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Issue 395 In This Issue September 13th, 2014

Editors Corner

Plastic, it's a common part of a lot of products that get used every day. It's unfortunate that many forms of plastic used today are not good for our health or the environment. Waste plastic has been found in much larger quantities then expected in our oceans and lakes. And now it's even been found in beer! Click here

Speaking of potentially undesirable things in products, have you ever heard of Triclosan? It's an antibacterial and antifungal agent found in consumer products, including soaps, detergents, toys and surgical cleaning treatments (according to For those that want to stay away from Triclosan, you might be interested in knowing "28 Surprising Places Triclosan Hides". Click here

More towards the natural end of the spectrum, raw honey has long been considered by some as being natures antibiotics. Scientists have recently started looking at raw honey as a way to treat drug-resistant infections. When they used the 13 different bacteria they detected in raw honey, on 42 different pathogens including MRSA, isolated from the open wounds of 22 patients, the results were “comparable” with antibiotics. Click here

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Health Watch

Beer: a magical mixture of hops, barley, and tiny pieces of plastic
Plastics are everywhere: on the street, in our refrigerators, all over the oceans — you name it. But now they’re hitting us where it really hurts. Authors of a new study published in the latest edition of Food Additives and Contaminants found traces of plastic particles (and other debris … we’ll get to this later) in beer. This is how the study worked: Researchers lab-tested samples of 24 varieties of German beers, including 10 of the nation’s most popular brands. Through their superpowers of microscopic analysis, the team discovered plastic microfibers in 100 percent of the tested beer samples.
Reads the study: “The small numbers of microplastic items in beer in themselves may not be alarming, but their occurrence in a beverage as common as beer indicates that the human environment is contaminated by micro-sized synthetic polymers to a far-reaching extent.”
It’s not breaking news that plastics don’t just vanish into the ether when we’re finished with them. Unless you haven’t heard, in which case … BREAKING NEWS: The plastics we use today will stick around longer than your great-great-great-great (and then some) grandchildren.

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28 Surprising Places Triclosan Hides
Does your toothpaste, deodorant or cutting board contain triclosan? Triclosan is an antimicrobial recently banned by Minnesota and under scrutiny by the FDA for altering hormone regulation and fostering the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It’s found in about 75 percent of liquid antibacterial soaps and 30 percent of soap bars. But it’s hard to know if the chemical lurks in the hygiene, beauty and food prep products you use every day. Some manufacturers either bury the chemical in fine print on labels, or don’t list it at all, hiding triclosan in with other “anti-microbial” compounds including:

• Microban
• Cloxifenolum
• Lexol-300
• Additive B
• Irgasan (DP 300 or PG 60)
• Ster-Zac.

Colgate Total toothpaste has drawn fire for containing triclosan. But many other popular items contain the chemical. Some manufacturers are reformulating products to remove triclosan, but it’s hard to know which are now triclosan-free.

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In The News

Nestle’s Water-Bottling Activities Amid California Drought Underscore A Lack Of Policy Options
As large swathes of the western United States continue to wither under the effects of record-breaking drought, longstanding local concerns over water use are becoming increasingly contentious, adding to the national debate over corporate right and common good. In recent weeks, a desert area of Southern California has seen focus suddenly turn toward a water-bottling plant owned by Nestle Waters North America, which has continued its operations despite the worsening water crisis. In an outraged action request in mid-August, the League of Conservation Voters, a prominent national lobby group, urged 50,000 of its members and consumers to petition the company on the issue. “Nestle … is bottling California’s water, selling it, and profiting while the state suffers from a scorching, record-breaking drought,” the groups warned in a series of emails. “Friend, we are fuming. To date, Nestle has refused to acknowledge concerns about the water they are taking.” California has been hit particularly hard this year — the third consecutive year of drought — and as of early August, state water supplies were at less than two-thirds capacity. Most of the state is currently experiencing “exceptional drought,” the most severe rating according to a federal scale. Several other states, from Oregon to Texas, are also experiencing moderate to exceptional drought conditions.

