Friday, August 18, 2017

Ritual Magic in Theory & Practice




The problem with magic as a meme is that it assumes a quite different relationship with what is simply the other side.  The other side works to support us at our request so long as our intent is GOOD.  When we choose to cross that line we are soon dealing with spirits that mean ill.  Wrapping all this in a meme of magic really opens that door much too wide.


A whole mythology has arisen in support of the meme of magic and it has been linked to power and sexuality and now even to satanic rituals in support of sexual perversion.  this obviously cannot have a happy ending and is objectively bizarre. One wonders that it can exist at all except it is the nature of sexual obsession to be expressed obtusely.


When reading this, it is enough to understand that the other side is your friend and that you chose your life experiences before you were born.  Ask that you become better and act to support kindness in the world..


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Ritual Magic in Theory & Practice
  1. Sidian Morning Star Jones and Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., The Voice of Rolling Thunder: A Medicine Man’s Wisdom for Walking the Red Road, Bear & Co., 2012, 6.
  1. Éliphas Lévi, Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual, trans. A.E. Waite, 1896; repr., Bracken Books, 1995, 15.


http://humansarefree.com/2017/07/ritual-magic-in-theory-practice.html#more

Several years ago I decided to do an evening-long introduction to ritual magic at the New York Open Center, one of the city’s best-known gathering places for mind, body, and spirit activities. 

Soon before it was about to start I told myself, with some surprise, “My God! I’m about to do ritual magic with a bunch of people who have walked in off the streets of New York!”

Despite my apprehensions, the evening went off well. Power was raised, channelled in a certain direction, and then the ritual was closed.

The only negative result was a comment I got back on a feedback sheet from a participant, who said she was shocked that I did not begin the ritual by invoking the holy archangels of the four directions (usually given as Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel).


The person who complained was both right and wrong. In ritual magic, it is essential to create a sacred space to work in. But it is not essential to do this by invoking the four archangels specifically.

In fact there are many ways to do it. Invoking the archangels is part of the Western tradition of high magic, particularly as handed down by the extremely influential Victorian occult society known as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

Here is another, quite different way to create a sacred space, from the Native American medicine man Rolling Thunder (known as “RT” to his friends), as described by one of his students:

We started a fire in the fire pit and formed a circle around it, warming ourselves in the chilly weather. RT pulled out a pouch of Five Brothers Tobacco, pure tobacco with no artificial ingredients.

He passed the pouch around, each of us taking a little bit of tobacco in our hands. RT then led us in a prayer, starting out with Father Sun, Mother Earth, Grandmother Moon, and All Our Relations.

He would include “the East where the Sun rises, to the South where the heat comes from, to the North where the cold comes from, and to the West where the sun sets.”

RT would vary the order and the wording from time to time, just to maintain our attention.1

This is somewhat simpler than a lengthy invocation and visualisation of archangels.

The version I used in the ritual in New York was simpler still; at the outset I simply asked the participants to visualise a pillar of light in each corner of the room.

This anecdote illustrates two basic concepts of ritual magic: (1) it is important to create a sacred space in which to work; and (2) there are many methods for accomplishing the same purpose.

While many people associate the word “ritual” with something rigid and formalised, ritual magic, practiced at its best, is neither.

Rather it’s a flexible system, with enough structure to give form to one’s intention, and with enough pliability to give the practitioner a great deal of leeway in actual practice.

In my brief description of the New York ritual, I mentioned another important part about ritual magic – raising power.

No one knows what power is (used in this sense), and at the same time everyone knows what it is. We cannot say whether it is a form of electromagnetic energy, the life force known as chi, or something quite different from either of these.

But all of us have experienced its effects, and, moreover, all of us have raised it ourselves, usually without knowing what we are doing.

Remember the last time you entered a room in which an argument was about to break out.

Although probably nothing was different about the air or the lighting or any of the physical aspects of the room, you undoubtedly noticed a feeling of tension and perhaps danger in the atmosphere.

This tension becomes even more palpable if the room is silent, and the pressure that you feel to dispel it becomes extremely intense.

One way of dispelling it is to express it somehow, and if the tension is not too strong, it can be broken when someone simply speaks. At other times, it erupts in an argument or even a physical fight.

Another example is the classic situation of the teenage dance. At the outset the boys are ranged at one end of the hall, the girls at the other.

Everybody is too shy to begin dancing, and again an extreme amount of tension accumulates in the room. Finally one courageous couple breaks the tension and begins to dance.

The energy starts to flow. It is expressed through dancing (and perhaps later on, sexually).

Most of the time this raising of power is completely unintentional and undesired.

Its presence causes a great deal of discomfort, and depending upon an individual’s personality type, he may try to get rid of it by giving in, arguing, or simply leaving.

The magician, by contrast, wants to raise this power. But he (or she) chooses to do it only in certain circumstances and for specific results.

The raising of power partially explains another feature we have seen in ritual magic – the creation of a sacred space of some kind.

It can be done, as we have seen, by marking out the four directions; traditional magicians have also done it by drawing a geometric figure, such as a circle or a pentagram, with the point of a wand or a sword in the space around them.

The actual shape does not matter as much as building an invisible sanctuary where certain forces are kept in and stray influences are kept out.

I’ve said that the magician raises power for specific intention, and in this context it’s important to note that power in this sense, like the Force in the Star Wars films, is morally neutral.

It can be used for good or evil or for that matter mixed ends. Using it for good purposes – such as healing or blessing or cleansing – is known as white magic.

