Glancing at the Crystal Ball – What Do You See?

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As the new year turned over, I noticed a few websites running article series where correspondents made their predictions about what they anticipate being hot news topics over 2011. Although a few deteriorated into meaningless waffle over who’ll be top of the pops, or who’s going to light up the silver screen this year, there… Read more »

Home Rule

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Here’s the remarkable, hidden truth about our housing crisis. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom There are two housing crises in Britain. One of them is obvious and familiar: the walloping shortfall in supply. Households are forming at roughly twice the rate at which new homes are being… Read more »

Cold-Hearted

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The level of excess winter deaths in the UK is higher than Siberia’s. This is why. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom Were you to list the factors that distinguish civilisation from barbarism, this would come close to the top: that the elderly are not left to die… Read more »

WikiLeaks: US Should Retaliate Against EU for Genetically Modifed Resistance

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Country team Paris recommends that we calibrate a target retaliation list that causes some pain across the EU — Recommendation by US Ambassador to France, Craig Stapleton [Emphasis added] WikiLeaked cables released over the weekend revealed more about the US’ role as a global bully, trying to thrust unpopular genetically modified (GM) crops onto cautious… Read more »

Food Swaps

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Like a typical pregnant woman, I woke up this morning with food on my mind. However, it wasn’t the stereotypical indulgences and strange combinations like bon bons or peanut butter and pickle sandwiches. Instead, I was thinking about the idea of small-scale food swaps, something I believe could become the future of how people might… Read more »

Instant Messaging

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Click for full view Courtesy: Marc Roberts The Astro-turf phenomenon isn’t new, but George Monbiot’s recent article, and the recent Fox-leaks non-shock put it back in my mind. Elsewhere – Polar bears move inland and begin to assimilate, sound advice is offered on risk management and our persistent buggering of the soil takes its toll…. Read more »

Mark Shepherd’s 106 Acre Permaculture Farm in Viola, Wisconsin

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by Chuck Burr I recently had the pleasure of visiting Mark Shepard’s family permaculture farm in Viola, Wisconsin. Mark has planted an estimated 250,000 trees over the last 15 years on his 106 acre farm. Forest Agriculture Enterprises is known for its hazelnut, chestnut, butternut, nut pine and apple produce, scion-wood and value added products…. Read more »

Making Democracy Work

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Editor’s note: This is what I like to see, and hope others will emulate: concrete action to bring about organised, localised change. Some subscribe to free market magical thinking — that self-interest combined with market mechanisms will somehow automatically harmonise our social, and even environmental problems. But, permaculture is not about blind hope and trust… Read more »

Closing the ‘Collapse Gap’: the USSR was Better Prepared for Collapse than the US

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by Dmitry Orlov Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I am not an expert or a scholar or an activist. I am more of an eye-witness. I watched the Soviet Union collapse, and I have tried to put my observations into a concise message. I will leave it up to you to decide just how urgent… Read more »

An Agriculture that Stands a Chance: Perennial Polyculture & the Hard Limits of Post-Carbon Farming

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More and more articles are being written that continue to hit the proverbial "nail on the head". This one was posted to the Energy Bulletin website a couple of days ago. It does a great job of summarizing the problems with annual monoculture-based food systems and the advantages of those which are perennial polyculture-based. The… Read more »

Reclaim the Cyber-Commons

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The internet is being captured by organised trolls. It’s time we fought back. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom They are the online equivalent of enclosure riots: the rick-burning, fence-toppling protests by English peasants losing their rights to the land. When MasterCard, Visa, Paypal and Amazon tried to… Read more »