So you think you’re having a bad day? Think again…..

Will start with the bad and finish with the good this week…..

A few countries are lining up to invade Syria – UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia

Russia claims Turkey is prepared to invade as well…..as if it wasn’t messy enough….sending prayers to these poor people now massing by the thousands on the borders of Turkey and elsewhere fleeing the madness

Who owns the Zika virus? In my last post I noted the spread of Zika in multiple countries and then I find this rather obscure article saying thaty Zika is a commodity traded and sold , seems crazy but could it be true? Another article questions whether it was genetically modified mosquitoes released in 2012 that are the culprit    and  Yet there are still folks thinking that more genetic modification is the solution.…the WHO is ready to give the go-ahead- messing with the web of life to save ourselves , could this have unintended consequences? Desperation breeds lazy science and radical measures I suppose……

Japan sets a negative interest hoping to boost economy so this is what it’s come to eh? bad sign indeed

The privacy and security risks of smart gadgets– smart comes with a price

Ibogaine turns around the lives of those with addiction

Psychology and your gut– the connection has long been ignored but it’s there

Aussies develop ocean cleaning contraption

Robots farm lettuce in Japan – more jobs go poof!

Morocco has a new massive solar plant up and running

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Regrowing rainforests absorb more carbon

January 22/16- What’s going on and where are we headed?

Iran sanctions lifted

Manatees and green sea turtles rebounding– good news!

Robot polices the Great Barrier Reef killing starfish

World’s largest meatpacker testing robot butchers– automation continues….robots for slaughter…seems rather fitting; leaving the moral issues aside for now as far as meat goes…….

Giant hidden planet could be out there, Caltech astronomer- Planet X renamed Planet Nine

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China’s official growth doubted- 6.8% vs. 1%- global deflation underway as the wheels come off

New mosquito-borne virus causes birth defects in Brazil, Nigeria, Indonesia, Thailand, Phillipines; travel warning issued by CDC

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4 New Elements for the Periodic Table

  IMMIGRATION

Denmark and it’s struggles with immigration- now they’re debating confiscating wealth and setting up slums outside of main cities….

Temporary housing seeing a boom as people increasingly want/need flexibility – the future of housing?

The immigration crisis is just the tip of the iceberg as economic change could usher in even greater migrations

Gumball Video describing the scale of poverty and the hidden dimensions of immigration

2016, Trends, Inspiration, and Brainstorming

Wishing you all an epic year filled with health, love, learning, and happiness ! Thanks for stopping by

Another year has arrived and I’ve been clearing away the clutter to make room for new endeavors & more focused, inspired living. I’ve tackled physical possessions and digital distractions attempting to pare down and distill my life to what really serves me and truly has value. In an age of distraction, these actions can really lay the foundation for true productivity and creativity. Starting something new is always a challenge no doubt, but the alternative-the slow grind into mediocrity and decline- is a terrible way to go.

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Currently I’m seeking suggestions as to what this blog could feature more ofwhat holds value for you in the digital realm ? or just in your life in general? To be honest there is a part of me that is always conflicted with the time I spend online as I love being present in the physical world being active not in front of a screen, but I digress…….

    There is a desire within me to make this blog more meaningful, useful, and relevant and so please do send me any ideas you have. There has never been a better time for us to collectively kick our own asses into gear and reach for truth, health, and lives filled with meaning.

In the news…….harsh truths edition….

media_indoctrination   Big Sugar industry not much different from Big Tobacco in its tactics regarding health effects

Ethiopia facing epic drought

iPhones ruin posture and dampen mood

6 months alone in Canadian wilderness

TSA one step closer to making body scanners mandatory…

Controversial but well-done article on the propaganda and lies that underlie modern civilization

Full text of the Paris climate deal link here for those who have time on their hands….

Climate deal reached and other world affairs…..

THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL (quick review from 3 sources, full analysis pending)

195 nations gathered in France to agree on a way to address a changing climate and it seems they’ve finally made a deal which may mean something after failing in previous years to make progress ; the first such conference dating back 20 years to 1995

NBC article paints the climate deal as resting on a shaky foundation and highlights the critics’ assertions that it doesn’t go far enough; deal seen only as a starting point

This Sydney article does a nice job of rounding out the coverage with more details and info

All in all, seems to be at least a starting point despite the glaring omission of animal agriculture as a major contributor. Most of the focus is on fossil fuels; forest preservation will be key to meeting any kind of targets and the real challenge is how to subdue man’s greed……

but hey at least one climate activist had a good time ! 1449928232208

full analysis still pending

AND IN OTHER NEWS

Major shift as Venezuela ditches socialist rule after 17 years

‘Phantom menace’ superbug on the rise

Oxfam study claims richest 10% cause half of the world’s climate problems

Indian government trying to round up gold

Commodities producers being slaughtered, perhaps it’s a good thing overall in the grand scheme of things…..perhaps future growth will really only be possible in the virtual realm as we reach these physical limits…..

