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From Near and Far

30 years of Dialogue… Paul Bowles, Fruitvale BC

30 years of Dialogue, Wow! It has to demonstrate a kind of universal love I think. Thank you for letting me be a part of it, for being open to the imaginative meanderings of my somewhat odd submissions. Also for accepting the expostulations of others and providing an arena for the sharing.

For being there as a forum for the artist and the erudite essay writer, for being dedicated in maintaining a public voice for others, and for the great and colourful covers, thank you. Received from Paul: a beautiful piece of his calligraphy, “Love All Creation” – featuring the words of Fyodor Dostoyevsky (See P. 88, back cover) ♣


CETA will undermine Canadian democracy: McQuaig Why is Justin Trudeau's government going along with the corporate-friendly protections pushed by his unpopular predecessor? asks Linda McQuaig. The trade pact with Europe will hand foreign corporations a powerful lever for pressuring our governments to abandon environmental, health or financial regulations. By Linda McQuaigColumnist, Sep 1, 2016. Foreign investors, including some of the world’s wealthiest & most powerful corporations, typically generate little public sympathy and aren’t usually lumped in with groups deemed worthy of special protections. So the Trudeau government, which is in the process of granting wealthy foreign investors extraordinary legal protections and access to public money, is probably hoping the public isn’t paying much attention. The special privileges for investors are a key part of

CETA, the Canada-Europe trade deal, which Justin Trudeau is planning to sign in Brussels in October. READ IN FULL AT LINK:

Paul Hellyer in Vancouver: “With the announcement

that the prime minister plans to sign CETA in October, I have pulled out all of the stops to try and mobilize people across the country to write the prime minister and insist that he drop the whole idea. If he doesn’t, any plan like ours to resuscitate the economy will no longer be possible, and it won’t much matter whether the banks are rescued by bailing in or bailing out. We will be destined to another 10 years of austerity – or worse!” Paul will be speaking in Vancouver on Nov. 1st. For confirmation of the time and place, contact: Erik Andersen, Paul’s new book is: The Money Mafia, A World in Crisis ♣


The Mystery of Life and Matter -- from ‘Magical Moon Lake’ Karl Backhaus, Holland Centre ON When we are looking at stones or when we touch them, no doubt they seem to be dead and without life, the way we know life. As a boy, I threw a lot of stones. Stones were all the toys I had. I was very partial to stones, but it never occurred to me that there was more to stones than the eyes can see. Through a number of peculiar personal experiences that I could not explain through logic, I began to search for some insights to have a better understanding of the world around me. From a scientific point of view, all physical matter vibrates. Everything we can see or touch and even invisible things are made up of atoms. Atoms are made up of several parts with relative huge spaces between the central nucleus and the spinning electrons and protons. Scientists calculated this spinning speed being so fantastic that in one millionth of a second, it (the number of spins) seven billion times (“Atom” by Knaur). This 4 dialogue

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great speed creates the illusion of a sold substance, which in fact is almost total empty space. A spinning propeller of an airplane can give us an idea of empty space looking solid: its blades seem to be everywhere at the same time, but when it stops spinning, we see the empty space. In other words, stones or any solid matter are only giving us the impression of being solid. Scientists know that matter is not solid; it is a wonderful illusion. For instance: in Helium, two protons and two electrons are spinning; in Iron, 26 protons and 26 electrons are spinning; and in the heavier Gold, 79 pairs are spinning. Today we know all this, but can we deal with this kind of information when we live in a world that seems so solid? The scientist Carl Sagan wrote in Cosmos: “Will we ever come to an end in our understanding of the nature of matter, or is there an infinite regression into more and more fundamental particles?” And further, he wrote, “There is much more to the world than we can see.” …/

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