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NHNE News Brief 32
Friday, October 18, 1996

"A thought-provoking exploration
of the extraordinary times in which we live."

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QUOTABLES:
The Great Wizard

NEWS WATCH:
NHNE Receives Another Award
Deformed Frogs Leave Scientists Puzzled
Mint Oil Kills Bee Mites
Odors Boost Kindness
Blinking Indicates Stress
U.N. to Initiate Internet Service
Real-Time Audio & Video
The Atlantis Times

NEWS BRIEF SPONSOR:
The Circle of Atonement

A MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A Hot Issue

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
The Dilemma of Earthquake Prediction
Forthright Reporting
Charlotte King Responds

PSI WATCH:
Charlotte King Revisited

CROP CIRCLE WATCH:
Profile: Colin Andrews

EARTH WATCH:
Major U.S. Weather Disasters
Insurance Industry & Global Warming

HEALTH WATCH:
Water & Life

LIFESTYLES:
The Power of Prayer

WEB WATCH:
DreamWave
PAIRSNet
New & Improved CNI Web Site
Responding to Disaster

NHNE SUBSCRIPTIONS, SPONSORS & DONATIONS
NHNE STAFF
ABOUT NHNE & HOW TO JOIN US

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THE GREAT WIZARD

"I thought Oz was a great Head," said Dorothy. "And I thought Oz was a lovely Lady," said the Scarecrow. "And I thought Oz was a terrible Beast," said the Tin Woodman. "And I thought Oz was a Ball of Fire," exclaimed the Lion. "No, you are all wrong," said the little man meekly. "I have been making believe." "Making believe!" cried Dorothy. "Are you not a Great Wizard?" "Hush, my dear," he said. "Don't speak so loud, or you will be overheard -- and I should be ruined. I'm supposed to be a Great Wizard."

--- L. Frank Baum, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"

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NHNE RECEIVES ANOTHER AWARD

The NHNE Web site was recently given "The Gold Feather Award," an award that honors Web sites that are fulfilling "a mission of enlightenment." The Gold Feather Award joins two other awards that NHNE has received, "Fruit Tree's Pick of the Week" and "Magellan's Three Star Award." To find out more about The Gold Feather Award, you can visit: http://www.boondock.com/gfeather. To see why the NHNE Web site is a popular destination for serious seekers, you can visit the NHNE Web site itself at: http://nen.sedona.net//nhne/ (DS)

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DEFORMED FROGS LEAVE SCIENTISTS PUZZLED
(Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS, via CNN ONLINE, 10/9/96)

Starting last year, a plague of deformed frogs has appeared across the Midwest, as well as in Vermont and Quebec. Scientists and locals are seeing great numbers of deformed frogs with stumps for legs, and as many as four tangled hind legs, along with frogs with tails, missing or shrunken eyes, and smaller sex organs. In fact, it's hard to find wetlands in Minnesota with no deformed frogs. Scientists aren't sure what's causing the deformities. Theories run the gamut from pesticides to parasites to radiation from ozone depletion, or some combination of factors. The fact that the abnormalities are widespread, suggests the problem has more than one source, said David Hoppe, a herpetologist from the UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA at Morris. His best guess of the cause is some sort of water pollution coming from heavy metals, pesticides or a whole array of things that might have settled onto the landscape. In researching some 10,000 frogs this summer, Hoppe found that aquatic frogs had the worst abnormalities. "I was very surprised, startled even," he said. "I've seen a lot of frogs over the years and I've never seen anything like that." (JG)

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MINT OIL KILLS BEE MITES
(Source: Elise Paffrath, ECR, Oct/96)

As reported in NHNE NEWS BRIEF 20, parasitic mites and harsh winters have devastated bee colonies in North America, especially in the North and Northeast. Beekeeper, Robert Noel of Cumberland, Maryland, couldn't bear to stand idly by as his hives died, so he decided to experiment with remedies to eradicate the mites. Thinking that there might be some natural ingredients that would be harmless to bees but offensive to the mites, he experimented with many natural products. Eventually, he discovered that mint oil kills varroa mites dead and traps tracheal mites. James Amrine from WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY has confirmed Noel's results. Their research and formulas are posted at: http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/varroa.htm. Noel has refused to patent his discoveries claiming that the problems with the planet have come about because of people running after the almighty dollar. According to Noel, "The key is to get the word out to beekeepers because we need to save our bees to save the Earth." (JG)

