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Earth Hour Snakeoil

Posted by feww on March 30, 2008

Much Global Ado . . .

The Snakeoil salesmen are having a field day again! From Suva in Fiji to San Francisco, in the US of A; last time it was ban the plastic shopping bag!

Perhaps the only sensible words uttered by anyone came from San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who said “It is not just about turning off the lights, it is about raising awareness.”

Unfortunately, his wisdom was soon marred into dark humor as San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge lights were switched off.

Did anyone also switch off their TV sets, freezers, fridges, cookers, electric kettles, computers, air-conditioners, immersion heaters …? Did a single power station reduce their base load?

Would it make any difference even if everyone were to switch off their entire lighting system for an hour everyday? How about 2 hours? Or perhaps 4, better still, 8 hours? May be 16? What if everyone switched off their lights 24/365? How much difference do you think such move would make? Care to hazard a guess?

Organizers of Earth Hour conceded that switching off the lights for one hour would have little impact on carbon emissions; however, they insisted that the participation of so many individuals and business proved there was concern about climate change throughout the world. What they didn’t tell you is the root cause of the problem, the exponential growth economy, and how to switch that off.

Unless the existing system of economy is replaced with a radical, eco-centered, zero-growth economy, every effort to conserve energy, reduce carbon emissions, or stop the collapsing ecosystems is a cosmetic gesture and a waste of time, effort and resources!

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Parched Plain of Spain

Posted by feww on March 29, 2008

The Rain in Spain Falls Mainly . . . Er, Nowhere!

The Spanish government has acted to lessen the drought impact for the second time this year, the driest winter in memory. Water has been diverted to ensure supplies to 2.5 million people in the parched southeastern regions.

To reduce its heavy dependence on on imported grain, Spain needs much water to irrigate crops, and to increase hydroelectric output. Water restrictions have been in force since 2003 in some regions of the country.

Sequia en España – Drought in Spain– Photo by Empordako Aharia
[Creative Commons License – Some rights reserved]

Water reservoirs for consumption and agricultural use are only 44.1 percent full (down from 51.5 percent a year ago), and reservoirs allocated to Spain’s power stations are at 54.5 percent of capacity (down from 77.1 percent last year). Hydroelectric turbines provided only about five percent of Spain’s total demand in the last two months, down from 12 percent in wet years. News Report

In 2006, the drought-stricken Spain and France had their lowest corn production in 50 years, while in some parts of Australia there was no wheat harvest, and in the United States corn production fell 6 percent.

Posted in crops, Drought, grain, Hydroelectric, irrigation, Rain, Spain | Leave a Comment »

Hotter and Drier

Posted by feww on March 28, 2008

U.S. West Hotter and Drier than Rest of World

The following is an excerpt from a newly published NRDC report Hotter and Drier: The West’s Changed Climate

Human activities are already changing the climate of the American West. This report by the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization (RMCO) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), drawn from 50 scientific studies, 125 other government and scientific sources, and our own new analyses, documents that the West is being affected more by a changed climate than any other part of the United States outside of Alaska. When compared to the 20th century average, the West has experienced an increase in average temperature during the last five years that is 70 percent greater than the world as a whole. Responding quickly at all levels of government by embracing the solutions that are available is critical to minimizing further disruption of this region’s climate and economy. Report

Photo Credit: NRDC [image may be subject to copyright.] See FEWW Fair Use Notice

There’s a fundamental systemic problem. It’s called exponential growth economy and it’s degrading, polluting, tearing apart, destroying and otherwise killing off everything in its domain. In the absence of a ‘radical’ change to the economic system our world is rapidly falling apart.

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Giga Trends

Posted by feww on March 28, 2008


Know Exactly Where You Are Heading!

Without a complete change of direction in human activities, the economy and lifestyles, and based on the elite Zeitgeist, “World Spirit,” available data and observed trends

  • History of civilization (past experience)
  • Current socioeconomic developments (present trends)
  • The exponential rate at which the dynamics of collapse are compounded (future events)

CASF Model, using seven “Giga Trends,” has produced the following forecast concerning the probability of incidence of each trend.

See Main Entry: Giga Trends

Posted in civilization, economy, end game, Giga Trends, History, socioeconomic | Leave a Comment »

Don’t Take the Kids To New Zealand

Posted by feww on March 27, 2008

[New Zealand Poisoning Syndrome (NZPS), Health Bulletin # 7. Toxic Environment, March 27, 2008]

The Legacy of Poisoning the Soil, Water and Air

If you must visit New Zealand, don’t take your children with you! Here are the reasons why:

Young People: Causes of Deaths [in New Zealand]

Young people in the 10 to 14-year age group were more likely to die of cancer and a range of diseases which afflict various sites and systems of the body (nervous system, sense organs and endocrine system). In 1994, 62.7 percent of deaths of 10 to 14-year-olds were the result of chronic illnesses or diseases, while 77.9 percent of 15 to 24-year-olds died from external causes, particularly due to accidents, suicide and self-inflicted injury, and non-motor vehicle accidents.

(Source: Statistics New Zealand: Young people: causes of deaths, URL:
cause-of-death.htm; accessed 27 March 2008 )

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Previous New Zealand Poisoning Syndrome (NZPS), Health Bulletins:

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Pleasure Center

Posted by feww on March 27, 2008

The following is a reply to the blogger Alan Roberta who recently dropped by. In his response to A Fast-Warming World Alan wrote:

The latest news about climate change is so alarming (the right wing would say alarmist) as to make many people want to plant their aching heads in the sand. Some scientists using advanced computer models now argue that if we want to stop the Earth from warming, the amount of carbon we should be emitting is … none. None? As in, zero? As in, shutting down the global industrial economy? After all, global energy demand is expected to accelerate until at least 2020. Yet attempts even to slow the rate of increase of carbon emissions have paralyzed world politics for more than a decade.