Using it for harmful purposes, such as cursing or coercion, is black magic. These terms are well-known; a less familiar one is grey magic, which is done for mixed motives.

In all likelihood few magicians probably practice grey magic intentionally, although most have probably done so without entirely realising it.

I personally would characterise doing a magical ritual to find a lover as grey magic; doing a ritual to make a specific person fall in love with you would be closer to black magic, since it intentionally interferes with the free will of another person.

All these reflections lead to some questions: Does ritual magic work? If so, how? And since practicing magic for selfish ends is at best morally ambiguous, why do it at all?

Must-read: Illuminati Satanists Rule the World, Not Politicians, Bankers or Military Heads (Black magic is the force that rules the world, so it is the Satanic black magicians which constitute the true controllers of the world).

The Astral Light

To look at how magic works, it’s helpful to understand a concept that has fallen into disuse in recent years but still occupies a central place in Western magic: the astral light.

Esoteric texts from the Renaissance and early modern era often refer to it as the anima mundi, or “the soul of the world.”

“God is light,” the Bible tells us (1 John 1:5). Esotericism regards this image as a specific and accurate picture of reality.

This light pervades the universe; there is nowhere and nothing it is not, but it is modified, its purity and intensity are filtered and diluted, as it proceeds through various levels of manifestation.

Esoteric theory holds that this light reaches us on earth only after passing through the zones of the stars and planets, whose influences it absorbs; hence its name.

Astral light must not be confused with physical starlight. It is a subtle matter, imperceptible to the five senses and to the implements of science.

“It is the common mirror of all thoughts and forms,” writes the nineteenth-century French magus Éliphas Lévi, “the images of all that has been are preserved therein and sketches of things to come, for which reason it is the instrument of thaumaturgy and divination.”2

To form a more or less accurate picture of this light, one need only ask, what is the substance of a thought?

Neurochemical responses, a scientist may say. While that may be true up to a point, we don’t experience these images as neurochemical events; we experience them subjectively as images and forms.

In this latter form, they can be said to be made up of astral light.

A more topical analogy comes from the world of computers. Hardware, software, and networks together form cyberspace, a dimension that, while in no way separate from the workings of computers, seems to obey its own laws and possess its own reality.

This resemblance between the apparently outmoded world of the occult and the sophisticated ideas of cutting-edge science has not gone unnoticed: Silicon Valley is a hotbed of interest in the esoteric, and computer aficionados sometimes speak of cyberspace as a kind of bardo – a term used in The Tibetan Book of the Dead to designate the astral plane.

The fine matter of the astral light is also believed to form the subtle or “astral body” of humans, giving literal force to the words of Shakespeare’s Prospero: we are indeed “such stuff as dreams are made on.”

Shakespeare probably meant these words metaphorically; he was saying that we are frail, transitory, ephemeral. But then so are dreams and mental images.

This is not to say that the astral light is itself a frail substance; occultists consider it indestructible. But this subtle matter does not hold shapes well.

Dream figures constantly shift form, and even before our waking eyes mental images rise and fall like waves. For this reason some esoteric teachings figuratively refer to this substance as “water.”

Under most circumstances, practically none of the thoughts or images formed in this “water” ever come into physical manifestation; there is not enough force behind them to make that happen.

Hence, the central aspects of occult magic has to do with forming, holding, and energising a shape composed of astral light.

If enough power and skill are used in its creation, the image will sooner or later manifest in the physical world.

Manifestation


In theory the process sounds simple enough, and in a way it is, but it is not so easy to accomplish. To begin with, in order to manifest in the physical world, an image must have a steady, consistent form in the mind’s eye.

In practice, however, few things are more difficult to achieve, since it is notoriously hard to hold an image in one’s mind for all but the briefest time.

This may be partly due to a lack of mental discipline, but it also reflects the nature of the astral light itself. It is fluid and slippery; trying to hold it is like trying to grab water with one’s bare hands.

Much of magical practice consists of moulding this elusive substance. Hence magical training emphasises, above all else, mental concentration and will.

Look at some object near you. Now close your eyes and try to visualise it. Then open your eyes again, and compare your mental picture of the object with the object itself.

If you’re like most people, you’ll find some discrepancy between the object and your picture of it.

You may find that you were able to imagine some parts of it better than others, or that you could imagine it as seen from one angle but not from another.

You’ll probably find not only that it’s hard to keep your mind on the same picture, but that it’s difficult to create an entirely accurate image even of an everyday object right in front of you.

One part of magical training is intended to hone the skill of visualisation.

The magician may begin by taking extremely simple objects or forms – geometric shapes, for example, like triangles and circles – and attempting to visualise them.

Later on, the aspirant may be able to proceed to more complicated things like three-dimensional objects.

A piece of fruit, an orange, for example, is a good thing to use, since one can imagine not only its appearance, but also its taste, smell, and texture.

Visualisation and imagination form only one aspect of the discipline. The second and equally important part is the conditioning of the will.

The mind is not likely to enjoy concentrated imagination at first; it will probably rebel and drift on to its ordinary worries and fantasies.

The only way to train it is to constantly bring it back to the object.

Such work is often tedious, and the beginner may be able to practice for only a few minutes a day before concentration gives out.

Gradually, however, these practices will achieve their end.

The act of constantly bringing the mind back to the object, despite boredom or frustration, begins to form a small core around which the will can constellate. And the will is the magician’s principal tool.

So far this procedure resembles the “creative visualisation” described in many books. Creative visualisation, however, generally doesn’t go past this point.

