Before embarking on the discussion of the unusual happenings in the animal kingdom promised in Part 1, I’d like to cite a quote that demonstrates the nature and impact of exponential change. The quote comes from a remarkable article from Reuters:
Special Report: In Jakarta, that sinking feeling is all too real
about major world cities combating the combination of rising seas and sinking landmass due to subsidence from draining the groundwater under each city:
Higher seas, sinking cities and more people mean worsening impacts from storms and floods. And the frequency of these events is increasing, too. Recorded floods and severe storms in Southeast Asia have risen sixfold, from fewer than 20 from 1960 to 1969 to nearly 120 from 2000 to 2008, according to an Asian Development Bank study.
So a sixfold increase in severe storms in SE Asia: Take a guess what annual percent increase in storms accounted for that sixfold change. The answer is 6%. Six percent per year doesn’t sound like much. But when it’s applied relentlessly–and that is the nature of an exponential increase–the change seems small at first, but at some point, the change can be overwhelming. Food for thought regarding the many exponential chart patterns shown over time at Thundering Heard. We are living in unprecedented times on many fronts.
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The point about pervasive permeability in Part 1 (accidental alliteration!) sparked some interest. Here’s a perfect example of increasing permeability, in this case in the Greenland ice sheet from Phys.org:
Two lakes beneath the ice in Greenland, gone within weeks
As everyone knows, that ice sheet stores enough ice to raise the global sea level about 7 meters (24 feet). As it gets more permeable, it becomes less stable. As I said, food for thought.
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The animal kingdom*
Especially during the last year, the animal kingdom has shown signs of extreme duress.
First, there are many stories of pets attacking, and sometimes killing, their owners:
- 18-month-old boy killed by family dogs in Brooksville, Florida
- Man mauled to death by his own dog in Frederick, Maryland
- 4-year old boy savaged by family’s rottweiler in New Port Richey, Florida
- Toddler dies after attack by family dogs in Citrus County, Florida
- 91-year-old woman fighting for life after her dog attacked
- Still man’s best friend? Owner of pit bull in serious condition following attack in Cocoa, Florida
- Another dog attack on owner: Pit bull mangles woman’s arms in Portland
- Child expected to survive after mauling by family dog in Elmore County, Alabama
- Dog attack kills 7-year-old boy in Wisconsin
- Pet dog attacks, mauls baby and mother in Bremerton, Washington
- Baby girl dies after dog attack in Daventry, UK
- Pit bull attacks its owner in Newfane, NY
- ‘Out of control’ dog put down after attacking owner in Inverness, Scotland
- Woman in hospital after dog attacked owner in Brighton, United Kingdom
- Child killed by family pet dog in Rome
- Vicious dog attack by her own pet leaves woman with horrendous injuries in Lichfield, UK
- Hunter viciously mauled by his own dog in Austria
- Liverpool woman mauled to death by her pet dog, UK
- Second pet dog attack on a woman owner in Liverpool house within 2 months, UK
- Family dog seized after baby’s death in Wales
If you would like to dismiss this as anecdotal, of course you can, but it would fly in the face of statistical evidence, from around the globe:
- UK: 300 per cent rise in the number of dogs attacks in Stevenage since January
- Number of dog attack injuries treated at Ipswich Hospital UK have significantly increased in the last 2 years
- Dog attacks surging in Yarra Ranges, Australia
- Thousands treated for animal bites in Cumbria as pets turn nasty, UK
- ‘Out of control’ dog reports increase in Midlothian, Scotland
- Nine people killed by feral dog attacks in Rumbek, Sudan
- Indore reports at least 50 dog bite cases daily, India
Here’s a quote from the India link just above:
In 2012, nearly 10,100 people were affected by dog bites from April to December. Number went up to 16,000 in 2013.
