Monday, October 31, 2011

Life's 50 greatest pleasures revealed by poll

Life's 50 greatest pleasures revealed by poll: Finding a £10 note in an old pair of jeans and being told you've lost weight are among life's greatest pleasure triggers, it's been found. A study of 3,000 adults revealed simple pleasures such as getting into a bed with freshly washed sheets and seeing an old couple holding hands also help to brighten our day. Sunshine was found to be largely responsible for our good mood - such as waking up to a sunny day, sitting in the sun and driving with the car windows down on a sunny day all appearing in the top 20. Other happy moments include being surprised with flowers or chocolates, getting a nice message or cuddle from a loved one, or getting a thank you card in the post. Unfortunately for many, the hustle and bustle of everyday life means the average person is only happy for half the week.

As world population passes 7 billion, two strategies make for a sustainable future

As world population passes 7 billion, two strategies make for a sustainable future:

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.

Nuclear powers plan weapons spending spree, report finds

Nuclear powers plan weapons spending spree, report finds:

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.

No peace without justice, no justice without forgiveness

No peace without justice, no justice without forgiveness: Clare Amos, the World Council of Churches (WCC) programme executive for inter-religious dialogue and cooperation shares reflections from her participation with the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at the vibrant interfaith gathering of Assisi on 27 October, called by Pope Benedict XVI to promote a message of peace and inter-faith harmony in our world.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

STUDY: Women With Prettier Faces Want More Children

STUDY: Women With Prettier Faces Want More Children:

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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.

See what we mean >

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?

[Kita pikir biasanya di negara berkembang terjadi ketimpangan pendapatan dan diktator, tetaoi di USA, hanya 1% persen orang yang memegang sebagian terbesar kekayaan negara!

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

The Great Recession Marches On

America will enter a great recession, an economic forecast.   
The Great Recession Marches On:
by Peter T. Treadway, The Dismal Optimist

Demand Side Blind Alleys – When Will They Ever Learn?

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Cycle of Life is a Beautiful Thing

Funny for today.  
The Cycle of Life is a Beautiful Thing: Behold nature and its wonders! Tobias Lunchbreath understands that true happiness lies in the Oreo-fueled cycle of life.
Link -via Ace of Spades HQ

Friday, October 7, 2011

IMF: Income inequality is bad for growth

IMF: Income inequality is bad for growth:
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

The Zen of Steve Jobs

The Zen of Steve Jobs:
By Dan Gilgoff, 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

[BIG CHANGES ARE HAPPENING IN OUR URANTIA ECONOMIC SYSTEM, The failure of capitalism and the need for a new global economic system]

One Million Protesters to Occupy Wall Street:

The plot thickens as more unions pledge support to the Occupy Wall Street movement and a collective group with 1 million members expected to march against the machine.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Frozen Planet Trailer - A World Beyond Imagination

Frozen Planet Trailer - A World Beyond Imagination: Years in the making and narrated by David Attenborough this brand new BBC series reveals a world as alien to most of us as the surface of the moon. These are places of breathtaking beauty and survival against all the odds, lonely lands that feed our imagination and whose wonders we may be witnessing for the last time.
YouTube link
(thanks Cora)

The Global Economy – Out through the In Door?

The Global Economy – Out through the In Door?:
Satyajit Das
 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.

Age of Aquarius : prepare to benefit from its currents

Age of Aquarius : prepare to benefit from its currents:
"To speak about the Age of Aquarius and to rejoice in its imminent arrival is not enough. You must prepare to receive the new currents this constellation is already projecting throughout space. Aquarius brings with it a revolution in technology as well as in concepts related to the human psyche. But the most important revolution concerns the notion of universal brotherhood. The Age of Aquarius must teach humanity that we are no longer to work only for ourselves, our family and our country, but also for the whole earth. This new philosophy is, of course, based on a science. Those who are ready to embrace this ideal of universal brotherhood must learn to elevate themselves by means of thought in order to contact the divine world. It is in contacting the divine world that we open the sources of light, love, and peace which will one day inundate the entire earth."
Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

10 Best Ski Resorts for Families

10 Best Ski Resorts for Families: Every ski resort has a different intended audience, and while some go after hard core expert skiers, and some offer glitz for an international jet set, these are the ones that focus on families – and do it best.

21 Stunning Pictures of Autumn Colors

21 Stunning Pictures of Autumn Colors: Living in Southern California, I regrettably miss most of the traditional signs of changing seasons. For that reason, I’m always particularly struck by the beauty of forests of deciduous trees changing colors and shedding their leaves. If you’re also a huge fan of these sights, be sure to head over to BuzzFeed where you can [...]

Sunday, October 2, 2011

From Darth Vader to Jesus

From Darth Vader to Jesus:
Telling history via Pictograms;

See more pictograms:

Revolution is Happening in the USA

Revolution is Happening in the USA:

'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.'

Read more: Revolution is Happening in the USA

Modern Medicine: The Hidden Influence of Beliefs and Fears

Modern Medicine: The Hidden Influence of Beliefs and Fears: Almost imperceptibly, medicine has taken on a saving, or messianic role, the characteristics of which we must examine.

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

World population could hit seven billion this month

World population could hit seven billion this month: The population of the earth could grow to seven billion this month, up from just three billion fifty years ago, and may reach ten billion by 2100, the UN's population department says.

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 Shows Organic Uncooked Food to Have Stronger Energy Field

Eat more raw uncooked food.
It's fairly easy to assume that organic food or raw food are more beneficial than chemically-laced or cooked food. Most of us find it to be common sense that organic raw food is the most nutrient-dense type of food that we can eat. However, not many consider the measurable energy field of these foods. Below is an interesting video showing the difference in their energy fields done with Kirlian photography.

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.

Prisoners of Debt: Inside the Global Banking Crisis

Prisoners of Debt: Inside the Global Banking Crisis: I know what you're thinking: "another global financial crisis video!"... but this gem is not from the sub-prime banking crisis which eventually morphed into the global banking and financial crisis of 2008-9 (which eventually transitioned to a sovereign debt crisis). No, this extremely well done video offers and inside view of the 1980's third world debt crisis. This is truly a must-see documentary, and is utterly eerily similar to what we just saw in the past few years.