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"In keeping with the theme that swept President Obama into the Oval Office, change has come to the official White House Web site.
Almost at the instant Obama was sworn in, www.whitehouse.gov relaunched with a redesign to signal a new era in government. Gone was the staid site of the Bush White House, replaced by a dynamic new site reflective of his tech savvy successor.
The new design includes more interactive features, a prominent photo gallery displayed across the top of the site, the ability to get e-mail updates, and a White House blog. The site's "briefing room" also includes places for a weekly video address, slide shows, proclamations, and executive orders as well as news about nominations and appointments...

Visitors to the site are invited to e-mail the president and his staff, although — perhaps in a nod to the Twittersphere, where brevity is key — comments are limited to 500 characters.
"President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible administration in American history," states the site's Contact Us page,” quoting CNN. link here

The White House site: link here

President Obama’s Inaugural Address: link here

“Michael Franti and Spearhead launched the new music video for the OBAMA SONG!” A “Must-see”: link here

Obama is putting a vegetable garden at the White House & an area woman is in the running to become the White House Gardener. She started a farm in Orting and gives all the food to Pierce County foodbanks. If you would like to support our local gardener, please go to the link, click on "Vote" and vote for Carrie Anne Little. link here
More on Ms. Little: link here

And finally, laugh with Robin Williams again in London right after the election: Obama, Obama, Obama! "The reign of error is over-America is officially out of rehab." link here


1. “EXPLORING CONSCIOUSNESS THROUGH THE STUDY OF BEES”
“Martin Giurfa of the University of Toulouse in France and Mandyam Srinivasan and Shaowu Zhang, both at the Australian National University in Canberra, trained free-flying bees, using sugar water as a reward, in a variety of complex learning tasks. The neuroethologists taught the bees to fly in and out of tall cylinders with one entryway and two exit holes. Each bee had to choose one of two exits to leave the cylinder and to continue her flight. (In bee colonies, males are a small minority and do only one thing—and that only during the virginal flight of the colony’s queen.),” quoting Scientific American. link here
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2. “SCIENTISTS DISCOVER WAY TO LEVITATE TINY OBJECTS”
“U.S. scientists have found a way to levitate the very smallest objects using the strange forces of quantum mechanics, and said on Wednesday [Jan. 7] they might use it to help make tiny nanotechnology machines.
They said they had detected and measured a force that comes into play at the molecular level using certain combinations of molecules that repel one another.
The repulsion can be used to hold molecules aloft, in essence levitating them, creating virtually friction-free parts for tiny devices, the researchers said,” quoting Reuters. link here
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3. “OUR WORLD MAY BE A GIANT HOLOGRAM”
“According to Craig Hogan, a physicist at the Fermilab particle physics lab in Batavia, Illinois, GEO600 has stumbled upon the fundamental limit of space-time - the point where space-time stops behaving like the smooth continuum Einstein described and instead dissolves into "grains", just as a newspaper photograph dissolves into dots as you zoom in. ‘It looks like GEO600 is being buffeted by the microscopic quantum convulsions of space-time,’ says Hogan,” quoting New Scientist.
link here
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4. AWESOME WHAT THE HUMAN MIND CAN ACHIEVE
A. “THE 4-FINGER PIANIST"
“An amazing 10 min video on a truly inspiring lady, Heeah Lee, who was born with pincer-like fingers - only 2 on each hand - yet plays the most exquisite music!”
From YouTube: link here

B. “INSIDE THE SAVANT MIND – TIPS FOR THINKING FROM AN EXTRAORDINARY THINKER”
“Daniel Tammet is the author of two books, Born on a Blue Day and Embracing the Wide Sky, which comes out this month. He’s also a linguist and holds the European record for reciting the first 22,514 decimal points of the mathematical constant Pi. Mind Matters editor Jonah Lehrer chats with Tammet about how his memory works, why the IQ test is overrated, and a possible explanation for extraordinary feats of creativity,”quoting Scientific American. link here
Read an excerpt from Daniel’s book: link here
Mr. Tammet’s website: link here

C. “YOUNGEST MICROSOFT CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL JUST 8 YEARS OLD”
“At 8 years old, Marko Calasan, dubbed the "Mozart of Computers" by the local press in Skopje, Macedonia, is now the youngest MCP. Passing the exam qualifies him to work as a computer network administrator in any company, in between naps and cootie shots,” quoting Ars Technica. link here
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5. ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING: “A WEDDING TO DEFY DEATH”
“Jessica Keenan tried on wedding dresses in a fancy Beverly Hills boutique, about 100 miles from the Santa Barbara, California, clinic where she gets blasted with chemotherapy once a week.

Keenan is 34 years old and battling Stage 4 breast cancer with faith, hope and a charity called the Dream Foundation, which helps terminally ill adults.
‘'You get a diagnosis and you never know how short your time is,’ Keenan said. ‘I chose to believe there is going to be a cure. You still carry those dreams of getting married, having a kid.’
But Keenan and her fiancé, Curtis Jimenez, couldn't afford a wedding -- their finances are sapped by her cancer battle. They rent from friends.
Keenan wrote a letter to Dream Foundation, at the suggestion of her devoted nurses at the Santa Barbara cancer center. ‘It all just started snowballing,’ she said.
Her wish has been granted, thanks to Dream Foundation and flock of people she has never met. Think of the foundation as Make-A-Wish, but instead of trying to help desperately sick children, Dream Foundation assists terminally ill adults,” quoting CNN.
link here

The Dream Foundation is a Northwest Airlines AirCares partner:
link here

Donate here: link here
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6. “SCIENTISTS FIND WAY TO REMOVE LEAD FROM BLOOD”
“South Korean scientists may have found a way to remove dangerous heavy metals such as lead from blood by using specially designed magnetic receptors.
The receptors bind strongly to lead ions and can be easily removed, along with their lead cargo, using magnets, they wrote in an article in Angewandte Chemie International Edition, a leading chemistry journal,” quoting Reuters. link here
One of these days, chelation will come into the mainstream; used successfully around the world for over 60 years. From one of the leaders in Chelation Therapy, Dr. Elmer Cranton: link here
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7. “STEM CELL RESEARCHERS EXCITED ABOUT OBAMA PRESIDENCY”
“'The work that we're doing is to try to regenerate the heart after a heart attack. We've been able to take stem cells and turn them into human heart muscles in a dish and we've learned how to make the cells survive after we transplant them," said Chuck Murry, MD, PhD, University of Washington.
Embryonic cells are the only kind of stem cells that do that. But the work has been slowed due to federal restrictions. Dr. Murry is hopeful that will change soon,” quoting Seattle’s NBC affiliate KING-5 TV: link here

