People often ask me what it means to be alive. I mean, why are we here? What is the purpose of life? Everything appears to be so screwed up, and we can’t really do anything about it. It feels hopeless. And then I get to thinking about a world without hope. The meaning of those words. The scope of how that can be possible given the freedom and empowerment that I have spoken about for the past ten years. Hope is not really something that is given or taken away by anyone else. It is something we make ourselves, really. Whether we crawl out of a bombed out hovel onto still smoking ground deeply turned by bombs or tumbling mountains, or whether we just walked out of our apartment or home into the bright morning sunshine and progressive Fall colors now painting the green and rolling canvas from which we pray, hope is the one gift we can prepare and give to ourselves. And what do we hope for? The evidence of things not seen? The past to change? Not usually. We hope for the future. Ah, and then you start walking in the right territory. You see, hope is not a gift for now. I hear people talk about the now all the time, but we physicists don’t really have a concept of now. If there was such a thing as now, we could not tell its location in space or even how fast it was going. The now is merely the focal point of your consciousness at a particular moment. Time itself can be measured, and thus observed, in remarkably resolution. We can enhance our ability to observe time, even infinitesimal increments of it. The point is that when we observe a moment, it changes. And thus you can, in point of fact, change the past, which changes the present, which indeed influences the future. Oh it does, believe me. You can let a moment go by in the rush of a day, but when you reflect on that day, and happen to focus on that moment, the one where you lightly ignored the person behind the counter who was completely ignoring you as well, that moment changes. You may resolve that the next counter person or waitress or ticket taker at the movie, or the next salesperson at the clothing store will receive your appreciation and your affection for humanity. You will look them in the eye, where their soul waits like a thirsty flower for a drop of clean rain or some daylight, and you will pour some of your love into that person. I guarantee you have changed that moment, and all the moments that come after that for that person and for yourself. Oh, you may feel like virtue is pouring out of you for a second or so, but actually it is pouring in. It comes in through the crack you just formed in your own armor. As Leonard Cohen says, it’s how the light gets in. That is the easy part, changing the past, and especially how you are affected by it. You may not think that the encounter with that person upon whom you are reflecting doesn’t feel your observation or even care about it, but they do feel it and they do care. Consciousness is a fluid world without the boundary of time or space, and we are intimately connected to one another and everything else in it. Now, let’s talk about the future for a moment. Ah, there’s that word again. It is an elusive increment of time that defies quantity, but the quality is unlimited. The future, from where you are right now, is like fertile soil or a blank artist’s canvas, with the exception of all the other resonances you have started already for that moment in time. Oh yes, there is already stuff going down on that canvas, and it is mostly from your own doing. There are decisions and scripts that you have created or perpetuated from your own past that are creating a landscape and population of challenges for you long before you get there. Most of these are old habits and behaviors that you just keep doing over and over again. Some are fears or cynicisms that you have accumulated. Some are even psychic land mines laid for you by others in your life. There are pits your own neighbors have dug for you to fall into. Now, I can’t take tonight’s program and go through how to clear all of these out of the way, but trust me it can be done. You can return your canvas to the fluid and dynamic future you had when you were a child, or you can structure it so that only certain things are allowed onto it, but I assure it is all under your control and it is your divine right to place it in order. No god, and no host of gods can take that from you. The threat of death has never really frightened humans. It is the perception of losing the rights over the future, your eternal future, that compels men to obey. Let’s just suffice it to say that if you choose to use the power over the bounty of the universe for evil, you will reap the outer darkness that you seek without fail. You can build a great and terrible empire of wealth and power here on this Earth for a few moments, and you will see that evil moments are short lived and must be replenished with greater and greater evil at a faster and faster rate, and you will have already assured your future rule over nothing at all forever long before you die. Or you can use it for charity and mercy and love for others, regardless of the advantage they take of you, or the contempt they have for you. I have often, and with completely inadequate gratitude repeated the words of one of my greatest teachers, “It matters not how others love you. It only matters how you love them.” At the end of the day, one needs only consider that even Jesus had enemies. Now, when I say charity, I am not even implying that you take everything for which you labor and simply give to others who ask for it. You received enough political campaign requests for money to drain your every resource, and they will neither notice your contribution nor will they care that they have left you with nothing to eat in the exchange. Not at all. I am talking about gifts that you have of your soul. Words, smiles, hugs, handshakes, a meal for a homeless person, mystery groceries left on the porch of someone who lost their job or has a sick