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    Michigan Oil Spill (Whistleblower Exposes Coverup - documentary)

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    Post  mudra on Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:43 am

    Reforest Alba

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    Rural, Demonstration

    Project Summary

    An informal regional project for Scots to return the Caledonian Forest to its former glory, for the sake of biodiversity and ecological stability for our descendants.
    Project Description

    From Wikipedia - Caledonian Forest:

    "The Caledonian Forest is the name of a type of woodland that once covered vast areas of Scotland. Today, however, only 1% of the original forest survives, covering 180 square kilometres (44,000 acres) in 84 locations.[1] The forests are home to a wide variety of wildlife, much of which is not found elsewhere in the British Isles."

    This situation can be rectified, and everyone in Scotland can play a part in this, whether their effort is as small as planting a single pine nut, a bio-diverse temperate forest garden or a square mile of native tree woodland.

    A coordinated political effort to take this land away from the abusive hands of the crown and various absentee landlords may aid this project, though with any hope the economic pressure of diminishing fossil fuels may gradually and inevitably bring an end to unsustainable land use in Scotland.

    http://permaculture.org.au/2012/03/05/mythologists-of-the-glen/

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    Worldwide Permaculture Projects
    A growing list of permaculture projects worldwide

    This will be the premier place to find out who is doing what, and where, in the permaculture world. You can search for projects by keyword, and/or filter to specific project types. You can even constrain your search by climate zone, so you can find others working in similar conditions as yourself. As you search, you’ll see pins on the world map below appear or disappear to reflect your search results, and you can either browse the project cards or click on map pins to go to individual project profiles.

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    Post  mudra on Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:34 pm


    The 25 Most Polluted Places On Earth
    POSTED BY DAVID PEGG ON MAY 2, 2012


    There are many ways you can classify pollution. It can be chemical, radioactive, or simply the presence of improperly disposed waste products. While some places, like Mexico City, have a very obvious problem with their heavy smog, do not be misled. The much more serene looking Lake Karachay in Russia would have you dead within an hour of sitting on its banks due to heavy radioactive contamination. So, whether the pollution is visible or not, take note because these are the 25 most polluted places on Earth.

    La Oroya, Peru



    The most recent addition to our list, the small Andean town of La Oroya has been home to a metal smelter run by Missouri based Doe Run Corporation since 1922. As a result nearly all the local children suffer from lead poisoning and respiratory complications. The Peruvian government has even been taken to court for crimes against humanity by various organizations.

    Norilsk, Russia



    This Siberian city houses an even larger smelting complex than La Oroya (it’s actually the largest in the world). Not surprisingly, the pollution here is so bad that the average life expectancy is up to 10 years less than the rest of Russia.

    Citarum River, Indonesia



    One of the world’s most polluted rivers, over 5 million people reside in its basin and rely on it as their primary water supply.

    Kabwe, Zambia



    After years of mining and processing both cadmium and lead are very common in the hills surrounding this Zambian city. In fact, the children here have been found to have 10 times the permissible EPA level of lead in their bloodstream. Moreover, the ground is barren and nothing will grow as a result of the contamination.

    Riachuelo Basin, Argentina



    Almost synonymous with pollution, the banks of the Riachuelo Basin in Argentina are lined by nearly 4,000 factories, 42 garbage dumps, and 13 slums. Definitely not a good combination when it comes to health and life expectancy.

    Mailuu-Suu, Kyrgyzstan



    As one of the largest dumps of radioactive waste in all of Asia, Mailuu-Suu is not only heavily contaminated but there are a series of unstable uranium tailing pits in the hills surrounding the city. Were these pits were to empty the result would be disastrous.

    read on: Arrow http://list25.com/the-25-most-polluted-places-on-earth/

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    Post  mudra on Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:41 pm

    The Tijuana Project: Una Luz En La Basura

    The Tijuana Project: Una Luz En La Basura Synopsis

    THE TIJUANA PROJECT is a documentary film about the people who pick through the trash at the Tijuana garbage dump for survival and the lives of six children who live next to this immense mountain for trash. The stories that the children bring to light cover a range of pressing global themes such as garbage management, recycling, health issues, drug abuse, education, and family. This film is about creating vibrant, healthy bridges across borders in a community that was described by Mother Teresa as one of "the world's most destitute". It depicts a poverty stricken neighborhood just miles from the U.S. border that hangs beneath a virtual cloud of seagulls, scavenging alongside the workers. Ultimately, it tells the story of the heart, hope and humanity that somehow survive under heart wrenching conditions. The revolutionary acts of those building long-term solutions such as the hope of a school in the dump, has created an air of opportunity that is most effectively seen in this documentary by the enthusiasm of the children who live there. 20% of the net proceeds from THE TIJUANA PROJECT will be donated to educational programs for kids in dumps worldwide.

