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KLEINER'S KORNER FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2007
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

MAY YOUR FONDEST DREAMS AND DESIRES COME TRUE IN 2008.

WHILE SOME MAY SAY MANY OF THESE STORIES ARE OVER THE TOP, THESE ARE THE WORLD’S TOP SCIENTISTS CALLING FOR GREATER PUBLIC AWARENESS AND INVOLVEMENT IN 2008.


1. RECAPPING CLIMATE STORIES MAKING HEADLINES AS 2007 CLOSES:
A. “2007 BALI CLIMATE DECLARATION BY [212] SCIENTISTS”
link here “SCIENTISTS BEG FOR CLIMATE ACTION”
“The Associated Press' Seth Borenstein reports, 'For the first time, more than 200 of the world's leading climate scientists, losing their patience, urged government leaders to take radical action to slow global warming because 'there is no time to lose,'" quoting Truthout. link here

C. “TROPICAL BELT GROWS, SO DO DESERT AREAS”
The AP filed this report: link here

D. “’FRIGHTENING PROJECTION: ICE-FREE PASSAGE POSSIBLE BY 2010”
This report filed by Canada.com: link here

E. "GREENLAND ICE SHEET MELTING AT RECORD RATE"
This report filed by reuters: link here

F. “CLIMATE CHANGE ‘LIKELY TO CAUSE WARS’”
From UK’s Telegraph: link here

G. “AS EARTH WARMS, VIRUS FROM TROPICS MOVE TO ITALY”
This story title from the NY times says it all: link here

H. “LOSS OF SEA ICE COULD HARM WALRUS”
From the AP: link here

I. 2007 “ONE OF THE HOTTEST ON RECORD”
From Perth, Australia’s News: link here

J. “’THE ARCTIC IS SCREAMING’, EXPERTS SAY”
Ice sheet to be gone by 2012 says the AP: link here
And: link here

K. ANTARCTICA’S “SCOTT BASE CREW STRIP OFF IN HEAT”
From Stuff, New Zealand: link here

L. “ACTING ON CLIMATE FROM GROUND UP”
“Isn't it odd that (if you believe the scientists) we're on the verge of fundamentally disrupting the climate patterns of our planet, and yet no one has called us? Our phones are not ringing off the hook....
Isn't it extremely odd that we're not meeting every night, that neighborhoods are not organizing by block, that the bells atop town halls are not clanging, that our elected leaders have not called us into special emergency sessions to plan a mobilization? If you believe the scientists, as I do, this silence is so odd, so ridiculously absurd, that it must mean we are finally coming face to face with some profound blind spot," quoting the Seattle P-I.
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2. “’TOILET TO TAP’ PROCESS MIGHT EASE WATER SHORTAGE”
“It used to be so final: Flush the toilet, and waste be gone.

But this week, for millions of people here in Orange County, pulling the lever will be the start of a long, intense process to purify the sewage into drinking water – after a hard scrubbing with filters, screens, chemicals and ultraviolet light and the passage of time underground.

On Friday [Nov. 30], the Orange County Water District will turn on what industry experts say is the world’s largest plant devoted to purifying sewer water to increase drinking water supplies. They and others hope it serves as a model for authorities worldwide facing drought, water shortages and projected growth.

The process, called by proponents “indirect potable water reuse” and “toilet to tap” by the wary, is getting a close look in several cities,” quoting the New York Times.
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3. RAMTHA: WATER WILL BECOME MORE VALAUBLE THAN GOLD
A. “WATER BECOMES THE NEW OIL AS WORLD RUNS DRY”
This story headline says it all from UK’s Guardian:
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B. “HUGE HIKES IN WATER, SEWER RATES ACROSS THE USA”
"Huge increases in water and sewer bills are on the way in many places as cities and towns try to repair aging pipes and correct artificially low prices.
New York, Detroit, Tampa and Atlanta are among cities facing large rate increases. Many of the nation's 70,000 smaller systems — from Monterey, Calif., to Charleston, W.Va. — are imposing major price hikes, too...
Many people, however, will see much larger increases because of the quirky pricing policy of water and sewer systems. Already, some communities are getting scalded by price hikes of 50%, 100% or more," quoting USA Today. link here
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3. “WHAT CAN YOU DO: “HOMESPUN ELECTRICITY FROM WIND”
“Until recently, wind turbines were used primarily by those who lived outside the range of local utility lines, or who wanted to live completely off the grid. Now, reductions in their size and cost, along with improvements in their efficiency, are allowing suburban homeowners with no dissident leanings to speak of to install them in growing numbers, with concerns over rising energy costs and global warming driving the demand.
Sales of wind turbines have been growing steadily since 1990, when the American Wind Energy Association, a nonprofit advocacy group in Washington, D.C., began tracking them. Last year, about 7,000 small wind turbines — defined as those that have a capacity of up to 100 kilowatts, roughly enough to power a large school — were purchased in the United States, according to the group, which said it expects sales to reach about 10,000 this year,” quoting the New York Times in the IHT.
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5. “ANTARCTICA IN HI-DEF”
“NASA RELEASES NEW, INTERACTIVE MAP OF THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD"

"U.S. and British researchers unveiled an 1,100-image photo mosaic of Antarctica on Tuesday [Nov. 27] that they say will change how scientists -- and desktop travelers alike -- will explore and learn about the icy continent at the bottom of the world,” quoting NASA. link here
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6. 3-D WATER RESERVOIR REVEALED DEEP IN EARTH’S MANTLE
“A seismologist at Washington University in St. Louis has made the first 3-D model of seismic wave damping — diminishing — deep in the Earth's mantle and has revealed the existence of an underground water reservoir at least the volume of the Arctic Ocean.
It is the first evidence for water existing in the Earth's deep mantle,” quoting this Washington University Press Release. link here
Professor Michael E. Wysession’s website: link here
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7. “HOW POISONOUS, UNREGULATED CHEMICALS END UP IN OUR BLOOD”
“Mark Schapiro for Harper's Magazine writes about how ‘the nascent science of bio-monitoring has provided further insight into how the industrial chemicals that are in clothes, food packaging, cosmetics, toys, electronics, and just about every modern convenience are actually lodging in the human body,’" quoting Truthout. link here
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8. MORE CELLULAR TELEPHONE RISKS REPORTED
A. “ISRAELI STUDY SAYS REGULAR MOBILE USE INCREASES TUMOUR RISK”
This report filed form France’s AFP: link here

