Sunday, August 29, 2010

Grandmother Agness Pilgrim and Blessing of the Water

About six years ago, my friend Anne Blandin and I got together, thinking of ways to create circles of women coming together to pray and talk and work and create... with the intent of focusing on the future for the children. This was really all Anne's idea--  I pretty much just took notes--  which led her to get in contact with Grandmother Agnes Pilgrim who is a Native Oregonian in the truest sense. That contact led to Blessings of the Water, the first two happening in Eugene, ... now, the "Grandmother's circle" has become a large gathering of women. And as these things happen, this creation has taken a life of its own, leaving Anne, and myself, for I'm not in direct contact with any of the sister-strangers in the community, and yet, this energy continues to move outwards.

Grandma Aggie is one of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, and we are honored to have her in our community. "Wanishi" Grandma Aggie and our "eau."

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Flu Vaccine Gift Cards

The push to get vaccinated is still going; the swine flu (H1N1) scare, along with pushes for various vaccinations, has never stopped, just gone a bit quieter. We're still hearing 1950s lame commercials on the radio for example: two people talking about "My friend's cousin died of the flu because he didn't get vaccinated" and "Gee, that's terrible, I'm going to make sure my whole family gets vaccinated today!" kind of thing.

You can gift your loved ones with a flu shot card; get yours at Walgreen's:
Available for $29.99 at your nearest Walgreens retailer, this gift card is, as Walgreens explains on their website, "a way to help more Americans stay well throughout the upcoming flu season by giving the gift of a flu shot."  (Natural News)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

? What is Killing the Seals Thread on JREF

Now why is this thread on the JREF (James Randi Educational Forum), which is a skeptical (actually a uber-skeptoid pathological rationalist front) organization, appearing in the "General Skepticism and Paranormal" category?!

The thread is What is Killing the Seals?, about the horrible "corkscrew" deaths of seals. Does the poster think this is simply not happening, despite the horrific photographs? At no point does anyone quoted in any of the news items suggest anything remotely paranormal, although the cause is a mystery. A mystery does not equate supernatural, or tin foil hat wearing conspiracy loon.

I find this disturbing because, the obvious fact that it's a skeptic organization to begin with aside, placing a thread about the very real deaths of animals in a so-called "woo" category trivializes and marginalizes this tragedy. Animal deaths due to humankind's actions are too often not considered seriously enough; actions like this perpetuate the mind set that it's not all that serious an issue.

The forum has other categories; social issues, etc. that have nothing to do with the paranormal. This thread could have been placed in one of those, but instead, for whatever reasons, the OP felt it merited inclusion in the paranormal section.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

How to hug a seal

How to hug a seal... beautiful
This will make your week

Horrific "Corkscrew" Deaths of Seals

This is a tragic mystery; unsolved "corkscrew" deaths of seals in the waters off Canada and Scotland. Scientists are working hard to discover what it is that is causing these horrible deaths, and, why there are seals who've been killed in this way found so far apart (Canada, Scotland) that seemingly don't share a connection.

WARNING: IF YOU VISIT THE LINK PROVIDED IN THE FOLLOWING, THERE IS A GRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPH THAT READERS MAY FIND VERY DISTURBING AND HEART WRENCHING.

In Norfolk, along the coast at Blakeney, Morston and Wells, 20 cases have been reported over the past year, with six during July. A handful of seal deaths go back to 2008.
Other have been found in Canada.
The fact that the carcasses have been found in areas so far apart from each other has baffled scientists and there are several working theories to explain the deaths.
A website blogger in Norfolk suggested that tidal turbines may have killed the seals but as there are no turbines near the site of the grim discoveries in Scotland, this theory has been scrapped.
The leading theory is that the seals have ended up in some kind of engine. The lacerations cannot have been inflicted by a traditional propeller which causes a distinctive 'chop' wound.
Scientists now think the seals must have been rotated against a blade inside some kind of cowling or a duct.
Many sea vessels now use propellers known as bow thrusters, which some people have thought may have caused the injuries.
However, research into this explanation is inconclusive as many more carcasses would be washing ashore around the world if this were the case.
Scientists are trying to work out whether similar machinery is located in the waters off Norfolk and St Andrews, as well as the Canadian site.
At the moment, all scientists can do is try to rule out theories in the hope of solving the mystery.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1303721/Corkscrew-deaths-seals-British-coast-baffling-scientists.html#ixzz0wtUeEGTU

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1303721/Corkscrew-deaths-seals-British-coast-baffling-scientists.html#ixzz0wtU5ivrz

My first thought, that came through on a gut feeling level, was that these deaths have something to do with underground/undersea bases, as well as more horrific and graphic signs from the planet to the rest of us that something global is very, very wrong, on numerous levels, and we will continue to experience these signs, and their aftermaths, until we collectively wake up . . .  but whatever it is that's causing these deaths, I pray they find the cause, and the solution to prevent further deaths, very soon.

