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April 14, 2015

Tens of thousands of Sea Lions starve and die as Pacific marine ecosystem succumbs to radioactive contamination


It started in March this year - reports of a mass starvation event of sea lion pups on islands off the coast of California appeared in the local press and on YouTube. Beaches littered with dead creatures, as reported here:

10,000 Dead Sea Lions Wash Up In California, Experts: It's getting crazy... This is a crisis...


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Sacramento Bee, Mar 7, 2015: Tens of thousands of pups birthed last summer are believed to be dying on the islands... some [are] desperately trying to climb onto small boats or kayaks... Scientists noted a worrisome anomaly in 2013, when 1,171 famished pups were stranded... scientists blamed the phenomenon on unseasonably cold waters... On San Miguel... Melin said researchers believe "probably close to 10,000 are dead, and we expect more to die over coming months"... the mortality rate is similar on San Nicolas.


Not only sea lions

So it appears this situation of sea lions starving has been going on for some time and it's building up to where it just can't be ignored any longer.

The situation of sea lions starving to death and washing up on beaches seems to be connected with what has been happening on the Canadian Pacific coast. Two Canadians have been documenting a shocking scene there and have raised the alarm by posting videos on YouTube. The Canadian Pacific coastline has been looking eerily deserted, almost completely devoid of the usually abundant marine life supported by the tides...

Pacific Coast Line Dead Zone Devoid of 99% Of All Life, Almost All Tidal Zone Species Missing Entirely

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The entire north coast of Canada is missing it's mussel population and the 1,000's of other species. This naked coastline with almost no life left on it, should be shocking to everyone. The mass media doesn't try to blame it on anything, the media just ignore it completely. Soon it will come back and haunt them.


A starfish "virus"

Already in 2013 and all through 2014, there has been an indication something was amiss. A mass die-off decimated starfish on the Pacific West Coast. That should have raised the alarm, but the crisis was "de-fused" by scientists finding that a virus had killed the starfish.

The scientists isolated a virus that was present in the dying critters and, true to our medical wisdom that every illness has its pathogenic microbe, they decreed that the problem was an unusual, wide-spread viral infection that made the starfish shrivel up and die.

Of course nothing could be done about that, but that was quite ok. There was an explanation. National Geographic reported on it:

Why Are Millions of Starfish 'Melting'?

After isolating the virus, which is quite common in starfish and even in other species like sea urchins and sea cucumbers, the question remained open as to what triggered the virus to all of a sudden become active and to cause widespread damage. The question was asked, but apparently no one dared speak up about the plume of contamination from Fukushima that had by now reached the Pacific West Coast.

Why such a pervasive virus is suddenly killing millions of animals is still up for debate.

"We've seen big outbreaks in sea stars before," said Pete Raimondi, a marine ecologist with the University of California, Santa Cruz, earlier this year, "but they've been very regional."

This current outbreak stretches from southern Alaska down through Canada and the U.S. West Coast, into Baja California.


Collapse of sardine and bird populations

Another, more recent piece of news that fits into this is the collapse of the population of sardines in the Pacific coastal waters. With the sardines decimated, it is no wonder the sea lions are starving. They can't find any food!

Pacific sardine industry shutdown looms as species collapses

Pacific coast sardines are facing a population collapse so severe that Oregon's multimillion-dollar sardine industry almost certainly will be shut down this summer.

The latest figures indicate there are somewhere between 97,000 and 133,000 metric tons of adult sardines in the ocean from northern Mexico to British Columbia. That's a 90 percent dip since sardines peaked in 2007, and it puts the population below a mandatory fishing cutoff of 150,000 metric tons.

Although sardine populations are known to boom and bust, the species' downward spiral in spite of favorable water conditions has ocean-watchers worried there's more to this collapse than cyclical population trends.

Sea birds are also having a hard time.

AP: Marine birds disappearing in Pacific Northwest -- Significant ecological shift, crashes in many species -- "Something's happening on a big level, but what is it" -- Herring problem may be far worse than revealed... result of contamination? Mexico suddenly bans bluefin tuna fishing, US may be next

Top-of-the-food-chain fish, such as tuna, is apparently accumulating a lot of radioactivity as well:

Radioactive Bluefin Tuna Caught Off California Coast

Every bluefin tuna tested in the waters off California has shown to be contaminated with radiation that originated in Fukushima. Every single one.

