Volume 14, Number 5 – 03/15/11

Volume 14, Number 5 – 3/15/11FUTURE FACTS – FROM THINK LINKS

Flash Mob thefts by as many as 50 teens mobbing a store at once: a darker use of Twittering.The world’s first eye controlled laptop has an intuitive interface that relies on the human eyes to point, select and scroll and complements, rather than replaces, existing control interfaces.At the Dolphin Institute in Hawaii, Louis Herman and his team taught dolphins hundreds of words using gestures and symbols. Dolphins, they found, could understand the difference between statements and questions, concepts like “none” or “absent,” and that changing word order changes the meaning of a sentence.The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to hundreds of thousands of books that are freely readable over the Internet.
by John L. Petersen

I have some things to say about the situation in Japan, but first, a couple of issues back I was talking about the naked body scanners that the Transportation Security Agency wanted to buy in the next U. S. budget. I picked up a quoted cost of $44 billion for the new scanners but, I missed asking the common sense question about whether $44 billion sounded like it made any kind of sense for 275 machines.

With the size of the numbers that are now commonly bandied about these days – billions and now trillions – it’s easy to let these figures go by your head without stopping to think about them . . . which in this case I did. But not Martin Dent, who not only rejected the putative $160 million per machine (including staffing), but ferreted out the actual cost. One hundred sixty million dollars, he wrote, could get you a nice, front-line fighter plane. It turns out the total Department of Homeland Security budget is $44 billion. The naked body scanners are only $382,000 a piece – a trifling $105.2 million. I’m sorry, but even this causes me to ask: What better might we be able to do with $105 million . . . or even $382,000, which is a nice house in many parts of the country?

TSA still hasn’t published a health report on these machines, by the way. Credible sources suggest that there are negative health implications from this equipment both to those who work around these devices as well, of course, for those air travelers who get the full brunt of the radiation. Now they’re retesting the machines because some have been found to be operating out of limits and exposing people to more radiation than designed. My scientist friends who understand this technology and are privy to ways it is being utilized in other areas of the government warn never to step inside one of those devices.

But wait! It doesn’t end there.

Newly-released documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) reveal that the US Department of Homeland Security has been working on plans to roll out a new wave of mobile surveillance technologies at train stations, stadiums and streets. These new technologies will track your eye movements, capture and record your facial dimensions for face-recognition processing, bathe you in X-rays to look under your clothes, and even image your naked body using whole-body infrared images that were banned from consumer video cameras because they allowed the camera owners to take “nude” videos of people at the beach.

What is going on here? What is our government doing to us? There is something very wrong about all of this.

Increasingly our authorities are violating the most fundamental principles and rights upon which this country was built. There is a clear trend here: the Patriot Act, which allows the government to essentially spy on any American for any reason and to monitor all communications, holding prisoners in Guantanamo without any charges for years (and now president Obama’s decision that some can be held permanently — indefinitely — without charge or trial), torturing prisoners and now bragging about it, as former president Bush has done, demeaning and inhuman treatment of prisoners in Iraq, and now, let me tell you what they’re doing to PFC Bradley Manning.

Bradley Manning, as you may know, is the U.S. Army private first class who the government believes leaked classified materials to WikiLeaks that showed soldiers in Iraq killing civilians and participating in many other gross criminal and inhuman violations. Although he hasn’t been charged, Manning is locked up in solitary confinement in the brig at the Marine Corps Quantico Base, south of Washington, DC.

After the atrocities at Abu Ghraib, Defense Secretary Robert Gates made a big show of saying that members of the military who saw something wrong being done had an obligation to make it public . . . and that the government would protect them from retribution. Well, Secretary Gates apparently changed his mind. He now feels that even though the materials made public show videos of helicopter pilots knowingly killing civilians and journalists – and joking about it while doing so – that doesn’t qualify as something that should have been exposed, and certainly the person who made it public shouldn’t be protected.

No, our government, although they can’t (or won’t) charge PFC Manning is treating him worse than could be justified for a convicted rapist or murderer in ways that many countries consider torture. Just what does that mean? For a long time (perhaps they are still doing it) he was woken up at night every five minutes (supposedly to assure that he was “all right”). He has nothing to read, no common things that prisoners are given. He’s not allowed to sleep in the daytime. They’ve taken his prescription glasses away, so he is effectively blind. They’re giving him antidepressants to counter the depression that they are producing. Now he’s forced to sleep naked, without sheets and stand at attention without any clothes in the morning. His attorney explains why, as the result of a sarcastic comment, he is now stripped of his underwear. This is sick, sadistic stuff. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus should have a hard time sleeping knowing that his people are treating people this way.

