Forget Amsterdam! Iceland smokes the most cannabis: Maps reveal how much drink and drugs countries really indulge in

You may image that with its liberal laws and Amsterdam’s cannabis coffee shops, the Netherlands would top a poll of cannabis use. But a series of maps (one shown above) shows that Iceland smokes the most weed, with the Netherlands not even making the top five A series of maps shows that Iceland smokes the most weed, with the Netherlands not even making the top five The maps, created by Recovery Brands, compare drug use in America and Europe using UN statistics  The US tops the chart for opioid use and amphetamine-type stimulants, as use as well as cocaine Norway … Continue reading Forget Amsterdam! Iceland smokes the most cannabis: Maps reveal how much drink and drugs countries really indulge in

Zombie: Apocalypse Now

by Bob Berglewicz Guest Writer, ZenGardner.com Many stories have circulated through time. Characters and realms that at one time only existed as conceptual fragments in the minds of poets, authors, and storytellers have become a working part of our perception. These stories are replayed over and over through out time, as if the hidden consciousness of the collective is trying to put forward a lesson that the majority is not yet ready to learn. Scholar Joseph Campbell, in his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, breaks down a series of ancient myths and spiritual teachings to an Archetypal hero representative of … Continue reading Zombie: Apocalypse Now

Music Is a Potent Source of Meaning

(Photo: Jose Oller/Flickr) But new research finds younger and older people largely listen for different reasons. by TOM JACOBS “Music,” wrote Ludwig van Beethoven, “is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” Granted, as a composer, Beethoven wasn’t exactly an objective observer. But for most of us, music is still the art form we turn to most frequently, and the one that gives us the greatest satisfaction. The source of music’s power has long been debated, with many psychologists concluding its primary benefit is emotional regulation (that is, stress reduction or relaxation). For many of us, that has always seemed … Continue reading Music Is a Potent Source of Meaning

How Monsanto’s GMOs and glyphosate are killing off honeybees and leading to global ecological collapse

(NaturalNews) The global blockbuster herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) destroys the ability of honeybees to navigate back to their hives, and it might be playing a role in the ongoing collapse of pollinator populations worldwide. This is according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and the Free University Berlin that was published in the Journal of Experimental Biologyon July 10. “These results suggest that, in honeybees, exposure to [glyphosate] doses commonly found in agricultural settings impairs the cognitive capacities needed to retrieve and integrate spatial information for a successful return to the hive,” the … Continue reading How Monsanto’s GMOs and glyphosate are killing off honeybees and leading to global ecological collapse

Transhumanist presidential candidate proposes microchipping citizens’ brains to establish authoritarian control over humans

From: naturalnews.com Transhumanist presidential candidate Zoltan Istvan proposed that behavior-correcting brain implants could be used as a substitute for capital punishment, according to a recent article published in Motherboard. Istvan argues that violent behavior is a mental disorder that requires outside assistance, in the same way a heart with an irregular beat requires a pacemaker. According to this reasoning, prisoners should not be held accountable for their actions because they are, by their very nature, incapable of living up to a standard of accountability. A brain implant would be like an internal monitor that regulates the actions of a prisoner; … Continue reading Transhumanist presidential candidate proposes microchipping citizens’ brains to establish authoritarian control over humans

The Conspiracy Effect

Source: DreSmith/DeviantArt by Majestic Sander van der Linden, Ph.D., a social psychologist in the Department of Psychology at Princeton University, explains why exposure to popular conspiracy theories can make you less “pro-social” (whatever that means) at Psychology Today: Is the government covering up evidence of alien existence? Are powerful elites plotting a New World Order? Is global warming a hoax? Are lizard people taking over the planet? And are vaccines really the government’s attempt at mass mind-control? There seems to be something inexplicably compelling about the nature of conspiracy theories; over 50% of Americans now believe in at least one conspiracy theory. You might … Continue reading The Conspiracy Effect

Do inanimate objects THINK? Scientists claim that an iron bar can make ‘decisions’

Japanese scientists claim that inanimate objects such as an iron bar are capable of gathering information about their surroundings to make a decision. They explained the phenomenon by saying an iron bar could predict favourable odds offered by a slot machine by moving (illustrated) Japanese researchers claim inanimate objects are capable of gathering information about their surroundings to make ‘decisions’ Physical objects only need to be ‘volume conserving’ to do this They explained how an iron bar using ‘tug-of-war-dynamics’ (TOW) could in theory pick out a slot machine with favourable odds Experts believe their study has implications for understanding how … Continue reading Do inanimate objects THINK? Scientists claim that an iron bar can make ‘decisions’

Saudi Arabia executes ‘a person every two days’ as rate of beheadings soars under King Salman

File: There were hopes the new Saudi King Salman would curb the country’s rate of executions – the opposite appears to be true Those killed include children and people with mental disabilities by ADAM WITHNALL Saudi Arabia has executed at least 175 people in the past year, at a rate of one every two days, according to a report by Amnesty International. The kingdom killed 102 convicted criminals in the first six months of 2015 alone, putting it on course to beat its 1995 record number for the calendar year of 192. Those killed included children under the age of 18 … Continue reading Saudi Arabia executes ‘a person every two days’ as rate of beheadings soars under King Salman

50 North Korean Submarines go missing as soldiers at Fort Bragg prepare for nuclear attack

GAVROCHE_/FLICKR POSSIBLE NUCLEAR ARMED SUBS GO MISSING AMID INCREASING PREPARATION FOR MAJOR DISASTER IN AMERICA BY ALEX THOMAS (INTELLIHUB) — Every so often two or more major news events occur around the same time and, while the mainstream media makes sure to never connect the important dots, the alternative media looks for correlations that would otherwise be ignored. With recent news of stock market crashes across the world, one could easily have missed two very important news items that, taken alone, are worrisome, but combined could point to the possible start of a major war and or an attack on American … Continue reading 50 North Korean Submarines go missing as soldiers at Fort Bragg prepare for nuclear attack