GSM Solutions: Fungi for Food Sovereignty, Cold Aquaponics, High Tunnels (e26c) ~ Ice Age Farmer IAF


 

 

 

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Lobster found with Pepsi logo ‘tattoo’ fuels fears over ocean litter


  • Blue-and-red image appears on claw of lobster found off New Brunswick
  • How the logo got there remains a topic of debate
The ‘tattooed’ lobster was found off New Brunswick, Canada.
The ‘tattooed’ lobster was found off New Brunswick, Canada. Photograph: Karissa Lindstrand

Concerns over debris littering the world’s oceans are back in the spotlight after a Canadian fishing crew found a lobster with the blue and red Pepsi logo imprinted on its claw.

Trapped in the waters off Grand Manan, New Brunswick, the lobster had been loaded on to a crate to have its claws banded when Karissa Lindstrand came across it.

Lindstrand, who drinks as many as 12 cans of Pepsi a day, quickly spotted the resemblance.

“I was like: ‘Oh, that’s a Pepsi can,’” she said. On closer look, it seemed more like a tattoo on the claw. “It looked like it was a print put right on the lobster claw.”

Neither she or any of the crew had seen anything like it. More than a week after the find, debate has swirled over how it might have come to be: some believe the lobster might have grown around a can that ended up at the bottom of the ocean. Others speculate that part of a Pepsi box somehow become stuck on the lobster.

Lindstrand disputes these theories. The image on the claw was pixelated, she said, suggesting it couldn’t have come from a can. And the image on a Pepsi box is far too large to be what she saw on the claw.

The logo looked like it came from a printed picture, but paper would have deteriorated in the ocean. “I’m still trying to wrap my brain around what exactly it was,” she said.

The find comes amid growing concerns over the amount of debris accumulating in the world’s oceans. Between 5m and 13m tonnes of plastic leak into the world’s oceans each year to be ingested by seabirds, fish and other organisms, leading the record-breaking sailor Dame Ellen MacArthur to warn that by 2050 the sea could have more plastic in it than fish, by weight.

Recently, researchers documented nearly 38m pieces of plastic – weighing nearly 18 tonnes – that had washed up in one of the world’s most remote places: an uninhabited coral atoll in the eastern South Pacific. Scientists found hundreds of crabs scuttling about in makeshift homes made of bottle caps and cosmetic jars, with one crab even converting the inside of a doll’s head into a home.

Soon after, an expedition noted that remote Arctic beaches were heavily polluted with plastic, linking the find to plastic drifting northwards up the Atlantic from Europe and North America.

To Lindstrand, the lobster with the Pepsi imprint hints at the magnitude of rubbish ending up in the ocean. “We don’t see it floating around us when we’re out there,” she said. “I do see stuff along the shorelines that gets washed up on the beaches or the sides of the cliffs.”

After coming across the lobster, she snapped one picture before placing it – Pepsi image and all – into a crate with the other lobsters for sale.

The head captain, in hopes of placing it on display at a local restaurant along with a recently found rare, translucent lobster, has since contacted the buyer in a futile attempt to track down the lobster.

“I’m really wishing I would have kept it now,” said Lindstrand. “It’s the first time I’ve seen something like that, and it was pretty neat. Kind of bad, but pretty neat.”

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/29/lobster-pepsi-logo-ocean-new-brunswick-canada

Andrew Bartzis – Whales – Their Role On Earth and in the Universe – Pt1


 

 

Welcome to my Adventures Into Reality Show November 11, 2017! We have an amazing show for you that you do not want to miss. This is a very special topic that has a lot of impact on what we are each creating in our lives and how what we do ripples throughout the planet and the universe and effects every living creature. This is a particularly special topic that you are going to love because it reaches into your soul connections and your soul family ties to the most profound and high resonating creatures on this planet, Whales. Whales are ancient cosmic beings that heal and bridge energies between timelines and worlds. They came here to heal the planet. Here is what the show is about: Whales – Their Role On Earth and in the Universe – Pt1 – With Debbie, Mandy and Andre. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aTL8… What we do has a lasting imprint. Find out why and what this majestic creature means to you and your journey. If you’ve ever wondered why you are so drawn to this animal then it’s time to find out and explore that which has yet to be experienced. The time is now, to learn and understand just how much the mysteries of the universe have a place in your life. You are made up of the same essence as the stars and this is what dreams are made of. That is why you have such an affinity with this dreamtime being we call The Whale. It’s time to awaken the dreamer within you. Join us by clicking on the link below. Want to Be a Part of the next Live AIR Show? Join me every Tuesday from 7 to 9pm PST and/or Saturday from 5 to 7pm PST! Want More? Check out my Living the Mystical Life Daily Online Course at: http://www.andrewbartzisjourney.com/s… My Website: http://www.andrewbartzis.com Come join the Mailing List! AND/OR Join the journey on Facebook at Andrew Bartzis (@GalacticHistorian) and Instagram @galactic_historianab ! For Free videos series of Andrew’s “Mystical Teachings for Everyday Life” and learn how to apply the knowledge of becoming your own self-illuminated master, join our mailing list at http://www.andrewbartzis.com/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GalacticHist… If you’re interested in a private reading or need more information about a session please go to this link http://andrewbartzis.com/one_on_one_s…. Acknowledgements: Andre Hodge servantoftruth.org

Giant Worms, Mind Bending Clouds and Ferocious Electrical Storms (477)


 

 

 

Intense cold fronts known as the Arctic vortex descend through N. America and Europe the last days of October. The colliding warm and cold air masses have created some of the most beautiful cloud displays that nature offers on our planet. Additionally ferocious electrical storms across the east coast of Australia with record flooding where giant earthworms a meter / 3 feet long emerge from the ground.

