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Surviving the future: 10 Things To Do – NOW!


It matters not if an asteroid hits the Earth or the economic collapses or a pandemic flu engulf the world or ….. or ….. .

A major emergency can cause anything from mild inconvenience to total societal breakdown.

What does matter is how you will look after yourself and your loved ones.Here’s the key points:

  1. Learn New Skills
  2. Improve Your Health
  3. Store Backup Food
  4. Create a How-To Library
  5. Start a Side Business
  6. Gather Trade-able Goods
  7. Build Community Alliances
  8. Alternative Energy
  9. Water Purification
  10. Love & Appreciate

From: http://youtu.be/nQQqYb4CIEE by https://www.youtube.com/user/NewAmericaNow

” A quick overview of the Top Ten things to consider in preparing for Surviving 2012.

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Inspired by the article:  http://www.activistpost.com/2012/01/10-things-to-do-to-survive-2012.html

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Printers, light bulbs, iPods, ant-growth and planned obsolescence.


The Lightbulb Conspiracy

Whatever happened to the everlasting lightbulb? This is the story of companies that engineer their products to fail.

There once was a time when consumer goods were built to last. Then, in the 1920’s, a group of businessmen realised that the longer their product lasted, the less money they made, thus ‘planned obsolescence’ was born, and manufacturers have been engineering products to fail ever since.

The current throwaway climate – where the latest technology is outdated after a year and electronics are cheaper to replace than to repair – is the basis for economic growth. But infinite consumption is unsustainable with finite resources. With the economy crumbling and consumers becoming increasingly resistant to the practice, has planned obsolescence reached the end of its own life?

Combining investigative research and rare archive footage with analysis by those working on ways to save both the economy and the environment, this documentary charts the creation of ‘engineering to fail’, its rise to prominence and its recent fall from grace.

Vid from: http://youtu.be/uXt9HT50X1c

See also: https://www.facebook.com/TheLightBulbConspiracy

and: http://www.zodiakrights.com/Programme.aspx?id=6193

 

Free Speech – FKN Newz 2012-03-08


Deek does again.

From: http://youtu.be/28kJjFfhVQ4

Topics include:

  • Free Speech: This is a right that you have anyway. The Parasites That Be (TPTB) don’t give a flying fig if their slaves (you) have it or not. They ignore you anyway.
  • Climate Change: Durban Climate Change Convention (a gathering of scientists and national ‘representatives’ will) KEEP TALKING ABOUT IT – endlessly. Climate change is true – it’s a naturally-ocurring phenomenon. Rising sea levels and rising temperatures aren’t happening just now. However, TPTB will tax you to ‘tackle’ it.
  • Rush Limbaugh: Right-wing (U.S.A.) radio broadcaster and agent-provocateur comes undone after calling students who use contraceptives “sluts” (tens of major corporates have cancelled their advertising).
  • Vlad Putin: Accusations of rigged elections and approval by other world ‘leaders’.
  • Gorilla DNA: Cambridge researchers are comparing human and gorilla DNA to work out why humans are stupid and gorillas are happy.
  • Song interlude: “Crazy World”.
  • Dead British Soldiers: Six soldiers sacrificed to the Arms Trade (and the oil & gas industry). Hey, it’s a war. What did you expect?
 

We didn’t have this green thing in our day


I have a little repair shop in Leeds. I try to be ‘green’. I try not to sell packaged goods. I recycle all packaging. I recycle all metals. I stock environmentally sound products. I salvage working components for refurbishment & sale (throwing away perfectly good, working parts is madness). I minimise my fuel use. Etc. Etc. Etc. I do this for the Common Good.

After every weekend, I’m re sweeping up the broken glass from the road & pavements. Cyclists and pram-pushers are inconvenienced and relieved of their £££s (puncture repairs). Parents have to take extra care when walking their children. I do this for the Common Good.

I take out the bins for collection from households (i.e. students) so that they don’t forget and resort to putting out bags of rubbish for the rats and foxes to plunder. I do this for the Common Good.

I don’t care if you believe in climate change or not. That is not important.

Minimising our use of the Earth’s resources is important. I’m just doing ‘my bit.

The following is Deborah Williams’ (from Kent Freedom Movement) clever comment on the greenness of today’s society.

From: http://kentfreedommovement.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-green-thing

Emphasis in red are mine.

” Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.” The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.” She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day. We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day. Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right. We didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she’s right. We didn’t have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then? “

 
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Posted by on 2011-11-20 in Environment, Madness, Technology

 

World Repair


From: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2011/10/486680.html

“World Repair

Jordan Thornton & James Jaeger

1) CREATE A SEPARATION OF BUSINESS AND STATE – Let the businessmen run business, within the laws and public decency, subject to public controls, and harsh penalties. A conflict of interest is not something to be ignored.

