[ZAD] The Battle to Rebuild .. Solidarity spreads Everywhere

REPORT OF WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING HERE THIS SUNDAY 15 APRIL. or THE MAGIC OF THE ZAD!   from   contra info

Despite the state of siege imposed by the government, a crowd of 15,000 to 20,000 people has succeeded, whatever the cost, in reaching different points of the ZAD this Sunday. This afternoon new groups are arriving all the time.

★Ⓐntiespecista★‏ @VAnarquia 9h9 hours ago   in Brussels, the Permanent Representation of France to the European Union was attacked in solidarity with the #ZAD #ZADResist #NDDL

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 Since this morning, the state has done everything possible to break this huge surge of solidarity: there are road blocks and checkpoints everywhere; police checkpoint policeman at the exit lanes of the motorways, asking drivers not to to try to go to the solidarity gathering.

Solidarity from Milan, front of a Squat, with Italians, Portugueses, Greeks, Cypriots, Romanians, Czechs, Serbians, Scottish, French. Continue reading “[ZAD] The Battle to Rebuild .. Solidarity spreads Everywhere”

Dutch protest against Shell, Exxon fracking, Earthquakes

from DEAR KITTY with thanks    Translation Dutch NOS TVPietrerzijl protest against fracking, photo by RTV Noord | Marco Grimmon

This photo shows today’s protest against fracking in Pieterzijl, a village on the border of Groningen and Friesland provinces. The banner says: Don’t let Friesland down. Behind it, the flag of Groningen province.

About one hundred people have taken action at Pieterzijl

160 people live in Pieterzijl village.

against the latest drilling site of the NAM.

The NAM is a joint venture of Shell and Exxon Big Oil corporations. Their gas drilling has caused very much damage in Groningen and in Drenthe provinces.

They are afraid of still more earthquakes and protest against gas extraction through fracking. In fracking, also called hydraulic cracking, gas is extracted from deep underground by adding chemicals. Continue reading “Dutch protest against Shell, Exxon fracking, Earthquakes”

The Hidden Dangers of Soylent “Meal Replacement”


By:  Sayer Ji, Founder ,… shared with permission and thanks

I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S WORSE: a product full of GMOs and chemically-derived additives that proudly lauds its healthfulness and humanitarian benefits, or, a manufacturer that blatantly hides the fact they are using GMO ingredients by keeping them off the label?

In the case of Soylent, a meal replacement drink made with GMO soy and other genetically-modified ingredients, the makers want you to know how proud they are to use GMOs in their product. Reading like a Monsanto ad, the post on Soylent’s website spouts a litany of pseudo-scientific propaganda about the safety of GMOs that GreenMedInfo has spent the last ten years debunking.

Putting the issue of GMOs to the side for a moment, Soylent’s suitability as a meal replacement still has the insurmountable problem of its use of synthetic chemicals as nutritional additives. Ingredients such as sucralose (aka Splenda), petrochemically-derived vitamin E, and known substances possessing carcinogenicity such as manganese sulfate, chromium chloride, sodium molybdate, and sodium selenite, deliver the “nutrients.” Continue reading “The Hidden Dangers of Soylent “Meal Replacement””

Why growing up Anarchist made me a better Permaculture Designer

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…..This post intends to share my love for both anarchism and permaculture and why the relationship between them keeps me up at night.

Anarchism and Permaculture

I joined the Anarchist Federation and the Anarchist Youth Network as a young teenager (circa 13-14 years old). While a lot of people have a jaunt at socialism or the Green Party and other escapades and find themselves radicalised by increasing dissolution with liberal ideas, I found I dove into the deep end.

And so began a lifelong love affair with ideas and action that questioned the legitimacy and role of a state, the capitalist economic system and all other forms of intersecting oppression, like racism, sexism and human supremacy.

I hungered for an understanding of all the fucked up things I’d seen or gone through.

”The site Empty Cages Design provides a portfolio of my work as an organiser, designer, agroecologist, educator and writer. It gives a platform to the courses, workshops, events and projects that I organise”.

Continue reading “Why growing up Anarchist made me a better Permaculture Designer”

Failure of US bid to flood Europe with Gas from Fracking

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 by TheFreeOnline      A few months ago US officials were openly boasting that they would steal the market for Russian gas in Europe by replacing it with their own LNG now flowing from the devastated fracking fields of America.
But in recent weeks not a single cargo of Frack Gas has reached Europe..What went wrong?
It seems that with so much anti Russian hysteria  they overlooked the price difference. . Gas shipped from the first US LNG export terminal was at one point priced in Rotterdam at $7.85 to $8.35  per mbtu  while the average Euro price was $ 5.35, (May 2017 European price, see Climate-lethal US frack-gas Footnote 3) .Even the rabidly anti Russian Baltic Republics seem to have shut up about bashing Putin with US gas, while Rotterdam has signed up as the trans-shipment center for cheap LNG from the new Russian LNG plant in the Arctic.


