updated 5 October 2011 - Those of us who are still self-aware understand that human civilization has been hijacked by bankster looters: a bunch of psychopathic and extremely vicious gangsters. It is time we force them out of power and set humanity free. Fellow Terra-ists, solution based thinking has always been our foundation, so in this time of human evolution and enlightenment we are going to focus on the greatest solution of all, Permaculture. It’s time to put down the digital world of the iphone addicted, ipod, Blackberry and other brand-a-holick subsistence and pick up some garden tools, seeds and a watering can. As the fake reality of the ponzi scheme, debt based monetary system pops like a giant liquid bubble, it will be those of us who are quick to react, open hearted, positive fellow humans who take the charge and get the permaculture movement in full swing.
Being patient and explaining the techniques to as many local communities as possible, or whoever wants to listen or give it a go. Back to basics, dig, plant, water, grow, nurture, pluck and eat. Naturally there are a few more details that we need to explore but the basics of growing your own food and becoming dependant on the land is a simple concept. Permaculture however aims to introduce design into the agricultural mix.
It would be a sensible idea to introduce sacred geometry into the process while we are at it, to streamline the process and make a plentiful bounty for all. For more on Sacred Geometry and it’s designs we blow the lid off the secret societies and men’s clubs that have for generations, kept these secrets from our human evolution. Perhaps as we are now in the alignment of universal evolution, it might be a good idea? We should hold a global design competition, to share ideas and solutions.
Many things to think about but so little time to communicate everything.
Activist – Scott London
Bill Mollison calls himself a field biologist and itinerant teacher. But it would be more accurate to describe him as an instigator. When he published Permaculture One in 1978, he launched an international land-use movement many regard as subversive, even revolutionary.
Permaculture — from permanent and agriculture — is an integrated design philosophy that encompasses gardening, architecture, horticulture, ecology, even money management and community design. The basic approach is to create sustainable systems that provide for their own needs and recycle their waste.
Mollison developed permaculture after spending decades in the rainforests and deserts of Australia studying ecosystems. He observed that plants naturally group themselves in mutually beneficial communities. He used this idea to develop a different approach to agriculture and community design, one that seeks to place the right elements together so they sustain and support each other.
Today his ideas have spread and taken root in almost every country on the globe. Permaculture is now being practiced in the rainforests of South America, in the Kalahari desert, in the arctic north of Scandinavia, and in communities all over North America. In New Mexico, for example, farmers have used permaculture to transform hard-packed dirt lots into lush gardens and tree orchards without using any heavy machinery. In Davis, California, one community uses bath and laundry water to flush toilets and irrigate gardens. In Toronto, a team of architects has created a design for an urban infill house that doesn’t tap into city water or sewage infrastructure and that costs only a few hundred dollars a year to operate.
While Mollison is still unknown to most Americans, he is a national icon down under. He has been named Australia’s “Man of the Year” and in 1981 he received the prestigious Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, for his work developing and promoting permaculture.
I sat down with him to discuss his innovative design philosophy. We met over the course of two afternoons in Santa Barbara in conjunction with an intensive two-week course he teaches each year in Ojai. A short, round man with a white beard and a big smile, he is one of the most affable and good-natured people I’ve met. An inveterate raconteur, he seems to have a story — or a bad joke — for every occasion. His comments are often rounded out by a hearty and infectious laugh.
Scott London: A reviewer once described your teachings as “seditious.”
Bill Mollison: Yes, it was very perceptive. I teach self-reliance, the world’s most subversive practice. I teach people how to grow their own food, which is shockingly subversive. So, yes, it’s seditious. But it’s peaceful sedition.
London: When did you begin teaching permaculture?
Mollison: In the early 1970s, it dawned on me that no one had ever applied design to agriculture. When I realized it, the hairs went up on the back of my neck. It was so strange. We’d had agriculture for 7,000 years, and we’d been losing for 7,000 years — everything was turning into desert. So I wondered, can we build systems that obey ecological principles? We know what they are, we just never apply them. Ecologists never apply good ecology to their gardens. Architects never understand the transmission of heat in buildings. And physicists live in houses with demented energy systems. It’s curious that we never apply what we know to how we actually live.
