Dozens of gulls found dead on road in Kuna, Idaho


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Dead gulls near South Cole Road showed no signs of physical injury, according to reader Susan Carlson, who came across them Saturday.

Evin Oneale, regional conservation educator for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, said residents have reported the dead songbirds for a couple of weeks now. It’s unclear how many total birds have died.

The birds found dead show no signs of physical injury and were not sickened by plague, Oneale said. Rather, he said, it appears to be a specific type of pathogen that has yet to be determined.

Kuna resident Susan Carlson was driving on South Cole Road on June 27 when she came upon dozens of birds in the road near the intersection of Barker Road.

“I was just very disturbed by what I saw,” Carlson said.

The dead birds were various species of songbirds, she said. Some birds were alive, but were struggling to fly.

“One even fell onto my car,” Carlson said. “The whole scene made me very, very sad.”

No similar dead-bird sightings have been reported in other parts of the Treasure Valley, Oneale said.

Oneale advises residents who come across numerous dead birds to report them to Fish and Game immediately. Include a description of the bird, the exact location and take pictures with a camera phone if possible.

“The fresher, the better,” Oneale said.

http://www.sott.net/article/298571-Dozens-of-gulls-found-dead-on-road-in-Kuna-Idaho

Americans Not In The Labor Force Soar By 640,000 To Record 93.6 Million; Participation Rate Drops To 1977 Levels ~ ZeroHedge


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The devastation of the US labor force continues.

In what was an “unambiguously” unpleasant June jobs payrolls report, with both April and May jobs revised lower, the fact that the number of Americans not in the labor force soared once again, this time by a whopping 640,000 or the most since April 2014 to a record 93.6 million, with the result being a participation rate of 62.6 or where itt was in September 1977, will merely catalyze even more upside to the so called “market” which continues to reflect nothing but central bank liquidity, and thus – the accelerating deterioration of the broader economy.

 

End result: with the civilian employment to population ratio dropping from last month to 59.3%, one can easily on the chart below why there will be no broad wage growth any time soon, which will merely allow the Fed to engage in its failed policies for a long, long time.

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German Deja Vu: Merkel Summons US Ambassador Over New Spying Claims


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It would appear the most transparent administration ever is in trouble with an ‘ally’ once again. Following its wrist-slap from France last week, and its previous quasi-admission of spying on Merkel and her senior officials (which we are sure President Obama said would never happen again – better to ask for forgiveness than permission?), The Guardian reports Angela Merkel’s chief of staff has asked the US ambassador for a meeting to discuss the latest reports of alleged US spying on Germany.

Reports two years ago that the chancellor’s mobile phone was monitored by the NSA caused diplomatic friction between Berlin and Washington, prompting Barack Obama to pledge that he would not allow America’s massive communications surveillance capability to damage relations with close allies.

It appears, he lied… (as The Guardian reports)

Angela Merkel’s chief of staff has asked the US ambassador for a meeting to discuss the latest reports of alleged US spying on Germany.

A German official said Peter Altmaier had invited John Emerson to the chancellery on Thursday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.

On Wednesday WikiLeaks published a list of German phone numbers that it claimed showed that the US National Security Agency eavesdropped on senior German officials beyond Merkel.

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-02/german-deja-vu-merkel-summons-us-ambassador-over-new-spying-claims

Global Debt Overload, Phony Jobs=Phony Recovery, Droughts and Floods


Greece is going through a referendum, and they are taking a que from the Clash song “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” Meaning, should Greece stay or leave the European Union? I say it is not going to make much difference. The Greeks, as everybody else in the world, have been living beyond their means. There are going to be big cuts to everything no matter what.

More phony jobs numbers were produced by the government this week in the ongoing so-called recovery story. The MSM always focuses on the jobs created but fails to tell you they are part- time jobs or more than 400,000 just left the work force.

