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Old 02-04-2018, 09:33 PM   #561
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Old 11-04-2018, 09:20 PM   #562
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Alzheimer’s Disease Damage Completely Erased in Human Cells by Changing Structure of One Protein
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Scientists in California successfully changed a protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease into a more harmless form, allowing them to erase brain cell damage. The breakthrough is especially important because the research was not conducted on mice but rather human cells.
Researchers from the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco took stem cells from Alzheimer’s patients who had two copies of the apoE4 gene as well as stem cells from healthy volunteers who also had a pair of the apoE3 gene, a study published online Tuesday said. They then created neurons, or brain cells, from these stem cells.
Through studying these neurons, the team was able to identify exactly why apoE4 puts individuals at such increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. For example, having one apoE4 gene more than doubles the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease, and possessing two copies of the gene increases risk of developing the neurodegenerative brain disease by 12-fold, a statement on the study reported.
Now we know this is because the apoE4 gene, which creates the apoE4 protein, increases the production of the amyloid beta protein. This finding surprised the researchers, as the presence of the apoE4 gene in mouse models did not increase amyloid beta production.
“What’s important from this study is that we used human cells,” Yadong Huang, senior investigator at Gladstone and lead author of the study told Newsweek. “The many previous studies were performed on animal models or animal cells.”
Increased amyloid beta production is significant because in some cases, these proteins can clump together and form plaques. These plaques can disrupt neuron messaging and in turn cause many of the symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease, such as cognitive problems.
Once the team confirmed that the presence of apoE4 promoted Alzheimer’s disease, they then worked on a way to prevent this. They developed a way to change the structure of the apoE4 protein in order to make it harmless. This erased any damage of Alzheimer’s disease and helped increase brain cell survival in the human cell model.
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Canadian farmer converts his 40,000-acre farm to all-organic
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by: Isabelle Z.

Consumers have been voting with their wallets in recent years, shying away from toxin-laced conventional produce and shelling out for organic varieties instead. Some observers might have initially dismissed this as a trend that would eventually fade, but it’s clear that a desire for good health and environmental friendliness is not going out of fashion any time soon, and more and more farmers are stepping up to meet this demand.

In fact, one 40,000-acre Canadian farm is currently in the process of becoming entirely organic, and it will take the honor of being the country’s biggest organic farm once it makes the full transition. The farm is big enough to make 2.2 million bushels of wheat every year. Owner Travis Heide says he plans to also start producing organic lentils, hemp, oats and peas.

Right now, the farm is only half organic, but the full transition is expected to be completed within two years. It’s an ambitious project when you consider the fact that Heide only started farming on a full-time basis four years ago. However, he grew up working on his parents’ Saskatchewan farm with his four brothers. He earned a business degree and worked as a commodity trader before starting up his own grain trading company. When his father asked him and his brothers to take over the family farm when he retired, they declined.

However, his interest in agriculture never waned, and he moved to Africa and helped to start up a farm in South Sudan. After returning home, he eventually decided to buy a Canadian farm of his own. When he found out the land he bought had not been poisoned by pesticides and other chemicals in the past, he knew it was the perfect opportunity to create an organic farm.
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Old 19-04-2018, 07:51 PM   #564
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Yummier and juicier: Using natural fertilizers increases fruit yield and size
Monday, April 16, 2018
by: Jessica Dolores

Do you want your farm or garden-grown fruits to become yummier and juicier? Use organic fertilizer, not chemical-based ones. A field experiment in a south farm in Vanavarayar Institute of Agriculture, Manakkadavu, Pollachi, Tamil Nadu in India showed that using acid lime as fertilizer resulted in the highest harvest of fruits per tree. Panchakavya, an organic product that can promote growth and provide immunity to plants as fertilizer, made fruits heavier and longer. It also raised the plants’ juice and ascorbic acid content.

