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  1. Organic Consumer does it again. I hope that they are wrong about this, but I very much fear that they are not. Is it just me or has anyone else been thinking Wrath of Gaia during this pandemic? Murder Most Foul: The Perps Behind COVID-19 April 29, 2020 Organic Consumers Association by Ronnie Cummins Health Issues, Politics & Globalization scientists_blue_microscope_test_tube_inspection_1200x630.jpg “I am not saying that China deliberately released this, shooting itself in the foot. But it was clear they were developing an extremely dangerous unknown biological weapon that had never been seen before, and it leaked out of the lab… I personally believe that until our political leaders come clean with the American people, both at the White House and in Congress and our state government, and publicly admit that this is an extremely dangerous offensive biological warfare weapon that we are dealing with, I do not see that we will be able to confront it and to stop it, let alone defeat it.” —Dr. Francis Boyle, International Bioweapons Expert, April 15, 2020 According to Johns Hopkins University, as of today, COVID-19 has infected more than 3 million people and killed at least 210,000 worldwide. Those are big numbers, considering the fact that six short months ago, few members of the general public had ever heard of the coronavirus. And almost no one was harboring fears of a looming and deadly global pandemic. But here we are. As our new reality sinks in, as we adjust to lockdowns and home schooling and long lines at grocery stores, as we look for ways to protect ourselves and our families—and as some grieve for lost loved ones—most of us are also seeking answers. Why does this virus cause so many mysterious symptoms? Why are some cases mild, others deadly? How can we protect ourselves? Whose advice should we follow? But the biggest questions of all are these: Where did COVID-19 come from? And how can we prevent this from ever happening again? The answers to these questions may be too disturbing to ponder, especially while we’re still grappling with the impact of the virus on nearly every aspect of our lives. But our failure to investigate, and directly address, the origins of COVID-19 almost certainly guarantees our failure to protect ourselves from future, possibly even more deadly, pandemics. Science most foul Thousands of dangerous viruses and other pathogens, such as the bat coronavirus and the avian flu, are being collected in the wild by Chinese, U.S. and international researchers. These viruses are then analyzed and weaponized (i.e. genetically engineered, manipulated, recombined) in secretive, accident-prone, labs like the Wuhan Virology Lab in China or the U.S. Army Lab in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Coronaviruses typically have a narrow host range, infecting one or just a few species, such as bats. However, using targeted RNA recombination, gene engineers can manipulate viruses such as COVID-19 for “gain of function” to enable them to infect other species (i.e. human cells), interfere with immune system response and readily spread through the air. A growing arsenal of synthetic viruses have been lab-engineered, despite U.S. and international laws banning biowarfare weapons and experimentation. A disturbing number of these so-called “dual use” Biowarfare/Biodefense labs have experienced leaks, accidents and thefts over the past three decades. As the well-respected Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recently warned: “A safety breach at a Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention lab is believed to have caused four suspected SARS cases, including one death, in Beijing in 2004. A similar accident caused 65 lab workers of Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute to be infected with brucellosis in December 2019 . . . In January 2020, a renowned Chinese scientist, Li Ning, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for selling experimental animals to local markets.” China is hardly the only place to experience such accidents. A USA Today investigation in 2016, for instance, revealed an incident involving cascading equipment failures in a decontamination chamber as U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers tried to leave a biosafety level 4 lab. The lab likely stored samples of the viruses causing Ebola and smallpox, according to the report. In 2014, the CDC revealed that staff had accidently sent live anthrax between laboratories, exposing 84 workers. In an investigation, officials found other mishaps that had occurred in the preceding decade. In 2019, the U.S. Army Fort Detrick, Maryland Biological Weapons Lab was temporarily shut down for improper disposal of dangerous pathogens, according to a New York Times report. Officials refused to provide details about the pathogens or the leak, citing “national security” concerns. As Sam Husseini recently reported in Salon magazine, biowarfare engineers in labs such as Wuhan or Fort Detrick are deliberately and recklessly evading international law: “Governments that participate in such biological weapon research generally distinguish between ‘biowarfare’ and ‘biodefense,’ as if to paint such ‘defense’ programs as necessary. But this is rhetorical sleight-of-hand; the two concepts are largely indistinguishable. ‘Biodefense’ implies tacit biowarfare, breeding more dangerous pathogens for the alleged purpose of finding a way to fight them. While this work appears to have succeeded in creating deadly and infectious agents, including deadlier flu strains, such ‘defense’ research is impotent in its ability to defend us from this pandemic.” Activist critics of genetic engineering and biological warfare experiments, including myself, Dr. Mercola and GM Watch, joined now by independent voices in the mass media, are reporting, albeit in some cases reluctantly, that mounting evidence indicates that the deadly COVID-19 virus may have accidentally leaked out of one of the supposedly high-security biowarfare labs (the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the Chinese Center for Disease Control) that were analyzing and manipulating bat coronaviruses in Wuhan, China. In order to conceal their scientific malpractice and criminal negligence, to protect their “right” to carry out dangerous, unregulated research, and to safeguard billions of dollars in annual Biopharm and GMO industry profits (Monsanto/Bayer, among others, is now conducting its own biowarfare research), Chinese and U.S. officials, Big Pharma, Facebook, Google and an arrogant and unscrupulous network of global scientists are frantically trying to cover up the lab origins and diabolical machinations of the COVID-19 pandemic. A widely-cited paper, published in the journal Nature on February 3, 2020, claims to establish that SARS-CoV-2 is a coronavirus of bat origin that naturally jumped the species barrier between bats and humans and was not synthetically constructed in a lab. However, as Mercola.com reports one of the Chinese authors of this article, Dr. Shi Zhengli from the Wuhan Virology Lab, actually worked previously on weaponizing the SARS virus (the progenitor of COVID-19) and has published peer-reviewed articles on the procedures involved in this genetic manipulation. Another oft-cited but problematic article in Nature Medicine (March 17, 2020), co-authored by a bio-entrepreneur industry scientist, has been repeatedly cited by the mass media as offering “proof” that the COVID-19 virus arose “naturally” as opposed to being lab-derived. But recent critiques offered by independent scientists, including the London-based molecular geneticist Dr. Michael Antoniou, a long-time critic of genetic engineering, argue convincingly that the computer-modeling “proof” cited by Nature Medicine offers no proof at all. As GM Watch reports: “Dr. Antoniou told us that while the authors [of the March 17 Nature Medicine article] did indeed show that SARS-CoV-2 was unlikely to have been built by deliberate genetic engineering from a previously used virus backbone, that’s not the only way of constructing a virus. There is another method by which an enhanced-infectivity virus can be engineered in the lab. . .” Antoniou told GM Watch that this method, called “directed iterative evolutionary selection process,” involves using genetic engineering to generate “a large number of randomly mutated versions of the SARS-CoV spike protein receptor,” and then to select those protein receptors most effective at infecting human cells. As Antoniou points out, the inventors of this technique received the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2018, a fact the authors of the Nature Medicine article surely knew. Did the authors