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Inside an animals mind: Crow Solves A Complicated 8 Step Puzzle

This Is Really Amazing: Dr. Alex Taylor has set up an 8-step puzzle to try and confuse one of the smartest crows he’s been studying in captivity. This bird solved the complex puzzle pretty quickly, even though he never saw the objects arranged together before. Watch the amazing experiment in this clip from the BBC’s ‘Inside the Animal Mind’.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
Eli Levine's insight:

So YOU think you're the only one who's got "it".

 

Forget sentient life on other planets, we have plenty of it here.

 

And we're killing it off, for the sake of pieces of cloth rag that aren't essential to our survival and well being.

 

Who's the dummy now?

 

Think about it.

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New Russia drills after Ukraine raid

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Russia announces new military exercises on its border with Ukraine, after Kiev orders troops to move against separatists in the east.
Eli Levine's insight:

Ukraine, you're building your nation wrong.

 

Honestly, you're not going to have anything if you manacle the other to you under threat of punishment and/or death.  You've got to understand what's going on in their mental/social world, do what you need to do to fix things in your own mental/social world, and then try to make things work.

 

You don't have to recognize the legitimacy of either the Crimean Republic or the Donetsk People's Republic.  But you do have to look at this situation, acknowledge that this is more home grown than you seem to think, and try to bring people back to your side.

 

Honestly, what was with that attack last Sunday?  Were those Ukrainian ultra-nationalists?  If so, wouldn't you think it'd be wiser to crack down on them than on the people you should be trying to win over to your side?

 

20th century tactics when there's 21st century knowledge and understandings available.

 

May I never stop researching and learning new things.

 

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Robustness of Complex Networks to Global Perturbations

Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems Research Group Seminar Series April 23, 2014 Sam Heiserman (Systems Science, Binghamton University) "Robustness of Complex…

Via Hiroki Sayama
Eli Levine's insight:

We need a certain amount of unity and interconnectedness in order to function well as a species.  Anarchy is not a desirable state, anymore than is autocracy and authority.

 

However, this easily could be a useful tool for figuring out where the strong, highly interconnected nodes are (the ones that can bring down a whole system) such that we can work to either decentralize them and mitigate better against being struck by a critical failure in our current system.

 

Domestically, this means that the Federal, State, county and local governments humble themselves in attitude and demeanor relative to the other parts of the society who can act autonimously to the government, such that the power is spread out over a wider pool of people with fewer interconnected pieces.  At the same time, the government can provide the unifying fiber to bind all the parts together and, thus, make a stronger unit together than apart.

 

I think it's a combination of bottom-up centralization, rather than top-down command and control that will produce the better systems.  Imagine the fabric of space-time, or the underlying material to a mosaic.  They simply provide the general, base underlying principles and properties of the rest of the universe (society) that is built on top of them.  They, in turn, are obedient to the lower laws of physics, chemistry, biology and ecology that compose the natural laws of our universe.  Thus, we see a nesting effect, being between the universal society over the domestic society, the domestic society over the government, the government, over the ecology, psychology and biology and biology, psychology and ecology over the more base natural laws of physics and chemistry.

 

The dictatorship originates from the bottom up, not from the top down.  Dictatorships often are overthrown because they frequently run counter to the underlying natural laws of society, ecology and economics which bind their actions.  They make mistakes when they invent things that are really beyond their control and indifferent or counter to their preferences.  Society overthrows the government, and then struggles to establish a new base layer that it can lay comfortably on, owing to the dissonant and competing interests in a society that have different preferences.

 

The key to governmental success in a society, it seems, is being successful at uniting the dissonant parts of society under the a legitimate and acceptable authority, which then has to obey the natural laws and conditions in the universe in order to enable the society to realize its best results.

 

This is kind of a hodge podge view of things, admittedly (ask if you have any questions, please).

 

But it's likely a game changer for policy-makers and strategic defense calculations as far as we organize, resist dangers, mitigate threats and think about our governments' relationship to their societies and to each other.

