MastersConnection 2020
Issue 279 In This Issue February 25th, 2012

Editors Corner

The Advanced Retreat is going on at the RSE Campus here in Yelm AND all over the world as fellow students stream world-wide.  We skipped last week’s newsletter because we knew so many people would be making arrangements for the event, they probably would not have time to read the newsletter. This Friday’s issue will be waiting for them when they return home or to the version of their life that includes email.  Spending long moments away from the program of “everyday” life is a wonderful opportunity to change in a profound way.  Whether you attended the event or not, we are all lifted by the change in consciousness. We are all connected, after all.

The first article featured this week is about changing consciousness and changing paradigms. We thank SuperCousciousness Magazine for allowing us to share it with you. It seemed quite appropriate in this moment. Click here

We have posted pertinent links for information that was made available at this week’s event. Click here  Group remote views of upcoming 2012 events will be included in those postings. Give the staff some time to accomplish this, but don’t miss the information, it could prove to be important to you.

Another article from SuperConsciousness Magazine is a great nuts and bolts look at emergency preparedness. So, if you are all done with your preparations and are completely self-sufficient, then you can skip this read, but everybody else—take notes!  Click here

Speaking of Emergency Preparedness. . .now that you have food and water, what about medical supplies? In our Remedy of the Week section we are bringing you an overview of how you can provide for your family, in an emergency, with essential oils. If you don’t know about this medicine, pure and direct from nature, you will want to learn and then fill your pantry.  Click here

There is another battle brewing in Yelm over aquifer rights. Read about it and then put your brilliant mind and your wallet in support of protecting our most precious resource.   Click here   Perhaps reflecting the speech given by Chef Seattle in 1852 will remind us all why it is our responsibility to stand up and be counted on the side of protecting mother earth.  Click here

Ground water contamination is a huge concern to all life forms on our planet. Democracy Now reports on the arrest of independent film maker, Josh Fox, director of “Gasland”. Click here  Gasland is an expose of the natural gas extraction method known as “fracking”. To learn more about the dangers of “fracking CLICK here onto RSE newsletter. A fellow student is sharing his passion to stop “fracking” in Alberta, Canada. It is important to be informed about this practice and how it can affect your environment. There are so many benevolent entities endeavoring to help us save our planet. It is great to see that our students are doing their part.  Click here

We know that our readers are amazing folks who are passionate about preserving life and our natural resources. Let us know what you are doing in your corner of the world to make it better and be a good steward of our environment. Tell us what is important to you. We can help you spread the word and find support in like-minded souls.  contact@mastersconnection.com

Teri Simpson is getting us ready this week for the planting season that is upon us. Listen to her, she knows. She knows because she has lived it! Her wisdom is priceless when it comes to selecting seeds for planting now and storing. As always, we appreciate you, Teri.  Click here

From the producer of THRIVE, Foster Gamble, we are featuring a cautionary video about political developments in relation to Iran. He presents some interesting parallel’s with what really happened to draw us into war with Iraq. Are we headed for war with Iran?  Click here

Animations of Unseeable Biology takes you inside the workings of your biological cells. Computer graphics illustrate this important and fascinating science. What a great way to learn!  Click here

Be sure and read about Cate Montana. I know her upcoming book will be enlightening. We will be sure to let you know when it is released.  Click here

Paul McCartney is rocking out in our newsletter for pure nostalgic, entertainment value.  Whitney Houston’s voice will not soon be forgotten.  Click here

We always look forward to the articles from Phoenix Rising School.   This week is no exception.   Read all about 'Shooting for the Moon': Jonathan Wood’s Ambitious Science Class  Click here

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Seeds - Magic in a Small Package
How to Get What You Want in a Seed
By Teri Simpson of Optimum Preparedness

UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE IN SEEDS – What does it all mean?

  • Open Pollinated vs Hybrid Seeds
  • Heirloom Seeds
  • Organic vs Non-organic
  • Determinate vs Indeterminate Tomatoes
  • Are all Hybrid seeds evil?

