News-in-Transition

4 November 2017

 - Imagine being able to turn your food waste into clean cooking gas and nutrient-rich fertilizer, while at the same time reducing potent greenhouse gases. This was the exact vision of Israeli-based HomeBiogas, which resulted in the creation of an affordable consumer appliance that efficiently produces sustainable fuel out of kitchen scraps. In addition, the device creates a high-quality organic liquid fertilizer that can be used to nourish the plants in your garden.

Most people don’t realize that food waste is a significant problem. According to estimates, about 365 million pounds of food per day is wasted in the U.S. In other words, about 30 percent of food produced in the U.S. ends up in the landfill.

Not only is this a waste of resources, but food waste that decomposes in landfills emits methane gases into the atmosphere. Experts believe that these gases are a major contributor to climate change. If you were to image that food waste is a country, it would be the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, after the U.S. and China.

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4 November 2017

Image: Company maps cannabis genome to protect marijuana from Monsanto - There is an urban legend that has been floating around on the Internet for several years now, that Monsanto either has obtained or is working towards obtaining a patent for a genetically modified strain of cannabis. Monsanto’s own website vehemently denies this, stating categorically, “Monsanto has not and is not working on GMO marijuana. This allegation is an Internet rumor.”

While the naïve among us might choose to take them at their word, those who are more familiar with Monsanto’s tactics know not to believe a thing they say. Just think about how vehemently they deny any link between cancer and glyphosate, the main ingredient in their Roundup weed killer. Even a damning report by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, declaring glyphosate to be “probably carcinogenic to humans,” has not made them change their tune.

With 26 states and the District of Columbia having legalized medical marijuana, and seven states legally allowing even recreational use, it is not surprising that many companies and individuals have been eager to jump on the marijuana bandwagon. And for those who dig a little deeper, there are definite links between Monsanto and the burgeoning cannabis market.

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3 November 2017

 - It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that the world is in an extremely disharmonic state and divided in almost every way humanly possible. The battle lines have been set, thanks in large part to the highlighted differences in our society — religion, race, gender, sexuality, nationality, politics, economic status, information interpretations, and belief systems. What’s interesting is that diversity is such a vital part to any thriving system in nature, yet the same diversity appears to be responsible for the escalating tensions and violence amongst the people of the world. Everyone can feel the disharmony in the air, as the wars never seem to stop, the environment continues to be decimated, and the wealth inequality of the world progressively expands farther and farther in opposite directions.

On the surface, this appears to be a normal part of the “ups and downs” of life, as history always repeats itself. Yet looking deeper down the rabbit hole, one can clearly see that these differences that continue to divide us are nothing more than illusory conflicts purposely manufactured by a hidden layer of power. It’s all part of a tactic that’s often referred to as the Hegelian Dialectic, and is the reason for most of the division in the world today.

It’s time the people wake up to this sick hoax and reclaim the planet.

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3 November 2017

 - Most of us aren’t getting enough, and it’s wreaking havoc on our health.

Many minerals inhabit our fleshy bodies: Iron helps generate red blood cells; calcium builds bones; the dance of sodium and potassium ions delivers energy to cells.

Minerals fuel a spark vital to all organic life. Magnesium’s spark contributes to more than 300 enzymatic reactions—it’s a driving force behind muscle and nerve function, blood sugar balance, immunity, and more.

Despite all that magnesium does, modern medicine doesn’t pay it much mind. Magnesium tests are rare, yet most of us don’t get enough. Experts estimate that as much as 80 percent of Americans lack the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of magnesium: about 350 milligrams (mg) per day for women, and 420 mg for men.

According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we used to have a lot more in our diet. Just a century ago, we consumed about 500 mg of magnesium per day. Today, we’re lucky to break 200 mg.

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2 November 2017

 - Alcohol is such a ubiquitous part of our culture that it’s easier to brush off any news of its harm than it is to even consider abandoning it in favor of better health, mental clarity, and spiritual awareness. And while there is no doubt that drinking can be fun, and no doubt that it is here to stay, it is still fascinating to see how a substance as harmful as alcohol can be legal and so well-accepted while other mind-altering substances are punished so severely.

We’ve known for sometime that even casual drinkers are susceptible to the downside of alcohol, and some research has even linked it to the development of cancer. The latest research into the harm of alcohol looks at how it affects the brain.

In a study published in July of 2017 in the medical journal The BMJ, researchers presented evidence supporting the enduring hypothesis that alcohol is very bad for the certain areas of the brain.

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2 November 2017

 - It’s a war of the experts, and Monsanto, the world’s most evil corporation, has billions of dollars riding on the outcome.

Highly respected scientists have released reports insisting that glyphosate – the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller – is a probable carcinogen (cancer-causer), while other, equally respected scientists are insisting that it’s as safe as houses. Monsanto obviously has a huge vested interest in which of these scientific groups’ findings are accepted by governments as gospel. And they’re willing to fight dirty – as always – to get the results they want.

EU member states are engaged in a tug-of-war trying to determine whether the license for glyphosate should be renewed. While each member state gets to decide whether or not to use a certain pesticide in their country, as well as in what quantities and for which applications, the active ingredients in all such pesticides first have to be approved at the EU level. In other words, if the EU as a body approves of the use of a certain chemical, then each member state can go on to decide whether or not to allow the use of that chemical in their country. On the other hand, if the EU does not approve a certain chemical, then no EU member state may use that chemical at all.

