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Saturday, 14 August 2010

RFID Chips Can Be Made of Wood, to Tag Trees Without Adulterating the Timber


Fraunhofer Labs are making chips without metal

By Clay Dillow Posted 08.13.2010

Tagging Timber A truck passing through an RFID reader gate imparts information regarding the origin and load details of the delivery via special tags embedded in the timber. Mike Wasche, Fraunhofer IFF

Tagging trees with embedded RFID tags not only helps logging companies keep track of the origin and destination of timber on the truck, but it helps keep companies honest and aids in the prosecution of illegal logging operations. But those RFID chips, unless they're expensively removed from each tree individually before processing, can end up adding impurities to high-quality wood pulp products and lumber further down the production line. So Fraunhofer Institute researchers have developed a simple fix: RFID tags made of wood.

Of course, a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip requires a metal antenna to receive and transmit tiny amounts of data, but that amount of metal is negligible, imparting less impurity to wood products than many other existing factors affecting timber quality. The rest of the chip is composed of wood and lignin, a complex compound derived from the cell walls of plant cells.

The chips themselves can't hold a whole lot of information, but for the purposes of the timber industry the tags only need to carry an ID number that's scanned by RFID readers at timber mills and shipping hubs. The rest of the information regarding the timber -- origin, date it was logged, date it was shipped, where it's going, etc. -- is stored in the logging company's computer system.

In theory, a truckload of timber only requires one or two RFID tags provided the shipment is all destined for the same place and purpose. If those few RFID tags are made mostly of wood they can harmlessly pass through the production process without mixing metals into the end product, saving companies the time of trying to dig out metal tags or the headache of producing a product with impurities.

Clouds Can Communicate According To Scientists


A new study has found that clouds “communicate” with each other, much like chirping crickets or flashing fireflies on a summer night. The surprising findings, published online in the journal Nature, may have significant implications for our understanding of the Earth’s climate. Read Full Article


Cumulus clouds swell in a blue sky. What might they be saying to each other?

Little, fluffy and talkative? Clouds can communicate, a new paper suggests -- but what are they talking about?

A new study has found that clouds "communicate" with each other, much like chirping crickets or flashing fireflies on a summer night. The surprising findings, published online in the journal Nature, may have significant implications for our understanding of the Earth's climate.

So the next time you find yourself laying on your back picking out shapes among the clouds, mull on this one: Are they talking among themselves about you?

"Cloud fields organize in such a way that their components 'communicate' with one another and produce regular, periodic rainfall events," explained Graham Feingold, a research scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) and the paper's lead author.

In other words, Feingold found clear evidence of self-organization in the regular patterns of rainfall and repeating growth of those floating puffs of cotton.

How does such synchronization come about? Falling rain cools the air as it descends. This creates downward air currents. These downdrafts hit the surface of the planet, flow outward, and collide with each other, forming updrafts. The air flowing up creates new clouds in previously open sky as older clouds dissipate. Then the new clouds rain, and the oscillating pattern repeats itself.

"In a sense what's going on is that the clouds are communicating with each other by driving down to the ground. If you have a number of clouds doing exactly that, air is forced to go sideways from one cloud and meets the air from another," Feingold told 

Voila! cloud speech!

Earlier theories about cloud structure explained that temperature change was at the heart of cloud generation, that warming and cooling shifts were the key forces. Precipitation as a driving factor is something of a radical shift.

But talking clouds? That's even more radical. 

Feingold is nevertheless quite serious, citing a lengthy history of research into cloud communication.

"If you go back far enough, the basic physics behind this phenomenon was recorded in the early 1900s by a French scientist," he explained.

He was looking at the sun though a telescope and noticed convection patterns. Lord Rayleigh later put it into a theoretical framework, explaining the hexagonal patterns observed in the lab, Feingold told

"1933 is the earliest report of patterns in the clouds," by a scientist known as Graham, he said. But Feingold thinks the idea of cloud communication might date back far further.

