February 7, 2014

Believe Nothing No Matter Where

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“If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear.” ― Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy On the Three Pillars of The Great Turning

The model is a guiding tool for how we can achieve what Macy calls “The Great Turning”, the “transition from the “industrial growth” society to the “life-sustaining” model…Macy frames [this] as the third great revolution in history after the Agricultural and Industrial revolutions, and as one that will be occurring much more quickly than the previous two, with an active and conscious participation on the part of humanity as a whole (1)”.

According to Macy, to accomplish this turning work needs to be done in three distinct areas. They are as follows:

1) Holding Actions– this is essentially what we normally call activism or direct action. It’s getting out there in the streets and saying a Holy No to the destructive and unjust practices that are taking place on the planet right now. It’s putting bodies in the way of an out of control global system as it marches its sick juggernaut towards some form of deterioration or collapse. Macy says this could take the form of “blockades, boycotts, civil disobedience, and other forms of refusal…Work of this macy-3pillars

kind buys time. It saves some lives, and some ecosystems, species, and cultures, as well as some of the gene pool, for the sustainable society to come. But it is insufficient to bring that society about”  (2).

2) Structural Change– this is where we actively work to build new societal forms, new economies, new ways of being together and organizing etc. This is the realm of the famous Buckminster Fuller quote, “To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete”. In a similar vein, the German anarchist Gustav Landaeur once wrote that the state was “not something that one can smash in order to destroy…The state is a relationship between human beings; one destroys it by entering into other relationships”. Structural change is where we develop the forms of a new society right within the old one, eventually having what’s needed to shed our former skin.

There are a lot folks working on these sorts of projects today, ranging from permaculture, to Transition Towns, resilient communities, food sovereignty and the local food movement, peer-to-peer production, gift economies and other alternative economic forms, open source culture, green technologies, eco-villages, education initiatives and the list goes on.

3) Shift in Consciousness– this is where we do the work of inner spiritual and psychological transformation, what Joseph Campbell called the inward journey. Here we intentionally try and develop beyond our “skin encapsulated egos” and open into wider spheres of identity with the earth, cosmos, and the whole of humanity. This can happen through new forms of thought, understanding the Great Story of which we’re a-part, and in particular, through the many spiritual traditions that have developed the methods for such transformation over the centuries.

For Macy this is important because, “These structural alternatives cannot take root and survive without deeply ingrained values to sustain them. They must mirror what we want and how we relate to Earth and each other. They require, in other words, a profound shift in our perception of reality–and that shift is happening now, both as cognitive revolution and spiritual awakening” (3).

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Position of the Sun in the Milky Way. Image credit: NASA

Consider this:

  • At the Equator, the Earth spins 24,000 miles in one day which means we travel at 1,000 mph
  • The earth travels about 584,020,178 miles (939,889,369 km) in the course of its orbit about the sun. The Earths average orbital speed is 107,200 km/h or 66,611 mph.
  • Astronomers have calculated that it takes the Sun 226 million years to  completely orbit around the center of the Milky Way. In other words, that last  time that the Sun was in its current position in space around the Milky Way,  dinosaurs ruled the Earth. in fact, this Sun orbit has only happened 20.4 times  since the Sun itself formed 4.6 billion years ago.Since the Sun is 26,000 light-years from the center of the Milky Way, it has  to travel at an astonishing speed of 485,912 mph in a circular orbit around  the Milky Way center.
  • It’s estimated that the Sun will continue fusing hydrogen for another 7  billon years or so. In other words, it only has another 31 orbits it can make  before it runs out of fuel.

In just reading the information above, you have traveled hundreds of miles from where you just were.

So the next time you here someone complain about “change”, we are always changing and never still, never in the same place, always moving, turning, orbiting and in motion.

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Abusive, Misleading, Ego-Centric Language

It is NOT a Sunrise, It is NOT a Sunset!

