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« Reply #200 on: October 16, 2019, 10:36:50 AM »
Study Casts Doubt on One of Our Key Assumptions About The 'Powerhouse of The Cell'


But an important new study suggests they're actually more like the cutting edge battery packs inside Tesla's cars - with each fold inside the mitochondria providing power independently.

And that actually makes a lot of sense. The reason Tesla's become such a big name in electric cars and power storage is because their battery systems are capable of packing a whole lot of energy into a small space - while ensuring the failure of one part doesn't bring down the whole setup.

Now new research by American and German scientists suggests that nature may have thought up a similar system first.

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To test the one mitochondrion/one battery model, the endocrinologist and his team used high resolution microscopy and staining techniques to observe the fine details of mitochondria inside several different types of human cell.

The staining also allowed them to determine how a voltage difference called the mitochondrial membrane potential varied along the meandering curtain of inner membrane.

If the whole membrane had the same potential, or if everything depolarised when a single cristae was damaged, a single mitochondrion could be considered to be acting as a unit. But that isn't what Shirihai and his team saw at all.

"What the images told us was that each of these cristae is electrically independent, functioning as an autonomous battery," says Shirihai.

"One cristae can get damaged and stop functioning while the others maintain their membrane potential."

https://www.sciencealert.com/tiny-power-units-inside-our-cells-act-more-like-an-electric-car-s-battery-than-we-thought
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« Reply #201 on: October 21, 2019, 09:33:03 PM »
Canadians are voting today.

Nationally there are four main parties (plus a party that only runs in the province of Quebec): the Liberals (who are currently in power), the Conservatives, the NDP (slightly left of centre), and the Green Party.

The Conservative Party wants to scrap the carbon tax that was just brought in this year by the Liberal Party (and has been praised highly by James Hansen). The Conservatives are also very pro-pipeline expansion, though the Liberal Party also intends to build at least one more pipeline (Trans-Mountain).

The Greens have two seats going into this election, and it was thought that this would be a big chance for them, however, the NDP seem to have been surging in the last couple of weeks.

There's been a lot of talk about vote splitting (as always); people are afraid of the conservatives getting in power and are being encouraged to vote Liberal. However, it looks like we might end up with a minority government, where no one party has enough seats to govern, thus forcing a coalition. In certain scenarios a coalition government could give the Green Party significant influence.

Results should start coming in in about 4 hours from now.

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« Reply #202 on: October 21, 2019, 10:04:38 PM »
I'm off to check off the Liberal box at the polls. Harpers reign is too fresh in my mind to take a chance on voting for any of the other party even though my own politics is much more closely aligned with the NDP's platform. Trudeau has been a huge disappointment, but the possibility of another Conservative government is as real as Cambridge Analitica flipping a few well chosen seats.


ABC - Anyone But Conservatives
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« Reply #203 on: October 22, 2019, 06:38:13 AM »
Why not vote for the greenest party Terry?
I don't know your GRN party's integrity but from wdmn's emissions projections graph, they are nicely ambitious. The rest aren't.
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« Reply #204 on: October 22, 2019, 09:07:41 PM »
The results are final.

The Liberals were given a minority government. In order to pass legislation they will need the help of either the Conservatives, the Bloc Quebecois (a Quebec sovereignty party that is quite progressive on climate change), or the NDP.

The two main oil producing provinces (Alberta and Saskatchewan) only elected one non-conservative member of parliament between them.

In much of the rest of the country (especially the urban centres) it seems that many went the route of Terry and voted Liberal out of fear of vote splitting leading to a Conservative government. For many people this was connected to a fear of moving backwards on climate change action.

The Green Party increased their number of seats from 2 to 3, and doubled their percentage of the popular vote from the previous election. The First Past the Post system ensured that though they received only slightly fewer votes than the Bloc Quebecois, they won 1/10th of the seats.

We'll see how long this government lasts... but it seems that the federal carbon tax is safe for now. Will the Liberals be able to build their Trans Mountain pipeline?

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« Reply #205 on: October 22, 2019, 11:17:45 PM »
The results in Canada are encouraging.


Trudeau's appeasement of western energy interests cost him votes in the rest of the country, while not bringing him a single seat in the west. Who will push the pipeline forward now?


The Parties that the Liberals now need the cooperation of are all greener and further to the left, so I expect Trudeau to initiate programs more to my liking, and more to the liking of those, like I, who held their nose as they checked the Liberal candidate's box.


Trudeau's tough on Russia agenda didn't win him any votes in the west where Ukrainian Canadians voted for the Conservative Party. We'll see if our Canadian version of Cookie Lady Nuland, Chrystia Freeland, retains her position.