B. FROM AMERICA’S FCC ON RADIO FREQUENCY SAFETY”
“Cellular Telephone Specific Absorption Rate (SAR)”
link here
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9. “SCIENTISTS CURE MICE OF SICKLE CELL USING STEM CELL TECHNIQUE”
“Using a recently developed technique for turning skin cells into stem cells, scientists have cured mice of sickle cell anemia -- the first direct proof that the easily obtained cells can reverse an inherited, potentially fatal disease.
Researchers said the work, published in yesterday's online edition of the journal Science, points to a promising future for the novel cells. Known as iPS cells, they have been touted by President Bush and some scientists as a possible substitute for embryonic stem cells, which have been mired for years in political controversy,” quoting the Washington Post. link here
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10. “FBI FORMING VAST DATABASE OF IMAGES:” YOURS & MINE INCLUDED?
“The FBI has begun a $1 billion effort in West Virginia to build the world's largest database of faces, fingerprints, palm patterns and iris scans.

The database aims to give the government unprecedented ability to identify individuals in the United States and elsewhere, The Washington Post reported Saturday [Dec. 22],” quoting the UPI. link here
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11. LOOK OUT IN 2008! MORE PASSENGER SCRUTINY AT USA'S AIRPORTS
"Travelers at Sea-Tac and dozens of other major airports across America are being scrutinized by teams of TSA behavior-detection officers specially trained to discern the subtlest suspicious behaviors.

TSA officials will not reveal specific behaviors identified by the program -- called SPOT (Screening Passengers by Observation Technique) -- that are considered indicators of possible terrorist intent....

Such people are referred for secondary screening, which can include a pat-down search and an X-ray exam...
The TSA considers the program a powerful tool to root out terrorists, but also an antidote to racial profiling...
But Tuffaha [Naseem Tuffaha, political chairman of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee's Seattle chapter] warned that if the TSA 'only looked hard when somebody is Middle Eastern-appearing ... then you are still conducting racial profiling under a different name,'" quoting the Seattle P-I. link here
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12. HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF? “FBI's HOOVER PLANNED MASS US JAILINGS: REPORT”
“Reuters reports: ‘Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had a plan in 1950 to suspend the right to habeas corpus and imprison some 12,000 Americans he suspected of disloyalty, The New York Times reported on their web site on Saturday [Dec. 22]. Hoover wanted President Harry Truman to proclaim the mass arrests necessary to 'protect the country against treason, espionage and sabotage' and sent the plan to the White House twelve days after the start of the Korean War, the Times reported, citing a newly declassified document,’" quoting Truthout. link here
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RAMTHA STUDENT NEWS
A. RSE students contributed almost $2.5 million to the local economy in 2007 and this full-page newspaper ad ran in the NVN Dec. 21 & The Olympian Dec. 22:
link here

B. Current students can now download several events from 2007, including the videos of the March & April, 2007 Q + A events with Ramtha. Sign-in to see the menu:
link here
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LOCAL NOTES
Stories covered last week on the Yelm Community Blog
A. Dungeness Valley Creamery holiday message,
B. Guest Entry: Guus Damave’s Christmas message
C. RSE Christmas message
D. Yelm traffic crisis
E. South Sound Seed Stewards 2008 Programs
F. Blue Bottle hosts environmental fundraiser
G. Yelm Tree City, USA
H. Flooded business gets helping hand
link here
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
R. Buckminster Fuller (1985-1983), American designer & architect
In his 1982 book Critical Path
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Kleiner's Korner is copyrighted by Stephen R. Klein, 2007.
For archived issues of Kleiner's Korner, click on "Current Kleiner's Korner and Archives" at link here
Send comments to steve@kleinerskorner.com.
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KLEINER'S KORNER FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 24, 2007
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO KLEINER'S KORNER READERS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.
MAY YOU & YOURS BE BLESSED WITH THE BOUNTY OF ALL OF YOUR DREAMS!

STEVE KLEIN


1. AN INSPIRING, POWERFUL MESSAGE OF THE POWER OF THE MIND FOR US ALL "He climbed on a tractor when he was 4 years old and fell off it and lost his left leg. His dad asked him, 'The doctor will have to amputate your leg. Are you afraid?' He couldn't comprehend what would be so different so he said no. His dad said, "You are going to face many challenges and difficulties in life, are you afraid?' He asked, 'What are 'challenges and difficulties?' 'Do they taste good?' His dad laughed with tears, 'Yes, they're like your favorite candies. You just need to eat them one piece at a time!' (Then his dad ran out of the room in tears.), quoting this You Tube piece. link here .

2. “CHRISTMAS AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY” “Every December since 1992, volunteers have laid wreaths donated by Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, at the headstones of over 5,000 of America's honored dead,” quoting Urban Legends. link here the Wreath Project was born:
link here our soldiers this week: A. FreedomTeamSalute.com is the official website of the U.S. Army Freedom Team Salute program: link here Want to send your support to a Soldier in harm's way, but have no idea of what to send, who to send it to, or how to send it? link here
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3. HOW BEAUTIFUL IS OUR UNIVERSE? WE HAVE BARELY SCRATCHED THE SURFACE TO KNOW! The Beauty of the Universe which we are able to view via the Hubble Telescope: link here .

4. CHRISTMAS CARD MAILED 93 YEARS AGO FINALLY DELIVERED, IN 2007 "A postcard featuring a color drawing of Santa Claus and a young girl was mailed in 1914, but its journey was slower than Christmas. It just arrived in northwest Kansas. The Christmas card was dated Dec. 23, 1914, and mailed to Ethel Martin of Oberlin, apparently from her cousins in Alma, Neb.," quoting the AP. link here .

