March 20, 2014

Spring officially arrives for everyone, including astronomers on March 20. The word “Equinox” literally means “equal night”. It’s all about the balance of light. On this universal date (UTC) both the day and night are the same length. But what’s so special about it? It’s a date that most of us recognize as symbolic of changing seasons. North of Earth’s equator we welcome Spring, while people south of the equator are gearing up for the cooler temperatures of Autumn.

These all too brief, but monumental moments in Earth-time, owe their significance to the slightly more than 23 degree tilt of the Earth’s axis. Because of our planetary angle, we in the northern hemisphere receive the Sun’s rays most directly during the Summer. In the Winter, when we are tilted away from the Sun, the rays pass through the atmosphere at a greater slant, bringing lower temperatures. If the Earth rotated on an axis perpendicular to the plane of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, there would be no variation in day lengths or temperatures throughout the year, and we would not have seasons. At Equinox, the midway between these two times in Spring and Autumn, the spin axis of the Earth points 90 degrees away from the Sun.


Solstices and Equinoxes:An Esoteric Perspective

The annual cycle of the sun, and the increase and decrease in light, represents the process of growth in consciousness in the human kingdom. Animal instinct evolves into human self-consciousness, to soul consciousness, to spiritual awareness. Such is the progress of the human soul.
If we interpret sunlight as representing soul illumination, and darkness as representing the instinctual forces of matter, then the period of decreasing light – from summer to winter solstice, represents the descent of the soul from its spiritual home, into incarnation. The decreasing light represents the gradual obscuration of soul glory and expression.
The period of increasing light – from Winter to Summer Solstice, represents the release of the soul from its physical tomb, and its ascent back to its spiritual home!
But the Wisdom Teachings suggest it takes hundreds of incarnations to achieve this! Many, many cycles of the Earth around the Sun must occur before a soul achieves what one annual cycle symbolises.

Additionally, the process is complicated by the fact that there are two ‘Paths’, or directions in which human souls travel, on the Wheel of Life.

i. The masses progress around the Wheel of Life, in the ordinary mode – from Pisces to Aries, via Aquarius, (going backwards through the signs to the ordinary astrologer); 1 the goal is to go fully ‘into the depths’, to fully experience material life. In this case the light of the sun could represent the light of ego.

ii. Aspirants and disciples reverse their direction of travel, a movement which impels them back towards their spiritual origins.

Spring Equinox.
At the Spring Equinox, the length of day and night are once again equal, but light is increasing. In northern hemispheres, the equinox falls in Aries.
On the ordinary wheel, another cycle of incarnations where the soul is identified with matter begins. In this case, the increasing light represents the growth of personality self awareness. The personality is becoming dominant in its environment.
But on the reversed wheel, the dominance of the soul in the lower worlds is evident, with the flowering of creative talents and faculties, and service to the environment. The soul in all its glory, beautifies the outer life!
Aries is ruled by Uranus on the Hierarchy level, relating it strongly to Aquarius! The journey of the soul in incarnation, which begun on an impulse in Aries, has been consummated with the appearance of a World Server in Aquarius! This the Spring Equinox also represents.

California droughtHouseboats are docked at Bridge Bay in Shasta Lake, which is 100 feet (30 meters) below its normal levels, in Shasta, California January 23, 2014.
Grow Food or Grow Hungry???

Sky High Food Prices Ahead Due To California Mega Drought

California supplies 50% of the food for the United States. The CA farms that supply much of the nation’s produce are literally running out of water.

Maps indicate that the areas of California hardest hit by the mega-drought are those that grow a large percentage of America’s food. Those regions include Monterey County, which produced nearly half of the lettuce and broccoli grown in the United States in 2012.

It’s not just vegetables that will be affected; nuts and fruits will be hit just as hard or harder.

“There will be thousands of acres of fruit and nut trees that will die this year because of lack of water,” David Sunding, a professor of natural resources at the University of California at Berkley, told the San Jose Mercury News. “The reduction in yield will drive up prices.”

The produce grown in the Golden State includes:

  • 95 percent of America’s broccoli crop
  • 90 percent of its tomatoes
  • 91 percent of its grapes
  • 74 percent of its lettuce
  • 99 percent of its walnuts
  • 99 percent of its almonds
  • 98 percent of its pistachios
  • 99 percent of its walnuts
  • 92 percent  of strawberries

t isn’t known how high prices will climb, but some farmers already are making predictions.

The price of a pint of organic strawberries will rise by 20 percent, from $3.50 to $4.20, California strawberry farmer Jim Cochran told The Monterey Herald. Cochran runs the Swanton Berry Farm in Davenport, California, where he also grows artichokes — which he has stopped watering.

