11-million-ton Iceberg Threatens Tiny Greenland Village with “Ice-tsunami”

A huge iceberg has drifted close to a tiny village on the western coast of Greenland, causing fear that it could swamp the settlement with a tsunami if it calves.

At a Glance

  • An 11-million-ton iceberg has grounded out and parked itself near a tiny village in Greenland.
  • Researchers say there’s a risk a large chunk could break off and cause a tidal wave to blast into the village.
  • There’s hope a new moon will bring a rise in the tide and help dislodge the massive berg.

What happens to the gigantic mountain of ice, which a Danish meteorologist said is 650 feet wide—nearly the length of two football fields—and rises almost 300 feet into the air, depends largely on the weather.

A strong wind could push the iceberg into the nearby Baffin Bay, averting a crisis.

Alternatively, a large amount of warm precipitation could further destabilize the berg and cause a large piece to break off and create a wave that would flood the town.

Danish authorities have evacuated those living closest to the shoreline in Innaarsuit, a village of about 170 people.

Check out this video. It is mostly static except when a  large chunk of ice breaks off at about a 30-second mark.

For more, see… https://weather.com/news/news/2018-07-15-greenland-massive-iceberg-innaarsuit and https://fxn.ws/2uotmhL #FoxNews



Cosmic radiation from giant star system heading towards Earth – NASA [video, photo]


Eta Carinae, a double-star system around 7,500 light years away from Earth, is sending this energy to us on intergalactic winds

If this NASA news story sounds like something right out of Star Wars, it could be. Minus the intergalactic spaceships and Luke Skywalker.

A star system containing two gigantic suns is blasting cosmic rays into space and NASA scientists have found that the radiation is making its way towards Earth on intergalactic winds.

High-energy observations in the sprawling southern constellation of Carina had puzzled scientists for some time. But now a NASA orbital telescope has helped pin the energy source on Eta Carinae, a double-star system around 7,500 light years away from Earth.

It is already known that rays with energies greater than 1 billion electron volts are sprayed into our solar system. However, the erratic movement of the energy and sheer size of the great expanse previously made it difficult to locate some of the sources. Colliding stellar winds within Eta Carinae, which is surrounded by an hourglass dust nebula, have now been confirmed as a reason for the energy patterns in the region.

“We know the blast waves of exploded stars can accelerate cosmic rays to speeds comparable to that of light, an incredible energy boost,” said NASA astrophysicist Kenji Hamaguchi. “Similar processes must occur in other extreme environments. Our analysis indicates Eta Carinae is one of them.”

Using the NuStar telescope, NASA was able to collect data on violent shock waves from colliding winds that result in cosmic rays, some of which have been seen to bounce off the Earth’s magnetic field.

“We’ve known for some time that the region around Eta Carinae is the source of energetic emission in high-energy X-rays and gamma rays,” said Fiona Harrison, NuSTAR telescope researcher. “But until NuSTAR was able to pinpoint the radiation… the origin was mysterious.”

For more, see… https://on.rt.com/993t




Tonight is the “strawberry” full moon of 2018. It is also the best time of the year to see Saturn (with a telescope). Because Saturn will be “in opposition,” meaning at the closest point to our planet between the Sun and the Earth. Take a look at these images.

By the way, the reason this is called a “strawberry” full moon has nothing to do with its color. The Algonquin Indians named it that because it was time for them to pick strawberries when this June full moon happened. 🙂 No kidding.

The moon turns precisely full on June 28, 2018, at 4:53 (UTC, 9:53 PM PDT). That’s only 16 hours after Saturn reaches opposition, marking this the best time of year to see the ringed planet. Saturn reaches opposition on June 27, at 13:00 (UTC, 6:00 AM PDT), meaning it has already happened this morning.. Since Saturn’s opposition and the full moon occur in close proximity in 2018, the night of June 27-28 features the moon and Saturn together all night long.

Saturn is the most distant planet that can be seen with the naked eye.


Saturn in Astrology

In astrology, Saturn is associated with restriction and limitation. Saturn is often associated with our fathers or father/authority figures. In childhood, the discipline, rules, and regulations imposed on us by our authority figures–from parents, teachers, and the like–were not always pleasant, but they actually helped us to understand the world around us. Similarly, Saturn’s lessons actually help us to grow.

In an astrology chart, the position of Saturn by sign and house reveals our own limitations, fears, and sense of responsibility. Saturn brings definition, and often limitation, to the plan.

Where Jupiter represents expansion, Saturn represents the opposite: reduction, limitation. Both are indispensable. Limits mark transitions and indicate what the extreme limit is. Saturn is the symbol of those limits in life that cannot be crossed.

