Chimney Rock, Colorado
Photograph by James L. Amos, National Geographic
A horizontal bolt of lightning tries to lasso Chimney Rock, also called Jackson Butte, in Colorado.
My favourite of Nature’s wondrous displays – Lightning sings to my soul.
Photograph by James L. Amos, National Geographic
A horizontal bolt of lightning tries to lasso Chimney Rock, also called Jackson Butte, in Colorado.
My favourite of Nature’s wondrous displays – Lightning sings to my soul.
Global warming ad campaign? This one’s terrifying for an entirely different reason—it demonstrates the unfortunate apathy much of our culture displays towards global warming. You might remember this picture from an ad campaign Diesel ran a couple years ago. The gist? Global warming’s going to destroy life as we know it, but you’ll still be able to hang out with babes and kick back in a badass pair of jeans, so why bother?
This marketing campaign says it all – so many heads still in the sand. When the shit really does hit the fan, I doubt people will be going through their designer wardrobes looking for the right pair of jeans/outfit to wear to the show. Pathetic & dangerous.
Photo via Diesel
Somewhere, somehow something has gone dreadfully wrong with our planet & it’s peoples. It is tangible to those of us in tune – we can actually feel how out of balance Mother Earth really is. From the vicious & changing frequency of mega storms & floods – to earthquakes & tsunami’s that are increasing in strength & brutality. To the dry, drought stricken regions of our world where people are starving & becoming displaced every day. Poverty, population explosion. terrorism, civil unrest, genocide, slavery, disease on scales we have never witnessed before. Mass animal die offs & the poisoning of our oceans – the bleaching of our coral reefs & the destruction & extinction of species at an alarming rate. Economic meltdown & murmurs of war & still the masses do nothing. Surely you must wonder why?
You are living in a chemically induced fantasyland fed a diet of foods filled with hormones & additives to keep your minds under control. Given medications & antibiotics made by multi billion dollar companies that you take blindly. You are existing in a matrix created by the 1% – the elites – the so called masters of the universe who exist solely for profit & unholy power & who have bought you & your soul for the price of the latest computer game. They have blinded you to the real reality of your sub par lives, & the systematic destruction of civilization as you know it & made you deaf & dumb through addictive gadgets & gizmo’s. Willingly & blindly you are being led to the slaughterhouse, time is running out & you are too blind to see it. You are not in control of your own destiny, how can you control anything when your governments have the capabilities of destroying it in an instant? It is a lie that they have promulgated for centuries, to keep you secure, to keep you quiet, to keep you under control.
It is too late by far, we are well into the third stage of the end prophecies. Open your eyes & mind & seize whatever time you have left to make peace with yourself & this planet.
“Out of all of the personal and major prophecies that Grandfather foretold, there are four that stand out above all the rest. It is these four that mark the destruction of man, and life on Earth as we know it. Yet Grandfather said we could still change things, even after the first two prophecies come true, but that there could be no turning back after the third.” This vision was given to the old Apache in the 1920s, and Tom met him when he was in his eighties. That was in 1962.
“How will I know that we are so close to destruction?” I asked.
Grandfather said, “I had a vision, It was a vision of the destruction of man. But man was given four warnings , two of which gave man a chance to change his ways and two of which would give the children of the Earth time to escape the Creator’s wrath.”
“How will I know these signs?” I asked, and Grandfather continued, “They will be obvious to you and those who listen to the Spirit of the Earth, but to those who live within the flesh and know only flesh, there is no knowing and no understanding. When these signs, these warnings and prophecies, are made manifest, then you will understand the urgency of what I speak. Then you will understand why people must not just work for their own spiritual rapture, but to bring that rapture to the consciousness of modern people”
Grandfather had just finished his third Vision Quest at the Eternal Cave when the spirit of the warrior appeared to him. The spirit called Grandfather’s name and beckoned him to follow. As Grandfather stood, he was suddenly transported to another world and he thought that he was dreaming, but his flesh could feel the reality of this place; his senses knew that this was a state of abject reality but in another time and place.
“The spirit warrior spoke to Grandfather, saying, ‘These are the things yet to come that will mark the destruction of man. These things you may never see, but you must work to stop them and pass these warnings on to your grandchildren. They are the possible futures of what will come if man does not come back to the Earth and begin to obey the laws of Creation and the Creator. There are four signs, four warnings, that only the children of the Earth will understand. Each warning marks the beginning of a possible future.’ With that the spirit warrior was gone, and Grandfather was left alone in this strange new world.
“The world he was in was like nothing he had ever known. It was a dry place, with little vegetation. In the distance he saw a village, yet it was made out of tents and cloth rather than from materials of the Earth As he drew closer to the village the stench of death overwhelmed him and he grew sick. He could hear children crying, the moaning of elders, and the sounds of sickness and despair. Piles of bodies lay in open pits awaiting burial, their contorted faces and frail bodies foretelling of death from starvation. The bodies appeared more like skeletons than flesh, their once dark brown complexions now ash grey.