Nothing more may be needed: sometimes the greatest hurdle lies in simply formulating a clear goal.

But often the enterprise requires some sacrifice: an additional investment of vital energy to literally give life to the desired image.

This brings us back to the need to raise power.

For a process of ritual magic to be complete, it must have a clear and specific form in the mind of the practitioner – and enough power must be directed toward it to ensure it manifests.

This does not always happen. To cite another personal experience, about fifteen years ago I was on a retreat with a group holed up in a country house in Derbyshire, England, learning to practice magical techniques.

One of the chief things taught was raising power, which was done by having the group (of about a dozen people) channel mental energy in a certain direction.

Throughout most of the retreat this power was directed to an actual sink – a drain in the floor of one of the utility rooms. The reason for doing this was quite clear.

We were learning to raise power, but this power could not be allowed to float around in the atmosphere.

It would create enormous tension (and there was tension enough anyway); given enough momentum, it would start to cause mayhem.

So for training purposes the power was directed to the ground – it was literally “earthed.”

Such was the practice for most of the retreat, but toward the end each of us was allowed to raise power and direct it toward whatever we wished.

We all took turns: we sat in a room on our own while the other members of the group directed power toward us.

When it came to be my turn, I decided to channel this power toward realising a particular project I had in mind at the time.

But it was no good. I could not focus the power in the direction I wanted; it felt as if it kept slipping and sliding away from me.

I tried to recoup my efforts more than once, but soon the time was up. The whole experience had the depressing quality of a premature ejaculation.

Where did the failure lie? I certainly felt power being sent in my direction; that was not the problem. And the project I was developing was clear enough in purpose and intent.

Rather the failure came from my own will. Although I did my best to work with the power through the exercise, there was some level at which I was not interested enough in this project to make it manifest.

It was, as a matter of fact, a book project, and it came as no surprise to me a few weeks later when I learned that all the publishers to whom my agent had submitted the project rejected it.

None of this was especially tragic; all writers have projects that they come up with and never manage to materialise; in fact, these generally far outnumber the successful ones.

But the whole experience taught me something about the nature of will.

Will, as I’ve said, is a chief characteristic of the ritual magician, and from my experience, I would say that the will is in many ways as subtle and elusive as the astral light itself.

Where exactly is my will? In my superficial wishes and desires? In my gut? In the deep and inaccessible reaches of my heart?

I would say that for the will to be truly effective, it must lie in, and encompass, all these parts of one’s being; if one is conflicted or ambivalent, the results will be nil.

All this helps to answer a question that was posed earlier: Does ritual magic work?

It does work, but it is a subtle and difficult process that requires a great deal of training and mastery – and especially self-knowledge – in order to succeed.

The Importance of Ritual

Ritual magic, as practiced in the West, is an elaborate and somewhat cumbersome discipline.

Fully devoted practitioners devote an enormous amount of effort to making and obtaining robes, wands, swords, cups, talismans, incense, and other appurtenances of the magician’s craft.

Are these necessary? They are – nearly every ritual of any kind requires some kind of paraphernalia – but the complexity and elaborateness of these things can vary greatly.

Purists among magicians tend to say that tools that the practitioner makes himself, from scratch, are the ones that have most power.

And from what we’ve already seen in this article, we can understand why. Power follows attention.

And something that has had a great deal of effort and attention directed toward it, even if it is crudely executed, is likely to have more power than a more polished object that has been manufactured.

Is ritual necessary in order to make one’s will manifest?

After all, if it’s simply a matter of raising power and focusing it on an image, what need is there for a ritual at all? Can’t it be done by thought power alone?

In fact, it can; and that is the theory behind creative visualisation and what some portions of the New Age world call “manifesting.”

In these techniques it’s enough to work exclusively through thought power – if the will is strong enough.

These practices differ from prayer in that they don’t necessarily invoke the favour of God or a god in order to operate; rather it is a matter of simply using certain universal (though little-known) occult laws.

They differ from ritual magic in that no physical operation is necessary.

Given all this, the reason for practicing ritual magic is twofold: in the first place, ritual magicians are drawn to this kind of activity.

For them the more inward and sedentary acts of prayer and meditation may seem a little bloodless.

There is a certain satisfaction to be gained from making and wielding magical implements in a way that’s perhaps not very different from the reasons people sometimes prefer to build their own bookcases or brew their own beer.

This may seem fairly obvious, but it is not trivial. There is a part of the mind that will not take anything seriously that it cannot see or touch, and ritual magic is meant to address – and involve – this part of the mind.

The second reason is both grander and more abstract. Man, it is said, is a bridge between worlds.

He is the only creature that we know of who is capable both of extending his mind to sublime and mystical levels of experience and of doing and acting in physical reality.

Some esoteric teachings would go so far as to say that this is our function as human beings, and that many of our sufferings and discontents occur because we have forgotten it.

In light of this idea, we can see how ritual magic can be valuable and effective in its own right, quite apart from whatever apparent results it might achieve.

It enables the magician to serve as a conduit between the higher and lower worlds, and to assist in the work of unifying them.

There is a great deal about ritual magic that I haven’t been able to discuss in an article of this length – divination, for example, which in its many forms attempts to take a kind of reading of the patterns in the astral light in order to find out what is likely to happen in the physical world.

(The Tarot and the I Ching are two common methods used by magicians today to do this.)

Nor have I been able to explore the issue of raising and interacting with spirits – invisible entities that, under the right circumstances, can communicate with us and can also have an effect in the physical world.

