Red Elk’s Medicine Message of Worlds Within Worlds – Old Mysteries, Powerful Truths for Today


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Movies such as Journey To The Center Of The Earth evoke exotic images of strange creatures, precious stones, wondrous waterfalls, singing crystals, mysterious tunnels, and grand cities. For some adventurous ones, such exotic themes also stimulate images of lost cultures, buried archives of secret information, and fantastic treasures beyond description.

And then there are the old reports of tall, luminescent, wise beings existing somewhere within an Inner Earth, visited by men of such unimpeachable integrity as Admiral Richard E. Byrd. Of course other legends recount not-so-nice creatures of a dark underworld, the likes of which you don’t really care to visit. And what about the super-deep and mysterious caverns and “holes” that some have explored? What about the reports of strange sounds and bizarre sights coming from somewhere within these curious underground locations?

So – what is fantasy and what is truth concerning that which may or may not exist beneath our feet?

What about the technically advanced, often intimidating beings from elsewhere – called gods (with a small g) in some languages – who seem to have had a lot to do with the early development of planet Earth and her lifeforms? Where are they now?

Are there LAYERS, of a sort, to the structure of planet Earth – like floors in a highrise office building? And could there be lifeforms – insulated from each other for various reasons – living within these layers? Or moving fluently through strata of rock as if in a swimming pool?

Some profess to know a great deal about such matters. It is part of their role, at this time of The Great Awakening, as keepers of ancient knowledge and teachers of long-hidden Truth.

One such teacher is the wise Zulu Shaman and Elder, Credo Mutwa, who we first featured in the October 1999 issue of The SPECTRUM. Another such gifted soul is the subject of this interview – a most gracious and interesting character known as Red Elk.

Red Elk is an Inter-Tribal Native American Medicine Man. He is a self-described “half-breed” Native American from both the BlackFoot and Shoshoni Nations, as well as being part Irish and French.

He is a member of the Heyoka (hi–OH–kah), a contrarian group of Native American “lost boys”. He is, furthermore, one of twelve Inner Heyoka. Red Elk is one of the last nine members of the Red Web Society, who are working to bring true understanding to Earth.

He is Official Keeper of the Tunnels, Official Keeper of the Pyramids, the Temporary Caretaker of the Flying-Red-Dragon Drum – a very sacred symbol of the Hopi nation; he is likewise the Altar Carrier of the Native Nations. Red Elk is regarded – by both Whites and Native Americans – as the bridge between the Native people and ALL other religions – including the atheists. (Now there’s a challenging position in itself !)

Fukushima guilty of world’s worst sea contamination, lab finds fish with cesium at 30 times gov’t limit — “It was first thought currents would swiftly dilute the radiation” (VIDEO)


 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jzw5YgUESiY

Uploaded by: AlJazeeraEnglish

Date: Nov 29, 2011

Description: A new report shows the Fukushima disaster is responsible for the world’s worst nuclear sea contamination.

Transcript Summary

  • It was first thought currents would swiftly dilute the radiation
  • Results from fish samples are proving otherwise
  • “Some are registering cesium levels of up to 15,000 becquerels”, 30 times the gov’t limit of 500 Bq/kg.
  • Fish close to ocean floor are showing even higher concentration level
  • This suggests contamination is seeping into the seabed
  • Coastal contamination is on seafloor
  • The situation is going to continue for a long time
  • Unless removed it will climb up food chain
  • Even Tuna 900 km out are showing traces of cesium
  • Officials have no answers to rid the vast ocean of fallout

Climate Change Update (30 November 2011) Alabama Snow [@ Occupy DSM,IA TODAY]


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From: NibiruMagick2012  | Nov 29, 2011  | 473 views

It wasn’t much, but yesterday (Nov. 28) was the first time since 1976 that Alabama has had snow during November. Making the day even weirder weather-wise, temperatures in the Deep South dipped to near the freezing point while temperatures in many places in the Northeast topped 70 F (21 C).
http://www.sott.net/signs/list_by_category/4-The-Living-P…

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php

Kyoto U. engineer: Disposing of contaminated soil would surpass the capacity of all disposal sites in Japan
http://enenews.com/

Japan’s Decon Bubble: This Is the Way They’ll Decon Orchards in Fukushima
They will power-wash the trees and call it “decontamination”.
http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/

I will be at Occupy Des Moines today from 12pm-8pm ish.
Feel free to stop by and say hello.
Thanks for everything :)~

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IN PERSON With: Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine guitarist


Among the demonstrators at this winter’s protests in Madison, Wis., was Tom Morello. The guitarist, named by Rolling Stone as one of the 100 all-time greatest guitar players, is more widely known for his high-adrenaline guitar riffs with Rage Against the Machine and, for a short while, Audioslave. But in recent years, his musical persona has become more solidified with The Nightwatchman, his solo acoustic alter ego that packs just as much hot rage against social injustice.

On a blustery February 21 outside the Wisconsin capitol, Morello roused the crowd with “Union Song,” a track from his Union Town EP. All proceeds benefited the America Votes Labor Unity Fund, via saveworkers.org. Throughout this year, he has performed at several rallies in union battlegrounds—not just in Madison, but also in Flint, Mich., and Cleveland, Ohio—adding fuel to the workers’ fire and offering both moral and financial support.

The Harvard graduate is a proud son of a union member. He was raised by Mary Morello, a single mother who taught for nearly three decades at a public high school in Libertyville, Ill. The crusading guitarist keeps a busy schedule strumming for progressive social causes. In 2002, he formed the organization Axis of Justice with Serj Tankian, of System of a Down, to help marshal resources for grassroots democracy. In 2008, Morello kicked off the Justice Tour, a recurring national concert tour that has featured members of Pearl Jam, Jane’s Addiction, The MC5, and Rise Against.

The Nightwatchman’s fourth and latest album, which was released on August 30 this year, is World Wide Rebel Songs. Earlier this month, Morello spoke with Chicago-area journalist Jane Huh by phone.

Politics

 

You’ve visited some of the country’s union strongholds and took part in the rallies. From your perspective, what’s the state of labor unions today?

