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Archived Interviews #5

Jim Berkland

The Man Who Predicts Earthquakes

I am a country boy who grew up in the Valley of the Moon, in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco. My family moved to Glen Ellen in 1937, adding four to the population of 250. My Dad was a rock-hound, so I came naturally by my interests in geology, taking my first course in the subject at Santa Rosa Junior college, where I received my AA degree in 1950. I finished my upper division classes at U.C., Berkeley, receiving my BA in Geology in 1958. I went directly to work for six years with the U.S Geological Survey, involving laboratory and field-work throughout the western United States, including Alaska. Simultaneously, I worked on my Masters degree in Geology at San Jose State University, completing my course wSide, Two at Noon, Evening Matinee, Jeff Rense show, George Putnam Show, h Battros Show, Laura Lee Show, and many other brork in 1964. That same year I accepted a position as an Engineering Geologist with the U.S. Bureau or Reclamation, based in Sacramento. For the next five years I worked on engineering projects involving the storage and moving of water at a number of dam sites, tunnels and canals in California and Oregon.

Since mid-1997 I have developed an Internet Website (syzygyjob.com) with innovative Sitemaster, Will Fletcher. The site has been very popular, and often receives more than 200 hits per day, and more than 100 hits per hour following my five-hour

Mitcinterview on the Art Bell radio show. I have also appeared on Frontline, Sightings, Strange Universe, Northwest Afternoon, Town Meeting, Bill Cosby Show, The Other

oadcasts. In 1991 I was featured in the Farmer's Almanac, and my annual predictions are now published in the Dot Tide Tables.

Leonard Laskow - Healing With Love

Healing With Love Laskow

Leonard Laskow is a physician, trained at Stanford as an OB-GYN, who has studied the healing power of love for the past 33 years. He coined the term Holoenergetic Healing, by which he means healing with the energy of the "whole." Dr. Laskow found that it takes energy to maintain separation and that as we bring ourselves into wholeness, the energy of separation is liberated. This energy can then be consciously directed to facilitate our body's healing response. Dr. Laskow now teaches this process to healing professionals and lay people and is a consultant in Behavioral and Energy Medicine in Ashland, Oregon.
Author and Researcher

The principles of holoenergetic healing are presented in Dr. Laskow's breakthrough book, Healing with Love (Wholeness Press, 1992/ 1998). Highly recommended by Deepak Chopra, Larry Dossey, and Dolores Krieger, this book uses ancient and cutting-edge healing techniques, self awareness, energy work, and practical exercises to help one directly experience love as a healing force. In it Dr. Laskow describes his laboratory research, which documents the effectiveness of heart-focused holoenergetic techniques in significantly inhibiting the growth of tumor cells in tissue culture and bacterial growth in test tubes. The book, originally published in 1992 by Harper Collins, has sold over 30,000 copies in eight languages. In subsequent research, Dr. Laskow has shown that the molecular configuration and properties of water and the physical structure of DNA can be changed by conscious intention, imagery and love.

Dr. Laskow is a Life Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and former Chief of OB-GYN at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Carmel, California. He completed residency training at Stanford Medical Center and took a post-doctoral fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco where he was a member of the faculty. Dr. Laskow is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine.

Dr. Laskow teaches internationally at medical centers, universities, and holistic institutes, including the Esalen Institute, Interface, the New York Open Center, UCSF Medical Center, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has appeared a number of times on the "America's Talking" television show, Jeffrey Mishlove's TV series "Thinking Aloud," and numerous other radio and TV programs. He has also appeared before the California Legislative Committee on Self Esteem.

Dr. Laskow resides in southern Oregon with his wife Sama.

Lee Child

Nothing To Lose

Lee Child

Lee Child was born in 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV's "golden age." During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars' worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.

Killing Floor was an immediate success and launched the series which has grown in sales and impact with every new installment. Lee Child has now written 12 Jack reacher novels with 14 million books sold so far. Stay tuned.

Brett Williams

Debt for Sale

Brett Williams provides a sobering and frank investigation of the credit industry and how it came to dominate the lives of most Americans by propelling the social changes that are enacted when an economy is based on debt. Williams argues that credit and debt act to obscure, reproduce, and exacerbate other inequalities. It is in the best interest of the banks, corporations, and their shareholders to keep consumer debt at high levels. By targeting low-income and young people who would not be eligible for credit in other businesses, these companies are able quickly to gain a stranglehold on the finances of millions. Throughout, Williams provides firsthand accounts of how Americans from all socioeconomic levels use credit. These vignettes complement the history and technical issues of the credit industry, including strategies people use to manage debt, how credit functions in their lives, how they understand their own indebtedness, and the sometimes tragic impact of massive debt on people's lives.

Credit and debt appear to be natural, permanent facets of Americans' lives, but a debt-based economy and debt-financed lifestyles are actually recent inventions. In 1951 Diners Club issued a plastic card that enabled patrons to pay for their meals at select New York City restaurants at the end of each month. Soon other "charge cards" (as they were then known) offered the convenience for travelers throughout the United States to pay for hotels, food, and entertainment on credit. In the 1970s the advent of computers and the deregulation of banking created an explosion in credit card use÷and consumer debt. With gigantic national banks and computer systems that allowed variable interest rates, consumer screening, mass mailings, and methods to discipline slow payers with penalties and fees, middle-class Americans experienced a sea change in their lives.

Brett Williams is Professor of Anthropology at American University. She is also the author of Upscaling Downtown: Stalled Gentrification in Washington, D.C.