Mid April update

Whaling fight not over yet in Japan as supporters call for the hunt to continue, restaurants see increased demand since the International Court of Justice ruling banning the hunt

Rethinking Q-tips

America an oligarchy not a democracy according to study

Innovative water towers  to collect water in Ethiopia

A brief look at foods containing phytoestrogens

Asian air pollution strengthens Pacific storms

6 year anniversary for ChaosandReason!

UN to rule on Japanese Antarctic whale hunts on Monday

Sea Shepherd claims they saved 750 whales from Japanese whalers

Facebook plans drones to supply wifi around the world

Mafia alive and well; earnings surpass that of the EU

Ebola breaks out in West Africa

Drones set to cause upheaval in society?

Carter handwrites letters to avoid surveillance

 

 

Spring has sprung, a missing airplane, annexation , etc.

NASA funded study says we’re headed for collapse….

Russian annexes Crimea amid condemnation from the West

Still no sign of Malaysian plane 2 weeks on despite massive search….a modern day mystery

China tests anti-smog drone- bit of a nutty plan spraying chemicals to clean up chemicals but desperate times call for ……

Baby possibly cured of AIDS 4 hours after birth

Assange warns that total global surveillance is fast approaching

Global malware on the rise- countering tactics questioned

Ever heard of the Carrington event? A simple reminder of our vulnerability….

early March update, and the question of what is the news really good for?

Even if all news coverage was fair and balanced and 100% truthful in it’s accuracy, people should still ask themselves if keeping up with news really helps their lives and contributes to their well-being. Given that many stories have negative overtones , it sometimes seems that watching the news faithfully everyday could be a recipe for chronic depression. Perhaps we don’t need the news every day…does news really elevate our consciousness or does it bring us down?

The Russia/Ukraine Crimean occupation situation which has dominated the media for last couple weeks has shown the simplistic thinking that is common among many mainstream media outlets. The historical background is glossed over with a couple of sentences and the overall tone seems to simply that it’s an invasion, a loss of sovereignty, and leading to war.  This black and white sensationalist overtone is perhaps driven more by laziness and the need for compelling headlines to draw people in but it does not serve to keep people well informed.  Events are framed as a revolution driven by a people struggling for democracy however there are some who say it’s a coup d’etat led by manipulative forces. What is the real truth? There is an alternative viewpoint that is worth looking at to fully understand the context of events that says that the overthrow of Ukraine’s government has been orchestrated by extremist right wing neo-Nazi forces supported by the US and the EU. You be the judge…also Russia’s media claims that they are allowed to have 25,000 strong presence under agreements signed years ago

Bitcoin suffered a major blow as it’s big exchange house MT. Gox filed for bankruptcy after a huge virtual theft

Are BPA-free plastics just as bad for us?

California’s drought leads to largest desalination plant in the Western hemisphere

The ambitious plan to solve the world’s energy problems -ITER , south of France

New magnetic material could boost future electronics

Not really huge impactful news but it’s interesting nonetheless- Snake eats crocodile after battle

New smartphone with privacy in mind- Blackphone

Acidification takes it toll as the Pacific Ocean continues to decline- 10 Million scallops lost in BC waters

Brazil dealing with drought

Michelle Obama promotes food label overhaul – while a step in the right direction, having GMO labeling would be good as well…

did you know…..

There is a planned competitor to the Panama Canal being proposed by Nicaragua and China; scientists fear it’s an ecological disaster

Bee activists petition Home Depot and Lowes to stop selling bee-killing insecticides

Vitamins shown to be effective for treating ADHD

Study highlights how fracking often occurs in drought-stricken areas compounding the problem

Facebook to buy WhatsApp- a popular text messaging app

Wildlife underpasses link animal populations

Glow in the dark reindeer antlers being tested in Finland

Privatization and inequality in Bosnia sparks protests

Belgium approves terminally ill child euthanasia

Ukraine president calls a truce after protestors get killed,

UPDATE : Ukraine’s president is dismissed by MPs; protestors remain vigilant seeking closer ties with EU

Early February update

Cancer ‘tidal wave’ predicted for developing nations -while this piece correctly points out that prevention is not receiving enough attention, it fails to make any mention of chemical toxins as a major root cause of cancers.  Case in point- the ‘Dirty Dozen‘ – these are the worst chemicals that have been banned in developed countries but are still used in developing countries around the world mainly as the agricultural pesticides chlordane and toxaphene.The US still exports chlordane to countries around the world. Chlordane is known to remain in some soils for over 20 years.

Instead the article focuses on alcohol, smoking, and obesity- all valid of course and preventable but unless we remove chemicals that are persistent and accumulative in the environment we’re shooting ourselves in the foot in the long-term battle.

Wifi banned from preschool in France

Chile removes mercury from vaccines

Some California communities running out of water as 10 year drought continues

Hawking says there are no black holes, but grey ones instead

Genetically modified purple tomatoes en route to market; developed in Britain , produced in Canada, said to have more antioxidants

Sport drinks unnecessary for most people

Chrome browser has an eavesdropping bug