London: It tells us something about our current environmental problems.
Mollison: It does. I remember the Club of Rome report in 1967 which said that the deterioration of the environment was inevitable due to population growth and overconsumption of resources. After reading that, I thought, “People are so stupid and so destructive — we can do nothing for them.” So I withdrew from society. I thought I would leave and just sit on a hill and watch it collapse.
The ethics are simple: care of the earth, care of people, and reinvestment in those ends.
It took me about three weeks before I realized that I had to get back and fight. [Laughs] You know, you have to get out in order to want to get back in.
London: Is that when the idea of permaculture was born?
Mollison: It actually goes back to 1959. I was in the Tasmanian rain forest studying the interaction between browsing marsupials and forest regeneration. We weren’t having a lot of success regenerating forests with a big marsupial population. So I created a simple system with 23 woody plant species, of which only four were dominant, and only two real browsing marsupials. It was a very flexible system based on the interactions of components, not types of species. It occurred to me one evening that we could build systems that worked better than that one.
That was a remarkable revelation. Ever so often in your life — perhaps once a decade — you have a revelation. If you are an aborigine, that defines your age. You only have a revelation once every age, no matter what your chronological age. If you’re lucky, you have three good revelations in a lifetime.
Because I was an educator, I realized that if I didn’t teach it, it wouldn’t go anywhere. So I started to develop design instructions based on passive knowledge and I wrote a book about it called Permaculture One. To my horror, everybody was interested in it. [Laughs] I got thousands of letters saying, “You’ve articulated something that I’ve had in my mind for years,” and “You’ve put something into my hands which I can use.”
London: Permaculture is based on scientific principles and research. But it seems to me that it also draws on traditional and indigenous folk wisdom.
Mollison: Well, if I go to an old Greek lady sitting in a vineyard and ask, “Why have you planted roses among your grapes?” she will say to me, “Because the rose is the doctor of the grape. If you don’t plant roses, the grapes get ill.” That doesn’t do me a lot of good. But if I can find out that the rose exudes a certain root chemical that is taken up by the grape root which in turn repels the white fly (which is the scientific way of saying the same thing), then I have something very useful.
Traditional knowledge is always of that nature. I know a Filipino man who always plants a chili and four beans in the same hole as the banana root. I asked him, “Why do you plant a chili with the banana?” And he said, “Don’t you know that you must always plant these things together.” Well, I worked out that the beans fix the nitrogen and the chili prevents beetles from attacking the banana root. And that works very well.
London: You have introduced permaculture in places that still rely on traditional farming practices. Have they been receptive to your ideas?
Mollison: I have a terribly tricky way of approaching indigenous tribal people. For example, I’ll go to the Central Desert, where everyone is half-starved, and say, “I wonder if I can help you.” And I’ll lie and say, “I don’t know how to do this?” And they say, “Oh, come on, we’ll make it work.” By the time it’s done, they have done it themselves.
I remember going back to a school we started in Zimbabwe. It’s green and surrounded by food. The temperature in the classroom is controlled. I asked them, “Who did this?” They said, “We did!” When people do it for themselves, they are proud of it.
London: For some people — particularly indigenous tribes — the notion that you can grow your own food is revolutionary.
Mollison: When you grow up in a world where you have a very minor effect on the land, you don’t think of creating resources for yourself. What falls on the ground you eat. And your numbers are governed by what falls on the ground. Permaculture allows you to think differently because you can grow everything that you need very easily.
For example, the bushmen of the Kalahari have a native bean called the morama bean. It is a perennial that grows underground and spreads out when it rains. They used to go out and collect it. But after they were pushed off their lands to make room for game and natural parks the morama bean was hard to find. I asked them, “Why don’t you plant them here?” They said, “Do you think we could?” So we planted the bean in their gardens. Up to that point, they never actually thought of planting something. It stunned them that they could actually do that.