5. EYE-OPENING LOOK AT “WHAT IS EATEN IN ONE WEEK” IN 12 COUNTRIES “Take a good look at the diet of each country. How much do you spend?” quoting The Geranium Farm. link here on the picture under “What is Eaten in One Week” for a revelation about the diet of 9 countries. This is an eye-opener! [Ed. Note: The USA family is a perfect demonstration of why there is an obesity epidemic here. The American Family has given up Mother Nature's garden for corporate-processed foods with no nutritional value, so for the body to get the same nutrition, it craves more to get some nutritional resources.].

6. “WHAT MAKES US MORAL” Time Magazine examines this subject in detail in this cover story: “That we're also the lowest, cruelest, most blood-drenched species is our shame—and our paradox… What does, or ought to, separate us then is our highly developed sense of morality, a primal understanding of good and bad, of right and wrong, of what it means to suffer not only our own pain—something anything with a rudimentary nervous system can do—but also the pain of others. That quality is the distilled essence of what it means to be human. Why it's an essence that so often spoils, no one can say.” link here .

7. OUR WISEST & MOST SEASONED CITIZENS MAKING HEADLINES A. “GROWING OLDER MAY BE GETTING EASIER” “Frank Greve of McClatchy Newspapers says, ‘The remarkable thing about National Public Radio senior news analyst Daniel Schorr, 91, who only recently gave up tennis, and Landrum Bolling, 94, the globe-trotting director at large for the relief agency Mercy Corps, is the same: They aren't as remarkable as you'd think they are,'” quoting Truthout.
link here The original article goes on to say, “A surprising decline in disability rates among older Americans since the 1980s is enabling millions more to lead longer, richer, spryer lives. The oldest old, such as Schorr and Bolling, are the biggest beneficiaries, but the entire 65-plus population has the best odds ever of living disability-free.” link here
B. “AT 71, PHYSICS PROFESSOR A WEB STAR” “Walter H. G. Lewin, 71, a physics professor, has long had a cult following at MIT. Now he has emerged as an international Internet guru, thanks to the global classroom the institute created to spread knowledge through cyberspace. Professor Lewin's videotaped physics lectures, free online on the OpenCourseWare of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have won him devotees across the country and beyond who stuff his e-mail in-box with praise...
Professor Lewin delivers his lectures with the panache of Julia Child bringing French cooking to amateurs and the zany theatricality of YouTube's greatest hits. He is part of a new generation of academic stars who hold forth in cyberspace on their college Web sites and even, without charge, on iTunes U, which went up in May on Apple's iTunes Store,” quoting the International Herald Tribune (IHT). link here
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8. “HONEY BETTER OPTION FOR CHILDHOOD COUGHS” “A new study by a Penn State College of Medicine research team found that honey may offer parents an effective and safe alternative than over the counter children's cough medicines. The study found that a small dose of buckwheat honey given before bedtime provided better relief of nighttime cough and sleep difficulty in children than no treatment or dextromethorphan (DM), a cough suppressant found in many over-the-counter cold medications,” quoting Science Daily. link here .

9. CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR ADULTS FROM SCIENCE: HEALTH BENEFITS OF WEEKLY SEX! “Sex is good for adults. Indulging on a regular basis—at least once a week—is even better. Research links sex (with all safer-sex precautions taken) to an astonishing array of physiological benefits, from longevity to pain relief. Many studies don't address whether the health bonus comes from the act itself or from the corresponding emotional intimacy, but the bottom line is that getting physical has some great side effects—especially for women. Here are six ways that sex boosts your health,” quoting Newsweek. [Ed. Note: Always trust your own knowingness!] link here .

10. “MAN'S SKIN TURNS DARK BLUE” “His name is Paul Karason, and he's blue. It's not makeup or paint. KFSN's Gene Haagenson reports,” quoting this CNN video. [Ed. Note: the reason is estimated to be from his taking colloidal silver.] link here .

11. "WHAT IS EVERY CHILD HAD A LAPTOP?" “This segment was originally broadcast on May 20, 2007. It was updated on Nov. 30, 2007.
There's a new laptop on the market that's being snapped up by parents looking for a unique holiday gift for their kids. It's only $200, and it isn't like any computer you've ever seen. But there's a catch: in order to buy one for your child, you also have to buy one for a child in a poor country.
And that was the whole point behind these new laptops: to get them to kids in the most impoverished places, so they can become educated and part of the modern world.
As correspondent Lesley Stahl first reported last spring, the laptop, called the XO, was the brainchild of Nicholas Negroponte, a professor at MIT.
Two years ago he founded a non-profit organization called "One Laptop Per Child," through which he recruited a cadre of geeks to design a low-cost computer specifically for poor children.
Negroponte had a dream, a big one: that every child on the planet have a laptop, and along with it, the possibility of a better future,” quoting CBS News 60 Minutes. link here
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12. FOR YOUR POST-CHRISTMAS LIST: A. ELIMINATE UNWANTED CATALOGS TO SAVE RESOURCES “The mission of Catalog Choice is to reduce the number of repeat and unsolicited catalog mailings, and to promote the adoption of sustainable industry best practices. We aim to accomplish this by freely providing the Catalog Choice services to both consumers and businesses. Consumers can indicate which catalogs they no longer wish to receive, and businesses can receive a list of consumers no longer wanting to receive their catalogs.
Catalog Choice is a sponsored project of the Ecology Center. It is endorsed by the National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Resources Defense Council, and funded by the Overbrook Foundation, the Merck Family Fund, and the Kendeda Fund,” quoting Catalog Choice. [Ed. Note: My daily resource!] link here "IN THE BAG" "Wrap presents in reusable fabric gift bags - simple sacks with ties that eliminate the need for wrapping paper, scissors and adhesive tape. Gift bags can save time through airport security, and gift-getters become gift-givers by passing bags along. Here are two companies that make it easy for travelers (and stay-at-home Santas) to wrap presents and protect the earth," quoting the Northwest Airlines World Traveler Magazine.
link here Click "Take Offs", then "In The Bag".
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RAMTHA SCHOOL NEWS A. Merry Christmas from RSE International:
link here CSE's latest Newsletter:
link here Watch Ramtha's Christmas Event from December 8th, 2007 any time between Saturday December 22nd and Tuesday December 24th $19.99 Current students only Video will stream from Ramtha.tv to your home computer This is not a downloadable video. link here RSE students contributed almost $2.5 million to the local economy in 2007 and this full-page newspaper ad ran in the NVN Dec. 21 & The Olympian Dec. 22:
link here
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LOCAL NOTES A. Support our local organizations: Deschutes Grange B. Bald Hills Fire Dept. update C. Support our locally owned businesses: Yelm Travel's new location D. Support our local organizations: Yelm Prairie Arts Assn. E. Winter solstice arrives F. Support our locally owned organizations: Color Me Mine G. Yelm Library hosts Reading Magic with Jeff Evans Dec. 27 http://yelm.com/.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK “It's curious that no allegedly Christian nation has adopted the Golden Rule as a basis for foreign policy. Christianity says that you should love your enemy. It certainly doesn't say that you should vaporize his children.” Carl Sagan (1934-1996) American astronomer & astrochemist.

