Mind-Controlling Parasites Date Back Millions of Years
Charles Q. Choi
livescience.com – Tue Aug 17, 7:10 pm ET
Mind control by parasite sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but not only have scientists revealed that it is real across a range of animals - including perhaps humans - they now even have fossil evidence suggesting it has taken place for millions of years.
An unnerving variety of parasites have evolved the ability to control the brains of victims to help the parasites spread. For instance, the protozoan known as Toxoplasma gondii makes rats love cat urine so that it can spread among its feline hosts - and it may influence human culture as well, making people more prone to certain forms of neuroticism.
Another case of parasite mind control involves the fungus Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, which essentially turns ants into zombies. It maneuvers the insects into biting down on the major veins of the undersides of leaves just before they die - the fungus then rapidly grows a stalk from their victims' heads, releasing spores to infect more ants. Now scientists have discovered what might be ancient evidence of such mind-control-induced death grips - scars on a roughly 48-million-year-old leaf.
"I thought it was a very, very long shot to find such a fossil, but indeed, as luck would have it, two paleobotanists, Conrad Labandeira at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and Torsten Wappler at the Steinmann Institute in Bonn, were sitting around wondering how that particular damage type might be explained," said researcher David Hughes, a behavioral ecologist at Harvard University.
The leaf fossil came from what once were subtropical forests around a lake in Germany. The leaf bears 29 dumbbell-shaped scars centered around its veins. These differ from the kinds of snips resulting when insects drink plant sap, and match telltale scars made nowadays by the death grips of carpenter ants (Camponotus leonardi) infected with the mind-controlling fungus O. unilateralis. "We are now realizing that half of life on Earth is parasitic -- each free-living organism has at least one parasite," Hughes said. "But very few manipulate behaviors and there is a reason for that -- it is likely very costly. The fossil now challenges us to think of what past environments acted as selective forces for such cool tricks to evolve."
Hughes, Labandeira and Wappler detailed their findings online Aug. 18 in the journal Biology Letters.
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Ants and Atheists
Atheist Central -- Ray Comfort's Blog
Ray, Why are so many of the things you speak (write) of, unspeakable?-Craig
Think of a colony of ants. By some miracle you are able to go down and speak to them. Your job is to tell them that theres a universe out there, and that life is more than just what they see as their little colony.
Your first hurdle is their concept of the word "big." To them, a tennis ball is massive, so how are you going to communicate what you know about the universe? I would say that all you can do it draw on any and every part of your vocabulary, inadequate though that would be.
The Christian has the same frustration with the colony of this godless world. They have no concept of anything when it comes to the spiritual world. When I say "God" my mind sees the most incredible, most powerful, most breathtakingly wonderful, awesome, magnificent, unimaginable force that words fall infinitely short of describing. They think of the flying spaghetti monster. The Bible puts it this way:
"The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God; neither can he know them; they are foolishness to him because they are spiritually understood."
Actually, the ant analogy fell way short. Add to it that they are blind, hungry, aggressive, and swarming fire ants, and you get a little closer to the unspeakable problem we have.
Words can't describe the stupidity lmao
Since things are getting worse and worse in the world, is the devil working overtime?
The devil knows the Bible, so, he knows that his time is short. As time draws nearer and nearer to the return of Christ, the devil will continue to increase his efforts to keep people from trusting in the Lord.
Jesus described these last days for us. "You will hear of wars and rumors of wars ... Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places" (Matt. 24:6-7). Further, we are told to expect things to keep getting worse: "Evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived" (2 Tim. 3:13).
Because of Satan’s increased efforts, we must work harder, too. It is the call to every believer to go and preach the Word. We must be witnesses for Christ in these last days, and we must keep ourselves ready to meet the Lord.
What is God's favorite color?
To answer this question, it is important to bear in mind two things: 1) The basic scientific principle that color is made up of reflected light that our eyes have the ability to sense, and 2) What God, himself, said about light in Genesis 1:1,3 and 4: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good.”
Since God is the creator of light (and of color as well) and has proclaimed that it is good, meaning that He was completely happy with what He had made, the wonderful answer to the question of God's favorite color is: ALL of THEM, plus many, many more that we are not yet aware of.
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17).
Will the Antichrist be a homosexual?
This question arises from the following Scripture about Antichrist:
“Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all” (Dan. 11:37).
