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UN Report: Small-Scale Organic Farming ONLY Way to Feed the World

Thank you for posting this! Inch by inch-we are moving the entire human race toward a positive, loving, sustainable world. I loved the book Mycelium Running. Nature has the elegant solution thing down pat doesn’t She?:-)
I love it that we already have the tools such as permaculture and the mycelium Stamets promotes for healing oil spills, toxics and radiation. We have the answers we just have to do the work to apply them-we aren’t waiting for rescue or lost in limbo:-)

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Lesson On Bullying

Thank you for posting this! What a wonderful idea! Children are still open to caring how they affect others so it can help them recognize what is going on. I’ve noticed that bullying does not stop at adolescence and adults seem so much more resistant to relinquishing the benefits they get from pushing others around. At least if this generation of children learn not to bully it will gradually fade away as the old bullies die out!

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Health when Medicine Doesn’t Work

Thank you for posting this. Beautiful images, very useful advice! I hope you will feel better soon. I am keeping you on my distance reiki list and I may be increasing my frequency of sending since so many friends are now in difficulty.

I’ve had a lot of luck with herbs and qigong/chi kung lately. Have been ill but healing better than in years
past when every cold ended up in months of

The chi kung exercise called Lifting the Sky is the only one I have mastered but if I do it, it helps noticeably. I posted about it a while ago and there is a good video on YouTube of Master Wong ( Wong Kiew Kit) demonstrating it.

I recently started applying heat to the kidney area with s heating pad because I read about how that is crucial to our energy system. A book.I have on east-west herbs recommends wearing a harimake to keep that area warm at all times. I will try to copy the page and post it-the instructions for making the harimake are very easy.

The cold and storms are actually predicted in global warming theory I read about it in 94 how the arctic blocking might break down leading to stronger winter storms and more deep cold reaching the lower 48 and western Europe.

It also predicted the increased droughts and crazy wildfire and tornado seasons as well as fewer but bigger/more powerful hurricanes.

The movie The Day After Tomorrow has a website with crazy weather news like in tbe movie-only almost all of it even some if the freaky events in the.movie were actually real things that happened. Giant hail, thundersnow-who ever heard if thundersnow-who before recently?

The interesting/tricky part is that Gaia is a super complex-ie chaotic system. She can do anything from here and we may not be able to predict any if it because as the chaos in a system increases it reaches a point of jumping suddenly to a new state of organization.
Luckily those of us who are spiritually inclined can trust in Her to know best what to do. It could be kinda scary for people who lack any kind of faith.tho.

At least it isn’t boring to be alive now, eh?:-)



As many of my wonderful readers know I have been very ill since Christmas morning. I was in the hospital and home since. The cold is -40 degrees here today, wind chill. Frost bite can start in five minutes. I was listening to a debate about our climate on Mother Earth. Global warming took a vacation? I don’t know the answer to the question. I do know we are losing the ice at the North Pole while Antartica is gaining in the amount of ice it has. Which is why ice cutter ships are getting stuck. Now America is sending an ice cutter to free the other ships. I hope they can. I can’t imagine being in that kind of cold that these men and women on the ice cutters are enduring. That is heroism and I hope the world tells them how wonderful they are.

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A Few Hours Later …

Thank you for sharing this. It is chilly here for Florida but so amazing to read and see what those if you in the real cold are experiencing. I miss snow but I think for today I’m grateful to live in the tropical zone. Imagining the ancestors who lived during the ice ages-no electricity or even glass windows to look out. Just gathering around the fire deep enough into the caves to stay warm and wait for the storm to end-hoping the food and firewood hold out!

Heaven On Earth

Just standing on my porch to get the last few photos, I just about froze. The temperature is presently in the single digits with wind chill factor of at least -20 degrees. That is COLD! The lights you see in the last photo, are of two vehicles on their sides, in a ditch off the road. That photograph was taken before the police arrived. Thruways are closed and in my opinion, no one should be driving. All schools now are closed in WNY. This is the biggest snow storm we have had in over 20 years. Stay tuned….

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Headlines of the day I: Spooks. Fabricators, more

Thank you for your work in collecting and sharing all this news! To my readers- I really like seeing blogs like this one where collecting actual news stories can often give insight into what is really going on-perhaps more clearly than the unjustifiable insider reports that appear to be more speculation than reports of actual occurrences.

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Today’s excursion into the black world begins with ominous news from Foreign Policy:

FBI Drops Law Enforcement as ‘Primary’ Mission

The FBI’s creeping advance into the world of counterterrorism is nothing new. But quietly and without notice, the agency has finally decided to make it official in one of its organizational fact sheets. Instead of declaring “law enforcement” as its “primary function,” as it has for years, the FBI fact sheet now lists “national security” as its chief mission. The changes largely reflect the FBI reforms put in place after September 11, 2001, which some have criticized for de-prioritizing law enforcement activities. Regardless, with the 9/11 attacks more than a decade in the past, the timing of the edits is baffling some FBI-watchers.

“What happened in the last year that changed?” asked Kel McClanahan, a Washington-based national security lawyer.