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World Food Prices Set Record

World food prices in February posted the biggest gain in 19 months, and dairy costs reached a record, according to the United Nations

Milk futures in Chicago jumped to an all-time high Monday, as surging U.S. dairy exports depleted supplies available for domestic consumers.

Shippers sold 162,999 metric tons of milk powder, cheese, butterfat and whey in January, up 19 percent from a year earlier, according to the latest data from the U.S. Dairy Export Council. Almost 15 percent of milk production went to exported goods, up from 12 percent a year earlier, the group said. Cheese shipments climbed 46 percent.

A rise in global demand for U.S. dairy goods comes as a drought threatens output in California, the nation’s top producer. Milk prices have jumped 21 percent this year, signaling higher costs for consumers and restaurants such as Domino’s Pizza Inc. and Potbelly Corp., while the cost of cheddar cheese also reached a record Monday.

Nearly 1 in 5 New Yorkers depend on aid for food

Homelessness in New York City reached its highest level since the Great Depression last year, and it’s now been confirmed that one in five New Yorkers—an astounding 1.4 million of the total population of 8.3 million—currently rely on food banks and pantries to sustain themselves every day.

This number is nearly the same percentage of New Yorkers who live below the poverty lines, and overlaps with the 1.8 million city residents who already use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.

The number of those who frequent food banks has soared by 200,000 since 2008, the year of the global financial crisis. But the real whiplash of austerity hit on November 1st of last year, when the benefits of the decades-old food stamp program extended by President Obama’s 2009 stimulus bill ran their course.


Obama using $ 4.5 cuts to foodstamp program to fund Wife Michelle’s ‘Let’s Move’ school nutrtion program

SNAP benefits were boosted by the 2009 stimulus bill, and were to remain at that higher level until the annual inflation adjustments overtook it. But in 2010, Congress (controlled of course, at the time, by Democrats) passed a bill that took $2.2 billion from SNAP and applied the funds to one of Michelle Obama’s pet projects: a healthy lunch initiative for low-income children. This is what created Friday’s abrupt drop in benefits.

At the time, many House Democrats refused to punish food stamp recipients and would not agree to the funding offset, especially since SNAP had already been raided once before to help fund a round of emergency aid to states. This lead to clashes with the White House and phone calls from Michelle Obama, as a contemporary Politico story notes:

Despite heavy lobbying by the first lady, more than 100 House Democrats have balked at approving the Senate’s $4.5 billion version of the nutrition bill because it is funded in part with $2.2 billion in cuts to SNAP, the federal food stamp program. They want assurances from the Obama administration that the funding cuts the Senate approved will be restored in the near future.

“The White House’s preference is to just pass the bill,” said a congressional staff member who spoke on the condition of anonymity while the negotiations are ongoing.

The White House kept promising to “find a different offset in the future,” in the words of a spokesman at the time, and Democrats eventually relented. But no offset was ever found—despite several crisis negotiations that have happened since: the spring 2011 near-shutdown, the summer 2011 debt-ceiling deal, the fiscal cliff of late 2012 and this fall’s dual government shutdown and debt-ceiling faceoff. Democrats extracted numerous policy concessions throughout all this, but solving the so-called “hunger cliff” was not one.

There were surely plenty of other funding offsets that could have been explored, or of course Democrats (who, again, controlled the House and sixty votes in the Senate) could have just passed the relatively small school lunch bill without any funding offset.

Why insist on the SNAP offset? Again, 2010-era Politico:

[Rahm] Emanuel and members of the president’s legislative affairs team have been trying to broker a deal to satisfy progressives. Offsetting the cost of the lunch program with cuts to food stamps was not an ideal approach for the White House, either; but there are also concerns about the deficit. And the White House has already made several funding promises to lawmakers, including assurances to Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) that she would receive agriculture assistance in exchange for her support for small-business legislation.

So it was “deficit” concerns and a desire to preserve “agricultural assistance” (read: farm subsidies) that motivated the White House to press House Democrats to raid SNAP.


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Salt to our Collective Wounds Ahead.  Our N. CA largest slaughterhouse has gone under and most grass fed beef cattle ranchers are going out of business due to the massive dragnet thrown over all beef in our area and kept padlocked in freezers with USDA padlocks on them.

The Rancho plant, the North Bay’s last slaughterhouse, has been under investigation since early January. Last month the facility shut down after announcing a recall of 8.7 million pounds of meat, a year’s worth of production.

The USDA has asserted that Rancho “processed diseased and unsound animals” without a full inspection and that the company engaged in “intermittent circumvention of inspection requirements.” The USDA repeatedly has refused to comment on most aspects of the recall or on the various federal investigationsA top food safety official suggested Friday to North Bay ranchers that the “deception” by operators at a Petaluma slaughterhouse will take a long time to unravel and could make it impossible to remove the ranchers’ high-end meats from a massive recall.

