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Thursday, 30 April 2009

Conflict

From a safe distance, The Jester had watched their progress up The Tor. He watched curiously as Vince Martin summoned the portal. In his hands he held a direction seeking microphone boom. In his head piece he could hear Vince Martin's voice clearly.

The Jester laughed then to himself, before pressing the stop button on the tape recorder sitting on his lap. Ataari would be well pleased with him. They now had access to The Light Realms. The battle plan was back on song.

He knew Ataari would not be pleased that The White Knight had survived the assasination attempt. They would have to open the link once more with the Steileskin, though it mattered not. The game was over, this would be for real. The destruction of The Eldritch could take place now.


~

The explosion shook the walls and the ceilings of the upper section of The Fortress. Huge crack appeared in the masonry, windows shattered and shelves fell from walls. After the dust had cleared, a handful of security officials scrambled along corridors, with trepidation, to investigate the carnage. They found the lift shaft which lead to the subterranean levels had been destroyed.


Agent Broderick dialled a number on his mobile phone.

The phone on the Former President’s desk, rang once, then twice. On the third ring, he picked it up.

"Hello?”
"Mr President, sir. It has begun.”

”Thank you, Al. Please keep me informed of anything else.” The Former President put the phone down, and brushed the fingers of his hand through his hair. The Labyrinth is now sealed off once more from the outside world, he thought then to himself. He felt sudden regret. He would never see Marcus and his wife again. He had to initiate the next move. He stood up and leaned across to the Jack Daniels bottle on the shelf beside his makeshift office within The Whitehouse. He poured himself a large measure. How he had wished he had demanded he stayed with his pal. There was so much he could learn from The Atlanteans. So much.

He picked up the phone, and dialled an internal number. The phone was linked to The New President, Alan Duelles, former head of The CIA.

Alan, there's been an explosion at The Fortress. It appears it was in the region that Marcus and the others were travelling through.” He deliberately forced himself to sound emotionless. He had to be.
Thanks Ben. Sabotage?”
There's been no word as yet, sir.” He replied.
Let me know if you hear anything else. I will inform the brotherhood.”
Yes sir.” Ben Clayton put the phone down and downed the contents of his glass in one go. He wanted to cry, to walk out of his office and never look back. The world of politics no longer interested him, especially now he had had his vision widened by his meeting with The Atlanteans and Odin.


Proof-read Extract taken from 'The Host' by Matthew James

Image of the Day

Stonehenge, Wiltshire, UK

As Swine Flu Spreads, Conspiracy Theories of Laboratory Origins Abound

'Perhaps due to the genetic makeup of the fast-spreading H1N1 strain of influenza -- which includes genetic elements from bird flu, swine flu and human flu spanning three continents -- there is considerable speculation that the origins of this virus are man-made.

It's not an unreasonable question to ask: Could world governments, spooked by the prospect of radical climate change caused by over-population of the planet, have assembled a super-secret task force to engineer and distribute a super virulent strain of influenza designed to "correct" the human population (and institute global Martial Law)?'


Read more...

Swine Flu Was Cultured In a Laboratory', Dr. John Carlo, Dallas Co. Medical Director Says

I Ching Defined


The I Ching, or Book of Changes, is an oracle; a divination device that forms a pattern reflecting the forces at work at a particular point in time.

This pattern, when viewed in the context of a concern or question, gives timeless advice and insight.

The Book Of Changes Insight

Following / Adaptability, Line 6:

"He meets with firm allegiance
And is still further bound.
The King introduces him
To the Western Mountain."


There is some one who is devoted to you, who you will be asked to lead and assist. Is this the life circumstance the Yi urging you to adapt to? You may wish to "retire" from this leadership, but you will be rewarded for continuing. The Western Mountain was where the ancestors of the King were buried. To be included in this holy place was a very high honour. This kind of honour will come to you if you aid another.

Source: The Book Of Changes.Org

Alchemy Wedding Ceremony

Characteristic in the same way of the Western spiritual tradition as a whole was the internally oriented path called Rosicrucianism, which manifested the truth that the Kingdom of Heaven now lies within.

It came to the attention of the public early in the 17th century through the publication of an inspired document, "The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosencreutz."

This work, written out of an intuitive state of consciousness by the 17-year old Johann Valentin Andreae, is a vivid description of an initiation experienced entirely within, through the faculties of the soul. "The Chymical Wedding"
describes the results of pursuing a scientific path to spiritual knowledge: a path we can call spiritual alchemy if we clearly distinguish it from any mercenary efforts to transmute metals.

The difficult training this requires brings about the entrance of one's full consciousness into the processes of the soul. This training is unlike both the "mystical union of yoga and monasticism wherein the practitioner has an experience of the soul replacing one's full consciousness.

The Dark Night Of The Soul

The higher state of the mystic life can only be reached when there has been a complete death of the selfhood, when all images and intermediaries have been abandoned, and when a man has entered that Dark Silence, that Nothingness, that Wayless Way, where the sons of God lose and at the same time find themselves

Does DNA Have Telepathic Properties?

DNA has been found to have a bizarre ability to put itself together, even at a distance, when according to known science it shouldn't be able to. Explanation: None, at least not yet.

Scientists are reporting evidence that contrary to our current beliefs about what is possible, intact double-stranded DNA has the “amazing” ability to recognize similarities in other DNA strands from a distance. Somehow they are able to identify one another, and the tiny bits of genetic material tend to congregate with similar DNA. The recognition of similar sequences in DNA’s chemical subunits, occurs in a way unrecognized by science. There is no known reason why the DNA is able to combine the way it does, and from a current theoretical standpoint this feat should be chemically impossible.

Even so, the research published in ACS’ Journal of Physical Chemistry B, shows very clearly that homology recognition between sequences of several hundred nucleotides occurs without physical contact or presence of proteins. Double helixes of DNA can recognize matching molecules from a distance and then gather together, all seemingly without help from any other molecules or chemical signals.

In the study, scientists observed the behavior of fluorescently tagged DNA strands placed in water that contained no proteins or other material that could interfere with the experiment. Strands with identical nucleotide sequences were about twice as likely to gather together as DNA strands with different sequences. No one knows how individual DNA strands could possibly be communicating in this way, yet somehow they do. The “telepathic” effect is a source of wonder and amazement for scientists.

“Amazingly, the forces responsible for the sequence recognition can reach across more than one nanometer of water separating the surfaces of the nearest neighbor DNA,” said the authors Geoff S. Baldwin, Sergey Leikin, John M. Seddon, and Alexei A. Kornyshev and colleagues. (Daily Galaxy)

A Word on 'Astral Projection'

In astral projection the conscious mind leaves the physical body and moves into the astral body. The astral body is one of our subtle bodies. Some people can astral project naturally. Others are afraid to leave the physical body and never are able to astral project. An alternative approach is remote viewing. In astral projection you remain attached to your physical body by a silver "umbilical type" cord. Some people see the cord and others do not. You are aware of things you encounter along the way while out of your body. To astral project, as with all out-of-body experiences - one must feel totally relaxed, clothing fitting comfortable, reclining is best. Often a comforter is best over the body as the physical body sometimes gets cold when you travel out. (Crystalinks)

Quotes for the Day

“Family life! The United Nations is child's play compared to the tugs and splits and need to understand and forgive in any family.” -- May Sarton

“Those who have children can become masters of patience, endurance, and steadfastness, because children will test you at every turn. …The way to make our children patient and loving is to be that way ourselves.” -- Eknath Easwaran

Aignish

An exceptional song by Capercaillie, where Karen Matheson once again displays her stunning voice over gaelic lyrics.Photos mainly display the Cuillin Hills in Skye - there's one of the Braes, but that's still on the Eilean na Cheò.

