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Issue 421 In This Issue March 14th, 2015

Editors Corner

Did you know that contact with dirt can make you happy, literally? Scientists have found that certain microbes in soil can act as an antidepressant. Click here

Speaking of being happy, I would imagine that's how Michael Angell felt when he found that he could see the color orange for the first time in his life using a pair of specialized sunglasses he borrowed from his friend. Click here

On a different subject, you've almost certainly heard of GMOs and you've most likely heard of Roundup aka Glyphosate. This week we have a wonderful video that takes your through the history of glyphosate, what it is, how it works, what it was originally designed to do, and how it's used today. If you haven't seen this video, "Engineered food and your health: the nutritional status of GMOs", I encourage you to watch it. Click here

Tune in next week for more wonderful and informative tidbits.

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Technology Watch

A Scientist Accidentally Developed Sunglasses That Could Correct Color Blindness
One afternoon in 2005, Don McPherson was playing ultimate Frisbee in Santa Cruz. He was wearing a pair of sunglasses, when his friend, Michael Angell, admiring his eyewear, asked to borrow them. When he put the glasses on, he was stunned by what he saw. McPherson recalls Angell saying, with surprise, “I can see the cones,” referring to a set of orange traffic cones nearby. What made this a startling observation was that Angell had been colorblind his whole life. The sunglasses, which McPherson, a materials scientist, had engineered, actually allowed him to see the orange hue for the first time,  and distinguish that color from the surrounding grass and concrete. Based in Berkeley, California, McPherson, who has a PhD in glass science from Alfred University, originally specialized in creating eyewear for doctors to use as protection during laser surgery. Rare earth iron embedded in the glasses absorbed a significant amount of light, enabling surgeons to not only stay safe, but also clearly differentiate between blood and tissue during procedures. In fact, surgeons loved the glasses so much, they began disappearing from operating rooms. This was the first indication that they could be used outside the hospital. McPherson, too, began casually wearing them, as sunglasses. “Wearing them makes all colors look incredibly saturated,” he says. “It makes the world look really bright.”

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In The News

Oregon mileage tax: ODOT wants 5,000 volunteer drivers; 7 things to know about program
After 12 years of talking about replacing the gas tax, experimenting with new technologies and running pilot projects, the Oregon Department of Transportation says it's ready to launch a new pay-as-you-drive road tax. Check that, they're ready to launch a public trial of the program with 5,000 volunteers. On Monday, ODOT officials stopped in Portland as part of a statewide "listening tour" to gather public input on the first-in-the-nation proposal for a gas tax alternative. Here are seven things that we learned from the meeting, which attracted about 20 people:

1. You can sign up to be a road-tax guinea pig, er, volunteer starting July 1, 2015. In January, ODOT will set up a "road user charge" website that will allow people to sign up for details on how to become a volunteer. 

2. Drivers will be charged 1.5 cents a mile. They will be able to track their distances using everything from a GPS tracker to an odometer device to a daily diary. "GPS will be the most hassle-free option," said Michelle Godfrey, a road usage charge program spokeswoman. "But it's also the option that people tend to dislike the most." Yeah, that's not going to be popular because the words "government and GPS" go together like peanut butter and sardines. At the same time, keeping a daily diary seems to be the equivalent of a hassle tax.

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Florida officials banned from talking about climate change
Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) administration has apparently instituted a ban on using the term “climate change” when making policy. Tristram Korten reports for the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting that state Department of Environmental Protection employees “have been ordered not to use the term ‘climate change’ or ‘global warming’ in any official communications, emails, or reports.”

This unwritten policy went into effect after Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011 and appointed Herschel Vinyard Jr. as the DEP’s director, according to former DEP employees. Gov. Scott, who won a second term in November, has repeatedly said he is not convinced that climate change is caused by human activity, despite scientific evidence to the contrary. … But four former DEP employees from offices around the state say the order was well known and distributed verbally statewide. One former DEP employee who worked in Tallahassee during Scott’s first term in office, and asked not to be identified because of an ongoing business relationship with the department, said staffers were warned that using the terms in reports would bring unwanted attention to their projects.

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Food Watch

This rusty steelworks is about to become a kaleworks
A defunct steel factory in Newark, N.J., is slated to become the world’s largest indoor farm. It’s hard to think up a more hopeful image: greens sprouting in the ruins of the decaying industrial economy. There’s a description of the $30 million project here, with renderings that make the whole thing look a little like farming as designed by the Container Store. Beneath the appealing surface of this project, there’s a lot of substance to applaud, too. The venture-backed company, AeroFarms, will bring jobs to the city, replacing blight with business. It will grow produce without pesticides. Its project will be incredibly efficient with water. It’s land-saving — able to grow tons of food in a small space. It can control its weather. And it’s close to a lot of eaters, so transportation of its products should have a smaller impact than the delivery of salad greens from California or Mexico. But — you knew there was a but coming — indoor farms have some major inefficiencies, too. Instead of using sunlight and rain, they have to use electricity to power LEDs and water pumps. Instead of simply cultivating a field, they require a huge up-front investment in machinery.

