Weekly Linkfest – Edition 007

Welcome to round seven of our Weekly Linkfest, where we share the good, the bad, the ugly and the just plain interesting from what we’ve seen this week.

I would greatly appreciate readers getting involved in this weekly linkfest. Please email editor (at) with links (and ideally a summary sentence outlining the key point of each link) to noteworthy articles and news reports on the internet.

Off we go:

Good News (coz we all need it):

Bad News (coz we need to understand the challenges if we’re to design our way out of them):

Just plain interesting or odd (coz we’re curious creatures):

Don’t forget to send me your links for next week’s linkfest!! – editor (at)


  1. From the article on weeds:

    “This all reads so much like a war story, it’s as though a template had been laid over the data, making it come out as another version of the Great American Myth: Once again, the valiant American little guy, in this case the noble farmer (and his ally Monsanto), takes on inscrutable evil, an herbicide-resistant form of pigweed that can grow three inches a day, reach heights of seven feet, choke out crops and wreck farm equipment. If we throw a little Agent Orange at it, we’re back in another era, fighting commie pigweed.”

    I want to get hold of that pigweed!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. “We spend money we don’t have on things we don’t need to create impressions that won’t last on people we don’t care about.”

    -Tim Jackson

    Splended! I saxed this from one of the articles, thanks for making this link collection!

  3. I tried growing amaranth (pigweed) this summer. Grew amazingly fast until we got a bit of a flood. Not tolerant of waterlogging at all.

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