From coast to coast, there is either too much water or not nearly enough. Let’s start in California. It is ground zero in the western drought. All of California is in some sort of drought. Most of California has never seen a drought this bad. This is a state of 38 million people, and about four months ago, NASA estimated that California had about a year’s worth of water left–8 months and counting, folks. Here in the Midwest, there is too much water, way too much water. Missouri and other states had record breaking rainfall amounts.

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Simon Black – JP Morgan private banker: “We can’t make money anymore…”


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July 1, 2015
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Yesterday over coffee, a friend of mine leaked the news that JP Morgan’s private banking division here in Singapore is going to start charging negative interest rates.

I almost fell out of my chair.

He’s a successful hedge fund manager and one of their best customers. So when he received the notice, he rang up his private banker and demanded to know why.

Between ridiculously low interest rates (banks are closing loans here for 0.9% or lower) and the increasing costs of compliance, “we can’t make money anymore…” was the response.

It certainly paints a clear picture of how screwed up the entire financial system is.

Compliance is a major component in this. Bankers around the world are buried up to their eyeballs in paperwork and regulations now.

They can’t make a move or approve a single transaction without first doing anti-money laundering, terrorist financing, and tax evasion due diligence.

Imagine it like this: your banker rings you up tomorrow and says,

“The government of China requires us to have all of our depositors fill out this paperwork. So I need you to send this form back to me ASAP…”

You’d probably think it was a joke.

Or at a minimum think, “Wait, what? I’m not Chinese. You’re not a Chinese bank. Who cares about some stupid Chinese regulation?”

And you’d be right.

Except that’s precisely what the United States is doing right now.

All over the world, bankers are contacting their customers and forcing them to fill out paperwork to comply with idiotic US government regulations. Even when there’s no connection to the US.

Here in Singapore, the bankers are completely miserable about it.

They’re so angry for having to call customers and say, “Yes I know you’re in India, and I know we’re in Singapore, and I know you’ve been a customer for 10 years. But you still have to fill out this US government form or else we’ll close your account.”

It’s ridiculous– all of this because the US government is bankrupt.

A few years ago they passed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)– a major part of their crusade to stamp out tax evasion and bring in more tax revenue.

FATCA is now in full force. Banks all over the world have been forced to enter into information sharing agreements with the IRS, meaning that they have to report on all of their customers and force them to fill out meaningless forms.

Needless to say, this costs a lot of money.

If you own a business, you can just imagine how frustrating and expensive it would be to have your employees toil away on senseless paperwork instead of… you know, doing real business.

The US government tells us that all of these disclosure programs have brought in about $6.5 billion in tax revenue.

Yet the costs of compliance are estimated to cost at least $8 billion, with some estimates over 10x higher.

Now that’s a neat trick. Uncle Sam gets the money and passes off the costs to everyone else.

And those who don’t comply with America’s rules are destroyed.

The most blatant example of this was last year, when a French bank was fined $9 billion for doing business with countries that Uncle Sam didn’t like.

Bear in mind, this was a French bank, not an American bank.

They violated no French laws. Yet they had to pay the US government $9 billion for doing business with places like Cuba.

(Ironically, Cuba is now BFFs with the United States, but it’s not like the bank is going to get a refund.)

More recently, the US government destroyed an Andorran bank that was accused of weak anti-money laundering controls.

And a few years ago they took down the oldest private bank in Switzerland.

Every bank in the world has seen these incidents, and they’re scared. They could be next.

And that’s why you can’t get a single financial transaction done anymore without first submitting a mountain of paperwork to prove that you’re not a terrorist. Or financing terrorists. Or laundering money. Or doing business with the Axis of Evil.

Even outside of banking it has become utterly ridiculous.

A friend of mine here runs one of the largest bullion depositories in Singapore; he wanted to buy some raw gold and have it made into bars, so he contacted a refiner.

The refiner said, “Sure no problem. I just need you to send us some compliance documentation before we get started.”

Then he sent a list of no fewer than 22 items that he needed to submit– copies of licenses, passports, certificates, etc.

