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Internet Censorship, Cyber Warfare and Electronic Disruption

Internet Censorship Alert! Alex Jones exposes agenda to ‘blacklist’ dissenting sites and license users

War game reveals U.S. lacks cyber-crisis skills

Internet Censorship Protest Shuts Down Australian Government Websites

Italy’s Government Seeks Control Over Online Videos

France falls under Internet censorship

More than 75,000 computer systems hacked in one of largest cyber attacks, security firm says

DoD computer attack causes concern – Raw Story 11/28/08

Malware attack hits Cent Com, war zone computers in Afghanistan, Iraq.

Hackers infiltrate House websites

A mystery crew fills 49 lawmakers’ home pages with anti-Obama obscenities overnight.

Pentagon: ‘Global virus’ infected Defense Dept. networks – Raw Story 11/21/08

Computer virus invades German defence computers – Earth Times 2/14/09

A computer virus which has already hit defence computers in Britain and France has spread to German military systems

Fiber-optic sabotage hits Calif. – Raw Story 4/9/09

‘Big bang’ experiment is hacked – BBC 9/15/08

French Fighter Planes Grounded by Computer Virus – Telegraph, UK via Cryptogon 2/8/09

French fighter planes were unable to take off after military computers were infected by a computer virus, an intelligence magazine claims. The aircraft were unable to download their flight plans after databases were infected by a Microsoft virus they had already been warned about several months beforehand.

The Ultimate Lock Picker Hacks Pentagon, Beats Corporate Security for Fun and Profit – Wired via Cryptogon 5/31/09

Report: Hackers breached US air traffic control systems – Raw Story 5/9/09

Thieves hack Sarkozy’s bank account – CNN 10/19/08

Hackers got into 18 computer servers at World Bank – USA Today 10/12/08



On Creating Local Food Economies

Food-backed Local Money

Creative Food Economy Emerges in Ontario

Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness

Exploring Permaculture in the Big City

Limits to Living Off the Land

Permablitz UK: Neighbors Reinvent Backyards (Video)

An Edible Schoolyard in Durham: How Kids Grow (Video)

Is Decentralized Urban Farming the Future of food?

Store or Starve A beginner’s guide to food storage

San Franciscans Turn Abandoned Lot Into Full-Fledged Farm

The Localization of Agriculture: A Predetermined Future

Think small on farming to help poor

Mother Jones Debates the Future of Our Food Systems

A debate is going on over at Mother Jones about our food systems, sparked by a piece written Paul Roberts pointing out that sustainable food systems aren’t all that easy to obtain when it comes to feeding billions of people.

Whence Nutrition

Where does the food in your bodega — or the corner grocer, the local minimart — come from? […] How come it’s easier to find fresh fruits and vegetables in Brooklyn Heights than in the South Bronx? What’s the connection between the incidence of diabetes and the food market supply chain?

The Center for Urban Pedagogy and Designer Observer‘s 30-minute video Bodega Down Bronx looks into the urban grocery gap, and is freely available to stream.
The food justice movement is a broader response to this well-known discrepancy. In the past decade, a few organizations have started up in places such as Seattle, West Oakland, New York City (including parts of the Bronx), amongst others.

The Urban Nutrition Initiative (more here) is addressing this same problem via projects like the Corner Store Project which aims to incentivize healthy eating habits.  More background on this can be found in Amanda Shaffer’s 107-page [PDF] The Persistence of L.A.’s Grocery Gap. There are more academic studies, so if you’re on a university campus, check out papers by Wekerie and Giang et al.

Do kids need to learn gardening or more algebra?

“The suicidal dietary choices of so many poor people are the result of a problem, not the problem itself. The solution lies in an education that will propel students into a higher economic class, where they will live better and therefore eat better.” So argues Caitlin Flanagan in the pages of The Atlantic against Alice Waters’ idea that school curricula ought to teach children where food comes from and how to grow it (see The Edible Schoolyard).