"I wouldn’t be surprised if the ancients were looking up at the clouds and seeing patterns early on," he told

Friday, 13 August 2010

Mystery Fish Kill in New Jersey




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Tens of thousands of dead fish washed ashore along the Delaware Bay in southern New Jersey.
The wash-up of small menhaden, most about 4 inches long, was discovered Wednesday morning.
It occurred on about eight miles of shoreline from Kimbles Beach in Middle Township south to the Villas in Lower Township, just north of Cape May.
Officials say water sampling conducted Thursday suggest that oxygen levels in the bay were probably very low as a result of very warm air and water temperatures.
If the fish had massed close to shore for some reason, they could have rapidly depleted the available dissolved oxygen.
Removal operations are expected to begin Friday.

In Montana, a Fight Over Separation of Church and Fairgrounds


National Interest

In Montana, a Fight Over Separation of Church and Fairgrounds

By Tess Civantos

Published August 11, 2010

Aug. 11: Pastor Keith Mobley's church, Christian Assembly Foursquare, is one of the churches that joins together to put on an annual Christian worship service at the Missoula County Fair in Montana. The service will not take place this year, following complaints from atheist group Freedom From Religion.

MISSOULA COUNTY, Mont. – Leaders of a Christian organization are convinced a group of atheists were successful in getting annual fellowship services moved from the Missoula County Fair, but church organizers say they’re determined to make the best of their new location.

Still, churchgoers who worship at the service resent that any group could get them relocated.

Sunday morning church is a long-standing tradition at the Missoula County Fair, thanks to the Missoula Christian Network’s planning. But that tradition fell by the wayside this year after complaints from a national atheist group, which called the service “a violation of civil rights.”

Rebecca Markert, staff attorney for the atheist/agnostic group Freedom From Religion, said, “Anyone who went to the church service received free admission to the county fair, which is a violation of the Civil Rights Act. It discriminates against non-churchgoers.”

Freedom From Religion sent a letter to the Missoula County Board of Commissioners, urging them to “discontinue these discriminatory actions by eliminating the Christian service altogether at this year’s County Fair.”

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According to Steve Earle, director of the Missoula County Fairgrounds, the churchgoers did receive free admission – but so did every other Sunday morning fair attendee. The fair does not offer churchgoers any special privileges, Earle told

“We have a tradition of doing ‘community days’ on Sundays, with an open gate until noon, to beef up the crowd,” Earle said. “It’s open to anyone and it’s not related to any religious service.”

Fair organizers moved this year’s church service from the fairgrounds to nearby Ogren-Allegiance Park, a baseball stadium that is outside the confines of the county fair, which runs from August 10-15. That decision, according to Earle, had to do with a scheduling conflict and not Freedom From Religion’s complaint.

“We’re already talking about having a Christian worship service next year on Sunday morning,” Earle said.

Michael Burks, a Missoula County businessman who helped plan the church service in the baseball stadium, spoke out against Freedom From Religion’s civil rights complaint.

“Christians don’t want to be against anyone,” Burks said. “For people to tell us to ‘Go back in your church and shut the door,’ for an organization to tell us we can’t get together for this service, is unconstitutional. If it was a Buddhist prayer service or a gay pride parade, I wouldn’t tell them they couldn’t meet somewhere. This is not what America’s about.”

“I don’t understand honestly why Freedom From Religion got involved,” Burks said, noting that the group is not based in Montana, but in Wisconsin. “They’re trying to make it sound like you have to go to the service to get free admission to the fair, but you don’t. Hopefully, clarification will fix it.”

Keith Mobley, a pastor with the Missoula Christian Network, said, “There are people in this town that are very anti-Christ, anti-religion, anti-Church. You could say this is Liberal-ville, Montana. But we’re not going to let some out-of-state group tell us we can’t meet at our county fair to worship.”

Markert, however, says her group is acting on behalf of Missoula’s own citizens, and at least one of them specifically asked the group to intervene.

“We’re a membership organization and we act on protests from our members,” Markert said. “We received a complaint from a member in Missoula County.”

Meanwhile, Mobley is hopeful the church service will return to next year’s County Fair.

“If the churches had really wanted to, we could’ve had the service,” Mobley said. “And we plan to next year.”

In the meantime, the church-service organizers and attendees are enjoying their temporary exile from the Missoula County Fair.

“Honestly I’m not too upset about the change of venue,” Burks said. “Where the church service was originally located [at the county fair] was far from concessions and parking. There was no seating. This is a test run, but the new location is much more convenient and comfortable. We’re even getting games and jumpers for the kids so people don’t need to find baby-sitting.”

