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 on: Today at 05:24 AM 
Started by Gonzalo - Last post by Rad
The Soul can only split itself a maximum of three times. It does this in order to speed up it's own evolution. This can only happen in the relatively advanced states of evolution.  The natural law, truth, behind the reason for 3, and no more, is that this then represents and symbolizes the past, present, and future for any given Soul. Thus, one of the identities created by the Soul in this way is orientated to phenomenal reality by way of the entire past of the Soul, and the parts of the past that either have not be totally resolved and/ or will continue to apply to the ongoing evolution of the Soul itself. Another one is orientated to the future evolution of the Soul to come by way of dynamics and the circumstances that the dynamics create, and the 3rd one is orientated to the present life that incorporates the other two in the context of the current life. This is exactly how evolution speeds up for the Soul who is evolutionarily prepared to do this. This natural truth and law has been realized and taught by such evolved Souls as Yogananda, Yukestwar, Jesus, and others.

This natural law and truth can be realized by anyone, no need to believe in it, by simply employing the natural ways to meditate. That's how any Soul can know for them self. All natural laws and truths are like fruit on a tree waiting to be picked: realized. Any Soul that makes the concerted effort to meditate in natural ways can realize, know, such truths and laws. They are free. You don't need to go anywhere other than where you are sitting at any moment in time: within.

This person who who claims the JWG told them that they were the same Soul is simply lying; an imposter. This person is actually an person called Sherry Lake who had registered on this mb three or four years ago, and has periodically created problems for it. This individual attempted a ruse here pretending to be a new member under the new log in name employed. That fact should speak for itself relative to the delusional spluttering emanating from it. She has now been banned from this mb for posting what she posted.

God Bless, Rad

 32 
 on: May 21, 2015, 10:07 PM 
Started by Gonzalo - Last post by Dav
So is it three times or more that a soul can split?

 33 
 on: May 21, 2015, 09:32 PM 
Started by Eric - Last post by Sunyata


Chief Raoni

"For the whole world....it is for the whole world that I am fighting to succeed in preserving the forest."

He has been fighting against the incursion and destruction of the Amazon Rainforest and the displacement of indegineous people, some who have never seen cultures outside thier own, for his entire adult life. He considers himself a Guardian of the Forest and currently is trenched in for a campaign against the Belo Monte Dam construction project in Brazil which threatens to flood his ancestral land.

Raoni.com

 34 
 on: May 21, 2015, 02:48 PM 
Started by Gonzalo - Last post by moonshadow
Hi,

I can speak from personal experience and knowledge about Same-Soul, as JWG himself confirmed our relationship as such back in 2000. The Soul does not split in two; it splits in three and multiples of three. The Soul is not limited to only three. It can only happen when it is of necessity and not only the personal desire of the Soul(s). The division occurs on the causal plane of existence and only when the Soul is in an advanced state of evolution. Again, I am speaking from direct experience and perception.

 

 35 
 on: May 21, 2015, 08:47 AM 
Started by Gonzalo - Last post by Dav
Yes, maximum is three.

How do you know this?

 36 
 on: May 21, 2015, 07:51 AM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Rad
This rich Texas jackass murdered a black rhino and now he thinks he’s the f*cking saint of conservation

TBogg
21 May 2015 at 05:48 ET   
RawStory
               
Meet Corey Knowlton.

He’s a jackass with money.

Knowlton — the son of Texas oil executive Lary Knowlton (that would be this cartoon of a man here)– is the one who dropped a cool $350,000 at an auction last year so he could kill a rare and endangered black rhino. Why did he want to kill a rhino? Because he’s an asshole like his dad who has enough money to be able to travel around the world and practice the manly art of serial animal killing for fun.

Take a brief perusal of his Facebook photos and you will see Corey showing off a sampling of his kills in his wonderfully appointed trophy room (below) that is a subtle reminder that all of the money in the world — to say nothing of artfully-placed indirect lighting — can’t create the illusion of good taste.

Facebook- Corey Knowlton Tacky Collection: below

Despite attempts since last year to stop the hunt for the black rhino, the hunt went forward, the rhino was killed, and CNN was there to document it with the kind of breathless spin that most Texas families pay big bucks for when their entitled children make asses of themselves.

