And accompanying the Colin Andrews video is this discussion of crop circles, thanks to Janis.
Origins Of Crop Circles
Circles and rings designs made by alternating standing and flattened crops began proliferating in Wiltshire, England in the 1970s. Early investigators called the formations crop circles because initially they were all circular. The name caught on and has persisted despite changing designs. In less than 40 years crop circles have appeared on all continents and more than 200 countries in increasingly complex designs and arrays.
Historically, crop circles have been reported for centuries in England, America and Africa. African shaman Credo Mutwa wrote about crop circles in his book, Isilwane, The Animal , “Tales and Fables of Africa“:
“The sacred fields were ploughed far from the ordinary millet, maize and corn, as they were left unfenced. Over centuries, people had discovered that the star gods sometimes communicated with human beings through these sacred fields. Time and again, strange circular depressions were seen in the centre of these fields. These depressions were called Izishoze Amatongo, the great circles of the gods.
“These circles were an amazing sight to see. The gods never cut the stalks of corn or millet when they form these depressions. It appears as though a great circular, disk-shaped force has descended on the field. It pressed the corn firmly into the ground, without breaking the stalks or damaging the plants. Then the force appears to spin, resulting in the strange spiral appearance of the fallen stalks. Words cannot describe such a phenomenon, which I have seen more than thirty times in the course of my life as a traditional healer. Whenever a circle appeared in the fields, the people rushed to erect a fence of poles around the circle. They would dance and perform other sacred rituals honouring the star gods and the Earth Mother.
“All the kings and chiefs awaited the arrival of these circles. The appearance would be cause for celebrations that lasted several days. These celebrations were accompanied by prayers to the gods to watch over the people and to talk to them through the sacred circles.”
Soon after anomalous crop circles similar to those Mutwa Credo described began appearing in England a human crop art industry took shape. Crop circle conferences, tours, clubs, books, DVDs and calendar were soon booming. A market demand arose which vendors were able to meet the demand by making their own formations. Some researchers estimated that 95-99% of crop circles made in Wiltshire, England, in 2010 were human fabrications.
Wiltshire took a lead role as the crop art capital of the world, with estimated revenues in excess 500,000 British pounds in 2010. (This converted to more than $809,780 US dollars on September 1, 2010.) That’s a great deal of annual revenue for a cottage industry reportedly dreamed up in a pub! Crafty creatures of the marketplace, some crop art makers also lay claim to special, if not divine, inspirations in their creations. Some say they seek to complete what nature has left incomplete.
Long-time researcher Freddy Silva reported numerous crop circle hoaxes in Wiltshire in an interview about his 2011 book, Common Wealth: Our Legacy Of Places of Power and the Transfiguration of the Human Soul. He suggests that crop circles as a phenomenon have moved away from Wiltshire and into other parts of the world.
In 2011 the first crop circles of the year were made in Indonesia, Mexico and Holland. The formations in Indonesia were the first crop circles made in that nation in at least 20 years. Residents near the first Indonesian crop circle, made January 23, 2011, reported the presence of a UFO and hearing an unidentified sound for about 30 minutes the night it was made. All three of the formations were in rice, which grows in both wet and dry fields. BLT Research’s examination of close-up photos showed no mud on the top of the rice crop, but it is not known which, or if any, of the formations were caused by an anomalous force or energy.
The first crop circle in Holland in 2011 occurred early Easter morning (April 24) and Dutch medium Robbert van den Broeke not only “knew” it was coming, he felt that the Catholic friar St. Francis of Assisi was strongly associated with that particular circle. The BLT report on the formation itself and also the photos taken by Robbert in association with it are posted on the BLT Research website: http://www.bltresearch.com/robbert/easter2011.php
After Easter three more crop formations were made in Robbert’s general area, each of which he perceived as they were occurring. The second formation (April 28th) included one circle which was “glowing,” and plant & soil samples have been taken to see if any chemical is present which might account for the “glow” observed by both Robbert and his friend Ellen for more than 10 minutes.
A number of origins for crop circles are identified and may combine into complex relationships.
1. Crop circles formed entirely with Earthian and non-human intelligence and energy. Intelligence of this nature in antiquity, recognized and addressed around the world. Known to the gods as Xanthus and to humans as Scamander, the river rose up and protested Achilles clogging its channels with corpses he had slain in the Iliad. Achilles agreed to stop throwing bodies into the water but not to stop killing them. When he heard the river’s plea for help, Achilles attacked the river. The river got the upper hand and dragged Achilles downstream to a floodplain and nearly killed him. Only the gods’ setting the plain on fire and boiling the river’s water until it released him saved Achilles.
Shamans such as Wallace Black Elk with the ability to communicate with non-human intelligences served as intercessors for humans in ethereal or supernal realms. Black Elk discussed his shamanic role as a teacher and intercessor of intelligences of this nature in a 1975 interview. http://www.letters4earth.com/letters/blackelk.html
In an August 28, 1978 Ida Kannenberg discourses with non-physical intelligences:
“We are those who are souls, like yourself, but who are never born into your world but into other planes of existence according to our own will. There are many planes to choose from. You did not choose your own specifically, but accepted it as it was necessary for someone to do so. You volunteered although your own choice would have been otherwise. Yes, in a sense it was your own choice, but not your favorite one. Free will always rules in ALL OF GOD’S CREATURES, NOT JUST MAN. That is an important fact, though many will dispute it with you.
“We are legion, a great number, more than you would believe, but only I will ever be in contact. I am Monzorad.
