Monsanto knew of birth defects

SUBHEAD: Monsanto and federal regulators have known since 1980 that Round-Up produces birth defects and said nothing.  

By Lucia Graves on 7 June 2011 for Huffington Post -
(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/07/roundup-birth-defects-herbicide-regulators_n_872862.html)

Image above: Men spraying herbicides without much protection. From (http://ecokvetch.blogspot.com/2011/02/surprise-approval-of-gmo-alfalfa.html).

Industry regulators have known for years that Roundup, the world's best-selling herbicide produced by U.S. company Monsanto, causes birth defects, according to a new report released Tuesday.

The report, "Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?" found regulators knew as long ago as 1980 that glyphosate, the chemical on which Roundup is based, can cause birth defects in laboratory animals.

But despite such warnings, and although the European Commission has known that glyphosate causes malformations since at least 2002, the information was not made public.

Instead regulators misled the public about glyphosate's safety, according to the report, and as recently as last year, the German Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety, the German government body dealing with the glyphosate review, told the European Commission that there was no evidence glyphosate causes birth defects.

The report comes months after researchers found that genetically-modified crops used in conjunction Roundup contain a pathogen that may cause animal miscarriages. After observing the newly discovered organism back in February, Don Huber, a emeritus professor at Purdue University, wrote an open letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack requesting a moratorium on deregulating crops genetically altered to be immune to Roundup, which are commonly called Roundup Ready crops.

In the letter, Huber also commented on the herbicide itself, saying: "It is well-documented that glyphosate promotes soil pathogens and is already implicated with the increase of more than 40 plant diseases; it dismantles plant defenses by chelating vital nutrients; and it reduces the bioavailability of nutrients in feed, which in turn can cause animal disorders."

Although glyphosate was originally due to be reviewed in 2012, the Commission decided late last year not to bring the review forward, instead delaying it until 2015. The chemical will not be reviewed under more stringent, up-to-date standards until 2030.

"Our examination of the evidence leads us to the conclusion that the current approval of glyphosate and Roundup is deeply flawed and unreliable," wrote the report authors in their conclusion. "What is more, we have learned from experts familiar with pesticide assessments and approvals that the case of glyphosate is not unusual.

"They say that the approvals of numerous pesticides rest on data and risk assessments that are just as scientifically flawed, if not more so," the authors added. "This is all the more reason why the Commission must urgently review glyphosate and other pesticides according to the most rigorous and up-to-date standards.".

Nausea of American Exceptionalism

SUBHEAD: Has everybody in upstate New York only just been released from prison?  

By James Kunstler on 6 June 2011 for Kunstler.com - 
(http://kunstler.com/blog/2011/06/the-creeping-nausea-of-american-exceptionalism.html)

 
Image above: A photo portrait of a Crusty Punk. (http://crustypunks.blogspot.com/2010/08/were-all-poor-white-trash-squatters.html).

History, that coy dominatrix, loves to trick the credulous human race. In a moment when something we call "democracy" seems to be spreading through the dodgy precincts of the world like a contagion of virtue, the trend is actually going the other way in countries that have practiced it for a while.

That is certainly the case in Europe, especially Greece right now, where the mobs in Syntagma Square denounce their waffling parliament for agreeing to a bailout deal that will make Greece a step-child of Germany. The German voters are none too pleased with this, either, since their country is now on the hook to pay Greece's bills.

Ireland, Portugal, and Belgium are standing by for adoption next in Europe's Home for Wayward Children. Spain and Italy may need to become wards of the Euro-state, too, but they are more like adults with drinking problems who are liable to wreck the whole household if invited in.

Anyway, the Greeks rallying in Athens' central square lately are sick of politicians and parliaments, and there is a no small danger that they will soon rise up and dispense with theirs in the dumpster behind the Parthenon. A man in a uniform has a certain appeal in a situation like this. He is comfortable issuing orders in unfavorable situations, in fact, rather thrives on it.

The Germans know all about this. Their "savior" back in the 20th century was a fellow in an ersatz military getup who virtually ran for office by denouncing "parliamentarism" and by the time his party occupied a fair portion of the seats in theirs, he burned the darn thing to the ground.

The Irish gaze longingly at little Iceland, out there in the North Atlantic now free of debt obligations from the simple act of raising the middle finger in the direction of the London banks. Ireland is sore tempted to do likewise, and the act would have an appealing historical symmetry to it. They may toss out their parliament to get to it.

Staying sober is another matter. In Portugal, they are too busy having lunch, which is a very serious affair, they will assure you, and undertaken in spirit of absolute Iberian fatalism (that beefsteak died for you!).

Oh, for the days of Salazar when lunch was decreed eighteen hours a day! Belgium, of course, will always be hopeless - Europe's doormat. And what can you say about a people who slather mayonnaise on their French fries - apart from their amazing failure to discover the miracle of ketchup, despite being overrun by American GIs sixty-odd years ago - and speaking a language that nobody has ever written rock and roll song in.

Europe is held together with baling twine, masking tape, and spit. It's been a fun half-century catering to harmless clownish tourists from Houston, with their "big boss" belt buckles and decoupaged wives. But lately the Chinese visitors look more like bargain-hunters at the preview of an estate auction, sizing up the merchandise, and even the waiters in the cafes know the score. The Grand Palace of Euroland is closing for business.

Anybody who thinks that Germany is going to run some kind of halfway house for crackhead countries "in recovery" will be disappointed. The compressive contraction that grips the OECD like economic Lou Gehrig disease will be with us as far ahead as anyone can see.

For sure, there are features of European life that dispose many of its countries to face the long emergency on much better terms than the train wreck across the Atlantic. They know how to get by on much less oil - though the coming energy crisis will still be hard on them. They have excellent public transit already in place (yes, it depends on the energy situation). Their agriculture is scaled much more intelligently. Their cities, too, with some exceptions.

But they have a long history of brawling amongst themselves and the recent half-century of peace and prosperity is already taking on the shimmer of a fading mirage. Europe is burning down financially from the outside in while the monster that was known as the global economy lies gasping on the rocky shore of Fukushima. The Euro and the weak political union that went with it, is toast. You can include the outsider England in all that, since their practical circumstances are no better than Spain's or Italy's - perhaps a little worse, even... poor tattered Old Blighty!

By the way, I hope you don't think the homefolks here in the USA are all that deliriously happy with representative government either. These days, despite all Sarah Palin's bluster about "freedom" and "our heritage," elected officials are held in about equal esteem to herpes viruses. Congress and the senate are paralyzed by triviality and the President is too busy golfing to disturb the status quo - which is the status quo of a house on fire. We won't have to wait much longer to find out how unexceptional America actually is.

It's a darn shame, and I mean that literally, because this is exactly what the American public is so ashamed of, and why appeals to the repressed sense of shame based on hyper-patriotic bluster, are so successful. It allows folks to feel great about themselves while they sink into the ooze. It's okay, we're special. I stopped at a convenience store at the edge of the Adirondack Mountains on Saturday afternoon and a more frightening gaggle of disfigured mutts I have never seen before.

Has everybody in upstate New York only just been released from prison? The tattoo craze is especially telling. It's one thing to get some tattoos with the idea that you are artfully expressing something. It's another thing to deploy them around your body parts as though you were slapping decals on a 1989 beater car. These mutts had tattoos on their necks, their boobs, the sides of their heads, their knuckles, their ankles. The idea, apparently, is to make yourself appear as frightening as possible - and I can tell you it is a very successful initiative. Can lady Gaga please write us a new national anthem: America the horror movie.
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New Fukushima data discomforting

SUBHEAD: Fukushima release of radioactive material was double original estimate by Tokyo Electric Company.  

By Ami Sedghi on 7 June 2011 for the Gaurdian - 
(http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/mar/18/japan-nuclear-power-plant-updates)


Image above: Fukushima Daiichi Reactors #3 and #4 after meltdown. From (http://sidewalksocial.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/nuclear-energy-vs-natural-gas/).
 
Japan is racing to gain control of the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Where does the most detailed data come from?

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has had a nuclear disaster after the events of March 11 in Japan.Photograph: Air Photo Service/AFP/Getty Images

The 9.0 magnitude earthquake and following tsunami on March 11 has seen a rush by officials to gain control of power plants in the north-east of the country and have been under pressure to resolve the situation.

Today it has been revealed that studies show the nuclear leak could be double the estimated amount when the disaster first occurred. Justin McCurry writes:
"The amount of radiation released by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the days after the 11 March tsunami could have been more than double that originally estimated by its operator, Japan's nuclear safety agency has said.
The revelation has raised fears that the situation at the plant, where fuel in three reactors suffered meltdown, was more serious than government officials have acknowledged."
Last month The World Bank estimated the cost of the nuclear crisis at $235bn (£144bn) - making it one of the world's most expensive disasters.

The operators of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), announced record losses of 1.25 trillion yen (£9.5bn) as they struggle with the nuclear crisis still present. Tepco also announced last month that there is data that would indicate that during the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami, the fuel rods in three of the reactors had melted.

Although it may be some time after the radiation levels at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant rose: the severity level changed from five to seven - the same level as Chernobyl in 1986, the Fukushima plant is still being focused on as more information and images appear.

Fukushima nuclear power plant has been closely scrutinised as reports flow in on the progress of the situation - Japan's nuclear board previously raised the nuclear alert level from four to five in the weeks following the disaster and the JAIF warned of products such as dairy and spinach being restricted for shipping. Explosions and reports of nuclear fuel rods melting at the power plant have meant progress on the situation has been closely followed as has the environmental effects with concerns for marine life and spreading radiation through seawater. There were also concerns over radioactive dirt found in a school playground in Fukushima.

Industry body the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum are currently publishing daily updates of the status of power plants in Fukushima which give great detail into the condition of each reactor. Ranked from a level of low to severe, the update records the conditions of core and fuel integrity, water level and containment amongst other key information. These are some of the most in-depth and recent records and show how the crisis is being handled.

The table below shows the status of the reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi (the largest of the Fukushima power plants) and is colour coded to show the severity. Green for low, yellow represents high and red shows those of severe significance as judged by the JAIF. We have used JAIF's update 154 as of 12:00 local time as this is the most up to the minute data we can get. The format of these reports has changed as of 6th June 2011 and are now focused on countermeasures and only reactors one to four, therefore some of the details collated before are now unavailable. For full details you can download the report from JAIF.

A table of major incidents and accidents at the plants can be found in our spreadsheet as can the data for Daini, Onagawa and Tokai Daini Nuclear power stations. What can you do with this data?

For spreadsheet on Fukushima damage: (https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AonYZs4MzlZbdHY4aUJhUlY3Mnd0NVFJRXVidFYtR2c&hl=en#gid=92)


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Big Island Agventures

SUBHEAD: Agro-tourism in Hawaii is tapping into the self-reliant locovore movement but it is still tourism.  

