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Todd Walton: Falling Behind

In Around Mendo Island, Guest Posts on December 9, 2011 at 5:45 am

From TODD WALTON
Mendocino
UnderTheTableBooks.com

“If we weren’t still hiring great people and pushing ahead at full speed, it would be easy to fall behind and become a mediocre company.” Bill Gates

In 1983, as the trajectory of my writing career, commercially speaking, was turning steeply downward, my third-rate Hollywood agent gave me an ultimatum. “Get an answering machine or find another agent.” Thus I became one of the last people in America to discover the joys of screening my calls.

In the early days of owning an answering machine, I especially enjoyed making long rambling outgoing messages; and people seemed to enjoy hearing those messages a few times, after which they would urge me to change the messages because they never wanted to hear them again. So I got in the habit of making More…

Will Parrish: The Logic Of Occupy Mendo

In Around Mendo Island, Will Parrish on December 9, 2011 at 5:43 am

From WILL PARRISH
Laytonville
TheAVA

By casting 99% of the US population as collective victim of a miniscule minority’s monumental greed, the American branch of the Occupy Movement has provided a brilliant framework for bringing together a broad coalition to take on the worst manifestations of what, for the past 35 years or so, has been an almost entirely one-sided class war waged by the ruling elite. Students, their grandparents, heretofore apolitical people, the employed and unemployed, veterans, the housed and the homeless, and people of all ages and colors have partaken in the Occupy Movement (all, of course, to varying degrees).

This framing has profound limitations, however, which are evident in places like Mendocino County, where the vast majority More…

Edward Abbey Himself

In Around the web on December 9, 2011 at 5:30 am

From EDWARD ABBEY

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.” More..

Why Is Pesticide Used As An Ingredient In Infant Formula?

In Around the web on December 8, 2011 at 6:39 am

From ACTIVIST POST
Thanks to Rosalind Peterson

Why is cupric sulfate – a known herbicide, fungicide and pesticide — being used in infant formula? And why is it displayed proudly on product labels as a presumably nutritious ingredient?

Used to kill fungus, aquatic  plants and roots of plants, parasitic infections in aquarium fish and snails, as well as algae and bacteria such as Escherichia coli, cupric sulfate hardly sounds fit for human consumption, much less for infants.

Indeed, infants are all too often looked at as “miniature adults” from the perspective of toxicological risk assessments, rather than what they are: disproportionately (if not exponentially) more susceptible to the adverse effects of environmental exposures. Instead of reducing or altogether eliminating avoidable infant chemical exposures (the precautionary principle), the chemical industry-friendly focus is always on determining “an acceptable level of harm” – as if there were such at thing! More…

Occupy The Winter: We have killed their most sacred word — Capitalism — and we have them on the run

In Around the web on December 8, 2011 at 6:30 am

From MICHAEL MOORE

And now it is winter. Wall Street rejoices, hoping that the change of seasons will mean a change in our spirit, our commitment to stop them.

They couldn’t be more wrong. Have they not heard of Washington and the troops at Valley Forge? The Great Flint Sit-Down Strike in the winter of 1936-37? The Michigan Wolverines crushing Ohio State in the 1950 Blizzard Bowl? When it comes to winter, it is the time historically when the people persevere and the forces of evil make their retreat!

We are not even 12 weeks old, yet Occupy Wall Street has grown so fast, so big, none of us can keep up with the hundreds of towns who have joined the movement, or the thousands of actions Moore…

The Global Village Construction Set

In Around the web on December 8, 2011 at 6:11 am

From OPEN SOURCE ECOLOGY

We are a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters that for the last two years has been creating the Global Village Construction Set, an open-source, low-cost, high performance technological platform that allows for the easy, DIY fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts. The GVCS lowers the barriers to entry into farming, building, and manufacturing and can be seen as a life-size lego-like set of modular tools that can create entire economies, whether in rural Missouri, where the project was founded, in urban redevelopment, or in the heart of Africa.

