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Τετάρτη, 22 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

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A man who brutally bashed a kangaroo to death with a crowbar with another man near Bunbury will spend almost a year behind bars.

Craig Jamie House and Vance Geoffrey Jarvis, who represented themselves in court, both pleaded guilty in the Bunbury Magistrates Court on Tuesday to ill-treatment of an animal, according to the ABC.

ABC News said he told the court ‘I tried to put out the ‘roo in the most humanely way I could’.

However, the magistrate said that the use of dogs, rocks and hitting the animal on the head were not humane.

Jarvis said he only got involved to put the kangaroo out of its misery.

House was found to be the instigator and was jailed for 11 months while Jarvis was fined $10,000 (£6,000).

David van Ooran from the RSPCA said: ‘It’s incredibly rare — I can’t think of a time in recent years and decades where this has occurred.

‘This is a very strong penalty and a very appropriate penalty … it was clearly a horrific and sickening act against a defenceless animal, behaviour like this is completely unacceptable.

‘It’s excellent to see that the magistrate in this case has awarded a prison term.’
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Κυριακή, 19 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

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By Whitney Webb

A Danish man has been charged with ordering and paying for the sexual abuse and rape of hundreds of Filipino children.

In recent months, numerous adults have been brought to justice for their rampant sexual abuse of children as several notable pedophile rings have been broken up and exposed. While most of the perpetrators have been charged with numerous counts of child rape and sexual assault, one Danish man has outdone them all, having been charged this past Wednesday with 346 counts of ordering and participating in sexual assaults or the rapes of minors. The 70-year-old man, whose name has been withheld by the authorities, had been ordering “on-demand” child rape and sexual abuse live-streams that he then stored on his computer. The victims, some as young as three, were largely from the Philippines. The man paid around $40 or less for each act, which was then live-streamed on his computer.

The charges against the unnamed man are detailed in an 119-page indictment which describes the disturbing and depraved nature of the acts in which he was allegedly involved. In one case, a four-year-old girl was sexually abused by her own mother at the request of the Danish man. In another instance, a three-year-old girl was forced to perform oral sex on a five-year-old girl.

The online predator was arrested in Brøndby, a suburb of Copenhagen, last February after Copenhagen Vestegn Police received a tip from foreign law enforcement. However, due to the enormity of the evidence, prosecutors, as well as police, worked for well over a year in order to sift through all of the information in order to formally press charges in what is being called a “historic scale case.” Flemming Kjærside of the Danish National Police’s Cyber Crime Center commented on the massive and historic scale of the case, telling Ritzau news agency that “as far as I know we’ve never had a case in the whole world in which one person is charged with so many assaults.”

Though the case is indeed historic for the number of charges brought against an alleged sexual predator, it is not the first time that pedophiles in Denmark have been caught ordering sexual abuse and related crimes online. In one case in 2014, a man from North Jutland was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for ordering the rape of several Filipino children. Then, a year later, ten people were arrested in connection with a similar case, though nine of them were then released due to lack of evidence. Evidence is often hard to come by during investigations of such crimes as many perpetrators do not store the recordings of the live streams on their computers. This most recent case is set to go to trial on February 28th in the city of Glostrup where a verdict is anticipated in June.

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Σάββατο, 18 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

The Japanese stay warm in the winter with this ingenious invention dating back to the 14th century that serves as a sitting area with the added comfort of a giant warm bed. The kotatsu is a simple construction made with a low table-frame and a giant blanket sandwiched under a tabletop to capture heat and keep you toasty in the winter cold.

Kotatsus were originally just a table with a blanket, but modern innovation has reinvented the design to create hybrids called oki-gotatsu. Oki-gotatsu are a bed-table-couch combo.
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Although the production of these tables has declined over the years because of the widespread adoption of indoor heating, they’re still used in most Japanese homes as space heaters during the cold months. They're convenient because the blanket can be removed from under the tabletop during the summer months to turn the kotatsu into an ordinary table.
The kotatsu is traditionally a place for the family to gather and mingle, but it’s also a great place for relaxing with a mug of hot cocoa and a good book. With the addition of the sofa, you’ll never want to use your bed again!