Many Bible scholars believe that the phrase “desire of women” here means that Antichrist, the world’s last and most terrible tyrant, will be homosexual. Other scholars believe that the “desire of women” mentioned here refers to Jesus Christ, the Messiah, as longed for among Jewish women who desire that the prophesied Christ be born to them.
Another opinion might be more accurate. That is, this man will be so arrogant that nothing and no one can deter him from loving himself above all else. He will, much like Adolf Hitler, consider himself far too important to give much regard to women –especially to one woman.
Why is there no mention of America in prophecy?
The United States is mentioned nowhere in Bible prophecy by name. However, as the greatest nation ever to exist --technologically and scientificallyspeaking-- and as a nation that seems to have been designed by God to act as midwife and protector of Israel in its rebirth in 1948, one has to wonder if America is referred to somewhere in God's Word.
Some people believe it's mentioned in passages of Jeremiah, but I don't see it, personally. The Babylon spoken of is for a literally reborn Babylon, in my studied view.
The only reference we find, even obliquely, is in the Gog-Magog account of Ezekiel 38.
The "merchants of Tarshish" is reference to traders that came from the area of "Tarshish" or "land of tin." This is most often said to be the area of present-day England. The Scripture where this is mentioned is as follows:
"Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?" (Ezek. 38:13).
The "young lions" that follow "merchants of Tarshish" could include America, the offspring of Tarshish, as well as Australia, Canada, and a number of others that England spawned.
My own view is that when the rapture occurs, the US, which contains the largest numbers of true believers in Christ, will be in considerable disarray and chaos. Out of that might come a determination to join with the European Union in an effort to bring some semblance of order to the world.
Thus the US could be absorbed by that growing beast-state, out of which the beast, Antichrist, will come. This last world government is seen in Daniel 7 and more details are given in Daniel 9. More on Antichrist is found in Daniel 8 and in Revelation 13, which also speaks of this beast-state in the first few verses.
I don't know whether to laugh that people are serious about this or be very very afraid that so many people take this as fact.........
by Eliza Barclay
for National Geographic News
Published June 25, 2010
Can Alaska, with its deep, wide lakes, and sparse population, quench the world’s thirst? An opportunistic American company thinks it can, despite many logistical hurdles and questions about transporting freshwater in bulk across the seas.
The town of Sitka in Southeastern Alaska features a distinctive cobalt jewel: the Blue Lake reservoir, a lake fed by abundant rain, snow and glacial runoff, connected by pipeline to the local deepwater port. For nearly a decade, the town has tried to turn this ample, pure freshwater resource into a commodity for thirsty buyers in the lower 48 states—and even overseas. It has offered contracts to sell up to 9.5 billion gallons a year, or about 8 percent of the reservoir’s volume, to interested buyers at a rate of one cent per gallon.
Several companies have tried and failed to make the venture profitable. But Terry Trapp, a Colorado businessman who is partnering with San Antonio-based S2C Global Systems, believes he may have a willing market in the Middle East.
“There are water shortages and people who need water all over the world,” said Trapp. “But the people in the most dire straits are in the Middle East.”
Trapp’s True Alaska Bottling Company already has a water bottling plant in Sitka and now the partnership, Alaska Resource Management, is trying to be the first company in the world to sell bulk water. It currently has an annual contract for 9.1 million gallons per day—about a third of Sitka’s available water—and is developing hubs to receive ocean-going water ships and distribute water to the Persian Gulf States. S2C Global Systems says the first hub will be an Indian port on the Arabian Sea.
The cost and logistics of shipping, receiving and distributing bulk water are formidable. Trapp says he is looking to ship water in tankers across the oceans, but is also considering floating it in polyethylene bags.
“Anytime you do something that’s never been done before, you’re going to have a lot of challenges,” said Trapp.
Though no one has attempted to ship this quantity of bulk water before, the possibility of selling off the freshwater of water-rich northern countries has tantalized many. The Canadian government has been embroiled in debates over bulk water projects for years, and the conservative Fraser Institute of Vancouver released a report this month highlighting the benefits of water exports.
But the Council of Canadians, a civic organization promoting progressive policies, has vilified bulk water exports and generated a powerful public awareness campaign around them.
Meera Karunananthan, a national water campaigner for the council, says bulk water projects like the one in Sitka will not solve the water crises in India or countries in the Middle East that may be targeted for bulk sales.
