Robot Wars

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by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom Every month more evidence piles up, suggesting that online comment threads and forums are being hijacked by people who aren’t what they seem to be. The anonymity of the web gives companies and governments golden opportunities to run astroturf operations: fake grassroots… Read more »

Stripped Bare

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Shocking new financial manouevres by the British government show who it’s really working for. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom You think you’ve seen the worst of it; you haven’t. Last week I wrote about how the British government, while imposing extra taxes and devastating cuts on ordinary… Read more »

Climate Belief Forensics II

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Editor’s Note: This is part II of a series. If you haven’t already, read Part I first. Considering the Latin root of the word, "forensics" is about bringing something before the forum the public perhaps should know about. And certainly, exploring the question where influential beliefs about the climate come from seems quite relevant. These… Read more »

Permaculture Design for Horses, People & Habitat

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Click for larger view (Designed by N. Huggins & M. van den Berg ©MB Equine Services) Introduction I want to share with you a few things about a permaculture design project I finished in late October 2010. Details of the design, some details of working with clients on design projects, basic costing and what to… Read more »

A Corporate Coup d’Etat

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You thought elections counted for something? Look at what wasn’t in the manifesto. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom “I would love to see tax reductions,” David Cameron told an interviewer at the weekend, “but when you’re borrowing 11 per cent of your GDP, it’s not possible to… Read more »

Forest Chumps

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The sale of England’s state forests is a chance to do something interesting. It’s being squandered. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom It took the previous Conservative government 13 years to propose a sell-off as unpopular as this one. The privatisation of the railways was opposed by 85%… Read more »

Pulling Up the Ladder

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Click for full view Courtesy: Marc Roberts As youth unemployment in the UK reaches for the skies, the Coalition decides to pull up the ladder so the oiks don’t muscle in on their action.

Respecting Ourselves, Part III: Needs Met Ineffectively or at Great Cost

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Editor’s Note: This is Part III of a three-part series. If you haven’t already, please read Part I and Part II before continuing. Those of us who live in the ‘developed world’ frequently see their higher needs compromised. But, unlike much of the world’s population, we rarely find ourselves destitute of our most basic requirements,… Read more »