Transition Whatcom


TW Book Study Group

A group dedicated to studying books related to Transition issues - developing knowledge in the Head that can be put into action by the Hands or reflected on, providing encouragement and motivation from the Heart.

Location: Whatcom County, WA
Members: 15
Latest Activity: Apr 24, 2015

Next Meeting

Join us on Thursday, Oct 10th at 6:30PM as we conclude our study of The Transition Companion, by Rob Hopkins. (review)

This is our final session on this book. Come with ideas for the next book to study.

Meeting at Paul and Joy's, 3218 Firwood. RSVP here.

Discussion Forum

The Next Book?

Started by David MacLeod Oct 7, 2013. 0 Replies

Some suggestions have been previously made on the next book to study.A Theory of Power by Jeff Vail (recommended by Garrett)People and Permaculture by Looby Macnamara (recommended by Heather)…Continue

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Book Study Meeting 6:30 August 1

Started by Joy Patterson. Last reply by Margo Terrill Jul 31, 2013. 1 Reply

Hi All, Our house has been painted (a color like a butterscotch). Still 3218, but the house numbers have not been replaced yet. There will either be a new roof or one in progress. JoyContinue

Food Security and City of Bellingham

Started by Joy Patterson Jun 19, 2013. 0 Replies

During our last book club meeting, we discussed focusing on food initiatives. Consider attending Thursday's workshop from 7 - 9 PM. If more community garden-minded people participate, we may be able…Continue

Energy From the Vacuum

Started by David MacLeod. Last reply by David MacLeod Feb 4, 2013. 1 Reply

This is a follow-up to last month's meeting, where Larry Horowitz shared his thoughts about Energy from the Vacuum, and the work of Tom Beardon and John Bedini.  Larry sent me the following email,…Continue

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Comment by Dick McManus on April 24, 2015 at 12:55am

The bottom line the threat of terrorism is and has not been anything to worry about!  

What was a big deal was ….

AWOL Bush Lied us into the Iraq and Afghanistan wars  parts 1 to 4.  I can only post six pages at a time on Yahoo Groups.

Lying to the sovereign, WE THE PEOPLE about the threat of terrorism.

Lying to the sovereign, WE THE PEOPLE about WMDs and Saddam Hussan giving aid and comfort to Al Qaeda.


A dirty bomb is not more dangerous than a regular one, it only takes a bit more care to clean up the mess.


Why isn't the Democratic Party demanding prosecution?


Comment by Dick McManus on April 24, 2015 at 12:54am

Would you stop drinking the water if 2,300 medical research doctors said it was contaminated with radioactive rat shit, and 15 medical doctors saying it was safe to drink?  


Well the same logic applies and we have 2,300 architects and engineers telling us that the World Trade Center buildings collapsed due to explosives and only 15 engineers who work for the US government’s National Institute of Standards and Technology who say fire cause the buildings to collapse?  

Here is a good video that explain the scientific irrefutable evidence.


Also a very good video that explains some irrefutable evidence about the airplanes that allegedly crashed on 9/11, and this evidence is suggests the official story is wrong.

The FBI covered up the fact that Saudi Arabia was involved in the mass murder on 9/11see U-tube video for more information April 14, 2015


The FBI agent in charge of the anthrax investigation - Richard Lambert, says he thinks the FBI was part of a cover up and the bad guy(s) who done it have not been arrested.

Why We Need a New Congressional Investigation of 9/11 parts one to 14
A summary of the irrefutable evidence that the World Trade Center buildings collapsed due to explosions, not fire - 92 pages see: I had to post this in 7 or 8 page sections


Comment by Dick McManus on April 24, 2015 at 12:52am
Comment by Dick McManus on April 24, 2015 at 12:50am

Ok study my 2,000 pages of Unpopular US History.

my online book   SOME UNKNOWN HISTORY OF THE U.S. - a work in progress
You should skip the CIA Table of Organization that I put at the beginning of each chapter to find the written history. 

Learn about the crimes of the CIA and US war crimes, Department of Justice- cover-up of drug trafficking, etc  


Dick McManus

Chief Warrant Officer-3/counterintelligence special agent, and combat paramedic, Vietnam, US Army retired, BS in psychology and nursing -

Everett, WA


Comment by David MacLeod on September 3, 2013 at 9:37pm
Comment by David MacLeod on June 30, 2013 at 8:15am

Join us on Thursday, July 4th at 6:00PM for our monthly meeting.

We will have a short Transition related chat, but will forego the formal book study and instead focus on enjoying the holiday together - sharing a meal and building community.

We will talk informally of the topics discussed so far, with perhaps a focus on what we think might best work for TW.

Bring some food to share. No fireworks please.  We will start a little earlier than usual: 6pm.

(I may have told some of you I was thinking of postponing the study group for a week because of the holiday.  Warren and Paul suggested we get together anyway, and celebrate the holiday together. It sounded like a good idea!)



Comment by David MacLeod on February 12, 2013 at 10:12pm

I just posted a blog post on "Aspects and Perspectives on Localization and Relocalization."  This relates to some of my comments at the book study group last week.

I have a lot of short excerpts from 8 articles, which adds up to a lot of words...especially if you check out each article referenced.  I don't expect everyone to do that, but I think this is an important area of study because so much of what the Transition Initiative movement is about is related to this concept.

Thanks again to Garrett for the links to the articles by J.M. Greer.

Comment by Monica Sjursen on February 12, 2013 at 11:27am

Thanks for a great study group all!  The movie I mentioned is Samsara, made by the same people that did Baraka.  Only more intense.  Highly recommended!

Comment by David MacLeod on February 9, 2013 at 8:01pm


Thanks for the links to the Greer articles.  These are excellent add-ons informing our discussion about localization/relocalization.  I'm going to use these in the post I am planning - a compendium of links showing different perspectives or aspects of this issue.

Regarding chapter 5 and "green tech stability" fantasy, that thought briefly passed through my mind as well when reading.  I think the intention was to set aside for the moment all the negatives that can easily come to mind when thinking about a "powered down" future, and instead put some focus on positive visioning. Bringing some balance, since we sometimes tend to dwell on the negative; and also because without having a positive vision to shoot for, most people will not engage. 

I don't think Hopkins is making the argument that we maintain the status quo by replacing everything with more sustainable alternatives; he's just saying that if proper preparation is put into place, there could be many positive benefits of a "powered down" future.

The key point: "A large part of our intention to bring this about arises from our being able to imagine it, having a vision of such a future - bein able, on some level, to conceive of what it would look like, sound like, smell like and feel like."

I hope to have the opportunity to read A Theory of Power by Jeff Vail at some point.

Comment by Joy Patterson on February 9, 2013 at 12:37am

One movie recommendation is Manufactured Landscapes

Andrew mentioned 180 Degrees South.

Here are some inspirational (short) videos: Gratitude and The Important Role of Mushrooms


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