The school gardener strikes back

Shunning Wal-Mart: A DIY general store

The residents of this windswept basin 100 miles from anywhere know that if they want something done, they have to do it themselves. Whether it’s repairing a tractor or rejuvenating Main Street, the people here fix their own problems.

[news] 184 Communes Currently in Formation in Venezuela

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.

How to treat and store emergency water: Part 1, 2 and 3 – via There Are No Sunglasses

Scavenger’s Manifesto: HOWTO be an urban scavenger

What can Burning Man teach cities?

Hello local, goodbye global: Relocalization movement gains momentum

Grassroots Heroes: Tell Us What YOU’RE Doing to Spread the Message!

Open Green Map – Real-Time Mapping of Growing Green Communities



Commercial Disobedience: Various Forms of Economic Protest

American People’s Manifesto for US National Strike April 15 – 18

NATIONAL STRIKE APRIL 15 – APRIL 18TH

Union vows to toughen strike at France’s Total – Business Week 2/21/10

Greek court says customs strike illegal – SETimes 2/21/10

Around the World, the Workers Are Fighting Back – Alternet 5/18/09

French Workers Use Threat to Obtain Severance Pay – NYTimes 7/17/09

With its equipment surrounded by gas cylinders and kindling, a manufacturing company agrees to demands of workers planned to be laid off.

General strike cripples France  – Deutsche Welle, Germany 1/29/09

Hundreds of thousands of workers have begun a nationwide strike in France. Eight labor unions have called the industrial action to protest against what they say are insufficient measures by the government to tackle the economic crisis. Unions say…

Hundreds of thousands of workers have begun a nationwide strike in France. Eight labor unions have called the industrial action to protest against what they say are insufficient measures by the government to tackle the economic crisis. Unions say that with unemployment mounting, French workers should not have to foot the bill for a crisis that has led to expensive government bailouts for banks, carmakers and other sectors. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced a 26-billion-euro stimulus package while pledging to press ahead with unpopular reforms to trim the public sector workforce and liberalize the labor market.

Workers’ Rights: Strike at World’s Largest Nickel Mine  – Global Research 11/11/09

Egyptian ‘general strike’ fails – BBC 4/6/08

A planned strike led by workers at a major textile factory and other solidarity protests are pre-empted by police.

The word went out on the web: every skilled man should strike – Times, UK 1/31/09

Fifteen minutes later, at 6.30am, 400 men began to gather outside the Wilton chemical complex on Teesside behind a banner demanding “British jobs 4 British workers”. At 8am 700 workers refused to enter the Ineos refinery in Grangemouth, Scotland.

By mid-morning the dispute had spread to a dozen power stations, oil refineries and chemical plants.

Workers in Argentina taking over dead factories and running them democratically – BoingBoing 12/7/08

As Argentine factories go bankrupt and shut their doors, workers are breaking in, starting the machines up again, electing their own leaders, and running the businesses themselves, putting up fierce resistance when the police try to evict them.

More Squatters Are Calling Foreclosures Home – Cryptogon 4/12/09

Group moves homeless people into foreclosed homes – Boing Boing 12/30/08

Resisting Home Evictions Becomes a Group Effort – NYTimes 2/19/09

A civil disobedience campaign is starting in New York and other cities to support families who refuse to vacate their homes.

Resistance to Housing Foreclosures Spread Across the Land – Alternet 1/23/09

Community-based movements to halt the flood of foreclosures have been building across the country. And they’re not the usual suspects.

Activist Moves Homeless Into Foreclosed Homes – via Cryptogon 12/5/08

Getting Started In War Tax Resistance – War Tax Boycott 10/22/09

Thank you for your interest in war tax resistance. If you decide to register and resist, you will join a long line of courageous resisters, from Henry David Thoreau’s time to the present. Many of us are angry and frustrated by the U.S. government’s military actions around the world, and it often seems as if there is not much we can do about it. War tax resistance is a powerful way to resist the state and oppose its harmful actions. By conscientiously resisting taxes, you take a solid step towards refusing to be a part of the destruction. Our military can only harm people when citizens allow it. If enough of us withhold from war and pay for peace, we can stop the harm.