“Part of your intended work was to teach, as we told you several days ago. You helped the UFO people to see how to approach earth and its people to better advantage for all. That was the extent of your intended work with them.
“Accept or reject what we say. What does it matter as long as you write!”
Small randomly appearing circles called dragon’s footprints appeared in Wiltshire since the beginning of the modern crop circle phenomenon. Sometimes found in the same fields with anomalous crop circles and humanly made crop art, dragon’s footprints seem to appear independently of larger formations and give an impression that a dragon could have walked through the field. This genre of formations may be an expression of earthian energies. Very little is published on these.
2. Larger geometric constructions with anomalous features often associated with balls of light and/or UFOs in the vicinity. The larger designs often displaying symbolism from Earth’s many cultures comprise the majority of crop circles studied. Their elegance, ingenuity, fluid lay of crop, electromagnetic qualities and other anomalies are what attracted researchers to crop circles before crop art gripped Wiltshire. Often associated with balls of light and UFOs, anomalous crop circles may represent collaboration of multiple sources and intelligences. A number of unique characteristics distinguish anomalous crop circles from humanly made crop art:
• Elongated apical plant stem nodes (stretching of the first node beneath the seed-head) is the most reliable visible plant change documented by the scientific research which indicates a cause other than mechanical flattening.
• Expulsion cavities (holes blown out usually at the lower plant stem nodes) are the second most reliable visible plant change shown by the scientific research to be related to non-mechanically-flattened crop.
• Stunted, malformed seeds and serious germination abnormalities are another scientifically-proven effect of the crop circle energy system.
• Marked bending of plant stems at the nodes—if present immediately after a crop circle has formed—may also be an indicator of authenticity; however, bending can also be caused by natural plant recovery processes, particularly in young, vigorously-growing crop, thus making this visible plant change one that must be very carefully evaluated.
These physical changes to crop circle plants and to the reproductive capability of the seeds from these plants vary among crop formations, due in part to the various species of plant involved, it’s growth phase and the precise composition and intensity level of the various energies involved (ref: http://www.bltresearch.com/plantab.php and http://www.bltresearch.com/published.php).
3. Humanly made crop art began proliferating after 1991. Self-professed hoaxers Doug Bower and Dave Chorley stated they had started the phenomenon in 1978 by making circles in crops with boards and ropes. They proceeded to make a crop circle in one hour after announcing they had come up with the idea while drinking in a pub. Their creation, however, was crude compared to crop circles generally deemed anomalous.
Colin Andrews reported an effort to discredit anomalous crop circles with Operation Blackbird in the early 1990s. One of the mysteries of humanly made crop art is the lack of arrests for damaging farmer’s fields. Freddy Silva reports that some artists pay farmers for using their fields. Crop artists who profit from products sold with crop circle art could consider payments to farmers as production costs.
However, least one person has been prosecuted for property damage to farmers’ crops. Matthew Williams was arrested and confessed to planking and stomping crop circles in the Dave and Doug style. Williams reported that he confessed his crimes to the court and made an agreement. He was able to speak publicly about formations he had crafted because they were covered by his agreement with the court. In 2010 he publicly spoke about crop circles he had made in the 1990s and subsequently launched an internet television channel dealing with humanly made crop circles in 2010.
4. A combination of anomalous crop circles and overboarding, where hoaxers board over an anomalous crop circle to make it appear it had been hoaxed, has been reported. Signs of overboarding were reported by early crop circle investigators but only suspected in some cases. The June 2, 2010, crop circle at Liddington Castle, Wiltshire, may demonstrate the confusion created by overboarding.
When crop circle research Andrew Pyrka investigated the Liddington Castle crop circle he concluded it was one of the finest formations ever made in barley. He reported anomalous phenomena within the formation: “…A most extraordinary thing happened which we/I cannot explain. Igor Byttebier and Antoinette Dyson were present and conducted the test for me. This meter [that he used] also measures air temperature in Fahrenheit and Celsius – Antoinette walked round the formation with hope for the meter alarm to go off, but nothing, as soon as she stood in the center of the formation the temperature reading shot up to 46 degrees Celsius !!! then few minutes later rapidly dropped to minus 24 degrees Celsius. Few minutes later the battery in the meter started to fade so I went to get a replacement but also found that this battery was completely discharged. The evening was warm and sunny so we have no explanation to what might have occurred. Approximately half an hour later I returned to my kit bag and started to pack away my camera and to my surprise I could see my breath as one can on a cold winters day!!. Also moisture droplets were becoming visible on plant stems within the formation – when we first entered this formation our shoes were perfectly dry but on exit my shoes and bottom of my trousers were wet. Normal temperature at the time was approx 20 degrees Celsius so some kind of fast temperature changes occurred within this formation. ???!!!”
Signs of board marks were later observed in the formation, but Andrew did not see them when he visited the formation. Together with other indicators, I used the high precipitation and extreme temperature changes observed within the crop circle to forecast cooler-then-average temperatures and high levels of precipitation for 2011.
Major floods and snowfall dominated the winter and spring in areas worldwide, notably Australia, Indonesia, and the USA, along with cooler-than-average temperatures in winter 2010 and spring 2011. Similar anomalies were not reported in any other Wiltshire crop circles in 2010. These contradictions strong suggest the possibility that the Liddington Castle crop circle was an anomalous formation that was later overboarded. Neither Andrew Pyrka nor any other investigator gathered samples from the crop formation and testing could not be done.
Psychic abilities are part and parcel of the human experience, and it is well within the realm of possibility that a crop circle hoaxing team could receive “channeled” information. The hoaxers’ abilities to translate channeled information into physical characteristics of a crop circle must be questioned. People are inspired with intuition and messages daily but their execution of inspired information remains within the range of the knowledge, skills and abilities as a set.
