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June 23, 2007

Freegans in the NY Times

There's an overview of "freegans" in the Home and Garden Section (!) of the NY Times. Here's an excerpt:

Freegans are scavengers of the developed world, living off consumer waste in an effort to minimize their support of corporations and their impact on the planet, and to distance themselves from what they see as out-of-control consumerism. They forage through supermarket trash and eat the slightly bruised produce or just-expired canned goods that are routinely thrown out, and negotiate gifts of surplus food from sympathetic stores and restaurants.

June 13, 2007

Maine Time Banks

We were just in Portland, Maine a couple weeks back and stumbled upon a flyer for Maine Time Banks, a local currency circulating in Portland. Based on their website, www.mainetimebanks.org, they seem well established and very organized. Over 700 members trade "time dollars" with each other for over 800 different services.

Cat's Out of the Bag

I ran into this cool looking project a couple days ago, small comic books that attempt to make the workings of capitalism visable. In the spirit of religious comics like those made by Jack Chic, these little illustrated books help envision the real inner workings of capitalist economics and hopefully help people create other ways to live. Their website is catsoutofthebag.com.