A Call to Conscious Evolution: Our Moment of Choice


The human family is in the midst of the most significant transformation of
consciousness since its emergence in Africa over one hundred thousand

years ago. Consciousness has been evolving for billions of years from
the first cell to us. We are becoming aware that through our own
consciousness the universe can know itself. This awareness reveals
incredible new potential for our individual and collective humanity.

Simultaneously, we are the first species on this Earth aware that we
can destroy ourselves by our own action. This may be the greatest
wake-up call to the evolution of consciousness since the origin of Homo
sapiens.

We now realize that we are affecting our own evolution by everything
we do. This knowledge awakens in us the aspiration to become more
conscious through subjective practices including meditation,
reflection, prayer, intuition, creativity, and conscious choice making
that accelerate our evolution in the direction of unity consciousness
and inspire us to deeply align our collective vision.

THE CHALLENGE

At this juncture in human history, urgent global crises challenge us
to learn to live sustainably, in harmony and gratitude with one another
and with the living universe. The changes required of humanity are
broad, deep, and far reaching. Only by acting swiftly and creatively
can we birth a planetary culture that will bring well-being to every
form of life in the Earth community.

The good news is that a compelling new story of our potential as a
whole human species is emerging–a story of collaboration, citizen
action, dialogue and new understandings propelled by unprecedented
levels of democratic freedom, multicultural exchange, and access to
communication technologies. It is nothing less than the story of our
collective evolution.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTION

We recognize that the inner and outer aspects of life evolve
together. A dramatic awakening in consciousness will involve an equally
dramatic shift in outward aspects of our lives. In particular, we see
the following as vital opportunities for our conscious evolution, both
personally and collectively:

Cultivating a Paradigm of Aliveness: We regard the universe as deeply alive and conscious by nature. In a living universe, our
sense of subtle connection and participation with life around us is the
basis for a compassionate and cooperative approach to living.

Educating for an Evolving Consciousness: Awakening consciousness is the foundation for all the change we seek to see in
the world. We can work to elevate our capacity for conscious reflection
and creative action in our personal lives as well as our collective
lives as communities. We must support research and educational
strategies that optimize human capacities and explore the nature of
consciousness.

Restoring Ecological Balance: The balance of planetary ecosystems is fundamental to our survival. We must reverse the
pollution of our global commons–the water, air and soil that nourish
all life. We must encourage the proliferation of clean, renewable
energy sources and expend all necessary resources toward mitigating the
effects of climate change.

Encouraging Conscious Media: We must find innovative ways to use the new electronic media as the mirror of our positive
evolutionary story, investing in their capacity to reach across
differences of generation, culture, religion, wealth, and gender to
build a working consensus about our collective future.

Engaging in Social and Political Transformation: More sustainable ways of living will require the support of a more conscious
democracy and vibrant civil society from which more enlightened leaders
will emerge. All individuals should be encouraged to use their gifts to
create participatory, responsible and compassionate models of
governance.

Working for Integrity in Commerce: Conscious businesses that are aware of the scope, depth, and long-range impacts of their
actions are key to achieving sustainability. Business must become an
ethical steward of the Earth’s ecology and consciously establish an
economic basis for a future of equitably shared abundance.

Promoting Health and Healing: The science of mind-body-spirit health has demonstrated the profound connection
between the health of a whole person and the health of the system in
which he or she lives. Whole systems healing, respecting both
traditional knowledge and modern sciences, must be supported in
physical, social, and spiritual domains.

Building Global Community: The new story is about all of us who share this planet. Together, we can create a culture of peace that
eliminates the need for armed conflict, respecting and appreciating the
glorious diversity of our human family.

YOUR PARTICIPATION IS VITAL

Our group has done its best to articulate possibilities for the
evolution of consciousness at this crucial moment in time. Please
reflect on this document, feel what resonates in your being and calls
forth a response on your part. We invite you to discuss it with others,
continuing this global conversation by adding to it the wisdom that is
uniquely your own.

Together, let us co-create a new narrative of conscious evolution
that is a call to individual and collective action, birthing the most
significant transformation of consciousness in history. Join in the
Call to Conscious Evolution by signing the pledge now.

Answer the Call, Sign the petition at this link…thank you!

Toxic Oil and BP Dispersants Discovered in Foodchain


Here are a couple articles on the dangers of dispersants used by BP to break up oil in the Gulf. While ignorant reporters are asking "Where’s the oil" toxic rain is falling from Colorado to Boston and all the way south to Miami and Houston. We have a national crisis on our hands as millions of people along the coast are literally being gassed, with many reports surfacing about serious health affects and the rise in emergency room visits in cities all over the South. Videos are coming in from concerned citizens smart enough to know that something is killing the plants and trees in their backyards.

It’s estimated BP poured over 100-200 million gallons of Corexit 9500 into the Gulf, where it has atomized with the toxins in the oil into tiny microscopic droplets that are getting into fish larvae and other marine life. It’s also evaporating and rising forming clouds of rain that move North onto the mainland poisoning everything it comes in contact with. The oil may look like it’s gone, but the witch is only hiding in another form…

Scientists: BP dispersants have made spill more toxic

Scientists Find Evidence that Oil and Dispersant Made its Way into Foodchain

Billionaires Run for the US Congress: Beware of America’s Rich Political Saviors


Isn’t this facism, when you have corporate interests running government?

By Joel S. Hirschhorn

Global Research, July 28, 2010

Consumer confidence is terrible; citizen confidence is worse: Only 11 percent of Americans have confidence in Congress.  No surprise there is record-setting anti-incumbency anger rampant among Americans.  But the sad truth is damned if you do and damned if you don’t vote for incumbents. 

 

The
problem is that the reformers, populist outsiders, tea party
candidates, surprise primary winners and others expecting to oust
incumbents in the coming mid-term elections for members of Congress and
state governors and other officials mostly suck.  Why?  They are nutty, ignorant, dishonest or racist. 

 

Pathetic
US Senate candidates like Alvin Greene on the left in South Carolina
and Sharron Angle on the right in Nevada , for example, are
intellectual nits and an insult to a once envied political system.  And
in Memphis , Tennessee Willie Herenton, who is African-American, sells
black racism to oust two-term incumbent Congressman Steve Cohen in a
primary, telling blacks to not vote for his white opponent.