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Κυριακή, 12 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

By Jessica Murray

The rays are shot with bows and arrows and then knocked over the head with baseball bats.

Recent reports have found that hunters are using the breeding season of rays to their advantage by shooting entire families for a competitive contest. Every year, numerous groups of cownose rays swim from Florida to the Chesapeake Bay to give birth. Jeff Pierce, legislative counsel for the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), told The Dodo that the cownose rays add a beauty and mystery to the ocean and “researchers have shown that these rays are actually very intelligent, that they have preferences and ideas of their own”. However, in recent years, the rays’ goal of reaching the Chesapeake Bay just before they give birth has ended in a cruel fate. Hunters climb into boats and shoot the rays in the water using bows and arrows, as part of a contest called the Battle of the Rays.
Due to the competition taking place during the same time as birthing season for the rays, the majority of the rays that are shot are pregnant females that would have been just about to give birth. The rays that don’t die from being shot by a bow and arrow are then clubbed in the head until they are dead. The implications of this practice are having a serious impact on ray populations, especially as rays only carry one baby at a time. The killing competition was originally encouraged by the state of Virginia, who even started a campaign, with the use of tax dollars, to promote the killing of the rays for food; despite them having a horrible taste which some have likened to urine. It was also promoted at one time by a now-debunked theory that there was a need for less rays, as this would then help to increase the dwindling oyster harvests.

Despite the theory being shown as false, the contests still continued due to the fact that a large number of people wanted to kill the rays in the name of sport. Back in 2015, the ray killing contest was filmed after Maryland-based Fish Feel asked Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) to get involved. Stuart Chaifetz, an investigator for SHARK, told The Dodo, “The video we captured that year, and in 2016, featured animal cruelty so violent and vicious that it brought international condemnation down upon these contests and spurred more than 146,000 people to sign a petition against them”.

Chaifetz proceeded to talk to WBALTV after witnessing first-hand the violence and cruelty of the contest in 2015. He said, “As they were dying, they gave birth as a last chance to get their babies out, who were killed themselves”. Maryland state senator, Ron Young, decided that something must be done after viewing the footage of the 2015 contest, which showed the rays being beaten to death before being thrown back into the water. He told WBALTV, “They shoot them, they pull them up, they beat them with a baseball bat, they throw them in a barrel and [the rays] suffocate, and then they dump them back in the water. It’s just very inhumane. I don’t think we should treat any live species that way”. He has since drafted Senate Bill 268 in a bid to make contests, including Battle of the Rays, illegal. You can sign a petition to save the rays here.

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The dairy farm employee was caught abusing the animal through video surveillance

A dairy factory farm worker was arrested on Friday after he was seen physically abusing an animal in his work environment, according to The Fresno Bee. Through the use of surveillance recording, a dairy supervisor told the authorities that he had seen the employee hitting a cow with a metal pipe. The tapes in question show the employee, Pablo Carcamo, hitting the cow with the pipe as she was being loaded into the milking station. Authorities have since arrested him on charges of animal abuse and he will face a judge on Tuesday. His bail has been set at $50,000.

Despite the shocking treatment of animals in an employee’s care, incidents like this are not uncommon on factory farms. An international non-profit organization, called Mercy For Animals, that is dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals, has conducted more than 50 undercover investigations on farms throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The result of every investigation has produced horrific results, providing clear evidence of animal cruelty. During one investigation conducted by Mercy For Animals in May 2014, workers were exposed at Canada’s largest dairy factory farm, Chilliwack Cattle Sales, beating, kicking, and punching animals through the use of undercover video. The footage also showed the workers using a combination of chains and tractors to pull the cows into the air, as well as poking and squeezing festering wounds, and even punching bulls in the testicles.

