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Cities are on the hook for extreme weather. What are they doing about it?

Cities are on the hook for extreme weather. What are they doing about it? | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
How are communities in Canada responding to weather events and the threat of climate change?
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I'm glad to see the localities taking the lead on solving these mitigation and preparedness questions.  The questions for the upper levels of government should be how to support and encourage best practices for these towns and cities while letting them make the ultimate choices about what gets done, given their individual condition and circumstance.

 

It's got to happen.

 

And you're a fool if you'd try to do it top-down, without care and consideration for the psychological and practical needs of each individual locality, or else, simply ignore it in general, due to an ideological dislike of government action.

 

Think about it.

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Introduction to Complex Systems: Patterns in Nature - YouTube

This video provides a basic introduction to the science of complex systems, focusing on patterns in nature. (For more information on agent-based modeling, vi...
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BIG DATA SOCIETY: Age of Reputation or Age of Discrimination?

If we want Big Data to create societal progress, more transparency and participatory opportunities are needed to avoid discrimination and ensure that they are used in a scientifically sound, trustable, and socially beneficial way.

Have you ever "enjoyed" an extra screening at the airport because you happened to sit next to someone from a foreign country? Have you been surprised by a phone call offering a special service or product, because you visited a certain webpage? Or do you feel your browser reads your mind? Then, welcome to the world of Big Data, which mines the tons of digital traces of our daily activities such as web searches, credit card transactions, GPS mobility data, phone calls, text messages, facebook profiles, cloud storage, and more. But are you sure you are getting the best possible product, service, insurance or credit contract? I am not.

 

BIG DATA SOCIETY: Age of Reputation or Age of Discrimination?

By Dirk Helbing

http://futurict.blogspot.ch/2014/09/big-data-society-age-of-reputation-or.html


Via Complexity Digest
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Personally, I think it's more likely to increase peoples' abilities to make prejudicial choices about other people in addition to the actual technical advantages that this will bring about.  Thus, the universe doesn't so much as change for the better, but rather muddle on under the same basic principles.  We are only humans, after all.  Our descendants are not going to fall far from the tree and, unless something dramatic happens to our population and to the way that our people think and feel about themselves and our world (an x-event), there will likely only be questionable or low probability change as we settle into a kind of equilibrium, for better and for worse, that we may choose to die in, rather than evolve and make a change.

 

Thus, we're more than likely going to take a significant hit as a species, in spite of our abilities to avoid the problems in the first place.

 

Silly brains....

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Education....A Redefinition

Education: Helping our children develop better so that they can be relatively happy individuals early on, while helping them identify career goals, inclinations, and abilities separate from what their parents may want or think later on.

 

I think it's time that we do a much better job with our children than just "test" them and their teachers.  Whatever happened to raising them to be adults who can manage, adjust to, and accept the world around them, and then think creatively about how to work with it in ways that work?  Whatever happened to instilling in them the value of learning as opposed to rote memorization? How is it that we get politics and personal preferences ahead of what matters most: our childrens' well being, mental and physical health, and quality of life?

 

Just a couple of thoughts.

 

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Almost One in Four Americans Support Idea of Splitting From the Union

Almost One in Four Americans Support Idea of Splitting From the Union | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
After Scotland, all eyes are turning to Catalonia, where voters will hold a non-binding vote on independence from Spain on Nov. 9. But maybe Americans need to focus closer to home. We already knew—courtesy of Slate’s David Weigel—that breakaway movements in the United States were feeling inspired by the Scotland...
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Looks like we could be coming to the end of another union.

I'd be ok with it, honestly.

 

Conservatives take one territory, progressives take the other.

If progressives play our cards right, we could end up on top of this whole situation.  It'll take sense, evidence-based (not ideological) governing, a Hell of a good strategic edge, and the willingness to admit to mistakes in order to correct for them.

 

We're about empathy, honesty, openness, tolerance, acceptance, and facts.

 

Let us compete with greed, deception, lies, xenophobia, racism, classism, sexism, and all other non-American and anti-social traits. 

 

If we lose, then it proves that this universe is not a good one to be in anyway, because there's then a serious defect in how rewards and punishments are dealt out.  Nature is indifferent to morals, and justice is blind.  Let's find out if karma exists in states beyond simple "action".  Is the universe indeed a moral and ethical place?  If not, than it's really not worth saving, and we'd all likely be better off abandoning this existence to its inevitable doom and death.

