Cigarettes Up by Another Five Dollars

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Consistency of Policy required The Federal Government of Australia is increasing the excise on cigarettes by 60% over four years, by just over $5. This is aimed at reducing government (i.e. taxpayer) costs for treating smokers’ illnesses. The government obviously sees this as justifiable, as well as politically safe. Their goal is to reduce smoking… Read more »

Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling in Graduation Speech

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Editor’s Note: I’ve expressed my firm belief before, and will express again, that any serious attempt at reinventing society — to make systemic design adjustments to how our society/economy functions — necessitates a serious overhaul in our educational systems. Without this overhaul, I do not hesitate to state, I fully expect humanity to comprehensively fail…. Read more »

Endgame Strategy

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Why the Revolution Must Start in America The unrest in the Middle East, the convulsions in Ivory Coast, the hunger sweeping across failed states such as Somalia, the freak weather patterns and the systematic unraveling of the American empire do not signal a lurch toward freedom and democracy but the catastrophic breakdown of globalization. The… Read more »

The Dawn of Cybernetic Civilization

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Humanity appears to be in the grip of a global system – one that we originally created, but which is now shaping our lives independently of our wishes. I’ve recently begun to suspect that humanity is at a point of endosymbiosis with our electronic communications and control technology, especially through the Internet. In a sense,… Read more »

We the Tiny House People (Video)

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What does it mean to have a house? What defines a home? Is there an appropriate size or should there be a legal amount of space per inhabitant? What is enough or too much? Our Western education teaches us to own a house at all costs, to move away from our parents and build our… Read more »

Food or Fuel?

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by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute At the time of the Arab oil export embargo in the 1970s, the importing countries were beginning to ask themselves if there were alternatives to oil. In a number of countries, particularly the United States, several in Europe, and Brazil, the idea of growing crops to produce fuel… Read more »

Ghost Plane

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Lobbying results in old and dirty technologies being maintained long beyond their useful life. by George Monbiot Hoisting 180lbs of human flesh 30,000 feet into the air and 4,000 miles across the ocean every time you want to talk to someone: does that sound like 21st Century technology, or a 20th Century throwback? The lobbying… Read more »

Peak Water: What Happens When the Wells Go Dry?

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by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute Peak oil has generated headlines in recent years, but the real threat to our future is peak water. There are substitutes for oil, but not for water. We can produce food without oil, but not without water. We drink on average four liters of water per day, in… Read more »