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SCOD Constitutions

Posted in Legal / Laws, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2018 by Drogo

There have been several SCOD Constitutions written, here are two primary versions: the Conventional Law version, and the Fallout 2020 Fictional version. The main difference being the Conventional one has a president and legal framework, and the Fictional one is governed chiefly by Council collective vote with flexible format.

SCOD Conventional Law Constitution

SCOD Non-Profit Organization BY-LAWS

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ARTICLE I

SCOD Membership and Dues [2015]

Section 1. Any person interested in the purposes of the organization who applies for membership in an appropriate classification of membership and who tenders the necessary dues shall thereby become a member.

Section 2. Annual dues for general members shall be $10.

Section 3. Annual dues for council members shall be $10.

Section 4. Annual dues paid in advance; members more than six months late after payment is due shall be dropped from active membership status.

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ARTICLE II

Schedule and Quorum for Meetings

Section 1. Regular meetings shall be held on the first Saturday of each month.

Section 2. Meetings are led and may be rescheduled by the President.

Section 3. The council (board of trustees) shall meet every month.

Section 4. Three (3) present council members constitute a quorum.

Section 5. Any member that attends meetings can be in the council.

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ARTICLE III

Duties of the Officers and Trustees

Section 1. The president shall have executive supervision over the activities of the society within the scope provided by these bylaws; and presides over meetings. The president shall report annually on the activities of the society, and shall appoint members to committees, staff, ambassadors, and delegates.

Section 2. The vice-president shall assume the duties of the president in the event of absence, incapacity, resignation, or removal of the president.

Section 3. The secretary shall keep minutes, records, and documents of meetings and correspondences; maintain member list, and present annual reports.

Section 4. The treasurer shall be responsible for keeping society funds; maintaining adequate financial records; investments and deposit banking in the name of the society. The treasurer will collect dues, keep annual reports, and handle legal and tax laws and requirements.

Section 5. The council shall have the power to conduct all affairs of the society. It shall select candidates for office, pursuant to the constitution. The council shall decide questions of policy for expedient functionality, and follow the by-laws and regional laws to the best of their ability.

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ARTICLE IV

SCOD Committees

Section 1. The society shall have the following standing committees:

(a) Library Committee. Responsible for collecting; cataloging; publishing; and caring for manuscripts, books, and other SCOD source material.

(b) Tavern Committee. Responsible for ‘Public Hall’ museum, store, library, maintenance, rooms, kitchen, workers, and public communication.

(c) Village Committee. Responsible for finding members, membership drives, processing new candidates, and providing housing options for them.

(d) Project Committee. Responsible for creating and managing programs and projects; and forming sub-groups for supporting productivity.

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ARTICLE V

Parliamentary Authority

Section 1. The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order shall form the basis for meetings, except in such cases as are governed by constitution or the by-laws.

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ARTICLE VI

Amendment to the By-laws

Section 1. These by-laws may be amended at any regular or special meeting by a two-thirds vote of those voting, provided notice was given at the previous meeting. Or they may be amended at a special meeting called for that purpose, with previous notice and a two-thirds vote. All proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing.

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ARTICLE VII

SCOD Name and Nonprofit Policy

Section 1. Name. This organization is the ‘Sustainable Cooperative for Organic Development’, referred to as “S.C.O.D.”.

Section 2. Nonprofit Policy. SCOD shall not be operated for profit, and its entire assets shall be devoted to the purposes for which it is organized (see constitution mission statements), by-laws, and amendments.

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ARTICLE VIII

SCOD Purposes

Section 1. Purposes. The purposes of SCOD as set forth in its constitution are exclusively educational in nature, to wit:

SCOD is an environmental and historical group dedicated to helping humans live more harmoniously with nature.”

a. To design alternative architecture, build organic communities, and support ecological produce (food, art, music, etc.)

b. To think, imagine, design, & create organically together in sustainable ways for environmental and historical education.

c. To love and protect Nature using art, architecture, and technology as stewards.

d. To explore and defend bio-diversity, alternative innovation, history, and environmental efforts.

e. To encourage others in positive, encouraging, cooperative ways.

f. To seek sustainable cooperation for organic dwelling.

g. To seek allies and maintain network communications.

h. To study history, arts, and sciences; and share and trade with many communities.

i. To sustain itself through public forums, communications, meetings, archives, and projects.

j. To handle and settle disputes internally, without involving external parties, for self-sufficiency.

k. To support Nature, cooperatives, environmentalism, history, arts, religious freedom, and peace.

