Are Crop Marks and Crop Circles related? Is it all True Series #151

Crop Marks recently came to my attention for the first time. At first I thought they were misidentified Crop Circles, but maybe, just maybe, there is a strange relationship between the two different concepts.

First, Crop Marks are lines in fields that appear during unusually dry summers in England, and I suspect in other parts of the world where ancient structures lie under a shallow layer of earth. In England there are many ancient forts and buildings that are now under fields of crops. Planes that were watching for crop circles noticed these similar lines in the crops were actually outlining forts, walls and foundations of these ancient structures. The depth of the moist earth is minimized over the structures so that during dry periods the crops over these areas whither and sometimes die, forming lines, sort of like a Nazca line village.

These crop marks have uncovered a lost beach where archeologists feel the Romans first landed to invade and conquer the British Isles 2000 years ago. Over two hundred ancient important sites have been found through Crop Mark sightings. This year has been an amazing year for these Crop Marks; England has experienced one of the driest summers since 1976, and so has had a bumper “crop” of Crop Marks.

1976 was also an amazing crop circle year on sheer volume, though not as complex as they are today, but large and very impressive for that time frame. And Crop Circle and Crop Marks lie close together in quite a few cases. I believe this relationship is because the ancient ones of the British Isles built near the ley-lines, which intersect in vortex areas. These vortex/ley-lines areas have also been drawn through the dimensional veil by the Circle Makers and their beautiful Crop Circle formations.

You can quote me on this: since this year has been a banner year for Crop Marks, this will also be a glorious year for Crop Circles. The messages this year may tell us our immediate future, and we need to see and perceive them through our right brain. So don’t think it – feel it. You will feel hope or despair and you will know if our journey will end or continue here on this little fragile planet.

Sleep tight, the Circle Makers are at work – designing the art form of universal consciousness.

MWiz.

Another UFO to watch for —Phantom Eye High Altitude Long Endurance aircraft unveiled By Boeing

From–Randy Jackson and Chris Haddox
Phantom Eye, at a ceremony in St. Louis

Bruce Becker/Boeing

Boeing unveils its first hydrogen-powered unmanned airborne system, called Phantom Eye, at a ceremony in St. Louis. Phantom Eye is a demonstrator that has 150-foot wingspan, will cruise at approximately 150 knots and can carry up to a 450-pound payload while staying aloft at 65,000 feet for up to four days.

Boeing unveiled its hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system during a ceremony in St. Louis on July 12. The demonstrator, which will stay aloft at 65,000 feet for up to four days, is powered by two 2-liter, four-cylinder engines that provide 150 horsepower each. It has a 150-foot wingspan, will cruise at approximately 150 knots and can carry up to a 450-pound payload.

“Phantom Eye is the first of its kind and could open up a whole new market in collecting data and communications,” Darryl Davis, president of Boeing Phantom Works, said today at the unveiling ceremony in St. Louis. “It is a perfect example of turning an idea into a reality. It defines our rapid prototyping efforts and will demonstrate the art-of-the-possible when it comes to persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The capabilities inherent in Phantom Eye’s design will offer game-changing opportunities for our military, civil and commercial customers.”
CEO Dennis Muilenburg addresses the crowd of employees gathered in St. Louis to view the Phantom Eye

Bruce Becker/Boeing

Boeing Defense, Space & Security President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg addresses the crowd of employees gathered in St. Louis to view the Phantom Eye, a hydrogen-powered unmanned airborne system.

Later this summer, Phantom Eye will be shipped to NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to begin a series of ground and taxi tests in preparation for its first flight in early 2011. That debut flight is expected to last between four and eight hours.

“The program is moving quickly, and it’s exciting to be part of such a unique aircraft,” said Drew Mallow, Phantom Eye program manager for Boeing. “The hydrogen propulsion system will be the key to Phantom Eye’s success. It is very efficient and offers great fuel economy, and its only byproduct is water, so it’s also an environmentally responsible aircraft.”

NEVADA TEST SITE GETS NEW NAME……ITS IMPACT ON AREA 51!! by Norio Hayakawa September 1, 2010

Here is an interesting recent development concerning the entire Nevada Test Site:

Nevada Test Site gets new name: Nevada National Security Site
http://www.8newsnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=13029166

As everybody knows, the government’s so-called operating base at Groom Lake (a.k.a., Area 51) is located right next to the Test Site.
Although Area 51 officially has had no direct relationship to the Test Site for all these years even though it is located right next to it, it is my opinion that things will change in the very near future.

With this new policy and development, my belief is that some of the programs and operations of Area 51 may be extended further west into the Test Site (now officially called National Security Site).

It is apparent that R & D (research and development) and testing of emerging new technologies (in the name of “anti-terrorism” weaponry) will be conducted in the newly designated National Security Site.

If this is the case, Area 51 will expand and definitely benefit from the possible use of much larger space to integrate their own programs in conjunction with the National Security Site.

Let us hope that if this will be the course, that such R & D and testing programs will be conducted without any serious environmental infractions.

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Denise Chow SPACE.com – an unprecedented event Today 09/08/10

( my personal comment– lets all hope our Space alien friends don’t decide to pull one or both of these objects into our orbit – all hell would break -loose. MWiz)

Staff Writer
SPACE.com denise Chow
space.com Staff Writer
space.com – Tue Sep 7, 2:16 pm ET

This story was updated at 1:55 p.m. ET.

In an unprecedented event for astronomers, two asteroids will swing past the Earth Wednesday at a distance closer than the moon.

The two asteroids, which will not be visible to the naked eye, were only recently discovered by astronomers with the Mount Lemmon Survey in Tucson, Ariz. They are in different orbits with close passes that will come nearly 11 hours apart. While scientists say neither threatens to strike the planet, the two space rocks do provide a challenging skywatching opportunity.

