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Dwarf Planet Discovery Hints at Hidden World Orbiting Solar System

Dwarf Planet Discovery Hints at Hidden World Orbiting Solar System

Plenty of dwarf planets hide out beyond Pluto, perhaps steered by something much bigger.

A photo of a dwarf planet in space.

These images, taken about two hours apart on November 5, 2012, show the motion of the new inner Oort Cloud object 2012 VP113, compared with the background stars and galaxies.

PHOTOGRAPH BY SCOTT S. SHEPPARD, CARNEGIE INSTITUTION FOR SCIENCE

Dan Vergano

National Geographic

PUBLISHED MARCH 26, 2014

Discovery of an icy “dwarf” world beyond Pluto hints that a much bigger planet may hide even farther out in the dim reaches of the solar system, astronomers suggested on Wednesday. (Read “Our Solar System” in National Geographic magazine.)

They point to the discovery of the dwarf planet with an orbit they see as stretched out by the mystery planet as evidence that it lurks about 250 times farther away from the sun than Earth. (See “Dwarf Planets.”)

The same mystery planet, perhaps two to ten times heavier than the Earth, may have stretched out the orbit of another dwarf-planet-size object called Sedna, discovered ten years ago, also orbiting far beyond Pluto.

“A rogue planet could have been ejected from our solar system and perturbed their orbits,” says astronomer Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., who coauthoredthe discovery report in the journal Nature. “Definitely, it could still be out there.”

In the study, Sheppard and astronomer Chad Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory in Hilo, Hawaii, first report the finding of 2012 VP113 (nicknamed “Biden” after another VP). The dwarf planet is about 280 miles (450 kilometers) wide. It now orbits roughly 7.8 billion miles (12.4 billion kilometers) away from the sun, some 83 astronomical units deep in the solar system (one astronomical unit, or AU, is 93 million miles, the average distance from the Earth to the sun).

Based on the swath of sky that needed to be surveyed to turn up the discovery, the astronomers estimate that perhaps 900 of these frozen worlds, ones more than 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) wide, may orbit beyond Pluto.

“To all intents and purposes, in the current architecture of the solar system, Sedna and 2012 VP113 should not be there,” says astronomer Megan Schwamb of Taiwan’s Academia Sinica, in a commentary accompanying the study. “This suggests that Sedna and 2012 VP113 are the tip of the iceberg,” she concludes.

Belt Tightening

Along with 11 other objects orbiting beyond Pluto (including Sedna), the finding suggests that these icy dwarf planets—rounded by gravity but smaller than Mercury—swarm the far reaches of the solar system. They matter, astronomers say, because their orbits preserve the fingerprints of planetary migrations seen after the sun’s birth in a stellar nursery more than 4.5 billion years ago.

Because the survey that turned up 2012 VP113 scanned a part of the sky equal to to the width of about 50 full moons, the survey points to the expectation of hundreds more dwarf planets awaiting discovery, alongside thousands more smaller objects, far out in the solar system.

Pluto is often considered the king of the Kuiper Belt, a stream of cometlike objects seen out to about 50 AUs from the sun. The team also reports an absence of objects beyond that outer edge of this belt, creating a gap stretching from 50 to 75 AUs from the sun, where Sedna and 2012 VP113 reside.

“The discovery does make Sedna look like part of a cluster,” says astronomer Harold Levison of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, who was not part of the study. “And when you see that number of objects, 12, all similar, it suggests something interesting.”

Inner Oort Cloud

The International Astronomical Union now officially recognizes five worlds as dwarf planets. They are the largest asteroid, Ceres, and four small, distant, icy worlds: Pluto, Eris, Makemake, and Haumea. The last three were discovered in the past decade by teams that included Trujillo and were led by Caltech’s Mike Brown.

