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Issue 352 In This Issue October 26th, 2013

Editors Corner

Greetings readers,
This week, we start our wonderful newsletter with an article by Miceal Ledwith about haloes.  You know, those things that we've heard angels have hovering above their heads?  Yeah, those.  Click here.  Definitely an interesting read.

Speaking of interesting reading, Halloween is coming up next week.  Do you know the history of this interesting holiday?  Click here

While we're on the subject of history, men and women have been making contributions to our understandings in science for a long time but a hundred years or more ago, men got credit for discoveries that women made. Click here

And, of course, scientific discoveries are still being made.  Like the Sea Cucumber Extract that kills 95 percent of breast cancer cells. Click here.  And one of the many benefits of sleep is that it 'cleans' the brain of toxins. Click here

Of course, we're going to need a lot more then just the cleansing power of sleep if this Initiative 522 doesn't go through. Click here

Speaking of Initiative 522, did you know that corporations have been laundering money to fight this potential GMO labeling?  Click here  It seems crazy how far corporations are willing to go some times.

On a lighter note, most of you will have heard, or even sung yourself, the Star Spangled Banner.  But have you ever heard it sung by a "hard-rock" group?  Click here

Of course, there's a lot more in this newsletter.  It's like a Halloween candy bag, full of goodies.  But from here, I will let you rummage through and find the ones you like.  Have a wonderful week.

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The Rise and Fall of the Halo
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Stories of the renowned saints and mystics always fascinate; the vortex of many colors that surrounded Joseph of Cupertino before he performed his outstanding feats of levitation and teleportation; or the adventures of that paradox of mysteries, Teresa of Avila. She was profoundly mystical, yet an immensely practical reformer of enormous energy, a bastion of orthodoxy, while at the same time under suspicion by the Inquisition who believed her paranormal feats were diabolical in origin. When she came from prayer her fellow workers were frequently dazzled by the blaze of light surrounding her head.

Anyone who ever pokes through the dusty files of history will certainly agree that “things are seldom what they seem,” including Teresa of Avila’s halo. Many of the most sacred religious practices and symbols often have quite a different origin and explanation than is commonly assumed. I have been intrigued to discover well over one hundred parallels between the teachings of the Buddha and the teachings of Jesus five hundred years later, just as I was to discover that the seven sacraments of the Christian Church were all initiation ceremonies of the ancient Egyptian Mystery Schools. What did that tell us: was Jesus or the Buddha a plagiarist? On the contrary, they were both channels of a much more ancient wisdom.

If this is the case with such central matters as the teachings of Jesus or the sacraments of the church, then what do the levitations of Joseph and the blazing countenance of Teresa tell us? That they were specially favored by God, who was thereby putting his stamp of divine approval on them? Or rather are they not far more likely to be telling us something of ultimate concern about the real nature of God and the true make up of the human being and of this universe?

The halo has been understood as an artistic device only, and by the nineteenth century it had definitely gone out of fashion with artists who were too embarrassed to portray it any more. We’re still accustomed to think of it as a religious trademark, and in the West, of course, to consider it the very badge of medieval Christian art. But in its origins the halo is neither western, Christian, nor even religious, and most interestingly of all, is probably not an artistic device either.

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Celebration & Silent Auction
Sunday November 3, 2013 1pm - 6pm
Rainier Vail Neighborhood Group (RVNG)

News Flash!!!
We have even more entertainment for you.

'Heidi & Bobby Lee'
Local singer songwriters Bob Corl & Heidi Haslinger
Bob ran the open mic event at the Triad Theater.
He sings and plays jazz, country, blues and is amazing on guitar.  Heidi sings folk songs, duets with Bob and also plays acoustic guitar. 

