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Should you say No to 5G in your town?

Read the article from the link below

https://www.indiatimes.com/technology/news/everything-wrong-with-5g-and-why-it-may-still-be-a-health-risk-for-all-of-us-377878.html5g_1571141707

IMAGES COURTESY: REUTERS

Does an empty can rattle the most?

Hmm? I’m not sure, that depends on whether or not it’s still lined with epoxy resin, acrylic, polyester or heaven forbid, BPA!!???
Once again another discovery that makes my blood literally boil!
You might be horrified to discover that some tins/cans depending on whether you are UK/US are still lined with either a type of polymer (Petroleum derived ester) or Bisphenol A (BPA)? This is to prevent the contents of the can reacting with the metal and starting a corrosive reaction!
Most of you know about BPA as the internet is rife with scares about this chemical but you may not be aware that tins are still lined with other plastics?
I just wanted to bring it to your attention for those of you still unaware that yes, they are still lined with plastic. Bad for you, Bad for the environment!
Yet again another reason for all shops, grocers, supermarkets etc to embrace and transition to refill stations such as the current trial at the Waitrose in Oxford https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/04/waitrose-launches-packaging-free-trial where the products you are coming to refill with are either in a glass container or BPA and pthalate free plant derived cellulose based plastic receptacle.
Please read on to find out more in this very informative article about polyester polymers etc. The article contains many links to other websites for cross referencing and to get a less biased and/or more informed opinion of where they got their sources of data from.
Here is the article: http://plasticisrubbish.com/2010/10/08/why-does-my-tin-can-have-a-plastic-liner-and-it-it-bad-for-me/
If you want to go on to argue that most tin cans now use acrylic and or polyester, well polyester is still a petroleum derived polymer and only becomes a polymer after undergoing a chemical process where reactive monomers are changed into polymers.
Many argue that these monomers, even though apparently locked in, can still leach out and pose a danger to the health of humans and all other biological life forms and it doesn’t take much exposure either!

These monomers are highly reactive and highly toxic and considered as carcinogens so the clothes you wear if containing polyester might be a cause for concern if Polyester is listed as one of the fabric’s materials?
As always go and do your own research so as to make your own informed decision. Not all inventions are that great for us or the planet as we are very rapidly and very regularly now coming to know as the actual truth rather than the lies we have been fed since time immemorial!
You can read more about polyester polymers and monomers here:
https://oecotextiles.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/polyester-and-our-health/

*Disclaimer: I am neither responsible for the content appearing on the pages reached via these links and neither am I affiliated with anything or anyone appearing or pertaining to the information therein. As always I advise you to dig deeper if you so wish and please feel free to comment, clarify or even correct if you discover something counter to the information in both my article and the links provided? I am always open to others opinions and we are free to discuss and openly debate in a healthy manner so as to reach a concensus.

A beautiful Poem to Kickstart 2020!

The Sunrise Before the Deer

I was wondering if I could shape this passion
Just as I wanted in solid fire
I was wondering if the strange combustion of my days
The tension of the world inside of me
And the strength of my heart were enough
I was wondering if I could stand as tall
While the tide of the sea rose and fell
If the sky would recede as I went
Or the earth would emerge as I came
To the door of the morning, locked against the sun

I was wondering if I could make myself
Nothing but fire, pure and incorruptible
The wound of the wind on my face
Would be healed by the work of my life
Or the growth of the pain in my sleep
Would be stopped in the strife of my days

I am wondering if the agony of years
Could be traced to the seed of an hour
If the roots that spread out in the swamp
Ran too deep for the issuing flower
I was wondering if I could find myself
All that I am in all that I could be
If all the population of stars
Would be less than the things I could utter
And the challenge of space in my soul
Be filled by the shape I become

I walk slowly in the wind
Watching myself in things I did not make;
In jumping shadows and in limping cripples
Dust on earth and houses tight with sickness
Deep constant pain, the dream without sleep

I walk slowly in the wind
Hearing myself in the loneliness of a child
In woman’s grief, which is not understood
In coughing dogs when midnight lingers long
On stones, on streets and then on echoing stars
That burn all night and suddenly go out

I walk slowly in the wind
Knowing myself in every moving thing
In years and days and words that mean so much
Strong hands that shake, long roads that walk
And deeds that do themselves
And all this world and all these lives to live

