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Monthly Archives: January 2017

In five Years Time One Third of Americans May Not Be Able to Pay Their Water Bills

water-tap-glass-toxic-735-350A study, funded by the National Science Foundation, out of Michigan State University predicts that “the percentage of U.S. households who will find water bills unaffordable could triple from 11.9% to 35.6%” over the next five years. “In cities across the United States, water affordability is becoming an increasingly critical issue,” said Elizabeth Mack, an assistant geography professor who analyzed water consumption, pricing and demographic and socioeconomic data for the study. Read more of this post

Warning About 3D Printers

printer-prints-an-objectA Berkeley, California couple, Roger Morash and Valerie Morash, and their two cats died from poisoning due to the couple’s laser 3D printer, which was ventilating carbon monoxide into their residence. They were found dead by a friend inside their apartment on Monday. Researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology are warning users against the potential dangers of 3D printers for home use. When used in industry, the machine’s use of lasers on types of plastics can emit toxic gasses, including carbon monoxide. Read more of this post

Taking a Sauna May Prevent Dementia


Frequent sauna bathing may reduce the risk of dementia, suggests a recent Finnish study. In a 20-year follow-up, men taking a sauna 4-7 times a week were 66% less likely to be diagnosed with dementia than those taking a sauna once a week. The association between sauna bathing and dementia risk has not been previously investigated. Read more of this post

No Aloha? Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Sues Hawaiians Then Backs Out

face1536.49566094047.originalUpdate 1/25/2017 Mark Zuckerberg will drop his lawsuit to force the sale of small tracts of land within his Kauai estate, the Facebook CEO announced today in Kauai’s newspaper, The Garden Island. The Facebook CEO, who owns a chunk of land on Kauai, filed eight “quiet title” lawsuits on Dec. 30, “seeking to force owners of 14 small properties to sell their stakes in their land at public auction.” The 14 parcels are surrounded by roughly 700 acres on Kauai’s north shore that Zuckerberg bought two years ago for about $100 million. Under Hawaii law, the owners of these parcels have rights to access their property through Zuckerberg’s land. Read more of this post

Journalist Glenn Greenwald on the Witch-Hunt Against Trump

2814541801Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who helped disseminate Edward Snowden’s shocking  revelations to the world, has posted an article warning about the suspicious ongoing propaganda war against Donald Trump and the “classic Cold War dirty tactics” being employed.  “In January 1961 Dwight Eisenhower delivered his farewell address after serving two terms as U.S. president; the five-star general chose to warn Americans of this specific threat to democracy: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” Read more of this post

The Doors’ Legendary Drummer John Densmore Appeals to President Obama – Apologize to Native Americans

standing-rock-protestors_inlineWriting in Rolling Stone, Densmore begins: “First of all, Turtle Island is the name of this continent we live on… that’s right, not “America … as in North America,” but the name given by the first peoples of this land. According to the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder, the United States, Canada and Mexico are passing political entities, having their legitimacies to be sure. But according to Mr. Snyder, they will lose their mandate if they continue to abuse the land. As he writes in 2009’s The Practice of the Wild, “The State is destroyed, but the mountains and rivers remain.” Read more of this post

Dodgy Airline Update


It’s been a while since we covered the world’s worst airlines, so with 2017 rolling in let’s take a look. According to the UK Daily Telegraph more than 100 airlines are banned from EU air space. They include every airline from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Libya, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Sudan, as well as dozens from Indonesia. The worst airline? According to Skytrax, it’s Koryo Air, based in North Korea. Here’s a few, with some passenger comments, that don’t sound like winners either. Read more of this post

Shinrin-yoku: Healing Power of Forest Bathing


Coined by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in 1982, shinrin-yoku literally translates to “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing,” and refers to the process of soaking up the sights, smells and sounds of a natural setting to promote physiological and psychological health. Read more of this post

Ringing in 2017 with Steven Tyler on Maui

vlcsnap-2017-01-02-21h34m14s115aIt was probably the best New Year’s Eve show ever on Maui when a bunch of famous full time and part time Maui residents celebrated the dawn of 2017 on Saturday night at the Wailea Beach Resort. Aerosmith’s lead singer Steven Tyler opened the show in full rock star fashion with a handful of songs from Aerosmith favorites like “Walk This Way’ to an incendiary cover of Them’s “Baby Please Don’t Go,” all backed by Alice Cooper’s band, which included mighty guitarist Nita Strauss (seen above). Read more of this post

Jupiter Opposition Uranus in 2017

jupiter82969eacc24fed6bmv2Jupiter in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries is a major planetary aspect occurring in late 2016 and for most of 2017. Exact dates26 December 2016, 2 March 2017, and 28 September 2017. Jupiter entered Libra in September last year and departs in October, spending more than a year in the sign of balance. The last time Jupiter transited Libra was from September 2004 to October 2005. Here are some astrologers interpretations of this transit. Read more of this post