FEWW replied:

Alan, we [Members of Creating a Sustainable Future, CASF] have argued for ZERO emissions by way of reducing the world energy consumption to levels below 60EJ since 2005. See

There’s a fundamental systemic problem. It’s called exponential growth economy and it’s degrading, polluting, tearing apart destroying and otherwise killing off everything in its domain. In the absence of a ‘radical’ change to the economic system our world is rapidly falling apart. See:

The world is also running out of TOPSOIL. There are only about 4 years to go before a sharp decline in the production of food crops occur due to critically low levels of topsoil. See:

Freshwater? Not much left! See:

The end result? First the collapsing cities, then war and finally ecocide. See and

Yet attempts even to slow the rate of increase of carbon emissions have paralyzed world politics for more than a decade.

The Golden Age

The ruling elite, their politicians and lawmakers (sic) depend on the political economy and enjoy the status quo. The economic system [and the lifestyles that it promotes] places the individual’s pleasure above all else, stimulating their “pleasure center.” A CASF Member equates the human reaction to the ecological fallout [the loss of food, freshwater, habitat, species extinction . . . pollution, climate change, extreme weather events . . . and the failing ecosystems] with the famous Frankensteinian experiment on rats:

Two brain researchers, James Olds and Peter Milner, while investigating if rats might be made uncomfortable by electrical stimulation of certain areas of their brain, especially the limbic system, discovered the “pleasure center” in the 1950s. An electrical current was applied to the rat if they entered a specific corner of a cage, the theory being that the uncomfortable effect would deter them from entering that corner. Instead, they came back quickly after the each stimulation. The rats were allowed to press the stimulation lever themselves in later experiments; they pressed it as much as seven-hundred times per hour. This region in the rat’s brain became known as the “pleasure center”.

The Golden Age (Goldenes-Zeitalter) by Lucas Cranach the Elder.

The Skinner Box

In later experiments, rats in Skinner boxes with metal electrodes implanted into their nucleus accumbens repeatedly pressed a lever which activated their pleasure center. They did so in preference over food and water, eventually dying from exhaustion.

The Skinner Box. Image: GNU Free Documentationl icense, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation. Source: (Wikimedia Commons).

If a rat is given the choice between stimulating the forebrain (obtaining pleasure) or eating, it will choose stimulation to the point of exhaustion and death.

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Naples Garbage: First Commercial Dividends

Posted by feww on March 27, 2008

Fouling your own doorstep!

Don’t foul your own doorstep, nor someone else’s! Surely the first thing Italian mothers should now teach their children.

Japan and South Korea blocked imports of mozzarella cheese, one of Italy’s best known culinary products, after larger than “permitted” levels of the lethal dioxin compound, a carcinogen, was found in the mozzarella and milk at 25 out of 130 cheese factories in the southern Campania region near Naples.

The mozzarella di bufala campana known best for flavor and quality (now dioxin) Mozzarella is a generic term for Italian fresh cheeses that are made by spinning and then cutting. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Italy’s Foreign Minister Massimo D’Alema said the alarm was “totally exaggerated and unjustified”.

Italian health officials finally sealed off 83 dairy farms were the cancer-causing dioxin contaminations were found.

“The sealed-off farms are in the southern Campania region around Naples where officials believe a garbage crisis earlier this year is linked to the higher dioxin levels. With dumps in the area full, locals burned piles of rubbish in the streets and in open fields. Health officials say industrial waste was also set ablaze, spreading fumes that in some cases contained dioxin, a toxic chemical.”

Mountains of rubbish lies uncollected in Naple. Photo Credit: AFP (image may be subject to copyright) See: FEWW Fair Use Notice

Experts believe that mozzarella sales in Italy and abroad may fall by more than 60 percent in the near future.


  • A quarter of a million Italian buffalo produce 33,000 tons of mozzarella each year.
  • About 16 percent of mozzarella produced is exported.
  • The sector employs 20,000 people at home.

“Buffalo mozzarella, which costs at least twice as much as mozzarella made with cows’ milk, is best known abroad for its use on pizza, although purists eat it on its own or with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.”

Italian Pizza with Buffalo Mozzarella Topping

An authentic Neapolitan Pizza Margherita. Photo: ElfQrin (Valerio Capello). This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 1.2 or later version.

Original and related reports

Related Links:

What’s Up Next, the E.coli Contaminated Swiss Cheese?

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A Fast-Warming World

Posted by feww on March 26, 2008

Antarctic Ice Shelf Collapse Highlights a Fast-Warming World

Satellite images from the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder reveal a massive ice shelf the size of Connecticut (13,680 square kilometer, or 5,282 square mile) collapsing because of rapid climate change in a fast-warming region of Antarctica.

Satellite images show the Wilkins Ice Shelf breaking up. The large image recorded March 6; right, from top to bottom, February 28, February 29, and March 8. Credit: National Snow and Ice Data Center/NASA

The Wilkins Ice Shelf broke into a sky-blue pattern of exposed deep glacial ice. This true-color image of the Wilkins Ice Shelf was taken by MODIS on March 6, 2008. Credit: National Snow and Ice Data Center

The Wilkins Ice Shelf is a broad plate of permanent floating ice on the southwest Antarctic Peninsula, about 1,000 miles south of South America. In the past 50 years, the western Antarctic Peninsula has experienced the biggest temperature increase on Earth, rising by 0.5 degree Celsius (0.9 degree Fahrenheit) per decade. NSIDC Lead Scientist Ted Scambos, who first spotted the disintegration in March, said, “We believe the Wilkins has been in place for at least a few hundred years. But warm air and exposure to ocean waves are causing a break-up.”

An enhanced-color image of the Wilkins Ice Shelf in Antarctica on March 8, 2008. Narrow iceberg blocks (150 meters wide, or 492 feet) crumbled into house-sized chunks. Credit: Left, National Snow and Ice Data Center; right, National Snow and Ice Data Center/courtesy Cheng-Chien Liu, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan and Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO); processed at Earth Dynamic System Research Center at NCKU, Taiwan.

