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- Rob Hopkins - Transition on TED <#1253179ac56de2c9_1>
- Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist farmer - Joe Salatin
on Perennial Polyculture at Polyface Farm <#1253179ac56de2c9_2>
- The Take - Naomi Klein - A struggle for worker-cooperatives in Buenos
- Big Ball of Mud and Bob Brown on Australian Carbon Trading “Locking in
Rob Hopkins - Transition on
Posted: 25 Nov 2009 12:29 PM PST
Rob Hopkins is the founder of the Transition
a radically hopeful and community-driven approach to creating societies
independent of fossil fuel
Rob Hopkins reminds us that the oil our world depends on is steadily running
out. He proposes a unique solution to this problem — the Transition
response, where we prepare ourselves for life without oil and sacrifice our
luxuries to build systems and communities that are completely independent of
Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist farmer - Joe Salatin on
Perennial Polyculture at Polyface
Posted: 25 Nov 2009 12:11 PM PST
On a foundation of Christian principles, Salatin has built a farming
ecosystem where cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and rabbits interact
ecologically in a way that goes beyond conservation.
“What we’re looking at is God’s design, nature’s template, and using that as
a pattern to cut around and lay it down on a domestic model to duplicate
that pattern that we see in nature,” Salatin says.
What that means for Polyface in practical terms is that the cattle graze
different areas of pasture every day. Then chickens pick through the same
fields, eating bugs and spreading cow manure before clucking back to mobile
The farm’s pigs generate fertilizer by rooting around the floor of the barn,
lured by sweet corn into aerating the mix of hay, cow manure, and wood
chips. The finished compost is spread on fields. This process not only takes
almost nothing out of the environment, it puts nutrients back in.
“We believe that the farm should be building ‘forgiveness’ into the
ecosystem,” Salatin says. “What does that mean? That a more forgiving
ecosystem is one that can better handle drought, flood, disease,
Salatin concedes that when his father bought the farm in 1962, the family’s
initial emphasis on sustainable farming had more to do with environmental
concerns than faith convictions. But as the business evolved, Salatin began
to see himself situated at a unique place in America’s moral conversation.
“We should at least be asking, Is there a righteous way to farm and an
unrighteous way to farm? … The first goal is to at least get people to
appreciate that how we farm is a moral question,” he says. “Once you get to
that point, then you can actually discuss: What is a moral farm? What is a
moral way to raise a chicken?”
How farm animals are treated on the majority of farms today dismays Salatin.
What Americans do to pigs, chickens, and cows speaks ill of the nation’s
moral health, he says. “A culture that views its life from such a
manipulative, disrespectful stance will soon view its citizens the same way
and other cultures the same way. It’s how we respect the least of these that
creates a moral-ethical framework.”
Don’t be confused: Salatin is no crunchy-granola transplant to Appalachia.
He graduated from archconservative Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C.,
with a degree in English. While he appreciates the “bearded, beaded,
braless, Woodstock revolution” set who make up the bulwark of
environmentally conscious farming, he’s delighted that half of those coming
to visit his farm nowadays are involved in the home-school movement
Source: Christian Science
Video Source: FRESH <http://www.freshthemovie.com>
Polyface, Inc. is a family owned, multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond
organic, local-market farm and informational outreach in Virginia’s
- Salad Bar Beef
- Pigaerator Pork
- Pastured Poultry (Eggs, Broilers, Turkeys)
- Forage-Based Rabbits
- Forestry Products
We are in the redemption business: healing the land, healing the food,
healing the economy, and healing the culture. Writing, speaking, and farm
tours offer various message venues.
Experience the satisfaction of knowing your food and your farmer, building
community. We are your clean meat connection.
Source: Polyface Farms <http://www.polyfacefarms.com/>
The Take - Naomi Klein - A struggle for worker-cooperatives in Buenos
Posted: 25 Nov 2009 11:51 AM PST
Watch The Take (Naomi Klein)
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In suburban Buenos Aires, thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into
their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave.
All they want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple act - The
Take - has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head.
In the wake of Argentina’s dramatic economic collapse in 2001, Latin
America’s most prosperous middle class finds itself in a ghost town of
abandoned factories and mass unemployment. The Forja auto plant lies dormant
until its former employees take action. They’re part of a daring new
movement of workers who are occupying bankrupt businesses and creating jobs
in the ruins of the failed system.