I walk slowly in the wind
Remembering scorn and naked men in darkness
And huts of iron rivetted to earth
Cold huts of iron stand upon this earth
Like rusting prisons
Each is well marked and each wide roof is spread
Like some dark wing
Casting a shadow or living a curse

I walk slowly in the wind
To lifted sunset red and gold and dim
A long brown river slanting to an ocean
A fishing boat, a man who cannot drown

I walk slowly in the wind
And birds are swift, the sky is blue like silk
From the big sweeping ocean of water
An iron ship rusted and brown achors itself
And the long river runs like a snake
Silent and smooth

I walk slowly in the wind
I hear my footsteps echoing down the tide
Echoing like a wave on the sand or a wing on the wind
Echoing echoing
A voice in the soul, a laugh in the funny silence

I walk slowly in the wind
I walk because I cannot crawl or fly

Disclaimer: I do not claim to own this work of art or any of the words in it. I do not portray it here for any other reason than to share it’s profound and evocative and mysteriously moving themes! I am not the Author of this poem and do not claim any rights to it, nor do I post it here to gain any sort of compensation, monetary gain or public recognition.
I merely found it so moving that I thought this beautiful poem should not remain hidden from the world. All Credit and rights reserved for Linton Kwesi Johnson for his wisdom and deeply imaginative expression!

The Happy Hippo! Or is it really that happy anymore?

maxresdefaultYes Yes Yes!!!!! The Happy Hippo!!! nothing better !

Finally something being said about this! brilliant!

Maddy Harland Editor and co-founder of Permaculture Magazine speaks briefly to Rob Hopkins about our imagination and what we can do to reconnect with it!
Watch the clip here: Rob Hopkins – Reclaiming Our Imaginations!s!

My Thoughts after watching the short video over on LinkedIn:

I fear for our children more so than anyone else as they have been growing up in a world where the internet has always just been there, where disconnecting is considered as normal human behaviour!
Well I can tell you now its definitely not normal human behaviour                                        to be constantly disconnected!

In a world where for the last 40 years we’ve have been super *hypernormalising!

Constantly distracting ourselves from actual reality! This is not good for the Happy Hippo! In fact its actually becoming a very sad hippocampus with the constant over stimulation from simulated reality via screens and virtual realms!
The fact that our children in most cases never switch off causes me the most alarm!
From the moment they wake until the moment they go to sleep its just a constant bombardment of one distraction after another! They move from screen to screen and
I get almost physically sick when I see parents who exercise very little restraint over the time their 18 month old child spends holding and observing a mobile phone or tablet or Ipad or whatever!!???

What actually happens within a surprisingly short period of time is the phone or “Things” become more important to the child than their parents because they are not getting the attention and love they so desperately need in order to develop and grow as an imaginitive and creative human being!

If we are constantly disrupting the flow of our imagination with simulated light and sound from a 2 dimensional space we begin to erode and disrupt the brains natural capacity to imagine and even comprehend 3 dimensional space!

Again I speak from personal experience! Have you ever sat for 6 hours in front of the computer or television and felt good?  Probably your answer is NO!?

You felt awful when you did that right? Now imagine a child doing that from the day they could hold a device or see and hear simulated light and sound emitting from a 2 dimensional space such as a tv or tablet?
Some may argue and say but sound is multidimensional and light is also sound at a higher frequency but the fact still remains it’s the source of the light and sound that is messing with our brains for the very fact that it is simulated.

You can watch a show on the television and maybe if its a really cleverly created and filmed show it may intrigue you and stir maybe even some emotions in you but emotions aside, from a physical and/or physiological perspective, what is actually happening to the brain and the body, especially with over exposure to this blue and white light?

Imagine your child gets home from school and hops straight onto the computer to do some home work or as a bargaining tool to try and limit the amount of exposure, you ask them (because they’ve hopped straight on the Ps4 or Xbox) to do their homework first and then they can go on the console for half an hour or whatever, they have still hopped from one screen to another and then when it’s time to go to bed, which in our household is around 9 to 10 sometimes 11, we can’t keep going upstairs to monitor if they have switched their phones off and gone to bed? Some children go to sleep with their mobile phones tucked under their pillows emitting EMFs from both the antennae and the battery through their thin developing skulls and right through every cell of their brains causing irreprable damage!

