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Garden Programs Give Inmates Hope, Future Job Skills

Picture this. Inmates, who are serving life sentences without the chance for parole, tenderly caring for a vegetable garden.

Steve Keen: The Deliberate Blindness Of Our Central Planners

The models we use for decision making determine the outcomes we experience. So, if our models are faulty or flawed, we make bad decisions and suffer bad outcomes.

Buzzing Artist Swarms City Walls to Save the Bees

With a little help from a spray can, a London-based street artist is swarming urban walls with a simple but important message: Save the bees.

Pedal Power Farm Hack: Report from the Field

Instead of the top-down approach to tool development put forward by corporate agribusiness, the event this weekend prioritized local manufacturing, easily repairable and modifiable tool design, and collaborative and iterative research and development.

Natural Filters: Mussels Deployed To Clean Up Polluted Waterways

When it comes to ecosystem services, freshwater mussels have much to recommend them:

The Bank-State Bargain

There’s no getting away from it. Banks create money out of nothing when they extend loans and then charge borrowers interest on this newly created capital.

Health Professionals Call: Ban Fracking for Five Years

The arguments against fracking on public health and ecological grounds are overwhelming. There are clear grounds for adopting the precautionary principle and prohibiting fracking.

Talking Resilience with Nikki Silvestri

You take away politics, take away whether you think trickle-down [economics] works, take away even what you think about race. Just look at this community. Are the families healthy and thriving? No? Okay. It's not resilient.

The Ghosts of Islands Past

Several times a month I cycle by a small island located close to the south shore of Vancouver’s False Creek, a narrow inlet that separates the downtown peninsula from the city.

Buen Vivir and the Commons

I think Buen Vivir is a proposal aimed at making visible and expressible aspects of reality that are ignored by the dominant paradigm.

Revisiting the Shale Oil Hype: Technology versus Geology

Irrespective of price, geology is trumping technology in the Bakken and Eagle Ford plays.

Earth’s Second Lung Has Emphysema

In other words, if the world’s first lung is represented by all of the tropical forests combined, the second (and perhaps larger) lung is definitely the boreal forest.

#WomeninAg: Words of Wisdom from Women Farmers

For Women’s History Month, CUESA is spotlighting women who are transforming our food system.

The Growth Delusion

Rather than ask how to achieve more, it is time to ask, “More of what? And why?”

Peak Oil Review - Mar 30

A weejly review including Oil and the Global Economy, The Middle East & North Africa, Russia/Ukraine, The Briefs.

An Orchard from a Single Tree

At some point in your childhood, I hope, you ate an apple and hit upon the idea of planting the seeds.

The Working of Non-violence

In the wake of the financial crisis, political elites have become more concerned about their own survival than about the purpose of politics, and the gap between what they say and what they do, between speech and meaning, becomes wider all the time.

Quebec students strike against austerity and the petro economy

A kick-off demonstration, entitled “Popular Protest Against Austerity and the Petro Economy,” was held last Saturday in Montreal, and drew participants ranging from 5,000 to 12,000, depending on who was doing the counting.

Ready for the Revolution

Time for the second egalitarian revolution, don’t you think?

A Dark Knight is Better than No Knight at All: Why We Need Bitcoin Despite its Flaws

It is only by zooming in and out, and considering the interplay between these absolute and relative perspectives that we can start to detect the complex power dynamics within Bitcoin.

Earth Repair – Homegrown Healing of Toxic Lands, part 2     

In her book Earth Repair, Leila Darwish provides a grassroots guide to healing toxic and damaged landscapes emphasizing local solutions.

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