The Celtic Tree Of Life

You know you have arrived at the Centre because the world is more alive here than you have ever imagined it could be: colors burn and flicker; sounds vibrate like plucked strings and each breath you draw makes you feel a little giddy and light-headed as if you are inhaling a purer element. Before you in the great square courtyard stands the Well, a full moon of silver water encircled by a low stone wall. Five channels cut into the flagged stones of the enclosure radiate out from the Well and carry the overflow beyond the courtyard to join other streams.

Over the well hang the branches of nine slender hazel trees, their branches swaying like hair in an invisible currents of air. Every now and then, purple-husked nuts are shaken loose into the water below. A flash of light - and a fish with glittering scales leaps up and catches one in its jaws. Now and then the discarded husks can be seen floating away down one of the streams.

You are not alone. A procession of pilgrims approach the Well in silence. Their sandalled feet make no noise. One by one, they stoop and drink the water in cupped hands. When each arises, they appear to glow with an inner radiance, as if refreshed by the Water of Life itself.......

In the days of the Celts, Northern Europe was covered with forests so thick it was said a squirrel could hop from branch to branch from one end to the other without touching the ground. Italy was covered from coast to coast with dense woods of oak, elm and chestnut; the great Hercynian forest rendered Germany impenetrable in Caesar's time; Scotland was clothed with the magnificent Caledonian, Ireland with oak-woods, the whole of Southern England with the ancient trees of Anderida.

In this environment, it is no wonder the forest was perceived as the matrix of a tribe's sustenance, culture and spirituality. A food-store of nuts, berries and game, a pharmacopeia of medicines, wood supply for shelter and the kindling of sacred fires – the forest was all of these to the early Celtic peoples.

When a tribe cleared the land for a settlement, they always left a great tree in the middle, known in Ireland as the "crann bethadh," or Tree of Life, that embodied the security and integrity of the people. Chieftains were inaugurated at the sacred tree, for, with its roots stretching down to the lower world, its branches reaching to the upper world, it connected him with the power both of the heavens and the worlds below. One of the greatest triumphs a tribe could achieve over its enemies was to cut down their mother tree, an outrage punishable by the highest penalties.

For trees not only provided earthly sustenance: they were regarded as living, magical beings who bestowed blessings from the Otherworld. Wood from the nine sacred trees kindled the need-fire that brought back the sun to earth on May Eve; tree names formed the letters of the Ogham alphabet which made potent spells when carved on staves of yew; rowan protected the byre; ash lent power to the spear’s flight.

An early tale of the founding of Ireland tells how a giant came from the Otherworld bearing a branch on which grew apples, nuts and acorns at the same time. His name was Treochair (Three Sprouts)and he shook the fruits onto the ground where they were taken up and planted in the four corners of Ireland, with one in the center, where they grew into the five sacred trees, great Guardians of the land.

Because trees have their roots in the unseen world of spirit, they are doorways into that world. That most magical of Celtic trees, the oak, derives its Gaelic name, (Old Irish daur, Welsh derw) from the Sanskrit word duir, that gives us "door." Many scholars believe that the Druids, who worshipped within sacred groves, derived their name from this word, combined with the Indo-European root wid, to know, becoming the "Wise Ones of the Oakwood."

Old ballads sing of those who have entered the Otherworld by the door of a sacred tree. Thomas the Rhymer, a bard who lived in 13th century Scotland, sat under the famous Eildon tree, and was taken away by the Queen of Elfland. The Eildon tree was a hawthorn, sacred to the faeries as most bards know, including modern poet Kathleen
Raine who wrote:

A hundred years I slept beneath a thorn,
Until the tree was root and branches of my thought,
Until white petals blossomed in my crown.

In a number of early Irish tales of initiation into the mysteries of the Otherworld, the hero must carry a branch of a sacred tree. For, in keeping with other Indo-European traditions, at the heart of the Otherworld stands the World Tree, the axis mundi, from which the branch comes. In The Voyage of Bran, Son of Febal, the chieftain Bran is walking a little way from his palace when he hears the sweetest, most unearthly music he had ever heard. He is lulled to sleep by the sound of it, and wakens to find in his hand a silver branch of an apple-tree covered with white blossoms. That night a beautiful woman appears in the palace, dressed in shining clothes. She holds the company entranced with songs of her island country, in the heart of which grows an ancient apple-tree whose blossoms forever fall like snow on the plain below while birds sing sweet melodies in its branches. She invites Bran to sail over the western seas and join her there, for the silver branch has unlocked for him "magic casements/opening onto perilous seas of faery lands forlorn."

Source: chalicecentre.net

The Wonderment of Life

Most of us begin our days with a continuous list of things we need to do to keep our lives running smoothly, but we rarely take time to note all the things we don’t need to do. For example, we don’t need to figure out how to breathe.
We don’t need to find a way to make sure the earth continues to revolve around the sun. We don’t need to concentrate to ensure that our heart beats and our cells regenerate. All of these things, and many more, take care of themselves without our having to think or do anything at all. This is the miracle of life on earth.
Beyond the wonder of the natural world, we have the wonder of human-created conditions such as indoor plumbing, electricity, automobiles, airplanes, telephones, and the Internet to name a few. Someone living just a hundred years ago would be overwhelmed by the ease with which we can communicate with people all over the world. Every day, millions of us jump on airplanes and fly to distant locations in a matter of hours.
If we have access to a computer, we can read obscure information about any subject, free of charge, at any time of the day or night. And yet, it’s only when one of these miraculous inventions fails that we notice it at all.
When you wake up tomorrow, take time to notice how many things are running smoothly, how many small miracles compose your day. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, as you put them on, take a moment to appreciate the fact that without them, you would be unable to see. Your life would be entirely different if someone hadn’t invented corrective lenses.
As you take in your world, you might feel a moment of gratitude for the basic fact that, once again, the sun has risen to illuminate the abundant earth, and the earth’s gravitational field holds you and all that you hold dear in a tight, life-affirming embrace.

A Slender Lead ...

Manchester United hold the edge in the battle for a place in the Champions League final after John O'Shea's early goal gave them victory in an absorbing encounter with Arsenal.

O'Shea scored from close range after Arsenal failed to clear a corner - giving United a slender but fully deserved advantage to take into the semi-final second leg at The Emirates next Tuesday.

