The Home as an Efficient Vehicle for Recycling
What you can't see in that 23" wide compartment is d) the plastic bag for all *recyclable* plastic bags, e) the plastic bag for all the *un-recylable* plastic bag/wrap materials that go into the garbage, f) a 12-pack beer box for overflow (usually for bottles and juice containers), and g) another box behind that with old socks (great for cleaning whatever) and recycled plastic bags compressed and ready for application to the above.Behind the 12" depth that the three main boxes take up and under/behind the other items mentioned is plenty of room for (the usual?) sink related materials for cleaning and maintenace, water purification, etc.
Small Home Recycling Mgt/Systems
I've lived in a very small space for some time, and with some effort, have developed and managed a relatively complete waste-handling and recycling system, that is actually convenient and space-efficient. Via the accompanying picture you can see (from left to right) a) a 12-pack beer box with the recycled grocery sack for those things that go to the "recycle bin", b) a box with a recycled sealable container for the compostables, and c) a box for the recycled plastic grocery bag for storing actual garbage.
Speaking of the sink - and water usage: there's only one sink (10"x12"); my (hand) dish-washing system depends on keeping relatively clean used soap water in a large yogurt container, and rinsing cleaned dishes with just previously boiled water in a 1 qt tea pot. That's all I use for rinsing, and that's after I've just poured some of that into the french-press coffee decanter (provides my reward for doing those dishes). It also saves on soap water if I wipe oily dishes first with the least amount of recycled and compostable tissue or toilet paper.
A good part of the simplicity and efficiency depends on my having very little food-related garbage. I make only what I can eat in a sitting or store AND eat as leftovers; I keep special containers outside for those items that require special trips (batterys, print cartridges, aerosol containers, etc); I'm careful about what I buy, not to mention who I buy it from. That is, I take a few minutes now and then to check on what's new in the recycling technology, as well as who abuses the ecology of the planet and how much. I've always naturally employed the *ReUse* principle (best way to recycle anything") due to skills related to the "Object Permanence" factor (see next paragraph). I also read labels, but I may be digressing from the main topic at this point (?). The point is, my little system accomplishes the goals with a minimum of physical effort and time investment, considering I simply keep aware of what's going on in the realm of planetary sustainability. [1/5/12]
"Object Permanence" or not:
That's about seeing things in only the standard defined way, relative to it's "normal" usage or purpose. IE: a small Pringle's can, covered over with your favorite bumpersticker, provides a cool desk caddy. I just want to remind you that your imagination is one of the greatest tools, that "object permanence" doesn't need to be. Permanent, that is. Because if we are attached to a certain way of percieving something, then we may be limiting our usage of that something. Re-Use is the most efficient means of recycling -- cost-wise, energy-wise, time-wise, etcetera-wise -- provided that the re-use doesn't cause danger to someone's health. If "that would be tacky" is your best excuse for not re-using something, then maybe you could employ your artistic potential, or trade your (other) skills for the craftsmanship required, to give the object it's sufficiently fashionable retainability or re-usability. If Home Remodeling is not a tacky trade, then "object redesigner" or "adaptation technician" might also become official employment nomanclature some day. Ok, we can just call them artists if you want . But given our apparent economic directions, well, we may not be laughing at that one very long [noted 11'08]. Besides, there's always Walmart - if you don't mind them stealing (or inefficiently recycling) YOUR job some day- for getting BRAND spanking new plasticware and state of the art "knic knaks." Now THAT's tacky! <OUCH!>
Land Waste, Environmental Damage, and Green Burials
This definitely motivates the *object permanence* related skills and engages my creativity in staying organized, lest my pack-ratting overruns my project management. All part of my "space engineering" and "rocket science" (after fitting something in, a little rock'n & shake'n settles it in). Land use practices - especially if wasteful - have always gotten my attention, including that of cemetaries, landfills (and related restarant food management).
I don't have many at-odds positions with Native American spiritual beliefs, but when comes to dealing with the physical body at death, my eastern philosophy orientation wins out. This belief and that regarding waste/ conservation has always led me to feel cemetaries should be done differently (if used at all): like converted into forest land or gardens, etc. That would mean cremation in the way least productive of CO2. And/Or re-intering the bodies to insure they would degrade and feed the environment, not lock land up and away from natural growth cycles. Most any excuse to plant a tree is a good one! We know they convert CO2 to Oxygen, right? Hence the catastrophe with the rain forests of Brazil. But I digress...)
Joelle Novey treats this topic much more elegantly, pragmatically, and in context in the article, "Greening Your Final Arrangements," July/Aug '08 issue of *Real Money.* Resources Noted there include the book, *Be a Tree: the Natural Burial guide for Turning Yourself into a Forest* by Cynthia Beal (New Society Publishers, 2009); and websites, Coop America .Org, Green Burials for list of US gren burial grounds; the book, Crossings: Caring for our Own at Death, a burial resource center, Crossings .Net; and Green Burial Council .Org
How many cassette tapes do you have?
