Plukrijp Newsletter – 2021 week 35

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2021 – week 35

Upside down = instead of announcing what we plan to do
(& most often find out we do not need to do), we relate what we really did

Building communities of trust is fundamental
to healing our collective wound.
At Plukrijp, we offer spaces of transparency and solidarity.
The community allows people to encounter each other
in truth and so develop trust.
We do the garden for YOU
Plukrijp functions on your frequent visits & harvests. Take along for friends & neighbours, this way we recreate real networks between us all, breaking down the illusory restrictions that now still separate many of us from our fellow man = UBUNTU.
The updated list of vegetables & fruit that can be harvested this week is available on our website under the heading “Current Harvest” :
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This week @ Plukrijp
We did:

Collected the apples and the hazelnuts.

Dried a lot of basil


Harvested elderberries, dried a part and made medicinal syrup out of a part. We enriched the syrup by adding thyme, rosemary, sage and cloves. We are ready to face winter!


Cleared the patch of beans at Hei, scratched, drew lines and seeded spinach and turnips. We made also holes and planted leek. We scratched also the low short beds at Hei.


Weeded between the carrots and leek on the central field at Hei. We weeded also the closed tunnels and open tunnel 5 where we seeded corn salad and scratched it in


Planted cauliflowers


We received high quality horse manure and put that in boxes and stacked them

Fixed pallets and polished Bram’s beautiful thirty-foot-trailers to return some beauty to them

Added lots of generously gifted books to our library and introduced new volunteers to our library catalogue Zotero –

Interesting Movies & Documentaries

From modernist architect, to a life off-grid, a creative life well-lived

Two’s a multitude … one alone is not fun,’ Bello offers in the short documentary A Little Piece of Earth, which finds him, at age 86, 10 years widowed, but still driven by a desire to keep a small slice of the planet all his own. His voice is good-humoured but touched with melancholy as he reminisces about building an off-the-grid life from the ground up alongside his wife, and without outside obstruction. And yet, resigned that he’ll never find another love comparable to Vanna and unsure what will become of their beloved Bello Ranch, he’s able to shake off depression by living out the mantra ‘be active, and be creative, and be alive.’

The Quantum Brain with Amit Goswami


Amit Goswami, PhD, is a retired professor of physics from the University of Oregon. He is author of The Self-Aware Universe, Physics of the Soul, The Quantum Doctor, God is Not Dead, Quantum Creativity, and The Everything Answer Book. His website is

Here he builds upon his insight that consciousness is the ground of all being and can also be thought of as the quantum wave function, i.e., the realm of all possibilities. The brain itself does not produce consciousness. Rather it exists within consciousness. Quantum correlations are, ultimately responsible for the coherence of our mental experience. He also addresses the yoga chakra system and the process of reincarnation.

Charles Eisenstein

Reality Isn’t Finished

The common maps of problem solving are all based on the possibility and causality of the old story, and when we look at those honestly, some problems can seem hopeless.

Intimacy of Inner and Outer Change

Inner and Outer change are intimately connected, and each effects the other. Sometimes the best catalyst of change can be unintentional, an experience, gift.

Sacred Masculine Archetype

In early societies there was a masculine archetype that is in many ways healthier than the one we have today. Aspects of this archetype have been hijacked and put towards ends of control and violence.

Reducing Experience to Words


Language and words are a powerful tool, but they can get in the way of a relationship if take on a life of their own and carry us away into concepts and words, and out of experience.

From doing to Serving

In our time, the utility of learning and acting through applying rigid principles to the world while great, can be limiting, and end up causing many of the problems we see today.


Authenticity and Tangible Action

The specifics of effective action in relation to ones social and emotional needs can vary a lot from person to person. That being said, someone who knows you well may be able to point you in the right direction, especially if they see you from a place of understanding and faith.

Christopher Wallis


How to use ‘framing’ to change your life experience.