But Sedna is not officially a dwarf planet, despite its estimated width of 618 miles (995 kilometers). It has a long, elongated orbit similar to that of 2012 VP113, but even more stretched out. Both worlds, and the ten smaller “trans-Neptunian” objects pinpointed in the study that reside farther from the sun than Pluto does, on the outer edge of the Kuiper Belt, follow similar elongated orbits.

Remarkably, they all have orbits whose point of closest approach to the sun, their perihelions, cluster together on the same side of the solar system. For example, 2012 VP113 comes within 80 AUs of the sun at its closest point of approach to our star. Sedna comes within 76 AUs, a perihelion that will occur in 2076 and on the same side of the sun.

This orbital coincidence is what statistically suggests that a bigger planet tugged either long ago or continuously now at these smaller worlds’ orbits to keep them clustered together. If the putative bigger planet is still there and is only a few times bigger than Earth, it would circle the sun about 250 times farther away than our planet does. A bigger one would circle even farther away.

Although 2012 VP113’s discovery looks solid, Levison expressed caution about the notion of the planet theorized by the study authors. “There may be another explanation we just haven’t seen yet,” he says.

Either way, Sheppard says, objects such as Sedna and 2012 VP113 are part of the Oort Cloud of comets, named for the astronomer Jan Oort. The Oort Cloud is theorized to exist as far as 1,000 AUs from the sun.

Dwarf planets such as 2012 VP113 and Sedna, which travels as far as 949 AUs away from the sun on its 11,400-year orbit, form a placid “inner” Oort Cloud distinct from the outer one, the study suggests. Comets that plunge into the inner solar system are thought to be dispatched from the outer Oort Cloud by gravitational nudges from stars passing near our solar system.

Dwarf worlds like 2012 VP113, which doesn’t orbit as far away from the sun, wouldn’t feel those nudges from passing stars. They instead retain “primordial” orbits unchanged from the early days of the solar system, Schwamb says. In that epoch, the giant planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune migrated closer into the solar system, causing a bombardment of the inner solar system by comets.

Correction: The original story misstated the distance to 2012 VP113.

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Regenerating True Desire and True Self – Sunday’s Super-Charged New Moon in Aries

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“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” – e.e. cummings

aries new moonSunday’s New Moon in Aries (11:46 am Pacific) activates your inner Warrior, Pioneer, Innovator, and initiates a new cycle of desire and self-discovery. What do you feel passionate about? What motivates you into action? What do you want, and do you have the courage to go after it?

This New Moon is super-charged – at 10 degrees Aries, it closely conjoins with Uranus (12 Aries), stirring up the desire for more freedom, creativity and authenticity. Where do you feel limited by old beliefs about who you are or who you think you should be? Where are you suppressing or resisting your true desires and true self? Uranus the Great…

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Truthout Daily Digest March 29, 2014

Regarding the article at the top of Buzzflash today on climate, please also see the video I posted recently on runaway warming.

That video needs to be seen by as many people as possible. I don’t know if the physical activities that sequester carbon can counter it fast enough but after reading The Intention Experiment and The Field I feel that a large enough group with focused intentions *could very possibly* have a useful result.

This may be the “trigger” that ignites humanity into seeking and achieving the Unity consciousness predicted in many religious traditions.

I mean “unity or extinction” does appear to be a rather strong motivation IF enough.humans become AWARE of the necessity.

If nothing else that video reminds you of how very precious and beautiful our Earth and all that we love and care for really are-right now in this precious moment that will soon be gone.

Bless you all for all that you do each day! Just like the butterfly’s wingbeats and the hurricane used to illustrate chaos theory, who knows what action or intention we may flutter out that results in the storm of change we are all seeking?
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Sheppard Air Force Base: Uncounted Costs of Privatizing Government Services

Ellen Dannin, Truthout: Presidents Clinton and Bush avidly supported the privatization of public services, including the privatization of military base functions – even when there was no credible evidence that the private sector cost less or delivered superior quality.

