4MIN News August 30, 2013 “Black Holes” Reject Matter, LandSat8, Large CME

This morning’s video by Suspicious Observers discusses Harvard scientist’s new theory to explain observed, “Black hole rejection of matter.”

Chandra X-Ray image is astounding.  Large amounts of ‘outflow’ have been observed at the so-called ‘black hole’ at our galaxy’s center, called Sagittarius A*. This region has been quite active lately, but then, Chandra has only been on-line since 1999.

Solar wind density has picked up due to Earth-facing coronal hole and a CME erupted on the limb, according to the report.

Suspicious Observers comment thread interested me.  David LaPoint’s demonstration of strong electromagnetism alongside those of Electric Universe are discussed in relation to the detected outpouring of Sagittarius A*.

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Sage herb improves memory, studies show

Elizabeth Renter has this report at Natural Society about two studies that show age-old sage to, “Significantly improve memory and recall.

From the report:

Source: Naturalsociety.com

The study, published in the June 2003 Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, looked at the effects of sage on memory recall tests. The researchers used 45 individuals in two groups; one group received a placebo while others received sage essential oil at dosages between 50 and 150 microls. Following the administration, memory tests were given. Even those who were given the smallest amount of sage oil saw notable memory improvements.

The second study cited for this report suggests that sage could be beneficial in treating Alzheimer’s.  Renter continues:

Another study conducted that same year indicated compounds within Chinese sage could offer an alternative to pharmaceutical Alzheimer’s disease treatments. Professor Peter Houghton presented findings at the 2003 British Pharmaceutical Conference that showed isolated compounds in sage acted as acetylcholinesterase (AchE) inhibitors, similar to prescription drug solutions.

In Alzheimer’s disease patients, there is an increase in AchE which leads to cellular damage and subsequent memory loss and dementia. By inhibiting AchE, sage could prevent the damage and Alzheimer’s symptoms.

As protection against witchcraft and as a means of spiritual purification, sage has a history of remarkable uses. Shown once again by this recent study, some of these benefits have been tested and proven worthwhile by modern science. These benefits include sage as a digestive aid, sore throat soother, cold remedy, cough suppressant, protection against cognitive decline, and more.

The author of this report suggests adding easy to grow sage herb to daily diet.  Read more, click here.

“Hemp – The Environmentally Sustainable Alternative”

Did you know that Henry Ford rolled out a Hemp plastic car in 1941?  Ships ropes and sails were made of hemp.  The argument was, why tear out old growth forests when you can use hemp that grows in one season.  Why was hemp banned in the first place?

Ford sought to , “Ease the emerging problems of petrochemical pollution,” using  hemp to, “Grow automobiles from the soil,” according to the video.

The automobile entrepreneur teamed up with Thomas Edison and George Washington Carver in order to develop biodegradable plastics using hemp.

Instead, hemp was banned and petrochemical pollution has been allowed to flourish.  Why?  Here are two more interesting quotes from this Hemp 101 video:

“In 1938, advances in hemp decordication equipment prompted Popular Mechanics magazine to call hemp the ‘billion dollar crop’ with ‘25,000 uses’.”

“At the [Ford] company’s River Rouge Plant, researchers used annual crops to develop biodegradable car parts and in 1941, unveiled a car whose plastic body was made entirely from hemp, wheat straw and sisal.  The bio-plastic withstood blows 10-times as great as steal without denting, and it’s reduced weight promised better fuel efficiency.”

Hemp needs to be restored to the service of human-kind.

USGS: “Hydraulic fracturing fluids likely harmed threatened Kentucky fish species”

“Blackside dace are a type of minnow with a red underbelly and a black stripe down their sides. They are found only in parts of Tennessee, Kentucky, and western Virginia. The image shows a school of Blackside dace.” Source: USGS.gov

Today’s release from the US Geological Survey newsroom:

Hydraulic fracturing fluids are believed to be the cause of the widespread death or distress of aquatic species in Kentucky’s Acorn Fork, after spilling from nearby natural gas well sites. These findings are the result of a joint study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Acorn Fork, a small Appalachian creek, is habitat for the federally threatened Blackside dace, a small colorful minnow. The Acorn Fork is designated by Kentucky as an Outstanding State Resource Waters.

“Our study is a precautionary tale of how entire populations could be put at risk even with small-scale fluid spills,” said USGS scientist Diana Papoulias, the study’s lead author. “This is especially the case if the species is threatened or is only found in limited areas, like the Blackside dace is in the Cumberland.”

The Blackside dace typically lives in small, semi-isolated groups, so harmful events run the risk of completely eliminating a local population.  The species is primarily threatened with loss of habitat.