There is a ferocious class war going on, but for the most part it’s being fought by one side. In Madison, people fought back on a scale that I haven’t seen in my lifetime. There were more people in the streets than there were in Cairo as [the Egyptians] were deposing their tyrannical dictator. I’ve played at hundreds of demonstrations, but in Madison, I saw something I’d never seen before. It was union cops and anarchist students on the same side, shoulder to shoulder. It was steelworkers and old hippies, firefighters and nurses all pulling together to stand up for their rights, explicitly as workers.

In the aftermath of the bill kind of being snuck through and the recall elections—my take is that it felt, in the occupied capitol and on the streets, like absolutely anything was possible. And I think, frankly, it scared the shit out of some parts of the Democratic Party and maybe some of the various organized leaderships as well, because they were afraid that the river might run its banks. They didn’t want it to be Cairo. Continue reading

The Shocking Truth About the Crackdown on Occupy


At this point it appears police brutality is being used as a tool to provoke protestors to the point of escalating into violence, like the kind we’re seeing in Egypt. Yesterday I posted the Democracy Now! interview with Egyptian journalist Mona Eltaway, who survived a brutal sexual assaulted by the military during clashes last week. Mona’s recount of a peaceful revolution’s fall into violence, is eerily reminiscent of current developments unfolding around the Occupy movement.

Which illustrates the importance of taking OWS “partially” off the streets  and into areas of general strikes, boycotts and other forms of non-compliance like the recent bank transfer day which was enormously successful.  Actions that would appeal to people who are disaffected, but aren’t willing, able or ready to take to the streets or to risk their jobs by getting arrested.  Certainly by now there are plenty of people scared of getting their heads bashed in or doused with chemical laden, potentially toxic pepper spray.

It also needs to be noted that many communities haven’t taken to militarized measures, yet.

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/238137-The-Shocking-Truth-About-the-Crackdown-on-Occupy

Naomi Wolf
The Guardian, UK
Fri, 25 Nov 2011 18:14 CST
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Occupy Wall Street protester Brandon Watts

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Occupy Wall Street protester Brandon Watts lies injured on the ground after clashes with police over the eviction of OWS from Zuccotti Park.

US citizens of all political persuasions are still reeling from images of unparallelled police brutality in a coordinated crackdown against peaceful OWS protesters in cities across the nation this past week. An elderly woman was pepper-sprayed in the face; the scene of unresisting, supine students at UC Davis being pepper-sprayed by phalanxes of riot police went viral online; images proliferated of young women – targeted seemingly for their gender – screaming, dragged by the hair by police in riot gear; and the pictures of a young man, stunned and bleeding profusely from the head, emerged in the record of the middle-of-the-night clearing of Zuccotti Park.

But just when Americans thought we had the picture – was this crazy police and mayoral overkill, on a municipal level, in many different cities? – the picture darkened. The National Union of Journalists and the Committee to Protect Journalists issued a Freedom of Information Act request to investigate possible federal involvement with law enforcement practices that appeared to target journalists. The New York Times reported that “New York cops have arrested, punched, whacked, shoved to the ground and tossed a barrier at reporters and photographers” covering protests. Reporters were asked by NYPD to raise their hands to prove they had credentials: when many dutifully did so, they were taken, upon threat of arrest, away from the story they were covering, and penned far from the site in which the news was unfolding. Other reporters wearing press passes were arrested and roughed up by cops, after being – falsely – informed by police that “It is illegal to take pictures on the sidewalk.”

In New York, a state supreme court justice and a New York City council member were beaten up; in Berkeley, California, one of our greatest national poets, Robert Hass, was beaten with batons. The picture darkened still further when Wonkette and Washingtonsblog.com reported that the Mayor of Oakland acknowledged that the Department of Homeland Security had participated in an 18-city mayor conference call advising mayors on “how to suppress” Occupy protests.

To Europeans, the enormity of this breach may not be obvious at first. Our system of government prohibits the creation of a federalised police force, and forbids federal or militarised involvement in municipal peacekeeping.

I noticed that rightwing pundits and politicians on the TV shows on which I was appearing were all on-message against OWS. Journalist Chris Hayes reported on a leaked memo that revealed lobbyists vying for an $850,000 contract to smear Occupy. Message coordination of this kind is impossible without a full-court press at the top. This was clearly not simply a case of a freaked-out mayors’, city-by-city municipal overreaction against mess in the parks and cranky campers. As the puzzle pieces fit together, they began to show coordination against OWS at the highest national levels.

Why this massive mobilisation against these not-yet-fully-articulated, unarmed, inchoate people? After all, protesters against the war in Iraq, Tea Party rallies and others have all proceeded without this coordinated crackdown. Is it really the camping? As I write, two hundred young people, with sleeping bags, suitcases and even folding chairs, are still camping out all night and day outside of NBC on public sidewalks – under the benevolent eye of an NYPD cop – awaiting Saturday Night Live tickets, so surely the camping is not the issue. I was still deeply puzzled as to why OWS, this hapless, hopeful band, would call out a violent federal response.

That is, until I found out what it was that OWS actually wanted.

The mainstream media was declaring continually “OWS has no message”. Frustrated, I simply asked them. I began soliciting online “What is it you want?” answers from Occupy. In the first 15 minutes, I received 100 answers. These were truly eye-opening.

The No 1 agenda item: get the money out of politics. Most often cited was legislation to blunt the effect of the Citizens United ruling, which lets boundless sums enter the campaign process. No 2: reform the banking system to prevent fraud and manipulation, with the most frequent item being to restore the Glass-Steagall Act – the Depression-era law, done away with by President Clinton, that separates investment banks from commercial banks. This law would correct the conditions for the recent crisis, as investment banks could not take risks for profit that create kale derivatives out of thin air, and wipe out the commercial and savings banks.

No 3 was the most clarifying: draft laws against the little-known loophole that currently allows members of Congress to pass legislation affecting Delaware-based corporations in which they themselves are investors.

When I saw this list – and especially the last agenda item – the scales fell from my eyes. Of course, these unarmed people would be having the shit kicked out of them.

riot police advance

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Oakland, California riot police advance on peaceful Occupy Oakland, November 3, 2011.

For the terrible insight to take away from news that the Department of Homeland Security coordinated a violent crackdown is that the DHS does not freelance. The DHS cannot say, on its own initiative, “we are going after these scruffy hippies”. Rather, DHS is answerable up a chain of command: first, to New York Representative Peter King, head of the House homeland security subcommittee, who naturally is influenced by his fellow congressmen and women’s wishes and interests. And the DHS answers directly, above King, to the president (who was conveniently in Australia at the time).