On to less deep topics: Are you aware that it doesn't take a great deal of work to repair and recondition them (at least until they suffer a certain amount of wear, which amount is actually quite far beyond most people's imaginings)? OK, they don't have the quality that more recent technology does. But maybe you still have cassettes. Or maybe you still have a cassette player. Or you have one or both and do not have one of the more recent sound devices. Maybe all you need is readily and freely or cheaply available, including tips for reconditioning the cassettes (which you can get from me, by the way). If you read this before I've put those tips into writing, just email me or call me (see author info section). Otherwise the cassettes are not terribly recycleable (as far as I know), simply because... why? Right, because Re-Use is the most efficient way to recycle. [3/27/10]
Submitted for post by Andrea of ChristmasSongs.net (to whom I returned the favor, suggesting Green Carols, 2014 (PDF), Dec'15):
Calculate the Carbon Footprint of Your Holiday (Carbonica.Org)
Energy-Efficient Home for the Holidays (Lowes.Com)
Christmas Light Energy Calculators (SantasQuarters.Com)
Sustainable Ways to Gift Wrap
Recycled Holiday Cards (GreenFieldPaper.Com)
"A Global Climate Healing Fantasy -- and The SPIRIT of It ALL" by Christopher Pringer, May'15 (Thumnail)
see full-size graphic at World Healing Prayers page)
My homemade card relates to the "Green Holidays" section - since I can just customize them for each recipient and email them -- and REALLY test out who appreciates how much green lifestyle
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Trees And Fungi
Critical Knowledge, Communications, and a Vital Means of Healing our Planet
"The Hidden Half Of Nature - The Microbial Roots Of Life", book by David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé examine microbes and their amazing contribution to life processes, both in nature and in our bodies. "The authors rediscovered the critical importance of microbiotic relationships and the promise they hold for restoring depleted soils." Extremely important and timely information for health (think "immune system" not to mention "digestion"), long-term, for individuals and and the planet. Facebook Page [Ref: public radio, 11/18/15]
"Trees, Communications, Family-Connection & 'Psycho-Neuro-Immunity' - Bridging Empathy & Planetary Health" by Chris Pringer, Oct'16 at Linked-In.These articles were "assembled" after hearing a scientist state (in that Public Radio report [Sept'16]) talking about a 30 year trend of changes related to the survival of trees. A big part of the "assembly" were the *many* scientific research references (across four to six disciplines of science) added to back up each of the "claims" that the article makes, and thus the summary deduction, which I hope you will also find helpful and useful. A few of those (and a few new ones) are included above and below. Equivalent article at Facebook. [Thank you, ~Chris]
"Trees Communicate" By Jane Engelsiepen, Ecology Global Network, Oct 07, 2012 "...Suzanne Simard, forest ecologist at the University of British Columbia, and her colleagues have made the major discovery that trees and plants really do communicate and interact with each other. She discovered an underground web of fungi connecting the trees and plants of an ecosystem. This symbiosis enables the purposeful sharing of resources, consequently helping the whole system of trees and plants to flourish."
Expert Q&A Interviews Suzanne Simard on Fungi & Biohabitats Inc.
"Chalice-Tree Spirit In The Forest (3)"
(ChaliceBridge-Sig'd) (c) Chris Pringer, Fall'16
pre-rendered photography by Kathryn Elmore.
Full Size At Artist Websites Gallery || There is also a holiday card version there
Scientists Urge National Initiative on Microbes And Microbiomes to better understand the microbial communities that are essential to humans. By Carl Zimmeroct Oct'15 "...In two papers published simultaneously in the journals. Science and Nature, the scientists called for a government-led effort akin to the Brain Initiative, a monumental multiyear project intended to develop new technologies to understand the human brain."
Scientists Discover That Plants Communicate via Symbiotic Root Fungi "...an extensive underground network connecting plants by their roots, serving as a complex interplant communication system... a “plant Internet,” if you will. ...In one thimbleful of healthy soil, you can find several MILES of fungal filaments. ... This study is not the first to discover plant communication along mycorrhizal networks. A 2012 article in the Journal of Chemical Ecology describes mycorrhizae-induced resistance as part of plants’ systemic “immune response,” protecting them from pathogens, herbivores, and parasitic plants. And in 2010, Song et al published a report about the interplant communication of tomato plants."
"Plants Talk to Each Other Using an Internet of Fungus": Nic. Fleming, BBC Earth. N.p., 11 Nov. 2014. Web. 19 Mar. 2015.
YES! Magazine's Articles on the interconnecting bio-network of fungi/ecosystem-relevant topics (via search for Paul Stamets), including "How Mushrooms Eat Oil" by YES! Magazine staff Sep'10, "Portland's E. Coli Scare: How Mushrooms Could Have Helped Prevent It" by James Trimarco May'14, and "Bioremediation in New Orleans" by Starhawk Jan'17. Also related: "Toward an Ecological Civilization" by David Korten of YES! Magazine - one of many great lectures by Korten (this one being post Trump's election), an analysis of an ecological failure and means for recovery.
More revelations come in "The Future is Fungi" video with Paul Stamets, author of six mushroom-related books, including "Mycelium Running" & "How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World." Just try to keep your jaw from dropping(!) while understanding WE are needed to insure these scientific discoveries become relevant ASAP. More on the equally important health-related discoverys with mushrooms at the Science of Healthful Living page (Look for "The Hidden Half Of Nature"). Paul Stemets Wiki page
Above Photo from Harvard Science Review
Above Photos by unknown others
Assembled by Chris Pringer
"Chalice-Tree Spirit In The Forest"
(i-Sigd) (c) Chris Pringer, Fall'15
pre-rendered photography by Melanie Cohen. Gallery Link
"Chalice-Tree & Flower Of Life In The Forest (2)"
(ChaliceBridge-Sig'd) (c) Chris Pringer, Fall'16,
pre-rendered photography by Kathryn Elmore.
Full Size At Artist Websites Gallery
There is also a holiday card version there
Plant immunity - Latest research and news Nature.Com (Journal) [incl. articles such as:] "Bidirectional cross-kingdom RNAi and fungal uptake of external RNAs confer plant protection"
Plant & Human Immune Systems Compared Search Results at Nature.Com (Journal)
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate: An enjoyable summary review at Brain Pickings .Org "To be sure, even trees are discriminating in their kinship, which they extend in varying degrees. ...trees don’t interact with one another in isolation from the rest of the ecosystem. The substance of their communication, in fact, is often about and even to other species. ...[Trees utilize] an extreme precision of signal. In addition to smell, they also use taste — each species produces a different kind of “saliva,” which can be infused with different pheromones targeted at warding off a specific predator. ...[Trees'] interconnectedness isn’t limited to regional ecosystems. [Wohlleben's book includes] such fascinating aspects ...as how trees pass wisdom down to the next generation ...what makes them live so long, and how forests handle immigrants."
"How Trees Communicate": Waking Times video - "Similar to the network of neurons and axons in the human brain, the network of fungi, roots, soil and micro-organisms beneath the larger ‘mother trees’ gives the forest its own consciousness.
Paul Stamets - How Mushrooms Can Save Bees & Our Food Supply (video) In this 6th Age of Extinctions, the biosphere’s life-support systems that have allowed humans to ascend are collapsing. World-renown, visionary mycological researcher/inventor Paul Stamets illuminates how fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer uniquely powerful, practical solutions we can implement now to boost the biosphere’s immune system and equip us with benign breakthrough mycotechnologies to accelerate the transition to a restored world.
