Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, February 13, 2016 ( geoengineeringwatch.org )


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The looting, pillaging, and plundering of planet Earth continues unabated, the all out aerial assault taking place in skies around the globe is the most stunning and destructive example. Populations have thus far silently stood by and accepted the official lies from official sources that are carefully crafted to continue pacifying them. Some of the most blatant false information is coming from our local meteorologists. Weathermen claim to represent the public, yet they are a key component to the continued cover-up of the climate engineering insanity. It is time to hold them publicly accountable. From radiation leaks to massive methane well blowouts, the cover-ups are business as usual with industrialized and militarized civilization. After many decades of official deception (and epidemic denial from the public), the unraveling of the biosphere and organized civilization is rapidly accelerating. As the global power brokers are increasingly pushed into a corner, they may become desperate enough to play their final cards. Will this include WWlll? Are the chess pieces already being put in place for this final option of the global elite? Each of us must play our part to help alter the current course of imminent global cataclysm.
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2/13/2016 — Large M5.1 Earthquake strikes Oklahoma FRACKING + PUMPING operations ~ Dutchsinse


A noteworthy (and large) M5.1 earthquake has struck the midwest United States in Oklahoma, directly at a fracking / pumping operation.

Check my websites for updates:

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This is the largest earthquake to strike Oklahoma in 5 years time, and the 3rd largest in state history.

In 2011, a M5.6 struck Oklahoma , again at a fracking / pumping operation, at the time (in 2011) professionals actually tried to DENY that fracking caused earthquakes.

Now we know better, the 2011 M5.6 was caused by fracking wastewater injection, and now the M5.1 in 2016 is caused by the same culprit.

The pressure that mother nature is putting on the operations is proving to be far too strong for the operations to handle. The pressure is coming from the Pacific Northwest + West coast, pressing to the East along the edge of the Craton.

Full post with screenshots here:

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BANG: Not Zika: Brazilian/Argentine doctors say: pesticides by Jon Rappoport


Why would a poisonous, birth-defect-causing chemical cause birth defects? I mean, that’s absurd, right? Ridiculous. Let’s blame the whole thing on a virus that causes nothing.

A poison intentionally added to the water supply in 2014? Who cares? Means nothing.

The manufacturer of the poison is a strategic partner of Monsanto? That couldn’t be a clue. Of course not.

by Jon Rappoport

February 10, 2016

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Power Outside The Matrix, click here.)

Microcephaly: babies born with smaller heads and brain damage.

As I’ve been telling you all along—look to the pesticides. The fake Zika story is a cover, to protect the pesticide companies, among others.

What do we know so far in this trumped up Zika crisis?

Update: The actual number of microcephaly cases in Brazil, the “center of the epidemic,” is a gross unknown. At least two different groups are reporting different findings. Pick your number: 404 confirmed cases; 4000 cases; 9000 cases.

It turns out that, in the US, estimates of microcephaly cases per year ranges all the way from 800 to 25,000.

In other words, the researchers don’t know what they’re talking about. They’re using different definitions of microcephaly. They’re confused. They’re also omitting highly relevant cases of birth defects which don’t, strictly speaking, fit any definition of microcephaly. This confusion applies to Brazil, the US, anywhere on the planet.

And in Brazil, researchers have only found a suggestion of the presence of the Zika virus in 17 cases of microcephaly. That’s called evidence AGAINST Zika as the cause of birth defects.

It makes far more sense to listen to what South American doctors are saying about the areas where birth defects are occurring. These would be doctors who actually care about what is destroying lives and the lives that are being destroyed.

We have such reports passed along to us, thanks to Claire Robinson of GM Watch. She is one of those people who still makes the profession of journalism mean something.

Here are quotes from her most recent article, “Argentine and Brazilian doctors name larvicide as potential cause of microcephaly.”

“A report from the Argentine doctors’ organisation, Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns, challenges the theory that the Zika virus epidemic in Brazil is the cause of the increase in the birth defect microcephaly among newborns.

“The increase in this birth defect, in which the baby is born with an abnormally small head and often has brain damage, was quickly linked to the Zika virus by the Brazilian Ministry of Health. However, according to the Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns, the Ministry failed to recognise that in the area where most sick people live, a chemical larvicide [pesticide] that produces malformations in mosquitoes was introduced into the drinking water supply in 2014. This poison, Pyriproxyfen, is used in a State-controlled programme aimed at eradicating disease-carrying mosquitoes. (emphasis added)

“The Physicians added that the Pyriproxyfen is manufactured by Sumitomo Chemical, a Japanese “strategic partner” of Monsanto. Pyriproxyfen is a growth inhibitor of mosquito larvae, which alters the development process from larva to pupa to adult, thus generating malformations in developing mosquitoes and killing or disabling them. It acts as an insect juvenile hormone or juvenoid, and has the effect of inhibiting the development of adult insect characteristics (for example, wings and mature external genitalia) and reproductive development. It is an endocrine disruptor and is teratogenic (causes birth defects).

“The Argentine Physicians commented: ‘Malformations detected in thousands of children from pregnant women living in areas where the Brazilian state added Pyriproxyfen to drinking water are not a coincidence, even though the Ministry of Health places a direct blame on the Zika virus for this damage.’

“They also noted that Zika has traditionally been held to be a relatively benign disease that has never before been associated with birth defects, even in areas where it infects 75% of the population.

“…The Argentine Physicians’ report…concurs with the findings of a separate report on the Zika outbreak by the Brazilian doctors’ and public health researchers’ organisation, Abrasco.

“Abrasco also names Pyriproxyfen as a likely cause of the microcephaly. It condemns the strategy of chemical control of Zika-carrying mosquitoes, which it says is contaminating the environment as well as people and is not decreasing the numbers of mosquitoes. Abrasco suggests that this strategy is in fact driven by the commercial interests of the chemical industry, which it says is deeply integrated into the Latin American ministries of health, as well as the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organisation.

“Abrasco names the British GM insect company Oxitec as part of the corporate lobby that is distorting the facts about Zika to suit its own profit-making agenda. Oxitec sells GM mosquitoes engineered for sterility and markets them as a disease-combatting product – a strategy condemned by the Argentine Physicians as ‘a total failure, except for the company supplying mosquitoes’.

“…Abrasco added that the disease [microcephaly, other birth defects] is closely linked to environmental degradation: floods caused by logging and the massive use of herbicides on (GM) herbicide-tolerant soy crops – in short, ‘the impacts of extractive industries’.”


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Birth-defect-causing pesticide added to the drinking water.

Who overlooks that? People who are pledged to protect the companies that manufacture the poison and are pledged to protect the health authorities who ordered the poison to be put in the water.

Let’s wake up to what is going on here. Let’s exit the “virus trance.” Now.

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

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USDA Forces Whole Foods to Accept Monsanto. Does this make whole foods just another grocery store?



