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AskReaders: What is some real sh*t that we all need to be aware of right now, but no one is talking about?

We asked our regular contributors through e-mail, What is some real sh*t that we all need to be aware of right now, but no one is talking about? We got many interesting responses. Here are some of them. We have just copied and pasted their responses, not editing them in any way and most of the respondents have requested to stay anonymous, so no names will be published.

1. The entire media is owned by five+/- large corporations.

2. That we live in the safest time in history and bad eating habits are more likely to kill you than criminals, terrorists, and enemy soldiers.

3. The slave markets in Libya still haven’t been acknowledged by the media, as far as I know.

4. Acidification of the oceans.

5. Madagascar is currently experiencing a plague. A proper ‘black death‘ plague.

6. Why most college kids are going through insane levels of depression, more than half of the classmates I talk to are on some form of antidepressant.

7. Soil losing nutrients like phosphorus and magnesium.

8. Super gonorrhea! It’s a mutant strain that is spread via oral sex and is thus far not able to be cured except with extremely powerful, still-being-developed antibiotics.

9. Something that I personally think no one is really talking about is how in the states, the education system is woefully outdated. The modern education system doesn’t do much to promote critical thinking skills. Standardized tests that decide funding are the norm, and teachers just teach to those tests, so students just memorize some things here and there. There needs to be a complete revamp of the system; the current one was designed in the 20th century, for the 20th century. But it needs to be designed in the 21st century, for the 21st century. The focus needs to be put on interpreting and processing massive amounts of information, understanding concepts and not formulas, basic logic classes to point out inherent flaws in arguments, basic programming should be a class offered in all high schools nowadays.

Navigating the wealth of information out there without these skills being taught is like trying to find your way around the Pacific ocean on a canoe without an oar. The way we think about education needs to change or society will begin to stagnate.

10. On July 23rd, 2012 a coronal mass ejection crossed Earth’s orbit.


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  • Psychiatry is failing because although the science is worthy, Individual Psychiatrists do not apply it but instead lean on it as a justification for their authority, and as a consequence their decisions are never ratified. And they rarely face justice or criticism, since everyone is terrified of them, and they can dismiss criticisms from their patients as evidence of relapse, not misdiagnosis. Not only that, the techniques for diagnosis rely on linguistics, but there can be a disconnect between the Doctors’ command of English and the Patient’s own individual vocabulary. It is quite possible for a Psychiatrist with English as a Second Language to bluff their way through their career, if they stick to memorised speeches and dialogues. There is much more to diagnosing a Mental Illness than how a Patient presents in the moment, there is also family dynamics, religious indoctrination, childhood trauma, malicious gossip and sheer bad luck. All this is being steamrollered so that a lot of people who would have eventually recovered and got better at handling life are instead diagnosed, put on medication and kept in a state of arrested development until the boredom drives them over the edge. The Mental Capacity Act 2005 was supposed to address this, sadly Psychiatrists are too arrogant to acknowledge it when it is put to them.

    • Zack,
      We’ve talked about this through several sessions. You’ve missed your last five appointments. Please come in. You will get through this. At our next meeting, we can address your inner-child hatred of an unquestionably reputable profession. I understand that you are frustrated. I’m concerned that you may not be properly venting that frustration, which obviously has occurred from a trauma that your brain is keeping suppressed. Let’s explore that together, shall we?

      Dr. Noah Tall

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  • Graphine! Carbon nanotubes, to be specific, but Graphine is made with carbon nanotubes. Its the same stuff that vanta black stuff is made of.

    It highly conductive, and resists electrical signals less than copper, which is the most common metal used in electronics. If made in industrial sized quantities, it Graphine could replace all the copper/electrical contact points in electronics, making them more efficient, they’ll produce less heat, and presumably charge faster since the Graphine isn’t resisting the current as much.

    For real, rich people sohuld be investing money into Graphine production. Just like quantum processing, Graphine/carbon nanotubes is one of the inventions that’ll bring ‘the future’ closer by a large step.

  • Mass surveillance techniques used in public and private sectors (data mining and facial recognition). In my organization we use vehicle tag readers, and facial recognition on unsuspecting customers hundreds of times each day. We can store that information indefinitely and use it however we want. Police are using vehicle tag scanners to document vehicle locations while on patrol, and keep that info forever. Their scanners can id & log 100 tags per SECOND.

  • That we live in the safest time in history and bad eating habits are more likely to kill you than criminals, terrorists, and enemy soldiers. I like that


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