Technology: Building bridges or walls?

© Marcos Mesa Sam Wordley/shutterstock.com by Daria Kuss, The Conversation A prisoner was in the US was recently released after 44 years of incarceration for the attempted murder of a police officer. Emerging onto the streets of New York City, Otis Johnson, now 69, found himself bewildered by the world before him. Seeing people apparently talking to themselves on the street, futuristic headphones dangling from their ears, reminded him of CIA agents. People barely paid attention to their surroundings, and instead studied their smartphones while crossing the street, engrossed in their own personal bubbles. Technology had delivered Johnson a massive culture … Continue reading Technology: Building bridges or walls?

Do dogs recognize other dogs as dogs?

Dog makes correct choice. by Julie Hecht, Scientific America Do you see dogs everywhere? My ears perk up to the jingle jangle of metal-on-metal, hopeful that it predicts a dog and his collar, disappointed when it turns out to be keys on a belt (boring). A person walking down the street with their arm outstretched holds the promise of a leash with a dog on the other end (sometimes it’s a stroller holding a kid. Oh well). From a distance, my eyes play a cruel trick on me, where shopping bags are dogs and dogs are shopping bags until I get … Continue reading Do dogs recognize other dogs as dogs?

Everything you need to know about the new street drug ‘flakka’ — its insane side effects aren’t even the worst part

Flakka is made from a chemical cousin of the amphetamine-like drug found in bath salts (pictured above). by Erin Brodwin and Jessica Orwig There’s a new drug in town called flakka. Many reports are saying this new designer drug is sweeping the state of Florida: Broward Health Medical Center — Florida’s public hospital system and one of the largest in the nation — now sees an estimated 25 to 30 flakka patients a day, NBC News reports. The mind-altering substance has been popping up in other states as well, including Ohio and Texas. There, it goes by the name “gravel” because it looks like the gravel … Continue reading Everything you need to know about the new street drug ‘flakka’ — its insane side effects aren’t even the worst part

The Real Effects of Architecture on the Mind, Body, and Spirit

by Tera Graham, Contributor, Waking Times We spend an overwhelming amount of time in and around buildings; most Americans never leave the comfort of cities, where sizeable structures abound. Yet, rarely do we consider the profound effects architecture has on our everyday experiences. Only standing at the feet of major architectural monuments — like the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Great Pyramids outside Cairo — do we stop and consider how magnificent mankind’s ability to build is. However, more and more scientists are beginning to realize that architecture, like any art form, has the power to influence how we perceive … Continue reading The Real Effects of Architecture on the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Political Jokes

by Harry Henderson “The trouble with political jokes is that they often get elected to office.” Tracing the origins of this quote was rather interesting. A cursory search of the quotes reveals it could be; Will Rogers , Tony Petito or Henry Cate VII. American Humorist and entertainer Will Rogers was quoted making similar remarks. There is no credit to being a comedian, when you have the whole Government working for you. All you have to do is report the facts. I don’t even have to exaggerate. Ambassador of Good Will, Prince of Wit and Wisdom (1935) Ten men in our country … Continue reading Political Jokes

FOIA DOCUMENTS REVEAL OBAMA TOOK AN $8 MILLION VACATION

  Back when Obama was first trying to get elected in 2008, he had this to say about taking vacations: “You have to understand that if you seek that office, you have to be prepared to give your life to it. Essentially the burden that any president, I think, strikes, with the American people is, um, you give me this office and in turn my, fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, family life, vacations, leisure is gone. I am giving myself to you.” Between all of his golf games and vacations, the President has since gained a reputation for … Continue reading FOIA DOCUMENTS REVEAL OBAMA TOOK AN $8 MILLION VACATION

IF YOU WANT TO LIMIT THE POWER OF THE SUPER-WEALTHY, STOP USING THEIR MONEY

Many well-meaning people want to limit the wealth and power of the super-wealthy, i.e. the Financial Aristocracy/Oligarchy. (For more on the modern class structure, please see America’s Nine Classes: The New Class Hierarchy.) Reformers have suggested everything from a global tax on wealth (Piketty) to publicly owned banks to limiting the pay to play circus of campaign contributions. None of these will change the power structure or limit the super-wealthy. as I explained last week, If We Don’t Change the Way Money Is Created and Distributed, We Change Nothing. The super-wealthy will either move their capital elsewhere, derail the reforms, … Continue reading IF YOU WANT TO LIMIT THE POWER OF THE SUPER-WEALTHY, STOP USING THEIR MONEY

Big Oil Conquered the World in Just 150 Years – Here’s How

by Terence Newton, Staff, Waking Times This is how big oil conquered the world.  In the effort to find a cheaper source for kerosene, on Sunday, August 28th, 1859, “Colonel” Edwin Drake struck black gold in Titusville, Pennsylvania, in what was the world’s first oil well, thereby officially beginning the global oil revolution. It is predicted that in 2016 the world will an astounding, “worldwide average demand of nearly 96 million barrels of oil and liquid fuels per day – that works out to more than 35 billion barrels a year.” [1] “Drake’s well proved that by drilling for it, oil could … Continue reading Big Oil Conquered the World in Just 150 Years – Here’s How

The Reason Why Diet and Exercise Don’t Work Like They Used To

by Alex Pietrowski, Staff, Waking Times There is a good reason why diet and exercise don’t work like they used to, and that’s because food is not at all what it used to be. Ninety percent of grocery store shelf space is dedicated to processed foods, developed by food companies who compete against each other for ‘stomach space,’ the industry term for the market share of product food companies can push down consumers throats. The foods most widely available in our culture are scientifically engineered to create physical and psychological dependency, and in the last couple of decades our cultural eating habits … Continue reading The Reason Why Diet and Exercise Don’t Work Like They Used To

We asked young people about their depression – here’s what they said

New study looks into depression in adolescence and getting help. http://www.shutterstock.com by Emily Stapley PhD Candidate, UCL Depression affects over 80,000 young people in the UK every year. It can have a devastating impact on their daily lives, social and academic functioning, and family. As one young person in our research projectput it: “I felt like I was missing out on being a teenager”. A team of researchers at the Anna Freud Centre and University College London, led by Nick Midgley and Mary Target, have been exploring young people’s experiences of having depression and receiving therapy. We recently came together with a … Continue reading We asked young people about their depression – here’s what they said