| 28 Mar 2003 @ 22:05|
For the last several years I have been facinated by sun spots solar flare activity and geomagnetic storms. Many thanks to Jeff Gordon from NCN and The Well Now Project, who introduced me to these celestial happenings. He has a link on his site for Today's Space Weather which I found really informative and useful.
Here are some solar effects
The Sun goes through cycles of high and low activity that repeat approximately every 11 years. The number of dark spots on the Sun (sunspots) marks this variation; as the number of sunspots increases, so does solar activity. Sunspots are sources of flares, the most violent events in the solar system. In a matter of minutes, a large flare releases a million times more energy than the largest earthquake.
Episodic solar activity has a number of effects that are of interest to us. A radiation dose from energetic particles is an occasional hazard for astronauts and for electronics on satellites. Geomagnetic field disturbances may damage power systems, disrupt communications, degrade high-tech navigation systems, or create the spectacular aurora (Northern and Southern lights). SEC provides warnings of these events and continues the solar monitoring that began 400 years ago with Galileo's invention of the telescope.
... disrupted by solar and geomagnetic events
Space Shuttle and Space Station activities
High-altitude polar flights
Electric power distribution
Long-line telephone communication
HF radio communication
Solar Flare Characteristics
Solar flares are tremendous explosions on the surface of the Sun. In a matter of just a few minutes they heat material to many millions of degrees and release as much energy as a billion megatons of TNT. They occur near sunspots, usually along the dividing line (neutral line) between areas of oppositely directed magnetic fields.
Flares release energy in many forms - electro-magnetic (Gamma rays and X-rays), energetic particles (protons and electrons), and mass flows. Flares are characterized by their brightness in X-rays (X-Ray flux). The biggest flares are X-Class flares. M-Class flares have a tenth the energy and C-Class flares have a tenth of the X-ray flux seen in M-Class flares. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) monitors the X-Ray flux from the Sun with detectors on some of its satellites.
Ok, so if we have an active sun spot with a coronal mass ejection we get a Geomagnetic Storm
One to four days after a flare or eruptive prominence occurs, a slower cloud of solar material and magnetic fields reaches Earth, buffeting the magnetosphere and resulting in a geomagnetic storm. These storms are extraordinary variations in Earth's surface magnetic field. During a geomagnetic storm, portions of the solar wind's energy is transferred to the magnetosphere, causing Earth's magnetic field to change rapidly in direction and intensity and energize the particle populations within it.
We are part of the "particle population" on planet Earth, few of us have mastered the "wave aspect". Jeff and a few others members of NCN have been tracking these events and how the translate in our personal lives over the last several years. It seems that we each respond to the events in different ways, some need more sleep, some are all charged up - energized in a good way, some are aggitated or angry, tense or stressed out.
A Primer on Space Weather tells us:
There is a growing body of evidence that changes in the geomagnetic field affect biological systems. Studies indicate that physically stressed human biological systems may respond to fluctuations in the geomagnetic field. Interest and concern in this subject have led the Union of Radio Science International to create a new commission entitled Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine.
Possibly the most closely studied of the variable Sun's biological effects has been the degradation of homing pigeons' navigational abilities during geomagnetic storms. Pigeons and other migratory animals, such as dolphins and whales, have internal biological compasses composed of the mineral magnetite wrapped in bundles of nerve cells. While this probably is not their primarily method of navigation, there have been many pigeon race smashes, a term used when only a small percentage of birds return home from a release site. Because these losses have occurred during geomagnetic storms, pigeon handlers have learned to ask for geomagnetic alerts and warnings as an aid to scheduling races.
And ends by saying:
It has been realized and appreciated only in the last few decades that solar flares, CMEs, and magnetic storms affect people and their activities. The list of consequences grows in proportion to our dependence on technological systems. The subtleties of the interactions between Sun and Earth, and between solar particles and delicate instruments, have become factors that affect our well being. Thus there will be continued and intensified need for space environment services to address health, safety, and commercial needs.
Until I read this primer today, I had an intuitive sense that we were being affected by these solar activites. The pressure seems to build, with some of the people I know feeling a hightened sense of anxiety, pressure even prior to an event and some immediately afterward and some still do not feel the anything until the wave of particles hit our planet. We try to make meaning of all of this additional 'feeling', find the reason for why we are feeling the way we do. Maybe it is just a solar flare and not your partner's behavior afterall! The jury is still on how we are being influenced/affected, though more evidence shows that solar activity does affect us some how.
It's spring! Ride the energy waves...
| 28 Mar 2003 @ 16:39|
Industry feels confident and anticipates victory in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Sebastopol, Calif. (March 31, 2003) – With the U.S. military invasion of Iraq underway, the government’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is waging a controversial war on another front and hoping that the public is too distracted to notice. On March 21, 2003, the DEA issued a final rule regarding the legality of hemp foods – whose popularity is growing rapidly – in the United States. The new rule seeks to ban the sale of all hemp food products and to prohibit the importation of hemp oil for cosmetic manufacture. The effective date of the final rule is scheduled for April 21, 2003.
