SIRIUS: THE DOG STAR, ALSO RAINBOW STAR

The brightest star visible from any part of Earth is Sirius in the constellation Canis Major the Greater Dog. Sirius is sometimes called the Dog Star. Most people in the Northern Hemisphere notice Sirius in the southeast – south – or southwest on evenings from winter to mid-spring. February evenings are a grand time to see it. It’s also fun to spot Sirius as it ascends in the east before dawn on late summer mornings.

As seen from around the world, Sirius rises in mid-evening in December. By mid-April, Sirius is setting in the southwest in mid-evening.

Sirius is always easy to find. It’s the sky’s brightest star! Plus, anyone familiar with the constellation Orion can simply draw a line through Orion’s Belt to find this star. Sirius is roughly eight times as far from the Belt as the Belt is wide.

Sirius is well known as the Dog Star, because it’s the chief star in the constellation Canis Major, the Big Dog. Have you ever heard anyone speak of the dog days of summer? Sirius is behind the sun as seen from Earth in Northern Hemisphere summer. In late summer, it appears in the east before sunrise – near the sun in our sky. The early stargazers might have imagined the double-whammy of Sirius and the sun caused the hot weather, or dog days.

And with good reason. Because Sirius much hotter star than our sun. Its surface temperature is about 17,000 degrees Fahrenheit in contrast to our sun’s 10,000 degrees F. With slightly more than twice the mass of the sun and just less than twice its diameter, Sirius puts out 26 times as much energy. It’s a main-sequence star, meaning it produces most of its energy by converting hydrogen into helium through nuclear fusion.

Although white to blue white in color, Sirius might be called a rainbow star, as it often flickers with many colors.

In ancient Egypt, the name Sirius signified its nature as scorching or sparkling. The star was associated with the Egyptian gods Osiris, Sopdet and other gods. Ancient Egyptians noted that Sirius rose just before the sun each year immediately prior to the annual flooding of the Nile River. Although the floods could bring destruction, they also brought new soil and new life. Osiris was an Egyptian god of life, death, fertility and rebirth of plant life along the Nile. Sopdet – who might have an even closer association with the star Sirius – began as an agricultural deity in Egypt, also closely associated with the Nile. The Egyptian new year was celebrated with a festival known as The Coming of Sopdet.

BINARY STAR SYSTEM

Did you know that Sirius is actually not a single star? It is a binary star system consisting of two white stars orbiting each other with a separation of about 20 AU (roughly the distance between the Sun and Uranus). The age of the system has been estimated at around 230 million years.

Its companion, Sirius B, is a star that has already evolved off the main sequence and become a white dwarf. Currently 10,000 times less luminous in the visual spectrum, Sirius B was once the more massive of the two.

Sirius B is one of the more massive white dwarfs known. This mass is packed into a volume roughly equal to the Earth’s. In other words, it is tiny in comparison to Sirius A which is more the double the size of our sun.

For more, see… Earth & Sky 

SIRIUS A/B: ELIZABETH’S AND MY HOME STARS

For Elizabeth and me, the Sirius binary starts also have a special personal significance. Sirius. Sirius A is Elizabeth’s home star. Sirius B is mine. Many millions of years ago, I was a multiverse portal keeper on Sirius B.

That was one of the many fascinating things I learned on my astral birthday and initiation nearly 9 years ago – on Feb 25, 2009.

Altzar astral birthdat 2-25-09

For more on that, check out…

Continuing Revelations: http://altzar.org/Spiritual/Peru_Notes_10.html (2/29/2010)

ALTZAR Astral Birthday: http://altzar.org/Spiritual/Altzar_Rebirth.pdf (2/25/2009)

ALTZAR Mantras: http://altzar.org/Spiritual/ALTZAR_Mantras_Poem.pdf (2/25/2009)

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ALTZAR

I am one known as Altzar,
The Rainbow Giver
From the Dogon star.
I am a child of the Original One,
I am a ray of the Original Sun,
I am Wholeness,
I am Love,
I am Altzar.

 

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PRESIDENT’S DAY = COPERNICUS’ BIRTHDAY

About 81 million Americans still believe the Sun revolves around the Earth!

Today, Feb 19, 2018, is President’s Day in the United States, a federal holiday. Which president’s birthday is today?