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How a 12-Year-Old Homeless Girl Helped More Than 400 Children Find Safer Shelter

Crystal Shepeard, Care2: The idea of having to navigate cockroaches, mice, no heat and sexual predators before you even leave for school is not something any child should go through. Yet, this is the daily life for hundreds of children living in two shelters in New York City and Brooklyn. But 12-year-old Dasani helped change that.

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The Debate: Independence or Partisanship

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Truthout: The debate about the relationship that people who are working for progressive change should have with the Democratic Party is taking center stage. Is this a chance to put a genuinely progressive agenda on the party platform?

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Retrieving a Moral Comportment in an Age of Violence and Bullying

Fred Guerin, Truthout: In a recent report on the issue, the Canadian government expressed the desire to address cyber-bullying through criminal code reform. It would be more effective to retrieve a more potent sense of moral accountability in our ongoing relations with one another.

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Paul Krugman | A Panicked Press Turns Economics Into a Morality Play

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: The ever-changing reasons for a never-changing interest rate policy suggest that we aren’t really talking about policy analysis. Instead we’re talking about some mix of class interest and desire to see economics as a morality play.

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Turning the Tide: Inside a Texas City’s Struggle To Stop Deportations

Andrew Willis Garces, Waging Nonviolence: Carmen Zuvieta’s husband, Roman, was deported February 19, 2013, a few months after he had been booked for a non-immigration offense at the Travis County jail. The day he was deported, Zuvieta became an activist. Activists in Austin, Texas are struggling for immigration reform.

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Executions on the Upswing Globally

Samuel Oakford, Inter Press Service: The number of recorded executions carried out worldwide rose 14 percent last year, as anti-terrorism measures in Iraq and hardline drug polices in Iran accounted for more than half of all reported government-sanctioned killings in 2013.

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A Tortured Twist on Ethics

Yosef Brody, OtherWords: What will be done about doctors who helped create US torture programs and participated in their implementation? What does it mean for our society to allow health professionals who have been involved with torture to subsequently practice with impunity?

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Reviewing The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism

Robert Jensen, Texas Observer: The failure of Dean Starkman’s The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism – and of mainstream journalism more generally – is hidden in plain sight in the title’s metaphor. Starkman explains why journalists often aren’t alert watchdogs, but he can’t see why limiting the profession to the role of a barking dog is a dead end.

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Brown Is the New Black

John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus: The far right is expected to do well in the upcoming European Parliament elections in late May. The influence that the far right has right now on the interim government in Kiev is indeed worrisome. What hasn’t received much attention, however, is the influence of the far right in Russia itself. It makes Ukrainian fascism look like child’s play.

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Stuck in the Bluff: The Controversy of Needle Exchange Programs

Jim Burress, The National Radio Project: Countless lives have been saved by providing IV drug users with clean needles. But even now, with hundreds of programs across the US and throughout the world, some states still view distributing needles as illegal.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return Monday, March 31.

Climate Change Already Felt “on All Continents and Across the Oceans,” IPCC Finds

Read the Article at The Guardian

Corporate Tax Cuts: Profiteers Thrive as Local Budgets Dive

Read the Article at Common Dreams

Newt Gingrich Says Wealthy Donors Like Sheldon Adelson Have Too Much Influence

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Drone Technology Way Ahead of FAA as It Tries To Set Rules for Use

Read the article at the Witchita Eagle

NSA Chief Keith Alexander Avoids Snowden in Retirement Speech

Read the Article at The Guardian

GOP Candidate With Ties to White Supremacy “Didn’t Think Things All the Way Through,” Drops Out

Read the Article at The Political Carnival

The 10 Weirdest Things the Christian Right Thinks Will Turn Your Kids Gay

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A short update on the energies

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As many of you have already noticed, this brand new grid of energetic filaments that are criss-crossing your globe has certainly lit up more than a few power points all over the place. This can in many ways be likened to what many of you refer to as acupuncture points, set into energetic pathways at junctures that serve not only to anchor these energies, but also to magnify them.