Sir Alex Ferguson has made it his mission to make United the first side to successfully defend the Champions League title and they set about their old Premier League adversaries with relish from the first whistle.

And, while United will be happy to go to Arsenal in the ascendancy and having prevented Arsene Wenger's side from scoring a crucial away goal, they will have regrets that they failed to capitalise on the superiority they exerted throughout.

Arsenal were penned in for long periods as United played at the high tempo that suits them best, and it was only a mixture of the excellence of goalkeeper Manuel Almunia and good fortune that kept the deficit within manageable proportions. (BBC Sport)

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Hot Off The Press ...some more anomalies ... !!!

Shapes and patterns which intrigue
More definite patterns and shapes to intrigue
This is my favourite image ... a real structure to this one ...
A chance coincidental discovery?



David Icke Headlines ...

Critical Alert: The Swine Flu Pandemic – Fact or Fiction?

'American health officials declared a public health emergency as cases of swine flu were confirmed in the U.S. Health officials across the world fear this could be the leading edge of a global pandemic emerging from Mexico, where seven people are confirmed dead as a result of the new virus.

On Monday April 27th, the World health organisation (WHO) raised its pandemic aler level to four on its six-level threat scale, which means they've determined that the virus is capable of human-to-human transmission. The initial outbreaks across North America reveal an infection already travelling at higher velocity than did the last official pandemic strain, the 1968 Hong Kong flu.'

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Was The 'Spanish Flu' Epidemic Man-made? (Flashback)

'In 1948 Heinrich Mueller, the former head of the Gestapo, told his CIA Interrogator that the most devastating plague in human history was man-made. He was referring to the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 that infected 20% of the world's population and killed between 60 and 100 million people.

This is roughly three times as many as were killed and wounded in World War One, and is comparable to WWII losses, yet this modern plague has slipped down the memory hole. Mueller said the flu started as a US army bacteriological warfare weapon that somehow infected US army ranks at Camp Riley KS in March 1918, and spread around the world.

He says that it "got out of control" but we cannot discount the horrible possibility that the "Spanish Flu" was a deliberate elite depopulation measure, and that it could be used again. Researchers have found connections between it and the "Bird Flu".'

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FDA Approves Emergency Measures For 'Mass Dosing' Of U.S. Citizens

'The FDA has approved "emergency measures" to carry out "mass dosings" of U.S. citizens with antiviral drugs in the event of a widespread swine flu pandemic. An Associated Press report states that the new powers would allow the drugs to be distributed to a "broader range of the population" than present measures allow.

The drugs, primarily Tamiflu and Relenza, would be "distributed to larger segments of the population without complying with the approved label requirements," according to the report. The announcement follows a similar directive issued last night, which would allow Tamiflu to be used to treat children under the age of 1 and to provide doses higher than originally approved for children over the age of 1.'

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David Icke Website

Quotes for the Day

"The greatest evil that can befall man is that he should come to think ill of himself." -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

"If we don’t forgive ourselves for our mistakes, and others for the wounds they have inflicted upon us, we end up crippled with guilt. And the soul cannot grow under a blanket of guilt, because guilt is isolating, while growth is a gradual process of reconnection to ourselves, to other people, and to a larger whole." -- Joan Borysenko

Just For Fun ... Red Vs Red; North Vs South

Man Utd Vs Arsenal
Champions League Semi Final 1st Leg

A hard fought battle - which is not hard to foresee in truth - with so much pride at stake. A goalless draw seems on the cards ... but 1 vs 1 would be the fairest result. But, the victor appears to be the one in Blue (Man Utd in the 2nd leg?) ... blue is the victor's colour it seems ... in the long run.

Turning to divination aid ... The Servants Of The Light Tarot ... though nothing is clear with the chosen images:

Ten Of Crescents ... a loving couple watch ten ships go sailing by?
The Hermit ... No 9 ... ?
Ten Of Spheres ... Ten flowers with heads of light?
Nine Of Staves ... wooden stakes and two pillars to overcome to reach the henge on the hill?
The Hanged Man ... No 12?

The only thing here to link are the numbers 1 and 2 ... 1 v 2 ... after the two legs? The first leg is inconclusive ... but in the long run that is the result?

The other images make no sense at all ... other headlines around after the 1st leg; just like there is not that much to report? The relevance of The Hermit ... the 'no 9'? Who is No 9 for either side and what is this?

Ten of Spheres/Ten of Crescents ... reference to ten men perhaps (a sending off?)

Apologies ... these images are not crystal clear ... I sense divination and insight letting me down at this time. But I will leave it as it is and posted anyway!!!

Another 2009 Crop Circle!


Morgan's Hill, Nr Devizes, Wiltshire.
Reported 24th April 2009.

The Aos Sí

In Irish mythology, the aos sí are a magical people of immense power, who commanded abilities that rivalled the gods. These creatures were said to live in an alternate existence on the same dimension as humans, only their world was an invisible one. They were also said to live underneath the ground and/or in the western oceans.
In the Irish language, aos sí means "people of the mounds". In Irish literature they are also referred to as the daoine sídhe ("deena shee"), and in Scottish Gaelic literature as the daoine sìth or daoine sìdh. They are variously believed to be the ancestors, the spirits of nature, or the goddesses and gods themselves.

In many Gaelic tales, the aos sí are later, literary versions of the Tuatha Dé Danann ("people of the Goddess Danu" - the deities and deified ancestors of Irish mythology). Some sources describe them as the remaining survivors of the Tuatha Dé Danann who retreated into the Otherworld after they were defeated by the Milesians. According to the Lebor Gabála Érenn (The Book of Invasions) the Tuatha Dé Danann were defeated in battle by the Milesians - the mortal Sons of Míl Espáine who, like many other early invaders of Ireland, came from Spain.Geoffrey Keating, an Irish historian from the late 17th century, equates Spain with the Land of the Dead. Many scholars alive today agree with Keating’s opinion.

In folk belief and practice, the aos sí are often propitiated with offerings, and care is taken to avoid angering or insulting them. Often they are not named directly, but rather spoken of with euphemisms such as "The Good Neighbors," "The Gentry," "The Fair Folk," or simply "The Folk", in the hope that if humans describe them as kind, they are more likely to be so. In this vein, the most common names for them, aos sí, aes sídhe, daoine sídhe (singular duine sídhe) and daoine sìth mean, literally, "people of peace".

Aos sí are sometimes seen as fierce guardians of their abodes - whether that be a fairy hill, a fairy ring, a special tree (often a hawthorn), or perhaps a particular loch or wood. The Gaelic Otherworld is seen as being closer at the times of dusk and dawn, therefore this is seen as a time special to the aos sí, as are some of the festivals such as Samhain, Beltane and Midsummer. The aos sí are generally described as stunningly beautiful, though they can also be terrible and hideous.

As part of the surrender terms in their loss against the Milesians, the Tuatha Dé Danann agreed to retreat and dwell underground in the sídhe (modern Irish: sí; Scottish Gaelic: sìth; Old Irish síde, singular síd), the hills or earthen mounds that dot the Irish landscape. In some of the later poetry, we find that each leader of one of the tribes of the Tuatha Dé Danann was given one mound.

