Local TV is vanity over sanity and must go, says former radio chief

Further to my posting on the flaws in the local TV initiative , I note that the former chief executive of the Guardian Media Groups radio division has a similar view to mine. Following London Lives request to Ofcom to reduce the amount of local programming it is required to broadcast , John Myers took to his own blog to write a piece headlined, This is what failure looks like folks. He writes: Local TV is the idea of a political madman and funded by people with too much money. It is vanity over … [Read full article]

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WikiBooks: Bahai Faith

WikiBooks: Bahai Faith
The Bahá’í Faith is a monotheistic religion founded by Bahá’u’lláh in nineteenth-century Persia, emphasizing the spiritual unity of all humankind. There are an estimated five to six million Bahá’ís around the world in more than 200 countries and territories.In the Bahá’í Faith, religious history is seen to have unfolded through a series of divine messengers, each of whom established a religion that was suited to the needs of the time and the capacity of the people. These messengers have included Abraham, the Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad and others, and most recently the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. In Bahá’í belief, each consecutive messenger prophesied of messengers to follow, and Bahá’u’lláh’s life and teachings fulfilled the end-time promises of previous scriptures. Humanity is understood to be in a process of collective evolution, and the need of the present time is for the gradual establishment of peace, justice and unity on a global scale.The word “Bahá’í” (pronounced /bəˈhaɪ/) is used either as an adjective to refer to the Bahá’í Faith or as a term for a follower of Bahá’u’lláh. The word is not a noun meaning the religion as a whole. It is derived from the Arabic Bahá’, meaning “glory” or “splendour”. The term “Bahaism” (or “Baha’ism”) has been used in the past, but the correct name of the religion is Bahá’í Faith.

Mysteries of the universe: Cerns astonishing unseen archive in pictures

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Bahai prayers for unity


The Bahai faith has its very foundations in religious unity.

The concept that religion should be used as a means to bring us together instead of dividing us, has eluded us all for far too long.

It’s time we all start realising that our salvation lies in our unity.

O my God! O my God! Verily, I invoke Thee…

Omy God!  O my God!  Verily, I invoke Thee and supplicate before Thy threshold, asking Thee that all Thy mercies may descend upon these souls.  Specialize them for Thy favor and Thy truth.

O Lord!  Unite and bind together the hearts, join in accord all the souls, and exhilarate the spirits through the signs of Thy sanctity and oneness.  O Lord!  Make these faces radiant through the light of Thy oneness.  Strengthen the loins of Thy servants in the service of Thy kingdom. 

O Lord, Thou possessor of infinite mercy!  O Lord of forgiveness and pardon!  Forgive our sins, pardon our shortcomings, and cause us to turn to the kingdom of Thy clemency, invoking the kingdom of might and power, humble at Thy shrine and submissive before the glory of Thine evidences.

O Lord God!  Make us as waves of the sea, as flowers of the garden, united, agreed through the bounties of Thy love.  O Lord!  Dilate the breasts through the signs of Thy oneness, and make all mankind as stars shining from the same height of glory, as perfect fruits growing upon Thy tree of life.

Verily, Thou art the Almighty, the Self-Subsistent, the Giver, the Forgiving, the Pardoner, the Omniscient, the One Creator.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá   God grant that the light of unity may envelope the whole earth, and that the seal, ‘the Kingdom is God’s’, may be stamped upon the brow of all its people. Bahá’u’lláh
Whats Going On With This Whole YouTube Stars Phenomenon, Anyway?

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Why did Britains political class buy into the Tories economic fairytale? | Ha-Joon Ch

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The Tower of London poppies are fake, trite and inward-looking a Ukip-style memorial

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Bill Shorten defends gay marriage in speech to Christian group

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Hey, McFly! Hoverboard available on Kickstarter for $10,000

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Caracass Tower of David squatters finally face relocation after eight years

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Religious leaders should divest from fossil fuels, says UN climate chief

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The UK economy: six key charts

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