Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Signs of ‘Connected Consciousness’ Detected on Global Scale

[California News Wire] Our individual minds, though distinct and uniquely ours, may also join with others in a kind of mental symphony that now and then becomes audible against a prevailing background of static. That’s a research conclusion appearing today on the World Future Society’s website. Reported by futurist Richard Samson, Director of EraNova Institute, the conclusion is based on 16 years of analysis by the Global Consciousness Project (GCP), based in Princeton, New Jersey.
The research project, led by cognitive psychologist Roger Nelson, began at Princeton University in 1998 and continues as an international consortium with logistical support from the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), founded by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell.
After monitoring more than 480 world events, the article reports, GCP researchers have accumulated strong evidence of some kind of transpersonal mentality that seems to emerge when many people share a common concern or experience. At such times, a global network of devices employing quantum tunneling has found weak but definite signs of coherence arising out of background “noise” or randomness.
Although the evidence has been known by specialists for years, it has grown so strong it now warrants public attention, Samson asserts. “And it comes at a time when the materialistic assumptions of traditional science, particularly physics, are being challenged.”
The measured effect, though faint and fickle, is statistically significant to an extremely high degree, according to Nelson and his fellow researchers. It shows up during times of crisis or celebration, such as an earthquake or New Year’s Eve, when millions of people focus on the same thing at the same time. Read More

Go to: Princeton's Global Consciousness Project
Read the Report: Richard Samon's Blog

Sunday, September 28, 2014

U.S. Southwest Storms Knock Over Trees, Drench Phoenix

[ABC] Intense storms swept through the Southwest on Saturday, snapping trees and shrouding metropolitan Phoenix in cascading showers while also bringing flooding to parts of Nevada.
The skies above downtown Phoenix were completely gray in the afternoon as strong winds, thunder and rain hit the region. The outside visibility of buildings was almost entirely obscured by rain and clouds.
The storm forced authorities to close a section of Interstate 17 for more than hour due to flooding. Flight departures and landings resumed about 3:30 p.m. after they were halted for an hour at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. But airport spokeswoman Julie Rodriguez said delays are expected into the evening. More than 40 flights scheduled to land in Phoenix were diverted to other airports, she said.
"The wind caused some damage to the roof of Terminal 2 in the baggage claim area and in some of the gate areas. However, all three terminals at Sky Harbor are operational," Rodriguez said in a statement.
Branches and debris littered streets around the city and at least one traffic light was knocked over. Some trees were toppled by the ensuing wind. The Salt River Project utility said that about 31,000 customers were without power as of Saturday afternoon. Read More

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hundreds Of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

[Huffington Post] NEW YORK -- More than 400,000 people turned out for the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, just days before many of the world's leaders are expected to debate environmental action at the United Nations climate summit.
Early reports from event organizers are hailing the turnout as the largest climate march in history, far bigger than the Forward on Climate rally held in Washington, D.C., last year. High-profile environmentalists including Bill McKibben, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Goodall and Vandana Shiva marched alongside policymakers such as Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former Vice President Al Gore were also there, and more than 550 buses carried in people from around the country.
Follow along for live updates below.
The rally comes at an opportune time as 120 world leaders, including President Barack Obama, are expected to convene Tuesday at the United Nations in New York to discuss ways to tackle the growing threat of carbon pollution.
The White House has pledged to "show the world that the U.S. is leading on climate change, and to call on other leaders to step up to the plate," John Podesta, who serves as a counselor to the president, told reporters on Thursday. However, a recent study found that the world spewed more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere last year than ever before, primarily driven by China, India and the United States. And the top leaders of China and India announced earlier this month that they won't be attending Tuesday's summit. Read More

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Sahara Is Millions of Years Older Than Thought

[Smithsonian MagazineThe movement of tectonic plates that created the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps also sparked the drying of the Sahara some 7 million years ago, according to the latest computer simulations of Earth’s ancient climate.
Though North Africa is currently covered by the world’s largest non-polar desert, climate conditions in the region have not been constant there for the last several million years. Subtle changes in Earth’s tilt toward the sun periodically increase the amount of solar energy received by the Northern Hemisphere in summer, altering atmospheric currents and driving monsoon rains. North Africa also sees more precipitation when less of the planet’s water is locked up in ice. Such increases in moisture limit how far the Sahara can spread and can even spark times of a “green Sahara”, when the sparse desert is replaced by abundant lakes, plants and animals.
Before the great desert was born, North Africa had a moister, semiarid climate. A few lines of evidence, including ancient dune deposits found in Chad, had hinted that the arid Sahara may have existed at least 7 million years ago. But without a mechanism to explain how it emerged, few scientists thought that the desert we see today could really be that old. Instead, most scientists argue that the Sahara took shape just 2 to 3 million years ago. Terrestrial and marine evidence suggest that North Africa underwent a period of drying at that time, when the Northern Hemisphere started its most recent cycle of glaciation. Read More

