Leo New Moon late July

Historic treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons passed in UN

“France, the United Kingdom and the United States have not taken part in the negotiation of the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons. We do not intend to sign, ratify or ever become party to it.” Interesting…..

Activist art highlights palm industry.….speaking of palm….it came to my attention that Dr. Bronner’s soap uses palm oil so all the hippies and environmentalists who love Dr. Bronners may want to reconsider their support….

Largest online dark web marketplace taken down

Elon Musk talks renewable energy

Tardigrades- hardier than cockroaches- can survive incredible conditions

VISA- War on cash- “We’re focused on putting cash out of business,” Visa’s new CEO Al Kelly – VISA offering bribes/incentives to retailers to refuse taking cash

Hotel run by robots opens in Tokyo- welcome to the future

Meanwhile Japanese population continues to decline as young people not having sex/having families

January 2017 – Full Moon update

What’s going on in the world?

China shutting down it’s ivory trade in 2017 – good news!

Inequality deepens under India’s demonetization (aka the war on cash)

Also from globalresearch….Washington behind India’s demonetization project

Artificial Intelligence replaces insurance jobs in Japan

China launches freight train line to London

Obama gives the bumblebee some protection on his way out of office – in advance of the dark ages of environmental protection that Trump’s presidency seems to portend….12bees-superjumbo

Alzheimer’s drug helps teeth heal themselves

Ever been curious about earthquakes? Recently found out about this dutchsinse feed that monitors quakes from around the world and creates visual maps, go to the youtube livestream to see the most up to date action….

Scientists suggest Atlantic current collapse (as pictured in the movie The Day After Tomorrow) could actually happen in 300 years

Firefighting blamed for megafires

How about a big picture look at things?

Or how about a REALLY big picture of things….new digital map of the cosmos

Sagittarius New Moon update

sadgeCards Against Humanity Celebrates Black Friday by Digging a Pointless Hole in the Ground – how fitting!

Trump is Killing the TPP– which is probably good news as the benefits to the average person were minimal . The US and Japan effectively had veto power over this one so now that the US is out it’s dead.

War on Cash trend continues- India rupee ban sparks day of rage and discontent – governments want everyone online for total control as cash allows people to opt out of a broken system. Sadly people seem bent on convenience at all costs and don’t see that financial freedom is slowly slipping away…..

Facebook made China censorship tool

Vietnam scraps plans for nuclear plant

Swiss votes to keep nuclear plants a bit longer

French Air Force to use eagles against drones 582f23c2c4618805208b4574

Many clinical trial results are missing– how science skews perspective by not showing all results

US has recently banned triclosan but Canada drops the ball– ‘The absence of a ban here means Canada could become a dumping ground for products containing triclosan once the U.S. measures take effect’ . Results of the assessment indicate that triclosan can adversely affect aquatic organisms, even at very low concentrations. “As a result of its continuous releases from wastewater treatment systems to water courses, triclosan may cause harm to freshwater organisms.” Despite this government website goes on to state-“However, the Government of Canada has concluded that triclosan is not harmful to human health at current levels of exposure.”          A consultation period is open for submission until January 25th…

North Korea observes 3 days of mourning for ‘comrade Castro’ – politics sure is strange sometimes….Castro visited 30 years ago and recently in May of this year Cuban officials had talked of strengthening ties, however with Cuba now normalizing relations with the US it’s unlikely to amount to much

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

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

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