By Roberta Kruger on 4 June 2011 for TreeHugger - 
(http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/06/agritourism-big-on-big-island-with-farm-to-table-agventures.php)

 
Image above: Not the oil-soaked Gulf Coast - it's Hawaiian lava black sands. Photo by Steve Cadman via Flickr
 
Salamanders zip by, wild flowers grow along the mountainside and a misty marine layer floats up from the Pacific. Sounds like it could be Hawai'i but it was Will Rogers State Park near Topanga Canyon where I took a hike recently and learned the latest about the Big Island.

While climbing to Inspiration Point, I remembered scrambling across moonscapes of volcanic lava rock previously and caught up on the current molten smoldering glow of Kilauea Volcano, plus news of its plentiful farmers markets and locally sourced eateries. Some recipes may wet your appetite:


While climbing the trail, I looked across the Pacific longingly at the islands and met Ann Shepphird who blogs for her Gardens-to-Tables website and has written extensively on Hawaiian agritourism and restaurants aboard the locavore movement. It's a natural way to eat in Hawai'i, as she says, they live in an "agricultural paradise!"

With the goal of sourcing 60 percent of its produce from certified local farms, thanks to the Hawaii Farm Bill 1471, Hawaiian chefs tap into farms, a goat dairy, fish companies, and their own gardens. Ann shares some chef's enticing recipes, like Apple Banana Kabucha Pumpkin Soup from the Fairmont Orchid, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows' Grilled Vegetable Gazpacho with Hamakua heirloom tomatoes and watermelon, and Hamakua Mushroom Risotto from the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort. Try them with your own local ingredients.

Not-to-be-missed, the historic daily Hilo Farmer's Market is filled with papaya, mango and macadamia nuts, and coffee from the nearby Puna Coast. More than 200 local farmers and crafters sell their produce and wares. In season now is soursop with its pineapply, strawberryish and coconutty taste. There's also tropical fruits such as jackfruit, longan and rambutan, vegetables like taro and warabi (fiddlehead ferns), and exotic flowers from anthuriums to protea. Wash down a coconut pastry with an awa juice and pick up locally fished opihi or uhu.

Hawaiin ecotourism has played an important role in keeping the islands sustainable and Big Island Farm Bureau's Hawai'i AgVentures offers informative agri-tours of sustainable and family farms, tastings and harvests. There are 65 farm stop's on the Big Island (a/k/a Hawai'i), including the organic Honopua Farm and Waimea Lavender -- plus Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai'i Authority's research of deep-ocean energy generation, whales and micro-algae farming.

The classic complaint about Hawaii is that the food is expensive. I realize it's a long way to the mainland for supplies, but still I've wondered why. Is it the little orchids decorating every plate instead of a sprig of parsley that ups the cost?

In a fertile and diverse environment with 11 of the world's 13 climates, ideal for farming, agriculture accounts for $1.9 billion of the local economy and the Big Island has 820,000 acres of the state's 1.3 million acres for agriculture, according to the University of Hawai'i, per Gardens to Tables. Much is exported but there's plenty of local fresh food to be had on the Big Island.

The east side of the Big Island doesn't offer long stretches of white sand beaches, but there's plenty of exotic black sand, lava tubes, waterfalls, and an endless to-do list from snorkeling to mountain climbs, landscapes from rainforests to jungles, World Heritage sites--Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and the Marine National Monument.

And now my favorite island can be reached directly with United/Continental Airlines nonstops between Hilo and California, starting June 9 from LA/June 11 from San Francisco. Since direct flights are generally more energy-efficient, I'll skip hopping from Honolulu and Maui.

Also, you can stay at the solar powered guesthouse on the organic Kona Rainforest Coffee Farm where geese handle weed control and rain is harvested for the 41-acres where beans are picked, dried and roasted or the Ka'awa Loa Plantation and Guest Retreat on a 5.6-acre sustainable plantation.
 
When not eating, visit the lush Hāmākua Coast, pastoral Waipi'o Valley, hike up Maunakea, bike Kīlauea volcano -- if it doesn't erupt and temporarily cool off the planet while spewing.


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The Sail Transport Network

SUBHEAD: For in today's post-peak oil world, millions of people may soon need sail power, along with pedal power transport.  

By Jan Lundgren on 4 June 2011 for Culture Change - 
 (http://www.culturechange.org/cms/content/view/734/1)

 
 Image above: The Star of India, built in 1863 is the oldest ocean going sailing vessel in the world. From (http://www.schoonerman.com/sailing_ships_s.htm).

 sail transport revival is afoot and afloat around the world. As the cheap, easy crude oil has mostly been extracted from the Earth and spewed into the sky and water, the desirability and economics of sail power get stronger.

Sail Transport Network (STN) is an open project for almost anyone to participate in. Most of the inhabited world is coastal or on rivers. STN was put forward originally by Culture Change in 1999. We sail-transport activists envision linking coastal communities, islands, and river communities together sustainably -- without the extreme petroleum dependency we have known.

Post-petroleum travel and shipment of goods are about communication and exchange that we might have a hard time doing without. Long distances may be bridged only by sail in the fairly near future. However necessary this might be, sail power will allow any local surpluses to be traded. This helps specialized areas gain diverse sources of needed products, skills, heirloom seeds, etc.

A few years ago sail transport was thought to be off on the distant horizon and impractical in the "real world." This is changing rapidly.

Without the continuity of affordable oil supplies -- a toxic and planet-warming commodity whose use has greatly afflicted the world's ecosystems and peoples -- arrangements to go oil-free need to be made immediately. For in today's post-peak oil world, millions of people may soon need sail power, along with pedal power transport, for local self-reliance.

Our STN website does not yet tell of the rapidly developing planning for sail transport that excites my colleagues, fellow sailors and me. This report is our latest thinking for you to consider. It is the result of our investigations into opportunities for truly sustainable, renewable wind power and human power for certain products as well as for benefits such as sharing information and enabling education.

A look at SailTransportNetwork.com presently features the Dutch concern Fair Transport, a sail transport group whose schooner recently took a cargo of rum from the Caribbean to Holland. Please check the website's other projects, news, positive press on STN, and join our listserve for active communication online.

In this report I lay out the ideas and initiatives brewing on Sail Transport Network. They may earn your optimism, as they offer humanity a realistic way to reduce carbon emissions immediately. Let us take a big step toward emancipating ourselves from horrific oil dependence. A study in the UK found that 16 cargo vessels spew the equivalent of the world's entire "fleet" of cars' air pollution. We cannot just throw up our hands and wait until "they" think of something. The time is now to act and reclaim our future.

Lest one imagine that sail power is premature or just idealistic, let economic reality speak: cargo container ships have slowed down to an average of 15 knots, the speed of the clipper sailing ships of 150 years ago. This historic development saves on increased oil costs.

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Global greenhouse-gas emissions are at an all time high. How smart is society's vaunted economic growth and job generation, when global corporate trade based on strategic, dwindling supplies of oil threatens life as we know it? How will people cope when the "energy slave" known as crude oil and refined petroleum are suddenly unavailable? The energy power of a single barrel of oil equals all the power a bicyclist can generate in several year's time.

Before you despair too much, know that there are things we can still do about the climate trend and petrocollapse. And, fear not ye denizens of northern nations, for coffee, cacao and cigars may be extended for your pleasurable habits and benign addictions, thanks to sail voyages from the tropics.
The reason for revealing the following projects' announcements -- some projects are merely on the drawing board -- is that we wish to spread the word now instead of waiting and sitting on a good thing that should be shared.

The more the merrier! Join with sailfolk hoisting halyards and fonding tillers, and with "foodies" who pedal local produce. We of many diverse skills and interests are getting together for a measure of food security, passenger service, and transporting goods. Our efforts may not serve more than an extremely modest portion of the present economy. But the bioregional economies of tomorrow will rely on sail power for a crucial amount of trade and travel.

The questions of profit margins, economic efficiency, break-even points, and subsidies all come up when we brainstorm to assess what is doable now for sail transport. The main uncertainty is the up-and-down price of oil. Subsidies for oil have been massive, so what about subsidies now for sail transport? Will sail transport have to wait to be on a large scale only when oil-based freight cost is much, much higher in price? No. We can shape the future now.
A few examples of new local initiatives:
• Sail-ferry service between Monterey and Santa Cruz, California can enjoy a niche advantage today. Note that it can take less time to sail across the Monterey Bay than to take the public bus system. Such a sail transport service can easily extend north to include the San Francisco Bay. Already, wine is sailed from Petaluma to the SF Peninsula.
• Speaking of other fun liquids, a brewery downstream of Portland, Oregon will be receiving malted grain by sailboat and enabling beer-keg distribution by sail and pedal power.
Across oceans:
• China has great potential to dive into sail transport as a fast growing sector. As the nation is the top solar panel maker in the world, and plastic bag waste has been consciously and hugely cut back, we should think of China as forward-thinking. China is fortunately still heavily bicycle friendly, which will aid sail transport by connecting people and products pedaled to and from the docks. Peak oil and climate protection are major concerns in China. A top financial and political newspaper, the Shanghai Oriental Morning Post, ran an extensive interview of me on May 6, and in it I spoke of our mutual concerns and dreams that may help lay groundwork for a sail revival in the western Pacific and beyond.
• The entire Pacific Rim, with its currents called gyres, and the helpful trade winds, is a once and future sail transport environment of major importance. An international sail transport conference needs to be held in the near future, perhaps in Hawaii as a central location. Representatives from various countries can convene to share their knowledge and advance the cause. Attendees who arrive via sailboat or outrigger canoe will get a double lei (no double entendre intended). At the conference STN projects under discussion can be manifested in various forms: new shipping companies, expanded eco-tourism, passenger service, green jobs generation, energy saving and pollution abatement, and communication such as cultural exchange.
Many boats are already available for sail transport, in part because they are low-cost compared to new cars. Meanwhile, some new, large boats must be designed and built too, and this is already underway. A potential STN supporter can make a donation of his or her boat's time for STN's use, resulting in a tax deduction. Likewise, a charitable gift of a boat for the Sail Transport Network or related nonprofit entity can help this movement on its way. Existing as well as new boats need to be outfitted with gear and crew. (Please see our wish list at the first link at bottom.)

Biodiesel/veggie-oil engines and electric motors as auxiliary for sailboats are available. Renewable energy charging through solar and wind systems help, as does regenerative propeller charging at sea. Gathering information on the best models, their installation and cost needs to be done for the network to share. The role of the sculling oar may become surprisingly significant.

