Peanut Gallery Independent Praise of Drew Hempel's research

You have the best mental focus of any student I've met. Just don't let it go to your head! Qigong Master Jim Nance 2015

Your mind is very powerful from years of meditation. Just focus on the lower tan t'ien. Qigong Master Chunyi Lin 2015

My second source for the superiority of full lotus is the teaching of qigong master Chunyi Lin, founder of Spring Forest Qigong. According to qigong researcher (and all around wild and crazy guy) Drew Hempel, Chunyi Lin said that 20 minutes in full lotus is worth 4 hours of any other meditation practice. That sounds like an exaggeration, but Drew has had some pretty far out results from his practice. Chris, Tai Chi in San Diego, 2011

2/2/11: Long time Steamshovel correpsondent Drew Hemphill has had his research cited extensively in a new article by Dan Eden (Gary Vey) who had exposed James Hurtak's ties to Project HAARP and the NSA: Kenn Thomas
I think Drew Hempel offers us some clues about chirality and harmonics.

1) There is a self-sustaining cosmic resonance (hidden coherence) - what he calls alchemical resonance?

2) Natural resonance cycles change over time (based on precession of the equinox?) where there is a switch from carbon to silicone based life?

3) The resonance change between Saturn and Jupiter will have a major effect upon Earth?

4) Aligning the ions of plasma with the ions of matter creates complimentary opposites of energy and mass?

5) Positronium (electron-position coupling) creates mirror matter that passes through black holes?

The Secret of Pre-Established Harmony and the Image of Time

gritzle70 on The Next Level forum in 2008
According to the polymath and University of Minnesota alum Drew Hempel, the vagus nerve climax can be achieved by male practitioners of meditation and Qigong. According to Hempel, these practices can ionize neurotransmitters in the gut — our body's largest repository of serotonin — which can then travel through the vagus nerve and cross the normally prudish blood-brain barrier, thus giving neck-pulsing, orgasmic-like sensations written about in Daoist texts. Qigong and meditation, Hempel said, are the opposite of dopamine obsession: they focus on present awareness and a lack of anticipation for future events.
David Logan, Op-ed, Daily Nebraskan, 2011

Drew Hempel has caught my interest for some time as many of his articles on the ‘Natural Resonance Revolution’, so closely matches much of our groups ( and my own ) experiences and thoughts on the nature of the phenomena we’ve been exposed to via the frequencies I’ve created for our use. A lot of what Drew speaks about is congruent to where we are at and I think it really serves all of us to reflect upon his writings especially in relation to what we have been journeying through in the real world.
Donald Adams, aka Dr. Starz, computer frequency "sonification" healer

The final phase though of the Exopolitical NWO exoreligion roll out is the Borg-like assimilation philosophies of the Transhuman Movement
and their matrix upload plans so well outlined by Drew Hempel.

UFO Culture blog 2009

Drew Hempel went that far. He's a scientist who has plumbed the depths of these training techniques.
He kind of one point he called it Pre-Socratic African Taoist Yoga training. Which is I guess a pretty bare one-liner about his research but you know qigong is something that will become more culturally significant in the way that Tai Chi is now.Philosophy professor Dave Leech podcast discussion with David Metcalfe and Dr. Tim Brigham
I will tell you how to do this. I followed the information which was posted in online forums and articles by someone called 'drew hempel' as he studied something called 'spring forest qigong' and 'taoist yoga'. I followed the same training he did and it's very powerful. He studied SFQ with qigong master chun yi lin (
- there is a lot of **** on the net because it seems like no one has a clue how to do real energy work, drew hempel was the only person I found who made any sense to me, so I followed what he did and it worked....
If you are very serious about this, you should google drew hempel and read all his articles/some of his taobums posts
Dreambot, 2011 Spiritualforums post

Drew Hempel's third eye is connected like only a handful of people on this planet's are. He's able to see things in a way very few can. If you're interested in metaphysics and the such, he's worth a read.

"Riskfactor" posting on a forum in 2011.

The disgustingly typical common dismissal of yours of Drew's worth is telling. Can't handle anything too far beyond your comfort zone so you don't at all engage, as Drew would say, with his information. Much of which is simply discerning the fundamental structure linking revered traditional scriptures and cuttingedge science and it's explication in human life on Earth.
Then of course you project by claiming he is not engaging well... you're right, but you are still denying your hypocrisy, as you are too scared to admit that the reason you say you don't appreciate any of his writing is probably not because it is all false but because it is occult to your limited mind.
You can't argue with the facts and are too dumb to handle his points so you resort to smear tactics.
Who cares if some nut spams the net. It is only disruptive to the weak of mind. Fact is Drew has an "original" conclusion that deserves global discussion and you censor it like a welltrained shill, which I assume you are not.