 

Amazing!

 

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The Interactive Map of Sustainable Economic Development

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Explore BCG’s new approach to measuring sustainable economic development with this interactive graphic.

Via Joaquim Faias, Jocelyn Stoller
Eli Levine's insight:

A shame that the present path to economic development requires so much destruction to the local and global environment.

 

I don't doubt humans' ability to invent solutions to these problems.  Trouble is, I don't know if we have the will to execute or fine tune them in time to save ourselves.

 

Sad.

 

But, oh well.

 

Not my choice.

 

Think about it.

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What we are - YouTube

Dance Monkeys Dance by Ernest Cline - www.ernestcline.com
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It's an oldie, but a goodie.

 

Enjoy!

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Australia's native wildlife under threat as land stewardship declines

Feral invaders and the disappearance of outback land management practices driving species extinction Continue reading...

Via Jocelyn Stoller
Eli Levine's insight:

The market will not take care of the environment, because if there's a financial profit to be realized from doing harm to the environment it will be done, under a market logic.  The changes that we're making in the world around us will be too great for us to adapt to in time to survive.

 

Thus, the species shoots itself in the foot for a little bit extra of something we don't need (money) or else, something we never really had to begin with (freedom and liberty).

 

I guess this means that we're the ones who are not presently fit for survival.  And, quite frankly, I doubt we really ever will be, what with the resistance of so many important people on high or on low, for non-rational to irrational reasons and beliefs and interests.

 

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How Complex Systems Fail

A short treatise on the nature of failure; how failure is evaluated; how failure is attributed to proximate cause ...

Via Spaceweaver
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Again, I'm not arguing that we're headed for catastrophic social failure as a result of our present private and public elites' actions, attitudes and behaviors as a matter of hindsight.  This is foresight.

 

While smaller systems are faster and easier to adapt, the fact of the matter is, is that it comes down to changes at the top levels of larger systems in order to bring about the changes further down the pike.  It's a small change in logic, perspective and attitude that I'm arguing for.

 

What I would argue needs to happen, is a magnanimous humbling of self for the sake of self, in order to realize, accept, understand and work with the reality that is actually growing in the world around us.  From there, a change of policies and governmental actions should come forth, with appropriate and effective responsiveness by the government to the long term and short term effects that are felt in the given society and economy.  This applies to both private and public leadership.  Failure to act appropriately and acceptably will lead to their removal by hook or by crook by the rest of the membership of society. 

These are the small mistakes that we're "living" with.  This is the tinder that will set the whole thing off into a bonfire.  This is how our civilization will end, if it isn't ended through the magnanimous actions of our private and public elites.

 

Silly brains.

 

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Leaked Emails Detail "Secret" Frat's Antics With Drugs, Cops, and Sex

Leaked Emails Detail "Secret" Frat's Antics With Drugs, Cops, and Sex | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
They're staffers for influential congressmen and PACs. They work at top international banks and consulting firms. Also, they claim to hit women, lie to cops, chase ass, trade pills and hard drugs, and pour "so much champagne on bitches titties." These are the email confessions of a banned fraternity.
Eli Levine's insight:

The characteristic set of diseased brains who are actually running our world.

 

No wonder everything's messed up.

 

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Phantom Badger, reporting for duty

Phantom Badger, reporting for duty | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
With US Navy approval, Boeing’s versatile war machine, designed to fit in the belly of a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, is ready to roll.
Eli Levine's insight:

All this technology to fight wars "better", and yet no apparent effort to pick wars better or to determine more effective non-combative methods of fighting them.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the American combat logic.  All bruiser, no brain, and no victory, to the tune of several hundred billion dollars.

 

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Yemen identifying dead 'militants'

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Yemen is carrying out DNA tests to identify suspected militants killed in air strikes in recent days, amid reports they include al-Qaeda leaders.
Eli Levine's insight:

The only way to kill a terrorist is to kill the reason for how he/she became a terrorist.