Here is CNN’s Ed Lavendera inserting himself into the narrative:

    The rhino is moving around but it’s invisible. It’s impossible to grasp how such a beast can move like a ghost in the brush.

    The hunting party moves single file through a tree line. As the last member of the group emerges, he looks to his left and no more than 40 feet away the rhino is there, staring straight at us.

    “There it is!” says the last member in the group.

    It’s a breathtaking sight. But this isn’t the time to stand and stare. I cut to one side and the rhino starts charging in my direction.

    “Ed! Get down!” shouts van Heerden.

    I rush behind Knowlton and his hunting guide.

    “As soon as you dropped below my gun, I could see the whole animal right behind you,” Knowlton would tell me later.

    I turn around and for a quick flash only see the top half of the rhino in front of us. Then four shots explode through the air.

    The rhino has been hit at least three times.

    The hunting party then makes the final push to find the rhino. I’ve lost track of time. This last push might have taken 30 minutes, it might have taken an hour. It was an incredibly emotional experience.

    A tracker climbs into a tree and spots the rhino in an open field about 100 yards away. Knowlton gets into position and fires the final shots. The black rhino is dead.

    Knowlton walks up from behind the rhino and when he’s certain it’s over, he kneels next to it.

    “Any time you take an animal’s life it’s an emotional thing,” Knowlton said.

Ahem. As an ex-hunter who only hunted for food and never for trophies: Bull-fucking-shit. That is prime-time reality show scripted-for-the-cameras crapola.

Appearing later on CNN, Knowlton explained to fellow rich person Erin Burnett that, sure, he could have just donated the money after people got all huffy about him traveling halfway around the world to murder an animal so he could bring its head back to the U.S. because he has an empty spot on the wall that needs fillin’.

But no.  This was about conservation and not just the desire to kill something to make yourself feel alive.

“If I just wanted to kill something I’d go work at a chicken plant, Erin, and just kill things all day” Knowlton said before invoking a Disney film for validation. “I believe in the circle of life, I believe human being are a part of it. I believe it’s ridiculous to say we’re complicit in the fact that these animals are in trouble, but we shouldn’t be complicit in helping them through wildlife biology and scientific research.”

And, apparently, killing them.

Asked why he enjoys slaughtering animals for sport, Knowlton said it’s a “hunter thing.”

“I think hunters out there understand that it’s part of who we are as human beings, okay? And I don’t know that everybody who is removed from that can understand, but it’s a different kind of emotion. In this case, actually, I felt good about the fact that Ed Lavendera didn’t get killed. It was charging him.”

We should stop here to note that Lavendera presumably wouldn’t have been in Namibia being charged by a black rhino if a CNN producer hadn’t had visions of of badly needed viewership dancing in his or her head.

But here is where it gets good.

Asked what he is going to do with his suitable for framing trophy rhino head, Knowlton said he is going to use the head of the endangered animal that he tracked, shot, and killed to teach kids about, wait for it … conservation.

“Erin, I think my real plan, once I get it back here, is to figure out a way to — it’ll be my personal property — figure out a way that I can use it to raise awareness the best way I can with it. And if that means different places, that’s what I’d love to do. And I don’t believe any single act throughout, I mean, modern history, has brought more attention to an endangered species than this one,” he rambled. “So, if you’re against it, if for it, at least you’re aware of the plight of the rhino, and at least you’re aware now of the real dangers to it — being poaching and habitat infringement. And the best way to do that is to incentivize the locals and get them to be a part of it, and that’s exactly what this hunt is. We fed a whole village with this, Erin. We employed local people.”

“It, it… from America to Africa, you well know, you’ve been around the world, you know the differences.  It’s giant. It’s huge. And just to have that meat, meant the world to those people,” he rationalized. “And you understand finance too. If it pays, it stays, if it’s valuable, its gonna be there. That’s why we preserve things we value, that’s why we have so many cows.”

And if you thought the “cow” part was weird, there is this.