As with the marine research vessel Alguita, the catamaran sailboat made famous by Captain Charles Moore (who displays the STN burgee), sailboats can do important research such as on the presence and source of plastic plaguing the sea and its creatures. Another contribution to the common good is for sailboats to be available for emergency rescue if oil for the Coast Guard boats is unavailable. Indeed, saiboats might have to rescue Coast Guard "sailors" at sea.

The possibilities for Sail Transport Network are so awesome that I am more excited about the potential than anything I can imagine, short of kicking back in a perfect ecovillage by a beautiful cove.

Interns and volunteers are being sought to help implement STN plans, and integrate them with academic advancement, job possibilities, fund raising, and logging hours at sea. Please contact us ( info@culturechange.org ), and sign up for the listserve [never mind the technical lingo "private information" that is simply our STN description].

Making a donation toward STN development will help Culture Change and STN spread the word about the growing movement: sail transport networking. Thank you for your participation in any way.

See also:
Island Breath: Future of Ocean Sailing - Dmitry Orlov 1/15/08
Island Breath: Rethinking the Sail 12/25/07 .

A Heads Up

SUBHEAD: We'll be heading for a trip to the mainland and will be unable to post to the website from Tuesday until Thursday.  

By Juan Wilson on 6 June 2011 for Island Breath - 
(http://islandbreath.blogspot.com/2011/06/heads-up.html)


Image above: A view of the back of The Farm in Panama, New York. Photo by Juan Wilson in 2008.


Linda Pascatore and I head for the mainland on Wednesday. We'll be leaving our chickens, vegetable, fruit trees and cat to a caretaker staying in our home. Given the fragility of the world economy as well as the price of oil we expect that this may be the last time we'll be able to get back to remote western New York state.

We have lots of things to take care of if that's true. When we first moved to Hawaii we thought we might spend half the year on Kauai and half in Chautauqua County, NY. Our plan was July-January in NY and February-June in HI. Well that never happened. We knew that couldn't really fly until Linda retired from the DOE here.

In the early 2000's We did spend our summers back in the woods of the Amish country that is the western tip of the Empire State. We simply called the place The Farm, as my grandmother, my mother and now my kids do. We even had a dog and a couple of cats that our renters took care of while we were here. - Ah - the renters.

That was one reason we pull off the snowbird life. We needed someone staying in our place back on the mainland when we were on Kauai, but we didn't want them there while we were. It was hard to find renters that didn't mind being displaced for eight weeks a year. Few did more than one tour of duty. That problem was mirrored on Kauai.

We needed people to stay in our Hanapepe house and take care of things. Often time that meant people staying for free and us paying to keep both places up and running. That gets increasingly difficult form a distance, and will only get worse. We intend to consolidate our efforts of resilience and sustainability here on Kauai.

It's going to require jettisoning a lot of our old lives and reducing four generations of our past into a 1/4 of a 20' shipping container. I'm not looking forward to the triage. Anyway, once past the overseas trip we have to get a car registered and running, pick up a DLS modem, install it and get our laptop up on a wireless network.

Once that's in place we'll be back online with new material for Island Breath. For continued coverage of the birthing of a self relient Hookahi Kauai we need you, who will be on island, with your observations. Please let us know what's going on - KIUC, FERC, DLNR, PMRF, GMO's - whatever.

Email juanwilson@mac.com or
lindapascatore@me.com.

We'll be there. .

Sweet Justice

SUBHEAD:Homeowners wrongly foreclosed on foreclose on Bank Of America. By Staff on 5 June 2011 for Huffington Post - (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/05/homeowners-foreclose-on-bank-of-america_n_871540.html) Image above: Demonstrators against Bank of America. From (http://understory.ran.org/2008/07/11/%E2%80%9Cbillionaires-for-coal%E2%80%9D-defend-bank-of-america-investments-in-mountain-top-removal/).

Sweet justice.

That's how foreclosure defense attorney Todd Allen described the feeling of going to a Bank of America branch in Naples, Fla. to seize their assets.

Faced with a pair of sheriff's deputies locking down his building, the branch manager capitulated and handed over a check for $2,534. The sum was to cover Allen's fees from a case where he represented clients that the bank had tried to foreclose on -- despite the fact that they paid for their home in cash.

According to the News-Press in Fort Myers, Bank of America opened their case against Warren and Maureen Nyergers in February of 2010 and voluntarily dropped it two months later, but never coughed up for the couple's legal fees as ordered by a judge.

North Carolina's WFMY has the details on how justice was served:

Sheriff's deputies, movers, and the Nyergers' attorney went to the bank and foreclosed on it. The attorney gave instructions to to remove desks, computers, copiers, filing cabinets and any cash in the teller's drawers.

After about an hour of being locked out of the bank, the bank manager handed the attorney a check for the legal fees.

Video above: Video coverage of foreclosure by WINK-TV (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ctLEGrOmf4) .

Where to from Here?

SUBHEAD: Ilargi and Nicole Foss (Stoneleigh) announce changes for Automatic Earth. By Ilargi & Stoneleigh on 5 June 2011 for the Automatic Earth - (http://theautomaticearth.blogspot.com/2011/06/june-5-2011-where-from-here.html) Image above: The logo of automatic Earth - North Pole Sun Moon. From (http://s243.photobucket.com/albums/ff223/dbzgirl2234/?action=view&current=north-pole-sun-moon.jpg). Ilargi: Unemployment numbers on the one hand, and home sales and prices on the other, are the by far most important trend indicators for the US economy. Without falling unemployment, in combination with rising home sales and prices, there can be no recovery. And a jobless recovery is no more real than a homeless one. Trillions upon trillions in wealth, capital, earning potential, that belongs to our children and grandchildren, has served only to temporarily soften the deterioration in economic indicators. This has provided us with an entirely illusory picture, greatly helped along by politicians and media pundits, which serves to make people believe what they want so much to believe: that things have been, and are, getting better. We can all understand that if you ignore the millions of Americans who drop out of what the government defines as the "looking for work" category, and that if millions of -often foreclosed- homes that sit empty are not put on the market, the indicators will look less detrimental. We understand this. Still, we all do follow the "polished" numbers, because they are the ones that make the headlines. And if even the polished data start looking bad, there's never a shortage of pundits to tell us it's all just a temporary blip on the road to recovery. All we really need to do, goes their -often unspoken- message, is to look at the stock markets, which are doing just fine. Or the price of gold, copper, or food commodities. But the largest investors in these items are the very financial institutions that have received your children's money to invest, play, and gamble with. They don't have to fess up their losses, say our invented-on-the-fly accounting "standards", but instead the house supplies them with more and new money, in order to keep the game going. The house doesn’t want the game to stop, because the house is the game. The house isn't about to shut its doors, and its elected puppets aren't about to join the ranks of the unemployed, as long as access to the capital and earning potential of future generations is available. That is where the financial crisis has long since become a political one. Right there. In the bankers, industrials and politicians' access to the -fast rising, re: the deficit- interest your children will have to pay on their labor. The Greeks, Spanish and Egyptians seem to understand this dynamic much better than do Americans, but then the PR industry in these countries is a lot less sophisticated than that in the US. Still, this should be no excuse. It is glaringly obvious, so much so that nobody, when put to the question, will attempt to deny it: there can be no economic recovery with falling home prices and rising unemployment. There can be a period of confusion, especially when gargantuan amounts of public money are transferred to the private sector; indeed, we have witnessed such a period in the past two years. Confusion sown by tax incentives for homebuyers, for instance, but most of all by manipulation of the data. By mortgage modification initiatives that are as dead in the water when they start as they turn out to be down the line. By job creation programs that strip down hourly wages and benefits until what's left is not even enough to feed and house an individual, let alone a family. By pushing millions of would be workers off the back of the employment truck, and hoping they’ll never be heard from again; even if they are, at least for now they don't show up in the stats anymore. And don't let's forget: there's always an election somewhere coming up that trumps the interests of those who will vote in it, and those who elect not to. So where to from here? The BLS unemployment report on Friday was once again dismal. There was supposed to be a lot of growth in the job market that had long since been forecast by the usual suspects, but hasn't materialized. Temporary blip, says White House economist Austan Goolsbee. Just a bump in the road. Looks like the road is nothing but a bump. Even if the official U3 number went up "only" to 9.1%, and U6 even fell a notch, unemployment duration went up again, and that's a big one. It’ll take many years for the labor market to get anywhere near "normal" numbers, and even then, and even IF it does, it will look nothing like what we have become used to over the past decades. The situation where we had good wages, and strong benefits, will never return, or at least not for decades. For that situation to occur, you need an economy with a solid manufacturing base, with near full employment, and with home prices that are available and affordable for Joe and Jane Main Street with their average salaries. But homes have only been affordable for Joe and Jane off late because the Federal Reserve and the government pushed down interest rates and made huge amounts of credit available (re: Fannie and Freddie). Ironically, though, these policies pushed up home prices to levels where they were no longer affordable. And just as ironically, this means that Joe and Jane and all of their families and friends now owe trillions of dollars more to the banks than before Greenspan and Rubin and Summers et al. injected US society with financial steroids. All these every day Americans may not all realize it yet, but then, home prices are only down 33% so far. Just wait for the real plunge. It’ll come. Soon enough. Pending home sales came in down 11.6%, 27% for the year. Just follow the money. As it vanishes. Where from here? Looking at all the week's awful stats, it should be clear that a return to business as usual, in case this wasn't clear yet, is out of the question. You need to find a way to make sure your elected leaders', and their financial leaders', fingers, no longer have access to your kids' cookie jars and piggy banks. That is pivotal. It's also the hardest part; you'll have to snatch it from their cold dead fingers, since it's the biggest prize out there to be had. An infinite claim on the future, which pays out today: the rewards of multiple generations worth of labor used to pay off the gambling debts of the past and present. There is nothing more perverse than that. We will have to mark down all assets, including our homes, to their present market value. A value that, moreover, will go down enormously simply because we do the marking down. If we don't do it now, it will happen later anyway, but it will then occur beyond our control. Better to keep our hands on the pulse, no matter how painful the experience may be. And it's from that point that we will have to try and rebuild. It's not going to be fun, not by a long shot, but it'll be our own "not fun", not something contrived for us by psychopaths and perverse narcissists who care not whether we live or die.
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FERC on Lanai, Maui & Kauai

SOURCE: Ken Taylor (taylork021@hawaii.rr.com)
SUBHEAD: Spate of FERC hydro project permit applications by U.S. mainlanders are causing a stir.  
By Sophie Cocke on 3 June 2011 for pacific Business News - (http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/blog/2011/06/spate-of-hydro-projects-causing-a-stir.html#ixzz1OMoDjnMf)


Image above: View looking south-west of Maliko Gulch on Maui. Site of a FERC permit application. From GoogleEarth.