These are large and important subjects in their own right, and serve to indicate that ritual magic, practiced in the West for centuries, retains its fascination and its power.

By Richard Smoley, NewDawnMagazine.com / Footnotes:

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Aspartame Now Linked to Leukemia and Lymphoma in New Landmark Study on Humans


 













Let us be clear. Aspartame is unnecessary. We have natural stevia and successful formulations to work with plus an extensive track record centuries long.  We really have zero excuse to use it at all.

Now we have the meta statistics that show us it induces cancers at an unacceptable level of divergence.  This ample reason to kick it to the curb.

With stevia, the soda industry can easily switch.  In fact i observe that Starbucks has already switched out to stevia, so the rest can not be far behind.



Popular “Diet” Ingredient Now Linked to Leukemia and Lymphoma in New Landmark Study on Humans 


As few as one diet soda daily may increase the risk for leukemia in men and women, and for multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men, according to new results from the longest-ever running study on aspartame as a carcinogen in humans. Importantly, this is the most comprehensive, long-term study ever completed on this topic, so it holds more weight than other past studies which appeared to show no risk. And disturbingly, it may also open the door for further similar findings on other cancers in future studies.

The most thorough study yet on aspartame – Over two million person-years

For this study, researchers prospectively analyzed data from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study for a 22-year period. A total of 77,218 women and 47,810 men were included in the analysis, for a total of 2,278,396 person-years of data. Apart from sheer size, what makes this study superior to other past studies is the thoroughness with which aspartame intake was assessed. Every two years, participants were given a detailed dietary questionnaire, and their diets were reassessed every four years. Previous studies which found no link to cancer only ever assessed participants’ aspartame intake at one point in time, which could be a major weakness affecting their accuracy.

One diet soda a day increases leukemia, multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphomas

The combined results of this new study showed that just one 12-fl oz. can (355 ml) of diet soda daily leads to:

– 42 percent higher leukemia risk in men and women (pooled analysis)
– 102 percent higher multiple myeloma risk (in men only)
– 31 percent higher non-Hodgkin lymphoma risk (in men only)

These results were based on multi-variable relative risk models, all in comparison to participants who drank no diet soda. It is unknown why only men drinking higher amounts of diet soda showed increased risk for multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Note that diet soda is the largest dietary source of aspartame (by far) in the U.S. Every year, Americans consume about 5,250 tons of aspartame in total, of which about 86 percent (4,500 tons) is found in diet sodas.

Confirmation of previous high quality research on animals

This new study shows the importance of the quality of research. Most of the past studies showing no link between aspartame and cancer have been criticized for being too short in duration and too inaccurate in assessing long-term aspartame intake. This new study solves both of those issues. The fact that it also shows a positive link to cancer should come as no surprise, because a previous best-in-class research study done on animals (900 rats over their entire natural lifetimes) showed strikingly similar results back in 2006: aspartame significantly increased the risk for lymphomas and leukemia in both males and females. More worrying is the follow on mega-study, which started aspartame exposure of the rats at the fetal stage. Increased lymphoma and leukemia risks were confirmed, and this time the female rats also showed significantly increased breast (mammary) cancer rates. This raises a critical question: will future, high-quality studies uncover links to the other cancers in which aspartame has been implicated (brain, breast, prostate, etc.)?

There is now more reason than ever to completely avoid aspartame in our daily diet. For those who are tempted to go back to sugary sodas as a “healthy” alternative, this study had a surprise finding: men consuming one or more sugar-sweetened sodas daily saw a 66 percent increase in non-Hodgkin lymphoma (even worse than for diet soda). Perhaps the healthiest soda is no soda at all.

Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: ‘Transgendered Men Don’t Become Women,’ They Become ‘Feminized Men,’ ‘Impersonators’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let us get serious. The whole of human sexuality is biological and its variants are driven by the effect of our sexual machinery altering our conscious response to it.  It does not convert  man into a thriving woman. or vice versa.

The application of medical intervention to alter this is obviously dangerous and will surely shorten lives.

In the meantime the whole meme has been thrown into the mainstream media who pretends that all this is cool.  Now we have obvious consequences produced and it is not pretty.  In more barbaric times a handful would be shot and it would all go away for a long time.  This time we are hell bent on producing the worst possible outcomes.

It is not a human right to be twisted from your biological imperatives or to impose it upon others.  It is a right to be accommodated as necessary but no more.  After that we are all about indulgence. .

 

Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: ‘Transgendered Men Don’t Become Women,’ They Become ‘Feminized Men,’ ‘Impersonators’

By Michael W. Chapman | May 5, 2016 | 11:46 AM EDT 

Dr. Paul R. McHugh
(Johns Hopkins Medicine)

 http://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/johns-hopkins-psychiatrist-transgendered-men-dont-become-women-they-become?

Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University and former psychiatrist–in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital, who has studied transgendered people for 40 years, said it is a scientific fact that “transgendered men do not become women, nor do transgendered women become men.”

All such people, he explained in an article for The Witherspoon Institute,  “become feminized men or masculinized women, counterfeits or impersonators of the sex with which they ‘identify.’”

Dr. McHugh, who was psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital for 26 years, the medical institute that had initially pioneered sex-change surgery – and later ceased the practice – stressed that the cultural meme, or idea that “one’s sex is fluid and a matter of choice” is extremely damaging, especially to young people.

The idea that one’s sexuality is a feeling and not a biological fact “is doing much damage to families, adolescents, and children and should be confronted as an opinion without biological foundation wherever it emerges,” said Dr. McHugh in his article, Transgenderism: A Pathogenic Meme.

