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Dear Readers;

This weekend is our Memorial Day holiday when America pauses to honor those that have given their lives in service to their country. The Yelm Community Blog host & Kleiner's Korner editor/publisher appreciates and honors all of those who have served to defend, protect, and preserve our country from outside invaders. Memorial Day was first called Decoration Day “to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action,” quoting Wikipedia. link here

On this Memorial Day, this writer’s thoughts and prayers are with the families that have had to endure monumental suffering at the hands of American Presidents & Congress by losing sons and daughters in deceptive wars that had little or nothing to do with defending this country and where THEY get swept aside in the “fog of war." These are families like Pat Tillman’s mother, who explained her story for CBS News 60 Minutes May 4, 2008. Mr. Tillman was an NFL football great who was inspired to enlist to serve his country after 9/11 and was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan, with the Pentagon covering-up the truth and using Tillman’s name to fabricate more deceptions. link here

This is not just a time of bar-b-ques & beer, celebrating schools letting out and the start of Summer. This is a time to pause, remember, honor and contemplate the bounty we have and those who defended our rights to have it all!


1. “TOP BILLIONAIRES HOLD SECRET MEETING”
“In a quiet meeting closed to the news media and the public, Bill Gates, David Rockefeller Sr., Oprah Winfrey and other leading philanthropists met in New York this month to discuss ways to promote efforts to solve growing social problems in America and abroad.
Together, the philanthropists in the room have committed a total of more than $72.5 billion to charitable causes since 1996, according to Chronicle of Philanthropy tallies.
The unusual event was held May 5 at Rockefeller University and was organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Among the high-profile participants were Ted Turner, Warren E. Buffett, George Soros and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg,” quoting The Chronicle of Philanthropy. link here
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2. USING MIND TO CONTROL MATTER
A new toy was demonstrated on ABC TV with a device that reads mind waves to levitate – a ping-pong ball, with absolute focus! From ABC News May 22, 2009. Robin Roberts says on-air, “Focus, baby, focus!” link here

About the toy called The Force Trainer of toymaker Uncle Milton Industries
From USA Today: link here
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3. “MOTHER GIVES BIRTH TO TWINS WITH DIFFERENT DADS”
“How did it happen? Every month a woman's ovary releases one egg that can be fertilized by one sperm. But in this case, a pair of eggs emerged.
Sperm, meanwhile, can remain alive and well and viable for up to five days in the reproductive tract. Thus a woman can have sex with different men within those five days and the sperm “just kind of hang out there waiting for the egg to be released,” Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University, told Meredith Vieira on TODAY.
Washington, who just turned 20, admitted to her partner that she had sex with another man within that five-day window — hence, the double conception.
The mystery began to be solved when her partner, 44-year-old James Harrison, became concerned that Justin and Jordan, born only 7 minutes apart, looked so different. A paternity test followed,” quoting TODAY on NBC. [Ed. Note: Bravo for such a great attitude from father James Harrison!] link here
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4. “BACK ON COURSE” ISRAELI BLIND MAN IS GOLF WONDER
“Even with all their novice blundering, Sharon managed to win tournaments and people were amazed. The well-known golf journalist Lawrence Rubenstein came to see him play in Mapleton, Canada. On the third hole Sharon knocked his second shot into the hole from 150 meters away for a rare eagle. ‘Rubenstein was so shocked that a blind guy with no golf experience could make that kind of a shot that he gave me his clubs,’ Sharon laughs. "He walked off the course and said he would never play golf again as long as he lived!’" quoting the Jerusalem Post, from July, 2008.
link here
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5. “U. S. DOCTORS’ ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR MORATORIUM ON GM FOODS”
“The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has just issued a call for an immediate moratorium on Genetically Manipulated (GMO) Foods. In a just-released position paper on GMO foods, the AAEM states that ‘GM foods pose a serious health risk’ and calls for a moratorium on GMO foods. Citing several animal studies, the AAEM concludes ‘there is more than a casual association between GMO foods and adverse health effects’ and that ‘GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health.’ The report is a devastating blow to the multibillion dollar international agribusiness industry, most especially to Monsanto Corporation, the world’s leading purveyor of GMO seeds and related herbicides.
In a press release dated May 19, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, which describes itself as ‘an international association of physicians and other professionals dedicated to addressing the clinical aspects of environmental health,’" quoting Financial Sense. link here
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6. NOAH’S ARK REPLICA OPEN TO VISITORS
“Of course, it's only a replica of the biblical Ark, built by Dutch creationist Johan Huibers as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible.
Reckoning by the old biblical measurements, Johan's fully functional ark is 150 cubits long, 30 cubits high and 20 cubits wide. That's two-thirds the length of a football field and as high as a three-story house,” quoting FOX news.
[Ed. Note: While this opened April 29, 2007, though this of interest!]
link here

Pictures: link here
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7. “'MISSING LINK' FOUND: New Fossil Links Humans, Lemurs?”
“The fossil, he says, bridges the evolutionary split between higher primates such as monkeys, apes, and humans and their more distant relatives such as lemurs.
‘This is the first link to all humans," Hurum, of the Natural History Museum in Oslo, Norway, said in a statement. Ida represents ‘the closest thing we can get to a direct ancestor,’” quoting National Geographic. link here
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8. THIS IS SO COOL
“Hear what the brain scanner sees. Data from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) are converted to musical sound. (This is the short version; See the 6-part "Music of the Hemispheres" for more.) Data are preprocessed into "independent components," regions of the brain which activate or deactivate in unison. Each component is assigned a tone, and the tone gets louder or softer in proportion to the degree of activity in the corresponding brain region. So, a melody is the moving center of metabolic energy, dancing all over the brain,” quoting YouTube: link here
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9. “NOAA: MILD SOLAR STORM SEASON PREDICTED”
“Although its peak is still four years away, a new active period of Earth-threatening solar storms will be the weakest since 1928, predicts an international panel of experts led by NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center and funded by NASA. Despite the prediction, Earth is still vulnerable to a severe solar storm,” quoting National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). link here
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10. A CHANGING DETROIT!
A. “AS DETROIT CRUMBLES, CHINA EMERGES AS AUTO EPICENTER”
“Buying up iconic brands such as Hummer or Saturn could supply Chinese automakers with the technological expertise to help them leapfrog past long-established competitors, said Kelly Sims Gallagher, a lecturer at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, who wrote a book on Chinese automakers.