“It’s the whole making lemonade from lemons thing,” Burks said.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

It’s Getting Ugly: Q2 GDP May Be Downgraded to 1%!


Surprise! The government cooked the books and actual economic activity for the second quarter was even worse than most believed. But don’t worry, Obama’s going to solve everything:

June’s trade deficit swelled 18.8% to $49.9 billion, the highest since October 2008. That was much worse than Wall Street predicted — or what the Commerce Department estimated in the recent Q2 GDP report. The new report, along with recent inventory data, suggest Commerce will revise down Q2 economic growth from the already-sluggish 2.4% annual rate to about 1%, according to Action Economics. Action Economics is looking for stronger retail inventory figures later this week that would imply a 1.4% GDP pace.

Those downward revisions may bolster Q3 figures. Weaker inventory growth in Q2 suggests there will be less of a drop-off in Q3. Q2’s fat trade gap may mean the same.

But there’s no denying that the recovery is losing steam just as head winds hit. The inventory restocking cycle, which had fueled growth in recent quarters, clearly is ending.

Federal stimulus is waning, with big potential tax hikes looming at year-end if Congress doesn’t act. Meanwhile, state and local governments, though about to get another $26 billion from Uncle Sam for Medicaid and public employees, will be cutting spending and likely raising taxes over the next several quarters. They cut 48,000 jobs in July alone.

Housing activity will be a big negative in Q3 after being a huge positive in Q2. Both reflect the April 30 deadline for the homebuyer tax credit.

Consumer spending — 70% of overall economic activity — grew at a sluggish 1.6% pace in Q2. But even that may be overstanding. Spending picked up through Q1. All consumers had to do was coast in the spring and Q2’s average spending would outpace Q1’s average. That’s basically what happened. Actual nominal spending in June, the end of Q2, actually was slightly below March’s pace. (Inflation-adjusted spending was slightly higher).

Which is just a long winded way of saying it’s all over. We have no more wealth to spend and the government’s big plan to save us is to make people spend more money. Wealth is finite and America has blown through it all not just on wars as the left would have you believe, but on ostentatious promises to millions of people who pay no taxes yet expect a great deal of service. And still there are Americans who demand more.

How ugly will it be when the millions of people who have been promised lives of plenty and leisure realize that at some point the government will run out of money to give them their freebies? Here’s a clue.

USS Truman posted opposite Hormuz as Iranian threats spiral


Iran digs "mass graves for US soldiers"

To meet increasingly defiant Iranian threats to US regional military forces, Washington has detached the USS Truman carrier from support duty for Afghanistan in the Arabian Sea and reassigned it to Dubai opposite the Gulf of Oman and the Straits of Hormuz with thousands of marines aboard.
Reporting this, debkafile's military sources note that the Iranian submarine attack on a Japanese oil supertanker last month near Hormuz underlined the urgency of heightened security for keeping the vital straits open.
Tuesday, Aug. 10, Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Navy (which is Iran's only real naval force), remarked: "Aircraft Carrier USS Truman is currently at Jebel Ali" - 35 kilometers southwest of Dubai - "and will quickly leave the region."
Speaking to reporters at the Bandar Abbas naval base, the admiral announced the addition of twelve torpedo and missile cruisers to the IRGC Navy and the purchase of a British Bladerunner speedboat. "What worries the Americans is that we have equipped (the speedboat) with military gear," he said.
Our Iranian sources note that Tehran keeps track of - and responds instantly with fleet deployments of its own - to every US naval movement in a broad radius from its shores - from the Red Sea in the North, to the Gulfs of Aden and Oman in the East, the Horn of Africa in the west and the southern approaches to the Indian Ocean.

debkafile of April 22, 2010, first revealed that Iran was preparing a fleet of speedboats for striking American air carriers. (To read this article click here.)
By announcing that Iran had equipped the speedboats with military gear added, Fadavi unveiled Iran's counter-threat to US air carriers in general and the USS Truman in particular. Our military sources report that the souped-up Bladerunners have a speed of 61/5 MPH. They Russian-made Shkval torpedoes they carry had travel up to 360 knots per hour, the fastest of any comparable torpedo in service today, a speed which defies radar detection.

