Jean Lievens: Vernacular architecture across the world

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Vernacular architecture across the world

Once upon a time, architecture did not need architects. The construction was based on tradition and community knowledge rather than on the know-how of one unique specialist. The alpine chalet or a bamboo home from South-East Asia are just some examples of this “vernacular” architecture. Vernacular architecture evolves over time reflecting the characteristics of the local environment, climate, culture, natural materials, technology and the experience of centuries of community building.

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This collection grows week by week. It is part of the larger natural homes archive. If you would like to include some of these pictures in your blog you can get the code from the natural building page. If you know of a vernacular architecture that we have not yet included please write to us at house@naturalhomes.org

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Apr 15

SchwartzReport: US Southwest At Grave Risk – Federal Government Owns It and Has No Plan

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

If you read either the daily SR or the monthly version you know my thinking on why I believe that there will be two major migrations, one away from the coasts, the other out of the Southwest and Great Plains. The first because of too much water, the second because of too little. Here is a good representation of the reasons why I think this.

Climate Change Drying Out Southwest Now, With Worse To Come For A Third Of The Planet
JOE ROMM – Climate Progress

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Phi Beta Iota: The federal government — which should not own any land at all — owns most of the west. States should be giving serious thought to ending federal ownership of land at the same time that they begin nullifying insane federal policies that are clearly inimical to society. What the west needs is a Manhattan Project to desalinate massive amounts of water and bring them from the sea inland using solar power, while creating hydroponics industries and ending all fracking and all contamination of groundwater from any source including mega-agricultural fertilizers and toxins.

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See Also:

2012 Robert Steele: Reflections on Healing the Americas — Open Source Agency & Hourglass Strategy

Graphic: Robert Steele Global Strategy – The Hourglass Home Base Plus Four

Graphic: USA — 11 Separate Nations Today + Americas RECAP + Book Review

Nevada @ Phi Beta Iota

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Apr 13

Veterans Today: US Produced Sarin Gas for Syrian Rebels, in Georgia (the Country Next to Russia)

veterans todayUS Produced Sarin Gas Used in Syria

Jeffrey K. Silverman

Veterans Today, 8 April 2014

Jeffrey K. Silverman, 22 years resident of the former Soviet Union, since October 1991, resides in Tbilisi Georgia worked with Radio Free Europe, crime, corruption and terrorism report. USAR, 100th Division Training, Fort Knox and Blue Grass Army Chemical Weapons Depot, both Kentucky bases: decorated veteran, 19D, Calvary Scout. Jeffrey has a track record in breaking through language barriers and bureaucracies to gather information under unconventional circumstances.

EXTRACT

Journalists Jeffrey Silverman and Lika Moshiashvili are credited with having discovered the secret and illegal operations taking place in the US-controlled Central Reference Laboratory (CPHRL) in the Tbilisi suburb the Alekseevka Settlement.”As soon as this scary information was made known to the public, Georgia & World contacted Tbilisi based American journalist and researcher Jeffrey Silverman.

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A number of labs, strewn across Eastern Europe, are linked like an umbilicial cord to the Biological Weapons Proliferation Prevention (BWPP) programme and various projects within it. This programme provides a cover for what is most likely an offensive programme. If the strains they are investigating turn out to be antibiotic resistant, this implies they are conducting ongoing research into special organisms that can eat bacteria and attack infections that are antibiotic resistant, which can be quickly accessed.  Whoever has the capacity to release these controls the bioweapons battlefield.

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Apr 10

SchwartzReport: Give Up on Climate Change — the Stupid Poor and the Greedy Rich Roll On…

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Another climate scientist, who is an SR reader sent me this telling me that while he did not agree with the solution James Lovelock offered, he felt it did represent the growing consensus amongst climate scientists that “stupidity and greed” are going to trump rational good sense. I have long agreed with this assessment.!

We Should Give Up Trying to Save the World From Climate Change, Says James Lovelock
SARAH KNAPTON – Telegraph (U.K.)

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Apr 10

SchwartzReport: Autism of the Poor Linked to Pollution for the Rich

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

We are literally crippling and killing our children so the few can become richer. It is a form of national insanity. Click through to see video.

Growing Evidence That Autism Is Linked to Pollution
ALEXANDRA SIFFERLIN – Time

A new study offers strong evidence that environmental toxins play a role in the disorder. The report looked at birth defects associated with parental exposure to pollution and found a 1% increase in the defects corresponded to a 283% increase in autism

Several studies have shown a link between air pollution and autism, but a new study published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology is one of the largest to put the two together.