 

Has the US honestly considered listening to what the Islamic world (and indeed, much of the rest of the world) is saying about us, with all of this fancy NSA spying equipment?  Is anyone paying attention to what is fueling these otherwise generally well off men and women to fight or to lead fights against us?

 

I doubt it, because that would imply that we're doing something wrong and, typical of human nature, we don't like to imagine that we're somehow in the wrong.

 

You can't kill a terrorist by destroying his/her body.  You do it by destroying the emotional reason behind their recruitment and then, you tip the balance in THEIR society against their more conservative members who are willing to attack and hurt us just for the sake of attacking and hurting us.

 

Will it eliminate terrorist threats against us?

Of course not.

 

But it will make it substantially more difficult for them to carry out their attacks, due to the social pressure that's then placed upon them not to fight from their own people.

 

It will only be through changing ourselves that we will move beyond the threat of Islamic terrorism on the empirical level of existence.

 

But, since our current leadership does not live on the actual plane of existence, I doubt that this will be the case in the near to distant future.

 

They'll just find other people who are capable, charismatic and willing to fight against the American Empire.

 

Just like the Irish against the English.

 

Think about it.

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US urges Russia action on Ukraine

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US Vice-President Joe Biden, on a visit to Kiev, says Russia must "stop talking and start acting" to defuse the Ukraine crisis.
Eli Levine's insight:

Way to not be a moderating influence in this whole situation, America.  These stances are neither helpful to our interests in preserving peace in the world (anything less than that is malevolent and self-destructive at best).

 

Honestly, what was with those attacks last Sunday?  Has anyone decided to investigate what happened when Russian soldiers were attacked by what they think were Ukrainian ultra-nationalists?  I mean, seriously, we would let something like that pass?  For what?  So that we could achieve the untenable and undesirable condition of Ukraine being in NATO?  Or the EU?  You think Russia would honestly accept or tolerate that?

 

Christ in Himmel, this is the most incompetent, blunderbuss handling of a diplomatic crisis in recent history.  Not only is it insanely partisansky, to the point of willful blindness on the part of the US, but it reeks of deep delusions on the part of the present American leadership (regardless of which party is in power) and a considerable amount of willful and unwillful ignorance as well.  This applies not only to the interests of the Ukrainian, Russian-Ukrainian and Russian peoples, but also to our own interests here, in America and to our American government.

 

This is atrocious, to say the least.

 

Yet this is how America makes its choices with regard to interacting with the rest of the world.  Blind, deaf and stupid.

 

And I doubt that any of these prima-donna "leaders" would be willing to self-examine thier actions, beliefs, opinions and perceived interests to the point where they'd make any changes to what they're doing, in spite of the tangible benefits and damages that they cause for themselves as a result of their actions.

 

I'm sick of it.

 

And they're not going to be smart or circumspect enough to listen.

 

Think about it.

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Egypt to ‘escalate’ Ethiopian dam dispute

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While construction of Africa's largest hydroelectric dam continues apace, downstream neighbour Egypt is crying foul.
Eli Levine's insight:

Once again, we see how little law actually matters when determining human policy.  Not even the United States is above this disregard for written and contrived law.

 

However, I would warn Ethiopia that they may be getting close to having a brush with social law, with regards to this dam project.  Yes, they may be able to provide enough power to light up most of East Africa with this dam.  However, Egypt's well being is likely to be cut as a result of this dam building project, if they should lose access to considerable amounts of water.  My message to Ethiopia is this: do not underestimate how fool-hardy people behave when they are desperate for survival, and Egypt is not a force that is good to be trifled with (even without the international community).  If water runs out, Egypt may end up seeing that it has no choice other than to blow up the dam that Ethiopia build, even if it means all out war against Ethiopia.  Electricity can be produced with other methods.  Egypt cannot survive without water.  And, I wonder how Sudan and South Sudan feel about this situation, as the two other states that are down river from the Ethiopian dam.

 

Be careful and wary of your own actions, Ethiopia.  That's where you'll be hit.