Two days earlier, on Aug. 8, Iran launched four Ghadir-type mini-submarines from the same base at Bandar Abbas.

The USS Truman Strike force carries 6,000 marines and sailors and Carrier Wing Three consisting of seven Battle Axe squadrons. It leads a flotilla of  four more vessels: the guided missile cruiser USS Normandy, the guided missile destroyer USSWinston S. Churchill, the USS Oscar Austin destroyer and the guided missile destroyer USS Ross.

Another carrier, the USS Peleliu and its marine force are in the Arabian Sea waiting for permission to enter Karachi port and render aid to the millions of flood-stricken Pakistanis. The USS Nassau is cruising in the Gulf Aden.

In a bid to further dramatize Iran's readiness for war, IRGC Deputy Chief Gen. Hossein Kan'ani Moghadam announced Tuesday, Aug. 10: "The mass graves that were used for burying Saddam's soldiers [in the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s] have now been prepared for US soldiers - and this is the reason for digging a large number of graves."
The Iranian media ran this statement as a headline with large photos of the fresh graves.
debkafile's military sources report that Tehran is also flexing its muscles against the United States in Lebanon. After the Lebanese army's Aug. 3 clash with Israel, the Iranian ambassador called on the Lebanese chief of staff and offered Tehran's support for Beirut. He also proposed Iranian military assistance to take the place of the American hardware which US Congress proposes to cut off after the Lebanese army instigated the clash.
The Iranian diplomat proposed invoking the 2008 Iranian-Lebanese military accord which provides for Iranian arms, including heavy weapons, to be supplied to Lebanon together with Iranian military instructors.
This proposition was dismissed by US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley when he said Tuesday: "Iran's activities compromise Lebanese sovereignty."
Stepping up the pressure on Beirut to abandon its pro-Western orientation, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced he will pay a visit Beirut after Ramadan (which began Tuesday night, Aug, 10 and runs for 30 days).

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Johan Galtung on The Fall of the US Empire by 2020


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Iran Links Second Uranium Centrifuge Cascade


Iran has moved its nuclear development program up another notch, activating a second centrifuge cascade in its race to enrich uranium.

The Islamic Republic had notified the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency in March of its intent to link a second cascade to one that had already been brought online in February. The second set of 164 centrifuges, like the first, is located at the Natanz pilot fuel enrichment plant.

The IAEA told the Associated Press the move has enabled Iran to produce enriched uranium at up to 20 percent in the two linked cascades.

On July 17, “Iran was feeding nuclear material to the two interconnected 164-machine centrifuge cascades, contrary to U.N. Security Council resolutions affirming that Iran should suspend all enrichment related activities” when agency inspectors visited the facility, according to IAEA spokeswoman Gill Tudor.

Once enriched to 20 percent, uranium is considered weapons-grade nuclear material. At 95 percent enrichment, uranium may be used to build an atomic bomb. Although Iran denies its intent is hostile, Israeli and other Western intelligence sources believe the Islamic Republic intends to create a nuclear weapon, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly threatened in public speeches to annihilate the State of Israel.

After debating the issue for months, the U.N. Security Council finally voted in June to impose a fourth round of economic sanctions against Iran in an attempt to pressure the country to end its nuclear development program. The United States, Australia and the European Union quickly followed up with increased sanctions of their own.

Iran has responded with an announcement by Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi that the country will “remove the dollar and euro from our foreign exchange basket and will replace them with (the Iranian) rial and the currency of any country cooperating with us. We consider these currencies (dollar and euro) dirty and won't sell oil in dollar and euro,” Rahimi told the Fars news agency.

Over the past two years, Iran has tightened its ties with Venezuela, which possesses the largest supply of crude oil in the Western hemisphere. In addition, The Islamic Republic has also begun to tighten its diplomatic ties with Brazil, Syria and Turkey, which signed an agreement to process Iran's uranium abroad, in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Gerald Celente we are going to have unemployment worse than the Great Depression


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This is Why a Collapse Will Happen


People are too soft these days. With energy getting more expensive, infrastructure getting older and a population of hundreds of millions leading lives of comfort undreamed of form centuries the inevitable decline in service is sending the weak into a panic. CNN is hysterically reporting an increase in blackouts as part of a push to build the so-called “Smartgrid” because if we don’t, people will have to face summer without air conditioning. You know, like almost all of us did growing up?