Nobody’s. At least no significant president. George Washington’s birthday, which inspired this holiday, was Feb 22.

But today is a birthday of someone far more significant in the history of this planet than all presidents, kings and queens put together.  This person’s life’s work changed not just history but the way we see ourselves within the universe. And his view prevailed to this day.

Who might that have been?

It was Nicolaus Copernicus who was born on this day in 1473 in Turin, Poland. Copernicus was not just an outstanding mathematician and astronomer. He was an extremely brave man. Because he dared challenge the Weltanschauung (world view) which had existed since Aristotle’s work in the 4th century BC.

Prior to Copernicus, everybody on this planet, including all major powers that be around the world, believed that the Earth is the center of the universe and that the Sun revolved around us. Which was Aristotle’s view.

The publication of Copernicus’ book – De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres) – just before his death in 1543, changed all that and set the stage for all of modern astronomy (for more, see… https://goo.gl/NKQzxD).

Today, people speak of his work as the Copernican Revolution.

Well, that revolution seems to have failed where the American Revolution succeeded. A full quarter of Americans still believe the Earth is the center of the universe.

You think I am kidding? Tragically, I am not.

In 2012, a survey of 2,200 people by the National Science Foundation posed this question, among others: “Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth?”

A quarter of Americans chose the latter. That’s about 81 million people, according to the population census.

(For more, see – A 2012 survey Quarter of Americans Convinced Sun Revolves Around Earth, Survey Finds – ABC News – http://abcn.ws/M5gtj3).

Such ignorance is yet another proof of success of New World Order’s or Deep State’s “Dumbing Down of America,” the title of my 1997 Washington Times column.

Back to Copernicus, the opposition to his view was fierce, especially by the Inquisition of the Catholic church, which would burn people at the stake for espousing such “heretical” views.

But that did not stop other brave men from following Copernicus and building on the Polish mathematician’s groundwork. One of them was the Italian mathematician, philosopher and astronomer of the 15th century, Galileo Galilei.

In 1633, Galileo was brought before the Roman Inquisition, a judicial system established by the papacy in 1542 to regulate church doctrine (see GALILEO ARRIVES IN ROME TO FACE CHARGES OF HERESY).

Today, Galileo and Copernicus are recognized for making important contributions to the study of motion and astronomy. Their work influenced later scientists such as the English mathematician and physicist Sir Isaac Newton, who developed the law of universal gravitation.

It was not until 1992, however, hat the Vatican formally acknowledged its mistake in condemning Galileo (and by implication Copernicus).

So it took the Catholic church 358 years (!) to acknowledge its error. Such is the arrogance and blindness of power. And then we wonder why a quarter of Americans (81 million people!) are still living in the Dark Ages?

Because today’s powers that be, like the Vatican 500 years ago, know that ignorant dunderheads are easier to rule and manipulate than an enlightened population.

 

 

 

GALILEO ARRIVES IN ROME TO FACE CHARGES OF HERESY

FEB 13, 2018

Now that we know how minuscule our world is in the vastness of the universe (see WE ARE BUT A “PALE BLUE DOT”), it may be also enlightening to realize that on this day 1633, one man risked his life for the cause of truth and science.

A MAN WHO RISKED HIS LIFE FOR TRUTH AND SCIENCE

On this day in 1633, Italian philosopher, astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome to face charges of heresy for advocating Copernican theory, which holds that the Earth revolves around the Sun. Galileo officially faced the Roman Inquisition in April of that same year and agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence. Put under house arrest indefinitely by Pope Urban VIII, Galileo spent the rest of his days at his villa in Arcetri, near Florence, before dying on January 8, 1642.

Galileo, the son of a musician, was born February 15, 1564, in Pisa, Italy. He entered the University of Pisa planning to study medicine, but shifted his focus to philosophy and mathematics. In 1589, he became a professor at Pisa for several years, during which time he demonstrated that the speed of a falling object is not proportional to its weight, as Aristotle had believed.

