The kauri tree unearthed during the expansion of the Ngāwhā Generation geothermal power plant. NELSON PARKER

Earth’s magnetic field is thought to be generated by the iron in the planet’s core. As it moves around, it produces electric currents that extend far into space. The magnetic field acts as a barrier, protecting Earth from the solar wind. This is a stream of charged particles from the Sun that could strip away the ozone layer if it were to impact the atmosphere.

When the magnetic field reverses—or attempts to—it gets weaker, leading to more radiation from the Sun getting through. Previously, scientists have linked extinction events to magnetic field reversals.


‘Climate Despair’ Is Making People Give Up on Life

Climate despair got you down? Go read this and maybe it will give you some ideas.

“It’s super painful to be a human being right now at this point in history.”


Zen terror

Master Nissho Inoue and his band of assassins teach some uncomfortable truths about terrorism, for those who will hear

Brian Victoria

is a senior research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, a recognised independent centre of the University of Oxford. He is also a Buddhist priest in the Soto Zen sect. He is author of Zen War Stories (2003) and Zen at War (2006). His upcoming publication is entitled Zen Terror in Prewar Japan: Portrait of an Assassin (2019).


William S. Burroughs lecture,July 20,1976,on paranormal,EVP,text+tape cut-ups,prognostication

This audio recording complements another Burroughs one uploaded to YT earlier (see: “William S. Burroughs lecture,writing class,June 25,1986,on paranormal,synchronicity,dreams” ): I’ve also uploaded an entertaining short (9 min.) reading by Burroughs entitled: “The Cat Inside – William S. Burroughs,alternate early draft excerpts,1985 reading”: In this recording Burroughs covers the cut-up method of writing in some detail, & reads from his own cut-up writings, as well as some by Burroughs’ sometime collaborator Brion Gysin. Burroughs describes how some cut-ups appear to be uncanny prognosticators, accurately predicting future events, according to Burroughs. He also describes experiments with audio cut-ups using tape recorders. He had intended to play recordings of some of Gysin’s tape experiments at this lecture, but the tapes had not arrived on time. Instead, Burroughs describes some of the cut-up tape experiments. And he covers other tape experiments that interest him conducted by paranormal investigators & what today is commonly known as EVP (electronic voice phenomena), where tape recorders are supposed to record unexplained mysterious human voices though no such sound input is available to the recorder. Burroughs refers to these as “Paranormal Voices” experiments/phenomena. Burroughs also makes reference to dreams, the last words of Dutch Schultz, Shakespeare, computers, Homer, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, & Carl Jung. There’s a long Q & A session with students at the end.

Book by suspect in murder of Utah university student Mackenzie Lueck removed from Amazon

Ayoola Ajayi, 31, is charged with aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, obstruction of justice and desecration of body.

A book about a teenage boy who witnesses the murder of two people who were burned to death was removed from Amazon’s website in the wake of the author’s being arrested and charged with the murder of Utah college student Mackenzie Lueck.

web page for the book, “Forge Identity,” written by murder suspect Ayoola Ajayi, now displays an error message reading: “SORRY we couldn’t find that page.”

The fictional work tells the story of 15-year-old Ezekiel who witnesses the murders of his neighbor and a “loved one” and then must “decide if he will join the ranks of a criminal mastermind, or fight to escape tyranny that has surrounded his young life,” the book’s description on states.