There is a lot of talk about GMO’s recently. Some places want mandatory labeling of GMO’s. Others want GMO’s banned outright. Are GMO’s really that bad?
First we need to define GMO. A GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) is any organism whose genetic material has been altered. We tend to think of GMO’s as a modern invention. Something dreamed up in a lab and sneakily pushed unto the masses by mad scientists. However, Mankind has been genetically altering our food products since the dawn of time.
Corn gets a lot of press as a GMO crop. Monsanto, a company on the forefront of the GMO controversy) has created many strains of corn for specific purposes. But shouldn’t we just grow corn the way nature intended it? That would be a bit difficult. You see, corn is not a natural product. It was created 7,000 years ago by the native peoples of what is now central Mexico. It was developed by selective breeding, and encouraging mutations. Modern corn started out as a small grass called Teosinte. The teosinte was modified at the genetic level to become the corn we all eat today.
Is teosinte’s genetic modification into corn a unique in the history of mankind, or are a lot of our food created by early genetic engineers? You may be surprised to know that a lot of foods that you eat everyday did not start out as the food you know.
Broccoli (considered one of the most healthy foods) was originally engineered from a relative of the cabbage by ancient Etrucians (a people who lived on the Italian peninsula before the Roman Empire). It is believed that the earliest broccoli crops were engineered through selective breeding around the 6th century BCE.
Carots were first cultivated in Persia about 5,000 years ago. It is thought that the modern carrot was a cross breading of dill, and Queen Anne’s lace. The domestic carrot has been selectively bred for its greatly enlarged and more palatable, less woody-textured edible taproot. Early carrots were white, yellow, or purple in hue. It is believed by some that the orange carrot was first developed by to honor William of Orange and his Royal House. It is further rumored that the orange carrot achieved dominance in the market when England’s King Henry the 8th complained about the lack of color in his meals. In an attempt to please the king, farmers searched for more colorful vegetables and found the Dutch orange carrot as a good choice for brightening up the kings meals.
The seedless revolution was created by genetic engineering. Almost all “seedless” varieties of popular fruits and melons were created by infertile plants of the species. Seedless watermelons, oranges and even bananas are only able to be grown through genetic modification. Domestic bananas can only be grown by splicing shoots off of previous banana plants. The naturally growing banana has hard, marble sized seeds in them that make them inedible.
GMO’s for pest control. This is a subject most anti-GMO activists bring up the most. Genetically modifying food by selectively breeding and cross breeding is ok, but genetically modifying foods specifically for pest control is bad, In the mid to late 1800’s, France suffered what was known as the Great French Wine Blight. French grape vines were being decimated by a species of Aphid accidently brought back to France from North America. The way to solve the problem? Grafting North American vines (that are resistant to the North American Aphid) into the existing French vines. This genetically modified the French plants making them resistant to the North American Aphid.
GMO’s are not bad. They increase food production in a world with an ever increasing population. Genetically Modified foods may be our only hope at avoiding future famines with global impact. Instead of banning Genetic Modification to our foods, we should be more concerned with creating proper oversite on the companies that are making the genetic modifications. All modifications should be properly tested by the FDA, or a neutral third party testing facility, before they are allowed to market, and the company creating these modified strains should be forced to foot the bill for the testing. Humans have always genetically modified our food products, and always will continue to do so. The process increases food output, and lowers prices of food. These are good advancements. If a consumer wishes to have unmodified foods, then they can (and should) grow their own.
About 15,000 years ago (13,000 BCE), the last great Ice Age came to an end. The temperatures rose and many areas of the northern hemisphere were under an “altithermal” climate that was several degrees warmer than today. The sea levels began to rise at a rate of 10 ft per century from their ice age lows of 350 ft below todays levels. This continued for close to 2,500 years.
The Younger Dryas Event
Then, in 10,500 BCE, The Younger Dryas event halted the warming, and plunged the Earth back into an ice age that lasted for 1,000 years.
Some scientists believe this was caused when the North American ice sheet receded past the St Laurence river causing all of the fresh water melt from the glaciers to flow up the St Laurence into the North Atlantic disrupting the Gulf Stream (previously, the melt water would have been flowing down the Mississippi into the Gulf of Mexico.)
