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FRAW Administration – pages providing information on the FRAW site.
Ramblinactivist's ‘Meta-Blog’ – Paul Mobbs' occasional blog.
The Free Range Network – the ‘virtual presence’ of the Free Range Network.
Paul Mobbs & MEIR – Paul Mobbs’ business website.
Banburyshire Rambles Journal – a photo-blog from around 'Banburyshire' and the ‘Irondowns’.
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Free Range Activism Website (FRAW): ‘Main Index’
This is the main index of the 'Free Range Activism Website', the virtual home of 'Rambinactivist' Paul Mobbs, The Free Range Network, and the other campaigns they host content for.
About FRAW & the Free Range Network
This page outlines the purpose and history of the Free Range Activism Website, the virtual home of Paul Mobbs and the Free Range Network.
Contact FRAW and the Free Range Network
This page lists the contact points for the Free Range Activism Website, Paul Mobbs and the Free Range Network.
© Copyright on the FRAW site
This page outlines the copyright terms and the use of open licenses for the Free Range Activism Website, Paul Mobbs, and the Free Range Network. In the modern media environment copyright is corporate illusion, and our use of copyright works within that reality.
The Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike 4.0 license
Since the Creative Commons licenses was updated to reflect the legal jurisdictions of different states we've been using this license for on-line and hard-copy works.
GNU Free Documentation License version 1.2
This is the older free documentation license used on some of our works from the early 2000s.
Gnu General Public license version 3
We use GPLv3 to license software works.
FRAW Low Impact Design Strategy
This page describes the design strategy for the FRAW site, and how we implement various design techniques to minimise the ecological footprint of operating the site and our own efforts in maintaining it.
Search FRAW
This page is a form to conduct an ht-//Dig-based search of the content of the FRAW site.
FRAW Text-only Sitemap (this page)
A full, hierarchical directory of the FRAW site, optimised for text-only browsers.
FRAW Updates
A guide to the latest updates across the FRAW site for the last three calendar months.
FRAW Past Updates
The ‘recent updates’ page only provides information on changes for the last quarter. This page give access to update information for the period(s) before that.
FRAW Work-in-Progress
This page relates the current updating and overhauls of content on the FRAW site, and where this might mean content is moved, deleted or updated.

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Ramblinactivist's ‘Meta-Blog’: ‘Main Index’
The Free Range Network is a “dysorganisation” of researchers and campaigners working as an informal collective, undertaking public interest research on the environmental and technological mechanisms of lifestyle change
Latest articles
Articles in reverse chronological order – most recent first.
The ‘Meta-Blog’: 2019 Posts
These are the posts for the year 2019 in Ramblinactivist's ‘Meta-Blog’ – Paul Mobbs' occasional blog which examines the troublesome and often difficult meanings behind today's news and events, rather than simply repeating the 'conventional wisdom' of the mass/social media
Ramblinactivist's Videos
‘Ramblinactivist’ Paul Mobbs runs a YouTube channel for his occasional video productions. These pages provide background information for those videos.
About the ‘Meta-Blog’
This page outlines the purpose and function of Ramblinactivist's ‘Meta-Blog’, Paul Mobbs' occasional blog. The problem with today's social and political debates is that they are based upon a ‘script’; this blog seeks to ditch ‘the script’ and focus on the data instead.

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Free Range Network: ‘Main Index’
The Free Range Network is a “dysorganisation” of researchers and campaigners working as an informal collective, undertaking public interest research on the environmental and technological mechanisms of lifestyle change.
About the ‘Free Range’ Concept
The Network describes itself as a “dysorganisation” – that is, a group of people without any desire or expectation to create a formal structure. Our methodology is simple: we ‘think’ of ideas for change and activism; by working co-operatively and sharing skills we ‘do’ or ‘make’ them happen; then we ‘document’ and ‘share’ those ideas for others to play with, and share their experience back to us.
