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NHNE News Brief 42
Friday, December 27, 1996
Happy New Year!

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

Millennium Countdown:
1,091 days until January 1, 2000

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CONTENTS:
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QUOTABLES:
I Am Nobody

NEWS WATCH:
Adam & Eve Not Human?
Evolving Side by Side
VP Briefed on Extraterrestrial Life
100 Million Americans Chronically Ill

NEWS BRIEF SPONSOR:
Spirit of Sedona: Experience of a Lifetime

NHNE FINANCIAL REPORT:
Online 8, Offline 1, Total List 767

A MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Last Call!

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
Land or Mutual Funds?
NHNE is Unique Publication

THE YEAR IN REVIEW:

Lesser-Known Science Stories of 1996:
--The Legend of Damascus Steel
--The Planet Within
--Dumb Cousin?
--When Memories Lie
--The Great Extinction Explained
--From Villain to Hero
--A New Land-Based Ecosystem
--Sperm Counts Revisited
--Patenting Life
--Digital X-Ray Machine

NHNE's Significant Events of 1996
State-of-the-World Indicators
The Way We Are

WEB WATCH:
Gaiamind

NHNE STAFF
ABOUT NHNE & HOW TO JOIN US

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QUOTABLES:
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"I am nobody. I am not a shaman, a medicine man, a guru, a channeler, or a psychic. I am not an ex-intelligence officer from the CIA, the NSA, the secret services or any other branch of any service. I am not the reincarnation of an ancient being, an ancient deity or a heavenly visitor. I have nothing to offer you in the way of credibility. I am a nobody... and I like it that way."

---Robert Morning Sky, introducing himself in an article called, "The Blue Star Hoax" that appeared in LEADING EDGE #95. Among other things, Morning Sky, a Hopi, claimed that the fabled "Blue Star" does not exist in Hopi legends, teachings or mythology. It was a term that he invented in the early 1970's that has since been pirated by researchers who falsely claimed to have spent time with Hopi Elders learning the secrets of the Blue Star Kachina (a kachina that Morning Sky says doesn't exist), and channelers, psychics and clairvoyants who claim to have received Blue Star revelations from their spiritual sources.

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NEWS WATCH:
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ADAM & EVE NOT HUMAN?
(Source: CNN ONLINE, 11/25/96)

Adam and Eve may not have been human when "God breathed life into them," according to Cardinal John O'Connor in New York City. O'Connor said it was a "scientific question" as to whether Adam and Eve, described in the Bible as the first man and woman on Earth, may have perhaps been created "in some other form." The Cardinal made his comments just one month after Pope John Paul II said that the theory of evolution was "more than just a hypothesis." (JG)

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EVOLVING SIDE BY SIDE
(Source: Leslie Kaufman, NEWSWEEK, 12/23/96)

Recent dating tests performed on Homo Erectus skulls found in Java in the 1930s have revealed the startling news that the homonid species which scientists thought had died out 250,000 years ago may have in fact walked the Earth along side Neanderthal Man and Homo Sapiens. Carl Swisher, a geologist at the BERKELEY GEOCHRONOLGY CENTER, determined the age of the skulls as no older than 53,000 years, and more likely less than 27,000 years old. His conclusions have set the world of Anthropology on its head and are hotly disputed, but if correct mean that human evolution was a much less linear affair than expected. Like the large-brained Sapiens, Erectus stood upright, but heavier set, with a flat head and projecting simian face. While Sapiens had invented a sophisticated array of tools, Erectus was less adept and primarily used a multipurpose stone axe. (JG)

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VP BRIEFED ON EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE
(Source: Paul Recer, ASSOCIATED PRESS via CNI NEWS, 12/16/96)

A panel of experts recently briefed Vice President Al Gore on the prospects of finding life beyond the Earth, new planets beyond the Sun and ultimately, the nature and history of the Universe itself. John Gibbons, the White House Science Adviser, said the briefing was in preparation for a meeting in February in which Gore and others in the administration will draw up specific plans on how NASA will proceed in an ambitious program of science that the agency is calling "Origins." Plans for the space summit were drawn up after NASA scientists announced in August they had found what they believed to be evidence that life once existed on Mars. Other researchers in recent months have found new planets circling nearby stars, discovered evidence of water on the Moon and found new evidence that life, in the form of microbes, is extraordinarily tough and perhaps able to develop in many places in the Universe. Some scientists have said it may be possible now, for the first time, to conduct a systematic search for planets capable of supporting life. "Our notion that life is rare may be revised," said Gibbons. "Life may be pervasive in the universe." (JG)