Experts on the nation’s electricity system point to a frighteningly steep increase in non-disaster-related outages affecting at least 50,000 consumers.

During the past two decades, such blackouts have increased 124 percent — up from 41 blackouts between 1991 and 1995, to 92 between 2001 and 2005, according to research at the University of Minnesota.

In the most recently analyzed data available, utilities reported 36 such outages in 2006 alone.

“It’s hard to imagine how anyone could believe that — in the United States — we should learn to cope with blackouts,” said University of Minnesota Professor Massoud Amin, a leading expert on the U.S. electricity grid.

Yes professor, it’s hard to believe that America doesn’t crap out free electricity to everyone who demands it using fairy dust powered generators. The good professor goes on to insist we spend billions (we don’t have) on a “smart grid” system which won’t work. The smart grid scam is known to be nothing more than an attempt by the government, in collusion with utility companies, to begin rationing of energy based on political dictates. The smart grid system will “save” electricity by increasing rolling brownouts, which themselves have claimed lives when instituted, like this recent case in Philadelphia:

PHILADELPHIA – Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers is defending his department’s response to a fatal fire that killed a 12 year old autistic boy.

Neighbors say the closest fire station, Engine 57, was closed when the fire erupted Saturday night because of the city’s “rolling brownouts.” Fire department records indicate firefighters arrived on the scene three minutes after receiving the call. But there are reports the first responder to arrive was actually a battalion chief in an SUV. A fire truck from Engine 68 didn’t arrive until several minutes later. That station is just over a mile away from where the fire was burning on South 55th Street.

The closest station was closed due to planned brownouts.

But that’s not really the point. I don’t think you have a “right” to electricity, and I don’t think we can do anything about coming energy shortages. The problem with all of this is that sans electricity much of our population has no idea how to survive. Think about that for a moment.

Most people in 21st century America cannot survive with what is basically a convenience.

When rolling brownouts make it impossible to store meat long term what will people do? When a blackout hits NYC and lasts a week what happens? I was in NYC for the 2003 blackout and crime actually decreased, because today’s criminals are afraid of the dark. But once they get acclimated what will happen.

We shouldn’t need electricity to survive, but many of us do. The majority of Americans can’t live without refrigeration, cars (which will stop running when there’s no power to pump gas) a direct life line to police and a host of other things, including air conditioning. When I grew up Air Conditioners were something only the rich had, now Americans think they will die without them.

America will collapse because we lack the strength to keep it going. Our weakness has set into motion events which we have no hope of preventing, and no ability to live through. This is why you need to prepare now, for the collapse that’s coming because one day very soon millions of Americans are going to wake up and panic when their comfortable lifestyles have vanished forever.

“The UN is more important than ever”


The man who played a key role in Switzerland’s decision to join the United Nations in 2002 talks about his new job as president of the UN General Assembly.

Former Foreign Minister Joseph Deiss will take up his office at the opening of the 65th session of the General Assembly in New York on September 14.

Formally, the presidency of the General Assembly is the highest office in the UN. But unlike the UN secretary-general – currently Ban Ki-moon – the president has no decision-making powers.

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Monday, 9 August 2010

U.S. Says Countries ‘Backtracking’ on Copenhagen Pact


By Jeremy van Loon

(Adds Christian Aid quote in 15th and 16th paragraphs.)

Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. is concerned that envoys at United Nations climate talks are “backtracking” on an agreement made in 2009 in Copenhagen, the country’s lead negotiator at the talks said.

Some nations are demanding “staggering sums” of money beyond the $100 billion pledged in Copenhagen to help them adapt to climate change, and others want carbon dioxide reductions to apply only to industrialized countries, said Jonathan Pershing, the State Department official heading the U.S. delegation.

The moves make it less likely delegates will agree on broader measures to rein in greenhouse gases and channel funds to poor nations when this year’s round of talks conclude in December in Cancun, Mexico, Pershing said. His comments coincided with wildfires brought on by drought in Russia and flooding in Pakistan that stranded 4 million people, freak weather events that scientists say will become more frequent.