Over a year ago, in May of 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported on a Stanford University study. Daniel Madigan, a marine ecologist who led the study, was quoted as saying, "The tuna packaged it up (the radiation) and brought it across the world's largest ocean. We were definitely surprised to see it at all and even more surprised to see it in every one we measured."

Another member of the study group, Marine biologist Nicholas Fisher at Stony Brook University in New York State reported, "We found that absolutely every one of them had comparable concentrations of cesium 134 and cesium 137."


The radioactive contamination we can't turn off

The Canadian investigation cited earlier lays the blame on the radioactive elements that have been continually released into the waters of the Pacific off Japan, since the nuclear disaster in March 2011, forming a plume of contaminated water which has had time to reach the North American shores and wreak havoc with the marine life there.

Here is their video:



Even today, Fukushima is a continuous source of radioactive contamination.

Four years after a tsunami heavily damaged the Fukushima nuclear plant, contaminated water continues to pour into the Pacific Ocean.

And to round off the bad news, the chief of the Fukushima nuclear power station has recently admitted that the technology needed to decommission three melted-down reactors does not exist, and he has no idea how it will be developed.

Containing Fukushima Is "Beyond Current Technology". Worldwide Radiation is the Unspoken Consequence

So we have a nuclear and environmental disaster of unprecedented dimensions and we have no idea how to turn off the primary contamination.

In addition, the mainstream media does not seem to be able to put two and two together and so there have been only scant reports, and only on seemingly disrelated incidents.

I believe it is time we figured out what what exactly is causing the die-off and what to do about this, instead of arguing whether new nuclear reactors or (fracked) natural gas wells are the better option for generating "clean" electricity...

November 21, 2013

German Inventor solves permanent magnet motor puzzle - wants to 'give away' the discovery...

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Thomas Engel is a successful German inventor with more than a hundred patented inventions to his credit. He - like many of his peers - does not look back at a successful school education, but evidently that is not necessary for success if you are smart and, as some say it might even be counter productive, stifling creativity.

Engel has figured out the working principle of a type of motor many inventors and tinkerers have been working on - so far unsuccessfully. He found a way to make permanent magnets do actual work, transforming their attractive and repulsive power into the true motive action of rotary motion.

A recent article in the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (12 November 2013) recounts a visit of the paper's technology editors to the inventor's home and their impression of the new motor Engel says he wants to 'give away'.

While the article is carefully written to avoid trouble and while it quotes the obligatory university experts saying why such a motor is impossible, it does give enough detail to allow us to understand the concept. If you want to start experimenting, be warned: There is a lot of force in those rare earth magnets, they can be dangerous to the unprepared.

Here is a translation of the article...

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June 6, 2013

High pressure water/steam system releases hydrogen bonds, produces excess energy

Richard Aho of MIST Energy Systems has been working for years on the idea that hydrogen bond energy could be harnessed. He went on working where others had abandoned the field because they knew it "couldn't be done".

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In his Mist Energy System, water is pressurized by a commercially available high pressure pump, it is then released through a nozzle into an impact chamber, where the jet hits a metal target. Heat is released and the water instantly transforms into steam. The energy spent to pressurize the water and pre-heat the impact chamber is about one tenth of the energy contained in the steam that is produced. That is a 10:1 over-unity factor, achieved with nothing but available tech and water as a medium.

See a more detailed explanation in Hydrogen Bond Explosions

Of course steam is what has been driving our electricity-producing machines for a long time. The heat is usually supplied by burning carbon fuels like coal, oil or gas. Even atomic power plants are little more than very expensive - and rather dangerous - steam engines fired by the heat of radioactive elements.

So if we could make the needed steam without recourse to carbon based or atomic fuels, would that not be a giant step forward?

I believe it would, and the technology is available.

What are we waiting for?

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May 28, 2013

The Progression of Time: Scale Expanding Cosmos links General Relativity, Quantum Theory

In a recently published book titled "The Progression of Time - How the expansion of space and time forms our world and powers the universe", C. Johan Masreliez, a retired Engineer passionate about physics and cosmology, introduces the concept of a fifth dimension beyond four-dimensional spacetime.

