Seeing Is Believing
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757) January 1, 2008 - 799) April 4, 2008
God's gift to me. My gift to you.
The university where our children attend sent us a calendar. (The same university from which both my husband and I graduated.) As I was putting up this new calendar on January 1, I opened the cover expecting to see 'January' when instead I saw 'Seeing is believing: a wonderful gift.' I often see or hear "Seeing Is Believing" and connect it to my paper, but what a perfect way to start off the new year.
The Seeing Is Believing gift was a bequest of $70,000 to the Department of Earth Sciences with which they bought eight new binocular petrographic microscopes which "greatly enhance the quality of students' lab experience, allowing them to see samples in three dimensions with full-depth perception."
Can you see how this also amazingly connects to my theory/paper? SLIDESHOW
New Sunspot Cycle Begins
By The Associated Press
posted: 4 January 2008
5:30 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON (AP) A new solar cycle is under way.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday that the first sunspot of a new 11-year cycle has appeared in the sun's northern hemisphere. The frequency of sunspots rises and falls during these cycles, and the start of a new cycle indicates they are likely to begin increasing. Sunspots, areas of intense magnetic activity on the sun, can affect Earth by disrupting electrical grids, airline and military communications, GPS signals and even cell phones, the agency said. During periods of intense sunspot activity, known as solar storms, highly charged radiation from the sun may head toward Earth. "Our growing dependence on highly sophisticated, space-based technologies means we are far more vulnerable to space weather today than in the past,'' said NOAA Administrator Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr. Last April an international panel of solar experts forecast that Solar Cycle 24 would start in March 2008, plus or minus six months. The panel was split between those predicting a strong or weak cycle.
January 4, 2008
SOLAR CYCLE 24: Solar physicists have been waiting for the appearance of a reversed-polarity sunspot to signal the start of the next solar cycle. The wait is over. A magnetically reversed, high-latitude sunspot emerged today: image. If you have a solar telescope, take a look at this important new active region. It marks the beginning of Solar Cycle 24 and the sun's slow ascent back to Solar Maximum.
January 5, 2008
SOLAR CYCLE 24 BEGINS: Solar physicists have been waiting for the appearance of a reversed-polarity sunspot to signal the start of the next solar cycle. The wait is over. Yesterday, a magnetically reversed sunspot emerged at solar latitude 30 N, shown in this photo taken by Greg Piepol of Rockville, Maryland.
For reasons explained in a recent Science@NASA story, this marks the beginning of Solar Cycle 24 and the first step toward a new solar maximum. Intense solar activity won't begin right away. Solar cycles usually take a few years to build from solar minimum (where we are now) to Solar Max (expected in 2011 or 2012). It's a slow journey, but we're on our way!
Read Post #722 and #730.
I checked the orbits of both WD5 and TU24 and they come nowhere near each other so there is no chance of collision.
But is there any possible chance TU24 could collide with the Moon?
TU24 was discovered on October 11, 2007. The date of closest approach is January 29, 2008:
29 means "crash."
From October 11, 2007 to January 29, 2008 is exactly 111 days:
From and including: Thursday, October 11, 2007
To and including: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
It is 111 days from the start date to the end date, end date included
(Added January 24, 2008)
From September 11, 2001 (the 9/11 tragedy) to January 29, 2008 is exactly 333 weeks:
From date: Tuesday, September 11, 2001
Added 333 weeks
Resulting date: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Nicholas Kelly, Cody Branch, Nickolas Quinn, Javier Aceveolo
Daniel Haines, Justin Cormier, Nathan Cleland
We have had an unimaginable tragedy occur here in our province of New Brunswick. I believe everyone is in a state of shock and disbelief.
Yesterday, 7 members of the Bathurst High School Senior Boys Basketball team, the Phantoms, and the coach's wife, Elizabeth Lord, were killed in an horrific highway accident while returning home from playing a game here in Moncton against the Moncton High Purple Knights. It happened around midnight and they were only 5 minutes away from home. The roads were very icy and they hit an oncoming transport truck.
My son Craig played on the Moncton High Purple Knights team for 4 years until this past year when he graduated and went away to university. He would have played against some of these players in past years. Perhaps that is why this has affected me so deeply and sadly. Yesterday when I heard the news I kept thinking what if the situation had been reversed and the Moncton High Purple Knights were returning home from a game in Bathurst and it was 7 of Craig's teammates/friends, and quite frankly, I could not imagine it. It is just too unimaginable. What a horrible tragedy for the Bathurst community, school, emergency responders, and especially for all the families.
As I heard the news yesterday and watched all the news broadcasts, I noticed
all the 12's connected to this event:
- It happened on January 11/12.
- It happened around midnight - 12:00.
- There were 12 people in the van.
- Most of the players were in Grade 12.
All these 12's made me think of December (12), 2012. I hope this tragedy is not connected to that, but for some reason, I cannot help but think that it somehow is.
When these tragedies happen, you wonder why. You think if the roads were that bad, and if it were at midnight, surely there could not have been many vehicles on the road at that time. So why did it happen that the van and the transport truck were where they were at that exact moment in time when the van hit the icy patch, losing control and sliding into the path of the oncoming transport truck?
The driver of the van was the team's coach, Wayne Lord. He not only lost
his team in this accident, but also his wife.
Why did his name have to be LORD?
The news reports said Bathurst was "about" 220 kilometers from Moncton. I wondered if it was 222:
Another thing that disturbed me was the logo of the Bathurst High Phantoms.
When I saw it I thought of the Grim Reaper and Death and wondered why they
had picked this for their team name and logo. This morning I read a newspaper
article which answered this question:
The team takes its name from a legend about a ghost ship that is said to haunt Chaleur Bay. According to the legend, a burning ship periodically appears on the horizon. The school mascot is "The Phantom" a hooded, faceless ghost resembling the Grim Reaper and carrying a scythe.
The accident happened on January 11/12, either just before or just after
midnight. January 11 is 1/11...111.
This tragedy occurred 1111 days after the tragedy of the December 26, 2004 Indonesian earthquake and tsunami:
From date: Friday, January 11, 2008
Subtracted 1111 days
Resulting date: Sunday, December 26, 2004
Small N.B. city in disbelief after 8 killed in crash
'A tragedy of this proportion it's unspeakable,' school superintendent says
Last Updated: Saturday, January 12, 2008 | 11:39 PM ET
A close-knit city in northern New Brunswick is in mourning after seven high school basketball players and a teacher died early Saturday when the van carrying them slammed into a transport truck on an icy road. The Bathurst High School boys' basketball team, the Phantoms, was returning from a game in Moncton, about 220 kilometres to the south, when the van fish-tailed on a slippery highway and collided with a truck driving in the opposite lane, police said. The accident happened around midnight local time on Highway 8 just 500 metres from the Bathurst exit, about five minutes away from their hometown. Of the 12 in the vehicle, four survived, including the team's coach and his daughter. The seven boys killed in the crash ranged from 15 to 18 years old. The coach's wife, a teacher at another school, also died.
Weather was a factor, police said
Police said the entire passenger side of the van was ripped off during the collision and most of the passengers ejected. "There was nothing we could do," RCMP Sgt. Derek Strong told reporters. "The force of the impact was so great that the benches they were sitting on were also ejected from the vehicle, so this was a very, very major impact." At the time of the crash, the road was slippery from snow, freezing rain and ice pellets. "The road had snow and slush. We had a light snowstorm [Friday] that started in the afternoon," said RCMP Cpl. Daniel Melanson. Three people were still in hospital late Saturday, while the fourth had been treated for injuries and released, a hospital spokeswoman said. The driver of the transport truck was not injured, police said.
Grief counselling offered at school
The community of 13,000 was in shock after hearing news of the crash. As early as 4 a.m., students, parents and community members began trickling in to the school where a grief counselling centre was opened for much of the day. "There is such disbelief," said school district superintendent John McLaughlin. "A tragedy of this proportion it's unspeakable." He described the seven teammates as "your typical all-Canadian boys" who were positive, athletic and popular at the school of some 800 students. Bathurst Mayor Stephen Brunet, who once taught at the school, noted that it is not only the small city that is trying to cope with the tragedy, but the whole region. "Bathurst is a feeder school that has students coming in from around the region so this affects a lot of young people," he said.
Families want a public funeral
The parents of Nathan Cleland, one of the boys killed, said they spoke to their son minutes before the crash when he called to tell them he was on his way home. In the background, they could hear the boys "whooping and hollering and having a good time." The parents said their 17-year-old son died alongside some of his closest friends. "They played as a team, they rolled as a team and they went out as a team. So what better way possible than to be with your friends under circumstances like this," his father said. Families of the victims have said they want a public funeral to be held at the city's sports arena so the entire community can gather to grieve.
An 'unthinkable' accident, PM says
Prime Minister Stephen Harper sent a letter of condolence to high school principal Coleen Ramsay. "The sudden loss of eight people in this unthinkable accident shocked the nation, and all Canadians join you in mourning their passing," he wrote. Harper said that as a father, he sympathizes with the parents of the teenage boys killed in the crash. New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham, speaking from Ottawa where he is attending a first ministers' meeting, also expressed his condolences to the victims' families. "I just want to extend sympathies to the affected families," he said. "This is a tragic situation for the community of Bathurst and our province."
Carnage on N.B. highway
Seven teens, one adult die in crash just minutes from home
By CHRIS MORRIS The Canadian Press
Sun. Jan 13 - 5:13 AM
BATHURST, N.B. A van carrying a high school boys basketball team home from a game was only five minutes from waiting parents when it fish-tailed on a slippery highway and slammed into a tractor-trailer, killing seven players and one adult.