According to some reports, Galileo conducted his research by dropping objects of different weights from the Leaning Tower of Pisa. From 1592 to 1630, Galileo was a math professor at the University of Padua, where he developed a telescope that enabled him to observe lunar mountains and craters, the four largest satellites of Jupiter and the phases of Jupiter. He also discovered that the Milky Way was made up of stars. Following the publication of his research in 1610, Galileo gained acclaim and was appointed court mathematician at Florence.

Galileo’s research led him to become an advocate of the work of the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1573). However, the Copernican theory of a sun-centered solar system conflicted with the teachings of the powerful Roman Catholic Church, which essentially ruled Italy at the time. Church teachings contended that Earth, not the sun, was at the center of the universe.

In 1633, Galileo was brought before the Roman Inquisition, a judicial system established by the papacy in 1542 to regulate church doctrine. This included the banning of books that conflicted with church teachings. The Roman Inquisition had its roots in the Inquisition of the Middle Ages, the purpose of which was to seek out and prosecute heretics, considered enemies of the state.

Today, Galileo is recognized for making important contributions to the study of motion and astronomy. His work influenced later scientists such as the English mathematician and physicist Sir Isaac Newton, who developed the law of universal gravitation.

In 1992, the Vatican formally acknowledged its mistake in condemning Galileo.  It took the Vatican 358 years (!) to acknowledge its error. Such is the arrogance and blindness that power engenders.

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WE ARE BUT A “PALE BLUE DOT”

On Valentine’s Day 1990, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft looked back earthward and took this famous Pale Blue Dot image of our planet. At the time, the Voyager was 3.75 billion miles (6.06 billion km) from Earth.

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Voyager 1 spacecraft took advantage of a rare alignment of outer planets to sneak out past the gravitational pull of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune and dazzle us earthlings with such never-before-imagined images.

It’s hard to imagine anything more humbling than to see our planet as a tiny pixel in a high resolution image:

“It’s that humility that sciences gives us that weans us from that childhood need to be the center of things,” commented Ann Druyan, a science writer, in this video clip:


In September 1977, NASA launched Voyager 1, a 722-kilogram (1,592 lb) robotic spacecraft on a mission to study the outer Solar System and eventually interstellar space. After the encounter with the Jovian system in 1979 and the Saturnian system in 1980, the primary mission was declared complete in November of the same year. Voyager 1 was the first space probe to provide detailed images of the two largest planets and their major moons.

The spacecraft, still traveling at 64,000 km/h (40,000 mph), was the farthest man-made object from Earth and the first one to leave the Solar System. Its mission has been extended and continues to this day, with the aim of investigating the boundaries of the Solar system, including the Kuiper belt, the heliosphere and interstellar space.

ENTER NEW HORIZONS

That Voyager 1 distance photo record stood for 27 years. And then on Dec 5, 2017. the New Horizons spacecraft acquired the routine calibration frame of the Wishing Well star cluster. At that time, its distance from Earth was 3.79 billion miles (6.12 billion km). For several hours, the Wishing Well image – acquired with the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) – was the new farthest image ever made from Earth.

New Horizons broke its own record just two hours later with images of Kuiper Belt objects 2012 HZ84 and 2012 HE85 – which you can see above – further demonstrating, the mission team said in a statement:

“… how nothing stands still when you’re covering more than 700,000 miles (1.1 million km) of space each day.”

At the time, the spacecraft was only 32 million miles (51 million km) from 2012 HE85  closer than Mars ever comes to Earth.

And just think: This is only one tiny corner of the universe.

Humbled?

I am.

For more, see… http://earthsky.org/space/new-horizons-farthest-spacecraft-images

SPECTACULAR VOLCANO ERUPTION IN GUATEMALA

Guatemala’s Volcán de Fuego began a new round of explosive activity on January 31, 2018. This volcano – located about 40 miles (70 km) west of Guatemala City – is known for its explosive activity, spreading ash plumes, and spectacular lava flows. This eruption was its first of 2018. It ended after about 20 hours of activity.

The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured the natural-color image above of the eruption. Click here for a wider view.

Meanwhile, photographers on the ground were busy as well, taking in the dramatic show this volcano provides.

NASA said:

According to the Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres (CONRED), the plume reached an altitude of 21,300 feet (6,500 meters) above sea level and was carried 25 miles (40 km) to the west and southwest by the winds. Falling ash affected tens of thousands of people, primarily in the provinces of Escuintla and Chimaltenango. Lava from two active conduits flowed through four ravines, leading officials to preemptively close National Route 14 to vehicles.

