Volume 14, Number 20 – 10/30/11

Volume 14, Number 20 – 10/30/11


  • Synthetic blood could be used in transfusions in just two years.
  • For the first time, Google is not only disclosing the number of U.S. government requests that it receives for user data, but is also showing the number of users or accounts that are specified in those requests.
  • Scientists are tantalizingly close to a breakthrough in producing a malaria vaccine.
  • More than 10,000 petitions have poured in to the White House since the new initiative to answer citizen petitions on the most pressing problems of the day was announced. Check out the top 10.

by John L. Petersen

John Petersen and Kevin Blackwell in Berkeley Springs on November 4th

First, let me tell you that later this week, noted psychic Kevin Blackwell and I will be giving a presentation on the evening of November 4th in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Kevin has some very personal and powerful insights about what is inbound in the coming months and years and he and I are joining up to provide a kind of left brain-right brain review and assessment of the extraordinary shift that is playing out under us all.

If you are particularly interested in what this change is all about and where it is going, we cordially invite you to come to our pretty little town and spend a certain to be provocative evening exploring the biggest transition in the history of humanity. You can find complete information here.


I’ve been in Latin America for the last two weeks and it has encouraged me to consider this area, where I haven’t spent a great deal of time, in a new way.

Throughout my visits to Chile and Mexico I met wonderful, kind, enlightened people who are going out of their way to make this world a better place. I was impressed with the congruity between their aspirations and commitment and that which I have found almost every other place that I’ve visited on this planet. I probably shouldn’t have been surprised, but when going to a new country, I, at least, seem to start with the notion that the place is different – I’ve never been there, after all – and it’s sometimes interesting how, at the most fundamental and substantive level humans can almost immediately connect.

This individual common commitment to goodness was contrast in both countries to the way my government thinks about and treats this part of the world. In Chile, for example, there were regular, lingering remembrances of how the U.S. CIA had overthrown the legitimately elected president, Salvador Allende, and installed the dictator Pinochet, who “disappeared” many thousands of citizens during his 20 year reign. One of my translators mentioned in passing that he had been tortured for six months during that period of the country’s history.

Many of us “Americans” (we’re Norte Americanos to these folks), have been brought up to believe that the U.S. is the land of opportunity. You can do anything that you want to do – become anyone that you want to become in our America. To a degree not found in most other places in the world, that probably is true, but one of the reasons it is true, is because of the mobility that we Americans have – we can move to where the opportunities might be emerging. We can travel. American’s often are heard to say: “Well, if you don’t like it here, why don’t you leave?”.

That principle – that perspective – stops at our southern border. Somehow, in the same way that we believe in free elections here, but not Chile, we also believe in opportunity and mobility for us, but not our most immediate southern neighbors.

In a very real way, that’s quite selfish. It essentially says that “I’ve got mine and I’m going to ‘protect’ it from everyone else”, regardless of what I’ve got to do to those others.

You can see that perspective clearly in our government’s policies: it’s OK for Americans to vote with their feet . . . but only norte Americanos. If the Mexicans try to cross our borders to try to find decent work or to get away from the drug cartels who are killing scores of their people as they pursue their business of providing drugs to “Ameicans”, we’ll build walls at our borders and invest a significant amount of our effort and treasure to find those poor people and ship them back to where they came from.

It’s not just selfish, it’s worse than that, it’s becoming downright mean. Consider this kind of behavior by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They’re using computer databanks to cross reference different government sources to find and extract law-abiding, tax-paying, hard working individuals from their place of work . . . and destroying American businesses in the process.

A friend here in West Virginia recently asked, “Why do all of the construction companies who come into our community to do major projects have mostly Latinos for workers?” I guessed that his assumption was that the employers were paying them substandard wages and that they were taking jobs away from legitimate “Americans” – in particular, West Virginians. Although I didn’t, I wanted to say to him that they’re probably working for these companies because they are good, dependable workers . . . unlike the typical people who are available in the local labor pool, who don’t show up to work, come late, quit without notice and malinger on the job. (I say that from years of experience in trying to find reliable workers for a whole series of farm and construction projects around our place.)

We Americans seem to be fixated on dealing with symptoms rather than the underlying problems, whether it’s education, the economy, healthcare . . . or immigration. I guess I wonder why with the proximity and importance of Mexico and Central America why we’re not trying to help Mexico deal with its underlying issues, rather than fighting the effects.

The U.S. has something that we call the Monroe Doctrine that says that we have the right and will respond to anything in our “neighborhood” that we think threatens our national security. Wouldn’t the best regional security be for all of our neighbors to be strong, secure and friendly? Why aren’t we working on that?

I’m not naïve enough to believe that if we simply changed our goals, the problems with Latin America would go away. But I do know that we have now spent over USD 1 trillion to kill people in Afghanistan and Iraq (and Yemen, Pakastan, et. al.) and if only half of that money was put back into making the lives of Americans (both Norte and Latin) better, I’ll bet they would be. Mexicans only risk their lives to come over the border because they’re lives are not very good where they have to live.

Believe it or not, all of this is directly connected to the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. The same set of values that produces our policies in Latin America are the ones that are producing demonstrations all around the country and the world.

The feelings that the demonstrators try to articulate are clearly present in a great deal of our society. When The New Yorker (not Mother Jones or some other overly liberal publication) runs a cover like this one, then you know that a broad-based raw nerve has been hit.