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    This project is supposed to cut out the need of animal husbandry but I doubt this will be safe for humans to eat.
    I can already imagine how they will try to mix cells of all kinds together in these test tubes .
    Coupled with GMO food what a world we are entering into if this finds a place on the market.

    Grow your own meat

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQR5d0SJJz0



    Mark Post has been given €300,000 to make a hamburger, in one year. Easy money, you might think, but try doing that without using meat that has come from an animal.

    Professor Post is one of the few people on the planet who can. As head of the department of vascular physiology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, he is in the vanguard of a new wave of research to create a way of producing meat that cuts out the need for animal husbandry altogether.

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    Post  mudra on Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:07 pm

    Combatting Monsanto
    Grassroots resistance to the corporate power of agribusiness in the era of the ‘green economy’ and a changing climate



    INDEX

    Executive summary / 2
    Company profile - Monsanto / 3

    Opposition to Monsanto in Europe / 5

    A decade of French resistance to GMOs / 6
    Spanish movements against GM crops / 9
    German farmers’ movement for GM-free regions / 10
    Organising a movement for food sovereignty in Europe / 10

    Monsanto, Quit India! / 11

    Bt brinjal and biopiracy / 11
    Bt cotton dominates cotton sector / 12
    Spiralling debt still triggering suicides / 12
    Stopping Monsanto’s new public-private partnerships / 13

    Resistance to Monsanto in Latin America / 14

    Brazilian peasant farmers’ movement against agribusiness / 14 Ten-year moratorium on GM in Peru / 15 Landmark ruling on toxic soy in Argentina / 15 Haitians oppose seed aid / 16 Guatemalan networks warn of new biosafety proposals / 17
    Battle-lines drawn in the United States / 17 Stopping the spread of GM crops into national wildlife refuges / 17

    African resistance to GMOs / 19

    Malians fight to keep GM out of agriculture / 19
    South African farmers reject GM maize / 19
    Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa / 20

    Global governance / 21

    Rio+20 and the green economy / 21
    Climate-smart agriculture / 21
    Risks for agriculture at UN climate talks / 23
    Market mechanisms and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s geo-engineering moratorium / 25

    Conclusion / 27

    GM worldwide: few crops and limited to a handful of countries / 4
    Food sovereignty / 5
    Peasant farmers defend their seeds around the world / 9
    No GM-contaminated honey in Europe / 10
    Syngenta and the murder of MST leader, Valmir Mota d'Oliveira / 14
    Roundup, ‘superweeds’ and secrecy / 18
    Peasant versus industrial agriculture / 23
    Geo-engineering – Earth grab / 26

    References / 29

    Link to Floyd's thread re Monsanto:

    Monsanto, Roundup Ready and Bill gates

    Arrow http://www.themistsofavalon.net/t4914-monsanto-roundup-ready-and-bill-gates

    Link to Trancoso's thread re Monsanto:

    The GMO Catastrophe in the USA

    Arrow http://www.themistsofavalon.net/t777-the-gmo-catastrophe-in-the-usa


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    Post  mudra on Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:38 pm


    Food Sovereignty, a European answer to the crisis!

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    GENET - EUROPEAN NGO NETWORK ON GENETIC ENGINEERING Arrow http://www.genet-info.org/

    Krems – Austria – 22nd August 2011

    After 5 days of intense, inspired and constructive exchange, the Nyeleni Europe 2011, European Forum for Food Sovereignty, closed yesterday. The Forum adopted the first European Declaration on Food Sovereignty.

    Over 400 delegates from European countries committed to strengthening their collective capacity to reclaiming community control over food system, to resisting the agro-industrial system and to expanding and consolidating a strong European movement for Food Sovereignty.

    Over 120 organisations and individuals, representing civil society and social movements, discussed the impact of current European and global policies. Together they developed a comprehensive platform and a set of principles to achieve food sovereignty in Europe. The Forum emphasized the contribution of voices of young people, woman and food producers, whose concerns are often overlooked. This diversity and richness of experience enabled the Nyeleni Europe 2011 Forum to identify a common framework, and to define a joint action plan based on a democratic and participatory process.

