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Issue 390 In This Issue August 9th, 2014

Editors Corner

Have you ever wondered why children seem to be so naturally creative but adults are usually far more analytical and usually find it more difficult to be creative then children? Well this week we have an article that may help you understand why and maybe even, to some degree, remedy that. Click here

Speaking of natural things, did you know that wild mint is more fragrant than cultivated mint? At least that's what the original author of "How to cool down with wild mint" has found. From what little experience I've had with this, it seems to be true. Click here

On a completely different subject, have you ever wanted to live in New Zealand? One family moved there as refugees, citing global warming as the reason they can’t return to their sinking Pacific island nation. 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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Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School about Creative Thinking
Aspects of Creative Thinking that are not usually taught
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We’ve been educated to process information based upon what has happened in the past, what past thinkers thought, and what exists now. Once we think we know how to get the answer, based on what we have been taught, we stop thinking. The Spanish word for “answer” is “respuesta,” and it has the same etymological root as “responso” (responsatory), the song people sing to the dead. It’s to say something to what has no life anymore. In other words, when you think you know the answers, based on what has happened in the past, your thinking dies.

We are conditioned to circumvent deliberate and creative thinking wherever possible through rote memorization and robotic learning of formulas and principles. We have not been taught how to think for ourselves. We have been taught what to think based on what past thinkers thought. We are taught to think reproductively, not productively. We have been trained to seek out the neural path of least resistance, searching out responses that have worked in the past, rather than approach a problem on its own terms.

Instead of being taught to look for alternatives and other possibilities, we are taught to look for ways to exclude them. This is because educators discourage us from looking for alternatives to prevailing wisdom. When confronted with a problem, we are taught to analytically select the most promising approach based on past history, excluding all other approaches and then to work logically within a carefully defined direction towards a solution. Instead of being taught to look for possibilities, we are taught to look for ways to exclude them. This kind of thinking is dehumanizing and naturalizes intellectual laziness which promotes an impulse toward doing whatever is easiest or doing nothing at all. It’s as if we entered school as a question mark and graduated as a period.

Once when I was a young student, I was asked by my teacher, “What is one-half of thirteen?” I answered six and one half or 6.5. However, I exclaimed there are many different ways to express thirteen and many different ways to halve something. For example, you can spell thirteen, then halve it (e.g., thir teen). Now half of thirteen becomes four (four letters in each half). Or, you can express it numerically as 13, and now halving 13 gives you 1 and 3. Another way to express 13 is to express it in Roman numerals as XIII and now halving XIII gives you XI and II, or eleven and two. Consequently one of thirteen is now eleven and two. Or you can even take XIII, divide it horizontally in two ( XIII ) and half of thirteen becomes VIII or 8.

My teacher scolded me for being silly and wasting the class’s time by playing games. She said there is only one right answer to the question about thirteen. It is six and one-half or 6.5. All others are wrong. I’ll never forget what she said, “When I ask you a question, answer it with the answer you were taught or say you don’t know. If you want to get a passing grade, stop making stuff up.”

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Food Watch

How to forage for wild berries
If you’ve ever found a blueberry or a black raspberry on the side of a trail and popped it in your mouth, you’ve been foraging. Although it’s more convenient to “forage” farmers markets or grocery aisles for cultivated berries, I love the intense flavor of wild berries, as well as the fun of picking them in their natural habitat. Here is a rundown of some of the summer season’s most common wild berries:

Aggregate berries: Raspberries, blackberries, and wineberries
Aggregate berries are distinguished by their tightly packed clusters of fruits, known as carpels. The most common example is the raspberry, which is really a bunch of tiny red fruits clustered together. This sort of formation is a good thing, because each little fruit droplet on its own would hardly be enough for a mouthful! These berries belong to the rose family, and grow on long arching “canes” that often form dense, brambly thickets. Much like roses, their bristles and thorns can make picking a somewhat prickly adventure — so be prepared!

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How to cool down with wild mint
My gardener friends always tell me to plant mint in a container so that it doesn’t take over the entire garden. Mint does like to wander — it spreads quickly on its own like a naturalized citizen of the wild, whether it’s cultivated in a garden or growing wild in a field. I find wild mint to be so much more fragrant than cultivated mint, and the leaves more tender, even though the wild plants originated from cultivated ones way back when. When I harvest the leaves and bring home a bagful, the entire car is filled with a lovely aroma; this never happens when I bring home mint from the grocery store. Mint is an ancient herb that was traditionally used for refreshment and to aid in digestion. It is characterized by leaves that grow opposite each other on square stems (wrap your fingers around the stem and you can feel the four square corners) and a distinct mint flavor and aroma when its leaves are crushed and torn. (Note: There are other plants in the mint family that don’t taste minty, such as lavender bergamot and bee balm.) Wild mints are fun because they are so varied: Some smell and taste of peppermint or spearmint, while others are spicy. One of my favorite wild varieties is wild spearmint, or Mentha spicata. The flavor is “rounder” and has less menthol than peppermint (Mentha piperita).

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Science Watch

Scientists may have found a way to green our electronics with cigarette butts
Cigarettes, the most frequently littered item in the country, could give a big bump to green tech, according to a group of South Korean scientists. The researchers transformed thousands of dirty filters into a material that can help store energy. The scientists took used butts from Marlboro Light Gold, The One Orange, and Bohem Cigar Mojito cigarettes and and broke them down through a high-temperature process called pyrolysis. When the researchers attached the hybrid carbon material they created onto an electrode, they found that it was able to store more electricity than commercially available carbon. The scientists see a wide range of possible applications for energy-retaining capacitors in portable devices, wind turbines, and electric vehicles. The Institute of Physics reports:
Co-author of the study Professor Jongheop Yi, from Seoul National University, said: ‘Our study has shown that used cigarette filters can be transformed into a high-performing carbon-based material using a simple one-step process, which simultaneously offers a green solution to meeting the energy demands of society.