Other asteroids have been known to make such close passes, but it is rare for two to be spotted zooming in at the same time. Because of the asteroids’ movement, finding and tracking them across the sky will be a challenge for seasoned skywatchers. [Image Gallery: Asteroids]

The smaller asteroid, 2010 RF12 will have a closer pass, at almost 49,000 miles (about 79,000 km).

This is higher than communications satellites in geosynchronous orbit 22,369 miles (36,000 km) above Earth. On average, the moon is about roughly 238,600 miles (384,000 km) from Earth, so 2010 RF12 will pass by at nearly 0.2 of that lunar distance.

Asteroid 2010 RF12 is a small space rock, estimated to be between 19 and 42.6 feet (5.8 to 13 meters) wide, according to NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

As the asteroid swings by our planet and gains speed, it should also brighten, but it will still be very hard to spot, astronomers have said. Its closest approach will be at 5:18 p.m. EDT (2118 GMT) on Wednesday.

“But by then it will be difficult (to see) from any location on Earth,” said Richard Miles, director of the Asteroids and Remote Planets Section at the British Astronomical Association.

The larger space rock, 2010 RX30, will visit first, passing Earth at a range of about three-fifths of the Earth-moon distance, or about 154,000 miles (248,000 km). It is estimated to be between 33 and 72 feet (10 to 22 meters) wide, according to the JPL asteroid database.

This larger asteroid “should be able to be followed to within about 6 hours of closest approach,” Miles said in a statement. NASA asteroid trackers said the closest approach of 2010 RX30 will be Wednesday at 5:51 a.m. EDT (0951 GMT).

In telescopes, 2010 RX30 should be visible all night between Tuesday and Wednesday but could be tricky to spot as it crosses the sky at a swift pace.

Seasoned skywatchers equipped with telescopes, particularly in the Southern Hemisphere, could see 2010 RF12 reach 13th magnitude between 1600 and 1700 GMT (noon and 1 p.m. EDT), Miles said.

Magnitude is a measure of how bright an object in the sky is, with lower numbers corresponding to brighter objects. Anything magnitude 6.5 and above is not visible to the naked eye.

“As seen visually in a large telescope (30-cm aperture or more), its motion across the sky would be very apparent in real time,” Miles wrote.

Using a network of telescopes on the ground and in space, NASA experts and other astronomers routinely track asteroids and comets that may fly uncomfortably near the Earth.

The space agency’s Near-Earth Object Observations program is responsible for finding potentially dangerous asteroids and studying their orbits to determine if they pose a risk of hitting the Earth.

* Top 10 Summer Sky Objects to See Before Fall, Asteroid Photos
* Telescopes for Beginners
* For Stargazers, September Brings New Night Sky

* Original Story: 2 Asteroids to Pass Earth Closer Than the Moon

If You Want to Age Gracefully – Don't Eat– This Posted By Dr. Mercola

You can slow down your aging process and help stave off heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. U.S. News & World Report offers some tips on how to do it:
matured couple smiling

1.

Free radicals. Free radicals are chemically unstable molecules that attack your cells and damage your DNA. You can limit your exposure to them by avoiding cigarettes, trans fats, charred meats, and other sources.

Organic fruits and vegetables will also limit your exposure to pesticides and herbicides, which contain the harmful molecules.
2.

Inflammation. Inflammation is a major player in many diseases of aging, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. One way to avoid it is to follow a Mediterranean-style diet.

Other great anti-inflammatory foods include turmeric, dark chocolate, and the anti-aging chemical resveratrol. Exercise is another great way to lower inflammation.
3. Glycation. Glycation is what happens when sugar mixes with proteins and fats to form molecules that promote aging. Advanced glycation end products, or AGEs, are thought to accelerate your aging process by churning out free radicals and promoting inflammation. One way to avoid ingesting AGEs is to turn down the heat when you cook. The browning effect of high-heat cooking causes these molecules to form. Limiting your intake of sugar-filled foods in general will also help.
4. Stress. Stress initiates the release of a variety of hormones that make your pulse race and cause your blood pressure to rise. The hormone cortisol, released to lessen these effects, also creates problems when it remains chronically elevated. Try practicing relaxation techniques to help manage stress, and get enough sleep every night.

Sources:
U.S. News & World Report July 29, 2010
The Guardian August 1, 2010

Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

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Death is surely inevitable, but I do believe you can live far longer than the average life expectancy, which, in the US, is around 78. Genetics may play a role, but is NOT the final determining factor for whether you’ll live a long healthy life.

Barring an accident, your lifestyle has everything to do with your longevity. It’s already been established that diet can override genetic predispositions for disease, for example, so don’t fall into the trap of believing your health and longevity is somehow the inevitable result of what’s in your gene pool.

Please understand that the list in the summary above is from US News and World Report and it is THEIR concept of what contributes to aging. Of course you don’t get the newsletter for their views so I am going to use their list as a springboard to provide you with my thoughts on the topic.

The Leading Cause of Premature Aging and Premature Death

Increased insulin and leptin receptor sensitivity has clearly become the leading candidate for premature death. This results from two primary conditions: too much sugar and processed foods, combined with insufficient exercise.

Interestingly, controlling these two factors could likely eliminate more than 90 percent of:

* High blood pressure
* Obesity
* Diabetes
* High cholesterol

Of all the molecules capable of inflicting damage in your body, probably the most damaging of all are sugar molecules. Fructose in particular is an extremely potent pro-inflammatory agent that speeds up the aging process.

This is mostly an artifact of the postindustrial agricultural revolution that we live in as over thirty years ago scientists learned how to cheaply produce sugar from corn and now it is loaded in nearly all processed foods and has become the number one source of calories in most all developed countries.

Fructose is a major contributor to:

* Insulin resistance and obesity
* Elevated blood pressure
* Elevated triglycerides and elevated LDL
* Cardiovascular disease, liver disease, cancer, arthritis and even gout

How does it do all this?

Fructose adversely affects your body in a number of ways, but one of the mechanisms that causes significant damage is glycation; a process in which the sugar bonds with proteins and form so-called advanced glycation end products, or AGEs. It’s a fitting acronym because – along with oxidation – it’s one of the major molecular mechanisms whereby damage accrues in your body, which leads to disease, aging, and eventually, death.