    The Declaration proclaims, “we are convinced that a change to our food system is a first step towards a broader change in our societies”. The Forum delegates strongly committed to taking the food system into their own hands by:

    - Working towards an ecologically sustainable and socially just model of food production and consumption based on non-industrial smallholder farming, processing and alternative distribution.

    - Decentralizing the food distribution system and shortening the chain between producers and consumers.

    - Improving working and social conditions, particularly in field of food and agriculture?

    - Democratizing decision-making on the use of the Commons and heritage (land, water, air, traditional knowledge, seeds and livestock).

    - Ensuring that public policies at all levels guarantee the vitality of rural areas, fair prices for food producers and safe, GMO-free food for all.

    At this time of political volatility, social and economic crisis, the delegates of the Nyeleni Forum for Food Sovereignty reaffirmed their vision of unity that emphasized the right of all peoples to define their own food and agriculture policies and systems, without harming either people or precious natural resources, as Food Sovereignty implies.

    That’s why we demand food sovereignty in Europe now.

    European Food Sovereignty movement:

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    Post  mudra on Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:50 am




    The Causes of Tropical Deforestation
    by John Revington

    "Deforestation is the inevitable result of the current social and economic policies being carried out in the name of development." -- from An Emergency Call to Action for the Forests and Their Peoples


    In 1989, a petition with 3 million signatures was presented to United Nations Secretary General Perez de Cuellar, calling for the UN to take immediate steps to stop deforestation. The massive campaign which lead to this call was based on a declaration entitled An Emergency Call to Action for the Forests and Their Peoples. This declaration was made by the World Rainforest Movement, an association of international rainforest groups. The declaration includes a summary of the basic causes of deforestation and this article is based on that summary.

    The Emergency Call to Action was not heeded and a General Assembly was not held. To confront the true causes of deforestation would have required the UN and its members to question their very foundations, and they have not yet had the courage. Instead, the supposed solutions offered have been an expression of the value system which created the problem in the first place.
    Pressure from Human Settlement and Its Causes

    Many development institutions and politicians regard population pressure as the major factor causing rainforest destruction. Nobody can deny the serious global problem of population growth. However, the belief that this is the main cause of rainforest loss is used by many governments and businesses to imply that there is little or nothing they can do about the problem of rainforest destruction.

    An examination of forest destruction on a regional basis reveals that this is not so. In fact it is large companies and the inequities of international trade which are the root causes of rainforest destruction. For instance, millions of hectares of primary rainforests are being destroyed in South East Asia by logging, and the driving force in this industry is not the local population but international demand for timber. Because landless people will follow logging roads into primary rainforest areas, it is the logging industry which is the main immediate factor responsible for colonisation of rainforest.

    In Central America, 40% of all the rainforests have been cleared or burned down in the last 40 years, mostly for cattle pasture to feed the export market (often for US beefburgers). This industry in particular, and the continuing consolidation of land ownership in general, force the poor into rainforest in their search for land. Latin American environment groups have cited skewed land distribution as the most important factor frustrating the conservation and sustainable use of rainforest areas. Throughout South East Asia there are the people who have the same desperate need for land. Land reform would not only provide for the needs of the poorest people in these countries, but would also halt conversion of new areas of primary rainforest into unsustainable agricultural lands. In spite of this, the problem of wealth and resource distribution is still a taboo topic in the context of official discussions on development cooperation. A critical study of the reasons for the over-exploitation of tropical ecosystems by populations without land or employment reveals many links with the economic interests of the industrial countries. The economic exploitation of poorer countries by the world's industrialised nations underlines much of the over-exploitation of tropical ecosystems by populations without land or employment. This insight must become the foundation for the reform of bilateral and multilateral aid policies and relevant world trade practices if the tropical rainforests are to be saved. This will mean among other things, dealing with the problem of Third World Debt.

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    Gary Snyder: A Zen View of Nature
    Gary Snyder is a poet who brings together ecology and spirituality.

    “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
    ― Gary Snyder

    “Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.”
    ― Gary Snyder

    “I have a friend who feels sometimes that the world is hostile to human life--he says it chills us and kills us. But how could we be were it not for this planet that provided our very shape? Two conditions--gravity and a livable temperature range between freezing and boiling--have given us fluids and flesh. The trees we climb and the ground we walk on have given us five fingers and toes. The "place" (from the root plat, broad, spreading, flat) gave us far-seeing eyes, the streams and breezes gave us versatile tongues and whorly ears. The land gave us a stride, and the lake a dive. The amazement gave us our kind of mind. We should be thankful for that, and take nature's stricter lessons with some grace.”
    ― Gary Snyder