Sun Rise

Although the Sun appears to “rise” from the horizon, it is actually the Earth’s motion that causes the Sun to appear. The illusion of a moving Sun results from Earth observers being in a rotating reference frame; this apparent motion is so convincing that most cultures had mythologies and religions built around the geocentric model, which prevailed until astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus first formulated the heliocentric model in the 16th century.[3]

Architect Buckminster Fuller proposed the terms “sunsight” and “sunclipse” to better represent the heliocentric model, though the terms have not entered into common language.

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The Sun God Jarilo

ASTROTHEOLOGY and the Sun of God

15. That being true, then the Great Orb of Day   (God’s Sun) could rightly say of itself,

“I AM THE LIGHT OF THE   WORLD, and no man comes to the Father except through me”, or one   comes to God Only by the Light of Truth.

16. We should all “give thanks” to the Father for sending us His “Sun”. For the peace and tranquillity he brings to our life is even called ‘Solace’ – from “Solar” = Sun.
17. We now have before us two (2) cosmic brothers – one very good, and one very evil. One brings the “truth to light” with the “light of truth”. The other is the opposite, or in opposition to the light – “The Opposer”… Prince of this World of Darkness–               The “Devil”.
18. It is at this point that we come to Egypt. More than 3,000 years before Christianity began, the early morning “Sun/ Saviour” was pictured in Egypt as the “New Born Babe”. The infant saviour’s name was “HORUS”.
19. The early morning Sun or “New Born Babe”, was pictured in two ways.               A) The Dove – Bringer of Peace               B) The Hawk – God of War               (who punishes the enemies of God!).

20. At daybreak. this wonderful, newborn child, God’s ‘Sun’, is … ‘Born Again’ Horus is Risen. Even today, when the Sun comes up, we see it on the “Horus-Risen”, or “Horizon”. His life was also divided into 12 parts or steps across Heaven each day: 12 HORUS = 12 HOURS. This is the origin of the modern ” 12 Step Program”. Horus is the (new-born) Sun, or the Bringer of the Light. In Latin, Light Bringer is Lucis, or Lucifer, or Luke.

21. But now, what about the evil brother of God’s Sun, that old rascally “Prince of Darkness” himself? In the Egyptian, he was called “SET”. We are told in the Bible that when God’s Sun died, He left the world in the hands of the Evil Prince of Darkness. This evil prince took over the world at SON-SET.
22. It was generally observed that ‘God’s Sun’ could be depended upon to return in the same manner that he left, namely, “On a Cloud“..and that “Every eye will see Him” … Every evening, go out and watch the Sun leave this world “on a cloud”. And next morning, watch to see Him return on a cloud. And every eye will see him come again! … Unless you’re blind!
23. Keep in mind ‘God’s Sun’ symbolically represented the light of truth, but was condemned by His enemies who could not endure the light of truth in their life. The ancients taught that the very act of opposing or denying the light of truth to the point of killing it, happened in one’s own mind! When we are confronted with the harsh realities of life, the light of truth, which we do not wish to face, and which runs counter to our views, such truth is judged in your mind, or judged “in the temple area” of your brain, and put to death in your head ! Therefore, ‘God’s Sun – The Truth and The Light – is put to death at “GOLGOTHA” , or “PLACE OF THE SKULL “, located somewhere between your ears! This putting to death of the light of truth in your mind is always accompanied by two thieves: Regret for the past and Fear of the future.
24. And of course God’s ‘Sun’ goes to His death wearing a “corona” – Latin for “Crown of Thorns” . Remember the Statue of Liberty? To this day, Kings still wear a round crown of thorns, symbolising the rays of the Sun!
25. God’s ‘Sun’ brought His wonderful light to the world, and distributed it over 12 months. So it was said, God’s ‘Sun’ had 12 companions, or helpers, that assisted His life-saving work. So it was, God’s ‘Sun’ had 12 apostles (or months) that followed Him religiously through His life. Incidentally, now you know why the American jury system has 12 jurors who help bring the truth to light, with the “Light of Truth”.

26. As far back as we can go into the ancient world, we   find that all known cultures had a “Three-in-one” Triune God. The very first trinity was simply the three stages of the life of the Sun.
A) New Born Savior at dawn.
B)   Mature, full-grown (The Most High) at 12 (High) noon.
C) Old and   dying, at the end of day (going back to The Father).
All three were of   course One Divinity – The Sun three different   phases, but one God!

