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The Nature of Archangels

Posted by Admin on November 1, 2012

by Owen K Waters

The Creator often sends additional help to us, the students of Classroom Earth, in our evolution towards spiritual growth. The most well-known example is Jesus, who was sent here to liberate humanity’s heart from the suppressive, archaic order which existed at the time. By following the principles laid down by Jesus during his short incarnation, people were given the key to the unfoldment of heart-centered consciousness. If more people had chosen to live in the spirit of his teachings, the world would be a far better place today.

Here we are, two thousand years later, standing on the doorstep of the cosmic event called The Shift. Even today, humanity is still learning to open up to the heart-centered consciousness which is a prerequisite for future incarnations upon this planet. Those who choose to delay their entry into heart-centered consciousness at this critical juncture will be accommodated elsewhere in God’s universe for their future incarnations. Planet Earth, in her new frequency after The Shift, will no longer be a matching environment for the old level of self-serving consciousness.

Upon his physical death and ascension to the higher realms, Jesus resumed his natural, pre-incarnational state of archangelic existence. As the highest form of human existence, archangels exist in sixth density and fill that level of existence, plus the fifth-density soul realms, the fourth-density spirit realms, and the third-density physical world with their presence. Functionally, they are global spirits as their awareness encompasses all inhabited realms of the globe at all times.

You can communicate with archangels quite easily; there is no special protocol. You simply think of an archangel whose name holds a special connection for you – such as Michael the protector, Gabriel the messenger, or Raphael the healer. Or, you might choose Jesus, Buddha or Krishna as these world teachers are, by necessity of their function, global archangelic intelligences.

Because of their all-present global reach, your thought will connect you to the archangel of your choice, who will then focus upon you to see if you need some form of spiritual help. That will intensify their presence and their focus upon you. Then, support, guidance, inspiration or healing will be dispensed as needed.

Sometimes, archangels produce a physical incarnation as an aspect of themselves. One example is the Archangel Michael who, in recent centuries, has taken on a role which could be described as a Lord of Freedom. At one point, he incarnated as the now-legendary mystic Merlin who guided the young King Arthur to introduce a new mindset. Instead of the old dog-eat-dog order, with the toughest alpha dog in control of the pack, Merlin introduced a new idea of cooperative equality. As a result, humanity had an example that inspired its steady climb out of the suppression imposed by the rigid hierarchical control of the day.

The archangel Michael incarnated again in the 1300s as a monk in France in order to take his new physical body through ascension. In his ascended physical state, he showed no sign of aging over several centuries. French historians later declared that he, in his role as the Count of Saint Germain, was alive for at least 500-600 years. One person at the royal court of France in the 1700s met him when she was a young teenager, then again when she was 70, and was aghast that St Germain had not aged noticeably.

Not limiting his efforts to one country, he also successfully served as the main inspiration behind the American Revolution of 1776, where America broke away from the control of Great Britain and became independent. Later, he told people that he would be away for some time in order to impress a man called George Stevenson about how to advance steam locomotives. Stevenson then produced the Stevenson’s Rocket, which developed the design of steam locomotives to the point where railways could be built for general transportation.

In the late 1800’s, he began focusing on the re-emergence of spirituality in the West by influencing what became the Theosophical movement. In the 1930s, his most memorable work was given through Godfre Ray King in the “I Am” series of books. Today, he works with spiritual groups in order to help inspire the new spirituality which is emerging as Earth transforms into a new level of consciousness.

As new thought movements flourished in the late 20th Century, the name St Germain became associated with teachings through many channels. At this point, a word of caution is in order. I have found in my observations since the 1960s that, sometimes, these channels are less than genuine. Time seems to sort out the good from the bad as the genuine material typically survives for decades while the fraudulent versions fade away from lack of attention.

Genuine St Germain material inspires people with new, uplifting concepts and includes a call to action. The other kind lacks inspiration but often includes statements that are confusing or which invoke some form of fear, interspersed with nice-sounding generalities, surprising predictions, and a liberal dose of flattery.

The flattery part expresses as a message that you are part of a very special and unique group, one which is somehow above all others. If, however, you ignore the flattery and listen with your intuitive sense, you will probably detect the energetic vortex that is designed to chain you into the orbit of a tightly-controlled group that will actually take you nowhere in the direction of spiritual freedom.

When you consciously keep a watchful eye for such obvious pointers, your natural ability of discernment will operate perfectly well and your intuitive sense will tell you all you need to know about whether a source of teaching is worth your time.

My own personal experience with St Germain is limited to the last two years, after he was introduced to me by my primary guide, the Lord Protector of The Shift. I work as an inspirational writer, which means that I write while being fed inspirational concepts and material from the guide. I am pleased to announce that, after many sessions of working together, we have produced extensive material to encourage spiritual growth in the New Reality. My next task is to work on packaging this new material into a format best suited for distance teaching.