There hasn’t been much talk about hydropower as the state works to transition away from oil to locally produced, renewable sources of energy. But a recent spate of proposed hydro projects have, for better or worse, been causing quite a stir. And in large part it’s because Mainland companies have been filing applications for preliminary permits for hydro projects with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Federal oversight of Hawaii’s waterways was fought vigorously by the state two decades ago, with mixed results.

But in the end, three proposed projects on Kauai didn’t move forward. The pushback was centered in large part over concern that federal regulators didn’t have the specialized knowledge of local waterways and ecosystems to make decisions such as how much water can be diverted from a stream or river to turn a turbine without having harmful environmental impacts. On Kauai, where executives of the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative are hoping to make small hydro projects a cornerstone of the island’s transition to renewables, this issue has presented a stumbling block.

A company called Free Flow Energy, based in Boston, filed six permits with the federal agency to develop hydro projects on Kauai, which the utility has now assumed control of, and is working in conjunction with the company to develop. David Bissell, CEO of the KIUC, has made strong arguments for why these projects are a good source of energy for the island, providing residents with low-cost, stable rates for years to come. And he has expressed a commitment to ensuring that they are carried out in ways that don’t harm the fragile waterways. But the strategy of going through FERC to develop the projects has not proven a smooth one, with some members of the community, and now state agencies, sounding alarm bells.

But the more startling hydro projects have been ones proposed for Maui and Lanai. Not only are they huge in scale, the Mainland developers who filed the applications through FERC don’t seem to have much knowledge of the local landscape — topographical or political. Idaho resident Matthew Shapiro filed an application for a 57-acre pumped storage hydro project on Lanai that would ideally work in tandem with the Big Wind project. The technology of the proposed project is in and of itself intriguing. With the benefit of a 1,700-foot drop, seawater would be pumped upward and then released back down to drive a turbine to generate electricity.

There’s only one other project like it in the world — a 30 megawatt plant in Okinawa, according to Shapiro. The project on Lanai would be 10-times the size, turn the wind energy into a reliable source of electricity and the cost to ratepayers would be marginal, according to his plan. But it hasn’t gotten much traction. Not from Castle & Cooke, which has publicly said that they have no relationship with his company, and not from Hawaiian Electric Co., whose officials Shapiro said weren’t returning his calls. He described the lack of response as “puzzling.”

Part of the problem could be that Shapiro, as he told PBN, had never been to Lanai, or Hawaii, and never consulted with local officials before filing the application, which is still pending. While he described the project to PBN as “quite small,” for local residents it doesn’t seem so modest. Lanai resident Robin Kaye told PBN that the project would encompass “a very, very large area in a very accessible part of the island — right in the middle of a hunting ground.” “It’s a huge project, and it came out of the blue,” said Kaye. “We were as stunned as everyone else.”

 On Maui, two proposed projects by the same developer — one which would dam up the Maliko Gulch on the North Shore and a second on the west side near Lahaina, aren’t going over so well, either. As on Lanai, residents and local officials found out about the projects when legal notices were filed in newspapers. Doug McLeod, Maui’s energy commissioner, told PBN that the project on Maliko Gulch was “the single worst idea we have seen in a long time” and that “we’d like to see it die an early death.”

Rob Parsons, executive assistant to Maui‘s mayor, Alan Arakawa, said the project on the west side, which proposes to use wastewater, could potentially be a very good idea. But he said “it’s just perplexing that these things would go forward without any communication with anyone locally. A few phone calls could have helped smooth things out,” he added.

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The Perfect Genetic Storm

SUBHEAD: BP's catastrophic Gulf Oil Spill was followed with a chemical and biological assault the was even worse. By Michael Edward on 21 January 2011 for World Vision Portal - (http://worldvisionportal.org/wordpress/index.php/2011/01/the-perfect-genetic-storm)

There’s a new proprietary recipe being force-fed to all of us here on the Gulf of Mexico that is now becoming available worldwide. Although this recipe has been closely guarded for 8 months, we were able to break it down after examining the plentiful supply us “Gulf Coasters” have available here. The ingredients are abundantly available while both the recipe and the brewing process are not as secret as everyone had thought.

THE GULF BLUE PLATE (BP) SPECIAL

Fill a large bowl with saline ocean water, add a generous proportion of thick crude oil, then pour in a cup of liquid Correct-it (available from Nalco under the brand name Corexit) making sure you don’t spill any on yourself, stir gently, and then let it sit for a day or two. As the newly thinned oil mixture begins to sink to the bottom of the bowl, make sure the resulting gasses are allowed to ever-so-slightly bubble in orange foam on the surface. This will let you know you’re ready for the next and most important step.

Quickly add Syn-Bio (available from JCVI, SGI, and other private companies) along with a colloidal mixture containing iron, copper, and other natural elements to begin the interactive brewing process. Let it sit for no less than 6-9 months making sure nothing is allowed to disturb it. When there is no more gas coming to the surface and the mixture on the bottom turns into a gelatinous black goo, the first stage of the recipe is finished.

The amazing thing about this new state-of-the-art recipe is what it becomes after the initial first stage brewing process is finished. No-one knows! It’s no wonder some have begun to refer to it as The Blue Plate (BP) Special. You can be assured that once the second stage of this concoction begins to release its mutated biological ingredients, as it appears to have done so already, the rest of the world will abruptly notice.

OIL SPILL OR OIL FLOW?

There was never a BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. When you fill a glass with water, bump into something while holding it in your hand, and then some of the water splashes out, that’s a spill. When you turn on a water faucet and allow a continual flow to fill the glass so that it’s constantly overflowing, that’s not a spill. Because the multiple BP drilling operations that began at Mississippi Canyon 252 in 2009 fractured the floor of the Gulf of Mexico sometime before April 22, 2010, there is a continuous flow of crude oil and, especially, oil derived gasses such as methane. That’s called an oil and gas flow.

Since the Gulf has a steady flow of toxic crude oil and gasses, then how do you stop it? You can’t. The only solution to the problem is to find a way to eliminate it before it has a chance to surface en mass. This is exactly what has, is, and will continue to occur in the Gulf of Mexico.

SYNTHETIC GENOME BIOREMEDIATION

Toxic crude oil and gas can be changed, altered, or eliminated by microbes. Natural microorganisms in all the oceans, such as bacteria, have been known to do this over time, usually lasting decades and beyond. It’s a slow natural process. Yes, natural biology can do the job, but under continual flow conditions there is no possible way all the hydrocarbon-hungry microbes in the entire world can eliminate that much oil and gas fast enough. Time is the critical factor.

For the past decade, synthetic biology has been the new science realm. We now have engineered genetic biology that synthetically creates RNA and DNA sequences for both viruses and bacteria.

In the 1980’s, the fad was designer jeans. Now, we have designer genes.

Soon after the Deepwater Horizon inferno, U.S. government scientists – with grant funds supplied by British Petroleum – started giving us solid clues as to what they were doing with all that crude oil and gas. In May 2010, National Geographic quoted Dr. Terry Hazen from the U.S. government’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who said,

“…we could introduce a genetic material into indigenous bugs via a bacteriophage – a virus that infects bacteria – to give local microbes DNA that would allow them to break down oil. Either that, he said, or a lab could create a completely new organism that thrives in the ocean, eats oil, and needs a certain stimulant to live…”

There were two possible solutions according to Dr. Hazen, who is considered to be the foremost crude oil bioremediation expert in the world. Either use synthetically engineered viruses called bacteriophages, or ‘phages’, to infect and alter the genetics of indigenous Gulf bacteria; or, synthetically create an entirely new organism, i.e. a new species of bacteria, to eat up the oil and/or gas and introduce it into the Gulf of Mexico.

In September 2010, Duke University gave us another confirmation as to what was going on in the Gulf:

“In a paper published in the journal Science, Terry Hazen and his colleagues at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory discovered in late May through early June 2010 that a previously unknown species of cold-water hydrocarbon-eating bacteria have been feasting on the underwater oil plumes degrading them at accelerated rates.”

Natural microorganisms are well known to biologists and their genetic sequences are catalogued in a worldwide library. The public can even access the entire genetic library on the internet. But here we have a new and never before identified species of bacteria that suddenly “appears” in the Gulf of Mexico, and it’s eating up the oil at a much faster speed than any natural bacteria possibly could or ever has.

In August 2010, Science Magazine reported about bacteria that were gobbling up the Gulf oil and how it was being done by microorganisms that were not typical:

Hazen’s team found that microbes inside the plume samples were packed more than twice as densely as microbes outside it. Even more encouraging, the genes specifically geared to degrade hydrocarbons were more common in the plume as well, implying that it’s not just general bacteria that are taking on the plume.

Terry Hazen had described how the genes of a certain microbe that were “geared” (created) to eat-up crude oil were not just thriving within the oil plume, but were rapidly duplicating more than twice as fast as those same microbes outside the oil plume. He reveals that indigenous “general” or natural bacteria in the Gulf are not responsible for this amazing outcome. Obviously, he knows exactly what’s doing the job at such an accelerated rate: Synthetic genome bacteria created specifically to consume hydrocarbons, crude oil.

Dr. Terry Hazen is just one source, so I don’t expect you to believe synthetically engineered organisms are being used in the Gulf based solely on what he has said, even though he’s an absolute expert scientist in his field. What if I were to tell you that British Petroleum has admitted to using synthetic designer gene organisms in the Gulf? Would that help convince you?

In September 2010, reporter Stephen Fry of the UK’s BBC was granted a video interview with Mike Utsler, the Chief Operating Officer of BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration. Here’s what Mr. Utsler publicly admitted on camera:

“There is a new form of microbiology that is attacking this (oil) plume and using it as a food source”.

You can view him saying this on our YouTube Channel or on our Gulf Blue Plague internet blog at BP Admits Using Synthetic Microbes in Gulf of Mexico. This 17 second video snippet is taken from a November 7, 2010 broadcast entitled Has the Oil Really Gone? which is available for viewing at BBC TWO.* Note how Utsler is cut off by his own people at BP immediately after stating this and the interview was abruptly ended.

* It appears that the BBC has now restricted this video so that it can no longer be viewed from within the US.

A NEW FORM OF MICROBIOLOGY

A “new form of microbiology” is not a natural biological organism. Genome scientist J. Craig Venter, PhD, the founder of Synthetic Genomics Inc. and JCVI, clearly defined this new biological structure on May 27, 2010 in his prepared testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce:

“One of the major advantages of synthetic genomics is that there is no need to have access to a physical supply of a particular DNA sequence. Sequence fragments are simply created de novo by chemical synthesis and assembled into entire chromosomes and organisms. This ability to synthesize (write) DNA and use it in the construction of new cells can catalyze a major change in what organisms can be engineered to do.

…these [synthetic genome] technologies could be used to produce bioremediation techniques.

