This is the story of the ultimate cult: a wired, high-tech, designer-drug, billion-dollar army of New Age zealots, focused around the leadership of a blind and bearded madman, armed with weapons of mass destruction. Like scenes of an apocalyptic future in a cyberpunk novel, this story is also the stuff of nightmares. Cultists wired electrodes to their heads while chanting ancient mantras and logging on to computer nets. Methamphetamine, LSD, and truth serum - the product of homemade laboratories equipped with the latest gear - ran through their veins. Those same labs worked at refining enough chemical and biological weapons to kill millions. Other cultists attempted to build a nuclear bomb while massive facilities were built to manufacture handguns and explosives. All this activity went toward preparing for - and then unleashing - Armageddon. In 1984, guru Shoko Asahara had a one-room yoga school, a handful of devotees, and a dream: world domination. A decade later, Aum Supreme Truth … [Read more...] about Aum’s Shoko Asahara and the Cult at the End of the World
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On Tuesday, 28 commissioners and 17 countries around the world banded together to form the Global Commission on Adaptation. Their task for the next year will be to figure out the best ways to both fight and cope with the dramatic, disastrous effects of life on a hotter planet. The program is led by Bill Gates, Ban Ki-moon, and World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva. The commission also includes 25 other leaders from around the globe, including the mayors of Miami and Paris, as well as China’s environment minister. The 17 countries on board include big players in the world’s energy economy, like Canada, Mexico, China, India, Germany, and the UK. (The US is not on the list.) Scroll down for a full list of who’s involved. The bad news about our planet released last week from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggests that time is running very short to get serious about the threat of … [Read more...] about Bill Gates and Ban Ki-moon are recruiting mayors, heads of state, and finance pros around the world on a last-minute quest to save us from catastrophic heat, drought and flooding
caption Our 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4WD test car. source Benjamin Zhang/Business Insider The fourth generation Nissan Pathfinder has been on sale since late 2012. It’s the first Pathfinder to be a front-wheel-drive-based crossover. Nissan updated the Pathfinder in 2017 with fresh styling, more power, and more tech. Business Insider took the Pathfinder on a long road trip and was impressed by its smooth ride, comfortable cabin, and powerful engine. For more than three decades, the Nissan Pathfinder has been one of the most popular SUVs in America. But in 2012, Nissan shook up the formula and turned its rugged pick-up truck-based SUV into a front-wheel-drive family crossover. (Four-wheel-drive is a $1,700 option.) A vehicle some critics have derisively called the Mall-Finder. In spite of the furor from off-roading purists, the four-generation Pathfinder has generated robust sales. In its first full year, sales more than doubled to 88,000 units … [Read more...] about The $48,000 Nissan Pathfinder is one of the best family SUVs money can buy — but it has one major flaw
Is the presidency just too big to handle? John Dickerson, co-host of "CBS This Morning" penned a lengthy cover story for The Atlantic on how the magnitude of the office itself might be its own greatest impediment. He sat down with Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg for an interview in the new "Face the Nation" studio to dive deep into the scale of the presidency. JEFFREY GOLDBERG: Hello, and welcome to the first and possibly last edition of "Face the Atlantic." I'm Jeffrey Goldberg, the editor-in-chief of The Atlantic and my guest is John Dickerson, Atlantic contributing writer who also has a day job at CBS, co-host of "CBS This Morning," former moderator of "Face the Nation" and author of The Atlantic magazine's cover story, "How the Presidency Became Impossible." And we're going to talk today about the presidency. John, you know more about the presidency than many people including presidents. It's disconcerting how much you know about the presidency. So let's just jump … [Read more...] about POTUS: The hardest job in the world?
Spurred on by climate change, international travel and international trade, disease-bearing insects are spreading to ever-wider parts of the world. This means that more humans are exposed to viral infections such as Dengue fever, Chikungunya, Zika, West Nile fever, Yellow fever and Tick-borne encephalitis. For many of these diseases, there are as yet no specific antiviral agents or vaccines. Global warming has allowed mosquitoes, ticks and other disease-bearing insects to proliferate, adapt to different seasons, migrate and spread to new niche areas that have become warmer. These are the findings of a JRC report that aims to raise awareness about the threat posed by the spread of arboviruses (arthropod-borne viruses). The growing spread of arboviruses Aedes mosquitoes spread several arboviruses, including Dengue, Chikungunya, Zika, West Nile and Yellow fever viruses. These mosquitoes thrive in urban settings due to the lack of natural predators and the ready availability of food … [Read more...] about Climate Change Promotes the Spread of Mosquito and Tick-Borne Viruses