But Freddy, the president of the new worker’s co-operative, and Lalo, the
political powerhouse from the Movement of Recovered Companies, know that
their success is far from secure. Like every workplace occupation, they have
to run the gauntlet of courts, cops and politicians who can either give
their project legal protection or violently evict them from the factory.
The story of the workers’ struggle is set against the dramatic backdrop of a
crucial presidential election in Argentina, in which the architect of the
economic collapse, Carlos Menem, is the front-runner. His cronies, the
former owners, are circling: if he wins, they’ll take back the companies
that the movement has worked so hard to revive.
Armed only with slingshots and an abiding faith in shop-floor democracy, the
workers face off against the bosses, bankers and a whole system that sees
their beloved factories as nothing more than scrap metal for sale.
With The Take, director Avi Lewis, one of Canada’s most outspoken
journalists, and writer Naomi Klein, author of the international bestseller
No Logo, champion a radical economic manifesto for the 21st century. But
what shines through in the film is the simple drama of workers’ lives and
their struggle: the demand for dignity and the searing injustice of dignity
Source: The Take <http://www.thetake.org/>
Big Ball of Mud and Bob Brown on Australian Carbon Trading “Locking in
Posted: 25 Nov 2009 11:29 AM PST
Bob Brown talks about Mr Rudd’s “Continue Polluting Regardless Scheme”
saying it locks in failure with its unacceptably low targets and its $16
billion handout to polluters
Donate at www.greens.org.au to help put this ad on television.
Source: Australian Greens <http://www.youtube.com/user/AustralianGreens>
*This ETS-lite deserves to be rejected*
The Rudd Government’s carbon pollution reduction scheme (CPRS) is a
thoroughly compromised version of an emissions trading scheme (ETS). It
deserves to be rejected in the Senate even if it requires an unholy alliance
between the Greens and the climate change deniers in the Coalition parties.
Australia (and other countries) would be better off with no ETS (Emissions
Two recent reports - The Brave New World of Carbon Trading by Australian
ecological economist, Clive L. Spash <http://www.clivespash.org>, and A
Dangerous Obsession by Friends of the
spell out in detail why the attempt to deal with global warming by
up ETS schemes have already failed, why they will continue to fail and also
why governments, in thrall to financial interests, continue to persevere
According to both studies, carbon trading is failing against its fundamental
purpose - it hasn’t achieved the levels of emissions cuts promised nor is it
driving the major technological innovations that are needed to shift our
economies on to more low-carbon paths.
For polluters whose emissions exceed their permits, carbon trading makes
lower-cost permits an alternative to the higher cost investments that they
would otherwise be forced to make.
Source: Sydney Morning
*A Big Ball of Mud*
Over dinner I was contemplating the similarities between software
architecture and legal architecture. After all — reading something like the
Waxman-Markey Bill or the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme legislation is
very much like reading source code. Then it dawned on me — in the field of
software development, there is a way of describing the climate
is being discussed in the UNFCCC negotiations. It is called a big
ball of mud<http://go2.wordpress.com/?id=725X1342&site=climatedilemma.wordpress.com&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.laputan.org%2Fmud%2F>.
Wikipedia describes it as follows:
In computer programming, a big ball of mud is a system or computer program
that appears to have no distinguishable architecture. It usually features
other anti-patterns <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-pattern>.
Here is a definition:
A Big Ball of Mud is a haphazardly structured, sprawling, sloppy,
duct-tape-and-baling-wire, spaghetti-code jungle. These systems show
unmistakable signs of unregulated growth, and repeated, expedient repair.
Information is shared promiscuously among distant elements of the system,
often to the point where nearly all the important information becomes global
or duplicated. The overall structure of the system may never have been well
defined. If it was, it may have eroded beyond recognition. Programmers with
a shred of architectural sensibility shun these quagmires. Only those who
are unconcerned about architecture, and, perhaps, are comfortable with the
inertia of the day-to-day chore of patching the holes in these failing
dikes, are content to work on such systems.
A big ball of mud is the architecture you get when there is no architecture.
This is why the legal
a post-2012 framework is so important.
Source: ClimateDilemna, Dr Peter Wood, ANU <http://climatedilemma.com/>
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