“As Grandfather entered the village, the horror of living starvation struck him deeper. Children could barely walk, elders lay dying, and everywhere were the cries of pain and fear. The stench of death and the sense of hopelessness overwhelmed Grandfather, threatening to drive him from the village. It was then that an elder appeared to Grandfather, at first speaking in a language that he could not understand. Grandfather realized as the elder spoke that he was a spirit of a man, a man no longer of the flesh but a man that had walked a spiritual path, possibly a shaman of his tribe. It was then that he understood what the old one was trying to tell him.
“The elder spoke softly saying, ‘Welcome to what will be called the land of starvation. The world will one day look upon all of this with horror and will blame the famine on the weather and the Earth. This will be the first warning to the world that man cannot live beyond the laws of Creation, nor can he fight Nature. If the world sees that it is to blame for this famine, then a great lesson will be learned. But I am afraid that the world will not blame itself, but that the blame will be placed on Nature. The world will not see that it created this place of death.
“The old one continued. ‘These people should have been left alone. They once understood how to live with Earth, and their wealth was measured in happiness, love, and peace. But all of that was taken away from them when the world saw theirs as a primitive society. It was then that the world showed them how to farm and live in a less primitive way. It was the world that forced them to live outside the laws of creation and as a result it is now forcing them to die.’ The old man slowly began to walk away, back to death and despair.
“He turned one last time to Grandfather and said, ‘This will be the first sign. There will come starvation before and after this starvation, but none will capture the attention of the world with such impact as does this one The Children of the Earth will know the lessons that are held in all this pain and death, but the world will only see it as drought and famine, blaming Nature instead of itself.’ With that the old one disappeared, and Grandfather found himself back at the mouth of the Eternal Cave.
Grandfather knew that people all over the Earth were now starving, but why was this starvation so critical, so much more important than the starvation that was taking place now? It was then that Grandfather recalled that the tribal elder had said that the entire world would take notice but that the world would not learn the lessons of what the death and the famine were trying to teach. The Children of the Earth would die in vain.
In a state of physical and emotional exhaustion, Grandfather fell into a deep sleep, but it was in this sleep that the warrior spirit appeared to him again and brought the remainder of the first sign to completion. In this dream the spirit spoke to Grandfather saying, ‘It is during the years of the famine that all will be plagued by a disease, a disease that will sweep the land and terrorize the masses. The white coats (doctors) will have no answers for the people, and a great cry will arise across the land. The disease will be borne of monkeys, drugs, and sex. It will destroy man from inside, making common sickness a killing disease. Mankind will bring this disease upon himself as a result of his life, his worship of sex and drugs, and a life away from Nature.
The spirit continued, saying, ‘The drugs will produce wars in the cities of man, and the nations will arise against those wars, arise against that killing disease. But the nations will fight in the wrong way, lashing out at the effect rather than the cause. It will never win these wars until the nation, until society changes its values and stops chasing the gods of sex and drugs.’
It is then in the years of the first sign, that man can change the course of the probable future. It is then that he may understand the greater lessons of the famine and the disease. It is then that there can still be hope. But once the second sign of destruction appears, the Earth can only be healed on a spiritual level. Only a spiritual healing can then change the course of the probable futures of mankind. With that the warrior spirit let Grandfather fall into a deep and dreamless sleep, allowing him to rest fully before any more Vision was wrought upon him.
Grandfather awoke at the entrance of the cave once again, the memory of the warrior spirit vivid in his mind, the spirit’s words becoming part of his soul. When Grandfather looked out across the landscape, all had changed. The landscape appeared dryer, there was no vegetation to be seen, and animals lay dying. A great stench of death arose from the land, and the dust was thick and choking, the intense heat oppressive. Looking skyward, the sun seemed to be larger and more intense; no birds or clouds can be seen; and the air seemed thicker still. It was then that the sky seemed to surge and huge holes began to appear. The holes tore with a thunderous sound, and the very Earth, rocks, and soil shook. The skin of the sky seemed to be torn open like a series of gaping wounds, and through these wounds seeped a liquid that seemed like the oozing of an infection, a great sea of floating garbage, oil, and dead fish. It was through one of these wounds that Grandfather saw the floating bodies of dolphins, accompanied by tremendous upheavals of the Earth and of violent storms.
As he held fast to the trembling Earth his eyes fell from the sky, and all about him, all at once, was disaster. Piles of garbage reached to the skies, forests lay cut and dying, coastlines flooded, and storms grew more violent and thunderous. With each passing moment the Earth shook with greater intensity, threatening to tear apart and swallow Grandfather.