'That's where Chinese firms are weakest,' she said. 'They have world-class business and manufacturing capabilities now. What they still lack is technological know-how, systems integration, being able to design new vehicles from scratch and get them to a manufacturing line.'

China still suffers from its reputation of being a copycat manufacturer. An acquisition could lend clout to some of the nation's 100 car companies that are largely unknown outside their home country.

Such a deal would be 'off-the-shelf legitimacy that you can purchase,' said Aaron Bragman, an auto analyst with IHS Global Insight, from the Washington Post: link here

B. “GETTING DETROIT BACK TO WORK"
"Bill Parker, who heads the local union at a Detroit-area Chrysler plant, wonders why the administration’s restructuring plan will empty auto factories and disperse thousands of skilled workers in the Midwest who’ve spent a lifetime shaping metal into useful things.

Why not retain workers who already know how to manufacture complex machines, Parker says, and make use of exhausted auto factories, rather than letting them crumble?" quoting Labor Notes: link here
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11. ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS
A. “US to Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Autos”
From Truthout in the LA Times: US to Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Autos
link here

B. “UN Chief Urges Action on Growing Climate-Change Risk”
From the AFP in Truthout: link here

C. 4.75 earthquake near LAX cause for concern:
From the LA Times: link here

D. “It's Nature's Law: When People Arrive, Animals Vanish”
From McClatchey Newspapers: link here

E. “Peabody [Coal] looking to the wind in Wyoming?”
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: link here
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12. SOCIO-ECONOMIC NEWS
A. “Housing construction plunges to record low in April”
From the LA Times: link here

B. “Prenatal Selection of Boys Is Growing”
From LeMonde in Truthout: link here

C. “America's poor are its most generous givers”
From McClatchey Newspapers: link here

D. “Are Wall Street speculators driving up gasoline prices?”
From McClatchey Newspapers: link here

E. In the UK: “Taxman can use database of ID cards to track our spending habits and bank accounts”
[Ed. Note: Will the USA be next?]
From UK’s Mail: link here

F. “Not-So-Safe-Deposit Boxes: States Seize Citizens' Property to Balance Their Budgets”
“Resources to Search for Unclaimed Property in Your Name”
[Ed. Note: how many times over the last 8 years have I said nothing is safe in “safety deposit boxes.”!?]
From America’s ABC News: link here
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THE NATION
A. “FBI infiltrated Iowa anti-war group before GOP convention”
From the Des Moines Register: link here

B. “Groups Seek Disbarment for Bush's Top Lawyers”
From CNN: link here

C. “The Disease of Permanent War”
From Truthdig: link here

D. Fabulous video put together to entice Michelle Obama to come speak to graduating class at UC Merced: link here

“MICHELLE OBAMA COMMENCEMENT SPEECH: UC Merced (VIDEO, FULL TEXT)”:
From the Huffington Post:
link here

E. “Dick Cheney launches shock-and-awe campaign against Obama”
[Ed. Note: A very astute op-ed from Maureen Dowd, a columnist for The New York Times.]
link here
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RAMTHA STUDENT NEWS
A. Introducing Mimi’s Waves.
“I create brainwave entrainment CDs that I sell as downloads on my website. I have been working with brainwave entrainment frequencies since 2001 and in earnest since I became a student at the school,” quoting Mimi Pracna. link here

B. Introducing Margaret Gilbride’s garden update & blog:
link here

C. There was an Evening with Ramtha, May 20th
link here

D. Dr. Karriem H. Ali - Influenza and Immunity - Becoming Pandemic-proof
FREE LECTURE IN YELM
EVENT DETAILS: Friday, May 29 2009
Rosemont Retirement and Assisted Living Community
215 Killion Rd. NW, Yelm, WA 98597
7:00pm - 10:00pm
From MastersConnection:
link here
From Beyond the Ordinary: link here

E. The RSE/UK website for the United Kingdom went online last week. Check it out!
Congratulations to UK coordinator Keith Clampton:
link here

F. Ramtha Live in France and Italy!
Kleiner’s Korner will give a report from France next week!
link here

G. Father's Day Gifts for All of the Men in Your Life
From JZ-Rose: link here

H. Tyronne Wells song “More” played in the Great Hall May 20th.
Requested by JZ to listen to the lyrics:
link here

I. My interview on Beyond the Ordinary discussing City of Yelm issues now available: “The Root of Reality”: link here

J. JZ Knight’s website discusses the City of Yelm's lack of public discourse on water last week:
This affects the future of our School: link here
And, the full-page ad JZ placed in area newspapers to inform the public:
link here

K. Ramtha – “Your Thoughts Matter.....Literally”
link here
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LOCAL NOTES
Covered last week of the Yelm Community Blog
A. Putting the highlands marketing claims in perspective
B. Wal-Mart’s connector to 103rd now 6 months overdue
C. Yelm Bypass Update – you won’t hear from Mayor Harding or newspaper
D. Wilcox farms celebrates 100 years in area
E. City & Newspaper continue to hoodwink the public – why?
F. Regional Fire District Public Hearing May 26th
G. Support our locally owned businesses: Sharon’s Hair Salon
H. USA’s Memorial Day, 2009
link here
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving -- we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -- but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor."
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1824)
American physician, professor, lecturer and author.
From Wikipedia: link here
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Kleiner’s Korner is copyrighted by Stephen R. Klein, 2009.