Oh, and by the way, President Obama says that this is “appropriate” treatment.

Read this CNN report on Daniel Ellsberg and his comments about this despicable affair. Ellsberg says that “I was Bradley Manning” when he exposed the Pentagon Papers that ended the Viet Nam war.

If that’s not enough, PayPal has now frozen the account of Courage To Resist, the organization that is supporting Manning. Please explain this to me? Who does PayPal work for? Who’s calling the shots here? First they shut down the WikiLeaks account so that they can’t generate support and now they eliminate the ability of this legal organization that is exercising their constitutional rights to raise support for a prisoner who hasn’t been charged.

There’s a very interesting part of the CNN report where Ellsberg “. . . who has gone over and over the instant messages from the alleged leaker (who hasn’t been identified), is struck by one particular phrase.

“Says the messenger alleged to be Manning: “its important that it gets out… i feel, for some bizarre reason … it might actually change something … …I just… dont wish to be a part of it… at least not now… im not ready… i wouldn’t mind going to prison for the rest of my life, or being executed so much …

“Lamo: What’s your endgame plan, then?

“The messenger: ‘hopefully worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms …if not… that we’re doomed … as a species.'”

Got that? Manning, or whoever the leaker was, thinks that the future of the species is at stake because of the broad-based, corrosive on-goings within our and other governments.

I find that fascinating. Here is another deep, fundamental trend, which, like big changes in energy, climate, finance, economy, technology, cosmic, solar and earth changes, and geopolitics, suggests that we are rapidly moving closer to the point where the present system cannot sustain itself and starts to implode, as one after another piece of the highly interdependent organism fails. It’s easy to come to the conclusion that the future of the species is at stake.

You are drawn as well to that potential scenario by looking at the scale and direction of what is happening in Japan. Keep in mind that Japan is the third largest economy in the world and that all of the rest of us, some more than others, are dependent upon its state of health.

Right now, they’re shutting off the lights in Tokyo. One third of the electrical power for Tokyo used to come from the Fukushima Daiichi plant. My friends there say that the power is out for four hours every evening in Tokyo. Here’s a piece from the TelegraphJapan earthquake: country on brink of massive blackouts; Millions of Japanese people are bracing themselves for massive blackouts as the country’s power system struggles to cope amid the nuclear crisis. Already Toyota, Honda and Nissan have shut down factories. It could be years before the electrical infrastructure can be rebuilt to supply the power that was available before the disaster.

You can see the systemic nature of the problem when you consider that GM has already shut down a truck plant here in the U.S. because of a lack of parts from Japan.

The concerns aren’t just economic, of course. There is a lot of uncertainty about how much progress is being made to control the spread of radiation from the damaged plants. Here’s a good site for an up-to-date summary.

The amount of radiation being spread outside of Japan is really quite small and many concerns, particularly in the U.S., seem far overstated – especially in light of the extraordinary damage that Japan has experienced from the tsunami. If you nevertheless are worried about possible radiation effects, here are a couple of alternatives, one conventional and one unconventional that may serve you well.

If it’s all a system and significant parts of the system aren’t working, where might this go? Chris Martenson has developed a scenario that merits consideration. He believes that there is a nuclear-economic meltdown in progress as we speak.

There are other contributing pieces of the global puzzle that are increasingly in play. Geologists are concerned that the Japan earthquake may presage more earth change activity in the Pacific “ring of fire”, particularly off the coast of the Oregon and Washington states in the U.S. Here’s one expert’s perspective.

Also, when you try to get up at altitude and look down on all of this, you have to take into consideration things like the extraordinary drought that is taking place in China and the effect that that might have on the financial and psychological state of the system.

As I’ve said before, I’m not chronicling these possibilities to generate fear. I believe that being knowledgeable about what is happening and might be on the horizon is about surprise anticipation. If you haven’t thought about a big possible event, then when it happens it is a surprise. When we are surprised, we don’t respond very well.

This is about preparation. We are entering a period of extraordinary change, more so possibly than at any time in history. That means that we all have to learn how to become different people because we need to do things differently. We need to learn how to see ourselves and our world in a new way. If we don’t, the available options will certainly seem limited and the outcomes dire.