At its base, OWS is about the rich doing all they can to become richer with no regard for the implications to anyone else. You don’t think so? Check these out:

Source: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/charts-of-the-day-whered-all-the-income-growth-go-to-the-1-percent.php

Where the 1 Percent Fit in the Hierarchy of Income

The Occupy Wall Street protests have set off an enduring conversation in the city concerning what has come to be known as the 99 percent. There has also been a collateral conversation about the richer and remaining 1 percent. Here is the hierarchy of income that underlies the conversation. The volume of each section represents the number of American families in each category, based on a study of 2006 tax returns by Emmanuel Saez of Berkeley. Selected individual salaries are from publicly available sources.

If you want something less concrete (but quite powerful), listen to Charles Eisenstein writing in Reality Sandwich suggest that OWS is about a change in consciousness. He says:

Occupy Wall Street has been criticized for its lack of clear demands, but how do we issue demands, when what we really want is nothing less than the more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible?

If Occupy Wall Street has a demand, it should be this: wake up!

Ultimately, we want to create a money system, and an economy, that is the ally not the enemy of love. We don’t want to forever fight the money power to create good in the world; we want to change the money power so that we don’t need to fight it. I will not in this essay describe my vision – one of many – of a money system aligned with the good in all of us. I will only say that such a shift can only happen atop an even deeper shift, a transformation of human consciousness. (full article)

This orientation toward an extreme disparity in acquisition at the expense of the masses exists in other areas as well. Whitley Strieber wrote a very provocative little book (that I’ve given away to many friends) simply called The Key. In it, he tells the true story of a very strange little man who came to his Toronto hotel room in the middle of the night many years ago and began to tell him about what was going to happen in the future. The narrative is full of profound truths, one of which really stood out to me which was a statement that the most inhibiting aspect of our society is the secrecy that exists in general and within the government.

Government secrecy is literally corroding our society, keeping from the citizenry information that could radically change our lives for the better. The purpose, of course, is ultimately economic – keeping the money machine going for those who currently run it. Whitley wrote, “Form an assault on secrecy. You are right to fight against official secrecy. It is the greatest present evil.” WikiLeaks began to open the door on that before government pressure influenced PayPal and all of the other vehicles that the organization used for fund raising to shut down their accounts. (I suspect, by the way, that the next Leaks organization that emerges will have fixed that problem.)

Perhaps the area where this government control of information has been best researched is in space and flying anomalies. In that regard, let me point you to an unusual, but compelling, presentation that step-by-step makes the point about the rather extreme secrecy that has existed for decades around the subject of strange things flying in the sky. Richard Dolan makes the calmest, thoughtful, reasonable and comprehensive case I have yet heard for the notion that there is a very extensive, broad-based parallel reality that exists in the classified world that keeps extraordinary, very useful knowledge away from us all. His presentation is about one and three-quarters hours long, but it is well worth the time to watch it.

Human evolution is the point to all of this. It’s about our species evolving and becoming something more than it has been – about our reaching for who we need to become.

It’s about discovery and a frontier. The purpose of this human experiment is to learn and discover and in the process see ourselves in new, larger and more inclusive ways. That’s what all of human history has been about: broadening horizons and discovering that we are integral parts of increasingly larger, more complex and wonderful systems.

When information about worlds and others who exist off of our planet are kept from the people it robs us of the opportunity to see that there is more to life than just what we observe in front of our faces. It takes away from our young the whole notion of a frontier that demands to be explored. The historical trend of looking for new land, new people, new oceans and continents has been truncated. If new energy sources, extraordinary craft, interesting new concepts of other, non-human life are really available and are being kept from us then those who call themselves our leaders have literally stolen our horizon and our future.

I think that’s what OWS is about. It’s about the human species wrestling against the constraints imposed by the powerful. Everyone – on both sides of this struggle – should consider well how these kinds of competitions have resolved themselves in the past. Even when there wasn’t a global Internet-based nervous system that connected and coordinated the activities of the oppressed, they often prevailed. Those transitions provided the opening to the new. They allowed humans to become who we are.

It is happening again.


Next Frontier in Credit Scores: Predicting Personal Behavior – (Wall St. Journal – October 27, 2011)
Fair Isaac Co., the company that created the FICO credit score, is branching into new territory, assembling disparate data in an effort to better understand a range of human behaviors. “We know what you’re going to do tomorrow,” Mark Greene, Fair Isaac’s chief executive, told investors earlier this year. Fair Isaac’s partners and sometimes-rivals at the nation’s credit bureaus also are delving deeper into consumers’ financial histories to generate tailored scores, which influence where a person can live and work and how much they have to pay for insurance. Use of credit-related data is regulated by a federal law that gives people the right to see and correct information about them. But those provisions may not apply to some new products.

Disruptive Companies/Disruptive Innovations – (Focus.com – no date)
Disruptive companies create innovations that invade the market, force change and create new sectors in the industry. This website examines 7 such companies and the industry effects of their innovations. You know the company names: Apple, Google, Skype, Tata, Zynga, Pandora, and Netflix – but you probably don’t know just how disruptive, in terms of dollars, users and market share, their technologies are. If you are in any doubt about “disruption”, check out this short video clip. For this one year old child, a magazine is an iPad that does not work.


Uturuncu Volcano In Bolivia Is ‘Inflating With Astonishing Speed’- (Huffington Post – October 25, 2011)
Uturuncu, a nearly 20,000 foot volcano located in southwestern Bolivia, is expanding at a rate of one to two centimeters per year. At the rate that Uturuncu is expanding on the surface, scientists estimate that the magma underneath is expanding by 27 cubic feet every second, according to LiveScience. Despite extensive research, volcanologists do not yet know why Uturuncu is expanding so rapidly. A Wired Science blog writes, “This uplift is likely due to the intrusion of magma at depth and could imply that a large reservoir of magma is building under Uturuncu, which is thought to have not erupted since sometime in the Pleistocene (2.6 million to 11,700 years ago).”

