Sunday, June 5, 2016

AFANC MAGICK CREATURE

Afanc Magick Creature of Wales-
Afance Creature of Wales
Good afternoon my dearest friends & followers. For today post I am going to bring you to the world of Welsh folklore. This creature lives in the lakes of wales & is descripted many different ways in the Welsh folklore they say...
Some say the creature could be a dwarf, beaver, crocodile and even sometimes said to be
a demon. However, the favorite of the Welsh is depicted as a large frog with claws on all limbs. The Afanc will sometimes have magick powers and have been known to be able to speak Welsh too. It is said the afanc was a monstrous creature that would prey upon anyone that was foolish enough to fall or to swim in the lakes which are warned not to swim in. The most common tale that surrounds the Afanc creature, is a town that was plagued with these carnivourous creatures at a enormous scale. So much so that the people of wales had to resolve it only if they couldn't kill the Afanc's creatures but that to was impossible. So they came up with one solution if they can't kill these carnivourous creatures, they shall take them to another lake away form them. Sounds impossible Eh! well, what they did was is employ the Afanc's one and only weakness. This happens to be a beautiful woman who can lure the Afanc to sleep upon her lap. After she has done this, the villagers then bind the Afanc with magical chains & use two oxen to drag the creature across to the next lake that they found where no-one will be harmed.
The brave woman, has many tales on of these relates after the creature was bound in chains & awakened it was furious. It was enraged and was thrashing  & crushed the maiden in whose lap it still lay. Another version was that the poor maiden breasts were bitten off. Still after much effort the beast was finally dragged off the poor maiden to the lake Cwm Ffynnon. As for the names or who these young maidens were that gave their lives for this task, it was never reviled. I could only guess that they might be maidens of poor villages that would say it would be a honor for their daughter to save the town or entire villages for their daughter sacrifice . I think a lot of that kinda thing happened in those ancient times of wales, Scotland and England too.
Besides the Lake Cwm Ffynno the Afanc is said to live in a number of different lakes in Wales such as Lake llyn, Lake Llion, Lake Llyn Barfog, & Lake Llyn-y-Afanc which bares its name. As I have said above too there are many tales that involving the creature Afanc. It is described as a fearsome beast, which kills and eats its victims who enters or falls near its watery domain. The Afanc can also cause flooding and mass drowning in the areas they live too. I hope you found the creature of Wales, the Afanc interesting .. I hope you all have a wonderful day

Much love and kindness to you all
Your friend always ....Wendy











Friday, June 3, 2016

AmericanGivingUp Their Citizenship in Record Numbers?

