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Issue 344 In This Issue August 31st, 2013

Editors Corner

The earth is changing a bit more every day.  A very early cold snap in a Canadian town. Click here.  A Volcanic 'geyser' erupts close to an airport in Rome. Click here.  The very large and (at the time of this publication) ongoing Yosemite Rim Fire. Click here.

Speaking of earth changes, one economist has estimated that the cost of flood damages could be well over $1 trillion every year by 2050. Click here.

Many of you have most likely heard of large numbers of bees dying off in recent years.  In Hanover, Canada, one such recent die-off may be due to neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides that has recently been banned in Europe.  Click here.

Speaking of potentially hazardous chemicals, have you heard that the FDA recently admitted that chicken meat sold in the United States contains doses of arsenic? Click here.  Or, if you drink beer, have you looked in to what beer may actually contain? Click here.

In better news, we have more technologies slowly emerging that could help our planet and our health. Like a way to grow lettuce, tomatoes, and other produce year round in a well insulated shipping container. Click here.  Or a healthier way of treating water so plants grow bigger and better. Click here.

If you like fresh, locally grown produce, and live in the Pacific Northwest, don't forget to check out the Yelm Farmers Market this Sunday. Click here.  Besides produce, they will also be having different people from the Yelm Community Kitchen team showcasing a different skill or recipe, every hour, for you to try at home.

Well, that's it from me for now.  Until next week...

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Earth Watch

MAP: Global Flood Damage Could Exceed $1 Trillion Annually by 2050

As climate change intensifies, one of the most surefire threats we're bound to face is increased flooding of coastal cities brought on by sea level rise. Taxpayers worldwide will be faced with more whopping bills—like the estimated $60 billion cost of Superstorm Sandy—to clean up damage in the wake of these events. But just how much money are we talking about here? According to a study out today in Nature, it's a freakishly large number: A dangerous combination of rising seas, sinking land, and growing coastal development could push global flood damages to well over $1 trillion every year by 2050.

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Volcanic 'geyser' erupts close to Rome airport
Motorists on Saturday were alarmed to notice hot, stinking gas spurting from a newly formed crater in the middle of a roundabout close to the perimeter fence of Rome’s Fiumicino airport -- less than 900 yards from the end of a runway. Spectators gathered around the smoking crater, which measured about six feet wide and three feet deep, before firefighters and vulcanologists arrived to seal off the roundabout to prevent inhalation of the gas, suspected to be a cocktail of carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulphide and methane. Tests are now underway. While initial reports suggested the gas came from rotting organic matter trapped underground, one expert said volcanic activity was more likely. “From Mount Etna in Sicily up to the Alban hills around Rome there is a good deal of underground volcanic activity,” Alberto Basili, a seismologist at the Italian National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology, told the Daily Telegraph.

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9 Scary Facts About the Yosemite Fire

As firefighters continued trying to contained the fire throughout the day on Wednesday, officials issued air quality warnings in Carson City and Reno, Nevada,  due to the smoke coming in from over 100 miles away. On Tuesday night, the area of the burn zone in Yosemite doubled to 64 square miles, CBS News reports. No one knows what started the Rim Fire, the 160,000 187,000 acre blaze that's ripping through the western side of Yosemite National Park. But 3,700 firefighters have been dispatched to try to stop it using helicopters, bulldozers, and flame retardants. Although the situation is starting to look up—20 23 percent of the fire is now contained, up from 7 percent just two days ago—the authorities predict the fire will keep spreading, and fast, in days to come.

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Earthquakes Contribute to Global Warming by Releasing Methane from Ocean Floor
A study conducted by Swiss and German scientists has uncovered a natural source of greenhouse gas emission - methane.  Researchers emphasize that climate scientists need to consider the amount of methane being released as earthquakes rip open ocean floors, in order to better understand the various sources of greenhouse gases. Researchers from the University of Bremen discovered that an underwater quake that occurred in Pakistan 70 years ago ripped opened the sea bed and released the potent greenhouse gas, 'methane', into the atmosphere.   "We suggest there is a new source that they might want to consider in the future," David Fischer, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bremen in Germany and the lead author of the study, was quoted in The New York Times. The researchers analyzed the sediment cores gathered in 2007 from two locations in the northern Arabian Sea.

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Weather Watch

Are you sure it's August? Temp drops to 9° in Canadian town
If you were to take a trip to the upper reaches of the Arctic Circle, you would probably not be expecting to, say, sunbathe by a pool in shorts. But these past few weeks you might have needed a heavier coat than you brought. The area near Eureka -- a Canadian research outpost in Nunavut at 80 degrees North (See map) -- has seen a nearly unprecedented start to winter this month. According to UW research meteorologist Mark Albright, there is already 7 inches of snow on the ground and the temperature Friday night dropped to 9 degrees -- its lowest August temperature reading ever and as far as I can tell, the third lowest August temperature reading ever recorded around sea level in North America. (The research post "Alert" at 82N has recorded late August temps of 5F and 8F on Aug. 31 and 30 according to their record lows). Certainly Eureka's 9F was the coldest August 24th temperature recorded in North America.

