How Orkney leads the way for sustainable energy | Environment | The Guardian
Perched 10 miles beyond the northern edge of the British mainland, this archipelago of around 20 populated islands – as well as a smattering of uninhabited reefs and islets – has become the centre of a revolution in the way electricity is generated. Orkney was once utterly dependent on power that was produced by burning coal and gas on the Scottish mainland and then transmitted through an undersea cable. Today the islands are so festooned with wind turbines, they cannot find enough uses for the emission-free power they create on their own.
Sign up to the Green Light email to get the planet’s most important stories
Community-owned wind turbines generate power for local villages; islanders drive nonpolluting cars that run on electricity; devices that can turn the energy of the waves and the tides into electricity are being tested in the islands’ waters and seabed; and – in the near future – car and passenger ferries here will be fuelled not by diesel but by hydrogen, created from water that has been electrolysed using power from Orkney’s wind, wave and tide generators.
“A low-carbon renewable future, which is much talked about elsewhere, is coming early to Orkney,” says ethnographer Laura Watts in her book Energy at the End of the World: An Orkney Islands Saga. The book, published by MIT Press next month, tells the intriguing tale of how Orcadians have begun to create their own low-carbon future against incredible odds and with only a little help from the mainland.
Beyond Description | Heavenletters
Beloved, world expectation goes down a different road from the aspects of spirituality as they deliver themselves to you in an instant. Beyond description does not begin to reveal the possibilities of what may exist directly in front of you that you do not yet see. Whatever you think you already know, go beyond. Beloved, go ahead and step into the Unknown where there are no limits.
I come back again and again to what is called beyond the veil. Spiritual perception is not beyond you. It is near you, just as near as I am, yet spiritual perception is beyond your expressing in language as it is. Spiritual perception is more like a new language or pre-language and goes deeper than language as you know it.
There is nothing you cannot perceive when you open up to a blank slate. You are light of wing in what you do not carry over in assumed or learned language or anything at all.
O, yes, be as a new-born babe without all you have picked up by the wayside. Be a book you have not yet read from cover to cover. Don’t be all-knowing. Come from an island deep in your heart filled with innocence. Know less. Know nothing instead of everything. You have no need to know everything that ordinary mortals aspire to know. You have more going on than what’s going on in the front burner. Who told you that you have to be a limited Being. Don’t believe everything you hear.
There is far greater revolving within you than meets the eye
Exposure To Heavy Metals Linked To Autism In Children… And Vaccines Still Contain Mercury
Children with autism spectrum disorder exhibited higher levels of several toxic heavy metals — such as lead, thallium, and tin as well as mercury and cadmium — compared with their healthier peers, according to a study published in the journal Biological Trace Element Research. As part of the study, a team of researchers at the Arizona State University compared blood and urine samples of 55 children with autism aged five to 16 years against 44 healthy children of the same age and gender.
The research team found that children with autism had 41 percent higher blood lead levels and 74 percent higher urinary lead levels compared with their healthier peers. The experts also found that the autism group had 77 percent higher thallium levels and 44 percent higher tungsten levels than those in the control group. In addition, children with autism had a 115 percent higher levels of tin compared with the controls. Lead, thallium, tin, and tungsten were previously found to impair brain development and function, and may also impede the normal functioning of other organs and systems in the body, said study leader James Adams.
In addition, the researchers conducted a statistical analysis to determine whether the levels of toxic metals coincide with the severity of autism in children. The research team used three various autism severity scales in the analysis. The experts found that 38 to 47 percent of the variation in disease severity were correlated to the levels of toxic metals present. The research team also noted that heavy metals such as mercury and cadmium were strongly associated with autism severity.
There Is A Plague Of Corruption Surrounding Vaccine Safety
The truth is that we are living under a pharmaceutical dictatorship which bribes lawmakers and medical professionals into spewing forth lies, thereby terrifying consumers into choosing vaccination out of fear of developing what are mostly benign illnesses.
A vaccine info sheet produced by the Colorado Coalition for Vaccine Choice (CCFVC) notes that Big Pharma has used its “unimaginable wealth” to cultivate an unparalleled level of influence over the media, development of governmental policy and the medical fraternity, thereby protecting its $33 billion a year vaccine industry.
The pharmaceutical industry’s record as a whole proves that its claims regarding the safety of vaccines cannot be trusted. CCFVC notes:
The pharmaceutical industry is the biggest defrauder of the federal government under the False Claims Act. In the last few years, pharmaceutical companies have agreed to pay over $13 billion to resolve U.S. Department of Justice allegations of fraudulent marketing practices. … An exhaustive study on Pharmaceutical industry corruption authored by 16 Harvard scholars concludes that “certain practices have corrupted medical research, the production of medical knowledge, the practice of medicine, drug safety, and the FDA’s oversight of pharmaceutical marketing.” In December of 2009, the World Health Organization announced on their website: “Corruption in the pharmaceutical sector occurs throughout all stages of the medicines chain, from research and development to dispensing and promotion.”
Remember, this is the same industry that has performed all that “exhaustive research” confirming that vaccines are safe.
And one of the most glaring pieces of evidence confirming that vaccines can’t be as safe as Big Pharma claims are the existence of the Office of Special Masters of the United States Courts of Federal Claims, commonly known as the “Vaccine Court.”
