You are not alone

‘Charles is all ears, but his plants aren’t’, Daily Telegraph 25.11.20

Thirty six years have passed sine Prince Charles admitted conversing with his geraniums, and he is yet to live it down. But now there is evidence the prince was on the right lines at least.

In the bowl of an extinct volcano in California, a botanist is busy trying to establish that plants have personalities.

Rick Karban of the University of California has spent decades studying signals and other communication between sagebrush plants, as well as the different ways they respond to predators.

Some appear more skittish than others in the way they respond to the arrival of a beetle or the boot of a botanist, giving off blends of scents that are detected by other plants.

Professor Karban said the plants had also been shown to be more sensitive to blends of scents that are their own, in a manner “that may be analogous to language dialects”.

It also appears that other sagebrush plants might take more account of a distress signal from a hardier plant than from one with an excitable personality. “We do have evidence of that,” he said.

Although Professor Karban says plants are capable of memory and anticipation, he says there is still no evidence they respond to the human voice, even if that human is the Prince of Wales.

“There has been a lot of interest in whether or not plants are aware of us,” he said.

“Can we  talk to them and have them understand? Do they like different kinds of music? There is basically no controlled, repeatable experiment confirming that.

“Humans talking to them doesn’t make any sense.”


The above gives new life to that profound philosophical conundrum: If a tree falls in a forest and there is no human to hear it, does it make a sound?


The eyes have it

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Eyewitness to the Agony of Julian Assange — Desultory Heroics

By Timothy Erik Strom and John Pilger Source: CounterPunch John Pilger has watched Julian Assange’s extradition trial from the public gallery at London’s Old Bailey. He spoke with Timothy Erik Ström of Arena, Australia: Q:  Having watched Julian Assange’s trial firsthand, can you describe the prevailing atmosphere in the court? The prevailing atmosphere has been shocking. I […]

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Former World Bank Staffer Explains How Neoliberalism Is Destroying The World — Desultory Heroics

By Dylan Charles Source: Waking Times More destructive than bombs, money has become the weapon of choice for the global elite, for the hidden hand of finance can plunder and conquer entire nations, assimilate whole cultures, exploit resources and rape the earth while forcing billions into poverty, all with the surprising stealth of pen-strokes and […]

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I highly recommend the speech by Peter Koenig. Note towards the end of it where he kept being interrupted by the person next to him, resulting in Koenig asking ‘Why are you so strict with me when you were not with others who spoke longer than me?’


Conjuring Up the Next Depression — Desultory Heroics

By Chris Hedges Source: TruthDig During the financial crisis of 2008, the world’s central banks, including the Federal Reserve, injected trillions of dollars of fabricated money into the global financial system. This fabricated money has created a worldwide debt of $325 trillion, more than three times global GDP. The fabricated money was hoarded by banks and […]

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How to meditate in seconds


2015 in review


Thanks to all who have taken an interest in and viewed, read, commented on or follow my blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 23,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Snakes in Smocks: Unrecognized Corporate Psychopathy in the Medical Profession

Hello Michael, another excellent post, which I am re-blogging. Phil Stanfield

Disrupted Physician

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A 2010 study, Corporate Psychopathy: Talking the Walk, found that 3 to 6 percent of corporate employees may be responsible for the majority of ethical breaches in corporations, with corporate psychopathy tending to be concentrated at the higher levels of organizations.

This group here, Like-minded Docs,  is largely responsible for what happens to any doctor referred to a state PHP because all of the medical directors of  the “PHP-approved” assessment and treatment centers can be found right here.

So too can Bob Dupont and Greg Skipper who have introduced the non-FDA approved drug and alcohol LDTs.  Stuart Gitlow, President of ASAM is also on the list.

This group is essentially in control of doctors and determines their fates and the percentage of psychopathy here is much much more than the  3-6% found at Enron.

Some of these doctors have done horrible things that most doctors would never do under any…

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