Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How some children have memories of reincarnation

KUSA - It's not unusual for little boys to have vivid imaginations, but Ryan's stories were truly legendary.
His mother Cyndi said it all began with horrible nightmares when he was 4 years old. Then when he was 5 years old, he confided in her one evening before bed.
"He said mom, I have something I need to tell you," she told TODAY. "I used to be somebody else."
The preschooler would then talk about "going home" to Hollywood, and would cry for his mother to take him there. His mother said he would tell stories about meeting stars like Rita Hayworth, traveling overseas on lavish vacations, dancing on Broadway, and working for an agency where people would change their names.
She said her son even recalled that the street he lived on had the word "rock" in it.
"His stories were so detailed and they were so extensive, that it just wasn't like a child could have made it up," she said.
Cyndi said she was raised Baptist and had never really thought about reincarnation. So she decided to keep her son's "memories" a secret— even from her own husband.
Privately, she checked out books about Hollywood from the local library, hoping something inside would help her son make sense of his strange memories and help her son cope with his sometimes troubling "memories."
"Then we found the picture, and it changed everything," she said.
That photo, in one of the books from the library, was a publicity shot from the 1932 movie "Night After Night," starring Mae West in her film debut.
"She turns to the page in the book, and I say 'that's me, that's who I was,' Ryan remembers. Read More

Return to Life: For more than a decade, Jim Tucker has traveled the country meeting families, hearing stories like these, and trying to determine if the children’s memories are valid.  Continuing a fifty-year research project at the University of Virginia involving children from all over the world, he decided to focus on cases in the United States, where parents would not expect their children to say such things.

A first-person account of his experiences with a number of extraordinary children, Return to Life follows Dr. Tucker on his investigations.  Readers see him taking a young boy and his mother to a remote island the boy has talked about repeatedly, working to identify a man in a photograph whom a little boy says he used to be, and meeting a young golfing prodigy who has said he was the famous golfer, Bobby Jones.  One little girl talks about a great fire; another recalls walking along a dusty road before being kidnapped by two men in a car.

By the end of Return to Life, readers will conclude that Dr. Tucker has amassed persuasive evidence that some children do possess actual memories of previous lives. He then puts the cases in the context of current scientific understandings and concludes with his vision about what the cases say about the question of life after death for all of us. Read More

California Has Only One Year of Water Supply Left

[Science TimesA senior scientist at NASA has recently presaged that California has enough water to serve its citizens for only one more year.  
What NASA Says?
There are several reasons behind this brisk depletion of water supply. Famiglietti, an expert water management scientist working at Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA, has expressed his thoughts in LA Times's editorial column published in the previous week.
In this column, Famiglietti speaks about the existing water levels of California and highlights the contribution of populace into water management.
According to Famiglietti, California should create strategic plans for unforeseen events so as to build power to fight against unrelenting droughts similar to this one. It is completely futile to stay in such disaster situations. No preset paddles are available to find a way through this crisis. The water management of the state is multifaceted and a bit complicated; however the expertise and recent trends in technology exist to win over this traumatic future.
Since 2002, prior to the draught commenced, California has constantly shown a stable declination in its water storage. Scientists at NASA are testing the role of climate into this drought. They strongly believe that the climate changes can pull a drought like situation. A recent experiment carried out by Stanford Researchers proved that soaring temperature increases the possibility of droughts.
Advice to Public:
At last, Famiglietti provides a warm advice to the citizens of California that they should preserve water to prevent the biggest drought ahead. A team of state's leading water management specialists should be created. This team should be free from the agencies and private organizations.
This team should sketch some long-lasting and enduring plans to fight against water scarcity like issues. A "Mega-Drought" which is supposed to continue for up to 35 years can be defeated through proper management of current resources of water.