“If these people put a value on a black rhino’s life, alive or dead, it’s an amazing thing. Nobody put a lower value on it than the anti-hunting community, they could have came [sic] in and bid on it but they threatened bidders away, ” he said while shrugging because his logic was so damn obvious.

In the 1970’s there were approximately 65,000 black rhinos and now there are less than 5,000. That would lead one to think that — if someone like Corey Knowlton really cared about saving the remaining ones (approximately 2,000 of which are in Namibia) — he could have given some of his dad’s money to their anti-poaching efforts and taken a flyer on killing one.

But where is the fun in that?

It’s all about the bloodsport for a dissolute rich kid with too much time on his hands in a world with too many animals that need killing, stuffing, and mounting.

Facebook:

Facebook: “My Daughter and I with her first Cape Buffalo. Pretty awesome for an 8 year old or anybody for that matter. (below)

For conservation’s sake, of course.

 37 
 on: May 21, 2015, 06:46 AM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Rad
Species watch: European eagle owl

Paul Brown
Guardian
5/21/2015 21.30 BST

The European eagle owl Bubo bubo is not a popular bird. It is very large and ferocious, and although it lives and successfully nests in Britain it is officially regarded as an alien and a danger to our own birds of prey because it does not like to share its hunting territory.

Foxhunts have further dented the bird's reputation by using these owls to exploit a loophole in the ban on hunting. This allows packs of dogs to be deployed to flush out foxes, which then in theory are killed by birds of prey. Hunts purchase and use both eagle owls and golden eagles for this purpose although the number of foxes "killed by accident" by hounds far exceeds any caught by birds.

Although it possible for a trained eagle owl to kill a fox this would not be a normal prey. In the wild a less risky catch and more attractive and tasty meal would be a rabbit or rat.

One supporter of the eagle owl is the World Owl Trust based in Ravenglass in Cumbria, which has officially changed its position and now regards the species as British. The reasoning is that these birds are breeding in Britain and was once native, as fossil evidence shows. Anyway the Trust says it might always have been here in small numbers because it is secretive, lives in remote places, and there have always been sporadic reports of it breeding in Scotland.

The Trust's view is that no one complains about the little owl, which is an introduction to Britain, while the return of the white tailed eagle and the red kite is celebrated. "We suggest that the opposition to the eagle owl is perhaps down to its size and expertise as a predator rather than being based on scientific fact or logic."

One of the owl's problems is that it is not cuddly. A fully grown female is roughly eight times the size of the much-loved barn owl. It has a wingspan of up to two metres, is more than half a metre high and weighs up to four kilos. A breeding pair requires a territory of several square miles, driving off or even killing other birds of prey.

The RSPB accepts that a small number of eagle owls nest in Britain but says their origin is difficult to prove. The species has been kept in captivity for centuries and dozens are known to have escaped, although it is possible wild ones have flown over from the continent.

A government sponsored risk assessment of the species says eagle owls attack other rare raptors like hen harriers because they share the same territory, and are a danger to this endangered species. The RSPB counters that a much greater danger to hen harriers and other birds of prey are gamekeepers who illegally shoot and poison them.

In a classic British compromise the eagle owl officially remains an alien species but as a resident wild bird is protected from being killed.

 38 
 on: May 21, 2015, 06:41 AM 
Started by Steve - Last post by Rad
While Shell Plans For Climate Catastrophe The Kochs Kill Renewable Energy

By: Rmuse
PoliticusUSA
Wednesday, May, 20th, 2015, 10:52 am      

Although it has taken some time to convince many Americans that the effects of anthropogenic climate change cannot be denied, it seems a majority of people finally understand the government has to intervene. However, despite the will of the people, and President Obama’s efforts, the industry getting rich off of destroying Earth’s climate and wreaking havoc on Americans’ lives are ramping up their war to perpetuate the effects of climate change. There are two fronts in the dirty energy industry’s war on the climate with funding and legislative support from the Koch brothers on renewable energy and regulations to reduce carbon emissions.