Yet, according to hemp food supporters, the DEA is trying to regulate “a grain of sand in a whole truckload.” Says John W. Roulac, hemp author and founder and president of hemp-food manufacturer (http://www.nutiva.com|Nutiva}.
Congress exempted non-viable hemp seed and oil from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA – see 21 U.S.C. 802(16)) because it recognized that trace concentrations of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, in hempseed are insignificant (at a few parts per million) and non-psychoactive. The hemp exemption was provided in the same manner that Congress exempted poppy seeds from the CSA, despite the fact that they contain trace opiates otherwise subject to control.
“One would think that the Bush Administration's DEA has more important things to do than attack America’s growing hemp-food industry,” says Roulac. “Hemp is a health-promoting, non-drug, earth-friendly crop for food and fiber that can help create new jobs and add to farmers’ income,” he adds. America’s leading hemp food brand, Nutiva, offers certified-organic hemp and flax food bars, organic hemp oil and shelled hempseed. In 1999, Nutiva introduced the first hemp food bar in the U.S. and has since sold more than two million bars.
Due to what the hemp industry believes is the weak legal footing of the DEA rules, Roulac and his fellow industry leaders are optimistic that the Court will invalidate those rules. The DEA’s new “final rule” is nearly identical to an interpretive rule that the DEA issued in October of 2001. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a “Stay” of the DEA’s interpretive rule in March of 2002. Now, the Hemp Industries Association is once again rallying its forces for another legal battle to stay, and ultimately overturn, the DEA’s unreasonable rule. “The U.S. is a ‘Lone Ranger’ on the hemp issue,” notes Roulac. “Every other major industrialized nation allows hemp agriculture and commerce.” More >
| 28 Mar 2003 @ 00:35|
Through the years, I have run across women who's voices and music has inspired me and helped to shape my world. Here are a few of my favorites:
Ruth Barrett is Dianic high priestess, a Ritualist, and pioneer award winning recording artist of original Goddess songs. For over 23 years, she has been teaching workshops in Dianic witchcraft and leading rituals at festivals and conferences internationally. She is author of WOMEN¹S RITES, WOMEN¹S MYSTERIES: Creating Personal and Group Ritual (summer 2003 release), and is passionate about women's magick.
Shekhinah Mountainwater has served a Radical Muse since the Beginning of Goddess Awakening. She is a priestess, ritualist, author, poet, musician and a fore mother in the Goddess movement since the 1970's.
Jana Runnalls is a renowned singer/musician from Glastonbury, whose Goddess songs and chants are sung by many people around the world. She is a gifted performer singing and playing solo or with Katrina Brown and Glastonbury's Wild Women. She is also a very experienced voice teacher. Her many well-known recent recordings include Return to the Goddess and Lady of the Lake. Look for her in Boston mid-May.
Anna Homler has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including appearances at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (L.A.C.E.); PS 122; the Kitchen; Dixon Place and the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church in New York; Supraclub in Prague; Klarinsly in Bratislava, Slovakia; Ketty Do in Bologna, Italy; the Stadtgarten and the Loft in Koeln, Germany; and the Melkweg and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. From 1990 to 2000 she participated in such international festivals as Sonic Disturbance at the Cleveland Public Theatre; New Music America in Montreal; the Tegentonen Festival at the Paradiso in Amsterdam; Milanopoesia in Milan, Primavera Jazz Festival in Sardinia, the Internationales Treffen Muiskerinnen in Aachen; Het Vertel Festival in Gent, Belgium; Voices Festival in Innsbruck, Austria; Spoken Word Festival in Bruessels, Belgium; Dissidentent Festival in Rotterdam, Holland; the Moers Festival in Moers, Germany; the Festival International des Musiques Actuelle in Nancy, France; Musique Actuelle in Victoriaville, Quebec; Music Triennale Koeln, Koeln, Germany and the LMC Festival, at the South Bank, London.
Homler's music first became known in the 1980s with her Breadwoman cassette, a collaboration with Steve Moshier, released on High Performance Audio in the U.S. Her debut CD Do Ya Sa'di Do was relased on amf, an independent German label, in 1992. In 1994 she was featured on sugarconnection: alien cake on No Man's Land and in 1995 on Macaronic Sines, a collaboration with Geert Waegeman and Pavel Fajt on the Belgian label Lowlands. In 1996 she released Silver Bowl Transmission with Voices of Kwahn on North/South in the U.K. In 1997 she released peninsular enclosure on Swarf Finger with the Voices of Kwahn. Her music was also included in Iris, a compilation of women's vocal music on the French label Prikosnovenie. In 1997 a recording of her live performance with Waegeman and Fajt was released as Corne de Vache on Victo in Canada. She is currently working on House of Hands, to be released on ND in January, 2001.