22 items. Just to have a refiner make some gold bars. Ridiculous.

So obviously they’re not going to waste their time. Which means there’s some business that could have been done, but won’t, simply because of the compliance costs.

The US government has really screwed the world on this. Paperwork is the priority. Not business.

And all because America is bankrupt.

This trip to Singapore has been very eye-opening for me as I’m just now starting to understand how much people within the financial system despise the US government.

They feel like they’re being forced at gunpoint to be volunteer spies and tax collectors, simply because US politicians have been financially irresponsible.

And to me, it’s the biggest sign yet that America’s financial dominance is coming to an end. They’ve essentially engineered it themselves by alienating the whole world.

The transition isn’t going to be smooth. And it won’t happen overnight. But there will come a time, and likely soon, when the United States gets displaced.

And the rest of the world can hardly wait.

Until tomorrow,
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A Political Earthquake and No One Covered it! ~ Thom Hartman


Note: Even tho I left American politics behind when I “woke-up”,  I’m compelled watching Bernie Sanders get crowds of 10,000 people as mass media continues to ignore his gaining popularity. At this stage of the game I believe Sanders is the best candidate, but the only caveat is every president since Kennedy has been highly controlled with MKUltra mind control technology’s. Immediately after taking oath they ALL get compromised and begin changing their tune.

There are photos online of Pres. Obama with a fresh scar on the back of his head,  insiders knowledgeable in mind control techniques claim that’s when he was “implanted” so he could be controlled.  Is it true, your guess is as good as mine.

That said, with Bernie throwing his hat in the game it’s surely going to be an interesting election year….lets hope he wins. With any luck, by then maybe some of the “controls” will have been removed.

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Santos Bonacci “The Life and Wisdom of Giordano Bruno” Part 1


The Life and Wisdom of Giordano Bruno Part 1
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Planetary Update July 2015 ~ Mastering Alchemy


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Fear of Volcano eruption in Ukhrul, India


Fear of Volcano eruption in Ukhrul

SHITRU: A continuous gush of smoke and ashes from a swamp at Old Wahong village, Ukhrul has left villagers fearing natural calamity in the form of volcanic eruption any time at Shitru area.

According to the villagers, smoke radius of about 2 feet along with ashes have been gushing out from the earth’s surface at Shitru, a swampy area at Old Wahong village, since the last two weeks. Villagers and onlookers are expecting a volcanic eruption at the area in a short time. Any form of materials doused inside the earth gets easily heated producing more and more smoke.

Even the ashes released from the area are heated, village authority member Kapangkhui said. Continuous ejection of smoke and ashes has turned out to be a mystery to the villagers. However, with majority of the villagers preoccupied with cultivation of seasonal crops, and coupled with incessant rainfall, they are yet to inform State authorities about the mysterious phenomenon till date.

Yet, they are clueless and at the same time quite apprehensive in case the smokes and ashes turn out to be a prelude to a volcanic eruption. Shitru is just a half kilometre away from the residential area of the village.

Because of the proximity, major destruction could be faced in case of eruption, Kapangkhui stated. It may be mentioned that in 2013, a mud volcano erupted at the neighbouring village of New Tusom due to the shifting of tectonic plates of India and Myanmar. (Source)

http://thenortheasttoday.com/fear-of-volcano-eruption-in-ukhrul/

One People Round Table 30 June 2015


Another data dump from the ‘girls’
http://www.lisamharrison.com/2015/07/…

Astrology for the Soul July 1, 2015


My forest friends are my teachers,
As they have no false beliefs.
They are not ashamed or feel bad,
But come and go as they please.

OK, it’s true, there are a lot of forest friends these days running and hiding for their lives! But I am speaking here of “forest friends” that are fortunate enough to be living out of reach of the humans!

I hope you get that this full Moon is bring up deeply buried instincts in the gut that may be “unreasonable” but that does not mean they (or you) are “wrong”! Alas, these are days of facing some of our issues that have been avoided or ignored for a long time The roots go deep to the current situation.

