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Geekly Commune

Postby HugoSloth » Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:09 pm

Geekly Commune
This is a thread for exploring the idea of a Geekly Commune.
Will be kept up to date to the best of my ability, with links to resources and writing which will be accessible to all who are interested.
Please contact Hugo if you think an important concern is not being given enough consideration.

Geekly Commune def'n:
A village or commune which shares resources and exemplifies to the moral and aesthetic standards of the Geekly Community
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Postby HugoSloth » Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:30 pm

GeeklyCommune Main Documents

The document that discusses the main cultural considerations I want to address: Gcom Culture
(https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oaqVVWhcf3Jvapjk1nVGho7zHfSQg2AO-Y3ghIJEW9s/edit?usp=sharing)

This covers topics like :
- Education
- Childcare
- Food and Shelter security
- Defense from prosecution based on minority status (race, religion, LGBTQIA )
- Mostly the cultural organization and goals we should think about and some of my ideas for that.

The document that discusses the material considerations I want to address: Gcom Materials
(https://docs.google.com/document/d/19fEcpQVyuLmBr_a2xhxxadcGcENml4EN5ySdIZOXuKs/edit?usp=sharing)

This covers topics like:
-Food (caloric needs, nutritional needs, and food preparation and production facilities)
-Shelter (Housing, other buildings, barns and stuff)
-Manufactured goods and durable appliances
-Electronics and Computer resources (Computer Lab of sorts, internet access, phone use, and security re: this)
-Books and Actual Educational materials (What books should be had, and how should they be kept?)
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Postby HugoSloth » Wed May 17, 2017 10:20 pm

Regarding non-governmental social entities which operate in a way that is effective and not too terrible:

While I have not read on them extensively I did check on their status which have yielded interesting results.
The YPG , Kurdish People’s Protection Forces, is fighting ISIS which is as we know, a very good thing. They have been effective in pushing back against ISIS more, from what I know, than the massively destabilizing military action that the United States favors. Their ideology is fairly conservative and is Marxist/Leninist. They have a website with reading and stuff if you are interested.

Sample:
Democratic confederalism is the contrasting paradigm of the oppressed people. Democratic confederalism is a non-state social paradigm. It is not controlled by a state. At the same time, democratic confederalism is the cultural organizational blueprint of a democratic nation. Democratic confederalism is based on grass-roots participation. Its decision making processes lie with the communities. Higher levels only serve the coordination and implementation of the will of the communities that send their delegates to the general assemblies. For limited space of time they are both mouthpiece and executive institution. However, the basic power of decision rests with the local grass-roots institutions.


source: http://www.pkkonline.com/en/index.php?sys=article&artID=169 or http://www.freeocalan.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Ocalan-Democratic-Confederalism.pdf

Context: Kurds are the largest stateless ethnic group. Their population is abut ~35 million despite erasure and attempts to destroy Kurdish culture/language/costume. Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29702440

The PKK , Kurdistan Workers’ Party, is the organization that backs this group, and because of their behavior in the 1990s and 80s they are labelled as terrorists by the UN, even though the west relies on them to fight ISIS, and they have been in talks with the Pentagon regarding arming and material support,
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They are no longer active in Turkey I don't think, but since Turkey is sliding into Authoritarian Nation State status and they already have a history of trying to erase the presence of Kurdish people, who is surprised by that?

The PYD is the YPG's political arm, which was what was talking to the pentagon I think.
I'm not an expert on this by any means but now the info is more accessible and I can look it up more easily in the future. So can you!
Research is fun.

source: https://newrepublic.com/article/122068/why-are-we-supporting-kurdish-peoples-protection-forces


This group is interesting because of their cohesion and self-reliance, horizontal leadership, grassroots decision making, and social solutions for what we may consider to be material problems ( using public shaming to make people do chores and not be racist instead of imposing fines or other material punishment ). The ability to organize and enforce rules decided on by the community in a way that is different from the American Fashion we are used to is interesting and worth further investigation and reading :)
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Re: Geekly Commune

Postby HugoSloth » Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:27 am

I've written a lot about farming methods, but for folks who find a 30 page paper intimidating, there is a farmer who has been using the principles of permaculture and agroecology to reduce disease/feed cost/labor and increase productivity/health in farm animals.