 

Many ambitious candidates drained the economy to become super-rich.  Is
this any time to trust people who have taken advantage of our corrupt
corporate system to run the government and serve those they have
previously taken advantage of for personal gain?  Will
anger about the corrupt, dysfunctional government system be sufficient
for voters to turn the government over to people who have nothing in
common with most Americans?

 

Consider California .  Meg
Whitman, a Republican candidate for governor wants to beat the
familiar, incumbent-like Democrat Jerry Brown, now attorney general,
and was previously the chief executive of eBay.  She has
outspent all other self-financed candidates across the country by using
$91 million of her own money to knock out Steve Poizner, who spent $24
million of his own money, in the Republican primary.   California is big, but $91 million and likely even more!!  She will greatly outspend Brown.  And
Carly Fiorina, a Republican who is challenging Democrat Senator Barbara
Boxer in California, has the audacity to claim on her website that she
will “fight for every job” if elected even though, as chief executive
of Hewlett-Packard in 2003 she cut about 18,000 jobs and did little
good for the company.  She has already spent $5 million.  Are these people worthy of public support?

 

Consider
Florida Republican Rick Scott, the former head of Columbia/HCA
Healthcare — an awful large hospital chain that paid $1.7 billion in
fines for fraudulently billing government programs like Medicare — has
become the front-runner for Florida governor.  He supposedly is worth about $200 million.  He was ousted by his own board of directors in 1997 amid the nation’s biggest health care fraud scandal.  He loaned his campaign $22.9 million during the period from April 9 through July 16 and spent $22.65 million of it.  In contrast, he received only $415,126 in contributions.  Bill
McCollum, his Republican opponent, raised a little over $1 million
during the reporting period and spent about $1.7 million.  He has raised $5.7 million since he announced his campaign last year.  He has less than $500,000 left.  Democrat
candidate Alex Sink, with no primary opponent, raised $1.1 million for
the reporting period and has raised $7.3 million so far.  Is Scott better qualified because of his wealth and ability to advertise more?

 

Also
in Florida is Jeff Greene who wants to be US Senator, a Democrat who
had been a Republican with a strange gang of friends like Mike Tyson
and Heidi Fleiss.  Incredibly, most of his fortune,
estimated at $1.4 billion, came from derivatives that let him profit
from the collapse of subprime mortgages which helped tank the US
economy.  He lives in an oceanfront mansion when he is not on one of his yachts or his plane with gold seat-belt buckles.  He
recently reported taking a paltry $3,036 in outside contributions,
while lending himself — and spending — $5.9 million in the second
quarter.  Recent polls found Greene roughly even in the
primary with Democrat Representative Kendrick B. Meek, who had been the
party favorite and took 18 months to raise a similar amount.  Incumbent-like candidate Governor Charlie Crist still leads as an independent in a three-way general election.  Greene
boasts that now is the moment for self-financed candidates. “If 2008
was the year of change, 2010 is the year of frustration,” he said.  But does frustration justify voting for these characters?

 

And
then there is Linda E. McMahon, a Connecticut Republican who made her
fortune in professional wrestling before her Senate run.  She
has stated a willingness to spend $50 million of her own money to win
the election, a lot of money for such a small state, and has already
spent $21.5 million.  A television ad declares “politicians have had their chance, and blown it” while her jobs plan “is backed by experience.”  She
became president of the WWF as a legal maneuver to save the company in
1993, because her husband was indicted for distributing steroids to his
wrestlers.  Cleverly, she blew the whistle and told
regulators something few in the industry would admit: wrestling matches
were scripted shows and not athletic competitions that required the
kind of oversight that, say, boxing required.  The
financial benefit was that her wrestling business operates in 29 states
without supervision by state athletic boards or commissions, saving the
company licensing fees.  She
served only a few months on the state Board of Education and then became a candidate.  She supports policies that favor the rich and advocates offshore oil drilling.  She faces Democrat incumbent-like Richard Blumenthal, now attorney general of Connecticut .  Is her wrestling business experience really the basis for being a great senator?

 

Voters
should remember this: None of these characters are legitimate
populists, progressives or reformers with a political record to show
their true capabilities or positions.  Why trust them?  Would they perform better than incumbents?  I don’t think so.  More likely, they would serve elites and corporate interests.  In
the past very few rich candidates have won office (just 11 percent),
but considering the anti-incumbency sentiment this year, big money may
prevail.

 

Is the evil you don’t know really better than the evil you do know because of failed government experience?  Are some incumbents worth support?  Or will many Americans admit that voting no longer can fix and reform our battered democracy and stay home?  I think I will.  There are just too many fools and idiots voting that offset the votes of informed and intelligent citizens.  Maybe
if voter turnout was totally abysmal, say 20 percent, maybe then we
would get the reforms or revolution we need by de-legitimizing our
delusional democracy.

 

Contact Joel S. Hirschhorn through delusionaldemocracy.com.


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Climate Weapons: More Than Just a Conspiracy Theory?


Disturbing, no wonder Mother Nature is so unhappy with us…for some reason I have a feeling all of this will backfire on the stupid humans who are manipulating the weather. Unfortunately we will get caught in the cross-fire, but we closed our eyes to corruption decades ago as an act of learned helplessness, lying to ourselves that there’s nothing we can do about it anyway.
There’s definitely an oncoming wrath, just take a look at all the 6.0+ earthquakes in the last 30 days below this article….

Climate Weapons: More Than Just a Conspiracy Theory?

By Andrei Areshev

Global Research, July 28, 2010

The
abnormally hot weather in the central regions of Russia has already
caused serious economic damage. It has destroyed crops on roughly 20%
of the country’s agricultural land lots, the result being that the food
prices are clearly set to climb next fall. On top of that, fires are
raging over peat lands around Moscow. These days, the majority of
forecasts concerning the climate are alarming: droughts, hurricanes,
and floods are going to be increasingly frequent and severe. Director
of the climate and energy program of the Wildlife Fund A. Kokorin says
that the current trend is not a random phenomenon and should not be
expected to subside (1).

In this particular context, the credibility of
projections emanating from the Wildlife Fund, an influential
international organization running worldwide operations styled as
environment-protection programs, is beyond question (2). The reason is
that the global warming which is the subject of heated academic (or,
occasionally, absolutely unscholarly) debates is not necessarily an
uncontrolled process. At least, the incidence of the current
anomalously high temperatures exclusively in Russia and some adjacent
territories invites alternative explanations.