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Something Worth Knowing

6 Better Ways to Dry Laundry
Drying laundry can be expensive! According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, most households wash and dry up to 300 loads of laundry a year. No wonder a clothes dryer can consume over 4% of a home’s energy usage. In addition to hiking up your energy bill, gas and electric clothes dryers add to your carbon footprint. Yes, your clothes get clean, but the planet gets a little bit dirty each time we turn the dryer on. Plus, clothes dryers take a toll on the clothes themselves. All that washing and drying puts a lot of wear and tear on fabric. Clothes may shrink if they’re subjected to hot temperatures. And who doesn’t hate the static cling that a lot of clothes get from spinning around in hot, dry air for an hour or so? Here are seven ways you can dry your clothes without racking up big bills or wrecking your fashions. They still use natural resources to get the job done, but those resources — sunlight, and air — are completely free.

1) Old-fashioned Clothes Line. Sunshine and fresh air can’t be beat when it comes to naturally beating back germs and odors – which is why I hung my kids’ cloth diapers on a line, and still hang out kitchen towels, sheets, underwear and socks. I like line drying t-shirts, dress shirts and pants, too, but I turn them inside out to protect them from the fading powers of the sun.

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On The Lighter Side

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The Devastating Effect of Cutting Down Too Many Trees

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The U.S. firefighting budget is almost gone, but the forests are still burning
On Tuesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said we’ll likely use up our annual budget for fighting wildfires by the end of August, months before the fiscal year ends in October. As apocalyptic as the fires that have raged in California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho this year may seem, it isn’t the first time we’ve found ourselves in this lamentable spot. In fact, it’s the seventh time we’ve burned through the budget over the past twelve years. And yet, the budget has stayed the same. Which means that we’ve had to dip into the funds reserved for preventing fires. Which, along with climate change, means that we’re seeing bigger and bigger fires. Which means that fires end up costing more to put out. Which means … well, you get the picture. We’re creating a feedback loop that only serves to screw us over. Given that wildfires are predicted to get bigger and badder, if we don’t rethink the budget now, that cycle will only intensify.

From Vox:
There are a couple of reasons why wildfires might be growing. Poor forest management has arguably played a role. In some areas, managers have suppressed smaller fires to protect nearby homes and let brush build up — making the forests more susceptible to massive blazes. Inadequate budgets are another big factor.

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The world’s first official climate refugees land in New Zealand
Among other cataclysmic upheavals, climate change is expected to produce waves of refugees seeking asylum from their flooded, baked, or otherwise uninhabitable countries of origin. It’s already happening, but for the first time New Zealand officials have accepted a refugee application by a family from Tuvalu that cites global warming as the reason they can’t return to their sinking Pacific island nation. They chose Middle Earth over Portlandia because duh, but New Zealand has rejected similar claims in the past. This decision could have some legal significance — first for New Zealand, and then possibly beyond. From UPI:
As of now, climate change and sea level rise are not officially recognized as legitimate causes of displacement by the International Refugee Convention. And while the case of this Tuvalu family’s application featured other circumstances — the family had lived in New Zealand since 2007 and had strong ties to the community — environmental lawyers have watched the situation closely, curious as to the case’s larger implications.

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RSE Newsletter

Almost 30 new postings – here are some highlights:

Two UK crop circles noted on July 27, 2014 - of RSE symbols:
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Lawrence Spencer's informative interview on Beyond the Ordinary now available:
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Drought Expert: ‘We Are Past the Point of Recovery" added to Ramtha's teachings on this subject:
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February 2010 RSE speaker Rima E. Laibow, MD issues an open letter on Ebola treatment (added under July 29, 2014):
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RSE speaker James E. Clarkson, Ufologist & WA Dir. of the Mutual UFO Network interview posted on Beyond the Ordinary:
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Rob Simone's landmark Ramtha interview now available for download via the RSE-Newsletter & Beyond the Ordinary:
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History Watch

Mythical Temple Of Wingded Warrior God Haldi Discovered In The "City Of The Raven" Threatened With Destruction
Scientists have been searching for an ancient temple dedicated to a winged warrior god Haldi for centuries. Was the temple just an ancient myth or did it exist in reality? Now, a dedicated local archaeologist thinks he has finally located this remarkable mythical temple in the "City of the Raven" where it resided. The problem is the ancient ruins are in the middle of a war zone and this piece of ancient history could be destroyed at any time. More than 2,500 years ago, the temple was the shining glory of the ancient capital city of Musarir, also known as Ardini, in modern-day Iraqi Kurdistan. It is widely believed that the temple was built in the late ninth century BC to honor the god Haldi, a winged warrior standing on a lion and the goddess Bagbartu in the Iron Age kingdom of Urartu, which considered Haldi its national deity. In ancient times, Musarir was referred to as the "City of the Raven". This is interpreted by scholars in various ways. Some think that the raven could be related to Haldi, becuase Mithra was another face of Haldi in the Roman period, and the raven was one of the symbols of Mithra. There are supposed to be underground temples of Mithra in the Bradost caves. Other archaeologists have proposed City of the Raven got its name because the houses of the city were built on a rocky mountain slope, nesting there like ravens.

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Calendar of Events

August 12th @ 7pm: Miracles & Inspiration
Hosted by Scott Mowry
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August 14th @ 7pm: 'Round the Poets Fire
Be sure to make time for this unique event where fabulously talented poets share their works with everyone. This is the only one of its kind in Yelm!
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August 16th @ 6pm: Conversations with Miceal
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Tickets $35

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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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!
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