Drew's idea. 2:3 is Yang, 3:4 is Yin... ie 666 is Yang. But he might repeat it like the example below, at which 99% of readers will throw their hands up in incomprehension and only folk like me, a stubborn OneTruthLover, bother to really get what he is saying. To say his is crazy is stupidly missing the point, plus to which he seems saner than most of the zombies who pretend humanity. He may a mixed up lake but at least he is not a puddle of puke.
Brace yourselves,
"I've posted that in fact musicologist Ernest McClain had already gleaned this from Plato -- see his Pythagorean Plato -- and that in fact while 5/4 was the Greek Miracle as the cube root of two leading to amplitude as classical mathematics for 3 dimensional form

the Tai Chi Perfect 5th-4th as 2:3 and 3:4 Yang and Yin (my discovery) is the QUANTUM secret of 2-dimensional energy intensity from frequency, not classical amplitude."

Needless to say he condenses much meaning in few words so you gotta read more his of his spiel to get it. His earliest piece on the greek Miracle is best. Cloud Tiger, a Tai Chi practitioner in the UK, 2009

Hempel, proficient in a wide sprectrum of intellectual pursuits including math and music --- and far from being deluded in any sense of the word as brought forth in the above quote by Hui Neng --- is also an eastern spiritual renaissance master as well. Just as much too, in the aforementioned areas and others far afield, as a search of his name will show, or did before he just simply disappeared into cyber space or infinity, he was one of the most prolific contributors on the net. His writings and books lean heavily toward a variety of eastern spiritual aspects, with a strong personal emphasis on qigong and meditation executed almost exclusively through the use of the full lotus position.

Additionally, even though Drew has resurfaced and available for interaction to all comers, I have however, NOT changed any of the above content of the original page because in my opinion it still remains highly relevant, showing all kinds of insight into who and where Hempel comes from, from any number of angles. Good to hear you are back. The internet wasn't the same without you.

The Wanderling, advaita meditation online site page on Drew Hempel

First we have to address the root of this possible problem.

the main root of all of this is the conceptual axiom that the parts of a system should be symmetrical if it desires to be in HARMONY. This in math is called COMMUTATIVE RING, or AxB=BxA.

From this principle (the commutative ring) we created a body of rules and paradigms in science, and even in religion, that separates our perception from nature itself (our game of denying being part of it) For example, as someone on this forum talked about maxwell´s quaternions in here. To work with an asymmetrical principle (most of things in nature) with our math that has as a main basic principle the commutative ring we first need to CHANGE what we gonna study, I mean, our science takes the information in nature which is assymétrical and DIVERGENT and converts it to an symmetrical and CONVERGENTE group of data to work with.
This is, as a principle, exactly what we did with the musical scales, as drew demonstrated.

In ancient music we got the asymmetrical intervals and, mainly since old non-pre-socratic Greece, we develop the obsession and the desire to “correct” it´s ugliness (natural asymmetry), so we transformed ancient music into symmetrical intervals. Buy by doing so we generate a comma, an extra group of data that can´t be used and should be discarded and watched over to avoid its return, because if this comma returns to the scale, it will create a hell of a mess to the fragile artificial symmetry we applied to it. So, conceptualy, the kind of technology we create, it prefers to change nature into artificial symmetry instead of flowing with it.

So it´s a matter of the right tool for the right job. And our Math has no asymmetrical tool for the job. IT´s all about the commutative ring, so even when working with asymmetrical systems (like nature) it has to convert it into symmetrical to process it. IT´s simple, drew is saying that western math and music take what is divergent (spiraling out) by nature and converge it before giving any kind of result. It´s a fact. Check, I don´t know, Wikipedia?, to get informations about the commutative ring and the non-commutative ring.

Now, I´m not 100% with drew on the consequences of “raping” nature with symmetry. I do know drew for the last 10yrs. Or so. I´m very good at math and good enough in music. I´m so-so in physics, i´ve studied electrical engineer for two yrs before change my mind and go to journalism school and drop it too to work as a photographer and illustrator and now as a computer graphics animator and advertising film director. So I have some background to understand a great chunk of drew hypothesis.

We try to solve all with symmetry, as the case with the music intervals, therefore, as in the case of music intervals, we create commas in science and all the range of activities that rely on science.

