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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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Scientists Claim That Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness Moves To Another Universe At Death

Scientists Claim That Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness Moves To Another Universe At Death | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

A book titled “Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe“ has stirred up the Internet, because it contained a notion that life does not end when the body dies, and it can last forever. The author of this publication, scientist Dr. Rober. 

Lanza is an expert in regenerative medicine and scientific director of Advanced Cell Technology Company. Before he has been known for his extensive research which dealt with stem cells, he was also famous for several successful experiments on cloning endangered animal species.

But not so long ago, the scientist became involved with physics, quantum mechanics and astrophysics. This explosive mixture has given birth to the new theory of biocentrism, which the professor has been preaching ever since.  Biocentrism teaches that life and consciousness are fundamental to the universe.  It is consciousness that creates the material universe, not the other way around.


Via Alessandro Cerboni
Eli Levine's insight:

My concern with this, is that it's going to give a lot of spiritualists false fodder that they'll use to justify all sorts of non-scientifically grounded stuff (that comes at a price, physically, financially and socially).  Fact of the matter is, we don't know how this actually works or could work, or even if it works in this fashion.

 

First off, how is "quantum information" stored in the microtubules of our brain cells?  Secondly, how could that be transferred outside of the body (ie, what is the mechanism that does this)?  Thirdly, what are the implications for our own universe and for all other potential universes that are out there (if they're out there)?  Fourthly, what does this mean about our societies, cultures, and individual brain states, how do these phenomenon from our brains and our psychologies relate back to these notions about quantum mechanics in our heads?

 

This is just a preliminary listing of questions that I personally have about these things.  Will remain skeptical and probing about them until we all are able to KNOW that this is the case, and not some red herring from the cosmos.

 

Vet first, believe later.

 

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PlasmaBorneElectric's comment, May 1, 2014 9:57 AM
I am John. An individual. Just as a raindrop falls at that individual raindrop when the airdrop hits the Earth and mixes with all the other water then evaporates into the atmosphere the water is used over and over again yet that individual raindrop is no more.
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Empathy and the Gendered Brain: 7 Things Men and Women Need to Know

Empathy and the Gendered Brain: 7 Things Men and Women Need to Know | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Yes, men can be naturally empathetic. But like a lot of other findings in the field of gender-specific medicine, men may express these traits differently than women do.


...Empathy can change the world. Many people equate empathy with everyday kindness, support, and emotional sensitivity.  But according to empathy expert Roman Krznaric, author of Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution, “Empathy is an ideal that has the power both to transform our own lives and to bring about fundamental social change. Empathy can create a revolution. Not one of those old-fashioned revolutions based on new laws, institutions or governments, but something much more radical: a revolution of human relationships.”  


by Jed Diamond Ph.D


Via Edwin Rutsch
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These findings don't surprise me at all.  One has to wonder what the causes were behind the development of these basic brain differences.  After all, we live in the same social universe and are in need of both empathy and systemic comprehension in order to survive.

 

Curious.

 

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

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

 

It's got to happen.

 

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

 

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Society Unhinged and What That Means for Us

Society Unhinged and What That Means for Us | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
All societies organize themselves in a finite number of ways, depending upon the culture, sensibility and present condition of their society.    What is functional in one will not be functional in ...
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I think it would be a cool study.

 

And I'd be willing to commit several years to working on it.

 

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Blueprint for Building an Internal Change Management Capability

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Everyone has heard the statistic. Two-thirds of all change initiatives fail to achieve their expected business benefits – a statistic that has stayed constant from the 1970s to the present. This fa...

Via Blue Sky Change, Paul Summers
Eli Levine's insight:

After reading this, it's no wonder that our government is so slow to change.

 

There are many working parts within each agency, and each agency has to work together in order to produce optimal results.  Couple in the facts that it spans globally, it is responsible for carrying out highly complicated policy tasks for the societ(ies) in which it works with and operates within, and then you don't always have the most competent or caring of people operating the systems from on top or from down below carrying out the operations.