Before spending a few hundred dollars (or more) buying up a bunch of seeds, it is important to understand a bit about different versions of seeds (open pollinated vs hybrid), how they grow (determinate vs Indeterminate) and if you can save the seeds from this year's garden to plant next year.

Open Pollinated seeds: The seeds of open-pollinated plants will produce new generations of those same plants. You can save the seeds from these veggies, fruits and flowers and expect to have the same thing grow from the seeds. It will reproduce just what you got the seed out of. (Yay! This is what you want!)

Heirloom seeds: This are also open-pollinated seeds but they are not always labeled open-pollinated because "heirloom" means it has been grown in a family and handed down generation after generation. (This is another thing you want.)

Hybrid seeds: Hybrid seed is seed produced by cross-pollinated plants. In hybrid seed production, the crosses are specific and controlled. Hybrids are bred to improve the characteristics of the resulting plants, such as better yield, greater uniformity, improved color, disease resistance, and so forth. But you don't save the seeds from these plants so you can plant your garden with them the next year because they won't come out the same.

Now, let's be clear: NOT ALL HYBRID SEEDS ARE BAD. Hybrid seeds can be as simple as crossing 2 kinds of bush green beans so you have a sturdier bush that holds the beans up higher out of the dirt. There is nothing wrong with these seeds, except for those wanting to be able to replant the seeds from these bean bushes next year. When putting together a long term seed storage list, sometimes it actually makes sense to have some hybrid seeds in the mix (only some).

Click here to read full article

Articles of the Week
SuperConsciousness Magazine

The Path of Energy
Energy Awareness in the Paradigm Shift

Author: Synthia Andrews, PhD

The world is changing. Old forms are being challenged and new directions are needed across all spectrums of life; economically, socially, politically, ecologically and spiritually. When many structures of culture are called to change simultaneously, a paradigm shift is underway; a change in the way we see the world and our place within it. Paradigm shifts can be initiated by scientific discovery, as when we learned that the Earth revolves around the Sun, or when we understood that time is relative. The current shift is caused by an awakening of the human spirit and the reflection that the old ways of doing things, the old ways of seeing the world are no longer sustainable.

Click here to read full article

Reprinted with permission from SuperConsciousness Magazine


The Art of Being Prepared for Any Catastrophe
Taking Back Your Power Before (and after) a Disaster Scenario

Author: Cody Lundin

September is National Preparedness Month in the U.S. - spawned by the World Trade center trauma in 2001. In honor of the event, most Americans listen to a few speeches, wave a flag, and cram another piece of mom’s apple pie down their throats. In truth, according to the American Red Cross, less than seven percent of Americans are prepared for a disaster. This complacency is not limited to the US. As the world community clings more desperately to its reliance on technology and “government” to support life itself, our collective sense of physical self-reliance and the psychological freedom it promotes is in a sorry state. In a few short generations, personal responsibility and accountability have become alien concepts.

Click here to read full article

This story originally appeared in the March 2008 Issue of SuperConsciousness Magazine.

Reprinted with permission from SuperConsciousness Magazine

In and Around Yelm

Yelm Aquifer Update
On November 18, 2011, Sara Foster submitted an Appeal against the City of Yelm and the Dept of Ecology to stop the pumping of 942 acre feet of water, every year for 20 years, from our aquifer. Ecology had just rubber-stamped Yelm’s Mitigation Plan and the city was approved to begin pumping. This amount has huge environmental impacts to the aquifer. It means all of our wells in a vast surrounding area could drop in static level and people would have to drill new wells. This is the same aquifer our School draws from. In 2009 our community became aware of this same Mitigation Plan submitted to Ecology, and wrote over 85 letters in protest. It was subsequently withdrawn.

So Yelm waited 2 years and then very quietly resubmitted the same old plan, putting it on a fast-track with Ecology for approval.