Suddenly the Earth stopped shaking and the sky cleared. Out of the dusty air walked the warrior spirit, who stopped a short distance from Grandfather. As Grandfather looked into the face of the spirit he could see that there were great tears flowing from his eyes, and each tear fell to the Earth with a searing sound. The spirit looked at Grandfather for a long moment, then finally spoke, saying, “Holes in the sky”. Grandfather thought for a moment, then in a questioning, disbelieving manner said, ‘Holes in the Sky?’ And the spirit answered, saying, “They will become the sign of the destruction of man. The holes in the sky ,and all that you have seen could become man’s reality. It is here, at the beginning of this second sign, that man can no longer heal the Earth with physical action. It is here that man must heed the warning and work harder to change the future at hand. But man must not only work physically, he must also work spiritually, through prayer, for only through prayer can man hope to heal the Earth and himself.”
There was a long pause as Grandfather thought of the impossibility of holes in the sky. Surely Grandfather knew that there could be a spiritual hole, but a hole that the societies of Earth could notice would hardly seem likely. The spirit drew closer and spoke again, almost in a whisper. “These holes are a direct result of man’s life, his travel, and the sins of his grandfathers and grandmothers. These holes, the second sign, will mark the killing of his grandchildren and will become a legacy to man’s life away from Nature. It is the time of these holes that will mark a great transition in mankind’s thinking. They will then be faced with a choice, a choice to continue the path of destruction or a choice to move back to the philosophy of the Earth and a simpler existence. It is here that the decision must be made, or all will be lost.” Without another word the spirit turned and walked back into the dust.
Grandfather spent the next four days at the cave entrance, though for the next four days nothing spoke to him, not even the Earth. He said that it was a time of great sorrow, of aloneness, and a time to digest all that had taken place. He knew that these things would not appear in his life time, but they had to be passed down to the people of the future, with the same urgency and power with which they had been delivered to him. But he did not know how he could explain these unlikely events to anyone. Surely the elders and shamans of the tribes would understand but not society, and certainly not anyone who was removed from the Earth and spirit. He sat for the four full days, unmoving, as if made of stone.
It was at the end of the fourth day that the third Vision came to him. As he gazed out onto the landscape toward the setting sun, the sky suddenly turned back to a liquid and turned blood red. As far as his eyes could see, the sky was solid red, with no variation in shadow, texture, or light. The whole of creation seemed to have grown still, as if awaiting some unseen command. Time, place, and destiny seemed to be in limbo, stilled by the bleeding sky. He gazed for a long time at the sky, in a state of awe and terror, for the red color of the sky was like nothing he had ever seen in any sunset or sunrise. The color was that of man, not of Nature, and it had a vile stench and texture. It seemed to burn the Earth wherever it touched. As sunset drifted to night, the stars shone bright red, the color never leaving the sky, and everywhere was heard the cries of fear and pain.
“Again the warrior spirit appeared to Grandfather, but this time as a voice from the sky. Like thunder, the voice shook the landscape, saying, “This, then, is the third sign, the night of the bleeding stars. It will become known throughout the world, for the sky in all lands will be red with the blood of the sky, day and night. It is then, with this sign of the third probable future, that there is no longer hope. Life on Earth as man has lived it will come to an end, and there can be no turning back, physically or spiritually. It is then, if these are not changed during the second sign, that man will surely know the destruction of Earth is at hand. It is then that the children of the Earth must run to the wild places and hide. For when the sky bleeds fire, there will be no safety in the world of man.”
Grandfather sat in shocked horror as the voice continued. “From this time, when the stars bleed, to the fourth and final sign will be four seasons of peace. It is in these four seasons they must live deep within the wild places and find a new home, close to the Earth and the Creator. It is only the children of the Earth that will survive, and they must live the philosophy of the Earth, never returning to the thinking of man. And survival will not be enough, for the children of the Earth must also live close to the spirit. So tell them not to hesitate if and when this third sign becomes manifest in the stars, for there are but four seasons (1 yr) to escape.” Grandfather said that the voice and the red sky lingered for a week and then were gone as quickly as they were made manifest.
Grandfather did not remember how many days he’d spent at the mouth of the cave, nor did it make a difference, for he had received the Vision he had come for. It was in the final night at the Eternal Cave that the fourth vision came to Grandfather, this time carried by the voice of a young child. The child spoke, saying, “The fourth and final sign will appear through the next ten winters following the night that the stars will bleed. During this time the Earth will heal itself and man will die. For those ten years the children of the Earth must remain hidden in the wild places, make no permanent camps, and wander to avoid contact with the last remaining forces of man. THEY MUST REMAIN HIDDEN, like the ancient scouts and fight the urge to go back to the destruction of man. Curiosity could kill many.”