This in addition to:
• 'KissyFlick' - Local Singer, Songwriters  Krista Borrelli & James Flick
• Primal Union - Jon Baroni's band
• Our MC - Jamie Honey

Don't miss this exciting jam-packed event...
The Nisqually Valley Moose Lodge
1117 Yelm Ave W, Yelm WA

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The Mountain News

Readers weigh in on GMO labeling initiative
By Bruce A. Smith
In next month’s election, Washington voters will decide on a state wide initiative that if food products contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) then the producers will be required to indicate that on the labels. On a political level, this is the latest battle in the cultural war that pits liberal forces seeking a greater good for society against those desiring less government intrusion in their lives. The progressives claim that a hands-off policy simply allows agricultural giants like Monsanto to impose unhealthy foods into the American diet in an effort to enhance profits. The conservatives counter that the government should not increase its monitoring or control of food production.  The GMO initiative is known as I-522 and a “Yes” vote will mean that you support labeling foods that contain GMOs, and a “No” vote will mean that you seek to maintain the status quo.  Claudia Branham is a frequent contributor and commentator at the Mountain News and she has offered her opinions on I-522. I offer a counter position. Ms. Branham says she plans to vote “No” on I-522 and I will be voting “Yes.”

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Reprinted with permission from The Mountain News

GMO Watch

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) was forced to reveal which corporate members it laundered anti-GMO labeling donation cash for Friday, following Wednesday’s lawsuit filed by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. After receiving major public backlash for donating millions to defeat California’s labeling proposition last year, GMA members began funneling donation money through a “Defense of Brands Strategic Account,” set up to conceal which specific members opposed Washington’s labeling Initiate 522, illegal under state campaign disclosure laws. “The people of Washington demand transparency in elections.  I’m pleased that the GMA board recognized this responsibility to disclose the names of corporate contributors to oppose Initiative 522, and the amount of this contribution,” Ferguson said. Of the 34 members who hid over $7.2 million in donation cash, the same familiar corporations topped the list. PepsiCo, spending $1,620,899, Nestle USA, Inc., with $1,057,743, and The Coca-Cola Co., with $1,047,332. Unsurprisingly, all three were major contributors against California’s Prop. 37.

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Health Watch

Dwelling on negative events biggest cause of stress
A study by psychologists at the University of Liverpool has found that traumatic life events are the biggest cause of anxiety and depression, but how a person thinks about these events determines the level of stress they experience. Researchers from the University’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society analysed the responses of over 32,000 participants, aged 18 – 85 years, who completed the BBC’s `Stress Test’, an online survey to explore the causes and consequences of stress.

‘Thinking style’ as much a factor
The study – the biggest of its kind in the UK – found that traumatic life events were the single biggest determinant of anxiety and depression followed by a family history of mental illness and income and education levels.  Relationship status and social factors made smaller – but still significant –contributions to stress. However, the results revealed that a person’s thinking style was as much

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Sleep 'cleans' the brain of toxins
The brain uses sleep to wash away the waste toxins built up during a hard day's thinking, researchers have shown. The US team believe the "waste removal system" is one of the fundamental reasons for sleep. Their study, in the journal Science, showed brain cells shrink during sleep to open up the gaps between neurons and allow fluid to wash the brain clean. They also suggest that failing to clear away some toxic proteins may play a role in brain disorders. One big question for sleep researchers is why do animals sleep at all when it leaves them vulnerable to predators? It has been shown to have a big role in the fixing of memories in the brain and learning, but a team at the University of Rochester Medical Centre believe that "housework" may be one of the primary reasons for sleep. "The brain only has limited energy at its disposal and it appears that it must choose between two different functional states - awake and aware or asleep and cleaning up," said researcher Dr Maiken Nedergaard.

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Sea cucumber extract kills 95 percent of breast cancer cells and shrinks lung tumors
A new study has shown that sea cucumber extract kills up to 95 percent of breast cancer cells, 90 percent of melanoma cells, 95 percent of liver cancer cells and 88 percent of lung cancer cells in vitro. The extract also stimulates the immune system against cancer and impedes key processes required for metastasis. While the science behind this is very new to Western medicine, the sea cucumber has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries.

Sea cucumber extracts potently kill multiple cancer cell lines
In previous studies, extracts of sea cucumber have demonstrated potent cytotoxicity against pancreatic, lung, prostate, colon, breast, skin and liver cancer cells as well as leukemia and gioblastoma. Researchers have identified a key compound responsible for sea cucumber's anti-cancer properties: a triterpenoid known as frondoside A. A new study has now confirmed the anti-cancer effects of frondoside A at a whole new level. In the lab, it has killed up to 95 percent of ER+ breast cancer cells, 90 percent of melanoma cells, 95 percent of liver cancer cells and 85-88 percent of three different lines of lung cancer.