Key Features

  • Open Source - we freely publish our 3D designs, schematics, instructional videos, budgets, and product manuals on our open source wiki, and we harness open collaboration with technical contributors. More…

Naughty Veggies

In Around the web on December 7, 2011 at 7:39 am

From ORGANIC AUTHORITY

We love organic fruits and veggies here at Organic Authority, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a certain fondness for those rejects from the green grocer’s table that look a little… different. Just because an edible piece of earth-grown goodness appears a bit bizarre, doesn’t mean it’s crammed full of chemicals or that it’s genetically modified to the max. In fact, you might think some of these succulent veggies look mouth-wateringly delicious. Vegetables grow into such cheeky forms due to a variety of environmental factors such as unfavorable growing conditions or inadequate pollination. But (speaking of inadequacy) is this an excuse for some of the lewder shapes these errant veggies take? You decide. Just remember: what we see says more about the purity of our minds than the failing of some fruity-looking fruit…

You say potato, we say good golly…

X-rated garden show here
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Gene Logsdon: The Ramparts People

In Gene Logsdon Blog - The Contrary Farmer on December 7, 2011 at 7:30 am

From GENE LOGSDON
Introduction to The Contrary Farmer

I remember clearly the day when I was twelve, hunting morel mushrooms with my father, when I informed him excitedly that I had decided to take my dog and my rifle and go deep into the wilderness to live. I would build a cabin on a mountainside by a clear running stream, and live out my days happily on broiled trout, fried mushrooms, and hickory nut pie. I would achieve advanced degrees in the art of living, bestowed on me by Nature, and I would know many things not even Einstein or my stupid schoolteacher dreamed of.

I thought that he would approve, since he was forever retreating to the solitude of woods and river bank and farm field himself But he almost frowned, suggesting gently in a voice that sounded as if he were saying what he thought he was supposed to say, not what he really felt More…

Transition: How To Start Participatory Budgeting For Our Towns

In !ACTION CENTER!, Mendo Island Transition on December 7, 2011 at 7:11 am

From SHAREABLE

Have you noticed all the cuts being made to your city budget? To schools and libraries, fire fighters and social services, and other public spending? Think you could do a better job managing the budget? Soon, you may have that chance.

Through a process called “participatory budgeting”, residents of over 1,000 cities around the world are deciding how to spend taxpayer dollars. In October, four districts in New York City launched the second such process in the US. This article offers some initial tips for how you could start participatory budgeting in your city.

What is Participatory Budgeting?

In 1989, the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre developed a new model of democratic participation, which has become known internationally as More…

Occupy Movement offers ‘The 99% Declaration’… Sounds like a plan!

In !ACTION CENTER!, Around the web on December 6, 2011 at 6:46 pm

From DANGEROUS MINDS

The 12-member congressional “Super Committee” failed, as we all knew it would, when Republicans stood firm in their craven, lickspittle fealty to the wealthiest Americans. Everyone knew, everyone paying even the slightest bit of attention to these clowns—and their Democrat “enablers”—that it was going to fail. No one was surprised. No one at all. Failure WAS the expectation from day one (Is there even a single dissenter to that opinion, on the right or left out there? Anyone? I didn’t think so).

The Occupy Movement has been criticized by small-minded types for “having no plans” etc, but what did they expect after merely a few weeks, anyway?

Today a full page ad appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle that led readers to this text online with the Occupy Movement’s plan for reducing spending, creating jobs and mitigating the wealth divide.

And then there is this extraordinary document (below) in which the Occupy Washington, DC peeps throw down the gauntlet in style. Reproduced here in full. I encourage you to read them both carefully and then share these documents with everyone you know, on FB, on Twitter and everywhere else.

WHEREAS THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION PROVIDES THAT: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

WE, THE NINETY-NINE PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in order to form a more perfect Union, by, for and of the PEOPLE, shall elect and convene More…

The brutal logic of climate change

In Around the web on December 6, 2011 at 7:26 am

Girl with rock.

From GRIST

The consensus in American politics today is that there’s nothing to be gained from talking about climate change. It’s divisive, the electorate has more pressing concerns, and very little can be accomplished anyway. In response to this evolving consensus, lots of folks in the climate hawk coalition (broadly speaking) have counseled a new approach that backgrounds climate change and refocuses the discussion on innovation, energy security, and economic competitiveness.

