Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

The Granddaughter Of Mahandis Gandhi Speaks In A Panel With Civil Disobedience Activists At 1440 Multiversity

On November 13, 2018 Ela Gandhi, the granddaughter of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, spoke about the principles of peace and civil disobedience at the 1440 Multiversity in Scott’s Valley. Ela Gandhi was on a panel with two other civil disobedience activists Ellen Grace O’Brian and Jim Wallis.

Ela Gandhi spoke about her time as a member of parliament in South Africa and her desire to start a newspaper focused on positive news. Most of the mainstream news focuses on negativity, so she emphasized the need for news to report human progress in order to give others hope for humanity.

Jim Wallis spoke about his time spent at churches and communities during apartheid in South Africa in the 1980s. Jim Wallis told a story about how the military surrounded the church with more militiamen than there were church members inside. The military told the church members that they own each of them, their property, their faith and even their god. The pastor responded with a smile that no one owns their god, and the congregation sung and chanted soon after. The South African military members retreated with this forward act of disobedience by the pastor and the church members.

Author’s Note:

During the “Questions & Answers” segment Philip got to ask Ela Ghandi the question, “It’s been 50 years since the assignation of Martin Luther King, Junior, a man greatly influenced by the principles of non-violence that Ghandi had embraced while under British colonial rule. As a descendant of Gandhi, what wisdom would you spread to Martin Luther King, Junior’s children if you were able to speak to them now?” Ela Gandhi stated that she has not followed her grandfather in a way that others hoped she would, because she seeks to forge her own path. Ela Gandhi encourages the children of Martin Luther King, Junior to forge their own path of civil disobedience and the message that she has to communicate with them should not just be exclusively for them but for all people. Ela proposed treating all people equally, and to not be exclusive with individuals who are of a more famous ancestory, even if they have an ancestory with the peace and the civil disobedience movement.

Emil White, Henry Valentine Miller, The Henry Miller Library, The Henry Miller Memorial Library

The Henry Miller Memorial Library

The Henry Miller Memorial Library was built by author Henry Valentine Miller’s best friend Emil White in the 1960s.

Henry Miller had written novels that were banned in English speaking countries including one named, “Tropic of Cancer”, which was banned for 27 years in the United States after its publication in Paris.

Inside of the library are newspaper articles about Henry Miller, and his followers, quotes from Henry Miller, in addition to posters of past music events that had occurred at the library.

Outside of the library are various prices including artwork, a Volkswagen bus and a couple of mannequins with the face of Henry Miller and another of a woman’s face.

The Volkswagen bus had couches and a patio on the deck!level, making it my favorite spot to relax at during my visit!

Author’s Note:

The inside of the library displays a letter of a woman who was offended by the pornographic photo of Henry Miller squatting beside a female’s buttocks, that was displayed within the library. The staff keep this letter up to show while some individuals are offended by pornographic material and do not consider it as art, most of those who work as as photographers, artists and writers so see certain forms of nudity as art that should be shared with others.

The Arecibo Message, The Golden Record

Frank Drake – The Designer Of “The Arecibo Message” And Co-Creator Of “The Golden Record”

Frank Drake, who was born in the Soviet Union, was the designer of the Arecibo Record which contains information on Deoxyribonucleic Acid, atoms and other scientific information. In 1974, the information in the Arecibo Record was was transmitted into space form a facility in Puerto Rico.

Later, Frank Drake became involved with recording a set of sounds that were sent into space through the Voyager Spacecraft. Those set of sounds were recorded into a golden disk, hence the name “The Golden Record”.

Halloween, Samhain

The Origins Of The Celtic Holiday Samhain

The holiday of Halloween, originally called Samhain, began as a Celtic tradition about 2,000 years ago. Celtic peoples celebrated Samhain from October 31 to November 1st to mark the end of their harvest and of the Celtic calendar. Large fires were forged to scare away the evil spirits that were believed to appear at the start of the Celtic new year.

In present day the traditional form of Samhain, with large fire gatherings, is largely celebrated by those of pagan faith.

Cold War, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Soviet Union, University of California Radiation Laboratory

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

In 1952, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was constructed as a component of the University of California Radiation Laboratory. The US federal government utilized the facility to conduct studies on nuclear weaponry, and the radiation emitted form them, as part of it’s national security strategy during the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

The site of the laboratory had been utilized by native Americans hundreds of years ago.

The Lawerence Laboratory was named after Lawerence whom was a physics professor at University of California Berkley campus.

The Discovery Center, within the laboratory, features a history of the technologies that were developed in the facility.

The facility has a replica of a NIF chamber which replicated nuclear reactions for scientists to observe.

Within the center, there are several exhibits within including some on the development of nuclear weaponry and the use of missiles on submarines.

Native Americans have contributed to the Lawerence Laboratory as researchers and scientists.

The laboratory has an observatory, which is nextdoor to the Discovery Center on the grounds.

The following video has more information on the history of the Lawerence Laboratory.

Authors Note:

In 2017, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory featured an episode of Jeopardy.