So this is the radical part of this use of musical model to explain things: if we try to understand nature (that is asymmetrical and divergent) with concepts and tools that are symmetrical and convergent) we gonna create dissonances in return and enter in a cycle of solving a dissonance with more symmetry to generate even more dissonance in the next octave ´till we # everything up! (we are already doing so! Our tech gives us marvelous stuff at the same time it acidify the oceans ending up #ing up with animals that depends on ultrasound for communication to reproduction. Our tech gives us marvelous tools as computer hi-res screens, but in return any cycle above 30hz is with time stressful to the human cells, etc, etc.)

non-commutative is so alien to our understand of thing that, as an example, if you go to Mr. Wolfram Math repository site you gonna find only ONE EMPTY page about it!!non-commutative is so alien to our understand of thing that, as an example, if you go to Mr. Wolfram Math repository site you gonna find only ONE EMPTY page about it!!

Now let´s go to the possible solutions for this.

1.full-lotus as a solution. Drew said full-lotus can transform the excess of electrochemical information in the lower body into electromagnectic information in the upper body. Some angry scientific trolls started to make fun of it.

for the materialistic people the thing is in the physiology.

siting in full-lotus will put a great chunk of pressure into your SACRUM! The sacrum is empty and pressure there will start to create small levels of ultra sound that will TRANSDUCE the energy from electrochemical into electromagnetic (remember, SOUND is PRESSURE WAVES, and it´s been prove that ultrasound can transduce energy from one state to other… use uncle google, he is your friend!! )… so this is one of the main reasons why full-lotus is a great tool.

It took me one year of daily chikung to sit in full-lotus with ease, before my one year of spring forest qigong I could barely sit in freestyle (like an north American indian) for more than a couple of minutes without felling a hell of pain in my back and legs!

After i´ve learned to sit in full-lotus, it´s a #ing bliss, full-lotus and half-lotus all day long. I even cut the legs from all my tables in my studio so I can sit in full-lotus and half-lotus anternated all day!!

So it´s one solution, but it´s a personal one.

2. Music create patterns in our brain.
It´s known that music create patterns in our brain. So if we just listen to music made with symmetrical and proportional intervals, some kind of patterns will form… with non-western music (mostly live, since hard to find speakers in home and computers that can produce ultrasound! ) so with non-western music we can generate other kind of patterns, since the intervals are asymmetrical. Drew have posted links to papers demonstrated, among otherthings, how ultrasound can stimulate the brain, the center of the brain, so on.

Also, Pineal Gland is a place made for sonoluminescence production. See? Pineal gland has fluid and cavitation in it! So with ultrasound stimulus in it we can ionize it a lot, we can produce tons of melatonie, and also we can generate little bubbles of light! By my personal experience, seeing light while practicing small universe (the oldest meditation that exist, it´s part of spring forest chikung and also is a “secret” inside the kriya yoga school) is relaxing, insightful and healing.
So, changing the king of music we listen to is a way of changing the patterns in our brain and so maybe it will reflect in the patterns we create in the world too.

3.creating a science where natural resonance ratios are important.
Well, this third item i´ll say nothing, since it´s what i´m working for the past 5 yrs. But a simple example of using natural resonance (non-comutative) musical ratios in technology is The Sonic Bloom, it´s a kit with audio from birds generating the fifth and forth in a repeated way so the intensity will affect the plants cells to expand more, taking more nutrients. It´s amazing. I use it to feed my home grown food (i´m a raw vegetarian) as my wife garden.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg…

Now those open minded, the daily practice of small universe from spring forest qigong, or the listening of music without symmetrical intervals, or the use of tech like the sonic bloom are just a few of the examples of the changes we can make personally or collectively to a better and more harmonious world.
And those so full of the “right” paradigm, well, you can keep projecting your anger on drew, it´s funny to read your assumptions about my crazy druid friend!

KALLISTI and have a nice day and a lovely life!
Guto Novo.
Correspondent for 15 years in Brazil

Seriously drew is next level, beyond even Dobbs, Ebert, Heidegger, Mcluhan etc.
Another UK practitioner-philosopher
"The universe and I came into being together; I and everything therein are One."

"If then all things are One, what room is there for speech? On the other hand, since I can say the word 'one' how can speech not exist? If it does exist, we have One and speech -- two; and two and one -- three(14) from which point onwards even the best mathematicians will fail to reach (the ultimate); how much more then should ordinary people fail?">"