In 2003, JCVI successfully synthesized a small virus, approximately six thousand base pairs long, that infects bacteria. By 2008, the JCVI team was able to synthesize a small bacterial genome.”

Now it’s easy to understand exactly what Terry Hazen, PhD, and BP’s Mike Utsler were revealing with regards to the creation of new genetically engineered microorganisms – either viruses that attack bacteria or bacteria themselves – within the Gulf of Mexico.

AN OBSCURE FAMILY OF SUPERHUMAN MICROBES

The latest development in the Gulf is how an incomprehensible bacterium is remarkably eating up the methane gas. It appears that engineered designer genes have also been used to remove the gas just as they have been used to consume the oil. The common denominator is that neither of these microbes are natural microorganisms. This should come as no surprise.

Microbiologist David Valentine at the University of California at Santa Barbara stated,

“Within a matter of months, the bacteria completely removed that methane. The bacteria kicked on more effectively than we expected.”

It sounds to me that this created synthetic genome microbe far exceeded the engineering and programming expectations.

According to a Fox Business report,

“This discovery offered a rare glimpse into the remarkable abilities of an obscure family of microbes in the depths of the Gulf”.

I agree. It is scientifically incomprehensible that any natural microorganism could do this and synthetically engineered microbes are definitely obscure by comparison.

University of Georgia microbiologist Samantha Joye, who has been independently analyzing methane from the Gulf of Mexico, also agrees with me. She said,

It would take a superhuman microbe to do what they are claiming.”

So it has, Samantha. It was specifically engineered and its “superhuman” genetics were created synthetically.

In a January 7, 2011 article, the UK Register wrote how the scientists were particularly

surprised at the speed with which the bacteria consumed their enormous meal”.

They also brought up the fact that earlier studies elsewhere in the world suggested methane levels around Deepwater Horizon would be well above normal for years ahead. It’s remarkable what highly engineered designer genes can do.

On January 6, 2011, the Christian Science Monitor reported how the study’s leaders boldly stated that rates of methane decomposition after the Gulf oil spill

“were faster than had ever been recorded in any other place on the planet.”

That’s because these are not natural microbes. You can’t compare apples to grapefruit.

TRACE ELEMENTS ADDED TO THE GULF

In the same CS Monitor report, University of Georgia microbiologist Samantha Joye stated how

“[The Gulf] is not well stocked with trace elements the bacteria need to survive – among them, copper, which bacteria specifically use to deal with the methane. Shortages of copper, as well as other trace elements, likely would have slammed the brakes on the exponential growth in bacterial populations needed to get rid of the methane in fewer than four months.”

The same applies to hydrocarbon-eating bacteria that consume oil, except that iron is needed more than the other trace elements. Since copper and iron are not prevalent mineral elements normally found in the Gulf of Mexico, the synthetic bacterium eating both the oil and the methane would not be able to do so at the remarkable speed they have without such essential earth elements. The only possible way these synthetic bacterium could have done this is by adding the required elements to the Gulf. Spraying a highly dissolved or colloidal mixture of trace elements onto and into the Gulf of Mexico would be absolutely required to accomplish this.

In our October 21, 2010 research article The Gulf BLUE PLAGUE (BP): It’s Not Wise To Fool Mother Nature, we had revealed the abnormally high amounts of elements found in the Gulf and that it was being sprayed along with or separately from the oil dispersants. In August 2010, rain water samples were tested by the Coastal Heritage Society of Louisiana where rain coming directly from the Gulf had unusually high concentrations of iron, copper, nickel, aluminum, manganese, and arsenic.

Without a doubt, the synthetically created bacterium introduced into the Gulf of Mexico to consume the oil and gasses were – and continue to be – fed these essential trace elements. Otherwise, they could not have thrived or reproduced at the accelerated rate they have. The continued spraying in the Gulf by aircraft and by boat is not Corexit or other oil dispersal chemicals. Consider the current spraying to have the same effect of adding liquid fertilizer to your crops.

SYNTHETIC MICROBES MUTATING NATURAL MICROORGANISMS

In early December, 2010 the research vessel WeatherBird II, owned by the University of Southern Florida (USF), went back to the Gulf of Mexico for follow-up water and core samples. As reported by Naomi Klein on January 13, 2011 in Hunting the Ocean for BP’s Missing Millions of Barrels of Oil,

“…these veteran scientists have seen things that they describe as unprecedented …evidence of bizarre sickness in the phytoplankton and bacterial communities…”

This “bizarre sickness” in the indigenous Gulf microorganisms is the direct result of the synthetic microbes that are still creating genetic sicknesses by mutating the DNA of the natural microbes. We had alerted our readers to this in DNA Mutations Confirmed in Gulf of Mexico on September 28, 2010 when we stated,

“DNA mutations are occurring within the Gulf of Mexico at a microscopic cellular level. The obvious effect this has on marine life as well as humans is a Pandora Box of unknowns.”

Tampa Bay Online gave further insight to this in an interview with Dr. John Paul, an oceanography biology professor at USF, regarding the oil plume they had discovered 40 miles off the Florida Panhandle:

It was found to be toxic to microscopic sea organisms, causing mutations to their DNA. If this plankton at the base of the marine food chain is contaminated, it could affect the whole ecosystem of the Gulf.

“The problem with mutant DNA is that it can be passed on and we don’t how this will affect fish or other marine life,” he says, adding that the effects could last for decades.

In Naomi Klein’s article, she describes how Paul introduced healthy bacteria and phytoplankton to Gulf water samples and what happened shocked him. The responses of the organisms “were genotoxic or mutagenic”. According to Paul, what was so “scary” about these results is that such genetic damage was “heritable,” meaning the mutations can be passed on.

Genotoxins pass on genetic changes to successors who have never been exposed to the original gene. Healthy microorganisms are then genetically changed and will pass on their DNA mutations to their descendants. This is a genetic chain-reaction as each mutated microbe interacts with and affects other microorganisms, especially with regards to the food chain:

“…the phytoplankton, the bacteria, and the [microorganisms] that graze on them – the zooplankton – seem to be the most potentially impacted.” – Dr. David Hollander, USF Marine Geochemist: December 6, 2010: Video interview on WeatherBird II.

THE PERFECT GENETIC STORM

In a Bridging The Gap radio interview with Dr. John Waterman on September 9, 2010, he stated,

“Microbes can morph, they can change. Viruses can turn into bacteria and bacteria can turn into fungi. In the Gulf we have bacteria that can morph. It can morph [mutate] because it’s attacked by a virus. The virus can change the genetics of the bacteria so that it morphs [mutates] into something very deadly.

Some of these changed bacteria can become deadly, Ebola deadly. When you have a morphed bacterium that gets airborne, now you’re going to see it go from person to person.

We’re on the verge of something that can become a deadly pandemic. They had to know that was the case. All it has to do is enter the human host… and once it gets started, it’s going to be impossible to stop.”

In October, 2010, I was contacted by Riki Ott, PhD who had written a book on the effects of the Exxon Valdez tanker spill in Alaska. Her Master’s Science degree is in marine biology with emphasis on the effects oil has on zooplankton. She had just read my It’s Not Wise To Fool Mother Nature article and wanted to talk. So far, she is the only U.S. based scientist who has agreed with me that there were genetically bio-engineered bacteria eating the oil in the Gulf.

In an article she published while in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, entitled Bio-Remediation or Bio-Hazard? Dispersants, Bacteria & Illness in the Gulf, she recounts how comments made by a local grandmother made her re-evaluate her thoughts on crude oil bio-remediation. That grandmother said she felt the oil-eating bacteria were “running amok and causing skin rashes”. Here’s part of what Dr. Ott wrote:

“To make things a little scarier, some of the oil-eating bacteria have been genetically modified, or otherwise bio-engineered, to better eat the oil – including Alcanivorax borkumensis and some of the Pseudomonas.”

Pseudomonas alcaligenes is a Gram-negative aerobic bacterium used for bio-remediation purposes because it can degrade aromatic hydrocarbons such as benzene or methane. Alcanivorax borkumensis is also a Gram-negative bacterium used for bio-remediation purposes because it can degrade oil hydrocarbons. There we have it. Confirmation once again that synthetic designer genes are the reason the oil and gas are being eaten up at alarming rates within the Gulf.

But why are these Gram-negative bacteria so important? Because, as Riki Ott said,

Oil-eating bacteria produce bio-films. Studies have found that bio-films are rapidly colonized by other Gram-negative bacteriaincluding those known to infect humans.”

A nurse Riki Ott was working with in the Gulf, Nurse Schmidt, put it this way:

This is like a major bacterial storm. It could be the reason we are seeing a variance of symptoms in different individuals. In some people, we see respiratory complications, while in others we see skin or GI symptoms. I think it is due to a multitude of colonized bacteria.”

But this is not just a typical bacterial storm. In this instance, there are synthetically created bio-remediation bacteria that have mutated untold species of natural organisms in the Gulf water and in the air. As different colonies begin to grow and colonize, you are witnessing the perfect genetic storm.

SYNTHETIC DNA CREATED THE GULF BLUE PLAGUE

I’ve written numerous articles in various forums since July, 2010 trying my best to warn not only my own family and friends, but the entire world with what has been evolving in the Gulf of Mexico. I’ve described in detail precisely how it was and is still evolving. For the record, I’ve researched and published these findings in the World Vision Portal forum, WVP’s YouTube channel, in the Blue Plague blog, and in weekly radio broadcasts on the Living Light Network. In August, I appropriately named the ensuing pandemic The Gulf Blue Plague.

To my frustration, few have cared to listen. I’ve been ignored and shunned on most internet sites owned and controlled by those who purportedly claim to be representing those of us living along the Gulf coast. Many of them simply don’t represent us at all. They exist for their own agendas, such as to find clients for their attorney practices. Some have exploited Gulf victims to only make a name for themselves. Some simply disappeared when BP and government agencies said the Gulf oil disaster was finished. The truth of the matter is that it’s not finished in the least. The worst part is yet to come this spring and summer as the warmer water and air accelerates the growth of the synthetically mutated viruses and bacteria.

What’s taking place in the Gulf of Mexico is not a regional problem just for those of us who live here. It’s a worldwide problem. Subtle viral and bacterial signs are beginning to show up everywhere. Mysterious unexplained diseases affecting fish, sea mammals, animals, fowl, trees, plants and mankind are occurring because of the synthetic genomes that are changing and mutating the natural organisms in the oceans and in the air.