Cloned Beef in Food Supply: And Here's How They Do It

More and more, I am glad I made the decision to no longer eat meat. . . .

Recently, we had the news that cloned beef had entered our food supply. Here's more from piglipstick (a blog you should be reading if you're not already):
"We already know that cloned beef has entered the food supply both in the United States (http://www.naturalnews.com/023718_f…) and the UK (http://www.naturalnews.com/029411_c…). Now, thanks to revelations from JR Simplot, a U.S. company specializing in the cloning of cows for beef production, we’re learning that dead cows are cloned to produce the next generation of beef cattle.
Here’s how it works: A large number of cows are slaughtered and then chopped into steaks that are tested for their flavor, texture and other qualities important to steak eaters. The source animal of each steak is recorded, and cells from that source carcass are preserved for possible cloning in case the steak turns out to taste good. Once all the steaks are gauged for their desirability, the dead cow carcasses from which the flesh was cut to produce the steaks are harvested for their DNA.
This DNA is then used to clone new cows who are fed, raised and slaughtered to see how their flesh steaks taste. This cycle is repeated through multiple generations in order to “evolve” cow clones with great-tasting flesh.
For the rest of the story, and other current news items (like HAARP's manipulation of flooding, etc. over the globe) go topiglipstick.



In looking for vintage ads to go with this item, I found this 1955 item from Popular Mechanics about an electric device attached to cattle to increase meat and milk deliciousness by monitoring what grasses the cattle like to eat, etc.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

BP, BLM, U.S. Government in Nevada: Ruby Pipeline and Mustangs

Many thanks to the amazing Skylaire Alfvegren, who sent me this link on the ATS site: journalist George Knapp invesitgates BP current abuses in Nevada. Please watch this, and pass this on. 

Another reminder of BP's agenda, their relationship with the BLM and other government agencies, and their disregard for our envirnoment. BP has, and continues to, act out of greed. BP, according to Knapp, "hides" behind other corporate names but it's BP that owns these companies, and BP that is directly responsible for the rape of our land. And if you've wondered how it is that BP has been getting away with things in our country, listen to what Knapp says about BP employees who go back and forth between working in the public sector and holding political positions in our government.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

BP: All Better Now . . .

I haven't forgotten about this blog. I've just been . . . fed up. Tired. Scared. Frustrated. At a loss for words. Oh well, moving on . . .

I predicted, as no doubt most of us had, that when BP caps the well and stops the flow of oil, the news stream will tell us it's all okay now, even while pushing news of the Gulf to back pages, and the mass culture will believe it. That's happening.

Things are not all better, despite what the mainstream news feeds tell us. There are brave and diligent people out there still bringing us news of what's really going -- like James Fox -- but unfortunately, people like him aren't being quoted on CNN or the the AP releases in your local papers. According to them, things are much better and it's all over.

Another person bringing us news of what's really going on is Dahr Jamail:BP's Insidious Coverup and Propaganda Campaign: Out of Sight, Out of Mind The oil is still there, as is the Corexit.
Two captains of so-called “vessels of opportunity” helping with the cleanup recently told Times-Picayune reporter Bob Marshall that they saw more oil at South Pass on Tuesday than they have during the entire crisis.


“I don’t know where everyone else is looking, but if they think there’s no more oil out there, they should take a ride with me,” charter captain Mike Frenette said.


Another captain, Don Sutton, saw floating tar balls for 15 miles from South Pass to Southwest Pass. “And that wasn’t all we saw. There were patches of oil in that chocolate mousse stuff, slicks and patches of grass with oil on them,’” he said.


Yesterday I spoke with Clint Guidry, a Louisiana fisherman who is on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Shrimp Association and the Shrimp Harvester Representative on the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force created by Executive Order of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.


“Right now, there is more oil in Barataria Bay than there has been since this whole thing started on April 20,” Guidry told me.


BP oil is now turning up under the shells of post-larval blue crabs all across the northern Gulf of Mexico. Nearly all the crab larvae collected to date by researchers, from Grand Isle, Louisiana all the way over to Pensacola, Florida, have oil under their shells. Further analysis is showing that the crabs likely also contain BP’s Corexit dispersant.



Sunday, August 1, 2010

The C Influence: Esoteric Blog

I've been invited to contribute to a new blog created by Rick Phillips and co-moderated by Bruce Duensing: The C Influence. It's a new direction for me; and I hope I can keep up! The idea is to generate discussions around truly esoteric thought and philosophies. . . a bit difficult to explain, take a look and please leave comments! The general idea is to encourage discussion around "seed posts" by other contributors. Who include: Lesley Gunter, Bruce Duensing, Bruce Duensing, Bruceleeeowe, J.S. Flower, Jeff Behnke , Lon Strickler (of Phantoms and Monsters), Rick Phillips and Tom Colucci.


There is a lot of interesting material up already; hard to choose which way to go, so much I want to delve into. We invite you to visit the blog and please, leave comments!