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Issue 480 In This Issue June 4th, 2016

Editors Corner

Did you know that artificial intelligence can tell stories based upon photos? Apparently these systems are still in development but have already started being used to generate image captions. Click here

Speaking of intelligence, are you aware that Stanford researchers reversed brain damage with stem cells? They were trying to test the safety of injecting stem cells directly under the uppermost layer of the brain when they found that the damaged brains of their patients were actually repairing themselves after this treatment, and quite quickly too. Scientists had previously thought that once a brain was damaged, that damage could not be repaired, so this came as quite a surprise. Click here

On a slightly different subject, as you may know, beer usually contains carbon-dioxide. Have you ever wondered what would happen if it had a different gas instead? Like, say, helium? 2 guys supposedly test a helium beer in a hilarious YouTube video (which was originally published on April fools day...aka, helium beer does not actually exist, but it's still hilarious). 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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The Mountain News

Pacific Northwest prepares for the Big One – the Cascadia Rising earthquake drill
By Bruce A. Smith
Next week, June 6-10, local, state and federal officials will be conducting the nation’s largest-ever earthquake drill, called Cascadia Rising. Over 6,000 first responders, military personnel, and emergency management crews will simulate what life will be like throughout the Puget Sound region in the event of The Big One, a 9.0 quake. In advance of this exercise, the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) sent community action teams into Graham and other locales in March to talk about such a historic earthquake, and Peggy Lovellford of the DEM said “It is not a question of ‘if,’ but ‘when.’” Recent scientific studies reveal that the infamous Ring of Fire around the Pacific Basin is subject to major earthquakes emanating from the deep subduction zones of the earth’s crusts. These are deeper and more infrequent earthquakes than the usual tremors we feel periodically, such as the 7.2 Nisqually quake in 2001, or any of the activity along the notorious San Andreas Fault in California.

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GMO Watch

More Big Retailers Say ‘No’ to GMO Salmon
On the heels of Canada’s approval of GMO salmon, Friends of the Earth U.S. and a coalition of more than 30 consumer, health, food safety and fishing groups released updated numbers Wednesday showing that nearly 80 major food retailers have committed to not sell genetically engineered salmon, despite FDA’s approval last November. “Despite irresponsible approvals, the growing number of commitments from retailers demonstrates there is no market for GMO salmon,” Dana Perls, senior food and technology campaigner with Friends of the Earth, said. “Retailers and restaurants are wisely listening to their customers and rejecting GMO salmon.” Albertsons Companies, owner of Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, ACME, Shaw’s and others, stated its commitment to not sell GMO salmon. “Albertsons Companies and its family of stores, have no plans to carry GE salmon,” Jonathan Mayes, Albertsons Companies senior vice president, said in a statement. “The seafood products we offer will continue to be selected consistent with our Responsible Seafood Policy and our partnership with FishWise.”

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Technology Watch

The smart earplugs that are giving 20,000 US soldiers 'super hearing' - and they could be coming to your iPhone
More than half of all troops returning from combat zones with some sort of damage to their hearing. But now 20,000 members of the military are using smart earbuds that reduce the high-level impulse noises, all while heightening very low signature types sounds for 'super hearing' abilities. Called Tactical Communication and Protective System, this military device is also set to be used in headsets for everyone from construction workers to music fans.  Tactical Communication and Protective System (TCAPS) were first put into develop in 2007 by Army's Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe. The group hoped these earbuds would address the problem of hearing damage by both actively reducing damaging battlefield noise and simultaneously enhancing hearing and communication to deliver tactical advantage, said Captain Jack Moore, part of the Project Manager Soldier Warrior team. 'Over the years, we have seen a large amount of dollars being spent to benefit soldiers who had lost their hearing, either in training or combat,' he said. 'We are now trying to address that problem in such a way that we can not only get enhanced hearing protection, but we can also get an enhancement of communication capabilities incorporated as well.'