Here’s also an image of Saturn with its rings in the sky over Scottsdale which I saw and photographed last year.

Saturn rings in clouds 7-14-17


This black hole is 20 million times more massive than our sun

And the star it devoured was twice the size of our sun

First direct image showing the process of a supermassive black hole shredding a star. Expansion indicates a jet of particles moving outward. Image via Mattila, Perez-Torres, et al.; Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF.

Astronomers now have the first glimpse of a black hole shredding a star like a piece of paper. The star-stuff is lured by gravity and pulled into a disk surrounding the hole, and it’s then spat back out to space in like a giant volcanic eruption. There is no mercy in the universe for anything that comes near one of these horrendous black predators.

Black holes are surely one of the most incredible phenomena in the universe. Their masses are so concentrated and their gravitational pull so powerful that nothing, not even light, can escape once it is trapped inside them.

Being able to witness one of these black holes in action is a huge bonus for scientists, and it will help them better understand how black holes form and behave, since the “hole” itself (really an extremely dense small object) cannot be seen. For example, fast-moving jets of material are ejected from a disk surrounding a supermassive black hole.

We can see black holes only because the victims – the material being drawn into them – such as the stars that wander too close – typically form a rotating disk encircling the hole. Light and other radiation from this disk can be seen by telescopes, and there’s plenty to see.

Astronomers had already identified the supermassive black hole at the center of Arp 299 B galaxy. It is 20 million times more massive than our sun. The material around this black hole is now thought to originate from a passing star more than twice the mass of our sun, which got ripped apart by the black hole’s powerful gravity.

On June 15, 2018, NASA announced that astronomers have directly imaged the formation and expansion of a fast-moving black hole jet for the first time. Miguel Pérez-Torres, of the Astrophysical Institute of Andalucia in Granada, Spain, and an author on a new study in the peer-reviewed journal Science, described the finding.

 For more, see… “Astronomers see a black hole eating a star” – https://go.shr.lc/2li7wYe


Giant hogweed that can give people third degree burns and cause blindness has now been also spotted in at least 8 states

Forget poison ivy. Want to fret about a real “horror plant?” Check out this story.

Giant hogweed, a noxious weed that can give people third degree burns and cause blindness, was spotted in Virginia for the first time. DO NOT TOUCH. This plant will give you third-degree burns!

  • When sap from the giant hogweed combines with moisture and sunlight, it can cause severe skin and eye irritation.
  • Sightings of the plant have been reported in Virginia, Maine, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and parts of the Pacific Northwest.

Contact with an invasive plant species could lead to serious burns and even blindness, environmental officials in Virginia and other states are warning.

Sightings of the giant hogweed have been reported in Virginia, Maine, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and parts of the Pacific Northwest, WTVD reports.

The plant is a member of the carrot family and can grow to more than 14 feet tall, according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

The plant’s watery sap contains photosensitizing agentsWhen the sap combines with moisture and is exposed to sunlight, it can cause severe skin and eye irritation, painful blistering, permanent scarring and even blindness.

“Contact between the skin and the sap of this plant occurs either through brushing against the bristles on the stem or breaking the stem or leaves,” the agency notes.

If contact is made with the plant, immediately wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water and keep the area away from sunlight for 48 hours, the agency recommends.

For more, check out… https://goo.gl/F8vv76



morning-sunrise-in-marsh-North-CarolinaSUNRISE, SUNSET (lyrics}

Sunrise sunset, sunrise, sunset!
Swiftly fly the years,
One season following another,
Laden with happiness and tears . . .

Wow! How is it possible that 54 years have already gone by since the Fiddler on the Roof became a Broadway hit musical?

Ah, but just look at the above lyrics. That’s how. It’s all about sunrises, and sunsets. And how swiftly they may years fly by. Nine years ago, I also recorded that song in Maui, Hawaii on my old antique piano. (Wow, I can’t believe it’s been that long. And look at how skinny I was back then!)

But this post is not about music. Or at least not only about music though sunrises and sunsets tend to make us wax lyrical. What inspired it is actually a story in today’s EarthShy, a science and astronomy website. You’ll love this mind teasing quiz.

When is the shortest sunrise or the latest sunset?

Everybody knows that the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere is the longest day of the year, right? Or conversely the shortest in the souther hemisphere. This year that will be at 3:07 AM PDT on June 21.

So common sense and logic would suggest that that’s the day when we will also have the earliest sunrise and the latest sunset, right?