Free Range ‘Themes’
As a non-structured co-operative we don't really have 'campaigns' or 'issues'. Instead we work around certain ‘themes’ which appear to us – at the current moment in time, or as the result of recent work we have undertaken – to be the most pressing issue for grassroots activism and lifestyle change.
CroughtonWatch
This site is devoted to USAF Croughton (and its outstation, Barford St. John) on the border of Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire – part of a global electronic communications, control and surveillance that works on behalf of the US military and intelligence establishment, projecting of American military power across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
Electrosmog
This site provides documentation around the issue of ‘electronic smog’ – the growth in digital communications devices emitting high-frequency radio waves, such as 5G, wifi and mobile phones – and its impacts upon human health and the environment.
  • About ‘Esmog’ – this page described the Free Range Network’s interest in the ‘electrosmog’ issue;
  • Resources – this page lists information or resources for those wishing to work on the electrosmog issue;
  • Articles & Media – this page lists useful/interesting ‘journalism’ or ‘non-expert’ articles and reviews about the issue of electro-smog, from mobile phones and 5G to wifi and wireless data systems;
  • Technical Reports & Studies – this page lists significant or relevant ‘expert’ research studies published in major science journals, or by national/international health agencies.
Energy: ‘The Fracking Truth’
The ‘Fracking Truth about Energy’ is the Free Range Network’s presentation/information on Britain's energy system – not the parituclar small piece one particular lobby or another wishes you to see, but the raw statistical data presented in a way where you can see the whole thing, end-to-end.
  • The Data – the sources of energy data we use, the problems and qualifications we add to this data, and how we use/convert this information into our presentations;
  • The Presentation – the graphs and visualisations of the data that we produce each year, and makes them available to download;
  • Other Stuff – other, ‘non-energy’ presentations and information that we take around with the energy statistics data.
Free Range Activism Campaigns Kit (FRACK)
‘FRACK’ is the focus of the Free Range Network's immediate future plans, as set of maps and guides to how to become a ‘technical’ activist, developing your own self-supporting actions rather than following the mainstream lead.
Wild Camping
The Free Range ‘Wild Camping’ Project aims to teach the skills of lifestyle change and degrowth through communicating the skills and practice of wild camping. It's fundamentally an English land rights project focussing on land access and wild camping as part of lifestyle change and regenerative ecopsychology.
Free Range Archive
The Network has been working together for twenty-five years. In that time issues have come and gone, events have happened; not everything we produce is worth keeping on-line, nor is it worth deleting the moment we finish using it. Just because we have no use doesn’t mean that others could not use it. That is the purpose of the Free Range Archive; a home for all the stuff we no longer have a use for.

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Paul Mobbs & MEIR: ‘Main Index’
Paul Mobbs' business, Mobbs’ Environmental Investigations & Research, spans a many areas of technical research. This web site provides access to a selection of his written work, as well as presentations, handouts, and some videos of his past and present activities.
About my work
What began in 1992 as a temporary job has for some strange reason endured ever since; in the process taking me all around Britain, into Eastern Europe, and as far away as the Caribbean. In this page – part blog, part biography – I’ll outline a little of the history of that long period of work, and what is coming next.
Beginnings: 1984–1991, ‘(a very) young apprentice’
In this first section, I outline the route I took into this rather unusual line of work; how my early experiences formed my skills and then carried over into creating my own ideal job.
Phase I: 1992–2007, ‘environmental investigator’
The basis of environmental consultancy is to sell your technical skills to people with money, which allows people with money to exert their power, to make the money to pay you. My business model was the opposite: working for those without money to stop the powerful damaging their lives.
Phase II: 1999-2006, ‘community-Linux-hacker’
If I appear to do more than most then it is for one basic reason; technology. Organising information, and from the very beginning using computers for analysis and networking, has allowed me to extend my capabilities at very low cost.
