Late August Food for Thought …

Butter bad , margarine good (just in case you had it backwards)

Places endowed with beautiful nature are less religious? the idea is that the inherent beauty of nature supplies some of the spiritual inspiration reducing the demand for organized religion to fill that role

Lawsuit Accuses Costco of Selling Shrimp Harvested by Slave Labor

In California, law firms have filed a class action lawsuit against Costco and its Thai seafood supplier, arguing that the company has knowingly sold shrimp whose harvesting relies on rampant human trafficking and forced labor. Men who have escaped from boats in this supply chain have testified to beatings, torture, execution-style killings and grueling 20-hour shifts. The suit seeks to block Costco from selling these shrimp unless they are labeled as the produce of slavery.  Democracy Now Aug, 20th

Transforming Media with an inspiring speaker, Dr. Kelly Neff

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Oh and here’s one on the doom side of things China Tests the Most Dangerous Nuke of All Time

Interesting things you never knew about Kazakhstan Oil price crash shows the value of a diverse economy

Spotify and the creepiness factor

In the name of balance a good story …Grey wolves return to California for first time in 100 years

August 2015- notable Health, Tech, Environmental stories

Finally a good story, Stranded orca saved!

Top minds warn against developing autonomous battle robots

Illegal fishing trawler ends up sunk after long chase

Rebuilding a living coast for storm protection in Louisiana

Cell phones cause cancer? inconvenient truth alert

Global water crisis- a sobering look by Maude Barlow

AC standards waste energy and leave women shivering

Some traditional Ayurvedic medicines contaminated with lead

Canadians ripped off on drug costs while politicians offer empty words and ink corporate trade deals

There is no technofix for the CO2 issue, German scientists contend

Musing on development and the future of food

July 20, 2015

Honoring a little known hero of the natural world, a man who planted a forest singlehandedly over several decades in India, Jadav Payeng- inspiring!

Review of Ebola response finds WHO unfit for responding to health emergencies

Massive project underway to clean Alaska’s shores

Money vs. Time – the neverending tug of war – and why we’ve been programmed to have a 40 hour work week– food for thought……

Cyclists allowed to ignore traffic lights in Paris

Wind power produces huge in Denmark , at least on really windy days

New treatment for Parkinson’s using anti-malaria drugs

Novel approaches for Alzheimer’s being studied

The mini ice-age story for 2030 , overblown and overhyped?

Japan: 100,000 Protest Push to Rewrite Pacifist Constitution

Japan’s lower house of parliament has approved legislation to allow Japanese troops to fight abroad for the first time since World War II. The vote came one day after as many as 100,000 people gathered near the parliament to protest the move. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pushed for the nation’s pacifist constitution to be rewritten.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: “The security situation surrounding Japan is becoming increasingly challenging. With this in mind, it is an absolutely necessary legislation to protect the lives of the Japanese and also to prevent the country from going to war.”                Legislation allows troops to fight abroad to prevent war, yet going abroad to fight is war…..logic does not compute……sounds very much like the usual US doublespeak about fighting for peace

Democracy Now, July 16th, 2015

July & The Season of Fire

Worst June wildfire outbreak ever in Alaska’s history

Peru to provide free solar power to it’s 2 million poorest citizens

Robots replacing bricklayers, they’re faster and don’t need breaks

Russia has microwave gun that can destroy drones from 6 miles away

Low male fertility caused by sunscreen and plastics

Interesting read on tech being developed using hydrogen peroxide to remove micropollutants from waterways

Saudi prince donates $32B to charity

Gambler donates fortune to preserve nature in Florida

London, the epicenter for criminal money laundering

Community Solar Farming, coming soon to a city near you?

New Moon in June 2015

The dark side of the moon is upon us, the time for making medicine…..

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What’s been going on in the world these days?

World’s first ocean cleaning system to be deployed in 2016- very cool that this young inventor persevered to create such a monumentally important system

Pheromones being used as an alternative to pesticides

Protecting the world’s oceans could boost the economy (because doing the right thing needs a monetary value or else it’s meaningless in our bizarro world)

Largest ever Avian flu outbreak devastating the Midwest US egg production

Drought in California costing billions

It costs less to give homeless people homes than let them fend for themselves according to study

WHO plans strategy to deal with antibiotic resistance

Post vacation update….mostly health and energy related

France to force supermarkets to give unsold food to charity – a fantastic idea

World’s first battery powered ferry arrives in Norway

1 in 3 adult Americans have metabolic syndrome

Trans fats finally to be banned by the FDA

Experimental melanoma treatment uses herpes virus to fight the cancer

Bladeless wind turbines in Spain show promise- cheaper to maintain and they solve the bird death problem

Possible asthma breakthrough

Reality sinks in ……BC’s LNG plans unlikely to amount to much despite the hype of politicians

Without water we are nothing; tech offers glimmers of hope, and more…..

Desalination makes a big leap forward but will it be the answer to droughts in key areas?

Colorado River basin water problems continue as reservoir at historic lows, this feeds Las Vegas and much else….

Canada makes questionable deal with tonnes of uranium to India

DARPA thinking of building adaptability into software so it never needs updates, which would be great if we could continue to run the internet for hundreds of years, that remains to be seen…..

Antibiotic-resistant shigella bug has spread to majority of US states

Greece has a backup plan for it’s economic woes- nationalize the banks

New Alzheimer’s drug breakthrough gives hope

Brazilian prisons using ayahuasca to rehabilitate violent criminals

Inside every fig….a dead wasp….