Honolulu sunrise sunset

Well, apparently the Creator was a little short on common sense and logic in human terms when he designed the universe. Because the earliest sunset actually falls anywhere from several days to almost two weeks earlier in some parts of the US.

In Hawaii, for example, the earliest sunrise has already happened on June 8. And the latest sunset will be on July 11 (see the above chart).

Interesting, huh? The Creator was quite a trickster, wouldn’t you say? 🙂

At 40 degrees north latitude – the latitude of, say, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – the earliest sunrise of the year will happen tomorrow- June 14. For that same latitude, the latest sunset of the year will fall on or near June 27.

For Philadelphia (40 degrees north latitude)

Date Sunrise Midday (Solar Noon) Sunset Daylight Hours
June 14 5:31 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 8:31 p.m. 14h 59m 15s
June 21 5:32 a.m. 1:02 p.m. 8:32 p.m. 15h 00m 35s

But in the southern hemisphere, the exact opposite will happen.

For Valdivia, Chile (40 degrees south latitude)

Date Sunrise Midday (Solar Noon) Sunset Daylight Hours
June 14 8:12 a.m. 12:53 p.m. 5:34 p.m. 9h 21m 56s
June 21 8:14 a.m. 12:54 p.m. 5:35 p.m. 9h 20m 39s

By the way, notice also how much longer the longest days are in Philadelphia, for example, compared to Honolulu?

The longest day in Hawaii is only 13.26 hrs. But in Philly, it’s 15 hrs.

What do you make of that? The Home of the Sun (Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii) gets 1.5 hrs less sunlight than the the place where they cracked the bell?

So why isn’t everybody flocking to Philadelphia then for their summer vacations? 🙂

Have a nice summer.



Remember the old adage, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Forget it. Not true.

We impose our own limitations. Once we stop believing this ‘truism,” anything is possible. Even learning to walk again after the age of 50, but this time correctly.

That’s one of the benefits I had brought home from my recent trip to Serbia. A good friend of mine, Nenad Ćosić, president of Gama Elektroniks, a high-tech company based in Belgrade, recently sent me a video in which a physiotherapist, who had trained in China, is trying to teach us to walk correctly.

What does “correctly” mean?

It means we engage the right kind of muscles and joints which not only help strengthen our legs, but also offload the pressure from our heart while we exercise.

How is that done?

By using our calf muscles as a secondary “heart pump” during walking. That’s why the Zdravex physiotherapist Vladan Djordjevic says that’s like having three hearts.

Of course, I was immediately skeptical myself of something like that.  “Must be some kind of scam,” I thought. “Whoever learned to walk again after the age of 50?”

But something was nagging at me about this video. And so last night, I decided to put this to a test. I did my usual evening walk which, due to the arthritis in my right knee, regularly cause me pain by the time I reached about a 3/4 point. I would practically limp last quarter of the walk.

But not last night. I tried to walk just like this Belgrade physiotherapist advised. Of course, it felt awkward at first. Any new exercise would feel that way. Like learning a new swim stroke. But by the end of the walk, it wasn’t so bad.

Now I walk that way even inside my home. And even when not walking, I used the exercises this physiotherapist did not show here which also engage the calf and ankle muscles. Like going up and down on your tippy toes.

Anyway, for what it’s worth, I am sharing this video with you. The physiotherapist talks in Serbian but it is a video so the exercises will be self-evident.

Vezbe za zdravlje i dug zivot Tri srca u telu (Exercises for good health and long life)



Common sense 101: That’s how one protects oneself from one’s own stupidity

Many people, including the Stewards of the Earth, lovingly refer to our planet as Mother Earth.  Yes, like a mother, our planet gives us life and nurtures it. But also like a mother, Gaia-Pachamama can punish us when we are careless or disrespectful.

I have written about it a number of times before. including on the heels of the devastating 3-11-11 Japanese earthquake and tsunami (see LESSONS IN TOUGH LOVE, Mar 14, 2011).

“Mother Earth is not amused and has let her wayward children know… more than once; Three major reasons why Japan and the rest of us are being taught a lesson.”


For the full story, see… http://altzar.org/2011/Tough%20Love.html

Now three unrelated stories from three distant parts of the world have coincided to bring us a similar message.



A Corpus Christi, Texas, man nearly died after he was bitten by a rattlesnake, even after the snake he had already beheaded it.

It happened the weekend of May 27 at a residence near Lake Corpus Christi.

Jennifer Sutcliffe and her husband were doing weekend yard work when she spotted a four-foot rattlesnake. She said her husband quickly took his shovel and severed the snake’s head. But moments later when he bent down to dispose of the snake, the snake’s head bit him.


