A Conspiracy, John Tenniel (1850) Source: Public domain "The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work…when you go to church…when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth... That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind. Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I'm offering is the truth. Nothing more."The Matrix (1999) … [Read more...] about The Internet, Psychological Warfare, and Mass Conspiracy
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Just a few years ago, I was listening to a psychologist who works on beliefs about climate change telling us that we humans have to keep global warming within 2 degrees Celsius of its present temperature or people will literally die in the equatorial sauna when they try to harvest their food. I don't know if this Mad Max desert-vision version of our future is likely to be true, but it appears we're going to get to find out. Following the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the director of that panel, Michael Oppenheimer, has now said that avoiding 2 degrees warming "is now totally unrealistic." So what are we humans going to do about it? Well, if you ask people what they can do themselves about climate change, most will say "drive less", "turn out the lights", and "recycle". Few will mention diet. What is remarkable is that diet is probably the single largest and most immediate change that anyone can make. In the latest United Nations report, … [Read more...] about Climate Change and Diet
At the time of her murder, Susan, the daughter of Davie Berman, a Mafia figure with "Bugsy" Siegel and co-owner of the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas in the 1950s, had been working on a screenplay for Showtime's sitcom "Sin City." After lots of highs and lows, she was back on her game and getting writing gigs again. But the high point was cut short on a cold December night. Breaking down the details and evidence surrounding Susan’s death has been a 12-year odyssey for me. It started not long after her death, when I landed a book deal and began interviewing friends, relatives, investigators, poring through police documents, death records and autopsy reports, and traveling to the scene of the crime as well as to San Francisco and New York City, where Susan once lived, and visiting her childhood English Tudor home in downtown Las Vegas. It culminated in the book Murder of a Mafia Daughter in 2002. More than a decade later, an expanded, updated version, Murder in Beverly Hills: The … [Read more...] about Book Probes New Evidence in Mob Daughter’s Murder
Having a positive outlook on aging may help keep you physically and psychologically younger. Source: Tommaso Lizzul/Shutterstock Betty Friedan famously said, "Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength." Recently, researchers identified that having positive self-perceptions about the benefits of getting older can create a self-fulfilling prophecy by helping someone stay mentally, physically, and psychologically younger. Over the years, various studies have found a strong correlation between negative perceptions about aging and physical frailty. Additionally, researchers have identified that physical frailty in older age is associated with lower cognitive abilities, when compared to peers who are less frail in older age. Frailty appears to trigger a domino effect that often cascades into dementia. A new study by researchers in Ireland reports that having a positive attitude about aging may help prevent older adults from becoming frail, … [Read more...] about Positive Attitudes About Aging May Be a “Fountain of Youth”
Source: Tonis Pan/Shutterstock We live in a time of unprecedented economic inequality. Since the great recession of 2008, the divide between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ has grown ever-wider. A new study, published today, reports that some neighborhoods across the country are becoming increasingly homogenized and segregated by income. Interestingly, this is predominantly happening among families with children. Why is it that certain neighborhoods are becoming less diverse? Interestingly, the latest form of segregation is driven by income inequality combined with a previously overlooked factor, which is the quality of a neighborhood's school district. Good school districts are a top priority for every family, but richer families are gobbling up the real estate in zip codes with top notch public schools, while poorer families are getting shut out. For parents living in large cities, with multiple school districts, the zoning of … [Read more...] about Why Are Some Neighborhoods Becoming Extremely Homogenized?