Friday, November 17, 2017

When Alternative Energy Goes Wrong

Wind Turbine Syndrome Illustrated ๐Ÿ˜ฑ ๐Ÿ˜ต
Photo - Kevin Key /Oct 2017)

"War of the Worlds"  ๐Ÿ˜ต
Back this past October, San Diego California photographer, Kevin Key, posted on his Flickr page a night image of the eerie looking Ocotillo Wind Farm. He actually is very taleted on taking fascinating night sky images down in the Imperial Valley desert scenery. But this partcular image reminded me of some Hollywood remake of an H.G. Wells classic, "War of the Worlds." The latest film Martian machines used in the newer movie version are far different than those of the original 1953 classic. These newer version Tripod Martian machines looked like many of the countless modern wind turbines machines manufactured by Siemens from a distance. Especially at night. Only these new improved version of  Martian machines are more more sophisticated and efficient than those at the controversial Ocotillo Wind Farm Turbines which don't often move and function as originally advertised. 

Image - Kevin Key
By coincidence, Kevin Key, does uses a Tripod. Hmmmmm ๐Ÿ˜‰, just like those Martian machines. But the similarity to wind turbines is uncanny when it comes to their immense presence and scary noise. The environmental effects on human beings and wildlife by their mere presence is also uncanny with both the real and Sci-Fi machines. The ecogreen crowd will disagree of course. The majority of those folks claiming to champion and support wind turbines are generally not living within the vicinity of these wind farm locations (often over 100+ miles away) and their only real support has been clicking LIKE on some Facebook page. Go figure! ๐Ÿ˜’ This is not to bash the real need for alternative safer energy production, but thus far the responsible science has been grossly lacking here in favour of profiteering. Take a close look at Kevin Key's Ocotillo Wind Turbine night scenery and listen to this repetitive sound effects used by "War of the Worlds." Doesn't get anymore illustrative than that folks.

Okay Okay, so yeah I'm exaggerating a bit here. Surely real wind turbines are not even close to those spooky Sci-Fi sound-effects. Or are they ? The residents of Ocotillo were told in the beginning that those Pattern Energy Wind Turbines would be as quite as being in a Library. Well maybe you be the judge. Now think for a moment, could the reverberations at low frequencies really affect people's (or wildlife) inner ears ??? Check out this one single turbine video and imagine what an entire army of them must be like. Listen: Ocotillo Wind Turbine Syndrome ??? Wow, I think those Sci-Fi War of the Worlds version of sound effects are far easier to deal with. Aside from the human factor, can you imagine how this horrible noise must be effecting the sensitivites of wildlife like bats, birds and other animals ? Still, the Sci-Fi sound effect and the nightly red glow of the Ocotillo Wind Turbines speaks volumes. This isn't the first time I've made Ocotillo landmark comparisons to Sci-Fi world. Take another look below.
They Both Crashed & Burn to the Ground
Image - Kevin Key (Nov 2016)

Image - Stan Winston
And of course the Ocotillo Wind Turbine Facility has had it's share of problems with turbines crashing and burning. So on November 21, 2016 a 500-foot-tall wind turbine at the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility collapsed in the morning, spewing debris and three blades each weighing many tons across the desert floor. The cause of this failure is still being investigated. Perhaps a blade came loose and struck the tower - causing it to bend ? Maybe the transmission gears suddenly jammed and the force of the spinning blade suddenly stopping was too much for the tower to handle? Note that it was NOT exceptionally windy at the time of the collapse. Also, the tower did NOT bend at a seam. Interestingly they are also notorious for leaking massive amounts of gear oil and other lubricants. Funny, weren't these created to end petroleum ???But yet even here is yet another uncanny similarity with these turbine machines and the crashing and burning of those Martian Tripod machines. Go figure!