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New Artificial Intelligence Can Tell Stories Based on Photos
Artificial intelligence may one day embrace the meaning of the expression "A picture is worth a thousand words," as scientists are now teaching programs to describe images as humans would. Someday, computers may even be able to explain what is happening in videos just as people can, the researchers said in a new study. Computers have grown increasingly better at recognizing faces and other items within images. Recently, these advances have led to image captioning tools that generate literal descriptions of images. Now, scientists at Microsoft Research and their colleagues are developing a system that can automatically describe a series of images in much the same way a person would by telling a story. The aim is not just to explain what items are in the picture, but also what appears to be happening and how it might potentially make a person feel, the researchers said. For instance, if a person is shown a picture of a man in a tuxedo and a woman in a long, white dress, instead of saying, "This is a bride and groom," he or she might say, "My friends got married. They look really happy; it was a beautiful wedding."

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Weather Watch

Record-breaking floods continue in Texas, state of disaster declared for 31 counties
Another spell of severe weather brought intense thunderstorms, accompanied by heavy rainfall, to southeast Texas on the morning of June 2, 2016 (local time). Torrential downpours have triggered another wave of floods across the already soaked regions. While the Brazos River reached the highest water level reported over the last 100 years, Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas declared a state of disaster for 31 counties. Numerous streets were flooded across the affected counties, schools were closed, and traffic disrupted. A portion of the Interstate 35 in San Antonio was closed and, at least, two rescue operations have been conducted since the morning, one of which near the Lackland Air Force Base. The rainfall rate up to 76.2 mm (3 inches) per hour was recorded according to Jonathan Erdman, a meteorologist. The flooding along the banks of Brazos River is currently causing troubles while a flood wave which has been expected to move down the Medina River during the morning could seriously impact properties situated near Castroville. Communities including Richmond, Rosenberg, and the Fort Bend were seriously affected by the ongoing flood wave.

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Another deadly flood wave hits southern Germany
More deadly floods hit the state of Bavaria in Germany on June 1, 2016. The region was reportedly devastated, at least 5 people died, and several others went missing. A state of emergency has been declared in the Rottal-Inn, the worst affected district, by Michael Fahmüller, the District Administrator. The second deadly flood wave hit the state only several days after heavy rainfalls devastated the Baden-Wuerttemberg region, killing at least 4 people. The rivers in Rottal-Inn overflowed their banks, trapping residents in their homes, and leaving about 9 000 people without the power supplies. Three people died in their houses in Simbach an Inn on June 1. One person died in Julbach while the other was found on June 2, according to the local police. According to Floodlist, the raging floodwaters swept away the vehicles, trees and furniture from devastated homes across the streets in Triftern and Tann. Several people were forced to seek shelters on their rooftops while waiting for the rescue teams to arrive by helicopters. 650 rescue workers were deployed from emergency and police teams.

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Historic flooding still affects parts of France, red alerts for flood remain in effect
After heaviest late May rainfall since records began, flooding is still affecting large areas of France, most notably the East, West, and Paris. Meteorologists warn the waters are expected to keep rising for several more days. The River Seine has overflowed its banks in several places swamping roads and forcing people out of their homes. The flooding has claimed its first victim on June 1, an 88-year-old woman that drowned in Souppes Sur Loing, east of Paris. The town of Nemours, southeast of the capital, has been worst hit. Two departments (Seine-et-Marne and Loiret) remain on red alert for floods on June 2, with a further eight at orange alert (Cher, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle, and Essonne). On June 1, large-scale evacuations were conducted following the rising water levels, especially in Seine-et-Marne, in the Yvelines and the Loiret. Approximately 2 060 people were evacuated from Nemours (Seine-et-Marne) and 1 300 in Souppes-sur-Loing. City Hall in Paris closed roads along the Seine from the Left Bank in the east to the Eiffel Tower in the west, as river levels rose at least 4.3 meters (14.1 feet).