The Trinity is truly a mystery…Like   electricity, radio, TV, and jumbo-jets are all a mystery to the un-enlightened   mind!

27. The Egyptians knew that the Sun was at   its highest point in the sky (at high noon). At that point, one offered   prayers to the “Most High” God! To the ancients, the sky was the abode,   or heavenly temple, of the “Most High”.   Therefore, God’s ‘Sun’ was doing His heavenly Father’s work of enlightening all   in the temple at 12 …not 12 years old, but 12   noon!

28. The world of ancient man kept track of   times and seasons by the movement of the Sun daily, monthly, and yearly. For   this, the sundial and sun calendars were devised. Not only the daily movement of   the Sun was tracked on the round dial, but also the whole year was charted on a round Sun calendar dial. Examples: Ancient   Mexican, Mayan, Inca, Aztec, Sumerian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Egyptian, Celtic,   Aryan, etc. With this method, certain new concepts emerged in the mind of   ancient man.

29. Since the Earth experienced 4 different seasons, all the   same and equal (in time) each year, the round Sun calendar was divided   into 4 equal parts. This is also why we have, in the Bible, only 4 Gospels. Of this point, there can be no doubt. The 4 Gospels represent the four   4 seasons which collectively tell the entire story of the life of God’s ‘Sun’.   Matthew, Mark, Luke, John are Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. This is why the   famous painting of “The Last Supper” pictures the 12 followers of the Sun in four groups (of three)the   seasons!

30. On the round surface of the yearly   calendar, you can draw a straight line directly across the middle, cutting the   circle in half… one end being the point of the winter solstice; the other end   being the point of the summer solstice. Then you can draw another straight line   (crossing the first one); one end of the new line being the spring equinox; the   other end being the autumn equinox. You now have the starting points for each of   the 4 seasons. This is referred to by all major encyclopedias and reference   works, both ancient and modern, as “The Cross of the Zodiac”. Thus, the life of   God’s ‘Sun’ is on “the Cross”. This is why we see the round circle of the Sun on   the crosses of Christian churches. The next time you pass a Christian church,   look for the circle (God’s Sun) on   the cross.

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Nature Attention Deficit Disorder; The Successful Numbing Down of a Global Culture

When that which we use to know and desire becomes our Master, yet so few wish to understand this. We, as a collective, can so easily destroy our nest, because we are not intimate with the house that shelters and provides.  An excellent book for all who have children on this critical subject is “Last Child in the Woods”. here

For many of us, what began as an exhilarating romp has become a daily compulsion. Our smart phones, netbooks and computers now keep us  constantly online. While waiting in line at the supermarket or enjoying  an evening walk or reading a book or even sitting at a concert, we keep  texting our friends and receiving quick Twitter updates. We are drowning in an endless stream of connectivity. And future generations may be  even more wired. A Pew Research Center study found that American  teenagers send 50 or more text messages a day and one-third send more  than 100 a day. Another study by the Kaiser Family Foundation reported  that American children between the ages of 8 and 18 spend an average of 7 ½ hours a day using some sort of electronic device.

Our online lives may now be impairing our ability to follow a  sustained line of thought, to think deeply about something and maybe  even to reach “the heights of ecstasy and the depths of tragedy” in our  creative lives. We may be suffering from the info-disease that Nicholas  Carr first diagnosed in himself. “Over the past few years,” he writes,  “I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been  tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming  the memory… what the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity  for concentration and contemplation.

From the moment your radio alarm sounds in the morning to the wee hours  of late-night TV, micro-jolts of commercial pollution flow into your  brain at the rate of about 3,000 marketing messages per day. Every day,  an estimated 12 billion display ads, three million radio commercials,  more than 200,000 TV commercials and an unknown number of online ads and spam emails are dumped into our collective unconscious. Corporate  advertising is the single largest psychological experiment ever carried  out on the human race. Yet, its impact on us remains unstudied and  largely unknown.