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100 MILLION AMERICANS CHRONICALLY ILL
(Source: REUTERS via CNN ONLINE, 11/12/96

According to a study by the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA in San Francisco, roughly 100 million Americans suffer from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, lung disorders and arthritis. The current yearly cost of treating the chronically ill is $659 billion and will rise as the population ages and more people develop such ailments. Chronically ill patients run up an average yearly medical bill of $3,074 per person -- more than triple the $817 spent by those without chronic conditions. They occupy 80 percent of the days spent in hospitals and 69 percent of hospital admissions. The study found that the chronically ill account for 83 percent of prescription drug use, 66 percent of physician visits and 55 percent of emergency department visits. An estimate of indirect costs to society related to lost work days and lower productivity ascribed to chronic illnesses totaled another $161.3 billion annually. The figures arrive at a time when the Clinton administration and Congress must wrestle with ways to rescue the Medicare trust fund, which covers health care costs for the elderly and is expected to go bankrupt early in the next century. (JG)

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NHNE FINANCIAL REPORT:
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LAST CALL!

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
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LAND OR MUTUAL FUNDS?

I recently read with great interest David Sunfellow's Review on the NHNE Web site of Gordon-Michael Scallion's Predictions for 1995 (http://nen.sedona.net/nhne/scallion95review.html). I have subscribed to Scallion's EARTH CHANGES REPORT (ECR) since 1992 and have purchased all of the back issues. I agree completely with Sunfellow's view that Scallion tends to overinflate his accuracy. Initially I was awed by his newsletter and tapes, to the extent that I sold my house in an attempt to relocate to a "safe" location away from the city with several acres, a spring, creek, etc. for hard times survival. However, I ultimately just settled for another city house. I also proselytized -- very foolishly now I feel -- to friends and relatives who placed no stock in the predictions of psychics and prophets about the coming mega-earthquakes and cataclysms. I, along with a small group of metaphysically-oriented friends, invested a lot of emotional energy and time into meeting, reading about, and discussing prophecy issues. I was almost let down when many of his predictions did not occur on time. Sunfellow's article really bought home a clearer understanding of Scallion's prophecy accuracy. It is interesting that as time has gone by, Scallion's predictions have become less specific. Several years ago, in each issue he would predict a specific event to occur within a particular location within a fairly narrow time frame. Amazingly enough, many of them occurred right on schedule, especially some of the California earthquakes as well as Hurricane Andrew, which was the event that really caught my and my friends' attention. Therefore, I cannot just write Scallion off because he does make some accurate predictions -- just not with the degree of success that he would have us believe.

During the early 1970s, I went through a similar scenario with a different group of friends, looking for land, storing food, and preparing for major earth changes based on the advice of our spiritual teacher, a disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, and the writings of Edgar Cayce, Ruth Montgomery and others. However, in a few years our interests began to wane and we went on with our ordinary mundane pursuit of fairly typical American lifestyles.

I suppose the bottom line to all of this is: will there be major earth changes, pole shifts, a great shift in spiritual consciousness, a jump to the "fourth and fifth" dimensions, a millennium of peace, Christ Consciousness on Earth? Should we place our faith and money in the "seven acres of land with potable water" or in mutual funds? Should we just work diligently on our spiritual evolvement and listen to our inner voices? With 1997 around the corner, if Scallion is right then we don't have much time left to cast our lots. But with his spotty track record, what is one to do? I avidly read each issue of ECR and at the same time try to keep up with political, cultural, geophysical, astronomical, and so-called paranormal news from around the world -- looking within, looking without, and trying to keep both feet on the ground all at the same time.

---Edgar French, Knoxville, Tennessee

[Here are a few other items you might find interesting: NHNE News Brief 31 (http://nen.sedona.net/nhne/nhnenb31.html); NHNE Special Report, "Letters about Geological Cataclysmic Global Upheaval" (http://nen.sedona.net/nhne/geoletters.html); NHNE Special Article, "Pole Shift Torpedoed by Author" (http://nen.sedona.net/nhne/poleshift.html). DS]

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THE YEAR IN REVIEW
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LESSER-KNOWN SCIENCE STORIES OF 1996
(Sources: Shanti Menon, Tim Folger, Tim Appenzeller, Sarah Richardson, Jeffrey WInters, Tom Waters, Carl Zimmer, Mary Roach, Michael M. Abrams, Karen Wright, Fred Guteri, Jeff Goldberg, DISCOVER, 1/97; TIME, 9/18/95)