For more, see… https://goo.gl/1bf6Se

HENRY FORD: THE MAN TO BLAME FOR MOST OF LAST CENTURY’S WARS

We can blame Henry Ford for most of the last century’s wars

ABOUT 90% OF NEW YORK CITY CABS WERE ELECTRIC IN 1899

No kidding. This fleet of electric cars was built by the Electric Carriage and Wagon Company of Philadelphia.

In 1902 an electric car, the Baker Torpedo, became the first car to have an aerodynamic body that enclosed both the driver and the platform. This car at one point reached 80 mph in a speed test before crashing and killing two spectators. It was later clocked as high as 120 mph, but with spectators not invited this time.

Yes folks, that was 115 years ago.  And now, despite all the hoopla about Tesla electric cars and Nissan’s Leaf, what do you think their market share is in America?

Hope you are sitting down: 0.7%. Yes, less than 1%.

The tiny Norway has the highest penetration of electric cars in the world with 22%.

Ford killed the electric car market with its cheaper gas-powered autos

So who is to blame for all this pollution, global warming, not to mention most of the wars in the last century?

And for the fact that one of the world’s most archaic countries, Saudi Arabia, is now wagging the tail of the world’s most powerful country – the United States?

Henry Ford. Yes, good old socialist Henry is to blame for all that.

Why?

The price of a basic model electric car in the early 1900’s was about $1,000, with more lavishly decked out models costing closer to $3,000.

Enter Henry Ford, the Bill Gates of the early 20th century.

FORD’S LEGACY: DEMAND FOR OIL AND GAS EXPLODES

By 1915, Henry Ford, due in part to his innovative assembly line construction, was able to offer his cars at a base price of around $500 a piece. Which made it affordable for even average people, something that had never been the case before.

Little did these “average people” know that they were tying a noose around their own necks. Which Donald Trump tightened this weekend with a wicked $350 billion arms deal with the Saudi regime, one of the most backward and bloodthirsty government on the planet.

So think of old Henry as you see Trump bowing before the Saudi king, just like Obama whom he criticized for doing so. And then also think of the 200 million or so people who were killed in various wars in the last century.

Yes, oil and gas kills. It is killing this planet and its occupants. And its first victim was the electric car of the 19th century.


UPDATE SEP 17, 2017

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY… SEP 17

1965

AMPHIBIOUS CARS ARRIVE IN FRANKFURT, GERMANY AFTER SAILING ACROSS THE ENGLISH CHANNEL

Another good idea killed by US regulation

ALTZAR: On May 22, I published the story “HENRY FORD: THE MAN TO BLAME FOR MOST OF LAST CENTURY’S WARS – ABOUT 90% OF NEW YORK CITY CABS WERE ELECTRIC IN 1899” – see http://wp.me/p71qWM-2c. Now, here’s another example of how the US government interfered to protect the domestic car makers at the expense of foreign competition and the US consumers.

And then they boast about fostering “free trade?” Free trade is like free press in America: It is only free if you own it (paraphrasing New York Times’ A.J. Liebling quote).

On September 17, 1965, four adventurous Englishmen arrive at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany after crossing the English Channel by Amphicar, the world’s only mass-produced amphibious passenger car. Despite choppy waters, stiff winds, and one flooded engine, the two vehicles made it across the water in about seven hours.

The Amphicar’s design, by the German engineer Hans Trippel, derived from the Schwimmwagen, the amphibious all-wheel-drive vehicle that Volkswagen had produced for the German armed forces during World War II. A company called the Quandt Group produced the Amphicars for seven years, from 1961 to1968; in all, they built about 3,900 of the little swimming convertibles.

Amphicars came in four colors–Beach White, Regatta Red, Lagoon Blue, and Fjord Green–and were powered from the rear by a 43-horsepower, four-cylinder Triumph Herald engine. On land, the cars used a four-speed-plus-reverse manual transmission. In the water, they used a transfer case that had two speeds: forward and backward. With the top and windows up, the Amphicar was remarkably seaworthy: Its front wheels acted as rudders and two nylon propellers chugged along in back. The car’s builders called it the “770,” because–in theory, at least–it could go 7 mph in the water and 70 mph on land.