Apparently the Koch brothers, the Heartland Institute, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and their dirty energy cohorts have reached the end of their patience with the movement toward green and renewable energy sources in this country.  Recognizing the economic growth benefits of renewable energy such as wind and solar technologies, not to mention the health benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are driving anthropogenic climate change, state after state passed renewable energy standards with broad bipartisan support over the past 20 years. Now those renewable standards are falling at a record pace killing jobs, the environment, and contributing to climate change.

The Koch brothers could not allow those efforts to proceed any farther and over the past five years they have spent no small amount of money tasking Americans for Prosperity and ALEC with repealing renewable energy standards in states with Republican-dominated legislatures. To complement their attack on renewable energy, the Kochs, Heartland Institute, Americans for Prosperity, ALEC, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have declared war on President Obama’s Clean Power Plan proposal to reduce carbon emissions in coal-fired power plants.

It was exactly two months ago that Mitch McConnell sent a letter to the National Governor’s Association warning the nation’s governors that President Obama had no legal right to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to set new rules on power plant emissions to combat climate change because it is exactly what the Kochs told him to do. McConnell told the governors that they had damn sure better “Think twice before submitting a state implementation plan (to reduce carbon emissions) because the administration is standing on shaky legal ground and without your support, it (EPA) won’t be able to carry out such political extremism. Refusing to go along at this time with such an extreme proposed regulation would give Congress more time to fight back. We’re devising strategies now to do just that.”

In guidelines to the EPA, the President gave individual states the right to tailor their own implementation plans based on their particular circumstances such as energy needs, the age of the state’s power plants in question, and the cost considerations and impact on their state’s economies. Without a state’s individualized plan, the EPA designs a plan based on the best available information according to individual state’s circumstances. Neither scenario satisfies the Kochs’ vision of unrestricted carbon emissions regardless the damage to the climate, environment, economy, or health of Americans and they took immediate action against the President and the EPA.

The Koch-Republican plan included state’s suing the EPA for interfering with state’s rights under “federalism,” and within two months of the President’s announcement of “proposed rules” Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming filed a joint motion to expedite their lawsuit challenging the EPA’s right to establish emissions rules; rules not yet in place because they have yet to be finalized according to individual states’ needs. In the interim, the American Legislative Exchange Council quickly wrote a template for Republican legislatures demanding that any state’s environmental agency that dared defy the Kochs had to seek Republican approval before submitting an implementation plan to the EPA.

The Heartland Institute has been instrumental in assisting the Kochs by, among other things, using typical fear-mongering and propaganda against the EPA such as publishing comments from a North Dakota Republican claiming that “the proposed EPA regulations will inevitably prove disastrous, and the federal government should be responsible for the devastation they will cause to the economy, especially to the poor who will suffer from higher prices or a lack of power.” These are some of the same states the Kochs, Americans for Prosperity, and ALEC are busy repealing renewable energy standards that have relieved many states of the necessity for carbon-intensive power plants driving climate change that another oil industry giant revealed is nearing catastrophic proportions.

This week it was revealed that oil industry giant Shell admitted, and is planning on, a 4-degree C short term rise in the Earth’s temperature it acknowledges eclipses the climate-killing 2C threshold and will lead to a planet-wide catastrophe of massive flooding, global famines, and desertification. Earth wide famines and “desertification” are self-explanatory, but the “massive flooding” is of sea water as sea levels will rise between 2.5 and 3.5 feet leading to widespread coastal flooding, animal and plant extinctions, and near-decimation of global agriculture.

The internal document acknowledged a global temperature rise of 4C is twice the level considered safe for the planet’s ability to sustain human life and will rapidly increase to a 6C rise in the medium to long term. The Arctic, and western and southern Africa would experience warming up to 10C that Shell’s  planning document accepts as a condition of continued governmental resistance to curb carbon emissions; this according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) that Shell’s internal document drew conclusions from and used for its long term business plan. Shell also used data provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to guide the multinational oil giant’s “future business planning to account for planet-wide flooding, famine and desertification.”