These findings support what farmers knew all along: chemical fertilizers can’t help them yield better harvests. That’s because their continued use depletes soil, which leads to acidity and makes essential nutrients leech from the soil.

This is where organic fertilizers can help. Organic, or natural fertilizers reduce soil acidity and do not lead to leaching. They do not destroy good microorganisms in the soil. They help boost the structure of the soil by improving air circulation. This, in turn, sustains microorganisms which help release nutrients to the soil. They also improve water drainage, which most plants need to grow well and produce healthy fruits.

There are many kinds of organic fertilizers farmers and gardeners can avail of. Here are some of them.

Compost — Compost, the most popular kind of organic fertilizer, acts as the backbone of an organic gardening program. You can make one on your own by using decomposed plant matter like vegetable and fruit peels, egg shells, coffee grounds, and other organic scraps. This makes you save on costs while keeping your plants healthy. No matter the source, compost gives soil a balanced mix of important nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
Manure — Manure works two ways: It provides essential nutrients to the soil, and enhances its quality and ability to retain water. Manure for organic gardening usually comes from livestock animals like cattle, chickens, horses and sheep. Bat and bird guano are also good organic fertilizers. Manure may bring food-borne diseases, though. So you can opt for composted manure or use fresh manure way ahead of harvest time (60 days or more) instead.
Marine byproducts — Marine byproducts also provide different nutrients to soil. Fish emulsion from partially decomposed ground fish is rich in nitrogen, and can enhance soil quality. Fish scrap is another marine byproduct and organic fertilizer rich in nitrogen and phosphorus. Seaweed extracts, for their part, contain nitrogen and potassium plus trace elements to soil. They don’t emit a strong smell the way fish derivatives do.
Mulch — This organic fertilizer comes from grass clippings, shredded leaves, and old hay. Grass clippings treated with herbicide should not be used to make mulch, however. Yearly application of mulch, together with compost, will enhance the soil’s ability to absorb nitrogen and other nutrients. It will also keep pesky weeds away.
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World's first ocean plastic-cleaning machine set to tackle Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Pioneering effort to collect debris that kills wildlife about to begin after teenager made his dream come true

Jane Dalton
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Scientists are preparing to launch the world's first machine to clean up the planet's largest mass of ocean plastic.

The system, originally dreamed up by a teenager, will be shipped out this summer to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, between Hawaii and California, and which contains an estimated 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic.

It will be the first ever attempt to tackle the patch since it was discovered in 1997.
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Natural farming is the future: Professor Devinder Sharma
Andhra Pradesh shows the way.

Sharma writes:

The evidence is all there. With soil fertility declining; excessive mining of groundwater sucking aquifers dry; and chemical inputs, including pesticides, becoming extremely pervasive in environment, the entire food chain has been contaminated.

As soils become sick, and erosion takes a heavy toll leading to more desertification, crop productivity is stagnating thereby resulting in more chemicals being pumped to produce the same harvest. A former Director General of Indian Council for Agricultural Research had rightly said: “In 1980s, farmers used to produce 50Kg of wheat by using 1 kg of fertilisers. Now farmers are producing only 8 Kg by using 1 kg of fertiliser”.

The warning of an ‘Ecological Armageddon’

As farmlands become more toxic, and with modern agriculture becoming a major contributor to Greenhouse Gas Emissions leading to climate aberrations, a startling study has gone unnoticed. A study by the University of Sussex finds that three quarters of flying insects in a nature reserve in Germany have vanished in past 25 years. While the alarming decline in population of honeybees had raised international concerns, that 75% of the insect population has disappeared -even inside a nature reserve – raises the warning of an ‘ecological Armageddon’.

This is happening at a time when not only in Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, and Andhra Pradesh in India, the dreaded bollworm pests on cotton have become resistant to genetically modified cotton in America too. From Carolina to Texas, bollworm insects have renewed their attack on cotton.

