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Selected Readings on Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the 21st Century" and the Discussions about its Methodological / Empirical Relevance & Possible Effects on Economics (or Economic Policies)

Selected Readings on Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the 21st Century" and the Discussions about its Methodological / Empirical Relevance & Possible Effects on Economics (or Economic Policies) | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

Via Aykut Kibritçioğlu
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In short, as people on the top make more money, more wealth becomes available to be placed into capital markets as opposed to earned income or other productive work.

 

Whoever told you that bankers and investors like risk is telling you a lie, since most of the wealth seems to get funneled into low-risk money market and savings accounts which then aren't used for investing in real projects.  The banks and the stock markets do great, while everyone else gets left behind economically and environmentally.

 

Hopefully society will be able to correct and compensate for these problems through its members' influence on the government institutions.  If peaceful democratic methods fail to get people what they need, then all Hell is likely to break lose on the rich, should conditions change for the worse or remain abjectly mediocre for a majority of people.  The anger and frustration is real and the environment is changing for our worse due to our economic activity.  It really should not be discounted or rationalized away by the bankers, investors and executives who own most of everything, if they're acting in their own actual self interests within the context of our society and our environment that we all need to survive.

 

A shame that so many people who are so inept at basic survival skills reach places of such great influence in our social worlds.

 

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Kiev 'helpless' in east Ukraine

Kiev 'helpless' in east Ukraine | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Ukraine's acting President Olexander Turchynov admits his forces are helpless to quell unrest driven by pro-Russia activists in parts of the east.
Eli Levine's insight:

Yes, Mr. Turchynov. 

This is called "democracy" in its rawest form.

 

Unfortunately, your government doesn't seem to be doing enough to bring the Russian-Ukrainians into the new system you're trying to produce.  You're also not cracking down on extremists in your own camp to put the Russians at ease, and you're still wringing your hands over whether or not you're going to be a) joining NATO and b) taking back the bases in the Crimean peninsula.

 

This is a result of your own government's actions, Mr. Turchynov.

 

Unfortunately, the United States as simply aided and abetted your side carte blanch against the legitimate concerns of the Russian-Ukrainians.  That means that you've neither had to really rethink your positions, nor have you really been encouraged to do so by the side who has your back.  Quite honestly, it's not in your interests to have a civil war, even if the Russians don't invade.

 

The problem becomes whether your side is willing to listen to the needs of the Russian people of Ukraine and if you're able to take the steps necessary to ease their concern and rebuild the trust that's been broken.

 

What was with that assault on a Russian-Ukrainian checkpoint a few weeks ago?  Has anyone thought to do an investigation, find out who did it, and then villify and punish them accordingly?  Treating Russians as second-class citizens in your country isn't going to help, anymore than letting the extremists have free reign.

 

Such a messy and screwed up situation!

 

And I know I could do better, with the right coaching and set of advisors near me to help me handle the interpersonal aspects of this.

 

Sad.

 

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Old Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era - YouTube

Old Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era
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Way cool stuff here.

 

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The Way History Has Shown Things to Work

The Way History Has Shown Things to Work | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Governments fail due to their own members' actions and their own members'(frequently false) perceptions and beliefs about how things are, should be and work in our given societies and economies.  T...
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We can hardly be said to be better than chimps at carrying out collective action and social functions for our own sakes, as occupiers of institutions, or as members of the larger society outside of those institutions.

 

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‘Dark Wallet’ Is About to Make Bitcoin Money Laundering Easier Than Ever | Business | WIRED

‘Dark Wallet’ Is About to Make Bitcoin Money Laundering Easier Than Ever | Business | WIRED | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Government regulators around the world have spent the last year scrambling to prevent bitcoin from becoming the currency of choice for money launderers and black marketeers. Now their worst fears may be about to materialize in a single piece of software.
Eli Levine's insight:

Frankly, I have no opposition to a lack of regulation in principle.  I am, however, concerned that this will work in favor of the darker sides of humanity: your organized crime, racketeering, human trafficking...the stuff that actually hurts people.

 

I don't care about not being able to trace drug money.  I am concerned about not being able to stop kiddy porn enthusiasts.  That's what this software could easily enable, and I don't see a way of getting around it as of yet.

 

Unfortunately, these Libertarian/anarchist types don't seem to think their ideology through to the actual conclusions that are realized when there isn't an authority in our world that has the monopoly control of the legitimate use of force in our society to punish those who violate the Libertarians' own view of how the world should work.  It's a kind of childish, Neverland philosophy, brought on by a sheltered group of people who have never lived in true anarchy, or dictatorially expect the rest of humanity to live with their preference for chaos and uncertainty.  Negligence is not how you grow a happy and healthy society, anymore than it's a good way of raising your kids or maintaining a relationship between two people or groups of people.  What would you think of a married couple who simply ignore each other and live on anti-social terms with one another?  It may work for some people, but I know that it most likely wouldn't work in most cases of humanity.

 

A shame that these ideologues can't put their ideology in its proper place relative to real world consequences, and focus on what happens and is, rather than on what they want or think things should or are.

 

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A Tool That Maps Out Cultural Differences

A Tool That Maps Out Cultural Differences | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

Understanding cultural differences isn’t easy, even when you’ve lived in many different countries. Erin Meyer, an American (from Minnesota) in Paris who coaches executives in managing cross-cultural career moves and teaches at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, has a theory about these malentendus. The problem, she argues, is that most people tend to emphasize just one or two, at most three, dimensions of cultural difference when it comes to parsing and predicting foreigners’ behavior.

But cultures differ along many more than three dimensions, so the more dimensions you consider, the less likely you are to trip up on a cultural paradox — you’ll be able to tell that incoming French manager to tone down critiques of his American subordinates before he upsets them.


Via Bonnie Hohhof
Eli Levine's insight:

Very cool stuff.  I like learning about other societies and cultures (even if I do go about it in my typically blunt American manner that some may find rude).

 

Enjoy!

 

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How the Mind Works: 10 Fascinating TED Talks

How the Mind Works: 10 Fascinating TED Talks | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
How memory works, what visual illusions reveal, the price of happiness, the power of introverts and more…

Via Philippe Vallat
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Very cool stuff, especially #7.

 

Enjoy!

 

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Palestinians, Israelis occupy Navajo consciousness | Al Jazeera America

Palestinians, Israelis occupy Navajo consciousness | Al Jazeera America | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
The conflict in the Middle East is becoming a central issue in the politics of the Navajo Nation
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Indeed, what is the difference between the condition and situation of the Native Americans and that of the Palestinians? Or the Irish, for that matter, relative to the English? No one explicitly condones the behavior of the imperialist. Yet liberals and conservatives alike in our government indulge in the behavior directly or indirectly, for one rationalized reason or another, for some unknown cause in the brain. I don't get what causes some brains to exploit, abuse and act callously towards others. It's certainly not the majority of people, I think, yet they are the ones who get to have the most amount of official power and influence in our society. A shame that such a destructive sub-species of our population should end up with so much, while they're so unable and unwilling to do anything positive with what they get. Think about it.
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Why Right-Wingers Think the Way They Do: The Fascinating Psychological Origins of Political Ideology

Why Right-Wingers Think the Way They Do: The Fascinating Psychological Origins of Political Ideology | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Are left and right a feature (or bug) of evolution?
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I think it's an interesting and accurate piece, even though I tend to steer clear of AlterNet due to biases.  Definitely worth reading all the way through.

 

What's chilling about this knowledge is the notion of a sub-species division that's could very well be growing between conservatives and liberals.  There is definitely validity of both sides, in my own humble opinion.  The trouble is then, meshing the two together to form a conscientiously progressive and cautiously liberal orientation somewhere in between the extremes, such that we're able to evolve and try different things without having too many of the negative effects of being overly adventurous.

 

However, knowing humans, I think that this research could very easily be abused.  I'm all for putting ideologues and extremists into mental health facilities.  I just know that this is just going to compound itself over time as we learn more and the sense of division heightens.  Who knows what our chimpish side is going to do when these divisions become heightened, and contested over politics and control of the law making institutions in our society.

