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United to Protect the Earth

MORTON COUNTY — Ceremony, aromatic sage and drumming song welcomed the eight tribes of Washington State into the encampment of Native Americans supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Tribes with new and unusual names — Yakama Nation, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Lummi Nation, Puyallup Tribe, Nisqually Indian Tribe, The […]

Winter Issue of TrendEvents posted

This issue of TrendEvents covers both the old and new of Technocracy, with news about our winter Think Tank, a memorial for Paul Cordesmeyer, and information about the Technocracy concept and organization. Click on the link below! TrendEvents_2016_01_Winter

Smart thermostat

Autumn TrendEvents

This issue of TrendEvents features news about economics, water, smart homes and space, followed by information about the Technocracy concept and organization. I am pleased to announce that we have some new blood—two articles by volunteer freelance writers Justin Lazzara and Joshua Moore. See the issue here: TrendEvents_2015_09_Autumn  

Nanopores inexpensively filter seawater

Most humans live near oceans. Yet even in coastal communities, there are often severe water shortages. Hence, desalinization of seawater into fresh water is the “holy grail” of unlimited water supply. Yet, present desalination processes require tremendous amounts of energy, making such processes very expensive. Nanotechnology has been proposed many times as the means to […]

Irrigated Saudi wheat field in green circles

Saudi Wells Running Dry of Water — End of Desert Wheat

(Source: Bloomberg, 4 Nov. 2015) Saudi Arabia “once grew so much of the grain that its exports could feed Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Yemen. The circular wheat farms, half a mile across with a central sprinkler system, spread across the desert in the 1980s and 1990s, visible … as green spots amid a […]

U.S. Capitol building

Politics

When people complain about ineffective government they often use the word “change”.  What they most often mean by this is that they want to “fix” the current system so that it works better than what they now see but still looks pretty much the same. But what do they think when the closer and more […]

Hydroponics

Indoor Farming

Review by Ron Miller “There is a real trend towards something called variously urban agriculture, indoor farming or vertical farming,” says Cary Mitchell, a horticulturist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The original idea was for skyscrapers filled with plants but was never realistic. Skyscrapers don’t come cheap. In New York City, a company […]