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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



American Fascism News Round-Up: The Police State is Here – What They’ve Done Is Nothing Compared To What They’re Prepared To Do

Wake Up America-Current State of Affairs in a Nutshell

The Critical Unraveling of U.S. Society

A great summary and call to action

American fascism: by political definition the US is now fascist, not a constitutional republic

How can the US be fascist if we have elections and the US Constitution? Ok, I’ll explain…

Civilization, Created by Mass-Murderers Using Slave Labor

The Bill of Rights Was Meant to Limit Federal Power

How fragile we are: Why the complexity of modern civilization threatens us all

Things to Come

The simple fact is while America has been sleeping, the groundwork to totally and finally break the American people into accepting global government as a solution to war, climate change, food, pandemics, and natural disasters is in place.

US Military Actions Overseas: 1798 – 2008  

Compiled by Congressional Research Service for Congress, 2009.  With the infrequent exception of year off now and again, we have been at war continuously since 1798.

A History of CIA Atrocities  

Top 100 Defense Contractors

World Wide Military Expenditures

Video: Galtung: ‘U.S. empire will fall by 2020’  

Although most of the headlines read that the U.S. economy is growing again, professor and author Johan Gultang seems to have a different perspective on the future of the U.S. RT’s Dina Gusovsky interviews him about his new book: The Fall of the U.S. Empire-And Then What?

Militaristic, corrupt America increasingly resembles a Third World state.

Angry nationalism shouts down prudence. Disproportionate military spending threatens economic wellbeing. Industry has its hand so deep in the government’s purse that private enterprise is becoming public property. The currency falters, the infrastructure crumbles. And a supine media, once a watchdog of the powerful, happily licks the strongman’s hand. If the picture looks familiar, that’s because we’ve seen it many times before, from Argentina to Chile to Russia. The U.S. is third worlding.  That statement may smack of hyperbole. It may also understate the phenomenon, for many of the countries that the United States increasingly resembles are not only Third World—they are authoritarian, even rogue.

10 False Flags that Changed the World  

George Soros Lauds Chinese Model Of Goverment – Wants Global Governance Under UN Security Council   

Ron Paul: Government Can Quarantine People – H1N1, Quarantine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran   

New World Order Videos

Global Governance – EU President Admits One-World Government is Here NWO – New World Order

Ecoscience Co-Author Paul Ehrlich Maintains Global Population Control Advocacy in recent interview

U.S. Military Employs “Counterinsurgency” Strategy In Californian City

In Indiana, practice for ‘civilian surge’ in Afghanistan  

To Prepare for War, G.I.’s Get a Dress Rehearsal

In Louisiana, training scenarios in mock Afghan villages are created from intelligence reports fresh from the front.

Winchester to Deliver 200 Million 40-Cal. Rounds to Homeland Security

Winchester Ammunition was recently awarded a contract by the Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security to supply a maximum of 200 million, 40 cal. rounds over the next five years.

Spies for Hire: New Online Database of U.S. Intelligence Contractors

Brazil: Police Killed More Than 11,000 in the Last Six Years

Unmanned aerial “Predator” drones to patrol US/Mexico border

Welcome Home, War! Creating the “Domestic Surveillance State”

American fascism: Obama, “Justice” Dept., Supreme Court prevent prosecution of US torture

The John Hope Franklin File: FBI Looked At Esteemed Historian For Communist Ties

U.S. Imprisoned Iranian Engineer Secretly For Two Years Before Sentencing

RAND: A Stability Police Force for the United States

Establishing security is the sine qua non of stability operations, since it is a prerequisite for reconstruction and development. Security requires a mix of military and police forces to deal with a range of threats from insurgents to criminal organizations. This research examines the creation of a high-end police force, which the authors call a Stability Police Force (SPF). The study considers what size force is necessary, how responsive it needs to be, where in the government it might be located, what capabilities it should have, how it could be staffed, and its cost. This monograph also considers several options for locating this force within the U.S. government, including the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Secret Service, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in the Department of State, and the U.S. Army’s Military Police. The authors conclude that an SPF containing 6,000 people — created in the U.S. Marshals Service and staffed by a “hybrid option,” in which SPF members are federal police officers seconded to federal, state, and local police agencies when not deployed — would be the most effective of the options considered. The SPF would be able to deploy in 30 days. The cost for this option would be $637.3 million annually, in FY2007 dollars.

