MastersConnection 2020
Issue 392 In This Issue August 23rd, 2014

Editors Corner

Have you ever wondered what supermarkets do with all their waste food? Well one such place is using their waste food to power their own store. Click here

Speaking of waste food, if you live out in the country, or at least have a garden, you most likely have a compost. Have you ever wondered what else might help your compost besides food scraps? How about peeing on it. Click here

While we're on the subject of food-related things, have you ever come across expired spices and wondered if there was any way they could still be of use? How about brewed potpourri, or spiced soap? Click here

On a completely different subject, did you know that you can split water in to hydrogen and oxygen with just an AAA battery? Stanford University Professor Hongjie Dai has come up with a way to do just that. Click here

There's more, but I will leave the rest for you to discover and enjoy.
Have a wonderful week.

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Genetics, Epigenetics, and Destiny
Interview with Dr. Bruce Lipton
Reprinted with permission from

Bruce Lipton, scientist, researcher, teacher, and author, is driven by a passion to bring scientific evidence directly to the people his information could best assist: everyone.

His journey of discovery began as a cell biologist cloning stem cells to understand their control mechanism. This research was undertaken while teaching cell anatomy to medical school students at the University of Wisconsin. Further research conducted at Stanford’s School of Medicine revealed that genes were turned on and off, not by the genes themselves, but through external, environmental stimuli. These radical findings ran contrary to the long-held assumptions of genetic determinism and became one of the early heralds of an emerging scientific understanding called epigenetics.

Scientific theorems are slow to evolve and these new concepts have not yet been fully integrated into the mainstream of academia, partly due to the fact that the training of health professionals is deeply vested by the pharmaceutical industry and the even greater promise of lucrative gene therapies. Thus, valuable knowledge that reinforces our innate ability to impact gene expression has not found its way into contemporary medical textbooks or clinical practice. To make this evidence accessible to everyone, Dr. Lipton made the difficult decision to leave his financial and professional security and take the road less traveled. He trusted that bringing such knowledge directly to non-scientific audiences could greatly impact people’s lives, just as it had transformed his own.

We asked Dr. Lipton to share his insights into how the science of epigenetics is an empowering model for life and creating our own destinies.

SC: The century old model of genetic determinism is slowly being replaced with the new model of epigenetics. What is epigenetics and what is the distinction between them?

BL: When DNA was found to be the hereditary material in the mid-20th century, the belief system of that time was that our genes were like blueprints and that those blueprints self-regulate and lead to the assembly and function of the human being. This is the model of genetic determinism or 'control by genes,' and it has been thought for the last 100 years that life was controlled by genetics.

Epigenetics is a new model of gene expression. "Epi" means above, so the literal translation of epigenetic control reads, “controlled above the genes.”

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Science Watch

Water splitter runs on an ordinary AAA battery
Hongjie Dai and colleagues have developed a cheap, emissions-free device that uses a 1.5-volt battery to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen gas could be used to power fuel cells in zero-emissions vehicles. Stanford University Professor Hongjie Dai has developed an emissions-free electrolytic device that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen at room temperature. In 2015, American consumers will finally be able to purchase fuel cell cars from Toyota and other manufacturers. Although touted as zero-emissions vehicles, most of the cars will run on hydrogen made from natural gas, a fossil fuel that contributes to global warming. Now scientists at Stanford University have developed a low-cost, emissions-free device that uses an ordinary AAA battery to produce hydrogen by water electrolysis. The battery sends an electric current through two electrodes that split liquid water into hydrogen and oxygen gas. Unlike other water splitters that use precious-metal catalysts, the electrodes in the Stanford device are made of inexpensive and abundant nickel and iron.

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Scientists Create Transparent Solar Concentrator
One of the biggest complaints about solar energy is that the setups aren’t very attractive. A team of material engineers at Michigan State University have developed solar concentrators that are completely transparent, which means they can be used on windows without disturbing the view or even on smartphone screens. The research was led by Richard Lunt and the paper was featured on the cover of the journal Advanced Optical Materials. Solar concentrators are used to lens sunlight, focusing it on a small area to maximize the amount of light, maximizing the amount of electricity generated. This is similar to using a magnifying glass to set leaves on fire. These can be quite large and a bit of an eyesore, as they are very much function over form. While many people have been attempting to create a see-through lens for years, the balance between efficiency and transparency has been hard to come by, with most prior attempts resulting in a colored product. "No one wants to sit behind colored glass," Lunt said in a press release. "It makes for a very colorful environment, like working in a disco. We take an approach where we actually make the luminescent active layer itself transparent.”

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Nature Watch

Epic Drought in West is Literally Moving Mountains
Climate change is driving the Greenland Ice Sheet to melt, which is contributing to sea level rise. But imagine that the same amount of water melting from Greenland each year is being lost in California and the rest of the West because of the epic drought there. What happens? The land in the West begins to rise. In fact, some parts of California’s mountains have been uplifted as much as 15 millimeters (about 0.6 inches) in the past 18 months because the massive amount of water lost in the drought is no longer weighing down the land, causing it to rise a bit like an uncoiled spring, a new study shows. For the first time, scientists are now able to measure how much surface and groundwater is lost during droughts by measuring how much the land rises as it dries. Those are the conclusions of the new study published Aug. 21 in the journal Science by researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the the University of California-San Diego. The drought that is devastating California and much of the West has dried the region so much that 240 gigatons worth of surface and groundwater have been lost, roughly the equivalent to a 3.9-inch layer of water over the entire West, or the annual loss of mass from the Greenland Ice Sheet, according to the study.