This cannot work. At least it cannot work if we hope to avoid terrible consequences. Why not? It’s simple: If there is to be any hope of avoiding civilization-threatening climate disruption, the U.S. and other nations must act immediately and aggressively on an unprecedented scale. That means moving to emergency footing. War footing. “Hitler is on the march and our survival is at stake” footing. That simply won’t be possible unless a critical mass of people are on board. It’s not the kind of thing you can sneak in incrementally.It is unpleasant to talk like this. People don’t want to hear it. They don’t want to believe it. They bring to bear an enormous range of psychological and behavioral defense mechanismsto avoid it. It sounds “extreme” and our instinctive heuristics conflate “extreme” with “wrong.” People display the same kind of avoidance when they find out that they or a loved one are seriously ill. But no doctor would counsel withholding a diagnosis from a patient because it might upset them. If we’re in this much trouble, surely we must begin by telling the truth about it.So let’s have some real talk on climate change.

For today’s inconvenient truths (ahem), we turn to Kevin Anderson, a professor of energy and climate change who was, until recently, director of the U.K.’s leading climate research institution, the Tyndall Energy Program. Anderson is a publishing researcher himself and, in his capacity as Tyndall director, was responsible for weaving together multiple lines of research More…

iPhone App Could Be Used To Fight Against Megaphone Ban In Occupy Wall Street Protests

In Around the web on December 6, 2011 at 5:40 am

From CULT OF MAC

Occupy Wall Street protestors are not allowed to “amplify sound” outdoors while protesting in New York City (NYC), but a new iPhone app could be used to get around the ‘megaphone’ ban that NYC has in place.

Since physical microphones are not allowed, people typically chant in unison to create the same effect. The Inhuman Microphone app for the iPhone has the potential to bring the art of protesting into the 21st century.

The Nation explains how an Occupy Wall Street chant typically works:

“Mic check?” someone implores.

“MIC CHECK!” the crowd shouts back, more or less in unison.

with every few words / WITH EVERY FEW WORDS!

repeated and amplified out loud / REPEATED AND AMPLIFIED OUT LOUD!

by what has been dubbed / BY WHAT HAS BEEN DUBBED!

the human microphone / THE HUMAN MICROPHONE!!! (jazz hands here).

While many protestors have taken to social networks like Facebook and Twitter to help organize protests, the core of these protests are still very non-digital.

An app by the name of Inhuman Microphone uses cellular networking to link a group of iPhones together and send the same phrases through each device’s speaker simultaneously. The end result: a very loud iPhone army of protestors.

Created by David VellaHenrik PetterssonTom Leitch, and Tom Hannen, the app was demonstrated at the London Music Hack Day:

A group of Occupy Wall Street protestors could use the Inhuman Microphone app to create the same effect as a physical microphone More…

OWS Today 12/6/11: National Day of Action to Occupy Our Homes

In !ACTION CENTER! on December 6, 2011 at 5:38 am


From OCCUPY TOGETHER

Banks took such high risks that they placed our entire economy in serious jeopardy. In return, they received trillions of dollars from the Fed and billions of dollars from hard working tax payers to get back on their feet. Homeowners take risks when buying homes; however, when they lose their jobs or are unable to afford their medical attention they don’t get bailouts, they lose everything.

With our current environment of corporate irresponsibility and greed, political impotence and corruption, all it takes is for you to lose your job or get dropped from your health insurance to lose it all. Just because it hasn’t happened to you, your loved ones or your neighbors yet, doesn’t mean the threat isn’t real.

This Tuesday, thousands will be standing up for their neighbors in a struggle against a system that places financial gain above the human need of shelter. Banks would rather let houses deteriorate than renegotiate loans with those who make them homes and build our communities.

Occupy Minnesota had taken this issue head-on shortly after their formation when a fellow Occupier called out for help in keeping her home.

This Tuesday, Occupy Minnesota will organize in neighborhoods to defend families facing foreclosures in the communities most affected by the financial crisis. They’ll expand their occupation to a second foreclosed home in South Minneapolis.

