Shedding Light in the Darkness

5G Roll Out Could Be More Harmful Than Initially Imagined

5GcelltowerDr Devra Davis – Founding Director of the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the U.S. National Research Council – “Israeli research studies presented at an international conference reveal that the same electromagnetic frequencies used for crowd control weapons form the foundation of the latest network – branded as 5G – that will tie together more than 50 billion devices as part of the Internet of Things.” Read more of this post


When a Mob of Seagulls Destroyed a Hotel Room

Seagull_2Just read one of the funniest stories ever in The New York Times about seagulls destroying a hotel room in British Columbia when Nick Burchill left a suitcase filled with pepperoni in his room next to an open window and about 40 sea gulls invaded the room, drawn by the smell of the meat. Read more of this post

“What’s Making Our Children Sick?”

Book-headshot-1080x484In the new book “What’s Making Our Children Sick?” California-based pediatrician Dr. Michelle Perro identifies industrially produced food – including genetically modified  foods and their associated pesticides – as a major culprit in the current health crisis. Read more of this post

Legendary Musicians Lineup on Maui to Support March For Our Lives

concert582_48919447744_1_originalRock stars Steven Tyler and Mick Fleetwood join country icons Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson to support student gun protest on Maui. The concert follows the student-organized March for Our Lives at the University of Hawaii Maui College on Saturday.

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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