Let us explain. What we are talking about now, is in fact some of the properties of that brand new energetic system of pathways that many of you have been instrumental in setting up, and as such, what we share now, will come as a surprise to some of you, while for others, it will serve to confirm what they have already intuited is the case. For as you all connected during these last few days and weeks of energetic upgradings…

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Heavenletter #4872 Everything Comes from Within You, March 28, 2014

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God said:

Despair is not to follow you. Shrug it off. You may feel that there is nothing you can do when darkness of soul overcomes you, yet it is for you to part with darkness. Be happy anyway. The world does not end. It’s like you tripped and fell. That’s when you pick yourself up, rub off whatever has stuck to your clothes, and then you walk forward again. This is what to do in life. Pick yourself up, and keep walking.

Don’t squeeze every drop of anguish from whatever tripped you. It’s done. Now make it be over. Get on.

When you literally fall in mud, let’s say, you don’t stay there wallowing. And when you get up, you don’t keep the mud on you. You scrape it off and take a shower and change your clothes.

If you fell and cut your knee, the cuts will heal…

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The Oracle Report | Saturday, March 29, 2014

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Balsamic Moon Phase: transformation

Moon in Pisces

NEGATIVE IMPRINT: reject

POSITIVE IMPRINT: reinterpret

Today is the last day of a natural and astrological year. A new year begins tomorrow.

Today’s energy teaches us something. The tendency is to reject events, situations, circumstances, or ideas or to feel rejected by events, situations, circumstances, or ideas. This is especially true if the past or “old” things are involved. Instead of taking this route, reinterpret the event, situation, circumstance, or idea. What should be salvaged or reformed? Which elements should be left behind and which elements should be carried forward? How can the situation be reinterpreted? Is there another meaning or use? How can it be transformed? What can rise from the old to the new? How does it look from another perspective?

The Moon will move into Aries at 9:54 pm ET/ 1:54 am UT (Sunday), so the Piscean energy is in effect most of the day. But we will be drawing into the Aries energy, and the new year’s energy, as well. As the energy shifts, we will begin to not only feel the Aries energy, but also the Uranus energy (since Uranus is in Aries and tomorrow’s New Moon conjuncts Uranus). We can expect the unexpected to begin. If you are feeling the “lightning” that Uranus brings to the body, just know that it is part of the energetics. Uranus has definite personal effects (insomnia, anxiety, headaches, kundalini surges). You are feeling the “perfect storm” that I discussed in my last article. Don’t get carried away with it; maintain sure-footing and emotional grounding. It may help to think of yourself as permeable, as in the energy washes right through you. We can be permeable while at the same time being grounded.

With all of this incoming Aries energy, we have to remember Mars, because Mars rules Aries. Mars is retrograde right now. Mars’ energy bursts forth. Anger and aggression can accompany. So people’s emotions may be amped up today, leaning toward anger and depression. Mars is also in opposition to Eris right now, bringing tendencies to fight.

That said, it’s a good day to create (if only in your mind) a “Treasure Map.” A Treasure Map is a representation of our ideas for the upcoming year. A Treasure Map can be a poem, a collage, a song, a vision, a symbol. It can take whatever form you like. The idea is to give thought. The map can include representations for goals, projects, feelings, situations – anything you’d like to experience this year. Include not just your ideas for your life, but your ideas for the world at large. Be sure to put a wise owl in there somewhere!

The New Moon in Aries, the astrological new year, begins tomorrow, Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 2:44 pm ET/ 6:44 pm UT. All are invited to greet the new year with a group meditation at that time. As always, there are no strict rules or dogma here; your own personal touch adds more to the meditation. It should fit in to your personal beliefs and spirituality. Smudging the area is recommended, but don’t let it stop you if you can’t do it at that time.