When sugar glycates it creates inflammation, which activates your immune system in a defensive maneuver. Macrophages are scavenger cells that are part of your immune defense system, and as such they have special receptors for AGEs, aptly called RAGEs (think: raging inflammation). These RAGEs bind to the AGEs and get rid of them.

Unfortunately, this process can leave its fair share of battle scars. Inside your arteries, for example, the scar tissue created from this process is called plaque. This also explains why there’s such a strong connection between diabetes and heart disease.

As a standard recommendation, I strongly advise keeping your TOTAL fructose consumption below 25 grams per day.

However, most people would be wise to limit their fructose to 15 grams or less, particularly if you have elevated uric acid levels, which can be used as a predictor for fructose toxicity. (For more information on this, please see this recent article.)

This includes keeping track of your fructose intake from whole fruits. For a helpful chart showing the fructose content of many common fruits, please see this link.

I recommend this lower level simply because if you consume processed foods or sweet beverages at all, you’re virtually guaranteed to consume “hidden” sources of fructose.

How to Prevent Free-Radical Damage

The most widely accepted idea for life extension is the free-radical theory, which says that as you age, you begin to “self destruct,” courtesy of free radicals – aggressive chemical compounds created as a byproduct of your natural metabolism that damage your DNA.

Lifestyle choices such as smoking, consuming processed foods laden with trans fats and other harmful chemical additives, along with pesticide- and other chemical exposures further add to your body’s free radical burden.

With time, your DNA eventually becomes damaged beyond your body’s ability to repair, and once your biological processed fail, you die.

Antioxidants continually combat these free radicals – which is why a diet high in natural antioxidants is so important for your health and longevity. Antioxidants are abundant in a number of foods, and your BEST bet to get high quality antioxidants is to consume raw fresh organic vegetables and fruits.

Supplementation can also be useful and resveratrol appears to be particularly potent and is often referred to as a “fountain of youth” that can extend lifespan. It is unique among antioxidants because it can cross the blood-brain barrier to help protect your brain and nervous system.

Another important but often overlooked antioxidant is coenzyme Q-10, but more specifically the reduced version, called ubiquinol..

Your liver produces CoQ10 and it is actually an essential nutrient for health and longevity because it provides energy to every single cell in your body. Unfortunately, after age 25, your natural levels of this critical compound begin to decline, which is why I personally take the reduced form, ubiquinol, every day.

CoQ10 is also an absolute necessity if you’re on statin drugs as they can quickly deplete your body of coQ10. This is in part why statins are so harmful to your heart.

Glutathione (GSH) is another important and underutilized antioxidant. This is one antioxidant though I believe you can optimize with proper diet and if you are leading a healthy lifestyle it is probably unnecessary to supplement. However if you are sick and disabled and recovering, you certainly could consider supplementation.

Interestingly, increased glutathione levels may actually play a role in stopping telomere shortening, which is one of the most exciting anti-aging discoveries in recent years. If you missed my article on this fascinating new theory, you can read it here.

Now, I’m not a fan of taking fistfuls of supplements in lieu of altering your diet to get the nutrients you need, and I have reservations against using glutathione supplements in particular. When it comes to glutathione, one of your best sources is high quality whey protein. Other food sources include free range animal foods and eggs.

Just remember that there are vast differences between whey products. You’ll want to make sure your whey protein is derived from grass-fed cows and very carefully processed to preserve the fragile amino acid precursors. Many whey proteins on the market are highly processed and may also contain undesirable additives.

I am so convinced by the research on telomeres and glutathione that I take our Miracle Whey protein every morning, and a second dose before my twice weekly strength training days.

Additionally, I use Peak 8 — specific “anti-aging” exercises that boost human growth hormone production.

Learning from Those Who’ve Lived the Longest

Longevity researchers have long searched for the magic common denominators that might explain the extended life spans of centenarians. What they found is that the people who’ve lived the longest tend to eat a natural, plant-based diet and live in areas that promote regular physical activity, such as daily walking.

They also tend to have effective strategies for coping with the inevitable stresses of life, such as prayer, meditation, and having strong social networks. In fact, being able to effectively cope with stress, it turns out, is one of the MAJOR common denominators for those who live long, healthy lives.

One of the proposed reasons for this strong link is that stress, just like fructose, promotes inflammation in your body.

Indeed, most of the research indicates that longevity hinges on preventing chronic inflammation, and avoiding sugar/fructose while consuming an antioxidant-rich diet of whole, fresh foods, along with physical exercise and effective stress reduction methods work hand-in-hand to do just that.

The Anti-Aging Lifestyle

Going back to where I started, of all the healthy lifestyle strategies I know of that can have a significant impact on your longevity, normalizing your insulin and leptin levels is probably the most important.

There is no question that optimizing your insulin levels is an absolute necessity if you want to slow down your aging process, and that means modifying your diet to avoid excessive amounts of fructose, grains, and other pro-inflammatory ingredients like trans fats.

Here are the rest of my top “anti-aging” recommendations:

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Learn how to effectively cope with stress – As discussed earlier, stress has a direct impact on inflammation, which in turn underlies many of the chronic diseases that kill people prematurely every day, so developing effective coping mechanisms is a major longevity-promoting factor.

Meditation, prayer, physical activity and exercise are all viable options that can help you maintain emotional and mental equilibrium. I also strongly believe in using energy psychology tools such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to address deeper, oftentimes hidden emotional problems.
* Eat a healthy diet based on your nutritional type – My nutrition plan, based on natural whole foods, is your first step toward increasing your chances of living a longer, healthier life. This is so important, I now offer the full nutritional typing program for FREE.
* Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels. This is another very powerful and inexpensive intervention that can have profound benefits on your health. In the summer you can do this for free by careful and safe sun exposure but even in the winter a therapeutic level of oral vitamin D (typically 5-10,000 units of vitamin D3 for most adults)
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Animal based omega-3 fats – Correcting the ratio of omega-3 to healthful omega-6 fats is a strong factor in helping people live longer. This typically means increasing your intake of animal based omega-3 fats, such as krill oil, while decreasing your intake of damaged omega-6 fats (think trans fats).