And: “FDA allows first stem cell test for spinal injury”
“But Obama’s ascent to the White House had nothing to do with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s granting permission for the new study, Okarma said in a telephone interview Thursday [Jan 22]," quoting the AP: link here
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8. “WEALTHY MEN GIVE WOMEN MORE ORGASMS”
“Scientists have found that the pleasure women get from making love is directly linked to the size of their partner’s bank balance.
They found that the wealthier a man is, the more frequently his partner has orgasms.
“Women’s orgasm frequency increases with the income of their partner,” said Dr Thomas Pollet, the Newcastle University psychologist behind the research.
He believes the phenomenon is an “evolutionary adaptation” that is hard-wired into women, driving them to select men on the basis of their perceived quality,” quoting UK’s Times online. [Ed. Note: This story and #12D likely to be the most read on this week’s Korner.] link here
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9. "GALILEO MAY GET EYES CHECKED POSTHUMOUSLY"
“Italian and British scientists want to exhume the body of 16th century astronomer Galileo for DNA tests to determine if his severe vision problems may have affected some of his findings.
The scientists told Reuters on Thursday [Jan. 22] that DNA tests would help answer some unresolved questions about the health of the man known as the father of astronomy, whom the Vatican condemned for teaching that the earth revolves around the sun.
"If we knew exactly what was wrong with his eyes we could use computer models to recreate what he saw in his telescope," said Paolo Galluzzi, director of the Museum of History and Science in Florence, the city where Galileo is buried,” quoting Reuters.
link here
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10. “RISING SEA LEVELS THREATEN EAST COAST”
“Sea levels on the United States' mid-Atlantic coast are rising faster than the global average because of global warming, threatening the future of coastal communities, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday [Jan. 16]...
As a result, sea levels along the East Coast rose about a foot over the past century, the EPA's report, commissioned by the Climate Change Science Program, said,” quoting Reuters. link here
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11. ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS
A. “Efficiency vs. Economics”
“Will the recession prevent hybrid and electric cars from going mainstream?”
From Newsweek: link here

B. “New Green Business Generator is Hungry for Your Trash”
From Daily Tech: link here

C. “Pot growers thrive in Northern California”
“Cash crop now accounts for two-thirds of Mendocino County economy”
From CNBC: link here

D. “Ecologists Warn the Planet Is Running Short of Water”
From Truthout: Leo Lewis, The Times Online UK: "A swelling global population, changing diets and mankind's expanding 'water footprint' could be bringing an end to the era of cheap water." link here
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12. SOCIO-ECONOMIC NEWS
A. “For Businesses Big and Small, It's Lights Out”
“Instead of Restructuring, More Are Quick to Liquidate”
from the Washington Post:
link here

B. “Pastor Lindsey Williams Details "Economic Calamity" Ahead”
A sobering report for those who know & remember Mr. Williams:
link here

This would certainly bear-out Mr. Williams:
“Arabs lost 2.5 trillion dollars from credit crunch: Kuwait”
From France’s AFP:
link here

C. A sobering look at surveillance potentials - is 1984 here?
From the ACLU: link here

D. “Donate sperm to make extra cash?”
A sign of the times from Seattle’s NBC affiliate KING-5 TV: link here

E. “Despite billions, banks still teeter on the brink”
“Wall Street waits on Obama, but no clear solution to the crisis exists”
From the AP: link here

F. “Microsoft slashing up to 5,000 jobs”
“Company says it can't accurately forecast earnings for next six months”
[Ed. Note: Puget Sound is taking a big hit with the previously announced 4,500 Boeing layoffs, the layoffs at WaMu & the anticipated announcement this week of 1,000 Seattle Starbucks employees.]
From MSNBC: link here

G. “Kentucky leads nation in smoking deaths”
“CDC study: Rate is nearly one-and-a-half times the national median”
From the AP: link here

H. “Activists seek new ways to get food to 35 million”
“Overhaul looms to decades-old system that feeds hungry people across U.S.”
From the Washington Post: link here
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THE NATION
A. “Americans, Feeling the Love”
“With Obama's Election, Expatriates Say, There's a New Attitude Abroad. Instead of Challenges on Iraq and WMDs, They're Met With Hugs and Good Wishes”
From the Washington Post: link here

B. “Was Washington the man who wouldn’t be king?”
“If he was, his descendants today think he was right to turn down the throne”
From NBC’s TODAY Show: link here

C. “Olbermann | Bush Years: 8 in 8 Minutes”
This is a very enlightening review from MSNBC on Truthout:
link here

D. “President George W. Bush's Legacy”
“Cheney: A VP With Unprecedented Power”
by Nina Totenberg on NPR: link here

E. “Obama Has to Hold Bush Accountable for the Laws He Broke”
From The Nation in Truthout: link here

F. “Obama halts all regulations pending review”
“Order goes out Tuesday afternoon, shortly after inauguration”
From the AP: link here

G. “Judge Obama on Performance Alone”
From the Wall Street Journal:
link here

H. “Obama Frees Bush Historical Records”
“Obama's executive order on open government will free up documents on the history of the Bush administration.”
From Consortium News in Truthout: link here

I. “New video shows US Airways flight 1549 crash landing in the Hudson River.”
From CNN: link here

J. Kim Zetter, Wired: "NSA whistleblower Russell Tice was back on Keith Olbermann's MSNBC program Thursday evening to expand on his Wednesday revelations that the National Security Agency spied on individual US journalists, entire US news agencies as well as 'tens of thousands' of other Americans."
Part I
link here

Part II
link here

K. First Weekly Address: Remarks of President Barack Obama - Saturday, January 24, 2009
link here

L. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) Ron Paul "released a video message with his reaction to Barack Obama’s Inauguration speech.

He answers an email question reiterating his own worry about the coming growth of government from the Obama administration," quoting liberty Maven.
[Ed. Note: While this writer loves the changes with the election of Mr. Obama, I do agree with Rep. Paul that we are a nation owned and will not be free until we get rid of the private corporation that gets paid in American gold to run our monetary system, the Federal Reserve. Look for hyper-inflation by summer! Buy gold & food now whilst you still can.] link here
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RAMTHA STUDENT NEWS
A. Move Into Your Future - With These Great RSE Products!
link here
The aforementioned e-mail unveils the newly redesigned Quantum Cafe Online Store:
link here

B. JZ Rose for Men e-mailer: link here

C. Ramtha’s Current Students 2009 event date changes:
Christmas: link here
Creating Your Years: link here

D. “Yael Klein, from Israel and "not born with a silver spoon" came to the US with very little money and her two sons. She found Ramtha's School of Enlightenment, used part of her funds to attend, found it awesome…,” quoting KRSE Beyond the Ordinary, where Yael was interviewed by herself for the very first time last week: link here
This program is specifically for BTO's Preparedness Series where you will find a wealth
of information, knowledge, and resources.
link here

E. Salma Hayek is MSN’s in-focus person of the week:
From MSN: link here
And, the photo gallery: link here
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LOCAL NOTES
Covered last week of the Yelm Community Blog
A. Pausing to remember the legacy of MLK, Jr.
B. Vote for Library Levy
C. One person’s perspective: the inauguration of the 44th President
D. South Puget Sound Enhancement group
E. County Commissioner holds first Yelm coffee
F. Bald hills Fire offers CPR & First Aid classes
G. KING-5 TV features Yelm growth as Western WA. Bright spot—uses skewed nos.
H. City wants Stage 2 Bypass funding shifted to Stage 1 and dump Stage 2 until 2021.
I. NVN stoops so low to sell newspapers
link here
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent,
know that you are on the wrong side of history..."
Barack Obama (1961 - )
44th President of the USA
in his January 20, 2009 Inaugural Address
link here
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KLEINER'S KORNER FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 19, 2009
Dear Readers,

Clearly, this IS a week of miracles:
A. I have received a request from an internationally located reader to give a perspective on the ditching of USAirways 1549 last week, especially from a former airline manager such as myself. This Dateline NBC story thoroughly examines what went right and is the best composite I have seen. The story talks about how many look at all of the negative things about New York, however, quoting the story, “...the world was watching what a New York minute is really like!” New Yorkers rushed to the scene and immediately pitched in to help rescue and get everyone out alive. link here
More video cameras capture the last moments of 1549's flight and ditching from WCBS-2 in New York. link here

B. On Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 12 noon EST, miracles of miracles will happen; one giant step in Martin Luther King’s dream will occur as this country and the world witness the inauguration of an African-American President, this nation's 44th! Oh, happy day. However, Mr. Obama has great challenges ahead that will test his mettle. See THE NATION below.

