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Survivalism and Preparedness Links
July 10, 2011, 11:05 am
Filed under: agriculture, alternatives, collapse, community, food, health, nuclear war, resistance, water

No Nonsense Self Defense is a website that features many great essays about violence and self-defense, including “High Risk Behavior And Knowing Where You Are,”“Are Martial Arts Self-Defense?,”“The Best Way to Get Attacked,”“The Economy And Stress Violence,”and “Who’s Going To Rob You?.” But my absolute favorite section is “Psychology and Survival.” If I can convince you to read only one of these links, please let it be that last one.

Progressive Backyard Survival: How to Master Survival Skills on Limited Time

EBook: Primitive Technology: A Book of Earth Skills

EBook: Primitive Technology II: Ancestral Skill

E-Book: Primitive Wilderness Living & Survival Skills: Naked into the Wilderness

10 Essential Skills Necessary for Survival

Essential maker skills

Practical Survival Skills 101 – Understanding Emergencies

Survival and Austere Medicine: An Introduction

Air Force Survival Training Manual – Free Download

Nowhere safe: natural hazard maps

Surviving Economic Collapse: Tips, Tactics, And Gear

Fifty Things To Do Now if you fear an economic breakdown

11 Ways To Prepare For Civil Unrest

Depression 2.0: Creative Strategies for Tough Economic Times

Collapse Survival Will Be Tribal: Begin Recruiting Now

Arctic Survival::Desert Survival::Jungle Survival::Sea Survival:: Cold Weather Survival

Use Desert Survival Skills to Get Drinking Water During Floods 

Top Post-Collapse Barter Items And Trade Skills

100 Items to Disappear First

Store or Starve A beginner’s guide to food storage

11 Emergency Food Items That Can Last a Lifetime

Survival Gardening: Part 1

Sprouts: An ideal emergency preparedness food

Don’t Leave Home Without It: the Vehicle 72-Hour Kit

The Get-Home Bag

Emergency Preparedness: Your Vehicle

The 4 Most Likely Ways You Can Die If the SHTF

SURVIVE ANYTHING! Chapter 1: Nuclear Attack

Nuclear War Survival Skills – E-Book from Oak Ridge National Laboratory



Alternatives: Community Owned Banks, Local Currencies and More
April 9, 2011, 9:20 am
Filed under: activism, alternatives, collapse, community, economy, politics, resistance

Ithaca Hours: An Interview with Paul Glover

JOURNAL: Alternative Currencies

The Local Exchange Trading System (LETSystem) Design Manual

Local Money: How to Make It Happen in Your Community – Introduction by Rob Hopkins

An Interview Introducing and Exploring Parecon

Participatory economics, or parecon, came mainly from the cumulative struggles of diverse populations trying to win liberation from capitalism. Parecon owes, in particular, to the anarchist and the libertarian socialist heritage, to the most recent experiences of the New Left of the Sixties, but also to every historical uprising and project aimed at eliminating class rule from the beginning to the present. It has learned from successes and from failures.

Video Portland, Maine: Community Currency – Swapping Ditch-Digging for Legal Services

Update on “inchvesting” in Detroit

LATIN AMERICA: Community Currencies Offer Refuge from Economic Forces

Vision: Time for a New Theory of Money

We as a community can create our own credit, without having to engage in the sort of impossible pyramid scheme in which we’re always borrowing from Peter to pay Paul.

How to Print Your Own Money, Build Community & Not Get Arrested by the Feds

Community bonds: A social finance innovation

A Vision For State-Owned Banking in Wisconsin

Start a Neighborhood Time Bank to Help Out on DIY Projects, Get to Know Your Neighbors [Community]

Oregon State Bank Proposed: Backed by the full faith and credit of…us

Videos: Local Currencies – Replacing Scarcity with Trust

The Growing Movement for Publicly Owned Banks

Campaigning for State-Owned Banks

Solution to the Credit Crisis? The Campaign for State-owned Banks

An Alt Currency that even the IRS Could Love

Real Community Investment – A State-Owned Bank for Maryland

You might rightly be wondering where this idea came from and if it’s feasible.  North Dakota, the only state in the country with budget surpluses and a booming economy, has had such a bank for 90 years and is a primary reason why the state is in such good fiscal shape.  North Dakota has the approximate population of Baltimore city – 600,000.  Over the last 10 years, their state bank has returned a third of a billion dollars back to the state’s general fund to offset taxes and help with funding public sector needs and that’s in addition to its lending.