 

That, or we can stay together as one country, let everyone ditch the conservative brain-state, and we can continue on from there with evidence, facts, and an ethically grounded and social society.

I'm willing to cede the whole baby to the conservatives.  Take the universe, take the country, take the world.  I don't think it'll do them any good in the long term or short term. That decision, though, is out of my hands.

 

It's in yours' America.

 

Wake up.

 

Or die.

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The world as it is: The influence of religion

The world as it is: The influence of religion | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

"Seldom has it been more important for Americans to form a realistic assessment of the world scene. But our current governing, college-­educated class suffers one glaring blind spot.

Modern American culture produces highly individualistic career and identity paths for upper- and middle-class males and females. Power couples abound, often sporting different last names. But deeply held religious identities and military loyalties are less common. Few educated Americans have any direct experience with large groups of men gathered in intense prayer or battle. Like other citizens of the globalized corporate/consumer culture, educated Americans are often widely traveled but not deeply rooted in obligation to a particular physical place, a faith or a kinship."


Via Seth Dixon
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Other peoples, with different histories, cultures, etc, are not going to be like us.

 

Ever.

 

Period.

 

Might as well learn to accept that (and learn it in general) so that we do not invoke negative sentiments to develop.

 

 

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This is a truly intriguing op-ed that argues that many Americans have a 'blind spot' by failing to recognize the power of religion and tribal bonds in global affairs. While many in the west assume that a new world order has emerged, these old communal forces still rule much of the world and they have some profound geopolitical implications (the author explores Russia, Asia and the Middle East in particular). 


Tags: religion, culture, conflict, political, geopolitics.

MsPerry's curator insight, September 21, 3:12 PM

APHG-U3

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 22, 11:57 AM

Religion and its influence

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Complex Networks, Simple Rules - YouTube

Explore these systems with my online app, the Wolfram Demonstration http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/ComplexNetworksFromSimpleRewriteRules/ http://www.wolfr...
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The new science and way of making old social studies proper sciences. Enjoy! 

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Do Liberals Really Care More About Empathy Than Conservatives?

Do Liberals Really Care More About Empathy Than Conservatives? | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

Views on Empathy, Curiosity, Creativity, Faith, Tolerance, and Obedience Across the Ideological Spectrum


The data also present a familiar caricature of "liberals" and "conservatives." Based on a longer survey that classified respondents along an ideological spectrum from left to right, the researchers found that "consistent conservatives" were more likely to prioritize obedience and religious faith in particular, while "consistent liberals" emphasized tolerance, creativity, curiosity, and empathy for others.


They were also significantly less likely than other respondents to rate "hard work" as one of the most important things to teach children—they ranked 13 percentage points lower than "consistent conservatives."


 

EMMA GREEN 



Via Edwin Rutsch
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And there you have it.

 

Progressives teach their children the essences of all religions and the essential values that bind humanity together in lasting, powerful, and arguably unbreakable fashions.  Conservatives just lie, rely on ignorance, use tricks, and teach kids nothing but submission to brute force.

 

What say you, humans?  What is more important to you?

 

 

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Joseph Stiglitz: Independence has costs and benefits

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dddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddAS SCOTLAND contemplates independence, some, such as Paul Krugman, have questioned the “economics”. Would Scotland, going it alone, risk a decline in standards of living or a fall in GDP? There are, to be sure, risks in any course of action: should Scotland stay in the UK, and the UK leave the EU, the downside risks are, by almost any account, significantly greater.
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Must everything revolve around money? Yes, the world could come crashing down as a result of Scottish bravado. It could get bad. Real bad, potentially. But, in all honesty, I'd rather work to build a new world than live in one that has lost its prime and is, quite frankly, rotten to be in. I'd like to see someplace where we care about our environment, our people, our world, and our relations with each other beyond money. This isn't utopia, as there will always be those cousins you won't like, or that hurricane which wipes out millions of peoples' homes, or that odd potential for alien invasion, or that likely potential to have to cope with a world that we are changing faster than we can adapt to.

Yes, the rich won't have as much. But there will (and should) always be a decentralized incentive to work, produce, and innovate freely on all fronts. Anything short of this Progressive vision and actions results in the degradation of the social unit and the environment in which we HAVE to live.

The conservatives want things to stay as they are, no matter how painful or poorly grounded they may be. They may have the edge over the likes of me as far as experience goes, But their experience is no good when it's poorly founded, and aging does usually leave you less able. I'm an American. But I say "YES" to Scottish independence, as a means of forcing this sick, rotten, twisted human universe to move forward with its life, never stagnate, and to look back with a wise eye, not a wistful one.