This – right here and now – is an extraordinary opportunity to evolve. This is your chance to become a new human. That is probably the only way to transcend the coming change with your physical and psychological self largely intact. It is also the way to become one of the designers of the new world that will emerge out of this massive transition.

You, and only you, get to decide how you respond to all of this uncertainty. If you see it as an extraordinary opportunity for personal development – a chance to rise to the occasion – then that intention will rapidly begin to provide you with solutions, custom designed for your situation. If you trust the process, it will deliver.

Alternatively, if the only option that seems available to you is to fear, then the same intention-manifestation process will work to assure that you get the world that you think is coming.

It’s funny how it works: we get to decide – the universe responds.


Satellite Photos That Set Off Protests in Bahrain – (Business Insider – March 2, 2011)
A few years ago, Bahrain’s oppressed and overcrowded Shiite majority began using Google Earth to view palaces and other estates that make up 95% of the country. As these images churned up discontent, the government blocked Google Earth. However, an anonymous PDF guide was distributed by email. The New York Times‘ Tom Friedman names these images in a list of “not-so-obvious forces” that fed the mass revolt. Article includes link to representative sample of images.

Magnificent Mile Shops on Alert after Flash Mob Thefts – (CBS Chicago – March 3, 2011)
Stores on the Mag Mile are on alert after several thefts involving flash mobs. In each case, a group of teens create a disturbance, steal items and then run from the stores. Apparently they’ve been Tweeting each other. They pick a spot to meet and then go as groups to carry out their crimes. You can see mob robbery videos on YouTube. In one tape, 50 teens are seen entering a St. Paul, Minnesota convenience store. Within minutes they take whatever they want and leave. As part of a growing phenomenon, the same thing has been happening in Chicago along the Magnificent Mile.


The Skin Gun – (You Tube – February 1, 2011)
The skin gun is a pluripotent stem cell treatment that uses a person’s own stem cells harvested from the surface of the skin. It then sprays the stem cells on areas of badly burned skin to facilitate rapid healing and regenerative skin growth.

Printing Out New Ears and Skin – (BBC News – February 21, 2011)
Three-dimensional printing is a technique for making solid objects with devices not unlike a computer printer, building up line by line, and then vertically layer by layer. While the approach works with polymers and plastics, the raw ingredients of 3D printing have been recently branching out significantly. The same technique is being investigated to create new body parts. Bioprinting repairs in damaged animal bone has already been accomplished. But the method is still in its infancy, and several technical hurdles lie between the groups’ current efforts and a future in which injured body parts are repaired digitally on-site or simply printed out fresh.

Scientists Claim Peanut Allergy Gene Flaw Link – (BBC News – March 11, 2011)
A gene defect that can triple the risk of a child developing an allergy to peanuts has been identified, scientists have said. The gene responsible – Filaggrin – has already been shown to be a factor in causing eczema and asthma. Peanut allergy affects 1-2% of children in the UK and can be life-threatening. The number of people affected by the condition has increased dramatically over the past 20 to 30 years. Dr. Sara Brown, a fellow at Dundee University, said investigating whether Filaggrin was a cause of peanut allergy was the “logical next step” after a link with eczema and asthma had been established.

Staying Optimistic May Keep Your Heart Healthy – (USA Today – March 1, 2011)
A study in Archives of Internal Medicine that followed 2,800 heart patients shows that those with more positive attitudes about their recovery had about a 30% greater chance of survival after 15 years than patients with pessimistic leanings. Although other studies have looked at how long it was before patients returned to normal activities, this is the longest, largest study to track survival, says lead author John Barefoot, professor emeritus at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

Stomach Pacemaker Could Help Obese Lose Weight – (Huffington Post – March 3, 2011)
So far, about 65 patients in two studies have received the device from U.S. pacemaker manufacturer Intrapace. Only about half of those have had the pacemaker for at least a year, and most lost about 20% of their weight and kept it off. Other stomach pacemakers are on the market but most are used to relieve nausea and vomiting, not to fight obesity. Appetite is partly controlled by signals sent from nerves around the stomach to the brain; the stomach pacemaker taps into that communication system, sending a message to the brain that the body is full after a relatively small amount of food is consumed.


