Sunday, January 31, 2010


Well this is an interesting find: The Stanford VLF Group, which is the “Very Low Frequency Magnetospheric and Ionospheric Research” organization. This is the intro blurb on the home page of their site:
We investigate the earth's electrical environment, its upper atmosphere, lightning discharges, radiation belts, and the ionized regions of the earth's upper atmosphere known as the ionosphere and magnetosphere. Much of our work involves the use of very low frequency (VLF) electromagnetic waves which are generated by lightning discharges, by man-made transmitters and by the energetic radiation belt electrons. We investigate the generation of these waves and the manner in which they propagate in and scattered from various regions of the upper atmosphere. We use VLF waves as diagnostic tools to investigate physical processes in the vicinity of the Earth's low and high altitude plasma environment. Under the direction of Professor Umran Inan, the VLF group carries out extensive observational programs at multiple sites across the continental United States, in Antarctica, in Canada, and on satellites. In addition, extensive theoretical modeling and interpretation work is carried out, on quantitative modeling of high-altitude optical emissions known as sprites, blue jets, and elves, on modeling the propagation and scattering of electromagnetic waves in the earth-ionosphere waveguide, and on other related electromagnetic wave and plasma physics problems.
Among the VLF’s research topics we have:

    Like the DARPA (Defense Advanced research Projects Agency)  site, it’s scary fun to explore, if “fun” is an appropriate adjective to use in this case.

    Related to this is what the NASA site has to report about "gamma ray flashes" in our atmosphere. Firefly Mission to Study Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes These terrestrial Gamma ray flashes -- TGFs -- are a mystery; why do they exist in our atmosphere, is there a connection with lightning (which causes which, if any) and so on. Gamma rays were thought to exist in deep space, but in the 1990s, scientists discovered these rays exist in our atmosphere as well. NASA plans on sending a "football sized" satellite called Firefly to study these mysterious rays in 2010 or 2011. 

    Saturday, January 30, 2010

    Norway Jellyfish Sky

    Something strange is happening in Norway's skies. First there was the blue spiral, ostensibly from a Russian missile gone awry. On January 28th, a "jellyfish" appeared in the skies over Norway. This is the official explanation:
    A strange jellyfish-shaped object spotted hanging in the sky over Norway, may have been caused by light from the aurora being bounced off a space satellite, experts say. If proven it will be the first known case of a satellite reflecting the Northern Lights.
    Regardless of the reasons for the strange displays -- just as they say it is, or something more sinister/Fortean -- it's weird either way one looks at it. Signs in the skies indeed.

    Source: Was mysterious jellyfish in sky caused by space satellite reflecting Northern Lights?

    Monday, January 25, 2010

    Just Because They Can: Scientists To Breed Giant Cattle

    Another reason I'm glad I'm not a meat eater. . .

    More surreal hubris; some Italian scientists want to bring back the Auroch, the giant cattle of cave man painting days. The last of the Auroch's was seen in Poland in the 1600s. They stood over six feet tall at the shoulder, dangerous, huge beasts. Which the scientists are well aware of; they're excited about recreating these animals and acknowledge the danger, but have no idea what to do with them once they get them:
    If the Italian-led project is successful, it will raise questions of what to do with an animal which boasts a size and temper akin to a tetchy rhinoceros.
    "Even the wild cattle we have today are very hard to handle and an auroch would be even more difficult," said Dr Barber. "Aurochs were significantly larger than any cattle in existence and they would be potentially dangerous.
    "There would be some serious management issues – to look after their teeth and feet, for instance, you might have to sedate them with dart guns.
    Adding to the surreal context is the fact that the last person who thought reviving this mysterious, magnificant and fierce creature was Hitler:
    The last time there was an attempt to recreate the animal was on the express orders of Hitler. The Nazis ordered a pair of German zoologists to recreate the auroch as part of the Third Reich's belief in racial superiority and eugenics.
    Herman Goering hoped to use the aurochs to populate a vast hunting reserve which he planned to create in the conquered territories of Eastern Europe.
    Thanks to The Anomalist for the link.

    Giant cattle to be bred back from extinction

    Image Public Domain

    Sunday, January 24, 2010

    Rants and Signals: Hello Fascism, Hello!