Ancient Doomsday Asteroid Impact Found in Australia

Two vast underground domes are buried under central Australia that researchers have realized are the scars of the biggest and most powerful asteroid impact yet found on Earth. They appear to have been caused by a massive asteroid that broke in two, serving our planet and all life on it with a devastatingly powerful double-punch.
Embedded in the crust 30 kilometers (19 miles) deep, in rock that is 300-600 million years old, the double impact crater has long gone, buried by geological processes, but its imprint in Earth’s crust remains. It covers a vast impact zone some 400 kilometers (250 miles) wide in the Warburton Basin in Central Australia.
“The two asteroids must each have been over 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) across — it would have been curtains for many life species on the planet at the time,” said Andrew Glikson from the Australian National University’s School of Archaeology and Anthropology.
Compared with the famous Chicxulub crater under the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, which is famous for causing the extinction of the dinosaurs some 66 million years ago, this Australian impact zone is a monster. The Chicxulub crater is 180 kilometers (110 miles) in diameter and was caused by a single 10 kilometer-wide asteroid; the Warburton Basin impact zone is over twice that size, caused by two Chicxulub-sized impactors.
The discovery came when a geothermal research project drilled out rock from South Australia and the Northern Territory that had been turned to glass; a tell-tale sign that an ancient impact had delivered a very energetic blow. But only on further investigation did Glikson’s team realize the extent of the the impact.
Magnetic modeling of the crust throughout the region revealed bulges, rich in iron and magnesium, pushing upward into the Earth’s crust. These bulges originated from the Earth’s mantle — the thick layer of rock that separates the core from the crust — acting as ancient bruises left over by the cataclysmic impacts. Read More

Friday, March 13, 2015

Daily Meditation: Freedom Of Spirit

[Huffington Post]
We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.
Today's meditation features a video of Benedictine monks singing a Gregorian chant. As the notes stream through your consciousness, feel the freedom of expresing yourself spiritually and mystically in new ways.

Era of human dominance over Earth began in 1610, say scientists

[MNN]  The Anthropocene Era refers to the period of time humans have had a measurable global impact on Earth's ecosystems. Though it's clear we're currently living in it, scientists have long debated when exactly this epoch of human dominance over the planet first began.
Did it start with the advent of agriculture around 10,000 years ago? With the Industrial Revolution? With the first explosions of nuclear weapons in the 1940s? As it turns out, new data suggests it may have actually started in the year 1610. 
What happened in 1610 that made it such a tipping point for humanity's impact on Earth? According to Simon Lewis, an ecologist at University College London, and geologist Mark Maslin of Leeds University, a "golden spike" can be seen in the global geological record in this year — a threshold, if you will — which can be directly attributed to humans, reports the Independent.
Two global signatures appear in 1610: Pollen from imported New World crops begins to appear in Europe, and a massive dip in carbon dioxide levels can be seen in Antarctic ice cores dating to that time. Both of these events are a direct result of increased trade and transport of animals and plants across the Atlantic Ocean — a barrier which had previously kept the New and Old Worlds separated for millions of years.
In the case of the global dip in carbon dioxide, Lewis and Maslin believe this to be the result of the deaths of millions of indigenous people in the aftermath of European colonization. As many as 50 million Native Americans died in the aftermath of European expansion into the New World, mostly as a result of infectious diseases such as smallpox. As their numbers dwindled, the resultant loss in agriculture allowed for forests to re-grow throughout the Americas. These expanded forests scrubbed the atmosphere of carbon dioxide. Read More

Polar Opposites: What Would Happen To Us If The North Pole Suddenly Became The South?

[Medical DailyIf the expression “history repeats itself” holds any truth, then Earth is due for a pole reversal any day now, with a recent report suggesting it may occur in our lifetime. Pole reversals are natural and in reality a far cry from what’s depicted in natural disaster films. However, when the poles do change again it’ll be rather hard to miss. Here’s what to expect if you get to witness our next polar flip.

