The story of water hyacinth furniture originates at Yothaka. Back in 1989, its product designers pioneered the use of water hyacinth in the manufacturing process to create furniture pieces the world had never before seen. Today, water hyacinth furniture is ubiquitous in the market, and the brand has diversified into other natural materials found locally, such as pineapple paper and yan lipao (a type of fern vine). It produces large furniture pieces as well as home accessories like place mats, straw baskets and photo frames – all exported to leading showrooms across the world. The design is essentially contemporary Asian and will add a touch of the East to any room.
By the 1970s, the Stasi had decided that the methods of overt persecution that had been employed up to that time, such as arrest and torture, were too crude and obvious. It was realised that psychological harassment was far less likely to be recognised for what it was, so its victims, and their supporters, were less likely to be provoked into active resistance, given that they would often not be aware of the source of their problems, or even its exact nature. Zersetzung was designed to side-track and "switch off" perceived enemies so that they would lose the will to continue any "inappropriate" activities.
Trials are currently underway to assess ‘mechanical fuel reduction’ in our public forests. The details are sketchy but seem to be based on a US practice of using heavy machinery with mulching/shredding capacity to run through native forests turning everything in the lower and mid story into mulch or shredded material. Trees are taken out and sold to mills. In the US this method of ‘fuel reduction’ is driven by the commercial need for bio-char, but is dressed up as ‘fire-safety’. In Australia, burning forests as a method of ‘fuel reduction’ remains an unproven science as a method of keeping communities safe, despite its wide spread use. However there is much research that shows it can be useless to counterproductive and extremely damaging for the natural ecology and wildlife of areas.