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undergroundgreenhouse.pdf

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As seen on http://www.growtest.org/underground-greenhouse-manual.

 

"By digging into the ground, [...] the temperature called the "termal constant" is tapped"

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Sir Albert Howard's Indore Compost Method

A very detailed extensive article on how to make the highest quality compost.
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this article explore the Indore compost techniques, a 1920s composting techniques by layers.
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Can tilapia skin be used to bandage burns?

Can tilapia skin be used to bandage burns? | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
Doctors in Brazil are testing the skin of the fish tilapia as a bandage for second- and third-degree burns — a innovation that arose from an unmet need.
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the sterilized fish skin is used as a buffer preventing outside contamination. It also prevents the loss of moisture and proteins from the wound, healing faster.

The sterilization process consist in multiples steps, but it remains cost effective and the fact that the skin stays on the wound the whole time is less work for medical teams and less pain for patients. The fish skin naturally comes off the wound once it is healed.

The treatment is on clinical trial in Brazil for now, but the initial results are encouraging.
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America's first urban 'agrihood' feeds 2,000 households for free

America's first urban 'agrihood' feeds 2,000 households for free | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

Created in Detroit about 4 years ago, this three-acre development boasts a two-acre garden, a fruit orchard with 200 trees, and a sensory garden for kids.

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They started with a vacant lot, and created a beautiful garden on it. Now they are expanding to adjacent buildings and try to create a lively "agrihood" - a urban neighborhood in which agriculture is central to development
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8. Accelerating Succession and Evolution

8. Accelerating Succession and Evolution | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
the ecological process of forest succession takes many decades to create a forest system unaided, but we can collaborate with Nature to speed up the process and establish a forest system in less than a decade.
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very interesting read on how to speed up the creation of a forest
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How to encrypt your entire life in less than an hour

How to encrypt your entire life in less than an hour | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

Common sense security for everyone  - In this article, I will show you how you can protect yourself by leveraging state-of-the-art encryption. In a single sitting, you can make great strides toward securing your privacy. To be clear, everything I recommend here is 100% free and 100% legal. If you bother locking your doors at night, you should bother using encryption.

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It is nowadays possible and important to be fully aware of the potential threats to your physical integrity and means to protect yourself from them.
Here is an article that let you apply some preventive actions to portect your moral integrity through your online activities.

UPDATE: in case you'd like to opt-out of social platforms such as Google ad Facebook, there are rporpietary tools allowing you to recover all your content offline before doing so
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A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity (2016) - Free Full Documentary

Download the film at http://happenfilms.com/a-simpler-way A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity is a free feature-length documentary that follows a communit
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Interesting documentary on the creation of an intentional community in Australia. The initiative started as a call to action by Dr Samuel Alexander in a book called Entropia.
http://www.bookofentropia.com/ecovillage/

People showed up to create the community from scratch and live there for a year - some stayed, some left. Here is their story.
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(France) Un potager issu d'une des plus anciennes banques de graines au monde

(France) Un potager issu d'une des plus anciennes banques de graines au monde | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

Le premier potager en France issu de la banque de graines de l'Institut Vavilov est inauguré, le 20 octobre 2016 à Ecully, près de Lyon


Via Isabelle Pélissié, Organic'Vallée
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"L'Institut Vavilov de Saint-Pétersbourg renferme 325.000 semences, racines, boutures collectées dans le monde depuis 1894. Il porte le nom de l'éminent botaniste Nicolaï Vavilov (1887-1943) qui a passé sa vie en expédition à récolter des variétés sauvages ou cultivées, convaincu que la sécurité alimentaire ne serait assurée que si la diversité biologique était préservée. D'où l'importance de disposer de l'éventail de variétés le plus large, en remontant jusqu'au parent sauvage d'une plante cultivée."

J'avais entendu parlé de l'institut et de son travail immense d'archivage de graines mais je découvre l'initiative de "réappropriation" par des potagers: le premier près de Lyon mais apparemment une quinzaine vont suivre.