In other words, for the DHS to be on a call with mayors, the logic of its chain of command and accountability implies that congressional overseers, with the blessing of the White House, told the DHS to authorise mayors to order their police forces – pumped up with millions of dollars of hardware and training from the DHS – to make war on peaceful citizens.

But wait: why on earth would Congress advise violent militarised reactions against its own peaceful constituents? The answer is straightforward: in recent years, members of Congress have started entering the system as members of the middle class (or upper middle class) – but they are leaving DC privy to vast personal wealth, as we see from the “scandal” of presidential contender Newt Gingrich’s having been paid $1.8m for a few hours’ “consulting” to special interests. The inflated fees to lawmakers who turn lobbyists are common knowledge, but the notion that congressmen and women are legislating their own companies’ profitsis less widely known – and if the books were to be opened, they would surely reveal corruption on a Wall Street spectrum. Indeed, we do already know that congresspeople are massively profiting from trading on non-public information they have on companies about which they are legislating – a form of insider trading that sent Martha Stewart to jail.

Since Occupy is heavily surveilled and infiltrated, it is likely that the DHS and police informers are aware, before Occupy itself is, what its emerging agenda is going to look like. If legislating away lobbyists’ privileges to earn boundless fees once they are close to the legislative process, reforming the banks so they can’t suck money out of fake derivatives products, and, most critically, opening the books on a system that allowed members of Congress to profit personally – and immensely – from their own legislation, are two beats away from the grasp of an electorally organised Occupy movement … well, you will call out the troops on stopping that advance.

So, when you connect the dots, properly understood, what happened this week is the first battle in a civil war; a civil war in which, for now, only one side is choosing violence. It is a battle in which members of Congress, with the collusion of the American president, sent violent, organised suppression against the people they are supposed to represent. Occupy has touched the third rail: personal congressional profits streams. Even though they are, as yet, unaware of what the implications of their movement are, those threatened by the stirrings of their dreams of reform are not.

Sadly, Americans this week have come one step closer to being true brothers and sisters of the protesters in Tahrir Square. Like them, our own national leaders, who likely see their own personal wealth under threat from transparency and reform, are now making war upon us.

The State of the World: Three Lines of Force and a Wild Card


Andrés Perezalonso
Sott.net
Fri, 25 Nov 2011 10:17 CST

I will assume that if you are taking a few minutes to read this article you are, like me, more or less a news addict. Every day you wake up and while fixing breakfast you turn on the radio and a laptop to check what is up with this world. As you eat you protest at the comments that come through the airwaves and correct every attempt at subtle propaganda, although sometimes you just have to laugh. Meanwhile you compare the radio broadcast with what is coming through the net in alternative news websites such as Sott.net. You also check out Facebook or some other social media site where you have a number of friends who are also into hunting interesting news items, so you want to see what they have spotted in the last twelve hours.

A week ago I had a surreal moment while reading headlines on Facebook. It was the clear impression that the world had indeed gone mad – and not in a harmless or amusing mad way, but in a cruel and soul-less way. Among the things that caught my eye:

10-Year-Old Survives Life Threatening Complications To Give Birth To Son Prematurely Likely a victim of rape.

House GOP Classifies Pizza As A Vegetable To ‘Prevent Overly Burdensome’ School Lunch Regulations. They grow on trees, you would think.

How the Telecom Industry Seeks to Confuse About the Dangers of Cell Phones. “From the way it was set up originally, this deeply flawed study was designed to fail to find an increased risk of brain tumors tied with cellphone use.”

TSA Puts Off Safety Study of X-ray Body Scanners. At least they are backtracking in Europe. But what harms Europeans is OK for Americans?

Seattle Police pepper-spray 84-year-old woman and pregnant teen. Because they can.

It is these sort of shocking items that make us feel that urge to understand how and why. What is the point of it all? What is the bigger picture? Horror moves us to seek knowledge, which is why I have been thinking lately about the main lines of force in the current state of global affairs. The way I see it, the major interrelated threads are the economic crisis, revolutions, imperialism and climate change. The first three are like standing lines of dominoes about to collapse. The last one can ‘rain’ down on us at any point – in fact it already has, but how strongly will it be when it does again?

It’s tempting to make predictions once you more or less have a handle on things in your mind. That is what so-called futurologists do. They detect trends, extend them twenty or thirty years into the future and come up with a picture of what the world may look like. Sometimes they get it right, but most often they don’t, as they will themselves admit. The main reason is that history does not move in straight lines. Often ‘mega-trends’ are disrupted by unforeseen events which come from either a previously overlooked trend or just from completely out of the blue.

Here I am not interested in what will happen decades into the future, but in our more immediate future. Even if the time-frame is shorter, the task is no less difficult, as the collapsing lines of dominoes are intertwined and not exempt from possible surprises.

Economic Crisis

Do you remember reading a year and a half ago in an installment of the Connecting the Dots series how the global economic crisis entered a new phase with Greece and the “PIIGS” making the headlines? The fact that it was planned in Wall Street left a great impression on me then.

It doesn’t get much more explicit than this folks. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, a very special and very private “idea dinner” was held on February 8 in Manhattan. Invited were a list of Wall Street hedge-fund representatives from SAC Capital Advisors, Soros Fund Management, Greenlight Capital and Brigade Capital. At the dinner, the speculators are said to have ‘predicted’ that the euro is likely to plunge in value to parity with the dollar. The euro has been under pressure because of Greece’s debt crisis, in addition to similar fiscal worries about Portugal, Italy, Spain and Ireland (“PIIGS”, in financial parlance – ingenious, no?) But the euro has also been sapped of its strength because certain hedge funds have been placing huge bets on the currency’s decline, which could make the speculators hundreds of millions in profit. In other words, the expectation of the euro’s decline is a prophecy that the financial mafia is happy to fulfill itself. Goldman Sachs, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch and Barclays Bank of London were also playing “let’s sink the euro,” cashing in on the trend by betting on the currency’s fall. And this was worked out over dinner. That’s all it takes for a handful of psychopaths to cause untold misery for millions upon millions of people.

America’s Broadband Crisis


This country has been challenged to make broadband available to 98 percent of Americans. It’s a challenge to lay the foundation for education, innovation and equal opportunity in the 21st century.