 

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VIDEO REPORT: Is GDP the wrong yardstick for measuring prosperity? Quantifying Unpriceable Prosperity

VIDEO REPORT: Is GDP the wrong yardstick for measuring prosperity? Quantifying Unpriceable Prosperity | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

                                               VIDEO REPORT

                                    NewsHour PBS, April 28, 2014

    IS GDP THE WRONG YARDSTICK TO BE MEASURING PROSPERITY

            (Finding GDP Alternatives - Quantifying Unpriceable Prosperity)

Gross domestic product, the total dollar value of goods and services sold in the U.S., has become fundamental to American economic policy. But there are other essential assets, qualities and conditions that GDP can't measure, like the health of the environment or society. Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks at another way of measuring progress that takes more of these variables into account... http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/finding-gdp-alternatives-quantify-unpriceable-prosperity/

 

                                                       VIDEO
     "GPI"  GENUINE PROGRESS INDICATOR:  MOVING BEYOND GDP

                                    http://genuineprogress.net/

 

▶ THE STATE OF MARYLAND'S --  "GENUINE PROGRESS INDICATOR"
Maryland developed its Genuine Progress Indicator to measure how development activities impact long-term prosperity, both positively and negatively. Here in Maryland and across the globe, people are continually challenged by the need to find a balance between advancing economic gain and ensuring social well-being... http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/mdgpi/

 

 ▶  "GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS"  THE BIG IDEA FROM TINY STATES THAT CHANGE THE WORLD http://sco.lt/7aZ09h

 

 

 

World Resources Institute, April 14, 2010
▶ MEASURING WHAT MATTERS:  GDP, ECOSYSTEMS AND THE ENVIRONMENT http://www.wri.org/blog/measuring-what-matters-gdp-ecosystems-and-environment#comment-870

 

World Watch Institute, January 10, 2014
▶ GDP AND GLOBAL ECONOMY GROWING MAY BE LEAVING WELL-BEING BEHIND http://www.worldwatch.org/global-economy-growing-may-leave-well-being-behind

 

                                            ANIMATED VIDEO

                                    GROWTH IS NOT ENOUGH

                                    Published on Mar 25, 2014

                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_AMEAnWyRk

Our politicians are hung up on keeping the growth curve rising. But does GDP really tell us all we need to know about a country's wealth and well-being? In this new RSA Short, Kate Raworth makes a powerful argument to look beyond economic growth alone for a true measure of prosperity and progress.
    Kate Raworth is a renegade economist teaching at Oxford University, and is focused on the rewriting of economics to make it a fit tool for addressing the 21st century's social and ecological challenges. She blogs on Doughnut Economics at http://www.kateraworth.com and tweets @KateRaworth

 

OneWorld South Asia, October 18, 2012
▶ GDP NOT ADEQUATE FOR WELL-BEING:  JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ http://southasia.oneworld.net/news/gdp-not-adequate-for-well-being-says-stiglitz#.U19mj8fp5K4

 

 

17 January 2013 Guardian Sustainable Business
▶ NEW ECONOMIC MODEL NEEDED, NOT RELENTLESS CONSUMER DEMAND http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/blog/new-economic-model-not-consumer-demand-capitalism

 

▶  BUSINESSES ARE NOT JUST AGENTS OF CONSUMERISM BUT ALSO OF SOCIETY http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/blog/business-agents-consumerism-society-customers?CMP=twt_gu

 

 

                                                     VIDEO
                                              PBS Newshour
            CONSUMING OUR WAY TO PROSPERITY IS MACRO FOLLY.
The American people are repeatedly told by financial pundits and politicians that consumption is an “engine” that “drives” economic growth, because it makes up 70 percent of GDP. This past December, my team and I produced a new EconStories video, “Deck the Halls with Macro Follies,” which took aim at this very old, yet common, economic fallacy. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/consuming-our-way-to-prosperit-1/

 

Common Dreams, November 1, 2013
▶ HOW ECONOMIC GROWTH HAS BECOME ANTI-LIFE http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/01-2

 

Share The World's Resources, March 05, 2012
▶ LIFE BEYOND GROWTH REPORT (PDF DOWNLOAD)  In the context of growing concern as conditions on Earth worsen, more and more people are starting to ask key questions like 'What kind of economy and society is likely to bring us true happiness?' The GDP just doesn't cut it anymore, says a report by The Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy, and Society http://www.stwr.org/economic-sharing-alternatives/life-beyond-growth.html

 

                                        Harvard Business Review

MAKING THE CHOICE BETWEEN MONEY AND MEANING: CAN WE HAVE BOTH? THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS http://sco.lt/5kIkoT

 

The Guardian, April 08, 2014
▶  HAPPINESS AND WELL BEING TRUMP MATERIAL AND GDP GROWTH: http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/blog/happiness-wellbeing-bhutan-gus-odonnell-policy

 

Yale Global

 ▶  MAN AND HIS ENDANGERED HOME - OUR PURSUIT OF GROWTH AND LUXURY MAY LEAVE US HOMELESS  http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/man-and-his-endangered-home

 

The Guardian, George Monbiot December 9, 2013
 ▶ MATERIALISM:  A SYSTEM THAT EATS US FROM THE INSIDE OUT http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/09/materialism-system-eats-us-from-inside-out

 

Paul Gilding, February 2012
-▶  WILL MARKETS SURVIVE THE END OF GROWTH? http://paulgilding.com/cockatoo-chronicles/will-markets-survive-the-end-of-growth.html

 

 March 22, 2013 - Development Crossing
▶  HOW CSR ETHICS AND SUSTAINABILITY RATHER THAN PROFIT CAN DRIVE BUSINESS PRACTICES http://www.developmentcrossing.com/profiles/blogs/plans-in-zermatt-to-discuss-how-csr-ethics-and-sustainability

 

 

                                                        VIDEO

▶  "WHO PROFITS FROM POVERTY?" : DOING GOOD RESPONSIBLY -  http://sco.lt/9273Jp

 

 

November 29, 2013 BBC Smart Planet
-▶ THE HIGH COST OF OUR THROWAWAY CULTURE http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20121129-the-cost-of-our-throwaway-culture

 

Stanford Social Innovation Review

 ▶  INNOVATION FOR A COMPLEX WORLD: PROMOTING THE WELL-BEING OF HUMANITY. This special supplement includes seven articles by Judith Rodin and others, sharing global perspectives on how social innovation can promote the well-being of humanity. View the digital edition and download the complete PDF...  http://www.ssireview.org/supplement/innovation_for_a_complex_world?utm_source=Enews&utm_medium=email&utm_content=3&utm_campaign=supplement

 

Guardian Environment, May 21, 2010
 ▶  UN SAYS GOODS AND SERVICES FROM THE NATURAL WORLD SHOULD BE FACTORED INTO THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC SYSTEM http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/may/21/un-biodiversity-economic-report

 

 

 ▶  UN: THE ERA OF EVER-LASTING PRODUCTION BASED ON MAXIMIZING PROFITS HAS REACHED ITS LIMITS http://sco.lt/6C3RoH

 

 ▶  ECO-SPIRITUALITY:  TOWARD A VALUES-BASED ECONOMIC STRUCTURE http://sco.lt/92y1Ef

 

  ▶  THE ECONOMY OF ENOUGH:  A BETTER PLAN THAN 'ENDLESS GROWTH'  http://sco.lt/7f68zR

 

 

 ▶  ARE CORPORATE PROFITS EATING THE ECONOMY? TIME FOR A NEW PARADIGM http://sco.lt/4yBwiv

 

-▶  THE WORLD IS SITTING ON A CONSUMPTION TIME BOMB http://sco.lt/7sR3eT

 

-▶ COMPANIES MUST STEP UP TO INCLUDE SOCIAL GOALS IN CORPORATE DECISIONS http://sco.lt/5Far6P

 

 

▶ TRANSFORMING BUSINESS FOR TOMORROW'S WORLD:  THE END OF GDP GROWTH http://sco.lt/56g0ob

 

 

Forbes

▶  PROFIT CANNOT BE THE ONLY PURPOSE OF BUSINESS : MAKING COMPANIES HUMANE THROUGH CSR http://sco.lt/6ENwQL

 

 ▶  THE RESPONSIBLE ETHICS OF A NEW ECONOMY...OR "SUSTAINABLE GREEN WASHING? http://sco.lt/5o1IBt

 

▶ AT THE LIMITS OF THE MARKET: WHY CAPITALISM WON'T AND CAN'T SOLVE CLIMATE CHANGE, Part 1 http://sco.lt/5Qy6cL     ;

 

 ▶  SLEEPWALKING TO EXTINCTION:  CAPITALISM AND THE CONSUMER ECONOMY  http://sco.lt/9EPNkf

 

 

 

▶  WHAT HAPPENED TO DOWNTIME? THE EXTINCTION OF DEEP THINKING & SACRED SPACE http://99u.com/articles/6947/what-happened-to-downtime-the-extinction-of-deep-thinking-sacred-space

 

Huffington Post UK, January 09, 2014
▶  WHICH BIG AMERICAN BUSINESSES ARE WORTH MORE THAN ENTIRE COUNTRIES? (TABLE) http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/09/us-companies-worth-countries_n_4566707.html

 

▶  POPE FRANCIS:  'NOT TO SHARE WEALTH WITH THE POOR IS TO STEAL': POPE FRANCIS SLAMS CAPITALISM AS THE 'NEW TYRRANY' http://sco.lt/6RIQin

 

 

▶  FINANCIALIZING NATURE COULD BANKRUPT US ALL.  OLD ECONOMICS OR SUSTAINING POLICY?  http://sco.lt/8Y7sK9

 

 ▶  THE EVOLUTION OF BUSINESS:  HOW A NEW BUSINESS ERA INSPIRED BY NATURE, NOT GREED, CAN BENEFIT US ALL http://sco.lt/97vmc5

 

 ▶  'SUPERORGANIZATIONS" - LEARNING FROM NATURE'S NETWORKS http://sco.lt/4pwZHN

 

▶ SHOULD COMPANIES COMPENSATE SOCIETY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION FROM WHICH THEY PROFIT? http://sco.lt/5x2tqz

 

 Common Dreams
▶  LOOTING THE VERY FOUNDATIONS OF LIFE: CORPORATE FINANCIALIZATION OF NATURE A RECIPE FOR DISASTER http://sco.lt/4mAnuD

 

▶ BUSINESS AND HUMANITY ARE NOT SEPARATE FROM NATURE http://sco.lt/8gLwmH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Eli Levine's insight:

Indeed, it's not enough to call the dollar value of what you're people are buying and selling "wealth".

