saner, more creative and more productive manner. This is in contrast to the goals of usual "naturalistic theater" of real life characters, in which people are to be hypnotised into surrendering their powers of critical judgement as the price of being "entertained" instead of being educated to use their own powers. Those looking for a Jewish theological parallel can find it in the notion of God "riding the aravot" (in his Merkava or chariot), dwelling beyond all the spheres of reality and constantly freely recreating His world with new ideas, bring dead forms back to life as live forms. Since I developed this way of combining Gestalt Therapy with performer training in 1975 in New York City, I have done this in depth process with about 630 people, most of whom were performers or spiritual searchers. Over the years I have used various labels as the name of my process and the name of the company of actors I was working with at the time. For a while the name was "Nomos Life Lab", then "Gestalt Theater of Philadelphia", and when I immigrated to Israel in 1981 I selected the name "Merkava Jewish Theater", since the foundation of my work is to train a performer to serve as a vessel or chariot (Hebrew: merkava) of the spirit. In 1985 I printed out a summary of most of the work flow exercises, with the title "Merkava Theater Syllabus". I notice on the net that since 2007 another group also has been using the name "Merkava Theater" in London. I wish them great success, but I want to stress that I have no connection with that group at all. During the 30 years I have been in Israel I have had studios in Tel Aviv and in several neighborhoods of Jerusalem. For a while I taught acting in the Theater Department at Tel University. Since 2008 my studio has been in my home in the West Bank settlement "Adam", a 10 minute bus ride from the "Pisgat Z'ev" northern suburb of Jerusalem. Since 1982 I have had in informal relationship with the Diaspora Yeshiva of Jerusalem, where the Rebbe Mordecai Goldstien has been very supportive of my work. At Diaspora Yeshivah I have worked with about 60 men and women so far. But his in only a loose affiliation, since I am not very orthodox myself. That is to say, I do not limit myself to working only with men, and I do not limit myself to themes suitable for an orthodox mindset. For many years I have thought of myself as having a left foot that is a leftist avant garde theater director and a right foot that is a rightist meshugenah hassidic zionist rebbe. Even today I find that self image appropriate - even though I have no rabbi credentials at all. I encourage students to arrive for a day or two of workshops combining personal on-on-one Gestalt Therapy, group performer training exercises, class theory discussions based on philosophical and Torah sources, and ensemble work on various creative projects that I hope will lead to theater productions which we then will present at various locations in Israel or perhaps internationally. My budget at the moment is my small VA pension for the old and decrepit from the USA, but recently my ship has been sighted on the horizon and is expected to dock shortly, loaded with fame and fortune! Little of that will come from my students, since for now anyone who allows me to video his/her work for the net gets to work for free. This series of videos begins with a general description of the process, and then zeros in on demonstrations of work with particular individuals, some of whom are performers and others who while not thinking of themselves as performers have made a decision to develop their creative powers through plumbing the depths of their life by means of the tools available in this process. Of course, any in depth personal search for truth in life relates directly to the spiritual search that occupies religiously inclined people, and so it should be obvious why a certain percentage of time in these videos is devoted to showing parallels between these therapeutic and creative processes and similar themes explored in Jewish religious texts, especially (1) "Likutei Moharan" (collected essays) of Nachman of Breslav, (2) the "Introduction To The Zohar" of Yehuda Ashlag, (3) the "Tanya" of Schneur Zalman, and (4) the "Guide For he Perplexed" of Moses Maimonides. A general goal of this workshop series is to move gradually towards a finished theatrical product, which then will be presented as part of this series of videos. But while an artistic product would be desirable, more important for this project is the training process itself. Therefore, the process you are viewing here already is the primary product, and the final performance is only a secondary result, Like the icing on a cake. An earlier video which had similar