There was a long silence, until Grandfather spoke to the child spirit, asking, “And what will happen to the worlds of man?” There was another period of silence until finally the child spoke again. “There will be a great famine throughout the world, like man cannot imagine. Waters will run vile, the poisons of man’s sins running strong in the waters of the soils, lakes, and rivers. Crops will fail, the animals of man will die, and disease will kill the masses. The grandchildren will feed upon the remains of the dead, and all about will be cries of pain and anguish. Roving bands of men will hunt and kill other men for food, and water will always be scarce, getting scarcer with each passing year. The land, the water, the sky will all be poisoned, and man will live in the wrath of the Creator. Man will hide at first in the cities, but there he will die. A few will run to the wilderness, but the wilderness will destroy them, Man will be destroyed, his cities in ruin, and it is then that the grandchildren will pay for the sins of their grandfathers and grandmothers.”
“Is there then no hope”? Grandfather asked. The child spoke again, “There is only hope during the time of the first and second signs. Upon the third sign, the night of the bleeding, there is no longer hope, for only the children of the Earth will survive. Man will be given these warnings: if unheeded, there can be no hope, for only the children of the Earth will purge themselves of mankind’s destructive thinking. The children of the Earth will bring a new hope to the society, living closer to the Earth and spirit.” Then all was silent, the landscape cleared and returned to normal and Grandfather stepped from the vision. Shaken, he said he had wandered for the next season, trying to understand why he had been chosen.
By Juliet Eilperin, Updated: Friday, November 18, 9:00 PM
Gerald Meehl, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and one of the report’s reviewers, said it highlights why climate change means more than just a gradual rise in the global temperature reading.
“The fact is, a small change in average temperature can have a big impact on extremes,” Meehl said in an interview. “It’s pretty straightforward: As average temperatures go up, it’s fairly obvious that heat extremes go up and [the number of] low extremes go down.”
Meehl co-authored a 2009 study showing that during the last decade the number of record highs in the United States outnumbered the record lows by an average of 2 to 1; historically, the two have been roughly even. Two Australian researchers last year found a similar trend between 1997 and 2009.
Christopher Field, one of the leaders of the IPCC, said members of the climate panel teamed up with disaster experts around the world to answer three central questions: “What do we know about the changes in climate extremes that have already occurred and are expected to occur; what are the consequences of these changes; and what can you do about it?”
The report says there is at least a 66 percent chance that climate extremes have changed as a result of greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activities, including coal-fired power plants and fuel burned through transportation. It notes that “economic losses from weather- and climate-related disasters are increasing,” though they can fluctuate from year to year. The overall economic and insured losses are greater in industrialized nations, while in poor countries extreme weather events cause more deaths and represent a greater proportion of the gross domestic product.
Connie Hedegaard, the European Commissioner for Climate Action, said in an interview Thursday that policymakers cannot afford to ignore the sort of scientific findings summarized in the new IPCC report. “The science is not getting more uncertain; it’s actually getting more and more certain,” she said. “It’s getting in line with what people intuitively feel.”
This year has already set a record in terms of billion-dollar disasters for the United States, according to the National Climatic Data Center, with at least 10 disasters so far approaching a total of $50 billion.
NEW YORK — A human rights office for the Americas on Thursday criticized the arrest and assault of journalists during Occupy Wall Street protests in New York and other U.S. cities in recent weeks.
The Washington-based Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights called for authorities to guarantee and protect the practice of journalism at public demonstrations.
The office alleged in a statement that at least three journalists have been assaulted since October by police officers, and two others by participants, in demonstrations in Nashville, Tennessee, and Oakland, California.
“In addition, at least a dozen journalists have reportedly been placed under temporary arrest while performing their professional duties,” the statement said.
The organization pointed to this week’s detentions of seven journalists as they covered the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York. They are Julie Walker, a freelancer who does work for National Public Radio and The Associated Press; Patrick Hedlund and Paul Lomax of DNAinfo.com; Doug Higginbotham, freelance cameraman for TV New Zealand; Jared Malsin of The Local; Karen Matthews and Seth Wenig of The Associated Press, and Matthew Lysiak of the New York Daily News.
The Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom, also complained about the treatment and detention of the journalists in New York.
“Journalists must be allowed to cover news events without fear of arrest and harassment,” said Carlos Lauria, CPJ’s senior coordinator for the Americas.
The Americas group criticized the restrictions placed on media access when police moved in. Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters the media were kept from the site for their protection.
“The disproportionate restrictions on access to the scene of the events, the arrests, and the criminal charges resulting from the performance of professional duties by reporters violate the right to freedom of expression,” the organization said.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights was created by the Organization of American States, which includes countries from North and South America.
By Associated Press, Friday, November 18, 7:53 AM
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