Mikko Hypponen: How the NSA Betrayed the World’s Trust — Time to Act

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Recent events have highlighted, underlined and bolded the fact that the United States is performing blanket surveillance on any foreigner whose data passes through an American entity — whether they are suspected of wrongdoing or not. This means that, essentially, every international user of the internet is being watched, says Mikko Hypponen. An important rant,… Read more »

Remember Saro-Wiwa – Free the Arctic 30

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This week, eighteen years after his death, we remember Ken Saro-Wiwa, and the many environmental defenders who have followed him. You might not know Saro-Wiwa, but for several of us, his struggle was pivotal and inspirational in our lives. In 1990, Saro-Wiwa launched a non-violent movement for social and ecological justice in his Ogoni homeland… Read more »

The Architect Has No Clothes

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by Michael Mehaffy & Nikos A. Salingaros 1. Seeing the World Differently For 40 years, people have been talking about how to fix Boston’s City Hall Plaza. Have you ever looked at a bizarre building design and wondered, “what were the architects thinking?” Have you looked at a supposedly “ecological” industrial-looking building, and questioned how… Read more »

Why Politics Fails

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Nothing will change until we confront the real sources of power. by George Monbiot It’s the reason for the collapse of democratic choice. It’s the source of our growing disillusionment with politics. It’s the great unmentionable. Corporate power. The media will scarcely whisper its name. It is howlingly absent from parliamentary debates. Until we name… Read more »

Weeds or Wild Nature: a Permaculture Perspective

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by David Holmgren Summary Land design and management informed by permaculture principles tends to regard naturalized species of plants as assets that should be managed to stabilize water and soil, build biomass, fix nutrients, ameliorate microclimate and provide habitat, fodder, fuel and food in the early stages of system development. While naturalized species may be… Read more »

Connected – A Film for Change

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‘Connected’ is a film made by Paul and Kate Maple, a UK based family who have made it their lives for the last 4 years. Worried about the future and the seemingly insurmountable mountain of problems in the world, Paul and Kate decided to ditch their busy lives and start working out if there was… Read more »

Creating Buildings and Environments that Support Life (Podcast)

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by James Alexander Arnfinsen Our society is drunk, it is intoxicated on pursuing novelty, it is pursuing novelty at all costs, even at the cost of civilization itself. — Nikos Salingaros, from the interview In this episode I have the delight of connecting with Nikos Salingaros, who is a Professor in Mathematics, an Urbanist and… Read more »

Ms Poubelle Provocateur – Glamour Goddess of Landfill (UK)

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This is Ms Poubelle Provocateur, the erotic disgrace of the human race. The glamour Goddess of Landfill. A psychedelic fragment of my alter ego. Sauntering, sexy, inviting, sassy, trashy, eternal ethereal pin-up, made of abandoned pieces and elements. She is my one woman waste protest, unified with the essence of rubbish, displaying the nightmare we… Read more »

A Global Ban on Left-Wing Politics

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That’s what the new rules being smuggled into trade agreements are delivering. by George Monbiot Remember that referendum about whether we should create a single market with the United States? You know, the one that asked whether corporations should have the power to strike down our laws? No, I don’t either. Mind you, I spent… Read more »

Wendell Berry on His Hopes for Humanity

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When men and women have lived long and sincerely with respect to each other and our natural world, their wisdom can be refreshing and inspiring. At 80 years of age, Wendell Berry is one of those people. This documentary, featuring a rare public interview with the man, is challenging and inspiring, humorous and hopeful… worthy… Read more »

Retrofitting a Small Town

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For the last four years, I have been dreaming of retrofitting a small town with a group of like-minded individuals with a diverse set of skills. I talk a lot about this in my courses, and it always gets a group of people charged up. It seems as though there are a lot of people… Read more »