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Remedy of the Week - "I am lifted"
It’s all about Frequency, Really!

A big Mac emits a light frequency of 5 MHz. A rose emits 420 MHz. Think about what you know about your body and its energy centers. When someone says that a certain song is uplifting—what does that mean? Could they literally mean the frequency of the music accelerated their frequency? Ever get the “chills” or “glitter” when you experience a truth spoken or realized? Certified Pure Essential Oils are high frequency elixirs. They can be uplifting, grounding, calming or stimulating. Essential oils have been studied for their physical and emotional benefits or thousands of years. If you have been following this series of articles in the Masters Connection, you will remember that we have introduced you to essential oils and blends that can address your physical AND emotional conditions.

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History of Halloween

Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31.  The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows' Evening also known as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve. Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting "haunted houses" and carving jack-o-lanterns. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century including Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom as well as of Australia and New Zealand.   Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced "sah-win"). The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter.

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Parallel Universes and How to Change Reality

Something Worth Knowing

Ask Umbra: Can you help us find a super new pooper?
Q. We are wanting to build a small, environmentally friendly cottage, something for one person to live in. We’re currently researching composting toilets and getting quite confused by all the contradictory information. Suppliers of course claim how perfect their product is, while competitors and consumers give voice to contradictory claims. Do composting toilets actually work? Are they a viable option? What about cost effectiveness? Are they truly better than septic systems?
Cedar United Church
Cedar, BC

A. Dearest Cedar United,
My readers seem to have potty topics on the brain lately — first this question about doggie doo, and now your query on the even less appealing topic of what to do with our own unmentionables. But as much as we’d all like to pretend this isn’t an issue, my favorite children’s book has it right: Everyone poops. Now what are we to do about it?

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In The News

5,300-Year-Old Ötzi the Iceman Has 19 Living Relatives In Austria
Most people can trace their family tree back at least a few generations, while the more serious ones are able to accomplish many centuries. But imagine being able to trace your lineage back to a 5,300-year-old mummy. That is exactly what has happened after scientists performed DNA tests on ‘Ötzi the Iceman’ and found 19 living male descendants in Austria. Ötzi the iceman, who was discovered by some German tourists in the Alps in 1991, was originally believed to be the frozen corpse of a mountaineer or soldier who died during World War I. Tests later confirmed the iceman dates back to 3,300 BC and most likely died from a blow to the back of the head. He is Europe's oldest natural human mummy and, remarkably, his body contained the still intact blood cells, which resembled a modern sample of blood. They are the oldest blood cells ever identified. His body was so well-preserved that scientists were even able to determine that his last meal was red deer and herb bread, eaten with wheat bran, roots and fruit.

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Seattle’s hilly neighborhoods could slide into the water during the next earthquake
You already know Seattle is due for a devastating earthquake, but a new study shows one more thing to worry about: Landslides. Seattle is full of slope-side real estate with gorgeous views of Lake Washington and Puget Sound. It’s also primed for possible disaster, thanks to these very same hilly areas that could hurtle into the water during the next big earthquake. Published Tuesday in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, the study found that damage from earthquake-triggered landslides will be worse and more widespread in Seattle than previously thought. The study focused on the Seattle Fault, a 30-mile fracture that runs east-west through Seattle, under CenturyLink Field and over to Issaquah. Capable of inflicting mass damage, it’s due for another rupture, but no one knows when. “A major quake along the Seattle Fault is among the worst case scenarios for the area since the fault runs just south of downtown,” said Kate Alltstadt, a University of Washington doctoral student and co-author of the study.

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Mysterious hum keeping people up all night ‘could be mating fish’
A mysterious hum has been keeping people in Hampshire awake all night, and scientists have said there could be something fishy about it. The noise “pulsates” through homes, forcing some residents of Hythe near Southampton to evacuate the area just to get a good night’s sleep. People have complained to their local council, and the blame has been put on everything from heavy industry to the large cargo ships coming in at Southampton Docks – some residents have even gone to the doctor thinking they had tinnitus. Scientists now think that the noise is being caused by fish, competing to out-hum one another as part of an unusual mating ritual. Male Midshipman fish let out a deep, resonating drone which attracts females and acts as a challenge to other males. They are nocturnal creatures, but once they get going can keep up the distracting hum all night. Unfortunately for the residents of Hythe, the noise created by the Midshipman is of such a low frequency and long wavelength that it can carry through the ground, walls, and into homes.