The Scale Expanding Cosmos (SEC) model overcomes some serious limitations of the Standard Cosmological Model. It eliminates the need for a Big Bang creation-out-of-nothing event at the beginning of the universe that is making today's cosmology little more than an article of faith. It explains what motion is and how time progresses. Inertia becomes understandable, being modeled in the SEC theory as a curvature of the 4-dimensional space-time continuum, in a manner very similar to how Einstein describes gravity in his General Theory of Relativity. Progression.jpg

You can find the book on Amazon at www.amazon.com/Progression-Time-expansion-powers-universe/dp/1456574345/

The dynamically expanding scale dimension explains the seemingly endless energy supply of the universe, saving us from gradual decline into an ignominious heat death. It also resolves several of the paradoxes of Einstein's Special Relativity and provides a stable cosmic frame of reference, something Einstein could never quite get to grips with, in addition to allowing Quantum Theory to be derived from the equations of General Relativity.

Quite a revolution in our understanding of the universe, the new model might have a hard time gaining acceptance by physicists, but it is an important step in advancing our understanding of the mechanics of the things physics is supposed to explain.

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March 20, 2013

Beyond Relativity and Quantum Theories - Paramahamsa Tewari's Vortex Universe

Paramahamsa Tewari, an Indian nuclear engineer and energy researcher, is also the originator of Space Vortex Theory, a theory that posits matter as based on two fundamental particles, the electron and the positron. His website is www.tewari.org

tew3_small.jpg According to Tewari, the universe is filled with an incompressible super fluid. Fundamental particles are vortices that create a tiny spherical void, where circulation at the limiting velocity of light leads to a breakdown of the fluid's integrity. The discontinuity at the void/liquid interface defines the particle boundary. Tension in the external fluid created by the central void gives rise to gravity, while the tangential circulation of the fluid at the interface is the cause of electric field phenomena.

Einstein's Relativity and Quantum theory have failed to develop a conceptual view of the universe and of the matter we perceive. So in this recent piece, Tewari says that mainstream physics should re-evaluate some of its 'certainties'. The super fluid that fills space - the term was coined by Tewari in 1974, only to be hijacked by others a few years later - is precariously balanced at the edge of rotation, of vortexial motion. The dynamics of this liquid explain the existence of both particles of matter and fields in a way that is intuitive and visual. But let's see what Tewari has to say...


To the adherents of Relativity and Quantum theories

If the universe cannot be described through your theories with clear-cut physical pictures that a lay man can understand, the following may set you thinking as to where your concepts went wrong. This departs radically from your 20th century concepts that need deep revision. You held the field and had your say for more than a century now and have led science to the games of probability and uncertainty, of mere chance and coincidences, based on outer appearances rather than the underlying reality.

You scare humanity that the sun will consume all its matter one day, throwing away its energy into the voids of space - never to be retrieved again, as if you knew for sure the basic processes that created matter, stars and cosmic energy. What you name as "empty space (void)" may itself be the "dynamic vacuum of spatial energy". What you think is "dark matter" could be space-vortices that rotate the planets, stars and galaxies, both axially and around in orbits. You are now searching for the Higgs particle to understand the true nature of "mass" ...

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March 7, 2013

General Science Journal - new electronic journal for scientific communications


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The General Science Journal is a non-peer-reviewed electronic journal that allows all scientific opinions to be aired, particularly in physics. Research papers, essays or communications are accepted in multiple languages for viewing by your colleagues and the general public. They may be submitted at no cost to the respective GSJ Editors (see listing below).

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February 5, 2013

Bashkir farmers' local demurrage currency recognized by Supreme Court

The original of this article is in Russian and this translation of it isn't professional, but I think the news of this is of importance for us and should be shared even if imperfectly.

Chances are, you have not heard of the Republic of Bashkortostan. It is one of many individual States that were part of the old Soviet Union, the USSR, and that now are part of the Russian Federation which formed after the Soviet Union dissolved. Wikipedia has an article on history and more here: Bashkortostan The people of Bashkortostan are the Bashkir.

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Ufa City, capital of Bashkortistan (image from Wikipedia)

It seems the farmers of a Bashkir village were successful in creating a workable demurrage-based currency and to have its legality recognized by their country's Supreme Court. Quite a feat, which incidentally has eluded us in the West ever since the Austrian Supreme Court shut down Silvio Gesell's and Mayor Unterguggenberger's successful currency experiment in Wörgl 80 years ago...

So now that we have some context, here is the article. The original in Russian is also available.

