Our Dopamine Addiction Is Killing The Planet. How Can We Detox?

By |2022-01-09T15:10:54+11:00January 5th, 2022|The Fly|

Our Dopamine Addiction Is Killing The Planet. How Can We Detox? Lynn Johnson 5 January, 2022 Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that sends signals from one neuron to another. Whatever your drug of choice, chocolate, nicotine, amphetamines, social media, power or shopping, dopamine is the final common pathway for all pleasurable, intoxicating and rewarding experiences. It is believed to be the most important neurotransmitter when it comes to the experience of pleasure, motivation and reward. But it isn’t ‘pleasure’ all the way because the same areas of the brain that process pleasure also process pain, and pleasure-pain work like a balance. When that pleasure-pain balance tilts to the side of pain after the [...]

The Legal Wildlife Trade Mainstream Media D-Notice

By |2021-10-24T08:16:30+11:00October 21st, 2021|The Fly|

The Legal Wildlife Trade Mainstream Media D-Notice Lynn Johnson 21 October, 2021 Those who love a British political thriller, particularly one which includes tension between the government and the press, the term, “it’s had a D-Notice slapped on the story” will be familiar. For the individuals who don’t know what a D-Notice is, here is a little background provided by the BBC’s Secret Britain Series. The "Defence Advisory Notice System" - as it is now called - is supposed to be entirely voluntary. In reality, though, it's very rare for any of the mainstream media [MSM] organisations to ignore the committee's requests [not to publish a story]”. Why does the [...]

The Failure Of Investors

By |2021-10-24T08:15:39+11:00October 14th, 2021|The Fly|

Image peterschreiber.media The Failure Of Investors How can you call something an investment when it is driving biodiversity loss? Lynn Johnson 14 October 2021 We cannot overcome the biodiversity loss, associated with the legal trade in endangered species, unless we can change the minds and strategies of the individuals and groups who invest in these wildlife and timber markets. In the end, getting investors committed to tackling biodiversity loss, associated with legal trade, maybe a key action to dealing with the extinction crisis. Investors have started to exert influence in relation to climate change policies and carbon emissions targets in the companies in which they invest. They have been under [...]

Out For The Count

By |2021-09-20T17:52:01+10:00September 6th, 2021|The Fly|

Out For The Count. The Annual, 24-Hour Wildlife Count. Lynn Johnson 6 September, 2021 Extreme weather events, from fires, to floods to storms are devastating what’s left of the world's nature reserves. Just one example is an Australian study which estimated 3 billion animals were killed, injured or displaced in the 2019/2020 summer bushfires. All this has happened at a time when governments worldwide pledge much for the environment, but in reality, do very little to aid its protection and rehabilitation. Those of us who care have lost trust in what our political representatives say. So, what can we do? Is it time more of us pushed for [...]

If Rich People Wanted To Save The Planet

By |2021-08-23T08:48:40+10:00August 23rd, 2021|The Fly|

If Rich People Wanted To Save The Planet… They would be doing it now. Lynn Johnson 23 August, 2021 Instead of the ultra-rich doing their utmost to secure a viable future for all, we have what some have termed, for obvious reasons, dicks in space. The problem is that these billionaires are being held up as visionaries, but isn’t this vision simply feeble? Aren’t they saying, I don’t have the skill to fix the complex problems down here on earth, so I am just going to build my own rocket and run away? It comes across as immature and narrow-minded. This image isn’t enhanced when you consider the scale of tax [...]

Generation Z Learning How To Influence

By |2021-06-30T07:33:45+10:00June 28th, 2021|The Fly|

Image LordHenriVoton Generation Z: Learning How To Influence Lynn Johnson 28 June, 2021 A very interesting analysis by The Guardian was published in early June. After interviewing young people in their late teens and early 20s throughout Europe, The Guardian’s analysis concluded that Generation Z “are ready to draw systemic conclusions from the handling of the pandemic by political elites”, and this includes a “critique of capitalism”. Many of the insights of these young adults are very mature for their years, such as their observation that “politicians on all sides [have been] obsessed with placating social conservatism and meeting the needs of business”. But their analysis isn’t [...]

A Hypothetical – What If The Pharmaceutical Industry Used The Same Model As CITES?

By |2021-05-18T08:52:13+10:00May 17th, 2021|The Fly|

Image Andrey Bukreev A Hypothetical: What If The Pharmaceutical Industry Used The Same Model As CITES? Lynn Johnson 17 May, 2021 Imagine we live in a world where, when a pharmaceutical company creates a new drug, it doesn’t have to test it in the lab, it doesn’t need to do human trials and it doesn’t need regulatory approval. A new drug is simply developed, manufactured and then legally sold. Once on the market, the drug appears to have some terrible side effects and consequences. The groups concerned about the negative effects of this new drug, on human lives, must scrape together funding, from philanthropists and the [...]

We Are All In At The Cull

By |2021-03-07T08:39:16+11:00March 6th, 2021|The Fly|

We Are All In At The Cull Industries considered an uninsurable risk rely on taxpayer compensation. Lynn Johnson 6 March, 2020 Insurance companies keep their distance from businesses involved in the farming and captive breeding of animals. As the biosecurity risks associated with these industries increase, this will not change. Over the last 18 months, the world has seen a growing number of massive culls of farmed species, including endangered species that are captive bred for trade. Everything from mink, bamboo rats, raccoon dogs, civets and emus, to chickens, pigs and ducks have been culled. It is impossible to know exactly what culling happened at the [...]

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