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 MAY 18 2009
Coast to Coast AM guest Katherine Albrecht gave an informative interview for all Americans to beware of the 2010 Census-takers next year:

“Katherine Albrecht is a consumer privacy expert and the Founder and Director of CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering), a national consumer organization created in 1999 to educate consumer-citizens about shopper surveillance. Ms. Albrecht is widely recognized as one of the world's leading experts on consumer privacy. She regularly speaks on the consumer privacy and civil liberties impacts of new technologies, with an emphasis on RFID and retail issues.” link here


1. 35,000 YEAR OLD STATUETTE FOUND!
“No one would mistake the Stone Age ivory carving for a Venus de Milo. The voluptuous woman depicted is, to say the least, earthier, with huge, projecting breasts and sexually explicit genitals.
Nicholas J. Conard, an archaeologist at the University of Tübingen, in Germany, who found the small carving in a cave last year, said it was at least 35,000 years old, “one of the oldest known examples of figurative art” in the world. It is about 5,000 years older than some other so-called Venus artifacts made by early populations of Homo sapiens in Europe.
Another archaeologist, Paul Mellars of the University of Cambridge, in England, agreed and went on to remark on the obvious. By modern standards, he said, the figurine’s blatant sexuality “could be seen as bordering on the pornographic.”
The tiny statuette was uncovered in September in a cave in southwestern Germany, near Ulm and the Danube headwaters. Dr. Conard’s report on the find is being published Thursday in the journal Nature,” quoting the New York Times.
[Ed. Note: Need I say more about intelligent life here 35,000 years ago? These were not cavemen...] link here
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2. “IS STRANGE CARCASS ANOTHER ‘MONTAUK MONSTER’”
“An odd creature has apparently washed up on New York's coast, sparking claims that it may be another so-called "Montauk Monster."
A similar carcass sparked an online and media frenzy last July after appearing at a popular surfing spot near Montauk, N.Y.
Nicky Papers, who runs a Web site dedicated to the mystery, says he was contacted by a couple on May 5 who "think they’ve found what appears to be the Montauk Monster" on the North Fork of Long Island,” quoting MSNBC. link here
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3. “FAMOUS PEOPLE PAINTING…”
“Famous People Painting with Wiki Links & mouse over tagging”
“Painting by Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi, and Zhang An, 2006, oil on canvas - Image mapping with titles and wikipedia links”
This is fantastic from Cliptank: link here
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4. “INSPIRING MICHELLE”
“Barack Obama's first 100 days in power are also Michelle Obama's as first lady of the United States...

In a very short time, Michelle Obama has succeeded in transforming a function that could have easily been limited to the formal role defined by protocol, accompanied by a few charitable works and a heightened interest in the color of the Blue Room drapes, into a more meaningful role in the eyes of the American people.
Simply think about the title "Mom-in-Chief" - a real stroke of genius on the communications front - that has allowed Mrs. Obama to speak to American women while offering them the impression that they're on the same level.
That's what's fascinating about Michelle Obama: this facility for convincing us that she's a woman like other women, that hers is an ordinary American family dealing with the same day-to-day issues - homework, dinner, walking the dog - as other North American families. Which is not altogether groundless, even though it's totally remote from the reality of the wife of a president of the United States. It is a bit of a mystery how the Obama couple pulls off this tour de force, but in any case, they display great class even as they demonstrate a disarming naturalness,” from Quebec’s LaPresse in Truthout. link here
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5. “SELF-HEALING CONCRETE FOR SAFER, MORE DURABLE INFRASTRUCTURE”
“A concrete material developed at the University of Michigan can heal itself when it cracks. No human intervention is necessary—just water and carbon dioxide,” quoting the University of Michigan. link here
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6. INTRODUCING “TOP 100 RECYCLING SITES”
“Editors at the World Environmental Organization have located over 1,000 of the most useful environment related web sites. These sites have been arranged into several categories, each containing 100 web sites,” quoting the World Environmental Organization. link here
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7. “SWITCHED AT BIRTH, WOMEN MEET 56 YEARS LATER”
“On a spring day in 1953, two baby girls were born at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in eastern Oregon. They grew up happily, got married, had kids of their own and became grandparents. Then last summer their lives were turned upside down.
Kay Rene Reed Qualls found out that she and DeeAnn Angell Shafer were switched at birth.
They recently met for the first time and underwent DNA tests after a woman who knew both their mothers called Qualls' brother with her suspicion,” quoting the AP. link here
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8. “RARE EYE SURGERY LETS DAD SEE SON FOR FIRST TIME”
“Stephen Armitage of Yorkshire, England, was born blind in his right eye, and the bad vision in his left eye went hazy after an infection caused by a contact lens three years ago.
But three months ago, the 36-year-old father of two underwent a rare seven-hour surgery that allowed him to see his youngest son, 20-month-old Harry, for the first time, reports the United Kingdom's Daily Mail…
A team of surgeons at St. James University Hospital in Leeds fixed a detached retina and a dislocated lens, then grafted on a cornea from a donor.” quoting MSNBC. link here
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9. INTRODUCING “CENTERWATCH”
“Do you or someone you care about have a serious medical condition? Have you wondered if there's a way to keep up with the research about treatments for it? This site may provide the answers. It offers news, directories, analysis, and proprietary market research on clinical research for a variety of conditions. You will find a database of clinical trials, a subscription service for notifications, a list of recently approved drugs, and a collection of additional resources,” quoting Fairpoint Communications' Newsletter.
link here
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10. FABULOUS! ANOTHER MASTERFUL PERFORMANCE ON BRITIAN’S GOT TALENT
“Gregg Pritchard - Nessun Dorma - Britain's Got Talent 2009”
From YouTube May 9th: link here

And:
Andrew Lloyd Webber eyes future for Susan Boyle (Britain’s Got Talent performer that shook the world):
From CNN: link here
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11. ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS
A. “9.0 quake could crumble Seattle”
From KING-5 TV (NBC): link here