To see an Amphicar hit either one of these speeds was rare, however: According to one owner, it was “the fastest car on the water and the fastest boat on the road.”

The four Englishmen left London on the morning of September 16, rolled down the ramp at Dover, and headed for France. About halfway across the Channel, a blocked bilge pump flooded one of the Amphicars; the other towed it the rest of the way to shore. When they arrived at Calais, the four travelers (with the help of the crowd that had gathered to see them) managed to drag the cars over the beach and to the gas station. The next day, they headed off to Frankfurt.

KILLED BY US REGULATION

About 3,000 Amphicars were imported into the United States. In fact, Quandt sold such a large proportion of the cars to Americans that in 1968, when the Motor Vehicle Air Pollution Act raised emissions standards to a level that the Amphicar couldn’t meet, the company just stopped building the cars altogether. Amphicar enthusiasts estimate that between 300 and 600 seaworthy vehicles remain on the road today.

STEPHEN HAWKING WARNS WE HAVE ONLY 100 YEARS LEFT TO GET OFF THE PLANET

“THE ONLY WAY WE CAN SAVE OURSELVES AND MOTHER EARTH IS IF WE SET ASIDE OUR DIFFERENCES AND PULL TOGETHER IN LOVE AND HARMONY” [ALTZAR]

What do Mose Allison, Diana Krall and Stephen Hawking have in common?

STEPHEN HAWKING WARNS WE HAVE ONLY 100 YEARS LEFT TO GET OFF THE PLANET

What do Mose Allison, Diana Krall and Stephen Hawking have in common?
At a first glance, not much. The first two are (or were – in Allison’s case), jazz musicians. Hawking is a renowned scientist. Yet they all want to get off our planet. Fast. (Allison already has).
Stephen Hawking appears to be at pains to warn the world that humanity is doomed. His latest prediction urges mankind to escape an ailing Earth for a fresh start on a new planet… before it’s too late.
The renowned astrophysicist will present his chilling forecast, which sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster, in a new BBC documentary entitled Expedition New Earth that is currently still in production.
In the program, which is part of the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World science season, Hawking will posit that humanity’s time on Earth is coming to an end, while warning that there are only 100 years left to “colonize another planet.”
READ MORE…
PS: Also see my earlier post with music and lyrics of STOP THIS WORLD by Diana Krall and Mose Allison –
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ON THIS DAY FIVE YEARS AGO (2012)

Three Light Beings: “THE UNIVERSE IS LITERALLY FILLED WITH DEAD PLANETS”

“THE ONLY WAY WE CAN SAVE OURSELVES AND MOTHER EARTH IS IF WE SET ASIDE OUR DIFFERENCES AND PULL TOGETHER IN LOVE AND HARMONY” [ALTZAR]
 
I did not want to interfere with the Hawking message, but I wrote about such a possibility (of Earth’s destruction) in Jan 2012, quoting Three Light Beings with whom I had talked via a channeler. And again on May 14 , 2012.
[WOW… I JUST GOT GOOSE BUMPS REALIZING THAT WAS ON THIS EXACT DATE 5 YEARS AGO!]
 
A friend of mine from Florida commented about my earlier post quoting Stephen Hawking’s prediction: “If progress is anything like the past 100 years, that’s plenty of time. “
 
To which I replied: “Maybe. If everybody pulled together. But look at the world today. So many people at each other’s throats. And you don’t think that may be the reason this planet may be doomed?”
 
See WHEN GAIA SPEAKS, WE’D BETTER LISTEN – Jan 12, 2012 – http://altzar.org/2012/Gaia%20Message%201-2.html. Here’s an excerpt:
 
As long as Mother Earth is abused, there will be reactions in terms of natural disasters… in terms of weather patterns that are not normal; in terms of loss of life through flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and other ways that Mother Earth has of protecting herself.
 