According to "TREES: Guardians of the Earth": regarding trees and their essential value to the biosphere: Trees have helped to create both our soils and atmosphere. Firstly "by by mechanical (root pressure) and chemical (humic acid) breakdown of rock, adding life processes as humus and myriad decomposers" - especially including the fungi as noted above (and/or via their links) - all having critical role in water conservation. Secondly "by gaseous exchange, establishing and maintaining an oxygenated atmosphere and an active water-vapour cycle essential to life. ...The composition of the atmosphere is the result of reactive processes, and forests may be doing about 80% of the work, with the rest due to oceanic or aquatic exchange. Many cities, and most deforested areas such as Greece, no longer produce the oxygen they use."
Nalini Nadkarni: Between Earth And Sky Trees As Silent Teachers In Strident
Andy Lipkis - Navigating Adaptation and Resilience: As founder and President of L.A.’s legendary TreePeople, Andy Lipkis has brought visionary solutions to the once-poster child of municipal environmental dysfunction. Inventing the citizen forestry movement and engaging hundreds of thousands of Angeleños over decades he has systematically demonstrated how to repair and restore an urban watershed by integrating ecology, economy and justice. As L. A.’s eco-governance model starts to spread globally, he will report from the frontlines of the City of Angels and Australia, which has engaged the entire citizenry as watershed managers.
"Funghi (Chalice) Root Man", Chris Pringer of ChaliceBridge.Com, Jan'17
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Long Term (Energy-Related and Other) Problem Solving:
Renewables could soon supply 80% of world's energy, Ban says
(from UN Wire, 2/11/13 of UNFoundation.org)
Politicians are lagging behind scientists and military leaders in sounding the alarm over climate change, and the consequences could be catastrophic, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said this week. "It's time to move beyond spending enormous sums addressing the damage and to make investments that will repay themselves many times over," Ban said. "With the right enabling public policies, close to 80% of the world's energy supply could be met by renewables by mid-century. This is not utopian or science fiction. It is current fact," he added. Council on Foreign Relations online (2/11), Council on Foreign Relations online
We've been developing computers that are several trillion times faster than before, and are getting faster. Are we ready for faster answers? That is... Haven't so many of our current conundrums resulted from way too fast answers to way too wrong questions - even with slow computers ? The point here is that of the importance of the question when it comes to getting the solutions we truly need.
You might find this interesting: "The Use Of Questions (and Gestalt approach) In Effective Affirmation Therapy" - Theory and Examples for Practical Application - developing Pragmatic use of "the right question"
So... Before we can achieve Planetary Sustainability, we have to attain 'Citizen Sustainability.' A military "solution" or "revolution" (quoted because what would be so revolutionary about that?) - large enough to make any difference - will also reap more pain, confusion, and denial. More than we can heal then regain sufficient capacity for planetary healing - before Global Warming takes the rest of us. We're going to have to outsmart that unevolved part of us - and those who represent it politically. That means, IMO, we need to vote with our our dollar (Coop America makes the "for Dummies" book on that one, and on many other sustainable oriented finance solutions), and with our pen or keyboard, and maybe with our feet - as well as with the ballot. [~ Chris Pringer]
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Water Conservation [3/20/09]
Question: How much of the WATER SHORTAGE
can be replaced by rainwater conservation?
| Rainwater Harvesting |
The Oasis Rainwater Harvesters site (Waste Tech Environmental Ltd. of Yorkshire, UK) has a more than representative set of different types of rainwater harvesters with useful info for each type and good pics, including FAQ's on Rainwater Harvesters. Not having "shopped" the subject I'll leave it to you to find the best or least expensive, most local, etc. The "FullHouse" systems page is here. Other pages there cover Rainwater Tanks and water butts, Grants, 'INTERFLUSH' cistern kits, SUDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems), "RainBrain" for schools, Units for Developers, Sustainable Homes, etc.
Elsewhere there's a page with a "Simple collection system you can build": "All you need is a couple of plastic containers (for example, new rubbish or similar type containers will work); some pvc tubing; some pvc valves, pvc cement, a few boards to build some stands; some downspout fittings; a razor knife or jig-saw; and a few other items..."
Scientific Assistance For Watersheds: "A [watershed] is an area that [captures and accumulates rainwater] and channels the resultant surface water and groundwater into an ocean, sea, or bay. The drainage system of a watershed begins with a spring or a single water channel and progressively increases in size and complexity as the drainage system flows downstream. It is a dynamic system, and the integrity of the system is essential to the quality of life of its inhabitants. [The Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds (C-SAW at USGS)] is a team of scientists and service providers available to provide free technical assistance to your watershed/conservation group"
|| Growing Trees & Orchards With Little Rainfall or Irrigation - with New Technology
from "Do TREES Make it Rain?" at dewharvest.blogspot.com
Trees play a large role in increasing rainfall. In fact, scientists believe 33-40% of precipitation is due to evapotranspiration from forests. In the summer in areas, the amount of rainfall originally derived from forests can be as high as 50%. Evapotranspiration is the process by which trees elevate water from the ground, through their roots up to their canopies and up into the air. It is remarkably efficient way to liberate ground water and allow it to come down again as rain. Without trees, most of the ground water would return to the oceans and mix with salt water without ever being used. Trees can lift up to 100 gallons of water from the ground into the air in one day.
New technology, designed in Holland to be used in dry areas around the Earth, allows trees to be planted regardless of rainfall. This technology, called the Groasis Waterboxx, acts a self recharging water battery, filling up with dew and rare rainwater, and slowly channeling this water to the roots of the growing tree. This forms a column of water beneath the Waterboxx, inducing the tree's roots to reach deep to underground water reservoirs called capilarry water (the underground water that would sit stagnant or flow to the sea without the Waterboxx). The Waterboxx is removed once the tree reaches deeper water stores (evidenced by a growth spurt), and reused up to nine more times.
The Waterboxx is literally earth changing because it allows trees to be established for profit in areas that have too irregular rainfall to have any other crops. It works so well that 88% of trees planted with the Waterboxx survived a year in the Sahara, compared to around 11% planted without the Waterboxx but with weekly planting. This survival rate increases to 99% if two trees are planted per Waterboxx and only the stronger one is kept. The Waterboxx will allow orchards and timber farms to be established in what was otherwise considered useless land, slowly changing climate.