Faster-than-light Neutrino Experiment to Be Run Again – (BBC News – October 28, 2011)
Physicists working on the Opera experiment announced the perplexing findings last month. Neutrinos sent through the ground from Cern (the home of the Large Hadron Collider) in Geneva toward the Gran Sasso laboratory 732km away in Italy seemed to show up a tiny fraction of a second earlier than light would have. Scientists who announced that sub-atomic particles might be able to travel faster than light are to rerun their experiment in a different way. For many, the most comforting explanation is that some repeated “systematic error” has so far eluded the experimenters. Stay tuned: this might – or might not – dramatically change what we believe to be true about the nature of the universe.


Breakthrough Malaria Vaccine Tantalizingly Close – (Boston Channel – October 18, 2011)
A malaria vaccine has eluded scientists for decades, but preliminary results from a phase 3 clinical trial in Africa are providing hope. The data suggest that the vaccine, known as RTS,S, cuts the number of malaria cases in half. Overall 15,000 children in seven African countries are participating in the trial, which represents the furthest that any malaria vaccine candidate has ever progressed. The preliminary results, which were announced at a malaria forum hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, which supported the research very generously. The study covered 6,000 of the participating children, all aged between 5 and 17 months. Andrew Witty, the CEO of GlaxoSmithKline says that if approved, his company does not intend to make a profit from this venture. GlaxoSmithKline will provide the vaccine at 5% above the cost of production, and that the excess amount will be reinvested for research into the next malaria vaccine.

Natural Intestinal Flora Involved in the Emergence of Multiple Sclerosis – (Science Daily – October 27, 2011)
The likelihood of developing multiple sclerosis, a disease in which proteins on the surface of the myelin layer in the brain activate the immune system, is influenced by genes. However, environmental factors have an even greater impact on the disease’s development. Scientists have long suspected that it is caused by infectious agents. The Max Planck researchers now assume that multiple sclerosis is triggered by the natural intestinal flora. This astonishing finding was made possible by newly developed genetically modified mice. In the absence of exposure to any external influences, inflammatory reactions arise in the brains of these animals which are similar to those associated with multiple sclerosis in humans – however, this only occurs when the mice have intact intestinal flora. Mice without microorganisms in their intestines and held in a sterile environment remained healthy. When the scientists “vaccinated” the animals raised in sterile conditions with normal intestinal microorganisms, they also became ill.

Synthetic Blood Could Be Used in Transfusions in Just Two Years – (Daily Mail – October 28, 2011)
Artificial blood created from stem cells could be tested on Britons within two years. The scientists behind the research, which could provide industrial scale quantities of blood, believe it will transform transfusions by preventing hospital shortages, and save thousands of lives on battlefields and at the scene of car crashes. The ‘holy grail’ of blood research, the man-made blood would be free of infections that have blighted natural supplies and could be given to almost everyone regardless of blood group. The hope comes from Edinburgh and Bristol university researchers who have, for the first time, made thousands of millions of red blood cells from stem cells – ‘master cells’ seen as a repair kit for the body – taken from bone marrow. But with the average blood transfusion containing 2.5million million red blood cells, this is not enough. Cells taken from human embryos in the first days of life are easier to multiply in large numbers, but the researchers have so far not managed to make such realistic blood. If they crack the recipe, just one embryo could theoretically provide all the cells ever needed for Britain’s blood supply.

Obese People Regain Weight After Dieting Due to Hormones – (Science Daily – October 28, 2011)
Professor Joseph Proietto from the University of Melbourne said a recent study revealed the important roles that hormones play in regulating body weight, making dietary and behavioral change less likely to work in the long-term. “Our study has provided clues as to why obese people who have lost weight often relapse. The relapse has a strong physiological basis and is not simply the result of the voluntary resumption of old habits,” he said. Dr Proietto said, “Ultimately it would be more effective to focus public health efforts in preventing children from becoming obese. The study also suggests that hunger following weight loss needs to be addressed. This may be possible with long-term pharmacotherapy or hormone manipulation but these options need to be investigated,” he said.


How Plants Sense Touch, Gravity and Other Physical Forces – (Science Daily – October 21, 2011)
“Picture yourself hiking through the woods or walking across a lawn,” says Elizabeth Haswell, PhD, assistant professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis. “Now ask yourself: Do the bushes know that someone is brushing past them? Does the grass know that it is being crushed underfoot? Of course, plants don’t think thoughts, but they do respond to being touched in a number of ways.” The mechanism for their perception may be mechanosensitive ion channels. Mechanosensitive channels were discovered when scientists started looking for ion channels in bacteria, which wasn’t until the 1980s because ion channels were associated with nerves and bacteria weren’t thought to have a nervous system. Then, in the early 2000s, scientists began to compare the genes for the bacterial channels to the genomes of other organisms and they discovered that there are homologous sequences not just in other bacteria but also in some multicellular organisms, including plants.

Seven Billion People Are Not the Issue: Human Development Is What Counts – (Science Daily – October 28, 2011)
As the global media speculate on the number of people likely to inhabit the planet on October 31 an international team of population and development experts argue that it is not simply the number of people that matters but more so their distribution by age, education, health status and location that is most relevant to local and global sustainability. Included in the article are points formulated by twenty of the world’s leading experts in population, development and environment who met at IIASA in Austria in September 2011, with the objective of defining the critical elements of the interactions between the human population and sustainable development.


