March 12, 2014

What Humanity Needs To Realize

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How Earth Adapts, As A Living Being. by raising a plasma shield to battle solar storms

In another discovery showing that nature can be trusted, and human attempts to geo-engineer our planet are, at best, short-sighted, it was recently demonstrated that Earth is able to raise shields to protect itself against solar storms.

Prepare for the solar storm <i>(Image: NASA)</i>

 

Earth can raise shields to protect itself against solar storms. For the first time, satellites and ground-based detectors have watched as the planet sends out a tendril of plasma to fight off blasts of charged solar matter. The discovery confirms a long-standing theory about Earth’s magnetic surroundings and offers us a way to keep track of the planet’s defenses.

“It’s changed our thinking about how the system operates,” says Joe Borovsky at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado, who was not involved in the research. “Earth doesn’t just sit there and take whatever the solar wind gives it, it can actually fight back.”

Earth is always surrounded by a bubble of magnetism called the magnetosphere, which protects us from the bulk of the solar wind, a stream of high-energy particles constantly flowing from the sun.

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A Gift Economy Cometh…if Nature allows us the time…

Shareable’s 15 Ways to Thrive in a New Economy

Heather Callaghan
Activist PostShareable.net, where have you been all of my life? I clicked all over you recently.Shareable is a non-profit news hub for people to share ideas and real how-to information for transformation amid a crisis-ridden world. Read: grassroots economics. A fallen economy doesn’t frighten them and you won’t find arm-chair rants on their activism website. If doing something with your time, fixing a problem or working towards a solution before waving a white flag is your gig, then look no further. Without apology, they act first and tell you how to do it later. It’s a place where one can breathe a sigh of relief and leave bitter resignation at the door. If nothing else, it’s just plain interesting to see people changing things from the bottom up.

For instance, have you ever thought about starting a farmers market? A business without bank loans? Or do you just want to live adventurously with barely anything – like how to date, travel and have fun for free? Beat the system with a free education and learn to thrive in a “new economy.”

Tell us what you think of their ideas below – Take what you like and leave the rest.

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This documentary profiles six of the major Native American tribes that were defeated and subdued as part of the settling of the United States. With reenactments, clarifying maps, artwork, and landscape scenery, this program features the Iroquois, a confederacy comprised of several Indian tribes: the Seminoles in Florida, who welcomed escaped slaves and fought three major wars with the United States before meeting their ultimate defeat; the Shawnee, fierce Ohio Algonquians who allied with the French against the British; the Navajo, a farming people who today are the largest remaining Native American tribe; the Cheyenne, a nomadic Plains Indian tribe that depended on the American bison for sustenance; and the Lakota Sioux, the dominant Sioux tribe comprised of the bands called Oglala, Brule, Hunkpapa, and Minneconjou.

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When are the Ides of March, and why beware them?

By EarthSky

What are the Ides of March? We in modern times probably wouldn’t know, if it weren’t for William Shakespeare.

If you have heard of the Ides of March, you know you’re supposed to beware them. Why? In ancient Rome, the Ides of March were equivalent to our March 15th. If you’ve heard of the Ides of March, it’s probably thanks to William Shakespeare. In his play Julius Caesar, a soothsayer – or fortune teller – says to Caesar: Beware the Ides of March.

Julius CaesarAn unimpressed Caesar replies, “He is a Dreamer, let us leave him.”

In the play – and in reality – Julius Caesar was indeed assassinated on the ides of March – March 15 – in the year 44 B.C. In the ancient Roman calendar, each month had an Ides. In March, May, July, and October, the Ides fell on the 15th day. In every other month, the Ides fell on the 13th. The word Ides derives from a Latin word which means “to divide.” The Ides were originally meant to mark the full moon, but because calendar months and lunar months were different lengths, they quickly got out of step.

The Romans also had a name for the first day of every month. It was known as the “kalends.” It’s from this word that our word calendar is derived.

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“The powers of financial capitalism had a far-reaching aim – nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was to be the Bank for International Settlements [BIS] in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world’s central banks which were themselves private corporations … Each central bank sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world.” — Carroll Quigley in his book “Tragedy and Hope”

Our Controlling Shadow Governments Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars; The TPP, Agenda 21 and Global Governance 2045


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America, minus the mask

by John Kaminski

First and foremost, a nation of killers

America is a nation of killers. It always has been, from the first Pilgrims who set foot in Massachusetts and later murdered the very people who had saved them from starvation.

The entire American population is trapped in a self-delusion that they are heroes, fighting an endless string of evil enemies. But in fact their targeted enemies have always been innocent people, usually minding their own business, put in harm’s way by their own valuable possessions, which Americans inevitably covet, and will kill anyone to get.

