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Type I Cities
Colonial scrip, were "bills of credit" created by the government, based on the credit of that government, and this meant that there was no interest to pay for the introduction of money. This went a considerable way towards defraying the expense of the Colonia governments and in maintaining prosperity. The Governments charged low interest when it loaned out this paper money to its citizens, with land as collateral, and this interest income lowered the tax burden on the people, contributing to prosperity.
The currency was born when a lack of gold and silver in the Colonies made trade hard to conduct, and a barter system prevailed. One by one, the Colonies began to issue their own paper money to serve as a medium of exchange to make trade vibrant. The Governments could then retire excess notes out of circulation by taxing the people, helping some colonies generally avoid inflation. Each colony had its own currency and some were better managed than others. It was banned by English Parliament in the Currency Act after Benjamin Franklin had explained the benefits of this currency to the British Board of Trade. Outlawing the circulating medium caused a depression in the colonies, and Franklin and many others believed it to be the true cause of the American Revolution.
Israel has emerged as a think-tank for world agriculture. In this very small country, the most advanced forms of food and fiber production have taken root. And many of the path-breaking and trend-setting equipment and inputs for the world's farming, poultry and ranching industries claim Israel as their birthplace.
Why has this country been able to play such a dynamic role in agricultural technology so out of proportion with its geographical size and the numbers of its active farming population?
[Paignton Zoo, South Devon] currently has large quantities of vegetables delivered to them for animal feed. Growing their own on site in the VertiCrop(TM) system will give them a wider variety of produce, control over nutritional value and enrich the lives of their animals, in addition to providing substantial savings in their weekly food bill. With the VertiCrop(TM) operating in a continuous production cycle, the Zoo now has the capability to be self sufficient for most, if not all of their total vegetable requirements. The Zoo estimates that this will reduce their overall feed bill by up to 100,000 Pounds Sterling per year.
Sustainable Meat Farming
Abundant Water from the air
British architects Brenda and Robert Vale have said that, as of 2002, "It is quite possible in all parts of Australia to construct a 'house with no bills', which would be comfortable without heating and cooling, which would make its own electricity, collect its own water and deal with its own waste...These houses can be built now, using off-the-shelf techniques. It is possible to build a "house with no bills" for the same price as a conventional house, but it would be (25%) smaller."
California Family Transform Ordinary City Lot Into Self Sufficient Home
How To Build a DIY Wind Turbine For Less Than 200 Dollars
How to Build a DIY Solar Panel for less than 200
Oregon State Government onMicro-Hydropower
IDEA: Could Sewer output be used to power hydro-plants?
A realistic aim is a house that can provide 50-70 per cent of its energy needs itself with the rest coming from outside sources.
Later, after solar and wind are set up, then the inventors can push on and discover other methods of producing electricity. Green Energy is going quietly crazy in the market...
From www.altenergystocks.com, Q3 performance update:
For the first 9 months of 2009, my ten green energy stocks for 2009 are up 23.4% vs. the S&P 500, and up 20.4% over my clean energy benchmark, the iShares S&P Global Clean Energy Index (ICLN). For the third quarter, that amounts to a loss of 1% relative to the S&P 500, and a gain of 7% relative to ICLN.
(((Scroll down the page for his Green Energy Portfolio)))
NOTE: I wouldn't invest anything right now, cos I think the market's going to tank again, but the graph shows positive trends.
There are many modern methods to construct homes. As I draft this piece in Gmail, a thousand adverts are popping up, new technologies I've never heard of. Some will be rip-offs, some impractical or too expensive, others will go worldwide within decades.
Alternative Materials Section On Eco-Geek, Constantly Updated
BuckyPaper Could Replace Steel
Replacing Plastic With Liquid Wood
New Treatment Could Eliminate Demands For Tropical Hardwoods
Alternative Building Materials
Wikipedia on Natural Building- Adobe, Cob, Cordwood, Earthbag, Rammed Earth
All of these are quick overview of sustainable, realistic, inexpensive construction methods that actually save money. The sad joke is that solar and wind energy, new construction methods, energy efficient homes, atmospheric water and hydroponic farming are all cheaper than current methods, they have just been sidelined for the sake of profit.
The city can abide by the laws of whatever state it is in but ideally will have a degree of private control over immigration. The visa department will consist of two sections:
Applications- accepting a broad range of applications for various positions.
Headhunting- finding and inviting talented and motivated professionals for short or long term stays.
Immigrants can be made up of four main groups.
1) Founders-Have provided significant start-up money.
2) Skilled Immigrants- Doctors, Teachers, Tradesmen, Entertainers, Farming Experts.
3) Inhabitants of the host country- The city can take pressure off deprived areas.
4) Worker Immigrants- From all over the world, immigrants previously headed for slave labour in the industrialised world can come to the city for vastly improved working and living conditions.