The people of Ocotillo were clearly upset from the very beginning with the move in of giant industrial business interests and with what has happened to their once picturesque desert scenery and lifestyle which now seems ruined forever. The industrial complex has been plagued from the start with all manner of breakdowns, fires, lubricant leakage, etc. These turbines are continually being worked on every day from sun-up to sun down. The original studies which were created pinpointed this particular geographical location as the prime spot for such an industrial business venture now appear to have been flawed from the start. These Turbines have been documented as being idle most of the time and to make matters worse, taxpayer grants and other subsides to the tune of  millions upon millions of dollars. Maybe when they admit defeat and failure and tear these things down, perhaps they'll create a token monument like the one above by sculpter Michael Condron's "The Working Martian,"  in 1998 which is made to look like the first alien capsule to hit Earth, half buried into the ground. This Martian Cylinder erected in Woking England to celebrate the centenry of H.G Wells' "The War of the Worlds" which the author, then a resident of Woking, set in and around the area he lived in. But it's a perfect fit to illustrate the story of an alternative energy scheme gone terribly wrong in Ocotillo, California.
The Other Imperial Valley Meltdowns - Solar Energy Farms
(Photo Credit: 8minutenergy)
"Imperial Valley agencies bet on renewable energy for jobs"
Image . Green Prophet
Or so read the headline in the California Economic Summit story. This is another alternative energy scheme gone wrong because it was not very well thought out because of the challenges it would face. Really it was doomed from the start because of the all too common, "You scratch my back I'll scratch yours ๐Ÿ˜Ž" political backroom dealing. I won't elaborate, but will post all the Desert Sun investigations on the subject at the end of this section and you can read it for yourself. I'll deal with a couple of major logistics problems regarding location, maintainance nightmares and why the existence of many massive farm settings actually works against reversing global warming. The reality is it can contribute further to it. Also, new research out of Germany finds big solar farms may be actually killing beneficial insects. First the dirty side of Solar.

World Bank Photo Collection

One of the biggest problems of massive solar farms in the desert is the maintaining of clean glass so that they are always kept at optimal performance. That's a tough job in the deserts because Dust is the biggest obstacle and it's #1 commodity after Heat. Research has found that Air Pollution & Dust cuts Solar Cell Energy output by over 25%. Of course cleaning with water works, but water is scarce and like gold in desert regions. In fact it's the biggest wasted resource. Although there are researchers looking to use Martian Technology proposed for zapping Dust from Solar Panels. Go figure, just can't get away from that Martian Technology. ๐Ÿ˜„ Another major issue believe it or not is that these massive Solar Farms contribute to huge rise in temperatures. Back in 2016 Nature published a study, The Photovoltaic Heat Island Effect: Larger solar power plants increase local temperatures

Seriously folks, if forest trees in snow create heat island effects, how much more so would a massive Industrial Solar Farm infrastructure complex create higher temperatures ??? Again, believe it or not folks, there are actually some scientists out there who believe that Cutting Down Trees Might Actually Help Save the Planet because trees cause snow to melt faster and that's a bad thing. I kid you not ๐Ÿ˜”. The point here is that these solar farms are supposed to reverse global warming, not increase it. Now another important negative is the fact that many solar farms depending on the type and technology used are killing all manner of birds that fly over head. We have glaring examples of numerous birds and insects being almost instantaneously nuked in the Mojave Desert regions like Ivanpah.

Source: Rolf Disch

Solar Housing, Freiburg, Germany
Moreover other research, like some done in Germany found that for many insects, Solar panels could be a threat to aquatic insects, which I find interesting because back in May 2017, I wrote a post about research from Germany again showing major decline in Bioabundance of all insect species in their Nations Forests and Parks. Now what's interesting is that Germany leads the globe in alternative energy, especially solar everywhere. Could this have been more of a cause insect decline than the usual suspect Agro-Chemicals ??? Then there's the scandalous news of Imperial Valley's alternative energy scheme, getting rid of actual agriculture and farming with Solar Farms. The Coachella Valley's online journal Desert Sun has been the watch dog here on Imperial Irrigation District's attempt at massive industrial Solar Farm schemes which benefit insiders with government approvals, funding & profiteering. Here's the latest article by Desert Sun (Public agency approves $5 million for solar farm amid allegations of financial conflicts) and you can google search more within their archive, but green energy has been plagued by scandalous behaviour from the beginning. There's really no reason for further comment other than something I've always found puzzling here. If Imperial Irrigation District was going to get into the Solar Energy biz, why not use existing irrigation canal infrastructure in building Solar structures over these canals as many poorer 3rd world nations have done ??? Like India ??? See this picture below ??? Try and think All American Canal or Coachella Canal, and Westside Main Canal, etc and why solar wasn't built over those water transporting infrastructures to take advantage of free water for cleaning which would immediately fall back into the canal ??? Why rip up new raw environmentally sensistive desert lands or destroy good farmland ??? Hello ??? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Solar Power Project - Vadodara Branch Canal, Hyderabad.