Scientist Under Attack: Genetic Engineering in the Magnetic Field of Money – (Bibliotecapleyades – October 13, 2010)
Billed as “a political thriller on GMOs and freedom of speech”, “Scientists Under Attack” is a film by the German film-maker Bertram Verhaag and tells the stories of two scientists, Dr Arpad Pusztai and Dr Ignacio Chapela, whose research showed negative findings on GM foods and crops. Both suffered the fate of those who challenge the powerful vested interests that dominate agribusiness and scientific research. They were vilified and intimidated, attempts were made to suppress and discredit their research, and their careers were derailed. Pusztai found that the internal organs of rats fed GM insecticidal potatoes either increased in size or did not develop properly compared with controls. His experiments turned up no less than 36 significant differences between GM-fed and non-GM-fed animals.

Dangerous New Organism Found, Linked to GM Foods – (Free State Voice – March 9, 2011)
Researchers at Bristol University have showed that plant wounds, such as those created by insect bites, abrasion and other mechanical damage, are hotspots for gene trafficking due to the wound hormones produced by the plant. Under such circumstances, the soil bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens, which causes crown gall disease in plants, could enlarge its host range to infect fungi, and insert foreign genes into the fungi’s genome. This has large implications on the safety of GMOs already widely released into the environment. A. tumefaciens is probably unique among natural plant pathogens in carrying out horizontal gene transfer between species during an infection, and it is this ability that has been widely exploited for creating GM crops, grown on an estimated 134 million hectares worldwide in 2009, and “jumped’ another 10 percent in 2010. (Editor’s note: this article has solid information if you dig past the “noise”.)

Solar Flare Warning for South Africa – (I Africa – March 7, 2011)
The Hermanus Space Weather Warning Centre (SWWC) recently said a large solar flare was being experienced in South Africa and would result in higher radiation levels from the sun. SWWC’s forecaster Kobus Olckers said people should be careful when they go outside. “People must wear high sunscreen factor at the moment or preferably go shopping,” he said.

Magnetic North Shifting by 40 Miles/Yr. Might Signal Pole Reversal – (Mother Nature News – March 7, 2011)
The magnetic pole is moving faster than at any time in human history. Ever since the magnetic north pole was first discovered in 1831, geologists have been tracking its progress. Unlike true north (which is marked by the Earth’s axis), magnetic north is constantly on the move due to changes in the planet’s molten core, which contains iron. The thing that makes the pole’s current movement unusual is the speed that it is shifting. In the last decade alone, movement has increased by a third, throwing off compasses by roughly 1 degree every five years. The rapid shifting has prompted some experts to speculate that the Earth’s entire magnetic field may be preparing to “flip.” In geological time, pole reversals are relatively common, typically occurring every 400,000 years or so, however it’s been 780,000 years since the last flip.


World’s First Eye Controlled Laptop Presented – (IT Portal – March 1, 2011)
Computer manufacturer Lenovo has partnered with Swedish startup Tobii Technology to launch the world’s first eye controlled laptop. The prototype is a fully functional model and according to the manufacturer provides with a more intuitive interface as it relies on the human eyes to point, select and scroll and complements, rather than replaces, existing control interfaces. Henrik Eskilsson, CEO of Tobii Technology, says that it is only a matter of years before the technology becomes an integral part of the average computer as the tracking technology is mature enough and only needs to be miniaturized and mass produced to cut down on price.

Denmark to Swap Stamps for Texts – (BBC News – March 11, 2011)
Starting 1 April, the Danish post office is introducing a service that does away with stamps for standard sized letters. Instead, people can send a text to the post office and get back a code they write on the envelope. Sweden’s post office said it was also considering introducing the service and is planning trials. Danes sending a text bearing the word “PORTO” to the 1900 number will get in return a code that must be written on a letter in the place they would usually stick a stamp. Initially only letters up to 50g in weight can bear the mobile postal code. Getting a code will cost the standard rate for a letter, plus the usual cost of a text message. The charge for the code will be added to the mobile user’s phone bill.

Fox News Lies Keep Them out of Canada – (Reader Supported News – March 1, 2011)
Canadian regulators announced last week they would reject efforts by Canada’s right-wing Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, to repeal a law that forbids lying on broadcast news. Canada’s Radio Act requires that “a licenser may not broadcast … any false or misleading news.” The provision has kept Fox News and right-wing talk radio out of Canada.