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Airborne Black Death Outbreak May Be Deliberate & Man Made


 

Note: This is one of the strangest health story’s to surface in quite some time. Was this guy being mind controlled, or is he simply a psychopath? This is a twisted affair which is still shrouded in mystery.

That said, there’s nothing to fear. “IF” – big if – the Black Plague spreads, or if you need to travel to Africa simply stock up on Thieves Oil. It was used by thieves during the Black Plague to avoid contracting the disease while they robbed the dead and dying. When questioned by a judge about how they avoided catching the plague, testimony revealed they wore scarves doused with Thieves Oil over their nose and mouth, which apparently prevented transmission and boosted immune function.  Strange times indeed, be safe…blessings!

(C)2017 http://www.POTRBLOG.com Is Virulent Black Death Outbreak Tied To Admitted Gay Fetish-Murder Triangle Plague Researcher? The highly unusual outbreak of airborne Pneumonic Plague in Madagascar may be manmade and of higher threat to humanity than might otherwise be expected. In an August tweet the PORTBLOG team warned about the potential for an outbreak of Pneumonic Plague tied to the arrest one of the world’s top Pneumonic Plague researcher’s as the mastermind behind a truly bizarre gay fetish murder triangle. Fast forward two months, and a highly unusual Pneumonic Plague outbreak is underway in Madagascar, and it has been declared at risk of spreading internationally via air travel.

Here is what we know about the guy who might be behind this unusual outbreak:

(1) He admitted he recently traveled to Madagascar

(2) He was appointed to lead Pneumonic Plague research at the Pasteur Institute in Paris

(3) French Authorities strangely killed his security clearance to handle BioWeapons

(4) He returned to the USA and apparently masterminded a Fetish Murder Ritual with a stranger to murder multiple people, including himself and his coconspirator.

(5) His apparent profile fits the type of person who would engage in a Bioterror murder.

(6) He researched and engineered virulent forms of airborne Plague bacteria in his lab

(7) The time frame is right for him to have seeded Pneumonic Plague in Madagascar (8) A highly unusually airborne outbreak of Pneumonic Plague has occurred in Madagascar

(9) Since his arrest Wyndham Lathem admitted that: ‘he’s not the person people thought he was’. None of this proves that Wyndham Lathem is behind the outbreak, but it is coincidence enough that prudent persons might make preparations for a Global outbreak much like the World Bank just did yesterday (10/24).

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Grand Solar Minimum, Global Elite Using Police State to Control Food: Adapt 2030 Interview (FULL)


 

 

Michael DePinto from Right Wing Conspirator interviews David DuByne from ADAPT 2030 on the political events around the world and how it relates to the new grand solar minimum. From population migration, to currency devaluation , proxy wars and saber rattling, its all a grand plan to control the masses when food shortages rock our planet in 2018-2019.

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GSM Update 10/24/17 – Explosion at Stromboli – 9.0 Cascadia Simulation – Record Rainfall & Flooding


 

 

 

 
One of the worst nightmares for many Pacific Northwest residents is a huge earthquake along the offshore Cascadia Subduction Zone, which would unleash damaging and likely deadly shaking in coastal Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and northern California. The last time this happened was in 1700, before seismic instruments were around to record the event. So what will happen when it ruptures next is largely unknown. A University of Washington research project, to be presented October 24 at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting in Seattle, simulates 50 different ways that a magnitude-9.0 earthquake on the Cascadia subduction zone could unfold. “There had been just a handful of detailed simulations of a magnitude-9 Cascadia earthquake, and it was hard to know if they were showing the full range,” said Erin Wirth, who led the project as a UW postdoctoral researcher in Earth and space sciences. “With just a few simulations you didn’t know if you were seeing a best-case, a worst-case or an average scenario. This project has really allowed us to be more confident in saying that we’re seeing the full range of possibilities.” Have a look at the simulated ground motions and seismometer readings in four cities for the scenario that generated the most shaking in Seattle. In this scenario, the hypocenter was far away, but the rupture spread inland and up the coast, causing waves to pile up toward Seattle. https://watchers.news/2017/10/23/50-s… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soil_li…
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*Global Phenomenon* – ” World’s Flying insects disappearing”


 

 