of the Nature Medicine article deliberately leave this more plausible hypothesis out, in order to bolster their questionable thesis that COVID-19 arose naturally—even though biowarfare labs in Wuhan were engineering bat viruses years before the fatal outbreak? If lab technicians in the Wuhan lab did use the directed iterative evolutionary selection process to engineer a “gain of function” (weaponized) bat coronavirus, and the virus subsequently leaked, infected one or more lab technicians, then spread to people outside the lab, including people from the Wuhan Seafood Market, there would be no trace of the virus having been genetically engineered or manipulated. Peer-reviewed, published articles, going back more than a decade, indicate that researchers at the Wuhan Labs (Dr. Shi Zhengli and others) have been carrying out experiments to manipulate and weaponize deadly bat coronavirus so that they can readily infect human cells. In a 2008 article in the Journal of Virology, Zengli and other scientists report on how they have genetically engineered SARS-like viruses from horseshoe bats to enable the viruses to gain entry into human cells. The powers that be, in Beijing and Washington, like to reassure us that researchers in places like the Wuhan Virology Lab, the Wuhan Center for Disease Control, or the U.S. Army Biological Weapons Lab at Fort Detrick, Maryland are only “studying” (not manipulating or weaponizing) dangerous pathogens like bat coronaviruses, and that security in these government/WHO/NIH-monitored labs is so strict that accidents could never happen. But a number of well-respected scientific critics of genetic engineering and biological warfare have been sounding the alarm for decades. Critics including Francis Boyle (author of the 1989 U.S. Bioterrorism law banning bioweapons research) and Dr. Richard Ebright of Rutgers University’s Waksman Institute of Microbiology, have warned that experiments and manipulations of viruses and pathogens are inherently extremely dangerous, (not to mention that they violate international law), given human error and the fact that security has been dangerously lax in the world’s biowarfare/biodefense laboratories. Almost too incredible to believe, funding for the reckless germ war experiments in Wuhan have included more than $3 million from Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a division of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), with apparent collaboration, according to Boyle, from scientists at the universities of North Carolina, Wisconsin, Harvard and other institutions. In 2014, the Obama White House Office of Science and Technology Policy put a hold or “funding pause” on “gain of function” experimentation on dangerous viruses in U.S. labs due to “biosafety and biosecurity risks.” Yet experimentation apparently continued uninterrupted (with U.S. funding) in China at the Wuhan lab. Then in 2017, the Trump Administration reversed this “funding pause,” essentially allowing illegal germ warfare research to continue. Longtime anti-GMO activists at GM Watch in the UK recently published an article entitled “COVID-19 Could Be a Wake-Up Call for Biosafety.” The article explains how, below the public radar, secretive and reckless research on genetically engineering and weaponizing coronaviruses has been going on for decades: “Stuart Newman, professor of cell biology and anatomy at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, editor-in-chief of the journal Biological Theory, and co-author of Biotech Juggernaut, adds crucial historical context that shows exploring whether COVID-19 could have been genetically engineered should not be dismissed as a subject fit only for conspiracy theorists. “[Newman] points out that the genetic engineering of coronaviruses has been going on for a long time. According to Newman, ‘Even most biologists are not aware that virologists have been experimentally recombining and genetically modifying coronaviruses for more than a decade to study their mechanisms of pathogenicity.’ Indeed, Newman points to papers on engineering coronaviruses that go back a full 20 years.” Dr. Peter Breggin points out that in 2015, researchers from the U.S. and China's Wuhan Institute of Virology collaborated to transform an animal coronavirus into one that can attack humans. Breggin’s provocative essay includes a direct link to the original study which was published in the British journal, Nature. Recent investigative reporting, including an explosive April 14 Washington Post article by Josh Rogin, followed by more muted coverage by CBS News, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and others, have alerted millions of people to the fact that the official Chinese/Big Pharma/WHO/NIH “bat in the market” story about the origins of COVID-19 may no longer be credible. As Rogin’s article points out, officials from the U.S. embassy in Beijing visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology numerous times in early 2018, and tried to warn the Trump Administration that there were serious safety violations in the lab’s handling of bat coronaviruses. The officials were especially concerned that inadequately trained staff and lax security procedures at the lab, jointly funded by the Chinese and U.S., posed a serious risk of unleashing a “new SARS-like pandemic.” In fact, in 2004, foreshadowing the current disaster, there were two serious accidents at the high-security Beijing Virology lab, infecting two researchers with the dangerous SARS virus. Ebright, who has been speaking out on lab safety since the early 2000s, said this about the dangerous security procedures at the Wuhan labs: “ . . . bat coronaviruses at Wuhan [Center for Disease Control] and Wuhan Institute of Virology routinely were collected and studied at BSL-2 {Biosecurity Level 2), which provides only minimal protections against infection of lab workers. Virus collection, culture, isolation, or animal infection at BSL-2 with a virus having the transmission characteristics of the outbreak virus would pose substantial risk of infection of a lab worker, and from the lab worker, the public.” Politics most foul The Trump Administration did nothing about the repeated warnings from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing in 2018, concerning the dangerous practices at the at the Wuhan Lab. Nor scientists at the NIH and the World Health Organization (WHO) who were supposedly monitoring the lab’s coronavirus experiments. After the outbreak happened, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) silenced or “disappeared” scientists and journalists who had earlier published research or news articles indicating that the COVID-19 virus leaked from a government lab and infected researchers. As the Canadian journalist Andrew Nikiforuk wrote: “Faced with the coronavirus threat, Chinese authorities, according to comprehensive reports by the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, suppressed whistleblowers, ignored critical evidence and responded so tardily to the outbreak that they moved to compensate for their failures with a draconian lockdown . . .”. Frantically covering their tracks, the CCP removed every scientific article and news report from the internet and public record which contradicted their official story. Aiding and abetting the CCP/Biopharm cover-up were the gatekeepers at Facebook (now heavily invested in Big Pharma), who censored and removed an article by Steve Mosher, published by the NY Post on Feb. 22, which called the official story into question. Facebook finally unblocked the NY Post article after it was revealed that Facebook’s objective “fact checker,” Danielle E. Anderson, was in fact previously a paid researcher at the same Wuhan lab whose lax security so alarmed State Department officials. Trying hard to cover up the fact that they ignored the repeated warnings of the State Department and intelligence officials, the Trump Administration and the entire U.S. Biopharm and Vaccine Establishment are doing their utmost to uphold the official Chinese-scripted story. Especially troubling to the powers that be is the fact that the criminally negligent Wuhan Lab bat experiments were being funded, at least in part, by Dr. Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, along with the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch—even after these types of germ warfare experiments had been banned in the U.S. Commander-in-Chief Trump himself, in between suggesting people might want to ingest or inject some disinfectants for COVID-19 protection, goes back and forth on the “bat in the market” theory, torn between rousing his populist base by denouncing the “Chinese Virus,” and siding with his good friend, and Corporate America’s most important business partner, Xi Jinping, the Chinese Dictator, who just happens to control not only trillions of dollars in U.S. Treasury Bonds and exports, but the medical equipment, Pharma drugs and lab chemicals that are in such short supply in the U.S. Trump also has millions of dollars in real estate loans coming due from Chinese banks next year. In an Instagram post, Robert Kennedy Jr. exposes the complicity of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the supposed “rational voice” of the Trump Administration on COVID-19, in the Wuhan disaster: “The Daily Mail today reports that it has uncovered documents showing that Anthony Fauci’s NIAID gave $3.7 million to scientists at the Wuhan Lab at the center of Coronavirus leak scrutiny. According to the British paper, ‘the federal grant funded experiments on bats from the caves where the virus is believed to have originated.’ Background: following the 2002-2003 SARS coronavirus outbreak, NIH funded a collaboration by Chinese scientists, U.S. military virologists from the bioweapons lab at Ft. Detrick & NIH scientists from NIAID to prevent future coronavirus outbreaks by studying the evolution of virulent strains from bats in human tissues. Those efforts included ‘gain of function’ research that used a process called ‘accelerated evolution’ to create COVID Pandemic superbugs: enhanced bat borne COVID mutants more lethal and more transmissible than wild COVID. Fauci’s studies alarmed scientists around the globe who complained, according a Dec. 2017 NY Times article that ‘these researchers risk creating a monster germ that could escape the lab and seed a pandemic.’ Dr. Mark Lipsitch of the Harvard School of Public Health’s Communicable Disease Center told the Times that Dr. Fauci’s NIAID experiments ‘have given us some modest scientific knowledge and done almost nothing to improve our preparedness for pandemic, and yet risked creating an accidental pandemic.’ In October 2014, following a series of federal laboratory mishaps that narrowly missed releasing these deadly engineered viruses, President Obama ordered the halt to all federal funding for Fauci’s dangerous experiments. It now appears that Dr. Fauci may have dodged the federal restrictions by shifting the research to the military lab in Wuhan. Congress needs to launch an investigation of NIAD’s mischief in China.” Kennedy also calls out two of the other supposed “health experts” on the Trump team, Robert Redfield and Deborah Birx: “Redfield, Birx & Fauci lead the White House #coronavirus task force. In 1992, two military investigators charged Redfield & Birx with engaging in ‘a systematic pattern of data manipulation, inappropriate statistical analyses & misleading data presentation in an apparent attempt to promote the usefulness of the GP160 AIDS vaccine.’ A subsequent Air Force tribunal on Scientific Fraud and Misconduct agreed that Redfield’s ‘misleading or, possibly, deceptive’ information ‘seriously threatens his credibility as a researcher and has the potential to negatively impact AIDS research funding for military institutions as a whole. His allegedly unethical behavior creates false hope and could result in premature deployment of the vaccine.’ The tribunal recommended investigation by a ‘fully independent outside investigative body.’ Dr. Redfield confessed to D.O.D. interrogators and to the tribunal, that his analyses were faulty and deceptive. He agreed to publicly correct them. Afterward, he continued making his false claims at 3 subsequent international HIV conferences, & perjured himself in testimony before Congress, swearing that his vaccine cured HIV. Their gambit worked. Based upon his testimony, Congress appropriated $20 million to the military to support Redfield/Birx’s research project. Public Citizen complained in a 1994 letter to the Congressional Committee’s Henry Waxman that the money caused the Army to kill the investigation & ‘whitewash’ Redfield’s crimes. The fraud propelled Birx & Redfield into stellar careers as health officials. Docs obtained via Tom Paine." Although the Chinese government and most of the U.S. political establishment continue to support the official “bat in the market” story, the majority of Americans, do not. As reported in the UK’s Sunday Times: “According to a Pew Research poll, only 43 percent think the virus came about naturally, while a sizeable 29 percent believe it was made in a laboratory.” Journalism most foul It is frustrating, and indeed alarming, that so few independent journalists, scientists, activists, and public officials have thus far been willing to question the “official story.” For 30 years now, myself and others have warned about the dangers of genetically engineered foods and crops and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in general, including gene-altered bioweapons, gene drives, and the new CRISPR gene-editing technologies. Now it appears that our worst fears have materialized. We need a global public inquiry, led by independent scientists, to gather the evidence on what really happened with COVID-19, followed by an International Biowarfare Crimes Tribunal, so that we can bring the Chinese, U.S. and other perpetrators of this pandemic to justice, and prevent this type of disaster from ever happening again. It’s time to shut down every Biosafety/Biowar lab in the world (including Bayer and Monsanto’s lab) and implement a true global ban on weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), including all atomic, chemical and biological weapons and WMD experimentation. Until we do this, none of us will ever be safe again. The so-called progressive media in America, with a few exceptions, have up until now failed to investigate the real causes of the COVID-19 pandemic, partly out of ignorance of the machinations and arrogant recklessness of the gene engineers and bio-warfare scientists, partly out of fear of appearing to agree with Trump’s racist rantings, or even worse, being branded a “conspiracy theorist” by Establishment Democrats and mass media outlets. And speaking of conspiracies and murder most foul, almost everyone seems to have forgotten about the nationwide panic surrounding the post-9/11 2001 anthrax bioterrorist attacks—used to help justify the invasion of Iraq—against liberal members of the media and the U.S. Congress. Then and now, it was clear that these attacks were carried out not by Arab terrorists, nor a single crazed individual, but by a yet unidentified cabal who engineered and deployed weaponized spores from the U.S. military biowarfare lab at Fort Detrick, Maryland. But perhaps you think we shouldn’t worry so much, since a blockbuster lineup of anti-COVID vaccines are on the way, funded by the Chinese government, Big Pharma and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, likely including some of the same gene engineers who weaponized COVID-19? Never mind that Bill Gates, Monsanto, the Gene Giants and Big Pharma appear quite willing to join up with Facebook and Google to implement a 24/7 totalitarian medical surveillance state, with everyone injected with a mandatory and expensive COVID-19 vaccine, while the world’s dictators, corporate criminals and billionaires hunker down in their underground mansions and bunkers. Never mind that most flu vaccines up until now don’t work that well, especially against constantly mutating viruses like COVID-19, or that they’re routinely laced with aluminum adjuvants and mercury preservatives. Never mind that perhaps our only real defense against biowarfare is to stop eating Big Ag and Big Food’s poison products, and instead strengthen our health and our immune systems, clean up the world’s air, water and environment, shut down factory farms, stop destroying wildlife habitat and pray that herd immunity eventually stops the spread of COVID-19, since so many of us have already been infected, but are asymptomatic. In the meantime, please don’t believe everything you read in the corporate mass media, Facebook or even the progressive press. Stay in touch with and support those of us determined to seek and defend the truth, fight for freedom and justice, and organize for a regenerative future and climate. Don’t forget to eat healthy, organic, regenerative foods, take your immune-boosting supplements, get as much exercise, fresh air and sunshine as possible, wash your hands frequently, stay safe, and stay out of the way of those most vulnerable. Please sign our petition demanding an end to genetic engineering of viruses. Venceremos. We shall overcome. Ronnie Cummins is co-founder of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and Regeneration International, and the author of “Grassroots Rising: A Call to Action on Food, Farming, Climate and a Green New Deal.” To keep up with OCA’s news and alerts, sign up here.