Emily Cleland, sister of victim Nathan Cleland, said some parents had gathered at a fast-food restaurant to pick up their children who were expected at about 11:30 p.m. in this small northern New Brunswick city. But by midnight, when there was no sign of their white school van, families began to worry that something had gone wrong on the icy two-lane highway leading into Bathurst. Their fears were confirmed moments later when they got a call telling them to go to a hospital because there had been an accident.
When they arrived, parents saw police and ambulances bringing in the four survivors. "My parents had seen the first two boys come in one with a broken arm and the other with broken ribs so they figured they had brought in the worst-case scenarios first and they werent really worried," Cleland, 18, said from the family home. "And thats when they realized that the ambulances had stopped coming because the other ones had died on impact."
The Bathurst High Phantoms were returning from a game in Moncton about 220 kilometres away, when the accident occurred on Highway 8 outside Bathurst shortly after midnight. The force of the collision tore off the rear and a large piece of the passenger side of the large 15-seat van, and and ejected benches and people everywhere. Hours later, the snow was still smeared with blood and littered with bits of plastic, lunch bags, debris and surgical gloves. "When members arrived at the scene, all eight were dead there was nothing we could do," RCMP Sgt. Derek Strong said during a news conference later. "This was a very, very major impact."
Strong said the road was icy at the time and the vans driver a teacher at the school and also the teams coach lost control. He survived but his wife, a teacher at another school who was supervising the team, was killed.
Strong said officers who went to the accident scene were shaken by what they saw. "Police officers go to a lot of accident scenes but this one was above and beyond anything any of us are used to," he said. Strong said it appears no one was at fault in the accident.
Twelve people were in the vehicle when it veered across the centre line and hit the truck. The van was equipped with seatbelts, but investigators didnt know if they were used. Calls then went out to families only telling them of the crash, not whether their child had been hurt.
"My mother was notified by the police who told her to go to the hospital," said Carla Johnstone, whose 17-year-old brother Javier Acevedo was killed. "They sat her down and told her when they reached the scene of the accident he was the first body they saw and there was no sign of life. She had to identify the body at the morgue." Johnstone, 23, said Acevedo had called his mom about 15 minutes before the accident to let her know he was on his way back after the game, which the Phantoms lost 75 to 65 to Moncton High School. "He said, Im OK, were on our way, were in Miramichi.... He said he was coming home and not to worry."
Lydia Dupere, a spokeswoman for the Acadie-Bathurst Health Authority, said three people were still in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A fourth person had been treated for injuries and released. The truck driver wasnt hurt.
It had been snowing for most of the day in the Bathurst area, followed by a mix of snow and ice pellets, according to Environment Canadas website.
Names of the victims had not been released, but many in the city of 12,500 quickly learned their identities and flocked to the school where grief counsellors and officials were offering help. Some families publicly spoke about their loved ones who were killed in the accident. Condolences were being posted on the schools website from people across the country, while a Facebook site set up to remember those killed had hundreds of members and photos of the teens by days end. Many entries showed the smiling teens playing basketball or horsing around with friends.
School superintendent John McLaughlin said students, parents and teachers began gathering at Bathurst High at 4 a.m. "This is a whole community in mourning," he said in an interview. "Its unthinkable what happened and everyones trying to make some sense of it."
Cleland said her brother, who planned to take a year off after graduating in June and possibly train to become a firefighter, had just turned 17 and was a point guard who averaged 20 points a game. "He loved life and loved living it to its fullest," she said. "He was such a funny and great guy. He loved any sport but he really loved basketball. Hes been playing since he was four."
Edward Kelly, whose grandson Nick Kelly was one of the victims, said the 15-year-old was an avid soccer goalie who excelled at school. "Nick was an A-1 student, he was an honour student, he loved sports, he was every parents dream," he said. "His family is taking it not too well right now. Its pretty hard. Its a nightmare."
Prime Minister Stephen Harper sent a letter of condolence to the schools principal, Coleen Ramsay. "The sudden loss of eight people in this unthinkable accident shocked the nation and all Canadians join you in mourning their passing," he said.
Bathurst Mayor Stephen Brunet, who once taught at the school, said he went to the high school and hospital shortly after the accident. Brunet said he saw the vans driver at the hospital, where they hugged and Brunet expressed his sorrow for what happened. "Not only did he lose his team but he lost his wife as well," Brunet said about his good friend and neighbour. "Hes in a state of shock, not knowing what to say or do, just hugging the parents that came along."
© 2008 The Halifax Herald Limited
Bathurst team described as classy
By CHRIS MORRIS The Canadian Press
Sun. Jan 13 - 5:14 AM
BATHURST, N.B. The last game for the Bathurst High Phantoms was a hard-fought but losing effort before the boys made the long trip home on wet and slippery highways. Moncton High School had beaten the Phantoms 75-65 on Friday evening, and the nine senior varsity players, accompanied by their coach, his wife and their daughter, faced a tense, three-hour drive north in a storm that dumped snow, sleet and freezing rain on much of the province. They were in a white, 15-seat extended van that was used by the school to transport Bathurst High sports teams.
Despite the bad conditions, the team had almost made it home. The boys, aged 15 to 18, were just minutes from reuniting with their moms and dads at a fast-food restaurant.
Sean Middleton, the captain of Moncton High Schools basketball team and a Grade 12 student, described Fridays game as "intense." "We ended up beating them after a very hard-fought battle," Middleton said in a message exchange on Facebook. "It was always a little intimidating playing against Bathurst because they have a good-sized team and are quite skilled and have very good coaching." It was the second time the two teams had played this season. "In both encounters this year, they were a very classy team, in victory and defeat," he said.
Bathurst has seen its share of bad luck in terms of mill closures and tough economic times, but people in the town appeared emotionally drained as they struggled with the immensity of this blow. "Why were they on the road?" asked 19-year-old Andrew Alexander, a Bathurst High School student who knew many of the team members. "They were all good people. . . . I cant believe this has happened." Alexander said the team was doing well this season, although school officials described this as a "rebuilding year" for the Phantoms.Although its a senior varsity team, it has younger players from Grades 10 and 11, as well as older Grade 12 students who were in their final months before graduation.
The team takes its name from a legend about a ghost ship that is said to haunt Chaleur Bay. According to the legend, a burning ship periodically appears on the horizon. The school mascot is "The Phantom" a hooded, faceless ghost resembling the Grim Reaper and carrying a scythe. Its motto is the Latin phrase Pari Passu, which means "hand-in-hand."
Although police have not yet released the names of the victims, some family members have confirmed their loss. Javier Acevedo, 17, was planning to attend the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton next fall. He loved sports and played soccer as well as basketball. Kelsey Perrin, 15, of Fredericton, a friend of Acevedo, said she will always remember her friends quick smile. "He was the kind of guy that even in the worst situation hed be smiling, I dont think Ive ever seen him and he wasnt smiling," she said.
Nick Kelly, 15, would have been 16 in the spring. Edward Kelly of Bathurst, his maternal grandfather, said his grandson loved sports and was also a strong soccer player. "He was an honour student and he loved sports," Kelly said. "He was every parents dream."
© 2008 The Halifax Herald Limited
Canada, world react to tragic Bathurst crash
Purple Knights, who played Phantoms hours before crash, among those stunned by tragedy
By Brent Mazerolle
Times & Transcript Staff
Published Monday January 14th, 2008
The deaths of eight people on a school trip Friday night has broken down the walls we wrap around one of our most primal fears. It is a tragedy of the sort every parent worries about but tries to never even say out loud for fear of tempting fate. Because of that, and because seeing our kids leave the safety of the nests we build for them is a universal experience, the tragedy that befell the Bathurst High Phantoms boys basketball team this weekend has attracted notice across North America and around the world.
"The sudden loss of eight people in this unthinkable accident shocked the nation and all Canadians join you in mourning their passing," Prime Minister Stephen Harper wrote in a letter to Bathurst High School principal Coleen Ramsay on Saturday. Bathurst Mayor Stephen Brunet said last night he has talked to fellow mayors from across Canada, all calling to offer whatever support is needed.
Before the start of their NBA game against the Portland Trailblazers yesterday, the Toronto Raptors paid silent tribute to the crash victims at the Air Canada Centre.
The first 251 messages on the Bathurst High School website's guestbook were written over the past four years and are mostly alumni checking in. The more than 800 messages that come after that have been written just this weekend and deal with the tragedy that befell the school Friday night. They come from across North America and around the world. An alumnus writes from Oman to express her shock. A complete stranger from New Zealand offers support. People in Denmark, Morrocco, and Mexico have sent condolences. Messages of support have come in from places like Utah, where a bus crash near Mexican Hat killed seven on icy roads just last week.
Terri Griffiths, a student from Bluffton University in Ohio wrote. Last March, a bus carrying the school's baseball team crashed in Georgia, killing four players and two others aboard. "You will be in the prayers of many here in the USA and I am sure around the world as you move through the days and weeks to come," she said. Thousands of others have posted condolences on Facebook and other popular Internet sites.
Closer to home, one of those who wrote to Bathurst High was Melissa Foster, the president of the Harrison Trimble High School student council. "Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time," she wrote. "Earlier this year we experienced our own tragic accident. We understand how difficult such an event is on families, a school and a community. We all feel your pain. Stay strong." While she reached out to students, her principal Steve Mitton called Bathurst High School's principal. "I told her our thoughts and prayers are with them," he said. Mitton said the students and staff would be looking for other ways to show solidarity in the coming days.
Because of the deaths of four Harrison Trimble students in a highway crash last September, as well as other recent tragedies to befall young people in the region, the Moncton area's English-language School District 2 has developed some crisis management skills it had hoped it would never need. Nevertheless, Superintendent Karen Branscombe said the district was putting its own painful experiences to use to help out. Nine district staff travelled to Bathurst on Saturday. Four psychologists will be at the school and in the community offering counselling and five teachers and principals will step in to relieve grieving Bathurst teachers in classrooms and wherever else they are needed. "They will stay as long as they have to, but at least until Wednesday," Branscombe said.