October 21, 2017: Flying insects, an annoying but necessary part of life, are disappearing, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One. For the study, researchers evaluated 27 years of insect collection data from German nature preserves and found the biomass of flying insects had fallen by a seasonal average of 76 percent! As detestable as flying insects are, they’re also a vital part of the ecosystem, providing food for animals and playing a vital role in agriculture. As for why the insects are disappearing, researchers appeared stumped. Climate change, they said, seems an unlikely culprit since the increase in temperatures should have helped, not harmed, the insect population. But, what if an increase in Extreme UV is the unseen culprit? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eBGH… (No Flies) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-_vB… (No Hatchlings) http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/0… #MrMBB333

ALERT: Insect Ecosystem Collapsing! Solar output changing ~ IAF


 

 

IAF Special Alert: New study (10/18/2017) indicates FLYING INSECT POPULATION is COLLAPSING. This affects entire ecosystem, most notably in terms of pollinators. Start growing your own food today! Crop losses continue, exponentially increasing extreme weather events, and volcanic/seismic activity: many indications that the effects of the Grand Solar Minimum continue to accelerate. START MOVING TOWARDS SELF-SUFFICIENCY TODAY. Start taking daily steps NOW towards self-sufficiency so that you can thrive in the Grand Solar Minimum. SUBSCRIBE! http://iceagefarmer.com/ http://wiki.iceagefarmer.com/ Patreon supporters get 10% off at TheAquaponicSource.com ! http://patreon.com/iceagefarmer

Miracles; Grand Solar Minimum News/Intensification; Fungal Diseases (Ep 13) ~ IAF


 

 

Trust in God, but row away from the rocks. Today IAF discusses the events of the week, which were really quite severe and alarming, but should serve only to increase our resolve to map a path to prosperity in the Grand Solar Minimum.

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Hurricane Irma’s Overlooked Victims: Migrant Farm Workers Living at the Edge


Jobs, homes and lives are at risk when extreme weather strikes the communities that grow America’s food.

With their homes damaged by Hurricane Irma and their community dealing with the aftermath of flooding, residents of the rural migrant worker town of Immokalee, Florida, waited for emergency donations. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
A line of residents of the rural migrant farm worker town of Immokalee, Florida, waited for emergency donations of food and supplies brought in by a volunteer group from Georgia. Hurricane Irma damaged homes, flooded their community and wiped out jobs they rely on. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

 

Hurricane Irma knocked millions of dollars worth of oranges and grapefruits to the ground. Its high winds mowed down thousands of acres of sugarcane, toppled nursery plants, and decimated the avocado crop.

The damage will cost the state’s agricultural industry billions, but for the migrant workers who pick these crops and work in the fields, the storm means real hardship that will test lives already on the edge.

“If you listen to the news coverage about Irma, you’ll hear about damage to the farms. You don’t ever hear about impact to farm workers,” said Jeannie Economos, the pesticide safety and environmental health project coordinator with the Farmworker Association of Florida. “And there’s a critical piece—an intersection of climate change and living and working conditions for migrant workers.”

The storm destroyed housing across communities that are home to many of the estimated 300,000 migrant workers in the state. Now, the damage to Florida’s agriculture industry will mean fewer jobs, and because of their legal status or lack of a permanent address, many migrant workers don’t qualify for relief—or are afraid to seek help. For people already living on the margins, missing even a week or two of work can mean being unable to pay rent, buy groceries or fill up a car with gas.

“There’s not going to be a lot of work this year,” said Gene McAvoy, a horticultural specialist with the University of Florida. “They don’t have credit cards. They don’t have bank accounts. The housing they live in is substandard. They took a disproportionate hit by the storm. It’s really going to have a major impact on that community.”

Florida is the country’s second-largest producer of vegetables and top citrus producer, and its $8 billion agricultural economy depends on migrant workers. Unlike other parts of the country, where the agricultural economy is supported by mechanization, almost all of the crops grown in Florida, from asparagus to zucchini, require a human to pick them. Many are migrant workers—some in the country legally, and some not—who are especially vulnerable to the danger and economic hardship that accompany a monster storm like Irma.

“If you’re not picking, you’re not getting paid—you won’t have any income,” said Kathy Dain director of the Beth-El Farmworker Ministry in Wimauma. “For those who live in poverty—which would be our farmworkers—you don’t have the resources. A middle-income person can just go out and buy the things they need.”

Between a Storm and a Hostile Political Climate

In the hours before Irma hit, some farm workers spent their limited cash taking shelter in motels. Some spent money on gas to leave the state. Still others wouldn’t seek shelter, fearing that operators or law enforcement would ask for papers.

“I saw, first hand, families that didn’t want to go to shelters,” said Lourdes Villanueva, the director of farmworker advocacy at the Redlands Christian Migrant Association. “It took a lot of convincing.”

With anti-immigrant rhetoric simmering across the country—inflamed by talk of border walls and immigration-tightening legislation floated by lawmakers—fear is running high.

“It’s always a difficult life, but in this political climate, it’s harder,” Villanueva added. “If these people could be invisible, they would be.”

Some farm workers waited out Irma at home, losing the roofs over their heads and all the food in their refrigerators.