The Green Revolution has already run out of steam, leaving behind a trail of misery, the catastrophic consequences manifest in the form of farm suicides. With input costs growing, and farmgate prices remaining almost stagnant, if not declining, farmer’s income is swiftly on the downward slide.



In America, hundreds of dairy farms have closed down in the past 4 years. In Europe, many farms would be unprofitable if European subsidies were to be removed. In France, farmers’ mutual insurance association (MSA) believes that in 2016 “a majority of farmers earned less than Euro 350 a month”.

In India, the government’s own Economic Survey 2016 records that the average income of a farming family in 17 states, which means nearly half the country, has been computed at a paltry Rs 20,000 a year. Another study by Niti Aayog tells that real farm incomes have remained virtually stagnated in the five year period, 2011 to 2016.

And yet more of the same is being pushed as the solution

Despite all the laudable objectives, the world is almost at a tripping point as the International Panel on Climate Change had warned us a few years ago. ‘Business as usual’ is not the right way forward, we are repeatedly told. But despite warning, there is no policy change that actually keeps environment protection as a non-negotiable.

Even the report of the International Assessment for Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), which was ratified during an intergovernmental plenary in Johannesburg, April 7-12, 2008, and had called for a shift towards sustainable agriculture has been lying in limbo ever since.

The more the world tries to change, the more things remain the same. Every disaster is an opportunity. But it invariably ends up as an opportunity for business.

Business leaders from 17 private companies had announced at the 2009 World Economic Forum the launch of a global initiative — New Vision for Agriculture — that sets ambitious targets for increasing food production by 20 percent, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions per ton by 20 percent, and reducing rural poverty by 20 percent every decade.

The 17 agribusiness giants include Archer Daniels Midland, BASF, Bunge Limited, Cargill, Coca-Cola, DuPont, General Mills, Kraft Foods, Metro AG, Monsanto Company, Nestlé, PepsiCo, SABMiller, Syngenta, Unilever, Wal-Mart, and Yara International.

The rhetoric has been the same and the solutions have remained the same too: more aggressive push for industrial agriculture. Just to illustrate, to ensure that the world does not witness a repeat of the 2008 food crisis — when 37 countries faced food riots — the international community has been swift in proposing a roadmap (not one, but a plethora of similar privates-sector driven blueprints).

In these difficult times, it is heartening to see the Chinese President Xi Jinping acknowledging the ecological crisis the world faces.

Addressing the National Congress of the Communist Party in Beijing last October, he acknowledged that “Any harm we inflict on nature will eventually return to haunt us… this is a reality we have to face,” and then went to specify in more detail his plans to “step up efforts to establish a legal and policy framework … that facilitates green, low-carbon, and circular development,” to “promote afforestation,” “strengthen wetland conservation and restoration” and “take tough steps to stop and punish all activities that damage the environment.” He has called for 21st century to be the beginning of an ‘ecological civilisation’.

Back home, as we get half way through 2018, the script for an ecologically sustainable agriculture, which brings back the smile on the face of farmers, without leaving any scar on the environment, is being rewritten.

Andhra Pradesh has launched a massive programme to promote natural farming.
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Stopping the fake news and propaganda would be a good start, look at this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQp7...ature=youtu.be

If there is a Planet X and it is making a sling shot around the sun then it cannot eclipse the sun several times. The speed it would have to be traveling it would only be seen once. They have people blindly running in circles until they face plant into a wall. The net is filled with ridiculous crap and so is the news.
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State Sets Massive Precedent, Passes Law To Effectively Ban The NSA
Rachel Blevins
May 20, 2018

Michigan has become the first state to ban the National Security Agency’s intrusive data collection practices by passing a law that prohibits law enforcement and state agencies from turning over personal data to the federal government without due process.

The Fourth Amendment Rights Protection Act, or HB4430, will go into effect next month after it passed the Michigan state legislature with overwhelming support and only one “no” vote.

