The Undercurrent: Forget the TPP, does a secret global court spell the end of... With a series of murky international trade agreements like the TPP being negotiated, will a secret court give corporations the power to erode the rights of nation states? The TPP includes an Investor State Dispute Settlement clause that allows a secret court (ICSID; International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes) with global reach to arbitrate disputes between multinationals and the countries they operate in, potentially forcing governments to change sovereign laws or pay compensation to companies if they lose a case. The Undercurrent shines a light on the issue and asks – is the TPP the end of democracy?
Date a Girl Who Travels Date a Girl Who Travels by Aleah Taboclaon Date a girl who travels. Date a girl who would rather save up for out of town trips or day trips than buy new shoes or clothes. She may not look like a fashion plate, but behind that tanned and freckled face from all the days out in the sun, lies a mind that can take you places and an open heart that will take you for what you are, not for what you can be. Date a girl who travels. You’ll recognize her by the backpack she always carries. A Man Replaces His Lawn With a Giant Vegetable Garden and No Regrets During the summer, nothing is better than the smell of freshly cut grass. That is, unless, you have a giant vegetable garden growing in the place of your lawn. Instead of turf, this awesome homeowner, user locolukas on Reddit, opted for tomatoes. The results are absolutely epic. What you see actually used to be a lawn.
Building a bee waterer We're still feeding our honeybees, helping them sock away some extra honey to make it through the winter. I've been giving them really strong sugar water (half sugar, half water) to make it easier for them to dehydrate the liquid into honey in the cool weather, but that seems to make the bees exceptionally thirsty. At the same time, I poured out our kiddie pool of water since it's too late in the year to be soaking mushrooms. The combination of factors sent the bees searching for other water sources, and we started finding drowned bees in every standing body of water around the farm. Guilt-stricken, I set up a water feeder by filling a pie pan with marbles and then water. The marbles give the bees a spot to land so that they don't drown when they come to drink, and the bees were suitably impressed.
The Early Spy Manual That Turned Bad Middle Management Into An Espionage Tactic The Simple Sabotage Field Manual, declassified in the 1970s. (Photo: Joe Loong/Flickr) When you think of Allied espionage, you might imagine disguised explosives, wiretaps, bat bombs, or other dramatic inventions. But declassified documents reveal that World War II was won in part by more everyday saboteurs–purposefully clumsy factory workers, annoying train conductors, and bad middle managers, all trained by the U.S.'s Simple Sabotage Field Manual. How to live like a king for very little Thor Harris is a craftsman and musician, best known for his work with Shearwater, Bill Callahan, and Swans. This post was originally published by the Austin-based multimedia publishing company, Monofonus Press, and has been reprinted with permission.
Permaculture It can be safely said that modern, industrial farming is one of the most destructive practices on the planet today both for the health of the people and the planet. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs), factory farming, the use of pesticides and excessive nitrogen-based fertilizers, agricultural subsidies – all of these practices are unsustainable. GMOs upset the natural practice of saving seeds by creating genetically-modified crops that do not reproduce so that farmers must buy new seed every year. This is incredibly risky behavior as we lose the natural variability in organic seed. What if Monsanto for whatever reason were to stop producing the seed? Poverty goals? No, it’s extreme wealth we should be targeting The sustainable development goals – 17 in all, starting with “end poverty, in all its forms, everywhere” – were officially adopted at the UN in New York last month. Celebrities approved immediately, experiencing the goals as a kind of moral brand-building exercise, choosing their favourite and inviting fans to favourite it too. The pope was a little more reserved, issuing the thought-provoking, slightly wordy critique: “We must avoid every temptation to fall into a declarationist nominalism which would assuage our consciences.” But the mood overall was triumphant – the millennium development goals had worked, repaying the ambition of the international community last time around, so why not think even bigger? If the pope and a few rogue academics expressed unease, it took a whimsical Swedish electro band to get to the root of the problem. The Knife produced a graphic novella announcing a new millennium goal: end extreme wealth.
He lives in a tree, doesn't wear shoes, and brushes his teeth with a pinecone Talk about living off the grid. About 25 years ago, Mick Dodge shed his shoes, grew his beard, and left modern civilization (and a family) to live alone in the Pacific Northwest’s Hoh rain forest. But he’s not a total isolationist; he’s dialed into a community of mountain dwellers and agreed (although it took convincing) to be the subject of National Geographic Channel’s series “The Legend of Mick Dodge,” In the first story, Dodge’s mission is to scatter his late father’s ashes up in the mountains — if he can recall where he stashed them. “My family has perfected the art of dodging civilizations for hundreds of years.
Malcolm X's daughter on Juneteenth: 'We're in denial of the African holocaust' Speaking at a burial ground for hundreds African slaves in New York in commemoration of Juneteenth – the day in 1865 when Texas learned that the civil war had ended – Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of human and civil rights activist Malcolm X, implored African Americans not to forget their history. "We're in denial of the African holocaust," Shabazz said. "Most times, people don't want to talk about it. One is often restless or termed a racist just for having compassion for the African experience, for speaking truth to the trans-Atlantic and Arab slave trades, for speaking truth to the significant omission of our history. We don't want to sit down and listen to these things, or to discuss them. But we have to."
How Kano turned Patrick, aged eight, into a computer programmer "So we're going to talk to a computer and ask it to change Minecraft?" Patrick, my eight-year-old son, sounds both excited and dubious. "How will we talk to it?" What we do - Lowimpact.orgLow impact living info, training, products & services We promote and support both individual change and systemic change. We need both, because: individual change can only happen at the margins within the current system, which generates ever-increasing consumption, debt and the dominance of big brands.systemic change can’t happen if people are not interested in individual change – if all they want is corporate brands and ever-increasing consumption. Individual change (micro) and systemic change (macro) rarely overlap, because often micro people see macro people as unrealistic and naïve, and macro people see micro people as twee and ineffective. We think that the only realistic and effective approach is a combination of individual and systemic change, so…
Bernie Sanders Just Went Full Hypocrite SM GibsonNovember 5, 2015 (ANTIMEDIA) It is no secret that America’s democratic socialist sweetheart, Bernie Sanders, loves big government. In Bernie’s world, freedom isn’t a God-given right — it’s government-granted and subject to regulation. Whether you believe Bernie is here to save us from the wicked greed of the elite or you have conjured up the idea that he is a scourge sent to oppose all you believe the United States stands for, he is ultimately just another politician.
Lessons Learned from a Year without Showering *Update 04/20/2015- Today is my 2 year no-shower anniversary! Enjoy the story I wrote a year ago today: As of today it has been one year since my last shower. Yes, I know that sounds crazy and a year ago I would have agreed with you. I was a regular showering guy for the first 26 years of my life. Well, maybe not every single day, but just about.