Here is the common denominator for the meditation:

Situate yourself outdoors if possible. Face the East.
Breathe in and exhale deeply. Release the old air and embrace the new air.
In your mind’s eye, picture your protective shaft of light, field around you, or whatever practice you use for sovereignty.
With closed eyes, picture points of light blinking on all over the globe. See lines begin to connect the dots and bring the grid to life. Take note of any images you might see coming up on the horizon.
Build up a wave of love in your body. Bring it from the depth of your being. Engage the planet by feeling your connection to her.
When you can hold the wave no longer, release it from your heart area. (There are words to speak at this point in the meditation, but I will not have those until tomorrow morning.)
Usually I write one report for the weekend, but it will be my honor to write a Sunday post tomorrow to usher in the New Year.

For today, find beauty. Celebrate life. There are sad things and happy things; worries and hopes. All of it is the totality of experiencing life at the dawn of the Second Renaissance – the year when everything begins to change, the year that humanity and Gaia Sophia begin to serve their destiny. Are you ready for that? What could be better?

(Note: If you have a question about the upcoming New Moon in Aries or a question about something I wrote in my last article, email it to me or send it to Andrew if you are on the Facebook community. We will be recording a question and answer session.)

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Truthout Daily Digest March 28, 2014

Retaliation Measures Taken at Texas Detention Facility as Detainees Resume Hunger Strike in Tacoma

Candice Bernd, Truthout: Detainees’ family members claim Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers have retaliated against hunger strikers at a private detention center in Conroe, Texas, as detainees at a similar facility in Tacoma, Washington, resume their hunger strike this week.

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Do Humans Have a Madness Gene That Will Ensure the End of the Planet as We Know It?

Mark Karlin, Truthout: Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert explores in detail the likely extinction of a massive number of species – because of the destructive practices of humans – in the book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.

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Sarah Jaffe | Teachers’ Strikes, Catching Fire

Sarah Jaffe, In These Times: The so-called “age of austerity” has seen teachers’ unions and other public-sector employees accept cut after cut. Yet in spite of that, teachers are beginning to win some battles – by winning over hearts and minds in the communities they serve.

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A Revolution Unraveled: Abdullah al-Arian on Egypt After Morsi

Paul Gottinger, Truthout: Abdullah al-Arian is an assistant professor of history at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. His research includes Islamic social movements, globalization and the Muslim world and US policy toward the Middle East. Paul Gottinger speaks with him about the political situation in Egypt and Gaza.

Read the Interview

Anatomy of a Kleptocracy: State Capture in Tunisia

Yasmine Ryan, Truthout: There is a logical relationship between kleptomania and revolution. When the ruling elite’s desire to rule is mostly motivated by the pursuit of its own economic interests and citizens are neglected, at a certain point, people get fed up. This happened with Tunisia’s 2010-11 uprising.

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Why Are So Many Migrants Here in the First Place?

Henia Belalia, Waging Nonviolence: As the migrant justice movement gets away from the divisive notion of “who deserves to stay,” we must also tackle the question of why people are migrating in the first place. The stories we tell must expose the neoliberal policies and practices.

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Targeted by Firebombing, Legislation, and Now Vandalism, Montana Abortion Provider Shutters Clinic

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now!: A Montana medical office that provided abortions has been forced to close after a vandal broke or slashed practically every object and surface inside. The accused vandal, Zachary Klundt, is the son of a former board member of an anti-choice group. The hosts speak with All Families Healthcare owner Susan Cahill.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript

The Last Link Between America’s Plutocratic Past and Present Has Left Us

Sam Pizzigati, OtherWords: One obituary describes Bunny Mellon as “the last standing true American aristocrat.” Bunny’s life actually holds a deeper historical significance. At her passing, she represented the last link between America’s original plutocrats and our contemporary plutocrats, the crew that gave us the Great Recession.

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California Report: Don’t Spend New Education Money on Campus Police

Susan Ferriss, The Center for Public Integrity: A policy brief released this month urges California school districts to reject beefing up campus police forces and security when they start receiving substantial funding aimed at improving education for needy kids.