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ODORS BOOST KINDNESS
(Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS via CNN ONLINE, 10/13/96)

Researchers from the RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE have discovered that pleasant odors make people kinder. The research was carried out in a shopping mall in upstate New York. Experiments showed that while under the influence of the smell of roasting coffee or baking cookies, people were more than twice as likely to provide a stranger with change for a dollar or help them pick up dropped items, than they were in unscented surroundings. Professor Robert Baron explains, "There's nothing magical. When you put people in a good mood... they become more helpful." Baron said he's confident enough in the phenomenon that he's sunk half his life savings into it. He holds patents on a device that's a combination air filter, white-noise generator and fragrance producer designed to reduce the stress of living in college dormitories and other close quarters. Owners of the gizmo can boost their moods by simultaneously drowning out background noise, cleaning the air and, if they like, scenting their surroundings with one of three fragrances -- citrus, floral, and something Baron calls "fresh." (JG)

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BLINKING INDICATES STRESS
(Source: NEWSWEEK, 10/21/96)

According to BOSTON COLLEGE neuropsychology professor Joe Tecce, stress levels can be measured by counting the number of times a minute people blink. The normal blink rate for someone speaking on TV is 31 to 50 blinks per minute (bpm). In the presidential debates, Clinton averaged 99 bpm (in the '92 debates he averaged 43 bpm) to Dole's incredible 147. Clinton peaked at 117 when asked about teen drug use. Dole peaked at 163 when asked whether the country is better off now than it was four years ago. According to Tecce, the faster blinker has lost every presidential election since 1980. (JG)

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U.N. TO INITIATE INTERNET SERVICE
(Source: REUTERS, 9/17/96)

The UNITED NATIONS says it is initiating a vast Internet service expected to contain 270,000 documents in six languages by December. The U.N., which gets about 200,000 requests for information a week, got to the point where "we couldn't respond without the Internet," said Joseph Connor, Undersecretary-General for ADMINISTRATION & MANAGEMENT. With mounds of paper still the main means of communication, Connor said it was time for U.N. bureaucracy to change their work habits. To this end he pointed to widespread travel by U.N. officials, saying much of it could be replaced by audio-visual conference hook-ups, an Internet technology which allows for people all over the world to be on hand anytime they are needed in a meeting. However, he pointed out: "You've got to get people comfortable with the methodology. It is worth pursuing." (JG)

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REAL-TIME AUDIO & VIDEO
(Source: REUTERS via CNN ONLINE, 10/14/96)

NETSCAPE COMMUNICATIONS CORP. has announced that they and 40 other companies have agreed to a proposed standard for delivering video and audio in real time over the Internet. This move should eliminate one of Internet users' biggest frustrations -- the long wait required to access audio and video files. The so-called Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) would allow bits of audio or video data to "stream" through a transmission wire in broadcast fashion and be received by a computer in real time, replacing the need to download the entire video or audio onto a computer's hard disk before a user could view or listen to it. Until now, each vendor of Internet multimedia systems had a different approach, which has led to confusion. Notably absent from the group was MICROSOFT CORP., possibly significant because it could mean MICROSOFT -- NETSCAPE's nemesis -- might counter with a its own code or standard before the industry settles on one. (JG)

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THE ATLANTIS TIMES

For those of you who may be interested in Atlantis, the Great Pyramid, Sphinx, Hall of Records, Bermuda Triangle, and related topics, Geoffrey Keyte is now publishing a quarterly newsletter. Called, "The Atlantis Times," the cost for subscribing is $15.00 online and $25.00 offline per year. Keyte also hosts two online mailing lists, "The Atlantis Mailing List" and "The Sphinx Mailing List." For more information you can contact Keyte at:

THE MYSTICAL CRYSTAL
Box 332
217 Park Avenue
Worcester, MA 01609-2243 USA
eMail: mcrystal@snet.net (DS)

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This issue is sponsored by:

THE CIRCLE OF ATONEMENT: TEACHING & HEALING CENTER

The Circle is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching "A Course In Miracles." It grew out of the work of Robert Perry and now has an additional teacher, Allen Watson. The Circle publishes newsletters & booklets, offers weekly classes, quarterly intensives, correspondence courses and Sedona-based workshops. The Circle works on a voluntary gift basis; there is no charge for any of its services.