Clearly no single planting, no orchard, park or forest planted in a current arid area is going to substantially increase rainfall. But as planting trees with the Waterboxx is profitable, in the future we can reverse the damage we have previously done to our climate by planting large numbers of orchards, parks, timberland on private land. Their cumulative effect will not just enrich our individual lives and properties, but our world as a whole.
More on TREES & Water Conservation:
1) Trees and their essential value to the biosphere: "Trees have helped to create both our soils and atmosphere. The first by mechanical (root pressure) and chemical (humic acid) breakdown of rock, adding life processes as humus and myriad decomposers. The second by gaseous exchange, establishing and maintaining an oxygenated atmosphere and an active water-vapour cycle essential to life. ...The composition of the atmosphere is the result of reactive processes, and forests may be doing about 80% of the work, with the rest due to oceanic or aquatic exchange. Many cities, and most deforested areas such as Greece, no longer produce the oxygen they use." [from "TREES: Guardians of the Earth"]
2) HEMP grows in near desert conditions and reverses soil erosion!
See below in section, "Resources for Resources"
3) Who needs to hear about all this - well, for ONE example:
"Fear at the tap: Uranium contaminates water in the West" - "...California is now experiencing its driest four-year span on record, and farmers and other users are pumping groundwater at the highest rates ever, helping to pull yet more uranium into areas of aquifers tapped by water wells. ...In this swath of farmland, roughly 250 miles long and encompassing major cities, up to one in 10 public water systems have raw drinking water with uranium levels that exceed federal and state safety standards, the U.S. Geological Survey has found. ..."
Global Water Challenge (GWC)
GWC is a coalition of 24 leading organizations creating a global movement of transformational change around water and sanitation. GWC focuses on collaborative learning, connecting leaders, and investing in sustainable, scalable and replicable projects. Our goal is universal access to clean water and safe sanitation. GWC is committed to finding and implementing solutions by engaging people and their governments, spreading knowledge, and increasing access to markets.
Rainwater harvesting systems are one of the resources implemented where applicable [I verified this via the site's search engine -cp]. For some overviews, see the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Drinking Water Target chart at the GWC 'About Us' page showing trends indicating most countries are on track for meeting the target (2006), and "Multiple-Use Water Services to Advance the Millennium Development Goals". You can also take action to assist the project by signing the petition to congress at letter to congress
Keywords for Water Resources/Conservation Research -
"Rainwater" often does not bring good results from the larger world/Govt. management or research organizations. Suggestion: also try the following in combo with "rainwater conservation", etc: precipitation, groundwater recharge, self-supplied or self-supplied domestic water withdrawals; Ground-water withdrawals; Watershed, evapotranspiration, transpiration, Aridity; Saline, Thermoelectric Power & Saline; drought, compost toilet, dryland
WA State wind/wave energy source and
Wind, Waves, and Watts
Offshore jack-up platforms, like the oil-drilling platform pictured above, could be used for wind and tide energy production. ...If Grays Harbor gets its preliminary permit from FERC, it will be able to deploy a platform with a meteorological tower at its proposed site 12 to 17 miles south of Nantucket. This will provide the wind and wave data it needs to determine if the project is feasible. Another site being looked at is south of Block Island. Grays Harbor's CEO Burton Hamner likens his three-sided turbine platforms to a "big, triangular footstool."
(Sunday 04 January 2009; Photo: Blake Offshore LLC)
Also see below ref/link on "Blue Planet Project, Water, The Economy, & More"
MORE Resources for Resources -
About Things We Can Use, Promote, Employ, Invest In, Etc
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Bioneers - Collective Heritage Institute: An organization of some of the most intelligent and long-time dedicated people on the planet (IMHO), developing and implementing "sustainable" solutions throughout the world, including much for rebuilding the ECONOMY on both micro and macro levels. Some great examples are presented via www.bioneers.org/conference - "Solutions in nature consisitently surpass our concept of what is possible." Also see the Collective Heritage Institute of Santa Fe, NM. Sample articles, include "The Hidden Connection: A Science for Sustainable Living" by Fritjof Capra.
E. F. Schumacher Society Links: In short, some of the most essential core resources on sustainability, including Microcredit, Educational Programs, Magazines & Newsletters, Films & Videos, Land Reform, Worker/Ownership Cooperatives
Global Stewards Links Page
Include * Greasecar.com, * Veggie Van * Biofuels of Marin * Retail Fueling Stations in U.S. - biodiesel in the form of used cooking oil * How to make your own biodiesel from new vegetable oil * Biodiesel (Alternative Fuels Data Center) * National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium * U.S. National Biodiesel Board * Biodiesel (U.S. Department of Energy) * Biodiesel Association of Australia * Biodiesel Industries * Biodiesel Research (University of Idaho) ...and a Great set of Links [Please also note the argument per the article, "The Development of Biofuel Disrupts Agriculture, Results in 'Reductions in Food Consumption'” in the "Perspectives" section below.]
GREEN America .Org, Economic Action for a Just Planet
(Pre Jan 2009 was "Coop America", URLs Updated 2011)
many great resources, lots of information available; ie: "Green Living Web Resources," "Five Things You Should Always Buy Green," "Ten Fair Trade Products to Look for," "Eight Body Care Toxins to Avoid," "10 Things You Should Never Buy Again". Also there you can "Search COMPANY PROFILES", etc. And for Investments of a more Conscientious Approach to the planet, try www.socialinvest.org/. And www.shareholderaction.org - describes actions many socially aware investors take to pressure companies to be more responsible. Also see Responsible / Sustainable Shopping / Investments and Favorite Solution Section, both are sections at Political References Page (annotated links)
The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI)
or "Clinton Global Initiative"
"The Clinton Climate Initiative aims to create and advance solutions to the core issues driving climate change. It takes a holistic approach, addressing the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions and the people, policies, and practices that impact them. Working with governments and businesses around the world, CCI focuses on three strategic program areas: increasing energy efficiency in some of the worlds largest cities, catalyzing the large-scale supply of clean energy, and working to stop deforestation."
The Empire State Building is being retrofit to improve energy efficiency.