Kleiner's Korner is copyrighted by Stephen R. Klein, 2007. For archived issues of Kleiner's Korner, click on "Current Kleiner's Korner and Archives" at link here comments to steve@kleinerskorner.com..


KLEINER'S KORNER FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 17, 2007
DEAR READERS,
THIS WRITER WAS AWAY ON AN HAWAIIAN HOLIDAY LAST WEEK. THAT, COUPLED WITH SOME SERVER ISSUES, DELAYED THIS KK.
WHILE IN HAWAI'I, SEVERAL STORIES MADE FRONT-PAGE NEWS THAT RECEIVED SCANT COVERAGE ON THE MAINLAND. THOSE LEAD AS THE FIRST 4 ITEMS IN THIS KK EDITION:


1. “CARBON DIOXIDE LEVELS AT 650,000 YEAR HIGH” “For a half century, sensors atop Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaii have captured the world-wide signature of increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, due largely to burning coal, oil and natural gas. The carbon dioxide traps heat. For 50 years, these CO2 readings, known as the Keeling Curve, have been climbing steadily, setting and then breaking a new record every 12 months or so. Global concentrations of CO2 in 2006, not surprisingly then, reached the highest level since the record-keeping began in 1958, the World Meteorological Organization recently announced in its annual greenhouse-gas bulletin. Based on samples from 40 countries, the level of carbon dioxide in the air reached 381.2 parts per million, up fractionally from 2005 — concentrations not seen in 650,000 years, scientists said. This week, while diplomats from 180 countries argued over the cost of staving off predicted climate changes, the Mauna Loa readings started to approach even higher levels. These annual measurements are the world's longest continuous record of CO2 concentrations and, plotted as data points in a rising arc, form one of the most important graphs in science,” quoting the Wall Street Journal.
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2. “OCEANS' GROWING ACIDITY A THREAT TO SEA CREATURES” “Seven hundred miles west of Seattle in the Pacific at Ocean Station Papa, a first-of-its-kind buoy is anchored to monitor a looming environmental catastrophe.
Forget about sea levels rising as glaciers and polar ice melt, and increasing water temperatures affecting global weather patterns. As the oceans absorb more and more carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, they're gradually becoming more acidic.
And some scientists fear that the change may be irreversible.
At risk are sea creatures up and down the food chain, from the tiniest phytoplankton and zooplankton to whales, from squid to salmon to crabs, coral, oysters and clams.
The oceans are already 30 percent more acidic than they were at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, as they absorb 22 tons of carbon dioxide a day,” quoting McClatchy Newspapers.
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3. “WHY IS THE WORLD'S BIGGEST LANDFILL IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN?” “In the broad expanse of the northern Pacific Ocean, there exists the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, a slowly moving, clockwise spiral of currents created by a high-pressure system of air currents. The area is an oceanic desert, filled with tiny phytoplankton but few big fish or mammals. Due to its lack of large fish and gentle breezes, fishermen and sailors rarely travel through the gyre. But the area is filled with something besides plankton: trash, millions of pounds of it, most of it plastic. It's the largest landfill in the world, and it floats in the middle of the ocean, The gyre has actually given birth to two large masses of ever-accumulating trash, known as the Western and Eastern Pacific Garbage Patches, sometimes collectively called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Eastern Garbage Patch floats between Hawaii and California; scientists estimate its size as two times bigger than Texas [source: LA Times]. The Western Garbage Patch forms east of Japan and west of Hawaii.” quoting How Stuff Works. [Ed. Note: Hawai'i is the key point between the two Great Pacific Garbage Patches.]
link here this information from The Institute for Figuring:
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4. FOOD SHORTAGES MAKE WORLD HEADLINES A. “WORLD FOOD STOCKS DWINDLING RAPIDLY, UN WARNS” “In an "unforeseen and unprecedented" shift, the world food supply is dwindling rapidly and food prices are soaring to historic levels, the top food and agriculture official of the United Nations warned Monday [Dec. 17]. The changes created "a very serious risk that fewer people will be able to get food," particularly in the developing world, said Jacques Diouf, head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization,” quoting the International Herald Tribune (IHT).
link here “RIOTS AND HUNGER FEARED AS DEMAND...SENDS FOOD COATS SOARING” “The risks of food riots and malnutrition will surge in the next two years as the global supply of grain comes under more pressure than at any time in 50 years, according to one of the world's leading agricultural researchers.” This according to ”the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research,” quoting UK's The Guardian.
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. “HOW THE BRAIN MAKES SENSE OF WHAT WE SEE” “Lines in Escher's drawings can seem to be part of either of two different shapes. How does our brain decide which of those shapes to "see?" In a situation where the visual information provided is ambiguous — whether we are looking at Escher's art or looking at, say, a forest — how do our brains settle on just one interpretation? In a study published this month in Nature Neuroscience, researchers at The Johns Hopkins University demonstrate that brains do so by way of a mechanism in a region of the visual cortex called V2.
That mechanism, the researchers say, identifies "figure" and "background" regions of an image, provides a structure for paying attention to only one of those two regions at a time and assigns shapes to the collections of foreground "figure" lines that we see,” quoting Science Daily.
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6. “NEW MICROSCOPE PEERS INTO SECRET LIVES OF CELLS” “See those white sparks?” asks Kirk Czymmek, as he points to the video on his computer screen of a highly magnified heart cell in action. Tiny fireworks flash across the screen with every pulsation of the cell. “That's calcium,” Czymmek notes. “Scientists have discovered that there is a large release of calcium with every heartbeat. If we don't see those sparks,” he notes, “you have a major problem--perhaps even heart failure.”
Czymmek has a bird's-eye view into the fascinating and rarely seen world of the microscopic, as director of the University of Delaware's Bio-imaging Center,” quoting Science Daily.