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Apple Has Quietly Started Tracking iPhone Users Again, And It’s Tricky To Opt Out

Posted by Admin on October 21, 2012

http://www.businessinsider.com/ifa-apples-iphone-tracking-in-ios-6-2012-10

Jim Edwards| Oct. 11, 2012, 9:00 AM

Apple’s launch of the iPhone 5 in September came with a bunch of new commercialsto promote the device.But Apple didn’t shout quite so loud about an enhancement to its new mobile operating system, iOS 6, which also occurred in September: The company has started tracking users so that advertisers can target them again, through a new tracking technology called IFA or IDFA.Previously, Apple had all but disabled tracking of iPhone users by advertisers when it stopped app developers from utilizing Apple mobile device data via UDID, the unique, permanent, non-deletable serial number that previously identified every Apple device.

For the last few months, iPhone users have enjoyed an unusual environment in which advertisers have been largely unable to track and target them in any meaningful way.

In iOS 6, however, tracking is most definitely back on, and it’s more effective than ever, multiple mobile advertising executives familiar with IFA tell us. (Note that Apple doesn’t mention IFA in its iOS 6 launch page).

Users can switch off that targeting, but it’s tricky, as we discovered a couple of days ago. Although at least iOS 6 users are able to turn off tracking, which they weren’t before.

Here’s how it works.

IFA or IDFA stands for “identifier for advertisers.” It’s a random, anonymous number that is assigned to a user and their device. It is temporary and can be blocked, like a cookie.

When you look at an app, or browse the web, your presence generates a call for an ad. The publisher’s site that you’re looking at then passes the IFA to the ad server. The advertiser is then able to know that a specific iPhone user is looking at a specific publication and can serve an ad targeting that user. IFA becomes particularly useful, for instance, if an ad server notices that a particular IFA is looking at a lot of different car sites. Perhaps that user is interested in buying a new car. They’ll likely start seeing a lot of car ads on their iPhone.

More importantly, IFA will allow advertisers to track the user all the way to “conversion” — which for most advertisers consists of an app download. Previously, advertisers had no idea whether their ads actually drove people to download apps or buy things. Now IFA will tell them.

The IFA does not identify you personally — it merely provides a bunch of aggregate audience data that advertisers can target with ads.

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Tracking is on by default

The new iPhone operating system comes with three things that make tracking easier for advertisers and reduce the likelihood that you’ll opt out.

  • iOS 6 comes in a default “tracking on” position. You have to affirmatively switch it off if you do not want advertisers to see what you’re up to.
  • The tracking control in iPhone’s settings is NOT contained where you might expect it, under the “Privacy” menu. Instead, it’s found under “General,” then “About,” and then the “Advertising” section of the Settings menu.
  • The tracking control is titled “Limit Ad Tracking,” and must be turned to ON, not OFF, in order to work. That’s slightly confusing — “ON” means ads are off! — so a large number of people will likely get this wrong.

Those three factors combined mean that a huge proportion of iPhone users are unlikely to ever opt out of tracking.

“It’s a really pretty elegant, simple solution,” says Mobile Theory CEO Scott Swanson. “The biggest thing we’re excited about is that it’s on by default, so we expect most people will leave it on.”

(His take on IFA’s capabilities was confirmed by two other mobile ad execs at rival companies.)

Again, IFA doesn’t identify you as a person to advertisers. What it does do, however, is provide advertisers with “a really meaningful inference of behavior,” Swanson says. “We haven’t had access to that information before.”

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Destiny and Free Will

Posted by Admin on October 16, 2012

by Owen K Waters

In the Old Reality, things were seen as opposites – hot or cold, black or white, good or bad, this way or that way. In the expanded view of New Reality consciousness, life is seen in a unified way. Opposite sides of the coin are viewed, not as polar opposites, but rather as just being different aspects of the one coin.

In the New Reality view of the world, the opposite extremes of hot and cold become variable degrees of warmth. Black and white become, instead, endless shades of gray. Good and bad become different shades of human nature and these can be viewed without the judgment and fear that comes with Old Reality, polarized thinking.

In the Old Reality, destiny and free will were seen as mutually exclusive. The reasoning was that, if destiny exists, then it controls everything and, therefore, free will does not exist. On the other hand, you can prove that free will does exist by making a choice. So, as the thinking goes, if free will does exist, then there can be no destiny.

But, wait. Perhaps that choice of “free will” was really a pre-destined one. Perhaps the person was destined to make that choice all along, so the experience of choice was just an illusion. At this point, people usually give up on the whole question because it has turned into one of those brain teasers, like asking which came first – the chicken or the egg.

Brain teasers keep your mind in an endless loop until you step back from the situation and see it in a wider perspective. The new, wider perspective allows for the inclusion of non-materialistic factors. In deciding whether the chicken or the egg came first, for example, you just have to step back and see that the Creator designed the chicken to be self-perpetuating.

When you step back and see destiny and free will from a wider perspective, you realize that nothing has to be absolute. If every event in your life were pre-ordained, there would be no such thing as free will or self-determination. As we do have free will, destiny cannot be fixed.

Destiny is therefore variable, not fixed. Destiny and free will both exist as interwoven facets of your life. Like threads in a tapestry, they interact with each other and blend to form the outcomes that are the events in your life.

Your destiny is created by plans that you made at a soul level of consciousness. Before you were born, you made your main plan for this life. Then, the minute you were born, the rules of the game demanded that you also get a case of amnesia about the whole arrangement. Such is the game of life in the physical realm.

