From 100ft monster waves in Portugal to the dangerous ‘pipeline’ in Hawaii: Infographic reveals the world’s best places to surf

It charts how the biggest breaks compare to each other, with the 100ft waves at Nazare, Portugal, being the biggest Other stretches of coast with huge waves include Mavericks in California, where they can reach 80ft  Many surfers like the challenge of the Pipeline in Hawaii, where dangerous waves break on a shallow reef  By TED THORNHILL FOR MAILONLINE When it comes to surfing size matters – and this infographic reveals where you can catch the biggest and best waves. It charts how the biggest breaks compare to each other, with the 100ft monster waves at Nazare, Portugal, towering over … Continue reading From 100ft monster waves in Portugal to the dangerous ‘pipeline’ in Hawaii: Infographic reveals the world’s best places to surf

Desert utopia

BABEL IID Arcology, elevation, population 550,000. From “Arcology: City in the Image of Man”, original publication 1970. Photo courtesy Cosanti Foundation by Jared Keller (Jared Keller is a journalist, social media specialist, and amateur archer. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.) It might be pleasing to dream of arcologies, mega-cities, and space colonies – but no one can design the perfect human community In 1970, Paolo Soleri set out to build a utopia in the barren desert of Arizona. The Italian architect’s sojourn in the wilderness was an unusual one. Born in 1919 and educated at Turin’s renowned Polytechnic University, … Continue reading Desert utopia

Is that my baby?

Photo by Peter Marlow/Magnum Sperm donation is socially acceptable but donor eggs still provoke a wave of unease about blood relations and motherhood by Amy Klein (Amy Klein writes the fertility diary column atThe New York Times and her journalism has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Salon andSlate, among others. She lives in New York.) So what finally made the difference for you – that you’re really pregnant?’ my friend Sharon asked me. She wasn’t the first. As a columnist who publicly detailed my fertility journey in The New York Times Motherlode blog – covering three years, four miscarriages, … Continue reading Is that my baby?

The Illusion of Choices in Choosing a Restaurant – Toxic Factory Food from a Handful of Suppliers

The illusion of food choices at different restaurants. by John P. Thomas, Health Impact News There are dozens of chain restaurants from which we can choose when we go out to eat. Some are fast-food eateries with counters for ordering, and others are traditional sit-down table service restaurants. Probably McDonalds is the most well-known fast-food chain, but dozens of other chains dot the landscape of towns and cities throughout America. As of 2012, there were 263,944 fast food restaurants in America with a combined revenue of well over $100 billion. [1] If we set aside all the reasons for eating in … Continue reading The Illusion of Choices in Choosing a Restaurant – Toxic Factory Food from a Handful of Suppliers

THE UNIVERSE IS MENTAL | PART I: TUNING IN

BY TREVOR HARDEN Despite my life-long, rabid interest in comparative religion, mythology and philosophy, I spent the majority of my life as a bit of a skeptic – intellectually wrestling with mainstream spiritual ideas but unavailable to an actual spiritual reality beyond what I could directly observe. My Bullshit Meter was (and still is) on high alert. But the further around the fringes I allowed myself to explore, the more confused I became. Here were people I respected, teachers I looked up to and authors I found interesting speaking passionately about such “far out” things as angelic beings, divination, chakras … Continue reading THE UNIVERSE IS MENTAL | PART I: TUNING IN

Modern Processed Diets Are Coding DNA and Gut Bacteria To Pass On Poor Immune Functions To Our Children

by MAE CHAN Our modern processed diets are leading to poor immune functioning and increased risk of inflammatory conditions, allergy, and auto-immunity, researchers warn. Besides affecting immune functions and our own health, modern diets could also ‘code’ our DNA and gut bacteria to pass on poor immune functions to our children. A team of scientists from Yale University in the U.S and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, in Germany, has said that junk food diets could be partly to blame for the sharp increase in autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, including alopecia, asthma and eczema. The new stark warnings come … Continue reading Modern Processed Diets Are Coding DNA and Gut Bacteria To Pass On Poor Immune Functions To Our Children

How the Beauty Industrial Complex Oppresses Women

Irwin Ozborne, Guest Waking Times “If tomorrow, women woke up and decided they really liked their bodies, just think how many industries would go out ofbusiness.” – Dr. Gail Dines A mother comes home after a stressful day at work with many tiny worries racing through her mind. She pulls in the driveway and opens the garage door to see her 16-year-old daughter hanging from the rooftop, lifeless, dead, from suicide. She was too fat, so she developed an eating disorder, then was too skinny and “sick” and eventually she gives her reason in a note that is summed up … Continue reading How the Beauty Industrial Complex Oppresses Women