L.A. Lighting: L.A. is replacing 14,000 street lights with more efficient LED technology.
And actually, to get some idea of how so many projects are going on thanks to this great work of service to the planet,
just put "Clinton Global Initiative Energy Plan" (w/o quotes) into your search engine! (Thank you, Bill!)
Reactivation Of The US Civilian Conservation Corps) [11/10/09]
A GREAT PETITION TO SIGN
...by those who know we don't have much time to turn this our mothership Earth around:
because where we can boost the economy, build community, AND make great gains for the environment -
like with the Reactivation, refunding, and revamping of the USCCC -
well, it only makes good sense to get this under way - ASAP! ...
Thank you for your consideration!
* Home Org. Site: http://www.wecantakeit.org/
HEMP, Nature's Gift to All Life
Yes, Really! [And before you get too excited and click these links, also check out the section and charts just below.] Besides Hempcrete's being a much more superior building material due to the fact that it is very strong, lightweight and breathable, this mixture creates a negative carbon footprint. How? Since lime is the binding material, builders do not have to heat up the lime as much as a supplier would need to in the industrial creation of concrete. This results in a lot of energy conservation when producing Hempcrete vs. concrete. Hempcrete sequesters carbon (hides or puts it away) as it is very high in cellulose. Through it’s growing life cycle, it takes in large amounts of carbon which is then built into the home or building it is being used to construct. This does not allow the carbon to be released into the atmosphere. A home can save about 20,000 lbs of carbon when being built out of Hempcrete. When used as exterior walls, it lets water in without rotting or damaging the material. As humidity is taken in from the external environment, the Hempcrete holds that humidity until it is ready to be released again when the climate is less humid. It’s also fire-proof, water-proof, and rot-proof as long as it’s above ground. Hempcrete is much more versatile, easy to work with and pliable than concrete. In fact, these structures are three times more earthquake resistant than regular concrete. Other notable factors are that hemp requires no fertilizer, weed killer pesticide or fungicide to grow it. Read more at "Hempcrete Could Change The Way We Build Everything"
||HEMPCRETE for the future proposed alternative transit systems - a proposal
That is, I suggest this application given that the production of concrete for the infrastructure required by these systems -- eg: the carbon cost to the climate (per ref noted below) -- is the largest reason for their not (yet) competing well with other alt. transportation systems. Hempcrete currently is only produced and sold outside of the US. There have been gains in laws allowing growth of industrial hemp in various states of US. I have yet to hear of anyone else relating the Hempcrete option to the transit systems comparative cost analysis. [ed. 7'15] Ref: "Transportation for Sustainable Communities: A cost and impact comparison between alternative transportation modes"
Hempire Building .Net supply hempcrete and hemp-lime plasters grown and manufactured in Ireland. "The materials are ready mixed and ready to go. We also run courses on ecological building with hemplime, strawbale, thatching, building masonry stoves, compost toilets etc at The Ark Permaculture Project .Com."
The Wonder Plant for Bio-Sustainability
My words, absolutely not over-stated or exaggerated, and this is about the INDUSTRIAL (non-hallucinogenic) plant. It might be easier to find what can not be made from it and done with it (cheaper) than what can be (See Charts Below): papers (nearly indestructable) while saving trees by the millions, textiles (also nearly indestructable), automobiles, a protein drink with a more complete protein than soy or eggs, medicines of all types, seed oil for many uses including bio-diesel fuel far more efficient than corn-made with carbon reduction for many industries, not to mention 4 crops per year in near desert conditions while reversing soil erosion,(!), which is why England is growing it in every available nook & cranny. Unbelievable that the US is just barely getting started, including making it LEGAL, considering how much economic benefit hemp could provide - Once we RE-EDUCATE the PUBLIC about the Potential of NON-hallucinogenic varieties of INDUSTRIAL hemp, facilitating the political process. Thanks for Passing the Word, doing your part, etc!
Search Tip: "Industrial Hemp"
One of the most complete sources (in one referenced summary) I've found so far is THE MIRACLE PAPER PLANT, by Emily J. Horswill, who I'm proud to call my friend. Another source: TMPP at Emily's Blogspot
Versativa .Org While the site is about hemp products for sale there, it has some VERY good video and audio files, quickly conveying the implications and possibilities. As well as much of that interesting history. Also listed as a source there: "Hemp Nutrition for man, machine and earth". BBC – Countryfile, Episode 987 – November 2, 2008
Great Charts, Resources, ETC from Michigan Hemp .Org "The Michigan Industrial Hemp Education and Marketing Project has the stated goal of 'Working to expand hemp as a natural resource for industrial and private enterprise.' Our mission is to educate the public and state government officials about Industrial Hemp and try to clear up the myths and teach the facts through meetings and seminars and setting up booths at public events. We also will be working to connect consumers and vendors of hemp products in Michigan and in the United States."
The shutdown of Hemp in the 30's - Summary by Andrew Weil, ND (Naturopath, best-selling author, teacher) at "Medical Marijuana's Tremendous Potential for Curing Ailments Cutting Through All The Government Misinformation"
Vote Hemp is a national, single-issue, nonprofit organization dedicated to the acceptance of and free market for industrial hemp, low-THC oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis, and to changes in current law to allow U.S. farmers to grow the crop. Please call and write to your Representative in Congress today and ask them to become a cosponsor of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011 [that was Aug'11, but keep the pressure on in any case, Thank you! -cp]
Hemp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Industrial Hemp | Hemp News "The internet's longest running compilation of international news stories..."
Industrial Hemp .Net: "The Ultimate Web Resource For Hemp" including: activism and lobbies, distributors, events, trade shows, FAQ, government links, and The Industrial Hemp Store
Many Hemp products are available via Green America .Org including in their National Green Pages™.
NOT IN STYLE - So I'm going to wait? : I've been wearing my hemp fanny pack (from Ganesh Himal, Tibetan products) since the mid-90's (yeah, that huge one you may have seen with utility rings, etc ) - "tough as a boot", still retaining it's color and embroidered design! AND, by the way, I very much enjoy the effects of Hemp Protein in my body. -Chris Pringer, 2015
Hemp Homes Are Cutting Edge of Green Building
Cannabis Electric Cars at Change.org Weekly, 8/31/2010: "Hippies, rejoice: The world's first cannabis electric car may soon hit the roads of Canada. The car's hemp biocomposite body is light, cheap, and renewable. Environment blogger Nikki Gloudeman thinks it's too bad the car won't make it past the U.S. border. Industrial hemp, a clean replacement for all sorts of environmentally-unhealthy materials, is illegal to grow here. Isn't time to end this foolish policy? Tell the U.S. to lift the ban and love the cannabis coupe."
