May 30, 2014
Bilderberg turns 60 and hosts its next 3 day meeting in Holland in its 60th year.
April 23, 2014
See the size of it- it is probably slowly loading its universal view of relative dimensions in space, from the nucleus of a hydrogen atom up to the known (but unoservable) universe. It is worth letting it load up and then click and explore.
January 31, 2014
It is proposed as a Labour policy, maybe better described as “strategy”, extending the vote to students, those most affected and unlikely to vote for “that other party, the one Nick Clegg used to lead”.
This is bound to provide a political response to those most affected by the reversal of the Free Education stance of the Lib Dems who traded an enslavement of future generations under mother Government for a few years pretending they had “influenced things”. If the Lib Dems were either Liberal or Democrats their first act in coalition would be let to Government settle in but to pull the plug by voting against student fees, the Labour party would have had a chance to recover from Brown – and the “hard decisions” would have been to stimulate the economy instead of starving it. Now we may have a dystopian future of a confident Ed Balls playing wrong-foot the Chancellor by declaring a surplus would be the Labour policy when it probably is not. Economics do not appear to be the most reliable of election planks but the student vote is. And so it should be. Enfranchise the young – give then a vote and the Government may have to subscribe to a future for all.
November 7, 2013
A new method of reprogramming DNA is seen as a major break though in the treatment of hereditary diseases. There may be many concerns about inaccuracy with other techniques whereas Crispr is accurate. It is a bit disturbing, this enthusiasm, to mess with evolution. However tempting it is to assume that such is an evolved ability, therefore completely within nature. How far away is cosmetic genetic remodelling, sort of plastic surgery for your future grandchildren?
August 24, 2013
Extraordinary and very interesting Maori TV Documntary that explains what “land occupation” really means for one of the original native tribes of Brazil.
August 13, 2013
A federal judge ruled on Monday that the stop-and-frisk tactics of the New York Police Department violated the constitutional rights of minorities in the city
– NY Times
This stop and frisk is seen by many city officials as the central driver behind a reduction in murders as a direct result of the removal of many weapons from circulation. That officers would stop and frisk people based on their race is racial profiling, but if it is the weapons that they are going for and they are found to dominate in certain communities and not others.q
In this way the Second Amendment is limited in that some are not welcome to carry weapons when others are but that seems the face of it.
March 23, 2013
Be it known on this day man makes machines that teach machines to think. It what appears to be an international OMG moment, we wade into territory that we have already been warned about. Making machines that can teach machines to think. What a silly idea, non?
What could possibly go wrong, really?
March 16, 2013
Although it is rare, this virus is extremely dangerous, but because it has surfaced in a very few cases mainly mainly out of Saudi Arabia there was considerably urgency to investigate it as 3 million Muslims a year conduct pilgrimages to Mecca and Medina from all over the world.
What people think matters. As the media has already started to report on this new strain of virus that can cause acute pneumonia in just a few patients, we assume that this is the only such virus. The fact is that viruses are evolving all the time as are most creatures, but as these forms of life are threads of the part that shapes us, its virulent characteristics can and will mutate as it adapts to its environs.
Should the public be concerned about this new strain of coronavirus? Yes, of course it should. Will there be a pandemic. Based on the evidence thus far, it could indeed be the exposed tip of a more virulent iceberg. However, it does not appear to be that way.
The more pathogenic a virus, the greater the risk we will take to conquer it. And the less potential it has to spread. Allowing it to spread is not such a good idea as the more cellular material it can interact with, the more genetic information it gathers. It is an awareness of how to evolve ourselves and our behaviour.
Article in The Guardian
January 30, 2013
The Tories send 200 UK soldiers to help train Mali government troops
so they can maintain a government in the face of Islamic invaders.
August 21, 2012
It is a questionnaire and is probably not all that scientific as it thinks I am nearly 100% for the Green Party. I am not a 100% anything. Changing one’s views is important unless one is running for office, when I guess it is not. In this case, I nearly agree with the opinion of the questionnaire as to my current world view. Nature is rather high on my priority list as is scientific logical thinking. I think my percentages for each would be closer to 55 / 80 / 75 / 50 / 3 – but here is the result of my answering the questionnaire. Cut and paste your link into a comment. I am looking for people with different views (pro Ron Paul or Romney most welcome) who want to publish stuff on Disturbing Trends… to balance a bit with my incredibly left wing leanings. I do not find “conspiracy theories” that convincing – more interested in discussing economic ideas and novel political ideas.
I side with results
I took the test on ISideWith.com.
99% Jill Stein – on science, social, environmental, economic, domestic policy, foreign policy, immigration, and healthcare issues
90% Barack Obama – on science, social, immigration, economic, environmental, and foreign policy issues
86% Stewart Alexander – on social, science, economic, immigration, foreign policy, environmental, and healthcare issues
30% Ron Paul on domestic policy, healthcare, and foreign policy issues
5% Mitt Romney no major issues
February 28, 2012
after a bit of an outage – hey had other sites I had to attend to first and a life so my ancient 10 year old blog took a break. So for a brand new audience – new all sorts of things.
