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

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