● It’ not simply a matter of global warming, which is a big issue. It’s not simply a matter of an “accident” that led to the Gulf oil spill. These are not accidents. These are situations where Mother Earth takes action. Because Mother Earth is a living body that can take action to protect itself. Just as animals do. Just as earth beings do.
It is time that humanity realizes that the resources of planet Earth belong to no country, no corporation, no business, no individual. They are common goods.
● “It is important for the earth beings to understand that they are not the only inhabitants on the planet. It is important to note that even those earth-based beings who have been here for millennia came from somewhere else. It is important to understand that Earth is not the only place in the universe that sustains life. 
We consider it an extreme of hubris for earth beings to think that life only exists on planet Earth.” (from http://www.altzar.org/2012/Down%20to%20Earth.html, Jan 25, 2012).
 
And then finally the BIG ONE – a prediction the Three Light Beings shared with me on May 14, 2012.
 
● Your planet will be in a vastly different place 25,000 years from now ­ IF IT SURVIVES. 
● And the Spiritual realm is doing all it can (to save it), including asking volunteers from other dimensions, other celestial bodies, to participate in the evolution of your planet. 
● “Because there is great concern whether or not your planet can, in fact, survive for another 25,000 years.” 
“Your solar system and the many, many solar systems that make up your galaxy, and the thousands of galaxies that make up the universe, are literally filled with DEAD PLANETS. As dead as Atlantis. As dead as other early civilizations on your planet.” 
● What we are saying is that it is up to you and the next three to four generations to decide on the values that are most important, to decide whether or not groups of individuals living in nations can, in fact, live together in harmony. 
● The history of your planet does not give the Spiritual realm a great deal of optimism. 
● And yet, the Masters of Wisdom who have incarnated in previous lifetimes on Earth are COMMITTED to work with those of you willing to help.
 
ALTZAR: THAT is also the reason I [ALTZAR] incarnated again even though as a Bodhisattva I did not need to come back into body on this planet. 
 
That is also the reason I founded the Stewards of the Earth group in January 2012 which now numbers over 9,000 members  from virtually every country around the world 
 – without any paid promotion {https://www.facebook.com/groups/gaiastewards/).
 
THE ONLY WAY WE CAN SAVE OURSELVES AND MOTHER EARTH IS IF WE SET ASIDE OUR DIFFERENCES AND PULL TOGETHER IN LOVE AND HARMONY.
 
That was my message 5 years ago. That is also my message today – on this May 14, 2017 – MOTHER’S DAY, as it turns out.

SUNSET FIRE CEREMONY: HONORING FULL MOON, VENUS’ ZENITH AND ORTHODOX NEW YEAR’S EVE

SUNSET FIRE CEREMONY: HONORING FULL MOON, VENUS’ ZENITH AND ORTHODOX NEW YEAR’S EVE

It was all about GRATITUDE

This evening sunset I did a fire ceremony to honor the full moon, the zenith of planet Venus, and the Serbian (Orthodox) New Year’s Eve. It was a ceremony of gratitude – gratitude for two weeks of badly needed dry weather, gratitude for the new friends the spirit has brought into my life this week, gratitude for turning the unlucky Friday the 13th into a lucky day. Until MECO entered the scene… 🙂

VIDEO: SUNSET FIRE CEREMONY: HONORING FULL MOON, VENUS’ ZENITH AND ORTHODOX NEW YEAR’S EVE – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – Jan 13, 2017

Direct Youtube link: https://youtu.be/8DfPCmLIzRE

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PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE FIRE CEREMONY

Click on PHOTO ALBUM AT YINYANGBOB for the photo album

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Unlucky Friday the 13th did rear its ugly head in the end

LONG POWER OUTAGE

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Eating and working by candlelight – 21st century! Welcome to Maui Electric Company “service”

