Neil Young files for divorce from Pegi, his wife of 36 years

Neil Young filed papers in San Mateo, California, on 29 July to end marriage Neil Young has filed for divorce from Pegi Young, his wife of 36 years. The couple have performed together since the 1990s and collaborated to start the Bridge School, a non-profit school for children with severe physical and speech impairments. Documents obtained by Rolling Stone show that Neil Young filed a petition for dissolution of marriage on 29 July in the couples hometown of San Mateo, California. Pegi received … [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.

Stonehenge researchers discover site is much larger than previously thought

Researchers find series of hidden chapels, burial mounds and ritual shrines, transforming view of historic area Dry spell at Stonehenge reveals secret that has eluded archaeologists Stonehenge stood at the heart of a sprawling landscape of chapels, burial mounds, massive pits and ritual shrines, according to an unprecedented survey of the ancient grounds. Researchers uncovered 17 new chapels and hundreds of archaeological features around the neolithic standing stones on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshir… [Read full article]

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

UN climate chief urges faith groups to tell followers not to invest in fossil fuel companies Religious leaders should pull their money out of investments in fossil fuel companies and encourage their followers to do the same, according to the UNs climate chief. Christiana Figueres, who is speaking at St Pauls Cathedral on Wednesday night, urges faith groups to find their voice and set their moral compass on climate change, in an article published in the Guardian . Continue reading…… [Read full article]

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Atheist Charities

When people discuss compassion and charity online its often said that there are no atheist charities. This stems from a common misconception that atheists are not giving and care nothing for their fellow man. The truth is that nonbelievers have just as much empathy as anyone else. As many of us see it, theres no one to help our fellow human beings except ourselves. In fact, there are many atheist charities and charities founded by nontheists. Some of them avoid using the word atheist to avoid ha… [Read full article]

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Acute glaucoma discovered to be an inflammatory disease

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Sun Yat-sen University in China have shown that acute glaucoma in mice is largely an inflammatory disease and that high pressure in the eye causes vision loss by setting in motion an inflammatory response similar to that evoked by bacterial infections…. [Read full article]

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Migrating animals pee affects ocean chemistry

The largest migration on the planet is the movement of small animals from the surface of the open ocean, where they feed on plants under cover of darkness, to the sunless depths where they hide from predators during the day…. [Read full article]

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Ukip wins Clacton byelection and comes close second in Heywood - Reaction: Politics l

Rolling coverage of the reaction to Ukip winning Claction from the Conservatives in the byelection, and coming a close second to Labour in Heywood and Middleton 5.12pm BST We are now wrapping up this live blog on a day when Ukip has made a breakthrough by winning its first seat in Westminster. Both Labour and the Conservatives conceded that Ukip could be a potent force in next years general election. Here is a summary of todays drama. 3.57pm BST Ed Miliband has tried to perk up his party after L… [Read full article]

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Global warming: a battle for evangelical Christian hearts and minds | Dana Nuccitelli

The Cornwall Alliance gets climate science wrong and harms the poor in the process The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation is a conservative evangelical Christian public policy group that promotes a free-market approach to protecting the environment. The organization recently published a list of ten reasons it opposes policies to reduce carbon pollution and slow global warming, purportedly to protect the poor. As the first point on the list illustrates, the group essentially believ… [Read full article]

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20 best Android apps this week

WhoSampled, FIFA 15, Camera51, The Nightmare Cooperative, Treehouse, Star Wars: Commander and more The Best Android Apps roundup is back, Back, BACK after a few weeks off due to travel, and the difficulties of finding anyone else foolish enough to dig through RSS feeds, press releases and information from developers on new Android apps. So, this is a catchup week: the 20 best (in this writers subjective view, obviously) new Android apps from the last three weeks. Its a strong selection, particul… [Read full article]

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Angry Birds has lost 63m players since 2012 (but it still has 200m left)

Latest figures from Rovio reveal its flagship franchise has lost nearly a quarter of its players over the last 22 months Angry Birds remains one of the most popular game series in the world, with more than 200m monthly active players. But the franchise appears to have peaked in popularity two years ago. When the games publisher Rovio announced its financial results in April 2013, it said that Angry Birds ended 2012 with 263m monthly active players . The company did not update that figure in Apri… [Read full article]

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Schools quality does not affect gaps in attainment, research shows

Academics findings suggest disadvantaged pupils underachieve regardless of whether school is rated highly by Ofsted Children on free school meals continue to underachieve in the classroom, regardless of whether the school they attend is rated highly by Ofsted or not, according to a paper by a leading education academic. Professor Steve Strand, of Oxford University, says the stubbornness of the attainment gap across all types of schools suggests that the quality of a school is not enough to overc… [Read full article]

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John Cusack: Hollywood is a whorehouse and people go mad

After 25 years as a star, John Cusack has seen the movie industrys dark side close up from its misogyny to its treatment of young actors. His new film, Maps to the Stars, is brutally honest, he says Bruce Wagner: Maps to the Stars my film about the dark side of Hollywood David Cronenberg: My imagination is not a place of horror A couple of summers ago, John Cusack was at a baseball game, watching the Chicago White Sox play. In the next box over there was a gorgeous girl young, but she was lookin… [Read full article]

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Farzana Parveens killing must trigger change for women in Pakistan | Aisha Sarwari

Human rights violations have spiked, but this honour killing stands out, because the victim was seeking justice as she died On 27 May 2014, as Farzana Parveen lay dead on the uneven floor of the Lahore high court, it was not easy to ignore the blood-stained brick next to her. A chador she had worn that morning covered her crushed head. Police investigators said that members of her family had attacked her and her husband with batons and bricks. Farzana was three months pregnant. This murder stand… [Read full article]

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News Flash: Gandhi Just Murdered in South Africa

Article by Correspondent Dallas Darling. Yesterday while protesting with striking mine workers in South Africa, Mohandas Gandhi was gunned down by heavily armed security forces. Gandhi, who earlier had purchased a first class ticket to travel from India to South Africa to study law but was ousted by local police from the compartment when a wealthy corporate elitist boarded the train, was peacefully protesting alongside thousands of other South African labourers. They were demanding better… [Read full article]

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The fabric of our society is threatened by our mismanagement of water

Engineers have done their jobs too well, argues Waterwises Jacob Tompkins. Taps flow but we dont realise our water is simply running out After the deluge: why Basingstoke is still vulnerable to floods video There is a global water crisis unfolding before our eyes. From floods in the Balkans to drought in California, from chronic water pollution in China to mass disconnections in Detroit, we are seeing the fabric of our society threatened by our mismanagement of our most important resource. We ha… [Read full article]

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