“It's over. It really is over,” from Truthout about the Bush Administration. [Ed. Note: My sigh of relief, as well!] See THE NATION below #F.
Obama's train arrival from Philly into D. C. last Saturday: link here


1. “SEX OFFENDERS MAY HAVE GPS SURGICALLY IMPLANTED”
“State lawmakers may decide the best way to track sex offenders is to surgically implant GPS trackers in their bodies…The study would be conducted by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. Their report would be due on Dec. 31.
The proposal is listed under House Bill 1142,” quoting Seattle’s NBC affiliate KING-5 TV. [Ed. Note: Here it comes! Do we REALLY trust the government to stop with just violent sex offenders?]
link here
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2. HELPING THE BLIND TO SEE
A. “FOR THE BLIND, TECHNOLOGY DOES WHAT A GUIDE DOG CAN’T”
“A native of India, Mr. Raman went from relying on volunteers to read him textbooks at a top technical university there to leading a largely autonomous life in Silicon Valley, where he is a highly respected computer scientist and an engineer at Google.
Along the way, Mr. Raman built a series of tools to help him take advantage of objects or technologies that were not designed with blind users in mind. They ranged from a Rubik’s Cube covered in Braille to a software program that can take complex mathematical formulas and read them aloud, which became the subject of his Ph.D. dissertation at Cornell. He also built a version of Google’s search service tailored for blind users.
Mr. Raman, 43, is now working to modify the latest technological gadget that he says could make life easier for blind people: a touch-screen phone,” quoting the New York Times. link here

B. “BLIND YET SEEING – THE BRAIN’S SUBCONSCIOUS VISUAL SENSE”
“He zigzagged down the hall, sidestepping a garbage can, a tripod, a stack of paper and several boxes as if he could see everything clearly. A researcher shadowed him in case he stumbled.
‘You just had to see it to believe it,’ said Beatrice de Gelder, a neuroscientist at Harvard and Tilburg University in the Netherlands, who with an international team of brain researchers reported on the patient on Monday in the journal Current Biology. A video is online at www.beatricedegelder.com/books.html.
The study, which included extensive brain imaging, is the most dramatic demonstration to date of so-called blindsight, the native ability to sense things using the brain’s primitive, subcortical — and entirely subconscious — visual system,” quoting the new York Times. link here
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3. “SCIENTISTS TRACK POVERTY’S LINK TO COGNITION”
“The brains of children who are living in poverty function differently from those of children living in better circumstances, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.
The research shows that the prefrontal cortex—the part of the brain that is active in problem-solving, reasoning, and creativity—responds differently in normal 9- and 10-year-olds who differ only by their socioeconomic status,” quoting Education Week. link here
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4. “SCIENTISTS CLOSE IN ON INVISIBILITY CLOAK”
“Researchers at Duke University, who developed a material that can "cloak" an item from detection by microwaves, report that they have expanded the number of wavelengths they can block…
The researchers report in Thursday's [Jan. 15] edition of the journal Science that they have developed a series of mathematical commands to guide the development of more types of metamaterials to cloak objects from an increasing range of electromagnetic waves,” quoting CBS News. link here
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5. “METHANE DISCOVERY COULD MEAN LIFE ON MARS”
“Scientists have discovered methane in Mars' atmosphere, raising the possibility that life might exist on the planet...
Methane -- four atoms of hydrogen bound to a carbon atom -- is the main component of natural gas on Earth. It's of interest to astrobiologists because organisms release much of Earth's methane as they digest nutrients. Other purely geological processes, like oxidation of iron, also release methane.
‘It's time, it's prudent that we begin to explore Mars looking for the possibility of a life form that's exhaling methane,’ said Lisa Pratt, professor of geological sciences at Indiana University, at a NASA news briefing Thursday [Jan. 15],” quoting CNN.
link here
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6. “DO SPACE ALIENS DISLIKE WIND POWER, OR ARE THEY JUST CLUMSY?”
“Did an extraterrestrial spacecraft hit a wind turbine in England last week? The country is abuzz with speculation (see video above). Some observers claim to have seen bright streaks in the night sky — like an octopus’s tentacles, according to one — just before one of the turbine’s blades came off. Another blade, also struck by the force, dangles limply.),” quoting the New York Times. link here
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7. “40 YEARS OF THE MOUSE”
“On Dec. 9, 1968, Stanford Research Institute scientist Douglas Engelbart demonstrated his unique invention -- the computer mouse -- for the first time in public. It took a decade and a half for it to catch on, but once it did, computing was never the same. And today, it's hard to imagine using a desktop or laptop computer without a mouse (or one of its latter-day substitutes such as the touchpad). In celebration of this anniversary, Technologizer's Harry McCracken looks at some of the mightiest mice of the past four decades,” quoting PC World. link here
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8. 2009 AROUND THE HOUSE
A. “IN 2009, WE WILL REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE”
“With the economy in free fall, it's not merely trendy to reduce, reuse and recycle; it's a matter of survival. As we compiled this year's version of our annual list of things to do around the house, we kept two things in mind: (a) saving money, and (b) living sustainably, which often has the effect of (a) saving money. The old saying of a bygone era echoes: Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.
For lots of us, 2009 will be a year of hard decisions. Here's one that's easy: Make it a back-to-basics year. Clean out the clutter in your home, watch the pennies and focus on what's important. You'll end the year greener, leaner, cleaner and with a happier demeanor,” quoting the St. Petersburg (FL) Times: link here

B. “DANGERS MAY BE LURKING IN HOME’S CABINETS”
“Your cabinets are always there for you, faithfully storing whatever you cram into them. But "out of sight, out of mind" can end up meaning "out of date" — and that's just one of the unhealthy situations that could be developing behind those closed doors. Mold may be growing. Poisons may be lurking. Accidents may be waiting to happen.
So follow our expert-approved cabinet-by-cabinet guide on which household items to keep, toss, or even to add to your shopping list. Give your storage centers a makeover — and protect your family's health in the process,” quoting Prevention. link here
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9. “SAFETY COUNCIL WANTS TOTAL BAN ON CELL PHONES WHILE DRIVING”
“States should ban drivers from using hand-held and hands-free cell phones, and businesses should prohibit employees from using cell phones while driving on the job, the congressionally chartered National Safety Council says, taking those positions for the first time.
The group's president and chief executive, Janet Froetscher, likened talking on cell phones to drunken driving, saying cell phone use increases the risk of a crash fourfold,” quoting Seattle’s NBC affiliate KING-5 TV and the AP. [Ed. Note: I agree! Way too many people still drive while using a handset, against the law here.]: link here
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10. “SIMPLE CHECKLIST CUTS SURGICAL DEATHS IN HALF”
“Doctors worldwide who followed a checklist of steps like these cut the death rate from surgery almost in half and complications by more than a third in a large international study of how to avoid blatant operating room mistakes…
‘I was blown away,’ said Dr. Atul Gawande, a Harvard surgeon and medical journalist who led the study, published in Thursday's [Jan. 15] New England Journal of Medicine,” quoting the AP. link here
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11. ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS
A. “Ocean currents can power the world, say scientists”
From UK’s Telegraph: link here