Residents of the migrant farmworkers community of Immokalee moved belongings from damaged homes after the hurricane. Much of the housing is older, rented and in poor conditions. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Residents of Immokalee moved belongings from damaged homes after the hurricane. Much of the housing is older, rented and in poor condition. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

 

“That sets a poor family back much more than it does a family who has an employer 52 weeks a year,” said Steve Kirk, president of a not-for-profit called Rural Neighborhoods that rents 1,700 apartments, many to farmworkers. “From a financial perspective, they have a hard time rebounding, especially when they lose weeks of work.”

The Farmworker Association of Florida estimates that the state has 300,000 farmworkers in total, roughly half of whom are undocumented. “FEMA and food stamps and other emergency help — they’re not going to qualify,” said Tirso Moreno, a director with the association.

After Irma, Aid Was Slow to Arrive

Irma’s impact, at least initially, was especially severe in Immokalee, a chronically poor town at the heart of Florida’s tomato-growing industry in the southwestern part of the state.

About 30 miles east the expensive high-rise apartment buildings of Naples that tower at the edge of the Gulf, Immokalee was in near ruin. Irma’s winds ripped roofs of mobile homes like sardine cans. Houses were inundated with water that people tried to pump out with hand-made devices fashioned out of bits of hose. Thousands of acres of plastic sheeting—laid down to prepare for the tomato crop—sat under mud.

Government and other aid workers were slow to arrive with basic supplies, and it took nearly two weeks for power to return—providing, finally, some relief from the south Florida heat.

“The Red Cross didn’t show up for a week. If you needed water or ice, you needed it right away, not 10 days later,” Villanueva said. “The help went to Naples, to other places. No one bothered to go to that area.”

Nor to other, lesser-known farming communities across the state.

“This storm was so big, they weren’t prepared,” said Moreno said. “The southwest was the most affected, but there were problems all over.”

Farmworkers’ ‘Affordable Housing’ Hit Hard

In a state with a shortage of affordable housing, landlords can charge huge rents for mobile homes, and many of those are unanchored or so old they don’t meet newer safety standards. The housing stock in Immokalee was already limited and shoddy, even before Irma wiped out as many as 100 mobile and traditional homes.

The problem extends through much of Florida’s agricultural areas, especially in the central and southern parts of the state—away from the tourism and the wealth of the coasts.

“The real issue is the lack of affordable housing for everyone, but that’s magnified by what these families go through. They’re not here year-round. They can’t secure a year-round lease, so they’re not ideal candidates for landlords,” Villanueva said. “There are just so many factors that are really stacked against these families.”

Hurricane Irma flooded the streets of Immokalee, Florida, surrounding homes and raising concerns that the lingering floodwater could be contaminated by waste. Credit: Brian Blanco/Getty Images
Hurricane Irma flooded the streets of Immokalee, surrounding homes and raising concerns that the lingering floodwater could be contaminated. Credit: Brian Blanco/Getty Images

 

The good news for Immokalee and other produce-growing areas is that most of the crop wasn’t yet in the ground and there’s still time to plant for the winter growing season. That means there will be field jobs, albeit on a delayed schedule.

Smaller Citrus Crop, Fewer Jobs

The picture is different with the state’s citrus crop, which in some areas was almost completely destroyed. That comes after a decade battling a vexing tree disease called citrus greening, which has driven down citrus yields in the state.

“As an industry, it looked like we turned a corner. Then Irma came,” said Fritz Roka an associate professor of agricultural economics with the University of Florida. “Clearly there’s not going to be work for them to do, certainly in citrus.”

Like so many harvesting jobs, picking citrus well requires specialization and experience. Increasingly, those workers have come from Mexico under the H2A guest worker program. In 2010, there were about 4,500 H2A workers approved in Florida. Last year, that number was nearly 23,000. As many as 80 percent of them work in the state’s citrus orchards, Roka said.

Because orchard owners apply for those workers ahead of time and base their numbers on their estimated work needs, they’re likely to apply for a significantly lower workforce this year. That will help their balance sheets.

But workers, both in the U.S. and Mexico, will feel it.

“It makes putting food on the table a lot more challenging,” said Bryan Moorefield, a Ph.D. candidate at Brown University who studies social impacts on migrant farmworkers and lives part of the year in a community in central Mexico where many H2A workers live. “You’re dealing with communities that often don’t have access to labor markets. Maybe tomatoes will be able to bounce back, but missing a month or two of work might mean not paying for housing.”

For those who get jobs in Florida’s citrus industry, working conditions this year will be unusually tough.

Hurricane Irma knocked unripened oranges from their trees across the state, severely damaging the citrus industry and its workers’ job prospects. Credit: Brian Blanco/Getty Images

“Most citrus workers tell me: Citrus is the hardest job I’ve had in agriculture, but I also want as many hours as I can get,” Moorefield added. “If there’s less fruit on the tree and it’s smaller, they’ll have to work quicker to make up the volume.”

Economos, meanwhile, believes that increasingly volatile weather could mean that employers lean on the H2A guest program even more in coming years.