The investigation of diseased and unsound animals at Rancho Feeding Corporation involves more than cows with eye cancer, as previously reported, the official from the U.S. Department of Agriculture was quoted as saying. He also reportedly said the Rancho recall involves 44,000 establishments around the nation, a figure far higher than can be confirmed from the USDA’s website.

Some who attended or were briefed about Friday’s meeting said the bar has been set extremely high for those ranchers trying to persuade the USDA that their grass-fed cattle were healthy and that the meat processed from those animals at Rancho remains fit for human consumption. The federal regulators appear so uncertain about all that went on at the slaughterhouse that they may be unable to conclude that the meat was left untainted and not tampered with.

and on a related note…

Adjunct professors are the face of a new movement of public intellectuals. 75% of America’s college professors are adjuncts who receive starvation wages. Adjuncts make less money than Wal-Mart employees so few have time to publish. Numerous studies indicate adjuncts are very good at their job. In fact, numerous scholarly studies indicate Adjuncts are often much better teachers than many of their full-time tenured colleagues.

Yet, adjuncts do not have a proportional share in college governance and do not receive health care benefits. The Internal Revenue Service, Congress, President, the United States Departments of Labor, Justice, and Education, and even state governors and legislators, must recognize ¾ of college professors in the United States are now joining the movement to protest the reducing of America’s skilled workforce to poverty wages.

Adjuncts are educating the public on every social media platform available and the movement is waking up a lot of people to the scam higher education is pulling. There is a system of wage theft and administrative bloat in higher education. Accreditors must be investigated for their failures in oversight. State governments have been aiding and abetting in the violation of Adjunct professors’ federal civil rights. Adjunct professors are somebody. We are not ancillary; we are now the foundation and infrastructure of the public interest. So, we demand equal pay for equal work and full-time jobs with benefits.

Adjuncts put in at least four (4) hours of labor for every hour in the classroom. Did the IRS ever really listen to skilled adjuncts before setting down this ridiculous ruling of one hour in the classroom only requires one and a quarter hours outside the classroom? The IRS must immediately revise its ruling to reflect this stark 4:1 reality.

That so many Adjuncts are on Food Stamps indicate higher education policies are costing federal and state taxpayers lots of money and it is not going to Adjuncts who are the backbone of this system. We want to be paid for pulling the heavy load. States like my own Florida are the worst offenders. Starving Adjuncts demand a living wage and an end to wage theft, and it is time the mainstream press finally catches on.


Facebook’s New ‘DeepFace’ Program Is Just As Creepy As It Sounds

Facebook owns the world’s largest photo library, and it now has the technology to match almost all the faces within it. Yes, even the ones you don’t tag.Facebook announced last week that it has developed a program called “DeepFace,” which researchers say can determine whether two photographed faces are of the same person with 97.25 percent accuracy.

According to Facebook, humans put to the same test answer correctly 97.53 percent of the time — only a quarter of a percent better than Facebook’s software.

The takeaway: Facebook has essentially caught up to humans when it comes to remembering a face. The program was developed by three in-house Facebook researchers and a professor at Tel Aviv University.


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Fortune 100 Companies Have Received a Whopping $1.2 Trillion in Corporate Welfare Recently

‘Most of us are aware that the government gives mountains of cash to powerful corporations in the form of tax breaks, grants, loans and subsidies–what some have called “corporate welfare.” However, little has been revealed about exactly how much money Washington is forking over to mega businesses.

Until now.

A new venture called Open the Books, based in Illinois, was founded with a mission to bring transparency to how the federal budget is spent. And what they found is shocking: between 2000 and 2012, the top Fortune 100 companies received $1.2 trillion from the government. That doesn’t include all the billions of dollars doled out to housing, auto and banking enterprises in 2008-2009, nor does it include ethanol subsidies to agribusiness or tax breaks for wind turbine makers.’


The EPA LIES to Keep the Truth From “Leaking” Out. Mystery of the Missing Methane

A new landmark study in the journal Science found that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) inventory of greenhouse gases is undercounting total U.S. methane emissions by roughly 50 percent. Based on atmospheric sampling, the study estimates that this missing methane amounts to 14 terra grams (Tg) of methane; that’s equal to 6.4 billion pounds, or as much as the weight of 1.4 million new Ford F150 pickup trucks.

In the years immediately after it’s released, methane is a potent greenhouse gas. It causes 86 times as much global warming over a 20-year period as carbon dioxide, the single largest contributor to climate change. According to our analysis at Energy Innovation, the methane missing from the EPA’s inventory — in terms of the contribution to global warming over a 20-year time period — would be equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions of 252 coal power plants.