The average North American witnesses half a dozen acts of violence  (killings, gunshots, assaults, car chases, rapes) per hour of prime-time TV watched. As for sex in the media and porn on the internet, we all  know what catches our attention and stops us from zapping the channels:  pouting lips, pert breasts, buns of steel, buoyant superyouth. Growing  up in a violent, erotically charged media environment alters our psyches at a bedrock level. It distorts our sexuality – the way you feel when  someone suddenly puts a hand on your shoulder or hugs you or flirts with you – how we think about ourselves as sexual beings. And the constant  flow of commercially scripted, violence-laced, pseudo-sex makes us more  voyeuristic, insatiable and aggressive.

Then, somewhere along the line,  nothing – not even rape, torture, genocide, or war porn – shocks us  anymore. We are on the brink of a synergistic catastrophe. Financial, ecological  and ethical collapse loom on the horizon even as the rate of mental  illness continues to climb. The world has literally gone mad.

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The Illusion of Good vs Evil

The secret is gradually getting out that we humans are something more than what we’ve always been led, and programmed to believe ourselves to be.  In fact, we are hardwired from birth to exist in a fabricated reality of duality and dichotomy; believing most profoundly of all, in our own powerless insignificance.  To begin with we’re born into the greatest duality of them all, the one in which all others operate, the Birth-Death construct; where we’re taught to believe in self over soul and that the authority of the state is absolute.  From birth, the dualities begin to pile up fast as we are taught, and expected to “play” within their parameters even though that isn’t always possible; and that is also an intentional aspect of the programming.

Long before we can either speak or walk, we’re bombarded with the dualities which comprise our “playpen,” beginning with Yes-No, Light-Dark, Good-Bad, Right-Wrong & Truth-Deception.  These core dualities are designed to instill the feeling of powerlessness into the newly arrived soul as it gets used to its new form and environment.  Did you know that lab rats born in captivity never have a sense there exists any other reality for them?

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10 Horrific Facts About American Made Eugenics

One of the main goals of the Third Reich was creating a so-called Master Race. It was a horrible time in history, and something we can look back on in sadness. But contrary to popular belief, the Third Reich didn’t invent the idea of a Master Race, or of eugenics—America did. Several decades before the movement caught on in Germany, Americans were flaunting their Caucasian genes and the “Better Babies” they would bear, and sterilizing those deemed less worthy of a family. It was a terrible program, about which Hitler would later say, “There is today one state in which at least weak beginnings toward a better conception are noticeable. Of course, it is not our model German Republic, but the United States.” And it didn’t even end after World War II. – See more at:

See Related:

The Agenda and You ~ Part I; The Dark History of Eugenics

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Diagram of the cramped quarters tat Africans had to endure on board the slave ships

Empire of Necessity: Historian Greg Grandin on Slavery, Freedom and Deception in the New World

In his new book, “The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World,” acclaimed historian Greg Grandin examines how the transnational slave trade transformed the world, causing mass economic, social and political upheaval in ways that continue to reverberate today. Grandin tells the true story of a slave insurrection aboard a ship named the Tryal in 1805, in which West African men and women rose up and seized the vessel. The uprising inspired Herman Melville to write his novella “Benito Cereno” that drew on the memoirs of Captain Delano, a distant relative of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Today, Grandin has used the dramatic incident to show how slavery was the “flywheel” that drove the global development of everything from trade and insurance to technology, religion and medicine for nearly four centuries. A professor of Latin American history at New York University, Grandin’s last book, “Fordlandia,” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history.

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Ebony and Ivy: The Secret History of How Slavery Helped Build America’s Elite Colleges

It’s a very Northern story, actually. You know, when you think about the colonial world, until the American Revolution, there’s actually only one college in the South: William & Mary. There are a couple of other attempts, but they fail. The other eight colleges are all Northern schools. And they’re actually located in key sites, for the most part, of the merchant economy and where the slave traders had sort of come to power and rose as the sort of financial and intellectual backers of the new culture of the colonies.

AMY GOODMAN: What about Yale University?