family member, a tank of gas at a gas station, changing a tire for someone with small children. These types of lifestyle changes rewrite scripts in your future. They remove mirrors and surfaces that reflect your habits into the things you do over and over again that make you fail. While you are asking for funding for your dream to become a reality, you cannot deny someone in need. The formula does not work that way. You set up resonance of greed and selfishness, and then you begrudge a benefactor because he will not invest in your company. Giving that smile and that help to another when you are able, even better when you sense that person has an unspoken need, is the very resonant energy that turns your investor back to your business plan when he is reflecting on which deal to fund. They are all good deals, you know. Everyone’s numbers look good. It is the story that turns the investor. More than this, it is the impact of the story that turns him. Impact is not what you say or write; rather, it is what can be written or will be said as a result of funding your project. That you do not do. That is done by others. The others get their impression of impact based upon the energy they are receiving from their environment. What I am telling you is that you can make things resonate in their environment that they will see and feel. That is impact. Now, you can learn much more about these skills, and I have often thought about forming a success school to help others learn these skills, but I have found that people who really want to learn them will find a way to get them, either from me or one of my wonderful teachers. I am building electric cars. They do this all the time. Just write me, and I will be happy to give you their contact information. Well, not all of them. One or two are one on one teachers, contemporaries and soul mates. There are not many of us here, I can tell you that. Not nearly enough. Okay, let’s consider a bell. A large bell, like a two hundred pound church bell hanging in the air. You can imagine striking that bell with a large wooden mallet and hearing it ring out. Well, that is not what humans do when they dream, actually. We have been taught by various worldly teachers that the way to dream is to get a picture of the bell and to tape it to our refrigerator, and then to look at it every time we open or close that door. Wonderful. Focus. Also wrong and destined to leave you depressed and confused. It is like hitting that bell over and over again with the mallet every hour. All it is going to do is make a powerful bell sound. Perhaps if we hold onto the bell with one hand and pound it with the other. Maybe that will work. Fruitless and exhausting, I am afraid. You see, the bounty of the universe does not come from matter organized. Not at all. It comes from matter unorganized. It makes up 20 times more mass than the all the stars and planets you could behold in this dimension. It is this matter from which God drew his working materials to make this entire third dimensional universe. All He had to do was make two particles to make that happen. The rules of creation did the rest. I say that is all he had to do, but for all our smashing and collision and magnetism we have only learned how to splatter things apart. We still cannot make a single proton or a single electron. Not one. The rule of creation is simple enough. Combine energy at the correct proportions at the correct ratio, and matter will form as a statistical sample of that set of energy when the correct resonance is activated. Now, this implies intelligence and direction, because the pattern of what is to be created must be formulated and clearly visualized. Could you clearly visualize a proton? No. Neither could I, yet. It also requires resonance. Why is resonance required? Because requiring more energy to create something than you could possibly get back out of the equation does not work. There is no balance, no surplus on which the dream can function. There is no such thing as free energy created from nothing. It can be coaxed into the equation from outside the set of energy, or it can be converted from some other form, but it doesn’t come from nothing. First, you have to put something in. So, let’s go back to the bell; the dream we taped to our refrigerator door. I told you the bell is ringing loudly after being smacked with your mallet. Right? Well, that sound energy goes out into the universe in all directions. It washes over everything in its path, diminishing with the square of the distance of course. Remember, it is an ever expanding sphere which means the square of the radius multiplied by 4 pi is the surface across which the bell’s energy must spread. Still, that set of frequencies that you gave life to by your swinging that focus of yours is out there. Without going into a long lesson about the observation effect, let’s just assume for a moment that there are billions of little tuning forks out there all over the place. They are of every size and increment of wavelength. The bell’s energy, when it matches the frequency of a tuning fork, will be absorbed by that tuning fork. You can try this yourself with an acoustic guitar and your home stereo. Just place the guitar against the wall near your large floor speaker and turn up the music. Somewhere in that music there will be a frequency that matches that of a string on that guitar. The string will absorb it and you will witness that string acting like it was invisibly plucked so hard that it rattles against the guitar’s neck. Go ahead and try it. You’ll see. You didn’t pluck the string. You played the stereo. The guitar absorbed energy from the room and resonated that energy as its own sound! I say that because if you could really observe that string in very slow motion, you would see the frequency beginning to vibrate the string. If that vibration time was too short, the string would simply buzz a little and very little absorbance takes place. But, if the sound level were repeated, say