 

Think about it.

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25 years later, western Germany is still pumping money to the east

25 years later, western Germany is still pumping money to the east | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Since the Berlin Wall fell, the west has transferred some $1.8 trillion eastward – and counting. Many in other struggling regions think it's time to reconsider.

Via pdeppisch, Jocelyn Stoller
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What's not happening here?

Throwing money at the problem isn't going to help, but generating employment might.  Encouraging people to produce and be entrepreneurs might.  Financing businesses and start ups?

What isn't working here?

Unfortunately, the article doesn't really pop the hood on the economic engine to see what the government is doing incorrectly.  You can't pull yourself up by your boot straps if you don't have boots.  Yet, again, having money poured into the Eastern states doesn't seem to be helping either.

 

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Netanyahu: Abbas must end Hamas pact

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Israeli PM Netanyahu tells the BBC Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas must abandon his pact with Hamas if he wants peace talks to resume.
Eli Levine's insight:

Abbas, don't back down.

 

In fact, keep the agreement, and insist that the Palestinian factions are going to negotiate as a single bloc now.

 

And, stop giving them your tax money.

 

For reals, what are they going to do?  Bomb you for doing the duties of a government?

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Greenland’s icecap - once thought stable - is losing stability due to melting at an accelerating pace

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The Greenland ice sheet is the largest terrestrial ice mass in the Northern hemisphere. A recent study in Nature Climate Change by Shfaqat Khan from the Technical University of Denmark and colleagues indicates that the ice sheet could be melting faster than previously thought. This would mean Greenland’s contribution to sea level rise has been under-estimated (once again!), and oceanographers may need to think again about their projections.

 

The scientists used more than 30 years of surface elevation measurements of the entire ice sheet to discover that overall loss is accelerating. Previous studies had identified melting of glaciers in the island’s south-east and north-west, but the assumption had been that the ice sheet to the north-east was stable.

 

The report says: “It was stable, at least until about 2003. Then higher air temperatures set up the process of so-called dynamic thinning. Ice sheets melt every Arctic summer, under the impact of extended sunshine, but the slush on the glaciers tends to freeze again with the return of the cold and the dark, and since under historic conditions glaciers move at the proverbial glacial pace, the loss of ice is normally very slow.”

 

The new research by the Danish-led team considers changes linked to the 600 kilometer-long Zachariae ice stream in the north-east, using satellite measurements. It has retreated by some 20 kilometers in the last DECADE, whereas Sermeq Kujalleq has retreated about 35 kms in 150 years. The Zachariae stream drains around one-sixth of the Greenland ice sheet, and because warmer summers have meant significantly less sea ice in recent years, icebergs have more easily broken off and floated away, which means that the ice stream can move faster. “North-east Greenland is very cold. It used to be considered the last stable part of the Greenland ice sheet,” said one of the team, Michael Bevis of Ohio State University in the US, in an interview with the Climate News Network.


The scientists used a GPS network to calculate the loss of ice. Glacial ice presses down on the bedrock below it: when the ice melts, the bedrock rises in response to the drop in pressure, and sophisticated satellite measurements help scientists put a figure on the loss of ice. They calculate that between April 2003 and April 2012, the region was losing ice at the rate of 10 billion tons a year.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
Eli Levine's insight:

There she, very slowly, goes.

 

Well humanity, this environment which we evolved into was fun.  Will we survive this new one we've produced through our economic and social activity?

I don't know.

 

But what I do know, is that the old normal is gone, thanks largely to the conservatives who wanted to preserve the old normal.

 

A silly brain type at best, who can't accept reality for what it actually is, and thus, leads us all into misery, pain and destruction as a result of their willful and unacknowledged unwillful ignorance.

 

Think about it.

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Elijah Startin's curator insight, July 15, 2014 10:27 PM

This report shows that the icecaps are melting due to the earth's climate getting warmer. This means that as the ice melts the sea levels rise.