After the spill of hydraulic fracturing fluid, state and federal scientists observed a significant die-off of aquatic life in Acorn Fork including the Blackside dace as well as several more common species like the Creek chub and Green sunfish.  They had been alerted by a local resident who witnessed the fish die-off.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Commonwealth of Kentucky are currently working towards restoration of the natural resources that were injured by the release.

To determine the cause of the fish die-off, the researchers collected water and fish samples immediately following the chemical release in 2007.

The samples analyses and results clearly showed that the hydraulic fracturing fluids degraded water quality in Acorn Fork, to the point that the fish developed gill lesions, and suffered liver and spleen damage as well.

“This is an example of how the smallest creatures can act as a canary in a coal mine,” said Tony Velasco, Ecologist for the Fish and Wildlife office in Kentucky, who coauthored the study, and initiated a multi-agency response when it occurred in 2007.  “These species use the same water as we do, so it is just as important to keep our waters clean for people and for wildlife.”

The gill lesions were consistent with exposure to acidic water and toxic concentrations of heavy metals.  These results matched water quality samples from Acorn Fork that were taken after the spill.

After the fracturing fluids entered Acorn Fork Creek, the water’s pH dropped from 7.5 to 5.6, and stream conductivity increased from 200 to 35,000 microsiemens per centimeter.  A low pH number indicates that the creek had become more acidic, and the stream conductivity indicated that there were higher levels of dissolved elements including iron and aluminum.

Blackside dace are a species of ray-finned fish found only in the Cumberland River basin of Kentucky and Tennessee and the Powell River basin of Virginia.  It has been listed as a federally-threatened species by the Service since 1987.

Hydraulic fracturing is the most common method for natural gas well-development in Kentucky.

The report is entitled “Histopathological Analysis of Fish from Acorn Fork Creek, Kentucky Exposed to Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Releases,” and is published in the scientific journalSoutheastern Naturalist, in a special edition devoted to the Blackside dace.

To learn more about this study and other contaminants research, please visit the USGS Environmental Health web pagethe USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Environmental Contaminants web page.

Make elderberry syrup for cold and flu season

Mountain Rose Herbs has this video on a simple way to make elderberry syrup.  John Gallagher teaches the elderberry syrup making process.  Ingredients include dried (or fresh frozen) elderberries, cloves, ginger, cinnamon stick and local honey.  Gallagher csays that elderberry functions as an anti-viral. Here’s more from the description:

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/ Learn how to make elderberry syrup with Mountain Rose Herbs. This herbal syrup can be used for colds, flu and coughs. A simple natural home remedy with dried elder berries.

Elderberries Source: drlisawatson.com

Farmers’ Almanac predicts COLD Winter for most of U.S.

Source: Farmers’ Almanac

Farmers’ Almanac released its “2014 Long Range Winter Forecast” this week, with the headline, “The days of shivery are back.

From their U.S. forecast report:

After the unusually warm and snowless winter of 2011–2012, many people questioned if winter could make a comeback. Well it did. Last winter was cold and especially snowy.

So, what’s in store for this winter? The “Days of Shivery” are back! 
For 2013–2014, we are forecasting a winter that will experience below average temperatures for about two-thirds of the nation. A large area of below-normal temperatures will predominate from roughly east of the Continental Divide to the Appalachians, north and east through New England. Coldest temperatures will be over the Northern Plains on east into the Great Lakes. Only for the Far West and the Southeast will there be a semblance of winter temperatures averaging close to normal, but only a few areas will enjoy many days where temperatures will average above normal.

Precipitation-wise, the Southern Plains, Midwest, and Southeast will see above-normal conditions, while the rest of the country will average near normal. With a combination of below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation the stage will be set for the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Central and Northern New England to receive lots of snow. Farther south, where the thermometer will be vacillating above or below the freezing mark, Southern New England, Southeast New York, New Jersey, and down through the Mid-Atlantic region will be seeing either copious rains and/or snows.

And yet, the Pacific Northwest (or is it “northwet?”) where indeed wet weather is almost a given during the winter months, the overall winter season could average out drier than normal.

Significant snowfalls are forecast for parts of every zone. Over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, we are “red-flagging” the first ten days of February for possible heavy winter weather.

Read the full report, click here.  According to CBS News, the Maine-based Farmers’ Almanac has been publishing weather forecasts for 197 years, based on, “Planetary positions, sun spots and lunar cycles.