P.O. Box 4238
West Sedona, AZ 86340
Phone: (520) 282-0790
eMail: circleofa@sedona.net
WWW: http://www.sedona.net/nen/circleofa

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A HOT ISSUE

Is that sweat rolling down the foreheads of psychics and latter-day prophets who have made a living predicting the Earth was going to come apart at the seams a couple years from now? It could be. Or maybe it's just a concerted effort to explain why those dramatic predictions of global upheaval aren't happening the way they were supposed to.

Whatever it is, it's a hot issue for many of us on the NHNE mailing list. So many of you wrote about our last News Brief, that we will be publishing a Special Report consisting of your letters and our responses. If any of you have something you would like to say about this important topic, now is the time to drop us a line. We hope to share your thoughts -- and ours -- sometime next week. While there are still a lot of questions to answer, sharing insights, information and discoveries with one another is a marvelous way to sort everything out.

Until then, I send you all my best...

With Love & Best Wishes,
David Sunfellow

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THE DILEMMA OF EARTHQUAKE PREDICTION

"Reading your article about Charlotte King in NHNE NEWS BRIEF 31 made me realize just how hard it is to get scientists to take earthquake prediction seriously. The official line is that earthquakes can't be predicted, yet my son, when living in San Jose, California, observed his fish always huddled together in the center of the aquarium about half an hour before each quake and aftershock; and Dan Winter has evidence of electro-static changes along fault lines that give early warnings in about 75 percent of the quakes. The dilemma that frustrates us technical people is that psychic predictions are too general and not accurate enough to be useful predictors of major earthquake activity. So far, NHNE and Scallion (with some unfortunate biases) are the only ones I know that are trying hard to put together the psychic and the technical info to ultimately find a useful solution. I commend you all for that."

---Bill Dewey, President, DEWEY RESEARCH CENTER

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FORTHRIGHT REPORTING

"I appreciate the forthright reporting and objective analysis of NHNE. Those of us who follow the 'changes' happening to our planet and use your News Brief as a guidepost should be encouraged that NHNE is the type of organization dedicated to the truth... no matter where it leads or who is debunked. Keep up the good work."

---Charlie West, Visalia, California

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CHARLOTTE KING RESPONDS

"At first I was a little upset about the article about me in NHNE NEWS BRIEF 31, and then I realized you actually did me a favor by making me re-examine my methods and how they are read by a lay person. That may be one reason the geologists have not shown too much interest in this form of prediction. It works, but you have to understand it and how it is set up. I am not concerned about the negative slant of the article as the people who have contacted me from reading about me in your newsletter are convinced that I am on to something as they are responding to the areas the same way I do. So you have helped not only me, but others as well. I thank you for the lessons in honesty and integrity."

---Charlotte King

[In this issue we take another look at King's predictions in the light of new data that has come forward.]

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CHARLOTTE KING REVISITED
By James Gregory

In NHNE 31, we published an in-depth analysis of the predictions of Charlotte King, the lady who pioneered Biological Earthquake Prediction. The article was not flattering; in the time period September 9 to October 10, it maintained that King only displayed a 12 percent accuracy. While the conclusion was correct based upon the information on hand at the time, enough new information has come to light to warrant a re-examination of her predictions and the conclusions we drew from them.

The first issue that clouded the analysis was the matter of "AND" and "OR," as pointed out in a letter by one of our readers, Bill Dewey: "Be careful of Boolean Logic, particularly A or B, vs. A and B. For example, on 9/9/96 when Charlotte King predicted, 'Magnitude 6.0 quake or greater for EITHER Japan (Honshu, Hokkaido, OR Kuril Islands) OR Indonesia,' you claim the results -- a 6.6 quake hit offshore from Honshu, Japan on 9/11/96 -- meant TWO PREDICTIONS WITH ONE HIT. This is really just one prediction and one hit -- 100 percent accuracy, not 50 percent. King predicted EITHER somewhere in Japan OR Indonesia, and one earthquake occurred. That's exactly what she expected."

The second problem was verification. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is a great source of earthquake data. Unfortunately, the USGS removes dated entries from their Web site (http://www.ugcs.caltech.edu:80/htbin/finger?quake@gldfs.cr.usgs.gov) after four or five days. When I was writing the original article, I only had incomplete earthquake data to verify the period in question. Since then, I have discovered that the USGS archives their earthquake data on a Telnet site: qk_info@gldfs.cr.usgs.gov.

