It is certainly no news to anyone that many parts of the UK suffer from serious flooding at the moment. Some news reports call this even as Biblical Flooding. This flooding has caused lots of damage to properties and many people had to be evacuated and at least one person has died. Of course from a human viewpoint this is not fun at all but we need to look into the deeper reasons why something like this is really happening before coming to conclusions who’s fault this is and how to fix it really sustainably. However I am not sure if the UK Government can really act on this as it is yet another inefficient top-down organization working in a chaotic way and unlikely to produce anything really life changing and positive in a short time window.
I did laugh when I saw the Metro UK newspaper title this morning containing the phrase “10 Drowning Street“. Certainly the government is not having the nature as its ally at the moment! However what entertained me even more was David Cameron’s comment that ”he will personally take charge of the situation”. Having a quick look into the weather forecast it seems that there is ever more rain on the way so its not look good for Mr. Cameron at the moment. I want to follow this one up!
There are several good articles about the deeper causes for flooding. It seems simply that for example intensive farming with pesticides robs the soil from organic matter. The amount of organic matter has reduced from 5% to 2% according to this article called “The Hidden Cause of Flooding“. This simply reduces the amount of water the soil can hold into and makes flooding more likely.
It’s that time of the year when everyone talks about dieting. After we have been over eating all those mince pies and chocolate puddings we want to get rid of that gained extra weight. And typically this is interpreted as a fat reduced diet and eating all those dieting products.
However it is now proven that this approach does work at all. We all know what happens in February, the chocolate snacks return and its just downhill from there. The only winners are the diet product sellers who profit nicely but the rest of us just gain weight.
There are two things that are really proven to work:
- Not eating processed food at all – just eating food as nature intended it!
- Getting your bacteria in your gut healthy!
How come processed food is not good for me? Well there are several things going on in your body when eating “modern” highly processed foodstuff. The first problem is high intake of sugars typically a form of glucose usually based on corn (this is what Diet Coke, Ketchup etc… are based on!). As a heart surgeon Dr. Dwight Lundell who risked his career completely by going against the big corporates writes in his article (What Really Causes Heart Disease):
Today is 220.127.116.11.0 (4 Ahau 3 Kankin) based on Mayan Long Count calendar. Google incorrectly (shame you Google joining the mass media on this, did you say we do no evil few years back?) claims this is the end of the Mayan Calendar which is totally wrong, its the BEGINNING of a new World Age, the fifth World Age which is another 5125 years long cycle called the 14th Baktun. Mayans had fantastic knowledge of the universe which culminated in the creation of a better calendar system we have currently. Seems the world for some reason likes to ignore the fact that Mayans were fantastic cosmologists – probably better than we are – and want to create negativity to turn the attention away from their calendar systems real meaning and function.
Maya’s had a cyclic time concept, similar to Hindu calendar system. Its only our Western calendar which thinks time being more linear.
Rather than wasting time about publicising silly facts about world ending, the energy should have been focused on understanding the Maya calendar system. Why did they count time in cyclic fashion and how they were able to create more accurate calendars than we have? Why did they count time in millions and even billions of years? We really do not know because the Catholics did a good job burning all the books – only few survived and rest are probably looked in Vatican as they would be too dangerous for our view of the history.
Anyway today is the day when we need to celebrate the beginning of a new Era! Hopefully for the better of humanity. The next 5000 odd years should be better than the last 5000 years.
Read more from here:
“We are speaking out against deceit, lies and twisting of the truth, and turning us into folklore-for-profit. They are not telling the truth about time cycles,” charged Felipe Gomez, leader of the Maya alliance Oxlaljuj Ajpop. Read more from: http://phys.org/news/2012-10-maya-demand-doomsday-myth.html.
Mayan time concept is cyclic, not liner like the western calendar. Also the ancient Hindu calendars are also based on a cyclic view of time. Interestingly this book “Endless Universe: Beyond Big Bang” talks about a similar approach to time based on the latest cosmological studies – it is just all a big loop?
You can also read my earlier article about the cyclic Maya calendar.
And the correct Maya calendar image is below.