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Police attack students protesting tuition hikes in California

Police clashed with protesters, using batons, fists and pepper spray.

Around 250 people assembled Thursday at the City College of San Francisco to call for the resignation of special trustee Robert Agrella, who was appointed in July 2013 by California Community Colleges Board of Governors.

Demonstrators say that Agrella has proposed a new tuition policy that discriminates against undocumented and poor students.

Itzel Calvo, an ethnic studies student, said she was unable to register this semester because she is an undocumented immigrant who would have to pay out-of-state fees totaling about $3,000 to sign up for classes.

The protest was initially peaceful but escalated into violent clashes after police officers began attacking the students with batons and pepper spray.

Anya Komisaryk, 21, a Broadcast Journalism major at San Francisco State University, said the officer’s actions escalated the clash.

“I think the violence really got instigated by this one officer who physically attacked students,” Komisaryk said. “He is the core reason that this took a violent turn.”




The Case of Malaysia’s Missing Airliner MH370 – Part Two

We’ve seen reports about the 20 Freescale Semiconductor employees confirmed to have been onboard flight MH370. Freescale is an Austin, Texas based tech giant, that designs embedded hardware

, microprocessors, microcontrollers and sensors, among other tech based devices. The company has recently been involved in litigation over patents with Vantage Point Technology and Media Tek inc.

To make matters more confusing, there have been reports that four of Freescale’s patent holders were on the flight, however, after taking some time to review MH370′s passenger manifest, the names listed did not match those who were alleged to have been on the flight.

Freescale Semiconductor is said to have started out as a part of Motorola, designing semiconductor devices, for ground-based tracking, while this is a strange coincidence considering the circumstances, this information doesn’t by itself produce a motive to disrupt the plane’s systems. There is however, some question as to the consortium said to own majority shares in Freescale, namely, the Blackstone Group and the Carlyle Group.

Lord Jacob Rothschild is listed as a Member of the International Advisory Board at Blackstone. The Carlyle Group is one of the nation’s largest defense contractors, with investors that have included the Bush’s as well the Bin Laden family.  Naturally, with these ‘corporate bloodlines’ potentially being involved in the case of a missing airliner, it raises quite a bit of suspicion.
Perhaps the most unsettling information in regards to the missing Boeing 777 comes from retired 35 year Delta pilot, Field McConnell, who states that since 1995, Boeing Uninterruptible Auto Pilots have been equipped in Boeing planes. This information was apparently not released until March of 2007, following a subsequent lawsuit by McConnell. The modification was reported to the FAA, NTSB and ALPA ( airline pilots association). According to McConnell’s documents, Boeing is said to have stated that by end of 2009 all Boeing planes would be fitted with the BUAP – making them impossible to manually hijack within the plane but susceptible to remote control by the military, according the flight veteran.

Below is YouTube video detailing McConnell’s message about the airline industry, suggesting other aircraft were also downed remotely, including Air France’s flight 447. Additionally, McConnell mentions an ‘autoland’ and ‘autobrake’ feature for the plane, making it possible for these planes to land safely or to be used as a potential weapon according to his information.

McConnell and his associates further explain the device used to control aircraft through his site

, stating that Hillary Clinton and Rose Law Firm had originally obtained the patent for the Quartz Rate Sensor apparently used in many military crafts


The QRS-11 GyroChip sensor is used on commercial aircraft to rotate the antenna to receive signals from satellites for the in-flight entertainment system, radar tracking and flight controls. If the aircraft is equipped with a uninterruptible autopilot, signals can be received from a satellite to remotely fly the aircraft.

The sensor provides stabilization, flight control, and guidance. It also is used in missiles, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV ) and other military as well as space and industrial applications. Because of the sensitive nature of its military applications, the export of the technology is regulated.”

The site continues by asserting what the device is specifically used for:

We allege that the QRS-11 can be used as part of a package of technology to guide aircraft equipped with uninterruptible autopilots turning them into weapons.”

The Quartz Rate Sensor information comes to our attention on the heels of stacked investigation into both pilots of MH370, mainstream media is now focused on how the transponder was allegedly turned off by pilots after the last communication, as well as searching the pilots’ homes, ignoring much of the initial critical information that was revealed.

If the information on Abel Danger is accurate, then this new talking point by major media outlets could be another effort to hide something. It’s important to note, Abel Danger has had some controversial claims in recent years. Additionally, if what McConnell alleges is true, why hasn’t this critical Boeing information been discussed among the many so-called experts in avionics and air traffic control on larger media outlets?


It Only took “Alt-News” Democracy Now, A Ford Foundation funded ORG. to report this one-year old story!

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