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Issue 408 In This Issue December 13th, 2014

Editors Corner

The last few days have been a bit crazy around here with a strong wind storm that started Thursday evening and knocked out power for many hours into Friday for a number of people in this area, including myself. Fortunately phone and internet still worked for those with backup power.

Nature can be formidable, but it can also be wonderful, and it helps a lot if we do our part to help keep it pristine. This week we have an article that answers the question of: Can you recycle plastic that doesn't have a recycling symbol on it? Click here

Speaking of nature, here in Washington we see a lot of cloudy and rainy days. The plants and trees seem to love the rain and the abundance of fresh water is definitely wonderful. People who live in this area, however, apparently tend to lack vitamin D due to the relatively small number of sunny days. To help with that, this week we have a list of "The best dietary sources of vitamin D". Click here

That's about it from me for this week. If you haven't had a look at the "Curious Clouds" pictures yet, I urge you to. Some of them are quite interesting. Click here
Have a wonderful week.

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Bloggers Corner
Gridlock Explained
By Florence Vincent

The media is telling us both parties are to blame for Washington DC government gridlock. Most people don't have enough time to focus on politics, so think that because the President is a Democrat, it must be the Democrats fault. They don't realize the House is run by Republicans, and that the Senate, where the Democrats have a small majority, and have passed many good pieces of legislation, has had each piece of legislation filibustered by the Republican minority. Take Ebola and ISIS. Due to Republican gridlock we don't have a Surgeon General or 55 Ambassadors. As Ebola wrecks havoc in Sierra Leone, we have no Ambassador. As ISIS crosses the porous Turkish/Iraqi border, we have no Turkish Ambassador. This undermines our authority in the world, making us look weak. On inauguration night 2009, fourteen high ranking Republicans met at a well documented meeting at the Caucus Room restaurant in Washington DC.

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In The News

Oregon GMO-labeling initiative defeated by Monsanto-sponsored groups
Supporters of an Oregon ballot initiative requiring labels on genetically-modified food acknowledged defeat on Thursday after an automatic recount failed to sway the results of November’s vote and a judge denied their plea for a count of rejected ballots. The Yes on 92 campaign said there were no legal routes left for them in their efforts to reverse the Nov. 4 vote in which Measure 92 - which would have required manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers to clearly label all genetically-engineered foods or ingredients in raw or packaged items - was defeated by only 812 votes out of 1.5 million. "The labeling movement will continue to grow," the campaign said in a statement. "We draw strength from the fact that we came so achingly close to winning this vote, despite being outspent by more than $12 million." The close November vote triggered an automatic recount pursuant to Oregon voting law, but the new tally showed a shift of only 25 votes against the measure. The results of recounts all 36 counties have yet to be certified.

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Fossil fuel companies grow nervous as divestment movement grows stronger
Though fossil fuel companies may wave their hands dismissively at the divestment movement, some nervous actions of late show more concern than they let on. Consider this curious incident here in Lima, as the United Nations climate talks entered their second week. Shell’s chief climate change advisor was slated to present a panel, cosponsored by Chevron, entitled, “Why Divest from Fossil Fuels When a Future with Low-Emission Fossil Energy Use Is Already a Reality?” Except … they didn’t. Late last week, the title was quietly changed to the more innocuous, “How Can We Reconcile Climate Targets with Energy Demand Growth?” It must have been done in a hurry because they forgot to change the web address for the event page. The title change did nothing to placate the frontline community members and youth climate activists who flooded the event. Panelists found themselves blocked out for half an hour from the private pavilion of the International Emissions Trading Association, which is sponsored by the likes of Shell and Chevron.

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Michigan thinks burning tires counts as renewable energy
A Michigan bill aims to classify fuel made by burning tires and hazardous industrial waste as renewable energy, but environmentalists say that’s setting a dangerous precedent. Under the state’s Clean, Renewable and Efficient Energy Act of 2008, Michigan utility companies are required to derive 10 percent of their energy from sources like wind and solar power by 2015; the new House Bill 5205 would make it easier for them to hit the target by expanding the definition of renewable energy to include types of solid waste. Introduced by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton), the new bill passed 63-46 last week with support from several Democrats and has been sent to the state Senate. Nesbitt said the legislation would be an economic and environmental boon for the state, because converting previously non-recyclable materials into energy through advanced processes with stringent regulations would reduce landfill waste.

