Saturday, August 24, 2013

Geoengineering Threatens Life on Earth

by Joe McGarity

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Although not everyone is convinced, a growing number of Americans and others worldwide have become concerned with what appear to be artificially created clouds and other related phenomena.  The Fantom Penguin found Dane Wigington, Lead Researcher for at his home in rural Shasta County.  He explained the term, “Geoengineering”.

“It’s the attempt to completely manipulate and hijack and otherwise alter Earth’s natural climate systems, weather modification on a  completely global scale and a complete disruption of all natural weather cyclical patterns.”

So this geoengineering, this isn’t just a potential proposal for the future, supposedly this is happening right now.

“You have much of the scientific community trying to play this off as some sort of future proposal that may have to be implemented, but whether one wants to consider the scientists that hold this line clinically blind or simply lying their backsides off; it’s up to the individual to decide which category they’re in, but anybody who does any research on geoengineering will find there’s a mountain of data to corroborate the fact that these programs are not only going on now, but have been going on for some six plus decades in one form or another.  We have presidential documents, 80 pages long, from even the mid-Sixties outlining these programs, a trail of their use and expansion ever since.  We have video footage today of tankers spraying at altitude, KC-10’s, KC-135’s.  There’s no plausible denial that these programs are real.”

Okay, so if that’s the case then, why in your opinion, is there so much skepticism still in the general public about the existence of these programs?

“How does one accept that they’re being sprayed like a lab rat?  This doesn’t go down well for people who have be trained, very well trained to believe that their government would never do such a thing to them.  It’s literally challenging people’s belief systems, their religion, if you will, their belief that their government will always take care of them.  And this is a very naive notion.  People who choose to look at the truth see that this is anything but accurate.  So, for those that are skeptical, they have simply not done the research.  Many never will because this is not what they want to believe.  So, they will remain in denial – period.  Such people are difficult to reach.  I think only when they are personally impacted to a degree that they can no longer ignore will they perhaps face this issue.”

“Off the west coast here of the U.S., we post on, that’s the website that I’m the lead researcher for, blanket spraying of the eastern Pacific.  I mean you can see the grid patterns.  We post these satellite images regularly and that blanket spraying of the eastern Pacific in effect shuts down the hydrological cycle for us.  It cuts off the water for us.  And so two and two equals four.  I mean we know they’re doing this.  We know the effect and we see what’s happening here on the ground; no rain. “

So when you refer to the hydrological cycle, for the layman that’s the . . .

“The rain cycle.”

That’s rain, evaporation and all that.


Okay, well you’re talking about steering hurricanes and things like that, manipulating the weather.  And it brought the question to my mind:  Okay, so powerful companies and governments, I suppose, militaries are behind this, but how confident are they in their ability to . . .  How well does it work?   I mean it seems like something that they must be learning how to do.  This isn’t like pushing a button and it just does exactly what they want.  This has still got to be a work in progress as far as learning to control the weather for them.

“Certainly any such endeavor cannot be an exact science.  They have been at it for six decades, so we can assume at this point that they have as much grasp of it as they could have with something that again, cannot be done in precise fashion.  You know, it would be like operating on somebody with a chainsaw.  You can only get so precise.”

Okay, you bring up surgery as an example, but maybe that’s the perfect example, that no matter how good the surgeon is . . .


. . . it’s possible that there’s going to be an unexpected complication and it’s going to go wrong.

“Not possible.  Absolutely inevitable -- absolutely inevitable.  You cannot touch any of this system without affecting the entire system.  And they are so totally affecting the system that right now global dimming, a term that most are unfamiliar with . . .”

And that’s what my solar power question was going to lead up to . . . is global dimming.

“I mentioned a documentary called Dimming the Sun.  Global dimming right now is felt statistically to be 22%.  Twenty-two percent of the sun’s direct rays are no longer reaching the surface of the planet.”

Twenty-two percent!?!  That’s nearly a quarter!