B. “Washington state, California ponder high-speed rail line”
From McClatchy Newspapers: link here

C. “Toxic mercury in seas tied to algae, air”
“Study finds the process by which ocean fish can become poisoned”
From Discovery: link here

D. “House OKs $6.4 billion to make schools greener”
From CNN: link here

E. “Chicago becomes first city to ban BPA bottles, cups”
From the Chicago Sun-Times: link here
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12. SOCIO-ECONOMIC NEWS
A. One of my heroes and ideals tells it like it is on CNN’s Larry King Live: Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura: link here

B. “The Ugly Truth Behind Organic Food”
“The organic labeling standards do nothing to denote how farms treat their workers. Is your organic food a humanitarian nightmare?”
From AlterNet: link here

C. “Hot in recession: Chocolate, running shoes, Spam [and wine, guns and gold coins]”
From the AP: link here

D. “Face transplant patient forgives shooter”
“Connie Culp's husband imprisoned after failed murder-suicide in 2004”
[Ed. Note: What a courageous lady to go public. Bless this woman for showing us all of her strength and courage! Click the slide show to # 4 to see her prior to the shooting!]
From the AP on MSNBC: link here

E. “Swine flu is windfall for some top tourism spots”
“Cities like Seattle, S.F. welcome extra revenue from unexpected guests”
From the AP: link here

F. “Next challenge for banks: Credit card losses”
“Number usually tracks unemployment, but this time it may be worse”
From the New York Times: link here

G. “Fewer Americans taking vacations this summer”
“Poll shows one-third of Americans have already canceled at least one trip”
From the AP: link here

H. “Worries growing about commercial real estate”
“Delinquency rates at hotels, office buildings have more than doubled”
From the AP: link here
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13. THE NATION
A. President Obama has obviously had the reigns pulled in on him by the powers that be in recent days. These are VERY disturbing news stories:
1. “In reversal, Obama seeks to block abuse photos”
From the AP: link here

2. “Barack Obama's key climate bill hit by $45m PR campaign”
“Surge in oil, gas and coal industry lobbying against Democratic leadership on 'cap and trade' legislation”
From UK’s Guardian: link here

3. “Obama to renew military tribunals”
“He had pledged during the presidential campaign to end the controversial trials of terrorism suspects. Human rights groups are outraged.”
[Ed. Note: And so am I! My first major disagreement with President Obama.]
From the LA Times: link here

B. “Torture Continues at Guantánamo Bay”
From AlterNet in Truthout: link here
And from the BBC:
“Anger at Obama Guantanamo ruling”
link here

C. “Why the Caged Bird Sang”
[Ed Note: Excellent story on Dick Chaney’s recent public foray].
From Truthout: link here
And
“Dick Cheney, Patron Saint of Torture-Free”
“Hitler gave anti-Semitism a bad name," as many high-born Europeans used to say, yearning for the good old days when all right-thinking people could disparage Jews in public. Former Vice President Dick Cheney is similarly giving torture an odious reputation, all in his zeal to prove himself the rightest thinking guy in America. By the time he's finished with his mouthy defense of "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques," no one with any sense will want to have anything to do with them, at least not where others can see or hear,” from Truthout. link here

D. “Prosecutors to Question Rove on US Attorney Firings”
[Ed Note: FINALLY!]
From the Washington Post:
link here
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RAMTHA STUDENT NEWS
A. The next Ramtha One on One Auction ends at 5PM Yelm Time Tuesday, May 19th
Enter your bid for your session in France or Yelm: link here

B. JZ Knight was a guest on CNN’s Larry King Live on May 16th. See the archive here:
link here

C. Introduced by Larry King on CNN on May 16th, Ramtha's book and the long-awaited Last Waltz of the Tyrants REVISITED is now available for sale at JZ Rose Yelm Park & RSE Online:
link here

D. Ramtha, Live in France! Open to the Public!
See the announcement translated in 6 languages: link here

E. Ramtha.tv: Mexico replay stream last weekend!!!! Open to the public!
link here

F. JZ's Closet Fabulous New Arrivals at JZ Rose!
link here

G. Honoring 3 beautiful RSE students who passed in recent days:
- Al Victor to be remembered at Lawrence Lake Lodge 2pm on May 24th
Bring your own drink & food to share to both
- Maria Ellinger to be remembered at 17420 Heather Ln. SE, Yelm, Nisqually Pines
May 23rd, 2-5pm
Bring your own drink & food to share to both
- Former JZK, Inc. & RSE bookstore employee Sharen Cutler passed and will be having no public ceremony.
Godspeed and wonderful adventures to these three beloved beings who touched our lives & hearts, and enriched our School and the Yelm area!

H. CSE honors the mothers of CSE children and announces their Summer Camp Program
In this week’s Newsletter. Free registration required:
link here

I. Fabulous Lulu Guinness Shoe Sale at JZ Rose!
link here

J. Last week’s reminder of how our School touches us garnered several thank-yous.
This week’s touching moment to pause and remember your time at our School: “Orbs in infrared from Yelm Mini Assay. August 2008” link here
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LOCAL NOTES
Covered last week of the Yelm Community Blog
A. NVN covers Highlands default while Mayor get citizen of the year award
B. Chamber of Commerce Board awards their own board members
C. City Council to put citizen suggestion to update Vision Plan on agenda
D. City plans to avoid EIS and use MDNS to pump 5 times more water than in 2008
E. Arts walk this week & for the first time in Rainier
F. JZ Knight on CNN’s Larry King Show
G. Wild edible plants workshop offered in Yelm
H. Both The Olympian & NVN have front-page headline stories on Highland’s default
I. Arbor Day in Yelm
J. Yelm Community Blog breaks viewer records every day last week
K. County Commissioner holds Yelm coffee May 18th
link here
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.
David Viscott (1938-1966)
American psychiatrist, author, businessman, and media personality
From Wikipedia: link here
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Kleiner’s Korner is copyrighted by Stephen R. Klein, 2009.