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Something Worth Knowing

You can totally recycle unrecyclable plastic. Right?
Q. If plastic isn’t labeled with a number, should I try recycling it or not?  And if something isn’t recyclable but I put it out for pickup anyway, am I screwing up the system?
Columbia, S.C.

A. Dearest Liz,
What’s that they say about the road to the recycling center being paved with good intentions? I certainly don’t mean to suggest that your desire to recycle to the max is particularly sinful, Liz. Plenty of people suffer from this kind of recycling confusion, and among the eco-conscious, it’s natural to want to divert every last scrap from the landfill. But tossing non-recyclables – that is, trash – into the bin is bothersome at best and damaging at worst. A quick refresher on how single-stream recycling programs like yours usually work: You place your clean papers, plastics, and metals in their bin. They make their way to your local recycling center. The first stop is a materials recovery facility, or MRF (say “Murph” to impress at waste-management parties).

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The Future is Now: Shipping Containers Transform Into Eco-Friendly Apartments
Are you into cool new trendy architecture? How about energy-saving, eco-friendly living spaces? Or would you just settle for a decent place to live? You can have all three if you’re a student at Catholic University of America (CUA) and sign up for SeaUA, a totally hip new apartment complex that is repurposing sea-worthy shipping containers into comfortable and functional living quarters. The idea was the brainchild of four people: former CUA students Matthew Grace and Sean Joiner, plus Travis Price, the visionary “Spirit of Place” architect who also teaches at Catholic, and Kelly Davies, another CUA alum who works for Travis Price Architects and also happens to be engaged to Matthew Grace. The former students and budding entrepreneurs wanted to do something big and bold to meet residential needs for Millennials living around the CUA campus. A back-of-the-envelope brainstorming session led to the idea of repurposing shipping containers into affordable, sustainable and inspiring housing. The containers came from the nearby Port of Baltimore, where they were rescued from their probable fate at a landfill.

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How to make your true love an aromatherapy rice bag
Instead of buying cheap, mass-produced gewgaws to give out this season, show your loved ones you care with a little DIY. During Grist’s 12 days of DIY Gifts, we’ll share some crafty projects, with instructions that even we can follow. There’s sure to be a whatsit or wowsit for everyone. If you know someone with perpetually cold feet, hands, or just an insatiable urge to cuddle warm, inanimate objects all winter long, these homemade rice bags are just the thing. Pick your fabric, pick your flavor, and get sewing.

1) Enough rice to fill the bag, and a bowl for it to go in.
2) A piece of cloth to sew into a bag (washcloths are great for this).
3) Essential oils. Some good oils for aromatherapy are: lavender, mint, pine, rosemary, sage, cedar … but choose your oils accordingly! Base them on the tastes of your gift receiver.
4) A needle & thread, or if you’re really crafty, a sewing machine.

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Food Watch

The best dietary sources of vitamin D
Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins needed by our bodies to maintain optimum health. It facilitates calcium absorption in our stomachs, modulates cell growth, regulates our mood and much more. When we are deficient in vitamin D, we often begin to suffer from bone pain, muscle weakness, cardiovascular conditions, low moods and countless other health conditions. Since human skin cells are able to manufacture vitamin D using certain wavelengths of ultraviolet B light, sunlight will always remain the greatest source of this essential vitamin. In fact, experts estimate that our bodies can create between 10,000 and 20,000 international units of vitamin D after only 30 minutes of full-body sunbathing, which greatly exceeds an adult's recommended daily intake (RDI) of 600 international units. However, those of us who live in low-sunlight areas will have to obtain much of our vitamin D from food alone (unless we're willing to take a synthetic supplement). Fortunately, a small number of natural foods do contain respectable amounts of the all-important "sunshine vitamin."