On intake, the groups will be separate, but in the city itself there will be no distinction made between them. A founder provides food and water for himself and trades the rest just like an immigrant. There is no slave class nor is there a parasite class. This is not communism. Free market trading, diversity, individuality and entrepreneurship are encouraged, and made all the stronger by being founded on a fear-free base of free food, energy, water and shelter. Entrepreneurs are free to experiment in the knowledge that they have a safety-net. A tiered society will not develop because the forces that cause inequality and competition have been minimised.
In 'The 80/20 Principal', Richard Koch notes that 20 per cent of individuals stimulate 80 per cent of the changes in society. If a high proportion of these types can be attracted to the city, it can become a success. It is hoped that the location of new cities plus the attractive lifestyle will eventually draw many people.
Recruitment will be done quietly and unobtrusively, on selected Internet sites and through any medium that attracts a high percentage of positive and adventurous people.
Who designed the forty-hour five-on-two-off work week of western society?
Rent, Electricity, high food and water prices keep much of the population struggling for basics. Unhappiness and malaise keeps the remainder struggling for luxuries and cruises. What would happen if the struggle for necessities and useless luxuries was removed, if people just jumped off the hamster wheel onto solid ground?
City planners will make no stipulations, but it is hoped that the city can efficiently run itself with a work week of approximately 20 hours. After signing a contract for 3, 6 months, a year, two years- each profession will be provided with a home including free energy, water and abundant growing technology in return for contributing 20 hours in their skill or trade. Other basic necessities will be provided or can be bartered for. Silver or another physical commodity can be used if a currency is needed.
A yoga or Tai-Chi teacher can provide 20 hours of classes per week to the local community, either in local classes, to schools and factories, or home visits.
An electrician is contracted to make 15-20 house calls per week, and provide 3 hours of tuition at a college.
A musician plays 2-3 concerts per week and provides 10-12 hours of classes.
A doctor or acupuncturist agrees to see 20 patients in one week.
In debt-centered society, workers are kept to the grindstone by fear of lack of food and shelter. When these fears are removed, when food, energy water and shelter are easy to come by, would society stagnate? The truth is, we don't know. An experiment is definitely worth a shot.
How would the city make sure society didn't stagnate???
-First, by recruiting highly motivated individuals who have attained a degree of success in their lives, who genuinely enjoy their job. The likelihood is many would work more than 20 hours.
-Second, an awareness would gradually take hold that the individual is serving and contributing to his local community instead of local bankers.
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Eating Out Forever
The Crédito was an interest-free currency and was pegged to the Argentine peso, which in turn was pegged to the U. S. dollar at the time. An estimated $400 million in goods and services were traded in 2000.
The system was used all over Argentina and worked reasonably well for a time but, as things worsened in the formal economy, more and more people joined the RGT clubs, and a growing percentage of people spent their Créditos without offering sufficient skills or trade in return. The system suffered from hyperinflation and from counterfeiting. Between 2002 and 2003 the government made unemployment insurance available to 2.5 million people, compared to 0.2 million people previously, and thereby increased the availability of the peso to the population stratum using the Crédito, which had an 89% preference for Pesos over Créditos.
Other Sources Of Income
Government and Economy
Originally posted by Traveler 291
The system. It would work.
Originally posted by CoolBlackHole
Firstly, gorgeous OP
Originally posted by Traveler 291
The system. It would work.
It's not at all "humanity". Correction: "Problem - Earth's greedy criminal 'Elite'." THEY are thwarting this peaceful advancement and future.
Originally posted by Tryptych
Nice utopia.. but it reminds me of that designer dude in the 50's (60's?) who visualized that by 2000 (or something) everybody will live in buildings that look like UFOs. Beautiful idea, but..
1) With 20 hrs work week, just WHO is going to build these buildings?
Everythings free.. from where you're going to get these tools, equipment, material from? You know, they just don't fall from the sky. Current cities are fruits of heavy labor, and these buildings aren't exceptions.
We are partly sliding towards this green utopia, quite similar to this, but people need to remember some of hard facts of life. There will always be difficulties.
Nice idea, 'tho.
Originally posted by expat2368
Brought to you by the descendants of the naive dreamers that told us "pay TV" would have no commercials, and everyone was going to live happily ever after in the new high technology society... I think that was like 50 or so years ago...
NEVER forget.. GREED AND LUST FOR POWER trumps everything!
Consumerism is the equation of personal happiness with consumption and the purchase of material possessions. The term is often associated with criticisms of consumption starting with Thorstein Veblen or, more recently by a movement called Enoughism. Veblen's subject of examination, the newly emergent middle class arising at the turn of the twentieth century, comes to full fruition by the end of the twentieth century through the process of globalization.
Many times i think that the success rate of radical projects as this depends completely how it's promoted. Much stupider ideas go through simply because they're forced or promoted until sick in the stomach.
A lot of these more conservative types will view this as "just another hippie utopia", even if they know the truth.
Have TPTB shown any sign of critical thinking in the past 10 years?
Ideas like this should be pushed HARD, because there will be a strong opposition.