Americans-GivingUp-
Their Citizenship in Record
Numbers?
You might wonder why I ask this question? Well, my dears its been heavy on my mind.
The whole president conferences between Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump. I just happened upon an article, that talked about folks here in America both common folk like you and I - And celebrities too that don't like the prospect of Donald Trump taking Barack Obama our President place in the White House. I guess there is a lot of folks that cant get the idea of Trump siting in the Oval. To be very honest, I can't see that or believe that could be even possible. In fact it is frightening to me-I have a 16 year old and many nieces and nephews that are going into the world as young adults and I am very worried about their futures. In the resent weeks it seems like the coverage in the news, has gotten bad to horrible between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. I usually don't posts on the election, but this one has been so crazy and the out come, of it could effect us all in ways we really don't realize Yet! I don't know how you all feel about this subject or what your feelings are with each of the candidates and their campaigns. But I know this its is the weird campaign that I have ever seen in my life of voting. Yes, I have voted since the day I turn 18years old and this time I pray that my vote truly counts here in Washington state. I even saw on the news last night that there was a riot going on outside between Trump supporters and non-supports that was huge, well Trump was inside doing a speak not knowing at all what was going on outside. I never heard of stuff like this before in elections before. I just wish that we could keep President Obama for another 4 years.. So it would seem that the numbers of US citizens has grown to a alarming rate, to renouncing their US. citizenship to live in Canada. This is the Governments statistics that are finding these records, so that is troublesome. They have said that it isn't Trump that has persuaded them all to leave the US it TAXES. However, I have a hard time believing that its just the taxes. In my opinion it is probably a big part of both. Its probably what Trump says or doesn't say he is going to do for our country and the Taxes. Then there is thing I heard that Trump has paid his taxes this year and he said he wont till the election is over - so what is that all about? I did discover that the IRS publishes the name of each
American that gives up his/hers citizenship. What does that mean? Well, after the list is made it comes out every three months - plus the international tax lawyer will tallied up all the names up. It would seem that the international tax lawyer found in the first quarter of this year, there were
1,1158 US folks that expatriated[no names will be shown to protect them]. This is more than ten times the number in the first quarter of 2008. It would seem that the steadily growing expatriated spike began in 2013, however it has been growing steadily since 2008.
It would seem that even if you don't live in the US, there were new federal requirements and penalties for assets that were held overseas by US citizens. These rules were passed back in 2010 as part of the legislation intended to encourage businesses to hire more employees and to jump-start the nations economic recovery plan. Attached to the law was a provision that is called 'Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act' which was supposed to discourage tax evasion through offshore bank accounts. Well, I am not sure it did the trick, even though government put lots of laws to proven folks from not being able to pay their taxes even in a different country. The law that the government created requires foreign regulations when creating new filing requirements for individuals with assets overseas and increased the fines for missing a form.
There is a stiff penalty for failing to file taxes even in the different country. Its $10,000 per form. The consequences are even steeper for intentionally not filing a document known as the
Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, which could easy result in a fine up to $100,000
or 50% of what's in the bank account whichever is the greater amount to take from you!
It seems that many folks have been paying US taxes in the countries in which they have been lives for years, however many have not bothered filing for a tax return. Which is news to me. I had no idea that you had to do that even if you didn't live in the US anymore. Or if you gave-up your us citizenship you still have to fill for US taxes and pay for them too. Crazy!!! It also seems that Most countries in the world expect you to pay taxes only when you live inside their borders however there are only two nations the United States and Eritrea that require its citizens to pay taxes on  income while living in other counties. So You might think America is the land of the free, but leaving it isn't necessarily cheap. Those who renounce their citizenship could be subject to an exit tax on all their assets around the world, as if they had sold everything on their last day as an American.
Even so people are still renouncing their citizenship by record highs - Last year it was
4,279 people. Still I believe it has a lot to do with the candidates;
Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton . Also how much Donald Trump is taking jabs and talking very unrespectable to our President. Well, I guess I have given you a little more of my opinion on the election and my thoughts too. We will all find out in a few months. November isn't that far away.. And its my 20th wedding anniversary's too.
I hope that you find the post interesting at least my dears
I love you all my dears
Your friends always
WENDY