goals is "Awareness Work With Bel Baca". That two hour demo video of 2006 really should be regarded as part of this same series of training videos. That video and the present 2012 videos all will be found at my "franklynwepner****" website. The theory part of these videos is presented in a series of essays which I also have put on that website. In addition, on that website you will find (1) many videos I made of my own dreamwork, (2) my own original musical shows on Jewish topics, and (3) my retelling of traditional Jewish stories with an original musical accompaniment. So far on the franklynwepner**** website there are about 30 hours of videos and 1500 pages of essays. Overall, there is quite a wide range of offerings in the videos. Some of them are intended as simple light enterainment, while others are uncompromising forays into the depths of inner space, going as far as the therapy, performing, philosophical and religious tools - along with our courage, intellect and motivation - will take us. TO VIEW OR DOWNLOAD ALL OF MY VIDEOS, PLUS 1500 PAGES OF MY EXPLANATORY ESSAYS (ALL AT NO CHARGE) PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE: franklynwepner****. ALSO PLEASE NOTE MY NEW EMAIL ADDRESS, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH ME ANY COMMENTS ABOUT MY WORK: fwepearthlink****. IN THE LISTING OF VIDEOS THE LETTERS (HQ) REFER TO A HIGHER QUALITY VERSION OF THE VIDEO, WHICH IS AVAILABLE TO YOU IF YOUR COMPUTER CAN HANDLE IT. ALL OF MY VIDEOS IN THEIR ORIGINAL UN-BUTCHERED FORM ALSO ARE AVAILABLE AT VIMEO.COM. CHOPPED UP VERSIONS OF MOST OF THEM CAN BE FOUND ON JEWTUBE, YOUTUBE, METACAFE AND MYSPACE. THE ESSAYS ARE ONLY ON MY OWN WEBSITE. TAGS actor training, dancer training, brechtian theater, gestalt therapy, nachman of breslav, yehuda ashlag, moses maimonides, jewish theater, kabbalah, dialectical philosophy, likutei moharan, guide for the perplexed, creativity training, mussar training, gestalt dreamwork, awareness training, substance abuse, addiction, defamation law
28 Mar 2012
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From the Emmy-winning team behind Planet Earth andThe Blue Planet: Seas of Life, this is the original 7-part BBC series, Frozen Planet, narrated by world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough and including over 90 minutes of footage not shown on television plus over four hours of bonus materials! The Arctic and Antarctic remain the greatest wildernesses on Earth. The scale and beauty of the scenery and the sheer power of the elements are unmatched anywhere else on our planet. And these vast, frigid landscapes are surprising rich with life. Using the latest camera technology, Frozen Planet captures unimaginable imagery above and below the ice and follows the extraordinary fluctuations that accompany the changes of seasons. Using crystal clear high definition cinematography, Frozen Planet will open your eyes to the remarkable colors and variety of life in this truly unique environment.
11 Apr 2012
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From the Emmy-winning team behind Planet Earth andThe Blue Planet: Seas of Life, this is the original 7-part BBC series, Frozen Planet, narrated by world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough and including over 90 minutes of footage not shown on television plus over four hours of bonus materials! The Arctic and Antarctic remain the greatest wildernesses on Earth. The scale and beauty of the scenery and the sheer power of the elements are unmatched anywhere else on our planet. And these vast, frigid landscapes are surprising rich with life. Using the latest camera technology, Frozen Planet captures unimaginable imagery above and below the ice and follows the extraordinary fluctuations that accompany the changes of seasons. Using crystal clear high definition cinematography, Frozen Planet will open your eyes to the remarkable colors and variety of life in this truly unique environment.
11 Apr 2012
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Fear immobilizes. But how does immobility relate to fear? A hen helps explain such a complex phenomenon. The experiment, first described in the 17th century, does not require any special technologies. Just catch and keep a hen still for a few moments: the animal, fluttering brightly until then, remains still, as if hypnotized.
The phenomenon was used in time as a magic number, until it was studied scientifically more recently.
This stop reaction can easily be produced in an experimental context, and was known in the past as "animal hypnosis". Now it is referred to as Tonic Immobility.
In natural conditions, it occurs in animals as an extreme defence from predators, when escape is impossible.
