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Sixteen Building Blocks of a Green, Entrepreneurial, Cooperative Economy

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The transition from a capitalist to a cooperative economy could be one of the defining achievements of the 21st century. In history, everything changes.

Nestlé is draining Pakistan to sell us bottled water

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Nestlé is draining developing countries to produce its bottled water, destroying countries’ natural resources before forcing its people to buy their own water back. Now it is happening in Pakistan.

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Which world are we trying to sustain?

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Which world are we trying to sustain: a resource to fulfill our desires of material prosperity, or an Earth of wonder, beauty, and sacred meaning?

Free Webinar on Climate Change Solutions

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Gaia Education are holding a free webinar on climate change solutions. Gaia Education are an international NGO who are helping people to understand how we can design much lower impact communities, in the city and in rural situations.

The first 100% recycled food safe crate in the UK

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Sainsburys is the first UK retailer to recycle its old food crates into more efficient ones made from 100% recycled material.

VAPESTICK MAX E-Cigarette – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The VAPESTICK® MAX has, by far, been the biggest E-Cigarette that I have so far tested and this has given me the best experience of vaping (e-smoking) as yet. The VAPESTICK® MAX must be the ultimate VAPESTICK® e-cigarette in every way.

Arts and crafts activities are good for you

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Arts and crafts activities may be able to ward off dementia by Michael Smith (Veshengro) If you have ever wanted to try your hand at pottery, woodcarving, basketry or knitting, a new study suggests that doing so might be good for your health, especially your mental health.

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UK government to force Internet content blocking

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US Administration seems to have lost control

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It would appear that the US Administration has lost control of the intelligence services as well as the military.

Parks Alliance statement on House of Lords National Policy for the Built Environment Committee report

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UK, 02/19/2016: Mark Camley, Chair of The Parks Alliance, the national voice of UK parks, said: “The Parks Alliance welcomes the report and its’ recognition of the value of Green Infrastructure and the part that parks play in the making of a quality place and improving social cohesion. “We

Bin it, don't block it

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) If there's one kitchen waste product that nobody likes dealing with, it's the fat and oil left over from cooking.

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UK government plans for ancient woodlands get the axe

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It is a great relief to learn from the Independent that Ex-Environment Secretary Owen Paterson''s proposed biodiversity offsetting scheme has been dropped by the Government.

You could soon go to jail for wearing body armor

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) You could soon go to jail for protecting yourself from bullets: Congress proposes a ban on body armor which will make it illegal to own and use full ballistic armor. A new piece of legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives, H.

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Paper notebooks and adult coloring books are definitely “in”

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Paper notebooks are back in fashion – and that with a vengeance – and on top of that we now also have adult coloring books; yes, coloring books, but a little more grownup compared to the ones we may all have had as kids.

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The importance of storytelling for social change

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A new world requires new stories, but people will only listen to them when they themselves are included in the storyline.

Traditional crafts deserve a revival

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In today's increasingly virtual world, there is something appealing about making things by hand, using centuries-old techniques and many traditional crafts definitely deserve a revival.

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German media outlet Spiegel TV equates Vegans with Nazis

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) No, apparently, this is no joke and April 1st is still a little while off; at least last time I checked. According to their mindset vegetarianism and veganism is dangerous as we have to consider that Hitler, after all, was a vegetarian.

US Navy to teach celestial navigation again

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) According to reports the US Navy is going to teach its seamen the use of celestial navigation again and it going to employs charts and the relevant instruments again.

Peatbogs are better carbon sinks

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Peatbogs are better carbon sinks than forests but are decimated at a rate of knots and that, predominately, for compost that contains peat used in horticulture.

Non-GMO Hybrid corn outperforms GMO counterparts

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University Corn Trial Results Suggest Non-GMO Hybrid Performance Is Competitive With GMO Counterparts Non-GMO hybrids are a proven alternative for corn farmers, attesting that consumer food prices don''t have to rise due to yield differences. LINDEN, Ind.,

English Heritage gifts Made in China

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Quango, for a charity it hardly is, whose supposed task it is to protect the English heritage does not do much for it itself, it would appear. The heritage of England is not just its old (and not so old) historic buildings but also its crafts.