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7. “STUDY MAPS BRAIN ABNORMALITIES IN AUTISTIC CHILDREN” “Autistic children have more gray matter in areas of the brain that control social processing and sight-based learning than children without the developmental disability, a small study said on Wednesday [Nov. 28]. .. The researchers assessed patient brain function using a combination of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and a new imaging method called apparent diffusion coefficient based morphometry (ABM). Their findings were presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago.
Unlike earlier technology, the technique can detect subtle changes in thousands of small sections of the brain, said the study's lead author, Manzar Ashtari of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "Now we have sharper tools," Ashtari said in an interview,” quoting Reuters.
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8. “WINE MAY CALM INFLAMMATION IN BLOOD VESSELS” “Adding to evidence that a little wine can do a heart good, a new study suggests that women who drink moderate amounts may have less inflammation in their blood vessels.
Spanish researchers found that after four weeks of drinking two glasses of wine per day, women showed lower levels of certain inflammatory substances in their blood. The findings, reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggest a mechanism by which wine -- particularly red wine -- may protect the heart… Figuring out exactly how wine may protect the heart is important in order to prove that the link between wine and heart health is, in fact, a direct one, according to Dr. Emilio Sacanella, the lead researcher on the new study.
Studies that show wine drinkers to have better heart health do not prove that wine is the reason, explained Sacanella, of the University of Barcelona. Wine lovers may, for example, have generally better diets, higher exercise levels or other heart-healthy habits, he told Reuters Health,” quoting Reuters. [Ed. Note: Dr. Sacanella should see last week's Kleiner's Korner on the health affects of resveritrol, the greatest percentage of which is found in red wine.]
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9. STUDY: TEENS PAY LESS ATTENTION TO NEWS & ENGAGE IT LESS WHEN THEY DO "If those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it—as philosopher George Santayana, A.B. 1886, once wrote—and if news reports provide a first rough draft of history—as Philip Graham, LL.B. '39, the late publisher of the Washington Post, said in 1963—then today's teenagers may be setting their generation up for a lifetime of mistakes by avoiding the news.
Recent research by Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee professor of government and the press at the Kennedy School of Government, found that teenagers not only pay far less attention to news than adults do, but also that they engage less deeply with news sources: skimming headlines instead of reading full stories, or channel-surfing instead of watching an entire newscast. Among teens, 60 percent paid minimal or no attention to news; for adults 30 or younger, the figure was 48 percent, and for older adults, 23 percent," quoting Harvard Magazine.
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10. “OVERNIGHT SHIFT TO BE CLASSIFIED ‘PROBABLE'CANCER CAUSE” “Like UV rays and diesel exhaust fumes, working the graveyard shift will soon be listed as a "probable" cause of cancer…Next month, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer arm of the World Health Organization, will add overnight shift work as a probable carcinogen.
The American Cancer Society says it will likely follow. Up to now, the U.S. organization has considered the work-cancer link to be "uncertain, controversial or unproven."
The higher cancer rates don't prove working overnight can cause cancer. There may be other factors common among graveyard shift workers that raise their risk for cancer.
However, scientists suspect that overnight work is dangerous because it disrupts the circadian rhythm, the body's biological clock. The hormone melatonin, which can suppress tumor development, is normally produced at night.
If the graveyard shift theory eventually proves correct, millions of people worldwide could be affected. Experts estimate that almost 20 percent of the working population in developed countries work night shifts,” quoting CNN.
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11. “ABUNDANT EVIDENCE TO WARN PEOPLE AGAINST GE CROPS” “Working with more than 30 scientists worldwide, I documented 65 health risks of GE foods. There are thousands of toxic or allergic-type reactions in humans, thousands of sick, sterile, and dead livestock, and damage to virtually every organ and system studied in lab animals. Government safety assessments, including those of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), do not identify many of the dangers, and analysis reveals that industry studies submitted to FSANZ are designed to avoid finding them.
The process of inserting a foreign gene into a plant cell and cloning that cell into a GE crop produces hundreds of thousands of mutations throughout the DNA. Natural plant genes may be deleted or permanently turned on or off, and hundreds can change their function. This is why GE soy has less protein, an unexpected new allergen and up to seven times higher levels of a known soy allergen.
The only human feeding study conducted on GE foods found genes had transferred into the DNA of gut bacteria and remained functional. This means that long after we stop eating a GE food, its protein may be produced continuously inside our intestine,” quoting Jeffrey M. Smith, Executive director Institute for Responsible Technology Iowa, USA, in Environmental News Network.
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12. “FOOD BANKS IN A SQUEEZE, TIGHTEN BELTS” “Food banks around the country are reporting critical shortages that have forced them to ration supplies, distribute staples usually reserved for disaster relief and in some instances close.
"It's one of the most demanding years I've seen in my 30 years" in the field, said Catherine D'Amato, president and chief executive of the Greater Boston Food Bank, comparing the situation to the recession of the late 1970s.
Experts attributed the shortages to an unusual combination of factors, including rising demand, a sharp drop in federal supplies of excess farm products, and tighter inventory controls that are leaving supermarkets and other retailers with less food to donate,” quoting The New York Times.
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A COMMENT Several readers sent in responses to last week's story on the object in Greenland. Always trust your own knowingness. This one from Rense.com sums up one view: link here .

