Volume 10, Number 17 – 09/17/2007

Volume 10, Number 17
09/17/2007
Edited by John L. Petersen
[email protected]

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In This Issue:

The Mystery of 2012: Predictions, Prophesies and Possibilities
The Buckminsterfuller Challenge – entries accepted September 4 through October 30, 2007
Future Facts – From Think Links
Think Links – The Future in the News…Today
A Final Quote

 


The Mystery of 2012: Predictions, Prophecies and Possibilities

The Mystery of 2012: Predictions, Prophecies and Possibilities

The Mystery of 2012: Predictions, Prophecies, and Possibilities
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Are we truly coming to the end of a cosmic cycle? Will there be an age of awakening, a new step in human evolution, or even an end to the world we know? For years, archaeologists have known the Mayan calendar predicts this date as the end of an era on Earth. Yet today, more and more researchers, spiritual explorers, and even scientists are witnessing signs that 2012 will mark a critical shift in the history of our planet. Now, for the first time, the leading authorities on the 2012 phenomenon present their insights about this enigmatic date: The Mystery of 2012.

Featuring articulate and lucid essays from dozens of renowned experts (including John L. Petersen) on the question of 2012, this anthology offers the information to examine the mystery from every angle—spiritual, economic, ecological, and scientific—and to decide for yourself whether 2012 will end with a whimper or a bang.

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The Buckminsterfuller Challenge – http://challenge.bfi.org/

Each year a distinguished jury will award a single $100,000 prize to support the development and implementation of a solution that has the potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems in the shortest possible time while enhancing the Earth’s ecological integrity. The Buckminsterfuller Challenge sponsored by the Institute bearing his name seeks submissions of design science solutions within a broad range of human endeavor that will exemplify the “trimtab principle”. Trimtabs demonstrate how small amounts of energy and resources precisely applied at the right time and place can produce maximum advantageous change. Entries accepted from September 4 – October 30, 2007. For further details, please contact the Buckminsterfuller Institute at [email protected] or by telephone at 718-290-9283.


FUTURE FACTS – FROM THINK LINKS
DID YOU KNOW THAT…

  • A “viral campaign” on Facebook convinced a UK bank to change its policy of charging interest to graduate students.
  • A cosmic blank spot, 1 billion light years wide, has no stray stars, no galaxies, no sucking black holes, not even mysterious dark matter.
  • Speech-recognition software could make the mobile Web easier to use.
  • China’s Public Security Ministry recently introduced two cartoon characters that it said would pop up on people’s computer screens occasionally to remind them that their activity is being tracked.


INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE


The Future of the Workplace: No Office, Headquarters in Cyberspace
TV Veterans Produce Web-only Show
HSBC Faced Down on Facebook

The Future of the Workplace: No Office, Headquarters in Cyberspace – (August 27, 2007)
http://abcnews.go.com/WN/story?id=3521725&page=1
Imagine a work world with no commute, no corporate headquarters and perhaps not even an office in the physical world at all. 42% of IBM’s 350,000 employees rarely comes in to an IBM office. IBM says it saves $100 million a year in real estate costs because it doesn’t need the offices. The work force at the Accenture management consulting firm is so mobile not even the CEO has an office with his name on the door. However, maintaining a community is essential at IBM, where isolation can be a “significant” issue. There’s even a joke at the company that the name stands for “I’m by Myself.”

TV Veterans Produce Web-only Show – (Associated Press – September 13, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070913/ap_on_hi_te/online_video
The creative minds behind such TV shows as “Thirtysomething” and “My So-Called Life” are launching a Web-based show. Called “Quarterlife,” the show’s 36 episodes will air exclusively on MySpace, which has more than 110 million users worldwide. Each episode will be about 8 minutes long with two episodes debuting each week. The producers and MySpace will share revenue from ads that will run in the video and from product placement deals. In a new wrinkle, the show also will have its own social networking site called quarterlife.com.

HSBC Faced Down on Facebook – (Guardian Unlimited – September 1, 2007)
http://money.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,2159887,00.html
HSBC has scrapped interest charges on graduate student accounts with approved overdraft amounts (in essence, lines of credit) after a “viral campaign” on social networking site Facebook and the threat of chaos in its branches brought on by student protesters. Apparently spontaneous, but actually planned, demonstrations could have gridlocked HSBC branches across the United Kingdom. Students intended to turn up in large numbers at the bank’s branches in university towns, forming long queues at cash and enquiry desks, each asking the same questions about how their account would be hit and how they could move overdrafts elsewhere.


NEW REALITIES

Shrinking Kilogram Bewilders Physicists
Astronomers Find Huge Hole in Universe

Shrinking Kilogram Bewilders Physicists – (Yahoo.com – September 13, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070913/ap_on_sc/shrinking_kilogram
A kilogram just isn’t what it used to be. The 118-year-old cylinder that is the international prototype for the metric mass, kept tightly under lock and key outside Paris, is mysteriously losing weight — if ever so slightly. Physicist Richard Davis of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Sevres, southwest of Paris, says the reference kilo appears to have lost 50 micrograms compared with the average of dozens of copies. “They were all made of the same material, and many were made at the same time and kept under the same conditions, and yet the masses among them are slowly drifting apart,” he said. “We don’t really have a good hypothesis for it.”

Astronomers Find Huge Hole in Universe – (AOL News – August 25, 2007)
http://news.aol.com/story/ar/_a/astronomers-find-huge-hole-in-universe/20070825162909990001
Astronomers have stumbled upon a tremendous hole in the universe. That’s got them scratching their heads about what’s just not there. The cosmic blank spot has no stray stars, no galaxies, no sucking black holes, not even mysterious dark matter. It is 1 billion light years across of nothing. That’s a giant expanse of nearly 6 billion trillion miles of emptiness, according to a University of Minnesota team.