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The Downsides of Avoiding Complexity

The Downsides of Avoiding Complexity | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
By embracing the complexity of today’s intricate systems that knit together the programmatic audience buying landscape, we arm ourselves with more tools.

Via Philippe Vallat
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You gotta take the whole that is present, and make intutive sense of it in order to make anything valuable out of "big data".

 

The human brain can only process so much information.  Most likely we will have to use computers to translate the big data into the relevant chunks that we need in order to understand a given situation and to then make choices based on those decisions relative to all sorts of policy and programatic situations, in business and in society.

 

You can't simplify things and just take things at face value anymore.  It didn't really work then, and it certainly should not be used now that we ought to know better.

 

It's amazing to me how human beings fail to register these things!

 

Think about it.

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, April 24, 2014 9:57 AM

I like that one: "The course of history has shown that irrationality is one of our specialties, which means there’s no one better than a human to think like a human."

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US to propose 'fast lane' net rules

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New net neutrality rules will be published next month with some saying FCC will end principle of equal traffic for all.
Eli Levine's insight:

I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

 

Not with a corporatocracy running our world.

 

Pardon my French, but f- this world!

 

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Banks put a price on Earth’s life support

Banks put a price on Earth’s life support | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
It is not easy to put a value on a forest, a clean river, or unpolluted air, but that is what a group of the world's biggest banks is attempting to do.
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This should be intuitively factored when making investment decisions, not something that needs to go through the painstaking process of being quantified.

 

We are gaining a greater understanding of how we are impacting the environment, in both positive and negative fashions.  It's amazing that our "best" and "brightest" will not even consider a holistic and value based economy than just a shareholder and executive's profit based economy.  The society is needed to produce wealth, before wealth.  The environment is needed to produce society before society.

 

What's so difficult about this?

 

Think about it.

 

Because otherwise, we deserve to die.

 

Ridiculous.....

 

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What’s Keeping CEOs Up at Night? Six Facts That Will Surprise You

What’s Keeping CEOs Up at Night? Six Facts That Will Surprise You | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Many CEOs lead public lives and relish the spotlight. But behind the scenes, CEOs experience frustration and anxiety like the rest of us, and aren't always totally confident in their teams’ ability

Via Thomas Gelmi, Jose Luis Yañez, Philippe Vallat
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Not surprising.

 

This is arguably why a good executive should descend and mix with the milieu of the general working population they're presiding over.

 

Some of the best leaders in history were the ones who dressed as a common person and went out into the streets of their domain at night, to sit and talk and ask about what is happening and what is going on.  Not a bad idea to systematize something like that and make it on a mass scale while also going out on your own to find out what's actually happening and what the sentiments and needs really are within your organization.

 

No one said leadership was easy.

 

A shame we get so many people with bigger egos than brains and hearts trying to get to those places, without fully acknowledging what the limits are to those positions that they're climbing towards.

 

Think about it.

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, April 23, 2014 12:25 PM

Surprises, lack of data, lack of control etc. Where does the wish to /illusion of always control everything come from? See the following post "Are You Ready to Lose Control?" http://sco.lt/8dqCVV

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10 Things Highly Intuitive People Do Differently

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'Pretty much everyone has experienced a gut feeling -- that unconscious reasoning that propels us to do something without telling us why or how. But the nature of intuition has long eluded us, and has inspired centuries' worth of research and inquiry in the fields of philosophy and psychology.'

Via Philippe Vallat
Eli Levine's insight:

A very interesting piece.  I can't explain to you how it works.  But I do know that it is what guides me along the way and that there's nothing worse than when one's intuition is checked negatively by reality.

 

Personally, I think it has something to do with those microtubules they're discovering in our brain cells.  It's a deeper connection with the reality of life, the universe and everything that most of us can have.  And it, arguably, is what will save our universe more than anything that we can contrive or create out from the nothingness of our own brain's endless ability to hallucinate or produce.

 

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, April 23, 2014 4:55 AM

How many of these 10 things do you personally do?