Further info on Solar, see - World's Catch 22 with Alternative Energy Schemes
While I'm on the subject of  Global Warming & Imperial Valley
US Gypsum Plant Plaster City - Getty Images

Images by Tony Hoffarth
This photograph above is of the US Gypsum Plant in Plaster City just west of Ocotillo. For years after working in El Centro and driving back home from work to San Diego, I'd drive past this place at night on the Olde Hwy 80 or Evens Hewes Hwy in Imperial Valley. This night scene always reminded me of that almost deadly accurate Sci-Fi masterpiece known as, "Soylent Green."  This photo on the right hand side is the refinery in the City of El Segundo that was the actual  location used as the Soylent Green Factory. This old refinery is currently an NRG Power Plant. It's located is at 300 Vista del Mar, El Segundo. Most older generation movie goers will remember the 1973 Sci-Fi movie "Soylent Green" that takes place in a 2022 overpopulated New York City on a environmentally disastrous global warming planet Earth. While most of the filming took place on a studio backlot, Los Angeles stood in for New York for a couple of locations. I wrote about the uncanny similarity of the movie's infamous Soylent Corporation & our real world infamous Monsanto and how both are obsessed with pusuing power and wealth much the same way. The other uncanny similarity (which is incredibly spooky) was the timeline in which this Sci-Fi Corporate entity bought up all of it's competition and monopolized it's supremacy in the food industry. The other uncanny component was the climate change timeline which is almost identical to our own present time. In both case scenarios (Sci-Fi & Real world), we also have bizarre sci-fi world technological concepts which attempt to deal with population explosion and climate change. No really folks, this is serious. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ But there's more, there are some legacy building billionaires who have ideas of their own utopian visions.
Bill Gates firm buys Arizona land for $80 million to create 'smart city'
Image by TechViral

TechViral: Bill Gates Is Building His Own Futuristic Smart City

Well, apparently the Arizona-based Belmont Partners, one of Gates’ investment firms, purchased close to 25,000 acres of land in Tonopah, around 50 miles west of Phoenix, to create a “smart city” which you pass when traveling on Interstate 10. Their futuristic scheme is to "create a supposedly forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs." So goes the utopian vision. But why the desert of western Arizona ? Why not some other location that has plenty more available water ? Arizona has so little water and the Colorado River drainage system hasn't exactly obliged in the recharge department over the last several years. How in the world will 80,000 new homes be serviced ? Also there are plenty of already existing depressed communities which could be rehabilitated and turned into his vission of a secular techie paradise. Well no mind. Below is a news video describing the location and vision of this city Bill Gates envisions. It starts off by means of a fly over describing the desert landscape saying, "It looks like a whole lot of nothing," which is the typical opinion of Wind Turbine and Solar Farms developers. Frankly I love deserts and don't find them offensive. Swedes over here in Gothenburg think I'm crazy when I tell tem I mis deserts and heat. Mostly I miss the monsoon season. But deserts have always been considered nothing worthless wastelands and have been viewed that way for 100s of years. 

This post isn't slamming the need for alternative energy, but the bottomline here again is that there was this rush to save the planet and obtain as much profit as early as possible. And incredibly not many of the proponents are even remotely willing to question anything when it comes to alternative energy's glaring flaws. Their knowledge of the subject mainly is often solely based on a virtual world of social networking hype from various eco-groups. This fear has allowed for recklessness in developing and actually perfecting the technology. It would seem nobody really bothered to look at the side effects and consequences on our natural world which it was supposed to save. It's also created unfortunate opportunities for greed and outright fraud by unscrupulous individuals who've taken advantage of government land grants and billions in taxpayer subsidies. However well meaning those policies & taxpayer subsidies were from the beginning, the entire program has become one giant train wreck where many hopeful ecology people are encapable of recognizing that. This past October 31st, it was reported that Germany no longer has the money for subsidies to keep these non-sustainable machinert running. t also appears their shelf life isn't as long as advertised.
Kaput!: German Wind Farms Set for Dismantling as Subsidies Dry Up