Back in the 1970ies, Z. Brzezinski invoked in
his Between Two Ages the theme of weather control, which he regarded as
a form of broader social regulation. No doubt, the heavyweight of the
US geopolitical thinking had to take interest not only in the immediate
social but also in the potential geopolitical implications of
influencing the climate. He was not the only author to probe into the
issue but, due to obvious regards, information on the progress in the
sphere of climate weaponry is unlikely to spill over secrecy barriers
in the foreseeable future.

M. Chossudovsky, an economics professor from
the Ottawa University, wrote in 2000 that in part the ongoing climate
change could be triggered by the use of new-generation nonlethal
weapons. The US is certainly exploring the possibilities of controlling
the climate in several regions of the world. The corresponding
technology is being developed in the framework of the High-Frequency
Active Aural Research Program» (HAARP) (3), the objective being to
build a potential to launch droughts, hurricanes, floods, and
earthquakes. From the military standpoint, HAARP is supposed to
create a novel type of weapons of mass destruction and an instrument of
expansionist policy which can be used to selectively destabilize
environmental and agricultural systems of target countries
(4).
Technically, the system is known to be a set of sources of
electromagnetic radiation affecting the ionosphere. It comprises 360
sources and 180 aerials having the height of 22 meters (5). Altogether
the station emits 3,600 kW towards the ionosphere, being the world’s
most powerful system of the kind(6). The program opened in 1990, is
jointly funded by the US Office of Naval Research and the US Air Force
Research Laboratory, and is implemented by several university
laboratories.

Far-reaching hypotheses arise naturally in the
situation. Venezuelan leader H. Chavez was ridiculed for attributing
the Haiti earthquake to the impact of HAARP
but, for example, similar suspicions crept in following the 2008
earthquake in China’s Sichuan province. Moreover, there is evidence
that the US climate influence program not only spans a number of
countries and regions but is also partially based in space. For
instance, the X-37B unmanned vehicle orbited on April 22, 2010
reportedly carries new types of laser weaponry. According to New York
Times, the Pentagon rejects any connection between X-37B and whatever
combat weapons but recognizes that its purpose is to support ground
operations and to handle a number of auxiliary tasks (7). The vehicle
was built 11 years ago as a part of a NASA program which was taken over
by the US Air Force 6 years ago and completely classified (8).

Demands to unveil details of the experimental
program put into practice in Alaska are voiced both in the US and in
several other countries. Russia never joined the chorus, but the
impression is that efforts aimed at deliberate climate change are not a
myth, and that in the nearest future Russia – together with the rest of
the world – will face a new generation of threats. At the moment the
climate weapons may be reaching their target capacity and used to
provoke droughts, to erase crops, and to induce various anomalous
phenomena in certain countries.


Source: NASA

Source: HAARP

Notes

(1) Odnako. – 2010. – № 28. – p. 33.

(2) For details concerning the Wildlife Foundation, see: http://www.globoscope.ru/content/articles/2892/  

(3) Program site: http://www.haarp.alaska.edu/. The HAARP station is located in Alaska, 250 km north-east of Ankoridge.

(4) Chossudovsky M. Washington’s New World Order Weapons Can Trigger Climate Change // http://www.mindfully.org/Air/Climate-Change-Weapons.htm  

(5) http://www.haarp.alaska.edu/haarp/gen.html  

(6) http://www.kp.ru/daily/24494/648410/  

(7) Surveillance Suspected as Spacecraft’s Main Role. By William J. Broad // http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/23/science/space/23secret.html?_r=1&hp  

(8) The Times claimed that the secret unmanned vehicle might be testing laser weapons: http://www.newsru.com/world/24may2010/kosmorazvedhtml


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Recent Number of Earthquakes Greater than 6.0 Alarming


Unusually high number of 6.0+ earthquakes in the last 30 days, I’ve also noticed a lot of 4.0 and 5.0 quakes taking place all around the ring of fire, and many smaller quakes frequenting unusual places like Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia etc…we’re also having a sinkhole summer!

Check out this link to the Earth Changes thread, it’s the last page
where I just loaded a bunch of videos on recent sinkholes within the
last 30-45 days. There’s interesting info about changes taking place around the world, just go back a few pages.
http://projectavalon.net/forum4/showthread.php?299-Earth-Updates-2010/page38

6.+ Earthquakes in the last 30-some days:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquak…akes/quakes_al

6.1 ~ 2010/07/21 3.037 128.214 103.0 NORTH OF HALMAHERA, INDONESIA
6.3 ~ 2010/07/20 -5.912 150.665 54.2 NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
6.0 ~ 2010/07/18 52.858 -169.631 47.7 FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
7.3 ~ 2010/07/18 -5.939 150.572 35.0 NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
6.9 ~ 2010/07/18 -6.000 150.436 42.0 NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
6.6 ~ 2010/07/18 52.867 -169.840 10.0 FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA

http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/qed/

6.5 ~ 2010/07/14 38.01S 76.31W 33 BIO-BIO, CHILE
6.3 ~ 2010/07/12 22.07S 68.18W 120 ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
6.3 ~ 2010/07/10 44.47N 145.98E 13 SOUTH OF THE MARIANA ISLANDS
~[5.9 2010/07/07 6.22S 154.39E 54 BOUGAINVILLE REGION PAPUA NEW GUINEA]
6.3 ~ 2010/07/02 13.64S 166.48 29 VANUATU
6.3 ~ 2010/06/30 16.52N 97.76W 20 OAXACA, MEXICO
6.4 ~ 2010/06/30 23.30S 179.11E 581 SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
~[5.9 2010/06/26 8.05S 108.07E 75 JAVA, INDONESIA]
6.7 ~ 2010/06/26 10.62S 161.44E 35 SOLOMAN ISLANDS
6.1 ~ 2010/06/24 5.51S 151.16 40 NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

EPA Accused of Cover-up Toxic Effects of Corexit Dispersant in Gulf


EPA Whistleblower Accuses Agency of Covering Up Effects of Dispersant in BP Oil Spill Cleanup

Wave-oil

With
BP having poured nearly two million gallons of the dispersant known as
Corexit into the Gulf of Mexico, many lawmakers and advocacy groups say
the Obama administration is not being candid about the lethal effects
of dispersants. We speak with Hugh Kaufman, a senior policy analyst at
the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response and a leading
critic of the decision to use Corexit. [includes rush transcript]

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SHARIF ADBEL KOUDDOUS: The Obama administration has
given BP the go-ahead to keep its ruptured well sealed for another day
despite worries about the well leaking some oil and methane gas.
National Incident Commander Thad Allen said the seep was not cause for
alarm.

