Monday, October 31, 2011
Ensuring that women make their own choices about child-bearing and cutting waste are two important ways to ease the challenges of a more populous world.
The world's nuclear powers are planning to spend hundreds of billions of pounds modernising and upgrading weapons warheads and delivery systems over the next decade, according to an authoritative report published on Monday.Despite government budget pressures and international rhetoric about disarmament, evidence points to a new and dangerous "era of nuclear weapons", the report for the British American Security Information Council (Basic) warns. It says the US will spend $700bn (£434bn) on the nuclear weapons industry over the next decade, while Russia will spend at least $70bn on delivery systems alone. Other countries including China, India, Israel, France and Pakistan are expected to devote formidable sums on tactical and strategic missile systems.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Women with more attractive facial features have higher levels of oestrogen and will likely want more children, according to a recently published study by the University of St Andrews.
To show a correlation between estrogen levels and maternity desire, researchers asked 84 women their ideal number of children and compared it with their urine samples.
The results revealed a positive correlation, which contradicts previous research linking a woman's maternal tendencies with her testosterone level.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Video: Who is top 'one percent' in US?:
Anti-corporatism protesters across the United States are not satisfied with the econoimc situation, saying that only one percent of the country's population has the nation's wealth...
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Silver Prices Beaten Down By a Strong Dollar
Chris G. recommended this: California and Bust . Chris notes that this article was recently referenced by Rush Limbaugh and in Zero Hedge.
Quick Fix In Europe? Dream On
Items from The Economatrix:
The End Of The Inflation/Deflation Debate
There is No Plan to Fix The Economy
Economists Agree: We Are in a Depression
From California to New York, the Tide of Protests Keeps Rising
Some observations (circa 2007) from the late Derry Brownfield: Our Land is Collateral for the National Debt.
Occupy Wall Street: The Word is Getting Out
More People Sought Unemployment Aid Last Week
Is US Economy Flirting with Modern-day Depression?
Friday, October 7, 2011
As the Occupy Wall Street protests swell in size and people pay closer attention to the gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else, one question is why this divide even matters. After all, one way to look at income inequality is that it’s no big deal. If a country is growing at a healthy clip and everyone is steadily getting richer, then it’s hardly an outrage that a few titans at the very top are doing freakishly well, right?
But a recent study from the International Monetary Fund suggests that this conventional view is misguided. Excessive income inequality, the authors find, can actually inflict a lot of harm on a country’s long-term economic prospects.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor
(CNN) – Steve Jobs’ admirers praised him for de-cluttering the world of high-tech gadgetry. The products that made him famous, from the Macintosh computer to the iPad, exemplified minimalist design and simplicity of use, enabling what some called a Zen-like experience for users.
“Apple products are as defined by what they're missing as much as by what they contain,” wrote tech and pop culture columnist Jeff Yang this year in the San Francisco Chronicle.
The spiritual side of Steve Jobs
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
One Million Protesters to Occupy Wall Street:
Monday, October 3, 2011
October 1, 2011
The GFC Was Never Really Over…
In 2008, panicked governments and central banks injected massive amounts of money into the economy, in the form of government spending, tax concessions, ultra low interest rates and “non-conventional” monetary strategies – code for printing money. The actions did stave off the Great Depression 2.0 temporarily, converting it into a deep recession –the US economy shrank by 8.9% in 2008.
As individuals and companies reduced debt as banks cut off the supply of credit, governments increased their borrowing propping up demand to keep the game going for a little longer. The actions bought time. Governments gambled on a return to growth, solving all the problems. That bet has failed.
Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov
Sunday, October 2, 2011
'Basically highlighting the economic plight taking hold of the country, the protesters of the 'Occupy Wall Street' Movement are seeking to introduce the factors behind the plight.
One of the posts on the Occupy Wall Street website reads: “We are unions, students, teachers, veterans, first responders, families, the unemployed and underemployed. We are all races, sexes and creeds. We are the majority. We are the 99 percent. And we will no longer be silent.”
The protesters have targeted the Wall Street because they want “to create a national narrative and have it be known how the states are taking state revenues that are being funneled to banks and corporations and then you layer on top of that the fact that they're not obligated to pay their fair share of taxes, and so that's billions and billions of dollars that could be put toward job creation and creating solutions to the housing crisis,” Rachel Laforest, the executive director of the Right to the City Alliance has told ABC News.'
When the Christian missionaries of the last three or four centuries were evangelizing so-called "primitive people", they believed that they had only to destroy or burn the various cult objects of these people in order to eradicate their religions, superstitions, and customs.
Centuries after the conquistadors tried to stamp out the Inca culture, or the Inquisition tried to stamp out the protestant 'heresies', or the similar attempts to annihilate the Voodoo, or the many African and Asian religions, we know that such arrogant high-handedness does not work. These beliefs still continue today, sometimes under different guises, long after the objects of worship associated with them have been destroyed.
This lesson from history is not only valid for primitive people and their religions. It can equally be applied - if not more so - to aspects of our own modern society. Indeed, even a superficial study of contemporary culture will reveal that the supposed secularization of present day society is just an illusion. Even though most people do not conform to the outward show of religious custom and practice - mostly Judeo-Christian in western culture - the beliefs and superstitions remain deeply embedded in their subconscious, influencing many aspects of their daily lives without them realizing it.
And as several sociology studies have shown, the superstitious beliefs that used to be attached to the formal religions have in many cases simply been transferred to other objects, persons or events. The daily evening television news bulletins, watched by millions worldwide in their respective countries, the stars of show business and sport, humanitarian associations, cults and all sorts of other things in modern life, these have now become the new gods we venerate or fear, or the shrines at which we worship or curse, and where we still experience those primitive religious urges and feelings, where we can believe without necessarily having to think or rationalize.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
There is no precise information about when the world's population will reach this symbolic figure. The UN world population fund declared 31 October as the symbolic date to mark the event and is to hold a number of events to mark it.
The world's population grew slowly until reaching one billion around 1804. However, it only took another 125 years to double and growth was then exponential. The world's population then grew seven-fold in just two centuries. The world's population has doubled since the 1960's.
Kirlian photography refers to a form of photogram made with voltage. It is named after Semyon Kirlian, who in 1939 accidentally discovered that if an object on a photographic plate is connected to a source of voltage an image is produced on the photographic plate .
The uncooked food shows a vibrant even flow of energy, while cooked food showed a clear reduction and imbalance in its field. A fresh organic apple was compared to a commercial apple. Although both showed strong energy fields, the organic apple's field was more uniform and complete.