Researchers studied insurance claims from around 100 million people in the U.S., and used congenital malformations in boys as an indictor for parental exposure to environmental toxins. ‘Autism appears to be strongly correlated with rate of congenital malformations of the genitals in males across the country. This gives an indicator of environmental load and the effect is surprisingly strong,” study author Andrey Rzhetsky from the University of Chicago said in a statement.

Every 1% increase in malformations corresponded to a 283% increase in autism in the same county.

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Apr 8

SchwartzReport: Alzheimer’s Break-Through Blocked by Grant Approval Mind-Sets Locked into Past Failures

This has the potential to be a tremendous breakthrough, It reminds of the the shift in research concerning ulcers.

Twenty Years of Alzheimer’s Research May Have Focused on the Wrong Protein
ELIZABETH LOPATTO – The Daily Beast

Phi Beta Iota: Whether it’s the National Science Foundation or the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation or DARPA/IARPA, a major obstacle to exploring alternative paths is the retro mind-sets of those deciding who gets the grants.

See Also:

2012 Integrity, Reflexivity, & Open Everything – Presentation to the Washington Academy of Sciences

Anthony Judge: Internyet Nescience? Doing the Wrong Things Righter is Still Doing the Wrong Thing

Koko: Bloomberg & Soros Do Wrong Thing Righter

Reference: Russell Ackoff on Doing Right Things Righter

Ric Merrifield: When Metrics & Assumptions Are Wrong

Wikipedia / Reflexivity (social theory)

 

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Apr 5

Jean Lievens: Francine Mestrum on Promoting the Social Commons

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Francine Mestrum on Promoting the Social Commons

“All major international development organisations, from the World Bank over the ILO and the European Commission, plan to promote social protection in all developing countries. This may seem bizarre, since, at the same time, social protection mechanisms are being dismantled in the region where they first came about: Western Europe and Scandinavia. It is important to know, then, that words do not have the same meaning for all, and the ‘social protection’ of the World Bank is not the same as ‘social protection’, let us say in Sweden. In other words, there are no ‘welfare states’ emerging in Africa. But these plans are now being implemented and social movements have largely been absent from the debates. Where are the alternatives? What can we do to avoid social protection being at the service of markets?

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Mar 28

SchwartzReport: Myth of Nuclear “Safety” and True Cost of Nuclear Power to Earth and to 99% — HORRENDOUS

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Nuclear energy is clearest example we have of profit for the few trumping the wellbeing of the many. There is no need for this technology. When its true costs are calculated it is absurdly expensive and, nothing about it is unique except its exceptional danger and toxicity. Logically this technology should have been abandoned with the end of the cold war. But ! zombie-like it endures.

The Myth of Nuclear Safety: Fukushima Reveals That Nuclear Power Is Here to Stay
DONALD G. SCHWEITZER – Truthout

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Mar 28

Jean Lievens: World Open Hash Design

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

WO#D

WorldOpenHashDesign

Manifesto

The present day global set of sovereign states is not capable of keeping peace, and it is not capable of saving the biosphere’s non-replaceable natural resources. What has been needed for the last 5,000 years, has become technologically feasible in the last 100, but not yet politically, is a global body politic composed of cells on the scale of the Neolithic-Age village community — a scale on which participants could be personally acquainted with each other, while each of them would also be a citizen of the world state.”

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Mar 27

Yoda: Goats Smarter, Also Crows, Pigs, and Dogs….

Categories: Earth Intelligence
Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Human tests do not test goat intelligence, they test goat abilities to dumb down to human levels.

Goats are apparently smarter than anyone thought

Researchers found that goats can learn to solve complicated tasks quickly and can remember the solutions they’ve learned for 10 months or more.

Science is having to constantly reevaluate how we look at animal intelligence. Recent evidence has shown that crows, pigs and dogs, for example, are even more intelligent than previously believed.

Most recently, researchers at Queen Mary University of London have found that goats can learn to solve complicated tasks quickly and can remember the solutions they’ve learned for 10 months or more. Scientists believe that this may explain the animal’s ability to adapt to harsh environments.

Published in the March 26th edition of the journal Frontiers in Zoology, the researchers found that the goats could be taught to accomplish complicated tasks in order to obtain rewards. The goats were taught to pull a lever with their mouths and release it in order to access food in a box.

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Mar 26