Meanwhile, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or
OSHA, has released its analysis of BP’s data on the exposure of cleanup
workers to the chemical dispersants being used in the Gulf. OSHA chief
David Michaels told the environmental website Greenwire that, quote, "I
think you can say exposures are low for workers. Exposures of workers
on shore are virtually nonexistent. There are significant exposures
near the source, and that’s to be expected given the work being done
there. Those workers are given respiratory protection," he said.

But with BP having poured nearly two million gallons of the
dispersant known as Corexit into the Gulf, many lawmakers and advocacy
groups say the Obama administration is not being candid about the
lethal effects of dispersants. At a Senate subcommittee hearing last
week, Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski grilled administrators from
the EPA about Corexit and said she didn’t want dispersants to be the
Agent Orange of this oil spill.

    SEN. BARBARA MIKULSKI: I’m concerned because I feel
    and I believe, and my reading verifies, that we don’t know enough about
    the impact of dispersants and dispersed oil on people, marine life and
    water quality. I’m very concerned. And my question is, should we ban
    them? Should we take a time out from using them? What are the short-
    and long-term consequences of using them? I don’t want dispersants to
    be the Agent Orange of this oil spill. And I want to be assured, in
    behalf of the American people, that this is OK to use and OK to use in
    the amounts that we’re talking about.

AMY GOODMAN: Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski.

While concerns over the impact of chemical dispersants continue
to grow, Gulf Coast residents are outraged by a recent announcement
that the $20 billion government-administered claim fund will subtract
money cleanup workers earn by working for the cleanup effort from any
future claims. Fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg says the ruling will
apply to anyone who participates in the Vessels of Opportunity program,
which has employed hundreds of Gulf Coast residents left out of work
because of the spill. It’s seen as an effort to limit the number of
lawsuits against BP.

We’re joined now by two guests on these two issues, on Corexit
and the workers. Independent journalist Dahr Jamail is joining us from
Tampa, Florida. He’s been reporting from the Gulf Coast for three
weeks. His latest article
at Truthout is called "BP’s Scheme to Swindle the ‘Small People.’" And
from Washington, DC, we’re joined by Hugh Kaufman, a senior policy
analyst at the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. He’s
been a leading critic of the decision to use Corexit.

We welcome you both to Democracy Now! Let’s begin with
Hugh Kaufman. First of all, explain what Corexit is, the company that
makes it, what’s in it, and your concerns.

HUGH KAUFMAN: Well, Corexit is one of a number of
dispersants, that are toxic, that are used to atomize the oil and force
it down the water column so that it’s invisible to the eye. In this
case, these dispersants were used in massive quantities, almost two
million gallons so far, to hide the magnitude of the spill and save BP
money. And the government—both EPA, NOAA, etc.—have been sock puppets
for BP in this cover-up. Now, by hiding the amount of spill, BP is
saving hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in fines, and
so, from day one, there was tremendous economic incentive to use these
dispersants to hide the magnitude of the gusher that’s been going on
for almost three months.

Congressman Markey and Nadler, as well as Senator Mikulski, have
been heroes in this respect. Congressman Markey made the BP and
government put a camera down there to show the public the gusher. And
when they did that, experts saw that the amount of material, oil being
released, is orders of magnitudes greater than what BP and NOAA and EPA
were saying. And the cover-up started to evaporate.

But the use of dispersants has not. Consequently, we have
people, wildlife—we have dolphins that are hemorrhaging. People who
work near it are hemorrhaging internally. And that’s what dispersants
are supposed to do. EPA now is taking the position that they really
don’t know how dangerous it is, even though if you read the label, it
tells you how dangerous it is. And, for example, in the Exxon Valdez
case, people who worked with dispersants, most of them are dead now.
The average death age is around fifty. It’s very dangerous, and it’s an
economic—it’s an economic protector of BP, not an environmental
protector of the public.

Now, the one thing that I did want to mention to you, Amy,
that’s occurred in most investigations, back even in the Watergate
days, people said, "follow the money." And that’s correct. In this
case, you’ve got to follow the money. Who saves money by using these
toxic dispersants? Well, it’s BP. But then the next question—I’ve only
seen one article that describes it—who owns BP? And I think when you
look and see who owns BP, you find that it’s the majority ownership, a
billion shares, is a company called BlackRock that was created, owned
and run by a gentleman named Larry Fink. And Vanity Fair just
did recently an article about Mr. Fink and his connections with Mr.
Geithner, Mr. Summers and others in the administration. So I think
what’s needed, we now know that there’s a cover-up. Dispersants are
being used. Congress, at least three Congress folks—Congressman Markey,
Congressman Nadler and Senator Mikulski—are on the case. And I think
the media now has to follow the money, just as they did in Watergate,
and tell the American people who’s getting money for poisoning the
millions of people in the Gulf.

AMY GOODMAN: We’re talking to Hugh Kaufman, who works at
the Environmental Protection Agency. This is an issue we’ve brought up
before, but it’s an absolutely critical one, the issue of proprietary
information of these companies, in particular, the ingredients of
Corexit, even though 1.8 million pounds of it have been dumped into the
Gulf. What’s in Corexit? Do you know? What is EPA allowed to know, and
what is the company allowed to keep private?

HUGH KAUFMAN: EPA has all the information on what’s
in—the ingredients are. The largest ingredient in Corexit is oil. But
there are other materials. And when the ingredients are mixed with oil,
the combination of Corexit or any dispersant and oil is more toxic than
the oil itself. But EPA has all that information. That’s a red herring
issue being raised, that we have to somehow know more information. When
you look at the label and you look at the toxicity sheets that come
with it, the public knows enough to know that it’s very dangerous. The
National Academy of Science has done work on it. Toxicologists from
Exxon that developed it have published on it. So, we know enough to
know that it’s very dangerous, and to say that we just have to know
more about it is a red herring issue. We know plenty. It’s very
dangerous. And in fact, Congressman Nadler and Senator Lautenberg are
working on legislation to ban it.

AMY GOODMAN: And I should correct myself: 1.8 million gallons, I think it is, of Corexit that’s been dumped. Sharif?

SHARIF ADBEL KOUDDOUS: And Hugh Kaufman—

HUGH KAUFMAN: Tha’s correct, almost two million gallons of—yes, sir.

SHARIF ADBEL KOUDDOUS: So the—

HUGH KAUFMAN: I’m sorry, I’m not—

SHARIF ADBEL KOUDDOUS: No, no, go ahead. The dispersant is—

HUGH KAUFMAN: I’m not hearing you, sir.

