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Happy Off-the-Grid Day: A Revolution of the Mind
Is there any better way to visualize real Independence than to re-examine systems we're presently almost hopelessly dependent upon,
acknowledge their destructive side effects and then visualize how we might become independent of such systems?
The Independence of the original American colonies from Brittain was almost entirely about political and financial control because in pre-industrial times
there were few technologies, except maybe printing presses and muskets, that were essential to projecting political control over a colonial territory.
Today, there are many technologies through which we are dependent upon centralized governmental authorities.
Such authorities, like many bureaucracies, tend to be slow to embrace change, even much-needed change.
Let's look at some specific examples.
Ironically, I've organized my thoughts on this topic into the following "grid"-- a matrix, if you will, to help us un-plug from the Matrix.
|As we endeavor to be "off-the-grid" and independent...
||...By using technologies such as...
||...Instead of technologies such as...
||...We help to solve problems like...
||Bitcoins, Gold, Silver, Barter networks, Local scrip, Time banks, publicly-owned banks (e.g. Bank of North Dakota)
||Currencies issued by internationally-owned central banks, Credit cards, Debt
||Elite internationals' money-creation privileges, Extreme wealth inequality and, ultimately, centralized/concentrated control of all aspects of life and economy.
||Third parties, instant run-off voting (aka Preference voting), hand-marked paper ballots, social-media monitored ballot chain of custody, open-source ballot scanning & counting software, public financing of elections
||E-voting machines, two-party lock-in, punched cards, centralized unmonitored ballot counting, Corporate financing of candidates, blind PACs, "soft money"
||Stolen elections, broken democracy, inability to vote for what you really want without "throwing your vote away".
||Solar Photovoltaic panels, Wind Energy conversion systems, Geothermal, Wave and tide, Ocean-thermal, Gravity-based energy storage...
||Coal, Oil, Gas and Nuclear power plants
||Global Warming,Radiation contamination, Oil wars
||Permaculture, Aquaponics, Composting of wastes
||Herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, antibiotics, GMO's
||Cancer, Allergies, Endocrine disruption, Diseases.
||Organic, Low carb, Fresh, Raw, Local, Cruelty-free food choices
||Toxic food additives, Over-processing, High-sugar, Salt, Caffeine, Low nutritional value produce.
||Diabetes, Obesity, Metabolic problems, Heart disease.
||Naturopathic medicine, Energetic medicine (Acupuncture and others), Nutrition, Herbalism, Body work, Exercise, Meditation
||Pharmaceuticals, Unnecessary surgery
||Iatrogenic diseases and death, Side effects, Liver stress, Environmental pollution
||Home/village schooling tailored to student interests, Leveraging online resources, Aimed at present and future (not past) societal needs
||Public schools relying on standardized testing, Top-down (undemocratic) authority structures
||Uncritical thinking, Stifling of natural desire for self-determination, Passionlessness, Soul-crushing conformity.
||Walking, Bicycling, Vehicle-sharing, Hybrids, Rail, High-tech sailing ships
||One person-one car, Jet planes, Diesel-powered shipping
||Global warming, Wars.
||New perspective online media for news and entertainment
||Television programming, both Cable and Broadcast
||Misinformed public, Failed democracy.
||Do-it-yourself, Cottage industry, Decentralized manfacturing (3D printing), Open source designs
||Mass-produced, Centralized production
||Income inequality, Design secrecy, Production secrets, Toxic by-products.
||Rain catchment, UV sterilization, solar distillation
||Contaiminated groundwater, chlorine and fluoridation
||Lower IQ's, cancer, diseases.
Going "off-the-grid" is about much more than creating real independence and freedom for individuals-- It also increases security for society as a whole and makes us all stronger and better able to withstand natural disasters and other typical causes of system failures. You've probably already begun to hear some buzz about "food security" and "energy security". We can probably expect to hear more about "education security", "water security" and so on as more people become aware that decentralization and grass-roots interdependence (versus top-down producer-consumer dependence) could actually make our society much stronger than it is today and better able to survive challenges of all kinds.
I hope my "matrix to help you un-plug from the matrix" is useful to you as you review your progress toward Independence generally and plan your next projects.
Please forward it to your friends who may also be interested in using this concise chart to plan and track their progress as well. Happy Independence Day!
Health and Environmental News
Are fireworks bad for the environment?
Fireworks can unleash a shower of toxins into soil and water, and scientists are only beginning to figure out what that means for human health.
Fireworks shows often take place over lakes, rivers and bays to minimize the fire risk, but what goes up still comes down: Perchlorates, cadmium, barium, strontium, aluminum, dioxins, rubidium and more.
Widespread Sea Star Die-offs
Sea stars are dying in patches from Alaska to San Diego. Research is being conducted to determine the cause. It is unclear if this is leading to a die-off of all sea stars or not. They are a "keystone" predator in the ocean-- and their absence would very seriously affect the mix of species on the seafloor.
Brain Wars: The Scientific Battle Over the Existence of the Mind and the Proof That Will Change the Way We Live Our Lives
In Brain Wars, acclaimed neuroscientist Mario Beauregard reveals compelling new evidence set to provoke a major shift in our understanding of the mind-body debate: research showing that the mind and consciousness are transmitted and filtered through the brain-- but are not generated by it.
Following his boundary-breaking neuroscience book The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul, coauthored with Denyse O'Leary, Brain Wars makes a powerful and provocative case against the widely held view equating human beings to complex biological computers.
Like Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Beauregard believes that consciousness is more than simply a physical process that takes place in the brain. And here, he presents the evidence to prove it. Brain Wars will revolutionize the way we think about thinking forever...
US-Sponsored Terrorism in Iraq and "Constructive Chaos" in the Middle East
Washington is overtly supporting the Iraqi Shiite government, while covertly training, arming and funding the Sunni Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Supporting the influx of terrorist brigades in Iraq is an act of foreign aggression. But the mainstream media will tell you that the Obama administration is "concerned" by the actions committed by the terrorists. ...
September 11 -- The New Pearl Harbor
This outstanding three-part 5-hour documentary highlights the accumulated anomalous evidence (evidence that tends to contradict the official 9/11 story)
and frames the best unanswered questions that should be addressed if there is ever a real investigation (with subpoena powers) of the events of 9/11.
This is probably the best 9/11 video so far for its succinct analysis of each of the separate incidents/theaters-- equally useful for seasoned 9/11 truthers and
those just beginning their own 9/11 questioning. Highly recommended. Please make some time to watch this ...
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