Occupy Wall Street Hackathons Produce Digital Tools and New Activists – (Mashable – October 19, 2011)
Groups of programmers gathered in three cities recently to build digital tools for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Several of those tools have already launched, and in many cases they’re being maintained by activists who’ve never held a sign in a park. For example, Mark Belinsky has been working on a decentralized decision-making platform that he calls OccupyVotes. Belinsky, the president of a non-profit called Digital Democracy, used his time at the New York City hackathon to turn a platform he developed for the Jan. 25 protests in Egypt into a tool for articulating the goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement. “It kind of struck me, of course we can use it here, because the media keeps asking what the protesters want,” he says. Others have built a group texting app for on-the-fly coordination, a Q&A site for occupy organizers, a video-editing platform that doubles as an advertising platform, an app that can use multiple cell phones in a small area to amplify one person’s voice and offered suggestions for the Occupied Wall Street Journal’s website. Their projects are in various stages of launch.

Nokia Kinetic Labs Concept Hands-on – (Slash Gear – October 26, 2011)
Nokia’s development team has created an eye-catching, a flexible smartphone prototype that allows for navigation by physically deforming the device, sizable screen and all. It definitely makes for a more involving experience: Nokia has whipped up a UI for navigating music and photos, and by twisting the handset laterally you can scroll through the lists of media. Bending the edges toward you or away from you zooms in and out, and then more twisting pans around the zoomed image. In fact, the UI is pretty much platform agnostic and could be placed on top of any current OS.

Google’s Maps Street View Pilots Indoor Photos – (BBC News – October 28,2011)
Google has started a pilot project allowing the public to look inside shops and other businesses found on its maps. The feature is an extension of the firm’s Street View technology, which already lets users view 360-degree exterior images. The new project is on a completely voluntary basis. Building on the Google Art Project, which took Street View technology inside 17 acclaimed museums, this project is another creative implementation of Street View technology, to help businesses as they build their online presence,” said a company spokesman.


1 MW E-Cat Cold Fusion Device Test Successful – (Pure Energy Systems – October 28, 2011)
On October 28, 2011, Andrea Rossi’s one-megawatt-capable E-Cat cold fusion device has been tested in Bologna, Italy; and the unknown customer, who ran the test, is apparently happy. There were some issues, so it couldn’t be run at full power in self-looped mode, but what it did do was plenty impressive. It ran for 5.5 hours producing 479 kW, while in self-looped mode. That means no substantial external energy was required to make it run, because it kept itself running, even while producing an excess of nearly half a megawatt.

Mass Use of Cold Fusion in One Year Or Less – (Cold Fusion Now – October 18, 2011)
Recent mainstream press (article provides references) on Andrea Rossi’s Energy Catalyzer has brought new pubic attention to the field of cold fusion research. Based on the exponential curve for the adoption of digital devices, (using the free and open-source Geogebra), in the author’s opinion, the data gives visual-space credibility to the mass use (adopted by ¼ of the population) of cold fusion in one year or less after it is commercially introduced. (Editor’s note: extrapolating from the adoption rate for the iPad, the one year time frame may not be so far fetched – the toe-stubber here is “after it is commercially introduced”.)


How Vehicle Automation Will Cut Fuel Consumption – (Technology Review – October 24, 2011)
Increased automation could reduce congestion, but also allow for radical redesigns of automobiles to make them lighter and more fuel-efficient. Partially automated vehicles that let drivers take their hands off the steering wheel and the accelerator, but still require them to pay attention, could be sold by the end of the decade. But the biggest fuel savings could come with full automation. Cars that park themselves-a trick GM has demonstrated with its EN-V concept vehicle-could save fuel by eliminating the need for drivers to circle the block waiting for a parking space to open up. The ambition is for a car to drop its owner off and go directly to the nearest available parking spot-even if that spot happens to be miles away, too far for the owner to walk. When it’s time to leave, the owner notifies the car with a smart phone, and it picks him or her up.


Darpa Wants to Master the Science of Propaganda – (Wired – October 18, 2011)
Darpa is asking scientists to “take narratives and make them quantitatively analyzable in a rigorous, transparent and repeatable fashion.” The idea is to detect terrorists who have been indoctrinated by propaganda. Then, the Pentagon can respond with some messages of its own. The program is called “Narrative Networks.” Once scientists have perfected the science of how stories affect our neurochemistry, they intend to develop tools to “detect narrative influence.” These tools will enable “prevention of negative behavioral outcomes … and generation of positive behavioral outcomes, such as building trust.” As a researcher familiar with the project put it: “The government is already trying to control the message, so why not have the science to do it in a systematic way?”

Suspected US Satellite Hacking Attacks – (BBC News – October 28, 2011)
Hackers interfered with two US satellites four times between 2007 and 2008, according to reports. The claim is made in a draft paper prepared for the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, according to the Bloomberg news agency. It said the incidents involved the Landsat-7 and Terra AM-1 earth observation systems which were targeted through a ground station in Norway and used to observe the earth’s climate and terrain. The report highlights the risks that would have been posed had the breaches involved satellites with “more sensitive functions”. Currently most military and government systems are interconnected and have substantial data links – some online and some offline – to public and commercial systems and networks. At this point, the “total isolation” model is outdated and the traditional military security model has collapsed. The latest, alleged, Landsat incident is a clear example of that. While the system is operated mainly from military facilities and systems, it can be accessed from a commercial station in Norway which in turn is connected to the internet.