“Which in that case since there is no body, it released all its venom into him at that point, so he had a lot of venoms,” Sutcliffe said.

Sutcliffe called 911 and began driving her husband to the hospital. He immediately began having seizures, lost his vision and experienced internal bleeding.

Sutcliffe couldn’t get her husband to the hospital fast enough, so she met up with an ambulance.

“They HALO-Flighted him into the hospital,” Sutcliffe said.

Sutcliffe said the first 24 hours were the worst. Doctors told her husband might not make it, even after giving him vast amounts of antivenom.

“A normal person who is going to get bit is going to get 2-4 doses of antivenom,” Sutcliffe said. “He had to have 26 doses.”

Sutcliffe’s husband is now in stable condition, but his kidney function is still weak. Trauma surgeon Michael Halpert said although dying from a snake bite is rare, it happens.

“There are about 6,000 to 8,000 snake bites per year in the country, and 10-12 people die,” Halpert said.

For the rest of the story, see… https://goo.gl/a3LERw

FOOTNOTE: Almost the exact same thing happened to this writer at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, in November 2005. Except with a different outcome.

I found a big rattlesnake coiled up in my backyard. And I also used a shovel to sever its head. But I did not try to remove the carcass with my bare hands, as this Texas man seems to have done. I used the same shovel to dispose of the body.

Common sense 101: That’s how one protects oneself from one’s own stupidity.

The Netherlands


A family visiting a safari park in the Dutch city of Tilburg approached a group of cheetahs on May 11, 2018 and quickly learned that was a horrible mistake.

https://video.foxnews.com/v/embed.js?id=5783675713001 iVIDEO]

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FOOTNOTE: Again, Common sense 101: That’s how one protects oneself from one’s own stupidity. I suspect you will have come to the same conclusion after watching this video.



In recent studies, sharks had a simple reaction to a wide range of electric fields, suggesting their system is tuned for one thing only: catching their prey

Sharks are known to have some of the most sensitive electroreceptors in the animal world. That is, special pores around a shark’s face can detect the electrical currents which emanate from undersea organisms and which are carried with great efficiency through salt water. It’s as if sharks have a special sixth sense, which lets them hunt underwater, despite the fact that they don’t see very well.



In late May 2018, physiologists at the Julius Lab at University of California, San Francisco, announced their new work comparing the electroreception abilities of sharks versus fish called skatesDavid Julius, a senior author on the new study, said:

Sharks have this incredible ability to pick up nanoscopic currents while swimming through a blizzard of electric noise. Our results suggest that a shark’s electrosensing organ is tuned to react to any of these changes in a sudden, all-or-none manner, as if to say, “attack now.”

Post-docs Nicholas W. Bellono and Duncan B. Leitch led the work, with Julius acting as a senior advisor. The team showed that the shark’s responses to electric fields propogating through sea water appear to be very different from that of skates, which are cousins of sorts to sharks and sting rays. This response might help explain why sharks appear to use electric fields strictly to locate prey.Skates, on the other hand, use them to find food, friends, and mates.


For more, see… Sharks’ 6th sense tuned to attack – https://go.shr.lc/2kUzzwC


When snorkeling at one of the remote atolls off the Great Barrier Reef in northern Queensland, Australia, in December 1996, as soon as I waded into the ocean, I spotted a gray fish of about 8 feet in length. It was leisurely cruising some 5-6 feet away from me.

I immediately retreated back to the sandy atoll beach, and looke for snorkeling opportunities on the other side. 

Back on the boat, I described my experience to a native-born Australian crew member, and asked him what this fish might have been. 

“Oh, it was a Mother-in-Law fish,” he snapped right back.

“A Mother-in-Law fish?” I repeated. “What’s a ‘mother-in-law fish?”

“It’s a fish with a lot of bones,” the guide replied. “So, nobody likes to eat it.”

This sounded like a “fishy” explanation to me, but I swallowed it anyway.

But, back at our Brampton Island resort, I described my experience and the guide’s answer to an Australian oceanographer. He said that there was “no such thing as a ‘mother-in-law fish.'”

“So what was it?” then, I asked.

“It was probably just a shark!” he explained.

“Just a shark?”

“Yeah, there are plenty of them around here, too,” he said calmly pointing in the direction of the resort’s beach.

“There are?” I repeated almost in shock.

I kept thinking of the number of times I had capsized my windsurfing board while trying to keep my balance; or of the sailing races in which I had taken part with nothing but without a life vest as protection. Then I thought how lucky it was I had not found this out on my first day of vacation.