In a number of later, English language texts, the word sídhe was used for both the mounds and the people of the mounds. However, this is a modern phenomenon, and sidh in older texts refers specifically to "the palaces, courts, halls or residences" of "the ghostly beings which according to Gaedhelic mythology inhabited them" (O'Curry, E., Lectures on Manuscript Materials, Dublin 1861, p504, quoted by Evans-Wentz 1966, p291).

The fact that many of these sídhe have been found to be ancient burial mounds has contributed to the theory that the aos sí were the pre-Celtic occupants of Ireland. The Book of Invasions, the Annals of the Four Masters, and the oral history, all point in this direction. The Christian influence on these documents is quite small, which allows for a great deal of history to be taken from their contexts. (Wikipedia)

A Company Of Elves ...

Once more Damaiel stood on the summit of The Tor to watch another brightly coloured sun set. This time, he was not alone. Three other elves also watched the sinking sunset. Although his piercing blue eyes watched the horizon, his mind was elsewhere.

He was worried, the recent meeting between the “Steleiskin Elf", Kleer, and his leader, Auriel had finished earlier. The surprise raids by the Unseedly Ones were still continuing, though the casualties had lessened somewhat. His suspicions had been confirmed by what Kleer had had to say. He had felt the same paralysis a few days earlier, when he had been sitting in contemplation deep within “’The Forest Of The Shining Lights“’. A shadow had crossed over his face, and an insubstantial, fearsome being had met his gaze, when he had opened his eyes. From the description given by Kleer of “’The Korshza“’, it had been one of the demon lords that over-ruled his home world. Somehow, he had broken free from its hold, but even now still felt shaken by the link.

Damaiel turned to one of his companions, Arcas who had also felt the same, and seen one of the same demons roaming their lands. ”Arcas, are you feeling any better?” Damaiel asked a fairly obviously silly question; a visual surveillance of the slim elf to his right would have been suffice to reveal that the elf was still suffering. Damaiel had suddenly felt doubt of his intuitive abilities that the elven kind took for granted from birth. Somehow he felt blocked.


"You sense it to, eh my brethren?” Arcas asked, his voice barely above a whisper, and then turned to face their other companions, Iulus, who was one of the old guard; who’d also experienced a visitation. Iulus merely nodded. He’d not spoken since the demon had influenced his thoughts. He too was having problem trusting his intuitions.

What can be done about it? I say we get rid of Kleer and then the demons will follow him, and leave us in peace. It's ever since him, and the human came we've had our problems.” Damaiel turned in sudden surprise to The Elf who stood a few yards below them. He was shocked; Vidar had not spoken for centuries. Not since his arrival in their lands from his home land of Landvidi.

Proof-read Copy Extract taken from 'The Host' written by Matthew James

Apollonius of Tyana

A neo-Pythagorean of Greece who acquired a reputation for his magical powers. Francis Barrett claimed him to be "one of the most extraordinary persons that ever appeared in the world."
Born at Tyana, in Asia Minor, he was educated at Tarsus, and at the Temple of Aesculapius at Aegae, where at sixteen he became an adherent of Pythagoras whose discipline he ascribed to all of his life. He died during the second century AD. In his desire for knowledge he traveled many Eastern countries and according to legend he performed miracles where ever he went. When in Ephesus he warned the citizens of a forthcoming plague. The people disregarded his warning until the pestilence was upon them. Then they remembered his words and sought further counsel of the mighty magician. He told them that there was a wretched beggar among them who they should stone to death. At first the people were hesitant to do such a drastic act, but the continued appearance of the beggar and the magician's stern accusations changed their minds. After the deed was done, the people removed the mound of stone under which they thought the beggar laid. But a black dog appeared which Apollonius pronounced was the caused of the plague. When in Rome it is said he brought the daughter of a consular back to life. (Even Apollonius' biographer was not certain whether this girl just appeared to be dead or was actually dead.) However, this feat won Apollonius notoriety for the girl was well liked among the people and betroth. He is allegedly said to have prevented one of his former students, Menippus of Corinth, from marrying a vampire. The young man had not heeded earlier warnings. The wedding festivities had proceeded up to the banquet when Apollonius appeared as a guest. He then made all the luxuries of the banquet and the guests disappear, proving they were a hoax. After doing this he forced the girl to confess as to being a lima, a type of a vampire.Another legend has it that an Indian magician made seven rings representing the seven planets and presented then to Apollonius who wore a different one each day. It is said this enabled him to maintain his youthful vigor well into old age. He is reputed to have live to one hundred.Apollonius' death is a mystery. According to some he fell out of favor with Emperor Severu, who put him on trail and had his hair cut off to eliminate his magical powers. Apollonius simply disappeared from the courtroom never to be seen again.His followers admitted he died but said he was caught up and taken up into heaven. Other people did not even know he had died. In Tyana a temple was built and dedicated to him, and statues of him reside in other temples.

Intersection Of Energy And Spirit

Simply put, chakras are energy centres in our bodies. Most people cannot see them, much like we cannot see the air we breathe, but we all have them.

Imaging them as spinning vortexes of energy radiating from your body out into the world. Each major section of your body holds channels for your energy to flow and at the intersections, the channels meet, and these are your chakras; when these are flowing and open you will reap the benefits of good physical and mental health, when they are closed or unbalanced we may be open to illness and upset emotions.

The human body has 7 major chakras flowing from your spine to the top of your head. Each chakra responds to a particular colour, scent, gemstone, sound and emotion. Indian scholars began long ago to explain these energy centres through their profound practice of body awareness. Many other cultures have pursued similar possibilities in examining human energy channels and centers - they are a widespread concept around the world. In Yoga and a variety of healing arts, practitioners use the chakras for an array of beneficial purposes.

The chakra system is highly dynamic and is connected with your thought process, breath, meditation, and movement. Understanding one's own energy points can be hugely beneficial in healing, practicing mediation, yoga, and generally bringing about a more complete sense of self-awareness. The power is within each of us to turn up the voltage and radiate our chakra energy.

Walking with Shamans (Part 1): Many Paths, Many Shamans

Flu Pandemic Hype: Another Pretext for World Government

Prison Planet Headline; says: "During the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) Summit in Montebello, Canada in 2005, the “three amigos” (Bush, Harper and Calderon) released “North American Plan for Avian and Pandemic Influenza,” described as a “collaborative North American approach that recognizes that controlling the spread of avian influenza or a novel strain of human influenza, with minimal economic disruption, is in the best interest of all three countries.” The plan outlines how “Canada, Mexico and the United States intend to work together to prepare for and manage avian and pandemic influenza.”

It was hardly a coincidence that at the same time the U.S. Northern Command, or NORTHCOM, created a webpage dedicated to avian flu and subsequently ran exercises in preparation for the possible use of U.S. military forces in a continental domestic emergency involving avian flu or pandemic influenza.