Among the staff in Bathurst is Doug Prescott, Riverview High School's principal and president of the New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association. "Bathurst High is always one of the most sportsmanlike teams in the province of New Brunswick and they represent themselves with extreme pride," he said on the weekend. "It's always a pleasure to either see them play or referee them."
Another group reacting to the tragedy is Moncton High School's Purple Knights boys basketball team. Playing at Moncton High Friday was what sent the Phantoms on the road, a fact the Moncton High boys are struggling with. Branscombe and district psychologist met with the boys Saturday. "They're dealing with the usual question, 'why?'" Branscombe said. "We explained to them again it was just an accident and told them to feel the way they do is normal. We also told them we adults are feeling it too." Branscombe said there is an interest in having the team attend a community funeral on Wednesday, something the district is discussing.
MHS honours players killed in crash
District 2 charters bus to take Metro students, staff to community funeral service for victims of horrific crash
By Brent Mazerolle
Times & Transcript Staff
Published Tuesday January 15th, 2008
Staff and students at Moncton High School described hearing about the deaths of seven members of the Bathurst High School Phantoms basketball squad as surreal. Just hours before, the Phantoms had been so full of life, playing a hard fought game against the Purple Knights. "I thought I was okay until I came into school this morning," Moncton High coach Andrew MacPherson said yesterday, still clearly shaken by the highway crash that killed seven Phantoms and the coach's wife as they returned home from Moncton late Friday. Like most schools in the province, MHS had a moment of silence to start the school day yesterday.
Alex Beyea said cheerleaders were talking about creating a card and looking for other ways to show their heartfelt sympathy. The cheerleading captain and her senior squad were at the game Friday night. She said seeing so many recognizable faces among the dead in media reports was hard to comprehend. Basketball captain Sean Middleton said the Purple Knights players are sewing Phantom logos on their jerseys in solidarity. They got the idea from Harrison Trimble's basketball team, whose uniforms carry a remembrance of four students from there who were killed in September. "We feel very connected to this tragedy," Middleton said. "We feel we were involved in this."
Out of a show of respect, Moncton High won't play a planned game against Riverview High School on Wednesday. Instead, the team has asked their school district to help them attend the community funeral slated for Bathurst that afternoon. Principal Trent Munn said the district has chartered a bus. Besides the team, the bus will bring representatives from the cheerleading squad and representatives from other area schools. Munn said three Moncton High School students who grew up in Bathurst have also been offered a ride to Bathurst. There have been some concerns raised there won't be enough room in Bathurst's K.C. Irving Centre to accommodate everyone but Munn said he wasn't concerned about that. "We really don't need seats in the civic centre, it's not about us. It's about supporting them."
Another connection to 333 is that TU24's expected closest approach to Earth is on January 29 at 3:33 a.m. Eastern time:
Asteroid to Make Rare Close Flyby of Earth January 29
January 24, 2008
Scientists are monitoring the orbit of asteroid 2007 TU24. The asteroid, believed to be between 150 meters (500 feet) and 610 meters (2,000 feet) in size, is expected to fly past Earth on Jan. 29, with its closest distance being about 537,500 kilometers (334,000 miles) at 12:33 a.m. Pacific time (3:33 a.m. Eastern time). It should be observable that night by amateur astronomers with modest-sized telescopes.
Asteroid 2007 TU24 was discovered by the NASA-sponsored Catalina Sky Survey on Oct. 11, 2007. Scientists at NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., have determined that there is no possibility of an impact with Earth in the foreseeable future.
"This will be the closest approach by a known asteroid of this size or larger until 2027," said Don Yeomans, manager of the Near Earth Object Program Office at JPL. "As its closest approach is about one-and-a-half times the distance of Earth to the moon, there is no reason for concern. On the contrary, Mother Nature is providing us an excellent opportunity to perform scientific observations."
Asteroid 2007 TU24 will reach an approximate apparent magnitude 10.3 on Jan. 29-30 before quickly becoming fainter as it moves farther from Earth. On that night, the asteroid will be observable in dark and clear skies through amateur telescopes with apertures of at least 7.6 centimeters (3 inches). An object with a magnitude of 10.3 is about 50 times fainter than an object just visible to the naked eye in a clear, dark sky.
NASA detects and tracks asteroids and comets passing close to Earth. The Near Earth Object Observation Program, commonly called "Spaceguard," discovers, characterizes and computes trajectories for these objects to determine if any could be potentially hazardous to our planet.
For more information, visit http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov.
Satellite is weeks away from hitting Earth
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A large U.S. spy satellite has lost power and propulsion and could hit the Earth in late February or March, government officials said Saturday. The satellite, which no longer can be controlled, could contain hazardous materials, and it is unknown where on the planet it might come down, they said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is classified as secret. "Appropriate government agencies are monitoring the situation," said Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council. "Numerous satellites over the years have come out of orbit and fallen harmlessly. We are looking at potential options to mitigate any possible damage this satellite may cause." He would not comment on whether it is possible for the satellite to be perhaps shot down by a missile. He said it would be inappropriate to discuss any specifics at this time. A senior government official said that lawmakers and other nations are being kept apprised of the situation.
The largest uncontrolled re-entry by a NASA spacecraft was Skylab, the 78-ton abandoned space station that fell from orbit in 1979. Its debris dropped harmlessly into the Indian Ocean and across a remote section of western Australia. In 2000, NASA engineers successfully directed a safe de-orbit of the 17-ton Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, using rockets aboard the satellite to bring it down in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean. In 2002, officials believe debris from a 7,000-pound science satellite smacked into the Earth's atmosphere and rained down over the Persian Gulf, a few thousand miles from where they first predicted it would plummet.
Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.
U.S. plans for falling satellite
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military is developing contingency plans to deal with the possibility that a large spy satellite expected to fall to Earth in late February or early March could hit North America. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, who heads of U.S. Northern Command, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the size of the satellite suggests that some number of pieces will not burn up as the orbiting vehicle re-enters the Earth's atmosphere and will hit the ground. "We're aware that this satellite is out there," Renuart said. "We're aware it is a fairly substantial size. And we know there is at least some percentage that it could land on ground as opposed to in the water."
A U.S. official confirmed that the spy satellite is designated by the military as US 193. It was launched in December 2006 but almost immediately lost power and cannot be controlled. It carried a sophisticated and secret imaging sensor but the satellite's central computer failed shortly after launch. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is classified as secret. Renuart added that, "As it looks like it might re-enter into the North American area," then the U.S. military, with the Homeland Security Department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will either have to deal with the impact or assist Canadian or Mexican authorities. Military agencies, he said, are doing an analysis to determine which pieces most likely would survive re-entry. But he cautioned that officials won't have much detail on where or when it will crash until it begins to move through the atmosphere and break up. Renuart added that there does not as yet appear to be much concern about sensitive technologies on the satellite falling into enemy hands. "I'm not aware that we have a security issue," he said. "It's really just a big thing falling on the ground that we want to make sure we're prepared for." The satellite includes some small engines that contain a toxic chemical called hydrazine -- which is rocket fuel. But Renuart said they are not large booster engines with substantial amounts of fuel.
Video images of the satellite captured by John Locker, a British amateur satellite watcher, show it to be about 13 feet to 16.5 feet across. He believes it weighs a maximum of 10,000 pounds. Locker calculated its size with data on its altitude and location provided by other amateur satellite watchers, using the International Space Station as a yardstick. Satellite watchers -- a worldwide network of hobbyists who track satellites for fun -- have been plotting the satellite's degradation for a year. They estimate it is now at an altitude of about 173 miles, and Locker believes it is dropping about 1,640 feet a day. Where it lands will be difficult to predict until the satellite falls to about 59 miles above the Earth and enters the atmosphere. It will then begin to burn up, with flares visible from the ground, said Ted Molczan, a Canadian satellite tracker. From that point on, he said, it will take about 30 minutes to fall. In the past 50 years of monitoring space, 17,000 manmade objects have re-entered the Earth's atmosphere.
Copyright 2008 The Associated Press
Last night while watching tv, a commercial came on which made my jaw drop:
"There are those who are sent to us to help us find our way.
Some people call them prophets."
I decided to do a search on 'prophet' on my computer Bible program QuickVerse. I found that the word 'prophet' is found in 227 verses in the King James version. I was born on the 227th day of the year - August 14, 1960. August 14 is usually day 226 but 1960 was a leap year so it was day 227.
'Prophet' and 'Prophetess' just happen to be at the top of the pages of my dictionary:
Something else that is currently in the news that caught my attention is the upcoming Chinese New Year on February 7. This will be the 'Year of the Rat'. 1960 - the year I was born - was also the 'Year of the Rat'. 1960 was a leap year and this year is a leap year.
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Today begins the Chinese New Year. It is the 'Year of the Rat'.
1960 - the year I was born - was also the 'Year of the Rat'. 1960 was a leap year and this year is a leap year.
The Rat is the first animal in the Chinese Zodiac. It symbolizes a "new beginning."
LAFAYETTE, Tennessee (CNN) -- James Kruger was watching election results Tuesday night in Lafayette, Tennessee, when a warning appeared on his TV screen: A tornado was headed straight toward his town. Then the lights went out. He put on sweat pants, grabbed a flashlight, drank a shot of whiskey, "and then I heard this noise," Kruger said Thursday. He headed for a door, "and all of a sudden I heard the glass breaking and it was sucking," he said. "When I tried to shut the door, [it] seemed like the door was lifting up. So I just dove and I lay flat on the floor." Lying there, everything in the house flew over him, scraping and banging his back, Kruger said. Then the chaos stopped. "I was laying in the dirt. There was no floor. No nothing." The house was gone, but Kruger says he believes there's reason why he survived. "I think God was holding my leg, beating my ass, teaching me that I hadn't been doing everything he wanted me to do," he said. << Watch Kruger tell his story >> (Note: Unfortunately, CNN does not show Mr. Kruger's entire interview. I watched it LIVE and Mr. Kruger talks a lot about God and how he believes there is no other explanation for his survival. His sincerity and excitement about this belief is portrayed in the rest of the interview which CNN does not show in this video clip.)