CRAIG STEVEN WILDER: Yale actually is a very similar story. Yeah, in 1701, when the original founders were actually meeting to establish what was then the Collegiate School, they—as one of their chroniclers puts it, they come from the various towns to meet up, and they’re followed by their menservants, or their slaves. The slave—the enslaved people are actually at the founding of the institution. And once it’s established, like most of the 18th century colleges—and especially by the 18th century as the slave trade peaks—the new business of higher education, the financial model for a successful college, requires in fact tapping into these new sources of wealth in the Americas. And that means the slave trade in the plantations of the South and the West Indies.

AMY GOODMAN: You talk about the search for cadavers for scientific research at these universities.

CRAIG STEVEN WILDER: Yeah, right, yeah. And one of the things I wanted to do with the book was to try and explain both how slavery and the slave trade provided the foundations for the rise of the—of higher education in North America, but I also wanted to explain the role that colleges played in perpetuating slavery and the slave trade. And that’s where you get to race science. That’s where race science becomes critical, because it’s precisely on campus that the ideas that come to defend slavery in the 19th century get refined. They get their intellectual legitimacy on campus. They get their scientific sort of veneer on campus. And they get their moral credentialing on campus.

And so, I wanted to trace that process. And one of the ugliest aspects of that is the use of marginalized people in the Americas, in the United States—its enslaved black people, often Native Americans, and sometimes the Irish—for experimentation, the bodies that were accessible as science rose. And science is rising in the 18th century in part by turning dissection and anatomy into the new medical arts. But that requires bodies. It requires people. In the British islands, that means you’re often exploiting Ireland. In North America, it means you’re often taking advantage of people who have no legal and moral protection upon their bodies: the enslaved.

AMY GOODMAN: Can you give an example?

CRAIG STEVEN WILDER: Sure. Actually, at Dartmouth, the medical college—it would be unfair to say that the medical college begins with this moment, but the teaching of science in Hanover begins when the physician to the president, the founder of Dartmouth, Eleazar Wheelock, drags the body of an enslaved black man, who is deceased, named Cato, to the back of his house and boils that body in an enormous pot to free up the skeleton, to wire it up for instruction. That act is not unusual. In fact, when the first medical colleges are established in North America in the 1760s—the first is at the College of Philadelphia, which is now the University of Pennylvania, and the second is at King’s College, which is now Columbia—when those institutions are founded, actually, they’re founded in part—part of what allows them to be established is access to corpses, access to people to experiment upon. And, in fact, it’s precisely the enslaved, the unfree and the marginalized who get forcibly volunteered for that role.

Filmmaker Uncovers Her Family’s Shocking Slave-Trading History, Urges Americans to Explore Own Roots

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Washington Destabilizes Ukraine

The control freaks in Washington think that only the decisions that Washington
makes and imposes on other sovereign countries are democratic. No other country
on earth is capable of making a democratic decision.

The world has witnessed this American self-righteousness for eons as Washington overthrows one
democratic government after the other and imposes its puppet, as Washington did
in Iran in 1953 when the CIA, as it now admits, and as Ervand Abrahamian proves
in his book The Coup (The New Press, 2013), overthrew the elected government of Mossadeq, and more recently the elected government of Honduras and many governments in between.

Currently Washington is working overtime to overthrow the governments of Syria, Iran again, and Ukraine. Washington has also targeted Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Brazil, and in its wildest dreams the governments of Russia and China.

Leaked tape exposes US king-making in Ukraine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QxZ8t3V_bk

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Electronic Neuroweapons Silently Torturing Americans

Each day, a nationwide scalar electromagnetic radiation “multifunctional” radio frequency directed energy weapon attack system employing phased array cell tower antenna transmitter/receivers and GPS satellites, under the administration of U.S. Cyber Command and military contractor Lockheed Martin, is used to silently and invisibly torture, impair, subjugate, and degrade the physical and neurological health of untold thousands of American citizens who have been extrajudicially “targeted” by a hate- and ideology-driven domestic “disposition matrix” as “dissidents” or “undesirables.”

Most of these “targeted individuals” have no idea what is making them sick, tired, exhausted, irritable, confused, lethargic; plagued with painful, debilitating head and body aches; sharp, piercing, painful ringing tones audible only to the target; temporary or permanent cognitive impairment; induction of stroke, heart attack, aneurysm; or diseases such as cancer …

… leaving them unable to function normally and lead a happy, healthy life.