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Project Management Strategies for Complex Projects: Case Study Report

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TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Renewal Project R10 has released a non-edited version of a report titled Project Management Strategies for Complex Projects: Case Study Report that describes fifteen U.S.

Via Christophe Bredillet, Philippe Vallat
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It's a lengthy read.

 

But this is the wave of the future.

 

Back to biology!

 

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Christophe Bredillet's curator insight, April 6, 2014 5:30 PM

Worthwhile reading the 3 reports.

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The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest

The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
After three decades of slow growth, median income in the U.S. appears to trail that of Canada. Poor Americans now make less than the poor in several other countries.
Eli Levine's insight:

"You work 18 hours, and whaddyou get?  Another day older, and deeper in debt."

 

This is what you get when you prioritize ideology, beliefs and abstract concepts such as "liberty" or "freedom" or "free markets" over practical concerns on the ground.  You get neither the liberty, nor the freedom nor the markets.  All you get is a handful of people who, through lack of spending and through excessive taking, get wealthier and wealthier, and thus, influence our politics more and more for their own perceived "interests" and "benefits" over all of ours.  Thus they corrupt, negate and eventually destroy themselves within the context of the larger social, ecological and cosmological realms.

 

Why bother listening to the ideologues?  Why bother seeking abstract concepts when it is the earning, producing and reception of practical benefits which yield you those abstract concepts?

 

What is so wrong about having the force of society say to a few exhorbitantly wealthy people "you've got to share the wealth out with the rest of the people who helped produce the wealth in the first place"?  The whole reason why we have government around is so things don't descend into anarchy and we get cases of the masses reaching over to take from the rich willy-nilly.  It neither hurts the market nor does it do harm to anyone to have people be paid according to what they're producing.  Matter of fact, it prevents resentment, hatred, and all the nastiness that comes with dashed rising expectations from befalling the rich and pseudo-powerful.

 

You want a real class war rich people?  I know you're not going to win that one, even with those silly Libertarians lining your lines.

 

Just play on then.

 

Have fun!

 

Think about it.

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Study confirms monkeys can do math

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Scientists have long suspected that monkeys are capable of mental arithmetics and a new study is helping them prove it. A research team led by neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone trained three rhesus macaques to identify symbols representing the numbers zero to 25. They then taught the test subjects how to perform addition. To eliminate the possibility of rote learning, the team had the monkeys learn an entirely different set of symbols representing the numbers zero to 25. The monkeys were able to reapply their previous knowledge to the new set and continue performing basic mathematics.


The image above shows one of the monkeys preparing to choose the four and five combination on the panel. It has learned that the combined value is greater than eight and will therefore yield a larger number of liquid drops. According to the study, all three monkeys were on average capable of choosing the correct answer "well above" 50 percent of the time. This rules out the possibility of chance. What's also interesting is how the monkeys were routinely undervaluing the smaller number in a given equation. This challenges the idea that mammalian brains perceive numbers logarithmically and may help researchers better understand how human beings process numbers.




Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
Eli Levine's insight:

And we think we're the only intelligent ones in the universe.

 

Forget about finding sentient life on other planets, there's plenty of it down here on Earth.

 

Arguably, these animals are somewhat smarter than at least the people who are running the show in our current incarnation of society.  These animals at least don't destroy the world in which they're living in for the sake of abstract concepts, ideologies, beliefs, preferences or any other thing that is not really needed for our sake and well being, as organisms first.

 

Diseased brains, that's who we've got running our show.

 

And it is all thanks to their brains and sense organs that they're unable to connect with life, the universe and everything for their own sakes in the context of life, the universe and everything, let alone, for all of ours'.

 

Take them out in straight jackets, from corporate executives, to ideological leaders, to shareholders, to all politicians who won't or don't adapt according to natural law and societal laws.  No harm to the insane and pathetic.  If they resist, use tasers and tranquilizer guns to stun them.  These people are dangerous to themselves and dangerous to others, no matter what position they may be holding at present.