Très belle initiative "Face à l'érosion de la diversité"

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(Europe) Global Bioenergies séduit la Suède avec son isobutène biosourcé 

(Europe) Global Bioenergies séduit la Suède avec son isobutène biosourcé  | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
Alors que Global Bioenergies s'apprête à démarrer son démonstrateur industriel de production d'isobutène biosourcé en Allemagne, la société signe un partenariat pour développer une filière de carburant d'origine forestière en Suède.

Via Organic'Vallée
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Global Bionenergies, une société française qui avait déjà un prototype fonctionnel prés de Reims, développe un nouveau test "d'une capacité de 100 tonnes/an en Allemagne.
[Ce] sera la première unité à produire de l'isobutène par voie fermentaire, par des bactéries modifiées, et à partir de ressources végétales. De plus, cet isobutène est sous forme gazeuse, ce qui facilite les opérations d'extraction et de purification."

La société va collaborer avec un consortium suédois afin de produire du bio-carburant à partir de matière première forestière.

Elle a également de nombreux autres projets en cours donc la création d'une usine en France utilisant le sucre de betterave et aux Etats-Unis avec le sucre de maïs.
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This New Neighborhood Will Grow Its Own Food, Power Itself, And Handle Its Own Waste

This New Neighborhood Will Grow Its Own Food, Power Itself, And Handle Its Own Waste | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
By using the most advanced methods for growing food—a combination of aeroponics, aquaponics, permaculture, food forests, and high-yield organic farming—the neighborhood will grow many times more food than a traditional farm of the same size, with fewer resources.
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This initiative, when stripped of its nicely marketed presentation, reminds me of earlier eco-village initiatives such as
Village Homes in California https://youtu.be/QmFVxPjG2JI
or Crystal Water https://youtu.be/RMeSN5gUnPI
and many others in Australia http://ecopolis.com.au/ecopolis/ECOVILLAGE.html
and elsewhere (Cameroun: https://youtu.be/M7vVZhQE2Cc)

The whole concept is pretty much THE solution, but it is puzzling to see that it is not something that has been yet widely accepted and implemented.

This project, among others, will hopefully be inspiring to many, and I wish to hear about a lot more ReGen villages in the future.
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The Rialta Coffee Tour (insights on living on the road)

The Rialta Coffee Tour (insights on living on the road) | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
Living simply. In an RV. With a family of 4. Collecting coffeehouse insights.
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I discovered this blog(s) through one of the post that echoed my own thoughts on the "good" life"

The blogs are packed with valuable info on living on the life you get while living on the road.

The author then migrated his writing on a new blog this year and reflected on his 3 years on the road with post such as this one:
How to RV Stealth Camp like a BOSS!
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On the Wildness of Children

On the Wildness of Children | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
The Revolution Will Not Take Place in a Classroom

 

 

 

 
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Rule of 3s starts with Mindfulness or Awareness. This ability is developed through the constant observation of the environment and the situations that affects it through time and space.

The authors goes at length on the power of 'open attention', the kinf of attention that shuts down once the school bell rings.

"In many rural land-based societies, learning is not coerced; children are expected to voluntarily observe, absorb, practice, and master the knowledge and skills they will need as adults –– and they do. In these societies –– which exist on every inhabited continent –– even very young children are free to choose their own actions, to play, to explore, to participate, to take on meaningful responsibility. “Learning” is not conceived as a special activity at all, but as a natural by-product of being alive in the world. Researchers are finding that children in these settings spend most of their time in a completely different attentional state from children in modern schools, a state psychology researcher Suzanne Gaskins calls "open attention." Open attention is widely focused, relaxed, alert; Gaskins suggests it may have much in common with the Buddhist concept of “mindfulness.” If something moves in the broad field of perception, the child will notice it. If something interesting happens, he can watch for hours. A child in this state seems to absorb her culture by osmosis, by imperceptible degrees picking up what the adults talk about, what they do, how they think, what they know."

