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Issue 346 In This Issue September 14th, 2013

Editors Corner

Rain is not a uncommon occurrence in the Pacific Northwest but, for the last week, it has been fairly hot and almost consistently sunny.  Not too bad, if you don't have to work outside.

Kenya, on the other hand, has seen a little too much sun for quite a while.  They have had a water crises for decades.  Just recently, however, a new source of water has been discovered using a combination of technologies.  Click here.

Speaking of water, there is a 22 month ocean health competition with $2 million in prizes offered for better tools to monitor ocean acidification.  Click here.

Have you ever heard of a "Cover Crop"?  If you've done a lot of gardening, you most likely have.  David Brandt is attempting to bring Cover Crops back in to "style" with large farms instead of using large quantities of chemicals.  Click here.

Speaking of growing food, someone has even attempted this in space!  Click here.

And while we're on the subject of food, we have a story about Lucky Charms cereal with GM ingredients being imported in to the UK from the US.  Click here.

If that story made you feel a little unhappy, maybe this will help.  Did you know that you can now explore the Galapagos Islands with Google Maps?  Click here.

Or how about a story about a Cheetah raised lovingly by humans and then set free.  Click here.

One last thing, "Mystery figure haunting the swiss woods..." Is it just me or does the picture look somewhat familiar?  Click here.

That's it from me for now.  Until next week...

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In The News

New source of water discovered in Kenya

'Mystery figure haunting the Swiss woods for over a decade'
Dressed in a military uniform with a gas mask covering his face, the figure, known as 'Le Loyon', is said to have been haunting the woods for the past decade. He apparently walks the same route every day. However, there was no evidence of his existence until local news website Le Matin published the first known photograph of the mystery man last month, and now police are trying to track him down. But is it for real? "I came across him near the marches," an unnamed amateur photographer who tracked him down told Le Matin. "I approached him up to a dozen metres away. "He had a military cape, boots and an army gas mark - an antique type, I think. He measured more than 1.9m. He stared at me then turned his back on me and left in silence." Other locals have also told of their frightening encounters with the man.

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Half-ton fragment of Russian meteorite located on lakebed

Gundersen: Ocean already contaminated from deluge of Fukushima toxic water — Will stop eating fish from west coast — Cesium at 1,000% normal levels in middle of Pacific
According to Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer with Fairewinds Energy Education, who says this is the last year he’s eating west coast fish, the deluge of toxic water into the Pacific has already contaminated the ocean. He says that halfway across the Pacific, scientists are measuring cesium levels that are 10 times higher than normal. “Of course, scientists will say that is still a low level but it’s such a big ocean and there are so many organisms that rely on it… so it’s a concern and it’s a concern that’s getting worse because the plant continues to leak.” But according to Dr. Bonnie Henry, the director of public health emergency management for the B.C. Centres for Disease Control, the size of the ocean creates a dilution effect, protecting humans not immediately in the plant’s area from any health risks. “The dilution factor and time factor means that there are no concerns of health risks in B.C.,” said Dr. Henry.

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Science Watch

Where do the black holes hide? New physics in the Hadron Collider
Russia made a great technological contribution in the design of the collider; about 1000 Russian scientists took part in the work with the collider. The facility caused a real stir as the scientists expected with its help to make breakthrough discoveries, including unraveling the mystery of the birth of the Universe. At the same time mass media scared ordinary people with the end of the world related to the assumptions that micro black holes could possibly be generated in the collider, which would swallow first the collider and then the entire planet. But the apocalypse has not happened. According to the scientists, if the energy generated in the collider really led to the creation of black holes, they would be observed in the cosmic rays. But so far neither the black holes themselves, nor any signs of their presence have been detected. In addition, the special study of the processes that could in theory lead to the appearance of black holes has demonstrated the faultiness of such assumptions.

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Artificial-intelligence research revives its old ambitions
The birth of artificial-intelligence research as an autonomous discipline is generally thought to have been the monthlong Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial Intelligence in 1956, which convened 10 leading electrical engineers — including MIT’s Marvin Minsky and Claude Shannon — to discuss “how to make machines use language” and “form abstractions and concepts.” A decade later, impressed by rapid advances in the design of digital computers, Minsky was emboldened to declare that “within a generation ... the problem of creating ‘artificial intelligence’ will substantially be solved.” The problem, of course, turned out to be much more difficult than AI’s pioneers had imagined. In recent years, by exploiting machine learning — in which computers learn to perform tasks from sets of training examples — artificial-intelligence researchers have built special-purpose systems that can do things like interpret spoken language or play Jeopardy with great success.