for a certain number of periods of that frequency—like a sine wave long enough to hit that string repeatedly as it bounced back from each absorbance node—then you would see the event cascade like an avalanche of sound. Now, there are tuning forks vibrating with the bell’s energy. I have found that if you put your energy into the tuning forks that vibrate with your bell, the reverse is true as well. Like a symphony, rather than a single violin or cello, the total sound resonates back to your bell and manifests the purest form of that bell. Your new bell is exactly like what you dreamed, but it is divine now and it is created by the rules of the universe combined with your intelligence and effort. Now, you can learn much more about this, if you like. The minimum number of cycles required to create resonance, the ratio of that resonance, and the skills to hear the tuning forks out there are all yours for the learning. You can read the book Remembering the Future, or you can take workshop from one of my teachers, or you can write me. We’ll talk about it. It is with this little knowledge that you can make hope for the future. I have read the future as the prophets have written it. I don’t much care for most of it. Do you? Death, smoke, oppression, evil at every turn. I got it, it is God’s word and everything. But we can choose a new future, if we want to. Are we disrespecting God if we do that? Hardly. Why do you think He told us about it? Because he doesn’t want you to do anything about it? Please. He has told us about it to empower us, to remove all surprise about what will happen to this world if we continue our current path. Well, you know it is written, “Many are called, but few are chosen?” Wrong. “Many are called, but few choose.” You choose. You make the decision right here and right now whom you will serve and what future you want. It is your choice and no others. Get up and choose. Correctly, not having stuff. Being something. Doing something. Having is a deception and a fool’s errand. Having will come, and more than you could ever eat or wear or hold in your warehouses. And then learn how to make that choice a reality. Benghazi: The Real Story I think it is important for us to discuss the events that occurred on September 11, 2012 one more time. Why? Well, the propagandists have had their way with you now for over three years. The Democrats have disinfected the place, washed all the blood away, and twisted on the end of their trap chain until it looks like a braided rug. You have forgotten what this was about. The liberal news media wants to convert this act of war into a political witch hunt, and the other news media wants to express their fatigue with the whole subject. So it is time for you to be refreshed on what happened, how it was planned, why it was planned, who planned it, and whether or not it was successful. First of all, there was only one person in the world who had said the term Islamic State and the formation of a Caliphate in a public forum. One. He made it so clear that he made a motion picture documentary about it, and it was the most widely watched such production in history. It was called 2016: Barack Obama’s America and it was written and directed and narrated and released in 2,100+ theaters in August of 2012 by Dinesh D’Souza. In this film, Mr. D’Souza accurately described the planning and formation of a global, well funded organization dedicated to uniting the major countries in the Middle East into one Islamic State. It would be armed. It would be wealthy with oil money. And it would have access to the weapons and intelligence offered by Barack Hussein Obama and his network of the Muslim Brotherhood. About three weeks after the film was setting records around the country, Hillary Clinton unleashed her plan to assassinate the president of Libya and redistribute his weapons through Turkey to waiting military forces in Syria, which later would be known as ISIS. There was opposition to this move, of course. The same opposition that we see today, bombing the stuffings out of ISIS in Syria today is the same supplier of weapons, money, and trained mercenaries that hammered the compound in Benghazi in 2012. Four Americans were murdered as they were left defenseless. No one, not the least of which was Hillary Clinton, wanted a stack of Russian trained soldiers filmed on CNN the day after this event. She would market this as the spontaneous response to a 4th-rate home video production made by a guy in Florida who was placed in jail under a gag order for years after the event took place. To this day, his story has not been told. To this day we do not have the testimony of the survivors of the Benghazi attack. It has been covered up so deep and so dark that no one will know what really went on. Remember, it was Hillary Clinton, along with her State Department staff such as Susan Rice and Victoria Nuland who were out in front building up the case for war against Libya, a “UN Resolution,” and support for the terrorists attempting to overthrow the Libyan leader. In fact, in an article entitled “Hillary’s War: How Conviction Replaced Skepticism In Libya Intervention,” the Washington Post’s Joby Warrick describes how Clinton provided yeomen’s service in the effort to build an “international coalition” against Libya and Ghaddafi and how she worked overtime to see to it that the nation with the highest living standards in Africa was reduced to a burning desert of rubble and savagery. Even the Huffington Post was forced to admit that Hillary Clinton was one of the main forces promoting the war in Libya, while also fairly pointing out that Clinton was one of many in the US State Department and other governing bodies who supported the same. Clinton would stop at no lengths to push the United States into yet another war. Clinton would even go so far as to give support to the propaganda line that Ghaddafi was using rape and sexual violence to intimidate and oppress Libyan women. Such a grandiose and idiotic