B. “Experts: Humans set the stage for flooding”
From Seattle’s NBC affiliate KING-5 TV: link here

C. "Mass migration of stingrays - awesome!”
From the Big Picture Blog: link here

D. “California unveils six-step strategy to promote green chemistry”
“After 20 months of brainstorming, California officials unveil steps to promote use of safer, sustainable chemicals in the state's consumer products and industries”
From EnviroLink: link here

E. “Stanford gets $100 mln for alternative energy”
From Reuters: link here

F. “Sea Change”
From NOW on PBS: “NOW travels deep into the oceans with scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) with help from other researchers for a first hand look at this stunning sea change, and what we can do about it.”
link here

G. “Is Florida Just One New Development Away From Environmental Ruin?”
From AlterNet: link here
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12. SOCIO-ECONOMIC NEWS
A. “What Obama Must Do”
“A Letter to the New President”
From Rolling Stone Magazine: link here

B. “Obama Adviser Urges More Rigorous Global Financial Regulation”
“Paul Volcker was the lead author on a report calling for a restructuring of the global financial system,” from the Washington Post.
link here

C.” Did Speculation Fuel Oil Price Swings?”
“60 Minutes: Speculation Affected Oil Price Swings More Than Supply And Demand”
From CBS News 60 Minutes: link here

D. “Is California dreaming over?”
“Economy takes toll on Golden State, sending many packing for elsewhere”
From the AP: link here

“The Great California Fiscal Earthquake”
From TIME Magazine: link here

E. “Bank troubles raise fears of growing bailout”
From the AP: link here
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THE NATION
A.“Helen Thomas: History Cannot Save Him”
"As he leaves office, President Bush is passing on to his successor two wars and a growing economic debacle. What a way to go! Not to worry, Bush says he isn't concerned about how history will view his militant eight years in the White House, telling ABC News that he 'won't be around to read it.' Well, they say that journalism is the first draft of history. So I am going to predict that those future historians will not deal kindly with the Bush presidency," quoting Hearst Newspapers Truthout. [Ed. Note: This is the longest serving White House reporter & whatever Ms. Thomas says, I listen!]: link here

B. Congress Aims to Take Back Constitutional War Powers”
From Truthout: link here

C. “Another Bush Legacy: 84 Percent More Unemployed”
From Our Future Blog:
link here

D. “The US Army Document That Proves the US is the World's Number One Sponsor of World Terrorism”
[Ed. Note: trust your own knowingness on this.]
From Existentialist Cowboy: link here

E. “Re-Writing the First Draft of History”
From William Rivers Pitt in Truthout: "The mainstream American news media is just as responsible for what has happened in Iraq as the Bush administration; they are as responsible for the lies they repeated as the ones who first told them, and are as guilty for what happened in Iraq as the Bush administration officials they enabled and covered for." link here

F. “The Most Ridiculous Speech of All”
“It's over. It really is over,” from Truthout. [Ed. Note: This writer actually felt pity for this man after this speech!] : link here

G. “Cost of the Bush era: $11.5 trillion”
“The outgoing administration has presided over 8 years of disasters and crises with some of the biggest price tags the nation has ever seen,” quoting MSN. [Ed. Note: And this is a Republican?] link here
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RAMTHA STUDENT NEWS
A. “2009 CYY Progressive Discipline Workshop conducted by Ramtha's appointed teachers in Yelm begins this Thursday! link here

B. Check-out a completely new MastersConnection.com: link here

C. “Ramtha invites all current students to join the 2009 Blue College Retreat”
link here

D. Nourish Your Soul TV's interview with JZ Knight will re-air Wed. Jan. 28th, recorded in 2007 in JZ-Rose, Bellevue, WA.: link here

E. “Juicy Couture for your Valentine at JZ Rose!”
link here

F. The Jan. 15th e-mailer for the Australia video replay which began on Saturday the 17th:
link here

G. “The Golden Egg food booth is available for sale or lease.
Turn Key, or do your own thing’” quoting MastersConnection.
link here

H. See the precious pictures of Dr. Karreim Ali’s visit to CSE’s 5th & 6th graders!
link here

I. Op-ed Note: The Nisqually Valley News (NVN) people are a bunch of ambulance chasers that uses the name Ramtha because his name sells newspapers. To highlight a story in really large font of a Yelm man falling asleep at the wheel returning home from a night shift to make ends meet and support his family, crashing his vehicle through the RSE wall is really, really lowdown. The NVN must be very desperate to sell newspapers with headlines on other people’s misfortunes. What an embarrassment for this town – sure wish the NVN would do some true investigation into stories meriting their focus, particularly in City Hall! Where was their "award-winning investigation" about the Governor delaying Yelm Bypass funding last week until after 2015?
link here
The story of the vehicle crash was a headline on the NVN website header just a few hours after the incident occurred on Friday, January 16 at 8:25am: link here
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LOCAL NOTES
Covered last week of the Yelm Community Blog
A. Seattle P-I may be in final days – NVN Editor/Publisher speaks about his paper
B. Numbers tell the story – recession hits South Sound
C. Planning Commission Chair apparently dumped by Mayor
D. City Council receives Intercity Transit update
E. Movie “FUEL” extends run in Olympia
F. Meet new County Commissioner in Yelm this Monday
G. More on Planning Commission Chair apparently dumped by Mayor
link here
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people,
it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government -- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”
Patrick Henry (1736-1799)
“prominent figure in the American Revolution, known and remembered for his "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" speech,” from Wikipedia.
link here
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For archived issues of Kleiner’s Korner,
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KLEINER'S KORNER FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 12, 2009
Dear Readers;

These political items caught me eye last week:

1. Bush 41 already promoting son Jeb for President:
“While the Obama administration might not have gotten off to a picture-perfect start, that doesn't mean, necessarily, that the country is ready for another President Bush yet. But down the road? Perhaps, according to George H.W. Bush, the father of the current president. Speaking of his No. 2 son — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — the ex-president said on FOX News Sunday, ‘I'd like to see him be president some day.’ Pressed further, Bush backtracked a little: ‘Right now is probably a bad time, because we've had enough Bushes in there,’" quoting the AP.
And the video from the Huffington Post: link here
[Ed. Note: Three Bushes a charm? You have GOT to be kidding.]

2. Frost/Nixon a must-see! This writer and his wife saw the movie Frost/Nixon last week. Due to a limited release, we drove 65 miles to Seattle to catch this film. For anyone that remembers the 1977 interviews, this is a must-see. Award-winning directing by Ron Howard & Leading Actor Frank Langella should get Academy Awards. link here
And, more on the Nixon interviews from Wikipedia: link here
[Ed. Note: I wonder if George Bush hasn’t committed more crimes that would make Nixon’s pale in comparison!]


1. “HOW TECHNOLOGY MAY SOON ‘READ’ YOUR MIND”
“How often have you wondered what your spouse is really thinking? Or your boss? Or the guy sitting across from you on the bus? We all take as a given that we'll never really know for sure. The content of our thoughts is our own - private, secret, and unknowable by anyone else. Until now, that is.