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If you don't have Telnet software, you can easily download a copy on many shareware and freeware Web sites. A couple suggestions:

Jumbo:
http://www.jumbo.com/index.html

Shareware.com:
http://www.shareware.com/

Macintosh Internet Resources:
http://www.astro.nwu.edu/lentz/mac/home-mac.html

One more tip: If you do Telnet into the USGS server, you will be asked for a password. Type in "QED" and you will be given you access to general earthquake statistics.

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When I re-examine King's predictions from 9/9 to 10/10/96 in this new light, I find that she was successful in 27 percent of her predictions -- more than double the original analysis. King still stands by her accuracy of 80 to 85 percent in predicting quakes over 5.0, as verified by the U.S. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS' PROJECT MIGRAINE from 1981 to 1984.

Also of note, with the help of the extra data from the USGS, we discovered that during the time period September 25 to October 7 that there were 54 earthquakes of magnitude 5.0 and greater. This total is significantly more than the 17 we originally reported, and the 32 that would have been expected during that time period based on the statistical average calculated over the last 50 years. However, of these 54 quakes only 3 were 6.0 or greater. The number expected from the statistical average is 5. So smaller quakes below 6.0 increased, while larger quakes above 6.0 were less than expected. This, of course, is the trend we reported on in our last News Brief: There has been an increase in smaller earthquakes because tracking methods have improved, while larger earthquakes have not only NOT increased, but they have been fewer in recent years.

This evidence not withstanding, King feels that the planet is in the most active volcanic phase that she has experienced since 1987 and that many of these earthquakes are related to volcanic activity.

Charlotte King has been gracious enough to cooperate with us as we monitor her predictions over a longer period of time, and together we are developing protocols to ensure clearer communication. For example, King will only report to us her predictions of magnitude 6.0 and greater quakes. In addition, she will be clear as to whether a specific prediction is for one of a number of possible locations, or for a specific location. We will give quake predictions a result window of 72 hours. Volcano predictions (for which she still claims 100 percent accuracy) require a result window of 21 days, because those events are slower to develop. From time to time, we will report in the News Brief an account as to how she is doing, and if there is a quake alert that she feels is particularly urgent and important, we will flash it out to all paid NHNE subscribers.

For the record, on October 12, King notified NHNE that she predicted a 6.5+ quake for either the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Tonga, the Aleutians OR Japan. On October 14, a quake of magnitude 7.0 hit the Solomon Islands.

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PROFILE: COLIN ANDREWS
By James Gregory

[This is Part Two of a summary of an interview with Joyce Murphy and Colin Andrews which was sent out to our paid subscribers on September 29. Part One featuring Joyce Andrews was published in NHNE News Brief 30.]

Colin Andrews first became interested in crop circles after spotting five circles in the form of a cross in a field near Winchester, England in July 1983. Later that year he formed CIRCLES PHENOMENON RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL (CPRI). In the beginning it was a very small team, but over the years it has grown to include state coordinators in the U.S. and several teams in the UK and affiliate offices in Canada, Japan and Australia who work with numerous scientists, engineers and researchers on specific projects around the world.

Since 1983, Andrews has seen approximately 2,000 individual circles in 600 different patterns and has become one of the world's foremost authorities. He has written a book about his experiences called "Circular Evidence," and released two videos on the subject: "Undeniable Evidence" and "The Madison Square Garden Crop Circle Special."

In July 1987, while visiting a circle in a remote field at Kimpton, England, he stood alone near the ring and prayed for a deeper understanding of the significance of crop circles. Shortly after, he heard a very strange buzzing sound nearby which appeared to interact with him. The experience left him overwhelmed and shaken because he felt it was an answer to his prayer. A year later, the same sound was recorded on two occasions in crop circles - once at "Operation White Crow," the other while a BBC TELEVISION crew was interviewing Andrews and Pat Delgado, his co-author of "Circular Evidence."

Andrews thinks that as many as 70 percent of the crop circles currently appearing in England are hoaxed. He has been part of a number of experiments with people, including the British Army, who have tried to replicate the features of the genuine article. He feels that legitimate crop circles share a number of distinguishing characteristics :

-- Well-defined geometric design.