The article points to many interesting references such as 'non-interference', "the right of all human beings to make their own choices, as long as they’re not interfering with anybody else." [And] 'consent', "the right of all human beings to be free of violence and the use of force."
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Pedal powered farms and factories: the forgotten future of the stationary bicycle

Pedal powered farms and factories: the forgotten future of the stationary bicycle | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
If we boost the research on pedal powered technology - trying to make up for seven decades of lost opportunities - and steer it in the right direction, pedals and cranks could make an important contribution to running a post-carbon society that maint
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in-depth review of pedal power potential with many examples

the focus is on multi-purposes pedal power projects such as
and the Human Powered Flywheel Motor that can can deliver much more power than the person who operates it

It also explores the potential of cable cultivation, a principle in which the motive power for plowing (or harrowing, cultivating, seeding and hay raking) is stationary and only the tool moves across the field along a cable - preventing compacting of the soil.
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9 Working Examples of Platform Cooperatives | MIT Center for Civic Media

9 Working Examples of Platform Cooperatives | MIT Center for Civic Media | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

9 Working Examples of Platform Cooperatives | MIT Center for Civic Media https://t.co/IdnYNWYU3q via @civicMIT


Via jean lievens
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"Janelle Orsi of the sustainable economies law center talks about the wider context in which co-ops matter. It's time to change the rules of the game she says, rules that aren't necessarily government rules, but rather rules that are between people.

What rules should we change? The first thing to change is that the people with the most money should get the most money out of something, even if they're not putting labor into something. 

The next rule to change is the idea that money equals power, where people who invest the most have the greatest power in the company, even though they're not part of the company.

An alternative would be that money doesn't buy profits and power. That's the only way, she says that we can change this wider issue of inequality.

In cooperatives, surplus goes back to people based on how much they work. And cooperatives typically give one person one vote, so money doesn't equate to power."

More on "Commons" in the interview "Search for Meaning"
which offer great insights on the perspective offered by a new way of commons.
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Ecole européenne de la transition écologique - Votez pour #MonIdéeFab @LaFabriqueAviva !

Ecole européenne de la transition écologique - Votez pour #MonIdéeFab @LaFabriqueAviva ! | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
L’intérêt de cette école est de proposer, à des jeunes en difficulté scolaire, une forme nouvelle de formation par l'expérimentation professionnelle, utilisant une pédagogique active, positive, concrète et agissant pour le développement durable.
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Je n'utilises jamais ce "blog" pour relayer des appels à signer ça ou voter ci. Mais je me réjouis tellement de voir ce genre d'initiative concrète, destinée à former celles et ceux qui auront la lourde tâche d'engager cette transition écologique que je ne peux que soutenir cet effort.

Alors votez pour ce beau projet!
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Brave new world of octopus farming

Brave new world of octopus farming | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
Both Sagiv Kolkovski and Ross Cammilleri acknowledge the need for more research to unlock the nutritional and environmental code required to close the octopus life cycle in aquaculture conditions. But what they have achieved is a number of world firsts in octopus aquaculture and the development of a model grow-out system
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"In Spain, the maximum biomass harvested from aquaculture systems using hides is 15 kilograms per cubic metre of water. The WA octopus farm harvested 54 kilograms per cubic metre, a biomass production rate never before achieved in octopus aquaculture.

It was also a 'world first' to recognise that octopus could be tank-grown without hides and that in high-density, size-matched populations octopus behaviour was modified and switched from being individual and territorial to behaving as a 'school', with no signs of cannibalism or aggression.

Another first was developing a simple mechanical method of preventing them from engaging in the kamikaze habit of hurling themselves out of the tank and onto the floor."
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Another Kind of Energy [Jean Pain Compost]

Another Kind of Energy [Jean Pain Compost] | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

It was the genius of Jean Pain to grasp the essential problem of the age and throw himself into finding simple and appropriate technical solutions for it [...]. That these solutions find their most efficient application at a modest and very local scale is a boon to the world and has everything to do with Pain’s original intent. The social and labor arrangements, capital financing, and technology­ required to yield useful and commercially valuable energy and fertilizer for individual and community-scale application from restorative forestry are within the reach of large numbers of people and groups throughout the world.