The time will come on September 18th. And the Scots will either lead us forward, or do a "smart" move for the wrong reasons.

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Leaders stress Scots vote will stand

Leaders stress Scots vote will stand | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Alex Salmond says the independence referendum is "a once in a generation opportunity" while Alistair Darling says there would be "no way back".
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If this is how England would like the potential divorce go through, so be it.  Honestly, I'm not 100% sure about what would happen if Scotland were to declare its independence this Thursday.  But I do think that the economy will sort itself out in time, and that if both sides are willing to be adults about this, it shouldn't be an overly painful thing to anyone for Scotland to go its own separate way.  What's at stake, for me at least, is the sense that there is some arc towards justice and the triumph of kindness, respect, and courtesy over military might, deceit, and thuggish brutality.

 

I want to see humanity win from the Scotland v. Union debate.  I want the "Ayes" to win, because it will prove to me that there is something here in this world that's worth fighting for, regardless of the cost. I want to see the triumph of humanity over money, economy adopted to the environment, democracy over tyranny and government by force or deceit.

 

I want the world to grow, and not to die on the vine.

 

If that's not worth fighting for, I don't know what is.

 

4 days.

 

Enjoy them.

 

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The evolution of nonlinear dynamics in political science and public administration: Methods, modeling and momentum

The main objective of Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society is to foster links between basic and applied research relating to discrete dynamics of complex systems encountered in the natural and social sciences. The journal intends to stimulate publications directed to the analyses of computer generated solutions and chaotic in particular, correctness of numerical procedures, chaos synchronization and control, discrete optimization methods among other related topics. The journal provides a channel of communication between scientists and practitioners working in the field of complex systems analysis and will stimulate the development and use of discrete dynamical approach.

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Way cool science! 

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Cake or Death?

Cake or Death? | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

In the present era, governments in all countries give too much for the businesses without considering the impacts and effects that are actually felt and had within the communities and societies that they're responsible for overseeing.  When the society looses and the businesses gain more than their owners and shareholders can have in a lifetime, nobody wins (including for those in government) because the wealth is simply being extracted from the community and society and into the businesspeoples' pockets.  This game is unsustainable, as history has shown, and will be undone in relatively short order by the community and society, along with the government and officials who advocated for and enacted these extractive policies.

 

More dangerous to a government than a prosperous society where people are included in the decision-making process substantially is one where people are either excluded or are not prosperous across the board.  It's when there is inequality within a society, political or economic, that the game becomes unsustainable and corrected in the long term towards greater and reasoned equality.  Too much taking by the poor or worker interests results in it being taken away by the executives and shareholders, too much taking by the executives and shareholders results in it being taken away by the poor and workers.

 

It is time to establish a solid, persistent, and lasting dialogue between governing and governed, such that no one is getting hurt, thus enabling everyone to somehow benefit from the social contract.  Otherwise, the game is going to break down on its own, and a different order will be established that may likely be just as unreliable and unsustainable as the old order.  Better to correct the mistakes before they become problems, rather than wait for the problems to bloom.

 

Yet this is not the logic of our present sets of political leaders in any level or capacity in or out of government.  They're just going to keep pushing the red button until they die, very much like an addict using their drug of choice until they overdose and die.  Money is only as good as its ability to bring people well-being and power is only useful and beneficial to those who understand it and know how to wield it.  What good is it past the point where you can no longer spend all of it in a single lifetime?  What good is power if your actions erode it out from under you at a rate that leads to a loss for your own self or group?

 

These are the stakes.

 

What's it going to be?

 

Cake for all?

 

Or death for all?

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The Limits on Possibilities for Effective Governance

There are many perspectives, attitudes, interpretations of facts, possibilities in selecting facts to focus on, and actions that stem from a combination of all of these things and possibly more.  However, there are only a few options that can work in a given situation and even fewer that lead to optimal results for the public and the government that produces the policy.

 

The first step to doing empirically grounded policy and deriving these optimal options is to first define the relevant indicators and how to go about studying them to understand what is going on.  This is ultimately a choice of value, belief, ideology, and opinion based on personal histories, collective histories, personal neurology, social psychology, personal attitudes, collective attitudes, personal cultures, collective cultures, and personal and collective interpretations of all of these things. This may be an incomplete listing of what's affecting the policy prioritization and methodology for social study.  However, these things all seem to impact the way we work with the world around us, and thus define the policies that we choose, the options that we pick from, and the problems that we register and focus on, for the betterment or worsening of the people who live in the society.  The second step is to look closely at the surface indicators that you've chosen (again, how and what you choose greatly affects the problems and solutions that you see, with people being unequally good at determining what is relevant and what actually could work in any situation).  What are the subtleties of those indicators; the messages that they're sending you?  This then influences how you define a problem (again, which affects how well you're going to solve the problem without harming the other related parts that are working) and then influences what choices you pick from and what choice you ultimately make for the given society, for better or for worse.