- Chuang Tzu, 300 BCE

"Sound is the bridge between God and the soul" SHRI DHYANYOGI

a “universal scaling system”, ... this discrete scaling manifests itself in acoustic systems, as is well known in western classical music, where the two scalings correspond, respectively, to passing to the octave (frequency ratio of 2) and transposition (the perfect fifth is the frequency ratio 3/2), with the approximate value log(3)/ log(2) ∼ 19/12 responsible for the difference between the “circulating temperament” of the Well Tempered
Clavier and the “equal temperament” of XIX century music. It is precisely the irrationality of log(3)/ log(2) which is responsible for the noncommutative [complementary opposites as yin/yang] nature of the quotient corresponding to the three places {2, 3,∞}. -
Math professor (Fields medal) Alain Connes on quantum music as noncommutative time-frequency origin of reality from infinite spiral of perfect fifths!
Our brain is an incredible ....perceives things in momentum space of the photons we receive and manufactures a mental picture. Which is geometric. But what I am telling you is that I think ...that the fundamental thing is spectral [frequency]....And somehow in order to think we have to do an enormous Fourier Transform...on geometry. By talking about the "music of shapes" is really a fourier transform of shape and the fact that we have to do it in reverse. Alain Connes, 2012
Stanford Quantum physicist Eddie Oshins:
This representation only works for the (more fundamental) 1/2-integral representations (i.e. spinors/turns/quaternions) but also lets one build the vector and tensor representations. The converse does not hold....this property of "noncommutivity" in itself might be valuable in some way.
My claim, and original idea, has been that this is circumnavigating a T'ai Chi (Yin/Yang) symbol! More recently (Oshins, 1993b) I have suggested that this proximate technique can be used to realize Wing Chun kung-fu's "bong sau/tan sau" movement out of the Kauffman/Oshins "quaternionic arm" discussed and referenced below in end note 5.
I believe that this may be a way to get mind to code the relative relationship of part of oneself with respect to the rest of oneself (self-referential motion) and can explain the concepts of being "centered"/"one"/"integrated"/"extended"/"whole" etc. which one strives for in meditation.
Oshins, E. (1993). Oshins, E. (1993). A test for classical psychospinors. In Abdullah, F. (Ed.) Conservation and Invariance. Cambridge, UK: Alternative Natural Philosophy Association, London England.

Manfred Euler's 2013 description of acoustic STM - Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy builds on his previous connections between the quantum acoustic realms.
Binaural hearing is the acoustic analog of the interferometer or double-slit experiments. The two ears can be regarded as an acoustic interferometer, which recovers the phase difference of signals between the two ears by binaural correlation.

Near-field imaging with sound waves compelling demonstrates the inadequacy of pictorial realism and promotes more abstract views of the reality displayed.
A comparison of sound and matter waves clarifies that these [noncommutative] limitations exist in principle.
2016: de Broglie clocks as synchronization: a tangible model of how mass emerges.
matter waves are locally in phase with the particle clocks (de Broglie's Law of Phase Harmony).

The clock runs forever so it's self-sustaining (consciousness-energy). It resonates with the quantum vacuum. The harmonic beats create dynamic energy.

So then you have a "phase particle" that can be faster than the speed of light - superluminal - and a "mass particle" that is slower than the speed of light as the "group wave" of the "phase wave." The beats of the phase wave then are "in resonance" with the quantum vacuum - and so create mass from the massless field, explaining the Higgs mechanism.

"Universal coherence" - a "mind boggling outlook."

Phase harmony in de Broglie theory relates a local periodic phenomenon (the 'particle clock') to a periodic propagating field in such a way that relativistic invariance is satisfied. If a similar phenomenon in the cell is relevant it should couple the global oscillation pattern locally with periodic (mechanic, electric, biochemical ???) processes.

Coherence as consciousness.
"Ghost Tones"

Manfred Euler is a Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Kiel.

It's actually a Klein Bottle so you can't see the 5th dimension.

The red is a logarithmic singularity - but that is just classical physics.

So the foundation of reality is quantum - which is noncommutative phase as the 5th dimension.

So light as a photon is a point but as a wave it is nonlocal - but this means it is in 2 places at the same time - as the 5th dimension that is noncommutative.

People think that doesn't make sense - how can it be in two places at the same time? Actually basic music theory explains this.

So for example the Perfect Fifth is C to F as subharmonic 2/3 while the Perfect Fifth is C to G overtone harmonic as 3/2.

So C = 2 while F=3=G at the same time. That is noncommutative phase. It is also called "Fourier Uncertainty" or "time-frequency uncertainty" - and that is the true foundation of reality.

So for example de Broglie - studying relativity - realized Einstein had a problem - as energy goes to the speed of light then time as wavelength slows down, gets bigger. That means as frequency goes higher then time also gets bigger. That violates a fundamental property since Pythagoras that frequency is inverse to time as wavelength (from music theory).