Others have postulated that the Younger Dryas event was caused by a meteor impact. Evidence for this theory includes carbon rich soil layers that mark the start of the Younger Dryas event containing nanodiamonds, metallic microspherules, carbon spherules, magnetic spherules, iridium, charcoal, soot, and fullerenes enriched in helium-3.
Whatever the case, it is believed that the Younger Dryas event spelled doom for the Clovis people living in North America at the time. Many people believe that the Clovis people were of European descent and that they travelled to North America during the end of the last great Ice Age.
But could Clovis, or anybody living on Earth 10,500 years ago be advanced? Recently, the History channel ran a show about what would happen if every human on earth left. The show basically described the weathering of our technology, and how it would fall apart. After 10,000 years (the show claims) all that would be left of our civilization would be things carved in stone (like Mt Rushmore, or the Pyramids). All of our metal, wood and paper would have long since corroded and broken down. Therefore, we would not know how advanced such a civilization would be.
Modern archeologists dismiss the possibility of any civilization existing at the time. However, I suspect that any advanced civilization at the time would have been coastal based, and at the time of Younger Dryas, the sea levels were 100 ft below what they are today making any remains of costal civilizations deep under the sea.
Is There any Evidence of Civilization before Younger Dryas?
Grahm Hancock made a documentary that proposes that both the Pyramids at Giza, and the temples of Angkor Wat are built to mimic the placement of constellations in our sky at around 10,500 BCE. He claims that these structures were built on the remains of previous structures. (Although there is evidence that the Sphinx, and possibly even the Pyramids actually were built around 10,500 BCE and later repurposed by the Egyptians). Instead of explaining his theory here, I am embedding his documentary below for you to watch.
What Other Evidence Exists for pre Younger Dryas Civilizations?
Anyone who has been paying any attention to anything over the past 20 years is well aware of the Mayan calendar and it supposed 2012 doomsday. What most people don’t realize is that the Mayan calendar never predicted the end of the world. Instead, it predicted the end of this age of mankind. That is significant because there were many ages before this one as there will be ages after this one. Were the Mayans aware of an earlier civilization (or age) of man?
As I have stated before, Preceding the Younger Dryas event, the Earths sea levels were 100 ft lower then they are today. Any costal civilizations, would have been in areas now underwater. Of the cost of the Bahama Islands lies a strange series of rocks known as the Bimini Road. Most scientist dismiss these rocks as being natural formations. What evidence do they have to make that assumption? Simple: “The rocks that make up the Bimini Road have been under water for 10,000 years, and there were no civilizations capable of building them 10,000 years ago.“ This is a great paradox of science. The evidence of a civilization living 10,000 years ago is dismissed because there is no evidence of a civilization living 10,000 years ago.
Much like the Bimini Road, the Yonaguni Monument is argued by many scientists to be a naturally occurring structure based entirely on the notion that it couldn’t have been built by a civilization because the last time it was above water was 10,000 years ago and there is no evidence of civilizations then.
Dwarka and the Indian Undersea Cities of the Gulf of Cambay
Recently, several cities off the coast of India have been discovered. All of these cities were last above water around 10,000 years ago. These cities had been described in Ancient Hindu texts, but had long been considered myth by modern science. Why? Because modern science claims there were no civilizations 10,000 years ago. However, these cities are so well preserved, that science can no longer ignore them. Does the existence of Dwarka eliminate the only argument against the man made origins of other sites like Bimini Road and Yonaguni Monument? Check out these documentaries about the findings at Dwarka:
Greek philosopher Plato told the story of the lost civilization of Atlantis in 350 BCE. In Plato’s story, Atlantis was destroyed 9,000 earlier. This would place the sinking of Atlantis around the same time as the end of the Younger Dryas event.
There are other sites that I have not mentioned that all show signs of man made structures under the seas. All places that would not have been above water when conventional science says civilization began.
Science tell us that civilization began in Egypt and Samaria around 3,200 BCE. This is why most scientists are reluctant to accept that any structures found under the sea in places that would have last been above sea level before the Younger Dryas event could possibly man made. These places would have existed 7,000 years before the currently accepted birth of civilization. However, modern science also claims that humans have evolved into our current incarnation about 1 million years ago. We have had the same brain capacity, and the same powers of deduction and reason for that entire time. With that in mind, it seems illogical to think that civilization, and all the advancements that come with it would have only evolved in the last 5,000 years. That would mean that we had the capacity to do everything we do now for 1 million years, but only did it in the last 0.005% of the time that we have been able to do it. Logic dictates that we would have become civilized much earlier, and then some catastrophic event caused us to regress.