 

GENTICS/HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Researchers Hope Creatures from Black Lagoon Can Help Fight Cancer
Seeing the Light
Microchip Implants Cause Fast-growing, Malignant Tumors in Lab Animals

Researchers Hope Creatures from Black Lagoon Can Help Fight Cancer – (Wired – August 21, 2007)
http://www.wired.com/science/planetearth/magazine/15-09/ff_lagoon
Berkeley Pit contains 37 billion gallons of contaminated water and is part of the biggest contiguous Superfund site in the US, stretching 120 miles from Butte to just outside Missoula. The water is oxblood red at the surface, stained by manganese and iron; deeper down, heavy copper compounds turn it the color of limeade. If you drink it, it will corrode your gullet before it poisons you. But more than 100 types of microbes manage to survive in the unique, noxious ecosystem. Some of these organisms apparently live nowhere else on Earth. And they’re more than merely unique: over 50 different compounds have been isolated and tested against enzymes present in diseased human tissue. Whatever lets these bits of biology thrive in the noxious waters has a side effect: It makes medicine, too.

Seeing the Light – (Economist – June 7, 2007)
http://www.economist.com/science/tq/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9249232
A study being carried out in the eye hospitals of Tübingen and Regensburg universities, in Germanyinvolves implanting chips into the eyes of seven people who have lost their sight to a disease called retinitis pigmentosa. Retinitis pigmentosa is an inherited disorder that accounts for 11% of cases of blindness and has no medical treatment. It gradually destroys the rods and cones that detect light in the retina of the eye but does not harm the optic nerve, which transmits electrical impulses from the retina to the brain. The hope is that, if some appropriate electrical signals were fed to this nerve, the brain would be able to see again.

Microchip Implants Cause Fast-growing, Malignant Tumors in Lab Animals – (Citizens Advocate – September 8, 2007)
http://www.citizensadvocate.net/newsletters/albrechtVeriChipAP.html
A series of research projects spanning more than a decade found that mice and rats injected with glass-encapsulated RFID transponders developed malignant, fast-growing, lethal cancers in 1% to 10% of cases. The tumors originated in the tissue surrounding the microchips and often grew to completely surround the devices, researchers said. Since gaining FDA approval, the RFID chip has been implanted in diabetic and dementia patients. Employees in the Mexican Attorney General’s Office, workers in a U.S. security firm, and club-goers in Europe have also been implanted. Reconsideration may be appropriate.


 

DISCOVERIES ENABLED BY NEW TECHNOLOGY

Colorful Carpet of Cool Sea Creatures Discovered 2 Miles Deep – (Live Science – August 24, 2007)
http://www.livescience.com/animals/070824_sea_animals.html
A submerged mountain ridge beneath the North Atlantic Ocean has revealed a new crustacean species and oodles of other life forms, ranging from polka-dotted glass squid resembling beach balls to grim viperfish with teeth like ice-picks. The finds were made by a team of 31 scientists during a five-week expedition to explore life along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge using remotely operated vehicles equipped with digital cameras and other technologies.



INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Terabyte on a CD
Talk to the Phone
iCar – A Beetle in Apple’s Bonnet?
IBM Opens New Doors to Quantum Computing
Storm Worm Dwarfs World’s Top Supercomputers
For China’s Censors, Electronic Offenders Are the New Frontier

Terabyte on a CD – (The Future of Things – August 22, 2007)
http://www.tfot.info/articles/56/Mempile—Terabyte-on-a-CD.html
Revolutionary new optical-storage technology currently under development will allow the equivalent of 250,000 high-quality MP3s or more than 115 DVD-quality movies and about 40 HD movies on a single CD-size medium. At 200 layers a disc, future versions of the technology will make it possible to store up to 5TB of data on one disc.

Talk to the Phone – (Technology Review, FREE registration required – September, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/read_article.aspx?id=19170&ch=infotech&a=f
Mobile phones can do lots of things: search the Web, download music, send e‑mail. But the vast ­majori­ty of the 233 million Americans who own them never use them for more than calls and short text messages. One reason is that other features often require users to enter sentences or long search terms, a tedious task. Speech-recognition interfaces could make such features easier to use.

iCar – A Beetle in Apple’s Bonnet? – (Commerce Times – August 30, 2007)
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/7A5yW1hpGiVwV1/iCar—A-Beetle-in-Apples-Bonnet.xhtml
Rumors are flying that one of Apple’s next new products is an “iCar.” Apple CEO Steve Jobs reportedly met with the head of Volkswagen, and the two companies are planning to discuss the idea further. On the other hand, “I wouldn’t start counting my iCars until they’re sitting on the showroom floor,” Bryan Chaffin, editor in chief of The Mac Observer, told MacNewsWorld. So it’s just a rumor – but it would be fun to see.

IBM Opens New Doors to Quantum Computing – (E Flux Media – August 31, 2007)
http://www.efluxmedia.com/news_IBM_Opens_New_Doors_to_Quantum_Computing_08209.html
IBM is once again in the avant-garde of technological breakthroughs: its engineers have recently stumbled upon proto-method to store information on single atoms. IBM is not ready to develop the first quantum computer, but the breakthrough work of its engineers in the area of magnetic anisotropy is making that ideal seem closer.