I’ve been constantly interviewing both family members and friends who are physicians, scientists, Registered Nurses, ship captains, shrimpers, and fishermen. All of them agree that the scientifically confirmed mutated organisms – directly caused by synthetically engineered genomes interjected into the Gulf – can and most assuredly will become a pandemic or even multiple pandemics. As my RN friend with over 30 years of trauma and clinical experience in Louisiana put it,

“This is like an opera where the main characters are Frankenstein and King Neptune. When the fat lady of the Gulf finally sings in the last act, there may not be much of an audience left to hear her.”

In summary, all I can say is what I’ve been saying for months now….

“Wherever the Gulf wind blows and the Gulf water flows”

http://worldvisionportal.org/wordpress/index.php/2011/01/the-perfect-genetic-storm/

NOTES & ADDENDUM

From The Gulf Blue Plague is Evolving – Part II

VIRUSES

Bacteriophages are viruses that change the DNA of bacteria. Many types of bacteriophages exist. Some simply infect the host bacteria while others insert into and alter the bacterial chromosome.

Some of the viruses donate their DNA materials to the host cell and cause alteration in the genetic code. Some bacteriophages can enter the host cell, but instead of immediately making new viral material the bacteriophages DNA will integrate into the chromosome of the bacteria.

BACTERIA

Bacteria are a large group of single cell microorganisms that grow to a fixed size and then reproduce through a form of asexual reproduction. Under optimal conditions, bacteria can grow and divide rapidly and some bacterial populations can double as quickly as every 9.8 minutes. Most bacteria have a single circular chromosome and inherit identical copies of their parent’s genes (they clone themselves).

However, all bacteria can evolve through changes made to their genetic material DNA caused by mutations. Mutations come from errors made during the replication of DNA or from exposure to mutagens (mutating agents), such as certain chemicals or bacteriophages (viruses). Mutations are changes in the DNA or RNA sequence of a virus. It can occur at both a Gene level – called a Gene Mutation – and at a Chromosome level – called a Chromosome Mutation. This process of change is called Mutagenesis. The result is a mutated virus that quickly duplicates itself, develops into maturity, and then discharges itself into the environment. A water environment discharge will become airborne due to high temperatures or as a result of storms.

Despite their apparent simplicity, bacteria can also form complex associations with other organisms. If bacteria form a parasitic association, they are classed as pathogens. Pathogenic bacteria are a major cause of human death and disease. MRSA and other flesh eating bacterium are pathogenic.

REFERENCES

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Man Made Chemical Assault

SUBHEAD: We have a long-term planetary-wide epic tragedy unfolding. 

By Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri on 18 May 2011 in Conscious Life News - (http://consciouslifenews.com/radiation-chemtrails-assaults-additional-support-immune-system/116333/)

[IB Publisher's note: We have been reluctant to include articles on chemtrails, Morgellons desease, Synthia micro-organisms, nano-weapons, Planet X and other calamities some think are besetting us. That is partially because there is little support in the scientific community for conclusions drawn by those shouting the warnings. It is also because it seems there is little that can be done to alleviate the impending problems if the dire warnings are true. We are publishing this article to let you know what some people are thinking. Although some of it seems outside the realm of scientifically possible - some seems like practical advise.]  

  
Image above: Illustration for Synthia techno music album. From (http://synthiatechno4.blogspot.com/2008/08/i-am-beta-fish-i-am-pirate-ship.html).

"It is clear that dilution is not the solution to pollution. Dumping radioactive contaminated materials into bodies of water has a boomerang effect. It is not long before the ionizing radiation is washing back up on riverbanks and shorelines.” Geoscientist Leuren Moret, 2008

[Part 1 is here: http://aircrap.org/radiation-support-immune-system/331187]
We are now living under daily radiation, chemical and biological siege. Because so much of this is invisible, it may be difficult for many people to comprehend the enormity of what is happening throughout our environment. The on-going catastrophe at Japan’s Fukushima ruined nuclear reactors continues to affect our entire planet.

From the very beginning and behind the scenes of this epic crisis, the real reasons were deliberately covered-up. Safety factors were omitted, citizens continue to be put in harm’s way in Japan, throughout North America, and the rest of the planet. Mainstream Orwellian news is worthless in terms of reporting the magnitude and real dangers involved; so the public has never been properly informed. As with the on-going BP Gulf of Mexico oil-rig catastrophe, all we get as citizens are distortions and deception. Safe ways of handling this nightmare or real precaution were deliberately not part of any “emergency” plan.

We have a long-term planetary-wide epic tragedy unfolding. It is the most serious man-made catastrophe that we have faced in our human history. We are all being assaulted on several fronts with a three-pronged attack: (1) a decades-long hazardous brew of daily Chemtrails battering that is affecting our entire biosphere; (2) long-term and very dangerous ionizing radiation exposure, with Fukushima as a new and critically toxic addition; and (3) the release of nano-bioweapons into our environment (more on that below).

Radiation Exposure & Illness
What is known from research going back to Chernobyl’s nuclear catastrophe is that there will be a new, and probably quite dramatic, rise in various cancers (including tragically children’s), autism, brain dysfunction and damage, and an assortment of auto-immune and, most likely bio-weaponized, diseases. Since both Japan and the US have not reported the real radiation levels to which we are all exposed, millions of people who already are or will become ill will never be able to hold anyone accountable. Yoishi Shimatsu’s new article reports on more of the enormous cover-up and fraud, noting that TEPCO’s
“compensation package doesn’t cover medical benefits for radiation-caused cancers that are not expected to surface in victims for at least two years from now [even though some reactor workers have already died]. The government is going along with this publicity stunt, mainly because most politicians owe TEPCO under the reigning system of money politics. The plan is a fraud from its inception. …Nuclear is probably the only industry that can get away without risk coverage, due to its cozy connections with politicians, bureaucrats and military forces.”(1)
This is the modus operandi of corporate and government crimes: a system of vast harm to everyone, but no accountability.

As Dr. Helen Caldicott has noted, external radiation exposure and internal exposure are not the same. It is this invisible, ionizing radiation exposure, going into our tissues, organs, and bones, which will cause long-term damage. As Dr. Caldicott has written:
“Internal radiation, by contrast, emanates from radioactive elements that enter the body by inhalation, ingestion, or skin absorption. Hazardous radioactive elements being released in the sea and air around Fukushima accumulate at each step of various food chains (for example, into algae, crustaceans, small fish, bigger fish, then humans; or soil, grass, cow’s meat and milk, then humans). Entering the body, these elements -called internal emitters- migrate to specific organs such as the thyroid, liver, bone, and brain, continuously irradiating small volumes of cells with high doses of alpha, beta and/or gamma radiation, and over many years often induce cancer. Further, many remain radioactive in the environment for long periods [sometimes hundreds of thousands of years], posing danger for future generations.”(2)
FACT (Freedom Against Censorship Thailand) has reported that:

“In addition to cancers, any radiation exposure correlates to an increase in immune system disorders. Thyroid diseases, diabetes, asthma, AIDS, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, myalgic encephalomyelitis and a huge spectrum of non-specific neurological conditions are expected in the human population [and all other animals, too]. Radioactive iodine attacks thyroid function while radioactive cesium mimics potassium uptake. The ‘Petkau effect’ for ingestion of beta and alpha particles, discovered by Atomic Energy of Canada scientist Dr. Abram Petkau in 1972, draws ominous conclusions for human exposure. Dr. Petkau found that lower doses of ionizing radiation are actually more efficient at disrupting human cell activity.”(3)
This also includes brain damage and dementia.

As one test shows: “Radiation in milk [tested from organic samples] in Hawaii is now at least 2,033% above Federal drinking water safety limits.”(4) Children are drinking this.

Geoscientist Leuren Moret confirms these reports with her own independent research reported in a recent interview:
Video above: Presentation by Leuren Moret on radiation. From (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be0ow2Jjs9E).
Morgellons and Synthia – Nano-Bioweapons
Not under discussion, except in some alternative news reports, are two geo-engineered, synthetic nano-organisms that are already wrecking massive havoc. Firstly, there is independent researcher Clifford Carnicom’s ground-breaking work on Morgellons, affecting probably millions of people. Over the last decade, Carnicom has methodically examined air samples of “filaments” [or fibers] he has gathered, and notes:

