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Resolution to prosecute Donald Trump for an accessory to a pandemic - 2nd degree murder or voluntary manslaughter.

Posted by Richard McManus on February 12, 2021 at 9:54pm 0 Comments

WHEREAS Trump was briefed at least by January 30, 2020 that Covid-19 was super contagious as is smallpox and plague,


WHEREAS on Jan. 30, 2020 Trump said “We think we have it very well under control and;

Feb. 24: “The coronavirus is very much under control in the USA.”

March 10: “It will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.”

March 15: “It's something that we have tremendous control over.”

March 25: “Many states don’t have a problem.”



Interview with Larry Korn, Author of One Straw Revolutionary - May 2016

Posted by David Pike on January 18, 2020 at 5:18pm 0 Comments

An Interview with Larry Korn, Author of One-Straw Revolutionary

May 4th 2016

By: David Pike

Since The One-Straw Revolution was published in 1978 it has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over one million copies worldwide. In “One-Straw” as the book has been dubbed, Mr. Masanobu Fukuoka presented an entirely new approach to agriculture which he called “natural farming.” After 25 years of research and trials he demonstrated he could achieve yields…


Ten Weeks In

Posted by Rick Dubrow on September 22, 2017 at 4:07pm 0 Comments

Succession came to pass on July 1st, ten weeks ago. A-1 Builders, Inc. is now A-1 Builders, A Design/Build, Worker-Owned Cooperative!  My former employees are now my bosses! For the time being I’m helping the new team deal with marketing on a part time basis; my hours worked per week since July 1st has been on the order of working 1/4 hour a week!  Can’t really call this ‘part time’; I think I’ll call it ‘microscopic time’.

Perhaps in other…


Slow Sand Fresh Water Filter

Posted by David Culver on November 22, 2016 at 6:54pm 1 Comment

I live in an all-electric home and when the power grid is out we have nothing. No water, no sewer, lights, cooking or anything else. I will have a generator to run sparingly to keep the freezer and the refrigerator going. Our home is a passive solar home with great insulation.

If the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake happens, the grid could be out for a year. During that time, with the well pump not working, we will need a source of clean fresh water.

A slow sand filter, made…


Second Aid: Lessons Learned From Past Adventures

Posted by Rick Dubrow on November 3, 2016 at 11:51am 0 Comments

All too often I’ll run into another hiker and the following conversation ensues:

“How many nights are you staying out?”

“None… I hope. We’re on a day hike.”

“Then why are you carrying so large a pack?

Allow me to unpack my answer… an answer that addresses situations well beyond wilderness travel. An answer that extends into my settled, civilized life as well.  Why, at home, are Cindi and I prepared for a major natural or…


Welcome to Transition Whatcom's Community Networking Site!

This is a community networking site for those interested in helping us achieve our vision of resilient and more self-reliant communities throughout Whatcom County with a local food supply, sustainable energy sources, a healthy local economy, and a growing sense of vitality and community well-being.

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We aim to unleash the collective genius of our community to find the answers to this momentous question:

For all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we...

Dramatically reduce carbon emissions (in response to climate change);
Significantly increase resilience (in response to peak oil);
Greatly strengthen our local economy (in response to economic instability)?

Transition Initiatives make no claim to have all the answers, but by building on the wisdom of the past and accessing the pool of ingenuity, skills and determination in our communities, the solutions can readily emerge. Now is the time for us to take stock and to start re-creating our future in ways that are not based on cheap, plentiful and polluting oil but on localized food, sustainable energy sources, resilient local economies and an enlivened sense of community well-being.


To learn more about the issues, start here

(Why Transition, Peak Oil, Climate Change, Economy, Peak Everything)


Latest Activity

Cat Gilliam is now a member of Transition Whatcom
16 hours ago
Richard McManus added a discussion to the group Coworking Community

The truth about Watergate and Nixon

Did you know General Alexander Haig was the real deep throat (FBI boss was also a deep throat, but to a lesser degree) and he set up the events that led to the catching of the Watergate burglary? Also Haig had discovered Nixon was getting regular deliveries of cash from Vietnam. Haig had the courier followed to and from Nixon. Was that what motivated Haig to set up the Watergate burglars for arrest?  Listen to Lamar Waldron’s describe his new book,…See More
Jun 22
Carmen Fraser is now a member of Transition Whatcom
Jun 10
Agatha Dillard Haun is now a member of Transition Whatcom
Jun 5
David MacLeod updated an event

The Next System and the Academy... Change in the 2020s at Online

April 21, 2021 from 5pm to 7:30pm
What are the duties of the academy to society in this period of transition? Our lives feel precarious. Many of us are anxious about the future. And our ability to respond effectively to the social, economic, political, climate, ecological, and human crises of these times is undermined by a widespread sense of crisis fatigue. Into this moment enters a new government in Washington that has promised to “Build Back Better.” But should we build back better only from what the last president called…See More
Apr 21
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Apr 16
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Eating Locally and Seasonally at Village Books

April 16, 2021 to April 30, 2021
Now available at Village Books: Eating Locally and Seasonally, the book from our friends at Transition Lopez Island! Elizabeth Simpson and Henning Sehmsdorf, biodynamic farmers for more than 50 years, share recipes, food preservation techniques, growing tips and calendars, and much more - all related to the plant foods that grow best in our region!  See More
Apr 16
Nicole Torres is now a member of Transition Whatcom
Feb 22


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Afghanistan: The Twilight of the Global Empire

Of course, Afghanistan has no oil, and this much was known. But in the 1990s the oil reserves of the Caspian region, adjacent to Afghanistan, had been the object of a game of aggrandizing that led to exaggerating their extent at least of an order of magnitude.

Speaking for the Old Growth

Intact old-growth forests remain our best natural defence against dangerous climate volatility because they have witnessed the greatest climatic variations overtime.

Biography of an island: multifaceted Sicily

All of Sicily is a dimension of the imagination,” wrote the novelist Leonardo Sciascia. Indeed, the island has always emanated a slightly mythical air, neither quite real, nor quite imaginary, like a kind of Mediterranean Shangri-La.

Building Tenant Power with the Housing Justice for All Coalition

To end the boom-and-bust cycle of distressed real estate, the proliferation of private equity landlords, rent increases, tenant displacement, and homelessness, the Housing Justice for All Coalition formed.

Lugh’s Blessing

We have a need of skills. We are too much enamored of the tools we’ve made. We believe these tools have freed us from hard labor, hand labor, back labor; but it seems to me that we are working harder than ever.



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