 

Where are the environmental factors that will cost us money due to the loss of economic activity (thanks to weather and climatic difficulties)?  Where are the markers for well being and other aspects of human happiness?

 

Capitalism is going to kill itself off, regardless of what anyone does to try to save it in its present form.  The death has already happened, just as the roots of death are in anything that we may develop.  Either things will be eclipsed by better things, or else, they'll collapse into worse things that we'll have to dig our way out of.

 

I'd rather have things go the former way, rather than the latter.  Unfortunately, I don't have much of a say about how we achieve that.

 

So, we're stuck, thanks to the stuck brains of our leadership cadre.

 

Enjoy!

 

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The Real Adam Smith

"The liberal reward of labor encourages marraige.  The children, during the tender years of infancy, are well fed and properly taken care of; and when they are grown up, the value of their labor greatly over pays the maintenance." -Adam Smith

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The high price of labor, coupled with the low cost of production yields economic growth.  Profits have to be shunted to workers and dividends have to be paid out.  Wealth cannot and should not for its own sake be accumulated into the hands of private "elites" within a given society if growth and progress are to be encouraged economically and technologically.  It is up to society, acting through the institution of government, to clear the blockage of the market function by the private elites.  It is only a question of will, desire and action.

 

And, not for nothing, this would also benefit the people who are currently making exhorbitant profits on the backs of cheap labor and low costs of production.  What good are those profits if the people who are producing them aren't being compensated according to their production?

 

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U.N. Climate change report flooded by interference from governments, reveals expert

U.N. Climate change report flooded by interference from governments, reveals expert | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
One of the world's leading experts on climate change says that the latest UN climate change report was marred by interference from multiple governments. The expert claims that changes were made to the report before it was released.

Via Willy De Backer
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People!

 

What is so hard about accepting that the current system is leading us on a path that none of us want to be traveling on, to its final conclusion, and that serious changes NEED to be MADE in order for our species to see this century out, let alone, this millenium and so on?

 

What is wrong with the brains of these folks that they think they can do whatever they want without having to think of the consequences?

 

At least my risks all have been more or less generative in nature.  I simply speak out for the sake of myself and others, not gamble my life for something as insignificant as material wealth and relative social power.

 

If this report is accurate, these are probably some of the most incompetent, non-sensing human beings that I could have ever hoped to have met.  This is their death that they're walking towards, as well as our own.  Why isn't society lunging on them before their whole world goes "foom" for the sake of petty cash and a little notoriety in the general public?

 

This is indeed, perhaps, one of the saddest chapters of human history.  We barely get out of the evolutionary gates, and we're brought down by the least capable, least abl and least sening sub-sectin of a species.

 

Sad.

 

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Indeed, this is a Summary by Policymakers, rather than the Summary for Policymakers. Politicians just cannot handle the unconventional truth of climate change as real effective policies would have to question the un-ecological way of life of our 'democracies'.

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Eric Angeli: Most economists ignoring cracks in the system

Eric Angeli: Most economists ignoring cracks in the system | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
“The apparent recovery of the last few years has not been confirmed by the data available -- in fact it has been just the opposite."

Via SustainOurEarth, Jocelyn Stoller
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It will be when people are able to work, are willing to work and are compensated according to the profits and value of their work, which has to be in a manner that is sustainable and human-friendly, that we'll be able to call this whole thing "over", such that we can prepare for the next problem that's likely to arise.

 

This ideological and willful ignornace is probably our greatest danger at the moment.  A failure to accurately sense reality and acknowledge the problems in the whole world inevitably leads to problems for everyone, including for the people who were benefitting from the old system.

 

It's sad that we're all being reduced, for the sake of preserving and enabling the mental illnesses of a few people.

 

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US economic growth falls sharply

US economic growth falls sharply | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
US economic slows to 0.1% in the first quarter of the year, thanks to the impact of unusually bad winter weather.
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What do you expect when everything is tied up in low-risk, non-productive money market accounts and hedge funds?

We have a capital economy, but not a productive one.

 

Not to mention the social, environmental and ecological damage that is done to our actual planet for the sake of the useless returns on capital.

 

When will people learn that it is just money, just a social construct, just a means of exchange that needs to be put in perspective relative to our actual organic needs, as living beings in an environment and a universe first?

 

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Social Repression

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The most repressive force in a society isn't the government or any other official institution.  It is the society itself; the combined will of the whole, which determines what is acceptable and appropriate behavior among its members and what is not.

 

Yes, sometimes the things that society deems as problematic becomes discouraged by the government through law and legal structure.  Sometimes things that are encourged become encouraged by law and legal structure.  But it is ultimately the whole society which is determining what is acceptable, appropriate and worth doing and what ultimately isn't.

 

Take for instance the whole debacle with Donald Sterling of the LA Clippers.  It's not the government that's putting him down for racist comments, but the NBA Commissioner and the rest of the NBA owners, players and franchise fans that are.  The government has nothing to do with the proceedings here, nor should they necessarily be involved in these proceedings (in my own view).  The opposition to overt racism is an organic reaction from our society, and thus, it is put down by society acting together as a whole.

 

Now, there's plenty of covert racism still around, no argument there.  This also stems from subconscious biases and preferences from the members of our society who currently hold power, influence, control and authority over key aspects of our social world, particularly in the fields of hiring, promoting and firing individuals of different racial or cultural backgrounds than their own.  Tribalism is a feature in a society, especially a multi-ethnic one.  Yet the definition of tribe is flexible to the individual's tastes, as there are individuals who genuinely seem themselves as part of a human tribe or a living being tribe as opposed to a smaller one that's more immediate to their surroundings and social condition.

 

The point in all of this, is that sometimes you can't really blame the authorities for putting your own "side" down, as the society as a whole may do that completely of its own volition and choosing.  We will likely never really get rid of the scourge of racism and bigotry, since it is something that can get so insidiously inside our heads and engrained through rationalizations and explanations that we invent in order to make us feel better about ourselves as individuals.  Very few people really like looking in the mirror or reflecting on why they like or dislike the things that they like or dislike.  A shame, really, since such behavior is essential to understanding yourself and, thus, understanding how you can operate in the world as a whole for your own self and sake, as well as for others' self and sake.

 

Think about it.

Eli Levine's insight:

Indeed, society is the force that corrects you and causes you to correct yourself.  No legal system has that real ability, unless you allow it to have it over you.

 

But society?  That is the force that we need for our survival.  It seems to be deeply rooted in our subconcious mind that in-group is good and can lead to survival, and out-group is bad, and can lead to potential death.

 

If you think you're free, you're not looking at the walls that are around you critically enough.

 

Think about it.

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ENOUGHNESS: Western Thought vs Indigenous Philosophy

 

                                                         VIDEO:

▶ENOUGHNESS: WESTERN THOUGHT vs INDIGENOUS PHILOSOPHY

How we see the world determines how we act. Western thought sees us at war with each other over resources. Indigenous philosophy, we are all related as individuals in balance wih nature...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxPVrr44KHI&feature=youtu.be&a

 

CSRWire, pril 28, 2014
▶ CONNECTING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES & BUSINESS ON VALUES & METRICS.

                         JOIN IN THIS IMPORTANT CONVERSATION

[ WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO IMPOSE OUR WESTERN "VALUES" ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FOR PROFIT AND DESTRUCTION OF THEIR CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT :  pdjmoo ]

Increasingly, Indigenous issues are important not only to extractives companies, but to retail brands as well. Campaigners have been targeting food and personal care brands on palm oil, which is steeped in land rights, FPIC and other related issues. The challenges facing agriculture and extractives signal the importance of early, genuine and ongoing engagement in order to mitigate risk as well as maximize shared value... (THIS IS HORRIFYING : pdjmoo)

    This May, corporate leaders will gather in New York to discuss these challenges, and the approaches and successes in operating effectively within the context of a growing global demand for Indigenous Peoples’ rights. THE WORKSHOP WILL TAKE PLACE IN NEW YORK ON MAY 20TH.  BECAUSE SPACE IS LIMITED, PLEASE REQUEST AN INVITATION BY EMAILING: npelosi@firstpeoples.org.   .http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/1321-connecting-indigenous-peoples-business-on-values-metrics

 

 

 ▶THE NEW CORPORATE COLONIALISM. DESTRUCTION OF PLANETARY LIFE, INDIGENOUS LAND AND LIVELIHOODS IN THE NAME OF "GROWTH"  http://sco.lt/5nT3OT

 

                                                    WATCH (56:27)
                            STEALING AFRICA: WHY POVERTY?