Pam Whitaker was volunteering at a hospital in Lafayette that night as dozens came in with injuries from the tornadoes and storms that raked across the South. Whitaker was cleaning one man's feet to check for cuts when the patient told her the address of a house that had been destroyed. "I just went white. I said, 'That's my house!'" Whitaker recalled Thursday. "And he said, 'Hon, you don't even have a toothpick or splinter left.' << Watch Whitaker describe her frightening night >>
Kruger, Whitaker and others across the region tried Thursday to put their lives back together in a swath of the South where tornadoes killed at least 56 people. It was the deadliest tornado outbreak in the United States in more than 20 years. The storms ripped apart houses and trapped residents of university dorms and a retirement home in debris. The trail of death stretched across four states, with four fatalities in Alabama, 13 in Arkansas, seven in Kentucky and 32 in Tennessee. Macon County, Tennessee, which includes Lafayette, was one of the worst-hit areas, with 14 deaths and overwhelming damage. Whitaker lost her home and everything in it, including the money from cashing her disability check. She had 15 cents left, she said Thursday, and was staying at a National Guard shelter. "We don't have a home to go to," Whitaker said. "I don't know where we're going to end up."
In some cases, there was almost no warning before the severe weather hit. James Baskin of Jackson, Tennessee, said he was driving when a twister "just picked us up and threw us." Everyone in the car was injured, including his daughter's friend, who suffered a broken collarbone. "We'll get through it. Nobody's dead. That's the biggest thing," Baskin said. << Watch tornado survivors' stories >>
President Bush said Wednesday he had called the governors of the affected states to offer help and to tell them that "the American people hold those who suffered up in prayer." The Federal Emergency Management Agency was deploying teams to the area, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday. "We're going to keep watching this," he said. << See a map of where the storms hit >>
In Sumner County, Tennessee, two victims were found outside a house the storm had blown away, said Jay Austin, the county's primary death investigator. Elsewhere in the area, a mother was found dead in a creek bed about 50 yards from where her house stood. Her baby was discovered alive 250 yards away. The child was taken to a local hospital, Austin said.
Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen said the storm's power had left him stunned. "I don't think that I have seen, since I've been governor, a tornado where the combination of the intensity of it and the length of the track was as large as this one," said Bredesen, who flew over the disaster area Wednesday. "That track had to be 25 miles long. [The twister] didn't skip like a lot of them do. ... It's just 25 miles of a tornado sitting on the ground."
Also in Jackson, a tornado trapped Union University students and retirees in collapsed buildings, said Julie Oaks, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. "It looks like a war zone," said university President David Dockery. "Cars and trucks [were] thrown from one side of the campus to the other."
CNN's Saeed Ahmed, Mark Bixler, David Mattingly and Ed Payne contributed to this report.
Death, Injury and Destruction in N. Alabama Storms
Posted: Feb 6, 2008 06:49 AM
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAAY) -- At least four people died in North Alabama, with dozens injured, as severe storms and tornadoes moved through the Tennessee Valley early Wednesday morning. In Lawrence County, three people were killed before dawn as an apparent tornado struck Aldridge Grove, about 10 miles from Moulton. County coroner Micah Coffee identified them as 40-year-old Greg Coleman, his 49-year-old wife Becky, and their 19-year-old son, Garreck. Jackson County Coroner David Jordan said 60-year-old Linda Tinker was killed when a twister slammed into a house in the town of Pisgah in Jackson County. He said at least two people were injured. Nineteen people were treated at Lawrence Medical Center, and two were listed in critical condition. Lawrence Co EMA spokeswoman Brenda Morgan reported multiple injuries on County Roads 188, 183, 92, 221, 434 and several more county roads. The Speake and Five Points areas were hit hardest, where no warning sirens were installed, Morgan said. While Aldridge Grove had no warning sirens, officials said horns went off three times before a twister slammed into Pisgah, destroying several homes. Eyewitness reports indicated that live power lines were strewn throughout the devastation, with trees slammed against houses and other homes torn off their foundations. Fire and emegency crews from throughout Lawrence County, as well as Decatur, moved into the affected area to remove debris and downed lines and to seach for possible casualties. Marshall County EMA director Anita McBurnett said there have been no reports of severe structural damage or injuries after another rotating thunderstorm moved through the area. There were other reports of funnel clouds spotted in Monrovia, on Highway 53 at Research Park Boulevard, and near Decatur. There were no reports of damage or injuries in Madison or Morgan counties. Gov. Bob Riley said he spoke with President George Bush Wedneday, who promised federal help if needed. In a statement, Riley said: "These communities can rest assured that the state is prepared to deal with any emergency requests. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this very difficult time."
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Web Producer: Dana Franks. Copyright 2008
At 9:45 p.m. CDT on May 4, 2007, Greensburg was hit by an EF5 tornado. The tornado was estimated to be 1.7 miles (2.7 km) in width and traveled for nearly 22 miles (35 km). Ninety-five percent of the city was confirmed to be destroyed, with the other five percent being severely damaged. The National Weather Service estimated winds of the tornado to reach 205 mph (330 km/h).
From date: Friday, May 4, 2007 at 9:45:00 PM
Added 6666 hours
Resulting date: Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 3:45:00 PM
One thing that I noticed back then was next to the town of Greensburg was a town called Mullinville and I wrote (again) that, "I can't tell you how many tmes I have seen some variation of Harris (my maiden name) or Mullen (my married name) somehow connected with a news story - usually a tragedy."
Once again I noticed another variation of Mullen connected to this tragedy. When I clicked on the topmost pin on this map of the tornado locations this is what appeared:
'Miracle' baby tossed 300 feet by twister found alive
CASTALIAN SPRINGS, Tennessee (CNN) -- Armed with nothing but a flashlight and finding no signs of life, firefighter David Harmon made one final search of tornado wreckage and made the discovery of a lifetime. "I shined the flashlight across it and said 'I've got a baby doll.' And before I got 'I've got a baby doll' out of my mouth, it moved," Harmon said. In pitch darkness, in the middle of a field, Harmon found a baby boy covered with mud and debris. "As soon as we rolled the baby over, it took a gasp of air and started crying," he said.
Eleven-month-old Kyson Stowell was thrown a hundred yards when a tornado shattered his home. He was found shivering but with only minor injuries. His mother, Kerri, was killed. << Watch Harmon show where he found Kyson >> His grandfather, Douglas Stowell, described Kyson and his mother as "best friends." "She was a good mother to him," he said. "I just hate to see her gone. ... He loved his momma, and she loved him." Douglas Stowell estimated that it was at least two hours after the storm before the baby was found. "He's just a miracle," the grandfather told reporters. << Watch grandfather recall storm as Kyson squirms >> The entire area where Kyson was found had been searched once, and rescuers found nothing. After sorting through all the debris, they found a baby stroller and decided to look again.Harmon said he was overwhelmed by the experience and felt connected to Kyson. "He'll always have a special place in my heart," he said. "I hope I continue to stay in contact with the grandparents, and I would like to get to know the kid as he gets older."
Kerri Stowell was one of 56 people killed across the South earlier this week in the deadliest tornado outbreak in the United States in more than 20 years. The storms ripped apart houses and trapped residents of university dorms and a retirement home in debris.
President Bush told the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington Friday morning that he was on his way to Tennessee later in the morning. "Right after this speech I'm going to get on an airplane and fly to Tennessee. I'll be taking the prayers of the American people to those who suffered from the devastating tornadoes," Bush said. The president on Thursday declared five Tennessee counties "major disaster" areas."The president's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Hardin, Macon, Madison, Shelby, and Sumner," the White House said in a statement. The assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, as well as low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses.
On Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff met with officials in Jackson, Tennessee, which suffered the heaviest loss of life. Of the 56 killed in the tornadoes that struck five states, 32 died in Tennessee. There were four fatalities in Alabama, 13 in Arkansas and seven in Kentucky. Chertoff toured the devastated regions of Tennessee and expressed his awe at the "sheer randomness" of the tornadoes.
"Literally one house is pulverized and one house remains standing," Chertoff said, noting Kyson's survival and the death of the baby's mother. "There's a quality to the tornadoes of randomness that really is humbling." He vowed the federal government would stand "shoulder to shoulder" with local and state officials across the affected area "so we can begin the process of rebuilding."
CNN's David Mattingly and Susan Roesgen contributed to this report.
February 14, 2008
6 shot dead, including gunman, at Northern Illinois University
DEKALB, Illinois (CNN) -- A gunman dressed in black stepped from behind a curtain at the front of a large lecture hall at Northern Illinois University on Thursday and shot 21 people, five of them fatally, then shot and killed himself, said university president John Peters. Four died at the scene, including the shooter, and two later died at the hospital, he said. At least 22 people, including a graduate student who was teaching an ocean sciences class, were shot, Peters said. Seventeen victims were taken to Kishwaukee Community Hospital, its Web site said. Of those, six were in critical condition and were flown to other hospitals. One fatality, a male, was confirmed -- but was not the gunman, the hospital said. Two were admitted, and three others were discharged. The other five were not addressed on the Web site. Four of the fatalities were female, said Peters. Most of the injuries are head and chest gunshot wounds, a hospital spokeswoman told CNN. The gunman started shooting from a stage in the room shortly after 3 p.m. (4 p.m. ET) in Cole Hall, officials said. Police Chief Donald Grady said authorities do not yet know of a motive. They know the identity of the gunman but have not released his name, Grady added. The shooter was a graduate student at NIU in the spring of 2007. Currently he was not enrolled there but, Grady said, "He may have been a student elsewhere." Kevin McEnery said he was in the classroom when the gunman, dressed in a black shirt, dark pants and black hat, burst in carrying a shotgun.
