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