MastersConnection 2020
Issue 264 In This Issue October 8th, 2011

Editors Corner


Drumroll. . . . . .We are pleased to announce that the newest interactive feature of MastersConnection2020 website is up and running. We call it “The Forum. “ The Forum is all about YOU. It belongs to you. Our vision of “The Forum” is that you will use it to reach out and connect with your counterparts around the world. Post a question. Get 20 answers from the smartest people in the world, our fellow RSE students. Find a roommate, share a recipe, share an insight—use it to connect and build relationships in our virtual mastermind community. The slate is clean. Write on it.  Click here

Next we want to thank each and every one of you for your continuing contributions to the MastersConnection2020. We read every single email. We don’t answer everyone, but we do read them and we appreciate your participation in this dream.

As we have said many times in the past, this newsletter seems to write itself. This week the theme that emerged as it started to come together is courage. The Occupy Wall Street movement is gaining mass and speed and demonstrating courage to speak truth to power. Click here

With a quivering voice, a young woman, the valedictorian of her graduating class, delivers a courageous speech criticizing the US education system. Click Here In 1940, Charlie Chaplin, a well-known comedian, spoke truth to power boldly in this amazing scene from “The Last Dictator”. Click here

Courage is not always about big and bold. Sometimes it is about small consistent steps towards a dream. Our article of the week is “A Beginners Guide to Food Storage”. It takes the courage of conviction to make the choice to become self-reliant and prepared for the future. It take courage to say no to a toy you could enjoy right now and yes to a can of beans that promises to sustain your family in the future. Danielle Graham is a food storage expert. We are pleased to share her knowledge with you. Click here

In the Yelm community courageous folks are working together on Project Ark. Read all about it and sign up to participate. Click here

Sometimes the most courageous thing anyone can do is to live humbly and not be afraid to be exactly who you are. . We love reading about your life and your adventures. We have so many comments from our readers telling us how much they enjoy and can relate to other master’s personal stories. Be brave, share your story. Your story might touch someone around the world and give them comfort, courage or just a smile. Thank you for reading the MastersConnection2020 Newsletter. Let’s all create a great week.

Article of the Week
A Beginner's Guide to Food Storage 
By Danielle Graham


Whether you are building your very first basic food storage program or updating your current inventory, this simple beginner's guide to food storage can help make your planning and labor easier.

Remember, people have been storing food since before recorded times. Unfortunately, we no longer maintain public granaries. Instead, it is the responsibility of each of us to wisely store foods for such times that either interruptions in distribution, or crop failures leave us without the abundance of foodstuffs we have grown accustomed. Our current knowledge archives provide us with ample information and the tools necessary to make this task easy to understand and implement.

The process of storing foods is quite simple, requiring good planning, a moderate budget and a constant-cool location for storage. Following these simple guidelines below can help eliminate the frustration of what may seem, at first, to be a daunting task. The goal of providing ample food stores for yourself and your family is easily attainable, and ultimately, a deeply satisfying experience. Once you have your food storage preparations under way, you will know a level of inner confidence and security that no 'world event' can take from you.

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Earth Watch

6.5 Magnitude Earthquake in Kermadec Islands

Mozart Motivates Sewage Treatment Microbes
Operators of a sewage treatment plant in eastern Germany have saved around €10,000 over the last year - apparently by playing Mozart to their microbes. They are now calling for scientists to come and investigate. 

Roland Meinusch, manager of the plant in Treuenbrietzen, Brandenburg, said the plant some 70 kilometres southeast of Berlin produced 1,000 cubic metres less sewage sludge than normal last year - and the only thing he had changed was the music. 

"We play them Mozart's Magic Flute, on a half-hour loop," he told The Local

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In The News

We are the 99 percent and Occupy Wall Street grow larger nationwide
When a few dozen people began protesting on Wall Street on September 17 to voice their frustration with America’s “corrupt democractic processes,” it struck a nerve with Americans across the country who were fed up with the state of the economy, the government, and their own lives.

There was little those outside of New York could do to support the protests but watch, until six days later, when a Tumblr blog called We Are The 99 Percent sprang up online.

“The 99 percent have been set against each other, fighting over the crumbs the 1 percent leaves behind... Be part of the 99 percent and let the 1 percent know you’re out there,” the site wrote, asking people to submit photos of themselves holding handwritten signs that told their stories about the American dream gone wrong.

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On October 8th Earth is going to plow through a stream of dust from Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, and the result could be an outburst of Draconid meteors.