Source: Patrick Pleul / dpa (icon image)
"Several thousand wind turbines in Germany are likely to be phased out in the next decade because their state subsidies expire. "If electricity prices do not rise over the next decade, only a few plants will hold their own in the market," according to Berlin-based Energy Brainpool."
Frightening Stats to consider for our Planet 
US Department of Energy

Image -

Palm Springs Wind Turbines
The graph above showing percentages of differing types of energy used around the globe also illustrates a caution here. While clearly oil and coal are dirty technologies as are the means by which mankind's industrial science has invented extracting natural gas from shale in a technique known as fracking, the present alternatives show an equally frightening potential for maring the Earth's landscape, while at the same time being less than efficient as advertised. Sorry folks, much of this stuff just doesn't work as well without the subsidies and that's not how most real world viable businesses really work. Take a look at this picture on the right which is illustrative of where many prime wind locations show massive cluttering of industrial infrastructure which is said to be ecogreen. Yet when you look at the graph above, how much of the scenery would have to be carpeted with solar farms and wind turbine industrial complexes to be considered a viable replacement to conventional energy production ??? Scary isn't it. Sadly there are no satisfactory comforting answers to the world's energy crisis and reversing climate change or global warming from a human standpoint. ๐Ÿ˜จ

In the mean time take a look at some of Kevin Key's beautiful night phography below of desert night visions. ๐Ÿ˜Ž


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Catch 22 Funding for more Prisons or Universities ???

"All we are saying is give peace a chance" John Lennon
Photo, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle.

May 5, 1970: Thousands of University of Washington students occupying and blocking Intersate Highway 5 (I-5) and facing state troopers in riot gear as they protested the killings at Kent State Universtiy and the invasion of Cambodia.

This photo image over here on the right is a sample flyer from May 1970 urging student demonstrations all around the country following those infamous Kent State studen shootings. I grew up during all those Vietnam War era protests (& others for ecology, etc). Prior to graduating high school in 1975, I would have had to register for the USA draft. I wouldn't have gone of course. The draft law was due to expire at the end of June 1971. But President Nixon decided it needed to continue and asked Congress to approve a two-year extension. In March 1973, 1974 and 1975, the Selective Service assigned draft priority numbers for all men born in 1954, 1955 and 1956, in case the draft was extended — but it never was. Rather than angrily protest, burn my draft card or run away and hide in Canada or some other foreign land, I was prepared ro simply reveal to the authorites that I was a "conscientious objector." Whether that brought prison time or some other consequence, who knows. But I never ever considered a violent angry option for expressing my views. I remember watching the Nighly News back then reporting various civil disobedience and organized protest action and thinking, wow the world really is going down hill fast. I remember thinking and pondering about what kind of world we'd be living in when all those angry 'baby boomer' generation's children and grand children grew up and started running the World. Wow, and here we are living the nightmare. Interestingly Colleges are still ground zero for protests and general opportunities for anarchists. But it's been building up for decades. Remember the 77 years of tradition called "College Days" otherwise known as "Spring Break" which generally occurs in April ?

Take a look just a few years back the reason for rioting. Spring break has gotten out of hand for decades. I remember working in downtown Palm Springs at the Caadillac dealer on Palm Canyon Drive when those first of several Spring Break Riots happened. I packed up at 2:00 and left for home in the San Jacinto Mountains. When I hit Palm Desert heading up Hwy 74, I heard on my radio that the police had closed off all streets around Palm Canyon Drive and Indian Avenue and made 120 arrests. That was my first taste of college student insanity.

photo image by Daily Mail
Anarchy at Michigan State University as fans riot in East Lansing, Mich., early Sunday. Michigan State University students celebrated their football team’s first invite to the Rose Bowl in decades Saturday by rioting through East Lansing streets. Street revelers hate being behavioural restrictions, always have.
photo imahe by David Stephenson—Zuma
University of Kentucky fans celebrate on State Street after their team's come from behind victory over the University of Louisville to advance to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on March 28, 2014. Now keep close in mind that both groups above back in 2013 thru 2014 are actually happy campers. No anger here, just Nation Lampoon Animal House Party Revelers.
Fast Forward to Post USA Presidential Elections January 2017 & onward
Image - Rob Borsdorf

Militant Anarchist Protesters actually protesting
against Free Speech at Berkeley in California

Image - Jeremy Breningstall/ZUMA

Anti-Trump protesters using "black bloc" tactics –
covering faces, dressing in black – arrive at the protest
at Berkeley, California

Image - Noah Berger/Redux

Early 2017 riot at University of California Berkeley raised big
questions about the future of the free speech movement which,
was originally incubated & hatched at Berkeley in the 1960s. 

