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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.



Update on the Ongoing Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico

Deepwater Horizon Oil in Gulf Traveling Up the Food Chain

BP sued in Ecuador for violating the “rights of Nature”

Scientists Confirm that Dispersants Are Increasing Contamination in the Gulf

Submarine Dive Finds Oil, Dead Sea Life at Bottom of Gulf of Mexico

BP Oil Slams Florida

All 40 scientists agree at meeting: “Fish in the Gulf of Mexico will continue to get sick, die or fail to reproduce as a result” of oil — What about the people?

Deep-water dive reveals spilled oil on Gulf floor

A Special Report on the BP Gulf Oil Spill

After conducting the Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Conference for over seven months, we can now disseminate the following information with the authority and confidence of those who have thoroughly investigated a crime scene.  There are many research articles, investigative reports and penetrating exposes archived at the following website.  Particularly those posted from August through November provide a unique body of evidence, many with compelling photo-documentaries, which portray the true state of affairs at the Macondo Prospect in the GOM.

BP among companies Obama excluded from US environmental oversight

Director of Operations for BP’s Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Recovery Efforts and Former Texas Solicitor General Die in Plane Crash

Environmental catastrophe in the Gulf: The spilled oil has settled on the ocean floor

Oil And Gas Leaks Continue Unabated At Macondo: Photos document oily fluid all over the seafloor

Leading Gulf Oil Spill Activist Group Project Gulf Impact Brings Truth of Upcoming Worldwide Consequences From Spill to Seattle University

New WikiLeaks cables detail BP blowout in Azerbaijan 1.5 years before Gulf disaster

BP faces new fines over Alaska spill

In 2006, a corroded pipeline leaked 200,000 gallons of oil on to the tundra in the worst leak in the history of the North Slope. The company was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay $20m (£12.5m) in criminal penalties and restitution.

The leak in 2009 occurred when a pipeline at the BP-operated Lisburne oil field burst, leaking nearly 46,000 gallons of crude and oily water near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.  After roughly 165 days of low-temperature warnings, BP found ice in the pipe. Fifteen days later, operators discovered the rupture.

Investigators said BP operators had “failed to respond to the alarms and failed to investigate or troubleshoot the cause of the alarms” and argued that BP should have known better, as it had suffered a similar ruptures in other frozen pipelines as far back as 2001.

Official: “We will NEVER get all of the oil off the beach, that’s just something we have to come to grips with” (VIDEO)

*CONFIRMED* Chemist: That’s BP oil on Southwest Florida beach — “Should put to rest any doubt” over origin of 173 ppm oil found in sand near Sarasota

‘Shadow’ of oil spill seen in Gulf of Mexico plankton

Recent tests “using HUMAN cell lines, show that dispersants cause cell death and DNA damage” says university director

“We’re more concerned about the dispersant and the dispersant mixed with oil–the dispersed oil, if you will–than we are about the crude oil itself.”  Tests conducted in recent months by[University of Southern Maine Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health director John] Wise’s lab, using human cell lines, show that dispersants cause cell death and DNA damage, which has been linked to cancer and reproductive problems.

BP OIL SPILL: Kindra Arnesen Talks About B.P.’s “Blue Plague”

Women Around Gulf with Internal Bleeding & Mysterious Bruises on Torso

Gulf Fishermen Haul in Oil-Covered Shrimp from Newly Opened Waters (Video)

Unexplained Avian Deaths in Gulf of Mexico May be Due to Heavy Metal Toxicity Caused by Oil “Spill”

Multiple boats of fishermen sickened on November 1 — One still hospitalized after “bleeding in his esophagus”

Dallas surgeon “has treated many people from the Gulf that have been made sick by BP’s toxic chemicals”

“I don’t recommend eating Gulf seafood, not with the risk of liver and kidney damage” says toxicologist — “They’re sniffing for something they can’t detect”

Scientists worry about “a cascade of events that will lead to the collapse of entire Gulf species” — May have pushed a variety of sharks “to their tipping point”

Doctor: “Dead people don’t talk, dead people don’t sue, dead people don’t tell the truth, and dead people don’t bother BP”

Gulf Fisherman’s Son Poisoned By Corexit, Kidney Stones at Age 10

BP Oil Spill Worker Sues BP, Nalco and Tidewater Marine Over Corexit Exposure

Multiple independent lab tests confirm oil in Gulf shrimp: “I don’t recommend eating Gulf seafood, not with the risk of liver and kidney damage,”

Illness Plagues Gulf Residents in BP’s Aftermath

New Evidence Links BP to Health Crisis in the Gulf

BP Oil Spill Victims Sickened and Dying, Local Physicians Clueless

The Video NOAA and The FDA Are Afraid You’ll Watch. Lab Finds 193 ppm Oil in Gulf Shrimp



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.”