Monday, August 31, 2009

Please send Sister Wolf your love and light, she will be undergoing surgery. It would be nice to have her well enough to attend our local UFO meeting at the end of Sept, so send some extra love her way. :)


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Lovely mermaid image, found on the vintage image blog Vintage Moth.

Enter the Contradictory World of "Baby MRSA"

About a year ago I was in so much pain from the chronic ear infections I'd been having for months. After several trips to the doctor, Wellness Clinic, and the ER, I went back to the emergency room. This time someone decided to finally take a culture from my ear. After all the doctors I'd seen, and that includes two visits to a ENT specialist, no one bothered to take a culture. The results: MRSA. (I wrote about this last year for Book of Thoth: MRSA and Morgellons: Jangled Messages.)

I was once again put on various anti-biotics. It seemed to work for awhile, after another round after the first. Things calmed down.

What I found interesting during this process was the consistently confusing and conflicting responses from medical people. Downright cavalier at times, which contrasted strongly with the news and information about MRSA found in the media and on the internet. When I asked why it took so damn long for anyone to take a culture, I was told "No one thinks about MRSA," this followed by a laugh. I was told "Everyone has MRSA" and other lame things. (It's true the "bug" is all around and we harbor it, so to speak, but that factoid does nothing to explain specifics of an individuals case.) Meanwhile, schools were closing due to MRSA outbreaks, students and staff were getting MRSA infections. I followed protocol and informed my district but I didn't get one response from anyone. I take that back: one nurse said, via email, she'd inform the lead nurse but I didn't hear anything after that.

So I finally seem to get rid of the thing, or the Alien Crud as I call it, since my eyes were literally blood red, completely, and all kinds of other gross things I'll spare you from reading about. I still would have mild ear/eye infections off and on throughout the year, but assumed it was just "stuff" one gets from working in an elementary school. I never thought it was MRSA again since one doctor told me the MRSA was gone. I asked about a culture; she told me it wasn't necessary.

This past June, I got hit hard with infections in both ears and both eyes. Particularly my left eye; which is still giving me blurry vision. This time around it was not only blurry, alien red, and generally gross, but painful as hell. It was so bad I couldn't see well enough to drive. Light bothered me; I often wore those silly solar shield shades indoors. If I took off my glasses, people assumed I was hung over, or on dope. Great.

So I'm given all kinds of drops and oral antibiotics. The oral antibiotics made me feel insanely weird. As awful as the ear/eye situation was, the effects of the antibiotics were equally as bad. I stopped taking the pills, and was given a different kind, which seemed to work and other than making me drowsy, no bad effects. The infection seemed to clear up.

A few weeks later, it was back. Literally overnight; first the ears, then the eyes. Like someone turned on a switch. Back to the doctor, more stuff, after a week or so, went away.

Couple weeks later, back again! I was feeling ever so slightly wobbly over it but things seemed okay, I drove to the coast to visit my mother, by the next morning I was feeling pretty bad. Tired, just ... crappy, and the ear and eye thing all over again. As tired as I was after driving over two hours, I drove myself straight to the emergency room when I got back to Eugene. I was tired and had to shake off the visions of my going home and getting into bed.

At the emergency room the doctor took a culture; results wouldn't be back until Monday (today) but in the meantime, he prescribed both ear and eye drops, and oral
antibiotics. These antibiotics were sulfur something or another, and made me feel horrible. It was so horrible that I stopped, continuing with the drops, which did help.

Results of the culture came in today, and I was told I had "Not MRSA, but MSSA. You're prone to having it." I'm "prone to having it?" Just lucky I guess. Apparently it's like having Baby MRSA. Brief research on the Internet tells me they're of the same bug-strain-alien weirdness-whatever, but MRSA is worse and seemingly resistant to everything, while MSSA isn't. While MSSA is resistant to most antibiotics, it isn't to all of them. I did some quick searching on the Internet and ended up confused.One site said you can't have MRSA then have it go away and get MSSA which contradicts my experiences, unless someone was wrong about the results in the first place.

