The £150 hobbit hole: Farmer builds a cosy cob home using materials he recycled from skips… and the tenant pays the rent in MILK

Michael Buck used only natural materials or unwanted items to build ‘cob house’ at bottom of his garden He said he wanted to challenge the notion that paying for a house should take a lifetime He is now renting out the property to a worker on a neighouring farm, who pays for her lodgings in milk It looks like something straight out of Middle Earth – and the story behind it is almost as fantastical. This cottage cost just £150 to build, using only natural or reclaimed materials, and is now rented out for a fee of fresh milk and … Continue reading The £150 hobbit hole: Farmer builds a cosy cob home using materials he recycled from skips… and the tenant pays the rent in MILK

Imploding the Myth of Israel

By Chris Hedges Israel has been poisoned by the psychosis of permanent war. It has been morally bankrupted by the sanctification of victimhood, which it uses to justify an occupation that rivals the brutality and racism of apartheid South Africa. Its democracy—which was always exclusively for Jews—has been hijacked by extremists who are pushing the country toward fascism. Many of Israel’s most enlightened and educated citizens—1 million of them—have left the country. Its most courageous human rights campaigners, intellectuals and journalists—Israeli and Palestinian—are subject to constant state surveillance, arbitrary arrests and government-run smear campaigns. Its educational system, starting in primary … Continue reading Imploding the Myth of Israel

The Sides Are Forming for the Coming Civil War

I remember as a young child that the key to winning a lot of the neighborhood games in football and basketball was all about who got picked first. If you were lucky enough to get Michael on your team, then you knew you were going to win. If you were in a foreign park playing against kids you did not know, Michael was the great equalizer. I also knew that getting the right kids on my side helped in spelling bees and walking home from the movies so I didn’t get beat up. Learning how to organize my team with … Continue reading The Sides Are Forming for the Coming Civil War

U.S. generals now take action to watch Obama

Retired Army, Air Force leaders say ‘government continues down path of destroying America. WASHINGTON – After one of them called for the “forced resignations” of President Obama and congressional leaders in response to multiple grievances, including the alleged political purge of hundreds of senior military officers, two retired U.S. generals are creating a citizens’ commission to scrutinize Obama administration actions on national security and economic issues. “America’s Provisional Leadership Council” will look at major concerns, as outlined by Army Gen. Paul E. Vallely and Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles Jones, in an eight-point paper titled “The Americans Project.” Vallely told … Continue reading U.S. generals now take action to watch Obama

Wikipedia Under Threat

Wikipedia is a wonderful invention. But precisely because it’s so trusted and convenient, people with their own agendas keep trying to take it over. Editing wars are common. According to researchers at Oxford University, the most controversial subjects worldwide include Israel and God. This is not surprising. Everyone knows that there are opposing views on politics and religion, and many people recognise a biased account when they see it. But in the realm of science, things are different. Most people have no scientific expertise and believe that science is objective. Their trust is now being abused systematically by a highly … Continue reading Wikipedia Under Threat

The Brave New World Of Corporate Espionage

“Spooky Business: Corporate Espionage Against Nonprofit Organizations” is the title of a report by Gary Ruskin of Essential Information on a topic that he says we know little about because the “entire subject is veiled in secrecy.” The report is available as a 53-page PDF; below is the introduction: In the United States, corporations have hired private investigators since the colorful and enterprising Allan Pinkerton set up a detective agency in 1850. It was a benign start. Pinkerton enforced a strict code of ethics on his “private eyes,” and he focused much of their work on solving crimes and catching … Continue reading The Brave New World Of Corporate Espionage

How to Survive a Personal Economic Collapse

With all that is being written about the national economic collapse, people seem to be waiting for some huge event. However, for many North Americans, the collapse is here. This isn’t relegated to only lower-income neighborhoods. As an article from a Cinncinnati new station stated, “Hunger doesn’t know a zip code.” For many people who were formerly financially comfortable, the economic collapse has already happened, in the form of a job loss, hours that have been cut back due to Obamacare requirements for employers, an exorbitant medical bill or other crushing debt, or simply an inflation rate that has outstripped … Continue reading How to Survive a Personal Economic Collapse

Oklahoma Police Mistake Burrito for a Bomb in an Epic Fail

In an epic fail likely to burn more taxpayer dollars, the Oklahoma City Bomb Squad responded to a call mistaking a burrito for a potential bomb. Capt. Dexter Nelson of the Oklahoma City Police Dept., declared an all clear, after a burrito in a thermos covered with foil prompted the bomb squad to respond — only to discover the tasty mexican concoction. “A man brought a Thermos-type container into the Santa Fe Briefing Station, 9000 S Santa Fe Ave., on Thursday afternoon. The man said he found the container on his lawn and noticed tinfoil showing out of the lid, … Continue reading Oklahoma Police Mistake Burrito for a Bomb in an Epic Fail

Burning food crops to produce biofuels is a crime against humanity

EU leaders must vote against a biofuels policy that is increasing world hunger and causing environmental devastation Burning hundreds of millions of tonnes of staple foods to produce biofuels is a crime against humanity. Since 2007, the EU and US governments have given lavish support to agribusinesses to fill car fuel tanks with food – compulsory targets, and tax breaks and subsidies(pdf) worth billions annually. The result? Increased hunger, land grabbing, environmental damage and, ultimately, hundreds of thousands of lives lost. Next month David Cameron and other EU leaders have an opportunity to intervene to put a halt to this … Continue reading Burning food crops to produce biofuels is a crime against humanity