                                   HOW MUCH PROFIT IS FAIR?
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNYemuiAOfU

 

August 21, 2012 YES Magazine
▶ WHOSE ECONOMY" WHOSE "GREEN" - THE DARK SIDE OF THE "GREEN ECONOMY" Why some indigenous groups and environmentalists are saying no to the “green economy.” http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/its-your-body/going-against-the-green?icl=email_august12&ica=tnDarkSideGreenEconomy

 

 ▶ THE ECONOMY OF ENOUGH:  A BETTER PLAN THAN "ENDLESS GROWTH" http://sco.lt/7f68zR

 

 

 ▶ MINING, FOREIGN LAND GRABS ENDANGERING LOCAL COMMUNITIES, ENVIRONMENT AND ECOSYSTEMS http://sco.lt/5M5eLp

 

                                                     G8 VIDEOS

                      LATEST FROM SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL

                               The movement for tribal peoples

                           http://www.survivalinternational.org/

 

▶ LAND GRABS:  HOW FOREIGN  "INVESTMENTS" ARE REDISTRIBUTING WEALTH, LAND AND WATER ACROSS THE GLOBE http://sco.lt/5YJpKb

 

 Ensia Magazine

 -▶ THE GIFT OF INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE:  : International conservation strategies increasingly look to indigenous knowledge http://ensia.com/notables/#notable7617

 

 

                                              GREAT PSA VIDEO  
                                            Survival International
▶NO DEBT - NO BOMBS - NO PRISONS - NO POVERTY .... AND PEOPLE CALL THEM "PRIMITIVE"!! http://www.survivalinternational.org/films/primitive

 

▶UNPRECEDENTED STUDY:  THREATENING OUR OWN EXTINCTION WITH LOSS OF BIOLOGICAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY http://sco.lt/64XtcP

 

                                                       VIDEO

-▶ FOREIGN CORPORATIONS DESTROYING ECOSYSTEMS, INDIGENOUS LIVELIHOODS, NULLIFYING LAND RIGHTS, CREATING DEPENDENCY AND POVERTY ON A GLOBAL SCALE http://sco.lt/4l725B

 

- ▶ AFRICA G8 - FOOD SECURITY FOR WHOM?  CORPORATE PROFITS v SMALL HOLDER FARMERS INTEREST http://sco.lt/8JKbIn

 

Indigenous Environmental Network, January 31, 2014
 -▶ KENYA PREPARING FOR 'REDD' IN THE EMBOBUT FOREST FORCING SENGWER PEOPLE "INTO EXTINCTION" http://www.ienearth.org/kenya-preparing-for-redd-in-the-embobut-forest-and-forcing-sengwer-people-into-extinction/

 

One World News, December 9, 2013
-▶ INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE VITAL FOR BIODIVERSITY, SAY EXPERTS
With species disappearing up to 1,000 times faster than the natural extinction rate, biodiversity experts say knowledge co-production with indigenous peoples has growing importance.
 http://oneworld.org/2013/12/05/indigenous-knowledge-vital-for-biodiversity-say-experts/

 

Wake Up World, February 21, 2014

▶ OLD WAYS FOR NEW DAYS:  ANCIENT ABORIGINAL WISDOM SHOWS THE WAY FORWARD http://wakeup-world.com/2014/02/21/ancient-aboriginal-wisdom-shows-way-forward/

 

                                             WATCH (10:46)

                                    The Satoyama Initiative
SATOYAMA: TOWARD A RURAL SOCIETY IN HARMONY WITH NATURE Japan gave the name of the SATOYAMA Initiative to establishment of universal philosophy for sustainable maintenance and use of natural resources https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAcS6px3WEg

 

Guardian Global Development, February 03, 2014

▶ INDIGENOUS DIETS CAN HELP FIGHT MODERN ILLNESSES, SAY HEALTH EXPERTS. Traditional food consumed by rural communities contain nutrients that are lacking in high- and middle-income countries http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/feb/03/indigenous-diets-fight-modern-illnesses

 

 Intercontinental Magazine, December 23, 2013
-▶THE HEALTH OF OUR EARTH IS WANING . INDIGENOUS PEOPLES VIEW THE EARTH AS A LIVING ENTITY, Indigenous people know the Earth is a living entity, our civilisation has lost it's "spiritual" connection to Earth http://intercontinentalcry.org/health-earth-waning/

 

 ▶HEALING THE EARTH: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND CLIMATE CHANGE http://sco.lt/6RD9aT

 

▶  THE MODERN VOICE OF ANCIENT WISDOM - PLACE AND CULTURE http://sco.lt/8kBmkL

 

June 12, 2013 Forest News
▶ ‘TRADITIONAL FOREST KNOWLEDGE IS NOT FOLKLORE, BUT A RESOURCE FOR CHANGE' http://blog.cifor.org/17174/qa-traditional-forest-knowledge-is-not-folklore-but-a-resource-for-change/#.UbmW6-swOic

 

▶PALM OIL ECOCIDE -THE DEFORESTATION HOLOCAUST -  Fast-Tracking Our Own Extinction  http://sco.lt/7BPvuL

 

                                                          WATCH

                                                       Global Voices

                                       How Do You Feed The World?
                                        LANDRUSH:  WHY POVERTY
How do you feed the world? 75% of Mali's population are farmers, but rich, land-hungry nations like China and Saudi Arabia are leasing Mali's land in order to turn large areas into industrial agribusiness farms. Many Malian peasants do not welcome these efforts, seeing them as yet another manifestation of imperialism. As Mali experiences a military coup, the developers are scared off but can Mali's farmers combat food shortages and escape poverty on their own terms? http://www.whypoverty.net/en/all-about/land-rush/

 

-▶ FOOD AID FOR THE 21st CENTURY:  MEETING THE OBJECTIVE OR FEEDING THE CORPORATE COFFERS? http://sco.lt/6jtrlJ

 

April, 15, 2013 UNDP
▶WESTERN EYES EVALUATE "ECONOMICS" OF INDIGENOUS FORESTS: (MONGOLIA'S FOREST SECTOR IS "GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY" http://www.mn.undp.org/content/mongolia/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/04/15/mongolia-s-forest-sector-is-good-value-for-money-/

 

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                THE DESTRUCTION OF INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

 

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June 2, 2013 The Guardian

▶ HOW INDIGENOUS PEOPLE ARE TURNED OFF THEIR LANDS - HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS SAID TO HAVE BEEN DISPLACED  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/02/indigenous-people-turned-off-land

 

 ▶FOREIGN CORPORATIONS DESTROYING INDIGENOUS LIVELIHOODS, NULLIFYING LAND RIGHTS, CREATING DEPENDENCY AND POVERTY http://sco.lt/9KW9w

 

                                                  -- WATCH --

                                            Amazon Watch

                THE TRUE STORY OF CHEVRON'S ECUADOR DISASTER

A terrifying but terrific short documentary explaining Chevron's #ecocide and #genocide in Ecuador http://sco.lt/76Njw9

 

 ▶DESTROYING YET ANOTHER INDIGENOUS TRIBE - THE NUKAK MAKU - COLUMBIA http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/world-our-backyard/2012/aug/28/nukak-maku-struggling-between-past-and-present/#.UD_Qz_wcGNU.twitter

 

February 2, 2013 World Wire
▶EXCLUSIVE: FIRST PICTURES FROM SEALED-OFF BAKUN DAM ZONE REVEAL ENVIRONMENT AND INDIGENOUS SOCIAL DISASTER   http://world-wire.com/2012/02/22/exclusive-first-pictures-from-sealed-off-bakun-dam-zone-reveal-social-and-environmental-disaster/

 

January 28, 2013 Mongabay
▶HELPING BORNEO'S INDIGENOUS PEOPLE FIGHT FOR THEIR FORESTS http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0128-wcff-hanes-lamb-borneo.html

 

The Nature Conservancy, October 7, 2013
-▶  SAVING A 40,000-YEAR-OLD CULTURE: THE "HADZA" OF TANZANIA, EAST AFRICA http://blog.nature.org/science/2013/10/07/hadza-forest-carbon-africa-nature-conservancy-science/

 

                                                      VIDEO
                                                    Columbia

COLUMBIA: WAYUU GOLD, FIGHTING FOR ACCESS TO THEIR OWN FRESH WATER http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JcF_puGBdmM#

 

                                                        VIDEO:

                                                        Ethopia

ETHOPIA LOCAL TRIBES UNDER THREAT FROM FOREIGN LAND GRAB "INVESTMENTS" DEFORESTATION http://sco.lt/4kFdrd

 