“It can now be shown with conviction that environmental filament [fiber] samples and the filaments that are characteristic of the ‘Morgellons’ condition are of one and the same nature.”(5)
Carnicom has done an exceptional job in showing concisely how Chemtrails and Morgellons are interlinked through his “Systems Perspective.”(6)
In addition, Dr. R. Michael Castle “has identified microscopic polymers comprised of genetically-engineered fungal forms mutated with viruses. He says that trillions of Fusarium (fungus)/virus mutated spores), which secrete a powerful mico-toxin, are part of the [now plasma] air we breathe.”(7) This is the poisonous mixture in the Chemtrails aerosolized assault on all of us. Over the last 10 years, we also have enormous supporting statistical evidence of what this attack has done to us seen in the dramatic increases in coronary and upper respiratory diseases, brain damage, and cancers.(8)
While we are all breathing this horrific brew, and even given all the evidence, there has been continued silence by government agencies and much dismissal by compromised academics and scientists. Carnicom rightly calls it “The Crime of All Time.” Another visual link is here:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jt0EFwP4dI
People afflicted with Morgellons, a synthetically made [possibly in some high-level, secret bio-weapons lab] and painful nightmare have often been misdiagnosed. The doctors’ usual tactics are to discredit and disregard patients’ symptoms (as they did in the 1970s and 1980s with those who had Mononucleosis and Fibromyalgia; or in the 1990s with Gulf War Syndrome). Most allopathic physicians, with their academic blinders, have little-to-no training in either environmentally caused or bio-weapons lab-created illnesses. They are far too quick to dismiss patients’ complaints and legitimate concerns. One person who has been able to help those with Morgellons is Dr. Gwen Scott, ND. One of her remedies can be found here:
www.bariumblues.com/chemtrail_illness_protocol.htm
In addition, there is now a second synthetic genome bacteria that was unleashed after the Gulf of Mexico oil-rig catastrophe last year, supposedly to “help” absorb the massive amounts of oil and gas. Before its release, it was untested for human and/or animal safety. This geo-engineered nano-organism, called Synthia, has been replicating itself exponentially and causing chaos throughout the Gulf waters. Called the “Blue Plague,” by researcher Michael Edwards, it “has created new viral and bacterial pathogens never seen before. It is directly responsible for the spreading of drug and antibiotic resistant viral and bacterial outbreaks along the Gulf Coast.”(9) This unconscionable release has contaminated the entire Gulf region; and through evaporation into the air we breathe, it has probably transported these dangerous nano-organisms further around the planet.
The implications for this not only crossing species barriers [naturally occurring ones don’t do this] but creating substantial novel illness is already happening. One Gulf physician recently noted that one of his patients had “a new illness we’ve never seen before [with] a rare bacteria found in his body, ‘similar to the microbes that eat oil.’”(10) Patients are already dying of the Blue Plague –a horrendous geo-engineered experiment, and not reported by the mass media.
French physician, Dr. Gabriela Segura has been following this and has developed a “Gulf Blue Plague Detox” which is essential for people to know about:
www.worldvisionportal.org/wordpress/index.php/2011/05/gulf-detoxification-gabriela-segura-md
See also:
www.blogtalkradio.com/livinglightnetwork/2011/05/06/gulf-of-mexico-blue-plague-update-1
Another noted physician, Dr. William Rea, founder and director of the Environmental Health Center-Dallas, is also recognized for his detox protocol work to help those who have been contaminated by Gulf’s dispersants. Dr. Rea is a thoracic and cardiovascular who has been focusing on environmental issues surround health and disease.
Michael Edwards is calling this synthetic DNA gene transfer “a catastrophic biological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico” with its massive contamination that he notes will result in:
1. New Cross-Species viruses that directly cause disease
2. The artificial development of new bacterial diseases
3. The re-activation of dormant viruses present in all cells
4. Antibiotic resistant genes in viral and bacterial pathogens
5. The uncontrolled spread of new genes that never before existed
In this regard, Dr. Máximo Sandín, author of “We are Virus and Bacteria” [www.somosbacteriasyvirus.com] and former Biology Department professor at the Independent University of Madrid (where he taught Human Evolution and Ecology) has said:
“I believe that some (rather many) of the activities of ‘biotechnology’ or ‘bioengineering’ companies are becoming even more dangerous each day because their practices seem to be completely behind the back of present scientific knowledge.”(11) In a paper Dr. Sandín posted online, he has written: “Are these practices of genetic manipulation really necessary, when the more qualified experts affirm that we are very far from knowing (and much less able to control) the processes implicated?”(12) [my translation]
The intentional wreckage of our immune systems continues with the banksters and elites trying to control everything from behind the scenes. Through their secret agendas of extreme harm, we are seeing in our daily lives the financial (worldwide bankruptcies, thefts of mortgaged homes, and ruin for the middle class) and environmental destruction (weather warfare, environmental degradation, and geo-engineered illnesses) they have created. So, it is imperative that we take control of our own health, because all of the other supposed “support” from any public system is totally broken. If you have a good health care provider (and Vet, if you have companion pets), who understands what is really going on, you can make a plan to protect yourself and your family. If you are on any kind of drugs, please consult your health care provider.
Firstly, a continuing REMINDER, stay out of the radioactive rain. The synthetic “sno” that fell for the past five months was loaded with toxic barium, nano-coated fiber aluminum, mycotoxins, heavy metals, and the poisonous desiccant, Ethyl dibromide. Normal human body temperature used to be about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Since the Chemtrails assaults, there are reports of people with temperatures of anywhere between 94-97 degrees. This drop in body temperature may possibly be linked to the cumulative and damaging effects of Ethyl dibromide that dries out our skin and mucosal membranes. These poisons, to which we are illegally subjected daily, are off the scale. Millions of people are very ill. Since about March 15, this brew now also includes radioactive elements coming invisibly from Fukushima that have been raining down on all of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Europe, and the rest of the planet.
PLEASE NOTE: Recommendations and dietary plans in this article are to share educational information. In order to make good decisions about our lives, we must be well informed. I do not have any financial ties with any specific brands or items mentioned. They have worked, and thus are recommended. The herbal suggestions, included below, are based on centuries-long traditions by indigenous natives and practicing herbalists. They all know that plants can be both food and medicine. Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine have illustrious histories going back 5,000 years. These remedies would not continue to be used, if they did not work. Much has now been confirmed by science.
Testing You Can Do
1. I urge everyone to strongly consider getting together communally and purchasing the best Geiger counter you can, so you can to monitor your exposure. Given difficult finances for millions, the cost can then be shared. A good brand is Gamma Scout with a probe attachment available that can be used to test water and soil samples. (See RESOURCES below.) Keep in mind that Dr. Helen Caldicott says no level is safe, so it is vital that we still know how much daily invisible radiation exposure we are getting from Japan. There are six reactors involved at Fukushima, and already it is a far worse catastrophe than Chernobyl. Further, after two months, there has been no containment; but we continue getting huge doses of ionizing radiation spewing into the air and across the Pacific Ocean.
One important radiation monitoring website from Norway (NILU) [http://transport.nilu.no/browser/fpv_fuku?fpp=conccol_Xe-133_; region=NH] went off line last week, so people cannot see how serious the radioactive contamination remains. A back-up NILU report of “emergency high levels” of radiation posted this week is here:
www.dutchsinse.com/blog/?p=759
Dutch Sinse has been reporting regularly and fairly accurately on global and anomalous weather patterns that are not being reported by mainstream news. This chaos is affecting millions of people. See:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8aDT14VX1I
2. Another way of avoiding dangerous exposure to poisons and contaminants in water, is to filter them out or purify them. A stainless steel, reverse osmosis system (hooked up to your sink, shower, or throughout the house) can get rid of numerous toxins. (NOTE: plastic water filters do a poor job, due to the added chemicals off-gassing from the plastic containers. See RESOURCES below.)
3. I also would strong suggest that people consider having a Heavy Metals Hair Analysis done. A standard blood CBC (Complete Blood Count) lab work-up does not show up heavy metals contamination. A hair analysis does. It is not expensive; and it is reliable. It only takes a moment to cut a bit of your hair (or your child’s) from the nape of your neck and send it off. You health care provider can give you the necessary form. Doctor’s Data has been doing these tests for many decades and they are very dependable. Results are sent to your health care provider within two weeks. (See RESOURCES below.)
Save your lab results. We are working on a plan to post these US and Canadian results (without your name). If we had lab results for heavy metals and radiation toxicity levels across the continent, this also could be an excellent way of documenting and determining the nationwide Chemtrails poisoning of our population. It has the potential of holding criminals accountable for the grave harm they are causing us.
In addition, given all the assortment of heavy metals in Chemtrails and our nationwide radiation exposure levels, this would also help immensely in determining your own exposure and what kind of Detox Protocol would be advisable with recommendations from your health care provider. The likelihood of millions of us having some kind of heavy metals toxicity appears to be high, simply because of the known massive amounts of environmental poisons found in our air, soil, and water. Heavy metals contamination does have the potential of causing cancer and other serious neurological and immune damage to humans (and our companion pets, too). Some of the early symptoms can mimic other illnesses. If un-detected and left undiagnosed, the potential for permanent damage and death is very significant.
We may not want to deal with this on a deep psychological level. People are going about their daily routines, as if nothing much has happened. After all, little real news is actually being reported. So, it’s already difficult to comprehend that these mostly invisible poisons are already creating injury and seriously impacting us. Further, this already has affected the entire food chain; and people do not realize that this means everything grown and brought to market since mid-March is radioactive. As I have already written, this has also been greatly exacerbated by the Japanese dumping 11,500 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean! This was criminal, and has poisoned the entire web of life.
This deadly assault continues to wreck our immune systems, cognitive functions, and our ability to stay healthy. Now, we will continue to face years of continued ionizing radiation exposure (as at Chernobyl) Thus, a commitment for each one of us to make better choices to help support our bodies to function properly, and continue to create a more healthy diet, is now essential for survival. Given all the mainstream media lies, I also believe it is imperative for us all to come together as families and in our communities. We must help one another. This is the way things should be. We always have an opportunity to re-evaluate what we think we know based on new information. Now is the time to do this.
BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SUPPORT: FOOD
Due to radiation in our soils, it’s safer to use last year’s organic crops: frozen, or in glass jars, or canned. This is a short list. There is a great deal of additional information in the seed catalogues listed below my NOTES. For a list of Vitamins, see Part 1 of this article.
Anti-oxidants:
  • Applesauce: in glass jars. It has a beneficial daily effect and binds with radioactive particles. Apple pectin has been used successfully at Chernobyl.
  • Artichokes: in glass jars with olive oil, or canned.
  • Blueberries, frozen, from last year’s Fall crop, untainted by radiation. Available dried also. A combination of applesauce and blueberries, with a small amount of maple syrup, makes a delicious addition to breakfast. Children love this.
  • Brown Rice Miso: a healthy choice (but don’t get anything coming from Japan or the Pacific, due to the high levels of radioactivity)
  • Chickpea (Cicer arietinum), cooked, makes great Humus.
  • Garlic and all the Allium family (onions, shallots). Grow your own. Sulphur is a good daily dietary protector for the immune system. It reduces blood cholesterol. It’s anti-viral and anti-microbial, and helps in upper respiratory health. (See Part 1 of this article.)
  • Pomegranate (Punica granatum): the juice is a rich source of anti-oxidants and helps heart function (including retarding the build-up of plaque on arterial walls). The disease, Atherosclerosis, is caused by fatty deposits on the inner lining of the arteries, and is the main cause of coronary disease. Atherosclerosis targets the heart’s largest artery, the aorta, Mortality from this disease has dramatically increased over the last 10 years. What significant role does perhaps billions of tons of barium used in Chemtrails play in increased coronary deaths?