“It’s staggering.  In some area it’s as high as 30%.  This is something people haven’t noticed.  It’s come slowly where our skies, like what we see around us here today, are just this featureless, grey, sometimes dirty, tan-looking skies.  It’s getting to be absolutely the norm.  So, the paradox is . . .  You know it’s hard to say exactly what the agenda is when one can’t see behind the curtain, but based on the data that’s there, the more they have engaged in these programs in an attempt for total power (if you control the Earth’s weather systems or at least can hamper them, you control populations), so as they’ve continued to engage in this, now the system appears to be so disrupted, that they’re having to double-down, to do more and more and more to try to counteract the damage already done.  So in the case of UV, now we have these massively high UV levels that are truly, at this point, catastrophic.  I mean trees are dying, again the effect on people’s ability to grow food in the Northstate here.  We talk to people from every sector that are having tremendous trouble producing anything.  These are effects of UV.  We have the plankton populations crashing.  So then, it appears that they are trying to put up yet more particulates to block the sun to keep that UV from coming through and the more they put up, the more they damage the Ozone Layer, the more UV tries to get through.  It’s a very negative cycle.  As the plankton stocks go down, atmospheric oxygen declines.  It’s declining rapidly right now.  There’s no dispute on this scientifically.  So as we have less atmospheric oxygen, then we have less ability for the atmosphere to block UV, so UV goes up again.  It’s a vicious cycle, vicious feedback mechanisms.  Now we have methane as well, which I don’t think we’ve mentioned yet.”

You’re talking about methane being released from the Earth?

“You have methane clathrates or methane hydrates, these are stored methane either in tundra or on the sea floor, methane hydrates on the sea floor.  This is frozen methane.  It’s been a ticking time-bomb.  It’s gone off.  Now methane is spewing from the East Siberian Shelf of the Arctic.  It’s spewing in a lot of other places around the globe, some of which were not felt to even have methane deposits, but as the planet is warming, the increased thermal energy is making it through the atmosphere because of the shredded Ozone Layer, geoengineering has also altered wind currents.  That alters ocean currents.  That delivers warm water to places where it has not been before.  The ice is melting.  Again in the arctic the mass is about 19% of what it was thirty years ago.  That’s a crash.  The surface ice is very thin.   So as the ice is lost, then the albedo is lost.  Albedo is the reflectivity of the ice.  So instead of the ice reflecting 90% of the energy, the ice absorbs 90+ %.  That’s heating the ocean; killing the plankton, heating the ocean.  Now methane begins to release from the sea floor.  And methane . . .  this is another place where people have weed through what science says.  There’s a lot of discussion about methane from farm animals and so forth and that means nothing.  It means nothing.  It’s a red herring compared to what’s stored on the sea floor.”

Rain and Snow for Profit
by Joe McGarity

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Despite widespread skepticism, weather modification exists in the California Northstate.  To find out more the Fantom Penguin took a road trip to Plumas County and had a conversation at the kitchen table of Nancy Ryan of People Getting Educated.

“Well, People Getting Educated started with a couple of our boys coming down from hiking one day saying, ‘Man, you wouldn’t believe what we found in the forest!’  And those were ground-based cloud seeders we come to know now.  Researching it a bit, we found out they were cloud seeding and we sent a letter to PG&E asking for more specific information.  They didn’t readily come across with that information, so we went to a local advisory committee of local people, the Almanor Basin Watershed Committee and then they got a hold of PG&E.  What ended up happening was PG&E held a cloud seeding forum for the community over at the Recreation Hall.  And then after that, because the forum actually created more questions than they actually answered, we . . .  I sat on a sub-committee of ABWAC to study the cloud seeding in the area.”

Can you describe what it was that the people found out in the forest?  It’s like a machine?

“Yeah, what it is, it’s two large propane tanks hooked up to a . .  .  It’s a machine on top.  It’s up high on a . . .  What would you call that?  A platform.  And there is a . . . like a burner, a chemical container and what do they call those remote satellite sensor things?”

Right it had like a little solar-powered communications set-up to where it could be controlled remotely is what it looked like.

So, eventually you went to this advisory committee and they’re appointed by the Plumas County Board of Supervisors?

“Actually they’re not appointed.  Plumas County Board of Supervisors formed them.  They are volunteer citizens from the area.  They volunteer their time and they report to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors.”

And so, PG&E then did respond to them.  And how did the community . . . ?  Well, first of all was the meeting well attended?  Did a lot of people show?

“It was.  It was well attended, quite a few.  And actually, there were quite a few people from beyond the area.”