National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee  – NWTRCC.org

The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) is a coalition of groups from across the U.S., formed in 1982 to provide information and support to people involved in or considering some form of war tax resistance (WTR). Affiliate organizations and individual supporters are joined together in a common struggle for a more just and peaceful society. We oppose militarism and war and refuse to complicitly participate in the tax system which supports such violence. NWTRCC sees poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, economic exploitation, environmental destruction and militarization of law enforcement as integrally linked with the militarism which we abhor.

Shunning Wal-Mart: A DIY general store – CNN 7/19/08

The residents of this windswept basin 100 miles from anywhere know that if they want something done, they have to do it themselves. Whether it’s repairing a tractor or rejuvenating Main Street, the people here fix their own problems.

People’s Resistance and Alternatives to the “Free Market”  – Global Research 2/2/09

Global boycott movement marks its successes – AtheoNews 2/20/09

Motorola drops bomb fuse unit following boycott campaign  – Electronic Intifada 4/6/09

Meet the Antipreneurs – Business Week 6/20/08

They’re against advertising, Corporate America, and globalization. That’s good for business .

Local Currencies – The missing link in the quest for sustainability

Local Currencies are the ultimate in loyalty programs. Unlike profits derived from trading with national currencies, the wealth generated by trading with exchange systems created by and for local communities stays within the district.  Since community currencies work alongside and supplement national currency, once their advantages are understood they are welcomed by the community, particularly in times of economic stress. Historically, community currencies have been economic and social lifesavers.

Community-supported restaurants

A List of 26,000 Businesses That Accept Barter

Forget the Audit: Just Go Ahead & Abolish the Federal Reserve  – American Free Press 11/6/09

Breaking up ‘too big to fail’ firms  – Politico 11/5/09

Rep. Kanjorski proposes power to dismantle firms “too big to fail” even if they’re not financially at risk.

Take the Power to Create Credit Away from the Giant Banks and Give It Back to the People  – Prison Planet 11/5/09

We Need a Global Tax on Financial Speculation

Workers of the World, Incorporate

A move toward establishment of manufacturing cooperatives represents a new direction for the American labor movement, an economist writes.

In Just 4 Short Years, Kiva Hits $100 Million In Microloans – Treehugger 11/2/09

RELATED:  ALTERNATIVES: A DIFFERENT WORLD IS POSSIBLE



ALTERNATIVE ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND PRACTICE

 The U.S “Odious Debts” used to Finance Illegal Wars

There is an established legal principle that people should not have to repay their government’s debt to the extent that it is incurred to launch aggressive wars or to oppress the people.  These “odious debts” are considered to be the personal debts of the tyrants who incurred them, rather than the country’s debt.

Refuse to Pay Government Debt Incurred for Unlawful and Oppressive Purposes … It Is the Personal Debt of Those Who Ordered It to Be Incurred

Inverting the Economic Order

An excerpt from an excellent Wendell Berry article on revising the priorities of the economy.

Solidarity Economics.

Solidarity Economics. (pdf) Strategies for Building New Economies From the Bottom-Up and the Inside-Out.
See also: Other Economies Are Possible.

History of Economic Thought – lots of resources

Turning The Tide – A New Vision Of Eco-Nomics

If Government Won’t Break Up the Giant Banks, Let’s Do It Ourselves

Bradbury would create ‘Bank of Oregon’ if he were governor

Moving Your Money Can Have a Real Effect on Big Banks

HuffPost says, “Move your money”, with video

The folks at The Huffington Post have come up with a simple, novel idea that might help right some of the wrongs of the last year, a year that has seen Wall Street faring much better than Main Street since the economy hit bottom over the summer – move your money from a big bank to a small community bank.