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ARTICLE IX

SCOD Council (Board of Trustees)

Section 1. Election and Powers. The Council shall have custody, control and direction of SCOD, its collections, properties, and other assets. Council Members (Trustees) shall be selected at the first Annual Meeting. Each Trustee shall serve until their successor is chosen and qualified; unless vacated by resignation, death, removal, or otherwise.

Section 2. Number. The number of Trustees constituting the Council shall be not less than three (3) nor more than twenty-five (25), and shall be fixed by resolution of the Council. Majority votes determine members of the Board, may resolve to increase or decrease the number to the extent permitted, provided that no decrease shall shorten the term of any incumbent Trustee.

Section 3. Classes. Each ‘Trustee Term’ is three (3) years, but council members can serve infinite consecutive terms, unless voted out by the Council.

Section 4. Vacancies. In case of any vacancy in the Council, a majority of the remaining Trustees may elect a successor to fill the unexpired term, and to serve until his or her successor shall have been duly elected and qualified.

Section 5. Absences. If any Trustee shall fail to attend three (3) consecutive Council meetings without excuse accepted as satisfactory by the Board, such Trustee shall be deemed to have resigned and the vacancy shall be filled.

Section 6. Removal. At any meeting of the Board of Trustees duly called, any Trustee may, by vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the entire Board, be removed from office and another may be elected by the Board to fill the unexpired term of the Trustee so removed.

Section 7. Meetings. The Annual Meeting for Council Membership decisions, shall be held in the first month of each year on such date and at such time and place as may be fixed by the Board of Trustees and named in the notice. Regular Meetings shall be held on the first Saturday of each month.

Section 8. Agenda for Regular Meetings. The agenda or order of business for each Regular meeting shall include the following:

(a) Call to order
(b) Roll Call
(c) Approval of Minutes
(d) Financial report
(e) Reports of Regular Committees
(f) Reports of any other Committees
(g) Report of the Director
(h) Old business
(i) New business
(j) Adjournment

Section 9. Notice of Meetings. Notice of the time and place of every meeting shall be sent not less than ten (10) nor more than twenty (20) days before the meeting, but is not mandatory if it is a regularly scheduled meeting.

Section 10. Waiver of Notice. Notice of a meeting need not be given to any Trustee who submits a signed written waiver thereof, whether before or after the meeting, nor to any Trustee who attends the meeting without protesting, prior thereto or at its commencement, the lack of notice.

Section 11. Quorum. Three (3) present council members constitute a quorum.

Section 12. Action Without a Meeting. Any action required or permitted to be taken by Council or any committee thereof, may be taken without a meeting if all Council members or the committee consent in writing to the adoption of a resolution authorizing the action. Such resolution and the written consents thereto by the members shall be filed with the minutes of the proceedings.

Section 13. If SCOD dissolves, assets will be distributed for an exempt purpose as described in section 501(c)3 for a public purpose; such as donations to a local homeless shelter or soup-kitchen.

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SCOD Fallout 2020 Fictional Constitution

We the members of SCOD, In order to form a union, seek justice, provide protection, and promote welfare with the blessings of liberty; do ordain and establish this Constitution for our Sustainable Community for Organic Dwelling (SCOD).

We have a round table council of members who act as stewards whose main ranks are based on seniority, skill, duty, and popularity; but are mostly equal socially with basic rights with no king, president, or mayor. When requested we can appoint figure-head representatives and commissions relative to the negotiation or investigation needed. For absentee or abstained votes that result in a stalemate, the Council may select temporary members to cast a tie-breaking votes. Children can partake and have their own ‘kid councils’. Procedures may be conducted by any member who wishes to run a meeting, accepted by a majority, and any can propose voting at any time (needs a ‘second’), unless a temporary vote sustains more formal procedure.