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Salmon scientists zoom in on plankton

In The News

Life-threatening, infectious bacteria develop resistance to antiseptic used in hospital baths
An interventional measure that some hospitals have put in place to combat the rise of drug-resistant "superbugs" is actually causing more of them to emerge, suggests a new study published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. So-called antiseptic baths, which are meant to sanitize patients and prevent the spread of deadly pathogens, are spurring a new class of resistant bacteria that outlives them, sparking fresh concerns about hospital safety. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland collected bacteria samples from patients in eight different intensive care units (ICUs) around the country that administer daily antiseptic washes. They also collected bacteria samples from 30 non-ICUs where antiseptic washes do not occur in order to compare how both sets of bacteria respond to chlorhexidine gluconate, or CHG, an antiseptic wash commonly used in hospitals. Upon analysis, they determined that the bacteria in patients who do not receive daily CHG washes are more susceptible to the wash, while the bacteria in the regularly treated patients were less susceptible.

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Food Watch

Sainsbury's store powered by food waste

A Sainsbury's superstore is being powered directly by its own food waste, the first time a retailer has come off the National Grid to power a store. The store at Cannock, Staffordshire, already sends all its food waste to the UK's largest anaerobic digestion plant. The facility, run by Biffa, turns food waste into bio methane gas, which is then used to generate electricity. But now, a 1.5km cable has been installed linking the plant to the nearby superstore. This allows Sainsbury's to receive electricity directly from the plant. "Sainsbury's sends absolutely no waste to landfill and we're always looking for new ways to re-use and recycle," said Paul Crewe, head of sustainability at Sainsbury's.

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RSE Newsletter

County Judge rules that JZK, Inc. videos are not public records:
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JZ’s recommended reading: “The Gods of Eden” - fab interview with author Bramley:
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"Precaution or Paranoia? Berkeley May Require Cancer Warning Stickers for Cell Phones” added to Ramtha’s teachings on this:
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“Researchers: Global warming slowdown ‘could last another decade’" added to Ramtha's teachings on slow-moving Atlantic currents:
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"How Do Lizards Regrow Their Tails? Study Discovers 'Genetic Recipe'" added to Ramtha's teachings on this subject:
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"If we down at least one UFO we'll be facing an interstellar war - Former Defense Minister of Canada" added to Ramtha’s teachings on UFOs:
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"Quand le Maître apparaît" - "When the Master appears" Ramtha video - In French, ahead of Ramtha's Canada even in Quebec:
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“Resveratrol Oligomers for the Prevention and Treatment of Cancers” - published study added to Ramtha’s teachings on this subject:
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“Bottled Water Comes From the Most Drought-Ridden Places in the Country” added to Ramtha's teachings on this subject:
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“Mass UFO Sighting Over Houston, Texas & Vancouver, BC - Lights Up Social Media August 2014″  added to Ramtha’s teachings on this subject:
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“10 Places Where Climate Change Is Being Felt the Fastest” added to Ramtha's teachings on this subject:
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Mike Wright's response in the Tacoma News Tribune: “JZ KNIGHT: Freedom Foundation continues political attack” –
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Brazil coordinator Ana Zalcberg & Teacher Jaime Leal-Anaya interviewed post-Brazil Class 101:
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“The Pacific Northwest…a Climate Refuge? – Ramtha’s teachings on this date back almost 40 years:
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Garden Watch

Should You Pee On Your Compost?
Are you peeing on your compost pile?  If not, you may want to start. Human urine is rich in the nitrogen that plants need to thrive. The commercial chemical fertilizers widely used to add nitrogen to the soil come at a steep cost to our environment and our health. Their application results in algal blooms, oceanic dead zones, contaminated drinking water, human health problems and more. Meanwhile, we are literally flushing billions of tons of free, naturally-created nitrogen down the toilet each year. I first learned about this idea from permaculture and edible forest expert, Dave Jacke, when I had the good fortune to walk the land with him this spring at the new Thorn Preserve, a beautiful, 60-acre parcel in the Hudson Valley. According to Dave, peeing on your compost is a wonderful, completely free, environmentally-friendly way to add essential minerals like nitrogen back to your soil. I did a bit of digging and found several studies that support Dave’s claim. A field study done in Kathmandu, Nepal found that sweet peppers fertilized with human urine and compost yielded the most fruits and tallest plants of the eight treatments they tried.

