Why Permaculture is the Future of Food, if There is a Future of Food

December 11, 2017 at 2:50 am




Permaculture is not only sustainable, it’s regenerative, and can heal the damage caused by conventional agriculture.

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… Humanity’s Greatest Shortcoming is Our Failure to Understand Exponential Math

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?

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:

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.

Alarm Clocks are Making Us Mentally and Physically Ill, Researchers Say

March 2, 2017 at 5:31 pm




Waking up before the sun is throwing off our circadian rhythms, causing sleep deprivation and all kinds of disease, Oxford neuroscientists say

 

Employers worldwide have been “torturing” their employees with sleep deprivation since the industrial revolution by making them come to work when they should be sleeping, says Dr. Paul Kelley of Oxford University’s Sleep and Circadian Institute. The same goes for schools and their students.

Once Upon a Time There Was No Such Thing as “Work”

February 24, 2017 at 2:30 am

“Work” was play for hunter-gatherers because it was varied, flexible, optional and there wasn’t too much of it. The minimal tasks required for their survival were skillful, fun and done in a social context.




In “civilized” societies, our worth as individuals is measured by how hard we work. From a young age, we learn our value is determined by our productivity.

As a culture, we have become so obsessed with the concept of “work,” our entire identity is wrapped up in what we do to make a “living.”

The good news is it hasn’t always been this way, which gives us hope that it doesn’t always have to be this way.

Russian Lawyer Finds Happiness in a Hole in the Woods

January 30, 2017 at 5:10 pm




Man leaves successful career in the city to live like a hobbit in a rabbit hole in the woods… says he’s loving life

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A former Russian lawyer named Yuri Alexeev got sick of his busy, high-stress life in the city. So one day, he quit and dug himself a “rabbit hole” 60 miles outside of Moscow.

He lives there with a pet white rabbit and now refers to himself as “a human living on planet Earth.”

World’s First Moneyless City Thrives on a “Gift Economy”

January 19, 2017 at 5:56 pm




The 2800 citizens of Auroville, India, have thrived for 50 years without money, religion or government 

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Why Thanksgiving is a National Day of Mourning for Native Americans

November 23, 2016 at 3:37 pm




The first Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the ongoing genicide of the genocide of Native Americans 

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