So de Broglie realized since quantum physics is real there has to be a phase wave that is faster than the speed of light. So you have a mass wave that is the "group phase" - and then you have a particle phase that is called the "internal clock" or a 2nd clock that is the phase wave of the particle - also called the "pilot wave" - and this comes back from the future. So there is a Harvard physicist Andrew Strominger who works with Stephen Hawking - and says that the future already exists and reality is a holograph. So the 4D universe is actually a projection of this 5th dimension of noncommutative phase that is time-like.

This is how precognition is real.

It was Olivier Costa de Beauregard who emphasized that precognition was part of de Broglie's pilot wave model and in 1956 de Broglie said to Costa de Beauregard that there was "an incompatibility with our conventional notions of space and time." Nevertheless scientists have continued this parapsychology research based on de Broglie: pdf AY Temkin 2011

Peter Kingsley notes, "In terms not only of formal and structural analogies but also of historical contacts, there can be no separating the Thracian Orpheus [of Pythagorean equivalence] from central-Asiatic shamanic tradition." This connection with Taoism is also made explicit by the motif of the Pythagorean master Empedocles who, "dies a miraculous death by vanishing into thin air but who leaves a tell-tale item.... A more classic Taoist concept is that of achieving the divine state either by fashioning a spirit-body...thoughtfully leaving a pile of discarded garments...."
Ancient Philosophy, Mystery and Magic, Oxford Ph.D. thesis, 1995, p. 236.

Monday, October 10, 2016

EcoEcho Invasives Extraction

EcoEcho Invasives Extraction

Drew Hempel, M.A., living west of Marine on St. Croix, MN


The typical removal and clearing of invasive species so dominant, like buckthorn, and Japanese Knotweed, usually demands (seemingly) use of toxic synthetic chemicals like glyphosate which the World Health Organization has now listed as a likely carcinogen.
the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concerns glyphosate, an ingredient in one of the world's most widely-used herbicides, Roundup, made by Monsanto. In March 2015, an IARC monograph concluded that glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic."Apr 19, 2016
Mar 24, 2015 - The World Health Organization's research arm declares glyphosate a probable carcinogen
And California has now been sued by Monsanto to try to stop that state from listing the same results as the United Nations -

David Theodoropoulos, a California naturalist and seed merchant and the author of Invasion Biology: Critique of a Pseudoscience, is blunt about what he sees as a deadly inversion of environmental priorities.
"Thirty years ago," he told me, "the greatest threats to nature were chain saws, bulldozers, and poisons. Now the greatest threats are wild plants and animals. And what do we use to fight them? Chain saws, bulldozers, and poisons. Who does this serve?"
So reveals this Weed Whackers expose article.

And yet for those of us who live on tracts of woods - and if those tracts are contiguous creating small forests - we can see the very positive results of clearing out invasive species. So the question is how should we remove them? What's the best way? Several years ago I discovered a DNR worker who created his own business removing buckthorn by simply using a pick-axe to extract the roots and so I was inspired to do the same in our land. But now even a Minnesota StarTribune op-ed 2015 by the Greengirls Kim Palmer contemplates using a stronger concentrate of glyphosate to kill her buckthorn.

The EPA, an agency "captured" by the polluters, is now reviewing glyphosate.

Why Hand Tool Extraction?

I have spent about five years working to "hand weed" several acres of forest land of buckthorn here in Minnesota.

The MN DNR lists various herbicides if hand tool extraction doesn't work but I have found hand tool extraction effective if a pick-axe is used to remove the stumps.

Goats are a nice means of buckthorn removal only for the final finish, herbicides are still relied on
The goats are expected to whittle down the buckthorn from 6 feet to 6 inches, making it much easier for humans to finish off the buckthorn next year with herbicide spray.

But there is a biology professor at Macalester, Mark A. Davis, who argues we should "learn to love" invasive species. I disagree with the view that the take-over and dominance of an ecological area by one species, introduced by modern Western horticulture, is in any way similar to the evolutionary spread of new species. As Professor Alfred Crosby details in his book Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900. (Cambridge University Press, 2009), published the same year as the work of Mark A. Davis's book Invasive Biology: the spread of Western colonialism has brought to date an ecological crisis unprecedented in the rate and amount of species destruction. The new book (2016) by Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson, a long-time expert in conservation biology, has reinforced the critical need for sustainable restoration ecology work in the wilds.
 The downward spiral has been hastened by habitat destruction, spread of invasive species, pollution with toxins, and eutrophication from excess nutrient runoff. drastic action is needed, argues E.O. Wilson
I have a master's degree (2000) studying interdisciplinary sustainability policy/philosophy from the University of Minnesota Liberal Studies program with an undergraduate B.A. in the sustainability option of International Relations (1994) at UW-Madison, studying an equal focus integrating economics, biology and political science. I also studied conservation biology and sustainability receiving a School of Field Studies certificate for a semester of undergraduate research in Costa Rica, 1992, along with my own private field studies of sustainability in the Andes of Venezuela (traditional milpa of Wiwa tribe), the mountains of Morocco (traditional humanure compost farming by Berbers), the bogs just south of Denali Mountain Alaska (traditional sled dog wilderness living), and visiting the Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation, working with traditional indigenous farming/herding-hunting communities. I have done activism policy work for Citizens for a Better Environment (1989), UW-Madison Greens (1991-3), Rainforest Action Network (1994-5), Greenpeace (1996), Natural Harvest Organic CSA Farm (1997), MN Free Burma Coalition (1998), Resource Center of the Americas (1999), Clean Water Action (1999-2009), Fruitshare Organics (2013-5), SRC Recycling (2016). I have also organized social justice activist campaigns and participated in many other sustainability activist campaigns, achieving concrete policy reforms for sustainability (social and ecological justice).

