30th August 2017: Howlin’ at the moon. News & Features…ellisctaylor.com

Researchers Warn Computer Viruses Can Now Be Encoded in Human DNA…..
Blood Business…..
On the Beach 2017. The beckoning of nuclear war…..
Harvey Live Updates: Waters Still Rising as Death Toll From Storm Reaches 30…..
The Killing Fields of Australia – A matter of routine…..
Damn you, Carl Sagan!…..
Hidden History Researcher Graham Hancock Back from “The Gates of Death” After Serious Medical Issue…..
Why Millions of Kids Don’t See Any Purpose in Going to School Anymore…..
Could Tobacco Actually Be Good For You? Shamanism Says Yes, Science Says Maybe…..
The Metaphysics of Faerie Trees…..

Advances in bioengineering present all manner of new threats and worries to the security and future of the human race. CRISPR/Cas9 and other gene editing techniques have hinted at a future in which the genes of living organisms can be altered or manipulated at geneticists’ wills – and it might come sooner than we think. We now have the ability to literally play at being gods, tampering with the very building blocks of life on our planet. Who knows what horrors might soon be unleashed?
Researchers Warn Computer Viruses Can Now Be Encoded in Human DNA


Blood Business: the lucrative international trade in blood and plasma.
Giving blood is a simple and selfless act that saves lives. For many, it’s a way of giving back to the community, expecting nothing in return.

In Australia, blood donors receive a drink, a biscuit and heartfelt thanks.
Overseas, it’s a different story.
“It’s work. I’m providing a product. You know, I’m like a cow. I’m giving milk.” Plasma donor

In other countries, blood has become a lucrative commodity fuelling a global trade worth billions of dollars.

“Healthcare is the perfect money-making industry. Our willingness to pay for available therapies basically, especially for our loved ones knows no bounds.” WHO spokesperson
Blood Business


About 100 metres from my home on the edge of the Brisbane CBD is the corner of Boundary and Brereton Streets.

On November 7, 1993, Daniel Yock, an 18-year-old Aboriginal dancer died there. Or at least he was picked up there, by police.

Daniel probably died in the back of a police wagon, like some cattle do on their way to a slaughterhouse. In any event, he was certainly dead by the time he reached the police watchhouse, just a few kilometres from the scene of his arrest.

Daniel Yock’s ‘offence’ was to sit with his friends in nearby Musgrave Park and drink alcohol.
The Killing Fields of Australia – A matter of routine


The US submarine captain says, “We’ve all got to die one day, some sooner and some later. The trouble always has been that you’re never ready, because you don’t know when it’s coming. Well, now we do know and there’s nothing to be done about it.”

He says he will be dead by September. It will take about a week to die, though no one can be sure. Animals live the longest.

The war was over in a month. The United States, Russia and China were the protagonists. It is not clear if it was started by accident or mistake. There was no victor. The northern hemisphere is contaminated and lifeless now.

A curtain of radioactivity is moving south towards Australia and New Zealand, southern Africa and South America. By September, the last cities, towns and villages will succumb. As in the north, most buildings will remain untouched, some illuminated by the last flickers of electric light.

This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper

These lines from T.S. Eliot’s poem The Hollow Men appear at the beginning of Nevil Shute’s novel On the Beach, which left me close to tears. The endorsements on the cover said the same.
On the Beach 2017. The beckoning of nuclear war.


Harvey Live Updates: Waters Still Rising as Death Toll From Storm Reaches 30


I know I’m not supposed to speak ill of the dead, but I’ve just reread one of the juicy passages that I had to edit out of my book for space, and I am once again royally pissed off at the late Carl Sagan! That man hated — HATED — UFOs, UFO witnesses and UFO researchers, and he didn’t care who knew it.

And he REALLY hated star maps…

Many of you know the Marjorie Fish story, so I’ll just give you the basics to recap (or you can go to page 213 in your heavily dog-eared copy of my J. Allen Hynek biography The Close Encounters Man and read about it there):

When Betty Hill and her husband Barney were allegedly abducted by aliens and taken aboard a UFO in 1961, Betty asked one of her alien captors from where he and his crew had come. The alien “Leader” showed Betty a star map of his race’s trading and exploration routes (a map that the podcasters on Oh No Ross and Carrie hilariously think looks suspiciously like a sex organ), but the alien did not point out to Betty which was his home star.
Damn you, Carl Sagan!


Our good friend, ‘hidden history’ researcher and author Graham Hancock, had a major health scare last Monday, suffering a series of severe grand mal seizures that resulted in a week of medical treatment during which he was “at the gates of death”. This episode follows on from a major seizure a few months earlier, which was originally diagnosed as a transient ischaemic attack (a “mini stroke”) due to atrial fibrillation of the heart.

However, it turns out that diagnosis was completely wrong, which was only discovered last week in the wake of these far more severe seizures.
Hidden History Researcher Graham Hancock Back from “The Gates of Death” After Serious Medical Issue


Who is Sir Ken Robinson? He’s a prominent scholar who works with education systems, international agencies, and several global corporations, as well as some of the world’s leading cultural organizations, to spark the energy of individuals and organizations. In fact, Sir Ken Robinson is the most watched speaker in his field; his talk “Changing Education Paradigms,” featured below, has been viewed online over 40 million times and seen by approximately 350 million people in 160 countries. Clearly, there are a lot of people who deeply resonate with his message.

In that video linked above, Robinson shows how we are working with an old education model that is not keeping up to new ideas, and new information that’s constantly emerging. This is a good point because, especially in today’s day and age, new information is always challenging long held belief systems. It a great tool to spark critical thinking, discussion and questioning.
Why Millions of Kids Don’t See Any Purpose in Going to School Anymore


In shamanic culture Mapacho and other forms of tobacco are often used as a way to clear energy. The understanding of this really starts with more of an understanding of how a shaman would generally interpret nature. For a shaman there is a thin line between this world and the spirit world, and all living organisms have a spiritual essence to them, as well as a physical one. The shamans job is to communicate between the worlds to understand the properties of specific spirits and then bring back these ideas for personal healing, world healing and/or the healing of the people they are working with. So when a shaman sees tobacco, it is not just the physical substance, but a spirit that accompanies it.
Could Tobacco Actually Be Good For You? Shamanism Says Yes, Science Says Maybe


In 1452, thirty-four French villagers were questioned by an ecclesiastical commission about a ‘faerie tree’ (arbor fatalism, gallide des fees) in Domrémy, as part of the process of overturning Joan of Arc’s conviction at the hands of the English/Burgundian Gestapo twenty years earlier. In the face of her inquisitors, Joan herself had offset her own belief in the faeries by apportioning it to her godmother, who had apparently seen the faeries gathering at the tree. And, even though the villagers were under no threat from the commission (quite the opposite in fact), none of the thirty-four interviewees would admit to a belief of the faeries, or that they had ever seen them at the tree. Instead, they informed the commissioners that “they had heard that in the old days faeries were said to have been seen there.” As the villagers would have been well aware of the Inquisition’s requirement for questioning of anyone who confessed to a belief in faeries, this was probably understandable. But the fact that there was a ‘faerie tree’ to begin with, suggests that there was an ingrained belief in the faeries and their penchant for gathering at a certain tree, amongst the rural 15th-century French peasantry in Domrémy.
The Metaphysics of Faerie Trees


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