-- No damage to plants.

-- No soil compression or foot prints.

-- Changes in plants at cellular level.

-- Magnetic anomalies.

-- Established mathematical ratios between component parts.

It is usually possible through aerial surveillance to get a good idea of legitimacy, but the experience of Pat Delgado demonstrates the danger of jumping to a quick conclusion before all the information has been gathered. A few years ago Delgado was too hasty in announcing that a certain crop circle was legitimate, only upon further investigation to discover to his dismay and embarrassment that it was a hoax.

Andrews has met several hoaxers face-to-face. Although some of the younger ones just do it for a laugh or publicity, he has found it most fascinating that most hoaxers do not know why they do what they do. Even the famous Doug and Dave have admitted, "It was as if we were being told to do it." [Doug and Dave are two hoaxers who came clean.]

There are historical records of crop circles way back in the 1600's, but the modern-day phenomena started around 1923 with small numbers up until 1976, at which point they exploded in number and complexity.

When asked about the meaning of crop circles, Andrews responded: "We appear to have been spoon fed images of animals, insects, mathematical models, fractal geometry, and, in recent years, astronomy. I interpret that as a spiritual nudge: "Know who you are and how you work and then look outwards to learn more."

Crop circles have appeared in England, the U.S., Australia, Germany, Canada and the Czech Republic. In his years of study, Andrews has noticed the hand of different cosmic artists -- country by country, and county by county. Remarkably, not only can he recognize different crop circle creators, he also believes that as the consciousness of an area grows it is reflected in the quality of crop circles produced -- we ourselves are a part of what is happening!

For anybody who wishes to be kept aware of developments and research progress in the remarkable field of crop circles, you can subscribe to the CPRI NEWSLETTER ($17/year) by contacting:

CPRI
P.O. Box 3378
Branford, CT 06405-1978
Phone/Fax: (603) 356-0100

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MAJOR U.S. WEATHER DISASTERS
(Sources: NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER, 7/2/96 and NEWSWEEK, 9/16/96)

Since 1980, there have been 24 weather-related disasters that have caused at least $1 billion dollars each and resulted in total damages of $150 billion and the loss of 7,200 lives. 16 of these events occurred in the last four years resulting in $74 billion in damages (half the total since 1980) and 750 deaths (only one tenth the total since 1980), indicating that although the weather is becoming more severe, emergency preparedness is saving more lives. The following figures do not include this summer's killer hurricanes -- Bertha, Edouard, and Fran. Estimates for Hurricane Fran alone have already reached $1 billion in damages and 17 deaths.

1. DROUGHT, Fall/95 - Summer/96: severe drought in agricultural regions of southern plains; $4 billion damage.

2. BLIZZARD/FLOODING, 1/96: very heavy snowstorm over Appalachians, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast; followed by severe flooding in parts of same area due to rain and snowmelt; $3 billion damage; 187 deaths.

3. HURRICANE OPAL, 10/95: hurricane strikes Florida panhandle, Alabama, western Georgia, eastern Tennessee, and the western Carolinas; $3 billion damage; 27 deaths.

4. HURRICANE MARILYN September 1995: hurricane devastates U.S. Virgin Islands; $2.1 billion damage; 13 deaths.

5. FLOODING, 5/95: torrential rains and hail across much of southeast Louisiana - southern Mississippi; New Orleans area hardest hit; $5.5 billion damage; 27 deaths.

6. FLOODING. 1-3/95: frequent winter storms cause periodic flooding across much of California; $3 billion damage; 27 deaths.

7. FLOODING 10/94: torrential rain and thunderstorms cause flooding across much of southeast Texas; $1 billion damage; 19 deaths.

8. TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO, 7/94: slow-moving tropical storm brings torrential 10-25 inch rains, widespread flooding in parts of Georgia, Alabama, and panhandle of Florida; $1 billion damage; 32 deaths.

9. ICE STORM, 2/94: intense ice storm with extensive damage in American Southeast; $3 billion damage; 9 deaths.

10. WILDFIRES, Fall/93: southern California; $1 billion damage; 4 deaths.

11. FLOODING, Summer/93: central U.S.; $15 - $20 billion damage; 48 deaths.

12. DROUGHT/HEAT WAVE, Summer/93: Southeastern U.S.; $1 billion damage; death toll undetermined.

13. STORM/BLIZZARD, 3/93: Eastern U.S.; $3 - $6 billion damage; approximately 270 deaths.

14. NOR'EASTER, 12/92: slow-moving storm batters northeast U.S. coast, New England hardest hit; $1 - $2 billion damage; 19 deaths.