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In a nutshell, the core of the Earth is basically a giant magnet, and every few hundreds of thousands of years the South Pole becomes the North Pole and vice versa. This flip does not mean that the planet necessarily turns topsy-turvy, but rather that the invisible magnetic field surrounding Earth changes direction, causing your compass to point south rather than north. The pole change will have the biggest effect on our power grids and communication systems, but researchers predict that the human body may experience some of the effects of the reverse as well.
The Earth’s magnetic field takes between 1,000 and 10,000 years to reverse, LiveScience reported. However, it’s during this transition period that humans will be subjected to the most noticeable changes. Some will be harmless (and amazing) such as the aurora borealis being visible in Hawaii and Venezuela rather than the Arctic and Alaska, as reported by The Huffington Post. Others will be slightly less pleasant.
"The most dramatic changes that occur when the poles reverse is a very large decrease of the total field intensity," said Jean-Pierre Valet, who conducts research on geomagnetic reversals at the Institute of Earth Physics of Paris, LiveScience reported.
As the poles slowly flip, the magnetic field begins to progressively lose its strength. Although the Earth is also protected by the atmosphere, with a weakened magnetic field the planet will be slightly more susceptible to blasts of radiation from the sun. Coronal mass ejections (CME) occur occasionally toward the direction of the Earth, and changing poles may increase their effect on our planet.
"Some of the particles associated with CMEs can be blocked by Earth's magnetic field. With a weak field, this shielding is less efficient," John Tarduno, professor of geophysics at the University of Rochester told LiveScience.
Without the magnetic field, more particles would be able to penetrate the Earth’s atmosphere, causing holes in the ozone layer. These holes in the ozone layer would be temporary, but during this time humans would be at an increased risk for developing skin cancer, Tarduno explained. Read More

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Uranus Square Pluto = CHANGE in 2011-2015 What you don’t know can hurt you!

[21st Century Radio] by Dr. Bob Hieronimus  The purpose of this communication is to inform you briefly on the upcoming astrological event, Uranus Square Pluto, hitting exact on March 17, 2015. On this date and several days before and after that we suggest you and your loved ones keep your eyes and ears open and spend the maximum time you can in a safe and secure place.
Many astrologers consider this transit of Uranus Square Pluto as one of the most significant and challenging planetary influences for a generation. Some will say that war and natural disasters are almost a given. Others will point to the rise in dictatorships, ruthless international corporations, rigid theocracies and citizen protests that sprang up in our recent past when Uranus was Square Pluto, as in 1930s and 1960s.
You may laugh at astrology, but we've never met a person who has seriously studied astrology who didn't benefit from it. Here's a short course: Uranus represents CHANGE. It usually heralds times of invention, revolution and higher awareness. When it is in a square position (conflicted) with Pluto you get even bigger change. Pluto represents globalization, destruction, transformation and renewal. Both planets represent change!
In 1969 Dr. Bob completed his first mural for Johns Hopkins University called "The Apocalypse". It is 2,700 square feet and covers a large room and stairwell and two ceilings. It was not about the end of the planet, but vast CHANGES. At that time he foresaw changes in our climate brought about by humans who value the almighty dollar and gold above all else, including human life and the corporate powers behind our nation's decline. Maryland Public Television documented this and other murals he completed in a special called "The Artist of Savitria" that aired on PBS in the early 70s.
We see the events transpiring in 2015 reflected in this mural's story told 45 years ago – we are now facing near complete corporate domination and climactically great change!
It's most difficult to mark a passage when we are still living inside of it, but we wonder if in the future we will look back on this time period and see it as an onslaught of violence, terrorism, climate change, market collapse, ruthless international corporations, fear of nuclear war, rising anti-Semitism and extreme fundamentalism. It's easier to see historical shifts related to Uranus Square Pluto when they are in the past. From 1932-1934 Uranus was Square Pluto and we experienced a Great Depression, political and social upheaval, and the rise of dictators and extremism. By January 1933 Adolf Hitler had cemented his power.
In a more recent Uranus conjunct Pluto (like all planetary pair cycles, the Uranus-Pluto cycle begins at the conjunction) from 1963-1969, America experienced an upswelling of flower power, people who wanted to make love and not war, who were rebelling against their parents, authority and the establishment. Later these peace movements were infiltrated by others whose use of violence led to civil discord and the 1968 riots at Chicago's Democratic Convention and marches on the Pentagon. Read More