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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

October 27th: Olympia Chamber Orchestra conducted by Claudia Simpson-Jones

October 31st: Gertrude’s Butterfly Ball ~ dance for transformation

November 1st: Powerful Women in History series with Miceal

November 3rd: Joe Bongiorno in concert

November 12th: Miracles & Inspiration Meetup Night hosted by Scott Mowry

November 16th: Advancing Conversations with Miceal & Thanksgiving Potluck

November 17th: Triad Rummage Sale

November 21st: Round the Poet’s Fire, hosted by Mind Mason, Michael Apau

November 23rd: Primal Union concert & Phoenix Rising fundraiser

November 24th: Holographic Workshop #2 hosted by Scott Mowry

November 28th: Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at the Triad!

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October 29th, 6:30pm to 8pm: Essential oil—Sourcing for Potency and Highest Frequency
We are going to watch a presentation by Emily Wright, doTERRA executive, traveling the world to find indigenous species of fruits, flowers, plants, trees and seeds from which to extract the purest and most potent essential oils in the world. Emily will introduce you to the farmers that lovingly tend and harvest these precious crops. There will be popcorn and a fun do-it-yourself project. We will make woolen dryer balls disinfect and infuse your laundry with uplifting scents.
Location: 17008 146th Ave SE, Yelm, WA Call for directions, Anita Marriott 360-894-6754

November 3rd: Salida Wines will be featured!
The delicious Salida Wines will be featured at Mountain Farm Lodge with music provided by the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra.
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November 3rd, 1pm to 6pm: Rainier Vail Neighborhood Group Celebration & Silent Auction
The celebration will be held at the Nisqually Valley Moose Lodge 1117 W Yelm Ave, Yelm, WA on Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 1pm to 6pm. We will be celebrating a legal victory to preserve our rural heritage and quality of life.
Come to the Party!!! Bring Your Friends!! Food, beverage and entertainment provided.
Tickets are $25 prior to the event and $30 at the door.
See "Celebration & Silent Auction" for more details.

November TBA: Salida Open House
The SALIDA OPEN HOUSE is POSTPONED AGAIN!! The wasps are fully enjoying the grapes in the holding bins – We are in the middle of crush. SALIDA does not want to subject any of you to that environment – too dangerous – Doug was stung 6 times over the weekend. We will wait until the cold weather gets rid of the wasps – sometime in November for the Salida Open House & High Holidays Celebration. We will set a date and let you know. To help ease the disappointment, we will have LIVE MUSIC at the Salida Wine Bar this weekend, and make available the two NEW releases: 2011 Tres Vinos and 2011 Tempranillo. You have waited long enough to taste and enjoy these two delicious wines. We will have PRIMAL UNION with Jon Baroni on piano and Tod Lemkuhl on guitar: Friday, and Saturday, 7 PM – 9 PM. Those of you in the Wine Club that have not picked up your wine, it will be at the wine bar this weekend.

3 Minute News

3MIN News Ocotber 25, 2013: X Class Solar Flare

TED Talks

Randy Powell - TEDx Presentation

Earth Watch

China: record smog levels shut down city of Harbin

Fukushima Worker Exploitation

Nuclear Waste Whistle Blower Now Out Of A Job

Arctic Temperatures Warmest In More Than 40,000 Years
Plenty of studies have shown that the Arctic is warming and that the ice caps are melting, but how does it compare to the past, and how serious is it? New research shows that average summer temperatures in the Canadian Arctic over the last century are the highest in the last 44,000 years, and perhaps the highest in 120,000 years. "The key piece here is just how unprecedented the warming of Arctic Canada is," Gifford Miller, a researcher at the University of Colorado, Boulder, said in a joint statement from the school and the publisher of the journal Geophysical Researcher Letters, in which the study by Miller and his colleagues was published online this week. "This study really says the warming we are seeing is outside any kind of known natural variability, and it has to be due to increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere." The study is the first to show that current Arctic warmth exceeds peak heat there in the early Holocene, the name for the current geological period, which began about 11,700 years ago. During this "peak" Arctic warmth, solar radiation was about 9 percent greater than today, according to the study.

