Month: August 2016

To Appreciated Followers and Listeners…

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My apologises for not posting Monday nights stories but due to a “connecting” problem with facebook after attempting to sign up for steemit. If all is well I’ll be posting tomorrow.
With respect to you and your ancestors…max

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phi in the sky: aug 22, on air now

Phi In The Sky: swinging on the curve of the question

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Today on Phi In The Sky
an objective view from the volcano

  • bringing you “the week that was” with news the mainstream neglects

as well as:
– zen master, alan watts
– some sonorous snordster
– space weather update, solar wind impact: suspicious0bservers
– the zen master of psilocybin & philosophy: terence mckenna
phi in the sky interview: Elissa Hawke: Flat Earth & Mandella Effect Update

and as always; some loungin’ thinkin’ music

energy and thoughts from the volcano…max ashley

Greg Flavall – The Amazing Building Qualities Of Hempcrete

hempcrete headerHemp has been a much maligned and demonised plant since the 1930’s but it is making a come back in more areas than just medicine.
Greg Flavall is a founder of Hempcrete Technologies and technical adviser of Hempcrete.com.au were he has been building healthy, environmentally friendly homes with Hempcrete produced from industrial hemp.
Greg explains the properties and technical advantages of creating a dwelling from Hempcrete while also discussing the problems he has had with councils and bureaucracy due to his favoured building material; the demonised plant called Cannabis. We transverse the history of hemp and the connections mankind has had through the millennia with this amazing plant.
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An Unidentified Aussie Man Is Roaming The Wild, Teaching The Internet How To Survive Off-Grid

The internet is infatuated with an unidentified man who is teaching primitive technology – the art of surviving using only basic tools such as fire, sticks, water, dirt, and rocks.

A nameless Australian man has gained internet stardom in a relatively short span of time due to the educational offerings he shares on his YouTube channel, Primitive Technology. Using nothing more than his hands, he’s shown viewers how to make everything from iron to charcoal and is constantly creating and building things with primitive tools.

Inquisitr surmises that it’s his no-gloating, no-nonsense approach that has resulted in him becoming a sensation around the world. That and, of course, the treasure trove of information he shares in his videos. Really, the man puts adventurers such as Bear Grylls to shame due to his decision to subsist with primitive technology, which means using only fire, sticks, stones, dirt, water and rocks to survive.

The unnamed man writes in the ‘About’ section of his website that primitive technology involves creating things out in the woods – away from the relative comforts of modern-day equipment and tools. The key, apparently, is to determine what can be created without modern technology, the way primitive folks accomplished the same tasks years ago.

In one of his videos, the survivalist teaches his audience how to create iron using a furnace he created out of clay. On his blog, he says:

“My intent was not so much to make iron, but to show that the furnace can reach a fairly high temperature using this blower. A taller furnace called a bloomery was generally used in ancient times to produce usable quantities of iron and consumed more charcoal, ore and labour.”

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‘Legalization is in the air’: Thousands rally in Berlin calling for legal pot in Germany

© Marcos Brindicci
Some 4,000 supporters of marijuana legalization in Germany rolled through central Berlin. Demonstrators called on the government to allow marijuana for a broader medical use and stop prosecution for its possession.

According to police figures, some 4,000 people took part in Saturday’s rally with no incidents or arrests reported. The crowds initially gathered at the central railway station before moving to the federal Health Ministry and then to the iconic Alexanderplatz.

“The marijuana parade is the largest demonstration for the legalization of Cannabis as commodity, medicine, and natural stimulant in Germany,” the organizers  on their website. The latest march was staged under the slogan “Legalization is in the air” and was the 20th in a row after the movement was established in Berlin in 1997.

People carried banners saying, “My brain belongs to me,” and “Cannabis is my medicine.”

The spokesperson for the parade, Steffen Geyer, said in front of the gathering that the ban on the drug is leading to more problems and therefore requires a law legalizing it. “Legal cannabis would cause less harm if compared to the ban on it existing for 45 years,” Geyer stated.

The statement was echoed by Hans Strobele, a German MP who is a staunch supporter of cannabis legalization. “The legalization will come, the question is only when,” he told the crowds.

“One can abuse anything from coffee and cigarettes to alcohol. It is therefore important to provide a legal basis for such drugs,” one attendant of the march was quoted as  by Berliner Zeitung.

Marijuana is illegal under the German law, but small amounts of it are sometimes tolerated by police. German law enforcers cited 70 percent of all drug law violations in 2015 as linked to cannabis use or production, BZ , citing police. It adds that some 24,000 Berliners consume it on a daily basis.

Defying the illegal status of the pot, some demonstrators were seen carrying placards that read: “We aren’t criminals, we’re gardeners.”

After some 20 years of battle for the legalization of marijuana, its supporters claim they are witnessing positive results. “We see from day to day that we are succeeding,” Steffen Geyer was quoted as saying by BZ-Berlin. He referred to the recent proposal by the German Health Minister to allow pot for severely ill patients. “That was unimaginable for or six years ago,” Geyer added.