Frack-Gas is the same as normal gas, only that it’s up to 3 times more lethal than coal for the climate. Because extracting it requires fracturing shale in thousands of small wells with ultra toxic chemicals causing massive methane leaking.


Two of the biggest customers at present of  US fracking gas , Shell and Gas Natural, who have 20 year ‘take or pay’ contracts, have been shipping most of  their gas instead through the Panama canal to the Far East, where prices until now have been up to $3  per mbtu higher.

US fracking gas and oil depends on almost cost free loans and near immunity from water and air pollution laws and clean-up costs as well as a blind climate change denial policy.
The business, which has made the US nearly selfsufficient  in ‘natural’ gas, LPG and oil for now,  is often seen as a patriotic push to conserve US supremacy as the petrodollar scam wobbles  and the right to ‘infinite debt’ comes into question.Ironically the first giant LNG export plant in Sabine Pass, Louisiana, was first hit a glancing blow by the classic ‘climate change hurricane’ Harvey. . Though the company Cheniere claimed there was no damage there was still a queue of LNG tankers waiting to load at the port a month later and LNG journals were rejoicing that things were ‘getting back to normal’.  (see Recovery Continues as Sabine Pass)

Cheniere forced to close two Sabine Pass LNG tanks following dangerous  leak

Then there is the ongoing leaking tank disaster. The 6 mega plant ‘trains’ at Sabine Pass have been built in record time. Too fast it seems because last week the company was ordered to close down two of the five immense tanks where the gas is compressed by 600 times and held at minus 150 C until loaded onto the tankers. Continue reading “Failure of US bid to flood Europe with Gas from Fracking”

Catalonia: 6 Activists face up to 7 years Jail for Tower 66 anti-MAT Resistance

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Wave of Solidarity Actions continues with Hambach Forest : 4 Defendersnow jailed

Actions Across Europe in Solidarity with Hambach Forest Defenders

from Hambach ForestThis Weekend’s Outpouring of Solidarity for Hambi from Across Europe and the World.

Rising levels of repression and police actions in Hambach Forest, continual lignite mining, temporary hold on logging for this year only by RWE, and rising level of propaganda and police threats to use this “no logging year” to plan to evict over 20 tree-houses and over 11 barrios blocking the largest toxic lignite mine in Western Europe, all of this and of course the record number of nine, now four (one is too many regardless of who they are) of Hambach Forest defenders in prison, all of this has led to: Continue reading “Wave of Solidarity Actions continues with Hambach Forest : 4 Defendersnow jailed”

‘Francia ya Explota Secretamente el Gas de Fracking en Argelia’ denuncia un Deputado Francés

Read in ENGLISH here  https://wp.me/pIJl9-aXY

Escandalo en Francia, un diputado acusa el gobierno de permitir secretamente el fracking en su ex colonia de Argelia. Si Francia realmente hace ya el fracking en Argelia el gas sería el doble de dañino para nuestra emergencia climático que el carbón. Y si el nuevo gasoducto desde Timimoun construido por TOTAL lleva este gas a la red general llegaría también a los dos gasoductos que suministran dos terceras partes del gas de Iberia (22 bcm).

Y el gobierno español ha anunciado varias veces que el nuevo gasoducto controvertido Midcat sirviría para ‘exportar gas desde Argelia a Francia’.El Fracking en el Sahara es una pesadilla porque le falta  un promedio de16.65 milliones de litros de agua por cada una de miles de perforaciones. Y por el peligro de contaminar el agua freática en el acuífero que da vida a todos los oasis del mega-desierto.

Hemos publicado un articulo ”Argelia da luz verde al Fracking Gas con EU Imperialistas TOTAL y CEPSA, 18 Enero 2018”detallando la decisión del gobierno de Argelia de renunciar la prohibición del fracking. Hemos incluido la noticia que el fracking empezaría en el campo de gas de Timimoun en el desierto del sur oeste.

Timimoun, where the fracking may begin, is the ancient center of 200 magical oasis villages set into majestic cliffs. All are 100% dependent on clean aquifer water. Continue reading “‘Francia ya Explota Secretamente el Gas de Fracking en Argelia’ denuncia un Deputado Francés”

‘France is secretly Fracking Algeria already’.. claims French MP

LEER en Español  Aqui   https://wp.me/pIJl9-aXr

  •  ENGLISH TRANSLATION 

Scandal in France, a deputy accuses the government of secretly allowing fracking in its ex colony of Algeria. If France really is fracking in Algeria, the gas would be twice as harmful to our climate emergency as coal.  And if the new gas pipeline from Timimoun built by TOTAL brings this gas to the general gas network, it would also reach the two gas pipelines that supply two thirds of Iberia’s gas (22 bcm).

