With the tragedy of the bombing in Boston, this is just one more reminder that we need to be prepared for as many different situations as possible. First I want to say how saddened I am by the actions of whoever is responsible, this is an unspeakable tragedy to those who were injured, killed and traumatized by this bombing, to all their friends and families. (more…)
Margaret Thatcher privatised Britain’s power, water and rail network, handing huge profits to the private sector, at the expense of ordinary homeowners. Perhaps the best way to mark her death yesterday would be to renationalize the Utilities. Bolivia nationalised its domestic energy resources a few years ago. A shrewd move, at a time when owners of natural resources hold the best cards.
Maggie Thatcher’s greatest legacy was (together with US President Ronald Reagan) initiating the free market economics that have led directly to the bonus culture and gaping income inequality.
The era of “greed is good” capitalism went global, a fitting tribute to this extraordinary politician. Britain’s first and only female Prime Minister, she set the template for a massive transfer of public money into private hands.
The privatization of the state owned energy industry took a lumbering inefficient national power grid and turned it into a lumbering, inefficient and eye-wateringly expensive Corporate national power grid, where nearly 20% of households are officially in fuel poverty. (more…)
Listening to the radio yesterday I realised I might be about to lose my life savings or a decent proportion of it. A guy from the European Central Bank was being interviewed about the Cyprus Bank Raid – a decision by the EU to bail out the corrupt Cyprus Government if in return they would raid the bank accounts of both their own citizens and the Russian Mafia which has been stashing its cash in Cyprus to take advantage of the light touch money laundering regulations.
Not that losing my life savings would be a life-changing event, because I don’t have much – but as I do not believe in investing in shares, the little savings I have are in a bank account, a British bank account. And that’s the problem.
The guy from the European bank was telling the interviewer, Evan Davis on Radio 4, why it was OK to snatch the money from Cyprus personal and corporate accounts. “Its completely different from Spain or Italy” he said. “You see, Cyprus is overbanked – I mean the amount of money deposited in banks in Cyprus is about eight times their national GDP.” (more…)
I don’t normally write (here) about political topics, I may stray into the subject from time to time but generally tend to leave that alone, especially hot topic buttons… until now. If you have eyes and ears, you have to know about the firearm issues going on here in the USA. With the latest tragedy that happened, I don’t have to name it, I’m sure you know which one I’m talking about, there have been some real questions surfacing about this tragedy and what really happened there, but more importantly, I want to talk about the firestorm of controversy that it has been ignited. (more…)
As the winds of change are being felt around the planet, it´s a good time to post this video about Paradigm shift. The end of the year contains an astounding amount of collective attention to an “end date”. For some, December 21 brings the end of world, a doomsday, a shift in consciousness, an alignment of the earth with major cosmic bodies and black holes. Some say it is the end of the longest cycle of a Mayan Calendar, others say this long count cycle Calendar was made by the Olmecs.
This video doesn’t talk about calendars and doom dates, but it gives a good description of what kind of paradigm shift we maty be going through, and how this new understanding is the key to the next stage of planetary consciousness from the perspective of modern science. (more…)
I have always wanted to live off the grid, when I was a kid, I didn’t exactly know what that meant, I just knew that I wanted to live away from people and populated areas, I wanted to live off the land, to be free of society, to be self sufficient. There were no solar panels back then, at least none to be had by most people, I was willing to live in a small cabin using candles or kerosene lanterns for light, cooking on a wood stove or fireplace, living like a pioneer. Little did I know that the end of the world would come in my lifetime…
In Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries on earth, a renewable energy company is busy installing nearly 1,000 solar home systems each day.
In November 2012 Grameen Shakti hit 1 Million Solar Home Systems (SHS) installed. The company’s milestone reinforces a lesson that is increasingly clear. Whether it’s Germany, the US, or evenChina distributed solar installations are driving the solar revolution. (more…)
With the latest mass shooting event last week, something that I feel terribly sorry about, it should have never happened, there has been a backlash of politicians and left leaning folks who are marking and targeting preppers as crazy people and they want something done about these prepper types, they are using this tragedy as an opportunity to classify preppers as a threat. It would seem that putting up food for hard times, having the means to defend and protect yourself, and being more self reliant & independent among other things makes you a threat to the powers that be. I just read a great article written by Daisy Luther (bio and website link at the end of this article) explaining it as well if not better than I could. (more…)
My good friend, an expert in Ecology and sustainable design, assisted at Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development hosted in Brazil this year. It was one of the largest and more important events concerning human development and sustainability.
He wasn´t very happy with the event and its results but he told me that there was just one talk that made the whole experience very powerful and this was the intervention from Uruguay´s president Mujica. (See the speech here)
So i searched for it on the Internet and found it incredible. One man speaking from the heart pointing out issues that are so essential for human beings that seem to be hiding from the common political dialogue going on in the world.
He makes the big questions about the fundamentals of our Economic system. Are we governing Globalization or Globalization is governing us? He asks… Is it possible to talk about sustainability in an economic model based on competition?
Amazing talk to reflect about it, one president who feels truly honest and awake.
We are preparing a TV series for possible broadcast next year. Can you write up your experiences ? Or handle a video camera?
We are looking for people who currently live off-grid anywhere in the world, and for people who want to live off-grid but do not yet do so. This might be in a community or an individual situation. Please send us your videos and photos - or feel free to write about yourself for the web site. Contact email@example.com
Do you rely on your own healing powers when you are ill? Or is there an unqualified nurse in your local community?
We want to hear from people who do their own doctoring - using their own herbs and remedies, setting their own broken bones, dealing with their own bodies.
Why do you do it? How do you do it? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Off-Grid.net is investigating the Utility companies --power, water and waste.
Do the water companies conceal their knowledge of the pollution of the water supply? Do the power companies conceal the wasted energy inside the system, and their excessive profits?
We need help to find the smoking guns: memos, SEC filings,confidential legal advice internal emails..... send to email@example.com. Anonymity guaranteed
An interactive map showing who wants to go off-grid , and where they are, and who has land on offer.
How it works