I do not, however, recommend the new prescription strength fish oil medication, sold under the name Lovaza. Don’t be fooled by their “all-natural” PR campaign. This is actually a drug to treat very high triglyceride levels.

However, as with most other drugs, Lovaza comes with potentially dangerous side effects that you would not experience with a natural fish oil or krill oil supplement. Side effects include flu-like symptoms, infections, back pain, skin rashes, upset stomach, taste changes, digestive issues, chest pain, migraines and respiratory problems!

Additionally, new research strongly suggests that 500 mg of krill oil is more potent and far less expensive.
* Get your antioxidants from foods –Good sources include blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, beans, and artichokes.
* Use coconut oil – Another excellent anti-aging food is coconut oil, known to reduce your risk of heart disease and lower your cholesterol, among other things. In fact, it’s doubly beneficial because it can be both eaten and applied directly to your skin. Coconut oil can be used in place of other oils, margarine, butter, or shortening, and can be used for all your cooking needs.
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Get your resveratrol naturally – Resveratrol is one of the forerunners in the anti-aging pill race, but more than likely, by the time they’ve manipulated it into a synthetic pill (like the fish oil discussed above), it won’t be healthy for you.

Although resveratrol is the antioxidant found in red wine, I can’t recommend drinking wine in the hopes of extending your life because alcohol is a neurotoxin that can poison your brain and harm your body’s delicate hormonal balance. Instead, get your resveratrol from natural sources, such as whole grape skins and seeds, raspberries, mulberries, and peanuts.
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Exercise regularly, and correctly– Studies repeatedly show that regular, moderate-to-vigorous exercise can help prevent or delay your onset of hypertension, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, and the falls that lead to hip fracture. Although a lifetime of regular exercise is ideal, it’s never too late to start. It’s been shown that even individuals in their 70’s can substantially increase both strength and endurance with exercise.

I’m also excited about the research showing how high-intensity, interval training can increase longevity as this specific style of training promotes human growth hormone production – yet another aspect of the longevity puzzle.
* Avoid as many chemicals, toxins, and pollutants as possible – This includes tossing out your toxic household cleaners, soaps, personal hygiene products, air fresheners, bug sprays, lawn pesticides, and insecticides, just to name a few, and replacing them with non-toxic alternatives.
* Avoid pharmaceutical drugs – Pharmaceutical drugs kill thousands of people prematurely every year – as an expected side effect of the action of the drug. And, if you adhere to a healthy lifestyle, you most likely will never need any of them in the first place.

Incorporating these healthy lifestyle guidelines will help set you squarely on the path to optimal health and give you the best shot at living a much longer life. For even more anti-aging information, please review the related articles listed below.

The Cry Baby – date line – Albuquerque 1966 – Is it all True Series #150

Well here is an interesting, maybe a true, tale of a five-foot hairy bi-pedal running around Albuquerque’s South Valley area. A dozen or so witnesses saw the being and it was always giving out a crying sound like a human baby. It seemed to be looking for something or someone. The few who got close enough said its face was half human, half ape looking.

For you people who are not familiar with Albuquerque’s north and south valleys, they are within the area that the Rio Grande River flows. This area is called the Bosque, an area noted for its strange happenings, an area of beautiful old cottonwoods, assorted brush, and long grasses. There are irrigation channels that are fed by the river. Along these canals/channels there have also been skinwalker sightings for as long as Albuquerque has been here, over 300 years.

A few years ago someone I had met told me an amazing story that happened to him in a community in the Bosque called Corrales. He was driving by himself in his jeep wrangler, going about 40 miles per hour with the doors off and a canvas soft top, when he suddenly had a passenger. Something at 40 miles per hour was able to jump into his vehicle. The driver described the humanoid being as having super white skin, a long crooked nose, and the blackest long hair he had ever seen. The being never looked the driver in the eye except when he jumped out of the moving vehicle, when he turned with a toothless grim and steel cold eyes as if to say thanks for the lift and he was gone; this all took maybe two minutes. The driver said if it had lasted any longer he would have lost control of the jeep from the sheer fright of the event.

So we have a mysterious area here, maybe a vortex area. So let’s speculate on the crying baby being. If it was a vortex area it could have been a child/youth Bigfoot that simply lost its parents. Sasquatch have family units like humans and I have been told that the young ones have been known to cry like human babies even though they were much larger then a typical human baby, much larger. Also since vortexes move around the young BF could have stepped out into our dimension and perhaps could not find its way back. Who knows, but it does sound like these witnesses saw a real anomaly. After being here in Albuquerque for about 8 years I can confirm that the Duke City and the surrounding areas are rich in the “Paranormal.”

Sleep tight – If you hear a baby cry in the distance – ?

MWiz.

The Bosque

The Most Isolated Man on the Planet He's alone in the Brazilian Amazon, but for how long? – (Will this story show the Path of the total Human Race )

My Comment — Would a group of outside beings (outside the human race )- leave the last human standing or because who and what we are ,will we be isolated in the Universe ? MWiz.

By Monte Reel Posted Friday, Via Slate Aug. 20, 2010, at 7:08 AM ET

The most isolated man on the planet will spend tonight inside a leafy palm-thatch hut in the Brazilian Amazon. As always, insects will darn the air. Spider monkeys will patrol the treetops. Wild pigs will root in the undergrowth. And the man will remain a quietly anonymous fixture of the landscape, camouflaged to the point of near invisibility.

That description relies on a few unknowable assumptions, obviously, but they’re relatively safe. The man’s isolation has been so well-established—and is so mind-bendingly extreme—that portraying him silently enduring another moment of utter solitude is a practical guarantee of reportorial accuracy.