So in some ways it's fine; cultures have been taken, not as bad as some who have MRSA, or, and, MSSA, -- and yet, I am still unsure of what the story is. I still can't see well out of my left eye, my ears are much better but still infected, it's the third bout since June, medical personal seem downright jocular over the whole thing, and information on this MRSA/MSSA "bug" is confusing, contradictory, and doesn't jibe with the casual, almost trivial attitude from nurses, doctors, and school administrators.

Compare this attitude and the conflicting information surrounding MRSA/MSSA with the swine flu madness. Health officials, school administrators and governors have been meeting this summer to prepare for the worst, but, don't panic they tell us. We're told we'll need two injections of the vaccine for it to work, but that the swine flu will mutate into a "normal" flu. Yet murmurs of mandated vaccinations are in the air. The rush has been on to test the vaccine -- including infants! -- but don't panic, even though there might not be enough for everyone. In both situations: MRSA and swine flu, we're made to feel both silly for worrying, and stupid, even irresponsible, for not taking it seriously.

Well, I'm off to put more drops in the old alien eyes. Just in time for the new school year to begin!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Removal on hold for WWII era ships in Yaquina Bay
NEWPORT — The port will not be getting federal stimulus money to help remove two World War II-era concrete ships from the Yaquina Bay, as officials had hoped. They’re now working on a new plan.

Earlier this year, the Port of Newport applied for $13 million in federal stimulus money to add to the $18 million it had socked away for removing the 365-foot USS Hennebique and USS Pasley, decommissioned after the war. The ships, full of bunker fuel, asbestos, oil and gravel, have been used as docks in the bay for the past 61 years. They’re now considered a threat to the health of the estuary.

Rest of story at link.

OR "Gov has broad power to battle flu"

Governors across the U.S. have been meeting with health officials and feds to decide how to handle the coming swine flu crisis, as they'd have us believe. I've been posting here for months now about mandatory vaccinations; and while Oregon's governor Ted Kulongoski says he won't mandate vaccinations . . . we'll just have to wait and see. Here's an article on the meeting: Governor has broad power to battle flu;If faced with a serious outbreak, he could declare an emergency. About the power of the governor to implement Big Brother/The State:
“The governor’s powers in an emergency are defined broadly to give him maximum flexibility,” said Kelly Skye, a member of his legal staff.

Including calling in the National Guard and "suspend rules and regulations" if they're in the way. He can also "order food rationing or fix prices of goods such as gasoline to prevent gouging,"

As to enforced vaccinations, the Governor, as mentioned earlier, doesn't plan on doing that, (he says) but it's an option. And if the fear factor isn't working for some of us, guilt might. Refuse to be vaccinated? Or quarantined? Just need a good talking to:
Officials first would ask someone to agree to a voluntary quarantine, and most people do cooperate when confronted with the prospect of being responsible for spread of a disease that can cause serious illness and even death,

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Richelle Hawks:

"If the medium is the message, and the medium is far enough removed, apparently at some point it must turn into a dolphin in a white tuxedo."

That is the best thing I've read in a long time.

It's from Richelle Hawks, who continues to astound me with her take on things, and the way she presents her insights.

Read Deconstructing the Dolphin-headed (Fake) Drug Dealer, her latest Medusa's Ladder for Binnall of America.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Octopi Cover Art Find

U.S. Navy Has Five Year Contract To Kill Sea Life


The United States Navy will be decimating millions of marine mammals and other aquatic life, each year, for the next five years, under their Warfare Testing Range Complex Expansions in the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Gulf of Mexico. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS under NOAA), has already approved the “taking” of marine mammals in more than a dozen Navy Range Warfare Testing Complexes (6), and is preparing to issue another permit for 11.7 millions marine mammals (32 Separate Species), to be decimated along the Northern, California, Oregon and Washington areas of the Pacific Ocean (7).