  2. So, eristotle, I am treating magic as a skill you can learn about from the books at your local library much like learning to draw, cooking, gardening, etc. Did my suggestion help in anyway or were you looking for something like the magic in video games?
  3. More happy fun time news from Organic Consumer: Deadly Drugs The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) calls antibiotic resistance “one of the biggest public health challenges of our time.” In the U.S., at least 2 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection every year, and at least 23,000 of those people die, the CDC says. Antibiotic resistance is a global, and worsening, problem. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “some types of bacteria that cause serious infections in humans have already developed resistance to most or all of the available treatments, and there are very few promising options in the research pipeline.” In November 2017, a WHO official said: “A lack of effective antibiotics is as serious a security threat as a sudden and deadly disease outbreak. Strong, sustained action across all sectors is vital if we are to turn back the tide of antimicrobial resistance and keep the world safe." Unfortunately, the tide isn’t turning back. In the U.S., that’s largely because lobbyists for some of the world’s biggest agribusiness corporations have successfully thwarted efforts by Congress to restrict the rampant and reckless use of antibiotics on factory farms. Reckless By 2050, 10 million people could die from drug-resistant diseases every year—that’s more than the number of people who die from cancer each year. By just 2030, antimicrobial-resistance could force up to 24 million people into extreme poverty, and trigger a global economic crisis on a scale comparable to the one last seen in 2008-2009. What’s the biggest driver of this global public health crisis? The reckless use of antibiotics on factory farms Wow. “This one tiny molecule is now gumming up the gears of life, it’s stopping, on so many levels, all normal functions of resilience, and we’re becoming a very unresilient species and damaged species, and we’re dying very quickly. ” - Zach Bush, MD A former cancer researcher, Zach Bush had been taught that cancer was a genetic disease. No more. Bush now believes that we’ve done something to our food and our environment that is causing cancer and other illnesses. That something, he says, is glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller. In this “Farmer’s Footprint” video, Bush explains that glyphosate is killing the microbiome in the soil, and in humans. And because it’s water soluble, it’s destroying our waterways, especially all those connected to the Mississippi River. (Last year, a judge ruled that our lawsuit against Monsanto, for claiming that Roundup weedkiller targets a (plant) enzyme “not found in humans and pets,” could go forward. The case is still working its way through the courts). Bush doesn’t mince words. Glyphosate is killing us, he says. I would put these under Gaia's revenge except that they are self inflicted. I suppose they could come in under Revelation for that: "As a man sows, so shall he reap" thing.
  4. I Just read this lovely little Blog from Organic Consumer Positively Frightening As if industrial factory farms weren’t bad enough, now they’ve brought us something new to worry about: a fungus, described as “deadly” and “mysterious,” that preys on people whose immune systems are already compromised. Last year, Candida auris (C. auris) killed an elderly man who was admitted to the Mount Sinai Hospital in Brooklyn. According to the New York Times: The man at Mount Sinai died after 90 days in the hospital, but C. auris did not. Tests showed it was everywhere in his room, so invasive that the hospital needed special cleaning equipment and had to rip out some of the ceiling and floor tiles to eradicate it. Dr. Scott Lorin, the hospital’s president told the Times: “Everything was positive — the walls, the bed, the doors, the curtains, the phones, the sink, the whiteboard, the poles, the pump. The mattress, the bed rails, the canister holes, the window shades, the ceiling, everything in the room was positive.” C. auris is one of dozens of dangerous bacteria and fungi that have developed resistance. Similar to how antibiotics are overused in livestock, scientists believe that overapplication of fungicides to prevent food crops from rotting may be contributing to drug-resistant fungi.
  5. Just finished reading "The Next Species: The Future of Evolution in the Aftermath of Man" by Michael Tennesen. One of the topics he mentions is Pleistocene rewilding; the use of megafauna proxies from other continents to fill the roles left vacant by the loss of our native Pleistocene megafauna. Elephants to fill the vacancies left by mammoths and mastodons for example, lions and cheetahs for the native subspecies lost at the end of the last ice age. He didn't say anything about artificial wombs but with advances in technology it might be possible to bring back some species directly instead of using substitutes. He did mention global warming, antibiotic resistant diseases, rising sea levels, soil depletion, shifting weather patterns, and contaminated water but failed to mention salt water encroachment. The next two decades should be unpleasantly surprising and problematic for human survival. The book came out in 2015 before the antivaccination cult got people to stop vaccinating their kids against measles so he didn't mention that either. I saw in the morning paper how measles infections are increasing. I don't have a scientific calculator to do logarithms on but I believe it is a logarithmic progression. I think we had about 5000 die during the influenza epidemic and I guess that we will reach 5000 measles infections before people realize that the disease is more dangerous than the vaccine. So, collapse of ice sheets raise sea levels one or two feet killing tens of thousands and dislocating millions. Drought, soil depletion, and salt water encroachment lead to crop failure resulting in famine. Predator loss leads to the spread of disease carrying vermin, along with antibiotic resistant disease, and decreased sanitation resulting in epidemic outbreaks of disease. Also we can expect fighting over access to drinkable water.