The same thing happened with the mongongo tree which grows on the top of sand dunes. They had never actually moved the tree from one dune to another. But I went and cut a branch off the mother tree and stuck it in the sand. The thing started to sprout leaves and produce mongongo nuts. Now they grow the trees wherever they want.
London: You once described modern technological agriculture as a form of “witchcraft.”
Mollison: Well, it is a sort of witchcraft. Today we have more soil scientists than at any other time in history. If you plot the rise of soil scientists against the loss of soil, you see that the more of them you have, the more soil you lose.
I remember seeing soldiers returning from the War in 1947. They had these little steel canisters with a snap-off top. When they snapped the tops off, they sprayed DDT all over the room so you never saw any more flies or mosquitoes — or cats. [Laughs] After the war, they started to use those chemicals in agriculture. The gases used by the Nazis were now developed for agriculture. Tanks were made into plows. Part of the reason for the huge surge in artificial fertilizer was that the industry was geared up to produce nitrates for explosives. Then they suddenly discovered you could put it on your crops and get great results.
London: So the green revolution was a kind of war against the land, in a manner of speaking.
Mollison: That’s right. Governments still support this kind of agriculture to the tune of about $40 billion each year. None of that goes to supporting alternative systems like organic or soil-creating agriculture. Even China is adopting modern chemical agriculture now.
London: I remember the late economist Robert Theobald saying to me that if China decides to go the way of the West, the environmental ballgame is over.
Mollison: I overheard two “Eurocrats” in Vienna talking about the environment. One said, “How long do you think we’ve got?” The other said, “Ten years.” And the first one said, “You’re an optimist.” So I said to them, “If China begins to develop motor vehicles, we’ve got two years.”
London: What kind of overconsumption bothers you the most?
Mollison: I hate lawns. Subconsciously I think we all hate them because we’re their slaves. Imagine the millions of people who get on their lawn-mowers and ride around in circles every Saturday and Sunday.
They have all these new subdivisions in Australia which are between one and five acres. You see people coming home from work on Friday, getting on their little ride-on mowers, and mowing all weekend. On Monday morning you can drive through these areas and see all these mowers halfway across the five acres, waiting for the next Friday. Like idiots, we spend all our spare time driving these crazy machines, cutting grass which is only going to grow back again next week.
London: Permaculture teaches us how to use the minimum amount of energy needed to get a job done.
Mollison: That’s right. Every house should be over-producing its energy and selling to the grid. We have built entire villages that do that — where one or two buildings hold the solar panels for all sixty homes and sell the surplus to the grid. In seven years, you can pay off all your expenses and run free. They use this same idea in Denmark. Every village there has a windmill that can fuel up to 800 homes.
London: The same principle probably applies to human energy as well. I noticed that you discourage digging in gardens because it requires energy that can be better used for other things.
Mollison: Well, some people like digging. It’s a bit like having an exercise bike in your bedroom. But I prefer to leave it to the worms. They do a great job. I’ve created fantastic soil just from mulching.
London: Does permaculture apply to those of us who live in cities?
Mollison: Yes, there is a whole section in the manual about urban permaculture. When I first went to New York, I helped start a little herb-farm in the South Bronx. The land was very cheap there because there was no power, no water, no police, and there were tons of drugs. This little farm grew to supply eight percent of New York’s herbs. There are now 1,100 city farms in New York.
London: Short of starting a farm, what can we do to make our cities more sustainable?
Mollison: Catch the water off your roof. Grow your own food. Make your own energy. It’s insanely easy to do all that. It takes you less time to grow your food than to walk down to the supermarket to buy it. Ask any good organic gardener who mulches how much time he spends on his garden and he’ll say, “Oh, a few minutes every week.” By the time you have taken your car and driven to the supermarket, taken your foraging-trolley and collected your wild greens, and driven back home again, you’ve spent a good hour or two — plus you’ve spent a lot of money.