So back to “Common sense 101: That’s how one protects oneself from one’s own stupidity.

For the full 1996 Aussie story, see http://www.truthinmedia.org/Vignettes/aussie.htm



Could our universe be part of a wider multiverse? And could this multiverse be filled with life


Here’s an interesting story by the science editor of the Earth and Sky – Is there life in the multiverse? – https://go.shr.lc/2jSEvS6. Of course, as shamans, we know of the other worlds unseen by human eyes. And that are many places in our universe, not only in multiverses, where life thrives in peaceful coexistence with each and and with our Maker. But it is good to see that scientists are now also coming around to considering such possibilities.

On a personal level, I know from the past channeling sessions that I had been a Multiverse Portal Keeper in Sirius B (millions of years ago), for example. So there is no question that there are multiverses. The question is how do we access them from the physical realm on planet Earth?

New research shows that life might be common throughout the multiverse … if there is a multiverse

The word universe used to imply all that exists, but no longer. Today’s cosmologists – scientists who study the biggest of all possible big pictures – now consider the idea that our known universe might be just one of many unknown (and unknowable?) universes. They call this plethora of possible universes the multiverse.

Now scientists in the U.K. and Australia have taken an interesting step toward probing the multiverse. Their work, which is based on computer simulations, suggests that life could potentially be common throughout the multiverse, if a multiverse exists.

The findings are published May 14, 2018, in two related papers in the peer-reviewed journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.This research, and in fact the idea of a multiverse, stems from astrophysicists’ calculations regarding dark energy. That’s the mysterious force that appears to be accelerating the expansion of our universe.

For more, see… https://go.shr.lc/2jSEvS6



We have our own dead zone to worry about in the Gulf of Mexico – the size of Delaware

A double whammy: Fertilizer pollution from American Heartland and Gulf oil spills destroy marine life

A huge ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf of Oman is increasing in size, according to scientists who warn the oxygen-depleted area is worse than previously thought, and poses a threat to the environment.

The Gulf of Oman dead zone in the Arabian Sea is now the world’s biggest Oxygen Minimum Zone (OMZ). About the size of Scotland or Florida, the dead zone almost covers the entire Gulf of Oman, which borders Iran, Oman, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

Why should we care?

First, we are all sentient beings and residents of this planet. What happens in one part of the world affects us all. As John Donne put it in 1424:

“No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the SeaEurope is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.” (John Donne, 1624, emphasis added)

“For whom the bell tolls? It tolls for three.” – that’s the first reason we should care.

The second reason we should care is because we also have a similar large dead zone at home, in the Gulf of Mexico.

How large?

The size of the state of Delaware. And it is largely caused by man. Farmers use fertilizer in the Heartland of America so as to feed the nation and much of the world. That fertilizer flows down the mighty Mississippi into the Gulf of Mexico. And that chemical pollution eventually depletes the ocean of oxygen, killing the marine life that depends on it.

Which is what often happens when man tries to play God. He destroys even as he tries to create.

And then, of course, there are also oil spills. Like the big BP oil spill in April 2010 which nearly killed that company, not just much of the marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. Combined with the steady pollution that flows from the Heartland America to the Gulf, these occasional one-time events represent a double whammy threat to our oceans.

What is a dead zone?

A dead zone is an area of the sea or a large body of water that’s almost entirely devoid of oxygen. The low-oxygen areas are called dead zones as they can’t sustain marine life. Fish, animals and plant life in the zones suffocate as a result of low oxygen levels, while some marine life manages to swim away from the area, leaving it empty.

Scientists began noticing increasing areas of dead zones in the 1970s. In 2008, 405 dead zones around the world were noted by Sweden’s Göteborg University.

What causes dead zones?

Dead zones can occur naturally, but also grow as a result of excessive nutrient pollution from human activities, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration explains. Many chemical, physical and biological factors combine to create dead zones, but nutrient pollutions are the primary culprit. Nitrogen and phosphorus in fertilizers run into the water, and then act as nutrients which fertilize algae.

The algae eventually dies and decomposes in the water. This then feeds bacteria which consume oxygen around them, depleting the supply.  Dead zones produce nitrous oxide, which is more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide.

The Gulf of Mexico is home one of the largest dead zones, which occurs each spring when farmers fertilize their land and the rain washes the fertilizer into rivers and into the sea. An area in the Baltic Sea is another large dead zone.

Here’s a video about our own dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

For more, see… https://on.rt.com/94dp

BP oil spill of April 2019 – NASA satellite images