Genetically engineering almost anything
Link: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/evolution/crispr-gene-drives/
“When it comes to genetic engineering, we’re amateurs. Sure, we’ve known about DNA’s structure for more than 60 years, we first sequenced every A, T, C, and G in our bodies more than a decade ago, and we’re becoming increasingly adept at modifying the genes of a growing number of organisms.
 But compared with what’s coming next, all that will seem like child’s play. A new technology just announced today has the potential to wipe out diseases, turn back evolutionary clocks, and reengineer entire ecosystems, for better or worse. Because of how deeply this could affect us all, the scientists behind it want to start a discussion now, before all the pieces come together over the next few months or years. This is a scientific discovery being played out in real time.”

"New World" in the Saint Thomas branch of Christian mysticism was a term for other dimensions or Gnostic heavenly realms. Writing in the Aramaic language around 710 AD at a monastery in northern Iraq, Joseph Hazzaya (the Visionary) wrote this amazing paragraph about experiencing visions of Formless Divine Light:

“The impulses of the mind are extended from the sphere of material things towards those impulses which are without limit, that is to say, wonder at the New World, and the faculty of vision which belongs to contemplation of the Holy Trinity. For when the vision of the mind is mingled with the Light of the glorious Trinity, all its impulses become infinite. For none of the visionaries or ‘gnostics’ is able to distinguish the identity of the mind as a result of the vision of that glorious Light that is seen of the Holy Trinity, for all the innermost chambers of the heart are filled by that blessed Light, and there are no shapes or forms or anything material, or number or color; rather that Light who cannot be separated out into shapes and forms is single owing to the simpleness of the faculty of sight.”

"  - Joseph the Visionary, “The Syriac Fathers On Prayer and the Spiritual Life” (via santmat)


Portrait of a Garden Cuno Amiet - 1949


Dead End, Keith Alexander


Bio-mechanical eyeby AkdasFirst





DSC_0278 (by davalt10)


U.S. Democrats plan to give Israel an addition $225 million for military spending. The same bill also cuts $1 billion of emergency funds meant to deal with the 50,000 undocumented child migrants held in crowded and unsanitary border facilities.
Israel already received $504 million for the joint U.S.-Israel Missle Defense Program for the Fiscal Year of 2014. That is not including the $3.1 Billion the Obama Administration spent on Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Israel for the Fiscal Year 2014.


"I saw no evidence of Hamas using Palestinians as human shields."
- Jeremy Bowen, BBC ME editor.