New maritime security law will deputize U.S. officers “in every part of Canada” during integrated operations

Underming the American People’s Right to Privacy: The Secret State’s Surveillance Machine

If you’ve done nothing wrong, you have everything to worry about

 People who say this are fools, not to be too blunt about it. Not only are they willing to trade away my rights, since they haven’t a basic appreciation of theirs, but their understanding of the relationship between government and the governed is one of subservience based on fear, and the idea that their fear is not only natural, but justifiably permanent given the state of the world.

Google CEO: “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”

Google chief: only miscreants worry about net privacy

If you’re concerned about Google retaining your personal data, then you must be doing something you shouldn’t be doing. At least that’s the word from Google CEO Eric Schmidt.  “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place,” Schmidt tells CNBC, sparking howls of incredulity from the likes of Gawker. But the bigger news may be that Schmidt has actually admitted there are cases where the search giant is forced to release your personal data.

Google now tracking you even after you log out

Police Spying On Protesters Stirs Outrage in Britain

Release of secret reports delayed

President Obama will maintain a lid of secrecy on millions of pages of military and intelligence documents that were scheduled to be declassified by the end of the year, according to administration officials.  The missed deadline spells trouble for the White House’s promises to introduce an era of government openness, say advocates, who believe that releasing historical information enforces a key check on government behavior. They cite as an example the abuses by the Central Intelligence Agency during the Cold War, including domestic spying and assassinations of foreign officials, that were publicly outlined in a set of agency documents known as the “family jewels.’’ 

Homeland Security Embarks on Big Brother Programs to Read Our Minds and Emotions

The CIA Mind Control Doctors: From Harvard to Guantanamo  – with video, Citizens Commission on Human Rights International

They Really Are Trying to Engineer Super-soldiers

 $3 billion super soldier program: 10 times muscle endurance, 7 foot vertical leap, wall crawling, personal flight and more DARPA today has a long-term, $3 billion program to help make such a “Metabolically Dominant Soldier.” In other words, the military is studying how to use technology and biology to meld man and machine

NSA Has Conspicuous Role in New Federal Cybersecurity Center  

Judicial Watch Obtains New CIA Documents on Terrorist Interrogations  

At U.S. airports, TSA officers covertly monitor travelers’ behavior  

Department of Justice Threatens the Internet

Feds Wanted Private Data on All Visitors to Liberal Internet News Site

Spying on Americans: Obama Endorses Bush Era Warrantless Wiretapping  

Obama Regime: Toss NSA Warrantless Wiretapping Lawsuit   

CIA Had People Raped with Broken Bottles, Boiled Alive  

Senate Bill Would Give President Obama Authority to Pull the Plug on Your Internet

CNET News has obtained a summary of a proposal from Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) that would create an Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor, part of the Executive Office of the President. That office would receive the power to disconnect, if it believes they’re at risk of a cyberattack, “critical” computer networks from the Internet. 

FDA dupes Interpol to achieve illegal kidnapping and deportation of herbal formulator Greg Caton

Small Community Cancer Cure Crushed by Big Pharma, Part I

The Secret ICE Prisons of the United States

“If you don’t have enough evidence to charge someone criminally but you think he’s illegal, we can make him disappear.” Those chilling words were spoken by James Pendergraph, then executive director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of State and Local Coordination, at a conference of police and sheriffs in August 2008. Also present was Amnesty International’s Sarnata Reynolds, who wrote about the incident in the 2009 report “Jailed Without Justice” and said in an interview, “It was almost surreal being there, particularly being someone from an organization that has worked on disappearances for decades in other countries. I couldn’t believe he would say it so boldly, as though it weren’t anything wrong.”

