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 »

The Great Food Crisis of 2011

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by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute As the new year begins, the price of wheat is setting an all-time high in the United Kingdom. Food riots are spreading across Algeria. Russia is importing grain to sustain its cattle herds until spring grazing begins. India is wrestling with an 18-percent annual food inflation rate, sparking… Read more »

Gerald Celente on 2011 – Internet Revolution and Lawn Liberation

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A reader of my recent ‘crystal ball‘ post supplied the following video via comment. I thought I’d put it up front and centre, as it’ll likely get missed by most otherwise, and Gerald Celente‘s thoughts are quite interesting, as we embark on another year’s journey in an increasingly interesting life. Most of us are realistic… Read more »

Organized Barter and Redistribution of Surplus

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In chapter 14 of the Permaculture Designers’ Manual, Bill Mollison gives an interesting example of a restaurant (Zoo Zoo’s) that needed money for renovation but came up with a creative alternative to borrowing it at interest from a bank: they sold dated vouchers at a discount — e.g. an "a meal worth $10, redeemable in… Read more »

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 »