by Charles Eisenstein Be it drugs, alcohol, porn, overeating or whatever your personal addiction, put an abuser in a playground and see what happens. You’ve probably heard about those addiction studies with caged lab rats, in which the rats compulsively press the heroin dispensing lever again and again, even to the point of choosing it over food and starving themselves to death. These studies seemed to imply some pretty disheartening things about human nature. Our basic biology is not to be trusted; the seeking of pleasure leads to disaster; one must therefore overcome biological desires through reason, education, and the … Continue reading 11 Ways to Enslave People
by Soren Dreier Alcohol is killing 15 Australians a day and sending another 430 to hospital, according to a shocking new report that has prompted calls for tough health warning labels on alcohol. The VicHealth and Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) report found the number of deaths caused by alcohol had increased 62 per cent in a decade. Alcohol companies should be forced to warn consumers on their labels that alcohol causes cancer and heart disease in the same way cigarette packets do, the Foundation’s chief Michael Thorn says. “The alcohol industry, like the tobacco industry before it, … Continue reading What’s Killing 5500 Aussies Each Year?
by Maggie Zhang There’s no shortage of advice on where to meet the right person, how to make people like you, and how to build a successful relationship. Sometimes, though, people are attracted to each other for seemingly arbitrary reasons, such as what color you wear or whether you have a pet. What might influence someone to fall for you? We pored through research on the psychology of attraction and found some fascinating reasons why people fall in love. If you do something thrilling together. YouTube/Trippy In 1974, Donald Dutton and Arthur Aron wanted to test the connection between sexual … Continue reading 13 Weird Psychological Reasons Someone Might Fall In Love With You
By Greg Morcroft A worker steps over the cracked ground of Jaguary dam in Braganca Paulista, 100 km from São Paulo in January 2014. January was the hottest on record in parts of Brazil, and the heat plus a severe drought fanned fears of water shortages, crop damage and higher electricity bills. Reuters São Paulo, one of Brazil’s largest cities, has only 100 days of water remaining and government officials cautioned the city needs to begin rationing or face a major crisis. Bloomberg News reported Brazilian federal prosecutors have given the city fathers and its water utility, Sabesp, 10 days … Continue reading Drought Watch: One Of Brazil’s Biggest Cities Only Has 100 Days Of Water Supply Left
by Thomas C. Frohlich After multiple unusually dry years across the western, southern and central United States, more than 80% of California is now in a state of extreme or exceptional drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. An average of nearly 90% of Bakersfield, Calif., has been in a state of exceptional drought over the first seven months of 2014, more than any other large urban area. Based on data provided by the U.S. Drought Monitor, a collaboration between academic and government organizations, 24/7 Wall St. identified large U.S. urban areas that have been under persistent, serious drought over … Continue reading 10 Cities Running Out of Water
By David North and Alex Lantier Are you ready for war—including possibly nuclear war—between the United States, Europe, and Russia? That is the question that everyone should be asking him- or herself in light of the developments since the destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. The crisis provoked by American and European charges of Russian responsibility for the shooting down of flight MH17 has brought the world the closest it has been to global war since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. But the situation today may be even more dangerous. A half century ago, the Kennedy administration—haunted by fears … Continue reading Are you Ready for Nuclear War?
by Stephen Glover The tragic events in Gaza and Ukraine may be dominating the news, but even more terrible things are happening in Libya and Iraq. In both cases a naive and stupendously ill-conceived Western foreign policy is almost entirely to blame. Many western embassies in Tripoli, including America’s, have closed, with diplomats deserting the city as fast as their legs will carry them, leaving the Libyans to their fate. Britain retains only a reduced embassy staff. Meanwhile, in the north of Iraq — a country allegedly delivered into freedom from Saddam Hussein in 2003 — a psychopathic organisation called … Continue reading I’m afraid the bitter truth is Iraq and Libya were better off under the tyrants toppled by an arrogant and naive West