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Upside-down, The Good Newsletter 2020 - Week 16

The weekly interactive newsletter sent out by Plukrijp to its members

For people living NOW the school of life

For YOU to send all your good news to

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.

What you can harvest now:

Cauliflowers, salads, celery, chards, chives, rucola, mustards of all colors & textures, fresh herbs for taste & medicine.

This week @ Plukrijp
We did:
Plant 150 plants of leek in 3 lines at the Hei in the middle section.
Finished planting all the plukpots. Part of them went into the big middle field in between the cauliflower and the celery, another part of them we planted at the edges of the short low raised beds. Next to that plot on the left side at Hei we also started a couple of lines of pumpkins and plukpots. Frank made new plukpots with little tomato plants in them.

Out of old oak wood, we made new window frames with mosquito nets. Already prepared for summer!
Fix the broken water pipe at the top of the closed tunnels.
Organized a cleanup behind the veranda and planted new flowers, as well as a much needed cleanup of the workshop.
Scratch in between the planted veggies at Hei and weeded a bit in the closed tunnels. Mile-a-minute, welcome back!
Harvested TONS of cauliflowers and welcomed a lot of new visitors during these sunny, but quite dry days.
Fix a folding bike brought by Bram who cleared out a cellar from a friend. Fortunately, we have parts lying around that can modified with a bit of creativity. Thank you, Bram! We retrofitted it with a new saddle, modified from old parts, and gave her a bit of a cleanup. Amanda also found new second hand things by the way side. People seem to be cleaning up their houses while they are locked in, and giving things away (such as fresh soil, compost, wood). At plukrijp there is a constant free flow of goods.
Joshka made the house even more wifi free, and installed new ethernet cables for easy access and a radiation free house (not quite, but at least less than before).
Restock the free shop with bags clothes we received.
We shared:

An interview with Mae Wan Ho, a geneticist known for her critical views on genetic engineering and neo-Darwinism. She has authored or co-authored a number of publications, including 10 books, such as The Rainbow and the Worm, the Physics of Organisms (1993, 1998), Genetic Engineering: Dream or Nightmare (1998, 1999), Living with the Fluid Genome (2003) and Living Rainbow H2O (2012). 
A video on China and the New World Order, by James Corbett, and had a fruitful discussion, prompting Frank to give a talk about economic history (as you may know Frank is an economic historian by education) from the 1920s onward. 
Two small videos with Vincent Mercier, the author of 'Prince Diamond', a book in Dutch about his grandfather, Louis Coetermans, who went by the aforementioned nickname. One of the richest men in Belgium with an international empire in the diamond trade competing with the Rothschild’s, who subsequently went into oblivion and was scrapped from the history books.
Interesting Movies & Documentaries
Mae-Wan Ho - I call myself a quantum jazz
“Quantum Jazz is a maximization of spontaneity, freedom, surprise. That's what life is. Life should be led like that and the reason why we haven't achieved that state is because we've been spoiled by this kind of mechanistic reductionist way of looking at the world which is totally wrong. So quantum jazz is my metaphor for the quantum coherence.”
China and the New World Order
Vincent Mercier - Louis Coetermans - Prins Diamant
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Part 2:
How Cuba survived in 1990 without oil
Humanity has never experienced the total shortage of oil. There is only one precedent, on the scale of a small isolated country: Cuba. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, this country experienced an oil shortage comparable to that which will inevitably hit the whole world unless it is prevented by immediate and radical changes in the consumption habits of energy.

The Cuban people have shown exemplary solidarity which has enabled them, among other exploits, to completely transform their agriculture in ten years. Russian tractors and fertilizers had indeed enabled Cuba, as part of its green revolution, to acquire an agriculture which was even more industrialized than that of the United States, producing large quantities of sugar intended for export and important a high proportion of its food, 50% of its rice for example. Today, the country is self-sufficient and after having rediscovered the virtues of the small private farm and that of urban gardening, it exports organic farming specialists to the rest of Latin America.

The American team that filmed The Power of Communities, which tells the story of the Cuban reaction to the oil shortage, wanted to demonstrate that it was only by following the example of the Cubans, by demonstrating the same qualities, that the populations of other countries of the world, starting with that of the United States, will be able to find a happy solution to the problems resulting from the lack of oil. By the way, it was after watching the film The Power of Communities that Rob Hopkins and his friends decided to create the first Transition Towns groups.
A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict
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Part 2 :
A Force More Powerful, part 1 of 2, presented on History's Best on PBS, 2000 Produced by York Zimmerman, Inc. And WETA, Washington, DC Directed by Steve York A Force More Powerful (2 X 84 min) explores how popular movements battled entrenched regimes and military forces with unconventional weapons like boycotts, strikes, and demonstrations. Acts of civil resistance helped subvert the operations of government, and direct intervention in the form of sit-ins, nonviolent sabotage, and blockades frustrated many rulers' efforts to suppress people. The historical results were massive: tyrants toppled, governments overthrown, occupying armies impeded, and political systems shattered. Entire societies were transformed, suddenly or gradually, as nonviolent resistance destroyed the repressor's ability to control events.
The story begins in 1907 with a young Mahatma Gandhi, the most influential leader in the history of civil resistance, as he rouses fellow Indians in South Africa to a nonviolent struggle against racial oppression. The series recounts Gandhi's civil disobedience campaign against the British in India; the sit-ins and boycotts that desegregated downtown Nashville, Tennessee; the nonviolent campaign against apartheid in South Africa; Danish resistance to the Nazis in World War II; the rise of Solidarity in Poland; and the momentous victory for democracy in Chile.
A Force More Powerful also introduces several extraordinary, but largely unknown, individuals who drove these great events forward. The greatest misconception about conflict is that violence is the ultimate form of power; but in conflict after conflict throughout the 20th century, people have proven otherwise. At a time when violence is still too often deployed, A Force More Powerful dramatizes how ordinary people throughout the world, working against all kinds of opponents, have taken up nonviolent weapons and prevailed.
Inspiring Book
This highly unusual book is a serious inquiry into Schrodinger's question “What is life?” and at the same time a celebration of life itself. It takes the reader on a voyage of discovery through many areas of contemporary physics, from non-equilibrium thermodynamics and quantum optics to liquid crystals and fractals, all necessary for illuminating the problem of life. In the process, the reader is treated to a rare and exquisite view of the organism, gaining novel insights, not only into the physics but also into the poetry and meaning of being alive. This book is intended for all who love the subject.
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