London: Even though permaculture is based on scientific principles, it seems to have a very strong philosophical or ethical dimension.
Mollison: There is an ethical dimension because I think science without ethics is sociopathology. To say, “I’ll apply what I know regardless of the outcome” is to take absolutely no responsibility for your actions. I don’t want to be associated with that sort of science.
London: What do you think you’ve started?
Mollison: Well, it’s a revolution. But it’s the sort of revolution that no one will notice. It might get a little shadier. Buildings might function better. You might have less money to earn because your food is all around you and you don’t have any energy costs. Giant amounts of money might be freed up in society so that we can provide for ourselves better.
So it’s a revolution. But permaculture is anti-political. There is no room for politicians or administrators or priests. And there are no laws either. The only ethics we obey are: care of the earth, care of people, and reinvestment in those ends.
There can be little doubt that our twenty-first century civilization is facing economic, ecological and spiritual meltdown. In this intriguing new book, Lucy Wyatt takes a highly original and relevant look at just what we can do to reverse this very real and potentially disastrous situation.
The product of some ten years of comprehensive and passionate research, Approaching Chaos urges us to take a good look way back beyond those societies always admired as the first civilized examples, to re-think accepted accounts and concepts of history and go back over 5,000 years to focus on the Bronze Age civilizations. Nearly always considered to be both primitive and pagan, Lucy Wyatt reveals them to be in many ways extraordinarily sophisticated, well-rounded and highly successful infrastructures that combine the spiritual and the practical. She ardently believes that from them the ancient Greeks and Romans actually learnt and, even more pertinently, we can learn a tremendous amount that has been disregarded for far too long.
In taking a fresh look at, amongst other things, the origins of farming and urbanization, the extraordinary way that the Egyptians used metaphysics, ultrasound and alchemy, the rise of Monotheistic religion and Christianity, Lucy Wyatt presents a brave and compelling over-view of ancient history. Approaching Chaos challenges long accepted thinking on the origins of civilization and uncovers many illuminating insights into how we could help ourselves today.
Lucy Wyatt – Author, Approaching Chaos.
We face eco-suicide in the C21st. Our urban way of life is destroying its own life-support system. Approaching Chaos examines an alternative: an ancient archetype dating from the Bronze Age that helped cities exist in harmony with Nature. This archetype influenced the ancient Greeks and Romans, often mistakenly admired as examples of civilized societies.
Approaching Chaos challenges our accepted view of ‘progress’ since the end of the Ice Age. By looking again at the origins of farming and cities, and focussing on Bronze Age civilization, we can see that it was not primitive and backward. For one thing, it had a zero carbon technology which is mysterious to us (for example the Great Pyramid).
Approaching Chaos explains how we lost touch with the archetype and its secrets (eg pyramid building) from the start of the Iron Age. In the end, Romano-Christian power combined to disconnect us from Nature. The Egyptians’ use of quantum physics and alchemy in megalithic building and shamanic ritual became esoteric, hidden knowledge; and we have been going in the wrong direction with regard to science and religion ever since.
Aspects of the archetype re-emerged at the time of the Gothic cathedrals, and again in the Renaissance. But now is the time to re-connect with all of the original model for us to have a future.
Cellphones are wireless communication devices that function on microwaves, while
human mental telepathy uses brainwaves for wireless communication.
No cellphones will connect without a matching frequency, and for the same reason
no two minds will connect telepathically without a matching frequency.
Today cellphone towers are used to regulate the frequencies of BOTH wireless networks
AND our brainwave patterns. Cellphones work with microwaves, but brains DO NOT.
Synchronized low-frequency heartbeat booming was heard simultaneously at every pyramid
and megalith site in the world, telepathically connecting all minds in all temples.
Several thousand years ago a cataclysm crashed the collective pyramid telepathy network,
leaving our planet and her sacred temples in a silence devoid of energy.