April 16, 2007 - Virginia Tech Massacre
Virginia Tech is in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Northern Illinois University (NIU) is in DeKalb, Illinois.
DeKalb spelled backwards is blaked - bla(c)ked.
From and including: Sunday, August 14, 1960 at 12:12:00 pm UT
To, but not including : Monday, February 25, 2008 at 2:52:00 pm UT
The duration is 17,361 days, 2 hours, 40 minutes and 0 seconds
Or 47 years, 6 months, 11 days, 2 hours, 40 minutes.
Alternative time units
416,666 hours (rounded down)
2480 weeks (rounded down)
Tonight there is a full moon and a total lunar eclipse. Here where I live, totality begins at 11:01 pm and ends at 11:51 pm (so totality will be happening during 11:11).
The moon is expected to turn a bright red.
It is also significant that the moon is in LEO, close to Regulus.
1111 Connection: Umbral Magnitude = 1.111
Satellites spot lost Guatemala Mayan temples
Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:29pm EST
By Brendan Kolbay
GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Ancient Mayan astronomers aligned their soaring temples with the stars and now modern archeologists have found the ruins of hidden cities in the Guatemalan jungle by peering down from space. Archeologists and NASA scientists began teaming up five years ago to search for clues about the mysterious collapse of the Mayan civilization that flourished in Central America and southern Mexico for 1,000 years. The work is paying off, says archeologist William Saturno, who recently discovered five sprawling sites with hundreds of buildings using a spy satellite that can see through clouds and forest to reveal differences in the vegetation below.
Saturno said the satellite images made it infinitely easier to find ruins covered for centuries by dense jungle vines and trees. "It was like shooting fish in a barrel," he said. Saturno first sought out satellite images to find a source of water near his excavation camp at San Bartolo, which lies 32 miles from the nearest town on inaccessible roads deep in Guatemala's northern Peten region. NASA gave him a snapshot of solar radiation reflected off the wide variety of plants in the region. Saturno was surprised to see a pattern of discoloration in the satellite image that outlined some of the buildings he had already uncovered. Using a GPS device, he pinpointed on a map the location of other discolorations nearby and discovered several areas with hidden Mayan architecture.
The Maya built with limestone and lime plasters. As the abandoned buildings disintegrate, chemicals from the stones seep into the soil, keeping some plants from growing around the structures and affecting the chemistry of those that do grow. The satellite can spot these differences and the result is a virtual road map of the buried structures from nearly 400 miles above Earth's surface.
CLUES TO COLLAPSE
Saturno said he expects more discoveries like his 2001 find of an elaborate mural from around 100 B.C. depicting the Mayan creation myth, dubbed the Sistine Chapel of the Mayan world. His research partner at NASA, Tom Sever, hopes the satellite images could provide clues as to why the Mayan civilization collapsed around 900 A.D.
"What we are investigating is the choices the Maya made that ultimately created a catastrophic situation for them," Sever said by telephone from a NASA base in the U.S. state of Alabama. To support a population boom the Maya felled huge swathes of jungle for agriculture. They collected water in giant reservoirs called "bajos" to farm during seasonal dry spells, but the deforestation raised temperatures and reduced rainfall, drying up water sources, Sever said. Bajos were found at around half the new sites located by the satellite, potentially boosting this theory of why the Maya had to leave their cities. Information about the fate of the Maya could help modern societies make better choices and "avoid the sometimes disastrous mistakes of the past," said Sever. "We are in a race against time to preserve our history."
(Writing by Mica Rosenberg; Editing by Catherine Bremer and David Wiessler)
This is EXACTLY what I am talking about. What I am trying to show/prove in this slideshow presentation is that the CHOICES we are making are ultimately leading to our catastrophic demise and end, and in order for this not to happen, we must CHANGE "THE WAY" ( = the direction) WE THINK and make wiser CHOICES. "We are in a race against time to preserve our history." Not only our history but our future:
Roland Emmerich Pushing 2012 As His Next Movie
February 20, 2008
by Alex Billington
Filmmaker Roland Emmerich is known for his epic summer blockbusters, having brought us the likes of Independence Day, Godzilla, The Patriot and The Day After Tomorrow. In just a few weeks his next movie, 10,000 B.C., will arrive in theaters and deliver yet another stunningly epic portrayal of a time past. But what comes after that? Back in August there were rumblings that Emmerich would be remaking the 1966 sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage, but a report from Variety today tells us that he's shopping around a script for another epic film titled 2012 instead. He's even trying to sell it with a summer 2009 release date set and has everything on the production side ready to go, including budgets and marketing.
Emmerich has been shopping around a spec script for 2012, which means it's more of an idea, an elevator pitch per se (although a bit longer), rather than a completed script. Details are sketchy on what the film exactly entails, but it's said to involve wreaking havoc on the planet in some sort of "apocalyptic" way, which ties in with the belief that 2012 will be the end of the earth. Sources have said that this "project has more going for it than the big idea that studios love" and thus has started a bidding war. Now that the writers strike is over, studios are looking for big summer blockbusters to fill up the summer 2009 season, and 2012 seems to have a unique touch to it that all of the big wigs are going crazy over.
Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow were previously sold in similar ways, where Emmerich and his team pitched the spec script together with a pre-arranged release date and complete production budget. Fox bought both of those previously and they turned into huge hits for that studio. It's very interesting to see a filmmaker sell the film with a release date and marketing plan entirely in place before they even get their hands on it. But with Emmerich, he's proven he can put out hugely successful movies, so that idea could certainly work.
The year 2012 is believed by some to be the apocalyptic end of the earth because December 21st that year marks the end of thirteenth B'ak'tun cycle in the Long Count of the Mayan calendar. Although that doesn't mean much to you or me, many different sources have interpreted this to mean that there will be a major change in world order. You can read more on this over at Wikipedia. We aren't exactly sure what kind of situation Emmerich will present in his film, but we certainly hope it's not another snow storm!
Studios vie for Emmerich's '2012'
Apocalyptic spec script could start bidding war
By MICHAEL FLEMING
Posted: Tue., Feb. 19, 2008, 8:00pm PT
Roland Emmerich is ready to wreak havoc on the planet, and once again, multiple studios are vying to go along for the ride. CAA is shopping "2012," an apocalyptic spec script written by Emmerich and Harald Kloser, who collaborated on "10,000 B.C.," the prehistoric epic that Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures releases March 7.
Studio toppers read the script Tuesday, and indications are that nearly all of them were interested enough to meet with Emmerich and reps Wednesday to hear his budget projection and creative aspirations. After that, studios will bid on what is essentially a greenlit film, one that Emmerich intends to direct next and have ready for a summer 2009 release, barring a prolonged Screen Actors Guild strike.
Emmerich has sold several of his tentpole projects in spec auctions that came with production budgets and release dates, something that was done with "Independence Day" and "The Day After Tomorrow." Both of those films were purchased by 20th Century Fox and turned into global hits for the studio.
According to sources, Emmerich's latest project has more going for it than the big idea that studios love. Studios are hungry for fresh material after the writers strike, and getting the chance to round out a 2009 slate with an Emmerich-directed extravaganza will be a tempting proposition.
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh;
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
Bryan Adams and 11:11
Bryan Adams rang in the new year with Winehouse
Updated Wed. Feb. 27 2008 6:28 PM ET
The Canadian Press
So I'm reading an article this morning about Bryan Adams reaching out to Amy Winehouse...
"Canadian rock icon Bryan Adams says he rang in the new year with troubled soul singer Amy Winehouse and believes that a strong support system is key to handling the pressures of fame."
And I'm thinking, "Yes, I know what "fame" is code for..."
I figured out a long, long time ago that Bryan Adams is yet another musician whose music is about what I've been telling you MOST of the music out there is (secretly) about. (See Chapter 12 - SIGNS.) Just look at his song titles and listen to some of his lyrics.
So as I read further down the article, I see that Bryan Adams has a new album coming out on March 17. (The article says the 18th but Bryan's web site says the 17th.)
And guess what this new album is called... '11'
Big surprise. (Can you tell I'm getting tired of this?)
And guess how many songs are on '11'... 11
So I go to Bryan Adams' web site www.bryanadams.com and on the front page I see a contest for members to win a chance to see one of 11 concerts he is giving to promote his new album '11'. I am not a member, but I click on the link anyway: www.bryanadams.com/?target=news#news_336
TOP SECRET CONCERT... Top Secret is right.
11 songs on '11'...
No 11:11 connection there.
11 concerts in 11 countries in 11 days to promote the release of '11'...
No 11:11 connection there.
And what is the name of this contest?... "The Bryan Adams 11@11 Contest"
No 11:11 connection there.
And what time will they announce the 11 names?... 11:11 am
Definitely no 11:11 connection there.
And where was the venue of this "secret" concert?... The St. Andrew's Wesley Church.
No connection between 11:11 and GOD there.
Bryan Adams puts on secret concert in Vancouver
Updated Fri. Mar. 21 2008 10:53 AM ET
CTV.ca News Staff
Canadian rock icon Bryan Adams put on a secret concert at a Vancouver church Thursday night, performing songs from his new album, "11." The 48-year-old singer performed for his family and 300 lucky fans at St. Andrew's Wesley Church.