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On Climate Impasse: Appetite and Substitutes

Subhankar Banerjee, Climate Story Tellers: The prospect of deep ocean industrialization forces us to think about varieties of “new frontiers.” To satisfy the promise of progress, nation states are continuously looking for substitutes. But progress is intimately connected to climate impasse.

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The Iraq War’s Real Legacy

Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network: Though President Obama attempted to justify Iraq’s invasion, Iraqi civilians and Iraq war veterans share their stories on the lasting environmental, social, and health effects of the US occupation still being felt today.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript

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Congress Uses Ukraine as “Shock Doctrine” Excuse To Expand Dangerous and Polluting Gas (LNG) Exports

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: As Naomi Klein has taught us, for every geopolitical shock, there are those who use it to their advantage. That is true of the fossil fuel industry, which is now claiming the Ukraine political standoff requires rapid expansion of perilous liquid natural gas shipments.

Read the BuzzFlash Commentary

Eugene Robinson | Tilting at Windbags: The GOP Pines for the Cold War Era

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Obama: Forget Russian Gas, Just Frack Europe

Read the Article at Common Dreams

How a Toxic Leak Made One Town the Subjects of a Live Human Experiment

Read the Article at National Journal

Borrowed Time on Disappearing Land: The Consequences of Climate Change

Read the Article at The New York Times

BP Doubles Initial Size Estimate of Lake Michigan Oil Spill

Read the Article at DeSmogBlog

Judge Rules Goldman Sachs Must Face Lawsuit Over Mortgage Securities

Read the Article at NBC News

80 Percent of US Adults Face Near-Poverty, Unemployment, Survey Finds

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The Oracle Report | Friday, March 28, 2014

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Balsamic Moon Phase: heal, release, transform

Moon in Pisces

NEGATIVE IMPRINT: confusion

POSITIVE IMPRINT: crystal clear clarity

Over the last few months we’ve been building our personal and energetic resources, strengthening our grounded connection with the planet, and seeking illumination. I’ve stated that wise owls have work to do. This work officially starts on Sunday, but we will practice today.

Our work is to transform the field of consciousness in line with natural world order. This is a grand aim, but we are talking about nothing less than freeing the human mind, body, and soul to fully express without interference. Every day, negative polarities of the energies are reinforced in a myriad of ways. These are distortions and they are deceptive. They are illusions that trick us into thinking they are reality. They are only part of reality.

With the New Moon in Aries – the natural New Year – I will write what the negative “imprint” of the energy is and also the counter to it, the “positive” imprint. I will keep these brief so that they can be recalled when needed throughout the day. One word or phrase focuses the mind. It is practical and direct. They are listed at the top of the post.

The tendency of the negative imprint today is to create confusion. Things are shrouded in a fog of dissatisfaction, doubt, and a wayward feeling. Over time, actions by forces opposed to humanity’s freedom have pumped symbols, images, and events into the collective with this day’s energy signatures. This is how reality is able to be shaped. We are innately responsive to patterns and cycles. It’s part of our heritage.

The other octave, the “positive imprint” today, is an energetic gift of clarity. We are able to see the big picture when we step back. We have flashes of inspiration that bring things together. We can weave a lot of different things together, like lines that make an image.

Lines of thought coming together is just as much part of the energy as confusion making things separate and diverge. Confusion seems dominant because it the end that has been focused on us. But the jig is up and, with this effort and many others of similar ilk, a counter or antidote will exist.

So today, if and when you clue in that there is confusion or you feel confused, doubtful, foggy, and generally blah, reverse it to crystal clear clarity.

How do you totally reverse your thinking and feeling? Well, it requires the skills of wise owls. It requires going above the situation. We out-think (or out-vibrate) the negative wave that has been reinforced over what seems like eons. No more grinding down on us!