Thursday, June 2, 2016

Polar Vortex

Polar Vortex-
Good Afternoon my dearest friends & followers, welcome to my humble blog. I hope that you all are having a lovely afternoon. Today I am going to talk about are major problems in the climate change all around the world. First post was about Florida and the problems they will face with the rising seas.
Today 'the Polar Vortex'. It all seem to start in the first month of January of 2014 when our nation was divided by either hot verses very cold weather, 'The Polar Vortex' as they call it. This has been the big story for the last 2years and it doesn't seem like its slowing down to the year of January 2016. The polar vortex for the eastern half of the country has made record lows between 5-11 below 0 degrees and that doesn't even count Canada eastern area. [ you can check it out on the gift that I found] While, the ridiculously resilient ridge has brought warm, dry weather to most of the other states west of the Rockies. It seems like these record temperatures have been set off by both ends of the spectrum in January across the US. Its preliminary numbers indicate that 2,387 daily records were set for the lowest daytime highs while 793 days were set during the highest daytime highs through January 30, of 2014 for a start. Notable record lows from the first Arctic blast including mobile, AL which topped out at 35F on January 7, 2014. Also in Orlando, FL which saw a high of 48F that same day!
There were monthly record lows too! that set records on that same day a number of locations - From Arkansas to Wisconsin. However, the coldest record set was a bone chilling record was -18F in Laona WI. As the Polar Vortex continued its Frezze, there was teeth chattering east of Mississippi - However, the Sunglasses, t-shirts were out in numbers in the West, especially in California, Oregon and Nevada. At the San Francisco International Airport on the 15th hit a all-time high for the month of January at the station when the mercury hit 73F and went on to tie the newly set record the very next day. The Polar Vortex continue to attack- in the Farther inlands of Sacramento it hit a high of 79F on January 24, 2014. That's was 2F shy of the all-time January record high in Sacramento CA. There were other area's that were effected by the Polar Vortex-the monster west ridge and this was Alaska. There were record high temperatures being set there.
In Port Alsworth, AK, the temperature reached 62F on January 27,2014. This ties the official January Alaska record. Overall, the monthly records echo what could be in our future. There have been 44 monthly record highs and 16 monthly high minimum temperatures to date in January of 2014.
During the course of the last 60 monthly report the low maximum temperatures has marked the US with six monthly records lows.
This is only the beginning of the polar vortex'. Sadly we are probably going to see more of his same kinda strange climate change in the next couple of years along with more rising seas and more sever weather too. The only thing that we can do is be really a possible.





JapaneseTsukumogami-Spirit

JapaneseTsukumogami-Spirit
A Tsukumogami friend spirit
Good evening my dears & welcome to my humble blog...Tonight I'm going to bring you all back to the ancient world of Japan. I found a new magick creature of Japan. This is the Tsukumogami- 付喪神-'The Artifact spirit, which is a type of Japanese spirit. According to this Japanese Spirit, the Tsukumogami-emaki which is another name for the Japanese spirit. Its origin is from items or artifacts that have reached their 100th birthday. When this happens, the object become alive & is aware that its a live ghost-spirit, hence they become a live spirit 'a Tsukumogami-emaki. So any objects of this age, like the Japanese swords, old fans etc. become a Tsukumogami Spirit. These Tsukumogami are considered spirits & supernatural beings as opposed to enchanted items. It is said that modern items cannot become a Tsukumogami-emaki; the reason for this is that the tsukumogami are said to be repelled by electricity. Also, there are only a few modern items that are used for the 100year-span that it takes for an artifact to gain a soul.  
As for the appearance of these spirits they can vary. It really depends on the type of item they originated from as well as the condition that the item was in. Some, such tsukumogami originate from paper lanterns, broken sandals which have tears & become eyes and have sharp teeth, thus giving a horrifying visage. Other, such as worn as prayer beads or teacups may merely manifest faces & appendages, giving a warm friendly appearance. Though by and large the spirit Tsukumogami are usually harmless and at most tend to play occasional pranks on unsuspecting victims,
They do however, have the capacity for anger and will band together to take revenge on those who are wasteful or those who throw them away thoughtlessly. Being the fact that these spirits are over a hundred years old one could see why. To prevent his from happening, to this day some jinja ceremonies, such as the Hari Kuyo are performed to console broken and unusable items that may have turned into a tsukumogami spirit. As I research the Japanese tsukumogami-spirit there seemed to be several layers to the tsukumogami-spirit. For one, in the tenth century, the tsukumogami spirit were used in helping spreading the 'doctrines of the Shingon Esoteric of Buddhism to a variety of Audiences-ranging from the educated to the relatively unsophisticated by capitalizing upon pre-existing spiritual beliefs in the Tsukumogami-Spirit.

