The Good Country Index

The Good Country Index

Jul 05

The idea of the Good Country Index is pretty simple: to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away. Using a wide range of data from the U.N. and other international organisations, we’ve given each country a balance sheet to show at a glance whether it’s a net creditor to mankind, a burden on the planet, or something in between…

Induced After-Death Communication (Updated)

Induced After-Death Communication (Updated)

Jun 25

Induced After Death Communication (IADC) is a therapy for grief and trauma that has helped thousands of people come to terms with their loss by allowing them the experience of private communication with their departed loved ones…

The Hopping Stone Vision

The Hopping Stone Vision

Apr 07

Deep in the southwest deserts, an old medicine man and young brave stand atop a great plateau. Together they silently survey all the Earth. After what seems like ages of absorbing all that can be seen, the old man taps his medicine stick on the ground. From twelve different directions great streaks of lightning strike the Earth, and from each place the lightning strikes, twelve great stones begin to form. As the stones form, the old man begins to sing an ancient song…

UN Warns: Climate Change Dangers Are Here Now, Will Worsen

UN Warns: Climate Change Dangers Are Here Now, Will Worsen

Mar 26

Scientists have already observed many changes from warming, such as an increase in heat waves in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Severe floods, such as the one that displaced 90,000 people in Mozambique in 2008, are now more common in Africa and Australia. Europe and North America are getting more intense downpours that can be damaging. Melting ice in the Arctic is not only affecting the polar bear, but already changing the culture and livelihoods of indigenous people in northern Canada. “Climate change really is a challenge in managing risks,” says Chris Field of the Carnegie Institution of Science in California. “It’s very clear that we are not prepared for the kind of events we’re seeing.”

How Civilizations Fail & Can Be Saved (Updated)

How Civilizations Fail & Can Be Saved (Updated)

Mar 25

How, exactly, do powerful empires collapse, and why? Researchers now believe they’ve found an answer, one that has troubling implications for today — because we’re clearly on the road to ruin…

Showtime To Launch Landmark Climate TV Series

Showtime To Launch Landmark Climate TV Series

Jan 15

This April, Showtime will start airing its ground-breaking climate change TV series. Nothing like this 8-part series has ever been put on TV before, a collaboration between the amazing storytellers mentioned above and top-flight journalists (like Chris Hayes, Lesley Stahl, and Tom Friedman) and some of Hollywood’s biggest stars (like Matt Damon, Ian Somerholder, Don Cheadle, Olivia Munn, and Harrison Ford). They provide gripping reports of people affected by, and seeking solutions to, climate change…

Why 2013 Was & Wasn’t The Best Year In Human History

Why 2013 Was & Wasn’t The Best Year In Human History

Dec 27

Five reasons why 2013 was the best year in human history and nine reasons it wasn’t…

Quote: David Spangler

Quote: David Spangler

Oct 11

“Our future as a species depends on our ability to cooperate. This isn’t only because some great natural or human-made catastrophe may overwhelm us, requiring us to help and depend on each other if we wish to survive and prosper. This is always a possibility, but a more pressing problem is that we are creating and living in an increasingly complex and interwoven planetary culture. We are crossing a threshold from a past in which we were separate human factions relatively isolated within our own territories and our separate racial, ethnic and cultural ways of thinking, to a future in which we are a global species, interdependent with each other and with every other species on this world.”

— David Spangler

Breakthrough Study Links Climate Change & Violence

Breakthrough Study Links Climate Change & Violence

Aug 02

Shifts in climate change are strongly linked to human violence around the world, according to a comprehensive new study released Thursday by the University of California, Berkeley and Princeton University. The research, which was published in Science, examined 60 previous studies from all major regions of the globe. The results suggest that changes such as drought, flood and high temperatures strongly correlate with spikes in conflict. The biggest culprit: higher temperatures. Out of 27 modern societies studied, all 27 showed a positive relationship between higher temperatures and violence…

Steven Pinker: Humankind Is Getting Nicer

Steven Pinker: Humankind Is Getting Nicer

May 01

What may be the most important thing that has ever happened in human history is that violence has gone down, by dramatic degrees, and in many dimensions all over the world and in many spheres of behavior: genocide, war, human sacrifice, torture, slavery, and the treatment of racial minorities, women, children, and animals…

Nazi Ghettos, Slave Labor Sites, Brothels, Concentration Camps & Killing Factories

Nazi Ghettos, Slave Labor Sites, Brothels, Concentration Camps & Killing Factories