Today’s microwaves break the DNA chain and by cancer shorten our lifespan, while
the pyramids’ heartbeating of tomorrow will unwind our DNA helix to become a
superconductive ladder to increase human longevity in HHO resonant plasmas.
Second Republic – An idea who’s time has come.
When it comes to an analysis of the global situation, it’s a good idea to look at previously engineered or historical models and events. Argentine Researcher, Speaker and Author specializing on the Global Power Elite and its supranational structures went through the engineered collapse of Argentina in 2001, first hand. He saw his country stripped of it’s assets and the looting of it’s wealth. With the launch of a new movement, Second Republic Project, the movement offers, in depth workable solutions towards a very possible positive future of the planet. The ideas and vision for world-wide change promoted by the Second Republic Movement are expressed in the Five Pillars. This concise summary authored by Adrian Salbuchi of Argentina, addresses the fundamental challenges facing just about every country in the world and certainly all countries in the Americas. The Second Republic Movement therefore proposes, inside the framework of theFive Pillars and the associated Sovereignty Principles, the democratic development of a basic template for governance, comprehensive and all-encompassing, which , if correctly articulated and implemented by a growing majority of national citizens, will surface politically and result in the democratic and popular restructuring of their country.
Creating a New Reality through Non-Compliance
Max Igan – Surviving the Matrix – A great interview of Max Igan by Mel Fabregas on the Vertitasshow.com.
S y n o p s i s Australian musician, artist and radio host Max Igan eloquently and clearly paints a fascinating picture of the world we think we know but don’t. It isn’t run in a way that benefits human beings. None of it makes any sense, he says. Our system of money, of paying to be alive, is detrimental to human well-being and unnecessary. Fear and forced service-to-self stand in the way of our evolution, both individually and collectively. Waking up to these basic truths, unifying in service to creation and to one another is the answer, Igan says. Here is a smattering of what he conveys in this densely packed discussion: The pyramids is a huge message to humanity that nothing is what they tell us it is. Nothing they’ve told us about history is true, nor about the present. The trick is finding out what IS true.
The world we live in is insane. All the problems we have can be dealt with by people realizing who they are, by changing their perspective of reality. All I can do is speculate about who’s in charge, but the more I look at the research…what’s the eye in the pyramid? It’s the moon. There is some strange stuff going on up there. But it doesn’t matter who or what is in control. It’s about division — about controlling the human race. All we have to do is unite and we can deal with it. Human unity is the key to the whole thing.
Everything in this system is designed to keep people divided and prevent them from ever finding out who and what they are, prevent them from finding their connection to each other. If we live our lives in service of creation — one’s self, friends, family, the Earth, and you can literally change reality. Ultimately all of us are to blame. Those working within the system believe it’s all real. It’s a complete dream we’ve got to snap out of. Armageddon actually means “the revealing.” The battle is within. People’s shadows — the darker side of themselves – are emerging more and more, things they haven’t dealt with. What’s going to happen in 2012 is anybody’s guess. The Mayans say in 2012 the Sun begins to cross the dark rift. That takes 20 years, and somewhere within that rift is a portal that will change this reality. The energy does seem to be changing, but the outcome depends on people, I think, as we collectively affect our reality. We can create whatever we want. Don’t we employ the government to look after the people, to act on our behalf? They enact legislation that takes our rights away from us. They are acting in breach of trust. We don’t employ them to remove our rights. Humankind needs to be allowed to be all we can be. People are waking up to how corrupt the system really is.
There is no real freedom anywhere on Earth. We could have a government of philosophers and artists, a group of elders. The world is in a messed up state, a lot of which can be traced to the money system. We need to cancel all debt right now. The monetary system has created shortage in the world and created the dog-eat-dog, psychopathic mentality that modern society now has. We don’t need a dishonest system that knowingly enslaves us to a corrupt system. The New World Order is already here. We need an absolute change, but we don’t need a global government. We need a group of elders, unity amongst people, administrators who will look after the infrastructure. We need a global awakening — to see the power people have within themselves to effect change. We are being shepherded into a place where we shouldn’t be.
