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So I finally did it, I’m transferring my main domain www.surfingthetao.com to a WordPress site/blog. I’m still tweaking it but it’s already up and going. If you have a link here or subscribe to this feed you might consider switching to my main domain. I’ll keep this one up for awhile to redirect. ;)

A Closer Look at the 2012 Phenomenon

Aloha all, here is a link to my interview with Occult of Personality.

Hawaiian Bees are Missing Too

Regarding my post yesterday on our neighborhood bees, I just spoke with my neighbor and got an update.   Although the beehive in their yard is still buzzing away (behaving strangely, though, he said they are circling in unusual ways for some reason), they have 60 other hives up north on the island, and are confused as to why 20 of them are suddenly gone, just in the past couple of months.  Nothing’s left, he said, no queen, nothing; just the cockroaches.  He didn’t actually realize it was happening all over the world and I think he was a little stunned.  He promises to talk to other island beekeepers to see if it’s happening to anyone else. 

Scary.

 

Missing the Bees

I live in Hawaii in a relatively rural place so we are used to seeing things like wild turkeys wandering around our neighborhood.  Yesterday a wild goat scampered across the street in front of my car to join its family on the other side.  The Big Island has wild pigs, cattle, goats, horses, mongoose, parrots and even donkeys.  (Not to digress, but Hawaii even has its own Bigfoot myths – two of my family members have personal stories about that.)  In suburban neighborhoods it’s not unusual for people to keep chickens or goats; the best eggs I ever had were from a friend’s backyard.  In fact the people across the street from us keep a goat as a lawnmower and have a beehive. 

They’ve given us some honey before; it’s wonderful.  I used to have a patch of mint that flowered and the bees just took over my garden.  One time a few months ago they swarmed, coming right up our driveway next to our porch.  We all ran inside, including the dogs, at a loss as to what might have upset them.

In the evenings lately I’ve noticed there is always one lone and angry bee buzzing around our porch light rather frantically, as if it’s bound and determined to go somewhere.  With all the talk about the bees disappearing lately, I always hope it will find its way home.

The bee apocalypse is hot news right now – truly a sign of the times.  So far no one is sure what’s going on – a virus, genetically modified crops, insecticides or maybe the effect of an increase in UV radiation which bees use to navigate.  People are quoting Einstein as having said, “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”

 

Next time I see my neighbor I will ask about the bees.  It’s important to know if they are still around, and we would miss them very much indeed if they weren’t.

 

 

Blogging

A little off the subject for me today, but my brain is full of RSS feeds and tagging and widgets.  Blogging is a rapidly growing and changing world!  At least for my generation – hey, I grew up with Pong, I have a lot to learn!  As a self-published author I’ve done most of my marketing online so I’m constantly searching for more places to put my stuff.  Thanks to my smart and wonderful stepdaughters, I’ve entered the world of blogging and social networking sites.  It’s been a great way to keep myself involved in the topics that interest me, and to find other like-minded people.  Here’s to all the people that work hard coming up with new gadgets, designs and ideas.  I look forward to more.

 

However this rapid advancement can also mean that you can do something on one site that you can’t do yet on another.  Frustration at Blogger led me to WordPress and I’m happy to find some things are easier there; on the other hand, since I’m not into CSS yet (hey, I can find HTML code now and know where to put it, that’s saying a lot for me!) I went back and decided I liked some of the things about Blogger too.  Maybe I’ll just keep them both for awhile and see which one works out to be better.  I’m still learning and I like the different options and people on all of them.  But between my pages on Blogger, WordPress, Myspace, Zaadz, Vox, Tribe; even experimented with Freewebs just because I could; and now there’s stuff like tag clouds, del.icio.us, Digg it, Technorati, Open ID, and the various feed readers – as a neophyte it can be difficult to absorb it all.  But – also a lot of fun.  Here’s to surfing, dudes!

2012 Hype?

USA Today recently published an article about the recent flurry of speculation surrounding December 21, 2012, which is the date the Mayan “Long Count” calendar is set to end. Many people believe it will be the ‘end of the world’, while others scoff at this notion. Some say it’s just the end of a cycle; others predict a change of consciousness, and see it as a positive change. Still others expect catastrophe. What’s interesting, notes USA Today, is that “Part of the 2012 mystique stems from the stars. On the winter solstice in 2012, the sun will be aligned with the center of the Milky Way for the first time in about 26,000 years. This means that ‘whatever energy typically streams to Earth from the center of the Milky Way will indeed be disrupted on 12/21/12 at 11:11 p.m. Universal Time,’ Joseph writes.” (Note the 11:11…) There are so many books and TV specials being created around 2012 one can hardly keep track. Even Hollywood is getting into the action; director Michael Bay is planning a film called “2012: The War for Souls”, based on Whitley Strieber’s book.

One of the chapters my book discusses the strange reoccurrence of a ‘destruction by fire’ in many belief systems – it’s mentioned in more than a dozen books of the Bible, as well as in the Koran, the Zand i Vohuman Yasht (Zoroastrian scripture), The Final Signs of Qiyaamah, the Norse Ragnarok, the Srimad Bhagavatam, the Ipuwer Papyrus, and by other Native American and medieval prophets. An asteroid? Polar shift? The return of the 10th planet, Nibiru? Misuse of HAARP? Or maybe the eruption of a super volcano, or a massive solar flare? Could it have something to do with this coming alignment? It should be noted that other prophets set the date for the ‘apocalypse’ around 2018 or 2019. Still others, such as Nostradamus, give us a few more thousand years.

It is widely known, at least amongst conspiracy theorists, that the government has long had several survival plans in the case of world catastrophe – called Alternatives I, II and III, developed by the secretive Jason Society which was formed by President Eisenhower in 1957. Do they know something we don’t know? Or are they just being prepared for anything?

I have no answers; just a great interest and wonderment at the idea of it all. I’m also careful not to blindly follow the crowd; I prefer to test it against my own spirit, which has clearly alerted me to some coming monumental change – and yet not panicked me, either. Whether natural or man-made, things certainly seem to be setting up for a fall, if you just read the headlines these days. I won’t be surprised if the end really does come in 2012 – spiritually I’m prepared for that. But I won’t be too surprised if nothing happens at all: if we’re too hyped up for 2012 and nothing happens, it could be a classic case of boy crying wolf. Something even bigger could be on the horizon, and we wouldn’t pay attention anymore.

Operation Northwoods

Journalist James Bamford summarized Operation Northwoods in his April 24, 2001 book Body of Secrets thusly:

Operation Northwoods, which had the written approval of the Chairman and every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called for innocent people to be shot on American streets; for boats carrying refugees fleeing Cuba to be sunk on the high seas; for a wave of violent terrorism to be launched in Washington, D.C., Miami, and elsewhere. People would be framed for bombings they did not commit; planes would be hijacked. Using phony evidence, all of it would be blamed on Castro, thus giving Lemnitzer and his cabal the excuse, as well as the public and international backing, they needed to launch their war.[11]

(From Wikipedia, where you can find lots more info and links on Operation Northwoods. )

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