"We're predicting as many as 750 meteors per hour," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "The timing of the shower favors observers in the Middle East, north Africa and parts of Europe."

Every 6.6 years Comet Giacobini-Zinner swings through the inner solar system. With each visit, it lays down a narrow filament of dust, over time forming a network of filaments that Earth encounters every year in early October.

"Most years, we pass through gaps between filaments, maybe just grazing one or two as we go by," says Cooke. "Occasionally, though, we hit one nearly head on--and the fireworks begin."
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Memorable Speeches

Valedictorian: “We do not really learn”
There is a story of a young, but earnest Zen student who approached his teacher, and asked the Master, "If I work very hard and diligently, how long will it take for me to find Zen? The Master thought about this, then replied, "Ten years." The student then said, "But what if I work very, very hard and really apply myself to learn fast - How long then?" Replied the Master, "Well, twenty years." "But, if I really, really work at it, how long then?" asked the student. "Thirty years," replied Master. "But, I do not understand," said the disappointed student. "At each time that I say I will work harder, you say it will take me longer. Why do you say that?" Replied the Master, "When you have one eye on the goal, you only have one eye on the path."

A truly inspiring speech from “The Great Dictator”
The Great Dictator is a comedy film by Charlie Chaplin released in October 1940. Like most Chaplin films, he wrote, produced, and directed, in addition to starring as the lead. Having been the only Hollywood film maker to continue to make silent films well into the period of sound films, this was Chaplin's first true talking picture as well as his most commercially successful film.[1] More importantly, it was the first major feature film of its period to bitterly satirize Nazism and Adolf Hitler.
At the time of its first release, the United States was still formally at peace with Nazi Germany. Chaplin's film advanced a stirring, controversial condemnation of Hitler, fascism, anti-semitism, and the Nazis, whom he excoriates in the film as "machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts".

Remedy of the Week
Bee/Wasp Stings 

In reply to a remedy for bee/wasp sings in a recent MC2020 newsletter

I have been using this remedy for Bee Stings for years and it works like a charm. It takes the pain and swelling away almost immediately. There is no sign of a bee sting within hours. Best of all, it's found everywhere. PLANTAIN LEAF. Just make a poultice by picking the plantain leaf from your yard or where ever you are, chew it up in your mouth and place it on the sting. I often put a band-aid or tape over the poultice to keep it in place while the kids continue to play, or adults work/play.

Down on the Farm

The Fight for Raising Backyard Chickens in the City
For raising backyard chickens in the city, you may need to change the rules to keep an urban flock.

SALEM, OREGON – The urban chicken movement reflects a growing uneasiness among city dwellers who have come to rely, perhaps too heavily, on outside resources. As we become increasingly troubled by the economy, the environment, food safety, animal welfare and emergency preparedness, many of us strive to become more self-reliant. Now learning what our grandparents understood, we are gardening, canning food and raising chickens for eggs – activities that provide a sense of security and relaxation in an urban setting. There can be obstacles to living a more sustainable life, however.

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Barn Cats Are Proven Assets on the Farm
Learn all you can about barn cats, your best rodent-reduction system on the farm.

Are you smitten with kittens? Mad about moggies and their mouseability? Feverish for feline friskiness and field skills on your farm? Then pounce on a chair, chap, and we’ll chat about cats.

True to their reputation, cats have, as a species, always been a bit standoffish. Though felines and humans have interacted for about 9,500 years, cats didn’t “officially” sit at our hearth until some 4,500 years ago. Dogs, cows, horses, goats, sheep, chickens and horses were domesticated long before the cat, which made Kitty the last animal to take the plunge – if, indeed, you can ever domesticate a cat.

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Canning Your Own Pasta Sauce
By Suzanne Wood of

This time of year we take those tasty home grown or Farmer’s Market tomatoes and make them into our own canned red sauce for pasta. This comes in handy in the winter for those quick meals after working late. Here is our recipe and instructions for making and canning red sauce.

It will take a full box of tomatoes to make around 10 pints of sauce.You can use any type of tomato,a combination of tomatoes or just Roma tomatoes.
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The Last Word

Mariah Slick, Student With Down Syndrome, Crowned Homecoming Queen In Texas
Mariah Slick is the first Azle High School homecoming queen with Down syndrome.
The high school senior, according to KVUE, never expected that her classmates would crown her the queen of their homecoming.
She is known for her warm personality, but even her parents were surprised by the nomination. "I never dreamed she would be nominated homecoming queen, especially since she has special needs," her mother, Susan Slick, told CBS DFW.
The 18-year-old high school student is one of the school's biggest fans, and according to ABC, hardly misses a game. It seems everyone has something nice to say about her as well.

