The Starseed Garden

{December 30, 2009}   Amputee turned into a Mermaid

A woman who lost both her legs as a child has been turned into a mermaid by the Lord of the Rings special effects team so she can go swimming.

Nadya Vessey was born with a condition that meant her legs would never develop properly and by the time she was 16 she had both her legs amputated.

Now in her fifties, with false legs, she was approached by a little boy who asked her what had happened to her legs, so she told him she was a mermaid.

Miss Vessey said: “One day a little boy came up, he must have been about four and he saw me taking off my (prosthetic) legs and he started with the ‘why’ questions, you know, ‘why haven’t you got any legs’, etc.

“And I said ‘have you heard of The Little Mermaid and he said ‘yes’ and I said ‘I’m a mermaid’ and he got this look on his face and he said ‘wow that’s cool’ and ran off to tell his dad.

“I’ll have to turn up to that beach again sometime with my tail – just in case he’s there.”

The idea grew on her and so she wrote to Oscar winning Weta Workshop, which was also behind the stunning visuals in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ and ‘King Kong’, and asked them to make her a tail.

To her surprise they agreed, creating a prosthetic tail from wetsuit fabric and plastic moulds.

Read the full article at the Telegraph


Experts believe a pregnant cow in distress might have led one of the pods to their death

Hundreds of holidaymakers witnessed the birth of a long-finned pilot whale as they struggled to rescue an entire pod stranded on a treacherous beach in New Zealand.

The mother was among 63 whales, mostly cows with calves, that were beached at Colville Bay near Coromandel township early on Sunday. About two thirds of the animals, measuring up to 12ft (3.6m) long, were saved by residents and holidaymakers who kept them wet in the low tide until they could be refloated in the afternoon.

By yesterday a Department of Conservation boat, which had kept close to the pod to ensure that it did not return, reported that the whales were at least 20 miles out to sea, according to Mike Donaghue, a senior adviser at the department.

Ingrid Visser, of the Orca Research Trust charity, watched the calf being born. “It was an amazing sight to see the calf pop like a cork out of the water. We had only just refloated the calf’s mother and once the calf was born the cow took it first to the group of whales nearest her, then to the other two. Within 15 minutes she had headed out to sea with the calf and the others had followed her.”

She said that it was likely that the distressed mother had swum into the shallow bay for protection and her pod had followed her.

Read the full article at Times Online

Blue Whale Song Mystery Baffles Scientists

All around the world, blue whales aren’t singing like they used to, and scientists have no idea why.

The largest animals on Earth are singing in ever-deeper voices every year. Among the suggested explanations are ocean noise pollution, changing population dynamics and new mating strategies. But none of them is entirely convincing.

“We don’t have the answer. We just have a lot of recordings,” said Mark McDonald, president of Whale Acoustics, a company that specializes in the sonic monitoring of cetaceans.

McDonald and his collaborators first noticed the change eight years ago, when they kept needing to recalibrate the automated song detectors used to track blue whales off the California coast. The detectors are triggered by songs that match a particular waveform. Every year, McDonald had to set them lower.

Since then, he and Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers Sarah Melnick and John Hildebrand have gathered thousands of blue whale recordings made since the 1960s, spanning populations from the North Atlantic to the South Pacific to the East Indian Ocean. Their analysis, published in October in Endangered Species Research, shows that the songs’ tonal frequency is falling every year by a few fractions of a hertz.

“It’s a fascinating finding,” said John Calombokidis, a blue whale expert at the Cascadia Research Collective. “It’s even more remarkable, given that the songs themselves differ in different oceans. There seem to be these distinct populations, yet they’re all showing this common shift.”

According to McDonald, the first explanation to come to mind involved noise pollution caused by increased shipping traffic. Ambient ocean noise has increased by more than 12 decibels since the mid-20th century. But if whales were trying to be heard above the din, they’d sing at higher rather than lower pitches, said McDonald.

Read the full article at Wired

{December 28, 2009}   Arcturian Keys

Sacred Geometry: Unlock Your Potential with the Keys of the Arcturians

This is one of my favorite meditation tools. Janosh was a Dutch graphic designer uninterested in the new age movement. During the Harmonic Concordance of 2003 he felt the call to take part in the worldwide meditation for piece. Shortly thereafter he started receiving visions of three dimensional designs. Later he found out that these designs were some of the most famous crop circles which are still unexplained. He then started receiving information about the designs and their meanings from beings he identifies as the Arcturians.

The kit contains 33 beautiful cards used for meditation and divination. It includes an 89 page book explaining his story, the basics of sacred geometry and the meaning given to him about each design. Also included is a hardcover journal to record your experiences with the cards and 100 page tracing paper pad to help you connect kinestheticly to the images. The kit also includes a pencil and a 8 track music CD to listen to while contemplating the designs or tracing them.

The combination of multi-color holograms with the codes are called Keys “because they unlock potentials that already exist inside of us”.

Ascension Magick: Ritual, Myth & Healing for the New Aeon

A must have for lightworkers and starseeds. Christopher Penczak explores the basics of the new age ascension movement. This books gives a great foundation for often confusing concepts within this new age spirituality. The book covers ideas and concepts including angels, aliens, ascended masters, merkabah, the rays, channeling, dowsing, DNA, ascension, paradigm shift, human evolution and reincarnation among other things.