“With climate change and the impact of storms, it’s even further incentive to hire guest workers, because if their farms are damaged, they don’t have to bring workers here,” she said. “If there’s going to be increased storms or weather events, and if they’re going to affect the crops, then what’s that going to do to documented, undocumented and guest workers in Florida and the United States? It’s going to shift the dynamic. That’s a really big discussion that needs to be had.”

If employers don’t hire guest workers, that could push them to come illegally.

“If they were expecting a contract, if they were expecting to come here on an H2A and they don’t get one, they’re more likely to risk crossing the desert to get here,” she said.

Climate Change Impacts the Poor the Most

The issue strays well beyond Florida’s borders.

“The climate situation has been very bad for our workers,” said Baldemar Velasquez, president of the Ohio-based Farm Labor Organizing Committee. “It’s not just hurricanes. The weather patterns bringing rain into North and South Carolina. We see it every day. They can’t send money home. They’re worried about their families.”

This year’s hurricane season has pummeled farmers all along the Gulf coast and throughout the Caribbean.

This, climate scientists say, will become more common.

As ocean waters get warmer, stoking more frequent and intense storms, poor migrant workers will remain the least equipped to prepare for hurricanes and the least able to get out of their way. In Florida—flat, hot and flanked by the hurricane-fueling waters of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico — the challenges facing migrant farmworkers will be uniquely amplified.

“Middle-class Americans don’t have to deal with the things migrant workers have to deal with: There’s too much water. There’s not enough water. There’s too much wind, too much heat,” Villanueva said. “All of these things affect our livelihood, which is crops. That’s reality.”

More than a month after Irma ripped through Immokalee, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson was scheduled to visit the town. That Carson—who continues to defend a statement he made in May that poverty is a “state of mind”—is visiting the ravaged community will come as small consolation.

That it took so long won’t surprise anyone, either.

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GSM Update 10/22/17 – Tinakula, Ebeko & Dukono Erupt – Record Rain Portland & India – Food Inflation


 

 

 

After more than 5 years of quiescence, a powerful eruption started at Tinakula volcano, Temoto Province, Solomon Islands at 19:20 UTC on October 20, 2017. A second eruption was registered at 23:40 UTC. Heavy ashfall was reported on nearby islands. According to the Wellington VAAC, ash cloud was observed reaching an altitude of 35 000 feet (10.7 km) above sea level at 01:10 UTC on October 21, drifting east. Authorities in the Solomon Islands are trying to work out if there’s been any damage after a remote volcano erupted early this morning, Radio New Zealand reported. Villages on nearby islands have reported heavy ashfall. https://watchers.news/2017/10/21/tina… https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volc… https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/duko… https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/ebek… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebeko https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinakula https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of… PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland International Airport measured record setting daily rainfall Saturday afternoon, and more rain is on the way. According to the National Weather Service in Portland, the previous record was 1.10 inches and it was set in 1951. http://katu.com/news/local/portland-a… https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c… http://www.thehindu.com/news/national… https://www.theguardian.com/world/vid… http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/na… http://www.thedailystar.net/business/… http://deathrattlesports.com/growers-… Please Visit Our Facebook Resources: Solar Shutdown: https://www.facebook.com/SolarShutdown/ Comet C/2017 K2 – Panstarrs: https://www.facebook.com/OppenheimerR… Plasma Geology: https://www.facebook.com/Plasma-Geolo… Oppenheimer Ranch Project: An experiment in high alpine sustainability. https://www.facebook.com/oppenheimerr… Please SUBSCRIBE to our channel if you enjoyed the content. Share this video with like-minded individuals.

Symbols of an Alien Sky (Full Documentary) ThunderboltsProject


 

 

 

The EU2017 Conference: Future Science — Aug 17 – 20, Phoenix:
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Here we offer David Talbott’s first glimpses of celestial dramas in ancient times. Just a few thousand years ago a gathering of planets hung as towering forms in the ancient sky close to the earth, provoking spectacular electric discharge formations above our forebears and inspiring the vast complex of world myths and symbols.

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Feds OK bombing practice in waters off Kauai


Ed. Note: More war games at the expense of sentient marine life, it’s almost two months after the decision, where is the outrage, why no protests on Kauai? Befuddled….

The five-year plan by the Air Force cuts munitions and monitors wildlife

U.S. NAVYThree U.S. F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam await refueling from a KC-135R Stratotanker during Rim of the Pacific 2016 war games in Hawaii.

The National Marine Fisheries Service has given approval to a five-year Air Force plan for bombing practice at sea off Kauai that reduces munitions used and increases monitoring for impacts to whales and dolphins. Earthjustice attorney David Henkin, who previously criticized the plan as not doing enough to protect marine mammals, said Tuesday the Air Force “did beef up the monitoring, which is a positive development.” The Long Range Strike Weapons System Evaluation Program may use aircraft, including B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, and F-15, F-16, F-22 and F-35 fighters to release over water weapons including joint air-to-surface standoff missiles with a 1,000-pound warhead; 200 to 250-pound small-diameter glide bombs; high-speed anti-radiation, or HARM, missiles; and joint direct attack munitions, the Air Force said in a previous environmental assessment.