Fear is the mind killer

Fear is the little dead that brings total obliteration

More correct:

Direct experience interpreted as fear is the mind killer


I will face my fear intensity

I will permit it to pass over me and through me

Where it has gone right through me

I will turn my inner eye to see its pass

I will realize that only I remain

Can you look at someone’s face and know what they’re feeling? Does everyone experience happiness, sadness and anxiety the same way? What are emotions anyway? For the past 25 years, psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett has mapped facial expressions, scanned brains and analyzed hundreds of physiology studies to understand

An Object At Rest – Graeme Hindmarsh Re-score

Best Friend – Animation Short Film 2018 – GOBELINS

Inspiring Links

$ 277,000,000,000,000 = world government debt to ITS OWN CENTRAL BANKS

This represents 365% of the world’s GDP.

Many countries may/WILL go bankrupt in the coming months

Inspiring Book

In this engaging and well-researched book, Goleman and Davidson help us sort out the many claims now being made about the benefits of meditation. Drawing on their own long personal meditative experience and the ever-increasing number of scientific studies, Altered Traits breaks new ground in illuminating the power of meditation to transform our lives.


If you want to make somebody rich

don’t add to what he has,

but take away his desire for more.


Inspiring Text

The post-capitalist end-game

Jeff Bezos controls Amazon. And Whole Foods. And The Washington Post. And IMDB, Zappos, Souq, Blue Origin, Kiva Systems, Alexa, DPReview,, Woot, Goodreads, Twitch, Audible, Elemental, Quidsi, Annapurna Labels, Accept, Living Social, Twilio, HomeGrocer, Bill Me Later, eZiba, BankBazaar, Kozmo, Ionic, Songza, and Plus he has VC stakes in Lookout, Juno, Grail, Workday, Vessel, Domo, Fundbox, Stack Overflow, Everfi, Remitly, Rethink Robotics, General Fusion, MakerBot, Unity Biotech, General Assembly, Business Insider, Google, Uber, Airbnb, and Twitter. And he’s working on acquring MGM. Plus he owns at least eight mansions and 100,000+ acres, a bunch of penis-shaped rockets, and a $500,000,000 hyper-yacht.

Bernard Arnault controls LVMH, which has swallowed more than seventy of its competitors, including Dior, Fendi, Givenchy, Dom Pérignon, Loius Vuitton, Moët & Chandon, Marc Jabobs, Stella McCartney, Loro Piana, Princess Yachts, Bulgari, Sephora, and Tiffany & Co.

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway owns massive chunks of nearly fifty companies including Apple, Amazon, Amex, Bank of American, Chevron, Kraft, Mastercard, Sirius, Visa, Wells Fargo, P&G, Johnson & Johnson, Dairy Queen, Fruit of the Loom, GM, Merck, T-Mobile, GEICO, and Coca-Cola, which itself has eaten more than 400 competing drink companies.

Blackrock, which owns a piece of 5,480 companies including Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Nvidia, Tesla, JP Morgan, Paypal, Home Depot, Disney, Exxon, Pfizer, Pepsi, AT&T, Nike, Walmart, McDonalds, Costco, and Netflix, just bought Reese Witherspoon’s media company for $900 million, adding to its $9 trillion Smaug-like horde.

It makes you wonder when monopolists will stop growing larger and larger.

And then one day it occurs to you…

They will not stop until they are stopped.

The facts

There are now 2,755 billionaires on the planet, not including “royalty” and dictators.

In the year 2000, they controlled less than $1 trillion.

Today, they control more than $13.1 trillion.

13.5X in a generation.

And they’ve grown their wealth by $5.5 trillion during the pandemic so far.

The world’s richest eight men now own more than the bottom 4 billion.

On the flip side, there’s never been as much suffering and deprivation in human history:

Clearly, there is no limit to the depth of poverty and deprivation to which our global society will allow humans to fall — never forget that millions children are still trafficked for rape annually and that nine million people die from starvation each year — yet somehow elite individuals are allowed to amass unlimited plenty in a world of deprivation?

It begs the question: Is it moral and right for us to allow individuals to hoard extreme wealth in the face of overwhelming widespread poverty, documented democratic subversion, and environmental catastrophe?

If humanity saw itself as the global family that it truly is, it would be morally impossible to not limit the amount that one family member could control while another suffered and died.

Earned” wealth

It is impossible for an individual to legitimately earn a billion dollars.