U.S. Department of Commerce – NOAA (NMFS) Definition: “TAKE” Defined under the MMPA as "harass, hunt, capture, kill or collect, or attempt to harass, hunt, capture, kill or collect." Defined under the ESA as "to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct." Definition: Incidental Taking: An unintentional, but not unexpected taking (12)

There is a lot of information about this on her website, with several links to more information; please read and pass this on.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Great White Shark Found in Depoe Bay, Oregon

From the site:
According to OSP Sergeant Todd Thompson, on August 8, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. an OSP Fish & Wildlife Division trooper was working on the Depoe Bay docks when a shark was brought in by a recreational tuna boat. The trooper contacted the boat occupants after they had already gutted the shark. They indicated the shark had become entangled in their crab gear and was pulled to the surface when they pulled in a crab pot.

Under investigation; it's illegal to "take or possess" a great white.

The Newport News Times has more, with pic, here.

NOAA Done Deal in Newport, Oregon

The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has made it official; they just signed a 20 year lease with the port of Newport, Oregon. Read more at the Newport News Times. Also Newport named new port NOAA selects Yaquina Bay as homeport for Pacific operations

Related posts:
Two Items in the Register Guard Today

NOAA Bans Krill Harvesting

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Mermaid in Israel

Reports of a mermaid in Haifa, Israel.
The nautical nymph is only seen in the evening at sunset, according to media reports, drawing crowds of people with cameras hoping for a glimpse.

"People say it is half girl, half fish, jumping like a dolphin. It does all kinds of tricks then disappears," Mr Zilberman said.

Thanks to lProfessor Hex for the link.
Mermaid image: Webweaver's Clipart.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Cloud Ships

In keeping with the weather as terrorist theme, I came upon this: Cloud ships on course to beat climate change, says Copenhagen study. The plan calls for ships sailing the oceans blue and creating clouds to offset global warming:
A wind-powered fleet of 1,900 ships would criss-cross the oceans, sucking up sea water and spraying it from the top of tall funnels to create vast white clouds.

Globalists and scientists are interested,taking the proposal seriously:
Rival teams of British and American scientists are seeking funding for sea trials of prototype cloud-forming ships. The Carnegie Institute has donated several hundred thousand dollars to the US team.

Nature, the New Terrorist

The following article is so over the top down the rabbit hole conspiracy laden item I've come across in some time.

Climate Change Called Possible Security Threat, by John Broder of the New York Times, discusses the U.S. government's taking on global warming as a threat. Since the coming natural disasters will cause all kinds of disruptions, the government is getting ready:
raising the prospect of military intervention to deal with the effects of violent storms, drought, mass migration and pandemics, military and intelligence analysts say

I picked up on the word "pandemic," and see a connection between current swine flu signals and future pandemics. Swine flu is the practice drill.

Fear seems to be the trigger used here; we don't have terrorists (so much) to fear, I suspect authorities are aware of the limited time line of the effectiveness of the swine flu scare tactic, and there have been the random killings to keep us all jumpy. But what could be bigger, better and even supernatural in some ways, than weather and earth changes?

Nature can "topple governments, feed terrorist movements or destabilize entire regions." In other words, we don't know what can happen, except that anything can, and only the government can protect us, even while implementing Draconian laws and staging drills, attacks, and scenarios under various guises: to educate, to prepare, etc.

The following gave me a jolt:
An exercise last December at the National Defense University, an educational institute that is overseen by the military, explored the potential impact of a destructive flood in Bangladesh that sent hundreds of thousands of refugees streaming into neighboring India, touching off religious conflict, the spread of contagious diseases and vast damage to infrastructure.

There is a lot not being said directly in this piece but is full of easy to make connections. Congress has been involved in creating "climate legislation" bills, etc:
The department’s climate modeling is based on sophisticated Navy and Air Force weather programs and other government climate research programs at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Military installations across the globe are threated by climate changes. For example "artic melting" is affecting not only the military but corporate globalism.

"School Nurses on front lines in war on swine flu"

This is startling: School Nurses On Front Lines in War on Swine Flu, from the Courier-Journal.

School nurses all over the U.S. are being prepped to be ready for the fall:
The Milwaukee nurses are armed with new flu-symptom tracking sheets they'll use to update area health officials.