15. HURRICANE INIKI 9/92: Hawaiian island of Kauai; $1.8 billion damage; 6 deaths.

16. HURRICANE ANDREW, 8/92: Florida and Louisiana; $25 billion damage; 58 deaths.

For information on the link between natural disasters and global warming, see the article entitled "Insurance Industry and Global Warming" in this issue. (JG)

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INSURANCE INDUSTRY & GLOBAL WARMING
(Source: Bruce Burkhardt and Sharon Collins, CNN ONLINE, 9/2/96)

People trying to curb global warming are getting support from an unlikely source -- the insurance industry. But there's an economic reason for this strange combination of forces: As more people move to coastal areas, severe storm activity has an increasingly costly impact, and the insurance industry is looking for ways to keep its head above water.

Between 1989 and 1994, private and government insurers paid more than $67 billion in storm damage claims -- $20 billion more than was paid out during the previous five years. 1992's Hurricane Andrew, which ripped through the Bahamas, south Florida and Louisiana, causing $25 billion in property damage, served as the industry's wake-up call. In the giant storm's wake, 10 small insurance companies went bankrupt, and Florida's top two -- STATE FARM and ALLSTATE -- paid out billions in damage claims.

Industry officials say that if global warming is producing more frequent and severe storms like Andrew, both insurers and their clients will suffer. Consequently, the industry is spending billions on research to better understand the impact humans have on climate change and to investigate possible links between global warming and the spate of hurricanes and floods in recent years. For example, the insurance industry took center stage at the U.N. CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE in Geneva this past July. The gathering was attended by 2,500 climate scientists who declared a "consensus" that global warming is real, and requires immediate action. Several insurance industry giants called for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Global warming was first predicted 100 years ago. Also known as the "Greenhouse Effect," it is caused when the burning of oil and coal creates a layer of gases that traps heat near the earth's surface, much like a greenhouse. Scientists predict the phenomenon will cause increasing temperatures, more frequent storms and droughts, and rising sea levels. (JG)

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WATER & LIFE
By James Gregory

For years, futurists have been predicting a world-wide drinking water crisis, but many of those in the western world have felt protected by their municipal water purification systems. It wasn't until 1993, when a parasite slipped through the cracks in Milwaukee and killed more than 100 people, that water systems managers started to take a closer look at how they monitored their product. Even so, the NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL estimates that more than 50 million Americans are still drinking from substandard water systems. And the CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC) finds that as many as 50 percent of the water utilities in the country sometimes fail to remove the microbe cryptosporidium that caused half the population of Milwaukee to get sick three years ago.

A report by THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MICROBIOLOGY claims that pathogens in the water supplies of first world countries are increasing significantly each year, and some of these pathogens show signs of resistance to the chemicals used in water treatment. And not only is the water supply infrastructure weak, westerners, unchallenged for so long by waterborne pathogens, have little resistance against contracting diseases when water systems fail. In Washington, D.C. recently, where unacceptable levels of bacteria were found in 10 percent of water samples tested, so much chlorine was dumped in the water supply that many city residents were unable to tell the difference between the city's drinking water and swimming pool water!

Globally, dirty water threatens the health of one billion people each day and kills 400 children an hour. Traditional methods of purifying drinking water -- boiling it, running it through a fine filter or using bottled water -- can be cumbersome or unavailable for people in third world countries. Now scientists at the LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY have developed a cheap, simple water disinfection unit. Called the "UV Waterworks," it is about the size of a loaf of bread and kills bacteria and viruses with ultraviolet light, and can supply a year's supply of safe drinking water at a cost of six cents per person. Field testing is underway.

Meanwhile, in first-world cities around the world, technocrats are scrambling to upgrade their water works in order to protect a vulnerable population.

