Letters to the Editor
In the last issue of "Southern Cross Review", you give a story about a man hearing Rudolf Steiner in
, before serving in the German army and being killed in the first world war. In fact Prague , like what is now the Prague , was in the Austrian part of the Austro-Hungarian empire before 1918. Such a man would have been killed in the Austrian army during that war.(It was the Austrian ultimatum to Czech Republic , which launched in 1st world war.) Serbia
Frank, this is just a fine, fine, fine tale, worthy of any gathering, yikes, it was good. It doesn't get much better than that. What a great tale.
Wrapped in a winding sheet and Revelation unfurls the wings of the Cosmic human butterfly, that was Lazarus...but this is Grandma. Grandma is going to take a long journey children. My Grandma Anderson of
made the most striking impression on me. She made a striking impression on my cousin David..It is too long to go into, but she, like other old country souls, rose early, harvested Wheaton
in the dew of the Garden, care giver for a whole house of elderly, which she was kind of a doctor to, backed the bread, laundered, shopped, and it was this thing Steiner said about blessing, that the touch of certain older people in our lives transmits blessing..
Well, it is too long to go into...but Frank got the essence of a real meeting with an Angelic Being in his tale. Our meetings as Consciousness Soul candidates means taking images of others home, reviewing our day backwards in astral compression and transforming inner vision with each person we see, to see their unique agile or docile spirit, wearing matter, so that we see the spirit, tone,
gesture, and identity as this mobile image of the divine.
Angels are working in the astral body, and some of our grandmothers with gardens and whole flocks of grandchildren held the insights and lived with them warmly and unconsciously...and their touch, brought blessing and their Angels appreciated their journey.
Nice work Frank!
Asunto: Re: Debunking 9/11 Conspiracy Theories
I read through your web page. I had an disagreement with a 9/11 conspiracy theorist. Personally, I have a very difficult time believing it. However, they seem to bombard one with a whole lot of 'facts.' Whereas, I merely have an opinion. Do you know of any other websites that provide any facts to dispel the common arguments used by conspiracy theorists.
The only case I could make was based on my limited experience with an airport van service I worked with, called Flight Line - serving the Boston/Logan airport region. One of the guys I trained with said he picked up one of the pilots all the time, and that he dropped him off at the airport the morning of 9/11. He did not come back? How would he have gone along with it?
The conspiracy theorists have their various explanations to get around this reality, such as the one mentioned on your site.
Anyway, I didn't know if you may know of any websites that dissect and rebut some of the common assertions made. Thanks
Thanks for that link Frank. That was very insightful, and it did a great job debunking the most popular myths, one by one. I have a friend in
(normally a very level-headed guy), but unfortunately, it sounds like these conspiracy theories are adding fuel to the fire in the middle east. Here's another link I found that also debunks some of these theories: Kuwait
Re: Debunking 9/11 Conspiracy Theories
You simple minded fool................
Re: Debunking 9/11 Conspiracy Theories
I posted a thought last night on an AOL bulletin board with the title "U.S.Animal Farm." The body of the post was "The pigs are fatter and sneakier than ever." I thought that it was an original title for a post ... oh well. But I would like to see T-shirts with that printed on the front with Bush, Rove, and Cheney's faces superimposed on well-dressed pigs standing on two feet below printing.
Re: Debunking 9/11 Conspiracy Theories
Well I find myself writing you once again on an old topic. I wasn't able to accept your invitation, last time, to prepare my letter to be printed; now I wonder if you ever read it.
I'm embarrassed to find the Pop Mechanics article on your website, but even more embarrassed by your rant. And I wonder to find your lead quote of Rudolf Steiner's in the same issue, because I find little evidence of thinking in your rant.
I will try to prepare an appropriate letter, though it is difficult to imagine finding the time. But the simple matter is that picking out a series of errors and reporting on them, says nothing about the many much more alarming items that were not dealt with. That is what makes the "Mechanics" "Popular" instead of rigorous.