So I continue scrolling down the news items and come across a German radio interview Bryan recently did (February 20, 2008):
1. Bryan, what made you call the album 11? Why going for a simple number?
A: I liked the idea of calling the album 11, because it is my eleventh album of completely original music - outside of unplugged records and live records and soundtrack albums that were obviously part of some other project. And so there is something also about the graphic of looking at the 11 which I really liked as well. And when we were playing with the idea of what we were gonna call the album, I was working with a designer and I mentioned maybe calling it 11, he sent me something back, and immediately looked at it and I went: It looks great. I really liked that, it´s so simple.
2. And all the associations that come with it, is that something you thought about later if at all?
A: I havent really thought about the other associations that go along with the numerology of eleven. Although I think there is already people that are speculating all over the place. But truthfully from my standpoint theres no hidden meaning behind it.
3. Balance being the obvious one. Which by the way - would make perfect sense, or?
A: Well, yeah, you say that balance is one the numerological equations of eleven, but again, I like the balance of the way it looks, and I think its a good graphic. And it also has a poignancy in my own career, because its my eleventh album so... I mean, my sixteenth album but my eleventh album. (chuckles)
"But truthfully from my standpoint there's no hidden meaning behind it."
THAT is what makes me tired.
March 25, 1966 - March 2, 2008
I once was blind;
But now I see.
No man, when he hath lighted a candle,
covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed;
but setteth it on a candlestick,
that they which enter in may SEE THE LIGHT.
For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest;
neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.
www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080303/healey_tributes_080203/20080303/ (Bryan Adams)
My license number was 1144 and it was issued in 1980.
If you read my Chapter 13 - 11:11 you will see that the two main numbers connected to the 11:11 Phenomenon are 11 and 44 - connecting to 11:11 and 4:44. (Plus my many other 11 and 44 personal connections - see My King Arthur / Holy Grail Connections chapter.)
Also in my 11:11 chapter, you will see that according to my calculations, the 11th Hour (11:00) started in 1980 - with 11:11 connecting to December 21, 2012.
This was 18 years before 1998 - the year that I "woke up" to this new reality and world of God and 11:11 - and the Liquor Licensing Board number is LLB-18.
I think the most important thing that this shows is that IT knew about me long before I knew about IT.
(And the knight defeats the dragon.)
Oil resumes near-record surge
Crude prices again approach record levels as investors bank on a Fed rate cut that will weaken the dollar and push prices even higher.
Last Updated: March 14, 2008: 3:56 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) -- The rally in energy prices gained momentum Friday, with retail gas prices rising further into record territory and diesel and heating oil futures setting records of their own amid concerns about strong global demand and tight supplies. Crude oil prices fell modestly as a sharp downturn in the stock market and worries about the economy prompted some profit-taking. But with the Federal Reserve expected to cut interest rates again next week, analysts expect the dollar to weaken further, propelling crude to new records.
At the pump, gas prices set records for the fourth straight day, rising 1.3 cents Friday to a national average price of $3.28 a gallon, according to AAA and the Oil Price Information Service. Average prices are nearing $4 in some parts of Hawaii. Diesel, meanwhile, rose 2.9 cents to a new record national average of $3.938 a gallon. Heating oil, a fellow distillate and close cousin of diesel, jumped to new records on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Diesel, used by trucks, trains and ships, is used to move the vast majority of the world's goods. While the U.S. economy appears to be slowing, the global economy continues to grow. "Demand for diesel worldwide has been incredible," said Phil Flynn, an analyst at Alaron Trading Corp., in Chicago. April heating oil futures rose 2.17 cents to settle at a record $3.1465 a gallon after earlier setting a new trading record of $3.222 a gallon.
The Bear Stearns affect Oil prices fell for a change Friday, following stocks lower after Bear Stearns Cos. (BSC, Fortune 500) acknowledged serious financial problems, and the Federal Reserve and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM, Fortune 500) bailed the investment bank out. Light, sweet crude for April delivery fell 12 cents to settle at $110.21 on the Nymex Friday after rising earlier to within pennies of its latest trading record of $111, set Thursday.
Despite the respite, analysts see little on the horizon to change the upward pressure on oil prices, which have set new records for seven straight sessions, and have risen nearly 12% since last week. Analysts blame the weak dollar, which set a new low against the euro on Friday, for oil's recent rally. Crude futures and offer a hedge against a falling dollar, and oil futures bought and sold in dollars are more attractive to foreign investors when the dollar is weak. Interest rate cuts further weaken the dollar and have helped drive oil's rise. Another reduction in benchmark lending rates is expected at the Fed's regularly scheduled monetary policy meeting on Tuesday. The Labor Department's report Friday that consumer prices were unchanged last month - a sign inflation remains low - appeared to clear the way for a substantial interest rate cut. "We still have this link to the dollar, and that's not going to go away at any point," said Jim Ritterbusch, president of energy consultancy Ritterbusch and Associates in Galena, Ill.
Rising fuel costs That means pain at the pump will continue for American consumers. The Energy Department expects gas prices to rise to near $3.50 a gallon this spring, while some analysts say prices could peak as high as $3.75 or even $4 a gallon. Diesel, which is a big part of the reason prices of food and consumer goods are on the rise, is likely to breach the $4 a gallon level soon. High fuel prices are sure to cut demand at some point, analysts say. Demand for gasoline has fallen nationwide every week since late January. However, diesel may be more immune from price pressure than gas, analysts say. Analysts say gas and diesel prices will eventually fall, but believe the decline may come only after high prices have pushed the economy into a severe slowdown. This is a bubble, and everyone is waiting for it to pop," Flynn said. In other Nymex trading Friday, April gasoline futures rose 0.66 cent to settle at $2.6894 a gallon.
Gold glitters again - sets new record
Investors flock to the commodity amid sinking dollar and worries about rising inflation.
Last Updated: March 14, 2008: 10:58 AM EDT
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Gold futures soared to a fresh all-time trading high above $1,000 an ounce Friday as the dollar sunk to new lows. COMEX gold for April delivery touched $1,007.30 an ounce in morning trading before slipping back a bit. After weeks spent hovering below the key psychological mark, gold finally hit $1,000 an ounce for the first time Thursday.
Behind gold's surge has been a drop in the dollar, which dropped below 100 yen for the first time since 1995 Thursday. It also has hit a string of record lows against the euro. The greenback has fallen to record lows amid fears of a protracted slowdown in the U.S. and concerns about rising inflation. A key inflation reading released by the Labor Department Friday showed consumer prices were flat last month, but there are signs that price pressures are building.
Commodity prices have soared recently. Oil prices have set 12 record highs in the past 13 trading sessions. The front-month crude contract is now trading just below $111 a barrel. Gasoline has set record highs for four straight days, as U.S. drivers now need to shell out an average of $3.28 a gallon.
Apparently it is the symbol for zinc?
What a "coincidence" that this symbol for the Eye of God is the one that displayed the first time I ever looked at this site. I have looked at this site several times since, and it has been a different symbol every time.
Just a reminder from God that He has His eye on me :)
In this fantasy-adventure story, five kids win a contest sponsored by a soft drink company that earns them a night at a new theme park, where high-tech gadgetry is used to simulate life in Medieval times. A bolt of lightning sends them back in time, thanks to a spell cast centuries ago by the wicked Lord Drakin, and before long, the kids (as well as the camera crew sent along by the pop bottlers) discover that the wizards, dragons, and knights in shining armor all around them are real. The kids encounter Perceval, a one-time magician of the court, who tries to help them vanquish their foes and return to the 20th century. The cast includes Kristopher Lemche, Benjamin Plener, and Caterina Scorsone. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide
I started watching the movie just as the kids figured out that they had been sent back in time and when that time was:
After having just watched the show for barely a minute, I was shocked to see the 11-11 on the screen. What perfect timing.
Of course I wanted a picture to document this (for you), so I checked the tv guide to see if by chance the movie might be coming on again later. As luck would have it, it was. It was starting at 11:00 on another channel. So I set up the VCR, got out my camera, and waited:
(Near the beginning of the movie, the main character gives a class presentation on KING ARTHUR. There have been many other King Arthur, Knights, Holy Grail, etc. "clues" that I have previously discussed. - i.e. see My King Arthur / Holy Grail Connections chapter.)
I think the idea of the brave Knights fighting for Good against Evil is a significant theme. And I think it is a powerful message directed to those who experience the 11:11 Phenomenon. This 11-11 "clue" is case-in-point.
$9.84 x 1.13 = $11.1192
This way up
Published Thursday March 20th, 2008
A mangled stop sign lies at the side of the road on Corrigan Street in Piedmont, Mo., yesterday. Piedmont, a town of 2,000 residents, was flooded when the McKenzie Creek rose above its banks Tuesday.
I thought to do a search on "Corrigan" and this came up:
Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan
Douglas Corrigan became a legendary aviator, not because of his accomplishments as a pilot but rather because of a supposed navigational error. In 1938, Corrigan "mistakenly" flew from New York to Ireland--when he was supposed to be flying from New York to California--because he seemingly misread his compass. For Americans, who were caught in the midst of the Great Depression, Corrigan's antic provided a great deal of humor and uplift and he became a national folk hero. To this day, Corrigan's nickname, "'Wrong Way' Corrigan," remains a stock colloquial phrase in popular culture. People use it to describe anyone who blunders and goes the wrong way, particularly in sporting events. Nevertheless, as much fun as Corrigan's incident provides, many people do not understand all the complexities of his story, nor do they appreciate the fact that he was a sound and accomplished pilot...
1) January 23, 1999
The biggest gamma ray burst ever seen (called the Second Biggest Bang) occurred in the constellation Bootes (The Coming Shepherd) (aka Jesus). Was this a "sign" for "Get ready, I'm coming" ?
This constellation is near The Big and Little Dippers which are considered the "sheep pens." Some believe these are symbols for the two Raptures - the first (pre-tribulation) when Jesus comes for the group of people who are the Bride of Christ (the Philadelphians; the "wise virgins"; those who believe and are watching and ready) and the second (pre-wrath) for those who make up the remainder of the Body of Christ (the Laodiceans; the "foolish virgins"; those who are neither "hot nor cold".)