Unfortunately, recent research shows that our country ranks No. 15 in broadband penetration. We rank No. 26 in broadband speed, behind countries such as South Korea and even Romania. The situation is especially dire in rural America, which has essentially become an “emerging market” for broadband. Rural communities often lack the most basic fiber optic connectivity, which puts them at a disadvantage when it comes to attracting new businesses, creating jobs, and gaining access to education.

The Shrinking Spectrum

With hundreds of millions of Americans using smartphones, tablets, and other devices to access the Internet, wireless spectrum is nearly at capacity. A recent Cisco Systems report paints a picture of wireless capacity pushed to the extremes: while smartphones represent only 13 percent of total global handsets in use today, they represent over 78 percent of total global network traffic, network hogging mobile video traffic will exceed 50 percent of total traffic by the end of 2011.

The result? We’re on track to run out of network capacity in less than two years. In short, we have too many devices and too little airwaves in use to support them.

A Restrictive Duopoly

An even more pressing issue that is slowing broadband momentum is the wireless industry’s competitive landscape. Currently dominated by only a few players, industry consolidation is threatening to create a market where only two companies have nearly 80 percent share. Compare this to the top two automakers in the U.S. that have 36 percent share. Everyone is paying the price of this shrinking competitive landscape. Consumers are paying the price through higher rates. Businesses reliant upon technological innovation are paying the price.

And our nation is paying the price, because without a vibrant broadband economy, innovation, education, creativity, and discovery all will suffer – at a time when we can least afford it. The biggest players are eliminating unlimited data plans and slowing down other users who they decide are using too much of the network’s capacity. What’s the point of owning a smartphone if your carrier won’t let you use it the way you want?

American Ingenuity and Our Broadband Future

The ideal resolution would revolutionize the wireless landscape and place the market leaders on their heels by opening the industry to emerging companies that will offer real choice to the consumer for the very first time. This network would boast the most advanced wireless technology and provide nearly every person in this country with reliable, affordable access.

This network would not only respond to the government’s challenge to connect 98 percent of Americans, but also create jobs and ensure this nation reaches, and then surpasses, its competitive and economic potential.

Just as important, this fix will come from American ingenuity. It would be born out of the determination, inventiveness, and exceptionalism that have driven generations of American innovation, from the automobile to the airplane to the personal computer to the tablet.

Thankfully, American ingenuity already has come to the rescue. A new wireless infrastructure is within reach.
http://wirelessforamerica.org/the-facts/americas-broadband-crisis/

NibiruMagick2012 Climate Change Update: WHO “beholden” to IAEA since 1959 (29 November 2011)


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World Health Organization “beholden” to IAEA since 1959 — Can’t release a report without their agreement — “Like having Dracula guard the blood bank”
http://enenews.com/world-health-organization-beholden-to-iaea-since-1959-cant…

South Africa: Heavy downpour kills eight
http://www.sott.net/signs/list_by_category/4-The-Living-Planet?page=1

Pan-American volcanic awakening- Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano goes into convulsions
http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php
http://enenews.com/

ALERT ON LAND O CANE EYE OVER TENNESSEE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVi5lyIWOQQ

California Rare Storm Update and NOAA Statment
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRwou_NtTqY

Lieutenant John Pike, UC Davis Pepper Spray Cop: Meme Goes Viral!


When I first saw the UC Davis video of Pike spraying kids like they were bugs it gave real meaning to why police officers were called Pigs throughout the 1960’s peace movements. Lets hope Lt. John Pike  lives to regret the day he ever met his first can of pepper spray! From the looks of the first video it appears he may well be on his way.

The second video is of the UC Davis pepper spray incident, but what most people haven’t seen was edited out of the news stories. The story ended in a amazing turn of events when the large group of students who were just attacked took back the area, by literally backing the cops off the grounds “allowing” them to go.  Watch the fear in the cops eyes as the crowd takes their power back  literally demanding they leave, peacefully.  This is truly amazing to watch, there truly is power in numbers!

From: MaryGreeley  | Nov 25, 2011

His Name Is Lieutenant John Pike : Thank you to MOXNEWSd0tC0M

El Hierro and Canary Islands Update: Landslides, Seismic Activity and Lava Balls indicate New Eruption Off La Restinga Harbor?


From: MaryGreeley  | Nov 27, 2011  | 1,931 views

(Canary Islands) El Hierro : New Large Lava Balls Erupting : 1/27/ 2011

http://www.meteolaspuntas.es/

http://www.gobiernodecanarias.org/cmayot/calidadaire/tiem…

Images of the emission of magmatic material in the Sea of ​​Calm (La Restinga)

Nassim Haramein – “I Believe”


From: TheResonanceProject  | Nov 19, 2010  | 16,154 views

User Breakz23’s http://www.youtube.com/user/Breakz23 interpretation of the words of scientist Nassim Haramein from his “Crossing The Event Horizon ‘Rise To The Equation'” DVD, available at his website: http://theresonanceproject.org . Mixed to the sound of Sasha’s “Wavy Gravy” (Airdrawndagger, 2003, BMG)

Nassim Haramein – Earth Sized Ufo’s Using The Sun As A Stargate


This may be an excerpt from Nassim’s Unified Field Theory video, he ends the video on such a cliff hanger that I have no choice now but to journey down the rabbit hole once again…in search of the entire presentation.

It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH7F36gAs8M&feature=related

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You tube description of whole lecture -

Physicist Nassim Haramein talks about unlocking the truth to Sacred geometry, fractals, the Mayan calendar and 2012, Crop Circles, cabalistic traditions, chakras, Sun Gods, God. Jesus and Freemasonry (more specifically, the Knights of Templar).

Nassim Haramein’s exciting work, prepare yourself for an exhilarating odyssey into hyperspace and beyond. Haramein, who has spent his lifetime researching fields of physics from quantum theory to relativistic equations and cosmology, will lead you along a fascinating discussion geared to a layman’s understanding of the fundamental nature of the universe and creation that includes black holes, gravitational forces, dimensions, and the very structure of space itself – all of which are integral parts of his now-complete Unified Field Theory. Haramein’s theory is currently in peer review process for publication in physics journals; however, the presentation does not end with the introduction of his theory alone, but includes the discussion of the path that he took to arrive at his views, which weaves between the texts and monuments of ancient civilizations, biology, chemistry and the primordial role of consciousness – all of which lend further credence to the science behind the theory.