McClanahan noticed the change last month while reviewing a Freedom…

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Simple Hot Cocoa For One Recipe | Epicurious.com

Just discovered a new food blog-with the perfect post for a night
like this:-) Don’t try adding vanilla rice protein powder instead of vanilla like I did-apparently hot liquids and blenders equal kitchen catastrophe. 😉


photo by Kimberly Sentner

As with hot chocolate, use any milky liquid you prefer, whether it’s from a cow, nuts (almond milk), beans (soy milk), or grains (rice milk). For sweeteners, feel free to substitute maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar for sugar, but start with less, about 1 tablespoon, and taste the combination before adding more. ingredients

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 to 2 tablespoons sugar (depending on how sweet you like it) Pinch of salt
1 cup milk or any combination of milk, half-and-half, or cream 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk together the cocoa, sugar, salt, and about 2 tablespoons milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until cocoa and sugar are dissolved. Whisk in the rest of the milk and heat it over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until it is hot. Stir in the vanilla and serve.

If you like it frothy, blend it in the blender.

This recipe multiplies easily. When you get up to a quart of milk, use 1/4 teaspoon salt.


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Dr. Jeff Masters’ WunderBlog : Extreme Cold Blast and Heavy Snow Hit Midwest U.S. | Weather Underground

The most extreme cold air outbreak since 1994 is in store for much of the U.S. on Monday and Tuesday, as Arctic air behind a major winter storm invades the Midwest. The powerful 989 mb storm blasted the Upper Midwest on Sunday, bringing snows in excess of a foot over portions of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio. The 11.4″ that fell on Sunday in Indianapolis, Indiana made it that city’s second snowiest day on record (the all-time record: 12.1″ on March 19, 1906); Flint, Michigan also recorded its second snowiest day on record: 14.5″ (the all time record: 15.0″ on November 28, 1937.) A blast of Arctic air poured into the Upper Midwest on Sunday, and Sunday’s playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers began with a temperature of 5°F and a wind chill of -10°, evoking memories of the legendary Green Bay Packers-Dallas Cowboys Ice Bowl NFL playoff game on December 31, 1967. On that frigid day, the temperature at kickoff was thirteen below zero, with a wind chill of -45°F. It’s lucky that yesterday’s game wasn’t played today: the high temperature inGreen Bay is expected to be near -10°, with wind chills as low as -40°. The temperature in Chicago at noon CST Monday was a remarkable -14°F, with gusty west winds of 20 mph causing a dangerously low wind chill of -40°. This is the 7th coldest noontime temperature ever measured in the Windy City (the record was -21° on January 10, 1982). The record-breaking cold air will spread eastward and southward over the next few days, bringing the coldest temperatures seen since January 1994 to many locations. The high temperature in Detroit on Tuesday is expected to remain below zero; the city’s list of days with a high temperature below zero is a short one, with only three such days in recorded history. The frigid air is being propelled by strong Arctic winds of 15 – 25 mph, which will generate dangerously low wind chill readings in the -30° to -60°F range from Michigan to Minnesota on Monday and Tuesday. From the latest NWS Storm Summary, here are the coldest wind chill readings observed so far:

Comertown, MT: -63
Rolla, ND: -60
Grand Maraia, MN: -55
Hillhead, SD: -53
Mason City, IA: -48
Dexter, WI: -47

Figure 1. At my home in the northern Detroit suburb of Highland, Michigan, we got 14″ of snow on Sunday, which made for some very low electrical output from my rooftop solar array! Photo by Ellie Masters.

The culprit: cold air from Canada and the polar vortex
In the winter, the 24-hour darkness over the snow and ice-covered polar regions allows a huge dome of cold air to form. This cold air increases the difference in temperature between the pole and the Equator, and leads to an intensification of the strong upper-level winds of the jet stream. The strong jet stream winds act to isolate the polar regions from intrusions of warmer air, creating a “polar vortex”of frigid counter-clockwise swirling air over the Arctic. The chaotic flow of the air in the polar vortex sometimes allows a large dip (a sharp trough of low pressure) to form in the jet stream over North America, allowing the Arctic air that had been steadily cooling in the northern reaches of Canada in areas with 24-hour darkness to spill southwards deep into the United States. In theory, the 1.5°F increase in global surface temperatures that Earth has experienced since 1880 due to global warming should reduce the frequency of 1-in-20 year extreme cold weather events like the current one. However, it is possible that climate change could alter jet stream circulation patterns in a way that could increase the incidence of unusual jet stream “kinks” that allow cold air to spill southwards over the Eastern U.S., a topic I have blogged about extensively, and plan to say more about later this week.

Figure 2. From wunderground’s Jet Stream page, we see the large dip in the jet stream over the U.S. responsible for this week’s extreme Arctic air outbreak.

Jeff Masters
Cotton Tree (Nita)

Well, maybe not, but it is a lot of white fluffy stuff. When I took this early this morning, it was so beautiful and serene outside, but now the wind is blowing and howling. Getting a lot f drifting, and things aren’t looking so pretty as early this morning. 😦
Cotton Tree

Solar Panel Snow (JeffMasters)
After two feet of snow in the past week, including 14 inches on Sunday, my solar panels needed a little attention!
Solar Panel Snow

Storm Ion.. (suzi46)
right on schedule but not quite as predicted for us..no big thaw..heavy freezing rain and dense fog with temps holding at 32F before plunging back towards 0F later tonight..a real mess out there!
Storm Ion..

Big Horn Mountain storm

Momentary sun break thru on Big Horn Mountains in Shell area.
Big Horn Mountain storm

Ice bubbles (kesky)
Bubbles can be very hard to capture even when they are frozen!
Ice bubbles

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