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"Opinion" by Reg Mombassa

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The Man Who Never Sleeps: Part II - Chaz's Manuscript - chapter 4

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neversleep p2 -4 Neversleep illustration 6 A young human with a crewcut and an unshaven chin answered the door. He looked casually at Spaper and said, “Hey, bro’”. Then he went back inside and sat down. He was playing a game on a Sony Playstation. I followed Spaper in.

Nuclear Power and Australia's Energy 'Debate'> by Jim Green

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By Jim Green Nuclear campaigner -Friends of the Earth, Australia.


Over the past year the nuclear industry has once again tried to exploit concern about climate change to reverse its ongoing decline. Nuclear power is being promoted not only as the solution to climate change, but also to water shortages (by desalination), the drought (by John Anderson), and world poverty (too cheap to meter --- or too expensive to matter?). You begin to wonder if there's anything nuclear power can't solve.

One positive aspect of this debate is that it has highlighted the need for action to avert the social and environmental impacts associated with climate change. But it's been a limited debate. Only the nuclear 'solution' solution to climate change is being debated. Never mind that nuclear power simply can't do the job. Never mind that the adverse impacts of nuclear power are every bit as alarming as those of climate change. Thus the 'debate' has diverted attention from the range of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures that, combined, can avert climate catastrophe.

The Earthdance Journal Project

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Earthdance Journal poster Undergrowth.org invites all participants in the global Earthdance Festival this September 16, 2006 to contribute blogs, photos, art and stories about your experiences for The Earthdance Journal, a forthcoming anthology of experiences celebrating the Global Festival for Peace and exploring the cultural diversity of the only synchronised music and dance festival in over 250 locations and 50 countries in the world. Send us your writing (approx 500 words) festival reports on Earthdance from around the globe - art, photos and creativity to: contribute@undergrowth.org . Select contributions will be curated and printed in an online eBook available for free download. "The Earthdance Journal", a global community experiment in "Gaian Blogging". Deadline October 16th, 2006. For more information on how to find a festival near you, go to the Earthdance website.


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Dancing in the Realm: Life, Fusion, Boom Festivals> by Graham St John

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(Sundancer by Dakatz)


It's June 2006, London.

A shift was in the making. I'd been staying at the Parallel Youniversity in West Hampstead for a month, while its Dean, Megatripolitan Fraser Clark, had been off on some Saharan adventure. This was hippy, or - as Fraser might have styled it - `zippy', central. The first storey flat had a couple of decades worth of rave-olutionary activity pinned to its walls, the reminders of several East Asian and subcontinental tours adorning the eaves and immeasurable layers of grime and hair worked into its carpets. Apparently most of the hair belonged to Jonty, the dog, who I was tasked to mind, along with the world's wildest indoor plant. While in the zippy lair, under the Hanging Gardens of Pronoia, I had privilege access to Fraser's extensive countercultural library. Flying off the shelves was a book called Its Happening: a portrait of the youth scene today by J L Simmons and Barry Winograd (1966), a couple of hipper members of staff in Sociology Dept. at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


The Man Who Never Sleeps: Part II - Chaz's Manuscript - chapter 3

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Neversleep Part Two - Chaz's Manuscript title Neversleep p2 -3 Life went back to normal. I moved money from the computer and spent time with Marietta. The hype that Toby created was forgotten and I only had parties with, or visits from, the people in my own social set. Nate and I went sailing, horse riding or hunting; or we drank, smoked and played backgammon with our other associates. I was, in fact, reminded of how bored I was with life in general before Toby had come.

Postcards From The Machine

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A Postcard from the Machine (Australian Immigration Politics) (2006)

This piece was inspired by Senator Judi Moylan's controversial crossing the floor over John Howard's failed immigration ammendment. An act described by maverick liberal MP Petro Georgiou as the most profoundly disturbing piece of legislation put forward in contemporary times.

Telestreets - Hacking the Infocalypse> by Luther Blisset

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The cold rain lightens passing the small twice-weekly farmers’ market, down the corridor past the Italian class for migrants, the bookshop, a meeting, the circus class. Entering into one room a web of cables crawls overhead, converging in a loft. Upstairs a small group chatters in front of computers, editing, uploading, downloading, emailing; organising a 24-hour pirate TV station. This is the Xmercato24 social centre in Bologna, Italy, home of “Teleimmagini?”, part of the Italian Telestreet movement of around 80 pirate micro-TV stations, most of which have grown in less than 2 years.


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The Man Who Never Sleeps - Part II - Chaz's Manuscript

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Neversleep Part Two - Chaz's Manuscript title Neversleep p2 -1 Dear reader, I expect you’d like to know who I am. Who is this man who can kill your kind off at his leisure? And why do it? Allow me to explain.
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