“If we proceed on the route we are now on, there is no hope for an agreement” in Cancun, said Pershing. “All parties seem to be having a difficult time coming to convergence and the text is larger than it has to be.”

Expanding Text

Delegates from about 190 countries this week in Bonn piled new demands into draft texts in both negotiating tracks. Two draft proposals offered legal options on how to avoid a gap between the end of the Kyoto Protocol in 2012 and a future agreement, said Christiana Figueres, the UN diplomat leading the talks. She said delegates must now narrow the options that more senior ministers will face in Cancun.

“It’s difficult to cook a meal without a pot,” she said. “Governments are closer now to making the pot, and that is what they have achieved here in Bonn.”

The envoys reopened debates that were resolved in the Copenhagen Accord, including approaches toward cutting emissions between industrialized and developing countries and how to measure and verify greenhouse gas output.

“If we can close the text with no more new ideas -- let’s save that for another century -- then we can move forward,” said Grenada’s Dessima Williams, who represents the Alliance of Small Island States. “The negotiations are not matching the scientific reports, and they are too slow and not sufficiently responsive to the urgency we see on the ground.”

Temperature Rising

Current pledges by all nations remain insufficient to limit the average increase in global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), which was also agreed to in Copenhagen last year. The UN estimates that commitments amount to a cut of 12 percent to 19 percent from 1990 levels, short of the 25 to 40 percent needed.

“What is happening now reminds me of what was happening last year,” said Artur Runge-Metzger, the European Commission’s lead climate negotiator. “It seems to me like a broken record.”

Negotiators are also struggling with the fact that it may be years before the U.S. passes domestic laws on limiting emissions, said Christoph Bals, executive director of policy at the environmental group Germanwatch and an executive board member of the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative.

“The U.S. is casting a long shadow on the talks,” Bals said. “For the next few years it will be up to China and the EU to take a leadership role.”

U.S. Reluctance

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unveiled a scaled down energy bill on July 22 that failed to contain a carbon cap for the electricity industry, a carbon emissions trading system or renewable energy targets. The U.S. delegation remains committed to its target to cut CO2 emissions by about 17 percent by 2020 from 2005 levels, Pershing said today.

At stake are decisions on investments worth trillions of dollars in clean energy, efficiency and transportation equipment, including an estimated $26 trillion for the power sector alone through 2030, according to the International Energy Agency.

Some nations need to make proposals instead of criticizing what industrial nations are offering, said Mohamed Adow, an observer with non-governmental group Christian Aid.

“We need to regain the spirit of compromise in order to move forward,” he said.

Business leaders including General Electric Co. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Immelt and Duke Energy Corp.’s Chief Executive Jim Rogers have pushed for comprehensive legislation, highlighting the risks of inaction for the U.S. economy. Investment decisions are made more difficult because of uncertainties over potential cost of energy if carbon emissions are regulated, they’ve said.

“The question is what’s next?” said Norine Kennedy, vice president of energy and environment affairs at the U.S. Council for International Business whose members include GE and Coca- Cola Co. “We have to find a way to move forward.”

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The MARK of the Beast 666 is already here ?


Buy and Sell with your fingerprint - technology of the Beast is here! This is not going to be happen in 2017... its ALREADY here! Body scanners, face...

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Sunday, 8 August 2010

Mugwort by First Ways


Mugwort image by University of Missouri

Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris, is famously used for three things: protecting travelers, inverting breech babies, and causing intense lucid dreams that can later be recalled with ease.

These vivid nocturnal adventures sometimes take unpleasant forms, which is why mugwort merchants often include these words on the packaging: “Warning, may cause nightmares.” Mugwort is dried and smoked or taken as a tea; it can also be combined fresh with alcohol and water and cured to make a tincture. It may be the chemical component thujone, also present in the psychoactive liquor absinthe, that is the active ingredient. But some people say mugwort is so powerful that you don’t even need to ingest it, that you can simply put in your bedroom or near your person and feel an effect.