The shocking investigation led to 20 animal cruelty charges against Chilliwack Cattle Sales factory farm and its owners, which then led to convictions. The factory farm proceeded to plead guilty to three separate counts of animal cruelty, whilst Wesley Kooyman, one of the farm’s owners, pled guilty to one count. Kooyman was sentenced to the maximum monetary penalty allowable by law, alongside the company, which was $75,000 per count. Farm owner Kooyman was also prohibited from owning animals, as well as not being allowed to have any control over the factory farm for the period of one year. This was the first time that a factory farm and its owner have been convicted of animal cruelty that was conducted by the farm’s employees, after an undercover investigation conducted by an animal protection group. The investigation also led to BC agricultural minister, Norm Letnick, to reexamine and then amend the BC Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to incorporate the Dairy Code of Practice, which outlines the minimum guidelines when working with Canada’s dairy cows, with a particular focus on their treatment and welfare.

A further undercover investigation was conducted last year by the MFA at Perdue Farms in North Carolina. The latest investigation exposed the farm’s workers kicking chickens, before throwing them and violently stomping them to death. Danny Miranda, the employee caught on camera through the undercover investigation, pled guilty to three counts of criminal animal cruelty. He was then sentenced to 45 days of imprisonment, 12 months probation and a prohibition on working with animals in the future.

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Πέμπτη, 9 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

Cape Breton Island does not have a high enough local population to meet demand Flickr/Dennis Jarvis
Cape Breton is a small and beautiful island just off the east coast of the Canadian state of Nova Scotia. This remote, idyllic paradise is the place of dreams for those who want a simpler life, living off the grid and closer to nature. Now a local business The Farmer’s Daughter Country Market wants to help people make this dream into a reality. They are offering a job and a place to build a home to anyone who wants to move to Cape Breton


“We can’t give you big money, but we can give you an awesome life, ” reads the business’s advertisement on Facebook, “Our business is busy from May to December, with slower months January to April, so you can enjoy our amazing winters. We have lots of good ideas, and we want to continue to build on our accomplishments, but we don’t have enough hands to help.” They said that they can only offer modest wages for the work but that there are other perks involved. The business will give anyone who wants to come and work for them 2 acres of woodland where they set up their own homes. If they stay in Cape Breton for five years, then they will transfer ownership of the land to them as a gift. In the meantime, they would be given full access to the farmland owned by the business so that they could truly live off the land. 

The business has solid reasons for making such an unusual and generous offer to outsiders. The population of Cape Breton has been decreasingly steadily for a number of years. In the past, corporate development has been seen as the offer to the stagnating community but, as the business owners explained, this has often come at a cost, both to the quaint way of life enjoyed on the island and the beautiful local environment. The business wants to expand in a different way by inviting like-minded people to work with them in an environmentally responsible way. 

The small business has already hired all available adults from the local area to work with them, along with three families from British Columbia. They hope to hire another three or four individuals or families to come and work with them in the springtime. Anyone who is interested is invited to email their CV along with a personal letter to

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Τετάρτη, 8 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

It’s often argued that everything our ancestors did and said gets stored into our brains. Their experience and knowledge gets passed down from generation to generation. This may explain why we know or react to certain things without having any prior knowledge.

Kulning is an ancient herding call used in the Scandinavian region. The call is a high pitch tone that can reach long distances. The herding call sounds more like a haunting and sad melody meant to echo through mountains and alleys.

It was getting late and foggy on a magical night when Swedish artist Jonna Jinton wanted to try kulning. She wanted to find out if the animals would answer to the call their own ancestors heard when the women called them. Kulning might just be one of the most beautiful and enchanting sounds ever made.

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Τρίτη, 7 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

Carlo Ratti Associati
Who doesn't want a fit and healthy body? It's not the desire that people lack, it's sometimes the determination. Many people would kill to have a fit physique but the journey to obtain one can be very challenging. Exercise is key but it's not necessarily a fun activity to participate in. Have you ever gone running on a treadmill or pedaled on a stationary bike and thought to yourself, "this is boring, how much longer do I have to do this?"

An Italian firm from Carlo Ratti Associati created a brilliant way to make exercise less boring and actually inspire people to do it more. They designed a boat that requires the people within to exercise in order to keep it moving down the Seine River in Paris.

The boat is 65 feet long (20 meters) and is designed to hold up to 45 people. “The Paris Navigating Gym investigates the potential of harnessing human power,” said Carlo Ratti.

“It’s fascinating to see how the energy generated by a workout at the gym can actually help to propel a boat. It provides one with a tangible experience of what lies behind the often abstract notion of electric power."