The text of the bill states that its purpose is

to prohibit this state and certain other governmental agents, employees, and entities in this state from assisting a federal agency in obtaining certain forms of data without a warrant; and to prohibit certain uses of certain data collected without a warrant.

According to the new law, the state and its political subdivisions “shall not assist, participate with, or provide material support or resources to a federal agency to enable it to collect or to facilitate in the collection or use of a person’s electronic data or metadata,” unless at least or more of the following criteria are met:

The person has given informed consent.
The action is pursuant to a warrant that is based upon probable cause and particularly describes the person, place, or thing to be searched or seized.
The action is in accordance with a legally recognized exception to warrant requirements.
The action will not infringe on any reasonable expectation of privacy the person may have.
This state or a political subdivision of this state collected the electronic data or metadata legally.”

As the Washington Examiner reported, the new law is “the biggest accomplishment yet growing out of efforts to block water to a massive NSA data-storage center in Bluffdale, Utah.” Similar laws have been proposed and have fallen short in states such as Alaska, Maryland, South Carolina, and Washington.

The Fourth Amendment Rights Protection Act in Michigan claims the “electronic data” that will be protected from the NSA includes “an electronic communication or the use of an electronic communication service,” “the precise or approximate location of the sender or recipients of an electronic communication,” and “the identity of an individual or device involved in the communication.”

Michigan State Rep. Martin Howrylak, a sponsor of the bill, told the Examiner that he believes its passage “speaks to the fact that a lot of the domestic surveillance of American citizens is highly unpopular.”

“It hangs up a sign on Michigan’s door saying, ‘No violation of the Fourth Amendment, look elsewhere,’” Howrylak said. “Democrats, as well as Republicans, would certainly stand very strong in our position on what this law means.”

While Howrylak said he thinks the law makes “a strong court case saying this is what the state intends,” he hopes other states will join in by passing similar legislation, in an effort to cripple the NSA’s illegal activities.

Next month marks 5 years since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden released a trove of classified documents revealing that the United States government was routinely collecting metadata from innocent American citizens without warrants, and using “national security” to justify its actions.
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15 Things They Don't Tell You About Money
April 29, 2011 by Ken MacIntyre (Guest Author)

Inspired by Ha Joon Chang’s 23 Things They Didn’t Tell You About Capitalism (2010) (where you learn for example that the Nobel Prize for Economics is not really a Nobel Prize: it is awarded by the Swedish Central Bank).

1. Governments in full sovereign control of their currencies can create sufficient money to ensure full employment and to finance all their activities. There is no limit to money creation and to say that ‘there is no money left’ is as absurd as it is untrue.

2. Governments with sovereign power do not need to borrow either from private financial institutions or the IMF. That they borrow and then have to ‘appease financial markets’ is a self-imposed constraint, rather like tying your shoelaces together and claiming that you can’t walk (see Warren Mosler below).

3. Governments do not control the money supply but instead have chosen to subcontract the provision of the public money supply to private banks.

4. Governments voluntarily forego the substantial public revenue of money creation called seigniorage. In the UK this amounts to a subsidy to private banks of the order of £100 bn a year

5. Money is not a ‘ thing’ but a legal relationship, a creation of the State. It is a token (these days electronic) system which establishes claims over resources.

6. Money is not wealth. Wealth is land, natural resources and the products of human labour. Money is only a claim on wealth.

7. Real wealth comes from the production of socially useful goods and services and investment in infrastructure and skills. Property or share price speculation and the promotion of pyramid schemes (the process called ‘financial liberalisation’ or ‘deregulation’) are predatory and extractive activities which do not create wealth.

8. Banks are offspring of the State. They have a virtual monopoly of money creation and the legal privileges and protections of corporate personhood and limited liability. They pretend to be independent and self reliant but like spoilt teenagers, at the first sign of trouble, they run home crying and demanding unlimited handouts.