Marijuana is legal for medical use in more than half of US states. It for example used to increase appetite of AIDS patients. However to the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) the overdose of the weed can cause breathing problems, increased heart rate and even lead to schizophrenia.

Monsanto Backs Out of Seed Plant in Argentina After Protests

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By Brandon Turbeville

In yet another victory against the multinational corporation Monsanto in Argentina, the company has now announced that it will dismantle its multi-million dollar GMO seed plant in Malvinas.

Monsanto made the decision to give up on its seed plant after three years worth of protests from local citizens and GMO-free campaigners from all over Argentina. In 2014, activists forced to Monsanto to stop the construction of the plant by using coordinated protest techniques at the construction site.

A spokesman for Monsanto told Argentinian media organizations that Monsanto was dismantling the plant and that “the plant was designed to treat 3.5 million hectares of maize; however, last year, only 2.5 million hectares were sown.”

“An investment of almost 1500 million makes no sense.”

The spokesman was also forced to admit that the protests, local pressure, and resistance by environmentalists, anti-GMO activists and local residents was indeed part of the reason the company decided to dismantle the plant. In addition, a number of lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto over the legality of the construction permit as well as environmental impacts.

READ: Argentina Has A “City Of Death” Thanks To Monsanto

Sofia Gatica, one of the main activists and leaders of the protest blockade in Malvinas told InfOGM,

It’s been almost three years that Monsanto has not been able to put a brick or a wire at the construction site… The company is leaving the field but does not yet recognize its defeat in this battle. We talked with those who have to dismantle what remains. We remain on alert and continue blocking, waiting to see what will happen. We want the site to now be devoted to organic and sustainable agriculture.

This latest defeat for Monsanto comes on the heels of a decision by the Argentine government preventing Monsanto from forcing exporters to inspect cargo to determine whether or not farmers had paid the requisite royalties to use its GMO soybeans. Argentina has been showing growing signs as of late that it is becoming more willing to stand up to the multinational food corporation.

Indian Farmers Cotton on to New Seed, in Blow to Monsanto

Seeds of trouble: Monsanto threatens to pull out of India

In a tiny hamlet at the heart of the cotton belt in northern India, Ramandeep Mann planted Monsanto’s genetically modified Bt cotton seed for more than a decade, but that changed after a whitefly blight last year.

Mann’s 25-acre farm in Punjab’s Bhatinda district now boasts “desi,” or indigenous, cotton shrubs that promise good yields and pest resistance at a fraction of the cost.

Mann is not alone.

Thousands of cotton farmers across the north of India, the world’s biggest producer and second-largest exporter of the fiber, have switched to the new local variety, spelling trouble for Monsanto, the Creve Coeur-based seed giant, in its most important cotton market outside the Americas.

The Indian government is actively promoting the new homegrown seeds, having already capped prices and royalties that the world’s largest seed company is able to charge.

“Despite the whitefly attack, farmers in northern India are still interested in cotton, but they are moving to the desi variety,” says Textile Commissioner Kavita Gupta.

Official estimates peg the area planted with the new variety at 178,608 acres in northern India, up from roughly 7,413 acres last year.

That is still a tiny percentage overall, and most farmers in the key producing states of Gujarat and Maharashtra are sticking to Monsanto’s GM cotton, which has been instrumental in making India a cotton powerhouse.

And the impact of whitefly, a pest that thrives in dry weather, may not be as big this year, as monsoon rains are likely to be plentiful. Experts said two straight droughts fanned last year’s infestation.

But the new seed is still a setback for Monsanto, which has also been hit by a roughly 10 percent decline in cotton acreage in India this year as farmers switch to crops like pulses and lentils in the aftermath of the whitefly blight.

“Expert” Says Rising Rapes In Sweden Due To Global Warming Not Soaring Muslim Immigration

Psychotherapist and “expert on sexual criminals,” Börje Svensson, has finally figured out the mystery behind rising sexual assaults in Sweden.  Want to guess where he places the blame?  Well, if you guessed ManBearPig then you’re absolutely right!  And we thought it might have something to do with the massive spike in refugees flooding into Sweden from countries that don’t really share the same “respect” for women as the Western world.

Now we just feel awful for misplacing the blame.  Still sometimes we feel like ManBearPig probably carries more than his fair share of the blame for the problems of the world (see “Bernie Sanders ‘Reveals’ The Real Cause Of Terrorism… Climate Change“).

Per an article published by Breitbart London:

Providing the perfect reason that absolves the Swedish establishment of all responsibility, Svensson described how we have been a bit unlucky with the weather this year. Hopefully we will have a colder summer next year and sexual crimes will then be an old memory linked to that one hot Swedish summer. If by any chance, there are still rapes during a colder summer, our experts will simply find another scapegoat rather than looking straight at the imported criminals.

Just in case you’re not the type to blindly accept the wisdom of our educated elites we thought we’d share some silly statistics with you just for fun.  Does seem odd that rising sexual assaults happen to overlap with a massive spike in asylum applications from the predominantly Muslim countries of the Middle East and Northern Africa.