n the wake of a 12-year battle to keep Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered (GE) crops from contaminating the nation’s 25,000 organic farms and ranches, America’s organic consumers and producers are facing betrayal.
A self-appointed cabal of the Organic Elite, spearheaded by Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Farm, has decided it’s time to surrender to Monsanto. Top executives from these companies have publicly admitted that they no longer oppose the mass commercialization of GE crops, such as Monsanto’s controversial Roundup Ready alfalfa, and are prepared to sit down and cut a deal for “coexistence” with Monsanto and USDA biotech cheerleader Tom Vilsack.
In a cleverly worded, but profoundly misleading email sent to its customers last week, Whole Foods Market, while proclaiming their support for organics and “seed purity,” gave the green light to USDA bureaucrats to approve the “conditional deregulation” of Monsanto’s genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant alfalfa.
Beyond the regulatory euphemism of “conditional deregulation,” this means that WFM and their colleagues are willing to go along with the massive planting of a chemical and energy-intensive GE perennial crop, alfalfa; guaranteed to spread its mutant genes and seeds across the nation; guaranteed to contaminate the alfalfa fed to organic animals; guaranteed to lead to massive poisoning of farm workers and destruction of the essential soil food web by the toxic herbicide, Roundup; and guaranteed to produce Roundup-resistant superweeds that will require even more deadly herbicides such as 2,4 D to be sprayed on millions of acres of alfalfa across the U.S.
In exchange for allowing Monsanto’s premeditated pollution of the alfalfa gene pool, WFM wants “compensation.” In exchange for a new assault on farmworkers and rural communities (a recent large-scale Swedish study found that spraying Roundup doubles farm workers’ and rural residents’ risk of getting cancer), WFM expects the pro-biotech USDA to begin to regulate rather than cheerlead for Monsanto. In payment for a new broad spectrum attack on the soil’s crucial ability to provide nutrition for food crops and to sequester dangerous greenhouse gases (recent studies show that Roundup devastates essential soil microorganisms that provide plant nutrition and sequester climate-destabilizing greenhouse gases), WFM wants the Biotech Bully of St. Louis to agree to pay “compensation” (i.e. hush money) to farmers “for any losses related to the contamination of his crop.”
In its email of Jan. 21, 2011 WFM calls for “public oversight by the USDA rather than reliance on the biotechnology industry,” even though WFM knows full well that federal regulations on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) do not require pre-market safety testing, nor labeling; and that even federal judges have repeatedly ruled that so-called government “oversight” of Frankencrops such as Monsanto’s sugar beets and alfalfa is basically a farce. At the end of its email, WFM admits that its surrender to Monsanto is permanent: “The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well  True coexistence is a must.”
Why Is Organic Inc. Surrendering?
According to informed sources, the CEOs of WFM and Stonyfield are personal friends of former Iowa governor, now USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack, and in fact made financial contributions to Vilsack’s previous electoral campaigns. Vilsack was hailed as “Governor of the Year” in 2001 by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, and traveled in a Monsanto corporate jet on the campaign trail. Perhaps even more fundamental to Organic Inc.’s abject surrender is the fact that the organic elite has become more and more isolated from the concerns and passions of organic consumers and locavores. The Organic Inc. CEOs are tired of activist pressure, boycotts, and petitions. Several of them have told me this to my face. They apparently believe that the battle against GMOs has been lost, and that it’s time to reach for the consolation prize.  The consolation prize they seek is a so-called “coexistence” between the biotech Behemoth and the organic community that will lull the public to sleep and greenwash the unpleasant fact that Monsanto’s unlabeled and unregulated genetically engineered crops are now spreading their toxic genes on 1/3 of U.S. (and 1/10 of global) crop land.
WFM and most of the largest organic companies have deliberately separated themselves from anti-GMO efforts and cut off all funding to campaigns working to label or ban GMOs. The so-called Non-GMO Project, funded by Whole Foods and giant wholesaler United Natural Foods (UNFI) is basically a greenwashing effort (although the 100% organic companies involved in this project seem to be operating in good faith) to show that certified organic foods are basically free from GMOs (we already know this since GMOs are banned in organic production), while failing to focus on so-called “natural” foods, which constitute most of WFM and UNFI’s sales and are routinely contaminated with GMOs.
From theip “business as usual” perspective, successful lawsuits against GMOs filed by public interest groups such as the Center for Food Safety; or noisy attacks on Monsanto by groups like the Organic Consumers Association, create bad publicity, rattle their big customers such as Wal-Mart, Target, Kroger, Costco, Supervalu, Publix and Safeway; and remind consumers that organic crops and foods such as corn, soybeans, and canola are slowly but surely becoming contaminated by Monsanto’s GMOs.
Whole Food’s Dirty Little Secret: Most of the So-Called “Natural” Processed Foods and Animal Products They Sell Are Contaminated with GMOs
The main reason, however, why Whole Foods is pleading for coexistence with Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, Syngenta, BASF and the rest of the biotech bullies, is that they desperately want the controversy surrounding genetically engineered foods and crops to go away. Why? Because they know, just as we do, that 2/3 of WFM’s $9 billion annual sales is derived from so-called “natural” processed foods and animal products that are contaminated with GMOs. We and our allies have tested their so-called “natural” products (no doubt WFM’s lab has too) containing non-organic corn and soy, and guess what: they’re all contaminated with GMOs, in contrast to their certified organic products, which are basically free of GMOs, or else contain barely detectable trace amounts.
Approximately 2/3 of the products sold by Whole Foods Market and their main distributor, United Natural Foods (UNFI) are not certified organic, but rather are conventional (chemical-intensive and GMO-tainted) foods and products disguised as “natural.”
Unprecedented wholesale and retail control of the organic marketplace by UNFI and Whole Foods, employing a business model of selling twice as much so-called “natural” food as certified organic food, coupled with the takeover of many organic companies by multinational food corporations such as Dean Foods, threatens the growth of the organic movement.
Covering Up GMO Contamination: Perpetrating “Natural” Fraud
Many well-meaning consumers are confused about the difference between conventional products marketed as “natural,” and those nutritionally/environmentally superior and climate-friendly products that are “certified organic.”
Retail stores like WFM and wholesale distributors like UNFI have failed to educate their customers about the qualitative difference between natural and certified organic, conveniently glossing over the fact that nearly all of the processed “natural” foods and products they sell contain GMOs, or else come from a “natural” supply chain where animals are force-fed GMO grains in factory farms or Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).
A troubling trend in organics today is the calculated shift on the part of certain large formerly organic brands from certified organic ingredients and products to so-called “natural” ingredients. With the exception of the “grass-fed and grass-finished” meat sector, most “natural” meat, dairy, and eggs are coming from animals reared on GMO grains and drugs, and confined, entirely, or for a good portion of their lives, in CAFOs.
Whole Foods and UNFI are maximizing their profits by selling quasi-natural products at premium organic prices. Organic consumers are increasingly left without certified organic choices while genuine organic farmers and ranchers continue to lose market share to “natural” imposters. It’s no wonder that less than 1% of American farmland is certified organic, while well-intentioned but misled consumers have boosted organic and “natural” purchases to $80 billion annually-approximately 12% of all grocery store sales.
The Solution: Truth-in-Labeling Will Enable Consumers to Drive So-Called “Natural” GMO and CAFO-Tainted Foods Off the Market
There can be no such thing as “coexistence” with a reckless industry that undermines public health, destroys biodiversity, damages the environment, tortures and poisons animals, destabilizes the climate, and economically devastates the world’s 1.5 billion seed-saving small farmers.  There is no such thing as coexistence between GMOs and organics in the European Union. Why? Because in the EU there are almost no GMO crops under cultivation, nor GM consumer food products on supermarket shelves. And why is this? Because under EU law, all foods containing GMOs or GMO ingredients must be labeled. Consumers have the freedom to choose or not to choose GMOs; while farmers, food processors, and retailers have (at least legally) the right to lace foods with GMOs, as long as they are safety-tested and labeled. Of course the EU food industry understands that consumers, for the most part, do not want to purchase or consume GE foods. European farmers and food companies, even junk food purveyors like McDonald’s and Wal-Mart, understand quite well the concept expressed by a Monsanto executive when GMOs first came on the market: “If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it.”
The biotech industry and Organic Inc. are supremely conscious of the fact that North American consumers, like their European counterparts, are wary and suspicious of GMO foods. Even without a PhD, consumers understand you don’t want your food safety or environmental sustainability decisions to be made by out-of-control chemical companies like Monsanto, Dow, or Dupont – the same people who brought you toxic pesticides, Agent Orange, PCBs, and now global warming. Industry leaders are acutely aware of the fact that every single industry or government poll over the last 16 years has shown that 85-95% of American consumers want mandatory labels on GMO foods. Why? So that we can avoid buying them. GMO foods have absolutely no benefits for consumers or the environment, only hazards. This is why Monsanto and their friends in the Bush, Clinton, and Obama administrations have prevented consumer GMO truth-in-labeling laws from getting a public discussion in Congress.
Although Congressman Dennis Kucinich (Democrat, Ohio) recently introduced a bill in Congress calling for mandatory labeling and safety testing for GMOs, don’t hold your breath for Congress to take a stand for truth-in-labeling and consumers’ right to know what’s in their food. Especially since the 2010 Supreme Court decision in the so-called “Citizens United” case gave big corporations and billionaires the right to spend unlimited amounts of money (and remain anonymous, as they do so) to buy media coverage and elections, our chances of passing federal GMO labeling laws against the wishes of Monsanto and Food Inc. are all but non-existent. Perfectly dramatizing the “Revolving Door” between Monsanto and the Federal Government, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, formerly chief counsel for Monsanto, delivered one of the decisive votes in the Citizens United case, in effect giving Monsanto and other biotech bullies the right to buy the votes it needs in the U.S. Congress.
With big money controlling Congress and the media, we have little choice but to shift our focus and go local. We’ve got to concentrate our forces where our leverage and power lie, in the marketplace, at the retail level; pressuring retail food stores to voluntarily label their products; while on the legislative front we must organize a broad coalition to pass mandatory GMO (and CAFO) labeling laws, at the city, county, and state levels.
The Organic Consumers Association, joined by our consumer, farmer, environmental, and labor allies, has just launched a nationwide Truth-in-Labeling campaign to stop Monsanto and the Biotech Bullies from force-feeding unlabeled GMOs to animals and humans.
Utilizing scientific data, legal precedent, and consumer power the OCA and our local coalitions will educate and mobilize at the grassroots level to pressure giant supermarket chains (Wal-Mart, Kroger, Costco, Safeway, Supervalu, and Publix) and natural food retailers such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s to voluntarily implement “truth-in-labeling” practices for GMOs and CAFO products; while simultaneously organizing a critical mass to pass mandatory local and state truth-in-labeling ordinances – similar to labeling laws already in effect for country of origin, irradiated food, allergens, and carcinogens.
To pressure Whole Foods Market and the nation’s largest supermarket chains to voluntarily adopt truth-in-labeling practices sign here, and circulate these petitions widely. Power to the People! Not the Corporations!
My Question to you: Does this make Whole foods just another grocery store now? Your Thoughts
By Why Don’t You Try This News
03 February 16

