Friday, October 15, 2021

Money for combating climate change

 According to a UN report back in June:

"Significant investments are needed and international cooperation is critical. More than a decade ago, developed countries committed to jointly mobilize $100 billion per year by 2020 in support of climate action in developing countries."

Unsurprisingly the money has yet to appear. It sounds a lot but the world military expenditure is around $2000 billion per year - twenty times the amount. And that money has been spent already. And it keeps flowing.

If we could put an end to war we could divert a part of this to beneficial uses. Think of the money which could be available for fixing the world, education, health, housing for the poor and so on.

It is strange that this issue is hardly mentioned by world leaders. Why is this?

Monday, September 27, 2021

The Bahá'í Faith - A Short Introduction for Women


 The last book (6th) has been added to the series on Kindle. The title is "The Bahá'í Faith - A Short Introduction for Women". The cost remains at US$0.99.  All are free on first weekend in October...

Having a booklet for women may seem odd especially given that the writer is a man but the importance of women in shaping the world today persuaded me to do one anyway, although inadequate. At least it was reviewed by a woman...

The six titles now in the series are:

The Bahá'í Faith - A Short Introduction (revised in August)

The Bahá'í Faith - A Short Introduction for Christians

The Bahá'í Faith - A Short Introduction for Muslims

The Bahá'í Faith - A Short Introduction for Hindus 

The Bahá'í Faith - A Short Introduction for the Seeker 

The Bahá'í Faith - A Short Introduction for Women

And two related booklets:

Bahá'í Books - A Short Introduction

The Bahá'í Faith and the Cosmos – A Short Introduction

It is hoped these books will engage the interest of those interested in such things and lead them on to more comprehensive sources of knowledge.

Next year may see the addition of more but that remains to be seen.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Vaccinate to keep others safe - new research

 


A report from Imperial College London says:

"New research has found that double vaccinated people were three times less likely than unvaccinated people to test positive for the corona-virus."

And other recent research finds that:

"Fully vaccinated people who catch COVID-19 appear to be less infectious and clear the virus quicker than unvaccinated people, early research suggests."

So to put it simply vaccinated people are much less likely to get infected by COVID and, if they do catch it, they are less likely to spread it to others.

Even more reason to get vaccinated.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Bahá'í Faith and the Cosmos

 


Another new title has been added to the collection of ebooks on Kindle at the usual price of $0.99. The title is "The Bahá'í Faith and the Cosmos - A Short Introduction". 

The description is:

"This booklet briefly explains some Bahá'í teachings on space exploration, the universe, extraterrestrial life and the place of mankind in it all. Recent scientific findings are used provide background on exoplanets and extremophiles."

The booklet explores the statement made by Bahá’u’lláh:

“Know thou that every fixed star hath its own planets, and every planet its own creatures, whose number no man can compute.”

By looking at recent scientific research we demonstrate that the first part has already become widely accepted as likely. 

The second part is not yet accepted but is increasingly considered plausible.

Monday, August 30, 2021

COVID19 in Guyana - August 2021


Our case numbers are rising with an average over 100. The ICU numbers have exceeded 30. Possibly complacency and the delta variant combined to cause another wave. Due to mainly ill-advised vaccine hesitancy about half the adult population remain unvaccinated.