“What it’s like to have fracking in your backyard”

Photo credit: Robert Donnan/ Marcellus Air Source: FrackingWestVirginia.blogspot.com

Tara Lohan writes for Fracking West Virginia about the highly destructive practice of horizontal hydraulic fracturing.  She includes this video of an interview with Harrison County, West Virginia resident, Leanne Kiner.

Lohan gives further details on the predicament Kiner and her neighbors are facing due to the fracking process.  She writes(emphasis mine):

As if the disruptions to her quality of life and property values weren’t bad enough, Kiner’s water well became contaminated with unsafe levels of arsenic. She came home from work one day to find that, without any notice, someone working for the drilling company had disconnected her house from her well and installed a large “water buffalo” tank outside her home. Companies have been known to supply water tanks to affected residents (although usually with no admission of guilt) temporarily, and then leave the residents high and dry months or years down the road, even when water pollution problems persist.
Water is a big and multifaceted issue when it comes to fracking. Horizontal wells in the Marcellus can take upward of 5 million gallons of water during fracking. The wells can be fracked multiple times and there can be as many as 10 wells drilled on a single well pad. Multiple that by the thousands of wells that have been fracked thus far and that’s a lot of water. All those hundreds of millions of gallons are often taken from local streams and creeks.
Then there is the wastewater to contend with, beginning with “drilling brine” which can contain high levels of salts, as well as arsenic, mercury, chromium and naturally occurring radioactive materials. What to do with this wastewater? “In the past, the drilling brine, with the cuttings have been put in pits, and after the solids are settled, the liquid has been sprayed on the land,” reports the West Virginia Sierra Club. “If too concentrated it kills vegetation, so even if sprayed thinly enough not to be deadly, it cannot be helping the land. The pits with remaining solids and plastic liner, if used, are buried on site.”
There is also the wastewater from the fracking process, and what’s called “produced water,” which flows from the well as it it producing. This can contain some of the toxic mix of chemicals (which most companies won’t reveal) that does not remain underground. WV Sierra Club reports, “Because of the increased volume of wastewater to be disposed of from Marcellus wells, the WV DEP [Department of Environmental Protection] is asking drillers to dispose of it by injection in underground injection wells.” Much has been written about the potential risks (including earthquakes) from this manner of disposal and some companies have been nabbed for illegally dumping this toxic wastewater into storm drains, creeks and other waterways. And there have been reports of it dumped on roads.
On May 26, 2012 Christina Woods was mowing the lawn when a truck dumped water on her road for dust suppression. Christina and her husband Wayne had made numerous complaints about the road condition since fracking operations began. At times, the dust from constant truck traffic had made it impossible for them to even open their windows or sit outdoors. After the truck went by on May 26, Christina Woods immediately got a sore throat and her tongue felt numb. They quickly realized it wasn’t clean water that was being sprayed on the road. “The emergency response team didn’t come until three days after,” said Wayne, “and the morning they did the air quality samples it rained.” The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) did find that the company, Jay-Bee, had sprayed “wastewaters from natural gas production” on their road and issued a fine.

But water is just one of the issues. For those living near fracking sites, life itself is drastically changed. Diane Pitcock and her husband and son moved from near Baltimore, Maryland to a rural haven of over 100 acres in New Milton, West Virginia six years ago. Their timing couldn’t have been worse. “It’s so sad because we never moved here expecting this,” said Pitcock, who has started an organization called West Virginia Host Farms Program to call attention to what is happening in her community. Her neighbor leased his property to Antero Resources and now the Pitcock’s land abuts a drilling site known as the Ruckman well pad of the Erwin Valley Project. “It’s four separate well pads on his land, having 27 individual permits for horizontal legs,” she explained.

Read more here.

“MONSANTO PATENT: This is why GMO’s Were Created”

iHealthTube has this video description:

Published on 6 May 2013

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Jeffrey Smith is an expert in genetically modified foods. In this video he explains how and why the practice started and what some of the potential dangers are of GMOs.

Modern hybridized grains bred to favor gluten

These ain’t the same grains!!” – Sean of Underground Wellness

Undergroundwellness.com

Process of Hybridization has added chromosomes to grains in order to increase drought, heat and cold resistance and yield, according to Sean of Underground Wellness.  Now, we have 25,000 types of grains, he reports.

In the last 50 years, wheat has changed significantly.  The goal was to feed the world.  But, glutens were inadvertently added in breeding for better ‘baking characteristics’, he says.  The result is more complex wheat.  But, gluten proteins cause celiac disease, an, “Immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye,” according to Mayo Clinic.

Sean references a book,  “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis.

He also cites his book, “Dark Side of Fat Loss“.