Sometimes the dogs are even attacking…CARS:
Animal crackers: As well as terrorising people in Modesto, crazy dogs are now attacking stationary cars
© JOAN BARNETT LEE
Damage done by an animal is seen Tuesday on a Ford Focus at Heritage Ford in Modesto. The car had some damage done to it by an animal. Three vehicles at the dealership have scratches and bite marks on them. The front grille of the Focus was torn completely off.
Modesto, California: Vicious dogs roaming streets, chasing people and trapping them inside homes
Deer are known for trying to avoid people and buildings. Not these:
- Deer crashes through window into furniture store in Cedar Falls, Iowa
- More animal lunacy: White-tailed deer breaks through 2 doors at New Jersey home
- Even more strange animal behavior: Deer crashes into restaurant in Iowa
- Deer crashes through window into home in Strykersville, NY
- Determined deer crashes through glass doors of Michigan beauty supply store
- Deer enters store in Charlotte, North Carolina
- Deer attacks and injures animal keeper at zoo in India
- Man attacked by deer he shot with arrow
- Man dies following ferocious deer attack at Slovakian farm
- Deer farmer, 75, dies five days after being gored by stag in rutting season in Wales
- Deer Crashes Through Antique Shop in Livingston
Elephants are running amok:
- Temple elephant goes berserk and kills one person in Maharashtra, India
- Elephant charges vehicle and punches holes in it, South Africa
- Wild elephant tramples tourist couple to death in India
- Elephant kills forest worker in India
- Elephant gores vet to death in India
- Elephant runs amok in Thailand, attacks cars and shops
- Man gored to death by elephant in Coimbatore, India
- Elephant tramples tea garden guard to death in Dooars, India
- Wild elephant kills man in Odisha, India
- 2 women trampled to death by elephants in India
- Herd of 6 elephants storms village and kills one person in Bangladesh
Then there are the many cases of fish that normally live deep in the oceans appearing at shorelines, sometimes thousands of miles from their usual area of habitation:
- Deep sea prehistoric frilled shark caught by fishermen in Victoria, Australia
- Spate of rare deep sea tropical fish found on Norfolk beaches, UK
- Rare deep sea Ocean Sunfish found for the first time in Pakistan’s waters
- Deep ocean sunfish found on beach in North Queensferry, Scotland
- “Rare” 300-pound warm-water Mola sunfish washes up on Washington coast
- Earthquake precursor? Over 100 rare deep-sea fish caught off the coast of Kochi, Japan days before major event
- Seldom Seen Deep Sea Opah Fish Caught On Beach in San Diego
- What is that thing? Giant ‘fish’ pulled up from Seattle’s Elliott Bay
- Something stirring down below? Rare deep water goblin shark caught off Key West, Florida
- Scientists puzzled by odd creature found on South African beach
- Strange deep sea fish caught at Pamban, India
- Rare, deep-water megamouth shark caught off the coast of Japan
- Rare, mysterious deep sea fish washes ashore along North Carolina coast
- Bizarre fish caught off Pensacola pier, Florida
- Waiting for the big one: giant oarfish start shock waves in LA
- Second rare oarfish washes up in Southern California
- 18-foot oarfish caught by Catalina marine science instructor in California
- Something amiss deep down? Bizarre-looking oarfish washes ashore on Cabo San Lucas beach
- Appearance of “Earthquake fish” spook Japanese
- Rare “King of Herrings” Found off Swedish Coast
- England: Monster of deep washes up on beach
- Something amiss in the ocean depths? Rare Oarfish washes up on beach in Japan
- Rare footage shows two live oarfish swimming near the shore
- Rare deep sea fish caught in fishing net off east coast of Sri Lanka
There are stories of birds so far from their usual turf that they sometimes end up on the wrong continent:
- White-rumped sandpiper from Arctic North America ends up in Australia
- Bean goose from Eurasia takes a wrong turn and winds up on the Oregon Coast
- Four lost flamingos fly NORTH for the winter and turn up in Siberia
- Another completely lost bird: Brown pelican turns up in Nebraska in winter