Shocker: the dangers of Ultrasound « Jon Rappoport’s Blog
An unprecedented Bibliography of Chinese ultrasound studies by Jim West, is now available, published as a book with commentary, illustrative graphs and tables. This is a presentation of arcana, i.e., vitally important but unknown scientific studies. The title is, “50 Human Studies Indicate Extreme Risk for Prenatal Ultrasound: A New Bibliography”.
This is the most important bibliography and commentary ever compiled for the field of ultrasound criticism, though for legal reasons, its conclusions and implications should be suspended, pending trustworthy authoritative review.
The book presents human studies conducted in modern China, which examine the results of in utero fetal exposure to diagnostic ultrasound. They far exceed Western science in terms of technical sophistication, era relevancy, volume of work, and number of subjects. They bring empirical evidence for ultrasound hazards.
These studies involve the exposure of over 2,700 maternal-fetal pairs to diagnostic ultrasound. The number of scientists involved are approximately 100. Pregnant women were carefully selected and then exposed to controlled ultrasound sessions. Ethical concerns were carefully observed. Abortive matter was examined via state-of-the-art technology, e.g., electron microscopy, flow cytometry, and various biochemical analysis (immuno- and histo-). The results were compared against the results of sham-exposed pregnant women (exposed at zero intensity).
The Betrayal of Liliuokalani: Last Queen of Hawaii 1838-1917
By Helena G Allen
Mutual Publishing (1982)
This comprehensive biography of the last Queen of Hawaii, deposed during an 1893 US invasion, is based mainly on her diary and other writings. It reveals that the sovereignty of Hawaii had largely been usurped by foreign missionaries, adventurers and sugar entrepreneurs well before Liliuokalani’s birth in 1838.
Hawaii became a constitutional monarchy in 1852, with voting for the national legislature was limited to male property owners. Although native Hawaiians retained the throne until Liliuokalani was formally deposed in 1893, Hawaiian monarchs had no standing military nor ability to limit haole* immigration, ongoing seizure of their lands nor tax the enormously lucrative haole sugar plantations.
When Queen Liliuokalani ascended the thrown in 1891, haole members of the legislature had been plotting the overthrow of the monarchy for two years.
In 1893, haole…
View original post 220 more words
Coast Guard admiral nails working during Trump’s shutdown without pay as ‘unacceptable’
Schultz doesn’t blame anyone by name for the shutdown, nor does he get overtly political. He does explicitly point out that civilian employees are about to miss yet another paycheck this coming Friday. He calls the situation “sobering,” which puts it lightly.
Schultz says: “Ultimately, I find it unacceptable that Coast Guard men and women have to rely on food pantries and donations to get through day-to-day life as service members.”
The Coast Guard is in a unique spot during the shutdown. Most of the U.S. military is part of the Defense Department and has not lost its funding. The Coast Guard, however, falls under the Department of Homeland Security. This is why the Coast Guard is impacted, unlike, for example, the U.S. Army. In spite of going without pay, the Coast Guard continues its usual operations.
Just how many of our service members have been affected so far? A whole lot.
Isn’t this shut down endangering national security?
Trump’s call-in to Fox News backfires, and he may have committed a felony in the process
It seems unmistakably clear that Donald Trump is encouraging a major media network to pursue an investigation of a witness who is scheduled to publicly testify with damning information on Donald Trump. This action appears to meet the threshold of felony witness tampering. Democrats think so too, and they warned Trump to cease his public attacks on Michael Cohen. From NBC News:
The integrity of our process to serve as an independent check on the Executive Branch must be respected by everyone, including the President,” Democratic chairmen Elijah Cummings, Adam Schiff and Jerrold Nadler of the House Oversight, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees said in a joint statement.
“Our nation’s laws prohibit efforts to discourage, intimidate, or otherwise pressure a witness not to provide testimony to Congress. The President should make no statement or take any action to obstruct Congress’ independent oversight and investigative efforts, including by seeking to discourage any witness from testifying in response to a duly authorized request from Congress.”
From possible witness tampering to obstruction of justice, there is a reason Donald Trump is so eager to stop Michael Cohen from telling the world all he knows about Donald Trump. Cohen’s lawyer and representative, Lanny Davis, told MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt over the weekend that Michael Cohen is quite simply the “greatest threat” to Trump and his presidency: “Donald Trump sees Michael Cohen, and I would say justifiably, as the greatest threat to his presidency and what could be criminal and impeachable actions as president.”
Spotify: Drop R. Kelly for good | ColorOfChange.org
Lifetime’s ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ is a damning investigation into R. Kelly’s manipulation and decades of alleged sexual abuse of young Black women and girls, and those in the music industry that have not only enabled him, but profited from him.
As recently as this past May, credible reports concluded that Kelly was still holding women and underage girls captive in his homes — isolating them from their families, physically assaulting them, and hiring den mothers who train them to please him sexually. Experts who study violence against women see stark similarities between R. Kelly’s alleged activities and those of sex trafficking rings. In light of the seriousness of these numerous allegations and their overwhelming credibility it’s past time for streaming platforms like Spotify to take a stand a drop R. Kelly’s entire music library.
No company should be profiting from a man who physically, mentally, and sexually abuses Black girls.
Sign Petition at Spotify: Drop R. Kelly for good | ColorOfChange.org