 

We need competitive perks for our government employees, and then we need to get rid of those who are not up to snuff with their capacities to care or do for the sake of others across all Federal, state, county and local levels.  Unfortunately, due to constraints by the tax payers who fund the government(s) of our society, and the voters and the people who are currently occupying top and middle range positions in our government, this is not likely to happen at all, in time to save the government from the wave of resentment that's building in our own society, let alone, to save it from the wave of anger that's been building against it from within the whole of human society.

 

It's a question of changing government function and logic, not a question of eliminating the government itself.

 

Yet no one is going to listen to me, in time for this to be salvaged and saved.

 

Idiot species!

 

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Why One Man Traveled Almost 3,000 Miles To Take On The Federal Government At A Ranch In Nevada

Why One Man Traveled Almost 3,000 Miles To Take On The Federal Government At A Ranch In Nevada | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

This meJerry DeLemus went from New Hampshire to Nevada to support Cliven Bundy.

Eli Levine's insight:

This message will attract a lot of people to their cause, in empathy and sympathy, if not in practice.

 

The governments of this country seem to be soooo mismanaged by dysfunctional people who don't seem to know or care to know how their actions are impacting the general public, which then impacts themselves in the long and short term.  It's about providing a genuinely cost-effective service to people, I think, not just trying to spend as much of your budget as you can and then asking for more to do work that is ineffectual, inefficient and potentially caustic on the rest of the social system, which then bleeds over into the government's system.

 

More research is needed to figure out how and what forms of government intervention in the society and the economy can yield positive effects for the general public.  However, I reject the Libertarian notion that government ought to be laissez-faire rather than pro-active in solving the actual issues that prevent people from being able to live, be happy and prosper.  That's not to say that no government intervention isn't sometimes the answer to the problem.  It's just being open to solving the problems based on what empirically produces the best results, regardless of the ideological inclinations and beliefs of the people in the polity.

 

Sadly, that's probably an impossible gap to bridge, due to the fact that we are all flawed, and frequently those who think themselves as being the least flawed (and more confident) are often the most flawed in actual truth.

 

I don't know what to do in this world, I really don't.

 

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Congress' favourite son heading for defeat?

Congress' favourite son heading for defeat? | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
As opinion polls predict a rout for the Congress party in the Indian general election, the BBC's Geeta Pandey travels to Uttar Pradesh to assess whether Rahul Gandhi's leadership can make any difference to the party's fortunes.
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This is how dynasties aren't good for their own sake.  They become fetted, inbred and rotten, straying far from the original principles that brought and kept them in power in the first place.

 

If I were Congress, I'd be doing a deep deep search within the party ranks and bring about a change within the Party itself by eliminating the corruption, reassessing policies and getting rid of ineffectual or negatively effective individuals within the Party.  There's no room for nepotism for the government that lasts a long time, and you've constantly got to be questioning your own policies and stances in order to see if they're actually working and, if they're not working, how to fix those mistakes tangibly in your own ranks, so that the society's condition is improved.

 

This is just another "n" in my 26+ "n" examination of historical transfers of power, violent and non-violent.  Amazing that no one whose positions depend on an understanding of these principles seems to be cognizant or care to be cognizant of how the dynamic between a society and a government can and ideally should (from the point of vew of the government) work.

 

Silly brains.

 

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Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy

Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
What in the World: A new report finds that an elite few dominate US policy, the human error behind South Korea's ferry tragedy, and Algeria's uneasy status quo election.
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The problem is that revolution will not necessarily change this.  We are likely always to be governed by a kind of oligarchy, one way or another, regardless of what is done to make it be otherwise.  America was founded as an oligarchy, it is an oligarchy, it will likely die an oligarchy.