  6. Okay, as long as I'm drawing on board games for inspiration I remember Candy Land having a place called the molasses swamp and Hi Ho Cherry Oh! having spot called the cherry pit fall. I'm going to put them both in Washington DC. Back to Laurel and Hardy, I remember them playing Ollie Dee and Stanie Dum in Babes in Toyland. I've read the play and vaguely remember the Disney Movie. I think the Laurel and Hardy version is the best. As I recall Old King Cole was the king of Toyland. Barnaby the villain of the story leads the Bogeymen in attacking Toyland. I'm going to make Pocahontas State Park into Bogey woods the home of the Bogeymen. Barnaby > Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows; Barnaby is the vampire lord of the bogeymen. If I decide to let Bo Peep and Little Boy Blue keep on human trafficking it will be to supply Barnaby with human blood and the bogeymen with human flesh so they don't reattack the town. I'm currently playing Ni no Kuni II. I like the name Ding Dong Dell so I think I'll make that my home town. I like the idea of a Grimalkin (cat person) king. In the first Ni No Kuni a mouse named Hickory Dickory steels something; I don't remember what. I'm going to have Hickory Dickory Clock; a mouse person who dresses up like the Clock King in Batman the animated series, kidnap the infant Prince Evan. I'll give the Grimalkin king of Ding Dong Dell the name Leon and give him that sword-pistol that Leon in Kingdom Hearts uses. Between my home town and Kings Dominion is the city of Richmond. I once dreamed that the fan district was being overlaid by the MMO Free Realm. I'll make that part of the city stable and name it Cary Town. The rest of the city can fade in and out of existence. I like the anime series Restaurant to Another World so I'll have restaurant row on Grace Street appear every Saturday. I'll make Virginia Commonwealth University a School of Magic and rename is Cabell University after William Branch Cabell. I'll also only let it appear from the waxing half moon until the full moon. I'm combining the title characters from the movie Firestarter and Carrie with temperance leader Carrie Nation to create Sister Cary the fire witch who used fire and hatchet to defeat the bogeymen and found Cary Town. Kingdom Hearts III has the Gumiphone and I enjoyed the anime "In Another World with my Cell Phone." I'll let people keep their cell phones but I will require that they get a special transducer that lets them convert manna into electricity in order to recharge the phone. I like the save point stones in Ni No Kuni II. When I was in college I saw a book entitled "Gods of Myth and Stone". It was about phallic stones in Japan usually carved with images of Saruta-hiko; the field path god, and Uzume: the goddess of dancing. In the Bible after Jacob has his dream about angels going up and down a ladder to Heaven he turns the stone he used as a pillow upright and pours oil over it. I'm going keep the phallic image with Saruta-hiko and Uzume, and call them Jacob stones. Players can heal themselves, and recharge their cell phones at these stones but they have to give the stone a drink first. Beer, wine, cider, milk or soda are all fine but it can't be water. I remember reading in Mother Earth News about kefir which is fermented cow or goat milk. I'm making it so that every Earth day someone has to give the Jacob stone an offering of kefir or the stone dies and looses it's power to heal. I'm naming Charlottesville after Charlotte the Harlot; that's an Iron Maiden song by the way, the mistress of Old King Cole's father. Between King's dominion and Arlington is Fredericksburg. I never saw it but I remember reading about an episode of Harvey Birdman in which Fred Flintstone is a mobster. That doesn't work for me, but I can make him a brewer and tavernkeeper noted for his fruit and barley ales. When the local water supply became tainted with cholera and dysentery Frederick Flintstone's ales gave the people something safe to drink. Thus the people named the town after him. I think this gives me a good framework for hanging stories on.
  7. In Grimm we are dealing with fairy tails and nursery rhymes to start with. For me this brings to mind Theme Parks. The nearest theme parks to me that I am aware of are Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Kings Dominion obviously is the seat of high king Humpty Dumpty. Busch Gardens > bush > hedge > thorn hedge > sleeping beauty. Busch Gardens and Williamsburg are surrounded by a hedge of narcotic thorns that put people to sleep with their toxic sap. Sleeping Beauty reminds me of the Disney movie with Maleficent and Shrek. Shrek lives in a swamp. South of Williamsburg is the Great Dismal Swamp. Shrek is lord of the Great Dismal Swamp. Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty and the Kingdom Hearts games is kind of two dimensional though I will give her Pete as a loyal thug. In the movie Maleficent she has motivation: the king has dumped her for another woman and stolen her wings. We watch Maury Povich in the break room at work so lets up the ante and make Maleficent the mother of the king's first born child. Who's Maleficent's son? I'm going to make him Yazora from the Verum Rex commercial in Kingdom Hearts 3, the one who looks a lot like Riku. That would explain Maleficent's interest in Riku, he reminds her of her son. Who was the king who got Maleficent pregnant and dumped her for another woman? Old King Cole that's who. "Old King Cole was a merry old soul and a merry old soul was he. He called for his pipe and he called for his bowl and he called for his fiddlers three. And every fiddler had a very fine fiddle and a very fine fiddle had he. Tweedle Dum, Tweedle Dee went the fiddlers three tweedle dum dee deedle deedle dee." This verse reminds me of the video game Aerea in which your game avatar is a musician Knight who fights with a musical instrument. I've read several tales in which musicians are taken to elfland supposedly to play for a party, frequently they are no talent musicians who only know one song. When they return to the mortal world they know many songs no one has heard before. Perhaps the "party" is just a glamour cast on them so they won't remember fighting with music. Old King Cole was the king overthrown by Humpty Dumpty, perhaps with the help of the fiddler knights Tweedle dum and Tweedle Dee. I'm going to make Old King Cole a prisoner in a foreign land like King Richard the 3rd. and I'll name the third fiddle knight Blondel after the troubadour that eventually found King Richard. Sleeping beauty is the daughter of King Cole and his wife. I will keep the name Fiona from Shrek and I think I'll make her the oldest of three sisters. I'll name the middle sister Cordelia and make her the duchess of Charlottesville. I'll make the youngest sister Elaine the duchess of Arlington. North of Williamsburg is Virginia Beach. A guy who lived there once told me that during spring high tides sea water backs up into the sewers and floods the streets. Locals he said know to park on higher ground those days to prevent water damage to their cars and too watch out for jellyfish. That story reminded me of the drowned city of Ys. I know there are like 8 or 9 video games with Ys in there title but I haven't played any of them so I can't draw on them for inspiration. I can't remember if it was DC comics or Marvel comics but I think one of them made Morgan Le Fae the queen of Ys. I'm going to make Virginia Beach the Kingdom of Ys and Morgana the enchantress it's queen and the wife of king Cole. In addition to the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty also appears in one of the Alice books. Though I can't remember if it was Alice in Wonderland or Alice through the Looking Glass. I also remember a Humphry Dumpler character in Beware the Batman but I don't remember anything I can use for the cracked king. I've never played any of the Batman or Arkham video games so I don't know if Humphry Dumpler is in them or not. When I was an Ebay manager we sold some American McGee Alice figurines. I remember that the Cheshire cat had been skinned, Alice was holding a bloodstained knife, and that one of the Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee figures was fat while the other was thin. I'm making Alice the personal assassin in the service of the Cracked King. The Dee and Dum figures remind me of both Laurel and Hardy and the Fat Man and Little boy atomic bombs dropped on Japan. I'm making the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan the time when Humpty Dumpty took over as High King from Old King Cole. The other characters I remember from Alice in Wonderland are The Mad Hatter, The March Hare and The Queen of Hearts. I know DC comics has a Mad Hatter character. I remember him from the old Batman TV series starring Adam West and Batman the animated series. I can't think of anything to do with him. The March Hare reminds me of the Bunnyman, a lunatic who dresses up as the Easter Bunny and attacks people with an axe. I remember seeing him on the cover of the Weird America Board Game. The Queen of Hearts reminds me of Princess Diane. I think there is a Heart Kingdom in the manga and anime Black Clover. When I was little and went to visit my grandparents in Charlotte, North Carolina there were signs with hearts on them saying Charlotte Queen of the South. I'm going to make Charlotte the capital of the Heart Kingdom. I remember when Wonder woman was known as Diana Prince. I'll give Diane Queen of Hearts the lasso of truth. There's more but it's getting late and I need to go to bed. I've got to work in the morning.