- Rare goose from northern Asia turns up in Suffolk, UK
- Rare Eurasian kestrel appears in Nova Scotia, Canada
- Another completely lost avian species: Couch’s Kingbird flies from southern Texas to New York
- Warbler that should be wintering in western Mexico turns up in Louisiana
- Wrong place, wrong time: European robin turns up thousands of miles away in China
- Rare bird from Mongolia turns up in Wakefield, UK
- Wrong time, wrong place: Rare bird found in Barrie, Canada
- Rare Arctic Ivory gull found in Ullapool, Scotland
- Lost migrating bird makes rare visit to Mankato, Minnesota
- Rare Harlequin duck turns up in Aberdeen, Scotland
Whales are beaching and dying just about every day now:
- 3 minke whales found dead in just 9 days, South Korea
- 14 whales and 16 turtles wash up dead on Baja California Sur coast
- Another humpback whale found dead on Broulee beach, Australia
- Carcass of whale found near Chennai, India
- Dead whale drifts into port of Felixstowe, UK
- Dead sperm whale rotting on Cape St. George shoreline, Newfoundland
- Dead whale found floating in Delaware River, Philadelphia
- Humpback whale washes ashore at Öffersey, Iceland
- 20-tonne southern right whale carcass beached near Cape Town, South Africa
- Dead humpback whale found at Pareora Beach, New Zealand
- Fin whale found dead on beach in Cornwall, UK
- Beached pygmy sperm whale dies at Point Reyes, California
- Sharks feed on humpback whale carcass in Batemans Bay, Australia
- Spate of deep sea beaked whale deaths puzzle experts in Scotland
- Dead whale washes up on Sandøy, Norway
- Dead blue whale found dead on coast of India
- Dead humpback whale washes up on Little Cranberry Island, Maine
- Dead finback whale floats in at California naval base
- Deep water melon-headed whale found dead off Windward Oahu, Hawaii
- Dead whale found on Toti beach, South Africa
- Dwarf minke whale washes up near Portland, Australia
- Killer whale washes up on the Isle of North Uist, Scotland
- The epic fight to protect cetaceans from the US Navy
- Pilot whale dies after beaching in Hanalei Bay on Kauai, Hawaii
- 2 dead minke whales wash up on Cumbrian coast in UK
- Dead humpback whale washes ashore on Blacks Beach, Australia
- Deep water melon-headed whale was sick before it stranded on Perdido Key, Florida
- Dead 20ft minke whale found on Isle of Man beach
- 15-foot-long pilot whale washes up on Hilton Head, South Carolina
- Four pilot whales die after pod of 13 found stranded on Donegal beach, Ireland
- Dead blue whale washes up on beach in New Zealand
- Dead Humpback whale found off Mull, Scotland
- Dead Humpback whale washes ashore at Montaña de Oro, California
- Two dead humpback whales wash up on Australian beaches
- Dead Bryde’s whale found washed ashore in Samut Prakarn province,Thailand
- Stranded humpback whale dies in Mooloolaba marina, Australia
- Dead sperm whale found beached at El Condor, Argentina
- Dead humpback whale found off Ulladulla, Australia
- Dead humpback whale washes up near Maldives island
And things are increasingly bad for sea turtles:
- 314 turtles found dead on Chennai beaches in 20 days, India
- 1,122 dead turtles washed ashore in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, India in January
- 30 Kemp’s ridley sea turtles suffering from hypothermia taken from Cape Cod to the Florida Keys
- Over 1,200 sea turtles have washed up on Cape Cod beaches during December
- Gulf World treating some 50 endangered sea turtles stranded by cold weather in Florida
- 23 Olive Ridleys turtles washed ashore in two days, Napier Bridge, India
- 800 turtles found dead on Nellore beach, India
- Costa Rica investigates deaths of 280 sea turtles
- Eighty sea turtles wash up dead on the coast of Guatemala
Fish die-offs have become quite common:
- Thousands of dead fish found floating in Chesapeake Bay
- Thousands of dead fish wash up on Manresa Beach in Aptos, California
- 70 dead sharks wash up on Gower shoreline, Wales
- Thousands of dead fish found on Oahu’s shores in Hawaii
- At least a million dead fish found in South Carolina
- Millions of fish around the planet are mysteriously dying… but why?