 

It is important to note that when the society does well, the governing members are generally able to do well.  There are, again, only a handful of ways and perspectives, beliefs, attitudes, and actions that can work, and even fewer of these things that actually work optimally for the social unit within the context of its network connections.  It is in the interests of the governing members of society to critically interrogate the social reality to discover the empirical truth and actual ways things work and are working within a society in order to come up with the best possible solutions for the society, which in turn, lead to best possible solutions for the governing members if they market their actions properly.

 

In order to accomplish this, it is best to decentralize authority while maintaining oversight, coordination, and communication amongst the hierarchical network of governments and social actors and forces.  The common goal of the governing apparatus is empirical social well being for every member of society.  This means that some members of society who have more power and influence must consequently loose some of their power and influence, if they wish to maintain a relative homeostatic condition with the rest of society.  Otherwise, too much consumption by this powerful minority will consume them in good time, as has been demonstrated consistently throughout history and space.

 

We are coming to a reckoning where the members of our government are going to, right or wrong, be blamed for the crimes of the private interests.  Not all victories on the political level are true victories in the social and economic levels.  Yet many in government don't seem to appreciate, accept, or work with those facts, hence, how we get shortened lifespans of governments, government institutions, and government members, both in and out of office.  The time for the elites to choose is coming.  They can either defer to this more empirically based, benevolent, caring, and effective system and logic of governing, or they will perish in their attempts to produce an unsustainable, weak, and easily destroyable system and logic of governance.  The choice is technically up to them.  But I honestly don't think they really have a choice, and will instead, do what they're already habituated in doing.

 

Ridiculous people in ridiculous places.

 

Sad.

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A Poor Choice of Values

I don't get how conservatives can sleep at night. Libertarians, I can somewhat understand, because they're so entrenched in their beliefs and opinions that it's practically a religion to them.

 

But to deny people the ability to live lives of meaning, according to their own definition of meaning, is beyond conscionable to me, at the very least.  To feel that people are less deserving than you, for whatever reason, or to believe honestly that not all people should be enabled to have the same opportunity to get ahead as your own self or your own group, are not concepts that I can accept and are not values that I can or ever will personally abide by.

 

If you're not apart of the solution to the problems that are present in our societies, you are most likely apart of the overall problem(s) that are afflicting it.  Conservatives in America claim to be about "liberty", "justice", and the essential "American way".  However, they consistently have done nothing but damage to these three principles, and have in the process, done even more damage to the American public and the society of the world through their misguided actions and misinterpreted senses of how the world is and how the world actually works on the empirical level.  I don't pretend to have all the answers to our problems, nor will anyone be able to eliminate problems from our world, on high or down below.  But we can stop messing about with the stuff that we can tell is damaging to ourselves and our collective whole, and leave those ideas and people in the dust, away from the halls of power and away from positions of consequence, control, and authority.

 

It is time that we, as a society, either commit all conservatives and political ideologues to mental institutions for consistent misperceptions of reality and, more importantly, their refusal to acknowledge when and if they're incorrect relative to common reality.  Either that, or we can stop listening to them entirely, and leave their voices with those that are not heard at the very most, or not taken seriously, at the very least.

I'm personally convinced that these folks are seriously mentally ill, and are delusional to the point of near-schizophrenic behavior.  They've rationalized the unreal and trivialized the world in which they live.  It is time that we leave their opinions and their incorrect beliefs with the trivial and irrelevant; the mere babblings of people who do not know and, worse, do not care to know about how things actually are and how things work.

 

Down with the idiots and the psychopaths!  Down with the people who really have shown they do not care or feel; who do not think and do not grasp reality as it consistently presents itself to us through the scientific method.  Down with the ideologues and the idiotic demons of our world who will destroy it and themselves through their own actions.  And, of course, up with all those who are able to sense reality accurately and are perfectly willing and able to correct themselves accordingly, when they are proven to be wrong in their beliefs, principles, and assumptions; who have a well prioritized set of values that really matter to our health, well being, and quality of life.  Up with those who do care, do love, and do have a genuine and accurate connection with the world in which we live.