RAMTHA STUDENT NEWS A. A collection of JZ's interviews are now on one page at: link here
B. A collection of RSE student authors' books are now on one page & all are available for purchase through RSE online. Congratulations to all of them for their fine works: link here Watch Ramtha's Christmas Event from December 8th, 2007. Online Registration from Monday December 17 to Friday December 21st. Watch the video any time between Saturday December 22nd and Tuesday December 24th $19.99, Current students only Video will stream from Ramtha.TV to your home computer. This is not a downloadable video.
link here The much requested “Conversations with a Master – Q&A with Ramtha, March 20th, 2007” from Yelm is now available for download to current students who are registered users on Ramtha.TV. link here into your account and select Click: VIEW DOWNLOADABLE VIDEO TEACHINGS
E. The RSE December Newsletter is out and packed with Christmas goodies:
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LOCAL NOTES Covered last week on the Yelm Community Blog A. Wise counsel to parents of small children B. “'Freak of Nature' may have fueled Lewis County flood” C. Support our locally owned businesses: Dreamtime Signs D. Support our locally owned businesses: J E. Support our locally owned businesses: Prairie Techies F. Support our locally owned businesses: Pacific Rim G. Support our locally owned businesses: Tim's Pharmacy
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Every man stamps his value on himself... man is made great or small by his own will.”
J.C.Freidrich. von Schiller (1759-1805) German poet, philosopher, historian, and dramatist .
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KLEINER'S KORNER FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 3, 2007
Kleiner’s Korner acknowledges the work of Guustaaf Damave who supported this writer for over 6 years in this endeavor by providing his web expertise. Guus is moving on to other adventures and I am grateful for his contributions to this work and wish him well. link here
Guustaaf was the source and inspiration behind the creation of Yelm’s first Community Blog and has provided computer/internet support to the Blog for 1 ¾ years. This marks the last Kleiner’s Korner and Yelm Community Blog entries under Guustaaf’s tutelage. link here

Kleiner’s Korner & the Yelm Community Blog welcome Titan West’s Ryan Leisinger as our new computer/web technician. link here

Steve Klein


1. FOLLOW-UP ON RECENT STORIES A. “PSU TO STUDY KANZIUS INVENTION” [BURNING SALT-WATER PRODUCES POWER] "Another team of researchers at yet another major university will work full time on John Kanzius' external radio-wave generator.
Kanzius reached a joint working agreement Tuesday [Nov. 20] with Pennsylvania State University to develop uses for the device based on its ability to burn saltwater.
"I think this device will yield a gold mine of scientific material," said Rustum Roy, Ph.D., director and founder of Penn State's Materials Research Laboratory and worldwide expert on the structure of water. "In science, we want to see something really new. This is most unexpected -- to everybody, to every scientist."
Kanzius, a Millcreek Township inventor, will send one of his devices to State College within three to four weeks. A team of Penn State researchers will use it to conduct experiments within a month, Roy said...
Roy and his researchers will conduct experiments on the energy released from burning saltwater, the effectiveness of desalinating the water, and any other uses for the device other than treating cancer.
Kanzius and Penn State will equally split the profit from any intellectual property gained from the device...
Roy said he believes Kanzius' device uses radio waves to break the hydrogen-oxygen bond in saltwater using relatively little energy. He plans to study the energy released by breaking the bonds, and what is left when the bonds are broken," quoting the Erie, PA. Times-News.
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B. MUSLIM MALE TERRORISTS PROMISED 72 VIRGINS IN HEAVEN Received from a reader on last week’s story about teenage Muslim boy terrorists being promised 72 virgins in heaven upon their suicide to kill others: “Luxenberg tries to show that many obscurities of the Koran disappear if we read certain words as being Syriac and not Arabic. We cannot go into the technical details of his methodology but it allows Luxenberg, to the probable horror of all Muslim males dreaming of sexual bliss in the Muslim hereafter, to conjure away the wide-eyed houris promised to the faithful in suras XLIV.54; LII.20, LV.72, and LVI.22. Luxenberg's new analysis, leaning on the Hymns of Ephrem the Syrian, yields "white raisins" of "crystal clarity" rather than doe-eyed, and ever willing virgins - the houris. Luxenberg claims that the context makes it clear that it is food and drink that is being offered, and not unsullied maidens or houris,” quoting the UK’s Guardian from this 2002 story. link here
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2. FOLLOW-UP TO RECENT STORY ON VACCINATIONS IN CHILDREN A. NOV. 19TH STORY "PARENTS FACE JAIL FOR NOT VACCINATING THEIR KIDS" “Fox News, USA Today, and a number of other major media outlets reported this week on news from Maryland where dozens of parents were notified by a district court that either they vaccinate their children or go to jail. The media reports have caused a lot of confusion around the US among parents who have chosen not to vaccinate their children for certain illnesses based on concerns about possible negative impacts from the vaccines themselves. While the mainstream medical community claims vaccines are safe and effective, some people blame immunizations for a rise in autism and other medical problems. In actuality, there are no federal laws requiring vaccinations. Providing schools with vaccine exemption forms for your child is all that is required by federal law. If you have thoroughly researched the vaccine issue and have decided one or more vaccines may not be right for your children, follow this link to a website where you can download exemption forms for your state or country,” quoting the Organic Consumers Assn. link here
B. SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME – A VACCINATION LINK? “Many infants who suffer the so-called 'shaken baby syndrome' may be victims of undiagnosed vaccine damage. “While investigating the personal medical history of these babies based on the care-givers' diaries and medical records, I quickly established that these babies were given one or more of the series of so-called routine shots-hepatitis B, DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus), polio and HiB (Haemophilus influenzae type B)-shortly before they developed symptoms of illness resulting in serious brain damage or death,” quoting Viera Scheibner in Nexus Magazine.
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3. 19TH CENTURY SOFT-BONE SCOURGE RICKETS RETURNS TO USA’S CHILDREN “Too little milk, sunshine and exercise: It is an anti-bone trifecta. And for some children, shockingly, it is leading to rickets, the soft-bone scourge of the 19th century.
But cases of full-blown rickets are just the red flag: Bone specialists say possibly millions of seemingly healthy children in the U.S. are not building as much strong bone as they should — a gap that may leave them more vulnerable to bone-cracking osteoporosis later in life than their grandparents are.
‘This potentially is a time-bomb,’ says Dr. Laura Tosi, bone health chief at Children's National Medical Center in Washington,” quoting the AP. link here
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4. “AWAKENINGS: RETURN TO LIFE” “For decades now, minimally conscious people have been all but written off by the medical establishment, warehoused in nursing homes, with little hope of recovery. But as CNN's Anderson Cooper reports, incredible new discoveries are changing the way doctors view these people.
It turns out some may have been misdiagnosed and may be more aware than previously thought. What's even more surprising is that after receiving the popular sleeping pill Ambien, some minimally conscious people are actually waking up,” quoting CBS News 60 Minutes in this fantastic report aired November 25, 2007. [Ed. Note: Ramtha said years ago that people in coma are aware of what is going on and they are having their own journey & one day that would be seen in brain scans. That day has arrived.] link here
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5. “AUTISTIC TEEN’S HOOP DREAMS COME TRUE” “Senior Jason McElwain had been the manager of the varsity basketball team of Greece Athena High School in Rochester, N.Y.
McElwain, who's autistic, was added to the roster by coach Jim Johnson so he could be given a jersey and get to sit on the bench in the team's last game of the year.
Johnson hoped the situation would even enable him to get McElwain onto the floor a little playing time.
He got the chance, with Greece Athena up by double-digits with four minutes go to.
And, in his first action of the year, McElwain missed his first two shots, but then sank six three-pointers and another shot (video), for a total of 20 points in three minutes,” quoting this inspiring story from CBS News that aired on Feb 23, 2006.
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6. “AN 'ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE’ CHASES AWAY STRESS" “'Tis the season to give thanks, but recent studies show your health improves if you give thanks daily year round... “Hall suggests starting each day by giving thanks, like Doris does, or do what one of her clients does: ‘He actually sets the alarm on his blackberry so three times day it goes off and he stops-wherever he is,’ Hall said. ‘He stops, takes a deep breath and thinks of something he's grateful for. He says it's really changed his life,” quoting KING-5, NBC’s Seattle affiliate. link here .