Carolyn Hillyer is a truly Goddess inspired artist, musician, writer and performer who lives with her partner Nigel Shaw and family on the wild hills of Dartmoor in southwest England. Her artwork and music have delighted Conference goers for many years and this year she will share new music with us. Among her most well-loved recordings are the recent Cave of Elders: A Soul Journey for Women, Old Silverhead: Songs and Initiations of Womanhood and Songs of the Forgotten People (with Nigel Shaw).
Judy Piazza has been exploring music and sound since a young age. A percussionist, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, music therapist, and educator, she performs, facilitates workshops, and teaches nationally/internationally at conferences, retreat centers, workshops, schools, and festivals. Judy is founder of Resonance & Rhythms, artistic director and founder of the frame drum ensemble Bendira, and member of the Michigan-based percussion ensemble Repercussions. Her educational background and experience is in music therapy. Influences and inspiration by such percussionists as Glen Velez, Ubaka Hill, Allessandra Belloni, and Paul Newham have led her to the power of pulse through hand drums and percussion as well as to the sonic possibilities and healing aspects of voice. Currently the program coordinator of Upland Hills Ecological Awareness Center in Michigan, Judy facilitates rhythm and song circles for all ages and uses her love of music, sound and rhythm to nurture community, as well as to communicate gentle yet powerful messages regarding relationships to our self, each other, and to our Earth.
Julie Felix is a wonderfully accomplished singer/songwriter whose career began with the protest songs of the 1960s and 70s continuing into the Goddess songs of the 90s and 00s. Julie is a regular performer at the Goddess Conference delighting audiences with her songs and chants, encouraging us all to sing our hearts out for the Goddess. Her numerous CDs include Branches in the Mist and Fire - My Spirit. She lives in Hertfordshire and spends much of the year travelling and performing worldwide.
You can see many of these women at The Goddess Conference in Glastonbury, England, Goddess 3K, The National Women's Music Festival or at Michigan's Womyn's Music Festival.
Or you can sample music or order cd's from many other women here:
Ladyslipper is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to heighten public awareness of the achievements of women artists and musicians, and to expand the scope and availability of recordings by women.
We publish the world's most comprehensive Catalog & Resource Guide of Music by Women. Our annotated catalog contains information about an expansive variety of female musicians, writers, performers and composers, plus a section devoted to the musical contributions of non-sexist men, as well as video recordings, songbooks and music-related books -- over 1500 titles altogether. We have been publishing a printed catalog since 1976; on our 20th birthday, we were delighted to present our entire catalog on-line! Thousands of our selections include music samples for listening on-line.
Ladyslipper is also a small independent label; our purpose is to further new musical and artistic directions for women musicians.
Being on-line allows us to present some additional services to you, such as our Artist Information Pages, which contain expanded bibliographical information about some of the artists whose work appears in our catalog.
WRPM's 25th year starts on December 6th 2002
It was set up by Nicolle Freni and Tierl Thompson as part of the Women's Art Collective in 1977. Caroline Hutton bought it in 1979, and ran it as a sole trader enterprise, distributing many radical and feminist titles into larger music stores and bookshops as well as developing direct sales through mail order, women's music festivals and womens' events, peace festivals, conferences and other events.
Over the years, WRPM has built up a network of supportive and loyal followers introducing new musicians and innovatory work to the public. After 20 years Caroline gave up carting music around on public transport, setting up stalls at events all over the country, and has turned her attention to other things.
The WRPM archive containing copies of everything that passed through her hands, including vinyl, tapes, CDs and books, has been lodged with the City of Birmingham Library. WRPM is already referenced in the evolving canon of studies of music, sexuality and gender such as Frockrock by Mavis Bayton (OUP 1998) as well as the trade journals and directories.
In 1999 WRPM was taken on by Hilary Friend, based in Manchester and she is continuing the Archive. The website was launched in 2001 and reaches customers and supporters from Brazil to Poland to Australia.
WRPM is now a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. It aims to make music by women available to a wider public through the sales and distribution of music performed, composed and wherever possible produced by women, by supporting up women's music events and supplying educational resources.
WRPM offers a catalogue of recordings (CDs and tapes), books and resource packs in 12 main sections, including acappella, feminist and political, folk, world music.and women composers from the 11th century to the present day. Whether you like listening to music, you're a woman musician, we hope you find something of interest to you too. Do visit the WRPM Forum to tell the world about your interests and about WRPM in this anniversary year.
If you would like to have a WRPM stall at your event or WRPM stock in your library or shop, or with any other enquiry, do make contact by phone, email or post.
WRPM is at 7 Thornbridge Avenue, Chorlton, Manchester, UK