However, at night when you go to sleep, you have the ability to go to the deepest levels of human consciousness and review how the original plan is unfolding and make changes to your plan if desired. When you return to your physical body and awake in the morning, amnesia strikes again. Within seconds of your conscious mind returning into your physical brain, you forget both the surface dreams and the deep experiences of the night.

Amnesia may be a part of the game we are playing in this life, but inner guidance is always available to anyone who pays attention to it. Your intuition is your link to your soul, or inner being, which is also linked to the rest of the universe and all levels of Creation.

You are never left alone to fumble in the darkness of a purely physical life. Your inner being is always there with you, expressing itself through the quiet whisperings of intuitive information. Thanks to this inner compass of knowing, you can always sense which choice feels right. You can always tell when your life is running on plan, and you can tell equally well if you’ve become temporarily distracted from your plan. You always have the means to be right on course, or get back on course, and explore the fascinating themes that make up your life plan.

The most productive use of free will is to explore your true potential within the themes of your life, thus gaining the greatest possible experience from your life plan.

Destiny is an influence that comes from your inner plan. There is nothing absolute about your destiny. It’s a pressure which constantly seeks the best route to unfold into manifestation.

Free will provides the means to manifest that destiny in a way that provides the learning that you came here to acquire in this life.

Destiny is variable. It adapts to new circumstances in your life every day. As destiny unfolds, you feel it within as a sense of being a part of the flow of life, of manifesting your potential in the way that you planned for this day and that you planned for this life.

Destiny is the plan. Free will is the action. Experience is the result.

That’s what being human is.

This was an excerpt from Owen Waters’ book, Spirituality Made Simple.*

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The Meaning of Life

Posted by Admin on October 10, 2012

by Owen K Waters

Just as there were rules to understand in the Old Reality, there are rules which are best adopted when taking action in the New Reality.

The Old Reality was about gaining courage and developing intellect. The New Reality is about unconditional love and inner wholeness.

Wholeness is personally-inspired integrity without the “shoulds” that others may try to impose upon you.

The frequency of consciousness in the New Reality is heart-centered. Unconditional love comes naturally; you need only let it flow through your heart and allow that energy to be who you are.

When you shift to the expanded consciousness of the New Reality, the universe reorganizes itself around you to reflect that higher reality. Externally-imposed rules are replaced by internal, love-based choices.

To become whole is to become harmoniously fully-functional. In such a reality, you treat yourself and others with unconditional love and care. To care less than that for yourself, or less than that for others, would mean being less than whole.

You are an expression of Infinite Being as it experiences itself from all possible perspectives. Your perspective is unique, as is everyone else’s. That is the point of the whole exercise – for Infinite Being to experience life from as many perspectives as possible.

In order to best support this primary mission of human experience, we need to both celebrate our own uniqueness and support others in their efforts to develop their own skills and talents. Unity is our spiritual nature, yet it is found through celebrating our diversity in the common cause of developing our potential to the fullest.

The One is the All and, as parts of the All, we are essentially the One. At the deepest level of consciousness, we are Infinite Being.

Everyone’s path is unique because that’s the way life was designed. There is no one-size-fits-all philosophy. However, we can learn about the universal laws that will help us achieve our potential in life.

Your mind is non-physical and therefore has higher capabilities than your physical brain. Your mind is immortal and it grows with experience. We are each on our own pathways back to the One source from which we originally came. To get there, we continually grow in consciousness by experiencing life.

The meaning of life is to grow in consciousness.

This was an excerpt from Owen Waters’ book, Spirituality Made Simple.*

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Shutdown hits normal life in Karnataka

Posted by Admin on October 7, 2012

http://in.news.yahoo.com/shutdown-hits-normal-life-karnataka-063958980–finance.html

By Indo Asian News Service | IANS India Private Limited – 14 hours ago

Bangalore, Oct 6 (IANS) A day-long shutdown to protest the release of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu crippled life in Karnataka Saturday.

The state-wide shutdown called by farmers and pro-Kannada organisations is supported by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the opposition Congress and Janata Dal-Secular.

Uneasy calm prevailed in Bangalore and other cities and towns of the state.

“The 12-hour shutdown began at 6 a.m. There were stray incidents of road blockade, forcible closure of shops and damage to a couple of state-run buses,” a senior police official told IANS here.

The state-run transport services of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) were suspended amid fears of damage to the vehicles by miscreants.

Although train and flight services remained unaffected, passengers were stranded at the railway station here, as autorickshaws and taxis remained off the roads.

The state education department late Friday advised schools and colleges to declare a holiday Saturday to ensure safety of students during the bandh.

Companies offering 24×7 services like call centres and business process outsourcing had to make arrangements to escort their employees to work and back home.

With commercial establishments like shops, malls, restaurants and petrol pumps shut, life has virtually come to a standstill in the state capital, Mysore, Hassan, Mangalore, Hubli, Belgaum and Shimoga.

Supply of essential commodities like milk and medicines and ambulance service were, however, exempted from the shutdown.

The security has been beefed up across the state.

Additional police personnel were deployed at vital installations and sensitive areas, especially in Bangalore.