If someone earned $100 per hour — more than enough for anyone to live in luxurious comfort — in order to truly earn a billion dollars, they’d have to work 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year, for five thousand years.

So how is a billion dollars actually amassed?

By skimming a profit off the backs of untold others:

  • off the workers they employ

  • off the suppliers they squeeze

  • off the carcasses of the competitors they destroy with monopoly

  • off the planet they unsustainably extract from

  • off the governments from which they gain subsidies and advantages

  • off the stable societies they sell to while evading taxation

  • off the democracies whose rules they change at will

  • off the shareholders they dupe

How is the ability to skim achieved? Through unfair advantage and privilege.

It is impossible to “work hard, save, and invest” your way to a billion dollars.

Let’s be crystal clear: billionaires don’t “create jobs.” They extract value — time, talent, creativity, effort — from others at an industrial scale.

Decentralize everything

Here’s a short thought experiment.

Which is better: 2,755 billionaires and their $13.1 trillion, each monopolizing roughly one industry apiece and subverting democracy, or 131,000 centa-millionaires in competition?

How about 1,310,000 deca-millionaires?

Or 13,100,000 millionaires?

13.1 million millionaires would do far more for the economy in terms of spending, hiring, diffusing power, avoiding democratic destruction, increasing competition, and sparking innovation.

Are there truly enough benefits to the global population to merit supporting the costs of maintaining billionaires? Surely not. No rational person can make the argument that 2,755 billionaires are globally preferable to having 13.1 million more millionaires, or 131 million more workers each controlling a $100K stake in the businesses wherein they constitute all of the wealth-creation.

But those poor billionaires are just rich on paper!”

Sychophants for the ultra-elite are quite to cry out that most billionaires don’t actually have $1,000,000,000+ sitting in a Scrooge McDuck-style vault. Their wealth is usually tied up in shares of the companies they almost always undemocratically control.

But these people don’t understand how billionaires work.

Billionaires borrow colossal amounts of cheap debt against those paper shares, and let inflation devalue that debt over time.

So you and I — the real taxpayers in society — end up footing the bill as the money-printing machine devalues our actual-earned money.

We need a more equitable pre-distribution of ownership, wealth, and opportunity.

Mathematical doom

I believe — as do most of the working masses and the desperate poor—that it is morally wrong and utterly inhumane to be a billionaire whilst millions starve and billions suffer.

Full stop.

To paraphrase the Bible: “The poor will always be among us because the rich will always be above us.”

The world and planet can’t afford to support billionaires anymore.

Corporatism is a gross inefficiency and major source of economic inequality; it is anti-democracy; it is ecological unsustainability.

We should replace it with an economy of sole proprietors, partnerships, cooperatives, not-for-profits, and for-benefits — all the wealth to all the workers — massively diverse, all competing and cooperating and innovating within a body of economic law that enforces ecological sustainability (as defined by biology) and economic fairness (as defined by real democracy.)

If we don’t, we’re mathematically doomed.

Charting our trajectory to zero

When will billionaires stop amassing more wealth?

The answer is clear:

They won’t.

Our total global wealth is currently $431 trillion.

In the past twenty years, billionaires have grown their wealth by 13.5X, to $13.1 trillion, far outpacing the poor and total growth in global wealth.

At their current pace, billionaires will control $176 trillion in twenty years and $2.3 quadrillion in forty.

You read that right: If we do not stop them, billionaires will control the entire globe’s resources within our lifetime.

From there, it’s simply a game of thrones to determine which few families will survive.

In the winner-take-all economy, elites will not stop until they are stopped.

Why can’t voter-shoppers fathom this fact?

The solution is frightfully simple

It’s a radical idea that will be common sense to future generations:

Individual private wealth must be limited.

That’s right: No more billionaires.

Every dollar over $1 billion in net worth will be taxed at 100% or placed in a commons trust.

As one Redditor put it:

A global Billionaire Ban will have wonderful implications for protecting democracy and making the economy more robust and fair. Obviously democracy we can argue over the exact number for our new global limit — 10 million, 100 million, even 1 billion — so long as we agree on the underlying fundamental that private wealth must have an upper limit.