Storm Worm Dwarfs World’s Top Supercomputers – (Washington Post – August 31, 2007)
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2007/08/storm_worm_dwarfs_worlds_top_s_1.html
The network of compromised Microsoft Windows computers under the thumb of the criminals who control the Storm Worm has grown so huge that it now has more raw distributed computing power than all of the world’s top supercomputers, security experts say. Estimates on the number of machines infected by Storm range from one million to 10 million, depending upon which security sources you read. Massive pools of virus or worm-infected PCs, known as “botnets,” are principally used to blast out spam, host scam Web sites, or to flood targeted Web sites with so much junk traffic all at once that they simply crash and are rendered unreachable by legitimate visitors.

For China’s Censors, Electronic Offenders Are the New Frontier – (Washington Post – September 10, 2007)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/09/AR2007090901979.html
?wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter

Communist party censors are now turning to China’s booming Internet and cellphone networks with particular vigor. Given the easy access to technologies such as text messaging, censors have found it difficult to keep a grip on information. It hasn’t been for lack of trying. The Public Security Ministry, which monitors the Internet under guidance from the Central Propaganda Department, has recruited an estimated 30,000 people to snoop on electronic communications. The ministry recently introduced two cartoon characters — a male and female in police uniforms — that it said would pop up on computer screens occasionally to remind people that their activity is being tracked.


ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Extreme Global Weather in Line with Climate Predictions
Arctic Ice Coverage Will Shrink to 2050 Projections… This Summer
Massive Investment Needed to Combat Climate Change
Global Warming’s Next Victim: Wheat
World Facing Arsenic Timebomb
Warming May Be Hurting Gray Whales’ Recovery
Eating Less Meat May Slow Climate Change

Extreme Global Weather in Line with Climate Predictions – (Forecast Earth – August 8, 2007)
http://climate.weather.com/articles/extreme080807.html
In May the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its fourth report, warning that global warming would increase the number of extreme weather events and cause more natural disasters, which will hit the poor hardest. Hundreds have died and thousands have lost their livelihoods in floods since the start of the year in China, South Asia, Mozambique, Sudan and Uruguay, while the period from May to July was the wettest in England and Wales since records began in 1766. Two heat waves in southeastern Europe in June and July broke previous records, with temperatures in Bulgaria hitting 113 Fahrenheit on July 23.

Arctic Ice Coverage Will Shrink to 2050 Projections… This Summer – (Universe Today – August 17, 2007)
http://www.universetoday.com/2007/08/17/arctic-ice-coverage-will-shrink-to-2050-projections-this-summer/
The area of the Arctic Sea covered by ice is at its lowest level ever recorded. It reached this low point on August 15th, however, ice levels are expected to continue to shrink all the way through mid-September. If this occurs, the ice levels will reach IPCC predictions 40 years ahead of schedule.

Massive Investment Needed to Combat Climate Change – (Yahoo News – August 28, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070828/sc_afp/austriaunclimate
Investment of more than 200 billion dollars will be needed by 2030 just to keep greenhouse gas emissions at today’s levels, according to a UN climate change report. Between 0.3 and 0.5 percent of global gross domestic product and between 1.1 and 1.7 percent of global investment will have to be spent on addressing climate change, the report estimated.

Global Warming’s Next Victim: Wheat – (Time – August 27, 2007)
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1656570,00.html?cnn=yes
An essential commodity has become scarcer and pricier in recent months. Traders are paying record prices for wheat on world markets, thanks in part to shortages caused by a mix of drought and flooding. As a result of the supply squeeze, global inventories of wheat — which makes up one-fifth of the world’s food intake — are expected to fall to their lowest level in 26 years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

World Facing Arsenic Timebomb – (BBC News – August 30, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6968574.stm
About 140 million people, mainly in developing countries, are being poisoned by arsenic in their drinking water, researchers believe. Speaking at the Royal Geographical Society annual meeting in London, scientists said this will lead to higher rates of cancer in the future. South and East Asia account for more than half of the known cases globally. “It’s a global problem, present in 70 countries, probably more.”

Warming May Be Hurting Gray Whales’ Recovery – (Washington Post – September 11, 2007)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/10/AR2007091002143.html?wpisrc=newsletter
Federal officials took eastern Pacific gray whales off the endangered species list in the mid-1990s, but a rise in sea temperatures appears to have limited the whales’ available food. A recent spike in deaths among gray whales may suggest “this decline was due to shifting climatic conditions on Arctic feeding grounds,” according to researchers.

Eating Less Meat May Slow Climate Change – (Associated Press – September 12, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070913/ap_on_sc/eating_less_meat
Eating less meat could help slow global warming by reducing the number of livestock and thereby decreasing the amount of methane flatulence from the animals, according to an article in the medical journal, Lancet. Gases from animals destined for dinner plates account for nearly a quarter of all emissions worldwide.


AUGMENTED/ARTICIAL INTELLIGENCE

AI System Predicts Medicine’s Hidden Powers
Mind-controlled Prosthetic Arm Plays the Piano

AI System Predicts Medicine’s Hidden Powers – (New Scientist – August 24, 2007)
http://technology.newscientist.com/article/dn12535-ai-system-predicts-medicines-hidden-powers-.html
Treatments for new or drug-resistant infectious diseases may already be in our medicine cabinets, say the molecular biologists responsible for developing an artificial-intelligence system that can predict unknown antibiotic properties of existing drugs. If the new AI system suggests an existing drug might be an effective antibiotic, it could be quickly tested for efficacy, and then pushed into service. And because these drugs would have already been approved for use in people, they wouldn’t have to go through all the clinical trials and lengthy regulatory approvals required of brand-new drugs.

Mind-controlled Prosthetic Arm Plays the Piano – (CNN.com – September 5, 2007)
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/09/05/bionic.arm/index.html
The title of this article is somewhat overstated, but a $55-million project has been launched pooling the efforts of prosthetics experts nationwide to create a thought-controlled bionic arm that duplicates the functions of a natural limb. This summer the development team hit a critical milestone when it finished Proto 2, a thought-controlled mechanical arm — complete with hand and articulated fingers — that can perform 25 joint motions. This dexterity approaches that of a native arm, which can make 30 motions.


