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Issue 410 In This Issue December 27th, 2014

Editors Corner

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if mankind had all the energy we could ever need clean and free? What would life be like then? Apparently this is the wonderful future we are headed for. Click here

Speaking of abundance, do you have lots of leftover cookies from the holidays? Did you know that cookies can make a wonderful pie crust? Apparently cookie pie crust goes well with smooth fillings like pumpkin or cream and also doesn't get soggy as quickly as regular butter crust. Click here

While we're on the subject of the holidays, if you had a Christmas tree this year and now or soon will be taking it down but are not sure what you're going to do with it, we have "10 Ways to Recycle Christmas Trees". Even if you know what you're going to do with it, this might give you some other ideas you hadn't thought of. Click here

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The Curious Case of Orbs
An Exploration of the Orb Phenomenon with Miceal Ledwith and Klaus Heinemann
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An excerpt from The Orb Project by Miceal Ledwith and Klaus Heinemann Simon and Schuster, 2007 Reprinted by permission of the author.

What are the limits to our knowledge about nature? How much more is there to learn about what we currently classify as the “natural world?" As technology continues to evolve, will our understanding of nature expand to incorporate phenomena of which we were previously unaware?

The Viennese obstetrician Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis is a famous case. In 1861, he showed conclusively that there was a connection between the many fatalities due to childbirth fever and physicians not washing their hands between conducting autopsies and delivering babies. Since the technology to detect germs did not exist at that time, most mainstream physicians ridiculed him for proposing that there were invisible agents of potentially fatal diseases.

Since point-and-shoot digital cameras have become common, mysterious objects of a spherical or circular shape not visible to the naked eye began to appear in pictures taken in all sorts of situations. Once I was more aware of them, orbs became a fascinating subject for photography and became even more so for me after a sustained focus on them. I believe that, as with any subject, I could learn more about orbs by continued study.

I eventually collected well in excess of 100,000 orb images. In the beginning, after only a few months of taking orb photographs, I noticed that in the first ten pictures or so that I shot each night, few if any orbs were present, and I found that very curious. As time passed, and more pictures were taken, the number of orbs appearing in the photos began to increase quite remarkably. Eventually, taking two maybe three hundred photos every night, then looking at the pictures for a few hours more on the computer, I observed a great variety of orbs: Red, brown, white, blue and pink in color, plasmoid fields of different colors, veils resembling graceful drapes of fine cloth, energy spheres much larger than the average orb, red giants, the very rare “rocket orbs”, skeletals (orbs that appear to have holes or segments missing), vortices and torsion field formations, carnival lights, observational orbs, tricolor orbs, and images within orbs.

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Technology Watch

The coming era of unlimited — and free — clean energy
In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones.  McKinsey & Company noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn’t last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant.  It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units, and advised AT&T to pull out.  McKinsey was wrong, of course.  There were more than 100 million cellular phones in use 2000; there are billions now.  Costs have fallen so far that even the poor — all over world — can afford a cellular phone. The experts are saying the same about solar energy now.  They note that after decades of development, solar power hardly supplies 1 percent of the world’s energy needs.  They say that solar is inefficient, too expensive to install, and unreliable, and will fail without government subsidies.  They too are wrong.  Solar will be as ubiquitous as cellular phones are. Futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that solar power has been doubling every two years for the past 30 years — as costs have been dropping. He says solar energy is only six doublings — or less than 14 years — away from meeting 100 percent of today’s energy needs.

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In The News

Walking is so hard insurance companies will pay us to do it now
I regret to inform you that the day has come in which health insurance companies are paying people to walk. Paying. People. To. Walk. Arrrggggggghhhhhh, my head is exploding.

Co.Exist has the story:
Oscar Insurance, a New York-based startup, now sends members a free Misfit wristband to track their steps, and whenever someone reaches a daily goal for a certain number of steps, the company pays them. “We were fascinated with the U.S. Surgeon General’s recommendation that if you walk around 10,000 steps a day, you will have a real impact on almost all the top killers in the U.S., like obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure,” says Mario Schlosser, co-founder of Oscar Insurance. “If you just get a bit more physically active, you can avoid those conditions getting worse, or make them better.” Members of the insurance plan download an app, and then get a wristband in the mail that automatically syncs up as soon as someone puts it on. Each day, someone can earn a dollar for reaching their goal, and at the end of the month, Oscar Insurance sends them a $20 Amazon gift card.

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Food Watch

How to use up your holiday cookie surplus by baking a pie
At Grist, we are always writing about recycling the things in your kitchen you don’t want to eat — plastic bags, aluminum foil, jars with that last pesky bit of almond butter in the corner. But what about things you do like to eat, but have already had (more than) enough of? Like holiday cookies. Last week, in an interview with EPA food-waste-reduction expert Ashley Zanolli about how to put the whole seasonal bounty in tummies not landfills, I asked her if there are better ways to avoid wasting abundant sweet treats than via pure gluttony. One of Zanolli’s suggestions caught my attention: “With sugar cookies, for example, you can actually throw them in the food processor and make a really quick pie crust.” I was intrigued. Not only is this a flavorful way to sidestep food waste, cookie-crumb pie crusts also add pleasing texture, especially for smooth fillings like pumpkin or cream. Plus, that texture will keep well, fighting off sogginess for longer than a typical butter crust, according to Craftsy’s super-helpful “How to Make a Cookie Crumb Pie Crust” guide, which has the answers to all your questions about recipes, variations, and how finely to crumb your cookies.