    “But if you do know what is taught by plants and weather, you are in on the gossip and can feel truly at home. The sum of a field's forces [become] what we call very loosely the 'spirit of the place.' To know the spirit of a place is to realize that you are a part of a part and that the whole is made or parts, each of which in a whole. You start with the part you are whole in.”
    ― Gary Snyder

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    Post  mudra on Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:55 am

    Growing Your Own Home: Natural Buildings for Natural Gardeners

    An introduction to building houses with straw bales.

    by Kirby Fry

    A venerable Japanese rice farmer once said, "The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings". This was a profound thought for me, who as a permaculture designer valued so much the practical and functional aspects of my labors. Then it dawned on me that just as individuals can only find spiritual balance within themselves by resolving internal conflicts before resolving external conflicts, so too can we only find environmental harmony in our settlements by turning inward to fulfill our physical needs before turning outward. Instead of depending on remote sites and resources for water, food, shelter, income, education, and medical care, we should first turn inward to what we already have available on site and all of the potential uses we can design into our settlements.

    If you had asked me a year ago whether or not I could turn a field of grass into comfortable and safe home I would have chuckled and asked if you knew the tale of the three little pigs. Today I live in a straw bale house built from a pasture of klein grass grown less than a mile away. If you had asked me if it was possible to obtain drinking water from anywhere else than a well or a municipal water purification plant I would have looked to the sky and only shook my head. Now I look to the sky with eager anticipation for the drops of rain which we harvest off of our roof in a ferro-cement cistern, and when we are done using that water for drinking and washing we will harvest it yet again in the form of food and water for our fruit trees!

    At the Cross Timbers Permaculture Institute of north central Texas (my home and place of work), we decided last August to build a straw bale residence to better accommodate our staff and growing number of apprentices. We felt that the emphasis we placed on creating a natural garden to grow our foods applied equally to the homes in which we grow ourselves. Consequently we have combined three designs which we hope will merge into a well centered, natural dwelling - a straw bale house, a ferro- cement cistern to collect rain water from the roof, and a pumice-wick system to aerate and harvest our toilet and sink's "black water".

    Natural building like natural farming encompasses the ethics of permaculture - care of the earth, care of all species, and the return of excess to the land. It calls for a greater awareness of the materials we build with, urging that they be indigenous, and locally available. Building materials should also be human friendly and non-toxic, and our techniques of construction should be sound and enduring. A designer should not rely on over-manufactured products which are high in toxics and energy inputs. Building naturally involves the intelligent siting and orientation of our settlements and requires that they be designed into the landscape rather than super-imposed on it. Natural building is also less expensive, better for us, and more fun!

    We find the origin of straw bale construction tucked away in a chapter of our own North American history. This building system was begun by settlers in the Sand Hills of Nebraska during the late 1800's, coinciding with the advent of the horse and steam powered baler. The Nebraskan settlers used bales of prairie grasses (stacked much like a mason lays bricks) for their walls and covered them inside and out with an adobe plaster. It was advantageous then to use grass as a building material because timber was not abundantly available and straw bale homes could be built larger and more efficiently than sod homes. These wall systems were structurally sound and supported the entire weight of the roof. We now refer to straw bale homes with load bearing walls as "Nebraska-style" homes. Some of the original Nebraska-style structures are still standing, now nearly one hundred years old.

    Straw bale construction faded from popularity between the 1950's and 1980's probably because of the increased availability of massed-produced construction materials. Today, however, the US is experiencing a natural building renaissance and the revival of straw bale construction is evident in the states of New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and California. This renaissance is quite likely due to today's prohibitively high cost of building and our waxing interest in more ecologically sound homes and gardens. With the abundance of information now available on building with straw bales, the straw bale house is one of the most affordable and feasible options for the owner-builder.

    Our institute's straw bale house for example - we have managed to build a 560 square foot residence for approximately $2,500 dollars or $4.50 per square foot! We relied on our own labor, and salvaged most of our materials, which demonstrate that if you have the will to do so, affordable housing has not escaped our generation. By using straw bales in our walls instead of timber studs and sheet rock we will also save substantial amounts of energy on heating and cooling due to the bale wall's high insulative properties (R42 for straw vs. R24 for timber and sheet rock). For the owner-builder there is hardly a more elegant solution. If you would like a definitive reference on straw bale construction, you may want to acquire The Straw Bale House, from The Canelo Project (a non-profit organization) in Elgin, Arizona at 520-455- 5548.

