Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Interesting links for September 2014

Ten Grassroots Environmental Justice Campaigns from Around the World

Putting powerpoint presentation online with audio narration:
AuthorStream : www.authorstream.com
Example:

In The Tragedy of the Private | The Potential of the Public, a new booklet co-published by Public Services International and the Transnational Institute, Hilary Wainwright argues that now is the time to turn back the tide of public services privatization.
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The booklet's title inverts the phrase, "the tragedy of the commons," the economic theory predicting the failure of group resources management due to conflict between individual self-interest and the common good.
Direct link:

Excerpt:
"'Tragedy of the private' : We use this phrase to highlight the fundamentally inappropriate application of he logic of private business, based on maximising profits, to the management of shared resources, natural and social, and the meeting of social needs. The phrase turns on its head 'the tragedy of the commons', which was an attack on the idea that people can effectively manage common resources together for shared benefit, if they have suitable conditions. The tragedy of the anti-commons, and in particular of the private, arises from the presumption that people act only in their immediate self-interest (rather than taking account of mutual benefit and interdependence) and do not communicate, let alone collaborate, over shared problems."


openfarm.cc : Wikipedia for farming and gardening

ASHA has initiated a web portal in collaboration with a German organisation (Welt Hunger HIlfe), Pravah and FFID, to help smoothen information flows that allow for organic procurers to get information on stocks available with organic producers around the country. The objective is to help organic producers find better and more marketing avenues. The website is: www.ecofarmersmarket.in. The actual trade deals happen outside the portal, and this is a platform for information flows.

You're invited to join our panel of experts, researchers and activists in an inspirational GMO Mini-Summit. The first wave of the Summit featured broadcasts of potent presentations from inspiring experts, and took place October 25-27. The second wave of the Summit is a series of broadcasts made available each Sunday, as well as an ongoing collection of resources to help you get informed and take action.
This is a virtual program you can enjoy at no cost from the comfort and convenience of your own home. If you want to know the TRUTH about GMOs and the risks Monsanto, the government, their paid advisors and the media are deliberately hiding from you, then join in this unique, free summit.

how a teen activist won a TV debate on the GMO issue:


if you don't fit in, if you feel at odds with the world, if your identity is troubled and frayed, if you feel lost and ashamed - it could be because you have retained the human values you were supposed to have discarded. You are a deviant. Be proud.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a three part answer to a question on Teachers' Day about combating climate change. In one part he said, 'Climate change has not occurred. People have changed.' Just before that he had given the example of old people complaining about the winter turning harsher each successive year. It's just people losing tolerance for cold as they age, he explained. In the third part of his answer, just after he came across as the first climate skeptic Prime Minister of India, Modi said the real problem is people have lost old values, picked up bad habits and therefore harmed environment. He said people are acting against nature and that has upset the balance. We must love nature again, he concluded.

Structuring our beloved communities


Vermicompost project in slum area creates earnings for residents while taking care of organic waste


Norway : no national debt, budget surpluses. Through high corporate taxation and high taxation of oil industry revenues.

Student in Kerala who has been periodically involved with human rights protests, arrested by police at midnight, for sitting while national anthem was played, and slapped with charges of sedition for a FB post. 

1 hour movie that blows the lid on GM Food

online payments platform

The United States' official policy in the Middle East is now perpetual war.

US: A new & inventive way to stop the authorities from taking your land : install artwork on it and copyright it

This horrifying account from the Central African Republic of Christian-Muslim clashes going out of control bears a stark reminder of what happened in India too during Partition, and what can easily come about again if people keep on looking at those practicing other forms of religion as others
At the same time, the article is insufficient in explaining the background behind the situation. It mentions diamond but doesn't go into Blood diamond. Who is funding the rebels? Who is supplying the weapons?

Exposing The Hypocrisy Of Modi Government On Environmental Issues


Structural analysis



66% of the people in India's jails haven't been convicted.


On teachers day 2014, schools across the country were made to compulsorily make students watch or hear on radio the PM's live broadcast, beyond school hours. Attendances were forwarded to HRD ministry, for punitive action against teachers and students who dared to skip the event.
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another view on the matter, a more positive one. and I refreshingly find myself agreeing with it as well! http://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2014/09/narendra-modi-teachers-day-appreciated/ 


Lessons From the Garden - With Kimberly Carter Gamble


Lots of good solutions and doable actions listed that can be applied anywhere.

CDC Whistle-Blower Reveals Cover-up Of Vaccine & Autism Link Data

Nodal agency for disaster management is leaderless since its vice chairman M. Shashidhar Reddy and five others resigned. The main agency that should be working on J&K's flood situation is completely missing from the scene.

9/11 footage of WTC 7 controlled demolition

Satyamev Jayate - Mumkin hai (short stories of impact and change)

Vaccines:

CDC Whistle-Blower Reveals Cover-up Of Vaccine & Autism Link Data

A large youtube playlist with testimonials of parents whose children have suffered after vaccination.
These videos seem to have been uploaded this month only.. 
There's a wealth of information here on immediate post-vaccination symptoms and drastic changes in child's actions and behaviour.