Dr. David Nabarro, WHO executive director of sustainable development and health environments, was appointed the first U.N. system influenza coordinator. In 2005, Nabarro said during a press conference that his number one priority was to prepare for the H5N1 virus, known as the avian flu. Nabarro played into the global fear that an epidemic was inevitable.

“I’m not, at the moment at liberty to give you a prediction on numbers, but I just want to stress, that, let’s say, the range of deaths could be anything from 5 to 150 million,” said Nabarro. On March 8, 2006, during a U.N. press conference Nabarro predicted an outbreak of the H5N1 virus would “reach the Americas within the next six to 12 months.”

On Monday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stoked the fear of a global flu pandemic. He said the Mexican flu outbreak is the “first test” of the “pandemic preparedness work undertaken by the international community over the past three years.” Ban Ki-moon said if “we are indeed facing a pandemic, we need to demonstrate global solidarity. In our interconnected world, no nation can deal with threats of such dimension on its own.”

For Ki-moon and the global elite, “global solidarity” in “our interconnected world” translates into yet another push for world government. Ki-moon’s dire warning falls on the heels of the G20 summit where plans were announced for implementing the creation of a new global currency to replace the U.S. dollar’s role as the world reserve currency. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and others repeatedly called for “global governance” and a “New World Order.”

The current flu pandemic hype serves as punctuation mark between the G20 held in London and the upcoming one to be held in Italy in June. “The G20 summit has agreed to try to kick start stalled Doha trade liberalization talks at the next G8 meeting,” Reuters reported on April 2. So-called “trade liberalization” is code for the neoliberal plan to “privatize” public and private industries around the world, impose “flexibilisation” of labour markets (create massive unemployment), “deregulate” consumer and financial markets, and foster foreign buyouts, layoffs, wage cuts, transient employment, higher prices, and potentially destabilizing capital flows.

Images Of The Day - Long Meg Circle

Long Meg
Original Illustration by Matthew James
Long Meg & Her Daughters, Cumbria
Original Illustration by Matthew James

Is Swine Flu a Biological Weapon?

'There are some factors that suggest the swine flu killing people in Mexico may be a biological weapon, but obviously no such conclusion can be drawn at this time. The World Health Organization and the U.S. government have been quick to deny such claims. The swine flu virus is described as a completely new strain, an intercontinental mixture of human, avian and swine viruses. Tellingly, there have been no reported A-H1N1 infections of pigs.'

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Tuesday, 28 April 2009

EMF Rebalancing Therapy ...

David Icke interview on This Morning show

WHO raises pandemic alert level; more swine flu cases feared

CNN.com Headline Says: "The World Health Organization raised its pandemic alert level Monday in response to the outbreak of swine flu that originated in Mexico, as the global count of confirmed cases increased and governments initiated various steps to try to stem the spread. The number of cases confirmed by health officials worldwide totaled 82, most of them in the United States and Mexico, according to the WHO. But hundreds more cases are under examination, and Mexico has said 149 deaths may have resulted. The WHO's decision to move its alert level from three to four on its six-level scale means the agency has determined the virus is capable of significant human-to-human transmission -- a major step toward a flu pandemic, said Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the agency's assistant director-general. But he added, "a pandemic is not considered inevitable."

Big Pond = Big Puddle

Like many folk here in Oz, we are experiencing 'issues' with Big Pond internet provider. We have a 12 month half price discount contract with them. Written in black and white ... yet they refuse to honour this contract, choosing instead to overcharge us and try to bully us into paying these overcharges. We have been disconnected again from their internet supply (I am using a pay as you go stick currently with another supplier) ... and we have passed our dispute on to an Ombudsmen who will eventually resolve this issue ...

But, it will be a real battle of attrition as we've heard on the grapevine that Big Pong are bullies who rely on folk paying these overcharges in the end. We're fuming as we are being clearly ripped off ... a Telstra employee has viewed our contract and says that Big Pong should honour the contract.

Watch this space ...

Crop Circle!

West Kennett Longbarrow, Nr Avebury, Wiltshire. Reported 19th April 2009.
A new crop picture which appeared on April 19, 2009 near West Kennett Longbarrow, in yellow oilseed rape, represents an extraordinary challenge to field researchers and theorists for so early in the season! Normally a picture of such complexity would not appear until June or July, based on an observation of past years 1990-2008. Yet the symbolic message of that new crop picture seems to represent a logical continuation from that of several other crop pictures during the summer of 2008. Thus, we can be fairly sure that they were all made by the same small group of “artists”. (Crop Circle Connector)

A Question Of Balance

One of the most beautiful qualities of an intimate relationship is the give and take of energy that occurs between two people. In the best-case scenario, both people share the talking and listening, and the giving and receiving of support, equally.

Occasionally, within any relationship, the balance shifts and one person needs to listen more, or give more. Generally, over a long period of time, even this exception will take on a balanced rhythm; we all go through times when we take more and times when we give more. However, there are also relationships in which the balance has always felt one-sided.

You may have a friend whom you like, but you have begun to notice that the conversation is always about their life and their problems and never about yours. You may also have a friend who seems to require an inordinate amount of support from you but who is unable or unwilling to give much in return. Over time, these relationships can be draining and unsatisfying. One option is simply to end the relationship, or let it fade out naturally.

Another option is to communicate to your friend that you would like to create a more equal balance in which your concerns also get some airtime. They may be taken aback at first, but if they are able to hear you, your friendship will become that much more sincere. They may even thank you for revealing a pattern that is probably sabotaging more than one relationship in their life. A third option is to simply accept the relationship as it is. There are many one-sided relationships that actually work. One example of this is a mentor relationship in which you are learning from someone.

Another example is a relationship in which you are helping someone who is sick, disabled, or otherwise needy. In these instances, you can simply be grateful that you are able to help and be helped, trusting that the balance of give and take will even out in the big picture of your life.

Inspiration for today

"I have sensed a growing discontent amongst many who are on their spiritual path. A common theme appears to be -- ‘I have been serving God for so long and have given up so much and it has been such a struggle -- when am I going to get my reward?’" -- Wendy Munroe

"It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving." -- Mother Teresa

Swine flu hits Britain: With two UK cases and seven showing symptoms, now comes the battle to contain killer virus

Daily Mail ~Scaremongery~ Headline says: Britain cannot hope to escape a global pandemic of swine flu, the chief medical officer admitted last night.

Sir Liam Donaldson said it was inevitable there would be cases here. Health authorities would be racing against time to treat them and their contacts in a bid to slow the spread of the virus. Sir Liam spoke as it was confirmed that two people in Scotland had tested positive for the killer disease. They fell ill after returning last Tuesday from Mexico, where the outbreak of the H1N1 strain began. Seven of their friends and family are also showing symptoms of the virus and at least 15 other people in the UK are being tested. But Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon insisted that the danger to the public was low and said the confirmed victims were recovering well. As the global death toll soared to 149 - almost double Sunday's total - European officials warned tourists and businessmen against travelling to Mexico or the U.S., where there have been 40 cases. By last night the flu had reached at least 15 countries. Private health firms reported a surge in demand for antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu, and NHS Direct reported a rise in calls about flu.