Collapsing Ice Shelves

Disintegration of Mega-iceberg A53a, South Atlantic

In April 2005, the A53a iceberg broke off the Larsen Ice Shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula drifting north where it encountered warmer temperatures and, nearly three years later, began to disintegrate. Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

The mega-iceberg A53a (upper image) measured about 50 kilometers by 22 kilometers, seven times the area of Manhattan Island, in mid-January 2008 when astronauts took the photographs for this mosaic. Ted Scambos, glaciologist and Lead Scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center [he stitched together three detailed images of mega-iceberg A53aby to make this image,] said, “This is an iceberg worth watching, because, being water-saturated, it may well show a sudden, crumbling, disintegration, spreading fine blue micro-icebergs over the ocean surface.”

The lower image shows A53a in the process of breaking off from the Larsen Ice Shelf in late 2004; the future ice berg is indicated by a dashed line in the image. The wider view of the ice shelf is based on the MODIS Mosaic of Antarctica image map. Some features acquired during the iceberg’s calving have been maintained in the years since.

Icebergs of the southern Atlantic Ocean contain rock material from Antarctica, eroded by the moving ice, and also wind-borne dust from deserts in Africa, South America, and Australia. The finest powdery rock material acts as nutrients for sea organisms. As the sediment-laden icebergs melt, they enrich the surrounding seawater with minerals. The area of enrichment is significantly larger when a mega-iceberg disintegrates into many small pieces. Caption [slightly edited] by M. Justin Wilkinson, NASA-JSC.

Larsen B

The Wilkins is one of a string of ice shelves that have collapsed in the West Antarctic Peninsula in the past thirty years. The Larsen B became the most well-known of these, disappearing in just over thirty days in 2002. The Prince Gustav Channel, Larsen Inlet, Larsen A, Wordie, Muller, and the Jones Ice Shelf collapses also underscore the unprecedented warming in this region of Antarctica.

Mapping the new ice front line towards Cape Foyn: Edge parallel crevasses indicate future calving. Photo courtesy of S. Tojeiro, Fuerza Aerea Argentina, 13 March 2002

View from east to west nunataks Grey, Bruce, and Bull. Photo courtesy of Pedro Skvarca, Instituto Antártico Argentino, 13 March 2002.

Additional images taken from the space by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.

Posted in Antarctica, Climate Change, Ice Shelf, Satellite image, Warming World, Wilkins | 4 Comments »

Toxic Sludge

Posted by feww on March 25, 2008

New Zealand: Contaminated Soil, Air, Water

“Unsustainable industrial and farming activities [have resulted] in chemical contamination of soil, air and water. Arsenic, copper, DDT, dieldrin and lead are the lethal legacy of decades of unsustainable agriculture. Successive governments have advocated for the use of toxic pesticides in New Zealand. [Administrator] Officials assured New Zealanders these pesticides were safe, even in the face of evidence that showed otherwise. Some persistent pesticides, like endosulphan, are still allowed, creating the contaminated sites of the future.” ~ Green Party of Aotearoa NZ

Toxic Sludge. Photo Credit: NZ Greens

Posted in air, new zealand, soil, Toxic Sludge, water, Water pollution | 6 Comments »

Worsening Signs of Planetary Stress

Posted by feww on March 25, 2008

Cyprus: The Sun-Baked Island of Love

Cyprus government ordered emergency water rationing yesterday to deal with the crippling four-year drought. Cyprus has a population of about 800,000; however, about 3 million tourists flock to the island each year.

“A goat walks along the sun-baked bed of Cyprus’s largest reservoir at Kouris, March 20, 2008. Cyprus announced on Monday emergency water cuts to deal with a crippling drought.” Photo Credit: EUTERS/Stringer [Image may be subject to copyright.] See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

The water reserves on the drought stricken popular tourist island are depleting (down to 10.3 percent full) and the two desalination plants, working at full capacity, cannot meet the growing demand. The rainfall in Cyprus has decreased by about 20 percent in the past 35 years and has reached minimal levels since 2003.

In the past 48 hours the temperatures on the island rose to 34 degrees Celsius, (93.2 Fahrenheit), some 14 degrees higher than normal for the season. Original Report: Drought-hit Cyprus starts emergency water rations

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Diseased Food

Posted by feww on March 24, 2008

Warning! Do Not Feed Your Children New Zealand Food Imports!

See Report: Toxic Country – Diseased Food

Posted in arthritis, Campylobacter, factory farming, food contamination, food hygiene, new zealand | Leave a Comment »

How many are up there polluting our skies?

Posted by msrb on March 22, 2008

There’s a fundamental systemic problem. It’s called exponential growth economy and it’s degrading, polluting, tearing apart, destroying and otherwise killing off everything in its domain. In the absence of a ‘radical’ change to the economic system our world is rapidly falling apart.

Related Link: World Problems: The Root Cause Matrix

Worldwide Airport Traffic Summary [YE December 2007]

Passengers : 4,479,822,865 (Up 6.4% YoY)

Air Freight (Mt) : 80,342,643 (Up 2.5% YoY)

Aircraft Movements : 68,636,424 (Up 2.4% YoY)

Copyright Airports Councils International. See Fair Use Notice

Note: Total passengers are rounded off to the nearest 10,000
Source: Airports Councils International

“Thank God men cannot as yet fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth!” ~ Henry David Thoreau


Posted in Air Freight, air travel, Aircraft movements, airport, flight, holiday | Tagged: , , , , | 12 Comments »

Emergency Health Warnings: Toxic Honey Poisoning

Posted by feww on March 22, 2008

[New Zealand Poisoning Syndrome (NZPS), Health Bulletin # 6. Toxic Honey Poisoning, March 22, 2008]

Do NOT Consume New Zealand Honey!

In New Zealand several people have been treated for toxic honey poisoning. Toxic Honey Poisoning has killed, incapacitated and hospitalized scores of people since 1974.

Ingesting high levels of tutin toxin can result in “vomiting, delirium, giddiness, increased excitability, stupor, coma, violent convulsions” and death.

Consumers, especially pregnant women, are strongly advised to avoid eating New Zealand honey.

A teaspoon of toxic honey can severely affect human nervous system, cause seizures and lead to death. Consumers who develop symptoms of tutin poisoning MUST contact the health authorities immediately.

