The Ancient, Peaceful Art of Self-Generated Hallucination

Posted By Rose Eveleth After five years of practicing meditation, subject number 99003 began to see the lights. “My eyes were closed,” he reported, “[and] there would be what appeared to be a moon-shaped object in my consciousness directly above me, about the same size as the moon if you lay down on the ground and look into the night sky. It was white. When I let go I was totally enveloped inside this light… I was seeing colors and lights and all kinds of things going on… Blue, purple, red. They were globes; they were kind of like Christmas-tree … Continue reading The Ancient, Peaceful Art of Self-Generated Hallucination

McDonalds’ Definition of “Sustainable:” Brought to You by the Beef Industry

By Dana Liebelson In January, McDonald’s announced that it will begin the transition to sustainable beef in 2016. The plan was met with skepticism, since it didn’t actually define “sustainable.” In the weeks that followed, McDonald’s continued working with a group called the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) to come up with a working definition of the term, and on Monday, GRSB released a draft of its definition for public comment. In addition to McDonald’s, GRSB’s new set of sustainability guidelines will also be implemented by the group’s other members, which include Walmart, Darden Restaurants (the parent company of … Continue reading McDonalds’ Definition of “Sustainable:” Brought to You by the Beef Industry

Most of What You Think You Know About Milk Is Probably Dairy Industry Lies

The powerful dairy lobby has been spreading dangerous health claims about milk for decades. By Martha Rosenberg Got milk allergy? Many people including Native Americans and people of Asian, African and  South American descent are lactose intolerant and can’t and don’t drink milk. That is the way nature made them over epochs and no one ever died of a dairy deficiency. But there is money in dairy. That is why American fast food companies try to bring the love of dairy to cultures where it traditionally hasn’t existed. And that is why the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board and … Continue reading Most of What You Think You Know About Milk Is Probably Dairy Industry Lies

Now that’s an open plan office: New pictures reveal Facebook’s ‘hacker cave’ that will house 2,800 workers in ONE room – and there’s even an underground tunnel to get in and out

.Facebook’s new office, designed by Frank Gehry, is designed to replicate a college campus .Will feature the largest open plan office in the world for 2,800 engineers, and house 3,400 staff .Underground tunnel will link the new office to Facebook’s existing Menlo Park campus By Mark Prigg If you’ve ever been annoyed by your  colleagues or complained about noise in an open plan office, spare a though for  Facebook’s engineers. The firm today revealed the final plans for  its new office building – which includes a giant room housing 2,800  engineers. At more than 435,000 square feet, spread  across 22 … Continue reading Now that’s an open plan office: New pictures reveal Facebook’s ‘hacker cave’ that will house 2,800 workers in ONE room – and there’s even an underground tunnel to get in and out

‘We sacrificed having children for our furry baby’: The story of Hercules the ‘millionaire bear’ who became a Hollywood star – and made his Scottish owners a fortune

People could hardly believe the close bond that Scottish Andy Robin shared with Hercules. Grizzly bears are regarded as one of the world’s most dangerous mammal .Grizzly bear Hercules lived with Andy and Maggie Robin as their ‘baby’ .Was fed home-cooked meals of bacon, eggs coffee and even the odd beer .Hercules was trained by Andy to be a professional wrestling bear .Instead he became an global star, appearing in James Bond’s Octopussy .Documentary explores his life with amazing footage from 1970s and 1980s By Scarlett Russell As any pet owner knows, the bond between  animals and their owner is … Continue reading ‘We sacrificed having children for our furry baby’: The story of Hercules the ‘millionaire bear’ who became a Hollywood star – and made his Scottish owners a fortune

Gay Jews have ‘higher souls’ than gentiles, says deputy minister

Habayit Hayehudi’s Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan says same-sex marriage is prohibited just as marriage between Jews and gentiles is. By Haaretz Homosexual Jews have “higher souls” than gentiles, gay or straight, the deputy minister for religious services told the Israeli daily Maariv in an article published on Friday. Even so, he would oppose any same-sex marriage bill, just as he would oppose marriage between a Jew and a gentile, said Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan, a member of the right-wing Habayit Hayehudi party. Same-sex marriage is “unnatural,” the rabbi politician added, saying that “it is natural that the world wants continuity … Continue reading Gay Jews have ‘higher souls’ than gentiles, says deputy minister

Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It

By Brandon Keim One of agricultural biotechnology’s great success stories may become a cautionary tale of how short-sighted mismanagement can squander the benefits of genetic modification. After years of predicting it would happen — and after years of having their suggestions largely ignored by companies, farmers and regulators — scientists have documented the rapid evolution of corn rootworms that are resistant to Bt corn. Until Bt corn was genetically altered to be poisonous to the pests, rootworms used to cause billions of dollars in damage to U.S. crops. Named for the pesticidal toxin-producing Bacillus thuringiensis gene it contains, Bt corn … Continue reading Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It