 

ENERGY DEVELOPMENTS

Mining the Moon
Forecast for Solar Power: Sunny
A Cool Concept
Getting Wind Farms off the Ground
Reclusive Green-Tech Startup May Spell the End of the Battery
Technology for Converting any Renewable Oil into High-Value Fuels
Cultivating a Crop of Hope

Mining the Moon – (Technology Review – August 23, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Energy/19296/
A second race for the moon would be under way, with a full roster of 21st-century global powers, including China and India, are competing. One reason for much of the interest appears to be plans to mine helium-3 – purportedly an ideal fuel for fusion reactors but almost unavailable on Earth – from the moon’s surface.

Forecast for Solar Power: Sunny – (USA Today – August 26, 2007)
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/environment/2007-08-26-solar_N.htm?csp=34
Solar power has long been the Mercedes-Benz of the renewable energy industry: sleek, quiet, low-maintenance. Yet like a Mercedes, solar energy is universally adored but prohibitively expensive for most people. However a few dozen companies say advances in technology will let them halve the price of solar-panel installations in as little as three years. By 2014, solar-system prices will be competitive with conventional electricity when energy savings are figured in. And that’s without government incentives.

A Cool Concept – (Economist – June 7, 2007)
http://www.economist.com/science/tq/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9249222
Geothermal heating—using the warmth of the Earth’s interior to heat water—is an old idea. Hydrothermal cooling is a novel approach that uses cold water from lakes and oceans to run air-conditioning systems. Toronto sits next to a very large supply of cold water, in the form of Lake Ontario and has been pioneering the idea that instead of using electricity to power air conditioning, a useful supply of cold can be directly extracted from the environment. The article does not discuss how the return of heated water is impacting the ecosystem of the lake.

Getting Wind Farms off the Ground – (Economist – June 7, 2007)
http://www.economist.com/science/tq/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9249242
At six miles up in the air, the jet-stream winds are stronger and blow more consistently than ground-level winds and carry up to a hundred times more energy. So just as oil companies are drilling deeper and in more remote locations in search of new reserves, pioneer wind-power engineers are looking higher in the sky for new sources of energy. To tap that energy, they are trying to invent a whole new technology for harvesting wind: electricity generators that fly.

Reclusive Green-Tech Startup May Spell the End of the Battery – (ABC News – August 31, 2007)
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=3547157&page=1
In a patent application, an Austin-based startup called EEStor promised “technologies for replacement of electrochemical batteries,” meaning a motorist could plug in a car for five minutes and drive 500 miles roundtrip between Dallas and Houston without gasoline. EEStor’s secret ingredient is a material sandwiched between thousands of wafer-thin metal sheets, like a series of foil-and-paper gum wrappers stacked on top of each other. Charged particles stick to the metal sheets and move quickly across EEStor’s proprietary material. The result is an ultracapacitor, a battery-like device that stores and releases energy quickly.

Innovative Technology for Converting any Renewable Oil into High-Value Fuels – (Diversified Energy – 2007)
http://www.diversified-energy.com/index.cfm?s_webAction=centia
Diversified Energy Corporation and NC State University are developing and testing a patent-pending technology for converting oils derived from any lipidic compound (like agriculture crops, animal fats, algae, energy crops, waste greases, etc.) to high-value fuels. The technology, termed Centia™ (a derivation of “green power” in Latin can produce aviation fuel, 2nd generation biodiesel, and other hydrocarbon biofuels like bio-gasoline. A key attribute of Centia™ is its ability to utilize a wide variety of feedstocks including animal fats and waste greases. These are available in the U.S. in excess of 1.5B gallons/year. Animal fats are currently priced lower than equivalent vegetable oils and don’t have a direct impact to the food chain (unlike soybean and corn).

Cultivating a Crop of Hope – (Washington Post – September 6, 2007)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/05/AR2007090502327.html?hpid=topnews
Long, tall switchgrass holds promise as uprooting corn as a main source of ethanol and as a boon for ex-tobacco farmers. With a lot of advantages over corn, this formerly obscure prairie grass is now projected to be a major source of farm-grown fuel. However, there is still one snag: scientists haven’t yet perfected the process that turns switchgrass into ethanol.



GLOBAL EPIDEMIC

U.S. under U.N. Law in Health Emergency
CDC Requests Bay Area Morgellans Study
WHO Warns of Global Epidemic Risk
Ebola Depleting Gorilla Populations

U.S. under U.N. Law in Health Emergency – (World Net Daily – August 28, 2007)
http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=57369
The Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America summit in Canada released a plan that establishes U.N. law along with regulations by the World Trade Organization and World Health Organization as supreme over U.S. law during a pandemic and sets the stage for militarizing the management of continental health emergencies. The SPP plan argues that the risk from avian and pandemic influenza is so great to North America that the leaders of the three nations would be compelled “to work collectively and with all levels of government, the private sector and among-non-governmental organizations to combat avian and pandemic influenza.”

CDC Requests Bay Area Morgellans Study – (KTVU – August 2, 2007)
http://www.ktvu.com/health/13810037/detail.html
The federal Centers for Disease Control has asked Kaiser Permanente to begin the nation’s first epidemiologic study of “Morgellons Disease,” a mysterious ailment that the government terms an “unexplained and debilitating condition that has emerged as a public health concern.” The skin disorder seems to cause fibers and filaments to emerge from the skin of sufferers, and also cause neurological problems patients described as “brain fog.” Federal doctors want study results by next May “…to better characterize the clinical and epidemiologic features of this condition; to generate hypotheses about factors that may cause or contribute to sufferers’ symptoms; to estimate the prevalence of the condition in the population; and to provide information to guide public health recommendations.”

