Cascadia Commons

The vision of Cascadia Commons is to foster a thriving, regional community that is economically prosperous and in harmony with the natural environment. To make this vision a reality, Cascadia Commons helps to develop and support a network of Lodges, cooperatives and programs that address the unique social, economic and environmental challenges of the Cascadia Bioregion.

Members of Cascadia Commons share a Common Bond in seeking solutions to maintain a local and bio-regional balance. We promote an organizational philosophy where Members connect to the place in which they live, finding ways to interact with its surrounding web of life. We embrace bioregional and deep ecology principles that preserve, protect, and restore the local social, natural and economic environment.


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Yesterday, September 25

  • 1:07am
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    Reciprocal Rights Version 2.4 (A cobbling together of The Bill of Rights and The Declaration of Human Rights, and the Bolivian Mother Earth Law)
     
    Reciprocal Rights Version 2.4 (A cobbling together of The Bill of Rights and The Declaration of Human Rights, and the Bolivian Mother Earth Law)
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    Summary & Premise: I use the term "Reciprocal" with respect to this document of Rights because I envisioned a set of laws where every Right you claim for yourself you are required to extend that Right to all others - including Nature. I claim them all and extend them all to Everyone as defined. As written, it has a 'peer-to-peer' rights extension requirement of every citizen and public or private corporations, not simply a reservation of Rights against State power. ..
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    Summary & Premise: I use the term "Reciprocal" with respect to this document of Rights because I envisioned a set of laws where every Right you claim for yourself you are required to extend that Right to all others - including Nature. I claim them all and extend them all to Everyone as defined. As written, it has a 'peer-to-peer' rights extension requirement of every citizen and public or private corporations, not simply a reservation of Rights against State power. .Suggested Additions:
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    The Right of an Person to humanely terminate their own life shall not be infringed.
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    There shall be no death penalty.
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    Definition of Reciprocal Rights:
     
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  • 12:36am
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Sunday, September 24

  • 11:58pm
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    7. Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
     
    7. Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
     
    8. Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
     
    8. Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
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    9. (1) The State shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Religious organizations shall be prohibited from using public resources for their activities. Religious organizations that participate in the political process, shall be taxed at the for profit standard rate of taxation. (2) Everyone has the right of free expression and speech including but not limited to the freedom of the press and the right to freedom of association and the right to peaceably assemble and the right to petition the State for redress of grievance. (3) No one may be compelled to join an association.
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    9. (1) The State shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Religious organizations shall be prohibited from using public resources for their activities. Religious organizations that participate in the political process, shall be taxed at the for profit standard rate of taxation. (2) Everyone has the right of free expression and speech including but not limited to the freedom of the press and the right to freedom of association and the right to peaceably assemble and the right to petition the State for redress of grievance. (3) No one may be compelled to join an association. (4) Financial or monetary instruments or compensation in any form shall not be considered free expression or speech.
     
    10. Everyone has the Right to bear firearms for the purposes of hunting wildlife, self defense, and/or the defense of property except where an individual or group's mental state or personality defects, thus armed, poses an undue threat of harm to themselves or others. Accordingly, the mentally...
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  • 4:44pm
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  • 4:28pm
    Changes to Body
     
    Reciprocal Rights Version 2.3 (A cobbling together of The Bill of Rights and The Declaration of Human Rights, and the Bolivian Mother Earth Law)
     
    Reciprocal Rights Version 2.3 (A cobbling together of The Bill of Rights and The Declaration of Human Rights, and the Bolivian Mother Earth Law)
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    Summary & Premise: I use the term "Reciprocal" with respect to this document of Rights because I envisioned a set of laws where every Right you claim for yourself you are required to extend that Right to all others - including Nature. I claim them all and extend them all to Everyone as defined.
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    Summary & Premise: I use the term "Reciprocal" with respect to this document of Rights because I envisioned a set of laws where every Right you claim for yourself you are required to extend that Right to all others - including Nature. I claim them all and extend them all to Everyone as defined. As written, it has a 'peer-to-peer' rights extention requriement of every citizen and public or private corporations, not simply a reservation of Rights against State power. ..
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    Definition of Reciprocal Rights:
     
    Definition of Reciprocal Rights:
     
    1. The term “Everyone” with respect to these enumerated Reciprocal Rights is defined as: all beings in possession of conscience and reason and natural empathy to include the mentally impaired and to specifically exclude corporations or other legal fictions.
     
