Friday, January 04, 2008

Talkin about the old style

The cool thing about being a librarian is that you basically wade through information all day. Here's something cool I found out leafing through a magazine today.
There is a group called the Sentinelese who - because they have completely resisted contact with modern civilization - are known as the last remaining paleolithic hunter-gatherer group on earth.

They've been in the news most recently when they killed two Indian fishermen who landed on their island, and Indian authorities have so far resisted launching an investigation because they couldn't figure out how to do it.

As well, after the Tsunami in 2004, a few helicopters flew over to see if anyone on the island had survived, and they realized that there were survivors when arrows and spears began being shot at the coptors.

Here is some weird news about the modern world that serves as the introduction to Earth in Mind by David W. Orr.

  • Male sperm counts worldwide have fallen by 50% since 1938, and no one knows exactly why

  • Human breast milk often contains more toxins than are permissible in milk sold by dairies

  • At death, human bodies often contain enough toxins and heavy metals to be classified as hazardous waste

  • Similarly toxic are the bodies of whales and dolphins washed up on the banks of the St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic shore

  • There has been a marked decline in fungi worldwide, and no one knows why

  • There has been a similar decline in populations of amphibians worldwide, even where the pH of rainfall is normal

  • Roughly 80% of European forests have been damaged by acid rain

  • U.S. industry releases some 11.4 billion tons of hazardous wastes to the environment each year

  • Ultraviolet radiation reaching the ground in Toronto is now increasing at 5% per year

For some happier stuff - I am getting such a kick out of this song, and I don't even know who Dawn Landes is!! This song, as with everything I know these days about modern music, I owe to Melissa in Nashville.

1 comment:

cyclingdave said...

hey chris. i know you've been preoccupied with peak oil. have you seen this.