Joel Salatin is a well known advocate of ecologically sustainable grazing using temporary paddocks, and his reasoning behind doing this instead of factory farming is the same as the reason why I want to do it:
- moving animals breaks the cycle of pathogens, negating the need for antibiotic which breed stronger pathogens
- moving animals regularly on pasture means I don't have to shovel poop and clean stalls, and the manure improves the pasture
- animals on pasture don't require as much supplemental feed, especially if they are encouraged to eat all edible plants, as in MIRG
- pastures where the animals don't stay on the grass for long don't get destroyed, so we don't need to re-seed them
- the animals are happy and healthy until their one bad day, instead of having a miserable existence

There are a lot of videos of him talking about how his system works, which I will link here:
https://youtu.be/sYWYU5V8JOo : Meet the Farmer 1
https://youtu.be/yfw2ybbRTYs : Meet the Farmer 2
https://youtu.be/FrxmgR-vYms : Meet the Farmer 3
https://youtu.be/lXHrkPC5bok : Soil Biology in Agriculture (an excellent video about using animals natural habits to do our jobs for us)
https://youtu.be/vaQ3hXkXVjY : Talking about big picture issues and the future of the agriculture industry

Example: One of his productive animals is laying hens. They live, during the spring, winter, and fall , in a mobile hen house without walls, that moves around a paddock cleaning up after cows, eating the maggots out of the cow pies, and disrupting that cycle that would ordinarily result in a lot of flies. During the winter these hens live in a cheap hoop house, and their bedding is piled up and piled up for about 100-120 days, until they can move back out to pasture. When they are moved out, their bedding is moved aside and corn, tomatoes, etc is planted in that hen house to make use of the nutrients in the chicken manure as well as the greenhouse-like nature of a plastic covered hoop house. This way, the land the chickens graze on is used at least twice (cows, chickens), the land the chickens winter on is used twice (chickens, crops), and no pathogens are able to build up and multiply around the chickens, because they are never in one place long enough for the germs to become a problem.

I would recommend anyone interested in this kind of management intensive, nature mimicking farming style to watch some of those videos, because this guy really knows what he's talking about.
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Re: Geekly Commune

Postby HugoSloth » Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:55 am

"Why not replace mass agriculture with agriculture by the masses."

JM Fortier's 8 acre market garden in this video shows some methods of bio-intensive farming with no tilling, no tractors, and natural methods of pest control. It's a really excellent example of an agro-ecology based farm system in real life, and in a northern climate no less!

JM's website and book: http://bit.ly/2scplu0
- about how anyone can farm by using knowledge and techniques to bypass barriers to entry.

A tour of JM's 8acre market garden: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90OUMVf3XPc
- A video by Justin Rhodes, with questions asked by him and also his adorable family.
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Re: Geekly Commune

Postby HugoSloth » Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:22 am

The ZAD (Zone A Défendre)
The Zone to Defend

There is a truly fascinating phenomenon happening in France.
Anarchist environmentalists have captured land in a forest in France to halt the development of this forest into an airport, among other things. One of the ZAD is certainly airport related, and it is the primary ZAD as far as I can tell, but there are a few of them. They are defended by anarchists from police and construction workers who bulldoze trees and huts and stuff, so a lot of the testimonials focus on this struggle rather than the everyday operations of their autonomous anarchist region, however some of them shed light on the ways that the anarchists cooperate with sympathizers and supporters to obtain materials and hold workshops.

Why I Love ZAD: https://zad.nadir.org/spip.php?article1084
What is lived in Notre Dam Des Landes: https://zad.nadir.org/spip.php?article778
A windmill for the ZAD: https://zad.nadir.org/spip.php?article2331

There are more testimonies to be found on the website, but I found these of particular interest. I think the ZAD is an example of protest that should be examined by an autonomous, independent commune movement. While defense is a major portion of their labor, this is because of their mission rather than their existence at all. The the United States it may be easier to exist autonomously and remain relatively un-bothered, if that is the goal. Because of the intolerance of some American people, self defense would likely be very useful, but hopefully it wouldn't come to that.
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