The state should also not be sanctioning certain BIG business to the exclusion of medium and smaller businesses. A perfect example are the Federal Reserve Banks, which are government-sanctioned, quasi-private banking cartels acting against the public interest on at least seven counts.

2) REINSTATE CORPORATE CHARTERS – Make them earn the right to coexist with us. These laws were removed by corrupt politicians. If no penalty is harsh enough for them to behave, then put their right to exist on the line.

Insist that corporate charters better define the purpose of the corporation so as to minimize conflicts of interest and place more emphasis on “making good products” rather than just “making money.”

3) REFORM CAMPAIGN FINANCES – Every politician jokes/talks about doing this. We must ensure that it does get done. Make campaigns adhere to a FINITE amount of tax-supported money, equal to all candidates. No private “donations”. After all, politics is not about money … right?

If people or entities want to give (excessive) sums to political parties, at least set up a BLIND POOL that they can contribute to. Altruistic donations should be unconditional. Isn’t THAT the idea of true “giving”?

4) REFORM POLITICIANS’ PAY – “Rich” does not mean “intelligent”. Make pay reflective of performance, like any other job — or actually connect politician’s pay to their performance statistics. In any case, they should not be so disconnected from “real life” that they are completely mystified by it or are rewarded when they make anti-social blunders.

5) TAKE MONEY OUT OF THE LOBBY – Bribery is illegal, and it should be the same within the political arena. “Rich” also does not mean “important”, regardless of what the architects of our system would have you believe.

When such bribery is extreme, we get actions like the government giving the broadcast spectrum to certain television interests/networks and in return these television interests/networks support the election and agenda of the bribing politicians. After all, the highest line-item in a politician’s campaign budget is prime-time network broadcasting.

6) OPEN “TOWN HALL” CENTERS – A place for your elected officials to meet with the People before making decisions “on their behalf”. These structures exist in all communities. They are schools, churches, and they stand empty a good portion of the week. Let’s put them to better use.

And when politicians aren’t meeting people in person, why can’t they be posting and emailing real people on the Internet and in the Newsgroups? Let’s see some shirts rolled up and actual WRITTEN DEBATE happening — not ivory tower thinking and authoritarian speeches/books/TV talk-shows all the time. Words are cheap — especially words floating through the air. Lastly, the voting booth should be open on the weekend, so as to maximize the time a voting option is exposed to the public. And what about instant registration. Certainly this is a possibility in an electronic age.

7) REDUCE DEFENSE SPENDING – We’ve been sold a line, by the same people who profit from this spending. If you’d stop making enemies, and attempt peace, demilitarization would be possible. Hold the people and banks that finance wars and the creation of military hardware accountable. Why should anyone, or any entity, get to hide behind the scenes and profit while young men and women are giving their lives?

8) TAKE AWAY GOVERNMENT’S BLANK CHECK – Put Government spending under public jurisdiction, the People, part of the budgetary process. Don’t just hand them the keys and walk away. That’s stupid.

As part of taking away the blank check, the Federal Reserve System needs to be brought back under Constitutional Law. (See THE CREATURE FROM JEKYL ISLAND by G. Edward Griffin at  http://www.realityzone.com/creature.html.) Right now it is a private institution profiting off the system and providing the government, in essence, an infinite amount of fiat money. In the last analysis, the act of lending money for war or conflict should be outlawed by the United Nations, starting with the US. If the UN/US truly wants to promote world peace, then let them vote to outlaw the lending of money by all banks to all governments, so that conflict is not so “convenient” and profitable. War should be a cash-n-carry affair — as the Framers of the US Constitution envisioned.  http://grid.let.rug.nl/~usa/D/1776-1800/constitution/const.htm

Unless citizens are willing directly ante-up with the tax money to fight a particular war, the activity is not all that important. When banks lend money to a government for war, yet withhold such loans to other governments, hasn’t the power to determine the outcome of conflicts been transferred from the CITIZENS to the BANKS?

9) GET OFF OIL – Most of the conflicts in the world are over this naturally-occurring sludge, including the ones in question. Alternatives exist, but are suppressed, because the people in power are also intimately connected to the oil industry, and under the control of its lobby. Oil creates the conditions which produce terrorism. The earth is beginning to reject us, because of the unchecked environmental destruction caused by oil. This is a threat to our security.