If Trudeau was taking a right wing  "hawkish" stance in hopes of luring former Harper voters to his camp, and if he was hoping that pushing a pipeline would gain him western acceptance, this election should have taught him that these policies have only alienated his base. I believe he's bright enough and flexible enough to return to the green, peaceable policies that won his first election.


At least I hope that these are the lessons learned.
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« Reply #206 on: November 06, 2019, 05:34:52 PM »
Researchers Find Connection Between Pathogen History and Degree of Moral Vitalism
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-pathogen-history-degree-moral-vitalism.html

An international team of researchers has found evidence that suggests the degree of moral vitalism—believing in forces of good and evil—in a given society may be related to its pathogen history.

Historians have known for some time that people from earlier times had a tendency to blame the devil or evil spirits for their misfortunes. There is also ample evidence of people blaming diseases on such spirits as well—the reaction by many to the Black Death in Europe is a prime example. In this new effort, the researchers wondered if attributing disease to such spirits might confer an evolutionary advantage.

The researchers looked at data from prior research efforts aimed at better understanding the role the evil eye and the devil have played in various cultures. To gain a better perspective on the data they obtained, they created models that compared the pathogen history of each with the degree of moral vitalism. They report that doing so revealed a pattern: societies that faced more diseases tended to exhibit higher moral vitalism.

In an additional study researchers found what they describe as a clear association in behavior patterns. Those study participants living in places where they were more likely to contract a serious disease tended to have a higher degree of moral vitalism—and they were more likely to engage in behaviors meant to protect themselves from such spirits.

The researchers conclude by suggesting that taken together, the data from the three studies suggests that there is a connection between pathogen history and level of moral vitalism. And they further suggest that it appears to confer an evolutionary advantage. Someone who believes the devil is responsible for making someone sick, for example, will likely take action to avoid being around that person, keeping them safe.


Ned Flanders speaks

Open Access: Brock Bastian et al. Explaining illness with evil: pathogen prevalence fosters moral vitalism, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2019)
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« Reply #207 on: November 06, 2019, 06:23:33 PM »
Learning is Optimized When We Fail 15% of the Time
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-11-optimized.html

Educators and educational scholars have long recognized that there is something of a "sweet spot" when it comes to learning. That is, we learn best when we are challenged to grasp something just outside the bounds of our existing knowledge. When a challenge is too simple, we don't learn anything new; likewise, we don't enhance our knowledge when a challenge is so difficult that we fail entirely or give up.

So where does the sweet spot lie? According to the new study, to be published in the journal Nature Communications, it's when failure occurs 15% of the time. Put another way, it's when the right answer is given 85% of the time.

"These ideas that were out there in the education field—that there is this 'zone of proximal difficulty,' in which you ought to be maximizing your learning—we've put that on a mathematical footing," said UArizona assistant professor of psychology and cognitive science Robert Wilson, lead author of the study, titled "The Eighty Five Percent Rule for Optimal Learning."

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-12552-4
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« Reply #208 on: November 08, 2019, 04:47:50 PM »
Microsoft HoloLens mimics STNG HoloDeck



Building the First Holographic Brain 'Atlas'
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-11-holographic-brain-atlas.html

A team of researchers, led by Case Western Reserve University scientists and technicians using the Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality platform, has created what is believed to be the first interactive holographic mapping system of the axonal pathways in the human brain.

"More than 100 clinicians have had a chance to beta test this so far and the excitement around the technology has been exceptional," McIntyre said, adding that the method is already dramatically advancing scientists' understanding of the complexities associated with certain, targeted brain surgeries.

The new research incorporates decades of valuable, but disconnected, neural data from dozens of sources and transforms them into a fully three-dimensional and interactive visualization. Users of the technology, including neural engineers, neuroanatomists, neurologists, and neurosurgeons, are able to see both the animated "atlas" of the brain via the HoloLens headset—and the axonal connections in front of them.


Computer; End program.
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« Reply #209 on: November 09, 2019, 06:30:52 PM »
'Orangutan Granted Legal 'Personhood' Settles Into New Florida Home
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/orangutan-granted-legal-personhood-settles-new-florida-home-n1079261

Judge Elena Liberatori's landmark ruling in 2015 declared that Sandra is legally not an animal, but a non-human person, thus entitled to some legal rights enjoyed by people, and better living conditions.
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« Reply #210 on: November 15, 2019, 12:37:42 AM »
Hell Yes, Weird Ice Disk Season Is Upon Us
https://earther.gizmodo.com/hell-yes-weird-ice-disk-season-is-upon-us-1839869456



Video emerged on Thursday of the first known swirly ice disk of the season. While smaller than the monstrous platter of ice that clogged Maine’s Presumpscot River last year, the new floating circle of ice spotted in Haynesville, Maine is still pretty cool.
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« Reply #211 on: November 15, 2019, 03:30:21 PM »
sorry, I totally lied to you in the headline and I hope you can forgive me

At least he is honest and the picture is worth it.  :)
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« Reply #212 on: November 15, 2019, 08:52:20 PM »
Might come in handy later in the season ...

