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Monthly Archives: March 2018

“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?

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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