“Mind of Plants: Documentary on the Intelligence of Plants”

This film by Jacques Mitsch explores the physiology of plants and concludes that the plant kingdom is definitely an intelligent one.

Research shows that plants need sleep.  Plants like to dance.  Plants have memory.  A dancing plant can be trained.  So, do plants have a central nervous system that we don’t understand?

Darwin experimented on carnivorous and climbing plants and speculated that they had a ‘root brain’, according to this documentary.  Researchers confirm that an extraordinary physiology exists in the roots of plants.  Root brains theory suggests plants keep their heads in the ground and expose their sexual organs to the outside world.  They are extremely sensitive, according to biologist Frantisek Baluska, who has spent several years studying the physiological functioning of roots.  He’s developed special techniques to observe plants in action and discovered what he terms, “Animal-like behavior in plants.”

“Roots process complex information, much like the nervous system in vertebrates.”

So, with neither a brain nor nervous system, plants indeed have a root intelligence, one that decides when to flower and when to go dormant for example.

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“The disappearing male” in synthetic chemical age

Life in Pierce County documents the disappearing male in both humans and wildlife in the age of synthetic chemicals.

Description reads:

The Disappearing Male

“We are conducting a vast toxicological experiment in which our children and our children’s children are the experimental subjects.” Dr. Herbert Needleman

The Disappearing Male is about one of the most important, and least publicized, issues facing the human species: the toxic threat to the male reproductive system.

The last few decades have seen steady and dramatic increases in the incidence of boys and young men suffering from genital deformities, low sperm count, sperm abnormalities and testicular cancer.

At the same time, boys are now far more at risk of suffering from ADHD, autism, Tourette’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, and dyslexia.

The Disappearing Male takes a close and disturbing look at what many doctors and researchers now suspect are responsible for many of these problems: a class of common chemicals that are ubiquitous in our world.

Found in everything from shampoo, sunglasses, meat and dairy products, carpet, cosmetics and baby bottles, they are called “hormone mimicking” or “endocrine disrupting” chemicals and they may be starting to damage the most basic building blocks of human development.

“The ocean is broken” – Newcastle Herald

Ocean debris Source: Worldtruth.tv

Newcastle yachtsman Ivan Macfadyen sailed from from Melbourne to Osaka, as he’d done 10 years before, to find that life had vanished from the broken ocean.  Greg Ray reports that the first leg of Macfayen’s journey to Japan was eerily quiet, with hardly any fish nor birds to be found.  But, after Osaka, matters only became worse.  He writes:

The next leg of the long voyage was from Osaka to San Francisco and for most of that trip the desolation was tinged with nauseous horror and a degree of fear.

“After we left Japan, it felt as if the ocean itself was dead,” Macfadyen said.

“We hardly saw any living things. We saw one whale, sort of rolling helplessly on the surface with what looked like a big tumour on its head. It was pretty sickening.

“I’ve done a lot of miles on the ocean in my life and I’m used to seeing turtles, dolphins, sharks and big flurries of feeding birds. But this time, for 3000 nautical miles there was nothing alive to be seen.”

In place of the missing life was garbage in astounding volumes.

“Part of it was the aftermath of the tsunami that hit Japan a couple of years ago. The wave came in over the land, picked up an unbelievable load of stuff and carried it out to sea. And it’s still out there, everywhere you look.”

Ivan’s brother, Glenn, who boarded at Hawaii for the run into the United States, marvelled at the “thousands on thousands” of yellow plastic buoys. The huge tangles of synthetic rope, fishing lines and nets. Pieces of polystyrene foam by the million. And slicks of oil and petrol, everywhere.

Macfadyen returned home and decided that since nothing was being done to clean up the horrible mess that the tsunami and subsequent nuclear meltdown has left the ocean in, he would sound the call for help.  Ray writes:

Recognising the problem is vast, and that no organisations or governments appear to have a particular interest in doing anything about it, Macfadyen is looking for ideas.

He plans to lobby government ministers, hoping they might help.

More immediately, he will approach the organisers of Australia’s major ocean races, trying to enlist yachties into an international scheme that uses volunteer yachtsmen to monitor debris and marine life.

Macfadyen signed up to this scheme while he was in the US, responding to an approach by US academics who asked yachties to fill in daily survey forms and collect samples for radiation testing – a significant concern in the wake of the tsunami and consequent nuclear power station failure in Japan.

“I asked them why don’t we push for a fleet to go and clean up the mess,” he said.

“But they said they’d calculated that the environmental damage from burning the fuel to do that job would be worse than just leaving the debris there.”

Read the full report, click here.

“Rare crash at the Milky Ways core” – Astronomy

Image of Milky Way galactic center by Swift X-ray telescope Source: Astronomy.com

Astronomy magazine has this report on the giant gas cloud that is headed for a ‘rare crash’ with the center of our galaxy.  I was surprised to find the theory that this gas cloud may contain a small star covered in the report.  Dr. Paul LaViolette has also theorized the potential for such hidden object.