Is there a Precedent for the Regression of Civilization?
A lot of people say that once we learn something, we do not regress. That is untrue. All we have to do is look to the Roman Empire for proof of the regression of civilization. At the height of the Roman Empire, Roman citizens enjoyed air conditioned and heated homes, Running water, toilets and power tools. After the fall of Rome around 500 CE, it took our civilization over 1,000 years to advance to what the Romans had. We did not have indoor plumbing and toilets again until the mid 1800’s. We didn’t develop air conditioning again until the 20th century. Rome fell due to over expansion and poor management by lousy leaders. A global cataclysm such as the Younger Dryas event could have easily plunged humanity back into the stone age.
I have included below for reference Temperature fluctuations over the past 22,000 years showing the abrupt cooling during the Younger Dryas. This chart is derived from measurement of oxygen isotope ratios from the GISP (Greenland Ice Core Project) Greenland Ice Core.
There has been a lot of talk recently about the NSA or US military having tiny insect sized spy drones that they are using to spy on us. Several convincing photos are circulating the web that supposedly show these micro spy drones. But are they real?
The videos below show computer animated representations of what this technology could look like.
Near Future Tech
In order to have a spy drone, you need several key pieces of equipment. You need an audio/video recorder, A GPS unit (for navigation), a radio receiver and transmitter (to relay information back to base… or a recorder to save the information for download later), a motor for mobility, and a power source.
Although the folks at the NSA are likely wringing their sweaty little hands at the thought of having a fleet of automated spy-cam insects roaming our streets, the technology to fit all of that into such a tiny frame is not here. Yet…
However, anyone familiar with Singularity, Moore’s law, and the exponential improvements in the technology sector, will surely see that the day that these spying insect sized drones become a reality is soon to be upon us.
The videos above show the latest in the development of insect like spy drones. As you can see, they are still roughly the size of your fist. They are probably half that size now, but that is still a lot larger then a mosquito.
In the videos below, you can see actual insect sized drones. These are truly the cutting edge in micro robotics, but as you can see in the videos, these cannot yet support the weight. The wire coming off of the drones is these videos is supplying power, and likely control. It will still take a while before the rest of the payload can be made small and light enough to fit on these little guys. Even then, lost units would be high considering a strong wind could likely take one out. The cost per unit would make these impractical for unwarranted individual surveillance. So even though, I believe the day is coming that we may see insect spy drones being used for surveillance, I do not think that day is here yet.
Note: The cover image for this story is the bee from the 1994 move Richie Rich built by special effects wizard Gene Young Check out a couple more picks of this movie prop. It couldn’t fly or move on its own, and was powered by an outside source. It was also about the size of your forearm.
Linda Vista Hospital in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles opened in 1904 as the Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital. The original building was razed in 1924, and replaced with the current structure. In 1980, the hospital changed management, and in 1989 the name was changed to Linda Vista Hospital. In 1991 the hospital ceased to operate as a hospital.
Through the 1970s and 1980s, the surrounding East Los Angeles neighborhoods began to loose value as crime surged and gangs moved in. The hospital suffered set backs in funding as well as an increased number of drug overdoses and violent crime related injuries (both resulting in increased mortality rates).
Since the closing of the Linda Vista Hospital it has remained a part of Los Angeles as a motion picture production location available for rent.
The Haunting of Linda Vista
Walking around Linda Vista hospital is creepy enough. The maintenance on the 90-year-old building has been minimal since its closure in 1991, and the left over hospital equipment combined with the remnants of previous film shoots (complete with random blood splatters), it is easy to see how the slightest noise can create panic in the imaginative mines of a film production crew.
