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OKLAHOMA CITY – In recent weeks the Malaysian city of Kuala Lumpur and the body of water known as the South China Sea have been syncing with me.

Why? Regarding the city of Kuala Lumpur, I’m not really certain. As for the South China Sea,  on January 14, 2014, I wrote an article headlined “Wider wars inevitable in ’14?” In it, I detail heightened tensions taking place in the South China Sea, particularly over an island that China and the Philippines are fighting over.

RDR wrote then: “China believes the island was stolen by the Filipinos and that they are insulted that the U.S.-backed government is announcing that in the new year they will be increasing its navy and air force presence on the strategic island in the South China Sea.”

And now we have a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 – considered one of the safest airliners in the world – vanishing somewhere over the South China Sea, not far from Vietnam. Just what the heck could have happened? A bomb? Catastrophic failure? Pilot disorientation? Hijacking? Pilot suicide? It has everyone a bit nervous as global tensions rise.

As the Associated Press noted today: “the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet … has led aviation experts to assume that whatever happened was quick and left the pilots not time to place a distress call.”

Reports say 239 people were aboard the airliner. Where are they now?

As I noted the Malaysian city of Kuala Lumpur – that Southeast Asian nation’s capital city – has been on my, so much so that I blurted it out in the middle of a conversation that had nothing to do with that city or Malaysia.

Where did that plane go on its doomed journey to Beijing, China? And what happened back in Kuala Lumpur?

In the meantime, I have been writing about my "bear" syncs. My recent "A bear in the woods" Dust Devil Dreams article syncs with current tensions between the West and Russia. The Russian "bear" is appearing daily in editorial cartoons. 

Bears came up a lot today, including my viewing the skeleton of a "sun bear" at the local Museum of Osteology. The sun bear is found in tropical forest habitats and very well-known in Malaysia where they are also called "honey bears" for their love of honeycombs. 

In my September 2013 piece "Following the (sun) bear," I talk more about the sun bear and the honeycomb connection. Honeycombs are hexagonal -six-sided - and there has been a lot of talk about the hexagon on Saturn. The disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight took place on a Saturday. And those great images of Saturn taken by Voyager 1 in 1980 were stunning. That was the same year that The Shining was released and there were many, many bear syncs in that film.


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