“First World” Countries are Using Africa as a Dump for Old Electronics

January 9, 2018 at 5:52 pm




Tens of millions of tons of toxic, trashed electronics from America and Europe are quietly, illegally dumped in Africa every year

If Americans and Europeans had to store their own electronic garbage, they might not consume it so quickly. They might get their dishwashers, dryers and washing machines repaired instead of tossing them out for the latest model. They might make due with their iphones and laptops until they were truly unusable before upgrading.

Rat Poison is Killing Endangered Mountain Lions in California

December 21, 2017 at 11:12 pm





13 out of 14 Los Angeles-area mountain lions tested positive for rat poison, at least three have died

Mountain lion P-41 when he was first captured in May of 2015. Photo Credit: National Park Service.

A mountain lion that managed to cross a Southern California freeway and make its home in the mountains north of Los Angeles was found dead in October.

Santa’s Real Workshop is a Sweatshop in China

December 19, 2017 at 9:10 pm




It’s fun to tell our children fun stories about Santa and his elves merrily making all their Christmas wishes magically come true. But in 2017, maybe it’s time we tell them the real story — the story many grown-ups don’t even know, because they prefer to remain willfully ignorant.

Why Agriculture Isn’t Sustainable and Permaculture Is

December 11, 2017 at 2:50 am




Why pemaculture is the future of food if there is a future of food

Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island

When someone claimed to have a “sustainable” farm, the late biologist and permaculture professor Toby Hemenway liked to ask them how long their farm had been around?

“500 years? 5000? A million?”

Because hardly anyone could answer more than a hundred, Hemenway started to realize most of us have no idea what “sustainable” means.

In the video below, he explains why there is no such thing as sustainable agriculture and why permaculture has to be the future of food if there’s going to be a future for humans at all.

Why This “Hobbit Lady” Went From Riches to Rags on Purpose

November 12, 2017 at 7:49 pm




An Oxford graduate, born in a castle, Emma Orbach decided she’d rather live in a mud hut in the woods “with fairies,” without electricity or running water

The daughter of a wealthy musician, Emma grew up in an old castle. She was educated in one of the most expensive boarding schools in England alongside the daughters of two foreign presidents.

The Population Bomb is Ticking… If We Don’t Stop Having Children NOW, Most of us Will Starve To Death

October 2, 2017 at 9:30 pm

With the population doubling every couple of generations, and our petroleum-based food supply on the downward slope, things are about to get ugly unless we voluntarily start having one or fewer children immediately

“The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.” Al Bartlett




Population overshoot occurs when a population temporarily exceeds the long-term carrying capacity of its environment. The result is a sudden, unexpected, population collapse or die-off.

Overshoot often occurs when a species’ natural predators are removed from the environment (think wolves and deer), causing the species to multiply rapidly, over-consume their food supply and then suddenly experience mass starvation.

Having eradicated the vast majority of our predators, humans may have outsmarted all other species on Earth, but can we outsmart Mother Nature?

Waking Up From The American Nightmare

August 19, 2017 at 4:36 pm

Rewriting the American Dream




The American Dream is not a dream, it’s a nightmare, and it’s time to wake up.

The American Dream according to Wikipedia is “the opportunity for prosperity, success and upward social mobility … achieved by hard work in a society with few barriers…”

“‘Work hard, save a little, send the kids to college so they can do better than you did, and retire happily to a warmer climate’ is the script we have all been handed,” writes Lawrence Samuel in his book The American Dream.

The trouble is we rarely question what “better” means. Better than who? Europeans? Because we have bigger cars, bigger houses, faster food and work longer hours? Better than the few remaining gatherer-hunter tribes on the planet, who, until recent contact with civilization, lived in real-life Paradise?

Elon Musk Worries Our Lives Won’t Have “Meaning” When Robots Take Our Jobs

July 25, 2017 at 10:15 pm




Most of the jobs in the world today will be done by robots in a couple of decades, Elon Musk predicted at a World Government Summit a few months ago.

No need to worry about unemployment though, Musk says, we will almost certainly all receive a universal basic income just for existing.

The real problem will be finding a sense of purpose or “meaning” when our labor becomes obsolete, he says:

Laziness is Not a Sin

May 7, 2017 at 7:22 pm

If your family was like mine, you probably grew up believing laziness is not only a sin, but one of seven deadly sins.




Maybe it wasn’t taught directly — or maybe your family wasn’t even religious — but the subconscious belief that lying around doing nothing is “bad” or “wrong” or a “waste of time” is the unspoken premise of all of civilization.

To have idle hands or an idle mind is considered sloth – “a habitual disinclination to exertion” – and sloth has been damnable ever since Adam and Eve got kicked out of Paradise.

Man Calls Work “Unnatural,” Goes on Permanent Bicycle Adventure

March 22, 2017 at 12:44 am

“I’m not ashamed that I don’t like to work,” a 37-year-old cyclist adventurer told Business Insider two years ago. “It’s just very unnatural.”




Like Alexander Supertramp, “Ultra Romance” has rejected the capitalist industrialist system he was born into and gone Into the Wild.