1996 was a big year for science. Some of the major stories of the year such as the confirmation of planets circling nearby stars, the breakthrough in the treatment in AIDS, the discovery of Archae as the third branch in the Tree of Life, the Galileo flyby of Jupiter and its moons, the possible discovery of water on the Moon and on the moons of Jupiter, the discovery of 1,500 previously unknown galaxies in the Hubble Deep Field, the dramatic visit of Comet Hyakutake, garnered significant media attention. Here are some science stories of 1996 that you may have missed:

THE LEGEND OF DAMASCUS STEEL

Sri Lanka archeologist Gill Juleff of UNIVERSITY COLLEGE in London uncovered what she felt was the secret of the legendary Damascus Steel. During the time of the Crusades, Christian knights discovered much to their dismay that the Arabs had weapons of remarkable strength and sharpness -- a technical advantage that made them impossible to conquer. From excavations and experiments in Sri Lanka, she determined that Sinhalese ironworkers had developed furnaces whose aerodynamic design and orientation created a natural bellows-effect driven by the prevailing monsoon winds to create a fire of 2,600 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough for iron to combine with charcoal to produce high-quality carbon steel. She estimated that from the seventh to eleventh centuries, the 77 known steel mill sites on the island could have produced 3,500 tons of iron and steel, some of which was exported to Africa and the Near East to be worked into formidable swords and spears.

THE PLANET WITHIN

The inner core of the Earth behaves almost as though it is own planet. This 1,500-mile-wide sphere of solid iron is separated from the rest of the globe by an outer core of churning molten iron. In 1996, as a further indication of its independence, the inner core was discovered to be rotating faster than the rest of the globe. Seismologist Xiaodong Song and his associate Paul Richards of the LAMONT-DOHERTY EARTH OBSERVATORY confirmed the fact by studying 30 years of records of seismic waves as they moved through the core. The faster spin of the core, which amounts to about a one degree gain on the rest of the globe per year, is attributed to the convective flow of the outer core setting up two jet streams of molten iron that ring the inner core's north and south poles and drag the inner core along like the rotor in an electric motor.

DUMB COUSIN?

150,000 years ago, Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens lived similar lives. They made the same type of tools, hunted the same type of animals, and lived in similar places. So why did Neanderthals die out and Homo Sapiens flourish? At a paleontology conference last April, anthropologists Erik Trinkaus and Chris Ruff announced that studies of the bone structures of both races indicated that Neanderthals were less efficient in their use of tools and therefore had to expend more energy to accomplish the same results. According to Trinkaus, one of the keys to evolutionary success is the efficient use of energy -- the more efficient a people, the better their chances of survival. Studies of ancient skeletons also indicated that Neanderthal children were put to work at an earlier age -- carrying heavy loads and helping with the hunting -- than Homo Sapiens children who remained in camp socializing with other children and adults. Such a social structure may have also given early human children a better chance of survival. Some critics argued that Ruff and Trinkaus did not have enough archeological evidence to make such claims. They pointed to Neanderthal artifacts such as a bone flute, stone tools showing traces of pitch that may have been used to glue on handles, and a curious structure found in a cave in southern France made of stalagtites and stalagmites, that seemed to be built more for ceremonial use than shelter. Musical instruments, sophisticated tools, and ceremonial structures weaken the argument that Neanderthal was just our dumb cousin, and that the differences may be more neurological than intellectual.

WHEN MEMORIES LIE

Deciding whether memories are true or false is a matter of considerable controversy. This year, medical researchers at HARVARD UNIVERSITY shed some light on the nature of memory storage and retrieval. In a series of tests, subjects were read aloud a list of words to remember. Ten minutes later, they were read another list and asked to indicate which words were on the previous list and which words were not. Some words on the first list like "pie" and "sweet" were replaced by similar words on the second list like "cake" and "sugar." What the researchers found was that while PET scans of the brain showed the medial temporal lobe was active during the retrieval of both true and false memories, only true memories showed activity in the temporal parietal region. This region is thought to process sounds, and its activity may reflect the auditory memory of how the words sounded when they were read aloud. These findings seemed to support previous studies which indicated that true memories tended to be supported by more physical and sensory details. At this time, PET-scan technology is not a reliable enough indicator to differentiate between false and true memories in a court of law, but the study is a solid beginning in understanding the nature of false memories.