Do dolphins communicate via sound generated pictograms?

Cop rescues donkey …and there was much rejoicing donkey

 

 

 

The Prime Force of Destruction Revealed…..?

COWSPIRACY REVIEW

Is the prime force of destruction in the world today our hunger for the flesh and products derived from animals?

Just finished watching Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret last night, a documentary that makes a convincing case for veganism as the path forward to solve most of the world’s environmental problems- including water issues, deforestation, overfishing, world hunger, and dead zones in the oceans.

What I liked about this film was how it looked at issues holistically in a larger context comparing impacts with the often reviled oil and gas industries. I also loved how the filmmaker went to the largest environmental organizations and asked why they weren’t making more of an issue out of animal agriculture as being a root cause of much of what ails us. (they choose instead to focus on industrial polluters such as fracking, pulp and paper, etc.)

The film is convincing in it’s delivery and leaves one with the impression that we’ve had it wrong all along, ignoring our dinner plates and focusing instead on the usual suspects-toxic chemicals, plastic bags, recycling, etc. Of course these are all important issues on their own but the film argues that the global collective impacts of animal agriculture are orders of magnitude greater than these all together and that since we are really headed for collapse so rapidly as we muddle through this great extinction phase we need more drastic measures to reverse the tide. The film does address grassfed meat as well and the reality is that we don’t have enough land to fulfill the growing need for more ethically raised meat even if we wanted to on a worldwide level, moral issues aside.

Cowspiracy will not appeal to those who are afraid of change and are unwilling to take a hard look at their own habits in a global context. Nor will it appeal to those who like balanced films providing a lot of input from both sides of an issue. This is really a pointed call to action that takes a black & white approach to an uncomfortable issue- the slaughter of animals to satiate our tastebuds.

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in the news…..

Hepatitis C cured by Canadian doctors

Parasitic worms found to increase and decrease fertility in women

China’s coal bubble : 155 plants on the drawing board despite overcapacity : Greenpeace report

Post-antibiotic resistance era imminent (no thanks to animal agriculture I might add)

Turkey shoots down a Russian airplane near Syrian border

Drone injury lawyers now a reality

Solar wind triggers lightning on Earth

White House acknowledges threats to power grid from solar storms begins to plan response

Underwater gardens off Italy’s coast

November…the slide towards winter, big changes keep coming

China ends one child policy– major change for the world’s most populous nation

Chemicals in sunscreen are hurting the world’s coral reefs– not to mention harming your personal health! Perhaps we should ban these substances and only allow non-toxic versions…just a thought

Rare Tropical cyclone Chapala strikes Yemen

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Saudi company harvests hay and tests Arizona’s supply of groundwater- all to feed cattle for dairy operations back home in Saudi Arabia; the crazy thing is they’ve done it at home & realized it wasn’t sustainable so they simply went international and dumped the problem elsewhere…. seems like a familiar story , the corporate mentality in all it’s glory

Negative interest rates hit Sweden encouraging spending and punishing savers– financial insanity ? or prudent management? one is for sure though is that Sweden is the country that is closest to being cashless however there is a growing backlash…..

Trudeau vaults to power as Canadians boot out Harper – ushering in an era of reduced militarism and fully legal cannabis

UK running out of fossil fuels in 5 years according to study- oops ! well that’s inconvenient isn’t it….

Burials go green – plant a tree over your corpse!

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EU bans roaming charges on mobile phones starting in 2017

Indonesian air quality suffers from terrible forest fires described as crime against humanity

Worms can eat styrofoam , solution for some plastic waste…

Researchers find a parasitic worm that could help heal chronic wounds

Leading the charge to 1984- UK will store your online activity for a full year

Mid October Update

6 hour work day rolled out in Sweden – brilliant ! in fact this is a logical step forward for everyone since more and more jobs are being automated (taken by machines)

Sexually transmitted Ebola? – really?! this from survivors of the disease

Gene patents likely dead after Australian high court decision– as it should be….

Colorado’s largest pot growing company being sued over pesticide use– it’s about time this issue has seen some coverage, in all these places where pot shops have sprung up there seems to be no consideration given to whether the medicine is organic and it seems that much of it isn’t

Iran’s parliament approves nuclear deal   – a major step forward from the situation before where Western politicians were openly talking of hostile invasions

Mushrooms being investigated to help honeybees led by Paul Stamets in Washington

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Iraq considering calling on Russia’s airforce for internal battles

Facebook pays almost no tax in Britain – of course this is how most major corporations operate in order to maximise profits but surely this seems unreasonable