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The Underlying Hook

Hundreds of times a day you and I swim around our respective fish bowl interacting with the bait of our consumer society.  Advertisements are everywhere we turn.

“Bite on this, won’t you?” 

We’re shown the seductive characteristics of a product – the bait – but we’re not shown the underlying, hidden hook.

What do I mean by that? What hook?

Let’s open our eyes wider and explore the consequences…

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Added by Rick Dubrow on January 30, 2015 at 10:19am — No Comments

Benefits Of Saving Open-Pollinated & Heirloom Seeds - Summary

Many people wonder what is meant by open-pollination seeds, and the benefits of saving those seeds ,

verses hybrid seeds.                            (2013 post)…

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Added by Heather K on January 20, 2015 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Rick Dubrow's blog post - December 2014 - "Hammering Out My Manifesto"

"It’s time to articulate the core assumptions and beliefs that empower THE HAMMER. Before I hammer them out, though, let’s get something straight:  thousands of words, if not books, would be necessary to describe how I’ve arrived at these conclusions. This is a blog, however, and not a book.  So brevity will prevail… for now.   Want to [...] Read More…

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Added by Rick Dubrow on January 7, 2015 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Rick Dubrow's Blog Post - Dec. 2014 - "Hike The Ridge With Me"

"Over 20 years ago I anchored a radio program on KGMI AM-790 — “On The Level” – about housing and remodeling. My weekly, one-hour show lasted for about 4-1/2 years. Every single Saturday morning at 9 am, November ’91 through late ’94. The show did wonders for getting A-1 Builders on the map, given that [...] Read More…

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Added by Rick Dubrow on January 7, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Rick Dubrow's December 2014 blog post "I'm Done Keeping Quiet!"

"I tried, damn it! When my efforts to prevent coal trains from passing through Bellingham failed, the wind in my sails went still. My activism went… inactive. Although we secured twice the necessary signatures to get it on the ballot, our very own progressive Bellingham City Council crushed Coal Free Bellingham’s ‘Community Bill of Rights’, [...]…

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Added by Rick Dubrow on January 7, 2015 at 12:57pm — No Comments

methane hydrates blogspot

http://methane-hydrates.blogspot.com/

Added by J. C. Walker,Jr. on December 11, 2014 at 9:37pm — No Comments

Fossil Fueled Republicans and The Six Myths About Climate Change that Liberals Rarely Question

  

In my final post in the Holiday Smorgasbord series, I want to share two articles that are each directed at (and finding fault with) different ends of the political spectrum. I don’t think the point of either of these articles is to demonize individuals who embrace either conservatism or liberalism, but rather to point out that in general we are not being served by the mainstream political discourse from either perspective. I find these articles…

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Added by David MacLeod on November 30, 2014 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Responding to Limits to Growth: Embrace Life and Locate Your Values

In today’s installment of our Holiday Smorgasbord, I bring you two voices that I have been following off and on for the last decade, and who have both been warning about limits to growth, and more importantly what we as individuals can do about it.

Nate Hagens on Limits to Growth: Where We Are and What to Do About It

Nate Hagens, a former “wolf of Wall Street” stock trader/money manager, and then a …

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Added by David MacLeod on November 29, 2014 at 4:43pm — No Comments

What’s Going on with Low Gas Prices, Shale Oil, American Energy Independence, and OPEC?

Orlin Wagner/AP (image source: Orlin Wagner/AP)

There’s a lot of confusion going on right now – as the price of gasoline in the U.S. is declining, we are becoming ever more complacent. Today we saw another steep drop in the price of oil…

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Added by David MacLeod on November 28, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

A Holiday Smorgasbord Part 2: Permaculture, A Vision of a Post-Oil World

Today’s installment of our holiday smorgasbord features an approach to the environmental crisis and the energy crisis and the economic crisis that I’m very thankful for…Permaculture.

Permaculture, A vision of a post-oil world

Yves Cochet

Yves Cochet…

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Added by David MacLeod on November 27, 2014 at 2:10pm — No Comments

A Holiday Smorgasbord Part 1: Climate Change and Pacific Northwest Glaciers

I’m giving thanks that there are so many good sources of information available on the current state of affairs regarding climate, energy, and the environment. Unfortunately most are not showing up in the mainstream media, so we have to search them out.

On a long Thanksgiving weekend, many of us tend to eat a lot, shop a lot, and then veg out in front of ball games or other distractions.

For the next few days I’ll be providing an alternative to how you spend some of your holiday…

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Added by David MacLeod on November 26, 2014 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Watching the Watchdogs: 10 Years of the IEA World Energy Outlook

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Added by David MacLeod on November 14, 2014 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Weekly Newsletter Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014

Get Involved!

Check out this weekends schedule at the SkillShare Faire. Find skills and learn them from a local sharer!

http://whatcomskillsharefaire.org/2014-schedule/ 

TW Featured Events

Today…

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Added by Margo Terrill on August 19, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

All the Peak Moment Videos Filmed at Inspiration Farm

I'm starting to lose track of the Peak Moment episodes filmed at Inspiration Farm, so I thought it would be nice to see them in one place.  Visit peakmoment.tv and subscribe to see these consistently good series of interviews (and see if you can find the one filmed in my front yard).

I'm also hoping you will be inspired to consider attending the Permaculture Design course at Inspiration Farm coming up August 17-29th.…

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Added by David MacLeod on July 6, 2014 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Survive and Thrive with Permaculture

Reblogged from my Integral Permaculture site. Be sure to see the comment at the end related to the local opportunity of a Permaculture course at Inspiration Farm in August (which will include, btw, admission into the Whatcom Skillshare Faire/Northwest Permaculture Convergence).…

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Added by David MacLeod on July 4, 2014 at 6:36pm — No Comments

Open Source Everything

The man who trained more than 66 countries in open source methods calls for re-invention of intelligence to re-engineer Earth

Nafeez Ahmed

Thursday 19 June 2014

theguardian.com…

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Added by J. C. Walker,Jr. on June 19, 2014 at 10:44pm — 1 Comment

New Energy Report from IEA Forecasts Decline in North American Oil Supply

Reblogged from my Integral Permaculture site.

National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” reported this morning:

NPR’s Business News starts with the outlook for oil. This is a change of course – the International Energy Agency…

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Added by David MacLeod on June 5, 2014 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Come to the Farm and Be Inspired! Primary Practical Permaculture

Reposted from my Integral Permaculture blog.

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If you’re in the region of northwest Washington, or southwest B.C., consider stopping by Inspiration Farm on…

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Added by David MacLeod on May 26, 2014 at 9:27pm — No Comments

An Energy "Renaissance"?

Reposted from my Integral Permaculture blog.

David – I thought we were entering an energy “renaissance” with new and easy ways to extract gas via fracking.  Obviously, I understand the downsides of fracking.  Can you elaborate?

Ken Mann

Whatcom County Councilmember

Yes Ken, I…

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Added by David MacLeod on April 5, 2014 at 10:13am — No Comments

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