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Expat Files – 06.25.17

#1- When big and small earthquakes hit (they do with some regularity)how do Expats and gringos cope and react? Two big 6.8 earthquakes hit Guatemala and Mexico this week. As usual there was some property damage and but none affecting local gringos and Expats. Only group truly affected when natural disasters arise are poor uneducated locals. The squatters in shacks …

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Rev. Billy Talen – Standing Rock: A Moment of Clarity for Progressive Activists

Earth-force meets money-force at Standing Rock. I’m so relieved I’m here. It scares me to think that I might have missed this. We get up at dawn. Four hundred people walk slowly in a light snow to the river by the camp. A teacher is talking. His headdress is a crisscrossing of long, narrow feathers. He is of the Havasupai, …

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The Gary Null Show – 12.15.15

Prof. David Montgomery is a geomorphologist & environmentalist in the Earth and Space Sciences division at the University of Washington’s College of the Environment. He specializes in the evolution of geological topography and the influence of geomorphological processes on ecological systems and human societies. His research has taken him world wide, the Cascade Range in the Pacific Northwest to the Andes, the Himalayas and Tibetan plateau. Joining him is his wife Anne Bikle, a biologist and environmental planner whose work includes watershed restoration and advancing public health through environmental initiatives.

David has author several important works, including “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations”, and together their most recent book is “The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health” that exposes the critical role the microbiomes in our soil and in our guts play to sustain life and health. Their website is Dig2Grow.com

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Rise and fall of city states tied to stormy weather

Changeable weather may have been a major force in the success and failure of agrarian states in Mexico and Peru, according to climate and archaeological records. For a new study, researchers looked at climate records for central Mexico gleaned from a stalagmite collected from Juxtlahuaca Cave in the state of Guerrero. They also looked at the climate record preserved in …