He’s an Indian, and Brazilian officials have concluded that he’s the last survivor of an uncontacted tribe. They first became aware of his existence nearly 15 years ago and for a decade launched numerous expeditions to track him, to ensure his safety, and to try to establish peaceful contact with him. In 2007, with ranching and logging closing in quickly on all sides, government officials declared a 31-square-mile area around him off-limits to trespassing and development.
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It’s meant to be a safe zone. He’s still in there. Alone.

History offers few examples of people who can rival his solitude in terms of duration and degree. The one that comes closest is the “Lone Woman of San Nicolas”—an Indian woman first spotted by an otter hunter in 1853, completely alone on an island off the coast of California. Catholic priests who sent a boat to fetch her determined that she had been alone for as long as 18 years, the last survivor of her tribe. But the details of her survival were never really fleshed out. She died just weeks after being “rescued.”

Certainly other last tribesmen and -women have succumbed unobserved throughout history, the world unaware of their passing. But what makes the man in Brazil unique is not merely the extent of his solitude or the fact that the government is aware of his existence. It’s the way they’ve responded to it.

Advanced societies invariably have subsumed whatever indigenous populations they’ve encountered, determining those tribes’ fates for them. But Brazil is in the middle of an experiment. If peaceful contact is established with the lone Indian, they want it to be his choice. They’ve dubbed this the “Policy of No Contact.” After years of often-tragic attempts to assimilate into modern life the people who still inhabit the few remaining wild places on the planet, the policy is a step in a totally different direction. The case of the lone Indian represents its most challenging test.

A few Brazilians first heard of the lone Indian in 1996, when loggers in the western state of Rondônia began spreading a rumor: A wild man was in the forest, and he seemed to be alone. Government field agents specializing in isolated tribes soon found one of his huts—a tiny shelter of palm thatch, with a mysterious hole dug in the center of the floor. As they continued to search for whoever had built that hut, they discovered that the man was on the run, moving from shelter to shelter, abandoning each hut as soon as loggers—or the agents—got close. No other tribes in the region were known to live like he did, digging holes inside of huts—more than five feet deep, rectangular, serving no apparent purpose. He didn’t seem to be a stray castaway from a documented tribe.

Eventually, the agents found the man. He was unclothed, appeared to be in his mid-30s (he’s now in his late 40s, give or take a few years), and always armed with a bow-and-arrow. Their encounters fell into a well-worn pattern: tense standoffs, ending in frustration or tragedy. On one occasion, the Indian delivered a clear message to one agent who pushed the attempts at contact too far: an arrow to the chest.

Peaceful contact proved elusive, but those encounters helped the agents stitch together a profile of a man with a calamitous past. In one jungle clearing they found the bulldozed ruins of several huts, each featuring the exact same kind of hole—14 in all—that the lone Indian customarily dug inside his dwellings. They concluded that it had been the site of his village, and that it had been destroyed by land-hungry settlers in early 1996.

Those kinds of clashes aren’t unheard of: Brazil’s 1988 Constitution gave Indians the legal right to the land they have traditionally occupied, which created a powerful incentive for settlers to chase uncontacted tribes off of any properties they might be eyeing for development. Just months before the agents began tracking the lone Indian, they made peaceful first contact with two other tribes that lived in the same region. One tribe, the Akuntsu, had been reduced to just six members. The rest of the tribe, explained the chief, had been killed during a raid by men with guns and chainsaws.

he most isolated man on the planet will spend tonight inside a leafy palm-thatch hut in the Brazilian Amazon. As always, insects will darn the air. Spider monkeys will patrol the treetops. Wild pigs will root in the undergrowth. And the man will remain a quietly anonymous fixture of the landscape, camouflaged to the point of near invisibility.
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That description relies on a few unknowable assumptions, obviously, but they’re relatively safe. The man’s isolation has been so well-established—and is so mind-bendingly extreme—that portraying him silently enduring another moment of utter solitude is a practical guarantee of reportorial accuracy.

He’s an Indian, and Brazilian officials have concluded that he’s the last survivor of an uncontacted tribe. They first became aware of his existence nearly 15 years ago and for a decade launched numerous expeditions to track him, to ensure his safety, and to try to establish peaceful contact with him. In 2007, with ranching and logging closing in quickly on all sides, government officials declared a 31-square-mile area around him off-limits to trespassing and development.
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It’s meant to be a safe zone. He’s still in there. Alone.

History offers few examples of people who can rival his solitude in terms of duration and degree. The one that comes closest is the “Lone Woman of San Nicolas”—an Indian woman first spotted by an otter hunter in 1853, completely alone on an island off the coast of California. Catholic priests who sent a boat to fetch her determined that she had been alone for as long as 18 years, the last survivor of her tribe. But the details of her survival were never really fleshed out. She died just weeks after being “rescued.”

Certainly other last tribesmen and -women have succumbed unobserved throughout history, the world unaware of their passing. But what makes the man in Brazil unique is not merely the extent of his solitude or the fact that the government is aware of his existence. It’s the way they’ve responded to it.

Advanced societies invariably have subsumed whatever indigenous populations they’ve encountered, determining those tribes’ fates for them. But Brazil is in the middle of an experiment. If peaceful contact is established with the lone Indian, they want it to be his choice. They’ve dubbed this the “Policy of No Contact.” After years of often-tragic attempts to assimilate into modern life the people who still inhabit the few remaining wild places on the planet, the policy is a step in a totally different direction. The case of the lone Indian represents its most challenging test.

A few Brazilians first heard of the lone Indian in 1996, when loggers in the western state of Rondônia began spreading a rumor: A wild man was in the forest, and he seemed to be alone. Government field agents specializing in isolated tribes soon found one of his huts—a tiny shelter of palm thatch, with a mysterious hole dug in the center of the floor. As they continued to search for whoever had built that hut, they discovered that the man was on the run, moving from shelter to shelter, abandoning each hut as soon as loggers—or the agents—got close. No other tribes in the region were known to live like he did, digging holes inside of huts—more than five feet deep, rectangular, serving no apparent purpose. He didn’t seem to be a stray castaway from a documented tribe.