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Nature Watch

The world’s lakes have finally been counted
Finland is called ‘the land of a thousand lakes’. On registration plates in Minnesota it says ‘10,000 lakes!’, and in Sweden there are about 100,000 lakes. But how many lakes are there in the whole world? New research from Uppsala University gives the answer: there are about 117 million lakes, covering almost four per cent of the world’s surface, not counting the glaciers on Greenland and Antarctica. ‘If we are to be able to make realistic estimates of the collected effects of the different processes in lakes, for example their contribution to global warming, we first need a good map. We now have that. And it differs significantly from the assumptions previously made regarding the number and size distribution of lakes’, says Lars Tranvik, professor of limnology at Uppsala University, who has led the study. His research group developed a method for finding all lakes down to a size of 0.2 hectares, equivalent to roughly a quarter of a football field. The method was then used on satellite imagery of the whole world to find all lakes, documenting their sizes and shapes. It is the first time all lakes have been counted using a reliable method.

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RSE Newsletter

Ramtha: The "I" Concept
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Yelms Nisqually Valley News covers RSE in 2 stories:
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JZ Knight and others photograph UFOs:
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Press Release: RSEs 2014 Capstone Event with JZ and Ramtha:
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RSE guest speaker "John Perkins on How Greece Has Fallen Victim to Economic Hit Men added to Ramtha's teachings on this subject:
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Dangerous virus hitting [American] Midwest added to Ramtha's teachings on viruses:
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Earths new address: Solar System, Milky Way, Laniakea added to Ramtha's teachings on life in our galaxy:
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Is coffee good for you? - Moderation and Quality are Keys to Healthy Coffee Consumption added to Ramtha's teachings on this subject:
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Move out of cities - U.S. Army Plans to Battle Anti-Government Dissidents In Megacities added to Ramtha's teachings on this subject:
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Student Accomplishments: Ana Mihalcea on her Inner Peace now!
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Student Accomplishments: Don Wagner uses disciplines in another $2,000+ win, augmenting his retirement income:
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Student Accomplishments: Sally Mysko on the subtlety of of going within:
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Science Watch

Honeybee antibiotics? Fresh honey ‘key’ to beating drug-resistant infections, scientists say

Swedish scientists have detected 13 bacterial components in raw honey that they say are more effective than conventional antibiotics in fighting deadly wound infections, including MRSA. The bacterial blend has already been effectively tested on horses.
“Antibiotics are mostly one active substance, effective against only a narrow spectrum of bacteria. When used alive, these 13 lactic acid bacteria produce the right kind of antimicrobial compounds as needed, depending on the threat. It seems to have worked well for millions of years of protecting bees' health and honey against other harmful microorganisms,” said Tobias Olofsson, professor of Medical Microbiology at Lund University, and author of two studies that have been published in International Wound Journal this week.

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Something Worth Knowing

Do I really need to rinse my recyclables?
Q. As a California resident, I have been keenly aware of my water usage and trying to curb any water waste. At the same time, we are avid recyclers who live in 12-unit condo complex. The head of the homeowners’ association is consistently sending notices to the building asking people to better clean their recyclables (e.g. glass jars, plastic containers, etc.) before disposing of them in the community bins. I’m torn: Do I waste another gallon of water trying to get those last remnants out of the Sriracha bottle or do I save the water and recycle a less-than-pristine item?
Thank you,
Los Angeles, Calif.

A. Dearest Rick, What we have here is a rare instance of two rights – recycling and conserving water – making a wrong. Recycling our empties and saving water resources during a drought should both be priorities. Luckily, in this case, we don’t have to choose one or the other. I chatted with Jimmy Tokeshi, public information officer for La La Land’s Public Works department, and he confirmed that recyclable items must be free of grease and other organic matter before hitting the bin.