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Manual preparation of the material required that it be selected from small branches (less than 8mm thickness) and leafy matter.
The presence of chlorophyll (and we know also enzymes and other nutritive substances) enhanced decomposition to humus [...] with long thin fibers preferable to short thick pieces. He reports that machinery that shaves rather than chips the branches and limbs is preferred. 

A large heap (75 cubic meters, about 50 tons) of this material could be obtained from a hectare of careful forest thinnings (35-40 tons). This would both improve the health of the forest while providing humic manure sufficient to one hectare of cereal cultivation. Compost piles properly made, of course, heat up. Reaching 60°C (140°F), a heap of this volume would ferment for up to 18 months and provide (through a simple plastic coil embedded in the pile) heated water for domestic use throughout the run of the reaction. Pain reports that he heated his five—room house of 1000 square feet (100 m2) and provided hot water (at a rate of 4 liters! minute) for its occupants from a 50 ton pile for six months, but that a 12 ton pile maintained that output for a full 18 months.

A cubic meter of woody material will absorb up to 700 liters of water over three days if continuously moistened. Mindful of conserving this precious resource, Pain dug trenches before building his piles in order to drain away excess water which he then pumped hack into the process. A large heap (75 cubic meters, about 50 tons) of this material could be obtained from a hectare of careful forest thinnings (35-40 tons). This would both improve the health of the forest while providing humic manure sufficient to one hectare of cereal cultivation.

Five kilograms of finely shredded brushwood compost yield about 1 cubic meter of methane—about 5,500 kcaI—equivalent to about half a liter of high-grade petrol in energy content. The gas generated by the fermentation of brush-wood requires a simple filtration—which he does not explain but which is presumably referenced in the literature—before it can be compressed and applied to motorized transport (a simple carburetor adjustment for a standard gasoline engine) or electricity generation.
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Wind-powered device can produce 11 gallons per day of clean drinking water from the air

Wind-powered device can produce 11 gallons per day of clean drinking water from the air | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
The WaterSeer is relatively simple device, designed to be operated without an external power input, and without the need for costly chemicals or maintenance, that can 'pull' moisture from thin air and condense it into water using the temperature difference between the above-ground turbine and the collection chamber installed six feet underground. The potable water can then be delivered to the surface for use via a simple pump and hose, and the device is said to be able to produce up to 11 gallons per day, even in arid regions.
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Now that's a great invention! If it works as it is explained here, this could solve or help mitigate many water crisis.
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Geoff Lawton - Soils (FULL MOVIE)

Geoff Lawton presents his outstanding movie, "Soils", helping you to have a better understanding of soil creation and applied permaculture

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This 2010 documentary by Geoff Lawton is amazing. It shows all the basic elements of applied permaculture including compost, live stock management (chicken, ducks and cows among others), gardens, irrigation..

Among my favorite parts include the demos of 18days compost pile, the compost tea recipes and creation as well as the mineral complement for cows which is particularly well shown and explained.

For an extensive case study on the construction of a rain water collecting dam, you can watch another of Geoff Lawton's video on the topic here
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0 to Food Forest in 2 years. Permaculture Progress.

not the best quality video but really wanted to show you the whole forest. PLEASE SUBSCRIBE FOR MORE ! CLICK SUB ! FB
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Here we see 2 years of evolution for a backyard food forest project in zone 8. Permaculture is all about making the most of nature's potential by promoting beneficial interactions between living organisms - whatever their size and scale.