As correspondent Lesley Stahl reports, neuroscience research into how we think and what we're thinking is advancing at a stunning rate, making it possible for the first time in human history to peer directly into the brain to read out the physical make-up of our thoughts, some would say to read our minds,” quoting CBS News 60 Minutes.
[Ed. Note: These 4 pictures of erupting volcanoes shows lightning above the caldera, highlighting Ramtha’s suggestion that we see lightning in clouds to better understand our brain activity. link here ]
link here
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2. MIND CONTROL TOYS HIT MARKET
A. ‘TOY TRAINS ‘STAR WARS’ FANS TO USE THE FORCE”
“Could The Force be with you? A toy due in stores this fall will let you test and hone your Jedi-like abilities.
The Force Trainer (expected to be priced at $90 to $100) comes with a headset that uses brain waves to allow players to manipulate a sphere within a clear 10-inch-tall training tower, analogous to Yoda and Luke Skywalker's abilities in the Star Wars films,” quoting the Jan. 6th USA Today: link here

B. BRAIN TECHNOLOGY IN CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW TOYS
From the Consumer Electronics Show: “Mind Control Toys”
From CNN: link here
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3. “MAN’S FINAL LOTTO TICKET WINS WIFE $10 MILLION”
“On the day that Donald Peters died, he unknowingly provided financial security for his wife of 59 years and their family.
Peters bought two Connecticut Lottery tickets at a local 7-Eleven store on Nov. 1 as part of a 20-year tradition he shared with his wife Charlotte. Later that day, the 79-year-old retired hat factory worker suffered a fatal heart attack while working in his yard in Danbury.
On Friday [Jan. 2], his widow cashed in one of the tickets: a $10 million winner which, in her grief over her husband's death, she had put aside and almost discarded before recently checking the numbers,” quoting the AP. link here
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4. STUDY: “JOYFUL MUSIC MAY PROMOTE HEART HEALTH”
“Research team concludes the cardiovascular benefits of music are similar to those found in their previous study of laughter”
“Listening to your favorite music may be good for your cardiovascular system. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have shown for the first time that the emotions aroused by joyful music have a healthy effect on blood vessel function,” quoting the University of Maryland Medical Center. link here
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5. “BRAINY GUY, BETTER SPERM? TAKE THAT, TOUGH GUY.”
“It may seem counterintuitive to those males among us who spent more time in high school reading Dickens or studying calculus than we did making out with Stephanie the cheerleader, but a group of researchers has issued a study finding that higher IQ men have better sperm.
Take that, Mr. Quarterback…
The point of the study was to test a theory about “fitness factor,” explained lead author Rosalind Arden of King’s College, London. Fitness factor, according to the researchers, involves the clues, such as waist-to-hip ratios, that signal we have good genes in general and will produce tip-top babies…
So, smarter guys tend to have higher quality sperm, they found. But the reality is, there is no intellectual push-up a man can do to give himself better— that is, more fit or more aggressive sperm…
We’d make our sperm happier just by wearing boxers rather than tighty whities and letting those boys breathe [Ed. Note: Ramtha mentioned this very thing about boxers almost 2 decades ago!], quoting MSNBC’s blog: link here
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6. NEWBORN NEWS
A. “BETTER LUNGS FOR KIDS FED FROM BREASTS, NOT BOTTLE”
“Study: Process of breast-feeding for more than 4 months aids lung capacity."
Children who are breast-fed for at least 4 months may have better lung function than children who are breast-fed for shorter periods of time and children who are bottle fed, a new study suggests.
Ogbuanu, of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, and colleagues studied the feeding practices of infants born in 1989 on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom,” quoting Reuters.
link here

B. “BRITISH COUPLE HAS ‘BLACK-AND-WHITE TWINS’ TWICE
“One baby is fair with blue eyes like mom while twin has darker skin like dad."
"A mixed-race British couple has defied the odds — twice — by producing two sets of twins in which one sibling appears to be black and the other white...
Both sets of twins are fraternal rather than identical, meaning they are the product of two separately fertilized eggs, so it is not unusual that they don't look alike.
But scientists say it's rare for a couple to have two sets of twins, end even rarer for them to have such different appearances,” quoting MSNBC. link here
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7. WOMEN STILL TREATED MISERABLY IN MUCH OF THE WORLD!
“Afghan held for forced abortion of his sister”
“The 14-year-old Afghan rape victim told the doctor that her brother took her to a cowshed, where he and her mother held her down as he cut out her 5-month fetus with a razor blade, then stitched up the wound with string.
The girl blacked out from the pain but said she remembered seeing her brother hold up the fetus, said Dr. Gulam Mohammad Nader, who treated the teen in a hospital in Bamiyan in central Afghanistan.
The girl was in critical condition Friday at Bagram Air Base outside Kabul, where she was flown the night before after developing a dangerous infection, said Capt. Elizabeth Mathias, a spokeswoman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
The 20-year-old brother was arrested and told The Associated Press in an interview from his jail cell Friday that he was trying to shield the family from public scorn.
In conservative Afghanistan, the shame of sex outside marriage can ruin the lives of a victim and her family. Girls who are raped have little chance of ever getting married and are often blamed for the attack,” quoting the AP:
link here

“Women today have more opportunities than ever before. SuperConsciousness asked young women from around the world for their perspectives on the present and the future,” in this story from 2007 in SuperConsciousness Magazine. [free subscription required]
link here
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8. “IBRCC BIRD CENTERS SEES FLOOD OF SICK, DISORIENTED BIRDS”
“Aquatic bird specialists, International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) is noticing a trend in California Brown Pelicans along the coastline from Monterey to San Diego and they need your help. As of Jan 10, 2009, over a 100 pelicans have come into care at both IBRRC centers,” quoting the IBRCC. link here

“CRISIS OFF OUR COAST”
“Jay Holcomb, IBRRC’s director has many questions, but not enough answers. ‘I have been doing this work for 35 years and I have never seen anything like this as far as the number of species affected, other than an oil spill,’ Holcomb said. ‘We have very serious concerns about what is happening to seabirds, and how it may affect populations, especially California brown pelicans, who are heading into breeding season. The loss of breeding adults at this time may impact the next generation as well,’ Holcomb said, “ quoting the IBRCC. [Ed. Note: Jay is a fellow RSE student.]
Won’t you consider a donation? link here
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9. ANIMALS IN THE NEWS
A. IRAQ WAR SERVICE-DOG RETURNS TO HERO’S WELCOME
“Dexter the german shepherd was treated to a hero's welcome in Wisconsin, after finishing a tour of duty in Iraq,” quoting MSNBC. link here

B. “THE ANIMAL ODD COUPLE”
"In this latest installment of CBS News' "Assignment America," Steve Hartman visits an animal sanctuary where a dog and an elephant have formed a very lasting, and unusual, friendship,” quoting CBS News. link here