Globalisation was supposed to be good for us. But the only thing it does is to allow big corporates became even bigger and evade tax payments. This kills small local businesses and favours the few big global brands. Its time to do something about this at local level. This Christmas buy your gifts from local suppliers rather than from the supermarkets or from global online retailers such as Amazon.
There is one city in the UK which has taken a bold step even beyond that. They have established a new currency called the Bristol Pound. This is a local currency accepted by companies who participate in the scheme. So its not legal currency but valid in participating businesses. What this does it then starts creating a local monetary ecosystem which reduces the monetary leak out of the local system and favours the local suppliers. This is great but its not new. A system called LETS has existed for some time in the UK but it has not become popular. LETS in the UK did not allow you to buy LETS with Pound. You needed to earn them first doing some work and then you could consume them. I guess this reduced the take-up and it did not really break-through where it was used.
The Mayor of Bristol has announced that he will take his salary in Bristol Pounds! This is a fantastic backing for this local currency.
It seems to also have started well as:
- AT least £40,000 Bristol Pounds are known to be in circulation around the city just a month on from its official launch.
- And more than 350 independent businesses are accepting the new currency.
Wow. More local initiatives like this will certainly help to kickstart the local economies and help fighting against tax evaders such as Amazon.
As reported by IEEE Spectrum a study carried out by a Hebred University in Israel has been able to prove that our minds do process information even when we are not thinking about it. So our conscious thought is essentially just a tip of the iceberg so to say and the mind is processing stuff in the background all the time. Interesting!
The original study is titled “Reading and doing arithmetic nonconsciously“.
There has been lots going on around UFOs recently. Based on official reports the number of UFO sightings is going down but at the same time YouTube is filled with more and more UFO videos – many of them fakes obviously. Here is one video however which is shot by a credible TV station in the US and CNN also published the news. Rather strange!
Ivanpah is the latest in Solar energy business. It is the largest solar thermal power tower system in the world. Located in Ivanpah Dry Lake, California, the three-unit power system will be built on about 3,500 acres of public desert land. Looking from the pictures it certainly looks impressive. But you need a huge amount of mirrors just to heat a small amount of water. All the mirrors direct Sun’s energy into a black tank located in the tower standing in the middle. Then the steam from this tank rotates a generator and voilà we have energy!
I am all for energy innovations but I believe the future is more about breakthrough innovations which means we need to adjust our scientific models about the universe and not building ineffective solar panels or huge solar thermal plants which due to their size have always a negative impact in the ecosystem. Last week-end there was a conference in Netherlands about breakthrough innovations which would allow us to produce energy simpler, cleaner and cheaper (or nearly free).
This is a video of the solar eclipse visible in Australia yesterday. It clearly shows how the moon’s shadow completely fills or masks the sun. As a result of this masking Sun’s corona is suddenly fully visible due to moon completely masking the Sun.
When this happens animals stop and become silent. Darkness descends for few minutes. People travel around the world to see this fascinating phenomena. It is obviously a fantastic event and where observed it stops everything for a moment. Some scientist’s believe solar eclipse also alters gravity. This so called Allais effect has been measured but the measurement cannot be repeated.
This is new and cool. Standard photographic equipment has always been based on the idea of projecting a focused image on a plane. This new Lytro camera takes “living pictures” which means that not a single plane is captured but “the entire light field”. This seems to mean that the light ray direction is also captured not only the intensity of light. Interesting. As a result you get a photograph which can be re-focused AFTER taking the photograph (on a computer of course).
Now it is scientifically proven that a very small group of companies control most of the worlds assets. A study published for example in New Scientist reveal the following:
This will piss you off totally. We pay, loose our properties and bankers party and burn the money. That’s the new world order. They just dont / cannot say this out loud, can they? No of course not as this would lead to a revolution. Maybe it is already happening as everyone knows this anyway.
Seems Facebook started innovations only this year due to Google+. During the previous years no real product improvements have been made (just mainly privacy tweaks) – now we see daily changes on the product. Subscription model ala Google is one thing copied from Google+ (who copied it essentially from Twitter). Well competition is good for innovation. Lets see who wins…
Fantastic example how little things can make a real improvement in people's lives. Should we have more innovators in the world like him this world would be a much better place to be.
Needs to be looked in full length. Fantastic detail about what profit focused food production may do to our health.