The state has been releasing 9,000 cusecs of water daily since Sep 29 in compliance with the Supreme Court order of Sep 19, directing the prime minister, who is also the chairman of the Cauvery River Authority, to supervise the distribution of water in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

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Companies That Collaborated With Nazis

Posted by Admin on October 7, 2012

http://in.finance.yahoo.com/news/companies-collaborated-nazis-211837425.html

By Greg McFarlane | Investopedia – Wed 3 Oct, 2012 2:48 AM IST

For a brief period in the late 1930s and 1940s, Adolf Hitler managed to redefine and personify evil in a way that even ancient mass-murderers such as Tamerlane and Genghis Khan never aspired to. By virtue of Hitler taking complete control of the most powerful country on the European continent, practically every existing business entity in Germany thus became a de facto instrument of this new and tyrannical government. At that time, doing business in Germany meant supporting Hitler, so it’s not fair to frame all these businesses as enthusuastic Nazi collaborators. While some of these businesses exist and flourish today, it’s likely that millions of their customers have no idea of these companies’ past dealings with the Nazi party.

Bayer
It seems that almost any German multinational of a certain vintage can find a link to the Nazi regime. In some cases, that link is more direct than in others. Bayer was founded in Germany in 1863, and has been a household name in North America since not long after. Today, despite making everything from polymers to blood glucose monitors, Bayer remains most famous for being the company that first discovered (or more accurately, isolated) aspirin.

The most outrageous thing about Bayer’s connection to the Nazi regime is the timing. In 1956, Bayer welcomed a new chairman of the board: a second-generation chemist named Fritz ter Meer. Bayer’s directors must have liked what they saw in Fritz ter Meer, whose resume included the study of law, employment with his father’s company and three years in prison for war crimes.

It’s not as if ter Meer had been punished for, say, being ordered against his will to stand guard at Dachau. No, he helped plan Monowitz, a concentration camp better known as Auschwitz III. He also built the infamous Buna factory, where his colleagues conducted human experiments and forced slaves to build critical components for the Wehrmacht. Furthermore, Fritz ter Meer never denied his involvement, and he was sentenced to seven years in prison during the infamous Nuremburg Trials.

However, ter Meer served less than half of his sentence. Even then, having been subjected to a wrist slap from a light and fluffy pillow, ter Meer didn’t merely fall into obscurity. He not only held the highest executive position at Bayer, but also served on the boards of several other companies before retiring in the 1960s and dying of natural causes at the age of 83.

Siemens
Next time you’re in your garage, look at the brand names of the products you find. If you own a damping pin, turbo compressor or fluoroscope, there’s a good chance it carries the Siemens logo. The company is worth approximately $89 billion, employs roughly 370,000 people and claims to operate in about 190 countries.

When World War II became the major topic of concern for Germany, Siemens was there. The company forced slaves to manufacture components for the rockets that ended up raining down on London and Antwerp, Belgium in short order. In the early 21st century, Siemens began to pay reparations to the workers it had paid nary a pfennig to 55 years earlier.

IG Farben
For some of us of a certain age, BASF was the company that made cassette tapes. Another German multinational that’s been around since the 19th century, BASF is similar to Siemens in another way, in that it produces the unglamorous if vital things that make life better: engineering plastics, chemical coatings and polymers that their end users don’t even notice.

In 1925, BASF and a couple of partners formed an infamous conglomerate named IG Farben. One of the chemicals manufactured by the company at the time was Zyklon B, which was the gas used to suffocate untold millions of concentration camp prisoners during the Holocaust.

In 1951, when the victors partitioned Germany, the Western Allies restored IG Farben into its original components. Today, BASF continues to trade as one of the featured securities on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, with a market capitalization of over $60 billion.

The Bottom Line
In a world where Chick-Fil-A can face a boycott because of the religious views of its chairman, and British Petroleum can be the subject of virulent protests because of a tragic accident, it’s tough to imagine what form of consumer activism would be appropriate if the companies featured on this list were doing business today with hated regimes.

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Shocking Photos: Poachers chop Rhinos’ horns

Posted by Admin on October 4, 2012

http://in.news.yahoo.com/photos/shocking-photos-poachers-chop-rhinos-horns-slideshow/

Rattled by the slaughter of six rhinos in a week, Dispur has decided to constitute a state wildlife crime control bureau to protect the state’s fauna. Chief minister Tarun Gogoi made the announcement today while expressing concern over the recent spate of rhino poaching in and around Kaziranga National Park. He said the proposed bureau would track criminals, manage databases, carry out thorough investigation and break the network of poachers. (telegraphindia.com)

Shocking Photos: Poachers chop Rhinos’ horns

Villagers look at a wounded rare one horned Rhinoceros which was shot and dehorned by poachers in a jungle in Parku hills near Kaziranga National Park, about 250 kilometers east of Guwahati. Two rare rhinos brutally attacked by poachers this week in northeast India have died, veterinarians said September 29, 2012 triggering protests at local authorities’ failure to protect the animals. AFP PHOTO/Biju BORO

Shocking Photos: Poachers chop Rhinos’ horns

Indian forest officials stand near a one horned horn Rhinoceros, which was killed and de-horned by the poachers at Karbi hills near Kaziranga National Park, some 250km east of Guwahati the capital city the northeastern state of Assam on September 27, 2012. A rhino was killed by poachers and its horn removed in the early hours on Thursday, barely a day after one was killed and another left bleeding in the world-famous Kaziranga National Park. AFP PHOTO/ Biju Boro