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 MAY 11, 2009
“RON HOWARD TUSSLES WITH VATICAN OVER FILM”
“‘Angels and Demons’ director says Vatican influenced where he could film,” quoting the AP.
[Ed. Note: This is a very revealing story about how the Church does not want the truth to be known!] link here


1. “A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP MAY BE THE BEST PROTECTION AGAINST A PANDEMIC”
“Going to bed may be one of the best ways of protecting yourself from viruses and other diseases. Although the traditional recommendation for sleep is 8 hours a night, the average American sleeps only about 6 1/2 hours. The highly motivated have figured out ways to get by on 4 hours of sleep, and they even brag about it. Only about one in four Americans gets the full 8 hours. Yet research shows that sleep is an important predictor of reduced immunity and susceptibility to disease. Humans with shorter sleep times have recently been shown to be more susceptible to a virus as the result of their lowered disease resistance.

People getting good nights sleep were 550% less likely to contract a virus,” quoting Natural News. link here
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2. “PFIZER SIGNS LICENSE FOR STEM CELL RESEARCH”
“The world's largest drugmaker has signed a license with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation to use human embryonic stem cells.

Pfizer Medicine's chief scientific officer, Ruth McKernan, says her company will use the cell lines to "explore a whole new range of therapies." McKernan says potential uses include creating specialized human tissue and new medicines that improve the way cells regenerate damaged tissue.

With annual revenue of more than $48 billion, Pfizer is the biggest of the 35 companies to sign an embryonic stem cell license with the foundation.

WARF holds several key patents that are based on the work of James Thomson, a University of Wisconsin-Madison scientist,” quoting the Milwaukee Journal.
link here
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3. “A BUDGET CURE: MARIJUANA TAXES”
“Daniel Stein says the salvation of U.S. taxpayers could be marijuana...

Stein believes Washington could begin to balance its books now if politicians would take a serious look at his industry. The owner of two retail outlets that he claims generate $1 million in revenue annually, Stein says he pays around $80,000 a year in sales taxes to the state of California. But the federal government, which does not acknowledge Stein's sales as legitimate commerce, gets nothing from his business,” quoting Money Central on MSN. link here
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4. BUMBLEBEE FLIGHT ‘TRIUMPH OF POWER OVER FINESSE’”
“Brute force rather than aerodynamic efficiency is the key to bumblebee flight, Oxford University scientists have discovered...
Professor Adrian Thomas of Oxford’s Department of Zoology, co-author of the report, said: ‘a bumblebee is a tanker-truck, its job is to transport nectar and pollen back to the hive. Efficiency is unlikely to be important for that way of life,’” quoting the University of Oxford. link here
And this video from MSNBC: link here
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5. WHAT THE COMING 2010 CENSUS MEANS TO YOU!
Dr. Katherine Albrecht on Coast to Coast AM on May 6th discussing the intrusive approach to the census, GPS of your front door and the UN. [Ed. Note: This was VERY sobering & enlightening!]
link here
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6. “STATUE OF LIBERTY’S CROWN TO REOPEN JULY 4TH"
Finally, some of the last vestiges of ridiculousness of the Bush Administration are going by-by! From the LA Times: link here
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7. “AN INVENTION THAT COULD CHANGE THE INTERNET FOREVER”
“The biggest internet revolution for a generation will be unveiled this month with the launch of software that will understand questions and give specific, tailored answers in a way that the web has never managed before.

The new system, Wolfram Alpha, showcased at Harvard University in the US last week, takes the first step towards what many consider to be the internet's Holy Grail – a global store of information that understands and responds to ordinary language in the same way a person does,” quoting UK’s Independent.
link here
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8. “DOLPHINS KEEP EYE OUT WHILE SLEEPING”
“Dolphins have a clever trick that doesn’t involve jumping in the air for fish: They can overcome sleep deprivation and remain constantly vigilant for days at a time by resting one half of their brain while the other half remains conscious.
Because they need to periodically come up for air and keep an eye out for potential predators, dolphins can't curl up and zonk out at night like land mammals can. So they must stay somewhat conscious and sleep with the proverbial one eye open,” quoting LiveScience. link here
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9. “FORMER AREA 51 SCIENTISTS BREAK THEIR DECADES-LONG SILENCE”
“Former employees of the mysterious and infamous Area 51 are now breaking their decades-long silence and coming forward to talk about their work at the ultra-secret military facility.

For decades there have been reports of UFO sightings near Area 51 but the CIA only recently declassified a program that may explain some of those sightings,” quoting Raw Story & FOX News.
link here
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10. LAUGHTER IS INFECTIOUS & GOOD FOR THE SOUL!
“Watch this video when in a bad mood, it will cheer you up.
It would be a shame not to laugh.”
From YouTube: link here
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11. ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS
A. “Rain Forest Residents, Texaco Face Off in Ecuador”
From National Public Radio: link here
And, this from CBS 60 Minutes:
link here

B. “Air Pollution Endangers Lives of Six in 10 Americans”
From ENS: link here

C. White Deer in Wisconsin’s Boulder Junction lakes region
From PBS: link here

D. “Climate chaos predicted by CO2 study”
“World will have exceeded 2050 safe carbon emissions limit by 2020, scientists say”
From UK’s Independent:
link here

E. “Huge Radar Image Captured above Switzerland”
From UFO casebook: link here

F. “Marine Protection as Empire Expansion”
From Foreign Policy in Focus: link here
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12. SOCIO-ECONOMIC NEWS
A. “Pet Airways, an airline designed just for pets.”
From the Chicago Tribune: link here

B. Michael Moore writes about Bernie Madoff
[Ed. Note: This one is a must-read. Michael hits the nail on the head!]
From TIME Magazine:
link here