The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor has been watching the gas clouds’ progression with the Swift X-ray telescope, according to the article supplied by them.   The ‘collision’ between what astronomers have named G-2 and the galactic center is expected to happen this Spring.  Here’s more from the report:

With NASA’s orbiting Swift telescope, the University of Michigan team is taking daily images of a mysterious gas cloud about three times the mass of Earth that’s spiraling toward the supermassive black hole at the Milky Way’s core. From our vantage point, the core lies more than 25,000 light-years away in the southern summer sky near the constellations Sagittarius and Scorpius.

In 2011, German astronomers discovered a gas cloud called G2. They expected it to hit the black hole called Sagittarius A* (pronounced “Sagittarius A-star”) late last year. That didn’t happen, but the cloud continues to drift closer. Astronomers now predict that the impact will occur in the next few months.

Astronomers have never seen anything like this, much less with a front-row seat.

“Everyone wants to see the event happening because it’s so rare,” said Nathalie Degenaar from the Department of Astronomy at the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.

Supermassive black holes are believed to lurk at the centers of all elliptical and spiral galaxies. The Milky Way’s, by comparison, is dim — about a hundred million times fainter than scientists might expect. It’s likely the more common variety, Degenaar said.

“We think that the fainter ones are the majority, but it’s very difficult to study those,” Degenaar said. “We just can’t see them. Ours is the only one we can study to understand what their role is in the universe.”

I appreciate the fact that the articles’ author used the word ‘believed’ to describe the theory of supermassive blackholes, as lately observation has shown that the centers of galaxies can dish out as much as they take in.   The author continues:

The Swift observatory is the only telescope providing daily updates at X-ray wavelengths where the crash will show up most profoundly, the researchers say. Those capabilities, coupled with a research tool developed by Mark Reynolds from the University of Michigan, will help provide the first evidence of the collision. This tool quickly analyzes changes in the X-ray brightness of images across days — a sudden increase could signal impact. It also immediately posts the images online.

While astronomers expect to see a change in brightness, they don’t know how dramatic it will be because they aren’t sure exactly what the gaseous G2 object is. If it’s all gas, the region would glow in the X-ray band for years to come as the black hole slowly swallows the cloud. But another possibility is that G2 could be shrouding an old star. If that’s the case, the display would be less spectacular as Sagittarius A* slurped from the cloud while the star slipped by, dense enough to fight its grasp.

“I would be delighted if Sagittarius A* suddenly became 10,000 times brighter. However it is possible that it will not react much — like a horse that won’t drink when led to water,” said Jon Miller from the University of Michigan. “If Sagittarius A* consumes some of G2, we can learn about black holes accreting at low levels, sneaking midnight snacks. It is potentially a unique window into how most black holes in the present-day universe accrete.”

Read the full report, click here.

“The rise of the true human being”

I find myself inspired once again, this time by artist and lecturer Neil Hague.

Hague presents an alternative history of art in relationship to the nature of the times that we’re in.  He begins with the work of William Blake.

To Hague, the modern world is a mixture of mayhem and chaos.  We’re being constantly distracted from ourselves, he states.   Buddha said that it’s your mind that creates this world, but what if we were so distracted that we even forgot about the place from which we came?

Hague shows his image of a fair ground that came to town and then it became bigger and brighter until it was the only thing left.

He quotes, “The Fall of Babylon,” from Revelations 18:

“Fallen! Fallen! is Babylon great!

She has become a home of demons and haunt

for every Evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird.

For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her

adulteries.  The kings of the Earth committed

adultery with her, and the merchants of the Earth grew

rich from her excessive luxuries.”

The Fall of Babylon is to him, “The death of the mind.”

We’ve built this, “Self delusion that everything that we have out there in the world is gonna save us and is gonna actually make the world a better place, and it’s not,” Hague says.

“This wonderful, vast ocean of oneness, of consciousness was almost serving as a form of device for Babylon.”

“Babylon could easily be these city structures,” Hague continues, using a well-lit city-scape to illustrate.

Revelations Chapter 9:

“And out of the smoke

locusts came down upon

the earth

and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth.

They were told not to

harm the grass of the earth

or any plant or tree,

but only those people who

did not have

the seal of God on their foreheads.”

Hague follows with, “Those that lose the dream are lost,” an Aboriginal saying.

“The great truth of the universe lies within the human imagination; it is the source, the sun and those who understand its powers are the lords of all created things.” – Paracelsus

EARTH=HEART

“For mercy has a human heart, Pity a human face

And love, the human form divine,

And peace, the human dress.”

– William Blake

“To see a world in a grain of sand

And heaven in a wild flower

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand

And eternity in an hour.”

– William Blake

“Trying to hinder another’s freedom

always costs you your own.”

– Abraham

“God is creativeness, love, happiness, life.

Unhappiness, un-creativeness is non-existence,

absence of life.”

– Cecil Collins

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

 – Proverbs Chapter 29, verse 18

The Frayed Angels

This piece is stunning visually.  With imagery by Kscope, as seen in video by progressive rock band Anathema, it portrays a young girl who survives post-modern chaos and, with suitcase in hand returns to a natural state of being.  The poem was penned by Les Visible, according to video description.  Partial transcript follows:

I am, like you

an embodiment of God.

