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Coronavirus Update 2/28/2020

corimg_0854“Our major vulnerability is not Iran. It’s the United States,” Canadian epidemiologist Dr. David Fisman, at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. The U.S. has experienced problems with its testing kits, meaning very few people have been tested for the virus there, in comparison with other countries. Read more of this post

China Coronavirus: Update on 1/29/2020

bottlemage-m-20_15802940354691. The latest clinical report on 2019-nCoV: 99 patients from Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital published in the medical journal Lancet shows a mortality rate of 11%. “That was much higher than expected,” Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, public health scientist at Harvard. “I’ll be honest – as an epidemiologist, I’m really deeply worried about this new coronavirus outbreak.” Read more of this post

Dharma’s Dark Side – Sexual Abuse & Tibetan Buddhist Leaders

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Sogyal Rinpoche

On January 17, a headline in the Washington Post announced “Famed Buddhist nun Pema Chodron retires, cites handling of sexual misconduct allegations against her group’s leader.”

One of the best-known interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, Chodron is an influential teacher who has published a number of popular books including “When Things Fall Apart.” The group she publicly retired from is Shambhala, the global Buddhist and mindfulness organization founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Shambhala is one of the largest western Buddhist movements with more than 200 meditation centers around the world. Read more of this post

The Doors – A Reminiscence with Drummer John Densmore

600px-The_Doors_1968In 2012 “Breakn’ a Sweat” was heralded as a new song by The Doors, their first since 1972. The surviving members of one of the greatest, most influential bands of our time collaborated with DJ/producer Skrillex for a song featured in the documentary “ReGeneration,” about fusing music from disparate genres. Read more of this post

Ram Dass Introduced So Many to Divine Wisdom

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(From an interview I conducted with RD when he was on Maui in 2002)  – First published in 1971 Ram Dass’s best-selling book “Be Here Now” introduced millions of Westerners to Eastern religion and philosophy. A prominent Harvard psychology professor, then known as Richard Alpert, Ram Dass had dropped his former identity after a life-altering meeting with a guru in India a few years earlier.  Read more of this post

Gene Editing Tech Threatens Nature

hand-holding-globe-900x300We’ve all grown up with the existential threat of nuclear annihilation and more recently the ominous impact of climate change. Now we might be facing a new doomsday scenario: alarmingly unregulated gene-editing technology with the potential to radically and permanently alter the natural world.

“We’re looking at the replacement of nature,” warns Jeffrey Smith, one of the world’s leading environmental activists. “Instead of passing on to future generations what we inherited, the products of billions of year of evolution, we’ll pass on to future generations the products of laboratory experiments that are prone to side effects. And there’s no technology to clean up a gene pool once it is contaminated. That’s a formula for catastrophe.” Read more of this post

Stealing Public Water Sources

sbnf_nestle-signs_fb-600x600The Swiss company Nestlé has been reaping in billions by bottling public water it pays nothing or almost nothing for. It’s dominated the industry by going into economically depressed areas with lax water laws. Read more of this post

Dandelion & Orchid Children

OrchidsChildren can be divided into two distinct personality types, “dandelions” and “orchids,” suggests Dr. Thomas Boyce, an emeritus professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Read more of this post

Vaccines Monkeys & Cancer

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From 1955 to 1963, according to a 1976 US National Institutes of
Health (NIH)-funded study, 98 million Americans alone probably were exposed to polio vaccines contaminated with SV40—a live monkey virus that can cause cancers in animals. Read more of this post

We Can’t Trust Cell Phone Manufacturers on Radiation

mobile-phone-cell-smart-towers-dangerousA new study by the Chicago Tribune reveals popular smart phones, including the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8 emit more radiation than US regulators have deemed safe. While US regulators set maximums for the amount of radiation the devices can emit, tests found phones exceeding those limits. Read more of this post