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Biophile Magazine -- » Issue 4

"One of the greatest surprises you'll experience, is when you discover that you can do what you were afraid you couldn't do.
Your obstacles will melt away, if instead of cowering before them, you make up your mind to walk boldly through them." Daily Guru

Issue 4

Issue 4 Editorial


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We are living in such extraordinarily interesting and challenging times!
It seems that no lies can be hidden for long, and if people want to find out the truth about any topic they care to choose, it is really not very difficult any more.

A workable solution? The case for regional currencies


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Technically, we are currently able to realize humanity’s dream of providing for the needs of every person on earth and letting machines do the most unpleasant kinds of work. What is
If we look a little closer, it becomes clear that there isn’t a shortage of money at all. There is actually an abundance of it. What is missing is its equitable distribution, together with an equitable distribution of access to the resources of our world.

Move over, Mr Manuel!


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The search for alternative taxation world-wide is driven by two imperatives. First, we need to diminish dependence on conventional sources of public revenue, without depriving governments of funding. Second, taxation is the least authoritarian and invasive way to limit activities which are destructive to people and the planet. Without actually banning anything, taxation can encourage people to act in the interests of the common good while also meeting their own needs.

Wörgl


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Have you ever wondered at the beauty of buildings from the 12th and 13th centuaries in Southern Europe, when about 600 new towns were built with solid stone houses that have survived to this day?

In a nutshell: South Africa’s Banking System


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The heart of South Africa’s banking system is the South African Reserve Bank, which is the primary monetary authority and custodian of the country’s gold and foreign exchange reserves.

Your money or your life


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If you’ve ever owed money to a bank, you’ll know it’s not a pleasant experience. Depending on whether they think you’re good for the money, the bank will either screw you in the short term or milk you dry over the long term. Banks are in the business of making money and generally they’ll stop at nothing to get their way.

Dry… or ice?


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What you are about to read is going to change your world forever, this I can promise you. I actually apologize that I have to be the one who brings this unsettling news, but you must know if you wish to survive, for what is coming will either be DRY and heat or ICE and freezing.

When the oil runs out


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Civilization as we know it is coming to an end soon. This is not the wacky proclamation of a doomsday cult, apocalypse bible prophecy sect, or conspiracy theory society. Rather, it is the scientific conclusion of the best paid, most widely-respected geologists, physicists, and investment bankers in the world. These are rational, professional, conservative individuals who are absolutely terrified by a phenomenon known as global “Peak Oil.” David Ross interviews Dr. Richard Heinberg.

Order 81: The ultimate war crime


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Under the guise of helping get Iraq back on its feet, the US is setting out to totally re-engineer the country’s traditional farming systems into a US-style corporate agribusiness. They’ve even created a new law – Order 81 – to make sure it happens.

Reasons for Africa to reject GM


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Africa is fast becoming a dumping ground for the GM industry and a laboratory for frustrated scientists. The proponents of GM technology sell a sweet message of GM crops bringing the second green revolution and the answer to African hunger, but a closer look makes it clear that GM crops have no place in African agriculture.

How to end cruelty


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Cruelty exists in three distinct realms: cruelty against mankind, cruelty against animals and cruelty against nature.

The truth about soy


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To see, read and hear about the “innocent” soybean in most mainstream media you’d think that the soy bean and its derivatives are the most versatile, natural, heart friendly, health-improving, fat preventing and generally loveable foods ever grown on our good earth.

Eco-friendly Nappies


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After having a baby in 2002, Vicki Penfold was shocked not only at the enormous cost involved in using disposable diapers, but also at the devastating environmental consequences. After nearly two years of testing, Vicki has developed a re-useable nappy which is friendly to baby, your budget and the environment.

Pet food labels


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Apart from the government stipulations regarding the listing of the guaranteed analysis and the contents, there’s a good chance that what you think is in your pet’s food… isn’t.

How to have a safer home


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We all are concerned about our health and that of our family. We all tend to be concerned about the environment, which is being damaged beyond repair. What, you may ask, can one person do to reverse this? Actually, quite a lot – but usually, we do nothing. Not because we don’t care, but because we are not always sure of what to do. This guide will help you. Don’t try to do it all at once – maybe try one new thing every week. Trying to do it all may be difficult, and may stop you from trying.

Swimming with dolphins at Ponta do Ouro


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I found the “Save Our Seas” and “Fishing For Fun” articles in Issue 1 of Biophile particularly intersting, as I have seen, first-hand, the slaughter and uncaring (or should I say total unconsciousness) of recreational fisherman here in Ponta do Ouro.

Dr Dolphin


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David Cole knows that people consider him a little odd. He spends much of his free time swimming with dolphins, and has enough perspective to realize that this makes him, by most people’s standards, eccentric. He doesn’t mind.

Computers make kids dumb


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A study of 100,000 pupils in 31 countries around the world has concluded that using computers makes kids dumb. Avoiding PCs in the classroom and at home improved the literacy and numeracy of the children studied.

The true cost of cheap food


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When buying anything in this modern age we all tend to buy the most cheaply priced articles. We buy not so much for value as for cheapness, ignoring the real costs of our false economies, for that is what they are when carefully examined.

Synergy Schooling


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What does school have to do with now, today, this moment of life? A school with answers to this question has emerged in the rural setting of Noordhoek.

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