“The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, founded in 1995, is the nation's largest natural habitat refuge developed specifically for endangered African and Asian elephants. It operates on 2,700 acres in Hohenwald, Tennessee - 85 miles southwest of Nashville.
The Elephant Sanctuary exists for two reasons:
To provide a haven for old, sick or needy elephants in a setting of green pastures, dense forests, spring-fed ponds and heated barns for cold winter nights.
To provide education about the crisis facing these social, sensitive, passionately intense, playful, complex, exceedingly intelligent and endangered creatures.”
link here
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10. AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM WITH FOOD!
A. “MORE AMERICANS OBESE THAN MERELY OVERWEIGHT”
“The number of obese American adults outweighs the number of those who are merely overweight, according to the latest statistics from the federal government.
Numbers posted by the National Center for Health Statistics show that more than 34 percent of Americans are obese, compared to 32.7 percent who are overweight. It said just under 6 percent are "extremely" obese.
More than one-third of adults, or over 72 million people, were obese in 2005-2006, the NCHS said in its report,” quoting Reuters. link here

B. NUTRITIONAL RESTAURANT MENU OPENS THIS WRITER’S EYES
This writer has been a member of Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) for almost 2 decades. This group is the advocate for food safety, awareness and truth in nutritional labeling: link here
Seattle now is a handful of cities that requires restaurant patrons to have nutritional information, something restaurant owners have resisted & I can see why. I went to Seattle’s Cheesecake Factory restaurant last week and got an eye-opening experience.
The restaurant is required by King County to have nutritional information on their entire
menu available, which they print on a separate menu, with most of what I would have ordered at 2,300 mgs of sodium, 30 grams of saturated fat and multi-thousand calories. I was floored and so thankful to see those numbers that I ordered a salmon salad at 876 calories and 6 grams of fat, with good omegas to boot. I can see why you won’t see this menu on the Cheesecake Factory’s website: link here

“Industry Not Lowering Sodium in Processed Foods, Despite Public Health Concerns”
From the CSPI: link here

“Philadelphia Passes Strongest Nutrition Labeling Requirements for Chain Restaurant Menus”
From CSPI: link here

“Yum! Brands Praised for Adding Calorie Counts to KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell Menu Boards”
From CSPI: link here

“California First State in Nation to Pass Menu Labeling Law"
Schwarzenegger Signs Historic Measure Putting Calories on Menu Boards”
From CSPI: link here

“In Seattle, Menu Labeling Is 'In', Trans Fat is 'Out'
King County, Washington Joins New York City by Passing Bold Public Health Measures”
From CSPI: link here
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11. ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS
A. “11 Places to See Before They Disappear”
“Cultural, historic and natural destinations for eco-conscious travelers to enjoy before they are irrevocably altered or even gone forever.”
From MSN: link here

B. “Energy dispute over Rockies riches”
“A trove of oil shale may be a boon. But the science to extract fuel is imperfect, and locals worry about their water supplies, which ultimately feed Southern California reservoirs,” quoting the LA Times. link here

C. “The state of Washington is helping residents get rid of old electronics with a new recycling program.”
From KING-5 TV News, Seattle’s NBC affiliate: link here

D. “Running on home-brewed hydrogen”
From the BBC: link here

E. “Ohio will give homeowners grants for wind, solar power”
From the Cleveland Plain-Dealer: link here

F. “U.S. to designate huge sanctuaries”
Slideshow: Click to view scenes from some of the spots in the Pacific that President Bush will list as protected later today.
From MSNBC: link here
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12. SOCIO-ECONOMIC NEWS
A. Excellent report on U. S. Dollar
Be sure to see chart on Dollar’s buying power from 1980 on, under “Time-relative value”
From Wikipedia: link here

B. “Curbs May Be Eased on Paving in Forests”
From the Washington Post in Truthout: link here

C. “After the recession, the deluge”
“Barack Obama must couple short-term stimulus with long-term fiscal reform”
From The Economist: link here

D. “Stores worry holiday sales may be permanent”
“As inventories and spending languish, shoppers get used to 75 percent off”
From the AP: link here
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THE NATION
A. Historian Webster Griffin Tarpley [activist and historian best known for his George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography (1992), & co-authored American Leviathan: Administrative Fascism Under the Bush Regime (1991]
gives an interesting viewpoint in this video
“The men behind Barack Obama part 1”
“The guy [Obama] is a puppet of the worst circles of Imperialism.”
link here

B. “Ron Paul on Israel Invading Gaza and the Prospects of 2012”
From Liberty Maven:
link here

C. Jimmy Carter: “An Unnecessary War”
From the Washington Post about Gaza:
link here

D. “U.S.-installed Iraqi ex-PM says Bush utter failure’"
From Reuters: link here

E. “The Ponzi Scheme Presidency: Bush's Legacy of Destruction”
From Tom Dispatch in Truthout: link here

F. “The Bush Family's Secrets”
From Religion Dispatches in Truthout: link here

G. “Add Up the Damage” from George Bush
From the New York Times:
link here

H. “Bush spins his legacy and leaves a train wreck”
From the Seattle P-I: link here

I. “I Want My Bailout Money by Michael Adams the Health Ranger”
“I Want My Bailout Money is a new hip hop satire song by Michael Adams (the Health Ranger), editor of NaturalNews.com. It's a strong commentary on the failed fiscal policies of the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury which have plunged the U.S. into seemingly irreversible debt, and possibly even an approaching era of hyperinflation,” from YouTube:
link here
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RAMTHA STUDENT NEWS
A. The Return to the Campaign - You Are The Mystery video replay is Jan 17 & 18:
link here
Sign-up here: link here

B. Yelm Create Your Year Progressive Discipline Workshop planned and conducted by Ramtha’s appointed teachers is Jan. 22-25:
link here

C. Collection of Ramtha Mini Video Teachings NEW — Free Access!
link here

D. A collection of JZ’s media interviews are posted and available online free:
link here

E. Longtime RSE student Alannah Ashlie passed Sunday December 21, 2008 (Winter Solstice) in British Columbia, Canada. She was visiting family for the winter and had planned to return to Yelm in the spring On Saturday December 20th she was taken to the hospital with heart problems. She passed on Sunday morning with family members present. Kleiner’s Korner wishes her well on her next adventures. Her smile will be missed. Details on a celebration of her life are pending.
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LOCAL NOTES
Covered last week of the Yelm Community Blog
A. Yelm High School’s Valedictorian Akle Hashim’s speech now available on YouTube
B. Thurston & Lewis Counties host flood victims benefit
C. Landmark movie FUEL opens in Olympia
D. Major rain records for Jan. 7th
E. Major flood event hits area
F. Gov. recommends against funding Yelm Bypass
G. Indian casino & gaming industry suffering sharp downturn
H. Support our locally owned business: Yelm Travel
link here
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches,
but reveal to them their own.”
Benjamin Disraeli (18804-1881)
a British Conservative statesman and literary figure
From Wikipedia: link here
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KLEINER'S KORNER FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 5, 2009
Dear Readers;

Kleiner’s Korner ushers in a new year opening with a precious and touching look at our new President and his family. While some of you have written in your distaste (to put it mildly) for this man, I say change is welcome here and around the world. For those of you that would like to know more about President-elect Obama and his family, this CBS News 60 Minutes report Barack Obama: The Road To The White House aired last week provides an intimate look: link here

And from Deepak Chopra: “9 Steps to Peace for Obama in the New Year” From AlterNet: link here

And this interesting letter from former NASA Astronaut Brian O’Leary [scroll down]: "2009 Message: Open appeal to Mr. Obama from a fellow achiever who is gravely concerned about our future." link here
About Mr. O’Leary from Wikipedia: link here