  8. I think I may have stupidly sold my copy to 2nd & Charles. I can't find it anywhere.
  9. How about the TV shows Gravity Falls, and Star vs. the Forces of Evil? In addition to Gravity Falls itself check out the AU's Monster Falls, Reverse Falls, and Reunion Falls on Bing Images and YouTube.
  10. Christians have always believed in magic. Church officials and those aspiring to control Christians have repeatedly tried to limit access to magic and since the 1970's have frequently joined with secular humanists in trying to convince the public that magic is either a hoax or doesn't exist at all, but the vast majority of Christians have always known that it exists.
  11. Check your local library for Mesoamerican Mythology. In particular look for a book titled "The Flayed God." You will probably find more in a college or University library if you have access to one.
  12. I've read that 17% of the population is psychically active. So if you or any of your fellow players have one of the many how to develop your ESP books give them a try. You'll be just as successful in game as you are out game. ESP is kind of generic though and I believe I have once read someone calling it secular humanist magic, so expect some pressure to conform to whatever scenario you are facing. Gaia's Revenge: Herbal magic, Green Magic, Wicca. If you or your fellow player's have any of these books in your collection give yourselves a one die bonus. If one of you has actually practiced any of this for three years or more that person gets a two die bonus. Return of Quetzalcoatl: Mexican Folk Magic, Aztec Witches, Mayan Code. Mayan Oracle. If you or your fellow players have any of these books in your collection give yourselves a one die bonus. If one of you has actually practiced any of this for three years or more that person gets a two die bonus. Ragnarok: Runes, Norse Magic, Rites of Odin. Lots of stuff available for this one. If you or your fellow players have any of these books in your collection give yourselves a one die bonus. If one of you has actually been practicing any of this for the past three years or more that person gets a two die bonus. Revelation: Hoodoo, Conjure, American Folk Magic, Pennsylvania Dutch Powwow, Novenas, Coptic Magic, Psalm Workbook, Traditional Witchcraft. There is actually quite a bit of Christian folk magic out there. If you or your fellow players have any of these books in your collection give yourselves a one die bonus. If one of you has actually practiced any of this for three years or more that person gets a two die bonus. That is not Dead: I've seen at least three versions of the Necronomicon out there and I would include anything on Chaos magic as well. If you or any of your fellow players have any of these books in your collection give yourselves a one die bonus. If one of you has actually been practicing any of this for the past three years or more that person gets a two die bonus. The one die bonus for the group is because communities survive while individuals die, but to keep the bonus you have to practice the magic from the books in game. If three game sessions go by without using the magic you loose the bonus.
  13. A 33% loss in population in one year's time should collapse any government. An 805 loss over seven years should give plenty of time to adapt. My problem with the Gaia's revenge scenario was that I couldn't reconcile it with any mythology until it suddenly occurred to me to link it to Wicca. I've made several assumptions that may work for others: 1. If it reproduces it's alive and under Gaia's influence, this includes both computer viruses and nanites. 2. God; or the gods, tries to communicate with us through our dreams. 3. Gaia's goal is to reduce the human population by 80% to 90%, induce behavioral changes that support sustainability, and institute biological controls that will prevent the human population from ever again exceeding 2.5 billion. 4. Gaia already has access to cyberspace through computer viruses and will have complete control over cyberspace within 3 to 5 years. Below is a general outline for year one of a seven year Gaia's revenge. If it reads like your playing Harvest Moon End of Days, jump on that analogy and see if you can make it work for your. You will of course want to change the state and local news to reflect your area. I recommend using a pendulum to access whatever you subconscious mind has put together from disaster films, animal attack videos, your life experiences and whatever you know about Witchcraft and Homesteading. In the unlikely event that your group is comfortable with a Ouija board you could use that to outline the course of events instead. Yo will notice that I make frequent business references. I am a firm believer in the idea that the end of the world will be somebody's business opportunity. If you are wondering about the fundamentalist vs. transhumanism dynamic, I got that from the book "Forbidden Gates" by Thomas R. Horn. Check your local library, you may find more by the same author. You can look for transhumanism in the index of any of his books and probably find something. Christian Wicca is a real thing. I looked up Ram of God on google images just to see if it already exists and turned up the cover of "Christian Wicca the Trinitarian Tradition" by Nancy Chandler Pittman. I looked that up on Barnes and Noble and I got two other titles along with it. Wrath of the Gods Gaia's Revenge Year 1 March: World News ~ Mt. Tambora in Indonesia erupts. Ice sheet collapse in Antarctica raises sea level 1 foot. Massive flooding in Bangladesh, Indian army shoots Bangladesh refugees trying to flee the flooding. National News ~ Blizzard dumps between 12" and 18" of snow from Maine to Washington DC and west to Ohio. 4.8 earthquake in downtown Los Angeles. Tornado swarm across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. State News ~ Forest fire in the Great Dismal Swamp. Mosquito borne yellow fever, DDT spraying has no effect on mosquitos but laborers working with the pesticide seem especially vulnerable. Early movement of black bears reported across the state. Local News ~ Bear attacks school bus in the west end. Hail storm drops 3" of pea sized hail, fruit trees loose 70% of their blossoms. Sewer explosion knocks out power in the east end. April: World News ~ 5.2 earthquake hits Kabul Afghanistan, government collapses. Surviving U.S. troops evacuated from Afghanistan, no more U.S. presence in the country. Late freeze in Europe, north sea covered in ice, canals in Venice freeze over. National News ~ Eruption of Mt. Rainier sends a mud flow through Seattle. Category 4 Hurricane slams islands of the Caribbean, Florida and Georgia. Category 5 Hurricane slams into Texas west of Galveston. State News ~ Spring rains and rising sea levels bring flooding to Hampton Roads, Newport News and Virginia Beach. Fire goes out in Great Dismal Swamp. Yellow fever mutates producing an air borne strain. Local News ~ Severe thunderstorms knock out power in many neighborhoods, downed trees and branches make driving difficult. Morel mushrooms sprout under every birch tree, local newspapers carry recipes. Office gossip: passion fruit with mango and ground ginger helps speed recovery from yellow fever. May: World News ~ Eruption of Mt. Tambora ends. Blizzard conditions hit South African Coast. Category 5 hurricane devastates the South China Sea. National News ~ 4.8 earthquake hits Oklahoma oilfields. Category 5 hurricane hits North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. Late season ice storm hits New England and upstate New York. State News ~ Tornadoes hit Charlottesville, Alexandria and Lynchburg. Feral pig population explodes, people advised not to go outside in groups smaller than 4, all road crews have at least one person armed with an automatic rifle to protect the crew from pig attacks. Prices for suburban and small town homes drop to a ten year low. Local News ~ High winds and heavy rain knock out power for most of the area, some places take 9 days to get back power. Measles epidemic among school age children and in retirement homes. Break room gossip: plant your own carrots the California carrot crop has been devastated by the weather and prices