February 2012

foodforthesoul PRAYER POEMS29 Feb 2012 09:19 pm


prayer 77


we lose our health to make our wealth
we lose our wealth to regain our health
we live as if we will never die
we die as if we never lived


we are busy with daily tasks
yet we are bored in being busy
we look for meaning in meaningless things
yet we overlook things fraught with meaning


we have no time for others
yet we waste our time in absurd undertakings
we criticize so eloquently
yet we have no solutions to offer




in bhutan, the president declared
that life is to be measured
not in gross domestic product
but in gross domestic happiness


happiness is found in others
rather than in ourselves
an urgent shift to the spirit world
from the material world


verses from the book ‘foodforthesoul’ by eastwind


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eastwind journals are the personal journalistic writings of Bernie Lopez, and are not part of the healing ministry. Any views or comments are his own and does not reflect those of the ministry.


Xstrata’s controversial Tampakan mining project
A few weeks ago. the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines attacked in a full page ad in the Inquirer the Ateneo de Davao mining conference for failing to invite them. But it seems now they are doing the same to the anti-mining advocates in their own recent affair at the Mariott, a case of ‘an eye for an eye’.
The Davao conference exposed the potentials for a mega-disaster in the Tampakan mining project of SMI-Xstrata. In reply, the Chamber conference invited four mayors from the project impact area, who had been awarded millions in ‘development funds’ by SMI, to root for the mining project.


An NGO spokesman said, “This war between a powerful multinational and Filipinos is a test if Noynoy is truly pro-Filipino, as he claimed, or pro-foreigner.” The President is set to issue a revised mining policy by the end of February.


The Chamber of Mines launched a conference for the embattled SMI-Xstrata (Sagittarius Mining Inc.), which is licking its wound from a DENR blow, the denial of the ECC for its Tampakan gold-copper open-pit mining project in South Cotabato. SMI admitted in their EIA that after 20 years of massive extraction, they will leave behind in perpetuity a mega-dam with a scary 1.35 billion-metric-ton of toxic mud atop a mountain below Central Mindanao’s bread basket.


At the Mariott, there were no anti-mining advocates around except the author, who came uninvited. They claimed they invited a few, but the governor who has the open-pit ban that triggered the ECC denial, and other SMI oppositors were nowhere to be found. The bishops and NGOs who are vocal against the Tampakan project were also nowhere to be found. It was purely a pro-mining affair more for the media than for the attendees.


In the mining area, anti-mining B’laans also reported that they were prevented from voting in the public consultations dominated by pro-mining advocates. This was long before the Chamber accused Ateneo of not inviting their side. The B’laans were made to sign a paper to be given lunch, and claimed this was used as evidence they agreed to the project.


The four mayors are from Malungon in Saranggani, Tampakan in South Cotabato, Kiblawan in Davao del Sur, and Columbio in Sultan Kudarat. They could see the funds for development projects, but could not see the risks which may negate those very developments, namely the possibility of inundating about half a million hectares of lush farmlands with toxic mud.


Three bishops have formed an alliance against the SMI project, the KIDMADI, short for the dioceses of Kidapawan, Marbel, and Digos. The bishops are asking for a five-year mining moratorium on top of the open-pit ban. Many feel the ban can easily be reverted by SMI ‘development funds’, which make local government officials blind to the dangers posed by the tailings dam to their people.


SMI admitted in their EIA that, after 20 years, they would leave behind a void of about 3.5 square kilometers 800 meters deep and a toxic rock pile of about 1.65 billion metric tons, which, when exposed to oxygen (air and rain water), would produce massive amounts of acid. This can easily leak into the aquifer (underground water system) if their containment and treatment facilities are too small to handle immense volumes of acid water during a Sendong-type typhoon. Poisoned aquifers, which are sources of vital drinking water and for agriculture, cannot be rehabilitated, says British environment expert Clive Wicks.


bernie lopez
eastwind journals
Opinyon Magazine, march 4, 2012
Videos26 Feb 2012 11:51 am

eastwind journals 23 – YOUTUBE KILLER DAM PART 2

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eastwind journals are the personal journalistic writings of Bernie Lopez, and are not part of the healing ministry. Any views or comments are his own and does not reflect those of the ministry.


KILLER DAM PART 2 socio-economic impact
KILLER DAM PART 1 environmental impact
Inventory of misinformation and deceit
SMI – Xstrata, if given a license by the Aquino Administration, is set to operate the largest mining venture in Philippine history.


Its tailings dam, about 20 times bigger than the infamous collapsed dam in Marinduque,
will have 1.35 billion metric tons of toxic wastes atop a mountain at the heart of Mindanao’s bread basket, and beneath a major earthquake fault. It will sit there in perpetuity until an earthquake or another Sendong.


SMI-Xstrata, with its vast capital resources, has no right to seduce and deceive Filipinos to support a potential mega-disaster for its own profits at our expense. The government will earn a measly 6% while it has a lion’s share of 91%.


It has given millions to mayors, pseudo-tribal chieftains and their Xstrata-funded pseudo tribal foundations to support the project. It is threatening the national government that if it fails to pressure local government to lift an open pit ban, it will go to the Supreme Court, which had earlier reversed a decision declaring Xstrata’s contract unconstitutional.


