Comments for P2P Foundation Researching, documenting and promoting peer to peer practices Sat, 19 Jan 2019 18:07:32 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on El Cuá, Nicaragua: Community-owned hydropower transforms rural economy by Douglas Jack Sat, 19 Jan 2019 18:07:32 +0000 As someone who has spent years canoeing & living on dammed lakes/rivers, I’m familiar with the ecological devastation to biosphere productivity, fish, amphibian, wildlife, sylvaculture etc. Mechanical-engineering ‘exogenous’ (Latin ‘other-generated’) minds will be surprised at how all humanity’s worldiwde ‘indigenous’ (L ‘self-generating’) ancestors harvested 100 times more food, materials, energy & water-cycle from 3-dimensional complex Polyculture orchards & living water-sheds than from 2-D mechanically engineered dammed & ‘agriculture’ (L ‘ager’ = ‘field’) reduced areas. While Central-America’s indigenous ancestors are few in number & settlers have the upper hand in imposing the failure we brought from our economic & ecological failure in Europe, the science of what we are doing requires close examination.

Abundant POLYCULTURE-ORCHARD biosphere based food growing. indigenous ‘Sylvalization’ (Latin ‘sylva’ = ‘tree’) or Polyculture orchard food production is the foundation of human economy, ecology for all species & a positive foundation for human contribution. Dams destroy the most productive tree, plant, riparian, wildlife & human river-based growing zones. Its time after 500 years of destruction that we work with 1st Nations to take inventory.

POLYCULTURE ORCHARDS Studies of the worldwide indigenous 3-D Polyculture Orchard ‘Sylvalizations’ going back beyond the 7000 year threshold of ‘civilizations’. First Nations cultivated Polyculture Orchards were massive harvesters at 92 – 98% photosynthesis of solar energy converted into food, materials, energy & water-cycle. Its considered now that; polyculture (agro-forestry, forest-gardens etc) is 100 times (10,000%) more productive than 2-D ‘agriculture’ (Latin ‘ager’ = ‘field’). Considering the importance of food production as the foundation for all human economy, its absolutely important that; farmers, agri-business corporations, universities, government policies & all aligned food systems begin to align with & benefit from the abundance of the tree-based biosphere yet their industry programmed disbelief leaves them incapable of even looking at the data. If Europeans ‘immigrate’ instead of continuing to ‘invade’, we can still learn how to live abundantly in all regards through the auspices of First Nations & remaining ‘indigenous’ peoples worldwide. We have quite a clean-up not only of the environment but of our colonized minds & economy.
SYLVALIZATION CALCULATIONS Agriculture only photosynthesizes 2 – 8% of solar energy reflecting over 90% back into the troposphere where it pushes winds from the continent to the sea. At the Sahara/Sahel Latitudes of less than 30 degrees north, the sun is so hot it burns 2-D agriculture. Tree roots descend 10s of metres as deep as the canopy into the earth’s substrate where they mine minerals, pump water & develop nutrient extensive colonies. Continental cold spots created through complete photosynthesis cause warm moist ocean winds to be drawn inland (warm to cold) where 60% of moisture transfer is through condensation of warm moisture laden wind onto trillions of square kilometres of fractal leaf & bark surfaces. Only 40% of water is transferred as rain/snow. ‘Agriculture’ 2-8% photosynthesis reflects 95% of solar energy, which pushes winds from the continent towards the sea causing permanent desert. Sahara, Gobi, Atacama etc. deserts are all created by human agriculture including exploitation of animals such as domesticated goats, sheep, cattle, pigs etc. Indigenous peoples worldwide did not exploit domestic animals but lived in collaboration with these other tree & biosphere tending specialists.

Given 1st Nation sovereignty over these lands & indeed all of Central America & the inherent ‘indigenous’ (Latin ‘self-generating’) DIALECTIC-RIGHTS to COUNCIL-PROCESS by all. Given the amount of mainstream-media MSM disinformation all Canadians are unfortunately subject to, without access to the perspective of all stakeholders including traditional Councils Thereby immediately Council Process involving the both-sided, equal-time, recorded & published dialogues of all parties & positions should be held. MSM must be required by government to publish said dialogues or be faced with losing their publishing & media licences. First Nation traditionalists are not against development, but are insisting on behalf of all humanity that; the development must be biosphere-based or in harmony with natural-law. There are a host of more ecologically-economic lucrative technologies & pathways for development in harmony with human-rights & the environment, which unfortunately the oligarchs who control Canadian & US media have not allowed formal public dialogue & ‘debate’ (French ‘de’ = ‘undo’ + ‘bate’ = ‘the-fight’).

WHOLE SOCIETY ENERGY MANAGEMENT, Every city as clean-energy exporters In the built urban environment are concentrations of renewable energy sources which are presently causing damage to human health, buildings & the environment. Diverse renewables representing both combustible & electric sources can be fed into gas or electric grids eliminating the need for storage are more available at less cost than foreign or rural extractive sources.

1st capturing the methane, ethanol & fertilizer available from massive volumes of fecal, urine & plant (vegetable/fruit) refuse can supply 25% of every population’s energy needs. Fecal, urine & plant material are the smell & health hazard in sewage & garbage, which keep waters & materials from reuse, recycling. Such natural gas capture can provide all internal combustion transport needs.