Alternatives: Rewilding, Remediation and Restoration

Neem: a tree for solving global problems

Charcoal Biofilter Cleans Up Fertilizer Waste Gases

How Mushrooms Eat Oil

Wolves Can Help Restore Ecosystems

300-year-old technology good enough for Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Simple wooden structures called rice field trunks do a better job of controlling tidal flooding in Low Country rice fields than more modern technology.

Urban Biofilter Project Plants Bamboo Forests to Clean up Brownfields

How to Plant 60 Million Mangrove Trees in 3 Months (Slideshow)

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers engages thousands in the restoration of public lands

Toxic Soil Busters: Youth Reverse Inner-City Lead Pollution (Video)

Earthworms Could Be Used to Clean Up Hazardous Toxins in Soil

Seaweed Could Be the Key to Cleaning Up Polluted Waters

Reversing desertification with livestock 

Phytoremediation: Using Plants to Clean Soil

The Intelligence of Mushrooms in Environmental Restoration

Mycova: Helping the Ecosystem through Mushroom Cultivation by Paul Stamets

Mycoremediation – using fungi to clean up oil spills (video)



Revolution in Tunisia: News Round-Up

Unity Government Is Sought in Tunisia After Days of Clashes

Behind Tunisia Unrest, Rage Over Wealth of Ruling Family

The citizens of Tunisia rise up, burning banks and the mansions of the presidents’ corrupt family

Tunisia: The Revolution will not be Televised

Revolution in Tunisia: When the Media is Silent, Twitter Takes the Spotlight

The long and short of it is that long-time President and dictator, Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali, has been run out of the country by the violent protests that have been going on over the last few days, and the military has taken charge of Tunisia, with no end to the riots in sight.

Power Again Changes Hands in Tunisia as Chaos Remains

Bowing to the continuing uprising, the prime minister, Mohamed Ghannouchi, an ally of the ousted president, ceded authority to the speaker of the Tunisian Parliament.

Behind Tunisia Unrest, Rage Over Wealth of Rulers

Dyab Abou Jahjah, “Notes on the Tunisian Revolution”

Revolution in Tunisia: Al Jazeera Breaks Report of Military Takeover

The protests in North Africa: What’s happening?

Riots sweep Tunisia, police fire tear gas in capital

Tunisia Leader Flees and Prime Minister Claims Power

In Tunisia, Cyberwar Precedes Revolution

Tunisia: Double or Quits

Tunisia: The Last Days of Ben Ali



How the State Handles Dissent: Violence and Oppression in the US and Around the World

‘French police take over Total refinery’

France arrests over 1,000 protesters

French Police Break Refinery Blockade

London Activists Target Of Police Intimidation for putting up fliers

Irish riot police attack students after they occupy Department of Finance in Dublin

Animal rights activists jailed

Peace campaigner, 85, classified by police as ‘domestic extremist’

U.S. Troops Fire On Thousands Of Protesters Outside Bagram Base

‘Palestinian Gandhi’ Convicted for Protesting; U.S. Silent

Congo Rights Activist Found Dead

COLOMBIA: Voices of Women Peace Activists Silenced

China Police Confine Prominent Artist

China: Worker activist sentenced to three years in jail – scholars demand release

Vietnam sentences independent unionists to 7-9 years in prison

Riot police end Bangladesh labour strife

Labor activists in Bangladesh arrested

Leftist Activist Is Slain in Philippines

Moscow authorities sanction 1,000 people for opposition protest

Police made mistakes in G20 tactics, chief admits for first time

G20 detainees seek $115M in class action

Overview: Toronto G20 Legal Fallout

Black Shirts of Toronto–Professional Provocateurs

Police strangled me, punched me in head, manhandled me (peaceful protester at the G20)

Undercover Police Orchestrated G20 Violence

G20 Toronto Riots perpetrated by Agents Provocateurs of the Police

UNITED STATES

7 Outrageous Examples of Police Spying and Harrassment Toward Peaceful Activists

Dissenters To Be Detained As “Enemy Belligerents”?