Three years ago I was driving down a highway with mugwort drying on the dashboard when red-and-blue lights emerged in my rearview mirror. Startled, my adrenaline surged with fear and dread. The cop accused me of speeding and threatened to give me a $200 ticket that would, on top of the other violations I had amassed, cause the state to revoke my license. He took my information back to his car and left me sitting alone for an interminable amount of time. My stomach tightened, my shoulders tensed. I had tried to be charming when I rolled down my window but I wasn’t sure if it had worked. And if it went badly, it would have life-altering consequences: this thing was my turtle shell. At the time I had no place to live. I pleaded to the otherworldly powers for help. When the cop returned, he let me off with a warning. I sighed with relief.

My life was brought to the brink of inversion and settled back to normalcy again within minutes. It was like a bad dream.

And it wasn’t the only time it happened like this. A week ago I plucked a mugwort leaf and put it in my pocket in a convenience store parking lot in Highland Park, NJ. I was excited to see it lining the roadsides, an ironic fit for an herb touted as a travelers’ charm. It was dusk on a humid day, and I wandered the oak-lined suburban streets there in pursuit of yellow dock, tiger lily, yucca, oxalis and other plants, doing the prep walk for a foraging walk I would later lead. When I returned to my parked car, I couldn’t find my keys. I poured the contents of my purse on the hood of the rental to no avail. I wracked my brain: How had this happened? Where could they be? I patted my pockets. Empty. My cell phone was dead and I didn’t know how I’d get to my next destination. I was beside myself with frustration. And then I remembered the mugwort. Aha, I thought. This wasn’t my doing. “Alright, you jerk plant, quit it!” I said aloud. “Give me my keys back.” I set my eyes on the ground, scanning as I walked the perimeter of the lot. Something glimmered in the dirt next a dumpster: My keys. I have no idea how they got there.

Mugwort image from

According to the Peterson Field Guide to Eastern/Central Medicinal plants, mugwort ranges from Canada down to Georgia in North America, concentrated in the east but venturing westward. It is invasive here but said to be native to Europe, Asia and northern Africa. If you want to identify mugwort, look at the underside of the leaf: as shown in the photo here, it is gray, dramatically lighter than the dark green of the topside of the leaf. Take a taste, too. It has an unmistakable smoky sage type flavor. (For this reason, it is sometimes used as a flavoring in cooking.) In addition to the uses discussed above, other medicinal actions of mugwort include: sending blood flow to the uterus, inducing sweating, and possibly lowering blood sugar. It is burned and used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in an acupuncture procedure called moxibustion to treat a variety of ailment. Folklore suggests it can ward off evil spirits, but your mileage may vary.