 

All our leadership cadre must change, in practice and in content.

 

Or else, they're going to die too, along with all the rest of us.

 

Silly brains.

 

Think about it.

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State GOP gets to vote on secession at convention

State GOP gets to vote on secession at convention | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, a party panel backed a proposal that says the state party supports “Wisconsin's right, under extreme circumstances, to secede.”
Eli Levine's insight:

In the now, immortal words of Frozen: "let them go."

 

Honestly, I don't see a reason why we should keep people who don't want to be in this country in this country, especially if they're going to run their side of society and their people into the ground through their ideology and refusal to accept reality for what it is.

 

The people of Wisconsin voted for these people, let them live with them.  Let anyone who votes for the Republicans and the conservative platform on any side of the party "lines" go to their own country and run it as they see fit.

Not that the liberals are going to do much better.   They're as ideological and disconnected from reality as the conservatives, just in a different way.

 

Why oh why must I have been born in this society at this time in this fashion?  How did this happen?  For what reason?

 

This country's going to collapse in two, thanks largely to the conservatives among us, just for the record, and with it will go the entire global social system as we know it.  That is, if the environment doesn't collapse us first.  Cause, at the very least, it will second.

 

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Income inequality, mortality, and self rated health: meta-analysis of multilevel studies | BMJ

Income inequality, mortality, and self rated health: meta-analysis of multilevel studies | BMJ | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
AbstractObjective To provide quantitative evaluations on the association between income inequality and health.Design Random effects meta-analyses, calculating the overall relative risk for subsequent mortality among prospective cohort studies and the overall odds ratio for poor self rated health among cross sectional studies.Data sources PubMed, the ISI Web of Science, and the National Bureau for Economic Research database.Review methods Peer reviewed papers with multilevel data.Results The meta-analysis included 59 509 857 subjects in nine cohort studies and 1 280 211 subjects in 19 cross sectional studies. The overall cohort relative risk and cross sectional odds ratio (95% confidence intervals) per 0.05 unit increase in Gini coefficient, a measure of income inequality, was 1.08 (1.06 to 1.10) and 1.04 (1.02 to 1.06), respectively. Meta-regressions showed stronger associations between income inequality and the health outcomes among studies with higher Gini (≥0.3), conducted with data after 1990, with longer duration of follow-up (>7 years), and incorporating time lags between income inequality and outcomes. By contrast, analyses accounting for unmeasured regional characteristics showed a weaker association between income inequality and health.Conclusions The results suggest a modest adverse effect of income inequality on health, although the population impact might be larger if the association is truly causal. The results also support the threshold effect hypothesis, which posits the existence of a threshold of income inequality beyond which adverse impacts on health begin to emerge. The findings need to be interpreted with caution given the heterogeneity between studies, as well as the attenuation of the risk estimates in analyses that attempted to control for the unmeasured characteristics of areas with high levels of income inequality.
Eli Levine's insight:

It's a combination of stress, poor development space, poor living conditions, poor eating and drinking conditions and lack of effective care for the problems that do arise, in addition to all of the psychological and then cultural consequences that keep people in poverty.

 

Why should we, as a society, accept this limitation on our liberty so that a few rich people can have so much more than they can possibly have?  How is it that we accept their excesses over our needs, in the hopes that we'll, one day, have those excesses ourselves in the unlikely to impossible future?

 

Why is it that Libertarians put abstract concepts, such as "liberty" for a few ahead of the actual meat which enables us all to have liberty?  And how is it that conservatives frequently just siddle on next to these careless and callous elite people, public and private, who have absolutely no love or care for the general public as a whole?

 

There is no peace while these ideologues and careless people hold the reigns of power, regardless of which society that they live in.  It's all thanks to an apparent deficit or excess in their brains that they become so ill-equipped at handling basic affairs of state and society.

 

And, as history has shown, countless times, these people pay the price of their incompetence and greed for relative power and monetary riches with their lives.

 

Not so clever.

 

Not so powerful.

 

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