Rants and Observations

Oct. 29, 2018

Maybe, and life would continue after massive global warming, just not for humanity. Watching the incredible greed, consumption and plastic waste here in the US, it looks inevitable. As a visitor, it is impossible not to participate. The whole system is designed that way.

It seems inevitable, but other changes could create an opposite effect. The explosion of the Yosemity Caldera, a comet or nuclear war could re create 'snowball earth'. Either way, our species becomes toast.



Oct. 28, 2018
Barnes and Noble NY-  As Ivy was spending hours in the shops, I decided to while away the time in a huge branch of Barnes and Noble. The differences between the genres intrigued me, so I'll be looking up definitions. For example, what is the essence of a Mystery? Are the Crime shelves devoid of murder mysteries? Why is Manga separated from Graphic Novels? What is Literature, surely everything?  
The spaces allocated to each genre, presumably reflect either profit per square foot or popularity. Romance has about the same space allocation as Mystery. Graphic Novels have about the same allocation and Manga is additional to that. Are these books about writing or about illustration. Do they indicate a growing section of young people less able or willing to read?
Within categories, the lower popularity in the US of top British authors is reflected in fewer of their titles being on display. 
I was looking for something to read, but unwilling to pay $20 for a paperback. The scale of the store and the proliferation of authors, was such that I was overwhelmed, confused and bought nothing. Searching on line is so much easier. If only we had reliable and swift delivery in Costa Rica.
I went on to Cost Co where books including some by well known authors were on sale for $9 each. Except they carried nothing to tickle my fancy.
This is a good article on graphic novels.
Oct. 28, 2018
The daily wikipedia landing page fascinates with its diversity of information. You can follow up on areas of interest.
Today is the feast day of Saint Jude. Normally, I don't click on Christian matters, but did. It well illustrates, the utter confusion surrounding all matters of Christianity. For those locked into a rigid belief in the veracity of the King James Bible, it should be an eye opener.


Aug. 10, 2018

Is recycling plastic waste as you expect?
The UK media is as bad as that in the US, but has some excellent investigative journalism and documentaries.

Plastic waste has been in the news a lot. Horrible revelations!
1. Much of what we wash and put out for recycling goes to landfill. White yoghurt cartons and black microwavable trays are not recyclable. The big risk is that people will stop recycling, if they think it is a fraud.
2. China exports mega tons of manufactures around the world via Hong Kong. Rather than have containers come back empty, they fill them with plastic waste from Europe and the UK. This is cheaper for waste compamies than sending it to landfill and there are no controls on what is included.
The waste shown included biohazard bags and unwashed food and household chemical containers. This is then handled by unprotected workers in poor Asian countries. There were workers ankle deep in water and handling toxic chemicals. This all leeches into their water table.

Recycled unsuitable waste is turned into casings for appliances and other stuff returning to us.

Disgraceful! Manufacturers need to make all plastic packaging recyclable. Export to landfill should be banned.

Aug. 10, 2018

Collective Consciousness is a theory, first expressed by French sociologist Emile Durkheim in 1893. His idea of 'conscience collective' was that societies were bound together by common ideas, values and morality.

Entemologists have since built on the stronger concept of Hive Mind, to explain the behaviour of bee and ant communities. They often seem to act as a single organism. Each individual is part of the whole.

Buddhists see themselves as one with the universe. It is appealing.

Globally, radically different types of collective consciousness have developed around the world. This also true within countries. Where they clash, there is serious trouble.

Perhaps that is why some resist mass immigration, seeing different and threatening forms of collective consciousness? Others believe in the possibility of integration.