Image - Aossociated Press

Ms. Melissa Click, a University of Missouri communications
professor, was taking part in a student protest over racial
issues in November when she grabbed at a student journalist’s
 camera and enlisted other activists to help her with a call
 that ricocheted across social media:
“I need some muscle over here!”

Photo: Jay Janner, Associated Press

Arielle Moore, 19, argues with a Trump supporter during a protest
at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, Thursday Nov.
10, 2016, opposition of Donald Trump's presidential election victory

To be perfectly fare, it's not just the Students, but almost always the Professors as well. There's no reason to provide more photos, since we all know what's going on regarding academic insanity. But what struck me is a meme which has long been floating around for a few years now, but I ssaw again today. I saw it once before in 2015, but it has more impact now. Here is the billboard statement below.

By  Katharina Kienboeck and Jason Gardner

Seriously folks, considering where we all are at this point in time, whether to fund more prisons or more universities is quite the dilemma. I mean universities haven't exactly been overly productive and/or beneficial for mankind for a couple decades now. Remember what I said about how I wondered what the world would look like when Babyboomer kids and grandkids grew up and started running things ? Okay, we're here. But the spookier scenario now is what will this world look like when these GEN Xer's or Millennial's kids and/ot grandkids grow up and start running things 30 or 40 years from now ? What type of parenting will they provide ? What type of State funded Education will be filling their heads with whatever nonsense ? Already here in Sweden, a Dagis (Daycare) teacher's aid can and will be fired if they are caught using a male or female pronoun with these under Kindergarden age pre-school kids. So the Swedish State has borrowed a word from Finland, "Hen," (a kinder gentler way of calling someone "It") which provides a gender neutral designation. Whatever!  ๐Ÿ˜ฃ
A Future Millennial Dystopia, otherwise known by it's old description Soylent Green ๐Ÿ˜จ
Image brought to you by  The Economist

Sentavio Isometric World
Today's youth, Millennials, expect to leave higher education and have the good life handed to them on a silver platter. But the sad reality is they have never known or been shown what the real world is like. Here in Sweden, industrial secular culture raised youth don't want so-called Blue Collar Jobs (hey, just like the States). They want IT work at Google or Microsoft, etc. They want to be Lab Techies working on creating some new bizarre GMO product which will bring them fame and fortune. They have zero knowledge of how our natural world really works. How could they, it's been mostly dismantled through the misuse and abuse of science. If they want to study Nature they must do so through historical film documentaries. They want to live in that imaginary Jetsons cartoony World from the 1960s. No pampered Swedish Millennial wants to be a plumber, electrician, forester, farmer, etc. And the funny thing is there are all manner of these jobs which are actually well paying blue collar jobs everywhere in Scandinavia. Everything these days is about obsession with anything to do with electronic devices and the SciFi World they are taking us to.
My wife does the payroll accounting for a large construction company and they are losing many of these workers because other competitor companies are making them better offers. Oddly enough a month ago I was at a week long school in Copenhagen Danmark and spoke with a friend who told me the very same problem exists there. Oddly enough this may proven to be a gold mine for the 10s of 1000s of immigrants coming here who still have a wholesome work ethic and are already familiar with many blue collar trade jobs. But the big down side of this modern day secular ideological movement is that it's changing traditional family structure for the worse. Despite hard times many immigrant families still have traditional family structure intact, even if not perfect. Whatever anybody thought normal was is now long gone. Welcome to the new abnormal. And as far as more Universities vrs prisons ? That's getting tougher and tougher to answer. Of course this subject's debate always comes up when some charismatic ideologue wants to be elected to some political office and will tickle the ears of a potential voter market that has yet to be tapped into (Millennials). Funny thing about change, the centuries old political tactics really haven't changed or reformed all that much despite for calls for change.
False Hope Sermons making Millennials believe that one day things will get better ๐Ÿ˜ต
Image - REUTERS/Steve Marcus