In 2015 researchers raised a "resistance hypothesis" to challenge the "imperialism dogma" of Alfred Crosby's research on invasive species:
 It is based on two observations: first, Eurasian species coevolved with Europeans and their plants, pathogens, and livestock, which were, second, dispersed all over the world during the European imperialism period from 900 to 1900. Thus, if a Eurasian species is introduced to a new range, it is likely confronted with species it has coevolved with. On the other hand, the biota of North America is less disturbed by humans and richer than that of Europe and could thus offer more resistance to invaders (1, 6, 17-19). We call this alternative to the imperialism dogma the resistance hypothesis.
What the study found was that how the species is introduced is the crucial step in its ability to spread. In the case of say wild turkeys or chestnut trees we can see how global warming is helping their adaptation in more northern niches of Minnesota, but the introduction of buckthorn through horticulture clearly did not meet resistance in the New World. Therefore the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Guide for Living Landscapes in Minnesota: A GUIDE TO NATIVE PLANTSCAPING (pdf) quotes and highlights Alfred Crosby's Ecological Imperialism book regarding buckthorn as an invasive species.

So it may seem that just spreading lots of toxic pollution with glyphosate is the only feasible means of eradicating buckthorn and Japanese Knotweed in a timely fashion but I can speak from experience with buckthorn, and I argue that a "slow and steady" approach is better.

It turns out that even though the buckthorn has taken over the "understory" level of small trees and shrubs for a forest area, it still provides critical habitat for the song birds that migrate to Minnesota from the long distances of Southern U.S. and even from South America! We don't want to shock these birds too much from losing their habitat for hiding their nests, like the Ovenbird living on the ground, or the Eastern Rufous-Sided Towhees also feeding off worms on the ground. Warblers like the American Redstart and Vireos enjoy and need the understory as well. So from my experience leaving some buckthorn in some areas as a transition is preferable. Catbirds, Chickadees and many other birds need the understory species and unfortunately that means they need the buckthorn to some extent.

For example we have a ravine in our ten acres that had a very rare Hooded Warbler couple nesting. (There's only a few known nesting sites in Minnesota!) I never saw any Hooded Warbler fledglings so their nest may have got raided by the Cowbirds we also get, with their brood parasitism. But previously the Hooded Warbler even flew up to our house window, curious and peering at, watching me at the computer. Unfortunately the Ash trees growing up near the house got "clear-cut" and then a few years later I began removing the buckthorn. I left the area untouched where the nest had been, but the Hooded Warbler is very particular. The next year only the male Hooded Warbler returned, spending all summer in the overstory tree tops calling to attract a female with no luck. The presumably same male Hooded Warbler returned the following summer to do the same, calling in the tree tops with no luck attracting a female. The third summer the male Hooded Warbler did not appear.

Another factor in using hand tools - the pick axe for large trees, the smaller buckthorn removal wedge tool and also hand weeding the seedlings - is that it is very quiet and so does not disturb the wildlife. Whereas constant "riding mower" noise in the forest, to create trails of cleared out land, where then grass grows, makes a nice landscaped walking trail in the forest, but scares away the song birds, like the Oriole, Scarlet Tanager and the Hooded Warbler. These birds flew hundreds and maybe even thousands of miles to get to the forest in Minnesota to enjoy all our mosquitoes for the summer - so it seems a bit unfair to unleash seemingly "efficient" yet extremely loud noise machines clearing paths right in the forest, as a means of buckthorn removal. Acoustic Ecology is an actual science discipline proving that each species relies on particular frequency and amplitude niches with phase time harmonically aligned vertically - a veritable "animal orchestra" in the forest despite it sounding seemingly chaotic to our Western-music trained ears. For example Chickadees practice frequency tuning among the males with the lowest song (the minor third music interval song) as the indicator of a more attractive male, and so the other males work to align their song at the same frequency. Then as a group of same frequency singing the male Chickadees cooperate and call to each other.