You offer no sign that you have paid any actual attention to the issues. That's fine as a personal choice; clearly you do a lot of very effective work, and anyone needs to be selective with time. But then on what basis do you make the leap to deciding that you are presenting and debunking the issues that you seem actually ignorant of?
I gave you the name of one anthroposophist with sterling credentials who spoke on this matter -- Christopher Schaefer. Did you contact him? Did you contact me? On what basis did you make this editorial decision?
It is one thing to have personal opinions; it is very different to spread them over the planet via the vehicle you -- and others -- have so carefully developed. I know at least one regular author who will find it quite difficult to see his writings on the same page, so to speak (no I don't speak for him, and he is big enough in soul to "swallow" this.)
Please let me know if any other reader speaks up for answering you -- though you presented this as a fait acompli, another appalling journalistic error. I would rather not be the one, but I will, and in days, if it is needed. And without polemic -- I am from the stream of science, and I am simply trying to live openly with some very serious questions.
Just read the Galloway article. Haven’t had time to read more yet but it all looks good.
For us who do not follow all this closely as you do I would like more background on the
Gallowayarticle. I think such articles and especially this one should show when and where the talk was given. It should have a ref to the previous accusations or to the work of that house committee. It should say which senator Gallowayis speaking to. Source material is good to have. It may save your ass too!
Upon receipt of this letter the following short explanation was attached to the end of the article. Ed.
George Galloway is a member of the
parliament. He was accused by members of the United Kingdom senate of corruption in connection with the “Food for Oil” program in place before the U.S. invasion of U.S. . He volunteered to testify before the Iraq senate, during which he made the above statement on U.S. May 18, 2005.
Re: Miryam (Ebook)
Frank, I don't have any words that I think could express my deep appreciation of your work on the translation.
My Magdalene day was yesterday and it was just a most beautiful day. Well, it started off that I noticed a man masturbating while driving down the road. And I
was like 'Godddddddddddd why am I seeing this today! Damn! I was hoping for a pure day. And then when I got back from purchasing the flowers for the day I noticed that someone has torn down the most beautiful fifteen foot sign with the Magdalene's name written in red from the front fence that I had there for a week. And when I walked to the door I noticed that my favorite tree on the property, a Jacquaranda Tree, was bent over on its side. I picked her up and tied her down, as she is a newbie at twelve feet tall. And it hit me: this is what confronts the Magdalene, this masculine energy that keeps trying to hold her in her place. I mean it was surreal.
I remember asking you to do the translation many moons ago, not that many actually, and I remember being so grateful. Reading the endings of the story I felt saddened. Like this can't be all, tell me this story goes on. And the truth is, that it does. The story does go on and it lives on in me and you and the
people that are inspired by her and her love and care for Jesus the Christ.
The women, and a few men, had the most wonderful day yesterday. I mean the room was so beautifully decorated in pinks and blues, the plants around, the statues, the flowers, the drumming the fellowship. And get this, the woman who read a section of the book The Mary Magdalene Within, is a mother of a Waldorf student. I mean how precious can it be that the one person who would read for me here at the clubhouse is connected to the very works that inspire me in my life, the very man, Dr. Steiner. We both hold the story to be different than what is written in the book but we also know that we can help move this story forward and hopefully bring it to a place closer to what he has shared.
But, to have finished the story on this day, I feel emptied, readied for the next journey of her spirit to be told.
All my love,
Having been an ex-pat (in
Of course, from my point of view, you are not seeing
the whole story. How can you, when the
corporate-controlled media refuses to tell large parts of it? For example, your
Today, however, all branches of the service are
missing their recruiting goals, even as they lower standards (no high school
diploma? no problem!) and raise the age limits (you're 42? no problem!) and
offer large signing bonuses – $20,000 for a kid right out of high school is a
lot of money! The soldiers in
the equipment for the role. The Reserves are also not normally called up for combat duty. After you have finished your enlistment in the active duty forces, you are put in the Reserves for another couple of years. But I can't remember the last war that required the Reserves to be called up for active
duty. (It was probably World War II.)
