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….
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?”
cashless society marches on….Mastercard now wants to bring facial recognition software to Canada for payments via smartphones
amazing time lapse photo!
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
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….
Will start with the bad and finish with the good this week…..
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
Psychology and your gut– the connection has long been ignored but it’s there
Robots farm lettuce in Japan – more jobs go poof!
Manatees and green sea turtles rebounding– good news!
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…….
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.
Currently I’m seeking suggestions as to what this blog could feature more of…what 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….
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
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 !
full analysis still pending
AND IN OTHER NEWS
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…..