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Issue 418 In This Issue February 21st, 2015

Editors Corner

Have you ever heard of soap nuts? They are literally a form of soap that grows on trees. Apparently you can use them as a healthy and safe alternative to commonly used commercial detergents and cleaners. Click here

Nature has all kinds of wonderful solutions to problems that humans seem to like to try to solve with harmful chemicals. For example, did you know that scientists have found a form of fungus growing in barley that helps plants ward off disease? Click here

Since we rely on nature to help sustain us and keep our bodies healthy, it is nice when something gets invented that reduces our impact while still getting what we need. Did you know that bee keepers will soon be able to get honey on tap with very little disturbance to the hive? 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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Bloggers Corner
Industrial Hemp
By Florence Vincent

The Washington State Senate unanimously passed a bill to legalize growing industrial hemp after the House unanimously passed it. While hemp comes from the same family as marijuana, (like a chihuahua and a Great Dane come from the same family). You can't get high from hemp, no matter how much you smoke. You can buy Canadian hemp seeds at Costco, and Canadian nutritious hemp oil from the Yelm Food Co-op, and Chinese made hemp clothes from local stores, now we will be able to grow it. Once, hemp was Americas largest crop. In WWII we made rope out of it. Our first three presidents, Washington, Jefferson and Adams grew it.  The original Declaration of Independence was written on it. In Canada growing hemp for hemp oil is an over $1 billion industry. They are so stretched growing it they need help. They don't even use any other part of the plant. Farmers make a $300 an acre profit growing it. The Chinese president visits Chinese farms to encourage farmers to grow hemp for clothing as it uses less water and pesticides than cotton. In Germany BMW uses it for lighter car interiors, and it's used as a building material.

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Something Worth Knowing

Soap Nuts
Mother Nature's Gift
I’ve struggle for a long time to find a laundry soap I’m really satisfied with. I was always looking for something that is not only good for your skin and fabrics, but also good for the environment. I’ve finally discovered something perfect — soap nuts (picture of them above). After hearing and reading about them a lot, I decided to give them a shot. Soap nuts are the berries of the Sapindus Mukorossi (soap nut tree) that grow in the region of the Himalayan Mountains of India and Nepal. Their pulp and outer shell contain natural saponin, which is also a 100% natural surfactant. This saponin is a healthy, safe, and free-of-synthetic-chemicals substance that is a great green alternative to commonly used commercial detergents and cleaners. Soup nuts are a true gift from Mother Nature. The whole process of their “production” is sustainable and earth-friendly. The fruits are harvested between September and February, then dried in a natural way using just the sun. No additional chemicals or fossil fuels are used to produce them. Soap nuts are 100% biodegradable and compostable. They are completely free of fragrance and synthetic chemicals, as well as foaming and bleaching agents. Therefore, they remain harmless to the water system and the environment in general.

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Science Watch

Scientists want to turn your old sandwich into an indestructible wonder material
Hold on to your food scraps, people! Anaerobic digestion is very in right now, and you know what that means — your self-righteous compost bins might not be the only game in town anymore when it comes to reducing food waste. What’s anaerobic digestion, you ask? Simple — let a bunch of bacteria feast on your unwanted food (or any organic matter, really) in an oxygen-free environment and out comes biogas, a mixture of mostly carbon dioxide and methane. That biogas can be used to generate heat and electricity; people have already used it to power cars, supermarkets, and even Disney World! But a new idea from scientists in Europe takes the half-eaten, rotting cake. Ever hear of graphene? You know, the human-made, two-dimensional wonder material that’s stronger than steel, more conductive than copper, and about to revolutionize everything everywhere, just as soon as we figure out how to mass produce and implement it? Well, researchers at a company called PlasCarb are trying to turn biogas into graphitic carbon (a.k.a. the precursor to graphene). The process would also produce plenty of hydrogen, which is a potential renewable fuel source.

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History Watch

Mysterious Flying "Wisdom Lamps" In The Skies: Old Buddhist Monk Recalls UFO Sighting Back In 1884
There are many old accounts of strange unidentified flying obljects visible in the skies worldwide. These objects were sometimes referred to as "shining pearls", "fire circles", "glowing wheels" and much more.

Flying objects were frequently present in the ancient skies.
A very curious and interesting old UFO sighting, comes from an old Buddhist monk whose name was Hsu Yun. During his life he became somewhat of a legend and he was one of the most influential Zen Buddhist masters. He is believed to have lived for 119 years. He was born in 1840, and died in 1959. In his autobiography, titled Empty Cloud there is a relation of what today would be described as UFO sighting. It happened during Hsu Yun's visit to Da-luo Peak in 1884, where he went to pay respects to the "wisdom lamps." Hsu Yun writes: "I climbed the Da-luo Peak, where I paid reverence to the 'wisdom lamps' said to appear there. I saw nothing the first night but on the second, I saw a great ball of light flying from the Northern to the Central Peak, where it came down, splitting a short while later into over ten balls of different sizes.

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You Decide

Scientists Discover That Eyes Are Windows To The Soul
The eyes are the windows to the universe, and some would say they are also windows to the soul. We have heard this phrase get passed around before: “The eyes are the windows of the soul”. People usually say this when they can see pain, anger, or some other emotion in somebody else’s eyes, but recent research gives a whole new meaning to this phrase. Eyes not only windows to emotions, they are windows to the soul. How? The answer has to do with the actual eyeball itself. Everyone has a different structure of lines, dots and colours within the iris of their eye. Some people may have similar eye colour to each other, but the lines and dots on the iris are as unique as a fingerprint. Although they vary from person to person, there are certain patterns contained within the iris which are widespread, and scientists at Orebro University in Sweden wanted to see if these patterns correlated with specific personality traits. They focused on patterns in crypts (threads which radiate from the pupil) and contraction furrows (lines curving around the outer edge) which are formed when the pupils dilate. The studied the eyes of 428 subjects to see if the crypts patters and contraction furrows reflected their character traits.