Buckthorn is accepted as firewood at the St. Paul central heating biomass furnace. The main complaint of using buckthorn for firewood in home fireplaces is that although it is hard and so dense with heat, the smaller diameter with more surface area, can burn very fast and hot, thereby producing a lot of ash. I use a bow-saw to cut down the buckthorn trees and then to trim the stumps for harvesting. Then after the tree has aged the stumps split up with a maul and the branches are sawed into good wood stove size. Also relying on smaller size firewood then requires constant feeding of the wood stove to keep the fire going. But mixing buckthorn in with larger split wood offers an excellent advantage as the small buckthorn makes excellent kindling and larger size buckthorn helps to keep the fire going well. I would say, again from experience, that I harvested about $1000 worth of firewood, in terms of heat savings cost compared to using propane, from about three acres of wooded mix oak-maple forest land.

Buckthorn also can be used as deer fencing for gardens, although some construction skills may be needed, as just piling up the buckthorn is mainly a deterrent. Still, with the branches angled well, the height can be impressive and did successfully protect a large garden for me for a couple summers, along with my daily work in the garden. Our deer are aggressive as since they don't eat buckthorn, then they don't get enough food. Because of the hotter summers due to the global warming crisis we have had no sizeable oak acorn harvest for several years and we've had at least two deer starve to death over the past several winters. When I first cleared the female buckthorn trees with the berries in the winter, the deer not only followed me around but could not wait for me to finish clearing an area - the deer were aggressively moving in on me to eat the berries in the winter.

The buckthorn deer fencing can then be used to make excellent "biochar" by piling up the buckthorn that is cut up, then covering the pile with clay-mud, leaving a hole to light the fire. Once it is burning well then cover up the air hole to create biochar. This biochar then sequesters or "captures" the carbon which otherwise, if the buckthorn is just left in the air in the woods, would turn into carbon dioxide. The biochar is a "miracle" compost ingredient since as black carbon it heats up the compost fast and also provides excellent nanosize holes to house bacteria friendly to the plants and soil. Biochar compost then is the ideal garden supplement to be made from buckthorn and animal manure. Biochar will also provide an excellent foundation for a nitrogen-fixing green manure, i.e. organic field peas.

Agronomy for Sustainable Development
, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 667–678

Biochar organic fertilizers from natural resources as substitute for mineral fertilizers

Obviously the buckthorn seedlings then need to be pulled as follow-up removal but this fits in with the "slow and steady" approach. On the plus side, by hand weeding the buckthorn removal I am able to custom select the seedlings so that I can achieve the restoration ecology result of cultivating and encouraging the native tree seedlings. So it takes some expertise to be able to differentiate buckthorn seedlings from Black Cherry and Pagoda Dogwood seedlings - expertise that I have achieved from lots of experience. But it is very satisfying to see the new seedlings growing up and taking over when they previously had been buried and smothered by buckthorn. This is much more efficient than and a great savings from having to buy new tree seedlings or saplings.

Since I am able to harvest and remove the Buckthorn to use for my wood stove as firewood and kindling, if you don't want to use the buckthorn to heat your house as that requires extra labor, then I am able to leverage that savings in heating cost to provide you a very low labor rate of $10 an hour. Working with the Washington County Invasive Species grant monies, available through the Clean Water Legacy Fund, if your land is in a riparian zone, and you commit to a long-term management project with the county, that enables you qualified to receive financial support for removing the Buckthorn.

The deer are very happy once the Buckthorn is removed, as they don't eat buckthorn but they do eat the new seedlings. I have found, amazingly that deer seem to not touch Pagoda Dogwood seedlings, which is a definite plus and a big surprise! But deer will even eat wild raspberries, and of course most other new seedlings. Still since the deer now have a better food source and enjoy browsing your land, then you have a better chance to harvest better-fed deer for your food supply, or offer the chance to local hunters happening to visit to ask the opportunity.

For details on my plan to harvest Japanese Knotweed please see my other blog site

Why EcoEcho? Quantum Entanglement as the Harmonic Spark of Life

Quantum biology has proven now that quantum physics applies to "macro" scale life. I took quantum physics as my first physics class for my first year of college in 1990, at Hampshire College. The professor is an Ivy-league trained quantum physicist, Herbert Bernstein and his research got classified by the military without his knowledge! Summer 2015 began the testing of his quantum teleportation, cryptography and quantum telepathy computing.