Police Handing Out Tickets For Air Fresheners

Ermir Spahiu was pulled over by police for his window-mounted GPS unit. For Tina Ross, it was her handicapped placard. And Mark Hubbard was nailed for an air freshener. All three Illinois drivers were stopped for what they thought were innocent items placed near their windshields.

22 million missing Bush-era emails found, set for 2014 release

Mercenaries and Assassins: The Real Face of Obama’s “Good War”

Blowback From America’s Mercenary Army–Ret. Generals Make More Than Gates

America’s Faltering Military/Mercenary Army

US: Up to 56,000 more contractors likely for Afghanistan

The surge of 30,000 U.S. troops into Afghanistan could be accompanied by a surge of up to 56,000 contractors, vastly expanding the presence of personnel from the U.S. private sector in a war zone, according to a study by the Congressional Research Service.

WMD treaty violations and inspection refusal for biological, nuclear, chemical weapons. Iran? No, US

Bayer Admits GMO Contamination is Out of Control

State of Texas Saving Newborn DNA Samples

CNN finds modern-day slaves in US

Public Menace-Private Profit: America’s Biowarfare Alliance

Rahm Emanuel Says that One-Million Americans Should Lose Their Constitutional Rights  

The Annexation of Colombia to the US

Council On Foreign Relations Symposium on Pandemic Influenza: Science, Economics and Foreign Policy: Fake Scarcity of H1N1 Vaccine to Convince People to Take It (Laughter)  

Where Will They Get the Troops? Preparing Undeployables for the Afghan Front  

Declassified FBI File Alleges an Israeli Intelligence Agent Worked at AIPAC  

KBR may have poisoned 100,000 people in Iraq: lawsuit  

Whistleblowers: Blackwater approved payoffs of Iraqi officials  

UN investigator accuses US of shameful neglect of homeless  

Support our troops when they become veterans: 25% of US homeless are veterans

Former US diplomat could make ‘hundreds of millions’ off Iraqi oil fields  

How Rahm Emanuel Made Mega-Millions and Bought His Way to Power

Son of a Zionist Terrorist: Rahm Emanuel’s Dirty Secret  

Democracy: U.S. Unveils New $60 Million Prison Wing in Afghanistan  

USA Prepares to Attack Russia in 3 or 4 Years?  

America needs a “Manhunting Agency”   

The US military’s Joint Special Operations University argues that the CIA hasn’t done enough to take out the Bad Guys, one by one. No: America needs a “National Manhunting Agency” to hunt down jihadists, drug dealers, pirates and other enemies of the state. I suggest a rebrand: “Manhunting Agency” sounds a bit too much like a gay dating site.

OBAMA’S YOUTH CORPS   

Police to Wear Ear-Cams to Record Arrests  

Young Children Taught To Inform On Parents In Tampa  

Rahm Emanuel to Disarm America:”#1 Issue”, Gun Owners are Terrorists  

Chicago Aldermen Keep Secret Slush Fund

D.C. Council Chair Adds To Growing Local Scandals

VIRUS in the VOTING MACHINES: Tainted Results in NY-23

Facts Behind ‘Men Who Stare at Goats’

As crazy as “The Men Who Stare at Goats” may seem, there’s a real story behind the psychic experimentation

Secret Global Copyright Agreement is Executive Order

Judge: Corps’ negligence caused Katrina flooding

The Pentagon Budget: Largest Ever and Growing

FDA openly allows criminally-convicted doctors, researchers to keep working on pharmaceuticals and clinical trials

The Emerging Medical Dictatorship

We may have been granted a temporary reprieve from forced medical treatments this time around, but have we been spared from the government? As usual, the answer is “no”. While the government may not be forcing a medicine down our throats or corralling uncooperative people in camps, what they are doing should send shivers down our collective spine. They are creating lists of dissidents and “terrorists”. These lists contain detailed information on individuals. And, if ever the laws were changed to permit more coercive action instead of passive data collection then the government would already have the names of the supposed “enemies of the state” on hand.