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June 4th, 3pm to 9:30pm: The Phoenix Rising School presents: Summer Party and Auction!
Silent and live auction, paddle raise, dessert dash, wine, spirits, beer, live music by: LKMY, The Blue Laces, handcrafted burgers, frys and brats by Ricardo's. This event will be held at the Nisqually Springs Farm, 17835 Hwy 507 SE, Yelm. 21 and over only. Cost is $50, includes dinner, music and parking. Purchase tickets online only or call: 360.446.1500

June 8th @ 7pm: Fundraiser - Diane Dondero for Thurston County Commissioner District 1
You are invited to a Fundraising Event at Pint’s Barn, 114 E Street Tumwater, WA 98512. There will be Free Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar, Raffle and Silent Auction.
Please make checks to:
The People’s Candidate
16940 Russian Hill Lane SE
Rainier, Washington 98576

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Come Learn how Essential Oils can BENEFIT and SUPPORT you and your entire family (pets included :)), friends, clients, etc. to achieve and sustain wellness and empowerment.
Refreshments made with essential oils.
Location: Bonaventure Assisted Living—Conference Room, 4528 Intelco Loop SE, Lacey 98503
Hosted by: Pilar Pelayo More info: 360-489-7622

June 16th 6:30pm to 8pm: Essential Oils - Surviving the Summer Chemical Free. Stop Poisoning Yourself, Your Family and Your Pets
You will learn: 1) How essential oils can replace toxic products; commercial sunscreen, bug repellants, garden insecticides and household cleaners.2) Create a toxic-free environment that is Good for You and Good for the Planet. 3) Save money. Make your own safe, effective products for pennies on the dollar.
Location: Yelm doTERRA classroom, 17008 146th Ave SE, Yelm
Hosted by: Barbra Kates More info: 360-894-7527

June 28th 6:30pm to 8pm: It’s a Party!! Come Play Essential Oil BINGO!!
There will be lots of prizes, snacks and free stuff. We promise you will learn and laugh. Bring a friend, and join us for a fun evening.
Location: Yelm doTERRA classroom, 17008 146th Ave SE, Yelm
Hosted by: Anita Marriott and Jan Jones More info: 360-458-4500

A Summer of Essential Oils

Summertime is here. The sun is warming up and the bugs are swarming. Are you prepared for whatever the summer brings? Your community of essential oils users is planning a series of classes to introduce you to the miracles of nature contained in essential oils. We will teach you how to use essential oils to keep you and your family healthy, out of the drug store and toxin free this summer. Everyone is welcome to attend our classes, beginner to experts. If you have heard about essential oils and have been meaning to explore the oils—these classes are for you. If you have a supply of oils, but forgot how to use them—these classes will be great to refresh your knowledge and put the oils to work for you. If you are an expert—come share your expertise with us.

Below is a schedule for June Classes: (stay tuned for July classes)


Thursday, June 16th, 6:30-8PM Topic: Surviving the Summer Chemical Free. Stop Poisoning Yourself, Your Family and Your Pets

Tuesday, June 28th, 6:30-8PM It’s a Party!! Come Play Essential Oil BINGO!!

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Health Watch

Stanford researchers unexpectedly reverse brain damage with stem cells
Stanford researchers have found that injecting stem cells directly into the brains of recovering stroke sufferers is more than just safe – it actually reverses brain damage, something previously thought impossible by science. The amazing thing about the latest study, published in the journal Stroke, is that the arguably bigger success came about by accident. It was a small sample size of only 18 patients, and the objective was to test the safety of the procedure – which involves injecting stem cells directly under the uppermost layer of the brain. The tests showed that it is doable and relatively straightforward, as far as brain surgery goes. But what “stunned” Stanford researchers was that the stem cells also reversed the damage way past the six-month recovery period after a stroke, beyond which it is thought the remaining unhealed brain circuits are completely beyond recovery. At that point, other therapy is normally stopped and the sufferer is left to live with whatever impairment remains. A stroke is, essentially, a blood clot in the brain. If a person is lucky enough to survive one, they may lose a significant portion of their speech-making and motor faculties. While the functions may be restored in six months, they come back somewhat limited.