Religions for the Earth: Redefining the Climate Crisis

[Time] This coming week in New York City has the potential to be for climate change what the 1963 March on Washington was for civil rights. The world’s political leaders will gather at the UN for an urgent Climate Summit called by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and hundreds of thousands of people will descend on the city for the People’s Climate March.
At Union Theological Seminary, a remarkably diverse group of more than 200 religious and spiritual leaders will gather for the Religions for the Earth conference. Representing Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, Australia, the Pacific nations and the Arctic, these leaders will bring a much-needed moral perspective to the climate crisis. They represent billions of people of faith.
Through the work at this conference, we hope to help redefine the climate crisis. It is not just a scientific and political challenge, it is an urgent moral imperative. The Religions for the Earth initiative at Union seeks to create a place where visionary religious and spiritual leaders from around the world will convene to find common ground and offer new strategies to deal with a crisis that politicians have been unable to solve.
In meeting after meeting, from Rio to Kyoto to Copenhagen to Durban, politicians and technocrats have been thwarted, because at its core, climate change is not just about science, or zero-sum financial negotiations between emitters: it’s about values. It relates profoundly to the meaning of life rather than just its mechanics—to the essence of how we experience our being, share our resources, and regard one another across space and time. It has implications for the existence of the world itself, and humanity’s place within it.
It will take a values-driven conversation to change the materialistic and consumer-oriented culture that assigns worth only to financially quantifiable things. The unchecked profit-driven model of maximum production devours what we care most about: clean air, clean water, and the wellbeing of the most vulnerable families. We need a new moral equation. Read More

People's Climate March in New York City kicks off

[Politico.com] NEW YORK — Activists, scientists, students, celebrities and elected officials took to New York City’s streets Sunday for a massive march meant to sound the alarm about climate change.
Organizers were hoping to attract more than 100,000 people, a crowd that would make the march through midtown Manhattan the largest climate-related event in history, dwarfing a February 2013 protest on the National Mall that drew 35,000 people. It wasn’t immediately clear how many people had come out Sunday.
Participants waved flags, pounded on drums and carried signs that said “No More Climate Change” and “Climate Action Now,” while police blocked traffic along Central Park West from 59th Street to 86th Street.
Participants said they were trying to send a message to elected officials that tackling climate change, an issue that has often taken a back seat in Washington, should be a top priority. Politicians taking part in Sunday’s protest included Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) as well as former Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich, while former Vice President Al Gore, scientist Jane Goodall, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also joined the marchers.
“It shows we have power,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. “It’s a diverse coalition. It’s broad and it’s growing in strength and it’s growing in diversity. And it’s increasingly impatient at the rate of progress.”
But it wasn’t making an immediate splash on national TV — “Meet the Press” didn’t mention the march, while CNN and MSNBC were focusing on issues like the NFL, the fight against ISIL and the November elections. Read More

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Reshaping the Earth

Fascinating article about sea level increases and the vulnerability of the Sea Floor. This information mirrors the prophecies of the Freedom Star World Map - especially Iceland. - Lori

[by Carolyn Kormann for the New Yorker]
In the tenth century, a Norseman named Bárður Bjarnason settled in northern Iceland with his nine sons. Conditions were rough, and Bjarnason decided to follow his sons south in search of more fertile land. His route, the story goes, stretched across Europe’s largest ice cap, Vatnajökull, and passed by several volcanoes, including one that he decided to name after himself. Blanketed in white, it probably looked much like it does today—a massive, radiant hump. Bjarnason, or one of his descendants, called the volcano Bárðarbunga. The name means “Bárður’s bulge.”
Over the weekend, Bárður’s bulge started to erupt. A glowing wall of molten rock is now leaping and streaming from a fissure north of the volcano’s ice cap. It’s a “nicely behaved” eruption, as one scientist put it—a “nice fire curtain with lava squirting out”—following a few nerve-wracking weeks of “seismic crisis,” marked by thousands of subglacial earthquakes and a threatening intrusion of magma. An eruption could still explode through the volcano’s glacier. Major floods of ice melt would follow, as well as a giant ash cloud, perhaps similar to the one in 2010 from Eyjafjallajökull, which shut down European air space for a week and left millions of travellers stranded around the world. Earthquakes continue to rattle Bárðarbunga’s caldera. Lava is flowing north of the glacier at about a hundred cubic metres per second, and a dramatic white plume of steam and gas rises to four and a half kilometers above the sea.

Meanwhile, the attention on Bárður’s bulge has prompted a discussion of the relationship between volcanoes, melting glaciers, and climate change. As a glacier recedes, its enormous mass is removed from the land. Relieved of that load, the land rebounds slightly and the pressure underground is reduced, enabling more magma to accumulate; eventually, some of that magma will rise and erupt through the Earth’s surface. In other words, global warming could alter the shape of the planet. “If you deglaciate Iceland, volcanism in Iceland should increase,” Jerry Mitrovica, a professor of geophysics at Harvard, said. “We’re moving the hand from the door and allowing the door to swing open.”
No one is suggesting that climate change is causing Bárðarbunga, in particular, to erupt; the ways in which atmospheric changes might affect geophysical events of this kind are hard to isolate on anything close to a human time frame. “It can be very difficult to decide if changes in the rate of earthquakes or volcanoes have actually happened,” Duncan Agnew, a geophysicist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, wrote in an e-mail. “It’s a statistical question, so one event isn’t enough—you need to have a long prior history to compare it with.”
Iceland’s geological record offers some insights. The nation’s volcanoes sit directly over a hot spot on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and have been depositing new layers of rock for millions of years. Scientists who have analyzed these layers have found that, beginning about ten thousand years ago, after the last ice age’s glaciers began to melt, Iceland’s volcanoes started erupting as much as fifty times more frequently. Lava flowed freely and ash fell abundantly for the next two thousand years. Read More