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5 U.S. Banks Each Have More Than 40 Trillion Dollars In Exposure To Derivatives | Zero Hedge

5 U.S. Banks Each Have More Than 40 Trillion Dollars In Exposure To Derivatives | Zero Hedge | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
When is the U.S. banking system going to crash? We can sum it up in three words. Watch the derivatives. It used to be only four, but now there are five "too big to fail" banks in the United States that each have more than 40 trillion dollars in exposure to derivatives. 

The "too big to fail" banks run up enormous profits from their derivatives trading.  According to the New York Times, U.S. banks "have nearly $280 trillion of derivatives on their books" even though the financial crisis of 2008 demonstrated how dangerous they could be...

American banks have nearly $280 trillion of derivatives on their books, and they earn some of their biggest profits from trading in them. But the 2008 crisis revealed how flaws in the market had allowed for dangerous buildups of risk at large Wall Street firms and worsened the run on the banking system.


Via Alessandro Cerboni
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Living was fun while it lasted.  I suppose now it's going to come down to fighting and dying.

 

Idiots....

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War: Origins and Effects

The International System is a self-organized system and shows emergent behavior. During the timeframe (1495 - 1945), a finite-time singularity and four accompanying accelerating log-periodic cycles shaped the dynamics of the International System. The accelerated growth of the connectivity of the regulatory network of the International System, in combination with its anarchistic structure, produce and shape the war dynamics of the system. Accelerated growth of the connectivity of the International system is fed by population growth and the need for social systems to fulfill basic requirements. The finite-time singularity and accompanying log-periodic oscillations were instrumental in the periodic reorganization of the regulatory network of the International System, and contributed to a long-term process of social expansion and integration in Europa. The singularity dynamic produced a series of organizational innovations. At the critical time of the singularity (1939) the connectivity of the system reached a critical threshold, resulting in a critical transition. This critical transition caused a fundamental reorganization of the International System: Europe transformed from an anarchistic system to cooperative security community. This critical transition also marks the actual globalization of the International System. During the life span of cycles, the war dynamics show chaotic characteristics. Various early-warning signals can be identified, and can probably be used in the current International System. These findings have implications for the social sciences and historical research.


War: Origins and Effects
Ingo Piepers

http://arxiv.org/abs/1409.6163


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Thus we delve closer into the hidden language of our social world.

 

Way cool science!

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How to Install New Leadership

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Note: It is impossible to install a leadership cadre in a manner that is not appropriate, acceptable, and according to the cultural logic of the society in question. Furthermore, only people who are actually well grounded in reality, desiring to discover and know the truths of this universe, good, bad, and indifferent, and who have a genuine understanding as to how their well being ties in with other peoples' well being are going to be capable of being leaders within a society for any significant period of time. Only those who meet both these personal and methodological qualifications will be practical leaders and will actually be able to carry out these actions effectively and legitimacy. This is, again, dependent upon the cultural context, the economic, social, technological, and environmental conditions of the universe at any given time or place.  With all of these personal and conditional parameters in mind, we can begin to think about how to systematically change core leadership and core culture within a leadership cadre (not necessarily in the entirety of the society beyond the leadership cadre).

 

It starts by changing the top of the organization or the society.  This is not to say that one person can change the whole, rather, a dedicated team of qualified people who replace all of the top leadership cadre members who are not qualified to be leaders in a given society.  From there, the new cadre can alienate and isolate the old leadership cadre from society or organization, starting from the top, and working their way down to effect the lower realms of the organization.  Rules, norms, values, and culture gets changed according to the will of the new leadership cadre within the parameters of legitimacy and condition of the old system below.  Failure to regard the environment, social or otherwise, is a death sentence for the would be new leadership cadre.  From there, the old leadership cadre can be driven out and tracked for actions and behaviors for several years or decades, depending upon their personal temperament and connectivity to other people who were pushed out of office.  Those networks need to be known, followed, and tracked.  Any breath of sedition or malevolence against the publics' demanded new order can be evaluated and brought to light depending upon the severity.  The offenders can then be brought out into the public's eye, tried legitimately and fairly in a court of law, and sentenced appropriately according to the processes, sentiments, and culture that is present.  From there, they can be put in jail or confined to a mental institution separated from their network associates and connections.