Source: New Zealand: Plumbing the Depth of Depravity

Previous New Zealand Poisoning Syndrome (NZPS), Health Bulletins

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New Zealand Tourism Claims More Victims

Posted by feww on March 22, 2008

Four More Tourists killed in New Zealand

Four members of a Chinese family from Hong Kong, including a girl aged 10, were the latest victims of New Zealand Tourism. The only surviving member of the family, a 30-year-old woman, is in serious condition. Original report

Chinese Embassy in New Zealand should sue for substantial damages on behalf of the victims family. It can easily be proven that 95 percent of New Zealand drivers and a large percentage of the cars in New Zealand are NOT road worthy!

Related Links:

    New Zealand: A Tourist Deathtrap!

    Welcome to New Zealand!
    And will you be playing New Zealand Roulette, or have you booked other games?

    You are twice more likely to be killed on New Zealand roads than in Germany, and probably up to 1,000 times more likely to fall victim to a serious assault!

    [Note: NZ government agencies have declined to provide the relevant stats on the numbers of assaults and murders of foreigners.]

    A 25-year-old Korean national was killed on NZ State Highway 2

    Two Koreans were injured in tourist bus collision

    Three tourists hurt in vicious Queenstown street attack: “It was a very serious assault,” police said.

    Road Death toll: Month-to-date (Land Transport New Zealand)
    As at 18 Feb 2008 : 28 deaths
    Same time last year: 10 deaths
    [Data retrieved on Feb. 18, 2008 from the URL:

    Road Death toll: Month-to-date (Land Transport New Zealand)

    As at 20 Feb 2008 : 27 deaths (!)
    Same time last year: 14 deaths
    [Data retrieved on Feb. 20, 2008 from the URL:

    [Caution: NZ govt. statistics ARE doctored! New Zealand is probably the only country in the world where the dead are statistically resurrected for aesthetic reasons!]

    Links to recent tourist fatalities in NZ:
    New Zealand: A Tourist Deathtrap
    Canadian Tourist Murdered?
    Murdered in New Zealand in the Prime of Her Life

    A 57-year-old American tourist fell to his death after missing unmarked “path” in Mt Cook

    A British tourist killed in bus crash, fate of the other seriously injured tourists unknown

    Roads claim nine lives during weekend

    One person is dead and two seriously injured in a tourist bus collision yesterday.

    Crash raises road toll to 11 for January

    Tourist bus crashes with van, 1 dead.

    Three female Korean tourists, aged 18, 19, and 34, had their right arms amputated after the crash. Another passenger suffered a fractured eye socket.

    Eight Chinese tourists were taken to hospital, one with serious injuries.

    West Coast bus crash injures 21 overseas tourists [with 10 receiving severe injuries such as fractured limbs.]

    One tourist was killed and Eight others are in a critical condition after a head-on crash in Waikato.

    22 foreign tourists run for their lives after their bus catches fire

    A 46-year-old Malaysian woman was raped in Auckland

    See also:

    Posted in Chinese, Chinese Government, Hong Kong, killed, new zealand, New Zealand Roulette, Tourists, victims | 19 Comments »

    Murray-Darling River Communities Are Struggling

    Posted by terres on March 21, 2008

    Signs of Environmental Collapse

    “The South Australian Government says there is no risk that the state will run out of water, despite ongoing drought and its River Murray allocation almost running dry.” ABC News

    Sign Waterkeeper Australia’s Murray Darling Basin Petition

    In Australia, the Murray-Darling River communities are struggling with massive economic, cultural and environmental losses as water is diverted for wasteful industrial agricultural use. The Murray-Darling Basin, Australia’s Food Bowl, produces one third of the nation’s food. But the government’s decision to prioritize irrigated crops and pastures is destroying the watershed and the communities who live there.

    It’s time for the Australian government, and governments around the world, to put people, communities and the environment first. Instead of crying “drought” it’s time we prioritize sustainable water management.

    Click here to sign the petition and add your voice

    Posted in Australian government, Drought, Food Bowl, irrigated crops, Murray-Darling River, water management, watershed | 1 Comment »

    Central and Midwest Floods

    Posted by edro on March 21, 2008


    The death toll in American Midwest flood has reached 13 with 3 people reported missing. Missouri’s governor has declared a state of emergency and President [sic.] Bush has approved federal assistance for the state. Meanwhile, the storm continues moving northeast.

    Deadly Rains in the U.S. Midwest

    An early spring storm system advanced out of the Southern Plains in mid-March 2008, causing widespread flooding. NASA images by Hal Pierce (SSAI/NASA GSFC). Caption by Steve Lang (SSAI/NASA GSFC).

    Related links:

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    Canada: A Cesspool of Industrial Pollution

    Posted by edro on March 21, 2008

    The poorest environmental records of the industrialized countries

    Report: Canada has one of the poorest environmental records of the industrialized countries. The primary finding is that for the twenty-five environmental indicators examined, Canada’s overall ranking among OECD nations is a dismal 28th out of 29. See: Abstract

    Posted in air polution, Canada, energy, OECD, waste, Water pollution | Leave a Comment »

    Oceans, Where Life Started, Are Dying – Part III

    Posted by feww on March 21, 2008

    Tourism: The Most Destructive Human Activity After Warfare

    • After warfare, tourism [euphemistically eco-tourism] is the most destructive human activity. ~ EDRO

    • Tourism [euphemistically and deceitfully referred to as eco-tourism] Is Eco-Terrorism!

    • A Definition of Eco-terrorism by Paul Watson: An act that terrorizes other species and threatens the ecological systems of the planet.

    Basic ecological facts:

    1. Human activities degrade ecosystems.
    2. Intensive human activities destroy ecosystems.
    3. After warfare, tourism is the most destructive human activity. ~

    An excerpt from: Beautiful coastlines disappearing under concrete
    Humans may live in almost every corner of the globe, but our favourite place is the sea. As coastlines around the world are [rapidly] turned into new housing, holiday homes, and tourist developments, this intense human presence is taking a huge toll on marine ecosystems and species.