    1. The term “Everyone” with respect to these enumerated Reciprocal Rights is defined as: all beings in possession of conscience and reason and natural empathy to include the mentally impaired and to specifically exclude corporations or other legal fictions.
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  • 4:21pm
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  • 4:16pm
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    7. Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
     
    7. Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
     
    8. Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
     
    8. Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
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    9. (1) The State shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. (2) Everyone has the right of free expression and speech including but not limited to the freedom of the press and the right to freedom of association and the right to peaceably assemble and the right to petition the State for redress of grievance. (3) No one may be compelled to join an association.
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    9. (1) The State shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Religions shall be prohibited from using public resources for their activities. Religions that participate in political activities shall be taxed. (2) Everyone has the right of free expression and speech including but not limited to the freedom of the press and the right to freedom of association and the right to peaceably assemble and the right to petition the State for redress of grievance. (3) No one may be compelled to join an association.
     
    10. Everyone has the Right to bear firearms for the purposes of hunting wildlife, self defense, and/or the defense of property except where an individual or group's mental state or personality defects, thus armed, poses an undue threat of harm to themselves or others. Accordingly, the mentally unstable, extreme narcissists, sociopaths, psychopaths, or persons disposed to abusive or bullying behavior shall be prohibited from obtaining firearms under any circumstances.
     
    10. Everyone has the Right to bear firearms for the purposes of hunting wildlife, self defense, and/or the defense of property except where an individual or group's mental state or...
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  • 4:05pm
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Saturday, September 23

  • 10:25pm
    Changes to Body
     
    Reciprocal Rights Version 2.1 (A cobbling together of The Bill of Rights and The Declaration of Human Rights, and the Bolivian Mother Earth Law)
     
    Reciprocal Rights Version 2.1 (A cobbling together of The Bill of Rights and The Declaration of Human Rights, and the Bolivian Mother Earth Law)
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    Summary & Premise: I use the term "Reciprocal" with respect to this document of Rights because I envisioned a set of laws where every Right you claim for yourself you are required to extend that Right to all others - including Nature. I claim them all and extend them all to Everyone as defined.
     
    Definition of Reciprocal Rights:
     
    Definition of Reciprocal Rights:
     
    1. The term “Everyone” with respect to these enumerated Reciprocal Rights is defined as: all beings in possession of conscience and reason and natural empathy to include the mentally impaired and to specifically exclude corporations or other legal fictions.
     
    1. The term “Everyone” with respect to these enumerated Reciprocal Rights is defined as: all beings in possession of conscience and reason and natural empathy to include the mentally impaired and to specifically exclude corporations or other legal fictions.
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  • 7:58pm
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  • 6:57pm
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    (A cobbling together of The Bill of Rights and The Declaration of Human Rights, and the Bolivian Mother Earth Law)
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    Reciprocal Rights Version 2.0 (A cobbling together of The Bill of Rights and The Declaration of Human Rights, and the Bolivian Mother Earth Law)
     
    Definition of Reciprocal Rights:
     
    Definition of Reciprocal Rights:
     
    1. The term “Everyone” with respect to these enumerated Reciprocal Rights is defined as: all beings in possession of conscience and reason and natural empathy to include the mentally impaired and to specifically exclude corporations or other legal fictions.
     
    1. The term “Everyone” with respect to these enumerated Reciprocal Rights is defined as: all beings in possession of conscience and reason and natural empathy to include the mentally impaired and to specifically exclude corporations or other legal fictions.
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  • 6:36pm
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  • 5:26pm
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    (A cobbling together of The Bill of Rights and The Declaration of Human Rights, needs rights of nature incorporated in later versions)
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    (A cobbling together of The Bill of Rights and The Declaration of Human Rights, needs rights of nature incorporated in later versions. Bolivian Law: http://www.worldfuturefund.org/Projects/Indicators/motherearthbolivia.html )
     
    Definition of Reciprocal Rights:
     
    Definition of Reciprocal Rights:
     