In a related story, the JOURNAL OF THE CANADIAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION claims that the decline in dental cavities over the last few decades is NOT the result of adding fluoride to drinking water. No laboratory or epidemiological study supports the claim that fluoridated water prevents tooth decay, despite the generally accepted belief to the contrary. So if adding fluoride to our drinking water is useless, how did the practice come about? It seems that when the aluminum and phosphate industries expanded in the 1920s and 30s, manufacturers needed to dispose of fluoride, the toxic byproduct of the process. Through a combination of clever marketing and authoritative pronouncements by experts with connections with the aluminum industry, water fluoridation was grudgingly accepted by the society at large, and an industrial waste product was turned into a profit.

Fluoride is poison. In small amounts it is linked to cancer, arthritis and kidney disorders, and what is not absorbed by humans eventually finds its way into the environment, since 99 percent of fluoridated water is not used as drinking water.

(Sources: Dan Rutz, CNN ONLINE, 9/2/96; THE AMICUS JOURNAL, summer/96, TIME, 7/22/96, NEW SCIENTIST, 6/1/96, JOURNAL OF ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE, 3/93, TOWNSEND LETTER FOR DOCTORS, Aug-Sept/95 and Nov/95 all via SPECTRUM, SEPT-OCT/96)

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THE POWER OF PRAYER
(Sources: THE WASHINGTON POST via VENTURE INWARD, Sept-Oct/96; NEW AGE JOURNAL, Sept-Oct/96; THE BULLETIN OF ATOMIC SCIENTISTS via SPECTRUM, Sept-Oct/96)

Trying to quit smoking? Try praying. Researchers at JOHN HOPKINS UNIVERSITY have found that people who enlist the power of prayer in their efforts to quit smoking have a better chance of making it than those who don't. The survey noted that of the ten Baltimore churches studied, Baptists seem to have the most potent prayer.

In a related study by psychiatrist Scott Walker, it was found that praying for alcoholics to overcome their addiction sometimes made things worse. Researchers speculate that because an alcoholic is often dealing with guilt associated with family issues, knowing that family members were praying for a "cure" only exacerbates the alcoholic's problem by eliciting feelings of unworthiness. As ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS have long maintained, while family support is important, the decision to stop drinking is a personal one.

In a related story, EXITON, a major financial group in the former Soviet republic of Moldava, has hired the Eastern Orthodox monks of the country's largest monastery to pray for its success in business. In return, in addition to financial considerations, the financial group has offered to help the monastery with the recovery of lost icons. (JG)

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WEB WATCH:

DREAMWAVE:
http://www.dreamwv.com/

Information about dreams that is both informative and entertaining. (DS)

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PAIRSNET:
http://pairs.bitshop.com

If you are interested in finding out how to have better relationships, here's a site with a lot of solid relationship-building information. (DS)

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NEW & IMPROVED CNI WEB SITE:
www.cninews.com/

The CNI (CONTACT WITH NON-HUMAN INTELLIGENCE) WEB SITE recently underwent a major face lift. The most unique new feature of the CNI site (formerly called ISCNI), is Search CNI News. Over 500 individual news stories are already logged in this special database, dating mostly from 1995 and 1996, covering all aspects of UFOs, claims of human-alien contact, recent advances in space exploration and cultural implications of contact with other intelligent life. You'll also find a rich assortment of stories on related unusual topics from Chupacabras and Bigfoot to remote viewing and warp drive. You can search the entire archive by entering key words or topic descriptions of your choice. New stories will be added every week. According to the creators of CNI, "this is the only fully searchable CNI-related news archive in all of cyberspace and should prove to be an invaluable aid for all serious students of CNI phenomena." (DS)

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RESPONDING TO DISASTER
(Source: Kate Gerwig, NETGUIDE, 10/96)

If you want to know what disasters are occurring in the world that don't get mentioned on the 6 o'clock news, check out the AMERICAN RED CROSS on the Web: www.redcross.org. The public portion of the site was launched in January 1995 to provide fast-changing essentials on what's happening, where, and how to help. Up until the Oklahoma City bomb disaster, the Internet Department at the RED CROSS had a staff of one. That number increased dramatically when the disaster raised the profile of the site from a few thousand hits a week to 50,000. And at the peak of last year's hurricane season, 30 percent of donation calls to the RED CROSS were referred from the Web site. Now all 1,500 chapters of the AMERICAN RED CROSS representing 1.4 million volunteers are linked by the Internet. The organization finds the Internet the fastest and cheapest way to meet its communication needs. In some disasters, RED CROSS chapters need as many as 10 to 12 updates a day. (JG)

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