Sagittarius New Moon update

sadgeCards Against Humanity Celebrates Black Friday by Digging a Pointless Hole in the Ground – how fitting!

Trump is Killing the TPP– which is probably good news as the benefits to the average person were minimal . The US and Japan effectively had veto power over this one so now that the US is out it’s dead.

War on Cash trend continues- India rupee ban sparks day of rage and discontent – governments want everyone online for total control as cash allows people to opt out of a broken system. Sadly people seem bent on convenience at all costs and don’t see that financial freedom is slowly slipping away…..

Facebook made China censorship tool

Vietnam scraps plans for nuclear plant

Swiss votes to keep nuclear plants a bit longer

French Air Force to use eagles against drones 582f23c2c4618805208b4574

Many clinical trial results are missing– how science skews perspective by not showing all results

US has recently banned triclosan but Canada drops the ball– ‘The absence of a ban here means Canada could become a dumping ground for products containing triclosan once the U.S. measures take effect’ . Results of the assessment indicate that triclosan can adversely affect aquatic organisms, even at very low concentrations. “As a result of its continuous releases from wastewater treatment systems to water courses, triclosan may cause harm to freshwater organisms.” Despite this government website goes on to state-“However, the Government of Canada has concluded that triclosan is not harmful to human health at current levels of exposure.”          A consultation period is open for submission until January 25th…

North Korea observes 3 days of mourning for ‘comrade Castro’ – politics sure is strange sometimes….Castro visited 30 years ago and recently in May of this year Cuban officials had talked of strengthening ties, however with Cuba now normalizing relations with the US it’s unlikely to amount to much

November Taurus Full Moon

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India wipes out 86% of cash in surprise move

Finland heading for a total restructure of the way subjects are taught in school

France planning mass biometric database on it’s citizens

Revelations of Canadian surveillance shatters any illusion of trust & proper oversight

Cleanup of Alberta tarsands proposed to put people back to work

Huge earthquake hits New Zealand Nov. 13th (interesting how these big quakes often coincide with full moons)

Argentina planning to cull 100,000 beavers to save native forests

Libra New Moon update

owlMay the light of wisdom guide our path as we stumble into the future!

Stories from the last few weeks…..

This one tickled my funny bone….Drone blasted out of the sky by Virginia woman

Zika aerial sprays killing off bee populations

Sugar industry paid scientists to direct blame at fat; reminds me of the tobacco industry tactics…..

Hungary planning new border fence to keep refugees out

Polluted air affects 92% of Earth’s population

Bristle BBQ brushes should be eliminated say surgeons

60% of south Asia’s water contaminated

Global human footprint infographics from the Journal Nature

from 1993 to 2009. We note that while the human population has increased by 23% and the world economy has grown 153%, the human footprint has increased by just 9%. Still, 75% the planet’s land surface is experiencing measurable human pressures. Moreover, pressures are perversely intense, widespread and rapidly intensifying in places with high biodiversity.

5G wireless networks set to be unleashed despite risks to health ; when will it ever be fast enough?

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Late August 2016 update, Sun enters Virgo

 Nova Scotia’s humble role in restoring endangered bald eagle populations- hooray for good stories! american-bald-eagles-like-these-two-eaglets-trace-their-roots-to-cape-breton

China is racing Russia to build floating nuclear reactors….seems like a dodgy idea….

meanwhile RAND thinktank envisions war with China– this insane report argues that the war is inevitable and should happen sooner rather than later for economic reasons…..

these two stories make me uneasy for our collective future…..

Zika virus now in Miami, Florida as CDC issues alert ; also a new study shows effects on adult brains

Private prisons being phased out in the US as cost savings never materialized

Are you bummed because you never learned to type? Never fear! Now voice recognition software is officially advanced enough to be faster than you could ever type

Demand for avocadoes impacts the monarch butterfly- complexities of the web of life

Turkey will be unable to join the EU if it reinstates the death penalty

English bar blocks cellphone signals to get people talking again

China pillages the high seas and other news…..

Hague court rules China’s South Sea claims invalid in dispute with Philippines– China has built artificial islands for military purposes here and sent it’s Coast Guard ships to scuttle Filipino fishermen from making a living

meanwhile almost 500 Chinese ships raid the coast of West Africa decimating poorer countries

article on the Guinea pillage here…there have also been disputes with Argentina, South Korea, and Indonesia
…….this makes me angry and sad to see such crimes against nature

2 years ago there were reports of illegal fishing in Vietnam’s waters as well

It’s not all  bad news though…..

Ozone hole over Antarctica starting to heal

The frigatebird , a marvel of nature, flies for weeks with no rest 

Scientists discover 1st transmissible cancer that can spread between speciesfrigatebird2

Russia now headed down the mass-surveillance road, Snowden sounds the alarm

France could leave the EU next

Clinton above the law apparently…..

Yellow fever breaks out in Angola

Reinforced concrete- an idea primed to fail……

Lawyers suggest you stop using your finger to unlock your phone…

Google My Activity site shows what it knows about you….

June Full Moon/ Summer Begins…..

Net Neutrality movement claims victory as internet rights upheld in US ruling

Canada passes assisted dying law for terminally ill patients after much debate

Cordyceps harvesting in Tibet likely unsustainable

Microsoft bought LinkedIn 

Fearmongering in full force as Brexit vote 5 days away in Britain

Russian hackers penetrate Trump’s campaign

Walmart vs. VISA

Nepal struggles with corruption amid reconstruction and poverty

Alonzo_Lyons_Himalaya_DSCN7755Dead Sea shrinkage

Having the Olympics in Rio was a mistake. All of the money spent building underused sporting arenas would have been much better spent addressing the true roots of poverty and environmental degradation. There are 2 stories that highlight these issues well…this one on the pollution in Guanabara Bay and this one on the scope of the financial disaster recently declared

When you buy food that has palm oil in it (and I do hope you read labels) just remember this picture……

Russia has the world’s largest fleet of over 2 dozen icebreakers and just launched their biggest one ever- the Arktika

 

 

May Full Moon Madness

India diverting rivers to deal with drought….

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Aerial view of Christ the Redeemer, over Rio de Janeiro Getty

Olympics in Brazil could spark worldwide Zika health disaster Harvard researchers warn

Canada adopts Indigenous Rights Declaration at UN – next step- actually putting it into practice

Drones the size of bees using static to hang like bats……..

The advances in drone tech are a bit …disconcerting …..or exciting depending on how you look at it

Psilocybin mushrooms for depression-study published in Lancet Psychiatry

Italy to double child benefits to stimulate birth rate

Drought + harsh winter = hard times in Mongolia- the dzud

Push-button ignitions on cars => unintended problems

The sweetener xylitol is toxic to dogs says FDA