    1. The term “Everyone” with respect to these enumerated Reciprocal Rights is defined as:
     
    1. The term “Everyone” with respect to these enumerated Reciprocal Rights is defined as:
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  • 5:06pm
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  • 4:53pm
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  • 4:42pm

    Having attempted to define a solid set of rights for Everyone, one must be cautious about what I call the Three Pathologies From Hell: narcissism, sociopathy, and psychopathy. In ancient times such individuals, once identified in the tribe, were killed to protect the tribe overall. In these modern times the most merciful approach to dealing with these types of people seems to be to smarten up the normal people (those posessing natural empathy and a healthy limbic system) to never EVER give someone who fits the afore mentioned pathologies ANY energy or power. Although the absence of power may throw the narcissist, sociopath, or psychopath into crisis - it is I think more humane that killing them. I intend the Reciprocal Rights to apply primarily to normal people (personal bias) - but indeed, even a narcissist, sociopath, or psychopath has human rights - it is only when they agress and pose a threat to the community that they must be swiftly dealth with.

  • 4:35pm
    Changes to Body
     
    Definition of Reciprocal Rights:
     
    Definition of Reciprocal Rights:
     
    1. The term “Everyone” with respect to these enumerated Reciprocal Rights is defined as:
     
    1. The term “Everyone” with respect to these enumerated Reciprocal Rights is defined as:
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    all beings in possession of conscience and reason and natural empathy to include the mentally impaired and to specifically exclude sociopaths, psychopaths, narcissists, and corporations or other legal fictions. The term “State” with respect to these enumerated Reciprocal Rights is defined as: the national or regional or local government and its jurisdictions where this Definition is enacted.
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    all beings in possession of conscience and reason and natural empathy to include the mentally impaired and to specifically exclude corporations or other legal fictions. The term “State” with respect to these enumerated Reciprocal Rights is defined as: the national or regional or local government and its jurisdictions where this Definition is enacted.
     
    2. Everyone is endowed with reason and conscience and are born free and equal in their
     
    2. Everyone is endowed with reason and conscience and are born free and equal in their
     
    dignity and rights without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language,
     
    dignity and rights without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language,
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  • 4:33pm

    On Being Good: the Secular Virtues

    by Alain de Botton

    Article Link: The Secular Virtues

    If I had to design a list of 10 virtues that could apply today, I might go for the following (they speak most clearly to me, precisely because I find them hardest to apply):

    Resilience
    The art of keeping going even when things are looking dark; of accepting reversals as normal, of refusing to frighten others with one’s own fears and of remembering that human nature is in the end reassuringly tough.

    Empathy
    The capacity to connect imaginatively with the sufferings and unique experiences of another person. The courage to become someone else and look back at oneself with honesty.

    Patience
    We lose our temper because we believe that things should be perfect. We’ve grown so good in some areas (putting men on the moon etc.), we’re ever less able to deal with things that still insist on going wrong; like traffic, government, other people… We should grow calmer and more forgiving by getting more realistic about how things actually tend to go.

    Sacrifice
    We’re hardwired to seek our own advantage but also have a miraculous ability, very occasionally, to forego our own satisfactions in the name of someone or something else. We won’t ever manage to raise a family, love someone else or save the planet if we don’t keep up with the art of sacrifice.

    Politeness
    Politeness has a bad name. We often assume it’s about being ‘fake’ (which is meant to be bad) as opposed to ‘really ourselves’ (which is meant to be good). However, given what we’re really like deep down, we should spare others too much exposure to our deeper selves. We need to learn ‘manners’, which aren’t evil – they are the necessary internal rules of civilisation. Politeness is very linked to tolerance, the capacity to live alongside people whom one will never agree with, but at the same time, can’t avoid.

    Humour
    Seeing the funny sides of situations and of oneself doesn’t sound very serious, but it is integral to wisdom, because it’s a sign that one is able to put a benevolent finger on the gap between what we want to happen and what life can actually provide; what we dream of being and what we actually are, what we hope other people will be like and what they are actually like. Like anger, humour springs from disappointment, but it’s disappointment optimally channelled. It’s one of the best things we can do with our sadness.

    Self-Awareness
    To know oneself is to try not to blame others for one’s troubles and moods; to have a sense of what’s going on inside oneself, and what actually belongs to the world.

    Forgiveness
    Forgiveness means a long memory of all the times...

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