claim – proven inaccurate on the ground – was only eclipsed in its absurdity by other claims coming from the Clinton State Department that Ghaddafi was handing out Viagra for this purpose. Disgraced US Ambassador Susan Rice was the main purveyor of this myth. However, the hands of Hillary Clinton are dripping with Libyan blood. If Clinton is ever allowed to become President, the crimes will be buried even deeper under conspiracy and subterfuge. We suspect. I suspect. Congressman Gowdy suspects, but it remains to be seen if he will put nails into the clown shoes of this life of crime masquerading as a candidate for president. Gowdy’s prosecutor’s nose has been hot on this trail for three years, and he will not relent until every fact that can be known is found and put in order. Like Al Capone and other crime families who thumbed their noses at police, investigators, attorneys general, and Congress, the Clintons walk through the valley of the shadow of death and fear no evil, or any good for that matter. The assassination of the president of Libya was public for all to see. He was chased into the streets and gunned down like a dog. There was no due process. There was no rule of law. There was murder and slaughter of thousands upon thousands of government employees and police to get this man. American jets and America intelligence and all of it run like a man hunt by our own Hillary Clinton. Can you just see her watching the screen, clenching her fists like the emperor in Return of the Jedi, saying “Get him. Get him.” All the while this happening, she and her talking heads were telling the American people how evil Gaddafi was and how he had slaughtered thousands of his own people, how the freedom fighters were being killed by government forces. How it was time for regime change. Well, those freedom fighters were all mercenaries, and paid soldiers trained to do a job. Once Gaddafi was out of the way, his arsenals could be robbed and distributed to Syria to feed the waiting armies of Barack Obama for the next regime change; Assad. Obama would move the American forces out of the way over the next three years, allowing ISIS to walk into city after city and city unopposed to position themselves for the takeover of Syria. Oh, we would run a few attacks from the air, but 75% of the planes would come home without firing a shot, because the targets would receive advanced warning of the approach coming from Turkey. Only the Peshmerga and small Christian militias would know where they really were and would really make any progress against them. That is until they are stopped by their own leadership receiving messages from someone up very high saying you cannot pursue and you cannot destroy ISIS. In many cases, the ISIS forces could be destroyed in a matter of hours, but the fighters are constrained by politics, saying do not engage unless you are engaged. Now, we are getting ready for Hillary’s testimony before the Benghazi committee. In secret. In the dark, as it were. No press. No question or answer that might harm her chances to be the next president. How does that make you feel? Do you think that Gowdy will ask nothing accusatory? Or do you think that Hillary will take the 5th? Or not recall at all? Or decry the entire room full of officials as a bunch of partisan hacks and spit fire at them? Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said in an interview aired Sunday that she won't have much to add when she testifies before the Benghazi Select Committee this week. "I think it’s pretty clear that whatever they might’ve thought they were doing, they ended up becoming a partisan arm of the Republican National Committee with an overwhelming focus on trying to — as they admitted — drive down my poll numbers," Clinton said on CNN’s "State of the Union." "I've already testified about Benghazi. I testified to the best of my ability before the Senate and the House. I don’t know that I have very much to add," she said, pointing out that the panel headed up by South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy is the eighth committee to look into the Benghazi attacks. "They’ve all looked into this and basically just rejected the conspiracy theories that are still floating in some circles," the former secretary of state said. "I will do my very best to answer their questions but I don’t really know what their objective is right now." She truly lives in a voodoo fantasy world of stick pins and incantations. She believes that whatever she says is important, and whatever anyone else says is nothing but conspiracy designed to hurt her poll numbers. Clinton also talked about the Republican front-runner Donald Trump, saying, "He has brought his oversize personality and his reality television experience to the highest level of American politics and seems to be getting a very positive response among a large part of the Republican electorate." She said she will keep criticizing Trump "for going beyond the bounds of what I think is appropriate for anybody running for president," including "the attacks that he’s made on immigrants [and] women." It doesn’t matter really. You won’t get to see the testimony she gives. Ever. No one will ever tell you the truth or lies that were told in that room. What you will know is that every stone was overturned, and there was nothing there. Hillary is clean and innocent, and she is free to be the president if she wants. That is all you will know. Any indictment after that by the FBI will be immediately pardoned by the president, and he will say, “I think we’ve heard quite enough about those emails,” and it is time to get back to the people’s business. The truth that a sitting president was assassinated, his country’s weapons were used to arm ISIS, and our president has been working to aid and abet the formation of a Caliphate against the sovereignty and charter of the United States will come out…eventually. But by then it will be too late. All the presidents after him will be weak and pathetic