Freddy Silva reported that after he published information about anomalous crop circles that appeared on naturally occurring lei lines hoaxers began to make crop art in the same locations where anomalous formations had appeared. Crop art makers have improved their skills with experience, and many hoaxed formations look impressive to casual and inexperienced observers; but, with 30 years of experience, Silva reports hoaxing details that casual observers overlook.
Crop circles as they relate to origins in intelligence and energy are a frontier that awaits diligent exploration. Various sequences of designs and locations of crop circles within specific periods of time appear to relate to each other through certain conditions of the earth. As earth’s conditions change with time sets of crop circles change.
Anomalous crop circles often triangulate or point to areas of impending earth changes. The January 23 crop circle in Indonesia was near a volcano that erupted weeks after it was made. On April 26, 2011, earthquakes occurred virtually simultaneously near crop circle sites in Indonesia, Mexico and Argentina. I drew a triangle between the three earthquakes close to crop circles and posted it on Facebook the morning I noticed peculiar the sequence. The Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupted within the triangle the same day. The Taal volcano in the Philippines was very close to the line drawn between Indonesia and Mexico.
The first crop circles in Wiltshire were near the very ancient Stonehenge megaliths, a complex astronomical observatory situated on a hub of powerful planetary ley lines, or alignments between ancient monuments and geographical features that Albert Watkins first observed in 1921. http://ley.askdefine.com/ Global warming of Neptune and Pluto, suggesting systemic heating of the solar system, was observed as satellite technology improved in the 1980s. In the same decade a hypothesis of Earth’s global warming exacerbated by the greenhouse gases humanly introduced into Earth’s atmosphere were at the forefront of political debate
In 1993 two crops circles in the USA each pointed to the location of magnetic north with an indicator in one pointing in the direction of Siberia. Within one year of the crop circles appearances, magnetic north began moving at a very rapid pace, relative to its historical movement for centuries. Earth’s magnetic fields are generated by the planet’s core, which may be responsive to a multitude of conditions including global temperature. Magnetic north had moved from its historical position north of the Great Lakes so rapidly that by 2010 it was approaching Siberia, far west of its position in 1993.
Rapid melting evident at the Antarctic exceeded all scientific wisdom about the ice caps. By 1997 icebergs had started to break away from the Antarctic as the ice cap melted. By 2010 rising sea levels resulting from melting ice were already submerging islands. Post-modern crop circles displaying signs of high heat near an ancient astronomical observatory at the hub of power Earthian energy lei lines cannot be dismissed easily. Yet only a small number of independent researchers have examined the phenomenon with scientific integrity commensurate with its importance to the well-being of human civilization.
The Earth periodically experiences warming and cooling cycles that relate to conditions of the solar system. Life on Earth has survived and evolved through many cataclysms. As Plato astutely observed the rising and falling of human civilization is at greatest risk during natural cataclysms, which he coincidentally related to water-bound coastal areas in Timaeus.
Crop circle origins and messages are tied to the Earth in which they are embedded as well as human capacities. Overall, human capacity for intelligent reflection as a species is a measure of civilization. These factors bring humankind face-to-face with civilization as reflection.
Writer Anthony Wile suggests that the internet may be playing the same role as the Gutenberg Press played is sparking a “reconfiguration of world power.”
Wile provides insightful commentary on the Elite’s inability to make “empire” work in Afghanistan (e.g. central bank, taxation, president and parliament, educational system).
And the mainstream media may finally be catching on. — Pat
Mainstream Media Agrees on Empire’s End?
by Anthony Wile, The Daily Bell, 6/25/2011
Peter Oborne, the Daily Telegraph’s chief political commentator, has written an article entitled, “In fleeing Afghanistan, the West relinquishes its grip on the world.” What is striking, to me anyway, is how closely it parallels analyses we’ve provided in the recent past.
Before I present Oborne’s insightful perspective, along with some of our recent related articles, let me provide some background. An animating thesis of ours has been that the Internet itself is something like the long-ago Gutenberg Press and is increasingly igniting a similar radical reconfiguration of world power – even empowering the individual in ways previously unimaginable.
This is a simple statement, of course, and the world is complex. However, a simple explanation has resonance if events themselves conform to the analysis. And this, perhaps, seems to be the case.
Our article, Bin Laden Episode End of Empire? – Top US Official Says 9/11 Was an Inside Job, speculated that the seemingly phony death of bin Laden (as he probably died of Marfan’s Syndrome and failing kidneys some ten years ago) might serve a pretext for a withdrawal from Afghanistan. But unlike much of the rest of the mainstream and alternative news media, we saw what seems to have been a staged death as far more significant than a mere draw down of troops. It seemed to us, potentially anyway, to mark the end of a certain phase of Money Power aggression.
As the Internet era creeps forward, it is increasingly obvious that Western powers-that-be have sought global domination – and an official structure of world dominance – for up to 300 years now (in the latest incarnation of a larger power elite Conspiracy). The documentation, along with speculation, is online. A final mad rush toward this dominance was ignited after 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan was a critical element of it.
The British have tried to pacify Afghanistan perhaps three times in the past 300 years. It is truly the Navel of the World, a place that needs subduing if one is to rule globe. But the Pashtuns, and to a lesser extent their Punjabi neighbors in Pakistan, have proven intractable. And now once more it is seemingly crashing down. You can read more about this here: Turning Points of Empire’s End?.