are going to soar. June: world News ~ 4.7 earthquake hits Waziristan region of Pakistan. Three day blizzard in Chile and Argentina. Russian and Ukrainian forces stop fighting each other to putout wild fires in order to avoid burning to death. National News ~ Yellow fever epidemic spreads from Virginia and North Carolina throughout the eastern seaboard and gulf coast. Category 4 hurricane strikes on the Texas-Mexican border, massive flooding along the Rio Grande. Everyone who owns a book on Wicca or Witchcraft dreams of participating in Wiccan rituals, those who act out the dream receive a bonus die to their positive dice pool until the Autumnal equinox, those who do not act out the dream get two die in their negative dice pool until the Autumnal equinox. State News ~ Dash cam shows a state trooper and the motorist he's pulled over being mauled by a bear. GMO corn ruined by jelly fungus, farmers growing heirloom varieties of corn suffer no damage. Killer heat wave as temperatures climb above 108 degrees. Local News ~ Sounder of wild pigs gets through the fence around an elementary school, students and teachers attacked, animal control officer killed. Realtors and banks send brochures to apartment dwellers asking if they are interested in home ownership. Thunderstorms bring lightning and wind damage but no rain. July: World News ~ Prions released by GMO soybeans infect farm workers, the disease known as Monsanto fever soon becomes a global pandemic, 1 in 6 people world wide infected, 1 out of 4 infected survive, all CEO's and board members of Monsanto corporation who have served within the past 20 years are arrested and turned over to the world court for trial and execution for crimes against humanity, no amount of "campaign contributions" will buy them immunity. 4.6 earthquake hits China, the three gorges dam breaks two days later during an aftershock. Blizzard conditions in Tasmania and Melbourne Australia. National News ~ Geriatric measles spreads throughout the country affecting those over 65, 1 out of 4 survives, Japan and Italy quarantine anyone coming from the United States. Category 5 Hurricane slams into Florida before crossing the Gulf to hit Mobile Alabama. Unexpected snows in the mountains of Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico. State News ~ Killer heat wave returns as temperatures again climb to 108 degrees, massive price gouging by the power companies. Caribbean Ghost Crabs found in coastal plain streams and culverts. Poison ivy, trumpet vine, and Virginia creeper all grow one meter a day. Local News ~ VCU art student paints "Ram of God" which depicts Christ risen from the tomb with ram horns growing from his head, proceeds from T-shirt sales of the painting are enough to pay for both tuition and textbooks for the fall semester. Neighbors and co-workers with vegetable gardens all report good harvests. Most neighborhoods have organized patrols of teenagers and adults to defend the neighborhood from marauding animals. August: World News ~ Monsanto fever survivors can absorb chloroplasts from raw vegetables and transfer them too their skin, fundamentalist leaders denounce these "greenies" as transhumanist abominations and call for their deaths, "greenies" and their families fight back. Belgian flu outbreak, no vaccine available for this strain, drugstore riots as people fight over Tamiflu and Theraflu, 1 out of 20 people world wide dies of the flu during the next year. Meltwater from Greenland raises ocean levels 5 feet. Killer heatwave in India, Pakistan and Myanmar. National News ~ Books on herbal remedies fly off the shelves as people prepare to self medicate, sales of "Powwows; or the long lost friend" also very popular. Swarm of grasshoppers denudes Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma, swarm mostly dies out when five tornadoes touch down in Oklahoma city. Loss of migrant workers to Monsanto fever along with poor weather conditions in California make fresh vegetables 3 times more expensive than they were a year ago, home gardening now seen as a survival skill rather than a hobby. State News ~ 3.2 earthquake knocks North Anna Nuclear power plant offline. Lowes and Home Depot offer household wind and solar kits along with free installation as households feel the pinch of rising electrical bills. Those who have a book on Wicca or Witchcraft dream of participating in Wiccan rituals, those who act out the dream add a die to their positive dice pool until the winter solstice, those who fail to act on the dream add 2 dice to their negative dice pool until the winter solstice. Local News ~ Out of state relatives; first cousins, second cousins, maybe some of each, ask homeowners to foster some of their children while they wrestle with their insurance company over money for home repair even if they haven't communicated in decades. Parks and recreation offers a class in raising backyard chickens, Southern States and local farmers markets offer chickens for sale. Area home owners dream of harvesting winter vegetables, local newspapers carry articles on fall and winter gardening. September: World News ~ Another Category 5 hurricane in the South China Sea, China's artificial islands are indefensible due to climate change. Blizzard conditions cover all of New Zealand. Meltdown at a French nuclear facility more like Three mile Island than Chernobyl. National News ~ Category 5 hurricane hits Florida and travels up the east coast to long Island before turning out to sea. Series of thunderstorms moving across Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska produce orange sized hailstones. Nanotech research labs report the development of nanotech-fungus symbionts, these cyber-fungi are used to clean up oil spills on the Gulf coast. State News ~ Climate refugees from coastal areas move into township resettlements, 80 acre mixed use towns surrounded by moat and palisade, all of which are built west of highway 1 in anticipation of continued sea rise. Fires in Virginia Beach, Newport News, and Hampton Roads are left to burn as high tide usually puts them out. Navel operations in Norfolk hampered by congressional interference and uncertainty over how much climate change needs to be prepared for. Local News ~ Lowes, Home Depot and Southern States give workshops on building and using cold frames. Wiccan neighbors practice their faith outdoors in their own backyards, people starting to talk to each other about what works spiritually with their friends, neighbors and co-workers. White tail bucks in rut attacking humans. October: World News ~ 4.8 Earthquake hits the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Mt. Erebus in Antarctica erupts. Shadow virus infects computer games world wide, named for "Shadow of Mordor" the virus lets monsters and NPC's learn and adapt from experience interacting with other NPC's, monsters and avatars. National News ~ Mt. Rainier stops erupting. Yellow fever epidemic subsides. A category 5 hurricane hits New Orleans and moves up the Mississippi river until it reaches Minneapolis-St. Paul where it stalls until hit by an arctic front from the northwest. State News ~ Early snowfall reaches as far south as interstate 64. Small towns and some neighborhoods adopt the moat and palisade defenses of the refugee towns. Video of a bear climbing over a wall reminds everyone that; yes, bears can climb and they need to organize a neighborhood watch to man the walls. Local News ~ Parks and recreation offers a class on pickling and preserving. Richmond port authority does steady business 24/7. Wild geese behave aggressively towards cats, small dogs and people. November: World News ~ North Korea declares was on South Korea and Japan, a nuclear missile explodes over the Aleutian islands creating an EM pulse that knocks out electricity in Alaska, British Columbia, Eastern Siberia, and Manchuria. China disavows North Korean idiocy and does a profitable business selling arms and supplies to Russia, South Korea, and Japan. Epidemic of geriatric measles fades away. Rising sea levels and storm damage have rendered many ocean ports unusable, cargo dirigibles are now economically viable. National News ~ Two Hurricanes hit the United States a category 5 hits Myrtle Beach