You could say this sly, self-justifying homicidal behavior is really a human problem, endemic to every nation or ethnic group. More fashionable lately is to blame it all on the clever Jews, who have controlled America and most other countries in a surreptitious way for a very long time. But lately, at least for most of the last century, when the blood of innocents is seeping into ravaged landscapes charred by bombs, it has always been Americans doing the bulk of the killing. This is something — from Sand Creek to Dresden to My Lai to Fallujah — that makes them very proud.

You could say that they learned it all from the British, who learned it all from the Romans, but you’d be wrong. All the great empires of history were the greatest killers, and to think otherwise is to be naive. The most prosperous and forward looking countries have always been the best killers, and America, whose budget for wars and weapons exceeds the combined total of all the other countries of the world, is the most prodigious killer country of all time.

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Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha:  Kettle: Black!

Biden: Venezuelan Government ‘Concocting Conspiracy Theories’ Against United States

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Rocks vs Tanks

by Zen Gardner

Is this what humanity has been reduced to? By its own permission and the imprimatur of our acceptance of our creeping, current global conditions? Were we designed for this fate, fleshly man against machine? Or is there another way?

These are pretty serious considerations, especially if you’re starting to get the picture.

We’re in a very serious state, for our individual and collective survival. While the companies of automatons continue their programmed onslaught, it seems the vast majority still sits feeling helpless while enduring these very personal and physical invasions of their freedom and autonomy.

Until moved to primitive reactions.

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National Park Service

Is no place safe from oil and gas drilling?

With the news that the Interior Department will allow drilling in a proposed wilderness area in southern Utah’s Desolation Canyon, it makes one wonder. 

A recent report by the Center for American Progress revealed that in fact 42 threatened national parks – 12 where oil and gas drilling is currently happening and 30 where it could be in the near future

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See how it works? Sold for a good thing, but ultimately used for resource extraction profits only. They could care LESS about preserving lands. It’s fascism, pure and simple.


  • President Barack Obama signs a document proclaiming the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. From left are: Scott Schneider, President and CEO, Visit Mendocino County Inc.; Leslie Dahlhoff, Former Mayor, Point Arena; Michael Boots, Acting Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality; Neil Kornze, Principal Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management; Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif.; Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif.; Nancy Sutley, Former Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

With a stroke of his pen — six pens, actually — President Barack Obama turned a remote piece of the Mendocino Coast into a national destination Tuesday in an Oval Office ceremony that locals in attendance described as something right out of a dream.

The Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands is now officially part of the 1,100-mile California Coastal National Monument, protected under a presidential proclamation long sought by locals.

It made for special moment for five lucky advocates who were invited to join the president Tuesday as he signed the executive order. (more…)

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Fracking in Public Forests Leaves Long Trail of Damages

by Sharon Kelly, DeSmogBlog
Waking Times

Last Wednesday, the Washington D.C. city council passed a resolution opposing fracking in the George Washington National Forest, making the nation’s capitol the third major U.S. city, after Los Angeles and Dallas, to decry the hazards of shale drilling in recent days.

The D.C. council’s resolution called on the U.S. Forest Service to prohibit horizontal hydraulic fracturing in the forest’s headwaters of the Potomac River, the sole source of water for the nation’s capital, citing the risks of pollution and the costs of monitoring for contamination.

It is unclear whether the DC City Council vote will hold any sway in determining the actual fate of the forest. The decision whether to permit fracking there primarily rests with the U.S. Forest Service, which is currently updating its long-term management plan for the George Washington National Forest.

As the debate over shale drilling intensifies in the nation’s capitol and across the country, Pennsylvania offers useful lessons for how states have mishandled their forests. Pennsylvania has been ground zero for Marcellus shale development and roughly two thirds of Pennsylvania’s state forest land lies above the Marcellus shale, one of the largest shale plays in the U.S.

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Fracking is the death spasm of a defunct economic order

Political support for fracking is not just about energy, writes Paul Mobbs. It reflects the greater ecological and resource crisis at the root of our current economic woes – and only postpones the essential shift to a new kind of economy.

Going on Globally….

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Bill McKibben 350.org

(this is why we can not trust any int’l or national org. to be the change.  The Tea Party got taken over by the mega-wealthy Koch Bros., the corporations own the all major media and put into office who they wish.  Bottom line, if you see it go mainstream, its owned by the powers that be. This is why, for now, any meaningful change will come from local, grass roots, tribal efforts.)

Nothing influences President Barack Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline quite like the protests against it, led by Bill McKibben, an American environmentalist, and his organization, called 350.org. On Wednesday, 350.org and the Sierra Club participated in an anti-Keystone protest at the White House and this Sunday they are holding another one on Capital Hill.  350.org has the look and feel of an amateur, grassroots operation, but in reality, it is a multi-million dollar campaign run by staff earning six-digit salaries.