As Egypt Holds Vote, Journalist Mona Eltahawy Recounts Beating, Sexual Assault By Egyptian Forces


Editors note: Very important interview detailing the disintegration of a peaceful Egyptian revolution into a bloody confrontation. This is a slippery road the Occupy movement could easily go down, we’re witnessing the same kind of police brutality that appears to be a tool authorities are using to escalate the violence here in America.  In addition to beating protestors, intimidating reporters,  censorship and media repression aren’t isolated to foreign countries. Journalists in New York city have been arrested, beaten and had film confiscated while covering Occupy protest events.
 
There’s a striking difference in coverage of Occupy Wall St between the mass media and alternative news outlets, and of course with the mass media it’s one big race towards the bottom of the barrel. It’s absolutely shameful how the lack of honest, real information will ultimately be the downfall of America if people don’t wake up soon. What’s unfolding in Egypt is horrifying, we’re fast approaching an Orwellian end game scenario where turning the clock back will be next to impossible….
 
To help people awaken from their deep slumber,  story’s like this must be heard by the masses so people understand the truth about what’s happening over there. Because it’s only a short matter of time before it comes to the US.
 
Mona Eltaway’s courage and composure in the aftermath of such physical and psychological trauma, terror and brutality is absolutely incredible.

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Egyptian-American journalist, Mona Eltahawy, was detained for 12 hours by Egypt’s security forces last Wednesday near Cairo’s Tahrir Square, during which time she was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted. She has just returned from Cairo and joins us in our studio. “So many people in Tahrir Square came up to me and would kiss my forehead, they would give me a hug and they would say, ’We’re not going to let them get away.’ They would say, ’We’re going to snatch Egypt back from them.’ I’ve come back with so many messages of love and support from Tahrir. I feel like Tahrir’s spirit is going to help my arms heal even quicker. This is for Egypt. People have lost eyes. People have been killed, people have lost loved ones,” says Eltahawy. “What happened to me is minuscule compared to that. I have a voice in the media — they don’t. So I want to use that voice to get across to the world that our revolution continues.” Today Egypt held its first round of parliamentary elections to elect a new, post-Mubarak government in the wake of fierce clashes between protesters and police that lasted for nine days and left at least 42 people dead and more than 3,000 wounded across the country.

Link to interview with Mona’s recount of the brutal beating and sexual assault:

http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/740232/as_egypt_holds_vote%2C_journalist_mona_eltahawy_recounts_beating%2C_sexual_assault_by_egyptian_forces/

Plutocratic Government Tries to Beat Down #Occupy


EDITORS NOTE: This post was originally published October 29, but apparently it never posted.  I just found 91 posts in the Drafts folder that I NEVER filed in Drafts, everything gets published.  Take a look at the title of this post, it’s very curious that this one in particular fell through the cracks. Very irritating and completely by accident that I figured this out.

By Dave Johnson

In Oakland peaceful #Occupy demonstrators were camping out in front of city hall. The city launched a police raid to clear out the camp, using tear gas, flash-bank grenades, rubber bullets and beating people with batons. An Iraq war vet was hit in the head by either a rubber bullet or tear gas canister and critically injured. These days this is the typical government response to non-Tea-Party “protesters.” Let’s look at how the Occupiers and protests would be treated if we were a functioning democracy — a government of by and for We, the People — instead of a dysfunctional plutocracy serving the biggest corporations and the billionaires behind them.

Citizens?

The first thing to understand about every single person involved in the #occupy movement is that they are citizens and human beings. Even the ones with beards. Alas, even the drummers. (What do you call a drummer who breaks up with his girlfriend? Homeless. What do you call a drummer with half a brain? Gifted.)

The people involved in the #occupy movement are upset that our country has abandoned democracy in favor of plutocracy. They are upset that every decision made in Washington is based on the wishes of the top 1%. They are upset that we do not have a reasonable health care system, no reasonable pension system, or child care system, or other benefits that people in democracies around the world receive. They are upset that most of the benefits of our economy instead go to a very few at the top. They are upset that a huge amount of our money goes to pay for a military machines that costs more than all other countries spend on military combined. They are upset that there is a “Super Committee” meeting in secret to decide how much money to take out of the economy to pay for the bailouts and other costs of the fiasco caused by Wall Street and the big banks.

So with their government ignoring their majority demands they have finally decided to voice their protests publicly. For doing this they have been met with smears, derision, and police attacks.

Police Ordered To Attack

Just as in countries like Syria, Egypt, Libya and Iran, the instinctive response of our plutocratic government and Wall Street-backed power structures has been to see those people who have shown up at these protests as somehow suspect, possibly even as an enemy, and to attack them. FOX News and the entire corporate/conservative media machine regularly attacks them. And the police are ordered to attack them.

This is not “protesters vs police.” People who work in law enforcement are part of the 99%, just like us. They have families to feed, bills to pay, and have to do what they’re told.

And this is what they were ordered to do, to people who were exercising their legitimate rights:

American citizens were treated as criminals and attacked just for speaking out about the injustice of Wall Street getting a huge bailout after they caused this mess, and now the rest of us are told to sacrifice to pay for it.

If We Were A Democracy Instead Of A Plutocracy

The occupy movement clashes with federal, state and local governments the way they currently work. We really have an opportunity here to come back to an understanding of democracy and the role of government, and who government should serve. Currently government is really set up to serve the top few, and facilitate bigger businesses, and understands the people in their communities as consumers and corporate employees, and not as citizens.

So imagine how it cold be different, if we had a government designed to serve the people rather than keep them in their place. In a country with a true democratic culture the local governments would be serving these people and honoring their right to dissent and protest. They would instinctively be showing up at protests like this and offering to help with any sanitation problems, etc, setting up public toilets, and other services. They would even be offering tents. If there are security problems in the occupy camps a city would be posting police in the encampment to help the people there, with a clear mission to serve them. They certainly would not be seeing them as the enemy, and attacking them.

Imagine Real Democracy and its Implications

The #occupy movement opens up the space to imagine what the country could be if we really did have a democracy with a first instinct of serving the people, instead of serving only the wealthy and their big corporations.