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Squid are inspiring better camouflage
A squid-like film can be switched on and off chemically to change how infrared light is reflected. If there’s one thing squid are good at, it’s hiding. The mysterious giant squid is one of the most elusive creatures on Earth, and even the common calamari squid can alter its appearance to blend into its surroundings. Harnessing the squid’s ability to change its skin could lead to better camouflage for soldiers, according to new research from the University of California, Irvine. Squid can change the color and even the texture of their skin to make themselves invisible to predators. By combining reflectin, the protein responsible for the squid’s change in appearance, with graphene–a conductive, super-thin material made of carbon atoms–the researchers created a film that could hide the wearer from night vision cameras or other infrared detection.

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‘Smart’ camera to allow future rovers to make their own decisions in deep space
Even travelling at light speed, instructions from Earth take approximately 20 minutes to reach the Martian surface. This 40-minute roundtrip means real-time control of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is beyond the bounds of possibility. Should the space agency ever decide to send a rover to Jupiter’s moon Europa, the delay increases to more than 90 minutes. “Right now for the rovers, each day is planned out on Earth based on the images the rover took the previous day,” said senior researcher Kiri Wagstaff, a computer scientist and geologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “This is a huge limitation and one of the main bottlenecks for exploration with these spacecraft.” If future rover missions are to make discoveries on more distant worlds, NASA needs to change the way it delivers instructions to its rovers. Scientists have made significant progress towards achieving this goal with the creation of a new camera, called TextureCam, that snaps photos of alien surfaces and contemplates what the photos represent so that a rover can determine on its own whether to continue examining a particular area, or travel on.

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$2 million in prizes offered for better tools to monitor ocean acidification
The tools that scientists use to monitor the acidification of the world's oceans are expected to get a major upgrade, thanks to a $2 million competition aimed at rewarding innovations that lower the cost and improve the accuracy of chemical sensors. The Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health X Prize, unveiled Monday, is the latest multimillion-dollar prize program conducted by the California-based X Prize Foundation. Past prizes have targeted technologies ranging from commercial spaceflight to energy-efficient cars — but the latest prize focuses on an even bigger global issue: climate change.  The world's open oceans are becoming more acidic as they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, with potentially devastating consequences for coral reefs, shellfish, and the more than 1 billion people who depend on seafood for survival, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

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Earth Watch

Surprise microbes found in an Antarctic lake
Studying microbes in such extreme and closed-off environments could help scientists understand how life may thrive in the harshest places on Earth and potentially other planets. Scientists with the British Antarctic Survey and other institutions drilled through the ice sheet to dig up clean sediment samples from the bottom of Lake Hodgson, which is on the Antarctic Peninsula and 305 feet (93 meters) deep. Today the lake has a thin covering of just 10 to 13 feet (3 to 4 m) of ice, but thousands of years ago, it was entombed under more than 1,600 feet (500 m) of ice. The sediments the scientists studied were deposited when the lake was sealed under the thick ice. "It's the first time any subglacial lake sediment has been studied," study author David Pearce, who is now at the University of Northumbria, told LiveScience. And in that sediment sample, researchers found a time capsule of life, dating back nearly a hundred thousand years.

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Wrong again! Siberian Arctic is not warming after all - July temperatures hardly different from those thousands of years ago!
Sebastian Lüning's and Fritz Vahrenholt's Die kalte Sonne site today writes about a new peer-reviewed study that shows that the Arctic is not warming quickly after all. For years alarmist scientists have told us that nowhere is warming happening faster than in the Arctic. Wrong again! A study by an international team of scientists led by Germany's Potsdam-based Alfred Wegener Institute was published in September in the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. It's a temperature reconstruction from the Siberian Arctic. By examining pollen, the scientists were able to determine the July temperatures for the transition zone between tundra and taiga over the last 12,000, i.e. the Holocene.

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GMO Watch

On sale in Tesco, GM cereal that makes children hyperactive: U.S. import of Lucky  Charms contain artificial colours that UK watchdog urges manufacturers to avoid
A Frankenstein food breakfast cereal designed for children and packed with additives linked to bad behaviour and hyperactivity is being sold in Britain. Lucky Charms, which is imported from the US, is the first mainstream GM food to go on sale in this country. The cereal, which is being sold by Tesco, is at the vanguard of what GM advocates hope will be numerous products to arrive in kitchens here. Its use of genetically modified corn is buried in small print on the package. GM corn has been eaten in the US for more than a decade. However, critics of the technology argue that not enough research has been carried out to ensure these foods are safe. Most GM corn plants have been modified in the laboratory to contain a toxin that kills pests that feed on them. Potentially more alarming is the fact that the cereal contains a number of artificial colours that the Food Standards Agency urges manufacturers not to use because research found a possible association with hyperactivity in young children.