I discovered this with just 2 days to spare. With the help of a friend, I filed an Appeal as Sara Foster & The Downstreamers . . . Click here to read full article

You can contact Sara Foster at 360-458-4955 or saradfoster@gmail.com

Hydraulic Fracturing - “Fracking”

What is “Fracking”? - Wikipedia.org
Hydraulic fracturing
is the propagation of fractures in a rock layer caused by the presence of a pressurized fluid. Hydraulic fractures form naturally, as in the case of veins or dikes, and is one means by which gas and petroleum from source rocks may migrate to reservoir rocks.

Energy companies may attempt to accelerate this process in order to release petroleum, natural gas, coal seam gas, or other substances for extraction, via a technique called induced hydraulic fracturing (often shortened to fracking[a] or hydrofracking).[1] This type of fracturing, known colloquially as a 'frac job',[2] creates a wellbore drilled into reservoir rock formations.

Click here to read full article

Note: The "Fracking" illustration picture is not associated with wikipedia.org


Obama pledges responsible natural gas production -
Introducing the docudrama: Gasland

- “U.S. to require disclosure of fracking fluids on public land”
“President Barack Obama pledged in the State of the Union address last week that the government would develop a road map for responsible natural gas production and roll out new rules to ensure drillers protect the environment.
Companies would be required to disclose the “complete chemical makeup of all materials used” in fracking fluids under the Interior Department’s draft rules, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters.
Read more

- Earthquakes may be linked to fracking
“Fracking May Have Caused 50 Earthquakes in Oklahoma”
Read more from Brian Merchant, Treehugger.

“Fracking Firm Admits It Caused Earthquakes in England”
Read more from Alex Davies, Treehugger.

“Ohio Earthquake Likely Caused by Fracking Wastewater”
“Injecting wastewater deep underground is the prime suspect, potentially widening earthquake worries linked to hydraulic fracturing”
Read more in Scientific American by Mark Fischetti.

Click here to read full article


"Gasland" Director Josh Fox Arrested at
Congressional Hearing on Natural Gas Fracking


Students Making a Difference

I’m not sure of the right avenue to address what students are doing, but I thought I might show you what I’ve been doing about the very hazardous Fracking issue that is going around the world; and Alberta is where I live.  I have attached a press release that I created from within our surface rights group. It was my idea and initiative to bring my statements to fruition, buy the trailer, and then park the messages on my property next to a major highway.  For what its worth. - Kevin Niemi

Click here for the press release

Chief Seattle’s Prophecy
America 2012, The End of Living And The Beginning of Survival

Chief Seattle (1780 – 1866) was a prominent native American chief who pursued a path of peace with colonial white settlers in what is now the state of Washington. During treaty negotiations in 1852, he gave a famous speech in response to an offer by the U.S. Government to buy two million acres of Indian lands. Seattle asked: “How can you buy or sell the sky? The land? The idea is strange to us. What will happen when the buffalo are all slaughtered? What will happen when the secret corners of the forest are heavy with the scent of many men and the view of the ripe hills is blotted by talking wires?” His answer: “The end of living and the beginning of survival.” Are his prophetic words coming true in America today?

Chief Seattle was in perfect touch not only with his inner divinity but also with his outer animal nature, unlike many of us today.

Although its authenticity has been questioned, Chief Seattle’s speech (see video and text excerpts below) has become known worldwide as the most beautiful statement on the environment ever made.

Yet many people fail to see that it’s much more: It’s a treasure of native American wisdom that reveals the great “secret” of life on earth. This secret was known to all native America Indians and to all ancient and indigenous peoples.

Click here to read full article

Earth Watch

Satellite Captures 'Enormous Underwater Storm'
A Nasa satellite has provided jaw-dropping pictures of a huge 'storm' brewing under the sea.
The swirling mass of water - which measures a whopping 93 miles wide - has been spotted off the coast of South Africa by the Terra satellite on December 26.
But there's no need to alert international shipping, or worry about the poor fish that might find themselves in an endless washing cycle - the body of water poses no threat.
Indeed, it is more likely to create life by sucking nutrients from the bed and bringing them to the surface.
The sea storms - which are better known as eddies - form bizarre whirl shaped shapes deep beneath the ocean's surface.
This counter-clockwise eddy is thought to have peeled off from the Agulhas Current, which flows along the southeastern coast of Africa and around the tip of South Africa.