VIDEO: HBO Series Highlights Problems with Genetically Modified Crops


Link courtesy of Karen, mahalo!

Christina Sarich
by Christina Sarich
Posted on February 9, 2016
GM mono-cropping could cause worldwide crop failure

VICE’s entire third season of its HBO show is now available online for free! The May 2015 episode focuses entirely on genetically modified crops.

In the video, host Isobel Yeung traces GM ‘super-crops’ from the headquarters of American agribusiness titan Monsanto to the soy fields of Paraguay. She also visits the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which is financed by Bill Gates and the biotech industry. Seeds are stored there in case of widespread crop disasters.article-vice-monsanto

The video shows how far we’ve strayed from our millennia-old traditions of saving seed for genetic diversity. Now a few multinational corporations are trying to patent all of Mother Nature in order to control the world’s food supply.

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Widespread mono-cropping of trans-gene GM crops (owned by Monsanto, Syngenta, etc.) is a disaster waiting to happen. As experts in the film point out, if the same gene is used almost worldwide to modify crops, the failure of those crops would not be short-term or small. It would be long-term and global. A single disease could wipe out every strain of corn, soy or other crop that was created using trans-gene technology. Also, if non-GM crops have been contaminated by these same modified genes, the entire food chain could suffer a catastrophe.

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This HBO series episode highlights the country of Paraguay. Since becoming a Monsanto-reliant farming country, Paraguay has had to increase imports by as much as 300 percent. Making the entire economy depend on patented seeds has made Paraguay destitute. This is the likely outcome for every country that relies on GM crops.

The images in this video are undeniable proof of what genetic engineering has done to our planet. Take the time to watch it, even if in part, if you can.

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Breastfeeding mother ‘amazed’ by orangutans’ reaction during Melbourne Zoo visit


Note: Beautiful story, nice find KS!!

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-09/breastfeeding-mother-has-emotional-encounter-with-melbourne-zoo/7153746

Woman breastfeeding her 13-week-old son with an orangutan looking on at Melbourne Zoo.

A breastfeeding mother has had an emotional encounter with two orangutans at Melbourne Zoo.

Elizabeth was at the zoo on Sunday with her family, celebrating her three-year-old daughter’s birthday.

Her 13-week-old son Eli was hungry so she walked around the corner to breastfeed him in private.

That is when two orangutans came over to watch.

“I went around the corner to be a bit private and I was breastfeeding and this orangutan locked eyes with me and came over to check out what was going on,” she told 774 ABC Melbourne.

“It started off with just one, then another one came over who seemed to be a bit older and shooed this one off for a little while.

I felt so proud and I felt she was proud of me and … I don’t know. It was just amazing.

Elizabeth, breastfeeding mother

“And she [the older one] came over and gave me a bit of a nod.”

Elizabeth said she felt the nod was significant because she had been unable to breastfeed her first child.

“It was absolutely amazing,” she said.

“I felt so proud and I felt she was proud of me and … I don’t know. It was just amazing.”

Other zoo patrons saw what was going on, and a crowd gathered as the encounter continued.

“They were all just in awe of what was going on,” Elizabeth said.

Elizabeth’s mother took a photo which was shared on Facebook.

Her baby has red hair and Elizabeth said she thought maybe the orangutan thought she was nursing a baby orangutan.

After the encounter Elizabeth and her family joined up to be members of Melbourne Zoo.

Formaldehyde/Forming at LA METHANE LEAK


Experts have stated that the gas emitted in the blowout contains mostly methane [which] can oxidize in the atmosphere [and] turn into formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can cause hypothermia, asphyxiation, and acidosis… Acidosis is a condition in which your body starts to digest itself. http://enenews.com (see report below video)

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Experts: Formaldehyde is spewing from massive LA gas leak — “Very dangerous for public”… methane turning into embalming fluid — Can make your body “start digesting itself” — Company knows this is happening and should warn us… Obviously they don’t want you to know about it (VIDEO)

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Jan 22, 2016 (emphasis added): “One thing I happen to know about — and I can’t make any claim about it now — but I know this. Methane, when it’s exposed to sunlight, can produce as a by-product formaldehydeSouthern California gas knows that too… it transforms — when it’s subjected to sunlight — to formaldehyde. SoCalGas knows that, and they ought to be straight about it. They ought to be telling us… but they’re not.”

Report by the law firms of Morgan & Morgan, Panish Shea & Boyle, Kennedy & Madonna, and R. Rex Parris, Dec 16, 2015: Experts have stated that the gas emitted in the blowout contains mostly methane [which] can oxidize in the atmosphere [and] turn into formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can cause hypothermia, asphyxiation, and acidosis… Acidosis is a condition in which your body starts to digest itself.

Joseph Pfeifer*, Dec 30, 2015: “When all that methane is exposed to California sunshine it gets converted to formaldehyde. The nosebleeds, headaches etc. aren’t from the “odorant”… they are signs of formaldehyde exposure… These same symptoms are seen in people living near gas compressor stations due to leaking methane being converted… Obviously, this is something SoCal doesn’t want to talk about or you to know about.”

* The user comment above was almost certainly written by Dr. Joseph L. Pfeifer, M.D. (director of trauma and surgical critical care at Berkshire Medical Center), who recently authored a column mentioning formaldehyde, methane, and gas compressor stations.

NPR, Oct 30, 2014: A peer reviewed study… reveals dangerous levels of air toxins near fracking operations… The research was led by David Carpenter, a physician… he’s most concerned about the high levels of benzene and formaldehyde… He says the formaldehyde is formed… as a byproduct of methane leaks, when exposed to the sun.

Environmental Health (Journal), Oct 2014: Formaldehyde is also formed from methane in the presence of sunlightIt can affect nearly every tissue in the human body, leading to acute (dermal allergies, asthma) and chronic (neuro-, reproductive, hematopoietic, genetic and pulmonary toxicity and cellular damage) health effects.

Dr. David Carpenter, physician & director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at Univ. at Albany, Oct 31, 2014: “We focused a lot in our report on… benzene and formaldehyde… these are very dangerous for public health… Cancer isn’t going to occur tomorrow, it is going to occur 10-20-30 years from now in people that are exposed… What we are seeing right now are respiratory infections and nose bleeds. Think about formaldehyde, that’s basically an embalming fluid, if you breathe it in 24 hours a day… you are going to pickle epithelium in your nose. Many of the people living around these sites have nose bleeds.”

American Journal of Analytical Chemistry, 2013: Formaldehyde is a very dangerous chemical in human health; It gives negative effect to respiration channel, liver and kidney function…

CDC (pdf): What happens when someone breathes too much formaldehyde?… People can have symptoms such as: sore throat, cough, scratchy eyes, nosebleeds… [T]he longer the exposure, the greater the chance of getting cancer. Exposure to formaldehyde might increase the chance of getting cancer even at levels too low to cause symptoms.