If you can’t make the mental and emotional jump out of confusion and doubt, you can repeat the words anyway: “I am experiencing confusion and doubt. This is an illusion. Crystal clear clarity exists. This is my aim.” Even if you can’t get there, you can still aim. Aiming is what’s important. The universe responds to aims

Overall, this is our stance, as a group of humans, to change the world by bringing sanity to the world. It is a counter to Archontic interference. It is one piece of many needed pieces that will be revealed to us over the next year. Many people have different pieces.

Creative visualization or re-imprinting the energy may not seem like enough to change things. It is because the human mind is THE most powerful thing on the planet.

But there is more – lots more – to help us overcome the situation we are in with parasitic forces trying to make life on earth a living hell and turning people into little monsters who act ugly toward each other, on one end of the spectrum, to killing each other on the other end of the spectrum. We are not each others’ enemies. The Archons are our enemies. They incite us to find unhappiness and fight with each other.

It’s not the US and the EU vs Russia. It’s all of us against the Archons. We cannot forget this. We’ve seen the game before. When we fight each other, we forget our common enemy. Divide and conquer.

Do the people of Russia know about the Archons?

I don’t know the answer to that. I do know that when THE PEOPLE of the US and Europe make contact with THE PEOPLE of Russia, we will defeat the Archons. There is tech in Russia that will essentially create the barrier – the quarantine – to keep the Archons out of our space. By space I mean our energetic, emotional, and physical space – all of it. The tech probably isn’t identified for being able to do that, but it exists. The Russians think differently about physics and all things psi. When word of the Archons reaches as many people in Russia as it has elsewhere, game over. Free energy – the natural energies of the planet – will deliver what’s needed to power the technology.

Free energy (Gaia Sophia) + tech and practices (created by human minds) = the end of the Archontic reign.

There’s a reason the two big taboos for the new world order are free energy technologies and the story of Sophia (and thus the reality of the Archons). Physicists all over the world are being killed off. We know what happened to the Gnostics.

There is every reason to not only be hopeful but ASSURED about the future and our power to change life back to the way life is supposed to be. It could change overnight. In the meantime, brave and wise owls needed.

This is a long explanatory post, but hopefully it serves the aim of clarity.

P.S. I will still be writing daily posts to continue to guide through the energies. If you do not wish to participate in the re-imprinting effort, no worries. Take what works for you.

(Special Note: Group meditation planned for the New Moon in Aries – Sunday, March 30, 2014, 2:44 pm ET / 6:44 pm UT. Details to follow in tomorrow’s post.)

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5 Reasons K-Cups Aren’t OK for the Environment. | Care2 Healthy Living

All-in-one coffee and filter things are a quick way to make just one cup.

But these coffee pods—coffee’s convenience craze of the century, otherwise known as “K-Cups”—are also a quick way to wreak havoc on the environment and, quite possibly, our health.

My son, who turns 13 in a couple days, had been begging for one of these machines for Christmas. Yes, he drinks coffee. Only on the weekends.

My husband, a busy man who likes both coffee and convenience, was into the idea. But not me. Whenever the subject came up, which it did quite often, I went on one of my Green Diva rants. The packaging waste! Our society’s “need” for instant gratification! The plastic! The horror! I even offered to brew coffee for them every weekend, despite the fact I’m a green tea drinker. (Side note: During my advertising exec days, I downed a Venti iced skim latte, hold the ice, on a daily basis.)

Guess what my son got for Christmas? You guessed it. A Keurig single-cup coffee brewer from the dark side.

And I had nothing to do with it. I think my son was even more surprised by this gift than I!

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Thinking he’d escape the wrath of Lynn, my husband searched and searched online for the coffee pods with the least environmental impact (during which time he could have brewed a year’s worth of coffee the old-fashioned way). I have to give him some credit for the effort—he tracked down an organic coffee that makes compostable coffee pods.

However, only the filter and coffee grounds are compostable. The plastic part on top of the pod gets tossed into the regular garbage. Do you think my son and husband are separating these pods? Nope. That would take time. And I’m pretty sure they don’t even realize that’s what they need to do in order for the pods to be somewhat eco-friendly. (Can you tell this really steams me?)