“I am ever trying to be the boy among the bystanders who points to what’s real,” said Dr. McHugh, who is also professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins.  “I do so not only because truth matters, but also because overlooked amid the hoopla—enhanced now by Bruce Jenner’s celebrity and Annie Leibovitz’s photography—stand many victims.”

“Think, for example, of the parents whom no one—not doctors, schools, nor even churches—will help to rescue their children from these strange notions of being transgendered and the problematic lives these notions herald,” warned McHugh.

They rarely find therapists who are willing to help them “work out their conflicts and correct their assumptions,” said McHugh. “Rather, they and their families find only ‘gender counselors’ who encourage them in their sexual misassumptions.”

In addition, he said, “both the state and federal governments are actively seeking to block any treatments that can be construed as challenging the assumptions and choices of transgendered youngsters.”

“As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Obama, as quoted by Dr. McHugh in his article.

However, there is plenty of evidence showing that “transgendering” is a “psychological rather than a biological matter,” said Dr. McHugh.


“In fact, gender dysphoria—the official psychiatric term for feeling oneself to be of the opposite sex—belongs in the family of similarly disordered assumptions about the body, such as anorexia nervosa and body dysmorphic disorder,” said McHugh.

“Its treatment should not be directed at the body as with surgery and hormones any more than one treats obesity-fearing anorexic patients with liposuction,” he said.

In fact, at Johns Hopkins, where they pioneered sex-change-surgery, “we demonstrated that the practice brought no important benefits,” said Dr. McHugh. “As a result, we stopped offering that form of treatment in the 1970s.”

In recent years, though, the notion that one’s sex is fluid has flooded the culture. It is “reflected everywhere in the media, the theater, the classroom, and in many medical clinics,” said McHugh.
It is biologically false that one can exchange one’s sex, explained McHugh.


“Transgendered men do not become women, nor do transgendered women become men,” he said.  “All (including Bruce Jenner) become feminized men or masculinized women, counterfeits or impersonators of the sex with which they ‘identify.’ In that lies their problematic future.”

When “the tumult and shouting dies,” McHugh continued, “it proves not easy nor wise to live in a counterfeit sexual garb. The most thorough follow-up of sex-reassigned people—extending over 30 years and conducted in Sweden, where the culture is strongly supportive of the transgendered—documents their lifelong mental unrest.”

“Ten to 15 years after surgical reassignment, the suicide rate of those who had undergone sex-reassignment surgery rose to 20 times that of comparable peers,” said McHugh.

Nonetheless, the false “assumption that one’s sexual nature is misaligned with one’s biological sex,” can be treated with therapy and medication, said McHugh.

He further stressed that, “What is needed now is public clamor for coherent science—biological and therapeutic science—examining the real effects of these efforts to ‘support’ transgendering.”

“But gird your loins if you would confront this matter,” warned Dr. McHugh.  “Hell hath no fury like a vested interest masquerading as a moral principle.”

Dr. McHugh’s article, Transgenderism: A Pathogenic Meme, can be read in full at the website of The Witherspoon Institute.

The race to feed insects to livestock, pets and people

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This is coming on much faster than i imagined back in 2005 when i first began to write about this possibility. 

What has happened is that the market has woken up to the opportunity to convert multiple organic feed-stocks into shipable protein.  And everyone knows it is a massive market.  

As far as feedstocks are concerned, animal manure alone provides plenty of material in need of conversion.  And if we ever really ran out, termites would love our steady supply of wood chips.  

All the insects must provide a premium food for fresh water farmed fish and that industry is barely underway.  We are talking eventually of millions of tons of product.  Why use soy when you have this?


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The race to feed insects to livestock, pets and people

insect-farming
, Financial Post · Jul. 26, 2017 

By Mary Baxter

 http://www.nationalpost.com/race+feed+insects+livestock+pets+people/13899873/story.html

For Jarrod Goldin, a report about edible insects four years ago had the perspective-altering impact equivalent to Neil Armstrong first setting foot on the moon.

A 2013 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations document suggested eating bugs — crickets, mealworms and black soldier fly larvae — could fill the world’s growing number of rumbling bellies without taxing an already strained environment.

Yet it would take an episode of the popular U.S. reality television show Shark Tank for Goldin, a chiropractor in Richmond Hill, Ont., to realize how well-positioned he was to take on the task of bringing insects to market.

During the episode that aired around the same time he read the UN report, a contestant who made cricket protein bars scored backing from one of the show’s celebrity investors.

It was Goldin’s “aha” moment. His brothers already grew bugs for their national reptile feed business, so he called them with a proposal: “Why don’t we raise some money and start North America’s first human-grade insect farm?”

Not so long ago, insect farming occupied the land of the quirky and perhaps even the shady, given the $1-billion Ponzi scheme by China’s Yilishen Tianxi Group that bilked more than one million investors over an eight-year period until its collapse in 2007. The group promised farmers a 30-per-cent return on the ants they grew, supposedly to make a powdered ant cure-all.

Now, ventures in Canada, the United States, Europe, South Africa, China and Malaysia are vying to produce the large, sustained volume needed to generate real profits from selling insects as food for livestock, farmed fish and people.

“There’s lots and lots of interest and a lot of people investing millions if not billions of dollars in these efforts,” said Dominique Bureau, a University of Guelph professor who specializes in fish nutrition.

