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

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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

9 year anniversary of chaosandreason- March 28th Aries New Moon update

This blog started on this day 9 years ago and has had a small but loyal following….thank you for continuing to keep up. Send along suggestions you have for making it more valuable….or just drop a line and tell me what is inspiring you and furthering your evolution…..

thankful for water today and the turning of the seasons into spring

The deal that ignited an uprising…that you’ve probably never heard of…in 2009 a South Korean company, Daewoo, tried to buy half of Madagascar’s arable land for 99 years (they would have mowed down all of the forest to grow corn and biofuels)…..unbelievable! good on the people for rising up and putting a stop to it

Yemen is running out of water- lack of water fuels endless conflict

Study shows that smart devices actually make us poorer navigators

Smartphone app & device being developed at Harvard to test sperm count

Whales at war! Orcas vs. Sperm whales

Covert fashion camouflage against surveillance

Diego Garcia- the island stolen from natives for a military base

The realities of power and change- Google woos Republicans- after years of Democrat bias– money still flows to both parties though- big corps always have their pulse on the lever of power wherever they may land…….

JEFTA- another corporate trade deal being worked on in the background, between Japan and the EU…..of course with the EU showing cracks in unity and more and more countries wanting independence from the bureaucracy this may end up being a no-go anyways….

Ford cars hacked!

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

Freedom, Lies, Science, and some Good News!

Good news! They finally plugged that awful methane leak in Southern California, which has been described by some as the worst environmental disaster since the BP spill

The science world was geeked about the big discovery of two black holes colliding provibinary-black-holeng the existence of gravitational waves

Inexpensive saliva test could detect cancer being worked on by California researchers

The fraudulent nature of the core of our economic system highlighted- workings of the Federal Reserve at the heart of monetary policy

Bill Gates’ philanthropy being questioned…..

Israeli boycotts to be made illegal…seems like a loss of freedom really….

What if we only had one time zone for the whole world?

In the health file – a few more notes on Zika…..Is Zika simply a lie to create profits for drug companies? The virus has been around since the 1950s and the links right now are still not totally conclusive……yet officials are warning people not to get pregnant…it’s unprecedented …..today it pays to ask more questions and not believe everything you read ……never stop questioning and thinking critically. Our survival and freedom depends on us using these critical faculties as we navigate challenging times….

January 22/16- What’s going on and where are we headed?

Iran sanctions lifted

Manatees and green sea turtles rebounding– good news!

Robot polices the Great Barrier Reef killing starfish

World’s largest meatpacker testing robot butchers– automation continues….robots for slaughter…seems rather fitting; leaving the moral issues aside for now as far as meat goes…….

Giant hidden planet could be out there, Caltech astronomer- Planet X renamed Planet Nine

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China’s official growth doubted- 6.8% vs. 1%- global deflation underway as the wheels come off

New mosquito-borne virus causes birth defects in Brazil, Nigeria, Indonesia, Thailand, Phillipines; travel warning issued by CDC

Living Without Money

4 New Elements for the Periodic Table

  IMMIGRATION

Denmark and it’s struggles with immigration- now they’re debating confiscating wealth and setting up slums outside of main cities….

Temporary housing seeing a boom as people increasingly want/need flexibility – the future of housing?

The immigration crisis is just the tip of the iceberg as economic change could usher in even greater migrations

Gumball Video describing the scale of poverty and the hidden dimensions of immigration