And how did they respond to PG&E’s answers to their questions?

“PG&E didn’t answer their questions any further than vague descriptions and when the audience wanted to get more specific, they quit talking actually.”

So what are these devices supposed to do?

“What they do is when the weather is right, the right temperature, humidity, dew point, et cetera; when the storm is coming in, these seeders are on the ridges of the mountaintop and when the storm comes through, it’s remotely turned on by PG&E and the machine will spit out cloud seeding formula into the clouds.  Then the ice forms around these chemicals and attracts more moisture to them and then drops to the ground.”

So, it’s basically just to bring down more rain or snow?


And the issue that the community has is then the exact chemicals that are in this formula?


Do we have any idea what those are?

“We don’t know for a fact what they are.  We know what PG&E told us they were using.  I also went on the United States Trade Office and PG&E actually has three different cloud seeding formulas that are patented to them as well as three or four different weather modification . . . um . . .”



I’m not supposed to put words in your mouth!

“Well, yeah.  It’s hard to say what . . . projects or . . . ?”

Exactly what the right word would be . . .

“Now the three patented cloud seeding formulas, neither one of those was the ones that PG&E told us they were using.”

The Fantom Penguin submitted an interview request via PG&E’s media relations page on their website.  After one week’s time there has been no response.  The Fantom Penguin will continue to seek an interview with a representative of PG&E in the hopes of presenting their side of the story.  PG&E does publicly admit to the reality of cloud seeding in their response to the concerned citizens of the Almanor Basin.  A link to this document can be found

The following is from PG&E’s Response to ABWAC:

“PG&E started cloud seeding in the Lake Almanor watershed in 1953 (58 years).  PG&E releases the seeding aerosol from 10 ground-based burners (aerosol generators) located in the higher terrain south and west of Lake Almanor basin (Figure 4).  PG&E has never used aircraft for seeding in the Almanor Basin.”

PG&E operates a hydroelectric dam on Lake Almanor.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

L.A. Guns at Lost on Main
by Mariann Antx

Photo by Randy Barranco

Chico - June 15

The Fusion Pit crew spent the evening checkin' out the hard rockin' hair metal era band L.A. Guns, (a precursor to the band Guns N Roses) most easily associated with 80's hits Ballad of Jayne & Show No Mercy.  This show at Lost on Main in Chico was high energy, old school balls-out fun!  The veteran rockers (Phil Lewis - Girl / Steve Riley - W.A.S.P.) put on a club show that kicked some 80's ass & added a fresh touch with some new music from their new CD Hollywood Forever, available at Fusion Pit in the near future. Copies of L.A. Guns and Cocked and Loaded are in stock now.

Still looking the part & darn good I might add, the energetic rockers filled the show with songs including Electric Gypsy, One More Reason and many other MTV video era hits. The Guns were always my personal favorite from the era, primarily due to their more thrashy, punk sound. The stage setting was casual, allowing for more interaction between the band and audience. Yea, there was high-five'n and hand shakin' all over the place. Bassist Scotty Griffin and guitarist Michael Grant showed their stuff (musically). You could tell they radically enjoyed their craft!  Michael really stood out, being the newest addition to the lineup.  He added a new flair, and had great stage presence. Original vocalist Phil Lewis still had the fine voice (and physique) that made him eye-candy to 15 year old girls, some 20 odd years ago. Drummer Steve Riley will always be iconic, due to his early involvement with W.A.S.P. All in all it was more like a club party. I dug the venue, Lost on Main in Chico, for its smaller, comfortable feel. They made us feel very welcome, and we will definitely return!  If the L.A. Guns do a show anywhere near you, check it out.  You won’t be disappointed.

Mariann Antx,

better known as "The Fusion Pit Lady"

Mebert & System 131
by Chris Jocker

Monday, August 19, 2013

S.A.F.E. Northstate Helps with Spay and Neuter Costs
by Joe McGarity

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It’s all around us.  The problem of pet-overpopulation tugs at our heartstrings but often leaves us feeling helpless to do anything about it.  The Fantom Penguin took a stroll in the park to meet Cheryl Gorewitz, Treasurer and Co-Founder of S.A.F.E. in the Northstate.  This is what she told us:

“We’re a local non-profit organization that focuses primarily on providing financial assistance in the form of vouchers to low-income pet owners to help offset the costs of spaying and neutering their companion animals.”