(Information from Marilyn Agee.)
On March 19, 2008 the largest gamma ray burst ever witnessed occurred. This one also occurred in the constellation Bootes and was "aimed directly at Earth."
(This occurred on the 19th. Two days later - March 21 - was Good Friday.)
NAKED-EYE GAMMA RAY BURST: On March 19th, astronomers witnessed a cosmic explosion so bright it was visible to the naked eye from a distance of 7.5 billion light years. Get the full story from Science@NASA.
Naked-eye Gamma Ray Burst
March 21, 2008: A powerful gamma ray burst detected March 19th by NASA's Swift satellite has shattered the record for the most distant object that could be seen with the naked eye. "It was a whopper," says Swift principal investigator Neil Gehrels of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "This blows away every gamma ray burst we've seen so far."
Swift's Burst Alert Telescope picked up the burst at 2:12 a.m. EDT on March 19, 2008, and pinpointed the coordinates in the constellation Bootes. Telescopes in space and on the ground quickly moved to observe the afterglow. The burst was named GRB 080319B and registered between 5 and 6 on the visual magnitude scale used by astronomers. (A magnitude 6 star is the dimmest visible to the human eye; magnitude 5 is almost three times brighter.)
Later that evening, the Very Large Telescope in Chile and the Hobby-Eberly Telescope in Texas measured the burst's redshift at 0.94. A redshift is a measure of the distance to an object. A redshift of 0.94 translates into a distance of 7.5 billion light years, meaning the explosion took place 7.5 billion years ago, a time when the universe was less than half its current age and Earth had yet to form. This is more than halfway across the visible universe.
"No other known object or type of explosion could be seen by the naked eye at such an immense distance," says Swift science team member Stephen Holland of Goddard. "If someone just happened to be looking at the right place at the right time, they saw the most distant object ever seen by human eyes without optical aid."
Most gamma ray bursts occur when massive stars run out of nuclear fuel. Their cores collapse to form black holes or neutron stars, releasing an intense burst of high-energy gamma rays and ejecting particle jets that rip through space at nearly the speed of light. When the jets plow into surrounding interstellar clouds, they heat the gas to incandescent visibility. It is this gaseous "afterglow" which was visible to the human eye on March 19th.
GRB 080319B's afterglow was 2.5 million times more luminous than the most luminous supernova ever recorded, making it the most intrinsically bright object ever observed by humans in the universe. The most distant previous object that could have been seen by the naked eye is the nearby galaxy M33, a relatively short 2.9 million light-years from Earth.
Analysis of GRB 080319B is just getting underway, so astronomers don't know why this burst and its afterglow were so bright. One possibility is the burst was more energetic than others, perhaps because of the mass, spin, or magnetic field of the progenitor star or its jet. Or perhaps it concentrated its energy in a narrow jet that was aimed directly at Earth.
GRB 080319B was one of four bursts that Swift detected on March 19th, a Swift record for one day. Swift science team member Judith Racusin of Penn State University comments, "coincidentally, the passing of Arthur C. Clarke seems to have set the universe ablaze with gamma ray bursts." A fitting farewell, indeed.
Editor: Dr. Tony Phillips | Credit: Science@NASA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Four U.S. soldiers died Sunday (Easter Sunday) night in a roadside bombing in Iraq, military officials reported, bringing the American toll in the 5-year-old war to 4,000 deaths. The four were killed when a homemade bomb hit their vehicle as they patrolled in a southern Baghdad neighborhood, the U.S. military headquarters in Iraq said. A fifth soldier was wounded. The grim milestone comes less than a week after the fifth anniversary of the start of the war.
"No casualty is more or less significant than another; each soldier, Marine, airman and sailor is equally precious and their loss equally tragic," said Rear Adm. Gregory Smith, the U.S. military's chief spokesman in Iraq. "Every single loss of a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine is keenly felt by military commanders, families and friends both in theater and at home."
Of the 4,000 U.S. military personnel killed in the war, 3,263 have died in attacks and fighting and 737 in nonhostile incidents, such as traffic accidents and suicides. Eight of those killed were civilians working for the Pentagon. The numbers are based on Pentagon data counted by CNN.
Also Sunday, at least 35 Iraqis died as the result of suicide bombings, mortar fire and the work of gunmen in cars who opened fire on a crowded outdoor market. Nearly 100 were wounded in the violence. Estimates of the Iraqi death toll since the war began range from about 80,000 to the hundreds of thousands. Another 2 million Iraqis have been forced to leave the country, and 2.5 million have been displaced from their homes within Iraq, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
Many of the Iraqis and U.S. troops killed over the years, like the four soldiers slain Sunday in Baghdad, have been targeted by improvised explosive devices -- the roadside bombs that have come to symbolize Iraq's tenacious insurgency.
The Pentagon's Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization has been developed to counter the threat of IEDs in Iraq as well as Afghanistan. The group calls IEDs the "weapon of choice for adaptive and resilient networks of insurgents and terrorists."
The news of the 4,000 mark came on the same day that Iraq's national security adviser urged Americans to be patient with the progress of the war, contending the struggle has implications for "global terror." "This is global terrorism hitting everywhere, and they have chosen Iraq to be a battlefield. And we have to take them on," Mowaffak al-Rubaie said Sunday on CNN's "Late Edition With Wolf Blitzer." If we don't prevail, if we don't succeed in this war, then we are doomed forever. I understand and sympathize with the mothers, with the widows, with the children who have lost their beloved ones in this country. "But honestly, it is well worth fighting and well worth investing the money and the treasure and the sweat and the tears in Iraq."
Nearly 160,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq, and the war has cost U.S. taxpayers about $600 billion, according to the House Budget Committee. Senior U.S. military officials are preparing to recommend to President Bush a four- to six-week pause in additional troop withdrawals from Iraq after the last of the so-called surge brigades leaves in July, CNN learned last week from U.S. military officials familiar with the recommendations but not authorized to speak on the record. The return of all five brigades added to the Iraq contingent last year could reduce troop levels by up to 30,000 but still leave about 130,000 or more troops in Iraq. Al-Rubaie emphasized Sunday that any drawdown of U.S. troops "has to be based on the conditions on the ground." But there has been too much "foot-dragging on key governance questions in Iraq," Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, said Sunday. "It seems to me you put off those troop withdrawals, you send exactly the wrong message to the Iraqis." When conditions warrant the withdrawal of American troops, the Iraqis will say, "'Thank you very much, indeed,' " al-Rubaie said. "A big, big thank you for the United States of America for liberating Iraq, for helping us in sustaining the security gains in Iraq ... and we will give them a very, very good farewell party then." Responding to recent remarks from U.S. presidential candidates that Iraqis are not taking responsibility for their future, al-Rubaie said his countrymen are making political and security gains. "Literally by the day and by the week, we are gradually assuming more responsibility," he said, noting that Iraqis have taken over security in many provinces.
CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.
I truly believe - and have said this many times over the years - with obviously no convincing (verb not adjective - or maybe both) success (i.e. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/11-11/message/15200) - that if all 11:11'ers went public with the 11:11 Phenomenon and brought it to the attention of the world, that the world would know that there is truly something much bigger out there than us, and the perspective, the "WAY" of thinking, and the resulting behaviour of humanity would be forever changed. How could it not?
I just noticed that I posted the above message on the yahoo group on March 18, 2003.
In that letter I said, "If we can get the world to focus their attention on this greater reality that exists, then maybe terrorism and the war in the Middle East and all other such things won't seem quite so important anymore. Maybe this is our opportunity to help change/save the world by doing so."
2 days later - on March 20 - the US invaded Iraq and the Iraq War began - and it is still going on - with its 5th anniversary having just passed a few days ago.
And to mirror this, I noticed something else I wrote at the end of that letter: "I wanted to close with the lyrics to the song 'The Trail We Blaze' from the El Dorado soundtrack. I remembered posting them earlier and just found it. Oh oh... I wrote it September 11, 2000. Now I will always wonder... if we had done something then, maybe September 11, 2001 would not have happened???" (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/11-11/message/4113)
Do these "coincidental" timings not show you (fellow 11:11'ers) that we are supposed to DO something???
I connected GSV to GOD SEVENS (777) or GOD SAVES.
Huge Antarctic ice chunk collapses
March 25, 2008 -- Updated 2017 GMT (0417 HKT)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A chunk of Antarctic ice about seven times the size of Manhattan suddenly collapsed, putting an even greater portion of glacial ice at risk, scientists said Tuesday. Satellite images show the runaway disintegration of a 160-square-mile chunk in western Antarctica, which started February 28. It was the edge of the Wilkins ice shelf and has been there for hundreds, maybe 1,500 years. This is the result of global warming, said British Antarctic Survey scientist David Vaughan.
Because scientists noticed satellite images within hours, they diverted satellite cameras and even flew an airplane over the ongoing collapse for rare pictures and video. "It's an event we don't get to see very often," said Ted Scambos, lead scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado. "The cracks fill with water and slice off and topple... That gets to be a runaway situation."
While icebergs naturally break away from the mainland, collapses like this are unusual but are happening more frequently in recent decades, Vaughan said. The collapse is similar to what happens to hardened glass when it is smashed with a hammer, he said. The rest of the Wilkins ice shelf, which is about the size of Connecticut, is holding on by a narrow beam of thin ice. Scientists worry that it too may collapse. Larger, more dramatic ice collapses occurred in 2002 and 1995. Vaughan had predicted the Wilkins shelf would collapse about 15 years from now.