SHARIF ADBEL KOUDDOUS: These nearly two million gallons
have been dispersed not only on the surface of the water, but also
5,000 feet below the water, as well. Can you talk about that?

HUGH KAUFMAN: Well, not only do you have airplanes flying
and dropping them on the Gulf region, like Agent Orange in Vietnam, but
a large amount of it is being shot into the water column at 5,000 feet
to disperse the oil as it gushers out. And so, you have spread,
according to the Associated Press, over perhaps over 44,000 square
miles, an oil and dispersant mix. And what’s happened is, that makes it
impossible to skim the oil out of the water. One of the things that
happened is they brought this big boat, Whale, in from Japan to
get rid of the oil, and it didn’t work because the majority of the oil
is spread throughout the water column over thousands of square miles in
the Gulf. And so—and there’s been a lot of work to show the
dispersants, which is true, make it more difficult to clean up the mess
than if you didn’t use them. The sole purpose in the Gulf for
dispersants is to keep a cover-up going for BP to try to hide the
volume of oil that has been released and save them hundreds of
millions, if not billions, of dollars of fines. That’s the purpose of
using the dispersants, not to protect the public health or environment.
Quite the opposite.

AMY GOODMAN: You’ve made comparisons between Corexit, the
use of Corexit and hiding BP’s liability, and what happened at Ground
Zero after the attacks of September 11th, Hugh Kaufman.

HUGH KAUFMAN: Yeah, I was one of the people who—well, I
did. I did the ombudsman investigation on Ground Zero, where EPA made
false statements about the safety of the air, which has since, of
course, been proven to be false. Consequently, you have the heroes, the
workers there, a large percentage of them are sick right now, not even
ten years later, and most of them will die early because of respitory
problems, cancer, etc., because of EPA’s false statements.

And you’ve got the same thing going on in the Gulf, EPA
administrators saying the same thing, that the air is safe and the
water is safe. And the administrator misled Senator Mikulski on that
issue in the hearings you talked about. And basically, the problem is
dispersants mixed with oil and air pollution. EPA, like in 9/11—I did
that investigation nine years ago—was not doing adequate and proper
testing. Same thing with OSHA with the workers, they’re using mostly
BP’s contractor. And BP’s contractor for doing air testing is the
company that’s used by companies to prove they don’t have a problem. If
you remember the wallboard pollution problem from China, the wallboard
from China, this company does that environmental monitoring. It’s a
massive cover-up. And so far, luckily, we have two members of Congress
and one member of the Senate on the case. Hopefully more will join in.

SHARIF ADBEL KOUDDOUS: Let’s go to a clip that’s been
circulating on the internet. It’s from an investigation from WKRG News
5 into the toxicity levels of water and sand on public beaches around
Mobile, Alabamba. One of the water samples collected near a boom at
Dauphin Island Marina just exploded when mixed with an organic solvent
separating the oil from the water. This is Bob Naman, the chemist who
analyzed the sample, explaining why it might have exploded.

    BOB NAMAN: We think that it most likely happened due
    to the presence of either methanol or methane gas or the presence of
    the dispersant Corexit.

SHARIF ADBEL KOUDDOUS: Hugh Kaufman, can you talk about this video clip?

HUGH KAUFMAN: Well, yes. I saw that when it first came
out, I think on Sunday. And what they documented was that the water—you
know, when you’re on the sand with your children and they dig, and
there’s a little water?—they documented there was over 200 parts per
million of oil waste in the water, and it’s not noticeable to the human
eye, that the children were playing with on the beach. On top of it,
the contamination in one of the samples was so high that when they put
the solvent in, as a first step in identifying how much oil may be in
the water, the thing blew up, just as he said, probably because there
was too much Corexit in that particular sample.

But what’s funny about that is, on Thursday, the administrator
of EPA, in answering Senator Mikulski’s question at the hearing that
you played the clip on, said that EPA has tested the water up to three
miles out and onshore and found that it’s safe. And then, a few days
later, the television station in Pensacola and in Mobile document with
their own limited testing that that statement was false, misleading
and/or inaccurate by the administrator, under oath, to Senator Mikulski
in that hearing.

SHARIF ABDEL KOUDDOUS: We want to also bring in Dahr
Jamail. He’s an independent journalist who’s been reporting from the
Gulf Coast for the past three weeks.

Dahr, you’re joining us from Tampa, Florida, right now. You just
drove along the Gulf Coast. But talk about this dispersant, as well.
You wrote in article about the effect it had on you personally.

DAHR JAMAIL: Right. About a week and a half ago, my
partner and I were down in Barataria talking with shrimpers and
fishermen and people affected by the oil disaster. And literally within
minutes of driving down there, the air was so chemically laden, you
could smell and taste chemicals in the air. And immediately, our eyes
began to burn. And everyone that we were talking with there, Tracy
Kuhns with the shrimpers’ union, Clint Guidry on the board of the
Louisiana Shrimp Association, and their spouses and everyone else that
we spoke with down there, everyone was complaining of different kinds
of health problems—headaches, which, actually, again, within minutes, I
personally was starting to experience that; shortness of breath;
nausea—all kinds of different symptoms, which I then went home and
started to educate myself on the immediate and then longer-term effects
of the two Corexit dispersants being used and realized that myself and
everyone that we spoke with down there were basically having onset of
these symptoms, and people were suffering from it very much.

And another very disturbing thing that I saw down there was I
met a charter fisherman named Gene Hickman, who showed me a video he
had taken two days prior to my arrival there. He was outside of his
house at night, and he had a video of, literally, crabs crawling out of
the water at night onto his bulkhead to escape the water. And Tracy
Kuhns, who I was also speaking with, said, “Look, we’ve been watching
regularly these huge plumes of dispersant under the surface of the
water coming into our canals, sometimes bubbling up to the surface.
We’ve seen marine life fleeing from these.” And there have been some
reports of this happening throughout the Gulf. But then, I went down to
Gene Hickman’s house and then saw, just minutes after watching this
video of crabs literally crawling out of the water trying to escape
from the water, to see basically crabs floating belly up in the water,
dead, all in his canal. There was sheen over the top of it, dead fish.
And again, the stench of the chemicals was so intense that our eyes
were watering.

AMY GOODMAN: Dahr Jamail, your piece in Truthout is called "BP’s Scheme to Swindle the ‘Small People.’" What is that scheme?