    The wonderful thing about a permaculture site is that everything is more than it seems. For instance, the roof of our straw bale house is not just a roof to keep the rain off of our heads, but also a collector to catch and deliver the rain into a ferro-cement water cistern. Rather than spend the effort and money to drain the rain water off of our land and then import water back into our homes from wells or far away treatment plants, a permaculture settlement holds onto rain water and uses it as many times as possible before allowing it off site. Using rain water as drinking water is usually its first and most valuable use, and though it is difficult for many people to believe drinking rain water is safe, with a few precautions it can be the purest water we ever encounter. Rain water is also excellent for watering gardens as it has a lower pH than ground water and better enables the uptake of minerals, especially phosphorous, in plants.

    At Cross Timbers we have built two cylindrical, domed cisterns made from iron re-mesh, re-bar, stucco lathe, and masonry cement - the common name for this type of cistern is a "ferro-cement" cistern. For our 650 square foot roof, and annual 26 inches of rainfall we have built a 6,500 gallon cistern. It needs to be spacious enough to hold all of our spring and fall rains and last through our drier winters and summers. To keep the water clean for drinking we divert the initial wash-off from the roof which may be contaminated with bird droppings into our gardens. The cistern is also opaque which keeps sunlight out and prevents the growth of algae. For added precaution, many folks filter their cistern water at the tap with a standard water purifier.

    When we are done using our rain water for drinking, washing and flushing toilets we are challenged to discover even more uses for it. A good permaculture designer views this load of moisture and nutrients as a boon not a bane and sets about incorporating it into a sound, and useful food producing scheme. One of the most effective and least expensive designs I have come across to date is Tom Watson's pumice-wick system - essentially a canal filled with volcanic pumice rock and covered with soil. Just as the wick of a kerosene lamp pulls kerosene upward against the flow of gravity, so too does the porous pumice rock draw the water out and over the rocks' surfaces so the nutrients can be devoured by millions of aerobic soil organisms and taken up by the roots of plants and trees.

    There are two important distinctions between the Watson-wick system and conventional septic systems. These distinctions also illustrate the principles which make it so successful. First, the pumice-wick does not depend on an anaerobic septic tank which will often clog up with waxy soap residues and fibrous solids, but instead creates and relies upon a very aerobic substrate, the pumice-wick, where soil organisms are much more active and effective in breaking down nutrients and pathogens. Another distinction relates to the roots of trees and bushes which are naturally drawn to and work their way into the "leaky" dispersion pipes of a conventional leach field. Where the activity of these root systems hinder the performance of a conventional leach field and often cause it to back up or rupture, the roots of plants play a key role in the pumice-wick system, taking up dissolved nutrients and water, and turning them into fruit and/or transpired moisture which may one day rain back down upon us!

    Tom Watson's wick system takes what we would normally consider a very smelly mess and turns it instead into the richest garden bed in our landscape. He has built 75 of these systems, the oldest of which is 16 years old and still functioning well. Though root crops are not recommended for growing over a wick system, just about every other type of plant can be grown and will most likely flourish.

    All of these designs, the straw bale house, ferro-cement cistern and pumice-wick system, illustrate how we can center ourselves in our landscape by connecting and harvesting the natural flows of energy through and around us. At Cross Timbers we have found that connecting ourselves to natural systems has given us more than just an efficient homestead, it has given us a sense of belonging and contentment. The ultimate goal of being spiritually and physically centered in the landscape is both the cultivation of humans and their settlements - our landscapes are but the reflection of our souls.

    Kirby Fry is the Program Coordinator for Cross Timbers Permaculture Institute. Route 1, Box 210-A, Glen Rose, Texas, 76043 USA.

    This article was published in New Renaissance magazine Vol. 6, No. 2

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    Re: Our legacy to future generations

    Post  Floyd on Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:17 am

    The world is not a bottomless pit and resources are not finite despite certain politico-economic agendas that may try to contrive otherwise. Humans have a major say on how things transpire and it is our responsibility to do so.
    Unless you are not interested of course.

    http://sustainableworld.org.uk/
    The human race is in imminent danger of wrecking the World it inhabits.
    As a species we are heating the World by flooding the atmosphere with our pollutants and catastrophically changing the climate. We are erasing the Rain Forests (the "carbon reservoirs" of our Planet) at an alarming rate. We are using up the Planet's mineral resources faster and faster - and when they've gone ... they've gone forever. We are reducing the glorious biodiversity of our Planet by wiping out more and more species. We fill our precious land and just-as-precious oceans, rivers and lakes with toxic pollutants and untreated sewage. We over-fish, over-farm, over-eat (well, those in the privileged position of being able to, while many don't get to eat at all). We threaten each other with more and more destructive technologies. We show selfish disregard for the World which our children will inherit.