“There are more sustainable solutions like rainwater harvesting,” Karunananthan said. “This
But Garry White, executive director of the Sitka Economic Development Association, argues that removing 8 percent of the watershed flow every year will not harm the environment because much of it is already being lost to the ocean.
“This water is falling into the ocean less than a mile from the lake,” said White. “The community sees an opportunity to take this resource that flows out into the ocean and make it a driver for us.”
Plus, water is a renewable resource.
“Unlike oil, water is replenished,” said Trapp.
But even if Sitka’s water is plentiful and the climate continues to feed the reservoir at a steady rate, others doubt that bulk water will ever be a viable business, because of the challenges created by transporting it long distances.
“If that water sits in the hold of a tanker for weeks traveling across the ocean, when it arrives it’s not spring water anymore; you’re going to have to clean it up,” said James McNiven, a professor of public administration at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia who has studied the potential of Canada’s bulk water industry. “As a business proposition this gets to be very expensive and chances are the economics don’t work.”
Tiger, tiger, burning out: What is killing Russia's critically endangered Amur tigers?
By John Platt
It may not be long before we witness the extinction of one of the world's six species of tigers, the Amur (or Siberian) tiger (Panthera tigris altaica). As we have previously reported, Amur tiger populations have dropped precipitously in recent years to around 250 animals, and the species faces a genetic bottleneck that puts it at risk of inbreeding. Now, a mysterious illness has started spreading through the Amur population, causing the death of four adult tigers and several newborns in the past 10 months.
"We may be witnessing an epidemic in the Amur tiger population," Dale Miquelle, director for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Russia Program, told the Guardian.
The as-yet-unidentified disease seems to affect tigers' ability to hunt wild game. Left in a weakened and hungry state, the four infected tigers had started coming into human territory in search of easy food. They had to be shot as potential threats to people.
The most recent death was a 10-year-old female named Galya, which had long been tracked and studied by WCS Russia. At her healthiest, Galya was estimated to weigh 140 kilograms. When she was shot, she weighed just 90 kilograms. Galya had recently abandoned her three-week-old cubs, all of whom were found dead with no food in their bellies.
The disease was first observed in a male tiger last year. Galya and two other female tigers believed to have carried the disease had been in contact with the male.
These may not be the only tigers affected. "We are extremely concerned about the possibility of an epidemic that could be sweeping through this region," Miquelle said. "Animals we have studied extensively, and known well, have demonstrated radically changed behavior, which is extremely disconcerting."
Already facing major danger from poachers, who kill an estimated 30 to 50 Amur tigers a year, this disease represents a threat the tigers may not be able to survive. "The addition of disease-related deaths to existing sources of mortality could push this population over a tipping point," Miquelle told the Guardian.
“This rebel had a God-given platform – for decades – which he should have utilized to publish the truth of God,” the WBC declared in a press release. “Instead, he used that platform – for decades – to teach rebellion against God, in the form glorifying atheism, promoting the devil horn hand sign & other such idolatries. Now he has been cut off by an Angry God & cast into hell.” The release also thanked God for “the dead brute Dio.” The Church, which is based in Topeka, Kansas, and in large part consists of single family, is infamous for picketing funerals to protest America’s tolerance of homosexuality.
On Saturday, Ronnie James Dio’s wife Wendy responded to the proposed picket with the following statement on her late husband’s website: “Ronnie hates prejudice and violence! We need to turn the other cheek on these people that only know how to hate someone they didn’t know. We only know how to love someone we know!”
And who could disagree with that? Well, the Westboro Baptist Church, obviously. At this point, there’s a lot more I could write about an organization who thinks it’s doing the Almighty’s work by turning up to funerals with homophobic signage. But instead I would urge you to check out a documentary about the Church which was made a few years back by British journalist Louis Theroux. The film is a terrific example of giving people enough rope to do you-know-what with. You’ll find the first part after the jump.
This makes me sick with rage
OKLAHOMA CITY, May 11 (UPI) -- Emergency workers searched tornado-damaged areas in Oklahoma Tuesday, looking for the injured and dead, as the area braced for more storms.
At least 37 tornadoes touched down Monday in Oklahoma and Kansas. At least six deaths were reported, all in Oklahoma, and about 60 people were injured, mostly in Oklahoma, The Kansas City Star said.
The Storm Prediction Center said 13 tornadoes were reported in Kansas and the rest in Oklahoma.
Michelann Ooten, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, said some of the worst damage occurred in the Oklahoma City area. One tornado struck a truck stop off Interstate 40.