New bill allows U.S. citizens to be kidnapped and detained without trial indefinitely based on “suspected activity”

Pentagon fesses up to 800 pages’ worth of potentially illegal spying, including peace groups and Planned Parenthood

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has forced the Pentagon to release over 800 pages of classified material documenting “possibly illegal” spying during the Bush administration. The heavily redacted documents include details of a spying program against Planned Parenthood and white supremacist groups in the runup to the Atlanta Olympics, as well as spying on Alaskans for Peace and Justice, an anti-recruiting group, civilian cell phone conversations, and other breaches of spying laws.

FBI Raids Activists’ Homes in Twin Cities, Attorneys Claim “Political Suppression”

FBI Launching Mass Raids of Antiwar Activists’ Homes

DOJ Demonizes Constitutionalists As Extremist Criminals

U.S. Army Trains To Confront Tea Party ‘Terrorists’

Source: Patriot Act May Be Used Against Tea Party Activists

One hour documentary: How The Black Bloc Anarchists Are Used To Provocateur Violence

FBI OPENLY RECRUITING INFORMANTS INSIDE LARGE COMPANIES. MAY BE GIVEN “RIGHT TO SHOOT” FOLLOWING DECLARATION OF MARTIAL LAW.

Code Pink protester: Blackwater official threatened to kill me

U.S. Troops Fire On Thousands Of Protesters Outside Bagram Base

Los Angeles: More Arrests As Protestors Riot In Response To Police Shooting

Patriot Act Political Prisoner Lynne Stewart Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison

7 Greenpeace Activists Charged With Felonies in Anti-Drilling Protest

Environmentalist Could Get 3 Years for Hanging Banners From Senate Building

Dissent Victory for Animal Rights Activists

Earth First! Activists Arrested Protesting Maine Wind Farm – ‘It’s Too Big’

Community, Solidarity, Resistance: The Conclusion of the RNC 8 Case and Some Lessons Learned

US: Las Vegas drone trial makes history

Fourteen anti-war activists may have made history today in a Las Vegas courtroom when they turned a misdemeanor trespassing trial into a possible referendum on America’s newfound taste for remote-controlled warfare. The so-called Creech 14, a group of peace activists from across the country, went on trial this morning for allegedly trespassing onto Creech Air Force Base in April 2009. From the start of today’s trial, prosecutors did their best to keep the focus on whether the activists were guilty of allegations they illegally entered the base and refused to leave as a way to protest the base’s role as the little-known headquarters for U.S. military operations involving unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, over Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. But a funny thing happened on the way to prosecutors’ hope for a quick decision. Appearing as witnesses for the Creech 14 today were some of the biggest names in the modern anti-war movement: Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general under President Lyndon Johnson; Ann Wright, a retired U.S. Army colonel and one of three former U.S. State Department officials who resigned on the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq; and Bill Quigley, legal director for the New York City-based Center for Constitutional Rights.

Human Rights Advocate Sentenced to Six Months in Federal Prison for Civil Disobedience at the School of the Americas

Ken Hayes, Father Louis Vitale and Nancy Gwin, the three human rights advocates who were arrested together with Michael Walli, were each sentenced in January 2010 to six months in prison as well – the maximum allowed for the charge of tresspass. The extremely harsh sentences are intended to deter others from following the example of the ‘SOAW 4.’

“Those who speak out for justice are facing prison time while SOA-trained torturers and assassins are operating with impunity,” said SOA Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois.