The Air Force said it needs the annual at-sea training at Kauai’s Pacific Missile Range Facility up to Aug. 20, 2022, due to unspecified national security threats that likely revolve around China, with increased air-to-surface exercises directed by the Pentagon.

The fisheries service said since the development of the environmental assessment, which was completed in October, the Air Force identified a reduction in the number of munitions to be used during each exercise. No reason was given for the decrease.

The Air Force also previously said each long-range strike mission would occur over a maximum of five consecutive days a year with about 110 bombs released each time. The impact area is approximately 50 miles off Kauai in waters 15,000 feet deep.

A “finding of no significant impact” signed by the Fisheries Service on Aug. 11 said that in 2017 training would only occur on one day and include eight small-diameter bombs.

“In future years, the number (and) type of munitions are reduced by 40 percent with a maximum of four days of training occurring over a five-day time period,” the finding said. Between 38 and 64 weapons would be released annually between 2018 and 2021.

The training for 2018 through 2022 would be conducted on weekdays between June and August, or September through November.

EARTHJUSTICE, an environmental group, put the fisheries service on notice in June that it believed the federal regulations proposed at the time for the bombing practice violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

The fisheries service said it was issuing the “letter of authorization” for the Air Force to go forward with the training after the Air Force decreased the number of munitions it plans to deploy annually, reducing the level of harassment for marine life.

The agency said it worked with the Air Force “to develop a comprehensive marine mammal mitigation and monitoring plan designed to decrease potential impacts to marine mammals.” Monitoring measures will include:

>> Aerial surveys using long-range sensor pods on aircraft and range cameras at PMRF to monitor before, during and after training. >> Delaying exercises if a marine animal is observed within an exclusion zone to avoid exposure to levels of explosives likely to result in injury or death.

>> Shifting the target site as far as possible from an observed marine mammal’s location.

>> Data from acoustic monitoring using PMRF’s hydrophones will be collected and analyzed to better understand the effects of the Air Force bombing. Henkin said it’s preferable to use the hydrophones in real time to monitor for marine animals, and environmental experts are reviewing the Air Force’s assertion that the hydrophones wouldn’t be suited for that.

“What I can say today, having looked at (the approval for the first time Monday), there have been many improvements made,” Henkin said.

The Marine Mammal Protection Act allows, with review and approval, the incidental but not intentional “taking” or harassment of small numbers of marine mammals during activities such as military training, the fisheries service said. Deaths or serious injury to whales and dolphins are not anticipated or authorized for the training, the agency said.

Level A harassment has the potential to injure a marine mammal, while Level B harassment has the potential to disturb an animal by causing a disruption of behavioral patterns. Thirty instances of Level A harassment from the training are projected annually by the fisheries service for whales and dolphins, with 18 for dwarf sperm whales, while nearly 1,200 instances are anticipated for Level B harassment.

The service issued a marine mammal incidental harassment authorization for very limited Air Force at-sea bombing off Kauai in 2016.

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‘Hungry bear’ crisis leaves two people dead in the far east of Russia


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Kamchatka brown bears, which live in Russia’s far east.
Two people have been killed by bears in Russia’s far east as increasingly large numbers of the animals are approaching humans due to a lack of food sources.

Authorities on Sakhalin Island last week said 83 bears had to be shot dead because they were hostile. That figure is nearly three times higher than last year.

“This has never happened before,” a forestry worker told Agence France-Presse, asking not to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the media.

“There are not enough fish, berries, nuts,” he said, adding that overfishing of salmon was partly to blame.

“There should not have been any fishing nets installed at all this summer, there are so little fish, but they installed them anyway,” he said.

Bears that enter villages in search of food have eaten dogs and one bit a man’s hand.

“At this time of year bears should be balls of fat, but these animals have almost no fat at all,” the employee said.

A hunter and a fisherman died from bear attacks in September, the regional forest ministry official Sergei Prokhorenko told local media.

The animals have also attacked cattle and one family found a bear digging up potatoes from their vegetable garden in late September, local media reported.

The forestry worker said emergency services were going to villages to look for aggressive animals.

He said he expected the crisis to continue until November, when malnourished bears usually freeze to death while others go into hibernation.

Sakhalin Environment Watch, a non-government organisation, has long warned that overfishing and poaching are leaving the island’s rivers empty of fish.

Last week the group said this year’s fishing season was a “record flop” following overfishing in previous years.

Sakhalin is a large forest-covered island off the east coast of Russia that lies north of Japan between the Okhotsk Sea and the Sea of Japan.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Comment: See also these two related reports from September: Oil worker killed and eaten by hungry brown bears as beasts besiege towns and villages in Russia

Boy mauled to death by brown bear in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia

Marijuana farms are burning in California wildfires


Deadly wildfires in Northern California are burning up marijuana farms in the so-called Emerald Triangle.

Blazes have destroyed a number of farms in Mendocino County right before legal recreational sales begin in California.

Cannabis business owners who lose their crops have little reprieve.

“Nobody right now has insurance,” said Nikki Lastreto, secretary of the Mendocino Cannabis Industry Association. “They might have insurance on their house, but not on their crop.”