NATIONAL HAPPENINGS

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Transition: Made By Hand Since 1879

In Around the web, Mendo Island Transition on December 5, 2011 at 7:21 am

From LINDSAY CURREN
Lindsay’s List

I’ve had a long time love of old school printing presses. I love the quality and the raw nature of the medium. I also love that it’s done by hand.

As a writer and graphic designer, I’ve long harbored the fantasy that when the world hits the skids after peak oil really delivers its coming wallop, that I would shift to printing on a local scale. Maybe I’d run a local newspaper. Or maybe, like Hatch Show Print, I’d do everything from cards to posters, art for display to whatever printed pieces my customers needed.

Of course, this depends on my getting all the equipment in advance, and learning to use it, so that when the economy does crash, and resources are scarce, I’m in place to do my local printing superhero thing.

Yet, here I am, typing away online. I’ve got an iPad but no printing press. That’s why it’s still a fantasy for me. Hey, a girl can dream.

But in Nashville, Tennessee, where Hatch Show Print lives, the hand-made print world is completely real. In continuous operation since 1879, Hatch Show Print still makes all their work by hand, from cutting plates to setting type to applying ink to cranking the rollers that print the job right there right then. More…

40 Inspiring Quotes About Reading

In Around the web, Books on December 5, 2011 at 6:07 am

Mark Twain

From FLAVORWIRE

December is one of our favorite months to curl up and read. If you need a little extra inspiration in this most hectic of months, however, never fear. To spur you on, we’ve collected a few inspiring quotes about reading by some people who read quite a lot — the authors themselves. Click through to read forty of our favorite quotes from writers about books and reading, and let us know if we’ve missed any of your own favorite inspirational declarations in the comments!

“When I get a little money, I buy books. If any is left, I buy food and clothes.” — Erasmus

“We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.” — Philip Pullman

“If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one’s chances of survival increase with each book one reads.” — Sherman Alexie

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” More…

Transition: There’s No Place Like Liberty Tool

In Around the web, Mendo Island Transition on December 5, 2011 at 6:00 am

From THE ETSY BLOG

Located in the middle of the state of Maine, Liberty is not far from the capital, Augusta. The town is small (the most recent estimate is a population of 932) but charming. My parents bought a house there when I was seven years old, and I’ve visited in the summer for a week or two ever since. There are a grand total of two shops open on a daily basis: a store that sells T-shirts and the Liberty Tool Company.

As a child I couldn’t appreciate the unique nature of a place like Liberty Tool, which was started by H.G. “Skip” Brack in 1976 as an addition to his other stores operating under the Jonesport Wood Company umbrella. With its ageless tools, trinkets, and other bric-a-brac, what kid really can? I thought it was boring. I wanted to spend the summer hanging with my friends at the beach, devouring fast food, and eating candy. I put little stock in the quality of things and more so in the quantity. But, as I’ve grown older and more mature, I’ve found it necessary to ornament my life with items of real worth and value. The importance of this has become especially clear to me in the last decade or so, as the continued erosion of those things I once held dear — books and music records immediately come to mind — turns the world I inhabit digital. And that’s why Liberty Tool carved out such a special place in my life.

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What Is to Be Done about the Oligarchy?

In Around the web on December 5, 2011 at 5:06 am

From FIREDOGLAKE

We can’t afford this miserable oligarchy any more; so what should we do? There are two basic approaches. One is to cut down on the material inequality between the oligarchs and the rest of us. Another is to hem in the behaviors of Oligarchs so that their ability to damage the rest of us is significantly reduced. We can try both at the same time. However, I hardly need point out how difficult it will be to accomplish anything in a country as fractured as ours.

Oligarchy is based on material power. The richest among us have power just because of that wealth. It enables them to make massive campaign contributions to people who will vote their interests at the expense of the rest of the public. It enables them to spend wildly to change public perceptions of issues important to the very rich. And wealth gives them ability to hire tools like lawyers and accountants to undo and weaken regulation and avoid taxation.

But material wealth More…

Don Sanderson: Depression? What Depression?

In Around the web on December 3, 2011 at 7:02 am

From DON SANDERSON
Hopland

After growing at an annual rate of 1 percent two quarters ago, the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reportedly grew at a 2 percent rate last quarter. This is projected to continue and increase throughout the next two years. All our problems will be solved by a growing economy. Well, maybe not.