The powers of SCOD council are to allocate functions, share information, to hold court meetings, to judicate group decisions, to write and enforce rules and rights, and to protect property, archives, and treasuries. Meetings should only be a frequent as is reasonable for the group.

to allocate functions – functional positions can be randomly addressed, rotate annually, or be held by vote for conducting: information; meetings; justice (defense); and preservation (architecture, archives, treasury).

to share information – Public bulletin boards, relay of messages, reminding of duties, and monitoring, notices, and reporting of general well-fare and council projects should be kept by a secretary. Also to keep libraries and appoint mentors (teachers) and journalists (reporters) for making general knowledge available in public lectures or archives.

to hold court meetings – SCOD council may act as a jury court for public or personal disputes, as best suits each case; or may appoint commission courts or temporary independent courts. When decisions affect people, those people should be present if possible to have a fair and open hearing.

judicate group decisions – Regular voting is to be conducted as democratically as possible, meaning direct and equal votes by all members within reason. A most neutral or wise judge may be appointed temporarily to run a case proceeding, but in most cases the council can act as a jury of judges for verdict and sentencing. Philosophy of fairness should be studied for justice.

to write and enforce rules and rights – Besides voting, SCOD council should record their decisions, and then be prepared for law enforcement and defense of member rights for the sake of justice and preservation. Basic human rights are: the right to life (air, food, drink), liberty (freedoms), and property (breathable air, shelter space, possessions); the right to have weapons and use martial arts for defense, including safe practice space; freedoms of action (work and travel) and expression (speech, art, writing, garb, dance). How to non-lethally arrest an infringing perpetrator who has infringed on the rights of others, presents a catch-22 hypocrisy that should be defined to maintain prisoner survival rights (life) if possible; while removing their liberty, property, and martial defense.

to protect property, archives, and treasuries – Preservation of landscape, architecture, archives, and treasury can be handled best by officers for each of these subjects, over-lapping with issues of justice and information. Financing should be kept conservative, in favor of savings interest income on loans and debt collection with collateral as a communal bank trust.

The potential of the constitution is only as good as the people that use it.

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Corruption Trials Can Create Change

Posted in Philosophy, Politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2017 by Drogo

Some people fear holding officials accountable, in fear of another corrupt vice politician hypothetically causing more problems, or that it would mean endless hearings and trials about corruption, thus grid-locking government more than usual. Having more public attention about corruption, could force restructuring of democracy for functionality. To me it seems irrational to allow a terrible leader to continue causing harm, by any illogical reasoning that allows abuse instead of ethics. To be fair it would be interesting to hear a scenario where oligarchs would allow our change to happen; which might well be impossible so long as corporations and plutocrats control the economy and campaign finance aka bribery. Perhaps the ultimate conclusion is that people en mass create the social change that years from now facilitate economics and politics for small people and all people. How grassroots change happens is first by compassionate communication for the less fortunate poor, with at least some frequency and sympathetic rationality using arts and sciences to reflect egalitarian goals and aspirations. Over time systems become run by people with the collective core values that groups of people expect and demand, even if their words and promises fall short of actions. Needed actions tend to happen when individual people feel empowered enough to carry out the activities that give them rewards (see Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’). If individuals can run large groups democratically with enough members to fill offices and run accountability rules, then Plato’s need for a Philosopher King would be overturned by the majority of masses joining Socrates and Diogenes in noble quests in common spaces using dialog instead of only fixed rhetoric and abuse of power. Perhaps democracy can hold leaders accountable, rather than jail or execute public nuisances.

Who will resist the King?

Posted in Poems, Rhymes, Riddles, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on September 30, 2017 by Drogo

Liberty Poem

 

Who will resist the King?

When he orders your money be spent on weapons to kill?

Rather than health or education

Who will resist the King, when the King comes calling?