Click here to read more


Dutchsinse
Censored earthquake - Midwest to Southeast USA shakes - Wiped data


Amazing Striped Icebergs
Icebergs in the Antarctic area sometimes have stripes, formed by layers of snow that react to different conditions. Blue stripes are often created when a crevice in the ice sheet fills up with meltwater and freezes so quickly that no bubbles form. When an iceberg falls into the sea, a layer of salty seawater can freeze to the underside. If this is rich in algae, it can form a green stripe. Brown, black and yellow lines are caused by sediment, picked up when the ice sheet grinds downhill towards the sea.

 
 
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I wonder where the birds go?
Nature always finds a way to survive.

An unexpected side-effect of the flooding in parts of Pakistan has been that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters.
Because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water has taken so long to recede, many trees have become cocooned in spiders webs.
People in this part of Sindh have never seen this phenomenon before but they also report that there are now far fewer mosquitoes than they would expect, given the amount of stagnant, standing water that is around.
It is thought that the mosquitos are getting caught in the spiders web thus reducing the risk of malaria, which would be one blessing for the people of Sindh, facing so many other hardships after the floods.

Click here to see pictures

Inspiration

Whitney Houston - Greatest Love Of All

Grammy 2012 - Paul McCartney
Great if you love the Beatles or Paul or just great music

The Passing of a Master
Diane Glock

Cheers to your next outrageous adventure!
We love you, Mom!!

Picture of Diane Glock taken Christman Morning 2010 with her cherished granddaughter, Palisades

Community Calendar

We do love to hear from you especially about community events that you think our readers ought to know about. So, thanks and keep the info flowing.

Click here to send us your community event.

March 4th @ 1pm:  Conversations with Father Miceal
Lecture Series: "CONVERSATIONS WITH FATHER MICEAL"
This event will be the THIRD of a series of 6 teachings by Father Miceal that you will NOT want to miss.
When: This Sunday, 3/4/2012 at 1 pm.
There is no set time limit for any of Father's teachings. Come prepared to stay awhile, and learn a lot!
Where: Center For The Arts building, in Rainier. The building is immediately behind the Signature Service Real Estate office,
on the southwest corner of Highway 507 and Minnesota Street.
Important Attendance Details:
$35.00 Contribution Requested.
Very limited seating available. YOU MUST RESERVE A SEAT IN ADVANCE TO BE ADMITTED.
Please bring a dish to share. Wine and/or pipe is encouraged, if desired.
TO RESERVE A SEAT or ask a question, send an email to: sandra@sandracrosby.com
Future event dates :
Sunday March 4
Sunday April 1
Sat April 21
Sat April 28

RSE Newsletter

Links presented at the Advanced Retreat, February 17-26, 2012
Click here to read article

In The News

Ancient plants back to life after 30,000 frozen years
Scientists in Russia have grown plants from fruit stored away in permafrost by squirrels over 30,000 years ago.
The fruit was found in the banks of the Kolyma River in Siberia, a top site for people looking for mammoth bones.
The Institute of Cell Biophysics team raised plants of Silene stenophylla - of the campion family - from the fruit.
Writing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), they note this is the oldest plant material by far to have been brought to life.
Prior to this, the record lay with date palm seeds stored for 2,000 years at Masada in Israel.
The leader of the research team, Professor David Gilichinsky, died a few days before his paper was published.

Click here to read full article


Stonehenge design was 'inspired by sounds'
Music could have been an inspiration for the design of Stonehenge, according to an American researcher.
Steven Waller's intriguing idea is that ancient Britons could have based the layout of the great monument, in part, on the way they perceived sound.
He has been able to show how two flutes played in a field can produce an auditory illusion that mimics in space the position of the henge's pillars.
Mr Waller presented the idea at the AAAS meeting in Vancouver, Canada.
He told the BBC: "My theory is that the ancient Britons, when they were hearing two pipers in a field, were experiencing sound wave interference patterns, where in certain locations as you walked around the pair of pipers, you would hear loud or quiet zones.