Hemp Milk Instead of Cow's Milk (8/24/2011) (actually, this is just one of many many food products available from various producers, providing excellent nutrition)
Selected Diet Related Hemp Links have been put at the Transition Diet page, "Efficient Body-Sizing Strategies & Resources -- for Weight Management" section.
Charts, "Modern Uses of Industrial Hemp" and "Industrial Hemp, the Model Crop" (both by unknown, but from above listed resource sites, very likely Michigan Hemp .Org)
On Efficiency From UCS & Others
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the Hybrid Blog for fuel saving ideas. A project of UCS. A few of the "Recent Posts" include: # What would YOU call “compelling and extraordinary?”; # Debate "Flows" on EPA Blog; # Helping the EPA's Blog with “Openness and Transparency” [11/24/08]
Tips For Fuel Efficiency from Global Stewards .Org
UCS Hybrid Center Hybrid Technology Center UCS Hybrid Watchdog
Clean Vehicle Solutions * Cleaner Cars, Pickups, and SUVs
...Solutions: * Advanced Vehicles and Fuels ...Solutions: * Cleaner Diesel
The Impacts of Gasoline & Diesel Vehicles * Cars, Pickups, and SUVs The Impacts... * Diesel
On Bio-Fuels From UCS & Others
On Vehicle Efficiency & MUCH more,
from David Blume
The technology for alcohol fueled vehicle engines was hid for 70 or 80 years until David Blume not only re-established it's viability - as likely critical solution to the automobile polution problem - but provided a means for everyone's individually converting their own vehicles.
[ Please note Using HEMP to make bio diesel fuel is FAR more efficient (and C02 reductive)
than using corn for fuel. But if you can only go the corn route, please continue. ]
A prolific author and teacher, find everything you need to know about this via
the "Alcohol Can Be A Gas" page at Permaculture .Com: "With alcohol fuel, you can become energy independent, reverse global warming, and survive Peak Oil in style. Alcohol fuel is "liquid sunshine" and can't be controlled by transnational corporations. You can produce alcohol for less than $1 a gallon, using a wide variety of plants and waste products, from algae to stale donuts. It's a much better fuel than gasoline, and you can use it in your car, right now. You can even use alcohol to generate electricity. Alcohol fuel production is ecologically sustainable, revitalizes farms and communities, and creates huge new opportunities for small-scale businesses. Its byproducts are clean and valuable. Alcohol has a proud history and a vital future." Excerpt from Solarliving .Org: "David Blume starred in the 10 part PBS series Alcohol As Fuel. He is a master permaculturist, ecological biologist/designer. and one of the first CSA farmers in Amreica. He's worked around the globe in alternative energy, sustainable agriculture, food/energy security and democracy. He's the author of Alcohol Can Be A Gas, has taught intensive workshops to over 10,000 people while apprearing on Radio, Print and television over 1000 times." [Key/Tag: Biofuel] Related: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Blume
The Role of Food Crops as Transportation Fuel. (References the next three articles)
Land use changes and biofuels
The 2007 Renewable Fuel Standard Issue brief: Low carbon fuel standard
(More) From Global Stewards .Org
from Global Stewards on Bio-fuels: Biodiesel Links
Biofuels Library (great list of links, including links on how to make your own biodiesel)
GrassRoots Biodiesel Home Page
Please also note the argument per the article, "The Development of Biofuel Disrupts Agriculture, Results in 'Reductions in Food Consumption'” in the "Perspectives" section below.]
Other Sustainable Planet Resources
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Does the Northwest need electric trains?
Solutionary Rail Electric Rail Can Be Part Of Climate Solution
Washington Toxics Coalition
activists alerts, a great variety of health protection information; ie: "Healthy Holiday Gift Guide," & more
www.realmoney.org offers advice on fostering sustainability in the ultimate local environment -your own home and hometown. A Bi-Monthly Newsletter available with Green America membership or by newsletter-only subscription ($20/year; Pre Jan 2009 was "Coop America", URLs Updated 2011) [Related: Responsible / Sustainable Shopping / Investments at Political References Page (annotated links)]
Green Pages .Org Fair Trade Action .Org
Responsible Shopper .Org Climate Action .Org
Perspectives, Research, & Stats
Tom Goldtooth: Stopping the Privatization of Nature And Commodification of Mother Earth
Paul Hawken: Solutions for Climate Change: One of the most important thought leaders, activists and entrepreneurs of our era (as founder of Erewhon Trading Company and Smith & Hawken garden stores), Paul Hawken illuminates his groundbreaking new Project Drawdown. It’s the first systematic attempt to do the math on the most effective climate solutions and technologies that already exist, and the impact they would have if they scaled in a rigorous manner over the next 30 years.
Aren't We Clever? By Thomas L. Friedman The New York Times, September 18, 2010
About the most convincing little story (true) about global warming I've ever read [-cp].
"... 'There is really no debate about climate change in China,' said Peggy Liu, chairwoman of the Joint U.S.-China Collaboration on Clean Energy, a nonprofit group working to accelerate the greening of China. 'China's leaders are mostly engineers and scientists, so they don't waste time questioning scientific data.' The push for green in China, she added, 'is a practical discussion on health and wealth. There is no need to emphasize future consequences when people already see, eat and breathe pollution every day.'
"And because runaway pollution in China means wasted lives, air, water, ecosystems and money — and wasted money means fewer jobs and more political instability — China's leaders would never go a year (like we will) without energy legislation mandating new ways to do more with less. It's a three for-one shot for them. By becoming more energy efficient per unit of G.D.P., China saves money, takes the lead in the next great global industry and earns credit with the world for mitigating climate change. ..."