See also: Very unusual infections seen around LA gas leak… Dog’s stomach “flipped on itself” — “If you’re able to leave do it now, it’s really critical” — Official: Plume spreading far away

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First Ever “Glowing Sea” Turtle Found


Another great find from https://followingworldchange.wordpress.com

By Amanda Monteiro via Collective Evolution, 30 January 2016

To me, the ocean has always been a scary place, mostly because I am very aware that 95 percent of it remains unexplored and 80 percent of the ocean floor has not been mapped. This is pretty shocking considering that the ocean makes up 70 percent of the earth’s surface and scientists estimate we still only know about a tenth of the marine life on Earth — which, in my mind, leaves a lot of room for sea monsters and giant squids to be lurking about. So I’m happy to say that one sea creature a marine biologist recently discovered wasn’t scary at all, but quite fascinating!

The Discovery

Marine biologist David Gruber was in the Solomon Islands on a TBA21 Academy expedition, when he and Markus Raymann, director of their group, discovered the biofluorescent turtle, the Hawksbill. They were taking pictures of coral they already knew were biofluorescent when 40 minutes into the dive a bright red and green ‘space ship’ came underneath his camera:
Scientists have only really tuned into biofluorescence in the last ten years, and as soon as we started tuning into it we started to find it everywhere. First it was in corals and jellyfish, then it was in fish, and there it was, this UFO. 
Alexander Gaos, director of the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative, said that “Biofluorescence is usually used for finding and attracting prey or defense or some kind of communication,” but believes in this case it could be used as camouflage, since during the day it makes creatures difficult to spot in their rocky reef habitat.
This is the first reptile scientists have discovered exhibiting biofluorescence (the ability to reflect the blue light hitting a surface and re-emit it as a different colour). Studying and learning more about this turtle may prove difficult, however, because their population numbers have declined by 90 percent in recent decades, marking them critically endangered.
“What’s even more sad, I think about this, is that these turtles have such a story to history and now they’re critically endangered. There’s some places where there is just a few thousand breeding females remaining.” 

The Sad Truth

A study was led by the University of California-Berkeley, Stanford, and Princeton published last week in the journal Science Advance claims that the Earth has entered its sixth mass extinction phase, emphasizing that our time to avoid serious consequences is rapidly running out.(source) The last time something this grand happened was 65 million years ago, where it is believed a meteor wiped out the dinosaurs. Since 1900, more than 400 vertebrates — animals with no backbone — have disappeared. About 41% of all amphibians and 25% of mammals are currently threatened with extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and at least 50 animals move closer to extinction every year.
You can read more about this here.

On The Bright Side…

Because the ocean’s depths are still pretty much uncharted territory, scientists are discovering new species every day, according to The World Register of Marine Species. Their aim is to become an inventory of all known ocean life, and have so far added 228,000 species to their list. Over the past year and a half, scientists have discovered 1,451 new species in our oceans alone. “It is humbling to realise that humankind has encountered and described only a fraction of our oceanic kin, perhaps as little as 11 per cent. The main gap at the moment is because of the under-exploration of the oceans. There are many, many places we have never been,” says, Dr Jan Mees, of the Flanders Marine Institute in Belgium and co-chairman of the marine register programme.
But still, he adds, “Sadly, we fear, many species will almost certainly disappear due to changing maritime conditions – especially warming, pollution and acidification – before we’ve had a chance to meet.”(source)
Check out the amazing discovery below!

 
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Koch brother resigns from museum board after calls from scientists


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For 23 years, David Koch, the billionaire industrialist who made a fortune off fossil fuels, ranching, fertilizers, and other environmental nightmares, has served on the board at the American Museum of Natural History. Koch’s position on the board is controversial, not least because of his position on climate change: The Koch family has spent millions funding climate change denier groups and disinformation campaigns, and scientists around the country have called for Koch to be removed from the museum board. Well, they finally got what they wanted — the American Museum of Natural History announced Koch’s resignation this week.

A museum spokeswoman said Koch’s departure is unrelated to the calls for his dismissal, but, as The New York Times reports, a letter sent to museums of science and history last year and signed by dozens of scientists stated:

David Koch is a major donor, exhibit sponsor and trustee on the Board of Directors at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and the American Museum of Natural History. David Koch’s oil and manufacturing conglomerate Koch Industries is one of the greatest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Mr. Koch also funds a large network of climate-change-denying organizations, spending over $67 million since 1997 to fund groups denying climate change science.

When some of the biggest contributors to climate change and funders of misinformation on climate science sponsor exhibitions in museums of science and natural history, they undermine public confidence in the validity of the institutions responsible for transmitting scientific knowledge. This corporate philanthropy comes at too high a cost.

Drawing on both our scientific expertise and personal care for our planet and people, we believe that the only ethical way forward for our museums is to cut all ties with the fossil fuel industry and funders of climate science obfuscation.

The letter was signed by prominent climate scientists James Hansen and Michael Mann, among others. The Natural History Museum, the organization that sponsored the letter, noted that Koch’s reaction was swift: Within 24 hours, “a lawyer with apparent ties to the Koch brothers filed OPRA requests (similar to FOIA) at public universities where several scientists who signed the letter are employed,” wrote the Natural History Museum’s Beka Economopoulos in a press release. “The requests called on the universities to turn over all emails in the scientists’ accounts with ‘Koch’ in the subject or body.”

The American Museum of Natural History isn’t the only museum with ties to the Kochs: David Koch also sits on the advisory board of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History — and he apparently holds a lot of sway. ThinkProgress reported last year about a Smithsonian exhibit that “thoroughly whitewashes the dangers of modern-day climate change.” The exhibit was made possible by a $15 million grant from none other than David Koch.

 

http://grist.org/article/koch-brother-resigns-from-museum-board-after-calls-from-scientists/

Breaking: They may have “lost control entirely of entire field” involved in LA gas disaster, and it’s coming up everywhere… We learned there’s many other leaks -Attorney — Officials: Loud sound of gas escaping heard half mile away; A “mini-Chernobyl” — AP: Leak “out of control”… amount released “seriously underestimated” (VIDEO)


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Porter Ranch Town Hall Meeting, Jan 22, 2016 (emphasis added) — Patricia Oliver, attorney (at 11:30 in): “Now it’s kind of simple — if you have a well blow-out, you quit injecting [more gas] underground… No order had been issued [to stop this] though… We sent a letter [to the Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR)] saying, “Stop all of the injections, until you can stop the leak”… So we sent a letter on Dec. 1 asking them to stop all injections… Nine days later, they said, “Stop injecting gas”… You’d think that at least temporarily settled it — because if [SoCalGas] didn’t like that, SoCalGas could have temporarily appealed… I have no record of appeal… AQMD [Air Quality Management District] inspected the facility on Nov. 10… and they found all these wells that weren’t accessible16 approximately… We don’t know yet why they were inaccessible. We also learned that 15 wells were leaking. We also don’t know why that happened. I spoke at the AQMD hearing this last week and said, “I’m concerned that the fact that now you guys are looking at these injection wells — you don’t know what that means.” You see, DOGGR knows what that means — and that’s a sign that SoCalGas lost control entirely of the entire field and it’s leaking everywhere… So we were like, “We want proof. Now if it’s just coincidental, and you show us why that’s not what’s happening, that’s fine, but provide the evidence”… Families have a right to know what’s going on in that oil field.” (Audience applauds)

Rep. Brad Sherman, U.S. House of Representatives, Jan 21, 2016 (at 17:45): “This the largest natural gas leak in history. We were up there yesterday… what we heard was a loud sound of natural gas escaping that you could hear quite loudly from over half a mile away.”

The Guardian, Jan 11, 2016: Residents attack slow response to what official called ‘a mini-Chernobyl’… “This is a mini-Chernobyl,” Mike Antonovich, the LA county supervisor, told a public hearing at the weekend… [It] is the largest leak of… methane known to experts.

CBS/AP, Jan 15, 2016: A new report shows the level of toxins released… has been seriously underestimated, state regulators said… The findings were released in response to [SoCalGas’ admission that they] underestimated the number of times the cancer-causing chemical benzene has spiked.

AP, Jan 22, 2016: AP, Jan 22, 2016: Officials Waited Months To Monitor California’s Massive Gas Leak — A massive natural gas leak… had been out of control for more than a month when the county’s acting health director said in November that long-term impacts of the cancer-causing chemical benzene should be measured. It took many more weeks to implement the testing… “We can always look back and say, ‘Why didn’t we start with an expanded monitoring program?’” said Angelo Bellomo, deputy county director for health protection… Rob Jackson, an environmental scientist at Stanford University, said… it had undermined the ability to measure health impacts.

