Monday, July 20, 2015


Greek debt crisis: Banks reopen amid tax rise   BBC - July 20, 2015
Athens reached a cash-for-reforms deal aimed at avoiding a debt default and an exit from the eurozone.

Cuba and US formally restore diplomatic relations   BBC - July 20, 2015
Just after midnight local time, the diplomatic missions of each country became full embassies.

ISIS steps up use of chemicals on battlefields in Iraq and Syria   CNN - July 20, 2015
The findings build on previous reporting that ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) has begun to adapt both suicide bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to include chlorine and other chemicals and may seek to exploit the use of chemicals as it develops new weapons.

'Obamacare': Nairobi gets makeover for US president's visit   AFP - July 20, 2015
In Kenya, they've dubbed it 'Obamacare': potholes filled, new pavements and overnight flower beds, as Nairobi is spruced up for the capital's most awaited visitor, US President Barack Obama.

Americans favor Supreme Court term limits - Reuters/Ipsos poll   Reuters - July 20, 2015
Most Americans would support imposing a term limit on the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices, who now serve for life, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll has found in the aftermath of major rulings by the court on Obamacare and gay marriage.

New York paupers' cemetery opens to mourners for first time   Reuters - July 20, 2015
' It takes a mere 10 minutes by boat to navigate to New York City's Hart Island, one of the United States' largest paupers' cemetery. For years, city rules confined mourners to a small memorial gazebo, furnished with a few benches and tucked away on an island's corner.

California freeway bridge collapses, blocking Ariz. traffic   AP - July 20, 2015
An elevated section of Interstate 10 collapsed Sunday amid heavy rains in the California desert, injuring one driver, stranding many others, and halting travel for thousands by cutting off both directions of a main corridor between Southern California and Arizona.

Amid epic drought, California farmers turn to water witches   AP - July 20, 2015

Rejected by scientists, dowsing is an ancient tradition that's dying hard in the Central Valley's parched fields

How One Woman Helped Light Rural India With Solar Lamps   National Geographic - July 20, 2015

She grew up in an affluent New York town but soon after college, Ajaita Shah went to her parents' native India to work with the poor.

Nepal quake forces 'living goddess' to break decades of seclusion   AFP - July 20, 2015

When a massive earthquake struck Nepal in April, Nepal's longest-serving "living goddess" was forced to do the unthinkable -- walk the streets for the first time in her life, she told AFP in a rare interview. Still following the cloistered lifestyle she entered at the age of two, Dhana Kumari Bajracharya also opened up about her unusually long 30-year reign, suggesting the pain of her unceremonious dethroning in the 1980s was still raw.

Take Amazing 360 Tour of St. Peter's in Vatican City From Your Chair   National Geographic - July 20, 2015

Mysterious ancient star chart shows foreign skies   C/NET - July 20, 2015

The astronomical chart on the ceiling of the Kitora Tomb. Agency for Cultural Affairs The Kitora Tomb, located near the village of Asuka in Japan's Nara Prefecture, is known for gorgeous, colorful paintings at the four cardinal points of the compass. A black tortoise guards the north of the ancient tumulus, which has been standing since the seventh or eighth century. A red phoenix stands at the south, a white tiger at the west and a blue dragon at the east. The ceiling of the tomb is decorated differently, with a map of the night sky, charting 68 constellations, with the stars picked out in gold leaf. Three concentric circles are drawn with vermilion, showing the movement of celestial objects, one of which is the sun.

Weird Horse-Cows and 6-Legged Sheep Found in Iron Age Burials   Live Science - July 20, 2015

Weird, "hybridized" animal skeletons, including a cow-horse and a six-legged sheep litter the bottom of storage pits in an Iron Age site in England, archaeologists have found. One pit even holds the bones of a woman with a slit throat laid on top of animal bones, the scientists said. The unusual remains belong to an ancient people who lived in southern England from about 400 B.C. until just before the Roman invasion, in A.D. 43, said dig co-director Paul Cheetham, a senior lecturer in archaeology at Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom. It appears that the people dug the pits to store food such as grain near their dwellings. They had "no decent way of refrigerating stuff" back then, and the chalky earth would have provided a cool storage area.

One night of sleep loss can alter clock genes in your tissues   PhysOrg - July 20, 2015

Previous research has shown that our metabolism is negatively affected by sleep loss also linked to an increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Since ablation of clock genes in animals can cause these disease states, our current results indicate that changes of our clock genes may be linked to such negative effects caused by sleep loss. The researchers do not at this stage know how persistent these changes are. It could be that these changes are reset after one or several nights of good sleep. On the other hand, epigenetic marks are suggested to be able to function a sort of metabolic memory, and have been found to be altered in e.g. shift workers and people suffering from type 2 diabetes.

Many of you are interested in healing in it's various forms. Healing is always about the soul's programming --> brain's computer --> physical body for experience. There is energy healing such as the ever-popular Reiki ... all of which is the same ... just shared grid energies. Now how about mind to mind sharing to heal in the gears and synchronicities of time and experience?

Linking Multiple Minds Could Help Damaged Brains Heal   Smithsonian - July 20, 2015

Showrunners and Spoilers

It's that time of the year - after Comic Con - after the up fronts - after production has started - that I read the spoilers about the fall TV season. I know some people wouldn't consider a peak at spoilers, but not me ... I just keep investigating ... It never spoils anything for me ... To the victor go the spoils.

Along the way, I kept seeing the word "showrunner" so I searched it ...

    In the United States television industry, a showrunner is a person who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of a television series - although usually such persons are credited as executive producers. The term is also occasionally applied to people in the television industries of other countries. The showrunner is at the opposite end of the staff hierarchy from runners, who are the most junior members of the production team, although showrunners are sometimes (often humorously) called runners for short. A showrunner's duties often combine those traditionally assigned to the writer, executive producer and script editor. Unlike films, where directors are in creative control of a production, in episodic television, the showrunner outranks the director. The term showrunner was created to identify the producer who held ultimate management and creative authority for the program.

I also learned about changes to some of my favorite shows (I haven't reviewed them all yet). Sadly "Person of Interest" will go from 22 episodes to 13 and may be the last season - no one seems sure ... bugger and yet after they clear up the current AI mess ... where is there left to go? Sameen Shaw (Sarah Shahi) will be back. You can watch this on YouTube ... in the Comic Con interview with the cast this month.

Remember Walter Bishop on Fringe? Actor John Nobel will now co-star in "Elementary" as Sherlock's father. Lots of cool British and Australian accents.

Nashville had some cool spoilers ... more focus this season on music.

I'd love to be a showrunner. Maybe I am ... just in another format ...

July 22-August 23, 2014


The fiery Leo sun highlights the summer months in the northern hemisphere.

Happy Birthday to the Crystalinks readers born in Leo.

Leo is a fixed fire sign ruled by the Sun.