This year was marked by global unrest — and 2020 is likely to be worse – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
This year may well go down as the most disrupted year in global politics since the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 and the subsequent implosion of the former Soviet Union.
However, the likelihood is that 2020 will be worse and bloodier.
Conditions that spawned global unrest on every continent in 2019 are unlikely to recede. Rather, they are likely to worsen in the face of a slowing global economy and little sign of causes of disaffection being addressed.
This is a short but insightful article about the factors influencing the pulse of the world at large.
A VERY good read, worth the time.
The myth of the eight-hour sleep – BBC News:
The myth of the eight-hour sleep
By Stephanie Hegarty
BBC World Service
22 February 2012
We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night – but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural.
In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people were plunged into darkness for 14 hours every day for a month.
It took some time for their sleep to regulate but by the fourth week the subjects had settled into a very distinct sleeping pattern. They slept first for four hours, then woke for one or two hours before falling into a second four-hour sleep…
I have often worried about the hours I spend lying in bed, usually starting around 2:30 am. Finally I began to accept it, and put my mind to work, reading, planning, meditating.
Now I am beginning to realise is is not a problem, simply the way our bodies work if given enough sleep time. After years of shift work and 4:30 am starts I have developed the habit of going to bed early, and now I am beginning to benefit from the time between first sleep and second sleep.
Wombat-stoning South Australian police officer avoids charges over incident | 7NEWS.com.au:
Investigators found Johncock, as a traditional Aboriginal man, had an appropriate permit to hunt wombats for food and his actions were not inconsistent with traditional practices. If Indigenous people can kill native animals that are protected for the rest of us and “the Senior Community Constable’s actions were not inconsistent with traditional hunting practices…”
My question is:
Did he the cook and eat the Wombat for food, like a hungry Koori Hunter ??? Did his family and community receive sustenance they could not get any other way, or was it a thrill kill?
Lots to consider here…