Tonight, I had my dinner by candlelight.
I know, it sounds romantic. It was not. First, because I am alone. Second, because I was forced to light a candle by a long power outage.
I had just finished a nice sunset fire ceremony honoring the full moon, the zenith of planet Venus, and the Serbian (Orthodox) New Year’s Eve. It was a ceremony of gratitude – gratitude for two weeks of badly needed dry weather, gratitude for the new friends the spirit has brought into my life this week, gratitude for turning the unlucky Friday the 13th into a lucky day,
Until it became unlucky. When I cam back up to the house, I recorded a new version of AMAZING GRACE, a tune I also played on my flute during the fire ceremony. And then I was sat down to edit the video and write the story about how AMAZING GRACE MUSIC cause a lot of blue smoke to rise from fire, the power went out.
And it is still out – over 2 hours and counting. So I am writing this also by… I was tempted to say by candlelight, but actually it is by a battery-powered flashlight.
So Friday the 13th did rear its ugly head in the end. Good thing I said in my original post about canceling the Unlucky Friday that the day is till not over and that I had better not gloat. Sure enough…
By the way, there is no wind. There is no rain. There is no high surf. Nor volcanic explosion. No earthquake, either. Just MECO! (Maui Electric – our public utility).
What makes this outage even more abominable is that our solar system produces more electricity than we consume. Unlike other utilities, like with my Arizona solar system, MECO pays me nothing! They just take my CLEAN excess electricity, mix it with their dirty (coal and diesel powered) energy, and resell it at retail rates to their other customers. And to top it off – adding insult to injury – they force me to suffer from their power failures like everybody else.
MECO have the system figured out… to suit themselves and skin their customers. This is not new news. But this long and completely unnecessary power outage reminded me of it.
PS: The power came back right now – more than 2 hours after it had gone out. Want to know what I was doing at that moment? Meditating. Lying on the floor with my eyes closed in total darkness. I remembered that way back, when I was in Peru being taught by the Apus (mountain spirits or angels if you like) during my first ordination as a shaman, that they said that’s what we should do once in a while in order to access them. Lie still in total darkness for a long time.
Wonder if MECO have some connection to the Andean mountain spirits? 🙂

REKINDLING SACRED FIRE

About half an hour or so into a 2.5 hour power outage last night, I went back down to the gulch. By then, the fire was almost out. I piled up the remaining logs on top of each other and started blowing to rekindle the fire. It worked. A new fire emerged after a couple of minutes.
The moon had not yet risen so everything was pitch dark around me. I then spent the next 15-20 minutes in meditation and prayer sitting on the Haleakala “kulla” (big rock inside the sacred place) and facing the fire.
Later, I surmised that the spirits must have turned off the electricity for over 2 hours to make me do just that – and contemplate what life without modern technology would be like. I learned two things…
1. It was very peaceful. 2. But after 2 hours of darkness, I could not wait for the lights to come on so I can carry on my 21st century work.
Guess I still have ways to go before I reach the state of Nirvana – my New Year’s resolution.

CHRISTMAS WITH WOLVES OF YELLOWSTONE: STEWARDS OF MOTHER EARTH

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WOLVES OF YELLOWSTONE: STEWARDS OF MOTHER EARTH

We often hear stories about catastrophic results when man tries to play God and messes with nature. This video about the Yellowstone National Park may change your mind about it. It shows that man can sometimes successfully co-create with Mother Earth. Instead of catastrophic, in this case the result was a “trophic cascade.”

(“Trophic cascades” are powerful indirect interactions that can control entire ecosystems. Trophic cascades occur when predators limit the density and/or behavior of their prey and thereby enhance survival of the next lower trophic level.)

We’ve all heard about the “big bad wolf,” the “sheep in wolves clothing,” or the sweet little Bambi’s. Such fairy tales give the wolves a bad rap, and ironically glorify the animals even man kills for food (think venison, lamb chops).

Obviously, the wolves could use a better marketing agent. Walt Disney and the rest of the Hollywood crowd got it all wrong.

Because the facts are on the side of the wolves. Little Bambis’ grow up into big deer whose eating habits are positively destructive to the environment. We have even seen examples of that here at the Rainbow Shower in Maui. They killed several of our trees, including a beautiful Jacaranda and Kukui, the Hawaii State Tree.Yellowstone_Rainbow Shower peace flag

By contrast, the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone in 1995, after a 70-year absence, rejuvenated the entire ecology in the Park. The wolves even helped change the flow or rivers.

So it looks like the wolves finally got a good ad agency, one that works on facts not Hollywood fiction. This short video, wonderfully scripted and filmed on location in Yellowstone is 100% based on scientific truth. After you watch it, you may change your mind about the “big bad wolves” and the “sweet little Bambis.” It’s actually the other way around.