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You Decide

The Fourth Phase of Water
Dr. Gerald Pollack at TEDxGuelphU

Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

March 14th @ 7pm & 15th @ 4pm: The Classic Film "GULLIVERS TRAVELS"
This film is about a man who journeys to the middle earth and experiences tiny people as well as GIANTS. Based on the North pole expedition Report over a century ago. Currently, evidence of the thousands of giant that lived on this land is being disclosed...If you saw this as a child, you need to see again w your new frequency of awareness. It is filled with symbolism and truisms. $5

March 17th @ 7pm: Scott Mowry's Miracles and Inspiration Investigative Reporting of latest Current Events
No matter how horrid the news, Scott brings a level of comfort and anticipation to the news that isn't shown on mainstream media. $10

The rest of March and early April will be dark for rehearsals of SRO's latest live theater production of "You Can't Take It With You"
Miracles and Inspiration will continue in the annex next door to the theater every other Tuesday.

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Garden Watch

8 Garden Staples You Should Start Indoors Before Spring
If you happen to live in one of the cooler growing zones, you know that you have to make the most of the growing season while you can. Getting seeds started indoors is one way to ensure that certain vegetables get established and have plenty of time in your garden to give you a good harvest. Here are a few plants that you should be starting now:

1. Tomatoes
Tomatoes are a garden favorite. Who doesn’t love fresh salad or tomato sauce straight from the backyard vegetable garden? They are also a vegetable — well, technically a fruit — that does very well when started indoors. Generally speaking, this is a plant that should be started six to eight weeks prior to the last frost date in your area. Seeds can be planted about ¼ inch deep in planting trays. Using a strong florescent (or grow) bulb is recommended once the seedlings begin to sprout, but even a sunny window can be enough to help your plants thrive – just make sure you don’t let them dry out. Once the temperature is consistently more than 55 degrees Fahrenheit, seedlings should be hardened off before transplanting. This means putting them outside for a few hours each day to allow them to acclimate to the outdoors.

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Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy
Prozac may not be the only way to get rid of your serious blues. Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potential. Learn how to harness the natural antidepressant in soil and make yourself happier and healthier. Read on to see how dirt makes you happy. Natural remedies have been around for untold centuries. These natural remedies included cures for almost any physical ailment as well as mental and emotional afflictions. Ancient healers may not have known why something worked but simply that it did. Modern scientists have unraveled the why of many medicinal plants and practices but only recently are they finding remedies that were previously unknown and yet, still a part of the natural life cycle. Soil microbes and human health now have a positive link which has been studied and found to be verifiable.

Soil Microbes and Human Health
Did you know that there’s a natural antidepressant in soil? It’s true. Mycobacterium vaccae is the substance under study and has indeed been found to mirror the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac provide. The bacterium is found in soil and may stimulate serotonin production, which makes you relaxed and happier. Studies were conducted on cancer patients and they reported a better quality of life and less stress.

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Something Worth Knowing

Engineered food and your health: the nutritional status of GMOs

This co-op bike shop will teach you to fix your own damn bike (and that matters)
Each morning and evening, I ride by the Bikery. It sits along a designated bike corridor for all who travel between Seattle and the Eastside ‘burbs. Hundreds of daily commuters pass the Bikery. I stop in from time to time to look for, say, cleats to fit my pedals or a specific handlebar attachment piece for my bike light, each time finding precisely what I seek among the space’s well-organized mountains of parts and accessories. The non-judgemental help is why I really love the Bikery, though. Just last week, a super-patient volunteer mechanic named Harmony saved me from unnecessarily replacing my brake pads, simply by teaching me how to tighten my brakes. Yes, I am mechanically inept. The Bikery isn’t your typical bike shop. It’s a not-for-profit, volunteer-run bicycle cooperative focused on making cycling and bike repair accessible to everyone. Here’s how it works: You fix your bike yourself, with help from volunteers. You can use the space, equipment, and on-hand instructional assistance for $5 an hour — or you can “pay” by volunteering your time at the Bikery. The donated pieces of used bicycle and gear populating the shop can likewise be purchased for a few bucks or some work.

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RSE Newsletter

JZ's message today on Facebook (scroll down to entry beginning "Good Lovely Day or Evening you beautiful Folkies")
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"Testing Concludes that #JZ Knight and #Ramtha Have Distinct, Separate DNA" in Yelm's NVN newspaper
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"Some genes 'foreign' in origin and not from our ancestors" from BioMed Central:
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"Earth's climate is starting to change faster, new research shows" added to #Ramtha on climate change:
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Ramtha: strange storms “right down to the ankle of Italy”: 
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“Four Years After Fukushima, the Same Paradigm Prevails in Nuclear Energy” added to #Ramtha on nuclear poisoning:
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"Network theory sheds new light on origins of consciousness"
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“Climate Change Poses Serious Threats to Food Distribution” added to #Ramtha on this subject:
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"Two-in-one photography: Light as wave and particle!" Video from YouTube:
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“How the Power of Your Mind Can Influence Your Healing and Recovery” added to #Ramtha on the Placebo Effect:
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