This week, beginning November 27, 2011, has seen a number of bombshell explosions. To begin the week, Bloomberg (the business news organization) announced, as a result of a two year investigation and the winning of a hard-fought court case, that the Federal Reserves System (the Fed), beginning in 2008 and continuing through March 2009, parceled out $7.77 trillion to many dozens of American banks to save them from failure. “Fed officials say that almost all of the loans were repaid and there have been no losses,” so we shouldn’t be troubled. Apparently the Fed was concerned as to how this would be viewed, since “The Federal Reserve and the big banks fought for more than two years to keep details of the largest bailout in U.S. history a secret.” More…

‘Oh Happy Day’ goosebumps…

In Around the web on December 3, 2011 at 6:05 am

[As a long-time "backslidden" preacher's kid, the purity, innocence, and joy of this still brings me to tears... -DS]
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Rosalind Peterson: Protest mail delivery delay in Mendocino County

In !ACTION CENTER! on December 3, 2011 at 6:00 am

From ROSALIND PETERSON
Redwood Valley

[More unacceptable, union-busting, privatizing tricks from the dark side... -DS]

December 2, 2011
The Honorable Congressman Mike Thompson
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C.

RE:  U.S. Postal Service – Mendocino County, CA – Mail Delivery Delay – Public Comment Deadline:  December 5, 2011 – See Public Comment Address + Telephone number below.

Dear Congressman Thompson:

The U.S. Postal Service wants to close our North Bay Processing and Distribution Mail Facility and send all of our mail to Oakland to be processed.  Those that have a ZIP CODE that starts with 954 or 940 will be negatively impacted by this decision.

If this closure is allowed to happen all of our mail will be delayed by at least one day.  It should be noted that our Ukiah Post Office is in danger of closing and that this North Bay Processing and Distributing Closure will further degrade More…

The Many Ways of Kale

In Around the web on December 2, 2011 at 8:11 am

From LEAH KOENIG
Saveur

Packed full of antioxidants and fiber, kale is a staple of the autumn and winter kitchen

If discovering a love of kale is the home cook’s version of finding religion, consider me one of the converted.  I was introduced to the sturdy, leafy green during my last year of college, right around the same time that I first sampled kale’s fellows in the dark-and-leafy category, Swiss chard and collard greens. Within a few bites, I was hooked: I loved its sweet-spicy flavor and robust raw texture, which grew silky and tender after a slow sauté in garlic and soy sauce.

After college, my obsession only grew. I made weekly trips to the farmers market and stocked my vegetable crisper with leafy bunches of pine needle-green Lacinato kale (also called Tuscan kale, Cavolo nero and, curiously, Dinosaur kale). Two, three, sometimes even four nights a week I ate steamed kale topped with crispy slivers of garlic and a soupy fried egg – my rendition of the starving college grad’s ramen noodle diet. A few years on, during my first date with my now-husband, I snapped off a stem of kale at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden that had been planted as decoration and ate it raw More…

Todd Walton: Complexity

In Around Mendo Island, Guest Posts on December 2, 2011 at 7:49 am

From TODD WALTON
Under The Table Books
Mendocino

“Adam was but human—this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple’s sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent.” Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar

Are most humans inherently incapable of understanding complex arrangements of interrelated things and actions, or can almost anyone develop such a capability?

Yesterday I heard live coverage of the eviction of campers at Zuccotti Park in Manhattan, an occupation that began as a protest against rich people being further enriched by a corrupt financial system. After several weeks of camping in the park, the protestors morphed into an ongoing settlement of people who, judging from interviews I heard with a number of evicted campers, wanted to continue living in Zuccotti Park indefinitely because: “Where else am I supposed to go?” “The one per cent got rich ripping everyone else off.” “There are no good jobs left in America because the rich people sent all the jobs to China.” “It is my constitutional right to camp here as long as I want.” “Private property is a conspiracy More…

Arundhati Roy: We ought to say, ‘Occupy Wall Street, not Iraq,’ ‘Occupy Wall Street, not Afghanistan’

In Around the web on December 2, 2011 at 6:29 am

From THE GUARDIAN UK

The prize-winning author of The God of Small Things talks about why she is drawn to the Occupy movement and the need to reclaim language and meaning

Sitting in a car parked at a gas station on the outskirts of Houston, Texas, my colleague Michelle holds an audio recorder to my cellphone. At the other end of the line is Arundhati Roy, author of the Booker Prize-winning The God of Small Things, who is some 2,000 miles away, driving to Boston.

