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

Headlines from the Last Month

burrowing_owlsOtho, affiliated with MiracleGro,  drops pesticides known to harm bees

80% of water in China unsafe to drink

Solar plane flies across the Pacific Ocean

China encouraging it’s ships to use Arctic route opened up by global warming

Tuna headed for extinction; 97% depleted, overfishing continues

Oilsands city Fort McMurray evacuates as massive wildfire rips through

Canada set to legalize pot in 2017

Burrowing owls to be released for the first time on BC First Nations reserve

ChaosandReason is 8 years old today!

Been on vacation for a bit and now I’m back, hope this finds you well wherever you are !  sunset

Here is a roundup of stories that caught my eye during the last 5 weeks as I always try to keep an eye on what’s going on even if I’m not actively posting….

Robo-advisors take over banking sector jobs at RBS, hundreds laid off- automation continues….

Give everyone basic income? A viable plan for when robots take over most jobs?

Global consequences of eating less meat– this one is sure to stir the pot…..how tightly we cling to certain habits…..

Argentina sinks Chinese boat conducting illegal fishing

‘Holy Grail of Batteries’ developed by US Department of Energy, could transform the grid

Tackling the Issues of Storing Wind and Solar

Poland abandoning plans to harbor refugees after Belgian bombings

Sweden buckling under the weight of refugees

How Big Business benefits from Daylight Savings time, average joe -maybe not so much….

Chinese hackers steal millions from Federal Reserve bank account

Scientists about to drill into extinction-level event crater in Mexico crater5

Life at Fukushima 5 years on

Canada dumps gold– can’t say this seems prudent given the global environment we’re in now- you could argue we have this luxury being a producer but nevertheless having zero reserves is questionable (esp when noting how gold has performed well in the first part of 2016 and over the last 8 years)……

IPhones inherently insecure as FBI hacks them, ending court case

Internet of Things Takes Creepy Spying to a Whole New Level
Tiny Marshall Islands suing nuclear powers
VR headsets in public? how bizarre

British referendum on leaving European Union, War on Cash, and more….

UK to hold referendum June 23rd on whether to leave the EU

Mario Draghi, head of the European Central Bank, is looking at eliminating the €500 note using crime and money laundering as a reason; unfortunately it’s rather disingenuous and prudent analysts are saying that this is really just another step towards the elimination of all cash in order to have more control over people. The only way to get people to accept the madness of negative interest rates seems to be to close the exits and eliminate cash as an option to opt out of a system of central control which has terrible implications for personal freedom…..it’s important that people are aware of this as it seems that most people are being seduced by the lure of convenience and not realizing that they are slowly being squeezed …….if you want to read a bit more about the negative interest rate madness and the trends against cash check out this recent Bloomberg article

also to see the issue on more simple terms check out this one “Why are Zero Interest Rates Bad?”

Safes sell out as a way to store cash- Japan’s citizens recent response to negative rates

cashless society marches on….Mastercard now wants to bring facial recognition software to Canada for payments via smartphones

Colonoscopies no longer recommended as routine screening as health care model evolves

E-Cig vaporisers receive a fail , cancer causing chemicals abound

LA Hospital pays hackers to restore computer network

Walmart now charges for plastic bags in Canada

amazing time lapse photo!

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Day to Night, 2015. Courtesy of National Geographic/ Stephen Wilkes

Freedom, Lies, Science, and some Good News!

Good news! They finally plugged that awful methane leak in Southern California, which has been described by some as the worst environmental disaster since the BP spill

The science world was geeked about the big discovery of two black holes colliding provibinary-black-holeng the existence of gravitational waves

Inexpensive saliva test could detect cancer being worked on by California researchers

The fraudulent nature of the core of our economic system highlighted- workings of the Federal Reserve at the heart of monetary policy

Bill Gates’ philanthropy being questioned…..

Israeli boycotts to be made illegal…seems like a loss of freedom really….

What if we only had one time zone for the whole world?

In the health file – a few more notes on Zika…..Is Zika simply a lie to create profits for drug companies? The virus has been around since the 1950s and the links right now are still not totally conclusive……yet officials are warning people not to get pregnant…it’s unprecedented …..today it pays to ask more questions and not believe everything you read ……never stop questioning and thinking critically. Our survival and freedom depends on us using these critical faculties as we navigate challenging times….

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? this rather obscure article says that Zika is a commodity traded and sold , seems crazy but could it be true? Other articles are questioning whether the link to microcephaly in babies is even proven adequately…..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 to releasing GM mosquitoes- 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

Living Without Money

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