and unable to reverse the damage that was done to this nation. The Constitution may not survive. Our system of government will not survive. It is already completely unrecognizable. Bills are written by a presidential team of academics. They are bound and delivered to a puppet Speaker of the House, who sends it to the floor with no debate, no amendments, and no cloture where they are made into law without a single member being allowed to read it. You and I are not represented by this government, because it is tyranny. It is a laundered and starched version of the Caliphate. And when they come for your American rights, the rest of them, you will have no one to blame but yourself. Because you were told. You were told in speeches, in radio broadcasts, in movies and songs and in every way you can imagine, but you did not listen. And even if you listened, you did not act. No, that generation that would have acted is long dead and buried now. Those men and women who knew what freedom was and knew the price was high to have it are standing against the railing now, looking over at us. They are screaming at the top of their lungs from up there, turn around. Watch out. Look up from your stupid smart phone. Take cover. Don’t worry, America. The screen will go dark very soon on that phone. Your smart car won’t start, and your beautiful groceries will be scattered like a tornado went through. Your water will smell like death, and your wealth will canker and rust in a matter of hours. You can stop all of this at any moment you want. This is one of the rarest opportunities in American history when an outsider could actually win the white house and actually stop these machines from grinding our liberty into their bread. But you have to vote. You have to listen to the truth and vote in such enormous numbers that they cannot cheat and they cannot alter the numbers. Like the Alamo, we must remember. We must have a call to action that is unmistakable and unshakable. Remember Benghazi. When you see the face of Hillary Clinton, remember the face of Chris Stevens as he was raped to death and her face as the mob mercenaries in Libya chased president Gaddafi down the street with pistols in their hands to kill him. Get him. Get him. That is what you have to fear, Earth explorers. That is what you have to fear. Big Banks to America’s Firms: We Don’t Want Your Cash Profit-crunching low interest rates have banks judging cash too costly to keep By Juliet Chung And Sarah Krouse Oct. 18, 2015 5:38 a.m. ET 189 COMMENTS U.S. banks are going to new lengths to ward off a surprising threat to their financial health: big cash deposits. State Street Corp. , the Boston bank that manages assets for institutional investors, for the first time has begun charging some customers for large dollar deposits, people familiar with the matter said. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., the nation’s largest bank by assets, has cut unwanted deposits by more than $150 billion this year, in part by charging fees. The developments underscore a deepening conflict over cash. Many businesses have large sums on hand and opportunities to profitably invest it appear scarce. But banks don’t want certain kinds of cash either, judging it costly to keep, and some are imposing fees after jawboning customers to move it. The banks’ actions are driven by profit-crunching low interest rates and regulations adopted since the financial crisis to gird banks against funding disruptions. The latest fees center on large sums deemed risky by regulators, sometimes dubbed hot-money deposits thought likely to flee during times of crises. Finalized last September and overseen by the Federal Reserve and other regulators, the rule involving the liquidity coverage ratio forces banks to hold high-quality liquid assets, such as central bank reserves and government debt, to cover projected deposit losses over 30 days. Banks must hold reserves of as much as 40% against certain corporate deposits and as much as 100% against some deposits from hedge funds. “At some point you wonder whether there will be a shortage of financial institutions willing to take on these balances,” said Kelli Moll, head of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s hedgefund practice in New York, saying that where to hold cash has become an increasing topic of conversation as hedge funds are shown the door by long-time banking counterparties. ENLARGE The push comes as the globe is awash in cash, reflecting soft economic growth and low interest rates that limit investment. Some asset managers have been increasing the amount of cash they are holding in their portfolios, in part because of an increased focus by the Securities and Exchange Commission on liquidity management in mutual funds. Domestic deposits at U.S. banks in the second quarter hit $10.59 trillion, up 38% from five years earlier, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. data show. Loans outstanding at U.S. banks as a share of total deposits tumbled to 71% from 78% in 2010 and 92% in mid-2007, before the financial crisis, the data show. Jerome Schneider, head of Pacific Investment Management Co.’s short-term and funding desk, which advises corporate and institutional clients, said that as a result of the bank actions, he and his customers have discussed as cash alternatives boosting investments in U.S. Treasury bonds, ultrashort-duration bond funds and money-market funds. When it comes to cash, Mr. Schneider said, “Clients have been put on warning.” Auctions for one- and three-month Treasury bills this week sold bills at zero yields, reflecting outsize demand for the securities. Few banks disclose how much in “nonoperating” deposits they hold. Credit Suisse Group AG analysts estimated in August that the top four U.S. banks by assets hold roughly $650 billion in those deposits that require the highest levels of reserves. Banks are struggling to generate returns for investors. A low-interest rate environment squeezes bank profits