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RSE Newsletter

#RSE recommended books, DVDs and CDs:
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JZ’s and Ramtha’s Big Event – Yelm, Feb. 20-28, 2015 – Event Links:
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“An Ancient Earth Inside Earth” Ramtha has spoken of Inner Earth for decades:
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#JZKnight, #Ramtha 2015 Big Event begins their 39th year together, #Ramtha first appeared to #JZ February 20, 1977:
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Alien Interview now available in German (scroll down to February 18):
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Eastern USA coldest-ever-recorded temperature dovetails with #Ramtha teachings, coldest yet to come (scroll down):
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“The Ancients: Investigations into the Lost Civilizations of Lemuria and Atlantis”:
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Student Accomplishments: Jessica Whitney’s awarenesses at RSE led to Inner Fire Yoga:
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Expert: “Growing Your Own Food Part of Our Future” Who told us 30 years ago to grow our own food? Ramtha!:
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Technology Watch

New “Honey on Tap” Invention Will Change the Beekeeping Industry

For anyone looking into caring for bees, this is the article for you! The biggest concern for beekeeping newcomers is acquiring all of the needed equipment, as well as finding the time involved in collecting the honey. You are right to have these concerns – caring for bees is a commitment. You have to invest time and attention to ensuring the beehives have what they need to thrive, and some of us just don’t have the time for this. But all that is about to change.

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Health Watch

Forced Adult Vaccinations at Federal Levels Comment Period Now
The U.S. Health and Human Services published a 46-page draft proposal and notice in the Federal Register recently regarding more mandated vaccines for adults, and especially pregnant females; employer-enforced adult vaccinations; and probably for getting faith-based groups to uptake and not oppose vaccines/vaccinations.

There is an open public comment period that ends March 9, 2015, for consumers to register their comments, etc. per instructions at this website

How to file your comments

Electronic responses are preferred and may be addressed to: 


Written responses should be addressed to: National Vaccine Program Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Room 733G, Washington, DC 20201. Attn: HHS Adult Immunization c/o Rebecca Fish.

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Most honey contains glyphosates, the main ingredient in Roundup
A recent study by researchers from Boston University and Abraxis LLC found significant amounts of glyphosates in a food that you wouldn't necessarily expect: honey. Five categories of food items were tested from Philadelphia grocery stores: honey, corn and pancake syrup, soy milk, tofu, and soy sauce. Sixty-two percent of the conventional honeys and 45% of the organic honeys sampled had levels of glyphosates above the minimum established limits. It's hard to ignore the presence of glyphosate in a large portion of our food supply. Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Monsanto's star herbicide, Roundup. It is interesting to note that the level of glyphosates was much higher in honey from countries that permitted GM crops; honey from the U.S. contained the highest levels.

Even the Organic Honey?
So how did so many of the 69 honey samples, including 11 organic samples, tested contain such high levels of glyphosates? There are two reasons for this. Given that a single honeybee can fly over 6 miles to find nectar and bring back a total of 250 pounds of nectar a year, modern life is set up so that it is almost impossible for them to avoid harmful substances.

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7 Misleading Health Claims that You Should Never Believe
Most of us want to eat healthier. Food companies know this — and their marketers know just how to push our buttons. Just ask Bruce Bradley — a former processed food marketer turned real food advocate. He recently posted a list of 17 health claims food companies use to trick us into buying unhealthy processed foods.

Here are the seven misleading health claims that top my list.

1. Natural. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t have a definition for the word “natural,” so companies use it with abandon.

2. Real. Really? Food companies use this term to highlight a “premium” ingredient. As Mr. Bradley points out: “One ingredient does not make a box or bag REAL food.”

3. Organic. This one is interesting because the FDA does regulate the use of the word “organic.” But did you know you can buy organic jelly beans? And organic pizza rolls? Those aren’t healthy choices. Organic doesn’t mean healthy.

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Nature Watch

Are shrooms the new pesticide?
Scientists in Ireland have found that growing fungus inside barley helps the plants ward off disease. Brian Murphy, a botanist at Trinity College Dublin, has also shown that an inoculation of fungus allows plants to thrive in harsh conditions. ClimateWire, which has a nice write-up here, quoted Murphy explaining that the fungal treatment helped when plants were exposed to drought, stress, and disease all at once:

“We found fantastic benefits,” he said. “We hit these plants with them all at the same time, and we really made them suffer. The plants treated with (fungi) had six times the survival rate as those without. It’s literally the difference between life and death.”

If this technology pans out, it could replace pesticides in some situations. Instead of buying seeds coated in neonicotinoids, farmers might buy seeds coated with the spores of fungi, which would then make their way inside the crop. There are already several research groups and companies playing around with fungal treatments for ag.

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Earth Watch

Natural gas drilling is causing earthquakes in Europe too
Shell and ExxonMobil, as well as the Dutch government, ignored for decades that drilling in Europe’s largest gas field was causing earthquakes that put human lives and property at risk. That’s the takeaway of a new report out this week from an independent group advising the Dutch government. As the natural gas beneath the Netherlands has dwindled in recent years, residents of Groningen County have experienced an increasing number of earthquakes. Last year, the area was hit with 84. The New York Times summarized what’s going on in a feature last summer:

A half-century of extraction has reduced the field’s natural pressure in recent years, and seismic shifts from geological settling have set off increasingly frequent earthquakes — more than 120 last year, and at least 40 this year. Though most of the tremors have been small, and resulted in no reported deaths or serious injuries, they have caused widespread damage to buildings, endangered nearby dikes and frightened and angered local residents.

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