Escape from Pottersville: The North Dakota Model for Capitalizing Community

North Dakota is the only state in the union to own its own bank. The Bank of North Dakota (BND) was established by the state legislature in 1919 specifically to free farmers and small businessmen from the clutches of out-of-state bankers and railroad men. Its populist organizers originally conceived of the bank as a credit union-like institution that would provide an alternative to predatory lenders, but conservative interests later took control and suppressed these commercial lending functions. The BND now chiefly acts as a central bank, with functions similar to those of a branch of the Federal Reserve.

However, the BND differs from the Federal Reserve in significant ways. The stock of the branches of the Fed is 100% privately owned by banks. The BND is 100% owned by the state, and it is required to operate in the interest of the public. Its stated mission is to deliver sound financial services that promote agriculture, commerce and industry in North Dakota.

More On The Ecological Stimulus Package: Lessons From The Ancients

Here’s a not-so-Trivial Pursuit Question: what ancient society survived dire ecological circumstances for 500 years by reorganizing their production systems, restructuring their economy, reducing consumption levels, and maximizing limited resources?

Pissed Off at the Corporate Banking Industry? Here’s an Easy Way You Can Hurt Them

MORE THAN ONE WAY TO RECLAIM THE POWER TO CREATE MONEY: An Open Letter to the American Monetary Institute, August 28, 2009

What Solutions to the Current Economic Crisis?

How to Stimulate the Economy

A Poverty Antidote Goes Global

The Ideology of Unfettered Capitalism Is Crumbling — It’s a Huge Opportunity for Alternative Economics

Free 50-Page PDF of The Simple Dollar’s Best Advice [Personal Finance]

Surviving Economic Collapse: Tips, Tactics, And Gear

100 Things You Will Wish You had Stored

100 Items to Disappear First

Fifty Things To Do Now if you fear an economic breakdown

Story Of Stuff: A Must Watch Video

Consumerism in the U.S. was and is intentionally created to subjugate us and enrich the Corporations. Simple and easily understood explanation of the entire process.

Let people print their own money, says Guardian columnist

Local Money Strengthens Communities

Local Currency Causes a Stir in London: The Brixton Pound (Video)

Food-backed Local Money

Creative Food Economy Emerges in Ontario

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

THE RESILIENT COMMUNITY: SCRIP

Can Community Currency help revive a struggling economy?

Communities print own currencies to keep cash flowing

[news] 184 Communes Currently in Formation in Venezuela

Man Challenges the Legality of Credit Card Debt after Bailouts

And would have a pretty good case, if the system worked as designed.

Mainstream MarketWatch: Prepare for the End of America

Mainstream financial news source MarketWatch is telling Americans to prepare for the worst, the end of America. In their Article, “How to invest for a global-debt-bomb explosion,” Not only do they talk about the coming total economic collapse but they admit that there is a cabal of elite who are orchestrating it. Author of the article, Paul Farrel extends the view, as if it is widely accepted, that there is a “Happy Conspiracy” of global elitists that is operating behind the scenes to create a coming major economic disaster. The article goes on to say prepare by stockpiling necessities because a 2nd American Revolution is imminent.

Morgan Stanley Strategist: Head for the Hills!

A Primer on How to Successfully Challenge a Foreclosure

South Carolina General Assembly considers move away from Federal Reserve Notes

HuffPost says, “Move your money”, with video

The folks at The Huffington Post have come up with a simple, novel idea that might help right some of the wrongs of the last year, a year that has seen Wall Street faring much better than Main Street since the economy hit bottom over the summer – move your money from a big bank to a small community bank.