 

The difference will be made when the oligarchy chooses to do something different with the power and authority it has.  It will be when they are looking after overall well being of society, as if it were their own well being, that they'll be spared the wrath of the general public.  Stigmergy is the name of the game (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stigmergy#Stigmergic_behavior_in_social_movements), the oligarchy will always be, eventually, held accountable to the general public, by hook or by crook.  In that sense, democracy survives.  However, there has always been a "powerful" grouping of people who controlled policy in our country, that's not likely to change.  That's how we self-organize, it seems, within our society.  The difference is what they do with the power and authority that they have, bearing in mind that their power and authority is dependent upon how well things work for the general public, in the general public.

 

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Deal struck to calm Ukraine crisis

Deal struck to calm Ukraine crisis | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Russia, Ukraine the US and the European Union say all sides have agreed to steps to "de-escalate" the crisis in eastern Ukraine at talks in Geneva.
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This is just step one.  This basically just means that neither Russia nor the US and the EU is going to go into Ukraine to deal with the situation, and that the Russian government is calling the protestors in Eastern Ukraine to stand down.

 

The issue of Ukrainian reconiciliation and reunification, however, is going to be a separate issue.  Kiev is very lucky that this didn't end up in civil war.  One hopes that it stays this way.  However, it's going to take a lot of effort on the part of the Ukrainians in the West to reconcile with the Russians in Crimea and the East.  It's not enough to claim territory on a map if the people who live in that territory do not acknowledge or accept your presence in those territories.

 

It would be wise for Kiev to allow for Russian representation in the Parliament and in the Cabinet, provided that they come to Kiev to work.  Allowing for a certain degree of autonomy may not be a bad thing for both sides.  But if Ukraine wants to stay as one, it's ethnic majority population is going to have to embrace the ethnic minority as essential equals in the polity and in the society.  Unfortunately, that's going to be a monumentous task, considering the animosity between the two sides that is just a flare up in a long history of animosity between Ukrainians and Russians.  Above all, a common identity and history should be emphasized.  Gestures need to be made, especially by the Ukrainains, even if they're only one way.  Above all, the Kievan government needs to put the Russians in Ukraine and outside of Ukraine at ease while maintaining a positively effective grip on authority in Kiev as one country.  Otherwise, the two will never grow back together well, just like a broken bone that is set improperly and heals incorrectly for the patient.

 

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Study: 12 million US adults are misdiagnosed each year

Study: 12 million US adults are misdiagnosed each year | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
And about half those misdiagnoses could harm the patient.
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I wonder what the percentage this is of total diagnoses.  But, just like in policy making, misdiagnoses are going to happen with the society and they could be potentially deadly to the patient, on the collective level.

 

Does this mean that we give up on doctors?  Does this mean that we do not work to make our diagnostic capabilities more effective and correct as many mistakes as we can correct?  Does this mean that we diminish or deny doctors their effective role in our lives and continue to hold them account for their incorrect actions?  If you answered "no" to these questions, then why would you deny these things to our political leaders?

 

Not that they're doing a good job now, given the condition and mood of our global and domestic societies.

 

It's just something to think about, especially for those anti-government Libertarians and conservatives out there.

 

Enjoy your day.

 

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Artists have unique brain structure

Artists have unique brain structure | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Artists' brains are structurally different to non-artists in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery, a study finds.
Eli Levine's insight:

Indeed, couldn't all jobs that require a certain degree of talent require a little innate ability plus training and development?  Isn't there something special about the brain of the successful waiter/waitress, or the personable and effective doctor, or the positively effective statesperson or civil administrator?

 

Isn't there a way to distinguish ourselves, based on character, inclinations, interests and actual abilities to act positively in those fields for our own sakes in the fullest sense of the term?  Is there a way to distinguish a negatively effective politician from a positively effective statesperson, or a good civil administrator from the negative?