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Obviously, the rape epidemic in Europe is no laughing matter with new reports of violent sexual assaults being reported daily.  The crisis is something we’ve discussed on numerous occasions recently (see “Germany’s Migrant Rape Crisis Spirals Out Of Control” and “Sweden’s Migrant Rape Epidemic Explained“).  Unfortunately, it’s difficult to combat a problem like this when elected officials find it “inconvenient” to admit the true root of the crisis.

Sexual Harrassment in Europe

Women burn burqas, men cut beards: Manbij celebrates liberation from ISIS (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

A woman embraces a Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter after she was evacuated with others by the SDF from an Islamic State-controlled neighbourhood of Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 12, 2016. © Rodi SaidManbij women have been ripping off their burqas and burning them, smoking cigarettes, while men cut off their beards, all while rejoicing at their newly obtained freedom after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) drove jihadists from the Syrian city.

Mass jubilation engulfed the northern Syrian city of Manbij after months of battles and grief. Both residents who had stayed in the city and those who only just returned after hearing the news have been openly expressing joy at getting their homes and freedom back.

Embraces and kisses, happy smiles, and even more happy tears have been seen on Manbij’s streets, as this video and these pictures show, with whole-hearted laughter and words of gratitude heard on every corner.

A Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter comforts a civilian who was evacuated with others by the SDF from an Islamic State-controlled neighbourhood of Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 12, 2016. © Rodi Said

Children, as children do, played football and enjoyed themselves, albeit in apocalyptic-looking surroundings.

Youths play soccer on a street in Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 9, 2016. © Rodi Said

An RT Arabic crew visiting the former Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) stronghold captured the destruction left by the fighting. Their video shows dozens of homes nearly razed to the ground, piles of debris littering the streets, severely damaged infrastructure riddled with bullets holes, and large holes rent by bombs in almost every building.

It was complicated for us to save civilians from the area, but we did it. Terrorists are now fleeing. We will go after them no matter where they are heading to,” said one of the female soldiers with the YPJ, which contributed greatly to the liberation of the city, to RT.

During their rule, IS jihadists imposed a hardline version of Islam, mandating strict social restrictions on Manbij’s residents.

Women carry newborn babies while reacting after they were evacuated by the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters from an Islamic State-controlled neighbourhood of Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 12, 2016. © Rodi Said

SDF soldiers have brought in supplies and are distributing them among the population, adding to the joys of the day.

A Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter helps civilians who were evacuated by the SDF from an Islamic State-controlled neighbourhood of Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 12, 2016. © Rodi Said

Celebrations in solidarity with Manbij are also held in other cities across Syria, as these Twitter posts attest.

Arab and Kurdish fighters from SDF announced the full liberation of Manbij on Friday after successfully conducting the final assault on the IS-held al-Sirb neighborhood. During this assault, they rescued some 2,000 civilians who had been abducted by the jihadists as they were being driven out of Manjib to be used as “human shields.” Citing a source from the Syrian army, AFP news agency reported that, while some of the abducted residents were able to escape themselves, some, surprisingly, “were freed” by the fleeing terrorists.

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RT hit with string of cunning DDoS attacks

© Kacper PempelRT has been dealing with a particularly well-planned series of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that continued into early Friday. Other than the website, RT’s internet provider and data centers in the US, Europe and Russia have been targeted.

The latest attack zeroed in on RT’s local internet service provider, temporarily causing disruptions for RT.com visitors. We are now resolving the issue to prevent further attacks of the kind.

The attackers were trying to overwhelm the provider’s capacity, according to RT’s IT specialists.

The recent wave of attacks on RT.com started Friday, with IT experts noting that they all seem to be originating from the same source due to the peculiar trends and signature.

Moreover, the unknown hackers seem to be smarter than the average DDoSers, knowingly picking their targets and improving methods.

On Tuesday, there was a 2.5-hour attempt to take RT websites down, which came in two phases. The first one targeted RT’s American and European data centers, while the second one hit Moscow’s infrastructure. The attack did not result in any damage or prolonged service outage, however.

“It looks like the attackers are continuously studying the company’s outer network infrastructure and its security mechanisms. The cyberattacks that we are seeing are not the most powerful, but they are different from hundreds of others in their cunning methods and analysis – they are looking at how we will react or how we switch the traffic,” said RT’s Head of Interactive Projects Elvira Chudnovskaya.

RT’s website routinely comes under DDoS attacks, but some have been particularly powerful. One of most massive attacks in the site’s history happened in September 2014, reaching some 10 gigabits per second.

READ MORE: Biggest attack on RT.com: Website hit by 10 Gbps DDoS

Other notable attacks were launched against the site in February 2013, when RT.com became unavailable for six hours, and in August 2012, when both RT International and RT Spanish websites were attacked. Hacker group AntiLeaks, opposing the Wikileaks project launched by Julian Assange, claimed responsibility for those two attacks.

RT has always continued uninterrupted coverage of events on its Twitter and Facebook pages.