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…..
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
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!
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…..
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
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….
6 hour work day rolled out in Sweden – brilliant ! in fact this is a logical step forward for everyone since more and more jobs are being automated (taken by machines)
Sexually transmitted Ebola? – really?! this from survivors of the disease
Gene patents likely dead after Australian high court decision– as it should be….
Colorado’s largest pot growing company being sued over pesticide use– it’s about time this issue has seen some coverage, in all these places where pot shops have sprung up there seems to be no consideration given to whether the medicine is organic and it seems that much of it isn’t
Iran’s parliament approves nuclear deal – a major step forward from the situation before where Western politicians were openly talking of hostile invasions
Mushrooms being investigated to help honeybees led by Paul Stamets in Washington
Facebook pays almost no tax in Britain – of course this is how most major corporations operate in order to maximise profits but surely this seems unreasonable