More Data, More Transparency – (Google Blog – October 25, 2011)
Google has updated its Government Requests tool with numbers for requests that it received from January to June 2011. For the first time, it is not only disclosing the number of requests for user data, but is also showing the number of users or accounts that are specified in those requests. Google has also recently released the raw data behind the requests. Interested developers and researchers can now take this data and revisualize it in different ways, or mash it up with information from other organizations to test and draw up new hypotheses about government behaviors online. Google believes that providing this level of detail highlights the need to modernize laws like the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which regulates government access to user information and was written 25 years ago-long before the average person had ever heard of email. Google hopes others will join in the effort to provide more transparency, so we’ll be better able to see the bigger picture of how regulatory environments affect the entire web.

Dear White House: Please Tell Us the Truth about E.T. – (Wall St. Journal – October 27, 2011)
More than 10,000 petitions have poured in since the new initiative to answer citizen petitions on the most pressing problems of the day was announced last month in a bid to bring government closer to the people. The White House has promised that any petition meeting a threshold for a number of signatures – more than 50 so far have met it – will get an expedited hearing and an official policy response. The White House’s initial threshold for consideration was 5,000 electronic signatures in 30 days, but more than 30 petitions met that in the first week, blowing past expectations. Officials then raised the bar to 25,000 names. Marijuana legalization is the reigning champion of we’ll-take-any-question politics, reaching the top of the heap every time the White House takes suggestions from the public. Of the 202 petitions posted with at least 150 signatures, not one mentions President Barack Obama’s jobs plan, something the White House talks about almost every day. The article lists the top 10 petitions and some others to provide a sense of the breadth of the petitions.

Occupying the First Amendment – (Huffington Post – October 21, 2011)
Whatever else it accomplishes, Occupy Wall Street is revealing distortions in our current understanding of the First Amendment. In recent decisions, the Supreme Court has protected Wall Street’s constitutional right to pour millions into political campaigns. But as presently construed, the First Amendment isn’t an obstacle when it comes to silencing the Occupiers. The demonstrators were almost evicted from Zuccotti Park recently; but were saved, paradoxically, by Zuccotti’s status as a private enclave reserved for public use by zoning laws. In contrast, New York City imposes a flat ban on sleeping in its public parks.


7 Toys You Gotta Have – (CNN – October 24, 2011)
Some of the coolest toys this year are coming from small toymakers that are quietly revolutionizing how kids play today. Check out FlyrFlyz, Ickee Stickeez and a few other toys likely to show up on your holiday most-requested list.

Challenging the Old Boys Network at the Vatican – (Nation of Change – October 27, 2011)
It started when the Rome police spotted the three women in long white church liturgical robes, the man in a roman collar dressed all in black, and their supporters walking several blocks down the middle of Via della Conciliazione directly towards the Vatican. The group wanted to deliver a petition, printed on pink paper, signed by more than 15,000 people who asked the Vatican not to expel Fr. Roy Bourgeois, 72, from the church for saying that women are called to be priests in the church. Fr. Roy faces expulsion from his Catholic community, Maryknoll, for refusing to recant his belief that women can and should be allowed to become priests. Bourgeois, a decorated Vietnam veteran, has been a faithful member of the Catholic missionary group, Maryknoll, for 44 years.

Two Amazon.com Nuggets of Wisdom – (Kid Dynamites World – October 17, 2011)
“There’s been a fundamental change in buying behavior,” said Bill Martin, the chief executive officer of ShopperTrak. First, from Bloomberg: “Impulse purchases require people to browse the aisles, however, and that’s happening less and less these days because Web-savvy consumers often already know what they plan to buy and simply pick it up and leave, Martin said. These mission shoppers visit fewer stores – three per trip, down from five pre-recession, according to ShopperTrak. As a result, foot traffic may fall 2.2 percent during the holiday shopping marathon, says the Chicago-based research firm. Additionally, Amazon now has smartphone apps that allow you to scan a barcode from in-store and immediately see that you can (almost certainly) buy it cheaper from Amazon.com, and place your online order instantly.

“Occupy Wall St.” – Approved – (Huffington Post – October 11, 2011)
Popular television personality, Suze Orman, is the author of this article in which she endorses OWS. She writes, “What I find so encouraging is that Occupy Wall Street’s more important message is that this marks an end point. An end to just shrugging and putting up with the inequity. An end to patiently waiting for government to get its act together and take steps to reduce the pain felt by millions of Americans who are unemployed, the millions more who are underemployed, and the millions more again who worry that if we indeed slip into a double dip recession they will soon become unemployed. An end to letting Washington just continue further down its dysfunctional dark hole without being called out.” What’s interesting isn’t so much what she says, but that she says it; so far there haven’t been many mainstream voices supporting the “Occupy” movement.


Alien Base Found at Chinese Pyramid – (Before It’s News – October 27, 2011)
China is the focus of legends, myths and stories of alien visitations and many of them center on the Xianyang pyramid. The hypothesis regarding extra-terrestrials is “understandable and worth looking into, [but] scientific means must be employed to prove whether or not it is true,” Yang Ji, one of the scientists and a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences explained to reporters. The anomalous pyramid rises almost 200 feet above the countryside, with the surrounding area littered with mystifying pipes, bizarre artifacts and curious odds and ends. China’s state-run Xinhua agency sent a nine man team to investigate the pyramid and report back on their findings. The team discovered pipes running from the three caves in the pyramid and deep into the ground slanting down into the earth…towards what?