Who will take to bended knee, when the King comes calling?

Who will bow down, and humbly offer their neck,

rather than follow dictated orders?

Who will refuse to obey our sovereign lord,

who claims to have won the right to rule?

When he cares for no one with less money?

Who will resist the King?

When he issues the order to arrest your friend?

Who will resist the King?

When he orders to arrest your brother or mother??

Who will resist the King?

When he orders to arrest your lover.

Who will resist the King?

When he orders to arrest you???

[ Audio Reading of the Poem ]

[ Audio Reading of the Poem set to Music (O-Fortuna) ]

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Social Anarchy Dream

Posted in Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2017 by Drogo

Poetic Essay by Drogo Empedocles

Social psychology is affected by our social subconscious, metaphorically translated from and by cultural myths, regional legends, and local lore. In Jungian terms, we have collective dreams….. The split in philosophy between science and psychology is largely ignored by the masses, due to politics and economics. Our current political-economic model of Capitalism ensures that the masses remain subjugated, and the masses are increasingly aware of that. When having a car becomes required for lower class jobs, having a car is no longer a luxury, it is a burden of responsibility. Each new mandatory requirement of society, becomes a shackle upon humanity. If some of those shackles can be removed by government, it would be possible to have real democracy. That would then bring up the need to define democracy relative to our needs; which is the question of what natural or civil rights are, and how they should be allowed to be expressed by law.

But of course some say government is always a problem, and less of it is better than more regardless of population; yet I cannot stop thinking that with more population is more government needed? Indeed perhaps every citizen should be an ambassador or counsel for council some times. One might call that social anarchy.

SCOD Moral Philosophy

Posted in Military, Psychology, Rhymes & Riddles, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2017 by Drogo

The ball or the sword, a tale of two opposites

when I was a boy, I had a very important moral decision to make, and I knew by the time I was an adult, I needed to make up my mind which political polarity side I was on (Left or Right). I remember trying to be either extreme Right or extreme Left. I first tried being as Right-wing as I could be as a teen, wearing military uniforms, school uniforms, business suits, racing fast cars, and glorifying violence and military might; and to this day I have very militant or strict law-abiding attitudes towards things, and severe punishments for the slightest offense. After trying to follow the best corporate pioneer and team role-models I had observed over the years, I decided that competition at all costs was not for me; but it took becoming abusive to others to understand that for me, that way of thinking was poison for which there was no immunity to. I chose the side that wanted to control through Peace and Love, over the side that was for an Abuse and Violence or Predator and Victim system. Happy lives use less poisons, and for some there may be psychological disorders that result from capitalism. The choice of the ball or the sword (Lone Wolf & Cub) falls to all of us, at various phases of life, and as different metaphors as obstacles to our intention to lead a good or happy life.

Freedom to Vote 3rd Party

Posted in Politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2017 by Drogo

In America, Land of the Brave and Free, we have a right to vote our conscience.

Sanders & Stein did NOT get Trump elected, the electoral college decided Clinton’s popular win wasn’t worth shit, and many voted for Trump because they hated Clinton. Some of us are not buying corporate-crony talking points anymore, and that means we vote for candidates that do not appear as corrupted, and some are not likely to vote at all if only given a choice between two-evils that clearly don’t care about the masses. Next time someone tries to blame progressives for voting for who they want, tell them there are serious reasons why millions of voters feel disenfranchised.

Also, the far Left is not militant or violent because their main beliefs revolve around Peace and Love, and harmony with the World, and anyone that acts violently against others is acting as a militant (which is a Right-wing behavior based on their beliefs) or just simply a criminal against humanity. Left-wing regimes with ruthless militaries always contradicted their Liberal convictions, which is why they failed to serve the people, and why true Left-wing Liberals always seek more Peaceful means.

The Left wants more real democracy, the Right wants elites to represent you; this is why corporate Democrats are really not true Liberals when they support authoritarian business deals over citizens rights.