Don't pack your bags just yet, the boat is still in development. Nonetheless, the designers have given an estimate that the project will be done in 18 months.
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The boat moves by converting the pedal power into utility grade electricity. In order for the navigating gym to have enough electricity, it needs a certain amount of passengers on-board.
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However, the boat will be able to use renewable energy sources (like the photovoltaic cells on its roof) during times when there's not enough passengers.
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One more reason to add Paris to your travel bucket list!

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Below is a video of James Osborne, a farmer from Ainsworth Nebraska who appeared at the Nebraska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission hearing held last year. It was a hearing on out-of-state companies who were to export fracking wastewater into Nebraska, moving 80 truckloads that carry 10,000 barrels per day of pollution to be dumped into a disposal well in Sioux county — effectively transferring all the risk onto Nebraskan farmers and ranchers

Below is a little more info on fracking, as well as the video, where the oil and gas representatives don’t really have a reply to for the farmer. It’s not the first time something like this has happened, not long ago a lobbyist for Monsanto said it was safe to drink glyphosate, this  is what happened when he was offered some.

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Hydraulic fracturing, also known as hydrofracturing or fracking, is another method used by the oil and gas industry to release hydrocarbons from deep below the earth’s surface. To fracture rock formations, companies must drill a vertical shaft into the earth, often penetrating some two or three kilometres.

A horizontal well bore is drilled in an area believed to contain trapped natural gas or oil. Under high pressure, a cocktail of chemicals, water, and sand are pumped into the well. This pressure creates fissures in the shale formation, from which oil and gas can escape.

Despite the dangers and inefficiency of this process, fracking continues. It wreaks havoc on the environment and has also been linked to earthquakes.  In fact, the US Geological Survey recently released findings which directly connected fracking to the dramatic increase of  earthquakes in the United States over the past few years.

According to the study, between 1973 and 2008 there was an average of 21 earthquakes of a magnitude 3 and larger on the Richter scale in the Central and Eastern United States. This increased to 99 M3+ earthquakes per year between 2009 and 2013, and this number is still rising.

According to New Scientist in their article Fracking operations triggered 100 quakes in a year”:

The new geophysical research, by Won-Young Kim at Columbia University in Palisades, New York, is the latest to suggest that the main risk of earthquakes associated with fracking relates to the way the water used in the operations is disposed of afterwards. In Ohio, the wastewater was injected into a deep well. This raised the pressure of water within the rock and triggered 109 small quakes between January 2011 and February 2012. The largest, on 31 December 2011, had a magnitude of 3.9.

A recent study by a Cornell University-led research team, published in the National Academy of Sciences, also underscored the risks of these operations. The report, which examined 41,000 conventional and unconventional oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania, revealed that many of the oil and gas wells tapping the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania are leaking methane gas, either into the air or into underground sources of drinking water. (source)

A more recent study showed that oil and natural gas fracking uses, on average, more than 28 times the water it did 15 years ago, gulping up to 9.6 million gallons of water per well and putting farming and drinking sources at risk in arid states, especially during drought. Fracking was banned in New York last week due to water pollution and climate concerns.

While the amount of water used for fracking varies widely from well to well, any potential gains from fracking do not outweigh the risk of contaminating underground aquifers and ecosystems by polluting the most crucial resource on the planet. (source)
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Δευτέρα, 6 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

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The Ayam Cemani is one of the most exotic and mysterious breeds of chickens in the world.

Now and again, mesmerizing and rare species of the animal kingdom present themselves. And, we’ll bet this is the first time you’ve ever beheld a completely black chicken. The unique bird, known as the Ayam Cemani, is one of the most exotic and mysterious breeds in the world, reports CemaniFarms. From the chicken’s silky feathers to her internal organs, she is completely black.

Reportedly, the effect is caused by a condition called fibromelanosis, which is a harmless genetic mutation. When the bird is in embryo, extra melanin seeps into the creature’s tissues, resulting in incredibly rare Cemani chicks.

The Cemani is from Indonesia and has inspired Javanese folklore since the 12th century. Some believe the bird’s blood is a delicacy of spirits that bring power and wealth, and even serves as a good luck charm.