The tsukumogami are animate household objects that after a service of nearly one hundred years-tsukumogami receives souls. These objects can be anything from containers, tools and instruments of the time of 100years ago. So by the 12th century the tsukumogami had entered into the Japanese popular culture to such an extent that the Buddhist teaching had been 'completely lost to most outsiders'. As for the tsukumogami-spirit it was only the people of japan the believe in the tradtions of these types of spirits. Even today there are many different kinds of folklore, myths and legend but the people of japan still believe in many of their spirits or ghost traditions of long ago into modern day. I hope that you found this tradition of the







Japanese tsukumogami-spirit interesting, I sure did.
I love you all my dearest friends and followers
your friend always
WENDY

























Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Florida and the Rising Sea

-Florida & the Rising Sea-
Map from Climate Central
This is one of many post that I am going to do for you 'all my
dears to keep you all inform about are growing problems around
the world of Globe warming and rising seas. I hope that you my dear
followers and friend will be interested in my post about these subjects
I feel that they are important to all of us around the world
wendy....
Sadly the states that are either in the light Grey or the Orange 
will see the worst surging seas.
I happen to be in the Grey area of Washington state-California where all my family is! 
Some of the worst states are that of NY, NJ, CT, MA, NH ME & RI on the East coast
And in Florida Its Jacksonville, Tampa, and Miami. And basically the
entire tip of the Florida keys. As for Hawaii well I have a huge family there
and I am very worried about the islands there too.
Sadly the title is very true & has been for many years. I've
known this for many years, its just know one believed me when I would do my many post on the different websites over the years before I decided to leave it all for my own space on my blog. however I still get many invites to many different websites, to come and join again. So I say thank you but no thank you. This is my place for as long as my mind can think and write. As you all probably know my dearest friends and followers I have written about almost everything but mostly the world of the unseen the Fairy World. However I am also very concern about the modern world too! Being that I have a 16 year old and many nieces and nephew's here on the main land and on the islands of Hawaii too. This is why I have started to do a few post on Climate Change again. Even though Trump doesn't believe he has a rude awaking in about 20-30 years. Sadly the folks that will be effected by it will not be people like him. As of now we have already lost a couple of islands with hundreds of people that were living on them. And there are so many endangered as of now to be sweep under the risings seas in just a few years. Really people don't know how many islands are out there that are being shallow up every year with hundred to thousands of people on the islands. When our State the US becomes in trouble well, that means that the islands around the world have lost so many islands and people and endanger animals +pets that it will be very hard to even put a number count on the lost of live both human and animals. I found this article a while back. It was in the Miami Herald Florida(with Ben strauss who did the first article on the subject) talking about how climate change is going to effect us all. But mostly the people in Miami. It went on to say how, the population in Florida has gotten so crowded along the coastline that its porous bedrock that once was part of the coastline is slowly being eaten away by relatively common occurrences however it is moving faster that your usual tropical storms. Its because of the enormous real estate that is being built on the beaches of all of Florida. So that they are loosing their natural bedrock that would normally protect them from the sea surges. I really don't thing the folks of Florida or at least most of them realize they are putting themselves at a terrible risk from the huge storm surges that will be aggravated by rising sea lives in their state of Florida than any other state other than maybe Hawaii. It is said that some 2.4million+people & 1.3million homes- mind you this number could be much higher today, and in 10 years from now. Nearly half of these folks are at risk nationwide, Why? because they all sit within 4feet of the local high tide line in Florida. 
An very large piece of the Antarctica sheet Ice that has
broke off that very well bring the seas up to 5 feet higher once
it has melted.
You see the sea levels will rise more than double the risk of a usual surge at this level in Southern Florida by the year 2030. And that isn't that far away. We are almost upon 2020...Also folks don't realize it but the Ice in Greenland, Russia, Artic, and Antarctica Ice are melting at a scary rate. In Greenland the glaciers are almost gone same for the Artic.