THE GREAT EXTINCTION EXPLAINED

At the end of the Permian Period 250 million years ago, a mass extinction wiped out 95 percent of all ocean-dwelling species and 70 percent of all land-dwelling vertebrates. Compare this to the 50 percent which were killed off when a massive asteroid or comet slammed into the Gulf of Mexico 65 million years ago. The actual cause of the Permian extinctions has been hotly debated. 1996 saw a new theory from Richard Bambach of the VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE that fit nicely with much of the evidence. During the Permian, the Earth's landmasses formed a single supercontinent called Pangea. Unbroken sea covered the rest of the world. The weather was warm, with no polar ice caps. As a result there was little circulation of the ocean, for polar ice caps are the engine which drive vigorous oceanic currents. Organic matter rained down to the ocean depths and the decay and stagnant water created a zone devoid of oxygen. Carbon dioxide built up in the depths reaching 30 times present-day levels -- a disaster waiting to happen. Because most of the atmospheric carbon dioxide was dissolved in sea water, a reverse greenhouse effect kicked in, and the climate began to cool. For the first time in tens of millions of years polar glaciers appeared, firing up the circulation of ocean waters and stirring up noxious carbon dioxide-laden water from the deeps. In an odd chain reaction, the release of the carbon dioxide created a greenhouse effect, the planet heated up, the poles melted and the ocean currents slowed down, only to repeat the cycle once again. While carbon dioxide poisoning decimated the sea life, the rapid climate swings wiped out land-based organisms. In the sea, the losers tended to be those with passive respiration like corals that were not able to control the rate at which gases went in and out of their bodies. More successful were active breathers which could flush out excess carbon dioxide, such as snails and clams. On land, it was the huge amphibians and mammal-like reptiles that were least capable of handling the fluctuations in climate.

FROM VILLAIN TO HERO

Oviraptor was a dinosaur with a bad rap. When the first examples of the species were discovered in Mongolia in the 1920s, they were found close to a nest of eggs -- eggs the paleontologists assumed they must have been devouring. Recently, a similar nest of eggs was found so well preserved that one embryo inside could be identified, and much to the surprise of paleontologists, it was a baby Oviraptor! Then this year, two teams independently unearthed fossils of Oviraptors actually sitting on such nests of eggs. Few animals have experienced such a dramatic rehabilitation, for it now looks like instead of a villain, Oviraptor was a devoted parent. The texture of the sandstone rocks in which the fossils were discovered suggested that the nesting parents were engulfed in a sudden desert sandstorm -- an 80 million-year-old testimonial in stone of their dedication to their unborn brood.

A NEW LAND-BASED ECOSYSTEM

In 1986, engineers drilling a hole at a construction site in Romania punched a hole into a cave system that had been sealed off from the outside world for 5.5 million years. The report of what they found was just released this year. The cave was crawling with spiders, scorpions, leeches, and millipedes thriving in total darkness and isolation. In the total absence of light, bacteria in the cave practiced chemosynthesis, using hydrogen sulfide in the cave air, rather than sunlight as a source of energy to make carbohydrates. All other life forms in the cave either ate the bacteria or lived on organisms that did. The ecosystem was similar to those found around geothermal vents on the ocean floor, but was the first of its kind found on land that did not derive its energy from sunlight. 33 of the 40 species found in the cave are known nowhere else in the world. This discovery of unexpected life might be an indication of where to look for life on other planets like Mars.

SPERM COUNTS REVISITED

An article in NHNE NEWS BRIEF 20 announced, "In a study of 15,000 men from 21 countries, Danish scientists discovered an alarming plunge of nearly 50% in average sperm counts in the past 50 years. If trends in sperm counts continue, the average man will be infertile in 100 years." However, later this year there were indications that the future of the human race might not be as gloomy as first expected. Harry Fisch, Director of the Male Reproductive Center at COLUMBIAN PRESBYTERIAN MEDICAL CENTER in New York believed that the discouraging findings of the Danish study might be more a reflection of geography than a long-term global trend. He pointed out that most of the preliminary data in the Danish study came from New York, while later data was gathered in developing countries. For some inexplicable reason, New York men are particularly fertile -- the average sperm count of a New York man is double that of his California counterpart. Not only do sperm counts vary regionally, they also fluctuate from year to year. Fisch concluded, "There's really no conclusive evidence of any change [in sperm counts] over the last 25 years."