This book is well written and easy to read. Penczak draws on his Pagan background to explain and expand on the concepts within the book to a metaphysical audience who may not know anything about these ideas. It is a great beginner guide to anyone who is interested in these topics. This is a very thick book and Christopher does well in dispelling misconceptions about the new age ascension movement while giving an amazing quick reference to explain some difficult to explain ideas.

The baby elephants scream, cry, and struggle as they are stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with bullhooks, and shocked with electric prods.

Pulled to the ground by a web of ropes, a baby elephant learns the hard way how to become a circus performer. In case the youngster doesn’t want to co-operate, a trainer stands by with one of the sharp metal hooks used to manage the animals. The disturbing picture is one of a series taken by a former trainer which campaigners say reveal the brutal reality of how elephants are prepared for circus work. The pictures show them being dragged to the ground by ropes, chained side by side, pinned down by a hook in the back of the neck and checked by cattleprods. Peta – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – say the elephants are also separated from their mothers by force. The photographs are being used to spearhead a campaign to tighten up laws on the use of wild beasts in circuses. The Government here is considering legislation to impose stricter conditions on their care, training and performance, particularly where young are concerned. The pictures were taken in the U.S. by handler Sammy Haddock, who worked for the Ringling Bros’ Barnum and Bailey Circus until 2005. They were taken more than seven years ago – but Peta says such methods are widespread, and ‘effectively amount to the torture of defenseless animals’.

Read the full article and see all the shocking pictures at Mail Online
PETA’s Petition
Patricia Cori’s Petition

{December 25, 2009}   The Dolphin Massacre

The Cove

What does the Japanese government want to keep hidden from the public? Cove is a powerful documentary movie revealing the slaughter of over 20,000 dolphins in Japan every year. Richard O’Barry who found and trained the dolphins who were used to play Flipper on the Flipper TV series explains why he had a change of heart about dolphin captivity after one of his dolphins commited suicide in his arms due to depression from the captivity.

In Taijii Japan they capture dolphins and sell them to amusement parks, exhibits and other “swimming with dolphins” experiences. They also kill dolphins for meat and are giving it to the Japanese school children for free to gain sympathy for their massacres. The level of mercury in dolphin meat is deadly to humans.

O’Barry, feeling responsible for creating this multi-million dollar industry revoling around dolphins decides to do something about it. He enlists a covert team of specialists with different skills to create an illegal mission to gain evidence of what is occuring in Japan.

The documentary had me in tears several times as I’m sure it will for you. It is moving and shocking.

Please Sign The Petition To Stop The Dolphin Slaughter In Japan

{December 18, 2009}   Atlantis Rising?

Previously undiscovered ancient city found on Caribbean sea floor

Researchers have revealed the first images from the Caribbean sea floor of what they believe are the archaeological remains of an ancient civilization. Guarding the location’s coordinates carefully, the project’s leader, who wishes to remain anonymous at this time, says the city could be thousands of years old; possibly even pre-dating the ancient Egyptian pyramids, at Giza.

The site was found using advanced satellite imagery, and is not in any way associated with the alleged site found by Russian explorers near Cuba in 2001, at a depth of 2300 feet. “To be seen on satellite, our site is much shallower.” The team is currently seeking funding to mount an expedition to confirm and explore what appears to be a vast underwater city. “You have to be careful working with satellite images in such a location,” the project’s principle researcher said, “The digital matrix sometimes misinterprets its data, and shows ruins as solid masses. The thing is, we’ve found structure – what appears to be a tall, narrow pyramid; large platform structures with small buildings on them; we’ve even found standing parallel post and beam construction in the rubble of what appears to be a fallen building. You can’t have post and beam without human involvement.”

Read the full article at Herald de Paris

Couple pay another table’s tab, and chain reaction of generosity lasts hours

It played like a scene from a holiday movie — a mystery couple, who didn’t leave their names or numbers, walked into a restaurant, finished their meal and then set off a chain reaction of generosity that lasted for hours.

That’s just what employees at the Aramingo Diner in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia said a man and a woman did during their breakfast shift Saturday morning.

“It was magical. I had tears in my eyes because it never happened before. I’ve been here for 10 years, and I’ve never seen anything like that,” said Lynn Willard, a waitress.

Read the full story at

The Tax & Regulate Cannabis 2010 campaign has just achieved a major victory in its efforts to legalize marijuana for all adults in California — they have gathered the signatures necessary for inclusion on the state’s November ballot.

“This is the next step to sane cannabis policies and the end to the hypocrisy and unjust prohibition of cannabis,” pot entrepreneur Richard Lee told me Monday morning. He is the co-proponent and a major sponsor of the Tax Cannabis initiative and the force — and money — behind Oaksterdam, the successful marijuana-friendly section of Oakland.

This win means that Californians will be the first in the nation to decide whether they believe marijuana ought be taxed and regulated for all adults over 21, much the same way alcohol is.

The drug reform movement’s eyes will be on California next year, because many advocates believe that if the initiative passes, many other states could follow.

Support for marijuana legalization is at an all-time high, with polls ranging from 44 to 52 percent national support. In California, where marijuana has been legalized for medical use since 1996, 56 percent support legalization.

This may be why the campaign’s organizers were able to gather so many signatures — nearly 700,000 — so quickly. Lee tells me the signature-gathering effort was launched only two months before they had achieved that massive number, although legally they were allotted five months to come up with the signatures. Lee collected a couple hundred himself.

Read the full article at Alternet

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