by narrowing the spread between the rate they lend at and their borrowing, or funding, cost. Some analysts have been predicting rates would rebound, likely boosting bank profits, but that hasn’t happened. This year, slowing growth in China and recessions in some major emergingmarket nations have dimmed expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year. The KBW Nasdaq Bank Index of large commercial banks has dropped about 9% since July as rate-increase expectations waned. Deposit fees are particularly significant at State Street because its primary business is custodying client assets, including holding cash for clients rather than seeking to lend out those funds, as other banks typically do. State Street customers earlier were told that fees were possible on accounts whose nonoperational balances had grown, the people familiar with the matter said. There is no minimum deposit size that triggers the fee, which varies and is applied case by case to new and existing clients, the people said. “The persistence of the current rate environment requires that we take action consistent with prudent financial management with certain accounts that continually maintain significant excessive cash balances,” State Street said in a statement to The Wall Street Journal. BNY Mellon and Northern Trust haven’t yet begun charging to hold clients’ cash, people familiar with the matter said. A Bank of New York spokesman said the bank hasn’t ruled out doing so in the future. The fees at J.P. Morgan don’t apply to clients of its custody business, a person familiar with the bank said. Northern Trust has been taking a “transaction by transaction approach” to accepting very large deposits from clients approaching the bank, said Chief Financial Officer S. Biff Bowman on the bank’s second-quarter earnings call in July. A Northern Trust spokesman declined to say whether charges were a possibility in the future. State Street and others have charged clients on some large euro deposits for more than a year, reflecting a negative interest rate on overnight deposits at the European Central Bank. In 2011, BNY Mellon set plans to charge a small number of clients for holding their cash, reflecting in part a large flow of deposits triggered by investors’ flight to safety that summer. The bank rolled back the plan without imposing fees after some clients pulled money. Since last year, Bank of America Corp. has told some institutional clients that they will need to move their deposits or pay to keep them at the bank, people familiar with the matter said. Top executives decided to approach clients that didn’t do other business with the bank. Obama Decides Iran Sanctions to be Lifted Immediately World powers and Iran set the clock ticking Sunday on a landmark accord placing limits on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear work in return for access to oil and financial markets. The formal adoption of the deal means that all sides will have to begin delivering on the pledges they made three months ago. For Iran, that requires mothballing thousands of centrifuges, eliminating 95 percent of its enriched-uranium stockpile and retrofitting a reactor. The U.S. and Europe will make preparations to lift sanctions, which will occur on “implementation day,” once the Iranian measures are in place. “Today marks an important milestone toward preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and ensuring its nuclear program is exclusively peaceful going forward,” President Barack Obama said in a statement. “I am confident in the extraordinary benefits to our national security and the peace and security of the world that come with the successful implementation” of the accord. One of the first steps will be a statement of intention by China, Iran and the U.S. to work together modernizing Iran’s heavy-water reactor at Arak so it can’t produce plutonium that could be used in a nuclear weapon, according to U.S. officials who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity to discuss details of the deal’s implementation. Meet U.S. Commitments Obama said he had directed his administration to prepare for meeting U.S. commitments under the agreement. Secretary of State John Kerry will also start work on waivers of sanctions that were imposed by law and are related to the nuclear program, the State Department said. On Monday, all of the parties involved in the accord will meet in Vienna to set up sub-groups required under the agreement to discuss technical issues, sanctions relief and how to manage Iran’s commitments on restricting its nuclear program, the officials said. More than two years of negotiations culminated in an agreement of more than 100 pages that was signed on July 14 in Vienna. The accord survived fierce opposition in the U.S. Congress, where a Republican bid to scuttle the deal failed, and among hard-line members of Iran’s parliament. Twelve years after Iran was found concealing some nuclear activities, prompting concern it had weapons ambitions, the deal has been described as a victory of diplomacy over the potential use of force. Missile Tests The agreement hasn’t diffused tensions between Iran and the West. From missile tests to support for Syria’s regime and military coordination with Russia, Iran is exerting its power in the volatile region. U.S. allies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia have said the nuclear accord will strengthen Iran even more. Sanctions against Iran probably will be lifted within the first three months of 2016, after the International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed the nation has curtailed its nuclear work, diplomats said last month. Once the restrictions are removed, relief is expected to fuel economic growth by lowering barriers to Iran’s oil exports and ending the isolation of its banks. Iran has said it will offer about 50 energy projects to investors and plans to boost output by about 2 million barrels a day once the deal is in place. The Persian Gulf