It is a time of great liberation but that liberation does not come so easy, it requires truly feeling, honoring those feelings, valuing those feelings, speaking those feelings, and acting on those feelings…. Yikes! May you be driven by the passion born from the heart and powered by the soul! Namaste!

Inviting Mother Nature In by Greg Calise


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When one takes the path less chosen, the Siddhartha Road back to the true Self, one automatically rekindles his relationship with Mother Nature and Mother Earth. We have become so divorced from Mother Nature in this modern society. We need to reestablish the connection, because we are a part of Mother Nature. She has given us these bodies, the food, medicine, air and water that we need, and she supports us with the ground we stand upon. She is our great Mother.

I spend some time every day admiring Mother Nature; whether it be in the form of a tree, a flower, a bird, the wind and even the smell of the earth. A simple walk in Mother Nature can heal and nurture us, revitalize us, balance us and bring us peace. If you are able to quiet the mind and rest in the present moment, then an entire world will open up. As I have written before, all of the secrets of the universe reside within a single tree; or even a flower.

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The sounds of Mother Nature are extremely powerful in many ways. With a quiet mind, listen to the rain, the wind blowing through the trees, the singing of the birds, the crickets and so many others. These sounds, if you allow them to, will purify your mind and soul. It is Mother Nature speaking to us. In A Walk Into Mother Nature, I wrote:

“But there is a way to freedom. Go for a walk in Mother Nature, and turn off your mind. Be silent, allow your awareness to break through, as that is who you are. Simply become aware of the beauty that surrounds you without any thoughts. You will soon be overwhelmed by what you see, touch, hear, smell and what you become aware of. The landscape becomes alive. The birds, the bees, the grasses, the rocks all seem to awaken into a vibrant life. But that is how they always are. You are just waking up to it. Mother Nature speaks to us, not in words or thoughts, but in her own language of the heart. The wind, the rain, the trees, the streams, everything natural is expressing her love, and when we awaken to it, we can experience her wisdom, which lies beyond words, thoughts, concepts or ideas. Words can never do justice to truth. They can only point the way. The great bards and poets did their best to convey these messages, but they always fall short of the genuine article.”

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Mother Nature also enters our homes as our pets. Our relationship with our pets is a direct relationship with Mother Nature. I notice this with my cat, and that means how we treat our pets, and how open we are to our pet’s communication with us. Do we listen to them?

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Eckhart Tolle has written much about how Mother Nature is an open doorway into the present moment and to the Self. This is a great article of his, Nature by Eckhart Tolle. I have also written many articles about Mother Nature, which you can find with the great search engine of my site.

Always remember Mother Nature on your journey. Never wander too far from her, and She will always be there for you as our Great Mother.

Greg Calise

Cheeky crow hitches lift on bald eagle in mid-flight


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This chance-meeting was captured by an amateur photographer while the much larger predatory bird was trying find itself an early morning snack

This cheeky crow was pictured hitching a lift on a bald eagle’s back.

Fancying a free ride, the brave black bird landed on the wings of the much larger predator mid-flight.

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Hitchhiker: The crow performs a flawless landing in these incredible pictures

The surprise guest interrupted the bald eagle who was searching for an early morning snack.

Miraculously, the predator didn’t even flinch and carried on as if nothing had happened.

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Short Break: The crow relaxes for a few seconds before flying off again

Their encounter lasted several seconds before the birds parted and flew their separate ways.

Luckily, amateur photographer Phoo Chan was on hand to capture the incredible images this week in Washington, USA.

http://www.sott.net/article/298514-Cheeky-crow-hitches-lift-on-bald-eagle-in-mid-flight

1,255 wild animals found dead after floods in Bhanvnagar, India


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A lioness takes her cub to a safer place after heavy rainfall caused floods at forest in Amreli on Saturday.