See also: Wildlife “disappearing” around LA gas disaster — Residents: “It’s completely quiet”… birds, butterflies, rabbits, coyotes are missing… all fish in pond dead — “All of this is gone… Makes me wonder how bad it really is” (VIDEO)

Watch the town hall here

Report: Wildlife “disappearing” around massive LA gas disaster — Residents: “It’s completely quiet”… birds, butterflies, rabbits, coyotes are missing… all fish in pond found dead — “All of this is gone… Makes me wonder how bad it really is” — Animal with “worst blood” ever seen by doctor (VIDEO)


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City News Service, Jan 18, 2016 (emphasis added): Porter Ranch residents report unexplained ailments, behaviors in pets… [A family] lost all 20 of their brightly colored Koi fish after they started dying… [Others] have noticed fewer bird and wildlife sightings.

Al Jazeera, Jan 22, 2016: [The Katz’s], parents of five… are living a nightmare… Her pride and joy was her garden and a koi pond. She cries when she recounts how all 20 fish died…“The birds, the butterflies, all of this is gone. It’s quiet now.”

L.A. Daily News, Jan 22, 2016: “We used to see coyotes and animals” [Jennifer Marotta] said. “It makes me wonder how bad it really is.”

L.A. Daily News, Jan 16, 2016: [Residents] have noticed fewer bird and wildlife sightings… [Attorney Rex Parris wrote to officials] that pets are ill or disappearing and wildlife, such as birds and rabbits, seem to be disappearing as well from the community… [Sally Taylor’s dog] quickly became lethargic and threw up some 20 times within an hour… “[The vet hospital] said it was the worst blood work the vet has ever seen”… For the Balen family, it’s the sound of birds they’ve missed the most. In late December, they said the absence made their home… “completely quiet… for 10 years… every morning, we wake up to the birds chirping. Not anymore.”

KABC, Jan 19, 2016: [The gas leak is] affecting many pets… “We’re seeing probably several hundred total and it’s been going on for around three months now,” [Dr. David Smith at Northridge Animal Hospital] said. Smith said it started shortly after [they] first reported the leak… Smith said he has serious concerns about the health risks for the animals.

Government officials have come up with their own interesting explanations for the disappearance of wildlife:

L.A. Times, Jan 18, 2016: Wild animals may have left the area because of the noise coming from crews attempting to fix the well, [Department of Fish and Wildlife] spokeswoman Mary Fricke said.

Steve Gonzalez, public information officer for the Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, Jan 16, 2016: “There is a lot of noise and construction… Typically, animals like coyotes and bears will stay away from loud noises.”

Watch KABC’s broadcast here

 

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Los Angeles gas well leak critical – Methane apparently erupting from multiple sites


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Experts Boston University Professor Nathan Phillips and Bob Ackley of Gas Safety drove a high precision GIS-enabled natural gas analyzer down the roads around the gas leak to create these images. The level of natural gas is shown by the height. The data is from Jan 8th to 13th, 2016.

A catastrophic disaster is now taking place outside of Los Angeles endangering hundreds of thousands of people. Officials say they have “entirely lost control of the entire (gas) field” meaning explosive methane gas is now leaking from “many places.” Workers at the scene of the Porter Ranch gas field in the Aliso Canyon say some of the leaks are so loud, the hissing sound can be heard 1/2 mile away.

Comment: This quote appears to be taken from a local attorney who was present at a Porter Ranch town hall meeting on January 22nd.

If this continues, multiple massive explosions are very likely to take place once the methane comes into contact with the pilot light of a stove, or hot water heater. This could set off “rolling explosions a few hundred feet in the air, knocking down all the houses and buildings nearby as it goes!”

Worse, toxic benzene is now also confirmed to be coming out of the ground and entering the atmosphere in such large quantities, that people can be killed merely from walking through it. Benzene can be absorbed through the skin. Once a sufficient amount enters the body, there is no treatment and no cure; all the person can do is wait to die.

The graphic above was made from actual measurements of Benzene; the higher the red color goes, the worse the concentration. Fatal levels are the highest ones near the well and gas field.

The photo at the top of this article shows the explosive gas cloud over hundred of homes as part of it blows toward downtown Los Angeles. If this detonates, the destruction and carnage will be unimaginable.

The Leak

The largest natural gas leak ever recorded is happening now in a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles. The leak is from an old oil well being used to store natural gas under high pressure. It is the largest natural gas storage facility west of the Mississippi.

A pipe inside the well has cracked and so much gas is gushing out:

  • It’s increasing California’s emissions by 25%
  • 10,000 local residents have been evacuated, up to 5 miles away from the leak
  • Planes aren’t allowed overhead for fear they’ll blow up

The leak first started in October and the company responsible says it can’t be fixed until March.

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The Researchers

Boston University Professor Nathan Phillips and Bob Ackley of Gas Safety drove a high precision GIS-enabled natural gas analyzer down the roads around the gas leak (Jan. 8th to 13th, 2016) to create the video above. The red shows where they drove. The level of natural gas is shown by the height of the peaks. Where the gas spreads depends enormously on the direction and speed of the wind. These are just a few snapshots in time of the gas (see more images).

Phillips and Ackley are experts in natural gas analysis, having mapped the gas leaks in numerous cities such as Washington (DC), Boston, Cincinnati and Manhattan. They will post their data soon, making everything open source for researchers and reporters.

Early Results

So far, the early results show natural gas levels are elevated 2 to 67 times the background level found in the area. Local residents are complaining of nausea, headaches and nosebleeds. No one knows if there will be long term health effects from the volatile organic chemicals found in the gas.

http://www.sott.net/article/311319-Los-Angeles-gas-well-leak-critical-Methane-apparently-erupting-from-multiple-sites

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The anthropogenic assault on planet earth continues to accelerate on countless fronts, with climate engineering at the top of the list. The rapidly unfolding biosphere implosion is increasingly hindering industrialized civilization’s futile attempt to perpetually expand on a finite planet with finite resources. The current paradigm is completely decimating the biosphere. The climate engineering interference with the global climate system and the hydrological cycle is a one primary manifestation of the ongoing assault against the planet.
We are told that global warming will trigger more extreme cooling events, is this conclusion supported by the latest science study? No, recent studies reveal that the anomalous cool-downs on our rapidly warming world are NOT a likely result of global warming. Snowstorms like “winter storm Jonas” are completely engineered events, a glaring red flag that reflects the rapidly increasing desperation of the power structure and the geoengineers. The geoengineers have already scheduled “Winter Storm Kayla”. This will be the next theatrically named event in a string of engineered chemical ice nucleated cool-down atrocities created by the climate engineering juggernaut of insanity. Possible record warmth and tornado outbreaks are forecasted on one side of this “Winter Storm”, with blizzards predicted on the other side. If you think such scenarios are “natural”, think again.
Many continue to falsely argue that the runaway Co2 levels are not a problem for the climate and ecosystems. Tell that to the fish that are trying to survive in our rapidly acidifying oceans. “UNSW researchers have found that carbon dioxide concentrations in seawater could reach levels high enough to make fish “intoxicated” and disoriented many decades earlier than previously thought, with serious implications for the world’s fisheries.”
On the current trajectory the horizon will continue to grow darker by the day. Yet, even now, so many are completely and willingly blind to what is unfolding and in plain site. The majority continue to unquestioningly support the very power structure that is responsible for the juggernaut of destruction and oppression. “Unnatural feelings of support for those within arbitrary borders, and dislike for those without, can only be explained as the product of a deep psychological phenomenon. Breaking free may be hard, even counterintuitive. But unless we do so, we risk being forever engulfed in blind obedience to a state that should command neither our will nor our support without first justifying its existence.”
Stockholm Syndrome, normalcy bias, and simple denial, are so far ruling the day. These psychological defense mechanisms are an epidemic form of the public’s willful blindness that must be shattered. Each of us has a part to play in this most critical battle to wake the masses.We will sink or swim together, all are needed in the battle to sound the alarm. What will you do? What will be your part in the play?
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Research Reveals Plants Can Think, Choose and Remember


By Sayer Ji

Modern science is only beginning to catch up to the wisdom of the ancients: plants possess sentience and a rudimentary form of intelligence.