photo by Jim Wiegand
Today's youth are being force fed that science is going to solve the world's energy & ecological problems. But what the Millennial kids aren't being told is that the misuse and abuse of science in the first place brought about these problems of climate change to our natural world in the first plaace. So the same cause (bad science) of ecological problems is now going to provide solutions for the climate problem ? The very Techie giant firms listed above are not only on board with all these supposedly new eco-schemes, but they are also financially heavily invested in the very corporations they hope to further profit from. This isn't to say that wind and solar shouldn't be harnessed, they should. But thus far they have been headed down the wrong road and the real shame is educators are providing today's youth with false hopes in this ever working. But when it comes to funding more colleges vs prisons, that's still a tough one because places of higher education are now flashpoints for more and more criminal activities and behaviour. Education is really taking a back seat. Most colleges and universities are pushing an extremist form of identity-politics cloaked under the guise of a newly enlightened way of viewing the world. Of course they want to label this under the cloak of Democracy. World renowned author, Salman Rushdie, in a 2013 CNN Europe interview said this about today's social unrest which in particular infeacts today's youth:

“We live in an age of identity politics in which people have been encouraged to define themselves by what makes them angry. You know, I mean, I would say that the more healthy definition of the self is to define it in terms of the things you value and care about and love, you know."  
"But now, we seem to be—or many of us—seem to be defining ourselves by what we hate. You know, and that rage, as you say, becomes a badge of identity—becomes a kind of selfhood."  
"Classically, we have defined ourselves by the things we love. By the place which is our home, by our family, by our friends. But in this age we're asked to define ourselves by hate. That what defines you is what pisses you off. And if nothing pisses you off, who are you?"
Yup, sure enough. Many today are encouraged to identify themselves by what they hate, not what they love. This is true of all sides, even environmental movements. Below here is a wonderfully put together video where an author and motivational speaker, Simon Sinek, explains how the millennial generation became so entitled. He illustrates where a combination of failed parenting strategies, technology, impatience and degraded unnatural environment have created a wave of young people who can't hack it in today's real world. It's about 12.34 minutes in length, but well worth the watch, entertaining and probably the best illustrative piece I've ever watched which truly informs people just how far down mankind's youth have sunk to and the collective reasons as to why this has happened.

What we really need is divine intervention soon, not some promise of another benevolent dictatorship under the guise of some new version of democracy. Oh and BTW, John Lennon's other peace prtesting song was "Imagine," which also is just an illusion and I really like John Lennon songs. Maybe what today's youth need (as well as many adults) is a good boot camp experience at an old fashion Israeli communal Kibbutz where they'll be outdoors and learn the value of a good hard work ethic for nothing more than room and board.  ๐Ÿ˜‰
BBC reality show to put Brits on an Israeli kibbutz
Photo by Yaniv Nadav/FLASH90

Picking grapes on Kibbutz Tzuba, near Jerusalem
References on scary trends Why millennials are ditching religion for Witchcraft and Astrology
Millennials turning from capitalism toward socialism, study shows

Update Nov 11, 2017
"Universities Tell Students: We Run Campuses, Not You" - Wow, go figure!

Photo illistration by the Daily Beast
Universities Tell Students: We Run Campuses, Not You
“Administrators should be responsive to student concerns, but there’s a limit to how much they can bend to student demands.”
Well, in this day and age (Millenial Culture), good luck with that. ๐Ÿ˜’ Sign of the times. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Feel fuller, longer with Mushrooms ???

Another interesting New study which discovers how mushrooms can be as satiating as meat when protein levels are matched

But which mushrooms ??? Wood ear, crimini, oyster, Italian brown, enoki, white button, stuffing, shiitake, chanterelle, and portobello mushrooms were compared to see which was best at inhibiting aromatase enzyme activity. You'll be surprised.