7. “STUNNING” BELOW GROUND TEMPLES REVEALED IN ITALY “Nestling in the foothills of the Alps in northern Italy, 30 miles from the ancient city of Turin, lies the valley of Valchiusella. Peppered with medieval villages, the hillside scenery is certainly picturesque. But it is deep underground, buried into the ancient rock, that the region's greatest wonders are concealed…. For weaving their way underneath the hillside are nine ornate temples, on five levels, whose scale and opulence take the breath away. Constructed like a three-dimensional book, narrating the history of humanity, they are linked by hundreds of metres of richly decorated tunnels and occupy almost 300,000 cubic feet - Big Ben is 15,000 cubic feet,” quoting UK’s Daily Mail.
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8. “SCIENTISTS LOCATE REVVED UP CHEMICAL THAT MIMICS RED WINE” “Scientists at the Sirtris Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, Massachusetts under the direction of Christoph Wesphal have located chemicals that mimic resveratrol, the key ingredient in red wine. The Sirtris scientists published their findings in the current update of Nature-Signaling Gateway on November 30, 2007.
Previous studies on the positive effects of the chemical resversatrol found in red wine find that it acts as protection against fatty diets and resultant cell degeneration that occurs in the aging process. The main problem with resversatrol is that it takes a large amount of the chemical for humans or animals to appreciate the effect.
The scientists at Sirtris Pharmaceuticals have discovered chemicals that mimic resversatol, but may be taken at low dosages with little or no side-effects in their controlled studies,” quoting Physorg.com.
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9. “STALKED BY A CELLPHONE – WHO’S SPYING ON YOU?” “For most of us, the cell phone is our lifeline, but in the wrong hands it's can be a high-tech snooping device.
Somebody could be watching or listening with software that could turn your cell phone into their eyes and ears to track your every move.
‘Your phone can basically spy on you in a heartbeat," says security expert Howard Schmidt.’ As long as your cell phone is capable of Internet access, Schmidt says it can be hijacked -- and so can confidential e-mails, financial transactions and intellectual property, all without you ever knowing... The best defense? Never let your cell phone out of your sight. Schmidt says spy software can be installed in minutes,” quoting KOMO-TV 4, ABC’s Seattle affiliate.
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10. SECRET HOUSTON POLICE FLYING DRONE VIDEOED BY NBC AFFILIATE “Houston police test an unmanned aircraft at an event shrouded in secrecy, but Local 2 [KPRC TV 2, An NBC affiliate] Investigates caught it all on tape,” quoting KPRC.
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11. “AMERICA TO CELEBRATE FIVE EXTRAORDINARY ARTISTS” On Sunday, December 2, 2007 America celebrates as “The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announces its selection of individuals to receive the Kennedy Center Honors Award for 2007. Recipients to be honored at the 30th annual national celebration of the arts are: pianist Leon Fleisher, actor and writer Steve Martin, singer Diana Ross, film director Martin Scorsese, and songwriter Brian Wilson... Honors recipients are recognized for their lifetime of contributions to American culture through the performing arts - whether in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures or television...,” quoting the Kennedy Center.
link here The Gala will be broadcast on CBS on Wed., Dec. 26 at 9pm (EST). Check your local station for show times. Join host Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg for an extraordinary evening! View a video of past honorees:
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12. SOCIETY NEWS BURIED FROM VIEW A. Bush acknowledges Gore at White House for Noble Peace Prize
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B. Rep. Ron Paul (R- TX) testifying in a Congressional Q + A session with Fed. Reserve Chairman Bernanke on Nov. 8, 2007 about how the Federal Reserve causes monetary inflation. [Ed. Note: About time this is brought out to the public, if anyone cares!]
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C. “Letters were set be mailed Friday telling 75,000 current or former Wal-Mart workers in Washington that they are plaintiffs in a statewide class action against the retail giant… Set for trial in the spring of 2009, the suit is "the largest wage-and-hour class action ever certified in Washington state," class counsel Beth Terrell of Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC in Seattle said Friday [Nov. 30] at a news conference,” quoting the Seattle P-I. link here
D. “Whatever happened to ‘We the People’?” “The following is an excerpt from Thom Hartmann's new book, Cracking the Code: How to Win Hearts, Change Minds, and Restore America's Original Vision,” quoting AlterNet.com. link here
E. "'America is coming apart, decomposing, and...the likelihood of her survival as one nation...is improbable -- and impossible if America continues on her current course,' declares Pat Buchanan. 'For we are on a path to national suicide.' The best-selling author and former presidential candidate is on the eve of launching his new epic book: DAY OR RECKONING: HOW HUBRIS, IDEOLOGY AND GREED ARE TEARING AMERICA APART,” quoting Power Line News. [Ed. Note: I am no Republican fan, however these high-profile Republicans speaking out with this frankness gives me hope.] link here