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Nature Watch

More than one million more bees die off near Hanover, Canada

Space Watch


NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office has upgraded its estimates of a major fireball that exploded over the southeastern USA around 2:30 AM on August 28th. Lead researcher Bill Cooke says "the fireball reached a peak apparent magnitude of -16, about 20 times brighter than a Full Moon, and cast shadows on the ground. This indicates that the meteoroid had a mass of more than 110 kg (240 lbs) and was up to a meter in diameter. It hit the top of Earth's atmosphere traveling 25 km/s (56,000 mph)."

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Science Watch

Mind meld? Scientist uses his brain to control another guy's finger
The world of mind-control zombie armies may have gotten just a little closer: Scientists say they've hooked up one person's brain to the Internet, to control the finger of another person playing a video game. “The Internet was a way to connect computers, and now it can be a way to connect brains,” University of Washington psychology professor Andrea Stocco said Tuesday in a news release. “We want to take the knowledge of a brain and transmit it directly from brain to brain.” Stocco played the role of the mind slave in the experiment. Rajesh Rao, a computer science and engineering professor at the University of Washington, played the part of the puppetmaster. Or should that be the fingermaster?

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Home News Local News Renewable Energy Fair offers ideas for heating and eating
The annual Renewable Energy Fair at Chena Hot Springs Resort is a place for big ideas. Sunday’s event featured a plethora of promising projects and presentations in the fields of geothermal, wind to heat ideas, solar power, hydro power and even horse power. But the project that was turning the most heads was the insulated shipping trailer filled with hundreds of heads of lettuce growing happily under rows of LED lights. The system is based on years of trial-and-error in Chena Hot Springs’ year-round greenhouse, which produces lettuce and tomatoes as well as other produce. “If we had not been successful over there, we wouldn’t even try this,” said Jeff Warner, the controlled-climate specialist at Chena Hot Springs Resort. Warner and Chena Hot Springs have been working for years with researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on perfecting the balance of lights, water, heat, humidity and air-circulation to grow plants year round.

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Yelm Farmers Market
Yelm Community Kitchen Debut

The Week at Yelm Farmers Market!
The dynamic team behind the development of Yelm Community Kitchen would like to share their skills and knowledge with you! Are you an eager shopper at the Yelm Farmers Market? Learn a few tricks and tips while you are out this Sunday to bring home to your own kitchen. Every hour, one of the members of the team will be showcasing a different skill or recipe for you to try at home!

Demonstration Schedule for Sunday, September 1st

10AM | How to use the seasonal produce you'll find at market & knife skills
Lola (aka Nekane) Borobio is a 3rd generation master teacher from Basque Country, Spain (with a Spanish interpreter).

11AM | Blackberries: Sauces, Syrups, Dried, Cake, and Liqueurs
Mathilda Rieger, a Permaculture Consultant with a love for using ingredients from local farm food has 30 years experience as a chef in the hotel and restaurant business in Germany.

12PM | A New Product Emerging: Hot Babe "Hot" Sauce
Sandra Bocas, whose roots lie in Trinidad, will introduce her new 'Hot' Sauce; a unique Caribbean flavor that draws inspiration from her family's recipes.  

1PM | Food Preservation Skills:  How to ferment and preserve "Dilly Beans"
Leilani Macmillan, a natural born teacher and lover of fermented foods, plus she brings much more to the table.

2PM | How to Make Kale Chips
Susie Kyle of Local Flavors Market with 20 years experience in food and farming and committed to a local sustainable food system is best known for her Garlic Basil Dressing.

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Recipe of the Week

Tom's Kitchen: Quick and Easy Zucchini Fritters
September in Austin is a slightly awkward time at the farmers market. Months of brutal heat has put paid to most of the summer harvest, but the fall goods like kale, collards, and winter squash aren't quite ready yet. One thing you can still get in abundance is zucchini, which I love—but at this point, I can't do any more grilled, sauteed or roasted zucchini slices. So when I picked up a few beautiful recently, all I could think to do with them was grate them into fritters. Fritters sometimes strike me as too fussy. But doing it this time reminded me just how quick and easy they are—and delicious, too. Served over a salad—even a kale salad—with a glass of white wine or lager, they're a great late-summer light dinner.

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Something Worth Knowing

Using a coffee mug to sharpen a knife

On The Lighter Side

The hug of the century

Beautiful Pictures



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Cute deer invade Japanese city, nobody shoots even one of them

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.