Mar 02

As early as 1933, at the start of Hitler’s reign, the Third Reich established about 110 camps specifically designed to imprison some 10,000 political opponents and others. As Germany invaded and began occupying European neighbors, the use of camps and ghettos was expanded to confine and sometimes kill not only Jews but also homosexuals, Gypsies, Poles, Russians and many other ethnic groups in Eastern Europe. The camps and ghettos varied enormously in their mission, organization and size, depending on the Nazis’ needs. When the research began in 2000, Dr. Megargee said he expected to find perhaps 7,000 Nazi camps and ghettos, based on postwar estimates. But the numbers kept climbing — first to 11,500, then 20,000, then 30,000, and now 42,500. The numbers astound: 30,000 slave labor camps; 1,150 Jewish ghettos; 980 concentration camps; 1,000 prisoner-of-war camps; 500 brothels filled with sex slaves; and thousands of other camps used for euthanizing the elderly and infirm, performing forced abortions, “Germanizing” prisoners or transporting victims to killing centers…

Army Deploying $2.8M Mobile 3D Printing Labs

Army Deploying $2.8M Mobile 3D Printing Labs

Feb 28

For the first time, the Army is deploying special scientists and self-contained, mobile laboratories — 3D Printing Labs — to the warzone capable of designing and producing problem-solving inventions for soldiers operating in remote outposts in Afghanistan…

Quote & 2005 Movie: Sophie Scholl

Quote & 2005 Movie: Sophie Scholl

Feb 26

“The real damage is done by those millions who want to ‘survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves — or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honour, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small. It’s the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you’ll keep it under control.

“If you don’t make any noise, the bogeyman won’t find you. But it’s all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe. Safe?! From what? Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn.”

— Sophie Scholl (1921 – 1943), German student, a member of The White Rose Society, a non-violent anti-Nazi resistance group. Died at age twenty-two.

40 Years Later, The True Scale of U.S. Atrocities in Vietnam (Updated)

40 Years Later, The True Scale of U.S. Atrocities in Vietnam (Updated)

Jan 29

On March 16, 1968, between 347 and 504 unarmed Vietnamese civilians were gunned down by members of the U.S. Army in what became known as the My Lai Massacre. The U.S. government has maintained that atrocities like this were isolated incidents in the conflict. Nick Turse says otherwise. In his new book, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam, Turse argues that the intentional killing of civilians was quite common in a war that claimed 2 million civilian lives, with 5.3 million civilians wounded and 11 million refugees.

2012: The Greatest Year In The History Of The World (Updated)

2012: The Greatest Year In The History Of The World (Updated)

Jan 10

It may not feel like it, but 2012 has been the greatest year in the history of the world. That sounds like an extravagant claim, but it is borne out by evidence. Never has there been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity. The West remains in the economic doldrums, but most developing countries are charging ahead, and people are being lifted out of poverty at the fastest rate ever recorded. The death toll inflicted by war and natural disasters is also mercifully low. We are living in a golden age. (This post includes Hans Rosling and Steven Pinker providing supporting evidence that humankind is getting dramatically better, very fast.)

11/13/12 Sedona NDE Class Notes

11/13/12 Sedona NDE Class Notes

Nov 16

Notes from Sedona’s November 13th, 2012 NDE Class. This update includes information by or about NHNE’s new YouTube Channel, including several NDE play lists and two huge video archives of first-person NDE accounts, David Sunfellow’s “How Near-Death Experiences Are Changing The World” YouTube presentation, Becki Hawkins, Barbara Whitfield, Andy Petro, and a Vietnam War veteran who describes how his NDE left him unable to shoot anyone anymore…

Documentary: ‘The Man Who Saved The World’ (watch it here)

Documentary: ‘The Man Who Saved The World’ (watch it here)

Oct 25

In October 1962, the world held its breath. On the edge of the Caribbean Sea, just a few miles from the Florida coast, the two great superpowers were at a stand-off. Surrounded by twelve US destroyers, which were depth-charging his submarine to drive it to the surface, Captain Vitali Grigorievitch Savitsky panicked. Unable to contact Moscow and fearing war had begun, he ordered the launch of his submarine’s nuclear torpedoes. As the two sides inched perilously close to nuclear war — far closer than we ever knew before — just one man stood between Captain Savitsky’s order and mutually assured destruction. Set over four hours on October 27, 1962, the tensest moments of the Cuban Missile Crisis, this program tells the powerful but forgotten story of Vasili Arkhipov and Soviet submarine B-59. With most of the action set in a claustrophobic submarine running out of air, “The Man Who Saved the World” combines tense drama with eyewitness accounts and expert testimony about some of the most critical events in the Cold War…

Extraordinary Grassroots Movement: ‘Kony 2012′ (Updated)

Extraordinary Grassroots Movement: ‘Kony 2012′ (Updated)