Also, in the video, you can here the person saying that we do have a tendency to over-estimate the short term amount of work we can put into something and under-estimate the long term work we could. It is hard to put in perspective in our modern times, but patience is required for a low maintenance food forest effort - nature can only do this much, and it's pretty cool already;

If you are curious about the great potential food forest have to offer, you can see more examples in videos searching for food forest and access an expansive library of plants here: http://tcpermaculture.com/site/plant-index/

Make sure to see how animals can help to; mainly rabbids, chicken, ducks and quails with a few goats, sheeps and pigs if the size of the homestead allows it.
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(Aveyron) Une petite coopérative fromagère qui paie ses agriculteurs bien mieux que les géants agroalimentaires

(Aveyron) Une petite coopérative fromagère qui paie ses agriculteurs bien mieux que les géants agroalimentaires | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

Une petite coopérative fromagère de l’Aubrac paie ses éleveurs laitiers bien mieux que les géants agroalimentaires : ses adhérents reçoivent 80% de plus par litre de lait comparé aux prix pratiqués par Lactalis, Danone ou Bel. Quelle sont les clés du succès ? Ici, pas de multiples intermédiaires, ni d’actionnaires. Les coopérateurs misent sur des produits de qualité impliquant en amont de bonnes conditions d’élevage, et œuvrent à la maitrise des volumes. Une partie de l’argent sert également à rémunérer des remplacements pour améliorer le quotidien des adhérents, et aider des paysans à s’installer.


Via Organic'Vallée
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Maîtrise des volumes produits, valorisation de terroir et accompagnement humain des producteurs... ça paraît si simple sans l'illusion de produire pour tout le monde.
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VIPS, Vertical Integrated Pasture System Design

How the VIP, Vertical Integrated Pasture System Design, works. A system that mimics a pasture which normally functions horizontally. The ruminants grazin
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This system is an integrated "coop" where goats stay on top.
Their droppings fall into the chicken coop underneath and chicken manure, left overs as well as the remaining goats' manure fall at the bottom of the system in a composting bin.

The VIPS output goat mlk, eggs and compost on a relatively small surface.
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Mon potager nourrit ma famille toute l'année (Fiches conseils)

Mon potager nourrit ma famille toute l'année (Fiches conseils) | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
Assurez-vous des récoltes au potager tout au long de l'année pour fournir votre famille en légumes, fruits et herbes aromatiques. Faites votre marché dans votre jardin pour une nourriture saine, bio et à moindre coût !
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liste complète par saison pour 2, 4 ou 6 personnes.
500m² pour 4 personnes
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The Alternative Energy Matrix | Do the Math

The Alternative Energy Matrix | Do the Math | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

"we face the end of a golden era of energy. Sure, we managed to make scientific and cultural progress based on energy from animals, slaves, and firewood prior to discovering the fossil fuels. But it was in unlocking our one-time inheritance that we really came into our own. Soon, we will see a yearly decrease in our trust fund dividend, forcing us to either adapt to less or try to fill the gap with replacements. What this post and the series preceding it demonstrates is that we do not have a delightful menu from which to select our future. Most of the options leave a bad taste of one form or the other.


Via jean lievens
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even thoug the author is clearly on the "pragmatic" science front, not putting CO2 emissions as top priority,  the info provided with the matrix is rather interesting. 

not surprisingly, the "soluton"  being to mix them.
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Projects – Sustainable Engineering for Needy and Emerging Areas

Projects – Sustainable Engineering for Needy and Emerging Areas | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
Sustainable Engineering for Needy and Emerging Areas is a student organization founded at the University that develops and deploys efficient tecnologies to needy people.
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those students undertake great project including water purification, pedal-powered pump and CEB press...

The CEB press design was created by Nigel Langdum. The device is easy to operate and uses a simple lever arm that moves a plate up and down to compress the earthen material.
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Sustainable Human

Sustainable Human | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
If life on Earth is to not only survive but thrive, we must change the narrative of modern civilization. The world we have inherited is built on a unsustainable story of infinite resources, limitless waste and endless competition, degrading both our planet and humanity. It is time to collectively re-imagine the story of the world we wish to live in – one that enables each of us to develop our unique gifts and give them to the world.
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On the topic of interconnectedness, this project is joining the movement that spotted "the narrative" for positive and concrete change in the affairs of the whole human race. Ambitious and somewhat "mystifying", the initiative is hard to object against.
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