Archive for February, 2012
According to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a quarter of the world’s known plant species—some 60,000 to 100,000 species—are threatened with extinction. And even though plants may not receive as much attention as endangered animals, they are essential. Among their many attributes, plants are a vital source of food, they can help stabilize the climate, and they also provide shelter, medicines, and fuel.
Fred Kirschenmann has been involved in sustainable agriculture and food issues for most of his life. He currently serves as both a Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, and as President of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. He also still provides management over site of his family’s 2,600 acre organic farm in south central North Dakota.
We all want to believe we are tough to fool. The problem is, even if you are not so gullible, your brain still works a certain way, making associations that create vulnerability to being easily fooled, or fooling yourself. It takes work to release yourself from these natural assumptions that are presumed to originate from a mix of hard wiring and cultural conditioning.
Local Italian activist peacefully and honorably chides local riot police for protecting corporations and the mafia, poisoning themselves and their neighbors with carcinogenic tear gas, attacking and beating the elderly, and serving corrupt masters who lie to all. When local government systems fail to protect the land or it’s people from plunder, what choices do local families have nowadays, other than to confront riot police fronting for the corporate takeover?
Skeptics may scoff, but Hancock earnestly points out similarities in giant stone structures in the Egyptian desert and Cambodian jungles, and on Easter Island and in Micronesia, he points out what he considers evidence of an ancient society of seafarers. His ideas may seem utterly bizarre at first, but Hancock presents them in an understated and good-natured manner, and he also makes clever use of computer graphics and aerial photography to illustrate the startling similarities in ancient structures found from the North Atlantic to the South Pacific.
Taking a bigger picture view, the Web is moving away from just curating content, to actually performing artificial intelligence operations on that content. Legendary venture capitalist Vinod Khosla recently referred to these utility apps as one of the last great unhyped areas of the Internet. In short, we are experiencing a move away from curatorial tools to algorithmic tools. We are, indeed, creating a type of second brain made possible by basic programming skills.
We cannot solve this simply by going vegetarian or vegan, or buying organic and fair trade. The very market that has created this Big Food disaster — the market that creates monopolies and monocultures — cannot solve these deep systemic crises. To truly “occupy the food system” we will need nothing less than a fundamental restructuring of the economics and policies that currently enable our corporate food system.
A thorough and most entertaining explanation of how the left and right brain interact to create all the fabulous facets of consciousness. No longer is it believed that the hemispheres of the brain are isolated in their work, but rather continually operate synergistically to provide awareness to humans and other animals.
Strange as it may seem, there’s nothing in the laws of physics that precludes the possibility of foreseeing the future. Time may not just move forwards – but backwards too. And if time ebbs and flows like the tides in the sea, it might just be possible to foretell the future.
Cymatic photographers, artists and experimenters display an amazing array of nature’s hidden art, the geometry carried by sound. Fascinating and inspiring, the hidden mysteries of life are revealed in dazzling displays of scientific wonder.
People everywhere are beginning to recognize the crucial link between humanity, the crops that sustain us, and their embattled seeds. We are on the cusp of a seed saving renaissance—and not a moment too soon.
The findings shouldn’t really come as a surprise because people’s brains change as they have new experiences. If you blindfold yourself for a few days and cannot rely on vision, your brain will naturally rewire itself so that your sense of sound becomes more enhanced; this is a proven phenomenon. Similarly if you lost your hearing for a few days, you would begin to have increased visual skills.
The result is that an increasing number of us find ourselves having to manage increasing levels of stress on a daily basis. How many of us have been directly affected by the death of a friend or loved one, work overload, legal problems, relationship concerns, increased worries about job security, being able to meet financial commitments and debt management?
“If you go and dive into that water, Nephew, you will not find that teepee.” He would always start out with something that was, like that statement, basically simple and obvious. “ If you walk over there and look in the water, you will see yourself. Now what does that tell you, Nephew?” Knowing that I didn’t know the answer, he continued.
In a world filled with mostly well intentioned people and tons of senseless violence its completely natural for those people to develop an assortment of justifications and rationalizations for the horror that is taking place around them. One of the most popular of these rationalizations is what I like to call “the human nature cop out”. This is basically the notion that violence taking place around the world is justified because humans are naturally prone to violence, and that’s just “the way it is”.
The Code is an ancient matrix system built up of monuments all across the globe. These monuments include megalithic stone works, pyramids, circular works, effigies, and ancient earth mound. Each structure is a point in a remarkable global matrix which explains a global positioning system involving the mathematical precisions of the Earth. In order to “read” this matrix one must first change the current Prime Meridian back to the pyramid fields at Giza.
The main task of the Liver is spreading and regulating Qi throughout the entire body. Its unique character is flowing and free. Therefore, depression or frustration can disturb the functioning of the Liver. In addition, the Liver is also responsible for storing blood when the body is at rest.
Even in the deepest darkest depths of human emotional experience, when one really goes into the darkness deeply, you will find illumination. It is everywhere you seek it, always hidden in plain sight. Whether you are chanting a mantra or explaining to the landlord why you do not have the rent, every act is holy when done consciously with conscious intent.
Many have addressed the changing tone in our society. People are fed up with what is happening around them. They are tired of the corruption, greed, control and manipulation of national and international governments at all levels. The breaking point in human beings may have arrived and the evidence is in the brain.
Comprised of a variety of traditional Chinese martial arts and wushu techniques, Shaolin Kung Fu combines more than 900 forms of northern and southern fighting techniques in one comprehensive system. While practically every martial art has the benefit of developing the body through a consistent exercise routine, the great lineage of Shaolin Kung Fu and the sheer vastness of forms and techniques offers traditional Shaolin practitioners a wealth of benefits.