Oct 08

KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice…

Favorite TED Videos (Updated)

Favorite TED Videos (Updated)

Aug 21

A collection of our favorite TED videos…

Tom Atlee: Public Opinion, Public Judgment & Public Wisdom

Tom Atlee: Public Opinion, Public Judgment & Public Wisdom

Aug 06

We are assaulted by evidence that current forms of democracy have (to put it mildly) limited capacity for generating collective wisdom. I propose that those of us in the fields of dialogue, deliberation, powerful conversation, knowledge systems, online collaboration, public engagement, political action and collective intelligence and wisdom have a responsibility to help correct that lack as soon as we can. We already have many tools, methods, and understandings to work with. We need more. Working together with a focus on generating collective wisdom, we can learn our way together into the kind of legitimate, powerful forms of public wisdom our world needs now…

The Future Of Military Surveillance: Swarms Of Cyborg Insect Drones

The Future Of Military Surveillance: Swarms Of Cyborg Insect Drones

Jun 20

The kinds of drones making the headlines daily are the heavily armed CIA and U.S. Army vehicles which routinely strike targets in Pakistan — killing terrorists and innocents alike. But the real high-tech story of surveillance drones is going on at a much smaller level, as tiny remote controlled vehicles based on insects are already likely being deployed. Over recent years a range of miniature drones, or micro air vehicles (MAVs), based on the same physics used by flying insects, have been presented to the public…

The Dark Side of Buddhism

The Dark Side of Buddhism

Jun 06

A resource page listing articles and resources pertaining to the dark side of Buddhist thought and practice…

Documentary: ‘Sir! No Sir!’

Documentary: ‘Sir! No Sir!’

May 20

The documentary “Sir! No Sir!” tells the long suppressed story of the GI movement to end the war in Vietnam. This is the story of one of the most vibrant and widespread upheavals of the 1960’s — one that had a profound impact on American society yet has been virtually obliterated from the collective memory of that time…

New Movie: ‘Peace Pilgrim’

New Movie: ‘Peace Pilgrim’

May 16

“Peace Pilgrim”, the movie, will be a full-length Hollywood feature. Peace Pilgrim awakened and inspired many thousands during her twenty-eight year pilgrimage for peace. Those she touched in a personal way carry very special memories — talking, laughing, walking together; listening to pilgrimage stories over the dinner table or while driving her to a speaking engagement; waving goodbyes as she quickly departed for her next destination. From 1953 until 1981 this silver-haired woman, with cheerful obedience to her calling, was a server in the world. As she approached each country hamlet or sprawling city she carried to all she met a message of peace expressed so simply: When enough of us find inner peace, our institutions will become more peaceful and there will be no more occasion for war…

Russia Developing Mind-Bending ‘Psychotronic’ Guns

Russia Developing Mind-Bending ‘Psychotronic’ Guns

Apr 13

Mind-bending ‘psychotronic’ guns that can effectively turn people into zombies have been given the go-ahead by Russian president Vladimir Putin. The futuristic weapons — which will attack the central nervous system of their victims — are being developed by the country’s scientists.

Scientists Warn Of Ethical Battle Concerning Military Mind Control

Scientists Warn Of Ethical Battle Concerning Military Mind Control

Apr 13

A future of brain-controlled tanks, automated attack drones and mind-reading interrogation techniques may arrive sooner than later, but advances in neuroscience that will usher in a new era of combat come with tough ethical implications for both the military and scientists responsible for the technology. Peter Singer writes in his book, Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century, that “‘the Pentagon’s real-world record with things like the aboveground testing of atomic bombs, Agent Orange, and Gulf War syndrome certainly doesn’t inspire the greatest confidence among the first generation of soldiers involved [in brain enhancement research.]“

Viral Campaign: ‘We Love You: Israel & Iran’ (Updated)

Viral Campaign: ‘We Love You: Israel & Iran’ (Updated)

Mar 23

Ronny Edry writes: “On March 15th, I posted a poster on Facebook. The message was simple. Iranians. We love you. We will never bomb your country. Within 24 hours, thousands of people shared the poster on Facebook, and I started receiving messages from Iran…”

Stuxnet Virus Could Be Used To Attack U.S. Infrastructure (Updated)

Stuxnet Virus Could Be Used To Attack U.S. Infrastructure (Updated)

Mar 05

Could the Stuxnet virus that sabotaged the Iranian nuclear program be used against the U.S. infrastructure or other high profile targets? Sean McGurk, who once led the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to secure U.S. systems from cyberattack says “You can download the actual source code of Stuxnet now and you can repackage it…point it back to wherever it came from.” McGurk worries terrorists or a rogue country could refashion it to attack U.S. infrastructure like the power grid or water treatment facilities, even nuclear power plants. He tells Kroft he would never have advised anyone to unleash such a weapon. “They opened the box. They demonstrated the capability…it’s not something that can put back.”