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Something Worth Knowing

One Weird Trick to Fix Farms Forever
Chatting with David Brandt outside his barn on a sunny June morning, I wonder if he doesn't look too much like a farmer—what a casting director might call "too on the nose." He's a beefy man in bib overalls, a plaid shirt, and well-worn boots, with short, gray-streaked hair peeking out from a trucker hat over a round, unlined face ruddy from the sun. Brandt farms 1,200 acres in the central Ohio village of Carroll, pop. 524. This is the domain of industrial-scale agriculture—a vast expanse of corn and soybean fields broken up only by the sprawl creeping in from Columbus. Brandt, 66, raised his kids on this farm after taking it over from his grandfather. Yet he sounds not so much like a subject of King Corn as, say, one of the organics geeks I work with on my own farm in North Carolina. In his g-droppin' Midwestern monotone, he's telling me about his cover crops—fall plantings that blanket the ground in winter and are allowed to rot in place come spring, a practice as eyebrow-raising in corn country as holding a naked yoga class in the pasture.

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September 15th, 11am to 3pm: Moving Sale
Lots of books, Patagonia polar fleece, lots of miscellaneous.
12006 Windtree Lane SE
Call if you need directions  (360) 701-0904

September 16th & 17th: Gutsy Grandmother from California, Pamm Larry on the Importance of Washington State’s I-522
Come hear the initial instigator of California’s Prop. 37 describe what happened in 2012 when California voted on labeling GMOs. Corporations that profit from Genetically Engineered foods spent over $45 million in California to confuse voters with misinformation. They are using the same playbook here in Washington state.
Sept. 16 - Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave. SW, Olympia WA 98501, 7 p.m. (thanks to Tradition’s Fair Trade)
Sept. 17 – Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St. SE, Lacey WA 98503, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sept. 17 - Gordon’s Grange, 302 E. Yelm Ave., Yelm WA 98597, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (sponsored by Yelm Cooperative)

September 17th: ** New Guest - Beyond The Ordinary Webcast Radio **
Anat Baniel, author & creator of the 'Anat Baniel Method' through specific movements & ability of the brain to change structurally & functionally, in response to experience (brain plasticity.) Her work with special needs children is amazing, as is the benefit for adults! Links to videos are on her page which will be online before her show.
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September 19th:  Greg Simmons on "Ask Dr. Greg" - Beyond The Ordinary Webcast Radio
Greg Simmons is the author of "These Things You Shall Do And Greater: The Physics of Change" Questions and Answers, plus news and updates.
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September 26th, 6pm to 8:30pm: Hour4Hour Time Exchange Member meeting & potluck
NEW DATE/TIME: THURSDAY Sept. 26, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location:Single Tree Estates Lodge,18537 Surcingle Ct SE,Yelm, WA
Topic of the meeting is - making the TimeBank more effective for everyone
Do you like the idea of a prosperous Time Bank Community, where needs are met, skills are shared, and fun is had by all?
We are ramping up efforts to make our Time Bank more effective for all our members who want to participate. BRING A FEW FRIENDS who live in your neighborhood, as well as any ideas you have to offer. New work teams are being constructed and your presence at the meeting is greatly valued!
Potluck: Bring your own plates and utensils (for a garbage free event)
Robin 360-894-4328 Lauren

Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

September 14th @ 7pm: Miceal Ledwith and Michael Tellinger VIDEO
$10 at the door – this once in a lifetime event was videotaped and Scott Mowry, formerly of the Awakening Center, is sharing his video with us at the Triad!  If you missed this event, you don’t want to miss the video of it! and an hour long exclusive video of Tellinger!  Bring your supplies!