Ketogenic Diet Helps Tame Flu Virus
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-11-ketogenic-diet-flu-virus.html

A high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet like the Keto regimen has its fans, but influenza apparently isn't one of them.

Mice fed a ketogenic diet were better able to combat the flu virus than mice fed food high in carbohydrates, according to a new Yale University study published Nov. 15 in the journal Science Immunology.

The ketogenic diet—which for people includes meat, fish, poultry, and non-starchy vegetables—activates a subset of T cells in the lungs not previously associated with the immune system's response to influenza, enhancing mucus production from airway cells that can effectively trap the virus, the researchers report.

Specifically, the researchers found that the ketogenic diet triggered the release of gamma delta T cells, immune system cells that produce mucus in the cell linings of the lung—while the high-carbohydrate diet did not.

Open Access: E.L. Goldberg el al., "Ketogenic diet activates protective γδ T cell responses against influenza virus infection," Science Immunology (2019)
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« Reply #213 on: November 18, 2019, 05:36:43 PM »
Rally for Life

Cooperation with UNCCD goes on,
Sadhguru and Ibrahim Thiaw (UN Under-Secretary-General and UNCCD Executive Secretary) are speaking about the future of land and our role in it:

... in all the 16 states that I went to every chief minister and every politician of some substance participated in the event
... prime minister received the document
... within the 24 hours they formed committee to look at it
... within 2.5 to 3 months it became official recommended policy for all the 28 states

... this happened only because there were 162 million people backing the whole movement
... people have to express what is it they want ...

Conversation ended 6 hours ago, view on Periscope:
https://www.pscp.tv/w/1OdKrLoDAYeJX


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« Reply #214 on: November 20, 2019, 11:59:29 AM »
Intelligence Without Brains

Watching can entertain you and more. Topics are listed in the video description.

< Life means responsibility, means involvement, means cooperation >
where there is no involvement there will be no life
where there is no cooperation there will be no life

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« Reply #215 on: November 21, 2019, 10:26:22 AM »
Our current greatest enemy is excess atmospheric CO2.
All our militaries are helping the enemy.
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« Reply #216 on: November 22, 2019, 01:42:55 AM »
Our current greatest enemy is excess atmospheric CO2.
All our militaries are helping the enemy.
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« Reply #217 on: November 27, 2019, 05:11:14 PM »
A lighthouse in Michigan, before and after a major ice storm

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« Reply #218 on: November 28, 2019, 08:57:14 PM »
do your thoughts owns you or do you own your thoughts? the answer should be obvious .
beyond car-mans philosophy: car can be a nice one but it is still only an accessory, a tool - it shouldn't own you.

" this physiology and this psychology are here to serve us, not for us to serve them " guess who says so
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« Reply #219 on: November 28, 2019, 10:32:42 PM »
^^
I'm not sure. That second photo that BKraft posted is so magical that it might well own my thoughts - or at least lease some of them.
It's difficult to pull my eyes away.


A hoary castle risen from Atlantis?
An Arabian, veiled consort?
An Indian Potentates crown?
A Viking Queen trailing her train?


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« Reply #220 on: November 28, 2019, 10:56:20 PM »
The 2nd photo looked unrealistic to me so i had to lookup, this gave me some insight how ice builds over the main struct there.

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« Reply #221 on: November 28, 2019, 11:36:21 PM »
^^
I've witnessed strange structures growing in the icy winter mists off Niagara Falls, but there is something haunting and unearthly about BKraft's photo. Your video presented an explanation while his left the mystery alive.
It's like a magician revealing his secret. We want to know how the illusion was done, yet in learning we may have lost sight of the illusion.


The Cree by the Eastmain project worship a goddess who lives in the mist of a huge and powerful waterfall. She disappeared when the river was diverted some years before I arrived. She'd disappeared, but I was told she could still be seen sometimes at night, when the moon light was at the proper angle.