 ▶ ECUADOR TO SELL A THIRD OF THE INDIGENOUS AMAZON RAINFOREST TO CHINESE OIL COMPANIES  http://sco.lt/8Q38K1

 

▶ THE THIRST FOR PROFIT: ISOLATED YANOMAMI INDIANS "MASSACRED" BY GOLDMINERS IN VENEZUELA http://sco.lt/8eseCv

 

▶ THE BUSHMEN OF THE CENTRAL KALAHARI GAME RESERVE - BOTWANA'S GENOCIDE http://sco.lt/5Vb0gj

 

                                                   VIDEO

                                        Sarawak, Malaysia

UNCOVERING TOP LEVEL CORRUPTION IN SARAWAK, MALAYSIA OVER INDIGENOUS FORESTS http://sco.lt/5Y6uUT

 

 August 9, 2013 United Nations Development Programme

▶UNEP HIGHLIGHTS KEY ROLE OF INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES IN TRANSITION TO A 'GREEN' ECONOMY

"UNEP is seeking to further amplify the voice of indigenous communities in environmental governance and to bring forward to world attention the centuries-old knowledge, cost-effective technologies and experience of working with rather than against nature that offers a treasure trove of inspiring principles and practical actions for the rest of humanity," - See more at:

http://www.unep.org/NewsCentre/default.aspx?DocumentID=2725&ArticleID=9589&l=en

 

▶ IN THE RAIN FORESTS OF PERU, A MODERN GOLD RUSH POISONS THE ENVIRONMENT AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES  http://sco.lt/8m0TwH

 

                                             -- WATCH --

                            The Weaver vs The Machine

               "THE IOU PROJECT" - Introduction - YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yybe3hB3Ix4&feature=youtu.be

 

May 29, 2013 Huffington Post Green

AS BRAZILIAN AMAZON BELO MONTE DAM PROJECT SPEEDS UP, INDIGENOUS TRIBE FEELS PAIN http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nina-wegner/belo-monte-brazil_b_3340006.html?ir=Green

 

                          -------------------------WATCH-----------------------

                                       VIDEO:Yale Environment 360

                           " INTO THE HEART OF ECUADOR'S YASUNI"

                                           http://sco.lt/7HwxkH

 

                                         VIDEO: LinkTV World News

                                    HOPE IN A CHANGING CLIMATE

              "RESTORING THE EARTH  - RWANDA, ETHIOPIA AND CHINA"

                                              http://ow.ly/mjajP

 

                                              DOCUMENTARY

                                 THE MEN OF THE FIFTH WORLD
They are the original inhabitants of the land called Australia by the white man. They have been there since the beginning of time, since the dream time, when everything they know was created... http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/men-fifth-world/

 

                                                   WATCH

               THE CORPORATE TAKEOVER OF INDIGENOUS SEED

                       "SEEDING DEEP DEMOCRACY" Vandanha Shiva

                                       http://ow.ly/ahQ5p

 

▶SEEDS OF DESTRUCTION: PALM OIL DEVELOPERS THREATEN AFRICA'S INDIGENOUS RAINFORESTS http://sco.lt/9H42i1

 

Economy Watch,  January 02, 2014

-▶ WHY SOUTH AFRICA AND OTHER DEVELOPING NATIONS ARE CANCELLING FOREIGN INVESTMENT DEALS http://www.economywatch.com/features/south-africa-cancelling-foreign-investment.02-01.html

 

8 March 2013 - Our World 2.0

▶ENOUGH IS ENOUGH - A PATH TO TRUE PROSPERITY http://ourworld.unu.edu/en/enough-is-enough/

 

▶ECOCIDE AND SACRED LAW: A FUNDAMENTAL INTRINIC VALUE OF THE SACREDNESS OF ALL LIFE  http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/3444120897/ecocide-and-sacred-law-a-fundamental-intrinsic-value-of-the-sacredness-of-all-life

 

▶ PARTNERS FOR THE LAND & AGRICULTURAL NEEDS OF TRADITION PEOPLES - AGROECOLOGY RESOURCE CENTER http://www.plantpartners.org/agroecology-resource-center.html

 

 

▶ GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS IN BHUTAN: THE BIG IDEA FROM A TINY STATE THAT COULD CHANGE THE WORLD  http://sco.lt/7BBtHV

 

August 11, 2013 Forest People's Programme
▶AGRIBUSINESS LARGE-SCALE LAND ACQUISITIONS AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA - DOWNLOAD PDF - Updates from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Burma http://www.forestpeoples.org/region/burma/publication/2013/agribusiness-large-scale-land-acquisitions-and-human-rights-southeast

 

Al Jazeera America

▶  INTERACTIVE: CHINA'S AFRICAN SPENDING SPREE - Take a tour of the dams, stadiums, mines and super-highways financed, sometimes controversially, by Beijing http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2014/03/interactive-china-african-spending-spree-2014320121349799136.html

 

▶ DEFORESTATION, MINING RISES AGAIN IN BRAZIL'S AMAZON IMPACTING ECOSYSTEMS, CLIMATE, DEVASTATING INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES http://sco.lt/6831nN

 

Mongabay, January 28, 2014
-▶ THROUGH CAREFUL MANAGEMENT, INDIGENOUS PEOPLE HAVE SHAPED ASIAN RAINFORESTS FOR 11,000 YEARS http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0128-lbell-indigenous-forestry-management.html

 

Living on Earth, January 24, 2014

-▶ MOTHER OF MEDICINE TREE. A story of a dangerous collision between two worlds. On the Pacific island of Palau, the modern world rubs shoulders with the traditional, and as the inhabitants eat a more Western diet, they often develop diabetes. But a traditional tree that grows there, known as the mother of medicine tree, promises a treatment http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=14-P13-00004&segmentID=7

 

-▶ THE VANISHING CULTURES PROJECT: The Vanishing Cultures Project is devoted to assisting indigenous, traditional groups preserve their culture by documenting their lifestyle through photography and research, assisting local preservation initiatives, and educating the public

In this era of rapid change, indigenous communities with rich cultural heritages urgently need the world’s attention. Anthropologists estimate that every two weeks a tribal elder dies with the last remaining knowledge of his or her people’s language, and along with them dies many other living expressions—the crafts, skills, beliefs, lore—of a unique heritage... http://www.vcproject.org

 

 National Geographic - Special Report:
▶BIODIVERSITY AND CULTURAL TRADITION http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/02/110223-biodiversity-moorea-biocode/

 

 Indian Country, December 31, 2013
 -▶ 10 INDIGENOUS ENVIRONMENTAL VICTORIES AND TRIUMPHS OF 2013 http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/12/31/10-environmental-victories-and-triumphs-2013-152924

 

                                                      VIDEO

         SCHOOLING THE WORLD: THE WHITE MAN'S LAST BURDEN

http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2010/08/15/schooling-the-world-the-white-mans-last-burden-video/

 

 

Intercontinental Cry Magazine, December 24, 2013
▶ BOLIVIA'S INDIGENOUS FUTURE:  A BALANCE OF PRESERVATION, PROTECTION AND CONNECTION http://intercontinentalcry.org/bolivias-indigenous-future-a-balance-of-preservation-protection-and-connection-21527/

 

AGROECOLOGY vs INDUSTRIAL FARMING
▶ AGROECOLOGY RESOURCE CENTER: PARTNERS FOR THE LAND AND AGRICULTURAL NEEDS FOR TRADITIONAL PEOPLES http://www.plantpartners.org/agroecology-resource-center.html

 

 

 

March 2, 2012 All Africa

▶AFRICA: RURAL WOMEN LEAD THE WAY ON CLIMATE http://allafrica.com/view/group/main/main/id/00015839.html

 

February 17, 2012 Tribal Cultural Heritage In India
▶INDIGENOUS OR TRIBAL GROUPS RELY ON BIODIVERSITY FOR SUSTAINING THEIR LIVELIHOODS http://www.indiantribalheritage.org/?p=5026

 

▶LESSONS FROM THE INDIGENOUS ON PROMOTING PLANT DIVERSITY http://www.dadychery.org/2012/03/10/lessons-from-the-indigenous-on-promoting-plant-biodiversity/

 

 August 8, 2013 Conservation International
▶10 INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' VICTORIES TO CELEBRATE http://blog.conservation.org/2013/08/10-indigenous-peoples-victories-to-celebrate/

 

Wild 10 - Make the World a Wilder Place
▶INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY LANDS AND SEAS FORUM http://wild10.org/en/program/indigenouscommunity

 

June 20, 2013 TruthOut

▶HOW WOULD AMERICAN INDIANS TEACH U.S. HISTORY? http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/16987-how-would-american-indians-teach-us-history

 

New York Times, February 01, 2014

-▶ SAVING MORE THAN JUST SNOW LEOPARDS: Communities coming together in the cold, rugged mountains of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and China http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/02/opinion/saving-more-than-just-snow-leopards.html

