What is on my radar?
Highlights today include:
- Valley of Death
- Up-up-and away food prices with FAO Food Report
Thank you to my patrons who make my writings possible. You are each precious soul to my heart.
Join my patrons and myself as we study Psalm 136.
Weather and Space Weather
Your space weather report for today:
The sun is vacillating between a brisk plasma solar wind due to coronal hole sending wind our way and periodic flat-line Kp days. Science shows that when we have this type of set up the impact of cosmic rays is much worse, than just a solid flat-line Kp day. Briefly: we will be flip-flopping between geomagnetic storm potential and Kp flat-line for the next few days.
Purchase my new book, Electromagnetic Radiation Protection Solutions, God's Marvelous Protective Provisions for the coming Nuclear and Cosmic Superstorm CRISIS
Not only dodo politicians receive your tax dollars to live lavish lifestyles devoid of representation, but we will also now witness exorbitant Pay-to-Service fees (in addition to taxes), the likes of which you have never seen.
Postal Regulators Lay Out New Proposal to Enable Larger USPS Rate Hikes
Mailers say the new system could create uncertainty and drive customers away from the Postal Service. Read more
Liberal Professors- Deadly Delusions about Curing Terrorists
Last Friday, Usman Khan, a 28-year-old British national who was released from prison on parole in December 2018 after serving eight years for terrorism offenses, killed two people a machete near London Bridge. Earlier in the day, at the same site, he had attended an alumni celebration event hosted by the organizers of the Cambridge University Learning Together program, having been invited to share his experiences as a former prisoner. Read more
DARPA Wants Smart Suits to Protect Against Biological Attacks
A new program seeks gear that can guarantee troops' survival amid multiple chemical and biological agents.
According to a recently published broad agency announcement, DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office launched the Personalized Protective Biosystem, or PPB program to rapidly-produce wearable technology that prevents threatening agents from entering the body and cutting-edge barriers that can neutralize damaging agents when they come into contact with people’s skin, eyes, and airways. Read more
Crop Prospects and Food Situation, No. 4, December 2019
World food prices jump in November
World food prices rose significantly in November, reaching their highest point in more than two years, driven by jumps in the international prices of meat products and vegetable oils.
Commonly-traded food commodities averaged up 2.7 percent from October and 9.5 percent from the same period a year earlier.
Vegetable Oil Price Index rose by 10.4 percent in November rose.
Meat Price Index increased by 4.6 percent, its largest month-on-month increase in more than a decade.
Sugar Price Index rose by 1.8 percent from October, buoyed by mounting indications that world sugar consumption in the coming year will surpass production - which is being hampered by less-than-ideal growing conditions in Thailand, India, France and the United States of America.
Cereal Price Index, by contrast, declined by 1.2 percent amid stiff competition among the world's leading wheat exporters. This will not last long.
Dairy Price Index rose marginally from October, nudged up. I just talked with a mid-west dairyman and most local dairies in America have gone bankrupt.There are 42 countries today in need of external assistance for food, according to FAO's quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, also released today.
Edibles in plain sight: 15 Common wild plants that are safe to eat
When you’re in the wild, the usual food sources may no longer be available. You’ll need to find your own food through hunting or foraging. These skills rely greatly on your knowledge of which foods you can eat. Read more
Two Galactic Neighbors
While it's common for galaxies to coexist peacefully in the same cosmic neighborhood, these two galaxies are a bit too close for comfort. The galaxies NGC 6286 (right) and NGC 6285 (left), collectively known as Arp 293, are tugging at each other with their mutually strong gravitational attraction, dragging wisps of gas and dust out from the galaxies and into interstellar space. This causes the galaxies to appear "smudged" and blurred from our perspective on Earth. The Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of the galactic pair, which is located more than over 250 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Draco. — Hanneke Weitering
The Kamchatka Peninsula, in Russia’s Far East, is a volcanic winter wonderland. Snow blankets a chain of eruptive mountains here that shower the land with molten fireworks. It is as beautiful as it is biodiverse, with a myriad of aquatic, aerial, and terrestrial species. Read more
Mono County in California is a land of contrasts. It contains these large boulders that formed during a magma blast and also the world's oldest tree the bristlecone pine. It has many cavernous areas that are excellent for spelunking.