WHO Warns of Global Epidemic Risk – (BBC News – August 23, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6959583.stm
In the report, A Safer Future, the WHO says new diseases are emerging at the “historically unprecedented” rate of one per year. Sharing of medical data, skills and technology between rich and poor nations is “one of the most feasible routes” to health security, it says. However there is another side to the story. For example, the WHO is embroiled in a dispute with Indonesia over its H5N1 bird flu virus samples. Jakarta has refused to share its samples with the WHO amid fears that pharmaceutical companies will use them to make vaccines that are too expensive for Indonesia. China only started sharing its H5N1 samples in June.

Ebola Depleting Gorilla Populations – (Yahoo.com – September 13, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070913/ap_on_sc/endangered_gorillas
The most common type of gorilla is now “critically endangered,” one step away from global extinction, according to the 2007 Red List of Threatened Species released Wednesday by the World Conservation Union. The Western Gorilla’s main subspecies — the Western Lowland Gorilla — has been decimated by the Ebola virus. “In the last 10 years, Ebola is the single largest killer of apes. Poaching is a close second,” said Peter Walsh, a member if IUCN’s Primate Specialist Group. “Ebola is knocking down populations to a level where they won’t bounce back. The rate of decline is dizzying. If it continues, we’ll lose them in 10-12 years.”



TERRORISM, SECURITY AND THE FUTURE OF WARFARE


The TOPOFF 4 Full-Scale Exercise
Chinese Military Hacked into Pentagon

The TOPOFF 4 Full-Scale Exercise – (Dept. of Homeland Security – May 29, 2007)
http://www.dhs.gov/xprepresp/training/gc_1179430526487.shtm
Taking place October 15-24, 2007, the TOPOFF 4 Full-Scale Exercise will involve more than 15,000 participants representing Federal, State, territorial, and local entities. The T4 FSE is based on National Planning Scenario 11. The scenario begins as terrorists successfully bring radioactive material into the United States. The first of three coordinated attacks occurs in Guam, with the simulated detonation of a Radiological Dispersal Device, or “dirty bomb,” causing casualties and wide-spread contamination in a populous area near a power plant. Similar attacks occur in the hours that follow in Portland and Phoenix.

Chinese Military Hacked into Pentagon – (Financial Times – September 3, 2007)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/090407K.shtml
The Chinese military hacked into a Pentagon computer network in June in the most successful cyber attack on the US defense department. The Pentagon acknowledged shutting down part of a computer system serving the office of Robert Gates, defense secretary. One person familiar with the event said there was a “very high level of confidence … trending towards total certainty” that the People’s Liberation Army was responsible. The PLA regularly probes US military networks – and the Pentagon is widely assumed to scan Chinese networks – but US officials said the penetration in June raised concerns to a new level because of fears that China had shown it could disrupt systems at critical times.


 

CONTACT AND THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE

A special note from the editor:

The latest confirmation we have that something of significance actually took place at Roswell, NM has just surfaced. In 1947, a famous report was dictated by the Roswell base Commander, Col. Blanchard, who had his Public Information Officer, Lt. Walter G. Haut put out the press release that they had picked up debris from a crashed flying saucer. Then the next day it was said it was a mistake, only a weather balloon – and thus began the cover-up.

Over the years, when so many came forward to tell what they knew, some speaking truth, some just jumping on the bandwagon for their ten minutes of fame, one person who stayed in the background, never seeking the limelight, and claiming to have no further information beyond what he put out in the press release was Lt. Haut. Now, however, it turns out that Haut knew much more and prepared a sealed notarized statement to be released only after his death in which he told details about the crash, bodies and the cover-up – all of which he was a direct witness to. This was the way he could keep his commitment to Col. Blanchard to never talk about it, but at the same time leave a legacy of historical truth that otherwise would be lost to history. Haut_AFFIDAVIT.pdf

The following article sheds further light on this historic incident:

German Scientist Von Braun was at Roswell during UFO Crash – (The Canadian – August 27, 2007)
http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/home/Frontpage/2007/08/27/01722.html
In 1947, the “Roswell Incident” took place in New Mexico near the town of Roswell. It remains the paramount case in UFO crash/retrieval history. In addition to the claims of a downed alien ship, alien bodies were said to have been recovered from the debris. Dr. Wernher von Braun and his German scientific team were located not too far from the crash site at that time launching captured V-2 rockets from the White Sands Testing Range. He and his associates were invited to examine the crash site and material remains. This article recounts his description of that event.

Frigid Enceladus: Unlikely Harbor for Life
China to Map Soil on Moon’s Surface
Moving to the Rhythm of the Sun
Ancient DNA Boosts Hope for Alien Life

Frigid Enceladus: Unlikely Harbor for Life – (PhysOrg – August 14, 2007)
http://physorg.com/news106327073.html
A new model of Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus may quell hopes of finding life there. The Cassini spacecraft has revealed a south polar region of Enceladus with an elaborate arrangement of fractures and ridges, intense heat radiation and geyser-like plumes consisting of ice crystals and gases such as methane, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. The plumes erupt from vents located in large fractures called “tiger stripes” that cut across the south pole.

China to Map Soil on Moon’s Surface – (Daily Tech – September 10, 2007)
http://www.dailytech.com/China+to+Map+Soil+on+Moons+Surface/article8412.htm
China wants to measure every square inch of land on the moon’s surface, said a Chinese space official. One goal of the project will be to learn how much helium-3 – a non-radioactive isotope crucial for nuclear fusion research – is located in the moon’s soil. China’s first lunar orbiter, the Chang’e I, will hopefully launch sometime in the later part of 2007. The Chang’e I will be responsible for taking the majority of pictures that Chinese scientists will use to put together the map.