More Than One in 10 Americans Use Antidepressants – (Reuters – October 19, 2011)
More than one in 10 Americans over the age of 12 takes an antidepressant, a class of drugs that has become wildly popular in the past several decades. Antidepressants were the third-most common drug used by Americans of all ages between 2005 and 2008 and they were the most common drug among people aged 18 to 44, according to an analysis by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. They found that antidepressant use in the U.S. jumped nearly 400% in the 2005-2008 survey period compared with the 1988-1994 period, with 11% of those over age 12 taking the drugs. Several antidepressants are now used to treat a host of problems, including anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia and even post traumatic stress disorder.

Student Loans Outstanding Will Exceed $1 Trillion This Year – (USA Today – October 19, 2011)
The amount of student loans taken out last year crossed the $100 billion mark for the first time and total loans outstanding will exceed $1 trillion for the first time this year. Americans now owe more on student loans than on credit cards, reports the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Students are borrowing twice what they did a decade ago after adjusting for inflation, the College Board reports. Total outstanding debt has doubled in the past five years – a sharp contrast to consumers reducing what’s owed on home loans and credit cards. “It’s going to create a generation of wage slavery,” says Nick Pardini, a Villanova University graduate student in finance who has warned on a blog for investors that student loans are the next credit bubble – with borrowers, rather than lenders, as the losers.

The 99 Percent – (Economist – October 26, 2011)
Of all the many banners being waved around the world by disgruntled protesters from Chile to Australia the one that reads, “We Are the 99%” is the catchiest. It is purposefully vague, but it is also underpinned by some solid economics. A report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) points out that income inequality in America has not risen dramatically over the past 20 years-when the top 1% of earners are excluded. With them, the picture is quite different. The data tend to support two prejudices. First, that a system that works well for the very richest has delivered returns on labor that are disappointing for everyone else. Second, that the people at the top have made out like bandits over the past few decades, and that now everyone else must pick up the bill.


Quantum Levitation – (Kottke.org – October 18, 2011)
Two video clips at this website. The first is a demonstration of quantum levitation from the Superconductivity Group of the School of Physics and Astronomy at Tel Aviv University. The second video gives a little more explanation into the process at work here (superconductivity + quantum trapping of the magnetic field in quantum flux tubes) and an awesome demonstration of a crude rail system. You can almost hear your tiny mind explode when the “train” goes upside-down.


Wall St. Protesters Have Money Problem: Too Much of It – (USA Today – October 19, 2011)
Actually, the problem isn’t too much of it, but managing it. After a month of bashing banks and other corporations, the Occupy Wall Street movement has had to become a money manager itself. It has $435,000. Most of it came from online credit-card donations, but $85,000 has been donated in person at the Manhattan park that’s become the center of the global “anti-greed” protests. Roughly $8,000 is coming in every day just from lock boxes set up to take donations at Zuccotti Park, said Darrell Prince, an activist using his business background to keep track of the daily donations. More is coming by mail and online. “It’s way more support than we ever thought would come in,” Prince said.

Houston – We’ve Got a Problem: Bevilacqua – (Amvona – October 19, 2011)
On Oct. 18th, 2011 the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court handed down their decision in the case of FRANCIS J. BEVILACQUA, THIRD vs. PABLO RODRIGUEZ – and in a moment, essentially made foreclosure sales in the Commonwealth over the last five years wholly void. In essence, the ruling upheld that those who had purchased foreclosure properties that had been illegally foreclosed upon (which is virtually all foreclosure sales in the last five years), did not in fact have title to those properties. Given the fact that more than two-thirds of all real estate transactions in the last five years have also been foreclosed properties (roughly six million of them), this creates a small problem. The Massachusetts SJC is one of the most respected high courts in the country, other supreme courts look to these decisions for guidance, and would find it difficult to rule any other way in their own states. It is a precedent. It’s an important precedent. This article details the key components of the case. See also: Eaton – Dividing the Mortgage Loan and Affirming the Consequent.

14 Companies And Initiatives That Are Planning Furthest Into The Future – (Business Insider – October 14, 2011)
British consultancy Volans and advertising agency JWT just released The Future Quotient: 50 Stars in Seriously Long-term Innovation, which identifies the most future-ready companies, groups, individuals and initiatives in the world — including Google, China’s 5-Year Plan and the London 2012 Olympic Committee. The list is based on a survey of 500 public, private and NGO leaders about who’s leading the charge in sustainability, innovation and social enterprise. This article highlights 14 of the most future-ready companies and initiatives.


Elders a (Labor) Force for Social Change – (Nation of Change – October 27, 2011)
We’ve stretched the average life span from 47 years in 1900 to nearly 80 today. But our imagination about the shape of those longer lives has lagged behind. Until not long ago, the 50s and 60s meant retirement, grandparenthood, senior discounts, and early-bird specials. Today there is a growing group of what the author of this article call “neither-nors.” Neither young nor old, neither ready to be retired nor able to afford it. By capitalizing on the unique assets of this vast population, we can make something extraordinary out of what so many think of as the leftover years. Today’s boomers are the first wave passing into this new period, which will soon be occupied by their longer-living children and grandchildren. In crafting our society to respond, we’ll open up options for younger people, who could then make life decisions with the expectation of more than one bite of the apple. Article suggests possible new social policy changes, not necessarily viable, but a good starting point for discussion.