At least Shell admitted that “We do not see governments taking steps now that are consistent with 2 degrees C threshold scenario,” but like the Koch brothers they intend to do nothing but add to the coming climate catastrophe. Even though Shell is not taking the extraordinary steps of waging war on the climate on two fronts of funding anti-regulatory legislation in the states and funding efforts to repeal renewable energy standards, they are no better than the Kochs because they are not making any efforts to combat what they acknowledge is a coming climate catastrophe. Where they are exactly like the Kochs is they reliably contribute to Republicans who are in the trenches doing their dirty work of killing off Americans and what is left of the Earth’s climate.

 39 
 on: May 21, 2015, 06:40 AM 
Started by Steve - Last post by Rad
USA

Obama Calls Out Republican Climate Change Deniers For Endangering National Security

By: Jason Easley
PoliticusUSA
Wednesday, May, 20th, 2015, 8:53 pm   

Republican climate change deniers got a dose of reality today, as President Obama told those who deny the science that they are endangering national security.

The President said:

And this brings me to the challenge I want to focus on today — one where our Coast Guardsmen are already on the front lines, and that, perhaps more than any other, will shape your entire careers — and that’s the urgent need to combat and adapt to climate change.

As a nation, we face many challenges, including the grave threat of terrorism. And as Americans, we will always do everything in our power to protect our country. Yet even as we meet threats like terrorism, we cannot, and we must not, ignore a peril that can affect generations.

Now, I know there are still some folks back in Washington who refuse to admit that climate change is real. And on a day like today, it’s hard to get too worried about it. There are folks who will equivocate. They’ll say, “You know, I’m not a scientist.” Well, I’m not either. But the best scientists in the world know that climate change is happening. Our analysts in the intelligence community know climate change is happening. Our military leaders — generals and admirals, active duty and retired — know it’s happening. Our homeland security professionals know it is happening. And our Coast Guard knows it’s happening.

….

And this is not just a problem for countries on the coasts, or for certain regions of the world. Climate change will impact every country on the planet. No nation is immune. So I’m here today to say that climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security. And make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country. And so we need to act — and we need to act now.

After all, isn’t that the true hallmark of leadership? When you’re on deck, standing your watch, you stay vigilant. You plan for every contingency. And if you see storm clouds gathering, or dangerous shoals ahead, you don’t sit back and do nothing. You take action — to protect your ship, to keep your crew safe. Anything less is negligence. It is a dereliction of duty. And so, too, with climate change. Denying it, or refusing to deal with it endangers our national security. It undermines the readiness of our forces.

The President has repeatedly stressed during his time in office the importance of climate change, but the Republican Party has chosen to ignore science to keep their dirty energy donors happy.

Obama was correct. Climate change isn’t science fiction. It will be a global issue. Climate change will have to be dealt with sooner or later. The planet isn’t going to play along with the GOP’s science denial, and it is only a matter of time before the bill for our treatment of the planet will be impossible to ignore.

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Bernie Sanders Drops A Truth Bomb On Wall St: Criminal Fraud Is The Big Banks’ Business Model

By: Jason Easley
PoliticusUSA
Wednesday, May, 20th, 2015, 5:51 pm   

Bernie Sanders reacted to the news that the big banks pled guilty to manipulating currency markets by blunting saying that fraud is the business model on Wall Street.

In a statement, Sen. Sanders pulled no punched while calling for the breakup of the big banks:

Despite weak financial regulatory systems around the world, it seems that every week we hear about another multi-billion scandal involving a major financial institution. Today, we learn that JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and other huge banks were fined $5.6 billion for rigging interest rates and manipulating currency exchanges. Sadly, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Since 2009, huge financial institutions have paid $176 billion in fines and settlement payments for fraudulent and unscrupulous activities. The reality is that seven years after too-big-to-fail banks crashed the economy, fraud still appears to be the business model on Wall Street.

Today, the six largest financial institutions have nearly $10 trillion in assets, equal to nearly 60 percent of our gross domestic product. They control more than two-thirds of the credit card market and one-third of the mortgages. These huge institutions are not only involved in fraudulent activities, they have grown even larger and more powerful since the Wall Street crash of 2008. They are not only an ongoing threat to taxpayers, but a burden on our entire economy.

In my view, the only effective way of dealing with these enormous financial institutions is to break them up. Today’s news is just another example of why these too- big-to-fail banks are too big to exist.