A couple years ago I actually made a little box which I placed on the first step in the hallway and it was called “The Phone Box” Everyone was supposed to by choice, place their phone in the box before going to bed. Do you think anyone agreed? No! I am the only one still leaving my phone on my desk because I know that I will get a much more restful sleep if I switch off at least an hour before bed which unfortunately I am not going  get tonight due to cutting and forgetting to paste while editing this article and then having to re-write this entire passage over again! 😡

Time for bed!Time to disconnect, time for switching off and letting my imagination rejuvenate!  More to follow shortly, please watch this space!……

*credit to the acclaimed film and documentary film maker Adam Curtis for the term “Hypernormalisation” after his documentary film of the same name.
HyperNormalisation is a 2016 BBC documentary by British filmmaker Adam Curtis. The film was released on 16 October 2016

Cycling

via Cycling 

Something many of us could do more of.
Yes there are plenty of things to keep you fit, but what better mode of transport can one use that allows you to cover so much ground fairly easily and enjoyably at the same time, knowing that you are leaving a very small carbon footprint as you make your way around from point A to point B and all along the way in between!

I was saddened to see John close Bykology! A much appreciated venue for all things pertaining to Bicycle maintenance and care! Maybe he will consider other opportunities Bicycle orientated? Some of these bike opportunities which I hope to bring to light at some point in the very near future!

There is an incredible amount of potential for real growth in Hexham! And I’m not talking about economic growth! That is a fallacy destined to be doomed! I’m talking about the growth of community spirit and all the things that are important to the residents of Hexham!
Like good wholesome honest ethical food and the good honest ethical work that goes into producing it!

I see a genuine fusion between bicycles and food, particularly DIY food (a.k.a. grow you own) and if anybody is interested in having a chat with me about what they can bring to the table I’m all ears and willing to get my fork stuck in and sow some seeds for thought and further action!

Please feel free to leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you if you live in the Hexham area and surrounds!

An Increcible contribution to Eco-Engineering in South Africa

aqueousphere-and-birdsvia Eco-Engineering with Floating Wetlands

Solving South Africa’s devastating water issues, compounded by drought and destruction of wetlands, has fallen to a new generation of engineers who work ecologically with nature, in many cases mimicking natural phenomena like floating wetlands.

Wetlands supply us with much more than water. Besides supporting populations of fish and other edible resources, in some instances they control flooding, recharge natural underground water sources, and can be used effectively to clean waste. Simply, aquatic plant life acts as a ‘decomposer’, filtering and trapping harmful substances, sediments and nutrients in their roots, and through a kidney-like process allows microbes to absorb them for their own growth. So effective is this process, that wetlands have historically become a convenient system for the disposal of waste, be that sewage or industrial, as a result polluting not just the wetlands but rivers, and soaking down into groundwater bodies and the soil needed for agriculture.

The impacts are horrendous, and civil engineers have spent huge amounts of money finding, largely, concrete solutions. However, one of the simplest answers lies in nature itself, with the phenomenon of floating wetlands. Naturally occurring floating islands are masses of vegetation that have broken away from a shoreline because their roots can no longer reach the soil. The mass of roots is buoyant and can grow to many hectares, supporting all manner of life.

The emergence of eco-engineers, who work ecologically with nature, has prompted thorough studies into how to salvage and recreate wetlands, and innovators have turned to nature for the answer and begun to create artificial floating islands. Yolandi Schoeman from Baoberry, an ecological engineering services company, is one of those innovators advocating for more sustainable solutions.

Wetland warrior

Schoeman is a finalist in the eco-innovation category of the Eco-Logic Awards, and a third prize recipient of the City of Johannesburg’s Green Challenge Fund, for her work on the Baoberry floating island treatment called AqueouSphere, which creates a micro-habitat for the surrounding species in which it is placed.

One of the reasons the prototype caught the judges’ attention is its adaptability and wide application: not only can Baoberry’s islands be used for waste and stormwater treatments but also for shoreline remediation, fish spawning, conservation practices, living walkways, erosion control, aesthetic water-scaping, carbon sequestration, and community projects. “The beauty of the AqueouSphere is that it can create sustainable businesses, particularly for local agricultural communities, and by default inspire other downstream businesses, and comes in either wet or dry formats,” says Schoeman.

The plants used are varied, depending on their ultimate purpose. Results from the AqueouSphere prototypes we have placed around Johannesburg are proving that Cyperus sp and Typha sp are showing levels of manganese, iron, aluminium and other contaminants being absorbed into the roots and foliage, while promoting a reduction in algae and improved overall ecosystem function and health,” says Schoeman.