 

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Climate & Environment News Round-Up

EWG Study Finds Hundreds of Pollutants in Nation’s Drinking Water

Global supply of rare earth elements could be wiped out by 2012

Air Pollution Can Harm Human Reproduction

Six Deadly Chemicals You’re Carrying in Your Body

Environmental Coverup: Radioactive Groundwater Contamination in the Chesapeake Bay

Video: ‘Birth defects’ from Israeli bombs

India’s generation of children crippled by uranium waste

Uranium Weapons, Low-Level Radiation and Deformed Babies

Whale-Shaped Floating Garden Cleans the World’s Rivers

Ethanol burns dirtier than gasoline, study finds

One quarter of US grain crops fed to cars – not people, new figures show

The Effects of Genetically Modified Foods on Animal Health

Three Approved GMOs Linked to Organ Damage

See You in Cochabamba! Evo Morales Plans Bolivian Alternative Climate Summit for April

2.4 Million Pounds of Plastic Pollution Enter the World’s Oceans Every Hour

Compact Fluorescent Lights Dumping Mercury Directly into Landfills

Greenwash 101 Fact Sheet

Darwin’s Finches are Evolving Again

EPA Releases Interactive Map of Facilities Guilty of Eco-Crimes

Point and Counter-Point Chart Sums Up the Climate Change Debate

If you’re looking for a great graphic that sums up the climate change debate, check out this handy chart by Information is Beautiful. All of the major debate points from climate change deniers on one side, with the counter points by climate change activists on the other side. Information – pure and simple – lays out the debate, including graphics.

It’s too large to past the whole graphic here, but Information is Beautiful provides the entire thing. Debate points like “We don’t even have accurate temperature records” and “It was actually hotter in medieval times than it is today” are all addressed, along with the oh-so-relevant “When the evidence doesn’t fit, scientists edit the evidence.”

The mini ice age starts here (UK)

Climategate investigated by – WTF? – the ‘National Domestic Extremism’ team

No Rise of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Fraction in Past 160 Years, New Research Finds

Most of the carbon dioxide emitted by human activity does not remain in the atmosphere, but is instead absorbed by the oceans and terrestrial ecosystems.

Rolling Stone Calls Out the 17 Worst ‘Climate Killers’ in the US

Carbon trading fraud in Belgium – “up to 90% of the whole market volume was caused by fraudulent activities”

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Models for a Different Society: Cooperatives, Economy, Education & Transportation

Here’s an Idea: Share Things with Your Neighbors

Sure, we have Zipcar, bike sharing, and even tool shares, but Good wants to know why this sort of thing isn’t more popular.

Shareable: stories of sharing and cooperation

“Shareable tells the story of sharing. We cover the people, places, and projects that are bringing a shareable world to life. And share tools and tips to help you make a shareable world real in your life. In a shareable world, things like car sharing, community gardening, and cohousing bring us together, make life more fun, and free up time and money for the important things in life. When we share, not only is a better life possible, but so is a better world. The remarkable successes of Wikipedia, Kiva, open source software, Burning Man, Freecycle, and Creative Commons point the way. They tell a hopeful story about human nature and our future, one we don’t hear enough in the mainstream media.”

Tool Lending Libraries: A Product Service System that Works! – Treehugger 12/29/08

The New Old Age: A Caring Collaborative – NYTimes 12/29/08

A community-based model is changing the way people band together and care for one another.

How to Put Detroit Back to Work – Alternet 5/18/09

Why not retain workers who know how to manufacture complex machines and make use of exhausted auto factories, rather than letting them crumble?

Summer Downsizing: 31 Ways to Jumpstart Your Local Economy – Alternet 7/9/09

Intriguing Plan in Michael Moore’s Home Town: Bulldoze the Ghost ‘Burbs, Return Them to Nature – Alternet 6/13/09

Food-backed Local Money – The Oil Drum 3/4/09

Creative Food Economy Emerges in Ontario – Treehugger 3/9/09

Factories without Bosses: Argentina’s Experience with Worker-Run Enterprises – 2006

ARGENTINA: Workers Take Factories into Their Own Hands – CorpWatch 11/21/02

Last orders? Locals fight back – Guardian, UK 3/20/09

Every week 39 pubs shut down. Petrol stations lie abandoned. Post Offices are closing. But as Miles Brignall reports, community companies may be the answer.  From the far north of Scotland to the western tip of Cornwall, a quiet revolution is taking place. Britons, no longer prepared to take the closure of a community’s essential amenities lying down, are joining forces to take them back into local ownership.  Pubs that had lain empty for several months are being brought back to life by villagers. Stores that closed down after no buyer could be found are reopening as community-owned co-ops. And in some villages they have even got together to reopen their local petrol stations through limited-liability community companies.