So, seriously Gaither, I want you to get a grip. Americans aren't from Mars! You came from
here, albeit a long time ago. Surely you
remember the differences that exist between regions. An American native to
By the way, I know your European friends find our
method of electing the President to be a tad, well... arcane. So do we, and yet it persists... in part
because it is one of a series of protections given to the smaller states to
ensure that decisions were not the sole province of the larger states. As the EU forms, surely they are having
discussions of their own about how to keep
Your essay is filled with so many mis-statements and
wrong assumptions that I don't know where to begin. To mention just one, the idea that all
Americans are enamoured of the death penalty.
As it happens, my state --
Then there's the silly bit about how Americans can't go over to Tuscany (or Provence) and spend a year drinking wine and then imagine they really understand or know Italy (or France). Well, duh! But then, I don't imagine your Italian or French friends could come over here, spend a year drinking beer
and attending baseball and hockey games and declare
they know all one could possibly know about the
But on to your main question: "What's wrong with
Easy enough to state, even if hard to believe.
Gaither Stewart replies:
Thanks for taking time to think about and write me your
reactions to my essay. It's a discussion that could go on and on. I know how
you feel in your defense. When someone here who I suspect doesn't know the
You raised many important points ... but not the ones I had in mind in the essay. You speak of points that I mentioned in one word but which are not the main topic. You raise points that seem to me more your own thoughts rather than my subject.
I thought I made it clear that Europeans were not even in agreement with me at least didn't understand my real question: Why are Americans different and out of step with other people? Few I asked among my family and intimate friends agree with me ... or at least don't understand what I mean about Americans being different.
And also I made a point in the essay to specify WHAT Americans I have in mind.
My subject here is exactly that of the title: The Lonely American. And JoAnn he really is that, metaphorically or philosophically or sociologically speaking of course.
But to speak of subjects that bother you and that I hardly touch or just mention in passing, I could say a few words. For example, if enough Americans really wanted to get rid of the death penalty, they could. But until today it has been a publicized fact that no person can be elected President on an anti-death penalty platform. The same goes for banning arms! Or anyone favoring a national health service or anyone who might dare to use the word "social" could ever be elected to anything.
As far as the fall in recruitment is concerned, I have
followed that positive development closely. It's good in a sense but for the
wrong reasons: it's because they're afraid and don't want to go to
Whether Bush won by a minority vote or 51% doesn't
change much. Half the people didn't vote anyway, the half that doesn't care
much, who most probably like things the way they are, who want their guns at
home, who wanted to nuke the
Your defensive mechanism has geared up against what
you seem to consider an unfair attack. As I said I do that all the time myself.
And believe me my essay is in no way intended to compare
It's just too complex to go into here in a email. Please read the essay again and dwell on my subject:
The Lonely American and try to appreciate some of my points.
Thanks for writing and also for keeping me informed about On the Side of the Losers.(An Ebook of essays by Gaither Stewart - Ed.)
I've just browsed the current copy of Frank Thomas Smith's Anthroposophical web-zine "Southern Cross Review."
I was surprised to find a reprint of Eugene Schwartz's 1999
copied this lecture from the “PLANS” website www.waldorfcritics.org/active/articles/schwartz.html . Plans is an
organization that is very critical of Waldorf education and anthroposophy –
sometimes going to the extreme of defamation. They are currently in the midst
of a losing and costly court battle, having accused two
Sorry. I guess it's generally a good idea to read to the end of the sentence. On the other hand, this "second look" gave me a chance to check out Southern Cross Review in more detail. I'm really impressed in every way by what you do and by the quality and range of the works you publish here. Please "subscribe" me and let me know (within reason) what I can do to help you continue to do what you do.