All possibilities at birth were delivered into our hands.

Yet we give ourselves into subjugation to our servants

for ridicule and confinement.

Cast out from the castles from where we,

as kings and queens ruled all things from within

the temple of the heart.

Cast out into the trackless waste of our own confusions,

amnesia driven, hungry and alone,

while those created to serve us

spill our wine, eat our food

and laugh at the ignorance that

has closed our eyes

to the beauty of ourselves.

Never again will I let myself be tormented by fear,

the love killer, the life killer.

Death of a sort comes to us all,

no matter who we are.

We cannot escape that.

We can only accept

and wonder to whom did it happen.

Let go all chains that hold the image down

Earth does not speak unless the spirit flames.

These times in which we live

dance like some drunken jester

on the edge of the abyss.

Great things are within our reach.

Even as we wait, we can see

the first glimmer of that dawn

for which so long we have waited

to see.  It has nearly broken me,

but nothing is beyond repair.

Truly let this moment be

your last moment of regret.

Let your heart see

that you have not touched the best times yet.

Take back your wings no longer.

Frayed and fallen, let us rise and soar,

as if no one had ever gone before.

Max Planck and Quantum Physics

Video description:

Great Moments in Science and Technology

The viewer gains an insight into both the scientific and the
socio-political background to an invention or discovery.
Pioneers of science are portrayed, and the nature of their
research and its further development through to the present
are reconstructed.
Computer animations are used to make certain processes
easier to understand and to show how various systems function.
Re-enacted scenes illustrate the conditions under which the
scientists worked and the approach they took. Particularly
impressive are the historical film sequences, some of which
date back to the early days of cinematography.

North Dakota’s flammable, fracked tap water

North Dakota oil field worker Jacob Haughney demonstrates his flammable tap water.  He posted this video on You-tube on December 19th and had received almost 700,000 views since then.  What a sight.  He writes:

I was in the shower house at work the other day and discovered something interesting about the tap water out here. This is what we shower in and brush our teeth. Let me know what you think.

Research finds ‘abundance of pesticides’ in conventional teas

 

Source: FoodBabe.com

Do you know what’s really in your tea,” Food Babe asks.

Research finds pesticides and other toxins in conventional teas.  Here’s more from the report:

Conventional Teas – An Abundance of Pesticides

Did you know that most tea is not washed before it is put it into bags? That means if the tea was sprayed with cancer-causing pesticides, those pesticides go directly into your cup. And this is the reason why tea is on my organic shopping priority list. To prove this point, here are some shocking facts about one of the most well-known tea brands – Celestial Seasonings.

A recent third-party analysis by Glaucus Research found that 91 percent of Celestial Seasonings tea tested had pesticide residues exceeding the U.S. limits. For example, Sleepytime Kids Goodnight Grape Herbal contained 0.26 ppm of propachlor, which is a known carcinogen under California’s Propsition 65.

The “Wellness” tea line was found to contain traces of propargite, also a known carcinogen and developmental toxin. The FDA has already issued two warning letters to Celestial Seasonings in regard to poor quality control. Imagine what happens when pesticide-laden tea is steeped in boiling water.

If grocery store brands don’t provide a clean option for you, perhaps a high-end loose leaf tea would circumvent some of the issues of grocery store brands. Right? Wrong! Take Teavana, which is found in malls across North America for example. Teavana taps into tea culture with the “Teavana Experience.” Convincing their employees to take customers on a sensory journey – they open a huge canister of loose leaf tea and wave the top of the canister so you can smell the tea – touting all of the wonderful health benefits of tea complete with samples and manipulative demonstrations that end in an expensive visit to the tea shop. Is all the extra money worth it? Are customers getting a superior tea product? No.

Teavana tea was tested by an independent lab and 100 percent of it was found to contain pesticides. One tea in particular, Monkey Picked Oolong, contained 23 pesticides. 77 percent of the teas would fail European Union pesticide import standards, and would be banned from import. 62 percent of the teas tested contained traces of endosulfan, a pesticide that has been banned by the U.S., China, the E.U., and 144 other countries because it has been linked to impaired fertility and could harm unborn babies.

Teas Can Contain Artificial Flavoring, Natural Flavors, and Hidden GMOs

Furthermore, a majority of Teavana teas contain added flavor – specifically “artificial flavoring.” If their tea is so high end, why would they be adding ingredients produced by fractional distillation and chemical manipulation of various chemicals like crude oil or coal tar? Coal tar in my tea? No, thanks.

Food Babe suggests using Traditional Medicinals and Numi tea brands to avoid pesticides, GMOs, so called ‘natural’ flavorings, etc..  She writes:

Make sure the brand you buy uses a safe form of packaging material or buy loose leaf tea and use a stainless steel or glass tea strainer. Have the company verify that bags do not contain epichlorophydrin, and avoid plastic tea bags all together. (Numi and Traditional Medicinals are some of the only brands I trust in this category because they have publicly stated they do not use this harmful ingredient or GMO packaging and are Non-GMO Project verified.) 

Read the full report, click here.