My experience with the haunting of Linda Vista Hospital happened in 2008 while working on the film “Someone’s Knocking on the Door”. We spent about a week shooting in many different parts of the hospital. We were a small crew making an ambition project on a tight budget. One day, we were shooting a scene in the morgue on the bottom floor in the back of the building. The scene was set and lit. Our next “location move” was going to be to a room on the third floor in the front of the building at the end of a hall. I decided to head up there while they were getting coverage and start pre lighting the next scene. One of the other crew members gave me a message to pass along to our set decorator who was already up at the next shooting location… alone.
While heading to the room at the end of the hallway, I remembered that these were patient rooms. The patient rooms in this building shared a bathroom. So, instead of going straight into the room we would be shooting in, I decided to go into the adjoining room, and through the bathroom in an attempt to scare the set decorator. I arrived at the door between the bathroom and the patient room we were going to be shooting in, and started to scratch on the closed door. After just a second, I heard a woman scream on the other side of the door. My first thought was that scream might have messed up a take downstairs where they were still filming a scene. It was that loud. I flung the door open for the classic “Got You” moment… and the room was empty. I ran over to the only other door in the room, and looked around the corner to see if she was running down the hallway in terror… no one there. I figured she must have run off even though I had no idea how should could have made it around the corner and far enough away that I wouldn’t hear her running by the time I got into the hallway, and I decided to actually do the work I was up there to do. A few minutes later the set decorator comes walking in the door. I apologize for the door scratching thing, but she has no idea what I am talking about. I ask her if she was just up here, and she says that she wasn’t she was down at craft service. The rest of the crew had been in the morgue before I left that location, so no one else could have been in that room. They say the ghost of a young lady haunts the hallways of the third floor, could that have been her that I heard scream? Or maybe the ghostly orderly that is said to still make his rounds through the hospital. Whatever the case may be, Linda Vista Hospital is surely one of the creepiest places I have ever shot in in Los Angeles.
written by: dreamwriter
Is Bigfoot real or fake? This is one question that no one has been able to answer for decades now. However, the claimed sightings of this creature have been in no short supply. Most recently in January, 2015 it was claimed that the creature was seen in Tampa, Florida. How true this is, only the one who saw it can say. There are photographs and innumerable artist impressions on how the creature looks like but not one can be very sure about it. Scientists claim that there is no such thing as Bigfoot but what do you personally think?
Check out the online photographs
Now, the most recent sighting aforementioned has a photograph. It is easy to think of Bigfoot as a huge ape or something of the sort. If this is the idea that you have formed in your mind then you might be quite disappointed when you see the photographs. It looks pretty much like an ape alright. If you have never heard of Bigfoot before he is basically a large and hairy humanoid walking on twos. The creature is said to inhabit the forests of North America’s Pacific Northwest region.According to scientists this is nothing more than just folklore coupled with a hoax and misidentification. They say that it cannot be a living animal because there is no physical evidence to support it. Well, this does not mean that the possibility of Bigfoot being real is zero. Quite on the contrary the sightings that have been made and reported online describe the same thing.
So what is the possibility of Bigfoot being real?
It is really hard to calculate the probability that Bigfoot is real given that there is no physical evidence aside from the photographs of course. Up to this point scientists are correct. However, the fact that the stories of Bigfoot have been in existence ever since the mid seventeenth century adds to the confusion. Various tribes of the Pacific Northwest all have claims of the Bigfoot.
The thing about all these tribes is that they are quite different from each other. Some are so isolated from the rest but the description of Bigfoot is the same for all. Now you cannot claim that they are using internet or reducing some documented books. From 1840s stories of gigantic humanlike creatures fitting the description of Bigfoot has been passed on from one generation to the next. The only difference between the explanations given by these native tribes is the diet of the creature.
In modern America the first claim of Bigfoot has to be that of Alfred Ostman in 1924 who claimed that he had been abducted and held captive in British Columbia by the creatures. Still in the same area (British Columbia) in 1941 a lady and her children claimed that they fled their home when they saw a 7.5 feet tall Bigfoot approaching their home. In 2007, Bigfoot hunter Rick Jacobs claimed to have captured an image of the creature in Ridgway, Pennsylvania. The latest sighting now is in Tampa by a fisherman who claims to have spotted the creature in Hillsborough County.