Phase III: 2004–2017, ‘ecological futurologist’
Hard sciences run the world, mathematics and engineering most of all – politics and economics are, by comparison, just speculation. Bringing the hard analytical reality of ecological limits into the ‘green’/‘environmental’ debate was not an easy prospect, however.
Phase IV: 2009–2018, ‘fracktivist’
Observing trends and events allows you to pre-empt, and thus define the agenda of a debate. Of all the issues I’ve worked on, ‘fracking’ was the first time I was able to use information and analysis to drive an issue rather than be reactive to events.
Phase V: 2017–, ‘planetary hospice worker?’
If you want to be effective you need to anticipate the ‘next big thing’; on new issues, that means spending half the time arguing with you own ‘side’ who don’t have a clue what you’re talking about.
Ecological Futures
At present I am updating the ‘public exposition’ of what my work consists of – to reflect both new/more recent research evidence, and the recent changes to how I work. These pages will be reloaded piece-by-piece as that process is completed.
Research & Writing
The core of what I do is research – receiving, or tracking down from public register or archive searches, large quantities of data and then distilling the essence of the issue the information describes; then, where appropriate, turning that information into a report, distance learning materials, shorter articles, web sites, or a graphical presentation.
USAF Croughton – Networked Warfare and the Intelligence-Fusion Complex
The nature of militarism and geopolitical conflict is being fundamentally changed by information systems and networks; the peace movement must understand these technologies if it is to make the opposing case. This was the starting point for my review of operations at USAF Croughton, and the proposed development of the NATO Joint Intelligence Analysis Centre (JIAC).
‘The Tufton Street Brexit Nexus’
‘The Tufton Street Brexit Nexus’ is an analysis of the political and business lobby surrounding ‘Brexit’. It looks at little-known groups at the heart of that network, such as the Mont Pelerin Society; but its core focus are a number of right-wing lobbyists who all have offices around Tufton Street, only a short walk from Parliament, whose finances are effectively ‘dark’.
‘The Stick-Fire Cooking Grate’
Cooking outdoors is a fun skill to learn to expand your ecological awareness and personal resilience. Problem is, where do you find the ‘ecologically sound’/fossil-fuel free kit to do it? The Free Range Stick-Fire Cooking Grate is a small, light-weight, cooking trivet designed to burn small sticks which, with a few tools and components, you can easily build yourself.
Whitehall’s Fracking Science Failure
A report commissioned for Talk Fracking, it details the case that the government’s assessment of the climate change impacts of shale gas in Britain – outlined in the Mackay-Stone review – is fundamentally flawed due to the poor quality data it uses. In fact, shale gas fundamentally compromises Britain’s commitments to act on climate change.
Open Source Intelligence for Activists
Modern campaigners use computers: For research; then collating or performing statistical analysis on data; then writing the results; then producing graphical interpretations of the results. At every stage in that chain, learning to use open source data and tools can radically change the impact that you can have.
‘Fracktured Accountability’
Fractured Accountability represents the outcome of just over two years research on the the Government’s role in promoting unconventional gas and oil in Britain; specifically, whether their actions are ‘legal’. More importantly, it is not a report about ‘fracking’ per se, but rather the highly questionable relationships between policy-makers in Government, the industry developing fracking, and the finance and PR industries supporting them.
  • The Report – This study examines decision-making by the Coalition Government in relation to unconventional fossil fuels (also known, imprecisely in the UK context, as ‘fracking’). It could as easily be a study of decision-making in relation to the replacement of the Trident nuclear warhead system, or state surveillance, or of health service funding. What is important is not so much the specifics of the subject, but of how that set of issues, the evidence supporting them, and the decisions associated with them have been dealt with by the Government.
  • The Frackogram – In July 2013 I produced a very rudimentary ‘map’ of the connections related to un/conventional fossil fuels at the heart of Government. After two years of research I produced the final detailed version – The Frackogram; an infographic which depicts the relationships between policy-makers, the oil & gas industry, and the finance and PR industries supporting them.