Models for Developing Sustainable Water Systems

DIY Greywater Recycling in Los Angeles

In New Mexico, Ancient Traditions Keep Desert Waters Flowing

How a Tiny Town Sent an International Water Giant Packing

Community Water Solutions in Action in Laos

DropNet Fog Collector Harvests the Mist to Create Pure Drinking Water

Could Prickly Pear Cactus Be The Secret to Cheap, Clean Water?

Life Sack Solves Drinking Water Issues for the Third World

Advice for Water Warriors

“Every now and then in history, the human race takes a collective step forward in its evolution. Such a time is upon us now.” Maude Barlow on how to move the water justice movement forward.

Tear Down the Dam and Rebuild the Commons

The battle of the small Mexican town of Temacapulin to prevent a large dam from being constructed and submerging their home.

The Water Crisis: A Practical Solution

One practical solution to the water shortage is to replace our centralized water based sewer system with on site, waterless toilets and recycle grey water. Grey water is the water from the kitchen and shower and can be recycled, on site and reused for landscaping. This will reduce our demand on the water source by 80 percent while simultaneously creating a sustainable, renewable, agricultural resource, namely, organic nitrogen.



Models for Developing Sustainable Food Systems

The 10 Biggest Issues with the Global Food System and What You Can Do

It’s difficult to separate the problems into discrete categories because everything is connected. Big problems lead to seemingly smaller problems, that, when allowed to fester, become open wounds – much like the foul waste lagoons on industrial pig farms that dot our landscape, or the actual wounds on human flesh caused by antibiotic resistant staph infections, which are a direct result of the overuse of antibiotics in livestock operations.

Most of the problems in the system stem from one giant problem: Concentration of power, land, wealth, and political influence in the hands of a few large players who have gamed the system for their benefit. Here are the biggest issues, as we see them, followed by suggestions for what you can do about them.

Video: Vandana Shiva: Alternatives to Monsanto in India

Vandana Shiva explains the effect of GMOs on Indian agriculture—and how to promote home-grown alternatives.

Moving Toward Land Reform, Food Sovereignty and Agroecology in Venezuela

“Urban Foragers Cropping Up in U.S.”

Short documentary about urban foragers in Chicago

Scavenger’s Manifesto: HOWTO be an urban scavenger

It’s urban vegetable foraging season!

Backyard Orchard Culture

The three key components of a successful small scale backyard orchard and helpful tips

Life without supermarkets: community action is the best way to beat them

Organic Gardens Feeding People from Argentina to Haiti

Sharing the Harvest: What to do when your apple trees don’t produce? Start ringing doorbells

Learn How to Compost Via the Humanure Handbook

Farmers Replace Corn with Weeds, and Make Money Doing It

Another way of thinking outside the box

Help Make Farmers’ Markets Universally Accessible

The Website GrowFood Unites Farmers With Willing Volunteers and Workers

Empowering Backyard Growers to Sell Their Produce

Foodie Underground: Connecting Local Buyers and Sellers with Food Hub [Pacific Northwest]

Foodie Underground: Keep It Simple With a Soup Swap

Video: Delivering A Local Solution to Hunger, By Bike

B-Line launced a new venture – B-Shares, which turns a $20 donation into more than 40 meals by providing the missing link between local food sources – famers and groceries – and the nonprofits that provide meals for people in need. The missing link, of course, is transportation, and in B-Line’s case, emissions-free bicycle-based transport of food that might otherwise go to waste.

Fallen Fruit

LA public art project, Fallen Fruit, started by mapping public fruit–fruit trees growing in or over public property. Since then, the interests of this Meshy project “have expanded from mapping public fruit to include Public Fruit Jams in which we invite the citizens to bring homegrown or public fruit and join in communal jam-making; Nocturnal Fruit Forages, nighttime neighborhood fruit tours; Community Fruit Tree Plantings on the margins of private property and in community gardens; Public Fruit Park proposals in Hollywood, Los Feliz and downtown LA; and Neighborhood Infusions, taking the fruit found on one street and infusing it in alcohol to capture the spirit of the place.”




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