A natural dome made of volcanic glass in Inyo National Forest.
At the end of a dusty dirt road off California’s Highway 395 lies a mountain made of volcanic glass, also known as obsidian. Located just north of Mammoth Lakes, the dome is part of the Mono-Inyo volcanic chain.
Obsidian Dome has formed about 600 years ago during a phreatic blast when magma hits the water on its way to the surface. Read more
Grow garlic in your windowsill in garlic bottles (personally I would choose glass to avoid plastic endocrine disruption.
Will New Plasma Thrusters Keep Next-Gen Satellites Safe?
How the fourth state of matter could enable more nimble satellites and change the space game. Read more
Robotics Researchers Have a Duty to Prevent Autonomous Weapons
Robotics is rapidly being transformed by advances in artificial intelligence, and the benefits are widespread. But our ever-growing appetite for intelligent, autonomous machines poses a host of ethical challenges. Read more
Crack open your average history textbook, and you’ll probably find the tragic tale of the Justinianic plague, a pandemic that tore across ancient Europe and Asia between 541 and 750 A.D., claiming an estimated 25 million to 50 million lives.
Where did all the Clovis people go?
Cataclysm, Mass Extinctions, and the Consequent Myths
According to geologists, in the interval from 10,000 to 8,000 BC, some 35 to 45 species of large mammals became extinct. This is called a mass extinction. Mass extinctions can be defined as species death within a relatively short interval of time.
None of the mainstream theories which attempt to account for these great extinctions are entirely satisfactory. This is likely because orthodox geologists are operating out of the straitjacket of the theory of uniformitarianism, which suggests a rather slow, gradual change over time. Read more
Who is Asherah? Or, perhaps, what is asherah? The Hebrew means “happy” or “upright” and some suggest “(sacred) place.” The term appears 40 times in the Hebrew Bible, usually in conjunction with the definite article “the.” Read more
MedicalSkipping the Gym? Blame your Epigenome
There may be an underlying reason for the difference between people who exercise regularly and those who don’t. A new study points to the epigenetic control of certain genes to explain the distinction. Researchers disrupted DNA methylation in neurons of the hypothalamus, resulting in mice that lacked the desire to be active. Since epigenetic mechanisms are more malleable than genetics, the findings suggest a potential way to help "program" people to enjoy being more physically active. Read moreStress During Early Life Extends Lifespan
A University of Michigan team discovered that roundworms that produced increased levels of ROS during early development lived longer than those that produced less ROS and that this was linked to the effects on a specific histone modifier. Read more
Mindfulness Could Lower Your Blood Pressure
Mindfulness can help lower high blood pressure by boosting attention control, emotion regulation, and self-awareness of both healthy and unhealthy habits. Read more
The apostle Paul said to “live wisely among those who are not believers and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone” (Col 4:5–6). Having the right answer for everyone isn’t easy. Sometimes when we’re stuck about what this passage means or how that Scripture is to be applied, we may be tempted to say, “We take these things by faith.”
But again Paul reminds us that “if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way” (1 Pet 3:15–16).
God Bless you from the trenches. Be safe everyone.
Celeste has worked as a contractor for Homeland Security and FEMA. Her training and activation's include the infamous day of 911, flood and earthquake operations, mass casualty exercises, and numerous other operations. Celeste is FEMA certified and has completed the Professional Development Emergency Management Series.
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Celeste grew up in a military & governmental home with her father working for the Naval Warfare Center, and later as Assistant Director for Public Lands and Natural Resources, in both Washington State and California.
Celeste also has training and expertise in small agricultural lobbying, Integrative/Functional Medicine, asymmetrical and symmetrical warfare, and Organic Farming..
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