C. “Why Latin America's left keeps winning”
“Washington's foreign policy establishment has been proven wrong. Latin America is more stable and democratic than ever”
From UK’s Guardian: link here

D. “The new homeless: Lost homes, lost jobs, teetering lives”
From the Charlotte (NC) Observer: link here

E. “When Government Plays Doctor”
From Congressman Ron Paul: link here

F. "Do We Need to Gut Our Public Schools in Order to Save Them?”
From NOW on Truthout: link here

G. “Walking the Cyberbeat”
“To make Facebook advertiser-friendly, its 'porn cops' delete risqué content and enforce decorum.”
From Newsweek: link here

H. “81 unusual projects get $100K in Gates grants”
From the AP: link here

I. Deepok Chopra: The Toxic residue of torture”
[Ed. Note: Amazingly astute observations!]
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
link here

J. “Watching Us Save, One Cart At A Time”
“Wal-Mart has a unique vantage point for tracking the recession. How it's playing in the grocery aisles.”
From Newsweek: link here

K. “Has Star Trek lost its moral relevance?
From Newsweek: link here
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THE NATION
A. “Obama boosting taxes on multinational corporations”
From The Hill: link here
AND:
“Obama proposes end to oil, gas industry tax breaks”
From the AP: link here

B. “Standing on Ceremony”
“Is the press showing more respect for Obama than Bush?”
From Slate: link here

C. “Ron Paul to Bernanke: Continue Down Path of Socializing Our Entire Economy + Transparency”
On YouTube: link here

D. “Top Senate Democrat: bankers "own" the U.S. Congress”
From Salon: link here

E. ‘Why the Faithful Approve of Torture”
From the Washington Post: link here

F. “Ron Paul’s Economic Theories Winning GOP Converts”
“Congressman's Clout Grows Within GOP Minority, Among Some Dems”
From Washington Independent: link here
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RAMTHA STUDENT NEWS
A. Ramtha in Mexico video stream open to the public May 16-17
link here

B. Resveritrol fights flu viruses
link here

C. Ramtha, Live in France! Open to the Public! May 27-30
link here
See Mike Wright’s 2008 touching message from France, 2008
link here

D. Ramtha’s April Newsletter is out and packed with information:
- Ramtha’s Predictions on the Invisible Threat of Viruses in Light of Recent News Headlines
From the recent RSE Newsletter: link here

- Ramtha on Growing Your Own Food and Saving Seeds for the Future
From the RSE Newsletter: link here

See the full RSE Newsletter here: link here

E. The next Ramtha 1 on 1 auction is now open:
link here

F. “CSE is seeking a full-time 3rd & 4th grade teacher, a full time 5th & 6th grade teacher, and a part-time Physical Education teacher to join our faculty for the 2009-2010 school year.”
And:
The Children’s School of Excellence invites you to a Star Studded Celebration at our Sixth Annual Auction on Saturday, June 27th, 2009.
To view the event information, click here:
link here

To purchase dinner tickets, click here:
link here

G. “SuperConsciousness Magazine will be hosting local Artist Elizabeth Martin during this year’s ART WALK. link here
A special reception has been planned for Friday, May 15th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Come and celebrate one of Yelm’s truly great artists.
305 Van Trump (2 blocks immediately behind Gordon’s Garden Center)
link here

H. Thorsten & Sina Heidemann provide information about the long term storage of bulk food or the shelf life of canned food. The information is available in German, English, Italian, Spanish and French. They ship throughout Europa. link here

I. Miss your School & want to be touched by all you remember & love here?
Even in May, this video will touch your soul, baby!
link here
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LOCAL NOTES
Covered last week of the Yelm Community Blog
A. City Proclamation: May is bicycle commuter month
B. Local Linda Evans wins on UK reality tv show
C. Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)
D. Support our locally owned businesses: Yelm Prairie [Bowling] Lanes
E. City malfeasance behind 2/3 of a million debt
F. A call to action against city’s behavior by a blog reader
G. Rainier High School play opens through next weekend
G. Honoring our mothers on Mother’s Day
link here
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen."
Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)
American architect, interior designer, writer and educator
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Kleiner’s Korner is copyrighted by Stephen R. Klein, 2009.

For archived issues of Kleiner’s Korner,
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KLEINER'S KORNER FOR WEEK OF MAY 4, 2009
There certainly has been enough in the news about the Swine Flu issue last week. You can make your own assessment about all of the hype, however here are some stories I found of interest connected with this issue:
A. Google Map of reported cases
link here

B. ScienceMag.org’s coverage:
link here

C. From the CDC: link here

D. PandemicFlu.gov, "…an official U.S. Government Web site managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services." link here

E. “The avian flu scam”
From Brasscheck TV: link here

F. "Homeopathy for Influenza"
"When the flu strikes. Think Homeopathy! Its time has come..."
From FluSolution: link here

G. For an interesting perspective from Congress member and former Presidential Candidate Rep. Ron Paul on the Swine Flu. This video is several days old and now we have alot of more cases and a death in the USA, however Dr. Paul tells it like it is. link here

H. "Swine Flu Was Cultured In A Laboratory"
"Dr. John Carlo, Dallas Co. Medical Director says"
"Was this a slip-up or an admission that this new super-strain of swine influenza was deliberately cultured in a laboratory and released?"
From CBS's Dallas affiliate video: link here

I. "As Swine Flu Spreads, Conspiracy Theories of Laboratory Origins Abound"
“This strain of influenza contains viral code fragments from:
Human influenza
Bird Flu from North America
Swine flu from Europe
Swine flu from Asia
This is rather astonishing to realize, because for this to have been a natural combination of viral fragments, it means an infected bird from North America would have had to infect pigs in Europe, then be re-infected by those some pigs with an unlikely cross-species mutation that allowed the bird to carry it again, then that bird would have had to fly to Asia and infected pigs there, and those Asian pigs then mutated the virus once again (while preserving the European swine and bird flu elements) to become human transmittable, and then a human would have had to catch that virus from the Asian pigs -- in Mexico! -- and spread it to others. (This isn't the only explanation of how it could have happened, but it is one scenario that gives you an idea of the complexity of such a thing happening).” From Natural News: link here