    How will you answer when your grandchildren ask: "Were there really whales in the sea, Granddad?" or "Why is it that only rich people can afford to travel, Grandma?"
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    Post  mudra on Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:16 pm

    Alien Forests, Oceans and Skies: Genetically Engineered Forests, Altering the Chemistry of the Atmosphere and Hydrosphere

    Imagine our declining pollinators – bees, moths, butterflies and bats – coming upon thousands of acres of toxic trees, genetically engineered so that every cell in the tree exudes pesticide, from crown to root. Imagine a world without pollinators. Without seed dispersers. Without soil microbes.

    It would be a silent forest, a killing forest, an alien forest. No wonder Vandana Shiva scoffs at the moniker, biotechnology. “This is not a life technology. It’s a death science.”

    Genetically engineered forests are a holocaust on nature. An award-winning documentary, A Silent Forest: The Growing Threat, Genetically Engineered Trees (2005, 46 mins) details the appalling effects. (You can buy the full length film at Amazon.)

    Global Justice Ecology Project director, Ann Petermann defines the issue: “Genetically engineered trees are the greatest threat to the world’s remaining forests since the invention of the chainsaw.”

    Jim Hightower calls them, “wildly invasive, explosively flammable, and insatiably thirsty for ground water.”

    If planting a sterile, killer forest isn’t freaky enough, some GM trees will be viable and can and will contaminate natural species. Tree pollen can travel over 600 miles, according to a model created by Duke University, reported Petermann in 2006. Another study found pine pollen 400 miles from the nearest pines. This year, a scientist was surprised to find viable seeds 25 miles offshore.

    “Sterile trees would also be able to spread their transgenes through vegetative propagation,” notes Petermann. Unlike with animals, being sexually sterile does not preclude reproduction when it comes to plants.

    GM contamination occurs around the globe, as documented by GM Watch and the GM Contamination Register (among others). The technology cannot be contained. Genetically modified organisms are dominant over natural species and will forever alter Earth’s natural plants.

    By the way, the latest batch of approved GM trees – 200,000 eucalyptus for seven southern states (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina) – are engineered to be cold tolerant. A lawsuit has been filed to overturn their approval.

    Chemically altering the atmosphere to be cooler

    Not only are the powers-that-be genetically altering trees, food crops and animals, they’re also chemically altering the atmosphere. In 1976, the United Nations banned hostile environmental modification, after investigative reporter Jack Anderson uncovered its use in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Next month, October 2010, the UN will vote on a resolution to stop all EnMod activities.

    While the thought police label chemtrails a “conspiracy theory,” it’s unlikely that the UN scientific body calling for their termination would base such a recommendation on fiction. Those interested in scientific and legal proof can review the sources in my piece on atmospheric geoengineering.

    Climate change is still being debated, especially after the University of East Anglia was caught publishing false data showing temperature increases. Significant errors in a report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), where it also falsely asserted as fact that Himilaya glaciers would melt by 2035, also fuel the debate.

    Recently, an independent investigative body told the IPCC to stop lobbying on behalf of global warming programs. Members of the IPCC were also ordered to reveal their financial connections to such programs.

    The temperature of the planet is characterized as too warm, and so the wealthy and powerful want to cool down the planet. If they do, those cold-tolerant GM trees will survive.

    read on:http://www.globalresearch.ca/alien-forests-oceans-and-skies-genetically-engineered-forests-altering-the-chemistry-of-the-atmosphere-and-hydrosphere/20957

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    Post  mudra on Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:48 pm

    Rosalie Bertell - Space Weapons of War - part 1 of 4 - PLANET EARTH lecture

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    Post  magamud on Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:45 pm

    We are laying the seeds to a Technocratic Age. A transhumanism evolvement. War mongers of the stars.

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    Post  Floyd on Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:50 pm

    mudra wrote:

    Genetically engineered forests are a holocaust on nature.

    http://www.gmtreewatch.org/

    Map of GMO trees.
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    I see there are some in Belgium Mudras.

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    Post  mudra on Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:57 am

    Floyd wrote:
    mudra wrote:

    Genetically engineered forests are a holocaust on nature.

    http://www.gmtreewatch.org/

    Map of GMO trees.
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    I see there are some in Belgium Mudras.


