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….

7 years of trying to make sense of it all…..

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Today is the 7 year anniversary of chaosandreason ; thanks for stoppin’ by!

There is no intention to stop the search for truth and direction in this increasingly absurd, beautiful and complicated world.  There are clear signs that we’re beginning to see diminishing returns on technology ; we’ve ignored the fundamentals for too long…clean air, food, water, love, and such. The fracking and oil bubbles have popped and economics at the larger levels is more about speculation and greed than real progress. There is a hunger for meaning amongst people who’ve been distracted for too long and had the rug pulled out from under them. We’ve come through a 500 year period where we’ve focused on mastering the physical, material world and yet we still can’t feed ourselves properly. Always I ask why?

There is a gaping wound that exists behind the facade of our civilization, a wound caused by the nature we’ve lost and continue to lose day by day in the pursuit of wealth. The beauty of nature is extremely hard to reproduce and many of the things we’ve built in place of it pale in comparison. Every day we have the opportunity to choose to focus on what matters and is sustainable yet often we choose the opposite.  We’ve become blind to seeing the beauty in simplicity, choosing instead to put the mind on a pedestal and overthink everything.

There is a dimension to this life beyond what we see with our eyes and think with our brains. The gut and the heart have wisdom for us too as well as all the other life we are surrounded by. Perhaps as individuals we can start by asking what is our purpose? Let’s stop running away from ourselves, slow down and get down to what really matters…….

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Laser of Doom unveiled! and other developments…..

Laser beam capable of burning hole in car from a mile away unveiled ….so this is progress?

If you’ve never heard of Iboga ( the plant from Africa ) , it’s at the cutting edge of plant medicine for treating addictions and this article highlights some of the issues surrounding it

Evidence of human adaptation to chemical exposure (arsenic) in the Andean highlands

California turning into a desert

Also we might be encroaching on another dimension soon at the CERN collider in France….what could go wrong?