The forest officials have recovered carcasses of 1,255 wild animals including four lions and 1,225 blue bulls and 14 chittals from three talukas of Bhanvnagar district. These animals had swept away in river Shetrunji during flash floods last week.

Following a massive search and rescue operation, the Bhavnagar forest department on Tuesday issued a statement giving the details of the wild animal that died in the floods.

“Our 30 teams searched for wild animals dead or alive in mud filled water and muck for one week. We found bodies of total 1255 wild animals including four Asiatic lions which had swept away in flood waters and reached down-stream of Shetrunji River in Bhavnagar area,” G S Singh, deputy conservator of forests, Bhavnagar, told TOI.

Singh said that the bodies were found from Palitana, Gariyadhar and Talaja talukas of Bhavnagar.

http://www.sott.net/article/298543-1255-wild-animals-found-dead-after-floods-in-Bhanvnagar-India

The Effects of Fluoride on Consciousness and the Will to Act


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By: Jordan Resnick

New evidence has linked fluoride and other chemicals to brain disorders. What other unknown effects might this industrial by-product added to our water supply have? An examination of water fluoridation’s shadowy history reveals potentially disturbing ramifications for human consciousness.

Recent research has brought the controversial practice of water fluoridation back into the spotlight, revealing links between water fluoridation and brain disorders, particularly in regard to its effect on children.

Troublingly, the report found that side-effects do not only come from direct ingestion by children, but also from higher levels of chemicals such as fluoride in expectant mothers’ blood and urine, which was linked to brain disorders and lower IQs in their children. In many cases, the changes triggered can be permanent. This evidence flies right in the face of spurious claims by skeptics that ingestion of fluoride in low concentrations has no harmful effects on our health.

Is it any wonder then that only seven countries in the world actually fluoridate more than 50 percent of their water supply? Although it is often portrayed in America as if every country does it, this is very far from the truth. In fact, the United States accounts for more than 50 percent of all the fluoridated water drinkers in the world, while the vast majority of European countries for example avoid this practice altogether.

So what is fluoride and why do a few countries continue to infuse their public drinking water with this controversial chemical? What ramifications might its side effects have for human development?

How Water Fluoridation Came to Be

Although there is widespread acceptance that fluoride is toxic in high doses, a trend emerged in the twentieth century to add this chemical to drinking water at dosages deemed to be “safe.” Where did this trend originate?

It may surprise you to hear that apparently the first occurrence of purposefully putting sodium fluoride into drinking water took place in the German ghettos of the 30s and 40s, and shortly thereafter in Nazi concentration camps. Clearly, the Nazis would not be concerned with the strength and resilience of their prisoners’ teeth; so, what could be the real reason to fluoridate the water? What effects does it really have upon us? And why are countries such as the United States still doing it?

Let’s now look at how water fluoridation started in America. An industry researcher from the Mellon Institute financed by the Alcoa Company first recommended water fluoridation in America in 1939. Seeing as Alcoa had toxic waste, a bi-product from aluminum otherwise known as fluoride and stood to benefit from finding a way to sell and dispose of it, could this really be a coincidence? The report convinced dentists and the public at large that water fluoridation is good for our teeth. With this, whether intended or not, the industry gained a way to get toxic waste off their hands, and moreover, even be paid to get rid of it—by selling it off to be dumped into the public water supply.

In 1946, an attorney and former counsel to Alcoa was appointed to head the U.S. Public Health Service. Shortly thereafter, he ensured that the water fluoridation “experiment” passed essentially unchallenged and unchecked by any real public study or research and was soon given a $750K private bonus from Alcoa. In today’s dollars, that’s worth anywhere from $6.89 million to $55.3 million, depending on how you account for inflation.