Sen. Sanders was correct. The big banks are an enterprise that is built on criminal fraud. Their greed is out of control, and the current punishments are severely lacking. The incentive to cheat and rig markets must be taken away.

Sanders has introduced two pieces of legislation in the Senate. The first is a bill to break up the big banks. The second piece of legislation would pay for free tuition at public colleges and universities with a tax on Wall Street.

Wall Street learned the wrong lesson from the Great Recession. The big banks learned only that their crimes won’t be punished. Until the American people demand that the big banks are broken up, the rigging and illegal criminal fraud will continue.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Busts Republicans for a Dangerous Sneak Attack on Dodd-Frank

By: Sarah Jones
PoliticusUSA
Wednesday, May, 20th, 2015, 4:31 pm   

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is keeping her eye on the big banks and she knows what they and their Republican friends are up to in Congress.

So the Democratic Senator has an amendment (along with Senators Jeff Merkley, Richard Blumenthal, and Tammy Baldwin) to Trade Promotion Authority bill that would ensure that future Presidents don’t use Fast Track authority to undermine Dodd-Frank protections.

On the Senate floor Wednesday, while making the case for her amendment, she busted Republicans for their sneak attacks on Dodd-Frank, saying, “But now if this Fast-Track bill passes, Democrats will be handing Republicans a powerful tool they can use to weaken our financial rules… Fast-track prevents anyone in Congress from offering any amendments to a trade bill and in the Senate with fast-track a trade bill can pass with just 51 votes, not the sixty typically required for major bills.”

Busted

“Sen. Warren delivered a floor speech on May 20, 2015 about her amendment to the Trade Promotion Authority (“Fast Track”) bill. The amendment would block the use of Fast Track to pass trade deals that would weaken financial regulation.”

On the Senate floor Wednesday, Senator Warren said:

In 2008 we suffered through the worst financial crisis, in generations millions of families lost their homes, millions people lost their jobs millions lost their retirement savings, and they watched as the government spent hundreds of billions of their tax dollars to bail out the giant banks.

In response Congress passed some common-sense financial reforms the, Dodd-Frank Act. These new rules crackdown on cheating and lying in the financial market place. They require the big banks to raise more capital so they wouldn’t need a bailout if they started to stumble and they gave our regulators new tools to oversee the biggest banks to make sure that the rules were followed.

Now it’s no surprise that the giant banks don’t like the new rules, so for five years now they’ve been on the attack they sent their armies of lobbyists and lawyers and their Republican friends in Congress to try to roll back the rules to let the Giants
of Wall Street run free again.

Democrats have stood strong to fight of these attacks because we knew that thoughtful rules can help stop the next financial crisis and protect our working families from another Great Recession. But now if this Fast-Track bill passes, Democrats will be handing Republicans a powerful tool they can use to weaken our financial rules. Here’s how it works this fast-track bill, it applies to any trade deal presented to Congress in the next 6 years, through the end of the Obama presidency through the entire leave the next presidency and into the presidency after that.

Fast-track prevents anyone in Congress from offering any amendments to a trade bill and in the Senate with fast-track a trade bill can pass with just 51 votes, not the sixty typically required for major bills.

So what if we have a Republican president in 2016 or 2020?

What I hope that’s not the case but this is a democracy and it’s not up to me most Republicans including ones currently running for president are committed to rolling back financial reforms with fast-track they can weaken our financial rules in a trade deal and then ram it through Congress with just 16 a 51 votes. In the Senate that is a lot easier than the 60 votes needed for a head-on attack on the financial rules through the normal legislative process.

Sen. Warren raised some great points. Fast-Track trade authority will extend into the next president’s time in office. It would be the height of irresponsibility to the future if Democrats were to be so short-sighted as to give a blank check to a future Republican administration. Republicans have tried everything else, so it is a near certainty that they would attempt to use Fast-Track trade authority to get rid of Dodd-Frank.

Putting checks on potential future Republican abuses that are inherent in their party platform is just plain smart. Elizabeth Warren continues to look out for the working people of this country, which is why her amendment deserves to be passed.