9. Banks do not lend anything. They create money as credit out of nothing and charge interest on something which costs nothing to produce. Credit creates an additional debt overhead in the form of interest which adds to costs in the economy but, as no additional money is issued to cover it, there is never enough money in circulation to enable debt to be repaid, causing bankruptcies, recessions and unemployment.

10. Bank credit does not go into productive investment but into asset price speculation and ‘loans’ to other banks. When commentators refer to the banking crisis they are referring to the ongoing collapse of this classic pyramid or Ponzi scheme.

11. Banks expand and contract the money supply creating booms and asset price bubbles which collapse into recessions. This is called ‘the business cycle’ but there is nothing inevitable about it.

12. There must always be a deficit in the private or public sectors for the money system to function – someone somewhere has always to be spending more than they are earning.

13. There are only two ways that money can enter the economy: credit issued by private banks or government spending. If credit dries up, only government can make good the shortfall or else there is a recession.

14. If you think that you have ‘money in the bank’, think again. Bank accounts are only accounting entries representing the bank’s promise to pay, not real money.

15. Expanding the money supply by government-issued money is not inflationary except in conditions of full employment. Unlike bank credit, there is nothing intrinsically inflationary about government-issued money. Money issuance can always be controlled by taxation.
Sources

C H Douglas Social Credit (1924)
Warren Mosler – The Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy (2010)
A. Mitchell Innes – What is Money? The Banking Law Journal, May 1913: http://moslereconomics.com/mandatory...what-is-money/
Stephanie Kelton and others: Are There Spending Constraints on Governments Sovereign in their Currency? (April 2010)
NEF, Positive Money, Prof Richard Werner: Submission to the Independent Banking Commission (2010)
Prof Mary Mellor
Ann Pettifor (Editor) Real World Economic Outlook (2003)
Ha Joon Chang – 23 Things They Didn’t Tell You About Capitalism (2010)
http://positivemoney.org/2011/04/15-...u-about-money/
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David icke gonna be talking at anarchopulco...whoop whoop!

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How to move away from multinational corporations
https://www.noncorporate.org/what-non-corporate-means/
This site is for people who don’t want to support multinational corporations any more. We’ve put everything in one place and made it easy to switch for (almost) everything you need.


What non-corporate means

Although all companies (including co-ops) are ‘incorporated’, what we’re talking about here are the huge and damaging multinational corporations that dominate the global economy. It’s becoming more difficult to obtain the things we need from anywhere else. Most mortgages are with corporate financial institutions, and most people get their food, energy, cars, fuel, holidays, entertainment, banking, software, telephony, clothes and almost everything else from giant corporations. But there are alternatives. Capable and committed people are already building a non-corporate sector comprised of the types of organisations outlined below – and we can all help them, by giving them our custom:


Co-operatives

Co-ops are businesses / organisations that are owned and controlled by their members. They can be comprised of just the members, or involve other stakeholders such as customers or supporters. They are non-hierarchical, democratic institutions. The ‘Co-op’ is a giant co-operative organisation, but the Co-op Bank is no longer a co-operative, having been bought out by a hedge fund after the crash of 2008. The co-operative sector includes worker co-ops, housing co-ops, retail co-ops, land co-ops, consumer co-ops, community energy schemes, credit unions, wholefood co-ops, the Phone Co-op, and now platform co-ops are being developed to provide an alternative to the ‘sharing’ economy (think Über), which is nothing of the sort.


Mutual societies

Mutuals are looser organisations than co-operatives, but they are still member-owned, they pool resources and share risks among members and profit isn’t extracted to pay external shareholders. The best-known example of the mutual model is a building society.


Partnerships

A partnership is a business in which two or more individuals share ownership, and make decisions in a non-hierarchical way. Partnerships are unincorporated (unlike co-ops and mutuals), which means that liability lies with the individuals involved – the partnership itself has no separate identity. There is a legally-binding partnership agreement in which details of how the business will operate and how monies will be shared. There are no external shareholders. GPs often form partnerships.