But some people have identified a more sinister agenda behind water fluoridation that goes beyond apparent greed and convenience. At the end of World War II, Charles Elliot Perkins, a researcher in chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, and pathology, was sent to Germany to take charge of their chemical plants. He later wrote in response to what he had seen and heard while there: “The real purpose behind water fluoridation is to reduce the resistance of the masses to domination and control and loss of liberty … Repeated doses of infinitesimal amounts of fluorine will in time gradually reduce the individual’s power to resist domination by slowly poisoning and narco-tizing this area of the brain tissue, and make him submissive to the will of those who wish to govern him.”

How Fluoride Suppresses Consciousness

Pineal Gland with Calcifications

But how does a chemical bi-product dumped into the water supply actually work upon those who ingest it over time? There are many ways sodium fluoride consumption affects our bodies, but one aspect we’ll focus on in this article is that sodium fluoride calcifies the pineal gland. British scientist Jennifer Luke published a study which found that fluoride deposits tended to accumulate in the pineal gland and calcify it. In addition, a 450 page review on fluoride toxicity published by the National Research Council in 2006 reported that fluoride produced a range of negative side effects including “decreased melatonin production” and “other effects on normal pineal function, which in turn could contribute to a variety of effects in humans.”

Not just scientists, but mystics too have explored the effects of the pineal gland within us (from different angles): physically, it plays an important role in regulating sleep patterns and sexual development; spiritually, it is said to be a connection between the body and the soul, and is referred to by some as our “third eye.” Either way, when the pineal gland is calcified by sodium fluoride, it obviously cannot function properly. This could have grave effects both physically and spiritually upon humanity.

There is more to the human body than its physical apparatus. This is widely evident in phenomenon such as near-death experiences, whereby people have had accounts of experiencing existence while their brain and body has been clinically dead. However, while we are here physically, the spiritual components depend upon the physical apparatus in order to function properly and thereby communicate and actively participate in the physical world. When an important seat of consciousness such as the pineal gland cannot function properly, by logical extension, consciousness itself cannot function properly within us, since the physical means with which it functions in the world has been damaged.

Thus, it is not only that fluoride consumption has adverse health effects and reputedly makes people easier to control (as the Nazi’s believed), but the very spiritual essence of who we are, our consciousness, can be hindered from manifesting in our lives. Within our consciousness are all the spiritual feelings such as love, peace, happiness, and freedom, as well as mystical experiences and psychic faculties. The consciousness gives us the ability to be “here,” “awake,” and present psychologically.

There are sinister agents in the world and beyond who wish to see consciousness suppressed. There appears to be an evil behind water fluoridation that runs deeper than mere convenience, and the implications go beyond fluoride’s reputed effects of making a people compliant who would otherwise question questionable things (such as water fluoridation – the irony notwithstanding). On the deepest level, it’s about a person’s individual ability to awaken consciousness and experience their full potential.

Concluding Remarks

Over ten years ago already, in November 2003, the United States passed the Water Act, which made it impossible for water companies to undergo civil or criminal hearings as a result of adding fluoride to public water supplies. It becomes more and more difficult to affect change on a mass scale to practices such as water fluoridation when those who have political, military, and legal control enact these types of measures. Fortunately, it is still within people’s ability to take measures to avoid fluoride and speak out however, and to personally do what they can to preserve, exercise, and awaken their own consciousness.

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Robot kills worker at Volkswagen factory in Germany


Note: “Houston…we have an A.I. problem”

In late May a self-parking Volvo took aim at a journalist….

Self-parking car MOW’S DOWN journalists as demonstration goes horribly wrong: http://wp.me/p17PKt-8zV

This latest story has to be a PR nightmare for Volkswagon. The German publication Deitsche Welle, reports the robot “grabbed the 22yr old worker and crushed him against a metal plate.” 

 “The Terminator” eerily comes to mind…maybe it was human error. If not, it’s highly doubtful Volkswagon would make it public.

Welcome to the 21st century…

Blessings, {~A~}
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Robots work on vehicles on the production line during assembly at Volkswagen AG’s Seat automobile plant in Martorell, Spain, earlier this year. [Reuters]

Robots work on vehicles on the production line during assembly at Volkswagen AG’s Seat automobile plant in Martorell, Spain, earlier this year. [Reuters]

The Financial Times reports that a technician has been killed by a robot at a Volkswagen plant near Kassel, Germany.