 

 

 -▶ A DISASTER: TWO THIRDS LOSS OF TOP PREDATORS CAUSING GLOBAL ECOSYSTEM TO COLLAPSE http://sco.lt/8K1lJJ

 

Global Oneness Project
 -▶ BEST OF 2013 - A YEAR IN REVIEW http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=e25de1e168553e96580c1f364&id=ecaaa0a7a7&e=c69f37438e

 

                                                       WATCH
                    The Globalization Program | Global 3000 | DW.DE
▶In this edition of Global 3000, we visit the people of Inle Lake in Myanmar, one of the few cultures in the world living entirely on the water. But their traditional way of life is under threat. We also go to Rio de Janeiro, where residents of a favela have to make way for a redevelopment project... http://www.dw.de/global-3000-the-globalization-program-2013-12-30/e-17291121-9798

 

Mongabay, February 11, 2014
▶ HELPING THE AMAZON'S JAGUAR PEOPLE PROTECT THEIR CULTURE AND TRADITIONAL WISDOM. The process of acculturation transformed once proud cultures into fragmented remnants, their self-sufficiency and social cohesion stripped away, left to struggle in a new world marked by poverty and external dependence. ...
Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0211-matses-fleck-interview.html

 

New York Times, February 01, 2014

-▶ SAVING MORE THAN JUST SNOW LEOPARDS: Communities coming together in the cold, rugged mountains of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and China http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/02/opinion/saving-more-than-just-snow-leopards.html

 

 

                                     FOSTERING A WATER CULTURE

Harvesting Rainwater, July 13, 2013

▶  ON THE WATER CULTURE OF THE NAXI PEOPLE OF YUNNAN, CHINA http://rainwaterharvesting.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/on-the-naxi-water-culture/

 

Nation of Change, October 20, 2013
▶CHEVRON SUES RAINFOREST COMMUNITIES IT CONTAMINATED IN ECUADOR http://www.nationofchange.org/chevron-sues-rainforest-communities-it-contaminated-1382276125

 

                                                            VIDEO

                                                THE TRUE STORY

              OF CHEVRON'S ECUADOR ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER

                                               http://sco.lt/63ewyH

 

                                                          VIDEO:

              Narrated by Robert Redford, Winner of the Goldman Prize
THE INDIGENOUS MOLLO PEOPLE IN TIMOR STRUGGLE TO PROTECT THEIR SACRED NATURAL WORLD FROM FOREIGN MINING CORPORATIONS http://www.goldmanprize.org/recipient/aleta-baun

 

                             GOLDMAN ENVIRONMENTAL PRIZE VIDEOS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IcanKHMuKo&list=PLhggrmZd7c4bvwwl3viRJbbUeQy9q3iyw&index=4

 

 

 Thompson Reuter's Foundation October 4, 2013
▶WORLD'S SACRED FORESTS MAY FALL PREY TO DEVELOPERS, SCIENTISTS WARN http://www.trust.org/item/20131004085253-l4gqn

 

                                                 WATCH

                                           Documentary
                           "AMBASSADORS OF THE JUNGLE"

These mysterious lands would seem to rise out of the clouds of the highlands, situated in the east of the island of New Guinea, to the North of Australia... http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/ambassadors-jungle/

 

 

 The Daily Climate, October 23, 2013
▶ESSAY: THE WAY WE ARE IN THE WORLD, CHANGES THE WORLD
Here's something Native elders understand: Without respect for natural laws, no amount of technology will get us out of this mess. Why can't we hear that message? http://wwwp.dailyclimate.org/tdc-newsroom/2013/10/native-american-climate-approach

 

▶ MAJOR PALM OIL COMPANIES ACCUSED OF ECOCIDE, BREAKING ETHICAL PROMISES IN ASIA AND AFRICA http://sco.lt/8TkGjh

 

 International Institute for Environment and Development, March 18, 2013
▶FOUR ACTIONS TO REDUCE THE 'FOREST FOOTPRINT' OF COMMODITIES  http://www.iied.org/four-actions-reduce-forest-footprint-commodities

 

                                   ▶ AN ABSOLUTE MUST WATCH ▶

                                     September 15, 2013 The Real News
▶PHILIPPINES: CORPORATE AND MILITARY FORCES DESTROYING INDIGENOUS LAND, FORESTS AND LIVELIHOODS

                    "It is better to die from bullets than from hunger"
Corporate agri-businesses like U.S.-based Dole, Del Monte, Monsanto, along with international and Philippine mines, are polluting waterways and destroying the surrounding farms. Chinese, European, Canadian, and Filipino mines are stripping away the mountains to get at what some estimate to be the largest iron deposit in the world. There also some of the most significant gold, nickel, and copper reserves in Asia.
http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10725

 
                                                   VIDEO REPORT

                                September 15, 2013 The Real News
COLUMBIA: NATIONAL FARMERS, MINERS SOCIAL STRIKE GET SEED CONTROL LAWS SUSPENDED http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10722

 

 September 3, 2013 International Cry Magazine
▶PROTECTING INDIGENOUS WATER, LAND AND CULTURE IN MEXICO FROM WESTERN ENCROACHMENT http://intercontinentalcry.org/ancestral-values-inherited-protecting-indigenous-water-land-culture-mexico/

 

August 9, 2013 Alertnet

▶CAN AN INDIGENOUS WORLD VIEW OF RESPECT, LOVE AND KINDNESS CREATE A REVOLUTION?  http://www.alternet.org/environment/can-indigenous-worldview-respect-love-and-kindness-create-revolution

 

                                                    VIDEO

                                     SARAWAK, MALAYSIA -

▶MASSIVE CORRUPTION UNCOVERED OVER INDIGENOUS FORESTS, DAMS, LAND GRABS http://sco.lt/7baDWz

 

 June 3, 2013 Forest News

▶Q&A: WHO OWNS THE RIGHTS TO THE WORLD/S COMMON RESOURCES? http://blog.cifor.org/16672/qa-who-owns-the-rights-to-the-worlds-common-resources/#.Ub6-u-swOic

 

 September 2, 2013 DW Environment

▶ WHO OWNS THE WATER? ABORIGINES OMITTED FROM AUSTRALIAN RIVER PLAN http://www.dw.de/aborigines-omitted-from-australian-river-plan/a-17051452?maca=en-rss-en-environment-4553-rdf

 

                                                  VIDEO

 LAND GRAB COULD SPELL END OF THE MASSAI AND THE SERENGETI  http://sco.lt/7fjscz

 

 

 July 26, 2013 Intercontinental Cry Magazine
▶ FORCEFUL EVICTIONS OF MAASAI LEAVE HOMES BURNED AND THOUSANDS HOMELESS IN KENYA http://intercontinentalcry.org/forceful-evictions-of-maasai-leave-homes-burned-and-thousands-homeless-in-naivasha-kenya/

 

September 3, 2013 Redd-Monito
▶ MASSIVE LAND SEIZURE OF INDIGENOUS LANDS IS CAUSING STARVATION AND POVERTY IN PAPUA http://www.redd-monitor.org/2013/09/03/mifees-massive-seizure-of-indigenous-lands-is-causing-starvation-and-poverty-in-papua/

 

August 17, 2013 International Cry Magazine

▶ INDONESIA AND THE DENIAL OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' EXISTENCE http://intercontinentalcry.org/indonesia-and-the-denial-of-indigenous-peoples-existence/

 

August 12, 2013 International Cry Magazine
▶ WEST PAPUA: INDIGENOUS LEADERS FORCED TO SIGN AWAY LAND TO MAJOR FOOD COMPANY http://intercontinentalcry.org/west-papua-elders-forced-to-sign-away-land-to-pt-mayora-one-of-indonesias-leading-food-brands/

 

                                                        VIDEO:
                 THE LAND OWNS US: THE MYTH OF OWNERSHIP http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2011/03/24/the-land-owns-us/

 

 

▶ LAND GRABS: HOW FOREIGN "INVESTMENTS" ARE REDISTRIBUTING WEALTH, LAND AND WATER ACROSS THE GLOBE  http://sco.lt/96H2yv

 

May 23, 2013 Human Rights Watch

▶ MOZAMBIQUE LAND GRABBING: ‘WHAT IS A HOUSE WITHOUT FOOD?" Mozambique’s Coal Mining Boom and Resettlements” http://www.hrw.org/node/115802

 

 ▶FOOD FORESTS CAN MITIGATE RISKS OF "FEAST OR FAMINE":  BIG CORPORATE AG IS NOT THE ANSWER http://sco.lt/5U402L

 

Mongabay, February 21, 2014
▶ TRADITIONAL PALM KNOWLEDGE AT RISK OF BECOMING LOST FOREVER http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0221-mark-traditional-palm-knowledge-at-risk.html

 