The US is leaving Afghanistan – formally anyway. It is true; other forms of warfare may now be aimed at Afghanistan, including private mercenary warfare. Pakistan may become a bigger target of Anglo-American aggression. But the formal attempt, a third attempt, to Westernize the stiff-necked Pashtuns, to dominate the tribes generally of Southern Eurasia has failed once again.
It was not about oil, or minerals or pipelines after all. It was, as all modern colonial wars are, a struggle of naked aggression, designed to shatter ancient ways of living in order to impose a Western state for purposes of global control.
This was a colonial war. The leftist notion that it was a corporatist struggle for raw materials is questionable at best. The first thing the Anglosphere elites did in Afghanistan was set up a central bank – and then a full-fledged private banking system along with a parliament, a president (Hamid Karzai), a taxing facility and a public school network. The banking system today is all but dead, tax collection is dysfunctional (to put it mildly) and the political system is entirely corrupt. These are the notions the US approved of and intended to defend and expand. They were no accident.
That Western elites were successful in getting young American men and women to die and maim themselves to impose this sort of civic slavery on the Afghans is neither admirable nor patriotic. America’s Founding Fathers waged war so that the US would NOT come under the yoke of Money Power and its appurtenances.
Not only has this come to pass, unfortunately, but the best and most vital of America’s youth have been misled by propaganda and promotions into enlisting to spread its poison while their parents slap Support Our Troops stickers on the bumpers of their cars. This goes for other countries too where young men and women have fought in Afghanistan (and other places) under the umbrella of NATO.
This system of Money Power – in which a Few control All – was rampant in the 20th century. The tool the elite used was the dominant social theme, the fear-based promotion that pushed Western middle classes to give up wealth and power in return for the faux-safety to be provided by global institutions such as the UN, IMF, World Bank, BIS, etc.
The Internet has allowed us to delve more deeply into these themes and see their genesis and intent. Major memes include global warming, peak oil and of course the war on terror itself. Core themes include central banking, regulatory democracy and the necessity of global governance and the expansion of state monopoly justice.
All of these are fear-based. They are apparently developed at Tavistock and rolled out in stages. Gradually, the public is made aware of crises waiting to happen through an astonishing network of think tanks, universities, mainstream media, and civil and political spokespeople. It is an enormous controlled network built up over centuries and the Internet – fairly uncontrolled as of yet – has done us the favor of piercing the veil. It is evidenced by the actions of elites and their apparent growing concerns: Queen Worried About Empire’s Meltdown.
We can understand the manipulation in retrospect. Whether it is global warming, overpopulation or a scarcity of food and water, every danger is to be met by a broad and valiant bureaucratic solution that demands, of course, more taxes, more regulation, more inflation and less freedom. These are the building blocks, in fact, of totalitarianism.
Each dose of terror is to be accompanied by an appropriate implementation of good government and effective leadership. It is leadership, after all, that is lacking. What is needed are Big Men at the top that know what is good for the world and are not afraid to take action to implement their aggressive designs, as brutally as necessary according to Cecil Rhodes.
It is this sort of genocidal (as such thinking gives rise to genocide) rigmarole that the average Pashtun and Punjabi doubtless found unconvincing. These uncultivated and perhaps illiterate herdsmen feel an instinctive repugnance for modern Western civilizing influences. What Western middle classes have been trained to see as facets of civil society, the tribesmen at the Navel of the World see as a collective authoritarian yoke.
Islam, in fact, is still something of a tribal religion that emphasizes individual and local relationships rather than the West’s overwhelming federalism. Justice is often local (as opposed to the West’s monopoly justice) and finance and economics are not the weapons of middle-class destruction that Western elites have honed over centuries.
The Pashtun/Taliban in particular were, finally, to have been fully civilized by the latest 9/11 push from Rome’s Londinium. But yet again, the City of London, along with its allies in Washington and Israel, finds itself frustrated. What has happened, or appears to be happening, is significant.
As a lone voice in the wilderness on some of these issues, we did not expect to find an approving chorus so soon. But now Mr. Oborne of the UK Telegraph has begun, astonishingly, to make similar points. Oborne writes every day for the paper of royal record. The UK Telegraph, in fact, is seen as a royal mouthpiece. This, too, is significant.
He begins by comparing the withdrawal in Afghanistan to a similar one that took place in Vietnam some 40 years ago; the same soothing rhetoric about “hand overs” and managed troop reductions, so common today, were present in the final stages of the Vietnam War. “But neither the Saigon government nor its US-trained army could cope as America scuttled for the exit in the spring of 1975.”
What will be the result of the current retreat? “This much is certain: the Taliban will return to power, conceivably with Mullah Omar (still topping the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list) coming down from the mountains to resume his old position, so rudely interrupted, as Head of the Supreme Council and effective head of state.”
His best-case scenario is that Kabul will eventually resemble a provincial Saudi Arabian city – and this only because the fragmented Taliban will not entirely dominate Afghanistan. American strategists are hoping for a negotiated solution, he writes, an arrangement embracing both the Taliban and elements of the old Northern Alliance.
Will it work? Not really – Oborne predicts, in fact, civil war. This is just what we’ve predicted many times. NATO is deliberately pitting the Northern tribes against the Southern Pashtun. It is the old strategy of divide and conquer, only in this recreation the bloodied conquerors are pulling back in order to let a large Afghan-based police and military force handle the additional military engagements.
He has a vision of the result as well. “Stalemate is the likely outcome: eventually, large parts of the country will be dominated by warlords, each appropriating a chunk of the Afghan National Army. In any case, it is unlikely that Obama’s sketchy three-year plan will work. There is no serious incentive – apart from cash – for any Afghan to stay loyal to the departing Americans and British. They must look to secure their future.”