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UPDATE DEC 30, 2015

HOW MAN INTRODUCED DEADLY DISEASE TRYING TO ERADICATE WOLVES FROM YELLOWSTONE

CHRISTMAS WITH THE WOLVES OF YELLOWSTONE

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A special Yuletime treat is spending some alone time with Wolf 965M of the Lamar Canyon Pack. He has been especially playful with the Lamar Canyon pups. This gently giant (all 120 pounds of him) has led many a pup parade, allowed them to climb all over him and played tug-of-war with whatever stick or bone might be nearby. And he has always been watchful of them.

He came over to the Lamar Canyon group from the Prospect Peak Pack (and the 8-Mile Pack before that), and still travels back to see his Prospect family from time to time.

He is suffering badly from mange right now, so send him your good thoughts for a full recovery. (Mange was introduced by humans into the ecosystem in the 1920s to eradicate the Wolf and Coyote populations.) — at Round Prairie, Yellowstone National Park.

Sarcoptic mange is a highly contagious canine skin disease caused by mites that burrow into the skin causing infections, hair loss, severe irritation and an insatiable desire to scratch. The resulting hair loss and depressed vigor of an infected animal leaves them vulnerable to hypothermia, malnutrition and dehydration, which can eventually lead to death.

Mange was introduced into the Northern Rockies in 1909 by state wildlife veterinarians in an attempt to help eradicate local wolf and coyote populations. Scientists believe the troublesome mite that causes the disease persisted among coyotes and foxes after wolves were exterminated.

Since their reintroduction into the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in 1995-96, wolves appeared to be free of mange until 2002. As of March 2014, 2 of 8 known packs in Yellowstone National Park (YNP) have mange, mostly in the Northern Range, and the prevalence within a pack ranges from 25 to 60%.

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PARIS CLIMATE CHANGE AGREEMENT: A PUFF OF SMOKE THAT WILL FOOL NO ONE

PARIS CLIMATE CHANGE AGREEMENT: A PUFF OF SMOKE THAT WILL FOOL NO ONE

Climate change activists express their disappointment on Saturday at the final draft of the COP21 climate deal saying that it was too little, too late. Guillaume Durin, an activist from French environmental collective Alternatiba,says people are already affected by climate change and that the agreement is a way of delaying meaningful action

https://embed.theguardian.com/embed/video/environment/video/2015/dec/12/paris-talks-overlooking-immediate-threats-say-climate-change-activists-video

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James Hansen, father of climate change awareness, calls Paris talks ‘a fraud’

The former Nasa scientist criticizes the talks, intended to reach a new global deal on cutting carbon emissions beyond 2020, as ‘no action, just promises’James Hansen

“It’s a fraud really, a fake,” he says, rubbing his head. “It’s just bullshit for them to say: ‘We’ll have a 2C warming target and then try to do a little better every five years.’ It’s just worthless words. There is no action, just promises. As long as fossil fuels appear to be the cheapest fuels out there, they will be continued to be burned.”

The talks, intended to reach a new global deal on cutting carbon emissions beyond 2020, have spent much time and energy on two major issues: whether the world should aim to contain the temperature rise to 1.5C or 2C above preindustrial levels, and how much funding should be doled out by wealthy countries to developing nations that risk being swamped by rising seas and bashed by escalating extreme weather events.

But, according to Hansen, the international jamboree is pointless unless greenhouse gas emissions aren’t taxed across the board. He argues that only this will force down emissions quickly enough to avoid the worst ravages of climate change.

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James Hansen, father of climate change awareness, calls Paris talks ‘a fraud’ http://gu.com/p/4f2jq/stw

COMMENTS:

Achim Buhler Well!? …. it’s so easy o be cynical isn’t it!!? For me this is the beginning of the end of witnessing inaction and seeing the truly inspirational collaborative spirit of collective spirit stepping forth to master the best of humanity to

Achim Buhler …you name it, if you will!?

Bob Altzar DjurdjevicBob Altzar Djurdjevic You may call it cynical, Achim, but the facts are on this guy’s side. As long as we not only NOT TAX the fossil fuel industries, but in fact SUBSIDIZE them (such as in the U.S.), the rest is all cheap promises and empty rhetoric. The only way to stop the proliferation of carbon and plunder of Mother Earth’s natural resources for personal or corporate Greed is to hit them where it hurts – in their pocketbooks.