Cannabis cultivators cannot insure their businesses because federal law prohibits marijuana, which means that financial institutions can’t go near it.

Derek Peterson, CEO of Terra Tech, which grows and sells marijuana in California, estimates that farmers typically invest upward of $5 million in their facilities and as much as $3 million on growing the crop itself.

“If their facilities burn down, a lot of these people won’t be able to get any economic relief for them from an insurance claim,” Peterson said. “There’s no mechanism for recovery to repay them for their loss. It’s a tremendous risk for these people.”

Josh Drayton, spokesman for the California Cannabis Industry Association, said it’s too early to tell just how many of the state’s estimated 10,000 to 15,000 marijuana farms have burned down.

He expects “the devastation is going to be larger than anybody would hope it to be.”

Lastreto, co-founder of the cultivator Swami Select, said she knows several people who lost their farms already. Those who haven’t lost everything are harvesting early so the crops don’t get burned down or tainted from smoke.

“A lot of plants have been lost in the fire, especially in Sonoma County,” she said. “In southern Mendocino County, there are farms burning right now.”

Related: Retail marijuana is spreading to California, Massachusetts and Maine

The 22 wildfires currently raging through California have killed 23 people, with hundreds missing, and burned 170,000 acres along with thousands of homes and businesses. The seasonal wildfires have gotten worse in California in recent years, and this isn’t the first time pot farms have gone up in smoke.

“It’s very typical that in fires in Northern California that there could be marijuana farms burned up,” said Stan Florea, fire information officer for the U.S. Forest Service, which has 1,500 firefighters deployed to California. Though he noted that any pot farms located on federal land are illegal.

Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in eight counties, including the wine producing counties of Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino. That overlaps with some of the cannabis producing Emerald Triangle, which includes Mendocino but also Trinity and Humboldt counties, which are largely spared from the fires.

But the wildfires are unlikely to have a significant impact on the state’s overall supply when retail opens up, said Peterson, because there are so many other farms scattered around the state.

Related: Smokejumpers parachute into forest fires for $15 an hour

Medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996, and recreational marijuana was approved by referendum in 2016. The retail market for recreational marijuana opens on January 2018, and state officials are still working on how it will be regulated and taxed.

Sales totaled $2.8 billion last year, based on medical marijuana alone, according to New Frontier Data.

Recreational sales could boost revenue beyond $6.5 billion by 2020.

“Here comes this fire at the worst possible time for them,” said Peterson “I have a lot of friends who are really troubled right now.”

77-year-old ordered to evacuate because of wildfire—but refuses when he sees something others don’t


Note: This man defines Hero! So much love…

The recent wildfires that have turned parts of northern California into smoldering stumps have been devastating for many residents, both human and animal, in some cases resulting in a tragic loss of lives. One man was not going to let that happen to the animals where he was and he put himself at great risk to protect them.

Thousands were forced to evacuate for their own safety.

Homes and businesses, humans and animals were being consumed and destroyed by the deadly fires. The animals that faced the most threatening risks were those that lived in the zoos and on wildlife preserves. One of those preserves was the Safari West Park and Animal Preserve in Santa Rosa, California.

When the order came to evacuate the safari park, everyone left except for one man—the owner, 77-year-old Peter Lang. He refused. Lang would not allow the animals to be left to die, which appeared to be imminent given the powerful wall of flames that was heading speedily toward them.

It was fire versus garden hoses.

Armed with only everyday garden hoses, Lang fought the fires as they began to close in on him and the animals he was trying to protect.

“I put on a hoodie and just soaked it in water,” described Lang in an interview with KPIX News. “And I put it on and put it on over my head, and 10 minutes later it was dry.”

He continued fighting the fires with determination through the night.

The air was thick with smoke and the fire was relentless, intent on destroying everything in its path. Lang didn’t flinch. He worked tirelessly through the night, running from one scorching patch to the next, spraying the ferocious fires with water as best he could.

Come morning, all the animals were safe.

Lang’s stubborn persistence paid off. Not one of the animals on the preserve was lost and he survived as well.

Sadly, Lang’s house did not. It was completely burned to the ground. He saved his animals but lost his home. Although he expressed that it was tough to lose his house, he has no regrets.

After people found out about what he did, many were offering to donate money to the park to help them recover.

But Lang asked instead people donate money to charities to help those in the community affected by the fires.

“Thank you for all the messages of love and support. So many of you have offered to donate money or establish funds in our name and we are stunned and humbled by your generosity. Please, if you do feel compelled to make a donation, direct it to a charity or organization that benefits all the victims of this terrible event,” he wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

The fires continue to rage in the area. Stay up to date with Safari West on their Facebook page.

 

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Mississippi River cargo shipping costs SOAR – Prices of goods go HIGH as mighty river goes LOW!


