Paradise Lost

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Many of us who have been paying attention to the state of the world over the last half century have now begun to realize with growing horror that the progressive deterioration we have been tracking shows no signs of resolution. In fact, to some of us it looks as though there is no way to… Read more »

Resource Testeria

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Promoting extractive industries is seen by politicians as a proper, manly pursuit, even if it makes no sense. by George Monbiot It’s not about jobs. It’s not about securing energy supplies. It’s not even about the money. The government’s enthusiasm for fracking arises from something it shares with politicians the world over: a macho fixation… Read more »

A Computer Geek Starts a Garden, Part II – We Are Chlorophyll Managers

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Last night I ate a couple of dozen cherry tomatoes from my just-getting-started garden. A little pepper and salt and I was in tomato heaven. I was expecting them to taste a whole lot better than the supermarket ‘tomatoes‘ I’m otherwise forced to consume, and I was not at all disappointed. Indeed, every cell of… Read more »

Genes Not Eligible for Patents

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US supreme court’s final ruling on breast cancer gene patents should apply to all other gene patents, especially on deadly viruses such as the recent Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome virus. by Prof Peter Saunders Gene patents bad for science and bad for health Genes in humans and other organisms should not be patentable (see [1]… Read more »

The End of Email Privacy

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A month ago, I wrote an article called Internet Privacy for Permaculturists that recommended switching to a secure email service called Lavabit as other email companies help the NSA spy on their own users. As it turns out, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden used Lavabit email as well. Why not anymore? Because the entire service just… Read more »

Across the Board, European Farms Planting Non-GMO Seeds More Successful than GMO Crops in the U.S.

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by Shicana Allen, Institute for Responsible Technology On its website, Monsanto uses the slogan “Producing more, Conserving more, Improving Lives” and celebrates the five-year anniversary of its 2008 Sustainable Yield Initiative. Calling itself a “sustainable agriculture company… developing better seeds and systems to help farmers with productivity,” the biotech giant boasts that, despite anti-biotechnology activist… Read more »

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

Posted by & filed under Alternatives to Political Systems, Consumerism, Deforestation, Desertification, Eco-Villages, Economics, Food Shortages, Global Warming/Climate Change, Peak Oil, Society, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Village Development, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

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 »

The Mystery of Capital

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In medieval latin “capital” appears to have denoted head of cattle or other livestock which has always been important sources of wealth beyond the basic meat that they provide. Livestock are low maintenance possessions. They are mobile and can be moved away from danger. They are also easy to count and measure. But most important,… Read more »