**************

While Shell Plans For Climate Catastrophe The Kochs Kill Renewable Energy

By: Rmuse
PoliticusUSA
Wednesday, May, 20th, 2015, 10:52 am      

Although it has taken some time to convince many Americans that the effects of anthropogenic climate change cannot be denied, it seems a majority of people finally understand the government has to intervene. However, despite the will of the people, and President Obama’s efforts, the industry getting rich off of destroying Earth’s climate and wreaking havoc on Americans’ lives are ramping up their war to perpetuate the effects of climate change. There are two fronts in the dirty energy industry’s war on the climate with funding and legislative support from the Koch brothers on renewable energy and regulations to reduce carbon emissions.

Apparently the Koch brothers, the Heartland Institute, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and their dirty energy cohorts have reached the end of their patience with the movement toward green and renewable energy sources in this country.  Recognizing the economic growth benefits of renewable energy such as wind and solar technologies, not to mention the health benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are driving anthropogenic climate change, state after state passed renewable energy standards with broad bipartisan support over the past 20 years. Now those renewable standards are falling at a record pace killing jobs, the environment, and contributing to climate change.

The Koch brothers could not allow those efforts to proceed any farther and over the past five years they have spent no small amount of money tasking Americans for Prosperity and ALEC with repealing renewable energy standards in states with Republican-dominated legislatures. To complement their attack on renewable energy, the Kochs, Heartland Institute, Americans for Prosperity, ALEC, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have declared war on President Obama’s Clean Power Plan proposal to reduce carbon emissions in coal-fired power plants.

It was exactly two months ago that Mitch McConnell sent a letter to the National Governor’s Association warning the nation’s governors that President Obama had no legal right to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to set new rules on power plant emissions to combat climate change because it is exactly what the Kochs told him to do. McConnell told the governors that they had damn sure better “Think twice before submitting a state implementation plan (to reduce carbon emissions) because the administration is standing on shaky legal ground and without your support, it (EPA) won’t be able to carry out such political extremism. Refusing to go along at this time with such an extreme proposed regulation would give Congress more time to fight back. We’re devising strategies now to do just that.”

In guidelines to the EPA, the President gave individual states the right to tailor their own implementation plans based on their particular circumstances such as energy needs, the age of the state’s power plants in question, and the cost considerations and impact on their state’s economies. Without a state’s individualized plan, the EPA designs a plan based on the best available information according to individual state’s circumstances. Neither scenario satisfies the Kochs’ vision of unrestricted carbon emissions regardless the damage to the climate, environment, economy, or health of Americans and they took immediate action against the President and the EPA.

The Koch-Republican plan included state’s suing the EPA for interfering with state’s rights under “federalism,” and within two months of the President’s announcement of “proposed rules” Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming filed a joint motion to expedite their lawsuit challenging the EPA’s right to establish emissions rules; rules not yet in place because they have yet to be finalized according to individual states’ needs. In the interim, the American Legislative Exchange Council quickly wrote a template for Republican legislatures demanding that any state’s environmental agency that dared defy the Kochs had to seek Republican approval before submitting an implementation plan to the EPA.

The Heartland Institute has been instrumental in assisting the Kochs by, among other things, using typical fear-mongering and propaganda against the EPA such as publishing comments from a North Dakota Republican claiming that “the proposed EPA regulations will inevitably prove disastrous, and the federal government should be responsible for the devastation they will cause to the economy, especially to the poor who will suffer from higher prices or a lack of power.” These are some of the same states the Kochs, Americans for Prosperity, and ALEC are busy repealing renewable energy standards that have relieved many states of the necessity for carbon-intensive power plants driving climate change that another oil industry giant revealed is nearing catastrophic proportions.

This week it was revealed that oil industry giant Shell admitted, and is planning on, a 4-degree C short term rise in the Earth’s temperature it acknowledges eclipses the climate-killing 2C threshold and will lead to a planet-wide catastrophe of massive flooding, global famines, and desertification. Earth wide famines and “desertification” are self-explanatory, but the “massive flooding” is of sea water as sea levels will rise between 2.5 and 3.5 feet leading to widespread coastal flooding, animal and plant extinctions, and near-decimation of global agriculture.