Imagine a government of, by and for the people and the things that regular people want and need. Imagine everyone entitled to a free education through college? Imagine a transportation system that helps us all get around — mass transit and high-speed rail systems instead of just roads and highways for those who can afford cars, with plutocratic pay lanes so those with more money can get around.

Imagine a people outraged at special passes through airport security for those with first-class tickets.

Imagine advertisers having to get people’s permission before they are allowed to interrupt their attention. Imagine the things we would have if We, the People were in charge.

Imagine a modern, maintained infrastructure, good schools, and a guarantee of a job working on those for any9one who needed work.

Imagine a government that enforced laws even when the top few violated them, enforced job discrimination laws, enforced anti-trust laws… or a government that protected citizens from corporate fraud, fees, scams, etc.

Occupiers Are People Too

These occupiers are “the people’ just as much as any other people in the community and government should exist to serve them just as much as any other group.

Alas, even the drummers.

This article was published at NationofChange at: http://www.nationofchange.org/plutocratic-

“It’s a fraud problem, not a business cycle problem” Everything you ever wanted to know about the meltdown but the bullshit news media will never tell you


William Black put over 1,000 bankers in jail
during the S & L crisis

When someone takes the time to explain it to them, people get it.

This is not a class struggle.

It’s a struggle between a deeply entrenched criminal class and the productive class, the vast majority of people who work hard at work, at home and in school.

The US is being gutted from the top down much in the same way the USSR was gutted at the end of its life by its elites.

We’re not dead yet and thanks to people like William Black and tools like the Internet, we may have a chance yet.

Takeaway: “It is not a few bad apples. It is an orchard of 1%’ers who a rotten to the core.”

If we don’t stop this now, the US as we know it (opportunity for the honest and hard working) is done for.

I try not to be too judgemental (yeah, right), but anyone who doesn’t get this basic fact is an idiot.

Echoes of the Great Depression: Dow has worst Thanksgiving week since 1932


November 25, 2011NEW YORK – Stocks closed in negative territory in thin, shortened trading Friday as investors were reluctant to go long ahead of the weekend and amid ongoing worries over the euro zone. The Dow and S&P posted their worst Thanksgiving week since the Great Depression on a percentage basis. “Again, we’re trading on very thin volume—You’re going to have continued downward pressure over the next 30 days,” said Todd Schoenberger, managing director at LandColt Trading. “It’s very difficult to be long this market because you have so many issues—there’s more potential for negative headlines than positive ones.” In Europe, S&P downgraded Belgium one notch to AA from AA-plus, further underscoring worries over the euro zone debt contagion. Earlier, EU officials said euro zone member states were discussing dropping private sector involvement from the permanent bailout mechanism. An Italian T-bill auction offered a fresh indication of investors’ lack of confidence in the country’s newly-appointed government and broader fears that the euro zone debt crisis cannot be contained. Yields shot up to new euro era highs. -CNBC  excerpt
Do not pass go- do not collect $200: The financial system that underpins the Eurozone is, itself, unraveling. A slew of downgrades by Western rating agencies leveled at sovereign countries have made the risk of borrowing in the face of rising bond yields that much riskier. This week, Portugal credit rating was slashed to junk status by Fitch. Similarly, this week, Hungary was downgraded to junk by Moody’s. Today, the hammer also fell on Belgium as its credit rating was downgraded by Standard & Poor from AA+ to AA. France could be next and still more nations like the UK could follow where debt to GDP ratio is already pushing 65%. It goes without saying that there are inertia forces at work, whether by design or circumstance, to unravel the financial skeleton whereby European countries swap loans between each other and trade debts to service the Euro. -The Extinction Protocol
Financial doomsday looms for 2012: The good news is that if we get through 2012 without the financial collapse of a big bank or a Eurozone government, our economy will probably muddle through, flatlining rather than falling back into acute recession. The bad news is that 2012 is the year of greatest risk that a bloated bank or over-extended government will be unable to repay its debts – because it is a year when a frightening volume of the loans that were taken out in the boom years fall due for repayment. In private equity, for example, much of the money that was borrowed to finance the buyouts of big companies from 2005-7 has to be paid back in the coming year. In practice, it would mean replacing old debts with new debts – borrowing new money to repay existing creditors. That said, the amount of debt maturing for private-equity owned companies pales into insignificance compared with the debts of banks that have to be repaid or refinanced in 2012. -BBC 
Spain is crumbling: No one has grasped yet the seriousness of where this crisis is at. For all practical purposes, Spain is already in a depression. Spain’s unemployment rate is already 22%- 3 points from the peak high seen in the U.S. during the Great Depression in 1933: “From an estimated annual rate of 3.3 percent during 1923-29, the unemployment rate rose to a peak of about 25 percent in 1933.  The economy reached its trough in 1933; but although unemployment had reached its peak, economic recovery was slow, hesitant, and far from complete.”  In 1930 the unemployment rate was 8.9 percent, or equal to today.  By 1931 it was nearly 16 percent.  Then, after peaking at nearly 25 percent in 1933, the unemployment rate slowly abated…yet it was still nearly 15 percent in 1940. 1
Spain’s mounting woes: The fact that Spain hasn’t collapsed yet, faces a record amount of sovereign debt, and has very high bond yields means unemployment could go even higher than a 30 or 35% percentile range. I don’t think anyone is quite prepared yet for adverse economic conditions where up to a full one-third of a country’s citizenry is unemployed. High unemployment was just one characteristic of the Great Depression of the 1930′s- we are already starting to see others. On November 21, (the same day this video aired) the Bank of Spain took over Banco de Valencia, making it the latest casualty of the collapse in Spain’s property boom and the first retail bank to seek a bailout. Since the start of Spain’s financial crisis, the central bank has taken control of three savings banks – CCM, Cajasur and Caja de Ahorros del Mediterraneo (CAM), which is due to be sold off in auction by mid-December. There may be three other banks teetering on the brink.  –The Extinction Protocol