Shocking Photos: Poachers chop Rhinos’ horns

An Indian forest official shows the bullets used by poachers to shoot a one horned horn Rhinoceros, which was killed and de-horned by the poachers at Karbi hills near Kaziranga National Park, some 250km east of Guwahati the capital city the northeastern state of Assam on September 27, 2012. A rhino was killed by poachers and its horn removed in the early hours on Thursday, barely a day after one was killed and another left bleeding in the world-famous Kaziranga National Park. AFP PHOTO/ Biju Boro

Shocking Photos: Poachers chop Rhinos’ horns

An Indian Forestry Department official, riding an elephant, pulls away the carcass of a rhino killed by poachers at Bagori range in Kaziranga National Park, some 250 kms east of Guwahati, on September 28, 2012. A rare rhino, whose horn was hacked off by poachers, died after struggling for its life for over a day. The gravely injured rhino was found in the deluged Kaziranga National Park on September 27, bleeding from gunshot injuries and a huge wound on its snout after poachers cut off its horn, nose and part of its ear. AFP PHOTO/BIJU BORO

Shocking Photos: Poachers chop Rhinos’ horns

In this file photograph taken on September 26, 2012 villagers look at a wounded endangered one horned Rhinoceros which was shot and dehorned by poachers in the jungle of Parku hills near Kaziranga National Park, about 250 kilometers east of Guwahati. Two rare rhinos brutally attacked by poachers this week in northeast India have died, veterinarians said September 29, 2012, triggering protests at local authorities’ failure to protect the animals. AFP PHOTO/ Biju BORO/FILES

Shocking Photos: Poachers chop Rhinos’ horns

Rattled by the slaughter of six rhinos in a week, Dispur has decided to constitute a state wildlife crime control bureau to protect the state’s fauna. Chief minister Tarun Gogoi made the announcement today while expressing concern over the recent spate of rhino poaching in and around Kaziranga National Park. He said the proposed bureau would track criminals, manage databases, carry out thorough investigation and break the network of poachers.The government took the decision after drawing flak from various quarters over its failure to curb poaching of rhinos in the state. The state bureau is likely to be constituted on the lines of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, which was formed by the Centre on June 6, 2007, by amending the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

Shocking Photos: Poachers chop Rhinos’ horns

He said the number of anti-poaching camps in Karbi Anglong district would also be increased to prevent killing of Kaziranga rhinos that strayed into the district during floods. “I will take up the issue (of setting up of the camps) with Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council as Karbi Anglong is a Sixth Schedule area.” The chief minister also stressed the involvement local people in wildlife conservation and mooted constitution of animal defence parties on the lines of village defence parties.Slamming the Opposition for criticising his government over the incidents of rhino poaching, he said Assam was among the best performing states in the country in wildlife conservation and the number of rhinos had ncreased in Kaziranga during his tenure. “The number of rhinos has increased from 1,080 in 1984 to 2,201 in 2001.”

Shocking Photos: Poachers chop Rhinos’ horns

Gogoi, however, was quick to add, “I am not trying to justify the recent killings of rhinos at Kaziranga. We have taken it very seriously. What I am saying is that nobody should play politics on this issue.”The chief minister said the state government would publish a white paper on steps taken by it for protection of animals and those taken by erstwhile governments.He said the increase in number of rhinos in Kaziranga had, in fact, become a problem, with the animals straying out of the protected area to adjoining forests in Karbi Anglong district, where poachers and militants attacked them for their horns.Sources said one way of tackling the poaching menace during the floods was to deploy adequate security forces like the CRPF and army in the Karbi Anglong hills, to which the animals head in search of higher ground. “There is need for heavier deployment of security forces between April and October when floods occur and the animals of the park start moving to Karbi Anglong,” a source said.

Shocking Photos: Poachers chop Rhinos’ horns

According to him, in Karbi Anglong, the weapon to guard ratio was 1:2, which was unfavourable in an encounter situation. “Besides, we have weapons like the .303 and .315 rifles which have to be cocked for every shot, by which time the poachers, who are armed with automatic weapons, can fire several bursts,” he said. The source said all poachers, however, did not have sophisticated weapons. “We have found empty cases and live cartridges of SLRs and AK-series rifles as also those of .303. This shows that even militants could be involved apart from the traditional poachers whose signature is the 303 rifle,” he said.Asked about a possible remedy, he said local youths should be provided livelihood opportunities to keep them from being lured by poaching gangs. “We must be able to ensure another generation of poachers does not come up while dealing with those already into the trade.”

Shocking Photos: Poachers chop Rhinos’ horns

Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) standing mist of long grasses, Kazaringa, India.

