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Monthly Archives: April 2016

We’re Running Out of Water

desert-279862_1280If the rest of the world ate like Americans, the planet would have run out of fresh water 15 years ago, according Nestle, the world’s largest food company. In private, Nestle executives told U.S. officials that the world is on a collision course with doom because non-Americans eat too much meat, and now, other countries are following suit, according to a secret U.S. report titled “Tour D’Horizon with Nestle: Forget the Global Financial Crisis, the World Is Running Out of Fresh Water.” Read more of this post

Why Kawehi is So Cool


One-woman-band Kawehi was attending the 2016 Super Bowl game when she discovered an Intel TV ad including featuring her music had screened during a commercial break. “I didn’t see it because I was actually at the game,” she explains. “All of a sudden people are blowing my phone up, was that you? I love doing mashups and they (Intel) asked me to do a mashup of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and their theme music they call the bong. They filmed me doing it and I was part of the commercial. But they didn’t tell me they were going to air it at the Super Bowl.” Read more of this post

How Monsanto Helped Block University of Hawaii Research into Organic Farming


The Center for Media and Democracy published a fascinating report last year on how a University of Hawaii professor was blocked from researching crop farming without pesticides, in a state that is a major center for GMO experimentation. Dr. Hector Valenzuela, a UH professor of tropical plant and soil science, had began a long-term research project to determine whether it’s possible to grow crops in the state without synthetic pesticides. Read more of this post

Saving Bees – With Mushrooms


Host Defense, the company that makes mushroom supplement blends for immune system support, is supporting an initiative to save bees from colony collapse. “I study mycology and the use of fungi to help clean up the environment, and improve the immune systems of humans and animals…and I began to think: we’ve gone to the moon, we’ve gone to Mars, and we don’t know the way of the bee? I believe I can do something to help the bees,” says company founder Paul Stamets. Read more of this post

We Lost Another Great Musician – Papa Wemba


The BBC posted comments by some African stars after Congolese singer Papa Wemba  Wemba died on stage on Sunday. His Ivory Coast concert was being broadcast live on national TV. After settling in Paris in the 1980s, he became one of the best-known  musicians from Africa. He sang with Stevie Wonder and opened for Peter Gabriel, before going on to record for Gabriel’s Real World label. Read more of this post

Robot Monk Gives Pearls of Buddhist Wisdom

robot228dd228b45efNeed advice on the stages of enlightenment or the Four Noble Truths? In Beijing you can ask a robot monk. According to Reuters, a Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Beijing has decided to ditch traditional ways and use technology to attract followers. The robot monk can chant Buddhist mantras, move via voice command, and hold a simple conversation. Read more of this post

Prince Remembered & An Interview

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Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the ‘80s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents in the history of popular music. Releasing a series of groundbreaking albums, he wrote songs for many other artists, and recorded thousands of songs that lie unreleased in his vaults. Prince could be as soulful as James Brown, as funky as George Clinton, or rock as hard as Jimmy Page. His creativity and abilities were so boundless that calling him a genius seemed an understatement. And Prince’s electrifying live performances were a staple of his career. Read more of this post

Confirmation – Anita Hill & Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas


HBO just broadcast “Confirmation,” a dramatic portrayal of how law professor Anita Hill’s accusations of sexual harassment 25 years ago almost derailed Clarence Thomas from becoming a Supreme Court justice. Right wing ideologues are already screaming bias. Read more of this post

Chocolate – Lead & Cadmium Contamination


According to the consumer health watchdog As You Sow, there’s a good chance that chocolate you buy may contain lead or cadmium. Lab test results obtained by the group examined 42 products, 26 of which contained lead and/or cadmium at levels above what the state of California considers safe. The brands that tested positive for heavy metals included Hershey’s, Mars, Ghiradhelli, Godiva, See’s, Lindt, Whole Foods, and Green and Black’s. Read more of this post

More Bizarre News – The Jesus Shot


A doctor in Edmond, Oklahoma, has become notorious for injecting patients across Oklahoma with a mysterious formula called the “Jesus shot.” It’s administered by Dr. John Michael Lonergan, a former federal prison inmate who was convicted of tax evasion, mail fraud and healthcare fraud in Ohio. The “Jesus shot” is described as an injection that takes away pain for life. It costs $300. Its ingredients include Dexamethasone, Kenalog and B12. Read more of this post