The hollow earth theory has been around for hundreds, even thousands, of years and is labeled by many as a conspiracy theory and pseudo-scientific. However, the theory has yet to be proven nor is it disproved even though the scientific community has largely dismissed the theory since the 18th century. Still, many researchers have searched for concrete evidence of the earth being a hollow shell and for the possible existence of mysterious inhabitants who live inside of it.
References of a earth that is hollow can be found in many different traditions and cultures around the world including Christianity, Judaism, Ancient Greek mythology, Native American lore, and Tibetan Buddhism. All of these traditions have teachings of a complex cavern system that possibly exists within a hollow earth. People who support and advocate the theory point to these ancient and long existing traditions as “proof” of this interesting theory.
The ancient Greek taught of caverns deep inside the earth which could lead a soul to the underworld. Also, the Greek God Zalmoxis was believed to live in a subterranean chamber somewhere beneath the earth’s surface. There have also been teachings found within several different Native American Tribes that discuss ancestors who appeared on earth’s surface from the subterranean depths below. There is a equally fascinating Native American myth about a hollow earth which can be discovered on an Apache Reservation in Arizona where there is believed to be a sacred space that leads to a race of powerful inhabitants who live underneath the surface of the earth.
Tibetan Buddhism is a well-respected and incredibly grounded philosophy and practice. The teachings found within this philosophy include an underground city, called Shambala, that is said to be built and maintained by a race of people with powers far superior to that of humans. Many stories can also be found of monks or lamas who have gone searching for the sacred and ancient city below the surface of the earth only to disappear, never to be seen again.
A Long History
Surprisingly, this theory has a substantial following that dates back many centuries and has been extensively researched, analyzed, and reported through articles, books, and teachings from the people who are interested in it. The sort-of cult following and literary exploration of the hollow earth theory has lead to further so-called evidence that the earth has a hollow core and even possibly inhabited by an unknown species in the deep cavern system supposedly found far below the earth’s surface.
In the last few centuries there have been several researchers, scientists, and conspiracy theorists who have further investigated the claims of a hollow earth. For instance, in 1692 a writer named Edmond Halley suggested the Earth was a hollow shell that was approximately 500 miles thick which contains two inner shells and an innermost core. He compared the core to having a diameter equal to Venus, Mars, and Mercury. He proposed each shell was separated by an atmosphere and had individual magnetic poles. He constructed this theory after getting unusual compass readings that he later explained by the hollow earth theory.
Supporters of the hollow earth theory have also mapped out locations of supposed entrances leading into the reported subterranean caverns inside the shell of the earth. Although none of these entrances have been confirmed they have been cited as being found in places such as at the North and South poles; Paris, France, England, Canada, China, Tibet, India, the Rain-forest, and even in mountains found in North America. While proof of these entrances have yet to be found, many people who have searched for them have mysteriously vanished during their explorations.
The hollow earth theory has been around for a long time and it’s probably not going away anytime soon. There are many scientific discoveries which contradict this theory such as gravity, seismic plates, and measures of the earths density; all findings which are indicative of a solid earth that is composed of many different solid materials and rock sediment. However, that does not stop many conspiracy theorists for searching for their own answers and investigating these claims with their own research methods. Unfortunately, many of these people never returned to tell their stories and the ones who did come back did not return with any sufficient evidence. Yet, the theory is still going strong and is even increasing around the world, guaranteeing a future with many more hollow earth stories to come.
If you have no idea about the events that took place outside of Roswell New Mexico in July of 1947, then this is not really a good place to start. There are countless articles and books about the Roswell UFO crash, and I urge you to read some of them. However, I will summarize the events here.
What Happened in Roswell
In the summer of 1947, something crashed on a ranch outside of Roswell New Mexico. The military quickly cordoned off the area and removed all of the debris. The military announced to the press that they had captured a flying saucer. The next day, the military changed the story and claimed that what had been recovered from the crash site was nothing more then a weather balloon. Over the years, the government has given several other explanations as to what actually crashed in Roswell. These explanations range from a parachute testing experiment gone wrong to a crashed Project Mogul Balloon. (Project Mogul was a top secret project at the time of the incident). The constantly changing “official” story has led many to believe that the initial reports of a crashed UFO to be the real truth.
Wernher von Braun and the Roswell UFO Incident
Did famed German rocket scientist, founder of NASA, and the father of the Saturn V rocket see the wreckage from Roswell? In a word, Yes.