One thing’s for sure, the rare chicken is a creature to marvel at!
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Κυριακή, 5 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

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 GiGi the owl made fast friends with her rescuer and greeted him with a hug after he returned from a trip. Last month, a Great Horned owl named GiGi was taken to Mississippi’s Wild at Heart Rescue after suffering significant head trauma. The specialists suspected she had been hit by a car, resulting in a massive concussion.

GiGi was not only riddled with parasites, she was found to have aspergillosis, which is similar to pneumonia in humans. Missy Dubuisson, the founder and director of the Rescue, told The Dodo: 

“This bird was one of the most critical we have ever taken care of, the fact that this bird has lived is beyond comprehension.”

If it hadn’t been for Douglas Pojeky, president of the facility, GiGi may have never received the extensive care she needed. It seems the owl was well aware of this, as she quickly bonded to Pojeky, who is referred to as the “birds of prey whisperer” by rehabilitators in the area.
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The owl displayed her affection for Pojeky when he arrived at the facility after a few days of being away. Reportedly, she moped during his absence, but rushed to greet him when he returned. GiGi rested her head right on his shoulder – and wrapped her wings around him.

Said Dubuisson:

“It literally brings tears to my eyes to watch him interact with these birds. They absolutely know him and trust him. It’s the trust that you see in her face.”

Some photos of the heartwarming exchange follow:
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Σάββατο, 4 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

In the 21st century, the adoption of technology has completely revolutionized the way we connect and meet each other, especially when it comes to dating. As the world becomes more and more digital, people are starting to rely on dating sites and apps to find prospective partners to enter into committed relationships with. However, there aren't any guarantees that the person we are dating online will turn out to be exactly what we expected them to be.

According to a recent study, the number one fear that men have about online dating is that their date will turn out to be plus-size, while women who use online dating are afraid of meeting a serial killer.

This shocking study prompted the people behind the male-centric dating website, Simple Pickup, to conduct a social experiment to find out what happens when a Tinder match is completely different in person than their online profile.

Simple Pickup’s official video description states that, “Tinder is one of the most popular apps on the market. So we wanted to find out what happens when a girl dresses up in a fat suit and goes on a Tinder date.”

Jesse and Kong enlisted the help of their female friend, Sarah, to set up a few dates with her Tinder profile. Their aim was to record how men would react when their Tinder date turned out to be slightly heavier than what her profile suggests.

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Πέμπτη, 2 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

We’ve all heard of the 7 Natural Wonders of the world. These include the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef, and Mount Everest. But to be quite honest with you, the world is so vast that I don’t think its fair to use numbers. There are wonders found in all forms of nature.

Take trees as an instance. I had no idea that the most unique and breathtaking creations of Mother Nature could be trees. People from all over the world travel to these various destinations in order to marvel at the sight of these wondrous sights.

Trust me, these trees are unlike any you’ve ever seen.

1. 125-year-old Rhododendron – Canada
This Rhododendron is one of the largest of its kind, and it’s found in Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada.

2. Japanese Maple – Oregon
Located in the Japanese Garden in Washington Park, Portland, Oregon, this Japanese Maple is vibrant and gorgeous with its display of numerous colors.

3. Wisteria Tunnel – Japan
Located in Ashikaga Flower park as well, the Wisteria Tunnel features a extensive display of the varieties of Wisteria and provides an excellent escape to “Wonderland.”

4. Baobab Trees – Madagascar
Baobab trees can grow to be nearly 100 feet tall and almost 35 feet wide. Their large trunk stores 31,700 gallons of water for use during the dry droughts in Madagascar. Baobab Avenue near Morondava, Madagascar, is widely known as the home of the world’s grandest Baobab trees.

5. Rainbow Eucalyptus – Hawaii
Found in Hawaii, New Guinea, and other tropical islands in the Northern Hemisphere, the Rainbow Eucalyptus looks like a tree that has been hand painted by talented artists. The intense colors of the tree appear when the bark sheds its outer layers. It almost looks like a kaleidoscope of colors with its irregular patterns. The unique colors include green, maroon, blue, and orange.