 

This would be to correct for the grave error that Franklin Roosevelt made when he did not follow up, track, and prosecute the heads of big business and banking for their plot to overthrow the elected government of the United States, also known as the Business Plot of 1933 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Plot).  The most recent example of this being put into practice successfully was, ironically, under Nazi Germany during the Night of the Long Knives (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_the_Long_Knives).  The differences here, are that there are no knives being used, no malevolence towards the opposition, no murders, public or private, and no cynical manipulation of the public's will.  I hypothesize that this is the best basic methodology for both installing and cementing a new leadership cadre within a given society.  You start by changing the attitudes, beliefs, perspectives and, sometimes, personnel on top.  You then have them use their authority to remove people who aren't willing or able to play ball with the new system down below in the organizational networks' hierarchies.

 

Imagine a computer where you change programs from one (let's call it an Anti-Social System) to another (let's call it a Social System).  The user clicks on the new program, which then starts to run a series of processes within the computer to call into being the new program.  The only difference is the preference or content of the leadership cadre in question who's clicking the program to make it be one way or another.  Bottom-up change is ultimately what changes the leadership cadre because there is a partial-percolation from society to the top ranks and important decision makers of society.  If it's not personnel, it's ideas and sentiments that get carried up the chain to influence the affect, logic, and perspective of the people in top offices.  Thus you have the top responding to pressure from the bottom.  However, it is only when you have appropriate and effective changes in the top somehow, that you get real change down below and throughout the whole of the system.  Otherwise, you have the people on the top selecting incorrectly relative to the needs and conditions of the social and ecological environments, which then hastens their removal from those positions or leads to the collapse of the whole social and environmental system with the leadership cadre going with them both.  Either way, the leadership pays for their stubbornness, unwillingness to accept truth and facts, and greed, while the rest of society will either stumble on or collapse entirely into species-wide extinction.  Either way, the leadership cadre in question loses, while the society can either win, lose, or "break-even".  Such a set of outcomes is obviously not what the leadership cadre is looking for if they are behaving in a way that is not destructive to themselves and destructive to others.  Therefore, I propose that we either arrest the leadership cadre of the world powers, private and public, and commit them to a mental facility and initiate the new changes in leadership post haste, accept their voluntary resignations from office, or have them accept that their current sets of attitudes, beliefs, logics, perspectives, and whole way of feeling and thinking about the human world as being incorrect and then making appropriate changes from there to correct those misconceptions and patches of ignorance.

 

Change is never an easy thing and it's never good to feel as though your whole world has collapsed from under you.  I get that entirely.  However, we're talking literal survival here, not only of the collective, but of the individual members of the present elite as well.  If you want to have a different outcome than death, destruction, mayhem, and damaging loss, you have to accept metaphysical death, destruction, mayhem, and loss.  It is only through making a sacrifice of attitude, belief, priority, perspective, and action that the rich and the present politicians of our era are going to survive, let alone, be able to survive and keep their jobs and places.  All I am looking for is this change in attitude, belief, perspective, logic, sentiment, and action.  The rest will follow suit if they fail to give up these small things that I know are near and dear to their hearts, sentiments, and wallets.

 

The choices are up to them.  But I doubt they'll make the right ones in time.

 

Shame.

 

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Homni: The new superorganism taking over Earth

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A new 'species' has emerged only in recent decades, says Gaia Vince, yet it is already having a huge effect on life on our planet. What is it?

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It will either live or die.  I am indifferent, either way.

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Global protests over climate change

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Protests to demand urgent action on climate change kick off, with over 2,000 marches taking place around the world.

Eli Levine's insight:

This is not going to be enough to save your hides, humanity.

 

You need to vote.  You need to run challenging opponents.  You need to get the media on your side.  You need to be prepared to do some crazy things that may endanger your personal lives.  You need to get organized, strategic, and pissed.

 

We are not going to survive tomorrow if we keep doing this nonsense.  This is deadly serious business and the corporations, bankers, and government members need to know just how serious it is for us, and for them, in the short term, as well as in the long term.

 

Ask yourself: what are you prepared to do for survival?  Bearing in mind that that question will only be answered at a moment of truth, not by any word or deed that you do now, in the comfortable present.

 

I don't think we will survive this round.  But, that's your choices, now isn't it?

 

Enjoy.

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▶ Creating a Planetary Nervous System as a Citizen Web

This video has been presented at the Ubicomp 2014
Workshop on „The superorganism of massive collective wearables"

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Interesting concept. I wonder if we already have this via the Internet. At any rate, I doubt that we'll be able to get it up and running in time to save anyone or anything. 