Nurses are on prepared to be on the move if need be:
In San Joaquin County, Calif., “we are very busy preparing for this,” says Sheri Coburn, a registered nurse who directs health services for schools there. Officials in her area have agreed, she says, to move teams of school nurses from county to county, if needed, to staff vaccination clinics.

Hmmm, wonder how this will play out in some school districts around here, where one school nurse is expected to cover several schools, and often on a less than full time basis?

There's also this reminder/meme:
. . . school-age children are on the government's priority list for H1N1 vaccines and may even be vaccinated in schools.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

First Swine Flu Death in Lane County

First swine flu death in Lane County, which is the county I live in. The article in the Register Guard says the woman had "underlying chronic illnesses" but as usual, those illnesses aren't listed. What I found strange was this comment by Dr. Sarah Hendricksen, an active and well known doctor who's been around for years (and in fact, I was a patient -- very briefly -- of hers many, many years ago.) and is now the Lane County Public Health Officer, said:
While the woman’s death is the first in the county, she won’t be the last local resident to die from the disease, Hendrickson said. She said conventional seasonal influenza, which hits in late fall and winter, kills about 500 people each year in Oregon.

“The new (swine) flu will certainly kill that many and make a lot more sick,” she said. “It will probably kill more people than seasonal flu.

No details of the deceased were given.

There's a poll on the Register Guard site asking if the recent death in Lane County has prompted one to get a swine flu vaccination. Half the respondents replied no.

I couldn't find the link on-line but in the same edition in the main section was an article about swine flu shots coming soon; the usual warnings and subtle scare tactics.

More here: County sees first swine flu fatality

Sea Monkeys!

Friday, August 7, 2009

On Intangible Materiality: "Cetacean Humanoids Revisited"

I believe, if my memory serves me well, it was Greg Bishop who observed there are so many facets to the subject, the journey might be far more interesting than the final destination of proof.. ~ Bruce Duensing

Cetacean Humanoids Revisited, from Bruce Duensing at Intangible Materiality. Another simply fascinating post from Duensing.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

"Our gardens were fertilised by whales..."

Another beautiful piece on the intelligence and, yes, I"ll say it: spiritually, of whales and dolphins:Joy, grief, altruism... these extraordinary mammals show 'human' feelings and could even have their own religion by Philip Hoare.
Experiments conducted around the world have shown that they cannot only respond to spoken commands, but (almost uniquely among the animal kingdom) can recognise themselves in a mirror, and even in pictures held up against the glass wall of aquariums.
This displays a degree of intelligence and self-awareness that is truly awesome - and raises awkward questions about the morality of keeping animals such as these in cramped water parks, where they have no freedom to express their natural behaviour, however miraculous it may be to observe.

I have been privileged enough to see that intelligence on display in the wild. For the past eight years, I've watched and studied whales for my book, Leviathan. I've seen many different species, from the tiny harbour porpoise, barely bigger than a rugby ball, to the huge fin whale, which, at 85ft, is only just smaller than a blue whale.

I've seen humpback whales leap into the air, launching their entire 50ft bodies out of the water. I've even swum with sperm whales, close enough to feel their sonar (the sound waves they emit) reverberating through my skeleton like an MRI scan. It was almost as if they knew their place in the world - and mine. And that may not be as far-fetched as it sounds.

Most recently, the world's greatest expert on sperm whales, Dr Hal Whitehead of Dalhousie University, Canada, has come to some stunning conclusions.

On the Coast: Newport Aquairium

Part of squid mural on wall inside aquarium.

Visited the Newport, Oregon Aquarium yesterday. My favorite parts: the jellyfish, the otters, and the overhead aquariums.

Many people volunteer at the aquarium, in fact, if it weren't for the volunteers, I'm not sure the place could offer all the good things they do. I plan on volunteering there myself when I move to the coast.

Took some pictures; the most eerie thing I saw were the Japanese spider crabs. They are huge; and very, truly alien looking. One crab was sitting on top of a rock that was high up in the tank; he looked like the King of the Under World -- from Mars, or something. They live to be 100 years old.