PATENTING LIFE

Since the late 1970s, the U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE had issued more than 1,500 patents on genetic material. In 1980, an oil-degrading bacterium was the first organism to be patented. This was followed by the first patented mammal -- a genetically engineered mouse -- in 1988. The issue of whether it was morally right to patent human genes came to a head this year when a "genetic rights" coalition was formed to oppose the patenting of a gene implicated in early-onset breast cancer. The mutations occurred in a tumor-suppressing gene called BRCA1. While most American women have only a 10 percent risk of breast cancer, women who carry mutations in the BRCA1 gene run an 82 percent risk. A team of researchers assembled by MYRIAD GENETICS of Salt Lake City discovered the gene in 1994 and in 1996 MYRIAD started marketing a test that could identify BRCA1 mutations from blood samples. The group, which included prominent feminists Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem, and Betty Friedan and headed up by activist Jeremy Rifkin, questioned whether such genetic tests would actually save lives or pose a threat to women's privacy and jeopardize their ability to get health insurance. Recognizing that genetic-rights issues would soon affect broader medical constituencies, President Clinton signed a bill last summer that prohibited insurance companies from treating a genetic susceptibility as a "pre-existing condition" for which coverage could be denied. Meanwhile, MYRIAD GENETICS had already received a patent on a gene involved in high blood pressure and was working on DNA tests for prostate and colon cancer, as well as asthma, obesity and osteoporosis.

DIGITAL X-RAY MACHINE

Little had changed with the humble X ray since it was invented by German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen in 1895, until this year when Larry Antonuk of the UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN and Robert Street of XEROX created the first digital X-ray machine. Like traditional X-ray technology, it was cheap and quick, but by replacing film with more sensitive electronics, it had the additional advantages of using only half the radiation and the digital images were easier to enhance electronically as well as store and transmit. The inventors expected the first machines to hit the marketplace in 1997. (JG)

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NHNE'S SIGNIFICANT EVENTS OF 1996:

Here are some of the stories covered this year by the NHNE NEWS BRIEF, which began publishing weekly on May 31, 1996.

JANUARY:

Gordon-Michael Scallion predicts tsunamis off B.C., Oregon, and Washington State coastlines in '96.

Microbiologists discover that the Carbon-14 tests which previously indicated the Shroud of Turin (a cloth many believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus) was only 800 years old, were corrupted by bacteria and fungi. New tests place the true age of the Shroud at the time of Christ.

Aliens allegedly captured in Varginha, Brazil.

FEBRUARY:

Garry Kasparov beats IBM's "Deep Blue" chess computer with a record of three wins, two draws and one loss -- the first game a chess master has ever lost to a computer.

MAY:

An asteroid one third of a mile across narrowly misses Earth by a cosmic hairsbreadth of 280,000 miles.

Gordon-Michael Scallion predicts the imminent eruption of Mount Rainier and a quake of 7.7 or greater hitting Los Angeles.

A huge freshwater lake is discovered under the Antarctic ice.

Martin Hinton, keeper of Zoology at the BRITISH MUSEUM from 1936 to 1945, finally identified as the perpetuator of the Piltdown Man hoax.

90 giant pyramids, one 300 meters (1,000 feet) high, are discovered in China.

Solar activity linked to earthquakes.

Female white buffalo calf born in South Dakota on the ranch of Joe Merrival, a full-blooded Lakota Sioux.

JUNE:

Marlo Morgan's "Mutant Message" debunked.

Comet Hale-Bopp visible to naked eye.

Chet Snow predicts 1996 will see, amongst other things, the death of the Pope, the eruption of Mount Rainier, and a major earthquake in India. Snow says that if these come to pass, we are entering the worst-case scenario of the Tribulation.

Happy-face crop circle discovered in California.

Patterson Bigfoot film declared a hoax.

Hillary Clinton is roasted by the mainstream media for associating with Jean Houston, Marianne Williamson, Anthony Robbins, and other leaders of the human potential/planetary transformation movement.

JULY:

Gordon-Michael Scallion's four-quake scenario, which was supposed to initiate catastrophic global earth changes, fizzles out.

Julia Set and Triple Julia Set crop circles appear in England.

NHNE receives the McKINLEY GROUP's "3-Star Site" Award.

"Independence Day" premiers.

Hurricane Bertha hits East Coast at 35 degrees latitude as predicted by Gordon-Michael Scallion.

Bones of 9,000 year-old "Kennewick Man" found in Washington State.

AUGUST:

Gordon-Michael Scallion predicts that in December 1996 large quakes will hit one, or both, U.S. coasts.

PENTHOUSE MAGAZINE prints what it claims are photos of an authentic alien; it is in fact a movie prop in a Roswell museum.

NASA announces that evidence in meteorites points to life on Mars.