So it was easy to dismiss quantum biology as recently as 2006 as quackery or too fringe or woo-woo since its biology is macroquantum phenomenon and the human brain is supposed to be "too warm" for quantum physics. Luckily all of that has been disproven now and in 2011 Scientific American - Vedral, "Living in a Quantum World" - did a cover story on quantum biology. So the claim that delicately arranged quantum entangled states could survive in the warm and complex interior of living cells was thought by many to be an outlandish idea, verging on madness. Yet in recent years our knowledge of such things has made huge strides - and not only in connection with birds and plants.
Can our new understanding of life replace the soul with a quantum vital spark? Many will regard the very posing of this question as suspect, pushing the boundaries of conventional science beyond respectability and into the realms of pseudoscience or even a kind of spirituality. That is not what we are proposing here. 2014, Life on the Edge, p. 310.
Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology 2014, by professors Johnjoe McFadden and Jim Al-Khalili,  a quantum biology book, cowritten by one of the earlier quantum consciousness authors whom I promoted in 2006 - JohnJoe McFadden.
Once again we see Schrodinger's order from order capable of capturing quantum events, and what Jordan termed amplification of quantum phenomena into the macroscropic world. Life seems to bridge the quantum and classical worlds, perched on the quantum edge (p. 132)....
If we return to our musical analogy one final time, with the guitar acting as the odorant molecule and the guitar strings as the molecular bonds that need to be plucked, then the receptors come in Eric Clapton or Jimi Hendrix forms. Both can play the same molecular notes, but right- or left-handed molecules have to be picked up by right- or left-handed receptors, just as right-handed guitars have to be played by right-handed guitarists....This combination of shape and quantum vibration recognition at last provides a model that fits nearly all experimental data. (pp. 163-4)
So the Life on the Edge book (2014) emphasizes that contrary to quantum entanglement being limited to cold tiny realms, the quantum entanglement is coherent and harmonic and so resonates and amplifies the energy-information into the macroscopic level. This resonance from quantum entanglement is time-frequency noncommutative and so can not be scaled up easily using external technology. The music analogy then actually is best modeled by the truth of music also being noncommutative as an infinite spiral of time-frequency Perfect Fifths; using relativistic quantum models energy momentum is not conserved and energy and matter can be exchanged via quantum entanglement consciousness. In Western science this is now discovered as "noise-induced coherence" aka the "quantum Goldilocks effect."
 "As the light-matter coupling increases in time from zero into the [phase] > c range [faster-than-light or superluminal quantum entanglement], the system moves out of its frozen initial state....The intermediate regime is the only one in which non-linearities can develop significantly. High values of squeezing [noncommutative time-frequency resonance] in both subsystems [light and matter] are then generated [20]....the enhanced entanglement regime (EER) begins to dominate the space of behaviors as opposed to being a small niche....We have then established the persistence of the EER for a wide range of system sizes and even under the effect of dissipation effects....We have provided theoretical insights of this phenomenon by means of a dynamical symmetry breaking and effective non-linear self-interactions."
 "It [EER] is the magic sauce that connects together all objects in the universe, including light and matter."
 Or as quantum biologist Dr. Stuart Hameroff explains:
"I believe that consciousness, or its immediate precursor proto-consciousness, has been in the universe all along, perhaps from the Big Bang....In one such scheme proto-conscious experience is a basic property of physical reality accessible to a quantum process associated with brain activity....Let’s say the heart stops beating, the blood stops flowing, the microtubules lose their quantum state. The quantum information within the microtubules is not destroyed, it can’t be destroyed, it just distributes and dissipates to the universe at large."
Finally as quantum cosmologist Dr. Neil Turok explains, when you analyze the amplitude (time-wavelength) of variation of temperature against "pitch" or energy-frequency scale of the whole Universe:
 We literally see the universe as a giant bell - it struck at the big bang and everything is synchronized. ...The whole universe is as simple as the simplest atom....The universe we see doesn't distinguish between scales ...a wave that stretches right across the universe has the same strength as one a hundred times or a million times smaller. They're all the same. It's an unbelievable simple pattern that came out of the Big Bang....In fact it would be fair to say in physics everything is a wave....We've just put a paper out describing how a universe can bounce, it can contract with the light waves going down and bounce again....You'll remember that light doesn't have a scale. You see so whereas we would look at the Universe and say it's shrinking, in fact the light doesn't see the shrinking. It's due to the scale-independence of Maxwell's equations....which can be used to described what happened at the Big Bang itself.
 Oct. 7, 2015 lecture, "The Astonishing Simplicity of Everything"