At the current rate of power consumption/demand, the world’s population must focus its attention on generating energy from PLASMA FUSION as no other alternative energy source (with the exception of ZERO POINT ENERGY) will suffice. The burning of fossil fuels is causing a greenhouse effect and MUST cease immediately. If this gets much more serious, none of the other events on this list will matter.

10) MEDIA REFORM IS VITAL – Before any of the above can be tackled, media needs to be reformed, because the same forces controlling the above, also control the media.

Read a book called, IT’S THE MEDIA STUPID, or INVENTING REALITY: THE POLITICS OF THE MASS MEDIA.

11) ENCOURAGE EXPLORATION – In the same spirit colonists explored and settled the “New World” which later hosted the United States and gave fuller bloom to the principles of liberty and democracy, we need to explore and colonize the Solar System, starting with Mars, so that the human race is not doomed to the fate of stagnation on but one celestial body in an infinite universe. Read, CASE FOR MARS by Robert Zubrin available at  http://www.marssociety.org.

12) SECURE THE WORLD FROM EXTINCTION-LEVEL CATASTROPHE – The very real threat of being impacted by a meteor (as evidenced yesterday with the discovery of 2002 T-Whatever), or long-period comet, MUST be addressed because if this one event happens, none of the other events on this list will matter in the slightest. Some night look at the Moon and realize that for every impact crater you see there, the Earth has already experienced about 2 to 3 times as many (due to its larger mass). If the comet that hit Jupiter had impacted with Earth, you, and every person you know, would be dead right now. There is evidence that the number of comets and/or asteroids that will be hitting the Earth may be increasing because of the Solar System’s 18-million year bob in its path around the galactic nucleus. There are an estimated 2,500 earth-crossing asteroids. We have only located about 250 of them. One could hit us tomorrow.

The Earth has had several close calls in just the past 10 years — one of them just last month. Did the mainstream media inform you of this as well as it should have, if at all? Out of the 17% that goes to national defense, veterans and foreign affairs, at least 5% must immediately be re-allocated to locating and handling extinction-level Earth-crossing asteroids and long-period comets. Spending money on frivolous foreign conflicts will not save humanity from a lethal and indifferent Universe. “

 

Blackberry picking banned on the Common


Just tell Southampton Council “There is no LAW which says I can’t pick blackberries on this Common Land. Now get a real job you parasites..

“Blackberry picking has been banned by a council which says it poses a risk to the environment.

Regular picker Alan Gibson, 47, who organises ‘foraging picnics’, was told by Southampton Council that picking any of nature’s fruits on Southampton Common is not permitted.

Mr Gibson, who writes a blog on wild fruit picking, had been planning a foraging picnic on the common as part of an autumn harvest festival event.

But staff at the council’s Hawthorns Wildlife Centre told him that blackberry picking was banned because the common was a Site of Special Scientific Interest. home to a population of endangered great crested newts.

Hawthorns centre staff later admitted that was not the case, but Mr Gibson says a manager insisted the blackberry picking ban stood.

He’s now launched a campaign to fight the ‘ludicrous’ ruling, insisting that families should be allowed to exercise the ancient ‘freedom to forage’.

‘Picking fruit is a healthy, child-friendly activity,’ Mr Gibson said. ‘The common is a place that families have always gone to, to gather blackberries and nuts.

‘It is an activity that anyone with an interest in engaging their children with their local environment would do.’

Mr Gibson has now appealed to the city’s Court Leet, which has sat since the 14th century, to hear ‘presentments’ from citizens on matters of local concern, to clarify the legislation.

The court has no power to punish but exists as a forum for citizens to air their grievances, which are then passed on to the council.

A council spokesman said there were no laws which ban blackberry picking on the common but said that ‘large scale blackberry or nut collecting would be inappropriate’ if it damaged plants and habitat protected by wildlife legislation’.

He added a new code of conduct for visitors to the common was being drawn up and Mr Gibson would be invited to contribute to it.”

From: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2046315/Blackberry-picking-banned-protect-environment.html

 

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City


‘Well done’ to them – we (in the UK) now need to think about The City Of London.

“New York City General Assemblies are an open, participatory and horizontally organized process through which we are building the capacity to constitute ourselves in public as autonomous collective forces within and against the constant crises of our times”. From: http://nycga.cc/who-we-are/

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on september 29, 2011


As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

  • They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
  • They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
  • They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
  • They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
  • They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
  • They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
  • They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
  • They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
  • They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
  • They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
  • They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
  • They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
  • They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
  • They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
  • They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
  • They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
  • They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
  • They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
  • They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
  • They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. *

To the people of the world,

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

*These grievances are not all-inclusive.

From: http://nycga.cc/2011/09/30/declaration-of-the-occupation-of-new-york-city/

 
 
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