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1 November 2017

 - Our journey with Mohan started long before he arrived at the Elephant Conservation and Care Center. For more than a year, his hunched figure, weak and emaciated, had been in the middle of our most complicated and controversial rescue operations — and the fierce legal battle that accompanied them. After a volatile mob thwarted our first rescue attempt, repeated delays pushed back a second one even as the informants we’d deployed to keep an eye on him sent images of a gradually deteriorating elephant that left us all increasingly alarmed with every passing day. The newspapers begin to call Mohan “the world’s unluckiest elephant,” and as hard as we were willing to fight for his freedom, it really did feel like fate had dealt him the cruelest of hands. Five decades of loneliness and abuse after being snatched from his herd and a life of freedom, Mohan’s life of horror seemed like the cruelest of jokes.

By the time we had the legal paperwork to undertake another rescue attempt, we were afraid he wouldn’t survive the rescue and the journey home — this magnificent being reduced to a defeated shell of an elephant. But we proceeded, fearing the alternative was worse. It was the stroke of midnight on the 22nd of September, when Mohan gingerly boarded the Wildlife SOS elephant ambulance. The entire rescue team, hearts racing and absolutely silent, could suddenly breathe again, smiles impossible to control. It seemed as if things were finally looking up for the world’s unluckiest elephant.

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1 November 2017

land art - A Scottish sculptor has harnessed both nature and art in a majestic and bittersweet collision.

Andy Goldsworthy creates transitory works of “land art” by carefully arranging leaves, sticks, stones and other offerings from nature.

It’s not often that you see someone willing to create art that can be washed away. Andy’s “transient and ephemeral” kind of work has caused people to surmise that he’s making a statement about the “fragility of Earth.”

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31 October 2017

 - Some things happening on planet earth today just don’t make sense if you’re looking at them from the perspective of an ordinary human being.

For one example, look at the amount of financial debt being accrued around the world. We’re talking trillions and trillions of dollars. It seems utterly cartoonish that human beings could owe this much money to other human beings. The numbers actually make more sense if consider that our creditors may actually be off-planet entities.

Take also for example, the widespread industrial scale destruction of the planet. The Athabasca oil sands project in Alberta, Canada, is a scorched earth endeavor so large it is being compared to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Wall of China. Mountaintop removal in the Appalachians, the end of the Amazon, such callousness about Fukushima… none of it makes sense.

But if you expand the realm of possibility when trying to comprehend all of this, it actually makes more sense that the driving forces behind such wholesale destruction of the planet aren’t from here. Those pressing for all of this aren’t  dependent on these ecosystems for life.

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31 October 2017

karimic-tools-144 - 11/3 ~ Venus (relationships) ~sextile~ Saturn (responsibility): This energy has to do with your obligations within the context of relationships. They are not difficult obligations (in this case) but more emphasis is placed on enjoying serving those you love...

11/3 ~ Sun (authentic Self) ~trine~ Neptune (intuition): This energy triggers your idealistic, altruistic inclinations, but remember that help has to be invited. But if you have the energy to share & to spare, then dedicate your Self to something greater than you...

 - 11/4 ~ Venus (values) ~oppose~ Uranus (freedom): Any time Uranus is involved, it becomes the "wild card" and hard to predict how things will unfold, but right now there is a push-pull between your apparent values and your unique individual self...

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30 October 2017

 - “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” ~Plutarch

We live in an age of information overload. Our televisions and the Internet are flooding our senses with a myriad of things.

Researchers carefully craft all the advertisements we watch and all the magazines we read to prime us to think certain thoughts and take certain actions. A particular color, a special tone in the voice, a slight gesture with the eyes—all are designed to do one thing, and one thing alone: influence our minds.

They affect us just enough that the subsequent thoughts we may have seem like our own, and the decisions we make based on those thoughts seem rational.

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30 October 2017

Image: That’s hot: New self-regulating nanoparticles heat up to kill cancer cells, then cool before harming healthy tissue -

This breakthrough is seen as a way to treat patients with cancer via hyperthermic-thermotherapy, researchers said in an article that was published in the journal Nanoscale.

Thermotherapy has been known a long time in the medical world as a treatment for cancer, but there is the danger that using this method can also damage otherwise healthy cells. Cancerous cells, however, can be killed without affecting normal tissue if temperatures can be regulated within a range of 42 to 45 degrees Celsius (107.6 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit).

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29 October 2017

woman waking up and hitting alarm clock - The case against daylight saving time goes far beyond the mild inconvenience many feel in spring. It turns out, there is a ton of data that points to the negative effects the change in time has on our bodies. In addition, its energy-saving benefits have been hotly debated.

A group of German researchers believes that our bodies never actually adjust to daylight saving time, and that artificially altering our circadian rhythm can be damaging for our health.

Lead researcher, Till Roenneberg of Ludwig-Maximilians-University, explained, "When you change clocks to daylight saving time, you don't change anything related to sun time. This is one of those human arrogances — that we can do whatever we want as long as we are disciplined. We forget that there is a biological clock that is as old as living organisms, a clock that cannot be fooled. The pure social change of time cannot fool the clock."

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