Japanese Spider Crabs. They are huge, and can live to be 100 years old.

The Newport Aquarium is hosting a display of artist Bruce Koike's "Gyotaku" the art of fish printing:
A new art exhibit has recently been installed in the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Passages of the Deep exhibit. Original gyotaku prints by Bruce Kioke complement the colorful Aquarium fish swimming nearby. “It’s a great opportunity to expose people to the art form,” said Koike, “and hopefully it will inspire appreciation for fish and other life forms.” He said it also has a natural stewardship message. “We need to be good stewards of the environment and native flora & fauna.”

Koike, Director of Aquarium Science Technology at Oregon Coast Community College in Newport, took an interest in the marine environment at a young age and his life seems to have evolved around water and fish. He earned a Master of Science degree in Fisheries from Oregon State University in 1988 and has worked at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans and the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

Read more about the artist and the art of Gyotaku here.

Jellyfish! Interesting watching them; at one point, they all went up to the top of the tank, and I had the impression it was because there were a lot of people crowding around in one chunk, faces up close and personal. One little jellyfish swam up -- and what looked like into -- a very large jellyfish, who "opened up" and enfolded the little guy as it swam up. Probably anthropomorphizing on my part; whatever the reason they are beautiful, and kind of eerie, to watch.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Shellfish Sacrifices

It seems that the creatures of the sea are getting our attention in various ways, including sacrifice.

You can get lobster cheap these days in some places.Looking for a Bargain Dinner? Try Lobster
Looking for an inexpensive change-up for your next backyard barbeque? Try lobster. "Per pound, it's less expensive than hot dogs right now," grumbles lobster-boat captain Mike Dassatt, who fishes the coast near Belfast, Maine, with his wife Sheila.

While this may seem good news for those that eat shellfish, it isn't for fisherman:
Local experts think lobster prices are headed even lower because the peak season for lobster fishing -- mid-August through late October -- hasn't even begun. Once those late summer and fall lobsters start hitting the docks, the fear is the new supply will crash prices even further in what's already a glutted market. "I have a strong feeling you'll see prices drop another 50 cents a pound," says Edward Hennessey Jr., president of northern Maine's Machias Savings Bank.

They're having an oyster crisis in France; over 90% of the oyster population are beset with some sort of plague; as yet unknown as the whats and whys. No more oysters for the French for some time to come:
Producers in Normandy are so worried that last month they handed out free boxes of the shellfish near Caen chanting: "Take these oysters, they may be the last you'll ever eat."

The oyster industry in France has been hit like this before, including last year, but not as badly. As with the above story about lobsters, the illness affecting the oysters impacts economics and people's livelihood.

As to the cause of the oyster destruction, it seems we're back to the climate changes again:
Warmer sea temperatures, perhaps related to global warming, may also be partially responsible, as they weaken the young oysters and increase the amount of microscopic plankton the baby shellfish eat so they gorge themselves to death. Toxic algae and chemical residues could also be factors.

Anvils and Green Peas: Signals From the Skies

Jellyfish below, clouds above . . .

Here is a highly unusual "anvil" cloud photographed by astronauts working on the ISS:Pictured: The giant anvil-shaped cloud hovering 75,000ft above Earth is photographed by Space Station astronauts

A type of galaxy has been found, with the help of organizations like the "Peas Brigade" and the "Peas Corps" . . . images here.

Jellyfish Keep Planet Cool

Jellyfish May Help Keep Planet Cool
Jellyfish and other related creatures may be helping to reduce the effects of climate change by stirring up the oceans, according to a new study in this week's issue of the journal Nature.

It seems jellyfish are intelligent creatures and making their presence known to us in vivid ways. They swarm, they "attack" nuclear plants, they're answering the cry of the oceans. (I'm not sure why the article comes with two clips of a scientist squirting green fluorescent dye at a jellyfish; cool effect and fun, but how does it affect the jellyfish, and there wasn't any information on the purpose.)