 

Unlike all of the other superficial ways to distinguish ourselves, by race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, etc, etc, the brain is what actually produces our actions, perceptions, attitudes, character, etc, which then essentially makes up our personal small-self and determines who and what we are, as an individual.  It may be a small difference in the architecture and relative connectivity.  But it could, hypothetically, produce vastly different consequences for ourselves, as humans individually and collectively, such that our whole environment can change, depending upon which brain structures we have around or in places of significance and consequences, and which brain structures are kept out of those same places.

 

This is one of the keys to unlocking our potential.  And it's right between our ears.

 

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The lowest-price, easiest-to-use 3D printer yet

The lowest-price, easiest-to-use 3D printer yet | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
The Micro 3D printer (credit: MD3)
If you’re on the edge about deciding to get a 3D printer, this Kickstarter campaign for The Micro, billed as the “first truly consumer 3D printer,” may just push you off it.

Via Spaceweaver
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This will be made illegal, for the sake of protecting the current corporate behemoths.  This is a seed of the Social Revolution.  May it's presence last from now, until the end of time and beyond!

 

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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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Straight into the Fox News buzzsaw: Why elite, billionaire liberalism always backfires

Straight into the Fox News buzzsaw: Why elite, billionaire liberalism always backfires | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Liberal righteousness is a road to nowhere. Bloomberg and the Koch brothers have same contempt for working people

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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As usual, this inbred bunch of morons doesn't get that, what they're doing in the name of their small "self" interest, is the surest way of getting their small "self" eliminated on the physical level, as well as on the psychological level.

 

Yet they're not going to listen to me or to anyone else who has sense to see self interest as something inclusive of everyone and everything in this universe.  They'll just keep going until the end, and then, be eliminated, leaving us with a world of mess to clean up when they're gone, if it can ever be said that this senseless brain type is gone from within the species.

 

They're idiots.

 

And I don't care how clever they may be at accumulating money, wealth and relative power in a given society.  If you don't use that wealth and power towards positive ends for other people, then you're going to have it all taken away from you.  This is the ancient observation that our ancestors made so long ago, and that they have ignored and disregarded at their own expense.

 

Idiots.

 

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Discovery of quantum vibrations in 'microtubules' inside brain neurons supports controversial theory of consciousness

Discovery of quantum vibrations in 'microtubules' inside brain neurons supports controversial theory of consciousness | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
A review and update of a controversial 20-year-old theory of consciousness claims that consciousness derives from deeper level, finer scale activities inside brain neurons. The recent discovery of quantum vibrations in "microtubules" inside brain neurons corroborates this theory, according to review authors. They suggest that EEG rhythms (brain waves) also derive from deeper level microtubule vibrations, and that from a practical standpoint, treating brain microtubule vibrations could benefit a host of mental, neurological, and cognitive conditions.

Via Alessandro Cerboni
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I'm definitely with the spiritualists on this one.  And, I'd go as far to say that consciousness extends to other animals as well (as evidenced by their behavior), even though it manifests itself differently in their differently structured brains.

 

It's all derived from biology and, apparently, from the quantum universe.  Even if consciousness is something that's external to  your brain (as Buddhism asserts), it still would have to integrate and network through your brain for one end or another.

 

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One of Canada’s Biggest Banks Looks at the Economics of Weather Events

One of Canada’s Biggest Banks Looks at the Economics of Weather Events | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Weather events are the reason states the bank. They are happening more frequently and more intensely with huge economic consequences.
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Indeed, what is the point in being a profit or production maximizer, if it's going to cost you productive capabilities when you produce more of either profit or production?


Predictably, humanity (or should I say, the members of humanity who are making the decisions and advocating for these destructive policies) are simply continuing on, business as usual, in spite of the new knowledge and understanding that we're gaining about our world.  They neither seem to not know or care to not know just how much they're screwing themselves over, for the sake of profit or production, thanks to some apparent defect in their brains that prevents them from living close to the lived world in which we're actually living.