Bombings, beheadings? Stats Show a Peaceful World – (Seattle Post Intelligencer – October 24, 2011)
Yes, thousands of people have died in bloody unrest from Africa to Pakistan, while terrorists plot bombings and kidnappings. Wars drag on in Iraq and Afghanistan. In peaceful Norway, a man massacred 69 youths in July. In Mexico, headless bodies turn up, victims of drug cartels. This month eight people died in a shooting in a California hair salon. Yet, historically, we’ve never had it this peaceful. That’s the thesis of three new books, including one by prominent Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker. Statistics reveal dramatic reductions in war deaths, family violence, racism, rape, murder and all sorts of mayhem. In his book, Pinker writes: “The decline of violence may be the most significant and least appreciated development in the history of our species.”

FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH – articles off the beaten track which may – or may not – have predictive value.

Manliness in a Can – (Nation of Change – October 24, 2011)
If you worry that American corporations have lost the innovative, can-do edge necessary to compete in today’s global economy, meet Dr Pepper Ten, a brand-new concoction that promises to deliver the impossible: a macho diet soda. How’s that for innovation? Corporate officials won’t disclose what’s in the formula that supposedly will make men salivate for a can of Ten, but the key ingredient seems to be raw hucksterism. The pepped-up Dr Pepper is being launched with a massive, testosterone-infused ad campaign that bluntly proclaims: “It’s not for women.” (Editor’s note: the ad campaign may be “testosterone-infused”, but we don’t believe the beverage is.)


The Meaning of Life – (Janine Reyes’ Blog – September 8, 2010)
While this short video won’t actually give you the meaning of Life, it offers some great tips on how to navigate joyfully through Life.


The greatest mistake is to imagine that we never err. – Thomas Carlyle

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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

Paul H. Smith

Paul H. Smith is the longest-serving controlled remote viewing (CRV) teacher active today, having begun his career as an instructor in 1984. He served for seven years in the government’s Star Gate remote viewing program at Ft. Meade, MD (from September 1983 to August 1990). Starting 1984, he became one of only five Star Gate personnel to be personally trained as remote viewers by the legendary founders of remote viewing, Ingo Swann and Dr. Harold E. Puthoff at SRI-International.

John L. Petersen

John L. Petersen is considered by many to be one of the most informed futurists in the world. He is best-known for writing and thinking about high impact surprises (wild cards) and the process of surprise anticipation. His current professional involvements include the development of sophisticated tools for anticipatory analysis and surprise anticipation, long-range strategic planning and helping leadership design new approaches for dealing with the future.


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.

Mr. Petersens government and political experience include stints at the National War College, the Institute for National Security Studies, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council staff at the White House. He was a naval flight officer in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve and is a decorated veteran of both the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars. He has served in senior positions for a number of presidential political campaigns and was an elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1984. He was twice the runner-up to be Secretary of the Navy.

In 1989, Petersen founded The Arlington Institute (TAI), a non-profit, future-oriented research institute. TAI operates on the premise that effective thinking about the future is impossible without casting a very wide net. The “think tank” serves as a global agent for change by developing new concepts, processes and tools for anticipating the future and translating that knowledge into better present-day decisions. Using advanced information technology, a core group of bright thinkers and an international network of exceptionally curious people along with simulations, modeling, scenario building, polling and analysis, Arlington helps equip leaders and organizations from many disciplines with tools and actionable perspectives for dealing with uncertain times.

An award-winning writer, Petersens first book, The Road to 2015: Profiles of the Future was awarded Outstanding Academic Book of 1995 by CHOICE Academic Review, and remained on The World Future Societys best-seller list for more than a year. His Out of the Blue: How to Anticipate Wild Cards and Big Future Surprises book was also a WFS best-seller. His latest book is a Vision of 2012: Planning for Extraordinary Change. His coauthored article, (The Year 2000: Social Chaos or Social Transformation?) was one of the most highly acclaimed writings on Y2K. His 1988 book-length report (The Diffusion of Power: An Era of Realignment) was used at the highest levels of American government as a basis for strategic planning. He has also written papers on the future of national security and the military, the future of energy and the future of the media.

Petersen is a past board member of the World Future Society, writes on the future of aviation for Professional Pilot magazine and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation. He is a former network member of the Global Business Network and a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. A provocative public speaker, he addresses a wide array of audiences around the world on a variety of future subjects. When he is not writing or speaking, Petersen invests in and develops resources for large, international projects and advanced technology start-up companies. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Speaking Inquiries: Email [email protected]

Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Rosemary Ellen Guiley is a leading expert on the paranormal and supernatural. With more than 50 books – including 10 encyclopedias – and hundreds of articles in print on a wide range of paranormal, spiritual and mystical topics, she possesses exceptional knowledge of the field. Her present work focuses on inter-dimensional entity contact experiences and communication.

Gregg Braden

Gregg Braden is a five-time New York Times best-selling author, and is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science, spirituality and human potential! His discoveries have led to 12 award-winning books now published in over 40 languages. The UK’s Watkins Journal lists Gregg among the top 100 of “the world’s most spiritually influential living people” for the 5th consecutive year, and he is a 2017 nominee for the prestigious Templeton Award.

Dr. Harold Puthoff

Although nominated for a Nobel Prize in physics for his breakthrough theoretical work on zero-point energy, Dr. Harold Puthoff, is most recognized for having been a co-founder of the secret US government “remote viewing” program that successfully used psychics to spy on the Soviet Union and China.

Now a principal and science advisor in a leading-edge effort by former senior military and intelligence managers to disclose the many decades of interest that the US has had in UFOs, he comes to Berkeley Springs on the 8th of February to give a TransitionTalk about his work in making sense out of the UFO phenomena.