And the Spanish government has announced several times that the new controversial Midcat gas pipeline would serve to ‘export gas from Algeria to France’.

We have published an article ”18 Jan 2018 ” detailing the decision of the Algerian government to renounce the ban on fracking. We included the news that fracking would start at the Timimoun gas field in the south west desert.

Accepting the Animal Holocaust is promoting Climate Catastrophe ..Toxic Masculinity, Capitalism and Mass Cultural Delusion!

Killing Floor: the Business of Animal Slaughter

         from Counterpunch with thanks

We saw them peer out from between the slats of tightly packed trucks as they were steered through town. Often when lorries slowed at a road crossing, groups of children – myself among them – hung on to the rear for a free ride (a risky street game we called ‘going for a hudgie’), but the idea of hanging on to a slaughterhouse truck filled us with revulsion. As city kids, our view of farm animals was filtered through the misty lens of Disney, but anyone could see the slaughterhouse run was wrong. Given the chance, we would most definitely have sprung our gentle friends free to roam the streets and our imagination: cows, pigs, chickens – the lot.

They were terrified in those rattling high-sided vehicles; mothers were separated from their young, and some gave birth in the cramped conditions of the truck itself. It was not unusual for a litter to be born and trampled in transit, and for some to slip through the slats as a bolus of blood and flaccid flesh; we once saw a newborn piglet slide out onto the tarmac in Saltmarket, but were unable to find out if it was alive before it was crushed under heavy traffic. Continue reading “Accepting the Animal Holocaust is promoting Climate Catastrophe ..Toxic Masculinity, Capitalism and Mass Cultural Delusion!”

Faircoin: the Eco-Solidarity money that could Sweep the World

 1:1 FairCoop risingThe Post-capitalist movement known as FairCoop steadily grows stronger, worldwide, in an integrated way. Independently from the decisions of centralized institutions, statements of hierarchical organizations, fluctuations of market speculation and mainstream skepticism … we are empowering ourselves in an exponential and radiant way.

CONSULT FAIRCOIN DIRECTORY:  HERE

Three years of intense cooperative activism have made economic and social emancipation tools a reality, to the point where anyone with Internet access can become autonomous in their local environment, regardless of the culture, political situation, economic pressures or legal impositions, and become part of the new global fair economy.

For three years with FairCoop, a group of cooperative activists have spent their energy to build an innovative set of tools and solutions to help people to have an actual, practical alternative choice: for instance, they are creating a novel, independent and fair economy with the help of a unique anti-speculative crypto-currency: FairCoin

  •  What is it?
  • https://fair-coin.org/  FairCoin is the first fairly distributed crypto currency.
  • 99.99% Proof-Of-Stake, rewarding savers and cooperation
  • All the coins were premined and fairly distributed to thousands from all over the world. Computing power not needed.
  • Backed by a strong, diverse and committed community.
  • Promotes prosperity and financial freedom with real value.
  • Working to become the coin of fair trade.

In this way, Faircoop and its structures are creating the tools in order to slowly leave the control of the state and capital, offering a realistic transition plan instead of relying simply on empty rhetoric or intellectual abstractions.

It is a constructive project and serves an important role, as the real task for radicalism today is to help people, collectives and regions to realize that they don’t need state bureaucracies, political parties or impersonal economic institutions.

Understanding that we are faced with not just a passing financial crisis but a systemic disintegration, we realized that the truly unrealistic and utopian dream was that of endless capitalist accumulation, as the established powers insist on going headlong over a cliff, stubbornly insisting on growing inequality and endless consumption of finite resources. Continue reading “Faircoin: the Eco-Solidarity money that could Sweep the World”

Time to Pull the Plugs: Only Anti-Capitalism could Save The Planet

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Capital will not lead the exit from the fossil economy. Only a movement of movements can amass a social power greater than the enemy’s in the little time that is left.

Andreas Malm             Illustrations by  Zoran Svilar

Our best hope now is an immediate return to the flow. CO2 emissions have to be brought close to zero: some sources of energy that do not produce any emissions bathe the Earth in an untapped glow. The sun strikes the planet with more energy in a single hour than humans consume in a year.

Put differently, the rate at which the Earth intercepts sunlight is nearly 10,000 times greater than the entire energy flux humans currently muster — a purely theoretical potential, of course, but even if unsuitable locations are excluded, there remains a flow of solar energy a thousand times larger than the annual consumption of the stock of fossil fuels.

The flow of wind alone can also power the world. It has nothing like the overwhelming capacity of direct solar radiation, but estimates of the technically available supply range from one to twenty-four times total current energy demand.

Other renewable sources — geothermal, tidal, wave, water — can make significant contributions, but fall short of the promises of solar and wind. If running water constituted the main stream of the flow before the fossil economy, light and air may do so after it. Continue reading “Time to Pull the Plugs: Only Anti-Capitalism could Save The Planet”