Taurus New Moon update

Restored Colossal Statue of Ramses II(aka Ramesses) unveiled in Egypt apparently he was a redhead….strange for an Egyptian….

Once-pristine Arctic contains 300 billion pieces of plastic    what will we do about it? does this article inspire you to rethink how much plastic you consume?

Nuclear diamond batteries developed by scientists

No winners in any nuclear conflict- yet humanity still has almost 15,000 nuclear weapons out there (at least it’s better than the 32,0000 we had back in 1966)

Advertising steals your attention & time and most often gives nothing in return

Saturn probe headed for final destruction after 12 years of data collection

US interfered in foreign elections 81 times in 54 years

Britain recently went coal-free for 24 hours- a first since the 1880s

Around the world by bicycle in 7 years

Is the air on airplanes laden with toxic chemicals?

Facebook unveils plan for next year to develop virtual worlds-let’s make life a videogame! quote from the article- “If you believe Facebook has good intentions and will properly protect user privacy, it’s exciting. If you don’t, then it’s a scary step towards a dystopian future.”

Bose headphones spy on users; lawsuit filed

November Taurus Full Moon

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India wipes out 86% of cash in surprise move

Finland heading for a total restructure of the way subjects are taught in school

France planning mass biometric database on it’s citizens

Revelations of Canadian surveillance shatters any illusion of trust & proper oversight

Cleanup of Alberta tarsands proposed to put people back to work

Huge earthquake hits New Zealand Nov. 13th (interesting how these big quakes often coincide with full moons)

Argentina planning to cull 100,000 beavers to save native forests

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

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

November…the slide towards winter, big changes keep coming

China ends one child policy– major change for the world’s most populous nation

Chemicals in sunscreen are hurting the world’s coral reefs– not to mention harming your personal health! Perhaps we should ban these substances and only allow non-toxic versions…just a thought

Rare Tropical cyclone Chapala strikes Yemen

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Saudi company harvests hay and tests Arizona’s supply of groundwater- all to feed cattle for dairy operations back home in Saudi Arabia; the crazy thing is they’ve done it at home & realized it wasn’t sustainable so they simply went international and dumped the problem elsewhere…. seems like a familiar story , the corporate mentality in all it’s glory

Negative interest rates hit Sweden encouraging spending and punishing savers– financial insanity ? or prudent management? one is for sure though is that Sweden is the country that is closest to being cashless however there is a growing backlash…..

Trudeau vaults to power as Canadians boot out Harper – ushering in an era of reduced militarism and fully legal cannabis

UK running out of fossil fuels in 5 years according to study- oops ! well that’s inconvenient isn’t it….

Burials go green – plant a tree over your corpse!

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EU bans roaming charges on mobile phones starting in 2017

Indonesian air quality suffers from terrible forest fires described as crime against humanity

Worms can eat styrofoam , solution for some plastic waste…

Researchers find a parasitic worm that could help heal chronic wounds

Leading the charge to 1984- UK will store your online activity for a full year

Fall Colours and Changes

Russia Becomes 10th Foreign Gov’t to Launch Airstrikes in Syria

Russia has become the latest foreign government to launch airstrikes into Syria after carrying out a series of attacks Wednesday. The move has sparked concern from U.S. officials, who say the Russian attacks did not hit ISIL but instead hit the rebel groups fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, including at least one group trained by the CIA. The United States and Russia have long disagreed about the strategy in Syria, with the U.S. calling for Assad’s departure and Russia backing the Syrian president. Russia became at least the 10th foreign government to launch airstrikes in Syria this year. Other countries include the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Australia, Turkey, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.                          Democracy Now Oct 1/15

Lights gone out from civil war in Syria

Yes we’ve truly gone off the rails folks because now we’ve bottled air for profit …and here’s the weird thing- people are buying it

Peak coal is coming says Goldman Sachs (ethically questionable mega investment firm)

Not a big story by any means by I’ve included it for something ……different         Disabled wrestling in Japan