Planetary climate chaos: Strong wind storms wreak havoc across the globe


November 27, 2011STOCKHOLM – A storm ravaging southwestern Sweden has cut off the electricity supply to some 12,000 homes and has disrupted ferry services between Sweden and Germany. Ferry operator Scandlines said Sunday it has canceled its operations between Swedish town Trelleborg and Sassnitz in Germany due to the storm. Another operator, TT-Line said its ferries from Trelleborg to Rostock and Travemunde were severely delayed. Utilities Vattenfall, Fortum and Eon said the storm has cut off electricity supply to around 12,000 of their clients. The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute has issued a class 3 warning for the storm, its highest level, saying the extreme winds could pose danger to the public and disrupt services. –Las Vegas Sun 
 Rare system to hit California: TWS’ Southern California Weather Authority has issued a Special Weather Statement for an inside slider storm system that could potentially be interesting for the Southwestern United States on Thursday and Friday.  The SCWXA Special Weather Statement went into effect this morning at 7:45 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. The statement outlines a concern for strong winds and possibly a storm system combined in a rare flow into Southern California. WS Senior Meteorologist Kevin Martin calls the event a once in a decade event and is watching it closely. “The storm system is going to come in from the north, through the interior of the country,” said Martin. “This means that it will generate cold air with it across the Great Basin and shove that southward in the form of Santa Ana Winds. Furthermore, this storm system will bring moisture into it from the Pacific so we are looking at a rare combo of Santa Ana Winds and Thunderstorms across the Southland.”TWS’ Southern California Weather Authority will continue to monitor the latest on this storm system, which has been officially named “Faith” with a category to be determined on the SCWXA scale. –The Weather Space 
Sri Lanka caught by surprise: State agencies failed to give early warnings of the gale force winds that caused havoc in the south on Friday, it was revealed yesterday. Gale-force winds in the south left 19 dead and another 35 missing, whilst rising flood waters elsewhere in the country have taken a toll of seven lives, officials said. The worst affected was the coastal areas of Galle and Matara where 17 people were confirmed dead and 35 people, mainly fishermen, missing or feared dead, as a gale-force storm hit the coast without warning early on Friday.The storm, packing winds of up to 70 kilometres an hour hit the southern coast caught thousands of people unawares and trapped scores of fishermen who had gone out to sea. The Disaster Management Centre (DMC)’s Additional Director Pradeep Kodippilli said the disaster in the south had damaged about 1010 houses and affected some 5,505 people. –Sunday Times 
Scotland forecast of gale force winds: Severe gale force winds are set to batter northern areas of the country. Forecasters say the winds, which are travelling west across the north of Scotland, will be in excess of 80mph, and that 90mph gales are “not out of the question.” The worst hit areas are expected to be in Orkney, Caithness, Sutherland and the Western Isles. Elsewhere, gusts could reach up to 70mph, but will not be as strong in Tayside, the Borders and Lothian regions, where winds are expected to be between 55-60mph. The Met Office has issued amber alerts for the Highlands, Orkney and Shetland and parts of Grampian, where gales could become severe and possibly storm-force. -AFP 
Norway hammered by strong winds : Following Friday’s extreme weather warnings for places such as the coast of Møre og Romsdal up to Sør-Troms, the Meteorological Office now says it expects winds to reach gale force 10 (storm) on the Rogaland coast south of Stad, with strong gale (force 9) in other parts. Weathermen expect it to lessen this evening. Still in Rogaland, police say two men, aged 25 and 27, are missing off the coast of Egersund after being swept out to sea earlier this afternoon. Both were part of a film crew that were filming in Sokndal at the time. Weather conditions in the area made it impossible for divers to go into the water. Strong winds in Stavanger also caused police to close off parts of the city centre in fears the strong winds could cause loose objects to injure people and damage vehicles. –The Foreigner 
Finland hit by howling winds and snow: A storm that has hit Finland from the west is bringing hazardous road conditions to parts of Central Finland. The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) said on Sunday evening that a belt of snow was extending from the south-west to North Karelia. This area could pick up between 10 and 20 centimetres of snow, while the south coast may receive sleet later. Meanwhile winds were blowing at severe gale force of around 21 metres per second off the south coast, particularly around the Hanko peninsula. Some 13,000 Fortum customers were without power in southern and south-western Finland. Police said roads were very hazardous due to heavy snowfall in North Satakunta, South Ostrobothnia, Pirkanmaa and Central Finland. Driving conditions are expected to become poor to very hazardous throughout central and southern Finland due to snow or sleet. –YLE.fi
U.S. states hammered by strong gusty winds: There were strong winds most of Saturday in the Omaha area, but the biggest gust came at 1:15 p.m., according to the National Weather Service office in Valley, Neb. A 51 mph gust was recorded at Eppley Airfield, said Van DeWald, a meteorologist with the weather service. For most of the day, northwest winds were clocked blowing between 20 and 30 mph with the occasional stronger gusts. A lighter breeze will continue Sunday with winds between 10 and 20 mph with gusts around 29 mph, according to the weather service. Similar stories of howling winds are being reported in Oklahoma and Texas. –Omaha.com 
Police urge residents in Calgary to stay indoors: High winds are wreaking havoc throughout the city, including broken windows downtown at TD Square and downed power lines in Calgary. Police are urging residents to stay indoors as flying debris is becoming a hazard on roads and walkways. “We’ve got complaints coming from all over the city,” said duty inspector Keith Cain. “It’s safer just to stay inside.” Destructive winds are felling trees and even ripped off three LRT crossing arms, causing delays. Police have closed to street to pedestrians and traffic along 7th Avenue and 3rd Street SW after reports of multiple broken windows at TD Square.The wind ripped the roof off and smashed windows out of the home in the 100 block of Slopes GV SW. Travel is not advised outside the city and police are advising motorists not to travel south due to extremely high winds. –Edmonton Journal
New Zealand hit by super winds: Winds in Wellington hit between 120khm and 146khm on November 22nd. Heavy rains, and strong wind gust reached 137 khm from the the Rimutaka summit through to Castlepoint. -Stuff
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NibiruMagick2012 Climate Change Update: Lava Balls and Wind Storms (28 November 2011)


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(Canary Islands) El Hierro : New Large Lava Balls Erupting : 11/27/ 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qodvGeeRX0

US: 6th Earthquake in 4 Days Recorded in Oklahoma
http://www.sott.net/signs/list_by_category/4-The-Living-Planet?page=1

Planetary climate chaos: Strong wind storms wreak havoc across the globe
http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php

Asahi: Gov’t funded researchers “have sounded the alarm” — Calling for “immediate” monitoring — 175 Billion becquerels flow PER DAY in just one river in one city 60 km from meltdowns
http://enenews.com/

New H5N1 Virus Clone Designed To Wipe Out Millions and the World Health Org (WHO) Warns of Untreatable Strain of Tuberculosis


27th November 2011

A group of scientists is pushing to publish research about how they created a man-made flu virus that could potentially wipe out civilisation.