    Thanks Floyd.
    I see on that map they have quite a bit of them around the Gulf of Mexico too.
    Not only is the ocean there heavily affected after the BP oil still
    but now even their land !!!
    Sad .

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    Post  mudra on Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:00 am

    I am posting the following article here as I realize quite a bit of the Geoengineering actions that are being undertaken nowadays use Global warming as an excuse for climate manipulation

    How to debunk global warming in less than 5 minutes!


    The fact is that global temperature has undergone a warming trend ever since the end of the Little Ice Age. This debunking is not about that. Instead, this debunking is for the theory of dangerous human caused global warming also known as (CAGW). What I want to show here is this can be done in less than 5 minutes.

    This is easy to do if you know where to look and this is done even without including the Sun. The Sun is of course the main driver for the climate change we experience during our lifetime and have driven up the temperature a little bit during the last century because of higher solar activity. But I won’t show how the Sun drive the climate in this article.

    Most people don’t have any knowledge how to debunk dangerous human caused global warming also known as CAGW. If more knew how, then, even more people would stop believing in the CAGW theory. I hope this knowledge will be spread.

    5 minutes!
    OK! Here we go!
    The year to year variation in global and regional temperature around the world is primarily driven by fluctuations in the temperatures of the oceans.
    This is because, sea water store and keep a lot more heat energy than can ever be stored and kept in the atmosphere.

    It is in the upper layers of the oceans where the heat is stored which drives Earth’s chaotic climate together with day-to-day heat flux coming from the Sun.

    If you know something about the climate you probably recognize the ENSO index which indicates if there is an El Nino or a La Nina in the Tropical Pacific.
    Another important index is the Pacific Decadal Oscillation PDO.



    You can find the PDO graph on Wikipedia.
    If you look at this graph you can see a distinct 60 year cyclic pattern. This index has for the last 30 years been in a positive phase but has recently gone negative.
    The PDO is a major driver for changes in the global temperature, as the PDO covers large parts of the pacific, the world’s largest ocean. When it is positive the temperature increases and when its negative the temperature goes down.

    Here is more information and explanation of the PDO http://icecap.us/images/uploads/THE_PDO%281%29.pdf


    The identification of PDO which is a combined index of sea surface temperature and air pressure over northern part of the Pacific was made in 1996.
    There also exit tree-ring proxies of humidity changes along the pacific coast which show this 60 year pattern going back in times several hundreds of year, making this a distinct natural non human driven cycle.



    GISS

    If we look at the GISS global temperature graph we also see this distinct PDO cycle with a warming trend from 1910 to 1940 and a warming trend from 1975 to 2000. In between there was slight cooling between 1950 and 1975. Since 2000 there has been no warming.
    This graph can also be found on Wikipedia under global temperature GISS.
    The positive phase of PDO between 1910 to 1940 and 1975 to 2000 was of equal size. If we assume that the temperature was driven by a combination of PDO and by AGW during the last warming period, then the AGW part was only about 0.2 degree centigrade for this period, making this warming insignificant.

    read on: Arrow http://www.coolingnews.com/debunk-global-warming-minutes.html

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    Post  mudra on Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:04 am

    Geoengineering projects around the world - map

    ETC Group has produced a world map of geoengineering that represents the first attempt to document the expanding scope of research and experimentation in the large-scale manipulation of Earth or climate systems




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    Post  mudra on Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:24 am

    In the name of Global warming ...



    US geoengineers to spray sun-reflecting chemicals from balloon


    Experiment in New Mexico will try to establish the possibility of cooling the planet by dispersing sulphate aerosols



    The field experiment in solar geoengineering aims to ultimately create a technology to replicate the observed effects of volcanoes that spew sulphates into the stratosphere. Photograph: Gallo Images/Getty Images

    Two Harvard engineers are to spray sun-reflecting chemical particles into the atmosphere to artificially cool the planet, using a balloon flying 80,000 feet over Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

    The field experiment in solar geoengineering aims to ultimately create a technology to replicate the observed effects of volcanoes that spew sulphates into the stratosphere, using sulphate aerosols to bounce sunlight back to space and decrease the temperature of the Earth.