DAHR JAMAIL: Right. Well, the scheme is—let’s be really
clear, Amy. We all know that context for news reporting is key. And
Kenneth Feinberg, who is the Obama-appointed individual in charge of
this $20 billion compensation fund for victims of the BP oil disaster,
who is he being paid by? He is being paid by BP to do this job. When he
was asked recently, just in the last forty-eight hours, how much he’s
being paid, he said, "That’s between me and British Petroleum." So
let’s be—let’s start right there.

And then, to move forward, this story came up because I was
talking with Clint Guidry, who I just mentioned, and he was, like all
the other fishermen, outraged by how this fund is being handled. And
how it’s being handled is that these people who join this so-called
Vessels of Opportunity program, which are basically fishermen who are
now completely put out of work, the shrimping and the fishing industry
in Louisiana—and this is spreading across the coast along with the oil,
as it travels across the coast—is completely shut down, so these people
are forced in to do this work, going out skimming, putting out oil
boom, other types of recovery efforts for BP, because it’s literally
the only way they can make a living now. And so, Feinberg then recently
announces, last Friday, as you reported, that, “No, actually now all
the money that you’re earning, you folks in the Vessels for Opportunity
program, any future compensation claims that you make, this money will
be deducted from that claim.”

And so, upon further investigation, it turns out there’s a
lawyer in Louisiana named Stephen Herman, and his firm, back on May
2nd, had an email correspondence with a law firm representing BP. And
he questioned this very thing, because it had first come up way back at
the beginning of this disaster when people were going and looking into
joining the Vessels for Opportunity program, but before they could
join, they were going to be asked to sign a waiver. Well, this was of
course then brought—Stephen Herman brought this to the attention of the
BP lawyer, questioned it, challenged it. And then the BP lawyer wrote
back and said, “That is not going to happen. We’re going to tear up
those claims. We’re not going to do that.”

Stephen Herman also questioned BP’s lawyer as to this very thing
that we just saw Feinberg do, which was, "I want to make very clear,"
said Herman, "that any of this work, any of the payment for the work
these folks do, will not later be taken out of claims that they may
make for future compensation for loss of livelihood, etc." And he was
told at that time in a response on May 3rd by BP’s lawyer, “Absolutely,
that will not happen. That is BP’s stated position.” And so, then we
have Feinberg come out Monday, and every day since then, acting as
basically a BP salesman trying to push this new agenda that you have to
file your claim within a year, and then, once you do that, you’ll get
paid, and you will not file any further claims. And then, of course,
any work that you’ve done in this Vessels for Opportunity program, any
of that money will be deducted from any future claims. So this directly
contradicts what BP said to Stephen Herman’s law firm in New Orleans
back on May 3rd. And again, we have Kenneth Feinberg running around,
clearly accountable to BP, clearly working in the interests of BP, and
as he’s being accused by Clint Guidry and basically fishermen up and
down the Gulf Coast at this point in the Vessels for Opportunity
program, is that this a guy who’s doing nothing but working to try to
limit BP’s long-term liability for this disaster.

AMY GOODMAN: Dahr Jamail, we want to thank you very much
for being with us, independent journalist. His latest piece in Truthout
is called "BP’s Scheme to Swindle the ‘Small People.’" Special thanks
to WEDU, PBS in Tampa. Florida, where he is speaking to us from. And
Hugh Kaufman, senior policy analyst at the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste
and Emergency Response, for joining us from Washington, DC. Of course,
we will continue to cover the fallout of the spill in the Gulf of
Mexico.


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Journalism is Dead – The Case of Shirely Sherrod


Please do your self a favor and take the time to listen to Rhandi
Rhodes, this woman is absolutely amazing and this week she is in rare
form as the right wing wipes mud from their face after the Shirley
Sherrod debacle. FOX News needs to be taken off the air and this
country needs to demand honesty and integrity in journalism, it’s not
ok to lie!

What has happened to people that they have lowered themselves to listen
to nothing more than racist, right wing lies day in and day out? Is it
because they think they’re listening to something that no one else is
getting, like some kind of exclusive Scoop? When they’re only being fed
sensational lies bent on dividing the country in a campaign year. With
a black president the right has their knickers in a twist and are
falling on themselves to manufacture stories bent on destroying America
with the lie of racism.

Rhandi is delivering honesty in news in rare form and is teaching so
many people the truth about what’s happening in the US mass media,
facts that most are completely unaware of. She’s the first one to stand
up and say real news is dead, and is brilliantly exposing the lies of
the right wing media machine while doing so. Everyday she’s turning
people around, helping them understand what’s going on behind the
scenes in mass media because she’s living it. She’s had to defend
herself in court and won for telling the truth on the air! Honesty is
not encouraged in media anymore…

It’s the rare individual who really understands whats going on and are
willing to stand up on the air and talk about it. Give Rhandi and try,
if you can’t listen live in your market, or on air streaming over the
internet from another market then you can also listen for only $6.95mo
it’s worth to be able to listen anytime you want by podcast, or online.
Just do it, and be sure to listen to the last 2-3 days because she’s
really gotten into why the media’s dead, what and who’s behind it, how
long it’s been going on and how it all got started. And this is
something most people really don’t understand, yet they place so much
faith on what they know…when that information has most likely come
from a tainted, biased source that goes all the way to the top of the
news organization.

Opinions, party affiliation, conjecture, left, right, getting facts
from blogs…none of that has any place in a newscast. People need to
know what’s happening to their country, yet people on the right are
going bat crap crazy because they’re being told so many lies they don’t
know what to believe in anymore. And when you’ve got people feeding you
lies about what the other guys doing to you…the blacks, brown
skinned, muslims, terrorists, even Obama…that it’s their fault you’re
suffering, it’s going to incite violence.

And that’s what’s going on and what the Right-wing-talking-head-machine
is counting on…these scumbags on the right are using the media to
inflame emotions with the ill-informed, less fortunate part of society.
And it’s starting to cause real problems as our economy collapses from
the weight of debt after 30 yr’s of financial deregulation, tax breaks
for the rich, corporations shipping jobs overseas and a whole slew of
conservative nonsense that started with the Reagan administration and
became a full blown swindle during the Bush regime. They chipped away
at all the protections Roosevelt enacted to keep us from going into
anther depression, now they want to blame the economy on Obama!

