"We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people." – John Fitzgerald Kennedy
This popular French song, the Légende de Saint Nicolas, dates back to the 16th century and is still sung by French children today. It tells the rather gruesome story of St. Nicholas rescuing three children from an evil butcher. The story, which was originally of three young men—traveling scholars, is told in France of three young children (seeillustrations from 1935). Here on this page, they are shown as older children by 19th century artist E. de Liphart. Music and an English text, freely translated by poet James Henry Dixon, follow the original French.
Ils étaient trois petits enfants Qui s’en allaient glaner aux champs— S’en vinr’nt un soir chez un boucher: ”Boucher, voudrais-tu nous coucher?”— Entrez, entrez, petits enfants, Il y’a d’la place assurément! . . .
Ils n’étaient pas sitôt entrés Que le boucher les a tués, Les a coupés en p’tits morceaux, Mis au saloir comme pourceaux.
Ils étaient, etc.
Saint Nicolas, au bout d’sept ans, Vint à passer dedans ce champ, Alla frapper chez le boucher: “Boucher, voudrais-tu me loger?”
Ils étaient, etc.
— Entrez, entrez, saint Nicolas, Il y’a d’la place, il n’en manq’pas.” Il n’était pas sitôt entré Qu’il a demandé à souper.
Ils étaient, etc.
“Du p’tit salé je veux avoir Qu’il y a sept ans qu’est dans l’saloir.” Quand le boucher entendit ça, Hors de la porte il s’enfuya.
Ils étaient, etc.
“Boucher, boucher, ne t’enfuis pas; Repens-toi, Dieu t’pardonnera.” Saint Nicolas alla s’asseoir Dessus le bord de ce saloir.
Ils étaient, etc.
“Petits enfants qui dormez là, Je suis le grand saint Nicolas.” Et le saint étendit trois doigts. Les p’tits se lèvent tous les trois.
Ils étaient, etc.
The Legend of Saint Nicholas freely translated from the French
Three little children sought the plain Gleaners of the golden grain. They lingered past the angel-song, And dewy shadows swept along.
‘Mid the silence of the wood The butcher’s lonely cottage stood, “Butcher! lodge us for the night, Lodge us till the morning light.” “Enter in, ye children small, I can find a place for all.”
The butcher seized a knife straitway, And did the little creatures slay. He put them in a tub of brine, In pieces small as they were swine.
St. Nicholas, at seven years end, His way did to the forest wend. He sought the butcher’s cottage drear: “Butcher! I would rest me here!”
“Enter! enter, St. Nicholas! You are welcome, St. Nicholas! Enter! enter, St. Nicholas! There’s place for you the night to pass.” Scarce had the Saint his entrance made, He would the supper board was laid.
“Will you have of ham a slice?” “I will not, for it is not nice!” “Of this veal you’ll take a bit?” “No! I do not relish it.”
“Give me of the little swine, For seven long years have laid in brine!” The butcher caught the words he said, And forthwith from the portal fled.
“Butcher! butcher! do not flee, Repent and God will pardon thee!”
St. Nicholas the tub drew near, And lo! he placed three fingers there. The first one said, “I sweetly rest!” The second said, “I too am blest!” The third replied, “Tis well with me, In Paradise I seem to be!”
Freely translated from the French by English poet James Henry Dixon (1803–1876), Centro Studi Nicolaiani, Bari, Itlay, 1983. Used by permission.
I believe that our Blessed Lady has a special intention for the Credo. Under her influence I always treat it as more than a kind of public profession. It is primarily a prayer because Faith is a theological virtue. “I belief Lord. Help me in my unbelief.” I think it would be better for it to be sung on the special occasions of re-dedication. The English Credo is the Mother’s Milk of sung prayers; babies can sing it. (Latin would be wonderful, but be all things to all people.) Accordingly, I have moved English to the top.
Active ingredient in cannabis delta-9-THC is linked to psychosis effects
Scientists do not fully understand mechanisms that cause these effects
Yale team found delta-9-THC increases random neural activity, or noise
Believe increased neural noise plays role in psychosis triggered by drug
Experts say effects are similar to the symptoms of schizophrenia
Smoking cannabis can induce psychosis-like effects, similar to the symptoms people diagnosed with schizophrenia endure, scientists have said.
While past research as come this this conclusion in the past, the mechanisms underlying these effects are less clear.
Now, a team of scientists at Yale School of Medicine have found the active ingredient in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC) increases random neural activity, known as neural noise, in the brains of healthy drug-users.
Their findings suggest increased neural noise may play a role in the psychosis-like effects of cannabis.
Dr Deepak D’Souza, a professor of psychiatry at Yale, said: ‘At doses roughly equivalent to half or a single joint, delta-9-THC produced psychosis-like effects and increased neural noise in humans.’
First author of the study, Dr Jose Cortes-Briones, a postdoctoral associate in psychiatry at Yale, added: ‘The dose-dependent and strong positive relationship between these two findings suggest that the psychosis-like effects of cannabis may be related to neural noise which disrupts the brain’s normal information processing.’
Researchers studied the effects of delta-9-THC on electrical brain activity in 24 human subjects, who took part in a three-day study.
During the experiments, they received two doses of intravenous delta-9-THC or a placebo in a double-blind, randomised, cross-over and counterbalanced design.
If confirmed, the link between neural noise and psychosis could shed light on the biology of some of the symptoms associated with schizophrenia.
Dr John Krystal, editor of Biological Psychiatry, the journal in which the study is published, said the research marks an important part of the debate over whether cannabis should be legalised.
He said: ‘This interesting study suggests a commonality between the effects on the brain of the major active ingredient in marijuana and symptoms of schizophrenia.