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The Rs and the U

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) We have always told, and still are being told, that there are three Rs when it comes to “going green” and that those are “reduce, reuse, recycle” but, in fact, there are more than just those three, or at least there should be. And then there is also the U for upcycle.

Himalayan salt lamps

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Himalayan salt lamps are not made with salt from the Himalayas for starters. They also do not release any negative ions or anything like that. They look pretty when lit by a light bulb or a candle, but that is about all.

British festivals are utter rubbish!

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The UK's biggest festivals churn out over 1,600 tons of all kinds of rubbish. Put into perspective that is as heavy as: 2500 cows, 250 T-Rex, 200 elephants, 20 Space Shuttles, or 15 Blue Whales. That is rather heavy, isn't it?

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Urban gardens are key in times of crisis

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Allotment gardens have often been sources of local resilience during periods of crisis. During World War I the number of allotment gardens surged from 600,000 to 1,500,000 in Britain, supplying city people with food and other ecosystem services.

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From plastic lotion bottle to tool holster (Reuse Recipe)

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Those plastic bottles that held hand lotion, or sun lotion, or the larger ones that held cleaning product of one kind or other, lend themselves very nicely to be upcycled into belt pouches/holsters for small tools like secateurs, etc.

Urban gardening: The real green revolution

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Urban gardening, the gardening in the towns and suburbs, is highly political. Anyone who belittles this movement blocks his own view of this societal change.

Smallholder farmers need seat at climate table

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Short - term, reactive solutions are not enough to help smallholder farmers cope with climate change, according to a 2015 report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). “If

Carved wooden spoons and other treen goods

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Never two of carved wooden spoon and other treen goods will ever be alike when carved along the lines of the wood, letting the grain guide the carver and dictate the shape, curves and such like are what make every piece a unique item.

Are we living in a fake democracy?

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Please see that question as a rhetorical one as the answer is not only yes, yes, and yes, but that we have nowhere, and I repeat and mean nowhere, democracy. Not in a single country of the world at this present moment.

Sloyd spoon carving

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Let's first quickly look at the meaning or etymology of the word “sloyd”. It comes from the Swedish “ slöjd ” which is translated to mean sleight of hand, skilled or crafty, in other words, handcrafts or made by hand.

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Futuristic data security through pen and paper

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) From intelligence agencies to hospitals, paper records are the killer app for stopping hackers, and pen and paper, or the typewriter, are king in this department.

Matching neighborhood skills

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) There was a time when everyone knew their neighbors and that not only in a village and they all knew who did what for a trade or who was good in this or that and, even more important, everyone was prepared to help one another.

Nation wakes up to coffee cup recycling on-the-go-go

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Große russische Getreideernten verschärfen internationalen Wettbewerb

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Russland, einer der größten Weizenexporteure der Welt, erwartet in diesem Sommer erneut eine große Getreideernte. Damit wird sich der Wettbewerb an dem ohnehin schon überversorgten Weltmarkt weiter verschärfen.

Yowk, the almost “ready-to eat” boiled egg

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all you have to do is to heat it up by Michael Smith (Veshengro) When you think you have about seen it all then along comes something like this. Help! I must say that when I saw this I wasn't really sure as to whether I was supposed to laugh or cry at the stupidity.

Native Americans: They're Illegal Immigrants, Essentially

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Paper Saver – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Paper Saver is – probably – the most eco-friendly notebook ever The Paper Saver comes without paper inside, because it's meant to be stuffed with old, discarded printouts from your home office.

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Co-op Food named worst supermarket for in-store satisfaction

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Co-op Group's Co-operative Food stores have come bottom of the table in the Which? supermarket survey for the third year in a row. The annual survey looks at all aspects of the shopping experience – whether online or in-store.

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The repair, reuse and upcycling economy

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Taking possessions to be repaired, be it bicycles, clothes, shoes, or anything else, instead of throwing them out and replacing them is green gold. But reuse and upcycling should and must also be and become part of this economy.