Another kool study on a natural food item which can aid in weight loss. Remember my last post on the weight loss benefits of Olive Oil. So many interesting articles on how Mushrooms can fuel batteries, inspire tiny homes, be grown in diapers and even create building "sausages," which just might help construct the homes of  the future. But now we read that they can also help with weight loss. Paul Stamets even says they can save the universe. Well, maybe just the earth and reverse climate change. He gets overly excited about mushrooms. The Soil people say grassfed beef can reverse climate change. The reality is that to save the earth, all people in general all around the globe need to make numerous lifestyle changes and create different behavioral patterns, but how likely is that ?

In this new study published by the Mushroom Council in Eurekalert, an organization that obviously has a vested interest in promoting the benefits of edible fungi – 32 women and men were split into two groups. One group ate 226 grams of sliced white button mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) twice a day while the other consumed 28 grams of meat twice a day. Those amounts contained equal amounts of protein, which proved significant in the study, with results showing that the people who included the mushrooms in their diets reported feeling significantly fuller and less hungry than the meat eaters. They also tended to eat less calories during the day if they started with the mushrooms in their breakfasts.
"Previous studies on mushrooms suggest that they can be more satiating than meat, but this effect had not been studied with protein-matched amounts until now," said gut health and satiety researcher and study author Joanne Slavin, PhD, RD, professor at the University of Minnesota. "As with previous published research, this study indicates there may be both a nutritional and satiating benefit to either substituting mushrooms for meat in some meals or replacing some of the meat with mushrooms."
Without adding anything further, you can read the rest of the account in the link below:
EurekAlert: "Feel fuller, longer with mushrooms"
Hmmmm ๐Ÿ˜, Brown vrs White Button Mushrooms ๐Ÿ˜‹

Interesting study and comparison of which mushrooms have some of the best nutritional properties. Here is the Youtube link (HERE).
Here is the link to the actual PubMed published study (HERE).
But on the subject of whicch one is best ? I like both ๐Ÿ˜
Some Great Reference Links
Kitchn: "What's the Difference Between Cremini and Portobello Mushrooms?"
Oh and one more thing, stay tuned for a post on those Christmasy Magic Mushrooms and the origins of many traditions
The Amanita muscaria mushroom
Image by John Short 2012

Stay Tuned in December 2017 !

Friday, October 13, 2017

Human disconnect to reality of our times is like an infection and it's spreading

American Museum of Natural History

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, Lee, Katia, Maria, Nate, etc & that's just the Atlantic stuff. A plethora of devastating Earthquakes, Wldfires, Terror attacks and an impossible Mega-Tsunami refugee crisis in multiple regions around the world which are well beyond fixing. And what are most of the world's mainstream & social Media and their koolaid drunk followers focussed on ? Still trying to score political Brownie Points against their imaginary opponents. Anyone else find it uncanny how lulled to sleep everyone is becoming ? Rather than say much more which would be pointless anyway as far as holding your attention, I find pictures and illustrations much more effective. Last week I was in Copenhagen, Denmark, for a school. Five days of intensive study and discussion, also being without television or internet, I was clueless as to what was happening on the outside world. So I'll just focus on a few particular bits of News I missed about a further hurricane mess which happened while I was gone and a few things since. This is the Category 5 Hurricane Maria which steamrolled over what Hurricane Irma bulldozed the previous week. Not to mention many of the other countless devasting happenings which are taking place somewhere in the world every time you flick on the News.


This Category 5 Hurricane Maria hit practically straight on with the island of Dominica with Martinique close on the south and Guadeloupe on the north. Prior to all of this happening, Hurricane Irma and Jose hit many of these tiny islands. The island of Barbuda is now totally unlivable with everyone having been ordered to evacuate. In the Hurricane pathway map above, you can track where it went and at what strength. You can see above map of solid red where Hurricane Maria's eye wall is poised to make direct landfall on Dominica.
Carribean Island of Dominica
Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images
Roseau, the capital of Dominica, suffered devastating damage from Hurricane Maria. Anyway, here is a link to the devastation in Dominica (HERE). After bulldozing and steamrolling all over Dominica, US Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico were it's next direct targets.
St Thomas Island & St John Islands
Hilary Swift for The New York Times

The Caneel Bay resort on St. John was heavily damaged as
was most of the surrounding wild forests & other vegetation.