Moving to the Rhythm of the Sun – (European Space Agency – August 17, 2007)
http://www.esa.int/esaSC/SEMJJYUL05F_index_0.html
Scientists from the Ulysses mission have proven that sounds generated deep inside the Sun cause the Earth to shake and vibrate in sympathy. They have found that Earth’s magnetic field, atmosphere and terrestrial systems, all take part in this cosmic sing-along. Distinct, isolated tones, predicted to be generated by pressure and gravity waves in the Sun, are present in a wide variety of terrestrial systems. Using highly sophisticated statistical techniques, researchers have discovered these same, distinct tones emitted by the Sun, in seismic data here on Earth. They have also found that Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere, and even voltages induced on ocean cables, are all taking part in this cosmic sing-along.

Ancient DNA Boosts Hope for Alien Life – (MSNBC – August 27, 2007)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20468872/
In a study that suggests life could exist in Martian permafrost or ice-covered oceans on alien worlds, researchers have found that ancient bacteria can survive nearly half a million years in the harsh, frozen conditions of the Arctic and Antarctic. The findings come just weeks after some of the same researchers reported recovering DNA more than a mile beneath Greenland’s icy surface. These findings may affect how future space probes look for life on Mars or on Europa, a moon of Jupiter that is thought to harbor a liquid ocean beneath its icy surface.



NANOTECHNOLOGY

Silicon Nanoparticles Enhance Performance of Solar Cells – (EurekAlert – August 20, 2007)
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-08/uoia-sne082007.php
Placing a film of silicon nanoparticles onto a silicon solar cell can boost power, reduce heat and prolong the cell’s life, researchers now report. Integrating a high-quality film of silicon nanoparticles 1 nanometer in size directly onto silicon solar cells improves power performance by 60% in the ultraviolet range of the spectrum and 10% in the visible range.


ECONOMIC INDICATORS

Credit Card Debt Default – The Domino Crisis – (DK Matai blog – September 2, 2007)
http://www.intentblog.com/archives/2007/09/credit_card_deb.html
Households struggling to meet the soaring interest costs on their mortgage payments are increasingly using their credit cards to service and to pay their debts in the short term. This could put credit card repayments under pressure alongside mortgage payments. The latest figures from the US Federal Reserve show that consumers increased their amount of outstanding revolving credit – mostly credit-card debt – by USD 6.3 billion in June to a total of USD 904 billion. Since the concatenated risks in credit markets are deeply intertwined, they display significant potential for “black swans”, i.e, unknown unknowns, and the unruly manifestation of sudden systemic risk with wide contagion.



TRENDS OF GOVERNMENT

Fading superpower?
Bush Setting America up for War with Iran

Fading superpower? – (LA Times – September 9, 2007)
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18347.htm
Whether it is imperial Rome, imperial Spain or imperial Britain, economic strength and political strength have always gone together. Because no one denies that the U.S. will decline in comparative terms economically (though it will almost certainly remain one center of the world economy), the only way one can believe that geopolitics will not also become multipolar is to believe that the U.S. is somehow exempt from what seems one of history’s few ironclad laws. However, that is not analysis; that is faith.

Bush Setting America up for War with Iran – (Telegraph – September 17, 2007)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/09/16/wiran116.xml
Pentagon planners have developed a list of up to 2,000 bombing targets in Iran, amid growing fears among serving officers that diplomatic efforts to slow Iran’s nuclear weapons program are doomed to fail. Pentagon and CIA officers say they believe that the White House has begun a carefully calibrated program of escalation that could lead to a military showdown with Iran.



JUST FOR FUN

Heads Spinning over 200-yard Spider Web
Ghost Lights that Dance on Banni Grasslands

Heads Spinning over 200-yard Spider Web – (Seattle Times – August 31, 2007)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003861683_web31.html
If you hate creepy-crawlies, you might want to avoid Lake Tawakoni State Park in Texas, where a 200-yard stretch along a nature trail has been blanketed by a sprawling spider web that has engulfed seven large trees, dozens of bushes and the weedy ground. “At first, it was so white it looked like fairyland,” said Donna Garde, superintendent at the park about 45 miles east of Dallas. “Now it’s filled with so many mosquitoes that it’s turned a little brown. There are times you can literally hear the screech of millions of mosquitoes caught in those webs.”

Ghost Lights that Dance on Banni Grasslands – (Ahmedabad Newline – August 27, 2007)
http://cities.expressindia.com/local-news/fullstory.php?newsid=253114
The deserts of the Rann of Kutch, which melt into the arid Banni grasslands in India hold many unexplained mysteries apart from the varied species of birds. Spread across 3,846 sq km, this grassland is witness to a strange light phenomenon on any dark night. The light, which is as bright as a mercury lamp changes its color to blue and sometimes red. It is like a moving ball of fire, which sometime stops or moves as fast as an arrow. Strangely, although this phenomenon has been observed for centuries, no one has been able to come up with a suitable explanation.


 

A FINAL QUOTE…

The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. – John Sculley


A special thanks to: Paul Alois, James Black, Tom Burgin, Ken Dabkowski, Jack DuVall, Chas Freeman, Neil Freer, Ursula Freer, KurzweilAI, Sebastian McCallister, Sher Patterson-Black, Diane C. Petersen, the Schwartzreport, Joel Snell, and Steve Ujvarosy, our contributors to this issue.