Friday, March 6, 2015

An earthquake of a snowstorm

Read on after this article to learn how the Polar Vortex and warming could be related. - Lori
[USA Today] This winter's unexpected brutal snowstorms and deep freeze across the country caught us unprepared. Major disruptions and economic losses have been widespread, along with office and schools closings and flight and train cancellations. Under pressure, the head of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority stepped down last month because the 100-year-old system could not handle the severe weather.
Don't blame the weather. Parts of our country are simply ill-prepared for anything that deviates from normal operations. And these weather conditions don't even begin to tip the scale when compared with the havoc caused by much more devastating disasters that could happen tomorrow.
One can only imagine how the country will cope if California is hit by a long-overdue high-magnitude earthquake. Today, 90% of its residents do not have earthquake insurance and aging infrastructure is likely to fail, causing paralysis for weeks and extreme economic losses. But rather than moving to action mode now, many prefer to bury their heads. Read More

How do the Polar Vortex and Warming Relate? [Discovery] Temperatures are set to drop to levels that are low even for the middle of winter across the eastern U.S. starting Thursday and again over the weekend as Arctic air makes repeated surges southward. Temperatures Sunday morning could be below freezing as far south as Florida. This pattern may sound familiar to those in the eastern U.S. who shivered under repeated such incursions last winter, when the term “polar vortex” became all the rage. The non-stop sucker punches of frigid air also brought to the forefront the idea that global warming could paradoxically be behind them, with Arctic sea ice melt forcing wild dives in the jet stream up in the atmosphere. But it’s a hotly debated idea that has spurred a flurry of research, some of which bolsters the connection but still leaves key questions unanswered and many atmospheric scientists skeptical. Read More

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Can Cities Change Earth's Evolution?

Birds, earthworms, and plants demonstrate the idea that ecology drives evolution. Reminds me of the Taoist philosophy that environment shapes consciousness. Read on - I think you'll find this provocative. - Lori

[NPR] When Charles Darwin first taught us how to think about evolution, he also was teaching us to think about time. By allowing natural selection to work over millions of years, what might seem like a divine miracle (the creation of a new kind of animal) became something much more grounded (though equally wondrous).
But what if evolutionary change could operate much faster? What if evolution could dance to the same beat as something like ecology — the interaction of life with changing environments? This idea of "eco-evolutionary dynamics" is a relatively new one that, on its own, is stunning enough. But include the possibility of rapid, evolutionary change a la the Anthropocene — the brave new human-dominated world we're creating — and things can get really interesting.
Eco-evolutionary dynamics in a rapidly urbanizing world is the subject of a new paper by Marina Alberti, a professor at the University of Washington's College of the Built Environment. I first met Alberti a couple of years ago, as my own research into "the physics of cities" began. What is fascinating about her Urban Ecology Research Lab is the breadth of its efforts — and I've been happy to learn and collaborate with them. As an astrophysicist, what intrigues me about the new paper is that its perspective takes rapid urbanization as not just a social phenomena, but also as a planetary one.
Over the past decade or so, Alberti argues, scientists have recognized that changes in ecosystems can drive changes in evolution, such as the emergence of new species' traits. And as these traits rapidly evolve, novel ecosystem functions will appear as well. As Alberti puts it: "There is significant evidence that changes in ecological conditions drive evolutionary change in species traits that, in turn, alters ecological interactions." Read More

NOAA: El Nino is 'too little, too late' for California drought

[LA Times] El Niño is here, but don't expect the Pacific Ocean circulation phenomenon to do much for the drought afflicting California and the western U.S., forecasters said Thursday.
"Unfortunately, this El Niño is likely too little, too late and too weak to provide much relief for drought-stricken California, as California’s rainy season is winding down," said Mike Halpert, deputy director of the Climate Prediction Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Halpert's comments came as NOAA, which runs the National Weather Service, announced that it had detected a weak "El Niño" phase to the cyclical oscillation of sea water temperature and atmospheric pressure in the tropical Pacific.
In previous years, El Niño has ferried more moisture toward Southern California, although the extent of its influence on regional weather has been debated.
Although Pacific Coast residents saw more storms in December and January, Halpert noted, most of these were not cold enough to contribute substantially to the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada and other western ranges -- the most critical element of long-term water supply.
"This past year, December was very wet, but it was also very warm," Halpert said. "So the snow levels were very high and it really didn’t help." At this point, it might be time to “pack up the skis and hope for a better season next year," Halpert said.
The agency said there was a 50%-60% chance that El Niño would persist into the summer. Read More