Company Making Diesel with Sun, Water, CO² – (Yahoo – February 27, 2011)
A Massachusetts biotechnology company says it can produce the fuel that runs Jaguars and jet engines using the same ingredients that make grass grow. Joule Unlimited has invented a genetically-engineered organism that it says simply secretes diesel fuel or ethanol wherever it finds sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. The company says it can manipulate the organism to produce the renewable fuels on demand at unprecedented rates, and can do it in facilities large and small at costs comparable to the cheapest fossil fuels. National Renewable Energy Laboratory scientist Philip Pienkos said Joule’s claims of efficiency are undercut by difficulties they could have just collecting the fuel their organism is producing.

Cold Fusion May Not Be Madness – (Tech News World – February 22, 2011)
Cold fusion — the largely discredited science of making more energy from less — may be making a comeback. Controversial yet high-profile demonstrations in Italy last month purported to show a cold fusion device turning 400 watts of heat power into 12,400 watts. The eye-popping 31-fold increase – also known as an “excess heat effect” – illustrates why lay observers say cold fusion is the “holy grail of energy independence” and why many scientists doubt, some to the point of apoplexy. See also: this article.


U.S. Jihadists to American Muslims: You Suck – (Wired – March 9, 2011)
The evangelists of al-Qaeda’s narrative are lamenting the moderation of Muslims in America; that tells you something about the market for their ideas. But the numbers tell the story of jihadis’ marginality in America in better detail. In a forthcoming report, Brian Michael Jenkins, a terrorism expert and senior advisor at the Rand Corporation, updates a previous study on the subject and counts the number of Muslims in America who’ve participated in jihadist-related crimes from 9/11 through 2010. 181 Muslims have either been indicted, arrested or self-identified (such as through suicide bombings in Somalia) as participating in jihadist-related crimes since 9/11, according to Jenkins’ study. Estimates on the number of Muslims in America’s population are numerous and inconsistent; the Pew forum fixes the number at 2.6 million, Jenkins uses a figure of 3 million. In either case, the figure lies between 0.007 to 0.006 percent of American Muslims – an extreme minority in the fullest sense of the words.


The Perfidy of Government – (Global Research – March 1, 2011)
This article is about three recent books that explain how we lost our economy, the Constitution and our civil liberties, and how peace lost out to war. The first book featured is by Matt Taibbi, the best – certainly the most entertaining – financial/political reporter in the country. There is no better book than Griftopia (2010) to which to turn to understand how stupidity, greed, and criminality, spread evenly among policymakers and Wall Street.


Understanding Saudi Stability and Instability – (CSIS – February 26, 2011)
Saudi Arabia is scarcely immune to protest and dissent, and has long struggled with the challenges of reform. What is most striking about the Kingdom over the past weeks of crisis, however, has been the lack of any major challenge to government and the way it functions. As other countries in the region have shown all too clearly, a history of stability is no guarantee for the future, but it is important to note that Saudi stability has been the product of the fact that its government has dealt with each wave of change by making the reforms that are critical to maintaining popular support.

WikiLeaks: Saudi Royal Welfare Program Revealed – (Huffington Post – March 12, 2011)
Cables obtained by WikiLeaks and reviewed by Reuters provide remarkable insight into how much the vast royal welfare program has cost the country – not just financially but in terms of undermining social cohesion. Besides the huge monthly stipends that every Saudi royal receives, the cables detail various money-making schemes some royals have used to finance their lavish lifestyles over the years. Among them: siphoning off money from “off-budget” programs controlled by senior princes, sponsoring expatriate workers who then pay a small monthly fee to their royal patron and, simply, “borrowing from the banks, and not paying them back.”

The 18 Countries Most Likely to Default – (Smart Economy – March 6, 2011)
A recent survey of the data from CMA Datavision and Bloomberg shows that Europe remains in the crosshairs of investors, with little confidence eurozone leaders are going to sort out a package that will provide certainty for the region. While Europe and the Middle East are making the headlines, some old risks remain, including big South American sovereigns. For this list, we’ve ranked countries by the market price to insure their debt. There may be other methods, but this gives a good take on the current market view of the fiscal and political stability of these countries. Ratings are based on the size of the risk premium for 5-year collateralized debt securities. Most of the countries near the top of the list come as little surprise – except for #1.


Proust was a Neuroscientist – (Guardian – February 12, 2011)
Proust Was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer asks why, when it comes to understanding the mind, neuroscience has been beaten to the punch, not once, but time and time again, by writers, artists, composers and cooks, especially those working in the early part of the 20th century. For example, in the most powerful, well-argued and carefully condensed of his biographical essays, Lehrer says of the paintings of Paul Cézanne: “Instead of giving us a scene of fully realised forms, Cézanne supplies us with layers of suggestive edges, out of which forms slowly unfurl. Our vision is made of lines, and Cézanne has made the lines distressingly visible.” In other words, Cézanne got the eye right, long before Hubel and Wiesel transformed our understanding of the visual cortex in 1959.