What of President Karzai? Best case, he and his brother may creep away with stolen millions (billions?). Oh, you didn’t know that one of his brothers, sitting in Dubai, was busily acting as a gatekeeper of Afhan natural resources and collecting the family “toll?” Well that’s another issue. Even within Afghanistan he seems to have few natural allies. The Northern Alliance may be growing restless with his rule.
What of the British and Americans? Having stayed behind in a limited capacity, they will continue to be harassed militarily and politically. This will put increased pressure on the Anglosphere’s military-industrial complex to fully disengage. Keeping “bases” in Afghanistan, certainly outside the North, may prove most questionable.
Oborne makes another, very important point. He writes that, “the sorry lesson of Iraq and Afghanistan is that this prodigious military muscle is practically useless for 21st-century warfare. Incoming defence secretary Leon Panetta’s solution, expounded at his Senate confirmation hearing earlier this month – to place US military personnel under CIA direction, so their operations can be made secret and unaccountable – is sinister and unconstitutional.”
We agree. If the US intends to pay forward with a viscous, secret guerilla war it likely will prove both futile and costly. It will probably only further incite the Pashtuns and continue to drive Pakistan into the arms of the Chinese and perhaps, eventually, the Russians. In his final paragraph, Oborne makes a damning and incisive statement:
More serious than America’s military defeat in Afghanistan has been its moral defeat. Again and again, it has behaved as hideously, and with the same barbaric contempt for human rights, as the worst of its enemies. Obama needs to reunite the United States with civilised values and redefine his country’s role in the world. The rest of the familiar post-war architecture has gone. America is no longer capable of being the policeman of the world, and may retreat to its historic isolation. Across the Channel, the debt crisis is wrecking the European dream. History is moving faster than ever, and taking us into a new and formless world.
This surely illuminates the issue. The US in two failed wars (for the Iraq war is by no means over) has virtually bankrupted itself domestically while displacing millions abroad. Its military policies have irradiated two countries with depleted uranium, causing endless birth defects and cancer, killed countless women and children in a decade-long, futile hunt for terrorists and left behind a legacy of hatred and bitterness that will likely last for generations.
If the US was indeed a shining city on the hill after World War II, the Anglosphere elites themselves – steeped in illusions of grandeur and basted in bitter greed – have now thoroughly destroyed that image.
Oborne concludes his remarks by writing that “History is moving faster than ever, and taking us into a new and formless world.” This is one of the only places I would have a quibble. We are not racing into a formless world.
Take time to look at what happened after the advent of the Gutenberg Press, and the social ferment becomes apparent. The Renaissance, Protestant Reformation, Cromwell’s Revolution, the Glorious Revolution, the French Revolution, the American Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment all flowed from the mechanized dissemination of information.
Some of what took place was influenced by the elites; some was manipulated; some was good and some less so. But the ferment is easily visible; it is undeniable. The elites lost power; they lost control and a New World was born, literally. It seems to have taken the elites centuries to regain control that the Gutenberg Press had undermined. They only fully regained control, perhaps, in the 20th century, a halcyon era for mind control. And now, in 21st century, dominance has been undermined again.
If so, one could make the argument that we have discarded a century-long Dark Ages and are experiencing the beginnings of a kind of Internet Reformation. What seems to Oborne an inexplicable formlessness is actually a predictable and perhaps inspiring New Age.
The resurgence of Austrian economics, the rise of resistance to the powers-that-be around the world, the expanding knowledge of the Anglosphere elite’s anti-free-market promotional manipulations, all of these seem to have a kind of historical precedent. It is perhaps an unstoppable tide, an awakening that will need to run its course. All the spy agencies, domestic and foreign murder and general military might of the West will not avail against an idea whose time has come.
We have been arguing this sort of thing for at least a decade, but to see similar arguments made bluntly in significant mainstream media such as the UK Telegraph is a notable occurrence. Now when people accuse us of various kinds of conspiratorial lunacy, we shall be able to send them an electronic clipping of Oborne’s article. They can write to him!
Are We Hardwired For Kindness?
by Dennis Merritt Jones, 6/24/2011
So many gods, so many creeds,
So many paths that wind and wind,
While just the art of being kind
Is all the sad world needs. — Ella Wheeler Wilcox
I have recently been witnessing in my own life how powerful an act of kindness can be and how much fun it can be. I take my garbage cans out to the curb every Sunday night because the trash collectors come early on Monday morning. For the past few months when I go out to the curb on Monday to put the cans back alongside my house, they are not there. Someone has mysteriously and very stealthily moved them back by the side of the house where they are stored. Now, I have heard about people in the drive-through line paying for someone else’s coffee at Starbucks, or the fare at a toll booth, but never have I heard of acts of “trash can” kindness! I suspect it is one of my neighbors and I must admit it’s really got my attention. What his or her motivation is I don’t know, but I am interpreting it as a generous and selfless act of kindness. There is something very empowering about extending kindness to others, especially when it can be done anonymously.
This simple act of kindness has me thinking a lot lately about how we as human beings co-exist together, not just as neighbors, but as passengers on this ever-shrinking “spaceship called planet Earth” as referred to by Buckminster Fuller. Our differences are so vast in so many ways. Between cultural values and traditions, nationalities, religions, politics and so on, we can feel very isolated at times. Kindness can be the bridge that connects us because it is something to which every human being on the planet can relate. An act of kindness is easily understood and can supersede any language, religious or cultural gap. In that regard, kindness can be thought of a universal language we all can speak — with our actions.