A 21 year old external contractor was installing the robot together with a colleague when he was struck in the chest by the robot and pressed against a metal plate. He later died of his injuries, reports Chris Bryant, the FT’s Frankfurt correspondent.

An investigation into how the accident occurred is under way. In this plant, robots are kept behind safety cages to prevent accidental contact with humans.

The man who died was inside the safety cage when the accident happened. A second worker was outside the cage, and was not harmed.

A Volkswagen rep told the paper that the robot “was not one of the new generation of lightweight collaborative robots that work side-by-side with workers on the production line and forgo safety cages,” and had no known technical defect.

Worker killed in Volkswagen robot accident [FT]

A VW Golf VII car is pictured in a production line at the plant of German carmaker Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Germany, 2013. REUTERS

http://boingboing.net/2015/07/01/robot-kills-worker-at-volkswag.html

 

Capricorn Full Moon – Venus/Jupiter Conjunction, Wed. July 1, 2015 ~ Meg Benedicte


Today, July 1, is the Capricorn Full Moon. You may have noticed it shimmering brilliant light in the night sky. This Full Moon opposes the Sun and Mars in Cancer, and forms a trine with fire signs. It is also conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. Venus moved into a conjunction with Jupiter in Leo just a few hours before the Full Moon.
In a meeting yesterday I was struck by how much I’ve evolved and grown this past year…this Capricorn Full Moon is reminding us how much we’ve expanded into our true essence and personal power and how far we’ve come in our Ascension. 2015 has already been an extraordinary year of expansion and growth.
Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign which supports the physical, earth-bound manifestation of Spirit. Keep in mind during this Full Moon and rare Venus/Jupiter conjunction – that we have an opportunity to crystallize our Soul essence in form.
Also, there is a Mars-Pluto opposition building. Mars opposite Pluto is one of the more typical indicators of power struggles. The Capricorn Full Moon will highlight any outdated relationship dynamics that need resolution. Pluto reveals the hidden shadow, bringing everything up for review, clearing and transformation. I’m finding it more and more challenging to endure 3D emotional venting from people around me. It feels like a violent attack when someone cannot master their emotional reactions and are spewing about. And these are Starseeds who believe they have ascended into 5D…but in truth their 3D Ego is still controlling their behavior quite a bit.
So take this time to flush out the polarizing Ego emotions, so that you can maintain more Still Point. This requires inner focus, breath, and balancing. Pay attention for any signs of the old 3D Time Matrix still active in your lives. We are all moving into the newest version of reality. The Solstice Activations are stretching our ability to open more to our Divine Self, to expand into the next level of service and purpose.

Venus / Jupiter Conjunction image michaelpocketlist.blogspot.com

Venus and Jupiter are the benevolent gift givers of the zodiac and they are very influential during this Full Moon – creating new opportunities not seen before.  So be open to new ideas, allow in the new energies. Our health and happiness are determined by our personal freedom and inner connection to the divine. Dream big during the Venus/Jupiter influence in Leo, the sign of creativity and romantic love. This rare alignment will be exact 2 more times, in August and October…so take advantage of the Venus-Jupiter gifts that keep giving.
During the Capricorn Full Moon spend some time focused within to your heart’s desires. You now have the tools available to create a whole new life that supports your authentic self. You are the Master of your Energy Field. Direct your personal reality with your conscious choices and action. The Capricorn earth energy helps us ground and anchor our Ascended lives. The Stargates are now open to the galaxy and within our own bio-electrical energy body. We’re blowing open all constriction and blockages to be transmuted now.
Every layer of shadow that we probe, uncover, heal and integrate will contribute to increasing our energetic frequency vibration and assist our transition into the 5D feeling field. As we let go of more and more heavy, dense, stuck energy we begin to feel lighter and lighter.
The 2nd half of 2015 will accelerate the crystallization of our Light Body. Think of this as the transition period out of the old 3D system, and the adjustments required to live as Light Beings. There is another energy surge coming in the fall time frame near the Equinox on September 23rd. I can already feel the shift coming around October. Every day we hear more astonishing news as the world inhales the new consciousness. Personal liberties are expanding at the same time old regimes and institutions are collapsing. Nothing will be the same once we get on the other side of the Ascension.
Lovingly,
Meg
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Simon Black – “Boots on the ground” report from Greece