The weapon system also is capable of lethal attack — both “slow-kill” and “fast-kill.”

Victims of this government-engineered, stealth genocide are robbed of the most basic of human rights — free will, freedom from external manipulation of their physiological and neurological functions.
The weapon system is capable of delivering speed-of-light scalar (longitudinal) electromagnetic wave attacks (as well as other types of radio frequency energy such as microwaves) that are precision tuned to specific brainwave frequencies of each human target. Virtually all of the victims previously have visited a doctor or neurologist seeking treatment for pounding headache, unexplained fatigue, sleep problems, or disturbing symptoms such as cognitive impairment. Those medical visits allow shadow government operatives to harvest medical records, including EEG test results that facilitate “brain mapping” — how radio frequency weapon torturers are able to mount radio frequency attacks fine-tuned to each unique individual targeted for no-touch torture, impairment, even “slow-kill” or “fast-kill” homicide. The scalar waves produced by the radio frequency directed energy weapon (RFDE) are capable of carrying multiple subcarrier radio frequencies that affect human physiology, at variable power levels (or “amplitude”). In effect, the RFDE arms security forces with a “God machine” that can manipulate, disrupt, or destroy the biological processes that govern the functioning of human beings. Scientists describe this effect as ”neuromodulation” of the human nervous system — the remote manipulation of physiological and neurological processes, including alteration of consciousness and mood states.   Electromagnetic weapon attack precision-tuned to the brain frequencies of unique individuals can put unknowing victims into an induced state of forced fatigue, involuntary yawning, deep sleep — or, conversely, forced wakefulness — within a matter of minutes, according to victim accounts and supporting published literature.

See related:

WiFi; The Invisible Killing Fields

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Britain grapples through worst torrential rainfall in 248 years    

All Dried Out: California Farms To Lay Idle

Natural Gas Shortage Hits California Power Supply

Bad Jobs Report due to….wait for it….the Weather!!

December and January saw dismal job gains based on the NFP data… but as we now know, thanks to Zandi and Liesman, that we should ignore it because it’s all about the weather. So, confused, we looked at the number of employed people who are “not working due to weather” (thank you for the convenient series BLS) to gauge the significance of the impact… it appears, from the chart below, that more people were out of work due to weather in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012…?

Paging Dr. Zandi?

Though of course, as Steve Liesman noted this morning, this doesn’t matter since “jobs are not critical for growth.”

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Plutopia

MAKING plutonium for nuclear bombs takes balls, but not in the way  you might think. In 1965, scientists at the Hanford nuclear weapons  complex in Washington state wanted to investigate the impact of  radiation on fertility – and they weren’t hidebound by ethics.

In a specially fortified room in the basement of Washington State  Penitentiary in Walla Walla, volunteer prisoners were asked to lie face  down on a trapezoid-shaped bed. They put their legs into stirrups, and  let their testicles drop into a plastic box of water where they were  zapped by X-rays.

The experiments, which lasted for a  decade and involved 131 prisoners, came up with some unsurprising  results. Even at the lowest dose – 0.1 gray – sperm was damaged, and at  twice that dose the prisoners became sterile. They were paid $5 a month  for their trouble, plus $25 per biopsy and $100 for a compulsory  vasectomy at the end so they didn’t father children with mutations.

The testicle tests are just one of many disturbing details Kate Brown has  unearthed from the official archives in her fascinating nuclear history. She also tells how tunnels created by muskrats undermined one of  Hanford’s storage ponds, causing 60 million litres of radioactive  effluent to pour into the Columbia river.

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And there is the scary tale of how Hanford scientists conducted one of  their riskiest experiments, later dubbed the “green run”. For 7 hours,  they processed highly radioactive “green” fuel that had not been allowed to decay for as long as usual – and showered 407,000 gigabecquerels of  radioactive iodine over nearby cities. The green run is said to have  been an attempt to mimic what the US thought the Soviet Union was doing  to boost plutonium production at its Mayak nuclear weapons plant at  Ozersk, in the Urals.