  • ‘Arrest the Cabinet’ – Sometimes, as an environmental researcher, there are things which you come across which are completely awful. Events or incidents for which knowing, or telling through reports is not enough… they require action!
  • Frackademics – This study was commissioned by Talk Fracking to map the connections between the fossil fuels industry and academic – concentrating in particular on the relationships to unconventional fossil fuels companies and government agencies.
The Quiet Militarisation of West Wales’ Skies
For decades the military has fenced-off of large areas of the hills of Wales, and used the region’s valleys for pilot training. Now a new phase is about to begin, with the use of Wales’ landscape for the testing of ‘drones’.
‘World in Chains’ – Nuclear Weapons, Militarisation and their Impact on Society
‘World in Chains’, edited by Angie Zelter, was published in June 2014. I was invited to contribute a chapter, entitled ‘Drones, Cyberwarfare and Democracy’.
A Practical Guide to Sustainable ICT
Commissioned by APC and IDRC, ‘A Practical Guide to Sustainable IT’ offers a detailed, “hands-on” introduction to thinking holistically about sustainable computing and communications technologies – and urges a radical rethink of our relationship to everyday digital technologies.
Limits to Technology
Limits to Technology examines the role of resource depletion and the ecological limits to human society's future use of ‘technological systems’ – a broad term covering not only our use of computers and mobile technologies, but also the electronics, metals and chemical components of everyday goods and products, and the latest ‘green technologies’.
Peak Oil, the Decline of the North Sea and Britain's Energy Future
Britain faces a series of problematic choices in order to re-negotiate our lifestyle within the biophysical limits that will assert themselves over the next few decades. These problems cannot be avoided, and they are complex because they affect so many aspects of our economic, social and material well-being today. For that reason they are innately political, and thus require the political parties of Britain to engage with these issues in order to map out a means of dealing with the crises these changes will generate.
‘Less is a Four Letter Word’
‘Less’ follows-on from where Energy Beyond Oil leaves off. It starts with the simple question: “Logically, if we're going to have to use less, how do we do it?”. Problematically this collides with the primary obstruction to all meaningful ecological change – the political ‘cult’ of economic growth.
Energy Beyond Oil – Could You Cut Your Energy Use by Sixty Percent?
Energy Beyond Oil, published 2005, represents three years of research into ‘energy futures’ – looing at the geophysical trends affecting energy production, and then look at the impacts that might have on energy demand.
Participating With Safety
Participating With Safety was a project APC, to teach activists, journalists and human rights workers on using information and communications technology safely. To support the project I was commissioned to write the outlines for seven briefings, which I then edited in co-operation with interested users from Eastern Europe and former Soviet republics.
The Community–Linux Training Centre
The Community–Linux Training Centre was developed as a means of promoting the use of Gnu/Linux for education and training amongst community organisations, with the ability to operate in the remotest of locations by dispensing with the need for an Internet connection – instead simulating the common Internet services via a local server.
  • The Container Project – In 2003, I travelled to Jamaica for a month to assist in training and building "The Container", a community-based computer and media arts project based in Palmer's Cross, Clarendon. These pages document my visit in the photographs I took whilst the project was under construction, and in the music video that I made of the launch party.
Civil Society Internet Rights Toolkit
During 2000 I undertook a length writing commission, from GreenNet and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, to help them produce a series of briefings as part of their ‘Internet Rights Tookit’. These are the first editions – and were subsequently used by the Association for Progressive Communications to develop similar digital rights projects in other regions around the world.
Articles & Opinion
I often write short articles as it represents the most direct way to present the core of the issue I am working upon. More generally, I accept requests for both researched articles, opinion-style pieces, and ghost-writing, across the various themes within my research work.
Articles, 2019 Index
This page lists my work-related articles and shorter writings from the year 2019.