Scientists said they are not concerned about a rise in sea level from the latest event in Antarctica, but say it's a sign of worsening global warming. Such occurrences are "more indicative of a tipping point or trigger in the climate system," said Sarah Das, a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved
Picture of Jesus survives Port St. Lucie house fire almost untouched
By Will Greenlee
Published 11:31 a.m., March 14, 2008
PORT ST. LUCIE The Thursday morning fire destroyed a home, but left a picture of Jesus Christ untouched amid the garage's charred remains, according to a police report released Friday. The 6:35 a.m. blaze, sparked by a clip on light in a child's bedroom, ravaged the house, and left the garage contents burnt and destroyed except for the picture of Jesus Christ, staff in his hand and surrounded by sheep, the report shows.
Cynthia Wright, 53, her 21-year-old daughter, Samantha, and Samantha's two young daughters live in the home in the 600 block of Southwest Homeland Road. The two elder Wrights had left for work at the time, and there was no one in the residence.
As for the brightly colored picture of Jesus Christ, investigators found it on a metal shelf that was collapsed and bent from the heat and flames. The image, titled The Good Shepherd, was a full page picture from a Holy Bible, the report states. "Cynthia said the Bible had belonged to her late husband, and the cover had burnt off, thus exposing said picture, the report states. This was seemingly an amazing occurrence that caught the attention of everyone on scene.
Photos provided by the St. Lucie County Fire District
St. Lucie County Fire District Battalion Chief Paul Raymond
Hundreds of people standing in front of the White House with signs saying
"11:11" would probably catch the attention of such media as CNN. "What is
this 11:11?" they might ask. (Who knows? Some of them probably even experience
it.) They might research it. They might broadcast it to the world. People
watching may say, "Hey! I see 11:11 too! I thought it was just me!" Then
people would start talking about it, googling it, and... who knows what could
happen next. It would be the start, anyway, of maybe something big.
How will we know if we don't at least try???
Also... You say, "Either case, how can we change the destiny of things???"
Well, maybe, this IS our destiny?
The "Make Peace Not War" was just one example of what the 11:11 sign could say. People can make up their own signs with whatever ideas 11:11 inspires in them. Here are a few more ideas:
Reader / Me
This all reminds me of "global warming" and the people who think of it as "man-made" and not cyclical! I agree that it could be and probably is cyclical, but I also believe that what we are doing is also having a substantial negative affect.
Maybe you really think (believe) that we can brake the cycle, yet all prior civilizations have failed! Please note that History is rather clear on all of this... Maybe this is our "last chance" to get it right?
Also, please note that a "white dove" was waiting for me on my front door last night when I was coming out from the gym! It allowed me to pick it up, which is OBVIOUSLY a very clear sign of peace, (that is amazing!) along with this email of yours... But people standing around with peace signs is already being reported by the media many times. So just adding 11:11 does not seem to bring any more attention to it (I think it could), so I think that the message must be even bigger! Maybe we should all start wearing 11:11 T-shirts and then spread its messages at every opportunity!!! Ok - we could wear our 11:11 t-shirts WHILE holding the signs! :) Actually, I have made a couple 11:11 t-shirts that I wear often. (I didn't actually make the t-shirts - I just added the 11:11 to them.)
Maybe you as the "time keeper" can help organize this since you have been keeping your 11:11 blog/clock?
P.S. Maybe you can sell thousands of these T-Shirts which will then give you extra funding for all of your efforts. I would buy one or two and wear it to the gym... :) I can't make any money off this, but if you would like an 11:11 t-shirt, I would be happy to make you one.
Someone has made 11:11 buttons/pins you can buy here: http://www.cafepress.com/1111tv
Reader / Me
I read all of your signs and, as such, must ask you this now: (1) if global warming is man-made, then there is no god! (2) if it all up to us, then there is no divine intervention and, therefore, no god! "God helps those who help themselves?"
I see the problem as society (civilization!) itself and, from that point of view, of course, society can ONLY change when people change EXACTLY! which does match what you are trying to say. I don't know how you can say that. That is EXACTLY what I am trying to say. Have you never seen my slideshow presentation where this is exactly what I am trying to show? If not, you can watch it here: www.myspace.com/julimullen OR www.youtube.com/julimullen.
However, I also don't see how society can change without 3rd party intervention!!! Isn't that what the 11:11 is all about?
If it is all up to us , then there is no way out but a continued repetition of the same old, same old vicious cycles, being repeated over and over and over and over...and then over again!!! Again, History is rather clear on all of this since ALL (that is 100% of them) prior civilizations have also failed!!! It is up to us - everyone of us - to change "The Way" we THINK. Otherwise, the pattern/cycle can only be repeated again and again.
Do you (can you) see what I mean?
They all failed because they did not understand. (The long-term implications of Choice & Consequence.) And maybe by the time they understood it was too late. Maybe now we finally have the tools to understand and get it right? Maybe it is already too late for us too. But if so, then why the 11:11? What is the purpose for it if not to help and inspire us?
A global event created to symbolize that each one of us, working together, can make a positive impact on climate change
Earth Hour is a global event created to symbolize that each one of us, working together, can make a positive impact on climate change - no matter who we are or where we live.
Created by WWF in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour has grown from a single event into a global movement. In 2008, millions of people, businesses, governments and civic organizations in nearly 200 cities around the globe will turn out for Earth Hour. More than 35 US cities will participate, including the US flagships--Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco.
Earth Hour brings together communities, local governments, corporate and nongovernmental organizations to heighten awareness about climate change and to inspire our nation to take practical actions to reduce their own carbon footprints.
Earth Hour: March 29, 2008 8 - 9 PM
- Cities around the world will join together in literally turning off the lights for one hour to offer leadership and symbolize their commitment to finding climate change solutions.
- Lights will be turned off at iconic buildings and national landmarks from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Local businesses and restaurants will also be asked to turn off their lights.
- People at home can take advantage of the hour by replacing their standard light bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.
"This is the perfect opportunity for individuals, governments, businesses and communities around the world to unite for a common purpose, in response to a global issue that affect us all."
Carter S. Roberts, President and CEO WWF
Last night I wrestled all night like Jacob - like with an energy or a power and maybe it was God or an Angel but i could get no sleep - my mind was going 90 miles and hour - i can't really explain it but i was so tired this morning ... i could barely move a muscle. Luckily i am feeling better now ... but it was wild! and sometimes no so comfortable .. even painful... it is like all this purple color was bathing me and it was "too much" energy to take...
This morning I replied:
This happens to me a lot too. Sometimes the energy light is white, sometimes a greenish/lime colour, but most often purple. I've talked about it a few places, one I found here - although I didn't mention the colours in this one: groups.yahoo.com/group/11-11/message/14623
As it was happening again this morning, the words "Purple Haze" came into my mind. I knew that was a song so I said to myself, "I bet this is what this singer was talking about." So I looked it up and sure enough:
Purple haze all in my brain
Lately things don't seem the same
Actin' funny but I don't know why
'Scuse me while I kiss the sky
Purple haze all around
Don't know if I'm comin' up or down
Am I happy or in misery?
Whaterever it is, that girl put a spell on me
Oh I don't know
Purple haze was all in my eyes
Don't know if it's day or night
You've got me blowin', blowin' my mind
Is it tomorrow or just the end of time?
Come on now
Posted: Sun Feb 9, 2003
I'm going to ask you to try an experiment. It may sound crazy but it works for me, so who knows, maybe it might work for someone else too. Lie down somewhere quiet. This works better in the dark, but it also works in the daylight too. (Maybe cover your eyes with a pillow or something that will make it darker.)
Close your eyes and just stare into the blackness. Just relax. Don't try too hard. Give it some time, sometimes it doesn't happen right away. Just keep looking and see if anything happens. See if a light appears - it can be either a bright speck or a pulsing energy type of light. Like I said, give it a few minutes. If nothing happens within 5 minutes, try again another time. Like I said, it works for me. Let me know if anything happens!
Here are some interesting lyrics from a few songs I've picked up on. Maybe it works for them too?
Savage Garden - 'I Want You'
Any time I need to see your face
I just close my eyes
Lara Fabian - 'I Will Love Again'
Did I ever tell you how you live in me
Every waking moment, even in my dreams
Marc Anthony - 'You Sang To Me'
Just to think you live inside of me
I had no idea how this could be
J. Gaines & The Soul Attorneys - 'Better Man' ('LORD Knows What I'd Do')
Now I've opened up my eyes
I was blind, now I see
Realizing that you're deep inside of me
And here are some interesting scriptures:
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe,
that the Father is in me, and I in him.
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?
The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee,
that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them;
that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me,
that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me,
and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
John Roberts: Do you think the country is headed in the wrong direction? Well, join the club
A brand new poll that is revealing a real half-empty feeling here in America.
Eight out of every 10 Americans now think that the country is headed in the wrong direction. That's according to the latest "New York Times"/CBS News poll asking that question. Eighty-one percent of people say that we're on the wrong track. That is the most since they started taking that poll back in the early 1990s -- 81 percent.
Which, of course, brings us to this morning's "Quick Vote" question. What do you think is the primary reason that the country is on the wrong track? Is it Iraq, the economy, political gridlock, health care, or education? There's five choices for you there.
(Note: These are not 'reasons' why the country is on the wrong track. They are all 'symptoms' of the reasons why the country (world) is on the wrong track.)
Cast your vote at CNN.com/am. We're also asking for your thoughts on this issue. Didn't see a choice on our "Quick Vote" that you like? Think that something else is driving the country in the wrong direction, or you just want to expound on your reasons why you think the country is headed in the wrong direction? E-mail us this morning, CNN.com/am. We'll have your e-mails and the first tally of votes coming up later on in this hour.
Remember my Post 789?
And my... MAP... showing the Right Direction?
www.youtube.com/julimullen - or - www.myspace.com/julimullen
I wonder... Will we reach this 6,666,666,666 milestone on my infamous May 15 date?