‘The impairment of cortical function by delta-9-THC could underlie some of the cognitive effects of marijuana.
‘Not only does this finding aid our understanding of the processes underlying psychosis, it underscores an important concern in the debate surrounding medical and legalised access to marijuana.’
SEATTLE (CBS Seattle)– A new study on marijuana use warns the highly-potent strains of the drug available on the market today could cause brain damage or even lead to psychosis.
British researchers studied the brains of heavy marijuana users in South London.
“If you look at the corpus callosum, what we’re seeing is a significant difference in the white matter between those who use high potency cannabis and those who never use the drug, or use the low-potency drug,” study co-author Paola Dazzan toldThe Guardian.
White matter in the brain transmits signals from one region of the cerebrum to another and from the cerebrum to other parts of the brain. When the white matter is impaired or damaged, it can block communication between the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
Dazzan blames tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in pot. While most marijuana contains onlu 2-4 percent of THC, about 100 high-potency brands of pot contain as much as 14 percent THC.
“What we can say is if it’s high potency, and if you smoke frequently, your brain is different from the brain of someone who smokes normal cannabis, and from someone who doesn’t smoke cannabis at all,” explained Dazzan.
Dr. Romina Mizrahi, director of the Focus on Youth Psychosis Prevention clinic at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, who has studied marijuana, told Digital Journal the damage can be serious.
“Teenagers think that cannabis is harmless,” she warned. “It is not. And for some people, it’s particularly dangerous.”
Item: When the Occupy Wall Street / 99% movement was getting into high gear, I publicly speculated that the force behind the agitations was George Soros, the man who made $1 billion betting against the British Pound. I searched for the term “George Soros Occupy Wall St”, with no meaningful results. Three days later, “George Soros Funds Groups Behind Occupy Wall St” could be found on some media outlets.
So how do we get so thoroughly fooled, so long and hard? Here’s a clue: We are being manipulated by opinion manufacturing specialists who have an extremely insightful understanding of human foibles. Here’s a diagram that perhaps oversimplifies the issue, but at least it can get us started talking about it:
General Smedley Darlington Butler was a soldier’s soldier, he cleaned up a WW1 army camp in Belgium that was a death trap. (This was when influenza took millions of lives.)
So I ask my old Aunt Mary what she remembers about him. “He’s a bum.” This was when Philadelphia was more corrupt than Chicago, Butler was appointed police commissioner, he was “no good Texas toiler paper (wouldn’t take crap off anyone).”
The mass-brainwashing propaganda machine flooded the press, nationwide (Aunty had never been near Philly) with negative stories.
He was a Friend (a Quaker). When he’d go home & talk with his Dad (a Congressman), it was all “thee” and “thou”. But in khaki, he was one tough s.o.b., “Old Gimlet Eye” was what the men called him.
My old sister Sheila watched President Lyndon Baines Johnson give a speech about The Gulf of Tonkin Incident. She says “he was gripping the pedestal so hard his knuckles were white, I knew he was lying”.
I was made spiritual father, but never allowed to fulfill that role, until now.
I’ve identified the legacy I want to convey, and just now have found the key to delivering it.
This permission has finally been attained because of the fact that the subject is neither on the right not the left, because forces controlling massive blocks of public opinion are above such distinctions.“That’s the age we live in. We don’t want to read anymore, we don’t want to find out why, we just go, are people angry? I want to be angry,” he said. “And it’s a mob mentality that’s not progressive and it’s not conducive to us getting to the truth of anything.” Comedians Dump Campus Gigs: When Did Colleges Lose Their Sense of Humor?, Matt Donnelly and Kathy Zerbib on August 23, 2015
If The “Conservatives” Had A More Coherent, Political Gangster Force–As They Did in 2000–The Ruling Elite Would Have Supported “Conservatism”.
The legacy consists of two books, the list to be expanded.
The Angel appeared to the children at the Loca do Cabeço, in the fall of 1906. He was “holding a chalice in his hands, with a host above it from which some drops of blood were falling into the Sacred vessel.” The Angel left the chalice and host suspended in the air, and prostrated himself upon the ground with the children and prayed the following prayer with them three times:
Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, and I offer you the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference with which He Himself is offended. And through the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners. Amen.
The Angel then rose, and taking the host he gave it to Lucy, and to Jacinta and Francisco he gave the contents of the chalice, saying as he did so: “Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men. Repair their crimes and console your God.” Then he prostrated himself once more with the children and repeated the prayer to the Most Holy Trinity three times, then disappeared.
My sweet Lord, look with mercy upon your people and especially upon the mystical body of your Church. Greater glory is given to your name for pardoning a multitude of your creatures than if I alone were pardoned for my great sins against your majesty. It would be no consolation for me to enjoy your life if your holy people stood in death. For I see that sin darkens the life of your bride the Church – my sin and the sins of others.
It is a special grace I ask for, this pardon for the creatures you have made in your image and likeness. When you created man, you were moved by love to make him in your own image. Surely only love could so dignify your creatures. But I know very well that man lost the dignity you gave him; he deserved to lose it, since he had committed sin.
Moved by love and wishing to reconcile the human race to yourself, you gave us your only-begotten Son. He became our mediator and our justice by taking on all our injustice and sin out of obedience to your will, eternal Father, just as you willed that he take on our human nature. What an immeasurably profound love! Your Son went down from the heights of his divinity to the depths of our humanity. Can anyone’s heart remain closed and hardened after this?
We image your divinity, but you image our humanity in that union of the two which you have worked in a man. You have veiled the Godhead in a cloud, in the clay of our humanity. Only your love could so dignify the flesh of Adam. And so by reason of this immeasurable love I beg, with all the strength of my soul, that you freely extend your mercy to all your lowly creatures.