2nd capturing wind on BUILDING-WIND-SHEAR SURFACES with linear-axis helical wind blades. Shear winds concentrate 12-15 times ambient force presently causing extensive building damage as well as making street spaces uninhabitable. Shear winds turbines can provide 20% of urban electric energy needs.
3rd capturing KINETIC NON-DAMMED RIVER & TIDE WATER-FLOW concentrations on bridge pylons. Bridge pylons can hold both kinetic linear-axis helical water turbines below & wind turbines above the water line. Pylon mounted turbines can deliver 20% of urban electric energy needs. Flow concentrations cause damage to fish, crustacean, bird river travel as well as erosion to sediments.

4th capturing solar energy through passive windows, photo-voltaic panels & solar-hot-water-heating mounted on the south side of buildings with porch overhangs to let in winter sun & keep out summer sun. Uncaptured solar energy causes billions of dollars of damage to buildings. Solar can provide 20% of urban heating, cooling & electric energy needs. not only can prevent a trillion dollars loss per year of damaging energy concentrations to our infrastructure, but as well capture this same trillion dollars in sustainable renewable energy use. With these 4 & other sources, each city can be exporters of renewable energy for permanent operating income.

Comment on The Blockchain Is a Reminder of the Internet’s Failure by Julian Brooks Wed, 09 Jan 2019 13:17:03 +0000 This is such bollocks, what a miserable sod.

“A few years had to pass between Mosaic 1.0 and the debut of Spotify and streaming Netflix and the iPhone. There’s still plenty of time before we call this round of innovation a wrap.”

Yet apparently that is exactly what the author proposes, considering pinnacle the worst excesses of what current innovation rails against as crucial pivot points.

Comment on ​“We Are Poor but So Many”: Self-Employed Women’s Association of India and the Team of the Platform Co-op Development Kit by Sandeep Sharma Wed, 09 Jan 2019 12:46:44 +0000 I love it! Looking forward to all the pages.

Comment on Gail Tverberg vs. John Michael Greer by illi fernhaven Tue, 08 Jan 2019 10:48:00 +0000 Recycling is just mining a very high quality ore. By your definition, it is a gift.

“The energy needed to get the sand out of the tar sands or the oil out of the shale oil has to come from somewhere, and that energy, in turn, is not available for other uses. ”

There’s a lot of energy hitting our planet from the sun. You can use some of that energy and concentrate tar sands or shale oil or something else into whatever nice dense energy storage thing you want. And then there’s plenty of energy left over for other uses.

The price of your energy reflects the energy you used to refine it. We know that at $100/barrel oil prices, there are numerous technologies we can use to produce $100/barrel oil. And once we are manufacturing oil instead of mining it, manufacturing economies of scale kick in to start dropping the price.

Comment on Green New Deal: A bold vision for America’s future by Naderpi Tue, 01 Jan 2019 21:05:03 +0000 Section B of article 6 reads as purposely ambitious social engineering. This should be toned down if the « deal » is to see the light of day. Wording should be enough to the effect of assuring training for well payed long term jobs for a broad base of the population.

Comment on Money Is Not Wealth: Cryptos v. Fiats! by Mark Heffernan Thu, 20 Dec 2018 18:22:24 +0000 If money use simply a unit of measure (a metric like inches and centimeters as the article starts out saying) then that unit can have no value of its own and no attachment to it or fee for its existence and no interest attached to its existence and no differential “value” as compared to other metrics such that there can be a market to trade them. We surely do not need an issuer of the unit, do we? Who issues the inches or the centimeters? We surely do not have a market that trades inches against centimeters. So, why all the insanity about the thing called money?
If one is going to assign the use of a metric as an abstract representation of something else then the representational unit is nothing in and of itself and is only a representation of that something else which presumably is real and has genuine value.

Comment on Toward an Ecological Civilization by Mike Riddell Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:33:39 +0000 Hard to take issue with any of this. My only criticism is that it ignores the part that business and trade has to play in the transition to an ecological civilisation.

We can’t ignore the fact that we exist in a global market economy. So where does the global market economy fit into the transition? What part does it need to play to make the transition happen?

We are a planet filled with consumers.

We as consumers must change our behaviour.

Behaviour change must be incentivised. Otherwise nothing will change.

We need in other words a reward system that values contributions to the commons and is packaged up for the markets to invest in it.

One single metric to replace GDP – that ordinary people can understand and produce for themselves – is the missing link.

Establishing such a metric isn’t easy. But as the kilogram and kilometre have proved in days of old, it’s not impossible.

It just needs agreement.

Comment on Transition to a Political Economy for People and Planet by Ann Marie Utratel Mon, 17 Dec 2018 10:39:46 +0000 Marco, thanks for writing, the post has been updated correcting the video player, there was an error and now you can see the video. In addition, we have heard from Synergia that a new initiative is going to be announced this week, which will appear here in the coming days. Thanks again.

Comment on Scale of social structures by Kathleen Mon, 17 Dec 2018 10:33:47 +0000 Matthew,
Don’t take it personally. A simple peruse of the rise and decline of come and gone societies shows the synopsis above is true. The family groups or individuals you mentioned, was not the point of the article, the intent went well beyond the small group, but how societies evolve, devolve and a simplistic rationale as to why (I say simplistic as dictated by the length of the essay).

Comment on Transition to a Political Economy for People and Planet by Marco Sat, 15 Dec 2018 15:20:22 +0000 in the post there is no video, or link to it. If one searches for it, the result is a Vimeo url that today yelds “Sorry, we couldn’t find that page”. The Synergia website is practically empty. In other words, they have done this summer school and the topic is really interesting but… some 15 months later, there seems to be nothing at all online about who they are, what they do etc. Is this Synergia Institute still alive? If not, why this post today?