- Cold Antarctic water likely cause behind thousands of dead fish found on Ninety Mile Beach, Victoria, Australia
- Mysterious jellyfish-like creature washing up on California coast
- More than 500 deep-sea lanternfish, squid found dead or dying in Hawaii
I have a lot more links for animals attacking humans (especially coyotes, jackals, wild dogs, and wild boars, but also including owls, foxes, and otters), but I’ll spare you having to scroll past them, and pass to another category: regional animal die-offs across many species.
Michael Snyder posted an excellent example:
North America: Massive numbers of sea creatures dying along the west coast
in which he listed reports of devastations of West Coast starfish (A marine epidemiologist at Cornell University says that this is “the largest mortality event for marine diseases we’ve seen“); bluefin tuna (only 4% are left); sardine, anchovy, herring, and oyster populations; and major difficulties for many marine birds including pelicans. And more:
West Coast devastation continues: seals, oysters, pelicans, fish, squid — all sick, dying or failing to breed
Study: Dead sea creatures cover 98 percent of ocean floor off California coast; up from 1 percent before Fukushima
At an ocean research station known as Station M, located 145 miles out to sea between the Californian cities of Santa Barbara and Monterey, Huffard and her colleague Ken Smith observed a sharp uptick in the amount of dead sea life drifting to the ocean floor. The masses of dead sea plankton, jellyfish, feces and other oceanic matter that typically only cover about 1 percent of the ocean floor were found to now be covering about 98 percent of it — and multiple other stations located throughout the Pacific have since reported similar figures.
“In March 2012, less than one percent of the seafloor beneath Station M was covered in dead sea salps,” writes Carrie Arnold for National Geographic. “By July 1, more than 98 percent of it was covered in the decomposing organisms. … The major increase in activity of deep-sea life in 2011 and 2012 weren’t limit to Station M, though: Other ocean-research stations reported similar data.”
Anyone who still thinks the ongoing effects from Fukushima are trivial really needs to consider the meaning of that 98 to 1 ratio reported in the study at the preceding quote and link. Truly, what do people expect when this August 2014 article Japan Prepares To Release Thousands Of Tons Of Fukushima Groundwater Into The Pacific quotes NHK, Japan’s national public broadcasting organization, as saying:
Highly radioactive water at the plant is seeping into the earth and mixing with ground water. Experts estimate around 200 tons of contaminated ground water are leaking into the ocean each day.
Then there are the global problems:
More mass animal deaths occurring now than ever before, study claims
Mass die-offs of certain animals has increased in frequency every year for seven decades, according to a new study.
Researchers found that such events, which can kill more than 90 per cent of a population, are increasing among birds, fish and marine invertebrates.
Silent Spring: Songbirds are disappearing across the planet reveals new documentary film
Report: Lions, Tigers, Cheetahs Could Be Extinct In 10 Years
Otters across the world are threatened with extinction says new report
And this link points to a study that lists 794 species that are on the brink of extinction:
Study pinpoints species facing extinction threat
So, what are the reasons for this dreadful state of affairs. There are several, to be sure.