We need to address this money supply – the most important factor of control that’s in place, and the interest on money. Every country George Bush mentioned as the axis of evil countries had no central bank. The war on terror is about installing a central bank in each of those countries. It’s about enslaving people to debt — economic hit men. We need to wake up to it; to stand up to it. Lead by example, be the change you want to see…you empower those you come across and they start to look into things themselves. Truth isn’t told, it’s realized. Unity is the answer to everything. All the problems we face are symptoms of the divided state of human consciousness. Catch Igan on AmericanVoiceRadio.com show Surviving the Matrix.
His website is TheCrowHouse.com
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This article is the introduction to the anthology What Comes After Money? Essays from Reality Sandwich on Transforming Currency and Community, edited by Daniel Pinchbeck and Ken Jordan, just released by EVOLVER EDITIONS/North Atlantic Books. Contributors include economist Bernard Leitaer, media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, musician Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky), theoretical physicist Amit Goswami, Larry Harvey (founder of Burning Man), and alternative historian Peter Lamborn Wilson.
The money game … We are all forced to play it, whether we like it or not. A few leap across the Monopoly board with great gusto, building or toppling companies, gobbling up futures on resources and minerals, speculating on currencies. Some market new cultural products — images, memes, books, lines of software code, musical jingles — as their gambits and dice throws in the global casino. Others, dealt a worse hand, play a more brutal version of the game in the back alleys of third world cities, begging for baksheesh, selling their sex for a meager sum, sending their children to work in factories or collect bits of nickel and aluminum from toxic trash heaps. Simply by virtue of being born into this single global system, this omni-oppressive world order, we are all conscripted into a relentless contest, a ceaseless tumult.
Over the last half-century, the mainstream culture institutionalized hipster rebellion and integrated it within the corporate mainstream, which constantly instructs us to “Just Do It,” “Think Different,” “FCUK,” and the like. Corporations took our innate impulse toward dissent and our desire for meaningful change, and transmuted them into effective sales tools for their products. The new counterculture, which I believe Reality Sandwich represents, goes beyond easily assimilated gestures of rebellion to interrogate and analyze the underpinnings of our current destructive social order. We believe it is no longer enough to propose alternatives — we need to implement them, instead of waiting around, expecting that someone else is going to do it for us. For this reason, along with Reality Sandwich, we launched a social network, Evolver.net, which provides the organizing hub for what we call the Evolver Social Movement. The ESM brings together local communities that share a vision of how society could be transformed under a global umbrella, and promotes initiatives in permaculture, public performance, local currencies, and viable alternatives in many areas. Evolver actively seeks to collaborate with other movements and organizations that employ DIY tactics to revitalize civil society, such as Transition Town, the Zeitgeist Movement, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Burners Without Borders, et cetera. We propose that reimagining and reinventing society through conscious collaboration is the avant-garde art form of our time.
While rarely discussed in the mainstream media, an awakening is currently underway: More and more people are coming to realize that what we use as money is not some natural force or omnipotent being, but a magic spell. This spell is maintained by the oracles and high priests of finance from their well-guarded temples — the banks and treasuries — where they alchemically transmute little bits of paper or blips of data into valuable artifacts, using occult symbol, incantation, and numerical abracadabra. Indeed, what the financial sorcerers fear more than anything is a collective loss of faith in the abstruse and arcane instruments they use to bind the great human mob in invisible chains of debt, servitude, and scarcity.
Let the people VOTE
Gerald Celente, publisher of The Trends Journal, discusses why we are heading into the greatest recession,, the inevitability of war, and the uselessness of higher education.
Brought to you by Stefan Molyneux of Freedomain Radio, the largest and most popular philosophy show on the web — http://www.freedomainradio.com
Let The People Vote
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