September 1st @ 10am: Yelm Community Kitchen team Houly Presentation at Yelm Farmers Market
The dynamic team behind the development of Yelm Community Kitchen would like to share their skills and knowledge with you! Are you an eager shopper at the Yelm Farmers Market? Learn a few tricks and tips while you are out this Sunday to bring home to your own kitchen. Every hour, one of the members of the team will be showcasing a different skill or recipe for you to try at home!
Demonstration Schedule for Sunday, September 1st
• 10AM | How to use the seasonal produce you'll find at market & knife skills
• 11AM | Blackberries: Sauces, Syrups, Dried, Cake, and Liqueurs
• 12PM | A New Product Emerging: Hot Babe "Hot" Sauce
• 1PM | Food Preservation Skills:  How to ferment and preserve "Dilly Beans"
• 2PM | How to Make Kale Chips
Click here for more info 

September 5th & 7th: Want to “Get Your Head On Straight?”
Laura Jacob’s, doTERRA master educator is coming to Portland, September 5 and Seattle, September 7 for a full day class entitled: “Get Your Head On Straight”. She will be talking about essential oils and how they work with Brain Health.
Portland, September 5th: Click here to buy tickets
Seattle, September 7th: Click here to buy tickets
ROAD TRIP!! A group of us are going to one or both of these events. Let us know if you would like to ride along. We have heard Laura teach before—her information is amazingly profound! Email to let us know you want to come along.

September 9th & 11th: Two Opportunities for a FREE Bio-Scan and Free Class
Monday, September 9th, 7pm to 8:30pm. Location: Mee-Sha-Leen’s Store 207 Binghampton, Rainer
Wednesday, September 11th, 7pm to 8:30pm. Location: Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St NW, Olympia
The class with be about Essential Oils and the Emotional Body
Come early for a bio-scan. Scans begin at 6PM. Ask your body a questions and you will be amazed at the direct, unfilitered answer you get from the bio-scan. You will explore the direct connection between what lies hidden in your emotional body and what is manifesting, (or waiting to manifest) in your physical body.
This class will explain how the bio-scan works and help you learn to interpret its results. It fun. It’s revealing!
Bring a friend.

Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

September 6th @ 7pm: Powerful Women in History, with Miceal returns to the Triad! Beginning with Joan of Arc!
New day of the week!  New Fall Series!  How exciting! $35 at the door, or can pre-register Click here

September 7th @ 7pm: Michael Tellinger & Miceal Ledwith VIDEOS
$10 at the door – if you missed these awesome events, here is your chance to catch them.  The event at the Triad with both of them, and the event at the Awakening Center featuring Tellinger were both video taped!  And we are showing them at the Triad!  Not to be missed event!

September 10th @ 7pm: Miracles & Inspiration Meetup Night
Free (though donations appreciated)  - slide show, films, videos, inspirational and uplifting messages on the freedoms of people on planet Earth, the Golden Age and much more exciting info! – hosted by Scott, formerly of the AwakeningCenter.

September 19th @ 7pm: Round the Poet’s Fire – hosted by Michael Apau
This is becoming the happening event in Yelm!  Join us in giving Michael a warm Yelm welcome for this newest expression of art!  You will be glad you came! 

September 21st @ 7pm: Advancing Conversations with Miceal
$35 at the door or pre-register at,

September 24th @ 7pm: Miracles & Inspiration Meetup Night
Free (though donations appreciated)  - slide show, films, videos, inspirational and uplifting messages on the freedoms of people on planet Earth, the Golden Age and much more exciting info! – hosted by Scott, formerly of the AwakeningCenter.

September 28th @ 7pm: Triad Arts Theater presents its very own, hopefully first of an annual, Salmon Bake Fundraiser!
Authentic Native Baked Salmon dinner prepared by women from the Nisqually tribe!  Big bonfire! At Alpha Centauri Ranch, just outside of Yelm, Seating is limited.  Pre-purchase of ticket, strongly suggested!  PayPal payment available on website –

Exciting news from the Triad!
Renn Bartlett’s theatrical workshops for children ages 8-18 are ready to go!  Registration is now open – classes begin in September – culminate in 3 performances at the Triad in October!  For more information…
Triad Arts Theater website:
Triad Facebook page:
Yore Performers website: Click here

We are working on bringing the following films to Yelm!
• Occupy Love
• Double feature – Gasland and Gasland II – tentatively set for late September
• TWA Flight 800
• GMO OMG – tentatively set for early October
• The Lost Secret of Immortality