The ancient philosopher Philo of Alexandria (20 A.D. – 50 A.D.) said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” It seems some things in the human realm never change. Times have never been tougher than they are right now for the majority of people, and the “normal” tendency in tough times may be to withdraw from others because we are so consumed by our own fears, concerns and problems. However, when we withdraw, that’s when a sense of isolation comes flooding in. And, yet, if we think about it, a simple act of kindness to another can instantly reconnect them to life in ways we may never know. Just think about that. Your act of kindness could be the bridge that another needs at that moment to get them through the day. And, irrespective of the simplicity of the act you may think you are extending to others, universally speaking, there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act of kindness creates a ripple effect which reaches out far beyond your act. That’s the empowering thing about kindness — when we receive kindness we are naturally inspired to extend it to others.
Perhaps Ella Wheeler Wilcox was right. The world needs more kindness, but with whom and where does it begin? Perhaps by practicing the art of being kind you might just be the one to change the world. It could be while standing in line at the grocery store by inviting the person behind you to go ahead of you. It might be by holding a door open for someone. It could be as simple as a welcoming smile.. or, if you really want to see your neighbor go a bit batty, try the stealth “trash can kindness” maneuver.
Any way you slice it, a deeper experience of kindness is what we all inherently desire. We are hardwired for kindness because it is in our spiritual DNA to treat one another with reverence and loving kindness. We just have to be mindful of the spiritual beings we really are and the acts of kindness will follow naturally with grace and ease, not because we should be kind, but because we can. To this end I close with one of my favorite quotes by the Dalai Lama: “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”
I rather like that philosophy. How about you?
June 23, 2011
Laura: “There are about a hundred billion sunlike stars within the Milky Way,” said study co-author Joe Catanzarite, a scientist with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Two percent of those might have Earth analogs, so you have two billion Earth analog planets in the galaxy,”. It appears that science is coming closer and closer everyday to admitting that we are very far from being alone in the Universe.
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“Aliens could have been pointing their antennas at Earth for 4.6 billion years, without picking up a signal. Maybe the inhabitants [of a Twin Earth] are at the level of the classical Romans … or maybe trilobites. We need to check out hundreds of thousands of Earthlike worlds.”
Dimitar Sasselov — Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Our Milky Way galaxy may be home to at least two billion Earthlike planets, a new study based on initial data from from NASA’s Kepler space telescope says — a number that is actually far lower than many scientists anticipated, which could make it hard to find twin “Earths” in our galaxy.
Based on what Kepler’s found so far, the study authors think that up to 2.7 percent of all sunlike stars in the Milky Way host so-called Earth analogs. As of this February, Kepler has confirmed 15 new planets and found an additional 1,235 planet candidates, including the smallest planet yet spied outside our solar system. Kepler will collect transit data for a minimum of three and a half years, allowing for a more complete planetary census at a later date.
“There are about a hundred billion sunlike stars within the Milky Way,” said study co-author Joe Catanzarite, a scientist with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). “Two percent of those might have Earth analogs, so you have two billion Earth analog planets in the galaxy,” he added. “Then you start thinking about other galaxies. There are something like 50 billion, and if each one has two billion Earthlike planets, it’s mind boggling.”
Although the figure seems large, Catanzarite and co-author Michael Shao, also of JPL, say their results actually show that Earths are “relatively scarce,” which means a substantial effort will be needed to identify suitable target stars for followup missions designed to study the chemical signatures of Earth-size worlds. The chemical signals may hint whether the planets have oxygen atmospheres, liquid water — or even signs of life.
The Kepler telescope has been scanning a patch of sky near the constellation Cygnus which can be considered a representative sample of what exists throughout the Milky Way. The Kepler space telescope analyze the light from the 156,000 stars in its field of view searching for stars that dim periodically—signs that significant objects are orbiting these stars.
To extrapolate the number of possible Earths in the Milky Way, Catanzarite and Shao started by defining an Earth analog based on a transiting planet’s size and the distance at which the planet orbits its star.
“A famous 1993 paper calculated the inner and outer distance of the so-called Goldilocks zone”—not too hot, not too cold — “where liquid water could exist on a planet’s surface,” Catanzarite observed.
“But more recently people have been saying those boundaries are conservative. Maybe you could go closer or farther. For instance, because of greenhouse gases a planet could be farther away and still be warm, or because of clouds, which the previous models didn’t take into account, you could be closer but keep the surface cool.”
In general, though, an orbit similar to Earth’s seems ideal: “Closer than Earth and you’ll fry; water would turn to steam. If you’re too far, water would freeze into ice.”
“People generally agreed that the smallest habitable planet would be 0.8 Earth radii … or roughly half of Earth’s mass. The reason is that a lower mass planet wouldn’t be able to hold on to an oxygen atmosphere,” Catanzarite said. “Out to two Earth radii is the largest planet we’d call Earthlike. More massive planets start to accumulate thick hydrogen atmospheres, like Neptune or Uranus,” with unbearable atmospheric pressures.
Other planets may exist that we can’t see because of their orbital inclination, so the team used previous exoplanet data to make mathematical estimates for the probabilities of these unseen worlds.
The results published online this month on arXiv.org showed that, according to the traditional boundaries of the Goldilocks zone, 1.4 percent of sunlike stars should have Earth analogs. If you accept the wider, more modern version of the habitable zone, 2.7 percent of sunlike stars likely host Earths. The study authors predict that Kepler will eventually find 12 Earth analog planets in its field of view — and may have already found 4 such worlds among its initial candidates.