In the case of the whales (and perhaps the other creatures that normally inhabit the ocean depths and who can now be found at the beaches), one major cause is certain: the use of powerful sonar technologies by the militaries to hunt for submarines and the oil and gas companies to hunt for that stuff we pump into our cars. This link:
The epic fight to protect cetaceans from the US Navy
has a sad but amazing story of how proof of this was accepted by the US Navy itself. A retired navy guy with an interest in whales–the guy actually worked in the navy’s secret sonar program–witnessed the beaching of 17 beaked whales immediately following US Navy exercises in his area. This is the deepest diving whale species of them all. For them to beach as a group was unprecedented. Suspecting the cause, the guy immediately had their heads sent to a lab for autopsy and it was found that the ear drums of each whale had been shattered. The guy had to get this info onto the 60 Minutes television program before the navy would respond, but finally, respond they did, strongly limiting their own sonar use during exercises. And this link:
Whale Mass Stranding Attributed to Sonar Mapping For First Time
describes how the mass stranding of 100 whales was connected with exploration by ExxonMobil.
So, is there relief for the whales and other deep-sea creatures? Given the near-daily whale beachings listed above, probably not much. In July, the purportedly liberal White House approved the use of such technologies in Federal waters off the US East Coast:
The Obama administration has sided with energy developers over environmentalists, approving the use of underwater blasts of sound to pinpoint oil and gas deposits in federal Atlantic Ocean waters.
And how could we forget this as an indicator of what’s plaguing sea creatures:
Fourth Anniversary of Gulf Oil Spill: Wildlife Is Still Suffering from Toxic Cover Up
Perhaps the deflationary wave that has been sent to the world economy–the price of oil, at $45.29 per barrel today, has now been cut by 58% since June, natural gas prices have also been crashing (again), and interest rates are now negative in several countries–will provide the kindness of some relief for the creatures of the ocean deep, kindness that humanity has been unwilling to provide.
Another monster problem for sea creatures and ocean birds is tens of thousands of tons of plastic:
- Trashing our Oceans? First of its kind map reveals extent of plastic debris
- The great Pacific garbage patch: We are literally filling up the Pacific ocean with plastic
- Even remote Arctic sea ice is polluted with plastic
- Disturbing amounts of plastic found in Mediterranean seabirds
- Pollution returning to the source: Ocean plastic eaten by marine life may be ending up on your plate
- Huge Garbage Patch Found in Atlantic Too
One highly-recommended article that really gets the point across about the state of the oceans, especially the Pacific, is this one by an Australian yachtsman, which should be a must-read for everyone:
What was missing was the cries of the seabirds which, on all previous similar voyages, had surrounded the boat.
The birds were missing because the fish were missing.
Exactly 10 years before, when Newcastle yachtsman Ivan Macfadyen had sailed exactly the same course from Melbourne to Osaka, all he’d had to do to catch a fish from the ocean between Brisbane and Japan was throw out a baited line.
“There was not one of the 28 days on that portion of the trip when we didn’t catch a good-sized fish to cook up and eat with some rice,” Macfadyen recalled.
But this time, on that whole long leg of sea journey, the total catch was two.
No fish. No birds. Hardly a sign of life at all…
If that sounds depressing, it only got worse.
The next leg of the long voyage was from Osaka to San Francisco and for most of that trip the desolation was tinged with nauseous horror and a degree of fear.
“After we left Japan, it felt as if the ocean itself was dead,” Macfadyen said.
“We hardly saw any living things. We saw one whale, sort of rolling helplessly on the surface with what looked like a big tumour on its head. It was pretty sickening.
“I’ve done a lot of miles on the ocean in my life and I’m used to seeing turtles, dolphins, sharks and big flurries of feeding birds. But this time, for 3000 nautical miles there was nothing alive to be seen.”
In place of the missing life was garbage in astounding volumes.
“Part of it was the aftermath of the tsunami that hit Japan a couple of years ago. The wave came in over the land, picked up an unbelievable load of stuff and carried it out to sea. And it’s still out there, everywhere you look.”
This lack of ocean fish is killing the ocean-migrating birds because there is nothing for them to eat:
Up to 5 million seabirds likely to have died on Australian and New Zealand beaches
The industrial overfishing, the chemical pollution, the radiation, the acidification, the garbage…We truly are trying to “break” the oceans.