Reblogged from FollowingWorldChange.wordpress.com

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June 30, 2015
Piraeus, Greece

[Editor’s note: This letter was written by a Greek-American friend of Simon’s who is currently living near Athens.]

Since my arrival into the country late May, the topic of most discussions I overhear everywhere are naturally about the debt negotiations.

I’d call opinions in support or against the Tsipras governments’ activities pretty sharply divided.

Tsipras supporters are generally fed-up with 5yrs of blood-letting “from the Germans”.

Critics, on the other hand, see the euro as some sort of abstract membership in a club that must be retained at all cost.

A minority even criticize Tsipras for—get this—being too soft.

That’s especially true where I’ve been staying here in the port-city of Piraeus, which – being the country’s biggest port, is home to mostly blue collar, working class folks where unions more or less dominate.

To illustrate the political leanings around here, I hazily recall a headline in a newsfeed summing up their worldview quite accurately: “Piraeus – a neighborhood where Syriza is not quite left-wing enough.”

Enough said.

Like most locals, I’ve been steadily hitting the ATM for the past weeks to amass some emergency cash.

I ventured out today for the first time since the capital controls were installed yesterday to have a look around.

In Piraeus, I saw a queue of at least 30 people at a branch of Alpha Bank, and about 10 people at the Bank of Piraeus, where I waited.

The mood among the people waiting was pretty cool, friendly and even throwing a few funny comments around to address the obvious elephant in the room.

Older pensioners who were waiting, being used to getting their money from the window, had dusted off their debit card and received generous help from others on using it.

Experiences were shared on efforts to withdraw cash the previous day, where the published daily withdraw limit of 60 EUR/day for citizens was in effect (and confirmed by to me by the folks on line).

Today however, having presumably exhausted their supply of 20 euro notes, this ATM machine imposed upon users a de-facto daily withdraw limit of 50 Euros – since it was only dispensing 50 Euro notes.

As has also been reported, these capital controls do not apply to foreign bank accounts; and I can confirm to be true as my foreign bank card allowed me to withdraw my self-elected amount (of 300 EUR on this occasion) without issue.

There is certainly an unusual feeling of calm in the air. Car traffic resembles a quieter “Sunday” level than a typical summer weekday going into the high tourist season.

Citizens seem a bit more polite and helpful to one another than before, with no shortage of clever comments to break the tension on everyone’s mind being all in the same boat.

My first thought was to assume a newfound “keep calm and soldier on” state of unity among the populace.

But this is Greece, not Northern Europe. the words “quiet” and “calm” never share a sentence here.

No, this was something different, I believe, more of a “laugh to keep from crying” state of mind.

And being very experienced with Greece and Greek culture for my entire life, this realization was off-putting to say the least.

I’ll forward along any additional observations during my stay and leave you with one final, personal thought.

For all the talk and preaching of the risks one takes by placing all their “flags” into the blind faith and trust of one government in the abstract, it’s nothing like witnessing it firsthand.

Greece, right here – right now, is where that all “gets real.”

But more importantly, all the benefits of a multiple flags approach also “gets real” when you’re the guy who the crisis can’t touch.

I’m able to merely observe and participate without worry, sleeping tight knowing that all that what I’ve worked to achieve in his life is out of the reach of supranational, unelected & unaccountable EU autocrats.

Until tomorrow,
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Simon Black
Founder, SovereignMan.com
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