Eventually, the agents found the man. He was unclothed, appeared to be in his mid-30s (he’s now in his late 40s, give or take a few years), and always armed with a bow-and-arrow. Their encounters fell into a well-worn pattern: tense standoffs, ending in frustration or tragedy. On one occasion, the Indian delivered a clear message to one agent who pushed the attempts at contact too far: an arrow to the chest.

Peaceful contact proved elusive, but those encounters helped the agents stitch together a profile of a man with a calamitous past. In one jungle clearing they found the bulldozed ruins of several huts, each featuring the exact same kind of hole—14 in all—that the lone Indian customarily dug inside his dwellings. They concluded that it had been the site of his village, and that it had been destroyed by land-hungry settlers in early 1996.

Those kinds of clashes aren’t unheard of: Brazil’s 1988 Constitution gave Indians the legal right to the land they have traditionally occupied, which created a powerful incentive for settlers to chase uncontacted tribes off of any properties they might be eyeing for development. Just months before the agents began tracking the lone Indian, they made peaceful first contact with two other tribes that lived in the same region. One tribe, the Akuntsu, had been reduced to just six members. The rest of the tribe, explained the chief, had been killed during a raid by men with guns and chainsaws.

If you go to Rondônia today, none of the local landowners will claim any knowledge of these anecdotal massacres. But most aren’t afraid to loudly voice their disdain over the creation of reserves for such small tribes. They will say that it’s absurd to save 31 square miles of land for the benefit of just one man, when a productive ranch potentially could provide food for thousands.

That argument wilts under scrutiny, in part because thousands of square miles of already-cleared forest throughout the Amazon remain barren wastelands, undeveloped. The only economic model in which increased production absolutely depends on increased clearing is a strictly local one. The question of who’d benefit from clearing the land versus preserving it boils down to two people: the individual developer and the lone Indian.

The government agents know this, which is why they view the protection of the lone tribesman as a question human rights, not economics.

He eats mostly wild game, which he either hunts with his bow-and-arrow or traps in spiked-bottom pitfalls. He grows a few crops around his huts, including corn and manioc, and often collects honey from hives that stingless bees construct in the hollows of tree trunks. Some of the markings he makes on trees have suggested to indigenous experts that he maintains a spiritual life, which they’ve speculated might help him survive the psychological toil of being, to a certain extent, the last man standing in a world of one.

But how long can his isolation last? I get Facebook updates telling me what people half a world away are eating for breakfast. Corporations and governments are pushing deeper and farther than ever in search of bankable resources. How can it be that no one has flushed this man out already? In 2010, can anyone realistically live off the grid?

Some Brazilians believe that the rapid spread of technology itself might protect his solitude, not threaten it. The agents who have worked on the lone Indian’s case since 1996 believe that the wider the story of the man’s isolation spreads—something that’s easier than ever now—the safer he’ll be from the sort of stealthy, anonymous raids by local land-grabbers that have decimated tribes in the past. Technologies like Google Earth and other mapping programs can assist in monitoring the boundaries of his territory. Instead of launching intrusive expeditions into the tribal territories to verify the Indians’ safety, Brazilian officials have announced they will experiment with heat-seeking sensors that can be attached to airplanes flying high enough to cause no disruption on the ground.

I first heard of the lone Indian a little more than five years ago, when I was the South America correspondent for the Washington Post and was interviewing a man who headed the federal department responsible for protecting isolated tribes in the Amazon. He mentioned the man as an aside, giving me a rundown of the latest attempt to force contact with him—the expedition that ended with an agent getting shot in the chest with an arrow.

I traced a huge star and three exclamation points in the margin of my notebook as he moved onto another subject. Those flags—don’t forget to come back to this!—were pointless, because I couldn’t stop thinking about the lone man and those daredevil expeditions to contact him.

Now, what I keep coming back to is a little different: the lone man and the unprecedented restraint the agents are showing in choosing not to repeat history.

MONTE REEL

Strangeness from the Cosmos — List from Dr. JC

August 2010 was truly active

August 20, 2010: Venus And Mercury Blasted By Recent Solar Storms
August 16, 2010: Three CME’S Blast off from the Sun this Weekend.
August 14, 2010: SUNSPOTS ERUPT IN TANDEM
August 12, 2010: SUNSET PLANET SHOW
August 9, 2010: Incoming CME to hit August 10th:
August 9, 2010: Hotter-burning sun warming the planet
August 9, 2010: Planets Align for the Perseid Meteor Shower and Leo New Moon
August 8, 2010: SOLAR BLAST JUST MISSES EARTH WITH MORE TO COME:
August 5, 2010: G1.9 Confirmed Binary Dwarf Star Very Near Sun
August 4, 2010: GEOMAGNETIC STORM–MORE TO COME
August 3, 2010: Nasa scientists braced for ‘solar tsunami’ to hit earth
August 2, 2010: Sunspot 1092 is the Origin of a Complex Eruption on the Sun
July 28, 2010: Spacequakes Rumble Near Earth
July 27, 2010: Breathtaking Planetary Alignment to View