 

Nice thoughts. But nice thoughts don't really mean anything here in this universe. 

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A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious | WIRED

A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious | WIRED | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
It's a question that's perplexed philosophers for centuries and scientists for decades: Where does consciousness come from? Neuroscientist Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, thinks he has an answer.
Eli Levine's insight:

This is important, and only the beginning. 

 

On a side note, I think that conservatives and ideologues have different levels and qualities of connectedness with the universe. By different, I mean less. Would explain a lot of their consistent behavior worldwide and across cultures and times. 

 

Let's get them into care, before they hurt more of us. 

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How structurally stable are global socioeconomic systems?

The stability analysis of socioeconomic systems has been centred on answering whether small perturbations when a system is in a given quantitative state will push the system permanently to a different quantitative state. However, typically the quantitative state of socioeconomic systems is subject to constant change. Therefore, a key stability question that has been under-investigated is how strongly the conditions of a system itself can change before the system moves to a qualitatively different behaviour, i.e. how structurally stable the systems is. Here, we introduce a framework to investigate the structural stability of socioeconomic systems formed by a network of interactions among agents competing for resources. We measure the structural stability of the system as the range of conditions in the distribution and availability of resources compatible with the qualitative behaviour in which all the constituent agents can be self-sustained across time. To illustrate our framework, we study an empirical representation of the global socioeconomic system formed by countries sharing and competing for multinational companies used as proxy for resources. We demonstrate that the structural stability of the system is inversely associated with the level of competition and the level of heterogeneity in the distribution of resources. Importantly, we show that the qualitative behaviour of the observed global socioeconomic system is highly sensitive to changes in the distribution of resources. We believe that this work provides a methodological basis to develop sustainable strategies for socioeconomic systems subject to constantly changing conditions.

 

How structurally stable are global socioeconomic systems?
Serguei Saavedra, Rudolf P. Rohr, Luis J. Gilarranz, Jordi Bascompte

http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/ rsif.2014.0693
J. R. Soc. Interface 6 November 2014 vol. 11 no. 100 20140693


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There are most likely a plurality of stable socio-economic systems with different dynamics and levels of short term system stability.  It's likely that, even if there are periods of short term instability, that long term stability will hold, even if instability is a stable feature. 

 

Very interesting points here. 

 

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Governing Based on Evidence

The wise leaders of the past have governed their people on tenants of respect, care, benevolence, and a desire to effect their lives in a positive way.  At least, these are the leaders and power blocs that we remember fondly, love, and honor.  It is in the interests of those who hold power to work in such a way.  The ability for such leaders and leadership blocs to come into power is dependent upon the populace's ability and willingness to sense and choose those who mean to have a positive effect on the public, and on their ability to sense if that leader/leadership bloc is actually doing their job well.  Evidence based governing is not only less costly for the government and the government members, in terms of the allocation of resources and the dependence on repression and force, but it also is a more effective strategy of maintaining leadership positions without having to resort to potentially costly tactics of repression and deceit, which are unreliable and expensive methods at ensuring political longevity.

 

The universe has a bias towards Liberalism and Progressivism, based on the evidence that we can observe throughout history and across cultures.

 

What in Hell are we all waiting for?!

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The Economic Blueprint of Eli Levine, 9/3/2014 CE

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The consignment of property rights to singular people or to private organizations that are unaccountable to the public over common use goods and services is akin to the production of autocracy and authoritarianism.  Let these goods and services (healthcare, water, education, air, defense, and capital production) be consigned to private ownership by the society with the executor being the government, at the lowest possible level.

 

For example, Nestle should have to pay taxpayers for rights to produce bottled water, with the funds going to fuel local, county, and state governments.  No more private ownership of water for anyone.

Companies should have to pay the society as a whole for pollution of the atmosphere, soil, and water, with the funds being earmarked for funding the research and development of more efficient, less polluting methods of production.

 

Oil and other fossil fuels should have to pay a high tax on the profits they produce for the companies (because, lets face it, the resources aren't leaving).  This should then motivate these energy companies to come up with non-polluting, non-fossil energy technology, with some of the funds drawn from the taxes upon their current profits going to research and investment in and for regions that will be hit by the loss of the fossil fuel industries.

 

National defense should be nationalized and turned into a not-for-profit entity, with the funds saved from unnecessary war machines going to military research and development, as well as investment in civilian industry, to cover the workers who will be losing their jobs as a result of this pull back from military production.

