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44 m.p.g. +  = pollution, energy solutions, more for less - now close as our finger tips!

D. Daley - Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park
geothermal energy now close as under our feet - so 'America the Beautiful'?

Sea Ice Extent Sinks to Record Lows at Both Poles - March 7, 2017

Racing to the Precipice: Professor Norm Chomsky March 2017

Jeremy Rifkin discusses 3rd Industrial Revolution - 2017

Chem 110 Unit Presentation - Who knew! 2017

The Palladium
Palladium 1. A sacred object having the power to preserve a city or a state possessing it. 2. A safeguard, especially one viewed as a guarantee of the integrity of social institutions: 'the Bill of Rights', palladium of American civil liberties. [Latin, from Greek Palladiom, the fabled statue of Pallas Athena that assured the safety of Troy as long as it remained within the city, from Pallas (stem Pallad-), Pallas (Athena).]
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

America
America, you're better off than
Our continent, the old.
You have no castles which are fallen,
No basalt to behold.
You're not disturbed within your inmost being
Right up till today's daily life
By useless remembering
and unrewarding strife.
Use well the present and good luck to you
And when your children begin to write poetry
Let them guard well in all they do
Against Knight-robber-and-ghost story.


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749 - 1832 (Weimar, 1812)

Dio- He- Ko
Dio- He- Ko
Corn Beans Squash
Corn Beans Squash

So sang the maidens of an Iroquois agricultural society. They worshiped a three-in-one goddess who appeared in the world under the guise of corn, beans, and squash, the three crops that were planted together in Iroquois village plots.

What where the virtues of this goddess? She was herself a community. As Dio, corn, she grew tall and sustained the people with her fruit. (A native farmer could sing the song that counted every leaf, every joint, every tassel in the order that it appeared on the plant from seedtime to harvest.) As He, beans, she twined about the corn stalk, making of it a living trellis on which to support the vine and its fruits. In return, as beans, she fed the roots of the corn and the squash. And last, as Ko, squash, she put on spiny leaves and stems to defend the plot from marauders.

This triple goddess- a kind of New World Hecate- is the founder of the Thanksgiving feast, and so it might be said she is ruling deity not only of the agricultural native peoples but also of the newcomers who survived their first winter only owing to her bounty. It is not just bad policy to reject her, as we have done over the past three centuries. It is sacrilege, and it is being avenged every day in farm fields across the continent. pg. 168

Dirt~ The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth
by William Bryant Logan

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True Money

True money, the coin of the realm (heavenly treasure) is Brain Power, which is Creative. The pure and legitimate ORIGIN of our Banking System may be found in the human brain. This is the money we are told not to squander."LAY UP for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt and where thieves do not break through nor steal."

If brain 'esse' , from which mental power and physical strength are generated, is conserved (used wisely and hence constructively), treasure -- actual money -- is laid up in the heavenly bank. This INCREASES, for the QUALITY of both energy and substance actually improves with each and every conservation. Thus interest is created which eventually doubles and trebles itself. There is much in Scriptural writings to prove this; for instance, the story of the talents. There are numerous references relative to the INCREASE resulting within a specified time from laying up the first fruits in the temple. (pgs. 200 - 01)

The Zodiac and the Salts of Salvation by Dr. George Washington Carey and Inez Eudora Perry (63)

The Other America, The Western World in the Light of Spiritual Science by Carl Stegmann (51)

America with its rich original forces of growth! Rudolf Steiner draws our attention further to something very significant in connection with the deeper knowledge of the will. When the human should ascend into the higher spheres of existence after death, then above all else the consciousness of man changes. Man attains an all-comprehending, highly will-imbued cosmic consciousness which becomes constantly brighter. Through this he gradually becomes one with his own higher spirit-being. Later there comes once again his descent into a new earthly life, and here a reverse process takes place. When man or woman descends again to a new incarnation on earth, then in stages they lose their brightness, the strength and breadth of their cosmic consciousness. Shortly before they unite themselves with the germ of a new embryo, their consciousness's become totally dimmed and the spiritual forces of consciousness thus released are transformed into the forces of growth of the future man and women. There where we have received the first illumination for the spiritual world, in a more wakeful consciousness than we can have on earth, just there on our return to earth, the consciousness is dimmed, until it is so far dimmed down that it is then nothing but forces of growth.

Something tremendously important is expressed by this. The inner relationship between consciousness and life is made clear! Especially important is the fact that life and growth processes are related to consciousness forces. "Everything that expands in us as growth is at the same time will-related; externally observed in the body, it is growth process; observed in the inner soul life, it is will. This brings us to the conclusion that the expansion of growth, everything that is any way expresses itself within the forces that lie in growth, in nourishment, in life, is will-related. When we observe this from the point of view of the soul, then we must say, that is connected with the will.