    • Coastal areas are the most densely populated areas.
    • Tourism is the world’s top growth industry.
    • The coasts are a powerful magnet for tourism.
    • The continental shelf is among the most productive and biologically diverse areas on Earth.
    • About 80% of all tourist flock to coastal areas.
    • Beaches and coral reefs are the most popular destinations.
    • The coral reefs in Honolulu, Hong Kong, Manila, and Singapore have been destroyed mainly from coastal development.
    • Eight of the world’s ten mega cities are located on the coast: Buenos Aires, Calcutta, Lagos, Los Angeles, Mumbai, New York City, Shanghai, and Tokyo.

    “Massive influxes of tourists, often to a relatively small area, have a huge impact. They add to the pollution, waste, and water needs of the local population, putting local infrastructure and habitats under enormous pressure. For example, 85% of the 1.8 million people who visit Australia’s Great Barrier Reef are concentrated in two small areas, Cairns and the Whitsunday Islands, which together have a human population of just 130,000 or so.” WWF Reported.

    In New Zealand about one half of a million tourists go dolphin watching and more than one million visitors whale-watching off Kaikoura each year. As a result, up to 10 per cent of bottlenose dolphins in New Zealand’s Fiordland are injured and scarred by collisions with boats.

    The 2.6 million “eco-tourists” who fly to New Zealand each year to watch whales and dolphins destroy the marine environment and harm the creatures they come in contact with. But the marine pollution, the harm and the damage they inflict on the defenseless creatures is only part of the overall picture. The visitors consume an estimated 3.2 billion gallons of fuel to fly in and out of New Zealand.

    The largest sources of stress to the marine ecosystems are mega developments in coastal areas built to attract tourists including airports, resorts, golf courses, marinas, duty-free shopping centers and amusement parks.

    In many areas “mangrove forests and seagrass meadows have been removed to create open beaches tourist developments such as piers and other structures have been built directly on top of coral reefs.”

    Mangrove Forest (Photo Credit: NOAA)

    The Insanity of Tourism

    • Many tourist resorts discharge their untreated sewage into the coastal waters.
    • Jet skiing, boating, sailing, windsurfing, diving, snorkeling, and fishing have destroyed coral reefs in many parts of the world.
    • Building Dams, dykes, and other protection against storm surges and high tides destroy ecosystems and rare habitats like salt marshes.
    • Providing additional food and freshwater for millions of tourists is a major problem. Dramatic increases in consumption of seafood leads to overfishing. Local sources of freshwater and other natural resources are degraded. Collecting or trading in marine souvenirs accelerate the rate by which marine ecosystems are degraded and destroyed.
    • Increasing numbers of dolphins, whales, marine turtles, sharks, seals and birds are disturbed, injured or killed from accidents with large numbers of boats ferrying “eco-tourists” close to their habitats.

    Superjumbo Floating Towns

    Increasingly, popular cruise ships capable of carrying up to 6,000 passengers and crew are a major source of marine pollution. Weighing in excess of 160,000 tons, the billion-dollar 340-meter long sea monsters (they contain 1,700-seat theaters, shopping malls, a hospital and 3 massive wave pools one with a surf simulator) pollute the marine environment through dumping millions of tons of untreated sewage, garbage cleaning agents, chemicals and bilge oil (a mixture of oil, water, lubricants, and other pollutants) as well as tens of billions of tons of ballast water. [The Floating Towns consume about 13 tons of fuel per hour!]

    “Dumped bilge oil accounts for nearly 10% of all oil entering the oceans each year. On the eastern coast of Canada alone, dumped bilge oil kills at least 300,000 seabirds each year – more than the total number killed by the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska in 1989.” WWF reports .

    The Fastest-growing Sector
    Tourism is the world’s fastest-growing economic sector; it generates about 12 percent of Global Domestic Product, GDP, Employs about 250 million people, and transports nearly 1billion overseas travelers per year.

    The Continental Shelf

    The continental shelf, the extended perimeter of each continent and its associated coastal plain, holds about 85 percent of all ocean resources.

    The Coast and its associated continental shelf. Credit: wikimedia

    Credit NOAA
    . Source: Wikimedia

    Comments by Readers

    [Quote] Unless you can walk, swim or skydive to your “eco-tourism” destination WITHOUT stressing the earth, [eating, drinking otherwise] littering the environment or relieving yourself during the visit, “eco-tourism” IS an oxymoron.

    Eco tourism destroys biodiversity and harms local communities AND is a greenwash.

    Eco tourism is harming marine wildlife.

    The Baby Dolphins Death Row in New Zealand

    A good Eco-Tourist stays at home; otherwise, they build a Hotel on top of the Eco-Systems they think they are saving.

    The New Zealand Deep Cut: photos courtesy of Care For The Wild International

    Adventure travel and Eco-tourism destroy the very things they are supposed to venerate

    Building of dams and development of eco tourism destroy the ecology of the regions and the natural environment.

    A major impact on the forest are the pressures caused by accommodating the physical needs and comforts of tourists; impacts of providing wood for fuel, accommodation and access routes, together with the problems caused by tourists’ rubbish, put a large stress on the environment. For example, litter has been strewn along the trails of popular Himalayan tourist routes, and the alpine forest decimated by trekkers looking for fuel to heat their food and bath water [and dump their feces].

    The “Knights of Eco Tourism” [and their airlines, hotel chains…] are the rubber barons of 21st century. [end quote] ~ submitted by Lisa

    [Quote] Monetizing Earth’s ecosystems is the most troubling issue that hasn’t been addressed. The argument that “looking at only the damage side of eco-tourism is ignoring the impact of whatever activity the land might otherwise be put to if not for eco-tourism” is fallacious. The former British Crime [Genocide] Minister, Tony Blair, was once asked why Britain under his Labor government exports more weapons then ever before [about $10 billion each year]. His reply was, if Britain didn’t export weapons someone else would! [If such fallacy goes unchecked, the only possible outcome of the vicious spiral of destruction in any system, social or ecological, would be the ultimate demise of that system, its total collapse.]

    Tourism, by definition, is a business activity that involves providing accommodation, food, services, entertainment… for people who visit a place for pleasure. In our exponential growth culture, businesses must grow exponentially in order to remain viable, let alone be profitable. Exponential growth in tourism means larger numbers of visitors crowding into the same attractions; in the case of eco-tourism, frequently, fragile ecosystems are damaged irreversibly. Eco-tourism, like plague, destroys everything in its path.