We’re All Aliens… How Humans Began Life in Outer Space – (Independent – March 1, 2011)
A growing body of evidence is now pointing to deep space as the possible source of the raw materials that formed the building blocks of life. The latest study, which focused on a class of meteorites that fell on to the Antarctic ice sheet, also suggests that life’s origins may have been extraterrestrial. An analysis of the meteorites has revealed that these rocks can be induced, under high pressures and temperatures, to emit nitrogen-containing ammonia, a vital ingredient for the first self-replicating molecules that eventually led to DNA, the molecule at the heart of all life.

Sun’s Deep Physics Explain Sunspot-Free Days – (Universe Today – March 2, 2011)
A new computer analysis may have come up with a fairly simple explanation for the sun’s long lull in sunspots at the end of Solar Cycle 23. Lead author Dibyendu Nandy, of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research and colleagues report that the long string of sunspot-free days between solar cycles 23 and 24 may directly correlate with the speed of north-south flow of plasma toward the sun’s equator.

Britain’s Actual X Files Released – (AOL News – March 3, 2011)
Britain has just released more of its massive collection of X-Files — over 8,000 pages of documents detailing UFO investigations, eyewitness testimony and military concerns about possible extraterrestrial visitors. These mainly cover the period from 1997 to 2005 and include photographs, drawings and descriptions of flying saucer sightings, as well as letters the Ministry of Defense sent eyewitnesses in response to their accounts. The files include pages of UFO sightings and reports, color photographs and drawings, UK Royal Air Force investigations, unusual radar detections, briefings to lawmakers and documents on the government’s policy on UFOs disclosed for the first time.

To Talk with Aliens, Learn to Speak with Dolphins – (Wired – February, 15, 2011)
If humanity someday arrives at an extraterrestrial cocktail party, will we be ready to mingle? At the Wild Dolphin Project in Jupiter, Florida, researchers train for contact by trying to talk with dolphins. Behavioral biologist Denise Herzing started studying free-ranging spotted dolphins in the Bahamas more than two decades ago. Over the years, she noticed some dolphins seeking human company, seemingly out of curiosity. Herzing said. “Many studies communicate with dolphins, especially in captivity, using fish as a reward. But it’s rare to ask dolphins to communicate with us.” When trained, they have a remarkable capacity to pick up language. At the Dolphin Institute in Hawaii, Louis Herman and his team taught dolphins hundreds of words using gestures and symbols. Dolphins, they found, could understand the difference between statements and questions, concepts like “none” or “absent,” and that changing word order changes the meaning of a sentence. Essentially, they get syntax.


Will “Chindia” Rule the World in 2050, or America After All? – (Telegraph – February 28, 2011)
With a small tweak in assumptions and the inexorable force of compound arithmetic, Citigroup and HSBC have come up with radically different pictures of what the world will look like in 2050. Which of the two is closer to the mark will determine whether the West hangs on, or disappears as a relevant voice in global affairs. Citigroup’s Willem Buiter offers some astonishing projections. The Muslim powerhouse of Indonesia will alone match the combined GDP of Germany, France, Italy, and Britain by mid-century. The economies of China and India will together be four times as large as the United States, restoring the historic order of Asian dominance before Europe’s navies burst on the scene in the 16th Century. Or maybe not.


A Day Made of Glass – (You Tube – February 7, 20110)
Take a look at Corning’s vision for the future with specialty glass at the heart of it: data transmission via touch screens incorporated into practically anything. And that’s just for starters.

How To Turn A Laser Into A Tractor Beam – (Technology Review – February 28, 2011)
A photon has a small momentum which it can impart to anything it hits, as Arthur Compton and Peter Lebedev discovered at the beginning of the last century. We now know that photons can be used to push anything from electrons to solar sails. Today, Jun Chen from Fudan University in China and a few pals demonstrate the counterintuitive result that photons can pull things too. In other words, they’ve worked out how to generate a backward pulling force from a forward propagating beam.