“This is uniquely American,” I remark to Roy about interviewing her while both in cars but thousands of miles apart. Having driven some 7,000 miles and visited 23 cities (and counting) in reporting on the Occupy movement, it’s become apparent that the US is essentially an oil-based economy in which we shuttle goods we no longer make around a continental land mass, creating poverty-level dead-end jobs in the service sector.

This is the secret behind the Occupy Wall Street movement that Roy visited before the police crackdowns started. Sure, ending pervasive corporate control of the political system is on the lips of almost every occupier we meet. More…

Making Local Food Real

In Around the web on December 1, 2011 at 5:04 am

From MARK BITTMAN
NYT 

You might think it would be difficult to find a cheerful and optimistic farmer the year a hurricane wiped out most of the crop, but I did so in Burlington, Vt., the day after Thanksgiving. I was visiting the Intervale Center, a nonprofit that manages a 350-plus-acre flood plain not far from downtown.

The Intervale, which is on the Winooski River, has been farmland for nearly the entire time humans have lived in this region, not only because land that floods is especially fertile (think of the Nile), but because it isn’t much good for anything else. “The Intervale was always a smart place to grow food,” says Will Raap, the founder of Gardener’s Supply, headquartered in the Intervale. “It’s fertile and flat, and there’s plenty of water. And as Burlington grew it didn’t get developed because it floods.” Twenty-five years ago, part of it was planted in corn and much of the rest had become an informal dump.

Raap happened upon the land back then, saw its potential and teamed with Burlington Mayor Bernie Sanders (the now-heroic Vermont senator, with whom I was touring the Intervale Center) to begin seeding and incubating small businesses and farms in the Intervale. More…

Richard Heinberg Speaks in Mendocino Tonight, Thursday, 12/1/11 at 7:00 p.m.

In !ACTION CENTER!, Around Mendo Island on December 1, 2011 at 5:00 am

 A New Covenant With Nature At The End of Economic Growth with Richard Heinberg

 Mendocino Community Recreation Center, Donations Appreciated.  All Welcome.

  • As the availability of cheap, abundant energy and critical global resources increase in scarcity, what will this mean for Mendocino County if we keep business as usual practices? How can our communities adapt to these most significant changes ahead?
  • How will these changes to critical infrastructure impact all if outside corporate business continues to regulate and control our centralized food, health and transportation services?
  • How can we adapt much more self-sufficient, localized models within our local communities where we live to transition and thrive?
  • How can we develop new paradigms of greater conscious awareness to include Rights of Nature so that precious natural resources and wildlife habitats can continue to exist and flourish?

Richard Heinberg, PhD, is a Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute More…

Unleashing the Future: Advancing Prosperity Through Debt Forgiveness (Part 3)

In Around the web on December 1, 2011 at 4:50 am

From CHARLES HUGH SMITH
oftwominds 

This week we present a timely and important series on debt renunciation and forgiveness by longtime contributor Zeus Yiamouyiannis. Today: Part 3: Administering debt forgiveness.

As I write, “risk trade” assets are skyrocketing around the globe as central banks unleash a tsunami of liquidity. Giving bankrupt entities the ability to borrow more money does not make them solvent, and so if we look past the manic rally in speculative assets, we see that debt will still have to be renunciated, written down, forgiven, wiped off the books–whatever terminology you prefer.

PART 3: Administering debt forgiveness to restart the global value scale, promote productivity, and ensure fairness

Ultimately, debt forgiveness starts from the need for global social self-preservation. Succeeding generations will not or cannot continue the easy credit charade, so zeroing out debt, prosecuting fraud, and pursuing bankruptcies to those who More…

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