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Health Watch

Drilling for Water in Drought-Stricken California?
Does bottled water ever make sense?
There’s a time and a place for bottled water. In my green diva opinion, I think it’s great in emergencies like earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters that shut down access to clean water. Or, if your tap water is suddenly tainted and you a) get thirsty before you’re able to install a water filtration system or b) truly can’t afford a filtration system (please choose large jugs of water to reduce the environmental impact when possible! It’s also cheaper this way. Also, consider refilling jugs from kind neighbors’ taps. Offer to pay them a small amount  for the inconvenience.). If you’re stranded in the middle of the desert or a deserted island with no water in sight and stumble across a bottle of water, grab it. If you think it’s possible you’ll be stranded, have a reusable water bottle on you at all times. Bringing a carload of bottled water to your kid’s soccer game because it’s easier? I think you know the answer. For more, I recommend reading 10 reasons to avoid bottled water and No more plastic water bottles!

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Are Your Carpet Cleaners Poisoning Your Pets?
My cat suffered for many years from an over-active thyroid and excessive shedding. Her vet could never exactly figure out what caused her condition. She was an indoor cat, so there was no way she would have picked up something from the neighborhood. It never occurred to me that the source of her problem could be right here in our own house. Then I read about a study done by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG). Researchers found that pet cats and dogs are being contaminated with even higher levels of the same synthetic industrial chemicals that have been found in people. The findings gave me another reason to switch to steam carpet cleaning and eventually, to replace my carpets altogether. The research results were sobering. All 20 dogs and 40 cats studied were contaminated with 48 of 70 industrial chemicals tested. Average levels of many chemicals were substantially higher in pets than is typical for people, with 2.4 times higher levels of stain-and grease-proof coatings (perfluorochemicals) in dogs, 23 times more fire retardants (PBDEs) in cats, and more than 5 times the amounts of mercury, compared to average levels in people found in other studies conducted by the CDC and EWG.

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Something Worth Knowing

7 Ways To Use Expired Spices
Before you chuck that jar of spice that’s been sitting in your cabinet for longer than you can remember, consider these tips. Spices that aren’t worth eating may still have some use around your house and garden.

Is it really expired?
The good news is that spices don’t spoil in such a way that will make you sick, but they can lose their flavor. Different spice sellers offer different timelines for shelf life. Spice Island gives ground spices 2 to 3 years and whole spices 3 to 4 years. However, the best way to know if the spices on your shelf are still good is by color and smell. If either has faded, it may not be worth cooking.

1. Brewed potpourri
Even if a spice doesn’t smell as strong as it once did, heat can release the last of its volatile oils, giving off a lovely aroma. Boil a pot of water on your stove and add whichever spices you want your house to smell like—cardamom, cinnamon, cloves or ginger. You can also throw in some citrus peels.

2. Spicy soap
The granular texture of ground cloves and pepper can add act as a gentle exfoliator in your next batch of homemade soap.

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7 Ways to Use Leftover Red Wine
Red wine doesn’t last long in an open bottle. Even if you’ve tried to vacuum out the air and cork or cap it tightly, no matter. After a couple of days, it just won’t be that tasty. Fortunately, there are at least 7 smart ways to use leftover wine so you won’t have to throw it away.

1) Make ice. Pour the wine into ice cube trays and freeze to use later to add a little depth to a stew or sauce.

2) Make sauce. Speaking of sauce, you can make a delicious red wine sauce for meat, chicken or grilled or braised vegetables. Saute onions, garlic and mushrooms in a heavy pan like cast iron, so the mixture won’t burn. Add a cup or so of red wine and simmer until the wine boils down almost into a syrup. Add a little boullion or soup stock to get the consistency you want. Serve the sauce on the side, or drizzle over your entree before serving.

3) Add it to other sauces, gazpacho, ratatouille and stew. I’ve gotten into the habit of adding leftover red wine to almost anything I make that has a tomato base. From cold gazpacho to hot ratatouille and everything in between, I’ll add as much as a cup of wine if I have that much leftover and I think the recipe can handle it.

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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

Wednesday August 27th @ 7pm: Fireside Chat 2014
Michael Tellinger & Dr. Miceal Ledwith will come together once again!
Good Friends/Great Minds Entangling!!
Michael Tellinger, author, scientist, explorer, has become a real-life Indiana Jones, making groundbreaking discoveries about ancient vanished civilizations at the southern tip of Africa among many other things. Please come sit with us as these two dynamic individuals share their knowledge with us! We wish to thank Scott Mowry for bringing these two together!
Advance tickets are available at a discounted price of $30 only at Brown Paper Tickets.
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Tickets $35 at the door

Thursday August 28th @ 7pm: It's Time!
Michael Tellinger has become an international authority on the origins of humankind and the vanished civilizations of southern Africa. Scholars have told us that the first civilization on Earth emerged in a land called Sumer some 6000 years ago. New archaeological and scientific discoveries made by Michael Tellinger, Johan Heine and a team of leading scientists, show that the Sumerians and even the Egyptians inherited all their knowledge from an earlier civilization that lived at the southern tip of Africa more than 200,000 years ago… mining gold.
Come hear the latest from the expert himself!
Advance tickets will be offered at $30 each only through Brown Paper Tickets.
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Tickets at the door will be $35

Friday August 29th @ 7pm: All Ages Acoustic Independent Music Night
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Tickets $5 at the door

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