Cells in Living Color – (Technology Review – March, 2011)
One of the dirty secrets of biology is that most of the cells we study are dying. The laser light scientists use to take gorgeous images of cells causes fatal damage, in addition to quickly bleaching out the fluorescent proteins that appear in the image. Now scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm, in Ashburn, Virginia, have built a microscope that can take 3-D movies of living cells that are not only highly detailed and fast but also nontoxic. By shining a thin sheet of light through a sample, Eric Betzig and colleagues greatly reduced a cell’s exposure to toxic laser light. By pulsing the light on and off rapidly, they were able to get a set of overlapping images from which a computer program can subtract fuzziness. For speed, the microscope can switch to another mode and take nearly 200 images per second.


Your Incredible Shrinking Paycheck – (Time – February 28, 2011)
Paychecks are likely to keep shrinking even if unemployment starts to inch down. Along with that, the term Marxism has been trending upward on Google ever since the end of December, the conclusion of a year in which workers’ share of the U.S. economic pie shrank to the smallest piece ever: 54.4% of GDP, down from about 60% in the 1970s. It’s been more than 100 years since the German philosopher predicted that capitalism’s voraciousness would be its undoing – as bosses invest more in new technologies to make things more cheaply and efficiently and less in workers themselves. And indeed, technology-driven productivity is increasing not just in manufacturing but also in services.

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

The Ruins of Detroit – (Denver Post – February 7, 2011)
Up and down Detroit’s streets, buildings stand abandoned and in ruin. French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre set out to document the decline of an American city. Their book “The Ruins of Detroit”, a document of decaying buildings frozen in time, was published in December 2010. Unless you’ve seen Detroit recently, the architectural decay occurring in sections of this American city is startling.


The Online Books Page – (University of Pennsylvania Website – no date)
The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all. Major parts of the site include: an index of hundreds of thousands of online books freely readable on the Internet; pointers to significant directories and archives of online texts; special exhibits of particularly interesting classes of online books; and information on how readers can help support the growth of online books. One person is responsible for this entire collection: John Mark Ockerbloom, a digital library planner and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sapporo Beer Commercial – (You Tube – June 2, 2010)
Brilliant computer animation. Another commercial so engaging that it has gone viral.


I dwell in Possibility. – Emily Dickinson

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Pierre Richard Dubois is Registered Architect and holds two advanced degrees from Columbia University. He has been on a life quest to satisfy his inner and intuitive knowing about consciousness-expanding technologies and wisdom. He is an author, life coach, healer, ascension teacher, and a minister. Pierre has travelled the world and studied many religions and belief systems and found that we are all seeking the same thing: merger back with the uncreated Source of all. An insightful listener and counselor, Pierre deeply aspires to share with others his wisdom and has helped countless people on their journey of healing, expansion, and ascension over the past 20 years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Raymon Grace

Raymon Grace, one of the world’s most extraordinary dowsers, travels the world teaching and demonstrating how dowsing can be used by most anyone to change themselves and the world around them. His down-home, direct approach is sought out by many thousands of searchers who are looking for bettering their lives and dealing with the extraordinary change that the world is experiencing.

Charles Eisenstein

Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His on-line writings have generated a vast following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts.

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.

Michael Waters

Michael Waters is an advanced technology consultant, researcher, inventor, and sustainable recovery strategist. His automated disaster recovery and library preservation systems are used worldwide. Michael has researched cutting edge science and technologies that redefine current understandings in mainstream physics. He is currently on the board of a number of organizations involved in advanced energy, mining, agriculture, and finance.

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. 

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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]

Robert David Steele

Robert David Steele, former spy, former Marine Corps officer, a proponent of Open Source Everything, Presidential candidate in 2012 and perhaps again in 2024, recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 will integrate his life’s experience with his lessons from the works of others to explore love versus fear as a foundation for politics; liberty under natural law versus predatory fascism as we now have in the USA; and the possibilities for cosmic awakening very soon, in a full-on defeat of the Deep State and its Archon masters.

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.

Frank DeMarco

FRANK DeMARCO has been reporting on his conversations with non-physical beings for more than two decades, in magazine articles, talks, and in a dozen non-fiction books and two novels.

FRANK DeMARCO is the author of 14 books rooted in more than 25 years of psychic exploration, including It’s All One World, Awakening from the 3D World, Rita’s World (two volumes), The Cosmic Internet, The Sphere and the Hologram, and Imagine Yourself Well. Since 2005, he has been actively engaged in an on-going series of conversations with various non-physical beings, including historical individuals, “past lives,” aspects of personal guidance, and a generalized group he calls “the guys upstairs.”