J. "Mexico says flu could not have originated there"
From Reuters,
"But Lezana said the presence of Eurasian swine flu genes in the H1N1 virus makes it unlikely that the disease originated in a Mexican pig farm," Miguel Angel Lezana, Mexico's chief epidemiologist, told reporters. link here


1. “EXPLORING RE-WIRING OF THE BRAIN”
“Neuroscientist Michael Merzenich looks at one of the secrets of the brain's incredible power: its ability to actively re-wire itself. He's researching ways to harness the brain's plasticity to enhance our skills and recover lost function,” from TED.
link here
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2. "THELMA AND LOUIS, INTER-SPECIES BEST BUDS”
This precious story is from Bristol, VA on MSNBC:
link here
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3. “SCIENTISTS FIND NEW WAY TO CREATE STEM CELLS”
“Scientists have converted adult cells into embryonic-like stem cells by using chemical programming instead of genetic manipulation.
Gene manipulation is an older method that has posed the risk of serious health problems such as cancer, the researchers explained…
research leader Sheng Ding, an associate professor at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., said in a Scripps news release,” quoting Forbes.
link here
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4. “TESLA COIL SPARKS: DO IT YOURSELF LIGHTNING”
“An Australian man who describes himself as "a 50-something year old first year uni physics dropout" has an unusual hobby - he makes lightning in his shed. The image …is called The Modern Thinker, quoting UK’s Telegraph:
link here
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5. “MOON ROVER TARGETS APOLLO 11 LANDING SITE”
“Nearly 40 years after Americans first set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, with NASA's historic Apollo 11 flight, a host of private rocketeers are hoping to follow to win a multimillion-dollar prize.
Seventeen teams are vying in the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize competition, and if there's one name that's on the lips of many of those competitors, it's Astrobotic. The team boasts a name that readily conveys its ambitious aspirations for reaching the moon and beyond…
Winning the Google Lunar X Prize requires teams to land a robot on the moon, move at least 1,640 feet (500 meters) and beam high-definition views back to Earth.
The team plans for a pinpoint landing just over a mile from the Apollo 11 site, where Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. Astrobotic's "Red Rover" would then beam back high-definition images of the dusty footprints left by Armstrong and fellow Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin, all while taking care not to disturb the historical site,” quoting Space.com. link here
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6. “AN UNFORGETTABLE TALE OF AMNESIA”
“Scientists Try To Unlock The Mysteries Of How Memories Are Stored ... And Lost.
Scientists hope to pinpoint exactly where and how the brain stores memory,” quoting CBS News Sunday Morning aired on May 3rd: link here
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7. “SCIENTISTS CLAIM TO HAVE CLONED GLOWING DOGS”
“South Korean scientists say they have engineered four beagles that glow red using cloning techniques that could help develop cures for human diseases.
The four dogs, all named "Ruppy" — a combination of the words "ruby" and "puppy" — look like typical beagles by daylight.
But they glow red under ultraviolet light, and the dogs' nails and abdomens, which have thin skins, look red even to the naked eye.
Seoul National University professor Lee Byeong-chun, head of the research team, called them the world's first transgenic dogs carrying fluorescent genes, an achievement that goes beyond just the glowing novelty,” quoting the AP. link here
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8. “EXPERTS WARN INTERNET IS RUNNING OUT OF BANDWIDTH”
“Internet users face regular "brownouts" that will freeze their computers as capacity runs out in cyberspace, according to research to be published later this year.
Experts predict that consumer demand, already growing at 60 percent a year, will start to exceed supply as early as 2010 because of more people working online and the soaring popularity of bandwidth-hungry Web sites such as YouTube and services such as the BBC's iPlayer.
It will initially lead to computers being disrupted and going offline for several minutes at a time. Beginning in 2012, however, PCs and laptops are likely to operate at a much reduced speed, rendering the Internet an ‘unreliable toy,’" quoting UK’s Sunday Times.
link here
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9. “THE STRANGE FORESTS THAT DRINK-AND EAT-FOG
“On the rugged roadway approaching Fray Jorge National Park in north-central Chile, you are surrounded by desert. This area receives less than six inches of rain a year, and the dry terrain is more suggestive of the badlands of the American Southwest than of the lush landscapes of the Amazon. Yet as the road climbs, there is an improbable shift. Perched atop the coastal mountains here, some 1,500 to 2,000 feet above the level of the nearby Pacific Ocean, are patches of vibrant rain forest covering up to 30 acres apiece. Trees stretch as much as 100 feet into the sky, with ferns, mosses, and bromeliads adorning their canopies. Then comes a second twist: As you leave your car and follow a rising path from the shrub into the forest, it suddenly starts to rain. This is not rain from clouds in the sky above, but fog dripping from the tree canopy. These trees are so efficient at snatching moisture out of the air that the fog provides them with three-quarters of all the water they need,” quoting DISCOVER. link here
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10. "THE DILEMMA OVER COAL GENERATED POWER”
“The future of our climate might be summed up in one question: what do we do about coal? Coal generates nearly half the electricity in the United States and the world. But it's the dirtiest fuel of all when it comes to carbon dioxide, or CO2, the leading greenhouse gas.

A few days ago, the Obama administration declared, for the first time, that CO2 is a threat to human health and it plans to impose limits. But making coal safe will come at an astronomical cost.