  • Quercitin: A flavonoid that is anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-viral, and regulates heart and cell functions. It is found naturally in garlic, cayenne, cabbage, brussels sprouts, spinach, and pears. The highest sources of Quercitin are found in onions, tea (Camellia sinensis), apples, and cranberries. The herb Bonset (Eupatorium perfoliatum), traditionally used for the flu, is a natural source of Quercitin.
  • Sprout your own Sprouts in a glass jar: mung beans, etc.
Spices & Herbs:
Use organic and avoid toxic pesticides and other chemicals. Fresh herbs and freshly ground spices added daily to food are both a tasty addition and they add needed nutrients, vitamins, and immune support.
  • Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla): antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, and anti-inflammatory. Has an ancient history as a calming and gentle sedative tea. Helps with insomnia, tension, and anxiety. It is safe for children.
  • Curry: A blend of Spices from India (or make your own recipe. Check at www.epicurious.com) Delicious in steamed rice dishes.
  • Ginko (Ginko biloba): anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. Excellent for memory [also to help counter-act the heavy doses of nano-fiber-coated aluminum and barium in Chemtrails and large releases of mercury pollution]. It increases blood supply and improves circulation. Ginko plays a part in helping to strengthen blood vessels. DO NOT USE DURING PREGNANCY. Drink 1/2 cup daily: 3-4 leaves steeped in 1 cup boiling water.
  • Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare): anti-spasmodic and helps in digestion. Has a calming effect for bronchial infections.
  • Parsley (Petroselinum crispum): One of best sources for Vitamin C. Grow it in a window box, and cook with it freshly cut. It’s a good diuretic, and helps body eliminate excess water. DO NOT USE IN MEDICINAL (i.e., large) DOSAGES DURING PREGNANCY, but it’s fine for cooking and sprinkling on salads.
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): anti-microbial, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, aromatic. Has nervine and circulatory benefits. Good for digestion and memory. Shakespeare reminds us: “here’s Rosemary for remembrance…” Delicious on roasted potatoes with garlic.
  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris): antiseptic, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic. Good gargle for laryngitis and sore throats. Aids with bronchitis, asthma, and infected cuts and wounds. It has been used traditionally for coughs, bronchial infections and other respiratory ailments, and gum disease. Grown in a window box, the aromatic leaves are delicious in salads and soups.
Adaptogenic Herbs (not a complete list):
A term used since 1964, including herbs that help the body create resistance and vigor when it’s under environmental stress, while also supporting a body’s ability to defend against and “adapt” to these toxins. These herbs can be purchased in glass bottle tinctures. Reishi, Shitaki, and Maitaki mushrooms can be purchased dried from your local health food or specialty store. [Freshly picked ones are NOT advisable, because again the soil has been contaminated with radiation. Use organic plants and herbs. GROW YOUR OWN in an indoor pot or planter. It’s fun, and a great project for children and families! Tinctures are often a better choice than taking capsules or gel caps, both of which add un-necessary ingredients.]
  • American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), available in alcohol or glycerin tincture. Helps to increase energy and vitality. Good Vitamin D source.
  • Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera), available in alcohol tincture, or as dry and cut up root. Add 1 teaspoon to 1 cup boiling water, stir and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Strain. Drink once daily; or taken powdered: 1/4 teaspoon taken in juice daily.
  • Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum), available in alcohol or glycerin tincture.
  • Maitaki Mushrooms (Grifola frondosa), dried and can be powdered or re-constituted in water.
  • Reishi Mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum), dried and can be powdered or re-constituted in water.
  • Shitaki Mushrooms (Lentinus edodes): All three mushroom species mentioned [see also the two above this one] have anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, and cardio-protective effects. Use dried, and can also be powdered or re-constituted in water. Sautéed mushrooms combined with onions and garlic are a delicious addition to every diet.
  • Roseroot stone crop (Rhodeola rosea), available in alcohol or glycerin
tincture. Traditionally taken as a tea, it helps with stress, irritability, and fatigue. Standardized exacts are available.
Liver Detox Support (traditionally done in the Spring):
1 3/4 cups Spring water [don’t use water with chlorine or fluoride; best is steam-distilled or reverse osmosis]
1 heaping TB Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinale)
1 level TB Milk Thistle (Sylibum marianum)
1 tsp dried Red Clover flowers (Trifolium pratense)
Bring water to a boil. Add herbs and stir. Turn off heat. Cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain and cool. Drink 1/4 cup twice daily. This can be done for a month. Store unused dried herbs in glass jars (not plastics).
Don’t forget exercise is very important. It has cardiovascular and immune boosting benefits. But don’t run or bike in the rain! Yoga, Tai Chi, biking, running, tennis, ballet, etc., all help keep us fit!
We are at a Planetary Cross-Road
I believe it is imperative to understand that brain, neurological, and immune functions have been deliberately compromised by more than a decade of highly toxic, what Clifford Carnicom calls the “aerosol crimes” of Chemtrails assault. This is all being done in concert with horrific and now stepped-up Haarp-arrays attacks [the bizarre weather and bird deaths are the latest indications], various Electromagnetic frequencies [see: bevolution.org for their chart], enormous amounts of now de-regulated toxic environmental pollution, and ionizing radiation. Now put together in dangerous and synergistic ways and surrounding our every move 24/7/365, these are all meant to create massive harm to all of us. They are meant to bring us down to a robotic-drug-induced-torpor. None of this is accidental. How it plays out in each individual will depend upon a person’s genetic constitution, diet, and personal environment –even for those who, as yet, do not show any symptoms of illness. People do not understand the gravity of this invisible injury or of the enormity of what is at stake. We must include Precaution as a life essential.
Kindness and compassion must be the order of our days! Not the TSA-groping police-state-induced lies and policies of the NW dis-order. A military state, run by officials tied to crime, corruption, and massive bankster theft, has absolutely no place in our lives. These brain-washing and violent tactics bring nothing but harm, an Orwellian-robotic sheople mindset, and the total disintegration of everything we thought we knew. We must take time to re-evaluate everything based on what we, as human beings –Homo sapiens (meaning, “wise wo/men”)– are TRULY capable of at our very best. The great philosopher Rene Descartes (1596-1650) wrote: “Cogito, ergo sum,” Latin for: I think, therefore I am. Given what is happening, this is essential. WE MUST RECLAIM AND USE OUR COGNITIVE ABILITIES NOW.
My blessèd grandmother used to tell me: “It is better to reach for the stars, and only get to the tree tops, than to reach for a bush and get there.” We must reach for the stars, our higher/highest internal selves. This “internal” self, our “Crown Chakra,” must also be our external one. We can, not only reach for the stars, but we are, in our very DNA make-up, part of the stars. We are an intrinsic part of the web of our planet’s life and, as such, part of the inter-connectedness of planetary wonder and vastness of the universe. We must reclaim our true healing role as our planet’s caretakers. This means no harm, no killing, no bombing! This means Harmony in our Hearts. This means Peace in our Psyches.
In our finite lives, we know so very little; but we can have the poet’s love of exploring words, the musician’s magic with connecting notes of harmony, and the sculptor’s divine hands, turning clay into marvels. Michelangelo and Edmonia Lewis come to mind, as great examples of the latter. The vast world of the Creative Spirit lies within each one of us. This Spring, my three-year-old precious granddaughter is enchanted by the magic of Mother Nature, as she see the seed she has just planted, come through the black soil, turn green, grow, and become a plant. We must never lose this wonder and connectedness to Gaia (the ancient Greek Goddess, Mother Earth). We do not have to be a modern equivalent of Diogenes, the ancient Greek, living in a barrel and looking for an honest man. We do not have to take or follow a robotic path of political ecocide and military hubris. Lawless societies (such as ours have become), quite literally, are dead-ends.
We did not come into this world to create harm and havoc, nor be any part of it. No matter where we live on this planet, we do not raise our children this way. We came to make this a far better world, to achieve the highest good possible –not one of illegal invasions and DU bombings of innocent citizens, lethal vaccines, and a warrior mentality devoid of ethics. This is NOT what we want to leave to our children. We do not want to raise them, or have the state take away our rights as parents and raise them, for cannon fodder, lies, and deceit. We must reject the darkness of Darth Vader and stop Borg geo-engineered technologies.
I do not want to see our [in the collective sense] children damaged by breathing chemicals that take away their ability to think clearly or eating foods that poison and cripple their bodies and cut their lives short. I do not want to see an EMF or chemical-brain injury induced “vacant stare” in my students’ eyes. We must replace a horrific invasive mercenary and military code of theft of countries and killing with a peaceful code of ethical behavior. We must reclaim and reinforce our responsibilities of guiding our children, setting examples of Courage and Love, so that they and their children (all our progeny!) will truly have a world to inherit and live out their own lives in peace, harmony, creativity, and tranquility. This is in our individual hands and it is for the greater good of all humanity.
We MUST assert our potential and use 90-or-more percent of our brain’s capabilities, not a measly 10 percent. Through the heavy veil of daily toxic pollution, we must push for cognitive clarity, our best critical thinking, and KNOW that we are capable of a much higher good: one based on love, and kindness, and compassion –not the disintegrating NWO’s de-railed society of selfishness, extreme harm, and violence. WE DO HAVE THIS IN US! Speaking from Argentina this week, Adrian Salbuchi is saying similar things:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUj8v5V7jOM
This must be the path we choose to take, not only just for ourselves, but –in that higher good– we must set this example for our precious children and grandchildren. It is our sacred trust and loving responsibility to do this. We must re-claim our sovereign and universal-inalienable rights as peaceful individuals not to be used as uninformed experimental beings. We must set urgently needed examples for the highest ethical and moral good of which we are ALL CAPABLE of achieving. This must be our path. We can retrieve all of this, because we are the stuff of the stars.
NOTES:
1. Yoichi Shimatsu. “Tepco ‘Compensation’ for Fukushima Nuclear Crisis is a Political Fraud.” Global Research. May 13, 2011:
www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=24749
2. Dr. Helen Caldicott. “Fukushima: Nuclear Apologist Play Shoot the Messenger on Radiation. Nuclear Industry’s Vociferous Attacks on its Critics.” Global Research. April 30, 2011:
www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=24563
3. FACT (Freedom Against Censorship Thailand) Radiation Spreads Worldwide. The Poisoning of Mother Earth.” April 13, 2011:
www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=24292
4. FACT, ibid.
5. Clifford Carnicom. “The Biggest Crime of All Time.” March 1, 2011: www.carnicom.com/bio2011-2.htm, p. 1.
6. Clifford Carnicom. “Aerosols & Morgellons: A Systems Perspective.” March 23, 2009:
www.carnicom.com/aerosols_morgellons_system_perspective.htm
7. Amy Worthington. “Chemtrail Polymers Linked to Morgellons.”
http://aircrap.org/chemtrail-polymers-linked-to-morgellons-disease/33328
8: Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri. “Chemtrails: The Consequences of Toxic Metals and Chemical Aerosols on Human Health.” Global Research. May 12, 2010:
www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19047
9. Michael Edwards. “Permanent Biological Contamination of the Gulf.” Feb. 1, 2011:
http://worldvisionportal.org/wvpforum/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=1354
10. May 14, 2011:
http://worldvisionportal.org/wordpress/index.php/2011/03/rare-bacteria-in-blood-similar-to-oil-eating-microbe
11. Edwards, op. cit., see ref. #8 above.
12. Dr. Máximo Sandín. “Exceptional Events of Evolution,” page 45:
http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&prev=/sea…virus.com/excepcionales.pdf&usg=ALkJrhj3AuvDXxoEupQF-YS2A_-ObWnpmg
RESOURCES:
(They have a backlog, so new orders won’t be taken until 5/23/11)
ORGANIC SEEDS:
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www.turtletreeseed.com
This is on of the pre-eminent herbal organizations, and was founded by Rosemary Gladstar. Author of numerous books, her latest is “Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health.” She is one of the herbal community’s guiding lights. Membership in UpS includes issues of their journal and an excellent booklet with seed sources.
ORGANIC HERBS:
Bottled Tinctures:
Dried plant material:
FOR PETS:
Animals’ Apawthecary, from ANIMAL ESSENTIALS. They carry organic tinctures in glycerin: 888-551-0416 or www.animalessentials.com
Educator and environmental writer Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri is the author of the highly acclaimed book, “The Uterine Crisis.” London’s “The Ecologist” calls this book “an inspiration.”
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