Who was I, a stranger, to argue?
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« Reply #222 on: November 29, 2019, 09:40:08 AM »
do your thoughts owns you or do you own your thoughts? the answer should be obvious .
beyond car-mans philosophy: car can be a nice one but it is still only an accessory, a tool - it shouldn't own you.

" this physiology and this psychology are here to serve us, not for us to serve them " guess who says so
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Hi Ivica, thanks for the good music :).

Perhaps you find my view interesting:
I think the question "do your thoughts own you or do you own your thoughts" is a clear sign of supremacy. Of mind over body. Of control and ownership.
Owning and being served (depending on the context) are supremacies as well in my view.
The mind/thoughts are part of the body, they are one, and the body/person should naturally be part of living nature.
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« Reply #223 on: November 29, 2019, 10:40:47 AM »
I have a strong suspicion that there are subliminal messages/manipulations in video's on Youtube. Probably also in their selections/overview where recently pictures from a video get animated.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subliminal_stimuli
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« Reply #224 on: November 29, 2019, 10:59:43 AM »
Hi nanning,
"do your thoughts own you or do you own your thoughts" is a question not a sign of anything.
Let me use other words:
one makes (an unpleasant...) thought and then fights that thought (in order to retain control or whatever nonsense), how come?
(Isn't that like the right hand bites you and the left hand fights the right one to protect you?)
Why to produce such thought in the first place? We must learn to use them consciously.

(recall a life risking situation - say while driving a car:
one acts fast and avoid disaster, thoughts were shut off at that event because they are too slow and of no use - or more 'poeticaly': thoughts betrays hidding like a coward, coming later to give a comentary.)

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« Reply #225 on: November 30, 2019, 05:24:28 PM »
Do not know where else to post this.

This article is in my opinion a great summary of what's going on with our planet:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/29/countries-from-siberia-to-australia-are-burning-the-age-of-fire-is-the-bleakest-warning-yet
  by Julian Cribb

It is time not only to think the unthinkable, but to speak it: the world economy, civilisation, and maybe our survival as a species are on the line

"It is time not only to think the unthinkable, but to speak it: that the world economy, civilisation, and maybe our very survival as a species are on the line. And it is past time to act"

Please read the linked short article. It is very good I think. And interesting comments.
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« Reply #226 on: December 02, 2019, 09:45:38 PM »

"It is time not only to think the unthinkable, but to speak it: that the world economy, civilisation, and maybe our very survival as a species are on the line. And it is past time to act"

But what about the REALLY important stuff

Quote
China pork crisis prompts German sausage fears


The Federal Meat Industry Association (BVDF) has sounded a "schnitzel alarm"
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-50628310?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science_and_environment&link_location=live-reporting-story

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"And that's all I'm going to say about that". Forrest Gump
"Damn, I wanted to see what happened next" (Epitaph)

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« Reply #227 on: December 04, 2019, 01:18:53 PM »
Why people should be involved?

...   No policy is going to work, unless people cooperate and make it happen
...   the largest wealth we have is our population
...   Wether we will harness this population to become a solution, or we will leave it unharnessed and become a major problem, is in our hands.
...   So educating the population, getting the population inspired and involved is the only solution in the world. Really.


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« Reply #228 on: December 04, 2019, 06:48:46 PM »
...

"As a generation of people we have taken the largest bite out of this planet."



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« Reply #229 on: December 05, 2019, 07:48:30 AM »
"As a generation of people civilisation we have taken the largest bite out of this planet."

Fixed that ;)
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« Reply #231 on: December 05, 2019, 08:17:54 PM »
The unedited YT video "Neil deGrasse Tyson: Why a Colony on Mars is Unlikely to Happen." and the Q&A video
which sleepy and i have mentioned in 2018 at Café and here are no more available at the WGS channel.
(Unedited version is still at the other channel.)

The edited version, which we searched for, which includes the slides is at the World Government Summit channel with the new title: The Future of Colonizing Space- Neil deGrasse Tyson- WGS 2018

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« Reply #232 on: December 06, 2019, 04:35:23 PM »
   Climate crisis is 'challenge of civilisation', says pope

NOTE: He didn't say "humanity", he said "civilisation". That is very good because it is correct and an important distinction.
Perhaps he reads my writings here and/or earlier in The Guardian  :-X ::) ;D.


https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/05/climate-crisis-is-challenge-of-civilisation-says-pope
  by Fiona Harvey in Madrid
"It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly" - Bertrand Russell
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« Reply #233 on: December 07, 2019, 11:49:17 AM »
Marriage of Economy and Ecology

A really big issue.