Welcome to the fast-expanding world of the not-for-profit community buyout, which in most cases is funded by local people, putting up their own money and taking shares in any profit.  The Plunkett Foundation estimates there are now close to 200 community-owned rural shops in the UK, with four new ventures opening this month alone.

Middle School Teachers Pioneer New Globally Focused Environmental Education Plans – Treehugger 12/9/08

Bike-Sharing Goes Global: 5 Programs You Should Know About – Treehugger 9/5/08

5 Examples of Better Bike Infrastructure – Treehugger 1/19/09

A Radical Proposal: Restore Atrophied US Rail System to 1920’s Levels – Treehugger 5/17/09

RELATED:  Models for a Different Society: Food, Water, Land & Housing



Models for a Different Society: Food, Water, Land & Housing

Ecuador Extends Rights To Ecosystems – Treehugger 1/18/09

Bolivia leader redistributes land – BBC 3/15/09

Looking ahead, Brazil’s farmers take up reforestation

Top Ten Natural Ways to Remove Heavy Metals – Natural News 8/20/09

Reintroducing Wolves to Scotland Could Bring Back the Forests of Old – Treehugger 7/23/09

Sand Dams An Answer To World’s Water Woes? (Video)

How the Bushmen of Africa Can Save Us from the Global Water Crisis (Video)  – Treehugger 11/9/09

Citizen-Led Groups Leading the Way for New Water Policy – Alternet 6/30/09

Fog Catchers Bring Water to Parched Villages – National Geographic 7/8/09

A rain-starved community in Peru collects hundreds of gallons of water a day using special fog-catching nets.

The Cheonggyecheon, Once a Highway, Now a Haven – NYTimes 7/16/09

In what is sometimes called “daylighting,” cities from San Antonio to Singapore are resuscitating waterways that once lay buried under rivers of concrete

Making Sweet Water From (Almost) Perpetual Motion – Forbes 9/7/09

Destroying Levees in a State Usually Clamoring for Them – NYTimes 6/19/09

Two brothers plan to return a muddy river in northern Louisiana to its ancient floodplain by removing miles of levees.

How to Craft Water Democracy, Earth Democracy & Survive Climate Change: TreeHugger Interviews Dr. Vandana Shiva  

Cochabamba: From War to Water Management – Alternet 6/2/09

The poor of Bolivia drove out the neoliberal model of water management. Now, they are fighting for equitable community control.

How to Get Your Home Off the Water “Grid” – Alternet 2/9/09 

Peter Gleick: How We Can Avoid a World Without Water – Alternet 2/19/09

Incredible Edible: How To Make Your Town Self-sufficient

8 Ways to Join the Local Food Movement – Alternet 4/1/09

How to turn a lawn into lunch, swap preserves, glean, boost your food security and live the good life.

Buy, Sell, or Trade Homegrown Produce With Veggie Trader – Treehugger 3/25/09

Food-backed Local Money – The Oil Drum 3/4/09

Creative Food Economy Emerges in Ontario – Treehugger 3/9/09

Ten Things You Can Do to Start a Community Garden – The Nation 9/9/09

Brazilian City Makes Food A Basic Right And Ends Hunger – Treehugger 3/14/09

The City that Ended Hunger – YES! Magazine via Global Research 8/18/09

In just a decade Belo Horizonte cut its infant death rate, widely used as evidence of hunger, by more than half, and today these initiatives benefit almost 40 percent of the city’s 2.5 million population. One six-month period in 1999 saw infant malnutrition in a sample group reduced by 50 percent. And between 1993 and 2002 Belo Horizonte was the only locality in which consumption of fruits and vegetables went up.