It is the looking-glass links between Hanford and Mayak, and the communities that host them, that form the  central theme of Brown’s book. They were two secretive citadels,  dedicated to producing as much plutonium as possible to fuel the cold  war arsenals of the world’s two opposing superpowers. They both  conferred wealth and privilege on their elite staff, copying each other  to create what Brown styles as a “plutopia”.

But the two  vast, creaking, nuclear complexes also deliberately discharged huge  amounts of radioactivity into the environment, cut corners and caused  countless accidents and leaks. Brown estimates that during their  existence they each released at least 7.4 billion gigabecquerels, four  times the amount released by the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine in 1986.

The rivers that drain the two sites,  the Columbia and the Techa, have both been called the most radioactive  in the world, and many thousands of people who live downstream and  downwind say the contamination has made them sick. These are, says  Brown, “slow motion disasters” created and covered up by state machines.

Brown argues that the US and the Soviet Union both subverted science to  maintain the plutopia. The most shocking example was the US Atomic  Energy Commission’s takeover of seminal Japanese research into the  health impacts of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  This was necessary, according to a senior AEC official in 1955, to  ensure that “misleading and unsound reports” were “kept to a minimum”.

Brown’s account is unique, partisan and occasionally personal in that she  includes some of her thoughts about interviews she conducted: for  example, she recounts how she ended up becoming friends with one  interviewee. But because she is open and thorough about her sources,  those are strengths to be celebrated, not weaknesses to be deplored. It  also means her book is engaging, honest and, in the end, entirely  credible.

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Tragic 10yr. Anniversary; U.S. Legacy In Iraq; Depleted Uranium and Mass  Increase in Cancer the gifts from U.S. that Will Only Keep on Giving and Giving and Giving…

Contamination from Depleted Uranium (DU) munitions and other  military-related pollution is suspected of causing a sharp rises in  congenital birth defects, cancer cases, and other illnesses throughout  much of Iraq.

Many prominent doctors and scientists contend that DU contamination  is also connected to the recent emergence of diseases that were not  previously seen in Iraq, such as new illnesses in the kidney, lungs, and liver, as well as total immune system collapse. DU contamination may  also be connected to the steep rise in leukaemia, renal, and anaemia  cases, especially among children, being reported throughout many Iraqi  governorates.

In July 2010, Busby released a study that showed a 12-fold increase  in childhood cancer in Fallujah since the 2004 attacks. The report also  showed the sex ratio had become skewed to 86 boys born to every 100  girls, together with a spread of diseases indicative of genetic damage –  similar to, but of far greater incidence than Hiroshima. “Cancer statistics are hard to come by, since only 50 per cent of  the healthcare in Iraq is public,” Dr Salah Haddad of the Iraqi Society  for Health Administration and Promotion told Al Jazeera. “The other half of our healthcare is provided by the private sector, and that sector is deficient in their reporting of statistics. Hence, all of our  statistics in Iraq must be multiplied by two. Any official numbers are  likely only half of the real number.”
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Biometric Banking Coming, No It’s Here

Citi has introduced a new kind of ATM designed to help customers do virtually all their banking without visiting a branch. The Citibank Express ATM is equipped with an online banking  connection, video conferencing and biometric identity authentication.  Users can open accounts and apply for loans, cards and cashier’s cheques using the device; transactions can also be started on a computer or  mobile device and completed on Citibank Express or vice versa.

The ATM also has a screen that can display personalised promotions  and offers and allows users to see and speak with a customer service  representative on one screen while conducting business on the other. The machines support NFC and scanning and embossing functions have been  included so that the machines will eventually be able to instantly print credit and ATM cards.

Some of the features of the Citibank Express ATM are not strictly new  – as far back as the mid-1990s, financial institutions experimented  with video banking. More recently, BBVA Compass, a bank that provides  banking, wealth management, credit card and financial services, adopted a drive-through ATM with the help of Wincor Nixdorf that features video  banking abilities. Coastal Federal Credit Union is currently working on  installing five new video banking points with the help of transaction  company uGenius.

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to see the actual machine, click here

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