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Emergency Lights
Solar Lights: Why didn't I think of this?

WHAT A GREAT IDEA!!!!!!!

I have a friend who used her solar lights inside at night when her power was off during the hurricane. She stuck them in a jar or bottle and said they gave off plenty of 'free light'. She put one in each room and would put them back outside in the daytime and bring them in at night as long as the power was off. They are safe to use and cheaper than batteries.

Bring in a solar light one night and test it.

Due to a thunderstorm, we lost power for about 5 hours. We were scrambling around in the darkness, looking for matches, candles, flashlights, etc. We looked outside, and noticed our solar lights shining brightly all around our patio, stairs, dock, etc. They were beautiful. My wife walked outside, and brought several of the solar lights inside. We stuck the solar light pipes into plastic drink bottle containers and they made the nicest, brightest, safest, lighting you could ever imagine.

Click here to read full article

Important to Watch

IRAN: Follow the Money (with Foster Gamble)

TED Talks - Drew Berry
Animations of unseeable biology

The Mountain News
“A Fish in Water”
by Cate Montana

I was at a good friend’s wedding recently.  It was post-nuptials and post-dinner and people were having a good time on the outdoor dance floor.  Taking a breather, I retreated to an aerial perch in a treehouse built in a huge oak tree in the yard, about twenty feet above the foot-stomping local country band.

Guests I didn’t know ebbed and flowed through the treehouse, commenting on the view and quickly leaving to get back to the celebration.  But one woman hung around to talk.

“So, what do you do?” she asked.

“I’m a writer.”

At that she perked up.  ”What do you write about?”

“I just finished my second book called Missing Woman: My odyssey to find the feminine in a masculine world.  It’s about how Western women have lost track of feminine values and so completely adopted the masculine paradigm from our male-dominated culture we don’t even know it.”

Click here to read full article

© 2012 Cate Montana. Reprinted with permission.

MSNBC Photo Blog
'Pillars of Creation' reloaded

This picture combines a far-infrared view from the Herschel Space Observatory with an X-ray view from XMM-Newton to show how the hot young stars detected by the X-ray observations are sculpting and interacting with the surrounding ultra-cool gas and dust, which provide the critical material for star formation.

Click here to see more

On The Lighter Side

Hello Mastersconnection.

I was contemplating the stemcell nursery in the brain and the brain's effect on DNA.
I then, as we've been taught, put the contemplation into art.

And this is what i ended up with! :-)

Click here to see.

Thought it might humour your day!

With joy,
From South Africa
Inus van Heerden

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Shooting for the Moon: Jonathan Wood’s Ambitious Science Class

How far will a teacher go in order to make learning relevant for his students? If you’re Jonathan Wood, the answer is: pretty far.  Recently, his class began a science unit on astronomy which he describes as “a very non-hands on unit because you can’t touch the sun, moon and stars. Having them listen, read, and watch a movie didn’t really work out. It wasn’t meaningful to them.”  Some of the students agreed. “When Mr. Jonathan first taught it, it was kind of boring,” says Tahsis Fairley. But then Jonathan came up with an ingenious solution: put the responsibility back on the students by having them teach each other the content.

“I told them, ‘We’re still going to watch this portion of the movie, we’re still going to read this chapter, we’re still going to hear what I have to say about it, but then your job is to choose a question and research it, and then teach it to everybody else.’ They do that in college, they do that in lots of places, but for this group it was important to do that because they didn’t see the relevance of it in their lives if it wasn’t something they could touch,” he says. The approach worked. Suddenly, “It was like “UHHHHHH!” says Tahsis, who was now responsible for teaching the class about new moons and what causes them. “It was going to be kind of scary.” His project partner Chatalain Olson agrees. “When you have to be the teacher,” she says, “that’s a lot.”

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