Xstrata’s dirty tricks.
  • scholarships and short term employment to natives to soften opposition
  • false reports of free and prior informed consent (FPIC)
  • exclusion of oppositors from voting, and from EIA stakeholder list for public consultations
  • ‘donations’ to pseudo tribal chieftains, and their pseudo xstrata-funded organizations
  • bulldozing of tribal sacred grounds, and farms without permission
  • use of military and police to arrest oppositors in their own land
  • seduction of mayors through ‘development funds’; the gray area between ‘development funds’ and ‘bribery’
  • misinformation on economic data, false picture of tons of profits for government when its share is a measly 6% while Xstrata’s is 91%; GDP contributions of the mining sector is the lowest at 0.9%;
  • over-rated employment benefits of 3,000 employees compared to millions dislocated if the mega-dam collapses;
  • no mention of negative impact to farmers in their EIA;
  • insufficient mitigating measures in EIA in case of earthquakes, flash floods; the mine sits above a major fault line
  • no mention in the EIA of who pays for PERPETUAL maintenance of killer dams after they have left
  • continued activities in spite of denial of ECC
  • threats against national government to pressure local government to reverse its open pit ban, else it goes to the Supreme Court
  • no mention in the EIA of the illegal construction of the dam, violating the maximum altitude they are allowed by law
  • a bloated budget of millions for PR-media funds and a powerful lobby group, distorting economic benefits and dangers to lives.
These dirty tricks are becoming a modus operandi of powerful mining multinationals in Third World countries, only because they have become so successful through their vast financial resources. They have become so used to getting their way through ‘donations’ and ‘development funds’. No one can stop them. They have become untouchables that can make Filipinos kill Filipinos as they cart their gold away. When modern society, with their high-end needs like armaments and bullet trains, deny ancient society their basic needs of food and shelter, it is a form of genocide that cry out to the heavens for vengeance.


bernie lopez
eastwind journals
Opinyon Magazine, march 4, 2012
eastwind journals26 Feb 2012 11:46 am

eastwind journals 22 – IS A MEGA-EARTHQUAKE COMING?

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eastwind journals are the personal journalistic writings of Bernie Lopez, and are not part of the healing ministry. Any views or comments are his own and does not reflect those of the ministry.


Based on new studies of sea-bed soil samples


Based on a massive archive of thousands of sea-floor soil samples analyzed meticulously for years, scientists report that there have been 19 mega-earthquakes in the last 10,000 years. A mega-earthquake is considered one whose impact is global, or hemispherical. The frequency of mega-earthquakes is approximated at an average of one every 500 years. Two places have been identified by experts where a mega-earthquake may coming soon.
One is in Cascadia in Northern California. The last mega-quake here was circa 1700. The nearest population center is Seattle, a mere 150 kilometers away. The Cascadia fault line is a 1,000 kilometer stretch along the Pacific coast where extreme tectonic forces are colliding. An area the size of Ireland has moved very slowly by 10 meters against the continent since the 1700 disaster.


What baffles scientists is the fact that the Cascadia fault line moves only exactly every 14 months. The rest of the time, it is in deep slumber. Such regular movements releases energy, which helps dissipate a future mega-quake. But, scientists believe these are not enough to contain the next mega-earthquake which will churn a series of 15-meter tall tsunamis across the entire Pacific. Computer simulations predict rapid shaking of the ground. If protracted for five minutes, this extended tremor will liquefy the soil, which will easily bring down the most earthquake-proof skyscrapers of Seattle. The predicted Cascadia mega-earthquake is called ‘skyscraper killer’.


The predicted epicenter is 50-meter inland. Scientists predict that a mega-earthquake will extend all the way to British Columbia and Southern California. It will encompass other population centers, such as in Portland in Oregon and Vancouver in Canada. The tremor would reach speeds of 11,000 kilometers per hour on land, and three kilometers per second -n the sea. It will reach Seattle in 30 seconds, Hawaii in four hours, and Japan in 8 hours. Multiple tsunamis will occur for many hours, even a day. Thousands of aftershocks are predicted to occur within the span of a year. This will ‘resurrect’ many dead volcanoes along the western seaboard of the American continent, dominated by the notorious Mt. St. Helens, which exploded recently. The Cascadia mega-earthquake can be called ‘the volcano catalyst’.


The second predicted mega-earthquake is in Memphis, Tennessee, which is ironically not an earthquake prone area. There are no geological signs of upheavals, only serene plains and valleys. The last mega-earthquake here occurred in 1811. Earthquakes had been occurring every 500 years since 40 to 50 AD. In 1811. The ground shook on and off for months, with three or four large quakes on top of thousands of aftershocks affecting a 1,000 kilometer area. Water spewed like geysers from large fissures as much as 30 feet high. These ‘geysers’ left remnants today of three feet of sand across large areas.


The predicted epicenter is below the Mississippi River, whose course will be reversed to flood the upstream area for kilometers in case of a quake. Excavations revealed part of the series of disturbances for the last thousands of years, where extensive ground liquefaction was a prominent feature.


Using a new technology combining sonar and x-ray, ‘geo-phones’ have discovered a complex labyrinth of criss-crossing faults deep in the ground. Many of these are hidden beneath the Mississippi River. Memphis itself is close to a major fault line. An earthquake of magnitude 6 is predicted in the next 50 to 90 years.  In 1811, for a year, there were major quakes four times a week out of 200 mini-earthquakes of magnitudes of 1.5 to 4.


Mega-earthquakes of global extend have been predicted by Marian messages, Nostradamus, and other visionaries. The problem is the two p’s, namely prayer and preparedness. Prayer can ‘defer’ or reverse the wrath of the Lord. Most major population centers, whether coastal or inland, are never ready for such an eventuality, except for a few who have learned their lessons, like Kobe. But even Kobe, is just ‘half-ready’, if we are to talk of the sheer volume of casualties in a mega-disaster.
bernie lopez
eastwind journals
Opinyon Magazine, feb 20 2012

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