Is that of particular importance?  I hear all the time people referred to as irresponsible pet owners for not having their animals fixed.  Is it always because they’re irresponsible or is a lot of it because of financial hardship?

“We’re finding the bulk of it is financial hardship.”

The people would, if they could afford it, they would get their animals spayed or neutered.

“Yes.  Most of the people that we find – most of the people that we deal with know that spaying and neutering is the responsible thing to do.  It’s difficult however, when you have a family of four and a $15,000 annual income subsidized by WIC, MediCal, perhaps housing.  The extra money just isn’t there.  And while our vouchers don’t cover the full cost of spay and neuter, our vouchers are pretty substantial.”

Where does the money come from to fund these vouchers or where do the vouchers themselves come from?

“Well, the vouchers are provided by S.A.F.E. and the funds are provided by donations and S.A.F.E.’s own fund-raising efforts.”

So, these are sort of an in-house thing?  I mean, it’s – um . . .

I guess I had the idea, coming into this, that the vouchers were provided by outside organizations, by maybe governmental organizations or other national rescue organizations, but that’s . . .  Is that not the case?

“There are voucher programs available through our local government entities, Shasta County, City of Redding, City of Anderson, City of Shasta Lake, but these are vouchers in addition to those local government entity programs.”

So, am I understanding this correct then, if I get a voucher from S.A.F.E. and then I also get one from a city or a county, I can stack them together and use both discounts?

“That’s correct.”

Is there a quick, easy way to find out what all the various programs are and what I qualify for?

“On S.A.F.E.’s website, we have a page that is dedicated to listing the programs locally that individuals can contact for additional spay/neuter assistance.  There’s also some private organizations that provide spay/neuter assistance that S.A.F.E. does not overlap with, mainly because of geography, for instance S.N.I.P.P.P.’s, Spaying and Neutering Intermountain Pets and Pet Placement.  They’re out of the Burney/Intermountain area, McArthur/Fall River Mills.  They have their own spay/neuter assistance program and we have entered into an agreement with them where our program will not overlap with theirs and vice versa.  So if we were to get a request from someone, say in Round Mountain, we would refer that individual to S.N.I.P.P.P. and they would obtain their spay/neuter assistance from S.N.I.P.P.P.  At the same time, because they’re also residents of unincorporated Shasta County, they can contact, actually Haven Humane Society, who is now administering Shasta County’s spay/neuter assistance program and obtain an additional voucher.”

Okay.  So, let’s take a typical family.  Maybe they live in a rural area and every season they have kitties coming out their ears and they haven’t been able to afford to get the animal fixed.  What is the very first step that they should take?

“The very first step that they should take is to submit a voucher request to S.A.F.E. if they are within S.A.F.E.’s geographical coverage area.  And once they’re approved for a voucher from S.A.F.E., then immediately go to their local government entity to request spay/neuter assistance through their local government entity.   In some cases . . .  S.A.F.E.’s voucher for a cat, male or female, is $30.  Through Shasta County it’s $20-25.  So you’re talking $50 off of a $61 bill.”

 “S.A.F.E.’s program is not intended to encourage, endorse or otherwise promote the addition of a new pet or pets into a household.  As an all-volunteer non-profit organization with limited funds that are contingent on public support, the decision to acquire a new pet should reflect the financial ability to properly care and provide for the pet.  Assistance from S.A.F.E. is for low-income pet owners who can’t afford the full cost of spaying and neutering their companion animals and we do ask that if you can afford to alter your pet without our assistance that you do so and allow us to utilize our funds for those who truly cannot.”

So, people hadn’t ought to go collecting pets and relying on your organization to get them fixed?

“That’s the general gist of it, yes.”

“Our program is strictly for owned pets, not shelter or rescue adoptions.”

 “The primary reason for that is that California state law dictates, in most cases, that shelters and rescues are to ensure that those animals are altered prior to being released to an adopter.”

 “The website is  The phone number, if you do not have internet access, is (530) 410-6303.”

“We are always looking for volunteers, particularly to help with fund-raising efforts.  It would be great to have some additional volunteers to help answer our phone messages and return telephone calls and certainly donations are always welcome.”