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He has led national non-profit organizations, worked in sales, manufacturing, real estate development, and marketing and advertising, mostly for companies he founded. A graduate electrical engineer, he has also promoted rock concerts; produced conventions; and worked as a disc jockey, among other things.

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Dr Joe Dispenza is an international lecturer, researcher, corporate consultant, author, and educator who has been invited to speak in more than 33 countries on six continents. As a lecturer and educator, he is driven by the conviction that each of us has the potential for greatness and unlimited abilities. In his easy-to-understand, encouraging, and compassionate style, he has educated thousands of people, detailing how they can rewire their brains and recondition their bodies to make lasting changes.

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As a NY Times best-selling author, Dr. Joe has written Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon(Hay House, 2017), which draws on research conducted at his advanced workshops since 2012 to explore how common people are doing the uncommon to transform themselves and their lives; You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter (Hay House, 2014), which explores our ability to heal without drugs or surgery, but rather by thought alone; Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One (Hay House, 2012) and Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind (2007), both of which detail the neuroscience of change and epigenetics. His film appearances include Transcendence: Live Life Beyond the Ordinary (2018); HEAL (2017); E-Motion (2014); Sacred Journey of the Heart (2012); People v. the State of Illusion (2011); What IF – The Movie (2010); Unleashing Creativity (2009); and What the #$*! Do We Know? & Down the Rabbit Hole, extended DVD version (2005).

Dr. Todd Ovokaitys

After two years at Northwestern, he was accepted into an accelerated combined graduate/undergraduate program at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, which conferred both B.A. and M.D. degrees. Advanced training was at Georgetown University Hospital, with a Residency and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine followed by a Fellowship in Pulmonary and Intensive Care Medicine.

During his Pulmonary Fellowship, the specialty that concerns the lungs, Dr. Todd began his research with cells of the immune system. Many procedures were done on AIDS patients to diagnose their lung problems. Observing this dire disease firsthand and the toxic results of early medical treatments, Dr. Todd developed a passion for finding better solutions. Towards the end of his Fellowship, he became aware of the benefits of Holistic Medicine for improving the function of the immune system while building rather than impairing the function of other systems.

Inspired to learn more, he moved to Southern California to study with practitioners of Complementary Medicine. In the context of these studies, he had an experience so radical that the course of his life and work were forever transformed.

During a meditation class in the summer of 1989, Dr. Todd paired with another student for an exercise. The process was profound and they took turns, one in the process while the other scribed to record any breakthroughs of awareness. Much as in the Jodie Foster movie “Contact,” the usual anchor points dissolved with the feeling of instant transport to a different dimension of being. There was a doorway or portal to traverse, with a message of the responsibility taken on through the choice to go further.

Instantly upon walking through this doorway, a living form was seen that filled a room – and had the shape of a DNA strand enlarged millions of times. This form communicated that science only partly understood how DNA worked. The linear understanding of DNA as an enormous data string was correct but incomplete. In addition, DNA was a structure of coils within coils in an environment of moving charges that permitted DNA to send electromagnetic signals much as a radio transmitter. Further, DNA could receive and be conditioned by electromagnetic signals. Most significantly, if it were possible to determine and transmit the correct resonant signals, that it was possible to switch the activity of a sick cell to that of a healthy cell, an old cell to that of a young cell.

This experience brought with it a certainty that solutions were possible. After intensive review of the previous work showing the effects of electromagnetic energy patterns on cellular health and function, Dr. Todd located a colleague with the technical expertise to build the desired invention.

Mary Rodwell

Mary Rodwell is a professional counsellor, hypnotherapist, researcher, metaphysician, and founder and principal of ACERN (Australian Close Encounter Resource Network). She is internationally known for her work with ET experiencers and star children. She offers regressions and support for contactees and has organized a buddy system to help those who have had close encounters. Mary has spoken at conferences in Australia, USA, UK, Scandinavia, Hawaii and New Zealand. She is a regular guest on international radio and online shows and writes article for international publications like the UFO Truth Magazine. Mary is co-founder of FREE, a non-profit organization aimed at researching close encounters.

She is the author of, Awakening – How extra-terrestrial contact can transform your life. Mary is working on her second book, The New Human, due for release this year.

Freddy Silva

Freddy Silva is a best-selling author, and leading researcher of ancient civilizations, restricted history, sacred sites and their interaction with consciousness. He has published six books in six languages, and produced eleven documentaries. Described by one CEO as “perhaps the best metaphysical speaker in the world right now,” for two decades he has been an international keynote speaker, with notable appearances at the International Science and Consciousness Conference, the International Society For The Study Of Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine, and the Association for Research and Enlightenment, in addition to appearances on Gaia TV, History Channel, BBC, and radio shows such as Coast To Coast. He also leads private sell-out tours to ancient temples worldwide. www.invisibletemple.com

Sharry Edwards

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Sharry asks that we imagine a future in which we can be individually identified and maintained through the use of frequency based biomarkers that keep us healthy and emotionally balanced. Her work at the Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has shown that we can each have dominion over those frequencies by individual mind management or a simple remote control that is completely programmable. Using the unique techniques of Vocal Profiling and evaluation, emotional as well as physiological issues can be revealed and addressed.

Her work with the human voice reveals that people who share similar traumas, stresses, diseases, toxicities…share similar, if not identical, vocal anomalies. She brings together ancient knowledge with modern ideas of harmonics and frequency relationship theories to show that math can be used as a form of predictive, diagnostic and curative foundation for wellness. Through entrainment of the frequency grids of the brain, the body can be programmed to support its own optimal form and function.