Plants are far more intelligent and capable than we given them credit. In fact, provocative research from 2010 published in Plant Signaling & Behavior proposes that since they cannot escape environmental stresses in the manner of animals, they have developed a “sophisticated, highly responsive and dynamic physiology,” which includes information processes such as “biological quantum computing” and “cellular light memory” which could be described as forms of plant intelligence.

Titled, “Secret life of plants: from memory to intelligence,” the study highlights one particular “super power” of plants indicative of their success as intelligent beings:

“There are living trees that germinated long before Jesus Christ was born. What sort of life wisdom evolved in plants to make it possible to survive and propagate for so long a time in the same place they germinated?”

According to the researchers, plants “plants actually work as a biological quantum computing device that is capable to process quantum information encrypted in light intensity and in its energy.” This information processing includes a mechanism for processing memorized information. For example:

“plants can store and use information from the spectral composition of light for several days or more to anticipate changes that might appear in the near future in the environment, for example, for anticipation of pathogen attack.”

According to the study, “plants can actually think and remember.”

Moreover, plant not only possess a mechanism for information gathering and processing, but appear to exercise agency or “choice” vis-à-vis different scenarios:

“different group of chloroplasts and cells in the same leaf under identical constant and stable light, temperature and relative humidity condition have different opinion “what to do” in such conditions and tests different scenarios of possible future development.”

The study also offers an explanation for why plants absorb more light energy than is needed for photosynthesis alone:

“Another possible answer to the above question is a light training of young naïve leaves. Let’s imagine when young leaf or flower is emerging out of a plant, it would be nice for that leaf or flower to know about the conditions in which it is going to emerge. Older, more experienced leaves that actually are acclimated to outside conditions can train naïve emerging young leaves with the PEPS [photoelectrophysiological signaling ]and cellular light memory mechanisms. This explains why plants possess a natural capacity to absorb more light energy than that required for photosynthetic CO2 assimilation. They need this absorbed energy in excess for optimization and training of light acclimatory and immune defenses.”

The authors leave us with the provocative conclusion:

“Our results suggest that plants are intelligent organisms capable of performing a sort of thinking process (understood as at the same time and non-stress conditions capable of performing several different scenarios of possible future definitive responses), and capable of memorizing this training.17 Indeed leaves in the dark are able to not only “see” the light,8,34 but also are able to differently remember its spectral composition and use this memorized information to increase their Darwinian fitness.

Why is this discovery important?

There are many reasons why recognizing the sentience and intelligence of plants may have positive implications for the future of humanity. For one, it helps us all to transcend the dominant worldview that non-human life forms are best defined in strictly mechanistic terms, and that attributing a “life essence” or consciousness to them is a form of magical thinking. French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Pointy called this world view the “Great Object,” namely, that everything in the universe is compromised of material objects externally related to one another, and with consciousness merely an ephemeral subjectivity found only in humans.
To the contrary, if we open ourselves to the possibility that we are all participants in an interconnected web of life, as many indigenous peoples believed and actually experienced things to be, destroying the natural world simply to serve the essentially suicidal infinite economic growth model will be identified for the insanity that it is.

If we recognize, as biologist James Lovelock proposed, the Earth as a whole should be looked upon more like a self-regulating organisms (Gaia hypothesis), or as mycologist Paul Stamet envisions, that there is a fungi-based internet within the ground connecting all living things on the planet in an information-sharing network, we will be less likely to both perceive and to treat the natural world as “other” to be dominated.

Recognizing that plants, for instance, have consciousness, or that their simple presence in our environment has healing effects, reintroduces an element of wonder and mystery back into the experience of the natural world. A perfect example of this can be found in the singing plants of the sacred forest of Damanhur. Damanhurian researchers in the mid-70’s reported using custom equipment to capture electromagnetic changes on the surface of leaves and roots and transforming them into audible signals.

The researchers also observed that the plants learned to control their electrical responses, indicating they had some rudimentary awareness of the music they were creating. To learn more, watch the video documentary [see below], or visit the Damanhur project website, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year – [see below].

Singing Plants at the Sacred Forest of Damanhur


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Sayer Ji is founder of Greenmedinfo.com, on the Board of Governors for the National Health Federation, and Fearless Parent, Steering Committee Member of the Global GMO Free Coalition (GGFC), a reviewer at the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine.

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Trudeau’s promises to Indigenous people and the climate mean game over for pipelines


 

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Reconciliation with First Nations and strong action on climate change are two of the Liberal government’s most substantive policy promises. So far the Liberals have committed to act on all the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and signed onto the Paris climate agreement.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has been quiet on how these two promises intersect with the controversial subject of pipelines.

Dru Oja Jay argues that to honour Indigenous treaties, including respecting free, informed and prior consent, and in order to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to safe levels, the Liberals would need to stop pipelines, including the recently flowing Line 9, and bigger projects like Northern Gateway, Energy East, and Keystone XL.

Jay’s logic then goes that protesters who manually shut down Enbridge’s Line 9 twice in December and Line 7 once in January were really just enforcing the Liberal’s own policies.

Does this unlikely position hold up? 

Reconciliation: Honour the treaties. Really.

The TRC has brought focus back to the long-standing treaty obligations Canada has with Indigenous people for the use their lands and what those treaties mean for industrial projects.

If Trudeau wants to live up to his call to implement all 94 recommendations, the argument goes that pipeline projects across Canada would have to be stopped because of violations of treaties and of nation-to-nation relationships.

“Contrary to colonial texts and practices of denial and appropriation, the historic treaties did not cede, release, surrender, yield, or extinguish Indigenous title, rights, or jurisdiction,” Lynn Gehl, Algonquin scholar of indigenous history, tells rabble. “Canada, the provinces, and corporations must gain Indigenous consent [for projects].”

Gehl has studied the founding treaties of Canada extensively. One foundational agreement, made in 1764, involved the exchange of three wampum belts, known together as the Treaty of Niagara bundle. It is through these beaded belts that an understanding of the relationship between the Indigenous nations and the settlers (British at that time) was agreed upon.

A core piece, then as now, was “the philosophy and practice of non-interference mediated by peace, friendship, and respect,” in Gehl’s words.

The TRC recommendation #45 states Canada “reaffirm the nation-to-nation relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Crown” a concept Trudeau re-iterated to First Nations leaders on December 8, 2015:

“It is time for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with First Nations peoples: one that is based on the understanding that the constitutionally guaranteed rights of First Nations are a sacred obligation that we carry forward. This obligation is based on respect, co-operation, and partnership; it is guided by the spirit and intent of the original treaty relationship; and it respects inherent rights, treaties and jurisdictions, and the decisions of our courts.”

“In this context, our government will work collaboratively to further reconciliation, including the implementation all of the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action,” a spokesperson from tThe Ministry of Indigenous and North Affairs tells rabble.

“We are also working across government departments, provinces and territories, municipalities and with all Canadians to fully understand and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

Mentioned eight times in the TRC Calls to Action is the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, with clearly states that Indigenous groups must give free, prior and informed consent for use of their lands.

Such consent, and the nation-to-nation relationship are central to the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation legal case claiming they were not consulted and did not give their consent to changes with Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline on their land. Their case is heading to the Supreme Court of Canada. Their calls for treaty obligations to be honoured are echoed by the Chiefs of Ontario.

Similarly, Energy East does not have the consent of nations along its route, like Kanesatake and Kahnawake, and Northern Gateway is opposed by a long list of First Nations.

“Keep in mind,” says Gehl, “that progress for Indigenous people means taking the steps to ensure clean land, water, and air for all people. It is Canadians better option to stand behind Indigenous people and our knowledge philosophy and practices.”

End of the fossil fuel era

Canada is one of the highest per-capita emitters of GHGs and a producer of one of the higher-carbon sources of oil: tar sands bitumen.

But in Paris the Liberals committed to Canada doing it’s part to keep global temperature from rising 1.5 degrees Celsius, and definitely not more than 2 degrees.

“That has a very specific meaning,” Adam Scott at Environmental Defence tells rabble. “We have to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The Liberals have not changed the target from that of the Conservatives [30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030]. And we need more than just commitments, we need real actions.”

“We’re still waiting to see what the Liberals climate plan will be,” says Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy and Climate Campaigner with the Council of Canadians.

Trudeau said he will meet with the Premiers to work on a climate plan within 90 days of the Paris conference, which means mid-March. Today, Bloomberg Business reported the Trudeau government will begin preparing “transition plans” for exisiting pipelines and strengthen environmental review laws.