August 20, 2010: Magnitude 6.4 – BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
August 19, 2010: Bolivia declares emergency over forest fires
August 17, 2010: Volcano collapse underlines threat of tsunami
August 17, 2010: Violent storm hits Russia after heatwave
August 16, 2010: Tropical system may regenerate into new storm threat
August 16, 2010: A Magnitude 6.3 Shaker – MAURITIUS – REUNION REGION
August 15, 2010: A Magnitude 6.3 Quake hits the New Britain, PNG Region
August 14, 2010: Quake Swarm Continues in Mariana Islands Region with a 6.6 Mag. Shaker Leading
August 13, 2010: A Strong Magnitude 7.2 Quake hits Mariana Islands Region
August 13, 2010: Quake Swarm Near Azores Region
August 12, 2010: Deep Quake with Magnitude 7.1 hits in Ecuador. Indonesia
August 10, 2010: VANUATU continues to shake after the 7.3 Quakie last night
August 10, 2010: Update: 1 Million Fish Dead in Bolivian Ecological Disaster – Authorities Explain What Really Happened
August 9, 2010: Magnitude 7.3 Quake hits near PORT-VILA, Efate, Vanuatu
August 9, 2010: Moscow deaths double amid smog to 700 people a day
August 8, 2010: USA Winter Forecast: Kevin Martin’s 2010-2011 USA Winter Forecast
August 6, 2010: BP Oil Spill Stalls Gulf Loop Current
August 5, 2010: Wyoming Quakes a Precursor to something larger?
August 4, 2010: Major Quakes Continue in reaction to Solar Storms with a 7.0 Magnitude in New Britain, PNG
August 4, 2010: Magnitude 6.4 – ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
August 4, 2010: Magnitude 6.4 Quake Eastern New Guinea, PNG
August 3, 2010: Russian wildfires kill 34 in heatwave
August 3, 2010: Magnitude 6.3 Quake in Moluccas, Indonesia…

Solar Storms to Strike in 2012- End Game or Just 2000 all over again ?

Five years ago, we were unprepared for Hurricane Katrina. And now, according to Lawrence E. Joseph, author of Aftermath: A Guide to Preparing for and Surviving Apocalypse 2012, we are “similarly unready for another potential natural disaster: solar storms.” These large bursts of gas occur about once a century and emit powerful electromagnetic pulses that can knock out power grids. Massive solar storms hit in 1859 and 1921, but this occurred before the advent of the modern power grid–which runs on sensitive, high-voltage transformers. A storm of that magnitude now “would cost up to $2 trillion a year for several years,” Joseph writes in The New York Times. In order to prevent this environmental nightmare, the government must invest in grid-level surge suppressors–basically giant surge protectors–to protect the 5,000 vulnerable North American transformers. At $50,000 each, we could protect the entire electrical grid for an estimated $250 million. Joseph warns Congress to act fast, because “the next period of heavy solar activity will be in late 2012” and “having gone unprepared for one recent natural disaster, we would make a grave mistake not to get ready for the next.”
Read it at The New York Times
Posted at 10:43 AM, Aug 16, 2010

The Toxic Five: Why Are They Still in Our Food? Posted By Dr. Mercola | August 14 2010

You may remember Dr. Shiv Chopra from my interview with him last year, discussing the problems with the swine flu vaccine. He is truly an expert on this topic, having spent 18 years on vaccines and antibiotics for humans with Health Canada. But he also spent another 17 years in the Human Safety Evaluation of Drugs given to food-producing animals, with the Bureau of Veterinary Drugs.

When it comes to the inner workings of the regulatory authorities that are involved with drugs for both humans and livestock, there are very few people in the world who are more qualified than Dr. Chopra to comment on these issues.

The Not-So-Safe Safety Review Process

In his latter position, which he took on in 1988, the first drug safety review that landed on his desk was that of the recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), which is used to significantly increase milk production in cows.

The genetically engineered drug was produced by Monsanto, and their competitor, Eli Lily.

“I was concerned,” Chopra says, “so I raised some questions, because it was a growth hormone… The questions I raised were very simple, normal scientific questions.

If you’re going to give something to food-producing animals, then under the laws of both the countries [Canada and the US], the company must demonstrate that it will produce no harm, ultimately, to people who consume that product.

They said no, they don’t want it tested, and there is no need to test it because it’s the same hormone, although it’s genetically engineered, that the cow produces.

I said it doesn’t matter. Even if it’s naturally produced hormone obtained from the cows, if you give an excess of it, just like if you take too much insulin for yourself, you can die…

I said, “You must test it in laboratory animals as required under the law.” They did not want to test it…”

In fact, Dr. Chopra never received any of the studies he’d requested to make a determination about the safety of rBGH in Canada, and therefore refused to approve it.

The US FDA, however, went ahead and approved rBGH for use in February 1994, despite nationwide protests by consumer groups.

“… The pressure from my bosses, all the way going up to the top and out into the political circles of the government bureaucracy, under the prime minister, they were saying “Just pass it because the U.S. has passed it,” Chopra says. “So the pressure went on and on and on until I blew the whistle in 1997.”

What did the US FDA base their decision on, considering that Chopra on the Canadian side had been so unsuccessful in receiving the safety tests and data he needed in order to make a determination?

That’s a great question, especially in light of what Dr. Chopra discovered next.

Dr. Chopra’s Concerns Turned Out to Be Right

While producing a department ordered report on rBGH in 1997, called the Gaps Analysis Report, the team discovered that the data he’d requested back in 1988 had in fact been produced by Monsanto, but he’d never gained access to it.

And, Monsanto’s tests confirmed Dr. Chopra’s initial fears.

The tests showed that rBGH increased insulin-like growth factor in rats, increased thyroid activity, and produced effects in the testes. (He had also requested tests in female rats to check for effects on the ovaries and progesterone, however those tests were never performed.)

“The matter then exploded in Canada. I was hauled before the Senate Committee on Agriculture with my colleagues. We had to testify under oath… This is the beginning of my trouble and exposure of Health Canada, and exposure of the U.S. — what the U.S. did; how it happened,” Chopra says.

Our Only Line of Defense Against Harmful Drugs are Often Ignored, or Worse…

Part of the “trouble” Chopra is referring to occurred in 2004, when he and two of his colleagues were fired by Health Canada on charges of insubordination.

” We’re still in court for wrongful dismissal,” Chopra says. “… Insubordination means that you refuse to work. We didn’t refuse to work. But we refused to pass drugs which we thought should not be passed. The courts will have to decide whether we were insubordinate or not.”

This is a fascinating commentary on the entire system of drug approvals, and a testament of how the system that is designed to protect public health, whether in the US or Canada, simply does not work anymore.