Employee-owned businesses

Employee ownership can involve co-operative, mutual or partnership structure, or it may just mean that the company was set up (or bought out by employees) with all shares held only by employees, not externally. The John Lewis Partnership, which includes Waitrose, is the largest employee-owned company in the UK. The board is elected and there are no external shareholders.


‘Community-supported’ schemes

Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is the most popular and successful example of this idea. CSA schemes link up small farmers with local consumers who pay up front for produce from the farms. Consumers then know the name of the person who produces their food. In the US, there are also community-supported fisheries, and a handful of projects have started in the UK. Consumers pay up front for weekly deliveries of fish from small fishing boats to local collection points. Although not part of a CSA, direct sales of food by local, small farms and smallholdings to the public include farmers’ markets, farm shops, pick-your-own and veg box schemes.


Trusts

Trusts separate legal ownership from economic interest – i.e. they manage assets but don’t distribute profits. Community land trusts are set up by local people to hold local assets such as housing, community buildings, land for growing food etc., and to keep them affordable.


Social enterprises / not-for-profits

Usually set up to tackle a particular problem or fulfil a particular need in the community, there are various ways that social enterprises can incorporate (including some of the other structures outlined on this page, plus community interest companies, community benefit societies or charities). The key is that there are no external shareholders taking profit from the organisation – any surplus is used for the benefit of the community.


Free / open source tech

Free software (well, usually software, but it can be other things too) – free as in no cost, but also free to do what you like with, so you can change it and to pass it on to others. It’s the opposite of ‘closed source’, or proprietary software such as that produced by Microsoft or Apple.


Blockchain

Blockchain technology is usually thought of as a way of creating cryptocurrencies – money that operates outside the corporate banking system. However, it can be used for many other things – like land registries, to secure land titles against unscrupulous land grabs. Now, Holochain is being developed to support mutual credit schemes.


Other complementary currencies

Money / exchange systems other than cryptocurrencies are developing that steer trade towards community businesses and individuals and away from the corporate sector, including collaborative / mutual credit schemes and local / independent currencies.


Social clubs

Unincorporated associations usually set up for mutual benefit / shared interest. Usually governed by a management committee, they don’t distribute profits.


Self-employment

Becoming a sole trader is an easy way to start a business – no incorporation (which means no external shareholders), no requirement to register and file accounts and returns with Companies House, and no need for a constitution. Sole traders can come together – for example in community-supported agriculture schemes that link local people with local small farmers. Sole traders can also form the basis of farmers’ markets and veg box and other food box schemes (but not the bigger ones, some of which are well on the way to corporate status).


DIY

Of course one way to avoid the corporate sector is to provide things for ourselves. This probably isn’t going to involve laptops or TVs (yet – let’s see what 3-D printing will deliver), but it’s very possible to provide our own food, craft or bodycare products, clothes and textiles, or even housing and energy with the right skills.


Downshifting

And finally, an important question is whether we need all the stuff we’re told we need in the first place. Can we do without it, or obtain it by sharing with others?
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This Mexican Town of 30,000 Has Been Government-Free For 7 Years

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St Vincent and the Grenadines Suspends Imports of Glyphosate Herbicides
Posted on August 29, 2018

By Heather Callaghan, Editor

The government of St Vincent and the Grenadines has just placed an immediate suspension on importations of any herbicides that contain glyphosate.

It is unclear at this point what prompted the sudden suspension of glyphosate products – but could it be that the recent courtroom verdict-heard-round-the-world had something do with safety fears?

Groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson is to receive $289 million dollars from chemical giant Monsanto (now apart of Bayer) after Monsanto was found guilty in a lawsuit for failing warn Johnson of health risks associated with the glyphosate herbicide Roundup. Johnson has terminal non-Hodgkins lymphoma and cancer lesions all over his body. Monsanto plans to appeal.