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Are you sensitive to gluten, or just Roundup? American wheat often doused with toxic herbicide before harvest
The mystery behind skyrocketing rates of Celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and other wheat-related illnesses may not have anything to do with wheat or even gluten, but rather the process by which conventional American wheat is grown and harvested. Unbeknownst to most consumers is the fact that just before harvest, a vast majority of conventional wheat grown in the U.S. is doused in Roundup herbicide, which ends up poisoning your favorite breads, cereals, cakes, and pastries. Many conventional wheat farmers in America, driven by greed and carelessness, flood their wheat crops with Roundup just before harvest in order to slightly boost yields and reduce harvest time. But the end result is Roundup being absorbed directly into the wheat kernels that end up processed on your dinner plate. The Healthy Home Economist's Sarah Pope explains in a recent article how the pre-harvest application of Roundup is used to dry conventional wheat and make it easier to harvest. This process helps wheat crops release their seeds more quickly, resulting in moderately higher yields.

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On The Lighter Side

Curious Clouds

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RSE Newsletter

"Volcanic eruption could destroy Japan" reported on CNN Dec. 3 & added to Ramtha's message for his students to leave Japan:
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"…another study found that California is facing the worst drought in 1,200 hears (sic)" added to #Ramtha on H2O wars -
• Lake Mead is within 10 feet of the level that triggers automatic water restrictions
• Arizona would be hit first and hardest
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"Snow Cover in Northern Hemisphere This Fall Highest on Record" added to #Ramtha in 2010 that this would occur & he taught why:
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"Oldest Engraving Found in Indonesia Rewrites View of Human History" 500,000 years old, added to #Ramtha on humanity here for thousands of years:
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"Sea level rise threatening Kennedy Space Center in Florida" added to #Ramtha on Florida sinking:
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Oregon Professor: "imperative" people in the NW continue to prepare for a big earthquake," added to #JZKnight in 2012 on this subject:
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New online rental just out "Jekyll Island: The Truth Behind the Federal Reserve" dovetails w/ #Ramtha teachings:
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"(Current animal) Extinction Rate Rivals That of Dinosaurs, 2014 Likely Hottest Year Ever,"
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RSE students making a difference in our community:

Yelm Farmers Market's 2014 season hits $105,000 in sales - Market Manager Karen Rae accepting new vendors for 2015:  featured in newspaper:
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Yelm Food Cooperative's annual Gift of Gobble project exceeded all expectations: featured in newspaper:
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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

December 13th @ 7pm: The Return of Andrew Basiago Time Traveler
And surprise guest to Andrew, Sir Alfred Webre who will Skype to us from Vancover. Tickets: $25 A limo ride to a private lunch w Andrew Basagio Sat 12 -4pm $85 incl great asian feast in Lacey.

December 14th @ 1pm: The Magical True Story of St Nicolas
A children's event narrated by RSE Student and famous Father Christmas of Yelm. $5 per family

December 15th & 17th: JUST ADDED! Request New release film by Jz Knight. "Rosewater"
5pm Monday the 15th, 7pm Wed the 17th. $10

December 18th @ 7pm: The POETS OF YELMSHIRE
Come join the best poets on the planet! You may have that talent within untapped.
See what the power of words is all about! Donation suggested of only $5.

December 19th @ 7pm: The Magical True Story of St Nicolas (Advanced version)
Presented by the Father Christmas himself, you will hear a fascinating history of the great Master who later became Sainted by the Catholic Church due to all his miracles. This is a fund raiser for the Triad Theater so donations are greatly appreciated but not necessary.

December 20th @ 7pm: The Yelm Community Orchestra and Chorale doing traditional Christmas Tunes!
Come to sing with us! This is community singalong as well! Donations happily accepted as this is for the theater..
but if you have no money, please come and donate with your beautiful voice!

December 23rd @ 7pm: Scott Mowry's Story of Christmas
A fascinating history of the origins of the Christmas Tradition as only Scott can tell us. This is a colorful slide show and lecture. Also included will be the updates in latest news events that lead us to the new year of 2015. Tickets $10

December 25th @ 2pm & 5pm: The Indie film: "The Immortalists"
2 Scientists... (seeking immortality or die trying)

December 27th @ 6pm: Bring in the new year with Conversations With Miceal $35.

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