Shedding Light in the Darkness

Bill Gates’ Arizona Smart City – Where’s the Water?


Set in Phoenix and published in 2015, the book “The Water Knife” describes a dystopian future where water is scarce, the suburbs are ghost towns and refugees from drought-stricken Texas stream across the borders. A year earlier, an article in the Smithsonian magazine prophetically warned “Arizona could run out of water in six years.” Read more of this post


Winston Churchill’s Inglorious Past

chruchill84_6afd4420ab_bGary Oldman did Winston Churchill proud praised The Washington Post after the actor’s Oscar victory for playing the British statesman in “Darkest Hour.” Flash forward to March 10 and the Post published an article by Indian writer Shashi Tharoor excoritating the politician as “one of the great mass murderers of the 20th century, yet is the only one, unlike Hitler and Stalin, to have escaped historical odium in the West.”
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Dopamine – Silicon Valley’s Secret Sauce

dopaserveimageFascinating article in The Guardian today highlighting the role of the pleasure neurotransmitter dopamine. Silicon Valley hails it as the secret sauce that makes an app, game or social platform “sticky” – the investor term for “potentially profitable”. “It is the sex, drugs and rock’n’roll molecule,” says Ramsay Brown, the 28-year-old cofounder of Dopamine Labs, a California startup that promises to increase the rate at which people use any running, diet or game app. Read more of this post

How Amazon Got Away with Paying Zero Federal Tax in 2017

jeffe008b7d18-960-720How is it possible that most us pay more federal taxes than an online giant like Amazon? In 2017, Amazon reportedly took in $5.6 billion in U.S. profits, while paying ZERO dollars in federal taxes. How do they do it? By a dodgy strategy to make out that they are based in the tax haven of the tiny European nation of Luxembourg. Read more of this post

Why XTC Was the Hippest, Most Creative British Band of the ‘80s

xtcWhen you think about stellar British rock/pop bands of the 1980s, probably Duran Duran, The Cure, Queen, The Police, The Clash, The Smiths, and maybe Eurythmics come to mind. It’s unlikely XTC would make that list. Mentioning this quintessential English band to friends recently I got quizzical looks. Who they asked? Read more of this post

How U.S. Politicians Try to Suppress Concerns About Roundup

roundupWhat happens when conservative American politicians aligned with the chemical industry object to a World Health Organization International Agency for Cancer Research report that the herbicide glyphosate in Roundup might be carcinogenic? You try to cut off U.S. funding to the agency. It’s the same insidious strategy that was employed by U.S. politicians to threaten WHO funding over a report on the danger of sugar. Read more of this post

YouTube Skews Searches to Extreme and Conspiratorial Videos

youa-d6325c06621eThe Guardian has published a very illuminating article on YouTube and the secret algorithms that impact viewer searches. They interviewed Guillaume Chaslot, a French computer programmer with a PhD in artificial intelligence, who was one of the engineers creating the algorithms. “YouTube is something that looks like reality, but it is distorted to make you spend more time online,” he said. “The recommendation algorithm is not optimizing for what is truthful, or balanced, or healthy for democracy.” Read more of this post

New Cell Phone Study Cancer Link

SmartphoneConsumer Reports announced a new government study on cell-phone radiation and cancer has found a slight connection between the two: High exposure to such radiation caused malignant tumors to grow in the nerves and hearts of male rats, but not in female rats, and not in any of the mice tested. Read more of this post

The Shocking Secret Behind Toxic Fluoride

FluorideWaking Times has published a shocking expose on fluoride which draws from a 1997 article, “Fluoride, Teeth, and the Atomic Bomb,” meant for the Christian Science Monitor, who never published it. The authors, Joel Griffiths and Chris Bryson, discovered that: “Fluoride was the key chemical in atomic bomb production…millions of tons…were essential for the manufacture of bomb-grade uranium and plutonium for nuclear weapons throughout the Cold War.” Read more of this post

Most Teenagers Have Significant Levels of Endocrine-Disrupting BPA in Their Bodies

BPAThe Daily Telegraph reports on a new study in the UK which found more than 80 per cent of teenagers have traces of the chemical compound BPA, which is linked to reduced fertility in men, in their bodies. Read more of this post