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June Update

July 4, 2011

Why is it that a month feels like a week, a week seems like a day, and a day like 15 minutes? June came… then left so fast I could hardly call it a month. Here are some highlights.

Bevan Teichrib, 1978-1995

– Finished Part Two of “One World, One Force.” This is a Forcing Change time-line series examining the historical quest to formulate a world authority with teeth. It draws from 15+ years of research experience (I started taking this subject very seriously in 1995 when the Canadian government released its report Towards A Rapid Reaction Capability For The United Nations), and pulls together historical and contemporary material from a wide range of sources. At this point I don’t think there’s anything out there quite like it. Even though I’m the one writing the series, I’ve already found the time-line to be an excellent research tool. Maybe when it’s done I can add extra details and develop it into a book – anybody interested?

– Worked on the quarterly newsletter, Hope For The World Update. This is the ministry/informational newsletter of author Gary Kah. Since the late 1990’s I’ve played a role in putting this publication together: Each quarter I spend approximately three weeks assembling and editing articles, writing individual pieces, pulling together short items (such as Quotable Quotes), fact-checking for contextual accuracy and ensuring sources are obtainable, and organizing everything into a workable project. Then, after my end is complete, everything is sent to Gary’s office were extra items may be added, articles re-evaluated, final editing is approved, and layout is finalized.

– Did a radio interview with Derek Gilbert on the “One World, One Force” series.

– Spoke at the Neepawa Christian Fellowship on the significance of Pentecost, with a major emphasis on the work of the Holy Spirit through the Old Testament and how this dovetails with Acts 2.

– Books I read in June:

1) Map of Bones by James Rollins. This is the second Rollins’ book I’ve read, and this one was much better than his Subterranean. A friend lent me six books by Rollins as she knows I enjoy the writings of Robert Ludlum.

2) Life in a Technocracy: What It Might Be Like, by the technocrat Harold Loeb. This volume was first published in 1933 and re-released by Syracuse University Press in 1996.

3) Agent of Influence: The Life and Times of Wilfred Burchett, by Robert Manne. This is a short report published by the Mackenzie Institute in 1989. Wilfred Burchett was a Communist journalist from Australia, and was a key propaganda player in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Agent of Influence is a good, albeit brief, introduction to the life and work of Burchett.

4) The Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism, and German National Socialism, by Stefan Kuhl (Oxford University Press, 1994). This is a very important volume on the historical and international associations within the eugenics movement, with an emphasis on the role of America as it related to the eugenics programs of Nazi Germany. Kuhl does an excellent job in documenting his findings. Pick up this book If you have any interest in the subject of eugenics.

– For my son’s birthday we bought him a four-man inflatable boat. After all, June dumped so much rain that our ditches were running at full capacity and overflowing into adjacent fields. Scott and his sister had a great day paddling and exploring new side-waters. It was all fun until “Dad” – me – decided we should see how many miles we could travel in one evening via our swollen ditches. Two hundred meters after Scott and I launched from our yard we had to traverse an approach with two steel culverts; miscalculating our re-entry, I snagged a culvert and ripped a two-inch gash in the hull. I bailed into the ditch while Scott, who was still afloat thanks to the inner air baffles, paddled to shore. Way to go, Dad. I give my son credit; his attitude about the accident was exceptional.

– I was asked to participate in the Gladstone, Manitoba high-school graduation ceremony (this year WMCI – William Morton Collegiate Institute – had 19 graduates). Each year my parents give a small award to a student in memory of their son and my brother, Bevan. Find below the text from my speech.

My brother Bevan, who died in an accident at the age of 17, was not inclined towards academics. Yes, he was intelligent and he was capable, yet schoolwork wasn’t a high priority.

What was important? People.

It didn’t matter who you were – whether you were popular or not, or your age – he saw you as a person and he engaged you. He recognized the value of friendship, and what really counts; people.

So it wasn’t surprising that, on many occasions he backed up the underdog, and he didn’t care what anybody else thought.

This meant that, good or bad, he was often the center of attention. He was known to watch your back, even if you were a stranger.

Sometimes this made for interesting entertainment. For example: He used to work at a convenience store, and one day he saw this guy at the stand-up cooler rifling through those sorry-looking, pre-packaged sandwiches. Obviously, to Bevan, this guy couldn’t make up his mind which sandwich to eat. So doing him a favor he walks up and quietly says, “Don’t buy those, they taste like crap.”

Turning to Bevan, he said; “Thanks for looking after my well-being, but I make these sandwiches. I’m restocking the fridge.”

Yes, he was just a bit of shyster.

The person chosen by WMCI to receive this award is someone who values people, someone who understands friendship, someone who will watch your back.

And this person, I believe, can be just a touch of a shyster as well – I’ve seen it in his eyes… Eric Lach.

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