It's the Age Avalanche! (apologies to Ken Dychtwald).
Big changes are thundering down the time track. We will be the political gorilla. How do we use our muscle to the best effect? We have to be very careful and very smart.
We are the readers of Science Fiction, and now our world is sci-fi realized.
The News Keeps Getting More Frightening
Without the Little Guys,
The Big Guys Will Crash
More Super Scary News You Probably Don’t Know About
Let it be noted we humans are “the BIG guys.” The little guys we need to survive are: Insects (tap here)(and here)- for pollination and a lot of other eco-services; tiny plants - for ground cover and the land food chain; plankton for the ocean food chain…
And tiniest and maybe most basic: good MICROBES* for digesting our food, fighting off bad microbes plus helping us develop properly.
In the “develop properly” category, how about the avoidance of obesity, diabetes, IBS, asthma and general allergies? (plus probably even more.) Check this.
The BIG news is about the stunning decline in the tinniest guys,
You need us, and we need you!
“Preserving microbial diversity” in Science Magazine reads like the first chapter in an apocalypse novel. Microbes that have co-evolved with humans since long before we even became people are vital to our good health. We’ve been wiping them out, hand over tea kettle, ever since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Some are so close to extinction, we are going to need “microbe banks” just like the seed banks for replanting when something goes extinct.
Now that’s SCARY if you ask me.
*Bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi and other microeukaryotic colonizers living in or on our bodies. About 300 trillion on thee and me.
You've undoubtedly read some of the Google gazillions are going into longevity research with Calico. Genomics guru Craig Venter and innovation specialist Peter Diamandis founded Human Longevity Inc. You've heard of the Segway inventor Dean Kaman; and there's Ray Kurzweil. The list of major investments and investors is Looong.
And the websites! Longevity is a whole new category. Like Aging 2.0. And many, many more.
Here's a great Update Article on another billionaire, Brit Jim Mellon, spending beaucoup bucks investin…
The Holy Grail - REAL Investigative Reporting Money Hungry Managed Care Company in THE Under-regulated State The Dallas Morning News has been one helluva newspaper for a long time. Under the leadership of Publisher Jim Moroney, a huge investigation was started over a year ago. The findings are devastating.
Texas, My Texas Just imagine, a healthcare company more interested in profits than saving lives of babies! Just imagine a "managed-care" company denying care, but still talking the (BIG) money! Just imagine fictitious doctor "networks!" Just imagine, state officials failing at every level in overseeing it all!
OK, stop imagining and look at this stunning bit of real, super documented, investigative journalism. Roll up your sleeves and READ THE REPORT HERE. PAIN AND PROFIT
"Over the Line""Well, it's kind of newsworthy.""You have a strange mind, Duff.""I hear the biome has a lot of control over your sex drive.""Gross.""Well, it's a big medical discovery, all that.""I'm going to talk to mine like you talk to a baby in your belly."(Some comments from early readers who could actually think of something to say.)
It's in the bookstores (Amazon, that is)! It's published, available, for sale. At long, darn last. GO STRAIGHT TO AMAZON HERE
Science Fiction has no fear. It treads on subjects you might think odd to be trod. But I am just super impressed with the tidal wave of discoveries about MICROBIOMES. Everybody and pretty much every living thing has a microbiome. They are vital to healthy life... heck, to life itself!
A lot of people I talk to completely underestimate the human microbiome. There's a chance I overestimate it, but I think not. In and on your body there i…