Jamaica-Gleaner reports:

Acting on the advice of the Pesticides Board, the government said the chemical is found in pesticides such as Round-Up, Touchdown, and Glyphos.

According to a statement on Friday, the move is pending a technical review by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry, and Labour.
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Return of strip-field farming creates haven for rare species in south Wales
National Trust trial of 13th century method used until 1940s transforms stretch of Gower peninsula coast
Steven Morris
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Wed 29 Aug 2018 18.00 BST

A pioneering farming project using field management techniques dating back to the 13th century has transformed a stretch of coast into a haven for endangered animals, birds, insects and wildflowers.

The experimental return to “strip-field farming” close to the spectacular Rhossili Bay on the Gower peninsula in south Wales is being credited with a threefold increase in the number of species of wildflowers and the appearance of rare birds such as the hen harrier and grasshopper warbler.

As many as 63 butterflies were spotted in 60 seconds in one of the strip fields at the Vile, compared with a maximum of six in neighbouring pastures that are farmed conventionally.

The Vile, which is old English for strip fields, was farmed in the old-fashioned way until the late 1940s. Shortages then led to the intensification of agriculture across the UK including, to a more limited extent, the Vile.

The National Trust, which owns around three-quarters of the 111 acre site, launched a project to wholly restore the strip fields two years ago. Rangers and 80 volunteers have created 2,000 metres of banks and hedges that had been removed to satisfy the demands of heavily mechanised farming, turning six fields into a patchwork of 17 different areas. The plots rejoice in names such as Bramble Bush, Sandyland and Priest Hay.
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The Philosophy of the Free-Range Human
September 15, 2018
Gary Z McGee, Contributor
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“I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” ~Robert A. Heinlein

The path from status-quo junkie to having a higher perspective is a difficult one. No doubt. Similarly, the path from soft-slave statist to free-range human is difficult. But as Spinoza said,“All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.” The philosophy of the free-range human is an attempt at being excellent despite the difficulty.

First let’s define the differences between a soft-slave statist and a free-range human.

A soft-slave statist is anyone who believes they need a ruler to rule over them, who thinks they need permission to be free, who blindly worships a flag, and who believes violence is the answer to solving problems.

A free-range human, on the other hand, rules over him/herself, does not need permission to be free, does not worship a flag, and thinks that violence is only necessary when used in self-defense or in defense of those not capable of defending themselves. Besides that, free-range humans practice the following core principles…
The Golden Rule

“Live simply so that others may simply live.” ~Gandhi

Nobody exists in a vacuum. We are social creatures. As such, we need each other to be free in order to remain free. I remain free for you and you remain free for me. We maintain our freedom and the freedom of others by being kind, compassionate, tolerant, and by treating others the way we would like to be treated.

The golden rule is in alignment with the universal laws that dictate what’s healthy and what’s unhealthy for human survival. As social creatures, we need each other more than anything else other than oxygen, water, food and shelter. So it behooves us to keep each other healthy, despite unhealthy man-made laws. And the first step toward remaining socially healthy is keeping and maintaining a good conscience.

Nothing maintains a good conscience better than practicing the golden rule. The best way to practice the golden rule is to live in moderation. If everyone lives in balance with nature, and each other, and only takes as much as they need, the tragedy of the commons can be avoided. Otherwise, it leads to structural violence.
The Non-Aggression Principle (and the Art of Fighting without Fighting)

“Absolute freedom mocks justice. Absolute justice denies freedom. To be fruitful, the two ideas must find their limits in each other.” ~Albert Camus

That which violates the non-aggression principle (the state) tends to be unhealthy, immoral, and unjust. That which honors the non-aggression principle (the free-range human) tends to be healthy, moral, and just.

Whether it’s an overreaching individual or the overreaching state, violence seems to be the dividing line. Freedom is primary up until the point that a person, or a group of people (like the state), becomes violent and thus violates the non-aggression principle. Freedom trumps justice up until the point someone uses their freedom in a violent way, then justice must trump freedom. “Your freedom to swing yours fist ends an inch from my nose.”