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 21 @ 7pm: Advancing Conversations with Miceal: The Influence of the Spirit World on Human Affairs”
These monthly conversations are a blend of significant current events, notable topics, and creative ways to uncover our blocks – all presented with is delightful wit and eloquence!  Bring your questions, your curiosity, and your open mind!  $35 at the door or pre-register at

September 22nd & 23rd: Andrew Besiago LIVE at the Triad!  with a special appearance from Laura Eisenhower via Skype.
Special presentation on his experiences in a secret government program called, Project Pegasus.  Joining Andrew via Skype video conference will be Laura Eisenhower, granddaughter of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Project Pegasus used children in experiments with time travel and teleportation through the time-space continuum. Project Pegasus was a joint program by the US military, CIA and DARPA during the late 60’s and early 70’s. In addition, he has traveled to the planet Mars in a secret CIA program during the 80’s.
September 22nd: Meet & Greet from 5:00-6:00pm - $20, Talk begins at 6:30pm - $30
September 23rd: No Meet & Greet, Talk begins at 6:30 pm - $30
OR $50 for both nights (lectures only, Meet and Greet not included)
OR $70 for both nights and Meet and Greet
This promises to be a very fascinating evening of incredible and mind-blowing information!   Highly suggested you pre-purchase tickets Click here.

September 24th @ 7pm: Miracles & Inspiration Meetup Night: The Hidden Secrets of the Vatican, updates, and news!
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 Awakening Center.

September 26th @ 7pm: Creating Money with Magic, with Karlina de vander Weij
Hosted by Jessie and Valentinah of Access Consciousness - $35 at the door - Are you tired of never having enough money?  Do you know something else is possible?  Join Karlina van der Weij, a single mom who went from negative $500 each month to creating $10K+ months within 2 years.  She's a single mom who's now teaching the tools she used to change her life!  Learn and take home some easy and fun tools anyone can add to their life to create more fun, more joy and more money in your life right away!  No further purchase required to start creating more!  Is now the time?

September 27th @ 7pm: Gasland II
Free event, donations appreciated – Gasland has been more than just a movement to protect our environment and health.  This is a movement about protecting our democracy and right to decide the future of our country.  Gasland II is every bit as shocking as the first film, and we want to help you process the issues in the film and provide you with the resources to address the problems.  Join us on the 27th to make sure decisions are made by the people and not the fossil fuel industries.  
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Space Watch

Space Farming: The Final Frontier
Last year, an astronaut named Don Pettit began an unusual writing project on NASA’s website. Called “Diary of a Space Zucchini,” the blog took the perspective of an actual zucchini plant on the International Space Station (ISS). Entries were insightful and strange, poignant and poetic. “I sprouted, thrust into this world without anyone consulting me,” wrote Pettit in the now-defunct blog. “I am utilitarian, hearty vegetative matter that can thrive under harsh conditions. I am zucchini — and I am in space.” An unorthodox use of our tax dollars, but before you snicker, consider this: That little plant could be the key to our future. If — as some doomsday scientists predict — we eventually exhaust the Earth’s livability, space farming will prove vital to the survival of our species. Around the world, governments and private companies are doing research on how we are going to grow food on space stations, in spaceships, even on Mars.

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More than 200,000 people apply for a one-way trip to Mars
One year ago, Mars One announced big plans for the Red Planet: a human settlement. The colonizing mission, planned for 2023, would be stylized like a reality TV show, but with the added drama that its participants, the would-be first humans to set foot on another planet, will never get to go home. Despite that caveat, the foundation announced on Monday that it has received some 202,586 applications from hopefuls eager to live out the rest of their lives on another world – or, to be, exact, within 200 square meters of combined interior space and on a swath of the barren planet accessible only when clad in a protective suit. “Its kind of a no-brainer to me, though I know that a lot of people don’t feel that way,” says Matt Ambler, a recent Yale graduate and an IT consultant in Washington DC who applied to be among the settlers. “This is going to be a pretty important thing to do with my life,” he says. “Talk about leaving your mark on humanity.”

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RSE Newsletter

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! JZ requested film: Gasland II, Yelm's Triad Theater, Friday, September 27th @ 7pm. Free admission:
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With all e-mails and phone calls being stored, are your words such they can be written in the sky for all to see?
Ramtha on this pertinent topic decades ago:
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RSE authors’ books on display all this month – Yelm Timberland Library:
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JZ Knight is pleased to announce Ramtha’s 2014 World Tour!
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Technology Watch

Explore the Galapagos Islands with Google Maps

On The Lighter Side

Sheeba the Cheetah
Raised by Humans Who Loved Her Enough to Set Her Free



Sheeba was found on the grounds of a chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya at just one month old. After an extensive search for her natural mom proved fruitless, she was taken to the Sirikoi Game Lodge where she would be raised with the love she needed as a little one and the skills to grow into an adult cheetah ready to enjoy a full life in the wild. She was recently released and her keeper Lekoitip spent a full two months with her in her new territory to be sure she was completely settled and self sufficient. We expect she'll become a mom herself one day soon!

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A Celebration of Flowers!



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