When that Malaysian airliner went missing, garbage hampered the search:
Malaysia plane: Confronting searchers is an ocean full of garbage
Since the older generations can’t see a way to fix this, maybe younger people can start the process:
19-Year-Old Develops Cleanup Array To Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From Oceans
As far as those rampaging elephants are concerned, can you blame them?
- African elephant poaching numbers exceed 20,000 in 2013
- Ivory Poaching At Critical Levels: Elephants On Path To Extinction By 2020?
- Central Africa elephant population down 62% in 10 years
These are animals who walk miles to attend to the death of another elephant or the death of a person who was a friend to them:
Wild Elephants gather inexplicably, mourn death of “Elephant Whisperer”
Author and legendary conservationist Lawrence Anthony died March 2. His family spoke of a solemn procession of Elephants that defies human explanation…
For 12 hours, two herds of wild South African elephants slowly made their way through the Zululand bush until they reached the house of late author Lawrence Anthony, the conservationist who saved their lives. The formerly violent, rogue elephants, destined to be shot a few years ago as pests, were rescued and rehabilitated by Anthony…
For two days the herds loitered at Anthony’s rural compound on the vast Thula Thula game reserve in the South African KwaZulu – to say good-bye to the man they loved. But how did they know he had died?…
There are two elephant herds at Thula Thula. According to his son Dylan, both arrived at the Anthony family compound shortly after Anthony’s death. “They had not visited the house for a year and a half and it must have taken them about 12 hours to make the journey,” Dylan is quoted in various local news accounts. “The first herd arrived on Sunday and the second herd, a day later. They all hung around for about two days before making their way back into the bush.”
If humans were more rational, perhaps we would be trying to understand elephants’ telepathy and empathy rather than killing them for their tusks.
And then there are the poisons we spray, and the systemic poisons created by design in GMO crops:
Neurotoxic pesticides linked to honeybee decline are affecting other species, scientists say after four-year assessment
Neurotoxic pesticides blamed for the decline of honeybees is also harming butterflies, worms, fish, and birds, and contaminating habitats worldwide which are crucial for food production and wildlife, scientists have concluded after a four-year assessment.
So we’re not just poisoning ourselves–and the bees and pollinators who are crucial to one third of humanity’s food supply–with toxic chemicals:
we’re poisoning lots of species.
And what about the migratory animals, both birds and sea creatures, who are losing their way?
Birds are losing all sense of direction
It turns out that some migratory birds are stymied when they encounter the edges of a city, industrial area, or campus. The electromagnetic emanations from these places disturb the workings of these birds’ navigation systems. Given that experiments have shown that the emanations from wifi routers can kill plants, I guess it isn’t surprising that our electromagnetics are disturbing animals. And probably us as well.
And how can I fail to mention how we treat animals raised for food, putting them in cramped industrial settings and cages prior to their slaughter. Were it not for strong doses of antibiotics–which end up on our plates–most of these animals would die of disease.
Is the growing 2014 trend of animal attacks on people an indication that they have started to fight back? We better hope not. If the animal kingdom ever decided to fight with us, we’d likely all be dead within months. Without the ceaseless cleanup of our environment by insects, worms, algae, bacteria, fungi, etc., we would find ourselves living in waste. As it is, these beings constantly process billions of tons of materials into forms useful for us. And we often pay them back by trying to exterminate them, interested in the endless “growth, growth, growth” chant of our so-called leaders who definitely have no understanding of the exponential function.
Everyone has heard of the “lost animal syndrome” where there is a notable increase in pets getting lost before earthquakes. Are the animal agitations and disorientations a reaction to current Earth changes, or to an impending mega-Earth change. If it’s the latter, one might shudder to think what that would be.
Are the animals who normally remain deep in the oceans reacting to increases in methane and volcanic materials coming from the ocean floor? Perhaps.