"Although it's not unlike what we've seen in other tornadoes, you never get used to it," she told The New York Times. "Pick-up sticks is all you see."
Chris Moore of Midwest City said he pulled into Love's Truck Stop when the tornado approached as he drove home, The Oklahoman reported. The manager converted the cooler into a temporary storm shelter.
"And then it was almost like it was right behind her. And she was still trying to get people in the cooler," he said. "We all huddled on the floor, and the wind came and got real loud. The roof came off, everything was blowing around."
In Oklahoma City, emergency workers went through damaged neighborhoods making sure no one was trapped, the Times said.
Gov. Brad Henry planned to tour the damage by helicopter Tuesday afternoon while weather forecasters said a new mass of unstable air would move in.
Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/05/11/... /
By DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer Dan Elliott, Associated Press Writer – Wed Apr 21, 6:16 pm ET
DENVER – The Army is considering whether to rescind an invitation to evangelist Franklin Graham to appear at the Pentagon amid complaints about his description of Islam as evil, a military spokesman said Wednesday.
Graham, the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, was to appear at the Pentagon on May 6 — the National Day of Prayer.
He said he will be a guest of the Pentagon and would speak only if he's still invited.
Army Col. Tom Collins said withdrawing the invitation "is on the table," but no decision has been made. He said Army brass will have the ultimate decision on whether to pull the invite.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation raised the objection to the appearance, citing Graham's past remarks about Islam.
Mikey Weinstein, president of the foundation, said the invitation offended Muslim employees at the Pentagon. He said it would endanger American troops by stirring up Muslim extremists.
Collins said the invitation wasn't from the Pentagon but from the Colorado-based National Day of Prayer Task Force, which works with the Pentagon chaplain's office on the prayer event.
Collins said neither Army Secretary John McHugh nor Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. was aware of the invitation.
The task force organizes Christian events for the National Day of Prayer.
Task force chairwoman Shirley Dobson said in a written statement that U.S. leaders have called for a day of prayer during times of crisis since 1775 but the tradition is under attack.
"Enough is enough," said Dobson, wife of conservative Christian leader James Dobson. "We at the National Day of Prayer Task Force ask the American people to defend the right to pray in the Pentagon."
She called on President Barack Obama to appeal a ruling by a federal judge in Wisconsin last week that the National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional because it amounts to a call for religious action. The judge did not bar any observances until all appeals are exhausted.
Weinstein objected to the working relationship between the Pentagon chaplain's office and the task force, saying the chaplains have effectively endorsed the task force by using its materials and routinely inviting its honorary chairman to speak at the Pentagon.
Weinstein said that amounts to preferential treatment in violation of Defense Department rules.
Collins said the working relationship has been reviewed by Pentagon lawyers and passed legal scrutiny.
"We are an all-inclusive military. We hold observances throughout the year. This one happens to be a Christian-themed event," Collins said.
Graham is president and CEO of both Samaritan's Purse, a Christian international relief organization in Boone, N.C., and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Charlotte.
After the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Graham said Islam "is a very evil and wicked religion." In a later op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal, Graham wrote that he did not believe Muslims were evil because of their faith, but "as a minister ... I believe it is my responsibility to speak out against the terrible deeds that are committed as a result of Islamic teaching."
(This 1 is from the exxon-valdez spill)
(Water pollution from fertilizer)
(The Aye-Aye, one of the many endemic species of Madagascar)
“In the end we will conserve only what we love.
We will love only what we understand.
We will understand only what we are taught.”
We have made great strides in the movement to save our planet for the other species
who deserve to be here just as much (if not more) than we do.
The question is, will we be able to do enough?
The Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus) has earned the dubious honor of being the most endangered rhino of all. Only 60 remain. But the Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) is not far behind and black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) are also Critically Endangered.
The Indian one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) is Endangered. In the Near Threatened category, the white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) population stands at 11,300, huge by comparison to the others, but small for a large, slow developing species. Poaching represents the biggest threat in all cases but habitat loss plays a role as well.
Threats to Rhinoceros
Rhino horn is highly valued in Traditional Chinese Medicine for reducing fever. While there are many substitutes available in the Chinese pharmacy, purists still insist on using it. And in the Middle East, dagger handles made of horn are also highly prized. Rainforests and wetlands, prime rhino habitat, are rapidly disappearing throughout Asia and Africa. Rhinos may weigh a ton but in the competition for food and land they are losing.