 

Single-payer healthcare, with the single-payer negotiating with ALL providers for best prices should be the standard in the US, as it is with all other developed countries.

 

Education should be comprehensive, starting early, and developed overtime, with a greater emphasis on having kids learn how to be social and guided into the direction of their interests with encouragement given towards their inclinations and interests.  Those who don't fit into this paradigm should have solid jobs that they can work at for a living wage.

 

Finally, capital that is produced by the Federal Reserve should be debt free, publically owned, and used for the development, production, and insurance of prosperity and stability for our nation, not as a tool for private banks to use when they behave irresponsibly.

 

In addition, wages for all workers should always rise with the increase of profits in a company (adjusted for inflation) and the net profits (after capital investments are repaid for a few years) should be taxed progressively, allowing for increasing amounts of profit to be made.  Income and tax deductibles should be progressively taxed, such that the better off pay a reasoned amount to the society in which they live and benefit so well from.

 

This is my present layout of general economic policies, as I am currently aware of and within the current conditions that I see present in our society.  This may be incomplete and subject to change depending upon the conditions that are actually realized in our society as a result of these policies, or as a result of changes in our condition in the future.  Some of these are good temporary solutions (such as with regards to funding clean energy production and the development of sustainable, profitable, and clean means of production for all goods or the transitioning of our  economy towards clean, domestic, and profitable civilian production).  Some of these things are more long lasting principles (such as the private ownership by the public of the common goods n our society, or the principles underlying policy towards the energy, the environment, national defense, healthcare, education, capital, wages, and taxation).  This is just a blueprint for what I think will work at this general time, with these general long term and short term problems.  I invite all criticism, critiques, questions, and comments.

 

Thank you.

 

 

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A Preliminary Game Theoretic Outline of the Social Contract in the Present Tense

A Preliminary Game Theoretic Outline of the Social Contract in the Present Tense | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

In game theory, it is in the absolute interests of each aspect of society to maximize their utility.  However, if any side goes too far with their demands, or gains too much in the process of playing the game, they're less likely to adapt, change, or be responsive to the larger social and ecological environment.  The seeds of their destruction are sown in their influence over the other, unless they voluntarily work to check their own appetites relative to the environmental and social constraints that are placed upon them.

 

Rich people can be rich.  Powerful people can be powerful.  However, their wealth and power is derived from the actions and implicit or explicit consent of those beneath them.  Each side can hurt the other, and result in a net loss for all sides involved in the long term (which becomes the short term all too soon).  It is therefore better for the presently powerful to check their own wealth, power, and actions relative to the ecological and social environments in which they find themselves, from the perspective of defining their own interests.  Otherwise, they're going to be consumed by the public or environment as a result of their carelessness and poorly chosen and interpreted priorities.

 

In short, it doesn't pay in game theoretic models of the social, economic, and environmental complex to be entirely small-self-serving (as defined in maximizing your own personal utility at the expense of others who are around you).  Those moves and actions are not actually self-serving in the grand scheme of things, and are more likely signs of pathological behavior for the individual and evidence for a diseased brain state within the individual or group of individuals who exhibit those kinds of tendencies, behaviors, and attitudes.  Cooperation, two-way dialogue, open and honest communication, active listening, and genuine care for and about other people and the larger world around you are actually behaviors, attitudes, and perspectives that will increase personal utility greater than anything that small-self games and strategies can accomplish.

 

This is the science behind human relations and power dynamics.  It is informed by my observations on history, current events, and personal experience.  I testify that this is how the world has worked, is working, and will always work from now, until the end of time, and beyond. I testify that this is the way things work in this or any successful universe, regardless of how you slant, tilt, or filter the data.  You can either accept this for how it is, or you can perish as a leader, leadership cadre, or as an individual or group of individuals within a society.  There is no reason to listen or keep those negatively effective and self-damaging practices around for anyone's sakes.  Those who do insist on keeping these practices are more than likely mentally ill and are in need of receiving treatment, care, and a skeptical ear than influence, obedience, and authority.

 

Happy Labor Day.

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Matthew 25, 31-46: The Parable of Sheep and Goats, as Applied to Progressives and Conservatives

31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Eli Levine's insight:

We have two values clashing in America.  One can lead to better quality of life in spite of their mistakes.  The other, will only ruin it for us all, in spite of their "charitable" actions.  Choose your side wisely.  And remember, not all that glitters is gold, and sometimes those who squawk the loudest and most vehemently are sometimes those who are least able at accomplishing anything positive.

 

Enjoy folks!

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