One such venture is run by the Goldin brothers, who in 2014 established Next Millennium Farms and started growing crickets in a 5,000-square-feet warehouse in Campbellford, Ont. That facility soon proved to be too small so they moved to their current location — three former chicken barns, each 20,000 square feet, in Norwood, Ont., near Peterborough — and changed the business’ name to Entomo Farms.

Insect farming’s appeal hinges on its promise to solve a number of ecological conundrums, such as returning billions of dollars worth of wasted food back into the food chain by having insects eat it and then become a food source.

Researchers also see insect protein as a partial feed alternative for farmed fish since the wild fish stocks that make up fish meal are rapidly dwindling.

That insects use far less water (and space) than cows and are efficient at converting their feed into weight gain are yet more reasons why both environmentalists and entrepreneurs looking for healthy profit margins gaze favourably on insect farming. A 2017 Research and Markets report estimates the new sector will earn more than US$1.07 billion in revenues by 2022.

The promise is there, but progress is slow. For instance, Langley, B.C.-based Enterra Feed Corp., incorporated in 2007, only recently got the necessary Canadian approvals to sell black soldier fly larvae as a feed ingredient for farmed fish and broiler chickens. (U.S. approvals to sell the larvae as a feed ingredient came last year)
“We spent the first couple of years evaluating different insect species, how to grow them and that kind of thing; we spent some time in research and development and we opened a demonstration plant in 2012,” said Victoria Leung, manager of marketing and operations at Enterra, which opened a commercial facility in 2014.

The company values its intellectual property to be within the $50-to-$60-million range, said Keith Driver, executive vice-president. “Luckily, we’ve got there spending not quite half of that.”

Enterra maintains nearly one billion flies or larvae in its Langley facility at any given time, though it won’t divulge how much product comes out of it.

“Right now though, I would say we’re producing commercial levels of product.

Feeding the insects was one of Enterra’s bigger challenges. Fly larvae may thrive on organic waste, but contaminants such as dioxins and heavy metals can hitch a ride on some forms of waste accumulate in insect systems and pose the risk of moving further down the food chain.

“We could show you a laundry list of things that have come in unexpectedly that we’ve had to then screen out,” Driver said.

The company has introduced rigorous screening protocols for its feedstock and also shifted towards a higher-quality feedstock to establish consistency in both production and the end product.

Along with obtaining organic waste from places such as grocery stores, Enterra sources feedstock such as distillers’ grains and grain processing residues from agriculture and food processors.

The company started the paperwork to obtain approval to sell insects as feed for fish and livestock for its Langley plant five years ago — well before the plant was built.

According to a Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) spokesman, companies have to demonstrate several things to get approved: they must identify any hazards in the production system and mitigate them, prove the feed produced provides a purpose, and, finally, show that animals fed the product perform as well as on a traditional diet.

Now that Enterra has trial information in hand, quality screening systems in place and secured appropriate food sources, approvals for future plants in Canada — two of which are under development — should not take as long.

Similar regulatory approval is not needed for formulating pet food made with insects.

“We don’t regulate pet food in that way in Canada,” said David Johnson, CFIA chief of risk profiling.

At the Goldins’ Entomo Farms where they grow crickets and mealworms for people and pets to eat, obtaining government permissions to sell crickets for human consumption was far more straightforward.

That’s because federal food safety legislation already allows for the presence of insects in food as a by-product of food processing and the family was already feeding their critters a grain mixture similar to chicken feed.

Midgard Insect Farm Inc. in Annapolis Valley, N.S., also sells bugs for pet food makers including Dane Creek Capital Corp., which took a 48-per-cent stake in the company in 2016. 
Mississauga, Ont.-based Dane Creek makes Dockside brand sustainable pet foods at its Nova Scotia facility, giving Midgard a secure market while it scales up.

Hillier’s operation includes two facilities — the original one in Windsor and a new one in Truro — and it is also developing its own line of branded treats.

“We’re not releasing production numbers right now,” she said, but she expects employee numbers to double to 14 within 18 months.

Goldin said Entomo currently has the capacity to generate roughly 13.5 tonnes of raw insects a month, although it’s not yet producing at maximum capacity.

The amount is roughly equivalent to 30,000 113-gram bags of powdered crickets, which the company sells for $12.38 on its website.

Entomo is nearing break even, Goldin said, but the focus is on growth. It is in the process of obtaining two more former barns and talking to venture-capital firms and strategic investors such as food companies about financing the scale up.

“We are looking at modelling out, operating everywhere from the West Coast of Canada to certain parts of the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic,” Goldin said. “We want to be the biggest insect farm company in the world.”

But being the biggest is not a guarantee of success. Insect proteins face stiff competition in the aquaculture feed market from other forms of alternate protein sources under development, such as protein isolates and microbial biomass. And many claims about the nutritional benefits need further research.

“It’s an okay (feed) ingredient, however, to me it’s nothing really to write home about,” said Guelph professor Bureau.

Brad Hicks, a partner at Taplow Ventures, which manufactures pet food and aquaculture feed, said insect protein is currently a “craft novelty product,” but it holds promise as a commodity.

Earlier this year, Taplow Ventures began marketing a pet food product that uses insect ingredients from Enterra. Company officials had worried the ingredient would be a consumer turnoff, but found it didn’t affect sales.

The company also includes insects as an ingredient in specialty feeds it makes for fish and chickens. The feed is currently too expensive for large-scale chicken operations, but backyard chicken producers are willing to pay extra for it, Hicks said.

