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THE BULK STOPS HEREBUMMED-OUT CO-OPERS FEEL THEY'RE BEING MUSCLED OUT AS GENTLE STRENGTH GETS DOWN TO BUSINESS

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Those opposed to the proposed changes have formed focus groups to discuss their solutions: ousting nonmembers, seceding to form a new co-op and turning the whole place into an organic restaurant. According to a member who attended one of those meetings, participants broke down into smaller groups based on their birth dates, then reconvened in a large circle representing the Mayan calendar.

But no matter what happens, at least one member firmly believes the combative nature of the meeting bodes well for the future of the world.

An outspoken co-oper who nevertheless does most of her shopping at Trader Joe's because "the prices are better," Nori Muster says, "It shows what could happen in the bigger society, and, of course, that's what all the mainstream people fear."

And what might that be:
"A hippie takeover.

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