Costs for one square metre of an AqueouSphere starts at R1500 (including the plants). AqueouSpheres are made from a combination of Polyethylene and natural materials, and are non-toxic. The plants are selected based on the environment and ecosystem characteristics they will be introduced into, and the type of contaminants needing to be removed from the ecosystem. They have an indeterminate lifespan and once positioned, begin working immediately. The ultimate result is that not only is water made cleaner (but not necessarily drinkable), the environment begins to recover and a natural balance is restored, ensuring that compromised wetlands do not die. AqueouSpheres can also be integrated in constructed wetlands to improve efficiency.

Broader applications

Mines could find AqueouSpheres enormously helpful, particularly those with acid mine drainage issues because they will survive long after mining operations cease and therefore continue to remove contaminants so that a functional ecosystem remains.

Water activist Anthony Turton is particularly concerned with how mining impacts wetlands, given that they are the natural source of many national rivers. The Upper Vaal water management area is a case in point, being the source for the Vaal River.

“There are a myriad of wetlands that are relatively functional in this area, yet underlying them all is a massive coal deposit. When that is mined, it will destroy the headwaters of one of our major national water resources,” he explains.

Turton endorses floating islands, and Schoeman’s innovation in particular, because both work with nature as opposed to working against it. “Wetlands do for free what engineered solutions do at great cost.”

Trusted technology

Floating wetlands have proven their capability at Hartebeespoort Dam in Gauteng. In 2009 the project Metsi a Me, loosely translated from Tswana meaning ‘my water’, was implemented and included floating islands. Petrus Venter from the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation, and the programme’s leader, explains that biological intervention was needed to protect and recover the destruction of diversity and aquatic ecosystems in the Dam and upper catchment, resulting from the 2.8million people living upstream. Close to 1000km of an upstream river and 56km of shoreline of the Dam has been destroyed or seriously impacted.

Experimental though it was in 2009, Metsi a Me has become the most watched, and largest floating wetlands project globally, to Venter’s knowledge, and has been recognised and supported internationally by Finland and the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), with interest shown by China in terms of copying the project.  The diversity of the aquatic eco-systems, such as fish, plankton and birdlife also improved dramatically. “The Red Knobbed Coot numbers, for example, had increased from 600 in 2009 to 4 600 in the past couple of years.

“Ultimately nature at work, prodded by artificial intervention, has re-introduced oxygen to the bottom of the dam, which helps to block the nutrients released from the sediment that algae thrives on. Even historical phosphate pollution has been reduced,” says Venter.

“We may not be able to control water pollution completely, that is the political state of the country unfortunately, but we can try to improve conditions for the future and sustain those. Floating islands have the magic to help us achieve this objective.”

Natural order

Continuing testing and monitoring is crucial, says Schoeman because  “there is little to no research on social sustainability fused with technology that has economic benefit. There has to be public participation, else there is a chance that artificial interventions, such as AqueouSpheres, will be ineffective due to ignorance or misunderstanding.

This has led to Schoeman spearheading The Ecological Engineering Institute of Africa, which is anticipated to be a centre of excellence, research and training facility across the continent, and will be motivating for eco- engineering post- and under-graduate degrees. “Largely we will be setting out to eliminate the skepticism that surrounds eco-engineering, particularly within municipalities that need to be swayed from concrete solutions. However, we have to bear in mind that eco-engineering is still relatively young in South Africa.”

By Kerry Dimmer

See earthworks Issue 31, April-May 2016 for the full feature.

Earthworks Magazine article

Isn’t Blockchain interesting?hmmm?

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Isn’t it rather odd when you look at the people who are on the board of directors of this company?

Doesn’t it make one wonder? What are their motives? I mean their true motives!?!

Just a thought when pondering Blockchain and AI?…

cognizant board of directors

Considering that probably as much as 85% of the worlds population are enslaved to AI already, Blockchain is merely the tool that will assimilate all these separate AI systems into one amalgamation. Isn’t this what we want?

Strange then that this choice to allow ourselves to be subject to this enslavement will ultimately end up with many of us extremely unhappy with this so called freedom of choice! The same way that so many pro-brexit supporters felt  when we realised that the UK should have stayed in the EU and leaving was a very very poor and short sighted decision! Arent any of you just a little bit curious as to what is truly going on in this crazy world we live in today? Wonder a bit more before it’s too late for your children!