The reaction was investigated in time with different perspectives, from early naturalist observations to recent research in psychopharmacology. The documentary describes this phenomenon in a variety of animal species and its correlations in man, and presents the psycho-biological mechanisms that may account for the inability to defend oneself in extreme situations.
Today Tonic Immobility is seen as an important key to understand both reactions to traumatic events, such as natural disasters, accidents, or sexual abuse, and complex psychic phenomena, including dissociative reactions in the victims.
Author: Carlo Alfredo Clerici, Concetta Feo, Laura Veneroni. Director: Marco Carraro. Scientific Advisor: Cesare Albasi, Angelo De' Micheli, Valentina Ferrante, Marco Poli, Emanuela Prato Previde, Giovanni Tagliavini. Translator: Giovanni Tagliavini. Editor: Emiliana Poce. Photography: Marco Carraro. Sound: Simone Abarno, Production: CTU - Università degli Studi di Milano. Italy 2010. 27 min.
For more informations about Tonic Immobility: Clerici CA, Veneroni L. The impossible escape: studies on the tonic immobility in animals from a comparative psychology perspective. Nova Science, Hauppauge 2012.
22 Apr 2012
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The Kinderpillar preschool Program provides learning zones that help develop linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalistic skills. www.kinderpillar****
15 Oct 2012
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The Debate picks up where The Group leaves off. Danny had finished his tense sessions with The Group, made up of self styled student philosophers. At the end of the final session Peter Grayson challenges Danny to a campus wide debate, scheduled for the first Saturday in March. Dean Moreland had approved of the debate. On a personal note, Danny spends a marvelous Thanksgiving with the Lowry’s while Karen spends a very exciting and event filled week at the Carters for Christmas. Much drama ensues as Karen discovers that she looks amazingly like Danny’s sister, Mary, and then Mary springs a Christmas shocker surprise on everyone. Meanwhile, Peter Grayson discovers that solid facts that support the naturalist position are few and far between. Because of this, the EU administration is furious that Danny was not soundly defeated in the campus debate on creationism vs. naturalism. They are even more furious when Danny is forced to reveal that he is planning to bring a Christian club onto campus. The tension that develops from this angst sweeps up the reader in the culminating chapter of the book, as one realizes what a great price must be paid by those who go into the elite venues of the world to be a witness. To learn more or order the book: *******bookstore.xlibris****/Products/SKU-0114409049/The-Debate.aspx
23 Jan 2013
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Kinect Nat Geo TV review. Classic Game Room presents a CGR Undertow review of Kinect Nat Geo TV for the Xbox 360 developed by Relentless Software and published by Microsoft. Join naturalist Casey Anderson and his pet grizzly Brutus on an adventure through the North American wilderness using the magic of Kinect! You get to track grizzlies, take photos of mountain lions and even turn into a bear yourself. Like Kinect Sesame Street TV, this is an interactive series of television shows. This video review features video gameplay footage of Kinect Nat Geo TV for the Xbox 360 and audio commentary from Classic Game Room's Derek.
