An accurate identification of a problem is crucial for a satisfactory solution.
Does it make sense, in a country with extremely low rainfall, where 95% of water for agriculture comes from groundwater, to rely entirely on crops that require lots of water? No, of course not! But Suadi Arabia is ruled by members of an unelected family who think it’s ok to stone women to death for adultery and to chop people’s heads off for sorcery, drugs and homosexuality, or perhaps more importantly for not believing a story without evidence.With a realistic perspective, it all makes perfect sense.
The mainstream media have given the world a totally fictional view of the Saudi state and as a result, any appraisal of the cause of the problem will be flawed. We talk about “climate change” or lower rainfall when in reality the problem is that mad people are in charge. There are people in Saudi Arabia who know a lot about ecology, about natural systems and how they work, and about how to rectify all the problems (which are not caused by some deficiency in the environment, but by a severe mental deficiency in the rulers). Those people are not in charge.
Giving support to others may have more brain benefits than receiving support.
A new study suggests that giving social support to others may benefit the giver more than the receiver on a neurobiological level. The researchers used fMRI brain imaging to pinpoint three specific brain benefits of giving social support to others.
The author says: “It’s always encouraging when the latest neuroscience confirms the possibility of creating an upward spiral of well-being for all parties involved through prosocial acts of loving-kindness, generosity, and feelings of gratitude.”
A new study published in Science Advances shows that the global fresh water crisis is worse than previously thought. Other studies focus on annual figures and fail to take into account seasonal fluctuations in rainfall. The new study assesses “blue water scarcity globally at a high spatial resolution on a monthly basis” and finds that two-thirds of the world’s human population experiences severe water shortage for at least one month of the year.
Considering that human needs are prioritized in all situations, we can conclude that the situation for life on earth as a whole is probably even worse than these figures indicate. The adoption of permaculture is a crucial part of remedying this situation. Coercive measures proposed by agencies and governments do not address the underlying ignorance which is the real cause, they only give the ignorant bureaucrats and their power-crazy masters even more control over the population and do nothing useful.
The Gates Foundation – widely assumed to be ‘doing good’, is imposing a neoliberal model of development and corporate domination that’s opening up Africa’s agriculture to land and seed-grabbing global agribusiness, writes Colin Todhunter. In the process it is foreclosing on the real solutions – enhancing food security, food sovereignty and the move to agroecological farming.
The article is a thorough summary of a report by Global Justice Now: ‘Gated Development – Is the Gates Foundation always a force for good?’. It goes into detail about the foundation’s extremely dodgy connections and actions. Well worth a read.