The grey area's in the Antartica are
area's of melting and area's of old ice that is
breaking off that is very thick.
As for the Antarctica Ice enormous sheets of ice from the last Ice age have been breaking off the main ice and melting into the ocean. These 4 Ice related things are building up to the age of the rising seas - very high seas. These maps should show you all the coming doom of the end of the ice age and the being of the very high rise of the seas and not so much land mass. For the hundreds of thousands of Floridians and growing numbers everyday who hold 30-year mortgages, that date is not far off in our future. Then the seas are going to start rolling into the coastlines everywhere in the world  very high and take everything in its path with it. Another very huge problem in our rising seas is the thanks to Global Warming. Lots of folks don't believe that our worlds oceans are rising due to global warming but sadly it has been the truth for many many years. It has just gotten worst in the last 10years all over the world. I will give you a example;
on an average global seas levels have gone up about 8 inches since 1880.
In South Florida, I found an interesting faxed, it would seem that the taxpayers are already paying the price for climate change as salt water is pushing through the porous bedrock into their coastal drinking water supplies, and also their rivers & canals that are choked by heavy rains. This makes it harder four the draining system to get back into the ocean. It would seem that Florida is realizing the gravity to the problems to their state. So at Florida Atlantic University they did a recent study to estimated just how much the sea is rising in Florida. What they discovered in their studies was that a estimate of six inches or more of sea level rising would be very much plausible within the next two decades - And if this would happen just the 6inches it would cripple about half of South Florida's flood control capacity.
The biggest problem with Climate Central and why they are so concern is the low lands of areas of the world. Its not happening now or at least here in the states [although we are having terrible flooding so that could be just as bad at times]. In other parts of the world the rising seas very much could be happing already. but we hear in the states need to get ready because when it does come it will come very fast and strong with no warning. Overall, the sea level rise is making the odds of a South Florida flood reaching more than 4-6 feet above high tide, by 2050 on par with the odds of losing at Russian roulette, it could very much take the entire have part of Florida, it really depends on how much ice truly melts.  More that half  the population of Florida's 100 towns and cities live on land below than 4feet below sea level. So that should tell you a lot. It would seem that Miami-Dade & Broward Counties each have more people that live below the 4foot level than any other state in the US, except Florida itself and Louisiana too. Just how vulnerable any area is depends on many elements. The analysis factored is not only local sea level rise projections, but its also the storm-surge patterns and the tides too. The people of Florida have made a few attempts to better inform for the local folks, businesses and planners who live and work near the coastline. They have mapped and evaluated the risk towns in areas of 3,000 towns, cities and counties across the lower 48states, including South Florida. An free Zip code-searchable map with neighborhood views and risk information at SurgingSeas.org. Among or key national finding; Global warming has already
doubled or tripled the odds of extreme high water events over a widespread areas of the US coastline. This widespread areas are likely to see storm surges that could reach at least 5 feet but it could be even higher one never knows with mother nature. We have been abusing her for so many years that these 4feet to 5feet could slam us with numbers that could paralyze us. At any rate they will surge above the normal high tide by at least 2030 if not sooner.
And in in 2050 who knows what is going to happen. In the US nearly 5 million US residents currently live on land less than 4 feet above sea level or above high tide. and even more than 6million on land less that 5feet above. That alone is over 11million us people. that are living on the edge of a disaster that is just waiting to happen- its just a matter of time not when. Sea level rising is happing all the time around the world and the increasing flooding threats everywhere. The more you look at it, the more it becomes even greater than most people realize and really don't know what to expect. I am just thankful that most of my family is living high above the sea level. And I pray by that time we will be too.
Another problem that has cause us to get us to where we are today is the swift cuts in greenhouse gas pollution which has significantly reduce the sea level and has in present day cause pollution in the seas. We should prepare for higher seas and stronger storms both during the winter and summer months. Sadly in South Florida where the porous limestone that makes their building effective sea walls or the levees to protect them from the sea surge it is almost impossible to stop the sea surge now with the high seas that are coming. The only thing that I could say to help is to go to high ground. The rising seas are coming it is just a matter of time. And you don't want to be caught in that water by surprise ...
The time to act is now!
Well, I hope I was able to help
a few love you all my dears
your friend always
Wendy.






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