 

It will only be when the full force of society is directed at them, either through the written laws from government, or through the collective, extra-legal actions of the whole human society that these people will stop their actions, assuming that the weather doesn't knock them out first.  Such an idiotic bunch of people.

 

And yet they're controlling the majority of our written law-making and enforcement capabilities.

 

Knock them out in straight jackets.  Shoot out their knees or use non-lethal force, if necessary.

 

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Four years after the BP disaster, experts say it could happen again | Al Jazeera America

Four years after the BP disaster, experts say it could happen again | Al Jazeera America | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Little has changed since Deepwater Horizon exploded, killing 11 workers and polluting the Gulf of Mexico
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What's it going to be?

Planet?

Or profit?

Choose wisely, because we may not be able to make this choice again.

 

Idiot species.

 

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Economist receives rock star treatment

Economist receives rock star treatment | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
The reception for his “Capital in the 21st Century” has led the French economist Thomas Piketty to Washington’s halls of power and New York’s media outlets.

Via Willy De Backer
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The one who points out a possible theory of function is hailed as a hero and villain for the public to see.

But the one who points out the impending collapse of civilization, based on evidence gathered from history, is left in obscurity.

 

I'm young, I get it.

 

But that doesn't make what I've said any less valuable or accurate.

 

But will anyone listen to me, even though I've basically got the essence of how to get out of this mess, from which either party could capitalize considerably from for generations to come?

Of course not.

 

I'm just a "kid" after all.

 

And these adults with so much negative experience are just going to keep doing what their brains have programmed themselves to do.

 

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, April 19, 2014 4:18 AM

More praise for Thomas Piketty in the NY Times

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Self-Destructive Ideologies

Self-Destructive Ideologies | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

The ideology of the American elite is counter to their own needs and interests, let alone the interests of the American general public. You don't eat liberty, neither can you measure it. Furthermore, crass individualism gives you the experience of being somehow disconnected from the rest of the world and, therefore, leads to a false sense of a lack of responsibility for the planet and for the human society in which they live, are apart of and are, actually, dependent upon for labor, company and health. Well being, contrary to liberty, is something that can be broken down into its general composite parts and measured accordingly. Food and water security, access to healthcare, employment and a psychological sense of comfort and fulfilment are things that can be examined tangibly and are relevant to our total well being as living organisms living on this planet. It neither runs counter to the interests of the individual, nor does it run counter to the interests of the collective general public. Still, the rich insist on preserving "liberty", as if it means anything on this plane of existence, and they're willing to dunk themselves under for the sake of "having" it. Such a silly bunch of people. Think about it.

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Evolutionarily speaking, what the rich have to offer is dead on arrival. Always has been, always will be.

 

And yet the conservatives still try to resurrect it. The Libertarians don't do anything about it. And the liberals, by default, mostly just join it and don't do anything significant or substantial or empirically effective to deal with them or the problems that we're facing.

 

Such silliness. Inbred nonsense!

 

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One fifth of China soil contaminated

One fifth of China soil contaminated | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Almost a fifth of China's soil is contaminated, an official study released by the government has shown.
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All for the sake of monetary profit.  Lowest costs possible and maximum profits realized does not yield the best tangible results for human beings as living organisms.

 

Yet the rich and the governments who they support will continue this logic, until they paint themselves into a corner.

 

They can't help it.

 

It's just how their diseased little brains function.

 

Silly people.

 

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Effects of Stress on Economic Decision-Making: Evidence from Laboratory Experiments

Abstract: The ways in which preferences respond to the varying stress of economic environments is a key question for behavioral economics and public policy. We conducted a laboratory experiment to investigate the effects of stress on financial decision making among individuals aged 50 and older. Using the cold pressor task as a physiological stressor, and a series of intelligence tests as cognitive stressors, we find that stress increases subjective discounting rates, has no effect on the degree of risk-aversion, and substantially lowers the effort individuals make to learn about financial decisions.

