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 »

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 »