    [b]David Keith, one of the investigators, has argued that solar geoengineering could be an inexpensive method to slow down global warming, but other scientists warn that it could have unpredictable, disastrous consequences for the Earth's weather systems and food supplies. Environmental groups fear that the push to make geoengineering a "plan B" for climate change will undermine efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

    Keith, who manages a multimillion dollar geoengineering research fund provided by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, previously commissioned a study by a US aerospace company that made the case for the feasibility of large-scale deployment of solar geoengineering technologies.


    read on: Arrow http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jul/17/us-geoengineers-spray-sun-balloon


    David Keith Presents Solar Geoengineering Lecture at Stanford U.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMD_xY2MkkY


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    Post  Floyd on Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:33 am

    mudra wrote:I am posting the following article here as I realize quite a bit of the Geoengineering actions that are being undertaken nowadays use Global warming as an excuse for climate manipulation


    I have often wondered who has been behind the attack on the scientific consensus about climate change and it seems to be the usual suspects who are behind most things. The oil and gas industries, the banksters,ultra conservatives, multinationals etc who will always put money, consumption, destruction and greed before anything else.

    This ongoing debate has opened up a can of worms and all kinds of slimy disgusting creatures are crawling out of it and there is no doubt the situation is being manipulated.
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    Post  mudra on Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:35 am


    Going local’ is a powerful strategy to repair our fractured world—our ecosystems, our societies and our selves


    The Economics of Happiness,The Economics of Happiness

    Watch movie Arrow http://www.peteava.ro/id-724501-the-economics-of-happiness-the-economics-of-happiness

    The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future.

    Both hard-hitting and inspiring, The Economics of Happiness demonstrates that millions of people across the world are engaged in building a better world – that small scale initiatives are happening on a large scale. The film shows that countless initiatives are united around a common cause: rebuilding more democratic, human scale, ecological and local economies – the foundation of an ‘economics of happiness’.

    The film features a chorus of voices from six continents calling for systemic economic change, including David Korten, Bill McKibben, Vandana Shiva, Rob Hopkins, Richard, Heinberg, Juliet Schor, Michael Shuman, Helena Norberg-Hodge, and Samdhong Rinpoche - the Prime Minister of Tibet's government in exile.

    "Helena Norberg-Hodge delivers a powerful message about globalization: It is the small, local economies around the world that are preserving traditions, cultures, and communities, and ultimately safeguarding our happiness." (Alice Waters, chef, author, and the proprietor of Chez Panisse)

    "It is good news indeed to find so persuasive an explanation of our ailing world as 'The Economics of Happiness.' This film connects the dots between climate chaos, economic meltdown, and our own personal suffering--stress, loneliness, and depression. It presents the localization movement as a systemic alternative to corporate globalization, as well as a strategy that brings community and meaning to our lives." (Joanna Macy, author World as Lover, World as Self)

    "'The Economics of Happiness' offers a unique global perspective on a movement that is often reduced as being too small. Not so. The film tells the story of a grassroots movement for localization that is bubbling up from the cracks of a faltering global economy, in every corner of the world. These are the real 'green shoots' to be hopeful about." (Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director, The Oakland Institute)

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    Post  mudra on Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:50 am

    Atamai Village (2012)

    A few words from residents and founder of the Atamai Eco Village in Motueka, New Zealand.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvvf6qyabRg


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    Post  mudra on Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:00 pm

    Ancient Futures - Learning from Ladakh

    Ancient Futures is a remarkable look at the root causes of our environmental and social crises, and a powerful challenge to re-examine what we mean by "progress."
    Ladakh, or "Little Tibet," is a harsh, beautiful land high in the Western Himalayas of India. A model of sustainable living, the traditional Ladakh culture has prospered, virtually free of crime and pollution. Now, centuries of ecological balance and social harmony are eroding as the result of western influences.

    watch on vimeo: Arrow http://vimeo.com/21643212?action=share&post_id=637518309_274771372626425#_=_

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    Post  mudra on Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:16 pm

    For those of us that are caught in the ills of the present days system of life, this is a great testimony that something else , completely different , where each of us could blend organically with the environment and others, be happy and experience connection and abundance, is possible.

    So sad to see how modernization and globalisation is dragging into hell what seemed to have been a paradise of heart to heart work along wiith nature and Spirit in the beautifull land of Ladak

    This would fit nicely on the chalice of wisdom thread too . I'll post it there too.

    Ancient Futures - Learning from Ladakh

    Ancient Futures is a remarkable look at the root causes of our environmental and social crises, and a powerful challenge to re-examine what we mean by "progress."
    Ladakh, or "Little Tibet," is a harsh, beautiful land high in the Western Himalayas of India. A model of sustainable living, the traditional Ladakh culture has prospered, virtually free of crime and pollution. Now, centuries of ecological balance and social harmony are eroding as the result of western influences.

    Watch on Vimeo: Arrow http://vimeo.com/21643212?action=share&post_id=637518309_274771372626425#_=_

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