Again and again, we see this repeating pattern: when concerned scientists who really understand the issues voice their concerns, they’re oftentimes fired.

They’re dismissed because they interfere with the collusion between government and these large multinational corporations whose primary intent is to increase their profits – not to serve the public health.

The fact is, as Chopra describes, the ONLY safety stop we have are the scientists reviewing the data provided by these corporations. Once they pass it, everyone assumes the drug is safe, and more importantly, politicians and the corporations themselves are off the hook.

The health of tens of thousands of consumers depend on them to ask the right questions, and make the right judgment call.

The Canadian system is perhaps even worse than the US, as Canada only performs paper verification and doesn’t do any testing of their own on these products, which the US has the capacity to do.

Either way, essentially what we have now is a politically run system where companies do NOT have to prove the safety and efficacy of their product in peer-reviewed scientific literature.

All they have to do is manipulate the regulatory authorities to approve their product, and they can then use that approval as proof and documentation — rather than the actual science — that their product is safe!

Dr. Chopra’s book, Corrupt to the Core: Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower, tells the entire sordid story of what happens within our regulatory agencies, and it’s not a comforting picture.

How a Scientist Can Be Pressured to Relinquish His Ethical Obligation

So, how exactly does this manipulation work?

Dr. Chopra explains:

“At every election time, the pharmaceutical companies, slaughterhouses, all these mega companies get together and bring pressure on the politicians, because they make political donations and so forth… And there are registered lobbyists who even get jobs inside the cabinets — like Michael Taylor at the U.S. FDA.

There were people like that in Canada as well, working in the Minister of Health’s office and pressuring, “Where is this product?” It’s that kind of pressure, [it’s an] incestuous relationship between corporations and the government.

The public just assumes that government is looking after them; they assume everything is alright. If an individual scientist like me blows the whistle, everybody gangs up and say, “He’s not a team player. He’s a troublemaker. Get rid of him.”

I have letters documented in my book, showing how the companies wrote to the Minister of Health; how they went to the Privy Council; how they went to the Prime Minister saying “Fire Shiv Chopra, and fire whoever stands with him.”

That’s how the three of us were fired. That is the kind of power these companies have.”

The Destruction of Our Food Supply

In this interview, Dr. Chopra covers a lot of ground, including the fact that so much of the foods you find in your local grocery store aren’t even real food anymore – and far from safe to eat.

Again we see politicians colluding with big business, which inevitably results in less safety for you and more money for them.

I highly recommend listening to this interview in its entirety, or reading through the transcript, to get the full story.

The use of veterinary antibiotics, for example, has now become a major public health hazard, yet little is being done to curb its overuse.

Seventy percent of all antibiotics used in the US are used in animals raised for food. You need to understand that commercially raised livestock are given these drugs indiscriminately – not because they’re sick, but to prevent infections – which are inevitable in factory farm environments, but not in organic farming — and to stimulate increased growth.

This is one of the driving factors behind the rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria, such as MRSA.

You are literally ingesting antibiotics every time you eat factory-farmed meat, and such regular consumption of antibiotics is an open invitation to develop hardier antibiotic-resistant bugs.

A variety of hormones are also used to promote growth in animals raised for food, and many of them are ‘complete carcinogens,’ Chopra says.

“Animals don’t live long enough to get cancer. Animals are slaughtered and eaten. But there are leftover hormones in their meat. Some of them are synthetic hormones that have been proven to be complete

carcinogens. In other words, they can initiate a new cancer, or they can promote an existing cancer. They’ll do both. Therefore they are called complete carcinogens.

They are in the food supply!

If something is a carcinogen, you cannot determine the safe limit for such a product because a single molecule of such a product can attach to a single cell in the body, and if it’s done on a daily basis for life, it can trigger and promote cancer.

So therefore, it takes a long time to develop, and the government is saying there is no proof that it causes cancer…

But how are you going to get proof unless there are lifetime studies? And lifetime studies in animals have not been done. They’re not allowed to be done. And the governments are not asking for them.”

What Can You Do to Protect the Health of Your Family?

If you listen to Dr. Chopra’s interview, it will surely drive home the importance of eating organically-grown and raised foods… Ideally, you’ll want it to be from a local source as well, for several reasons, one of which is to ensure optimal freshness.

Chopra’s descriptions of factory farming conditions and practices are enough to send chills down your spine and question what’s really in the food you eat every day. And then, of course, there’s the issue of genetically engineered food ingredients, and pesticides, and processing practices that denature the food, ridding it of all its health-promoting goodness, and the list goes on…

There’s no doubt in my mind that if you want to maintain good health, you simply must educate yourself about how the foods you eat are produced. When you compare unadulterated, organic foods to conventional processed foods, there’s simply no question that one is real food, and the other is anything but!

You may spend more money on organic food today, but your payoff of good health should more than make up for it – and reduce your health care costs in the future.

For more information about the benefits of organic, grass-fed beef, see this previous article, which discusses several of the benefits of grass-fed over factory farm-raised meats. If you’re on a tight budget, but want to improve your diet by shopping organic, this is definitely where you’ll want to start, as animal products tend to bioaccumulate toxins, concentrating them to far higher concentrations than are typically present in vegetables.

Here’s also a listing of great resources to obtain organically-grown, wholesome food:

1. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
2. Farmers’ Markets– A national listing of farmers’ markets.
3. Local Harvest — This Web site will help you find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.
4. Eat Well Guide: Wholesome Food from Healthy Animals — The Eat Well Guide is a free online directory of sustainably raised meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs from farms, stores, restaurants, inns, and hotels, and online outlets in the United States and Canada.
5. Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) — CISA is dedicated to sustaining agriculture and promoting the products of small farms.
6. FoodRoutes — The FoodRoutes “Find Good Food” map can help you connect with local farmers to find the freshest, tastiest food possible. On their interactive map, you can find a listing for local farmers, CSA’s, and markets near you.