He is also the author of three novels, Messenger, That Phenomenal Background (originally published as Babe in the Woods) and Dark Fire.

Dr. Larry Dossey

Dr. Larry Dossey is a physician of internal medicine and former Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital. He received his M. D. degree from Southwestern Medical School (Dallas), and trained in internal medicine at Parkland and the VA hospitals in Dallas. Dossey has lectured at medical schools and hospitals throughout the United States and abroad. In 1988 he delivered the annual Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture in New Delhi, India, the only physician ever invited to do so. He is the author of twelve books dealing with consciousness, spirituality, and healing, including the New York Times bestseller HEALING WORDS: THE POWER OF PRAYER AND THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE, and most recently One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters. His books have been translated into languages around the world. Dr. Dossey is the former co-chairman of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health. He is the executive editor of the peer-reviewed journal EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing. Dr. Dossey lectures around the world. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife Barbara, a nurse-consultant and the author of several award-winning books.

William Buhlman

William Buhlman is a recognized expert on the subject of out-of-body experiences. The author’s forty years of extensive personal out-of-body explorations give him a unique and thought provoking insight into this subject. His first book, Adventures beyond the Body chronicles his personal journey of self-discovery through out-of-body travel, and provides the reader with the preparation and techniques that can be used for their own adventure. He has conducted an international out-of-body experience survey that includes over 16,000 participants from forty-two countries. The provocative results of this survey are presented in his book, The Secret of the Soul. This cutting edge book explores the unique opportunities for personal growth and profound spiritual awakenings that are reported during out-of-body experiences.

Over the past two decades William has developed an effective system to experience safe, self initiated out-of-body adventures. He conducts an in-depth six-day workshop titled, Out-of-Body Exploration Intensive at the renowned Monroe Institute in Virginia. As a certified hypnotherapist, William incorporates various methods, including hypnosis, visualization and meditation techniques in his workshops to explore the profound nature of out-of-body experiences and the benefits of accelerated personal development. Through lectures, workshops and his books the author teaches the preparation and techniques of astral projection and spiritual exploration.

The author brings a refreshing look to how we can use out-of-body experiences to explore our spiritual identity and enhance our intellectual and physical lives. William is best known for his ability to teach people how to have profound spiritual adventures through the use of out-of-body experiences. In addition, he has developed an extensive series of audio programs that are designed to expand awareness and assist in the exploration of consciousness. William has appeared on numerous television and radio shows worldwide. William’s books are currently available in twelve languages. The author lives in Delaware, USA. For more information visit his web site, www.astralinfo.org.

Joe McMoneagle

Joe was the longest operational psychic spy in the US government’s very highly classified Stargate program where they used psychics and intuitives to look into installations and people around the world that were of interest to government intelligence agencies. They called the process remote viewing.

As it turned out, the remote viewers discovered that they were – not limited by either time or space and produced drawings and assessments that could not have been obtained in any other way. The Soviets had an active remote viewing program at the same time and it is rumored that Russia, China and the U.S. still have initiatives of this kind that are operational.

Joe’s stories are fascinating, like the time he mentally got inside a Chinese nuclear weapon and saw how the triggering mechanism worked . . . and then went out and bought the parts at Radio Shack to show the scientists in the intelligence agency exactly how it was done. The remote viewers could find submarines at the bottom of the ocean and crashed aircraft in the middle of African jungles.

Dr. Joe Dispenza

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.

Dr. Joe is also a faculty member at Quantum University in Honolulu, Hawaii; the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York; and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He’s also an invited chair of the research committee at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia.

As a researcher, Dr. Joe’s passion can be found at the intersection of the latest findings from the fields of neuroscience, epigenetics, and quantum physics to explore the science behind spontaneous remissions. He uses that knowledge to help people heal themselves of illnesses, chronic conditions, and even terminal diseases so they can enjoy a more fulfilled and happy life, as well as evolve their consciousness. At his advanced workshops around the world, he has partnered with other scientists to perform extensive research on the effects of meditation, including epigenetic testing, brain mapping with electroencephalograms (EEGs), and individual energy field testing with a gas discharge visualization (GDV) machine. His research also includes measuring both heart coherence with HeartMath monitors and the energy present in the workshop environment before, during, and after events with a GDV Sputnik sensor.

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

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.

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.

Dr. Carrie Hempel & Brian Sanderoff

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.

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.

Joe Dispenza

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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.