Archive for ◊ June, 2011 ◊

• Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Wow. This could be a game changer, if true.

The debate has always been: can shale gas be safely extracted from the Earth without poisoning drinking water? For more on that debate, see: Gasland the Movie.

The debate was never if this was a profitable business, until now…

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Money is pouring in” from investors even though shale gas is “inherently unprofitable,” an analyst from PNC Wealth Management, an investment company, wrote to a contractor in a February e-mail. “Reminds you of dot-coms.”

“The word in the world of independents is that the shale plays are just giant Ponzi schemes and the economics just do not work,” an analyst from IHS Drilling Data, an energy research company, wrote in an e-mail on Aug. 28, 2009.

Company data for more than 10,000 wells in three major shale gas formations raise further questions about the industry’s prospects. There is undoubtedly a vast amount of gas in the formations. The question remains how affordably it can be extracted.

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• Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Filmmakers Donna Read and Starhawk will be at the screening of the film Permaculture: The Growing Edge on June 22 at the Crowley Arts Centre, 5325 Crowley Ave. It is a fundraiser to celebrate the NDG Food Depot’s 25th anniversary. Tickets are $20 and available only at the door.

Starhawk is doing a two-week workshop on permaculture called Earth Activist Training in Audet, Que., from June 25 to July 9. For more information, go to

Source: Montreal Gazette

Beyond agriculture, permaculture is also a way of dealing with environmental and social problems, Starhawk said.

The film documents an oil-spill cleanup that used human hair to absorb the oil, which then became a planting medium to grow oyster mushrooms that convert the oil to sugar for their growth – a way to dispose of toxic waste without creating any waste products.

Permaculture can be an answer to problems like climate change, Starhawk said. Farms can sequester excess carbon dioxide in the soil, reducing the amount in the atmosphere, which leads to climate change, while urban agriculture reduces the amount of fossil fuels needed to produce food on a large-scale and transport it to cities, she said.

Putting solutions in place doesn’t have to be grim and awful, it’s joyful and fun and it actually enriches your life,” she said. “It’s joyful, wonderful work to plant things and tend plants and it builds community at the same time when you’re gardening together.”

• Friday, June 10th, 2011

Source: Farmageddon

• Monday, June 06th, 2011

sharing agreementsSharing is an easy way to improve one’s feelings of well-being without needing a lot of money. However, most people have resistance to sharing due to basic trust issues.  Will the person return my item? Will they take care of it? Enter this very practical book from NOLO press in Berkeley to help facilitate sharing and live a better life by pooling community resources.

Source: Amazon

And as the yellow sun faded from the sky, someone would get the extension cords, others would bring out the chairs from their homes as a couple men would bring out a television and fifteen or twenty people would sit outside in the evening’s heat and watch. These people were poor. Sharing was a way of life for them. And you know, they seemed happy.

In the Sharing Solution, you’ll learn that sharing is work. There is a certain amount of trust required and sometimes agreements need to be drawn up. But you will save money, however even if saving money isn’t your goal, you’ll make friends and we can never have enough of those.

There are four hundred or so pages on sharing in The Sharing Solution and they cover just about every aspect of just about anything you’d care to share, from ride sharing etiquette to running a co-op. The book is full of practical advice and though not everything here will apply to everyone, I think there is plenty here that anyone can use. If you want to save some money, make some friends and go a little green, give this book a look. You won’t be disappointed.