“This study completely underestimates the frequency of Earths,” according to MIT planetary scientist Sara Seager, a member of the Kepler science team who noted that Kepler’s just getting started, so its data is far from complete. “Say you’re doing a census of the United States,” she said. “If you go to California and knock on every door, you can then extrapolate out to the rest of the country. That’s what Kepler’s doing.”
“If Kepler’s really going to find the answer in a few years, I’m happy to just wait rather than speculate”, Seager said. The other big concern is that, with the data Kepler can collect, it’s impossible to say whether a given planet is truly Earthlike. Size alone, for example, doesn’t say enough about habitability. “Earth and Venus are about the same mass and size,” she said — and by some definitions both worlds fall in our sun’s habitable zone.
“To me, for a planet to be called an Earth analog you have to have Earth’s mass, size, orbit, and know whether there’s liquid water on the surface. But you can’t know that until we do atmosphere studies,” she said. “Kepler can find only Earth-size planets — we’d never use the term ‘Earth analog.’ Some people are expecting the number of Earths to be higher,” Catanzarite said, adding that Seager “may be right” and the new estimate is too low, “but it’s still unclear.”
“We’re assuming that for all 156,000 stars, it’s possible to detect all small planets of Earthlike radii and orbital distance. If [Kepler] can’t, that would make our number an underestimate.”
What about the possibility of life not only in the Milky Way, but also in the 50 billion galaxies beyond our galactic home-base? New findings from diverse fields are are being brought to bear regarding the central question of the 21st century: How common is life in the Universe? Where can it survive, Will it leave a fossil record, How complex is it.
For decades, scientists have been debating the conditions that are needed to replicate an Earth-like probablility of complexity beyond the microbial level. There’s not much doubt in the minds of most astrobiologists that based on extremophile life we’ve discovered recently on Earth (see prior posts below), that life on the microbial level will be discovered sometime in the next twenty years on Mars or on one of Jupiter or Saturn’s moons.
The three recent key findings for astrobiology are extremophiles, extrasolar planets, and a sense that water may be more ubiquitous even in our own solar neighborhood (in meteors like the Mars’ Lafayette, Europa, and the ice frost on polar Mars). This picture has evolved quite suddenly with 1000-plus extrasolar planets found in just the last decade (and none known before around 1995).
Even in the oldest globular cluster star systems in our Milky Way galaxy — choked with stars that were born more than 10 billion years ago — there are enough “metals” to make earth-like worlds. According to models of planet formation developed by Harvard’s Dimitar Sasselov, a member of the Kepler team, such a planet should be about half again as large as the Earth and composed of rock and water, what the astronomers now call a “super Earth.”for evolved animal life to be present we need to find that sweet “Goldilocks” planet with an exceedingly complex host of conditions present that have given rise the “Rare Earth” hypothesis.
In their book of that title, “Rare Earth” [see below] authors Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee, both of the University of Washington, have outlined a short list of conditions needed:
The right distance from a star; habitat for complex life; liquid water near surface; far enough to avoid tidal lock; right mass of star with long enough lifetime and not too much ultraviolet; stable planetary orbits; right planet mass to maintain atmosphere and ocean with a solid molten core and enough heat for plate tectonics; a Jupiter-like neighbor to clear out comets and asteroids; plate tectonics to build up land mass, enhance bio-diversity, and enable a magnetic field; not too much, nor too little ocean; a large moon at the right distance to stabilize tilt; a small Mars-like neighbor as possible source to seed Earth-like planet; maintenance of adequate temperature, composition and pressure for plants and animals; a galaxy with enough heavy elements, not too small, elliptical or irregular; right position the galaxy; few giant impacts like 65 million years ago; enough carbon for life, but not enough for runaway greehouse effect; evolution of oxygen and photosythesis; and, of course, biological evolution.
In stark contrast to the habitats with highest probability of supporting complex life, the zones and regions of the known universe described below are the ones that astrobiologists have concluded have little or zero chance of supporting life as we know it.
The listing of “dead zones” was compliled for Rare Earth — Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe, by Uinversity of Washington scientists Peter D. Ward (Professor of Geological Sciences and Curator of Paleontology) and Donald Brownlee (Professor of Astronomy and member of the National Academy of Sciences).
Early Universe: The most distant known galaxies are too young to have enough metals for formation of Earth-size inner planets. Hazards include energetic quasar-like activity and frequent super-nova explosions.
Elliptical Galaxies: Stars are too metal-poor. Solar mass stars have eveloved into giants that are too hot for life on inner planets.
Globular Clusters: Although they contain milllions of stars, the stars are too metal poor to have inner planets as large as earth. Solar mass stars have evolved to giants that are too hot for life on inner planets.
Small Galaxies: Most of the stars are too metal deficient.
Centers of Galaxies: Energetic star building and black-hole processes prevent development of complex life.
Edges of Galaxies: Most stars are too metal poor.
Planetary Systems with “Hot Jupiters”: Inward spiral of the giant planets drives the inner planets into the central star.
Planetary Systems with Giant Planets in Eccentric Orbits: Unstable environments. Some planets lost to space.
Future Stars: Uranium, potassium, and thorium too rare to provide sufficent heat to drive plate tectonics.
For all those who terminally enjoy crop circles, here’s Colin Andrews in a mammoth four-hour interview. Says Krshanna at Earthtimes:
“This interview gets in closer to some facts about crop circles than anything else I’ve seen. It’s a 4-hour interview and well worth the time for those interested in what’s really going on with crop circles.”
Thanks to Janis.