If everyone that agreed with the utopian ideals of Sanders or Stein had voted for them, instead of voting for the lesser of 2 evils, we would have not have Trump as a ‘representative’ leader.

Why Would an Artist Architect write a book on Economics & Politics??

Posted in Alternative Architecture, Economics, Environmentalism, Organic Development, Philosophy, Politics, Sustainability, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2017 by Drogo

Wealth inequality is on the rise.

What does that mean for regular people?

Rising wealth inequality nationally means the rich are getting richer, more drastically than before; and the poor are getting poorer, which means they will soon have the rights of displaced Native Americans from 100 years ago. Imagine how that might affect minorities like many blacks and natives who already have the poverty of third-world countries, but are required to pay the fees of first-world plutocrats and corporate cronies?

Most of us are still feeling the Great Recession in our daily lives. The national economic ‘growth’ data that popular economists use, shows that after the corporate bail-outs sectors of our economy grew. Can you guess what percentage of the population benefited from that growth? About 1%.

Many of us middle-class people are losing our wealth when we try to sell our homes because of banker-real-estate fraud on the buyer’s behalf, devaluing old homes in areas of slow growth and using tax money to build new developments which makes a few rich while we get poorer without as many jobs, because money has been drained from the middle to go to the top.

I remember when I first noticed corporate take-over locally in the 1990’s when Walmarts began ‘out-competing’ all the mom-and-pop small family owned stores, and almost monopolized the market even for large franchise chains. Cable-companies made fortunes stringing wires around the country, into rural areas, competing with ‘WV state-flowers’ and antenna TV. Larger companies replaced smaller ones, every-where.

It is time to change the system, but it is not all or nothing. There are elements of alternative systems every-where in history, and around us in America today. If we do not have a right to live, our leaders do not have a right to rule, because they enforce the laws that make us unable to provide for ourselves, laws which we need to take responsibility to change.

Power for the people, and by the people is a constant struggle. ‘Power to the people’! We have to take the power back, from the plutocrats. Economics and politics are combined in America as a corrupt form of crony ‘State Capitalism’. No conspiracy or theory is needed to explain the reality of how corporations function, it is notoriously blatant and commonly accepted as ‘just the way things are’; so without defining every popular economic term that Madoff and Greenspan advocated, I will try to high-light the problems that affect most of us and propose solutions.

“People Power!!!” – AMM (Appalachian Mountain Militia)

I do not expect people to take my word as total truth. I want average people to get interested in how our system works, by helping them to feel that they can make a difference simply by beginning to question the establishment in intelligent ways. I am not a professional economist, I am studying finance as a hobby. For this book I am able to put forth theories by other economists, scientists, and philosophers; by rewording or quoting them. There are millions of people that disagree with my opinions, and I will not include all the information that a basic or advanced economic book would; but I will do my best to interpret and phrase jargon with references as best I can.

I designed and published SCOD Thesis in 1999 to address alternative ways to live. I was mocked by some students and professors for wanting to build a ‘commune’. It was considered absurd to be interested in village design that was not able to be financed by rich clients or the government, for ‘profit’.

I accepted the responsibility that I was a radical rebel, and system out-cast in college when I began to learn more about adult subjects, and got a clearer impression how the business world worked. My experience as a college graduate trying to ‘earn a living’ by selling myself to anyone willing to pay me, was even more discouraging and depressing.

As a drafting assistant, design partner, professor of architecture, and architectural adviser I was so in debt that any money I made had to go directly to pay debt bills, and did not allow me to save for the basics of middle-class property and personal benefit expectations that were promised to come to everyone that played by the rules of the system (higher education = more income). I found those platitudes to be hollow, even for many like me who wanted to find a life-long career within ‘good’ firms. Well it was clear the world for practicing architects was changing from what it had been. I did work with my father for years, and as partners we completed many designs and built many projects; however we made very little profit.