 

October 10, 2017: Look for inflation to soar as the price of barge weight is increasing by up to 400% as the river is becoming impassable in places! Those inflated costs ALWAYS find their way to the shelf and impact an already stressed economy. Also, MORE new sandbars and sand features are being seen in the Mississippi River, getting low. #MrMBB333

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Earthquake swarm detected under Cumbre Vieja volcano, Canary Islands


 

A seismic swarm started under Cumbre Vieja volcano (La Palma) in the Canary Islands on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Authorities said they will increase monitoring the volcano starting October 10 and assign 5 scientists to keep track of the earthquakes. The last eruptive phase of this volcano started on October 26, 1971 and ended on November 18 (VEI 2). 

The new, 24-hour monitoring network of the National Geographic Institute (IGN) has recorded a total of 68 earthquakes under the volcano since October 7 with magnitudes from 1.5 to 2.7 on the Richter scale.

The largest earthquake so far was M2.7 at 11:03 UTC on October 7 at a depth of 28 km (17.4 miles). The second largest was M2.6 at 23:23 UTC on October 7.

Seismic swarm under Cumbre Vieja volcano (La Palma), Canary Islands

Seismic swarm under Cumbre Vieja volcano (La Palma), Canary Islands – October 7 – 9, 2017. Credit: IGN

María José Blanco, IGN Canary Islands director, said the agency will start increasing the number of seismic stations starting October 10 and intensify geochemical measures. In addition, 5 scientists will be assigned to keep track of the earthquakes.

“While the earthquakes are not usual, the current seismic swarm is not anomalous,” Blanco said. “We have never recorded a similar swarm, and although it has very low energy and is very deep, it is different from the seismic activity recorded so far.”

Nemesio Pérez of the Volcanology Institute of Canary Islands (INVOLCAN) said seismic swarms like this one are absolutely normal for active volcanos. “On the other hand, this type of process does not occur every year in Cumbre Vieja and it has to be followed up and it is necessary to evaluate its evolution, especially since the volcano had a kind of significant seismic calm in the past years.

La Palma, Canary Islands

La Palma, Canary Islands. Credit: CEDIDA

“Our experience with the study of diffuse emanations of carbon dioxide in active volcanic systems, as well as that of other colleagues who are experts in this field, tells us that significant changes in the diffuse emission of carbon dioxide can be detected or recorded for months and even years before active volcanoes can undergo a volcanic reactivation process,” Pérez said.

“As a closer example we could mention the case of the recent process of volcanic reactivation of El Hierro, which ended with a volcanic eruption in October 2011 (not all reactivations end in eruptions), and where there were changes in diffuse emission of dioxide already in 2004 and 2006; a few years before the eruption of El Hierro in 2011.

“In the case of Cumbre Vieja, our research group has been monitoring this important parameter for volcanic monitoring for 20 years, and during the scientific campaigns of 2011 and 2013 we detected significant changes in the diffuse emission of carbon dioxide in Cumbre Vieja, reaching records that exceeded 1 500 tons per day (values above the average value for Cumbre Vieja, which is of the order of 374 tons per day, as well as above the range of the background values for Cumbre Vieja estimated between 132 and 1,254 tonnes per day).

“These significant changes in the diffuse emission of carbon dioxide in Cumbre Vieja as a consequence of magma fluid injection processes are also strongly supported by the changes in the emission of helium-3 in La Palma, which confirm this observation. Therefore, we could venture to say that the recent seismic swarm that has been recorded in La Palma is a process that could be considered as expected in Cumbre Vieja since it is an active volcano that has previously experienced significant changes in the diffuse emission of carbon dioxide.”

Cumbre Vieja volcano, Canary Islands

Cumbre Vieja volcano, Canary Islands. Credit: Diario de Avisos

For Diario de Avisos, Pérez said that, with the data available at the present, we are likely not at the prelude of a new eruptive process in Cumbra Vieja whose last volcanic eruption took place in 1971.

The 1971 eruption started at the southern end of the Cumbre Vieja at the Teneguía vent on October 26. The eruption was mainly strombolian in style but had several lava flows. Seismic activity did occur before and during the 1971 eruption but was not on the scale associated with the 1949 eruption.

Geological summary

The 47-km-long (29 miles) wedge-shaped island of La Palma, the NW-most of the Canary Islands, is composed of two large volcanic centers. The older northern one is cut by the massive steep-walled Caldera Taburiente, one of several massive collapse scarps produced by edifice failure to the SW.

The younger Cumbre Vieja, the southern volcano, is one of the most active in the Canaries. The elongated volcano dates back to about 125 000 years ago and is oriented N-S. Eruptions during the past 7 000 years have originated from the abundant cinder cones and craters along the axis of Cumbre Vieja, producing fissure-fed lava flows that descend steeply to the sea.

Historical eruptions at La Palma, recorded since the 15th century, have produced mild explosive activity and lava flows that damaged populated areas. The southern tip of the island is mantled by a broad lava field produced during the 1677-1678 eruption. Lava flows also reached the sea in 1585, 1646, 1712, 1949, and 1971. (GVP)

Featured image: Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma island, Canary Islands, Spain. Credit: CEDIDA

Mississippi River SO low some barges cannot move grain | More earthquakes ABOVE New Madrid Fault!


 

More earthquakes at the New Madrid Fault as the Mississippi River water disappears, into thin air. Locals in disbelief!

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