Bashkir farmers who invented their own currency have created an economic miracle

The Supreme Court of Bashkortostan allowed the villagers of Shaymuratova to pay in "shaymuratikami." It is a kind of local money - or rather, trade coupons. They can buy products only in one village. A system of mutual settlements is offered by local farmers. But the local prosecutor sought to prohibit this kind of currency .

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October 1, 2012

Black Whole - Nassim Haramein on the structure of space, matter and the universe [Video 1h 32min]

In this video, Nassim Haramein discusses his research into the structure of space, matter and the universe. He challenges some of the 'everybody knows' parts of physics and proposes a unification of two theories which have so far been thought to be incompatible.

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Nassim Haramein - Black Whole (2011) [Video 1h 32min]

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March 25, 2012

Quantum Aether Dynamics: A New Foundation for Physics

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This is a paper that was first published in PESWiki but it certainly deserves to be widely known. It is based on a deep re-thinking of current physics and models the aether as a substrate for all things physical.

While the new model is fully developed in a book: Secrets of the Aether that was published in 2004, authored by David W. Thomson III and Jim D. Bourassa, the paper gives a good description of the basic features and lots of detail about how the new model compares with contemporary physics.

Sterling Allan of PESWiki says about it:

"The Aether Physics Model quantifies quantum structure within an Aether/angular momentum paradigm (as opposed to the mass/energy paradigm of Einstein). It is destined to merge with Quantum Mechanics and provides the means for tapping Zero Point Energy."


Abstract

"Modern physics describes the mechanics of the Universe. We have discovered a new foundation for physics, which explains the components of the Universe with precision and depth. We quantify the existence of Aether, subatomic particles, and the force laws. Some aspects of the theory derive from the Standard Model, but much is unique.
A key discovery from this new foundation is a mathematically correct Unified Force Theory. Other fundamental discoveries follow, including the origin of the fine structure constant and subatomic particle g-factors, a slight correction of neutron magnetic moment, a geometrical structure for charge, the quantification of electromagnetic charge as separate from electrostatic charge, a more precise meaning of spin, the quantification of space-resonance in five dimensions, and a new system of quantum units.

The Aether quantifies as a fabric of quantum rotating magnetic fields with electromagnetic, electrostatic, and gravitational dipole structures. Subatomic particles quantify as angular momentum encapsulated in a quantum, rotating magnetic field. All quantum, atomic, and molecular processes can be precisely modeled, leading to discrete physics with new understandings and insights."

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February 22, 2012

Occupy Economy: The case for soft money

Money is a tool to facilitate exchange.

Money follows, like everything else here on this physical plane, the principles of yin and yang. There is "hard" (yang) money and there is "soft" (yin) money. At this time, the world is dominated by yang money. My purpose with this article is to convince you that we need to find a better balance in matters of exchange and economics.


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Do we need money at all?

There are two systems that have historically been used and that are - to varying degrees - still in use today, that allow us to exchange the fruits of our toil and those we appropriate from nature, without the use of money.

There is the gift, which does not require an immediate return. Actually, it's nuanced. Some gifts are freely given without any expectation of return, but if we are talking about a "gift economy", usually the expectation would be that everyone, in some way or another, plays ball. That means, you can't just be a freeloader. Even in a gift economy, there is some expectation for all participants to pull their weight, meaning to participate in the giving. People who only receive and never give will find themselves marginalized, and rightly so. Flows do need to be balanced. If you only inflow (receive) and never get to the outflow part (the giving), things tend to get stuck. The inflow will stop sooner or later. The point is that, even in a gift economy, the principle of exchange cannot be violated with impunity.

Sacred Economics with Charles Eisenstein - A Short Film about the gift economy from Ian MacKenzie on Vimeo.

Then there is barter. In a barter economy, we also need no money. The exchange is direct. The needs of one are matched with the offerings of another. It is rather cumbersome at times to find a match, and it isn't always successful, but barter has been with us throughout history. It has served us well where money was not available or its use was not practical. Today, there are various initiatives to revive the barter economy. Computers allow us to provide better tools to match offerings and needs. Some of those tools merely let you choose from a larger number of diverse offerings. Others extend the barter concept from a one-on-one exchange to a circle of linked exchanges. A gives to B, who gives to C, who gives to D, who in turn gives to A. Circle closed. Barter has one big problem though. It generally has no time dimension. It is not easy, in a barter economy, to receive something today and to give maybe next week, or to provide your fruit to someone today when you actually don't need anything of theirs right away. That is where money comes in...

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