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Religion and its history and culture of holy wars

How religions came into existence by killing thousands When Homo sapiens just grew better than their brethren- the other members of the ape superfamily- after gaining the cognitive ability to float their thoughts, they must have been either clueless in ignorance and awe-inspired by their sudden abode or shouldn’t have given much ponderance to the purpose of life, let alone mind their daily battle for survival. The latter sounds more plausible with an inherently chaotic species in the beginning and the former happened later in their journey in the form of religion. Contrary to the contemporary thought, religion is one of the most powerful institutions that allowed clueless Homo sapiens in the beginning to coordinate and form a society together in unity. Also, it is one of the foremost reaso...

Smoking Conspiracy- Treachery of Greed

  The smoking conspiracy hatched by the greedy can be spine chilling if thought a little deeper. What is done to smokers is nothing lesser than brain hacking. The obscured truths about the harmful impacts of tobacco on the human body should be one of the dirtiest social engineering scams ever in human history. When consumed in larger quantities over a prolonged period of time, the 43 known carcinogenic chemicals and 400 more toxic substances in cigarettes can cause fatal health problems. But, the tobacco industry has long fought to keep the proven health hazards of cigarettes away from the public. Operation Berkshire: In the June of 1977, CEOs of the top tobacco companies met secretly in the UK to form a global network to suppress any bad press about smoking and to monitor anti-smokin...

Asbestos exposure, healthcare costs and lawsuits

If hearing the word asbestos doesn’t give you the jitters then you haven’t known enough about it and its hazardous effects. This is not to scare you but just to make you aware of one of the most commonly used construction materials, which is not yet banned despite claiming so many lives. Mesothelioma is one of the rarest forms of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. It’s not just mesothelioma but asbestosis, laryngeal cancer, lung cancer, ovarian cancer and many other forms of cancer that are caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure- Some important facts There are more than 50 countries that have banned the usage of asbestos including the countries in EU, and Australia. The 9/11 attacks released more than 2000 tonnes of the harmful substance into the air risking the ...

The 11 most polluted cities in the world

In 2015, 90% of the total world population breathed unhealthy air, according to State of Global Air 2017 report.  If you think it is only the low-income nations that are the hardest hit with polluted air, then you are wrong. 56% of the cities in high-income nations with a population of more than 100,000 residents do not meet the WHO air quality standards. In case of the low-income nations, the number increases to 98%. As the quality of air is dipping from worse to worst, very soon the ambient particulate matter would become the major cause of all deaths happening in the world. In 2015, ambient particulate matter was ranked fifth as the major cause of deaths only after high blood pressure, smoking, high fasting plasma glucose, and high total cholesterol. PM2.5 size particles in the air get ...

Life in Chernobyl

Nature has its own ways to recover from any magnitude of damage caused by human beings and their eternal ignorance. It proves the human species its healing power and its ability to replenish lives on lands that are made barren by the everlasting human stupidity. When one among the four nuclear reactors exploded in Chernobyl power station in the Northern Ukraine on 26th April 1986 at 0124, when its engineers tested whether it’s cooling pump system would operate under low power, it scripted history as one of the deadliest nuclear disaster ever that wiped out thousands of human lives and forced evacuation of 350,000 people. A few weeks after the reactor spewed radioactive elements into atmosphere ruthlessly, not even a very few would have thought that life in Chernobyl will be a possibility a...

Peace in a battlefield – The Uncontacted Peoples on Earth

The first hint of human existence on earth appeared 4 million years ago in a total life span of 13.6 billion years, the age of the cosmos. Passing through various stages of evolution, until 2017, Donald Trump, colonization of Mars, connecting Elon Musk’s brain with a man-made machine, the emerging far-right are the new worries for humans, mostly to those who believe in a young-earth. Among all the crisis in a more chaotic everyday world, there are still vast swathes of land that are not inhabited by human innovation and hypocrisy. There exists a comfortable, ethereal peace in the middle of a battlefield, where lives are busy pursuing material and wealth in some places and the others filled with hues and cries pleading for lives. There are people – inhabiting this very same earth as y...