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2014 was stuffed with good food news that you never heard about
The food movement has done a great job winning the hearts and minds of eaters, but not such a great job moving the economic and political levers that shape our food system. For that reason, it can seem as if nothing ever changes. If you’re watching the high-profile debates (cough, GMOs), that’s true: The same people make the same arguments over and over, resulting in a robust stalemate. But there is real change happening in areas that I contend are even more important than the most popular and highly covered food fights. Here’s my year-end list of ways the food system changed for the better (mostly) in 2014, along with some predictions for next year.

This has been a banner year for the campaign against deforestation. There has already been real and sustained progress in protecting the Brazilian Amazon over the last decade, even while food production in Brazil increased. In 2014, we saw commitments locked into place that could take that success global.

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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

Dec 27th @ 6pm: Conversations with Miceal with Appetizers and Desserts!
Bring your favorite treat to share with Miceal.
Check for details but you know this is going to be a GREAT ONE facing the end of the year!

Dec 29th @ 7pm: Debra Jones Returns!
Vibrant Street Savy, Wise Brilliant speaker on the topic of personal and financial sovereinty for 2015.

Dec 30th & 31st: The Triad's Black Stretch Courtesy Limousine is available for hire
$80 per hour (3 hour minimum, up to 3 couples allowed). Money to benefit the Triad Theater.

Jan 2nd @ 7pm & Jan 3rd @ 4pm: The Immortalists
$8 - A new award winning film about 2 scientists seeking immortality even if it kills them.

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Passing of a Master
Rose Maxine (AKA Khatiya) Beasley
April 23rd, 1937 - October 4th, 2014

Khatiya/Maxine Beasley, longtime RSE student, passed away on Oct. 4th, 2014. A celebration in honor of her life will be held Sunday Jan. 4th, 2015, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Gordon’s Grange in Yelm, next to Gordon’s Garden Center at 308 Yelm Ave. East. Bring your favorite Khatiya story to share and a beverage of choice for a toast.

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Something Worth Knowing

10 Ways to Recycle Christmas Trees
In the late 1800s, when decorating a tree for the holidays became popular, evergreens were bedecked with such Earth-friendly decorations as strings of popcorn, gilded nuts and luminous candles. Today, millions of people carry on this tradition by bringing Christmas trees into their homes, adding an element of splendor and festivity to their own celebrations — but also an element of waste. After the parties are over and the season has passed, the once-splendid tree transforms into a browning living-room behemoth, and the job of disrobing it of its trimmings and tossing it carelessly outside becomes just one more household chore. Before you follow this unfortunate holiday tradition, take heed: There are several ways to recycle your Christmas tree, giving new life to both it and your New Year’s resolutions to live lighter on our planet.

1. Living Christmas trees that come with their roots intact can, of course, be planted and enjoyed for many years. Pack the earth ball containing the roots in a bucket with sawdust, potting soil or other mulch. Keep the soil continually moist. Plant outdoors as soon as possible after Christmas.

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5 Natural Stovetop Simmers To Make Your House Smell Amazing
Want your house to smell good? Skip the fragrances that come in a can. Why? “Freshening” sprays and the elements that infuse that little tree you may have hanging on your car’s rearview mirror actually work by coating your nasal passages with toxic chemicals and preventing your sense of smell. In some people, these air fresheners can cause headaches and trigger respiratory attacks. Some commercial air fresheners also contain benzene and formaldehyde, two volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that have been proven to cause cancer and lead to neurological damage. Many contain phthalates as well, chemicals that have been linked to birth defects and developmental disorders in children. Keep your family and your pets safe by making your own alternatives to toxic air fresheners and sweeten the smell of your surroundings naturally. Here are five I make by simmering them on the stove. With all five, bring the pot to a slow simmer, and add more water every 40 minutes or so. Keep the lid off the post to enjoy the full fragrance of the simmer.

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"I Believe" from #JZKnight Tweet:
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Merry Christmas from #Ramtha, #JZ, and the Staff of #RSE (now archived 
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#RSE Teachers, Staff send holiday greetings to #JZKnight & YOU from their Dec. 19th Christmas Party (Video by Marita Bott):
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#Ramtha: Christmas 2014 - The Aesthetic Life:
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Holidays can be a time of depression and stress for many - #Ramtha on the nature of depression:
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#RSE student and Scholar Series lecturer Dr. Karriem Ali shared the same Harvard dorm with Atty General Nominee Loretta Lynch:
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How Resveratrol Provides Health Benefits” -  “The Ingredient Found in Red Wine Activates Ancient Stress Response” (Dec. 22)
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