6. Tree of Tule – Mexico
With the largest trunk of any tree, the Tree of Tule is slightly larger than the Giant Sequoia. It’s somewhere between 1200-3000 years old, and it’s located in Oaxaca, Mexico.

7. Dragon Blood – Yemen
The Dragon Blood tree has a distinctive shape with the leaves growing from the tips of its youngest branches. Native to Yemen and the Indian Ocean, it’s called the Dragon Blood because of its vibrant red sap. This sap is used as varnish for violins, all-purpose dyes, and medicinal benefits.

8. The Leaning Trees – New Zealand
Mother Nature blows on these trees at an angle to create the “lean.” Located between the South Pole and the equator, the dramatic shape of these trees give a visual representation of the tough weather conditions in the area.

9. Avenue of Oaks – South Carolina
Planted in the 1790s, the Avenue of Oaks is a 3/4 mile long trail that features stunning oak trees.

10. The President – California
Reported by National Geographic to be the 2nd largest Giant Sequoia in the world, the President is a staggering 241 feet tall with a diameter of 27 feet. This giant redwood is found in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California.

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FA" was just 10 years old when her stepfather starting abusing her. By the time she was 15 and preparing to testify against him, she was suicidal, afraid, and unable to sleep. Then she met Tombstone, a lifelong biker and member of BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse), a group whose sole mission is to empower children who have been victimized. Dressed in leather, the rough looking group stood guard at her house 24 hours until she felt safe. The experience changed the course of her life.

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Heidemarie Schwermer, a 69-year-old woman from Germany, gave up using money 15 years ago and says she’s been much happier ever since.

Dortmund, Germany – Former school teacher and psychotherapist, Heidemarie Schwermer, is a 69-year-old mother of two and grandmother. She has been living money-free for the last 15 years, proving you don’t need money to live a healthy, happy, and fulfilling life.

Schwermer moved to Dortmund 22 years ago with her two children after ending a difficult marriage, and it didn’t take long before she started to notice the area’s homeless population. Then a middle-aged secondary school teacher, she eventually decided to open up a shop called “Gib und Nimm”, or “Give and Take”.

Gib und Nimm, which eventually became a local phenomenon, allows people to trade items or services with one another with no cash exchange involved. Clothing can be exchanged for kitchen appliances, car services can be exchanged for plumbing services, and so forth.
The original idea for Gib und Nimm was to help the local homeless population by giving them access to food, clothing, housing, and anything else they should need in exchange for their services. Schwermer believes the homeless doesn’t need money to be accepted into society, but instead a chance to empower themselves by using their personal skills in useful ways. The idea didn’t take off with Dortmund’s homeless population at first, many of which expressed that they didn’t feel a middle-class educated woman could relate to their situation. This got Schwermer thinking.

She began to realize she was living with a lot of useless things she didn’t need, and with this conclusion she decided not to buy anything else unless she gave something away. Soon after that she realized she was unhappy with her career as well, and decided to try different jobs, such as washing dishes.

By 1995, after her children had grown and moved away, Schwermer was spending next to nothing. Through Gib und Nimm, she had access to nearly everything she needed to survive, and a year later Schwermer decided to conduct an experiment—she would live without money altogether.

The experiment was originally meant to last a year, however Schwermer’s life changed so drastically for the better, she decided to continue. 15 years later, she still lives by her principles. Through the Gib und Nimm swap shop she still has access to everything she needs, and in exchange for housing, she does various work and chores. Not only is this economically ideal, but it offers her a chance to travel, and build lasting relationships.

Schwermer has written two books about her experiences, and 100% of the proceeds go to charity.
There are some articles on this grandmother of three that have clearly expressed annoyance with the way she has chosen to live her life, and some who even express anger. In general, however, it would seem most have a certain appreciation for the simple life she has chosen for herself.

“I grew tired and annoyed with just how greedy and consuming society was and is,” Schwermer stated in an interview with the Australian Times.

All of her belongings can fit into a single-back suitcase, and a rucksack. She has 200 Euros set aside as emergency funds, and any another other cash she comes across she gives away. At nearly 70-years-old, Heidemarie Schwermer says she’s happier, healthier, and better off than ever before.


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