Shedding Light in the Darkness

EWG’s Annual Fruit/Veg Pesticide List


Strawberries remain at the top of the Dirty Dozen list of the EWG Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, with spinach jumping to second place in the annual ranking of conventionally grown produce with the most pesticide residues. Read more of this post

More Amazing Encounters with Neem Karoli Baba


A devotee of Maharajji tells this encounter – In 1935 I was on vacation from school and went to Dakshineshwar on a religious pilgrimage. When I reached the place where there were many Shiva temples, a man appeared before me whom I had not noticed to be there before.

“My son,” the man said, “You are a Brahmin? I shall give you a mantra.”

“I will not take it,” I said, “I do not believe in it.”

“You must take it,” he insisted and so I relented.

Thereafter I faithfully recited the mantra daily. Read more of this post

John Oliver & Dalai Lama Upset China


The Jakarta Post reports that “Last Week Tonight” show host John Oliver’s interview with the Dalai Lama pissed off China. China’s foreign ministry said the exiled Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader had appeared “deceptive” on the HBO show where he criticized some Chinese leaders as small minded and mocked Beijing’s portrayal of him as “a demon.” Read more of this post

More Smart Meter Problems

smartmeter_-_low_resA Dutch study by the University of Twente, in collaboration with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, discovered that energy saving light bulbs, LED bulbs and dimmers can give false meter readings that are 582 per cent higher than they should be. Professor Frank Leferink of the UT estimates that potentially inaccurate meters have been installed in at least 750,000 Dutch households. Read more of this post

Massive Smart Meter Malfunction


Don’t believe the industry hype that electric smart meter are accurate. There are just too many consumer reports of inflated bills and the latest is a whopper. The UK’s Daily Telegraph reports on one energy company’s malfunctioning smart meters charging electricity users as much as ¬£33,000 ($40,580) for a day’s power. Read more of this post

Cultural/Folk Music Icon Joan Baez At 76


Joan Baez remembers the pivotal day in 1956 when, as a 16-year-old, she first heard Martin Luther King Jr. speak on nonviolence and civil rights at a youth conference. It ignited a fire in her that has never dimmed. Read more of this post

The Who’s Pete Townshend, Artist Gustav Metzger, Smashing Guitars & Light Shows


When Who guitarist Pete Townshend was a student at the Ealing School of Art (in London) he attended lectures by Austrian artist Gustav Metzger, who is acclaimed as the inventor of auto-destructive art. It was Metzger, who just died at the age of 90, who inspired Townshend to smash up his guitars in concert. Read more of this post

Cell Phone RF Electromagnetic Fields & Cancer Tumors


In 2015 German scientists released the alarming study “Tumor promotion by exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields below exposure limits for humans,” that concluded low to moderate exposure levels¬† to electromagnetic fields well below current exposure limits for the users of mobile phones, promotes tumors. Read more of this post

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho – The Danger of Wireless Technology


Dr. Mae-Wan Ho was an esteemed geneticist and visionary (she died last year) who bucked the establishment by opposing GMOs and contending that pollution from wireless technologies is a major issue of our time. Gaining her Ph.D in Biochemistry in 1967 from Honk Kong University she went on to lecture in the UK at Queen Elizabeth College and the Open University. She co-founded the Institute of Science in Society which campaigned against unethical uses of biotechnology and called for Glyphosate (Roundup) to be banned. This article will address her perspective on the danger of wireless technology. Read more of this post

Sugar Addiction & The Brain

sugar-addiction-2Little has been known about the consequences of long-term, binge-like sugar consumption on the brain. As sugar can cause the release of dopamine in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) similarly to drugs of abuse, scientists from Australia’s Queensland University of Technology investigated changes in the morphology of neurons in this brain region following short- (4 weeks) and long-term (12 weeks) binge-like sucrose consumption by rats. Read more of this post