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US military deaths in Afghanistan hit 2,000

Posted by Admin on October 1, 2012

http://news.yahoo.com/us-military-deaths-afghanistan-hit-2-000-063934010.html

By PATRICK QUINN | Associated Press – 3 hrs ago

FILE- In this file photograph made on July 29, 2010, upon landing after a helicopter rescue mission, Tech. Sgt. Jeff Hedglin, right, an Air Force Pararescueman, or PJ, drapes an American flag over the remains of the first of two U.S. soldiers killed minutes earlier in an IED attack, assisted by fellow PJs, Senior Airman Robert Dieguez, center, and 1st Lt. Matthew Carlisle, in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan have surpassed 2,000, a grim reminder that a war which began nearly 11 years ago shows no signs of slowing down despite an American decision to begin the withdrawal of most of its combat forces. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The killing of an American serviceman in an exchange of fire with allied Afghan soldiers pushed U.S. military deaths in the war to 2,000, a cold reminder of the perils that remain after an 11-year conflict that now garners little public interest at home.

The toll has climbed steadily in recent months with a spate of attacks by Afghan army and police — supposed allies — against American and NATO troops. That has raised troubling questions about whether countries in the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan will achieve their aim of helping the government in Kabul and its forces stand on their own after most foreign troops depart in little more than two years.

“The tally is modest by the standards of war historically, but every fatality is a tragedy and 11 years is too long,” said Michael O’Hanlon, a fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington. “All that is internalized, however, in an American public that has been watching this campaign for a long time. More newsworthy right now are the insider attacks and the sense of hopelessness they convey to many. “

Attacks by Afghan soldiers or police — or insurgents disguised in their uniforms — have killed 52 American and other NATO troops so far this year.

“We have to get on top of this. It is a very serious threat to the campaign,” the U.S. military’s top officer, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, said about the insider threat.

The top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, was blunter.

“I’m mad as hell about them, to be honest with you,” Allen told CBS’ “60 Minutes” in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday. “It reverberates everywhere across the United States. You know, we’re willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign, but we’re not willing to be murdered for it.”

The insider attacks are considered one of the most serious threats to the U.S. exit strategy from the country. In its latest incarnation, that strategy has focused on training Afghan forces to take over security nationwide — allowing most foreign troops to go home by the end of 2014.

As part of that drawdown, the first 33,000 U.S. troops withdrew by the end of September, leaving 68,000 still in Afghanistan. A decision on how many U.S. troops will remain next year will be taken after the American presidential elections. NATO currently has 108,000 troops in Afghanistan — including U.S. forces — down from nearly 150,000 at its peak last year.

The program to train and equip 350,000 Afghan policemen and soldiers has cost the American taxpayer more than $22 billion in the past three years.

The most recent attack came just days after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said most U.S. and coalition combat units in Afghanistan returned to their practice of partnering with Afghan forces, nearly two weeks after the top U.S. commander put restrictions on such cooperation.

Like so many other deaths in Afghanistan, the latest were shrouded in confusion and conflicting accounts.

On Sunday, U.S. officials confirmed the deaths of two Americans, a service member and a civilian contractor killed late Saturday.

The fighting started when insurgents attacked a checkpoint set up by U.S. forces in eastern Wardak province, said Shahidullah Shahid, a provincial government spokesman. He said the insurgents apparently used mortars in the attack. The Americans thought they were under attack from their allies at a nearby Afghan army checkpoint and fired on it. The Afghan soldiers returned fire, Shahid said.

The Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman said the shooting broke out as a result of a “misunderstanding” while ISAF forces were on patrol near an Afghan army checkpoint.

NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, commonly referred to as ISAF, gave a different account of the fighting in Sayd Abad district.

“After a short conversation took place between (Afghan army) and ISAF personnel, firing occurred which resulted in the fatal wounding of an ISAF soldier and the death of his civilian colleague,” the coalition said in a statement. It said the three Afghan soldiers died “in an ensuing exchange of fire.”

NATO did not say whether it considered this an “insider” attack on foreign forces by Afghan allies.

In Washington, Pentagon press secretary George Little said 2,000 deaths is one of the “arbitrary milestones defined by others ” that the U.S. administration does not mark.

“We honor all courageous Americans who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan to make the American people more secure,” he said. “The fact of the matter is that America is safer because of all of those who have served in this war, including our fallen heroes.”

In addition to the 2,000 Americans killed since the Afghan war began on Oct. 7, 2001, at least 1,190 more coalition troops from other countries have also died, according to iCasualties.org, an independent organization that tracks the deaths.

According to the Afghanistan index kept by Brookings, about 40 percent of the American deaths were caused by improvised explosive devices. The majority of those were after 2009, when President Barack Obama ordered a surge that sent in 33,000 additional troops to combat heightened Taliban activity. The surge brought the total number of American troops to 101,000, the peak for the entire war.

According to Brookings, hostile fire was the second most common cause of death, accounting for nearly 31 percent of Americans killed.

Tracking deaths of Afghan civilians is much more difficult. According to the U.N., 13,431 civilians were killed in the Afghan conflict between 2007, when the U.N. began keeping statistics, and the end of August. Going back to the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, most estimates put the number of Afghan civilian deaths in the war at more than 20,000.

In recent years, some of those casualties have generated a great deal of criticism from President Hamid Karzai and changed the way NATO forces carry out airstrikes. The overwhelming majority of civilian casualties are caused by insurgents — with the United Nations blaming them for more than 80 percent of the deaths and NATO putting that figure at more than 90 percent.

The number of American dead reflects an Associated Press count of those members of the armed services killed inside Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion began. Some other news organizations use a count that also includes those killed outside Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, the global anti-terror campaign led by then-President George W. Bush.

