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Permaculture teacher / designer / consultant, suburban polyculture forest garden farmer, blogger, stone mason, botanist
Permaculture teacher / designer / consultant, suburban polyculture forest garden farmer, blogger, stone mason, botanist

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Again?!!
Second cyclone to hit War-Torn Yemen
"The freak weather has been caused by the "Indian Ocean dipole", a phenomenon similar to El Nino, when surface sea temperatures are higher than normal."

Yemen is already in the brutal seven-month civil war between government forces and Houthi rebels.

#MiddleEast   #Yemen   #Disaster  

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"You don't need 100,000 marines to secure windmills in North Dakota."
Exxonomics 101
"You don't need 100,000 marines to secure windmills in North Dakota."  The New York Times, which is quickly becoming to print media what Fox is to television news, has done what no first year news stringer should do. It buried the lead.  It buried the lead ...

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"“The TPP, along with the WTO [World Trade Organization] and NAFTA [North American Free Trade Agreement], is the most brazen corporate power grab in American history,” Ralph Nader told me when I reached him by phone in Washington, D.C. “It allows corporations to bypass our three branches of government to impose enforceable sanctions by secret tribunals. These tribunals can declare our labor, consumer and environmental protections [to be] unlawful, non-tariff barriers subject to fines for noncompliance. The TPP establishes a transnational, autocratic system of enforceable governance in defiance of our domestic laws.” " - Chris Hedges
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_most_brazen_corporate_power_grab_in_american_history_20151106

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"Under pressure, Oxford University Press revealed a list of the entries it no longer felt to be relevant to a modern-day childhood. The deletions included acorn, adder, ash, beech, bluebell, buttercup, catkin, conker, cowslip, cygnet, dandelion, fern, hazel, heather, heron, ivy, kingfisher, lark, mistletoe, nectar, newt, otter, pasture and willow. The words taking their places in the new edition included attachment, block-graph, blog, broadband, bullet-point, celebrity, chatroom, committee, cut-and-paste, MP3 player and voice-mail."

""Wary, too, of advocating a tyranny of the nominal – a taxonomic need to point and name, with the intent of citing and owning – when in fact I perceive no opposition between precision and mystery, or between naming and not knowing. There are experiences of landscape that will always resist articulation, and of which words offer only a distant echo. Nature will not name itself. Granite doesn’t self-identify as igneous. Light has no grammar. Language is always late for its subject...we are and always have been name-callers, christeners. Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes grained into our words.

Yet it is clear that we increasingly make do with an impoverished language for landscape. A place literacy is leaving us...A language in common, a language of the commons, is declining. Nuance is evaporating from everyday usage, burned off by capital and apathy. The terrain beyond the city fringe is chiefly understood in terms of large generic units (“field”, “hill”, “valley”, “wood”). It has become a blandscape. We are blasé, in the sense that Georg Simmel used that word in 1903, meaning “indifferent to the distinction between things.""

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/27/robert-macfarlane-word-hoard-rewilding-landscape?CMP=share_btn_fb&redirect_mongo_id=55034a8f3833380003a32700&utm_campaign=Email&utm_medium=Web&utm_source=Springbot&mc_cid=e34e27bfe2&mc_eid=33afc7d1b9

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Methane Monster II ~ Demise of the Arctic
Presentation by Jennifer Hynes on runaway feedbacks in the Arctic and the resulting threat of near-term human extinction. At  youtube.com/watch?t=309&v=L19JBY0kNmo In case you are looking for the earlier presentation by Jennifer Hynes, called 'The Arctic Me...

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What Would Happen if We all Grew Food? by Patrick M. Lydon , originally published by FinalStraw.org  | May 15, 2015 (and republished at Resilience.org , where I found it.) A Fall sunset in California's Central Valley (photo: P.M. Lydon, Final Straw) I'd lik...

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Peak Oil: A Graphic Story
Peak Oil: A Graphic Story by Stuart McMillen , originally published by Stuart MacMillen Blog  | May 15, 2015 Australian artist Stuart MacMillan has spent over 700 hours
creating this amazing cartoon of the life and work of M.King Hubbert.
Below are just 2...

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The Plan to Mop Up the World's Largest Oil Spill With Fungus - Written by Maddie Stone
The Plan to Mop Up the World's Largest Oil Spill With Fungus Written by Maddie Stone  March 5, 2015 // 11:00 AM EST

The dinner plate-sized mushroom encircles its host tree like a bloated tumor. I'm about to snap a photo of the beast when something flickers...

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The latest from Dmitry Orlov... Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Extinct—Extincter—Extinctest by Dmitry Orlov David Herbert This blog is dedicated to the idea of presenting the big picture—the
biggest possible—of what is going on in the world. The abiding areas ...
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