Shedding Light in the Darkness

The Hacking of the American Mind

hack645237481756_1011134214_nIn his book “The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains,” Dr. Robert Lustig reveals the corporate scheme to sell pleasure, driving the international epidemic of addiction, depression, and chronic disease. “There has been a plot by some industries to obfuscate the link between their products and disease, and willfully confuse the concepts of pleasure and happiness” he says. Read more of this post


Monsanto Writes EU Report on Roundup Safety


The Guardian has revealed that the European food safety authority based a recommendation that Glyphosate, a chemical linked to cancer, and the core ingredient in Roundup weedkiller, was safe for public use on an EU report that copied and pasted analyses from a Monsanto study. The battle over its relicensing has split EU countries, with a final decision on its authorization expected in early November. Read more of this post

Switzerland Now Sells Insect Burgers

insect1502894215064Swiss supermarket chain Coop announced is now selling an insect burger and insect balls based on protein-rich mealworm in seven Coop branches, including in Geneva, Basel, Bern, Lausanne, Lugano and Zurich. Swiss food safety laws were changed in May to allow for the sale of food items containing three types of insects: crickets, grasshoppers and mealworms, which are the larval form of the mealworm beetle.    Read more of this post

Wind Chimes, Mood Lighting & Food

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Oxford University professor of experimental psychology Charles Spence suggests wind chimes hanging in a kitchen can help fussy children to eat their greens. He claims that parents can help enhance taste and suppress the bitterness of vegetables through ‘sonic seasoning.’ Read more of this post

Hacking a Casino Through Their Fish Tank

smartphone-cartoon-spying-1024x725In July the Washington Post reported that hackers had attempted to acquire data from a North American casino by using an Internet-connected fish tank, according to cybersecurity firm Darktrace. The fish tank had sensors connected to a PC that regulated the temperature, food and cleanliness of the tank. Read more of this post

A Remembrance of Steely Dan’s Walter Becker & Life On Maui

walter3697e55a03c690112414fIt’s tough to imagine a world without Walter Becker. He lived on Maui for many years and was known to many on our island. Very unassuming and the antithesis of the “rock star,” Walter was blessed with a dry wit which he would sometimes display in letters to The Maui News. Here now is selections from an old interview I conducted with Walter in his Maui home studio talking about the resurrection of Steely Dan. Read more of this post

Smart Meter Victory on Maui


Maui’s electric utility has taken an extraordinary step in proposing to only provide new smart meters to customers who request them. The decision is likely the first time that a utility anywhere in the nation has adopted such a radical proposal. Across the United States, people have either been forced to accept a smart meter replacement for their analog meter, or pay an “opt-out” fee, in places like California, of more than $400, to not take the forced “upgrade.” Read more of this post

Weed Killer Designed to Save Farms is Devastating Them

dicamba-soybeans-damage-Porter-0501W1-3245a_1The damage in northeast Arkansas and across the Midwest — sickly soybeans, trees and other crops — has become emblematic of a deepening crisis in American agriculture, reports the Washington Post. Farmers are locked in an arms race between ever-stronger weeds and ever-stronger weed killers. Read more of this post

Right Around the Corner – Synthetic Meat

memphiskq4fkjk1d7otspom4sqzBloomberg reports that Cargill Inc., one of the largest global agricultural companies, has joined Bill Gates and Richard Branson in company that makes meat from self-producing animal cells. Memphis Meats, which produces beef, chicken and duck directly from animal cells without raising and slaughtering livestock or poultry, raised $17 million from investors. Read more of this post

The Kali Yuga – Big Changes Looming?

kaliyugaAccording to ancient Vedic scriptures we are in the age of the Kali Yuga, the last of the four stages the world goes through as part of the cycle of yugas.  Hindus believe that human civilization degenerates spiritually during the Kali Yuga, which is referred to as the Dark Age because in it people are as far away as possible from God. Read more of this post