Of worms and microbes that we are so thoughtlessly destroying

It was Charles Darwin who first realized the importance of worms.  He kept an array of them in jars on his mantelpiece and found that they gradually process leaves and other debris through the acids in their stomachs and...

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Rees-Mogg, Boris and Gove the dream team? In your dreams

I can see why people cite South Korea as a model for a post-Brexit UK. Like Britain, South Korea has a small land mass, a large population and few natural resources and yet has made a great success of...

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Better Project Fear than Project Plain Bonkers

My friend Robert, who is a highly intelligent and dedicated leaver, has sent me a book making the Brexit case called ‘What is the Insider Advantage?’ by Michael Burrage.   So far I’ve read the first six chapters with great...

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Write to your MP

  (from my book Our Terrible/Wonderful Future) We have become so skilled at resolving cognitive dissonance by telling ourselves fabrications and myths of one kind and another, our society as a whole, perhaps more than any other before,  has become a willing...

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Thanks Rongo-manui for stealing the yams

Strange how many people think of themselves as rational but base their whole lives on completely irrational and unquestioned axioms.  Biblical fundamentalists think Genesis is literally true despite overwhelming evidence that it isn’t.  Free trade fundamentalists won’t have government...

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Better Project Fear than Project Unrealistic

My friend Robert, a resolute Leaver, has sent me Daniel Hannan's book What Next, an intelligent presentation of the Brexit case which I've read with great interest. What Hannah wants is just what I want - part of a...

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Dear Jake…

Letter to my local MP. Dear Jake. I enclose a copy of my book 'Our Terrible/Wonderful Future'. Please don't write back as I don't want another of the bland, evasive letters that MP's are so skilled in writing. Yes...

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A world with much less work

from The Guardian's A Long Read 26i18 In 1979, Bernard Lefkowitz, then a well-known American journalist, published Breaktime: Living Without Work in a Nine to Five World, a book based on interviews with 100 people who had given up their...

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Why when so much is at stake?

Thanks to everybody who has joined Twenty Years son facebook so far. Please spread word. The thing that interests me is why when you meet people, except complete dotties, nobody thinks climate change isn't a great threat or that...

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Yet people still aren’t bothered

from Sam Miller MacDonald War We also know what happens to civilizations when even relatively minor ecological shifts occur: war and collapse. Climate change is not a minor ecological shift. It is immense, global, and millennial. What will happen to the...

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