1. U. S. ECONOMY CAUSE FOR MAJOR CONCERN AS 2009 DAWNS
A. “U. S. COULD BE FACING DEBT ‘TIME BOMB’ THIS YEAR”
“With President-elect Barack Obama and congressional Democrats considering a massive spending package aimed at pulling the nation out of recession, the national debt is projected to jump by as much as $2 trillion this year, an unprecedented increase that could test the world's appetite for financing U.S. government spending…
With President-elect Barack Obama and congressional Democrats considering a massive spending package aimed at pulling the nation out of recession, the national debt is projected to jump by as much as $2 trillion this year, an unprecedented increase that could test the world's appetite for financing U.S. government spending,”
quoting the Washington Post. [Ed. Note: The story title is from MSNBC. link here ]

B. “CHAOS ON THE HORIZON? INVEST IN REAL ASSETS”
“We are to the point where we are about 14 feet from going over the edge of Niagara Falls. We haven’t gone over the edge yet; we haven’t gone to a total collapse. We don’t have riots in the streets; we don’t have a revolution. That’s coming; that’s about two to three months off…

What we have done is guaranteed hyperinflation in the United States. We have guaranteed the destruction of the United States. We will have riots starting in the first quarter of next year; we will default by the summer of 2009…

The US government is going to default. Treasuries, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the whole lot. It’s the end of empire. The United States government will not exist in its current form a year from now,” quoting The Gold Report. [Ed. Note: This corresponds to Ramtha’s New Year’s Eve message for 2009.] link here

C. “U. S. ECONOMY SHRINKS AS IMF WARNS OF GREAT DEPRESSION"
“The US economy shrank in the third quarter, official data confirmed Tuesday [Dec. 23], as the IMF's top economist warned of a second Great Depression offering no respite from relentless gloom ahead of Christmas…

‘This report is largely old news,’ said John Ryding at RDQ Economics, who forecast fourth-quarter data out next month would be far bleaker…

The IMF's top economist, Olivier Blanchard, maintained that governments around the world should boost domestic demand in order to avoid another Great Depression similar to the global downturn that shook the world in the 1930s,” quoting France’s AFP. link here

D. “UNREST CAUSE BY BAD ECONOMY MAY CAUSE MILITARY ACTION, REPORT SAYS”
“A U.S. Army War College report warns an economic crisis in the United States could lead to massive civil unrest and the need to call on the military to restore order.
Retired Army Lt. Col. Nathan Freir wrote the report "Known Unknowns: Unconventional Strategic Shocks in Defense Strategy Development," which the Army think tank in Carlisle, Pa., recently released.
‘Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities ... to defend basic domestic order and human security,’ the report said, in case of ‘unforeseen economic collapse,’ ‘pervasive public health emergencies,’ and "catastrophic natural and human disasters,’ among other possible crises.
The report also suggests the new (Barack Obama) administration could face a "strategic shock" within the first eight months in office,” says the El Paso [Tx.] Times. [Ed. Note: What does the military know that most Americans don’t know?] link here
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2. IS THE AMERICA WE KNOW ABOUT TO BE DIVIDED?
A. “...RUSSIAN PROFESSOR PREDICTS END OF U. S.”
“For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin has been predicting the U.S. will fall apart in 2010. For most of that time, he admits, few took his argument -- that an economic and moral collapse will trigger a civil war and the eventual breakup of the U.S. -- very seriously…

Mr. Panarin posits, in brief, that mass immigration, economic decline, and moral degradation will trigger a civil war next fall and the collapse of the dollar. Around the end of June 2010, or early July, he says, the U.S. will break into six pieces -- with Alaska reverting to Russian control,” quoting the Wall Street Journal.
link here

AND A CNN INTERVIEW ON YOUTUBE: link here

ANALYSIS IN THE WASHINGTON POST: link here
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3. SUPERVOLCANO IN AMERICA’S HEARTLAND IN NEWS - AGAIN
A. “SCIENTISTS EYE SWARM OF YELLOWSTONE QUAKES”
“Yellowstone National Park was jostled by a host of small earthquakes for a third straight day Monday, and scientists watched closely to see whether the more than 250 tremors were a sign of something bigger to come.
Swarms of small earthquakes happen frequently in Yellowstone, but it's very unusual for so many earthquakes to happen over several days, said Robert Smith, a professor of geophysics at the University of Utah,” quoting the AP. link here
University of Utah Seismograph Stations: link here

B. “YELLOWSTONE UNDER SUPERVOLCANO CALDERA"
“The headline "Scientists track unusual earthquake swarm beneath Yellowstone" only means one thing to fans of the Discovery channel like myself: supervolcano...
And what if the supervolcano blew? Kind of like if a giant rock hit the Earth. A planet killer. An extinction-level event. Let me quote the words of President Tom Beck (Morgan Freeman) in the comet-hitting-earth film Deep Impact:
Within a week, the skies will be dark with dust from the impact and they will stay dark for years. All plant life will be dead within weeks. Animal life within a few months. So that's it. Good luck to us all.
Such a scenario would be very bad for equity values and the outlook for the labor market,” quoting this blog on U. S. News & World Report. link here
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4. “NEW ‘BASIC PREPAREDNESS’ THE 3 DVD HOME STUDY COURSE”
[Ed. Note: Don’t lose hope; there IS something you can do - heed these warnings and prepare for your family’s future!]
“Of all the products we carry, this is the one that gets the most response. Customers from all over the world send us comments and thank us for putting together a really comprehensive yet simple Preparedness Home Training Course that not only educates them but saves them so much time and money. Where is the best place to invest? This 3 DVD Preparedness Home Training Course answers that question.
When you take the time to really study what needs to be done to be prepared, we all need all the help we can get. Make it easier on yourself with this awesome Home Study Course.

New "Basic Preparedness" The 3 DVD Home Study Course, quoting America’s longest operating preparedness center, Yelm, WA. Based The Survival Center: link here
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5. “REGENERATE YOUR BRAIN – SCIENCE SAYS IT’S POSSIBLE"
“Contrary to popular belief, recent studies have found that there are probably ways to regenerate brain matter.
Animal studies conducted at the National Institute on Aging Gerontology Research Center and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, for example, have shown that both calorie restriction and intermittent fasting along with vitamin and mineral intake, increase resistance to disease, extend lifespan, and stimulate production of neurons from stem cells,” quoting the Daily Galaxy. [Ed. Note: see references & additional links at bottom of story.] link here
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6. “LEANER NATIONS BIKE, WALK, USE MASS TRANSIT”
“New research illustrates the health benefits of regular biking, walking or taking public transportation to work, school or shopping. Researchers found a link between "active transportation" and less obesity in 17 industrialized countries across Europe, North America and Australia.