The cost of these efforts?  Around $10 million annually, or less than 2 percent of the city budget. That’s about a penny a day per Belo resident.

Behind this dramatic, life-saving change is what Adriana calls a “new social mentality”-the realization that “everyone in our city benefits if all of us have access to good food, so-like health care or education-quality food for all is a public good.”…  “I knew we had so much hunger in the world,” Adriana said. “But what is so upsetting, what I didn’t know when I started this, is it’s so easy. It’s so easy to end it.”  Adriana’s words have stayed with me. They will forever. They hold perhaps Belo’s greatest lesson: that it is easy to end hunger if we are willing to break free of limiting frames and to see with new eyes-if we trust our hard-wired fellow feeling and act, no longer as mere voters or protesters, for or against government, but as problem-solving partners with government accountable to us.

Planning: Lawn Be Gone: The time has come for edible front yards. – The Localizers 8/16/09

Crop Swap: Free Food in Hard Times – Treehugger 7/21/09

High Rise Farms? The New Model for Sustainable Cities – Alternet 4/20/09

Americans growing ‘recession gardens’ – CNN 4/1/09

People to the Power: Energy Utility Provides Community Garden Plots – Treehugger 5/14/09

LA Times on guerrilla gardeners – BoingBoing 6/1/08

Crop Mob One Year On: NC Land ‘Raids’ Continue

News of a large group of landless young people invading a farm tends to bring images of revolution. And NC-based Crop Mob does indeed have revolution in mind, but the group’s methods are more about giving than taking. As I noted in my original post on Crop Mob, the organization is part of a wider resurgence of young people taking up farming. It was borne out of a discussion group on the problems facing young farmers, but rather than sit around talking about challenges, the group decided it was better off getting things done. So, armed with hoes, shovels, wheelbarrows, and bucket-loads of good will, the Mob has been descending on local farms to offer a helping hand. And after a full year of Mobbing, the idea is spreading.

Can A Farm-in-a-Backpack Feed Sub-Saharan Africa?

Rice Biodiversity Techniques Remain Intact in Rural Thailand – Treehugger 8/1/09

DIY fridge uses almost no energy – Mother Nature Network 8/21/09

From Arid, Salty Desert to Permaculture Garden: Greening the Desert Revisited (Video)

Growing Food, and Community, in the Desert

 A cynic might look at a program like the Edible Schoolyard — the much-lauded school garden initiative launched by Chez Panisse’s Alice Waters — and wonder if such a thing would be possible outside the favorable growing climes (and foodie sensibilities) of California, and without the support of a famous chef. But as a moving article by a young teacher in rural Arizona shows, the answer is a resounding “yes.”

[analysis] The Food Sovereignty Movement in Venezuela, Part 1

[analysis] The Food Sovereignty Movement in Venezuela, Part 2

Circular Hakka Houses Create Self-Sustaining Communities – Inhabitat 11/13/09

How To Live Without Air Conditioning: Syrian Beehive Houses – Treehugger 8/6/09

Utopian Communes in the British Isles – via Metafilter 9/25/09

Transition Towns in America: UK Pioneer Interviewed (Video) – Treehugger 2/2/09

Transition Towns USA in the New York Times – Treehugger 4/22/09

The Transition Handbook – via Metafilter 2/21/09

The Transition Handbook should be helpful to you if you are a proponent of planned energy descent and independence from fossil fuels and would like to start a Transition Town of your own.  The transition model emboldens communities to look peak oil and climate change squarely in the eye and unleash the collective genius of their own people to find the answers to this big question: for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive

Los Angeles Ecovillage: Building a Sustainable Urban Community (Video) – Treehugger 1/30/09

Tribe Weaves Floating Islands, Homes and Boats on Lake Titicaca – Treehugger 1/14/09

RELATED: Models for a Different Society: Cooperatives, Economy, Education & Transportation