Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog, Is something extremely unusual happening to our planet? At this moment, Hurricane Florence is just one of seven named storms that are currently circling the globe. That matches the all-time record, and it looks like that record will be broken very shortly as a couple more storms continue to develop. Back in 2004, a Hollywood blockbuster entitled “The Day After Tomorrow” depicted a world in which weather patterns had gone mad. One of the most impressive scenes showed nearly the entire planet covered by hurricane-type storms all at once. Of course things are not nearly … Continue reading A Record 7 Named Storms Are Swirling Across The Globe – Has ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ Arrived?
From Voyage to the South Pole and Oceania on the Corvettes Astrolabe and Zélée, during the years 1837-1840 by Jules Sébastien Cesar Dumont d’Urville. Photo by Getty Images The idea that nature is a humming, complex, clockwork machine has been around for centuries. Is it due for a revival? Jessica Riskin is professor of history of science at Stanford University. Her latest book is The Restless Clock: A History of the Centuries-Long Argument Over What Makes Living Things Tick(2016). Published in association with The University of Chicago Press Edited by Sally Davies The philosopher René Descartes, who lived for a time near the royal gardens of … Continue reading Alive and ticking
BY Richard G ‘Bugs’ Stevens LIGHT POLLUTION is often characterized as a soft issue in environmentalism. This perception needs to change. Light at night constitutes a massive assault on the ecology of the planet, including us. It also has indirect impacts because, while 20 percent of electricity is used for lighting worldwide, at least 30 percentof that light is wasted. Wasted light serves no purpose at all, and excessive lighting is too often used beyond what is needed for driving, or shopping, or Friday-night football. . It might be that virtually all aspects of health and wellbeing are dependent to one extent or another on a synchronized … Continue reading The Obliteration of Night: On the Consequences of Electric Light
Rising temperatures are bringing ethnic tensions to a boil in Central Asia. BY JOHN WENDLE The Kyrgyz soldier stepped quietly out of the dark green bushes and swung his Kalashnikov rifle in the direction of our car. Another emerged and did the same. Their checkpoint was a skinny log dragged across a broken asphalt road heading toward an ethnic Uzbek village and the disputed waters of the Kasan-sai, a reservoir that irrigates the agricultural heartland of the ancient Fergana Valley. With a sleepy shake of his head, the special forces sergeant waved his rifle and made us turn our beat-up … Continue reading When Climate Change Starts Wars
COLIN BRALEY / REUTERS Humanity must learn to find meaning without relying on gods or extraterrestrials. by MICHAEL W. CLUNE Ever since the Renaissance, the sciences have dealt human beings a steady stream of humiliations. The Copernican revolution dismantled the idea that humanity stood at the center of the universe. A cascade of discoveries from the late-18th to the early-20th century showed that humanity was a lot less significant than some had imagined. The revelation of the geological timescale stacked millions and billions of years atop our little cultural narratives, crumbling all of human history to dust. The revelation that … Continue reading I Don’t Believe in Aliens Anymore
by Gary Z McGee, Staff Writer Waking Times “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~Jiddu Krishnamurti What makes our society so sick? How do we know for sure that our society is unhealthy? Is there a way to reason our way into a clear explanation for why our society is unfit for healthy human beings attempting to evolve in a healthier way? It really comes down to answering one critical question: Do you want to live, or do you want to die? As Albert Camus famously stated, “There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, … Continue reading 4 SIGNS WE LIVE IN A PROFOUNDLY SICK SOCIETY
by Reynard Loki, Independent Media Institute Waking Times There is growing evidence that our addiction to cellphones could be impacting brain functionality and be the cause of stress, anxiety, insomnia and a lack of attention and focus. Now a new report has found that we’re not the only living things to be affected by our increasing dependence on wireless technology. Mammals, birds, insects and even plants are likely being harmed by the electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emanating from Wi-Fi, cellphone towers, broadcast transmitters and power lines, according to a new analysis of 97 peer-reviewed studies conducted by EKLIPSE, a biodiversity and ecosystem project funded by the European … Continue reading OUR CELLPHONE ADDICTION IS TURNING WIRELESS TECH INTO AN INVISIBLE WEAPON THAT’S DESTROYING WILDLIFE