    In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
    When I was growing up in the late '50s, 1960s, my mother often told me that in the future, when I was an adult, the world was going to be very different. Fascism was going to be alive and well in the U.S. I remember my mother telling me that the McCarthy witch hunt wasn't a fluke, merely a preview of things to come. . . where I, as a child, naive and optimistic, could simply not believe that such horrible things could happen again, that "the people" would ever allow Big Business to rule, racism to thrive, poverty to continue, religious intolerance to live on, my mother saw the signs. 
    The most common feature of fascism cited in contrast to socialism is the fact that neither Hitler nor Mussolini nationalized their nations' industries. Some contend that this difference is also more cosmetic than actual, since both leaders used extreme regulation to control industry, while leaving them in the hands of their owners. Hitler commented on this difference in a letter to Herman Rauschning, where he wrote:

    "Of what importance is all that, if I range men firmly within a discipline they cannot escape? Let them own land or factories as much as they please. The decisive factor is that the State, through the Party, is supreme over them regardless of whether they are owners or workers. All that is unessential; our socialism goes far deeper. It establishes a relationship of the individual to the State, the national community. Why need we trouble to socialize banks and factories? We socialize human beings."

    It is also possible, since fascism incorporates corporate-ism, that a fascist regime may de-facto nationalize certain key industries, simply by maintaining close personal and/or business relationships with the corporations' owners. ( Webster's On-line Dictionary)
    The Supreme Court recently ruled that corporations can pay off politicians. While this has always been the case, it's now legal; out in the open, no pretense of outrage.  Little has been said about this in mainstream media but Keith Olbermann, a ranter of the highest quality, has done it again. This is his best one, even for, or because of, it's truly frightening content:

    Juxtaposed with the legally overt Fascist take over of the United States, is the new CBS show "Undercover Boss" where: ". . .CEOs go incognito working menial jobs in their own companies." (Hollywood Reporter) The spin from CBS is this:
    This is a show where the boss is on a dual mission,” Lambert explained. “One, he wants to find out what’s really going on on the front line, things he can’t see when he’s back at headquarters. Second, he’s looking for the unsung heroes of the company, so he’s looking for people that deserve some kind of thanks, maybe a promotion. It’s the mixture of kind of comedy that comes from the boss trying to do the front-line jobs and the emotion of these people, these coworkers that he spends time or she spends time with having that recognition that can be extremely emotional, and that was the idea behind the show.”
    Premium Hollywood
    I'm not sure what my point is, it seems enough to just rant, to point out the spooky juxtapositions, the happy mindless talk of the media, the silence of many around as these signals continue to beam incessantly around us.

    Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961
    Hat tip to piglipstick for the Olbermann clip.

    The Hopi Elders Speak

    We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For

    You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour.

    Now you must go back and tell the people that this is The Hour.

    And there are things to be considered:

    Where are you living?

    What are you doing?

    What are your relationships?

    Are you in right relation?

    Where is your water?

    Know your garden.

    It is time to speak your Truth.

    Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

    This could be a good time!

    There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.

    Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water. See who is in there with you and celebrate.

    At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally. Least of all, ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

    The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!

    Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.

    All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

    We are the ones we've been waiting for.

    —The Elders Oraibi
    Arizona Hopi Nation

    Monday, January 18, 2010

    Contactee Dana Howard: The "Psychic Octopus"

    I'm reading Contactee Dana Howard's book Over the Threshold, in which she describes her many meetings with the Venusian entity Diane. In Chapter 10: On the Sub-Worlds, Diane discusses the lower realms of earth, where malignant energies dwell. Much of Diane's teachings in this chapter come to Dana via dreams. Among other entities, Dana meets the god of HATE:
    Suddenly, the god of Hate waved a wand, and in an instant his co-conspirators vanished into a heavy, murky fog. Then, as unexpectedly as they had disappeared, they became manifest again. But a complete metamorphosis had taken place in the brief interlude. They were no longer horrible to look upon but had become smooth, suave creatures, garbed in the veneer of civilization In place of ugliness, they now possessed a sinister charm. As all earthlings know, this was the only ticket they needed for admission into human society. The transposition had re-created them handsome, after a fashion, their viciousness submerged. They were impeccable in their dress, clothed in the very best, a group well fitted for its odious task.
    And so on. Later, Diane tells Dana that “the Satanic influence from this realm has always been felt on the earth plane above, but today the poisonous gases are escaping at a rapid rate.”  Diane insists that humans need to do what they can to “wipe out these archaic  slag-dumps of evil.”

    And, towards the end of Diane’s lessons about the earth’s sub-world, she describes this “sub-world” as a “psychic octopus”:
    But, as you have seen for yourself, the sub-world is a psychic octopus, devouring its victims, and reaching out for more.”

    Dana Howard, Over the Threshold, Llewellyn Publications, 1957