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The Origins of Marriage

How the institution came to be and what is best?

Published 29 Dec 2015 – updated Sept 12 2018

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In Europe before 1100 A.D. people wanting to join together for fun, to raise a family and what might be seen as marriage just got on with it. But with the growth of European civilisation there was a problem surrounding inheritance and being absolutely sure the ‘right’ child was being left the family fortune, because in those days the oldest child or the oldest boy child inherited the family assets.

To resolve this issue, the Catholic church came up with the idea of a church sanctified marriage which coincidently helped to fill their coffers. They also made

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The Price of Progress

Avoidance, destruction and blame

We have come to think of progress as having more comforts, more technology and greater security for our long-term survival. This is what our ancestors worked for and we have led to believe that by following the directions of industrial leaders that our wealth and security are steadily improving. You should be stand back and look critically at this idea there are many flaws.

Progress in the modern sense is all about capitalism and market forces driving inventiveness and productivity. Thanks to our modern communications we can now perceive on a global scale the environmental destruction and increasing scarcity of resources with which to make things or even produce our food. The small lead to dictate

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The Whales Story

Our ocean guardians

Most whale species have been hunted to the brink of extinction and some hover dangerously close to that brink. The primary products they were killed for was oil, ambergris (used as a fixative for perfumes) food, and some of the bone was also used.

Human beings have this innate or natural inborn ignorance and inflated self-worth that has no basis in reality. We are the perhaps the least significant species living on this planet and we have done the greatest amount of damage and continue to do so.

Most people see wales as big fish that are mostly out of sight and out of mind and when it comes to products, few people care where they come

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Plastics Update

We are slowly destroying life and ourselves

Plastic pollution poses one of the biggest known threats to the ocean, influencing all ecosystems from beautiful coral reefs to abyssal trenches, eventually accumulating in our own food. It’s time to transition away from single-use plastics and dispose of our waste more sustainably.

There have been many media stories and images of sharks, whales and other species injured and killed by plastic waste, but for a while now, scientists have known that fish are ingesting small pieces of plastic. But it wasn’t clear how much of that was reaching our dinner plate. Ecologist Chelsea Rochman wanted to find out.

Rochman, who spoke at the @montereybayaquarium Sustainable Foods Institute, sampled fish from markets in

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Cooperative Housing

A key to sustainability and owning your own home

Access to shelter is a fundamental human right that has been taken form a large percentage of the population. In this modern world, human rights are written into public charters, yet the corporatism of local and national governments has nullified these rights.

Cooperative housing like any other protest must be done peaceably within the context of local laws as by any other means, the adventure will fail. One system that worked was for some of the Vietnamese escaping the Vietnam war. They landed on Australian beaches and were taken in as refugees, the Australian government gave them money, food and shelter. The people pooled their money and bought a house, several

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Sand a diminishing resource

As valuable as oil and vanishing fast

When you go to your local beach and see photos of great beaches and great deserts all round the world, you may think there is no way we could ever run out of sand. But we are running out of sand as well as so many things like water and even the oxygen we breathe.

Humanity has this little habit of using up everything until there’s nothing left, so is there a moment to consider that one day we may run out of sand and those trips beach may not be quite so pleasant, and even deserts may be stripped back to stone.

Sand is vital in the production

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Environment

Environmental issues affecting our health and longevity

Many see that the degradation of our environment is a major problem, yet many simply don’t care.

Those of us who are sufficiently enlightened agree that this earth, our planetary home is key to our survival and needs to be preserved if we are to survive as a species. The enlightened seek to harmonise with nature is a way that we can live not only without damaging the environment, but enhancing it.

On the other side of the fence we have those who do not care, they are happy do destroy the planet for their own self interests and are confident that they will be able to live their life to the full

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Plastics

A cornerstone of modern civilisation

Rubbish is not a third world problem, plastic waste is everyone’s problem.

Plastic is used everywhere – from plastic bags to light fittings, from bubble wrap to cling film and car parts. Plastic is the common name given to products made from oil that have undergone a chemical reaction known as polymerisation, a process where an unimaginably huge number of small molecules are linked together to form the plastics we use and consume today. If you think you are not eating plastic, please read on.

Some say that we are in The Age of Plastic

Plastics have been with us for many years and new generations of hybrid plastics are appearing as composites and

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Sugar a sweet poison

Pure white and deadly

Natural sugar cane

The phrase ‘pure white and deadly’ has been around for a long time and few people seemed to care until it’s too late, but others are awakening and dropping it from their diet.

But why?

We instinctively know that sweet things are safe to eat as in nature sweet foods are safe to eat and mothers may notice that babies will readily eat sweets, but it takes about 15 attempts before the baby will eat savoury foods. This is because we instinctively trust sweet foods, but in nature we eat them with the fibre.

Sugar is a modern food additive that has no nutritional value and is not required for our survival.

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Water

The stuff of life

The water carriers

Most of us appreciate the value of fresh water and without it we could not survive. The entire substance of our bodies is about 70% water, but this is more in babies who are almost 80% water and it decreases to almost 60% in older adults.

It is interesting that the surface area of the earth is also about 70% water and it plays a major role in the metabolism of our planet, but that’s another story.

Water forms part of the chemical substance of all our tissues and even our bones, it supports out health, our lives and plays many roles within our bodies including:

Forming saliva and digestive fluids. It

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