Economists such as John Cranfield, chair of the University of Guelph department of Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics, and Sylvain Charlebois, dean of Dalhousie University Rowe School of Business, say the yuck factor of insect protein will probably relegate it to niche markets for a long while yet.

Charlebois predicts wide-scale acceptance would come first in places such as Europe, where the shift to vegetarian diets is well underway, and the Far East, where some cultures already include insects in their diet.

Nevertheless, Goldin maintains consumer acceptance in Canada will come sooner rather than later.
Recently, Entomo negotiated a deal to launch a product under the President’s Choice brand that will be shipped to 300 Loblaw stores. The startup food processors they began selling cricket meal to three years ago are thriving. And this year, after restaurants across Ontario added crickets to their menus for Earth Day, some never took them off.

“We have just growing demand from multiple sectors,” Goldin said.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Perth electrical engineer’s discovery will change climate change debate

 













 This man does have the credentials to properly peer review the underlying climate modeling and must be taken seriously.  Of course, the whole narrative has now largely crashed as the world is setting up for real declines.

He predicts .3 degrees over the next five years.  That should be enough to lock up the north west passage again.

Thus we are on track for the cooling hinted at in historic cycles as well..

Miranda Devine: Perth electrical engineer’s discovery will change climate change debate

Dr David Evans has unpacked the architecture of the basic climate model which underpins all climate science.
MIRANDA DEVINE
 http://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/miranda-devine-perth-electrical-engineers-discovery-will-change-climate-change-debate
A MATHEMATICAL discovery by Perth-based electrical engineer Dr David Evans may change everything about the climate debate, on the eve of the UN climate change conference in Paris next month. 
A former climate modeller for the Government’s Australian Greenhouse Office, with six degrees in applied mathematics, Dr Evans has unpacked the architecture of the basic climate model which underpins all climate science.

He has found that, while the underlying physics of the model is correct, it had been applied incorrectly.

He has fixed two errors and the new corrected model finds the climate’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide (CO2) is much lower than was thought.

It turns out the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has over-estimated future global warming by as much as 10 times, he says.

“Yes, CO2 has an effect, but it’s about a fifth or tenth of what the IPCC says it is. CO2 is not driving the climate; it caused less than 20 per cent of the global warming in the last few decades”.
 
Dr Evans says his discovery “ought to change the world”

“But the political obstacles are massive,” he said.

His discovery explains why none of the climate models used by the IPCC reflect the evidence of recorded temperatures. The models have failed to predict the pause in global warming which has been going on for 18 years and counting.

“The model architecture was wrong,” he says. “Carbon dioxide causes only minor warming. The climate is largely driven by factors outside our control.”

There is another problem with the original climate model, which has been around since 1896.

While climate scientists have been predicting since the 1990s that changes in temperature would follow changes in carbon dioxide, the records over the past half million years show that not to be the case.

So, the new improved climate model shows CO2 is not the culprit in recent global warming. But what is?

Dr Evans has a theory: solar activity. What he calls “albedo modulation”, the waxing and waning of reflected radiation from the Sun, is the likely cause of global warming.

He predicts global temperatures, which have plateaued, will begin to cool significantly, beginning between 2017 and 2021. The cooling will be about 0.3C in the 2020s. Some scientists have even forecast a mini ice age in the 2030s.
 
If Dr Evans is correct, then he has proven the theory on carbon dioxide wrong and blown a hole in climate alarmism. He will have explained why the doomsday predictions of climate scientists aren’t reflected in the actual temperatures.

Dr David Evans, who says climate model architecture is wrong, with wife Jo Nova, Picture: australianclimatemadness.com

Dr David Evans, who says climate model architecture is wrong, with wife Jo Nova, Picture: australianclimatemadness.comSource:Supplied

“It took me years to figure this out, but finally there is a potential resolution between the insistence of the climate scientists that CO2 is a big problem, and the empirical evidence that it doesn’t have nearly as much effect as they say.”

Dr Evans is an expert in Fourier analysis and digital signal processing, with a PhD, and two Masters degrees from Stanford University in electrical engineering, a Bachelor of Engineering (for which he won the University medal), Bachelor of Science, and Masters in Applied Maths from the University of Sydney.

He has been summarising his results in a series of blog posts on his wife Jo Nova’s blog for climate sceptics.

He is about half way through his series, with blog post 8, “Applying the Stefan-Boltzmann Law to Earth”, published on Friday.

When it is completed his work will be published as two scientific papers. Both papers are undergoing peer review.

“It’s a new paradigm,” he says. “It has several new ideas for people to get used to.”

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Kazakhstan Valley Filled with Giant Balls Has Geologists and Fringe Scientists Butting Heads

Photo in the Valley of Balls, Torysh Valley, Kazakhstan.

These are for real  and they form naturally in a mineral rich horizon over a long time.  Then the surrounding unmineralized sandstone is eroded away to leave these behind.  All as natural as can be.

Yet it leaves behind an unnatural landscape that begs the imagination.  Well worth the visit if close by.

all good.

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Kazakhstan Valley Filled with Giant Balls Has Geologists and Fringe Scientists Butting Heads


http://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/kazakhstan-valley-filled-giant-balls-has-geologists-and-fringe-scientists-021534?nopaging=1


Are they the remains of a hastily abandoned game of giant billiards? Probably not, but the array of huge boulders in Torysh Valley, Kazakhstan may bring this fantastical image to mind. Actually enormous concretions that formed millions of years ago, these rocks are unusual due to their shape and impressive size. Natural explanations exist for their unique appearance, but other beliefs are rolling around as well.