This species, one of the ten most endangered mammals in the world, lives in Indonesia with a remnant population on mainland Vietnam, separated by the Java Sea. Shrinking rainforests are adding to the poaching problems the Javan rhino faces. One of the smaller rhinos, they are most closely related to the Indian rhino which also has just one horn.
There were once 3 subspecies of Sumatran rhino , one on the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra, one on Borneo and one in Burma and east India. It is not clear whether the Burma/east India population still exists. This species is the only hairy rhino. Its remaining populations also suffer from habitat fragmentation which isolates small groups and contributes to their decline.
Read more at Suite101: Five Different Rhinosceros: All Threatened as Poaching and Habitat Loss Reduce Their Numbers http://endangered-species.suite101.com/art...
Fewer than 400 Sumatran rhinos are thought to exist, making it one of the rarest large mammals in the world
WASHINGTON, DC, February 10, 2010 – As many Asian countries prepare to celebrate Year of the Tiger beginning February 14, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reports that tigers are in crisis around the world, including here in the United States, where more tigers are kept in captivity than are alive in the wild throughout Asia. As few as 3,200 tigers exist in the wild in Asia where they are threatened by poaching, habitat loss, illegal trafficking and the conversion of forests for infrastructure and plantations.
WWF is releasing a new interactive map of the world’s top 10 tiger trouble spots and the main threats against tigers. WWF is also launching a campaign: Tx2: Double or Nothing to support tiger range states in their goal of doubling wild tiger numbers by the next Year of the Tiger in 2022.
The issues highlighted in the trouble spots map (www.worldwildlife.org/troublespots ) include:
* Pulp, paper, palm oil and rubber companies are devastating the forests of Indonesia and Malaysia, home to two endangered tiger sub-species;
* Hundreds of new or proposed dams and roads in the Mekong region will fragment tiger habitat;
* Illegal trafficking in tiger bones, skins and meat feeds a continued demand in East and Southeast Asia;
* More tigers are kept in captivity in the U.S. than are left in the wild -- and there are few regulations to keep these tigers from ending up on the black market. The largest numbers of captive tigers are in Texas (an estimated 3,000+), but they are also kept in other states;
* Poaching of tigers and their prey, along with a major increase in logging is taking a heavy toll on Amur, or Siberian, tigers;
* Tigers and humans are increasingly coming into conflict in India as tiger habitats shrink;
* Climate change could reduce tiger habitat in Bangladesh’s Sundarbans mangroves by 96 percent.
Three tiger sub-species have gone extinct since the 1940s and a fourth one, the South China tiger, has not been seen in the wild in 25 years. Tigers occupy just seven percent of their historic range. But they can thrive if they have strong protection from poaching and habitat loss and enough prey to eat.
"Tigers are being persecuted across their range – poisoned, trapped, snared, shot and squeezed out of their homes," said Mike Baltzer, Leader of WWF’s Tiger Initiative. "But there is hope for them in this Year of the Tiger. There has never been such a committed, ambitious, high-level commitment from governments to double wild tiger numbers. They have set the bar high and we hope for the sake of tigers and people that they reach it."
In the U.S., the government does not track how many tigers are in captivity within its borders, where they are, who owns them, or what happens to their body parts when they die. In many states, there are no controls on individuals keeping tigers as pets. Current estimates indicate that there are more than 5,000 tigers in captivity in the United States, more than exist in the wild. A registration scheme for all captive tigers and a means to monitor disposal of dead tigers is urgently needed to ensure they aren’t exploited for the illegal trade.
In the lead up to the Vladivostok Summit, all 13 tiger range countries recently committed to the goal of doubling tiger numbers by 2022 at a ministerial meeting in Hua Hin, Thailand. They will be helped in this goal by WWF and other members of the Global Tiger Initiative. The Summit will be co-hosted by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and World Bank President Robert Zoellick.
"We may not get another opportunity like this with so much political will from the tiger range countries and attention from so many institutions and people around the world," said Sybille Klenzendorf, Director of the WWF-US Species Program. "The situation for tigers is a sobering one, but if we seize this moment and maintain it for the long term, the next Year of the Tiger may give us real reason to celebrate."
Sign On to Help Protect Tigers from Illegal Trade
Help WWF tighten regulations to protect captive tigers in the U.S. and prevent increased demand for tiger products that put wild populations at risk.