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Plastic-Eating Barnacles Discovered
The oceans are full of plastic. Now, research finds that even barnacles are feeling the consequences. A third of barnacles caught in the North Pacific gyre, a region of the ocean notoriously littered with scraps of plastic, have microfragments of the plastic material in their digestive systems at a given time, a new study finds. Researchers aren't sure whether ingesting the non-food harms the barnacles, but it could crowd out real nutrition. Plastic debris is a major problem in the oceans, particularly when sea life becomes entangled in the garbage or ingests it. At least 267 marine species have been documented eating plastic, including turtles, fish and birds, researchers report today (Oct. 22) in the open-access journal PeerJ.

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Technology Watch

Starpath spray-on coating lights up the road

UK company Pro-Teq's glow-in-the-dark spray coating could prove a cheaper alternative to conventional street lighting (Photo: Pro-Teq)

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Proteq Starpath

Science Watch

10 Women in Science Who You Should Know, but Probably Don’t
Earlier this month, the New York Times Magazine published a piece asking why there are still so few women in fields involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It’s incredibly sad that, in 2013, we still need to ask ourselves this. We know that boys and girls have the same math ability and that math anxiety can be taught. Nevertheless, women in science still face a less-than-totally friendly atmosphere. (Although it has undoubtedly gotten better since Watson and Crick stole Rosalind Franklin’s work on DNA.) Even though there may be fewer women in STEM fields than men, that doesn’t mean women haven’t made staggering advances in science and math over the centuries. Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a day devoted to recognizing women in science that is named after the woman who wrote the first computer algorithm in the 1840s. So in honor of all the women who blazed a trail for today’s girl science geeks, here are 10 incredible women who made lasting contributions in their fields. And trust me. There is way more where that came from.

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Ladies Last: 8 Inventions by Women That Dudes Got Credit For
October 15 is Ada Lovelace Day, named for the world's first computer programmer and dedicated to promoting women in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math. A Victorian-era mathematical genius, Lovelace was the first to describe how computing machines could solve math problems, write new forms of music, and much more, if you gave them instructions in a language they could understand. Of course, over the ensuing 100-plus years, dudes have been lining up to push her out of the picture (more on that below). Lovelace is hardly the only woman to be erased from the history of her own work. Here's a quick look at eight women whose breakthroughs were marginalized by their peers. (This isn't a complete list, by tragically epic degrees. Please use the comments section to rail about everyone we missed.)

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Space Watch

Most Bizarre Space Discoveries So Far This Year
Pretty in Pink
It's a Barbie world!" may have been the thoughts of the Hawaiian astronomers who discovered GJ-504b in August. The pink planet is 57 light years from Earth and roughly four times the mass of Jupiter. The planet is so massive it's the lowest-mass planet orbiting a star like the sun ever detected using direct imaging technology. The pinkish color is due to its relative planetary youth, researchers say. "If we could travel to this giant planet, we would see a world still glowing from the heat of its formation with a color reminiscent of a dark cherry blossom, a dull magenta," Michael McElwain, a member of the discovery team, said.  "Our near-infrared camera reveals that its color is much more blue than other imaged planets, which may indicate that its atmosphere has fewer clouds."

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On The Lighter Side

Madison Rising - The Star Spangled Banner
This will blow your socks off......pass it on!
I never thought I would forward our National Anthem being sung by a "hard-rock" group. This band sings a version that will knock your socks off ... A Navy Vet Sings The Lead.

Friendship Has No Boundaries

1967 Future Prediction - PC

Groningen: The World's Cycling City

Ai Weiwei's Forever Bicycles Installation Stuns Toronto

Last night in Toronto, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei presented a new version of his incredible Forever Bicycles installation. As the centerpiece of this year's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the all-night contemporary art event that takes over city streets, 3,144 bicycles, the most Weiwei has used of this work to date, were stacked 100 feet in length and 30 feet in height and depth in Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square. This was the first time the installation has been displayed in an open air, public space. Since this was a night-time festival, it was spectacularly lit up with pink and blue lights.

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