After the economy, this could be the biggest debate in Washington. One of the most influential people in this is Jim Rogers. Coal has made Rogers and his company rich and that's why we were surprised to hear what this high flying power baron has to say about what coal does to the environment,” quoting CBS News 60 Minutes. link here
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11. ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS
A. “All-electric cars about to be resurrected”
“The all-electric car, which had a brief heyday less than a decade ago and then went the way of the dodo, killed off by the car companies, is about to make a comeback.”
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
link here
[Ed. Note: Of course GM’s greed and hubris in condemning their ahead-of-the-times electric car to the scrap heap has lead to their downfall: link here ]

B. “Climate change hitting entire Arctic ecosystem, says report”
“Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme study tells of profound changes to sea ice and permafrost, among others”
From UK’s Guardian: link here

C. “US wants to move on climate change”
From the AP : link here

D. “Antarctic ice-shelf now ‘unstable’”
From UPI news: link here

E. “Lily Tomlin joins dispute over Seattle zoo elephant”
From Seattle KING-5 TV: link here
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12. SOCIO-ECONOMIC NEWS
A. “Are women being denied justice?”
From NOW on PBS& Truthout: link here
And: “US: Culture of Unpunished Sexual Assault in Military”
From IPS News: link here

B. “The Universities in Trouble”
“Along with failing banks, auto manufacturers, and insurance companies, universities have been making headlines - especially those whose gigantic endowments (Harvard's was approaching $40 billion before the crash) have sharply declined.”
From the New York Review of Books: link here

C. “A Tsunami of Hunger: Is New York City About to Be Overwhelmed?”
From Nick Turse, TomDispatch.com in Truthout: link here

D. “Obama promises major investment in science”
Says “…the United States has fallen behind others.”
Ed. Note: No doubt about that, under 8 years of King George Bush, where science was allowed to be shoved aside. How pathetic that was!
From the AP: link here

E. Raising Bill Gates
From the Wall Street Journal: link here

F. “Boeing's A-I-G nightmare”
Lookout Puget Sound!
From KIRO-FM radio 93.7 in this thoughtful report: link here
[Ed. Note: Great airplane, grand crew - as this Boeing 777 was recorded in this caught-on-video Sea-Tac emergency landing last week: link here ]

G. “Recession still has grip on the economy”
“First-quarter GDP shrinks at worse-than-expected 6.1 percent pace”
From the AP: link here

H. “’Economic Pearl Harbor’ over, now we’re at war”
From Warren Buffet on MSNBC: link here
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THE NATION
A. “General who probed Abu Ghraib says Bush officials committed war crimes”
From McClatchy Newspapers: link here

B. I KNOW you did not hear about this last week!
“Fed Court Revives Rendition Lawsuit Against Boeing”
“The Associated Press: ‘A federal appeals court has ruled that a Boeing Co. subsidiary can be sued for allegedly flying terrorism suspects to secret prisons to be tortured as part of the CIA's 'extraordinary rendition' program.’" link here

C. Former Ambassador Joe Wilson on “Dick Cheney's Torture Hypocrisy”
Ed. Note: At least this man has always had the courage to speak-out on this issue. From the Daily Beast: link here

D. “Photos from Inside Obama's White House”
From Today on NBC: link here

E. “Secession: the Ultimate States' Right”
From Texas Congressional Representative Ron Paul: link here

F. “Timeline shows Bush, McCain warning Dems [i.e. Congress’s Barney Frank] of financial and housing crisis; meltdown” – in 2001! [Ed. Note: Of course Bush did little to nothing to follow his own advice!]
On FOX news on YouTube: link here

G.“Dr. Paul gives an update on his bill to Audit the Federal Reserve”
From Campaign for Liberty: link here

H. “Human Rights in the Dust”
From TomDispatch: link here
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RAMTHA STUDENT NEWS
A. Evening with Ramtha with Live Stream - The Continuance State of Consciousness
This evening was held Friday, May 1st in Yelm with Colombia, Argentina, & Italy Advanced Retreats joining in plus students from around the world – a truly international academy! link here

B. Ramtha in Mexico Video Streaming Event! Open to the Public! May 16-17
link here

C. RSE sponsor for 1st time
link here

D. Linda Evans recent returned home from the filming of the UK version of Hell’s Kitchen, a reality TV Show. Ms. Evans won and beat out the other 7 contestants, all of them from the UK! “Actress Evans wins Hell's Kitchen,” from the BBC: link here
A fan of Ms. Evans has pieced together several camera shots of Linda during each show, editing them into a video. From YouTube: link here
CONGRATULATIONS to the Yankee from the Yelm area!

E. Timeless Fragrances at JZ Rose! Perfect gift for Mothers Day!
link here

F. Support our locally owned businesses
Marvin Kunikiyo’s Classic Chiro: link here

G. Introducing Yelm’s NatureWise Organic Farm by Cornelia O’Leary:
link here

H. Cheryl Nichols’ Freeze Dried Foods has a major price-reduction sale:
link here

I. From RSE’s Online Store, the Candle Focus DVD:
link here

J. Ramtha’s Predictions on the Invisible Threat of Viruses in Light of Recent News Headlines, as shown on the Live Stream last Friday night. Read Archived Newsletter Story from November 2005: link here
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LOCAL NOTES
Covered last week of the Yelm Community Blog
A. $400,000 for Park toilets, is this REALLY necessary in these times?
B. Thurston County holds 1st annual re-use fair
C. Freeze Dried Foods has major sale
D. Yelm Library Board does not function as mandated by city
E. Salisbury, MD. Mayor: “Malicious blogs endangering city”
F. News of local interest
G. Support our locally owned businesses: Classic Chiro
H. Introducing NatureWise Organic Farm
link here
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"No!
You can go back to your, what do you call it, your Google, and you figure out all that."

George Herbert Walker Bush (1924- )
41st President of the USA
“On "Fox News Sunday," [Jan. 4, 2009] former President George H. W. Bush defended his son's record. "His mother and father" are "very proud of him," Bush said. Host Chris Wallace pointed out that the former president had acknowledged some failures in his son's two terms and asked him to elaborate,” quoting the Huffington Post. link here
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Kleiner’s Korner is copyrighted by Stephen R. Klein, 2009.

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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