South Carolina and travels up the coast to New Jersey, a category 4 passes between Florida and Cuba before turning north to hit the Texas-Louisiana border. Blizzard from Maine to the Appomattox river and west to St. Louise. Free Realm video game reboots itself from the undernet, social media users have to quest to use their accounts, access is site specific meaning that where you in the physical world changes your avatar's location when you access cyber space. State News ~ Bears seek shelter for the winter. Blue-maple Oaks sprout in a ten mile radius around the North Anna and Surry Nuclear power plants, these cybernetic oak trees have a maple like leaf and blue bark and they give off a Wi-Fi signal, the leaves are thick and waxy like holly leaves. The governor and the speaker of the house of delegates give a joint press conference where they talk about Virginians pulling together for a common good, journalists and political junkies have a panic attack the rest of the state is not impressed. Local News ~ Building contractors offer good deals on root/storm cellars. Area gays are pressured to take up pottery, weaving of both. Lesbians are pressured to go fishing. December: World News ~ Icelandic volcano erupts disrupting air travel in northern Europe. Wiccans/witches in the northern hemisphere dream of wassailing the fruit trees; this consists of offering a slice of fruit cake to the largest/oldest tree in an orchard and pouring a libation of cider while singing, those who act out the dream are blessed with a good crop of fruit and nuts, those who dream and do not act out see their crop wither to blight and insects. Electric jasmine appears in temperate forests around the world within a ten mile radius of electric power plants, these cyber vines give off a faint but noticeable electric current and attach themselves to power and phone lines. National News ~ An article in Psychology Today reveals that scientists working in biotech and nanotechnology fields have been visited in their dreams by a green hermaphrodite calling itself Gaius-Gaia who makes suggestions for their research. Fundamentalist ministers call for the death of biotech and nanotech researchers the same way they called for the death of abortion doctors, a few gun battles take place at research labs and Universities around the country. Swarm of tornadoes moves across Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. State News ~ Wintry mix of sleet, snow and freezing rain brings down most power lines across the state. Almost all remaining homes have installed the wind and solar power kits, sales of wood burning stoves increasing. Christian Wiccans across the state get dreams telling them to celebrate Christmas in March, those who act out their dreams are blessed with good planting weather and abundant spring crops, those who do not suffer mildew and insect problems. Local News ~ Home owners a boy comes to your front door and offers you a ferret, households that do not have a cat or ferret will have mouse problems and loose part of their food supplies. Outbreak of antibiotic resistant tuberculosis, one out of four infected, one out of eight infected survives. Neighborhood patrol saves a utility crew from an attacking boar, one utility worker is killed, two utility workers and three members of the patrol are injured. January: World News ~ Monsanto fever starts to decline. Melt water from Antarctica raises sea levels another foot. Cyber-fungi appear on platform game systems and computer hard drives, they give off a Wi-Fi signal. National News ~ Blizzard covers the U.S. east of the cascade and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges and west of the Mississippi river, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, blow their snow removal budgets cleaning up after this one storm. Coywolves kill a postal worker in Pennsylvania. Monitor lizards spread from Florida into Georgia and Alabama. State News ~ Tuberculosis spreads across the state. Sleet and freezing rain hit the state two weeks in a row. Blue-maple Oaks start to bloom, allergy sufferers are less responsive to treatments. Local News ~ Neighborhoods without a moat and palisade are abandoned for more secure areas. Dead from flu and tuberculosis are stacked outdoors on the frozen ground their bodies eaten by pigs, vultures, crows and feral dogs. Heavy snows delay delivery to grocery stores, households without root sellers and cold frames experience food shortage. February: World News ~ Heavy snows hamper fighting in Korea, war mostly put on hold for the month. Human access to the internet disappears for most of the month, research facilities studying virtual life forms know that something is going on but they can't observe or interfere in any way. With most coastal refineries underwater and many ports either underwater or storm damaged oil shipments are down 78% from a year ago. National News ~ Antibiotic resistant tuberculosis spreads throughout the country, Canada and Mexico seal their borders threatening to shoot anyone coming from the United States, the rest of the world denies landing to all ships and planes coming from the United States. Blizzard covers the eastern part of the country as far south as the southern borders of Tennessee and South Carolina. Bioluminescent prickly pear cactus trees appear across the southwest, these plants give off a Wi-Fi signal. State News ~ Auto mechanics offer deals on converting cars from gas burning to wood burning, plenty of wood chips available. Offended by their dead friends and relatives being eaten by dogs and pigs Appalachian communities build towers of silence for the dead to be eaten by birds alone. State offers unrestrained planting of hemp and tries to market weaving as a "traditional" practice for gay men. Area News ~ Packs of feral dogs are as much a problem as wild pigs for those outside of townships, rest stops are fenced, gated, and patrolled. Bread shortages promote the search for alternative grains, recipes for acorn bread appear in local newspapers, potato flour is the favorite alternative. Foragers from townships where Wiccans are an open and accepted part of the religious community find persimmons, sugarberry and wintergreen even if they are certain no such plants existed in the area previously, townships without Wiccans do not share in the bounty, townships where Wiccans are persecuted or have been driven out suffer a 20% loss of food supplies due to spoilage.
  14. Movies from 2016: Jungle Book, Huntsman Winter War, and Kubo and the Two Strings. For books I'ld like to recommend "Darkthunder's Way" by Tom Deitz. In this one a group of teenage boys from Georgia take on Uktena the horned serpent ftom Cherokee Myth and Legend. I've just come to the forums from End of the World: Wrath of the Gods. How about the players playing themselves, but forced back into their nine year old bodies by whatever manipulator sends them to the world of Grimm? Darkthunder's Way even provides a manipulator in the form of Tsistu the rabbit, you can have him change into Bugs Bunny if you like. If your old enough to remember the cartoon with Bugs Bunny and Witch Hazel you can have Bugs mess up the transformation a few times before getting it right. If you don't mind new age stuff I recommend "Power Within the Land" by R. J. Stewart, especially the technique on page 28 for entering into Fairy Tales.
  15. I read in an issue of "The Futurist" an article by Ray Kuzweil of the "Singularity" in which he says "The Singularity is a future period during which the pace of technological change will be so fast and far-reaching that human existance on this planet will be irreversibly altered. ...This merger of man and machine, coupled with the sudden explosion in machine intelligence and rapid innovation in gene research and nanotechnology, will result in a world where there is no distiction between the biological and the mechanical, or between physical and virtual reality." This has always seemed like an RPG video game turned inside out. Is the Singularity one of the scenarios in End of the World: Rise of the Machine or is Virtual becomes Real a potential subject for another End of the World book?
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