Simon’s Edge™ – Vol. 24

Here is Volume 24 of “Simon’s Edge,” previously called “Simon Says Weatherwise & Otherwise,” an out-of-box and alternative collection of news link substantiated intelligence on the subjects of climate, weather, technology, financial investments/commodities, socio-economic and health-related risks, issues, ideas, potential “Black Swans” and insights  to help gain Bulldog Pundit readers an ‘edge’ in the onslaught of news from around the world.

DRINKING DIET SODAS AND GULF WAR SYNDROME – PART OF THE TRUTH
Artificial Sweetener Disease (ASD) is sweeping across America, and the symptoms are recurring headaches, unbearable migraines, depression, anxiety, muscle pain, arthritis flare ups, buzzing or ringing in the ears, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, inflammation, and acid reflux.  But most doctors don’t tell patients, and the media doesn’t inform the public to stop consuming synthetic sweeteners.  It is not a coincidence that a wave of fibromyalgia cases hit the American troops during the Gulf War. Studies revealed that drinking diet sodas in the 120 degree heat lead to serious health repercussions.  It was cleverly chalked up under the umbrella term “Gulf War Syndrome,” but the same problems are occurring for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan now.

A RISK ONCE UNTHINKABLE … MORE ‘NEW TERRITORY’ IN THE FINANCE WORLD
Is transferring customer funds “a complex process”?  Are customer accounts at brokerage firms safe?  Once a sacred obligation, it appears that a new trend could emerge.  Maybe a change will happen opposite to the current way that the commodities and securities industry is mostly self-regulating, and self-regulation ultimately depends on the integrity of the regulated.  But how did the customer assets ever leave the segregated accounts to begin with?

MORE RUBBISH CONNECTING AN INCREASE IN SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS AND HUMAN POLLUTION
Yes, we need cleaner, healthier technologies, and yes, we need to increase the necessity to take better care of our planet’s ecosystems, but let us make one thing very clear:  even though the frequency and intensity of weather events is increasing globally, approximately 98% of the shift is not due to carbon dioxide.  Instead, cosmic energy cycles prove the connection to climate.

LOTS OF BRAINWASHING OUT THERE
Here is something diabolical to shake you head at … if a child were to develop frostbite and one has a toe amputated that will surely reduce his/her footprint.  That is if s/he could get medical treatment in the British healthcare system in time to save their foot in the first place.

THE NEXT BIG HACKING FRONTIER – DNA
Imagine computer-designed viruses that cure disease, new bacteria capable of synthesizing an unlimited fuel supply, new organisms that wipe out entire populations and bio-toxins that target world leaders. They sound like devices restricted to feature-film script writers, but it is possible to create all of these today, using the latest advances in synthetic biology.

ZERO CHEM FARMING … RICE FARMERS PROVE INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURE ADVOCATES WRONG
Is one solution in supporting small-scale farmers’ knowledge and experimentation, and in raising incomes of smallholders so as to contribute to rural development?  Small-scale farmers using agro-ecology approaches can produce ample and accessible food for the world’s people. The real question is whether eco-friendly, smallholder farmers will get the support they need to feed the world?

SLEEP ON THE JOB TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY … HUH?

The secret to optimal well-being and effectiveness is to make more rhythmic waves in your life.  In 2010, researchers at the University of California at Berkeley confirmed that napping can improve the brain’s ability to retain information, noting that a middle-of-the-day reprieve “not only rights the wrong of prolonged wakefulness but, at a neurocognitive level, it moves you beyond where you were before.”

WIND AND SOLAR POWER MAPS ACROSS THE USA:  WHO WINS?
Solar and Wind have been vying for purchase in the energy game for many years now.  Who is winning?  Wind—and especially solar—don’t generally compete price-wise.  Both are intermittent, so that they won’t fit into our current infrastructure at a large scale, requiring substantial storage and transmission in order to become major providers of energy.  Neither one really helps with the liquid fuels crunch we will experience in the oil decline phase.  How about ocean power?

PRESSURE TO REDUCE SPENDING INTENSIFIES AS DEMAND FOR NOAA SERVICES ALSO INTENSIFIES
Here is what the NOAA Chief said recently – “The unfortunate thing is that with more and more extreme events, we are being requested with increasing frequency by emergency managers, by citizens, by the business community, by farmers … for more information on climate-scale events, which we define as anything beyond 14 days.  We will not be able to do it as efficiently or effectively as we would like to because we were not able to reorganize.”

FUKUSHIMA REACTOR 4  
What is really going on in Japan with regard to the falling-apart nuclear reactors?  Read this account just to get another angle.

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About Dr. Simon Atkins

Dr. Simon Atkins, Ph.D. is Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Forecasting Corporation [AFC], a think-tank in planetary risk management and climate change hazard consulting for businesses and investors that are affected by natural-based perils and socio-economic complexities. Dr. Atkins founded AFCrisk, a customizable platform in global meteorological 24x7 predictions with client asset overlays. He has 25 years of experience providing strategic expertise in weather risk going out years in advance and advanced catastrophe modeling. With a wealth of knowledge gained from activities in 65 countries, he advises on vulnerability assessment “hotspots” for optimized security planning and business continuity.
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