Natural Health Warriors, February 23, 2014
▶ BOLIVIA GIVES LEGAL RIGHTS TO THE EARTH http://naturalhealthwarriors.com/bolivia-gives-legal-rights-to-the-earth/

 

Intercontinental Cry Magazine, December 24, 2013
▶ BOLIVIA'S INDIGENOUS FUTURE:  A BALANCE OF PRESERVATION, PROTECTION AND CONNECTION http://intercontinentalcry.org/bolivias-indigenous-future-a-balance-of-preservation-protection-and-connection-21527/

 

 ▶ IS UN REDD A FAILURE? INDIGENOUS GROUPS IN PANAMA WAIT FOR UN REDD TO MEET PROMISES http://sco.lt/8x2yX3

 

 ▶ ECOCIDE: A PLAGUE OF DEFORESTATION SWEEPS ACROS SOUTHEAST ASIA WITH TERRIBLE LOSS OF WILDLIFE AND BIODIVERSITY  http://sco.lt/4lJ5ZR

 

June 20, 2013 Common Dreams
▶PALM-OIL GIANTS DODGE RESPONSIBILITY FOR BURNING DOWN FORESTS CREATING TOXIC SMOG COVERING SINGAPORE http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/20-3

 

                                  INFOGRAPHIC - SOIL TO SKY
                 AGROECOLOGY vs INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURE PDF
http://agroecologygroup.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Soil-to-Sky-infographic.pdf

 

                                                     WATCH

                                      PBS Nature Full Episode

               MONETIZING THE COMMONS: THE DEPLETION OF NATURE

                                    "THE MYSTERY OF THE EELS"

                         A Billion Dollar Industry as Population Plunges

           130,000 Tons of Eeels Consumed in Japan Alone Each Year: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/the-mystery-of-eels/preview

 

 

▶WHY CHOOSING NATURE WILL ONLY ADVANCE SOCIETIES  http://sco.lt/8BIJP7

 

            

▶AN URGENT MEMO TO THE WORLD  | The Natural Eye Project http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/an-urgent-memo-to-the-world/

 

 

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▶FOREST PEOPLES PROGRAMME http://www.forestpeoples.org/

 

▶INTER PRESS SERVICE - INDIGENOUS RIGHTS http://www.ipsnews.net/news/human-rights/indigenous-rights/

 

▶VIA SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/8626

 

▶LA VIA CAMPESINA - The International Peasants Voice http://viacampesina.org/en/

 

▶INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ISSUES AND RESOURCES  http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/

 

▶INTERNATIONAL CRY MAGAZINE - Essential News and Film On World's Indigenous People

http://intercontinentalcry.org/

 

▶INDIGENOUS ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORK  http://www.ienearth.org/

 

▶SCIDEV.NET

Indigenous for global development news & analysis http://www.scidev.net/global/governance/indigenous/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Eli Levine's insight:

What's it going to be rich people?

Your health?

Or your financial wealth?

 

Think carefully, because I honestly think that you all don't.

 

Silly brains.

 

Think about it.

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             ------------------------------RESOURCES-------------------------------

 

▶FOREST PEOPLES PROGRAMME http://www.forestpeoples.org/

 ▶INTER PRESS SERVICE - INDIGENOUS RIGHTS http://www.ipsnews.net/news/human-rights/indigenous-rights/

 ▶VIA SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/8626

 ▶LA VIA CAMPESINA - The International Peasants Voice http://viacampesina.org/en/

 ▶INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ISSUES AND RESOURCES  http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/

 ▶INTERNATIONAL CRY MAGAZINE - Essential News and Film On World's Indigenous People

http://intercontinentalcry.org/

 ▶INDIGENOUS ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORK  http://www.ienearth.org/

 ▶SCIDEV.NET

Indigenous for global development news & analysis http://www.scidev.net/global/governance/indigenous/

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Wall Street Republicans' dark secret: Hillary Clinton 2016

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NEW YORK — The biggest parlor game on Wall Street and in corporate boardrooms these days is guessing whether former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will run for president and save the GOP’s old establishment base from its rising populist wing. The second most popular game is guessing what happens if Jeb says no. Two dozen interviews about the 2016...

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Interesting.

 

In which case, screw Clinton, Biden and Bush.  If things continue on their present courses, we could very well see the wings of the parties come out, in the form of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.  The establishment is dying, due to its membership's incompetence and carelessness with regards to how they perceive, work with and deal with the people and problems that we're currently facing in our society and environment. 

 

If I were to order things according to my preference, I would put Elizabeth Warren first, with Bernie Sanders next on my list of choices for President in 2016.

 

Let the Second Civil War begin.  It's been a bad peace with the conservatives of all countries anyway, and a bad peace is worse than a good war.  Just let them fire the first shots in anger, while maintaining the actual high ground of reasonableness and peacemaking.  The rest of society will fall into place against the folks who'd use violence to get their way in what is popularly seen as a democratic society.  With the conservatives and Libertarians out of favor with the rest of society, we can finally end the economic fantasies of the Right and Libertarians, and bring our society back into a sustainable, ecologically friendly and socially viable state of existence on the TANGIBLE, PHYSICAL and DEEPLY SEATED PSYCHOLOGICAL levels for everybody, not on the IDEOLOGICAL or ABSTRACT or SURFACELY GRATIFYING PSYCHOLOGICAL levels for some people.

 

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“If it turns out to be Jeb versus Hillary we would love that and either outcome would be fine,” one top Republican-leaning Wall Street lawyer said over lunch in midtown Manhattan last week. “We could live with either one. Jeb versus Joe Biden would also be fine. It’s Rand Paul or Ted Cruz versus someone like Elizabeth Warren that would be everybody’s worst nightmare.”

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 I couldn't agree more with this insight: Isn't it time for us to look for leaders with at least some different family names? Looking for visionary leaders that aren't part of the same old answers would even be better!
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“If it turns out to be Jeb versus Hillary we would love that and either outcome would be fine,” one top Republican-leaning Wall Street lawyer said over lunch in midtown Manhattan last week. “We could live with either one. Jeb versus Joe Biden would also be fine. It’s Rand Paul or Ted Cruz versus someone like Elizabeth Warren that would be everybody’s worst nightmare.”

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New evidence reveals what a 'typical' solar system looks like

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Prior to the discovery of exoplanets, astronomers assumed that our solar system's configuration was typical. But now, some 1,715 exoplanets later, we know that we're far from ordinary. So what passes for 'normal' in the annals of solar systems?

 

The discovery of exoplanets has significantly increased our appreciation for the diversity of planetary systems in nature.  Doppler planet searches revealed that many giant planets orbit close to their host star or in highly eccentric orbits. These and subsequent observations inspired new theories of planet formation that invoke gravitation interactions in multiple planet systems to explain the excitation of orbital eccentricities and even short-period giant planets.


Recently, NASA’s Kepler mission has identified over 300 systems with multiple transiting planet candidates, including many potentially rocky planets. Most of these systems include multiple planets with closely spaced orbits and sizes between that of Earth and Neptune. These systems represent yet another new and unexpected class of planetary systems and provide an opportunity to test the theories developed to explain the properties of giant exoplanets.


Presently, we have limited knowledge about such planetary systems, mostly about their sizes and orbital periods. With the advent of long-term, nearly continuous monitoring by Kepler, the method of transit timing variations (TTVs) has blossomed as a new technique for characterizing the gravitational effects of mutual planetary perturbations for hundreds of planets.


TTVs can provide precise, but complex, constraints on planetary masses, densities, and orbits, even for planetary systems with faint host stars. In the coming years, astronomers will translate TTV observations into increasingly powerful constraints on the formation and orbital evolution of planetary systems with low-mass planets. Between TTVs, improved Doppler surveys, high-contrast imaging campaigns, and microlensing surveys, astronomers can look forward to a much better understanding of planet formation in the coming decade.


Via Luca Baptista, Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
Eli Levine's insight:

I like this physical universe.  It's beautiful physically (as far as I'm able to see it) and it's grown up in such a way that it's able to support a reasonable level of consciousness and intelligence.

 

Is it, shall we say, emotionally stable? 

I don't think so.

 

It's really cool, were it not for that which causes mental or physical harm to myself and to others.

 

Imagine a world where the same things happen, but there is no perception of pain or real suffering associated with those events.  Everything taken in their stride, adaptations made to improve our chances of survival in a constantly changing environment and universe.  Sure, notions of well being are rendered moot, since you're always technically "well".  But what's the point of the "highs" if in order to experience them, you have to go through so many "lows"?  Personally, I'd rather just be left alone by the universe.

 

But, apparently, that's probably not going to be the case, and I'm going to have to shuffle in the same lamentable dance of birth, death and rebirth like the rest of ya'll.

 

Think about it.

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Nick Bostrom Explores Superintelligence in His New Book

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 Artificial Intelligence In Superintelligence, the new book from futurist thinker Nick Bostrom,  a variety of intellectual models are used to explore what will happen when machines exceed human...
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Eli Levine's insight:

And, thus, the human species as we know it will fade out of existence, while a new one fades in.