*Hope for a Heated Planet -
How Americans Are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better Future*
A critically acclaimed book by Bob Musil, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility from 1992 - 2006: Rejecting cries of gloom and doom, Hope for a Heated Planet shows how the fight against global warming can be won by the grassroots efforts of individuals. The future depends, Musil insists, on what changes ordinary citizens make. Through personal choices and political engagement, he shows how readers can cut carbon emissions and create green communities where they live. With practical and realistic solutions, Hope for a Heated Planet inspires readers to be accountable and enables them to usher in an age of sustainability for future generations.
"Robert Musil has had a bird's eye view of the climate debate almost from its inception, and he has paid careful attention to both the problem and the solutions. This is a masterfully comprehensive account of both where we are and we sure better go." —Bill McKibben, author of *Deep Economy*
"Hope for a Heated Planet offers a clear-eyed assessment of the unprecedented challenge that climate change presents for today's Americans. Musil is a hardheaded yet hopeful Washington insider who is well-positioned to make the case that with a new generation of clean energy—and the energy of citizens across America—there is hope, indeed, for our heated planet." —Chris Flavin, president, Worldwatch Institute
*The Great Turning - From Empire to Earth Community* by David Korten
This book is summarized in YES Magazine. Find more at PCDForum Bulletin #5. One of many great lectures by Korten (this one being post Trump's election) is "Toward an Ecological Civilization" -an analysis of an ecological history, states of health and challenge, and means for recovery. Two more of his books include "When corporations rule the World" and "Post Corporate World" - insightful and important when contemplating responding to current challenges and the healing of the planet. You might also enjoy the transcript of Korten's keynote address at the 2002 EARTH CHARTER COMMUNITY SUMMIT. Timely articles include "What to Do Now That the War Has Started." A related sites include www.davidkorten.org and The Fourth Freedom .Org/.
- "gaia's children birthing a future of partnering human kinship with all life." (A great many links to perceptions on the topic, organized, most excellent quotes to break up the exhaustive bibliographic-link feel)
"There Are Many Worlds . . . of being and awareness"
- Contrary to what those of us who were raised in Industrial Culture have been conditioned to believe, there are many worlds, actual and accessible, other than the incoherent, fragmented, and divided one continuously displayed in the majority of print and electronic media forms. It is expanding and life-affirming to one's own existence, and all one touches and relates to, to be congnizant of more of these. (Various perceptions on the topic, and/or links to same)
Maude Barlow, Blue Planet Project, Water, The Economy, & More
Maude Barlow is the head of the Council of Canadians, Canada's largest public advocacy organization, founder of the Blue Planet Project, author of the new book *Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water*. See transcript of Maude Barlow interview, "Blue Covenant: Maude Barlow On The Global Movement For Water Justice". Barlow's fundamental theme is that "The hydrologic cycle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrologic_cycle) has been dramatically and deeply affected by our abuse and displacement of water, and we have to stop." On Oct. 21, 2008 Canadian water activist Maude Barlow was named "senior adviser to the United Nations on water issues -- a new position created by General Assembly president Miguel d'Escoto, who raised the subject of water as a human right in his first U.N. speech in September," Also see about UFPPC's discussion group, Digging Deeper, on the book, *Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water* by Maude Barlow and Tony Clark (New Press, 2002).
STATS ON THE ECONOMY, THE RICH/POOR DIVIDE:
Maude Barlow is also the author of the new book 'The World Has Divided into Rich and Poor as at No Time in History' (links to article at Common Ground): MAUDE BARLOW: On the eve of this G-20 gathering: "Let's look at a few facts. Fact, the world has divided into rich and poor as at no time in our history. The richest 2% own more than half the household wealth in the world. The richest 10% hold 85% of total global assets and the bottom half of humanity owns less than 1% of the wealth in the world. The three richest men in the world have more money than the poorest 48 countries. Fact, while those responsible for the 2008 global financial crisis were bailed out and even rewarded by the G-20 government's gathering here, the International Labor Organization tells us that in 2009, 34 million people were added to the global unemployed, swelling those ranks to 239 million, the highest ever recorded. Another 200 million are at risk in precarious jobs and the World Bank tells us that at the end of 2010, another 64 million will have lost their jobs. By 2030, more than half the population of the megacities of the Global South will be slumdwellers with no access to education, health care, water, or sanitation. Fact, global climate change is rapidly advancing, claiming at least 300,000 lives and $125 billion in damages every year. Called the silent crisis, climate change is melting glaciers, eroding soil, causing freak and increasingly wild storms, displacing untold millions from rural communities to live in desperate poverty in peri-urban centers. Almost every victim lives in the Global South in communities not responsible for greenhouse gas emissions and not represented here at the summit. The atmosphere has already warmed up a full degree in the last several decades and is on course to..." [excerpt from Common Ground article]
Related to the above at this site:
A collection of Pro-Active Economic Activism Resources for individually taking charge of our economic health towards a sustainable planet are listed at in the section for Responsible Shopping & Investment, Corporate Reform, & Economic Fairness Issues at Christopher's Political Reference Page. The Economics of War & Peace - Part III - Considerations, Innovations, Accountability, Solutions, Resources
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Ratical.Org - Rat Haus Reality Gallery
- "living life passionately - birthright of all life" (This is where I got the above Co-Globalizing Earth & Many Worlds Links)
The Development of Biofuel Disrupts Agriculture, Results in “Reductions in Food Consumption” By Global Research News Global Research, March 31, 2015 Sciencemag.org: A study published in the journal Science found government biofuel policies rely on reductions in food consumption to generate greenhouse gas savings. Now, the question is: Whether to seek greenhouse gas reductions from food reductions? The study looked at three models used by U.S. and European agencies, and found that all three estimate that some of the crops diverted from food to biofuels are not replaced by planting crops elsewhere. “Without reduced food consumption, each of the models would estimate that biofuels generate more emissions than gasoline,” said Timothy Searchinger, first author on the paper and a research scholar at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. ...Searchinger’s co-authors were Robert Edwards and Declan Mulligan of the Joint Research Center at the European Commission; Ralph Heimlich of the consulting practice Agricultural Conservation Economics; and Richard Plevin of the University of California-Davis. ...“The impacts on food consumption result not from a tailored tax on excess consumption but from broad global price increases that will disproportionately affect some of the world’s poor,” Searchinger said.