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Earth Watch

Hidden Napa Earthquake Faults Found by NASA Radar
The Aug. 24 Napa earthquake woke several small, previously unrecognized Napa Valley faults, according to the first results from a high-flying NASA radar instrument. The magnitude-6.0 Napa earthquake, the biggest to shake northern California in 25 years, injured 170 people and killed one woman, who died from brain bleeding caused by a falling television. Some 800 homes were damaged, and 103 have been deemed too dangerous to enter. Most of the damage was centered on the West Napa Fault. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found that the West Napa Fault moved a total of 18 inches (46 centimeters) along a 9.3-mile-long (15 kilometers) length, USGS scientist Dan Ponti said Sept. 4 at a USGS earthquake seminar. [] New radar images of Napa Valley also confirm that the West Napa Fault caused the deadly earthquake. But the remarkable detail of the images also reveals a handful of smaller faults running roughly northwest to southeast, parallel to the West Napa Fault. While these newly found faults let off the region's pent-up strain, they may never trigger their own quake.

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History Watch

Is It A Spark Plug As We Know It Or A Genuine Example Of Advanced Technology That Date From Before The Deluge?
Discoveries of man-made objects enclosed in pieces of rock or coal offer very persuasive evidence that in the "impossibly" remote past, mankind was significantly more advanced than we could even imagine. One of such artifacts is the so-called Coso Artifact found inside a stone located near the top of a peak approximately 4,300 feet above sea level and about 340 feet above the dry bed of Owens Lake, California. Is the Coso Artifact a genuine example of unknown advanced technology from millennia before the accepted emergence of Homo sapiens? On February 13, 1961, Wallace Lane, Virginia Maxey and Mike Mikesell, co-owners of the LM&V Rockhounds Gem and Gift Shop in Olancha, California, were out in the Coso Mountains looking for minerals to sell in their shop. The next day, while cutting through one of the geodes, Mikesell severely damaged a practically new diamond saw. He expected to find crystals inside the stone, which he mistakenly identified as a geode. Instead the stone contained something totally unfamiliar, namely, the remains of some form of mechanical device that resembled a spark plug. This object became known as the Coso Artifact. Also the stone itself had some other strange qualities.

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Radar Reveals Dozens Of Unknown Prehistoric Monuments Around Stonehenge
Using powerful ground-penetrating radar, which can 'X-ray' archaeological sites to a depth of up to four meters, archaeologists are now ready to reveal astonishing results that clearly show there are more than dozens unknown monuments around Stonehenge. For four years, scientists from Birmingham and Bradford universities and from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute in Vienna have discovered a 330-metre long line of more than 50 massive stones, buried under part of the bank of Britain's largest pre-historic henge. "Up till now, we had absolutely no idea that the stones were there," said the co-director of the investigation Professor Vince Gaffney of Birmingham University. This incredible discovery shows Stonehenge had a huge stone sibling just two miles to the north-east. "Each buried stone is roughly three meters long and 1.5 meters wide and is positioned horizontally, not vertically, in its earthen matrix. However, it's conceivable that they originally stood vertically in the ground like other standing stones in Britain. It is thought that they were probably brought to the site shortly before 2500BC. They seem to have formed the southern arm of a c-shaped ritual 'enclosure', the rest of which was made up of an artificially scarped natural elevation in the ground.

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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

Saturday September 13th, 6pm to 10pm: Yelm Film Studies Presents
A Time for Comedy! And boy don't we need some laughter these days!?
BREAKING AWAY- The greatest comedic film about a boy biker coming of age/ a bike race between the haves and have-nots of a small town college. Hysterical!
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING- Diversity at its finest! Blending two extreme cultures into one big family!
Order take-out pizza and bring in to theater! Q & A to follow film screenings.
Only $5 for both.

Tuesday September 16th @ 7pm: Miracles & Inspiration
Topical information you don’t hear on main-stream media!
Tickets $10 at the door

Thursday September 18th @ 7pm: ‘Round the Poet’s Fire
Roses are red, violets are blue, come to the theater and hear a poem or two!
Tickets $5 at the door

Friday September 19th @ 7pm: Replay of Michael Tellinger
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Saturday September 20th @ 6pm: Conversations with Miceal
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