Of course, if they did take the time to dispose of the coffee pods properly, that would cancel out the convenience factor.

It’s too late for me and my family, but I dug up some un-green facts about coffee pods and K-Cups for the rest of you. I hope you’ll share this to help sway others to brew coffee the old-fashioned way and give the earth a break.

Here are five reasons coffee pods aren’t okay for the environment (or people):

1. In 2013, Green Mountain produced 8.3 billion K-Cups, enough to wrap around the equator 10.5 times. (Source: Mother Jones) This year, Green Mountain signed a 10-year agreement with Coca-Cola (with Coca-Cola owning 10 percent of Green Mountain) to create some type of single cup cold beverage whatever.

No doubt, those K-Cup numbers will increase exponentially as a result—maybe they’ll pile up high enough to reach the moon. It’s worth noting that Coca-Cola was a nominee for Corporate Accountability International’s 2013 Hall of Shame for obstructing national park efforts to go bottled-water- free. Nice work, Coke.

2. Only five percent of its current cups are made out of recyclable plastic. The rest is number 7 plastic, non recyclable in most places. On a side note: What about the leaching from the plastic? There’s hot water going through all those plastic brewing system (true for many traditional coffee-makers). BPA-Free is turning out to be just as bad (sometimes worse) than BPA.

3. Once the machines break down, it‘s mostly plastic. Hello landfills. Plastic never biodegrades—it photodegrades. That means it ends up breaking down into tiny particles of plastic that end up in our waterways and, eventually, the food chain. Might as well sprinkle this on your coffee!

4. If you‘re a Green Dude or Diva and your significant other is not, the coffee pods my create tension in your relationship. Every time I see that machine, I cringe. The la-dee-da organic, somewhat recyclable coffee pods my husband purchased do not make up for the fact that these coffee pods are the epitome of the un-green. There’s a bit of resentment that stirs in my gut every time I hear that contraption warming up.

5. Using K-cups could cause weight gain over time. Think of the calories you could be expending to open a bag of coffee beans and grind them up (to save time, use one of those new-fangled coffee grinders). Put the ground beans and some boiling water into a coffee press (these are made of glass—guaranteed not to leach plastic toxins, which may lead to obesity). Soon, you have some tasty coffee. During that short wait time, you can take a bathroom break or tie your shoes. If you want to save a little time, tie your shoes while taking the bathroom break (men, tying your shoes is not recommended while standing).

Image via shutterstock

If you already have a Keurig at home, here are five ways to reduce the impact on the environment:

1. Purchase a reusable filter. Buy the gold cup version, otherwise it will have plastic parts which may leach toxins into your coffee making it more of a witch’s brew.

2. Don‘t buy any more K-cups until 2020. Keurig Green Mountain has a sustainability target to make all k-cups 100 percent recyclable by then.

3. Purchase one of their K-Cup collection bins, available in 48 states. They’re not cheap. The grounds are turned into compost and the rest is incinerated and converted into energy. But does this really cancel out the production of the pods and the fact you have to pay for the special collection bins and ship them? I’m not a rocket scientist (if you are, I’d love an analysis), but seems like a lot of work in the name of “convenience.”

4. Find a sustainable-ish coffee pod brand. We use San Francisco Bay Organic.

5. In the middle of the night, stage a fake break-in. Disappear the Keurig and a few other valuables, which you can secretly donate.

Listen to the latest Green Diva myEARTH360 Report which includes a rant about coffee pods:

K-Cup Pollution & Other Earth News (12:36)

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Date: March 26, 2014

By: Green Diva Meg

Description: There are WAY too many plastic k-cups filling landfills. GD Lynn gives us a great GD myEARTH360 report for the week of 3.22.14. Find out more of the WTF, encouraging environmental news and what you can do about it!

Coffee pods photo shown in graphic via shutterstock.

Written by Lynn Hasselberger, Green Diva and Founder of myEARTH360.com

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