Immigration Time Bomb Ticking


By Victor Thorn
A human time bomb is ready to explode across America, according to Frosty Wooldridge, who maintains that an estimated influx of 100 million more immigrants into this country would create vast hordes of marauders who will do anything to obtain food, water and other resources.
During a July 29 interview with this writer, the author of America on the Brink asked, “Name one advantage of adding 100 million more people to the United States within the span of 25 years. There isn’t any. The result will be increased gridlock, a rise in toxic air pollution, animal extinctions, water wars and a dramatically lower standard of living.”
Wooldridge cites demographic studies and U.S. Census Bureau data as the source of his immigration estimates.
One glaring example of how lives are already being negatively impacted by illegal immigration is seen in California, where, according to Wooldridge, processed sewer water is being turned into tap water. The Southwest cannot treat and deliver enough water suitable for human use. This could lead to mass rationing, skyrocketing costs and confrontations between different classes and ethnic groups, he also said.
Wooldridge describes a proliferation of Hispanic colonias, or neighborhoods, that typically have no electricity, roads, sewers or sanitation. In essence, Mexican ghettos with squalid living conditions are being transported north of the border.
He compares this state of impoverishment to India’s “population bomb” where the lack of sewer treatment facilities and clean water lead to dysentery, diarrhea outbreaks and people using rivers and streams as toilets.
The Ganges River abounds with raw sewage, which has created a dead zone of up to 20,000 square miles where no marine or animal life can survive.
Wooldridge asserts that a smaller version of this dead zone already exists on the Mississippi River. Further, he believes that unchecked development and unabated immigration into the United States is causing the extinction of 250 different animal species a year.
Of the 100 million immigrants who may flood into America within the next two decades, assuming there are no major immigration policy changes, 70 percent will possess no better than a fourth-grade education.
Wooldridge puts this matter into perspective. “One aspect of Third World countries that doesn’t allow them to succeed is illiteracy,” said Wooldridge.
“We’re going to be burdened with 70 million newcomers who can’t read or write, and have no desire to assimilate into American culture.”
They will also carry diseases such as tuberculosis, leprosy, hepatitis and head lice. Since Mexico and other Latin American countries in most instances cannot adequately feed or employ their citizens, they actively encourage an exodus into the United States.
Wooldridge predicts that our nation will hit the half-billion population mark by 2060. As a result, in the author’s view, “We’re degrading the planet so fast that it can’t recover. People like the Bilderbergers are promoting a scorched-earth policy, and at some point we will witness a mass human die-off.”
He continued, “Prior to reaching this tipping point, the consequences of our multi-cultural society will lead to increased conflicts. . . . What happens when there’s no food, water or fuel? We’re going to see anarchy and ethnic tribal fights.”
Concluding this thought, Wooldridge opined, “In the future, will the civil part of civilization survive? We’re on a collision course with ourselves once we run out of resources. This overpopulation crisis is the most important problem facing us in the 21st century.”
Our addiction to petroleum poses another problem. Wooldridge calculates that we would have to manufacture 91 million solar panels every year for 50 years to equal the amount of oil we burn in one year. We would have to construct 32,500 wind turbines every year to produce the same energy derived from oil.
When asked about the greedy elitists pushing these unsustainable programs, Wooldridge responded, “In their minds, they won’t be touched by the ensuing chaos that results from relentlessly destroying the environment. They’ll escape to their well-maintained high mountain retreats. Kings have always stayed hidden in castles while their serfs fought the wars.”
Despite this dramatic impact to our standard of living, Wooldridge also blames the mainstream media for “suppressing, ignoring, evading and avoiding the subject of population overload at all costs.”
Past over-population predictions by noted alarmist author Paul Erlich, which foresaw mass starvation and other calamities by the 1970s and 1980s, did not come true. He was ahead of his time.
Still, Wooldridge stresses that the urgency of this situation cannot be denied. “We don’t have the water, we don’t have the resources and we don’t have the food . . . the fate of our civilization hangs in the balance. . . .
If illegal immigration [open migration] isn’t stopped now, our future is one of starvation, loss of freedoms and armed guards on the streets to prevent uprisings.”
To reiterate Wooldridge’s original premise, each of us must ask: will our quality of life be bolstered by potentially adding another 100 million Third World immigrants within the span of two decades?
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One Million Dead Fish in Boliva as New Ice Age Begins


Our world will die Not by Fire but by Ice. From

Over 1 million fish and thousands of alligators, turtles, dolphins and other river wildlife are floating dead in numerous Bolivian rivers in the three eastern/southern departments of Santa Cruz, Beni and Tarija. The extreme cold front that hit Bolivia in mid-July caused water temperatures to dip below the minimum temperatures river life can tolerate. As a consequence, rivers, lakes, lagoons and fisheries are brimming with decomposing fish and other creatures.

Unprecedented: Nothing like this has ever been seen in this magnitude in Bolivia. Inhabitants of riverside communities report the smell is nauseating and can be detected as far as a kilometer away from river banks. River communities, whose livelihoods depend on fishing, fear they’ll run out of food and will have nothing to sell. Authorities are concerned there will be a shortage of fish in markets and are more concerned by possible threats to public health, especially in communities that also use river water for bathing and drinking, but also fear contaminated or decaying fish may end up in market stalls. They’ve begun a campaign to ensure market vendors and the public know how to tell the difference between fresh and unhealthy fish.

In university fish ponds and commercial fisheries the losses are also catastrophic.

Here’s a video embedded, it’s in Spanish but hang in there until about :39, the pictures speak for themselves:

In the Gylfaginning and the Voluspa we learn of the northern European vision of the end of the world. Ragnarok is preceded by the “mighty winter” which lasts three years and in which the world is not spared the ravishes of cold by the summer. As people here talk about record breaking heat in the Western Hemisphere the cold is still killing people and more importantly destroying vital food supplies world wide, truly giving the world no respite.

That same time period will be a time of wars, depravity and the breaking of long standing taboos. It is plain to see that the long winter has come.