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Genius Ideas

First UK-built bamboo bike unveiled
The first UK-built mountain bike made out of bamboo has been unveiled at a major cycling exhibition.

Its designers, from Oxford Brookes University, say the natural material has the strength of steel but the responsiveness of carbon fibre.

They added that it was these properties rather than the plant's environmental credentials that prompted them to build a bamboo frame.

The bikes, built by Yorkshire-based Raw Bikes, will cost from £1,750.

Co-designer James Broughton, head of Brookes' Joining Technology Research Centre, said the idea of using bamboo started out as just a possible exercise for the centre's students to test alternative materials.

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Another Hobbit House
Last week we featured a real life Hobbit House. This week we have photos sent to us of another beautiful Hobbit-like structure from an MC2020 reader. Creativity is indeed alive and well and living in the heart of this builder/artist! Thanks for sharing.


Happening in Yelm

Project Ark - Safe Places

Urgent request
to those with wealth to spare and share
- for people in preparation

There are many RSE students in various stages of preparation for the future.
Groups have been formed to match people together to help each other with shelter, Labor, and materials. Examples of people requiring assistance are:

Have land with unfinished shelter
Have land with no shelter
No land but have food and other household supplies
Partial food
No food, supplies, land or shelter

Urgently required now is funding in varying degrees to help those focused people to
Complete their mission as quickly as possible. Cost effective, new technologies are now available for safe, rapid shelter construction.

If you have funds to spare and share, or materials to donate please either email: with details of how you are willing to help. A co-ordinator can provide you with further information. OR join and participate in the google group forum by following these instructions.

1. Go to 
2. On the top right corner click on ‘sign up’ for a new google account 
3. In the new window put in your current e-mail address and a password and a valid birth date
4. Accept the terms and create account. This should create a google account which you can use to access the group. 

Afterwards, you can re access the group at if you need to
Let us know if you still cannot get in by emailing:

The Project Ark online group is now active with more than 100 members.  A group charter has been posted online.  

Very Happy to Help
Project Ark 2020

On The Lighter Side

Shapeshifting Octopus, amazing camouflage

You are most likely familiar with still photographs of orbs, but have you ever seen the infrared video taken of orbs at RSE? There certainly is more to life than meets the eye!

Something Worth Knowing

Facial recognition marks the end of anonymity

Have you been "brandwashed"?
Your Feedback

Hey Ben and Jan,

Don't want to rain on your parade, but those so-called "anomalies" in the sky the other night are great examples of "sun dogs". There is nothing really unusual about them. Here is the wikipedia link explaining what they are:

Before people start claiming there is a 2nd sun in the sky, they need to know what these sun dogs are first - knowledge is power!

All the best,

Thanks, Peter. We had no idea what we were looking at in the sky last week. We appreciate your guidance. Does anyone know why it is called a SunDog?

Your encouragement means a lot to us. We receive so many inspiring emails. Your feedback is vital to the success of the MastersConnection 2020. We want to hear from you. Tell us the truth. How can we serve you better? What topic(s) would you like more information on? Feel free to share your story with us about how the MastersConnection has benefitted you personally.
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Phoenix Rising School

“I am 1,000 percent behind this school.” - Ramtha

Phoenix Rising Teacher Jonathan Wood Interviews his Students

Elementary school teacher Jonathan Wood put on his reporter hat and got several of his students’ perspective on teambuilding, focus, and trust. Here’s what they had to say:

Jonathan: In the first week of school, our class played a lot of team building games. Why?

Alex: To help us get to know one another.

Duke: We also did it so we could trust each other.

Jonathan: Which team building game was the most memorable for you?

Alex: The one where we had to flip the imaginary boat over and stop it from sinking.

Duke: I remember the one where we led our blindfolded classmates across campus in a safe way.

Jonathan: We played a game where the class had to flip over a tarp while everyone was standing on it, and without letting a single person step off onto the grass. How do you think the class did?

Alex: Some people did great – they focused and stayed on the tarp. Others were goofing off and fell off on purpose.

Duke: I think we learned we all have to work on the same goal to be successful. It didn’t work when some people’s goal was to get under the tarp or becomesharks.

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