    One of the links Lisa posted, “Eco tourism harming New Zealand’s marine wildlife,” is about the mounting impact of tourism on whales and dolphins around New Zealand’s coastline:

    Hector’s Dolphin: More marine mammals are being injured and killed in collisions with boats carrying Eco-tourists in New Zealand. Photo courtesy of CDNN

    Here are some of the facts quoted from the report:

    About one half of a million tourists go dolphin watching in New Zealand. “Whale-watching off Kaikoura attracts up to one million visitors a year.”

    “In Fiordland, 7 per cent of bottlenose dolphins had been scarred by collisions with boats, said Otago University marine ecologist David Lusseau.”

    “‘I am afraid Doubtful Sound will become another Milford Sound, where about 7 per cent of the population bear scars from boat collisions and where dolphins avoid the fiord when boat traffic is too intense,’ he said.”

    As for the pollution created by the air travel to New Zealand, “About 1.56million visitors from Northern Hemisphere [about 62% of the total number of tourists who visited New Zealand in 2006] produced a total of 17million tons of CO2e on their return flights to New Zealand last year, which significantly contributed to further deterioration of our failing ecosystems.”

    To watch dolphins, whales… the “eco-tourists” from North America and Europe consumed about 2.71 billion gallons of fuel on their return flight to New Zealand.

    As Lisa says, a good eco-tourist should stay at home to avoid flying, driving and building hotels, roads and other infrastructure on top of the eco-systems they are trying to save.

    There’s no reason why concerned local communities couldn’t take advantage of the 21st century’s bleeding-edge technology videoing their precious ecosystems and broadcasting to paid subscribers (the true eco-tourists) throughout the world. Financially, it’s a much more viable option. It makes perfect commercial sense when compared to building harmful, expensive accommodation and infrastructure accommodating the tourists. Environmentally, it’s an infinitely more intelligent option because of the near zero impact on both the local ecosystems and biosphere. [End quote] ~ A Concerned Reader

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    Coastal Development

    Coastal development like below projects destroy marine habitat.

    Another Coastal Development. Source: Social responses (PDF)

    Huntington Beach, California.

    Image may be subject to copyright. (Source Google)

    Source: Blog of San Diego

    Acapulco Hotels, Mexico. Image may be subject to copyright. (Source Google)

    China (Source: Watthead) Image may be subject to copyright.

    Image may be subject to copyright. (Source Google)

    The Palm, Deirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Copyright © 2007 The Emirates Network
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    The Palm, Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Copyright © 2007 The Emirates Network
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    The Palm, Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Copyright © 2007 The Emirates Network
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    Plastic Pollution

    (Above) Albatross chick (Photo Credit: Cynthia Vanderlip. Source:
    (Below) Decomposed carcass of a Laysan albatross on Kure Atoll (North Pacific)
    with gut full of plastic objects.
    “The bird probably mistook the plastics for food and
    ingested them while foraging for prey. The plastic goes down the gullet quite easily.
    But since it is not digested, as in the original plan for all life, it gets stuck before
    exiting the stomach. There it sits to block the entry and digestion of legitimate food.
    Even the tiniest of pieces can cause blockages.” (source:

    Only if all nations adopt a “Zero Waste” policy, could marine pollution be stopped!

    Ocean Pollution: Shamefully yours! (Credit: Gavin Newman)

    Impacts of Coastal Armoring

    “Environmental impacts of coastal armoring are both site specific and cumulative. Coastal armoring can potentially damage or alter local coastal habitats, deprive beaches of sand, lead to accelerated erosion of adjacent beaches, hinder access and present problems with public safety.”

    Photo Credit: NOAA

    Coming Soon:
    Oil Pollution


    • Landry, C.A., S. Manning, and A.O. Cheek. 2004. Hypoxia suppresses reproduction in Gulf killifish, Fundulus grandis. e.hormone 2004 conference. Oct. 27-30. New Orleans.
    • Murphy, C. . . . P. Thomas, et al. 2004. Modeling the effects of multiple anthropogenic and environmental stressors on Atlantic croaker populations using nested simulation models and laboratory data. Fourth SETAC World Congress, 25th Annual Meeting in North America. Nov. 14-18. Portland, Ore.
    • Johanning, K., et al. 2004. Assessment of molecular interaction between low oxygen and estrogen in fish cell culture. Fourth SETAC World Congress, 25th Annual Meeting in North America. Nov. 14-18. Portland, Ore.
    • Nutrients in the Nation’s Waters–Too Much of a Good Thing? U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1136.

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    Central US Floods

    Posted by feww on March 19, 2008

    Hit by Tornados, Buried Under Water

    Round 2: Mother Nature
    Dallas received nearly 7 inches of rain, and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport broke its single-day record with 2.35 inches [previous high of 1.52 inches was set in 1984.] A about 600 scheduled flights were canceled Tuesday.

    “This is one of the most vicious thunderstorms DFW has seen in quite some time, especially its ongoing intensity,” declared airport spokesman Ken Capps.

    • Flood and flash flood warnings were issued from Ohio to Texas.
    • Tornado watches in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
    • Two people are reported dead, and another 2 are missing.
    • In Missouri, where National Guard was activated, high water has closed hundreds of roads since Monday; more than 10 inches of rain is expected.
    • Thousands of people have been evacuated in Lancaster, south of Dallas, Baxter, Madison, and Sharp counties in Arkansas and in Piedmont, Mo.

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    Oceans, Where Life Started, Are Dying – Part II

    Posted by feww on March 16, 2008

    WILD FACTS SERIES – Lethal Marine Pollution

    Major Problems: Fertilizer Runoff; Tourism; Coastal Developments; Marine Transportation; and Ocean Warming due to climate change

    Pollution Load

    About 80% of the pollution load in the oceans originates from land-based activities directly affecting up to 80 percent of the world’s coastal areas and threatening the well-being of up to 4.5 billion people who live within a 60km radius of the coast, according to the UNEP (about 2billion people live in coastal urban centers).