My father and I were successful designers, but that success did not transfer financially. Part of the reason capitalism did not work for us, was that many clients were poor, and even the rich wanted to save money. My father out of the kindness of his heart and joy to serve others, and enthusiasm for his craft, would charge fees that may have gone further during the 1970s. Combine low pay with the rise in cost of living, inflation, and this is why my mother had to support our family by working commercial retail at Walmart and teaching at schools; both jobs luckily she enjoyed as best she could. I worked many other jobs besides architecture, sometimes 5 jobs a month, and always actively found back-up jobs and projects that kept me busy. Despite only having one family car and very few luxuries for middle-class, we saw our wealth diminish no matter how hard we worked, and no matter how many clients we had.

I lived within my means, on the budget of a lower-class individual, while striving to serve the public as a middle-class citizen educated by ‘higher institutions of education’. I did not ‘drop-out’ of the system, the system was not interested in using me for the purpose that my education, psychology, and skill-set allowed. I still continue to live in this way, which I feel is the best I can do with what I have available to me.

I do not say these things to complain that my family suffered more than lower-class people, or disabled people (who can easily be disenfranchised by society and the system). I am not comparing how we lived to how other classes live, the point of being honest about my middle-class family experience is to show why I believe that alternative economic systems are important. I have always been interested in the definition of economics, and silly questions like “why do we say ‘trade & barter’ if those terms are synonyms?”. My favorite question as a child was “what makes a unit of something worth anything?”; or more humorously “can we just start using bottle caps or shells as money?”. I still think those types of questions are good.

Professionals whose public speeches, books, and conversations I have studied include Dr. Dean Baker, Prof. Noam Chomsky, Prof. Mark Blyth, Prof. Michael Hudson, politicians Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein, Jeremy Corbyn, and many others.

Regardless I think it is always good to hear that other people suffer from a type of economic exchange we could call the ‘oops I should have asked for more” syndrome. So I will try to include a few of those stories too for you. Enjoy the most boring theories you never thought might affect you, and keep on keepin’ on.

If I understand some economists correctly, they are saying we are living in a period like the 1920s when all growth was in the stock market; it was considered ‘capital gain’ but was really ‘striping assets’; which resulted in the Stock Market Crash and Great Depression. No pressure people.

Jeremy Corbyn in the Labor (Labour) Party in England, makes Bernie Sanders look like a centrist about public policies.

“For the many, not the few.” – Corbyn Labour party platform

“Our challenge to a rigged system, is bound to meet hostility. Change always involves taking on vested interests. The stakes are very high.” – Jeremy Corbyn, British Labour Party 2017

Great experimentation with individual and social action must take place now! I have been writing and publishing essays on Teaching, Colleges, Jobs, and systemic economic problems and solutions. In 2017 I am producing a series of recordings and essays on ‘SCOD Economics’. This Economic series includes interviews and biographies across disciplines, and intends to address both present injustices and futurist hopes.

We will discuss injustice within our educational and political system, that adversely affects people with alternative thoughts or theories that are not accepted by the conventional establishment corporate ideology frame-work that contains and controls most of the World. We are given their propaganda that “we can all have any job we want, so long as we try hard and get good grades”. Our reality based on my experience is more like “most of us can have at least a minimum-wage job with few benefits, for a limited amount of time, without job security, pathetic interest for savings accounts, the job we find may be against our own interests, and those who cannot get good grades or are bad at following orders get nothing and will probably end up in jail or homeless”. Despite these problems which I have personally witnessed and experienced, the final goal of the series is to plan for a better more sustainable tomorrow for future generations; even if the series conclusions are largely ignored within our life-times. Historic record has some worth.

From the book – SCOD Economics: Alternative Economic Theories

Economics affects everyone, even those that do not want to be concerned with money or finances. This book is a summary of alternative economic commentaries that emphasize democratic ethics. The Sustainable Cooperative for Organic Development believes in valuing human lives as responsible environmental stewards for our biosphere called Earth, and seeks ways to allow for biodiversity in civilization as well as the ecosystem. We believe in less monopolies, less corporate crony politics, less corruption in government, and more ways to support various ways of life and provide future generations with the ability to provide for themselves. Please let’s work together to leave something for the children that is worth inheriting.

 – Drogo Empedocles

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