Are the animal attacks a reaction to the changing energies of our evolving world? Are they reacting to the rapid decrease in Earth’s magnetic field, described here:
…based on the latest readings from the European Space Agency’s (ESA) satellite array called Swarm:
Earth’s Magnetic Field Is Weakening 10 Times Faster Now
Once every few hundred thousand years the magnetic poles flip so that a compass would point south instead of north. While changes in magnetic field strength are part of this normal flipping cycle, data from Swarm have shown the field is starting to weaken faster than in the past. Previously, researchers estimated the field was weakening about 5 percent per century, but the new data revealed the field is actually weakening at 5 percent per decade, or 10 times faster than thought. As such, rather than the full flip occurring in about 2,000 years, as was predicted, the new data suggest it could happen sooner…
(Wow, 5% per decade. An exponential progression to be reckoned with.)
Or are the animal attacks on humans simply the animals reflecting our own emotional and mental states?
It seems clear that the assault, often clearly our assault, on the animal kingdom, and the plant kingdom, is unwise. Some Churchianity people quote Genesis about man being given “dominion” over the animals and plants. For some, this somehow justifies pillage and plunder versus the stewardship that, logically, must have been the intended meaning of the statement. Undoubtedly, dominion can’t mean the creation of a wasteland. But that is what we are doing in many domains. Here’s an excellent indicator of the bad news (I promise to follow it with some good news!):
Photographic Adventure Reveals the Frightening Deadness of Genetically Engineered Corn Field
By Dr. Mercola
A recent NPR article highlights the truly frightening environmental effect of monoculture. NPR commentator and science writer Craig Childs decided to replicate a photo project by David Liittschwager, a portrait photographer who spent years traveling the world dropping one-cubic-foot metal frames into gardens, streams, parks, forests, and oceans, photographing anything and everything that entered the frame.
Around the world, his camera captured thousands of plants, animals, and insects within the cubes, with entirely different “worlds” of plants and animals living as little as a few feet away from each other.
Childs recruited a friend, and together they set out to replicate Littschwager’s “critter census” in a corn field in Grundy County, Iowa.
But whereas Littschwager’s camera captured several dozens of insects wherever he set up his frames, Childs and friend found nothing stirring among the genetically engineered corn stalks on the 600 acre farm in Iowa, where they spent an entire weekend crawling around on the ground. No signs of life with the exception of an isolated spider, a single red mite, and a couple grasshoppers.
“It felt like another planet entirely,” Childs said. “I listened and heard nothing, no birds, no clicks from insects. There were no bees. The air, the ground, seemed vacant. Yet, 100 years ago, these same fields, these prairies, were home to 300 species of plants, 60 mammals, 300 birds, hundreds and hundreds of insects,” Robert Krulwich writes2. “This soil was the richest, the loamiest in the state. And now, in these patches, there is almost literally nothing but one kind of living thing. We’ve erased everything else.”
The good news, the very good news, is that more and more people (permaculturists, organic growers, channelers of information from the devic realm in places like Findhorn and Perelandra, occultists, etc.) are realizing that nature provides a physical and energetic abundance that is currently well beyond our comprehension and perception; that we should be working with the processes, energies, and intelligences that provide that abundance rather than working against them; and that our own evolution depends directly on our turning our interaction with the natural kingdoms from one of exploitation and devastation to one of great respect and harmony. In this exponential accelerating trend lies great hope for us all.
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(*Note of credit and thanks: Many links in this article come from the amazing SOTT.NET Earth Changes tracking page. They make great videos summarizing each month’s earth changes; you can see them here. As stated elsewhere, I think they do a wonderful job of collecting information, but a poor job of theorizing about its causes. They say that there is so much global cooling that a new ice age has already started, that “Planet X” is on the way, etc. I think they are wrong about these things. However, they do seem to like G.I. Gurdjieff, so there is hope.)