The deadly virus is a genetically tweaked version of the H5N1 bird flu strain, but is far more infectious and could pass easily between millions of people at a time.

The research has caused a storm of controversy and divided scientists, with some saying it should never have been carried out.

Virologist Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands lead a team of scientists who discovered that a mere five mutations to the avian virus was sufficient to make it spread far more easily.

He conducted his tests on ferrets as the animals have become a model of choice for influenza and have similar respiratory tracts to humans.

Fouchier is so prepared for a media storm that he has hired an advisor to help him work on a communication strategy.

The research done was part of an international drive to understand H5N1 more fully.

Fouchier admitted the strain is ‘one of the most dangerous viruses you can make’ but is still adamant he wants to publish a paper describing how it was done.

The study is one of two which has caused serious debate about scientific freedom and about regulating research which might have potential public health benefits but at the same time could also be useful for bio-terrorism.

The other paper, also on H5N1, was done by a joint team at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Tokyo.

It is understood to have had comparable results to the study done by Fouchier.

Both papers are now being reviewed by the U.S National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB).

NSABB does not have the power to prevent the publication but it could ask journals not to publish.

Paul Keim, chairman of NSABB, said: ‘I can’t think of another pathogenic organism that is as scary as this one. I don’t think anthrax is scary at all compared to this.’

Traditionally scientific research has always been open so that fellow scientists can review the work of others and repeat their methods to try and learn from them.

But numerous scientists have said they believe research on the avian flu should be suppressed.

However bio-defense and flu expert Michael Osterholm, who is director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of innesota, said the work carried out was important medically.

He added he could not discuss the papers because he was a member of NSABB but said if they were published certain information could be withheld and made available to those who really need to know.

‘We don’t want to give bad guys a road map on how to make bad bugs really bad,’ he said.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2066624/Anthrax-isnt…

Man-made super-flu could kill half humanity

« on: November 26, 2011, 07:58:05 PM »


A virus with the potential to kill up to half the world’s population has been made in a lab. Now academics and bioterrorism experts are arguing over whether to publish the recipe, and whether the research should have been done in the first place.

The virus is an H5N1 bird flu strain which was genetically altered to become much more contagious. It was created by Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, who first presented his work to the public at an influenza conference in Malta in September.

Fouchier said the strain circulates in animals, particularly birds, but rarely affects humans.
In the ten or so years since bird flu first emerged in Asia, fewer than 600 cases have been reported in humans. But the H5N1 strain is particularly vicious, killing roughly half of patients diagnosed with it. What stops it from becoming a major threat to public health is that it does not readily transmit from human to human. Or at least it didn’t – until now.

Researchers in Fouchier’s team used ferrets – test animals which closely mimic the human response to influenza – and transmitted H5N1 from one to another to make it more adaptable to new hosts. After 10 generations, the virus had mutated to become airborne, which means ferrets became ill from merely being near other diseased animals.

A genetic study showed that the new, dangerous strain had only five mutations compared to the original one, and all of them were earlier seen in the natural environment – just not all at once. Fouchier’s strain is as contagious as the human seasonal flu, which kills tens of thousands of people each year, but is likely to cause many more fatalities if released.

“I can’t think of another pathogenic organism that is as scary as this one,” Paul Keim, a microbial geneticist who has worked on anthrax for many years, told Science Insider. “I don’t think anthrax is scary at all compared to this.”

Now Keim, who chairs the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), and other members of the body, have a very difficult decision to make. Fouchier wants his study to be published. So does virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka, who led similar research in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of Tokyo, and reached comparable results. And it is up to NSABB to give them the green light.

Many academics and biosecurity experts are naturally cautious about releasing information which could provide any bioterrorist with a ready recipe to hold the world to ransom. Some argue that such work should never have been done in the first place and call for international monitoring of potentially harmful research.

“It’s just a bad idea for scientists to turn a lethal virus into a lethal and highly contagious virus. And it’s a second bad idea for them to publish how they did it so others can copy it,” believes Dr. Thomas Inglesby, a bioterrorism expert and director of the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

However the very same data, if made available to the scientific community, could potentially allow humanity to prepare for an H5N1 pandemic, which Fouchier’s study has shown to be far more probable than was previously believed. Clamping down on freedom of information in the scientific domain may in the end leave us defenseless against the flu, should it arise naturally.

NSABB plans to issue a public statement soon, says Keim, and is likely to issue additional recommendations about this type of research. “We’ll have a lot to say,” he says.

http://rt.com/news/bird-flu-killer-strain-119/

WHO warns of untreatable strain of tuberculosis

November 26, 2011NEW GUINEA – The World Health Organization is warning of the potential for an untreatable form of tuberculosis to develop on Australia’s doorstep. It says infections of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) in Papua New Guinea’s remote south-west have reached crisis levels. The country’s health minister says tuberculosis is now a greater health emergency than HIV/AIDS. Dr Catharina Van Weezenbeek, from the World Health Organization, says it is now clear the problem is in a state of emergency. “If you just look at the numbers of MDR TB cases, it’s clear that we’re dealing with a crisis,” she said. “Children 14-years-old infected with MDR TB in a family with already five patients dying.” A research team from WHO found the rural health centers are rundown with very limited or no medical supplies. There is no TB coordinator in the region so no one is monitoring patients to ensure they stick to the lengthy treatment of drugs required to beat the disease, meaning many do not. WHO’s Dr Donald Enarson says that has led to the emergence of MDR TB. “Multi-drug resistance has passed from being created from bad treatment to now being established in a community by itself and spreading among community members,” he said. Local medical records show 94 people have contracted MDR TB in Western Province since 2005. But the records are incomplete and WHO suspects those cases are just the tip of a much bigger iceberg. The organization’s MDR TB expert, Dr Ernesto Jaramillo, says the situation has the potential to get much worse. “When treatment is delivered under the current conditions which many patients are having, then it’s a matter of months or years before we have forms of TB that cannot be cured,” she said. -ABC