Why Dow Jones Index Does Not Matter?

Dow Jones Index was created in 1896 as an indicator of how well the US economy was growing when 30 of its large publicly held companies did well during a standard trading session. Even today, the DJIA represents an average of the stocks of top 30 companies that are majorly considered to have an impact on the growth or decline of the US economy. Just 30 out of the 4333 (as on June 2016) publicly traded companies constitute the Dow Jones Index. The number has come down from more than 8000 since 1996 due to various factors including the higher underwriting and registration costs, market volatility etc. Apart from representing the 30 huge companies, higher DJIA index value does not represent growing personal income, GDP, lower unemployment rates or any economic indicator that reflects true gro...

Gobeklitepe: The Garden of Eden?

Human beings were once wanderers that never got settled in one place. Thrown onto this planet, they trod different paths, hunted down animals and moved on with their lives curiously in knowing more about the place they were thrown into. Slowly, they became sedentary and started living as communities that paved way for a number of civilizations to arise, each unique in its own way. Archaeologists have studied human civilizations for many years, but they were never stunned before like they were on a hot sunny day in 1994, when something peculiar was found in Gobeklitepe, 15 km away from Sanliurfa in Turkey. Human beings have been thinking that agriculture put an end to the nomadic lifestyle of our early ancestors and ushered in settlements giving rise to cities, civilization, art, and religi...

Colombia: No War and Peace

Colombia is just another mundane story of rebellion against social injustice that began 52 years ago. Long before, it was a country plagued with inequality. The government sold its large swathe of land to private owners in the late 19th century or in the early 20th century to pay off the country’s debt. Eventually in 1964, the farmers and poor workers of the land joined to form the rebel group FARC seeking social justice and land reforms. FARC, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia, abbreviated as per its Spanish expansion, was founded as the ideology of communism was widespread in the then world. The conflict has killed nearly 220,000 lives since 1958 as per the report created by a commission of the Colombian government. Even before the genesis of FARC, Colombia was not at peace. Whe...

Antiquity Vs Modernization: The Dakota Access Pipeline

Human race had always pursued the path of progress to develop and move to the next level. This urge to progress is not just an instinctive passion, as it readily seems, but a dire need to meet the growing demands of our progressive economic fallibility that convenience and comfort for the chosen ones at the cost of millions of others are the primary, but hidden indicators of growth. Growth for all is just a smokescreen as it slowly transpires to be a half truth. Development is made over the absence or degeneration of what existed previously. Development is made on the remains of the demolished beliefs of those millions. Attempts to create economic progress at the cost of cultural, environmental, and personal values is the habit of our race and one among many such is underway in four of the...

Spying: The Modern Day Cyber Espionage

In the recent past, Ian Fleming’s James Bond-as-the-protagonist movies were responsible to make spying a component of thrilling entertainment. Even today to many, spying is analogous to James Bond’s thrillers. But spying or espionage has played a very instrumental role in the history of national defence and is still very much alive. It is not dead but it has taken a form that is different from what we have conceived as spying. Even though cold war is considered to be over by historians, the after effects still ripple across both the superpowers. In 2010, a network of Russian spies- who were claimed to have involved in money laundering– were arrested by Washington. Their job was to identify insiders from the government who could be turned into potential informers for Kremlin later and...

Did Obama’s Hoax Kill the US Coal Industry?

The world has started moving away from fossil fuels in a noble cause to fight climate change and save the earth, while pushing an industry that fueled the growth story of mankind on to the brink of extinction. This transformation has also forced the largest coal companies in the US to layoff huge number of coal workers before running into bankruptcy. The surge of natural gas as a cheaper, environment-friendly source of energy – thanks to fracking- and solar panels with their associated subsidies are gradually replacing coal based energy. This has made coal companies spew venom at President Obama, who championed this cause and citing the reality of climate change as ‘Obama’s hoax’. The share prices of coal companies are falling steeply as the US Energy Information Administration...

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