    Of the world’s 23 mega-cities (those with over 2.5 million inhabitants),
    16 are in the coastal belt and are growing at a rate of about one million
    people per day. ~ UN (Image credit: NOAA)

    The sources of water pollution include

    • Municipal and industrial wastes
    • Agricultural runoff
    • Atmospheric deposition

    Creeping Dead Zone (Pub. Domain. Credit NASA)

    Creeping Dead Zones

    The hypoxic (low-oxygen) areas in the oceans are called dead zones. The 200 or so oxygen depleted regions in our oceans are normally caused by nutrients from runoff (chemical fertilizer, manure, sewage…). The increase in nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous in the water is called eutrophication, a process that promotes excessive growth and decay of weedy plants and that is likely to cause severe reductions in water quality. When the decaying organic matter produced by aquatic vegetation or phytoplankton (an algal bloom) sinks to the bottom it undergoes breakdown by bacteria (bacterial respiration), a process which consumes the dissolved oxygen in the water and produces carbon dioxide. Respiration kills zooplankton, fish, crabs, clams, shrimp, and all other species that swim in the water or dwell on the muddy bottom of the lakes, rivers, estuaries and other water bodies. The water becomes cloudy and turns to a shade of red, yellow, green, or brown.

    The size of aquatic and marine dead zones varies from about 1 to 70,000 square kilometers.

    A dense bloom of poisonous cyanobacteria in the Potomac River estuary

    Gulf of Mexico

    The largest dead zone in the US coastal waters measures about 25,000 square kilometer in the Gulf of Mexico caused by high-nutrient runoff dumped by the Mississippi River whose vast drainage basin covers the Midwest, the center of U.S. agribusiness. Another dead zone off the coast of Texas was discovered in July 2007.

    According to a USGS study most of nutrients (75 percent of nitrogen and phosphorus) come from just nine states (total of 31 states share the basin) in the Mississippi River Basin: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee. Some 12 percent of the pollution originates from urban sources.

    • Corn and soybean cultivation is responsible for the largest share of nitrogen runoff to the Gulf.
    • Animal manure (see also New Zealand and Australia) on pasture and rangelands contribute a total of 37 percent to phosphors pollution.
    • Crop cultivation is responsible for a total of 43 percent of phosphorus runoff.

    Low oxygen levels in the waters of the Gulf Coast have affected the fish reproductive system causing “decreased size of reproductive organs, low egg counts and lack of spawning.” The nation’s largest and most productive fisheries are threatened as the result.

    The Following excerpts are from Wikipedia: In a study of the Gulf killifish by the Southeastern Louisiana University done in three bays along the Gulf Coast, fish living in bays where the oxygen levels in the water dropped to 1 to 2 parts per million (ppm) for 3 or more hours per day were found to have smaller reproductive organs. The male gonads were 34% to 50% as large as males of similar size in bays where the oxygen levels were normal (6 to 8 ppm). Females were found to have ovaries that were half as large as those in normal oxygen levels. The number of eggs in females living in hypoxic waters were only one-seventh the number of eggs in fish living in normal oxygen levels. (Landry, et al., 2004)

    Another study by the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute was done on the Atlantic croaker fish in Pensacola Bay, Florida. The study was of year-old croakers that live in an estuary that has summer-long hypoxic conditions. During the study, none of the fish spawned at the expected time, or later. Examination of sample fish determined that they lacked mature eggs or sperm. (Murphy, et al., 2004)

    Fish raised in laboratory created hypoxic conditions showed extremely low sex-hormone concentrations and increased elevation of activity in two genes triggered by the hypoxia-inductile factor (HIF) protein. Under hypoxic conditions, HIF pairs with another protein, ARNT. The two then bind to DNA in cells, activating genes in those cells.

    Under normal oxygen conditions, ARNT combines with estrogen to activate genes. Hypoxic cells in a test tube didn’t react to estrogen placed in the tube. HIF appears to render ARNT unavailable to interact with estrogen, providing a mechanism by which hypoxic conditions alter reproduction in fish. (Johanning, et. al, 2004)

    It might be expected that fish would flee this potential suffocation, but they are often quickly rendered unconscious and doomed. Slow moving bottom-dwelling creatures like clams, lobsters and oysters are unable to escape. All colonial animals are extinguished. The normal mineralization and recycling that occurs among benthic life-forms is stifled.

    According to USGS Associate Director for Water, Dr. Robert Hirsch, the number of water quality monitoring stations along the Mississippi River Basin region has been decimated from 425 stations 15 years ago to just 32.

    A combined sewer overflow runoff entering Fall Creek in Indianapolis, Indiana
    (photo credit: Charles Crawford; courtesy USGS).

    Agrofuel [biofuel] Crop Impact in The Gulf of Mexico

    According to a computer model designed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of British Columbia, the exponentially increasing amounts of fertilizer needed to meet US production goals for biofuel production, especially the corn-ethanol, would increase the nitrogen loading from the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico by up to 19 percent, increasing the size of dead zones.

    The Mississippi River is about 2,300 miles (3,705 kilometers) long, according to the US Geologic survey. The River Basin or Watershed drains 41% of land in United States, an area of about 1.8 million square miles. Thirty-one states and two Canadian provinces are included in the watershed. The Mississippi carries an average of 500,000 tons of sediment each day.