Anyway, Rhandi is truly brilliant. Do yourself a big favor, she can
teach everyone this is going out to a lot about what’s happening and is
a woman of truth, integrity and who has a tremendous amount of courage
to speak the truth everyday in an atmosphere where you’re rewarded for
lies, deceit and corruption. It’s really a shame what’s happened to
investigative journalism, it’s dead. And until people recognize what’s
going on and demand change – we all live a total lie. That’s not the
America I was brought up in. Everyday I hear so many people thank
Rhandi for what’s she’s doing…it’s really pretty amazing, you don’t
see her kind of brains and character very often.

Oh..and be sure to listen to the beginning of Friday’s show, every week
she has a hilarious song as the intro that men and women alike can
appreciate…I think ;)

Rhandi’s home page:

http://www.randirhodes.com/main.html

Rhandi 24/7, archives, and to sign up for podcasting or streaming

http://www.randirhodes.com/pages/podcast/

For $6.95 it’s well worth it! She’s great, I had to sign up a month ago
because I felt like I was missing out on the news without her.

Enjoy!

love and blessing!

Annette

Bill Ryan interviews Paul Hellyer, former Canadian Minister of Defense


Wow, this is a must see! Short, but powerful speech by former Canadian Defense Minister Paul Hellyer

Here Bill Ryan interviews Paul Hellyer for a very revealing interview
behind the truth about military and government involvement with
off-planet visitors. Paul’s very well spoken and extremely courageous
for coming forward. He talks about safety in numbers, how more and more
people are speaking out because it’s the right thing to do. The people
have the right to know what’s been going on for the last 60 years.

http://projectavalon.net/Paul_Hellyer_Bill_Ryan_20_July_2010.mp3

IMO…Then we can finally move forward to the dawning of a new way of
life, thinking and prosperity for all. After all, it’s a crime that we
have to PAY to stay alive on the planet we are born on…think about
it. It’s just wrong and keeps so many people from ever achieving
happiness, true freedom.

We’ve learned that the benevolent races don’t have monetary systems,
what’s being done to humans by our own kind is wrong and is meant to
keep us in a form of slavery. In an un-evolved, low vibration state of
consciousness, having to constantly worry about paying the bills for
our survival.

But, then enough people wake-up to this, the game is over. And the PTB
know it, that’s why it’s getting rough…were waking up, so they’re
cranking up the fear factor.

I’ll get off my rant, please listen to these interviews. Pauls the
former Canadian Defense Minister, come on you now can’t much more
credible than that! The audio interview is quite profound, he’s a
brilliant man.

Love and blessings,
Annette

Scientist Warn Gulf’s Loop Current Shut Down


Apparently the Loop Current in the Gulf of Mexico has shut down, the last time that happened it spurred an Ice Age and the US was under up to 3 miles of ice. This
is coming from Frascati National Laboratories (www.lnf.infn.it) and the
National Institute of Nuclear Physics (www.infn.it) the University of
Colorado, Boulder,  CO. You can’t get more serious group of scientists
than that!


Here’s the link to the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_Hy9AhOdec&feature=player_embedded

Link to the Pdf. of the Loop Current maps on the video
http://www.associazionegeofisica.it/OilSpill.pdf

Yikes…what have they done

Government Psychological Operations


Better known as Psyop’s it appears that our government is deeply into
mind control and manipulating the public’s perception of reality to a
greater extent than I could even imagine. The Washington Post just came
out with and extensive article on Top Secret America, the scope of the
information presented is quite impressive and reveals how heavily the
Bush Administration expanded the role of government after 9/11.

Oh and to hear the right wing lie incessantly about the amount of
spending the Obama administration is doing, how the bad economy is all
his fault…blah, blah, blah. Yet two unapproved wars later, trillions
lost in a banking heist and now take a look at the size of government
after 8yrs – actually 30years of conservative spending in the military,
tax breaks to the rich, wage cuts, financial deregulation. People have
a very short memory as to how we got here…

Here’s a link to the WP Psyops page:
http://projects.washingtonpost.com/top-secret-america/network/#/single/functions/psychological-ops/

Here’s the home page for the Washington Post Investigation  "Top Secret America"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/?nid=top_news

 
Whistleblowers, some of who are victims of pysop’s programs are
speaking out against the sinister nature and nefarious activities of
many of these government programs. To extents that most can’t even
imagine, the minds of the average American have been controlled,
manipulated and even an entire generation dumbed down. Government has
no business manipulating the minds of citizens…

The Post put on an impressive investigation, take some time to check it out…

Gulf Waters Poisoned, Highly Toxic


Independent tests reveal that the water in the Gulf are poisonous, highly toxic! Listen and watch for yourself, documentarty film producer James Fox was in Grand Isle, Louisiana where he’s video taped collecting the samples and you can listen to the results over the phone as he hears them for the first time. This is real bad folks…

Absence of sunspots make scientists wonder if they’re seeing a calm before a storm of energy


The following article underscores the importance of preparing for emergency survival for long term loss of electricity not if, but most likely when the power grid goes down by CME Coronal Mass Ejection. Utility companies aren’t equipped to deal with mass loss of power and it will take months for some to get electricity back.

By Stuart Clark


New Scientist
Tuesday, June 22, 2010;
HE01

Sunspots come and go, but recently they have mostly gone. For
centuries, astronomers have recorded when these dark blemishes on the
solar surface emerge, only to fade away after a few days, weeks or
months. Thanks to their efforts, we know that sunspot numbers ebb and
flow in cycles lasting about 11 years.

But for the past two years, the sunspots have mostly been missing.
Their absence, the most prolonged in nearly 100 years, has taken even
seasoned sun watchers by surprise. "This is solar behavior we haven’t
seen in living memory," says David Hathaway, a physicist at NASA’s
Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

The sun is under scrutiny as never before, thanks to an armada of
space telescopes. The results they beam back are portraying our nearest
star, and its influence on Earth, in a new light. Sunspots and other
clues indicate that the sun’s magnetic activity is diminishing and that
the sun may even be shrinking. Together, the results hint that
something profound is happening inside the sun. The big question is:
What?

(Images of the sunspots from NASA)

Groups of sunspots forewarn of gigantic solar storms that can
unleash a billion times more energy than an atomic bomb. Fears that
these giant eruptions could create havoc on Earth and disputes over the
sun’s role in climate change are adding urgency to these studies. When
NASA and the European Space Agency launched the Solar and Heliospheric
Observatory almost 15 years ago, "understanding the solar cycle was not
one of its scientific objectives," says Bernhard Fleck, the mission’s
project scientist. "Now it is one of the key questions."