In the Mangystau region of southwestern Kazakhstan amongst mountains, valleys, deserts, and tundra is a valley called Torysh filled with strange round boulders that look like giant eggs or billiard balls. They tell us something about the depositional environment of the time, as well as provide a wonder of geology.

Valley of Balls, Torysh Valley, Kazakhstan

Valley of Balls, Torysh Valley, Kazakhstan. (Desert illusion)
The “balls” in question most likely date from the mid Jurassic to the early Cretaceous period (180-120 Ma). They are probably made of either silicate or carbonate cement. Most geologists who have examined them have said that they are giant concretions, though fringe thinkers say that these balls were made by extraterrestrials or ancient, technologically advanced humans.


Broken concretion, Valley of Balls, Kazakhstan.

Broken concretion, Valley of Balls, Kazakhstan. (aboutkazakhstan.com)
What are Concretions?

Concretions are formed in porous sedimentary rock such as sandstone or limestone when mineral laden water flows through the porous spaces. When the minerals reach their saturation point they precipitate out of solution and fill the pores. Concretions form when these minerals precipitate in layers around a core such as a rock, shell, or bone.

Because of their unusual shape, giant concretions are often mistaken for fossilized eggs, turtle shells, or even artificial structures of extraterrestrial and sometimes terrestrial origin. This has led to the suggestion that these structures are artifacts of ancient advanced civilizations. Could these strange round structures in Torysh be artificial or are they just a natural wonder?

Concretions in Torysh Valley, Kazakhstan

Concretions in Torysh Valley, Kazakhstan. (aboutkazakhstan.com)
Bowling Balls Beach in Mendocino county, California, USA.














 Bowling Balls Beach in Mendocino county, California, USA. (Brocken Inaglory/CC BY SA 3.0)

Most concretions are not very large, but it is possible to get giant concretions. Other places where giant concretions have been found outside of the Valley of Balls are parts of Siberia and beaches and deserts in California. Two examples in the USA are Bowling Ball Beach and the Colorado Desert near Anza Borrego Desert State Park.

The rocks in the surrounding Torysh Valley region are mainly limestone and sandstone probably deposited in a shallow sea environment mostly during the Mesozoic. Sandstone and limestone are known to be reservoirs for oil and natural gas. Many plentiful oil fields are present in western Kazakhstan as a result. Reservoir rock must be porous so that oil and natural gas can flow through rock. Concretions require the same porosity, so it is no surprise that they would present in such rocks.
It is clear that the giant spherical concretions come from the underlying rock. Although many of the “balls” are loose boulders, some of them are clearly embedded in the rock and are slowly being liberated from the substrate as the surrounding sedimentary rock erodes.


Concretions Found in Other Parts of the World

Similar concretions were found in Siberia by coal miners while digging. Because the concretions are large and difficult to bore through, they removed them and piled them outside of the mine so people can see them. Some have said they are fossilized dinosaur eggs or artifacts of lost ancient civilizations, though Russian geologists confirm that they are concretions.

Another example of giant concretions would be the large reddish concretions found at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. These concretions are made of a mixture of silicate and carbonate cement. The reddish color comes from hematite, goethite, and other ferrous (iron-bearing) minerals. Along the shores of Lake Huron at Kettle Point in Ontario, Canada there are giant calcite concretions which are nicknamed “kettles” because of their characteristic shape.

Concretion rock in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota, USA.

Concretion rock in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota, USA. (M. Readey/CC BY SA 3.0)
Giant Concretions

It is not entirely clear how giant concretions form compared to more typical smaller concretions, though it is known that they tend to form deep beneath the ground. They also take a considerably longer time to form because of their immense size. They are not all round - some are botryoidal, fusiform, or otherwise unusually shaped.

Since the balls in Torysh valley resemble concretions found in other parts of the world it is likely they are concretions of silica or carbonate cement. No concrete evidence has been found indicating they were constructed by humans or any sort of non-human intelligence, or that they are fossilized eggs for that matter.

Concretions in Western Kazakhstan.

Concretions in Western Kazakhstan. (Alexandr Babkin/CC BY SA 4.0)
Mysteries like these are a part of the process of science. They are also what keeps science going, since if the world were to suddenly run out of mysteries, scientists would lose their jobs. For this reason, we should be thankful for such mysteries as they show that there is ever more to learn about nature. Some of our guesses might be wrong, but as we figure out which theories are incorrect we will also get an increasingly more accurate understanding of the world.

An egg-shaped concretion in the Valley of Balls, Torysh Valley, Kazakhstan.

An egg-shaped concretion in the Valley of Balls, Torysh Valley, Kazakhstan. (aboutkazakhstan.com)
Top Image: Photo in the Valley of Balls, Torysh Valley, Kazakhstan. Source:aboutkazakhstan.com
By Caleb Strom

References

“Concretions” by Bob Katz. Desert USA. Available at: https://www.desertusa.com/desert-minerals/concretions.html
“Concretions.” Paleontological Research Institution. Available at: https://www.priweb.org/outreach.php?page=edu_prog/earth101/concreations
“Are Siberia's 'Jurassic Pearls' the remains of an ancient civilisation? Bizarre colour-changing stones leave locals stumped” by Will Stewart (2016). Daily Mail. Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3662007/Are-Siberia-s-Jurassic-Pearls-remains-ancient-civilisation-Bizarre-colour-changing-stones-leave-locals-stumped.html
“Valley of Balls.”(2016). Geology Page.  Available at: http://www.geologypage.com/2016/10/valley-of-balls.html
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