nation, with the world’s fourthlargest oil reserves, pumped 2.8 million barrels a day last month, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. U.S. Waivers One nation, Japan, plans to triple its imports of Iranian crude once sanctions are lifted, the Iranian Oil Ministry’s Shana news agency said on Saturday, citing Seyed Mohsen Ghamsari, director of international affairs at National Iranian Oil Co. Japan will increase purchases to 350,000 barrels a day from 110,000 barrels, the agency said. The U.S. waivers will result in the lifting of sanctions that now restrict or penalize non-U.S. companies for engaging in various economic activities, including buying Iranian oil and dealing with many Iranian banks, the U.S. officials said. But for U.S. companies, sanctions will be eased only for certain narrow categories, the officials said. They said these include the export of civilian passenger aircraft, the import of spare aircraft parts and handicrafts from Iran, and some activities that subsidiaries of U.S. companies can conduct overseas. In addition, Obama told reporters on Friday that sanctions “related to ballistic missiles, humanrights violations, terrorism -- those, we will continue to enforce.” Intrusive Inspections In another sign of progress, Iran told the IAEA on Sunday that it was ready to let monitors implement their most intrusive inspections regime once the agreement was implemented. Moreover, the government will begin providing more detailed design information about nuclear projects, the IAEA said in a statement on its website. International monitors last week ended their 12-year investigation into the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear past. Inspectors now have until Dec. 15 to draft and present a final assessment of their inquiry. Iran’s nuclear work has been the focus of international scrutiny since February 2003, when Iranian officials told inspectors visiting Tehran of their plans to begin enriching uranium on an industrial scale. Subsequent discoveries that Iran had secretly procured nuclear materials and technologies led to years of mistrust. In May 2008 and again in November 2011, the IAEA publicly disclosed its suspicions about Iran’s activities. Iran has consistently denied ever seeking a nuclear weapon. Timeline to lifting sanctions: Sunday -- “Adoption Day” for July accord signed with world powers. Parties to the agreement begin meeting their commitments. Nov. 30 -- Iran prepares to end testing of advanced centrifuge cascades and store machines under IAEA seal. Dec. 15 -- IAEA to present its assessment of Iran’s past nuclear activities, which board will use “with a view to closing the issue.” Late 2015-early 2016 -- Oil sanctions to be lifted on “Implementation Day.” U.S. officials have suggested it will take at least two months from “Adoption Day” to reach this point. Small Pork Have you been pining for a "teacup" pig but worried that the supposedly petite porcine pet might grow as big as your bathtub? A Chinese biotech firm says it now has the answer: a genetically modified swine that tops out around 33 pounds. BGI, a company based in the southern city of Shenzhen that is known for its work sequencing human, plant and animal DNA, recently announced that it intends to start selling $1,600 miniature pigs that it initially created as laboratory models for studying human ailments. The pigs created a splash late last month when BGI showed them at the Shenzhen International Biotech Leaders Summit. The pint-size porkers were created through a process known as gene editing. Rather than introduce another organism's DNA into the pigs, scientists "edit" the swine's own genetic material, disabling a copy of the growth hormone receptor gene so that cells don't get a signal to grow. Swine-loving celebrities will have to wait for further innovation for truly purse-portable pigs (Miley Cyrus' Bubba Sue and Paris Hilton's Princess Pigelette are more than a handful, while George Clooney's 18-year companion, Max, grew to 250 pounds before he died in 2006). A BGI micro pig at a summit in Shenzhen, China. (BGI) But animal breeders and advocates say the prospect of even a 33-pound pig could reduce the problem of people abandoning pet swine that pack on the pounds beyond their owners' expectations. Curt Mills, a board member of the Southern California Assn. for Miniature Potbellied Pigs, says four regional shelters for the animals are all at capacity, with about 150 oinkers looking for homes. "Pigs are good pets, but a lot of issue is the size," said Patty Morrisroe, a pig breeder in Dallas, Ore., who says she has spent 30 years selectively breeding swine to produce pigs she calls "Royal Dandies" and "Dandie Extremes" that can be around 39 pounds full grown. But with just four breeding sows, her litters are limited — about 20 piglets a year — and she charges $2,500 to $5,500 per animal. "If you could immediately make a small pig, it would be very cool, but there are still a lot of questions," she said. Kenneth Bondioli, a professor of animal sciences at Louisiana State University, said BGI's geneedited micro pigs would need to be evaluated to see if they develop healthily and to determine whether they would could harm the environment or other livestock if they were released or escaped. It is unclear whether BGI intends to offer its pigs for sale outside China, but if Americans wanted them, U.S. regulators would have to determine whether they could be imported. "If these and other questions are addressed, the fact that they are gene-edited is irrelevant," Bondioli said. Researchers say the creation of micro pigs could be a boon for scientists, cutting down on the cost of raising them as laboratory animals and making their care more manageable. "Their utility for research will depend on whether they are otherwise normal like a regular pig and unaffected by the edited gene other than their diminutive size," said Willard Eyestone, an associate professor of biotechnology at Virginia Tech. These