Hilary Swift for The New York Times

The Solar panels that provided a small percentage of power
 for St. Thomas were destroyed by Hurricane Maria.
Puerto Rico's Aftermath from Two Major Hurricanes
Ricardo Arduengo / AFP / Getty
After the passage of Hurricane Maria, a man rides his bicycle through a storm-damaged road in Toa Alta, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Alvin Baez / Reuters
Cars and people stop on a highway near a mobile phone antenna tower to check for mobile phone signal in Dorado

Joe Raedle / Getty
Telesforo Menendez surveys the damage in his neighborhood in Hayales de Coamo, Puerto Rico
Hector Retamal / AFP / Getty
Storm-damaged homes and vegetation on a mountainside in Naranjito, southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Carlos Giusti / AP
Trees are reflected in the water in the Buena Vista community, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in San Juan
Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters
People gather on the roof of a damaged house after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Yabucoa
Ricardo Arduengo / AFP / Getty
A house sits precariously in an area affected by landslides in Corozal, southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Fallen power lines and storm damage in Humacao, Puerto Rico.
No More Agriculture in Puerto Rico 
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A cow lies dead after the storm in Ingenio, Toa Baja.
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Dead horses lie on the side of the road after the passing of Hurricane Maria, in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.
(Victor J. Blue/The New York Times)
Jose A. Rivera, right, and his brother Jose Ramon Rivera look over their destroyed plantain crops in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, on Sunday. For as far as they could see, every one of the 14,000 trees was down. “There is no more agriculture in Puerto Rico,” Jose A. Rivera said. “And there won’t be any for a year or longer.”
(Victor J. Blue/The New York Times)
Felix Ortiz Delgado examines the ruined nursery where he works as a foreman in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, on Sunday.
Earthquakes, Wildfires & Terror Attacks Oh My! 
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The 7.1 magnitude earthquake is deadliest to hit country in more than 30 years and has brought down buildings in the capital, Mexico City. Emergency crews and volunteers are digging through rubble with their bare hands in search of trapped survivors after a powerful earthquake stuck central Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, toppling dozens of buildings and killing at least 225 people
Soldiers stood guard after a hotel collapsed in the town of Matias Romero, Oaxaca state. The 8.1 magnitude quake off the southern coast late Thursday was stronger than a devastating 1985 temblor that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands.
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The gunman in the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip on October 2, 2017, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. At least 58 people were killed and more than 500+ people were injured Sunday (Oct 2nd 2017) night when Stephen Paddock rained gunfire on concertgoers in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
Horrific Wildfires are plaguing California right now as they presently do elsewhere throughout the globe. In the above photo a postman delivers mail in fire-devastated Santa Rosa, California. The video was captured by Douglas Thron, an aerial cinematographer. Thus far as of my writing, 40+ people have died, 100s missing and 5,700+ homes and businesses destroyed and it's not even remotely over. Below here is an engine crew from the Berkeley Fire Department who shot this video as they arrived at the Tubbs Fire which had already burned into Santa Rosa destroying hundreds of homes. They were part of a five-engine strike team that had been told to stage at a K-Mart parking lot but when they arrived the entire store was engulfed in flames.

There's really not a whole lot more to say here. The pictures & google articles speak for themselves. But it's amazing how disconnected and out of touch most of the people are who are commenting on these events. Hard core Ideologues on various political sides rather than show genuine concern for fellow man are more interested in this stupid immature fingerpointing and scoring imaginary brownie points against their preceived worldview enemies. I'd encourage people everywhere reading to separate themselves from either side of this politically motivated controversy and consider what you can personally do for folks in need while at the same time watching carefully where you may be donating your money to what ever non-profits these days. There's really nothing more to say. I have 1000s of family and friends who are now organized and helping our folks who have been among the unfortunately ones to lose everything in all these events. The other  amazing thing here is that nobody even seems to be questioning why more and more of such devastating things are on the increase and at the same time viewing these as simply the new normal. No, this is NOT normal, it's the new abnormal folks. And you really need to start taking note. LIGHTLY brushing aside warnings can and will result in disaster. And what about Puerto Rico and the small island nations ? I doubt they will ever recover and it seems this incessannt politicking on all sides will keep the status quo around to the very end.
"And they took no note until . . . "
 Matt 24:39
"The nations on earth will be afraid . . . , and they won’t know what to do.  People will be so frightened that they will faint because of what is happening to the world." 
Luke 21:25-26
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