Graphic on facebook.. transripting it..
Why did the US govt invent and patent
Ebola : Patent number #CA2741523A1
Swine Flu : #8124101
AIDS cure: #5676977
Cancer cure: #6630507
Seems like they are trying to cause an epidemic, making us ill, then keeping us sick...


Photo album on Facebook, pictures and graphics about chemtrails, cancer, monsanto etc

Explaining Dharnai's micro-grid tariff structure and the democratic structures formed for decision making.

Solar Wind Tower Could Rival Hoover Dam in Power Output - See more at: http://www.greenbuildermedia.com/news/blog/news/solar-wind-tower-electric-power-generation


Budget India Facts NFI

CEE article from 2009: Several public schools in Medak district in Andhra Pradesh have incorporated food growing into their curriculum and are growing fresh fruits, vegetables etc on their premises with the students' and local farmers' involvement.

"the real, central journey of my life-and I think this probably shows in the way that I live .. has been trying to figure out how to live well. Trying to figure out how to not succumb to darkness. Trying to figure out how to be a better friend to people. Trying to figure out how to find destiny and live it in a way that feels bold and important."

It's the costs, stupid. Therefore, opt for renewables!
Silvia Brugger explains why the EU should opt for a much more ambitious program: Renewables are cheaper and reduce Europe's foreign energy dependence.

German grid more stable in 2013
It's bad news for the folks insisting that renewables are wreaking havoc on the grid - last year, the average number of minutes of power outages in Germany fell below the already leading level of 2012 and below the average over the past seven years.

Satyamev Jayate Mumkin Hai series


50 reasons to not vaccinate

As World's Largest Dam Removal is Completed, Fish Already Returning
"It goes against my deepest notions of how fast ecosystem recovery can possibly happen," Christopher Tonra, a research fellow with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in Washington, D.C., told the Seattle Times. Tonra is studying how the dam removal affects numbers of native birds, which have already appeared to benefit by the return of salmon, whose eggs they eat. "We are all trained, as biologists, to think of things over the long run. I am not saying the Elwha is fully recovered. But it is so mind blowing to me, the numbers of fish, and seeing the birds respond immediately to the salmon being there. It makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up."

Delivering justice from docket explosion
an astounding 3.14 crore cases pending before the courts at various levels... then Delhi High Court Chief Justice A P Shah said it will take 466 years to dispose of all the criminal cases pending before the Delhi High Court if the present rate of disposal continues.


Over 3 lakh people converged on the streets of New York on 21/9/14 for the People's Climate March. Thousands converged on streets in cities around the world. 

Lots of news and speculation articles about fringe topics. Awesome for conspiracy buffs. I love his signoff quote : "see you on the flip side"

Argentina Cancer Deaths Well Above the National Average in Heavily GMO-Planted Areas
"Argentinean farmers have increased their levels of herbicide spraying of crops, and the results don't look good. A huge increase in cancer incidence is being reported in Argentina linked directly to areas of heavy GMO crop engineering and high biotech herbicide use.


Water as fuel
 
 
 Ways to eliminate / reduce radioactivity of nuclear waste and accidents
 
 
 
 All the things we do to kids that makes boredom a fact of life : something that was completely alien some years ago.
 
"The true threats to the climate and India's environment arise from resource grabbing, unequal resource use and expropriation by corporates and elites. These are not being addressed at all, and instead such sham programs - whose benefits are grossly exaggerated and almost impossible to actually calculate - are being proposed as an eyewash. The Green India Mission is likely only to result in conflict, resistance, impoverishment and displacement, while itself causing environmental damage."



Pune: Air civic issues on WhatsApp for quick action. Sep 23, 2014


Sourabh Phadke's ecosan dry composting toilet design.
USP: urine mixed with wash water directly goes into banana plant; no collection, stinking etc.
There is a pipe/chimney at the side which diverts any odour up and out.
The two pits are facing each other with the pee hole in between. Rather than side by side. > Space conservation.
"The Sendriya Shouchalaya: A Urine-diversion Dehydration Toilet experience from Kuran village, Maharashtra, India", is a photo-essay, describing the setting up and operation of an eco-san toilet in a remote village in Maharastra. The toilet was set up by Sourabh Phadke, an architect from Pune, in collaboration with the owners, Bhau and Kadubai.


Nagaland : indegenous machine that takes in water from uphill streams via a pipe, and runs it through a dynamo. Compact machine. No change to the water; after passing the hydroger it gets used in the field, household etc.


The woman who turned down Modi's offer of 1 crore compensation after the martyrdom of her husband Hemant Karkare on the grounds that the entire Hindutva brigade from Modi to Bal Thackeray had raved and ranted against ATS chief Karkare because he was also investigating the role of Hindu terrorists in Malegaon and other places.


Putting all the puzzle pieces together of what's happening in the world right now.


Explaining the workings of the two main mobile network technologies (GSM and CDMA), their differences, strengths and limitations.
One inference from here is that GSM networks cannot work in hgh population density areas where number of active cell phone users starts crossing a treshold. I wrote about this here: 

Facebook censorship : proof from a popular page's admins of how so many of their posts are being blocked or prevented from being read by their fans.



198 methods of nonviolent action

Book: The Creature from Jekyll Island : about the Federal Reserve


A pump that runs without electricity

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