Soapbox: This is classic Problem-Reaction-Solution in my view. Conveniently attributed to Mexico ... there is a 'threat' that on a global level we are all going to come down with a 'nasty' and unknown strain of flu. What will be our first reaction to this? We need a vaccine; we need a cure. 'They' already have the vaccine which is the solution which they want The Sheep to hop along towards. It is the vaccine that is the threat in my opinion! In the US it seems steps are being taken to force people after 2nd May 2009 to take the vaccine ... what is in the vaccine I ask? What will it do to folk I ask? I wonder if the severe effects of the vaccine will go down in history as The Swine Flu? I wonder if it will be attributed to Mexico so Mexico can be blamed for it? When perhaps the real truth is that the Swine Flu has been 'dropped' in many countries simultaneously? What we now are seeing are outbreaks worldwide created by a Man Made toxin being released by 'The mind-controlled Elite puppets'. MJ

Image of the Day

'Hey .... where's my breakfast?'
Original image by Matthew James

Monday, 27 April 2009

The New Race

Oh the controllers of the Elite. Those wicked lights down from the sky. They care not about the sheep. The masses they see only as fodder with which to create the large fields of energies they need. They farm the sheep as energy generators. They feast on the fear the moment before they die. As Ezra we have endured their tyranny, we have witnessed their soul-less plunders; we have experienced first hand their butchery time and time again.

With the assistance of more kindly beings who perpetually dedicate themselves to the new race –
that of Homo Sapien man – who perpetually sacrifice their light and their consciousness to close the dark pits through which the controllers enter the realm … but such an undertaking most surely takes time. For even when the doorways are closed … the knowledge of opening them once more remains. The wisdom of such devilry remains etched in the genetics of the new race. So for times there are peace, but the shadow wakens and festers and then tempts. Until more priests dedicated to the wicked ones are able to remember and re-establish those gates once more.

Such a time is now. And a great swarm of darkness, like nothing ever before seen, is about to descend on planet earth. The new race will be powerless, for the hatred of the wicked ones, for them is so extreme. The new race’s genetics know only love … hate and darkness are strange emotions for them, even though their seeds contain the essence of those races to which those dark emotions are familiar … the genetics of the new race have been created to reject these dark seeds, in practice, but under the strain of constant dark bombardment some will succumb … and it is those few that succumbed who now are under the control of the wicked. They are the puppets through which this descending darkness has been orchestrated.

As Ezra we see from on the many levels … from the point of the new race, from the mid-heavens and from beyond. We feel the fear, we see the fear … and we have also seen to where it leads. Ultimately the gates will be closed once more as the puppets and the puppeteers leave this blasted world behind … good riddance we say to them. To those who remain we shall offer our guidance and our light … for most surely there will be that need.

Extract Taken from ‘The Chronicles Of Ezra’ by Matthew James

A Word on 'Kundalini'

"Kundalini, the serpent power or mystic fire; it is called the serpentine or annular power on account of its spiral-like working or progress in the body of the ascetic developing the power in himself. It is an electric fiery occult, or fohatic power, the great pristine force which underlies all organic and inorganic matter."- H. P. Blavatsky.

"Kundalini is the static form of the creative energy in bodies which are the source of all energies including Prana...

"This word comes from the adjective Kundalina, or "coiled." She is spoken of as "coiled" because she is sleeping, lies coiled; and because the nature of her power is spiraline...

"In other words, this Kundalini shakti is that which, when it moves to manifest itself, appears as the Universe. To say that it is "coiled" is to say that it is at rest - that is, in the form of static potential energy...

Something Wicked Comes This Way ...

Rense says: 'I thought it very strange that a rather obscure Texas county would see fit to conduct such a "training exercise" involving Texas National Guard Troops involving "drive-thru vaccination clinics". I also thought it exceedingly strange that these rather obscure county officials would make the public declarations that emergency "pandemic vaccination programs would mean a line of cars 41 miles long" in Guadalupe County, but that San Antonio's drive-thru vaccine's line would stretch from "San Antonio to Calgary, Alberta Canada" --- strange, because this just happens to be the planned route of the AMERO FREEWAY -- connecting the late-great U.S.A. with Mexico and Canada. Could this, too, be a coded message to insiders?

Just as NORAD was conducting "mock" terrorist drills on the morning of September 11, 2001 - could this May 2 event be TIMED to announce the release of the planned pandemic and the eventual advent of martial law in North America?

Today, Friday, April 24, 2009 - according to USA TODAY, the BBC, and the Associated Press, the World Health Organization (WHO) is "very, very concerned" about a very strange "swine flu" outbreak in Mexico City.

The WHO is so concerned, in fact, that it has ordered all WHO officers to man the "Pandemic Control Room" 24/7 for the 1st time.

ATTENTION AMERICA!!!! This is highly significant. The WHO "Pandemic Control Room" is a creation of the Illuminati elite for the final "end-game" killer virus mapping and tracking, and is thus equipped with super-computers tied to all U.N. member government's security forces. This "control room" is where any declarations of "pandemic" will originate. When such a "declaration" is sent to President Obama, FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security "Pandemic Task Forces" will be deployed. Each State Governor will be notified that the provisions of the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (MSEHPA) will be implemented.

This means that all Americans must consent to mass vaccinations, or be guilty of a FELONY crime (without a TRIAL, mind you!). And why a FELONY and not a mere 'misdemeanor'? Simple. Police agencies know that the use of "DEADLY FORCE" is only approved for felony suspects when they resist arrest. Refuse the government's untested, untried, highly suspect "MADE IN CHINA" vaccine, and you will instantly be labelled a felonious criminal. So, refuse the forced vaccine, and then resist forced relocation to a prepared "quarantine compound" (i.e. concentration/re-education camp) and you can "legally" be shot and killed. (Justified "deadly force".) See For Health Freedom '

Images Of The Day - More Aerial Anomalies

... the following are more examples of 'negative images' derived from sojourns on Google Earth & Google Mars in recent weeks.

This one is from Google Mars ...

Somewhere in Australia


New Zealand

Interesting disk shapes seen in the Sinai Desert region

Quotes for the Day

"To get to forgiveness, we first have to work through the painful experiences that require it." -- Christiane Northrup

"We must let ourselves feel all the painful destruction we want to forgive rather than swallow it in denial. If we do not face it, we cannot choose to forgive it." -- Kenneth McNoll

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The missing sunspots: Is this the big chill?

Could the Sun play a greater role in recent climate change than has been believed? Climatologists had dismissed the idea and some solar scientists have been reticent about it because of its connections with those who those who deny climate change. But now the speculation has grown louder because of what is happening to our Sun. No living scientist has seen it behave this way. There are no sunspots.

The disappearance of sunspots happens every few years, but this time it’s gone on far longer than anyone expected – and there is no sign of the Sun waking up. “This is the lowest we’ve ever seen. We thought we’d be out of it by now, but we’re not,” says Marc Hairston of the University of Texas. And it’s not just the sunspots that are causing concern. There is also the so-called solar wind – streams of particles the Sun pours out – that is at its weakest since records began.