“If [the Liberal commitment] is more than hot air, it means this government must not approve new tar sands pipelines like Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion and TransCanada’s Energy East,” adds Harden-Donahue.

“The Energy East pipeline alone could lead to a 40 per cent increase in tar sands production, which we will be locked into for 40 years. Ambitious targets require ambitious actions. This means freezing tar sands expansion and planning for a transition towards a fossil-free economy by 2050.”

Yesterday, Montreal mayor Denis Coderre announced his opposition to Energy East based on “environmental and economic concerns.”

It appears some groups believe the thesis holds: shutting down pipelines is in line with stated Liberal policy positions on climate. 

“We need to be walking away from new fossil fuel projects” says Scott of Environmental Defence.

 

David Gray-Donald is a freelance journalist and community organizer in Toronto and Montreal.

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http://rabble.ca/news/2016/01/trudeaus-promises-to-indigenous-people-and-climate-mean-game-over-pipelines

Millions of Bees Turning Up Dead Around GMO Corn Fields Soaked with Neonicotinoid Pesticides


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By David Gutierrez, Natural News, January 21, 2016

(NaturalNews) As the European Union considers whether to lift restrictions on three pesticides in the neonicotinoid family, it would do well to consider the phenomenon, known to Canadian beekeepers, in which bees start dying in droves shortly after corn planting season.

“Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions,” said beekeeper Dave Schuit in summer 2013, as reported by Eat Local Grown.

That spring, Schuit lost 600 hives containing 37 million bees. The same year, Canadian farmer Gary Kenny said that eight of the 10 beehives that he kept on his property died shortly after his neighbors planted corn in their fields.

Genetically modified (GM) corn is widely planted in Canada, but because the bee deaths occurred just after planting, the corn plants are not likely to blame for this particular die-off. Instead, beekeepers believe the cause is that the corn seeds were pre-treated with neonicotinoids. Air seeding causes neonicotinoid dust to fly off the seeds and into the air, drifting across the landscape.

Numerous studies point finger at neonics

In one study, researchers from American Purdue University examined the bees that died or were dying as part of the spring 2013 die-off. “Bees exhibited neurotoxic symptoms, analysis of dead bees revealed traces of [the neonicotinoids] thiamethoxam/clothianidin in each case,” they wrote. “Seed treatments of field crops (primarily corn) are the only major source of these compounds.”

A local Pest Management Regulatory Agency investigation also pointed to the same cause, concluding that corn seeds treated with those neonicotinoids “contributed to the majority of bee mortalities.”

“The air seeders are the problem,” said Paul Wettlaufer, a local farmer and director of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

Neonicotinoids are “systemic pesticides.” They are applied to the seeds prior to planting, and then taken up into every tissue of the plant, including leaves, seeds, pollen, flowers and nectar. This makes them highly lethal not just to agricultural pests, but to all insects, and even birds that visit the plants for any reason.

“Large scale prophylaxic use [of neonicotinoids] in agriculture, their high persistence in soil and water, and their uptake by plants and translocation to flowers … put pollinator services at risk,” concluded one international research study.

Not only pollinators are threatened. Two major studies in 2015 found that the pesticides have widespread, dangerous effects on entire ecosystems. One, published in the journal Nature, found that neonicotinoid use was causing bird populations to crash. This is likely caused by both direct poisoning and by devastation of their invertebrate food sources.

Meanwhile, an analysis by the the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, of 800 separate studies, concluded that even when used according to manufacturer guidelines, neonicotinoids wreak havoc on “non-target” species such as earthworms, insects, aquatic invertebrates and even lizards and fish. The pesticides are “likely to have a wide range of negative biological and ecological impacts,” the task force wrote.

The growing case for a ban

In 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) placed a two-year ban on the use of three neonicotinoids, citing a likely risk to bees. The EFSA has now launched a new study to review that policy, with results expected in January 2017.

Yet the evidence for a ban on neonicotinoids is even stronger now than it was two years ago. Even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been forced to admit that the chemicals devastate pollinators. The agency recently announced the findings of field trials, finding that even very low level use of neonicotinoids (25 parts per billion in plant pollen and nectar), caused measurable drops in populations of honeybee hives.

Researchers believe that neonicotinoids damage bee brains, specifically the ability to process information related to orientation and direction.

Sources for this article include:

EatLocalGrown.com

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DigitalJournal.com

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Geoengineered Mass Distraction, “Winter Storm Jonas”


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Dane Wigington
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The total desperation of the the global power structure and the geoengineers is manifesting into ever higher levels. There is no question that global climate engineering is a weapon mass destruction, but it must be considered (and remembered) that weather/modification (AKA weather warfare) is also a weapon of mass distraction. What are those in power trying so desperately to hide? Much more than the public wants to know or is willing to accept (on many fronts). The massive corporate media hype about “winter storm Jonas” started immediately before the global release of headlines like the one below from The Washington Post.

It’s Official: 2015 “Smashed” Global Temperature Records, It Wasn’t Even Close

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Let’s rewind almost exactly one year from the headline above, and move to a previous headline (also from The Washington Post) that is a near mirror image of this year’s headlines.

It’s Official, 2014 Was The Hottest Year In Recorded History

What were the weather-makers up to after this headline was released around the globe from countless media sources a year ago? The same thing they are doing right now with “winter storm Jonas”. They were doing their best to completely eclipse dire news stories by manufacturing “winter storm Juno” in January of 2015. How parallel can these two scenarios be?

What else is the massive media hype about “winter storm Jonas” helping to hide? The global economy is crashing and it’s not coming back. This is not a bump in the road for industrialized society, it is the descent to the end of the road. The delusion is shattering, perpetual expansion on a finite planet with finite resources was never sustainable and it is reaching its breaking point. Global shipping is skidding to a halt, economies around the globe will follow. There are many other headlines those in power would like to hide including the poising of the population in Flint, Michigan and the rapidly worsening gas leak disaster in Southern California. And then of course there is the ongoing Fukushima cataclysm which continues to worsen and which those in power wish to obscure with headlines of mass distraction.

Back to “winter storm Jonas”, how engineered is it? Completely. If you don’t believe winter storms can be engineered, think again. The power structure controlled “Weather Channel” has been tasked with hyping the manufactured winter weather to the maximum degree possible. One of the ways The Weather Channel accomplishes this is by assigning theatrical names to the engineered winter weather. The 2015-2016 list of “winter storm” names is below.

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The beginning of “winter storm Jonas” is documented in the map below. On the so called “warm side” of the “winter storm” there were temperatures in the 70s with a threat of tornados and thunderstorms. Then, heading further into the chemically ice nucleated “winter storm”, there is a transition zone where the chemically nucleated materials reach the ground before freezing. These “ice storm” zones have now become the norm due to the constant engineering of “winter weather” events. Still farther into the chemically nucleated “snow storm”, a layer of cooler dense air builds in depth (from the cooling endothermic reaction of the nucleating materials), the generally large flakes of “heavy wet snow” begin to form and fall. Thundersnow” is related to the chemical nucleation of warmer convective rain bands that would not have produced frozen precipitation without the artificial/chemical nucleation process. Those that don’t believe jet aircraft are spraying in our skies, (as part of the ongoing global climate engineering programs) have simply not objectively investigated. Though the western powers continue to completely deny the ongoing climate engineering, China has openly admitted to engineering snowstorms in the past, though they have since also gone covert with their operations.

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The low pressure center and moisture feed for “winter storm Jonas” (shown in the map below) is feeding directly off of record warm oceans. The Weather Channel actors that masquerade as meteorologists are having an ever more difficult time covering the tracks of the geeoengineers. Watching them try to explain away the “warm side” of the “winter storm” (complete with thunderstorms and tornados) is troubling. Weather systems are being chemically ice nucleated all over the globe.11ac

As “Jonas” is migrated north toward its target area, the chemically nucleated “ice storm” zones will expand and likely do significant damage as reflected in the graphic below.

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The next forecast map below shows “Jonas” hitting home Saturday morning. With the warm flow of moisture coming off the Atlantic the temperatures along the coast are far above freezing. As outlined earlier, there is an “ice storm” transition zone where the chemical nucleation materials are still reaching the ground before freezing. Further into the “winter storm” (as the chemical nucleating materials are sprayed over the precipitation cells), some cooler air accumulates from the chemically reacting materials and thus facilitates the formation of the “heavy wet snow”. The headlines of mass distraction sought by the power structure and the geoengineers are thus achieved. The “snow line” within the engineered winter storms now has little to do with elevation, rather, it is related to a particular side of the “winter storm”(the “warm” or the “cold” side). A word of caution about the chemically nucleated frozen precipitation, don’t eat it. Main stream media sources have already sent out a warning against eating the snow, though they won’t admit to the most significant source of contamination in the snow, climate engineering fallout.