Dr. Puthoff’s presentation will include a summary of his current activities with To The Stars Academy, which is on the forefront of bringing into the open formerly highly classified efforts by the government to track, record and understand the meaning of hundreds of encounters that the military has had with UFOs over the past years.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to learn from and question one of the foremost thinkers and leaders of the rapidly accelerating global effort to both make the public aware of what was previously unacknowledged about UFO and alien interaction with humans and also to address the deep questions about what is happening and what it might mean for the future of humanity.

Regina Meredith

As Regina’s career progressed, so did her decades long exploration into the world of esoteric and hidden sciences – the reality beyond the 5 sense world. Guidance from these realms suggested it was time to bring her skill set to the world of video/televised media, so in late 2004, along with her husband Scott, she co-created ‘Conscious Media Network’, the first online network to feature full length original video interviews with authors and experts in the realms of the meta-physical, healing arts and alternative theories, opening up a world that many had experienced but never had access to on this scale.

Gaia: In 2012, Conscious Media Network merged with Gaiam TV in 2012, with Regina serving as anchor in their new media division on Open Minds and Healing Matrix. The demand for Regina’s unique perspective on a variety of subjects has drawn attention from conference organizers, moving her into the public as a presenter at conferences. In addition, Regina offers retreats and workshops for those who wish to ‘Dive Deep’ into a new understanding of the nature of reality and life itself. In this venue she shares her exclusive approach to meditation and regression work for a greater understanding of life’s challenges and identifying the innate joys.

Joni Patry

Joni Patry is one of the most recognized teachers and Vedic astrologers in the world. She was a faculty member for ACVA, CVA and Instructor for online certification programs, published many books, journals and appeared on national and international television shows. As the keynote speaker for international conferences, she has a Japanese website, and teaches in Austria, Turkey and India. She has been awarded the 2015 Jyotish Star of the year and Dr B. V. Raman’s Janma Shatamanothsava Award Jyotisha Choodamani. She publishes an online astrological magazine, Astrologic Magazine http://astrologicmagazine.com/ and has an online University for certification, the University of Vedic Astrology. http://universityofvedicastrology.com

Alain Nu

Las Vegas headliner, Alain Nu – “The Man Who Knows”, brings us his mind-bending mental and metaphysical abilities. His highly entertaining and most provocative show intermingles feats of mind-reading and spoon bending with other baffling demonstrations that defy explanation.

Penny Kelly

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Joey Korn

Joey Korn is one of the most accomplished dowsers in the world. Known internationally for an extraordinary ability to change and manipulate energy at all levels, he brings a deep, practical understanding of how to balance these energies . . . and change the way that they influence humans and their lives.

Jim McCarty

In 1980, Jim McCarty joined L/L Research where Don Elkins and Carla L. Rueckert were researching the field of the paranormal in general, and contact with extraterrestrial intelligence in particular. Soon later the Ra Contact began, producing 106 sessions with the social memory complex of Ra. Five books of The Law of One series were published documenting this contact.

Charles Eisenstein

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Raymon Grace

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Dennis McKenna

Dennis McKenna’s research has focused on the interdisciplinary study of Amazonian ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. His doctoral research (University of British Columbia, 1984) focused on the ethnopharmacology of ayahuasca and oo-koo-he, two tryptamine-based hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon. Dr. McKenna is author or co-author of 4 books and over 50 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Larry Dossey

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Lee Carrol a.k.a. Kryon

Lee Carroll, Ph.D. has channeled Kryon for 25 years worldwide and is the author of the Kryon Series of 16 books in 24 languages. Well known in metaphysics, Kryon books have made the top seller’s list within months of their release. Having presented seven times at the United Nations in New York, as well as in 33 different countries overseas, Lee attracts audiences in the thousands.

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Robert David Steele

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Thomas Drake

Thomas Drake is a former senior executive at the National Security Agency where he blew the whistle on massive multi-billion dollar fraud, waste and abuse; the widespread violations of the rights of citizens through secret mass surveillance programs after 9/11; and critical 9/11 intelligence failures. He is the recipient of the 2011 Ridenhour Truth Telling Prize, a joint recipient with Jesselyn Radack of the 2011 Sam Adams Associates Integrity in Intelligence Award and the 2012 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. He is now dedicated to the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson’s amazing ability to dream about the future in terms that can be reliably translated into people, times, places, and activities has been the subject of books, major university scientific studies, films, articles, TV shows, and just about all forms of media. He has taught many people how to dream about the future and, through his advanced intuitive capabilities, helped thousands to understand how to deal with seemingly impossible personal situations. He is also a healer, having on numerous occasions led people with supposedly terminal conditions to eliminate those issues and return to a healthy life. There is no one else in the world that has Chris’s fascinating background (undercover police work, etc.), coupled with these amazing personal gifts.

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.

Good health is dependent on the appropriate transfer of information within and between cells. The informational and molecular disharmonies associated with disease can be reversed using appropriate therapeutic signals that stimulate the return to the normal state without adverse effects. One such signal molecule, SLO, has demonstrated clinical utility in a broad spectrum of indications that would at first glance appear to be unrelated. The underlying common thread that links these disorders is representative of the targets to which resonant molecular signals are directed.

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.


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Gary Sycalik

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Integrative Physician Dr. Carrie Hempel and Holistic Pharmacist Brian Sanderoffare both experts in the medicinal use of cannabis in Maryland.

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.

Sharry Edwards

Sharry Edwards has been accused of being too scientific by some, too esoteric by others. In actuality, she is a bridge between both fields of inquiry. Sharry is the acknowledged pioneer in the emerging field of Vocal Profiling using BioAcoustic Biology. For many years she has provided the leading-edge research to show the voice as a holographic representation of the body that can be used to change the face of medicine.

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.

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.