Formation of Snowflake crop circle allegedly videotaped at Oliver's Castle, England.

SEPTEMBER:

A London brokerage firm begins offering insurance protection against extraterrestrials with bad intentions.

Gay Balfour invents a machine that vacuums up prairie dogs. Called "Dog-Gone," this Rube Goldberg-like contraption was put together based upon details that he received in a dream.

Researchers at Finland's TAMPERE UNIVERSITY claim to have created an anti-gravity device, but then withdraw their claims.

1908 Siberian fireball identified as a 200-foot meteorite that exploded four miles above the surface of the Earth.

Bowing to public pressure, NASA agrees to have new Mars Global Observer make a new photo reconnaissance of the Cydonia Landform (the Face on Mars).

Archaea, a new class of lifeform, discovered living in undersea geothermal vents.

"Star Trek" celebrates 30-year anniversary.

Crop circle hoaxer Rod Dickinson claims that most major crop circles of the last 10 years are hoaxes.

NHNE launches Spirit of Sedona Contest; deadline March 1, 1997.

OCTOBER:

The U.S. Geological Survey reports earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 or greater have remained fairly constant throughout this century and have actually decreased in recent years.

Scientists are baffled by a plague of deformed frogs appearing across the Midwest, as well as in Vermont and Quebec.

The latest FORBES list of the 400 wealthiest people in America indicates that it is ideas which now lead to great fortunes; in years past, wealth was made through owning hard assets such as land, steel or oil.

Thieves in Australia steal the world's only known set of fossilized Stegosaurus prints, which are considered sacred by the Aborigines.

Pope declares that he accepts evolution as "more than just a theory."

Three-part Special Report on Gordon-Michael Scallion featuring comments by NHNE's David Sunfellow airs on KHOU-TV in Houston.

NOVEMBER:

An English translation of the entire Dead Sea Scrolls is finally published, providing greater access to the ancient documents that have fascinated religious scholars for decades.

GENERAL MOTORS starts mass producing their first electric vehicle, marking what they dub, "The start of a new era in the auto industry."

John White, author of Pole Shift, now claims that there is no likelihood of an imminent pole shift.

Houston astronomer Chuck Shramek announces that he has discovered a companion to the Hale-Bopp Comet.

Courtney Brown, of the FARSIGHT INSTITUTE claims that his remote viewers have confirmed the existence of the Hale-Bopp companion and that it is an ET craft.

Alan Hale refutes Shramek's claims, stating that the alleged Hale-Bopp companion is simply a star. This position is confirmed by professional astronomers all over the planet.

DECEMBER:

NHNE awards CNI NEWS the first NHNE Toby Award.

The U.S. DEFENSE DEPARTMENT announces that water has been discovered on the Moon.

Evidence indicates that the TWA 800 crash was caused by a fuel tank explosion as predicted by remote viewer Ed Dames.

Galactic Federation fails to materialize as predicted by Courtney Brown.

Photon Belt fails to materialize as predicted by Sheldon Nidle. (JG/DS)

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STATE-OF-THE-WORLD INDICATORS -- 11/1/96
(Source: Jean Harrison, MILLENNIUM INSTITUTE NEWS, 11/96)

World Population ............ 5,798,241,673
Species Extinctions Per Day ............ 104
Years Until 1/3 Of Species Are Lost ............ 10
Years Until Half of Crude Oil Is Gone ............ 4
Percent Antarctic Ozone Depletion ............ 70+
Carbon Dioxide, Years Until Doubling ............ 61
Years of Fresh Water Remaining ............ 10

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THE WAY WE ARE
(Source: Haya El Nasser, USA TODAY, 11/22/96)

THE U.S. CENSUS BUREAU's "116th Edition of the Statistical Abstract of the United States" is just out, providing a statistical insight into some of the more obscure facets of our lives:

-- We are drinking less booze (36 gallons in 1994, down from 43 in 1980) but more soft drinks (52 gallons in 1994, up from 35 in 1980).

We are eating less beef (64 pounds in 1994, down from 80 in 1980) and more chicken (50 pounds in 1994, up from 28 in 1980).

-- 67 percent of working Americans work more than 40 hours per week.

-- Americans are spending $87 million A DAY on state lotteries, an increase of 1,200 percent since 1980.

-- We had $366 billion in credit card debts alone in 1994 -- that's $1,400 for every person in the U.S. and up 55 percent from 1990.

-- The U.S. has 3,906,544 miles of roads in 1994 -- enough to circle the Earth at the equator 157 times. (JG)

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