Monday, June 12th - Sunday, June 18th
Stories from Broadly, NBC News, Motherboard, Kindland, and Dirge Magazine.
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Female Kayapo chiefs in Brazil are fierce defenders of the Amazon.
The native lands of the Kayapo, around 11 million hectares of northwestern Brazil, have come under attack in the past three decades by illegal logging, mining and cattle ranchers. In response, three female chiefs have emerged as some of the strongest voices, uniting the spread-out communities and taking on roles normally reserved for men.
Tuire, chief of the Kapran-krere village is one of these at the forefront of the movement. "When my uncle died and there was nobody to take his place, I decided to fight for his place," said Tuire. "Even though I am a woman, I was already studying my uncle and was trained by him." The community immediately embraced her leadership.
Now the Kayapo are fighting a constitutional amendment proposed by President Temer which would dramatically rollback protections to indigenous land. "I feel the discrimination even more today on the indigenous community because of the words of President Temer and the people in his government, who talk badly about the indigenous people, and say we don't deserve the land that we have," Tuire said. "He is supporting PEC 215 which is a law to remark the indigenous territories, which will let the farmers and miners use our land."
Recently, the New York Times published a report on increased violence by cattle ranchers against indigenous people. As pressures mount, another of the chief, Ngreikamoro in the village of Aukre, is working to heal inter-village rivalries to meet the challenge.
"On the day she became chief she made a speech saying she would commit to dialogue with the other Kayapo villages, to avoid the small fights they were always having between themselves. She wants everyone to live well and get on with each other," said Bephnhoti, the spokesperson for Floresta Protegida, an indigenous NGO representing 17 Kayapo communities. "She wants to make sure all of the villages are united to be able to better fight the outside threats."
What's remarkable about the Kayapo is their warrior-like attitude and their determination to defend their land explained Barbara Zimmerman, an ecologist and Kayapo program director at the International Conservation Fund of Canada.
"I get a bit emotional when I look at nature. It is sacred for me," Tuire said. "All these different types of trees exists for not just us the indigenous, but for all of our survival.
Big name scientists support the idea that our whole universe is conscious.
Its formal academic name is “panpsychism.” It’s starting to gather a larger following and some current proponents are taking the concept a whole lot farther.
The idea was proposed three decades ago by Sir Roger Penrose, known for his work on gravity and black holes. Penrose introduced the theory that consciousness is rooted in the statistical rules of quantum physics as they relate to microscopic spaces between neurons.
In 2006, German physicist Bernard Haisch, known both for his studies of active stars and his openness to unorthodox science, took Penrose’s idea to the next phase. Haisch suggested that the quantum fields that permeate all of empty space produce and transmit consciousness, which then emerges in any sufficiently complex system with energy flowing through it.
And in a recently published paper, Gregory Matloff, a veteran physicist at New York City College of Technology, has an even more radical theory: humans may be like the rest of the universe. A “proto-consciousness field” could extend through all of space and stars may be thinking entities that deliberately control their paths.
Since life is distinguished by its ability to respond to stimulus, Matloff began looking for astronomical objects which exhibit this behavior. He found it in a little-studied anomaly in stellar motion known as Paranego’s Discontinuity. Cooler starts orbit our galaxy faster than hotter ones, which Matloff argues is because they emit jets of energy in specific directions, thus changing their paths with intent, and therefore consciousness.
So far Matloff says it's consistent throughout existing stellar logs. A new batch of data will come in 2018 from the Gaia star-mapping telescope. If more evidence supports Matloff's ideas, it would mean that all astronomical objects are alive. And so, almost definitely the entire universe.
The Air Force is getting a general for outer space.
This past weekend, the Air Force officially created a three-star general position titled the Deputy Chief of Staff for Space Operations. This, in preparation for the expanded possibility of space-based warfare.
"The United States is dependent on space and our adversaries know it," Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force, said in a press release. "We must organize and train forces to be able to prevail in any future conflict which could extend into space."
The Air Force is developing a Space Warfighting Construct to help its space operations become more "flexible, survivable and resilient" while the Pentagon's new National Space Defense Center is going to be fully operational by 2018. This new directorate will work to consolidate multiple space-based programs as both China and Russia are bolstering their space warfare divisions, all recognizing that the orbital environment will be increasingly crucial to military activities on Earth.
Politicians like Alabama Representative Mike Rogers have proposed even more dramatic developments. "We have to acknowledge that the national security space organizational structure is broken, and we are at a time when space is contested like never before," he recently said at the Space Symposium where he envisioned a separate Space Force within the Department of Defense.
Despite the futuristic sounding terminology, Motherboard notes that space wars will likely be fought with hacks since the debris from orbital warfare would make it impossible to fight very long.
You can get weed delivered by professional couriers.
That’s the concept behind Kind Courier, a new company based in San Francisco which brings customers high-end cannabis products by way of professional bike messengers. The founders wanted to bring back the personal connection people get from their local weed dealer that often gets lost in brick and mortar bud shops.
"We’re definitely going for an experience," said co-founder Brian McMorrow in an interview with Kindland. "Opening up the box and getting this beautiful package of products and flowers with our branding all over it and having it delivered by a bike courier was just all part of our vision of how we wanted our business to run."
They select high purity products to create a pre-set package of offerings and created child-resistant packaging made by a local cardboard company in Oakland. Kind Courier is also striving to be as energy efficient as possible with a solar roof and water recovery in their production facility.
The company just started deliveries in April, primarily to customers in downtown San Francisco. While still small and serving only San Francisco, they have plans to expand to Los Angeles and then all of southern California. Eventually, they want to evolve into a membership club.
McMorrow is enthused about the many selfies couriers have been sharing after cannabis deliveries. "They’re excited for us too that we’re launching," he said. "We’re getting folks that are professional bike messengers, so even though it’s hilly and the city can be big, this is what they do and they enjoy. I think this is kind of a dream for them."
CARDS OF CHAOS
Fascination with the Tarot surges in times of turmoil.
At least that’s what Fox Emm of Dirge Magazine contends. Since the cards offer guidance in times of personal stress, so too do they emerge in times of cultural stress.
Emm points to the 1970s as an example, a time when the promises of the counterculture fractured, the National Guard fired on students at Kent State and President Nixon resigned after the Watergate Scandal. Concurrent with these upheavals, occultism surged in popularity.
Books like Tarot Cards for Fun and Fortune Telling and The Devil's Picturebook, both published in 1971, brought the cards to a more general readership along with Tarot sets created by women with feminist themes like A New Woman’s Tarot by Billie Potts (1978) and The Amazon Tarot by Billie Potts, River Lightwomoon, and Susun Weed (1979).
While interest in the Tarot has stayed steady throughout the intervening decades, it's emerged with even greater force now as people fear uncertainty and lack of control, Emm says. The Tarot is especially appealing in today's sociopolitical climate, as people wonder what the future will bring.
That’s all for this week. Look out next Monday morning!