Articles, 2018 & earlier
This page lists the most significant articles/post from 2018 and earlier which I maintain on my web site – primarily those which I retained after the rebuild of my website in 2019.
Ecolonomics
Ecolonomics is my ‘irregular’ long-form essay blog. “Long-form” because, in contrast to current fashionable trends for ‘brevity’ in all things, the papers posted here are long, detailed, and contain a long list of references. This blog is about knowledge, not news.
Contact details
This page gives contact details for Paul Mobbs, and Mobbs’ Environmental Investigations & Research.

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Banburyshire Rambles Photo-Journal
A photo-blog from around 'Banburyshire' and the ‘Irondowns’, the hilly land at the junction of Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, and occasionally beyond – categorised as follows:
About the Banburyshire Rambles Journal
How do we relate to the real world? Within the increasingly virtual environment of the modern world, has humanity progressively lost an important part of its own identity? How do you recover that loss? Can recreation become re-creation?
Walks Journal
Quarterly walks listing, organised as the current and the last whole five seasons –
Spring 2018
Summer 2018
Autumn 2018
Winter 2019
Spring 2019
Summer 2019
Last Chance (HS)To See
Paul Mobbs’ photographic record along the route of the proposed HS2 railway through North & Mid-Buckinghamshire, North Oxfordshire, South Northamptonshire and South Warwickshire, divided in to the following sections:
Numbered index to scenes
All the scenes listed by number and name, rather than by area.
North Area Index
A map providing access to the images from the 'north' area, between Southam and Hampton-in-Arden.
Central Area Index
A map providing access to the images from the 'central' area, between Southam and Godington.
South Area Index
A map providing access to the images from the 'south' area, between South Heath and Godington.
Soundscapes Index
A map and number/name listing that provides access to the soundscapes recorded from along the route.
North Oxfordshire Megaliths
Paul Mobbs’ photographic record of the wonderful standing stones and ancient sites around North Oxfordshire, and occasionally other sites beyond, divided in to the following sections:
North Oxfordshire megalith walks
journal posts documenting megalith/ancient site walks around North Oxfordshire..
More distant walks
It's nice to regularly visit my local sites; but those sites only have real meaning when you consider how they fit into that wider set of national ancient monuments.
North Oxfordshire ancient sites
Documenting specific ancient/historic sites to be found in North Oxfordshire.
Quaker Walks
Paul Mobbs’ walks around North Oxfordshire and South Warwickshire's long Quaker history.
Backpacks & Wild Camping
This page is really a “work in progress”. As I develop some new materials I need somewhere to put some longer ‘backpack’ posts covering multiple days. As the rambles journal is only set-up for day-walks, a new ‘backpacking’ page seemed the next-logical location for it.
‘Banburyshire’
Paul Mobbs’ photographic record of the unique landscape around Banbury, and the walks and scenes in the countryside around the town, on the borders of Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, and Warwickshire.
‘The Irondowns’
Paul Mobbs’ photographic record of the unique landscape of the Ironstone hills on the borders of Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, and Warwickshire.

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Free Range Activism Website (FRAW): ‘Data Files Area’
The FRAW Data Files Area stores miscellaneous files and information made available via the FRAW site, categorised as follows:
‘Electrosmog’
Files on electromagnetic radiation and health, supporting the Free Range Network’ ‘Electrosmog’ theme.
‘Free Culture’
Resources and information on free and open culture/content, licensing, and the ‘gift economy’, divided in to the following sections:
Open content/copyleft licenses
This section contains copies of the open licenses used on the FRAW site.
‘Political Economy’
Contemporary debates in politics, political philosophy, economics and human development, divided in to the following sections:
Anarcho-Primitivism
Resources on anarchism, primitivism, low tech. & low impact human development, and anarchist philosophy.
‘Quaker Walks’
Supporting information for the Banburyshire Rambles Journal's ‘Quaker Walks’ section.

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