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Thanks to Tyco.
Mummified Alien Found
R.K. Mann, Manverse, May 25, 2011
Could this be an Extraterrestrial Mummy? The above photo was apparently taken by an archeology team from the University of Illinois back in 1972 while visiting a private museum in Arequipa, Peru.
While the group was viewing exhibits, they were invited to view a special room in the back, which is where the alien mummy was being housed. This photo was taken at this time by one of the team members.
Museum records state that the mummy came from a group of locals who were scavenging what they thought were Inca tombs hidden in a nearly inaccessible cave high in the mountains near Tres Cruces. The cave was decorated with strange symbols of flying snakes exploding in the air and falling into a river.
Unfortunately when the team returned to the museum in 1996, they discovered that the museum had been burnt to the ground after thieves stole all of its’ artifacts.
The mummy’s current location remains a mystery.
The Region of the Center
Continuing with our discussion of the adult I-state and where it leads, (1) I’ve said that I believe an adult lives in the center.
But we may find that the center is not a finite point, as we’re used to thinking of it, but a spiritual region that keeps on opening up the closer we get to it.
The situation reminds me of one after a recent meditation retreat. I hadn’t been away from Vancouver for a long time and was now in a town called Merritt, British Columbia, some 200 miles north of here.
My wife and I began a leisurely drive back and when we reached the town of Hope, at the beginning of the Fraser Valley, I remember saying to myself, “Here we are in Vancouver.” But we were not. We were still some 100 miles away from it and just at the outside end of the valley which Hope shares with Vancouver. But we were at the first large construct (Fraser Valley) that Vancouver was in and that I could associate with it.
We next came to the first large city, called Chilliwack, whose familiarity caused me to say to myself again, “Ah, now we’re in Vancouver.” But we were not. We were at the beginning of the “Greater Vancouver Regional District,” but not in the City of Vancouver itself, which was still 80 miles away.
We passed city after city and then came to a populated region called Surrey, which is the furthest reach of the continuous entity called “Greater Vancouver.” I said to myself, “Ah, now we’re in Vancouver.” But we were not. Vancouver was still 40 miles away.
We travelled through suburb after suburb and entered the City and I said, “Ah, now we’re in Vancouver.” And I said the same when we reached the downtown core, and then city center, and finally the street on which we lived, and then the block, and then the apartment. Once inside the apartment, I said, “Ah, now we’re in Vancouver.”
All of it was Vancouver but at finer and finer levels of specificity.
And the same, I think, applies to the center of our being. Our arrival at the center wlll first find us at the regional district; then the region; then a suburb; then the city; then the downtown core, city center, the street, the block and finally the apartment. And the apartment will see us merge again with the Center of the center, the One, the Most High. Ah, now we’re in the Center!
In other words, what could be thought of as the center will open up and open up the further we move into it.
Up the Dimensions
The personal struggle
I also think that the more we penetrate the center, the farther up the dimensional ladder we’ll go. Not only that, but I’m willing to bet that the farther up the dimensional ladder we go, the easier will be our journey. Imagine the center in the Third Dimension as being a rope we must climb. We do it with great effort and are panting for breath by the time we reach the Fourth Dimension.
But the next leg of the rope may now resemble an escalator. And the next leg we may accomplish by flying up the rope; the next by merely thinking ourselves at the top of it; the next by entering meditation and not even thinking; and finally by what will seem a magic carpet, where we don’t even need to meditate. And so on, each leg of the journey becoming easier. Of course that’s just my guess,
We may be plumbing the center if and when we enter the orders of angels and even after we graduate from those levels to ones I don’t know about or even suspect.
Twin flames united
I think the center is a mystery, a portal, a doorway, a magical passage, the path home, the direct route. I think all that we’re hungering to find is to be found through the doorway of the center.
I could also have said the doorway of the heart, because the heart is the center. I think that, in some way we cannot describe or even understand, the center is not a center at all but something else that words cannot reach.
We’re given the opportunity to experience life at the extremes. The Third Dimension may be the most extreme of those extremes that self-consciousness can be found at. Below the Third Dimension there is, I think, no self-consciousness and therefore no experience as we know it. Above the Third Dimension, experience is less and less extreme and more and more subtle and sublime.
We think we need the highs and lows, the ups and downs of the Third Dimension, but even a taste of the Fourth and Fifth will show us what we’ve been missing and change our minds on what is desirable.
But we’ll never know that until we relinquish our taste for the extremes of life, the roller coaster of experience, the bumps and thrills of this Big Dipper ride we’re on that we call our “lives.”
Only when we’ve had enough of all that, or when the rising energies lift us up to a high enough plateau, will we begin to understand the more subtle pleasures of the center as opposed to the rough ride of the extremes and begin to turn away from the familiar territory of 3D and open up to the unfamiliar territory of the higher dimensions.
So ask me where I think we’re going? Into the center. Into the rabbit hole. Into the heart. Pack your bags, or for some leave your bags at the door, and get ready for a magic-carpet ride second to none. All aboard!
(1) “Failure, Success and Appropriate Ways of Being,” at http://stevebeckow.com/the-2012-scenario/lightworkers/failure-success-and-appropriate-ways-of-being/
This first video is sent by Greg Zangary, it show what the narrator describes as a jellyfish like creature.
NEW BIOLOGICAL TYPE Of UFOs Showing Up Over Mexico City! - June 24, 2011
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This second video shows a few lightships flying over London, I was delighted to see the pedestrians take photographs with huge happy faces. A true delight to watch over and over again.
UFOs Over London Friday 2011 - June 24, 2011.
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