Before I get into my claim, I am going to give you some back story on how I came to learn of this information.
About 20 years ago, I worked for a company that did contract work for JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratories). My boss (we will call him Gene) had gotten the contracts with JPL through contacts he had met while working for Wernher von Braun in the mid 1960’s. I had grown up in a town very close to Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center, and as a result had a deep fascination with the space program. This led to a lasting friendship with my boss that lasted until he recently passed away. (It is because of his passing that I am now comfortable sharing his story, since he had asked me to keep this private).
Over the years Gene and I would often talk of his time working with Wernher von Braun. He once told me a story about how von Braun would get components for the Saturn V rocket from different vendors, and then make changes to the components himself. He would never document his changes, and therefore, no one at NASA knew how the Saturn V actually worked. I tell this story here because there have been many articles recently about how NASA scientists are reverse engineering the one remaining Saturn V rocket to try and figure out how it actually works. This seems to Corroborate the stories that Gene would tell me.
Back to Roswell
One night, Gene and I were working late, and talking about Von Braun. Gene told me that Von Braun had confided in him about the Roswell crash. Von Braun said he had been taken to examine the wreckage of the Roswell UFO incident, (At the time Wernher von Braun would have been about 100 miles from Roswell at the White Sands Missile Range testing Hermes Rockets). Wernher von Braun said that the wreckage he had seen from the Roswell crash technologically surpassed anything that could have been made by current technologies on Earth. However, he did not believe it was a spacecraft. He said that the material recovered from Roswell was not strong enough to withstand the rigors of space flight. Instead, he theorized, that the wreckage was from an interdimensional craft of some sort.
Was Gene pulling my leg? I doubt it. Was von Braun pulling Genes? Possibly. Since I never met Wernher von Braun myself, it is hard for me to tell if he was the type of person to tell fanciful stories or not.
I have recently began to notice a strange thing happen in social circles. Belief in Chemtrails has become a sort of litmus test for crazy. You have the chemtrail believer friends (who undoubtedly believe every nutty conspiracy theory out there) and the “normal” people who think chemtrails are a crazy fantasy of paranoid people. But is it that crazy?
In a way, it reminds me of the Black Helicopters of the 1990’s. People who believed in “Black Helicopters” (un marked secret government helicopters spying on US citizens) were automatically assumed to be crazy and ridiculed in popular media. Meanwhile, all you had to do was look at the US budget, and there was a clear line item for an unmarked helicopter in country surveillance program. The facts were there. Black Helicopters were real, but the general consensus was that if you believed in them, you were a paranoid nut job.
What do the facts say about Chemtrails?
Well, the facts say Chemtrails are real as well. In 2008, Physics World released a report claiming that it “should be possible to counteract the global warming associated with a doubling of carbon dioxide levels by enhancing the reflectivity of low-lying clouds above the oceans”. This simply means that they suggest cloud seeding as a way to fight global warming.
Cloud seeding is not just for global warming however. Many governments have been using cloud seeding to fight drought. In 2011, China spent $150 million on a single regional artificial rain program; The US, by comparison, spends around $15 million a year.
Cloud seeding is a process of injecting Silver iodide into clouds to promote rain. According to Wikipedia, The crystalline structure of ?-AgI (Silver iodide) is similar to that of ice, allowing it to induce freezing by the process known as heterogeneous nucleation. Approximately 50,000 kg are used for cloud seeding annually, each seeding experiment consuming 10–50 grams.
Is Silver Iodide Dangerous?
Extreme exposure can lead to argyria characterized by localized discoloration of body tissue.
Are Chemtrails and Cloud Seeding the Same Thing?
By pure definition, yes. Spraying a chemical into the atmosphere from an airplane is a chemtrail. And Silver Iodide is a chemical. According to Paranoid Chemtrail advocates, every artificial thing sprayed into the atmosphere by an airplane is an evil chemtrail designed to control our minds, make us sick, or cause some other nefarious outcome. I, however, don’t believe that. I believe that most of these operations are done to increase rainfall or slow down “global warming”. However, I do believe that messing with mother nature will always have unintended consequences. And considering global warming is not real, trying to stop or reverse it could have dire consequences if the methods are successful at changing the natural climate patterns.