The internal document acknowledged a global temperature rise of 4C is twice the level considered safe for the planet’s ability to sustain human life and will rapidly increase to a 6C rise in the medium to long term. The Arctic, and western and southern Africa would experience warming up to 10C that Shell’s  planning document accepts as a condition of continued governmental resistance to curb carbon emissions; this according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) that Shell’s internal document drew conclusions from and used for its long term business plan. Shell also used data provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to guide the multinational oil giant’s “future business planning to account for planet-wide flooding, famine and desertification.”

At least Shell admitted that “We do not see governments taking steps now that are consistent with 2 degrees C threshold scenario,” but like the Koch brothers they intend to do nothing but add to the coming climate catastrophe. Even though Shell is not taking the extraordinary steps of waging war on the climate on two fronts of funding anti-regulatory legislation in the states and funding efforts to repeal renewable energy standards, they are no better than the Kochs because they are not making any efforts to combat what they acknowledge is a coming climate catastrophe. Where they are exactly like the Kochs is they reliably contribute to Republicans who are in the trenches doing their dirty work of killing off Americans and what is left of the Earth’s climate.

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Researchers find new, impossible type of galaxy

May 20, 2015
Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com – @BednarChuck

An international team of researchers working at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii have reportedly discovered a new type of galaxy which theoretically should not be able to exist: one that is nearly as wide as the Milky Way, but contains just one percent as many stars.

As Gizmodo explains, typically when astronomers spot a galaxy, they instantly recognize it as a bright, dense collection of millions of stars held together by gravitational forces. When it comes to this new type of galaxy, however, it’s a different story. These ultra-diffuse or “fluffy” galaxies are more like clouds than traditional galaxies, and no one is sure how they originated.

“If the Milky Way is a sea of stars, then these newly discovered galaxies are like wisps of clouds,” lead investigator Pieter van Dokkum of Yale University said in a statement . “We are beginning to form some ideas about how they were born and it’s remarkable they have survived at all.”

“They are found in a dense, violent region of space filled with dark matter and galaxies whizzing around, so we think they must be cloaked in their own invisible dark matter ‘shields’ that are protecting them from this intergalactic assault,” the astronomy and physics professor added. He and his colleagues have published their findings in The Astrophysical Journal.

Still many questions to answer about ultra-diffuse galaxies

Van Dokkum and his co-authors discovered these unusual galaxies by aiming telescopes from the Keck Observatory and the Dragonfly Telephoto Array at the Coma galaxy cluster, which is located approximately 300 light years away. The discovery was verified by using spectrographs to separate light from one objects into colors that revealed its composition and distance.

The research team originally referred to these objects as diffuse “blobs,” but following their in-depth analysis, they confirmed that they can officially be called ultra-diffuse galaxies of UDGs. Their discovery adds “to the great diversity of galaxies that were previously known, from giant ellipticals that outshine the Milky Way, to ultra compact dwarfs,” said University of California, Santa Cruz Professor Jean Brodie, who was also involved in the research.

A collection of unidentified blobs was discovered toward the Coma cluster of galaxies, using the Dragonfly Telephoto Array. One of these puzzling objects, Dragonfly 44, was studied in detail using the Keck Observatory and confirmed as an ultra-diffuse galaxy. Even though it is 60,000 light years across, It is so far away that it appears as only a faint smudge. (Credit: P. VAN DOKKUM, R. ABRAHAM, J. BRODIE)

“The big challenge now is to figure out where these mysterious objects came from,” added co-author Roberto Abraham from the University of Toronto. “Are they ‘failed galaxies’ that started off well and then ran out of gas? Were they once normal galaxies that got knocked around so much inside the Coma cluster that they puffed up? Or are they bits of galaxies that were pulled off and then got lost in space?”

In addition to answering those questions, the research team now plans to learn exactly how much dark matter these UDGs contain – a process they admit will be even more challenging than their previous investigations. In their paper, they said that dynamical measurements will be required to determine how similar these galaxy’s dark matter halos are to other galaxies of similar size.

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