The 2001 invasion targeted al-Qaida and its Taliban allies shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, which claimed nearly 3,000 lives.

Victory in Afghanistan seemed to come quickly. Kabul fell within weeks, and the hardline Taliban regime was toppled with few U.S. casualties.

But the Bush administration’s shift toward war with Iraq left the Western powers without enough resources on the ground, so by 2006 the Taliban had regrouped into a serious military threat.

Obama deployed more troops to Afghanistan, and casualties increased sharply in the last several years. But the American public grew weary of having its military in a perpetual state of conflict, especially after the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq at the end of last year. That war, which began with a U.S.-led invasion in 2003 to oust Saddam Hussein, cost the lives of nearly 4,500 U.S. troops, more than twice as many as have died in Afghanistan so far.

Although Obama has pledged that most U.S. combat troops will leave by the end of 2014, American, NATO and allied troops are still dying in Afghanistan at a rate of one a day.

Even with 33,000 American troops back home, the U.S.-led coalition will still have 108,000 troops — including 68,000 from the U.S. — fighting in Afghanistan at the end of this year. Many of those will be training the Afghan National Security Forces that are to replace them.

“There is a challenge for the administration,” O’Hanlon said, “to remind people in the face of such bad news why this campaign requires more perseverance.”

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Associated Press writers Heidi Vogt and Rahim Faiez in Kabul and researcher Monika Mathour in Washington contributed to this report.

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Your Infinite Potential

Posted by Admin on October 1, 2012

by Owen K Waters

Today, we are just beginning to appreciate the enormous scale of Creation. In the Middle Ages, most people worked the land. They rarely ventured far away from their place of birth, so their concept of the world was quite small. Likewise, their concept of God the Creator was small in scale. To them, God was an all-powerful, wise, elderly, human-like figure who lived somewhere above them.

People, at the time, didn’t realize the massive size of the planet upon which they stood. To them, most of their universe could be seen from the top of the nearest hill. Today, with cosmology and the Hubble telescope to help us, our view of the size of the universe has been stretched farther and farther.

What we have learned, since the Middle Ages, includes these realizations:

1. The Earth is not the center of the universe. Apparently, when this was discovered, it came as quite a shock.

2. The Earth is round. This was excellent news at the time: No more worrying that you might take to sea and row off the edge of the world!

3. The Earth travels around the Sun. This means that, while modern-day life on Earth may seem to be expensive at times, it does come with the added bonus, once a year, of a free trip around the Sun!

4. The Sun is over a million times bigger than the Earth.

5. There are 200 billion other suns in our own galaxy.

6. There are well over 100 billion galaxies in the universe.

7. As big as the universe is, in order for God to be everywhere, God has to be bigger still.

When you view God as Infinite Being, the All That Is, or the Absolute, you have a sense of scale that still encompasses all of Creation, no matter how far the universe stretches. The infinity of Infinite Being encompasses all of space. The Creator aspect of Infinite Being created all of space within its consciousness.

The question is, where does the individual fit into this enormous scale of Creation?

The deeper into your own consciousness you explore, the more you become aware that the All is One. That the infinite possibilities are all expressions of the One. Beneath all expression is just the One, and the One is Infinite Being.

In the ‘All is One’ ultimate reality, you are a viewpoint of the One. Nothing can be truly separate from the One. It can only be another facet of the One.

Regardless of how huge the universe is, you are fully connected to the Creator of the stars, the planets, and all of life. We are examples of the infinite variety which is Creation and each one of us is an essential part of the whole.

If it were somehow possible for you to disappear from the universe – and it isn’t – then Creation would be infinity minus one, and that is no longer infinity. You have always existed and, in whatever form that suits you at the time, you always will.

Because people are an expression of Infinite Being, the potential within each and every one of us is infinite. There are no limits to what you will become in your journey back to your original spiritual home. And, there need be no limits in the life that you are now living.

A world that encourages all of its people to develop their full potential will be more supportive, creative and productive. Everyone will benefit.

Just think of your true human potential this way;

Infinite Being, infinite potential.

This was an excerpt from Owen Waters’ book, Spirituality Made Simple.*

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A Glimpse into the Future

Posted by Admin on September 28, 2012

by Owen K Waters

Because your mind is free to travel to any other point in time and space, you have the capability to view the future at will. It does take time and patience to bring back the information you want, but anyone can do it. The deeper you go into a meditative state, the more glimpses you will receive of the subject of interest. Just like any kind of exercise, the more you practice viewing the future, the better you become at it.

When you view the distant future, prepare to witness a world filled with amazing achievements of the mind and spirit. The world of a thousand years from now is just as mind-boggling to us as the present-day world would be to a person who had just time-traveled from the 1500’s into today’s high-tech noise and clatter.

A thousand years from now, the noise and clatter have gone. There are ecologically balanced mini-cities dotted around the countryside, with high-rise activity centers in the middle, surrounded by pleasant greenery and residences. They don’t encounter today’s hurricane and coastal flooding problems because, other than some recreational facilities, they are built well away from coastlines. The preferred locations are often near the foothills of mountains which supply a natural, year-round fresh water runoff. These communities produce clean energy from the universal supply, zero pollution, and are totally in tune with nature.