Dr. John McMichael

John McMichael, PhD, is the founder and CEO of Beach Tree Labs, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and early development of new therapeutic agents targeting unmet medical needs. These disorders range from herpes infections to chronic fatigue syndrome to urinary incontinence. His PhD is in virology and immunology from Oregon State University. He headed up the labs at one of the largest private veterinary research practices in the country, was a college professor for more than a decade, and now works out of a small lab on his form in New York state and a larger, more sophisticated lab in Providence, Rhode Island. He holds over 200 patents, has published in books and peer-reviewed journals, and is currently working with his team to begin formal FDA trials for product candidates for chronic traumatic brain injury and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes.

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Dr. Carrie Hempel & Brian Sanderoff

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Dr. Hempel is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002. As an Osteopathic Physician, she has embraced a holistic approach to patient care, providing loving attention to the relationship between mind, body, and spirit. For the past 11 years she has received specialist training, Board Certification and expertise in several fields including Internal Medicine, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, and Hospice & Palliative Medicine, along with many Integrative modalities. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, the Association of Cannabis Specialists, and is registered with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.

Over the course of her career she has seen the consistent struggle of patients dealing with chronic, progressive, debilitating illness, and witnessed the challenges and limitations of the current pharmaceutical options for pain and symptom managment. Her passion for this population has grown, along with her desire to advocate for patients to have access to non-opioid, holistic options to enhance quality of life and optimize function.

Trained as a pharmacist, Brian Sanderoff has integrated 25 years of experience with his traditional medical training and herbalism, nutrition and numerous other holistic modalities to help clients devise practical, common-sense, safe solutions to most any health issue.

His clients appreciate how he embraces a complementary approach to health and how his holistic “compass” brings them new solutions to their unique health concerns – especially chronic diseases.

Mary Rodwell

Mary Rodwell is a professional counsellor, hypnotherapist, researcher, metaphysician, and founder and principal of ACERN (Australian Close Encounter Resource Network). She is internationally known for her work with ET experiencers and star children. She offers regressions and support for contactees and has organised a buddy system to help those who have had close encounters. Mary has spoken at conferences in Australia, USA, UK, Scandinavia, Hawaii and New Zealand. She is a regular guest on international radio and online shows and writes article for international publications like the UFO Truth Magazine. Mary is co-founder of FREE, a non-profit organisation aimed at researching close encounters.

Steve McDonald

Steve McDonald is an extraordinary Australian thinker and researcher who arguably knows as much about the structure of the global planetary transition that we are experiencing as anyone on the planet. He draws coherent pictures from the deep insights of Clair W. Graves and paints clear, explanatory images of not only how humanity has evolved to this point, but what is inevitably on our horizon . . . and how this epic transition will continue to play out.

He is currently writing a book about the global paradigm shift that’s taking us beyond the scientific-industrial era. Steve served with the Australian Army for 15 years, including war service as an infantry company commander in Somalia, 1993. He is also a qualified military helicopter pilot and on leaving the army he flew a rescue helicopter in the tropical Mackay-Whitsunday region of Queensland. Building upon his extensive experience in unpredictable environments, after retiring from flying Steve specialized as a change management consultant. He consequently studied the developmental psychology research of Dr Clare W Graves and became one of the first Australians qualified to teach Dr Graves’ theory under the banner of Spiral Dynamics Integral. A long-term struggle with posttraumatic stress has driven Steve’s deep interest in human nature and consciousness. He is a founder of Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine, an Australian non-profit association. He is also a founder of AADII, a non-profit company created to support worldwide transformational change.

Robert Coxon

Although Robert Coxon had been studying and composing music for many years, it was after taking the Silva Mind Control course that he realized how powerful sound could be in relaxing the body and opening the consciousness. He then decided to write his first album.

Cristal Silence quickly became a major hit throughout Canada, staying on top of the charts for many years. This was the beginning of his continuing phenomenal success as composer and solo artist. For the last 29 years he has performed only his original compositions in concert. Robert has been nominated four times for the prestigious “Felix” award (French Canada equivalent to the Grammy), and became Canada’s best-selling New Age artist. His international breakthrough came after composing The Silent Path in 1995. This album was an instant hit in Canada, the USA and France. After hearing The Silent Path, Lee Carroll, internationally renowned author of 15 bestselling Kryon and Indigo books, contacted Robert and asked him to join his team on tour. Through the years this has given Robert the opportunity to experience different cultures and inspires him to write music honoring these many countries he performs in.

Robert offers us nine albums, the latest three being The Infinite, essence of life, Goddess -The Power of Woman and Passion Compassion Alegeria.

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Gary Sycalik

Gary Sycalik has been described as an entrepreneur, businessman, project developer/manager, consultant/advisor, organizational troubleshooter, strategic planner, facilitator, futurist, business and social architect, complex problematic game designer (policy, strategic, tactic levels) and writer. Gary brings a robust horizontal and vertical functional capability to any project from the conceptual to operational stage.

Kingsley L. Dennis Phd.

Kingsley L. Dennis, PhD, is a sociologist, researcher, and writer. He previously worked in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University, UK. Kingsley is the author of numerous articles on social futures; technology and new media communications; global affairs; and conscious evolution. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books including Healing the Wounded Mind, The Sacred Revival, The Phoenix Generation, New Consciousness for a New World, Struggle for Your Mind, After the Car, and the celebrated Dawn of the Akashic Age (with Ervin Laszlo). He has traveled extensively and lived in various countries. He currently lives in Andalusia, Spain.

 

His homepage is www.kingsleydennis.com

Penny Kelly

Penny Kelly is an author, teacher, speaker, publisher, personal and spiritual consultant, and Naturopathic physician. She travels, lectures, and teaches a variety of classes and workshops, and maintains a large consulting practice. She has been involved in scientific research and investigations into consciousness at Pinelandia Laboratory near Ann Arbor, MI.