The Great Boatlift of 9/11

The Great Boatlift of 9/11

Feb 25

The Great Boatlift of 9/11: Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan…

Bill Maher: The Hypocrisy Of Christians

Bill Maher: The Hypocrisy Of Christians

Feb 12

Bill Maher on the hypocrisy of Christians…

Retired Colonel Has Dealt With Near-Death Experiences Since Vietnam War

Retired Colonel Has Dealt With Near-Death Experiences Since Vietnam War

Jan 28

Diane Corcoran didn’t know what a Vietnam War soldier was trying to tell her in 1969 about his near-death experience on the battlefield. The term was unknown then, but Corcoran could see that what he had gone through was life-changing. “I recognized that it was profound, extremely emotional for him,” she said. “And he was so worried that I wouldn’t believe him. But I said: ‘No, no. I believe you.’” Since that day more than 40 years ago, Corcoran has made it her mission to learn more about those who report near-death experiences, especially war veterans…

The Power Of Music

The Power Of Music

Jan 09

Jack Leroy Tueller’s decision to play his trumpet for the last remaining German sniper threatening his unit so moved the sniper that he couldn’t shoot, and surrendered the next morning. By choosing to play “his love song” Jack recognized the fear and loneliness common to all of us. Now 90, he shares his precious story with us…

Quote: Steven Pinker

Quote: Steven Pinker

Nov 27

“It’s been shown that people (both at the level of individuals and of entire societies) who have higher levels of education and measured intelligence commit fewer violent crimes, cooperate more in experimental games, have more classically-liberal attitudes, are less likely to be racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, and are more receptive to democracy.” — Steven Pinker

Supercomputer Predicts Revolution

Supercomputer Predicts Revolution

Sep 27

A new type of software has been shown to predict revolutions by mining news reports around the world. When put to the test — bingo! — the software showed spikes just before the recent Egyptian and Libyan upheavals. It was also able to sift through world news to retrospectively pinpoint Osama Bin Ladin’s location to within 200 km…

Did Chemical Reactions Cause Twin Towers Collapse?

Did Chemical Reactions Cause Twin Towers Collapse?

Sep 22

A mix of sprinkling system water and melted aluminium from aircraft hulls likely triggered the explosions that felled New York’s Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, a materials expert has told a technology conference…

Michael Moore: ‘I Was The Most Hated Man In America’

Michael Moore: ‘I Was The Most Hated Man In America’

Sep 10

In his 2003 Oscar acceptance speech, Michael Moore denounced President Bush and the invasion of Iraq. Overnight he became the most hated man in America. In an exclusive extract from his new book, Here Comes Trouble, he tells of the bomb threats, bodyguards and how he fought back…

Movie: ‘Of Gods And Men’

Movie: ‘Of Gods And Men’

Sep 05

In the 1990s, Algeria was gripped by a gruesome, protracted civil war between the government — which declared martial law after annulling elections it appeared to have lost — and a ruthless Islamist insurgency. The country foundered in a state of terror, with beheadings, throat-slashings and large-scale massacres an almost daily feature of life. These grim circumstances provide the setting for “Of Gods and Men,” a beautiful, somber and rigorously intelligent new film by the French director Xavier Beauvois…

A State Actor (Possibly China) Behind Slew Of Cyber Attacks

A State Actor (Possibly China) Behind Slew Of Cyber Attacks

Aug 04

Security experts have discovered an unprecedented series of cyber attacks on the networks of 72 organizations globally, including the United Nations, governments and corporations, over a five-year period. Security company McAfee, which uncovered the intrusions, said it believed there was one “state actor” behind the attacks but declined to name it, though several other security experts said the evidence points to China…

WikiLeaks Video: What Does It Cost To Change The World?

WikiLeaks Video: What Does It Cost To Change The World?

Jul 03

What do MasterCard, Visa, Bank of America, Paypal and Western Union all have in common? They help you pay for what you want? Well, yes… that is unless you want to help WikiLeaks make the world a better place…

North Korea May Be Testing ‘Super-EMP’ Nuke

North Korea May Be Testing ‘Super-EMP’ Nuke

Jun 22

North Korea’s last round of tests, conducted in May 2009, appear to have included a “super-EMP” weapon, capable of emitting enough gamma rays to disable the electric power grid across most of the lower 48 states, says Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, a former CIA nuclear weapons analyst and president of EMPact America…

Cyber Attack May Be Considered Act Of War

Cyber Attack May Be Considered Act Of War

May 31

The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force…