In addition, the Sun’s magnetic axis is tilted to an unusual degree. “This is the quietest Sun we’ve seen in almost a century,” says NASA solar scientist David Hathaway. But this is not just a scientific curiosity. It could affect everyone on Earth and force what for many is the unthinkable: a reappraisal of the science behind recent global warming. (Source: The Independent)

Flu Bug

Jolly Roger says: 'If you sell crack, join a gang, or rob the mob you can expect to die a violent death, but if you listen to your mother, eat all the right foods, and study hard in college to become a microbiologist, you should expect to live to a ripe old age and die peacefully.

That being the case, a few eyebrows were raised when five microbiologists either disappeared or died mysteriously violent deaths in 2001. A short time later the number rose to 19, and then 29.

They were found stabbed to death in the trunks of cars, thrown off bridges, or they wrapped their cars around trees after their brake fluid disappeared. Once again, this is the stuff of Hollywood spy stories, and not the way you would expect a microbiologist to give up the ghost.

By 2005, we lost 40 micro-biologists in less than 4 years, all under suspicious circumstances, and during this time someone discovered that they were all working for the government, or government contractors, on projects related to bio-terrorism, flu pandemics, or anthrax. Obviously they weren’t trying to find a cure for anything, or there would be no need to silence them.

Then it was discovered that our government was involved in strange experiments that involve exhuming bodies of people that were killed by the 1918 Spanish flu, and genetically engineered flu viruses, all the while the media is preparing the public with stories of bird flu wiping out thousands of chickens (acid test?) and even a few people here and there.

People who are becoming accustomed to the practices and motives of our criminal government tried to warn you of an impending flu pandemic, but your TV training taught you to dismiss them all as "crazy conspiracy theorists," and you naturally associated all their warnings with stories of Bigfoot and UFO abductions, just as you were trained to do.

The good folks of FEMA predicted a need for a few million plastic coffins, which are now spread out across the country, but despite this revelation, most of America still thinks their biggest concern is a toss up between the Super Bowl and American Idol.

Well it seems as if the crazy conspiracy theorists were right again, because the world-wide flu pandemic they were warning you about has been unleashed, and it will dominate the headlines until millions, if not billions of people are dead. It won’t be stopped because no one with the means to stop it wants to stop it.'

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You Are Who You Are, Not What You Do

Our perception of the traits and characteristics that make us who we are is often tightly intertwined with how we live our life. We define ourselves in terms of the roles we adopt, our actions and inactions, our triumphs, and what we think are failures.
As a result it is easy to identify so strongly with a decision that has resulted in unexpected negative consequences that we actually become that "wrong" decision. The disappointment and shame we feel when we make what we perceive as a mistake grows until it becomes a dominant part of our identities. We rationalize our "poor" decisions by labeling ourselves incompetent decision-makers.
However, your true identity cannot be defined by your choices. Your essence—what makes you a unique entity—exists independently of your decision-making process. There are no true right or wrong decisions. All decisions contribute to your development and are an integral part of your evolving existence yet they are still separate from the self. A decision that does not result in its intended outcome is in no way an illustration of character. Still, it can have dire effects on our ability to trust ourselves and our self-esteem. You can avoid becoming your decisions by affirming that a "bad decision" was just an experience, and next time you can choose differently.
Try to avoid lingering in the past and mulling over the circumstances that led to your perceived error in judgment. Instead, adapt to the new circumstances you must face by considering how you can use your intelligence, inner strength, and intuition to aid you in moving forward more mindfully. Try not to entirely avoid thinking about the choices you have made, but reflect on the consequences of your decision from a rational rather than an emotional standpoint. Strive to understand why you made the choice you did, forgive yourself, and then move forward.
A perceived mistake becomes a valuable learning experience and is, in essence, a gift to learn and grow from. You are not a bad person and you are not your decisions; you are simply human.

A Word on 'Swan Magic'

The Swan is one of the most powerful and ancient of totems.

As you begin to realise your own true beauty, you unfold the ability to bridge new realms and new powers. Swan can show you how to the inner beautywithin yourself and in others. A Swan totem heralds a time of altered states of awareness and the development of intuitive abilities. Swan people have the ability to see the future, and to accept the healing and transformation that is beginning in their lives. Accept your ability and go with the flow. Stop denying you know who is calling when the phone rings. Pay attention to your hunches and inner knowledge, and Swan medicine will work through you.

The Swan’s call teaches the mysteries of song and poetry, for these touch the child and the beauty within. The swan is a totem of beauty and grace. As in the story of the Ugly Duckling, it connotes inner beauty as well. If Swan is your totem animal, you are emotionally sensitive, and empathic towards the feelings of others, and you draw people to you. The pure white swan is a solar symbol, whereas the Australian Black Swan is a nocturnal symbol. The swan, with its long neck, acts as a bridge between the worlds, making it an oracular bird. Being a cool weather bird, its direction is North. Swans are excellent totems for children, those connected to the Fairy Realm, poets, bards, mystics, and dreamers.

The swan is master of the elements Earth, Air and Water, and is an excellent guide to the therapeutic powers of these elements. Many healers use a swan feather in smudging and healing ceremonies. A swan feather tied to an instrument such as a harp would be a powerful adjunct to music therapy.

In the Medicine Cards oracle, pulling the Swan card tells you to “accept your ability to know what lies ahead, pay attention to your hunches, gut knowledge, and female intuitive side.” Reversed, the Swan card means you are not grounded, not paying attention to your intuition, or the Unseen. The authors suggest that you “notice your surroundings, and touch the Earth; be still and focus on one reality or the other - the Dreamtime or the mundane world; stop the clutter in your mind and listen; or focus on a physical activity that will ground you.”

In Celtic lore, pulling the swan card can mean poetic inspiration from the Otherworld. It can also mean an enduring love is entering into your life. Many swan tales have to do with sad partings, separation, and suffering loss with grace. Swan can be a symbol of transformation. Swan often indicates a soul level experience about to commence.

"Remember The Good Times"

Classic Scorpions track ... taken from the 'Unbreakable' album ...

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Sunday, 26 April 2009

Photo Anomaly

Photograph by Matthew James near Gibraltar Falls, Canberra
The anomaly is the two vertical lines of 'white mist' in the image ... which were not visible at the time of the photograph; nor was there any markings/haze on the camera lens which could explain this. In fact the very next photograph of the same rock outcrop, taken seconds later did not even reveal this anomaly ....

Mexico’s Calderon Declares Emergency Amid Swine Flu Outbreak

Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared an emergency in his country’s swine flu outbreak, giving him powers to order quarantines and suspend public events.

Authorities have cancelled school at all levels in Mexico City and the state of Mexico until further notice, and the government has shut most public and government activities in the area. The emergency decree, published today in the state gazette, gives the president authority to take more action.

“The federal government under my charge will not hesitate a moment to take all, all the measures necessary to respond with efficiency and opportunity to this respiratory epidemic,” Calderon said today during a speech to inaugurate a hospital in the southern state of Oaxaca.