micro pigs could be useful "especially for long-term studies, during which even currently available 'mini pigs' grow to substantial size," he said. But Alison Van Eenennaam, a biotechnology specialist at UC Davis who visited BGI about three months ago and saw their micro pigs, said the fact that the company has resorted to marketing them as pets reflects the "global regulatory gridlock" around gene-edited animals for food production and other more serious purposes. "Genome editing is a powerful technology that can be used for many beneficial applications … such as producing disease-resistant animals and other things that would have real benefits for the sustainability of food production," she said. But worldwide, she said, no genetically engineered animal for food production has been able to be brought to market, and only a few genetically engineered animal therapeutic products have been approved for humans. That, she believes, is making companies hesitant to invest in the technology. Bioengineered pets, though, have found easier acceptance. A transgenic florescent fish, marketed under the brand GloFish, has been popular for a number of years in the United States. The fish were created by Singaporean researchers who inserted jellyfish and sea anemone genes into zebrafish eggs. "People are happy to have them in their aquarium, but it's when it's on their dinner plate that they have a different attitude," said Van Eenennaam. A company called AquaBounty has been seeking for more than 20 years to win FDA approval to bring a genetically modified fast-growing salmon to supermarkets. Whereas the AquAdvantage salmon and the GloFish have been engineered to incorporate genes from other fish, the technique used by BGI to create its micro pigs is different and presents a new question for regulatory agencies such as the FDA if they were to be imported to the United States. Pigs are technically food animals, said Max Rothschild, an agriculture professor at Iowa State University, and the FDA reserves the right to regulate any genetic modification introduced into such organisms. But in sharp contrast to genetically modified organisms with DNA added into their genomes, he said, the micro pig was made by removing just a few, highly targeted letters of DNA from its own genome. "The FDA should be grappling with this major difference right now as to how it will affect regulatory policy," he said, "and whether gene-edited organisms should be regulated in the same way as more traditional GMOs." It's not just pigs that have been gene-edited. The technique has been demonstrated in cattle as a way to add muscle, and to ensure dairy cows don't grow horns (Holsteins often have their horns mechanically chopped). But those applications have not yet been developed to commercial scale, said Van Eenennaam. What rules should apply to gene editing is an increasingly pressing question for not just agencies such as the FDA but also scientists and medical ethicists as the technique moves from the animal world to the human realm. Although gene editing holds the promise of significant medical breakthroughs, it also could open a Pandora's box of eugenic-like applications. For several years, scientists have been using editing to modify genes in adult human cells, by, for example, changing bone marrow cells to make people resistant to HIV, the virus causes AIDS. But this spring, a team of Chinese researchers caused an international stir when they announced that they had used gene editing to alter DNA in human embryos in an attempt to repair a defect that causes a potentially fatal blood disorder. While Chinese researchers' application of gene-editing techniques — for pigs or people — may give some people pause, Chinese scientists are mindful that the global regulatory environment, particularly in the U.S., has consequences for their efforts. "When I was in China the researchers there … were asking why isn't the FDA approving the genetically engineered fish because it's making the global regulatory agencies hesitant to do anything," said Van Eenennaam, who believes data show that the AquAdvantage is safe and that gene-editing animals such as pigs and cattle is not materially different from traditional selective breeding. "It's impeding this technology from being utilized — if you go to all the effort of making an animal and it's unclear whether you're going to be able to market it." BGI agrees there is a need to regulate gene editing both for creating pets as well as for medical research, which is central to the company's micro pig business. Yong Li, the technical director of BGI's animal-science platform, told the journal Nature that any profits from BGI's pet micro pigs would be plowed into medical research. BGI believes it can use gene editing not just to control size but also to give consumers a choice of colors. "We plan to take orders from customers now," he told the journal, "and see what the scale of the demand is." New Cancer Fighting Technology Showing 95% Cure Rate Malignant Melanoma. Rapid moving and nearly impossible to control with surgery The Protein that controls reproduction is broken Teach the immune system to recognize this protein and attack it. The tumors will disappear as a immune response. Durability is built by ramping the immune system to the point where auto-immune response is detected. This is a subtle endpoint, and it rarely can be detected by the patient. That is to say, you just can’t ask the patient, “How do you feel today?” Oh, just kind of blah. Meanwhile, the liver has chemistry that we can monitor that is very sensitive to this kind of immune response. It can jump to 10-15 times the normal range, but it can be curtailed with anti-inflammatory hormones. If the body can be held at this level of high immune response without the auto-immune response, then the treatment builds durability. This means that the cancer cells will not return. The longer they are missing from the system, the better the chances of a complete cure.