12 Feb 2013
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Video Source: Enbridge (*******3blmedia****/Profiles/Enbridge-Inc) 3BLMedia/ Corporate Social Responsibility/ Environmental Protection - This week, in honour of National Aboriginal Day in Canada (Friday, June 21) Enbridge will be sharing stories about our dedication to partnering with Aboriginal communities along our rights-of-way. Enbridge and a First Nation environmental organization are teaming up to protect fragile wetlands within the St. Clair River watershed in southern Ontario. In May 2011, Enbridge awarded $20,000 to the Walpole Island Land Trust through the company's Natural Legacy Program, which supports community environmental initiatives along the pipeline rights-of-way. The donation will help the Land Trust conserve the natural habitat of a 171-acre wetland marsh on St. Anne Island, just south of Sarnia. Through this partnership, Enbridge and the Land Trust will also be supporting the goals identified under the St. Clair River Remedial Action Plan by protecting additional acres of fragile habitat within the river watershed. A donation likes this one will go a long way to helping us begin to restore the marsh's ecological functions and enhance the wildlife diversity while taking steps to control invasive, non-native plants, said Clint Jacobs, President of the Walpole Island Land Trust. The Walpole Island Land Trust, the first Aboriginal land trust to receive charitable status in Canada, was formed in 2008 to conserve and protect the land and natural resources of the Walpole Island First Nation or Bkejwanong, meaning where the waters divide in Ojibwe. The region includes some of the most biologically diverse areas in Canada, including 17,000 acres of wetlands. Our area is considered one of the largest freshwater deltas in the world. It's an important area for migratory birds, explained Jacobs, a local naturalist. Enbridge's donation will support a pilot project to conserve and restore the marsh area which was dyked more than a hundred years ago by duck hunting clubs. So far, the Land Trust, in cooperation with various community partners, has leased the marsh area on the island for a 10-year period and has begun pumping water into the marsh to maintain water flow and encourage suitable habitat for fish spawning. The Land Trust has also mapped invasive species such as the Common Reed at the site, and is exploring ways to control this plant from spreading throughout the marsh. We want to restore the site to its old glory so that it's not only a good spot for ducks but a rich environment that supports other wildlife, including muskrats, bullfrogs, turtles and fish, said Jacobs. Another goal is to use the project to educate Aboriginal youth about traditional culture, including how to fish and hunt in the marsh in a sustainable way. We want to bring our elders, hunters and youth together, so that we can mentor our youth regarding good hunting practices and help them to better understand the value of the marsh to our traditional way of life, said Jacobs, whose grandfather once used the marsh for hunting and fishing. My grandfather was a hunter, fisherman and trapper and lived his entire life out on the marsh. He used to call the marsh his 'grocery store' because it provided for his family. The Land Trust also plans to train members of the First Nation community on how to conduct wildlife surveys and water quality assessments. Find more great CSR videos by subcribing to the 3BLMedia Youtube channel: ***********/3BLMedia
26 Jun 2013
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Ph:+52 624 105 0177 *******www.caboescapetours**** Get close to nature! Cabo Escape is proud of its reputation for strictly adhering to the 'Whale Watching Guidelines' and for respectful wildlife viewing ethics. Begin your cruise with a scenic view of Cabo’s famous Arch and beautiful coastline of Cabo. Enjoy a wonderful breakfast as well as mimosas and Bloody Marys. Their marine naturalists will get you an informative and fun tour. The staff is attentive, warm and friendly. This tour runs from December through mid-March. It is recommended you book well in advance.
30 Nov 2013
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Search best location and Indian wildlife tour to easily contact for TI InfoTech. Wildlife tourism place like as Wildlife safari in India, Dudhwa National Park this place is India’s best Naturalists. iwte
18 Jul 2017
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The caracal (Caracal caracal) is a medium-sized wild cat native to Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and India. The caracal is characterised by a robust build, long legs, a short face, long tufted ears and long canine teeth. Its coat is uniformly reddish tan or sandy, while the ventral parts are lighter with small reddish markings. It reaches 40–50 cm (16–20 in) at the shoulder and weighs 8–18 kg (18–40 lb). It was first scientifically described by German naturalist Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber in 1777. Eight subspecies are recognised.
28 Dec 2017
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Ian Oliver Martin discusses his Atheistic Naturalism The supernatural does not exist and will never exist! Gods of all religions do not exist. The non existent: Ghosts, spirits, souls, or any other supernatural clowns, are stupids stories. What does exist is NATURE, the physics or galaxies and brains All ideas are created by the human brain. Nature is real. We are in nature. We are nature. We are Real. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In philosophy, naturalism is the "idea or belief that only natural (as opposed to supernatural or spiritual) laws and forces operate in the world."[1] Adherents of naturalism (i.e., naturalists) assert that natural laws are the rules that govern the structure and behavior of the natural universe, that the changing universe at every stage is a product of these laws.
28 Mar 2018
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