The modern environmental movement began some 40 years ago, and by virtually every metric, the state of the planet has spiraled horrifically into catastrophe since then.
Air, the world over, is more polluted and congested with poisons than ever before. Water available to ecosystems and people is reduced every year as more and more is stolen for industry and corporate agriculture, and what is left over is increasing toxified; 80% of rivers in the U.S.
Aquaponics just might be the ultimate closed-loop food production system. A healthy aquaponics system can provide its lucky owner with fresh fish and fresh organic vegetables year round, for very little ongoing cost. Getting an aquaponics system set up, however, can be costly. There's lots of off-the-shelf systems to choose from nowadays, but they cost a bundle.
But never fear - where there's a will, there's a way.
They say that one of the many blessings of country life is that you appreciate the little things. Like clean air, water and food. And I do. I also VERY much appreciate our internet connection, now that we've finally got it (kind of) sorted.
Our hidden valley is questionably blessed with being devoid of mobile reception. That means no mobile broadband internet.
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the ways that revolutionaries address misogynist sexual and intimate abuse. In the ten years that I’ve been involved in revolutionary activism I’ve seen so many instances of abuse perpetrated by men against women, particularly abuse within sexual relationships. Sometimes this abuse is subtle and hard to identify: a pattern of emotional and psychological manipulation and control.
My father was scheduled to be evicted from his home of over 40 years at 1:30pm on Tuesday 26 June 2012. Obviously there was a moderate crowd in attendance to not only show their support for my poor father but to respectfully voice their outrage at the failure of the justice system. Media crew were also in attendance.
A police car was first on the scene to briefly assess the situation (which was clearly not threatening) before the punctual arrival of the Sheriff and what appeared to be the locksmith.