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Getting wind of a problem: Giving antibiotics to cattle causes greenhouse gases released by COW PATS to double
Antibiotics are used to help tackle infections in both humans and animals, but their overuse has led to growing fears of bacteria becoming resistant to the drugs. Yet is also seems the use of antibiotics is also having a negative impact on the environment too. Researchers have discovered an unexpected side-effect of the use of antibiotics in agriculture – the drugs cause cows to produce dung that is almost twice as gassy as normal. Methane emissions from livestock are estimated at about 2.2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. 'In the United States, methane from cattle makes up about a quarter of total emissions,' Tobin Hammer, lead author of the study told MailOnline.  It accounts for about 80 per cent of agricultural methane and 35 per cent of the total anthropogenic methane emissions, according to the United Nations. The study shows antibiotics can affect the microbial emissions of greenhouse gases from cow dung by affecting the microbes in cows' stomachs. 'The routine practice of administering antibiotics to livestock can have unexpected consequences for dung biota and greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture,' researchers said in the study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. A team of researchers in Colorado gave antibiotics to a group of ten cows to test these effects.

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On The Lighter Side

Helium Beer Test
Short Version with English Subtitles

Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

Wednesdays in June @ 7pm: Match 4 & Lotto Focus Group
Wealth*health*safety* & personal in 30 minute focus w power of the group. Co-Create your reality! (Corey Goode Interview to follow) Whatever your bag... Amp it in a group! Followed by Matt Kahn - True Divine Nature

Sundays in June, 1pm to 4pm: Art Classes - Charcoals & Acrylics
CLICK HERE for details and enrollment information. Taught by Artist Susan Tabor.

June 5th @ 2pm: Ted Mahr - LIVE
Ted has a long time interest in psychic, UFOs and metaphysical phenomena. He provides psychic and spiritual advice on almost any topic and is available for psychic readings, remote viewing and to help you communicate with your guardian angels. $10 donation

June 9th @ 7pm: Poets & Songwriters - OPEN MIC
Cost $5. BYOG (guitar)

June 11th: Miceal is back in Conversations with Miceal
Details posted soon.

June 24th @ 7pm: LAURA EISENHOWER with Brooks Agnew & hosted by Miceal
----- GET YOUR TICKETS ---- . Available on our website by CLICKING HERE. VIP and Regular seating available. Who is she? FIND OUT HERE

June 25th: Fireside Chat & Dinner with LAURA EISENHOWER
Only 10 seats (20 if weather is good). $125 Available on our website by CLICKING HERE.

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Phoenix Rising School

“I am 1,000 percent behind this school.” - Ramtha

Summer Party and Auction
On June 4th a 3:00pm We will be having The Phoenix Rising School’s Summer Party and Auction at the Nisqually Springs Farm in Yelm!

This event is 21 and over only!

We will have a Silent and Live Auction

Dessert Dash

There will be two live bands (LKMY and Blue Laces, Wonderful food by Ricardo's, wine and spirits!

We are excited to announce, One of our auction items will be a intimate la petite chat and Luncheon with JZ at her home. (Date to be determined)

This is a great opportunity to party with a purpose!

We greatly appreciate our ongoing monthly donors and to express our appreciation! We will be drawing two names at the auction that will have the honor of participating in JZ’S le petite chat and Luncheon at her home.

If you would like to be entered into the drawing and aren’t already a ongoing monthly donor of $10 or more. Please visit our website... or Call (360) 446.1500.

Auction Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased online @ or by calling the school @ 360.446.1500

Who is the Phoenix Rising School? Click here to find out!

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