Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Counterweight-


Can't go work on the soddy just this second; intense little thunderstorm passing just north at the moment, with wet edges- so I was poking around on the news, and found this.  An encyclopedia for simple living.

I haven't dug through it all yet- but so far, I really really like these people and what they're doing.  You can buy the books; or get a CD - or- it's all available for free download.  Hm.  I don't think they're in it for the money.

And they seem very careful about checking and re-checking their information; and about having actually tried everything they write about (so it seems).

And the section of potties has a couple versions that look like the THWASPCO; a little, though mine would be the rolls royce version.

Where did I find it?  A tiny note in the New York Times science section, right beside the huge, noisy thing on "are undersea volcanoes REALLY melting the arctic ice!!??".  (The answer, astonishingly, is , duh, no.)

So here in the midst of the crumbling world- there are still some good folks- and they're still doing good things- for you and me.

I feel a little better.  :-)  Just a little; but it helps.

Hank- you're in Berkeley; are these folks as wonderful as they look to be?

6 comments:

Hank Roberts said...

Dunno, never heard of them but that's hardly surprising in Berkeley, dense with organizations. I'll look for more about them.

I'll recommend a couple groups I know are good -- the links aren't lively as blogs but suggest much material as pointers to read:

http://www.ecoequity.org/
(a 'virtual thinktank' focusing on the international negotiations, current and possible)

and

Island Press just started a blog for which I'm hopeful because they have such a deep bench of ecology writers going back many years:
http://blog.islandpress.org/

Hank Roberts said...

> Hesperian

Oh, wait! Of course I know Hesperian! -- because I know some of their previous publications, which most people will likely recognize.

http://www.hesperian.org/about_pressArchive.php

Heather said...

Sp cool! My husband's family made good use of "where there is no doctor" when he was growing up in rural Thailand, and I'd recently heard that they'd put out "where there is no dentist". Didn't know about all their other titles, though - thanks for the heads up!

--Heather :-)

Chile said...

Wow, what a coincidence. I also just stumbled across them in the past week or so. Somewhere (in a blog?) I saw a note that "Where There Is No Dentist" was available for download there.

Hank Roberts said...

Other hope:
http://rabett.blogspot.com/2008/07/breakdown-institutes-nightmare-visions.html

Anonymous said...

More on food crisis as you were talking about in older post:

The Global Crisis: Food, Water and Fuel. Three Fundamental Necessities of Life in Jeopardy

by Michel Chossudovsky

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9191

Eva