Liam Delaney (liam.delaney@stir.ac.uk), Günther Fink (gfink@hsph.harvard.edu) and Colm P. Harmon (colm.harmon@sydney.edu.au) 


Via Alessandro Cerboni
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And we wonder how poverty becomes so insidiously caught up in people's lives throughout generations, especially when people are left to their own devices under laissez-faire.

 

Arguably, it's in the economic interests of the government and the society to figure out how to mitigate and prevent poverty from starting and repeating itself.  This lack of discounting and being informed about the decisions that you're making, plus the no difference in risk aversion is a behavioral recipe for some negatively effective financial decisions. 

 

Poverty is a social problem because of its impact on everyone else.  You can't argue well while staying within the bounds of common reality that this horde of people who are prone to making poor decisions with their finances due to stresses in their lives is good for the economy as a whole.  Besides, isn't the whole point of the economy to provide a certain quality of life for the general public?  How can it be said to be a functional system if people are still poor while there is so much wealth available?

Ridiculous how the ideologues think and feel.

 

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Flow, Conflux | Smart Cities

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“The city is not only a community, it is a conflux. ….The real city, as a center of industry, is a conflux of streams of traffic; as a center of culture, it is conflux of streams of thought.” So wrote Benton MacKaye in 1928 in his book The New Exploration: A Philosophy of Regional Planning. When I sent a copy of my own recent book The New Science of Cities to my erstwhile colleague and old friend Lionel March, he quickly scowered it and said: “I see in your Preamble that you cite Castells’ ‘space of flows’ and that your approach makes much of flows and networks. I immediately turned to your bibliography to search for the name Benton MacKaye. It is not there! The author of The New Exploration (1928) is my hero of metropolitan/regional development. I’m sure you know of him”.


Via Bernard Ryefield
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Location, location, location.

 

The natural geography has to fit with the demands of the population and the society.  It's not something that someone on high chooses, but rather one where things grow up naturally according to the relative advantages and disadvantages of the area.  Then you build and with building in these geographically advantageous (or, sometimes, just convenient) areas you reinforce their advantages as centers of commerce, trade and "flows" as Batty would put it.

 

It makes sense to have it be on the regional, national and/or international scale, such that we, as humans, take advantage of the most strategic places and the most strategic resources that are available.  With this comes the flourishing of new life, happiness and possible/hopefully sustainable prosperity for the present and for the future well being of our civilizations.

 

The climate is changing and that's going to force a lot of changes on our part.  If we can survive the environmental tumult, and the economic and social tumult that it is going to cause, we could potentially, get off on a better footing than before, in spite of the losses which we incur as a result of the present silliness of our political, social and economic "leadership".

 

Good stuff!

 

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Indeed, it is a balancing act between protecting your citizens and allowing them to lead their lives.  The best way to protect against x-events from within a society is through adaptation, acceptance, understanding, communication and a willingness to make changes in order to suit the new normal.  The only way to survive in the natural world, is to be aware and cognizant of the risks, be prepared for the unexpected and unknown to happen and be brave enough to be willing to face the death of yourself and the death of others in the course of events stemming from the x-events, and the fact that the universe is likely to be far more complicated and unimaginable than we can possibly fathom with our current biological hardware and software between our ears.

 

There's a reason how Buddha came to the conclusion that this world of ours is nothing more than disguised suffering.  Then again, I don't expect that to register for most people, unfortunately.  It's only an illusion of freedom on this plane of existence; there is nothing really that we have control over in the strictest sense of the word that isn't fallible and malleable by outside factors.  We are all going to die.  That's just the way that it is.  That's the way it's been.  That's the way it's going to be.  And there's nothing that we can do about it.

 

Enjoy your day folks!

 

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X Center Network – Social Mood Indicator

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This would be a Holy Grail for policy centers.

 

Very cool stuff going on.

 

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