    The US Pacific Coast

    Dead zone in the US Pacific coast covers an area of about 3,000 square kilometers. Worsened by strong winds caused by climate change, the Pacific dead zone has reoccurred every summer since 2002. See Photos of research during hypoxic events off the Oregon Coast


    Other countries and regions where other dead zones have been reported since the 1970s include

    • Chesapeake Bay (US)
    • strait called the Kattegat strait (Scandinavia)
    • The Baltic Sea (in multiple fishing grounds)
    • Northern Adriatic
    • And coastal waters of
    • South America
    • China
    • Japan
    • Throughout Southeast Australia
    • New Zealand (Both Australia and NZ are major sources of industrial agriculture as well as sheep and cattle factory farming)

    A map of the world’s dead zones created by Dr. Robert Diaz of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). Diaz estimates that the number of dead zones will double within a decade. Source: NASA

    Coming Soon:
    Oil Pollution


    • Landry, C.A., S. Manning, and A.O. Cheek. 2004. Hypoxia suppresses reproduction in Gulf killifish, Fundulus grandis. e.hormone 2004 conference. Oct. 27-30. New Orleans.
    • Murphy, C. . . . P. Thomas, et al. 2004. Modeling the effects of multiple anthropogenic and environmental stressors on Atlantic croaker populations using nested simulation models and laboratory data. Fourth SETAC World Congress, 25th Annual Meeting in North America. Nov. 14-18. Portland, Ore.
    • Johanning, K., et al. 2004. Assessment of molecular interaction between low oxygen and estrogen in fish cell culture. Fourth SETAC World Congress, 25th Annual Meeting in North America. Nov. 14-18. Portland, Ore.
    • Nutrients in the Nation’s Waters–Too Much of a Good Thing? U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1136.

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    See Also:  Our Dying Oceans (Parts I, II,III, and IV)

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    Oceans, Where Life Started, Are Dying – Part I

    Posted by feww on March 14, 2008

    WILD FACTS SERIES – Our Oceans Are Now Dying!

    Ocean “deserts” are expanding much faster than predicted, according to a new study by the University of Hawaii and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA.

    It is believed that the ocean “desertification,” which is caused by the warming of sea surface waters, may result in the population decline of many fish species.

    Black areas in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans are the least productive. (Credit NOAA)

    “Between 1998 and 2007, these expanses of saltwater with low surface plant life in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans grew by 15 percent or 6.6 million square kilometers, according to the study which appears in Geophysical Research Letters. The expansion is occurring at the same time that sea surface temperatures are warming about one percent or .02 to .04 degrees Celsius a year. The warming increases stratification of the ocean waters, preventing deep ocean nutrients from rising to the surface and creating plantlife.”

    The evidence of this expansion comes from data collected by a sensor aboard NASA’s orbiting SeaStar spacecraft. The Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor, called SeaWiFS, is a unique tool that maps ocean biological productivity around the globe. This visual sensor reads reflective color to measure the density of chlorophyll in phytoplankton, the microscopic plants that are the base of the marine food web.”

    These barren areas are found in roughly 20 percent of the world’s oceans and are within subtropical gyres—the swirling expanses of water on either side of the equator.”

    Dark blue areas in this figure of the global distribution of chlorophyll
    are the areas with the least surface chlorophyll. (Credit NASA)

    As for the remaining 80 percent area of world’s oceans …

    See Oceans, Where Life Started, Are Dying – Part II


    • Landry, C.A., S. Manning, and A.O. Cheek. 2004. Hypoxia suppresses reproduction in Gulf killifish, Fundulus grandis. e.hormone 2004 conference. Oct. 27-30. New Orleans.
    • Murphy, C. . . . P. Thomas, et al. 2004. Modeling the effects of multiple anthropogenic and environmental stressors on Atlantic croaker populations using nested simulation models and laboratory data. Fourth SETAC World Congress, 25th Annual Meeting in North America. Nov. 14-18. Portland, Ore.
    • Johanning, K., et al. 2004. Assessment of molecular interaction between low oxygen and estrogen in fish cell culture. Fourth SETAC World Congress, 25th Annual Meeting in North America. Nov. 14-18. Portland, Ore.
    • Nutrients in the Nation’s Waters–Too Much of a Good Thing? U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1136.

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    See Also:  Our Dying Oceans (Parts II,III, and IV)

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    Hospital Food Infected with Listeria

    Posted by feww on March 13, 2008

    New Zealand Poisoning Syndrome (NZPS), Health Bulletin # 5. Food infected with Listeria, Mar. 8, 2008

    Available at:

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    Vatican: Loitering at the precipice of irrelevance

    Posted by feww on March 11, 2008

    The Vatican’s New Sins: One Sin Short of the Grand Jackpot!

    Jesus preaching the Sermon on the Mount. [Note: Subject is not wearing a crown!]

    Loitering at the precipice of irrelevance, the Kingdom of Vatican has refreshed its traditional seven deadly sins by creating seven modern mortal sins it regards as relevent in an era of “unstoppable globalization.”

    The New Seven [Mortal Sins]

    • Environmental pollution [Does that include the 4.6-ton Popemobil which is transported by Hercules plane and is flown all over the world with the “holy entourage?]
    • Genetic manipulation [Moderators reserve comment on this one until the issue is clarified.]
    • Accumulating excessive wealth [How much is much too much? Does that apply to catholic billionaires?]
    • Inflicting poverty [Does paucity of knowledge also count?]
    • Drug trafficking and consumption [What about gambling, prostitution and the war racket?]
    • Morally debatable experiments [Is birth control a morally debatable experiment?]
    • Violation of fundamental rights of human nature [Is the exponential growth economy one such fundamental violation? If not, what about his holiness Tony Blair?]

    The Old Seven [Deadly Sins]

    • Pride
    • Envy
    • Gluttony
    • Lust
    • Anger
    • Greed
    • Sloth

    Christ en majesté, Matthias Grünewald, 16th c.: Resurrection of Jesus
    [Look! Still no crown. Much paler than the previous apparition, however, the subject is flying without wings!]

    Why are some still bickering?

    They believe “the Holy See” is shortchanging its subjects. They are one sin short of winning the grand jackpot!

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    Nuking Earth for Lifestyle

    Posted by edro on March 10, 2008

    The Next Phase: Wars for Resources

    The wars for resources are about the survival of the fattest. They are fought by the urge to secure more of other peoples’ resources: More water, more food, more fertile land and more energy to maintain unsustainable lifestyles.

    The mushroom cloud from XX-11 IvyMike (Fusion Bomb). Public domain photo.
    Source: United States Department of Energy

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    Who’s Blinding Canadian Pilots with Laser Beams?

    Posted by edro on March 7, 2008

    OTTAWA (Reuters) – Starting 2005, at least 33 pilots in Canada, some flying commercial airliners, have complained about being flashed in the eyes by bright lights, possibly lasers, transport ministry officials said. Report

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