Community Rights educator Paul Cienfuegos explains how “We The People” are exercising the authority to govern ourselves and dismantle corporate rule. When small farmers in rural Pennsylvania wanted to say “no” to a corporate factory farm coming into their community, they learned they couldn’t, because it would violate the corporation’s “rights” and state pre-emption laws. So they did something technically illegal – their town passed an innovative ordinance banning corporate factory farming. It worked! The corporation left town. Pittsburgh upshifted the approach: Rather than define what we don’t want, define what we DO want. Their “Right to Water” stopped natural […]
• How to profit from the coming cyber wars • Gold’s down. What’s up with that? • European PIGS Start to Fly In today’s Money Morning…Hillary Clinton decides private industry is safer than government…the knights of the digital round table do it for love, not just money…shooting fish in a barrel…and more… Hillary Clinton is the leading US Democratic Party candidate. That means if US primaries were on tomorrow, Clinton would win. And she would be running for President next year. But things might be about to change… As a former US Secretary of State it’s fair to say she […]
Getiing children involved in local community activities can boost your child’s self esteem, confidence and help them to build new skills. It is also a great way to broaden your child’s knowledge. You can get your child involved by firstly selecting activities that your child is already familiar with and loves. For instance, lets say your child has a love of horses – however your circumstances prohibit the purchase of a horse for your child. Organize a family outing to a place where they are giving pony rides for disabled children. Ask the organizer whether your child could help with […]
As a web developer, over the years I have identified a stumbling block for small local community businesses, concerning their online promotional efforts – or should I say the lack of them. When discussing web development with a prospective client I have always emphasised the need for ongoing maintenance and promotion of their site. Usually these discussions were with the business owner or manager, who were very capable people at running their business – but with no experience in internet marketing. Some of them assigned a staff member to follow my recommendations on how to promote their own website. Others […]
What a lot of people fail to realize today is that the well being of local businesses affects everyone economically. The main reason why people shop in chain stores within their own localities, rather than at the local business outlets is twofold. 1] People mistakenly think that the chain store in their locality is a local business. 2] Local businesses can’t compete with the monopolistic advertising of the super stores. Above is today’s Woolworth’s online catalogue – For area 4221. When I see this type of advertisement I ask: ½ prices, compared to what norm? Is this ½ the […]
Ten Years ago I published the following article. I am publishing it again, here today, as I believe it is just as pertinent in 2015 as it was in 2005. At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question. “When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot […]
Some local communities foster fertile ground for learning and don’t have the horrendous dropout figures of 40% that America is currently reporting. Nor do they have the so called Attention Deficit Disorder [ADD] epidemic. Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.