(Photos from the recent solar eclipse in Africa)

Sunspots are windows into the sun’s magnetic soul. They form where
giant loops of magnetism, generated deep inside the sun, well up and
burst through the surface, leading to a localized drop in temperature
that we see as a dark patch. Any changes in sunspot numbers reflect
changes inside the sun. "During this transition, the sun is giving us a
real glimpse into its interior," says Hathaway.

When sunspot numbers drop at the end of each 11-year cycle, solar
storms die down and all becomes much calmer. This "solar minimum"
doesn’t last long. Within a year, the spots and storms begin to build
toward a new crescendo, the next solar maximum.

What’s special about this latest dip is that the sun is having
trouble starting the next solar cycle. The sun began to calm down in
late 2007, so no one expected many sunspots in 2008. But computer
models predicted that when the spots did return, they would do so in
force. Hathaway was reported as thinking the next solar cycle would be
a doozy: more sunspots, more solar storms and more energy blasted into
space. Others predicted that it would be the most active solar cycle on
record.

The trouble was, no one told the sun.

The first sign that the prediction was wrong came when 2008 turned
out to be even calmer than expected. That year, the sun was spot-free
73 percent of the time, an extreme dip even for a solar minimum. Only
the minimum of 1913 was more pronounced, with 85 percent of that year
clear.

(Photos from celebrations of the Summer Solstice)

As 2009 arrived, solar physicists looked for some action. They
didn’t get it. The sun continued to languish until mid-December, when
the largest group of sunspots to emerge in several years appeared. Even
with the solar cycle finally underway again, the number of sunspots has
so far been well below expectations. Something appears to have changed
inside the sun, something the models did not predict. But what?

The flood of observations from space- and ground-based telescopes
suggests that the answer lies in the behavior of two vast conveyor
belts of gas that endlessly cycle material and magnetism through the
sun’s interior and out across its surface. On average it takes 40 years
for the conveyor belts to complete a circuit.

When Hathaway’s NASA team looked over the observations to find out
where their models had gone wrong, they noticed that the conveyor-belt
flows of gas across the sun’s surface have been speeding up since 2004.

But the circulation deep within the sun tells a different story.
Rachel Howe and Frank Hill of the National Solar Observatory in Tucson
have used observations of surface disturbances, caused by the solar
equivalent of seismic waves, to infer what conditions are like within
the sun. Analyzing data from 2009, they found that while the surface
flows had sped up, the internal ones had slowed to a crawl. These
contradictory findings have thrown the best computer models of the sun
into disarray. "It is certainly challenging our theories," says
Hathaway.

These changes are raising questions not just about the sun itself
but also about the extent to which the sun’s activity affects our
climate. There are those who believe that the solar variability is the
major cause of climate change, an idea that would let humans and their
greenhouse gases off the hook. Others are equally convinced that the
sun plays only a minuscule role in climate change.

The extended collapse in solar activity these past two years offers
the possibility of an experiment to resolve this dispute, allowing
scientists to examine what happens when you switch off one potential
cause of climate change and leave the other alone. With so few
sunspots, the amount of solar radiation bombarding our planet has
significantly changed. "As a natural experiment, this is the very best
thing to happen," says Joanna Haigh, a climatologist at Imperial
College London. "Now we have to see how the Earth responds."

Frigid Europe

Michael Lockwood, a professor of space environment physics at the
University of Reading in England, may already have identified one
response: the unusually frigid European winter of 2009-10. He has studied records back to 1650 and found that severe European winters
are much more likely during periods of low solar activity. This fits an
idea of solar activity’s giving rise to small changes in the global
climate overall but large regional effects.

Another example is the so-called Maunder minimum, the period from
1645 to 1715 during which sunspots virtually disappeared and solar
activity plummeted. If a similar spell of solar inactivity were to
begin now and continue until 2100, it would mitigate any temperature
rise caused by global warming by no more than 0.3 degrees Celsius,
according to calculations by Georg Feulner and Stefan Rahmstorf of the
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany.

However, something amplified the impact of the Maunder minimum on
northern Europe, ushering in a period known as the Little Ice Age, when
colder-than-average winters became more prevalent and the average
temperature in Europe appeared to drop by between 1 and 2 degrees
Celsius.

A corresponding increase in temperatures on Earth appears to be
associated with peaks in solar output. In 2008, Judith Lean of the
Naval Research Laboratory’s space science division published a study
showing that high solar activity has a disproportionate warming
influence on northern Europe.

What the sun will do next is beyond our ability to predict. Most
astronomers think that the solar cycle will proceed but at
significantly depressed levels of activity, similar to those last seen
in the 19th century. However, there is also evidence that the sun is
inexorably losing its ability to produce sunspots. By 2015, they could
be gone altogether, plunging us into a new Maunder minimum — and
perhaps a new Little Ice Age.

Of course, solar activity is just one natural source of climate
variability. Another is volcanic eruptions, spewing gas and dust into
the atmosphere.

Nevertheless, it remains crucial to understand the precise
changeability of the sun and the way it influences the various regional
patterns of weather on Earth. Climate scientists will then be able to
correct for these effects, not just in interpreting modern measurements
but also when attempting to reconstruct the climate stretching back
centuries. It is only by doing so that we can reach an unassailable
consensus about the sun’s true level of influence on the Earth and its
climate.

Clark holds a PhD in astrophysics and writes regularly about astronomy. The author of "The Sun Kings" (Princeton), he blogs at http://www.stuartclark.com. This article is adapted from one that appeared in the New Scientist; it can be read in full at http://www.newscientist.com.

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National UFO Reporting Center


Interesting site, you can track reported UFO sitings across the country. And there are quite a few sitings taking place by ordinary, credible people. In other country’s around the world there’s been a amazing increase in sitings over the last few years, we’re talking sitings of entire fleets of UFO’s too. It’s not always just one craft, it can be several flying in V formation or even one object usually a glowing orb that morphs into 2,3 even 4 or more orbs! It’s amazing to watch and truly makes you realize how little we know about physics and our universe, how unevolved humanity is.

There’s so much visible UFO activity that it’s hard not to think that we’re on the verge of something really big happening that’s going to shake up how we view reality, that will produce a paradigm shift like no other in our history. If you can afford to buy a pair of night vision goggles you will see what appears to be a mass exodus of UFO’s from the planet and UFO’s at war with each other. Many highly credible witness’s have reported these well known facts.
 
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