Cruise Control

Your one-stop shop for health and safety data on cruise ships By Lena Groeger, For more than 22 million passengers each year, a cruise is a dream vacation, an all-inclusive journey of fun and luxury, a chance to simply relax. But for hundreds of people, the reality is far from the dream. Last year over 1,700 passengers and crew members fell sick from gastrointestinal illnesses like norovirus. Since 2012 at least seven children have drowned or nearly drowned in cruise ship pools that rarely have full-time lifeguards. This year, a 21-year-old college student fell overboard and was never found — … Continue reading Cruise Control

No sex please, I’m over 40: New research claims that women’s libido fizzles out at 41. Too right, says SARAH VINE, it’s just a chore!

Research shows that more than one in four women aged 41 to 45 say their sex life is virtually non-existent (picture posed by models) One in four women aged 41 to 45 say their sex life is virtually non-existent Research shows women are plagued by insecurities and a low sex drive One key explanation may be that we’re taking longer to become parents By SARAH VINE FOR THE DAILY MAIL When the news broke that Sally Bercow, the Speaker’s wife, had been having an affair with her husband’s cousin, my first reaction was not so much how could she, as … Continue reading No sex please, I’m over 40: New research claims that women’s libido fizzles out at 41. Too right, says SARAH VINE, it’s just a chore!

Life before death: How dying affects living minds

Awareness of mortality shapes individual lives and whole cultures (Image: Jérôme Galland / Picturetank) by Caroline Morley Death shapes everything from individual lives to whole cultures, argue books by three social psychologists and an undertaker DEATH is part of everyday life. There are reminders everywhere – from novels and newspapers to that mole you’ve been meaning to get checked out. It’s too grim to contemplate, so we try to forget. But researchers have long known that awareness of death and the fear it inspires affects decision-making. The question is how? Now social psychologists Sheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszczynski … Continue reading Life before death: How dying affects living minds

Emotional Patterns Behind Skin Cancer

By Dr. Scott Graves This is Part 2 in a two-part skin cancer series. In part one, Scott wrote that “The Sun Is Not Causing Your Skin Cancer” and referenced this Huffington Post article. CAN THE MIND CREATE CANCER? What drives someone emotionally/internally to get such excessive amounts of tanning or sun exposure that leads to skin cancer? The woman in our article points to excess amount of tanning and sun exposure and to avoiding them and using sunscreen as the answer and warning us about it. As mentioned in the last article the sun is most likely not the … Continue reading Emotional Patterns Behind Skin Cancer

7 Reasons You Should Never Date a Russian Woman

For one thing there’s all the Russian food you’d be eating Just don’t do it – OK? by Marina Vinogradova This article originally appeared atMatador Network 1. They are too beautiful for you. The dedication that Russian women have to look beautiful is just scary. For the majority of them life is like a podium, and so they have to look sparkling even on the way to get a newspaper or walking the dog. My friend Sasha wears high heels every day and doesn’t worry about the lack of comfort as soon as it looks great. Also, during five years of teaching she has never … Continue reading 7 Reasons You Should Never Date a Russian Woman

Five pieces of evidence suggesting that California drought may be a HAARP-manufactured event

by: Ethan A. Huff (NaturalNews) California is embroiled in a crisis of epic proportions as it continues to struggle through one of the worst droughts in state history. But emerging evidence suggests that the Golden State’s water woes aren’t a natural occurrence at all, and that a covert military operation involving “chemtrails” and other weather modification weaponry may be to blame. A recent episode of The HAARP Report, which tracks the activities of the U.S. military’s so-called “High Frequency Auroral Research Program” (which the federal government falsely claims has been shut down), provides five pieces of compelling evidence from recently … Continue reading Five pieces of evidence suggesting that California drought may be a HAARP-manufactured event

If You Read About Conspiracies You’re Just Like Osama Bin Laden Apparently

From: blacklistednews.com At its heart, the story of Osama bin Laden’s time at his house in Abbottabad is surreal. The American image of bin Laden – leering at us from under his head wrap as he plots and schemes – is undermined by the mundane realities of his life. The guy was responsible for murdering thousands of Americans and orchestrating a global terror network. He also sat in his house in Pakistan and read Time magazine articles about AOL’s stock price and loopy conspiracy theories he found online. On Tuesday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a … Continue reading If You Read About Conspiracies You’re Just Like Osama Bin Laden Apparently

Against generations

At a concert in Hyde Park, London. June 1975. Photo by Selwyn Tait/Sygma/Corbis Generational thinking is seductive and confirms preconceived prejudices, but it’s a bogus way to understand the world by Rebecca Onion (Rebecca Onion writes about history and culture for The Boston Globe and Slate.com’s The Vault Blog, among others. She lives in Ohio.) Edited by Ross Andersen Science fiction uses generations as guinea pigs in thought experiments: writers will change one important feature of human life, but leave the rest intact, in order to hypothesise how a single, world-rearranging shift might play out. In S M Stirling’s Emberverse series (2004-), … Continue reading Against generations

Don’t Get Stuck in Neutral

Meditation is more than a respite—it’s a chance to overcome our afflictions. by Tulku Thondup In the West, there are many who approach Buddhism primarily intellectually. In the East, many approach it primarily as a tradition—part of their cultural heritage. Yes, Buddhism contains immensely profound and complex intellectual information. Yes, it is an important cultural tradition in many Eastern civilizations. However, Buddhism’s true gift is that it teaches us to learn and experience the true characteristics and the nature of our mind and the world, as they are. Through meditations like those on lovingkindness, compassion, devotion, and wisdom, Buddhism trains … Continue reading Don’t Get Stuck in Neutral