F. “Why should we give thanks that the future holds no cheap oil? There are several reasons, but the first is that cheap oil has fueled a 50-year-long party in the industrialized West that has left us with an unsustainable economy that is wrecking the planet,” quoting an astute Kelpie Wilson in Truthout. link here
G. We may not agree with the war, however we can support the troops and their families during these difficult times for them. Washington Senator Patty Murray's website lists dozens of ways to help support our troops overseas and our returning veterans. This is a wonderful resource filled with free suggestions (send a virtual card) & ways to donate and/or contribute, as well as outreach programs for returning vets and their families. link here
H. “THE Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the United States wields its power in a way that is worse than Britain during its imperial heyday. Rowan Williams claimed that America’s attempt to intervene overseas by ‘clearing the decks’ with a ‘quick burst of violent action’ had led to ‘the worst of all worlds,’” quoting UK’s Sunday Times. link here
I. “Reuters reports, ‘An escalating mortgage crisis will push another 1.4 million US homes into foreclosure and drive nationwide property values lower by 7 percent next year, according to a report released on Tuesday [Nov. 27] by a group representing city mayors.’" link here
J. “New immigrants may be the best thing that ever happened to American cities, but don't wait for the leading presidential candidates to tell you that,” quoting this astute NEWSWEEK story. link here
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RAMTHA SCHOOL NEWS A. Announcing a holiday donation drive for Masters who are in need. Drop non-perishable food + cash donations at the Blue Bottle. Please Email contact@mastersconnection.com with any ideas, suggestions, etc.! link here B. Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment has announced worldwide Introductory Evenings and Weekend Workshops in January & February open to the public to “Create Your Year.” Bring your family and friends for this unique opportunity to create a fabulous 2008. link here C. Congratulations to Carlos Perez on his appointment to be a Democratic PCO officer for the Deschutes District outside of Yelm: link here The map of Carlos’s district: link here Carlos was also recently appointed Chair of the Yelm Planning Commission.
link here then click “Citizens Committees” then “Planning Commission” D. The most recent CSE Newsletter is out. [Ed. Note: Be sure to see how your Bleep Store purchases can help CSE.]
link here E. RSE student Jay Holcomb is one of the world's foremost authority on bird rescue and rehabilitation. He directed rescue efforts internationally for all of the major oil spills and has recently been engaged in San Francisco Bay's accident. Jay is Executive Director: link here International Bird Rescue Research Center: link here F. Nurture My Body is so proud for the outstanding scientific backing they have for the safety of their products. Congratulation to Rich Arnold & Patty Kerr:
link here G. Is this the Spring, 2008 event that Ramtha said would affect the world’s coastlines? Interesting reading from this 2001 CNN report, “While stressing that there is no indication it could happen soon, Atlantic coastlines in Europe, Africa and the Americas are under threat from a monster wave of Hollywood -- even Biblical -- proportions, scientists have warned. They fear that a massive landslide following a major volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands would send a 300-foot wave across the Atlantic, causing devastation to coastal towns and cities.” link here H. The Thurston County Board of Commissioners Public Hearing on Yelm's Comp. Plan Amendments will be Tuesday, December 4 at 6pm at the County Courthouse. This is a very important meeting to attend or send in your written comments to tell the Commissioners we do not accept the City of Yelm's conclusions that traffic conditions here are acceptable. If you cannot attend and wish to submit public comment, Aimee Swenson, Associate Planner for Development Services is the person to write, however you must do so in writing by December 3rd at 5pm, local time. You may email your comments directly to her at: swensoa@co.thurston.wa.us or via snail mail to: 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW Bldg.1, 2nd Floor Olympia, WA 98502 or Fax: 360-754-2939
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LOCAL NOTES Covered last week on the Yelm Community Blog: A. Dance & music with Dance N Create founder Jacqui Davis B. Yelm budget hearing, Mayor calls traffic, water critics “anti-growth” C. Thomas Mani’s “How to start beekeeping” class D. Bar Cinco happenings E. Local award winners hold marketing seminar F. Yelm policies under spotlight G. Yelm’s J & I Power Equipment wins national award
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Finding the right work is like discovering your own soul in the world.” Thomas Moore (1779-1852) Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer .

Kleiner’s Korner is copyrighted by Stephen R. Klein, 2007. For archived issues of Kleiner’s Korner, click on "Current Kleiner’s Korner and Archives" at link here Send comments to steve@kleinerskorner.com .