Older right-leaning white men will now scream “Communism! Socialism!” while failing to realize this piece is not advocating central ownership or central control of the economy. That’s what billionaires are working on.

We need to reform our economic system. We need a more equitable pre-distribution of ownership, wealth, and opportunity, and we desperately need democratic limits to protect against monopoly and wealth hoarding.

This isn’t optional for the survival of our species: it’s now required for the survival of all species.

We need to move quickly.

In the time it took you to read this article, the world’s billionaires gained $62 million while sixty people moved into slums and thirty children died of hunger.

How many more people must suffer and die before we re-structure the global economy for widest-spread wellbeing?

Inspiring Music

Arvo Pärt Kanon Pokajanen

This masterpiece deserves to be listened to
in silence and even better, in the dark

Tennessee Ernie Ford – 16 Tons


Some people say a man is made out of mud

A poor man’s made out of muscle and blood

Muscle and blood and skin and bones

A mind that’s weak and a back that’s strong


You load sixteen tons, what do you get?

Another day older and deeper in debt

Saint Peter don’t you call me, ’cause I can’t go

I owe my soul to the company store


I was born one morning when the sun didn’t shine

I picked up my shovel and I walked to the mine

I loaded sixteen tons of number 9 coal

And the straw boss said, “Well-a bless my soul!”


You load sixteen tons, what do you get?

Another day older and deeper in debt

Saint Peter don’t you call me, ’cause I can’t go

I owe my soul to the company store


I was born one morning, it was drizzlin’ rain

Fightin’ and trouble are my middle name

I was raised in the cane brake by an old mama lion

Can’t no high-toned woman make me walk the line


You load sixteen tons, what do you get?

Another day older and deeper in debt

Saint Peter don’t you call me, ’cause I can’t go

I owe my soul to the company store


If you see me comin’ better step aside

A lot of men didn’t, a lot of men died

One fist of iron, the other of steel

If the right one don’t getcha then the left one will


You load sixteen tons, what do you get?

Another day older and deeper in debt

Saint Peter don’t you call me, ’cause I can’t go

I owe my soul to the company store


Lyrics “Man Piaba”

When I was a lad of three-foot-three

Certain questions occurred to me,

So I asked me father quite seriously

To tell me the story ’bout the bird and bee.

He stammered and he stuttered pathetically

And this is what he said to me.


He said, “The woman piaba and the man piaba

and the Ton Ton call baka lemon grass,

The lily root, gully root, belly root uhmm,

And the fear makes granny scratch scratch.


It was clear as mud but it covered the ground

And the confusion made the brain go ’round.

I went and ask a good friend of mine,

Known to the world as Albert Einstein.

He said “Son, from the beginning of time and creativity

There existed the force of relativity

Pi r square and a minus ten means a routine only when

The solar system in one light year

Make the Hayden planetarium disappear

So if Mt Everest doesn’t move

I am positive that it will prove


That the woman piaba and the man piaba

And the Ton Ton call baka lemon grass,

The lily root, gully root, belly root uhmm,

And the fear makes granny scratch scratch.


It was clear as mud but it covered the ground

And the confusion made the brain go ’round.

I grabbed a boat and went abroad

In Baden Baden asked Sigmund Freud

He said “Son, from your sad face remove the grouch

Put the body down up on the couch

I can see from your frustration a neurotic sublimation

Hey love and hate is psychosomatic

Your Rorsach shows that you’re a peri pathetic

It all started with a broken sibling

In the words of the famous Rudyard Kipling


That the woman piaba and the man piaba

And the Ton Ton call baka lemon grass,

The lily root, gully root, belly root uhmm,

And the fear makes granny scratch scratch.


Well I traveled far and I traveled wide

And I don’t even have me self a bride

All the great men upon this earth

Have confused me since my birth

I’ve been over land and been over sea

Trying to find answer ’bout the bird and bee

But now that I am ninety three

I don’t give a darn you see


If the woman piaba and the man piaba

And the Ton Ton call baka lemon grass,

The lily root, gully root, belly root uhmm,

And the fear makes granny scratch scratch

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