"A recognition of the contribution whales make could be a valuable alternative to costly and untested proposed technological solutions, such as capturing carbon directly from the air and burying it deep underground."
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/11/whales-carbon-capture-climate-change/

"Wherever whales, the largest living things on earth, are found, so are populations of some of the smallest, phytoplankton. These microscopic creatures not only contribute at least 50 percent of all oxygen to our atmosphere, they do so by capturing about 37 billion metric tons of CO2, an estimated 40 percent of all CO2 produced. To put things in perspective..."

"Exactly how much should we be willing to spend on protecting the whales? We estimate that, if whales were allowed to return to their pre-whaling numbers—capturing 1.7 billion tons of CO2 annually—it would be worth about $13 per person a year to subsidize these whales’ CO2 sequestration efforts."
https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2019/12/natures-solution-to-climate-change-chami.htm


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« Reply #234 on: December 07, 2019, 09:01:23 PM »
If we only knew and appreciated the contribution of everything.

The whales intrigued me for a time. Just whale poop is amazing just like whales that die of natural causes instead of ´scientific´ japanese harpoons. There was this video of a whale carcass on the sea floor in a time lapse. For the creatures of the rather nutrient poor deep this is a party and all kind of critters showed up for it.

The value of the whales...or the coral reefs which support so much other life and many other unseen habitats that we are losing. The sea floor must be poorer now for the things we did to the whales and also the fish in general.

There was this site from an ocean fishing club in Florida or somewhere around there and they had 70 years of photos or something like that and you could just see the fish shrink.



Þetta minnismerki er til vitnis um að við vitum hvað er að gerast og hvað þarf að gera. Aðeins þú veist hvort við gerðum eitthvað.

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« Reply #235 on: December 07, 2019, 09:33:11 PM »
Re: ´scientific´ japanese harpoons
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...this year is historical, it is the first one where there will be no whaling in international waters. This has been a longtime mission of ours, as some people know, the Japanese fleet has retreated from the Southern ocean.
"Captain Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, has lived an adventurous life. He’s been shot at, imprisoned, and threatened more times than he can remember. For what? For having the audacity to believe that maybe, just maybe, whales have rights and should not be eradicated from this planet for human benefit. His war with those who believe otherwise has spanned over four decades, and, in his words, he’s far from done."
https://uproxx.com/life/trailer-paul-watson-documentary-interview/

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« Reply #236 on: December 08, 2019, 08:39:11 AM »
Australia’s civil rights rating downgraded as report finds world becoming less free
CIVICUS Monitor finds that in Asia almost nobody lives in a country where civil rights are not being eroded or repressed

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/07/australias-civil-rights-rating-downgraded-as-report-finds-world-becoming-less-free
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“The percentage of people living in Asian countries with closed, repressed or obstructed civic space is now at 95%.”

“New laws in Australia are creating a chilling effect on freedom of expression, especially for journalists and whistleblowers seeking to expose issues of public interest,” CIVICUS UN adviser Lyndal Rowlands said. “Other new legislation seems to give the government inappropriate powers to allow for unjustified encroachments on Australians’ right to privacy.”

The Australian Council for International Development chief executive, Marc Purcell, said rising authoritarianism was one of the most threatening trends across the Asia-Pacific and that Australia must be more active in responding to this challenge.

“The backsliding on basic civic freedoms and democratic rights is an alarming deterioration,” he said. “The persistent assault on civil society and fundamental freedoms in Asia, particularly on censorship and harassment and even, in some cases, the killing of NGO leaders, demonstrates the need for urgent action.”
"It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly" - Bertrand Russell
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« Reply #237 on: December 08, 2019, 12:30:03 PM »
More on How Whales Help Life

   9 years ago:    Whale poo to fight CO2?
   5 years ago:    How Whales Change Climate   (Ref. avail.)

   2 days ago:  Why one whale is worth more than 1000 trees | CO2 capturing giants


Ralph Chami featured there is one of the authors of the IMF article given previously.

"Whale preservation should be at the top of the global climate agenda" says someone somewhere. Spread the word.

< Whales - intelligence in action >


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« Reply #238 on: December 09, 2019, 12:29:41 PM »
until they become conscious they will never rebel.


by Luigi Pampaloni

edit: i forgot the dot .

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« Reply #239 on: December 09, 2019, 07:21:18 PM »
“There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

Insensible before the wave so soon released by callous fate. Affected most, they understand the least, and understanding, when it comes, invariably arrives too late

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4 years ago



"World Music for Environmental Consciousness" launched at UN COP21: Trailer and one song from that album, Samsara
"This song is the voice of our Mother, represented by different lineages of culture, calling on her children to change their ways."

Where are we now  ?