by John Vibes, Truth Theory Waking Times According to a new study published on Tuesday in Frontiers in Marine Science, manta rays and whale sharks in Indonesia are consuming between 63 and 137 pieces of plastic pollution per hour. A team of scientists from Marine Megafauna Foundation and Murdoch University, determined this number by collecting and counting plastic waste fragments in the water around reefs across Indonesia, where whale sharks and mantas are known to feed. Then they took their samples back to the lab to find out how much plastic pollution was in these feeding areas. Marine biologist Elitza Germanov, who … Continue reading STUDY ESTIMATES SHARKS AND MANTA RAYS CONSUMING UP TO 137 PLASTIC PIECES PER HOUR


John Vibes, Truth Theory Waking Times Internet access is already notoriously restricted in China, but things are about to get a whole lot worse. Chinese citizens are currently forced to show their ID Card in order to get the internet installed in their house, but that identification database will soon be tightened with facial recognition technology. Starting on December 1st, Citizens of China will be required to scan their faces before gaining access to the internet or buying a smartphone. The new regulation is a part of China’s controversial social credit system, which records the actions of every citizen and scores … Continue reading CHINESE CITIZENS WILL HAVE TO GET THEIR FACES SCANNED TO ACCESS THE INTERNET

Little Tibet Welcomes a Little Bauhaus

A century after a German artistic movement’s birth, its spirit finds a new home in Northern India. By Julia HirschFALL 2019 One hundred years ago, a radical artistic utopia was born in Germany’s Weimar Republic. Founded in 1919 by Berlin architect Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus school of art decreed that “form follows function,” emphasizing collective wisdom and looking to art to solve society’s problems. The school’s brick-and-mortar experiment was short-lived, lasting only 14 years before folding under pressure from the Nazis in 1933. But the ideas that Bauhaus artisans generated—which championed a return to craftsmanship, simplicity, and functionality— soon spread worldwide. From furniture … Continue reading Little Tibet Welcomes a Little Bauhaus

Sex and prosperity

Krishna (14) married her husband Gopal when she was 11 and he was 13. The legal age for marriage in India is 18, but in poor, rural areas girls are often married young. Rajasthan, 21 January 2013. Photo by Danish Siddiqui/Reuters Nothing we can do will make the world more free, fair and prosperous than giving women control over their own bodies by Victoria Bateman is director of studies, fellow and college lecturer in economics at Gonville and Caius College at the University of Cambridge. Her latest book is The Sex Factor: How Women Made the West Rich (2019). She lives between … Continue reading Sex and prosperity

How Do You Save a Million People From a Cyclone? Ask a Poor State in India

Cyclone Fani made landfall in Puri, India, on Friday. Officials said the gusts reached at least 100 m.p.h.CreditDibyangshu Sarkar/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images By Hari Kumar, Jeffrey Gettleman and Sameer Yasir BHUBANESWAR, India — Flights were canceled. Train service was out. And one of the biggest storms in years was bearing down on Odisha, one of India’s poorest states, where millions of people live cheek by jowl in a low-lying coastal area in mud-and-stick shacks. But government authorities in Odisha, along India’s eastern flank, hardly stood still. To warn people of what was coming, they deployed everything they had: 2.6 million text messages, 43,000 … Continue reading How Do You Save a Million People From a Cyclone? Ask a Poor State in India

Here’s to naps and snoozes

Ma Zhenguo, a system engineer at Renren Inc in Beijing, sleeping at the office of the Chinese credit-management company on 27 April 2016. Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters American work culture, seeping around the globe, threatens to ruin the pleasures and benefits of public, communal sleep by Todd Pitock is an award-winning writer whose journalism has appeared in The Atlantic, Discoverand Smithsonian, among others. He lives in Philadelphia. Edited by Pam Weintraub A few months ago, two Americans arrived for a meeting at a sprawling, corporate campus in Sichuan Province in China. (They asked not to be named because their work is confidential.) To get to … Continue reading Here’s to naps and snoozes

China Shows Long-Term Signs of Becoming Another Japan

Workers at the construction site of the Tangshan-Hohhot railway in Ulanqab, in north China’s Inner Mongolia region, on March 19, 2019. Job growth bounced back in the first quarter as a broad-based, credit-driven rally took shape. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) Credit-fuelled rally in Q1 reeks of short-term gain at the risk of long-term pain, says China Beige Book BY RAHUL VAIDYANATH, EPOCH TIMES China has gone back to its old bad habits of propping up the economy after a bruising end to 2018, but it can’t last, says China Beige Book (CBB). Comparing China in the long run to Japan is apt considering the proliferation … Continue reading China Shows Long-Term Signs of Becoming Another Japan

What Chinese audiences think of when they see Hollywood films

AN AMERICAN “JOURNEY TO THE WEST”: WHAT CHINESE AUDIENCES THINK OF WHEN THEY SEE HOLLYWOOD FILMS By Cameron L. White References are standard fare in film criticism. Action films can be described as “Tarantino-esque,” while rom-coms might have a “Nora Ephron vibe.” Yet the equation subtly shifts when it comes to American discussions of Chinese film: a Chinese modifier added to a Western film or actor results in a reference that American audiences can understand. The trope has been around for decades. A 1973 Philadelphia Enquirer review (paywall), for example, dubbed Bruce Lee—arguably the world’s most famous martial arts star—“the Adam West of … Continue reading What Chinese audiences think of when they see Hollywood films

Collective psychiatry

A mental patient is seen at a hospital for those suffering from mental illnesses in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, 6 October 2010. Photo by Jie Zhao/Corbis via Getty Chinese psychiatry remains committed to the political ideal of mental hygiene, long after its discrediting in the West by Emily Baum is an associate professor in history at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of The Invention of Madness: State, Society, and the Insane in Modern China (2018). Edited by Sam Haselby In English, the term ‘mental hygiene’ likely sounds a bit stale. Having gained a brief but widespread ascendancy in the first half of … Continue reading Collective psychiatry

Masters of reality

A Mongolian shaman or böö sits with his child before a fire ritual during the summer solstice in June 2018 outside Ulaanbaatar. Banned under communist rule, shamanism has seen a resurgence in Mongolia since 1992, when the ancient practice became protected by the country’s Constitution. Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty The trances and healing powers of shamans are so widespread that they can be counted a human universal. Why did they evolve? by Thomas T Hills is professor of psychology at the University of Warwick in Coventry, UK. Edited by Sam Dresser Shamanism is as varied as those who practise it. Its practitioners range from indigenous … Continue reading Masters of reality