Americans, with the highest rate of obesity, were the least likely to walk, cycle or take mass transit, according to the study in a recent issue of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. The study relied on each country's own travel and health data,” quoting the AP. link here
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7. “WORLD’S OLDEST WOMAN DIES AT AGE 115”
“A woman who lived to see five of her great-great grandchildren born and was believed to have been the world's oldest person has died in Portugal at the age of 115, officials said.
Maria de Jesus died Friday [Jan. 2] morning in an ambulance near the central Portuguese town of Tomar.
She had been listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest person. That title now falls to an American, 114-year-old Gertrude Baines, who lives in a Los Angeles nursing home,” quoting the AP. link here
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8. “INSIDE THE POPE’S OBSERVATORY”
“The BBC has been allowed into the Pope's observatory at his home outside Rome.
The Catholic priests who run the centre have strong views on everything from life on other planets, to whether the Star of Bethlehem actually existed. Duncan Kennedy reports,” quoting the BBC. link here
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9. “LOSER: THE ADS HAVE EYES”
“How low, then, do you think most people would place a company that wanted to help advertisers learn more about you than you’d agreed to tell? That’s just what TruMedia Technologies, headquartered in Tampa, Fla., proudly claims to do with a facial recognition–based system it has developed for digital advertising screens in airports and malls. The system counts the looks an ad gets (thus TruMedia’s motto, “Every Face Counts”). It also measures how long each look lasts. Finally, it determines the viewer’s gender and fits him or her into one of three age groups. The point of it all is to display the right ad to any given viewer…

But the key difference is that here the participation is involuntary. TruMedia takes pride in its stealth technology, one that “does not require audience cooperation for measurement or for gathering demographics, thus providing true and unbiased information.” It sounds more like espionage than market research, and indeed, the company’s research division, based in Yehud, Israel, recruits many of its engineers from the Israeli government’s security agencies,” quoting Spectrum IEEE. link here
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10. QUITE AN UPLIFTING PIECE!
Thanks to this writer's brother David for submitting this piece:
“Playing For Change: Song Around the World ‘Stand By Me’"
From YouTube: link here
The Playing for Change website: link here
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11. ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS
A. “Scientists work to cut mosquitoes' lives short”
“Research could slow spread of diseases typically transmitted by older bugs”
Quoting the AP: link here

B. “Coral growth in decline at Great Barrier Reef”
“Warming, more acidic oceans cited; 'pretty scary' findings, one expert says”
From the MSNBC: link here

C. “One year in 40 seconds"
“Images snapped at the same spot through one year…The images are from Oslo, Norway 2008,” quoting YouTube. [Ed. Note: Very impressive!] link here

D. “Moose are roaming right out of existence”
“In the Upper Midwest, the animals are dying off in startling numbers. Biologists blame global warming”
From the LA Times: link here

E. “Climate change policies failing, Nasa scientist warns Obama”
“Award-winning researcher James Hansen says new president's rhetoric must be backed by action”
From UK’s Guardian: link here
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12. SOCIO-ECONOMIC NEWS
A. “Chaos on the Horizon? Invest in Real Assets”
“We are to the point where we are about 14 feet from going over the edge of Niagara Falls. We haven’t gone over the edge yet; we haven’t gone to a total collapse. We don’t have riots in the streets; we don’t have a revolution. That’s coming; that’s about two to three months off…

What we have done is guaranteed hyperinflation in the United States. We have guaranteed the destruction of the United States. We will have riots starting in the first quarter of next year; we will default by the summer of 2009,” quoting The Gold Report.
link here

B. “More economic pain seen in 2009, but some hope too"
From Reuters: link here

C. “More top brands seen disappearing in 2009”
“Many now on life support as the year-long recession persist”
From the AP: link here

D. “Slump means identity crisis for Las Vegas”
“Long the embodiment of American confidence, Sin City is now in limbo”
From the AP: link here

E. “Washington [State] liquor sales up 5 percent in 2008”
From NBC’s KING-5 TV in Seattle: link here

F. “Baltic Dry Index Falls 93%”
[Ed. Note: this is very interesting.]
From YouTube: link here

G. “Store bankruptcies can burn shoppers”
“How to protect yourself if your retailer goes out of business”
From the AP: link here

H. “U.S. manufacturing weakest in 28 years"
"Bakeries to cigarette-makers to aluminum smelters all hit by recession"
link here

I. “China milk scare in U.S.: Adopted kids tested”
“Parents worry kidney stones, other problems are due to tainted formula”
From the AP: link here
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THE NATION
A. America lost great talent in 2008:
- Those who passed in the Performing Arts: link here
- Newsmakers who passed:
link here

B. “Obama Faces Legacy of Lawlessness at Justice”
“Career Lawyers Hired for Ideology Entrenched in Agency”
From the Washington Independent:
link here

C. “CBS newsman's $70m lawsuit likely to deal Bush legacy a new blow”
“...reopening the debate over alleged favourable treatment that Bush received when he served in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam war.”
From UK’s Guardian: link here

D. “Democrats debate methods to end stem cell ban”
“Legislation could put some lawmakers from conservative areas at risk”
From the New York Times: link here
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UPDATE
About last week’s story on the time-traveler who reportedly took his cellphone to the future and recorded himself there, a very resourceful KK reader shared this:

"The blog of Hakan Nordkvist was the heart of this viral campaign. This is where he first came out as a timetraveller, posted his evidence, talked about being approached by moviemakers and journalists. And this is where you were able to reach every part of the campaign including the AMF site, containing everything you need to know about pension funds. And of course the blogs and forums that debated his story," from AOL Video.
link here

This is an excellent opportunity to again highlight the legitimate time-traveler work of Dr. Ron Mallett:
Former RSE speaker and scientist Dr. Ron Mallett was interviewed in National Geographic’s Naked Science program called Time Machine, which aired Oct. 30, 2008:
link here
And covered in SuperConsciousness Magazine (free subscription required): link here
More on Mallett’s work: link here
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RAMTHA STUDENT NEWS
A. Correction from last week
“While I appreciate the recognition in your newsletter I do not have my own RE/Max office. I hold my license at RE/Max Realty South in Bonney Lake, but do my business locally. Thank you for thinking for me. Patty Miller”

B. In his New Year’s Eve message, Ramtha said this country would one day return to a republic liken unto Solon’s through the rule of law, and that Cicero was the greatest lawyer of all-time because he knew the law would provide equal rights for all; the law is a group effort of agreement. Here is “A REVIEW of the HISTORY OF CICERO’S TREATISE ON THE LAWS” from the Liberty Fund:
link here
And about the “Federalist Government in Principal and Practice,” mentioned by Ramtha:
From from the Public Interest Institute:
link here
“In his 2005 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, [Harold] Pinter [British playwright, screenwriter, poet, actor and political activist died last week at the age of seventy-eight ] 'excoriated US foreign policy... for not following international law,'” quoting Democracy Now. link here

C. Prasheka Basi is pictured on the front page of the NVN’s Valley Life section about Yelm High students campaigning this past election day for Obama: link here

D. Don’t miss an exciting new Yelm Create Your Year Progressive Discipline Workshop Jan. 22-25. See the event highlights here: link here

E. Announced at the end of the Australia Workshop Stream on January 3rd was information that this workshop will be replayed in its entirety on Ramtha.tv Jan. 17 & 18 for $150 for any current student. Stay tuned for more details, as the screen noted.
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LOCAL NOTES
Covered last week of the Yelm Community Blog
A. Senator-elect Randi Becker set to take reins in Olympia
B. Rep. Tom Campbell leads state for hospital MRSA legislation
C. Rep. Tom Campbell seeks money for Yelm from Obama stimulus package
D. December was a month for weather records
E. Happy New Year
F. Miss America pageant –with Miss Washington – mayor Harding’s daughter
G. Guest Entry – Bill Hashim on Yelm’s Thurston Highlands EIS
H. South Sound Seed Stewards Classes announced
link here
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"This time, like all times, is a very good one if we but know what to do with it."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
American essayist, philosopher, poet, and leader of the Transcendentalist movement in the early 19th century
From Wikipedia: link here
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