At that point one must either decide to be a coward/slave, and just take the abuse, or practice courageous self-defense, and rebel against the abuse. The ideal is to practice the art of fighting without fighting up until the point that you absolutely must fight to defend what you love. As Gandhi said, “When there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence.”

Freedom must find its limit in justice and justice must find its limit in freedom. Otherwise, we either find ourselves living in a free-for-all state where anybody can do anything without any consequences (think the movie The Purge), or we’re living in a violent authoritarian state with oppressive laws and little freedom (think statism). Ideally, freedom balanced with justice and justice balanced with freedom is the healthiest way.

Radical Forgiveness

“If you can fall in love again and again, if you can forgive as well as forget, if you can keep from growing sour, surly, bitter and cynical, you’ve got it (a life well-lived) half licked.” ~Henry Miller

Radical forgiveness is forgiving yourself for having once been deceived. It’s also proactively forgiving others for their own deception.

Free-range humans understand that most humans are not free. They realize what it takes to become free and how difficult it is to maintain. Cultural conditioning must be re-conditioned. Societal brainwashing must be washed off. Political claptrap must be transcended. And the residue left over from a profoundly sick society must constantly be cleansed.

Radical forgiveness is proactive forgiveness on the fly. It’s a deep, visceral acceptance of the way things are, regardless of our need for it to be a certain way. It’s a decisive acceptance of what we can and cannot control. It gives us permission to authentically and sincerely deal with the world the way it is, despite what we’ve been conditioned and brainwashed into believing.

It creates a fearlessness and a willingness to transform whatever negative, counterproductive, unhealthy, violent shit gets thrown at us into something positive, progressive, healthy and nonviolent. It gets us out of our own way so that we can finally get down to the nitty-gritty of creating meaning despite meaninglessness.

It is a giant sigh, saying, “Okay. Time to make the best of it.” It gives us the insurmountable courage to transform demons into diamonds, fear into courage, anger into strength, and wounds into wisdom.
Radical Interdependence

“It is not society that is to guide and save the creative hero, but precisely the reverse. And so every one of us shares the supreme ordeal––carries the cross of the redeemer––not in the bright moments of his tribe’s great victories, but in the silences of his personal despair.” ~ Joseph Campbell

Radical interdependence is the deep understanding that everything is connected. Free-range humans are keenly aware of this, because they have overcome their own nature-deprivation (and all the anxiety, neurosis, and stress that comes from it) by becoming free-range. They are in sacred alignment with the universal laws that govern all things and dictate health.

Radical interdependence is eco-conscious surrender. It’s being keenly aware of the process of self-awakening: from codependence (soft-slave statist) to independence (egocentric freedom) to interdependence (eco-centric freedom).

Where independence was necessary for the self to break away from codependence, interdependence is necessary for the ego to regroup with the cosmos in a healthy and empowering way.

We can use this re-conditioning strategy to update almost any precondition. From statist indoctrination to worldly cosmopolitanism. From fear-based perspective to courage-based perspective. From irrational belief to rational thought. From an unhealthy stagnant lifestyle to a healthy progressive lifestyle. From a fixed and rigid psychology based on outdated ideals, to an open and flexible psychology based on updated ideas.

From codependence through independence and into interdependence, free-range humans are constantly in the process of self-overcoming. They realize that the very evolution of the species is at stake, and they are willing to die to make that evolution a healthy one.
https://www.wakingtimes.com/2018/09/...e-range-human/
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5 Steps to end tax havens

1. Stop public councils from issuing public contracts to companies operating out of tax havens

2. Create public registries of beneficial owners of companies, trusts and foundations

3. Introduce full transparency of deals and secret agreements between companies and government

4. Introduce public country by country reporting by multinational companies

5. Introduce automatic information exchange between all countries

The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire (Documentary)

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