At least 20 deaths in Mexico from the disease are confirmed, Health Minister Jose Cordova said yesterday. The strain is a variant of H1N1 swine influenza that has also sickened at least eight people in California and Texas. As many as 68 deaths may be attributed to the virus in Mexico, and about 1,000 people in the Mexico City area are showing symptoms of the illness, Cordoba said.

The first case was seen in Mexico on April 13. The outbreak coincided with the President Barack Obama’s trip to Mexico City on April 16. Obama was received at Mexico’s anthropology museum in Mexico City by Felipe Solis, a distinguished archeologist who died the following day from symptoms similar to flu, Reforma newspaper reported. The newspaper didn’t confirm if Solis had swine flu or not.

The Mexican government is distributing breathing masks to curtail the disease’s spread. There is no vaccine against the new strain of swine flu, health authorities said. (Source: Bloomberg)

There's The Smell Of Deception On The Air ... !!!

Courtesy of Dees Illustrations

Storm over embryo 'bank' which could be used as a body repair kit

Couples could be allowed to store embryos in order to use them to create new body parts or cure diseases. Government legal and ethical experts are to discuss whether families can ‘bank’ embryos not just for procreation but also for use by doctors to create personalised treatments for parents and their children.

Now, embryos – the first stage of life after an egg has been successfully fertilised – can be stored for up to five years but only for procreation. But a huge ethical debate is set to erupt as the Government’s fertility watchdog, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), moves closer to endorsing new developments in medical science.

It will debate whether embryos could be stored to harvest important stem cells that have the ability to turn into any tissue type in the body.

Research on using the cells is still in its infancy, but it is thought that within ten years it could lead to cures for degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and some forms of cancer. The embryos could also be used to grow new organs and bodily ‘spare parts’. Scientists have already successfully transplanted a windpipe grown from a patient’s own adult stem cells.

However, storing embryonic cells is controversial as they allow the creation of embryos for a purpose other than new life. It means couples could have IVF simply to create a body-repair kit. A US company is already offering this service, which it has described as an ‘investment’ for the future.

The HFEA will discuss the issue in July – and if it rules in favour of the proposals, they will automatically become policy. (Source: Daily Mail)

A Word on 'Genetically Modified Food'

The cells of all plants and animals contain DNA; it's like a blueprint for life, passed from generation to generation. Strands of DNA are made up of genes, and it's these that carry the information which gives organisms their specific characteristics, including physical appearance (such as green eyes or purple leaves) and physiological functioning (such as drug-resistance in bacteria).

Genetic engineering, or genetic modification, means changing the DNA by transferring genes between and within different living things. For instance, you could take a gene from a fish that lives in very cold seas and insert it into strawberry DNA, so it can survive the frost.

Some argue that genetic modification of organisms is not new: last century Gregor Mendel was cross-breeding pea plants to create specific outcomes, such as pink flowers from red and white ones. Earlier this century scientists started cross-breeding distant plant relatives (say two varieties of corn) to create 'hybrids' with desirable characteristics from the originals (such as a high-yielding hybrid variety of corn). Many of the food crops we have now are the result of such cross-breeding.

But the genetic manipulation of organisms we're seeing now is a radical departure from cross-breeding, because it crosses the natural boundaries between species, and even between the biological 'kingdoms': plants, animals and micro-organisms. Molecular biology has advanced so rapidly that it's possible to do things now that were totally unimaginable only twenty years ago.

Magic Eye Time ...

What is it?
Simply, look at the image ... permitting your eyes to go out of focus,
then bring back into focus ... with practice you will see quite clearly what it is ...

Empty Rooms

Classic Gary Moore live ...

Image of the Day

Danburite Cluster
Mystic Crystals, Mawson Shops, Mawson, Canberra, ACT

Pandemic warning: BA crew member on Mexico flight rushed to hospital as 68 die in swine flu outbreak. Cases spread to U.S.

Fears the deadly pig flu virus – which may have killed 68 people – could spread to Britain intensified tonight, after a member of cabin crew was taken to hospital with 'flu-like symptoms' after falling ill on a British Airways flight from Mexico City to Heathrow.The man, who has not been named, has been taken to Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow, a hospital spokesman said.

He added: "He has flu-like symptoms and is responding well to treatment. The patient was admitted directly to a side room and the hospital is scrupulously following infection control procedures to ensure there is no risk to any other individual in the hospital."

The man was taken from flight BA242 which landed at 2pm today, a BA spokesman said. Experts said it was a form of swine influenza which has never been seen before.

A further 900 other people are thought to have been infected and eight other suspected cases in southern areas of the United States are also being examined.

Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organisation (WHO), said the North American outbreak of a never-before-seen virus was 'very serious'.

‘The situation is evolving quickly. A new disease is by definition poorly understood', she said. ‘In the assessment of WHO, this is a serious situation which must be watched very closely. This is an animal strain of the H1N1 virus and it has pandemic potential because it is infecting people. However, we cannot say, on the basis of currently available laboratory, epidemiological and clinical evidence, whether or not it will indeed cause a pandemic,' she added.

Previously, human cases of swine flu have been rare and are usually restricted to people who have had direct contact with animals infected by the respiratory condition. It is spread when bacteria from the virus becomes airborne and can be picked up from surfaces.

The infection is not spread by eating contaminated pork and the UK does not import pig products from Mexico.

The source of the outbreak is not yet known but Mexican authorities said 20 of the 68 deaths under examination had now been confirmed as being from the new strain. Most of those who have died are aged between 25 and 45. And it has also been confirmed that some of the 68 had been victims of a unique version of the disease – a combination of bird, pig and human viruses.

A strain which combines all three viruses is more dangerous to human beings because the body has no natural immunity to it. It also means it can be passed from person to person.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises travellers to immediately contact a doctor if they develop flu-like symptoms. Antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu – developed partly to combat avian bird flu – and Relenza would both be effective against the illness. The UK, Mexico and the United States already have large stocks of Tamiflu. (MJ – How convenient. Create a never before seen virus with drugs to combat it … then create panic by releasing the virus.)

A spokeswoman for the Health Protection Agency said: ‘No cases of swine flu have been identified in the UK or anywhere in Europe.’

A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said there had been no recorded human cases of swine flu in Britain for more than ten years.

Prof Hugh Pennington, a microbiology expert at the University of Aberdeen, said: ‘There is no absolute evidence swine flu can spread from human to human.’ (Daily Mail)

Four Goals in Fourteen Minutes ...

A controversial penalty and sensational second-half fightback helped Manchester United beat Tottenham and retain their grip on top spot in the Premier League.

Darren Bent smashed home from close range and Luka Modric converted Aaron Lennon's cross as Spurs dominated.

But then Ronaldo scored from the spot after Heurelho Gomes was harshly ruled to have felled Michael Carrick. Wayne Rooney quickly equalised before further goals for Ronaldo, Rooney and a Dimitar Berbatov secured the victory.