January 17, 2012
London is going to be a melting pot in more ways than one this summer as the Olympics swells London by half a million from all over. It will be a grand gathering for viruses and bacteria conducting their own competitions.
December 11, 2011
The internet can change the world. Volunteer grandmothers educate children in India for free. People find new ways to improve life by sharing knowledge. It is not just web pages, but entirely new paradigms of political force, economic change and social equity that will emerge. The Indian Granny Cloud is one such world changing movement.
June 30, 2011
We have rehosted disturbingtrends.org (this new one carries on from the ancient blogger blog) with snippets, updates, and links to longer stories on the more indepth predicting future politics (and more historic covering the last ten years or so) blog. In addition other publications: medianightmare.blogspot.com, opensauces.blogspot.com, and weblogtheory.blogspot.com (these shall continue as blogger sites).
June 29, 2011
The world has creeping deserts which have an abundance of sun and sand. Read what one inventor has created, a 3D laser printing machine that makes computer designed objects out of silica.
June 27, 2011
While President Obama was rebuked by Congress for the American involvement in the war in Libya, the International Criminal Court in The Hague have indicted Muammar-el-Qaddafi for war crimes alongside his son Seif-el-Islam and his chief of intelligence, Abdullah Senussi.
June 23, 2011
The Greek Tragedy threatens to engulf Europe in a contagion of defaults, resulting in loans from other countries / investors not being repaid.
Does economic isolation logically follow a default? Would you lend to someone who never repaid their debts? Moreover, when a default occurs the overseas assets of the nation could be repossessed or nationalised by the creditor nation. Unable to borrow funds to finance Government spending could only be financed by printing money. And economies that inflate in this way render their currency meaningless. Like Zimbabwe.
The problem is that the trade between nations is the driver of economic wealth. The sudden cessation of the ability to import would hamper the capabilities for business growth as well as indulgence in the luxuries we can import. Exporting would also be limited as one could not expect payment from an erstwhile business partner to whom billions are not repaid.
Unemployment and criminal activity would follow.
So how can spiraling economies like Greece recover? When the bulk of Government spending is an ingrained bureaucracy without inherent value that can be exported, it does not provide much scope for a means to recover. And how does the unprecedented levels of imbalance become rebalanced?
The inherent force by which China forces its human economy to produce exportable goods for little pay has enabled it to outdo the West through sheer economic force. It is a flaw in values that money is a relativistic means of exchange, that economic prosperity can be distorted by risk to the degree it has and that greed should be the rationale over which economic decisions are reached.
Gambling produces nothing except increased risk. The only path out of this mess is to confront what is real, not what is imagined.
June 22, 2011
To claim that solar power is too weak to power the world is simply wrong. We use so little of the solar power that arrives for free from the sun and investment in using more of it efficiently will not have the potential cost or nightmare consequences of a nuclear meltdown.
Climate change denial does not stop irreversible extinctions and “being real” by building nuclear plants on or near fault lines or population centres is plainly daft.
What commercial imperative is there for free energy? Free energy is the most efficient form of energy. It would mean we can spend more on the very real problems we face from polluting the seas.
June 21, 2011
The damage humankind does by overfishing and polluting the ocean is a threat to our existence as well as the food chain for all life.
June 17, 2011
Granted that the IMF bails out countries and finances deficits against future growth, it is seen as a stabilising force in the world. But to what degree are weapons funding inherently part of this structural adjustment to a nation’s expectations? If the IMF did not bail out a country, then what would happen to them?
The financial crisis that has rocked the world was, in case anyone has forgotten, due to Lehman Brothers and the sub-prime mortgage markets collapsing. It was due to the raised expectations and false hope provided by signing up everyone who could never afford it, loans that were almost certain to collapse in a pile of bad debt. These bad debts were then onsold into the “market” that was seen as being completely able to direct what happened next. It could not. And what happened was a call on the also illogical insurances that backed Lehman deals. And that saw AIG being bailed out by the US government for 185 billion dollars.
The damage done was having to reverse all these ridiculous agreements for those who could not afford mortgages they should have avoided. It is the illusion of being able to stay above water that keeps the poor sods struggling before they sink. If they remained in their affordable, uncomfortable, low expectation lifestyle, there would have not been a problem. It is a need to have things as a right rather than as a reward that seems basic to this horror.
And the same goes for the IMF bailing out the economies where tax payers have bailed out banks. All very well to continue to support these banks that have flouted their responsibilities. But are new investment rules and responsibilities not just overdue?
Are we being taken for a ride by the likes of the IMF?
See New York Times
June 14, 2011
Climate changes are directly affecting the wealth and well being of the world. Meantime educational advisers to the Government are asking that Climate Change be removed from the Science curriculum to make more room for core science.
Read full post on Disturbing Trends: Predicting Future Politics
Mankind has advanced by learning to work with nature.
Nature has supplied him with energy sources, building materials, food, water, air and fire.
You can effect remarkable change by “doing one thing”.
An excellent talk by Robyn O’Brien about the corporations who profit from making Americans more unhealthy and charge them for the right to eat foods they have not so processed.
Looks like a great film – women who have enough of being defined and demeaned by men.