The emissions reductions from switching from gasoline to ethanol have been debated for several years. Automobiles that run on ethanol emit less carbon dioxide, but this is offset by the fact that making ethanol from corn or wheat requires energy that is usually derived from traditional greenhouse gas-emitting sources, such as natural gas. ...The paper recommends that modelers try to show their results more transparently so that policymakers can decide if they wish to seek greenhouse gas reductions from food reductions. “The key lesson is the trade-offs implicit in the models,” Searchinger said.
The Alliance for a Caring Economy (ACE)
The newest (2007) of initiatives from Riane Eisler and The Center for Partnership Studies, ACE is a network to develop the foundations for a caring partnership economics is being formed with representatives from government, business, civil society, and academic sectors. Economic rules, measures, and policies that recognize the real value of the essential work of caring for children and the elderly, keeping our families healthy, and maintaining a clean and healthy environment, are foundational to the construction of an economics that can meet the challenges we face. ...will lead to the higher valuing of caring and caretaking in our homes, schools, and workplaces, as well as to the more caring economic and social policies needed to move toward a more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous world. ACE will bring together representatives from academia, government, business, and civil society to ...Collect information on what is already happening to give economic value to caregiving, such as paid parental leave and economic measurements that, unlike GDP, take into account the essential economic contribution of caregiving in both the formal and informal economies. ... Riane Eisler's speech to the World's Women Forum Plenary July 29, 2004 was *Revisioning The Economic Rules: Empowering Women And Changing The World*
What the Mayan Elders are Saying About 2012 by Carlos Barrios"
Carlos Barrios, Mayan elder and Ajq'ij (is a ceremonial priest and spiritual guide) of the Eagle Clan. Carlos initiated an investigation into the different Mayan calendars circulating. Carlos along with his brother Gerardo studied with many teachers and interviewed nearly 600 traditional Mayan elders to widen their scope of knowledge. Carlos found out quickly there were several conflicting interpretations of Mayan hieroglyphs, petroglyphs, Sacred Books of 'Chilam Balam' and various ancient text. "...All was predicted by the mathematical cycles of the Mayan calendars. -- It will change --everything will change. Mayan Day-keepers view the Dec. 21, 2012 date as a rebirth ...The date specified in the calendar Winter Solstice in the year 2012 does not mark the end of the world. Many outside people writing about the Mayan calendar sensationalize this date, but they do not know. The ones who know are the indigenous elders who are entrusted with keeping the tradition. ...Now is the time to awaken and take action. ...Everyone who is here now has an important purpose. This is a hard but a special time. We have the opportunity for growth, but we must be ready for this moment in history. ...Meditation and spiritual practice are good, but also action. ..."
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Also at the "Poly-Psy Citizen Healing" page: Favorite Alternative Solution Sites
| Summary From essay,
"A Re-balancing Transition Process for Healing
Government, the Economy, and the Global Warming Crisis":
One could say that medical over-categorization has led people to be bigoted and "extremist" towards their medical conditions. This can apply to political conditions, whether they be *called* capitalistic, socialistic, communistic, right-wing or leftist (especially while the defining or labeling of various political strategies, let alone mentioning "class war," can be so controversial in itself). As in medicine, finding and maintaining the right balance of elements in any governing system requires an unprejudiced and objective analysis. That includes the appreciation of (the diversity of) the proper place and role of almost every type of strategy and mechanism ever used in history, all considered in the context of each their settings (era, place, and circumstance), in order to develop what will work optimally for any current circumstance. And then a "Diet" is prescribed to facilitate transition to and maintenance for the truly workable system. Easy? Of course not, certainly given these requirements for transition: Time for integration of what we've learned mentally, and for healing much of what we've learned emotionally (in the "school of hard knocks") for necessary realizations regarding relationships (with self, others, Higher Power as applies), values, purpose, direction. And then diets transition as the patient's system does... and so on. If these don't apply, then it could only be easier. However...
"Patriotism Better Defined for 911, v5a" with Ecumenical Logo Set, Balance Scale, Peace Flag, Tree & Flower of Life, Dove & Transition Mandala midground, Intertwined Hearts and Chalice Tapestry 8A1 background", Chris Pringer, 9/11/2010, rev.9'12. At My Gallery my artwork can be viewed at full resolution, and is available in framed or canvas prints, greeting cards, & more.
and the sidebar essay, "Solutions: Common Means to Efficient Paths, 'Bridging' in the Cross-Discipline Approach"
[10/12/07, ed. 3/14/09, 3/28/10, ...]
Responsible / Sustainable Shopping / Investments at Political References Page (annotated links)
On the Pragmatic Balancing of Extremes
What's "Pragmatic Balance" mean here? It means, to the degree this presentation is a success: ground floor, bottom-line common sense - for application of specific principles and understandings, of true winning attitudes, values for the family - of Mankind - and it's necessary diversity. For not just "surviving", but also bringing everyone along in the best possible manner, all things considered, AND achieving worthy objectives along the way - towards achieving the highest possible goals. But that means beginning where we are, and where we are is in one very challenging situation. Attitude coaching for a football game? I wish this "game" was that simple! Section includes "Paradigm Shifts - A Pragmatic Summary" (July, 2010), "Diversity and the Gestalt..." (8/14/10), " 'The Lords of Culture' and Listening ...An Anthropology of Intelligence & Paradigms in Context" (7/31/10, ed.9/4/10), resource links, and much more.
"Questions For Disillusionment" Including titles, "Getting Past Disillusionment in Times of Changing Values," Published 1990 in "The New Times;" "Preventing/Overcoming 'Burnout' for Activists;" "Questions for Personal Empowerment" -
question-based affirmations over colorful tapestry background; "Dis-I-Loose In/En-Mint" - more eclectic considerations (with a touch of humor); and Related Resources - for support &/or conceptual understanding, dealing with the "Emotional Body."
Evolution Trends: The "Information Age" And Its Evolution Into The "Holographic Age" Recent additions include: much improved "Basis of Assessment - with "Seven Phases of Evolution"; "On Potential Realities, Ideals, Goals, and Accomplishment"; and "On Learning, Fairness, Truth, and Peace" (& Purpose, Structure, Religion, Karma), and ref-links for the "updated" prophecies for the year 2012.