Sign WWF's petition to Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asking them to use their authority to close existing loopholes in the permitting and monitoring of captive tigers in the U.S.
At present, there is currently no way to determine how many captive tigers are in the U.S., where they are, who owns them, or what happens to them when they die. This makes them an easy target for black market sales, stimulating demand for tiger products and further theatening wild populations by putting them at increased risk of poaching. Join our petition asking the U.S. government to close the existing loopholes and require registration and monitoring of all captive tigers.
Tx2 = WWF’s goal to double the number of wild tigers by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger.
Article from World Wildlife Fund
Pictures from national geographic
Lions are dying off rapidly across Africa. These cats once ranged across the continent and into Syria, Israel, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, and even northwest India; 2,000 years ago more than a million lions roamed the Earth. Since the 1940s, when lions numbered an estimated 450,000, lion populations have blinked out across the continent. Now they may total as few as 20,000 animals. Scientists connect the drastic decreases in many cases to burgeoning human populations. The Big Cats Initiative aims to halt lion population declines by the year 2015 and to restore populations to sustainable levels. You can be part of this important work by donating to the Big Cats Initiative or by applying for a grant to help big cats.
* Innovative projects with quick results for saving lions
* Anti-poaching programs
* Projects that test new technology
* Educational projects focused on community
* Projects that establish economic incentives for local people to ensure long-term survival of lions
Nearly all wild lions live in sub-Saharan Africa, but one small population of Asian lions exists in India's Gir Forest. Asian lions and African lions are subspecies of the same species.
Asian lions once prowled from the Middle East to India. Now, only 200 to 260 of these magnificent animals survive in the wild. The Gir Forest's dry teak woods were once a royal hunting ground. Today they are a reserve where the endangered Asian lions are heavily protected. An additional 200 Asian lions live in zoos.
I would like to know what other duers believe is the root of all the pain and suffering in this world.
So many other people have said it again and again but I believe that the root of all evil is not those select few who are cruel and violent and happen to have power but those who allow it.
Family members who turn the other cheek to domestic abuse, politicians who see their colleges lying and stealing and not calling it out.
People who watch disabled or impaired individuals struggling alone who do nothing.
People who cover up the crimes of others (the Vatican anyone?) to save their own reputation.
People who are able to help others, whether its volunteering or just donating to an important cause who don't because they just "don't have the time".
It has got to stop, everyone has been guilty at one time or another.
If people can't do this, how can we be expected to fix the bigger problems of this world??!
The amount of moisture on Earth has not changed. The water the dinosaurs drank millions of years ago is the same water that falls as rain today. But will there be enough for a more crowded world?
By Barbara Kingsolver
Even while we take Mother Water for granted, humans understand in our bones that she is the boss. We stake our civilizations on the coasts and mighty rivers. Our deepest dread is the threat of having too little moisture—or too much. We've lately raised the Earth's average temperature by .74°C (1.3°F), a number that sounds inconsequential. But these words do not: flood, drought, hurricane, rising sea levels, bursting levees. Water is the visible face of climate and, therefore, climate change. Shifting rain patterns flood some regions and dry up others as nature demonstrates a grave physics lesson: Hot air holds more water molecules than cold.
The results are in plain sight along pummeled coasts from Louisiana to the Philippines as superwarmed air above the ocean brews superstorms, the likes of which we have never known. In arid places the same physics amplify evaporation and drought, visible in the dust-dry farms of the Murray-Darling River Basin in Australia. On top of the Himalaya, glaciers whose meltwater sustains vast populations are dwindling. The snapping turtle I met on my lane may have been looking for higher ground. Last summer brought us a string of floods that left tomatoes blighted on the vine and our farmers needing disaster relief for the third consecutive year. The past decade has brought us more extreme storms than ever before, of the kind that dump many inches in a day, laying down crops and utility poles and great sodden oaks whose roots cannot find purchase in the saturated ground. The word "disaster" seems to mock us. After enough repetitions of shocking weather, we can't remain indefinitely shocked.
How can the world shift beneath our feet? All we know is founded on its rhythms: Water will flow from the snowcapped mountains, rain and sun will arrive in their proper seasons. Humans first formed our tongues around language, surely, for the purpose of explaining these constants to our children. What should we tell them now? That "reliable" has been rained out, or died of thirst? When the Earth seems to raise its own voice to the pitch of a gale, have we the ears to listen?
This was taken from the most recent issue of national geographic: Water Our Thirsty World
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