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What is the final result of this massive climate engineering effort? The most populated urban centers of the most populated zones in the country are hit the hardest with the completely engineered winter weather. The desired headlines are thus created, maximum public distraction and political impact is achieved. Conveniently, Washington DC and Baltimore are at the center of the “Jonas” bullseye.

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What is the latest and most compelling update on the actual overall state of the global climate? The just released 30 second animation below is a stark and shocking glimpse of a reality that much of the public still does not know, understand, or believe.

While the climate engineers manufacture weather in major US population centers, the Arctic continues into meltdown. The “departure from normal high temperature” graphic below clearly shows the far above average Arctic temperatures. Temperatures at the North Pole have recently been above the freezing mark even in the middle of winter . Where is the mainstream media coverage of this?

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How long will “snow storm Jonas” remain in the Northeast? Likely not for long as the NOAA extended forecast below clearly illustrates (unless, of course, the climate engineers decide to again alter the “scheduled” weather). Each color shade represents a 2-3 degree increase in temperatures above the range of “normal”. The engineered cool-downs in the US East are losing ground as the planetary warming continues to accelerate.

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From collapsing economies to the imploding climate system, those in power will continue to use every weapon at their disposal to hide the severity and immediacy of what is unfolding until the last possible moment. All the while they are rapidly preparing for what is coming. Every day that climate engineering continues, an already horrific global warming scenario is made far worse. Geoengineering/solar radiation management is not a cure, rather, it is a curse that is even worse than the crisis it claims to mitigate. Our task is to beat the global criminal cabal to the intersection. We must fully expose the climate engineering assault and stop geoengineering before those in power are prepared for this to happen.
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There is yet one major wildcard in the chessboard of unfolding circumstances and converging catastrophes, that is the population of the US. If Americans could be awakened to the sea of criminality and deception that is so rapidly surrounding us all, the outcome of the paradigm could yet be altered for the better (though our challenges have only just begun at best).  As the global economic collapse continues (fueled by the imploding biosphere), the US will soon find itself at the center of the storm. The further the curtain is pulled back, the more Americans will begin to realize that crimes like the poisoning of the water in Flint, Michigan, and the Southern California gas leak disaster, are only a small sample of what has been going on behind the scenes all along.
The global elite are more desperate than ever, “Winter Storm Jonas” is a stellar example of their desperation. Climate engineering/weather warfare is being pushed to ever more disastrous levels all over the world. The entire climate system is  unraveling due to MANY causal factors, which is imperative to remember. This being said, geoengineering programs are like a bucket of gas that is being heaped on a fire that is already burning dangerously. Overall global land and ocean temperatures are in  record high uncharted territory and constantly shattering records. The mass die-off of wildlife will continue to accelerate with new examples coming to light constantly. The very foundations of industrialized/militarized society are crumbling, empires are floundering and preparing for inevitable conflict.
Each of us, all of us, are going to sink or swim together. We are free falling into the most critical era in the history of the human race. Our daily actions and priorities (or lack of them) will determine our collective fate and future. Make your voice heard in the critical battle to expose and halt the global climate engineering insanity, every day counts.
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Shocker: Govt. Scientists Admit They Deceived the Public About Fracking’s Impact on Drinking Water


There will be heavy pressure to revise the EPA’s conclusion — and the oil and gas industry will have major egg on its face.

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Five years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was commissioned by Congress to undertake a study on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on drinking water. This newer method of oil and gas extraction involves the pumping of highly pressurized water, sand and chemicals into underground rock formations.

Fracking has driven the boom in U.S. oil production and contributed to the steep drop in gasoline prices, but the environmental impacts of this relatively new technique are not well understood.

The EPA’s draft study—released in June to solicit input from advisers and the public—found  that fracking has already contaminated drinking water, stating in the report:

“We found specific instances where one or more mechanisms led to impacts on drinking water resources, including contamination of drinking water wells…

Approximately 6,800 sources of drinking water for public water systems were located within one mile of at least one hydraulically fractured well … These drinking water sources served more than 8.6 million people year-round in 2013…

Hydraulic fracturing can also affect drinking water resources outside the immediate vicinity of a hydraulically fractured well.”

 

Despite these findings, and EPA’s own admissions of “data limitations and uncertainties” as well as “the paucity of long-term systemic studies,” the agency stated in its conclusion that “there is no evidence fracking has led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.”

Industry hacks and their MSM cheerleaders took this line and ran with it, proclaiming that “the science is settled” on fracking and any further concerns are just crazed environmental activists pursuing an agenda.

However, it turns out that the EPA’s own science advisers have repudiated the study’s major conclusion, saying that it is “inconsistent with the observations, data and levels of uncertainty.”

“Major findings are ambiguous or are inconsistent with the observations/data presented in the body of the report,” the 31-member scientific review board said on Thursday. The panel will have a public teleconference on Feb. 1 before sending its final recommendations to EPA.

The conclusion of the draft report had already drawn suspicion of political tampering. Adding to this is the fact that EPA left out high-profile cases in Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming “where hydraulic fracturing activities are perceived by many members of the public to have caused significant local impacts to drinking water sources.”

The EPA draft report also found that failed wells and above ground spills may have affected drinking water resources. It found evidence of more than 36,000 spills from 2006 to 2012. According to Bloomberg:

“Spill data alone “gives sufficient pause to reconsider the statement” that there’s no evidence of systemic, widespread damage, said panelist Bruce Honeyman, professor emeritus at the Colorado School of Mines.

“It’s important to characterize and discuss the frequency and severity of outliers that have occurred,” said panelist Katherine Bennett Ensor, chairwoman of the Rice University Department of Statistics.

And panel member James Bruckner, a professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Georgia, said the report glosses over the limited data and studies available to the agency.

“I do not think that the document’s authors have gone far enough to emphasize how preliminary these key conclusions are and how limited the factual bases are for their judgments,” Bruckner said.

Young, the University of California professor who suggested rewriting the top-line conclusion, faulted the document for trying “to draw a global and permanent conclusion about the safety or impacts of hydraulic fracturing at the national level” given the “uncertainties and data limitations described in the report.””

In light of these criticisms, there will be heavy pressure to revise the EPA’s conclusion in the final report, and the oil and gas industry will have major egg on its face.

The fact is, fracking was fast-tracked into use before the environmental impacts could be properly assessed. Public health and environmental quality took a back seat to the profits of an industry that long ago cemented its grip on federal and state governments.

The oil and gas industry tried their hardest, with the help of government agencies, to keep the identity of fracking fluids from becoming public knowledge. But as that information has come out, we are finding that these chemicals pose catastrophic risks to human health, as a study by the Yale School of Public Health points out.

“In an analysis of more than 1,000 chemicals in fluids used in and created by hydraulic fracturing (fracking), Yale School of Public Health researchers found that many of the substances have been linked to reproductive and developmental health problems, and the majority had undetermined toxicity due to insufficient information.

Further exposure and epidemiological studies are urgently needed to evaluate potential threats to human health from chemicals found in fracking fluids and wastewater created by fracking.”

Contamination of drinking water is not the only threat that fracking poses. Oklahoma, which has gone full speed ahead with fracking operations, has seen a 730 percent increase in earthquake activity since 2013. Since the start of the new year, 69 earthquakes have struck, with two registering a magnitude of 4.7 and 4.8.

The state’s own Geological Survey admitted, “we know that the recent rise in earthquakes cannot be entirely attributed to natural causes.” They say the earthquakes are caused by wastewater injection wells, not fracking, but this is dubious considering the tremendous influence of the oil and gas industry in that state.

A report released last year by a group of seismologists, researchers, and oil and gas industry representatives “overwhelmingly connected hydro fracturing to the surge in earthquakes.

It is past time for government to stop endangering public and environmental health by protecting the fossil fuel industry with bogus conclusions in its risk assessments.

http://www.alternet.org/environment/shocker-govt-scientists-admit-they-deceived-public-about-frackings-impact-drinking-water

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