Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Madness of Clouds in Space: "Molecular Cloud"

Molecular Cloud Barnard 68 is a reverse cloud, or negative cloud, or more technically, a "molecular cloud" previously thought to be a hole in the sky. Now astronomers have concluded these are clouds, of a type.

Image: NASA

Weather Weirdness: "What's Going On With The Weather?"

From Chris Holly, a contributor at Women Of Esoterica: What's Going On With The Weahter?"

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Goldfish Bowl Abuse: Rome Bans Goldfish Bowls

Rome bans 'cruel' goldfish bowls An item from 2005, but still news to me and good news:

The Italian capital, Rome, has banned goldfish bowls, which animal rights activists say are cruel, and has made regular dog-walks mandatory in the Italian capital.

The city's council said the classic spherical fish bowls are banned under a new by-law that also stops fish or other animals being given away as fairground prizes.

It comes after a national law was passed to allow jail sentences for people who abandon cats or dogs.

Animals Go Mad in Sweden

It seems there are three ravens who sort of act like the ring leaders,” he said.

On one occasion recently, Gunnegård noticed a small group of ravens swirling shortly after he had placed a yellow ear tag on a two-day old calf.

“And just after I put in the ear tag, I looked out and saw two ravens start pecking the calf’s ear tag, while two others started going for its eyes,” he said.

(Thanks to TDG for the link.) Ravens have attacked -- and killed -- 14 calves over the past three months in Sweden.

Also in Sweden, a bear attacks and kills an elk in a children's playground:
Three young children had vacated the adjacent sandbox just minutes before the bear sank its teeth into the hapless elk, newspaper Östersunds-Posten reports.

Local resident Marianne Bergström watched the drama unfold from her kitchen window.
"The bear caught up with the elk and knocked it to the ground. This happened just about 40 metres from the house. When I went outside it didn't seem to care and starting gnawing at the poor elk, which was trying to get up," she told Östersunds-Posten.

"It was terrible to behold. Fortunately some people came along who were able to put the animal down quite quickly."

Adding to the strangeness of this story is the fact bears are not known to be in the area. Jan-Olov Bergström, Marianne's husband, said:
"It was a full-grown bear. It's strange that it was this close to the village. We've lived here for 34 years and have never heard anything about there being any bears here," he told Östersunds-Posten.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Morgellons vs. Swine Flu

Entertainer Louise Mandrell Joins Morgellons Research Foundation. Her husband John has Morgellon's:
After two years of ineffective diagnoses and treatments, Mandrell’s husband, John Haywood, was diagnosed via the proposed defining criteria of Morgellons disease developed by the MRF.

According to the article, the CDC is taking Morgellons seriously:
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is also now conducting an epidemiological investigation of the illness.

Kaiser Permanente, in California's Bay area, began a study on Morgellons last year.

Joni Mitchell has Morgellon's as well. Helpful information can be found at Joni An article detailing Joni's own struggle with Morgellons can be found here.

Some media attention has been given to Morgellons, but not nearly enough. People still go "huh?" if you bring it up, and the media has virtually ignored this story, even with its occasional items on this story. Doctors and other health workers either ignore Mogellons, considering it a conspiracy wacko thing and don't look for Morgellons as a cause, or don't know about it at all. This despite the Kaiser study and the CDC's investigation.

Meanwhile, swine flu gets all the attention. Not just in the U.S. but worldwide; we're in a pandemic, after all. Talk of turning schools into swine flu vaccine centers is the latest buzz.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Swine Flu: Boy Scout Camps Hit, Children "First" to Get Vaccine

Swine Flu Signals continue: several Boy Scout Camps in the Eastern part of the country have reported swine flu cases. 19 Boy Scouts were sent home with the flu in North Carolina, and several staff members were quarantined. Boy Scout camps in Georgia and Florida also had cases, with some scouts sent home, and staff members either sent home or quarantined.

Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that "choolchildren could be first in line for swine flu vaccine this fall — and schools are being put on notice that they might even be turned into shot clinics:"Sebelius says kids may get swine flu shots first

Sebelious is "urging school superintendents around the country to spend the summer preparing for that possibility, if the government goes ahead with mass vaccinations."

In the typical, contradictory nature of swine flu memes steadily released into our culture's newstream, the above item notes:
No decision has been made yet on whether and how to vaccinate millions of Americans against the new flu strain that the World Health Organization last week formally dubbed a pandemic, meaning it now is circulating the globe unchecked. But the U.S. is pouring money into development of a vaccine in anticipation of giving at least some people the shots.

While swine flu doesn't yet seem any more lethal than the regular flu that each winter kills 36,000 people in the U.S. alone, scientists fear it may morph into a more dangerous type. Even in its current form, the WHO says about half of the more than 160 people worldwide killed by swine flu so far were previously young and healthy.

It's a pandemic, but deaths from swine flu are less than deaths from the usual flus that hit us every year. Cases are being watched closely by the government here in the U.S. to see how flu season, which is "just beginning" in the Northeast, will affect children and the decision to introduce vaccines in schools.

The vaccine itself is a bit of an issue as well:
Companies are on track to provide pilot doses for testing later this summer, Sebelius said. Those government-led studies will check if the vaccine seems to work, if one dose or two will be needed, and most important if it's safe. The last mass vaccination against a different swine flu, in the U.S. in 1976, was marred by reports of a paralyzing side effect — for a feared outbreak that never happened.

So the Food and Drug Administration will closely track vaccine safety, Sebelius said.

And in quite the understatement, Sibelious commented:
The worst of all worlds is to have the vaccine cause more damage than the flu potential."

Saturday, June 13, 2009

New at Alien Seeker News:

I have a new article up at Alien Seeker News. Don, the editor/publisher, did a great job with the graphic, and addition of a YouTube video about Adamski. Giant Crab From Space: Adventures in a Trance State.

Friday, June 5, 2009

The Swine Flu Swing

They're still at it; ensuring that the swine flu meme is still alive. Aside from the contradictory nature of news items about swine flu, there are the lulls in the attention given. Not much lately, then, sure enough, I notice two separate items in today's local paper.

The first item, in the "World" section on page 2 of The Register Guard newspaper: Spread of swine flu will continue, by-line Mexico City. The CDC warns that the flu "will continue to be a threat south of the equator. . . South America already has had more than 600 cases, including one death in Chile, while Australia has reported more than 500." More statistics follow, of swine flu cases in Mexico, etc. including deaths.

The second item, on page 3, tells us that: Swine flu deaths reported in three states, out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, reporting on "new deaths," including one from Wisconsin, but "Milwaukee Health commissioner Bevan Baker would not release any details. . .except to say that the person was an adult who had a common underlying health condition that he would not specify."

So we have warnings, little items of fear released, the reminder that this is on a global level. We also have contradicitons: while it's world wide with people dying exacerbated by "common" health conditions, no details are released; it's going to continue, but don't panic.