And here we come very close to the secret of the will. The will contains the secret of life within it. Will is life; life is transformed higher consciousnesses. When one bears this in mind, then here in America one immediately thinks of the land as such, with its rich original forces of growth. Everyone knows that here there are giant trees which were growing even at the time of Christ; you can carve a tunnel in them large enough to drive a car through.

Powers of growth are dimmed down powers of consciousness. Where strong powers of growth are at work in humans, as in the small child, there is little consciousness. The child at first lives in the will-saturated powers that build up the body. Only gradually does it awaken to consciousness, and to that same degree as it grows up the forces of growth become freed from the body. In this, one can find a wonderful confirmation of what was said above, that forces of growth transform themselves into forces of consciousness.

If man thus awakens more deeply to cognition of their will, as it continues to work in otherwise unconscious creative spiritual forces within them, then in their waking day-consciousness humans attain the stimulating certainty that their physical body is penetrated by the highest spiritual powers, in all their growth processes, in all the secret occurrences of their digestion, in all the movements of their limbs. The West lives in the body. What will it mean for the West to come one day to such an experience of the body! In addition to this humanity also wins an equally significant knowledge, that every night they ascend into high spiritual spheres, there to be immersed into a spiritual moral world of splendor, a world where will, love, life and consciousness are one; where human beings are at one with the world. Here we experience our human cosmic being, our higher spiritual being. This is the mission of earth evolution, to bring earthly humans slowly into unity with their cosmic being. This can happen in humanity that illuminates the depths of it's will with spirit thoughts. Without this light of cognition , the noblest social forces remain nothing but blind instinct which man can misinterpret, and which then can fall away from them. These social forces can then be taken over by opposing ahrimanic forces and flow into group-soul-like communities which are egoless. For this reason, it is an all important task of the present to become conscious of the secrets of the will.  

The West-people of England and North America
Rudolf Steiner lecture in 1918 summarized and translated below by Mr. Wim A. M. Leys of The Netherlands.

In the ages to come, humanity will develop three new occult faculties, in the same natural way as it developed her mental faculties in the past. These will be: 1. The material occultism. (Or mechanical occultism.) 2. The hygienic occultism. 3. The eugenic occultism.
(NOTE: The word occultism as used herein, refers to hidden yet-to-be understood knowledge. It has nothing to do with satanism.)
These faculties will not be developed by al people in the same degree; in fact they will be found separately in three regions of the earth.
I. The West-people of England and North America will develop the material-mechanical occultism. They will be able to create machines, mechanical devices which work with hardly any human effort; which work with the help of the Laws of Sympathetic Vibrations. These machines will do about 90% of the work, and all the social and material trouble of work as we know it now, will cease to exist.
II. The Middle-people of Europe, east of the Rhine and west of Russia, will develop the hygienic occultism. This is the inborn faculty to heal the bodily and mental diseases. It will be clear to these people that life from birth till death is analog to as low developing disease, and they will be able to use the life-and-health-giving-forces of their own bodies to overcome the diseases which now still harass mankind.
III. The East-people of Russia, India and the Asiatic peoples between, will develop the eugenic occultism. This means they will be able to know by intuition, at which planetary constellation conception, the act of impregnation, the sex-act, will have to be employed to attract the right souls and give them their right bodies. Also it will be known how to attract (or hold back) the wicked souls. Thus the societies of the East-people will become gradually better harmonized and more spiritual.

 
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Transformation of Earth

The most significant of these areas are the helio-sensitive zones which have intense responses to geoeffective solar activities [Note #1]; responses that include the very dramatic and unusual manifestation of non-homogeneous vacuum, or classical non-mechanical ether, domain structures. These structures, or objects, then interact with the heliosensitive zones producing deep and powerful effects upon the environment such as the alteration of seismic activities, and chemical compositions. Because these non-homogeneous vacuum domain objects display not-of-this-physical-world characteristics such as "liquid light" and "non-Newtonian movement" it is difficult not to describe their manifestations as being "interworld processes". It is important to note that those heliosensitive zones that exhibit middle and large scale processes are also those that are closely associated with these "interworld processes" produced by physical vacuum homogeneity disturbances.

Such disturbances cause, and create, energy and matter transfer processes between the ether media and our three-dimensional world. The multitude of such phenomena, which is rich in it's quality and variety, is already growing quickly. Hundreds of thousands of these natural self-luminous formations are exerting a increasing influence upon Earth's geophysic fields and biosphere. We suggest that the presence of these formations is the mainstream precedent to the transformation of Earth; an Earth which becomes more and more subject to the transitional physical processes which exist within the borderland between the physical vacuum and our material world.   

                                                                        A. N. Dmitriev, Andrew Tetenov, and Earl L. Crockett - 1998 - 'Planetophysical State of The Earth and Life' (57)