 

Society will, I think, be more likely biased in favor of those who adapt the new technology, as opposed to those who don't, kind of like how drivers with corrected vision are more favored than those with impairments are not.

 

Hopefully, the notion of the universally rational human being is dead; destroyed in our mind's eye by a wave of psychological, sociological, economic and biological research, personal observation and experience.  Our biological brains are imperfect tools at best at sensing the whole of the universe.  Worse still, is that we don't know if there is a limit to the universe.  After all, there could be things that we cannot perceive or conceive with our current biological, sociological and cosmological make up.  How could we ever, with confidence, say that we've got EVERYTHING figured out definitively, even with these potential technological corrections?

 

Unfortunately, the worst offenders amongst us, those who perceive the universe less accurately than others, are likely to be the most stubborn amongst us at accepting and working with the new technological changes that could be coming down the pike.  These are the people who will be left behind and less favored by society and the natural universe, as those with the greater cognitive and potentially physical abilities get ahead faster and more often in our societies than those who don't.  These are the people who could, hypothetically, lash out against those who are adapting to the changes in knowledge that we get into the brain and robotics.  While they could win the war against the next generation of humanity, they are also likely to be more prone to self-destruction, thanks to the uncorrected "vision" as it were of their view of the universe and how things are and how things work.  They'll crash into that rock and die, while those who had corrected vision could have avoided it.

 

So, while I wouldn't want to be an early adapter of the new technology as it comes out, I also wouldn't want to be at the tail end of adapting it.  Those who have honestly contemplated themselves and the universe as a whole are more likely to acknowledge, be aware of and desire to fix their persistent mistakes and errors, while those who think they've got everything are more likely to not see their potential pitfalls and thus, not correct them appropriately, effectively or in time to save themselves.  I think that this should all be done by choice.  But I also think that things will progress to a point that you won't have a choice, if you're interested in being able to survive and succeed in our society.  New becomes old, new eclipses the old: cycle of life and the universe.

 

Quite frankly, I'd rather have my "vision" of how the world is corrected than leave it to chance alone.  I don't think I'm perfect as I am; my ego doesn't allow me to think like that.  Only then could we, I think, potentially begin to cope with the magnitude of the universe, what is and how it all works.

 

I hope that this technology comes to fruition at the appropriate time, if not for my own sake, then for our descendants' sake.

 

 

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In Superintelligence, the new book from futurist thinker Nick Bostrom,  a variety of intellectual models are used to explore what will happen when machines exceed human intelligence.

Read more: http://www.33rdsquare.com/2014/04/nick-bostrom-explores-superintelligence.html#ixzz30ut5gUPC 
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The Limits on Economic Growth; What's it Going to Be?

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Growth in the market, it seems, can only be maintained according to the technological, geographical, environmental and sociological limits that the natural universe places upon it (especially if yo...
Eli Levine's insight:

People are strange when it comes to belief and ideology.  You'd think they'd be passionately pursuing the truth, rather than what suits their own opinions.

 

But they don't.  And their brain power gets diverted to useless argumentation and trench digging that won't protect them from the final judgement of common reality on their actions, behaviors and chosen attitudes and perspectives.

 

Sad.

 

Think about it.

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The Common Goal

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The common goal for all living things is survival and well being. Regardless of whether you're liberal or conservative or somewhere in between; if you're one race or another or a mixture of several...
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It's not just for hippies.  This is a deadly serious need for our species.  Those who fail to grasp it and band together, will be less likely to survive.  Those who do get it, will be more likely to survive.

 

Nature can be that simple at times.

 

A shame that humanity is still so seemingly incapable of keeping these simple principles in mind.

 

Silly brains.

 

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Megacities contend with sinking land

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Subsiding land is a bigger immediate problem for some of the world's big coastal cities than sea level rise, say scientists.
Eli Levine's insight:

While you cannot adapt or factor in everything, you can at least be attentive to the things that are going to happen beyond your control and work around them.

 

Thus we are anti-fragile as a species, like all aspects of life.

 

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RISK OF WAR: WHAT, IF THE "BALANCE OF THREAT" IS UNSTABLE?

(...) The worrisome misconception is that only shifts in relative power can destabilize a “balance of threat”. This falsely assumes that balanced situations, called equilibria, are inherently stable, which is actually often not the case. For illustration, consider the simple experiment of a circular vehicle flow (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Suugn-p5C1M ): although it is apparently not difficult to drive a car at constant speed together with other cars, the equilibrium traffic flow will break down sooner or later. If only the density on the traffic circle is higher than a certain value, a so-called "phantom traffic jam" will form without any particular reason – no accident, no obstacles, nothing. The lesson here is that dynamical systems can easily get out of control even if everyone has good information, the latest technology and best intentions.

What if this is similarly true for the balance of threat? What if this equilibrium is unstable? Then, it could suddenly and unexpectedly break down. (...)

 

RISK OF WAR: WHAT, IF THE "BALANCE OF THREAT" IS UNSTABLE?

by Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich)

http://futurict.blogspot.ch/2014/04/risk-of-war-what-if-balance-of-threat.html


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Eli Levine's insight:

Indeed, I don't understand how Obama and his advisers think that challenging Russia or China is going to lead to positive results for either the US or for the whole of the world that we're apart of.

 

For example, it would have been better for us to have mediated the Ukrainian crisis, rather than throw down as a partisansky of Ukrainian-Ukraine against Russia.  It was a move that failed to grasp the complexity of the situation, and the legitimate concerns of the Russian people living in Ukraine and of the Russian state in Moscow.

 

Over on the other side of Asia, our increased military alliance with the Philippines might also lead to problems for us in the long term.  Our first priority, I think, should be the defense of our homeland, not the protection of our imperial assets.  We should be finding out what the people of the Philippines want and need, along with the people of all countries that are currently in dispute with China over territorial waters and resources.  It is more important that we keep in touch with the societies, rather than the specific governments of these countries, and develop methods to directly arm them in case of Chinese attack.  That way, we can defend the people of these countries from Chinese attack, while maintaining good relations with them, thus, adding to our influence more than through direct military engagement with China.

 

It's just a few thoughts on the matters.

 

One small slip from us or any of the other actors, and the whole of civilization as we know it goes up in smoke.

That, or our species dies.

 

Enjoy your night.


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Social Evolution: New Horizons

Cooperation is a widespread natural phenomenon yet current evolutionary thinking is dominated by the paradigm of selfish competition. Recent advanced in many fronts of Biology and Non-linear Physics are helping to bring cooperation to its proper place. In this contribution, the most important controversies and open research avenues in the field of social evolution are reviewed. It is argued that a novel theory of social evolution must integrate the concepts of the science of Complex Systems with those of the Darwinian tradition. Current gene-centric approaches should be reviewed and com- plemented with evidence from multilevel phenomena (group selection), the constrains given by the non-linear nature of biological dynamical systems and the emergent nature of dissipative phenomena.

 

Chapter in forthcoming open access book "Frontiers in Ecology, Evolution and Complexity"

by Octavio Miramontes, Og DeSouza

arXiv:1404.6267 [q-bio.PE]


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Indeed, one example of this cooperative method in evolution that springs to mind is the coevolution of dogs and humans.  By being domesticated, dogs earned themselves protection from the elements and a reliable source of food, water and even medical care in case of injury.  Humans gained more sleep, due to the watchfulness of dogs at night, and thus, gained a greater degree of cognitive functionality that otherwise wouldn't have existed had dogs not been kept with us.

 

Sometimes, the cooperative option is the selfish option, and vice versa.

 

Imagine if political leaders, rather than competing with each other for relative power and pride within the society, worked together to solve actual common problems in our society?  What if nations worked together to solve common problems in humanity, amongst humanity, sucht that we're focused on survival and well being, rather than wealth or relative power?

 

What is so difficult and onerous about these changes?

 

I don't understand.

 

Think about it.

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Not Your Adam Smith

"They carry with them too, the habit of subordination, some notion of the regular government which takes place in their own country, of the system of law which support it, and the regular administration of justice, and they naturally establish something of the same kind in the new settlement." -Adam Smith

Eli Levine's insight:

Again, not the Adam Smith you were taught in school.  Contrary to the Libertrarian belief that has sprung up around Mr. Smith, he is not talking about eliminating government or minimizing it.  He is simply talking about changing it in order to produce better economic results, which then ought to produce better social results within the society.

 

The only thing I would add would be looking out for the compensation packages of people working below the executive level, education, healthcare and the environment, and you have the sum totality of my view of the government's role in the economy.  We need something that is not just looking out for the maximum personal financial profit in order to have a functional, sustainable world in which we all can share in the fruits of our labor, not just produce it for a handful of folks who aren't willing to otherwise contribute to the well being of society.

 

What good do these folks do?  Why are they necessary?  Why are we accepting and tolerating their anti-social actions, behaviors and attitudes?

 

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