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In The News

Blood worms infest Oklahoma town's tap water
There's something in the water — and it isn't an ice cube. Residents of one small Oklahoma town are being ordered to sip exclusively bottled water, after tiny red blood worms started popping up in drinking glasses earlier this week. The outbreak in Colcord, OK, has all but shut down the community, home to around 800 people. Schools are closed, convenience stores can't serve fountain sodas, and residents have been instructed not to cook or brush their teeth using tap water. Bathing, fortunately, is still deemed acceptable by local health authorities. Blood worms — actually the larvae of the midge fly — are typically small, maxing out at around half-an-inch in length. They're known to pop up in the southeastern United States, though not often in municipal water supplies, and are also sold freeze-dried as fish food. Blood worms tend to thrive in low-oxygen or heavily polluted water, where they burrow inside mud. And unfortunately for officials in Colcord, the buggers are also extremely resilient. "The chlorine won't kill them, the bleach won't kill them," Cody Gibby, the town's water commissioner, told a local TV network. "You can take the worms out of the filter system and put them in a straight cup of bleach and leave them in there for about four hours, and they still won't die."

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It's a whole New World: Oldest globe to show Americas discovered
The oldest known globe to represent the New World has been discovered, researchers say. Dated to the early 1500s, the globe was likely crafted in Florence, Italy, from the lower halves of two ostrich eggs. It is engraved with then-new and vague details about the Americas garnered from European explorers such as Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci. It is also decorated with monsters, intertwining waves and even a shipwrecked sailor, according to the Washington Map Society, which published a study of the artifact in its journal The Portolan. "When I heard of this globe, I was initially skeptical about its date, origin, geography and provenance, but I had to find out for myself," S. Missinne, an independent Belgian research scholar, said in a statement. "After all, no one had known of it, and discoveries of this type are extremely rare. I was excited to look into it further, and the more I did so, and the more research that we did, the clearer it became that we had a major find."

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Health Watch

What if Beer Companies Told the Truth?
Would some of their labels say, “Brewed with pure Rocky Mountain spring water, GMO corn syrup, and fish bladder”? If you like to kick back now and then with a cold one, you may not have given much thought to what’s in the bottle or can. Perhaps you were reassured by ads with wholesome images of sparkling mountain streams and barley rippling in the breeze, or by slogans like “Budweiser: The Genuine Article.”

The reality is far less appetizing. The list of legal additives to beer includes:
• Propylene glycol (it helps stabilize a beer’s head of foam, though in high quantities it can cause health problems)
• High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
• Calcium disodium EDTA
• Caramel coloring
• FD&C blue 1, red 40, and yellow 5
• Insect-based dyes
• Glyceryl monostearate
• Isinglass

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Cancer-causing arsenic retained in chicken meat - FDA
Before the very recent study was conducted, the presence of the arsenic in the product was denied both by the FDA and the industry, with the explanation that the poison that had been fed to the birds actually was disposed of with the chicken feces. However, there was no scientific grounding for that claim. When the evidence became so undeniable and solid, Roxarsone, one of the chicken feed brands, was withdrawn off the shelves. Interestingly enough, the company which produces the Roxarsone feed is called Alpharma, LLC and is a subsidiary of Pfizer – a major pharmaceutical company. Though Alpharma made the decision to pull its product off the shelves across the country, it says it is not going to do so in other countries unless specifically ordered to. AP reports, “Scott Brown of Pfizer Animal Health’s Veterinary Medicine Research and Development division said the company also sells the ingredient in about a dozen other countries.

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Stem cells healing hearts

Zen Gardner
Just Wondering

Breakthrough: Radio Wave-treated Water Works “Miracles”
A GROUNDBREAKING new Irish technology which could be the greatest breakthrough in agriculture since the plough is set to change the face of modern farming forever. The technology – radio wave energised water – massively increases the output of vegetables and fruits by up to 30 per cent. Not only are the plants much bigger but they are largely disease-resistant, meaning huge savings in expensive fertilisers and harmful pesticides. Extensively tested in Ireland and several other countries, the inexpensive water treatment technology is now being rolled out across the world. The technology makes GM obsolete and also addresses the whole global warming fear that there is too much carbon dioxide in the air, by simply converting excess CO2 into edible plant mass.

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TED Talks

Ten Lessons From a Tiger: John Vaillant

RSE Newsletter

"Bird native to Russia unexpectedly shows up in Southern California" added to Ramtha's 2007 quotes:
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"12-foot Arctic predator caught in warm Gulf of Mexico” added to Ramtha's 2007 quote on strange animal behavior:
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“Antarctica skating on thin ice” added to Ramtha's quotes on the ice melt there:
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Student Accomplishments: Bonnie Carey Attributes RSE training in her $3,000+ wins: 
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RSE students share their experiences on My Ghost Story:
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“From JZ: Please watch THE GHOST INSIDE MY CHILD - "What if your child remembered dying in a past life?"
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".. declared dead after his heart stopped for 45 MIN. (Father)  came back to life after son screamed 'you're not going to die'"  
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