The Brutal Story of How Europe Conquered the Pacific

image edited by Fernando Kaskais By Simon Worrall Warning: It includes mutiny, murder, and mass rape. The HMS Bounty has become the most notorious ship in the British navy, its captain, William Bligh, a byword for brutality. On April 28, 1789, after setting sail from Tahiti, a group of sailors led by the charismatic Fletcher Christian mutinied, forcing their hated captain off the ship—and into legend. A year earlier, in another corner of the Pacific, the first prisoners were brought ashore at Botany Bay, in the British penal colony that would become Australia. [Find out how a National Geographic photographer discovered the bones of the Bounty.] In her new book, Paradise … Continue reading The Brutal Story of How Europe Conquered the Pacific

The reason so many people are still drowning in Australia

A grief-stricken man mourns the loss of his friend Ravneet Singh Gill at Duranbah Beach. Picture Mike BatterhamSource:Gold Coast Bulletin SUMMER in Australia might be one of the best times of the year but sadly, it’s also the time we lose the most people to drownings. And it has a lot to do with these myths. by Natalie Wolfe news.com.au Ads by Kiosked AUSTRALIANS love bragging about the 12,000 beaches that stretch along our mammoth coastline but forever coupled with that statistic is something much sadder. Each and every year, especially in the months of December and January, thousands of people … Continue reading The reason so many people are still drowning in Australia

Why I Quit Guru Yoga

  The mahasiddhas Tilopa and Naropa; Central Tibet, 16th century, pigment on cloth | Courtesy Rubin Museum of Art Does elevating the guru to the same status as the teachings themselves set the stage for teacher-student abuse? By Stephen Batchelor “If I had a disciple worthy of the name,” said the 11th-century Indian tantric adept Tilopa to his student Naropa, “he would jump off the roof of this building.” Naropa immediately jumped and ended up in agony on the ground. Tilopa then explained to Naropa how his suffering was due to attachment to conceptual thought. This well-known story is cited as … Continue reading Why I Quit Guru Yoga

Do you fight in your sleep? New study warns thrashing about in bed may be an early warning sign of dementia, Parkinson’s

by: Rhonda Johansson (Natural News) Thrashing, laughing, or talking in your sleep can indicate a vulnerability to developing Parkinson’s and dementia later on. Researchers from the Aarhus University state that rapid eye movement sleep behavioral disorder (RBD), which occurs when a person begins to “act out” dreams, may be caused by inflammation in the brain where dopamine is made. This condition can lead to rapid nerve cell death that can eventually cause dementia or Parkinson’s disease. The relationship between the two has not been studied until now. Neurologists have always been aware that neurological disorders are largely caused by a lack of dopamine. Similarly, RBD — … Continue reading Do you fight in your sleep? New study warns thrashing about in bed may be an early warning sign of dementia, Parkinson’s

HOW TO KNOW WHEN YOU ARE TALKING TO A PSYCHOPATH

by Tabitha Mercy, Staff Writer Waking Times  Approximately 1% of the human population fit the description of a psychopath: a personality type defined by a lack of care for others, a lack of empathy, violent and aggressive tendencies, shallow emotions, selfishness, dishonesty, overconfidence in themselves, and the ability to manipulate people. These types of people often exhibit behavioral traits known as the Dark Triad, a trio of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy. Some 25% of male  inmates in the federal corrections system fit this description, but many psychopaths are often high-functioning people who often make their way into positions of power, such as CEO’s, lawyers, media personalities, sales people, police … Continue reading HOW TO KNOW WHEN YOU ARE TALKING TO A PSYCHOPATH

LITERATURE EXPOSED HOLLYWOOD’S SEXUAL VIOLENCE PROBLEM DECADES AGO

The Hollywood Sign is seen on November 16th, 2005, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images) Numerous writers over the years have written at-length about the worst parts of the entertainment industry. So why have so many people missed it? by BILLY J. STRATTON Recent revelations about Hollywood’s culture of sexual harassment and violence might come as a surprise to many Americans. After all, Los Angeles—home of what some call “the American image factory”—has long carried the allure of glamor, wealth, and fame. Beckoned by the iconic Hollywood sign in the Santa Monica Mountains, the city, in many regards, … Continue reading LITERATURE EXPOSED HOLLYWOOD’S SEXUAL VIOLENCE PROBLEM DECADES AGO

Dark Future: Here’s When We’ll Have the Sentient Digital Avatars from Black Mirror

by Brad Jones  This article is part of a series about season four of Black Mirror, in which Futurism considers the technology pivotal to each episode and evaluates how close we are to having it. Please note that this article contains mild spoilers. Season four of Black Mirror is now available on Netflix. My Avatar, Myself The crew aboard the U.S.S. Callister, a spaceship not unlike Star Trek’s Enterprise, detects the presence of an intergalactic nemesis. They band together and, with the winning combination of technological sophistication and the captain’s bold tactics, defeat him. The crew celebrates by cheering captain Robert Daly, who makes … Continue reading Dark Future: Here’s When We’ll Have the Sentient Digital Avatars from Black Mirror

From WWII to present day – How food and medicine got totally corrupted by Big Government, Big Ag and Big Pharma

by: S.D. Wells (Natural News) Most Americans have no clue about the deep-seeded levels of corruption inside our regulatory agencies, including the AMA, FDA, CDC, and the EPA. Insidious racketeering and scheming began before World War II, and powerful U.S. industrialists carefully planned and plotted health Ponzi schemes utilizing dangerous chemicals, from spraying our crops to canning our food, and from “preserving” food with toxic additives to treating all the symptoms of eating those chemicals with more experimental chemical “prescriptions.” It all began at the American Medical Association, which now generates more than $70 million in revenue annually, and that’s publicly reported in case … Continue reading From WWII to present day – How food and medicine got totally corrupted by Big Government, Big Ag and Big Pharma

ROAD RAGE EXPLAINED? CELL PHONE RADIATION LOWERS IMPULSE CONTROL, DISRUPTS BLOOD BRAIN BARRIER

by B.N. Frank, Guest Waking Times Drivers exposed to high radiation levels when phones try to stay connected to towers. Mind blown yet? Cell phone radiation adversely affecting the brain (and everything else) is not breaking news. There has been credible U.S. military research that has proven this since 1972. Warnings in regard to drivers being exposed to higher levels of radiation while using cell phones is not breaking news either. See November 9, 2009: Dr. Oz on Good Morning America. “… don’t talk when you’re driving. In addition to the dangers of being distracted, people who are behind the wheel while they’re on their cell phones may … Continue reading ROAD RAGE EXPLAINED? CELL PHONE RADIATION LOWERS IMPULSE CONTROL, DISRUPTS BLOOD BRAIN BARRIER

The State of the Internet

by Miles Klee More than ever before, we’re coming to grips with the fact that the web isn’t separate from reality—it is reality One thing you can say for sure about the web: You’re caught in it. And if you have the same masochistic streak I do, you probably dive in first thing every morning — before your brain has powered up, when you’ve barely begun to think through the demands of the day. You log on and see what’s trending, who died or said something stupid, which hoax has taken hold and which places are under threat from a new fire or … Continue reading The State of the Internet