More than half of the US$10-million came from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF), the Rockefeller Family Fund and the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy, where McKibben, a trustee, was paid US$25,000 per year (2001-09). Since 2007, the Rockefellers have paid US$4-million towards 1Sky and 350.org, tax returns say. The Schumann Center provided US$1.5-million to McKibben’s three campaigns as well as US$2.7-million to fund the Environmental Journalism Program at Middlebury College, in Vermont, where McKibben is on staff. The founders of the Schumann Center were John J. Schumann Jr. and Florence Ford, a former president of General Motors Acceptance Corp. and the daughter of one of the founders of IBM, respectively.Back in 2007, the 1Sky Education Fund had starting revenues of US$1.6-million. Of that, US$1.3-million was from the Rockefeller Family Fund

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Department of Homeland Security Conducting Drug Raids?

March 12th, 2014 Via: Gothamist:

A number of East Williamsburg and Bushwick residents were surprised by a combined federal and NYPD raid on Devoe Street early Sunday morning. Some were disturbed by a loud, low-flying helicopter, while others were simply stopped from going home because the street was blocked off.

Witnesses spotted a big Department of Homeland Security truck as well as DHS agents toting machine guns as they raided 221 Devoe Street. The NYPD was also involved, and one officer told a resident that the bust turned up “kilos of heroin.” (Apparently the drugs may have been from out of the country, hence DHS.)

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Google Glass-Like Headgear for Soldiers; And “Then You’ve Got the Issue of Distraction”

March 12th, 2014 Via: Mashable:

The American military may soon be filled with soldiers sporting Google Glass-like headgear that can measure distances, display 3D building layouts, transmit video from a drone and more, all on a glass display right in front of their eyes.

What they can’t do is ensure that the data stream doesn’t cut out or that someone can’t hack these helmets and steal drone footage. They need to know how much bandwidth it will take to transmit huge amounts of data to potentially hundreds of thousands of soldiers, how easily someone could block the transmission with a little electromagnetic interference, and how they can make sure the network is secure.

And “then you’ve got the issue of distraction,” Paul Wright, the business development lead for soldier systems at BAE Systems, told Mashable. “Whether the data is a distraction from the main task that a person is carrying out.”

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3D Printing Adventures

by Chautauqua | Augureye Express

I’ve felt all my life that Henry David Thoreau was speaking directly to me personally when he wrote about following the beat of that different drummer. I’ve diligently followed that wisdom since first encountering it as a schoolboy; to the eternal dismay of my parents who had my life all mapped out for me in tidy five year plan increments.  It helped a lot that my release from the educational system neatly coincided with the emergence of a new social culture in 1967.

It seemed at the time like everyone was wanting me to pick a life just like theirs; yet when I saw how unhappy they all were it didn’t make any sense to work that hard just to be so unhappy; so I’ve been following that different drummer ever since, with mixed results to be sure, but by far more good than bad.  Turns out that drumming sound is actually your own heartbeat, and we all know we just can’t go wrong following our hearts!

It never seemed very logical to me that a man should devote 30 years of labor building somebody else’s dream; just for a drinking problem and an early grave; no matter how many others were doing it.  My philosophy has always been to set about doing what makes my soul resonate, following my heart, then find means to an income to support it.

Again, mixed results, but more good than bad.  In the fullness of time this philosophy led me to working in the human potential movement, and vibrational medicine which became my chosen career.  In the latter part of 1998 some researchers in the field of Bio-feedback created the first computerized full color aura imaging system, and naturally I just had to have one despite the ten grand price tag for the system.  As I was trying to line up the creative financing angle; my closest friends kept warning me not to invest so heavily in computers with the dreaded Y2K looming on the horizon.  I of course ignored them all, bought the system in 1999 and began doing business as The Little Shop of Auras…with the marketplace all to myself for over a year before I saw someone else with one.

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Smart Meters”, Electric Monopolies and The Quest To Go Analog

Kevin Schmidt
Activist Post

Smart meter articles have graced my computer screen and a sense of “phew, at least we don’t have to worry about those things” always came to mind after reading them.

Then one morning, gazing out into our backyard, a smart meter attached to our house caught my eye, bringing immediate shock to my brain. How could this happen? I did not receive any notice in the monthly energy bill; no letter, nothing. The smart meter just appeared.

The next day, Monica (my wife) and I researched ways to protect ourselves from being spied upon and forced to have unwanted radiation spewed into our home. In that effort to defend our safety, health, and privacy we sent SWEPCO/AEP (the power company) a demand notice giving them 30 days to remove the smart meter, and replace it with a safe analog meter.

Drill in Kentucky’s Big South Fork National Recreation Area

National Park Service

Is no place safe from oil and gas drilling?

With the news that the Interior Department will allow drilling in a proposed wilderness area in southern Utah’s Desolation Canyon, it makes one wonder. 

A recent report by the Center for American Progress revealed that in fact 42 threatened national parks – 12 where oil and gas drilling is currently happening and 30 where it could be in the near future

– See more at: http://wilderness.org/blog/42-national-parks-threatened-oil-and-gas-drilling#sthash.XFkJ0KgC.dpuf

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