They manufacture items as needed by, not only materializing the items, but custom-producing the materials needed for their construction. So, if you wanted a set of decorative, solid gold plates, you’d only need to order them and they would be materialized for you in finished form. The most work-intensive part of the process would be deciding on the artistic design.

The real surprises begin with their mode of transportation. When you view these cities of the future, you see virtually no vehicles moving around. No cars, trucks, trains, or even flying vehicles. That’s because teleportation is the standard means of travel.

The secret behind teleportation is to realize that, at the level of subtle etheric energy, every location in the world has its own signature vibration. Infinite Being designed the universe so that everything in it is unique. Every snowflake is unique, every human being is unique, and even subatomic particles are unique. It comes as no surprise, then, to learn that every location in space has its own unique vibratory signature pattern.

The existence of a subtle energy signature for each location will be incorporated into teleportation technology. Vehicles will be developed that can isolate themselves from the fabric of space by creating an energetic bubble or force screen around themselves. Once isolated, the vehicle has only to be attuned to the signature vibration of its intended destination. Then, as the isolation bubble is turned off, the vehicle has no option but to emerge from ‘subspace’ at the location that matches its new signature vibration. The result: Instant relocation.

The fun really begins when, in the future, the same type of vehicles start to be used by people who have developed their consciousness enough to become attuned with, and consciously direct, the destination of the vehicle. Then, using a blend of consciousness and technology, they will be equipped to move through, not only space, but time as well.

Yes, time machines at last! The Time Machine author, H.G. Wells, would be impressed.

The interesting thing about time is that it’s not fixed in the way that we have been led to believe. We have been trained to see the past as fixed and the future as something that will become just as concrete and fixed when it comes to pass. However, time is not one fixed river. There are timelines – alternative realities – and we shift easily from one timeline to another according to our daily decisions.

The paradox of time travel used to be that it wouldn’t be possible to go back in time and meet yourself, because then you’d have a memory of having met yourself in the past, and because you don’t, you couldn’t have ever done that. Well, that problem doesn’t exist, thanks to alternate timelines. If you went back now and met yourself, you would create a new timeline and return to the present along that new timeline – one which includes the memory of having met yourself then.

In the past, kids used to want to grow up to be train drivers. In the future, they’ll want to grow up to be timeline explorers!

The future contains many wonders, thanks to the continual expansion of consciousness. With everyone adept at using the next three stages of consciousness – Love, Inspiration and Creativity – the world will be a truly wonderful place.

That is, once we get past the end of the world…

This was an excerpt from Owen K Waters’ e-book Follow the Yellow Brick Road: A Journey in Consciousness, which is available for immediate download at:

http://www.infinitebeing.com/ebooks/follow.htm

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The End of the World

Posted by Admin on September 28, 2012

by Owen K Waters

When you practice viewing the future, one thing you might notice is that, a few years from now, everything goes blank as though the world has disappeared! Whoops, where did the world go?

This happens when you are tracking forward along the frequency of the world we now inhabit. But, the world is about to change. All matter is about to go through a quantum leap in frequency and ascend into a new, more subtle physical existence. It is an energy shift which has been building for centuries and we’re getting close to where that sudden leap into the new frequency band will happen. The fast rate of change that we experience in life today is indicative of just how close we are to the critical point where the quantum shift will occur.

The quantum shift is an effect of a major cosmic influence which extends far beyond the planet and even the solar system. We chose to be born in these times because we want to go along for the greatest ride in the history of the human experience on Earth.

The world is about to change, as is the entire solar system. All matter, including your physical body, will become more subtle and more energetically refined.

One day, you will wake up to a world that is different. After this quantum shift, your intuitive faculties will become much clearer. Telepathy between loved ones will become easy to develop. Mental contact with friends and relatives who have passed on will become ever more commonplace.

People will begin to perceive the subtle light that radiates from their bodies and other matter. The sky will seem to be full of vibrant life energy. Colors will take on deeper hues and sounds will expand in depth, creating a whole new range of possibilities in music and the arts. People will consume lighter foods and more liquids than before. Eventually, everyone will have one job description – to serve humanity in the best way of which they are capable.

After all, from a soul perspective, we are here primarily to help one another.

The best news is that the new frequency of the Earth will be of the same frequency as heart-centered human consciousness. Imagine, peace breaking out all over the world!

One day, the world as we know it will end as it moves into the new frequency band. There has been much speculation that the ending of several cosmic cycles in 2012 will activate that quantum leap. I see it taking several years after 2012, under the influence of the new cosmic cycles, for the cosmic time to be right for the big shift.

Even if you were to pass on to the spirit realms before The Shift, you will still be a part of this all-inclusive cosmic event. The spirit realms will move up in frequency at the same time. Technically, their departure from their current vibrational position will actually create the vibrational slot that the physical world will move into.

Today, we refer to The Shift as an ongoing acceleration towards quantum change, and something that has been taking many years. The big event, however, will be the instantaneous transformation of matter into a higher frequency. In the future, The Shift will refer to that one beautiful event: The day the Earth became new again.

This was an excerpt from Owen K Waters’ e-book, Follow the Yellow Brick Road: A Journey in Consciousness, which is available for immediate download at:

http://www.infinitebeing.com/ebooks/follow.htm

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